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October 8, 2015

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Meetings, Oct. 8 & 22

Hickory – YMCA of Catawba Valley offers 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 is now available.

Prediabetic adults are invited to attend informational meetings on Thursday, October 8th or Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 pm at the C.O. Miller Teen Center.

“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 ould 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.”

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program with 16 weekly sessions followed by 4 bi-weekly sessions and 4 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.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, and other national organizations committed to preventing chronic disease.

For more information about this program contact Angela Chapman, Executive Director of the Hickory Foundation YMCA at 828-324-2858/ or visit


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.

Beaver Library’s Classic Movie Night October 15

Features The Woman In Green - It’s Free!

Hickory - Join us at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library for a Classic Movie Night on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. The movie The Woman in Green will be shown. The Woman in Green was released in 1945 and it is the eleventh of fourteen movies starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.

The Woman in Green is being shown on October 15th to complement the production of The Game’s Afoot at Hickory Community Theatre’s Jeffers Theatre October 16th to November 1st. Tickets for this production at Hickory Community Theatre are $18 for adults, $16 for Seniors, and $10 for youth and students. For the Thursday performances, adults and seniors may purchase their tickets for $14. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office from noon to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, in person or by phoning 828-328-2283. Online tickets are available through Hickory Community Theatre’s website at

Classic Movie Night is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for opening weekend passes of the production The Game’s Afoot donated by the Hickory Community Theatre. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

NYC’s Bandits On The Run, In Concert Friday, Oct. 9, At OPOP

Newton, NC - Bandits on the Run is coming to the Old Post Office Playhouse all the way from New York City! The group will be in concert Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm. The band features three young musicians, Sydney Shepherd, Adrian Ensco, and Regina Strayhorn who have played gigs from the NYC Subway to performance centers across the East Coast.

Sydney Shepherd is a native of Catawba County and grew up onstage at The Green Room Community Theatre. She graduated from UNC School of the Arts and made her Broadway debut to rave reviews.

Bandits on the Run brings a nostalgic medley of old and new: strummed, plucked, and bowed away on cello and resonator guitar, and propped up on an old timey spine of three part harmony. They play everything from reworked jazz and rock standards, pop music covers, and original songs that’ll make you feel like dancing in the aisles.

Tickets are now on sale for this great night of music. Artist Circle seating is $15 with all other tickets just $12. You can reserve your seats today by calling the Box Office at (828) 464-6128 or online at The Old Post Office Playhouse is located at 10 S Main Avenue in Newton.

Photo: CJ Harvey
NYC’s Bandits On The Run

Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl & Costume Contest Is Oct. 30

Hickory NC: It’s time to start planning that special costume for the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl and Costume Contest. From 4 to 5:00 pm on Friday October 30, costumed kids ages 12 and under will be treated to goodies from downtown businesses. The Hickory Museum of Art will host an activity table where kids may decorate pumpkins.

Registration for the Costume Contest begins at 3:30pm and ends at 5:00 pm. Early registration is recommended. Please send registration to: OR mail the completed, signed form to: HDDA, PO Box 9086, Hickory, NC 28603.

The Costume Contest, will be held under the Sails from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There are three Categories for participants, 0 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years and families. Winners of each category will receive tickets for a family of four to see the upcoming production of "The Music Man" at the Hickory Community Theatre.

Hickory Community Theatre Guild will judge the Costume Contest. Hal Rowe of WHKY's First Talk will be the emcee for the festivities. A good time is always had by all. The past Costume Contests have shown how creative our community is!

The Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl to promote safe trick-or-treating in downtown Hickory. For more information on The Hickory Downtown Development Association, membership, businesses, events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email, please visit the website,

Photo: Last year’s winners

The winner of the family category was the Baker family: Wesley, Mary-Margaret, Charlotte, and Sullivan. The Baker family was dressed as Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, George Washington and Lady Liberty.
The winner of the 0 to 6 age group was Carrington Grace McDade dressed as a pirate, complete with a moving pirate ship.
The 7 to 12 years winner was Ian Parsons dressed as a Hot Wheels package.

Mystery Comedy The Game’s Afoot, Opens Oct. 16 At HCT

Hickory - As in every murder mystery, there are questions to be answered. In “The Game’s Afoot,” opening October 16th at the Hickory Community Theatre, the mystery unfolds at a Christmas party, when one of the guests is murdered. The questions at this point then, are these: Who will be the victim? Who is the Killer? And are the deductive powers of an actor who has only played Sherlock on the stage up to the task of solving the mystery?

The answers to the questions are both surprising, and funny. This is a comedy after all, written by a master, Ken Ludwig, author of such wonderful farces as “Lend Me a Tenor.”

There are nine performances of “The Game’s Afoot,” Fridays and Saturdays, October 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 at 8pm; Thursdays, October 22 and 29 at 7:30pm; and Sundays, October 25 and November 1 at 2:30. There is on performance on Halloween night, when the Theatre presents its annual screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at midnight.

Tickets are $18, with a $2 discount for seniors and $10 tickets for students or youth 18 and under. Thursday night tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and youth. Tickets are available at the Theatre box office, online at or by phone at (828) 328-2283. Telephone and in-person box office hours are 12-5, Wed-Sat.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “The Game’s Afoot” is produced by CommScope and Trumpf, Inc. and is part of the 2015-16 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive.

Photo: Among the cast of “The Game’s Afoot - (back row L-R) Blake Richardson, Kelsey Perry, William Butland, Nathan Crabtree, (front row) Connie Bools, Diane Albers, Dorothy Best and Mary Moretz Howell – one is a killer, another the victim and another a police inspector. Can they solve the mystery before the audience? The farcical mystery opens October 16th at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call 828-328-2283 or click for tickets and information. Photo is by Christopher Reidel.

Pink Heals Will Be On Site All Weekend At Oktoberfest

Hickory - Pink Heals will be set up at Oktoberfest this weekend, near the railroad tracks, on Union Square in the non-profit section.

Pink Heals drives pink fire trucks and pink police cars across American bringing the Cares Enough to Wear Pink and Pink Heals Movement to a city near you! They simply provide a program for community leaders to adopt, helping them fundraise for people rather than causes. They focus their labor of love on the women of this country and wage war on anything that may harm her starting with cancer! Show your support by wearing PINK!

The Pink Heals organization started in 2007 to help people battling cancer with a focus on women and what they mean to us in our daily lives!  Since that time the program has evolved to be the driving force of change in the way this country is fund raising. 

They have taken the theme of the Public Safety with pink fire trucks and pink police cars to serve communities by putting people first instead of causes. Pink Heals believes that money raised in local communities, counties and states should remain there, giving the organization the option to either put it towards research or deliver one hundred percent of the money generated by fundraisers to the people that need it most! They believe that too many large corporate charities use a labor of love to raise money to sustain their own organization with little left to actually go to the people that need it.

They are one of the only charities that help other charities and tax based organizations raise money with our brand without having to control the fundraising dollars. The goal at the national level is to create chapters to help implement this program in each one of the communities throughout the country. 100% of the money raised under the Pink Heals umbrella goes right back to the public, either by way of local charity or actual people in need of help!  Local chapters support your efforts and will help deliver your fund raising to the beneficiary(s) chosen so long as they meet our criterion of being truly selfless and not for profit.  No one should benefit from the illnesses and misfortune of others.  It is time to bring fund raising back as it was intended in our hearts - to help one another without expecting anything in return!

Pink Heals NC Foothills Chapter, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization that raises awareness and funds for families and non-profit entities that assists those battling cancer within the cities we visit. Pink Heals brings a community together out of Love, not on behalf of a cause, a ribbon, or a large corporate charity. Pink Heals uses the color PINK to represent women and their families, NOT a specific diseases. This is not about breast cancer, but about ALL illnesses and needs within a community that can be cured or supported by keeping fund raising money local!

Changing The World....
Keeping It Local!

Hickory's Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October.  It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

For more information, please visit . For their safety and the safety of others pets are not allowed at the festival.

The 30th Annual Hickory Oktoberfest is hosted by the Hickory Downtown Development Association. Sponsors include STAGE SPONSORS: Beck's, Pepsi, Party City, Republic Services, Sheetz, Carolina West Wireless’ Bark Mobile, Main Stage: L & N Productions, Pavilion Stage: The Acoustic Stage, Hickory Music Factory Stage, Hickory Music Factory, MEDIA SPONSORS: FOCUS Newspaper, WHKY, Charter Spectrum, Big Dawg and WSGE 91.7.
Shiloh Lutheran Church Country Breakfast, October 10

Bethelehem, NC - Country Breakfast: ham, liver mush, sausage, bacon, eggs, gravy, biscuits, grits, jelly and jam, milk, orange and apple juice, Sunny D, tea, coffee and water. Saturday, October 10, beginning at 7:00, Shiloh Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1011 Shiloh Church Road, Bethlehem. Cost: Children under 3 years FREE, 3 years to 12 years $3.00, 13 years and over 13 $6.00, carry-outs $6.00. Proceeds go to Shiloh roof fund. Handicap accessible.

Shiloh services are weekly: 9:10 a.m., Morning Praise, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Holy Communion is celebrated the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month and on special festivals.

Shiloh (NALC) Lutheran Church is located across from Bethlehem Library and Post Office, on the hill with the flag flying.

Catawba Regional Hospice Seeks Patient Support Volunteers

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

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

The next volunteer training session will consist of two classes at Catawba Regional Hospice’s main campus (3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658) on Saturday, October 24 and Monday, October 26, 2015. The Saturday class runs from 9am-4pm, and the Monday class is from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Both are required. There is no fee for the training, and light meals will be served.

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

To register for the October sessions or for more information, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 828.466.0466 or

Hickory Community Theatre Crowns New “Divas”

Hickory - After competing among a field of 12 other singers, Charlotte Dick was named as the newest Grand Supreme Diva of the Hickory Community Theatre. Kaylyn Hall and Renetta Hamrick were named as first and second runners-up, respectively.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Dueling Divas V was sponsored by Cliff Moon.

Photo: Charlotte Dick (center) won the crown of Grand Supreme Diva at the Hickory Community Theatre’s fifth annual Dueling Divas singing competition fundraiser on Sat, Oct 3rd. Flanking her are first runner-up Kaylyn Hall (left) and second runner-up Renetta Hamrick.

Photo: Rhonda Spencer



Full Circle Arts’ Gala & Silent Auction Is Thursday, Oct. 8, 6pm

Hickory - The annual auction gala reception at Full Circle Arts is fast approaching. The festivities for our Gala reception are scheduled for the evening of Thursday, October 8, from 6:00 until 8:30 in Full Circle's galleries, 42-B Third St. NW, next to McGuire's Pub in downtown Hickory.

The silent auction, happening now, will continue until the reception, October 8th. The bidding will close promptly at 7:30.

In addition to many art pieces in various media, a great variety of other interesting items are being offered. Included among the art are such things as a basket filled with gourmet food items and a bottle of fine wine. The selection may be viewed and bid on during open hours at Full Circle Arts - Wednesday through Friday, 11:00 to 5:00, and Saturday, 10:00 to 2:00.

Bid tickets are available for purchase at Full Circle Arts until and during the reception.

A raffle is also being held. A large and varied group of items including theater tickets, gift certificates from neighboring businesses, 1000 copies from UPS, fiber art, jewelry, and many other unique, useful, and beautiful items are offered as prizes. Raffle tickets are on sale now and will be for sale at the reception. Recipients do not have to be present to win a prize.

The gala will feature live music by the Quick Walkers, and Full Circle's renowned and special refreshments.

As always, the annual auction is a great opportunity for holiday gift shopping at prices you choose.

For information call FCA at 828/322-7545

FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. FCA members are present at the gallery Wednesday through Friday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. 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

Poetry Hickory Welcomes Soniat & Kaufman On Tues., October 13

Hickory - Award winning NC poets, Katherine Soniat and Debra Kaufman, will read from their works at Poetry Hickory, held in Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory, on October 13.

Kaufman, at right, of Mebane, NC, is the author of six poetry collections and recipient of the James Applewhite Poetry Prize. Her newest collection, "Delicate Thefts," was published earlier this year by Jacar Press. Her poetry has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Her play, "Harbor Hope" was performed at Common Ground Theatre in Durham last June, and her short play "Sister from the Lake" will be performed in Greensboro this Halloween weekend. She is editor of the journal, "One."

Kaufman will lead a workshop on titles before her reading. The workshop will begin at 5:30 and will cost just $10. The reading will begin at 7:00, and will be followed by an Open Mic.

Soniat, at left, of Asheville, NC, has won the Oscar Arnold Young Award from the Poetry Council of North Carolina, The Iowa Prize, the Camden Poetry Prize, the Turtle Island Poetry Award, and a Virginia Prize in Poetry. She has published 5 collections of poetry, including her most recent, "The Goodbye Animals," and has another forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in March 2016. Soniat teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville.

Poetry Hickory has been facilitated monthly for 8 years by Hickory poet and Lenoir Rhyne professor, Scott Owens. For information, or to register for Kaufman's workshop, contact Owens at (828) 234-4266.

Photo: Debra Kaufman

Lincolnton Lions Club Collects Used Eyeglasses, Through 10/10

Lincolnton- The  Lincolnton Lions Club  is inviting members of the community to  assist with them a  special international service event to help eliminate preventable blindness and improve sight. The Worldwide Week of Service in Sight, October 4-10, brings Lions around the world together to help friends and neighbors with visual impairments in their local communities.

The  Lincolnton Lions Club  will be collecting  recyclable  prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses  at the Lincoln County  ophthalmologist, optometrist, and eye care professional offices at the following locations the week of October 4th through October 10th:

1)Advance Family Eye Care -7547 Waterside Loop Road, Denver
2)Carolinas Eye Care- 231 General’s Boulevard, Lincolnton
3) Carolinas Eye Care- 623  North Highway 16, Denver
4)Cherryville Eye Care- 201 West Church Street, Cherryville
5)The Drug Store- 626 Center Drive, Lincolnton
6)The Drug Store- 9676  West NC Highway 10, Vale
7)Lincoln Eye Center- 110 Doctor’s Park, Lincolton
8)Graystone Ophthalmology, PA- 2311 East Main Street, Lincolnton
9)Wal-Mart Vision Center, – 306 North Generals Boulevard, Lincolnton

Unfortunately, state and federal public health laws prohibit distribution of recyclable eyeglasses in the USA. To prevent any contamination of eyes, no contact lens will be accepted.   However,  all recyclable eyeglasses will be counted, sorted by prescription, and shipped for distribution to developing  countries throughout the world.  Due to many of countries receiving these recyclable eyeglasses are located at the Equator, there an great need for non-prescription and prescription sunglasses.

In addition to addressing needs in the community, the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight project is an opportunity for The Lincolnton Lions Club to support the Lions Clubs International goal of helping 100 million people by its 100th anniversary in 2017.     
To learn more about the event, the Lincolnton Lions Club or its service projects, contact Lion Robert Tomlinson @ , or 704-735-8154. The Lincolnton Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Medical Plaza I’s Elm Classroom on the campus of Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln. 

Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit

Carolina Renaissance Festival Opens This Weekend, Oct. 10 & 11

Huntersville, NC – The 22nd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival will open its season on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th.  Typically open rain or shine, the Festival considers North Carolina’s declaration of a state of emergency a unique weather condition.

The Festival season will continue Saturdays and Sundays, through November 22nd and offers several new attractions, new entertainments, and returning favorites including the famous giant roasted turkey legs.  

Festival details and more online at  

What: The 22nd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Where: North of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville. The Festival is located on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85).

Advance Discount Tickets: $23 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at Seniors ages 60 and over and Military personnel (with valid ID) enjoy discount tickets at the gate with adults at $21 and $9 for children ages 5 – 12.  Children under 5 are always free. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.

Information: Online at, or call (704) 896-5544, toll free (877) 896-5544. 

Lenoir-Rhyne Sponsors Little Book Drive For Abused Children

Hickory - The Lenoir-Rhyne University College of Education and Human Services is conducting a “Little Book Drive” throughout the month of October. New or gently used children’s books and coloring books (pre-K through 8th grade) will be collected to benefit the children served by the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County (CAPC). The drive is taking place as part of the University’s 125th year of promoting education.

CAPC is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving Catawba County children who are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and their non-offending family members.

Anyone interested in supporting the “Little Book Drive” can drop off books and/or coloring books at one of three designated locations on the campus of LRU. Donations bins can be found at the main entrances of the Rhyne building and the Cromer Center, and in the lobby of the Rudisill Library.

For more information, contact Alyssa Matty, Administrative Assistant for the College of Education and Human Services at or (828) 328-7507.

Woolly Worm Festival Is Next Weekend, Oct. 17-18, Banner Elk

Banner Elk, NC – The weather prognosticating skills of the woolly bear caterpillar take center stage Oct. 17-18 during the famous Woolly Worm Festival in downtown Banner Elk.

The festival, now in its 38th year, holds a series of races to determine which woolly worm is bestowed the honor of forecasting weather conditions for the upcoming winter.

According to legend, the 13 fur bands of the worm foretell the weather for all 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate mild weeks and black bands indicate cold, snowy weeks.

“It’s unique. You have crafts, food and entertainment, but the unique aspect of the festival is that we race woolly worms,” says event chairperson Mary Jo Brubaker. “Not only does the winning worm determine the winter forecast for the North Carolina High Country, but the human being with the winning worm receives $1,000.”

Saturday is the day for determining the champion prognosticator, although races do take place Sunday for a smaller prize ($500) and no forecasting honors.

Races start both days shortly after gates open at 9:00 a.m. Each day’s championship race takes place at approximately 4:00 p.m. Attendees may bring their own worms, or purchase one for a dollar from school kids raising money for the local PTO.

“We encourage people to recycle the worms to someone else or release them back into the woods,” Brubaker says. “It’s just good all-American family fun. That’s all there is to it.”

The festival draws approximately 20,000 people from across the country. When they’re not racing worms, attendees enjoy live music, kids’ games, a superb collection of craft vendors, plus a variety of food options ranging from Amish doughnuts to Carolina barbecue.

The music lineup includes an Elvis tribute artist, Dolly Parton tribute artist and several bluegrass acts.

“My favorite part is watching families race the worms. We have families who come every year for a weekend in the mountains and they actually have team t-shirts,” Brubaker says. “And the fall foliage is just gorgeous. It’s a beautiful time to be in the North Carolina mountains.”

Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Kids five and under are admitted free.

For festival info, visit:, or call 800-972-2183. For lodging options, go to

Photo: Banner Elk native Isabella Oakes shows off a furry friend during the Woolly Worm Festival.
Photo by Todd Bush

Cotton Ginning Days Festival In Dallas, Oct. 9, 10, 11 -— Free!

Dallas, NC - Gaston County Parks and Recreation, along with GAMTRA (the Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical, and Textile Restoration Association) will host the 28th Annual Cotton Ginning Days Festival at Dallas Park from Friday, Oct 9 to Sunday, Oct 11. The cotton gin will be in full operation all weekend long, and GAMTRA will showcase many different restored steam and gasoline engines. The Heritage Arts Village will showcase a blacksmith, pottery, soap and candle making along with many more demonstrations. There will be over 75 artisans selling handmade arts and crafts plus 20 food vendors.

The two stages on Saturday October 10th will highlight traditional bluegrass and contemporary bluegrass music featuring the female trio Underhill Rose, The Band Concord, Carolina Blue, The Cockman Family, The Flowers Family and The Griggs.

The Kid’s County Fair will have mechanical rides, bounce house obstacle courses and carnival games. The hours for rides will be Friday from 5pm-10pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

Admission and parking are free and a free shuttle will run from Gaston College to the Festival on Saturday October 10th.

For additional information, please contact Gaston County Parks and Recreation at 704.922.2160 or visit the County’s website at

Burke Co. Tourism’s Trolley Offers Fall Foliage Viewing Tours

Morganton, NC – For the second straight year, leaf lookers can receive daily fall color reports from Burke County Tourism. And, for the first time, the tourism department will offer five leaf-looking trolley tours during month of October.

The detailed reports, available daily online and at the Burke County Visitors Center, cover the top 10 places in the county to view fall foliage. Tourism director Ed Phillips created the reports last fall to make it easy for visitors to find the best color in a county where elevations range from 1,000 to 4,000 feet.

“Burke County has a color season in the higher elevations that starts in early October and it runs through the second week of November in the lower elevations,” Phillips said. “Early color begins near Linville Falls, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain. In late October to early November, we approach peak around Lake James State Park, South Mountains State Park and the wineries along the Catawba Valley Wine Trail.”

Phillips said the color reports were a big hit last fall, driving a lot of people to the visitors center and the website. Based on that popularity, an idea was born to incorporate trolley tours this autumn.

The first two tours take place Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, and traverse the county’s higher elevations. These tours showcase autumn’s tapestry at Linville Falls and throughout the Linville Gorge, as well as the scenic Brown Mountain overlook.

Each of those tours includes lunch at Famous Louise’s Rock House Restaurant, where the dining room is split among three counties: Burke, Avery and McDowell.

The final three tours take place Oct. 23, Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, and focus on the splendid colors available around Lake James and the Catawba Valley Wine Trail. Each of those three tours includes wine tastings at Lake James Cellars and Silver Fork Winery.

The cost for each trolley tour is $49 per person. There is no charge for daily color reports or scenic drive maps.

For complete information, call 888-462-2921 or go to:

The Music Man Auditions At HCT

The Hickory Community Theatre is holding auditions on Monday and Tuesday, October 12 & 13, at 7pm for the musical The Music Man. There are roles for 25 men and women, boys and girls. Prepare a song you feel confident in singing, that is the same style as the show. Bring sheet music if possible; no recorded accompaniment. For more information, visit the theatre’s website at or their Facebook page. HCT is at 30 3rd Street in downtown Hickory. 828.327.3855.


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