Local arts & entertainment news Aug. 30-Sept. 5
PPT announces auditions for ‘Wait Until Dark’
Piedmont Players Theatre is holding open auditions for “Wait Until Dark,” written by Federick Knott and directed by Reid Leonard.
“Wait Until Dark” is an intense thriller wherein a sinister con man and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the home of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife Susy and set about trying to retrieve it. They start an elaborate scam to persuade Susy to hand it over, but Susy, it seems, is no easy target. She knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 11-12 at 7 p.m. at the Meroney Theatre on the 3rd floor, 213 S. Main St. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin in mid-September. Production dates are Oct. 25-Nov. 3.
All roles are open and all are encouraged to audition. Bring a resume and list of conflicts.
See character descriptions at www.piedmontplayers.com or call 704-633-5471.
Meet Hunter Safrit, new Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society director
All interested singers are invited to meet and greet Hunter Safrit, the new director of the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society, as rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concerts begin Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 S. Church St.
A former singer with this group in his teens, Hunter earned a degree in music education and a specialization in instrumental and choral conducting from Catawba College in 2016.
Currently, he serves as director of the music ministry at Salem Lutheran Church, administrative assistant for the Salisbury Symphony, and director of the Salisbury Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The group’s concerts, scheduled for Dec. 7 and 9, will present light-hearted, cheery Christmas music.
For more information, call 704-796-9683, email email@example.com or visit Facebook at https://facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society
Call for heritage living vendors
GOLD HILL— Gold Hill Founders Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Applications are still available for arts, crafts and heritage living exhibits, tractors, hit & miss engines, etc.
The event, celebrating the history and culture of the once-famous gold mining town, is held in Gold Hill Mines Historic Park.
Applications may be downloaded from the www.historicgoldhill.com or call 704-279-1630.
Register your weiner now!
MOORESVILLE — Calling all Dachshunds….Start Your Engines!
Mooresville will hold its annual Wiener Race on Oct. 6 this year. The event was originally organized by Roberta Roberts in 2005 and has since been sponsored by various animals groups. In early 2011, The Mooresville Downtown Commission (MDC) agreed to reschedule the race from hotter summer months to cooler October, traditionally a NASCAR racing time of year for the Lake Norman area.
Aside from having loads of fun watching feisty dachshunds do their racing thing, the event has a serious side as well: to help local animal advocates raise awareness and funds. This event is open for participation to nonprofit groups whose prime directive is to help our animal friends, both large and small. Vendors will be on site providing goods and services as well as serving refreshments.
The fee to register and race your dog is $25 along with proof of all required vaccinations. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.mooresvillewienerrace.com and must be submitted no later than Sept. 31. No registrations are accepted on race day. Entry is limited to the first 180 applicants submitting proper registration forms. In addition to awarding trophies to winners of the four racing divisions (puppies, juniors, adults and seniors), wieners can compete for “Cutest” and “Best Dressed” as well.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. on race day. The puppy division runs first, followed by seniors, both of which will run a 25 foot long course. Juniors and adults are next, running 35 feet to cross the finish line. Six doxies at a time are staged in the starting box, with the winner of each heat moving on thru the semi finals until a division winner emerges.
T-shirts featuring mascot “Moorie” will commemorate the event with original artwork commissioned from national cartoonist Michael Gallagher. The shirts will be available for sale race day as well as through a pre-sale order form at the website. A limited edition of these shirts will be available so be sure to order yours well in advance.
Proceeds raised will be distributed among participating non-profit animal advocates. For more information, including rules and regulations, entry forms, directional map, t-shirt order and vendor forms, visit www.mooresvillewienerrace.com
George Hamilton IV Memorial Folksy Music Festival
WINSTON-SALEM — 5-10 p.m. Sept. 22, RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N Hawthorne Road.
The George Hamilton IV Memorial “Folksy Music Festival” (aka “FolksyFest”) is a celebration of Americana music to benefit RJ Reynolds High School’s arts magnet program and in memory of RJ Reynolds alumnus, George Hamilton IV.
Winston-Salem’s own George Hamilton IV graduated from Reynolds High and went on to achieve success in 1950s rock ‘n roll and later in country music, becoming a life-long member of the Grand Ole Opry and earning the title “The International Ambassador of Country Music” for his support of Folk-Country music around the world during his 58-year musical career.
Advance discount adult tickets are on sale now through Sept. 7 for $15 at https://tinyurl.com/yb4jdz7b
Look for FolksyFest, as events are listed alphabetically. Seniors and student tickets are also available now for $10. Children under 12 are free with an adult.
Sept. 8-21 adult tickets will be available online at the regular price of $20 each or call 336-703-4145, extension 52812.
Call for performers: 6th Annual Buskers-Bash
5-9 pm Oct. 5: Musicians, jugglers, acrobats, magicians, mimes, street performers of all sorts invited to perform 6-8 pm. Attendees vote for their favorite busker; prizes awarded at grand finale at City Tavern 9 pm, followed by open jam session. Apply at https://www.downtownsalisburync.com/buskers-bash-application-form/ Contact Sue McHugh 704-577-9965 for more info
Enrich your spare time
Six-week class at Pottery 101
Designed for beginners and for those with some experience working with clay. Basic and intermediate wheel and glazing techniques will be taught. Cost is $150, for ages 14-adult.
Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9-Nov. 13
or Wednesdays 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 10-Nov. 14
Learn more at Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, firstname.lastname@example.org
Create art at West Rowan Farm, Home & Garden
• 2×2 ft. barn quilt workshop, 11 a.m. Sept. 8, create your own decorative painted wood barn quilt. $45, deadline to register Sept. 5;
• Basket weaving, 6 p.m. Sept. 18, $20 cash, no experience required, all supplies included;
• Chalk couture kick off. All you have to do is buy your board from us. Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. $30. Won’t rub off and looks painted on;
• Create your own mailbox/ garden size mini premium grade hanging barn quilt, 12×16 inches. 11 a.m. Sept. 22, $45. Light lunch and supplies included;
• RSVP and prepay for all classes to West Rowan Farm, Home & Garden, 704-278-2800, 11575 NC Hwy 801 Mt. Ulla.
Call for volunteers
Be a Barnabus friend: Most of us, at some point in our childhood, have had an adult friend who listened to us, and helped us get through the difficulties of growing up. It may have been a teacher, a pastor, a coach, or another adult to whom we could talk freely and who offered us support.
St. John’s Lutheran Church has had a long-term program, the Barnabas Connection, that reaches out to children at Knox Middle School dealing with difficult circumstances. Volunteers provide that needed listening ear as they share a meal with the children, join them in small group discussion, work with them on creative art activities, and help with homework once a week for a few hours.
The new school year is approaching and we are looking for volunteers to be Barnabas Friends. Barnabas meets at the church each Thursday, except for school holidays, from 2:30-5 p.m. beginning Oct. 4.
For more information, contact Nancy Gaines, director of the Barnabas Connection, at email@example.com or 704-213- 0019.
North Carolina Folk Festival
GREENSBORO — The 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival is a free admission, three-day weekend celebration of America’s roots & heritage in downtown Greensboro from Friday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 9.
In the transition from the National to the North Carolina Folk Festival, the festival has the opportunity to shine an even brighter light on the homegrown talent here in North Carolina.
In addition to performers, the festival will feature North Carolina potters who will exhibit.
To learn more about the N.C. Folk Festival, visit ncfolkfest.com or facebook.com/NCFolkFestival
Tickets on sale now to Hops and Heat Beer & Chili Festival
CONCORD — Our chili competition is heating up and our breweries are ready to pour. Tickets are on sale now for the Second Annual Hops and Heat Beer & Chili Festival Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1 – 5p.m. in Downtown Concord.
Enjoy unlimited beer tastings, chili tastings while they last, and live entertainment all afternoon.
Tickets are on sale now: $30 for Beer & Chili ticket; $25 for Chili Tasting Only ticket. Glasses will be ordered based on initial ticket orders. For more information, contact the CDDC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-784-4208.