Remaining Palladian Series shows and rental events canceled through April 30

The Clayton Center and Town of Clayton offices will remained closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, all rental and auditorium events scheduled through at least April 30 are canceled, including the remaining two shows in this year’s Palladian Series.

The shows include the previously postponed March 20 performance by Susan Werner and David Myles and the April 18 comedy show featuring Don Friesen and Brad Upton.

All patrons with tickets for these shows are being contacted directly. Patrons who purchased tickets online will be contacted by Etix; those who made their purchases through The Clayton Center box office will be contacted by our staff. Any questions about ticketing/cancellations should be directed to the box office at 919-553-1737.

All renters scheduled to hold events at The Clayton Center during this time are being contacted directly by our staff. Anyone scheduled to attend an event here between March 26 and April 30 should contact the sponsoring organization for more information.

COVID-19 Update: Cancellation dates extended

Cancelations continue due to COVID-19
Visit the NC Department of Health website for the latest COVID-19 information.

All performances, rental events and advisory board meetings scheduled at The Clayton Center have been canceled through Sunday, March 29.

The rental and performance cancellations are proactive steps to protect the health and wellbeing of residents, patrons and clients.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to contact all rental clients, as well as patrons with tickets to the Friday, March 20, Susan Werner and David Myles concert. The show has been postponed to an as yet to be determined date.

Town of Clayton leaders and staff will continue to monitor developments on COVID-19. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, please check the NC Department of Health website.

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.

Dance Recitals, Concerts & More On The Schedule This Spring

New Season To Be Announced This Summer

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Spring is the perfect time to have a wedding at The Clayton Center, a premier event venue in Johnston County.

The 2014-15 Palladian Series closed last Saturday with an awesome performance by Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, topping off an exciting and successful season here at The Clayton Center.

We are currently putting the finishing touches on next season – which will open with the incomparable Annie Moses Band in October and end with 2015 Grammy Award winner Mike Farris in April. The full schedule will be announced this summer.

Until then, we will stay busy with our spring rentals. Weddings, business meetings and special events will occupy the conference center side of the building, while end-of-the-year school programs, dance recitals and spring concerts will keep the auditorium in use every weekend from now through the beginning of June. The Clayton Center is the perfect Johnston County venue to hold just about any event.

One of the largest spring events held at The Clayton Center is the annual Johnston County Chorale concert, scheduled for Saturday, May 9, at 7 PM. The theme of this year’s concert is Cinemagic – Hollywood’s Greatest Movie Classics. Tickets are $15 and are on sale online and through the box office.

Themes Are Trending For Business Events

As many business owners and managers know, occasionally it’s a good idea to gather employees, customers, vendors or other groups together outside of the job site for meetings or for social reasons. Companies can use these get-togethers as employee or partner appreciation events, as holiday celebrations, or as a way to mark a business milestone. Whatever the reason for the gathering, these events arTheme-Events-The-Clayton-Center-NCe a great way to create camaraderie and foster networking in a more relaxed environment.

While traditional formal events—professional presentations and black-tie affairs—are still widely used by companies around the Triangle and surrounding region, we are seeing a change in how businesses approach their events and meetings. Event coordinators now have a far greater range of options when organizing corporate and small business sponsored events.

For instance, The Clayton Center recently was transformed into a Vegas-style casino, complete with Blackjack and poker tables and a full-size roulette wheel. A large Johnston County company sponsored the event as a holiday social for its employees.

A year or so ago, another company used the facility to bring together its regional management staff—employees from Raleigh and the greater Triangle, the Piedmont and areas south and east of Clayton—for a friendly Jeopardy-like Quiz Bowl competition.

Ideas for event themes are limitless. However we compiled the following list from a quick online search for trends in corporate themed events. Keep in mind, though, that these ideas are not only suited for corporate events. They can be used for most types of events including fundraisers, birthday and anniversary parties, and even weddings.

  • Casino Night
  • Quiz Bowl or Other Competition
  • Luau
  • Magic
  • Circus or Cirque du Soleil
  • An evening of entertainment with reception
  • Comedy Night
  • Mardi Gras or Masquerade Party 

Regardless of the theme you choose,  a themed party helps you to create a memorable experience for both clients and employees, and you can use these occasions to reward your partners and build  relationships that can benefit your business.