Welcome to the November Issue
Happy Thanksgiving! As I re flect on those I am grateful for this holiday, our readers and advertisers will be at the top of the list. Thank you for supporting our publica tion. We couldn’t publish a magazine without you!
November kicks off the holiday season. We encourage you to make your list and check it twice to include as many local purchases as you can. Shopping local supports our community and our economy. Many businesses now have online stores where you can make pur chases and either pick-up your packages or have them mailed. We’ve never had more options while shopping! However, there is nothing quite like seeing items in person, touching the fabrics, judging the quality, seeing the size of an item, or trying it on for fit. With local businesses, you can pick and choose how you shop.
Mark your calendars to attend Lowes Foods Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Friday, November 18th at 5:45PM. The parade will begin at 6PM. Santa’s float pulls up the end of the parade and will stop at Union Square to light the Christmas tree. It’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit! For the parade route, visit downtownhickory. com and click on the events tab.
For several years, the November issue of Hickory Living has featured non-
profits in our ‘Tis the Season for Giving section. This year is no different, and we are happy to feature some worthy or ganizations in the arts. Starting on page 24, learn how the United Arts Council of Catawba County supports our artistic community and how they and other creative entities make our area a fun place to live.
Our cover story this month features Vitality’s Anti-Aging Center, Surgical Center, and V-Infusion. These busi nesses live up to their slogan of “Where Health and Beauty Meet” knowing that one affects the other. Read their story starting on page 12 to learn about all the latest treatments they offer!
Carolina West Wireless is our business spotlight on page 18. Whether you are looking to upgrade your cell phone ser vice, Internet service, or need help with business solutions, Carolina West can help...An excellent local company with nationwide coverage!
Thank you to all who voted for Hickory Living’s Best of the Foothills Reader’s Choice Awards participants! We are tallying the votes and will announce the winners in our December issue!
Thank you for reading the November is sue of Hickory Living! We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanks giving!©iStockphoto.com | Sarsmis Christmas Craft Shows
Here are some craft shows to visit this month! Check respective websites for admission and more info.
Holiday Mistletoe Market 2022 November 5 • 10AM–5PM
Mulberry Creek Farm • Catawba mulberrycreekfarmnc.com
Christmas Craft Show November 5 • 10AM–3PM
Devine Farms • Newton, NC devinefarmsnc.com
Frosty Fest 2022 November 5 • 1–9PM
300 Collett St, Morganton, NC
Christmas in November Craft Show November 11 • 4–8PM November 12 • 9AM–2PM
The Old Rock School • Valdese, NC www.visitvaldese.com
Merry Market Craft Show
November 19 • 2PM St. Stephens Lutheran Church Hickory, NC
Supporting Alaska Missions
A Very Murray Christmas November 26 • 10AM–5PM
Murray’s Mill • Catawba www.catawbahistory.org
Kathy Dicken lives in Huntersville and is the author of the food blog, The Tasty Bits. For more meal ideas that are simple and delicious, you can follow her blog at www.thetastybits.com or on Instagram @thetastybits.
Beef and Vegetable Soup
It’s Fall y’all, and that means it’s Soup Season! Is there anything better than a warm bowl of hearty soup on a chilly day? I think not!
With only 7 ingredients, this simple Beef & Vegetable Soup is hearty enough to be a meal, and made super EASY with a combo of canned & fresh veggies, ground beef, and the secret ingredient – classic V8 juice! If you are looking for ways to stretch a pound of beef to feed the whole family a delicious, wholesome meal, then look no further!
Simply brown your ground beef and add fresh veggies. Sauté for about
five minutes, then add the canned ingredients, a bottle of V8, and simmer for 1 hour. That’s it! You can easily double the recipe if you’re feeding a crowd or want to freeze some for later.
I have been making this one on repeat, and I bet you will too! Enjoy!
Beef and Vegetable Soup
Servings:6-8 • Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion - small diced
3 carrots - chopped
2 medium potatoes or 12 small Yukon gold potatoes - cut in bite size pieces
1 (46 oz.) can tomato juice (such as V8)
1 (14 oz.) can whole kernel corn - drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can green beans - drained
½ tsp garlic salt
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp grated fresh ginger (optional)
For garnish: Fresh chopped parsley
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat, until no longer pink. Re move browned beef and drain most of the grease before adding beef, onion, carrots & potatoes to the pot. Sauté until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add in tomato juice, drained corn & green beans. Add ginger and season to taste with salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, then adjust heat to low and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
Delicious served with crusty bread or cornbread muffins!
Where Health and Beauty Meet®By Amy Casil | Photos by Shane Greene Photography
Vitality: the spirit of life!
Everyone desires health and well-being inside and out, and there is no place better to find these things than at Vitality Anti-Aging Center, Vitality Surgical Center, and V-Infusion. Vitality has had a busy and rewarding 2022, and the practice con tinues to add new therapies and treatments.
According to one recent patient, Vitality has “friendly staff, very prompt service, a beauti ful facility, and tons of services!” Some patients have visited Vitality for a decade or longer for an
evolving menu of services that are all designed to help people at any age to feel, look, and be their best.
In addition to ongoing training that all staff members participate in, owner and medical pro vider, Grace McLaurin, is a nationally recognized leader in training and managing staff. Vitality Anti-Aging Center, Medical Spa, and Surgical Center all benefit from training in the latest procedures from international experts, as well as Grace and other practice leaders.
On the cover–Todd Hinceman, NP-C, and Grace McLaurin, DMSc, PA-C, owners of Vitality
Opposite page–Grace McLaurin, PA-C, injecting Botox in Vitality’s Botox Bar
Right, top to bottom–
• Deanna Drum treats a client with CoolTone in Vitality’s Cool Cave.
• Todd Hinceman, NP-C, assisted by Paula Little, medi cal assistant, treats a client with CoolPeel
• Elizabeth Boyd, support staff member, helps a client with her purchase.
With the holidays fast approaching, it’s a great time to refresh and recharge your appearance and energy levels at Vitality Anti-Aging Center.
Annual Open House
Whether you’ve visited Vitality before or are a new patient, the annual open house is a “must-do.” Vitality Anti-Aging Center’s annual open house will be Novem ber 17 and everyone is welcome to attend.
According to Grace, “All of the reps for our services and products will be in the center, and this fun event will also be rewarding.” The Center will offer lowestof-the-year pricing on services as well as products. “Everyone always has fun at our annual open house,” she continued. “However, the event does have limited attendance, so you should call to make a reservation as soon as possible.”
Join the Injectable Revolution
There are many new procedures and types of inject ables that can improve your appearance. Lori Win stead, practice coordinator and office manager, shared one of the most exciting new injectable treatments with me: PRF, aka platelet-rich fibrin.
PRF is another revolution in the use of platelets, cell fragments found in our own blood which play an important role in blood clotting and healing. PRF is similar to Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) because it starts with parts of your own blood.
Grace explained the benefits of PRF to me. According to her, PRF “is the next generation treatment of platelet concentrate. PRF is a fibrin matrix comprised of platelet cytokines, growth factors, and cells used to help promote skin rejuvenation, hair growth, and wound healing.”
Left–Destiny Wurth, aestheti cian, treats a client with SaltFacial that includes Red Light Therapy.
Opposite page–Kristina Ennis, support staff member, consults a client on Vitality’s signature line of skin care, VSkin RX
Hailey Hoops, RN, administers an IV Hydration therapy
Other injectables offered at Vitality include PRPcocktail that can help to thicken and tighten ‘crepey’ skin, in cluding the neck, face, and hands. This is a specialized and unique injectable that combines your own platelet rich plasma (PRP) with a cocktail of other FDA-approved products for uniquely positive results.
Other Neurotoxins and Facial Fillers: Quality and Safety
There are so many ways to improve facial appearance, including neurotox ins and facial fillers. Which ones are right for you? The first step is a person alized evaluation and consultation to determine which of the many options are available. Grace told me that she wanted patients to know that when they come to Vitality Anti-Aging Center, they will “always receive an in-depth, personalized evaluation and recom mendations for their treatment plan and needs.”
Because Grace and all of the other staff are continuously participating in train ing from the world’s top injectors, they
can offer the latest injections and fillers while achieving excellent results. Vital ity Anti-Aging Center uses ultrasound technology to provide safe, guided, and targeted injection therapy for each and every patient. This technology is relatively new to the field of aesthetics, and it can map out the location of blood vessels, enabling fillers to be targeted in the tissues where they will provide the most benefit with the greatest level of safety and accuracy.
Whether you have used facial fillers or neurotoxins before, you can have com plete confidence in the results, safety, and quality you can achieve through Vitality’s services.
A New Facial Experience: SaltFacial
Have you heard about the potential benefits of sea salt for your facial skin? Grace shared a new and exciting service for Vitality Anti-Aging: the SaltFacial. This is a transformational facial that can rejuvenate, replenish, and restore your skin. SaltFacial is one of the newest services available through Vitality AntiAging Center.
The three-step process helps you to:
• Restore: The first step in the SaltFa cial process is restoring your skin’s texture and rejuvenate it with a pos itive-flow technology that can give you fresh and glowing skin without any trauma or post-treatment red ness. If you have sensitive skin, it is a completely safe treatment that will restore your skin’s healthy pH.
• Replenish: After your skin is re stored to a fresh and glowing state with positive-flow technology and salt, you will receive aesthetic ultra sound, replenishing the skin’s vital antioxidants and nutrients.
• Rejuvenate: Following aesthetic ultrasound, you’ll receive high-pow ered LED phototherapy. This step further renews your skin as it helps to increase your healing rate and boost collagen production.
Safety, Quality, Results, and Recognition
Vitality Anti-Aging Center has always stood for the best in quality, results, and safety for all patients, and this past year, owner Grace has been speaking
and traveling more to help other centers and professionals in the industry. She received her doctorate in December, and her final project, on the effects of social media on body image, received the Passion Project award at the Miami Cosmetic Surgery Inter national conference in May. Grace has also been traveling and speaking about staff training and continuing education at several different industry conferences, while international experts have also provided training to staff at Vitality, as well.
V-Infusion: Beauty From the Inside-Out
Grace said that the Center’s staff and services “cover wellness and beauty from the inside-out.” This is especially true of V-Infusion services. Through intravenous hydration, which is supervised by a staff member who is a medical doctor, physician assistant (PA), certified nurse practitioner (CNP), or registered nurse (RN), you can receive a blend of vitamins and medications that can help you to stay well, recover from or prepare for an athletic competition, or reset your system after jet lag.
You’ll rest in a comfortable massage chair under warm blankets while receiving your IV hydration therapy that can help to re lieve hangovers, recover from illness or injury, jet lag, pre- and post-workouts, fuel fat burning, and also help migraines and other types of headaches. You can also receive IV hydration for general wellness.
Other News From Vitality
addition to the SaltFacial and PRF therapy, Vitality AntiAging has also upgraded its CoolSculpting technology to the very latest available, including the CoolTone service that can strengthen and increase muscle definition at the same time as it reduces unwanted fat deposits. Everyone also wants lush, beautiful, full lashes, and a new aesthetician has joined the staff with an outstanding background in applying classic and volume eyelash extensions.
a reason why many patients have visited Vitality AntiAging Center for their wellness and aesthetic needs for many years, and it is the high level of commitment to excellence, safety, and results that the Center’s owners and professional staff strive for and achieve.
Left–An easy to shop environment offers the latest in iPhones, iPads, Androids, and accessories.
• Andrew Ortiz is the new business account executive serving the Catawba Valley area and can customize wireless solutions and savings for local businesses. (Photo provided)
• Andria Lycoff and team are committed to providing an exceptional customer service experience.
high-speed internet service is available starting at only $40 per month.
A Local Company with Nationwide CoverageBy Kathy Wheeler | Photos by Shane Greene Photography
So much of what we do today hap pens on our phones and via Internet. It’s important that we not only have good connectivity but also someone who can assist us with solutions to personal and business problems. There is no one better to provide the service we need than a local company that has ties to our community. Caro lina West Wireless is headquartered in Wilkesboro and offers nationwide service at competitive prices with exceptional customer service for local people in Hickory and the surround ing counties.
Do you live in a rural area where you can’t access fiber optic Internet?
Or maybe you aren’t happy with the Internet service you have. Clear Stream is Carolina West’s high-speed, wireless Internet brand. You can get unlimited Internet data for as low as $40 per month. IoT Connect provides solutions using sensory technology to help business owners keep track of critical aspects of their business 24/7. Maybe you need to monitor your fleet of trucks or monitor your refrigera tion systems. IoT Connect can notify you if there is a problem. Carolina West Wireless offers one-on-one busi ness consultations to help you learn the possibilities of how IoT Connect can help your business run efficiently. Andrew Ortiz is their new business
account executive serving the Hickory area. He can assist businesses with wireless communications packages, ClearStream wireless Internet, and IoT Connect.
What about the person who just wants good cell service at an affordable rate?
Carolina West Wireless provides cus tomers with reliable wireless service lo cally and nationwide. They have a highspeed network and offer 5G for greater connectivity and seamless streaming, and you will be hard pressed to find a better rate! Right now, you can lock-in a promotional rate of four lines with unlimited data for $25 per line. That is not an introductory rate and will not expire as long as you keep your plan.
Have you ever experienced companies offering great deals to new custom ers, but those deals were unavailable to their loyal, existing customers? Not with Carolina West Wireless! Whether you are an existing customer or a new customer, if they offer a deal, it is for everyone!
Holiday Specials–At Carolina West Wireless, Black Friday starts November 1st. Apple’s latest iPhone 14 series is available with savings of up to $400 or free with select trade-ins.
If you are looking for reliable cell ser vice, iPhone or Android smartphones, or a new tablet, visit their new location in Hickory, located on Highway 70 close to the Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard intersection. Associates will make your transition to Carolina West Wireless easy. They will inform you of the best deals, help you choose and set up your device, and answer all your questions.
If you are looking for business solu tions, visit their website and click on the Business Solutions tab or call 1-855268-9718. You will find a friendly and knowledgeable team to partner with at Carolina West Wireless.
FEATURING The Arts
For the past several years, we have focused our November issue on non-profit organiza tions and ways we can help to support their endeavors. This year, we are happy to fea ture the arts in Catawba County. We are very blessed to have such a vibrant creative com munity. No matter what your economic status, ethnicity, or age, the arts bring us together like nothing else can. A thriving arts scene benefits more than the artists themselves. People want to be a part of a community where they can work and play. Other than revenue from ticket and admission sales, businesses gain revenue from both locals and out-of-town visitors at
tending events. They may go to dinner, or rent a hotel room, or do a little shopping while they are out and about. The artists buy supplies or take classes. The hosting venues need sup plies, services, and materials to function. By supporting the arts, you are supporting the economic and creative growth of our commu nity.
On the following pages, you will find out how you can assist these non-profits through volun teering and donations. You will also read how these organizations support our artists and our community’s creative atmosphere.
Recently, Hickory Living’s Kathy Wheeler interviewed Ingrid Keller, executive director of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Ingrid shared who the Arts Council supports and how we can help.
What does the United Arts Council of Catawba County do for our creative community and our community as a whole?
Our mission at the United Arts Council of Catawba County is to transform and strengthen the cultural life of our com munity through grants, marketing, fundraising, advocacy, and education. We also provide services like professional de velopment opportunities, advocacy, and marketing for local cultural organizations, individual artists, and creative events.
For the community as a whole, we enable diverse forms of art and culture to thrive and ensure broad accessibility and engagement with the arts culturally, socially, educationally, and economically. We connect our elected officials and business leaders to the arts in our community, and we lead cultural planning and the promotion of arts-friendly poli cies. We also impact economic health and growth through vibrant arts programs.
Currently, we are conducting an economic impact study to quantify the value of the arts in our community. The last study, done in 2015, revealed that our nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Catawba County are worth $49.2 million in economic impact.
Who are the grants and scholarships open to and what is the process for applying?
We have many grants and scholarships available for both organizations and individual artists. We welcome new ap plicants and encourage projects that cater to underserved audiences. Each funding opportunity comes with its own set of guidelines and process for applying. All of them are listed on our website at https://artscatawba.org/grantsscholarships.
In addition to grants, how do you support individual artists?
We promote artists through the Artist Directory on our website and in our ArtBeat publication. Exhibitions and art
ist collective meetings are listed on our website calendar. Through our Art Wall, we feature exhibits that rotate every three months. Currently through December 2022, we have the work of Missy Cleveland (pictured above), who received a 2022 Innovative Art ist Grant. Missy created the illustrations for a children’s book of poems written by Scott Owens. This exhibit features her original works for the book, as well as other pieces from her collection.
What organizations do you support and how?
Each year, we conduct a United Arts Fund campaign, which provides operating support for our eight funded affiliate organi zations: Catawba Science Center, The Green Room Community Theatre, Hickory Choral Society, Hickory Community Theatre, Hickory Landmarks Society, Hickory Museum of Art, Historical Association of Catawba County, and Western Piedmont Sym phony. We are a major source of grants for these institutions, plus our 58 associate organizations include groups like Hickory Ballet & Performing Arts and the Newton Performing Arts Center. We support events like the Footcandle Film Festival and Hickory
Playground, plus arts programming of organizations whose primary mission is not cultural, such as the Art in the Park festival organized by the Women’s Resource Center and arts-based programs for Seniors Morning Out by Senior Nutri tion Services. In addition to funding, we provide workshops and professional development opportunities geared toward cultural organizations. We also list cultural events on our web site calendar and advocate on behalf of our arts community.
How can people help?
We are seeking volunteers to help us collect surveys for our economic impact study. Anyone interested can email me directly at email@example.com.
We are always accepting donations for our United Arts Fund! Donations can be made on our website at https:// artscatawba.org/donate. You can also call our office 828-3244906 or mail a check with “UAF” in the memo to United Arts Council of Catawba County, 243 3rd Ave NE, Box 5, Hickory, NC 28601.
Tell me about your upcoming fundraiser Jingle Bell BASH. The Jingle Bell BASH (Benefitting Arts, Science and His tory) is our signature fundraiser, always the first Monday in December, so it is December 5th this year. It is a draw-down raffle with the chance to win a grand prize of $10,000! The second prize is $1,500 and third prize is $1,000. One ticket is $130, which admits two people to the party with compli mentary wine and beer, offerings from area caterers, a silent auction featuring original works of art from local artists and MORE! Doors open at 5:30 and the dress for the event ranges from evening cocktail to business casual to Christmas kitsch (think: ugly sweaters). You do not have to be present at the event to win. Anyone who doesn’t feel well or is not comfortable in crowds can support by purchasing a ticket and staying home the evening of the event.
Established in 1944
Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) is North Carolina’s second oldest are museum and was founded by Paul Whitener. HMA is our community’s gateway to a world of new ideas, bringing people together, and inspiring creativity through the power of art. From regional, national, contemporary folk art, and ground-breaking exhibitions to education pro grams, HMA presents unique opportunities for people to meet, explore, and have a new conversation. Those encoun ters happen in their galleries, programs, and events every day, and our community grows stronger because of it.
GuildHMA volunteers and donors play a huge role in mak ing the museum successful. Volunteers assist in education, shopHMA, HMA’s office, and with museum fundraising events. Every donation, large or small, makes a difference. Whether it’s through a gallery box donation, annual fund gift, memorial/tribute contribution, or through a planned giving commitment, donations raise the bar for exhibitions, collections, and make it possible to provide free admission to everyone in our community.
November and December Exhibitions
The first floor features artwork from HMA’s permanent col lection in “collectHMA: Paul’s Process” and “collectHMA: Pacific | Atlantic.”
The second floor features “Mel Chin: SEA to SEE” as well as “InsideOut Performance Fabric + Seaqual® Initiative.”
“An Evening with Mel Chin” on November 4 features an Artist Talk in the Drendel followed by a dessert reception with the artist.
Gingerbread House Party (December 3) and Holiday Orna ment Workshops (K-2nd Grade/November 29) and 3rd-6th Grade/December 6) are huge hits with the kids!
Don’t forget, HMA is open late on Thursdays until 8PM. For a complete list of events and art classes, visit: www.hickoryart.org/calendarofevents
Established in 1949
Hickory Community Theatre (HCT) was founded in the spring of 1949 but planning meetings and small perfor mances started the previous year. The first full length production, You Can’t Take It With You, was performed in October 1949 in the auditorium at Hickory City Hall. This has been the theatre’s home ever since.
HCT brings 10,000 to 12,000 visitors to downtown Hickory every year. It is second only to Oktoberfest. Theatre patrons dine at downtown restaurants and frequently return the next day to visit the unique stores they have discovered.
HCT welcomes over 300 volunteers annually and gives them the opportunity to explore their own creativity or support the creativity of others. Theatre is a collaborative art form, combining literature, music, and visual art to create a living cultural experience. The volunteers who act in pro ductions come from all walks of life. HCT is a place where a diverse group of people can come together to create art.
November and December Events
The Lifespan of a Fact: November 4-19 in the Firemen’s Kitchen
Theatre Guild Wine Tasting: November 8 in the Council Chambers
The Drowsy Chaperone: December 2-17 in the Jeffers Theatre
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: December 10 & 17 in the Jeffers Theatre
James Gregory Comedy Show: December 31 in the Jeffers Theatre
For times and tickets visit hickorytheatre.org/box-office. Information about all the ways you can get involved can be found on our website at hickorytheatre.org.
30 3rd St. NW, Hickory, NC 28601 (828) 328-2283
Established in 1987
In a normal season, over 32,000 people attend shows and educational programming or volunteer at The Green Room Community Theatre. These patrons stay to shop or dine and bring a great economic boost to the City of Newton and Catawba County.
Something for Everyone
The variety of The Green Room’s shows allows people from ages six and up the chance to audition. The Theatre offers classes, camps, and workshops for ages Pre-K through 12th grade. In addition, they offer adult education classes includ ing audition preparation and special effects makeup, as well as seminars on theatrical topics of interest.
Field trips are available to area students to attend shows uniquely suited to various age groups. These are offered at a discounted group rate and are often the only opportunities some students have to experience live theatre.
How You Can Support the Theatre
As a community theatre, all of the actors and stage crews are volunteers. The Green Room heavily relies on volunteers for their board of directors, box office workers, ushers, and all areas of technical assistance (costumes, props, set painting, etc).
Season tickets allow patrons to choose which shows they would like to attend. Corporate sponsorships are available at all levels and are vital in maintaining quality standards at affordable prices.
November and December Productions
Cinderella: November 18-December 4, 2022
The Nutcracker: December 9-11, 2022
The Elves and The Shoemaker: December 17, 2022 at 11 am Puddingstone: December 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm
See website for details including showtimes and ticket costs.
10 S Main Ave, Newton, NC (828) 464-6583 www.thegreenroomtheatre.org
Established in 1964
Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS) is the professional orchestra of North Carolina’s western foothills. For 58 years, WPS has enriched and engaged the communities of the Catawba Valley through high-quality symphonic music with creative, relevant performances and educational opportunities for all ages. Each season, the Symphony presents an inspir ing classical Masterworks series, a fun and unique Foothills Pops series, a variety of genres in the Chamber Classics series, the Youth Symphony and Debut Strings music ensembles for young musicians, plus education and engagement programs in the greater community, all under the artistic direction of Maestro Matthew Troy. The 2022-2023 season - Experience the Music. Hear Your Story. runs September through May and features acclaimed guest artists, dynamic performances, and inspiring music for all.
Temp-O’s is the volunteering community of the Symphony. By joining Temp-O’s, you can support your symphony on a schedule that works for you. From ushering and ticket-tak ing, marketing, or special events, there is something fun for everyone. Learn more and sign up for Temp-O’s by visiting, wpsymphony.org/volunteer
Western Piedmont Symphony appreciates the generosity of our donors. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a differ ence to help WPS keep the music playing. To support your symphony by donating, visit wpsymphony.org/donate.
November and December Performances
Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Classics: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block
Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks: Orchestral Blockbusters P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir-Rhyne University
Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. Foothills Pops: Holiday Spectacular J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Tickets are available at: wpsymphony.org, WPS Box Of fice, 243 Third Ave. NE, Suite 1-N in Hickory, (Open M–F from 10AM – 4PM), or at the venue one-hour prior to a concert. For more info, call 828.324.8603.