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August 25, 2016

Hickory American Legion Fair Is Wednesday,

August 31 Through Monday, September 5

Hickory - This year’s theme is “Let’s Have Fun.” This year our gate admission prices have not changed. It is with pride that the Hickory American Legion Fair can offer the quality of entertainment that the public is accustomed to without raising the price. All ticket prices include parking fee. See our ad on page 17 this week for special pricing. However, the general guidelines for ticket prices is: under age 6, free; age 7-17, $5; age 18 & over, $7. Fair closes at 11:30pm.

Be sure to walk through the Craft Barn. This year we have moved things around.

There is also a new area that is donated to the youth of our area. We now have a Juniors Department that groups the items that anyone 15 years and younger may enter. Area includes baked goods, sewing, agriculture, etc.

Randy Everette

Check out the Livestock Barn area. Take the children to see the cows, goats, sheep, and hogs! You must leave strollers outside of the barn per NC Health Association.

Of course, then we have the entertainment. Last year they were such a big hit, we are bring back the Motorcycle Madness Freestyle Stunt Show. This year they will be doing stunts with 4-Wheelers, also. See these people do all kinds of tricks and enjoy the riding skills from the grandstand. Mike Bishop, Hypnotist, will be on the small stage beside Fair Office. He always involves the audience in some fun.

We will have Dakota And Friends, a dinosaur entertainment for the children. Randy Everette, the chainsaw artist will be back. Some of his items will be auctioned off on Monday evening at 6:00 pm. Team Rock, USA National Champion Extreme Breaking Team is an extreme breaking team that includes boards and blocks and various items.

Dakota and Friends

Gravity Check Juggling will be juggling and having fun with all kinds of cool things. These guys are local, coming from Morganton, NC.

Circle “C” Petting Zoo will be back as well as the Hogway Speedway.

Be sure and visit our Exhibit Hall with all kinds of vendors.

Also, be sure and check out the Veterans Wall where over 600 photographs of area veterans are displayed. Would you like a photo of your loved one on our wall? Contact us through our website: or call the Hickory American Legion Post #48 at: 828-466-6006.

Gravity Check Juggling

Hickory American Legion Fair, 1127 Conover Blvd. W, Newton, NC, 28658. 828.464.5433.

Once again, come visit us at the Hickory American Legion Fair. Where there are rides, entertainment and always the FOOD! With fun for all!

Rescue Ranch Rummage Sale This Saturday, August 27

Statesville, NC – Rescue Ranch will play host to its Rummage The Ranch Garage Sale, Saturday, August 27 from 7 a.m. – noon.

The “Last Call Bag Sale” will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon. For $5, Rescue Ranch will provide a bag to shoppers with a “if it fits you get it policy.”

The indoor garage sale, located at Rescue Ranch,1424 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, will feature children’s toys, clothing for the whole family, electronics, furniture, home décor, kitchen items, sporting gear and more.

Those interested in donating items to the sale can drop off items at Rescue Ranch from now until August 23, Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participants will receive a tax deduction for all donations

“This is great way for the community to grab some great deals on some unique items, while supporting Rescue Ranch and our mission of humane education,” said Krissie Newman, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization.

All proceeds from the sale benefit Rescue Ranch’s mission. The nonprofit animal welfare organization promotes respect for all animals through education; is committed to agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation; and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership in order to enhance the human-animal bond.

For more information on the Rummage at the Ranch Garage Sale, please visit

About Rescue Ranch: Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. Rescue Ranch is located in Statesville, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory.

Downtown Hickory Art Crawl Is Thursday, September 15

Hickory - As September brings cooler weather, it also brings artists, music and fun to Downtown Hickory. On Thursday, September 15, the Downtown Hickory Art Crawl will host artists indoors and outside of businesses around Union Square and Downtown Hickory. Live Music may be heard throughout the Crawl. There will be artists’ demonstrations in various locations and lots of activities for young and old alike! The Art Crawl begins at 5:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm.

With more than fifty artists participating, there is sure to be something for everyone! Remember, the artwork is for sale, so please help support local artists and downtown businesses!!

The Kick Off Party will be held at the Fanjoy/Labrenz Studio, located at 215-A First Avenue SW. The first 20 people to visit the Kick Off Party will be given $5.00 in Downtown Dollars to be used at participating businesses on the night of the crawl. Grab a map and start to Crawl!

The Downtown Hickory Art Crawls are sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Association, Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate and the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The United Arts Council of Catawba County is committed to advancing the cultural life of Catawba County through grants, marketing, fundraising and facilities management. The council strives to provide awareness of the cultural activities in our area, as well as grant and contribution opportunities. . Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate specializes in sales, leasing, and management of industrial and commercial real estate.

For more information on HDDA, membership, businesses, other events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email Please visit the website,

Munchkins, Mice & Monkeys! The Wiz Opens On Fri., Sept. 2

Hickory - There are six young actors playing what are literally small parts in the Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Wiz.” Their roles are messengers, mice, monkeys and, of course, munchkins.

Rihanna Carson is in the fourth grade and her dad works for Catawba County. This is her first stage play. Byron Phillips is a fifth grade student at Longview Elementary and his mom, Betty is the stage manager of this production. Byron has been in two previous productions by the RugBug Theatre@HCT but this is his first mainstage performance. Nathaniel Phillips, Byron’s brother, is a third grader at Longview, where he has received awards for reading. This is his first play at HCT. He plans to be a veterinarian when he grows up.

Dalyn Elise Sigmon is from Newton and loves to act. She has been on stage twice, once with the RugBugTheatre@HCT and in “The Wizard of Oz” at Bandys High School. She has also been in church plays at Mt. Ruhama Baptist in Maiden. Keora Turner lives in Hickory and likes reading, drawing, singing and playing with her animals.

At school she is in the Get Moving Club and is a CAC Kids Helper. “The Wiz” is her first play. Kenna Walton is the oldest of four kids and this is her second show at the Theatre. She was part of the ensemble in “The Music Man,” last December. She studies musical theatre at Sonya’s Dance Academy.

Performances of “The Wiz” are Fridays and Saturdays – September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8:00pm; Thursdays – September 8 and 15 at 7:30pm; and Sundays – September 11 and 18 at 2:30pm.

Tickets for Friday through Sunday performances are $20, with a $2 discount for seniors and half price for students and for youth 18 and under. Thursday night performances all adults are $14 and youth and students are $10. 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. “The Wiz” is the first show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive, and is produced by Cargo Transporters, Corning Optical Communications, Dr. Kimberly S. Jones DDS and TRUMPF, Inc.

Photo: (back) Nathaniel Phillips, Byron Phillips, (front) Rihanna Carson, Kenna Walton and Dalyn Sigmon play mice, monkeys and munchkins in “The Wiz,” opening September 2nd at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets or more information click or call 828-327-3855. Photo by John Koval.

Catawba Valley Paralegals Meet Tues., Sept. 13, 6pm

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association (CVPA) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Catawba Valley Community College, Auditorium in the east wing in Hickory NC. Honorable Donna Hicks Spencer, Register of Deeds, will present “E-Recording from the Register of Deeds Perspective” Topics of discussion will include: Setup of Online Recording Service; New ROD Laws; New Notary Laws; and eVitals. One hour CPE (Certified Paralegal Education) credit has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar. There is no charge for CVPA members in good standing to attend. Visitors that would like CPE credit must pay $25 for the seminar. The general public is welcome to attend at no charge. WPCC, CCC and CVCC students are encouraged to attend.

CVPA is a non-profit organization which encourages ethical and professional conduct within the paralegal profession, and promotes paralegal careers in Catawba, Burke, Caldwell, Lincoln, Alexander, Cleveland and surrounding counties. CVPA furthers education and quality fellowship among its members and guests through CPE, regular meetings, networking and quarterly social events and furthers the paralegal profession through its participation in community involvement projects. Membership in CVPA is open to paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, students enrolled in paralegal programs, paralegal educators, employees of judicial entities, other recognized legal agencies, and anyone interested in the legal or paralegal profession. For more information, visit:

Carolina Moonlighters Will Sing On August 25 & 27 In Hickory

Hickory - Hickory's Carolina Moonlighters barbershop chorus announced recently that they will be singing at the Farmers Market on the square in Hickory on Sat., Aug. 27 and will sing the national anthem at the Hickory Crawdads game on Aug. 25 at 7 pm. Additionally, the Moonlighters will sing at Hickory's Oktoberfest on Oct. 8.

The Moonlighters are a chapter of the 22,000 member Barbershop Harmony Society which promotes a cappella barbershop style four part harmony. Male singers interested in exploring barbershop are invited to attend chorus rehearsals on Thursday nights, 7 pm at the SALT Block. For more information call Roger Beaver at 327-2490.

HMA's Autolawn Benefit Party Is Saturday, September 10

Hickory – Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) presents the fourth annual Autolawn Party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 on the SALT Block Lawn, 243 Third Avenue N.E., Hickory. The fundraising event to benefit HMA educational programming features a Euro Classic Car Show, art exhibits, live music, food court, beer garden and more. Admission is free to spectators.

The Autolawn Party is a celebration of the road’s number one traveler – the automobile. The Euro Classic Car Show offers a wide-range of high quality, original European vehicles in an intimate, yet informal setting, without the pressure of a traditional Concours event. This year’s car show is a British Invasion theme highlighting all British makes and models, although all other European brands are eligible for registration. Entry is free for spectators.

Awards will be given in a small number of judged classifications and select categories. Entry classifications include German, Italian, British, Other European Makes and European Motorcycles. The public will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the People's Choice Award. Voting takes place between 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with only one ballot per person.
A Youth Judging Program will be available for spectators ages 8 to 14, bringing the world of classic cars to a kid friendly level. Registration is day of event. Limited space is available and participation is first come, first served.

The Autolawn Party will also feature live music in the beer garden and food court. Local performers Bob Sinclair and The Big Deals will play acoustic music starting at 2 p.m.

Classic car owners and enthusiasts are also invited to kick-off The Autolawn Party on Friday, Sept. 9 with an evening at the new Café Rule. The kick-off event will feature classic cars and motorcycles on display, courtesy of Paramount Automotive, and live music on the patio.


Café Rule will feature food and drink specials from the new menu, with a portion of food sales that night benefitting Hickory Museum of Art. Café Rule opens at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the restaurant at (828) 324-2005.

Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals play Sept. 10

For more information about the Autolawn Party, or to register for the car show, visit

The Autolawn Party is free for spectators due to generous support from its presenting sponsors: Porsche of Hickory, Paramount Automotive Group, Lowes Foods, K & M Collision, Russell L. Isenhour, CPA, City of Hickory, Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jason Herman – Nationwide/Hagerty, David E. Looper & Company, Mosquito Authority, Porsche Design and Robert Abbey, Inc. and Aiken-Black Tire Service. In-kind donors include Hyperformance Graphics, Sign Systems, Elks Lodge 1654, Café Rule, United Beverage, Pepsi of Hickory, Jackson Interactive Group, Deluxe Printing and Holbrook Landscaping.

Hickory Museum of Art is located in on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue N.E., Hickory. Admission to the art museum is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. For more information visit or call (828) 327-8576.

Caldwell Arts Seeks New Logo, $500 Award To Winning Design

Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell Arts Council (CAC) is seeking submissions for a new logo design. The CAC is an organization that has been providing culturally-based events and programs to the citizens of Caldwell County, North Carolina for over 40 years. For more info on our organization, please visit

Artists may submit up to 3 designs for review. Entries must comply with the following:

Each submission will contain the proposed logo design in two file formats:

1. A vector graphic file in either .ai (Adobe Illustrator) OR .eps (Encapsulated Postscript) format, AND

2. A high resolution (300 dpi) photo file in .jpg format

Submissions need to be received by 5pm September 9, 2016. $500 will be awarded to the winning submission. However, should the received proposals not fit the vision for the project, we reserve the right not to choose a winner.

Submit your work via e-mail (in zip files if necessary) to Adrienne Roellgen, Executive Director, Caldwell Arts Council by 5pm September 9, 2016 –

Sunrise Run On The Greenway Early Registration Until Sept. 8

Morganton, NC - The annual Sunrise Run on the Greenway, hosted by the Historic Morganton Festival and presented by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, takes place on the morning of Saturday, September 10th. In 2015, over 500 runners and walkers competed in the 5k, 10k, one-mile fun run and Student Fitness Challenge. To register go to or call 828/438-5252 for an application. The course is certified and the race, chip timed.

In addition to the Sunrise Run, a Student Fitness Challenge, which offers Burke County elementary and middle schools the opportunity to garner $200 for their physical education programs by having at least 10 participants in the sunrise one mile fun run/walk; the school with the most students will receive an additional $500 for their program! Students must register through their PE Teachers; registration per student is $7.00 and includes a t-shirt! We will see you on Saturday, September 10th at Catawba Meadows Park!

Pre-registration and packet pickup will occur at the race site between 5:00pm and 7:00pm at Catawba Meadows on Friday, September 9th. Follow the signs!

Time and Date:

Friday September 9th, 2016 Pre-registration & packet pick up 5pm – 7pm, Catawba Meadows.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 (rain or shine.) Sorry, no refunds.

Race-day registration is from 6:30 until 7:30 a.m.

5K and 10K begin at 8:00am.

1 mile Fun Run/Walk and Student Challenge begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration 8am-9:00 am.

Registration: 5K & 10K Early Registration (before August 19th) $20

(Early registration guarantees a t-shirt). 5K & 10K Registration (August 19 – September 8th) $25; 5K & 10K Race Day (September 9th & 10th) $30.

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Early Registration (before August 19th) $10;

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Registration (August 19 – September 8th), $15. 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Race Day (September 9th & 10th) $20.

Please note that participants in the Student Fitness Challenge MUST register with their PE Teachers by Friday, September 2nd in order to be eligible for the race.

After the race, be sure to stop in Downtown Morganton and attend the Historic Morganton Festival where over 40,000 people experience a variety of arts, crafts, foods, and entertainment.

Bring the whole family! For details go to

Fanjoy Labrenz & Tom Shields' Show At HMA

Sets Opening Reception For Thursday, Sept. 1

Hickory, NC – Consider recurring themes of memory and time, and how what we see changes us during the exhibition Palimpsest: New Work by Fanjoy Labrenz with Sculpture by Tom Shields, now through Nov. 13 at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), 243 Third Ave., N.E., Hickory. The installation by Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz features photographic prints and projections, and furniture sculptures by Penland, NC artist Tom Shields.

The exhibition’s title – Palimpsest – refers to something reused or altered, but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form, according to Fanjoy Labrenz.

Fanjoy Labrenz

“Throughout this exhibit, we consider the recurring themes of memory and time – how we process what we see and how what we see changes us,” Fanjoy Labrenz describes in their artist statement. “As artists, we are challenged to both resist and embrace this progression.”

The furniture sculptures were created by Shields during his recent artist residency at Century Furniture. Fanjoy Labrenz met Shields while documenting his artist residency and the idea of a joint installation followed later.

As Century Furniture’s inaugural artist in residence, Shields was also the first artist to ever work in residence in a furniture manufacturing facility in the United States. Shields uses his knowledge of wood and his artistic training to create original works of art from materials left over from the furniture manufacturing process. He also utilizes recycled chairs and tables, all found objects that were mass produced.

Tom Shields' stacked tables

Meet the artists during an opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 in the Shuford Gallery at HMA and explore themes of transformation. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Call HMA at 828-327-8576 to reserve space.

Palimpsest: New Work by Fanjoy Labrenz with Sculpture by Tom Shields is sponsored by Century Furniture, City of Hickory and Plastic Packaging Inc.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

Hospice Seeks Volunteers For Training To Begin Sept. 17

Newton, NC – Catawba Regional Hospice is seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to serve as valued members of the Hospice team and to offer welcome support for patients and families.

CRH has been invited to serve patients in a 10-county region, including Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, and Iredell counties. The need for patient support extends throughout the area and offers residents an excellent opportunity to help their neighbors. If you are willing to bring comfort and assistance to families dealing with advanced illness, your participation would be greatly appreciated.

The next volunteer training session will be held at Catawba Regional Hospice’s main campus (3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658) on Saturday, September 17 (9am-5pm) and will continue on Monday, September 19 (5:30pm-8:30pm). There is no fee for the training.

The session is designed to educate volunteers on communicating effectively with patients and families, to showcase what hospice is, and to clarify the role of hospice volunteers. After completing the class, volunteers will be able to supply administrative support, provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship to patients, and help in other meaningful ways.

To register for the September session or for more information, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 828.466.0466 or at

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. From Lake James to Lake Hickory to Lake Norman, we serve patients and families regardless of diagnosis, age, gender, nationality, race, faith, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to pay. CRH is licensed by the state

Hidden In Plain Sight The History Of HCT's Top Balcony

By John Rambo

Managing Director

Hickory Community Theatre

Hickory - Audiences attending the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of “The Wiz,” opening September 2nd and running until September 18th, will have the opportunity to learn about a piece of hidden history inside the old city hall building, where the Theatre has had its home since 1949. Prior to each performance will be short video presentation about the old segregated seating section at the top of the theatre that was called The Colored Balcony, which has been closed to the public for over 40 years.

There will also be with a lobby display with photos of the space as it looks today and small group tours may go up to the space at intermission.

For the run of The Wiz, The Colored Balcony at HCT can be toured

Vanessa Adams-Harris, guest director for “The Wiz,” who is an African-American/Muskogee Creek theatre artist from Oklahoma, has made researching the history of the colored balcony her thesis project for an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont.

The concept of calling the space “the colored balcony,” may be uncomfortable to modern ears but is historically correct and is how the African-American patrons experienced it at the time. Keeping its original name is significant to telling the story, a story which is about uncovering childhood memories.

Closed for 40 years, The Colored Balcony at HCT can be toured

The local people still alive who remember being required by law to sit up there are in their 80’s now, but they were children when they first came.

This was in the late 1930’s and early 40’s when the city rented the auditorium to the Paramount movie chain. It is the desire of these residents for the colored balcony to become a historic site and bring all their stories to light.

The timing, pairing this along with “The Wiz,” is relevant because the play came about from a vision of telling a classic story from an African-American perspective. The show was developed in 1974, just 10 years after the civil rights act legally ended segregation but while the battle for equal rights still continued.

Dust covers the benches of HCT's top balcony

The Colored Balcony is believed to be the last physical evidence of segregation in Catawba County and is being considered for designation as a historic site on the African-American Cultural Trail being developed by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.


Hickory Community Theatre Kay Awards Announced

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre gave out 15 trophies representing 12 awards categories at its annual Kay Awards and volunteer celebration on Saturday, August 20th.

The honors for Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role went to Shannon Underwood and Christopher Honsaker, respectively. Underwood was chosen by patrons for her portrayal of Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” and Honsaker for his fine work as Anthony in “Outside Mullingar.” Underwood is now working at Disney World in Orlando, FL but was in attendance via FaceTime to accept her award and give her thanks.

Dorothy Collier Best and Anthony Chambers were emcees for the evening, performing in their roles from “Young Frankenstein,” Frau Blucher and Igor. They had to do double duty as presenters and recipients when they were both recognized as Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role, for playing these same characters. Best was also awarded Outstanding Actress in a character role for playing Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn in “The Music Man.”

“The Music Man” brought recognition to two other actors. Steve Austin, who played Marcellus Washburn was awarded Outstanding Actor in a Character Role, and Frederick Schuttenberg, who played the Conductor and Constable Locke, received the award for Outstanding Newcomer Actor. This was Austin’s fourth time receiving the Character Actor award in the past five years. He’s previously been recognized for playing Patsy in “Spamalot,” Mr. Tinsworthy in “9 to 5,” and Max Detweller in “The Sound of Music.”

Nikkita Gibson received the Outstanding Newcomer Actress Award for the role of Marie in “Incorruptible. The Outstanding Ensemble Award went to the cast of “Outside Mullingar,” Elizabeth Bokhoven, Connie Bools, Bill Boyd and Christopher Honsaker.

The Kay Awards also celebrate volunteers who do their work offstage. Joshua “Dozer” Presnell was named Technical Volunteer of the Year for his work in set construction, painting and behind the scenes, where he put in over 400 hours last season. Presnell’s service dog, Fred, received a trophy of his own. Retiring Board President Kent Kerley was presented with the Charles E. Jeffers Award for Outstanding Service to the Theatre in recognition of his tireless work on making the annual Vacation Extravaganza a success. The honor of Volunteer of the Year went to Wendy Hodges Walker, who has been a volunteer since 2012. Walker worked back stage on virtually every show last season, while also serving in the box office, the front of house and on the theatre Guild.

As she presented the award to Walker, Christine Stinson, the Theatre’s Administrative Director and volunteer coordinator pointed out that the Theatre had 387 volunteers in service last season, the most per capita of any community theatre in the state.

The Theatre kicks off its 68th season with “The Wiz,” opening September 2nd and running through the 18th. For information and tickets call 828-328-2283 or click

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Kay Awards were sponsored by Ernie Sills and CBSA Architects.

Photo: (back row) Elisabeth Bokhoven, Christopher Honsaker, Frederick Schuttenberg, Kent Kerley, Steve Austin, Anthony Chambers, Joshua “Dozer” Presnell, (front) Susan Underwood (standing in for daughter Shannon,) Nikkita Gibson, Dorothy Collier Best, Wendy Hodges Walker, Bill Boyd and Fred. Photo by Ken Burns.

Hickory Bridal Show This Sunday, August 28, At Moretz Mills

Hickory - Join us on Sunday, August 28th from 1pm to 5pm at the Hickory Bridal Show. The Hickory Bridal Show is a unique, interactive event, with fabulous door prizes, food to taste, dresses to see, flowers to smell, music to dance to, and fun to be had.

The Hickory Bridal Show features an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, reception venue, invitations, photographer, music, food, honeymoon destination, and so much more!

You’ll find everything you need to have the perfect wedding day at the Hickory Bridal Show.

The Hickory Bridal Show is being held at Moretz Mills located at 74 South 8th Street SE Hickory, NC 28602. Advanced tickets can be purchased at for $5 or $10 at the show.

To learn more about the Hickory Bridal Show and to see a full list of vendors, please visit or call (828) 322-7310

E. Patrick Johnson Performs Thurs., Sept. 1, 7pm, At LRU

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal will host E. Patrick Johnson on campus for a public performance, Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally, and has published works widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality, and performance. Johnson was born and raised in Hickory, but currently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University.

E. Patrick Johnson

His performance at LRU will be based on Sweet Tea, a play developed and workshopped at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, Chicago in 2009. Working with other artists and writers, Johnson turned his staged reading, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” into a full length play to fully capture the world of the men in Sweet Tea and to include his own story of growing up as a black gay southerner.

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The mission of LRU’s Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal is to foster the moral imagination of students and community so that they will become engaged citizens of the world.

September Seniors Morning Out Features Music & Artist Ellen Ball

Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a trip to the Farmers Market, and a presentation by actress Bobbie Curtis about Appalachian woman Birdell “Birdie” Tolley during the month of September.

On Sept. 20, participants at the Catawba location will use alcohol inks to create a piece of abstract art that will be framed. This program will be led by Ellen Ball, a lifelong artist who not only paints but is a metalsmith. Since 2007, she has designed jewelry in a variety of metals, drawing inspiration and techniques from favorite artists, books, magazines, online sources and other craftspeople. Ball is a Hickory native who sells in galleries across the state, and teaches classes throughout the region. She is a member of the Artist-Blacksmith Association of North Carolina and American Craft Council.

Ellen Ball’s program is 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.

Any Catawba County resident who is 60 or better is invited to attend these free activities, which are held in five different locations Monday through Thursday. A hot balanced lunch is also served. If you wish to attend one or more these programs, please contact the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance to reserve your spot. Bus transportation to and from the sites is available in some locations.

All Seniors Morning Out locations will be closed Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. All locations will travel to the Hickory Farmers Market for shopping on Sept. 28.

Artist Ellen Ball

A few of the program highlights are as follows:

At West Hickory SMO, located at West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: Sept. 8: Family Feud game and music and dancing with Sentimental Journey; Sept. 13: Breakfast at Granny’s Country Kitchen and Shopping at Hamricks; Sept. 20: National Park Knowledge and The Graying of HIV/AIDS. If you wish to attend, please contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

At East Hickory SMO, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: Sept. 12: Move to the Beat and Bingo; Sept. 15: Slim Jim Pickin’ and Grinnin’ sing along and dance; Sept. 20, Performance by actress Bobbie Curtis about Appalachian woman Birdell “Birdie” Tolley; Sept. 26: Dancercise and Bingo. If you would like to attend, please contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

At Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main St., Newton: Sept. 8: Entertainment by the band Rev It Up featuring area Lutheran pastors; Sept. 12: Cooking Class: Chocolate Milkshakes; Sept. 13: Music by Sentimental Journey; Sept. 20, travel to East Hickory SMO site to see actress Bobbie Curtis presentation about Appalachian woman Birdell “Birdie” Tolley; Sept. 27: Bowling at Pin Station and shopping at Honey’s grocery. If you would like to attend, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

At Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba: Sept. 15: Blood Pressure Checks and Program on Hypertension by Jackie Saunders of Bayada Home Health; Sept. 20, Create Your Own Piece of Abstract Art with Ellen Ball; Sept. 27: Music by Lonesome Road. If you would like to attend, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

At Maiden SMO, located at Maiden Community Center, East Second Street and Klutz Street in Maiden: Sept. 14: Living with Diabetes by Robin Tallent with Catawba Valley Medical Center and Maintaining Proper Care of Our Knees; Sept. 15: Importance of a Pneumonia Booster Shot and Flu Shot Clinic at Walgreens in Conover; Sept. 21: Corn Hole Game and Is the Pneumonia Vaccine Important?, Sept. 27: Music by Sentimental Journey. If you would like to attend, 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. 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. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at, or visit their website at

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