Carolina Calendar: March 2017
photograph by Max Cooper


Aoife O’Donovan • Shelby • March 3
See a performance by folk-rock singer Aoife O’Donovan, the lead singer for the string band Crooked Still and a featured vocalist on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy Award-winning album “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” at Don Gibson Theatre.

Learn more: (704) 487-8114 or

Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble • Brasstown • March 3
This free concert features talented bluegrass musicians from Berea College in Kentucky, who have toured in Ireland and Japan.

Learn more: (828) 837-2775 or

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band • Franklin • March 3
Known for its pioneering country rock and American roots music, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Learn more: (828) 524-1598 or

Appalachian Ski Patrol Wounded Warrior Event • Blowing Rock • March 4
Members of the Wounded Warrior Project are invited to a weekend of skiing and food. There will be a dedication ceremony with a memorial service and flyby.

Learn more: (828) 295-7828 or

Great Expectations • Waynesville • March 4
Follow Pip’s story from boyhood to manhood in this play based on Charles Dickens’s classic story.

Learn more: (828) 456-6322 or

Hendersonville Community Band Spring Concert • Flat Rock • March 5
This 75-member band will perform its spring concert, featuring classical, popular, and concert band music, at Blue Ridge Community College.

Learn more: (828) 692-8801 or

Jihye Chang, Piano • Brevard • March 6
As part of Brevard Music Center’s First Mondays Free Concert Series, see award-winning pianist Jihye Chang perform preludes and études by Chopin and other distinguished composers.

Learn more: (828) 862-2100 or

The Bellamy Brothers • Wilkesboro • March 10
The Walker Center presents this legendary country duo, which has topped the country music charts for 40 years.

Learn more: (336) 838-6260 or

Prisoner of Second Avenue • Waynesville • March 10-12
A middle-aged couple find themselves in a crisis when the husband loses his job during a recession. In Neil Simon’s first comedy, the couple must cope with economic hardships and the difficulties of being unemployed later in life.

Learn more: (828) 456-6322 or

Expo Madison! • Mars Hill • March 11
Learn about local businesses and resources in Madison County. Meet local business owners, industry professionals, and public servants; learn about organizations; products; and services; watch demonstrations; and enjoy food and door prizes.

Learn more: (847) 809-3098 or

Art Affair 2017: Urban Canvas • Asheville • March 11
This gala fund-raiser supports initiatives to help local youth in poverty, and features music, auctions, and locally-provided food and drink from the River Arts District.

Learn more: (828) 239-8811 or

Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase • Lenoir • March 11
This 19th annual showcase features area musicians and singer/songwriters, including local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent.

Learn more: (828) 726-2407 or

Biere de Femme Festival • Shelby • March 11
This beer festival, featuring 30 breweries, will celebrate the women who work in the craft beer industry. Proceeds will go to scholarships to help more women advance their careers in brewing.

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Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition • Lincolnton • March 12
Hear talented young vocalists from North and South Carolina participate in this annual competition, celebrating its 15th year of supporting the theatrical vocal arts.

Learn more: (704) 732-9055 or

The Nile Project • Cullowhee • March 13
This 35-member group blends the traditional music and languages of 11 countries along the Nile River, with a contemporary sound that transcends national borders. The band will also have shows in March in Raleigh, Wilmington, and Wingate, and in April in Boone and Greenville.

Learn more: (828) 227-2787 or

Brushy Mountain Jam Session • Taylorsville • March 16, 30
Every other Thursday, McLindon’s Restaurant hosts a jam session for music lovers of all skill levels. Bring an instrument and join in, or sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Learn more: (828) 632-7502 or

Grovewood Village Sip and Shop • Asheville • March 17-18
Enjoy complimentary wine while you shop for American-made arts and crafts and watch demonstrations by local artists at the Grovewood Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Asheville Metro Vintage Market Days • Fletcher • March 17-19
Shop for upscale, vintage-inspired art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home decor, furniture, food, plants, and more in this indoor market.

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Florence Flapjack Fund-Raiser • West Jefferson • March 18
This special pancake breakfast features Waterfall Farm’s maple syrup, custom pancake portraits, and a maple syrup competition.

Learn more: (336) 846-3827 or

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail • Elkin • March 24-26
In honor of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s 40th birthday, enjoy guided hikes, mountain biking, paddling on the Yadkin River, and winery tours.

Learn more: (919) 825-0297 or

Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club Show • Hickory • March 24-26
This show includes gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry vendors; educational programs and displays; door prizes; and displays of meteorites, dinosaur bones, a world-record-holding sapphire, and a 112-pound ruby corundum.

Learn more: (828) 303-1448 or

Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival • Hickory • March 25
In its 20th year, this festival will explore the connection between pottery and food. See pottery demonstrations, a lecture by potter Kim Ellington, an exhibit of 20 Catawba Valley pots, and more than 110 vendors selling Southern pottery, antiques, textiles, and folk art.

Learn more: (828) 322-3943 or

The Master and the Virtuoso • Flat Rock • March 25
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will perform Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen. Joining the symphony is pianist Jorge Federico Osorio performing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2.

Learn more: (828) 697-5884 or

Soup and a Bowl • Marion • March 31-April 1
Enjoy soup, salad, bread, dessert, and a drink from local restaurants at this spring fund-raiser, then take home a handmade soup bowl made by a local or regional potter.

Learn more: (828) 652-8610 or


Twelfth Night • Chapel Hill • March 1-19
A shipwreck, lost twins, gender-bending disguise, romance: Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity affirms the power of love to transform loss into hope.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

Tommy Jarrell Birthday Celebration • Mount Airy • March 3-4
Celebrate the birthday of Mount Airy old-time musician Tommy Jarrell with presentations and a concert featuring Buckstankle Boys, Slate Mountain Ramblers, and more.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show • Charlotte • March 3-5
More than 450 companies come together to offer home design and garden showcases, lectures, cooking classes, and a marketplace.

Learn more: (800) 849-0248 or

Business Expo • Roxboro • March 3-4
Learn about local businesses at this exposition held at Roxboro Community School. Tickets are $15 for members of the Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce and $25 for nonmembers on March 3, with free admission for everyone on March 4.

Learn more: (336) 599-8333 or

Mardi Gras Ball • Raleigh • March 3
Celebrate Mardi Gras without heading to The Big Easy. Dance to live music by The Embers, participate in live and silent auctions, and eat Cajun cuisine in this benefit ball for Meals on Wheels of Wake County.

Learn more: (919) 833-1749 or

Raleigh Brewing’s Fourth Anniversary Party • Raleigh • March 4
Raleigh Brewing Company is hosting a giant party to celebrate their fourth anniversary from noon to midnight on Saturday, March 4. Visitors can expect live music, beer releases, swag giveaways, and a variety of food trucks throughout the day.

Learn more: (919) 400-9086 or the event’s Facebook page.

Art Show & Sale Benefiting Meals on Wheels • Winston-Salem • March 4
In the Piedmont area, artists showcase and sell their work to benefit the Senior Services Center’s Meals on Wheels program, delivering nutritious food to homebound, at-risk elderly people.

Learn more: (336) 725-0907 or

Pump Boys & Dinettes • Cary • March 4
In this Broadway musical, the Pump Boys, who sell gas on NC Highway 57, and the Dinettes, owners of the Double Cupp Diner next door, join forces for a country western, concert-style show.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Glassfest • Star • March 4
Browse glassware made by STARworks Glass artists and guest artists from across the Southeast, including functional, culinary, and decorative handcrafted items.

Learn more: (910) 428-9001 or

Reading by John Claude Bemis • Hillsborough • March 5
North Carolina author John Claude Bemis will read from his book Out of Abaton to close a Hillsborough Gallery of Arts show, which features work inspired by characters and events in his book.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

A Toast to the Triangle • Raleigh • March 5 (Our State will be here!)
Sample food and drinks from the Triangle’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors, and participate in a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation.

Learn more: (919) 755-2668 or

Blues by Logie Meachum • Charlotte • March 10 (Our State will be here!)
The Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Concert & Jams hosts North Carolina blues musician and storyteller Logie Meachum, with a song circle and jams following the concert.

Learn more: (704) 563-7080 or

Charlotte Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show • Monroe • March 10-11
The Guild celebrates its 40th anniversary with “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” featuring 180 quilts on display, an exhibit of past Best of Show winners, regional vendors, and more.

Learn more: (704) 283-3822 or

Second Saturday Hike at the Roanoke Canal Trail • Roanoke Rapids • March 11
Every month from March through November, take a 9 a.m. guided hike on the Roanoke Canal Trail, and afterward, get free admission to the Roanoke Canal Museum.

Learn more: (252) 537-2769 or

Sister Act • Salisbury • March 16-25
Based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, this musical comedy at the Meroney Theater centers on a woman who aspires to be a disco diva, but finds herself hiding in a convent after witnessing a murder.

Learn more: (704) 633-5471 or

Greatest Little Train Show • Greensboro • March 18
See model train layouts, shop from vendors, and enter to win raffle and door prizes at this ninth annual show.

Learn more: (336) 312-4198 or

The Student and the Teacher • Fayetteville • March 24
The Cumberland Oratorio Singers will perform a concert inspired by the great choral works of Benjamin Britten, the student, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the teacher.

Learn more: (910) 630-7153 or

Heroes Among Us • Fayetteville • March 25
The Fayetteville Symphony, joined by guest conductor Dina Gilbert of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, honors our nation’s military and civil servants in a concert featuring classical and popular works.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Lawn & Disorder • Clayton • March 25
Comedians Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton star in this hilarious show about everyday life, featuring standup comedy, audience participation, and a couples’ game show.

Learn more: (919) 553-1737 or

ProTown BMX 2017 • Wendell • March 25
Watch professional BMX bikers perform aerial stunts on Main Street in downtown Wendell in this high-energy showcase.

Learn more: (919) 366-2266 or

Swan Lake • Pembroke • March 27
The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform Swan Lake, the story of a princess who is turned into a swan.

Learn more: (910) 521-6361 or

Let the River Answer • Hillsborough • March 27-April 23
In this exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, see jewelry by Arianna Bara, paintings by Eduardo Lapetina, and turned wood by Michael Salemi. An opening reception will be held on March 31.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

Music for a Great Space Presents David Higgs • Greensboro • March 31
One of the country’s leading concert organists, David Higgs, chair of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music, will perform at Christ United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

Lonesome River Band • Mount Airy • March 31
This award-winning bluegrass group is led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or

Bloom • Smithfield • March 31-April 2, 7-8
In this play, 15-year-old Daniel and his mother move to Flint, Michigan, where Daniel helps his grandpa tend the gardens, and in the process plants seeds of hope in their neighborhood and their family.

Learn more: (919) 934-1873 or


Pickleball Tournament • Jacksonville • March 2-5
MAR 2-5 Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Seniors age 50 and up can compete in this double-elimination-style tournament at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center.

Learn more: (910) 938-5312 or

Shoal Survivors Exhibit Reception • Hatteras • March 3
An elementary school-age group at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will reveal the maritime-related items and cultural projects that they have been working on for this exhibit.

Learn more: (252) 986-2995 or

Spring Fling Cleanup Day • Manteo • March 4
Help the staff at the Elizabethan Gardens with spring-cleaning as they prepare for the warmer seasons. Light refreshments will be provided.

Learn more: (252) 473-3244 or

Wilson Spring Expo • Wilson • March 4
Join businesses across North Carolina who’ve come together to show off their home, garden, and business wares at the Wilson Recreation Center.

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Rumba on the Lumber Festival • Lumberton • March 4-5
This annual festival includes 5K and 10K races, a chili cook-off, fitness competitions, live music, a beer and wine festival, arts and crafts vendors, bike rides, and a kids’ zone.

Learn more: (910) 733-2609 or

Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K • Morehead City • March 4
Run from Morehead City to Atlantic Beach and back in the annual Crystal Coast Half Marathon, or take a shorter 5K or 10K route on a flat course.

Learn more: (336) 793-4311 or

Carolina Coastal Railroaders Train Show • New Bern • March 4-5
Explore model train exhibits — including one of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends — shop for equipment from 25 vendors, and enjoy
food and hourly door prize drawings.

Learn more: (252) 638-8872 or

Washington Senior Dance • Washington • March 9
Every month, seniors age 50 and up can learn to line dance at the Washington Civic Center.

Learn more: (252) 975-9316 or

Cheese It Up • Manteo • March 11
Enjoy wine and cheese and learn about pairings as you create a take-home planter filled with your own container garden.

Learn more: (252) 473-3234 or

St. Patrick’s Day Parade • Nags Head • March 12
Watch the annual St. Patty’s Day parade at 1 p.m., then continue the celebration at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern with live entertainment, awards, and free hot dogs.

Learn more: (252) 441-4116 or

Empty Bowls of the Albemarle • Elizabeth City • March 14-15
Get a handcrafted pottery bowl and a lunch of soup, salad, bread, and dessert to support Arts of the Albemarle and the Food Bank of the Albemarle.

Learn more: (252) 335-4035 or

Southern Farm Days • Lake Waccamaw • March 17-18
Learn about old-time farm life with demonstrations, antique farm equipment, daily farmstead activities, and exhibits at the Boys and Girls Horse Complex.

Learn more: (910) 655-3638 or

Operatic Orchestra • Wilmington • March 18
Kevin Lawrence, the chair of the string department at UNC School of the Arts, joins the Wilmington Symphony to perform Antonin Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, as well as selection of other opera pieces.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

Melinda Doolittle • Oriental • March 18
The third-place finalist on season six of American Idol, Melinda Doolittle, will take the stage at The Old Theater with a soulful sound and songs ranging from ballads to Broadway to pop.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Celtic Tenors • Rocky Mount • March 18
Ireland’s most successful classical crossover group will perform at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (252) 985-5197 or

Pig in the Park • Scotland Neck • March 18
Local cooks compete to be the pig cook-off champion, and you get to be the judge. Sample a variety of barbecue and vote for your favorite, then enjoy the games and live entertainment.

Learn more: (252) 826-3186 or

Face to Face: Billy Joel/Elton John Tribute • Bolivia • March 23
Mike O’Brien & Storm Front and Bennie & The Jets will perform hits by music legends Billy Joel and Elton John.

Learn more: (910) 755-7416 or

Dance 2017 • Greenville • March 23-28
See ballet, modern dance, tap, and jazz choreographed by renowned guest artists and East Carolina University faculty, and performed by ECU dance students.

Learn more: (252) 328-6829 or

OBX Taste of the Beach • Outer Banks • March 23-26
Nearly 40 venues in the Outer Banks will host more than 50 culinary events, including wine tastings, cooking classes, farm-to-table dinners, brewery tours, tapas crawls, cook-offs, and ocean-front dining.

Learn more: (252) 207-5092 or

Brown Bag Gam: Women Pirates • Beaufort • March 24
Learn about the role women pirates played during the Golden Age of Pirates on your lunch break. Bring a bag lunch for this free presentation, and find out the stories behind pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

Learn more: (252) 728-7317 or

My Time to Shine 4 Talent Competition • Lumberton • March 25
From singing to dancing to juggling, see the region’s best performers compete for cash prizes at this high-caliber talent show.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

Down East Folk Arts Festival • New Bern • March 25-26
Experience the best of local, regional, and national acoustic music; contra dancing; a drum circle; storytelling; art exhibits; concerts; and clogging.

Learn more: (252) 646-4657 or

St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave Challenge • Kinston • March 28
Kinston Local 3015 and the Lenoir County Firemen’s Association gather to shave their heads in this annual fund-raiser for childhood cancer research.

Learn more: (252) 560-4319 or

Artists and Authors Evening • New Bern • March 31
As part of First Presbyterian Church of New Bern’s yearlong bicentennial celebration, member artists and authors will display, discuss, and sell their work. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided, and an auction will follow the show and sale.

Learn more: (252) 637-3270 or

Duplin Blue, Brew & Que Festival • Kenansville • March 31-April 1
Enjoy the area’s best barbecue, craft beer, and bluegrass music, with a lineup that includes the Soggy Bottom Boys, Lonesome River Band, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

Learn more: (910) 275-0008 or

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