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

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

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crowd of neighbors and park supporters anxiously stood by as park manager Byron Haigler sliced through a cedar log to signal the opening of Rob Wallace Park (12900 Bethel School Rd., Midland). They were ready to take to the first trails and playgrounds in southern Cabarrus County. Chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Steve Morris painted a picture of the park: “What was once a blank canvas is now a recreational treasure. Mountain bike trails are carved into the landscape to offer enthusiasts a challenging course in a county with no mountains. The playground invites kids of all ages to run and play. The fishing pier bobs in the pond, as the boardwalk frames the water.” Morris said. “Memories will be made here for generations to come.” The countdown to the opening of Wallace Park began with a groundbreaking ceremony in July of 2016.


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“Where we are standing now, sat bulldozers and other heavy machinery. They didn’t stop until it was complete,” said Morris. “January isn’t exactly the perfect time to celebrate a park opening, but for Rob Wallace Park it’s the beginning of a new year and new growth in Cabarrus.” A larger park dedication event will take place later this spring. The 143-acre park is a gift of its natural habitat, with plans that phase the land into a modern and green space to enjoy the outdoors. The County began construction on phase one in April to add a boardwalk, fishing pond, mountain and bike trails, playground and picnic areas, and the park office. A substantial portion of the project’s estimated $6.7 million cost went toward acquisition of the uniquely suited land, with the remainder devoted to project planning, site work and amenities.

Future phases include nature classrooms, and additional play areas, piers and trails that use the natural resources in the area. Fallen trees can become wildlife habitats, tree stumps can make great stepping blocks and vines can send visitors from platform to platform– a concept that reuses natural elements and keeps this treasured part of Cabarrus green. An aerial adventure

park is also under consideration for this space. The park will operate its winter schedule, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m., and weekends, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From March - October, the park will operate seven days-a-week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The winter schedule will resume in November.

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2/4/2017 Black Gold: NC Slavery and Reed Gold Mine Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site Midland Specialty tour for Black History Month which focuses on the enslaved population of this area and their role in North Carolina’s gold mining history. This tour will be hosted every Saturday at 3:00 pm in February for a cost of $2.00 for individuals over the age of 8. 2/5/2017 Exceptional Glam Events Winter Bridal Show 508 Event Center Kannapolis, NC 1:00-5:00pm Our event features an amazing selection of professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination, and much more! Whether you envision a formal black-tie affair or a casual barefoot ceremony on the beach, our carefully selected experts are ready to offer advice in creating timeless memories for your perfect wedding. www.exceptionalglameventshows. 704-978-7751

2/9 /2017 - 2/25/2017 “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” Old Courthouse Theater Concord, NC 8 – 10pm Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! 2/10/2017 Wine & Dine on the Rails NC ransportation Museum ~ Spencer, NC This special trains features a cocktail hour inside the museum, a leisurely train ride around the 60-acre historic site and a three course meal served by a top-rated chef aboard the train! For the first seating, there will be a cocktail hour from 4:00-5:00PM, boarding will begin at 5:00PM and dinner will be from 5:15-6:30PM. For the second seating, cocktail hour will be from 6:45- 7:45PM, boarding will begin at 7:15PM and dinner will be from 8:00-9:15PM. 704-636-2889 Continued to page 15

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A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. This feel-good comedy smash is based on the hit film. Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with


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Village Park 700 W C Street Kannapolis

Baker’s Creek Park 1275 W A Street Kannapolis

Dorton Park 5790 Poplar Tent Rd Concord

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

Rob Wallace Park 12900 Bethel School Rd Midland

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

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Annual EASTER EGG HUNT Dan Nicholas Park 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC

Ages Infant to 5yrs at 11:00am Ages 6 to 10yrs at 11:15am For more information call 704-216-7800 Visit



Easter Bunny Express Easter Egg Hunt and Steam Engine Caboose Train Rides N.C. Transportation Museum Spencer, NC

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and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE! Piedmont Players Theatre’s Sister Act opens at the Meroney Theater on March 16th. Tickets go on sale March 6th. Adults $20, Students/Seniors $17. For tickets call 704-633-5471 or purchase online at! Producing Partners: Ed Brown, David Post & John A. Basinger

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EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 15, 2017

Your Walk In The Park Just Got Better!

Ages Infant to 5yrs at 11:15am Ages 6 to 10yrs at 11:15am

Nature From The Inside Out. • Three Miniature Trains • Haden’s Carousel • Hurley Station Gift Shop • Miner Moose Gem Mine

• Birthday Parties • Paddle Boats • Family Camping • 18 Picnic Shelters • T.M. Stanback Outdoor Theater • Foltz Steel Bridge • Playground • Roan Roamers Volkssport Trail • Two ADA Golf Courses

(Gem Mining Educational Programs Available Upon Request)

• Nick’s Playground A completely handicap accessible playground

“Have a gem of a time at the Miner Moose Gem Mine”

DAN NICHOLAS PARK “Greatest Family Entertainment”

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2/11/2017 - 4/11/2017 A Sense of Place Waterworks Visual Arts Center Enjoy A Sense of Place, an exhibit at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. The exhibit features Harriet Hoover’s Family Fruit, Ann Marie Kennedy’s New Work and a selection of contempory Southern photography titled The Do Good Fund. The exhibit is free and open during 10:00AM to 5:00PM. 704-636-1882 2/14/2017 Wine Tasting at Mean Mug Coffee Mean Mug Coffee Shop ~ Salisbury Every second tuesday of each month at 7:00PM, Mean Mug Coffee offers you the opportunity to try some fabulous wines and take a few bottles of your favorites home to enjoy! RSVP is required; please email: 2/16/2017 A Celebration of Romance Novels Rowan Public Library Enjoy an afternoon of tea and lively conversation among fellow admirers of romance novels. This event is for readers of romance to come together and discuss their favorite characters, authors and genres. 704-216-8243 2/17-25/2017 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. Producing Partners: Edward & Susan Norvell.Tickets on sale Feb 13th. Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10. 704-633-5471 2/21-22/2017 PPT Youth Auditions for ‘TALES OF A 4TH GRADE NOTHING’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury A humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling! Based on the popular title by perennial favorite Judy Blume. Producing Partners: Owen & Elizabeth Norvell Auditions will be held at 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Auditions by appointment only. 704-633-5471.

2/22/2017 - 2/25/2017 The Children’s Hour Hedrick Theatre ~Catawba College A hallmark of modern American theater, and a major success on the Broadway stage, Lillian Hellman’s groundbreaking story of scandal and hysteria is timeless and hard-hitting drama at its finest! When a malicious student starts an unfounded rumor, an entire community is quickly engulfed in a devastating firestorm of misunderstanding, accusation, and hostility. With crackling dialogue, and Hellman’s impeccable sense of timing and suspense, The Children’s Hour is a searing, riveting play that exposes the insidious power of lies, and their capacity to breed ignorance, intolerance, and fear. Show begins at 7:30PM. 2/23/2017 - 3/4/2017 The Diary of Anne Frank Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center Salisbury The story of Anne Frank, a young girl swept up in the turmoil of the Holocaust, captured the hearts of millions when her personal diary was published under the guidance of her father after World War II. Anne Frank’s life told through her own words gave a deeper understanding of what the Holocaust meant for thousands of families under Hitler’s tyranny and the play adaptation is eerily poignant in its retelling. Show begins at 7:30PM. 704-370-5507 2/25/2017 - 2/26/2017 Blood Done Sign My Name St. Johns Lutheran Church Salisbury St. John’s will be hosting two performances of Blood Done Sign My Name. The play tells the true story about the murder of Henry Marrow, a black Vietnam veteran, and the impact of his death on the town of Oxford, North Carolina. Performances will be on February 25 @ 7:30pm and February 26 @ 4:00pm. 704-636-3431 2/25/2017 - 2/26/2017 C & E Gun Show Cabarrus Arena & Event Center Concord, NC Our exhibitors have an incredible knowledge base and are able to help customers find what they’re looking for. Our exhibitors can easily answer virtually all questions and concerns a consumer may have. That level of variety and knowledge is nearly impossible to find anywhere else. 704-920-3976 Continued to page 19 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘17


CITY PARK 316 Lake Drive

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

DAN NICHOLAS PARK 6800 Bringle Ferry Road

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


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

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

​ elsey Scott Park K 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road

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

LINCOLN POOL & PARK 110 Old Concord Road

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


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

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

HURLEY PARK Annandale and Lake Drive

SLOAN PARK 550 Sloan Road, Mount Ulla

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

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Located in western Rowan County, it’s 93 acres of countryside with a creek and a walkway over a small manmade lake. Features a playground, sports fields, shelters and a pavilion for performances. Kerr Mill is operable for demonstrations at certain times.

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1st Friday ~ Shop, Dine, Stroll Friday, March 3rd 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Live Leprechauns Window Display Contest

1st Friday ~ Shop, Dine, Stroll Friday, April 7th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Hop Around Town


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1st Friday ~ Shop, Dine, Stroll Friday, May 5th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Come Tickle Our Ivories

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3/3/2017 First Friday in Downtown Salisbury Downtown Salisbury Enjoy Downtown Salisbury with friends and family while eating and shopping local! Stores will remain open until 9:00PM. 704-637-7814 3/4/2017 - 4/22/2017 At The Throttle 2017 North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer, NC At the Throttle is back at the N.C. Transportation Museum. You can power down the tracks behind the Lehigh Valley Coal #126 and learn how to run a vintage diesel locomotive. As a participant, you’ll enjoy a one-on-one training session and 1/2 hour of “at the throttle’ time. No previous locomotive experience is required.

3/10/2017 - 10/20/2017 Legends By Lantern Tours North Carolina Transportation Museum Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends, and tales of Spencer shops that defy reason and logical explanation. The 90 minute tour includes a behind the scenes, after hours’ view of the Bob Julian Roundhouse estoration bays, the site of numerous strange occurances. 704-636-2889 3/16-25/2017 Piedmont Players Theatre presents ‘SISTER ACT’ The Meroney Theater 213 S. Main Street, Salisbury Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Producing Partners: Ed Brown, John A. Basinger & David Post. Tickets on sale Mar 6th. Adults $20, Students/Seniors $17. www.PiedmontPlayers. com 704-633-5471 Continued to page 25

3/4/2017 - 10/28/2017 Salisbury Ghost Walk Tours Downtown Salisbury Through out weekends in March through October, Salisbury turns into a ghost town... literally! Take a walk through Downtown Salisbury to try and catch a peek of a hiding ghoul. Don’t forget your camera and flashlight! Tours are 90 minutes long. 704-798-3102 3/9/2017 The Listening Room The Davis Theatre ~ Concord 10am – 2pm The Davis Theatre’s version of an open mic night returns for a second year to give local talent the opportunity to perform in a casual atmosphere. Davis Domingo of the Fuzzbucket Music Company is the host. Performers must apply in advance and be approved. Acts should be G-rated. For information, call 704-920-2787 or email If you’re not a performer, come see your friends and neighbors! 704-920-2787 3/9/2017 Our State’s Finest Salisbury Symphony Orchestra See North Carolain’s finest muscians, the North Carolina Symphony, perform at the Keppel Auditorium at 7:30PM under the direction of David Glover. www.salisburysymphonync.weebly. com/calendar.html 704-637-4314 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘17


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3/17/2017 Classic Country Show Lee Street theatre ~ Salisbury Featuring Salisbury’s own country musicians, join Lee Street for a night of your favorite country songs at 7:30PM. 704-310-5507 3/20-21/2017 PPT Auditions for ‘TOM JONES’ The Meroney Theater 213 S. Main Street, Salisbury Adapted from the classic novel by Henry Fielding, Tom Jones is a bawdy - swashbuckling comedy that will have audiences in stitches. Producing Partners: Crescent Construction & First National Bank Auditions will be held at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Meroney. 704-633-5471. 3/24/2017 Chatham County Line Lee Street theatre ~ Salisbury Come see bluegrass band, Chatham County Line, at Lee Street theatre at 7:30pm. 704-310-5507 3/24/2017 Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style) Spencer Doll and Toy Museum Antiques dealer, Michael Hanson, will take a look at your items and offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of merchandise, including toys. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascination truths about these finds! The cost is $5.00 per item with a limit of 2 items per person. The event begins at 10:00AM. 704-762-9359 3/25-26/2017 CBA Spring Swap Meet & Bike Show Rowan County Fairgrounds This annual CBA swap meet and bike show attracts over 5,000 bikers. This is the chance to see a unique array of motorcycles and cars. Lots of accessories and car parts will also be available for sale! Doors open at 10:00AM. 704-577-1546 3/25/2017 Too Much Sylvia in Concert Morgan Ridge Vineyard Too Much Syvlia will be performing at the Pavilion at Morgan Ridge Vineyards from 4:00PM - 8:00PM. This will be a fun night to enjoy good music, delicious food and lots of wine and beer! 704-639-0911

3/30/2017 - 4/1/2017 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Florence Busby Corriher Theatre An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, poutinducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Show begins at 7:30PM. 3/30-4/8/2017 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents ‘TALES OF A 4TH GRADE NOTHING’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury A humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling! Based on the popular title by perennial favorite Judy Blume. Producing Partners: Owen & Elizabeth Norvell Tickets on sale Mar 20. Adults $14, Students/Seniors $12. 704-633-5471.

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4/1/2017 Colonial Spring Frolic Old Stone House Salisbury, NC Celebrate spring and the re-opening of the Old Stone House for the season. Historic tours of Michael Brown’s colonial home, Easter egg dyeing activity, musket firing demonstrations, wood working, open fire cooking demonstrations and tastings, candle making, chidlren’s games, colonial dancers and music! 704-633-5946 4/2/2017 30th Annual Hurley Park Celebration Hurley Park ~ Salisbury, NC Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the 30th Annual Hurlkey Park Spring Celebration fron 2:00 - 4:00PM. 704-638-4459 Continued to page 28 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘17


Before we tell you about all the great things happening at the museum, first we need to make sure to say this: Thank you. Thanks for a great 2016. The museum saw record numbers, with 111,000 visitors, made up of 32,500 attendees to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, 15,000 visitors to Day Out With Thomas, day to day visitors, and other event attendees. It was a spectacular year, full of growth and site improvements that will make your 2017 visit even better.


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And if you haven’t been to the museum in a while, check out our webpage at or view our videos on YouTube and Facebook. They show just how much is going on at the museum that moves you.


ow, with that out of the way…. What does Spring mean to you? For the N.C. Transportation Museum, spring means more train rides, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a Civil-War era locomotive, the appearance of a certain fluffy bunny, and most of all, spring means steam! As temperatures increase, don’t be surprised to see steam rising from Spencer, as the Class J #611 steam locomotive is back in residence. When the “J” visits the museum, so do hundreds of rail fans from across the country. The sleek, black, streamliner steam engine is the last remaining locomotive of its type, and is a “rock star” of the rail fan world.

Owned by the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the #611 was restored to here in Spencer, and returns regularly for maintenance, events, and steam powered excursions. This April, the “J” will power excursions to Virginia and two points in North Carolina. Saturday, April 8, the #611 will run from Spencer to Lynchburg, Va and back. Sunday, April 9, it will travel from Spencer to Charlotte, N.C., and return at noon. An afternoon excursions April 9 will travel to Greensboro and back. A variety of seating options, including coach, first class, and dome cars is planned for each excursion. Continued to page 31

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4/7/2017 Easter First Friday Downtown Salisbury Come celebrate the Easter season with friends and family in Downtown Salisbury while the shops stay open later. The event begins at 5:00 PM. 704-637-7814 4/7/2017 Earth Day on the Greenway Salisbury Greenway Celebrate and learn more about Mother Earth on the Greenway starting at 9:00 AM. 704-216-7529 4/6/2017 - 4/9/2017 Spring AutoFair Charlotte Motor Speedway 8am – 6pm Car lovers rejoice! The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Charlotte AutoFair, returns in this spring on April 6-9, bringing together thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars and classic automobiles. You’ll also experience a collector car auction, over 10,000 automotive vendor displays, a massive manufacturers’ midway, a kids’ PlayZone, fun fair food and more. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy. 800-455-3267 4/7/2017 - 4/15/2017 Easter Bunny Express NCTransportation Museum ~ Spencer Take a 25 minutes train ride around the N.C. Transportation Museum with the Easter bunner! The furry friend will be handing out candy to the kinds, taking pictures and meeting everyone. Kids can also get temporary tattoos in the museum Gift Station and a craft to take home! 704-636-2889 4/8/2017 - 4/9/2017 #611 Excursions NC Transportation Museum ~ Spencer, NC The N.C. Transportation Museum will host a day long steam excursion on the iconic Class J #611 for the second year in a row to Virginia, and morning and afternoon trips to Charlotte and Greensboro! Travel in historic style, behind a genuine 1950’s era steam locomotive, and engine that represents the height of steam engine technology. Boarding begins in Spencer to Virgina at 6AM on April 8, to Charlotte at 7AM on April 9 and to Greensboro at 2PM on April 9. aspx 704-636-2889 28

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4/8/2017 - 4/9/2017 The Upscale Yard Sale Rowan Museum ~ Salisbury Looking for something to add to your home? Check out the Upscale Yard Sale at the Rowan Museum! There will be clothing, jewelry, housewares, furniture, appliances, acessories, art, lamps, draperies, toys, games, decor, books, music, electronic and much, much more! 704-633-5946 4/8/2017 -4/10/2017 19th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium Salisbury, NC 19th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Event begins on Friday at Landmark Church with Friendship Banquet, lecture, music, recognition of veterans, and door prizes. Saturday at Catawba College includes 6 lectures, light refreshments, displays, and books. On Sunday there is a 10:00 am public Memorial Service at the Salisbury National Cemetery for those who died at the Salisbury Prison and an 11:00 am a public Memorial Service at the Old Lutheran Cemetery for Confederate soldiers who died in Salisbury. Confederate and Union reenactors will comprise the Honor Guard. Tour of Prison site after lunch for registrants. Registration $65 per person when postmarked by March 18, $75 afterwards. $15 charge for refunds after March 20. No refunds after April 1. Send checks to Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, UDC, PO Box 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0083. For additional information contact Symposium Chairman Sue Curtis (704) 637-6411, 4/9/2017 Salisbury Symphony presents Verdis Requiem Keppel Auditorium ~ Catawba College In “Monumental” on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Keppel, the symphony will present Verdi’s “Requiem” with multiple choirs. Soloists include Angela Rene Simpson, soprano; Christy Brown, mezzo-soprano; James Allbritten, tenor; and Jake Gardner, bass-baritone. This concert is sponsored by Dr. W. Gerald Cochran. 704-637-4314 4/9/2017 Monumental Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Listen to the beautiful music and voices of soloists Angela Rene Simpson, Cristy Brown, James Allbritten and Richard Ollarsaba in Requiem, Verdi at 3:00PM. 704-637-4314 Continued to page 32

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continued from page 27 In the meantime, look for the #611 as it chugs across the museum grounds, a living piece of history in motion. The “J” will be joined by another steam locomotive, as the Lehigh Valley #126 will offer visitors a chance to take the throttle themselves. “At the Throttle: Steam” puts attendees in the cab of this authentic engine to live out their “bucket list” dreams of running a steam locomotive. Participants will undergo a safety orientation before spending a full half hour operating the locomotive. The program runs Saturdays, March 4 through April 22 and makes a great gift for the rail fan in your life. One other steam engine has been at the museum, visiting from Atlanta during the past year. The Civil War era “Texas” locomotive is famed for being the engine that ran down the “General” during the Great Locomotive chase of the Civil War. The engine was also integral to the rebuilding of Atlanta during Reconstruction and is an important part of that southern city’s history. For the past year, the “Texas” has been undergoing a cosmetic restoration here in Spencer as the Atlanta History Center constructs a new building to highlight both the “Texas” and the Civil War cyclorama. We’ll unveil that restoration work in late April for the first time, showing off the “Texas” in her only appearance in North Carolina before heading back to Atlanta. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this historic engine. And also… That fluffy bunny we mentioned earlier? He’ll be hopping aboard a train soon as the Easter Bunny Express rolls out

April 8, 9, 14, and 15. The event features a 25-minute train ride with the big bunny as he hands out treats and poses for pictures. Attendees also receive full admission to the museum to enjoy all the exhibits. As always, we have a big finish planned April 15. An Easter egg hunt, divided into age brackets, will have children filling the museum field next to Barber Junction Depot to find eggs and treats. Plus, the Lehigh Valley #126 steam engine will pull the museum’s caboose train, giving visitors a choice of trains, and the sounds of an authentic steam engine moving across the museum grounds. Choo choo! Find full details on all of these events at There is so much happening at the museum that moves you! O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘17


4/15/2017 Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Fest Historic Gold Hill Grab your baskets for an exciting Easter Egg Hunt at Historic Gold Hill beginning at 11:00AM. 4/15/2017 Easter Bunny Express Easter Egg Hunt and Steam Engine Caboose Train Rides NCTransportation Museum ~ Spencer, NC The annual Easter Egg Hunt is the perfect event to celebrate Easter at the NC Transportation Museum! The Lehigh Valley Coal #126 steam locomotive will be pulling six colorful cabooses on the Caboose Train and there will be lots of eggs to find! 4/22/2017 One Acts Festival Florence Busby Corriher Theatre Don’t miss out on this FREE show, hosted by Catawba College theatre! 4/15/2017 - 10/20/2017 Legends By Lantern Tours NCTransportation Museum ~ Spencer Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of NC railroad legends, and tales of Spencer shops that defy reason and logical explanation. 704-636-2889


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4/28/2017 - 4/30/2017 20th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy Friday, April 28, 2017, Friendship Banquet with lecture, 5pm-9pm at Landmark Church; Saturday, April 29, six lectures at Catawba College, 9am 4pm; Sunday, April 30, two free public Memorial Services, 10am - 12 Noon at Historic Salisbury National Cemetery and Old Lutheran Cemetery; Afternoon tour of Prison site for Symposium registrants. Contact Symposium Chairman Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, of accessories and car parts will also be available for sale! 704-577-1546 4/27/2017 - 4/29/2017 Alice in Wonderland Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center Salisbury Return with Alice to the magical world from her childhood adventure. This dance showcase will tell the story of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and her battle with the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The show begins at 7:30PM. 704-370-5507

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By Ed and Sue Curtis


he 19th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium will be held April 8-10 and is sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The event takes place in several locations, beginning on Friday evening with a Friendship Banquet, lecture, music, recognition of veterans, and door prizes. Six lectures are scheduled for Saturday, light refreshments, displays, and books. On Sunday there is a 10:00 am public Memorial Service for Union POWs who died at the Salisbury Prison and an 11:00 am public Memorial Service for Confederate soldiers who died in Salisbury. Confederate and Union reenactors will comprise the Honor Guard. Registered guests are invited on Sunday afternoon for a tour of the Prison site and refreshments. Registration is $65 per person when postmarked by March 18, $75 afterwards. Col. John F. Hoke was born in 1820 in Lincoln Co., NC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1841, practiced as an attorney, served an officer during the Mexican War and in 1861 was Adjutant General of NC. He became a Colonel while serving in the 23rd NC Inf. and in 1864 was commanding the 4th NC Senior Reserves. In October he arrived in Salisbury with 750 men to join other units as guards at the military prison. Hoke was in charge of the POW’s marched out of the Prison in February 1865 to be turned over to Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke near Wilmington, NC for exchange. In 1866 he testified in the court-martial of Prison Commandant Maj. John Gee. Col. Hoke returned home after the war and died in 1888. 34

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There is a $15 charge for refunds after March 25. No refunds after April 1. Send checks to Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, UDC, PO Box 83, Salisbury, NC 281450083. For additional information contact Symposium Chairman Sue Curtis (704) 637-6411, The buildings and land purchased from Davidson College by the Confederate Government for a prison had to be outfitted with bars and a stockade for the 120 prisoners captured at First Manassas and on the Outer Banks who arrived in December 1861. Life at the Prison became especially hard after the exchange of prisoners was stopped in April 1864. By the time the Prison closed in February 1865 there had been approximately 15,000 incarcerated in Salisbury and guards at any one time numbered from a few hundred to over a thousand. Prisoners and guards were from South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Iowa, Kentucky, Delaware, California, Minnesota, West Virginia,

Maryland, Missouri, and the District of Columbia. With the overcrowding in the prison by the fall of 1864, the land was changed with holes dug into the sod for shelters, wells polluted, trees stripped of bark, and the stockade extended. The smell, which was described by a guard in 1862 as being enough to make a dead man heave, became even worse. At least 4,000 prisoners and a number of guards died in the Prison that was located only a few blocks from the square in downtown Salisbury. At this year’s Symposium additional information will be shared about the Prison and those who were there. All interested in registering will be welcome and will hear more about the only military prison that was located by the Confederate Government in North Carolina.

Alfred T. Harrell was born in Gates Co., NC and like many Confederate soldiers was a descendant of a Revolutionary War veteran. By March 1864 he was in Co. I, 68th NC Inf. in eastern NC before the regiment was sent to Morganton to help guard railroad lines. In October the 68th was transferred to Salisbury to serve as guards at the Prison due to the large number of POWs being held there due to the curtailment of prisoner exchanges. Harrell and the 68th were at the train depot in November 1864 awaiting a train to eastern NC when they heard the firing of the Prison cannon. They quickly returned to the stockade to help put down an attempted outbreak by the prisoners. Harrell survived the war and died in Hertford Co., NC in 1905. His descendant often attends the Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium.

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

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