Ready. Set. Bake!

If you think you have what it takes to create the best gingerbread house in town, get out the sugar, turn on your oven and start constructing your entry for the 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest.

Sponsored by The Tina Barletta Team at HTR, in partnership with The Clayton Center and Clayton Visual Arts, the contest is open to Johnston County residents in the following categories: Youth – 17 and under; Adult – 18 and over; and Professional – chefs, bakers, caterers and artists.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Entries will be judged by members of Clayton Visual Arts. Winning entries will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

All contest entries will be on public display during business hours at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from November 27 through December 23.

For a complete list of submission deadlines, entry application and contest rules, visit AddressYourDreams.com/Contest.

Sloane: A Jazz Singer Returns

Jazz singer Carol Sloane will return to the Triangle area for a concert performance at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, on Friday, October 11, at 8 PM. 

“Two for the Road” pairs Sloane with the incredible Mike Renzi — one of her most beloved, longtime pianists. The show will be an intimate “homecoming” (Sloane lived in North Carolina for a number of years) and will feature some of Carol’s favorites songs, including tunes she recently recorded for a new live album at Birdland in New York City. 

NPR calls Sloane “a sublime singer of great songs.”

“She is natural and unaffected with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character and elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched.”

Film director Michael Lippert (Reeves: A Home For Music) is crafting a moving film about this favorite lady of jazz. The documentary film SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER began shooting when Sloane appeared at Raleigh’s C Grace jazz club in May of 2018. The film continues in production and will include the recording of the new live album at Birdland. And don’t be surprised if you see a camera or two wandering around The Clayton Center on October 11. (view the film trailer here.) 

It’s not often you come across a music documentary where the greatness of the film equals the greatness of the subject (“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” and “The Beatles: Anthology” come to mind) and this trailer has all the earmarks that “Sloane: a Jazz Singer” will turn out to be a film of that caliber. Like those great documentaries, it looks stunning and grabs the viewer immediately. The juxtaposition of the current and historical footage and images tells you right up front that you’re about to embark on a very special journey. Although there are many who deserve this quality of treatment, there is no one who is more deserving than the incredible Carol Sloane, especially to those of us here in her home state of Rhode Island. Bravo to all involved. As they say, “I can’t wait to see the movie!” Rick Bellaire, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame 

For more info about the documentary SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER now in production, click here.

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First Free Concert of the Summer Is This Thursday

The 12th annual Clayton Town Square Concert Series kicks off this Thursday, May 16, with your favorite music from the 90s.

town square concert crowd

Larger Than Life, dubbed “The Ultimate Boy Band Tribute,” started in New York and is taking the country by storm. They will be joined by their female counterparts – Independent Women.

The music begins at 6:30 pm at Town Square on the corner of Main and O’Neil Streets. Food trucks, a bouncy house, beverage vendors and much more kick off at 6 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair, and enjoy a great night on the square.

Go ahead and mark your calendar for these dates in the series: 

Thursday, June 20 – Band of Oz
Friday, August 16 – Sleeping Booty
Friday, September 6 – The Embers
Wednesday, October 2 – Mountain Heart

Close Out The Season With Lee Roy Parnell On April 13

The Clayton Center’s 2018-19 Palladian Series goes out in style with the country blues mastery of Lee Roy Parnell. The popular Americana / blues rock artist returns to Clayton on Saturday, April 13, for an 8 PM show.

Lee Roy is described as “a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul and southern rock traditions.” He is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and laid a new foundation in Nashville with his guitar prowess (particularly slide guitar), smooth soul-drenched voice and top-shelf songwriting skills.

Opening for Lee Roy will be hometown singer-songwriter Kennedy Fitzsimmons with Carolina Pine.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this musical legend. Seating is limited. Call today for tickets.

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Family Event Added To January Schedule

Family programming at an affordable price can be hard to come by, so The Clayton Center has added a special event to our winter schedule that fits both bills.

Audiences ages 8 to 80 will love Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man. Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and all-around charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience. Part clown, part mime, part acrobat, Kubínek’s slapstick brand of humor will leave you clutching your sides with laughter.

Tickets for the Thursday, January 31, show are only $5, plus sales tax and fees. Children ages 8-12 are free with the purchase of an Individual $5 ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Treat your family to a show they won’t soon forget! (Even though children are free; they still need a ticket for admission to the show.)

Due to the focused nature of the program, this performance is not suitable for children under 8 years old.