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If you think you have what it takes to create the best gingerbread house in town, get out the sugar, turn on your oven and start constructing your entry for the 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest.

Sponsored by The Tina Barletta Team at HTR, in partnership with The Clayton Center and Clayton Visual Arts, the contest is open to Johnston County residents in the following categories: Youth – 17 and under; Adult – 18 and over; and Professional – chefs, bakers, caterers and artists.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Entries will be judged by members of Clayton Visual Arts. Winning entries will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

All contest entries will be on public display during business hours at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from November 27 through December 23.

For a complete list of submission deadlines, entry application and contest rules, visit AddressYourDreams.com/Contest.

Help Us Celebrate Our New Season This Thursday

The Clayton Center’s fifth annual Palladian Series Preview and Presale party is this Thursday, August 8. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

North Carolina duo Violet Bell will headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert.

Violet Bell weaves roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music into a lush, wild soundscape. On stage and in the studio, the North Carolina duo of Lizzy Ross (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Omar Ruiz-Lopez (violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, vocals) share magnetic chemistry. The two have played more than 300 shows from Montreal to Miami in just over two years, honing the fiery intimacy of their live show and building a steadily growing fan base.

Tickets to Preview party are available here. Or, you can call or come by the box office. Tickets will be available at the door Thursday evening.

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Special Event To Feature The Vaudevillian Antics Of Tomáš Kubínek

The one and only Tomáš Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and an all-around charmer who provides an utterly joyous experience that audiences will remember for a lifetime.

His latest creation, Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man – is a rip-roaring revival of stunts and skits that leaves audiences dazed, beaming and in love with life once again. He performs this production at The Clayton Center on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 PM.

With appearances in more than 30 countries and a professional career spanning three decades, Kubínek has won the hearts of thousands in theaters, opera houses, television specials, on Broadway and at international festivals. Transcending categorization, his work leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter. His internationally acclaimed solo performances play to packed theaters around the world. After a sold-out run on Broadway, The New York Times lauded his work as “absolutely expert!” and the Santa Fe Reporter boasts, “Masterfully played comedy…That secret mixture of DARING, TALENT, AND UTTER FOOLISHNESS…”

Tickets are $5, and children ages 8-12 are free. Please note that due to the focused nature of the program, this performance is not suitable for children under 8 years old.

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Protect Your Ticket Purchase

Beware of Purchasing Tickets From Third-Party Websites

The Clayton Center box office staff has heard from at least three patrons over the past month who paid two or more times the price of a ticket to

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Look for these logos on the purchase page when buying tickets online.

attend a local event. We work hard to keep ticket prices affordable at The Clayton Center, so it concerns us when we hear that patrons have overpaid by purchasing tickets online from a third-party website.

When you search online for an event at The Clayton Center, please be sure to check the URL of the link that you are selecting. The only authorized websites to purchase tickets to Clayton Center events are theclaytoncenter.com and etix.com. Always look for The Clayton Center and etix logos on the purchase page before completing a ticket purchase.

You can also call the box office 919-553-1737 or stop by the box office at 111 E. Second St. to make your purchase.

We urge you to be diligent when making an online ticket purchase. If you have any doubt about a ticket price or available seating, please give us a call at 919-553-1737. Box office staff members will be glad to assist you with your order.

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!