Clayton To Host NC Main Street Conference In March

The Town of Clayton and the Clayton Downtown Development Association will host the 2018 North Carolina Main Street Conference, March 13-15. The statewide meeting will take place at The Clayton Center.

The conference will bring hundreds to Clayton from all over North Carolina – including main street managers, downtown revitalization board members, town planners and elected officials. Joining them will be professionals from fields that affect downtown development, such as design, architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture and event planning. In all, we expect 500 people to come to Clayton.

The Town of Clayton is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. This will be the second time that the Town of Clayton has hosted a North Carolina Main Street Conference. Click here for more information about the conference.

Countdown to “Anne of Green Gables”

The cast of “Anne of Green Gables,” Clayton Youth Theater’s (CYT) 2018 winter production, is ramping up rehearsals this week as opening night approaches. The curtain rises this Thursday, February 22, at 7 PM.CYT 2018 The Clayton Center

Cherished by generations of “kindred spirits,” L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel comes to life in this stage adaptation by Peter DeLaurier. “Anne of Green Gables” follows the misadventures of Anne (spelled with an “E”) Shirley — a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts and all of Prince Edward Island with her irrepressible spirit and imagination – and wins over audiences with this warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

CYT will present “Anne of Green Gables” on Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, at 7 PM, and Saturday, February 24, at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets are on sale now for $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under (plus sales tax and fees). All seating for CYT performances is reserved.

Let Carrie Newcomer Provide The Soundtrack To Your Valentine’s Date

Carrie Newcomer

Let singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer serenade you and your Valentine this weekend when the Palladian Series continues on Saturday, February 10.

Fellow musician Rosanne Cash says “Carrie is a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media-defined musical world. She is a beautiful singer and songwriter, and deeply refreshing.”

Carrie also is described as a “prairie mystic” (Boston Globe) with “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” (Austin Statesman). She has performed around the world for humanitarian efforts, with Boston’s WBEZ naming her one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years. Carrie is a conversational, introspective songwriter who celebrates and savors the ordinary sacred moments of life and champions interfaith dialogue and progressive spirituality.

Carrie Newcomer will perform at The Clayton Center on Saturday, February 10, at 8 PM. Tickets are $20, plus sales tax and fees.

 

Clayton Wedding Expo Is This Saturday

It’s only two days until the 2018 Clayton Wedding Expo, and there is still time for you to pre-register for this FREE event on Saturday, February 3, from 10 AM-2 PM.

Ease your wedding planning stress with a visit to the Expo, where our vendors can provide you with options for catering, photography, music, transportation, invitations and many other aspects of your special day.

You will also have the chance to win some fabulous door prizes, including a Reception package at The Clayton Center (up to a $2300 value), tickets to upcoming concerts at The Clayton Center, a 60-minute massage, gift baskets and gift certificates and other great items donated by our vendors.Meet with vendors at 2016 Clayton Wedding Expo

Pre-registration is not required to attend the Clayton Wedding Expo, but it is highly recommended. The first 100 brides to pre-register will receive a free goody bag on Saturday. Pre-register for this free event now, and plan to join us!

Planning a Wedding? Attend a Wedding Expo!

“Attend a wedding show” is typically on the To Do list of brides starting to plan a wedding. We would like to make that even more specific by quoting a recent blog posted by the Johnston County Visitor’s Bureau  — “go to a weddingattend a wedding show show held within the geographical region that you wish to get married.”

Why? Well, in Weddings in Johnston County – Expos and Expectations, according to the JCVB, if you are not familiar with the area, a wedding show will introduce you to vendors within the local wedding industry. And, if you do live in the area where you want to hold your wedding and reception, you still may not know what wedding services are available until you attend a local wedding expo. Think about it — when was the last time that you booked a venue, florist, transportation, caterer or a wedding planner?

So, if you are planning a local wedding in the coming year, begin your search for wedding services at the free 2018 Clayton Wedding Expo here at The Clayton Center on Saturday, February 3, from 10 AM-2 PM. If this date does not work for you, there are two other upcoming expos. The first is at The Farm on Sunday, January 29, from 11 AM-4 PM (admission is $7 in advance; $10 at the door). The Pond at Lazy O Farm will hold its free expo on Saturday, April 7, from 11 AM – 3 PM.

 

Read It, Then See It: CYT Offers Free Copies of “Anne Of Green Gables”

CYT Anne of Green Gables book giveawayClayton Youth Theater is promoting theater and reading by offering free copies of the novel “Anne of Green Gables” to the community. Residents of all ages are encouraged to read the book, then come out to see the CYT production here at The Clayton Cente on February 22 and 23 at 7 PM and February 24 at 2 PM and 7 PM.

The books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Readers are encouraged to pass the book onto a friend after reading it. Sixty copies of the book will be available at the following three locations:

The Clayton Center Main Lobby Reception Desk, 111 E. 2nd Street
Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church Street
Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road

The Clayton Center Is A Great Choice For A Wedding Ceremony, Reception – Or Both!

Yes, The Clayton Center truly IS a great choice for a wedding ceremony, reception or both. You may think that we are a tiny bit biased (and you would be right), but several of us at The Clayton Center speak from personal experience when we tell you that The Clayton Center can be transformed to a wonderful backdrop for most any special event.

The wedding photo featured on our homepage is from the wedding of Rebecca Vandergriff — sister-in-law of our conference center coordinator, Martha Vandergriff. Rebecca and her husband Tyler Knickerbocker chose The Clayton Center for their 2014 wedding reception. The couple was married at their Raleigh church on Friday evening, and then gathered with their family and friends in the main lobby for their reception activities.

Rebecca and Tyler were not the first couple related to a Clayton Center staff member to celebrate their marriage here. Back in 2007, Crystal and Todd Furhmann – sister and brother-in-law of Steven Langston, The Clayton Center’s operations manager – were the first couple to use the auditorium for their wedding ceremony. Crystal and Todd were the first to actually say “I do” on the stage. The couple and their guests then moved into the lobby for their reception.

Crystal and Todd returned to The Clayton Center auditorium this past July on their 10th wedding anniversary (Couple Continues To Make Timeless Memories At The Clayton Center). This time they stood on stage reminiscing and shared their wedding memories with their two children, Madison and Tristan.

Marraccini wedding, October 2017

More recently, in October of 2017, Richie Marraccini – son of box office manager Cathy Marraccini – and his bride, Jessica Schultz chose The Clayton Center for a more non-traditional approach to their wedding. Richie and Jessica recited their vows to one another in the center of the main lobby as guests circled around them and looked on from the staircase and upper landings. The reception immediately followed in the same space, which set the desired atmosphere for a more informal evening of dinner and dancing.

The Clayton Center is not limited to providing space for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as Sylvia Craig, our lead event staff member, can tell you. Sylvia hosted a rehearsal dinner in the Council Chambers for her son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Carrie Craig, the night before they tied the knot in October of 2012. Sylvia used her decorating talent to create a comfortably elegant setting in the Chambers for the bridal party and out-of-town guests to relax and enjoy dinner together before the big event.

You can check out The Clayton Center for yourself on Saturday, February 3, when we host the 2018 Clayton Wedding Expo from 10 AM- 2 PM. Or, email Martha Vandergriff, conference center coordinator at mvandergriff@townofclaytonnc.org, or call 919-553-3152 to arrange a tour to see if The Clayton Center has what you want for your special event.