WEATHER ALERT: THE CLAYTON CENTER CLOSED SUNDAY, DEC. 9

 The Clayton Center will NOT open for Sunday church services today, Sunday, December 9. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back here and on Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

Clayton Police Department and Clayton Fire Department personnel report roadways in and around Clayton are slushy, slick and dangerous in parts.

Please stay home if you do not have to be out this morning so emergency responders and our street crews can work to clear the roads.

 

Holiday Happenings

All will be merry and bright around town beginning tonight, Thursday, November 29. Thousands of people will pack Main Street beginning at 5:30 PM for the Annual Christmas Village and Tree Lighting sponsored by the Clayton Downtown Development Association.

Enjoy two and a half hours of music, holiday cheer, business open housed, a live Nativity, train rides and — of course — a chance to see Santa. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 PM at Town Square on the corner of Main Street and Fayetteville Street.

This weekend also kicks off The Clayton Center’s schedule of holiday events.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas show the way they used to be, presented by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra on Saturday, December 1, at 7 PM. Sing along to all of your favorite songs of the season. Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

On Sunday, December 2, at 6 PM, Tippy Toes Dance Studio of Princeton presents its annual production of the Nutcracker. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, plus sales tax and fees.

Join us for the remarkable musicianship of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra as they present their Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Clayton Center NCswinging renditions of holiday classics on Friday, December 7, at 8 PM. Tickets are $35, plus sales tax and fees, UNLESS you make your purchase on Tuesday, December 4. Take advantage of a special half-off discount on Tuesday for all tickets purchased for the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

Then, on Saturday, December 15, the Johnston County Chorus presents A Christmas Spectacular, its annual holiday show featuring all of your favorite seasonal songs and skits. Special guests this year include dancers from Artistry in Motion dance studio. Tickets for both the 2 PM and 7 PM shows are $16 for adults and $12 for students 12 and under. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

Check out our calendar of events for additional information and to see our complete schedule of events.

Woman’s Club of Clayton presents a Tasteful Event

Come on out tonight beginning at 6:30 PM and join the Woman’s Club of Clayton as they present the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine.

Attendees can sample the best food from local restaurants, all in one location.

The “Taste” is the Woman’s Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised are used to support community causes such as  Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County and Clayton Area Ministries – just to name a few.

Those attending sample “taste-size” portions from participating restaurants. The samples will be judged by Chef Fredi Morf and his colleagues from the Wake Tech Culinary Arts program. Awards, which will be presented after the dining, include Best Presentation, Best Original Dish, Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients, Best Pasta Dish, Best Use of Local Ingredients and Best Dessert.  In addition, attendees cast ballots for People’s Choice. There is also a silent auction including baskets and gifts that attendees can bid on.

Tickets to the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine are $40 per person and can be obtained by calling 919-412-6368. Participating restaurants are Anthony’s Italian Pizza & Pasta, Caribbean Delight, Chefella’s, Clayton Steakhouse, Dylan’s Gifts & Catering, Fat Boys BBQ & Catering, Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar, Manning’s, Morning Glory Inn, Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, The Flipside and Vinson’s.

Royal Wood Headlines Second Show In Palladian Series

You may not know him yet, but you are going to LOVE him!

Canadian singer/songwriter Royal Wood will sweep you off your feet when he plays at The Clayton Center on Friday, November 9. The alternative/pop artist delivers beautiful melodies, heartfelt emotions and strong vocals, and his fans will attest that he’s “talented, personable and SO MUCH FUN!”

Proclaimed a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents by critics, Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30. He has received multiple JUNO nominations, he is a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and he had a No. 1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

Wood just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross-country theater tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt. He is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ever After The Farewell.

Tickets to the 8 PM show are $18, plus taxes & fees.

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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.