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December 1, 2016

Exodus Homes Christmas Lights Festival & Food Crawl

Is Monday, Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30pm

Hickory - The 13th annual Exodus Homes Christmas Lights Festival and Food Crawl will be held on December 5, 2016 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at 122 8th Ave. Dr. SW in Hickory 28602. The faith based United Way agency's fast and furious holiday event is free and fun for the whole family.

The main site of Exodus Homes has been beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the public is invited to stroll around sampling free food from Mountain Fried Chicken, Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Texas Roadhouse, The Hickory Soup Kitchen, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar's Pizza, Pepsi Cola and more. Mikey the MAKO Medical Shark Mascot will be there with candy for all. Chris Johnson, Exodus Homes graduate and executive director of Young People of Integrity will again be Santa Claus in what has become an annual tradition for this event.

Free pictures with Santa will be offered, and the pictures will be given on-site during the festival. The Exodus Missionary Outreach Church Gospel Choir and Prodigal Sons and Daughters will bring lively music during the event.

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright will light the rooftop Christmas tree to begin the festivities, and Hickory Ward 4 Councilman Hank Guess will greet the crowd for Christmas. The annual festival is a dream come true for the Rev. Reggie Longcrier, founding executive director of Exodus Homes. "We want to bless folks for the holidays, and invite the public to come see the beautiful thing God has done here in the Ridgeview community at Exodus Homes" he said.

Photo: Chris Johnson as Santa with children at the Exodus Homes Christmas Lights festival.

CVIC Human Rights Day Event Dec. 10 Welcomes Renee Fink

Hickory – In her 1958 speech delivered on the tenth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Eleanor Roosevelt asked: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?” She answered her question as follows: “In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world…Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

On Saturday, December 10 at 4:00 pm, the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) is hosting a public celebration of Human Rights Day at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Hickory. Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UDHR following World War II. The guest speaker for the event is Renée Fink who was sent into hiding from the Nazis at the age of four. The event will be followed by a reception where the public can meet and talk with Fink and members of CVIC.

Although Renée had to live in an occupied and heavily bombed part of Holland during World War II, she shares with students why those times turned out to be her best years until she married. In her talks, Renée likes to stress the resistance, goodness, and courage of people in those times and why those traits remain so important.

Renée Fink

When speaking to schoolchildren, she shares a DVD created by the Anne Frank Society that provides a good overview of the Holocaust and deals specifically with what was happening in Holland. 

Renée has spoken to students from fifth grade through high school, as well as to students at UNC-Chapel Hill and Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. She has also spoken to such groups as Chabad and the Women of Fearrington, at teacher workshops, and to home-schooled children. The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium has developed a lesson plan based on her personal named “Survival and Resistance: Hidden Children of the Holocaust.”

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created out of the experience of the Second World War,” said Rev. Don Flick, CVIC President and a retired United Church of Christ minister. “So we are honored to have Renée Fink speak to our community about her experiences during this dark time in our history and about our continuing need for us to reaffirm our common humanity and respect for human rights of everyone.” Rev. Flick says CVIC has asked the Hickory City Council to issue a proclamation recognizing Human Rights Day and the need to defend human rights for everyone. The proclamation will be read as part of the Human Rights Day celebration.

CVIC is a local group of faith-based and secular communities in the Catawba Valley serving as a catalyst for hope and cooperating for the purpose of dialogue, information sharing, and celebration. This is the second year in a row they are hosting a Human Rights Day celebration in Hickory. Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) is in the process of becoming an organized entity in our community.

Representatives of the group will be available at the event to accept membership applications from individuals or groups who are interested in participating in interfaith dialogue and cooperation in the Hickory area.

Prolific Hickory Poets Set For Poetry Hickory On Tues., Dec 13

Hickory - Between the two of them, Scott Owens and Tim Peeler have published nearly 30 books over their 20+ year careers. The two prolific Hickory poets will be the featured writers at the December 13 Poetry Hickory at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory.

Lenoir Rhyne University Professor, editor of “Wild Goose Poetry Review,” and author of 14 collections of poetry, Scott Owens has been published in “Poets Market” and read on NPR by Garrison Keillor. His work has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the NC Poetry Society, the Poetry Society of SC, the Indie Lit Award, and Best of the Net.

Owens' newest book is "Down to Sleep." Asheville poet, and editor of the "Asheville Poetry Review," Keith Flynn, says of the book: "These poems are sharp-edged, cutting through the dust and worn grooves of our everyday routines with dynamism and humanity. Like a script for a rainbow, these lines constantly teeter between the poet's waking life and his dream state."

Poet Scott Owens

Flynn continues, "There is a scene in Hitchcock's 1951 film, 'Strangers on a Train,' in which Robert Walker pops a child's balloon at a fair with his cigarette. These poems operate in just the opposite manner, locating the toxic nature an nightmares of a broken life and turning the black smoke into balloons."

Owens is the founder of Poetry Hickory and co-owner of Taste Full Beans.

Author of fourteen books, including a dozen collections of poetry and several books on baseball, Tim Peeler is a past winner of the Jim Harrison Award for contributions to baseball literature, and a 2-time Casey Award Finalist (baseball book of the year) and a finalist for the SIBA Award.

Peeler's newest book, "Wild in the Strike Zone," from Rank Stranger Press, combines his love of baseball and poetry. Jordan Makant says of the collection: "While Wild in the Strike Zone opens the reader to the idea of the collection being about baseball, it also makes clear that Peeler is using baseball to reach for something even more universal. As the final lines of the final poem says, 'If it all must end, let the old curses / soar through the night forever.'

Poet Tim Peeler

Peeler lives with his wife, Penny, in Hickory, where he directs the academic assistance programs at Catawba Valley Community College.

Poetry Hickory is in its tenth year of monthly poetry readings. All readings are free and open to the public. The featured readers will begin at 7:00 and will be followed by an open mic. For more information, contact Scott Owens at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse (828) 325-0108.

Valdese Names Draughn As Parade Grand Marshall, Dec. 3

Valdese, NC – The Town of Valdese is proud to announce that Pat Draughn will honored as the Grand Marshal for the Valdese Annual Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 10:00am.

Mr. Draughn is the current principal of Draughn High School and has been working at the school since it opened. He has lived in Valdese for most of his life, and graduated from East Burke High in 1981. After teaching high school history for 20 years, he transferred to School Administration. He has coached football, wrestling, swimming and soccer, as well as serving as the Athletic Director during his first four years at Draughn High School.

“I am excited about being the Grand Marshal because, well, who am I? I’m just a regular guy, a regular Joe,” Draughn says. “But yes, it is exciting because Valdese and the people and the community here are important to me. Getting asked to be the Marshal is an honor that I’m sure Valdese people will understand.”

The Valdese Christmas Parade is Sat., Dec. 3, 10am

The parade will begin at the corner of Church St. and Main, and will conclude at the corner of Morgan St. and Main. “The Valdese Christmas parade kicks off the Holiday season for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy,” states Morrissa Angi, Director of Community Affairs and Tourism for the Town of Valdese. “This year, we are excited to have the Heritage Middle School 7th & 8th grade bands performing in the heart of Downtown along the parade route.”

The Piedmont & Western Railroad Museum will host an open house at the Old Rock School the morning of the parade. Parade visitors are invited to view the HO scale model railroad exhibit which stretches from Marion, NC to Leadvale, TN. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.

“I would also like to thank our Valdese Merchants Association for working so hard to coordinate the professional parade floats,” Angi adds. “This event is a great time to come together as a community to celebrate the holidays.”

For further information regarding the Christmas Parade and upcoming events in Valdese go to or call 828-879-2129.

Mel’s Jingle Run Sat., Dec. 3, Downtown Hickory,

Benefits Operation 300 And Hickory Soup Kitchen

Hickory – The 2nd Annual Mel’s Jingle Run is coming to Downtown Hickory. The race is a festive 5K that helps feed the hungry in our local community and supports Gold Star families across the nation. Mellow Mushroom Hickory and owner Leslie Knapp are teaming up with local partners to organize this 5K, scheduled for Saturday, December 3 at 9 a.m. in Downtown Hickory. Proceeds will go to Operation 300 and to the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

Operation 300 is a non-profit organization that hosts adventure camps for children who have lost their fathers as a result of military service and seeks to honor the families of the Fallen. This cause is personal to race co-organizer, Sarah Prencipe. Having lost her brother-in-law in a Coast Guard helicopter crash, she has witnessed the hardship of her sister and two young nephews dealing with the death of a husband and father. Operation 300 has provided them much needed encouragement and inspiration. Not only do the kids have fun at camp, but they also bond with other kids who have experienced the same tragedy. For these Gold Star children to realize that they are not alone is a huge source of comfort.

Mellow Mushroom nationally sponsors the No Kid Hungry campaign. Locally, Leslie Knapp supports efforts to fight hunger in our community, through organizations like the Hickory Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen is a staple in Catawba County and is a beacon for the homeless and underemployed. In one year alone, they served 46,336 people and 70,818 plates of food. They open their doors to the neediest in the community and Mel’s Jingle Run is striving to reflect that generosity.

Mel’s Jingle Run is only possible through the generous donations of Mellow Mushroom, OrthoCarolina, Frye Regional Medical Center, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Mike Johnson Toyota, The Hickory Lady Elks, Lowes Foods, Transportation Insight, A Signco, Dr. Tom Wiley of Hickory Cardiology Associates, Dr. Don Bias of the Lincolnton Medical Group, and Mr. and Mrs. John Clarke.

The race is a family-friendly event, featuring Becki the Balloon Lady, Mel & Dude from Mellow Mushroom, giveaways from Smoothie King, and a fun race warm-up with Meredith Hodges of Hardbodies Fitness Studio. Awards will also be given for the most “jingled out” race apparel. Participants can still register for Mel’s Jingle Run online at Same day registration is also available on race day from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. under the Sails on the Square.

Peter And The Starcatcher Opens Friday, Dec. 2, At HCT

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s production of the award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher opens this weekend on the Jeffers Theatre stage, Friday, December 2nd at 8:00pm.

This Tony-award winning hit features music, ingenious stagecraft and a dozen brilliant actors playing over 100 different characters. As the story begins, starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home: together, surrounded by a colorful cast of friends and enemies, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and a dazzling journey of self-discovery. Fans of J.M. Barrie's original Peter Pan novels will love this exciting new tale, and the whole family will delight in Peter and the Starcatcher’s vibrant storytelling, boisterous energy and limitless imagination.

Peter and the Starcatcher opens December 2nd and runs Thursdays (Dec 8, 15) at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays (2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17) and 8:00pm, and Sundays (Dec 11, 18) at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (only $16 on Thursdays for both adults and seniors), and $10 for youth and students. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Theatre box office, which is open 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday, in person or by phoning 828-328-2283.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Peter and the Starcatcher is the fourth show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive, and is produced by Alex Lee Inc.

Photo: Foreground – Jennifer Canterbury, Nicholas Grozier; background – James Grose, Gavin Dagenhardt, Matthew Thomas-Reid, Corey Johnson, Steve Austin, Nathan Crabtree, Coleson Berlin) Peter and the Starcatcher sails onto the mainstage at Hickory Community Theatre this weekend, Friday and Saturday, Dec 2nd and 3rd at 8:00pm. For tickets and information go to or call 828-328-2283. Photo by Ken Burns.

See A Christmas Carol Dec.1-4, Broyhill Civic Center, Lenoir

Lenoir, NC - The Foothills Performing Arts presents A Christmas Carol, directed by Mark Woodard.

Charles Dickens' classic tale of a curmudgeonly miser redeemed comes to life in this original adaptation. Come see all your favorite characters take Ebeneezer Scrooge on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and yet to come.

Tickets are $15.22 plus taxes and fees. Call the box office at 828-726-2407 or purchase tickets online at Show dates are December 1-4, 2016 in Lenoir at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. December 1-3 the shows are at 7:30pm; December 4th’s show is at 2pm.

The Broyhill Center is located at 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

Hickory Choral Society’s Free Christmas Concerts Are

This Friday & Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3

Hickory - The Hickory Choral Society presents its annual Christmas Concerts at Corinth Reformed Church, 150 16th Avenue Northwest in Hickory, NC on December 2 and 3, 2016. Friday and Saturday evening concerts begin at 8:00 PM. The Saturday afternoon concert begins at 3:00 PM. An interactive “Cookies and Carols” Children’s Concert will be performed at 11 AM Saturday morning. All concerts are free and open to the public. For membership and other information call the Hickory Choral Society office at 828-322-2210.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Hickory Choral Society. This year, as in past Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concerts, a variety of musical selections will be performed to usher in the upcoming holiday season.

The Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concert

The standard opening and closing of the concert program remains the same. The choir opens with the dramatic processional PERSONENT HODIE, arranged by UNC's late Dr. Lara Hoggard. The concert concludes with the audience favorite O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL. The remainder of the program includes a variety of both old and new music reflective of this special time of the year, including traditional works as well as new and exciting arrangements for the holiday season.

Since the spring of 1978, the Hickory Choral Society continues to delight audiences with excellent choral music literature. The Hickory Choral Society provides this region 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.

A special invitation is extended to the public to attend these heartfelt Christmas concerts which have become a tradition with audiences in the Catawba Valley. These concerts offer something for everyone.

The Hickory Choral Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Home For Christmas Dinner & Concert On Dec. 9 & 10, HUB

Hudson, NC - The 7th Annual Home for Christmas Dinner and Concert will be held at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB), 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM with the concert to follow at 7:30. The Home for Christmas Choir of 50+ voices and the Youth Ensemble Singers (YES) will be singing. Also performing will be Trevor and Bailey Woods, Bailey McCowan, Greg Knight, Caroline Simyon and Brian Clark.

Selections include both sacred and secular pieces, including “Christmas Is on Its Way,” “The Journey,” “That’s What Christmas Means to Me,” “Grown Up Christmas List,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful!,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “O Holy Night,” “Mary, Did You Know?,” “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “Goin’ to Bethlehem,” “All on a Starry Night,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “Joy to the World,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Nutcracker Jingle,” “The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon” and the “Sound of Music Medley.”

The Holiday meal will be catered by The Main Event and will feature turkey, dressing and gravy, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, yeast rolls and dessert.

This is a great idea for Christmas parties, senior groups, church groups, etc. Tickets are $25 for the meal and concert, $15 for the concert only. Reservations may be made by calling 322-3169.

Holiday Parties, Crafts & Music! December’s Seniors Morning Out

Hickory – Participants in Catawba County’s Seniors Morning Out programs will enjoy holiday parties, crafts and musical entertainment during the month of December.

Seniors Morning Out is a half day of activities Monday through Thursday. A hot balanced lunch is included. There is no charge to participants, although donations are accepted. Any county resident who is 60 or better is invited to attend. Bus transportation to and from the program is available in some locations. If you wish to attend, please contact the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance to reserve your spot.

All program sites will be closed Dec. 22-29 for the Christmas holidays. A special event, “A Caribbean Christmas” with a performance by Pan Jive Steel Drum Band led by Rick Cline, will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at Huntington Hills Church of God. Seniors 60 and better are invited to attend with a reservation by Dec. 6. Call 695-5610 to reserve a spot. On Dec. 6 there will be a performance of “Mountain Wit and Grit” by singer/songwriter/storyteller Michael Reno Harrell at Maiden Seniors Morning Out starting at 9 a.m. These performances are supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Some of the program highlights include the following:

At West Hickory SMO, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: Dec. 5: Making Paint Brush Santas; Dec. 7: Cold Weather Safety with Rik Covalinski of Home Instead; Dec. 13: “Caribbean Christmas” with the Pan Jive Band at the East Hickory SMO; Dec. 15: Shopping at Walmart and making Christmas gift tags from old Christmas Cards; Dec. 21: Singing Christmas Songs with Nancy Frady and Christmas Party. To reserve your place, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

At East Hickory SMO, located at the Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: Dec. 1: Making Christmas Cards with Suzy Killian; Dec. 8: Christmas sing along with Frances McGill; Dec. 13: Performance of “Caribbean Christmas” by the Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 14: Learn to Make Christmas Chex Mix with Suzy Killian; Dec. 21, Christmas Party and Dancing. To reserve your place, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

At Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 North Main St., Newton: Dec. 1, Family “Health” Feud with prizes for the winners; Dec. 6: Making Wooden Snowmen and board games; Dec. 12: Learn to make Triple Layer Cracker Toffee Bars; Dec. 13: Christmas Party at the East Hickory SMO with Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 15: Habitat Repairs and Maintenance for Catawba County Homeowners with Gail Bowman; Dec. 20: Music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your place, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

At Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road; Dec. 13: Christmas party at East Hickory SMO site with Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 20, Music by the Bunker Hill High School Chorus; Dec. 21: Relaxation Exercises and Christmas Party and Gift Exchange. To reserve your place, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

At Maiden SMO, located at Maiden Community Center, East Second Street at Klutz Street, Maiden: Dec. 1, Music by West Side Baptist Church; Dec. 6: Mountain Wit and Grit; Dec. 7: Music by Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church Choir; Dec. 13: Christmas Party at East Hickory SMO site with Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 15: Pizza Christmas Party with entertainment by Sentimental Journey; Dec. 19: The Story of Patrick Henry performed by Randy Vanderweit. To reserve your place, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services. In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. The program is also conducting its annual fund-raising drive at this time. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at, or visit their website at

ALFA’s Winter Gala This Sunday, Dec. 4, 6pm, At Cafe Rule

Hickory - ALFA’s 19th Annual Winter Gala on Sunday, December 4th, 6pm, at Cafe Rule in Hickory promises to be something extra special this year! Come kick off the holiday season with friends old and new and support a great cause. Join us as we present ALFA's Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Legacy Award to Dr. Wheat Williams and Terry Dettling. Every guest will receive a special gift from Robert Abbey Lighting.

The evening will feature pre-dinner cash bar cocktails, holiday music and a four course meal prepared by Executive Chef David Robbins & Chef Rick Doherr.

Tickets are $100 each, and can be ordered online or by sending a check to: ALFA 1120 Fairgrove Church Rd. Ste. 28 Hickory NC 28602

Cafe Rule is located at 242 11th Ave NE, Hickory, NC, 28601.

Tri-City’s The Promise Begins Shows This Friday, Dec. 2

Conover, NC - Come take a journey through the life of Jesus Christ, experience His birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension as Tri-City Baptist Church presents "The Promise" 2016. This will be unforgettable experience as flying angels proclaim His birth, live animals proceed down the aisles and a cast of over 200 bring to life the Greatest Story Ever Told! "The Promise" will be offering eight exciting performances.

This will be Tri-City's 20th year of the Drama Known as "The Promise". It has become a Holiday tradition for many of the viewers in the immediate and surrounding areas as well as neighboring states. People come every year to share in the experience of the realism that the drama creates, to feel as if they have been to the manger themselves and have seen His birth, walked to market, or simply were part of the crowd that witnessed His healings first hand. Come join us and sit back and watch as the Lords supper takes place right before your very eyes.

As a member of the audience you will feel the pain of His journey to the cross, and then to find yourself lost in the joy of his Resurrection. There are 8,000 to 9,000 people each year and no matter what their reasons are the cast of over 200 practice to make each viewers experience a unique and special event.

When asked which scenes seem to be the most popular, Director Rhea Pettis will tell you the scene that's the most dear to her heart is the Healing scene, others will say it's when Jesus beats Satan, and the young children will say it's all about the animals. Without doubt each person leaves with their own special memory of the performance as “The Promise” offers something for all ages.

The Promise changes every 2 to 3 years, some new scenes are added some taken out so if you have not seen it in a while or maybe the last time you had the opportunity to see it was on the L.R. stage, it is time to come back. There have been some major changes that have taken place especially the opening. And to answer those of you that may have seen "The Promise" before, Yes... The Monks, which are always a crowd favorite, are still part of show you can see them at the end of each performance.

Birth of Jesus, in The Promise

Each cast member is a church member of Tri-City Baptist Church, and there are tryouts for each part, even the soloist parts. The animals are live and are from Buffalo Beal's Animal Park in Maiden, N.C., Its very different experience to watch a horse being ridden in front of you in a church or to look over an see a camel walk down the aisle right beside you, along with those animals you may see many sheep, a donkey, doves and yes a snake (a large Albino Python) who appears while Satan tries his very best tempt Jesus. Tri-City tries to make this production as real as possible, and goes to great lengths to make props as real as they can by seeking experts in those areas, the backdrops and larger props where created by Wrightworks,Inc.,Dallas Texas.

Along with them Roger Carroll also helps in the painting and touch ups of those beautiful back drops and props. The Costumes are from Heaven Sent Designs, Jacksonville, Florida. And have Sherry Peckhause and her seamstress team available at all times for fittings, adjustments and mending.

The traps that fly the angels are from Foy Inventerprizes Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada, who fly out every year to install them and to make sure they are being properly used. The Photographer used for all pictures and DVD's is Shane Greene Photography, Hickory, N.C and can be viewed on his web site.

The Promise has specialty lights for an arrangement of different effects and those are done by Light Design & Production Services, Greensboro, N.C. Each cast member must go through the makeup team to have there make up apply just right for the stage lighting , can you imagine doing make up for 200 or more people , that's a lot of makeup and people.

The cast members also have a lunch team that makes sure the cast and crew are fed, and a parking lot team to make sure your parking needs are meet. With that being said it takes a large dedicated mass of people to make sure the Production goes on without a hitch. Media night will be held at the 1st opening night Friday December 2nd at 7 pm come out and spend some time with radio stations in this area as well as Charlotte.

The Director - Rhea Pettis along with the Production Team comes together every year as early as February, right after the production has ended, to discuss the following year so those who think its just a December production, for Tri-City it is year round and takes a lot of planning to pull of such an event (an $80,000 dollar event) I'll assure you it's no small task.

The Promise is a Drama that started 20 years ago and was performed for the church members , it became so big it was moved to LR College for many years and then Tri-City finished with the building of the new sanctuary in 2003 during the 2003 year The Promise took a year off but resumed in 2004 and has come to rest back at home on the stage that was built to support such a large production , with more capabilities of future changes, also a lot more room to work with when it comes to holding so many cast and crew members and the storing of all the props and costumes.

The Promise has also over the years been taken to some very interesting places it was performed in Haiti for 2 years, it has also been taken to the Alexander Maximum Prison for many years, although at each of these advents it was a smaller version of The Promise, the message was still the same and just as powerful.

As The Drama continues the lead role of Jesus will be held by Eric Gentry this will be his 12th year in this role, but before he became to be lead to this role he was I disciple with Steve Beasley and Tonia Starr as janitors both are the Narrators and have been part of the production many years in many different roles, But there are many cast members who have been in the drama from the beginning and who continue on to share to the public the Greatest Story Ever Told.

So if you looking for something to bring a different prospective to your Holiday, or to share with others the meaning of the Holiday young or old. Tickets are now on sale and do sale out so we encourage you to get your tickets in advance and at a cheaper price, Tri-city also offers special group rates and tickets make great gifts.

For information on tickets call Tri-City Baptist Church at 828-465-6644 ext 203 or visit you can also buy tickets on line.

8 different shows and times:
Friday December 2nd, 7 pm
Friday December 9th, 7pm
Saturday December 3rd, 2pm & 7 pm
Saturday December 10th, 2pm & 7pm
Sunday December 4th, 5pm
Sunday December 11th, 5pm

LRU’S Scholar In Residence, Dr. Kathryn Briner,

To Perform Comanche Hymns, Friday, Dec. 2, 10am

Hickory – Dr. Kathryn Pewenofkit Briner, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s third Lineberger Visiting Multi-Cultural Studies Scholar in Residence, will perform selected Comanche Hymns and share Comanche family stories on Friday, December 2 from 10 to 10:50 a.m. in Belk Centrum.

Dr. Briner received a Doctorate of Musical Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a scholar and artist committed to Native language and cultural revitalization, and to increasing community visibility of Native Americans and other minorities in all areas of life. Dr. Briner is of Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache descent, and is determined to effect positive social, economic, and cultural change through her performance of Comanche music, educational programs and events, as well as thoughtful inquiry and intercultural interactions.

“My great-grandmother and grandmother were my inspiration for studying Comanche language and cultural revitalization,” she said. “I spent a lot of my childhood with them and they taught me what little they knew in our Comanche language. It has taken my family four generations to fully speak our language again after my great-great-grandmother, Mattie Pewenofkit, was forced to attend residential school. Language affects how you see the world and we have a fundamental human right to our specific worldviews.”

While fulfilling her role as the Lineberger Visiting Multi-Cultural Studies Scholar in Residence at LRU, Dr. Briner is spending the fall 2016 semester on campus, transcribing a collection of 116 extant Comanche Hymns, and teaching interdisciplinary courses about Indigenous rhetoric.

“The Scholar in Residence position is intended to provide the candidate with a one-semester opportunity to cultivate a significant research project as well as develop their teaching portfolio,” said Dr. Rand Brandes, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English and Director of the Lineberger Center. “The idea is to give our students an opportunity to have academic conversations about multiculturalism and to work with someone who has an expertise that we don’t have on our campus.”

The 116 Comanche Hymns still in existence were written in the reservation and post-allotment eras. These hymns are still used in churches and homes today by Comanche people. The collection includes traditional Protestant hymns set in the Comanche language as well as original hymns composed by members of various mission churches in southwestern Oklahoma.

The Comanche are a Native American nation from the Great Plains whose historic territory consisted of present day eastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, and most of northwest Texas. The Comanche people are federally recognized as the Comanche Nation, headquartered in Lawton, Oklahoma. Following disastrous residential, school, reservation, and land allotment policies of the federal government, the Comanche hymns became something more than just tuneful worship. The hymns allowed people to share their memories, advise younger generations, express joy and hope, deal with grief and loss of culture, and transmit the traditions and language of the community. When dealing with current issues of language revitalization and identity reclamation, the hymns provide a useful resource given the lack of people who speak the Comanche language fluently. Resources in language instruction, and the high number of Comanche people who no longer live in close proximity to southwest Oklahoma, contribute to the lack of fluent speakers.

The Scholar in Residence position at LRU is sponsored by the Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Candidates are chosen through an application process, and are provided compensation and benefits toward spending a semester on campus. During this time, they must fulfill specific teaching duties and contribute to the intellectual life on campus and in the surrounding community. As part of the University’s ongoing mission to embody diversity in its various communities, international candidates and candidates from traditionally under-represented groups (e.g. women, African American, Asian and Asian America, Native America, and Latino/a, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. For more information contact Dr. Brandes at, or www.visit

PHOTO: Dr. Briner performing Comanche Hymns at the labyrinth dedication on the campus of LRU earlier this month.

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