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“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

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your family will not want to miss this holiday season. The Scrooge Trolley Tour offers the unique experience of a live theater performance and trolley ride in one. The performances begin with the trolley’s arrival at the Rowan County Convention Bureau. Once the trolley has come to a complete stop and doors open, all guests are invited aboard. During the Trolley ride, passengers will ride with Scrooge and experience his

past, present and future. There will be multiple stops from the Hall House where we meet Jacob Marley to 145 W. Bank street where we see a young Scrooge working hard for Fezziwig to Archibald Henderson Law Office where we see Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim and finally the Old English Cemetery where Scrooge receives his and Tiny Tim’s dark

fate if he does not change his ways. The entire journey takes place in Downtown Salisbury and lasts about 45 mins. This includes stops and short scenes on and off the trolley. All trolley cars are heated and yes, you can take photos. Aboard the trolley, there will be several opportunities for continued on page 11

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7/24/2017 - 12/31/2017 Cheerwine: Celebrating 100 Years Rowan Museum - Salisbury, NC Celebrate 100 years of Cheerwine while learning about the historic soda brand that started right here in Rowan County! The exhibit is open Friday - Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 704-633-5946 7/24/2017 - 2/28/2018 How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western NC NC Transportation Museum ~ Spencer, NC “How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western NC” tells the story of the coming of the railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos, narratives, historic photos and artifacts, visitors can view the history of rail in Western NC and learn about the high drama in construction, the dangers of building a railroad grade and the despair that came with the loss of so many lives on the railroad. The NC Transportation Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday. 704-636-2889

7/24/2017 - 1/1/2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show: Discover What’s Inside Downtown Salisbury The Annual Salisbury Sculpture Show features nineteen sculptures by talented artists. Sculptures may be seen around Downtown Salisbury and at three college campuses – Catawba College, Livingstone College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. 704-638-5235 7/26/2017 - 12/13/2017 Salisbury and Rowan County Farmers’ Market Corner of S. Jackson and W. Fisher Home to the best local produce in Rowan County, the Salisbury and Rowan County Farmers’ Market has a wide variety of products from corn and tomatoes in the summer to pumpkins and squash in the fall. They also have local meat, eggs, flowers, bread, and other baked goods? The market will be open from mid April to mid December on Wed. and Sat. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the corner of S. Jackson and W. Fisher. You can find live music, kid activities and food demonstrations every week! 11/01 & 11/8 & 11/15/2017 Baby Time Storytime Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W. Fisher Street 10:00 am - 10:30 am A highly interactive, 30-minute program for children birth to 23 months old and their adult caregivers. Babytime. Children. Childrens. Storytime. Story time. Headquarters. 11/01 & 11/8 & 11/15/2017 Toddler Time Storytime Rowan Public Library Headquarters 201 W. Fisher Street 10:30 am - 11:00 am A highly interactive, 30-minute program for children 18 to 35 months old and their adult caregivers. Toddler Time. Toddler Time. Children. Childrens. Storytime. Story time. South. China Grove. 11/01 & 11/8 & 11/15/2017 Canvas Kids South Rowan Regional Library 920 Kimball Road, China Grove 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm For Pre-K to 5th graders to learn art terms, techniques and work on art projects. 30-45 minutes. Art. Children. Childrens. South. China Grove.

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11/02 & 11/9 & 11/16 & 11/23/2017 Salisbury Cruise In Thursdays Downtown Salisbury ~ 100 South Main St 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Every Thursday evening, Downtown Salisbury comes alive with classic and custom cars. Bring Continued to page 9

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your pride and joy out at 5pm and park along Main St. Bring some chairs and an empty belly to enjoy Salisbury’s numerous great restaurants. Or check out the rooftop bar at your sponsor, Go Burrito! The Cruise-In is every Thursday from March through November. This is a newer event that we’re trying to grow, so please help spread the word. 704-754-4755 11/02/2017 - 11/05/2017 Piedmont Antique Show Rowan County Fairgrounds 1560 Julian Road 11/02/2017 - 11/05/2017 Next to Normal Lee Street theatre 329 N Lee St, Salisbury next to normal Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt Presented with Catawba College Theatre Arts Department November 2 - November 11, 2017 A rock musical that explores how one urban couple copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three Tony Awards in 2009 and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal takes the audience into the hearts and minds of each character with love and sympathy and heart. Performances run November 2-4 & 9-11 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20+tax and will be available in October at www. or via phone 704-310-5507

11/04 & 11/11 & 11/18/2017 Salisbury Ghost Walk Tour ounty Administration Building 130 West Innes Street, Salisbury 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Join Boo for a fun-filled walk through Downtown Salisbury to try and catch a peek of a hiding ghoul. Don’t forget your camera and flashlight! Tours are 90 minutes long and begin at 7 p.m. 704-798-3102 11/04 & 11/11 & 11/18 & 11/25/2017 The “Vietnam War” Film Screening Stanback Auditorium, 201 W. Fisher Street, Salisbury 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Rowan Public Library presents weekly screenings of “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that began airing on PBS stations in September. Admission is free, and the screenings are open to the public. The documentary has a TV-MA rating and is intended for adults (ages 17 and up). Each installment will be shown at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays at RPL Headquarters in Salisbury. (Screening on Wednesday 11/22 at 10:00 am) Continued to page 13

11/03/2017 1st Friday: Thanks & Giving Downtown Salisbury 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Come out for an evening of “Thanks & Giving” in Downtown Salisbury. Drop-off your canned food donations, winter coats, or Christmas toys to help those in our local community in need. Spend time with family and friends while strolling the streets of Downtown. Enjoy music, shopping, dining, and a get in the spirit of giving. 704-637-7814 11/04/2017 A Boy & his Superhero: A Mother & Son Event Downtown Kannapolis 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Join us at the Laureate Center for an evening of entertainment and fun. This program is designed for boys ages five (5) & up to be accompanied by his mom, step-mom, grandma, big sister, aunt, or special lady. Dress anywhere from superhero in full costume or t-shirt to as mild mannerd as Clark Kent in your casual wear. Enjoy and be comfortable and you will have a fabulous time! Please register EACH mother/son attending so we have an accurate RSVP. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. TICKETS AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST AND THERE ARE ONLY 178 TICKETS AVAILABLE. 704-920-4343 or visit O&A Nov/Dec/Jan ‘17 - ‘18


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people to interact with Scrooge, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Cameras are certainly welcome. The Scrooge Trolley Tour is a family event that welcomes visitors of all ages. Do be sure to dress warmly enough to walk comfortably to and from the trolley, to wait for boarding. We suggest you wear closed-toe shoes with non-slick bottoms. Please make sure you (and your little ones) are dressed appropriately for the weather. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged, so please check the date, time, and location carefully before purchasing. No rainchecks will be

offered. All rides continue rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased online at If you need assistance with your purchase, please call (704)310 5507. We hope to see you on board the Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour! “Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour” runs four times a night on Fridays and Saturdays from November 24 through December 23. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12 and for seniors 65 and older. Kids 5 and under ride free. Advance tickets are recommended as tours sell out quickly.

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11/04/2017 Veterans Salute 5K Means Avenue by the Old Courthouse in Downtown Concord. 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Warm up before the Veterans Salute 5k or just run for fun! All ages are invited to run the FUN RUN through Downtown Concord and the Harold McEachern Greenway at no cost. Registration is required. Optional t-shirts are offered at $8.00/each. No fee, but registration is required. A T-Shirt is not included, but may be purchased 11/04/2017 Hops & Heat Beer and Chili Festival Barbrick Avenue. Concord 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of Beer, Bands, and Buckets of Chili in Downtown Concord! Live music from David Childers, The Mike Strauss Band, and PALEFACE! Unlimited beer tastings from your favorite local and regional breweries! Chili cook-off accepting individual & team entries through Oct.20th! Tickets on sale now, limited number available! 11/05/2017 Musical Theatre Performance Catawba College 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury Catawba’s Department of Music presents a Musical Theatre Performance by Music students and faculty on November 5, 2017 at 4:00pm in OmwakeDearborn Chapel. Free and open to the public. 11/06/2017 Lunch & Learn-Elder Abuse Trinity Oaks Special Events Room 728 Klumac Rd., Salisbury, NC 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Trinity Oaks is sponsoring this Lunch and Learn featuring Rowan Crisis Council discussing the topic of Elder Abuse. Free. 12 p.m. Monday, November 6. Special Events Room. Lunch provided free with RSVP to 704.603.9225 11/06 & 11/07 & 11/13/2017 Tail Waggin’ Tutors Rowan Public Library 201 W Fisher St, Salisbury Children ages 7 to 9 can practice their reading skills in a relaxed “dog friendly” atmosphere. Canine listeners provided by Therapy Dogs International. Select Tuesdays at 4:00 pm at Headquarters-- Salisbury. Call 704-216-8234 for information. Select Mondays at 3:30 pm at East-- Rockwell. Call 704-216-7842 for information. Appointment only at South-- China Grove.

11/10/2017 = 11/12/2017 64th Annual Antiques Show West End Plaza Event Center 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd W, Salisbury 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Come on out for some of the finest collections of antiques and collectibles from across the Southeast at the Rowan Museum’s 64th annual Antiques Show. This year is extra special as we are having a three day show for the first time in its 64 year history! 11/10/2017 = 11/11/2017 Polar Pig BBQ Cook Off Cabarrus Arena 4751 NC-49, Concord, NC Cost: $5 ~ BBQ cook off is a non-profit event where all proceeds are going to St. Jude’s Research Center. There will be a vendor alley for early Christmas shopping and lots of mouthwatering BBQ to taste from our competing pit masters. The event will be in conjunction with other events taking place at the Arena (Cheerleading Competition & Gun Show). We will have a kid friendly zone designated for children. There will be several different bands playing throughout both days. Bring friends & family and come enjoy the festivities. 704-920-3976 11/10/2017 = 11/18/2017 ‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES’ The Norvell Theater The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury This swift yet theatrical adaptation of the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery is an all-ages crowdpleaser. Producing Partners: Owen & Elizabeth Norvell Adults $12, Seniors/Students $10. 704-633-5471. 11/10/2017 2017 Sports Hall of Fame Catawba College 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Five new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies that will take place in Goodman Gym on the evening of Friday, November 10, 2017. Joining the Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017 will be Mike Delabar ’02, Adrian Whitley Gantt ’98, Bill Griffin ’71, Danyel Locklear Jolicoeur ’04 and Luke Samples ’05.If you are interested for tickets to the inductiondinner on November 10, please contact the Catawba Athletic Department at (704) 637-4474 to reserve your spot. 11/11/2017 Guided Trail Walk 9621 Reed Mine Rd, Midland, NC 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. FREE A volunteer with a background in geology and a familiarity with Reed will be taking participants on Continued to page 15 O&A Nov/Dec/Jan ‘17 - ‘18


When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees displayed by everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs help to discover the real meaning of

Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965. Salisbury’s Piedmont Players Theatre will bring the faithful stage adaptation to life at the Norvell Theater this December. Although originally predicted to be a disaster by many, A Charlie Brown Christmas received high ratings and acclaim from critics. It has since been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award and has continued on page 17

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a free, guided walk along the Talking Rocks Trail. The walk is ~1 mile and is suitable for novice hikers. The guide will stop at 12 regional rock samples to discuss geology at Reed and the surrounding area. Please meet at the Visitor’s Center to begin the experience. Leashed pups are welcome! 11/11/2017 Braised In The South At New Sarum Brewing Company 109 N Lee St, Salisbury 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm Braised In The South is a food truck from Charleston, SC and they are making a special trip to Salisbury just to set up at New Sarum. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Braised In The South just won Season 8 of The Great Food Truck Race: Battle for the South on Food Network! The guys will be setting up at 1 and are staying all day until 9 pm, so make sure you come out and show your support.

and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful. 11/17/2017 Shakers Dance 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 RecreationTR Division, and Salisbury Parks and Recreation. Continued to page 16

11/12/2017 Military Family Appreciation VFW Post 1119 7722 HWY 801 South, Cooleemee November is Military Family Appreciation month. To honor our military families, the CooleemeeMocksville VFW Post 1119 Auxiliary will hold a reception for all current and past members of our military and their families. Please join us on Sunday, November 5th at the Cooleemee-Mocksville VFW Post 1119 from 2-4pm to pay tribute to our military families. 11/14/2017 - 11/18/2017 “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” Theatre Production Catawba College 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion O&A Nov/Dec/Jan ‘17 - ‘18


11/17/2017 - 11/26/2017 THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride N.C. Transportation Museum Spencer, NC “All Aboard” The Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum. 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. Experience the joy of holiday entertainment that will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas. 11/17/2017 A Night with The Beatles Lee Street theatre, Salisbury 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Catawba College Music Department hosts a Vernaculars Concert to celebrate legendary band The Beatles. Hear from incredible local talents and relive some of the best moments of music history. Tickets will be available in October. 11/18/2017 Hometown Christmas Parade DOWNTOWN Mocksville 12:00 pm Join friends and visitors as they gather along Main Street in Downtown Historic Mocksville

to watch our Hometown Christmas Parade. 2017 Christmas Parade Theme: “It’s a 50’s Christmas”. 336.751.3304 11/18/2017 Concord Christmas Parade DOWNTOWN Concord 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This will be the 89th annual parade for the City of Concord. This parade is the largest in Cabarrus County. The parade begins at Lake Concord Road and Church Street. Santa has sent us a special request to reduce the size of the parade. He wants everyone to be able to see him and his reindeer as they come through the parade route. Last year it was getting dark as Santa came by. So this year we are reducing the size of the parade to 160 entries. This will be first come, first serve. We ask if you have a large group to consider putting everyone on a float or partnering with a local business to pull your float, or rent a Professional Float from us. or call 704-932-3808 11/19/2017 - 12/31/2017 Speedway Christmas 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its eighth year. Speedway Christmas will have over 3,000,000 lights with a new and greatly improved lights-tomusic drive-thru section along the 3.5-mile course! Open every Thursday-Sunday and all Christmas week, the Christmas Village includes a petting zoo, Bethlehem village, photos with Santa, and more. We have also expanded our movie nights to every village night – Thursday through Sunday! Come see Christmas classics on our giant 16,000-square-foot Speedway TV! 704-455-3223 11/21/2017 Southern Rowan Christmas Parade Main Street, China Grove 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 11/22/2017 Holiday Caravan Parade Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 2:00 pm 704-636-5335 Info Contact: Tammy Pinkston 11/24/2017 Salisbury Holiday Night Out Downtown Salisbury 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 704-637-7814

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become an annual holiday classic, being aired during the Christmas season traditionally every year since its premiere. Whether you are seeing this holiday masterpiece for the first time or just the first time in years, audiences of all ages will enjoy everyone’s favorite “ol’ blockhead” and the little tree that could. Piedmont Players Theatre’s youth musical- A Charlie Brown Christmas

opens at the Norvell Theater on December 7th. Tickets go on sale November 27th. For tickets call 704-633-5471 or purchase online at!

PUBLIC SHOW DATES: December 7-10 & 14-16, 2017 Tickets on sale Nov 27th Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10

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11/24/2017 - 12/23/2017 Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour Lee Street theatre, Salisbury Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour is a dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring both laughter and serious moments. Passengers will 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. Beginning November 24th, Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour will run five times a night every Friday and Saturday with final performances December 23rd. Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd Performance times are 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, and 9:00pm. Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance to allow ample time for parking and to locate your respective boarding line For tickets and information you can contact Lee Street theatre’s Box Office at 704.310.5507 or visit

enjoy the holiday spirit in the charming downtown area. Downtown Salisbury has organized engaging themes and activities that everyone can enjoy. 704-637-7814

11/25/2017 Annual tree Lighting VILLAGE PARK, Kannapolis 6pm Celebrate the start of the holiday season with live music & entertainment, kid’s activities, fireworks and more.

12/02/2017 Swing Into Christmas Salisbury Civic Center, Salisbury Get in the spirirt of the holidays with the Salisbury Swing Band. They will be playing all your favorite holiday songs beginning at 7 p.m.! 704-798-5840

11/25/2017 - 12/30/2017 Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express VILLAGE PARK, Kannapolis Sun-thurs: 6-9pm, fri & sat: 6-10pm Stroll through the park or take a ride on the winterland express to see more than 250,000 christmas lights. The celebration of lights will also feature the double decker carousel and performances from the kannapolis singing bears. Each night santa claus will take time from his busy schedule to visit with all the boys and girls. It is $2.00 to ride the train or carousel. Most other activities are free.

12/02/2017 & 12/03/2017 Merry Christmas Craft and Vendor Show Rowan County Fairgrounds 1560 Julian Road, Salisbury 336-880-3554

December 2017 12/01/2017 1st Fridays - Mingle Jingle Downtown Salisbury 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Shops and restaurants in downtown salisbury stay open later to give you a chance to get started on christmas shopping and

12/02/2017 Brunch with Santa Salisbury Civic Center, Salisbury 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM We know Santa likes cookies with milk for a midnight snack, but what does he eat for brunch? PANCAKES! You and your family are invited to come make a holiday memory sharing brunch with Santa. Enjoy great food, crafts, games, photos and more. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required. $6 per person, $20 per family of 4 12/02/2017 Christmas Tree Lighting Hanna Park, China Grove 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Come join the Town of China Grove for the 2nd Annual Lighting of the Town Christmas Tree in Hanna Park. Town Hall staff look forward to serving hot chocolate and light refreshments. China Grove Elementary School will be leading us in caroling.

12/02/2017 & 12/24/2017 Christmas at the Hall House Dr. Josephus Hall House, Salisbury Step back in time to glimpse traditional holiday splendor as it would have appeared mid-1800’s. Swagged greenery, fruits and berries, antique toys, heirloom quilts and coverlets are all combined to transform Dr. Hall’s house and transport each visitor back in time. Each room will delight young and old alike! On December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, tours will be given from 1 - 4 p.m. There will be a special evening tour on Christmas Eve from 6 - 8 p.m. 704-686-0108 $5 adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 12/03/2017 Gingerbread House Workshop Rowam Museum, Salisbury Get excited for the holiday season by building a gingerbread house, taking photos with Santa, and touring the Rowan Museum! Museum volunteers put Continued to page 27 O&A Nov/Dec/Jan ‘17 - ‘18


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Holiday Night Out 1st Friday Shop, Dine, Stroll “Thanks and Giving” Friday, November 3rd 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Downtown Salisbury kicks off a month-long food drive with “Thanks and Giving”. Shop, dine, stroll, and give back to those in need. Free kid’s zone activities, music, and more’.

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Friday, November 24th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There’s no better way to welcome the holiday season than by coming to Downtown Salisbury. Join us for an evening of shopping, dining, carolers, and Santa Claus!

Santa & the Grinch at the Bell Tower Saturday, November 25th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bring your family to see Santa and the Grinch! Share your holiday list, sip hot cocoa, and take photos!

1st Friday Shop, Dine, Stroll “Jingle Mingle” Friday, December 1st 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Santa & the Grinch Antique Fire Truck Rides

Celebrate the New Year in style with this annual beloved downtown Salisbury tradition presented by the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department

Come out and catch up on your shopping, enjoy dinner at one of our great restaurants, and visit with Santa Claus and the carolers!

Saturday, December 16th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Take a free ride on antique fire trucks while mingling with Santa and the Grinch. Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, and holiday crafts!

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the house together so you and your child can have the fun of decorating it with all kinds of candy. 704-633-5946 12/05/2017 Crosby Scholars’ Breakfast with Bing City Tavern 113 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury 7:30 am - 8:30 am Rowan Crosby Scholars will be celebrating the culmination of our Challenge Campaign for Last Dollar Grants with a festive breakfast in the loft of Salisbury’s City Tavern. “Breakfast with Bing” is a ticketed event that will be held to honor donors who have helped make our 2017 Challenge Campaign a success and to encourage participation in the campaign by those in attendance. 704-762-3512 12/07/2017 - 12/16/2017 Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury The stage musical based on the classic TV special from the legendary comic strip. Producing Partner: Crescent Construction Services. Tickets on sale Nov. 27th. Adults $12, Seniors/Students $10. 704633-5471.

12/09/2017 Santa & the Grinch with Antique Fire Trucks Downtown Salisbury 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Take a free ride on an antique fire truck with holiday characters, cookies, hot cocoa, and holiday crafts. 704-637-7814 12/09/2017 Friends of Rowan Public Library Rowan Wildlife Adventures 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury et in the mood for the holiday season with the Spotlight on San Antonio Holiday, December 9th13th, 2017. 12/15/2017 Rowan Big Band Lee Street theatre, Salisbury The Rowan Big Band All Stars maintain a long tradition of big-band standards and swing era favorites from the 1930’s through the present day, with enough selections on our playlist to perform up Continued to page 30

12/09/2017 Holiday Market City Hall ~ 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Be sure to stop by and visit the Holiday Market in Downtown Kannapolis on Saturday December 9th from 9:00 am - 5:00pm. Local vendors and artists will have plenty of holiday goodies to choose from. Whether you’re picking up some last minute stocking stuffers or starting at the top of your list, the market is sure to have something for everyone. After the Holiday Market, don’t forget to stay for the Christams Parade in Downtown at 7:00pm! Sponsored in part by the City of Kannapolis and Downtown Kannapolis, Inc. 12/09/2017 79th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade Downtown Kannapolis 704-932-3808 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thousands of lights decorate the parade entries which makes this one of the holiday’s most special nighttime events in the state. This is a great Christmas holiday tradition for you and your family to enjoy. This year the parade will feature a new route. The parade will begin at its usual location at the intersection of South Main Street and Dale Earnhardt Boulevard. It will then travel down Main Street and end at the intersection of Main Street and Laureate Way. There are new drop off and pick up areas for parade participants which will more easily accommodate traffic and avoid construction in downtown Kannapolis. O&A Nov/Dec/Jan ‘17 - ‘18



he sound of familiar music, the rumble of an approaching locomotive, cheers from the crowd as the train horn blows – it’s difficult to describe the experience of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride without attending the N.C. Transportation Museum’s biggest affair of the year. The myriad sights and sounds area a combination of live theatrical performances, a ride on rails, singing and dancing, appearances by Santa Claus, and a Christmas message of “belief.” It has been filling families with the spirit of the season for the past three years. Our fourth season of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride begins Nov. 17 and continues select dates through Dec. 22. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg and the animated movie starring Tom Hanks, the tale of restoring a young boy’s belief in Christmas seems to strike a chord with young and old alike. The event has certainly captured the

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public’s attention, growing exponentially since it’s 2014 debut. Just under 15,000 tickets were sold in the first year it was offered. This year, 50,000 tickets went on sale in July. By the start of October, nearly half of them had been claimed by those anxious for the roundtrip journey from Spencer, N.C. to the North Pole and back. Tickets remain on sale, though certain seating classes and dates may be sold out. You can visit for more information on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Not coincidentally, the museum has seen great increases in visitation, and has been able to accomplish numerous improvements to the grounds since the beginning of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. These big events help fund exhibits and site improvements. Keeping transportation history alive is the mission of the museum, after all. Rail equipment restoration, automotive repair for vintage and antique cars and trucks, staffing for regular tours and roving hosts to more fully interpret the history we preserve – all of those things have benefited from income from our big events. But no accomplishment has been bigger than the opening of the 1905 Back Shop. The 90,000 square-foot Back Shop, the largest industrial building in the state when it was built, has always been one of the museum’s

most identifiable structures, bearing the legend in large white letters, “Be Careful,” and towering over the other buildings of Spencer Shops. The Back Shop served an essential purpose for Southern Railway, hosting the full overhaul of steam locomotives during the first half of the 20th century. When diesel locomotives took over, Southern Railway moved operations to Linwood Yard, and the building lay dormant. Since 1977, for the 40 years the museum

has existed, the Back Shop awaited restoration, a symbol of unfulfilled potential. Not anymore. The Back Shop opened to the public in March of 2017 with a newly finished floor, an area set aside for event rentals, and public facilities. Visitors stepping inside the massive steel and brick building can see firetrucks, cars and trucks from the 1930s through the 1970s, and the ongoing restoration of the Piedmont Airlines DC3. Continued to page 33

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to 3 hours of music including ballads, swing tunes, pop hits, vocals, solo instrument features and ensembles. Celebrate the holiday season with well known classics with Live at Lee Street this December. Tickets will be available in November! www. 12/16/2017 Christmas Open House Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury 653 Bendix Drive, Salisbury 10:00 am - 4:00 pm FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES MR. & MRS. CLAUS HOT CHOCOLATE AND COOKIES CRAFT VENDORS 704-638-6044 11/16/2017 - 11/17/2017 The Nutcracker Keppel Auditorium Catawba College, Salisbury Don’t miss the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, with the Piedmont Dance Theatre on Saturday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m.

12/16/2016 Christmas in the Grove China Grove 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Join in on the Christmas cheer, drink some hot cocoa, and ride a horse drawn carriage to see the beautiful lights of China Grove, NC! 704-857-2466 12/16/2016 Christmas in the Grove Horizons Unlimited, Salisbury 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Enjoy cookies with Santa, holiday laser shows, a winter story walk and Setzer Christmas. 704-639-3004 12/30/2016 & 12/31/2016 32nd Annual Old Stone House Christmas 770 Old Stone House Rd, Salisbury Experience a Christmas like our Rowan County ancestors would have known 200 years ago. Tours of the historic house and the enhancement of a colonial family’s Christmas celebration in Rowan County will highlight the weekend. Guides in period costumes will be on site, and guests will enjoy learning about customs and participating in crafts, musket firing, woodworking (benches, bowls & Continued to page 34

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Visitors can also visualize those workers from the old Spencer Shops as they moved locomotives in and out of the building, making history as they went about their daily duties. The Back Shop has already doubled the museum’s exhibit space, functioned as a venue for community activities and events, and been an integral part of museum-sponsored events in 2017. More improvements are planned to the exhibits inside, offering even more for the public to see. Other improvements, like the repaving

of parking lots and walkways across the site, additional picnic tables and lounging areas, a new children’s play space, and numerous exhibit upgrades have given the museum a new vitality. Now, more than ever, the N.C. Transportation Museum is the museum that moves you! Find out more about the museum online at, or visit at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, NC 28159. The museum is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and a state historic site.

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spoons), weaving, candle making, open fire cooking with lots of samples, music, children’s games, goats & chickens and much more. 704-633-5946 12/31/2016 New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower Salisbury’s Historic Bell Tower 107 S. Jackson St., Salisbury 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM Say goodbye to 2017 and ring in the New Year with class and style. Celebrate the beginning of 2018 as a community at Salisbury’s historic Bell Tower. Festivities include live music, video feed of Times Square, hot chocolate and other goodies and the ringing of the bell at midnight. It’s fun for the whole family! 704-216-PLAY

January 2018

1/02/2018 - 1/03/2018 PPT Youth Auditions for ‘JULIUS CAESAR’ The Norvell Theater 135 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury One of Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedies about the rise and fall of the legendary Roman leader. Auditions will be held at 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Auditions by appointment only. 704-633-5471.

1/16/2018 - 1/17/2018 PPT Musical Auditions for ‘THE PRODUCERS’ The Meroney Theater, Salisbury The 12 time Tony Winning Musical based on Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film coming to the Meroney Theater. Auditions will be held at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Meroney. 704-633-5471. 1/16/2018 - 1/17/2018 Salisbury Symphony Presents Big Band Bash’ Hedrick Theater & Crystal Peller Theater at Catawba College ~ 2300 W. Innes St., Salisbury A fun filled night of toe-tapping jazz music, dancing and socializing with friends. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. 704-637-4314 1/18/2018 - 1/27/2018 Doubt: A Parable Lee Street theatre, Salisbury ~ 7:30 PM This drama explores the inextricable bond between faith and doubt when a steely nun accuses a beloved priest of molesting a child in her school. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee performance on January 21 at 2:30 p.m. 704-310-5507

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