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October 16, 2014

Humane Society Offers $35 Feral Cat Packages This Month

Hickory - HSCC and the community work to reduce our feral cat population

In honor of National Feral Cat Day on October 16th, Humane Society of Catawba County is offering $35 Feral Cat Packages paid for in October. HSCC will also continue to offer the “Frequent Feral Program.”

When you purchase 5 Feral Cat Packages, you get the 6th free. “HSCC wants to help the feral population in Catawba County and surrounding areas, and our foremost concern is spaying and neutering”, stated HSCC Executive Director Jane Bowers. “Numerous individuals in our community are also dedicated to helping the feral cat population, and for that we are grateful.

So far this year HSCC has sold 315 Feral Cat Packages, this means hundreds of thousands of kittens won't be struggling on the streets or in the woods without a loving family to care for them. National figures estimate the number of feral cats in the US run into the tens of millions” said Bowers.

Gray tabby feral cat

Feral cats are not to be confused with stray or abandoned cats. A feral cat has either never had any contact with humans, or their contact with humans has greatly diminished over time. A feral cat is not socialized, and most individuals must use humane traps in order to catch them and care for them.

“The old school of thought was to trap and euthanize feral colonies, but statistics have shown that colonies will eventually re-establish themselves. The most humane approach is TNR, or Trap, Neuter, Return. Feral colonies have been a great concern to those of us in the animal welfare field,” added Bowers. At HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic, feral cat surgeries are performed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Feral cats must arrive for surgery in a humane trap. The $35 fee includes surgery, one Rabies vaccination and an ear tipping. A tipped (clipped) ear is the universal symbol of a sterilized and vaccinated feral cat. Any requested blood work is an additional fee.

For more information, or to purchase a Feral Cat Package, please call HSCC at (828) 464-8878, Monday through Saturday, 11am-6pm. HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic services are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.

Photo: feral cat, aka community cat

The Wind In The Willows Set For Oct. 19 & 25 At HCT

Hickory - “The Wind in the Willows,” the Hickory Community Theatre’s youth production, presents two public performances during its run of daytime school presentations. The children’s classic will gave matinees on Sunday, October 19 at 2:30 PM and Saturday, October 25 at 2:30 PM.

The production is presented by young actors. They enact the familiar tale of Mr. Toad and his unlikely animal friends. The running time of the play is about one hour and it is intended for elementary school age audiences.

The play, based on the beloved children’s novel, is presented for six daytime performances to area schools in the Jeffers Theatre. Matinees for the general public are Sunday, October 19 and Saturday, October 25 at 2:30. Tickets are $10 each, reserved seating. Tickets are available online at or by calling (828) 328-2283.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are available. Contact John Rambo, Managing Director at (828) 327-3855 ext 103 for details or email

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Paramount Automotive is the Official Automotive Sponsor of the 2014-2015 Season.

PHOTO: Young actors in rehearsal for “Wind in the Willows” at Hickory Community Theatre. The show plays primarily for school field trip groups but has two public performances, Sun, Oct 19 and Sat, Oct 25 both at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $10 and available by calling (828) 328-2283 or at

Hickory Choral Society’s Free Fall Concert Is Sunday, Oct. 19

Hickory - The Hickory Choral Society presents its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM, First Baptist Church, 339 2nd Avenue NW in Hickory, NC.

This Fall Concert is somewhat of a departure for singers and audience. As with previous concerts, the opening first half of our program consists of a broad variety of short musical selections. The repertoire includes inspiring works from texts by several well known poets of the past.

Also, there are folk songs, ballads, spirituals and a lullaby by the well known Eric Whitacre. A special treat for the audience is a new selection by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Evening Prayer. What makes this so unique is that it is written for chorus, piano and tenor saxophone. John Alexander, saxophonist joins the ensemble for this haunting use of a seldom combination of accompaniments for chorus.

The Hickory Choral Society in concert

The second half brings a totally new venue as we explore the wonderful music of Gilbert and Sullivan, creators of such well known operettas as the Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Gondoliers and the Yeoman of the Guard. This is an opportunity to delve into wit and creativity with a parody of the British lifestyle. Gilbert and Sullivan give the audience a chance to experience somehow the most humorous aspects of the late eighteen hundreds and the British.

Join with the Queen, who will be in attendance, in enjoying some of the most often performed choruses and solos from these delightful works. Characters will entertain you throughout the performance.

Since the spring of 1978, the Hickory Choral Society has continued to delight audiences with excellent choral music literature. Each year, the Hickory Choral Society provides local music lovers with a series of exciting and well-attended concerts.

The all-volunteer group, made up of 110 singers from Catawba and surrounding counties, is well known throughout North Carolina for its annual Christmas Concerts at Corinth Reformed Church in Hickory. The Fall Concert is free and open to the public. For membership and other information, call the Hickory Choral Society office at 828-322-2210.

The Hickory Choral Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. It is located at 243 3rd Avenue NE, Suite 2- N,Hickory, NC, 28601. 828-322-2210

Full Circle Arts’ Fall Competition On Display Oct. 16-Nov. 15

Hickory - The exhibition, “Fall Competition” will have an opening reception at Full Circle Arts Thursday, October 16, 6:30 to 8:30. The public is invited. The show will be on display October 16 to November 15. The competition gives our community an opportunity to see some of the excellent art being produced in and around Hickory. Most of the works are for sale, with prices ranging from the tens to the thousands. FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. New hours for the gallery are Tuesday, through Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. Write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email Website:

Bestselling Author Rebecca Skloot Speaks At L-RU Oct. 23

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present award winning author Rebecca Skloot on Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Co-sponsors for this event include the Hickory Public Library, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Steelman Science Lecture Series and the Lenoir-Rhyne Biology Department.

Skloot is the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which has remained on the New York Times bestseller list for four years. More than 60 critics including USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, NPR and People Magazine have called her book one of the best of 2010. Her book has also won numerous awards, including the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the National Academies of Science Best Book of the Year award, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Best Young Adult Book award.

Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is also being made into an HBO movie, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Skloot is also an award-winning science writer. Her narrative science has appeared in venues such as The New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Discover.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. Skloot specializes in narrative science and explores a variety of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She has worked as a correspondent for WYNC’s Radiolab, and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She has also taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, University of Pittsburgh, and New York University.

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

In its 26th season, the Visiting Writers Series brings world-renowned authors to the LRU campus and community. Sponsors of the 2014-2015 Series include: Crowne Plaza--Hickory, WFAE 90.7-FM, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the United Arts Council of Catawba County and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

Catawba County Libraries’ Early Voting Starts October 23

Newton, NC - Three Catawba County Library locations will serve as polling places for early voting this coming month. Main Library in Newton along with Southwest Branch in Mountain View and municipal space adjoining Conover Branch Library will be open for early voting as of Thursday, Oct. 23. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Catawba County registered voters may cast ballots for the General Election at any of these library locations during early voting regardless of home precinct. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at each location on Oct. 23 and 24. Abbreviated hours--8 a.m. to 5 p.m.--will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 5 p.m.

All-day voting (8 to 7) resumes on Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31 at all three locations.

The final opportunity for early voting will be Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. only at Main Library in Newton.

Due to the increased traffic, library customers are asked to use extra caution when entering or exiting library property during early voting.

For information about voter eligibility, visit the Board of Elections at the Government Center in Newton or call 464-2424.

Comedy Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Opens This Friday At HCT

Hickory - “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,” the Hickory Community Theatre’s raucous new Southern comedy by acclaimed author Mitch Albom opens Friday October 17 at 8 PM for a three weekend run in the Jeffers Theatre, 30 3rd St., NW in Downtown Hickory.

The story is told through the eyes of a jaded tabloid journalist, who is sent to Alabama to investigate the tale of duck hunters shooting down an angel. Their evidence includes a tiara, a huge wing and angelic voices in the swamp. While searching the swamps for the feckless shooters, the reporter is thrown back into his southern career past, with its rueful, tender romance and regrets.

Wacky characters abound and the play ends in a comic eruption with a heartwarming twist.

Performances of “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” by Mitch Albom are in the Jeffers Theatre, and show times are Fridays & Saturdays (Oct 17, 18, 24, 25 and Nov 1) at 8pm, Thursdays (Oct 23 and 30) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Oct 26 & Nov 2) at 2:30pm.

There is no performance on Friday, Oct 31. Tickets are $18 for adults ($2 off for seniors) and $10 for youth 18 and under. On Thursday nights all adult seats are just $14. Purchase tickets online at or call (828) 328-2283.

“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is produced by TRUMPF Inc. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

The 2014-2015 Season is brought to you by Paramount Automotive, the official automotive sponsor of the Hickory Community Theatre.

Top Photo: Bob Smith (left) and David Sheronas play two bumbling brothers in “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” at the Hickory Community Theatre, on stage Oct 17-Nov 1. Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information. Photo is by Ken Burns

Bottom Photo: James Hildebrand (left) and Silas Waugh play a tabloid reporter and his unscrupulous editor in “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” at the Hickory Community Theatre, on stage Oct 17-Nov 1. Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information. Photo is by Ken Burns

Annual BalloonFest Launches Friday, Oct. 17, In Statesville

Statesville, NC - The 41st Annual Carolina BalloonFest takes flight October 17-19, 2014 at the Statesville Regional Airport where over 50 breath-taking hot air balloons and 4 unique special shapes will launch and decorate the skies of Iredell County. The traditional Balloon Glow, sponsored by Black Automotive Group, will light up Saturday evening to thrill festival guests.

Although hot air balloons only take flight after dawn and near dusk when the thermal atmosphere is most stable, tethered balloon rides are anchored to offer an abbreviated sensation of flight when elevated nearly 100 ft. above the ground. Weather permitting, hot air flights and tethered balloon rides are available to purchase direct with participating pilots throughout the weekend.

Throughout the weekend of flights, many pilots participate in Sanctioned Competitions, sponsored by Energy United Propane. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, balloons fly over the venue and spectators can observe the pilots' skillfully complete field tasks such as marker drops and a pole ring toss. Pilots at Carolina BalloonFest compete for points to enhance their standings in the national Hot Air Competition Division. A new feature this year is the Pilot Meet & Greet, hosted by Carolinas Balloon Association on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when select pilots and crews will set up their gondolas for an hour on the field for guest encounters.

Come Early and Stay Late! In addition to the evening mass ascensions from the venue and morning sanctioned competitions over the venue, there are various activities for the entire family. Register to run with the balloons on Sunday morning in the second annual 5K and Kids Fun Run managed by Racing Toes Management and sponsored by Thorlo. Explore the ever-active Kids Zone, sponsored by Reliant Life Alert, with inflatables, a bungy jumper, rock wall and magicians.

Entertainment on Main Stage, sponsored by Wells Fargo, opens Friday afternoon with Bing Futch, The Low Counts, Dr. Bacon and Albannach. The 3-day weekend music lineup also includes Vice Versa, One Leg Rooster, Gal Friday Band, Overmountain Men, The Cockman Family and Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse. The coffee house style 2nd Stage, sponsored by Our State Magazine, hosts the talent of local musicians on Saturday and Sunday.

Guests can opt to experience NC Wines & Craft Beer Tasting, sponsored by Wine Maestro Statesville, to complement all the outdoor festivities on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased day of event to enjoy this variety of creative offerings.

Carolina BalloonFest soars to benefit American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life of Statesville, a signature annual event held each spring to celebrate those who have fought cancer, remember those lost to cancer and raise funds to create awareness and put an end to the disease. A percentage of proceeds also benefit community non-profits who volunteer at the festival.

This year of 2014 is the 45th Anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight in Iredell County made by Bill Meadows and Tracy Barnes. A commemorative flight will launch from the flight marker at Newtowne Plaza, Statesville, NC on Friday, October 17, near 8AM.

Community Appreciation Friday & Military Appreciation Sunday (retired veterans & active military enter free with military ID) is sponsored by Yadkin Bank. Cash only on day-of-event; adult admissions range from $5 to $15.00, children age 12 are admitted free. Save on Advance Ticket Purchase available online through October 16 via Limited on-site parking. Spectators are encouraged to take advantage of satellite parking at Iredell County Fairgrounds in Troutman with free shuttle service to the BalloonFest venue. Arrive by 2PM on Saturday and Sunday to ensure entry. Festival gate times are:

Friday, October 17 3:00pm - 8:30pm

Saturday, October 18 7:00am - 8:30pm

Sunday, October 19 7:00am - 6:00pm

To learn more, visit and join us at

Family Movie Night Is Thursday, Oct. 23, At The Carolina Theater

Hickory – The Community Relations Council (CRC) is hosting the annual Family Movie Night, which supports the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM).

The mission of the CRC is to promote positive relationships within the community through dialogue, education, programs and resources. The Family Movie Night annual event does just that by bringing the community together for this event, but, in addition, the event allows the community and the members of the commission to support a great organization and those in need by bringing can goods as an entrance fee. In 2013, those in attendance, happily, brought bags of canned goods, totaling 576 pounds of cans being collected that went go to the GHCCM.

This year, the Family Movie Night is on Thursday, October 23, at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Hickory. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, as the first 425 will be seated and the first 300 people will receive a free popcorn voucher. The movies being shown include It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Disney’s Spooky Buddies. The admission price is a donation of two cans of food, which will be donated to the GHCCM to be distributed to those in need in the Hickory area. For more information, please call staff liaison Captain Thurman Whisnant at the City of Hickory Police Department, at (828) 261-2696 or email

Downtown Newton Halloween Spooktacular Is October 25

Newton, NC - Start planning your Halloween costume and mark your calendar for the Downtown Newton Halloween Spooktacular. From 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, activities such as costume contests, games, trick-or-treating and trunk or treat will be ongoing around the 1924 Courthouse Square.

Dress up your four-legged friends and be downtown by 5 p.m. for the Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular Costume Contest. Participants will compete for the Best Overall Handmade Costume and Best Overall Commercial Costume in canine and/or non-canine divisions.

The Ghouls and Goblins Costume Contest begins at 6 p.m.. The contest will feature two categories, original (handmade) and commercial, with one winner in each of the following age groups: 0-3, 4-7, 8-12, 13-17, and 18+. Each participant will receive a goody bag.

Pre-registration for both contests continues until Oct. 24. Entries will be accepted for the Howl-O-Ween contest from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and Ghouls and Goblins entries accepted from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Learn more about the costume contests on our Parks & Recreation page.

Area residents are invited to attend Spooktacular for safe trick-or-treating. Local churches, businesses, and civic organizations are encouraged to join in this community event. Vertical Church will be hosting a block party on East 1st Street featuring games, inflatables and live music. The goal of the event is to provide an old-fashioned fall festival that is family-friendly, featuring storefront decorations, fun games, and candy. More than 1,500 pounds of candy was distributed last year. In addition, fall scene costume photos will be taken again this year, and will be available for free download on the City’s Flickr page.

This year’s Spooktacular is sponsored by Honey’s IGA Supermarkets of Newton and Vale and Pepsi of Hickory. The event is hosted by the Newton Festival & Events Committee and the Newton Parks & Recreation Department.

If your church, organization, or business is interested in participating in the “trunk or treat,” call Festival & Events Committee Chairperson Jessica Setzer at 828-578-0127.

For more information about the costume contests, contact the Newton Parks & Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

Fiddle Champion Laval In Concert In Dallas, October 24

Dallas, NC - Gaston County Museum is proud to present Jamie Laval, the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, performing Music of the Highlands, Friday, October 24, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. tickets are $15 per Adult/ $8 per Student.Jamie creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, blending an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music.

Jamie performed on Dave Matthews’ platinum album Some Devil and gave a private performance for Her Majesty the Queen.

Jamie Laval

An evening concert experience with Jamie combines toe-tapping melodies, amusing and informative stories, foot percussion, and an innovative arrangement style to create a beautiful atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

For additional information about this program or to make a reservation, please contact Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, at 704-922-7681 ex 105 or at You can also order your tickets online at

Peter Bost Stars As Tevye In HUB’s Fiddler, Opening Oct. 16

Hudson, NC - Peter Bost is a powerful man with talent, stage presence and a voice to match. He is one of the most experienced singers and actors in the Unifour, having participated in many church musical endeavors and directorial positions over the years. One might say that in theatre, he has been a very rich man. But one role that has eluded him has been that of the lead, Tevye the Milkman, in the classic Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Peter has a sister, Penny Bost Schrum, who does not stand in Peter's shadow.

Her theatrical and musical endeavors have been illustrious, rivaling those of her brother. She has played the female lead, Golde, in "Fiddler."

Peter and Penny's father, Raymond M. Bost, from Maiden, NC, served in the Marines in World War 2 and returned to complete his Undergraduate Degree at then Lenoir-Rhyne College.

The Bosts: Margaret, Peter, Dr. Raymond & Penny Schrum

There he met and married Margaret Vedder, an LR student from Hartford, Connecticut. Raymond took Margaret back to Connecticut, where he earned both his Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Yale University.

The Bosts later returned to Hickory, where Dr. Bost was President of Lenoir-Rhyne College from 1968 until 1976.

Through the years, they have closely, proudly and faithfully followed Peter and Penny in their artistic endeavors and theatrical careers, including eight plays in which their children appeared together.

Peter will play Tevye in Hudson's upcoming Dinner Theatre Production of "Fiddler on the Roof," to be presented at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) in beginning October 16.

Dr. Bost says that he is delighted, even more so because his daughter, Penny, joins Peter in the cast.

Peter says that he became acquainted with the music from "Fiddler on the Roof" when his junior high and high school choruses performed some of the selections. "Getting to perform my father's favorite show with my sister in its 50th Anniversary, fulfilling a mutual dream of my father's and mine all make this very special. Every boy's desire is to make his father happy."

The HUB is located at 145 Cedar Valley Road in Hudson. "Fiddler" runs Thursday through Saturday on October 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the show to follow at 7:30 PM. The meal will be catered by Dan’l Boone Inn.

Tickets are $30 for dinner and the play, $15 for the play only.

To make reservations, please go by or call the HUB box office at 726-8871, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The box office is closed from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM for lunch.

Oxford Fish Fry November 1

Claremont, NC - The Oxford (Catfish) Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its biannual Fish Fry on Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:00AM – Until! Eat In / Carry Out. Adult Plates: $10.00, Child Plates: $6. All Carry Outs $10. Location: Oxford Fire Department, Station #1 (5688 Oxford School Rd.) Directions: Hwy 16 North from Conover, Right on Oxford School Road, Approx. 1.5 miles on the left.

Beaver Library Hosts Local Author Fair This Sat., October 18

Hickory – Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will host a Local Author Fair on Saturday, October 18, 2014. People are invited to drop in at any time between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on that day to meet and speak with authors from our community, learn about their published works, and purchase autographed copies of their books.

The Local Author Fair will feature ten authors. They are residents of Hickory or surrounding communities and their books represent a variety of genres. There will be books available at the Local Author Fair suitable for all age groups. The authors are Libby Bagby, Nancy Geiger, Loyd Hoke, Jr., Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Rebecca McRee, George Truett Moore, Matthew L. Smith, Kermit Turner, Kasey Whelton, and Steve Yount.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block.

67th Craft Fair Of The Highlands This Week, Oct. 16-19, Asheville

Asheville, NC - Join us for the 67th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, NC, October 16 - 19, 2014. Nearly 200 juried artists of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be selling works of clay, metal, wood, jewelry, fiber, paper, natural materials, leather and mixed media. With styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, the Fairs showcase the rich talent, diversity and craft mastery of Guild members.

Times & tickets: Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm. Admission: $8; Two day pass: $12; Children under 12 free.Info: 828-298-7928

The Craft Fairs have a proud tradition and history of excellence by representing the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a non-profit organization formed in 1930. The Fairs began in 1948 as a way to provide a regional market for the mountain craftspeople. Since that time, the Craft Fairs have set the standard for fine craft shows across the country.

October 16 – 19 Demonstrations

Craft demonstrations are a highlight at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. Watching and interacting with highly skilled craftspeople as they create is entertaining and educational. Throughout the show, visitors will have the opportunity to observe works by over 200 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and to learn about their inspiration and methods. There are also scheduled demonstrations to enhance the experience.

October Schedule of Demonstrations

Collene Karcher: stonecarving. Collene Karcher of Bakersville, NC, will be demonstrating the nearly lost art of hand-carved letters in stone – one tap at a time, with hammer and chisel.

Pam Etheredge: pine needle baskets. Pam Etheredge of Afton, TN, will demonstrate pine needle basket making.

Lenny Moore: blacksmithing. Guest craftsperson Lenny Moore will be outside the U.S. Cellular Center at the forge greeting Fair-goers while demonstrating the craft of using heat to transform metal into art and functional objects.

Dede Styles: natural dyeing and spinning (Thurs – Fri). Dede Styles of Swannanoa, NC will demonstrate spinning and the traditional craft of using natural plant dyes to color yarn outside the US Cellular Center.

Hear Music of the Mountains at the 67th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, US Cellular Center, Asheville NC

October 17 – 19 Entertainment Schedule

Friday, October 17

11am – Carol Rifkin and Friends. Carol Rifkin and friends play original and traditional mountain music, their fine harmonies blending in an old timey style heavily influenced by the elders of the region, family, friends and diverse interests.

1pm – Cane Creek Bluegrass Band. Musicians from Upstate South Carolina specializing in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.

3pm –Hot Duck Soup. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves for a jolt to your funny bones; the Hot Duck Soup Novelty Vintage Jazz Band is about to assault your senses with wild and zany tunes from the teens, twenties, and thirties!

Saturday, October 18

11am – Southern Crescent Bluegrass. Asheville area musicians, led by Tommy Thompson, specializing in traditional bluegrass standards.

1pm – Split Rail. Split Rail provides a great continuity of sound that can only be achieved from years of playing together. Strong vocal harmony is their trademark.

3pm – Moore Brothers. Trio of musicians from Hickory, NC that play Americana, Blues, Newgrass, Grass, Country, Jazz & Gospel Flavors.

Sunday, October 19

11am –Ric Ledford & Reems Creek Incident. An Asheville, NC based bluegrass band that specializing in a wide variety of traditional, not-so-traditional and original bluegrass music.

1pm – Mountain Friends. This group plays high energy American swing-grass. This is a strong team that combines fine musicianship and pure joy, giving audiences a highly entertaining show.

3pm – Buncombe Turnpike. Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of heartfelt tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel and Buncombe Turnpike originals.

Fam-Friendly Event To Benefit Hickory Soup Kitchen, Oct. 18

Hickory - The first annual Artistic Revival on Old Lenoir Road is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Proceeds will benefit two local non-profits: Hickory Soup Kitchen and Hickory Music Factory.

Artistic Revival is a family friendly event bringing art, music and food together to inspire growth on Old Lenoir Road on the northwest side of Hickory, North Carolina. Over 50 artists will be showcasing and selling their original artwork. Start your holiday shopping early. Rotating music stage with music from various local musicians provided by the Hickory Music Factory. Food will be available (additional cost) by area purveyors including the newest food truck in the Unifour - Marcus Parlier’s The Big Cheese Food Truck and Lincolnton’s very own - Good Wood (wood-fired) Pizza food truck.

All proceeds from donations, as well as a portion of the food and art sales benefit the Hickory Soup Kitchen and the Hickory Music Factory. For more information on the 2014 Artistic Revival on Old Lenoir Road, please visit

Old Lenoir Road

Old Lenoir Road is a historic district on the northwest side of Hickory, NC, poised for growth and re-development. With affordable rent, lots of available square footage, high traffic count, and easy access to Hwy 321, Interstate 40, and downtown Hickory, Old Lenoir Road is proving to the best up-and-coming business destination in the region. Old Lenoir Road is becoming a hub of culture showcasing local artists, musicians, food and drink, regular events open to the public that will promote the area’s best and most talented.

The Hickory Soup Kitchen

The Hickory Soup Kitchen is a non-profit organization located in downtown Hickory, North Carolina with the mission to relieve hunger in our community. The Hickory Soup Kitchen provides warm meals at lunchtime Monday through Friday. In 2013, the Hickory Soup Kitchen served 80,819 plates of food, gave away 3,900 bags of groceries, and supplemented 12 other food pantries throughout Catawba County. For more information on the Hickory Soup Kitchen, please visit

The Hickory Music Factory

The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Hickory, North Carolina with the mission to build futures through music by teaching, performance and community outreach. Tony Eltora and Rick Cline, both music instructors, started the organization in 2012, with the vision to provide their students and the community with more opportunities to learn, create and experience music in addition to fostering an environment of creativity and originality. HMF offers lessons for drums, guitar, piano, voice, violin, bass, mandolin, recording, sax and more, as well as, performances and outreach programs in the community and at recreation centers.

For more information please visit, or call (828) 308-5659.

Final Weekend Of The Diary of Anne Frank, October 17-19

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre’s fall production of The Diary of Anne Frank will continue this weekend, October 17-19 at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. Come experience this moving story of Anne Frank, whose writings from over seventy years ago have impacted millions. In this powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination.

Through each day of her hiding, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

The Green Room’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank is produced by von Drehle Corporation and directed by David Townsend. Remaining performance dates are Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, October 19 at 3:00 pm.

Anissa Briggs as Anne Frank

Tickets can be purchased by calling (828) 464-6128 Wednesdays – Fridays from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm throughout the run of the show. Ticket prices are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. All ticket prices include NC sales tax. This show is rated PG-13.Through a collaboration with the Catawba County Library System and the Catawba County Museum of History, the traveling exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today will be on display at the Newton Branch Library the whole month of October during regular hours of operation ( This exhibit from the Anne Frank Center includes photographs, letters, and Anne’s own diary as well as information about world events during the rise to power of Hitler. You can learn more about the center and the exhibit at Info: (828) 464-6583 or visit our website: Photo by Ken Burns

Woodcrafters To Exhibit At Show This Weekend In Hickory

Hickory - Western Piedmont Woodcrafters will have their own exhibit area at the Klingspor Woodworking Show to be held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center October 17-18. Many manufacturers of woodworking equipment and associated materials will be represented. Admittance and parking are free and open to anyone with an interest in woodworking.

The Woodcrafters exhibit will feature numerous projects completed by the club members as well as the three prize-winning entries in the recent contest to construct and finish a project from a 2x4 contest. Visitors will also have an opportunity to operate a scroll saw under guidance of a club member, experience a demonstration of pocket hole drilling and ask questions about woodworking.

Non-members can also sign up for membership in the Woodcrafters Club at special reduced member rates that are good only during the show. The club currently has more than 70 members from throughout the Unifour. Amateur and professional woodworkers are all welcome to join.

The Woodcrafters Club consists of hobbyist and professional woodworkers of all skill levels. The club meets once each month at the Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory to hear speakers and to see demonstrations of woodworking equipment, projects and techniques. The combined November/December meeting will be on December 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Further information can be obtained by calling 828-495-3029.

Meet The Artist: Margaret Curtis At HMA, Saturday, October 18

Hickory - The Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) invites you to a “Meet the Artist” reception on Saturday, October 18, from 6 – 7:30 PM for Margaret Curtis: Recent Work, on exhibition in the first floor Regal & Gifford Galleries. The reception is free and open to the public.  HMA welcomes back Tryon, North Carolina artist Margaret Curtis who was featured in the museum’s 2012 exhibition Waking Up with Van Gogh. Curtis returns with 10 works created over the past four years.

“My paintings explore the fictional space that surrounds memory and emotion… The narratives are open to interpretation,” says the artist. In the exhibition, visitors will see a self-portrait titled “Loaded” in which a barefoot and pregnant Curtis is pedaling a rickshaw. Her passenger is an inebriated man in a suit pointing to his next destination. Recent Work runs through November 2.

 Before moving to North Carolina, Margaret Curtis was part of the New York art scene for 15 years. Her work has been reviewed in notable publications such as Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times.

The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information please visit or call 828-327-8576.

Image: Margaret Curtis, Loaded, 2013, oil on panel



























































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