Monday, March 31, 2008 Your Life, Your Community, Your Way!

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1st Annual “Our Green Earth” Paint it Green and Keep it Clean on April 19!

Eye of the Eagle Art has announced “Our Green Earth” Paint it Green and Keep it Clean event at the Clayton Town Square in downtown Clayton, NC.

Date: April 19th
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
Place: Clayton Town Square - Historic Downtown Clayton on the corner of Main Street and Fayetteville Street.

Events and Sales:
• Plants and Tree seedlings Sales with topiary workshop - All Day (Proceeds go to the
Clayton Band Boosters)
• Environmental Sculpture - Led by Cheryl McCardle - All Day
• Organic Pesticides, Repellents, and Herbicides for Humans, Pets, Lawn and Garden - All Day (Proceeds go to the American Wildlife Refuge)
• Auction - Painted Recycle/Trash bins, painted by local artist. (Proceeds go to JCAC and to a local Animal Organization)
• Freecyclers - All day
• Master Gardener Shawn Banks from the Johnston County NC Cooperative Extension
Service - 12:00 noon - 30 minute presentation and will stay for questions.

For more information: (919) 585-2461

Friday, March 28, 2008

Punch Brothers to Close Palladian Series at The Clayton Center

Get your tickets today for the final performance of The Clayton Center's 2007-2008 Palladian Series on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.

Nickel Creek's mandolin phenomenon, Chris Thile, will take the stage with his latest project, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile. The band will perform selections from their latest album "Punch," released February 26, 2008.

If you plan to attend the show, consider dinner out before the auditorium doors open. The Clayton area offers a variety of restaurants for an enjoyable pre-show meal. Consider Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street, 553-2299; Mulberry on Main Italian Restaurant. 217 E Main Street or The FlipSide on 408 E Second Street all in the heart of downtown. The FlipSide now offers a wine bar, the "Cork and Plate," after 5:00 p.m., featuring tappas and other light snacks.

Concessions also will be available at The Clayton Center the night of the show. Cash bars featuring beer and wine, soft drinks and coffee will be open prior to the performance and during intermission. The Box Office also will be open, and tickets will be available to upcoming events.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Clayton Receives 2nd Tree City USA Award

Mayor Jody McLeod (center) receives the Town of Clayton's second Tree City USA award from Jennifer Rall, Program Assistant for the Urban Forestry Program,(left)and Doug White, Assistant County Ranger, NC Division of Forest Resources (right).

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Music Lineup Announced for 2008 Town Square Concert Series in Clayton

The second full season of Clayton’s Town Square Concert Series will feature headlining and popular bands, according to Lyn Austin, Promotion Committee chair for the Downtown Development Association. “Last season we had a very good mix of entertainment with respectable audiences. This year, our goal is to attract as many people as we can to Clayton so they can see all the good things we have here and in our downtown.” she said.

Returning to Clayton to open the outdoor concert series on May 15 will be Nantucket, which attracted the largest audience of the monthly series last year. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm and will end around 9 pm.

May 15 Nantucket w/Groove Pilot
June 19 Liquid Pleasure
July 24 Craig Woolard Band
August 7 Breakfast Club
September 18 Battle of the Bands

Refreshments available at the Town Square will include pizza, hot dogs, beer, wine and soft drinks. Although folding chairs and blankets are encouraged for people to sit on, coolers are not allowed.

Major sponsors for the concerts include, the Town of Clayton, Downtown Development Association, Clayton News Star and Time Warner Cable. The Town Square is in downtown Clayton and sits between West Main Street and S. O’Neil and Fayetteville streets. For more information call (919) 553-1545 and keep checking this blog for updates.

The 2008 Town Square Concert Series Bands


Nantucket is a hard rock band that formed in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1969. Originally known as the beach music band Stax of Gold and later Nantucket Sleighride (after the song by Mountain), the six-member group -- Tommy Redd, Larry Uzzell, Mike Uzzell, Eddie Blair, Kenny Soule, and Mark Downing -- became a huge draw in their home state of North Carolina as a cover band. Nantucket eventually became a powerful and tenacious sensation, amassing numerous fans across the southeastern United States well before its first release.

The band signed with Epic Records in 1977 and released its self-titled album the following year, which featured the hit single "Heartbreaker." An aggressive cross-country tour followed, and Nantucket opened for top acts such as KISS, Styx, Boston, Mother's Finest, and Journey. Although its debut release was fairly dated, it sold around 200,000 copies and also made the Billboard charts. In 1979, Nantucket followed up with Your Face or Mine?
As a tribute to AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott, who died in 1980, Nantucket's Long Way To The Top included a version of the 1975 classic "It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)". The move landed the band a spot with AC/DC on its Back In Black tour for the entire summer.

The original members of Nantucket reunited in 1991 to record a live session and released an album called Still Live After All These Years in 1995. To satisfy the demand by its fans, the first three studio albums were released on compact disc in 2003 and 2004, and Nantucket V was made available on CD in 2007.
The current lineup of Nantucket includes Tommy Redd (guitar & vocals), Larry Uzzell (vocals), Mike Uzzell (keyboard & vocals), Eddie Blair (sax, keyboard & vocals), Glen Edwards (drums & vocals), and Bennie Dellinger (guitar & vocals).

The band, Groove Pilot will be opening for Nantucket. They are a Raleigh NC based band that plays a mix of classic rock to high energy, rock edge dance, from Jimi Hendrix to Lenny Kravitz and Blondie to Sass Jordan. There is also a Clayton connection: band member Joe Fox owns Olde Town Supply on E Main Street in downtown Clayton!

Liquid Pleasure

In an industry where the average life of a band is about five years, Liquid Pleasure has set a new standard. As they enter their 20th year, they have firmly established themselves as the area’s premiere show and dance band! Three out of the six present musicians who make up Liquid Pleasure are original members. This type of consistency combined with exceptional talent sets Liquid Pleasure apart from the rest. Over the years, the band has appeared with such notable artists as Paula Abdul, The Temptations, Whitney Houston, The Four Tops, Stacy Lattisaw, Aretha Franklin and Jeffery Osborne.

Liquid Pleasure is: Kenny Mann (keyboards, leader, manager, comedian, wise-cracker and founding member); Melvin Farrington (bass guitar, original member); Leonard Hackney (lead guitar, original member); Cedric Hardin (drums); Darrin Johnson (lead guitar and background vocals); Vincent Poole (lead and background vocals)

Craig Woolard Band

With the classic style of Ray Charles, the dynamics of Marvin Gaye and Rod Stewart, the Soul of James Brown, the vocal prowess of Steve Perry of Journey, combined with the passion of Sam Cook and Michael McDonald, you have “The Soul Man of Beach Music”, Craig Woolard.
As the ambassador of Beach Music, Woolard has enjoyed a stellar career as the front man of one of Carolina’s premiere bands, the Embers. After 27 years with his former group, Woolard has taken on a new persona in what is claimed to be the South’s number one Beach Music, R&B, Top 40, Motown, 70’s & 80’s, and Rock & Roll Party Band….Craig Woolard Band.

Woolard’s classy and riveting stage presence offers audiences non -stop entertainment. With his distinctive vocal style, he continually delivers the tunes just the way the crowd loves them. Their first year out in 2005, Craig Woolard Band was honored as ‘Group of the Year” while Craig walked away with Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Best Smoothie Song, and Song of the Year.

As a hit maker, Craig Woolard has several signature tunes. “What You Do To Me”, and “Georgia”, to name a few. He has had four #1 songs and their CD, “Making Waves” went to #1 within weeks of its release. Their # 1 Hit Song “I’ve Got A Feeling” won Song of the Year in 2006.

Craig Woolard Band is J.K. Loftin (guitar, sax, and vocals), Sam Bryant (drums and vocals), Keith Stone (trumpet, valve trombone, and flugelhorn), Terry Nash (keyboards and vocals), Craig Woolard (lead vocals and sax, flute and keyboards).

Breakfast Club

Formed in January of 1994 in Winston-Salem, NC, The Breakfast Club soared to new heights on the club and college circuit with the then original concept of playing nothing but early ‘80’s dance/keyboard-oriented cover music.

Throughout the band’s history, various line-up changes have inevitably occurred. With Atlanta, GA as the group’s current home base, present musicians include: Michael Todd (vocals & guitar), Steven Campbell (vocals & bass), Mike Mundy ( keyboards & vocals) and John Langdon (Simmons electronic drums & vocals). Michael is a veteran musician with about 10 years of experience playing in bands and doing solo and studio work. Until August 2002, Steven called Glasgow, Scotland home before moving to the states. He toured the U.K. and Europe with the world-renowned ‘70’s disco musical, Car Wash. Mike is a transplant from the ‘80’s. He has been playing keyboards for about 14 years and has toured with Depeche Mode and Night Ranger. John is also a veteran musician with a lot of studio and stage work behind him. John also owns All Star Drums, which hand crafts custom drums and hardware.

These road worthy guys currently travel and play from New Jersey to Florida and from Louisiana to the Atlantic Ocean and everywhere in between. Their itinerary keeps them on the road playing approximately 180 shows a year. Since the group’s inception, The Breakfast Club has performed for more than 1 million fans and probably driven as many miles.

Monday, March 24, 2008

El Sabor de Oaxaca Featured in Epicurean Column

The following column by Greg Cox (Epicurean) was published in the News & Observer on March 19:

Eatery offers traditional Mexican
Rodolfo San Juan and Azalea Villalobos, the husband-and-wife team who opened El Sabor de Oaxaca (226 E. Main St.; 359-1477) two weeks ago in Clayton, don't call the food they serve "authentic." They argue, with some justification, that the term has been so abused by countless Tex-Mex eateries as to be virtually meaningless. Instead, the couple use the term "traditional" when referring to the food at the area's first restaurant specializing in Oaxacan cuisine. And they ought to know what they're talking about. San Juan and Villalobos both hail from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they owned a restaurant, and where San Juan's family has been in the business for generations.

Rodolfo San Juan and Azalea Villalobos, the husband-and-wife team who opened El Sabor de Oaxaca (226 E. Main St.; 359-1477) two weeks ago in Clayton, don't call the food they serve "authentic." They argue, with some justification, that the term has been so abused by countless Tex-Mex eateries as to be virtually meaningless. Instead, the couple use the term "traditional" when referring to the food at the area's first restaurant specializing in Oaxacan cuisine. And they ought to know what they're talking about. San Juan and Villalobos both hail from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they owned a restaurant, and where San Juan's family has been in the business for generations.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cork & Plate / Flipside Happenings!

Mark Horney will be at the Cork & Plate (105 S Lombard St) TONIGHT @ 6 to sample a random selection of the Turner Wine Imports portfolio. The event will be FREE and all wines will be on sale at below retail. The only thing is you need to make a reservation. 550-0174 See you Tonight. Here is the list of wines:
Asara Ivory, Stellenbosch South Africa - 79 % Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Chardonnay

Cautivo Rioja Blanco, Spain - 100% Viura

Black Forest Girl Pinot Noir, Baden Germany

Baroja “Seleccion”, Rioja

Lar de Paula Tempranillo

Cameron Hughes Napa Meritage

Karaoke with KJ Ray Thursday
Coty Rivers and Johnny Orr Friday acoustic rock
Rick Keena Band- this is Maria Rolls band, they can play some mean Hendrix
and a lot of blues Saturday

The Easter Bunny will be arriving early this year. The bunny is not dropping your usual treats. This year he is dropping truffles for you. So join me on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to enjoy your Easter present. Out of town guests staying for the weekend. Join us for Sterling Silver Filet Mignon. We will be serving Australian rack of lamb and whatever fish is coming in fresh tomorrow. We never serve FROZEN! Show them that Clayton serves up some of the best.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Wall Graphic" Ordinance Amendment April 7

The Clayton Town Council last night scheduled a public hearing on April 7 for public comment on an amendment adding "Wall Graphics" to the Town's sign ordinance. The Unified Development Code of Ordinances does not currently address the issue of artworks and other non-advertising graphics on commercial buildings. The DDA-proposed amendment provides some regulation.

The proposed amendment is as follows:

Amend the following as 155.403(C) (1) Sign Types:

“Wall Graphic: a wall decoration that depicts a scene, picture, illustration or design with no written message, word, insignia, logo, or advertisement. The wall graphic is intended to enhance the aesthetic appearance of downtown. Anything meeting the definition of a sign, as defined in this Chapter, shall be regulated as such and not considered a wall graphic.”

Amend the following as 155.403(J) (4) (e) Downtown Overlay District:

“A wall graphic shall not exceed more than 35% of the area of the wall to which it is affixed. The wall graphic shall not have any moving parts, flashing lights, bare tubes or bare bulbs. The facing of the wall graphic shall not extend more than 12 inches from the wall to which it is affixed. The manner in which the wall graphic is affixed to the wall shall be reviewed and approved prior to installation. Wall Graphics are permitted only in the B-1 Zoning District. All permit applications for Wall Graphics shall be reviewed by the Town of Clayton Public Art Advisory Board. All non-conforming wall graphics added after January 1, 2008, shall be made to conform or be removed by December 31, 2010.”

When, with a recommendation from the Public Arts Advisory Board, the Town Council finds that a wall graphic meets the intent but not the criteria of this section, a waiver may be granted. The Town Council may grant a waiver only after a formal finding of the following criteria is met:

a. The granting of the waiver will not be detrimental to the public health, safety, or welfare or injurious to other property or improvements to the neighborhood in which the property is located;

b. The conditions upon which the request for a waiver is based are unique and not generally applicable to other properties;

c. Because of the particular physical surroundings, shape, or topographical conditions of the specific property involved, a particular hardship to the owner would result, as distinguished from mere inconvenience, if the strict letter of the section were enforced;

d. The purpose of this waiver is not based primarily upon financial consideration.

For more information contact Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen at

Sunday, March 16, 2008

'Stopping at Garner, Clayton, Selma ...'

Commuter options from Clayton and Johnston County into Raleigh are minimal and the N&O's Steve Ford has an informative and interesting column in today's News and Observer...