11/11/2018 11:28:00 AM The Holiday Season Has Begun
Jimmy Gilbert (in bucket) and Bill Lovingood were among the City Electric Department workers who were busy last week putting up the bows and wrapping the street light poles in lights for the Holiday season.
(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
We already posted our first (there will be more) article about Christmas parades. Parades are, of course, just one of the things that make for enjoyment of the Holiday season. With the Christmas Open House event downtown on Saturday (Nov. 10th), the Holiday season has begun. Here's a list of some other events that will be happening in our area during the time from now until Christmas.
The Lincoln Cultural Center will hold its annual Handmade for the Holidays event Friday November 16th 5 - 9 PM and Saturday November 17th 9 - 3. Admission is free. Dozens of artisans and crafters will have items for sale including ceramics, jewelry, knitted clothing items, leather goods, soaps, wreaths and other holiday decorations, luxury baked goods and more.
The North Lincoln High School Drama Club will present "The End of the Line," a modern day story based on the true tale of Bonnie and Clyde Barrow, the world's most famous criminal couple. This production was written, designed, and will be directed by the Advanced Theatre Arts class under the direction of John Welch. Performances are Friday November 16th and Saturday November 17th at 7:30 PM at North Lincoln High School. Tickets are available online at nlhs.brownpapertickets.com, over the phone at 704-736-1969 ext. 61723, or at the box office one hour before the performance...$10 for adults, $5 for Lincoln County Schools students and teachers.
The 19th annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Lincoln County Family YMCA and Sally's Y will be held Wednesday November 21st at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Doors will open at 6:45; the program will begin at 7:30. Rev. Dr. Anthony Spearman, president of the North Carolina NAACP will be the keynote speaker. Admission (buy tickets in advance at Lincolnton or Sally's Y) is $12. For more information call the Y at 704-716-4500.
The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its 2nd annual Carolina Christmas Gala Friday November 30th from 6 - 9 PM at Vesuvius Vineyards on Vesuvius Furnace Road (located between Amity Church Road and Beth Haven Church Road off Highway 73). Tickets are on sale now: $10 in advance or $15 at the door (if available). Space is limited. They'll have food, drinks, live music from local favorites Carolina Ridge, the return of the Christmas photo booth (sponsored by Atrium Health), and Christmas Trees decorated by partner agencies for auction, a silent auction, and this year a $500 CHRISTMAS CASH RAFFLE (sponsored by the Treadstone Group). For more information or to reserve tickets, call the United Way office at 704-732-8055.
The Grinch may be the currently popular Christmas villain, but the Lincoln Theatre Guild and Denver Christian Academy will present a 'fractured' tale that tells the story of another--the famous Ebenezer Scrooge; but this presentation will be a bit different from the classic Dickens tale. It will feature fairy tale characters in the roles of Scrooge, Bob Marley, etc. "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol" will be presented at the Lincoln Cultural Center Friday November 30th, Saturday December 1st, and Sunday December 2nd; then reprise the opening weekend with a second weekend of shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 7th-9th. Performances will be at 7 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 3 PM Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.
Preservation North Carolina will present A Tour of Two Inglesides Sunday December 2nd 1 - 4 PM. Earlier this year, Ingleside, just off Highway 73 in Lincoln County (1817) was donated to PNC to ensure its permanent protection from new development. A short drive away, Ingleside in Mecklenburg County (late 1850s) has been purchased by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission to ensure its protection in the rapidly growing area of Huntersville. Tickets for the tour of the two homes [Ingleside I (Lincoln County): 214 S. Ingleside Farm Rd., Iron Station, NC 28080 and Ingleside II (Mecklenburg County): 7225 Bud Henderson Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078] start at $10 per person. For more information, visit the PNC website.
The Downtown Development Association will hold a Main Street Meetup at Fausto Coffee, 116 Northeast Courtsquare, Thursday December 6th from 8 - 9 AM. This is an opportunity for downtown merchants to have an open dialog about our growing downtown, problems, needs, and ideas for improvement.
This year's Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday December 8th at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Children of all ages will enjoy a pancake breakfast cooked by Santa's helpers, create a keepsake with the help of the cast of "The Nutcracker," and best of all, get to tell Santa what they really want for Christmas. There will be lots of photo ops with Clara and her friends and Santa himself. Tickets are being pre-sold at the Cultural Center office during regular hours. Admission is $10 per child which allows up to two adults to accompany them at no additional charge.
The 12th annual production of "The Nutcracker" is scheduled for Friday December 14th and Saturday December 15th at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. This year's production has added content. Emma Grace Ramsey will perform the role of Clara; Madison Crowder will be the Mouse King; McKenzie Denis, the Snow Queen; Kayla Jackson, the Sugar Plum Fairy; and Sydney Nester, the Nutcracker. Performances will be Friday at 6:30, and Saturday at 2 PM and 6 PM. The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Cultural Center, and all proceeds will be utilized for the Cultural Center's ongoing operations and programming. All seats are just $10, children 3 and under get in free. Tickets are available now at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street.
The DAR Vesuvius Furnace Chapter will sponsor a Christmas Tea and Auction at Vesuvius, the famed home on Vesuvius Furnace Road, Sunday December 16th at 3 PM. This Christmas Tea is being held on the 245th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and will feature a traditional tea service in the beautifully decorated Vesuvius Vineyards estate. There will be an auction featuring products and services from local businesses. Proceeds from this event will replace the headstones for Captain Spencer Shelton with his wife Clarey and Private Simon Hager. The funds will also repair the headstone of Private Edmond Wagoner. Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of 8, available by mail at DAR Vesuvius Furnace, PO Box 1793, Denver, NC 28037.
As you're finishing up your Christmas shopping and getting set for the Holiday, take a break and enjoy the sounds of the season. The Arts Council of Lincoln County will present "Come Home for Christmas," a community Choir singing your favorite Holiday songs. Admission is $15 to the event at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Friday December 21st and Saturday December 22nd at 7 PM each evening.
We'll be updating this information in future articles and telling about other events. If you missed our article about the parades, it's still available under our COMMUNITY section. More details are available there, but the list of parades includes:
Hickory--Friday November 16th, 6 PM
Maiden--Saturday November 24th, 3 PM
Lincolnton--Sunday November 25th, 4 PM
Mt. Holly--Wednesday November 28th, 4 PM
Denver--Saturday December 1st, 12:15 PM
Crouse--Saturday December 1st, 1 PM
Kings Mountain--Saturday December 1st, 3 PM
Gastonia--Sunday December 2nd, 4 PM
Belmont--Tuesday December 4th, 3 PM
Bessemer City--Friday December 7th, 5 PM
Cherryville--Saturday December 8th, 10:30 AM
Cat Square--Saturday December 8th, 1 PM
Casar--Sunday December 9th, 3 PM
Stanley--Wednesday December 12th, 3 PM
McAdenville--Thursday December 13th, 5:30 PM (We'll detail the Christmastown, USA events in a later article as well as the Charlotte Motor Speedway Festival of Lights)
Dallas--Friday December 14th, 4 PM
Lowell--Saturday December 15th, 2 PM
Shelby--Sunday December 16th, 3 PM
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