The Clayton Center http://theclaytoncenter.com North Carolina Performing Arts Center Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:16:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CYT Kicks Up Its Heels For “Thoroughly Modern Millie” http://theclaytoncenter.com/cyt-kicks-up-its-heels-for-thoroughly-modern-millie/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/cyt-kicks-up-its-heels-for-thoroughly-modern-millie/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:16:14 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6906 CYTMillieatTheClaytonCenterClayton Youth Theater revives a 1960s classic with their musical production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The curtain goes up on the performances on July 24-25, July 30-31, and August 1 at 7:30 PM at The Clayton Center. Set in New York City in 1922, this family friendly musical comedy is filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading […]]]> CYTMillieatTheClaytonCenter

Clayton Youth Theater revives a 1960s classic with their musical production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The curtain goes up on the performances on July 24-25, July 30-31, and August 1 at 7:30 PM at The Clayton Center.

Set in New York City in 1922, this family friendly musical comedy is filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon-lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate. Millie will have all of Johnston County dancing the Charleston!

Tickets to the shows are $10 Adults; $5 Students 18 & under. (Ticket price does not include taxes or fees.) All seats for these performances are reserved, so order soon to get the best available seats.

Visit the Clayton Youth Theater website for more information about this talented group of 7th-12th graders.

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CHS Class Of 1965 To Reunite In Former School This Weekend http://theclaytoncenter.com/chs-class-of-1965-to-reunite-in-former-school-this-weekend/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/chs-class-of-1965-to-reunite-in-former-school-this-weekend/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2015 01:47:31 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6896 The Clayton High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50th class reunion at The Clayton Center this Saturday. Members of the class will meet in the Council Chambers to reminisce and catch up with old friends in the very building in which they came together as students.

Since 1915, the property that is now The Clayton Center has been the cornerstone of community life in Clayton. Over the years, the historic buildings housed the Clayton Graded School, Clayton High School and Auditorium and Clayton Elementary School.

Full of life and activity for nearly 75 years, the building closed in 1997 and sat neglected until a public-private partnership between the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation turned the building back into a vibrant center of life in Clayton.

It is always a pleasure to host Clayton School reunions here. Clayton School alumni are eager to share their stories of “the good old days,” when the halls of the buildings were filled with students and the auditorium was the site for school events and assemblies.

Ms. Pansy Dobson's class of Clayton Elementary School students, circa 1960.

Ms. Pansy Dobson’s class of Clayton Elementary School students, circa 1960.

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Summertime Fun Continues In Downtown Clayton http://theclaytoncenter.com/summertime-fun-continues-in-downtown-clayton/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/summertime-fun-continues-in-downtown-clayton/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:59:47 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6856 CoCo LoCo Party Band performs in the Clayton Town Square Concert Series this Thursday.

CoCo LoCo Party Band performs in the Clayton Town Square Concert Series this Thursday.

The July Town Square Concert Series presents the CoCo LoCo Party Band this Thursday, July 16, at 7 PM. Local vocalist Lauren Daniels — the reigning Miss Clayton High School — opens the show at 6:00 PM, and  food trucks will be on the Square. CoCo LoCo Party Band really knows how to get the crowd rocking — with a repertoire that ranges from Chubby Checker to Brooks & Dunn to Percy Sledge. So plan to come on out for a dance party on Town Square.

For more details about the July 16 concert and the Town Square Concert Series, visit the Downtown Clayton web site.

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Fun and Fireworks In Store For July 4 At Municipal Park http://theclaytoncenter.com/fun-and-fireworks-in-store-for-july-4-at-municipal-park/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/fun-and-fireworks-in-store-for-july-4-at-municipal-park/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:15 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6844 The 2014 fireworks display drew thousands to Downtown Clayton

The 2014 fireworks display drew thousands to Downtown Clayton.

The Clayton Center and Town of Clayton offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday. We may not be working this weekend, but that just gives us more time to enjoy the holiday festivities offered by Clayton Parks and Recreation.

Come on out for the biggest fireworks display around (at dark) on Saturday, July 4! Leading up to the fireworks show, there will be lots of family activities to enjoy – games and rides, a corn-hole tournament, basketball skills competition, free ice cream and watermelon, a Clayton fire truck spray down and a free concert by The Central Park Band. The activities start at 4:00 PM at Clayton’s Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive. Click here to learn more.

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Tips To Help Make The Most Of Your Next Presentation http://theclaytoncenter.com/tips-to-help-make-the-most-of-your-next-presentation/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/tips-to-help-make-the-most-of-your-next-presentation/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:21:29 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6838 July and August often are the perfect time for businesses and organizations around Johnston and Wake counties to schedule annual meetings and training sessions. Chances are that you may be planning to attend such an event at a local venue around the Triangle area in the near future. You might even be called on to speak before an audience of your peers.

Meeting at The Clayton Center, NC.

The Clayton Center hosts numerous civic and business meetings throughout the year.

If the thought of making a presentation to a roomful of people makes you nervous, take note! There are plenty of resources available to help ease your concerns. In fact, Toastmasters International features a number of how-to articles on its website to help you hone your public speaking skills. The Toastmasters organization is committed to helping its members become more effective communicators and leaders.

According to Toastmasters, preparing for a speech is one of the best ways to ensure you give an effective presentation. Try these tips to help you properly prepare:

  • Organize your speech in a logical sequence: opening, main points, summary.
  • Practice and rehearse a speech frequently prior to delivering it. Ask friends to be your audience, or practice in front of a mirror. Be sure to use a timer to help you pace your speech.
  • Become familiar with the stage or the setting where the speech will take place. Get a sense of the size of the stage, where any steps or obstacles might be, and where to enter and exit.
  • Choose comfortable clothes to wear, but always maintain a professional appearance.
  • Visual aids should fit a speech, whether they are funny, serious or technical. The main goal of visual aids is to help the audience understand what is being said, and reinforce the points of a speech in unique and interesting ways.

The Toastmasters website also offers quick and easy tips for how to prepare and present an award, use visual aids and props, incorporate body language into your presentations, and more.

Toastmasters of North Carolina District 37 will host its annual training meeting this Saturday at The Clayton Center. If you are coordinating an upcoming business event and need a place to host the meeting, contact Martha Vandergriff at mvandergriff@townofclaytonnc.org.

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Town Square Concert Series Heats Up http://theclaytoncenter.com/town-square-concert-series-heats-up/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/town-square-concert-series-heats-up/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:16:38 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6755 The 2015 Clayton Town Square Concert Series heats up this Thursday, June 18, with the country sound of Southern Grace. Local vocalist, 12-year old Abby Stephens, will open the concert at 6:00Southern_GraceBandShot315X200 PM.  

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for this free public concert, but please leave your coolers at home!  Additional concert details are available here.

 

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Clayton Youth Theater Begins Summer Rehearsals http://theclaytoncenter.com/clayton-youth-theater-begins-summer-rehearsals/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/clayton-youth-theater-begins-summer-rehearsals/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:43:28 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6743 The cast of Clayton Youth Theater’s summer 2015 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie began daytime rehearsals today for the late July show. The students began their day working on choreography for the opening number.theclaytoncentercytrehearse2

CYT will present Millie on July 24-25, 30-31, & August 1 at 7:30 PM. The show, which is set in 1922 New York City, tells the story of Millie Dillmount, a young woman who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon-lady of a villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie will have all of Johnston County dancing the Charleston.

Tickets for the show go on sale June 24 at 10 AM online and through The Clayton Center Box Office. All seats for this show are reserved. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students 18 & under. (Ticket price does not include taxes or fees.)

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Don’t Let Weather Dampen Your Plans http://theclaytoncenter.com/dont-let-weather-dampen-your-plans/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/dont-let-weather-dampen-your-plans/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:09:45 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6650 Bring The Outdoors IN FoFresh flowers add to the outdoor feel of your indoor summer party.r Summer Fun

If you would like to host a summer party but are afraid that hot, humid weather and the lingering chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms might put a damper on the fun, consider bringing the outdoors “in” by hosting the event at a local venue. With these simple tips, an indoor party can be just as much fun for your family and friends as a backyard bash.

In keeping with the theme, decorations will be an important part of the planning. Your decorations should showcase the summer party theme. Think floral motif, and use brightly colored decorative pots and table settings, even items associated with gardening, such as mini fences, butterflies, dragonflies and fresh flowers.

Much of the focus of your event will be the food. The perfect summer snacks highlight fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. For the main course, think BBQ – hotdogs and burgers, pulled pork, and plenty of salads. You can set up a buffet or use summery table settings that your guests can take to the serving tables.

As for beverages, citrusy punch, fresh lemonade and iced tea make wonderful non-alcoholic options. You may also opt to serve your favorite refreshing cocktails.

A few things you won’t have to worry about if you book your summer party – or any other type of party – at an indoor venue such as The Clayton Center is set up and clean up. As part of your event rental agreement, our staff will work with you to design a party layout and have all of your tables and chairs in place before you arrive. We’ll even clean up and break down tables at the end of your event, leaving you more time to relax with your guests.

Click here for information about renting event space at The Clayton Center.

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Palladian Series Sponsors Take The Stage http://theclaytoncenter.com/palladian-series-sponsors-take-the-clayton-center-stage/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/palladian-series-sponsors-take-the-clayton-center-stage/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2015 12:48:39 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6703 claytoncentersponsorlunch3

Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation President Lyn Austin chats with Mayor Jody McLeod and long-time Secretary’s Club sponsors Bob and Mary Ahlert.

The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series could not go on without the generous support of our business and individual partners. The Board of Directors of the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation and the staff of The Clayton Center showed their appreciation for our current 2014-15 Palladian Series  partners with a Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon yesterday on the auditorium stage.

A wonderful lunch was prepared by Oak City Catering, and enjoyed by the group. Sponsors were also treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming 2015-16 Palladian Series (shhh — more about that soon…..).

2014-15 Sponsors

Agri Supply, Grifols, Novo Nordisk; Caterpillar, Inc., Clayton Steakhouse, First Citizens Bank, Johnston County Visitor’s Bureau, Morning Glory Inn; The Clayton News-Star, Comfort Suites Clayton, Four Oaks Bank; Bob & Mary Ahlert, Annie V’s Florist, Jesse & Lyn Austin, Brick & Mortar Events, Shayne C. & Novie Beth Gad, Mike & Pam Marvel, Northeast Foods, Parrish, Pulleyn & Young Wealth Management, Laverne & Kathy Pope, The Tina Barletta Team at HomeTowne Realty, Clayton East

 

 

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Millstock Art & Music Festival Is Saturday, June 6 http://theclaytoncenter.com/millstock-art-music-festival-is-saturday-june-6/ http://theclaytoncenter.com/millstock-art-music-festival-is-saturday-june-6/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:54:59 +0000 http://theclaytoncenter.com/?p=6659 millstockA popular Clayton event returns this Saturday, June 6. The Millstock Art & Music Festival will be held in and around Horne Square at the corner of Main and Lombard Streets in downtown Clayton. The festival will attract vendors and attendees from around the Triangle, with artists and shoppers alike hailing from all over Johnston […]]]> millstock

A popular Clayton event returns this Saturday, June 6. The Millstock Art & Music Festival will be held in and around Horne Square at the corner of Main and Lombard Streets in downtown Clayton.

The festival will attract vendors and attendees from around the Triangle, with artists and shoppers alike hailing from all over Johnston County as well as from Raleigh, other parts of Wake County and beyond.

The summer arts festival, which celebrates its 15th year in 2015, is sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts, Inc. The event will be held rain or shine and runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Millstock will host nearly 50 different artists, displaying their art and conducting demonstrations showcasing candle making, pottery, wood and jewelry making. The event also will feature musical performances throughout the day on the Square and at The Flipside restaurant on Lombard Street. “Chalk It Up,” a free sidewalk-chalk-drawing contest, is a popular activity, and the Woman’s Club of Clayton will offer a free children’s tent called “Pint-Sized Picassos” where youngsters can create their own paintings.

More details about Millstock are available from the Town of Clayton and Clayton Visual Arts websites.

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