Vote For Your Favorite Clayton Sculptures

It’s only February, but the Town of Clayton has a March Madness style tournament going on – the 2016-17 Clayton Sculpture Trail People’s Choice Award. Who will be the winner in this year’s contest? The field has been whittled down to three, and this week’s winner will be one of two sculptures in the finals to compete for the $1,000 prize.Clayton Sculptures People's Choice Awards

So, the choice is YOURS! Click the links below to learn more about each sculpture – including videos where the artists share their inspiration for each work – and use one of the options below to vote for your favorite. Week 6 voting ends at midnight on Sunday, February 26.

Week 6 pits the literal against the abstract, as two nature-inspired metal sculptures go head to head. Cathy Perry’s “Oasis,” displayed in Horne Square, transports the viewer to the banks of a pristine lake, while Adam Walls’ “Tree,” which adorns the roundabouts at Spring Branch Medical Park, is a more abstract take on the natural world.

You can vote for your favorite sculpture one of three ways:
• You can vote on the Town’s Facebook page – Just “Like” the picture of your favorite.
• You can vote online using Survey Monkey.
• You can vote by paper ballot at three different locations around Town: The Clayton Center Lobby, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, and the Clayton Community Center.

The 2016-17 Clayton Sculpture Trail features 11 big, bright and colorful statues that make a bold statement throughout Clayton. This year’s trail emphasizes the abstract, with many of the pieces using form to convey complex messages about life, movement and our place in the universe. Those looking for something a little more down to earth will find a whimsical take on a lake, complete with a happy little duck, and a fun piece at The Clayton Center that incorporates a mirror.

For more information, and to learn more about the Town of Clayton’s Sculpture Trail, visit the Town of Clayton online.

 

WPTF’s “Weekend Gardener” Broadcasts Live From The Clayton Center Lobby On February 11

Farmer’s Market & More This Saturday

The Clayton Center will host the WPTF Weekend Gardener for a live broadcast (8-11 AM) this Saturday, and vendors at the Clayton Farm & Community Market will be here selling their fresh produce and handmade items from 8 AM-1 PM. The event leads up to an evening performance by singer-songwriter Susan Werner and her Hayseed project.

Susan, who was nicknamed the “Empress of the Unexpected” by NPR, performs an engaging and energetic live show. She reigns as one of the boldest and most creative forces on the acoustic music scene today. Susan’s album projects cover the genres of folk, rock, pop, gospel, blues and Americana. Her latest release, The Hayseed Project, pays tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots. Learn more about Susan here.

So stop by the Center this Saturday to get some great local products, say hello to the folks from the Weekend Gardener and maybe meet Susan Werner as she stops by to visit with our special guests. You could also enter to win two tickets to an upcoming Palladian Series show at The Clayton Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Register For The Clayton Wedding Expo This Saturday

Are you planning a wedding this year? Did you miss any of the bridal expos held around the Triangle lately? Well, don’t fret. You can visit with more t2017 Clayton Wedding Expo this Saturday, Feb 4.han 30 wedding service providers this Saturday at the 2017 Clayton Wedding Expo.

Held at The Clayton Center, the Clayton Wedding Expo will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM. Admission to the expo is absolutely free, and the first 150 pre-registered brides receive a goody bag just for signing up to attend. Explore local wedding planning options and visit with bridal professionals who can assist you with every detail of your special day.

The Clayton Wedding Expo is a friendly, personal event held in the relaxed atmosphere of The Clayton Center. Pre-registration for the expo is not required, but it is highly recommended. Click here for more information.

Six Reasons To Attend The Clayton Wedding Expo

Meet with vendors at 2016 Clayton Wedding ExpoThe Clayton Center is hosting the 2017 Clayton Wedding Expo on Saturday, February 4, from 10 AM-2 PM. So, what makes the Clayton Expo worth your time?

A bridal expo can be a great opportunity to chat with vendors face to face, to see if their work is a fit for your wedding vision, and to make appointments to discuss things in further detail.

The most important reason to attend the Clayton Wedding Expo is because it’s a small expo. There will be only 35-40 vendors and between 100-150 brides. As bridal shows go, you will have the vendor’s attention, and get some one-on-one time with wedding service professional.

The Budget Savvy Bride offers five other reasons to attend a bridal show, all of which can save you money and time.

  • Make a Personal Connection. When it comes to choosing your wedding vendors, you want to make sure that you not only like their work, but that you will enjoy working with them for an extended period. Personality matters when you are spending 6-12 months working with someone, and trusting them with a very important day in your life.
  • Score a Deal. Take advantage of the opportunity to save with bridal show specials. It never hurts to ask if a vendor is running a show promotion.
  • Get Advice. Vendor representative are experts in their fields. A bridal expo gives you a chance to get some free advice.
  • Win Prizes! Giveaways and prizes are available. You can’t win if you’re not entered… so it’s at least worth a shot, right?
  • Find Out What’s Trending. The Clayton Wedding Expo brings together some of the very best local vendors who are up-to-date with the current trends of the wedding industry.

If you’re a bride-to-be, come on out and see what’s going on at the Clayton Wedding Expo. Admission is free. Pre-register here.

 

 

Meet The Blackpack This Friday

the blackpack at the clayton center the blackpack at The Clayton Center The Blackpack at The Clayton CenterWe’ve been talking about The Blackpack and their show All Laughs Matter, scheduled for Friday, January 20, at 8 PM here at The Clayton Center. But who are these guys?

Meet Vince Morris, BT, and Billy D. Washington. Three headliners. One stage. All celebrating our differences, one joke at a time.

If you ask the guys why they chose this title for their show, they will tell that it’s because at some point in their career, each of them has been accused of not being true to their heritage…their culture…and their profession. They say they have been considered to be “Too Black for one venue. Not Black enough for another.”

But, funny is funny, right? And these guys are funny. They celebrate individualism with their motto: “Be yourself. Because everybody else is already taken.”

The Blackpack members are former Houston police officer, Billy D Washington. Billy D followed his heart, took to the stage and has since assembled a pretty impressive body of work. He has been featured at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival twice and the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and traveled for three years as the opening act for The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. He has also appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Last Comic Standing, among other late night show appearances.

Vince Morris is one of the hottest up and coming comedy veterans on the scene today. No stranger to television, Vince has appeared on BET’s Comic View, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, CBS’ Late Late Show and Comics Unleashed W/Byron Allen. He also starred in his own  half hour Comedy Central Special.

BT jokingly refers to himself as “a Black redneck with a rock star attitude.” He has performed in more than 43 states and three countries and has been seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi Channels’ “Black Scorpion” to the critically acclaimed HBO movie “Suckers.” He has been on MTV, BET, and VH1. BT and his Jerry Lewis-style energy is a favorite in the nationally touring comedy show “SELLOUT.”

Check out The Blackpack this Friday. Tickets are $25, plus sales tax and fees. Presented in partnership with Sinclair Entertainment. Purchase tickets here.

All Laughs Really Do Matter

The Blackpack – three very funny African-American comedians – bring their show, All Laughs Matter, to The Clayton Center stage on Friday, January 20, at 8 PM. And while the Blackpack’s theme is a good-natured, often brutally honest look at our national political spectrum, the show’s title highlights a universal truth: All laughs matter because laughter is good medicineClayton Center laugh.

That’s right, research shows that laughter really is good for your health. Laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, protects the heart, diffuses anger, burns calories and best of all, may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much.

You can read more about the benefits of a good belly laugh at healthguide.org Then, make plans to enjoy more laughs at The Clayton Center. Tickets to The Blackpack are on sale now. In March, we also present Lawn and Disorder, relationship comedy based on everyday life. We care about our patrons, so we are doing our part to help you laugh your way through 2017!

The Clayton Center Offices To Remain Closed on Monday

Town of Clayton offices open at 11 AM today, but The Clayton Center offices will remain closed. We plan to reopen on Tuesday morning. If you would like to purchase tickets, click here. If you need assistance with your purchase, please call and leave a message, and we will call you back first thing on Tuesday morning. Thank you for your patience and understanding.