Clayton Parks and Recreation Hosts Easter Egg Hunt at Community Park

Parks&Rec Easter Egg HuntTown of Clayton offices, including The Clayton Center, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, and the Clayton Community Center, will be closed on Friday, March 30. But you can get out with your preschoolers — ages 5 and younger — for some fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 AM at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road.

More than 10,000 eggs will be spread across the baseball ball fields for the children to grab up into their baskets as fast as they can. Kids will be split into three age groups, so that the oldest ones don’t bump into those still learning to walk.

This popular event always draws a crowd, and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of overflow parking at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Parking is available in a field and a lot at the community center, and it’s just a short, scenic walk on a trail through the woods to reach the Easter-Egg-hunting action at Clayton Community Park.

For more info on the Easter Egg Hunt, call the Clayton Parks & Recreation Department at 919-553-1550.

Clayton To Host NC Main Street Conference In March

The Town of Clayton and the Clayton Downtown Development Association will host the 2018 North Carolina Main Street Conference, March 13-15. The statewide meeting will take place at The Clayton Center.

The conference will bring hundreds to Clayton from all over North Carolina – including main street managers, downtown revitalization board members, town planners and elected officials. Joining them will be professionals from fields that affect downtown development, such as design, architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture and event planning. In all, we expect 500 people to come to Clayton.

The Town of Clayton is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. This will be the second time that the Town of Clayton has hosted a North Carolina Main Street Conference. Click here for more information about the conference.

Let Carrie Newcomer Provide The Soundtrack To Your Valentine’s Date

Carrie Newcomer

Let singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer serenade you and your Valentine this weekend when the Palladian Series continues on Saturday, February 10.

Fellow musician Rosanne Cash says “Carrie is a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media-defined musical world. She is a beautiful singer and songwriter, and deeply refreshing.”

Carrie also is described as a “prairie mystic” (Boston Globe) with “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” (Austin Statesman). She has performed around the world for humanitarian efforts, with Boston’s WBEZ naming her one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years. Carrie is a conversational, introspective songwriter who celebrates and savors the ordinary sacred moments of life and champions interfaith dialogue and progressive spirituality.

Carrie Newcomer will perform at The Clayton Center on Saturday, February 10, at 8 PM. Tickets are $20, plus sales tax and fees.

 

Clayton Wedding Expo Is This Saturday

It’s only two days until the 2018 Clayton Wedding Expo, and there is still time for you to pre-register for this FREE event on Saturday, February 3, from 10 AM-2 PM.

Ease your wedding planning stress with a visit to the Expo, where our vendors can provide you with options for catering, photography, music, transportation, invitations and many other aspects of your special day.

You will also have the chance to win some fabulous door prizes, including a Reception package at The Clayton Center (up to a $2300 value), tickets to upcoming concerts at The Clayton Center, a 60-minute massage, gift baskets and gift certificates and other great items donated by our vendors.Meet with vendors at 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo

Pre-registration is not required to attend the Clayton Wedding Expo, but it is highly recommended. The first 100 brides to pre-register will receive a free goody bag on Saturday. Pre-register for this free event now, and plan to join us!

The Clayton Center Is A Great Choice For A Wedding Ceremony, Reception – Or Both!

Yes, The Clayton Center truly IS a great choice for a wedding ceremony, reception or both. You may think that we are a tiny bit biased (and you would be right), but several of us at The Clayton Center speak from personal experience when we tell you that The Clayton Center can be transformed to a wonderful backdrop for most any special event.

The wedding photo featured on our homepage is from the wedding of Rebecca Vandergriff — sister-in-law of our conference center coordinator, Martha Vandergriff. Rebecca and her husband Tyler Knickerbocker chose The Clayton Center for their 2014 wedding reception. The couple was married at their Raleigh church on Friday evening, and then gathered with their family and friends in the main lobby for their reception activities.

Rebecca and Tyler were not the first couple related to a Clayton Center staff member to celebrate their marriage here. Back in 2007, Crystal and Todd Furhmann – sister and brother-in-law of Steven Langston, The Clayton Center’s operations manager – were the first couple to use the auditorium for their wedding ceremony. Crystal and Todd were the first to actually say “I do” on the stage. The couple and their guests then moved into the lobby for their reception.

Crystal and Todd returned to The Clayton Center auditorium this past July on their 10th wedding anniversary (Couple Continues To Make Timeless Memories At The Clayton Center). This time they stood on stage reminiscing and shared their wedding memories with their two children, Madison and Tristan.

Marraccini wedding, October 2017

More recently, in October of 2017, Richie Marraccini – son of box office manager Cathy Marraccini – and his bride, Jessica Schultz chose The Clayton Center for a more non-traditional approach to their wedding. Richie and Jessica recited their vows to one another in the center of the main lobby as guests circled around them and looked on from the staircase and upper landings. The reception immediately followed in the same space, which set the desired atmosphere for a more informal evening of dinner and dancing.

The Clayton Center is not limited to providing space for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as Sylvia Craig, our lead event staff member, can tell you. Sylvia hosted a rehearsal dinner in the Council Chambers for her son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Carrie Craig, the night before they tied the knot in October of 2012. Sylvia used her decorating talent to create a comfortably elegant setting in the Chambers for the bridal party and out-of-town guests to relax and enjoy dinner together before the big event.

You can check out The Clayton Center for yourself on Saturday, February 3, when we host the 2018 Clayton Wedding Expo from 10 AM- 2 PM. Or, email Martha Vandergriff, conference center coordinator at mvandergriff@townofclaytonnc.org, or call 919-553-3152 to arrange a tour to see if The Clayton Center has what you want for your special event.