The Clayton Center http://theclaytoncenter.com North Carolina Performing Arts Center Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:23:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Phantom” Star Performs Broadway Favorites This Saturday http://theclaytoncenter.com/star-of-stage-screen-performs-broadway-classics-this-saturday/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:14:18 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7378 franc-dambrosio_960x265Looking for a great way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend? How about the sweet sounds of your favorite Broadway classics performed by the man known as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom”? Franc D’Ambrosio earned that reputation for his decade-long run as the lead in Phantom of the Opera. He is also known for his role as Anthony […]]]> franc-dambrosio_960x265

Looking for a great way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend? How about the sweet sounds of your favorite Broadway classics performed by the man known as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom”?

Franc D’Ambrosio earned that reputation for his decade-long run as the lead in Phantom of the Opera. He is also known for his role as Anthony Corleone in the Academy Award nominated film The Godfather III. Franc sang the Academy Award winning theme song from the film trilogy and his performance has garnered over one million hits on YouTube. His performance so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation—which was quickly accepted—for him to study with the legendary tenor, for the summer, at his home in Italy.

Franc’s other credits include three Emmy nominated television shows, two Grammy considerations (Best Male Vocalist 1999 and Traditional Pop Vocal Album 2005) and a National Theatre Award nomination for stage work in Barry Manilow’s Copacabana.

Franc currently tours extensively—throughout the United States, Europe and South America—with his critically acclaimed one man shows, including the wildly popular Broadway.

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See You Tomorrow At The Clayton Wedding Expo http://theclaytoncenter.com/see-you-tomorrow-at-the-clayton-wedding-expo/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:17:40 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7372 CWE-web-bannerThe weather is cooperating and the 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo is on for tomorrow, Saturday, February 6, from 11 AM-4 PM. Admission is free, and brides-to-be, their grooms and their family and friends can shop the 30-plus vendor booths in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The expo will feature free, informative workshops, and fabulous door prizes will be given away throughout […]]]> CWE-web-banner

The weather is cooperating and the 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo is on for tomorrow, Saturday, February 6, from 11 AM-4 PM. Admission is free, and brides-to-be, their grooms and their family and friends can shop the 30-plus vendor booths in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The expo will feature free, informative workshops, and fabulous door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

If you’re planning a wedding or other special event this year, you will want to attend! Find more details here.

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Saturday, February 6, Is New Date For 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo http://theclaytoncenter.com/saturday-february-6-new-date-for-2016-clayton-wedding-expo/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:18:08 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7322 Feb-6-claytonweddingexpo

The Clayton Wedding Expo is back on! The 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 6, from 11 AM-4 PM at The Clayton Center.

As planned, brides-to-be, their grooms and other family and friends can visit with bridal services professionals who can help ease the stress of planning this very special day. The free expo will have a personal touch – with only 30-35 vendor booths – so that brides can meet and chat with vendors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Clayton Wedding Expo vendors will discuss the latest bridal trends, and offer informative workshops that cover topics such as selecting a honeymoon destination, planning a wedding on a budget and bridal beauty tips and trends. Brides also will have the chance to win some fabulous door prizes, including a three-night stay at Costa Rica’s newest all-inclusive resort Secrets Papagayo provided by CruiseOne.

The Clayton Wedding Expo is free and open to anyone planning a very special event in the coming months. If you haven’t already pre-registered for this free event, click here.

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Clayton Wedding Expo POSTPONED http://theclaytoncenter.com/clayton-wedding-expo-postponed/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:30:39 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7307 New Date To Be Announced Soon 

We want all of our brides to be, their grooms and their family members to be safe in this icy weather, so we are postponing the 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo scheduled for tomorrow — Saturday, January 23.

Please watch this website and our Facebook page, as well as the Town of Clayton website for information about a new date for the Expo. Information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Put Expo Vendor Expertise To Good Use http://theclaytoncenter.com/put-expo-vendor-expertise-to-good-use/ Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:45:25 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7301 Clayton Wedding Expo Vendors Can Help You Plan Any Special Event

The spotlight of the 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo is on the brides and grooms – that should come as no surprise. However, if you are planninClaytonCenterweddingexpo15g most any kind of special event in the coming year, you should stop by this Saturday from 11 AM—4 PM and check out the services offered by our Expo vendors.

You may be throwing a small baby shower or birthday party. Or, perhaps you are hosting an anniversary party or a family or class reunion. No matter the size or type of party, participating vendors in the Clayton Wedding Expo have the expertise to assist you with all of your event planning needs.

Our vendors include caterers who specialize in everything from barbecue to caviar, DJ services and dance lessons, formal wear and florists, venues and more. (See the complete Vendor List here).

The doors open at 11 AM, and Clayton Wedding Expo vendors will be ready to talk to you in a relaxed setting. See you then!

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Sweet Treats & More In Store For Weddings In 2016 http://theclaytoncenter.com/7256-2/ Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:35:37 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7256 Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? If you are planning a wedding this year and you happen to be a fan of this sweet treat, then you are in luck because doughnuts may become THE wedding dessert of 2016.

Kim Forrest, an editor with WeddingWire, makes her predictions for the latest nuptial styles in her blog What’s Hot for 2016: Top Wedding Trends.  In addition to doughnuts, Forrest sees the high ballerina bun hairstyle making a comeback and cocktail-appetizer pairings becoming all the Clayton Center Wedding Nov 11 A.J. Dunlap Photography 03rage—think hot dogs and beer, tacos and margaritas. Couples can create a unique culinary cocktail hour by sharing their favorite sips and bites with guests.

What else can we expect to see when planning or attending a wedding this year? GIF Booths and illusion bodices are also among the fun and stylish trends. Read Forrest’s list for more info. And, plan to attend the free Clayton Wedding Expo right here at The Clayton Center, Saturday, January 23, 11 AM to 4 PM, to see the latest offerings from wedding professionals in and around Johnston County. Get the details here.

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Tradition Changing When It Comes To Paying For A Wedding http://theclaytoncenter.com/tradition-changing-when-it-comes-to-paying-for-a-wedding/ Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:21:57 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7252 WeddingcostsclaytoncenterblogConventional wedding tradition has held that the bride’s parents pay most of the wedding bills. This tradition dates back to a time when fathers paid a dowry to marry off their daughters, a practice that is hardly relevant today.

So, unless you like tradition for tradition’s sake, there are alternatives that can be considered when planning and paying for your wedding. Potential alternatives include splitting the cost of the wedding evenly between everyone involved in the party; the bride and groom paying for their own wedding. There are pros and cons to each as outlined in a blog by Stonebrook Manor of Denver, Colorado. Read the complete blog here. http://stonebrookmanor.com/blog/

Regardless of how you decide to pay for your special day, you should create a budget and encourage all parties to stick to it. For ideas on how to plan a memorable and affordable wedding, plan to attend the free workshop Your Budget-Friendly Wedding during the 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo. You can register for the Expo here, or contact Martha Vandergriff at The Clayton Center, 919-553-3152, for more information.

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Your Future Starts At The Clayton Wedding Expo http://theclaytoncenter.com/begin-planning-your-future-at-the-clayton-wedding-expo/ Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:37:50 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7243 CWE-web-bannerIf you’re planning a 2016 wedding, then you will want to plan to attend the Clayton Wedding Expo on Saturday, January 23, from 11 AM to 4 PM here at The Clayton Center. The 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo will help you connect with local wedding vendors who can assist you – and your fiancé and […]]]> CWE-web-banner

If you’re planning a 2016 wedding, then you will want to plan to attend the Clayton Wedding Expo on Saturday, January 23, from 11 AM to 4 PM here at The Clayton Center.

The 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo will help you connect with local wedding vendors who can assist you – and your fiancé and family members – with every detail of your special day. The expo is a personal event – with only 30-40 vendor booths available – so that you can see meet and chat with wedding service professionals in a relaxed atmosphere.

So, let your future begin here at the Clayton Wedding Expo. For information about the expo, pre-registration, and the day’s schedule, click here.

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How To Make Good On A New Year’s Resolution http://theclaytoncenter.com/how-to-make-good-on-a-new-years-resolution/ Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:00:26 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7238 It’s that time of year again….time to decide on a resolution for the New Year.theclaytoncenternewyear

While 45 percent of Americans reportedly make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8 percent of people are successful in meeting their goals. (Statistic Brain Research Institute). And, experts say, many people give up on achieving a particular goal within a month, primarily because most resolutions are too ambitious.

In her article “5 tips on how to stick to a New Year’s resolution,” Lucie Couillard of the New York Daily News, offers suggestions on how to be successful with your resolutions for 2016. These include reflecting on your motivation for selecting a particular goal; writing your goal down and making a plan for how to achieve it; enlisting a friend to help you achieve the goal; taking it one day at a time; and perhaps, most important of all, believing in yourself. (Read the complete article here.)

And what are the most popular New Year’s resolutions? The top three resolutions are to lose weight, start an exercise program and to quit smoking. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management and debt reduction.

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Merry Christmas From The Clayton Center http://theclaytoncenter.com/merry-christmas-from-the-clayton-center/ Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:00:51 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=7229 TheClaytonCenterholidayThe Clayton Center and Box Office will be closed from Wednesday, December 23, through Friday, January 1. During this time, tickets are available online. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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