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Local arts & entertainment news May 17-23

Cheerwine festival Saturday
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday: a family friendly all-day festival on North Main Street in downtown Salisbury.
Entrance to the Cheerwine Festival is free. To celebrate the soft drink’s centennial in 2017, nearly 40,000 Cheerwine beverages were provided at no charge to Festival attendees. In 2018, Cheerwine will be sold by food vendors and at official Cheerwine sales tents. All proceeds from the official Cheerwine soft drink tent sales will be donated to a local non-profit, Rowan Helping Ministries

In addition to plenty of live music, there will be a kids’ zone, a beer garden for the grownups, food, art & craft vendors, Cheerwine merchandise and a Cheerwine history exhibit at the Rowan Museum
At the F&M Bank kids’ zone find face painting, circus inflatables, Happy Root-led activities and a rock climbing wall.
Shuttles will be available from parking areas.

• The live music begins at 11 a.m. with Big Tez, Jamie Wright and The Rhythm section
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cassette Rewind
• 2-3 p.m. Gump Fiction
• 3:30-4:30 p.m. Travers Brothership
• 5-6 p.m. Jive Mother Mary
• Culminating with the Sister Hazel concert from 6:30-8 p.m.

The festival is sponsored by F&M bank, Hotwire and Cheerwine. For more information, call 638-5294 or email cheerwinefestival@salisburync.gov or visit #cheerwinefestival

 

Kannapolis summer event series
Today: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17 — Thursdays on Main lunch concert with Sound Barrier (above) in Veterans Park
7 p.m. Saturday May 19: Stories Under the Stars with Poetry Alive, at the Kannapolis Library
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24: Thursdays on Main lunch concert with The Randy Clay Band in Veterans Park

 

‘Expressions of Life: Celebrate Community’
SPENCER — On Saturday May 19 Spencer Library will host a community event featuring Matt Weaver, the Moonglows, Patrick King and North Rowan High School students. The event is open from 2-4 p.m.
Local community organizations will be giving out free information, clothes and snacks. Organizations include: Communities in Schools, Engage North Rowan, the Family Crisis Council, Meals on Wheels, Triad Ladder of Hope, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, Life Village, Boy Scouts, the Thelma Smith Foundation South Branch and Vocational Rehab.
There will be face-painting and Joseph Heilig, street artist will be there as well.

 

The St. John’s Men’s Chorus spring concert
The St. John’s Men’s Chorus will present its spring concert “Peace, Prayer, and Healing,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the sanctuary, 200 W. Innes St., Downtown.
It’s the men’s second concert with their new director, Jason Harwood.
Harwood says that each piece will have something to do with peace, prayer and healing.
Also participating will be the St. John’s Handbell Ensemble, Kevin Agner on cello and Rosemay Kinard on flute. Harwood has also invited representatives from other denominations and faith communities to participate.
The Men’s Chorus will dedicate the concert to longtime member Frank Goodnight, who died suddenly on April 6. A freewill offering will support Rowan Helping Ministries.

 

R. Wayne Wrights

R. Wayne Wrights to speak on The Nature of Nature
Tuesday, May 22, from 6-7 p.m. at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 East Liberty St.
Award-winning nature photographer R. Wayne Wrights will speak about his current exhibition and his career in photography, at Waterworks on Tuesday evening. The public is invited to this free event. Reservations are requested at 704-636-1882. Light refreshments, beer and wine will be served.
Wayne explains that nature photography refers to a wide range of images taken outdoors, devoted to showcasing the world in its natural form. From wildlife and insects, to landscapes and plants, “You can’t take pictures of nature without being out in it….Nature offers an infinity of views.”
R. Wayne Wrights’ solo exhibition is part of the larger The Language of Nature Spring Exhibition which runs through May 25. All galleries will be open on Tuesday evening.

 

History on Tap

H.O.T. is back for its fourth season. HSF invites you to the fourth Thursday of the months of June, July, and August for an evening of history and hops with our beer sponsor New Sarum. Enjoy beer samples and a tour interesting historic sites and active restorations. Registration opens June 1 at www.historicsalisbury.org and tours often sell out so register early.

 

Call for storytellers
GOLD HILL — Are you the best Tall Tale Teller in Town? Would you love to win a cash prize for your story? If so, come out to the Arbor in Historic Gold Hill on Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m. for the Tall Tale Tellers’ Festival.
Top prize for the best Tall Tale Teller is $250; 2nd place, $100; 3rd place, $50.
There is a $5 registration fee for storytellers. Only the first 20 to register will be able to participate in the event. Storytellers may register before the event or at 12:30 p.m. the day of the event. Find all details for judging and how to register at www.goldhillnc.com
The Arbor is located behind the Bakery at 850 St. Stephen’s Church Road.

Call for artists/vendors
CHICKWEED – Celebrating Indestructible Women is accepting vendor applications for the July 21 annual event. $40 per 10×10 space. Deadline to register is June 30. Download application at www.TheChickweed.com. Mail to Chickweed Inc. 910 N. Main St., Salisbury. For details call 704-577-9965.

Call for volunteers
CHICKWEED – Celebrating Indestructible Women is accepting applications for volunteers for the July 21 annual event. Volunteer jobs include ticket-takers, t-shirt sales, wrist-band checkers, stage hands, hospitality and more. Deadline to register is June 30. Download the application at www.TheChickweed.com. Email to chickweedwomen@gmail.com. For details call 704-577-9965.

Call for photographic artists
Entry and exhibit: Mean Mug Coffee Company is accepting art submissions for a new photography exhibit beginning June 8. Photographs should be ready to hang and for sale. Exhibit will run June through August. Call 704-754-4615 for details. Deadline for entry is June 1.

Call for area singers
CONCORD — The 50-voice Piedmont Choral Society invites area singers to join them for the 15th annual “All Patriotic Music” concert series and benefit event.
Any community singer may register for the rehearsals, beginning Monday June 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St North, and continuing on Monday evenings until concert dates. There is no audition and no cost for singers to be a part of this special event, but you must pre-register before the first rehearsal. The music is all patriotic with most pieces being familiar tunes. Upper teens and adults of all ages and all musical levels are welcome.
Concert schedule is Thursday June 21, 7 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, which will be a benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity. All donations from Thursday’s concert go to this non-profit. Concerts continue on Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Pitts Baptist Church, 140 Pitts School Rd NW, and conclude on Sunday June 24 at 3 p.m. at Living Water Church of God, 166 North Little Texas Road, Kannapolis.All concerts are free. Donations from the Friday and Sunday concerts will help the PCS fund their future program schedule. Joseph Judge, choral director at Pfeiffer University is director and Dr. Don Simmons, organist and choir master of Kimball Lutheran in Kannapolis is accompanist. To register or for more info, contact 704-699-6053 or kayy2000@gmail.com. The PCS is sponsored in part by the NC Arts Council and the Cabarrus Arts Council.

Call for acholarship pageant entrants
DENTON — The 2018 Southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion and Southeast Thresher’s Queen Scholarship Pageant are seeking contestants for the Pageant to be held June 30, at Denton FarmPark. The 2018 Queen will reign over the 48th Southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion and be its representative at many festivals, parades and pageants throughout North Carolina. The winner will receive a $3000 scholarship as well as a multitude of gifts. The 2018 Queen will be crowned by Aneil Owens, 2017 Queen from Lexington.
Contestants for the title must be rising high school seniors (public, private or home-schooled) through age 25 as July 4, 2018. They are to single; never have had a child or been married. They should reside, work or attend school in North Carolina.
Contestants placing second and third in the Pageant receive $450 and $350 scholarships respectively. Additional awards of Best Interview, Best “Country-Cutie” Outfit Best Casual Outfit and Most Photogenic will be given.
Entry fees are $75. The application deadline is June 16, 2018. For entry rules and further information contact Denton FarmPark at 1-800.458-2755, email gkeith@windstream.net; online at www.farmpark.com and click on the Southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion or visit us on Facebook.
Denton is about 25 miles from Salisbury, in Davidson County.

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