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The Golden Egg Hunt Harrisburg, NC

Easter eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg: Stallings Park, Harrisburg Park, Pharr Mill Park, Harris Depot Park and Veteran’s Park. If you are one of the lucky people to find a golden egg with a ticket in it (there are 100), you can redeem your prize at Harrisburg Park on Thurs, March 29 from 6pm to 8pm. 3/29/2018

Easter Egg Hunt at Hartsell Field 65 Sunderland Rd. Concord, NC

Ages 2-10 at 2:00 pm Bring your basket to carry home your eggs! 3/29/2018

Easter Egg Hunt at Caldwell Park 65 Sunderland Rd. Concord, NC

Ages 2-10 at 4:00 pm Bring your basket to carry home your eggs!


Annual EASTER EGG HUNT Dan Nicholas Park

6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC

All Ages Infant to 10yrs at 11:00am For more information call 704-216-7800 Visit 3/31/2018

Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Fest Gold Hill, NC

Ages 10 & Under 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 3/31/2018

Ellis Park

3541 Old Mocksville Road, Salisbury, NC All ages 11:00 am



165 Academy Avenue NW Concord, NC

550 Sloan Road Mount Ulla, NC

Easter Jamboree at Webb Field

Sloan Park

For All Ages at 2:00pm Bring your basket to carry home your eggs!

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1/27/2017 - 2/4/2017 Act One The Meroney Theater Tony Award-winning writer and director James Lapine has adapted Act One for the stage, creating a funny, heartbreaking and suspenseful play that celebrates the making of a playwright and a Broadway legend! 704-633-5471 2/1/2017 Ordinary to Extraordinary Salisbury Business Center The exhibit will feature a variety of works in different mediums from paintings to photography to oversized scultpures. Art work will be available for viewing Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. 2/1/2017 - 2/28/2017 Rare African American Doll Exhibit Spencer Doll and Toy Museum Regardless of one’s cultural background, everyone has a story to tell. African American history is filled with stories of enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures. Black dolls have played a critical role in building a diverse American society and rich African American culture. Admission fees applies.

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The exhibit will be during r egular msueum hours: Thursday - Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00 PM. 704-762-9359 2/2/2017 6th Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Salisbury Wine Shop What goes best with wine? Cholocate! Don’t miss the 6th Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting with Andrew Alley of 17th Street Distributing at 7:00PM. Prepaid reservations only. 704-636-5151 2/2/2017 6th Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Salisbury Wine Shop What goes best with wine? Cholocate! Don’t miss the 6th Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting with Andrew Alley of 17th Street Distributing at 7:00PM. Prepaid reservations only. 704-636-5151 2/3/2017 Wine About Winter Downtown Salisbury Tour the wines of Rowan County, North Carolina and beyond in Downtown Salisbury during the 4th Annual Wine About Winter event starting at 5:00PM. Participants will be given a walking map of Downtown Salisbury with the shops that will be handing out samples of wine. A free hop-on, hop-off trolley service will be provided for the evening. Remember: no wine or whining on the sidewalks! 2/4/2017 Salisbury Symphony presents Family Concert Keppel Auditorium Join race car driver Kyle Petty, son of Richard and Lynda Petty, for his first ever performace with a symphony orchestra at 4:00PM at the Keppel Auditorium. Other special performers with the orchestra for this concert are the Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus, members of the Rowan All- County Band and the Rowan Youth Orchestra. 704-637-4314 2/4/2017 21st Annual Father Daughter Dance Salisbury Civic Center Dads are invited to bring their daughter(s) to the 21st Annual Father Daughter Dance at the Salisbury Civic Center from 6:00 - 9:00PM. 704-216-7529 2/4/2017 Mipso LIVE Lee Street theatre Enjoy the musical sounds of the North Carolina quartet, Mipso! Show begins at 7:30PM. 704-310-5507 Continued to page 9

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he Polar Plunge will be Saturday, February 10th at the Elks River Park on Long Ferry Road in Salisbury. To take the plunge for Special Olympics you must raise or donate a minimum of $25. Don’t want to go at it alone? Form a team and jump with all of your friends. Awards are given to


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both individuals and teams who raise the most money. There will also be a costume contest just before the plunge, so get creative. Lunch will be provided onsite for all plunge participants. After the plunge hang around for the post plunge party with music, door prizes, and awards. You may either register on site or by visiting www.polarplungenc. com. Contact Jesse Byrd at (704) 7385134 if you have any questions.

CITY PARK 316 Lake Drive

The largest of the city’s parks, this 41-acre park features a recreation center, two play structures, a climbing wall, six tennis courts, two picnic shelters with tables, grills, a three acre scenic lake and the Patriots Flag Concourse and Memorial.

DAN NICHOLAS PARK 6800 Bringle Ferry Road

Rowan County’s largest park with 410 acres. Includes campground, lake for fishing and paddleboats. Petting zoo and bear habitat. Carousel, putt-putt, ballfields, playgrounds, shelters, picnic areas, sports fields, and store at lake.


Jaycee-Optimist Sports Complex 1113 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave

17.8 acre park has two lighted baseball/softball fields, a play structure, two three on three basketball courts, outdoor fitness equipment, a paved walking trail, bocce courts, horse shoe pits and picnic tables.

​ elsey Scott Park K 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road

A play structure, picnic shelter with tables and grills, one softball field, two basketball courts and a 9-hole disc golf course make up this 21.7 acre park and connector to the Salisbury Greenway.

LINCOLN POOL & PARK 110 Old Concord Road

The only Salisbury Park that has a splash pad, it also has basketball courts, grills and picnic area, and playground equipment.


Ellis Park is the smallest county park at 11 acres It has playground equipment, shelters, and sports fields.

314 acres off Hurley School Road offer a variety of sports fields (soccer and ball fields), a wellstocked fishing lake, picnic areas, and playground. It also has a concession and bathroom area.

HURLEY PARK Annandale and Lake Drive

SLOAN PARK 550 Sloan Road, Mount Ulla

A joint venture between public and private interests between the James F. Hurley family and the City of Salisbury. Hurley Park is a 16 acre park composed of woodlands, streams, gardens and quiet pathways. It also serves the community for weddings, walking programs, informal meetings and an annual spring celebration.

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2/4/2017 Black Gold: NC Slavery and Reed Gold Mine Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site Midland Specialty tour for Black History Month which focuses on the enslaved population of this area and their role in North Carolina’s gold mining history. This tour will be hosted every Saturday at 3:00 pm in February for a cost of $2.00 for individuals over the age of 8. 2/5/2017 Exceptional Glam Events Winter Bridal Show 508 Event Center Kannapolis, NC 1:00-5:00pm Our event features an amazing selection of professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination, and much more! Whether you envision a formal black-tie affair or a casual barefoot ceremony on the beach, our carefully selected experts are ready to offer advice in creating timeless memories for your perfect wedding. www.exceptionalglameventshows. 704-978-7751 2/9 /2017 - 2/25/2017 “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” Old Courthouse Theater Concord, NC 8 – 10pm Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! 2/10/2017 Wine & Dine on the Rails NC ransportation Museum ~ Spencer, NC This special trains features a cocktail hour inside the museum, a leisurely train ride around the 60-acre historic site and a three course meal served by a top-rated chef aboard the train! For the first seating, there will be a cocktail hour from 4:00-5:00PM, boarding will begin at 5:00PM and dinner will be from 5:15-6:30PM. For the second seating, cocktail hour will be from 6:45- 7:45PM, boarding will begin at 7:15PM and dinner will be from 8:00-9:15PM. 704-636-2889 2/11/2017 - 4/11/2017 A Sense of Place Waterworks Visual Arts Center Enjoy A Sense of Place, an exhibit at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. The exhibit features Harriet Hoover’s Family Fruit, Ann Marie Kennedy’s New

Work and a selection of contempory Southern photography titled The Do Good Fund. The exhibit is free and open during 10:00AM to 5:00PM. 704-636-1882 2/14/2017 Wine Tasting at Mean Mug Coffee Mean Mug Coffee Shop ~ Salisbury Every second tuesday of each month at 7:00PM, Mean Mug Coffee offers you the opportunity to try some fabulous wines and take a few bottles of your favorites home to enjoy! RSVP is required; please email: 2/16/2017 A Celebration of Romance Novels Rowan Public Library Enjoy an afternoon of tea and lively conversation among fellow admirers of romance novels. This event is for readers of romance to come together and discuss their favorite characters, authors and genres. 704-216-8243 2/17-25/2017 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. Producing Partners: Edward & Susan Norvell.Tickets on sale Feb 13th. Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10. 704-633-5471 2/21-22/2017 PPT Youth Auditions for ‘TALES OF A 4TH GRADE NOTHING’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury A humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling! Based on the popular title by perennial favorite Judy Blume. Producing Partners: Owen & Elizabeth Norvell Auditions will be held at 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Auditions by appointment only. 704-633-5471. 2/22/2017 - 2/25/2017 The Children’s Hour Hedrick Theatre ~Catawba College A hallmark of modern American theater, and a major Continued to page 15 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘18


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ialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film. As a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. A truly “boffo” hit, winning

a record 12 Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night, the original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre in April 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and ran for 2502 performances. The plot is simple: a down-on-hisluck Broadway producer and his mildmannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime for Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure Continued to page 13


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Village Park 700 W C Street Kannapolis

Baker’s Creek Park 1275 W A Street Kannapolis

Dorton Park 5790 Poplar Tent Rd Concord

Frank Liske Park Vietnam Veterans Park Camp T.N. Spencer Park 4001 Stough Road 760 Orphanage Road 3155 Foxford Road Concord Concord Concord Pharr Mill Road Park 6775 Pharr Mill Rd Harrisburg

Rob Wallace Park 12900 Bethel School Rd Midland

Cabarrus County Parks Department PO Box 707 • Concord NC 28026-0707

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success on the Broadway stage, Lillian Hellman’s groundbreaking story of scandal and hysteria is timeless and hard-hitting drama at its finest! When a malicious student starts an unfounded rumor, an entire community is quickly engulfed in a devastating firestorm of misunderstanding, accusation, and hostility. With crackling dialogue, and Hellman’s impeccable sense of timing and suspense, The Children’s Hour is a searing, riveting play that exposes the insidious power of lies, and their capacity to breed ignorance, intolerance, and fear. Show begins at 7:30PM. 2/23/2017 - 3/4/2017 The Diary of Anne Frank Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center Salisbury The story of Anne Frank, a young girl swept up in the turmoil of the Holocaust, captured the hearts of millions when her personal diary was published under the guidance of her father after World War II. Anne Frank’s life told through her own words gave a deeper understanding of what the Holocaust meant for thousands of families under Hitler’s tyranny and the play adaptation is eerily poignant in its retelling. Show begins at 7:30PM. 704-370-5507 2/25/2017 - 2/26/2017 Blood Done Sign My Name St. Johns Lutheran Church Salisbury St. John’s will be hosting two performances of Blood Done Sign My Name. The play tells the true story about the murder of Henry Marrow, a black Vietnam veteran, and the impact of his death on the town of Oxford, North Carolina. Performances will be on February 25 @ 7:30pm and February 26 @ 4:00pm. 704-636-3431 2/25/2017 - 2/26/2017 C & E Gun Show Cabarrus Arena & Event Center Concord, NC Our exhibitors have an incredible knowledge base and are able to help customers find what they’re looking for. Our exhibitors can easily answer virtually all questions and concerns a consumer may have. That level of variety and knowledge is nearly impossible to find anywhere else. www. 704-920-3976 3/24/2018 - 3/29/2018 The Golden Egg Hunt Easter eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg: Stallings Park, Harrisburg Park, Pharr Mill Park, Harris Depot Park and Veteran’s Park. Families may search for eggs between Saturday, March 24th and Thursday, March 29, 2018 during

park hours. Plastic colored eggs will have a small piece of candy or a small toy that you may keep. If you are one of the lucky people to find a golden egg with a ticket in it (there are 100), you can redeem your prize at Harrisburg Park on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. On Thursday, March 29th: We invite children and their families to Harrisburg Park (191 Sims Parkway) between 6pm and 8pm to enjoy other fun Easter activities including Vendors, the Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Food, Inflatables and More! Park Locations and Hours: Harrisburg Park: 191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg, NC 28075; Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, Monday through Sunday Harris Depot Park: 6950 Harris Depot Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075; Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, Monday through Sunday Pharr Mill Park: 6775 Pharr Mill Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075; Hours:Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, Monday through Sunday Stallings Park: 4088 Stallings Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075; Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, Monday through Sunday Veteran’s Park: 4100 Main Street, Harrisburg NC 28075 (behind Harrisburg Town Hall); Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, Monday through Sunday If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Shawn Marble at: smarble@ or 704-455-0724. 3/3/2017 First Friday in Downtown Salisbury Downtown Salisbury Enjoy Downtown Salisbury with friends and family while eating and shopping local! Stores will remain open until 9:00PM. 704-637-7814 3/4/2017 - 4/22/2017 At The Throttle 2017 North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer, NC At the Throttle is back at the N.C. Transportation Museum. You can power down the tracks behind the Lehigh Valley Coal #126 and learn how to run a vintage diesel locomotive. As a participant, you’ll enjoy a one-on-one training session and 1/2 hour of “at the throttle’ time. No previous locomotive experience is required. 3/4/2017 - 10/28/2017 Salisbury Ghost Walk Tours Downtown Salisbury Through out weekends in March through October, Salisbury turns into a ghost town... literally! Take a walk through Downtown Salisbury to try and Continued to page 19 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘18


Ring in Spring at the Bell Tower Saturday, March 24th

11am - 2 pm

At the Bell Tower

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is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. With a truly hysterical book cowritten by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) with music and lyrics by Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” Piedmont Players Theatre’s live stage production of THE PRODUCERS opens at the Meroney Theater on March 15th. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 5th. Ticket prices: Adults $20, Students & Seniors $17. For tickets call 704633-5471 or purchase online at!

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catch a peek of a hiding ghoul. Don’t forget your camera and flashlight! Tours are 90 minutes long. 704-798-3102 3/9/2017 The Listening Room The Davis Theatre ~ Concord 10am – 2pm The Davis Theatre’s version of an open mic night returns for a second year to give local talent the opportunity to perform in a casual atmosphere. Davis Domingo of the Fuzzbucket Music Company is the host. Performers must apply in advance and be approved. Acts should be G-rated. For information, call 704-920-2787 or email If you’re not a performer, come see your friends and neighbors! 704-920-2787 3/9/2017 Our State’s Finest Salisbury Symphony Orchestra See North Carolain’s finest muscians, the North Carolina Symphony, perform at the Keppel Auditorium at 7:30PM under the direction of David Glover. www.salisburysymphonync.weebly. com/calendar.html 704-637-4314 3/10/2017 - 10/20/2017 Legends By Lantern Tours North Carolina Transportation Museum Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends, and tales of Spencer shops that defy reason and logical explanation. The 90 minute tour includes a behind the scenes, after hours’ view of the Bob Julian Roundhouse estoration bays, the site of numerous strange occurances. 704-636-2889 3/16-25/2017 Piedmont Players Theatre presents ‘SISTER ACT’ The Meroney Theater 213 S. Main Street, Salisbury Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Producing Partners: Ed Brown, John A. Basinger & David Post. Tickets on sale Mar 6th. Adults $20, Students/Seniors $17. 704-633-5471 3/17/2017 Classic Country Show Lee Street theatre ~ Salisbury Featuring Salisbury’s own country musicians, join 16

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Lee Street for a night of your favorite country songs at 7:30PM. 704-3105507 3/20-21/2017 PPT Auditions for ‘TOM JONES’ The Meroney Theater 213 S. Main Street, Salisbury Adapted from the classic novel by Henry Fielding, Tom Jones is a bawdy - swashbuckling comedy that will have audiences in stitches. Producing Partners: Crescent Construction & First National Bank Auditions will be held at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Meroney. 704-633-5471. PiedmontPlayers. com 3/24/2017 Chatham County Line Lee Street theatre ~ Salisbury Come see bluegrass band, Chatham County Line, at Lee Street theatre at 7:30pm. 704-310-5507 3/24/2017 Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style) Spencer Doll and Toy Museum Antiques dealer, Michael Hanson, will take a look at your items and offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of merchandise, including toys. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascination truths about these finds! The cost is $5.00 per item with a limit of 2 items per person. The event begins at 10:00AM. 704-762-9359 3/25-26/2017 CBA Spring Swap Meet & Bike Show Rowan County Fairgrounds This annual CBA swap meet and bike show attracts over 5,000 bikers. This is the chance to see a unique array of motorcycles and cars. Lots of accessories and car parts will also be available for sale! Doors open at 10:00AM. 704-577-1546 3/25/2017 Too Much Sylvia in Concert Morgan Ridge Vineyard Too Much Syvlia will be performing at the Pavilion at Morgan Ridge Vineyards from 4:00PM 8:00PM. This will be a fun night to enjoy good

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music, delicious food and lots of wine and beer! 704-639-0911

Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the 30th Annual Hurlkey Park Spring Celebration fron 2:00 - 4:00PM. 704-638-4459

3/30/2017 - 4/1/2017 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Florence Busby Corriher Theatre An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, poutinducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Show begins at 7:30PM.

4/7/2017 Easter First Friday Downtown Salisbury Come celebrate the Easter season with friends and family in Downtown Salisbury while the shops stay open later. The event begins at 5:00 PM. 704-637-7814

3/30-4/8/2017 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents ‘TALES OF A 4TH GRADE NOTHING’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury A humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling! Based on the popular title by perennial favorite Judy Blume. Producing Partners: Owen & Elizabeth Norvell Tickets on sale Mar 20. Adults $14, Students/Seniors $12. 704-633-5471.

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4/1/2017 Colonial Spring Frolic Old Stone House Salisbury, NC Celebrate spring and the re-opening of the Old Stone House for the season. Historic tours of Michael Brown’s colonial home, Easter egg dyeing activity, musket firing demonstrations, wood working, open fire cooking demonstrations and tastings, candle making, chidlren’s games, colonial dancers and music! 704-633-5946 4/2/2017 30th Annual Hurley Park Celebration Hurley Park ~ Salisbury, NC

4/8/2017 -4/10/2017 19th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium Salisbury, NC 19th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Event begins on Friday at Landmark Church with Friendship Banquet, lecture, music, recognition of veterans, and door prizes. Saturday at Catawba College includes 6 lectures, light refreshments, displays, and books. On Sunday there is a 10:00 am public Memorial Service at the Salisbury National Cemetery for those who died at the Salisbury Prison and an 11:00 am a public Memorial Service at the Old Lutheran Cemetery for Confederate soldiers who died in Salisbury. Confederate and Union reenactors will comprise the Honor Guard. Tour of Prison site after lunch for registrants. Registration $65 per person when postmarked by March 18, $75 afterwards. $15 charge for refunds after March 20. No refunds after April 1. Send checks to Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, UDC, PO Box 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0083. For additional information contact Symposium Chairman Sue Curtis (704) 637-6411, 4/9/2017 Salisbury Symphony presents Verdis Requiem Keppel Auditorium ~ Catawba College In “Monumental” on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Keppel, the symphony will present Verdi’s “Requiem” with multiple choirs. Soloists include Angela Rene Simpson, soprano; Christy Brown, mezzo-soprano; James Allbritten, tenor; and Jake Gardner, bass-baritone. This concert is sponsored by Dr. W. Gerald Cochran. 704-637-4314 4/9/2017 Monumental Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Continued page 25 Listen to the beautiful music and voices oftotosoloists Continued page 28 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘18


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Angela Rene Simpson, Cristy Brown, James Allbritten and Richard Ollarsaba in Requiem, Verdi at 3:00PM. 704-637-4314 4/15/2017 Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Fest Historic Gold Hill Grab your baskets for an exciting Easter Egg Hunt at Historic Gold Hill beginning at 11:00AM. 4/15/2017 Easter Bunny Express Easter Egg Hunt and Steam Engine Caboose Train Rides NCTransportation Museum ~ Spencer, NC The annual Easter Egg Hunt is the perfect event to celebrate Easter at the NC Transportation Museum! The Lehigh Valley Coal #126 steam locomotive will be pulling six colorful cabooses on the Caboose Train and there will be lots of eggs to find! 4/22/2017 One Acts Festival Florence Busby Corriher Theatre Don’t miss out on this FREE show, hosted by Catawba College theatre! 4/28/2017 - 4/30/2017 20th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy Friday, April 28, 2017, Friendship Banquet with lecture, 5pm-9pm at Landmark Church; Saturday, April 29, six lectures at Catawba College, 9am 4pm; Sunday, April 30, two free public Memorial Services, 10am - 12 Noon at Historic Salisbury National Cemetery and Old Lutheran Cemetery; Afternoon tour of Prison site for Symposium registrants. Contact Symposium Chairman Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, of accessories and car parts will also be available for sale! 704-577-1546 4/27/2017 - 4/29/2017 Alice in Wonderland Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center Salisbury Return with Alice to the magical world from her childhood adventure. This dance showcase will tell the story of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and her battle with the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The show begins at 7:30PM. 704-370-5507

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The N.C. Transportation Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017, and it was a banner year. The museum hosted a record 143,000 visitors, representing a 29% increase from the year before. Over 52,000 people enjoyed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. The museum saw the best-ever paid visitation for Day Out With Thomas™, the best single day event numbers ever with the


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Fire Truck Festival, and celebrated the completed external restoration of the TEXAS locomotive, famed for its participation in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 and its role in modernizing the city of Atlanta during Reconstruction.


he museum also opened its largest building, the Back Shop, for the first time in 40 years, populating the 90,000 square feet with fire trucks, automobiles, trolleys, and aviation artifacts. The building also continues to host the restoration of the Piedmont Airlines DC-3. Following such a spectacular year, museum officials plan to continue that trend of growth in 2018, with great exhibits and events and even more opportunities for visitors to experience transportation history.

Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718 In 1718, the famed and feared pirate, Blackbeard, ran his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, aground near what is now known as Beaufort Inlet. Three hundred years later, items from that ship are making

their way across the state, appearing at the N.C. Transportation Museum Jan. 17 through Feb. 27. “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718” is a traveling exhibit created by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources featuring items from the sunken Queen Anne’s Revenge. The ship was discovered in 1996, proven to be Blackbeard’s flagship, and ever since, items have been pulled from the depths, painstakingly documented, and preserved. Items are displayed at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, but during the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s adventures along the North Carolina coast “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718” is telling the pirate’s tale across the state. Continued to page 29

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continued from page 27 The exhibit is available with regular admission, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/ military, and $4 for children 3-12. Two years of age and under are free. “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718” features weaponry, nautical tools, and personal items that belonged to those pirates under Blackbeard’s command. Touch screens will tell the pirate’s story and provide information on the shipwreck’s recovery. Hands on activities and replica items will explore 18th century pirate life, while a gallows and gibbet will show how these sailors paid for their piratical crimes. “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718” will also include hands-on kid’s activities like pirate dress up, with available pirate garb and photo op stations. Kids can make their own pirate flag, and hoist it upon the mini-mast. A rope tying station will teach kids to tie the knots used by pirates. Bell ringing activities also show how pirates regulated their day, announcing changes of the watch, meal times, prayers, and danger. Those wishing to learn more about the exhibit may visit Those wishing to learn more about ongoing recovery efforts of the Queen Anne’s Revenge may visit

Wine and Dine on the Rails The N.C. Transportation Museum will offer some romance around the Valentine’s Day holiday, with “Wine & Dine on the Rails” Feb. 9 and 10. Those purchasing tickets aboard this special train will enjoy a cocktail hour, followed by a leisurely train ride around the museum while enjoying a four-course meal by Chef Matt Trexler. Wines are presented by event sponsor Shelton Vineyards. Tickets may be purchased online at

Spring Train Rides While a more limited train ride schedule is offered during the months of January and February, the museum expands the train ride schedule and operating hours in March. Spring Train Rides begin March 1, offered each Thursday and Friday at 10:30, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Train rides Saturdays are offered at 10:30, 11:30am, 1:30 and 2:30pm. Sunday train rides are offered at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. Regular museum admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, and $4 for children 3-12. Ages two and under are free. Museum plus the on-site train ride is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/military, and $8 for children 3-12. Ages two and under ride free. Those wishing to learn more about the N.C. Transportation Museum can do so at www., and all are encouraged to follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The museum is located at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, NC 28159. O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘18



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Out & About Spring 2018  

Where to Eat, Shop & Play in Rowan & Cabarrus County

Out & About Spring 2018  

Where to Eat, Shop & Play in Rowan & Cabarrus County