Husband and wife duo share the stage in upcoming production

James (left) and Jill Grose are featured in the cast of "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery." The hilarious comedy begins performances on Friday July 12 at 8pm in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the Hickory Community Theatre.

HICKORY — The Hickory Community Theatre’s (HCT) upcoming production of the crazy comedy, “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery,” features a real life husband and wife, Jill and James Grose, in the cast. 

This is the third time that the couple has appeared in the same show, since their first time at HCT in “The Music Man” in 2015, when Jill played Mrs. Paroo, mother to Marion the Librarian, and James played Oliver Hix, a member of the school board. 

They followed that up a few months later playing Madam Arcati can Dr. Bradman in, “Blithe Spirit.” James has also played Captain Scott in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Bifur in “The Hobbit,” Grandfather in “Ragtime,” and Rev. Lloyd Ledbetter in “Beautiful Star.” Jill has played Florence Foster Jenkins in “Glorious!” and Sister Mary Regina in “Nunsense.”

The pair moved to Hickory in 2015, from Denver, Colorado, where they were both very active in community theatre, together and separately. 

Performances of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” are Fridays and Saturdays (July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27) at 8 p.m., Thursdays (July 18 & 25) at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays (July 21 & 28) at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets are $14 for all adults and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Call the box office at 828-328-2283 or visit to purchase tickets or get more information.  

Fruit sculpture class to be held

HIDDENITE — On Saturday, June 29 Phecy Pritchard will instruct a Summer Fruit Sculpture Class, just in time for summer entertaining. 

The class will be held at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) from 1-3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a large cutting board, two sharp knives (one large and one small), a large platter to take home fruit sculptures and an apron. Fruit will be provided.

The class size is limited to 10 students. Cost for attending the class is $28 for the public or $25 for members of the Center. Call 828-632-6966 to register.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call 828-632-6966, email or visit

Adult painting class offered at library

HICKORY — Community members are invited to register for a painting class offered at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.  

The theme of the painting will be astronomy related to tie in with the 2019 Summer Learning Program theme, A Universe of Stories. The painting class will be led by local artist and experienced instructor Natalie McNeely. Materials will be provided.

The painting class is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited due to space and materials. You may register online at, click on Library Events, and choose the Painting for Adults class to reserve your seat. You can also call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235 to register.  

“Dancing Stories” program planned at arts and heritage center

HIDDENITE — The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center and the Alexander County Library will partner to share an exciting, free program for students of all ages. “Dancing Stories” by April Turner uses traditional dances, stories and songs to affirm community-building concepts such as “working together” “integrity” and “perseverance.”

In a program that combines song, dance and storytelling, April Turner of Life As Art Productions will take the audience on a fun, high-energy journey through traditional West African culture. Audience participation will allow some to play instruments and dance at the end of the performance. 

The Alexander County Library will sponsor a free make and take craft inspired by the performance.

This free community event will be held on Friday, June 28 at 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Alexander County Library in Taylorsville (77 1st Ave SW). Everyone is welcome to participate. Limited picnic bench seating will be available but patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. In the event of rain, the program will be moved inside the library.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call 828-632-6966, email or visit

Call for artists placed for upcoming competitive show

HICKORY — The entry dates for Full Circle Arts' upcoming competitive show entitled “Abstractions” are fast approaching. 

This is the first time Full Circle Arts will be limiting submissions from the artists to only include abstract representations of scenes and ideas which are portrayed in their work. All media are accepted. 

“Abstractions” will run from July 25 to Aug. 24. Our exhibition will be judged by Mark Poteat, Coordinator for Visual Arts at Western Piedmont Community College.

Artwork for the show can be no larger than 48 inches in any direction. The entry fee for this show is only $20 for up to three entries. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded for first through third place winners and ribbons will be given for Honorable Mention choices. 

Visitors will vote on the artwork to determine a People's Choice Award which will be given at the end of the show.  Full Circle Arts will require a 35 percent commission on any art sold by non-members, 30 percent commission for members and 20 percent commission for Exhibiting members.

All work should be suitably presented and properly wired for hanging. Please deliver artwork to our gallery at 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory during our regular gallery hours, Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A reception will be held Thursday, July 25 from 6-8 p.m.

More information about Full Circle Arts is available at 828-322-7545, or

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