Art On Display

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and see the artwork on display in the Main Lobby gallery of The Clayton Center this month, there’s still time. The exhibit, presented by Clayton Visual Arts, will be open through Tuesday, March 31.

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Magical Joy’ by Kate Lagaly

The March display showcases the work of members of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society as well as by members of Clayton Visual Arts. The exhibit is open for viewing weekdays during The Clayton Center’s regular business hours.

The Clayton Center has partnered with Clayton Visual Arts to house the monthly art exhibit since the building opened 12 years ago. CVA curates the exhibit along with an annual exhibition featuring Clayton High School students. They also sponsor the annual Art Faire juried competition in September and a juried poster contest every two years in June.

The next exhibit will go on display on April 1. A meet the artists reception typically is held on the first Thursday of  each month.

The Town of Clayton has embraced the use of public spaces as locations for the display of art. In addition to the Main Lobby gallery, the second floor landing of the Town Hall side of The Clayton Center also features the Town’s first-ever public art project, an incredibly colorful mural of Town scenes called “Clayton Patchwork.” Beloved and long-time local artist Dorothy Demboski spent weeks perfecting the 10X10 foot mural and unveiled it in 2010.

A mural at the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, the downtown sculpture trail, and local parks and greenways also provide outlets for public art to be enjoyed by the community. More information about the Town of Clayton’s Public Art Program, visit the Town of Clayton’s web site. Information about Clayton Visual Arts can be found at claytonvisualartsnc.org/.

Relive Your Beatles Memories With “Yesterday & Today”

If you think you know all the words to every Beatles’ song, think again. You will be hard pressed to rival the McGuigan Brothers – Billy, Matt and Ryan. The McGuigans and their band spent six years rehearsing and perfecting the entire Beatles catalogue – all 230 songs – and they are prepared to perform ANY one of them EVERY night, note for note and in perfect harmony.smaller-The%20McGuigan%20Brothers

They can prove it to you this Friday evening, March 20, when they perform as part of the 2014-2015 Palladian Series. The show – Yesterday & Today: An Interactive Beatles Experience – begins at 8 PM.

In this spectacular show, you help to choose the playlist. Audience members can request their favorite Beatles’ songs prior to the show and again at intermission. You can just jot down the song title, along with a brief sentence or two about why the song is important to you, and the boys will take it from there.

Billy McGuigan, producer and lead talent in three national hit shows, developed the live request format for Yesterday & Today, complete with the requirement that all the band members memorize and be able to play on a second’s notice all 200-plus songs in the anthology. But, he says, it’s not your typical request show.

“Along with a request, we ask for the reason behind it. We also chat a little with the person who made the request, which makes the show interesting and interactive,” he said.

Billy and his brothers were influenced by their Dad, who would entertain the boys with his guitar and his love of the Beatles. “My Dad left me a great legacy…the love of music and the desire to share it in a way that makes people laugh, dance, smile, and remember.” And he plans to do just that on Friday night.

 

 

First-Ever Miss Clayton To Be Crowned This Saturday

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There are only two days left before the first-ever Miss Clayton is crowned as part of the Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant.

An affiliate of the Miss North Carolina and Miss America pageants, the Miss Clayton Pageant will be held Saturday, March 7, in conjunction with the 2015 Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant. Outstanding Teens will also compete for Miss Clayton’s OT and Miss Capital City’s OT. The pageant begins at 7 PM. The Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant has been held at The Clayton Center for the past two years. An “open” pageant, Miss Capital City features contestants from across the state.

Miss Clayton will be a closed pageant, with contestants hailing only from Johnston, Wake and Wilson counties.

The Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant is an affiliate of the Miss North Carolina pageant. The Miss North Carolina board recognizes 31 pageants as qualifiers for the state pageant, which feeds into the Miss America competition. Miss Johnston County is one of 11 other qualifying pageants that county residents may compete in.

More than $2,500 in scholarships will be awarded on Saturday, in addition to many other awards and opportunities. The event begins at 7 PM.

The Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant also will crown the 2015 Outstanding Little Miss earlier in the day. That competition begins at 1 PM.

Later in the month, Clayton High School will crown the 2015 Miss CHS. The Miss Clayton Scholarship Pageant will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 6 PM.

“Anatomy of Gray” Opens To Rave Reviews

The cast of Clayton Youth Theater’s latest show “Anatomy of Gray” has another hit on their hands. After opening night was canceled on Thursday because of the winter weather, the talented teens came back and delivered a performance that drew rave reviews from hundreds of audience members on Friday night.

The show, which one patron called “a powerful story with great humor,” continues this evening. Tickets are available online unGray Logotil 5 PM. The box office opens at 6:30 this evening to sell tickets at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students 18 and under (plus NC state sales tax and fee).

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.