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September 3, 2015

Sails On The Square Returns This Friday, Sept. 4, With Tellico!

Hickory – What does unique musical entertainment, lawn chairs and blankets, picnics, and Fridays in May, June and September in Downtown Hickory have in common? The Sails Original Music Series.

Hickory is fortunate to have Bob Sinclair serving as the coordinator for this unique original music series. He does this for fun, and has many years of experience putting together events like the Sails Original Music Series, as well as playing music himself in places like the Bluebird in Nashville. Sinclair has, again, brought together a lineup for this series that has a variety of genres from indie-rock to international party music, Latin jazz to fusion, and bluegrass – all world-class; all free.

“The Sails on the Square music stage is a destination, thanks to three-years of original music for the Friday night Sails series in May, June and September, and performances from the Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Choral Society, Hickory Arts, Hickory Music Factory, as well as all the other events that our partners organize, including the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market and Hickory Downtown Development events, like the Art Crawl, Candy Crawl and more,” said Mandy Pitts, Hickory’s Communications Director and Brand Manager.  “We are starting our third September Sails Original Music Series on Friday nights and we have an outstanding line up of original artists this September thanks to music coordinator Bob Sinclair.”

This family-friendly, Hickory-original, music experience returns to Downtown Hickory at The Sails on the Square stage on Friday, September 4 with the band Tellico.

Tellico plays Friday in Union Square, Hickory, at 6pm

“This is a fantastic bluegrass band whose brand new record is getting serious airplay and grand reviews around the globe,” said Sinclair. “Anya Hinkle is a powerhouse of voice and strings.  This is the band’s first time to our Sails stage.  Let's make them welcome.”

Tellico’s music is a journey through the modern Appalachian soundscape, with vivid storytelling and memorable instrumental and vocal performances that wed tradition to contemporary Americana sensibilities.

Firmly planted in Asheville, NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass, but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound.  Well known for their rootsy, authentic singing, and, as well as the hard-edged, yet nostalgic, themes of their songwriting, the quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. 

Tellico will release their first album “Relics and Roses” in June 2015, featuring the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass), and showcasing Aaron Ballance on dobro and steel guitars, and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo.

Event attendees are encouraged bring their lawn chairs or blankets and pack picnics or get food from one of the restaurants in the area.  Old Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery sell their locally crafted beverages during the concerts on Fridays. 

Sails Original Music Series begins about 6 p.m. and ends by 8:30 p.m. 

The City could not put together the Sails Original Music Series without gracious sponsors, which are Bob Sinclair Music, FOCUS Newspaper, Larry’s Music and Sound, Hickory Wine Shoppe, Crowne Plaza, The Silent, Old Hickory Brewery, Freese & Nichols, and 1290 WHKY.  In addition, Friends of the Sails Original Music Series are WNCW (88.7 FM), WNNC (1230 AM), WAIZ (630 AM), and Silver Fork Winery. 

Tellico accolades:

“....wonderfully original mountain music.” --Martin Anderson, Music Director & Morning Host WNCW-FM Spindale, NC

"With deep warm tones, intimate vocals, vivid lyrics, natural arrangements, and emotional solos Tellico masterfully draws the listener into the center of their original songs. Through their wonderful musicianship they never fail to create an atmosphere that perfectly enhances their storytelling.  I love this CD!" --Chad Manning of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience

The September line-up includes: September 11,            Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer,; September 18,Dustbowl Revival;September 25            Randall Bramblett more information about Tellico, visit

First Footcandle Film Festival Is Set For September 25-27

HIckory - The area’s first weekend-long film festival — the Footcandle Film Festival — will be coming to the SALT Block Auditorium September 25th through the 27th. The festival will feature eleven feature-length films and fourteen short films during the weekend, along with a special opening night event and a closing awards ceremony. The festival is being held by the Footcandle Film Society, a local non-profit film screening and discussion group that currently has over 550 local members, in partnership with the Hickory Museum of Art.

Filmmakers from around the world were encouraged to submit their films for consideration in the festival back in January of this year. Over the five-month submission period, over 200 films were submitted, ranging from documentaries to short and foreign films. Members of the film society formed a screening committee, reviewing and rating all films to determine the best ones to showcase during the festival weekend.

There will be an Opening Night event on Friday, September 25th, where all of the selected short films (each less than 30 minutes in length) will be shown followed by a reception in the Hickory Museum of Art main gallery. Later than evening, ticket holders will also have a chance to view the “Late Night” selection of short films if they wish, which will tend to be more edgy and intended for more mature audiences.

Feature-length films will be shown all day on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. In many cases, the filmmakers will be in attendance and will be holding a short “question-and-answer” session following the screening of their film.

The festival ends with a very special awards ceremony and dinner to be held at Moretz Mills that Sunday evening. The dinner event will present a series of awards to the films selected by a panel of judges as the best of the weekend festival, as well as other special presentations. This is shaping up to be a very excited event, and can be considered the Catawba County version of the “Academy Awards”!

Tickets are now available to the general public for all of the events through the festival’s web site at Tickets can be purchased for any of the individual film screenings throughout the weekend, the Friday opening short film screening and reception, as well as for the Sunday evening awards ceremony and dinner. Descriptions of the films and their trailers can be found on the festival web site as well.

Many organizations have provided support to the festival during its inaugural year, including the United Arts Council of Catawba County, the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Hickory, and many others. The film society hopes this event will begin an annual tradition for the Catawba County area, with intentions to grow the size of the festival to multiple venues and to include more films in the coming years.

The Footcandle Film Society is a non-profit organization encouraging the screening and discussion of films in the Catawba County area. It holds monthly screenings of both independent and award-winning films, and fosters discussions of the films at each screening. For more information about the film society, please visit it’s web site at

Orchid Society Meets Sept. 8

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Orchid Society will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 8th, at 7:00 PM in Room 715 of the Life Science Building on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory.

The speaker will be renowned writer Tom Sheehan. As Ph.D., now in his 47th year as a faculty member at the University of Florida. He has authored many books and articles on orchid genera and orchid culture. He is an honorary VP of the American Orchid Society, a recipient of the Society's Gold Medal of Achievement (its highest honor). Meetings are free and open to the public; Catawba Valley Orchid Society is a 501 ( c ) 3 organization, affiliated with the American Orchid Society and Orchid Digest. For more information please call Lester Poole at 704-483-5275

Musical Comedy Legally Blonde Opens This Friday, Sept. 4, At HCT

Hickory - Hickory Community Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season kicks off this weekend with “Legally Blonde the Musical,” opening on Friday, September 4th at 8:00pm. The production is directed by Pamela Livingstone, the Theatre’s Artistic Director; Scott Curtis is Music Director; Sonya Briggs is Choreographer; and Thom Hutchens is Stage Manager.

“Legally Blonde” is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Throughout the show, no one has faith in Elle Woods, but she manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.

“Legally Blonde” premiered in pre-Broadway tryouts in San Francisco, California. In April 2007 the show moved to Broadway, opening to mostly positive reviews and grossed more than $1,000,000 a week on several occasions. It received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, at 8:00pm; Thursdays, Sep 10 and 17, at 7:30pm; and, Sundays, September 13 and 20, at 2:30pm. Tickets are $20, with $2 off for seniors and half price for students or youth 18 and under; Thursday performances are $14 for adults and $10 for youth/students. Tickets are available online at or at the box office, in person or by phone at (828) 328-2283.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Legally Blonde” produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and is part of the 2015-16 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive.

Photo: The sisters of Delta Nu sorority (clockwise from top left) Jennifer Canterbury, Anissa Briggs, Sierra Doyle-Rios, Nell Wepner, Cassidy Pruitt and Carolyn Oursler in “Legally Blonde the Musical,” opening Friday at the Hickory Community Theatre. For information and tickets call (828) 328-2283 or go to
Photo by Ken Burns Photography.

5th Annual Butts & Beans BBQ Challenge Is

Sept. 25 & 26—Benefits Medical Hardship Fund

Hickory - Oakwood Homes of Newton, Frye Regional Medical Center and the Catawba County Emergency Medical Hardship Fund Inc. are proud to announce the 5th Annual Butts and Beans BBQ Challenge. The event will take place at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th, 2015.
This event will feature local and national teams that will compete for over $11,000.00 in cash and prizes. Divisions include: chicken, pork, beef brisket, and ribs. The competition will be judged by Kansas City BBQ Association.

This years event will feature a live auction of donated items from area businesses on Friday, September 25th, at 7 pm. Items may be previewed on Friday, from 5 pm until 7 pm, in the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds. Items will include furniture, gift baskets, tools, automotive items, hunting and fishing trips, knifes, guns, and much, much more!

Also, during this great auction, several guns will be raffled and games of chance will be held for gun giveaways. All winners of the guns must meet all NC Gun Control law requirements.

On Saturday, the gates will open at 10 am. Admission is $5.00 and will include 3 sample tickets for BBQ and a ticket to vote for the Tasters Choice Award. Additional tickets can be purchased on site for more sampling.

Included in the admission fee is a "KIDZ Zone," which includes bouncy houses sponsored by Catawba Valley Medical Center.

The Catawba County Humane Society will also be on hand Saturday with a Dog Show, Rabies Clinic, vendors, and several rescues for on site adoption.

On Saturday, starting at 12 pm, more gun giveaways will take place. Guns will ONLY be released to those meeting all NC Gun Control laws.

For more information on this event or to register for the cooking competition, please contact Noel Kay at 828 455-8914, or Tommy Poovey at 828-461-2203.

Humane Society Rabies Clinic Sat., Sept. 5, Riverbend Park

Conover, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County, in collaboration with Catawba County Animal Services, has held off-site rabies clinics each month since June. 1 year rabies vaccines are available for $7.00. The last scheduled clinic is Saturday, September 5th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Riverbend Dog Park, 6700 N. NC Hwy 16, Conover.

All dogs must be on a leash and under control of the dog owner at all times, and all cats must be in a carrier for the safety and security of the cat.

No appointment is necessary. Rabies clinics are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Announces Terrific

Visiting Writers Series Roster For 2015-16

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University will kick off its 2015-16 Visiting Writers Series in September. Jaki Shelton Green will be the first of eight guests featured in the series, which has brought world-renowned authors to members of the LRU campus and the community for nearly three decades. The award winning poet is scheduled to speak on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum. Green and the other authors featured in the series will be joining LRU as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Inducted in 2014 into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, Green has appeared in numerous national poetry publications and her work has been widely choreographed by numerous dance companies. She is the author of Breath of the Song: New and Selected Poems (2005); singing a tree into dance (2003); Conjure Blues (1996); Swiss Time (1990); Dead on Arrival (1983); and Mask (1981). She is also the co-editor of two anthologies: Poets or Peace and Immigration, Emigration, and Diversity.

In 2003, Green received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest award the state can bestow for significant contributions in science, literature, fine arts, and public service. She is also a 2014 Pushcart nominee; the 2010 Fine Arts Emerald awardee; the 2009 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate; and the 2007 Sam Ragan awardee. As a community arts advocate, Green creates and facilitates programs that serve diverse audiences and populations. She is the owner of SistaWRITE, which provides retreats and travel excursions for women writers.

In its 27th season, LR’s Visiting Writers Series will continue with the following writers:

Jeff Hobbs – Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in P.E. Monroe AuditoriumHobbs graduated with a BA in English language and literature from Yale in 2002, where he was awarded the Willets and Meeker prizes for his writing. Hobbs spent three years in New York and Tanzania while working and helping to build the African Rainforest Conservancy. He is the author of The Tourists (2007) and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League (2014).

Jaki Shelton Green speaks Thurs, Sept. 10

Chuck Klosterman – Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Klosterman is an American author and essayist whose writings have focused on American pop culture. He is the author of eight books including The New York Times bestseller Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin the Washington Post, the Guardian and He also wrote “The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine.

Garrison Keillor – Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Keillor is an author, poet, storyteller, humorist and radio personality. He is well-known as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, a public radio variety show which debuted in 1974. A National Radio Hall of Fame inductee and winner of the Peabody Award and National Humanities Medal, his latest works include The Keillor Reader (2014), a collection of his work, and O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound (2013), a volume of poetry.

Anne Lamott - Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Lamott is the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life; Operating Instructions (an account of life as a single mother); and Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. She is a Guggenheim Fellowship awardee and California Hall of Fame inductee who has taught at UC Davis and at writing conferences across the country. Her biweekly Salon Magazine “online diary,” Word by Word, was voted Best of the Web by TIME magazine.

Paul Muldoon – Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Chapel
Muldoon - LRU’s very first visiting writer - was born in 1951 in Northern Ireland. Since 1987, he has lived in the US and has worked as a professor at Princeton University and as Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. Between 1999 and 2004, he also served as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. Since 2007, he has served as poetry editor of The New Yorker. In addition to the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, he has won numerous awards including the International Griffin Prize, American Ireland Fund Literary Award, Shakespeare Prize as well as both the Aspen and the European Prize for Poetry.

Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne – April 23 at noon in P.E. Monroe Auditorium
This year’s Little Read event boasts two authors: Will and Mary Pope Osborne. Will Osborne is a respected playwright, book author, director, teacher, and actor. His play Smoke & Mirrors has been produced internationally. He has authored more than a dozen books for children and young adults - many co-written with his wife. Mary Pope Osborne received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her highly successful Magic Tree House series. She has published nearly 50 books in the series, which has been translated into over 30 languages and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. As part of The Little Read event, the musical A Night in New Orleans will be presented. The musical was co-written by Will Osborne and is based on the Magic Tree House series.

Sponsors of this year’s Visiting Writers Series include Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Crowne Plaza--Hickory, Hickory Public Library, National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Our State: North Carolina, United Arts Council of Catawba County, and WFAE 90.3 FM.

All events are open to the public and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required. Visit for more information.

About Lenoir-Rhyne University:
Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1891 and is a private, coeducational university with its primary campus in Hickory, NC. Academic programs include more than 50 undergraduate majors and 24 graduate programs, the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, NC, the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, SC, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, also in Columbia. Today, more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled across all three campuses. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is

Carolina Style In Conover, Sept. 10

Conover, NC - Who is Carolina Style? An amazing group of women of all ages with a variety of musical education and experience. Its members come from North and South Carolina to sing and enjoy the lasting friendships made here. Their common thread is the love of music!

Under the direction of Master Director, Jean Danaher, each rehearsal is a lesson in vocal and performance skills. Along with musical development, the chorus offers creative opportunities in areas such as choreography, scripting, and leadership.

Come grow with us! There will be an Open House on Thursday, September, 10th, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 217 2nd Ave. N.E., Conover, NC.

Call Dolores for details: 704-325-3247. (Jon B. Peterson Photography)

Sign Up To Help Bikes For Tykes Program By Sept. 4

Hickory – The last day to sign up for the Bikes for Tykes Charity Golf Tournament is quickly approaching. Organizers are asking participants to sign up before September 4th. Anyone wishing to volunteer, play, or sponsor a hole, should contact David Mills at (828) 404-2474 or

The 5th annual tournament will kick-off on Wednesday, September 9, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition ceremony will be held.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bikes for Tykes program, which is an effort to raise funds to purchase bikes for needy children. Bikes and toys are distributed through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau in December.

For more information on the Bikes for Tykes Charity Golf Tournament, contact: David Mills,Telephone: (828) 404-2474; Email:

Legal Aspects Of Separation & Divorce Workshop Tues., Sept. 8

Hickory - Hickory attorney Gary Young will lead a workshop on the “Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce” at the Women’s Resource Center in Hickory Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.

The program is designed to educate women on how to evaluate their legal and financial settlement choices when a marriage ends.  Topics covered include dividing assets, real estate, wills, power of attorney and other legal documents designed to protect the rights of women and children during a settlement.

Registration for the workshop costs $5 and seating is limited.  Call WRC at 828-322-6333 to register.  More information is available at

WRC is located at 125 3rd St. NE in Hickory.  Mailing address is P.O. Box 1608, Hickory, NC 28603.  For more information, call 828-322-6333, or contact Executive Director Cindy Rose at

DivorceCare Begins Wednesday, September 9

Hickory - Divorce hurts.Find help at DivorceCare!

This is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. DivorceCare features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include, “Facing Your Anger,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” and “Forgiveness.”

Classes meet on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. beginning September 9, 2015. Call Cathy Keener at 828-294-2534 for more information or to register.

Mountain View Baptist Church 4266 River Road, Hickory, NC 28602, 828.294.2534

Denver Art Trail’s September Exhibition Is Friday, Sept. 4

Lincolnton, NC - The Denver Art Trail is celebrating its 10th year with a month long exhibit in September at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County and First Federal Savings Bank in Denver, the opening reception will be Friday, September 4th, from 4 – 8 pm.

“The 10th Annual Denver Art Trail – Celebrating Lincoln County Art” provides the community the opportunity to preview and purchase art that will be available during the Denver Art Trail October 17 and 18.

Diane Pike’s work will be at Stop 1

The self-guided Trail consists of seven stops hosting 26 artists. Artists will be in attendance at the reception to answer questions about their art. Paintings, pottery, baskets, jewelry, fiber arts, mixed media, folk art, and dolls can be viewed during the entire month of September at the gallery located in the Lincoln Cultural Center.

During the Apple Festival, Raine Middleton of the Denver Art Trail, will be hosting a Yunomi Sale in the gallery to raise funds for the East Lincoln Historical Society’s Mundy House restoration. She will be selling 100 small pottery cups for $5 each with all proceeds going to the Mundy House project.

For more information visit or please contact ACLC at 704 732-9044 or email

Hickory Museum Of Art Offers Pint Size Picassos Art Classes

Hickory – Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) presents Pint Size Picassos, introductory art classes for parents and preschoolers ages 3-5, starting Sept. 9 and 16. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. on both the second and third Wednesday of each month during the school year. Each month’s series includes two classes, offered during consecutive weeks.

Pint Size Picassos is designed to introduce inquisitive young minds to the world of art. The museum’s galleries serve as an inspiration to painting, collaging, gluing and getting messy using a variety of art materials. Pricing includes both sessions, with new activities planned each month.

Cost to attend both sessions is $12 for HMA members and $18 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Ginny Zellmer, HMA Education Manager, at 828-327-8576, ext. 216.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about this and other events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

Photo: Anneliese Shabeldeen shows off artwork created during Hickory Museum of Art’s series of Pint Size Picassos art classes for parents and preschoolers ages 3-5.

‘Mother Blues’ Cohen Concert, Gaston Museum, Friday, Sept. 4

Dallas, NC - Gaston County Museum will host the performance of Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, as part of the 17th Annual “Blues out Back” free summer concert series on Friday, September 4, from 6:30 to 8pm. This free, family friendly concert will take place on the lawn behind the museum and is sponsored by Sun Drop.

The museum encourages folks to bring along blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic for an evening of great music with friends and family.

For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home. Pat found herself, like many fellow New Orleans performers, homeless and adrift.

Pat ‘Mother Blues’ Cohen

She ultimately relocated to her home state of North Carolina and began to rebuild her life. Soon others started to take notice of her incredible talent. Recently, Pat began touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. During her performances, “Mother Blues” unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes- women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. Please join us on this 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation and witness the heart of the Crescent City performed by one of the most memorable individuals you will ever encounter.

Gaston County Museum of Art & History, Dallas, North Carolina – 131 West Main Street, Dallas, NC 28034 –

The Gaston County Museum is located near Gastonia, North Carolina on the square in historic Dallas.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information contact Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, at 704.922.7681 x 105, e-mail:, or visit

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