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February 2019

2/1/2019 - 11/30/2019 Waterworks Visual Arts Center Fall/Winter Exhibitions: “The Threads of Time” Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury The Threads of Time features three solo exhibitions: ELAINE FLECK, Interwoven BARRY MOORE, The Mill Kids STEPHANIE WOODS, BedNotes Galleries are open 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, and 10 am-2 pm Saturday 704-636-1882 More Info: greeter@waterworks.org 2/1 -3 & 7-9 /2019 Piedmont Players Theatre presents LUNCH AT THE PICCADILLY Meroney Theater 213 South Main St, Salisbury 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Adults $17, Students/Seniors $14 Baby boomers, unite! At long last, there’s a musical with the words ‘Medicare’ and ‘Medicaid’ in the song lyrics, and a plan to save the world. Lunch at the Piccadilly is a new musical comedy written by two noted North Carolinians: best-selling author Clyde Edgerton and composer Mike Craver, an early member of the Red Clay Ramblers. With 20 songs of almost every imaginable style, this wise, warm, and hilarious show is out to change the world–one rocking chair at a time. boxoffice@piedmontplayers. com 704-633-5471

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2/1/2019 Wine About Winter 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Downtown Salisbury’s signature wine tasting event. Wine about Winter is an annual event and a wine craw that is held on the 1 st 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. 2/1, 8, 15 & 22/2019 Wine Down Friday Dinner Morgan Ridge Vineyards 486 John Morgan Rd Gold Hill, NC Price depends upon the desired entree selection WINE DOWN FRIDAY 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 2/1, 8, 15 & 22/2019 (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 704-267-9439 2/1 -2 & 8-10 /2019 Classic Country Concert Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury 7:30 pm $22.90 This town favorite is back! Featuring Salisbury’s own Graham Carlton, Tripp Edwards, Mary Gillespie, Carol Harris, and Matthew Weaver. Join us for a night of your favorite country songs LIVE at Lee Street. 2/1/2019 DaBaby Next to blow concert official blank blank tour stop Rowan County Fairgrounds 1560 Julian Road, Salisbury 8:00 pm - 1:30 am Da Baby formerly known as Baby Jesus is a 26 years old rapper born in Cleveland and raised in Charlotte,NC. He was raised in the streets with two elder brothers. He left that way of life and started rapping when he realized he could impact people’s lives through music as from 2014. 980-521-4928 Continued to page 8


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By: Maggie Blackwell eacon Hall is a former church building where free music lessons will be offered to students who cannot afford them. Jody Blackwell is the founder. He’d watched the church building decay in his own neighborhood and felt there had to be a use for it. Based on his own love for and talent with music, he conceived the idea to turn the building into a center for at-risk kids. Drawing the full amount from his savings, Blackwell paid for the building with cash. Built in 1913, Beacon Hall was originally the Second Presbyterian Church. It’s built in the Gothic

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Revival style, featuring red brick with huge granite blocks. The interior is hexagonally-shaped, with the altar/stage directly opposite the grand entry. In the early 1950’s Second Presbyterian built a new church on Lincolnton Road. On entry to the building, most guests have the same reaction: a loud gasp. Soaring fifty-foot ceilings with Gothic revival beams soar overhead. Oak flooring slants down toward the stage to afford each row of curved pews an unimpeded view. Because electronic sound systems weren’t even a dream in 1913, the building itself is the acoustic system. Music and voice have a rich and full sound for the ear.


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Time and neglect have had their effect on the building. The roof is in bad shape. Over the years, a series of owners have nailed asphalt shingles atop the original embossed tin shingle roof. Pigeons and bats became the newest tenants and have left calling cards of their presence. A former owner allowed Salvage Dawgs to come and remove architectural treasures from the building and take them to Roanoke, VA for resale. The treasures included massive oak pocket doors, all the stained glass windows and several of the curved, solid oak pews. The episode was televised on the popular Salvage Dawgs show on History Channel. As soon as Blackwell bought the building, Allen Rutherford, an

accountant friend, began the long and arduous application process for federal nonprofit status. While he worked, Blackwell held a number of workdays. Friends and community members came and helped with basic structural issues. He negotiated with the Blanche and Julian Robertson Foundation as well as DH Griffith when they demolished the old First Bank on West Innes Street. The bank’s windows perfectly fit the openings at Beacon Hall. They agreed to donate the windows to Beacon Hall. With the help of many friends, most of the boarded-up window frames have been replaced with functional rope pulley windows from the bank. Two old and narrow restrooms have been demolished and will soon be replaced Continued to page 9

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2/1-28/2019 Outlaw Karts Winter Series Race 6 Outlaw Karts and Grasscar Millbridge Speedway 6670 Mooresville Road, Salisbury Price: Free 2/1-28/2019 Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt Rowan Public Library 201 West Fisher Street. Salisbury Join us in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a scavenger hunt featuring your favorite Dr. Seuss characters! Children that complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a raffle contest for a prize. This scavenger hunt will run from February 1-28 during library hours. 704-216-8234 2/2, 9, 16, 23/2019 Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery Tour Morgan Ridge RailWalk Brewery & Eatery 421 N. Lee St, Salisbury 2:00 pm $10.00 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 2/2/2019 The Pedal Factory - Open Shop Day 311 East Council Street, Salisbury, NC 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Free The Pedal Factory is a nonprofit community bike shop that provides an open workshop space where people may learn to repair and maintain bikes, exchange volunteer work for bicycles, and donate bikes. We have some refurbished bikes for sale as well as used and new cycling gear and parts. We are a volunteer run organization dedicated to creating new cyclists and a cycling friendly Salisbury. We love volunteers and welcome anyone into our workshop space. mary@ thepedalfactory.org 704-870-7145

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2/2/2019 23rd Annual Father Daughter Dance Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm **TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW** Experience an enchanted and priceless evening that all Father’s and Daughter’s look forward to each year. 2/4-5/2019 Rowan Public Library Book Sale Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC Monday, Feb 04 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday, Feb 05 10:00 am - 5:00 pm It’s time to buy books! Browse RPL’s special midwinter Book Sale, held in the Stanback Auditorium at RPL Headquarters. Items will be $2 or less on Monday, and all items will be half-price on Tuesday. When inventory is gone, the sale ends; a closing notice will be posted on www. RowanPublicLibrary.org. Call 704-216-8243 for more information. Adult. Children. Teen. Family. www.rowancountync.gov/calendar 2/5/2019 Young Professionals New Sarum Brewery 109 N. Lee St, Salisbury 5:30 pm Young Professionals (YP) serves members ages 40 and under. Networking events are held the second Tuesday of the month. YP nurtures our youngest members to enhance their professional development and become active community members. 2/6/2019 Foster Parenting Information Session Nazareth Child & Family Connection 165 Mahaley Ave, Salisbury 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Nazareth Child & Family Connection has a foster parenting information Continued to page 11


continued from page 7 with new, clean, handicapped-friendly facilities. There’s a lot of work yet to do, Blackwell says. He’s found a company that restores tin shingle roofs on lighthouses in New England using a spray elastomeric coating. The material comes in a variety of colors. The result is a historically-appropriate metal roof that’s actually waterproof, a nice feature in a roof. The entry doorway has sagged over the years and must be rebuilt. A generous donation from the Foundation for the Carolinas will help with the job. Blackwell envisions having bells in the bell tower one day, and allowing excited young people pull the ropes to ring them on occasion. First the tower must be weatherproofed, the aviary friends evicted, and their remains cleaned up. Local architect Jon Palmer has developed a design for the building that retains its historical beauty while featuring modern conveniences. Handicapped ramps and seating will accommodate guests who need them. An addition on the back will provide new restrooms. A green room will provide comfort for visiting artists. Outside Blackwell sees a garden where children will play and guests can mingle before concerts.

The main feature, Blackwell stresses, is a beautiful, warm and welcoming building where children know they are the focus; where they have encouraging teachers who help them explore the wonders of music, and where they develop the selfconfidence and courage to face the world. Beacon Hall sponsored a free concert in January of this year, held at the nearby Salisbury High School auditorium, which has recently been renovated to its historic grandeur. The artist was Scott Ainslie, a blues guitar player and historian. The next morning Ainslie held a Master Class for local guitarists. Both events were well attended. Beacon Hall will hold a capital campaign soon to fund the building renovation so that music can once again fill its walls.

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session scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its office at 165 Mahaley Ave. in Salisbury. The session gives a great overview of foster parenting and will provide information and guidelines for Nazareth’s foster care training sessions, which begin March 6. For more information, contact Shawn Squirewell, the director of foster care services at Nazareth Child & Family Connection at 888.207.0250, Ext. 111 or ssquirewell@nazcf.org. 2/9/2019 49 Days of Gratitude: A Celebration of Thanks North Carolina Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer, NC $12 for Adults, $8 for Children Ages 3-12 The 49 Days of Gratitude celebrates the 70th anniversary of NC’s Merci train cars arrival in Raleigh on February 8, 1949. The Merci Train was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of France, given in appreciation for the United States help to the French during World War II. The opening ceremony will be held at the N.C. Transportation Museum on February 9th featuring the Merci car, an exhibition of the original artifacts from the car, display of several vehicles from WWII era, and more. From February 26th through March 2nd, the traveling exhibit, Rise Above will visit the museum. The annual Wine & Dine on the Rails Valentine’s event will feature French wine and food. Community events during the 49 Days of Gratitude will include art exhibitions with the theme of gratitude, Women in Service, Cabaret themed art gala, panel discussion of African American involvement in WWII, Merci & All Things French weekend event, and many more. nctrans@nctrans.org 704-636-2889 2/9/2019 LOVEly Craft Fair 3844 North Carolina 8, Lexington, NC 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Craft Fair benefiting American Children’s Home 2/9-10/2019 Wine & Dine Valentine’s Train North Carolina Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer, NC This special event 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. 2/11 /2019- 4/30/2019 Waterworks Unity Through Art Exhibition 123 E. Liberty St, Salisbury 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Free Unity through Art features a selection of works in a variety of media by artists who identify as Latinx or Hispanic. Artists were invited to submit their cultural narrative using a material and style reflective

of their own personal work that amplifies our culturally rich communities and how their contributions add value to our region of the globe. greeter@waterworks.org 704-636-1882 2/11/2019 Community Blood Drive St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury 205 St. Paul Church Road, Salisbury Free 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Give blood and help save local lives! Donate blood with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Call 1-888-59-BLOOD or visit www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website www.cbcc.us. CBCC has donation centers in Charlotte, Ballantyne, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory, and Greensboro Jessica Jankowski jjankowski@cbcc.us 980-256-3243 2/11/2019 Business After Hours Business After Hours sponsor location TBD Salisbury 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Business After Hours (BAH) is 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. Mary Norris Rowan County Chamber of Commerce msnorris@rowanchamber.com 704.633.4221 2/15/2019 Shakers Dance Salisbury City Park 316 Lake Drive, Salisbury 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm This dance is for adults 18 years of age and older with a developmental disability. Light refreshments served by sponsors and partnering agencies. The Shakers Dance is a partnership of the Arc of Rowan County, Rowan County Parks and Recreation- TR Division, and Salisbury Parks and Recreation. www.rowancountync.gov/calendar 2/16/2019 80’s Prom Grievous Gallery 111 W Bank St, Salisbury, NC 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm You can dance if you want to, you canleave your cares behind. Singles andcouples will safety dance their way through the80’s at our firstProm. Reserved for adults over 21. Advanced limited tickets available. Dress in your best 80’s formalwear and get your photo snapped for a lasting memory. Continued to page 25 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘19

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By: Larissa Harper

Executive Director Downtown Salisbury, Inc.

While Winter winds down and Spring is in our sight, Downtown Salisbury continues to flourish!

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usinesses are hopping on the Downtown train, relocating or starting from scratch, providing personal pampering and financial services; local, handmade natural products; highquality furniture and accessories that are repurposed or “new to you”; and introducing diverse cultural flavors through their culinary creations. And we must hand it to our steadfast businesses, which

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have stood the test of time, offering a wide selection of name-brand apparel at affordable prices; cuddly and comical gifts and cards for all occasions; professional and recreational services; accessories that “bling”; nighttime social outlets; pottery, wine, brews, candies, desserts, and all kinds of goodies for all manner of foodies. Did you know that residential options are expanding downtown? Before new upper story lofts can even be finished, there are requests by young professionals, singles, new families, downsizers, and retirees wanting a sneak peek and inquiring about availability. We are noticing that folks of all ages are opting for a lifestyle that affords convenience to work, shopping, larger cities, healthy, active living, cultural art offerings day


and night, all in an historic setting that honors and preserves unique architectural styles, creating an urban atmosphere with the warmth of small town hospitality. If you want a quick commute, by train, plane, bus, car, foot or cycle, Downtown Salisbury can be your next home!

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that it encompasses under one lively umbrella. The slogan, “A Main Street Original”, reflects Downtown Salisbury Inc.’s (DSI) pioneering spirit as one of a few towns throughout the nation in the early 1980s to begin downtown economic revitalization through historic preservation and the National Main Street Program’s 4-Point Approach to redevelopment. In addition, a new, separate “business office logo” was created to visually represent DSI the entity, a 501c3 non-profit organization, made up of volunteer advocates whose program of work is dedicated to working hand-in-hand with the City’s Downtown Development Department for economic development within the

geographically defined area known as “downtown”. With this rebranding, along with our revamped DOWNTOWN DOLLAR$ program, new offices located on the first floor of City Hall where there are smiling faces to greet you, and much more, all is refreshed for 2019! Now is the time...get out of your house and see what’s UP in DOWNTOWN Salisbury!

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2018 was another recordbreaking year for the N.C. Transportation Museum, and one of which we are very proud. 2018 was the first year the museum was named of North Carolina’s Top 30 Museums and Attractions, we set a new record for attendees to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, with nearly 57,000 riders, and the museum created an $18 million impact on the Rowan County economy, accounting for a full 11% of the county’s tourism dollars. Best of all, the museum once again broke the overall attendance record, with nearly 147,000 visitors – up slightly from 2017’s record-breaking attendance.

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49 Days Of Gratitude: A Celebration of Thanks A historic piece of equipment, long in residence at the museum, is celebrating its 70th anniversary. That observance has grown from focusing on a single artifact, to a wide-ranging celebration that will take place not just on the museum grounds in Spencer, but across Rowan County. In February of 1949, the people of France donated a rail car to each US state and another to be shared between the territory of Hawaii and Washington, D.C., totaling 49. These cars, filled with French goods and handmade items, were a gift of thanks to the American people for post-WWII recovery efforts. It was called the Gratitude Train or Merci Train. North Carolina’s Merci car resides at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of North Carolina’s Merci boxcar in Raleigh, the N.C. Transportation Museum is partnering with local businesses and organizations with the themes of WWII, French culture, and most of all, gratitude. Events begin Feb. 9, continuing for 49 days, concluding with a March 30 ceremony. We’re calling this 49 Days Of Gratitude: A Celebration of Thanks. A part of this community-wide


celebration includes 49 donation boxes for local charities, one to represent each of the Gratitude Train cars. Community organizations, businesses, and even churches can purchase one of these boxes for $100, choose an organization to support, and display the box for collection of materials. The museum will also be hosting

special programming connected to our themes of WWII, French Culture, and Gratitude. • The February 9 opening ceremony for 49 Days Of Gratitude will feature a gratitude parade and special programming surround the Merci boxcar • The museum’s annual Wine and Dine Valentine’s event will feature French wine Continued to page 23

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The Golden Egg Hunt Harrisburg, NC

Families are invited to hunt for 5,000 colored eggs and 100 golden eggs that are hidden throughout Harrisburg’s parks, then join us at Harrisburg Park for the Golden Egg Hunt event! For more info visit: www.harrisburgnc.org/ 412/The-Golden-Egg-Hunt 4/18/2019

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Annual EASTER EGG HUNT Dan Nicholas Park

6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC

All Ages Infant to 10yrs at 11:00am For more information call 704-216-7800 Visit www.DanNicholas.net

Easter Egg Hunt at Hartsell Field

4/20/2019

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

Gold Hill, NC

65 Sunderland Rd. Concord, NC

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

Ages 2-10 at 4:00 pm Bring your basket to carry home your eggs! 4/18/2019

Easter Jamboree at Webb Field 165 Academy Avenue NW Concord, NC

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Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Fest Ages 10 & Under 10:00 am - 2:00 pm www.goldhillnc.com 4/20/2019

Ellis Park

3541 Old Mocksville Road, Salisbury, NC All ages 11:00 am 4/20/2019

Sloan Park

550 Sloan Road Mount Ulla, NC

All ages 11:00 am 704-637-7776


continued from page 21 and cuisine on the evening of February 9 • The museum will host a traveling exhibit from the N.C. Museum of History featuring items that were originally delivered from France aboard the Merci Train boxcar • The Red Tail Squadron: Rise Above exhibit will appear Feb. 26 through March 2. This mobile movie theater tours the country to tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots. They had an amazing record of success in combat during WWII, and challenged the stereotypes that, prior to their efforts, kept black Americans from serving as pilots. This traveling theater presents the historic tale in a 160-degree panoramic format, allowing for awesome views of flight in the P-51 Mustang, the airplane most associated with the Tuskegee Airmen. Additional events will be held throughout Rowan County during the 49day observance. All events can be found at www.49DaysOfGratitude.com.

February Is Black History Month

The N.C. Transportation Museum will have several offerings in commemoration of Black History Month during February. The museum will host a special exhibit featuring a bus from the history-making Safe Bus Company. The company was formed in Winston-Salem to provide

transportation to African-American workers in the city who had no bus service to their neighborhoods. Black jitney operators, who had been operating separately in these areas, banded together to create Safe Bus Company, which went on to become the largest African-American owned bus company in the nation. Black history month tours are also being offered for school, senior, and home school groups. Guided tours for these groups will focus on African American inventors, segregation in transportation, the Safe Bus Company exhibit, and more. Self-guided visitors will be offered a scavenger map identifying Black History Month topics during their tour.

AACA Automotive Exhibit

For the first time ever in North Carolina, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) North Carolina Region, is showing off their vehicles at a state museum. The AACA regularly hosts car shows at the museum, but with the opening of the museum’s massive 90,000 square foot Back Shop in 2017, there is finally enough available space for a temporary display of these vehicles. The cars include classics from Chevrolet, Ford, Pontian, Mercury, and Dodge, with all cars hailing from the 1960s or 1970s. Find more about the exhibit at www.nctrans. org. This special exhibit ends March 8. O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘19

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2/19/2019 Leisure Trips: NC Music Hall of Fame & Motorsport Museum Rufty-Holmes Senior Center 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Salisbury10:00 am - 2:00 pm $10.00 - Registration and payment 2 weeks in advance. Note: Preregistration required. Guided tour of the Music Hall of Fame and self-guided tour of Motorsport Museum. Lunch at Restaurant 46. amber@ruftyholmes.org 704-216-7714 2/19/2019 “Got Plans?” Advance Care Planning Workshop in Salisbury, NC Trinity Oaks 728 Klumac rd., Salisbury SIGN UP NOW:Welcome to our Got Plans? Workshop sign-up page for our workshop at Trinity Oaks. During this inspiring workshop you’ll learn about the importance of the advance care planning process. You’ll gain an understanding of critical documents including a Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney and the Medical Advance Directive known as the MOST form. Have you named someone to speak for you in the event you cannot speak for yourself? Have you told your loved ones and healthcare providers what your wishes are for end of life care? Have you documented your wishes in the form of advance directives? If not, this FREE GotPlans?® workshop is for you! Following the presentation, a notary will be available for those wishing to notarize their documents. A current government-issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license, is required. There is no charge for any of our workshops, although donations are appreciated. QUESTIONS:Call 336-768-6157, ext. 1622 to register. 2/19/2019 Escape Room: The Spy Who Dumped Me Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W Fisher Street Salisbury 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm It’s been a bad day: First, you were dumped by the international secret agent you were dating, and now your ex’s arch-enemy has trapped you inside a high-security prison! Will your spy skills allow you to escape in time? This program is for teens. Questions? Call 704-216-8258. Teen. www.rowancountync.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=2803 2/21/2019 Power in Partnereship Breakfast Trinity Oaks 728 Klumac rd, Salisbury, NC 7:30 am - 8:30 am Power in Partnership (PIP) breakfast series bring top notch speakers to the community to discuss relevant business topics. PIP provides high level networking opportunities. Partner agencies share updates with the local business leaders and address issues of concern for the entire

region. The Chamber’s breakfast series average over 150 attendees each month during. Breakfast series begin in September and conclude in May. They are held on the third Thursday of each month at Trinity Oaks (728 Klumac Rd.) from 7:30-8:30 a.m. A breakfast buffet is provided. 704.633.4221 msnorris@rowanchamber.com 2/21-23/2019 & 2/28-3/3/2019 Lee Street Theatre Presents: The Cake Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St. Salisbury 7:30 pm In this comedy with heart Della makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself. 704-310-5507 Caitlin Billings caitlin@leestreet.org 2/22-24/2019 Boy Scout Rail Camp NC Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer, NC This event, largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights with Boy Scouts camping on the museum grounds, earning merit badges, and much more. Call 704-636-2889 ext. 258, for registration information and event details. 2/23/2019 The Wisecarvers in Concert First Baptist Church of Gold Hill 16141 Old Beatty Ford Rd, Gold Hill, NC 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Free The Wisecarvers from Tennessee and Tony Corner will be in a free concert with a love offering going to the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. info@scottssing.com 704-239-6134 2/27/2019 Rise Above Traveling Exhibit CAF Red Tail Squadron NC Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer, NC This traveling exhibit tells the story of the Tuskeegee Airmen of WWII, the famed all-black fighting squadron who broke down barriers with their courage and determination to serve our country during WWII. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a mobile movie theater that tours the country year round to educate and inspire people of all ages with the history and lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen. Continued to page 26 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘19

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3/1, 8, 15 , 22 & 29/2019 (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 704-267-9439 3/1, 8, 15, 22 & 29/2019 Wine Down Friday Dinner Morgan Ridge Vineyards 486 John Morgan Rd, Gold Hill, NC Price depends upon the desired entree selection WINE DOWN FRIDAY 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 3/1,-2 & 8-9/2019 Piedmont Players Theatre presents HAMLET The Norvell Theater 135 E Fisher St., Salisbury 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm In Denmark, Prince Hamlet finds himself involved in a conspiracy of power to the royal palace. Cruel uncle Claudius kills his brother and takes the power of the kingdom. After an encounter with the restless ghost of his murdered father, Hamlet feigns madness and plots to take vengeance. Considered among the most powerful and influential works of world literature, Hamlet is

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one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and still ranks among the most performed. boxoffice@piedmontplayers.com 704-633-5471 3/2 & 9/2019 At the Throttle: Steam N.C. Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Boulevard, Spencer, NC 9:30 am - 4:30 pm At the Throttle: Steam allows you to climb into the cab and operate an authentic steam locomotive, rolling down the tracks at the N.C. Transportation. 3/2/2019 The Pedal Factory - Open Shop Day 311 East Council Street, Salisbury, NC 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Free The Pedal Factory is a nonprofit community bike shop that provides an open workshop space where people may learn to repair and maintain bikes, exchange volunteer work for bicycles, and donate bikes. We have some refurbished bikes for sale as well as used and new cycling gear and parts. We are a volunteer run organization dedicated to creating new cyclists and a cycling friendly Salisbury. We love volunteers and welcome anyone into our workshop space. mary@thepedalfactory.org 704-870-7145 3/5/2019 Young Professionals New Sarum Brewery 109 N. Lee St, Salisbury 5:30 pm Young Professionals (YP) serves members ages 40 and under. Networking events are held the second Tuesday of the month. YP nurtures our youngest members to enhance their professional development and become active community members. Continued to page 29


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.

DUNN’S MOUNTAIN NATURE & HISTORY PRESERVE 1640 Dunn’s Mountain Road EAGLE POINT NATURE PRESERVE 665 Black Road ELLIS PARK 3541 Old Mocksville Road

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

HURLEY PARK Annandale and Lake Drive

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.

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.

SALISBURY COMMUNITY PARK 935 Hurley School Road

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.

SLOAN PARK 550 Sloan Road, Mount Ulla

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. O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘19

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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

704.920.3351 Email: parks_rec@cabarruscounty.us • www.cabarruscounty.us/Parks

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3/9/2019 Celebrate Barbie’s 60th Birthday with Bradley Justice NC Museum of Dolls,Toys, and Miniatures 108 4th Street, Spencer, NC 10:00 am Price: $5.35 Join us at The North Carolina Museum of Dolls, Toys and Miniatures on March 09, 2018 as we celebrate Barbie’s Birthday with a special presentation about the history of Barbie, how she fits into our culture , a special Barbie Exhibit, and we will be playing Barbie films all day. We will be represented by WBTV by Bradley Justice, a national award winning Barbie collector. Come and join Barbie’s Birthday Party! *Regular Admission Charge applies. info@NCMDTM.com 704-762-9359 3/10/2019 I Do- Wedding Decor Swap Grievous Gallery 111 W Bank St., Salisbury 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm $5.00 to $25.00 - Entry $5, Vendors $25, under 12 Free We’ve planned the area’s first wedding decor swap and you can either sell your leftover decorations or shop for slightly used ones! I bet you’re thinking this is brilliant... we do too! To SELL : Purchase a VENDOR ticket in order to display and sell your things. Spaces are roughly 8 feet wide and you must provide your own table, not to exceed 6 feet. Set up instructions will follow. To BUY: You can pre-purchase an admission ticket here and get in 30 minutes early for the best selection or pay at the door to shop with everyone. grievousgallery@gmail.com 980-330-1278 3/11/2019 Business After Hours Business After Hours sponsor location TBD Salisbury 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Business After Hours (BAH) is 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. Mary Norris Rowan County Chamber of Commerce msnorris@rowanchamber.com 704.633.4221 3/12/2019 Traveling Tour - Raleigh, NC N.C. Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Boulevard, Spencer, NC 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Join us March 12 as we travel by Amtrak train to North Carolina’s capital for guided tours, museums, and an inside look at the halls of state government. 3/14/2019 Women in Business Carillon Assisted Living 1915 Mooresville Rd, Salisbury, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm info@rowanchamber.com

3/16/2019 Genealogy Workshop: Beginning Genealogy Rowan Public Library 201 West Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 10:00 am This workshop, co-hosted by the Genealogical Society of Rowan County and the Edith M. Clark History Room of RPL, is free and open to the public. Call Gretchen at 704-216-8253 for details about the workshop’s focus. 3/22/2019 Maybe April Lee Street Theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury 7:30 pm Maybe April is an American musical trio based in Nashville who play Americana indie folk. They have opened shows for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz. Singers Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey met at Grammy camp in 2012. Recognized for their three-part harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, and shared roles as frontwomen, Katy, Kristen, and Alaina write songs and sing harmonies as a trio, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a country american sound. 3/22 & 23/2019 Wind and Wings: The Science of Flight at the North Carolina Transportation Museum NC Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer, NC Wind and Wings: The Science of Flight This highflying aviation event features displays and flight activities from the Wright Brothers Flyer to modern aircraft of today. Activities are geared toward students and school groups March 22 and toward the general public March 23. 3/23/2019 “Pure and Noble Spirit” with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College Campus 2300 West Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 7:30 pm $10.00 to $24.00 - $24 ea. discounts for seniors & students Note: Pre-registration req. The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra presents “Pure and Noble Spirit,” a collection of pieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, featuring exciting pianist Solomon Eichner in his second Salisbury performance. Contact Info Hunter Safrit with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra 704-216-1513 staff@salisburysymphony.org Continued to page 31 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘19

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3/30/2019 Bloom in Wonder NC Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer, NC 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm Pre-registration req.Over 21 Salisbury Academy will host our 10th annual Bloom gala at the historic North Carolina Transportation Museum. Attendees will enjoy cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and dancing. Guests will have the opportunity to bid during the live auction on items. After-auction festivities will continue with live music and dancing. Bloom was designed to support Salisbury Academy and the youth of our community. A portion of the funds go to a scholarship program for summer youth leadership opportunities and toward Salisbury Academy’s active community service outreach initiatives. Contact Salisbury Academy’s Development Office to purchase tickets at tbaird@ salisburyacademy.org.

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4/5, 12 , 19 & 26/2019 (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 704-267-9439 4/5, 12 , 19 & 26/2019 Wine Down Friday Dinner Morgan Ridge Vineyards 486 John Morgan Rd, Gold Hill, NC Price depends upon the desired entree selection WINE DOWN FRIDAY 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 4/4-7 & 10-13/2019 Piedmont Players Theatre presents MAMMA MIA Meroney Theater 213 South Main St, Salisbury 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings

three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical boxoffice@piedmontplayers.com 704-633-5471 4/5 & 6/2019 Tractors & Trains Festival NC Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd, Spencer, NC This agricultural based event features tons of tractors and train rides, but that’s not all. Steampowered farming equipment, displays from community groups, music, activities and more will fill the museum grounds. Friday, April 5 is geared toward school groups, while Saturday, April 6, the event opens to the public. April 13 - 14, 19-20 Easter Bunny Express Take a train ride with the Easter Bunny coming along for the fun. Our furry friend will be handing out candy, posing for pictures, and meeting everyone. Kids can also get temporary tattoos in the Gift Station and make a take home craft. Upgrade your purchase to include breakfast with the Easter Bunny! 4/6/2019 Colonial Spring Frolic Old Stone House 770 Old Stone House Rd,Granite Quarry, NC 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Bring in spring the 18th century way at the Old Stone House! There will be historic tours of Michael Braun’s colonial home, Easter egg dyeing activity with colonial dyes, musket firing demonstrations, wood working, open fire cooking demonstrations and recipe tastings, candle making, children’s games, colonial dancers and music! rowanmuseum@fibrant.com 704-633-5946 4/6/2019 The Pedal Factory - Open Shop Day 311 East Council Street, Salisbury, NC 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Free The Pedal Factory is a nonprofit community bike shop that provides an open workshop space where people may learn to repair and maintain bikes, exchange volunteer work for bicycles, and donate bikes. We have some refurbished bikes for sale as well as used and new cycling gear and parts. We are a volunteer run organization dedicated to creating new cyclists and a cycling friendly Salisbury. We love volunteers and welcome anyone into our workshop space. mary@thepedalfactory.org 704-870-7145 Continued to page 34 O&A Feb/Mar/Apr ‘19

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

Downtown Salisbury’s signature wine tasting event. Wine about Winter is an annual event and a wine crawl that is held on the 1st Friday in February. Ticket holders visit participating shops and restaurants to sip and sample a variety of 20+ wines from around Rowan County and beyond. Tickets: $22.50/person in advance; $30/person event day if not sold out. Souvenir wine bag & glass included. Tickets can be purchased at www.LeeStreet.org

North Carolina Main Street Conference

Tues., March 12th - Thurs., March 14th The conference is open to anyone interested in learning about downtown economic development. Attendees gain knowledge from networking and class offerings, facilitated by an impressive lineup of downtown professionals. For more info: www.ncmainstreetconference.com

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Saturday, May 18th Noon - 10:00pm

The Cheerwine Festival is back for another great weekend of fun for all ages. Our 3rd annual celebration will have even more to offer with great live music, delicious Southern food, a lively beer garden, craft vendors, and all the Cheerwine you can handle. We’ll even have an assortment of incredible Cheerwine-inspired dishes for all to enjoy. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your appetites. We can’t wait to see y’all there. For more information visit: www.cheerwinefest.com

Ring in Spring

Due to construction this will be held at Gateway Park

Saturday, April 6th 11:00am - 2:00pm A professional photographer will be onsite offering free photos with the Easter Bunny! Enjoy crafts, snacks and family fun. Spend the afternoon shopping in downtown boutiques and gift shops while you are here. Gateway Park is located on corner of Depot and E. Innes Streets.

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4/9/2019 Business After Hours Business After Hours sponsor location TBD Salisbury 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Business After Hours (BAH) is 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. Mary Norris Rowan County Chamber of Commerce msnorris@rowanchamber.com 704.633.4221 4/12-14/2019 22nd Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium Salisbury, NC $70 per person when postmarked by March 22, $80 afterwards. $15 charge for refunds after March 29. No refunds after April 5. Send checks to Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, UDC, PO Box 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0083 Friday, April 12, 2019, Friendship Banquet has three lectures about the Prison and those who were there; Saturday, April 13, has four lectures; Sunday, April 14, has two free public Memorial Services, Afternoon tour of Prison site for Symposium registrants.For more info contact Symposium Chairman Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, southpaws@fibrant.com 4/13/2019 Rowan Helping Ministries “Pass The Plate” The Country Club of Salisbury 747 Club Dr, Salisbury, NC $60.00 6:00-10:00pm at the Country Club of Salisbury to celebrate our annual Pass The Plate Fundraiser: benefiting Rowan Helping Ministries programs & services. Contact Info Erica Taylor etaylor@rowanhelpingministries.org 704-637-6838x123 4/13/2019 Spring Fest Transformation Church 1350 Old Stonehouse Rd, Salisbury 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Free We would love to invite you to join us for our Spring Fest Family Fun Day at Transformation Church in Salisbury, NC on Saturday, April 13th. There will be craft vendors, food, a kid zone, live music and more! The event is FREE to attend! We hope you’ll bring your family out for a day of fun! 704-633-6588 transformationchurchnc@gmail.com 4/18-20 & 25-27/2019 American Buffalo Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury, NC 7:30 pm uring one long day in a run–down junk 34

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shop, three men of great ambition and low morals plan a heist of a customer’s valuable coin collection. When the con goes awry, it’s every man for himself. This fast paced drama is all aggression and testosterone, with characters wielding words like weapons to intimidate, cajole and manipulate each other. The results are hilarious, powerful and ultimately tragic in a play that’s recognized as a modern masterpiece. 4/20/2019 Easter Egg Hunt Dan Nicholas Park, Salisbury Starts at 11am 4/20/2019 Easter Egg Hunt/SpringFest Historic Gold Hill, NC 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 4/20/2019 Easter Event Village Park, Kannapolis, NC 10am-1pm Hop on over to Village Park to enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, face painting, and visits with the Easter Bunny! Make sure to bring your Easter basket to collect goodies. All activities are free. The train and carousel will be open for riders, $1.50/ticket. FYI... this Easter Event is not an actual egg hunt, but children will receive candy, prizes, and Easter eggs at the various activities. 4/25-27/2019 Blood Done Sign My Name Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury, NC 7:30 pm Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC and the events that followed. General tickets are $17.55 and student tickets are $10. Tickets will be available March 18, 2019. 4/27/2019 Earth Day Shred Event City Hall in Kannapolis 10am-12pm The Earth Day Shredding Event, sponsored by Shred-It, is FREE to the community. Residents can bring up to five file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and recycled. Think before you shred! Shred only documents with sensitive information. Improve recycling by putting all other papers straight into the recycle bin! No matter what you do to preserve our planet, remember that every little bit counts! Laura Evans 704-920-4346


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