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By Susan Shinn Turner

leanor Qadirah is feeling nostalgic. Maybe that’s why she’s themed the Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival “Family Reunion.” This year’s event is set for Oct. 21, from 3 to 11 p.m., in the Salisbury Post parking lot facing Fisher Street. To give the festival plenty of breathing room, the portions of the streets surrounding the Post lot — Church, Fisher and Jackson— will be closed. Not only will the festival tip its hat to longtime performers, it will remember performers no longer with us. One of those folks includes the late Jackie

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Torrence, storyteller extraordinaire, a classmate of Qadirah’s. Torrence has been dead for 13 years, she says. “That’s how fast time goes.” In the line-up for this year’s event are Bob “Blazin’ Blues” Paolino, the Rowan Big-Band All Stars, Mac Arnold, Live House Band, Joe Robinson, Diana Tuffin, Butch Stewart, and Patty Ray and the Virginia Blues Band. The festival’s youth headliner is 14-year-old Nathan Pope. Paolino was there for the first year, and has played with few exceptions at each one since, he says. “It’s something

not every town our size has. It’s a real plus for our town.” Paolino notes that the festival complements Salisbury’s already rich arts and music scene. “It’s always a lot of fun. Eleanor has always been able to secure a really good headliner.”

He doesn’t charge to play, instead choosing to give back to the community from which he’s received so much. Paolino has had a passion for the blues since his early 40s. The self-proclaimed amateur blues historian says that the blues “is the one truly indigenous music continued on page 11

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August 2017 7/24/2017 - 12/31/2017 Cheerwine: Celebrating 100 Years Rowan Museum - Salisbury, NC Celebrate 100 years of Cheerwine while learning about the historic soda brand that started right here in Rowan County! The exhibit is open Friday - Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 704-633-5946

7/24/2017 - 2/28/2018 How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western NC NC Transportation Museum Spencer, NC “How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western NC” tells the story of the coming of the railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos, narratives, historic photos and artifacts, visitors can view the history of rail in Western NC and learn about the high drama in construction, the dangers of building a railroad grade and the despair that came with the loss of so many lives on the railroad. The NC Transportation Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday. 704-636-2889

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7/24/2017 - 9/2/2017 Personal Narratives. Relationships. Identity. Waterworks Visual Arts Center Downtown Salisbury This exhibition at Waterworks Visual Arts Center is a site specific installation exploring personal narratives, relationships, and identity by Charlottebased South Korean artist, Rocyeun Kim, will pair with Raleigh-based neon artist Nate Sheaffer’s illuminated wall sculptures. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 704-636-1882 7/24/2017 - 1/1/2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show: Discover What’s Inside Downtown Salisbury The Annual Salisbury Sculpture Show features nineteen sculptures by talented artists. Sculptures may be seen around Downtown Salisbury and at three college campuses – Catawba College, Livingstone College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. 704-638-5235 7/24/2017 - 8/29/2017 Salisbury Ghost Walk Tour Rowan County Administration Building Join Boo for a fun-filled walk through Downtown Salisbury to try and catch a peek of a hiding ghoul. Don’t forget your camera and flashlight! Tours are 90 minutes long and begin at 7 p.m. 704-798-3102 7/27/2017 - 8/5/2017 Tom, Dick and Harry The Meroney Theater ~ Downtown Salisbury A hilarious story of three brothers, one attempting to adopt a baby with his wife and the other two trying to help but failing miserably. Any fan of old-fashioned farce will love Tom, Dick and Harry. 704-633-5471 7/26/2017 - 12/13/2017 Salisbury and Rowan County Farmers’ Market Corner of S. Jackson and W. Fisher Home to the best local produce in Rowan County, the Salisbury and Rowan County Farmers’ Market has a wide variety of products from corn and tomatoes in the summer to pumpkins and squash in the fall. They also have local meat, eggs, flowers, bread, and other baked goods? The market will be open from mid April to mid December on Wed. and Sat. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the corner of S. Jackson and W. Fisher. You can find live music, kid activities and food demonstrations every week! Continued to page 9

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7/28/2017 - 7/19/2019 Montgomery Store Bluegrass Jam Historic Gold Hill For more than twelve years, musicians from all over the region gather at the old 1840 general store in Gold Hill every Friday evening to swap tunes, compare instruments, and entertain those who love to listen to Traditional Bluegrass and Old Time music 704-267-9439 7/29/2017 - 7/20/2019 Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery Tour Morgan Ridge RailWalk Brewery & Eatery Learn how Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery makes awesome beer with a $10 brewery tour that includes a pint of beer and souvenir glass. Brewery tours begin at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. every Saturday. Reservations are preferred. 704-754-8379 7/29/2017 - 10/28/2017 Historic Salisbury Trolley Tour Rowan County Visitors Center Take a ride through Historic Downtown Salisbury and let our narrators guide you by historic sites such as the original Cheerwine building, the Salisbury National Cemetery and the site of the only prison in North Carolina during the Civil War. You will also see film locations of popular movies and TV shows and hear a ghost story or two. Discover shopping, restaurants, theaters and plenty of public art. Enjoy learning about the city’s past and how it has influenced the present on a F&M Bank Trolley every Saturday from April - October. This one hour tour begins at 11 a.m. at the Rowan County Visitors Center. Enjoy more of Salisbury with a combination ticket! The ticket includes admission into three additional locations; the Dr. Josephus Hall House, Old Stone House and Rowan Museum, and $2 off your purchase at Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery and New Sarum Brewing Company. Historic Salisbury Trolley Tour tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10 and free for children under 5. Historic Salisbury Combination tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for children ages 5-10 and free for children under 5. salisbury-trolley 704-638-3100

8/6/2017 Carolina Bridal Fair Cabarrus Arena & Events Center 4551 Old Airport Rd, Concord, NC 12 – 5pm The Carolinas’ Ultimate Wedding Planning Event! When you visit Carolina Bridal Fair and meet wedding professionals from both Carolina’s, planning your wedding will be easier and more FUN! Taste cakes and catering options, see amazing flowers and find new ideas in our inspiration area. Registered brides get $1,000 in Carolina Bridal Bucks to spend like cash with participating exhibitors you’ll meet at the show. Plus they are eligible to win amazing door and grand prizes (even a honeymoon getaway) throughout the day. Tickets at the door $12.00 (cash only) BOGO online in advance at www. 704-574-3977 Continued to page 15

7/29/2017 - 12/30/2017 New Sarum Brewery Tour New Sarum Brewing Company New Sarum offers brewery tours the first & last Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Come early or stay after the tour to enjoy the beer! 704-310-5048 O&A Aug/Sept/Oct ‘17


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form in this country. Country music and jazz music followed, but blues was really first.” Paolino praises the festival for bringing more diversity to the area. “It brings people of different backgrounds and races together.” His fondest festival memory, he says, was the year he played the music of Robert Johnson during a presentation by Torrence. Qadirah also promises several surprise performers as part of the reunion theme. The idea is for everyone to come and

gather, whether with their own family or as a part of the local jazz family, she says. “My family comes for this, and a lot of our audience members come from out of town.” Qadirah is issuing a call for volunteers to come and help set up and break down the event. She would also like to have a few more sponsors, too. This year’s sponsors include David Post, Downtown Salisbury, Miller Davis, F&M, Rowan Arts Council, Woodleaf Lanes, United Beverage and Fibrant.

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The festival’s roots stretch all the way back to 1999, when the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society was formed. Its mission: to preserve, promote and present the art forms of Blues and Jazz music through educational programs in our schools, our community and through annual Blues and Jazz Festivals; to encourage youth musicians and bands through performances with more experienced musicians as well as their peers; to support local charitable events selected by board members; and, to create lasting relationships with our community through partnerships with our local businesses. Its goals: to provide mentoring opportunities to young musicians through weekend music clinics; to

acquire a mobile unit to be used to present blues, jazz and other art forms to our community; to offer blues and jazz entertainment and education at nursing homes, senior meal centers, neighborhood associations, parks and other public venues; to recognize and promote blues and jazz musicians of the Piedmont Region of North Carolina; to provide live blues and jazz performances to the public; to educate the public about blues and jazz as American art forms; and, to produce a PBS documentary program of the play “Blues Story,” written by local storyteller Jackie Torrence. For more information about the Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival, please visit or phone 704-636-3277.

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An International Theater Project Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Historical Background: Heinrich (Henry) Mühlenberg studied languages, music and theology in the German cities Göttingen and Halle. Ordained as a Lutheran minister in Leipzig, he accepted a call in 1741 to administer to fledgling Lutheran congregations in the English Colonies on the American Continent. Mühlenberg joined the scattered and directionless churches in and around Philadelphia and forged them into an American denomination that could effectively serve the flood of European immigrants in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg is known today as 14 O&A Aug/Sept/Oct ‘17

the “patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America”. The Play: In God’s Own Country not only tells the story of Mühlenberg’s struggle to establish the Lutheran Church in America, but also focuses on the plight of those immigrants who came to the colonies in search of religious and political freedom. Flight and expulsion, indentured servitude and the search for asylum, civic responsibility as well as cultural and religious tolerance are central themes. continued on page 17

8/12/2017 Concerts in the Park Village Park The Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the arrival of the 2017 Concert in the Park Series. All concerts in the park are free of charge and open to the public! Bring blankets and lawn chairs to relax and enjoy to music! Make your own picnic or buy from the consession stand. Parking for all events will be available at the outer parking lots along Dale Earnhardt Blvd. and down West C Street. All concerts are from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, August 12: Diamond Rio with fireworks 704-920-4349 8/12/2017 - 11/11/2017 Kannapolis Cruise-In Downtown Kannapolis The Kannapolis Cruise-In is an exciting event for car lovers of all ages. The Cruise-In is held the second Saturday of each month from March to November from 1 - 7 p.m. and brings out hundreds of show cars each time! Come enjoy the cruise! 704-932-3808 7/27/2017 - 9/28/2017 Kannapolis Farmers Market Downtown Kannapolis New and returning vendors offer a wide variety of fresh, local produce, as well as cheese, ice cream, honey, baked goods, prepared foods, spices, and crafts from 4-7p.m. every Thursday from April 27-September. This year’s vendors include: • Miller & Sons Produce - Rowan County family farm that grows strawberries, tomatoes, corn, cantaloupes, and more. • Kathryn’s Cottage Kitchen - Homemade pimento cheese, chicken salad, bleu cheese dressing, and ranch dressing from recipes passed down through the family. • Honeysuckle Hill Bee Farm - Local bees produce pure raw honey and several varieties of creamed honey. • Hammel Heritage Farm & Family Bakery Cabarrus County certified organic farm and baked goods. • Hometown Produce - Sells local produce, milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. Visitors can often enjoy free lemonade and food samples at several of the vendors! On August 10, Toi Degree from the Rowan County Extension Office will be at the market to provide some cooking and food demonstrations. 704-920-4349

8/8/2017 - 7/9/2019 Wine Tasting at Mean Mug Coffee Mean Mug Coffee Shop Every second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., 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: 8/4/2017 Movies in the Park City Park Lawn 704-638-5295 August 4: Trolls Enjoy a night under the stars watching your favorite movies! The movie will begin at 9:00 p.m. Don’t forget your blanket or chair! Concessions will be available. 8/10/2017 Speedway Classic of the Carolinas: Dog Show Cabarrus Arena and Events Center 4751 NC – Hwy. 49 Concord, NC This trial is open to all dogs fifteen (15) months of age or older that are registered with the American Kennel Club or that have AKC Limited Registration, Purebred Alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privileges (PAL/ILP), an AKC Canine Partners listing number, or approved Foundation Stock Service (FSS) breeds are eligible to participate. 8/10/2017 Thursdays on Main - Evening Series Veteran’s Park Held on the second Thursday in May, June, July and August, this evening music series will feature free performances by various musicians ranging from bluegrass to classical to country and rock music from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 704-920-4399 Thursday, August 10: Tim Clark Band 8/12/2017 Guided Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Concord Downtown Concord was ground zero for a plethora of events that shaped life not only for locals, but also for those throughout Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and the entire South! Join local author and historian Michael Eury through a guided historic walking tour of Downtown Concord! The tours will be on the second Saturday of the month. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until approximately 11:45 a.m. Cost is $10 per person, reservations must be made in advance, maximum of 16 attendees per tour. *Tour will meet in front of the CDDC office, located at 30 Cabarrus Ave., West - located in the Parking Deck of Downtown Concord.* Continued to page 16 O&A Aug/Sept/Oct ‘17


8/19/2017 Summer Cruise In Historic Gold Hill Love classic and antique cars, street rods and cycles, or have one to showcase? Then come on out to the Historic Village of Gold Hill for the Summer Cruise In from 1:00-7:00 p.m. 704-267-9439 8/19/2017 Darrell Harwood in Concert Morgan Ridge Vineyard Darrell Harwood will be performing at the Pavilion at Morgan Ridge Vineyards. This will be a fun night to enjoy good music, delicious food and fantasic local wine and beer! The concert will begin at 6 p.m. 704-639-0911 8/19/2017 Woodleaf Tomato Festival Unity Presbyterian Church Come celebrate the tomatoes of Woodleaf at the Woodleaf Tomato Festival on August 19, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a parade and Little Miss Tomato contest! A lot of fun awaits, so bring your friends and family! 704-278-4248

8/19/2017 Toast Kannapolis Laureate Center Toast Kannapolis will be from 2–6 p.m. in the Laureate Center. Local vineyards, wineries and breweries will be sharing a selection of their wines and beers. There will also be food, arts, crafts and local products for sale. Tickets are for sale in advance or at the door and admission includes a sourvenir wine glass or stein, hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes, and local sundries and crafts for purchase. 704-920-4349 8/19/2017 RiverDance Join the LandTrust for Central Carolinas at the F&M Trolley Barn in Downtown Salisbury for dancing, a silent auction, delicious food and a memorable summer night. 8/19/2017 Stories Under the Stars Kannapolis Library Stories Under the Stars is a unique literary performing arts event held at the Kannapolis Library from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, August 19: Jason Frame 704-920-4349

8/19/2017 - 10/21/2017 CruisIn The Grove Main Street China Grove Meet in China Grove the third Saturday of April, June, August and October for CruisIn The Grove! Grab a bite to eat, shop downtown and check out all the cool cars on Main Street from 3-7 p.m. 704-857-2466 8/20/2017 Blankets & Bluegrass Dr. Josephus Hall House You’re invited to the 2nd Annual Blankets & Bluegrass! This free event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is great for the whole family! Bring your own picnic, beer or wine and enjoy the best bluegrass musicians in Rowan County! 704-636-0103 Continued to page 19 16 O&A Aug/Sept/Oct ‘17

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The Landesbühnen Sachsen: The professional travelling repertory theater of the German province of Saxony with music theater, ballet and drama ensembles. Over 200 employees – among them the theater’s own props, scenery and costume departments, ticketing, marketing, sales and administration offices – are responsible for organizing, preparing and performing more than 600 performances each year in Saxony, Middle Germany and other European venues, such as Denmark, Austria, Poland, England, Cuba and Kosovo. Piedmont Players Theatre’s National premiere of In God’s Own Country

opens at the Meroney Theater on October 12th. For tickets and group rates call 704-633-5471.


October 12-14 & 18-21, 2017 at 7:30pm Matinee October 15, 2017 at 2:30pm Individual Tickets $25 Groups of 20 or more $20

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8/24/2017 - 9/2/2017 The Dixie Swim Club Lee Street Theatre Five Southern women, whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relations. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. 704-310-5507 8/26/2017 Kaleidoscope Art Festival & Zombie Walk Downtown Kannapolis The 2nd annual Kannapolis Arts Zombie Walk and Arts Festival kicks off at 4 p.m. and will feature performances by the Stray Cat Sideshow troupe with fire eating and sword swallowing; music by David Domingo and Co. as well as local “haunts” and hearses provided by the Reaper’s Rides hearse club. The festival will also feature entertainment from the Queens of D’Nile Studio belly dance troupe! Come celebrate Halloween early with the festival, which will include people dressing up in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and at 7:30 p.m. will feature a zombie walk around the North Carolina Research Community/Calendar 704-920-4349

8/24/2017 History on Tap Various Historic Places Explore Salisbury’s past by visiting some of the city’s most intriguing historic properties. From theatre to toys, beer to wine, cars to trains and everything in between, each of the tours will provide you with an educational and engaging experience via this town’s fantastic buildings. Here’s your chance to see - and taste - the real Salisbury on Thursday, August 24 rom 6 - 8 p.m. @ 121 Ridge Avenue 704-686-0108 8/26/2017 Home Brew Contest Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery Join Morgan Ridge RailWalk Brewery & Eatery for their first annual Home Brew Contest. Joel McCarson and Josh Tenery will be playing live music on the patio from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m. 704-754-8379 Continued to page 27

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College Night Out Thursday, August 24th 6 - 9 PM

Come out and meet the students and faculty from Salisbury’s colleges. Music, food, games, and much more!

1st Friday Shop~Dine~Stroll Summer Sip Craft Beer Tasting Tour

Friday, August 4th 5 - 9 PM Purchase tickets online at

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Friday, September 1st 5 - 9 PM

Special offers and late night shopping and dining in downtown! Music, food, games, and much more!

Downtown Salisbury’s 4th Annual ~

Busker’s Bash Friday, October 6th, 5 - 9 PM

5 - 9 pm ~ Special offers and late night shopping and dining in downtown!

Salisbury Sip Craft Beer Festival Saturday, September 9th 3 - 7 PM Purchase tickets online at

6 - 8 pm ~ Enjoy sidewalk music and entertainment throughout downtown, then VOTE for your favorite performers. Pick up your voting “pick packet” at various location throughout downtown. 9 pm ~ Grand Finale and prize giveaways for winning performers.

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7/29/2017 - 9/30/2017 Music at the Mural Salisbury Mural Join us at Salisbury’s iconic mural for hot music and a sizzling good time. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy free live music each month. Located directly across from Go Burrito! on Fisher Street. Show is from 8 - 11 p.m. August 26: The Lilly Brothers September 30: Knaughty Pine

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9/9/2017 - 2/3/2018 A Slice of History: Commemorating the LIFE and TIMES of Ben Martin Waterworks Visual Arts Center A retrospective of iconic images of world leaders, pop icons, and others, titled, A Slice of History: Commemorating the LIFE and TIMES of Ben Martin by renowned North Carolina TIME magazine photojournalist, Ben Martin, who passed away in February, will tie in with this year’s emphasis on regional history and its links to national and international events. At age 26, Martin was hired as TIME Magazine’s first staff photographer. His 33 year career at the magazine included ground breaking coverage of both national and international events, including coverage of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March and Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy’s funeral, and post WWII Hiroshima. A companion book will be published and available for purchase. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 704-636-1882

9/5/2017 - 9/6/2017 PPT Auditions for ‘IN GOD’S OWN COUNTRY’ The Meroney Theater 213 S. Main Street, Salisbury An International Theater Project Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Auditions will be held at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Meroney. 704-633-5471

9/9/2017 Salisbury Sip Craft Beer Festival Gateway Building Parking Lot At the Salisbury Sip Craft Beer Festival, you can enjoy sampling beers from various NC regions, listening to live music and eating from local food trucks in downtown Salisbury from 3-7 p.m. 704-637-7814

9/8/2017 - 9/16/2017 Cabarrus County Fair Cabarrus Arena and Events Center 4751 NC – Hwy. 49 Concord, NC Fair Hours: Weekdays 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM Sunday 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM Buildings Close 1 Hour prior to Fairgrounds ​Parking is FREE!

9/9/2017 Salisbury Sip Craft Beer Festival Gateway Building Parking Lot At the Salisbury Sip Craft Beer Festival, you can enjoy sampling beers from various NC regions, listening to live music and eating from local food trucks in downtown Salisbury from 3-7 p.m. 704-637-7814

9/9/2017 - 2/3/2018 Architecture and History Exhibition Waterworks Visual Arts Center Fiber and multimedia artist, Susan Lenz, returns to Waterworks Visual Art Center. Lenz’s exhibit, In Stitches, features large scale circular fiber pieces, of varying sizes, when hung, appear as if in conversation with one another. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 704-636-1882

9/15/2017 - 9/17/2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte Motor Speedway zMAX Dragway 5555 Concord Pkwy S. Concord, NC The NHRA’s best drivers begin their quest for supremacy in the first race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower machines to their limits! 800-455-3267 Continued to page 30

9/2/2017 Music at the Mill Main Street China Grove Don’t miss Music at the Mill the first Saturday of May, July and September! Grab a bite to eat and shop downtown on Main Street, then listen to music under the cafe lights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the China Grove Roller Mill! 704-636-2889

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Merriam Webster defines a museum as “a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.”


hat doesn’t sound very exciting. Here’s what excites us at the N.C. Transportation Museum: A diesel engine sounding its powerful horn before pulling away from Barber Junction Depot, a historic steam engine chugging down the tracks as photographers vie for the best shot, the click-clack of a Model T as it rolls onto this 60-acre site for a car show, 50 fire trucks letting loose with sirens to celebrate the museum’s annual Fire Truck Show. These are the sounds of the N.C. Transportation Museum. This museum is loud. This museum is fun. This museum moves you. Of course, the N.C. Transportation Museum also has preserved the historic

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buildings of Spencer Shops, Southern Railways largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast. Railroad, automotive, and aviation artifacts are displayed inside. But what makes the N.C. Transportation Museum different is that after viewing those exhibits, visitors can then step onto the museum grounds to see that same history come alive before their eyes. In Spencer, that history is rolling down the museum drive, chugging down the tracks, and soaring through the sky. The museum’s big events are where that history is best displayed, and we must thank all of those who attended, contributed to, and supported the 3rd Annual Fire Truck Festival. Held on a hot June 24, the museum surpassed its goal of displaying 75 fire trucks. Instead, 94 different pieces of equipment were displayed, including fire trucks, the Charlotte Fire Department’s 1902 steam powered pumper, better known as “Old Sue,” the N.C. Forest Service helicopter, and much more.

The event broke records for single-day attendance, drawing some 5300 ticket buyers. There event more folks when all the fire truck crews were accounted for. Our biggest thanks goes out to those fire crews, for displaying their department’s fire trucks and for the job they do. Firefighters are true heroes, running into danger when the rest of us are trying to escape. We thank them and we are forever in their debt. Don’t forget. More big events are on the way. This September and October, the museum will be moving to the soundtrack of everyone’s favorite PBS railroad character, Thomas the Tank Engine and his good friend Percy. Our annual Day Out With Thomas™ features the two

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9/15/2017 - 9/23/2017 Rowan County Fair Rowan County Fair Grounds For over 60 years, the Rowan County Fair has been a source of pride for the whole county, and has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the year, and one of the most highly respected agricultural fairs in the state. This week-long festival includes rides, a petting zoo, livestock building, food & more. General admission is $7.00, senior citizens are $3.00, children under 12 are $3.00 and children under 3 are free. The fair will be open on Monday-Friday at 4:00 p.m. and close at 10:00 p.m., and will open at 1:00 p.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The rides will operate beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The petting zoo, livestock and exhibit building will open at 4:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 704-640-2326

9/15/2017 - 9/16/2017 Biker, Blues & BBQ Rally Tilley Harley- Davidson of Salisbury This family oriented event is Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned and brings together entertainment, motorcycle enthusiasts and barbecue competition. Over 65 teams are coming from across NC and various states to compete for the title of Grand champion. Be sure not to miss the bikes, delicious food and good music at Biker, Blues and BBQ and Tilley Harley Davidson of Salisbury! On Friday, September 15, the event is from 9 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. On Saturday, Septmber 16, the event is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 704-638-6044 9/19/2017 - 9/20/2017 PPT Youth Auditions for ‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury A swift yet theatrical stage adaptation of the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery is an all-ages crowdpleaser. Producing Partners: Owen & Elizabeth Norvell. Auditions will be held at 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Auditions by appointment only. 704-633-5471. Continued to page 34

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continued from page 27 Photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas, and Percy, activities across the museum’s 60-acre site, magic shows and musical performances, and a museum full of transportation history all combine to create an amazing experience for kids who love Thomas – and for their parents and grandparents as well. Day Out With Thomas™ takes place Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8. Tickets are on sale now, but the most preferred ride times always sell quickly, so visit www. before you miss out. Tickets are also on sale for the museum’s most popular event, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Bringing to life the holiday-themed storybook and

movie, this event combines theatrical performances, a train ride with dancing chefs, hot chocolate and cookies, Santa Claus making an appearance, and much, much more. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride has sold out each year it’s been held, so time is limited. Visit to learn more and to purchase. Keep in mind that the museum is open every Tuesday through Friday, with seasonal train rides, exhibits to explore, and plenty of history in motion. Check us out at, or on Facebook at Celebrating our 40th year, the N.C. Transportation Museum is the museum that moves you!

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9/23/2017 Historic Gold Hill Founders’ Day Historic Gold Hill Celebrate Founder’s Day at Historic Gold Hill! There will be arts, crafts, heritage living exhibits, Civil War living history encampment, skirmish, gold panning, bluegrass music, food and more! Celebrate all day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 704-267-9439 9/23/2017 Stand Together Music Festival Main Street Darrell Hardwood, Red Dirt Revival, Too Much Sylvia, Carmen Tate and Soakin’ Wet will all take the stage in China Grove to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The festival will take place on Main Street in China Grove from 2-10 p.m. Web: 9/23/2017 Salisbury Symphony Presents Martin Luther’s Quincentennial St. John’s Lutheran Church Sanctuary Salisbury Symphony and the Salisbury Symphony Chorus perform music based on “A Might Fortress” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation.” The show begins at 7 p.m. 704-637-4314 9/28/2017 - 10/7/2017 Mothers and Sons Lee Street theatre A mother pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Come see Mothers and Sons to see how the mother is challenged to see how society has changed around her. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. 704-310-5507 9/29/2017 - 10/8/2017 Day Out With Thomas North Carolina Transportation Museum Thomas and Percy share duties pulling the passenger and caboose trains from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy live music, see magic performances and enjoy games and activities spread across the museum’s 60 acre site. Web: 704-636-2889 34 O&A Aug/Sept/Oct ‘17

9/30/2017 Fire Truck Parade & Open House Downtown Kannapolis Visit Downtown Kannapolis to see the Fire Truck Parade and Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a chance to see the trucks up close and personal! There will be emergency vehicles, music, entertainment, helicopters, inflatable games and a Pit Road. 704-920-4300 9/30/2017 Music at the Mural Salisbury Mural Join us at Salisbury’s iconic mural for hot music and a sizzling good time. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy free live music each month. Located directly across from Go Burrito! on Fisher Street. Show is from 8 - 11 p.m. September 30: Knaughty Pine

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10/7/2017 9th Annual Big Chili Cook-Off F&M Trolley Barn Come out to have awesome chili, delicious desserts and lots of fun! The event will be from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. 704-636-1882 10/7/2017 - 10/8/2017 Autumn Jubilee Dan Nicholas Park & Campground Spread out on the beautiful 450 acre Dan Nicholas Park and explore over 180 craft vendors from all over the Southeast. Crafts will include framed prints, ceramics, folk art, quilts, bird houses and more. Music, food, miniature train, carousel and paddle boat rides too! Web: 704-216-7816 10/7/2017 - 10/29/2017 Fall Festival Lazy 5 Ranch The animals at Lazy 5 love this time of year which includes cooler weather and the Fall Festival! Take your chance at the famous pumpkin slingshot, let the kids play all afternoon in the giant corn box, or watch the Percheron Draft Horses as they press sorghum cane stalks to make molasses. And don’t forget to take a peaceful, cool, horse drawn wagon ride through the farm to feed the animals such as giraffes, zebras, bison, and much more! Web: html 704-663-5100 Continued to page 37

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Gold Hill Ghost Tour

October 28 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy a fun night of ghost stories at one of the most haunted sites in Rowan County. Ghost stories and tours will begin at The RUSSELL-RUFTY SHELTER in the park at 5:00pm. Doors open for ticket purchase at 5pm. Tickets must be purchased no later than 8PM. Tickets for the event are $6 for Adults, $3 for Children 6-10, under 6 Free. Tickets may be purchased in the park at the Russell-Rufty Shelter on the night of the tour only. No advance registration. Food will be available for purchase in the park and other refreshments at the E.H. Montgomery General Store before and during the tours.

Salisbury Ghost Walk

9/1/2017 - 10/28/2017 The Salisbury Ghost Walk began in 2010 and covers a six block area in downtown Historic Salisbury, North Carolina. The stories are well researched and reveal findings from present day investigations. The narratives are published in a book entitled, The “Wettest & Wickedest” Town: An Illustrated Guide to The Legends & Ghosts of Salisbury, NC by Karen C. Lilly-Bowyer.. Join Boo for a fun-filled walk around downtown to hear the tales of haunts from days-gone-by that continue to reveal themself today. Salisbury’s reputation as the “the wettest and wickedist town” still lingers in the spirits. Be sure to bring a camera, flash light, and a friend to share the night.

Ghost Walk Information: Tours meet on the steps of the Old Salisbury Post Office (Rowan County Administration Building), corner of Church St. and Innes St. 130 West Innes Street. Adults $10.00, Students $5.00 Children 5 and under are free Private Tours for groups of 8 or more are available year round. Visit website for schedule & times: Reservations are suggested and can be made online via the “book it” app or by sending an email to: or call (704) 798-3102

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10/12/2017 - 10/21/2017 Piedmont Players Theatre presents ‘IN GOD’S OWN COUNTRY’ The Meroney Theater 213 S. Main Street, Salisbury The story of Mühlenberg’s struggle to establish the Lutheran Church in America and the plight of those immigrants who came to the colonies in search of religious and political freedom. Individual Tickets: $25, Groups of 20 or more: $20. 704-633-5471. 10/13/2017 - 10/15/2017 Catawba College Homecoming ‘17 Catawba College Mark your calendar and plan to join your former classmates, faculty, friends and family for Catawba’s Homecoming Weekend 2017! Web:

10/14/2017 Granite Quarry Fiddlers Convention East Rowan High School Granite Quarry, NC 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm The 51st Annual Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddlers Convention is held each year on the second Saturday in October at East Rowan High School in Granite Quarry, NC. Youth Competition begins at 4:30pm followed by Adult Individual and Adult Band Competition. Registration opens at 4pm for all musicians. Registration closes at 6pm. Concessions Available: The Civitan Club will serve BBQ Plates, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Desserts from 11:00am until? The Hot Dog Shack in Granite Quarry, NC will sponsor the Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. Convention Admission $8 with Children under 12 Free with paying adult. More info available on the website at: Ph: 704-267-9439 – 704-640-7037 Email:

10/14/2017 - 10/15/2017 OctoberTour Henderson Law Office On October 14-15, the Historic Salisbury Foundation offers the rare opportunity to step inside ten of Salisbury’s finest homes and two of the area’s notable landmarks. OctoberTour, now in its 42nd

year, is one of the oldest annual historic home tours in the South. Experience Salisbury’s rich cultural heritage with a mouthwatering lunch, a living history encampment, children’s activities and a full weekend of musical entertainment. The tours will be on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a wine/ beer tasting from 5-7 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 from 12-5:30 p.m. 704-636-0103 10/17/2017 Beer & Cheese Tour Ag Extension Office Learn how beer and cheese is made in Rowan County during this agriculture tour. 9:00 a.m. - Board the bus at Ag Extension Office 9:30 a.m. - Arrive at Ag Research Center, a 1,000+ acre research station in Salisbury for research on field crops, fruits, vegetables, poulty and dairy 10:30 a.m. - Learn how Water Buffalo Creamery makes delicious cheeses at Fading D Farm 12:00 p.m. - Enjoy lunch from Troyer’s Country Market at Patterson Farm 1:30 p.m. - Tour and learn about Carolina Malt 2:30 p.m. - Taste beer from local breweries, New Sarum Brewing Company and Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery 3:30 p.m. - Return to Ag Extension Office Please RSVP by Friday, September 29. Price includes lunch, tour and transportation. Beer not included. Must be 21 years or older to drink. 704-633-4221 10/19/2017 NC Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Downtown Kannapolis Be a part of music history by attending the NC Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony starting at 7 p.m. 704-920-4399 10/21/2017 Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival Salisbury Post Parking Lot Celebrate all things music at the annual Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival from 3 - 11 p.m. This year’s theme is Reunion Time. Join your reunion celebrations of friends, family, classmates, anniversaries and any other great memories! Web: 704-636-3277 10/21/2017 Salisbury Symphony Presents The 3 Bs’ 3s! Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College Featuring J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg” No. 3, Brahms Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” Concert. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. 704-637-4314 Continued to page 38 O&A Aug/Sept/Oct ‘17


10/21/2017 Kannapolis Fall Festival Village Park Enjoy a day of family fun at Village Park for the Fall Festival starting at 3 p.m.! Come dressed in your costumes and enjoy several games, treats, crafts and more! The Fall Festival is always a wonderful time of fun, food and fellowship! Web: 704-920-4349 10/21/2017 Gold Rush 5K – Gold Hill Rail Trail Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill. NC 5K Run/Walk - 9:00am Fun Run (1/2 Mile) - 9:45am $20 Pre-Registration (Mail in deadline Oct. 17th) $25 Race Day 8:00 - 8:45a.m. Fun Run: $10 Pre-Register & Race Day TShirts guaranteed to all preregistered Runners, Walkers in 5K & Fun Run For More Information: Vivian Hopkins 704-267-9439

10/24/2017 - 10/25/2017 PPT Youth Auditions for ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury Based on the classic TV special based on the legendary comic strip. Auditions will be held at 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Auditions by appointment only. 704-633-5471.

park at the Russell-Rufty Shelter on the night of the tour only. Food will be available for purchase in the park and other refreshments at the E.H. Montgomery General Store before and during the tours. www.historicgoldhill. com/events 704-267-9439 10/28/2017 Night at the Museum Rowan Museum Come and experience a night of fun for adults and children. The museum plans to put on quite a show which will include a trolley ride, tour of the museum, buffet dinner and a variety of interactive characters. The night begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Web: 704-633-5946 10/28/2017 Halloween Fun Fest Downtown Salisbury Put on your best costume to play unlimited games and activities in Downtown Salisbury! Halloween Fun Fest is from 3 - 6 p.m. www, 704-637-7814 10/28/2017 The Trick or Treat Trail Ride and Festival Saving Grace Farm Fun fall event alert! All children ages 3 to 14 are invited to come ride one of the special therapeutic riding horses on a fun decorated Halloween trail! There will also be carnival games and activities, candy, concessions and plenty of fun! This event is from 1 - 5 p.m. 704-209-6577

10/28/2017 Trick or Treat Village Shops Gold Hill, NC 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Village Shops will be open fro Trick or Treat during regular business hours 704-267-9439

10/28/2017 Kaleidoscope Art Festival Downtown Kannapolis The Kaleidoscope Art Festival features more than 100 local artisans, such as painters, jewelry makers and wood carvers. There will also be activities the whole family can enjoy! 704-920-4300

10/28/2017 Gold Hill Park Ghost Walk Russell - Rufty Shelter Gold Hill, NC Enjoy a fun night of ghost stories at one of the most haunted sites in Rowan County. Ghost stories and tours will begin at the Russell- Rufty Shelter in the park at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in the

10/31/2017 Downtown Trick or Treating Downtown China Grove Wear your best costume to Trick or Treat with the Downtown Merchants in China Grove on Halloween from 4-5 p.m. Don’t forget a bag for all the candy! Web: 704-857-2466

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Out & About Fall 2017  

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

Out & About Fall 2017  

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