Friday, June 30, 2006

The Best 4th of July Activities are in Clayton!

The best Independence Day activities are happening in Clayton next Tuesday. A variety of family activities are planned at Muncipal Park from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Here's the schedule:

4:00 pm
Family Field Events:
Relay races
50-yard dash
Water balloon toss
Egg spoon toss

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Under 18 Division
Adult Division

Horseshoe Tournament
Men's & Womens' Division

5:00 pm

Clayton Fire Department Spray Down
Free Watermelon
Local Performers
Children's Games (5:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
- Watermelon Walk
- Putt-Putt Golf
- Milk Bottle Throw
- Ring Toss
---and more

6:00 pm

7:oo pm - 9:00 pm
- Free Ice Cream
- UBU Band Performance (bring a blanket or lawn chair!)

9:00 pm
- Raffle Drawing ($150, $100, $50)
- Sponsor Recognition
- National Anthem

9:15 pm
- Area's Best Fireworks Show!

Sponsored by the Clayton Parks & Recreation & Clayton Recreation Foundation

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Clayton Downtown Development Association 2006

Here is an updated list of the Clayton Downtown Development Association:

Beth Williams, Secy (Promotion)
3412 Queen Ann Drive Clayton, NC 27520 550-2820 (Work)

Jeme Avent (Design, Chair) 309 Neuse Ridge Drive Clayton, NC 27527
553-0200 (Work)

Lee Silberman* (Organization) 475 East Second Street Clayton, NC 27520
553-4617 (Home)

Lisa N. Lane (Design) 132 Gasper Court Clayton, NC 27520 553-3858

Samantha Muncy (ER, Chair) 331 East Main Street Clayton, NC 27528 553-7431 (Work)

Joyce L. Blackley [President] 227 East Main StreetClayton, NC 27520 553-6813 (Work)

Edward Knight, [Treasurer] (Organization) 110 Red Bay Lane Clayton, NC 27527 359-8260 (Home)

Elton Pittman* (Organization) 102 Edgewater Drive Clayton, NC 27520
553-6355 (Home)

Bobbie Joe Turner (Promotion, Chair) 104 S. Barbour St. Clayton, NC 27520 553-5332 (Work)

Douglas A. McCormac* (Organization) 131 Summer Place Ct Clayton, NC 27527-5506 553-6254 (Home)

Lyn Austin* (Economic Restructuring) 6237 Cornwallis Road Garner, NC 27529 553-4439 (Home) 553-1726 - fax

Ex Officio Members
Michael Grannis, Councilman 507 East Second Street Clayton, NC 27520
550-8547 (Home)

Bruce Naegelen, Downtown Development Coordinator 553-1545 (Work) 553-1720 (Fax)

Skip Browder, Planning Director 553-1545 (Work) 553-1720 (Fax)

Steve Biggs , Town Manager 553-5002 (Work) 553-8919 (Fax)
The Downtown Development Association is a town council-appointed advisory committee for making decisions, formulating plans, and the implementation of projects for the enhancement and protection of Downtown Clayton.

It is comprised of representatives appointed proportionally from citizens inside the town limits, business persons with interests in the Downtown Clayton area, property owners within the Downtown District of Clayton, or other persons with knowledge or abilities deemed beneficial to the purpose of the Association by the Town Council. Regular and alternate members shall be appointed for three (3) year terms.

The Association works on behalf of the Town of Clayton and serves the Town's interests in relation to the goals and priorities established by the Town Council for the Town of Clayton.

The purpose of the Association is to preserve the character of the Downtown Clayton area; to protect the historic significance of the buildings, facilities, and spaces within Downtown Clayton; to educate citizens and business people about the value of the history of Downtown Clayton; to promote Downtown Clayton as a place to invest for the preservation and promotion of historic quality, unique features and historic landmarks.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

NC DOT Installs New “Downtown Clayton” Signs

Finding downtown Clayton from US 70 has become easier with some new signage installed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. A sign crew installed three new signs, two of which are on US 70 approaching Main Street in the vicinity of the old Dairy King restaurant; and a third sign was placed on Lombard Street & NC 42 at Hamby Street. Three additional signs are to be shared with the Chamber of Commerce signs on eastbound and westbound US 70 at Robertson Street and just before the intersection of Robertson and West Main Street.

Clayton’s Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen said the new directional signs are something that has been needed for some time. He said that, “As US 70 has developed commercially, new residents and visitors, have made the assumption that US 70 is the central business district. These signs help define where downtown Clayton is.”

Naegelen said he began discussions with NC DOT about the signs in early February and is pleased with the length of time it took to get them up. He said, “The DOT has a lot on their plate and they were able to get to this done in a very timely manner.” He said he hopes the additional signs are fabricated and installed fairly soon, too.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Downtown Business News May 31, 2006

Petals & Pastries, 408 E Main will open NEXT week. Owner Jennifer Freeman said they ran into a “road bump” that has put the bakery baking opening off a week. She has also announced that she is partnering with Amy Williamson to provide floral and candy bouquet products for the “Petals” part of the business. Call Jennifer at 550-0519.

Jeme’s Downtown Café, 217 E. Main is closing today and will reopen as the Good Day Café in a couple of weeks. Owner Jeme’ Avent said it was a “lifestyle” decision to sell the restaurant. The Good Day Café will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and be open 7 days a week.

Buttons and Bows at 324 E Main has been sold. Current owner, Jan Woodard will continue the close-out sale until June 10 and the new owner will reopen on July 1. More info on the new store as we get it!

Millstock Music & Arts Faire on Saturday

The 6th Annual Millstock Music and Arts Faire will be held this Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Millstock is held at the corner of Lombard and Second streets in the parking lot of the Coffee Mill and The Flipside.

There will be a half-dozen performers and nearly 20 local artists displaying their work during the all-day event. There will also be food vendors, yoga demonstrations and other activities. Among the art displays will be photography, jewelry, pottery, paintings, and stained glass.

The musical styles are primarily Americana, folk and bluegrass and the lineup is:
11:00 Cunningham Lane
12:00 Jeff Hart & The Ruins
1:00 The Redheaded Strangers
2:00 The Wells Family
3:00 Mike Babyak & Friends
4:00 Kennebec

A variety of artists will be set up in the street with their art on display and for sale:

1. Kathryn Adams, jewelry
2. Allen White, jewelry
3. SE Raleigh Art Boosters (Jodi Aker),
ceramics/ mixed media, decorated windows
4. Lucille Pearce, beads/ jewelry, floral arrangements
5. Bobby Broadwell, metal sculpture
6. Karen Monsees, jewelry
7. Shannon Girouard, painting
8. JoCo Artists Guild, arts group
9. Clayton Community Potters, ceramics
10. Beth Compton, jewelry/beads
11.Cooper Elementary Art Dept., 5th grade clay suns
12. Mike Mullins, graphics/printmaking (sports art)
13. Sue Hodge, woodwork (cradles)
14. Clayton Visual Arts booth

Millstock T-shirts are available for sale from $11 to $16, including tie-dye and various women’s style shirts. For more information about Millstock, please call 553-0123.