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HEARTS event at Cedar Grove features local music, local food discussion

David Childers will perform at HEARTS

Oct. 3. What did harvest and harvest time mean to the people in our region throughout the ages? Find out at the the Oct. 15 HEARTS event at historic Cedar Grove and Hugh Torance House and Store on Gilead Road.

The theme is “Harvest.”

Ashli Quesinberry Stokes, PhD will explore local foodways and traditions from the Paleo-Indians through the 21st century.

Ashli Stokes

HEARTS happenings are free monthly community gatherings featuring music, visual arts, and lectures exploring local history, nature, and our shared sense of place.


As a 20-21 Fulbright scholar, Stokes’ research about communicating identity in the Southern food movement has been described as “a call to action.” She recently edited City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide (Peter Lang), and co-authored Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South with Wendy Atkins-Sayre.


The local music segment, a tradition at every HEARTS happening, features David Childers and The Serpents. Born and raised in Mt. Holly, he has written hundreds of songs and recorded nearly 20 albums on various record labels. David and his band, The Serpents, have played extensively in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee for more than 20 years.


The Cedar Grove parlor will open at 2 pm for HEARTS Harvest with Stokes’ presentation beginning at 2:30, followed by the musical performance at 3:30. The Hugh Torance House and Store will be open from 1 pm to 6 pm with snacks, beer and wine for purchase.


Plan to come early and stay late to enjoy the historic grounds and take a tour of the oldest standing store in North Carolina. The Hugh Torance House and Store is one of Mecklenburg County’s few surviving 18th-century structures and is adjacent to Cedar Grove, the 1831 Greek Revival home of James Torrance, son of Hugh and Isabella Torance.

To RSVP: Go to the Events page at www.HughT.org. All guests registering online become eligible for door prizes.

More info: visit www.hught.org, email info@hughtorancehouseandstore.org, or call 704-920-9931.