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September 29, 2016

31st Oktoberfest Is Next Week, October 7, 8 & 9! Join The Fun!

Hickory - Hickory’s Oktoberfest is celebrating its 31st year with three days of fun, food, games, crafts, food, vendors and an incredible line up of entertainment! Mark your calendar now for October 7, 8, and 9, 2016 for a fantastic weekend in downtown Hickory.

With four stages, the entertainment schedule will have something for everyone. The stages are filled with a diverse variety of local and regional entertainment.

The Main Stage will host Girlz, Girlz, Girlz as the Friday night headliner and The Eliminator Band, a ZZ Top Tribute Band as the Saturday headliner. Sunday afternoon will bring devotional music to the stage.

The Pavilion Stage, sponsored by The Acoustic Stage, will feature a wealth of local and regional music, along with Oktoberfest favorite, the Foothills Oompah Band. Friday night’s headliner is Samantha Fish and Saturday brings the Dead 27s as the headliner.

Back this year is the popular Hickory Music Factory Stage, where local teens can get out of the garage and get on stage. Don’t miss these performances by extraordinary young talent.

The Singer/Songwriter stage gives up and coming talent a venue to showcase their original music.

Young and old alike will enjoy the Kidsfest area with performances by local talent, amusement rides and games. Look for the Castle of Cans in the Kidsfest Area, sponsored this year by Food Lion. Food Lion is donating 5,000 pounds of canned goods for a foundation for the castle through its Food Lion Feeds hunger relief initiative. Help fight hunger in Catawba County by donating food to build the Castle of Cans—the Castle of Caring. Area churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Everyone will enjoy the fine craftspeople bringing handmade Arts & Crafts to Union Square Commons. Artisans will be selling items such as pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics, paintings and wood crafting, just to name a few. Remember, Christmas is just around the corner.

Commercial vendors will fill Second Street with a wide variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps to imported woodwork. Many of these merchants are local vendors, so remember to look for them and shop local!

Make sure to stop by the Non Profit area and see the cockpit of the F 14 Tomcat that the Hickory Aviation Museum will have on display. Look for different organizations offering free wellness screenings.

When you need a break from the excitement, there will be over 70 different treats, goodies and great food offered by the many food vendors located in the Pepsi Food Court. Here you will find everything from authentic German food to funnel cake.

Oktoberfest will be open Friday, October 7, from 5:00 pm until 11:00 p.m., with Food Vendors opening at 12:00 pm, Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 9, from 12:00 pm until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Hickory. Make Downtown Hickory your destination the second weekend in October!

2016 Sponsors: Hickory Downtown Development Association, City of Hickory, Food Lion, Sheetz, Party City, Carolina West Wireless, United Beverages, Charter Spectrum, Focus Newspaper, WHKY , Big Dawg, PDQ, Hickory Jaycees, Acoustic Stage, Hickory Music Factory and L & N Productions.

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October Seniors Morning Out Has Sigmon

Stringers Concert & Mountain Wit And Grit Show

Hickory – Participants in Seniors Morning Out will enjoy a concert by the Sigmon Stringers bluegrass band and a presentation on “Mountain Wit and Grit” by Mike Reno Harrell in the month of October.

The programs by the Sigmon Stringers and Mike Reno Harrell 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.

The Sigmon Stringers is a three-generation bluegrass band from Newton. The original band members -- Clinton Sigmon and his two sons Randy and Mark, and lifelong friend Ray Barger -- have been performing since the early 70s. They performed with bluegrass pioneers such as Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley. The children of Randy and Mark Sigmon have also joined the group, adding a banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals.

Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller and entertainer. His knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from not only in the music community, but also from the literary and storytelling worlds. Seniors Morning Out is a half day of activities Monday through Thursday.

Sigmon Stringers

It is free and also includes a balanced hot lunch. The program is offered at five convenient locations throughout the county. It is open to any Catawba County resident who is 60 or better. However, registration is required at least 48 hours in advance. If you wish to attend any of these programs, please contact the site supervisor to reserve your place. Bus transportation is available in some locations for seniors who do not drive. A few of the program highlights are as follows.

At West Hickory SMO, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: Oct. 10, “Elvis Returns!” program with Ed Smith, Elvis tribute artist; Oct. 12, Mountain Wit and Grit with Mike Reno Harrell, Storyteller and Song Writer; Oct. 20, Shopping at Walmart followed by “Yippee for Safety” with Terri Byers, fire education coordinator; Oct. 27, Travel to East Hickory site to enjoy a concert by bluegrass band the Sigmon Stringers. If you wish to attend, please call Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

At East Hickory SMO, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: Oct. 4, The Path to Independence by Randy Vanderbilt portraying Patrick Henry; Oct. 6, Ed Smith as Elvis Presley; Oct. 12, Joining West Hickory SMO for “Mountain Wit and Grit: with Mike Reno Harrell; Oct. 19, Nutrition of Pumpkins and Making Pumpkin Dip; Oct. 27, Performance by the Sigmon Stringers bluegrass band. To reserve your spot, call Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

At the Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main St., Newton: Oct. 11, walk and stretch followed by hangman game or crafting glow-in-the-dark pumpkins; Oct. 18, Music by Sentimental Journey; Oct. 25, Breast Cancer Awareness by Kim Atkinson of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Oct. 27, Travel to Huntington Hills Church of God to hear the Sigmon Stringers. To reserve your place, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Mike Reno Harrell

At the Maiden SMO, located at the Maiden Community Center at the corner of East Second Street and Klutz Street in Maiden: Oct. 5, Are You Diabetic? And How to Control Diabetes, with Robin Tallent of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Oct. 13, Corn hole and group walking; Oct. 18, Blood pressure checks with Ruby Radford of Interim Health Care and “On this day in history”; Oct. 25: Music by Sentimental Journey; Oct. 27, travel to Huntington Hills Church of God in Hickory to hear the Sigmon Stringers bluegrass band. To reserve your place, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

At the Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church at 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba: Oct. 5, Music by Sentimental Journey; Oct. 13, Making Fall Pumpkin Dip; Oct. 19, Shopping at the Dollar Tree in Hickory and Lunch at the Snack Bar; Oct. 26, Blood pressure checks by Jackie Saunders of Bayada Home Health; Oct. 27, Travel to the Huntington Hills Church of God to hear the Sigmon Stringers. To reserve your place, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

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.

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Statesville’s Hops & Harmony Craft Brew Fest Is October 1

Downtown Statesville, NC – Join us for Statesville’s 1st annual craft beer festival! Hops & Harmony will feature local craft beer and ciders, as well great live music from our favorite local bands, right in the heart of Downtown Statesville!

Sample and enjoy 60+ craft beers and ciders from 20 local breweries, all while listening to a great lineup of local bands. Many of our Downtown restaurants will be onsite offering delicious fare for your convenience. Learn about beer making and various beer styles from the breweries’ representatives, and take this opportunity to expand your tastes! The full spectrum of beer styles will be represented from Pilsners and Ambers to IPAs and Stouts. Participating breweries include:

Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Cidery;Ass Clown Brewing Company; Catawba Brewing Co.; D9 Brewing Company; Foothills Brewing; Ghostface Brewing; Highland Brewing Company; Howard Brewing Company; Mother Earth Brewery; Mystery Brewing Public House; New Sarum Brewing Company; Noble Cider; Olde Hickory Brewery; The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewing; Skull Camp Brewing; Sugar Creek Brewing; The Unknown Brewing Company; Wicked Weed Brewing; Lake Norman Brewing Company.

Tickets are $30 per person, or $45 for a VIP ticket that allows entry at 12 noon-- an extra hour of craft beer tasting without the crowds!

In addition to great beer and delicious food, the crowd will be treated to awesome entertainment! Starting off for the VIP crowd at 12 noon will be Wendy Wooten with her acoustic, smooth sounds. Next up is Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers with Jim Reid, bringing the old-school rockin' blues to the Downtown streets from, 1-2:15 pm. Then, hometown favorites, The Kincaids, will entertain the crowd with their American Folk music and covers from bluegrass to the Beatles from 2:30-3:15 pm! And finally, The Broad Pickups are the grand finale from3:30-5:00 pm playing both covers and original songs with their full band, including guitar, bass, vocals, drum, keyboard, & sax! Combining elements of rock, funk, jazz, and reggae, The Broad Pickups provide positive lyrics overtop of soul jams and contagious dance grooves.

Come enjoy the world of craft beer at the Hops & Harmony Craft Brew Fest in beautiful Downtown Statesville while sampling, socializing, and exploring our fantastic downtown shops and restaurants. Don't wait! This event is expected to sell out! Get your tickets today on our website!

This event is presented by Downtown Statesville Development Corporation with the help of our wonderful sponsors! Broad Street Burger Co., Wine Maestro - Downtown Statesville, John M. Barnard, CPA, PA, Blueharbor bank, Statesville, NC, Reliant Life Alert, LLC, The 220 Cafe, Anne Holcombe of Lake Norman Realty Property Management, Comfort Inn & Suites Statesville, Hilton Garden Inn, Jenkins Cleaners, Johnson Greenhouses, Carole Hendrix of Opus Financial Advisors, Inc., Parks Deter Property Management Services, Inc., and WAME Radio - Real Country 92.9.

Newton Parks & Rec Fall Yard Sale Is Saturday, October 22

Newton, NC – If you’d like to get rid of some clutter while making some extra cash, sign up today for the Newton Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Yard Sale.

The sale will be 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Southside Park, which is located at 1775 Southwest Blvd., behind the National Guard Armory.

Booth spaces are available for $10 per person. Booth sizes are 12 feet by 12 feet. Space is limited, so sign up now to guarantee your booth space. The registration deadline for interested participants is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

No home-baked goods may be sold, but prepackaged food will be allowed.

For more information and to register, please call Charles James, Program Coordinator, at 828-695-4350 or 828-217-4446.

Catawba Co. Firefighters’ Fire Prevention Week Starts Oct. 9

Hickory- On Sunday, October 9 fire departments across the county will be celebrating Fire Prevention Week activities. To kick off the national event, Catawba County Firefighters will be holding a special display at Home Depot located on Highway 70 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and continuing until 3:00 p.m.

As a special treat, staff from Home Depot will set up a special Kid’s Club event, where children can make their own emergency vehicle.

Another special display will feature items from the Catawba County Firefighter’s Museum which will give attendees an opportunity to see antique fire equipment and to compare it to new equipment currently in use. Firefighters and fire trucks from Cooksville, Conover, Hickory, Maiden, and St. Stephen’s fire departments will be participating in the event. The Catawba County Emergency Services Fire/Rescue Division will have a vehicle on display and the Catawba Valley FOOL’s (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society) will also be available.

During this free event, firefighters will be available to answer questions and to pass out free literature and treats for children. So stop by, sit in a fire truck, enjoy the free fun, and help firefighters celebrate national Fire Prevention Week.

Boger City UMC Annual BBQ Is This Saturday, October 1, 11am

Lincolnton, NC - It’s that time of year again. Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton, will hold their annual BBQ on Saturday, October 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall.

Although no delivery service will be available on Saturday, people to enjoy BCUMC BBQ on Saturday, October 1, with Dine-in, Drive-thru and Carry out. Dine-in patrons BBQ plates will include BBQ Pork, baked beans, marinated slaw, potato chips, home-made dessert, plastic eating utensils, and beverage. Drive-thru and carry out BBQ plates will not include a beverage.

BBQ Plates are $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under. Proceeds from the BCUMC BBQ will benefit their church mission programs.

Before or after you have eaten your BBQ, you are encouraged to visit BCUMC front lawn’s Pumpkin Patch to purchase one or more pumpkins grown on the Navaho Reservation in New Mexico. Proceeds from BCUMC Youth Missions And Outreach.

Hickory Elks Lodge #1654’s Backpack Program

Asks For Donations To Feed Kids In Catawba Co.

Hickory – Hickory Elks Lodge #1654 annual food and funds drive for the Catawba County Backpack Program is well underway! This very important community program serves our children from elementary school to high school by providing a backpack full of healthy food for the weekend throughout the school year. The Backpack Program relies on donations from local individuals, churches, businesses and service organizations. Their sole mission is to remove hunger as a barrier to good education and reduce the impact of poverty on children and families.

This is the Hickory Elks 5th Annual Backpack Program Drive. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that “Elks Care and Elks Share.” “The Backpack Program touched our hearts a couple years ago as we hope that it does yours. Sometimes we forget how much need there is in our own community. 100% of your donation goes directly toward feeding the children,” said Carole Anderson, Committee Chair for the Elks Lodge Backpack Program. Last year the Elks exceeded their $17,000 goal by donating over $23,000 in food and funds to the program. Food donations are accepted through September and October at the Elks Lodge along with monetary donations. You can drop off donations Mon – Thur any time after 3PM and Fri – Sun after 1PM. A $120 donation will sponsor a child for an entire school year.

The culmination of the Elks collection efforts ends with a dinner and dance evening. This year’s event will feature a “BBQ Chicken Dinner Night” with Entertainment by The Rhythm Masters. The event will be held November 5th at 6PM at the Hickory Elks Lodge at 356 Main Ave NW. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any Elk member or directly from the Elks Lodge. Take out dinners will be available. The community is welcome to join the event and get in on the Silent Auction and Door Prizes.

To find out more information about the event being held at The Hickory Elks Lodge and to donate to The Catawba County Backpack Program with the Elks please contact Committee Chair, Carole Anderson at or call the Elks Lodge at 828-312-7476.

Season’s Final Free Sails Concert Has 6 String Drag, Fri., Sept. 30!

Hickory – Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m., the City of Hickory’s 2016 Sails Original Music Series will conclude for the year with 6 String Drag, a rock band based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. The band originally formed in the 1990’s, playing tunes with hints of old country, soul, and gospel. After a 20 year hiatus, 6 String Drag is back with a new album, Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, that is reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s style rock.

The show begins at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

6 String Drag plays Fri., Sept. 30

“Hickory has enjoyed being able to host talented musicians at the Sails Original Music Series in Downtown Hickory again this year, which always brings a variety of people together to enjoy these concerts every week,” said Dana Kaminske, City of Hickory Communications and Marketing Manager.  “With the help of Bob Sinclair and our sponsors, this music series has continued to grow and present unique and extremely fun musicians with great followings from all over the United States to Hickory.  We appreciate the support of the businesses, attendees, and bands that make Hickory’s Sails Stage the place to be on Friday nights in May, June, and September.”

The Sails Original Music Series sponsors include Bob Sinclair Music, Crowne Plaza, Focus, Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau, The Hickory Wine Shoppe, Larry's Music & Sound, Olde Hickory Brewery, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP Attorneys at Law,, and WHKY 1290 AM, as well as the Friends of the Series, Cafe Rule, Community Relations Council, Hickory Museum of Art, Silver Fork Winery, WNCW (88.7 FM), and WNNC (1230 AM)/WAIZ (630 AM).

Oct. 14, HCT’s Musical Comedy Junk Features Familiar Faces

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s mainstage revival of the home-grown musical, “Junk” by features two actors very familiar to the local Theatre audience, Grace Bollinger and Jairo Pereira.

Bollinger plays Crystal, a hair stylist with a bubbly personality for whom Dwight, played by Pereira, leaves his girlfriend of 10 years. The pair serve as the catalysts for the story of “Junk,” because if Dwight hadn’t left Karissa for Crystal then the yard sale wouldn’t be happening. But it is, and the audience gets to enjoy the fun.

Bollinger was in the original Firemen’s Kitchen production of “Junk,” in which she played the Mermaid and her most recent stage role was Maria in “West Side Story” at The Green Room. She is a freshman at UNC Greensboro. Bollinger and Pereira first shared the stage in HCT’s outstanding production of “Les Miserablés” in 2014.

Pereira has had many roles on stage at the Theatre. Before “Les Miserablés” his first appearance was in the ensemble of “Cabaret” in 2010. But the part he’s most known for was the title role of “Shrek” in 2014. A Burke county native and graduate of Freedom High School, he now works as an HR Assistant for Leviton Manufacturing Co. in Morganton.

“Junk” opens October 14th in the Jeffers Theatre. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays (Oct 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29) at 8pm, Thursdays (Oct 20 & 27) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Oct 23 & 30) 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. Junk is the second show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive, and is produced by Commscope.

Photo: Grace Bollinger and Jairo Pereira are a pair of humorous lovers in “Junk” by Molly Bass with Music and Lyrics by Molly Bass and Jeff Hartman. The play opens October 14th at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call 828-328-2283 for tickets and information.
Photo by John Koval.

Trinity Reformed UCC Begins New Family/YA Service Oct. 2

Conover, NC, - Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ announced today plans to offer a new contemporary worship service Sunday evenings from 5 – 6 pm beginning October 2, 2016.

“The entire Faith Alive! Service is designed for young families and singles who are looking for a warm, friendly environment in which to experience the love of God regardless of where they are on their faith journey,” said Reverend Peggy Stout, Pastor.

Each service will offer a full band, soloists, light refreshments, nursery care and activities for children. At least once a month a meal will also be served. Additional ongoing church activities such as Fall Festival, Advent craft workshop, Christmas Pageant, etc., will coordinate with Faith Alive! throughout the year.

The first Sunday, October 2, will feature a home-cooked supper following the service. All interested are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend. Spanish-speaking church staff will be present. The church campus is located at 217 2nd Avenue NE, Conover, NC, 28613. “We believe that we are a united and a uniting church that takes seriously Jesus words; That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) If you would like more information please contact Tamara McCarter at 828-464-8226 or email at

St. Alban’s Fresh Maine Lobster Sale Is Saturday, October 1

Hickory - In the wee hours of Saturday, October 1st, 500 Fresh Maine Lobsters (1.5 lbs. each) will be delivered to St. Alban's Episcopal Church. Some of them will be sold live and taken home to prepare later, some will be cooked and taken home, and some will eat their lobsters right at St. Alban's! Whichever way you choose to enjoy your lobster dinner, you will be satisfied in knowing that All Proceeds go directly to support St. Alban's Outreach Ministries.

Who is invited? As always, ALL are Welcome!

What’s The Plan? Take out Meals*, $28, Pick up between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick Up Live Lobsters**, $22, Pick up between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Lobster only)

Pick Up Cooked Lobster***, $24, Pick up between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Lobster Only)

Dine in Meals*, $28, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Free Hot Dogs for the Kids)

*Meals include: Lobster, potato salad, corn on the cob, and a roll.

** Live lobsters will be put in a bag but we recommend placing them in a cooler.

***If you choose to take home a cooked lobster but don't want to eat it right away, we suggest putting it in your fridge, then reheating it by placing it in boiling water for about 1 minute.

Tickets are on sale each Sunday after 10:30 worship and are available at the St. Alban's Office, Monday through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please be aware, the tickets sell quickly and once we reach 500, we will not sell anymore!

St. Alban's address: 130 39th Ave Pl, NW, Hickory, NC 28601, St. Alban's Phone: (828)324-1351

Auditions For A Christmas Carol At FPA Are Oct. 3 & 4, Lenoir

Lenoir, NC - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Beth and Mark Woodard and directed by Mark Woodard, will hold auditions on October 3 and 4, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

There are roles for 15-20 females, 15-20 males of all ages. There’s the possibility for double casting. The show is produced by Foothills Performing Arts.

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.

Show dates are December 1-4, 2016 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. We invite you to join us onstage, backstage, or in the audience for a fun and rewarding experience.

Foothills practices non-traditional casting. No prior experience is necessary.

Auditions are typically "cold reads." These types of auditions consist of performing selections (called "sides") from the show for which you are auditioning with only a few minutes to prepare. This allows each audtioner to be seen more than once, and to be considered for multiple roles. Make sure to check the information specific to each show to ensure that you know what to expect. All casting decisions are made by the directors and artistic staff.

Rescue Ranch Fall Fun Days Every Saturday In October

Statesville, NC – Rescue Ranch’s Fall Fun Days presented by WIX® Filters is the perfect opportunity to visit Rescue Ranch, enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the fall season throughout the month of October.

Each Saturday in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Statesville, North Carolina-based nonprofit, families can enjoy hay rides, animal presentations, arts and crafts, straw maze, hay art, sponsor and vendor booths, games and more. In addition, guests can enjoy a new fall activity for Rescue Ranch with its nine-acre, barnyard-themed, Corn Maze, presented by Randy Marion Chevrolet of Statesville. Admission is only $10 for guests aged 13 and older and $7.50 for children aged two to 12, children under two are free.

Rescue Ranch also encourages individuals, businesses and students to get in the fall spirit by submitting a creative scarecrow design in its scarecrow contest. Designs are due Friday, Sept. 23 and will remain on display throughout October activities. A winner will be selected from the individual, group/business and classroom categories on Saturday, Oct. 31 and receive behind the scenes tour with hands-on interactions with Rescue Ranch critters. For rules, contact

“We are grateful to WIX Filters and our other sponsors for giving families a chance to experience what Rescue Ranch has to offer,” said Krissie Newman, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “Fall Fun Days is a family-friendly event where guests can enjoy fall activities while learning about Rescue Ranch and our mission of humane education.”

All proceeds from Fall Fun Days benefit the nonprofit animal welfare organization, which 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. During Fall Fun Days presented by WIX Filters, guests also will have the opportunity to see Rescue Ranch’s outdoor animals.

Key sponsors for Fall Fun Days include: Carolina Cat – The Cat Rental Store, GetFit Iredell, Pet Pilgrimage, Remember When Photography, and United Federal Credit Union.

For more information on Fall Fun Days, please visit

For more information on Rescue Ranch please visit, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Full Circle Arts’ Gala Finale For Silent Auction Is Thurs., Oct. 6

Hickory - The members and supporters of Full Circle Arts have collected an exciting array of art pieces in a variety of media and styles. Well-known area artists whose work will be featured include Joe Lafone, Stephen Brooks, and Dan Smith. An assortment of other quality items will be offered. Also offered for bids is a selection of the copper work of former Hickory artist, Raymond Schwarz, who now resides and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Gala Finale reception on October 6th will run from 6:00 until 8:30. Local author, Bobby Gee, will act as our Master of Ceremony for the evening. Bidding for items will close at 7:30, so get there early to get your choices for the price you want to pay. Bid tickets for the silent auction are on sale until the evening of the Gala Finale when winning bidders will be announced. Tickets will be available at Full Circle Arts during their hours of operation, Wednesday through Friday, 11:00- 5:00pm and Saturday, 10:00 until 2:00 pm or through members of their Board of Directors. The art and other items to be auctioned may be viewed and bid on at anytime during open hours until October 6th.

Again this year, a raffle will be held. The prize will be a lovely hand-crafted demi-lune table donated by J. Michael Jones, the husband of one of our exhibiting members.

Visit Full Circle Arts soon and begin bidding early for art, jewelry, gift certificates pottery and many other wonderful items to enhance your home or to give as cherished gifts. Full Circle Arts' silent auction is an excellent opportunity to do some fun shopping and support the arts in our community.

This auction will help Full Circle Arts Gallery raise critical funds to cover rent and operating expenses for the next year. We hope the public will come and check us out and expect our members for help in supporting all our efforts. We are celebrating our 15th anniversary this year and would like to continue to serve the community in bringing awareness to the arts and educating the public in the importance of art in our daily lives.

FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email Please visit our website at

Deadline For Applications For Area Artist’s Grants Is Oct. 7

Applications for 2016-2017 Regional Artist Projects Grants for artists residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba or McDowell Counties are now being accepted. This annual grant, for up to $1500, provides financial support to professional artists at any stage in their careers.

Grants can be awarded in all arts disciplines. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 7, 2016, at 5:00 pm. Late applications cannot be accepted. Awards will be announced by early November.

The Regional Artist Projects Grants Program focuses on career development of both the individual and artistic groups. Recipients of the grant may use the funding for specific career advancement including, but not limited to, career promotion, travel expenses, supplies & equipment, training, and competition/completion of new work.

To be eligible for consideration, all application proposals should be written with a specific project in mind. A one-on-one meeting with a sponsoring organization executive director is required. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and should possess a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career. Candidates cannot be full-time college students. The Regional Artist Project Grants Program is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and sponsored locally with matching monies from the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Caldwell Arts Council, the Hiddenite Center, McDowell Arts Council Association, Burke Arts Council and the Rock School Arts Foundation.

To receive guidelines or an application or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a sponsoring organization, please call one of the following:

Pete Woods, Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center, Alexander County, 828-632-6966,

Deborah Jones, Burke Arts Council, 828-433-7282,

Adrienne Roellgen, Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486,,

Kathy Greathouse, United Arts Council of Catawba County, 828-324-4906,

Susan Pyatt-Baker, McDowell Arts Council Association, 828-652-8610,

Elizabeth Furr, Rock School Arts Foundation, 828-879-2129,

A Spanish language version of the application and guidelines is also available by calling one of the sponsoring organizations.

Western Piedmont Symphony Kicks Off Season Sat., Oct. 1

Hickory - Under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the award winning Western Piedmont Symphony will be kicking off their 52nd year of beautiful music in the newly remodeled P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir Rhyne University. Sponsored by Alex Lee, Inc., Masterworks I will be held at 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 1.

Tickets range from $22-$42, available through, or email at, or call Symphony box office at 828.324.8603 from 10am-2pm M-F. Save money and time, buy your tickets in advance. Additional information can be found at

WPS is pleased to present pianist, Solomon Eichner, as our first guest artist. Selections for the evening include: Trittico Bottecelliano by Respighi, Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #3 in D minor, Op. 30. Eichner’s appearance is made possible through the support of Larry and Norma Robinson and Shurtape Technologies, Inc.

The Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Business hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

The King And I Opens Thurs., Oct. 20, At Hudson Uptown

Hudson, NC - “The King and I” will be presented at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) 145 Cedar Valley Road Hudson, on October 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th at 7:30 PM. Dinner will precede the show at 6:30. Tickets for dinner and the show are $35.00, tickets for the show only are $17.50. Reservations may be made by going by the HUB or by calling 726-8871.

Anna gets to know her pupils in the Hudson Dinner Theatre Production of “The King and I.” Standing from left to right: Jenni Hassler, Jim Engelman, Crystal Kirby, Tammy Haigler, Isabella Bryant, Cynthia Hauss; sitting middle row from left to right: Karli West, Alex Gibson, Emma Thomas, Jana Maney, Briana Adhikusuma; sitting front row from left to right: Hannah Smith, Ivy Throneburg, Addy Connor.

Foothills Folk Art Festival Sat., Oct. 1, Features Great Music!

Newton, NC – The Foothills Folk Art Festival, to be held in Downtown Newton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1, will feature two stages with live music.

The Main Avenue Stage will showcase Still Pickin’ at 10 a.m., Sycamore Bones at noon, GMC Jazz Band at 2 p.m. and Triple Threat at 4 p.m.

The College Avenue Stage will feature Down the Hall at 10 a.m., Austin Rudisill at noon and The Sigmon Stringers at 2 p.m.

The festival is a partnership between Hickory Museum of Art and the Downtown Newton Development Association and is being hosted by the City of Newton. Catawba Valley Medical Center is the presenting sponsor.

Down the Hall

In addition to music, the festival will feature more than 90 artists selling their art, food trucks, special activities for children, a pottery-making demonstration, and two beer gardens. Admission and parking are free.

The bands will perform a variety of music to get the audience’s toes tapping. Still Pickin’ is led by Danny Gabriel and includes Rick High, Stan Cromer, Rick Huffman, David Angel and Eddie Johnson. These musicians have toured with different bands throughout the years. They are now a group of good friends who get together to play for their own enjoyment and to perform at local events. Still Pickin’ has been performing at the festival since its beginning as the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival. They play progressive bluegrass and swing music.

Sycamore Bones brings a fresh take on Americana music, with influences ranging from bluegrass to folk to punk and alternative rock. The group’s primary songwriters and vocalists are Cory Kinal (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Andrew Massey (bass and vocals). They work in tandem to deliver heartfelt energetic songs. They are joined by Jason Barr on guitar and Ian Haas on drums. Learn more about the band at

The GMC Jazz Band is a trio made up of Guy Rudisill of Lincolnton on sax, Chris Heavner of Iron Station on keyboard and keyboard bass, and Mike Sherrill of Newton on drums.

Sycamore Bones

Rudisill and Heavner have played extensively in the area with combos and big bands. Sherrill plays with local groups and hosts North Carolina’s longest-running weekly jazz show, Jazz Trackin’, on Sunday nights on WNNC. The band plays a variety of familiar jazz tunes from the World War II era and beyond.

Down the Hall performs contra dance and traditional mountain music on fiddle, flute and keyboard. Members are Bob Kogut on fiddle, Suzanne Williams on flute and banjo, and Denise Baxter-Yoder on keyboard. The trio has played together for years in the band Puddingstone, and they each freelance in the area. Bob Kogut also makes custom violins from his workshop in Happy Valley. Joining the group for this event is drummer David Abernethy.

Singer-songwriter Austin Rudisill hails from Durham by way of Albemarle. Performing live since 2008, he was originally a member of the Raleigh-based band Clay Pigeons, but is now mainly a solo act.

Austin Rudisill

Rudisill draws influences from a wide range of artists, from Gram Parsons and John Prine, to The Band and the Rolling Stones. His music can be found at

The Sigmon Stringers is a three-generation bluegrass band from Newton. The original band members, Clinton Sigmon, and his two sons, Randy and Mark, and lifelong friend Ray Barger have been performing since the early 1970s. They performed with bluegrass pioneers such as Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley. The group has now added a third generation. Randy’s daughter Anna plays banjo and Mark’s children—Beau, Mollie and Maggie—complete the band. The award-winning band has played many venues on the east coast, including MerelFest.

For more information about the Foothills Folk Art Festival, visit or like the festival’s Facebook page at

Hickory Humanists Seek To Do Good For Goodness’ Sake

Hickory - A collective of more than 125 humanist, atheist, and other non-believing organizations are putting compassionate humanism into action across the country through community volunteering and charitable fundraising. To date, teams across the United States and internationally have donated over 100,000 hours of community service as part of the “Beyond Belief Network.” Hickory is the next target.

The Hickory Humanist Alliance (HHA) recently donated $510 of Mellow Mushroom Gift Cards to the Hickory Soup Kitchen. That brings the total to more than $1,000 of food donations the HHA has given this year to local organizations serving people in need in the Hickory area.

“We’ve been slowly growing for more than three years now,” said William Keener, Hickory Humanist Alliance President. “But we are a chapter of the American Humanist Association which was founded in 1941 and has roots that go back to the 1920s. We hold regular meetings and events in the Hickory area, and participate in other local organizations and events.”

HHA’s food donations this year are a great example of how a small group of friends can work together and have an impact on their community. Several members of the group started meeting for dinner at Mellow Mushroom’s Tuesday Trivia Night. With a group diverse in age and experience, they did well at trivia. Mellow Mushroom rewards the top three teams $30, $20 and $10 gift cards. Soon the HHA’s winnings were adding into the hundreds of dollars, and it was time to figure out what to do with them. Donating to local food charities was a logical choice.

So far this year the HHA has used the gift cards to provide a pizza dinner for a meeting of the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (which HHA has been participating in this past year). They also made a donation to the Olive Branch Ministry which provides meals for the homeless at Life House. HHA members regularly prepare food for and assist Olive Branch Ministry.

What is the Hickory Humanist Alliance?

“The HHA is a local secular humanist group that hosts monthly meetings where people with very diverse religious backgrounds and beliefs gather to discuss a wide range of issues,” Keener said. “Our members organize lots of activities where non-religious people socialize or participate in community service, from trivia to feeding the homeless.”

Hickory Humanist Alliance members recently donated $510 of Mellow Mushroom gift cards to the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

“One of our members hosts ‘Reasonable Recovery’ on Thursday nights at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley. This is a secular peer support group for those recovering from substance abuse, addiction or other mental health issues. We’ve also adopted part of Tate Boulevard, so you might see us picking up trash out there some Saturday morning, or maybe delivering goods to a local charity, or hosting a table at Pride or Oktoberfest. Members host a secular book club. The HHA sponsored a child to attend Camp Quest, a secular summer camp in South Carolina, this year.”

“Our group has great partnerships with the other major secular groups in the state, from Charlotte, to Raleigh, and Wilmington. We’ve also supported other secular groups which have recently formed in our own local area - including Morganton, Concord, and Salisbury,” Keener said.

Besides the little things HHA members do to benefit the Hickory community, they work on some big things too. Last year the Hickory Humanist Alliance was one of the primary sponsors of the largest secular conference ever held in the Carolinas, bringing more than 300 people from across the United States to Hickory for presentations and talks. Next spring they are planning to sponsor the third ReasonCon conference focused broadly on science. The keynote speaker will be Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is the director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and the current chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors.

But it’s working with local charities and community needs where you are most likely to meet Hickory Humanist Alliance members in the community.

“Through these food donations we’ve learned how great the need is in Hickory. I encourage other individuals and groups to do what they can to help the people in need in our community,” Keener said.

“The mission of the Hickory Soup Kitchen is to help relieve hunger in our community,” says Austin Pearce, Executive Director. “Being good stewards of resources, we recognize that the total needs of individuals must be addressed, and thus we seek to facilitate the meeting of those other needs.”

“We are open from 7am until 1pm Monday through Friday. Approximately 17% of our homeless guests are working. For this reason we provide over 250 showers each month which provide a clean fresh start each morning for our guests.”

“Lunch is provided from 11:30 until 12:30, where we serve an average of 220 individuals 325 plates of food daily. In 2015 we served 77,432 meals to the hungry in the Hickory area. We provided 3,523 food bags, and distributed thousands of pounds of food to other food pantries in our County.”

“Our goal is to provide basic life essentials to our clients, while also offering them hope and encouragement. We envision the Hickory Soup Kitchen as a starting point, not an ending point, for those who have lost so much, as well as those who start life with so little,” Pearce concluded

Karen Lowe and Michelle Mathis are the founders of Olive Branch Ministry. They are another example of a small group doing what they can to help people they see in need. These ladies provide meals to the homeless at the Life House and take food and services to the camps when needed.

To learn more about the Hickory Humanist Alliance meetings and activities visit and be sure to like us on

Director Sets Cast For Pulitzer Winner The Flick, At HCT Nov. 4

Hickory - Guest Director Mark Woodard has just announced the cast of the Hickory Community Theatre’s first Firemen’s Kitchen show of its 68th season, “The Flick” by Annie Baker.

Elisabeth Bokhoven, Donovan Harper and Josh Propst are three underpaid movie ushers in this comedy for the millennial generation that has been called “a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.”

Performances are November 4th through 20th in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre. Tickets are $16 and go on sale October 10th. Call 828-327-3855 or click The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Flick is the first Firemen’s Kitchen show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World, and is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc.

Photo: Elisabeth Bokhoven, Donovan Harper and Joshua Propst star in “The Flick,” opening November 4th in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre. Call 828-327-3855 or click Photo is by John Koval.

Service League Of Hickory’s Benefit Antiques Fair Is Oct. 13-15

Hickory - The Service League of Hickory is bringing back the Annual Antiques Fair Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15, 2016. The event will be held at Moretz Mills with Thursday and Friday admission from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday admission from 10 am to 2 pm.

This year’s fair will feature 19 premier antiques dealers and artisans from the Southeast. Antique selections include fine silver, oriental rugs, glassware, jewelry, books, dolls, linens, toys, paintings and furniture. Glass and crystal repair, porcelain and pottery repair or restoration estimates, doll and other artwork repair estimates will be available on site. Clock repair, work done on and off site will also be available. There will also be a certified doll appraiser on site. Attending vendors include: A Silver Chest, Tampa, FL; Art, Pottery and Antiques, Strawberry Plains, TN; Chips Away, Southport, NC; Comer’s Antiques, Murrells Inlet, SC; Dogwood Antiques, Morganton, NC; Dogwood Lane Antiques, Inc. Deltona, FL; Doll Doctor On Call Restorations, Roswell, GA; Estate Jewelers, Inc., Lincolnton, NC; Heritage House Antiques, Bland, VA; Len Harmon Antiques, Vilas, NC; LeRoque, Atlanta GA; Old Friends Antiques, Vass, NC; Paul Blake & Associates, Pinehurst, NC; Pendley Clock Repair, Hickory, NC; Porcelain & Pottery Restorations, Southport, NC; Schurter’s Curio Cabinet, St. Mary’s GA; Status Symbol Antiques, Lynchburg, VA; Sterling Treasures, Camden, SC; and Vintage Linens by Lois, Charleston, SC

Ticket price is $7.00 in advance and may be purchased at Bumblebee Interiors, Carolina Office Supply & Equipment and Jenny’s Gifts and are valid for all three days of the event. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $10.00. All tickets will be entered in a drawing for an original Kate Worm painting. Mrs. Worm is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of NC and won 1st place I the Watercolor Society of NC 2010 Annual Exhibition. It is not necessary to be present to win this door prize.

Traditional Service League Antiques Fair menu items from the League’s Market to Market Cookbook will be available for purchase and will include turkey salad sandwiches and plates, pea salad, homemade vegetable beef soup and delectable homemade cakes and pies. Food and beverage service is available with seated dining. A ticket is not required for take-out orders. Food orders may also be placed by calling (828) 838-2758 or online by e-mailing

“As the Service League approaches its 80th year of service to our community; we are so excited to revitalize one of the League’s outstanding events. With the community’s support, we anticipate success that will enable us to continue our efforts of Charity, Public Service and Education for many years to come,” said Marty Cotton, President of the Service League of Hickory, Inc.

All money raised from this year’s fair will enable the League to continue their mission of Charity, Public Service & Education and will be used to support programs in our community.  Since 1937, the Service League of Hickory, NC, Inc. has served those in need and has been instrumental in the origins of The Community Ridge Day Care Center, The Family Guidance Center and The Creative Museum for Youth later named The Catawba Science Center.  The Service League of Hickory has supported, through dollars and volunteer hours, the Back Pack Program, YMCA, CCM, DSS Child Advocacy Center, Family Care Center, Safe Harbor, Salvation Army and many other notable community organizations.  Since 1954, the League has helped over 200 area students achieve their college education goals through our annual scholarships, grants and merit awards.  The League proudly funds ten college scholarships through their Scholarship Endowment Fund, The Glenn C. Hilton Endowment Fund and The Beulah Mae Jones Mitchell Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Please contact the Service League of Hickory at for further information.

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