Latta Plantation featured on ‘Sleepy Hollow’

HUNTERSVILLE – “Sleepy Hollow,” a TV show that filmed scenes at Latta Plantation in April, debuted Sept. 16 on FOX.

The show is a modern-day twist on Washington Irvin's classic tale. Jumping back and forth between 1776 and 2013, the show tells the story of Ichabod Crane in the form of a mystery that connects America’s Founding Fathers and to the present day.

Several of Latta Plantation’s buildings were involved in the filming, including the Carriage Barn, the Alexander Cabin (portrayed as George Washington's headquarters), the exterior of the Latta home and clips of the Latta grounds.

Once a cotton plantation, Latta now an historic farm. Costumed interpreters, historic displays and hands-on activities allow visitors to experience early 19th century life for planters, yeoman farmers and slaves.

The plantation features the home of James Latta, built in the 1800s, as well as original and replica outbuildings and historically appropriate farming practices and livestock.

Since the filming of “Sleep Hollow,” Latta Plantation has played host to HGTV's “House Hunters” and a commercial for a major meat company.

 

DavidsonLearns resumes with fall classes

DAVIDSON – DavidsonLearns is planning to offer fall 2013 term courses in history, poetry writing, religion and memoir writing. Classes are as follows:

U.S. Intelligence During The Cold War, 1947-1991 – Instructor Thomas Rynne explains how every American agency involved in national security, starting with the White House, was penetrated by Soviet spies, with only one exception. Offered 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 17.

Intermediate/Advanced Poetry Workshop – Instructor Tony Abbott leads a study on how the poetry of William Carlos Williams can teach us many things about form in free verse. The class also analyzes student poems. Offered 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 16.

•  Religious Awakenings And American Spirituality – Instructor John Kuykendall leads a series that encourages reflection on the several assets (and perhaps liabilities) which have been engendered by each of America’s awakenings to date. Offered 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 3.

It's My Story And I'm Stickin' To It – Instructor Jean Stewart Berg offers students the chance to record life stories as we remember them and want others to know. Offered 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 15.

Register in advance.

Details: www.davidsonlearns.org/fall-2013.html. 

 

Cornelius Arts Center moves forward after renovation
CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Arts Center is ready to move forward with fall classes following its renovation. 

The center, located at in the Oak Street Mill at 19725 Oak St., hosts adult and youth art classes, art exhibits, birthday parties and independent film screenings. It has three newly designed studios, with closets stocked with art supplies.

Details: www.cornelius.org.

 

Connie Company presents ‘King Lear Unplugged’ 

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players’ The Connie Company will present “King Lear Unplugged,” which is regarded as one of Shakespeare’s best and most powerful tragedies.

With a cast of teen-aged actors, director Wrenn Goodrum re-imagines Shakespeare’s tragedy, taking the production into the world of punk rock.

“This production is the culmination of a six-week workshop in which performers researched Shakespeare and “King Lear” to help shape the costumes, set, lighting and props,” said Katie Williams, education coordinator for Davidson Community Players. “With a punk rock setting, this is going to be a fresh twist on Shakespeare.”

Performances take place 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 N. Armour St. Tickets are free.

Details: 704-892-7953 or www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org.