WEATHER ALERT: THE CLAYTON CENTER CLOSED SUNDAY, DEC. 9

 The Clayton Center will NOT open for Sunday church services today, Sunday, December 9. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back here and on Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

Clayton Police Department and Clayton Fire Department personnel report roadways in and around Clayton are slushy, slick and dangerous in parts.

Please stay home if you do not have to be out this morning so emergency responders and our street crews can work to clear the roads.

 

Check Out The Fabulous Holiday Show This Friday

Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Clayton Center NCIt’s another big holiday weekend in Clayton, and the festivities kick off at The Clayton Center on Friday, December 7, with the swinging sounds of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

Fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary Rat Pack entertainers, Jeremy Davis, Clay Johnson and their phenomenal orchestra are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook. Their music is laced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, and their performances speak to every soul. Their holiday show will be chock-full of your favorite seasonal songs.

The show gets started at 8 PM. Tickets are available through the box office or online.

While you’re in the holiday spirit, head into town on Saturday afternoon for the annual Clayton Christmas Parade.

Thousands of people will line Main Street for the annual holiday event, sponsored and organized by the Clayton Rotary Club, in partnership with the Town of Clayton. The parade begins at 3 PM on Main Street.

Main Street will be closed from U.S. 70 to Robertson Street from 2 PM to around 5:30-6 PM  that day. Get to downtown early so you can grab parking along any of Clayton’s side streets, just be sure not to block anyone’s driveway. There will be no parking on Main or Second Streets after 1 PM.

 

Holiday Happenings

All will be merry and bright around town beginning tonight, Thursday, November 29. Thousands of people will pack Main Street beginning at 5:30 PM for the Annual Christmas Village and Tree Lighting sponsored by the Clayton Downtown Development Association.

Enjoy two and a half hours of music, holiday cheer, business open housed, a live Nativity, train rides and — of course — a chance to see Santa. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 PM at Town Square on the corner of Main Street and Fayetteville Street.

This weekend also kicks off The Clayton Center’s schedule of holiday events.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas show the way they used to be, presented by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra on Saturday, December 1, at 7 PM. Sing along to all of your favorite songs of the season. Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

On Sunday, December 2, at 6 PM, Tippy Toes Dance Studio of Princeton presents its annual production of the Nutcracker. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, plus sales tax and fees.

Join us for the remarkable musicianship of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra as they present their Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Clayton Center NCswinging renditions of holiday classics on Friday, December 7, at 8 PM. Tickets are $35, plus sales tax and fees, UNLESS you make your purchase on Tuesday, December 4. Take advantage of a special half-off discount on Tuesday for all tickets purchased for the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

Then, on Saturday, December 15, the Johnston County Chorus presents A Christmas Spectacular, its annual holiday show featuring all of your favorite seasonal songs and skits. Special guests this year include dancers from Artistry in Motion dance studio. Tickets for both the 2 PM and 7 PM shows are $16 for adults and $12 for students 12 and under. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

Check out our calendar of events for additional information and to see our complete schedule of events.

2019 Clayton Wedding Expo Vendor Registration Open

Calling all local wedding services vendors! Plan to join us on Saturday, February 2, at The Clayton Center for the 2019 Clayton Wedding Expo. This is the perfect setting for you to showcase your products and services to more than 100 brides who are planning their special day.

This year’s expo features a more spacious exhibit layout. And, as one of only 30 vendors, you are guaranteed facetime with the brides —and grooms — who attend the expo. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit with attendees in a comfortable and inviting setting.

Vendor booth space for this event is limited. If you want to be sure to secure a booth, complete the 2019 CWE Vendor Booth Registration Form. Then email, fax or mail it back with payment at your earliest convenience. Please note, there are 2 pages to the form. Both pages should be completed to register.

VENDOR BOOTH INFO | VENDOR REGISTRATION FORM

 

Royal Wood Welcomes Shana Tucker In Special Guest Appearance This Friday

We had an awesome opening night to our Palladian Series just two weeks ago, and now we are on to our second show. Royal Wood performs this Friday night, November 9, at 8 PM.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again — even if you are not familiar with Royal and his brand of alternative/pop music, we just know that you are going to love him and his distinctive sound.

We have a special guest joining Royal on stage — Durham “chamber soul” cellist Shana Tucker. Shana was here at The Clayton Center to kick off the 2017-18 Palladian Series, and patrons are still talking about that performance. Shana says that she is “excited to play a little cello and sing a little harmony with the ‘superbly talented Canadian: Royal Wood.'” Hear more about the show here.

Tickets to the 8 PM show are $18, plus taxes & fees. We even have a special deal for you if you purchase tickets to the show before 5 PM on Friday. Get 2 for the price of 1 here when the code RW2018.

 

Woman’s Club of Clayton presents a Tasteful Event

Come on out tonight beginning at 6:30 PM and join the Woman’s Club of Clayton as they present the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine.

Attendees can sample the best food from local restaurants, all in one location.

The “Taste” is the Woman’s Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised are used to support community causes such as  Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County and Clayton Area Ministries – just to name a few.

Those attending sample “taste-size” portions from participating restaurants. The samples will be judged by Chef Fredi Morf and his colleagues from the Wake Tech Culinary Arts program. Awards, which will be presented after the dining, include Best Presentation, Best Original Dish, Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients, Best Pasta Dish, Best Use of Local Ingredients and Best Dessert.  In addition, attendees cast ballots for People’s Choice. There is also a silent auction including baskets and gifts that attendees can bid on.

Tickets to the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine are $40 per person and can be obtained by calling 919-412-6368. Participating restaurants are Anthony’s Italian Pizza & Pasta, Caribbean Delight, Chefella’s, Clayton Steakhouse, Dylan’s Gifts & Catering, Fat Boys BBQ & Catering, Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar, Manning’s, Morning Glory Inn, Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, The Flipside and Vinson’s.

“Falling” Into A Busy Schedule

The storm has passed, the sun is shining, temps are cool and we are looking ahead to an exciting upcoming schedule here at The Clayton Center.

There are only two weeks before we open our 2018-19 Palladian Series on Saturday, October 27, at 8 PM, with the Roots & Boots tour with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye. ALL tickets to this show—reserved seating and Standing Room Only—are SOLD OUT. What a great way to kick off our season!

Just two weeks later, on Friday, November 9, at 8 PM, we welcome singer/songwriter Royal Wood to the stage. This is Royal’s first stop in Clayton, and we know that our patrons are going to fall in love with him. One fan described him as “talented, personable and SO MUCH FUN!” We have been listening to his latest release, Ever After The Farewell, and we can’t wait for you to hear him perform live.

December is going to be a busy month! We “swing” in the holiday season with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra on Friday, December 7, at 8 PM. Their holiday show is guaranteed to brighten the season. Enjoy holiday classics – along with your favorite American standards – performed by these extraordinary jazz musicians.

Local music will be abundant for the holiday season as well. We are hosting the new Around Town Singers and Orchestra in “A Clayton Christmas” on Saturday, December 1, at 7 PM. On December 2, at 6 PM, Tippy Toes Dance Studio presents its annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker.

The holiday schedule finishes with the Johnston County Chorus and their Christmas Spectacular on Saturday, December 15, at 2 and 7 PM.

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