Friday, April 28, 2006

Beach on the Square Concert - with Craig Woolard Band on May 18 - 5pm-8pm

Shag away the workday stress at the “Beach on the Square” concert in downtown Clayton on Thursday, May 18 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The free beach music concert is sponsored by the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Downtown Development Association (CDDA) and is the first event on the recently developed Town Square. Beach balls, lawn chairs, and beach blankets are expected to fill the lawn at the Town Square which sits between West Main Street and S. O’Neil and Fayetteville streets.

“The Craig Woolard Band” is the main event, featuring the longtime lead singer of “The Embers.” The 2005 Carolina Beach Music Awards named “The CWB” as “Group of the Year” and their latest CD is high on the beach music radio charts.

According to CDDA President Joyce Blackley the concert is to celebrate the new Town Square and to connect the town’s new residents to downtown Clayton, “There are many new residents in town that may not have had the opportunity to visit downtown Clayton so this is our invitation to them to check out their downtown.”

Bobbie Joe Turner, chair of the CDDA’s Promotion Committee said, “We are so pleased to have the Craig Woolard Band join us for this event. They will provide some great entertainment for a great family event right after work.” Ms. Turner said that in addition to some quality beach music, local artist Kelly Sari will keep children entertained in the “Artists’ Corner” with stone rubbings and watercolors. There will also be roaming face-painters and a concession stand with refreshments and food. The Clayton Downtown Development Association will operate an information booth for event and downtown information.

For more information about “Beach on the Square” call 919.553.1737.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Additional Trash Receptacles Installed on Main St

The sidewalks of downtown Clayton will become a little neater these days. An additional seven new trash receptacles have been installed along the south side of East Main Street in the last two weeks. Town Manager Steve Biggs said there have been an ample number of receptacles on the north side of the street, but Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen noticed a need for receptacles on the south side of Main Street and included them in a budget request. It turned out, Mr. Biggs said, that the Town had the receptacles in stock and only had to install them. Mr. Naegelen said there will be a need for additional receptacles on Second Street at the Town Square, along West Main to Robertson Street, and along First Street, as new businesses open there. According to Mr. Naegelen, town crews empty the receptacles every Monday and Thursday morning.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Clayton DDA Holds Business Owner Get Together

About 20 business and property owners attended a Clayton Downtown Development Association Get-Together last night (4/25) at the Clayton Center. DDA President Joyce Blackley told the crowd that the purpose of the gathering was for downtown business people to get a chance to know each other and potentially create some new business connections. Check out some of the photo's here.

Mrs. Blackley also highlighted the three goals the DDA has established for 2006:

- Position the Clayton Downtown Development Association as THE non-profit charged with managing downtown Clayton

- Improve Downtown Appearance and Accessibility

- Strengthen the Downtown Economy

The strategies and actions needed to accomplish these goals are available by sending an email to the Downtown Development Coordinator at or calling 553-1545 and asking for Bruce Naegelen.

Door prizes were provided by Clayton Food Town, Right Angles Framing, Morning Glory Inn, Coffee Mill and Flowers By the Neuse.

Friday, April 21, 2006


Welcome to the Downtown Clayton Blog! This will be used as a method to have a public conversation and share information about the development of downtown Clayton. We will also provide information about events and activities that are taking place in downtown.

We welcome your comments, thoughts and participation.

Bruce Naegelen
Downtown Development Coordinator
Town of Clayton
111 E Second Street
Clayton, NC 27520

919.553.1545 x5403