Fun and Fireworks In Store For July 4 At Municipal Park

The 2014 fireworks display drew thousands to Downtown Clayton

The 2014 fireworks display drew thousands to Downtown Clayton.

The Clayton Center and Town of Clayton offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday. We may not be working this weekend, but that just gives us more time to enjoy the holiday festivities offered by Clayton Parks and Recreation.

Come on out for the biggest fireworks display around (at dark) on Saturday, July 4! Leading up to the fireworks show, there will be lots of family activities to enjoy – games and rides, a corn-hole tournament, basketball skills competition, free ice cream and watermelon, a Clayton fire truck spray down and a free concert by The Central Park Band. The activities start at 4:00 PM at Clayton’s Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive. Click here to learn more.

Tips To Help Make The Most Of Your Next Presentation

July and August often are the perfect time for businesses and organizations around Johnston and Wake counties to schedule annual meetings and training sessions. Chances are that you may be planning to attend such an event at a local venue around the Triangle area in the near future. You might even be called on to speak before an audience of your peers.

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The Clayton Center hosts numerous civic and business meetings throughout the year.

If the thought of making a presentation to a roomful of people makes you nervous, take note! There are plenty of resources available to help ease your concerns. In fact, Toastmasters International features a number of how-to articles on its website to help you hone your public speaking skills. The Toastmasters organization is committed to helping its members become more effective communicators and leaders.

According to Toastmasters, preparing for a speech is one of the best ways to ensure you give an effective presentation. Try these tips to help you properly prepare:

  • Organize your speech in a logical sequence: opening, main points, summary.
  • Practice and rehearse a speech frequently prior to delivering it. Ask friends to be your audience, or practice in front of a mirror. Be sure to use a timer to help you pace your speech.
  • Become familiar with the stage or the setting where the speech will take place. Get a sense of the size of the stage, where any steps or obstacles might be, and where to enter and exit.
  • Choose comfortable clothes to wear, but always maintain a professional appearance.
  • Visual aids should fit a speech, whether they are funny, serious or technical. The main goal of visual aids is to help the audience understand what is being said, and reinforce the points of a speech in unique and interesting ways.

The Toastmasters website also offers quick and easy tips for how to prepare and present an award, use visual aids and props, incorporate body language into your presentations, and more.

Toastmasters of North Carolina District 37 will host its annual training meeting this Saturday at The Clayton Center. If you are coordinating an upcoming business event and need a place to host the meeting, contact Martha Vandergriff at

Town Square Concert Series Heats Up

The 2015 Clayton Town Square Concert Series heats up this Thursday, June 18, with the country sound of Southern Grace. Local vocalist, 12-year old Abby Stephens, will open the concert at 6:00Southern_GraceBandShot315X200 PM.  

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for this free public concert, but please leave your coolers at home!  Additional concert details are available here.


Clayton Youth Theater Begins Summer Rehearsals

The cast of Clayton Youth Theater’s summer 2015 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie began daytime rehearsals today for the late July show. The students began their day working on choreography for the opening number.theclaytoncentercytrehearse2

CYT will present Millie on July 24-25, 30-31, & August 1 at 7:30 PM. The show, which is set in 1922 New York City, tells the story of Millie Dillmount, a young woman who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon-lady of a villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie will have all of Johnston County dancing the Charleston.

Tickets for the show go on sale June 24 at 10 AM online and through The Clayton Center Box Office. All seats for this show are reserved. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students 18 & under. (Ticket price does not include taxes or fees.)

Don’t Let Weather Dampen Your Plans

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If you would like to host a summer party but are afraid that hot, humid weather and the lingering chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms might put a damper on the fun, consider bringing the outdoors “in” by hosting the event at a local venue. With these simple tips, an indoor party can be just as much fun for your family and friends as a backyard bash.

In keeping with the theme, decorations will be an important part of the planning. Your decorations should showcase the summer party theme. Think floral motif, and use brightly colored decorative pots and table settings, even items associated with gardening, such as mini fences, butterflies, dragonflies and fresh flowers.

Much of the focus of your event will be the food. The perfect summer snacks highlight fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. For the main course, think BBQ – hotdogs and burgers, pulled pork, and plenty of salads. You can set up a buffet or use summery table settings that your guests can take to the serving tables.

As for beverages, citrusy punch, fresh lemonade and iced tea make wonderful non-alcoholic options. You may also opt to serve your favorite refreshing cocktails.

A few things you won’t have to worry about if you book your summer party – or any other type of party – at an indoor venue such as The Clayton Center is set up and clean up. As part of your event rental agreement, our staff will work with you to design a party layout and have all of your tables and chairs in place before you arrive. We’ll even clean up and break down tables at the end of your event, leaving you more time to relax with your guests.

Click here for information about renting event space at The Clayton Center.