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April 20, 2017

Last Chance! FOCUS Seeks Models For Its May 25 Swimsuit/Summer

Guide Issue! Enter By April 21! 2015 Contest Winners (Or Earlier) May

Enter, Too!

Hickory - If you haven’t entered to be considered for this iconic issue of FOCUS, or if you know someone who should enter, better do it today! The deadline to submit a photo to be a swimsuit model in FOCUS’ 2017 Swimsuit/Summer Guide Issue is Friday, April 21st, at midnight!

The contest is presented by RH Barringer, your local distributer of Anheuser Busch and Craft Beer.

The contest is presented by RH Barringer, your local distributer of Anheuser Busch and Craft Beer.

Rose Mary Cheek Photography

Again this year, women and men of all types, sizes and ages over 18 are encouraged to submit a photograph and try for a chance to be a part of this famous issue of FOCUS!

If you were chosen to model for FOCUS in 2015 or before, feel free to enter again! Models from 2016 will have to wait a year to re-enter the contest.

Email your photo - it can be just a clear cell phone photo, waist up, with a big smile on your face - to focusnews2@yahoo.com. Include your home, business and or cell phone number as well as your address. You will receive a response from FOCUS to confirm your entry. If you don’t receive a response within a day or two, please call the FOCUS office to let us know.

All FOCUS models chosen to appear in the issue will be notified via email or telephone by the end of the day Monday, April 24th. Call FOCUS at 828-322-1036 for more information. See the ad on page 14 this week.

If you were chosen to model for FOCUS in 2015 or before, feel free to enter again! Models from 2016 will have to wait a year to re-enter the contest.

Up to four men & four women will win free swimwear & lots of goodies from our sponsors, The Olde Hickory Taproom and The Hickory Community Theatre.

Spencer Huffman Pixelated Perceptions

The Olde Hickory Station is sponsoring Hickory Hops beer festival in Downtown Hickory on Saturday, April 22nd from 1-7pm. Tickets are available now for the Festival. Go to www.hickoryhops.com or call 828.322.1121.

Hickory Community Theatre’s current production is The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, continuing this Thursday-Saturday, its final week. Thursday tickets are just $14. Don’t miss this beautifully staged show family show. For tickets go to www.hickorytheatre.org or call 828.328.2283.

Hickory area professional photographer & sponsor Spencer Huffman of Pixelated Perceptions will photograph our models for the Swimsuit/Summer Guide, which will be on news stands on Thursday, May 25th.

Models will also be featured at www.focusnewspaper.com through the summer as part of our Summer Guide online and on our mobile app.

Rose Mary Cheek Photography

FOCUS’ Summer Guide is a handy reference for things to do & see - festivals, historic sites, amusement parks, conventions - within a day’s drive of Western North Carolina. Be sure to pick up this issue on May 25th to plan a great summer!

Remember, the email address is now focusnews2@yahoo.com.

Bluegrass Band Mile Twelve At CoMMA On Monday, April 24th

Morganton, NC - On Monday, April 24th, come hear Boston-based bluegrass band Mile Twelve in concert at The City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium.

Mile Twelve, A Boston-based bluegrass band

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith- Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict perform captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”

Doors at 6:30 PM, music at 7:00 PM. Tickets $15.

You can listen to Mile Twelve’s music at their website here: http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/

Reserve tickets here: http://www.commaonline.org/index.php/shows/other-events/117-mile-twelve-in-concert

For further information, contact David Benedict at (864) 650-1005

Website: http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miletwelve/

Homegrown Talent Performs At Bach’s Lunch On Fri., April 21

Newton, NC - On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Newton-Conover Auditorium is proud to host Grace Wepner-Ludtke and John Wepner for a Bach’s Lunch ‘N’ Listen performance.

Grace, Newton-grown professional harpist and co-founder of the North Carolina Harp Ensemble, has performed throughout North America and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, St. George’s Church in London and Liben Castle in Prague.
As a chamber and orchestral musician, Grace has performed professionally with the North Carolina Opera, Greensboro Opera, Winston-Salem Symphony and Bel Canto Company. She has also performed with various musical ensembles at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, High Point University and Appalachian State University. Grace has been involved in several world-premieres and professional recordings. She will be accompanied and preceded by her brother, local pianist, John Wepner.

Bach’s Lunch ‘n’ Listen is a lunchtime concert series that takes place on the third Friday of every month in the McCreary Modern Gallery of Newton-Conover Auditorium from 12-1:30 p.m.

The cost is $15, which includes a lunch with several diet options, including vegetarian. (Please contact the office at 828-464-8100 if you have special dietary needs).

The concerts feature a wide range of professional musicians. Upcoming performers for the rest of this season are as follows:

Bach’s Lunch ‘n’ Listen began in October of 2014 and has maintained great popularity, with tickets often selling out. It’s important to reserve in advance to guarantee your spot. Seating is limited.

For tickets, visit www.newton-conoverauditorium.org/tickets or call the Auditorium’s ticketing service at 1-800-838-3006. Members of the Newton-Conover Auditorium may book through the auditorium office by calling 828-464-8100.

Friends of Library’s Jewelry & Accessory Sale Is Sat., April 22

Hickory - The Friends of Ridgeview Library will hold their “Gently Used” Jewelry & Accessory sale on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ridgeview Branch Library.

Shoppers will find a wonderful selection of new and gently used hats, purses, jewelry and scarves at affordable prices.

All proceeds will be used to support summer programs for children and teens. Donations of jewelry and accessories may be brought to both Patrick Beaver and Ridgeview Branch’s circulation desk until Friday, April 21.

Friends of Ridgeview Library is a volunteer organization that supports the programs and services of the Ridgeview Branch. Past programs have included visits by authors, musicians, and an annual Kwanzaa and Women’s History Month program.

For information about Friends membership or volunteer opportunities, call the Ridgeview Library at 828-345-6037. The Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st St., SW.

Hospice Sets Workshops For Caregivers, April 25 - May 16

Newton, NC – Catawba Regional Hospice is offering a four-week workshop series to help caregivers better cope with the challenges of supporting a loved one who has a chronic illness, disability, or life-limiting condition. All sessions are free.

April 25 focuses on the emotional and spiritual toll of caregiving. Leading it is the Rev. Kim Moss, MDiv, MSW, who highlights the importance of self-care for the caregiver.

Marsha Lynn

May 2 addresses the practical aspects of caregiving. Lynn Killian, CNAII, teaches safe, hands-on techniques of personal care for patients.

May 9 tackles the financial impact of illness. Brent Bowman, CFP, discusses the costs and offers tips on paying for long-term care. Access to local resources is also addressed.

Lynn Killian

May 16 looks at ways to manage the stress of caregiving. Marsha Lynn, RN, CHPN, WCC, leads participants in fun group activities to help find physical and emotional relief.

Each session is offered twice, once in the early afternoon and again in the evening. The 1:30pm workshops will take place at Morningstar First Baptist Church (126 4th Ave SW, Hickory), and the 6:30pm workshops will be held at First United Methodist Church (311 3rd Ave NE, Hickory).

Attendees are invited to choose whichever time and location they prefer.

The goal of the four-week series, beyond its practical tips, is to showcase the myriad benefits that hospice care offers to eligible patients. These workshops are intended to help caregivers understand that families and hospice providers are partners in care and that support is available at any time.

Rev. Kim Moss

To register for one or more sessions, call the Rev. Sandi Hood, CRH’s Director of Community Outreach, at 828-466-0466, ext. 3212, or email her at shood@pchcv.org. For more info. about hospice care, visit www.CatawbaRegionalHospice.org, call 828-466-0466, or like them on Facebook.

About the Organization:

Catawba Regional Hospice, founded in 1979 as one of NC’s original three hospices, is a community-based organization providing hospice medical care, patient and family support, and spiritual comfort throughout the multi-county Catawba region.

Brent Bowman

From Lake James to Lake Hickory to Lake Norman, we serve patients and families regardless of diagnosis, age, gender, nationality, race, faith, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to pay. CRH is licensed by the state of North Carolina, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, and nationally accredited. For more info. about our programs of service, call 828-466-0466 or visit www.CatawbaRegionalHospice.org.

Justice Morgan To Speak At NAACP Fundraiser On April 22

Hickory - Hickory Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold its spring fundraiser, Honoring the Past/Renewing the Vision on Saturday, April 22 at 4:00 P.M. The featured keynote speaker is the Honorable Judge Michael R. Morgan, recently elected Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. This event will be held at the Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 492 Catawba Valley Blvd, Hickory, NC.

Justice Morgan has been a judge for more than 27 years spanning three different judgeships, including five years as a North Carolina Administrative Law Judge, and a decade as a District Court Judge for Wake County. He served as a North Carolina Superior Court Judge from 2005 to 2016.

Justice Michael R. Morgan

Born in Cherry Point, NC and educated in the New Bern, NC public school system, he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duke University and the Juris Doctor Degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

A reception will follow the program. For tickets or information, call 828-238-4430.

Funky Family Fun With Billy Jonas Band At The Library, Sat., April 22

Hickory - Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day and the Hickory Public Library is celebrating with a free family concert at 11:00 a.m. by the Billy Jonas Band. The event will be at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Billy Jonas is known across America for highly engaging and energetic performances for children of all ages. Impossible to categorize, the band combines influences from folk, jazz, non-western traditions and one-of-a-kind sources, including the audience’s imagination! Billy’s music features quirky lyrics and creative, sometimes homemade instruments recycled from buckets, barrels and cans. The band’s eight CDs and two DVDs have garnered a bevy of honors and critical acclaim, including a New York Times “Best” listing, a First Place Gold from American Federation of Independent Musicians, and multiple Parent’s Choice Gold Awards. In 2010 Billy and the band were invited to play at the White House.

The rules fly out the window when the Billy Jonas Band hits the stage -- but the fun flies in! This concert will captivate children and their adults alike.

This event is funded in part by the Hickory Public Library Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Western Piedmont Symphony Performs Last Concert

of the Season On Saturday, April 22

Hickory - Under the baton of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the Western Piedmont Symphony will close their 52nd season with Masterworks V—Russian Roulette. Performing works by Russian composers, Masterworks V will be held at 7:30 PM on April 22, 2017, at PE Monroe Auditorium, Lenoir-Rhyne University. Tickets range from $22-$42.

Sponsored by Friends of the Symphony and Dr. Brian Adair, the season closes with another Youth Symphony alumna, pianist Baron Fenwick, a recent graduate of the Mannes School in NYC. He will be performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concert. The orchestra will also be performing composer Meira Warshauer’s As Waters Over the Earth: A Tribute to Mozart. The final work of the season will be an audience favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #5.

All tickets are available through Etix.com, or email at info@wpsymphony.org, 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 www.WPSymphony.org.

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 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Appointments Available For One-On-One Email Basics At Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 4/28

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering one-on-one sessions for those interested in learning how use web-based email accounts on Friday, April 28th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Topics to be covered include setting up a web-based email account, sending and receiving emails and attaching files to email messages.

Appointments are limited so registration is required.

Patrons may sign-up for an appointment by calling 828-304-0500 ext. 7235.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Love Takes Many Forms In HCT’s Rent, Opening Friday, May 12

Hickory - The most known piece of music in the popular rock musical “Rent”, is “Seasons of Love,” a simultaneously uplifting and heart-rending song that poses the question of how to properly quantify the value of a year in human life, concluding in the chorus that the most effective means is to “measure in love”.

Creator Jonathan Larson’s book and lyrics present love as an internal conflict, between passion and reason, between the desire to be with someone and the need for self-protection. The word “rent” also means torn, Larson’s favorite meaning of the title, and certainly the characters in this show are torn between conflicting desires – between comfort and idealism, between love and dignity, between anger and pain, between the fear of intimacy and the fear of getting hurt. The word rent means shredded in grief or rage. It means split apart when it describes communities, families, or other relationships. And it also means torn open by painful feelings, something nearly every character in the show feels at some point. And all the complexity of these two simple, four-letter words, “love” and “rent,” run parallel throughout this fascinating musical.

One of the most powerful love stories in “Rent” is that of Tom Collins and Angel. Collins described by narrator Mark as a “computer genius, teacher, and vagabond anarchist who ran naked through the Parthenon.” By contrast, Angel is the wise wizard in the story. Collins says to Roger in Act II, “Angel helped us believe in love.” In the Hickory production Tom is played by Ty Shelton and Angel by Clay Hennessee.

Although he has been away from the local stage for a few years, Shelton is a familiar face, having played well known roles like Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Jim in Big River and the Emcee in Chicago. Now a resident of Asheville, he was drawn back to Hickory for this production because of his love for the show, which he credits with sparking his interest in musical theatre.

Hennessee is a native of Burke County residing in Morganton, who only recently returned to this area after completing a two year program at AMDA, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, in New York, where he studied in dance and musical theatre. His last time on the Hickory stage was in the ensemble of Les Miserables but audiences will also remember his humorous turn as Baloo, the bear in Jungle Book Kids.

Performances of “Rent” are 8:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 pm Thursdays, and 2:30 Sundays, May 12 through June 4, 2017. Tickets are $20. There is a senior discount of $2 and tickets for students and youth 18 and under are just $10. Tickets for Thursday performances are $16 for adults and $10 for students and youth. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hickorytheatre.showare.com or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wed through Sat in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

“Rent” is produced by Catawba Valley Medical Center and Robert Abbey. This show is the ninth production of the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

This production is recommended for mature audiences only because of adult language and sexual situations.

PHOTO: Ty Shelton (left) and Clay Hennessee play lovers Tom Collins and Angel in the HCT’s production of the rock musical “Rent”, which begins its run on May 12. Photo is by John Koval.

HMA Hosts CVCC Student Art Show On Tuesday, April 25

Hickory - The Hickory Museum of Art will host Catawba Valley Community College’s Student Art Show on Tues., April 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. throughout the museum’s galleries.

Work by graduating Photographic Technology and Advertising & Graphic Design associate degree students will be on display. The exhibit is open to the general public; light refreshments will be served.

Students showcasing in the 2017 CVCC Student Art Show are: Linda Chang, Mount Gilead, NC; Debbie Hefner, Rhodhiss, NC; Sierra Kelso, Bay City, TX; Matthew Lee, Taylorsville, NC; Alex Lor, Hickory, NC; Phengkee Xiong, Claremont, NC; Photographic Technology: Shawna Huffman, Anderson, IN; Brittany Keener, Lincolnton, NC; Shelby Summerow, Connelly Springs, NC; Nicole Webb, Taylorsville, NC.

For more information about CVCC Student Art Show at the Hickory Museum of Art, contact Jennifer Cobb, Advertising and Graphic Design department head, 828-327-7000, ext. 4020, or Joe Young, Photographic Technology department head, 828-327-7000, ext. 4467, jyoung@cvcc.edu.

CVCC Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day With

Denial Screening On Thurs., April 27, 1pm

Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College will recognize the Day of Remembrance (April 24, 2017) with a screening of the movie “Denial” Thurs., April 27, 1 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

The screening and discussion will be held in Room 205 of the Dunbar Building on the Main Campus in Hickory. History faculty member Terry Messick and researcher Ari Sigal will lead the discussion.

“Denial,” is a 2016 British-American historical drama film directed by Mick Jackson and written by David Hare, based on Deborah Lipstadt's book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” It dramatizes the Irving vs. Penguin Books Ltd. case in which a Holocaust scholar was sued by a Holocaust denier for libel.

Approximately six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, which means “sacrifice by fire,” according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. By 1945, two out of every three European Jews were killed.

Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah in Hebrew) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, on which the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust are memorialized. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

For more information about the presentation, contact Ari Sigal at 828-327-7000, ext. 4355, or asigal@cvcc.edu.

450th Anniversary Of Joara / Fort San Juan, Beaver Library, May 2

Hickory - In 1567, Juan Pardo and 130 men departed from the South Carolina coast, bound for Mexico through the interior of what is now North Carolina and South Carolina. Over time, six forts were built and tentative relationships with the local populations were forged.

Then, after eighteen months, it was all over. What happened? Join Archaeologist Melissa Timo of Exploring Joara Foundation on Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library for a presentation on Pardo’s first fort, Fort San Juan.

Timo will examine the archaeological evidence recovered from the site of Fort San Juan, near Morganton, and the powerful Native American communities the Spanish interacted with 450 years ago. Come and learn how close one western North Carolina story came to changing U.S. history as we know it.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Annual Super Hero Challenge Laps For Charity Is On May 6

Hickory - AMC 15 Hickory has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and RunTime Races, along with sponsors The Spot Toys and Collectibles, Time Tunnel Comics, Sweet Frog, Roc’N Oven Pizza, and the Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton, to present the Super Hero Challenge - Laps for Charity.

This 2nd Annual event will be held Saturday, May 6th, between 9 am - 10 am at AMC Theatre (formerly Carmike Cinemas) at 2000 Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory.

We encourage you to come dressed as your favorite Super Hero and walk or run as many laps as you can in one hour. Regardless if you complete one lap or twenty, our objective is to raise money and awareness for our charity.

You will have an opportunity to register, donate, and become a fundraiser during the registration process. Each participant will receive a free Movie Ticket.

Prizes will be given away for the best costume and most money raised.

Grab your capes, shields and magic lassos and join the challenge (not required to dress as a super hero to participate, all participants are welcome).

Early Registration will take place through 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 25th at RunTimeRaces.com and includes a FREE RACE TEE. Race Day Registration opens from 7:45 am - 8:45 am Race Day (No race T-shirt will be included during Race Day Registration). You must have the proper amount for cash payment on race day, no checks accepted. Registration fee is $25; 17 and younger and 60 and over pay $15. Please go to www.RunTimeRaces.com for additional information.

Friends Of John Coffey Concert Features Laurice Lanier,

This Saturday, April 22 At 7:30 PM, Newton

Newton, NC - Please join the Catawba County arts community on Saturday, April 22nd at Old Post Office Playhouse for the second in this season’s series of “Friends of John Coffey” concerts featuring triple threat Laurice Lanier. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Old Post Office Playhouse and online at www.thegreenroomtheatre.org. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

Laurice Lanier is a professional vocalist and entertainer, vocal coach, worship leader and tap dancer. Ms. Lanier, named by Maryland Public Television as “One of the Most Versatile Voices on the Planet,” is originally from Jackson, TN.

Lanier is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she majored in Vocal Performance and Foreign Language. Ms. Lanier has performed various roles in opera houses, theatres, concerts halls, private functions and churches throughout the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall as a Leontyne Price Showcase Winner, New York, NY, Holiday Pops Concert with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, IL and the Black History Opera View with Opera Memphis, Memphis, TN and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for their Martin Luther King Celebration at the Nashville Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN.

Ms. Lanier’s theatre credits include Director Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme on Broadway and Marion J. Caffey’s 3 Mo’ Divas.

Menno Feenstra, Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House said, “When Laurice sings you forget the bad in your life.” Eric Reszynak, writer and critic for the Rochester City Newspaper said, “If you look inside Lanier, you will find a small hole that would somehow be connected to God’s walkie talkie.”

Laurice Lanier

John Coffey has worked in numerous regional theatres throughout the U.S. including Mount Gretna, PA, Seven Angels, CT and Cape Fear, NC.

International Touring includes 42nd Street (Moscow, Russia), North American Tours of Evita (2009) and 3 Mo’ Divas (2006–2010), both as Assistant Conductor. Nationally, he served The Full Monty as Music Director for NETworks. Off-Broadway experience includes Naked Boys Singing as well as Danny & Sylvia and The Danny Kaye Musical. John was the assistant conductor for Into The Woods in Portland, Maine (2010) and Nine in Brugge, Belgium (2009), both with the Intermezzo Music Festival.

With a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, John has performed as a concert pianist with various orchestras and his skills have given him the opportunity to play for a number of legendary artists, including Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. John later ventured into musical theatre and created four musicals of his own, including We Are The People Too.

John returned to Hickory in 2011 and is available for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Piano lessons as well as Theory and Vocal Coaching at Hickory Arts.

John Coffey is a grant recipient. The Friends of John Coffey 2016-2017 Tour is supported in part by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Additional sponsors include Robert Abbey and Hickory Arts.

Hickory Arts is the “un-studio”—a simple, custom, specialized, non-event-driven teaching & production studio dedicated to coaching performance artists from point A to point B. The studio is located at 720 Second Avenue SW, Hickory, 28602, behind ITP and across from Hickory Optimist Park (where you’ll also find additional parking). For more information about tickets and Hickory Arts, please explore the website or call 828-270-9801.

RockyFest Music Line-up For This Saturday, April 22, In Hiddenite

Alexander County, NC - The public is invited to attend RockyFest 2017 on Saturday, April 22 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (Rocky Face Park). The event will feature 5K/10K/20K trail races, live music, rock climbing and rappelling, children’s activities, food/arts/crafts vendors and more. Get ready for some great bluegrass and old-time music at RockyFest 2017 on Saturday, April 22 at Rocky Face Park in Hiddenite.

The Alexander Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will kick off the music for RockyFest at 10:00 a.m.

Alexander County’s own Carolina Express will follow at 11:00 a.m., with award-winning guitarist Danny Wicker performing at 12:00 p.m.

Shadow Grass

Multi-talented vocalist and fiddler Madison Elmore takes the stage at 1:00, followed by one of last year’s favorites, ShadowGrass, at 2:00 p.m.

The Trailblazers, one of bluegrass music’s newest up-and-coming young groups, will perform at 3:00 p.m.

Strictly Strings, another 2016 favorite at RockyFest, will play at 4:00 p.m.

Headlining the event will be multi-award winning, old time string band The Slate Mountain Ramblers at 5:00 p.m. Accompanying the musicians will be flatfoot dancer Rodney Sutton, who is an early member of the Green Grass Cloggers. There will also be flat-foot dancing demonstrations throughout the day.

Trailblazers

Also, remember to bring an instrument to join in at the picking tents. Visit www.rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest for complete details.

Alexander County Government and Rocky Face Park would like to express their appreciation to this year’s fine sponsors of RockyFest 2017: Platinum Sponsor - Duke Energy; Gold Sponsors - Craftmaster Furniture, Alexander Railroad Company; Silver Sponsors - EnergyUnited Electric, Huntington House, Schneider Mills, Paragon Films, Hancock & Moore, West Consultants; and Bronze Sponsors - Taylor King Furniture, McGill Associates.

For more information about RockyFest 2017, visit www.RockyFacePark.com/RockyFest or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at (828) 632-1093.

About Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area

Rocky Face Mountain is located in the northern part of Alexander County and is considered to be the southern edge of the Brushy Mountains.

Music Headliner, The Slate Mountain

Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is approximately 318 acres in size, with five miles of hiking trails leading to the mountain summit. The 100-foot cliff face is perfect for rock climbing, with 58 established climbing routes that range from beginner to expert. In addition, there is a one-third-mile paved walking trail located in the former quarry area. The site also features a picnic shelter and restroom facilities along with a park office. Approximately 25 geocaches are hidden throughout the park. The mountain is a dome shaped mass of granite with a maximum elevation of approximately 1800 feet above sea level. The summit is approximately 600 feet above the surrounding terrain. In addition to its scenic beauty, Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is on the North Carolina Registry of Natural Heritage Areas.

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