2019 Clayton Wedding Expo Vendor Registration Open

Calling all local wedding services vendors! Plan to join us on Saturday, February 2, at The Clayton Center for the 2019 Clayton Wedding Expo. This is the perfect setting for you to showcase your products and services to more than 100 brides who are planning their special day.

This year’s expo features a more spacious exhibit layout. And, as one of only 30 vendors, you are guaranteed facetime with the brides —and grooms — who attend the expo. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit with attendees in a comfortable and inviting setting.

Vendor booth space for this event is limited. If you want to be sure to secure a booth, complete the 2019 CWE Vendor Booth Registration Form. Then email, fax or mail it back with payment at your earliest convenience. Please note, there are 2 pages to the form. Both pages should be completed to register.

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Royal Wood Welcomes Shana Tucker In Special Guest Appearance This Friday

We had an awesome opening night to our Palladian Series just two weeks ago, and now we are on to our second show. Royal Wood performs this Friday night, November 9, at 8 PM.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again — even if you are not familiar with Royal and his brand of alternative/pop music, we just know that you are going to love him and his distinctive sound.

We have a special guest joining Royal on stage — Durham “chamber soul” cellist Shana Tucker. Shana was here at The Clayton Center to kick off the 2017-18 Palladian Series, and patrons are still talking about that performance. Shana says that she is “excited to play a little cello and sing a little harmony with the ‘superbly talented Canadian: Royal Wood.'” Hear more about the show here.

Tickets to the 8 PM show are $18, plus taxes & fees. We even have a special deal for you if you purchase tickets to the show before 5 PM on Friday. Get 2 for the price of 1 here when the code RW2018.

 

Woman’s Club of Clayton presents a Tasteful Event

Come on out tonight beginning at 6:30 PM and join the Woman’s Club of Clayton as they present the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine.

Attendees can sample the best food from local restaurants, all in one location.

The “Taste” is the Woman’s Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised are used to support community causes such as  Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County and Clayton Area Ministries – just to name a few.

Those attending sample “taste-size” portions from participating restaurants. The samples will be judged by Chef Fredi Morf and his colleagues from the Wake Tech Culinary Arts program. Awards, which will be presented after the dining, include Best Presentation, Best Original Dish, Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients, Best Pasta Dish, Best Use of Local Ingredients and Best Dessert.  In addition, attendees cast ballots for People’s Choice. There is also a silent auction including baskets and gifts that attendees can bid on.

Tickets to the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine are $40 per person and can be obtained by calling 919-412-6368. Participating restaurants are Anthony’s Italian Pizza & Pasta, Caribbean Delight, Chefella’s, Clayton Steakhouse, Dylan’s Gifts & Catering, Fat Boys BBQ & Catering, Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar, Manning’s, Morning Glory Inn, Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, The Flipside and Vinson’s.

“Falling” Into A Busy Schedule

The storm has passed, the sun is shining, temps are cool and we are looking ahead to an exciting upcoming schedule here at The Clayton Center.

There are only two weeks before we open our 2018-19 Palladian Series on Saturday, October 27, at 8 PM, with the Roots & Boots tour with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye. ALL tickets to this show—reserved seating and Standing Room Only—are SOLD OUT. What a great way to kick off our season!

Just two weeks later, on Friday, November 9, at 8 PM, we welcome singer/songwriter Royal Wood to the stage. This is Royal’s first stop in Clayton, and we know that our patrons are going to fall in love with him. One fan described him as “talented, personable and SO MUCH FUN!” We have been listening to his latest release, Ever After The Farewell, and we can’t wait for you to hear him perform live.

December is going to be a busy month! We “swing” in the holiday season with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra on Friday, December 7, at 8 PM. Their holiday show is guaranteed to brighten the season. Enjoy holiday classics – along with your favorite American standards – performed by these extraordinary jazz musicians.

Local music will be abundant for the holiday season as well. We are hosting the new Around Town Singers and Orchestra in “A Clayton Christmas” on Saturday, December 1, at 7 PM. On December 2, at 6 PM, Tippy Toes Dance Studio presents its annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker.

The holiday schedule finishes with the Johnston County Chorus and their Christmas Spectacular on Saturday, December 15, at 2 and 7 PM.

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We’re Closing At 4 PM Today; All Evening Activities Canceled

The Clayton Center and all other Town of Clayton facilities will close at 4 p.m. today due to expected wind and heavy rains from Hurricane Michael. All activities scheduled for this evening at the Center have been canceled. We plan to open as usual on Friday morning. We thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon at The Clayton Center.

 

North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership Brings Hometown Debate Series to Clayton

spectrum cable hosts hometown debate at the clayton center

Heading to The Clayton Center to catch the October 9 Hometown Debate? Here’s the best way to find us.

The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (NCIOPL) and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce will host a “Hometown Debate” at the Clayton Center on Tuesday, October 9, at 7 PM. This event is free to the public.

Continuing its popular “Hometown Debate” series it began in 2016, NCIOPL is hosting four nights of debate in late September and early October, addressing four of the six proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

“The goal of these events is to encourage and enhance education dialogue at a local level – equipping voters with information they can use to make more informed business, policy, and electoral decisions,” said NCIOPL Board Chair Nelle Hotchkiss.

The debate in Clayton will focus on the proposed amendment of increasing legislative control ovr appointments to the bipartisan elections and ethics board. The doors to the Clayton Center will open at 6:30 PM, followed by the debate at 7 PM.

“We are pleased to bring this public service opportunity to our community,” said Dana Wooten, CEO of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. “NCIOPL’s mission is centered around fair political discourse on issues, and these debates will provide the opportunity to do just that.”

The debate will be taped and broadcast by Spectrum News. Spectrum will air the debate in its entirety on its website at spectrumlocalnews.com and an abbreviated version on its program, In Focus, on Sunday, October 14, at both 11:30 AM and 8:30 PM. Streaming coverage and online sources will also be available.

The debate will be moderated by Spectrum’s Loretta Boniti, and the panelists are Senator Dan Blue (District 14), Representative David Lewis (District 53), Allison Riggs (Senior Attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice), and Dallas Woodhouse (Executive Director, NC Republican Party).

The remaining debate in the series will be at the Gastonia Conference Center on October 16. The previous debates were held at the Meroney Theatre in Salisbury on September 25 and the Turnage Theatre in Washington on October 2. All the debates are free to the public and start at 7:00 PM.

NCIOPL is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate future political and community leaders in modern campaign strategy, ethical decision making, and governance, such that its participants will have a sound grounding in ethical behavior, consensus building, and cooperative and collaborative leadership. No other program in North Carolina offers such a comprehensive curriculum in strategic, nonpartisan political leadership development.

Royal Wood Headlines Second Show In Palladian Series

You may not know him yet, but you are going to LOVE him!

Canadian singer/songwriter Royal Wood will sweep you off your feet when he plays at The Clayton Center on Friday, November 9. The alternative/pop artist delivers beautiful melodies, heartfelt emotions and strong vocals, and his fans will attest that he’s “talented, personable and SO MUCH FUN!”

Proclaimed a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents by critics, Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30. He has received multiple JUNO nominations, he is a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and he had a No. 1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

Wood just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross-country theater tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt. He is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ever After The Farewell.

Tickets to the 8 PM show are $18, plus taxes & fees.

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