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May 2017

4/25/2017 - 5/20/2017 A Sense of Place Waterworks Visual Arts Center Salisbury 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 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, then 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 704-636-1882 4/25/2017 - 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 4/26/2017 - 8/30/2017 Salisbury and Rowan County Farmers’ Market Salisbury Farmer’s Market Home to the best local produce in Rowan County, the Salisbury and Rowan County Farmers’ Market

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has a wide variety of products. You expect fresh produce and fruits, but did you know they also have local meat, flowers, bread, and other baked goods? The market will be open from April 15 - August 30 on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 4/25/2017 - 12/31/2017 Cheerwine: Celebrating 100 Years Rowan Museum 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 4/25/2017 - 2/28/2018 How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western NC North Carolina 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 4/27/2017 - 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. For customers’ convenience, the market accepts credit cards, WIC, and SNAP/EBT. Visitors can often enjoy free lemonade and food samples at several of the vendors! On June 15 and 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 Continued to page 9

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Cheerwine’s outdoor centennial bash to celebrate the soft drink’s home state with live music, BBQ, food and more from North Carolina


heerwine, the iconic, familyowned soft drink from Salisbury, N.C., is thanking its fans for “100 years of cheer” by throwing a legendary anniversary celebration in its birthplace and hometown. Cheerwine’s Centennial Celebration will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, in downtown Salisbury, on North Main Street. Since L.D. Peeler started Cheerwine in 1917, the soft drink has stayed true to its roots, remaining independent, familyowned and based in its hometown of Salisbury, N.C. “While much has changed around Cheerwine over the last hundred years, the taste and authenticity of Cheerwine itself


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will never change,” says Cliff Ritchie, Cheerwine’s president and CEO. Ritchie is the great-grandson of the soft drink’s founder, L.D. Peeler. His children, Joy Harper and Carl Ritchie, are fifth generation and currently work for the family business. “We have the best fans around, and we can’t thank them enough for ‘spreading the cheer’ for generations by introducing Cheerwine to their friends and family,” said Joy Harper, head of marketing for Cheerwine and the greatgreat-granddaughter of Cheerwine’s founder. “This party is a celebration of our loyal fans, our home state and all of the people who’ve helped make Cheerwine the iconic beverage it is today.” The Centennial Celebration will celebrate “all things Carolina” with an N.C. BBQ competition, local food, independent

bands and more. At the free event, attendees will enjoy: • Free Cheerwine and commemorative koozies.

Syndicate and Room Full of Blues.

• Limited edition Cheerwine merchandise available for purchase starting at noon (limited quantities of commemorative Cheerwine signs and other items).

• People’s Choice BBQ Competition (from noon-2 p.m.) with Hog Heaven Barbecue, NC Ribs on Wheels, Rocky Top BBQ, Boone’s Barbeque, Smoke & Go BBQ and Sonny’s BBQ. Attendees can sample BBQ from each team and vote for their favorites. Smithfield is the competition’s pork sponsor.

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4/29/2017 - 4/20/2019 Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery Tour Morgan Ridge RailWalk Brewery & Eatery Salisbury 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 4/29/2017 - 12/30/2017 New Sarum Brewery Tour New Sarum Brewing Company Salisbury 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 4/28/2017 - 10/28/2017 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

5/4/2017 Business Trade Show 2017 West End Plaza Salisbury Celebrate Rowan County and its true original businesses at the Business Trade Show on Thursday, May 4 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Experience the Taste of Rowan featuring Rowan County restaurants and caterers. There will be new products and services to explore, new businesses to learn about and the latest technology will be featured! This event is free and open to the public. 704-633-4221 5/4/2017 - 5/13/2017 Piedmont Players Theatre presents ‘TOM JONES’ The Meroney Theater Salisbury Abandoned as a child, Tom Jones is now all Adapted from the classic novel by Henry Fielding, Tom Jones is a bawdy and rollicking comedy that will have the audience in stitches. Producing Partners: Crescent Construction Services & First National Bank.Adults $17, Students/Seniors $14. 704-633-5471. Continued to page 17

4/29/2017 - 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. Web: salisbury-trolley/ 704-638-3100 O&A May/June.July ‘17



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(fresh doughnuts made in its “Hot Now Mobile Store”), Bojangles, Fatz Café, Biscuitville, Cackalacky (which makes a “Cheerwine Sweet Sauce”) and King of Pops (which will offer a Cheerwineflavored popsicle). • Biergarten with N.C. craft beer, featuring The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and New Sarum Brewing Company.

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF LEGENDARY TASTE Throughout 2017, the beloved soft drink will continue rolling out new editions in its centennial can series (with $100 instant-win cans sprinkled throughout 12 packs). Cheerwine fans are invited to collect all seven cans in the series before the end of the year.

• Family-Friendly Kids’ Zone, with magicians, jugglers, rock climbing wall, obstacle course, slides, bounce house, lawn games and more.

In honor of Cheerwine’s centennial, Salisbury’s Rowan Museum is hosting a special exhibit throughout 2017. The exhibit showcases a century of Cheerwine memorabilia, artifacts and photos.

• Free tour of Rowan Museum’s multiroom exhibit celebrating Cheerwine’s 100 years. This will include a visit by the historic 1927 Cheerwine Ford Truck.

For more information, follow Cheerwine on Facebook at facebook. com/cheerwine or on Twitter and Instagram @drinkcheerwine.

• Our State Magazine welcome center. To RSVP for the Centennial Celebration and to stay up to date on event details and transportation options, visit events/372801533091416/

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t’s that time of year again! PPT’s Summer Theatre Camp registration has begun! This summer PPT will offer even more choices including camps for Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle and High School students beginning June 12th. Camps will range from Disney’s blockbuster musical, MOANA, to backstage crew camps focusing on all the behind the scenes action. Although a majority of camps are for rising 3rd thru 12th grade, this season PPT will offer 3 camps specifically for Kindergarten thru 2nd graders. In an effort to challenge Continued to page 15


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June 12-16

Acting Up 1 (K-2) Disney Mania (Elementary)

June 19-23

Disney’s MOANA (Elementary) Performance Workshop (Middle/High)

June 26-30

Acting Up 2 (K-2) Let’s Write A Show (Elementary)

July 10-14

Christmas In July (Elementary) Let’s Create A Musical (Middle/High)

July 17-21

Lin Manuel Miranda Intensive (Middle/High)

July 24-28

Dinosaurs Take The Stage (K-2) Disney’s MOANA (Elementary)

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more advanced students, PPT is offering a number of intensives and workshops for 8th thru 12th graders this season. Each camp runs Monday-Friday with a complimentary performance at the end of the week to demonstrate what the campers have learned. For complete details about this year’s offerings as well as information about our instructors, visit

Vocal Technique For Musical Theatre Workshop (Middle/High) Preparing A Character (Elementary)

Aug 7-11

Disney Mania, Jr. (K-2)

August 14-18

Backstage Crew Camp (6th-12th grades)

PERFORMER CAMP Aug 7-11 & 14-18

SEUSSICAL Camp (3rd-12th grades) *Must attend both weeks*

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Come Tickle Our Ivories & Cinco de Mayo Celebration Friday, May 5th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gallery Gallop Art Festival Friday, June 2nd 5-9 PM Saturday, June 3rd 11 AM-3 PM

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4/28/2017 - 4/19/2019 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 Web: 5/5/2017 Come Tickle Our Ivories Downtown Salisbury Come to Downtown Salisbury for the third annual grand unveiling of the Come Tickle Our Ivories Project by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra! Each piano has been designed by various high school art students in Rowan County. Enjoy piano music, local food, craft beer and shopping at Downtown restaurants and stores! The event is from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Web: 704-637-7814 5/5/2017 14th Annual Scrabble Scramble Trinity Oaks Retirement Center Salisbury If you love boardgames, be sure not to miss an exciting night of Scrabble Scramble from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Three rounds of the popular game will be played, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served between each round. The corporate sponsor price is $500, the team table price is $300, and the individual price is $30. Come out for a fun night! 704-216-8266 5/5/2017 When Doves Cry: a Tribute to Prince and the Purple Rain Album New Sarum Brewing Company Salisbury Lee Street theatre, in partnership with Catawba College: Vernaculars, presents “When Doves Cry: a Tribute to Prince and the Purple Rain Album” featuring the talents of four former Prince band members and students of Catawba College’s Music Department. The performance is May 5th and will open at 7:00 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show will be held at New Sarum Brewing Company in the parking lot. Wrist bands will be required for entry and distributed to ticket holders the night of the event. For more information, please call Lee Street theatre at 704.310.5507. 5/5/2017 Cinco De Mayo Celebration Morgan Ridge Vineyard Gold Hill On Friday, May 5th from 6:00-9:00 p.m., celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Morgan Ridge Vineyards with music from the ValHalla Band. There will be festive mariachi music during the breaks! Web: 704-639-0911

5/5/2017 - 5/6/2017 Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Festival Downtown Kannapolis Celebrate summer and all things BBQ at the Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Festival in Downtown Kannapolis! On May 5 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. & May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Explore more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, enjoy live music, ride carnival rides and celebrate with fireworks! Don’t miss the first ever children’s Zucchini 600 race on Saturday! Make sure to come hungry because there will be plenty of wings and BBQ to go around all weekend! Line-up of Jiggy With The Piggy concerts: May 5 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Darrell Harwood May 5 from 8:15-10:00 p.m.: Little Texas followed by fireworks May 6 from 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Community Children at the Gem Theatre. May 6 :12:00-1:15pm: Gal Friday May 6 :1:30-2:15pm.: Coconut Groove Band May 6 : 3:15-5:00pm: Joe Lasher, Jr. 704-920-4349 5/6/2017 Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer Now is your chance to see vintage motorcycles up close and personal! There will be a variety of makes and models ranging from the years 1900 to 1996. Spend the day admiring two wheelers take the stage at the NC Transportation Museum from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.! 704-636-2889 5/6/2017 - 5/7/2017 Mothers Day Make & Take Weekend Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. Salisbury On Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., make Mom a special craft in the Barnyard Theater just in time for Mother’s Day! Crafts require a small fee. Other activities, including cow train rides, hayrides, face painting, treasure mining, and more, are available at an additional charge. Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream by Mooresville Ice Cream, kettle corn and snack silo at the farm! Web: 704-636-4005 5/6/2017 - 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! 704-857-2466 Web: Continued to page 19 O&A May/June.July ‘17



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4/30/2017 - 5/14/2017 Sunday Jazz Concert Veterans Park Kannapolis is “jazzing” up Sunday afternoons with a four-week jazz series. From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., each Sunday beginning April 23 through May 14, jazz music will fill the air for everyone to enjoy. Bring your dancing shoes because this is sure to be a fun time! April 23 – Dwayne Jordan Trio April 30 – Nicci Canada Quartet May 7 – Brad Bailey May 14 – John Gurske Band Web: 704-920-4349 5/9/2017 - 4/9/2019 Wine Tasting at Mean Mug Coffee Mean Mug Coffee Shop Salisbury 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: 5/11/2017 - 8/10/2017 Thursdays on Main - Evening Series Veteran’s Park Kannapolis 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. Thursday, May 11: Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot Thursday, June 8: Jim Quick and Coastline Thursday, July 13: Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band Thursday, August 10: Tim Clark Band Web: 704-920-4399 5/12/2017 - 5/13/2017 Historic Spencer Shops Train Show North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer This show features model trains, vendors, kids’ activities, modeling clinics, celebrities of railroading & much more. The show is full of fun, and there will be great items for you to peruse and purchase from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.! 704-636-2889 5/13/2017 Gershwin Pops Concert Varick Auditorium Enjoy an evening of listening to the talented works of Gershwin. Featured piano soloist is Nate Beversluis, and concert is sponsored by Jeffery, Melissa and Jordan Warren. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $23.75, student tickets are $6.50 and children tickets are $4.25. 704-637-4314

5/13/2017 Gold Rush Days Historic Gold Hill Ever wondered what life was like during the Gold Rush? Now is your chance to learn and play the part! Enjoy arts and crafts, bluegrass music, food and gold panning! Maybe you will discover the next piece of gold! The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 704-267-9439 Web: 5/13/2017 Bourbon in the ‘Bury City Tavern ~ Salisbury Bourbon in the ‘Bury, a tasting of generous spirits, is a bourbon tasting party! Kicking off its inaugural year from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets include admittance to an exclusive bourbon tasting, a widevariety of desirable bourbon samples, hor d’oeuvres, live music and raffle tickets for prizes! Web: 704-603-4656 5/13/2017 Lester J. Brown Antique Truck Historical Society Show North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer Who doesn’t love looking at old trucks? Now is your chance to see one up close! Hosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the Antique Truck Historical Society, this show features trucks of all makes and models at least 25 years old. Come and find your favorite old truck from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 704-636-2889 5/12/2017 - 5/13/2017 Historic Spencer Shops Train Show North Carolina Transportation Museum This show features model trains, vendors, kids’ activities, modeling clinics, celebrities of railroading & much more. The show is full of fun, and there will be great items for you to peruse and purchase from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.! 704-636-2889 5/13/2017 - 5/14/2017 Mothers Day Celebration Weekend Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. Salisbury On Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 14 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., create memories with Mom at the farm! There will be a special photo op set up for you to capture your strawberry picking memories with Mom. Also, Moms receive a sweet treat of 10% off in the ice cream shop. Other activities, including cow train rides, hayrides, face painting, treasure mining, and more, are available at an additional charge. Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream by Mooresville Ice Cream, kettle corn and snack silo at the farm! Web: 704-636-4005 Continued to page 25 O&A May/June.July ‘17


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5/13/2017 - 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

5/20/2017 Jill Goodson in Concert Morgan Ridge Vineyard Jill Goodson will be performing at the Pavilion at Morgan Ridge Vineyards. This will be a fun night to enjoy good music, delicious food and fantastic local wine and beer! The event will be from 5 - 8 p.m. 704-639-0911

5/18/2017 - 5/27/2017 Boeing Boeing Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center Salisbury Bernard Lawrence has devised an ingenious system for juggling three different girlfriends; all of which are stewardesses on international aircrafts. Watch as Bernard gets himself into a sticky situation when his 3 girlfriends are all in the same place and his fellow journalist is trying to steal his life. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. 704-370-5507

5/20/2017 - 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, April 22: Steve Langley Saturday, May 20: Grey Seal Puppets Saturday, June 24: Doug Berkey Saturday, July 22: Piedmont Dance Theater Saturday, August 19: Jason Frame Web: 704-920-4349

5/19-20/2017 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents ‘A NIGHT ON THE STAGE: A Fundraiser’ The Meroney Theater, Salisbury Support local theatre by attending the biggest night of the year! Featuring dinner by Chef Santos on the Meroney stage followed by an intimate performance by Tony Award Winner- Lillias White! 704-633-5471.

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5/20/2017 Cheerwine Centennial Celebration Downtown Salisbury Cheerwine is 100 years old and throwing a birthday party in Downtown Salisbury! North Main Street (the two blocks from Council to Kerr) will be shut down for the outdoor festival to thank customers and fans for their support of the Southern soda for the past century. The party will feature free Cheerwine, live bands, a barbecue cook-off (12-2 p.m.), family-friendly activities, Rowan museum tours with a special Cheerwine exhibit and merchandise for sale, and more! The event is free to the public to enjoy. The celebration will be from 12-8 p.m. Web: 5/20/2017 Gold Hill Cruise In Historic Gold Hill Enjoy springtime in Rowan County and make your way to Historic Gold Hill to see a variety of cars from different eras! The event will be from 2 - 6 p.m. Web: 704-267-9439 O&A May/June.July ‘17


Forty years ago, Southern Railway, in a ceremony with Governor Jim Hunt attending, transferred two acres of land to the state of North Carolina. With another 55 acres transferred two years later, what was once Spencer Shops would become the state’s official museum of transportation.


he Shops were Southern Railways’ largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast. The facility opened in 1896, immediately becoming an essential part of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. The engines that were maintained and repaired in Spencer moved goods, passengers, and raw materials up and down the east coast. Light maintenance of the hulking, smoking, iron horses took place in the Bob Julian Roundhouse. Complete overhauls of locomotives took place in the Back Shop. The Shops were the reason the town of Spencer was created. The Shops even


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provided electricity to the town. Workers and their families populated the area and the Shops continued to grow. In the 1940s, the facility employed over 3000 people, working three shifts around the clock. When diesel engines began rolling into the facility in the late 1940s, however, that signaled the end of Spencer Shops. The facility was designed for steam. Plus, diesel engines could go farther and faster, with far less maintenance. Portions of the site slowly shut down and fell into disrepair. A few workers remained through the 1970s, but the railroad that built the town was, in essence, gone. There were very high hopes in 1977 when the state received Spencer Shops. Not only would the story of this historic site be told, but the museum would house all forms of transportation, including aviation and automotive exhibits. But it takes a long time to build a museum. The first exhibit opened in 1983 in the Master Mechanic’s Office, the only building renovated adequately for

visitors. Over the years, state workers, those with the N.C. History Corporation (which would later become the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation), and volunteers worked to build the facility into a premier museum. Over the next 13 years, events were held, railroad equipment was restored, train rides were added for visitors, a permanent automotive exhibit was added, and visitors kept coming. It was in 1996 that the Bob Julian Roundhouse renovation was completed, and Barber Junction Depot was opened as the regular boarding location for the on-site train ride. The museum was thriving. In the 20 years since then, the site has continued to grow, to evolve, and to

entertain and educate visitors from across the state, the region and the nation. The museum greatly expanded its aviation offerings with a full size replica Wright Flyer, artifacts from WinstonSalem based Piedmont Airlines, and the ongoing restoration of the Piedmont DC-3. Automotive exhibits have expanded to include fire trucks from nearly every decade of the 20th century and the museum’s Fire Truck Festival draws thousands each year. The Bob Julian Roundhouse is now the largest remaining roundhouse in North America and serves as an amazing structure for the display of railroad locomotives and passenger cars. Continued to page 31

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5/20/2017 3rd Annual Great Berry Ride Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. For the third year, cyclists from all over will challenge themselves by riding through the beautiful, scenic landscape of Rowan County. This unique ride begins at Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. during strawberry season. After the ride, cyclists and their families can enjoy picking strawberries and other activities at Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. This ride event has been tailored to suit riders of all skill level and all types of bicycles. The ride will be fully supported with SAG vehicles, mechanical support, rest stops, and crossing guards at busy intersections. Lunch will be provided. 704-636-4005 5/23/2017 - 5/24/2017 PPT Youth Auditions for ‘BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL’ The Norvell Theater, Salisbury Auditions will be held at 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Auditions by appointment only. 704-633-5471. 5/27/2017 Gold Hill Bike Ride Historic Gold Hill The ride begins and ends in the historic village of Gold Hill, NC from 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Enjoy a ride through gently rolling hills and beautiful countryside on the roads made famous during the regions 19th Century Gold Mining Era. 704-267-9439 5/27/2017 At The Throttle: Diesel North Carolina Transportation Museum Experience the good ol’ days of train transportation through the N.C. Transportation Museum’s At The Throttle: Diesel program. You’ll enjoy a one-on-one training session and 1/2 hour of “at the throttle” time on a vintage diesel locomotive! 704-636-2889 5/27/2017 - 8/5/2017 Movies in the Park City Park Lawn Salisbury Enjoy a night under the stars watching your favorite movies! Opening entertainment will start at 8:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at 9:00 p.m. Don’t forget your blanket or chair! Concessions will be available. May 27: Inside Out June 10: Aladdin June 24: Home July 8: Penguins of Madagascar July 22: The Good Dinosaur August 5: Minions 28

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In case of rain, movies dates are moved to the following day on Saturday. Web: 704-638-5295 5/27/2017 - 5/29/2017 Memorial Day Salute to Our Veterans Celebration Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. In honor of Memorial Day, our active duty military and veterans will receive 10% off all purchases on Saturday, May 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 28 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Farm activities, including cow train rides, hayrides, face painting, treasure mining, and more, are available at an additional charge. Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream by Mooresville Ice Cream, kettle corn and snack silo at the farm! 704-636-4005 5/30/2017 - 5/31/2017 PPT Auditions for ‘TOM, DICK & HARRY’ The Meroney Theater, Salisbury Any fan of old-fashioned farce will love this hilarious story of three brothers. Auditions will be held at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Meroney. 704-633-5471. 5/30/2017 - 9/2/2017 Personal Narratives. Relationships. Identity. Waterworks Visual Arts Center 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

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6/2/2017 - 6/3/2017 Gallery Gallop Art Festival Downtown Salisbury Gallop to each art gallery in Downtown Salisbury with friends and family while eating and shopping local! On Friday, June 2nd from 5 to 9 p.m., stroll through local galleries and enjoy an evening of late night shopping and dining at one of the many stores and restaurants! On Saturday, June 3rd from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., spend a day with local sidewalk artists, vendors, food, music and family fun! Web: 704-637-7814 Continued to page 32

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continued from page 27 The museum’s biggest family events, Day Out With Thomas™ and THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, bring nearly 50,000 visitors to the museum combined. Railroading events and festivals bring rail fans from across the country. The museum’s “Streamliners at Spencer” gathering of 30 different locomotives from across the country saw ticket purchases from 37 different U.S. states. The museum hosted Carson Daily and MTV when they were searching for a new host. The museum hosted George Clooney and Renee Zellwegger during the filming of the movie Leatherheads. The museum hosted Justin Bieber during a photo shoot for Teen Vogue magazine. But… Through all of those successes, there was one structure that towered above the rest of the site, yet was closed to visitors. Stretching two football fields long and standing more than three stories tall, the Back Shop was built in 1905 and has always held enormous potential. Since the museum’s opening, one of the biggest struggles had been to make the building safe and amenable to visitors, allowing them to see the historic structure and the

exhibits inside. Finally, over the past year, work has taken place to turn that potential into reality. Uneven flooring was smoothed out. New railroad tracks were installed to move rail equipment in and out of the building. New restrooms were installed. Fire suppression was added. Finally, the work is done. Finally, after 40 years as a museum, we can finally say… The Back Shop is open! What a way to celebrate 40 years as the N.C. Transportation Museum. Please visit to learn more about our events and exhibits, and stop by to see the newly opened Back Shop!

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6/3/2017 D-Day Remembrance The Price of Freedom Museum and Piedmont Military Vehicle Preservation Association are hosting the D-Day Remembrance event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. At 10 a.m., there will be a military ceremony. ROTC Color Guard will raise the flag and Eva Millsaps will sing the National Anthem. The museum will be open all day with military vehicles, weapons and demonstrations arranged by war era. 704-857-7474 6/3/2017 Pops at the Post Concert Salisbury Post Parking Lot On Saturday, June 3, Downtown Salisbury will host thousands of people for the annual ‘Pops at the Post’ concert. ‘Pops at the Post’ is a completely free event, featuring contemporary and classic music performed by the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony, led by Maestro David Hagy. The concert will begin at sunset. Before the concert the Salisbury Swing Band will perform from 5-7 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available from on-site vendors. Some seats are available on a first-come, firstserved basis, otherwise you are welcome to set up your own chairs in the available space. Web: 704-637-4314


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6/3/2017 - 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, June 3: 38 Special with fireworks Saturday, June 17: Confederate Railroad Friday, June 30: Charlotte Symphony with fireworks Saturday, July 15: Trial By Fire & On The Border Saturday, July 29: Too Much Sylvia Saturday, August 12: Diamond Rio with fireworks Web: 704-920-4349 6/10/2017 Antique Auto Club of America Car Display Historic Gold Hill Gold Hill, NC will host a display of antique autos from the Hornets Nest Region of the Antique Auto Club of America in the Historic Gold Hill village from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 704-267-9439 Web: Continued to page 37

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he Third Annual Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Sat., July 29, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at The Shrine Club on High Rock Lake (6480 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC). Title Sponsors are Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Trinity Oaks/Trinity at Home/Lutheran Services of the Carolinas. “The Rowan Chamber is excited to bring this fun event back to our community for the fourth year,” said Teresa Dakins (Trinity at Home), chair of the Dragon Boat Festival Committee. “It highlights our quality of life with abundant water resources, friendly people and unique team


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building opportunities for businesses!” Over 25 teams will compete and over 3,000 people are expected to attend. The event is free to attend; however, no pets, coolers or outside food will be allowed. There will be Dragon Boat races; Food Vendors; Cheerwine; United Beverages/Miller Beer; and, New Sarum Brewery will also have craft beer products available for sale this year. This year, space will also be available for recreation sporting equipment vendors: boats, kayaks and paddle boards. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and make it a fun lake party. Parking is free and available in adjacent lots to the Shrine Club. The Salisbury/Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau will

provide trolley rides to and from the parking areas. Look for the signs as you come down Long Ferry Road. At the end of the day on Saturday, Olympic style Gold/Silver/Bronze medals will be presented in the top three divisions and Gold in the fourth division. Dragon Boat racing dates back to a more than 2,300 year old tradition from Ancient China. 45’ sleek boats donned with dragon heads, tails and scales seat 20 paddlers. A drummer sits in the bow pounding the drum to the beat of the paddlers’ stroke, and a steersperson stands in the stern guiding the team down the race course. The Chamber has contracted with High Five Dragon Boat for the fourth

year in a row. High Five will provide each team with all the necessary equipment (boat, paddles, life vests). Teams will learn how to paddle during an introductory practice session (included in team registration fee). Each team will provide 20 paddlers; a minimum of eight must be female, and a drummer. On race day each team will race in three heats on a 350m straight course. Deadline for sponsors, vendors and teams is Fri., June 30. For more information, please contact the Rowan Chamber at 704.633.4221 or info@ or www.

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alisbury Pride, Inc., is proud to sponsor the seventh annual Salisbury PRIDE celebration on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 11am till 5 pm. This year’s PRIDE events feature Salisbury’s gay and straight business community, non-profit organizations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) service agencies, civic groups and churches. Join us in a celebration of Diversity & Inclusion at the Salisbury Pride Fest where everyone is welcome. LGBTQ families, couples, and singles along with their friends and straight allies join together for an entire day of fabulous fun at this great event. Salisbury PRIDE welcomes our loyal group of exhibitors and food vendors along with new vendors and exhibitors.


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With the expectation of 4000 attendees at Fisher and Lee streets in historic downtown Salisbury from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, we look forward to seeing you and your family at this event. Vendors, local businesses, civic and non-profit organizations interested in setting up booths at the event are encouraged to sign up online at www. Salisbury Pride has a history of commitment to the community and this year has been no different. The Salisbury Pride Bowling league at Woodleaf Lanes has seen nine successful seasons and plan another to start in the Fall. You would have seen Salisbury Pride the last few years at “Chickweed”, an event which supports Rowan Family Crisis Center who provides an array of services for domestic victims as well as supporting The Terri Hess House a Child’s Advocacy Center. We marched proudly for the third year in the City of Salisbury’s MLK Parade showing solidity across all humans. You will see Salisbury Pride at First Fridays in support of our downtown retailers and we were voted 2015 Rowan County Best Festival. As the school year ends, Salisbury Pride is proud to sponsor the fifth Scotty Ray Gilbert Scholarship thru Salisbury/ Rowan PFLAG given to a high school Senior from a Salisbury/Rowan High School.

6/15/2017 - 6/24/2017 Big Fish Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center William Bloom is a young man at the deathbed of his father, Edward Bloom, who is trying to reconcile his memories of his dad with the person he really is. Whereas he always saw his father as an irresponsible liar, he comes to understand his dad’s exaggerations and their roots in reality. Show starts at 7:30PM. 704-370-5507 6/17/2017 Tall Tales Festival Historic Gold Hill Come out to Historic Gold Hill to enjoy the Tall Tales Tellers Festival! Story Tellers will offer tall tales and more at various sites and shops from 11 am - 4 pm Web: 704-267-9439 6/17/2017 - 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

6/24/2017 7th Annual Salisbury Pride Festival Downtown Salisbury The Annual Salisbury PRIDE Festival will be held in Historic Downtown Salisbury on June 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6/24/2017 - 9/30/2017 2Music at the Mural Salisbury Mural Enjoy free live music each month with Music at the Mural. Located directly across from Go Burrito! on Fisher Street. Show is from 8 - 11 p.m. 6/27/2017 - 7/4/2017 Faith 4th of July Celebration Downtown Faith It’s Fourth of July all week from June 27th - July 4th in Faith, NC! Enjoy live music, a parade, rides, food, contests, and, of course, fireworks. All activities take place on the Faith American Legion Park and Faith Elementary School grounds. On June 27 through July 3, the festivities take place from 6 - 11 p.m. On July 4, the big day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. and concludes with fireworks at 11 p.m. 704-798-9706 Continued to page 38

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7/1/2017 Military Through The Ages North Carolina Transportation Museum Salute our nation’s military history with an exhibit of military equipment, transportation, uniforms, and more during this themed walk through time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 704-636-2889 7/1/2017 - 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. For customers’ convenience, the market accepts credit cards, WIC, and SNAP/EBT. Visitors can often enjoy free lemonade and food samples at several of the vendors! On June 15 and 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 7/13/2017 - 7/22/2017 Bring It On: The Musical The Norvell Theater With a colorful assortment of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive choreography with aerial stunts. This hilarious, universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. 704-633-5471 7/14/2017 Farmer’s Day Kick Off Kick off Farmer’s Day with music at Hanna Park in downtown China Grove starting at 6:30 p.m. Web: 704-857-2466


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7/15/2017 36th Annual Farmers Day Festival Downtown China Grove This special event was organized to honor the local farmers by inviting them to bring their produce to sell at a farmers market. Over 200 colorful booths line China Grove’s Main Street with a variety of great items and delicious food. Grab something yummy and listen to music, enjoy kid activities, view an antique tractor show and more! From the opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. until the last firework at 11:00 p.m., Farmers Day offers something for people of all ages! 704-857-2466 7/20/2017 - 7/29/2017 Pride and Prejudice Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? Show begins at 7:30 p.m. 704-310-5507 7/22/2017 Too Much Sylvia in Concert Morgan Ridge Vineyard Too Much Sylvia will be performing at the Pavilion at Morgan Ridge Vineyards. This will be a fun night to enjoy good music, delicious food and fantastic local wine and beer! The concert will begin at 6 p.m. 704-639-0911 7/27/2017 - 8/5/2017 Tom, Dick and Harry The Meroney Theater 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 7/29/2017 Dragon Boat Festival High Rock Lake Modern day dragon boating has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport, bringing together millions across the globe annually. Food vendors and entertainment will keep the event lively throughout the day for the whole family. Don’t miss the drummer parade at lunch time! Bring your lawn chair and make it a lake party! The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 704-633-4221

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Out & About Summer 2017  

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

Out & About Summer 2017  

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