Thursday Evening “Anatomy of Gray” Show Canceled

 

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Opening night of Clayton Youth Theater’s production of “Anatomy of Gray” has been cancelled for this evening, but you’ll still have 2 opportunities to see this wonderful play by our talented local teens! The Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm shows are still on! Be here when the curtain goes up! Call the box office or go online for tickets to the Friday and Saturday shows!

Power Outage Delays Opening Of The Clayton Center And Town Offices

The Clayton Center and Town of Clayton offices have delayed opening until power is restored to Downtown Clayton. Trees that fell from the weight of the wet snow downed power lines in town. Town crews are working to restore power now. We will let you know as soon as we are open for business.

Cabela’s Employee training for Thursday, February 26, has been canceled. Employees scheduled to attend the Thursday training sessions should report to The Clayton Center on Friday, February 27.

Please check back to the this website for further updates. Thank you.

CYT Puts Final Touches On The Winter Show “Anatomy of Gray”

The cast of Clayton Youth Theater’s production of Anatomy of Gray, a drama by award-winning author  Jim Leonard, heads into “tech” week this weekend in preparation for opening night on Thursday, February 26.Clayton Center CYT rehearsal1

The talented cast and crew—middle and high school students ages 12-18—have been rehearsing on a regular schedule since the first of the year. This week they will rehearse nightly while tech staff works on pulling together sound, lights and other components to complete the production.

Set in Indiana during the late 1800’s, Anatomy of Gray deals with death, loss, love and healing in a unique coming of age story. The plot centers on a time after June’s father has died. She prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again. The next thing she knows, there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor.

At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but then the town is struck with a mysterious illness that begins to spread.  Gray presents the family with some hilarious situations and serious choices as he makes his home in the town that bears his name.

The play is rated PG+ for mild language and tragic circumstances, and is not suited for young children. Show times are 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 26, through Saturday, February 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 & under. (Note that ticket prices do not include taxes or fees.) Call the box office at 919-553-1737 for more information or to purchase tickets.

WINTER WEATHER ALERT

The Town of Clayton offices will open at 10 AM this morning. However, the Box Office will remain CLOSED today. Tickets to all upcoming events at The Clayton Center are available by clicking on the “Purchase Tickets” link above.

Please check back, or check our Facebook page, for any updates to o.ur operating hours.

To keep up to date with weather alerts from the Town of Clayton,  visit townofclaytonnc.org

A Fantastic February Awaits at The Clayton Center

In the past week, we have hosted a sold-out show by the wildly funny humorist Jeanne Robertson, a very well-attended Clayton Wedding Expo, the successful winter booking meeting of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, and the annual awards banquet for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. These events prove that there truly is always something going on here at The Clayton Center!

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s also long on entertainment and other activities at The Clayton Center. The fun begins this Saturday night, January 31, when Granite Lodge 191 of Clayton will host its annual Father-Daughter Dafather daughter dance the clayton centernce in the Main Lobby. Tickets are $40 per “couple” and are available at GI Joe’s on Highway Business 70 or Annie V’s Florist on Barbour Street in downtown Clayton. Light refreshments will be served. There also will be a DJ and dancing, and each couple receives a free 4 x 6 Photo from 1000 Words Photography. For more information, call Russell Ragland at 919-663-6499.

On Saturday, February 7, the Malpass Brothers come to town. These Goldsboro boys bridge the gap between traditional country and rockabilly in their look and style, taking us back to the day before rock and country went their separate ways. Their energetic performing style and passion for this heritage American music make a unique experience. Drawing from their family’s love of early country music, Taylor and Christopher Malpass channel the sound of musical greats like Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Carl Perkins, the Loovin Brothers and even the Young Elvis Presley. One reviewer said, of the Malpass Brothers’ experience, ‘These guys don’t just sound retro… they are retro.’ See the Malpass for yourself at our Vimeo channel.

Thursday through Saturday, February 26-28, Clayton Youth Theater presents Anatomy of Gray, by Jim Leonard. Set in the 1880s, but with a timeless theme, the play takes us through the humor and grief of the Muldoon family in Gray, Ind., and the events following the arrival of the mysterious Galen P. Gray, medical doctor. Gray presents the family with some hilarious situations and serious choices as he makes his home in the town that bears his name. The play is rated PG+ for mild language and tragic circumstances. Show times are at 7:30 PM. Clayton Youth Theater highlights the talent of area students, grades 7-12.

For tickets to the Malpass Brothers or CYT’s Anatomy of Gray, contact the box office Monday through Friday, 10 AM–Noon, and 1 PM-5 PM, at 919-553-1737. The Clayton Center, located in Johnston County, is convenient to Raleigh and southeastern Wake County, with easy access to Durham, Chapel Hill, Zebulon, and other parts of Orange, Durham, Harnett, Lee and Johnston Counties.

WNCN Previews The Clayton Wedding Expo On “Carolina Today”

If you are planning to attend the Clayton Wedding Expo — set for this Saturday, January 24, at The Clayton Center — you can get a preview of what to expect with this segment from WNCN’s Carolina Today.  WATCH VIDEO

Also, try the following tips — from “The Easy Way to Plan Your Wedding!” by Julia Markel of the Association of Wedding Professionals International — to help make the most of your time spent at the expo.

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1. Set your priorities. Make a list of the products and services you need the most and decide what your budget will allow for each.
2. Some wedding professionals can only do one or two weddings a day and will, therefore, be booked more quickly. Photographers, DJs, videographers, consultants and some florists are some examples. If you need any of these services, plan to make visiting them a priority as well.
3. Prepare to bring some important items with you. You may want to book appointments, so bring your datebook. You may even want to book services with some of the professionals, so bring your checkbook (or credit card). Swatches of material and ribbon in the colors of your wedding are helpful when speaking with florists, bakers, balloonists, gown shops and other professionals.
4. Many exhibitors (as well as the show producer) have drawings to enter, so bring labels or a stamp with your name, address, phone number, email and wedding date printed on them. This will save you time and prevent writer’s cramp.
5. Most of all, plan to have fun! Attending a wedding expo is sure to help you enjoy planning your wedding and to share this exciting time with others.

 

Planning Your Wedding? Then Plan To Attend The Clayton Wedding Expo

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Congratulations to all of the couples who got engaged over the holidays! We have received dozens of calls in the past few days from brides (and grooms) to-be who are searching for the perfect venue in Johnston and Wake Counties to hold their wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Securing the event venue is a number one priority when planning your wedding. But, there are tons of other details to think about as well. Dresses, flowers, music, photography, catering, transportation – all are important services you will need to secure for the big event.

Here’s where the Clayton Wedding Network can help! The CWN is hosting the 2015 Clayton Wedding Expo here at The Clayton Center on Saturday, January 24, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free, and you can spend the day talking with more than 40 vendors who specialize in professional wedding services. The event also will feature food tastings, giveaways, and a bridal gown display.

The Clayton Wedding Network is a business-to-business networking group for professionals associated with the wedding and event industry. The group is an excellent resource for brides and grooms for services offered in Clayton and Johnston County or the greater Raleigh and Triangle areas.

For more information about the Clayton Wedding Expo or Clayton Wedding Network, visit claytonweddingnetwork.com or facebook.com/ClaytonWeddingNetwork.

 

Themes Are Trending For Business Events

As many business owners and managers know, occasionally it’s a good idea to gather employees, customers, vendors or other groups together outside of the job site for meetings or for social reasons. Companies can use these get-togethers as employee or partner appreciation events, as holiday celebrations, or as a way to mark a business milestone. Whatever the reason for the gathering, these events arTheme-Events-The-Clayton-Center-NCe a great way to create camaraderie and foster networking in a more relaxed environment.

While traditional formal events—professional presentations and black-tie affairs—are still widely used by companies around the Triangle and surrounding region, we are seeing a change in how businesses approach their events and meetings. Event coordinators now have a far greater range of options when organizing corporate and small business sponsored events.

For instance, The Clayton Center recently was transformed into a Vegas-style casino, complete with Blackjack and poker tables and a full-size roulette wheel. A large Johnston County company sponsored the event as a holiday social for its employees.

A year or so ago, another company used the facility to bring together its regional management staff—employees from Raleigh and the greater Triangle, the Piedmont and areas south and east of Clayton—for a friendly Jeopardy-like Quiz Bowl competition.

Ideas for event themes are limitless. However we compiled the following list from a quick online search for trends in corporate themed events. Keep in mind, though, that these ideas are not only suited for corporate events. They can be used for most types of events including fundraisers, birthday and anniversary parties, and even weddings.

  • Casino Night
  • Quiz Bowl or Other Competition
  • Luau
  • Magic
  • Circus or Cirque du Soleil
  • An evening of entertainment with reception
  • Comedy Night
  • Mardi Gras or Masquerade Party 

Regardless of the theme you choose,  a themed party helps you to create a memorable experience for both clients and employees, and you can use these occasions to reward your partners and build  relationships that can benefit your business.

Grand Ole Opry Stars To Celebrate The Holidays Dec. 6

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Country & Western, Comedy In Store From Riders In The Sky

Saddle up and head on down to The Clayton Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, as the iconic Riders In The Sky take the stage to celebrate Christmas The Cowboy Way.

Hailed as “one of the most historically significant acts in the history of American music,” Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by legends such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers for more than 30 years. These talented musicians have remained true to the integrity of Western music and have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit.

As a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led Riders In The Sky to heights they could have never predicted. Riders have chalked up over 6100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries. They have performed their authentic renditions of old classic cowboy and Western songs, as well as original works and their signature comedic skits and songs in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl.

In 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history. They are members of the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars and the Walk of Western Stars in Newhall, CA. They have won two Grammy Awards, and have been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers Of the Year” seven times.

 

Clayton Woman’s Club Celebrates 10 Years of “Tasting”

theclaytoncenterevents-tasteofcarolina_serveThis Friday, Nov. 7, marks the tenth year that the Woman’s Club of Clayton will host the popular Taste of Carolina fundraiser at The Clayton Center.

The event, which is the largest annual community event held here at the Center, will showcase the finest menu offerings of 15 area restaurants.

The Clayton Center is the perfect venue for the Taste of Carolina, with space to accommodate the hundreds of attendees and a layout that works well with this type of social event. Restaurants will be set up at stations around the Main Lobby and in the Council Chambers, and attendees will move from station to station, sampling taste-size portions from exhibiting restaurants. In between samples, guests will have the chance to participate in a silent auction, which also will be located in the Main Lobby. In addition to the tastings and silent auction, there will be live entertainment and dancing. Featured performers are Bruce Naegelen, Michael Devine and Johnny Orr.

Participating restaurants will compete for seven awards, including Best Presentation, Best Pasta, Most Original, Best Use of Local Ingredients, Best Dessert and the coveted People’s Choice awards. Staff members from Wake Technical College Culinary School will select the five “Best” awards. Ticketholders will vote on the People’s Choice awards.

All proceeds will benefit projects and causes supported by the Woman’s Club. These include Artists in the Schools, Clayton Visual Arts, Christmas gifts for needy children, First Baptist Church’s Backpack Buddies program and college scholarships.

Tickets are $35 and may be obtained from Marie Monsees at 919-553-5289 or any Woman’s Club member. Tickets also will be available at the door.