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.


Clayton Wedding Expo Is This Saturday

It’s only two days until the 2018 Clayton Wedding Expo, and there is still time for you to pre-register for this FREE event on Saturday, February 3, from 10 AM-2 PM.

Ease your wedding planning stress with a visit to the Expo, where our vendors can provide you with options for catering, photography, music, transportation, invitations and many other aspects of your special day.

You will also have the chance to win some fabulous door prizes, including a Reception package at The Clayton Center (up to a $2300 value), tickets to upcoming concerts at The Clayton Center, a 60-minute massage, gift baskets and gift certificates and other great items donated by our vendors.Meet with vendors at 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo

Pre-registration is not required to attend the Clayton Wedding Expo, but it is highly recommended. The first 100 brides to pre-register will receive a free goody bag on Saturday. Pre-register for this free event now, and plan to join us!

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.

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.

Meet The March Artists

Join Clayton Visual Arts tomorrow – Thursday, March 2 – for the March Meet The Artists Reception. The reception will be held from 6-7:30 PM in the Clayton Center Lobby Gallery.

The March exhibit features the unique work of three local artists – acrylic painter, Susan Peters; watercolor artist, Catherine Donleycott; and pyrographer (wood burner), Sherri Redfield.

The reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and children are always welcome to attend. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month. Visit Clayton Visual Arts for more information.

Artist Catherine Donleycott   Artist Sherri Redfield