Gaston & Catawba

Catawba Valley Notes

A Christian author who with her husband adopted two teenage boys from Liberia will be the featured speaker during the Catawba Valley Women's Show, Sept. 6-7 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

Lysa TerKeurst's address, at 6 p.m. Sept. 6, will be “Developing Your Character to Match Your Calling.” The couple adopted the boys after hearing the Liberian Boys Choir sing, and nine other families in the Charlotte area soon adopted 31 orphaned children from Liberia.

The show will also offer seminars on breast cancer and stress reduction by Catawba Valley Medical Center. The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive on Saturday, with free show admission for donors.

Show hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 each. The Hickory convention center is at 1960 13th Ave. Drive S.E.

A new chapter of the Colonial Dames 17th Century has organized in Hickory and calls itself the Fort San Juan Chapter.

The chapter is named in recognition of the area north of Morganton where 16th-century Spanish artifacts and the remains of five buildings have been found.

The group held its first meeting at the home of Marcia Copper, organizing president.

Other officers are Joan Summerfield of Morganton, vice president; Nancy Meek, chaplain; Katie Perkins, treasurer and Kathy Lamb, librarian, all of Hickory; and Anne Millsaps, secretary; and Anna Mackley, registrar; both of Boone. Details: Copper 828-328-1343.

Hickory Museum of Art has added to its collection a circa 1880 painting by Henry Boesé, “Indian Summer.”

Boesé's painting was bought with money from the Museum's Acquisitions Endowment with help from philanthropist and Honorary Trustee Suzanne Millholland, in memory of her late husband, Kenneth.

The museum is at 243 Third Ave. NE and admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Hickory Community Theatre recently recognized the following volunteers at the 58th Annual Kay Awards.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Tim Rezash for Mitch in “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

Actress in a Leading Role: Norma Frank for Miss Helen in “The Road To Mecca.” Frank also was named the Sam Isenhower Volunteer of the Year.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Janet Brooks, for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in “Chicago.”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Atkins, who played John the Baptist and Judas in “Godspell.”

Character Role awards for Best Actor and Actress: Kyle Melton and Ingrid Keller from “Godspell.”

Best Newcomer Award: Matt Rhoney, Hero in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum.”

Technical Volunteer of the Year: Andrew Zabowski of Morganton, who rewired the lighting in the Firemen's Kitchen.

Best Ensemble: The cast of “Chicago.”

Dianne Whitacre Straley