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July 20, 2017

Night Move Band Performs This Friday In Valdese, July 21

Valdese, NC – Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series will feature the Night Move Band this Friday, July 21, beginning at 7:00pm, located in the Town Parking area.

THE NIGHT MOVE BAND is a Western North Carolina based group featuring very talented musicians performing Beach, R&B, Funk, Rock, and Country Music. “TNMB” is a very polished band with seasoned performers who are dedicated to providing the best in musical entertainment each and every time they step on stage. With over 25 years experience coming from each member of this unique group, you are sure to be pleased.

Phil Witherspoon, Lead Vocalist/Percussion/Keyboards, has been in bands for over 30 years and has played all over the East Coast. Fronting the band and bringing his special talents to the audience is what he is all about. 

Night Move Band

Mike Miller and Mike Lord play keyboards, with Miller doubling as a lead vocalist. Ron Skinner adds the bass guitar/vocals with a funky low punch delivery and Paul Mitchell joins on lead vocals and percussion. Michael Roof plays saxophone and provides vocals, with Larry Arndt on lead guitar.

The band is based in Western North Carolina and enjoys entertaining crowds with their four part harmony. Audiences love to dance to their hits, and the bands single “Smooth Stepping Papa” spent 28 weeks on the 94.9 The Surf Top 20 List. The band was also nominated for the 2013 Beach Music Awards Rising Artist of the Year.

Concessions will be available and provided by the Draughn High School Boosters. Myra’s cruise in will begin every Friday night at 6:00pm and downtown shops will remain open later. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Night’s Concert Schedule, go to

Folkmoot Festival Dancers Perform Twice On Sunday, 7/23

Hickory - On Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3pm and again at 6pm, Hickory International Council will present Folkmoot Festival dancers.

The second show is a sponsored show and has only 100 tickets available to the public. Folkmoot is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance, based in Waynesville, NC.

Folkmoot is defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural exchange through dance and music. The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.

Folkmoot Festival dancers

Held each summer in various cities across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances by up to 300 performers from eight to ten countries.

The Hickory performances will take place at the SALT Block’s Drendel Auditorium, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Performers will demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music.

Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and under. Tickets can be purchased online at or at Taste Full Beans, 29 2nd Street NW, in downtown Hickory, or United Arts Council, 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory.

For more information about the Festival see their website at

TEDx Seeks Speakers For Hickory Event, Apply By September 18

Hickory - A group of local volunteers are planning the sixth year of TEDxHickory, a full-day event to be held November 18, 2017 at the The Belk Centrum at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The independently organized event — TEDxHickory — is licensed by TED and will feature a combination of live speakers and TED Talk videos that is sure to elevate the thinking and broaden the perspective of all who participate.

TEDxHickory is looking for speakers to present at this coming year’s event, under the theme “next.” And what’s next? It’s whatever is to come: locally, regionally, nationally internationally, even beyond. We want to know what’s next for Hickory, for technology, medicine, science, exploration, astronomy, philosophy, economics, education, music, writing, media, risk-taking, etc. The possibilities are endless. And we want to understand how to get to next, and why next is happening.

Anyone interested in speaking will be asked to provide talks that fall under the “next” theme – however broad or specific. Per the rules of TEDx, presenters are allowed to speak for no more than 18 minutes each. There will be breaks in-between sessions for discussions on the topics presented.

From now through September 18, those interested can apply online to be considered as a speaker at this coming year’s event. The application process asks for the topic of your talk, some general points you wish to communicate, and general contact information.

The application can be found online by visiting Presentations will be chosen based on how well they fit the idea of TEDx and the variety of the presentations for the day.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the independent TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including the one being held in Hickory, are self-organized. TEDxHickory has been organized by local members of the community.

For more information about TEDxHickory or to purchase a ticket for the event, visit the web site at

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Apply By Sept. 1 To Participate In Statesville Fall Art Crawl

Statesville, NC - Downtown Statesville Development Corporation is accepting applications from artists who wish to participate in the Fall Art Crawl in Downtown Statesville on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 pm.

The deadline for these applications is Friday, September 1, 2017. Visit our website to complete the application and pay the artist fee:

All artists, even if they are a past participant, must submit three images of their work, along with the application, and specify the medium used.

All work must be original fine art created by the applicant. The Artist Fee for this event is $20.00 and artists are responsible for all items required to display artwork in their assigned location.

This event is brought to you by Downtown Statesville Development Corporation and sponsored by Sheri Bistreich and Associates, a financial advisory practice, Ameriprise Financial and Statesville Jewelry & Loan.

For more info., contact the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation at 704-878-3436 or email:

Free Tai Chi Classes At Patrick Beaver Library, July 24 - Aug.14

Tai Chi Classes will resume at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Monday evenings at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and will begin July 24th and will run through August 14th.

This low-impact exercise takes you through a series of martial arts motions that combines Qi Gong or breathing exercises and focused attention.

Diane Christensen

Classes will be led by Diane Christensen, a Hickory, NC resident and a certified Easy Tai Chi Instructor. All levels of experience are welcome.

Tai Chi can be easily adapted for any age or physical ability. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing for movement.

Classes are free and open to the public. For more info., call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Opening Reception For FCA’s Assemblages Exhibit, July 27

Hickory - Full Circle Arts would like to invite the public to come view our latest exhibition of two and three-dimensional work entitled Assemblages.We have asked artists entering the show to explore the diversity in composition and materials and to create a cohesive work of art using more than one piece in its creation.

We believe this idea will bring new dimension to the type of artwork we will be displaying and will expand the ideas of both the artists and the viewer in imagining what makes up a work of art and how to integrate diverse materials together in one complete work.

First, second and third place awards and cash prizes as well as Honorable Mentions will be given out at the opening of the exhibition. Most of the artwork will be for sale and it will be an opportunity to pick up something unique and unusual.

Many artists from the four counties surrounding the greater Hickory area will be represented in the show.

Assemblages will run from July 27 - Aug. 26, 2017. The reception for this show will be held Thursday, July 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening and members of the public in the greater Hickory area are cordially invited to attend the festivities. Food and beverages will be served.

FCA is not-for-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW.

More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email

Please visit our website at

Dog Auditions For Annie At Hudson Uptown Building, July 24

Hudson, NC - On Monday, July 24th, at 6:30 PM, the Town of Hudson is holding auditions for a dog to play Sandy in our upcoming fall production of the classic musical, Annie. The auditions will be held in the auditorium of the Hudson Uptown Building, (HUB), at 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson, NC 28638.

The dog can be male or female, as long as it has a friendly nature and will come to the young lady playing Annie when she calls. The actress playing Annie will be at auditions to interrelate with the dog. There is also a spot for another dog in the show, a dog that could be any age, color, sex, breed or size.

The actual show dates are October 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th. We want Hudson to go to the dogs! So please have your dog dress to the K-“nines” and consider bringing your pet to Annie/Sandy dog auditions!

For further information, please call the Hudson Town Office at 728-8272.

RugBug Theatre’s Dragon Stew Begins This Thursday, July 20

Hickory - The first show in Hickory Community Theatre’s summer RugBug Theatre season, Dragon Stew, begins performances today, July 20,  at 2:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Cookie and the Queen will do anything to beat King LaTeDa’s Chef Gordon Blue to win the annual Crowns Cooking Contest. But will they make dragon stew out of their friend Drew? Maybe Drew has a better idea!

The RugBug Theatre is a “by kids for kids” theatre program where young actors, ages 6-16, perform plays for young audiences, ages 3-10.

Performances are Thursdays at 2:30pm, Fridays at 11:30am and Saturdays at 2:30pm, July 20th through 29th. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased or at the door one half hour before performance time. Seating is general admission.

PHOTO: Allison Sigmon, Ivey Rogers, Angelina Prendergast, Brianna Sigmon, Caleb Sigmon and Carolina Endsjo in Dragon Stew, a RugBug Theatre for Children production at the HCT. Call 828-327-3855 for more information. Photo by Ashley Walker.

Register Now For Fall Baseball, Ages 8 & 9, At Hickory Rec. Dept.

Hickory - Registration for Fall Baseball is now underway at the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Offices located at 1451 8th St. Dr. NE, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Fall Baseball Program is open to boys and girls ages 8 and 9 (must be 8 before May 1, 2017 and cannot be 10 before May 1, 2017).

Any child that has previously participated through our master registration system may call 322-7046 to register or register on line at Any child that has not participated in a program may register on line and once registration is complete, a parent will need to come by the Parks and Recreation Department administrative office and sign a waiver.

A birth certificate must be presented when registering for fall baseball along with a $40 non-resident fee for persons living outside the city limits of Hickory. Those who register by phone and live outside the city limits will need to mail in the fees before skills assessments begins.

Children participating in baseball this fall are encouraged to purchase accident insurance coverage. The $6 insurance fee covers the participant for a one-year period from March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018 in all activities sponsored and supervised by the Parks and Recreation Department and must be paid at time of registration. The $250K coverage is primary coverage that pays regardless of other insurance, directly to the participant, doctor, or hospital. Skills assessments for the league will be held Mon., Aug. 28 or Wed., Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at Kiwanis Park Field #3 located at 805 6th Street, SE. Rain dates are Tues., August 29 or Thurs. Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. Instructional days will be Mon. and Wed. and rainouts will be played on Sunday afternoon.

For more information, please contact Gary Long at 261-2252.

Asheville’s Mountain Dance & Folk Festival Is August 3-5

Asheville, NC - The 90th Annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival will be held for the first time at A-B Tech’s Asheville campus in the new A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center. The three-day event will be held August 3-5, 2017 from 7-10pm.

The new location will allow for ample free parking and an unparalleled ease of access for concertgoers. The venue has room for over 500 enthusiastic patrons per night enjoying the regions best music for this the 90th season.

Tickets are on sale now at in prices ranging from $12-$22 for single night tickets and $60 for all three nights.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford founded the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina.

He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world.

Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are annual summer events presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers, as well as the all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee and corporate and individual donors.

Photo Credit: Angela Wilhelm

Free Screening Of To Joey, With Love, Register For Dinner By 7/26

Newton, NC – Catawba Regional Hospice is offering a free screening of the documentary To Joey, With Love at the Abernethy Laurels Community Center (Highway 16, Newton) on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, beginning at 6pm.

To Joey, With Love chronicles the real-life love affair of Joey+Rory, the country duo who took a year away from their careers to have a child and then faced Joey’s struggle with – and ultimate surrender to – cancer, at home and under hospice care.

The couple’s powerful story is filled with intimate moments of life, love, and hope that never dies. It’s an encouraging tale of choosing life when it matters and choosing to let go when it’s necessary.

As a special perk for folks attending To Joey, With Love, Abernethy Laurels is offering a meal option that will be served during the screening. Dinner is $10 per person, and reservations for it can be made by calling Shaylyn Ladd at 828-465-8028 by July 26.

Reservations are not required for the movie.

Hospice staff will be available following the screening for folks who may have questions or would like more information.

For details, please call Rev. Sandi Hood, Director of Community Outreach, at 828.466.0466, ext. 3212, email, or visit CRH’s Facebook page.

About the Organization:

Catawba Regional Hospice, founded in 1979 as one of North Carolina’s original three hospices, is a community-based organization providing hospice medical care, patient and family support, and spiritual comfort throughout the multi-county Catawba region.

For more info. call 828-466-0466 or visit

Sipes Orchard Receives $20K Grant For Transportation Needs

Conover, NC - Sipes Orchard Home of Conover was recently awarded a grant for $20,000 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) to provide funds to support the purchase of two vehicles to support the transportation needs of the organization’s residents.

Since its founding in 1943, Sipes Orchard Home has aimed to be a safe and caring place for children and adolescents and provides a variety of programming including parenting classes, transitional living and a summer day camp.

“Sipes Orchard Home has been a pillar of this community for more than 70 years,” said Hickory McDonald’s Owner/Operator Heather Joyner. “It’s our honor to partner with an organization that does so much to serve the needs of the most precious members in our community.”

Sipes Orchard Home is located at 4431 Country Home Rd., Conover, NC, 28613.

Photo, left to right: DeLane Bowman, Sipes Orchard Home COO, Steve Shumaker, Sipes Orchard Home Board Chair, Dr. Jason Guyer, Sipes Orchard Home Program Director, Drew Dodd, Sipes Orchard Home Vice Chair, Jamie Brown, Sipes Orchard Home CEO, Ronald McDonald, Patrick Joyner, Local McDonald’s Owner/Operator, John Link, Local McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Kathy Buchanan, McDonald’s Marketing Manager, Courtney Powers, McDonald’s Marketing Manager, and Chelsea Granville, McDonald’s Marketing Manager.

HCDA Seeks Nominations For Man/Woman Of The Year By 9/15

Hudson, NC - The Hudson Community Development Association (HCDA) is now accepting nominations for the Hudson Man and Woman of the Year Award 2017. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, September 15, 2017.

Any man or woman who has made a significant impact upon the Hudson community is eligible for nomination. Nominations should be submitted in letter form, placed in a sealed envelope marked “Man/Woman of the Year Nomination” and sent to the Hudson Town Hall, 550 Central St, Hudson, NC 28638.

The individuals chosen as the 2017 Hudson Man and Woman of the Year will be honored at a Banquet to be held on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hudson Uptown Building.

Seagrove Potters Offer Free Events, Saturdays In July

Seagrove, NC - Seagrove Potters have something new and exciting planned for each remaining Saturday in July, and there are two chances left to enjoy these free demonstrations (please note some shops have materials charges).

Observe demonstrations of wheel turning, carving techniques, raku firing and much more. If you want to get your hands into some clay, this is your opportunity. You can participate in hands-on activities during this special month long event. Try making pottery on the wheel, learn a hand-building technique or make a pottery keepsake of your very own.

The participating potters are willing to share behind the scenes activities, so you can join in the craft.

Shops are open each Saturday in July, from 10am to 5pm.

Each participating shop will share their own special style and have their own specific event. Each Saturday is different.

For a list of participating shops and event schedules go to Discover Print or download the detailed listing. Pickup an area map and guide at your first stop and have a fun Saturday in Seagrove.

Seagrove is in the central piedmont of North Carolina where more than 100 ceramic artists call home. Visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway.

The pottery shops of Seagrove are open year-round.

NC Pottery Highway 705, Seagrove, NC, 27341.

Photo: Potter at Seagrove

Hickory Playground Festival Benefits Local Schools, July 22

Hickory - After last year’s smash inaugural event, local theatre company Hickory Playground is returning to the SALT Block’s Drendel Auditorium for another fun-filled evening of great art. In this unique festival, eight original one-act plays are cast, written, and performed in a 48-hour period by local artistic talent from the Hickory area.

On Thursday, July 20, playwrights and actors will meet to randomly select their casts. Then they will get to work writing and rehearsing their one-act plays, which will be performed live on July 22 at 7:00 p.m. At the end of the festival, the audience votes on their favorite play and the winning playwright and cast steps up to receive uproarious applause.

This fun and fast-paced event is impressive on a few different fronts. First, the nonprofit is organized entirely by three young up-and-comers in the arts community. Dylan Tashjian is a rising junior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business; Jordan Makant is a rising senior at LRU studying history and creative writing; and Robert Fuller is currently working in film production at Plan A Films.

What’s most incredible is that these young artists are raising money to benefit the greater Hickory arts community by supporting programs in the visual, music, and performing arts.

“Last year, more than 300 people attended the festival, and we raised enough money to donate $6,000 to local high schools, including St. Stephens and Hickory High,” says Tashjian, producing artistic director of the Playground.

“The support from the community has been nothing short of amazing, including support from local businesses. One of our goals is to build lasting relationships with corporations and individuals through the arts. That, along with being able to give back to the arts in public education and building a nurturing and inclusive environment for all artists, is the mission of the Playground.”

Klingspor, PepsiCo Hickory, Vanguard Furniture, Century Furniture, Valdese Weavers, Graystone Eye, Alex Lee, Brown & Neuwirth Oral & Cosmetic Surgery, and LRU all made significant contributions last year, as did many individual donors.

Members of the academic and business communities are equally enthusiastic about the festival.

“This is truly remarkable,” says Molly Rice, who leads the theatre program at St. Stephens High School and directs the Tractor Shed Theatre Company. “Arts education has never been more important. At a time when funding is being cut, these students stepped up and gave back not only to the local high schools, but to our community.”

“It is so gratifying to see our former students engage in entrepreneurial activities to support the local arts community,” says Steve Clarke, head of the music program at Hickory High School. “We are extremely grateful for the $3,000 contribution and used it to fund programs that benefit current students.”

“Often supporting the arts means more than just a financial contribution,” adds Molly Bass, who directs the Hickory High School theatre program. “It means showing up! And that’s exactly what these young men are doing with the Hickory Playground.
They are creating opportunities for playwrights to write, actors to act, and production and lighting students to practice their craft and experiment. I would not be surprised at all if some of these people end up on Broadway.”

“We met with several business leaders who not only made generous financial contributions, but also reviewed our business plan, made thoughtful suggestions, referred us to others, and provided encouragement,” adds Tashjian.

“We were very impressed with their business plan,” says Hani Nassar, an executive at Klingspor. “The planning for fundraising, promotion, and production was well thought out. Whenever someone takes the initiative to develop a sustainable original idea that benefits the whole community, and presents a thoughtful plan to execute it, we believe it is our civic responsibility to help support them. We were proud to be the primary sponsor of last year’s event, and this year it should be even better.”

“This kind of initiative is exactly what Hickory needs,” says John Bray, CEO of Vanguard. “These boys essentially created their own internship so they could learn firsthand what it takes to be a production company. It is highly creative and entrepreneurial, but best of all it benefits the entire community. People are not only entertained, but the proceeds are given back to support the next generation of dreamers and doers.”

“With actors and playwrights from around the community participating, the Second Annual Hickory Playground is destined to be another unprecedented success,” concludes Tashjian. “We have a goal of filling the Drendel Auditorium to support the arts in the community.

Last year more than 30 actors and playwrights participated, and more than 300 people attended the inaugural event. The plays were a mix of comedy and drama, and each was an artistic impression with a message. We can’t wait to see the incredible work these talented artists produce next.”

About This Year’s Hickory Playground One-Act Play Festival

“Last year’s event can only be described as ‘the most fun you can have in 48 hours,’” says Tim Plaehn, winner of the first Hickory Playground One-Act Play Festival.

Audience members feel the same way, and the Hickory Playground is now the buzz of the artistic community because of its fast-paced style of theatre along with its inclusion and encouragement of audience participation.

The event itself features eight original plays (among other entertainment) and is less than two hours in total. The event is open to all ages with darker subject matter placed toward the end of the night. “We are passionate about making art available to everyone, ” says Tashjian, “and we feel that the Hickory Playground is the perfect way to get the entire community involved.”

The Hickory Playground is a certified non-profit organization with a large majority of its proceeds earmarked for local performing arts and is currently pursuing 501(c)(3) status. This year’s event is on July 22, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block.

Each play is original and is written and performed over a two-day period by local writers, actors, and directors specifically for the Hickory Playground. The plays are performed one night only. The event is free to the public but donations are gratefully accepted. It is recommended that you arrive early to get a seat.

This year’s sponsors include Vanguard Furniture, Klingspor, Bass-Smith Funeral Home, Pepsi, Alex Lee, Lenoir-Rhyne, and Terra Dotta, along with many others.=
For more information, visit

Maestro John Gordon Ross Begins His Last Season

Directing Western Piedmont Symphony On Oct. 7

Hickory - The Symphony is pleased to announce their 53rd season. Under the baton of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the award-winning Western Piedmont Symphony will perform many of your classical favorites.

For example, George Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and the beautiful Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

The 53rd season is also bittersweet. Maestro Ross will be retiring from WPS after 27 years of musical direction. It is fitting that Ode to Joy was performed in 1991, his first season, and will again be performed in his last Masterworks performance with the WPS orchestra. This upcoming season has been dedicated to Maestro Ross to honor him for his outstanding dedication to WPS and surrounding regions. There will be many events throughout the season to pay tribute to the many accomplishments of Maestro Ross.


October 7, 2017 Masterworks I: featuring Michael Lewin, Piano

November 4, 2017 Masterworks II: featuring the Western Piedmont Symphony

February 3, 2018 Masterworks III: featuring Gregory Knight, Piano

March 3, 2018 Masterworks IV: featuring Dmitri Pogorelov, Violin

April 14, 2018 Masterworks V: featuring Hickory Choral Society, Lenoir Rhyne A Cappella Choir and the CVCC Chamber Singers

Maestro John Gordon Ross

Masterworks I, III, IV & V are held at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University beginning at 7:30 pm. The first Masterworks II performance, a family concert, will be held at 3 pm in the Drendel Auditorium. The main performance will begin at 7:30 pm.

In their third year of residency, we welcome back the Tesla Quartet. The Friends of the Quartet Chamber Classics concerts are held in the Drendel Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm. Mark your calendars for these dates:


Chamber Classics I September 30, 2017

Chamber Classics II January 20, 2018

Chamber Classics III February 17, 2018

Chamber Classics IV March 31, 2018

The Tesla Quartet will also perform in the popular Soup, Salad & Strings luncheon series on September 22, 2017 and April 6, 2018 at 11:45 am in the Keiser Community Room.

Season and individual tickets are available now. Save time and money with a season subscription. All subscription and single tickets can be purchased online at or contact the symphony box office at 828.324.8603 from 10am-2pm, M-F.

The Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Box office hours are 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Back To School Bash At Stanford Park, Sat., Aug. 19, 11am-2pm:

Free Health Screens & Goodies!

Hickory – The annual Back to School Bash is returning to Stanford Park on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join Highland Recreation Center, along with Modern Nissan of Hickory, Lowes Foods, Catawba Family Care, and Carolina Ear Nose and Throat for a day full of fun, food, and activities. New to this year’s bash are free health screenings, including vision, dental, and hearing.

There will also be bounce houses, train rides, face painting, free school resources, and filled backpacks. The event will take place rain or shine. This is a great opportunity for children to have some fun and also collect necessary school supplies.

Backpacks are limited to the first 300 youth in attendance. Also, the health screenings are a general assessment and will not count towards a child’s sports physical.

Highland Recreation Center is located at 1451 8th Street Drive NE. For more information on this program, please contact Senior Recreation Programmer Kyle Mishler at (828) 261-2259 or email

70th Craft Fair Of The Southern Highlands Is

This Weekend, July 21-23, In Asheville

Asheville, NC - Entering its seventh decade this July, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands offers the public the opportunity to cultivate craft in their daily life. Presented by Asheville Color and Imaging and Asheville Citizen-Times, this fine craft event will return to the U.S. Cellular Center. Doors open at the downtown Asheville venue on Friday, July 21 at 10:00am and will last until Sunday, July 23 at 5:00pm. Transitioning to a three-day show, the Fair is bringing new, dynamic elements that celebrate the Southern Highland Craft Guild's creative community.

Design vignettes will demonstrate how one can utilize craft in both form and function for the home, and are made possible by local interior designers, architects and builders.

The Arena floor at last fall’s Craft Fair

Combining the talents of Guild makers with spacial creatives allows for building a stronger trade community. Collaborating sponsors include Alchemy Design Studio, ID.ology Interiors & Design, Rusticks, Platt Architecture, P.A., Samsel Architects, and Living Stone Design + Build. At 11:30am on Friday, visitors have the opportunity to hear more about the design process from the collaborators themselves.

Additionally, there will be more craft demonstrations with interactive activities for visitors. Through Asheville Convention and Visitor's Bureau the Buncombe County Festival and Cultural Event Support Fund this summer edition has more than ten makers showing their skills and techniques. Local Cloth will be offering hands-on fiber experiences in silk painting and shibori dyeing, as well as spinning and weaving. Several other educational demonstrators include Brandy Clements of Silver River Chair Caning Center, mixed media artist John Richards, WNC Fiber/Handweavers Guild, Asheville Quilt Guild, and dyer Dede Styles.

The Fair will feature nearly 150 makers with both contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. The members will fill both floors of the U.S. Cellular Center on its upstairs concourse and downstairs arena level. All exhibitors have undergone a two-step jury process as a part of the Guild's legacy to uphold a set of standards established by their creative peers.

Each day provides various experiences in addition to shopping. At 1:00pm Local Cloth will also be putting on a mini fashion show, “15 Minutes of Fashion,” in which models will be adorned with exhibitor's handmade garments and jewelry. Mountain musicians, from old time to bluegrass, perform live on the arena stage daily. Since the first fair, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience.

The U.S. Cellular Center was a shift in landscape for this event as it first took place under canvas tents in 1948 on the grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the time honored gathering is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina.

As a venue to provide a regional marketplace for mountain craftspeople, the Guild Fairs have since evolved into a popular celebration of craft in the country.

Art by Marty McConnaughey

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is made possible from the additional following sponsors: The Laurel of Asheville, Our State Magazine, Smoky Mountain Living, WLOS News 13 and WNC Magazine.

Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild, chartered in 1930, is today one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild currently represents nearly 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. During the Depression the Guild cultivated commerce for craftspeople in the Appalachian region. This legacy continues today as the Guild plays a large role in the Southern Highlands craft economy through the operation of four craft shops and two annual craft expositions. Educational programming is another fundamental element of the organization, fulfilled through integrated educational craft demonstrations at retail outlets and expos, free educational community events, and an extensive public library located at its headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

General Information

Location: U.S. Cellular Center in Downtown Asheville, NC

Dates: July 21 - 23, 2017

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