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.

Final Show of 2017-18 Series Features David Myles

David Myles May 17 at The Clayton Center

David Myles brings his trademark suit and timeless music to The Clayton Center to close our 15th anniversary season on Thursday, May 17.

The Canadian singer-songwriter – who hovers somewhere between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake on the musical spectrum – brandishes a diverse set of musical tools. From soulful, contemporary pop songs to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, from down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his shape-shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain.

Whether he is collaborating with a Latin Grammy winner, a world-renowned opera diva or a Canadian hip hop star, David effortlessly injects his music with an irresistible energy and an endearing charm. In addition to a reputation as a great showman, David’s flawless musicianship and unforgettable storytelling have garnered him a staggering number of prestigious nominations and awards throughout his career.

Help us celebrate the end of our first 15 years with a truly entertaining evening of the music of David Myles. Tickets for the 8 PM show are $18 (plus sales tax and fees).

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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.

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.

Resolve To Laugh More This Year With Comedy At The Clayton Center

Huggy Low Down Comedy Clayton CenterLaugh the winter blues away this winter with two fun and entertaining comedy shows.

On Friday, January 12, at 8 PM, Sinclair Entertainment presents Bama Of The City Tour 2018, starring Huggy Lowdown.

Huggy Lowdown is a DC-based comedian and radio personality who does a daily take on celebrities and gossip on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Listeners look to hear Huggy’s signature phrases like “What’s the deal pickle” and his affectionate terms for favorite celebs like when he calls Tom Joyner “Brother Beige.” Huggy Lowdown has also been featured on HBO‘s Def Comedy Jam.

Other artists include comedians Chris Paul and Tony Woods. The is hosted by J. Derrell with DJ Supreme. Read more about Bama Of The City Tour 2018. Please note that THIS SHOW IS FOR ADULTS 18 AND OLDER.

On Friday, February 9, at 8 PM, find out what happens after a couple says “I do.”Comedy After The I Do Game Show

For the first time in the Clayton/Raleigh area, Tri Team Unlimited and Games, Gimmicks and Giggles presents a LIVE TAPING of the After the “I Do’s” Game Show, where four married couples answer questions about each other in the hopes of winning cash and prizes. Questions  will range from the harmless to the personal. The couples will earn points for each correct response, and the highest-scoring couple will win a weekend get away. Read more about the After the “I Do’s” Game Show, hosted by comedian Les Long.