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Weekender. Nov. 3 – 5: Sheepdog trials, Mt. Zion BBQ, ‘Elf Jr.’ and more

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Friday, Nov. 3

Chatham County Line

8 pm | Nov. 3. For over two decades, Chatham County Line has embraced a heart-worn songwriting and rough-hewn Bluegrass style that has graced stages all across the U.S. as well as Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Tickets: $30-$45. Cain Center For The Arts, 21348 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Lecture: “Margaret Bonds: A Life in Music”

7:30 pm | Nov. 3. John Michael Cooper, Ph.D., professor of music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown chair in fine arts at Southwestern University, will discuss Bonds’ life and musical contributions, including works that have only recently been performed publicly for the first time. Greenhoot Recital Hall, located in the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for Arts and Civic Engagement, Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte 28274.

Nov. 3-12

Elf Jr.

See website for schedule. Davidson Community Players, based on the hit film, “Elf Jr.” tells the story of Buddy, a human boy raised as a Santa elf. General admission, $14. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Saturday, Nov. 4

The annual barbecue at Mt. Zion UMC is open until the food runs out.

84th Annual Mt Zion BBQ

11 am | Nov 4. Dine-In, drive-thru orders and pre-order pick up. Share with your friends, invite your neighbors and pre-order your bulk BBQ for your holiday gatherings, tailgates, sporting events or a quick weekly meal. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds of Zamar

8 pm | Nov. 4. Southern gospel. Tickets: $40-$60. Cain Center For The Arts, 21348 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Cornelius Police Department host Community Document Shredding Event

9-11 am | Nov. 4. The event may end prior to 11 am due to truck capacity, equipment failure or  bad weather. There is a 4-box maximum per resident or business. Bring documents such as obsolete tax documents, financial statements, cancelled checks, insurance documents or business records. Student parking lot of William A. Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road.

The 47th Annual Working Fingers Craft Show

10 am – 4 pm | Nov. 4. A day of holiday shopping of handmade items. Jewelry, home décor, clothing, baked goods, paintings, lotions and more. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N Main St, Mooresville 28115.

Join the Carolina Raptor Center to celebrate a connection with birds of prey.

Fall for Raptors

6-9 pm | Nov. 4. Join the Carolina Raptor Center to celebrate a connection with birds of prey for an annual fundraiser. The evening includes heavy appetizers, an open bar with beer and wine, a silent auction, raptor experiences, games and activities, and fun. Tickets $75. Raptor Trail at Quest, 6345 Sample Rd., Huntersville.

Performance: “Margaret Bonds: The Songs”

7:30 pm | Nov. 4. Guest artist Sequina DuBose (UNCC) and Jennifer Piazza-Pick (Queens), along with Queens students, will perform in the Queens Hall Parlors, offering attendees an intimate audience experience in the style of a modern salon concert. The music will be interspersed with recitations of poetry written by Langston Hughes and accompanied by visual interpretations of the music by graphic design students. A short lecture will precede the performance at 7 pm. Queens Hall Parlors, Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte 28274.

Davidson Cookie Crawl

SOLD OUT: 11 am – 4 pm | Nov. 4. 

Saturday, Nov. 4- Sunday, Nov. 5

Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival

10 am – 4 pm | Nov. 4-5.This annual event that showcases the skill and intelligence of sheepdogs as they compete in a variety of challenges. Pet vendors and dog adoption group will be onsite along with food and drink vendors. Tickets $6-$25. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville.

Carolina Renaissance Festival

9:30 am – 5:30 pm | Nov 4-5. Pirates Weekend. Shop at the Fairhaven Village Marketplace and enter the Pirate Costume Contest. Contest at 3 pm for children, and an adult contest to follow immediately after. Tickets on sale now.  Rain or shine; no pets. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville.

Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds of Zamar, Southern Gospel Choir

Sunday, Nov. 5

Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds of Zamar

4 pm Nov. 5. Southern gospel. Tickets: $40-$60. Cain Center For The Arts, 21348 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Performance: “Margaret Bonds: The Choral Music”

3 pm | Nov. 5. This event will feature Bonds’ choral works, including the southeastern premiere of her masterpiece, “Credo,” a passionate and moving cry for racial equality. Setting the poetry of W.E.B. DuBois, this work will finally make its way into mainstream choral repertoire. The concert will conclude with a new work by Queens University composition professor Zach Zubow, commissioned for the occasion. A short lecture will precede the performance at 2:30 p.m. Belk Chapel, Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte 28274.

Through Nov. 11

The Art of Mechanics

An exhibit by Anna Grant Dean, who was recently a part of the Class of ’23 in ArtPop Street Gallery. Dean’s work demonstrates the creative process as well as the understanding of engineering. Her ability to install large scale sculpture demonstrates how creative the mind can be. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. Cain Center for the Arts, Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.


Mud at the Mill exhibit

Mud at the Mill

9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday; 9 a m – noon Saturday. The gallery show showcases functional, sculptural, and experimental work that utilizes clay as the primary material. A celebration of a variety of use and techniques. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St, Cornelius.


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