Palladian performances continue in 2020

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Payers
2019 has come to a close, but the 2019-20 Palladian Series is still going strong. Spend an evening with us in the coming months, and experience great music and comedy at The Clayton Center.

Three shows remain in the Palladian Series, which runs through April 18. The line-up includes the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players on February 21, Susan Werner and David Myles on Friday, March 20, and comedians Don Friesen and Brad Upton on Saturday, April 18. All shows begin at 8 PM.

We can’t wait to see you at The Clayton Center!
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Happy Holidays from The Clayton Center

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Clayton Center – along with all other Town offices – will be closed Tuesday through Thursday, December 24 through 26. We will reopen on Friday, December 27. The building will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Please note that The Clayton Center box office will be closed from December 24 through January 1 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, at 10 AM. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please leave us a message at 919-553-1737, or email cmarraccini@townofclaytonnc.org.

During this time, tickets to all upcoming events – plus gift certificates – can be purchased online at theclaytoncenter.com.

We hope to see you in 2020 at The Clayton Center.

Sweet creations on display

Take a shopping break this week and stop by The Clayton Center to admire the entries in the 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest.

The gingerbread houses are on display Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM through December 23.

Sponsored by The Tina Barletta Team at HTR, in partnership with The Clayton Center and Clayton Visual Arts, the sweet creations can be found on the G1 floor of Town Hall.

Enjoy some holiday music this Saturday

Christmas is just around the corner, but you still have this weekend to enjoy some holiday music. The Johnston County Chorus will perform their annual Christmas shows tomorrow, Saturday, December 14. The shows begin at 1 PM and 7 PM.

Sing along to all of your holiday favorites, and enjoy performances by special guests from Stage Door Dance Productions, the Four Oaks Elementary Cardinal Choir and soloist Tyler Dean. 

Tickets for the show, Christmas Is Coming, Sing for Joy, are $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under, plus sales tax and fees. A group rate is available for groups of 8 or more. Tickets will be available at the door.

Catch “American Idol” alum Melinda Doolittle this Friday

Melinda Doolittle became a household name during the 2007 season of American Idol. She came in third in the voting, but she placed first with Simon Cowell. The often cantankerous judge called her his “personal favorite.” Doolittle became the sweetheart of the season, winning everyone over with her powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.

Doolittle graduated with a BA in Music from Belmont University in Nashville. She went on to become a highly sought after background vocalist. She sang for numerous musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang.
 
In 2009 Doolittle released her debut album Coming Back to You, for which The New York Times hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. Her sophomore album, You’re the Reason, followed in 2013. Doolittle also penned the book Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level and was the well-loved co-host of TV Line’s Reality Check

Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere she goes — from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to The White House, and from the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, the Charlotte Symphony and the United States Air Force Orchestra and was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. She is currently headlining her own soulful show Great American Soul Book

Doolittle performs at 8 PM this Friday, December 6, at The Clayton Center.

PURCHASE

Ready. Set. Bake!

If you think you have what it takes to create the best gingerbread house in town, get out the sugar, turn on your oven and start constructing your entry for the 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest.

Sponsored by The Tina Barletta Team at HTR, in partnership with The Clayton Center and Clayton Visual Arts, the contest is open to Johnston County residents in the following categories: Youth – 17 and under; Adult – 18 and over; and Professional – chefs, bakers, caterers and artists.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Entries will be judged by members of Clayton Visual Arts. Winning entries will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

All contest entries will be on public display during business hours at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from November 27 through December 23.

For a complete list of submission deadlines, entry application and contest rules, visit AddressYourDreams.com/Contest.

Veterans Day Closure

The Clayton Center, along with all other Town of Clayton facilities, will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Tickets to all events at The Clayton Center will be available online at theclaytoncenter.com during this time. Thank you.