Carolina Calendar: January 2017
photograph by Alan Cradick


Woman Made: Women Artists From the Hickory Museum of Art Collection • Hickory • December 17-April 22
The Hickory Museum of Art’s first major permanent collection featuring only women includes paintings, drawings, pottery, textiles, and glass.

Learn more: (828) 327-8576 or

Polar Plunge • Lake Lure • January 1
Take a dip in Lake Lure’s frigid waters to raise money for the local first responders who worked tirelessly to fight the Party Rock Fire.

Learn more: (828) 625-9500 or

Mountain Music at Silvermont • Brevard • January 5, 12, 19, 26
Pickers of all skill levels are invited to play bluegrass, old-time, country, and more at this weekly jam session at Silvermont Mansion.

Learn more: (828) 884-3166 or

Milton Harkey Bluegrass Presents Dailey & Vincent • Lenoir • January 7
See this Grammy Award-winning bluegrass duo perform at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Learn more: (828) 726-2407 or

National Winter Trails Day • Sugar Mountain • January 8
Try snowshoeing for free with a 45-minute guided tour at Sugar Mountain Resort. Snowshoe rentals are included.

Learn more: (828) 898-4521 or

Big Band and Swing Dance Weekend • Asheville • January 13-14
Dance to big band and swing music all weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Come for the concert each night, or spend the weekend at the Grove Park with a hotel package.

Learn more: (800) 438-5800 or

Ain’t Ya Mama’s Pancake Breakfast • Wilkesboro • January 14
On the second Saturday of every month, head to CrossRoads Harley-Davidson for a free pancake breakfast.

Learn more: (336) 667-1003 or

Soup, Salad & Strings • Hickory • January 20
The Western Piedmont Symphony presents the award-winning Tesla Quartet, performing during a soup-and-salad lunch at the Keiser Community Room.

Learn more: (828) 324-8603 or

Schug Wine Dinner • Highlands • January 20
Enjoy live music, Schug wine, and a multicourse paired menu created by Chef Chris Huerta and a Madison County culinary team at the Old Edwards Inn. Reservations required.

Learn more: (828) 526-8008 or

Winter Warmer Beer Festival • Asheville • January 21
Now in its 10th year, this winter beer festival features local and regional breweries, food, and live music at the U.S. Cellular Center.

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The Lettermen • Franklin • January 21
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts hosts The Lettermen, whose harmonies and memorable love songs span six decades.

Learn more: (866) 273-4615 or

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives • Shelby • January 21
Five-time Grammy Award winner and Southern culture historian Marty Stuart celebrates gospel and American roots music in a performance at the Don Gibson Theatre.

Learn more: (704) 487-8114 or

Community Table Blue Plate Special Fundraiser • Sylva • January 25
The last Wednesday of every month, Community Table, a nonprofit that provides food to local residents in need, hosts a fund-raiser with dine-in and carry-out meals catered by area restaurants.

Learn more: (828) 586-6782 or

Blowing Rock Winterfest • Blowing Rock • January 26-29
Experience the fun side of winter with a polar plunge, ice carvings, wine and beer tastings, a fashion show, shopping, and food.

Learn more: (828) 295-7851 or

Kruger Brothers in Concert • West Jefferson • January 26
The Wilkesboro-based Kruger Brothers’ new-American music style blends classical and folk music in an innovative acoustic performance at the Ashe Civic Center.

Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or

Beginnings: The Ultimate Chicago Concert Experience • Spindale • January 27
The Foundation Performing Arts Center hosts Beginnings, a tribute band from New York City that pays homage to three decades of music by the chart-topping band Chicago in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Learn more: (828) 286-9990 or

Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza • Statesville • January 27-28
Shop for the newest fabrics, yarns, quilting books, sewing machines, and supplies at the Statesville Civic Center. Food from Risto’s Place and Peachy’s Bakery will be available on-site.

Learn more: (704) 376-2531 or


South End Gallery Crawl • Charlotte • January 1-6
Take a self-guided tour through South End’s fine-art galleries, and enjoy music, craft beer, and food vendors at Food Truck Friday.

Learn more: (704) 332-2227 or

An American in Paris • Durham • January 3-8
This Tony Award-winning musical follows the story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl, each searching for a new beginning after World War II.

Learn more: (919) 680-2787 or

Resolutions • Hillsborough • January 4-24
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts hosts its annual art exhibit, featuring 2-D and 3-D media from artists across the state.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

The Best of Our State • Pinehurst • January 6-8 [Sold Out!]
Our State’s 19th annual weekend celebration of North Carolina music, history, storytelling, food, art, and humor is sold out, but be sure to mark your calendar for next year!

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Breaking Up Christmas Dance Featuring Slate Mountain Ramblers • Mount Airy • January 7
Visit the Historic Earle Theatre to hear local bands play songs by old-time music icons in the birthplace of this Blue Ridge holiday music tradition.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or

De Profundis • Chapel Hill • January 11-15
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Oscar Wilde’s famous account of lost love, betrayal, forgiveness, and understanding in his letter from Reading Gaol, adapted for the stage by Brian Mertes.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace • Sanford • January 13-14
More than 30 small businesses showcase their best quilting and knitting products for a day of shopping, door prizes, and dessert.

Learn more: (704) 376-2531 or

Artrageous! • High Point • January 14
Artists, musicians, singers, and dancers collaborate for an interactive show featuring a variety of art forms, pop icon tributes, and musical genres at the High Point Theatre.

Learn more: (336) 883-3097 or

Dreamfest • Cary • January 14-16
This festival honoring Martin Luther King Jr. includes storytelling, panel discussions, poetry readings, a day of service, and a documentary showing of And I Still Rise.

Learn more: (919) 469-4000 or

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration • Durham • January 16
Visit Northgate Mall for educational activities, speakers, performers, and birthday cake in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn more: (919) 286-4407 or

Shadowgrass • Mount Airy • January 21
As part of the Blue Ridge and Beyond Series, the Surry Arts Council presents Shadowgrass, an award-winning youth bluegrass band from southwest Virginia and western North Carolina, at the Historic Earle Theatre.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or

Joyfest: Casino Night • Zebulon • January 21
Support Make-A-Wish of Eastern NC at Cattails Restaurant at the Carolina Mudcats Stadium, which will have Vegas-style gaming tables and slot machines, special guests, and a live auction.

Learn more: (919) 810-3518.

Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Show • Burlington • January 25-29
This annual show features quilts by guild members and local residents, a boutique for quilting supplies, and, for the first time, a judged show.

Learn more: (336) 512-6123.

Handel: Water Music • Fayetteville • January 26
The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performs Handel’s “Water Music,” which was originally composed for King George I in 1717 and includes several well-known melodies.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Innovative Works • Charlotte • January 27-29, February 2-5, 9-12, 16-18
See one of Charlotte Ballet’s most popular performances in an intimate theater setting. The contemporary ballet is followed by a dessert reception with the dancers and artistic staff.

Learn more: (704) 372-1000 or

Cavatina Duo • Greensboro • January 27
Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic unite to perform pieces by Piazzolla, Takemitsu, and Bach at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

African-American Cultural Celebration • Raleigh • January 28
This event at the North Carolina Museum of History features more than 75 musicians, storytellers, writers, dancers, chefs, historians, artists, reenactors, and craftspeople.

Learn more: (919) 807-7900 or


Day 1 Run • Shallotte • January 1
Kick off the new year with a 5K road race, beginning and ending at the park on Mulberry Street.

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Dolphin Dip Extravaganza • Surf City • January 1
Take an icy plunge into the ocean in this annual charity event, which this year will benefit the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Wear a crazy costume for a chance to win prizes.

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First Friday ArtWalk • Elizabeth City • January 6
Browse local art, watch artist demonstrations, and listen to live music at various galleries downtown at the Arts of the Albemarle’s monthly event.

Learn more: (252) 338-6455 or

African-American Music Series • Greenville • January 13
Vaughn Ambrose and Mitch Butler perform with the house band at the Pitt County Arts Council’s free monthly concert series.

Learn more: (252) 551-6947 or

BBQ & Blue Jeans • New Bern • January 13
The New Bern Firemen’s Museum will host its annual event including a barbecue dinner; an open bar; live music; and dancing at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

Learn more: (252) 636-4087 or

Striperfest • Wilmington • January 13-14
Cape Fear River Watch’s fishery restoration project aims to replenish the river’s striped bass, or “striper,” population. On January 13 and 14, kick off the new year with purpose as you help the organization raise money and awareness for this native fish. Participate in an auction and banquet, a striper fishing tournament, and fun educational activities, including boat tours, arts and crafts for kids, and biology booths.

Learn more: (910) 762-5606 or

Ocean Isle Beach Bridge Run for Food • Ocean Isle Beach • January 14
Half-marathon and 5K races through town benefit the South Brunswick InterChurch Council Food Pantry. Canned or boxed food donations are welcome.

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Joe Gould’s Secret • Lumberton • January 19
As part of the Robeson County Arts Council’s River Voices Series, enjoy a free screening of this film based on a story by Fairmont native Joseph Mitchell.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

Clam Chowder Cook-Off • Beaufort • January 20
Sample four types of clam chowder and a variety of cornbreads, and vote for your favorites at the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.

Learn more: (252) 728-7317 or

Friends of Brown Library Book Sale • Washington • January 20-22
Shop more than 20,000 titles at the Friends of Brown Library’s annual used-book sale, held at the Washington Civic Center.

Learn more: (252) 946-4300 or

Joe Crookston • Bolivia • January 21
A concert by Americana singer-songwriter Joe Crookston helps raise money for Hope Harbor, a local charity fighting against domestic violence.

Learn more: (860) 485-3354 or

Donald Sinta Quartet • Kill Devil Hills • January 21
This internationally renowned saxophone quartet will perform pieces from emerging young composers.

Learn more: (252) 256-9361 or

Stars Dance for the Arts • Kinston • January 21
Local celebrities compete in professionally choreographed partner dances to raise money for the Community Council for the Arts.

Learn more: (252) 527-2517 or

Kubecca • Washington • January 24
This husband-and-wife duo combines Kuba’s multi-instrumental jazz and Rebecca’s Broadway vocals in a unique program featuring country, indie, and show tunes.

Learn more: (252) 946-6738 or

East Coast Shag Classic • Wrightsville Beach • January 26-29
This charity event for Hope Abounds, a nonprofit that supports women, children, and teens with cancer, features shag and line dance lessons, a silent auction, and top beach music bands from the Carolinas.

Learn more: (910) 799-7178 or

Wilmington Antiques Show & Sale • Wilmington • January 27-29
Shop from 38 dealers selling art, antiques, vintage linens, toys, jewelry, rugs, and collectibles. Interior designers will be available to help customers choose antiques to fit their homes.

Learn more: (910) 262-4757 or

Chocolate Craving • Manteo • January 28
Learn how to make peanut butter cups, turtles, and nut clusters from scratch in this hands-on chocolate-making workshop.

Learn more: (252) 473-3234 or

Silver Coast Bridal Show • Ocean Isle Beach • January 29
Silver Coast Winery will host local wedding professionals, including the area’s best caterers, photographers, cakes, venues, and wedding planners.

Learn more: (910) 287-2800 or

Hommage à Pablo Casals, Featuring Amit Peled • Wilmington • January 29
Amit Peled honors the great cellist Pablo Casals on Casals’s own cello at UNCW’s Beckwith Recital Hall.

Learn more: (910) 962-3500 or

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