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.

This Week: ECES & Hamptown Music Institute Students Perform On Stage

Local students are taking The Clayton Center stage this week in a production by East Clayton Elementary School and a recital by Hamptown Music Institute.

ECES Treasure Island Clayton CenterOn Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, the Drama Club at ECES presents its annual play. This year’s selection is Treasure Island.

The ECES Drama Club is comprised of students from 3rd through 5th grades. They have prepared for and then auditioned for a position within this club. Tickets for the performances are $6 for adults and $3 for students (plus sales tax and fees). The shows begin at 7 PM each evening.

HMI students “Celebrate Motown” on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $6.50 for students 12 and under and seniors 65 and older; $8 all other students with student ID. All others are $12.50. (All ticket prices are plus sales tax and fees.)

Countdown to “Anne of Green Gables”

The cast of “Anne of Green Gables,” Clayton Youth Theater’s (CYT) 2018 winter production, is ramping up rehearsals this week as opening night approaches. The curtain rises this Thursday, February 22, at 7 PM.CYT 2018 The Clayton Center

Cherished by generations of “kindred spirits,” L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel comes to life in this stage adaptation by Peter DeLaurier. “Anne of Green Gables” follows the misadventures of Anne (spelled with an “E”) Shirley — a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts and all of Prince Edward Island with her irrepressible spirit and imagination – and wins over audiences with this warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

CYT will present “Anne of Green Gables” on Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, at 7 PM, and Saturday, February 24, at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets are on sale now for $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under (plus sales tax and fees). All seating for CYT performances is reserved.

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.

 

Planning a Wedding? Attend a Wedding Expo!

“Attend a wedding show” is typically on the To Do list of brides starting to plan a wedding. We would like to make that even more specific by quoting a recent blog posted by the Johnston County Visitor’s Bureau  — “go to a weddingattend a wedding show show held within the geographical region that you wish to get married.”

Why? Well, in Weddings in Johnston County – Expos and Expectations, according to the JCVB, if you are not familiar with the area, a wedding show will introduce you to vendors within the local wedding industry. And, if you do live in the area where you want to hold your wedding and reception, you still may not know what wedding services are available until you attend a local wedding expo. Think about it — when was the last time that you booked a venue, florist, transportation, caterer or a wedding planner?

So, if you are planning a local wedding in the coming year, begin your search for wedding services at the free 2018 Clayton Wedding Expo here at The Clayton Center on Saturday, February 3, from 10 AM-2 PM. If this date does not work for you, there are two other upcoming expos. The first is at The Farm on Sunday, January 29, from 11 AM-4 PM (admission is $7 in advance; $10 at the door). The Pond at Lazy O Farm will hold its free expo on Saturday, April 7, from 11 AM – 3 PM.