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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United Arts Council of Catawba County – Learning is Living


Now that you’re considering a move to The Coves, here’s a fun and learn something new. The United Arts Council of Catawba County is starting the year off right with a fun-filled line-up of art exhibits, science exhibits, and live performances. Catawba County is located nearby in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Area. Because the county is sheltered by mountains, residents enjoy mild winters and refreshing summer climates where they can enjoy the area’s lakes and rivers and the best North Carolina trout fishing.

Catawba is home to a vibrant, art-focused community that supports local artists, provides education in the arts & sciences, and has several venues that put on lifelong learning events that are fun for the whole family. The year is kicking off with a fun-filled line-up of art exhibits, science exhibits, and live performances. Here’s an overview of events near our North Carolina equestrian community:


The Hickory Museum of Art: 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Phone: 828-327-8576 | The Hickory Museum of Art houses exhibitions from local to world-renowned artists. They offer classes for kids, teens, and adults on subjects that include printmaking, portfolio building, figure drawing, and even floral workshops. 


The Green Room Theatre: 10 S Main Ave, Newton, NC 28658. Box Office Phone: 828-464-6128. Main Office Phone: 828-464-6583 | The Green Room Community Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Catawba County and surrounding communities through the preservation and growth of the dramatic arts. Their show season usually includes at least two musicals, a family show, an all-youth production, and a comedy or drama.

Hickory Community Theatre: 30 3rd St NW, Hickory, NC 28501. Box Office Phone: 828-328-2283. Main Office: 828-327-3855 | The Hickory Community Theatre is an award-winning theatre in the heart of Downtown Hickory, housed in the Old City Hall. They host a full season of plays, which include at least nine full-length shows in addition to child productions and one act plays. 


Catawba Science Center: 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28603. Phone: 828-322-8169 | The Catawba Science Center is a 35,00 sq. ft. science and technology museum dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder. They offer hands-on exhibits, salt and freshwater aquarium galleries, and a state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater. 


Full Circle Arts: 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, NC 28603. Phone: 828-322-7545 | Full Circle Arts is a non-profit artist’s cooperative of regional artists whose members work together to encourage public appreciation of, and education in, the arts. They have a gallery that displays the artwork of exhibiting members, as well as a classroom that is open for courses and workshops in various artistic mediums.

The United Arts Council of Catawba County was originally formed as the Hickory Arts Council in 1960. They were re-incorporated in 1979 as the Catawba County Council for the Arts, and adopted their current name in 2006 to reflect their partnerships with vibrant cultural organizations. Each year, they conduct a United Arts Fund campaign that provides operating support for their Funded Affiliate organizations. They strive to support local youth, encourage lifelong learning, and offer many opportunities for individuals and organizations to receive funding that allows them to promote the arts, science, and history. The UCA offers grants that include support for high school theatre productions, scholarships for Catawba County youth who want to further their independent culture studies, and funding for regional artists.

As you learn more about the foothills, you’ll find The Coves Mountain River Club a vibrant mountain community surrounded by culturally rich entertainment and lifelong learning opportunities. Here our residents watch the sunrise from the mountaintop Pigsah Mountain Lodge, sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and plant their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Isabel’s Garden.

Families (and our four-legged best friends) love taking a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months or kayaking the Johns River. The most adventurous days are spent hiking to one of our four waterfalls or horseback riding on the 39 miles of trails inside our gates. Residents also enjoy some of the finest North Carolina trout fishing in the state.

At our North Carolina equestrian community, equestrians board their horses at the Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons. The ranch is located along the shores of the mountain-fed Johns River. Our residents love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and wellness amenities. We’re confident you will too.

Whether you enjoy outdoor recreation or rich cultural lifelong learning venues, the foothills of North Carolina has it all. Come take a look.

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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Hickory Choral Society – Where Singers Meet in WNC

Hickory Choral Society

How busy we at this time of the year and owners of cozy Carolina mountain properties. Attending parties with work associates or with friends, shopping in our spare time, wrapping presents when our lists are all taken care of, and decorating our homes with strings of light and boughs of evergreen.  How fortunate we are to have so many things to do in Hickory NC that not only help us relax but also give us the cherished opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family.  

Music is one of holiday’s necessities, filling our hearts and homes with melodies and carols we’ve carried with us since childhood.  The Hickory Choral Society of Catawba Valley, a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County, is proudly celebrating its thirty-ninth year.  This year’s Holiday Concert will be a combination of traditional works as well as new and exciting arrangements. 

The HCS is located at 243 3rd Avenue NE #2N, Hickory, NC 28601; phone–828-322-2210; office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.  There is such a strong cultural environment that is accessible to the retirement communities in Asheville NC, and the HCS plays a vibrant role.  In 1978, the Society began spreading its love of song and music.  The Society has grown in both membership and devoted followers who gather for concerts throughout the year.  There are approximately 100 singers who harmonize today, celebrating their belief “that each person, regardless of station, should be allowed to share the divine, universal gift of music and its immeasurable rewards.” 

For those of you who would like to sing with HCS, there is a new singer audition held in May on the third Monday, and a second audition possibly in August.   Volunteer singers come from nine counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and McDowell.   As Tracy Hamlin, former singer of the Society said, “once you are a member, you are always a member. It’s in your heart, your blood, your soul.”  Auditions are judged by the HCS conductor and two assistants, who also select the audition music.  Please be able to sight read choral music.   Every three years each section is re-auditioned.  Annual dues are $50.00.  Performance attire for men is traditional tuxedo, and for women dress ordered through the HCS office. 

Recent Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concerts:

• Friday, December 2, 2016, 8 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11 am *Cookies & Carols Children’s Concert*

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8 pm

• Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3 pm

Mark your calendar for upcoming  Hickory Choral Society Spring Concert

• Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3 pm

First Baptist Church, Hickory

“This was the very first Cookies and Carols occasion, kicking off a new holiday tradition for the whole family.  Join the Hickory Choral Society and orchestra members whose rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas always delivers the joy of the season.  Children are invited to sing up front with the Choral Society.  And this year there will be  some very special guests—Santa and the Grinch!  Children will be love their sweet cookie and cherish the ornament they can take home for the tree.

The cultural diversity and richness in Hickory is just one of the draws of the area for those who have chosen the retirement communities in Asheville NC.  No matter whether we are fully retired, semi-retired, or still working, there’s nothing better than discovering the variety of things to do in Hickory NC.  There’s often a misconception when we leave the metropolitan setting behind, that we won’t find the same cultural opportunities, whether it’s hearing an amazing concert, taking in a museum, or finding an unusually fine restaurant.  Fortunately, this is not the case for those of us who own Carolina mountain properties. 

The Asheville region is such a vibrant community.  The Coves Mountain River Club is located in the suburbs and is a friendly neighborhood you should explore when you enjoying things to do in Hickory NC while deciding to make this area your future home.  We are extremely blessed to have such a healthy and booming cultural arts scene in this region.   For those who visit longing to own one of the scenic Carolina mountain properties,  our inspiring mountain community is exactly the environment we dream about. Amenities include five miles of frontage on the Johns River, more than 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, a full service equestrian center, community gardens, parks and waterfalls in addition to the mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and entertainment great room. 

The Coves Mountain River Club is a pleasant drive of only a little more than an hour from Asheville off Interstate 40, and affords those who choose to live on a serene property, the opportunity to take part in the foothills culture.  Our region is known for its exemplary arts-affiliated organizations that continue to blossom from year to year and provide entertainment, education and community to all those who live in The Coves as well as the retirement communities of Asheville NC.

It’s fair to say, the hills are alive with the sound of music in Western North Carolina.

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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J. E. Broyhill Center Holiday Events

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Lenoir is unlike many mountain towns in North Carolina. Here you’ll find a nostalgic small mountain town with big city culture. For example, there’s a variety of things to do in Lenoir NC this holiday season. Starting in November, the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center is hosting a number of family-friendly events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

On November 19th, the Western Piedmont Symphony will hold its annual Holiday Pops! fundraiser. This Holiday Pops! Nutcracker Ball will showcase the Hickory Jazz Orchestra performing Duke Ellington’s famous “Nutcracker Suite.” Additionally, the Caldwell Men’s Chorus will open the show with a number of holiday favorites and Just Jazz Friends will provide dinner music.

From December 1-4th, Foothills Performing Arts will present their unique interpretation of the beloved holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Stop by the Civic Center on December 17th for “A Celtic Christmas,” a special performance featuring the Silvio Martinat Swing Band and Puddingstone, a 7-member band with vocals, guitar, synthesizer, and fiddle.

If you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, look no further than the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. The Center boasts a 1,000-seat theater/auditorium with fabulous acoustics, where they host an annual Showcase of Stars season, featuring a variety of family-friendly events including comedy, music, theatre, and more. The Center also has a 7,660-square foot conference facility  – with full-service catering on-site – that can be rented for everything from receptions to family reunions.

Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we feel Lenoir is by far the most charming when it comes to mountain towns in North Carolina. Lenoir is a vibrant community full of artists and nature lovers, and is perhaps best known as the birthplace of some of the most skilled and gifted craftsmen in the industry.

Lenoir is also home to The Coves Mountain River Club, a unique Lenoir NC real estate development where residents at retirement can enjoy a night out New York City-style in their own hometown. Within our gates, you find a plethora of lifestyle amenities. 

At Pigsah Mountain Lodge, our residents can take a dip in the infinity-view saline swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, and enjoy the outdoor living room with a breathtaking panoramic view of Grandfather Mountain.  Residents can also take a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot made with grapes grown straight from Evelyn’s vineyard, or enjoy horseback riding with a scenic view of four different waterfalls. People here love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and first class amenities. 

Come on in and take a tour of our Lenoir NC real estate development to see what The Coves can offer you. 

Call us at 828.754.0700.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Lifelong Learning Courses

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Many who live in North Carolina mountain communities take advantage of the lifelong learning opportunities in the region.  There’s no better time to immerse yourself in culture and education than autumn through winter, and Lenoir-Rhyne University, a co-educational and liberal arts university in Hickory, is exactly the place to explore. 

Looking for things to do in Hickory North Carolina?  These events sponsored by LRU are worth checking out. The Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) is free and open to the public.  This is a unique literary arts series that truly encourages lifelong learning.  We all rely upon writing to communicate, whether for business, creativity, or simply keeping in touch with the people we care so much about—especially during the holiday season.  The VWS has been flourishing for twenty-five years, inviting authors to share a great deal of themselves beyond their work on the written page.  LRU believes “the beauty and the power of words help us make sense of the world.” 

Upcoming Writers:

• Marie Howe – November 17, 2016

• Leslie Rindoks – January 19, 2017

• Denise Kiernan – February 9, 

• Reginald Dwayne Betts – February 23, 2017

• Erik Larson – March 9, 2017

The Little Read Featuring Dan Santat – April 1, 2017 

For more information on attending or becoming a Patron of the Series, contact Dr. Rand Brandes at 828-328-7077; or Lisa Hart at 828-328-7502.

Hearing fine music around the holidays is something we love sharing in our North Carolina mountain communities.  The Concert Series at LRU is the place to mingle with talented musicians and listen to their repertoire.  This program has been going strong for almost two decades, serving uplifting music to the community and greater Hickory residents.  Concerts, recitals, classes, lectures…this series provides it all to those who want to be surrounded by fine musical artists.

Upcoming Concerts:

• Naomi Niskala—piano—Sunday, November 20, 2016; 4 pm; P.E. Monroe Auditorium

Ms. Niskala is a soloist and chamber musician who has performed all over the world—in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Russia, Thailand, Japan as well as the United States.  BBC Radio as well as NPR’s Performance Today have broadcasted her stellar performances.

• Lenoir Sax—Friday, December 9, 2016; 8 pm; Grace Chapel

Lenoir Sax is an accomplished jazz and classical chamber group who have performed in Europe and the southeastern United States. Their recordings vary from classical to jazz, as well as Gershwin and spiritual songs.

• Peter and Will Anderson—Friday, January 20, 2017; 7:30 pm; Grace Chapel

These two brothers wow on clarinet and saxophone.  The New York Times deemed them “virtuosos” and their lively jazz and original arrangements will impress the entire audience.

Elektra Winds—Sunday, February 26, 2017; 4 pm; Grace Chapel

Four new and accomplished young musicians from Forsyth and Guilford Counties, form this chamber ensemble.  There’s nothing like new talent, and these four young professionals won’t disappoint.

• Tesla String Quartet—Friday, April 21, 2017; 7:30 pm; Grace Chapel

This quartet’s chamber concert is the end of the season for the Concert Series, and the perfect way to wrap things up.  They came together at Juilliard School almost a decade ago, and have since gained a reputation as a talented young group in New York.

For more information on supporting the Concert Series, or if you are an artist wishing to be considered for an appearance, please contact Dr. Daniel Kiser at 828-328-7154.

For more things to do in Hickory North Carolina in the fall and winter season, LRU’s Institute for Faith & Learning is a program that strives to enrich “a culture of the intellect” with a strong theological approach for Christians of all traditions. 

Upcoming Events: 

• John Behr; November 3, 2016; 7 pm; Grace Chapel 

A British Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian, and Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, John Behr teaches Patristics. He was ordained to the diaconate on September 8, 2001 and the priesthood on September 14, 2001.

• John Behr; November 4, 2016; Stavros Lecture Hall on LTSS Campus

For further information contact Jonathan Schwiebert at 828-323-7184.

When you’re looking for things to do in Hickory North Carolina, Lenoir-Rhyne University will satisfy many of your needs, whether for pure cultural entertainment, or delving into a new area of study.  Their mission statement,As a community of learning, the University provides programs of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing study committed to the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for a wide variety of careers and as guidance for a meaningful life.” 

LRU began in 1891, with a small group of Lutheran pastors who were motivated to educate students along with instilling Christian values.  Captain Walter Lenoir, a lawyer and judge, donated a generous 56 acres just a mile north of Hickory’s business district. In the 1960’s the campus grew along with the student population, affording lifelong learning to all of us fortunate enough to live in the North Carolina mountain communities.

Remember…LRU can accommodate events for lifelong learning— meetings, receptions, concerts, camps, workshops or seminars with capacity from 10 to 1360 guests.  Full service buffet and informal catering is also available for convenience. 

LRU’s campus in Hickory is convenient to those of us who live in The Coves with an easy scenic drive. Residents visit the university to discover a broad variety of cultural and educational experiences that keep our lives enriched–whether we have shifted gears into our peaceful retirement days, or we’re simply looking for something to do during our downtime on a weekend or day off.  We all benefit from expanding our horizons, learning, challenging and satisfying our minds and our spirits, so make the trip from The Coves to LRU this fall or winter to check out the lifestyle and some of the most beautiful North Carolina mountain homes for sale.

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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Hickory Museum of Art – Where Creative Minds Meet

Hickory Museum of Art

Are you an art-lover – or even just a fun-lover –  planning a visit to Hickory, North Carolina? Before you go, take a minute to browse through your favorite online review sites and do a search of Top Things to do in Hickory North Carolina. Way up high on the list you’ll find the Hickory Museum of Art, a much-loved local venue that reviewers agree is “a hidden gem” and “not to be missed.”

Established in 1986, the Hickory Museum of Art hosts a permanent collection of approximately 1,500 art objects, including paintings, American Art pottery, glass art, high-speed photography, and original works by regional artists that celebrate the artistic traditions of North Carolina and the Southern United States.

“This place is truly a gem!” the reviewers echo over and over. They praise the museum for its open, airy floor plan and its superb displays of folk art from the traditional to the modern. The museum’s three floors of galleries feature exhibits by local artists with deep roots in Southern history. Here you’ll find art that touches the senses. It’s a culturally rich indulgence that you can see, hear, and feel all at once. And there’s that undeniable Appalachian flair that permeates the entire experience.

The third floor is dedicated to HMA’s popular folk art exhibition. When you arrive upstairs, the walls welcome you with a painted message to let you know you’re about to discover “unique visions by Southern self-taught artists.”

The Hickory Museum of Art is where creative minds meet. It’s a place to not only see creative things but do creative things! The HMA calendar is packed with exhibits, art classes for adults, social events, and a whole slew of goings-on to keep active adults busy year-round with their choice of arts and art-related events.

Here’s just a sample of upcoming events at Hickory Museum of Art:

Oct 16 (Sun) – Tractor Shed Theatre 2:30-3:30pm

Oct 17 (Mon) Local Artist Lunch and Learn 12:00-2:30pm

Oct 21 (Fri) Local Artist Reception   6:00-7:30pm

Oct 25 (Tues) Fall Beer & Cider Tasting  6:00-7:30pm

Oct 29 (Sat) After Hours Flashlight Tour 4:15-6:00pm

Oct 31 (Mon) Artist Workshop 9:30-12:30pm

Nov 12 (Sat) Evening for the Arts Benefit 6:00-9:00pm

Nov 19 (Sat) Holiday Open House & Festival 10:00-4:00pm

Throughout the year, the museum also offers music concerts, dance performances, yoga classes, knitting events, film festivals, and a wide array of events that span well beyond the typical menu of offerings you find at your local art museum.

That’s because there’s nothing typical about this museum. It’s one-of-a-kind and it’s welcoming to all. Diversity and inclusion are reflected in everything HMA offers, from their assortment of programs to the variety of unique works from diverse artists whose work is displayed here.

HMA is woven into the very fabric of Hickory’s cultural arts community, both figuratively and literally. In fact, here you’ll notice fabric and wood are given special artistic attention. These materials are often featured in exhibits that honor Hickory’s long history of furniture making and the beautiful craftsmanship they inspire.

The museum is proud of its community partnerships with local cultural, historical, and educational institutions, and local businesses. One of their recent creative collaborations was with the Hickory Public Library and the Hickory Community Theatre, which produced a 2016 event to promote play Crowns, which celebrates church hats traditionally worn by African American women. The event included an exhibit at the museum that artfully displayed hats from members of the Hickory community.

Other HMA community collaborations include:

·        A partnership with the Downtown Newton Development Association and the City of Newton to sponsor the Foothills Folk Art Festival, which celebrates the work of Southern artists and their unique vision of life in the foothills.

·        A partnership with Hickory Printing Solutions that features the works of women in the visual arts and includes a printed calendar to commemorate the exhibition called Woman Made: Women Artists from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block at 243 3rd Avenue NE in downtown Hickory, and admission is free. There are three floors of exhibits and a Galleria Shop where you can purchase souvenirs to commemorate your visit. The museum and shop are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This gem of a museum is a popular destination for locals as well as tourists from throughout the nation and around the world. It’s one of many local attractions that just may convince you it’s time to make retirement life in the foothills of North Carolina a reality. And while you’re ticking items off your bucket list, why not start focusing on all those retirement activities you’ve been promising yourself.

Remember the art classes for adults you’ve been wanting to take? There’s no better time than now. There’s no better place to “do art” than Hickory Museum of Art. And there’s no better subject for your upcoming masterpiece than The Coves Mountain River Club. Located in Lenoir NC just minutes from Downtown hickory, The Coves is a work-of-art that has to be seen to be believed!

This exquisite 3,600-acre mountain community with five miles of river frontage along the Johns River connecting to Wilson Creek offers gorgeous mountain and water views in all directions. It’s sprawling wildflower-peppered landscape accented by cascading waterfalls is an artist’s dream… not to mention a homeowner’s dream.

There’s no better place than The Coves to find North Carolina mountain homes for sale that are both luxurious and affordable. This “hidden gem” is nestled in the NC foothills, surrounded by quaint mountain towns like Hickory that are constantly a-buzz with art and culture events, social activities, dining, shopping, nightlife, and year-round seasonal festivals.

Within The Coves community itself, there are favorite fishing spots, beautifully landscaped walking paths, invigorating hiking/biking trails, horse trails (and fully equipped stables), and a full menu of above-and-beyond amenities, including a community vineyard and garden, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga classes, and a hilltop swimming pool located on the grounds of The Coves’ expansive community lodge with breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountain ranges.

With all its natural glory, if The Coves doesn’t inspire you to put brush to canvas to capture its undeniable beauty, we don’t know what will!

So why not add more art to your life? It’s time to start exploring North Carolina mountain homes for sale near Hickory NC. Be sure to add Hickory Museum of Art to your list of things to do in Hickory North Carolina. And remember, when you’re there, don’t just see… do. Those art classes for adults are waiting for you. And so is The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to this beautiful, artistically magnificent mountain community in Lenoir NC, just minutes from Downtown Hickory.

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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