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June 29, 2017

Shindig On The Green Kicks Off This Saturday, July 1

In The Heart Of Downtown Asheville

Asheville, NC – The Folk Heritage Committee announces its summer 2017 dates for two celebrated mountain traditions in Asheville, North Carolina: the 51st season of Shindig on the Green and the 90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

Each event features long-standing as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad singers, and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic evenings enjoyed by kith and kin of all ages.

The 51st Season of Shindig on the Green, a free event in the heart of downtown Asheville, with a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings. Kicking off on July 1st this year, Shindig on the Green will be held on July 1st; July 8, 15, 22; August 12, 19, 26; and September 2. Shindig returns again to the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Locals and visitors alike gather “along about sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch, for Shindig on the Green.

Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

Shindig On The Green

The 90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event at AB Tech/Mission Health Conference Center, near downtown Asheville with a different show each night, takes place at 6:30 p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday, August 3, 4 & 5, 2017. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar.

Folk Heritage Committee, P.O. Box 1010 • Asheville, North Carolina 28802 Phone: 828.258.6101 ext. 345 • Email:

Lunsford in 1928. The nation’s longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the best of the region’s mountain musicians and dancers during its three evenings of indoor performances.

The non-profit, all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee™ mission is to preserve and present the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains to audiences from throughout the region and world, for entertainment and education, by producing the annual Shindig on the Green™ and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events.

For more info about the 51st Season of Shindig on the Green or the 90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival™, visit or for Media Inquiries & Requests for interviews only: Brian Carter,, 828.335.1263.

Rudy Wright Night At Crawdads Game On Thursday, July 6

Hickory - The Hickory Crawdads, in conjunction with the Wright Family and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley, will host Rudy Wright Night on Thursday, July 6th to honor the memory of Mayor Wright on what would have been his 70th birthday.

The special event will take place during the game against the Kannapolis Intimidators at 7pm with gates opening at 6pm.
The Wright family will be in attendance to reminisce with friends and tell their favorite Rudy stories. Ulysses Long will sing the National Anthem.

During the game, an official announcement will be made about “The Rudy Project,” a special partnership between the Wright Family and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. There will also be educational information available concerning mental illness, depression and suicide.

“We are honored to host a celebration of life to remember a true champion for the city of Hickory, a great family man and a Crawdads fan from the first pitch in 1993,” said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman.”This is an opportunity to take an unfortunate situation and provide something positive.”

To kick off the fundraising efforts for The Rudy Project, special ticket vouchers will be made available at multiple locations throughout Hickory.

They are redeemable at the Crawdads Climate Control Systems Ticket Office for a discounted $6 ticket ($3 off regular price) to the July 6th game.

For every voucher redeemed, the Crawdads will donate $4 toward The Rudy Project. Vouchers may be picked up at Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley, Hickory Metro Convention Center, City Hall, A Sign Co, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, and the Hickory McDonald’s.

For more information, go to or call (828) 322-3000.

Holiday Sing-Along And Parade At The Beaver Library On July 3

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with the annual Happy Birthday America! Parade and sing-along on Monday, July 3rd.

Kids of all ages are invited to decorate their wheels in holiday red, white, and blue and join the parade around the SALT Block parking lots. Decorate your strollers, bikes, tricycles, scooters, wagons, and even yourselves. Of course, don’t forget your helmets!

Local hero judges from Hickory Police and Fire departments will award prizes in several categories.

The fun starts with a patriotic family sing-along with Sharon Clarke at 11:00 a.m. and the parade will immediately follow. Special guests from the Hickory Police Department, the Hickory Crawdads, and a fire engine from the Hickory Fire Department will join the celebration.

This event is free and open to the public. Photos of previous parade events can be seen in the City of Hickory’s facebook page photo album section.

For further information contact Lisa Neal, Head of Youth Services at Hickory Public Library at 304-0500.

NC Blackberry Festival & The 5K Fun Run On July 6, 7 & 8 In Lenoir

Lenoir, NC - The NC Blackberry Festival is Thursday through Sunday, July 6, 7, 8 & 9 in Downtown Lenoir, NC.

There will be blackberry eating contests, a Beer Garden, a Belle Pageant (registration closed now) a Colossal Cobbler Parade Brigade, a Front Porch Pickin’ and songwriter competition, blackberry recipe contest, a Jam & Jelly recipe contest, a 5K Fun Run and so much more!

Don’t miss out on buying your tickets to the Thursday night Evening of Everything Blackberry and Sunday’s Blackberry Jazz Brunch at 1841”.

Something for everyone!

Sponsored by the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, and many more, go to for full information and to purchase tickets to those events which require a ticket. Or, call the Chamber of Commerce at 828-726-0616 for more information.

Photo: The World’s largest patchwork of blackberry cobbler at Colossal Cobbler Parade on Saturday, July 8, 1pm. To register to be in the parade, call the Chamber of Commerce office. Photo courtesy of the NC Blackberry Festival website.

Hickory Church Of Christ’s VBS Is Wednesdays, Starting July 12

Hickory - Hickory Church of Christ will host Vacation Bible School Trailblazers for the Faith, for Grades 1-6 (based on grades for Fall 2017) on several Wednesdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, from 6:45-8:15pm. Childcare is available, for those four and under. Those attending either of the first three Wednesdays, will receive a free t-shirt on the final Wednesday.

Please register online by July 10, 2017 at or by calling 828-464-4983.

The VBS will include a nightly skit, exciting Bible classes, crafts and a special game time. Kids won’t want to miss this VBS. Please register today!

Hickory Church of Christ is located at 1218 Fairgrove Church Rd, Hickory (between McDonald’s and CVMC).

Last Chance To See Hit Comedy Chapter Two At HCT, 6/29-7/2

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s production of Chapter Two comes to a close this weekend. The four final performances of the Neil Simon comedy are Thursday though Sunday, June 29 to July 2 in the Firemen’s Kitchen.

The plot centers around the romantic exploits of a widower, George, and a divorcée, Jennie. They were fixed up by George’s brother, Leo and Jennie’s best friend, Faye. While the two lovebirds are getting acquainted, Faye and Leo have a fling of their own.

Show times are 7:30 pm on Thursday through Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday. Admission is $16, reserved seating for all performances. Tickets may be purchased by calling 828-328-2283, or online at

The Theatre’s 68th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

PHOTO: Christopher Honsaker (left) is George and Bob Smith is Leo in the romantic comedy Chapter Two. Final performances are June 29 through July 2 in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the Hickory Community Theatre. Photo is by Ken Burns.

Celebrate The Fourth Of July In Winston-Salem At

Independence Day Extravaganza • Begins At 4

Winston-Salem, NC – The City of Winston-Salem and the Winston-Salem Dash are proud to present the annual Independence Day Extravaganza at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday, July 4.

The fun begins at 4 p.m. on First Street, leading up to the Dash’s 6:30 p.m. game against the Down East Wood Ducks. Winston-Salem’s official Fourth of July fireworks show follows the game.

First Street will be open to the public between Peters Creek Parkway and Green Street, with Dash inflatables and food trucks on hand and local band Carolina Crossing performing from 4-6:15 p.m. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be on sale throughout this pregame event.

BB&T Ballpark’s gates open at 5:15 p.m. in advance of the Dash game. Both paid and free parking will be available throughout downtown, and all of these locations will be less than a half-mile from BB&T Ballpark’s entrance. A full parking map for the Fourth of July will be released later this week. Fans are encouraged to arrive prior to 5 p.m. to avoid the heaviest ballpark traffic.

“The Fourth of July and Dash baseball have become synonymous here in Winston-Salem,” Dash team president Geoff Lassiter said. “We are excited to bring back our extended celebration for 2017, and we are thankful that the City of Winston-Salem has helped us take this special day to another level.”

Tickets are still available, though the game will sell out. The Dash’s Fourth of July home games over the last three seasons have drawn the three highest attendances in BB&T Ballpark’s seven-season history. To purchase your tickets, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit Tickets start as low as $9 when purchased in advance, and prices will increase on the day of the game.

The Winston-Salem Dash are the Class A-Advanced minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call (336) 714-2287 or visit

ACAP-Hickory Presents Paying for Healthcare:

Medicare & SHIIP On Tuesday, July 11 In Hickory

Hickory - ACAP-Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) presents Paying for Healthcare: Medicare and SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) on Tuesday, July 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center (52 16th Ave. NW, Hickory). Please note this location is for the July ACAP program only.

Medicare provides front-line health cost coverage for most Americans over the age of 65. Medicare, however, can sometimes seem complicated and confusing. The July ACAP-Hickory program is designed to help caregivers gain information to help loved ones make good choices about Medicare and SHIIP as well as helping caregivers prepare for their own enrollment in these programs.

Attendees will learn when and how to enroll in Medicare, about important decisions and choices beneficiaries and caregivers need to consider, and how Medicare works with other insurance plans; differences between original Medicare, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, and Medicare Advantage Plans; who pays first when a beneficiary has insurance in addition to Medicare; and details about Medicare services and benefits, the costs associated with Medicare, and the Extra Help and Medicare Savings Programs.

As the Western Area Regional Manager, NC Department of Insurance, Catherine Fannon, the July ACAP-Hickory presenter, is an expert in Medicare and SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program). In her current role she provides ongoing education, training and support for approximately 200 SHIIP volunteers in the 24 counties in the western part of the state as well as offering community outreach for Medicare and SHIIP.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Fannon served as Family Caregiver Resource Specialist at an Area Agency on Aging in Eastern North Carolina for eleven years, providing Medicare counseling to beneficiaries and family caregivers.

We hope you will join us for this important program! To register for this FREE program, please contact us at or, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (2227).

ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges Hickory Falls Health & Rehabilitation, ResCare HomeCare and Trinity Ridge as sponsors for the July ACAP program.

ACAP-Hickory, the local chapter of ACAPcommunity, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides information, resources, support and community for adult-child caregivers as they care for their aging parents and for themselves.

Cost-free educational programs are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 North Center Street, Hickory, NC) unless otherwise noted. Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all who are interested.

For more information, about please ACAP, please visit

Hickory Parks & Recreation Sponsors The Greater

Hickory Metro Basketball Camps • Begins July 11

Hickory - Hickory Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the 2017 Greater Hickory Metro Basketball Camp, as well as the Greater Hickory Metro Basketball Elite Academy. Both the camp and the academy will be held at Highland Recreation Center in July.

The basketball camp, which will run July 10 – July 14, is intended for both boys and girls who are rising first through ninth graders. Drills for skills and fundamentals in all areas of the game will be featured each day to help the campers become the best players they can be. In addition, competitive contests and team games will be held daily. The boys’ session will run each day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the girls’ session will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Elite Academy, which will run July 17 – July 21, is intended for both boys and girls who are rising seventh through twelfth graders and who want to excel as basketball players.

The academy will be led by professional skill development instructors, including high school and college coaches and professional players. This intense week of instruction will help each player take their game to the next level. The academy will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

Applications for both camps can be found online at or pick up at any recreation center. The cost for each camp is $70. For questions, please contact Gary Bowne at (828) 327-6282 or email him at

The Whiskey Gentry Kick Off Dallas’ Court Square

Summer Concert Series On Sat., July 8

Dallas, NC - The Gaston County Museum of Art & History in partnership with the Town of Dallas is excited to announce its 2017 Court Square Summer Concert Series. Held on the Dallas Historic Court Square, this FREE concert will feature our Headlining act for the summer: The Whiskey Gentry.

The Whiskey Gentry

The Whiskey Gentry, out of Atlanta, is set to release its third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer this spring. The husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow and bandmates incorporate deep country, Americana, honky-tonk, bluegrass and a stiff shot of gritty rock ’n’ roll in their music.

Bring your lawn chair, enjoy the car show along Main Street and local craft beer from Ole Dallas Brewery. For more information contact Jason Luker, Interim Director, at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or at

FUMC Of Hickory Hosts Two Free Programs For Aging Adults In July

Hickory - There are several free July programs at First United Methodist Church of Hickory, located at 311 3rd Avenue, NE, Hickory, NC, 28601 in the Scout Room.

On Wednesday, July 12, from 4pm-5pm the Frye Regional Medical Center’s Occupational Therapy Department will present its Senior Driving Assessment program and how it can benefit families and aging adults.

On Wednesday, July 26, from 4pm-5pm, the Alzheimer’s Association will present Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Jamie Hawley at (828) 726-7261 or

Dem’s Chair Williams Urges Public To Consider

Candidacy; Senator Jackson Speaks Today, 6/29

Hickory - Marcus Williams, Catawba County Democratic Chair, encourages local Dems to consider running for office. “With all the energy in the Democratic Party – we are setting records for interest and involvement – this is the time to consider running for office. 2017 is especially the year to think about local involvement.

There are a number of municipal and school board offices on the 2017 ballot, including Conover, Hickory, Maiden and Newton city councilors, Hickory and Maiden mayors, and school board members for Hickory and Newton-Conover schools,” he says.

The complete list of open offices is on the Catawba County Board of Elections website at:

The filing period for municipal offices opens on July 7, while the school board filing period starts on Aug. 18.

The NC Democratic Party has a Pipeline Project for people interested in running for office at all levels. The project includes highly informative conference calls. Learn more at:

Williams continued, "Here in Catawba County we have our own candidate recruitment effort. We’ve been holding candidate information sessions for people considering a run. These sessions are to tell you what the different positions require – What does a city councilmember do? And, what does it takes to run for office – including time, money, and team.”

The next session is July 18, 6 pm, at the 1612 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory, office. July 18 is still in time to file for municipal office – the filing period closes 12 noon on July 21. Several speakers are being lined up – those who have run and some who have won. There will be lots of time for Q & A.

Williams encourages, "Think about public service – for yourself or someone you know. Many hands do make for good work.”

Additionally, please note that North Carolina Senator Jeff Jackson will speak in Newton on Thursday, June 29th, at 7pm. The gathering will be at Newton Conover Auditorium, 60 West 6th St. in Newton, NC 28658. All are welcome. There is no charge.

This forum on June 29 is sponsored by the Catawba County Democratic Party and the Catawba County Branch of the NAACP.

Listing Of July 4th Celebrations Throughout The Area

This Week • Have A Happy Holiday!

Mile High Fourth of July, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, June 30 - July 4

For the second year in a row, two resort towns, located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, are combining forces to celebrate our nation's independence. The centerpieces of this long weekend are Beech Mountain's fireworks and 48th Annual Roasting of the Hog on July 1, and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on July 4.

Valdese Independence Day Celebration, Downtown Valdese, June 30, 2017 at approximately 9:30pm

The 2017 Fireworks Friday Night will be held on June 30, 2017 in conjunction with Family Friday Nights Summer Concert Series.Fireworks Display will launched at dusk (approximately 9:30pm) from behind the Old Rock School. The Fireworks Display can be seen from all over Downtown Valdese and will last between 20-25 minutes.

Independence Day Festival and Parade, Memorial Park and Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock, July 1-2

Admission: free. Saturday (9am – 11pm) offers music and games in the parks for kids and adults, and an afternoon parade. At dark, the fireworks show begins and can be viewed from the Blowing Rock Country Club grounds, which will be open to the public for the event. Sunday (12:30-6pm) features live music and dance.

Denver Fireworks & Music Spectacular 2017, 6471 NC-73, Denver, NC , July 1 • 4pm – 11 pm

The Denver Area Business Association welcomes country music to Denver, North Carolina with huge country music super star Collin Raye. Along with the biggest fireworks display ever in Denver NC! Fun for all ages. There will be booths with local businesses set up around the high school track. Food, snow cones, bounce houses and more. We can't wait to see you there!

Red, White and Bluegrass Festival, Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton, July 1 - 3

3 Days, 12 Bands: Daily Admission: $25.00; 3-Day Pass w/ Reserved Seating: $100.00 (includes camping permit); 3-Day Pass: $70.00 (includes camping permit); 12 & under: FREE with paid admission (except reserved seating); 3-Day Camping Permit: $30.00 (No hook-ups); Bluegrass Camp for Kids: $65.00 WEBSITE:

Fourth of July Celebration U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, July 3-4; 9:30 am – 11:00 pm

It’s a two-day celebration at the world’s largest manmade whitewater river, complete with outdoor adventure, live music from multiple bands, food and local craft beer, cornhole tournaments and firework displays both nights. Admission: free; parking fee applies; VIP admission available.

Glen Alpine 4th of July Celebration, 103 Pitts St, Morganton, NC, July 4 at 10:00 am

The annual celebration of freedom features a parade, live music, free watermelon, food for purchase and more! Friends, family and Burke County parade-goers are all welcome to join in! The parade route will run from Pea Ridge Street to Linville Street, circle Cemetery Street back to Linville Street and end at the town hall in Glen Alpine where the rest of the festivities will take place. Lineup by 9:45am, parade begins at 10:00am.

Downtown Boone Annual July 4th Parade, Downtown Boone, NC, July 4, 11am – 11pm

The Downtown Boone Annual July 4th Parade is a wonderful event for the whole family. Take a spot on King Street to watch the parade, which starts at 11 am, then join the Mayor of Boone for complimentary cake and watermelon at the Jones House Community Center. We've got festivities throughout the day. At 7:00 that evening, enjoy more festivities at the Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane. Fireworks display at 9:30 pm. Admission: Free

Ingles Independence Day Celebration, July 4, 2-10 p.m.; Pack Square Park, Asheville

Venture to downtown Asheville for a day filled with activities for the family. Highlights include competitions by the Ultimate Air Dogs, children’s activities, the Splashville Fountain, a fireworks extravaganza and more. Admission: free.

Lenoir 4th of July Celebration, Lenoir Optimist Grounds, Lenoir, NC, July 4 • 5pm- 11pm

Inflatables, water slides and water features, games, live music, trackless train rides, face painting, colored hair spraying, sand volleyball, tennis, corn hole game, basketball, balloon artist, food vendors, bungee jumper, gyroscope spinner. Fireworks will start at 9:30 pm and be shot off from the Lenoir Optimist Grounds.

Marion 4th of July Celebration, July 4 • 6pm – 11pm

A special spot will be reserved at the beginning of the parade for “Anything That Rolls”. Skaters, bicycles and skateboards are welcome and are not required to preregister. Grand Marshal will be McDowell County Veterans. Little Miss McDowell, Elaina Rampey, will perform just before the street dance.

At 7PM, Gotcha Groove will take the stage with their high energy performance, providing live entertainment far beyond that of the typical dance band, covering most every genre of music.

The evening will conclude with fireworks at 9:45pm shot from the Recreation Department ballfield on West Court Street. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of fun with your friends and neighbors!

Gaston Co. Parks & Rec. Host A Cornhole Tournament On July 7

Dallas, NC - Gaston County Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Cornhole Tournament on Friday July 7th 2017 at 7pm until.

Pre-registration will begin on Monday July 3rd at 8am, you can pre-register by calling 704-922-2164 or 704-922-2163.

Same day registration will begin at 6pm on Friday July 7th. The tournament will take place under the lights at the Dallas Park Horse Arena located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy.

This will be a double elimination, doubles tournament, played by traditional straight 21 rules. Tournament will consist of three age groups with a 1st and 2nd place prize for each age group.

Age groups will consist of the following, Teens: ages 18 and under, Adults: ages 19-49, and Seniors: ages 50 and up. Concessions will be available during the tournament.

For additional information please contact Gaston County Parks & Recreation at 704-922-2164 or visit the County’s website at Gaston County strives to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access its programs, services, and activities.

If you require assistance to participate in a program, service or activity of Gaston County, we request that you contact our office at least 5 days before the event.

Food Trucks Now Allowed With Permits In Some City Of Hickory

Parks And Parking Lots

Hickory – In their June 20 meeting, City Council approved a policy that would allow permitted mobile food vendors to operate in certain City of Hickory parks and some downtown parking lots.

In an effort to craft a broad food truck policy, City Staff reviewed the policies of other cities, held four stakeholder meetings to receive feedback, and also created an online survey, which yielded 764 responses. While there were some concerns, the public feedback was overwhelmingly in favor of food trucks on public property with the least amount of restrictions possible.

Both pushcarts and motorized vehicle food units will be allowed in designated parking lots in the downtown vicinity, which is the only area where public parking lots exist in the city limits. A map will be posted on the City’s website, which details the parking lot locations, as well as the maximum number of vendors allowed in each lot.

Both pushcarts and motorized vehicle food units will also be allowed to operate at Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park, Henry Fork River Regional Park, Kiwanis Park, Neill W. Clark, Jr. Park, Stanford Park, and Taft Broome Park, with a limit of two vendors per park. Allocation of both the parking lots and park locations for vendors is on a first come basis.

Vendors are required to complete an annual permit application to the City’s Planning and Development Services Department for review, as well as submit a $25 fee, proof of insurance, and complete a background check. The vendors will also be expected to comply with all applicable laws, including public health regulations.

The City does not regulate food trucks on private property and arrangements may be made between property owners and food truck vendors.

Interested mobile food vendors who wish to operate on public property can contact the city’s permit center at (828) 323-7410 for policy details and to receive an application.

Great Tips On Being Safe This Fourth Of July With Fireworks

Hickory - Summer is here and it is time for the Fourth of July holiday. For many people, this holiday means food, fun, and fireworks. Yes, fireworks can be fun; but they also can be very dangerous and some are illegal. To keep this holiday from turning into a tragedy, the Hickory Fire Department offers these safety precautions.

Always read and follow label directions.

A responsible adult should be the person using fire works and children should only be observers.

Purchase fireworks from a reliable dealer.

Ignite outdoors only.

Have water handy to extinguish fires or soothe burns.

Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

Light only one firework at a time.

Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks and be extremely cautious of one that don’t work the first time.
Do not permit children to handle fire works.

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place and dispose of properly.

Never throw fireworks at another person.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them in metal or glass containers.

According to a report released by the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks caused over 11,000 reported injuries in the United States last year and the majority of those injuries involved fireworks that are legal under the current federal law.

For an example, sparklers, which are often considered safe, can reach temperatures higher than 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Hickory Fire Department recommends leaving the fireworks to the professionals and never allowing children to ignite fireworks. For more information on summer safety, contact the Hickory Fire Department at 323-7420 or

Last Sails Original Music Concert Of The Season This

Fri., June 30; Series Returns This Fall

Hickory – Friday, June 30, the City of Hickory’s 2017 Sails Original Music Series will feature Danielle Howle, a singer/songwriter from Columbia, South Carolina with musical inspirations ranging from Country to Jazz to Americana.

The New York Times described her as “an extraordinary mind, a southern storyteller with a gorgeous sense of melody that should be pouring out of stereos everywhere.”

She is sure to put on a fantastic concert and will be a great way to wrap up the summer session of the Sails Original Music Series before returning in September.

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.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of numerous sponsors.

The presenting sponsor of the series is Lowes Foods, while the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau was the premier sponsor for the month of May and The Hickory Wine Shoppe is the premier sponsor for the month of September.

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.

The show, beginning at 6:30 p.m., is the last Sails Original Music Series concert until Sept. 1.

Photo: Danielle Howle

Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster In Concert On

Saturday, July 8, At Appalachian Summer Fest

Boone, NC - Two-time Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage for a high-spirited and dazzling evening of song. The concert is Saturday, July 8, at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 8pm.

Sutton has performed in 11 Broadway shows – most recently the revival of Violet – and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Sutton Foster

She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently appeared in Bunheads, Psych, Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Conchords, Sesame Street, Law and Order SVU and Royal Pains.

She currently stars as Liza in the critically-acclaimed TV Land series, Younger.

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