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September 18, 2014

Sails Concert This Friday, Sept. 19, Features Band Fruition

Hickory – Friday nights in September, the music continues at the Sails Music Series.

Every Friday night in September, starting at 6 p.m., a variety of musical talents will perform at The Sails on the Square.  Unique talents from all across the country travel from places like Portland, New Orleans, and Los Angeles to visit Hickory and perform during this music series.  

The community is invited to bring their lawn chairs or a blanket and pack some food to enjoy, or visit one of Downtown Hickory establishments for some food and beverages, during this free, family-friendly event.

On Friday, September 19, the Portland, Oregon based band, Fruition, performs.  Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, this string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity.

Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They’ve performed and excited audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival.  They have played for packed rooms at Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, Colorado’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore, as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes.

In addition to music under the Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory on September 19, a local tennis league will be recognized, and about 400 tennis players across North Carolina will kick off their tournament with a social under the Sails on the Square.

Before Fruition takes the stage, the local 18 and over 4.0 team from the Foothills Tennis League, who recently won the State Championships in Lake Norman, and the Southern Sectional Championships in Auburn, Alabama will be introduced.  This team is going to Tucson, Arizona, October 17-19 to play in the USTA National Championships Team members are Angela Beard, Cori Thompson, Michele McBride, Ronnie VonDrehle, Rhonda Davis, Jenette Swisher, Katie Teague, Angelia Sills, Michelle Hunt, Alice Matthews, Blair Tate, Helen Woy, and Cheryl Poston. The Greater Hickory Tennis Association is hosting the Tri-Level State Tennis Tournament September 19 - 21 and players will enjoy music under the Sails, and be playing tennis this weekend on tennis court at Hickory City Park, Lake Hickory Country Club, Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Catawba Country Club, and the Hickory YMCA.

YMCA Hosts Diabetes Prevention Program Wed., September 24

Hickory – The YMCA of Catawba Valley will offer The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an innovative program proven to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes – one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60. With support and funding from The JPB Foundation, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will be available at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.

A free informational meeting will be held on September 24th at 5:30 pm at the Hickory Foundation YMCA. Tammy Carroll (Frye Regional Medical Center, Diabetes Educator) is the program coordinator and will facilitate this meeting. Anyone who is interested in a diabetes prevention program is invited to attend.

“The CDC reports that in 2010 1 in 10 U.S. adults had diabetes and, if trends continue, as many as 1 in 3 U.S adults could have diabetes by the year 2050. This is staggering,” said Bob Conklin, President/CEO of the YMCA of Catawba Valley. “But what’s more staggering is that currently, 79 million have prediabetes but only 11 percent are aware of it. Knowing your risk for prediabetes is the key to taking control and reducing these statistics. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program empowers participants to make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.”

In the 2010 Public Health Report, diabetes was the 6th leading cause of death among males in Catawba County and the 7th leading cause of death among females. Diabetes is currently ranked as the 7th leading cause of death nationwide and in North Carolina; however, it is likely to be under-reported as a primary cause of death.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program with 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions. In a relaxed classroom setting, a trained Lifestyle Coach helps participants learn skills that will help them incorporate healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and other behavior changes into their everyday lives. The goals of the program are 7 percent weight loss and an increase in physical activity to 150 minutes per week. To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old with a BMI of 25 or greater and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Youth under 18 and persons diagnosed with diabetes do not qualify. A Y membership is not required for participation.

“We are also proud to announce Frye Regional Medical Center as a Strategic Partner of the YMCA of Catawba Valley, added Bob Conklin. “As a Strategic Partner, Frye Regional Medical Center will refer participants to the program, help build consumer awareness of diabetes risk and encourage at-risk individuals to seek screening and participant in YDPP.”

To see if you qualify for the program or for information regarding program fees, contact Angela Chapman at 828-324-2858.


The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y engages over 21,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Lincoln County Apple Festival Is Saturday, Sept. 20, Downtown

Lincolnton, NC - The Lincoln County Apple Festival is held annually in downtown Lincolnton the third Saturday in September. The hours are from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This year’s celebration will be held on September 20th. The festival provides the community with a family friendly event that serves as an annual reunion for many folks. It is also a significant fund-raising opportunity for a number of local non-profit groups. The festival offers a wide variety of entertainment, food, crafts, and much more.

The Lincoln County Apple Festival, Inc. is a non-profit organization which is governed by a board of directors. The festival is put on by numerous volunteers, with tremendous support provided by key county and city agencies. The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service (link) serves as the coordinating agency for the event. Primary partner agencies are Lincolnton Public Works, Lincolnton Police, Lincoln County Sheriff, Lincoln County Emergency Management, Lincoln County Emergency Services, Lincoln County Maintenance, and Lincoln County Grounds.

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Dorsey at the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service at 704-736-8452.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Entertainment, Apple Ice Cream, Amateur Talent, Cultural Center Museum, Kids Apple Orchard, Road Race, Apple Butter Sales, Dance Exhibitions, Live Music, Apple Cider, Farmers Market, Kiddie Rides, Apple Dish Contest, Arm Casts, Apple Decorating Contest, Book Mobile, T-Shirt Sales, Merchant’s Sidewalk Sales, Candy Apples, Smokey the Bear, Apple Pie Sales, Face Painting, Craft Sales, Games, Food Concessions, Fried Pie Sales, Tents on the Square.

Shuttle Service:

9:00-4:00 Kiwanis Club... from Lincolnton High School to Court Square.....$1.00

Schedule of Events:
Saturday, September 20,

8:30 a.m.

Road Race Begins; 5K Run, Mile Fun Run at Lincolnton Senior High School.

The Festival requests that, in addition to pets (with the exception of service animals), bicycles, roller blades, and skateboards are not allowed at the festival.

Entries for the Apple Decorating Contest must be dropped off by 10:00 a.m. at the Parks & Recreation booth in the Kid’s Apple Orchard.

Crossing At Hollar Mill’s Upscale Tag Sale To Aid Safe Harbor

Hickory - The Crossing at Hollar Mill at 883 Highland Avenue SE is hosting an Upscale Tag Sale on September 27th from 10am - 4pm to benefit Hickory's Safe Harbor Rescue Mission. Vendors will have vintage household items, art, antique china, collectibles, crafts, modern furniture and more for sale. There is a $5 cover that will directly benefit Safe Harbor, and any items not sold will go to Safe Harbor Resource Warehouse. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

"Safe Harbor is thankful for this community for providing over 3300 volunteer hours and 90% of the 2014 budget," says Vicki Murray of Safe Harbor.

Safe Harbor is a faith based organization that serves the needs of hurting, homeless and potentially homeless women and children. Last year over 8,000 meals were served through the Day Shelter and the Whole Woman recovery program and over 900 hours of case management was given to assist women in their path to recovery.

The Crossing is located in the beautifully restored Hollar Mill and is a part of Carolina Moon Hospitality, the Hickory based parent company of Highland Avenue Restaurant and Groucho's locations in Rock Hill and Hickory.

For more information email Becky at for further information.

Ping Pong Tourney Oct. 16

Newton, NC – The Newton Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring an adult ping pong tournament for anyone 18 years or older on Thursday, October 16th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Recreation Center located on 310 South Ervin Avenue. Tournament format will be based on the number of participants. Entry fee is $10.00 per person and deadline to register is Monday, October 13, 2014. Contact Linda McCorkle at the Central Recreation Center at (828) 465-7477.

Today, Thursday, Sept. 18 Head To The Downtown Art Crawl!

Hickory - For more than 10 years, the Hickory Downtown Development Association has been excited to bring the Art Crawl to the streets of Downtown Hickory. This year is no exception! Today, Thursday, September 18 make plans to head Downtown for the 2014 Fall Downtown Hickory Art Crawl, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please visit all the artists and the local businesses who help make the Art Crawl possible. Remember, all artwork is for sale, so please support our fine talent.

The first stop is The Jackson Group for the Kick-Off Party. At the Kick-Off Party, Downtown Dollars will be given to 31 lucky visitors for use during the Art Crawl. The Downtown Dollars are worth $5.00 at participating businesses during the Art Crawl only. One lucky crawler will receive a Downtown Dollar worth $100.00. The Jackson Group is located at 219 First Avenue SW. The watercolors of Chuck Bodar, glasswork by Laurie Childes and the photography of Victoria Von Drehle Hecht will be featured. Moose and Friends will be performing for you musical enjoyment. Then grab a map and “get crawling”!

Drop in next door and visit Fanjoy/Labrenz Studio at 215-A First Avenue SW. The photography of Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz will be on display along with surprise guest artists.

Cross over First Avenue SW and take a right on Government Avenue SW and stop by The Potted Geranium. Visit with Caroll Phelps who will be exhibiting her mixed media and gem stone jewelry and Terrell Miller, Jr with his folk art paintings. Make sure to congratulate the owner on their one year anniversary!

Walk across Government Avenue SW and drop by The Olde Hickory Station where award-winning Chef Joyce Boston will be signing Eat and Explore North Carolina, a newly published cookbook and travel guide that includes her recipes along with other Hickory and North Carolina chefs. A recipe from the book will be the dinner special. There will be books available for purchase.

Cross the railroad tracks and head down to 29 Second Street and drop into Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, where the works of Beth Oczkowski (quilling), Leslie Hamlin (jewelry), Amanda Dobbins (Pottery) and Charles Kismo (jewelry) will be on display. Take time to meet the new owner, Scott Owens, who has recently published his 12th book of poetry!

Take a left out of Taste Full Beans and cross First Street NW to Boyd & Hassell, located in the Wells Fargo Building on the corner of 200 First Avenue NW. Boyd and Hassell is the location for the talents of two local artists. The metal and woodwork of Robert McKenzie and the oil and acrylics of Bill Pressley are featured.

Continuing down First Street NW, stop in Strandz Salon at 250 First Avenue NW, where jewelry designer Deanna of Deanna’s Creative Designs will be displaying her works.

Travel down First Avenue NW to 258, where Sonya’s Dance Academy will be demonstrating modern jazz. Take time to watch these talented young dancers. Dancers from the Studio will take the Stage under the Sails around 7:00 pm.

Follow the music and head on up to Hatch Sandwich Shop and listen to the bluegrass sounds of the Possum Hollar String Band as they perform in front of Hatch Sandwich Shop. The handmade instruments of band member Michael Fox will be on display, along with the pottery of Lynn King’s By His Grace Pottery.

Cross over First Avenue NW and head down the spiral staircase to Full Circle Arts. Their Sixth Annul Silent Auction will be taking place, so be sure to check out all the wonderful talent and place your bids to help support the organization.

Take a left out of FCA cross over Trade Alley and turn the corner onto Union Square. Stop by Larry’s Music and Sound Teaching Studio where the soft sculpture artwork of Denise Rachelle is featured.

Next up is Hickory Wine Shoppe who will feature the jewelry of Charles Kismo, along with a wine tasting.

Exit left from the Wine Shoppe and pop into Bisque ‘n Beads to visit with Carol Johncock and see her mixed media works and the photography by Gail Robinson. Jeramie Jones will be demonstrating his spray paint art in front of the store.

Next up is Tracy’s on the Square, located at 228 Union Square, where The Art of UMAR, a fine art vocational service for adult with disabilities, will be featured.

Take a left and head to The Natural Olive, located at 216 Union Square. The artistically crafted wooden bowls of Tom Denne are featured.

Along Union Square, enjoy kids' activities with the Warehouse Resource Center. Re-charge the battery in your electronics at the charging station of event sponsor Carolina West Wireless. The CVCC Potters Workshop booth will have Raku demonstrations by Kim Ellington. Local potter Rodney Smith will be demonstrating his pottery techniques.

Hickory Arts will present Secondhand Still at 6:00 pm on the Sails Stage.

Finish your evening at the Old Hickory Tap Room where live music begins at 9:30 pm.

The Downtown Hickory Art Crawls are sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Association, Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate, Carolina West Wireless 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.

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

Humane Society Bark At The Moon Benefit Is Sunday, 9/21

Hickory - Sunday, September 21st is the 3rd Annual Barkin' at the Moon fundraiser at Crescent Moon Café in downtown Hickory. The Best of Beers and Crescent Moon Café will be holding a beer tasting to benefit Humane Society of Catawba County.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at HSCC, Hops and Grapes, Crescent Moon Café or from The Best of Beers. Donation includes a commemorative glass, tasting of Devil’s Backbone Brewing, Tröegs Craft Brewing, Trophy Brewing, All Systems Gose & Crescent Moon appetizers. Drop by between 4-8pm.

There will be various auction items at the event and all proceeds will benefit HSCC shelter animals. Must be 21 to participate.

Losing Patients Playing At FPA Through Sunday, September 21

Hudson, NC - “A violent thunderstorm rages, a drug dealer is on the loose, the police comb the area for an escaped mental patient, and in the middle of it all sits stately Silver Crest Manor. Outside a seemingly placid place; but on the inside, it’s a setting for a devious plot masterminded by a trio of greedy scoundrels.”

Hilarity abounds amidst the confusion as patients disappear, identities are mistaken, and double dealing is revealed in the opening production for Foothills Performing Arts 39th Season. Foothills starts the season by paying tribute to playwright V. Cate. Ms. Cate and her son, Duke Ernsberger, wrote several plays before her death last year.

This hilarious production is directed by Marshall Goff. Jane Lucas is the Stage Manager and Tony Hendrix is the Technical Director. Published by Baker Plays, this production is rated PG-13.

Performance dates are September 19-21, 2014. Friday and Saturday performances are held at 8:00pm and Sunday matinees will be at 3:00pm. The box office opens one hour before each show. Ticket prices are Adult - $10.00, Senior (55 and older) - $8.00, and Student and Children - $6.00. Groups of 10 or more are priced at $6.00 each.

Season Tickets are available. The Season Pass includes 5 performances at FPA for $35.00. Besides Losing Patients Foothills upcoming Season includes: Defiance by John Patrick Shanley; Almost Maine by John Cariani; The Battle of Shallowford by Ed Simpson; and God’s Man In Texas by David Rambo.

Foothills Combo Season Ticket includes the 5 performances at FPA and Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity performed at the JE Broyhill Civic Center featuring the band Strictly Clean and Decent in in December.

Foothills Performing Arts is located in “B” Bldg. on the campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, NC on Hwy. 321. Reservations for Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity should be made by calling the JE Broyhill Civic Center. For all other reservations or information, please call 828-726-2318. Visit our website for more information.

Photo: Front Row: Chrystal Hass, Jan Robbins, Becky Lowrey, Evette Hagan, Katie Newkirk. Back Row: Jim Hass, Axel Guerra, Brian Costin, Stephen Starnes, Jason McGhinnis, Carla Robinson. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Spoken Word Poet Joshua Bennett Is Visiting Writer, Sept. 25

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present award-winning spoken word poet, Joshua Bennett on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

Bennett has performed his poetry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening for Poetry and Music at the White House. He has also performed with Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove.

Joshua Bennett

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and Africana Studies. He was the recipient of a Marshall Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. The Marshall Fellowship allowed him to graduate from the University of Warwick, UK with a Masters in Theater and Performance Studies. With the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Bennett is pursuing a PhD in English at Princeton University.

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sponsors of the 2014-2015 Series include: Crowne Plaza--Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

Family Care Center’s Zumbathon Is This Saturday, Sept. 20, 9am

Hickory - Family Care Center of Catawba Valley, Inc. will host their first Zumbathon on Saturday, September 20. The event will be held at Foothills Gymnastic Center, located at 920 29th Avenue NE in Hickory. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event takes place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Participants must be age 12 or older and are asked to seek sponsorships for the event. A minimum of $20 raised in sponsorships is preferred. All proceeds go directly to benefit the homeless families with dependent children that Family Care Center serves.

The Zumbathon includes 5 instructors, leading participants in old school Zumba, Latin Zumba, Hip Hop Zumba, Zumba Line Dancing and a Yoga Cool Down. Instructors include Amanda Givens, Paco, Monice Howell, Terri Pruitt and Rita Burns Wooten. Beginners as well as seasoned Zumba participants are welcome to attend. Prize packages will be awarded to the three participants with the most sponsorships. Refreshments will be provided.

Family Care Center is located at 2875 Highland Ave. NE in Hickory and has served homeless families for the past 26 years. More information about the Zumbathon including sponsorship forms can be found at or email

Recovery Ball Benefit For Caldwell House Is Sat., Oct 4

Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell House is hosting the first annual Recovery Ball on Saturday October 4th at the Hickory Museum of Art. This semi formal event is a fundraiser for the Caldwell House. The event starts at 8pm and there will be entertainment by Tony Eltora and DJ Chris Byrd. Tickets are $15 (suggested donation) and will include drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Caldwell House is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit facility.

The Caldwell House provides structure, responsibility and accountability which are key to a person's recovery. The House accepts only those persons who have completed at least 4 weeks of in-patient substance abuse treatment. The residents are adult males only. Residents accepted to the Caldwell House are able to benefit from its therapeutic program as they learn how to re-enter society in a safe and healthy environment.

Intake procedures include, reviewing assessments (which helps identifies maladapted behavior or the presence of other conditions, which may cause susceptibility to abuse by self or others) and going over treatment and aftercare plans to determine if the resident meets program admission criteria. Individuals who do not meet certain admission criteria may not be accepted to the House.

An average stay at Caldwell House is between 8 and 12 months. The House requires at least a 4 month commitment from residents and active involvement in the implementation of aftercare plans and employment.

For more information about the Caldwell House, or tickets for the event, please call (828)-754-4148.

Family Movie Night Sat., Sept. 20 At SALT Block: Princess Bride

Hickory - The SALT Block Foundation’s “Blockheads” and the Footcandle Society of Catawba County will present Family Movie Night Under the Stars, featuring “The Princess Bride”, on Saturday, September 20th on the SALT Block Lawn in Hickory. The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 6:00 pm with the movie beginning at 7:30pm. Join the fun with friends and family--bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. In the event of inclement weather, the film will be presented in the SALT Block Auditorium.

The SALT Block Foundation oversees the operation of the Block and provides the funding of the occupancy costs for the resident organizations. This arrangement allows these organizations free to do what they do best-provide the wonderful programs, exhibits and activities that enhance our community’s quality of life.

For more information, contact SBF Marketing Assistant, Pam Walters, or Executive Director, Tara Bland at 828-324-4906 or go to

Hickory Humanists Announce Upcoming Events

What: Trivia with Hickory Humanist Alliance

When: Tuesdays, 7 pm

Where: Mellow Mushroom, Hickory (on LR Blvd)

Cost: Free

Description: Come meet members of the Hickory Humanist Alliance and have a great night of trivia, delicious food, and a great beer selection!  Prizes are Mellow Mushroom gift cards!

What: Hickory Humanist Alliance at Catawba Valley Pride

When: 12 PM-6 PM, Saturday, 9/20/2014

Where: Stanford Park, 1451 8th St Dr NE, Hickory, NC

Cost: Free. (There will be food and drinks available for purchase from Hatch)

Description: Hickory Humanist Alliance will have a booth at the 2014 Catawba Valley Pride Celebration at Stanford Park/Highland Recreation Center.  Bring the family, a blanket, chairs, and a picnic and enjoy entertainment, vendors, and food which will be available for purchase.

What: Hickory Humanist Alliance Member Meeting (And every 3rd Sunday of the month)

When: 10 AM-12 PM, Sunday, 9/21/2014

Where: Olde Hickory Station, 232 Government Ave SW, Hickory NC

Cost: Free

Description: A meeting for member of the Hickory Humanist Alliance and those interested in becoming members. Our mission is to defend (without confrontation or animus) the separation of government and religion, work for social justice, fight bigotry, encourage egalitarianism, educate the public about the importance of secular democracy, and encourage critical thinking.

What: The UUC Film Series Presents- “Dead Poets’ Society”

When: 7 PM, Friday, 9/26/2014

Where: Universalist Unitarian Church of Catawba Valley, 833 5th St SE, Hickory, NC. Cost: Free

Description: In honor of the late Robin Williams, the UUC of Catawba Valley will be screening “Dead Poets’ Society” and holding an open discussion afterward. The film is rated PG, though parents should be cautioned that this film may not be appropriate for children of all ages.

What: ReasonCon 2015 Admin Meeting

When: 1 PM-3 PM, Sunday, 9/28/2014 (And every 4th Sunday until April)

Where: Hickory Taproom, 222 Union Sq NW, Hickory NC

Cost: Free

Description: Did you attend ReasonCon in 2014? Do you have suggestions for improving the flow of events last year? Didn’t attend, but interested in volunteering time to assist with organizing this year’s event?  Please come by and find out how everything will be put together this year.  Last year was run by another group, and, as this is our first time being in charge, we could use all the help we can get to spread the word about ReasonCon 2015 and to keep things running smoothly!

For more information: Phone the Hickory Humanists at (828) 548-0294 or email

Cast Of Southern Comedy Announced By HCT Director

Hickory - “I’ve got a wonderful gang,” said Charles Jeffers, director for the Hickory Community Theatre’s “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,” when he announced the show’s cast.

The play is a comedy romp taking place in a swamp in Alabama. It is a tangle between a New York tabloid journalist and a two feckless duck hunters who, in a bumbling misfire, think they shot an angel. It was written by popular author Mitch Albom, who also wrote “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”

Performances are in the Jeffers Theatre October 12-November 2. Tickets are $18 for adults ($2 off for seniors) and $10 for youth 18 and under. Thursday nights all adult seats are just $14. Purchase tickets online at or call (828) 328-2283.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this production.

PHOTO: The cast of “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” (from top down, left to right) includes Jay Barnhardt, Ralph Magnum, Bob Smith, David Sheronas, Marquinn Brannon, Peyton Powell and Ingrid Keller. Not pictured are Negerejen Thoppey and Silas Waugh. Photo is by Christopher Reidel.



















































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