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Resident artist Kendrix Singletary directs the theater’s return to community theater productions. Steel Magnolias is a comedy–drama play about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. Written by Robert Harling, and based on his experience with his sister's death, the title suggests the "female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.” The magnolia specifically references a magnolia tree they are arguing about at the beginning.
Tickets $23 or $17 each with the advance purchase of 10 or more. Students $10. Perfect for churches and other organizations - or just a group of friends!
A first play which met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York's WPA Theatre. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.
Tickets can be purchased any time on-line at www.carolinaciviccenter.com or in person or by telephone 1-5 pm weekdays through the theater’s administrative offices, or by calling the theater at 738-4339 Ext. 106. The Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to a performance.
Lumbee Tribe’s spring powwow set for
Annual celebration moved to the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center
PEMBROKE – The Lumbee Tribe will hold its annual spring powwow on May 6-8 at the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center at 638 Terry Sanford Rd. in the Red Banks community near Pembroke.
The “Dance of the Spring Moon” will feature a variety of dancers competing for thousands of dollars in prize money as well as a living history exhibit and stickball games.
Grand entries are 7 p.m. on May 6, noon and 7 p.m. on May 7, and 1 p.m. on May 8.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and $5 for military and seniors ages 55 and older. Sunday admission is $5 and a weekend pass is only $18.
Limited parking is available at the Cultural Center. And, there will be reserved parking for motorcycles. There will also be reserved parking for the disabled and senior citizens. Overflow parking will be at Purnell Swett High School. Buses will shuttle patrons between the school and the powwow grounds.
Golf carts and all-terrain vehicles are not allowed on the premises for this event.
The main tent will be equipped with misting fan cooling systems for enhanced comfort levels.
Volunteers and Lumbee tribal workers have spent the past several weeks making repairs and cleanups at the Cultural Center. Some local businesses have pitched in as well, donating materials and labor.
Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin said he is delighted with the outpouring of support from the community and tribal workers to get the Cultural Center ready for the powwow.
He said about 250 volunteers – mostly UNC Pembroke students – spent April 9 cleaning up and repairing the grounds. They also picked up trash along the roadway leading to the Cultural Center.
“This just shows how much the community and the college care about these hallowed grounds,” Godwin said. “I have not seen this much enthusiasm in a long time. People are really pleased that the Lumbee Tribe is bringing the powwow back to the Cultural Center.”
The people are not alone. Godwin said he too is excited to have the celebration back at the Cultural Center as well.
Making an effort to return the Lumbee people to their Indian culture is what he promised during his run for the tribal chairman’s position last year. He has continued to deliver on his campaign promises.
Getting the powwow back where it belongs is only the beginning, Godwin said.
“Our people deserve this,” the chairman said. “We are a proud people with a rich culture and it’s important for us to recognize that. The Lumbee Tribe is proud to have the opportunity to bring this great event back to the old powwow grounds.”
G. B. Grayson
G.B. Grayson was born in rural Ashe County, North Carolina in 1887 to Benjamin Carrol and Martha Jane Roark Grayson. According to his sister, when G.B. was six weeks old, his sight was damaged when he stared out the window at bright snow for several hours. While he was mostly blind his entire life, he could identify some people from their size and could tell time using a watch with large numbers. When G.B. was two years old, his family moved a few miles west to Johnson County, Tennessee, where he would live for the rest of his life.
While G.B.'s family was poor, the Graysons were a fairly prominent family in the mountains along the northern Tennessee-North Carolina border. G.B.'s uncle, James Grayson (1833–1901), was a Union Army officer who helped organize an anti-Confederate uprising in Carter County, Tennessee at the outbreak of the American Civil War and later aided in the capture of legendary North Carolina fugitive Tom Dula. G.B. and Henry Whitter were the first to record the folk song Tom Dooley— based on the capture of Dula— in 1929.
G.B. learned to play music at a young age, and was an accomplished fiddler by his early teens. As he was unable to work due to his near-blindness, he began playing at various small venues and dances around Johnson County to make money. Banjoist Clarence Ashley— who also lived in Johnson County— recalled travelling with Grayson to the West Virginia coal mines as early as 1918 to collect money by playing outside coal company pay shacks.
In 1927, Grayson met Whitter— who had already had some success as a recording artist— at a fiddler's convention in Mountain City, Tennessee.  The two recorded eight sides for Gennett Records in October of that year, but their greatest success came with a subsequent Victor session which produced the double-sided "Train 45"/"Handsome Molly", which sold over 50,000 copies in five years. A follow-up session in 1929 brought less success, but Grayson had saved up enough money to buy a new house. On August 16, 1930, Grayson was killed while riding on the running boards of a car outside Damascus, Virginia.
He married Rhoda Frances "Fannie" Mahaffey (26 July 1887 - 8 August 1948). They had seven children, six of whom survived into adulthood. She and G.B. are buried in the Gentry Cemetery, near Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee.
Although their partnership was short-lived, the recordings of Grayson and Whitter are among the most emulated and covered of early Old-time and country music. The Kingston Trio had a Number 1 hit with a version of "Tom Dooley" in 1958. In the early 1960s, musicologist Ralph Rinzler played Grayson's recording of "Ommie Wise" at Clarence Ashley's house in Shouns to help convince Ashley, Doc Watson, and several of their bandmates to take up the more traditional style of music rather than the more modern electric music. "Train 45" and "Nine Pound Hammer" have become staples at Bluegrass festivals. "Handsome Molly" has been recorded by both Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger. Ralph Stanley has recorded Grayson's song "Little Maggie, with a dram glass in her hand" multiple times.
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The story of the last African American fiddle player in North Carolina whose unique style of music has been passed down in his family for over three hundred years. A farmer from Mebane, North Carolina, Joe played in Carnegie Hall and across the south. Winner of the NC Heritage Award, 88 yr. old Joe Thompson waits to pass the bow to the next generation.
Join us for the 20th annual N.C. Peach Festival proudly held every year on the 3rd Saturday in July, downtown Candor, NC. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. with a wonderful showing of local floats, firetrucks, and other fun parade entrants. Afterwards, stroll down to Fitzgerald Park where the rest of the festivities are located. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy the best live entertainment around. There are always lots of fresh, sweet, local peaches, arts & crafts, and of course, the best homemade peach ice cream in the Great State of North Carolina!
Grown-ups and kids alike, can enjoy an abundance of vendors and activities including: Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Gyro Ride, Mechanical Bull, Gaming Trailer, Bungee Trampoline, Pony Rides, Helicopter Rides, Rock Wall, Putt-Putt, and so much more!!!
This year, the N.C. Peach Festival will feature an awesome line-up of live entertainment including: Jim Quick & Coastline, The Sand Band, Rockin' Acoustix, and the McKenzie Brothers. We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY, JULY 16TH, 2016 FROM 10:00AM - 5:00PM!
Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.
In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.
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