The Clayton Center Featured On “My Carolina Today”

The Clayton Center lobby - wedding and meeting rental raleigh ncOur Conference Center Coordinator Martha Vandergriff was a featured guest on the August 19 episode of WNCN’s My Carolina Today. Martha chatted with show host Valonda Calloway about clients who get married in the The Clayton Center Auditorium and hold their receptions in the Main Lobby. View the segment here.

The Clayton Center Announces 2015 -16 Palladian Series

Individual Tickets To Events Go On Sale On Wednesday, September 9

The Clayton Center is proud to announce the 2015-16 Palladian Series – six performances by remarkably talented artists who will capture the attention and the hearts of audiences of all ages.

The season kicks off with the incomparable Annie Moses Band on Saturday, October 24. This family of classically-trained musicians seamlessly blends Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, beloved classical themes and roots music into a stunning and captivating concert experience. Spend the evening enjoying favorites from Copland, Gershwin and other American originals.

On November 7, technically gifted guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo take the stage. These two jazz players are considered to be among the most ex­tra­or­di­nary gui­tarists per­form­ing today.

December 12 brings the 3 Redneck Tenors to town. These real life Broadway and opera stars will rock your holidays with their extraordinary Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR, featuring a musical feast of classical and pop that will be fun for the whole family.

Surprise your Valentine with a February 13 concert by Franc D’Ambrosio, the world’s longest running regional Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. This incredibly talented tenor will serenade you and your sweetheart with interpretations of your favorite Broadway tunes.

March is the month for country music. On March 12, Lee Roy Parnell comes to town. For more than 25 years, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts with songs like “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment.” He has recorded eight studio albums, charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts and has been honored with numerous Grammy Award nominations.

The season closes on April 30 with the incomparable Mike Farris, who is fresh off a 2015 Grammy win for Best Roots Gospel Album. Farris will share original material as well as his trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock & roll, New Orleans swagger and vintage Memphis soul.

Tickets to events in the Palladian Series range from $22-$30 (plus taxes and fees). Returning season ticket holders may renew their season subscription beginning Thursday, August 13. Tickets to individual shows in the series go on sale at 10 AM on Wednesday, September 9.

CYT Kicks Up Its Heels For “Thoroughly Modern Millie”


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.

CHS Class Of 1965 To Reunite In Former School This Weekend

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.

Summertime Fun Continues In Downtown Clayton

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.

Fun and Fireworks In Store For July 4 At Municipal Park

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.

Tips To Help Make The Most Of Your Next Presentation

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