HICKORY — The central characters in “End Days,” a new comedy that examines human anxieties in the post 9/11 world, are the Stein family, who are each coping with their own fears in unique ways.

Mom Sylvia Stein has embraced Christianity, even though she’s Jewish, and Dad Arthur hasn’t left the house or changed out of his pajamas since the attacks. The Hickory Community Theatre’s (HCT) production of the play, which opens on March 1 in the Firemen’s Kitchen, features two local actors, Chrissy Colavecchio Schramm and David J. Ingle, who are known for playing unusual and challenging characters.

Schramm has a BA in Theatre from the University of Florida, and was most recently seen on the Firemen’s Kitchen stage as Dolly in the smash hit comedy “Kitchen Witches.” Although equally well regarded for drama and comedy, she tends to gravitate toward unique characters in off-the-wall comedies, like Masha in the 2014 production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Originally from West Palm Beach, FL, she has resided in Hickory for 19 years and is currently the manager of Café Rule.

Ingle came to HCT after a 30 year hiatus from theatre for the powerful musical “Les Miserablés,” in which he played Brujon and other roles in the ensemble. He has since played major roles, most recently as Tateh in the HCT production of “Ragtime” last spring. Other roles include the Wiz in “The Wiz” at HCT and the Baron in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at The Green Room. Originally from Cherryville, Ingle has been in Hickory for 26 years and is currently the IT Manager for King Hickory Furniture.

Performances of “End Days” are March 1-17, Fridays and Saturdays (March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16) at 8 p.m., Thursdays (March 7 & 14) at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays (March 10 & 17) at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for Fridays through Sundays are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (60 and over), and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets for Thursday night performances are $14 for adults and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Call the box office at 828-328-2283 or visit www.hickorytheatre.org to purchase tickets or get more information.

Tesla Quartet rug concert to be held at Ridgeview Library

HICKORY — The Ridgeview branch of Hickory Public Libraries will host a free rug concert by the renowned Tesla Quartet. Music lovers of all ages, especially the very youngest, are invited to the music concert on Monday, Feb. 25 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Tesla Quartet are Ross Snyder, first violin; Michelle Lie, violin; Edwin Kaplan, viola; and Serafim Smigelskiy, cello. With a strong focus on music education, all members of the quartet are enthusiastic about sharing their love of music with young listeners and future musicians.

This free rug concert is an opportunity for young music lovers to hear the quartet in an intimate setting with a chance to meet each member. Children are encouraged to ask questions, move around, listen carefully and participate fully in this musical experience.

This free rug concert at Ridgeview Library is made possible by the Western Piedmont Symphony and the Beaver Family Foundation.

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, beside the Ridgeview Recreation Center in Hickory. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hannah Norcutt at the Ridgeview Library, 828-345-6037 or hnorcutt@hickorync.gov or visit the library’s website at www.hickorync.gov/library.

“The Commedia Cinderella” production planned for Green Room Community Theatre

NEWTON —The Green Room Community Theatre is thrilled to present “The Commedia Cinderella” on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. This is a one time performance of this comical version of Cinderella.

The show is performed by The Green Bean Players. The performance will in the McCreary Theatre at the Old Post Office Playhouse in historic downtown Newton.

The commedia players, a band of lovable vagabond actors, love the story of Cinderella so much that they try to improve upon it whenever possible. Your family may know the story of Cinderella, who dreams of a chance to win the hand of the handsome Prince, but they’ve never seen it told like this.

“The Commedia Cinderella” is produced by Duke Energy/ HSM Solutions/ Lee Industries. It is directed by John David Brown, III. The Green Bean Players will also be performing a brand new show “Jack and the Spaceship Bean Stalk” on their Summer Library Tour.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.thegreenroomtheatre.org or by calling 828-464-6128 Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under. All ticket prices include NC sales tax.

Touring theatre presents “African Folktales” at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

HICKORY — Bright Star Touring Theatre brings the stories and songs of Africa to life in a joyful performance at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.

This nationally acclaimed children’s theatre company will present “African Folktales,” celebrating the various folk traditions from the Sahara to the Serengeti to Mount Kilimanjaro and beyond.

Traditional music from the continent of Africa helps set the stage for these energetic stories, which include Anansi and porquoi tales along with lots of information about this incredible continent. Kids of all ages and their families will love this vibrant and energetic show.

This program is free and open to the public. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Third Street NE on the SALT Block in Hickory.

Wooden spoons highlight upcoming woodworking club meeting

HICKORY —  A presentation on making wooden spoons will highlight the Saturday, Feb. 23 Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Club meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop at 856 21st St. Drive SE in Hickory. Meetings are open to the public.

After retiring from the manufacturing industry, Sam Tallman, spoon carver, found solace and peace in creating functional, heirloom spoons as art, from wood that would otherwise be cast aside as useless.

Completely self-taught, Tallman carves spoons without the use of power tools. Spoons are beautiful, long lasting items that you can use in your home for generations. A video shop visit is also planned.

Members and visitors are encouraged to bring completed woodworking projects to present in the show-and-tell portion of the program. All will have an opportunity to offer comments and ask questions about presentations, items shown, and other topics. Members are encouraged to donate items such as tools and wood for raffle prizes at the meeting.

The club consists of about 70 Hickory-area woodworkers of all skill levels, from hobbyist to professionals. The club meets on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop in Hickory. The exceptions are our annual offsite picnic, the October Klingspor’s Woodworking Extravaganza, and a combined November/December meeting. For more information, call 828-855-4941.

The Green Room continues showing “Love Letters”

NEWTON — The Green Room presents “Love Letters,” a play that celebrates love, friendship, and the lost art of letter writing. This uniquely imaginative piece offers theater at its most simple yet most compelling, consisting only of two people reading the letters exchanged over a 50-year friendship.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Peter Bost) wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner (Stephanie Lindsay) to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other.

They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived – through letters – for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. “Love Letters” is A.R. Gurney’s timeless play about friendship, hope, disappointment, loss and abiding love. Y

“Love Letters” is directed by David Townsend and produced by Resource Partners. Production dates are Feb. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. The box office, 828-464-6128, is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the run of the show.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (age 60+), and $14 for students (age 13+). The show is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for children under 13 years old.

“Love Letters” will be performed in the smaller, more intimate Black Box Theatre located in the Old Post Office Playhouse with its entrance on West A Street. Many of the performances in the Black Box Theatre do sell out, so don’t wait to get your tickets.

If you have any questions about this show or any of our programs, please call The Green Room Community Theatre at 828-464-6583 or visit www.thegreenroomtheatre.org.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library holds Craft Club meeting

HICKORY — Unwind after your busy Monday at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library’s Craft Club. The Craft Club meets each Monday at 6 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

What could be better for releasing stress than working on your latest hobby in a relaxed atmosphere with friends new and old? Bring your latest project and enjoy the company of fellow crafters as you share ideas, know-how and conversation. If you are not currently working on a project, use library supplies to work on coloring pages.

The Craft Club at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235.  Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Third Street NE on the SALT Block.

Hickory organizations plan to screen “Purple Dreams” documentary

HICKORY – The Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC), in partnership with the Hickory Youth Council (YC) and Footcandle Film Society, will host a movie night to screen the documentary, “Purple Dreams,” on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block. This event is free and open to the public.

Directed by Joanne Hock, “Purple Dreams” follows the talented and driven students of Charlotte’s Northwest School of the Arts, as black youth stereotypes are turned upside-down. A three-year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion, while embracing the transformative power of their arts education as they audition, rehearse, and perform the first ever full-length high school production of “The Color Purple.”

Corey Mitchell, the musical theatre and theatre teacher at Charlotte’s Northwest School of Arts who oversaw the high school production, will attend this event.  Following the showing of the film, there will be a question and answer session lead by Chris Frye with the Footcandle Film Society. The event will conclude with a dessert reception.

Attendees to the event are also encouraged to bring canned soup to be donated to a local non-profit, PORCH (People Offering Relief from Community Hunger).

For more information about the Community Relations Council and the Youth Council event, please contact CRC staff liaison Chief Thurman Whisnant at the City of Hickory Police Department, at 828-261-2605, or YC staff liaison David Leonetti, at 828-261-2227.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library invites the public to Open Door Book Club

HICKORY — The public is encouraged to participate in discussions about books in a friendly environment with the Open Door Book Club.

The Open Door Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Conference Room on the 2nd floor of Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The selection for February is “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George. Copies are available to be picked up at the 2nd floor service desk. Join other book enthusiasts to explore your love of reading.

The Open Door Book Club is free to join and open to the public. For more information, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Third Street NE on the SALT Block.

City of Claremont hosts Coffee Talk event

CLAREMONT — To promote citizen engagement and transparency in government, Claremont City Manager Jason Brown, along with various department heads, will make appearances throughout the city this year for his new program titled “Coffee Talk”.

The program is aimed at enabling a relaxed conversation in a comfortable environment with residents and business owners to discuss topics of their choice. In addition to topics brought up by residents and business owners, Brown and others will provide updates on key city initiatives.

Brown stated the program is the latest in the city’s efforts to provide substantive and accurate information to its residents. “The city provides a wealth of information via its website and social media outlets, but unfortunately not everyone has the ability to access this information via the Internet. This is a more proactive approach in the dissemination of information by hitting the streets and talking to residents and business owners on a more personal level,” he said.

All Coffee Talk events are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Each Coffee Talk will be at a local, breakfast serving restaurant from 7:45-8:45 a.m. The dates are listed below, and locations will be posted on the website and social media.

  • Thursday, Feb. 28 at The Coffey Pot
  • Thursday, March 28 at Claremont Café
  • Thursday, April 25
  • Thursday, May 30
  • Thursday, June 27
  • Thursday, July 25
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 at City Hall
  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Thursday, Oct. 31
  • Thursday, Nov. 21
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 

If you are interested in scheduling your own Coffee Talk event at your local business or if you have questions, please contact Kara Miller at 828-466-7170 or kmiller@cityofclaremont.org

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