Monday, June 29, 2009

Downtown Canopy Getting Facelift

A 40-year old canopy in front of Awards & Engravables, Beddingfields Drugs, Connie's Hair Styling and Flowers by the Neuse is getting a facelift. The old asphalt shingles were replaced by a dark green metal seam material installed by Advanced Metal Roofing.

This is what the pole-supported canopy looked like before the work began:

Clayton Parks & Recreation Update

Summer Playground Program
The Clayton Parks & Recreation’s Summer Playground Program will be held June 15 through August 7 from 8am until 5pm Monday through Friday at the Clayton Municipal Park Picnic Shelter for ages 6-12. The cost is $30/week/child for residents and $60/week/child for non-residents (a resident is classified as anyone living within the Clayton town limits—a Clayton address does not necessarily classify as a resident). Payments are made by the week. Missed days are not refundable. Campers will need to bring a lunch, two drinks (if they want anything other than water) and two snacks. Activities include field games in the morning, followed by lunch, and various activities in the afternoon.

July 4th Celebration
The Clayton Parks & Recreation will be hosting the annual July 4th Celebration on Saturday, July 4 at the Municipal Park starting at 4pm and ending with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:15pm. Family activities will include field events at 4:00, and children's games from 5:00-8:30. Other activities consist of Basketball and Horseshoe Tournaments at 4:00, Clayton Fire Department Spray Down, Youth Tennis Clinic for ages 10 and under, and free watermelon at 5:00, Kung Fu Demonstration and Bingo at 6:00, free ice cream and The Main Event Band performing at 7:00 and a raffle drawing at 9:00. All proceeds go to the Clayton Community Recreation Foundation improve our park facilities.

Tennis Classes
The Parks & Recreation Department is offering Tennis classes on Wednesdays beginning July 1 at 6pm for beginners and 7pm for intermediates at Clayton Community Park. The cost for each four week session is $35/residents and $40/non-residents. Class size is limited. Register at the Parks & Recreation office. The instructor will be Scott White or Cliff Joyner.

Senior Bingo
If you are 55 and over, come join us for our monthly Bingo. The Recreation Department sponsors Bingo every third Monday at Heritage Court Apartments at 11am and every third Friday at the Clayton Senior Center at 10am Prizes are awarded to the winners.

Adult Singles Tennis Ladder
Adult Singles Tennis Ladders offer a great opportunity to meet and enjoy friendly competition with players of similar ability where good sportsmanship is encouraged and expected. There are two divisions, 3.0-4.0 and 4.5 -up for both men and women. Players arrange their own match times and location and must be over 18 as of 6/18/08. The fee is $5/resident and $10/non-resident. Register at the Parks & Recreation office (340 McCullers Street) or call 553-1550 for additional information.

Bocce Anyone?
Want to meet others who play Bocce? Call the Clayton Parks & Recreation Department for free play times, clinics or leagues. The Bocce courts are located at Clayton Community Park Bocce Courts off of Guy Road between the apartments and cedar trees next to Clayton Middle School. Equipment is available at the Parks & Recreation office. If interested call 553-1550.

Pottery Class
The Clayton Parks & Recreation Department will be offering seven weeks of hand building and wheel classes at The Clayton Center, Room 303 beginning. Beginner Classes are held Wednesdays from 5-9pm, Advanced Classes are held Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am-1pm or 5-9pm. Class fees are $90/resident and $95/non-resident per class plus a $25 supply fee. Call 553-1555 or visit for more information. Ted Kuehne, instructor.

Tae Kwon Do Class
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is offering Tae Kwon Do classes at The Clayton Center, Room 300 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for ages 7-12 at 5:45pm and ages 13 & up at 7:15pm. The fee is $30/month for residents and $35/month for non-residents (A resident is classified as anyone living within the Clayton town limits. A Clayton address does not necessarily classify you as a resident). Joey Reeder and Ken Farrell, Instructors. New students can register ten minutes before class.

Tai Chi Classes
Tai Chi Classes are being offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. The fee is $45/month/resident and $50/month/non-resident. New participants can register ten minutes before class and join at any time.Clayton

Buy-A-Brick Program
Now is your chance to support Clayton Community Park with a one-time donation of $100 that lasts a lifetime. Your donation includes a lapel pin and a brick engraved to your specification to be placed in a visible area near the three athletic fields. Buy one or more bricks for yourself, in honor of a loved one, or for your company or client and become a permanent part of Clayton Community Park. Bricks will be ordered in lots of 100 and will be laid accordingly. When your brick is placed, you will be notified by mail of the approximate location of the brick.

Youth Protection Ordinance (curfew) Needs Public Input

A public forum to receive citizen input for a proposed youth protection (curfew) ordinance will be hosted by the Clayton Town Council during its regular meeting on:

July 20, 2009
7:30 PM
Council Chambers
The Clayton Center
111 East Second Street

A copy of the petition requesting the youth protection (curfew) ordinance is available in the office of the Town Clerk for review.

The public is invited to attend as the Clayton Town Council is seeking citizen participation.

New Grocery Store Taking Shape in Downtown

The old Red and White grocery store building on E Front Street is getting to be rehabbed and turned back into a grocery store - the Clayton News Star has a good article on it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tres Chicas Concert Tonight at Clayton Center

It's not too late to get tickets to tonight's concert at The Clayton Center featuring Tres Chicas... $5 per ticket, benefitting the Clayton Historical Association. Details

Friday, June 19, 2009

Clayton Farm and Community Market Newsletter for June 20, 2009

Written by Amber Southerland Polk and edited by the CFCM Board

Email with any questions, comments, article contributions or to get your own weekly copy delivered to your inbox. We love to hear from you!

Produce: Seasonal Selections will bring yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, several types of cucumbers, new red potatoes and greenbeans. I had a delicious and HUGE tomato from there last week and it only cost me 70 cents. Try finding a tomato that fresh for such a low price at a grocery store!

Father’s Day Market Specials: In honor of the Fathers this weekend, Sunday Morning Farms will be promoting 'Taking Thyme for Father.' The promotion will include a gift bag of a beautiful thyme plant with thyme recipes! The bags will go for $5 each and are a great gift for young children to give to fathers. Sunday Morning Farms will also be giving away free samples of fresh baked thyme biscuits, along with the recipe.

Gift for a Grillin’ Dad: Homemade red oak charcoal from Riverman’s Mushrooms makes a great gift for a father who likes to grill. David’s all natural charcoal is becoming locally famous due to the absence of harsh chemicals and its superior grilling taste. For an extra treat, pick up some fresh mushrooms to add to the grill.

Cleveland Bakery + Seasonal Selections = Fresh and Local Zucchini Bread. Rich and Jen (Cleveland Bakery) have made a deal with Ken and Tara (Seasonal Selections), and Clayton Market visitors are going to be the ones to benefit! In true farmers market fashion Ken and Tara have traded fresh zucchini for baked goods, and of all things, the buckets bakery ingredients come in. Ken says, “We always need buckets on the farm.” Rich and Jen have then taken the fresh zucchini and turned it into zucchini bread to sell at the market. So be sure to stop by both vendors this Saturday and thank them for their cooperation to bring us the freshest local ingredients possible.

Cleveland Bakery is Working Overtime: Rich said they had so many graduation cakes to bake for the Clayton High School graduates (Congrats CHS Class of 2009!) last week they couldn’t make it to the market. However, they are truly making up for it this week! I’ll just let you read what he e-mailed the market account this week:
Ok, so blueberries are in season. We are bringing in blueberry cobbler!
Don’t forget the Zucchini Bread--we will have a bunch!
All the zucchini is from Ken and Tara (Seasonal Selections) as well as our home garden! I will have sourdough for tomato sandwiches, along with my other breads.
I dare you to find it fresher or better than this! See you Saturday, Rich
PS I will also be making Shoo-Fly pies and Funny Cake. These are both rare Pennsylvania Dutch treats.

From our InBox: I live 2 blocks from the market and have made it a point to visit every Sat. I am committed to spending $10/Sat. I have met new people, "neighbors," learned new things, enjoyed good food. My son rode his bike to the market on Sat. before Mother's Day and bought me a beautiful flower arrangement. He only had part of the money, and the vendor was so kind to sell him the plants for the amount he had. I have enjoyed the market and all it has to offer. Thanks again, just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying the market. Sarah Hale

Local Business, Organization or Church Wanted to Bring Old School Games Back: We are looking for a local business or organization who would like to be in charge of teaching the kids what "before video games" means. We're talking 3 legged races, Frisbee toss, potato sack races, golf ball and spoon races, hula hoop and whatever "old school" contest you can remember! We need a group to provide the games, volunteers/referees and a few prizes for the winners of each competition (I'm thinking yoyos and Frisbees, but feel free to bring whatever you wish). In exchange for your time and talents the game tent could be used to promote your business or organization the day you are the "Gamemaster" at the market. We will also attach your business or organization name as the Gamemaster to all our promotional materials for that market week. So break out that hula hoops and email us at Let the games begin!

Market Recipe from Sunday Morning Farms: I specifically requested BJ Whitley’s Rosemary Chicken recipe for the Clayton Market newsletter, and here it is:
• Take a 2 and 1/2 lb. fryer.
• Wash and pat dry. Salt and pepper to taste.
• Cut two to three springs of fresh rosemary, (for me, the more the merrier) and stuff inside the chicken.
• Place chicken in roasting pan and bake at 425 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.
• I have found that baking this dish at a higher temperature, makes an exceptionally crusty skin, thus, a delicious main course. Enjoy!!
See you Saturday.
BJ Whitley

Tracy Wiebeck encore performance at market this Saturday: I have a new favorite song. It’s called Gamblin Woman, and it is a Tracy Wiebeck original. Tracy explains he wrote it about his wife, but the following lyrics remind me of someone I know…

I’ve got a gambling woman
When she wins, it’s all her money
When she loses, it’s all mine

If these lyrics remind you of anyone, then stop by the music tent and pick up Tracy’s CD for only $10.00.

Tracy will be playing from 10am-1pm, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. I was not the only one grooving to the music last week. We even had a few people join him in song towards the end of the day. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events: Contact if you have an event or activity you would like to bring to the Market.
• June 27: Hinton Edgerton and Brightleaf, musicians
• July 4: Bruce Naegelen, musician.
• July 18: John Spencer, musician.

Vendors 6-20-2009:

Baked goods
• Cleveland Cake & Coffee Co., Inc.

Produce, Plants, ect.
• Riverman’s Mushrooms
• Toad Song Farm
• Seasonal Selections
• Smith’s Nursery
• Sunday Morning Farms
• Omega Farms
• McKenzie Farms

Town Square Concert with Abbey Road Live a Success!

More than 1,300 people enjoyed the music of Abbey Road Live last night as part of the Clayton Town Square Concert Series. The band played many popular Beatles songs and some you don't hear as often. If you have any photos from the concert, post them to Facebook or send them to

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

BB&T tops in North Carolina SBA loans

from Triangle Business Journal -
by Lee Weisbecker Triangle Business Journal

Winston-Salem-based BB&T was the top federal Small Business Administration lender in the SBA’s North Carolina district in the six-month period between October 2008 and April 2009, one of the most challenging on record in the banking industry.

BB&T (NYSE: BBT) made 80 SBA-guaranteed loans under the agency’s 7(a) loan program, committing $16 million during the period, according to an SBA summary released in June. Proceeds from 7(a) loans go for a wide range of uses, from buying a business to short-term working capital. The bank made four SBA 504 loans, the proceeds from which can be used to buy real estate and other long-term assets.

Other top 20 lenders in the state during the period were three Raleigh-based banks: Capital Bank (Nasdaq: CBKN), which made nine loans of both types for $1.5 million; RBC Bank, the arm of the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RB), which made seven 7(a) loans for a total of $1.7 million; and First Citizens Bank (Nasdaq: FCNCA) made 13 of both types for $5.3 million.

NOTE: All four banks have branches in Clayton, NC.

From The Flipside...

Lunch Specials
$5.00 Burger or two (2) Brats for $5.00 with choice of side

$6.00 Chicken Salad sandwich with choice of side

Dinner FeaturesTuesdays & Wednesdays
Early Bird Special
15% off any Entree' from 5:00 to 6:30 (dine in only)
(Wednesdays enjoy a glass a wine for 1/2 price)
Veal Piccata - Tender Veal Cutlet lightly breaded and sauteed with capers, shallots, cherry tomatoes in a light citrus white wine broth and served with basmati rice and fresh sauteed veggies

Chicken Sautee' - juicy chicken breast sauteed and tossed in a brandy dijon cream sauce with mushrooms and shallots and served with basmati rice and fresh veggies

Hoisin Glazed Salmon (or Tilapia) 8oz salmon fillet baked to perfection with a citrus Asian glaze and served wtih basmati rice and fresh veggies

Ask your waitstaff about the Pasta of the Day

Open Mic Tonight with Tracy Wiebeck hosting

Friday we've got a new, young, Blues musician on our stage, Drew Questell and Friends

Saturday, some more new music by J.D. Shellnut and The Law

Mark your Calendars
June 26th we're honored to have Malcolm Holcombe join us again for an evening of some great music. June 26th

The Flipside Restaurant is located at 408 E Second Street in downtown Clayton, NC

Small Business can Apply for ARC Loans Beginning Today

WASHINGTON – Starting today, June 15, SBA will begin accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital. “ARC” loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a “bridge” for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track.

“These ARC loans are another tool in the SBA toolkit which will provide critical support to small businesses struggling to make it through these tough economic times,” said Administrator Karen G. Mills.

ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000, available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing and qualifying business debt. ARC loans are 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA and have no SBA fees associated with them.

ARC loans will be disbursed over a period of up to six months and will provide funds to be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debt including mortgages, term and revolving lines of credit, capital leases, credit card obligations and notes payable to vendors, suppliers and utilities. SBA will pay the interest on ARC loans to the lenders at the
variable rate of Prime plus two percent.

Repayment will not begin until 12 months after the final disbursement. After the 12-month deferral period, borrowers will pay back the loan principal over a period of five years.

ARC loans will be made by commercial lenders, not SBA directly. For more information on ARC loans, visit

For more information about all of the SBA’s programs for small businesses, call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800 U ASK SBA or TDD 704-344-6640, or visit the SBA’s Web site

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ABBEY ROAD LIVE ! June 18 @ Town Square Concert Series

The next show in the Clayton Town Square Concert Series is Abbey Road Live, a Beatles tribute band, on June 18 at the Town Square in downtown Clayton.

Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! has been rocking the music of the Beatles at clubs, theatres, festivals, and private events. Initially a tribute to the monumental "Abbey Road" album, the band has expanded its scope to include more than 100 Beatles tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four's career. The band specializes in complete, start-to-finish album performances of masterpieces such as "Abbey Road", "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band".

Abbey Road LIVE! is not your typical Beatle look-alike tribute act; don't expect mop-top haircuts and vintage Rickenbacker guitars. Rather, this show is about bringing to life some of the more mature and complex Beatles material in a raw & spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings. Combining attention to detail with a creative exuberance, the band always delights its audiences with its diverse repertoire of hits and more obscure favorites.

Abbey Road LIVE! is made up of four all-star musicians from the infamous Athens GA music scene that gave the world R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and B-52s. Collectively the band members have recorded and toured regularly with Cosmic Charlie, Charlie Mars, and Fuzzy Sprouts. Individual band members have also collaborated with acts such as Indigo Girls, Juliana Hatfield, Mike Houser (Widespread Panic), Danielle Howle and Lemonheads.

Refreshments available at the Town Square include pizza, hot dogs, beer, wine and soft drinks, homemade ice cream and Italian ice. 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 & Clayton Steakhouse.

Contributing sponsors include Avent-Permenter Group, Clayton Glass & Mirror, Hometowne Realty, Johnston Health and Novo Nordisk.

The Town Square is in downtown Clayton at 100 W Main Street between S. O’Neil and Fayetteville streets.

Future shows in the series include: Legends of Beach on July 16; Zydecopious on August 20; and Band of Oz on September 17.

For more information call (919) 553-1545 and for updates check the Downtown Clayton blog at

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

From the Flipside...

People are Raving!!!
They say it's the BEST food special around!!!

Early Bird SpecialTuesdays & Wednesdays
5:30 to 6:30 15% OFF any Dinner Entree' or Feature
(dine in only)
and...get this. On Wednesdays add 1/2 price wine by the glass night and WOW!!! An even greater deal.

Tonight is Open Mic with Tracy Wiebeck hosting
Everyone is welcome!

Thursdays is Karaoke

This Friday
The Shucks Great music!!!

Mark your calendars
June 26th
Malcolm Holcombe

Thank you everyone who contributed to the success of the 9th Annual Millstock.
What a day it was!!!
Thanks to all of you that came out and supported the music & art.'s what it's ALL about!!
Thank you..

More Millstock Photos...

The Clayton News Star's Jim Green posted some Millstock photos on the newspaper's website...

Sunday, June 07, 2009

2009 Millstock Music & Art Faire A Great Success!

More than 1500 people passed through downtown Clayton and the Millstock Music & Art Faire on Saturday. There was great music by Mr. Mustard, Dread 34, Johnny Orr & South Station and headliner "Cool" John Ferguson. Click here for a brief listen to "Cool" John's first song of the set!

38 artist vendors participated this year, the largest number that has ever participated in this event. The quality of the vendors was much higher than in past years and the art vendors all reported good sales.

Part of Main Street was closed for the first time in this 9 year event and downtown businesses reported business was good with the suggestiion of expanding even more next year.

A Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest was a great success with judge Dorothy Dembowski hard-pressed to determine a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Clayton Farm and Community Market Newsletter for June 6, 2009

The Clayton Farm & Community Market is located at the Clayton Town Square, 100 W Main Street (corner of O'Neil, Fayetteville and W Main) in downtown Clayton.

Email with any questions, comments, article contributions or to get your own weekly copy delivered to your inbox. We love to hear from you!

The Early Bird Gets the Produce: The early produce is starting to be picked by Ken and Tara Germonto of Seasonal Selections. They are just beginning to have squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and some tomatoes. They hope to have enough of each to bring to the market this Saturday. Tara has let me know they are “pushing” to try and get the produce ready in time. Now, I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I can just imagine Ken out there talking and even singing to the tomatoes so they will grow big and juicy in time for Clayton Market Saturdays. I wonder if that’s the secret? They won’t last long so you better get there early!

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Jennifer Holt of Happy Hollow Farm can reuse your plastic flower pots. She prefers ones without writing from other companies, but says anything we can do to help reuse a petroleum product and keep it out of the landfill is a good thing. You can find Jennifer selling her daylilies and assorted drought tolerant, field grown perennials for sun and shade at the market this Saturday.

Market Special: Toad Song Farm will have geraniums on sale this weekend. Mary regularly sells them for $4 each or 3 for $10. This weekend, they will be on sale for 4 for $10. They do great in large pots on the deck, in the flower garden, or in window boxes and like a fairly sunny location. Toad Song Farm will have red, pink, salmon, lavender, and white with pink centers. They’ll bloom all summer if you break out the old blooms. Attached is a beautiful picture of red Toad Song Farm geraniums.

Mushroom Man to Play National Anthem on Kazoo: David McKinney of Riverman Mushrooms has volunteered to play the National Anthem on his kazoo each market day he is in attendance. Milo, who helps David at the market, will present the American Flag for display during the playing of the National Anthem. If you get a chance, please thank David and Milo for patriotically starting our market off each morning.

Friend or Foe? Weed Identification and Home Gardening Questions: Something strange growing in your garden? Put it in a zip lock plastic bag and bring it to Jennifer Holt of Happy Hollow Farm. Jennifer is a certified Master Gardner and has volunteered to help market visitors identify and solve home gardening problems. However, Jennifer has warned the first person who brings her poison ivy is going to be in big trouble!

Get your Groove on with Ostrich Canopy: So what happens when you wake up from a crazy dream where ostriches were standing over you in a canopy fashion? You name your band after them! Well, that’s what Jason did anyway, and Ostrich Canopy was born. Jason describes his sound as a one man instrumental band. He plays bass guitar, electric guitar and acoustic guitar almost at the same time. He says his style can be classified as “Classical Funk Jam.” For the second time in this newsletter, I am not exactly sure what that means, but I sure am excited to find out! Ostrich Canopy will be playing from 10am-1pm so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. I might even bring a picnic lunch and grab a little goodie from The Cleveland Cake & Coffee Co. for dessert. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events: Contact if you have an event or activity you would like to bring to the Market.
• June 16: Tracy Wiebeck, musician.
• June 20: Tracy Wiebeck, musician.
• July 4: Bruce Naegelen, musician.
• July 18: John Spencer, musician.

Vendors 6-6-2009:
• Beva Turpin
• Nancy’s Candles

Baked goods
• The Cleveland Cake & Coffee Co., Inc.

Produce, Plants, ect.
• Shamrock’s Buzzy Bees
• Riverman’s Mushrooms
• Happy Hollow Farm
• Toad Song Farm
• Seasonal Selections
• Smith’s Nursery
• Sunday Morning Farms
• Omega Farms

Written by Amber Southerland Polk and edited by the CFCM Board

Tres Chicas at The Clayton Center June 25 to Benefit Clayton Historical Association

They’ve performed throughout the United States and Europe. They performed at the North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball in January. This month, popular local alternative country band Tres Chicas can add The Clayton Center to their list of venues. Tres Chicas will perform at The Clayton Center on Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. in a concert to benefit the Clayton Historical Association.

The women of Tres Chicas characterize themselves as “a sisterhood of singing and songs born out of friendship and mutual admiration.” The trio – Lynn Blakey, Caitlin Cary and Tonya Lamm – met one another over the years and became friends when their bands shared bills in concert. The three gravitated toward one another and started writing and singing together. After their first rehearsal, they found that their harmonies were nearly effortless and decided to start booking gigs. A club owner dubbed them Tres Chicas in a newspaper advertisement. The name stuck.

All three Chicas have notable careers that continue alongside Tres Chicas. Blakey is known for her work with Let's Active and Oh Ok, and fronts the band Glory Fountain. Cary was an original member of the groundbreaking alternative country rock group Whiskeytown and now enjoys a career as an acclaimed solo artist and duet partner with artist Thad Cockrell. Lamm was a founding member of the band Hazeldine, a popular indie act in the U.S. that also won a major label deal and wide audience in Europe. All three are known for their vocal and musical contributions to recordings by other noted artists, as well.

Tres Chicas has released two CDs since 2004 and continue to perform locally. The group has been widely praised by national media for harmonies that are "perfect,” “rousing” and "gorgeous.”

Tickets for the June 25 Tres Chicas concert are $5 (General Admission), plus service fees. Tickets are available at The Clayton Center Box Office, located at 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, by phone at 919-553-1737, and online

Proceeds from this event benefit the Clayton Historical Association (CHA). The mission of the CHA is to preserve and share the history of Clayton and to recognize and preserve the historic properties of Clayton, North Carolina. The Clayton Historical Association is funded in part by the Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Fund. For more information, contact

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Best Time to Buy Produce at the Farmers Market

Clayton Farm & Community Market Minute #1

Clayton Farm and Community Market vendors bring to market what they think they can sell. Based on how many of our vendors are selling out each Saturday they are doing a good job with their estimates. For the customer - at least those who arrive early to mid market, this means the freshest possible produce. That term, "the freshest possible produce" is also the answer to why the cost is comparable or somewhat more than the store – the produce is picked either the morning of, or late the evening prior to the market as compared with stores where things are several days or more in shipping. That's also why people love markets; the food items are fresh and nutritious, and grown locally.

Adair Pickerd

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

From the Flipside..

Flipside Restaurant
408 E Second Street
Downtown Clayton, NC

Lunch Special
Salmon Salad Sandwich $7.00 Monte' Christo $5.00

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Early Bird Special
15% Off Dinner Entree' Dine in Only
5:30 to 6:30
Wednesday is 1/2 price wine by the glass

Dinner Features
Chicken Saute': Chicken breast lightly seasoned and seared then sauteed with shallots in a buttery sherry sauce and topped with
grilled peppers, onions and tomatoes. Served with basmati rice.

Tilapia Cacciatore: a twist on a popular Italian dish with Tilapia, artichoke hearts, diced cherry tomatoes, black olives and portobello mushrooms over fetticini with roasted tomato Alfredo

Thursday Karaoke

Saturday - June 6th
9th Annual Millstock: A Celebration of Music & Art Faire
Music starts at 10:00 and runs to 6:00
The FlipSide will be serving food and beveages
Bring a lawn chair
Artists up and down Lombard Street and onto Main Street as well

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Millstock Music & Art Faire: June 6 Events & Activities

Millstock Music & Art Faire
June 6, 2009
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
E Main & Lombard Street
Downtown Clayton, NC

Noted blues musician “Cool John” Ferguson will headline the 2009 Millstock Music and Arts Faire in downtown Clayton on June 6. The legendary entertainer Taj Mahal once said, "Cool John is among the five greatest guitarists I have heard in my career." Ferguson will perform from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm behind the Coffee Mill and Flipside Restaurant on E Second Street. The music schedule:
10:00 am - 11:30 am Mister Mustard

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Dread34

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Johnny Orr & South Station

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Cool John Ferguson

A diverse group of more than 40 Artists and art will be situated along South Lombard and parts of E Main Street. Pottery, metal sculpture, fiber, screen printing, painting, face painting, jewelry, woodworking, glass, ceramic, Pysanki, drawing & painitng are among the mediums being offered.

Events & Activities
CHALK IT UP! Sidewalk Chalk Contest – individuals, groups, children, adults, and families are invited to take part in this sidewalk chalk art competition with cash prizes. Sidewalk squares are being sold for $10 each. Chalk will be provided and artwork will be judged by local artist, Dorothy Demboski. Tickets may be purchased at Right Angles Custom Framing and GO Design at 401 E Main Street.

Millstock Tshirts DIY Screenprinting - Local artist Kirk Adam will also be screening Millstock event t-shirts. Each shirt will be unique, and you can help screen your own shirt! $15.00 per shirt

Downtown Business Specials - A number of downtown businesses and restaurants will be open to add to the day’s festivities.

Mulberry on Main Italian Restaurant, 219 E Main Street, Pub-side will be open for:
Sandwiches: Meatball Parmigiana, Sausage & Peppers, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Parmigiana $4.95
Pizza Slices: $1.50

Lucky Chicken Peruvian Restaurant, 226 E Main Street, will offer their specialty, rotisserie chicken, but also some new Caribbean samplings: Kingfish with coconut cream, Caribbean seafood spaghetti and Causa which is a cold dish of chicken and potatoes.

Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street, Surprise!
The Flipside Restaurant, 408 E Second Street, hotdogs and hamburgers next to the music!

Jones Lunch CafĂ©, 415 E Main Street, everything about Jones’ is special!

Flowers by the Neuse, 321 E Main Street

Right Angles Custom Framing, 401 E Main Street
Special: 1/2 price frames

GO Design Gallery, 401 E Main Street
Special: Giclees which are Prints on Canvas of my work which have been enhanced, stretched and varnished.

Pittman Jewelers, 400 E Main Street
Special: everything in store 60% off

Sunshine Health & Wellness Center, 419 E Main Street

Fancy That Gifts, 120 E Main Street
Sidewalk Sale,

Tre Colori Italian Gourmet Foods, 227 E Main Street
Special: Gelato (Italian ice cream)

Eye of the Eagle Art, 131 E First Street (corner of Church & First streets)
Special: various demonstrations. Painting, recyclables,greeting cards and other art stuff!

Purses Unlimited, 420 E Main Street

Pizazz Clothing Thrift, 132 E Main Street

Main Street Jewelers, 236 E Main Street

Vincent’s Jewelers, 335 E Main Street

Cadillac-Lasalle Car Club Exhibit, parking lot around 205 E Main Street

Sponsors:Town of Clayton
Clayton Visual Arts
Clayton Downtown Development Association
Johnston County Arts Council
NC Arts Council

Blackley’s Printing
Capital Bank
Clayton Physical Therapy & Wellness
Coffee Mill
Crescent State Bank
First Federal Bank
Flipside Restaurant
Fortex Wire & Cable
Four Oaks Bank
US Food Service
Woman’s Club of Clayton

Fancy That! Gifts & Accessories
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FAQ: Filing for Clayton Town Council


Filing for candidacy will begin very soon. This means citizens interested in being considered to serve on the Clayton Town Council may file to have their name on the November ballot. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about filing for candidacy:

When are candidates elected to serve on the Clayton Town Council?
Elections for the Clayton Town Council are held on the odd-numbered years.

Which seats may candidates apply for?Three councilmember positions will be considered for the 2009 election.

When may a citizen file for office? Since the first Friday in July is a holiday, filing for municipal office will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, July 6, 2009, and will end 12 noon on Friday, July 17, 2009 (the third Friday in July) [NC GS 163-294.2(c)].

What must a citizen do to file for candidacy to serve on the Clayton Town Council?
The citizen will need to complete a Notice of Candidacy form at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office at 205 South Second Street, Smithfield, one block south of the Johnston County Courthouse.

What are the requirements for a citizen to file for a Council seat?
The requirements for filing for a Council seat are:
Resident of the Town of Clayton
21 years of age
Registered voter
Not convicted of a felony

Is there a fee for filing?There is a $5.00 filing fee for a Councilmember’s seat [NC GS 163-294.2(e)].

Do citizens need to declare a political party when filing? Citizens do not need to declare a political party as the Town of Clayton election is conducted on a nonpartisan basis.

How are election results determined? Election results are determined using the nonpartisan plurality method meaning the highest vote getter wins the seat [NC GS 163.292].

When does an elected candidate “officially” become a member of the Town Council?
An elected candidate “officially” becomes a member of the Clayton Town Council after taking the oath of office. After taking the oath of office, the elected candidate is then referred to as Councilman or Councilwoman.

When does a newly elected official take the oath of office?
The oath of office is administered at the organizational meeting, which is the first Town of Clayton Council meeting in December [NC GS 160A-68].

If you still have a question about filing for candidacy, please contact the Johnston County Board of Elections Office at 919-989-5095.

Respectfully submitted,
Sherry L. Scoggins, MMC
Town Clerk