Around Davidson today introduces you to Fiddler Dave of Molasses Creek and Stephanie Anderson of the NMHS Pansy Sale. In addition, we send birthday greetings to Nancy Gardner, Zoë Helfrich and Liz Pierce. Finally there are numerous Noteworthy Notes to whet your appetite for books, music or pumpkin carving!
SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NANCY!
A surprise gathering of friends and family greeted Nancy Gardner at Summit Coffee Tuesday afternoon to wish this energetic mother and grandmother a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Nancy turned the big 6-0 this year on October 16. Daughter Beth with her hubby Tim Helfrich and grandchildren, Miles and Zoë, were on hand to wish her well as were Nancy’s brother, Shaw Smith, Jr., and his wife, Ann Haley. Best wishes to you, Nancy, who received a very fancy yellow bikini for a gift which she donned immediately and wore for the rest of the party. The bikini was right in keeping with her bikini decorated cake – harking back to the well-received book, “Bikini is a State of Mind,” published a few years ago by authors, Nancy Gardner, Cynthia Lewis, Ann Haley and Lina Soares. (And is still available on Amazon.com.)
Happy Birthday as well to Zoë Helfrich, who turned four yesterday and to Liz Pierce who has a BIG birthday today. With birthdays just two days apart, Liz and Nancy were great friends growing up in Davidson. We wish all these birthday “gals” the best.
PANSY PLANTS AND MORE THIS SATURDAY
Time to put the begonias on the compost pile and fill the newly upturned earth with pansies. The Horticulture Club of North Mecklenburg High School is having their Fall Pansy Sale this Saturday, October 20, from 9-noon, at the school’s greenhouse. (Look for the signs.) Horticulture teacher and FFA Advisor Stephanie Anderson reminds us that the students will be selling pansies, snapdragons, various house plants and perennials. For a list of plants please go to http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/northmecklenburgHS/Pages/Default.aspx. Prices are as follows: $13 for a flat of pansies or $.50 each. $.75 for a snap. $7 for a hanging basket and $10 for a flowing pouch. Good prices and a great chance to support our students.
MARVELOUS MUSIC WITH A DAVIDSON CONNECTION
Next Sunday, Oct. 28, at St. Alban’s promises to be a lively event when Molasses Creek band brings its high-energy performance combined with phenomenal songwriting to the stage of the sanctuary of this church in Davidson’s New Neighborhood. As the promotional information states, “This band’s elegant harmonies and arrangements, blazing instrumentals, and quirky sense of humor have won loyal followers throughout the United States and around the world. Award winners from Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion,” Molasses Creek was featured in the movie Nights at Rodanthe starring Richard Gere.”
This celebrated bluegrass ensemble is playing for the first time in the Music at St. Alban’s program but they are familiar with our town since it is their third time to play in our community. They have played at Davidson College twice as well as in Concord and Charlotte. And in case you are not familiar with the group, they have a special tie to us since David Tweedie (or Fiddler Dave) is a 1994 graduate of Davidson College.
David was kind enough to send Around Davidson some news of his background playing the violin and wrote the following: “I started playing classical violin growing up in Oklahoma. My grandmother was a classical violinist and I actually play her violin today, a French violin made in Vuillume’s workshop in Paris in 1919. When I arrived at Davidson I stopped playing for a while and then I got in to fiddling through a folklore course (I was an anthropology major). Molasses Creek was first formed in 1993 when I was on break from college and Gary Mitchell and I met playing for a theater production. Upon graduation I received a Watson Fellowship to study changes in Celtic styles of fiddling in Scotland, Ireland, Shetland Islands, & Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. After traveling for a year, I returned to Ocracoke Island and Molasses Creek resumed its touring. This will be Molasses Creek’s 19th year! We had an exciting spring when our new release, “An Island Out of Time,” reached #4 on the National Folk Radio Charts in April.”
A full time resident of Ocracoke, David considers Molasses Creek his full time occupation but also finds time to participate in numerous activities on the island including directing the annual Ocrafolk Festival. David is married and mentioned that his eight year old son is a 10th generation descendent from William Howard, the quartermaster of Blackbeard’s ship.
What a grand resume and reason enough to stop by St. Alban’s Sunday, October 28, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 704 941-0650. $15/$10 (kids under 12 are free). A wine and cheese reception following the concert will give attendees a chance to talk with the artists. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Lots of pumpkin patches are sprouting in our area from the sidewalks of grocery stores to the field behind Sabi Restaurant. We are all for free enterprise but encourage our readers to remember that the Pumpkin Patch on South Main Street at the Davidson United Methodist Church is selling pumpkins as a benefit for the youth mission trips of DUMC. Be sure to stop by and visit with the DUMC youth and hear about their 2013 plans.
MUSICAL INTERLUDE TOMORROW
Cynthia Lawing reminds us that her October Musical Interlude this Friday, October 19, from 12:30-1:30 at Davidson College Sloan Music Center, Tyler-Tallman Hall, is billed as a Salon of Orientalism and will offer a most delicious treat for music and art lovers! Davidson College Art History professor Shaw Smith, professor Brigitte Mera, and Cynthia will jointly present works of art and music representing Occidental interpretation of Oriental art and music, including middle and far eastern culture. This recital is free and open to the public. Knowing how creative Shaw and Cynthia are, this program falls in the category of “not to be missed!”
MEET THE AUTHOR THIS SUNDAY
Sunday afternoon, October 21, Main Street Books in Davidson will be hosting a “Meet the Author” from 4:00-5:30 PM. Novelist Debra Dean, author of The Mirrored World and the bestselling The Madonnas of Leningrad will be at the book store to talk about her novels, read from them, and answer questions. Refreshments will be served as well. There is no charge for the event and all are welcome.
Many book clubs in our area have discussed The Madonnas of Leningrad at their meetings. This will be a pleasant time to talk to the author about that novel and hear her comments about her new book.
ReadDAVIDSON’S LAST EVENT NEXT MONDAY
Did you read Ann Patchett’s novel, State of Wonder? Did you like it? Last chance for interested readers to talk about the book with Davidson’s own Tony Abbott this Monday, October 22, at 2 p.m. at The Pines Retirement Community. Tony will lecture on State of Wonder, the ReadDavidson book for 2012, and certainly leave time for discussion. This event is free and open to the public.
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to correct the date of the Molasses Creek concert at St. Alban’s. It is Oct. 28.
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