Hearts for the Arts, Pam Stone, Grady the Groundhog and Loretta Lynn tribute

Saturday and Sunday events in Rutherford County
Jan. 30, 2014 @ 04:40 AM

Hearts for the Arts

FOREST CITY — The Rutherford County Arts Council will hold the inaugural Hearts for the Arts small business expo and craft bazaar this Saturday at the National Guard Armory, located at 890 Withrow Road in Forest City.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and feature a silent auction, nearly 40 small businesses and craft vendors, demonstrations by Ray Rice Martial Arts and short skits performed by cast members of the council's last play.

"I have three children who are involved with the Arts Council and in the plays all the time, and I offered to put an event together since I already do the small business expo event in the county each year," said Marsha Daves, who runs Rutherford County Interacting. 

As guests wander amongst the vendors, concessions will also be available for purchase including Papa John's pizza, popcorn and drinks.

Daves said the Arts Council will be taking donations during the event and all proceeds from the vendors' fees will be donated to the Arts Council.

"We are delighted with the enthusiasm and initiative displayed by participants in our Family Theatre Program. They are taking a very active part in creating fundraising activities to help make the program possible," said Matthew McEnnerney, executive director of the Rutherford County Arts Council. "From providing individual financial support to creating innovative projects like Hearts for the Arts, family members and emerging leaders like Marsha Daves are helping develop the local support for a program that serves nearly a thousand people a year and the general public with cultural events like the upcoming production of 'The Golden Goose' in April. "

Daves added that the Arts Council intends Hearts for the Arts to be an annual event to help raise money for the spring production each year.


Pam Stone at Human Society event Saturday

SPINDALE — The Rutherford County Humane Society is sponsoring a fundraising event Saturday, Feb. 1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for dog and cat food, blankets, crates and other pet supplies.

Donations for the pets will be received during the two hour event.

Comedienne Pam Stone of Landrum will meet the public and sign her book, "I Love Me a Turkey Butt Sandwich." 

She will be joined at the event by The Phil Ruff Group, singer/songwriter with John Maishman and Jay Seagrave.

There will be a puppy kissing booth and pictures will be made of pets and masters.

Everyone is invited to support the animals.


A Tribute to Loretta Lynn

SPINDALE — A Tribute to Loretta Lynn will be brought to the stage at the Foundation, Isothermal Community College, at 7 p.m. Saturday by Carolina Concert Productions.

Teri Fryar of Thomasville will perform Lynn's greatest hits,  share the stories behind the songs and will also share Lynn's personal story during the concert.

Fryar said coming to the Foundation is especially exciting because Loretta Lynn performed at Foundation in September 2006.

"It's an honor to to be performing where she did," Fryar said. She has been a Loretta Lynn fan since she was a child and has a collection of all of Lynn's albums, CDs, books and movies.

Fryar's husband, Steve Fryar, who is her manager and agent, travels with her and will participate in the concert.

Tickets are $17 for adults; and for children under 12 tickets are $12.

Call the Foundation box office for tickets, 286-9990 or visit: www.CAROLINACONCERTPRO.com

Grady’s annual shadow sighting and wildlife program

CHIMNEY ROCK — Grady the Groundhog, animal ambassador for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, will be making his annual winter prediction at noon on Sunday, Feb. 2 behind the Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock Village, next to the park entrance.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting, the public is invited to a free wildlife program to learn quirky things about groundhogs and the Groundhog Day tradition and participate in kids’ crafts.

Around noon Grady the Groundhog will awaken from his winter slumber to see if his shadow appears, which would signal six more weeks of winter. But if there’s no shadow, then spring should be around the corner. Grady outwitted Punxsutawney Phil to predict the weather correctly last year, and Park staff are anticipating another accurate prediction.  

“Grady has been resting up and feasting on sweet potatoes, his favorite snack, to get ready for his big day. He’s under a lot of pressure now to give an accurate winter prediction two years in a row. I think it’s gotten to him because he gained a lot of weight going into the winter… but he’ll be ready,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Vote on Grady’s Shadow. Cast your vote online whether or not you think Grady will see his shadow at chimneyrockpark.com. Then attend the event or check back on the Park’s website or Grady the Groundhog’s new Facebook page on February 2 to see if the guess is correct. Grady is now on Facebook to answer questions about wild critters and share details about upcoming wildlife and nature programs.

Chimney Rock’s inaugural Groundhog Day shadow sighting was held in 2006, and this is only the fourth year with Grady as the star of the show. The official Groundhog Day can be traced back to 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pa. For more information on Chimney Rock’s hands-on education programs for schools, homeschoolers and scouts, as well as summer camps, visit chimneyrockpark.com/education.