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Marla Brown (as Li'l Bit ) Tom Scott (as Uncle Peck) in the Davidson Community Players production of "How I Learned to Drive." (Photo by Bill Giduz.)

Marla Brown (as Li'l Bit ) and Tom Scott (as Uncle Peck) in the Davidson Community Players production of "How I Learned to Drive." (Photo by Bill Giduz.)

Get ready for an action-packed weekend in Davidson, featuring the town rummage sale, theater openings for Davidson Day students (“A Comedy of Errors“) and Davidson Community Players (“How I learned to Drive“), lots of local musicians taking the stage at Summit Coffee, an art reception for Felicia Van Bork, contra dancing at the IB Middle School gym, a hike in a wetland, and recitals for musicians at Masterworks.

special-buttons71Fundraisers Saturday include the annual Angels of 97 spaghetti dinner, the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast and a Davidson College 5k walk to benefit well drilling in Sudan.

Children can enjoy live reptiles at the library Saturday or Medieval performers at the Point golf club Sunday.


Food Vending at Special Events in Davidson,” a public workshop with representatives of Mecklenburg County Health Department, will be held Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The workshop is designed for businesses or organizations interested in selling food at town-sponsored events. Register at or call Davidson Parks & Rec at 704-892-3349.

Construction continues for the new high school on Bailey Road.

Construction continues for the new high school on Bailey Road.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hold a workshop on Thursday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at North Mecklenburg High in Huntersville, to study proposed boundaries for the new high school under construction on Bailey Road in Cornelius.   Click here for more information and a link to the three different boundary maps.  This is the first of two workshops on Bailey High.  The second will be held Tuesday, March 31, at Hopewell High.

Master printmaker Carol Wax lectures Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. on “Art & Industry: A History of the Mezzotint Engraving.”  The free talk will be held at the Davidson College Belk Visual Art Center Semans Lecture Hall.  Ms.  Wax is in Davidson for a two-day mezzotint workshop at the college Thursday and Friday.

Dr. Lee Walker, assistant professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, will lecture the politics of Central America Thursday, starting at 7:30 p.m. in room 1062 of Chambers Hall at Davidson College.  His talk is titled,  “Explaining the Gender Gap in Support for Democracy: Evidence from Ecuador, El Salvador and Nicaragua.”  This free event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.

Davidson Community Players present “How I Learned to Drive,” by Paula Vogel, March 19-29, at the Armour Street Theatre. Performances: March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m., March 22 & 29 at 2 p.m. A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. Includes mature themes. Tickets: Adults $17; Students and Seniors (65 & above) $15. Reservations: 704-892-7918.

Summit Coffee will have live music from 8-11 p.m. this weekend. Thursday will feature local musicians and songwriters Billy Jones, Michael Orlando, Phil Skipper and Tim Helfrich, Friday local blues and folk artist Rusty Knox will take the stage together with guitarist Brad Reddick,   while Saturday will showcase hometown band Davidson Express, and its alter ego Davidson Local: bluegrass and original folk. Bands play on the back patio when the weather is accommodating, and on the upstairs stage when it’s just too cold or wet. The coffee shop is located at 128 South Main St.

Dr. Michael Kaufman, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte will be the guest speaker Friday, starting at 1o a.m. at the monthly meeting of a support group for people with Fibromyalgia, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis.  The event will be held at Davidson United Methodist Church.  For more information about this or other meetings, call or email Susie Phillips at 704-892-5569 or

The Musical Interludes program at Davidson College will feature the Carolina Pro Musica Friday, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Sloan Music Center.  The group will be playing Handel, Pepusch and others at this free concert.

Davidson artist Felicia van Bork will have an opening reception , Friday, 7-9 p.m. at the Creative Art Exchange/Cornelius Arts Center, located in the Oak Street Mill Mall, behind the police station in Cornelius.  Ms. van Bork’s work paintings are on display through May 2 in a solo exhibition.  Gallery hours: Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 704-892-7323 or More about the artist on her website,

Davidson Day School stages Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors" March 20-21.

Davidson Day School stages Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors" March 20-21.

Davidson Day School students will perform Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and also at 2 p.m. on Saturday.  The play will be performed at the school’s new Arts & Athletics Center, located on the DDS campus at 750 Jetton Street.  Tickets, sold at the door, are $10 for adults, $5 for students and a maximum of $25 per family.  DDS is partnering with neighbor Sabi Asian Bistro to offer theater goers a 15-percent discount on entrees this weekend.

Contra Dance Carolina will host a night of high-energy dancing Friday, 7:15 – 10:30 p.m. at the Davidson IB Middle School gym.  Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for students.  The caller will be Dean Snipes and the scheduled band is Hands Four.

The annual Lake Norman Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast, with proceeds to benefit the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, will be held Saturday, starting at 7 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Huntersville, 119 N. Old Statesville Road. Tickets $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12, available at the door, from Kiwanis members, or at the Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St. For more information call 704-896-0471.

The Bradford Store, located just outside of town at 15915 Davidson-Concord Road, will hold a spring cleaning yard sale and craft sale Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.  The store will also offer “pick your own” greens (bring a bag) this weekend and has Honeybell oranges from Florida and fresh seafood from Hattie’s Fresh Market.

Davidson will host its 7th annual community rummage sale at the Village Green Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register for space on the Village Green to sell you household items. Hosted by Davidson Parks & Recreation. Items for sale may include furniture, kitchen items, clothing, book, children’s toys, bicycles, etc. Please call Angie Blashaw, Davidson Parks and Recreation at 704-892-3349 or register on-line at

The Davidson Farmer’s Market will host winter market day (held every other week) Saturday, 9-11 a.m. on the lot next to Town Hall. Details:

Masterworks School of the Arts will hold a Music Festival Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the school’s Mooresville offices. Students of all ages are invited to participate, performing before a panel of judges at sessions all morning long. High-scoring students from each session will be invited back to perform in the Honors Recital in the afternoon.

Student groups at Davidson College will hold a “Water Walk,” Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon behind the Baker Sports Complex.  The interactive 5K walk is a fundraiser to benefit Water for Sudan, which seeks to drill 35 wells per year to bring clean water to rural southern Sudan.

The Davidson AGLOW Community Lighthouse will meet Saturday, 9:30 a.m. at the Davidson United Methodist Church chapel.  The featured speaker is Carole Tate on “The Heavenly Father’s Heartbeat.” She is pastor of Life Giving Christian Center, Monroe, N.C. Coffee and registration at 9:30, program begins at 10. Free.

North Mecklenburg High School will host the 13th annual community spaghetti dinner for the Angels of ‘97, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., featuring all-you-can-eat meals (available for delivery) and both a live and a silent auction. Dinner tickets are $5 and proceeds go towards scholarships for seniors at North Meck and Hopewell High. The event commemorates five students who died in car accidents or of illnesses before they could graduate with the North Meck Class of 1997.

The Davidson public library branch will host a free event for kids Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., featuring Peggy McKay and Her Friends.  Ms. McKay is the outreach coordinator for Davidson College’s herpetology lab and she’ll bring some live reptile and amphibian friends to the library and tell stories.

The Davidson Lands Conservancy will offer a special spring hike this Saturday, 2-5 p.m., offering a preview of the newest nature preserve in the Mecklenburg Parks system, the West Branch Wetland.  Conservation specialist Taylor Piephoff will lead the tour, which will be strenuous on irregular terrain and through dense underbrush.  Expect singing frogs and impressive views!  Preregistration is required and space is limited.  Contact the conservancy at 704-892-1910 for more details and directions.

The Point golf club, located at 160 Stonewall Beach Lane, Mooresville, will be the scene of “A Knight of Medieval Magic,” Saturday, 7-11 p.m.  This fund-raiser for Lake Norman YMCA features performers from the Carolina Renaissance Festival, live music by Lake Norman Orchestra, food and drink. $75 per person, $125 per couple. Call the Y to register, 704-716-4400.


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St. – Live music: Open mic with Chas Willoman.
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 8:30 a.m., South Main Square offices, 442 S. Main St. (next to Masterworks) – South Main Square Business Networking Group monthly gathering. “Bring a stack of bsuiness cards, a pen, ideas and a positive attitude,” says organizer Kathleen Rose. Free. RSVP to
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St. – Live music: Chicago blues with the well-traveled troubadour Matt Walsh.
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St. – Live music with Davidson College student performers, co-sponsored by WALT.
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St. – Live music with Rick Spreitzer Trio.
  • SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 3-5:30 p.m., Charles Mack Citizens Center, downtown Mooresville – Lake Norman Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s Circle of Caring group holds a Domestic Violence Awareness Seminar. With expert advice and discussion from Lake Norman domestic abuse experts and aid agencies including Dove House, United Family Services, My Sister’s House and the Iredell and Alexander County District Attorney. The seminar is sponsored by The Lake Norman Jewish Congregation, Congregation Emanuel, Beth Shalom of Lake Norman and the Jewish Council of Lake Norman. Free. Details: 704-987-9980.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 30, 7 p.m., Davidson IB Middle School, South Street – Parenting expert John Rosemond speaks on “Parenting a Strong-Willed Child.” Sponsored by Church of the Good Shepherd. $10 for individuals, $15 for couples, with all proceeds benefitting the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. Tickets and info:
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 31,, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fresh Market, Fresh Market Shopping Center, off I-77 Exit 28 – Third annual “A Taste of Art,” wine, hors d’oeuvres, and art auction, to benefit Creative Art Exchange and Children’s Arts Project. Tickets $25. Tickets available at Fresh Market or Cornelius Arts Center, in the Oak Street Mill, behind the police station, Cornelius.
  • SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 3 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane – Music at St. Alban’s series presents VOX & Friends. Vox is a professional vocal group from Charlotte, led by David Tang. Tickets required. Details on the Music at St. Alban’s website.
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 11, Bradford Store, 15915 Davidson-Concord Road, Huntersville, annual Easter Egg Hunt and petting zoo.
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 16,7 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. – “Neighborhood Design and Housing,” a community forum as part of the town’s Comprehensive Planning process. Speakers: Commissioner Margo Williams and local builders and architects. Moderator: former town Commissioner Bruce McMillen. Speakers will discuss Davidson’s planning ordinance and design process, and outline innovative neighborhood design and housing options. Free. For more information call 704 892-7592. (See also our Feb. 19 series preview, “Town lecture series to focus on economy, sustainability.”)
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 18, noon – 4:30 p.m. – Lake Norman Parade of Barns, a new event offering tours and demonstrations at local equestrian facilities.  Tickets are $10 for adults, free for 12 and under.  Event ends with a reception at Hinds’ Feet Farm, and a chance to mingle with therapy horses.
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 21,7 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. – “What Does Sustainable Look Like?” a community forum as part of the town’s Comprehensive Planning process. Speakers: TBA. Moderators: Commissioner Laurie Venzon and former Commissioner David Martin. This forum will focus on ways to balance a sustainable ecosystem with economic goals, recreational needs, and infrastructure expansion. Free. For more information call 704 892-7592. (See also our Feb. 19 series preview, “Town lecture series to focus on economy, sustainability.”)
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 11 a.m., Davidson post office plaza – Dedication of the town’s first public artwork, “Bouquet for Davidson,” a 15-foot metal sculpture to be installed in mid-April by artist Andy Dunnill. More about the work and the artist, as well as past coverage of the town’s development of a public art program, at
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 7:30 p.m., Raceworld USA, 20310 Chartwell Center Drive, off I-77 Exit 28, Cornelius – Our Towns Habitat for Humanity invites the Lake Norman community to celebrate is selection as “Affiliate of the Year” by Habitat for Humanity International at a “Racin’ Rockin’ ‘n Roofin'” event with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and music and dancing with the Center City Groove band. Free, donations welcome. Reservations required by March 31. For reservations or information, contact Donna Nestor at or 704-896-8957, ext. 1122.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 27, 1 p.m., River Run Country Club – Davidson Lions Club and other area Lions club host the annual Russell B. Knox Memorial Golf Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the club’s programs and services. Details: Ed Roberts, 704-892-0276.
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May 22-May 28

Poltergeist (PG-13) - Fri - Sun: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20, 9:35; Mon: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Tue: (1:30), (4:20), (7:20); Wed: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Thu: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20
Tomorrowland (PG) - Fri - Sun: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00, 9:55; Mon: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00; Tue: (1:00), (4:00), (7:00); Wed & Thu: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00
Mad Max: Fury Road (R) - Fri - Sun: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25, 10:10; Mon: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25; Tue: (1:40), (4:30); Wed & Thu: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25
Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) - Fri - Sun: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10, 10:00; Mon: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10; Tue: (1:15), (4:10), (7:10); Wed & Thu: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10

May 29-June 4

Spy (R) - Thu: (5:00), 7:45
Entourage (R) - Tue: 7:00 PM; Wed: (1:10), (4:30); Thu: (1:10), (4:30), 7:30
Aloha (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20, 9:55; Sun & Mon: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Tue: (1:30), (4:20), (7:20); Wed: (1:30), (4:20); Thu: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20
Poltergeist (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:25), (3:50), 7:10, 9:30; Sun & Mon: (1:25), (3:50), 7:10; Tue: (1:25), (3:50)
Tomorrowland (PG) - Fri & Sat: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55, 9:50; Sun & Mon: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55; Tue: (1:00), (4:00), (6:55); Wed: (1:00), (4:00); Thu: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55
Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:15), (4:10), 7:00, 9:40; Sun & Mon: (1:15), (4:10), 7:00; Tue: (1:15), (4:10), (7:00); Wed: (1:15), (4:10); Thu: (1:15 PM)