Caldwell Art Council – A Community Gem in the Foothills NC

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There’s something about the onset of autumn that inspires folks to come together on a late afternoon or early evening as the air turns cooler and the sun sets a little earlier.  What better reason than the wide array of artistic events that are never-ending in Lenoir, North Carolina?  Community and the arts go hand and hand in this region, bringing us all together while fulfilling our cultural needs.  This is the perfect time of year to plan an excursion to Lenoir, and maybe check out some of those desirable Carolina mountain properties you’ve been dreaming about.

The Caldwell Arts Council, a non-profit organization, located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, North Carolina, has been essential to the mountain towns in North Carolina since 1976.  For those of us who adore finding cultural things to do in Lenoir NC, this historic Fidelity building in Lenoir’s quaint downtown is the place to visit; whether you admire contemporary or traditional paintings, or amazing and unique pottery–the four gorgeous gallery spaces will suit your artistic fancy.  The Caldwell Arts Council is one of the many strong cultural draws for folks exploring Carolina mountain properties who crave an idyllic natural setting enhanced by a little sophisticated art.  In the CAC’s own words, “we are active players in the life and vitality of this county.”

Those who live in the mountain towns of North Carolina already know there’s so much more than art happening at CAC—an Artist-in Schools Program presents a wide array of theater, dance, and music to the lucky kids in the county. The performances enhance learning in all the basic subjects as well as foster  “making healthy choices.”

And the annual Sculpture Celebration has an ever-growing following with visitors who come from both near and far.  The mission of the CAC is “to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts, to encourage participation in arts events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences.”

For those hankering for things to do in Lenoir NC…here’s the fall schedule:


October 24—Hudson–CCC&TI’s Associate of Fine Arts Music’s the App State Trumpet Choir, 1pm; room B-100; free and open to the public

October 25–Morganton Comma Auditorium; Keith Allynn: A Neil Diamond Tribute 

October 27—Lenoir–JE Broyhill Civic Center–Catapult

October 27—Hickory–Western Piedmont Symphony’s Chamber Series with the Tesla Quartet: Famous Last Words, Chamber Classics II, 7:30pm

October 28—Boone–Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music; Mountain Treasures – Bobby McMillon and Glenn Bolick at 2pm at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue


November 1—Lenoir–CCC&TI Culinary Arts program presents Spain, 6pm

November 1—Lenoir–JE Broyhill Civic Center presents Chanticleer

November 1–Morganton Comma Auditorium; Bits and Pieces Puppet Theatre: Three Billy Goats Gruff

November 2 – Hiddenite–31st Annual Quilt Workshop; Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center

November 3—Hickory Western Piedmont Symphony Masterworks II

November 3–Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center; Barn Quilt Workshop with Carol Mitchell

November 8—HUDSON–CCC&TI’s Associate of Fine Arts Music’s Warren Wilson Gamelan Ensemble performing Java and Bali in Indonesia, 1pm in room B-100; free and open to the public

November 16-December 2 – Newton–Scrooge!; the Green Room Community Theatre

November 17–Morganton Comma Auditorium; Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles

November 23-24–West Jefferson–Florence Thomas Art School’s Christmas Market, 1-8pm

November 24—Boone–Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music; A Celtic Christmas with Jamie Laval, Scottish Fiddle Champion at 7:30pm – Harvest House Performing Arts Venue

November 29–Morganton Comma Auditorium; Lightwire: A Very Electric Christmas

November 29-December 2—Lenoir–JE Broyhill Civic Center and Foothills Performing Arts’ The Adventures of Santa Claus

Ongoing events:

Through October 30—Valdese–New Windows Gallery; Robyn Smiley photographs

Through October 31–the Lucas Mansion Gallery in Hiddenite “Celebrating Life, Work, and Play” watercolors by Zan Thompson and paintings by Terra Gedeon

Through November 25–Hickory Museum of Art; BlowUP Inflatable Contemporary Art in the Shuford & Coe Galleries

Through November 30–Arts In the Morganton City Hall Lobby; Carol Turner “To See Clearly”–figurative, still life, landscape and abstract–305 East Union Street=

Here’s a little run down on the other happenings at the CAC:

Youth Programs

• Artists-in-Schools– curriculum-related touring theatrical productions

• Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program

• Middle School Poetry Recitation Competition–an annual competition for Middle School students in Caldwell County–announced in January and held in April

• High School Shakespeare Monologue Competition–for students in Caldwell, Avery, Alexander, Ashe, Burke, Watauga, and Wilkes counties; announced in January and held in April each year.

• Young Art Student Art exhibits and competitions

• Summer Camps:  Sculpting Our Future, JAM Camp, Summer JAM, Art-in-Motion Dance


• Caldwell Arts Council Gallery exhibits Sculpture

• Public Sculpture Collection (over 80 pieces on display)

• Sculpture Celebration (70-plus sculptors with over 200 sculptures in competition for cash awards)

• Tucker’s Gallery—sculptural art for sale


• Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention—competitions and concerts

• Caldwell Visual Artist Competition (annually in June and July)

• Exposures Photography Competition (January)

Artist Grants and Scholarships, Opportunities

• Grassroots Grants

• Regional Artist Project Grants

• Stevens Family Scholarship

• Artists in Schools Grants Programs

• Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour

Other Programs and Services

• Satie’s Gift Shop

• Artistically Speaking Calendar of Area Art events

• Poetry Caldwell–October 18—free and open to all with esteemed poet Jonathan Kevin Rice

Fundraising Events

• Comedy Club

• Hues and Brews

Parties Series–Come party year round!   All parties benefit the Caldwell Arts Council.

• Annual Fund Drive

The Coves Mountain River Club is the chosen home for many who explored Carolina mountain properties and discovered why our community has everything a family could desire–whether they choose to build a custom cottage home, selected a gorgeous resale or a new home package—we still have dream-like options for each unique owner’s needs. 

There is a simplicity that defines life at The Coves and creates a laid back style along the meandering Johns River originating from Grandfather Mountain. The pace is relaxed, and the folks who live within our peaceful gated community are genuine and welcoming to newcomers.   

With a vibrant downtown in Lenoir, and the CAC’s performances, music and art, there’s a variety of things to do in Lenoir NC within 20 minutes of The Coves. So come and visit the mountain towns of North Carolina and see for yourself why The Coves should be the next place you call home.

Call 828.754.0700 now to schedule a tour!

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The HUB! – Hudson Uptown Building Dinner Theatre

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Those who adore community theater undoubtedly frequent the Hudson Uptown Building Dinner Theater, an auditorium and events center that many who have purchased NC mountain homes visit frequently. So many beloved plays have come to life beneath their roof—Harvey, The Savannah Sipping Society, Annie, and Farce of Nature—just a few productions that entertained folks looking for things to do in Hickory NC. 

Dinner director, Keith Smith, described the local talent and strong volunteer staff who make it all come together.  Not to mention the mouth-watering catered food from the Dan’l Boone Inn, home-cooked family-style, and honored by Southern Living—a popular spot for locals with NC mountain homes to visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Dinner is typically served an hour before the performance.  Just enough time to enjoy a leisurely meal before settling in for a show.  The plays are carefully balanced with actors who have performed for years alongside talented newcomers.  The actors are fortunate to be performing in a space that has been recently updated with acoustic sound treatments. 

The Hudson Uptown Building is the perfect blend of history and updated technology for those who are visiting as well as for those with Carolina mountain property.  The sound quality is markedly different if you have not had the chance to revisit the community theater. If you are exploring things to do in Hickory NC, this is the place to reserve for weddings, receptions, family reunions, parties, conventions, conferences, and training classes.  Located at 145 Cedar Valley Road, HUB is a cherished landmark in our region.

Another perk for folks with Carolina mountain property is the quality of the productions at HUB.  Even when well-known plays are brought to this stage, a great deal of attention is put into ensuring the performance is fresh.  There is always the original stamp of this unique community theater. 

Have you noticed how rare it has become to share a live theatrical performance, basking in the glow of community and camaraderie?    Sharing laughter and raw emotion is an old-fashioned way to bond, and the people who live a slower-paced life in their NC mountain homes still appreciate the simpler things.  The productions chosen at HUB are meant to remind us of our dreams, and to hold onto hope and our humanity.   The Savannah Sipping Society, produced this past spring, was a strong reflection of these values touched with humor—as four southern women cared for one another as they weathered life’s storms.

Upcoming events at The HUB:

Magic in the Mountains Dinner Show—August 11; dinner will be catered by Dan’l Boone Inn and served at 6:30, show at 7:30. 7 different magicians will perform; one performer is from Scotland. This is a family-friendly show.

Tickets on sale–call 828-726-8871 for more information.

This fall the Stephen Schwartz musical, Children of Eden, will take over the stage for anyone looking for things to do in Hickory NC. The write up describes Schwartz’s musical as stories of Adam and Noah from the Book of Genesis that reflect “timeless, monumental issues as perfection, innocence, curiosity, free will, creativity, disobedience of children, sacrifice and redemption.  This show is ideal for church groups and is sure to provoke interesting philosophical discussions.  At its face value, it is wonderful entertainment with great music.” Schwartz composed the celebrated Godspell, Pippin and Wicked.  Auditions will be held within the next few months.  Performances Thursday through Sunday, October 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 2018.  For more information, please call the Town of Hudson offices at (828) 728-8272.         

When you visit the picturesque town of Hudson, don’t forget The Coves Mountain River Club is nearby; discover for yourself this summer why so many choose this idyllic gated community tucked into the scenic Blue Mountains as their new home.

Come take a look! Call 828.754.0700 for access. 

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Western Piedmont Symphony Kicks Off 2018 Spring Season


The Western Piedmont Symphony of Hickory, NC is bringing folks together in 2018 for another year of musical enrichment and classical joy.  Whether you’re new to the North Carolina mountain communities, or whether your roots go back generations, there’s nothing better for the soul than a live musical performance.  These scenic mountains are home to a wide array of artists, and the WPS has successfully gathered some of the most talented musical performers to bring magical concerts to audiences from the very young to the very old.

If you live in one of the enticing gated communities near Asheville NC, the accomplishments of WPS are certainly known and cherished. The organization was founded back in 1964 and its very first rehearsal sounded its notes on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus.  In time WPS took off, expanding with the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, and of course the Western Piedmont String Quartet.  It’s no wonder so many have selected this vibrant region as the best place to retire in North Carolina.

The importance of friends, family and neighbors are the core of the North Carolina mountain communities, so it was a natural evolution for WPS to launch its Family Concert Series in 1988.  Another favorite event takes place every third year—a twelve-month Battle of the Bows to determine which quartet will secure a three-year residency.  Frye Street Quartet was the first quartet, the Degas Quartet was next, followed by La Catrina Quartet and the Kontras Quartet.  This year marks the last year of the amazing Tesla Quartet—if you have not yet experienced the auditorium filled with their music, don’t miss out on this years concerts.  This year also marks the last year of Maestro Ross’ beloved run as Music Director and Conductor.

WPS is just one of the many undeniable attractions that make this region the best place to retire in North Carolina.  Their mission is a special one—“to provide musical performances of distinction that enrich and enliven the community’s classical music experience; and to nourish new audiences through school concerts and family outreach programs.”  The gated communities near Asheville NC have benefitted from over five decades of fine classical music performed by gifted and trained guest musicians and orchestra members.  This is the place to gather, whether you are celebrating another year of your own music appreciation or introducing a young grandchild to an age-old tradition. 

Each year the WPS produces five Masterworks Concerts, four Chamber Classics Concerts, two Soup, Salad & Strings Concerts, two Youth Symphony Concerts and many worthwhile community engagement, pops and outdoor concerts.  This 53rd season will be one to mark on your calendar.  Some of what’s musically noteworthy:


Masterworks III—Heavy Metal

• February 3, 2018

• Time: 7:30 PM

• PE Monroe Auditorium; Lenoir-Rhyne University

  • Tickets:  $22-$42

Program:  “Machine” (Higdon); Concerto #4 in G Major (Beethoven); “The Foundry” (Mosolov); “The Infernal Machine” (Rouse); “Pacific 231” (Honnegar)

Notes on Program: Guest Artist, “Greg Knight is one of our favorite soloists for several reasons. WPS welcomes back the internationally recognized and award-winning pianist for a night you’ll not soon forget!”  Higdon, both Pulitzer and Grammy winner, wrote the energetic Machine “as an encore tribute to composers like Mozart and Tchaikovsky, who seemed to be able to write so many notes and so much music that it seems like they were machines!” The premiere was given by The National Symphony Orchestra. Concerto #4 in G Major is a surprising departure in style and composed in 1805 while Napoleon was conquering the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Zavad was written in the 1920s and reminiscent of Stravinsky. The Infernal Machine was composed by Rouse in 1981 and has been heard by various orchestras internationally. Pacific 231 was written in 1892 and was inspired by the composer’s love for locomotives.

Masterworks IV:  Homecoming

• March 3, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• PE Monroe Auditorium; Lenoir-Rhyne University

• Tickets:  $22-42

Program: Meditation (Williams); Violin Concerto in D minor (Schumann); Symphony #2 in B minor (Borodin)

Notes on Program: Guest Artists: Dmitri Pogorelov, Violin; featured artists: James & Sally Fanjoy-Labrenz. The  inspirational “Meditation” was written in1992 for Shenandoah University’s Easter celebration. The Violin Concerto in D minor was written in 1855 by Schumann and is a vibrant and varied work. Symphony #2 in B minor was completed in 1877 and was inspired by warriors, minstrels and ancient tribal instruments.

Masterworks V:  Ode to Joy!  Beethoven’s 9th

• April 14, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• PE Monroe Auditorium; Lenoir-Rhyne University

• Tickets:  $22-42

Program:  Overture to “Consecration of the House” Op. 124 (Beethoven); Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125 (Beethoven)

Notes on Program:  Guest Artists:  WPS Orchestra, Hickory Choral Society, LR Acapella Choir & CVCC Chamber Ensemble.  “Fittingly, Maestro John Gordon Ross began and will end his Symphony career at WPS with the powerful Beethoven’s 9th. Combining our award-winning orchestra with the Hickory Choral Society will bring joy to all for Maestro’s final Masterworks.” Overture to “Consecration of the House” Op. 124 was written in 1822 and received thunderous applause for its lively and majestic chords.  Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125 is Beethoven’s expression of joy through suffering and was first performed in 1824.


Chamber Classics III:  Past & Present

  February 17, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• Drendel Auditorium on the Salt Block

• Tickets:  $22-$32

Program:  Madrigals (Gesualdo) arr. Snyder; String Quartet No. 4 “Ritratto di Gesualdo” (Pintscher); String Quartet in D major (Respighi)

“The Tesla Quartet will once again mesmerize our audiences with their exceptional talent and energy!”

Chamber Classics IV:  Tenebrae

• March 31, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• Drendel Auditorium on the Salt Block

• Tickets:  $22-$32

Program:  Tenebrae (Golijov); Sonata for Violin and Cello (Ravel); String Quartet in G major, K.387 “Spring” (Mozart)

“The Tesla Quartet will once again mesmerize our audiences with their exceptional talent and energy!”


“Join us for lunch – amazing performances by the award-winning Tesla Quartet and delicious food provided by Cafe Rule & Wine Bar. The WPS Soup, Salad & Strings series provides great daytime performances, catered lunch and fabulous fun! Ticket price includes lunch, complimentary wine or beer, dessert & performance.”

Soup, Salad & Strings II

• April 6, 2018

• Time:  11:45 AM

• Keiser Community Room on the Salt Block

• Tickets:  $35

An incredible daytime performance in an intimate setting.

WPS owes a great deal of its success to all the devoted volunteers who reside in the North Carolina mountain communities.  There are countless enjoyable and fulfilling ways to be involved with WPS and help bring music into the lives of those who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  If you’d like more info on volunteering contact: Box Office:  (828) 324-8603;; Monday-Friday 10-2; 243 3rd Ave NE # 1N; Hickory, NC 28601

Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club know first-hand why this is the best place to retire in North Carolina.  There is just so much to cherish and so much to enjoy throughout all four seasons of the year–whether you’ve built your own custom mountain home chock full of mountain charm, or chosen the idyllic new home of your dreams.  Folks at The Coves understand how to make the most of every day from sun up to sun down.  The outdoors is enticing no matter the season, and the lively towns offer all you need from down-home cooking to the finest in entertainment.  Be sure to visit us and discover the dream life for yourself.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine

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Harper School of Music – Arts & Education in Lenoir NC

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Lenoir is known not only for being one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina, but for its vibrant arts and music scene. Founded in 2006, The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts is dedicated to delivering the finest quality of musical and performing arts instruction to the Caldwell County area. The school puts on numerous recitals, concerts, and workshops, in addition to individual and group classes for students of all age, skill levels, financial circumstances.

Since its inception, over 2,500 students have been enrolled in private lessons, group lessons, and outreach programs. The Harper School offers on-going enrollment for private lessons, which gives one the opportunity to sign up at any time of the year. Voice, musical instrument, and dance lessons are available in 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute sessions. And it’s not just for children. The Harper Concert Band performs three to four times a year – and features 56 adults.

The Harper School on College Avenue also features George Figueroa’s Harper Chamber Music Academy, which was established in October of 2012. Locals can sign up for one-on-one coaching sessions from student teachers or even George himself! Tuition for the Chamber Music Academy is $240 for a one coaching hour a week. Instruments include violin, cello, and piano. The schedule for Chamber Music Semesters is as follows: September 15th-December 15th, January 16th-Match 15th, and March 16th-May 17th.

In the summertime, The Harper School holds two summer band camps: Intermediate Band Camp in July for seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students, and Beginner Band Camp for sixth grade students. Enjoy a concert at the end of each semester, chamber music festivals, and showcase performances from students. Recently ‘Home for the Holidays’ took place and included a music crawl in local host homes followed by a finale with performers, sweet treats, raffles, door prizes, and even a silent auction. Proceeds benefited the scholarship program for potential students in need of financial aid at the Harper School. For more information about the school or to enroll in lessons, call Karen Burton at 828-754-2297. Monthly payment plans are available.

The Harper School is conveniently located in Lenoir, home to one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC, our Coves Mountain River Club, and is just one of the many things residents can enjoy. After a long day of hiking along the Johns River, our residents can sit back, relax, and enjoy the 360-degree mountain view at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge facing the High Country mountain range. The lodge is the social hub of the community and where guest lectures, musical performances and cook-off competitions take place.

Equestrian enthusiasts who live in our community have access to Round Mountain Ranch. Our full service equestrian center offers boarding, private lessons and trail rides along the mountain-fed Johns River which originates at Grandfather Mountains. During the summer months, you’ll find residents taste testing in Evelyn’s Vineyard, one of our two community gardens in our community. It’s the perfect place to own a mountain home

Whether you prefer to ‘play’ at home or head off into town for a class or performance, you’ll never run out of things to do in Lenoir NC.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Entertainment and Events in the Heart of Caldwell County

Broyhill Civic Center Lenoir

As autumn winds down and winter settles over the mountain towns, turning to entertainment when looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, is a joyful way to spend some heartwarming time with friends and family.  

J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, conveniently located in Lenoir on 1913 Hickory Boulevard, has a wide array of performances  and offers “the best in regional entertainment and conference facilities to the foothills region of North Carolina.”   The favorable reviews of JEBCC abound: “Lenoir is so lucky to have such a nice venue to host performances of all kinds. JEBCC is in a great location for Caldwell County, and is well managed.

The management is supportive of local arts organizations, in addition to bringing in traveling professional shows.”  Reviews praise the variety of performances, the amazing seating (1000 seats), the state of the art acoustics, sound and lighting, as well as the ease of computerized ticket buying. 

Perhaps you’re in the mood for exploring some of the incredible Lenoir NC restaurants and long to follow up with some unforgettable entertainment.  Or perhaps you’re searching for the ideal Lenoir NC real estate and want to immerse yourself in the town and discover the intimacy of the close-knit community.  Go online and reserve tickets at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center to make the holiday season a little bit brighter, or consider this a unique gift for friends and family.

Showcase events: 

• Miracle on 34th Street

 “Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. It’s the perfect holiday show for the entire family.” 

A Christmas buffet dinner will be offered at 6 pm prior to the Friday night event on Dec. 1. Cost for the dinner is $15 per person. 

November 30:  7pm

December 1:   7pm

December 2:  7 pm

December 3: 2pm

Single Ticket Price $16.25 

Child/Student Ticket $9.00

• Puddingstone 

Puddingstone formed first as a trio of percussion, hammered dulcimer, harp and flutes and has grown to a 6-7 member band including vocals, guitar, synthesizer and sometimes fiddle, playing Americana classics to Celtic, folk, New Age, Flamenco and some classical selections. 

“Make plans to attend a night of unique, local talent with Puddingstone.”

December 16:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $11.00 

Child/Student Ticket $5.50

• Daily & Vincent

Known as The Rock Stars of Bluegrass, “the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America. Dailey and Vincent have won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music. Get your tickets early as Dailey & Vincent is usually a sell-out show!”

January 6:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $30.00  

Child/Student Ticket $16.00 

• American Spiritual Ensemble  

“Comprised of some of the finest classically trained singers in the United States, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Since its inception by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, the vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.

The American Spiritual Ensemble is unique in that over 90% of the members are accomplished soloists who have sung in theaters and opera houses world wide, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain and Japan. The resulting sound of this group is something that choral groups with two or three featured soloists cannot duplicate.” 

January 25:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $20.00 

Child/Student Ticket $9.00         

• The Diary of Anne Frank  

“The talented, local players at Foothills Performing Arts will bring to life the Tony Award-winning play, The Diary of Anne Frank. The haunting story, based on Frank’s memoirs, chronicles the nearly two year time period that Anne and her family spend in hiding to escape Nazi persecution in World War II era Holland.” 

February 8:  7pm

February 9:  7pm

February 10:  2pm & 7pm

Single Ticket Price $14  

Student Ticket Price $12.00 

Child Ticket Price $7.50 

Group and child/student tickets are available by calling the Civic Center box office (828-726-2407) 

• A Temptations Revue featuring Bo Henderson  

“Motown  featuring former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award winner Barrington ‘Bo’ Henderson (1998-2003), one of the only Temptations lead singers to have received a Grammy. This dynamic and driving show spans more than a decade of Temptations classics, every one of these songs among the most recognizable and culture-defining songs in pop music history Motown.” 

February 15:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $20.00 

Child/Student Ticket $12.00

 • Mnozil Brass        

Mnozil Brass is an Austrian brass septet, “playing classical, jazz and other styles of music using traditional brass instruments and more unusual instruments such as the customized rotary valved trumpet and bass trumpet. Music is presented with a typical Austrian style of humor, which can be approximately characterized as “jet black” and “here and there” absurd. Elements of slapstick exist next to virtuosic brass playing.”  

February 2:  7:30pm 

Single Ticket Price $26.00 

Child/Student Ticket $16.00 

 • Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase  

“Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase hosted by local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent will feature several local musicians who help keep the community’s rich history of traditional music alive today. Don’t miss the 20th Annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase.” 

Local food buffet dinner available prior to the show at 6pm; $15 per person. 

March 3: 7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $11.00 

Child/Student Ticket $5.50 

• Victor Wooten

“Five-time Grammy Award-winning musician Victor Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi instrumentalist and founding member of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. Never satisfied with the status quo, Vic is always growing as a person, artist, teacher and always willing to share his gifts with all who desire to learn. His legendary live shows continues the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince.”

Don’t miss the Victor Wooten Trio featuring Dennis Chambers on drums and Bob Franceschini on sax. 

April 6:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $20.00  

Child/Student Ticket $10.00

 • The Odd Couple

“Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.” 

May 3:  7pm

May 4:  7pm

May 5:  2pm & 7pm

Single Ticket Price $14 

Student Ticket Price $12.00

Child Ticket Price $7.50 

Also be sure to check out these community events when looking for things to do in Lenoir NC:

• Starsteps Christmas Spectacular 2017

Starsteps Dance Center invites you to experience the Christmas season through dance! The show on December 9th, 2017 will present a dazzling blend of traditional Nutcracker Ballet selections along with original Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Precision routines. 

December 9:  4pm

Adult Tickets – $16.50 plus tax

Student and Children – $8.50 plus tax 

Children 2 years old and under – Free

Reserved Tickets only. 

View our seating chart to select your seats for this event.

The JEBCC is conveniently located near the finest real estate in the region and in the market for Lenoir NC real estate. We’re confident you’ll quickly discover why The Coves Mountain River Club is as idyllic as it gets whether you’re considering buying the perfect charming resale or building your own custom dream home.  

There’s nothing like having nature, serenity and all the perks of a vibrant community and downtown right outside your door.  At The Coves you can spend your days by the Johns River, or find the company of good friends and neighbors at Pisgah Mountain Lodge and soak in the views of Table Rock as the sun provides yet another glorious backdrop.  

When evening rolls around, you can saunter downtown to one of the many illustrious eateries and grab a scrumptious dinner before catching some live entertainment.  Lenoir NC restaurants offer seafood, Italian, Mexican, BBQs, breweries, cafes, diners and more.  

Come and visit The Coves and see for yourself how your life can be the perfect blend of old-fashioned comfort and modern day conveniences.  Spend a day exploring Lenoir NC real estate, when you’re in need of things to do in Lenoir NC and make sure The Coves is top on your list, leaving plenty of time to stretch your legs and take in the hiking trails, gardens, grounds and equestrian center.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour! 

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2017 Spring Concerts at Caldwell Community College (CCCTI)

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Beginning this month, Caldwell Community College will bring sweet music to the ears of all who are in search of things to do in Lenoir NC. Another cheerful reason to leave the comfort of our cozy Carolina mountain homes for a few hours.  Caldwell Community College’s Free Performing Artist Series is just around the corner and begins on February 16th.  This is a renewed series that boasts five free concerts for students, employees, as well as the entire community—whether to continue your quest for lifelong learning, or simply to sit back and be joyfully entertained. The series is presented by the Associate in Fine Arts Music Program under the leadership of Program Director Justin Butler.

Be sure to mark these concert dates on your calendar: 

  • February 16, 2017; 1 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of CCC&TI 

Diali Cissokho, is a renowned korist, (a 21-stringed African harp), and a talented percussionist from Senegal.  Cissokho’s concert presents a warm reflection of West African music.  This musician is also a respected songwriter and with a magical voice. This concert is free and open to the public.

 • March 20, 2017; 1 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of  CCC&TI

Kay and Patrick Crouch are adored local musicians, presenting “Americana Roots and Branches,”  which celebrates the popularity of Americana Music in the 21st Century. This concert features music from Americana Music Honors and Awards winners Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Guy Clark, Bonnie Raitt and Joan Baez. This afternoon event is free and open to the public. 

April 12, 2017; 1 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of CCC&TI 

The CCC&TI Music Faculty Guitar Quartet, featuring faculty members:  Justin Butler, Paul Holt, David Smith, and Robert Steadman.  Another free concert which is open to the public.

May 2, 2017; 12:15 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of CCC&TI

A Spring choral concert under the direction of Dr. Vincent Crist.  This afternoon is free and open to the public. 

May 4, 2017; 12:15 pm; St. James Episcopal Church, Sanctuary Room; 806 College Avenue SW, Lenoir.

The second Spring concert under the direction of Dr. Vincent Crist–also free and open to the public. “The initial purpose of the Performing Artists Series was to provide cultural and educational music performances for CCC&TI students, staff and faculty, as well as the greater Caldwell community free of charge.  We’re very happy to have the opportunity to revive the series and again provide these unique musical experiences for our students and the community,” Justin Butler said regarding this illustrious program.

For more information on any of these events or for more information on the AFA Music Program at CCC&TI, contact Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2357

CCC&TI, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, was established in 1964 with two campuses—the Caldwell Campus, or the main campus, 2855 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638, ((828) 726-2200) and the smaller Watauga Campus, (828) 297-3811 which was opened in 1987, located at 372 Community College Drive, PO Box 3318, Boone, NC 28607.

Enrollment is nearly 4,000 curriculum students, 10,583 continuing education students, and a little over 1,000 adult education students. CCC&TI is a public community college that proudly serves the residents of Caldwell and Watauga counties.  For all of us who are interested in lifelong learning, these two campuses of CCC&TI have all we need to satiate our educational needs.  There’s nothing better than enriching your life through gaining new knowledge–no matter how old we are or whether we’ve retired or are still engaged in an active career.

These two campuses are perfectly situated for those who own Carolina mountain homes in the foothills or in Boone. The central main location provides convenience and the school’s versatile curriculum provides something for everyone looking for things to do in Lenoir NC.  The Caldwell Campus in Hudson is accessible to the residents of Lenoir, as it’s a mere five miles away from The Coves, and to Hickory, a mere ten miles’ distance.

The college’s Watauga Campus is situated in the northwest mountains which offers all of those who study, or visit for concerts and other cultural events, incredible views, as well as opportunities to ski or drive the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway. The Watauga Campus is also a convenient three miles from the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

There are over a hundred curriculum programs and a broad selection of continuing education courses for those who are wanting to satisfy their quest for lifelong learning–whether during the day, evening, on campus or online–to accommodate the lifestyle and scheduling needs of all community members. A partnership with the public school systems and local governments in Caldwell and Watauga counties, ensures the school functions with efficiency and professionalism.  More than 200,000 students have pursued their education at CCC&TI, in the process awarding credentials, degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The combination of educational opportunities and the variety of free entertainment offered by CCC&TI truly enhances life at the Coves, for those of us who own Carolina mountain homesThe Spring Concert Series is not to be missed when you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC over these next months leading into warmer weather in the mountains when outdoor recreation dominates every day activities.

The good news. There are plenty of opportunities to share the melodies of talented musicians alongside your neighbors, or beside your family and friends living at The Coves.

Our gated mountain community has a variety of wellness amenities, both natural and man-made. Hike to waterfalls or enjoy yoga outside the fitness center at Pisgah Mountain Lodge. Own a mountain home at The Coves is bliss. Our home styles include one level ranches or three story homes with floor to ceiling views that will take your breath away. Buyers can choose from riverfront property, pastoral acreage or homesites with long range mountain views.

Stop by in the spring, enjoy a concert and take a tour of our beautiful gated community. Meet our residents, hike our trails and tour a wide diversity of mountain homes. Our homesites begin in the high $30’s. Here you can find large land parcels up to 20 acres too.

Ask us to send you the most popular builder floor plans and our helpful 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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