Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Blues Brothers are coming to Clayton Saturday, Nov. 1, in a show the Chicago Sun Times says is charged with, “infectious and unbridled energy.”
This upbeat and uplifting show at The Clayton Center is the second performance of the 2008-09 Palladian Series planned at the historic 600-seat auditorium in downtown Clayton. The performance begins at 8 p.m.
The Official Blues Brothers Revival is the only tribute officially sanctioned by the John Belushi Estate and Dan Aykroyd. The show is not a remake of The Blues Brothers movie brought to stage, nor simply a revival of the characters Jake and Elwood Blues. The Blues Brothers Revival is a homage to Chicago’s rich history of Blues, Gospel, and traditional Soul music.
The theme of Revival is the dream of salvation. Jake has spent most of the last several last years stuck in purgatory and the Blues Brothers are on a new mission: to get Jake into the Kingdom of Heaven. With the help of the cast and the audience, Jake seeks redemption through melody, rhythm and verse. Featuring hit songs from the original movie as well as the five Blues Brothers albums, the Official Revival reminds us that in the end, it’s about the music.
Tickets for the Official Blues Brothers Revival are $22 plus service fees. Individual tickets may be purchased online at http://www.theclaytoncenter.com, by phone at 919.553.1737 or at The Clayton Center Box Office at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All seats are reserved.
Bluegrass powerhouse, Cherryholmes will be the next performance in the season on Sunday, Nov. 9. Named International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year in 2005, Cherryholmes, will bring their GRAMMY-nominated music to The Clayton Center at 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Eye of the Eagle Art, 131 E First Street, will hold their grand opening this Saturday, October 25. The doors open at 1:00 pm to their new art center and gallery featuring original art and fine crafts created by local artists.
Food, art and fun all day along with family activities and free drawings for prizes.
Wine Reception for the Opening Exhibit "Broken Boundaries" from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Contact (919) 585-2461
Monday, October 13, 2008
Public Information Meeting for First Draft of Proposed Clayton Historic District Nomination Scheduled November 6
Property owners within the proposed district will be notified of the meeting date, time and location. At that meeting, National Register consultant, Nancy Van Dolsen, will provide a brief review of the process of developing the historic district, and give a presentation about the proposed Clayton Historic District.
The expanded first draft of Clayton’s proposed historic district has been presented to the State Historic Preservation Office for review, and is also available for review locally. A copy of the document is available for review at the Hocutt Ellington Library at
Friday, October 10, 2008
Dinner Features for tonight and Saturday
Turner Wine Imports will be hosting a wonderful wine tasting this evening at 6:30
We have tried to keep our costs down and trim our labor costs as most as possible, but it is just not enough. And, it sure doesn't look like the 700 billion dollar "rescue package" is going to send us a check.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Expanded First Draft of Proposed Clayton Historic District
Nomination Presented for Review
The next step in the process is a review of the draft document by a staff person in the National Register Office for
The expanded proposed historic district is bounded by
Copies of this document are available for review at the Hocutt Ellington Library at
Contributing properties are a key to a historic district's historic connections, historic architectural qualities, or archaeological qualities. A property can change from contributing to non-contributing and vice versa if significant alterations take place.
One of the tangible benefits for a property owner with a contributing building within a National Register Historic District is the availability of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a federal incentive program that is matched by the State of
Historic preservation encourages reinvestment in existing neighborhoods, enhancing property values and local tax base. Historic buildings are an important element in a community’s quality of life, because those buildings provide the sense of community and identity that sustainable economic growth requires.
A public information meeting will be scheduled for early November. Property owners within the proposed district will be notified of the meeting date, time and location. At that meeting, National Register consultant, Nancy Van Dolsen, will provide a brief review of the process of developing the historic district, and give a presentation about the proposed Clayton Historic District.
For more information, please contact Downtown Development Coordinator,
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
He is known to millions as the redheaded hillbilly in the Dodge Ram commercials who leans out of a beat-up car and utters the now famous line: "That thing gotta Hemi?"
But before that Jon was already one of the hardest working comics in America, selling out clubs and getting standing ovations at college after college across the country. His show is supersonic energy filled with non-stop characters, super clever writing, and, of course, the one talent that separates him from all other comedians in the world: "I'm the best redneck dancer since Elvis."He'll make your biscuits bake and your rafters shake!!!
The Clayton Center
111 East Second Street
Clayton, NC 27520
Consistent with its plans to turn the vacant space at the corner of Lombard and Main Streets into an “aesthetic centerpiece” for the downtown area, the Town of Clayton has begun a search for an artist to help develop public art for the project.
The Artist Selection Panel of the newly formed Public Art Advisory Board has issued an RFQ (request for qualifications) outlining the project and requesting proposals. The art project has a budget of $40,000.
“This is the first public art project for the town of Clayton, and we're very enthusiastic about it,” said Mayor Jody McLeod. “I'm excited about watching this come together over the next few months.”
The deadline for submissions by artists is Oct. 27, and the Panel expects to make a recommendation to the Advisory Board by mid-November.
Clayton Center Executive Director Heidi Stump, a member of the Advisory Board, said the selected artist will work with the town's landscape design team. Gathering and considering input from the community will be an important part of the process, she said.
While retaining some parking spaces, the new centerpiece will add to the beauty of the central business district “and continue the progress that downtown has been making over the last few years,” Town Manager Steve Biggs said.
Town officials hope to have the project completed by the middle of next year.
For more information, please contact Stump at 553-3152.
Request For Qualifications for Public Art Project
We heard you! Our most excellent Shrimp salad and Chicken salad is available for lunch again.
Your choice: either as a salad on a bed of mixed greens or on your choice of bread with a side.
Shrimp Salad: $7.50
Chicken Salad: $6.00
Catfish and Andui fajita served with Southwestern rice.
A sweet and spicy blend of Basmati rice, peppers, onions, black beans, corn and a blend of seasoning.
Open Mic Tonight with JB & Jason hosting
Thursday is Karaoke with KJ Ray
We've got another wine tasting coming up this Friday, October 10th. Turner Wine Imports will be hosting. A wonderful selection of wines will be sampled. FREE... Please RSVP to either 550-0174, 553-0123, or firstname.lastname@example.org We need to provide Turner Wine Imports a participant count by tomorrow night so they can have enough wines on hand.
Then later that evening, in The FlipSide
Lynn McGee & The Monarchs
A MUST SEE BAND!!!!
Donna Earley & The Bluebloods specials guests playing with Donna: Fred Westbrook from Big Rick and the Bombers, Chris Palmer from Cafe Mars
Monday, October 06, 2008
A long awaited book on the history of Clayton, written by two local residents, is on sale at the downtown Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library.
"Images of America: CLAYTON," a compilation of facts, photos and stories, was written by Clayton Historian Pamela Lipscomb Baumgartner and K. Todd Johnson. The pair will be at the library Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 am to noon for a formal book signing.
"We're so proud of this book," said Library Director Betty Coats. "It's a great book, something that I'm sure everyone in Clayton will enjoy. It's an important book."
The book, which takes readers from the beginning of the town up to the year 1946, will cost $19.95 and proceeds will benefit the library.
Baumgartner is currentlly working on a sequel that will chronicle the years since 1946.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Reserved seating for the Saturday, Oct. 18, performance of the political satire troupe Capitol Steps at The Clayton Center has SOLD OUT, and the venue has added a limited number of Standing Room Only tickets for sale.
This is the second sell out in Clayton for the wildly popular ensemble. Capitol Steps first appeared at The Clayton Center in November 2004. With songs such as “What a Difference Delay Makes,” “Electile Dysfunction,” and “Don't Go Faking You're Smart,” Capitol Steps has become the undisputed experts at skewering politicians and national figures.
For over two decades—with an absolute no-holds-barred irreverence and razor-sharp wit—these former Congressional staffers-turned-comics have poked fun at Democrats and Republicans alike.
True to their motto – “We put the MOCK in Democracy” – the Steps create song parodies and skits that convey a special brand of satirical humor that rings true with Americans regardless of political affiliation. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. They know what they’re talking – and singing – about.
Since 1981, the Capitol Steps have recorded 28 albums, including their latest, Campaign and Suffering. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.
The Capitol Steps’ performance opens The Clayton Center’s 2008-09 Palladian Series. Next up in the series is the Official Blues Brothers Revival, the only Blues Brothers tribute sanctioned by Dan Ackroyd and the John Belushi Estate, on Nov. 1.
Standing Room Only tickets for Capitol Steps are $15, plus service fees. These spots are truly standing room only; no seats will be available for patrons who purchase tickets for this section. Individual SRO tickets may be purchased online or by phone at 919.553.1737 or at The Clayton Center Box Office at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
They're the best. There's no one like them, no one in their league.-- Larry King, CNN
The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life. -- Former President George H. W. Bush
The Capitol Steps are what Washington would be like if everyone were smarter and could sing.-- P.J. O’Rourke
Clayton resident Jim Lee, who purchased the flag fragments and gave them to the CHA, describes the remnants and where they came from. Video