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Weekly calendar March 18-24: Meet the author, wine night, spring market and more

Monday, March 18

Acclaimed Dulcimer Artist Bing Futch

7:30 – 9 pm | March 18. Acclaimed dulcimer artist Bing Futch. Using the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, and a looper, Dutch celebrates traditional and modern music with passion, humor, and boundless energy. For tickets, call 704-894-2135 or go online.  Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall, Davidson College.

The Sheng Player: A British/Chinese Mixed Family’s Live Performance and More

7:30 – 9:45pm | March 18. A fun-loving British/Chinese mixed family from London. Yi Guo is a player of the sheng, an ancient Chinese musical instrument dating back to 1100 BCE. His work has been featured on over 200 movies, including The Last Emperor. Accompanying him to Davidson will be his English wife, Amanda, and their son, Toto Guo, who is an international model and actor splitting his time between China and the UK. Music and stories. No tickets required. Free admission. Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room, Davidson College.

Wednesday, March 20

Lost Worlds Wine Night

6-8 pm  | March 20.  Enjoy a guided tasting of 5 wines from Europe for $20. After the tasting, bottles of the vintages are available at distributor pricing. Lost Worlds Brewing, Cornelius.

Davidson College Choirs: KITKA

7:30 – 9 pm | March 20. The Davidson College Chorale performs with the exotic and exhilarating professional vocal ensemble, KITKA. The nine women in KITKA are fearless sonic explorers who for over four decades, have developed a vast, breathtaking repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus, and Slavic lands, as well as new material composed for the group drawing on those ancient vocal practices. Free and open to the public. Davidson College Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, Main Street, Davidson.

Wednesday, March 20 – Sunday, March 24

Bright Star

7:30 pm March 20-23; 2 pm March 24. The Music Department collaborates with the Theatre Department in this production of Bright Star, featuring musical echoes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bright Star is a haunting tale of love and redemption set among a rich ensemble of characters in the North Carolina mountains in the 1940’s. Literary editor Alice Murphy sets out to discover the familial secret that binds her to a young writer just back from World War II. Her emotional, uplifting journey of discovery will forever change both of their lives. For tickets,(13.91 plus fees), contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Duke Family Performance Hall – Davidson College.

Thursday, March 21

Books and Bites

Susan Beckham Zurenda. Author photo Anna Beckham

11 am | March 21. A light luncheon where author Susan Beckham Zurenda will discuss her new novel, “The Girl From the Red Rose Motel” (Mercer University Press, September 2023). The novel presents a number of timely topics including young people living as sheltered homeless, the joys and challenges of public school teaching, and troubles with book censorship. Cornelius Library, Catawba Avenue.

Dean Rusk Lecture: The Middle East and North Africa: Development Challenges and Opportunities

7 – 8 pm | March 21. David Bruns is the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for the Middle East Bureau overseeing development assistance to Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. His lecture is free and open to the public. Visual Arts Center VAC-117 Semans Lecture Hall, Davidson College.

Inappropriate: An Evening with Cartoonist Gabrielle Bell

7 – 8:30 pm | March 21. Gabrielle Bell has contributed to The New Yorker, The Paris Review, McSweeneys, The Believer, and Vice. Her most recent work, Career Shoplifter, is a collection of comics about and drawings of New York City cafe life. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Chambers Lilly Family Gallery, Davidson College.

Books by the Butterfly

10 – 11 am | Thursdays. Outdoor storytime. Rosedale Nature Park, 9519 Rosewood Meadow Ln., Huntersville.

Saturday, March 23

Town of Cornelius

Hop Into Spring

2-4 pm | March 23. This free, family event is designed for ages 3-12. Participants can enjoy an afternoon filled with fun, including  egg-themed activities, arts and  crafts, live music, face painting, inflatables and concessions. Wilhelm Park, 19018 Smith Cir., Cornelius.

Donuts With the Duck and Bunny

9 am, 10 am and 11 am | March 23. Hop on over to for “Donuts with the Duck and Bunny” on d! Enjoy donuts and a craft while you wait for your Bunny and Duck photo. Advance registration with a fee of $10 per family is required. Space is limited to 30 tables per time slot. Registration will include a 45-minute table reservation, one donut per person and a family table craft. Tables are limited to 6 people per table. Please sign up as one person and enter the number of people attending with your family. Veterans Park in Downtown Huntersville.

Susan Werner

8 pm | March 23. Over the course of her colorful career, singer songwriter Susan Werner has cultivated a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. Most of her work infuses traditional music styles and methods with her unmistakable contemporary worldview, constantly challenging listeners to experience music from a fresh and unexpected perspective.Tickets $30-$40. Cain Center for the Arts.

Mooresville Day Artisan Market

Noon – 4 pm | March 23. Annual hometown festival showcases local art, food and entertainment. Open-air artisan market featuring art and handmade items, food trucks and downtown eateries.  Downtown Mooresville, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.

NC Arbor Day Tree Planting: Pump House Greenway

9 am – noon | March 23. In celebration of the NC Arbor Day (held earlier than the national Arbor Day to coincide with the area tree planting season), TreesDavidson will host a tree planting at the Pump House Greenway, 865 South St., to plant 40-50 trees with volunteers. This event is great for all ages. Sign-up recommended. This event is open to all.

Sunday, March 24

Purim Carnival

9:3e0 – 11:30 am | March 24. Make your own Super Hero cape / mask, bounce house, face painting, games and more. $8 per child. Food for sale. Temple Kol Tikvah, 605 South St., Davidson.

Keukenhof Spring Market

11 am – 4 pm | March 24. Artists and craftsmen, food trucks, craft beer, live music. Beach Bash raffle fundarising for Big Day at the Lake. Back lot of Lost Worlds Brewing, Cornelius.

Registration open for Mayors Fitness Challenge

The 2024 Mayors Fitness Challenge will take place for six weeks from April 7 – May 19. The goal is for residues of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville to have the most active minutes collectively each week. At the end of the six weeks, the town with the highest average total of active minutes will be awarded the Fittest Community trophy. 

STEM & Arts festival

Noon – 4 pm | March 24. North Carolina’s largest STEM & Arts festival. Over 100 free hands-on STEAM activities, games, entertainment, artisans and vendors, food trucks and more. Admission and activities are free but space is limited. Register now to reserve your spot for an afternoon of family fun. Woodlawn School,  135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville 28115.

Through March 29

Home Grown Junior!

Hours vary | March 29. Home Grown is an annual mixed media exhibit celebrating our artistic community. Artists of all levels are invited to submit 2D and 3D work. This is a non-juried exhibit that allows our community of artists to explore their creativity.

For the first time, the Cain Center for the Arts  has added an exhibit for artists from the ages of 10-16 .

This exhibit is  open at the Cornelius Arts Center Gallery, and available to view by the public on 10 am – 4 pm Mondays -Tuesdays and 10 am-1 pm Wednesdays.

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