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.

UPDATE: It’s Another Snow Day for The Clayton Center & Town of Clayton

WEATHER UPDATE: We are CLOSED again today, Thursday, January 18. Icy snow on roads is beginning to melt, but driving is still tricky and we are not taking any chances! We plan to reopen tomorrow, Friday, January 19, at 10 AM.

Until then, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope you stay safe and warm while enjoying the snow!


Snow is falling, roads are icy, and the Town of Clayton is not taking any chances. The Clayton Center and all other Town facilities, including Town Hall, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library and Clayton Parks & Recreation’s Clayton Community Center, will remain closed this evening and will delay opening until 11 AM on Thursday, January 18.

At 10 a.m. tomorrow, Town administrators will review conditions and will make decisions regarding possible further delays. Please check back for more information.

The Clayton Center & All Town of Clayton Facilities Closed Today

Due to the snowy forecast and concern that road conditions will worsen throughout the day, all activities scheduled at The Clayton Center today, January 16, are canceled. The Center and all Town of Clayton government offices are closed today.

Although it was not snowing early this morning, Town administrators have been monitoring the winter storm since yesterday and considered “the latest forecast, the expected arrival time and quick intensity” of the storm when deciding to close. Conditions will be evaluated later this afternoon to make a determination about tomorrow.

In the meantime, tickets to all events at The Clayton Center are available here. If you were planning to attend a meeting at the Center today, please contact your meeting organizer for information about rescheduled dates.

We Are Closed Today

The Clayton Center closed for MLK DayThe Clayton Center, and all of the offices of the Town of Clayton, are closed today, Monday, January 15, for MLK Day. We will reopen tomorrow for regular business hours.

During this time, tickets to all events can be purchased here. We look forward to seeing you at The Clayton Center soon.