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.

Enjoy An Evening With The Celtic Tenors

The Celtic Tenors – three tenors, one voice.

The charismatic, globe trotting trio are the most successful classical crossover act to emerge from Ireland.  They just sing songs they love, and they most certainly don’t take themselves too seriously.  It’s all about the music, the harmonies and the fun.
With over a million CDs sold world wide, The Celtic Tenors offer something truly unique.  The skill, range and ability of world class tenors, combined with the personality and fun of genuine performers.
With The Celtic Tenors, you will get more than a performance from world class artists, you will enjoy an evening to savor, with a sparkling good humored performance.  Despite their success, they love what they do and don’t take themselves too seriously.
Three unique solo voices, but One Tenor Sound!

Woman’s Club of Clayton Serves Up a Taste of Carolina This Week

Join the Woman’s Club of Clayton for their annual Taste of Carolina fundraiser this Thursday, November 2, at 6:30 PM. Enjoy samples from 14 area restaurants, other refreshments and one of the best silent auctions around, all in one place.

All proceeds from this event go directly to local charities, including Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, and more. Tickets are only $40 and can be purchased from Mindy Delcher, 919-585-7942.

How Well Do You Know These Chicks With Hits?

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The Clayton Center hosts Chicks With Hits — which is getting very close to becoming chicks with a sellout in Clayton —on Thursday, October 19 at 8 PM. (Buy tickets here) We all know the biggest hits produced by Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss. But how much more do you know about them? Read on for more info about their illustrious careers….

Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark is a three-time JUNO Award winner and eight-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year and she has taken home the Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She still holds the honor of being the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Terri has sold more than 4 million albums worldwide and has made her mark on radio with 13 Top Ten singles – hits that include “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Terri is host of Country Gold, a four-hour Classic Country radio show that airs on more than 100 stations across the US and Canada. In 2016 Terri brought her critically acclaimed “Back to My Roots Solo Acoustic Tour” to Canada. The 40-city tour traversed Canada from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia and showcased Terri’s hit songs in an intimate acoustic setting with stories and laughs along the way. Terri isn’t slowing down in 2017 — she’ll continue to tour in the US and Canada with her full band and solo shows.

As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Pam has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With six number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier.  With more than 30 singles charting on U.S. Billboard charts and selling more than 7 million copies of her studio albums, Pam’s critical acclaim has not diminished.  Sony Records “It’s All Relative” (a tribute to Mel Tillis) was USA Today’s #4 Country Album of the Year and most recently Pam has released three albums from her own record label Stellar Cat Records landing her a #1 on the European ECMA Chart. Pam is a 15-time CMA nominee and two-time winner, a nine-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, a two-time Grammy award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, an American Music Award’s nominee.  Most recently, a two time IBMA nominee and one time winner. As a songwriter, Pam’s songs have been recorded by respected names throughout all genres of music, including Chaka Khan, Juice Newton, Dan Seals, Gloria Gaynor, Conway Twitty and Highway 101.  She is currently a reoccurring guest on the TV show “Nashville,” performed an extended run on Broadway in New York in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry.   Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the third decade of her career.

During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s, Suzy Bogguss sold 4 million records with sparkling radio hits like “Outbound Plane,” “Someday Soon,” “Letting Go,” and “Drive South”. But you can’t peg Suzy that easily. In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at #4 on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on “Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster,” and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, “American Folk Songbook.” In 2014 she released “Lucky,” a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard and interpreted through Suzy’s crystal vocals from the female point of view. Her latest offering, “Aces Redux,” is a re-recording of her platinum selling album Aces produced by Suzy with fresh arrangements and her signature sparkling vocals. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that’s just the beginning.