Lawn & Disorder — Comedy From The Suburbs

Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton are two responsible grown-ups trapped inside the bodies of two brilliant comedians. On the other hand, maybe it’s the olawn and disorder at clayton centerther way around.

Either way, when Karen and Jim take The Clayton Center stage on Saturday, March 25, get ready to laugh. Their show – Lawn & Disorder –is a show about life as we know it in the suburbs of America. They talk about their spouses, their children, their neighbors and their parents. After you hear about what goes on in their neighborhoods, you may want to go home and take a closer look at your own!

Jim and Karen are comedy headliners who are as personally engaging and endearing as they are outlandishly funny, as utterly real and honest as they are sharp and keenly observant.

Karen Morgan is a former trial attorney in Georgia who just found her married life to be too funny to keep hidden away daily in a dour courtroom. She decided to give stand-up a try and ended up among the finalists on Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.”

Jim Colliton goes through his daily family chores with the lawnmower and recycling carts from his home near Boston. His first TV appearances came on “Next Big Star,” and he has appeared with Patti LaBelle, Kenny Rogers and the Beach Boys. His “Stories from the Suburbs” was named JPF’s Best Comedy Album of the Year.

Tickets to Lawn & Disorder are $20, plus sales tax and fees. The show starts at 8 PM, and all seats are reserved. Click to purchase tickets.

54th Miss CHS Pageant Is March 18

Spring 2017 scholarship pageants continue at The Clayton Center on Saturday, March 18, when Clayton High School presents the 54th annual MisMiss CHS Is March 18s CHS Scholarship Pageant, themed Winter Wonderland.

The Miss CHS scholarship pageant – which is one of the longest continuous pageants in North Carolina – began in 1964 as a one-time fundraiser for the school yearbook. Paula Justice was the very first student crowned as Miss Clahischo. Mr. James Lawrence Williams was the yearbook advisor at the time, and he served as pageant director until his retirement in 1993.

In 1980, Miss Clahischo was renamed Miss Clayton High School to more accurately reflect the duties of the titleholders, who had become representatives of not only the school, but for the entire Clayton community.

The 2017 scholarship pageant begins at 7 PM. Tickets are on sale now online and through The Clayton Center box office. Tickets are $10, plus sales tax and fees.

The Clayton Center Goes “Old School” This Week

It feels just like old tiBus at Clayton Centermes at The Clayton Center this afternoon! Students in the East Clayton Elementary School Drama Club are rehearsing this week for two performances of Cinderella, and the auditorium is buzzing with the energy of elementary school kids.

It’s always fun when the students are here, since the historic building that is now The Clayton Center used to be the former Clayton Elementary School. In fact, the doors of the old school building closed for good when the new East Clayton Elementary School, located on NC Hwy 42 East, opened in 1997.

The ECES drama students visit The Clayton Center annually for their spring performance. They will present Cinderella at 7 PM this Thursday and Friday, March 9 and 10. Tickets are available here or through the box office. All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are $6 and $3 for East Clayton Elementary School students. Note: Ticket price does not include sales tax and fees.

Chamber of Commerce Gathers For Business Before Hours

The Clayton Center hosted the Clayton Chamber of Commerce for Business Before Hours this morning. About 50 chamber members gathered on The Clayton Center Auditorium stage for networking and fellowship. Chamber Business Before Hours

Scotty Henley, The Clayton Center’s executive director, discussed activities at the Center, and members enjoyed breakfast provided by Betsy Grannis of the Morning Glory Inn.

Miss Clayton & Miss Capital City Contestants Compete For Crowns This Saturday

This Saturday, March 4, the 2017 Miss Clayton & Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant comes to The Clayton Center.clayton center miss capital city

As an official local double preliminary associated with the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant and Miss America Organization, the Miss Clayton & Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant is a part of the largest scholarship providing organization for women in the world. The pageant promotes academics and communication skills, and is a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals.

The pageant begins at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $11 in advance and $14 at the door, plus sales tax and fees. For more information about the Miss Clayton & Miss Capital City Pageant, visit or

The pageant will also sponsor the Proud To Be Me special needs pageant at 1 PM on Saturday. Tickets, which are $6, plus sales tax and fees, will be available at the door beginning at noon on Saturday.

Meet The March Artists

Join Clayton Visual Arts tomorrow – Thursday, March 2 – for the March Meet The Artists Reception. The reception will be held from 6-7:30 PM in the Clayton Center Lobby Gallery.

The March exhibit features the unique work of three local artists – acrylic painter, Susan Peters; watercolor artist, Catherine Donleycott; and pyrographer (wood burner), Sherri Redfield.

The reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and children are always welcome to attend. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month. Visit Clayton Visual Arts for more information.

Artist Catherine Donleycott   Artist Sherri Redfield

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.