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11/1/2019 - 2/01/2020 Waterworks Visual Arts Center Fall/Winter Exhibitions: “That Which Sustains: Earth, Body, Spirit ” Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury The gallery is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 704-636-1882 More Info: greeter@waterworks.org 11/1-3/2019 Boy Scout Rail Camp N.C. Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer Boy Scout Rail Camp Camp out at the N.C. Transportation Museum during our twice-annual Scouts BSA Rail Camp! The camp includes two nights of camping at our 60-acre historic site and a full day of activities including a train ride and workshops to help scouts earn their Railroading Merit Badge. Learn how to identify different types of railcars, how diesel-electric locomotives work, the importance of railroad signals, and more. More info: www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs--Tours/BSA.aspx nctrans@nctrans.org 704-636-2889

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11/1 & 11/8 & 11/15/2019 Scavenger Hunt: Eye-Bomb Contest Rowan Public Library East Branch - 110 Broad Street, Rockwell 10:30 am - 11:00 am It’s always fun to photobomb. Have you ever eye-bombed, though? Try to make funny pictures with googly eyes during our Scavenger Hunt. You will be entered into a raffle contest for a literarythemed prize. This scavenger hunt will run through November 30. For more information, contact Tammie at 704-216-7842. Available during regular business hours. Children. Teen. Family. Adult. www.rowancountync.gov/calendar 11/1 & 11/8 & 11/15/2019 Scavenger Hunt: Turkey Hunt Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 10:00 am - 11:00 am At HQ and South: Can you find all of the turkeys that are hidden throughout the children’s room? Complete the challenge and get a prize! This scavenger hunt will run through November 30. Available during business hours. For more information, call 704-216-8234. Children. Teen. Adult. Family. www.rowancountync.gov/calendar 11/1-22/2019 (Every Friday) Montgomery Store Bluegrass Jam Historic Gold Hill 755 St. Stephens Church Rd 7:00 pm Free 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. vivian@historicgoldhill.com 704-267-9439 11/1-22/2019 Wine Down Friday Dinner Morgan Ridge Vineyards 486 John Morgan Rd, Gold Hill 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Offers different menu options each week Please visit back with us for a list of those items Seating from 5:30 - 7:30 pm Advanced Reservations with arrival time and entree selections for each guest *Please note if making reservations within 8 hours, you should call 704-639-0911 morgan.ridge@gmail.com Continued to page 8


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By: Larissa Harper

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owntown Salisbury spreads the joy and magic of the holiday season every year with fabulous shopping and fun activities for everyone. In November and December, you will have several opportunities to spy that jolly ol’ elf (SANTA) and the one whose heart grew three sizes (THE GRINCH)! One of the most loved and attended attractions is the fabulous holiday parade that connects the Town of Spencer and City of Salisbury. Come,

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line the sidewalks for “’Tis the Season Spectacular” on Nov. 27th , beginning at 2 p.m. in Downtown Spencer and arriving in Downtown Salisbury around 3 p.m. Watch our community organizations and schools put on their best shows and spread some cheer. Wait for the magical finale to catch a glimpse of ol’ Saint Nick, then take the rest of the evening to explore what else Downtown Salisbury has in store for you. Want a guarantee that you will see snow in November? You’ll see the fluffy stuff for sure at Holiday Night Out. Flurries fly on East Fisher Street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, November 29th, the biggest shopping night of the year! Downtown shops


and restaurants stay open late to offer the best options for that perfect holiday gift. Live music, free craft-making, hot cocoa, and carolers strolling throughout downtown make this special night all the more delightful. Continue to SHOP LOCAL and enjoy fun activities on Small Business Saturday, November 30th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Individual business hours may vary.) Saturday, December 14th, spend the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Santa and The Grinch! This dynamic duo will gather with you first at Gateway Park (corner of Depot & E. Innes St.) for FREE professional photos between the hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then, forget the sleigh, ride on antique fire trucks with Santa and the

Grinch beginning around 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Salisbury Visitor’s Center located at 204 E. Innes Street, only half a block away from the park. All FREE for you, compliments of Downtown Salisbury. Continued to page 9

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11/2/2019 Harvesting Hope & 5K Trail Run Patterson Farm 10390 Caldwell Rd, Mount Ulla, NC 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Novant Health Hospice and Patterson Farm Market & Tours are joining together to present Harvesting Hope at Patterson Farm & Harold C. Earnhardt Memorial 5K Trail Run, a day of family fun on the farm, with proceeds to benefit Novant Health Hospice. The morning will begin with a 5K Trail Run in honor of Harold C. Earnhardt at 9 a.m. Following the 5K, kids can participate in a 1/2 mile Fun Run at 9:45 a.m. Following the races, spend the afternoon on the farm enjoying all the Fall Fun on the Farm activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Don’t miss local favorite, Darrell Harwood] performing on the farm! 11/2&6/2019 Family Story Time (KANN) Children’s Room 850 Mountain St, Kannapolis 11:00 am - 11:30 am All Ages - Stories, songs, and movement for children and families of all ages. View the full event details here: www.go.activecalendar. com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event. 11/2/2019 - 12/29/2019 Historic Hall House Museum Tours Dr. Josephus Hall House 226 S. Jackson St, Salisbury Open Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March through December. The home is closed for the months of January and February. Built in 1820 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Dr. Josephus Hall House was originally constructed as classrooms for the Salisbury Female Academy (1820-1825). The house served four generations of the Hall family before its purchase by Historic Salisbury Foundation in 1972. With nearly 200 years of history, the Hall House has many stories to share with its visitors. More info at office@historicsalisbury.org

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11/2/2019 - 1/25/2020 Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery Tour Morgan Ridge RailWalk Brewery & Eatery 421 N. Lee Street, 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. info@morganridgerailwalk.com 11/2/2019 Waterworks 11th Annual Big Chili Cook-off Waterworks Visual Arts Center 123 E. Liberty St, Salisbury 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm A thoroughly entertaining annual event that helps make possible the mission of Waterworks Visual Arts Center of providing diverse opportunities in the arts to all people through exhibition, education, and outreach programs. Join us for an evening of great food, drink, and dancing. Vote for your favorite chili recipes and take home exciting items from the silent auction. Must be 21 to attend. 704-636-1882 11/2/2019 - 11/30/2019 Old Stone House Tours 770 Old Stone House Rd Granite Quarry, NC Open for tours Saturdays and Sundays, April through November from 1-4 p.m. Built by German immigrant Michael Braun in 1766, this two-story Georgian-style house is the oldest structure in Rowan County. In 1959, the Rowan Museum purchased it, and the former domicile became a museum honoring the Braun family. Continued to page 13


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New Year’s Eve at The F&M Trolley Barn is the perfect way to usher in the New Year! In a family friendly atmosphere, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 (9 p.m. to Midnight), Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department provide free games, live music, refreshments, and a bell-ringing good time.

Want to warm up with wine and a little wandering? Of course you do! Downtown Salisbury’s signature wine tasting event, Wine About Winter, takes place throughout downtown on Friday, February 7, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adults 21+ years of age can purchase tickets beginning in November on DowntownSalisburyNC. com and our Facebook page. Continued to page11

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Attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass, wine tote bag, and tasting pass to sip and sample a variety of 20+ wines from around the world, including some made right here in Rowan County. Don’t wait for these spectacular events to get into your favorite downtown shops for one-of-a-kind presents for your friends and family, night spots, and eateries. Downtown Salisbury is open every day and night! So stay warm this winter by discovering all the ways you can make memories, buy local, and enjoy the charm of Downtown Salisbury.

See ads for downtown events on pages 30 & 31; follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at DowntownSalisburyNC.com

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he Village Park in Kannapolis turns in to a virtual winter wonderland nightly from November 23 to December 30*- A magical place for children of all ages- Don’t miss the chance to walk through thousands of twinkling lights in the trees and throughout the park along with animated displays from tin soldiers to sailing ships. (Over 250,000 lights as a matter of fact!) It is truly magical. The Tree Lighting Ceremony starts the season right on November 23 at 6pm. See the beautiful tree light up and then enjoy the Fireworks, live music, entertainment and kids’ activities. The park offers even more magic- You can ride on the double decker Carousel featuring 1800 lights.

This Carousel is the only double decker one on the east coast, between New Jersey and Georgia and one of only 7 in the United States. It was made in Italy and has Brazilian oak decking on the floor and hand painted murals on the ceiling and sides. It is a joy to see the art and the delight on all the rider’s happy faces. Another special treat is the Rotary Express Train that winds through the park offering a wonderful view of the light displays. This train is a replica of an authentic CP Huntington, the first locomotive purchased by the Southern Railroad in 1864. The train arrived at the park in 2005 with one engine and three coaches, from New Orleans- just before Katrina hit. A fun ride for all! Beginning on November 30, the popular Atlantic Coast S. Gaugers will return with their interactive model train display set up in the Village Park Program room. Model trains will be on display Wednesday through Sunday nights. Admission is free. Continued to page 15

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11/2/19 - 1/4/2020 New Sarum Brewing Tour New Sarum Brewing Company 109 N Lee Street, Salisbury free brewery tours the first Saturday of every month. Tours for large groups may be available at other times. Contact New Sarum or visit their website for more information. kendall@newsarumbrewing.com 11/2/2019 - 11/30/2019 China Grove Roller Mill Tours 308 North Main Street China Grove, NC Open for tours on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from April through November. For over one hundred years, the China Grove Roller Mill was in continuous operation and was a meeting place for the agricultural community surrounding the town of China Grove. Farmers came to sell their grain for flour and corn meal production, to purchase farm necessities, and to socialize. When visitors enter the roller mill, they are transported to an earlier time. 11/5/2019 - 11/19/2019 Music and Movement (Kann) Meeting Room 850 Mountain St 850 Mountain St, Kannapolis, NC 11:00 - 11:30 am Ages 3-5 - Join us for a fun and energetic program of nonstop movement, dance, interactive stories, and music. View the full event details here: https://go.activecalendar. com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/music-andmovement-kan-111 11/6&13/2018 Foster Parenting Classes Nazareth Child & Family Connection 165 Mahaley Ave, Salisbury 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Beginning September 11 and running for 10 weeks at its office at 165 Mahaley Ave. in Salisbury.The free classes are designed to inform participants about the child welfare system,

the role of foster parents and to help individuals develop the skills to become a successful foster/adoptive parent. For more information or to register for the classes, contact Shawn Squirewell, the director of foster care services at Nazareth Child & Family Connection at 888.207.0250, Ext. 111 or ssquirewell@nazcf.org. 11/7/2019 Antiques Show Patrons Party Rowan Museum 202 N Main S, Salisbury 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Annual benefit fundraiser dinner for Rowan Museum. Includes admission to Antiques Show. Cost $100 11/7/2019 Food is Medicine II Cabarrus Health Alliance 300 Mooresville Rd., Kannapolis 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Chef Mark Allison will present part II of how whole foods helped his family through two chronic illnesses: diabetes and cancer. 11/7-9 & 14-16 /2019 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury 7:30 pm By Christopher Durang Directed by Matthew Monte, Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. On the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. Continued to page 14

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11/8-10/2019 Antiques Show Patrons Party 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury Annual Antiques Show is held as a fundraiser to benefit Rowan Museum and its historic properties. Cost $7 Friday, November 8, 10am to 5pm Saturday, November 9, 10am to 5pm Sunday, November 10, 1pm to 4pm 11/9/2019 Elegance, Charm & Drama - Young Concert Artist Series featuring Anthony Trionfo Keppel Auditorim 2300 W. Innes Street, Salisbury 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Exciting flutist Anthony Trionfo from the Young Concert Artists Association will perform Ibert’s charming and challenging Flute Concerto. Concert will include Tchaikovsky’s elegant Serenade for Strings and Beethoven’s dramatic Symphony No. 1. More Info: Hunter Scott Safrit staff@salisburysymphony.org 704-216-1513 11/9/2019 STEAM Into Adventure: No-cook Playdough South Rowan Regional Library Meeting Room - 920 Kimball Road, China Grove 10:30 am - 11:30 amMake playdough from

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simple wet and dry ingredients. This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) program is geared for ages 6 to 11. A responsible caretaker (age 16+) must accompany children 8 and under. For more details, call 704-216-7729. 11/11/2019 Business After Hours Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear 205 E. Council St. B, Salisbury 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm One of the Chamber’s premier networking events. Professionals utilize this opportunity to discuss and share ideas in a relaxed, social atmosphere, while learning about other member businesses. From 5-7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, this is a float in and out event. This event is free for members and open to non-members for a $20 fee payable at the door. Bring business cards to exchange with potential customers and to enter the door prize drawing. Hor d’oeurves and beverages are provided by the sponsor. info@rowanchamber.com Continued to page 21


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Santa will also be part of the fun. He will be at the park each evening to hear all the kids’ wishes and be available for photos (no charge!). The Singing Bears will be close by to add to the fun. Be sure to see Santa by December 23, because he will be heading back to the North Pole then! So, start the holiday season out right this year. Take the kids, grandkids, friends or neighbor out to Village Park for an unforgettable evening of magical lights, music, food and rides on one of the most unique Carousel and train in the U.S. It is a delight for kids of all ages. Kannapolis Parks and Recreation create this wonderful Christmas experience each year- a real treasure for the community. The Winterland Express and Celebration of Lights will be open from 6pm - 9pm Sunday through Thursdays

and 6pm - 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays from November 23 - December 30, *except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets for the train and carousel are $2 per person, per ride. Both are handicap accessible. Entrance to the park and the model train display are free. Concessions are on site on the weekends including food vendors, hot chocolate, popcorn S’mores, and coffee. Activities such as face painting, crafts, balloon artists and school choirs will be going on most nights too.

For a full list of all the activities during the holidays see the website www.kannapolisnc.gov or call 704-920-4343. Village Park is located at 700 West C Street, Kannapolis, NC.

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Return of the Class J No. 611

The N.C. Transportation Museum will be welcoming back an old friend back this November, as the N&W Class J No. 611, a steam engine of great renown, returns to Spencer. The No. 611, restored to life at the N.C. Transportation Museum in 2015, will return to Spencer for special events this fall and into spring. The 611, a National Historic Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is known as an engineering powerhouse of steam, technology, and near-mechanical perfection. Nov. 1 – 3, a wide range of opportunities are being offered, from riding along behind the locomotive in an authentic

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N&W caboose to operating the engine under the supervision of a licensed engineer. A nighttime photo shoot will also be part of the activities. Visit nctrans.org to learn more.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Rolls Out

The museum’s largest event of the year is THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Nearly 57,000 people took the museum’s magical journey to the North Pole last year and tickets are on sale for the 2019 edition now. Act quickly, however, as the most sought-after dates and seating classes sell out quickly. The event allows visitors to enjoy the classic story told in Chris Van Allsburg’s book and the animated film starring Tom Hanks through live performances, a train ride with dancing chefs, cookies and hot chocolate, a visit to the North Pole for another short live performance, and a train-ride appearance by Santa as he gives each child the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell heard only by those who BELIEVE! In the story of THE POLAR EXPRESS™, the hero boy makes his journey to the North Pole in the middle of the night, Continued to page 23


11/15/2019 HOLIDAY BAZAAR Rufty-Holmes Senior Center 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Salisbury 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Tables for rent! Beginning Monday, September 30. $10-One six foot, $12-one eight foot. Contact Info: amber@ruftyholmes.org 704-216-7714 11/15/2019 A Veteran’s Thanksgiving Rufty-Holmes Senior Center 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Salisbury 8:00 am Partnering with NC State Veterans Home to provide gift bags for 99 male veterans. Item(s) needed: knit hats, pads/pens/pencils, toothbrush holders, small storage containers or pencil boxes, word puzzles, gloves colorful highlighters, wallets/ change purses. No toiletries & do not wrap gifts. Bring gift bags with 3 or more items to RHSC by Noon, Nov 15. Volunteers needed to deliver bags Nov 19, must have own transportation. Contact Info: Amber Phillips Rufty-Holmes Senior Center programs@ruftyholmes.org 704-216-7705 11/15-16/2019 & 11/22-23/2019 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales The Norvell Theater 135 E Fisher St., Salisbury, NC Stinky Cheese Man By John Glore Based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith If geese had graves, Mother Goose would be rolling in hers. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales retells and wreaks havoc on the allegories we all thought we knew by heart. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s quintessential children’s book of fractured fairy tales. Info: boxoffice@piedmontplayers.com 704-633-471

11/15-17, 23-24, 29-30/2019 THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride N.C. Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Set to the music of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will then enjoy singing, dancing, and a reading of The Polar Express. Seating packages are as follows: Standard: Passengers receive hot chocolate (served in a quality paper cup), a cookie, a silver sleigh bell presented by Santa himself, and a golden ticket. Deluxe: Passengers receive a treat bag, hot chocolate served in a keepsake tumbler, a golden ticket, a silver sleigh bell presented by Santa himself, and a cookie. 1st Class: Tables available in 2 top or 4 tops. Passengers receive hot chocolate served in a keepsake ceramic mug, a treat bag, a silver sleigh bell presented by Santa himself, a golden ticket, and a cookie. Parlor: 4 top tables. Passengers receive hot chocolate served in a keepsake ceramic mug, a treat bag, POLAR EXPRESS book, a silver sleigh bell presented by Santa himself, the golden ticket, and a cookie. 11/16/2019 Photographs with Santa Mainstream Pets 5675 South Main Street, Salisbury 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Bring your pet out to be photographed with Santa! Variety of photo sizes available. Just in time for the holidays, these photos makes a great Christmas gift. Get a photo of your pet and help another animal at the same time. Info: Jane Hartness with Humane Society of Rowan County hsrcnc973@gmail.com 704-636-5700 Continued to page 22

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11/18/2019 Cards for a Cause (HQ, East, South) Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W Fisher Street, Salisbury 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Create holiday cards that will be delivered to active service members in the United States Armed Forces and to veterans at the Hefner VAMC in Salisbury. Patrons can specify if their card(s) is delivered to a certain branch of the USAF or to the VA. However, cards submitted for a branch of the USAF do have specific deadlines: November 6 for cards distributed internationally, December 6 for cards distributed Stateside. Cards submitted December 7-18 will only be delivered to the VA. Available during open hours. For more information, contact Tammie at 704-216-7842. Adult. Children. Teen. Family. http://www.rowancountync.gov/ calendar.aspx?EID=3521 11/21/2019 Power in Partnership Breakfast Trinity Oaks 728 Klumac Rd, Salisbury Join us from 7:30 am - 8:30 am for our November PIP breakfast with President & CEO of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, Janet LaBar. A seasoned regional economic development leader with strong communications, strategy and operations skills, LaBar was selected following a four month national search. Contact Info: info@rowanchamber.com 11/21/2019 Friends of RPL Concert Series Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W Fisher Street, Salisbury 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Based out of Wilkesboro, NC, the Trailblazers perform a blend of Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, and Jazz music. They are the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Band of the Year. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. This free concert is open to the public, and all ages are welcome. For more information, call 704-216-8243 11/21-23 & 28-30/2019 Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour Downtown Salisbury Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour is a dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” featuring both laughter and serious moments. Passengers travel back in time to Christmases’ past with Scrooge on his journey via the trolley to see scenes from this wonderful holiday story acted out at historic sites in Downtown Salisbury. This is a live-theater presentation that your family will not want to miss this holiday season. 22

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11/22/2019 Kids in America Totally 80’s Tribute Band Lee Street theatre, 329 N Lee Street, Salisbury 7:30 pm Ready to be blasted into the past? Kids in America is a high-energy, power-packed, ultra fun, 6 piece band paying tribute to the totally awesome 1980s. Kids in America covers all genres from this timeless decade. New wave, pop, dance and rock, rock ballads and more. Kids in America specializes in recreating visually and take pride in delivering spot on sound of all your favorite 80s hits. We encourage crowd participation and our fans have so much fun at our shows. We totally love this! 11/23/2019 Lighting of the Fall Fires Historic Gold Hill 755 St. Stephens Church Rd vivian@historicgoldhill.com 704-267-9439 11/23-24 & 30/2019 Christmas at the Hall House Hall House Museum 226 South Jackson Street, Salisbury 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bring your family to the Hall House Museum in December to enjoy beautiful Christmas displays. Swagged greenery, fruits and berries, antique toys, heirloom quilts and coverlets are all combined to transform Dr. Hall’s house and transport visitors back in time. Each room will delight young and old alike and many have made the tour a part of their family holiday traditions. Admission - $5 per adult, $3 per student, 12-17, children under 12, free. Christmas Eve tour is by donation. Contact Info: Leah Campion Historic Salisbury Foundation events@historicsalisbury.org 704-636-0103 11/23/2019 - 12/30/2019 Celebration of Lights & the Winterland Express Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis, NC The Winterland Express train runs every evening from November 23 through December 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The train will run from 6-9 p.m. SundayThursday and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ride the train through Village Park, enjoy more than 250,000 lights, make s’mores and more. Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free; tickets to ride the train and carousel are $2 per person, per ride. Kids of all ages will be able to visit Santa in his studio each night. The park will also feature performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears, who will entertain your family with a Christmas Carol performance. On various nights local community groups and musicians will perform your favorite Christmas songs. Children will also have an opportunity to create ornaments and engage in the children’s zone. Continued to page 27


dressed in his pajamas and robe. Most families attending THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride get into the spirit by dressing in their own PJ’s before climbing aboard. Some even have matching outfits for the whole family. It is a great way to get into the spirit before you even leave the house. Visitors can enjoy activities before and after their trip to the North Pole. S’moresmaking fire pits are available for guests,

with s’mores packets for just $2 each. Model railroad layouts, crafts for the kids, an amazing expanded Gift Station is available with THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride memorabilia, and there are lots of Christmas lights and great photo opportunities. Chris Van Allsburg’s THE POLAR EXPRESS™ book is available as an add-on Continued to page 25

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continued from page 23 option during online ticket purchases. Those that take advantage of this option will have a copy of the book waiting for them upon arrival, signed by Santa! Other merchandise is also available for prepurchase. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride started at the N.C. Transportation Museum in 2014 and has grown immensely each year. Aiding that growth is a partnership with the Rowan County Convention and Visitor Bureau that allows those who live further away to purchase overnight lodging in Rowan County and receive free event tickets. Details on the event and on those overnight packages can be found at nctrans.org. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride would not be possible without Lee St. theatre and our event sponsors – Norfolk Southern Corporation, Novant Health, Foxville & Northern Railroad, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Busby & Webb Orthodontics, Walser Technology Group, and the Spencer Jaycees.

which was sunk off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. The exhibit opens January 16 and runs through March. Events surrounding the exhibit will include Pirate Day(s), scheduled for school groups and home-school students February 28 and open to the general public February 29.

Stop By Any Time!

The N.C. Transportation Museum may be best known for its events, but the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday every March through December, and open Tuesday through Saturday each January and December. Train rides are offered on a rotating schedule. Featuring transportation history from the worlds of railroading, aviation, and automotive and trucking, interactive exhibits, amazing stories, and more, please visit nctrans.org to plan your visit to the museum that moves you! Find out more at www.nctrans.org

ARGGHH!!! The Return o’ Blackbeard!

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11/23/2019 Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Fireworks Village Park 700 West C Street, Kannapolis, NC 6:00 pm A Kannapolis Christmas will officially kick off at Village Park with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 23. Enjoy live music and entertainment, kids activities and fireworks. Admission is free! 11/23/2019 An Evening with Destiny Stone Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee Street, Salisbury 7:30 pm Lee Street Spotlight Series Event A mixture of gospel, blues, jazz, and soul melt together to make this singer and songwriter’s lyrics and chords stand out among her peers. Stone has grown from her infatuation of love songs to tackling topics such as the traces of that Mississippi racism that continues to linger in the systems of the US. She is this little girl who grew up to become an old soul in a young woman’s body. Though Stone has many years left to live, she takes on the lives of those around her and those who have come before her to create her soulful sound. It comes from within: from that upbringing in Mississippi which led her to college in the Carolinas and will take her on the next destination. 11/26/2019 Southern Rowan Christmas Parade Landis and China Grove Main Street China Grove, NC 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm www.chinagrovenc.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=1159 11/27/2019 Tis the Season Spectacular - Community Holiday Parade Downtown Spencer & Downtown Salisbury 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The ‘Tis the Season Spectacular, will be a community event open to the public, held Wednesday, November 27, 2019 . The holiday parade will follow the route of main street through Spencer and Salisbury’s historic downtowns. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. in Downtown Spencer and reach Downtown Salisbury at 3 p.m. The parade will present musical acts, floats and more. The community is invited to participate and enjoy the parade by filling the sidewalks and public space as we celebrate the beginning of another beautiful holiday season in Rowan County! For more information on how to become a sponsor, be a participant or reserve seats, please click here . If you are interested in participating or in reserving seats for the parade, please visit out website

11/28/2019 11th Annual Butterball 5 Run The Forum of Salisbury 2318 S. Main Street, Salisbury 8:30 pm - 11:30 am Note: Pre-registration req. This event is a fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan sponsored by the Forum of Salisbury. Come out on Thanksgiving morning to support a great cause! Contact Info: Matt Marsh or Beth McKeithan Beth@preventchildabuserowan.org 704-639-1700 11/29/2019 Holiday Night Out Downtown Salisbury 217 S. Main St, Salisbury 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Takes place each year on Black Friday, the biggest shopping night of the year! Downtown shops and restaurants stay open late to offer the best options for that perfect holiday gift. Live music, hot cocoa, carriage rides and carolers stroll the streets spreading holiday cheer. East Fisher Street transforms into a winter wonderland with snow machines, decorations, crafts, and more. 11/30/2019 Gingerbread House Workshop Rowan Library East Branch 110 Broad Street, Rockwell 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Decorate for the season! Families are welcome to attend this free program. Work together to create a gingerbread house. All supplies will be provided. A responsible caretaker (age 16+) must accompany children 8 and under. Registration is required and space is limited. To register and for more information, call Tammie at 704-216-7842

December 2019 12/1/2019 Gingerbread House Workshop at Rowan Museum Rowan Museum 202 N Main St, Salisbury Family-friendly gingerbread house building event. All supplies provided. Advanced registration required. Cost $45 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

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12/5-7 & 12-14 & 19-21/2019 Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour Downtown Salisbury Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour is a dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” featuring both laughter and serious moments. Passengers travel back in time to Christmases’ past with Scrooge on his journey via the trolley to see scenes from this wonderful holiday story acted out at historic sites in Downtown Salisbury. This is a live-theater presentation that your family will not want to miss this holiday season. 12/6-8/2019 Christmas in the Village Historic Gold Hill 755 St. Stephens Church Rd vivian@historicgoldhill.com 704-267-9439 12/6-27/2019 Wine Down Friday Dinner Morgan Ridge Vineyards 486 John Morgan Rd, Gold Hill 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Offers different menu options each week Please visit back with us for a list of those items Seating from 5:30 - 7:30 pm Advanced Reservations with arrival time and entree selections for each guest *Please note if making reservations within 8 hours, you should call 704-639-0911 morgan.ridge@gmail.com 12/6-8/2019 The Arc of Rowan Festival of Trees F&M Trolley Barn 127 E. Liberty St., Salisbury 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Free The Arc of Rowan Festival of Trees - First weekend in December. We will have 50+ decorated Christmas Trees for the community to see. This is a free event to the community. ssapp@thearcofrowan.org 704-637-1521 12/6-27/2019 (Every Friday) Montgomery Store Bluegrass Jam Historic Gold Hill 755 St. Stephens Church Rd 6:00 pm Free 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. vivian@historicgoldhill.com 12/7/2019 RoBoJo Holiday Show Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W Fisher Street, Salisbury 9:00 am - 10:00 am RoBoJo Theatre Troupe returns to RPL for the 22nd annual presentation of 28

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their Holiday Theatre. A group of talented local actors will join Headquarters’ Mr. Robert to perform an hour-long variety show that features skits, songs, reader’s theater, and audience participation. Allages are welcome; a responsible caretaker (age 16+) must accompany children 8 and under. Questions? Call 704-216-8234. Childrens. Family. www.rowancountync.gov/calendar. aspx?EID=3605 12/7/2019 Cleveland Christmas Parade 415 E. Main St, Cleveland 2:00 pm This parade has been an annual event since the first one in 1972. It has always showcased local folks and activities. Entries are accepted in regular, religious, antique (auto, truck, and tractor), commercial, king/queen, humorous, and horse categories. Our parade still allows horses (which will be positioned behind the marching entries), and we still allow candy to be tossed (small, individually-wrapped pieces, and no lollypops). Previous parade attendance has been estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators, mostly Cleveland, Woodleaf, and Mt. Ulla residents. 12/9/2019 Business After Hours Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Professionals utilize this opportunity to discuss and share ideas in a relaxed, social atmosphere, while learning about other member businesses. From 5-7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, this is a float in and out event. This event is free for members and open to non-members for a $20 fee payable at the door. Hor d’oeurves and beverages are provided by the sponsor. info@rowanchamber.com 12/12-15/2019 & 12/18-21/2019 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents: Cinderella Meroney Theater 213 South Main St, Salisbury Piedmont Players Theatre presents Cinderella at the Meroney Theatre December 12-14, 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. December 15 at 2:30 p.m. 12/14/2019 Kannapolis Christmas Parade Main Street & Dale Earnhardt Blvd, Kannapolis 6:00pm Kannapolis holiday festivities continue with the 81st Annual Cannon Pharmacy Kannapolis Christmas Parade. The parade begins at the intersection of Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd. Thousands come out each year for this event, so make sure you get your spot early! Continued to page 33


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Holiday Night Out Friday, November 29th 5:00 to 9:00 pm East Fisher Street & Throughout Downtown

Takes place each year on Black Friday, the biggest shopping night of the year! Downtown shops and restaurants stay open late to offer the best options for that perfect holiday gift. Live music, hot cocoa, carriage rides and carolers stroll the streets spreading holiday cheer. East Fisher Street transforms into a winter wonderland with snow machines, decorations, crafts, and more.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30th 10:00 am to 6:00 pm*

All-day shopping with fun activities to support local businesses and celebrate Small Business Saturday. *Hours of operation may change depending upon the business

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Santa & Grinch and Antique Fire Trucks Saturday, December 14th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Spend the day in downtown gathering first at Gateway Park (corner of Depot & E. Innes St.) for photos with Santa and the Grinch from 10 am to 1 pm. Then, enjoy free rides on antique fire trucks with Santa and the Grinch from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Visitors Center (204 E. Innes St.).

New Year’s Eve at the Trolley Barn Tuesday, December 31st 9:00 pm to Midnight

There is no better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than by ringing in the New Year with the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department. The night will be filled with free games, live music, live feed of Time’s Square ball drop and refreshments. Located at the Trolley Barn (165 E. Liberty St.). *Temporary location change during Bell Tower Green construction.

Wine About Winter 1st Friday of February 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Wine about Winter is an annual event and a wine craw that is held on the 1st Friday in February. Tickets are purchased and will include a souvenir wine glass, wrist band, and a tasting pass. Ticket holders visit participating shops and restaurants to sip and sample a variety of 20+ wines from around Rowan County and beyond. O&A Nov/Dec/Jan ‘19 - ‘20

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12/14/2019 Christmas In The Grove Main Street, China Grove 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Celebrate the spirit of the season in China Grove! Sledding, Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, holiday characters, hot chocolate, fire pits, children’s activities, face painting and much more. Plastic sleds only. Contact Info: Town of China Grove pprice@chinagrovenc.gov 12/14/2019 Santa & Grinch and Antique Fire Trucks Depot & E. Innes St., Salisbury 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Spend the day in downtown gathering first at Gateway Park (corner of Depot & E. Innes St.) for photos with Santa and the Grinch from 10 am to 1 pm. Then, enjoy free rides on antique fire trucks with Santa and the Grinch from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Visitors Center (204 E. Innes St.) 12/14/2019 It’s a Magical Moonglows Christmas! Lee Street theatre, 329 N Lee St, Salisbury 7:30 pm This variety special is a mixture of music, comedy, and that special holiday magic that graced our TV screens in Christmas specials of years gone by. Hosted by the vocal group The Moonglows, it’s a Magical Moonglows Christmas’ is a show for the whole family that promises you’ll experience the joy and warmth of Christmas, right down to the fresh baked Christmas cookies and hot chocolate that will be served in the lobby during intermission. 12/21-22/2019 The Nutcracker Ballet Keppel Auditorium Catawba College Campus 2300 West Innes Street, Salisbury 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm The Piedmont Dance Theatre and the Salisbury Symphony present the delightful and timeless story of a little girl at Christmas through dance and music. Two performances available. Get your tickets early.... These performances often sell out! Contact Info: Bill Bucher 704-216-1513 director@salisburysymphony.org 12/28 & 29/2019 Old Christmas at the Michael Braun Haus Old Stone House 770 Old Stone House Rd, Granite Quarry Experience old German traditions during Christmas and tours of the Old Stone House. Cost $5 Adult, $3 student Saturday, December 28 10am to 4pm Sunday, December 29 12pm to 4pm

12/31/2019 New Year’s Eve at the Trolley Barn Trolley Barn,165 E. Liberty Street, Salisbury 9:00 pm to Midnight There is no better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than by ringing in the New Year with the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department. The night will be filled with free games, live music, live feed of Time’s Square ball drop and refreshments. Located at the Trolley Barn. *Temporary location change during Bell Tower Green construction.

January 2020

1/1/2020 Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddler’s Convention East Rowan High School P.O. Box 123, Gold Hill 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm 53rd annual event. Youth competition begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by adult competition beginning at 7 p.m. Chopped Barbeque Plates, hamburgers and hotdogs available 11:00amuntil sellout. Benefits go to local area Civitan Charities. 1/3-31/2020 Wine Down Friday Dinner Morgan Ridge Vineyards 486 John Morgan Rd, Gold Hill 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Price depends upon the desired entree selection. WINE DOWN FRIDAY Reservations with arrival time and entree selections for each guest *Please note if making reservations within 8 hours, you should call 704-639-0911 kimlove.mrv@gmail.com 1/3-31/2020 Montgomery Store Bluegrass Jam Historic Gold Hill 755 St. Stephens Church Rd 6:00 pm Free For more than twelve years, musicians from all over the region gather at the and entertain those who love to listen to Traditional Bluegrass and Old Time music. 704-267-9439 vivian@historicgoldhill.com 1/4-25/2020 Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery Tour Morgan Ridge RailWalk Brewery & Eatery 421 N. Lee St, Salisbury 2:00 pm 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. the day morgan.ridge@gmail.com Continued to page 34 O&A Nov/Dec/Jan ‘19 - ‘20

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1/10/2020 Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala West End Plaza Event Center 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd W, Salisbury The Rowan Chamber’s 94th Annual Gala will be held on Thurs., January 9, 2020, 6 p.m. at the West End Plaza. Contact Info: Elaine Spalding Rowan County Chamber of Commerce espalding@rowanchamber.com 704-633-4221 1/23-25 & 30-31/2020 & 2/1/2020 Deathtrap Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury, NC 7:30 pm Written By Ira Levin Directed by Lena Olsen Aspiring playwright Cliff Anderson has the next smash in the genre of suspense, and Bruhl wants a cut of the action—so before you can say, “Whodunnit?” Anderson has been invited for a drink and a partnership pitch performed by the couple. Twists, turns and murder await the audiences for this classic... 1/25/2020 Come Hear North Carolina! Catawba College, 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm A tribute to the music of, and composers from, the Great State of North Carolina. Performance features the Rowan All-County 5th

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Grade Honors Chorus. Parents and family members invited! Important note: Tickets are $25 on the day of the performance, but discounts are offered when purchased online up to the day before the performance. Seniors and student discounts offered too! Student tickets may only be purchased at the box office on the day of the concert. 1/28/2020 Book Bites Book Club Rowan Public Library South 920 Kimball Rd, China Grove, NC 6:00 pm Free and open to the public. Do you enjoy good books, fun fellowship, and tasty food? If so, join this free book club where we discuss a different book each month and serve refreshments loosely related to the theme. 1/31/2020 - 2/8/2020 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents “Stuart Little” The Norvell Theater 135 E Fisher St., Salisbury Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents Stuart Little Jan 31 - Feb 1 & Feb 7-8 at 7:30 p.m.


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