Davidson Community Players showcases short plays (photo)

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players will pay homage to one of America’s greatest playwrights through “An Evening with Tennessee Williams.”

“Part of our mission is to educate and entertain our patrons, and we wanted to pay homage to one of America’s finest playwrights,” said Matt Merrell, executive director of Davidson Community Players. “The depth and flavor of his work is immense. With our intimate location of the Armour Street Theatre we wanted to present some of his one acts, which still have the power to move audiences decades after these works were written.”

Davidson Community Players will produce four short plays, including “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” at 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, as well as 2 p.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20, at Armour Street Theatre, Davidson.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students.

Buy tickets by calling the box office at 704-892-7953 or online at www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.


Sculptor creates bronze Golden Knight statue
ERIE, Pa. – Jon Hair recently installed a statue at Gannon University’s football stadium.
The bronze statue of the Gannon mascot, a Golden Knight, measures 8 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 800 pounds.

Hair supervised crews who mounted the bronze on its pedestal at the entrance to the school's athletic complex. It will be officially dedicated next month.
The sculpture took about one year to create. Sketches, models, and molds had to be done before the bronze was cast.
This was Hair’s first commission in Pennsylvania. He has executed sculpture commissions in 16 states.


Bonfire to play local dates

CORNELIUS – Bonfire will perform country hits and classic Americana in a couple of upcoming Lake Norman bookings.

The five-piece band performs songs by The Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, Randy Houser, Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks. 

Former members of Blue Monday, Hot Sauce and The Extraordinaires formed the band in summer 2012.

The band performs Sept. 27 at the Rusty Rudder in Cornelius and Sept. 28 at Lake Norman Tavern in Mooresville.

Details: www.bonfirecountry.com.


Wood carving show features demonstrations

HUNTERSVILLE – Matt Hatley, Steve Martin and Avery Whitaker will demonstrate and display their craftsmanship at a wood-carving show.

The public is invited to talk with the artists and watch demonstrations 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Garden Grove, 16008 Old Statesville Road.

Hatley is a chainsaw artist and carver of “wood spirits.” His carvings include animal statues, birdhouses, benches and stump carvings. 

Martin will demonstrate how he uses a foot-turned lathe to create bowls, spoons, mushrooms and benches.

Whitaker, a member of Southern Piedmont Woodturners of Concord, will display handcrafted items. 

Details: http://gardengrovehuntersville.com/woodcarving.html.


Yoga on the Green benefits farmer’s market

CORNELIUS –The Bindu is offering free yoga and live music on the Davidson Village Green in support of the Davidson Farmer's Market on Sept. 28.  

Kelley Gardner, director and founder of The Bindu, will guide participants through a basic yoga practice that everyone can enjoy 5-6 p.m. Bindu teachers will be on hand to help participants during the session.

After yoga, Billy Jones and the Pocket performs a concert 6-8 p.m.

The Bindu is requesting $10 donations. Donations of $10 or more have a chance to win prizes such as free yoga classes, yoga mats and a gift basket.

Proceeds will go to the Davidson Farmer's Market’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Donations will be used for program incentives, administrative costs, outreach and advertising needed to restart the program, to increase access to fresh, healthy, local food for everyone in the community. 

“Our goal is to have the Davidson Green covered in mats and raise $2,000 for the Davidson Farmers Market SNAP program," said Kelley Gardner, event organizer and Bindu director. “Last year we had more than 250 participants.”

Participants are encouraged to bring yoga mats and arrive at 4:30 p.m. to get settled.

Registration and donation information are available at www.theBindu.com 


Children can touch trucks for charity

CORNELIUS – Children will have the opportunity to explore construction, emergency and NASCAR vehicles at the Touch a Truck Family Festival.

The festival includes inflatables, mascots, pony rides and a silent auction. Organizers encourage donations of at least $3 to benefit Addi’s Cure. Concessions will be available to buy.

The event takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kenton Place.

Details: www.lkntouchatruck.com. 


Turning Pointe holds auditions

CORNELIUS – Turning Pointe’s Collaborative Arts Project is holding auditions for its Winter Performance Workshop and 30-minute adaptation of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” 

The classically based dance, music and performing arts studio seeks youth, ages 5-18, for its Youth Dance & Acting Ensemble and vocalists, ages 13-18, for its Chamber Choir.

Auditions will be held noon-2 p.m. Oct. 5 at Turning Pointe Music & Dance Center, 19615 Liverpool Pkwy. 

Go to www.dancelkn.com or call 704-997-9256 for audition requirements, call times and workshop fees.


Town seeks vendors for festivals

CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius seeks vendors for the 13th Annual All American Dog Show and LaketoberFest.

LaketoberFest takes place 4-9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Bailey Road Park. The event will feature live music from the B-Sides Band, Tony Bailey Band and On the Border, an Eagles tribute band. It also includes fireworks, food, children’s activities, and art and craft vendors,

The 13th Annual All American Dog Show takes place 5-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Bailey Road Park.The event features contests, as well as an opportunity for pet-related businesses and organizations to display and sell their service and products.

Details: 704-892-6031, ext 192.