Floral Selections Help Define Your Wedding Style

It’s Fall, and as floral experts will tell you, it’s the perfect time to use calla lilies, dahlias, mums, even pomegranate and cranberry, to create beautiful bridal arrangements. But what if you’re not planning to tie the knot until spring or summer? What’s the best option for those seasons?Fallweddingbouquetstheclaytoncenter

The task of selecting flowers for your special day ranks very near the top of the wedding planning priority list. Your wedding flowers will reflect your personal style, and help weave your style throughout the day – from the church to the reception and into your photos. So picking your wedding flowers and florist requires special attention.

In its online wedding planning sections, Bridal Guide offers some great advice on how to go about choosing both. From interviewing florists through signing the final contract, the Bridal Guide outline is a good resource as you tiptoe through the fields of floral choices. Check it out here.

By the way, what are some good options for the Spring, Summer and Winter weddings? According to Bridal Guide, it pays to use flowers (and fruit) that are in season, such as French tulip and amaryllis in Winter; hyacinth, tulip, daffodil, lilac, peony, sweet pea, lily of the valley and cherry blossom in Spring; and hydrangea, snapdragon, sunflower, tuberose, cornflower and zinnia in Summer.

Coming This Week: Food Lovers, Guitar Greats And A Tribute To True Heroes

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Vinny Raniolo (left) and Frank Vignola perform Nov. 7 as part of The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series.

Halloween may have passed, but The Clayton Center has lots of goodies on the schedule this week.

This Friday, Nov. 6, the Clayton Woman’s Club celebrates 11 years of its popular “Taste of Carolina Cuisine” fundraiser. 12 local restaurants and a wine shop will offer sample “taste-size” portions from their menus. The event runs from 6:30 to 10 PM.  Tickets are $40 and may be obtained from any Woman’s Club member or from ticket chairperson Sandy Harrison, phone 919-550-2539. A complete schedule for the evening and a list of participating restaurants can be found on the Clayton Woman’s Club website.

Guitar greats Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo take to The Clayton Center stage on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 PM. You won’t want to miss this chance to see these two virtuosos live in concert. Tickets are $22. Click here for more information.

Complete your weekend on Sunday, Nov. 8, by attending an array of inspiring activities and performances honoring the courageous men and women who have served our country. For more information on Clayton’s Tribute for Veterans visit the Town of Clayton website.

Opening Night Is This Saturday


It’s going to be a busy week here at The Clayton Center, as we get ready for opening night of the 13th annual Palladian Series this Saturday, October 24. Scotty met with Valonda Calloway of WNCN TV’s My Carolina Today last week to talk about our featured performers — the Annie Moses Band (see the video here).

We’ll be spending the rest of the week making final arrangements with the band’s tour manager and caterers for the Teacher’s Lounge and backstage meals, contacting ticket holders with details of the evening, and in general, getting things in order for the wonderful season we’ll be presenting.

If you haven’t already made plans for Saturday night, consider dinner at one of our downtown restaurants and then take in the show. You won’t have to fight traffic or pay for parking, and ticket prices are reasonable and affordable. The curtain goes up at 8 PM. Contact the Box Office for more information.



Annie Moses Band Releases “American Rhapsody”

AnniemosestheclaytoncenterAmerican Rhapsody — the cinematic new album by the Annie Moses Band — premiered last week at No. 5 on the classical crossover chart — and is getting rave reviews from fans and the media alike.

Annie Moses Band is a classical-crossover ensemble of six siblings, known for their virtuosic string playing, eclectic vocals and stylistically diverse arrangements. Their music includes classical, Americana, progressive folk, and jazz influences. This is the fifth album for the charismatic and thoroughly entertaining family.

Annie Moses Band appears at The Clayton Center on Saturday, October 24, at 8 PM to open the 2015-16 Palladian Series.

Sample their music here.




Wide Open Bluegrass 2015 Hits Raleigh This Weekend

Even the weather can’t steal center stage from all the great bluegrass musicians in Raleigh this week for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, but this weekend the Raleigh Convention Center will become the site for the event. The Convention Center will house more than 100 bands from around the world playing a variety of styles of bluegrass over the course of the two-day PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

In addition to yesterday’s announcement that the ticketed portion of the weekend will be moved indoors to the Convention Center, organizers confirmed this morning that the main components of the StreetFest will also move indoors, including all of the music stages and the vendors from the Got to be NC, Arts Market, and Shop Local Raleigh sections of the festival. The NC Pork Council’s Barbecue Experience Dinners will also be hosted inside the Convention Center.

The Dance Tent will move to Salisbury Street in front of the Convention Center – in addition to a tent over the top, the area will be walled in to help shield dancers, musicians, and audience members from the weather.

For a full schedule, map and weather updates, visit wideopenbluegrass.com.