‘Rustic & Refined’ event will dispense history, activities
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Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

‘Rustic & Refined’ event will dispense history, activities

The dog days of August are nearly upon us, and here are some activities planned for the first weekend of the month that you might enjoy.

First Friday

“Rustic and Refined” is the theme for First Friday, which is 5-9 p.m. Aug. 1.

A camera crew from CGI of Charlotte will be filming a video on “The Main Street Experience.” Have an urge to be in pictures? This is your chance.

In keeping with the theme, the equestrian community will provide information to visitors on the various opportunities at Waxhaw Tack Exchange.

For those who want a more cushioned ride, the popular free carriage rides will continue, and there will be a narrator who will tell riders about the history of and opportunities in the downtown area.

Local musicians and artists will offer performances and demonstrations as part of the “refined” portion of the evening’s theme. The Museum of the Waxhaws will feature costumed docents who will speak to the rustic days and conduct children’s games and crafts as they were done a century ago.

There will be two ribbon cuttings for new businesses. The Created in the Carolinas Co-op Incubator and Man Cave memorabilia will both be officially opening their doors.

Waxhaw Assistant Events Coordinator Natalie Jackson said the evening would also feature a “Cash Mob” directed by entrepreneur Nancy Bradley. The group will meet on the railroad trestle bridge at 6:30 p.m. and proceed to spend at least $20 at local businesses to demonstrate that they have a heart for local merchants.

At 8 p.m., Flatland Tourists will perform in downtown.

Theater fundraiser

On Aug. 3, The Storefront Theatre of Waxhaw will hold a fundraiser themed “Delicious.”

The event will be held at the Waxhaw home of Storefront Theatre board member and local actress Catherine Smith. Tickets and full event details are available at the theater’s website, www.thestorefronttheatre.org.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for a home for the company, now beginning it’s eighth season.

“We desire to produce more theatrical productions, fully-staged plays, plus have room for ancillary events like classes and workshops for adults and children alike,” said the theater’s founder and award-winning playwright Judy Simpson Cook. “My vision has always been to have a permanent facility to grow and foster a great theatrical experience that will excite, challenge, and inspire our audiences.”

Their featured guest is chef Jason Ziobrowski. Ziobrowski is the eastern region corporate chef for InHarvest, a company that supplies artisan grains, rice and legumes to food service customers looking to set themselves apart. InHarvest is co-sponsoring the event along with Simpson Heritage Farm of Waxhaw.

The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of plans for The Storefront Theatre’s upcoming season.

Master Gardener Class

Diane Barrie, coordinator for the Union County Master Gardener class, said this year’s training classes will begin on Aug. 30 at the Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe.

Sessions run for 10 consecutive weeks, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost for 40 hours of instruction and the textbook is $100, payable at orientation by check or cash.

Orientation is Aug. 16, 9 a.m., and will take about two hours. After completion of the program, 40 volunteer hours are required over the next year to become certified. Details: Diane Barrie at DBarrie@Carolina.rr.com.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.

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