Mooresville parade ushers in holidays

MOORESVILLE – An array of holiday sights and sounds will engulf people lined up and down Main Street to behold the town’s 69th annual Christmas Parade on Nov. 26.

The Mooresville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is sponsoring the holiday extravaganza, which begins promptly at 3 p.m. and will last for about two hours. The Mooresville Downtown Commission is urging everyone to arrive as early as possible to grab a stretch of sidewalk.

Starting at the intersection of Statesville Avenue and Main Street, the parade will wind south and wrap up right past Wilson Avenue at Merino’s Home Furnishings. Main Street will be closed from north of Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St., to south of Wilson Avenue.

Organizers expect about 4,300 people to walk down Main Street in this year’s festivities. 

WCCB-TV news anchor Christine Noel will lead the stream of floats and performances as the parade’s grand marshal. Uniformed marching bands from Mooresville, Bandys, Pine Lake Preparatory and South Iredell high schools will serenade the crowd. Santa Claus’ arrival is meant to herald the start of the Christmas season.


Playwright discusses medical ethics

DAVIDSON – Margaret Edson will give a talk called “Our Stories, Our Selves: Ethical Communication in Medicine,” Nov. 22 at Davidson College.

The free talk starts at 7 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. It is part of the Ethics Forum series hosted by the Vann Center for Ethics.

Edson won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999 for her play “Wit,” which portrays the struggles of an English professor battling cancer and enduring doctors who treat her more like an object than a person.

“Wit” also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award and the Oppenheimer Award. An HBO film version of the play starring Emma Thompson won an Emmy in 2001.

The Davidson Community Players presented “Wit” in spring 2013 to sold-out audiences.


Davidson Community Players announces 2014 schedule

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players has announced its 2014 season:

• “Flyin’ West,” Feb. 20-March 9, is a drama set in the old West showcasing the diversity of Western pioneers. 

• “42nd Street,” June 19-28, is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and a multiple Tony Award winner. The story follows aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer on her journey to stardom. 

• “Unnecessary Farce,” July 17-27, is a comedy entangling an embezzling mayor, two bumbling cops, confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money and who’s hired a hit man. 

• “Dixie Swim Club,” Oct. 2-19, is a comedy featuring five Southern women who set aside a weekend each summer to recharge their friendship. 

• “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Dec. 4-21, presents the holiday classic as a live radio broadcast with a little divine intervention from angel-in-training Clarence.  

Season tickets cost $95 or $63 for Pick 3. Buying before Dec. 31 allows customers to avoid a new ticket sales tax and to receive a flex ticket for one guest to any show.

Details: or 704-892-7953.


Theater group holds auditions for ‘Stop Bullying’ show

CONCORD – Activate Community Through Theatre invites teenagers, ages 13-18, to audition for “Act Now: Stop Bullying” on Nov. 21.

The show is a series of four, 10-minute plays relating to the bullied, the bully and the bystander. Rehearsals start Dec. 5 and run 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the production touring schools in 2014. Performance days are yet to be announced.

Those auditioning should bring a headshot or snapshot and a resume or summary of their experience. Auditions will be held 1:30-3:30 p.m. at The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road.

Details: Wrenn Goodrum, 704-707-6757 or


Christmas in Davidson seeks volunteers

DAVIDSON – Christmas in Davidson is seeking volunteers to help with the Santa’s House Decorating Committee, to serve as Santa’s Helpers and work at Frosty’s Food Court.

Work days for Santa’s House will be Dec. 1 and 2. Santa’s Helpers and Frosty’s Food Court volunteers are needed during the festival, Dec. 5-7. Volunteers are scheduled in shifts each night based on each volunteer’s availability.

To volunteer, contact Tina Gibson at 704-596-0342 or



Next week’s edition to feature holiday happenings

DAVIDSON – Pick up a copy of next week’s edition of The Herald Weekly for a listing of holiday events around the Lake Norman area.

Get details about major regional festivals, such as A Huntersville Christmas, Light up Cornelius and Christmas in Davidson.

Is your organization planning a holiday event for the community? Send us details at