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.

Al Strong & The Fresh Five To Headline Palladian Series Preview & Presale Party

We’re having a party!

The 2018-19 Palladian Series Preview and Presale Party is Friday, August 10. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

Durham’s Al Strong and the Fresh Five headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert. A pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar takes place beginning at 6:30 PM. (Note that tickets purchased after Wednesday, August 1, will be for concert admission ONLY and will NOT include the preshow reception.)

Al Strong & The Fresh Five push the envelope in defying musical genres, with hints of AfroBeat, rock, jazz and soul music all nicely woven together.
It’s all dance music for this group and a chance for pure musical expression. When not performing in the Raleigh-Durham area, Al balances his nonprofit and teaching responsibilities with traveling and performing. He is regularly booked in jazz scenes up and down the East coast, frequenting cities such as New York, DC and Atlanta. He has headlined his own shows at the BlueNote Jazz Festival, the Winter Jazz Fest, Blues Alley and a host of other clubs. At the heart of Strong’s work ethic is dedication to building a brand based on good, honest music that connects with and speaks to the listener’s hearts.

Tickets to the Palladian Series Preview and Presale Party go on sale on Friday, June 29, at 10 AM. Visit theclaytoncenter.com or call The Clayton Center Box Office at 919-553-1737 for more information or to purchase tickets.

 

It’s Official: 2018-19 Palladian Series Announced!

Royal Wood at The Clayton Center NCBe sure to check your mailbox next week for some exciting details about the 2018-19 Palladian Series at The Clayton Center!

Our schedule will be “officially” released on Monday, but we can go ahead and tell you that our season is set, and we are ready to share the excitement. Get out your calendar and save the following dates:

Roots & Boots — the national tour that brings together 90s country legends Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye — will be our opening show on Saturday, October 27, at 8 PM. After the popularity of last season’s Chicks With Hits show, we expect a big turnout for these guys.

Songwriter and master musician Royal Wood takes the stage on Friday, November 9. He will be followed by the fabulously fun Equinox Orchestra on December 7. You will want to bring the entire family to this holiday show!

The new season also features Durham songstress Yolanda Rabun on February 8, NPR’s Snap Judgment alums James Judd and Jen Kober on March 22, and the much requested return of “one of the best slide guitar players on the planet” – Lee Roy Parnell – on April 13.

The season kicks off with a preview and presale party on Friday, August 10. A $10 ticket will buy you a sneak peek of the season, a preshow reception (with cash bar) and some great entertainment by Al Strong and the Fresh Five. It will also get you the chance to be among the first to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to anyone else. You will want to plan to join us for this annual event.

Tickets to the preview and presale event go on sale on July 1. Additional ticket sales information is available here.

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.