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Trail Rides, Theater Dinners, and Tasting Tours

Trail Rides, Theater Dinners, and Tasting Tours

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in JoCo



Black Creek Hill Farms Valentine's Day Couples Trail Ride
February 14th by reservation only

Includes a 1-and-a-half-hour trail ride for two including a simple picnic lunch with beverage of choice. Information available by calling 919-524-5096.

Private Candle Light Valentine's Tasting & Tour
February 12th through the 26th by reservation only

This couples package includes a private candle lit guided wine tasting for two in one of our barrel gallery rooms, a selection of meats, cheeses, and chocolates to accompany your tasting, a private guided tour of the Winery, two souvenir stemless wine glasses, and a bottle of wine of your choice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy each other while savoring a variety of wines paired with a selection of tasty treats.

Tickets and information available here.

The Clayton Piano Festival presents the 5th Annual Valentine's Day Gala at the Wagner House
February 14th at 6:30PM

Internationally acclaimed husband and wife duo, Craig Ketter, piano and Valerie Gonzalez, soprano take listeners on a journey through some of the greatest solo piano and vocal works having to do with love of all kinds - successful, unsuccessful, dramatic or humorous.

Ticket price includes a four-course dinner, concert, and reception. Tickets and information available here.

The Good ‘Ol Girls Dinner Theater at Gregory Vineyards
February 11th at 5:00PM

Two of Nashville's leading singer/songwriters redefined the modern Southern woman in Good Ol' Girls, a musical about love, loss and laughter. The price includes the show and a prime rib dinner served with salad, baked potato, cheesecake, and tea. The evening begins between 5:00 and 5:30PM.

Please contact Gregory Vineyards at (919) 894-7700 to reserve your seat. More information is available here.

Valentine Food & Wine Tour
February 9th at 6:00PM

Eat, Drink & Fall in LOVE on our Valentine's Food Tour! More information is available here.

Harbor Valentine Ball 2017
February 11th at 7:00PM

Raise awareness and money for a fantastic local organization that aids survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault! Harbor's Valentine Ball will feature music from the Central Park Band, a silent auction, and great food! Attendees will receive two wine/beer tickets and there will also be a cash bar.

Call 919-938-3566 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase tickets! Purchase tickets by February 8th. More information available here.


For an on-going list of events happening in Johnston County, including additional Valentine’s events that could be added as details are finalized, go to www.johnstoncountyevents.com.

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Valentine Events in JoCo

Valentine Events in JoCo

If you're looking for a date night activity in the month of February to celebrate Valentine's Day, then look no further. Johnston County has wine, chocolate, romantic horse rides, delicious dinners, and musical performances. Find your perfect date below. 

Tickets and information for each event can be found by following the link, simply click on the title of the event you are interested in. 

 

Evans Jewelers Sweets, Treats, & Sparkles

Everyone who comes to enjoy wine tasting and jazz music will receive a 1ct cubic zirconium, but one lucky winner will receive a Forever Us, Diamond Two-stone ring!

February 5th from 5:00OM-8:00PM

 

Black Creek Hill Farms Valentine's Day Couples Trail Ride

Includes a private guided 1 hour trail ride for two. Afterwards you will be served a simple picnic lunch with beverage of choice.

February 13th at 10:00AM

 

Spend an evening with Franc D'Ambrisio

Acclaimed as the world's longest running phantom, enjoy interpretations of Franc's favorite Broadway hits including pieces from The Phantom of the Opera.

February 13th at 8:00PM

 

Valentine's Day Dinner and a Show at Hinnant Vineyards

Memories Are Made of This, a Valentine's Dinner & 50's Musical Tribute Show. Each ticket includes a full course meal, the show, & a glass of wine.

February 13th at 6:00PM

 

The Clayton Piano Festival presents the 4th Annual Valentine's Day Gala at Brick & Mortar

Ticket price includes dinner, drinks, concert, and dessert.

February 13th at 6:30PM

 

Truffle Making Class at Gregory Vineyards

Enjoy a fun fill afternoon of learning to make your own decorated molded chocolates & ruffles while enjoying the delicious wines of Gregory Vineyards.

February 14th, classes begin at 11:00AM, 2:00PM, and 6:00PM

***A special truffle making class is being offered at 1:00PM and includes a voucher for dinner at Lane's Seafood & Steakhouse. 

 

The Night of the Iguana at Neuse Little Theatre

Written by Tennessee Williams and also made into a 1964 movie starring Johnston County native Ava Gardner, this play promises conflict, humor, and steamy romance.

February 19th-21st and 26th-27th, show begins at 8:00PM

 

 

Deep River Beer Dinner with the Wandering Moose food truck

Come join Deep River for their first ever beer dinner at the Deep River Taproom. With each ticket you will receive 5 beers and 4 courses of mouth watering food.

February 24th at 6:30PM

 

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Valentine Events in JoCo

Valentine Events in JoCo

If you're looking for a date night activity in the month of February to celebrate Valentine's Day, then look no further. Johnston County has wine, chocolate, romantic horse rides, delicious dinners, and musical performances. Find your perfect date below. 

Tickets and information for each event can be found by following the link, simply click on the title of the event you are interested in. 

 

Evans Jewelers Sweets, Treats, & Sparkles

Everyone who comes to enjoy wine tasting and jazz music will receive a 1ct cubic zirconium, but one lucky winner will receive a Forever Us, Diamond Two-stone ring!

February 5th from 5:00OM-8:00PM

 

Black Creek Hill Farms Valentine's Day Couples Trail Ride

Includes a private guided 1 hour trail ride for two. Afterwards you will be served a simple picnic lunch with beverage of choice.

February 13th at 10:00AM

 

Spend an evening with Franc D'Ambrisio

Acclaimed as the world's longest running phantom, enjoy interpretations of Franc's favorite Broadway hits including pieces from The Phantom of the Opera.

February 13th at 8:00PM

 

Valentine's Day Dinner and a Show at Hinnant Vineyards

Memories Are Made of This, a Valentine's Dinner & 50's Musical Tribute Show. Each ticket includes a full course meal, the show, & a glass of wine.

February 13th at 6:00PM

 

The Clayton Piano Festival presents the 4th Annual Valentine's Day Gala at Brick & Mortar

Ticket price includes dinner, drinks, concert, and dessert.

February 13th at 6:30PM

 

Truffle Making Class at Gregory Vineyards

Enjoy a fun fill afternoon of learning to make your own decorated molded chocolates & ruffles while enjoying the delicious wines of Gregory Vineyards.

February 14th, classes begin at 11:00AM, 2:00PM, and 6:00PM

***A special truffle making class is being offered at 1:00PM and includes a voucher for dinner at Lane's Seafood & Steakhouse. 

 

The Night of the Iguana at Neuse Little Theatre

Written by Tennessee Williams and also made into a 1964 movie starring Johnston County native Ava Gardner, this play promises conflict, humor, and steamy romance.

February 19th-21st and 26th-27th, show begins at 8:00PM

 

 

Deep River Beer Dinner with the Wandering Moose food truck

Come join Deep River for their first ever beer dinner at the Deep River Taproom. With each ticket you will receive 5 beers and 4 courses of mouth watering food.

February 24th at 6:30PM

 

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Tis' the Season & Snare

Tis' the Season & Snare

If you read my Journey blog or any of the JoCo Has Talent series blogs you'll already know two things. One, I love music on a very personal and visceral level. Two, Johnston County has some amazing and talented people trying to make it in the music business. In this week's blog I'm talking to Casey Austin Allen, a Four Oaks native and one half of the duo Season & Snare. The other half being Autumn Rose Brand. If you're wondering about the name of the band, Casey plays drums and Autumn is, well, named after a season. And it's always ladies first, so Season & Snare. The duo was formed in March of 2014, and yes, they are more Karmen than HoneyHoney. Which is a musical way of saying they are a couple. Below, Casey answers my questions about Season & Snare, the music industry, Johnston County, and dating your business partner.

As it turns out, musician was not Casey's first career choice, "I was actually gonna be a Power Ranger. But, it turns out, that's not really a job." I can sympathize, seeing as my Hogwarts letter is STILL lost in the owl mail somewhere.

Like many young kids whose parents aren't quite sure what to get their children for Christmas, Casey received a drum set one year, "I didn't ask for one, but I had fun banging on it randomly for a year until an older friend of mine came over one day and tapped out a beat on it. I just had this moment of epiphany, like, you can make purposeful noise with that?!"

He got lessons at 15 and became so good that he graduated high school early in order to tour with a metal band. He did that for four and half years, which isn't as weird as it sounds Casey says, "if you want to play at a very high technical level as a drummer you either need to play metal or jazz."

 

Casey at the Drums

 

He joined the band through a mutual friend and left when he realized he had a real passion for singing... not screaming. Along the way he picked up guitar, piano, and song writing. Then, in 2014 he met Autumn at a studio session in Raleigh that he had booked to play drums. They still do a lot of concerts in Raleigh, where they have ties to the music scene.

"Instead of going on a normal date we started writing music together and the connection was instant. We both have a love for pop and folk. Our sound inspiration comes from bands like the Civil Wars and Broods. We complement each other in what we bring to the music. I'm from Johnston County and so sometimes a little southern, country, rock sneaks in. Autumn is from Seattle so she sometimes tempers the songs with a soft, rainy day vibe."

I asked how their writing sessions go, "normally one of us gets an idea and then we bring it up to each other and continue together. I think the fact that we're dating makes our song writing better, it adds honesty. But, it can be difficult too. To set aside your relationship and make decisions as business partners."

Listening to Casey define their roles in the band, I get the feeling that having clearly defined tasks is what makes it work, "Autumn does a lot of the marketing and booking. She's great at it. And we've both become very savvy with social media, especially Periscope. That's where we caught our big break."

Periscope is a live-streaming service through Twitter. You jump on the app, start recording yourself, and Twitter let's people know that you're doing something cool on camera, giving your followers and other twitter members a chance to click a link and watch you. So, basically, Season & Snare can put on a concert in their living room whenever they want thanks to the internet.

"The unfortunate thing is that the music industry isn't just about talent and drive, it's about luck." But Casey says that a lot of talented and business-minded artists are turning to the rapid changes in technology and communication to gain an audience and following.

Season & Snare's big break (where talent, hard-work, internet savvy, and luck came together) took place during a Periscope session that started with 15 people logged-in to watch Autumn and Casey jam in their living room, per usual. Except that night they watched the hit count (the number of people currently watching them) jump from 15 to 100 to 1500. It turns out Aaron Paul, star of the hit TV show Breaking Bad, had stumbled upon their Periscope session and digged their music, tweeting out Season & Snare to his 2.5+ million followers.

 

Aaron Paul on Twitter


But, wait, it gets better. Because of that one session, Season & Snare ended up being the first live feed to go "viral" on Periscope. So the company contacted Casey and Autumn, congratulating them on their success and talent, thanking them for using the platform, and inviting them to play at one of the first Periscope Summits in NYC.

I asked Casey what that feels like, "It was crazy! We're performing and speaking at the next summit in San Francisco coming up soon. Our success with Periscope has given us a bigger following on the west coast than we have in our home state. That's the power of the internet."

I asked if he thought the internet would ever make labels obsolete, "I don't think they'll ever be obsolete, having a record deal can make a lot of things easier. But social media and crowd-sharing is making it easier for independent artists to compete in the market, to make it without a label. Ideally, Season & Snare would like to be an independent band with a good distribution company."

The bigger you get as a band, the more you travel. Both nationally and internationally. I wanted to know what Casey misses most about JoCo, "the first time I went to NYC was a little shocking. Everyone walks with their heads down, not making eye contact. In Johnston County, you can be a complete stranger but we make eye contact with you, we nod, we say hello. Southern hospitality is the best. It's nice to return and feel welcome."

Speaking of returning, Season & Snare will be making Four Oaks, NC their base of operations for a while. In between recording music and touring, Casey and Autumn will be opening up a music school in their home, his grandparents old home actually. Casey was very close to his grandparents, who lived next door to him growing up. In fact, he recently released a song he wrote about their love for each other. Called To Ann, With Love. You can listen to it and learn more about it here. Be prepared to cry. The song is absolutely beautiful both musically and lyrically.

With their love and support of him, it feels right that the home his grandparents shared will be a place for making and sharing music. Johnston County doesn't have a lot of places that kids can go outside of school to learn music appreciation, especially early in life. Casey is hoping to change that, "we'll be teaching drums, guitar, piano, violin, and maybe a few more."

Best of all, Season & Snare have their very first EP debuting late this month. In conjunction with a TV show. Yes, you heard that right!  On December 22, ABC News is doing a special on new social media trends, and Periscope will be a part of that. One part of the special is about how new bands are using apps like Periscope to reach new, larger audiences, and Season & Snare will be featured in the segment which will air nationally. Be on the look-out for more news regarding the EP release date on the Season & Snare Facebook page - and LIKE them while you're there.

It was an incredible experience to sit down with Casey and talk music. As it always is when I speak with one of the many talented artists that come out of Johnston County. I get to play Rolling Stone reporter for a day. Hopefully soon, you'll see Season & Snare on the cover of Rolling Stone for real. I'm certainly glad that they're chasing their dreams and that they've decided to share their music and talent with Johnston County along the way. Casey is optimistic you'll be able to see them perform in the county at some local gigs they hope to book in 2016. And, if not, there's always Season & Snare on Periscope.

UPDATE: You can now listen to snippets of Season & Snare's new EP Seek here, and follow the link to purchase on iTunes! Happy Listening!

 

Casey & Autumn

*Blog Cover Photo Taken by Daniel Scheirer.

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American Music Jubilee Christmas Show Is Here

American Music Jubilee Christmas Show Is Here


It has not escaped my notice that I recently posted a blog in which I lamented the retail-driven erasure of November and ThanDown Home Christmas ksgiving (a wondrous time of year). I do believe I firmly stated the Johnston County, and Southern, tradition of letting seasons and holidays pass as they will. No rushing. No jingle bells until all the colorful leaves have left their trees. And I still stand by that 100%.

But there are some of us, yes me included, who LOVE Christmas. And if you love Christmas sometimes it takes a little more than 31 days to contain your Christmas cheer. So, starting in November I find little ways to celebrate my BIG love for all things Christmas. One way to do that is to get tickets to the American Music Jubilee's Down Home Christmas Show.

It's an evening of southern hospitality, great American music, and side-splitting comedy that will delight audiences of every age. Add a couple of surprise guests, like Santa and his friends, and this show is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!  A touch of Branson and a touch of Myrtle Beach, American Music Jubilee includes a ten member cast that skillfully combine comedy skits with traditional and modern Christmas music.  
Christmas Pajamas Skit
The 2015 Christmas season shows started November 6th and will run through December 21st. The shows begin at 1:40pm and 7:40pm each day. Admission charges are $28.50 for adults with special pricing available for children, balcony seating, and groups of 15 or more. Groups should call ahead.

The reason the Jubilee starts their Christmas show in November is because so many people want to see it, and because some people like me want to experience a little Christmas before December 1st. Just remember to make the most out of your Down Home Christmas Show experience by exploring Selma before or after the show. Selma has over 20 antique and specialty stores as well as outlet shopping.  A variety of quaint hometown dining establishments are available for a pre-show lunch or dinner.  

For more information and for tickets call 1-877-843-7839 or (919) 202-9927. You can also visit the website at www.amjubilee.com for a full performance schedule.

Happy Holidays (a little early) Ya'll!

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Menacing, Melodious, Masterful

Menacing, Melodious, Masterful

Celebrate the timeless nature of classical music. Be thrilled by the haunting sounds of the season. Explore the collections of masterful composers. The 4th Annual Clayton Piano Festival will regale audiences with a week of expertly themed concerts starting on October 30th and going through November 7th.

Hometown classical musician, Jonathan Levin, started the festival in 2010 to give back to the community where he was raised. "As many may know, I grew up in the Clayton area and it was here that my musical education began as well," stated Levin. "Clayton Piano Festival (CPF) is my way of giving back to a community which gave much to me and to share my love and enthusiasm for great music with as many people as possible."

“Taking high art off of the top shelf” has been the mission of Clayton Piano Festival for the past four years as it has presented fun, family-oriented outreach shows, innovative classes for local music students and accessible, festive concert performances by world renowned guest artists from all across the globe throughout the Clayton area and beyond.

The festival returns this fall with another stellar line up of concerts in partnership with the Historic Wagner House to promote an intimate atmosphere where audiences can experience world class performances up close and personal.  “It’s almost like having a live concert in your own living room”, says Levin.  “There’s no need to know anything about the music before coming or to worry about uptight concert etiquette.  People will have fun and enjoy amazing music, guided through the experience by performers who are as communicative with their performances as they are presenting the music to new audiences.  The idea is for those who aren’t classical enthusiasts to be able to discover something incredible they weren’t sure they would enjoy, and for those who are, to be able to listen with a fresh perspective.” 

This season starts off with a special Halloween party and concert on October 30th called Night of the Living Composers.  The event includes dinner, the concert and a dessert reception afterwards.  Jonathan Levin will treat listeners to a rousing collection CPF Evening 1of some of the most horrible works for the piano, in the best sense of the word of course!   The program includes famous numbers CPF Evening 2 featured in horror movies and other pieces which have themes associated with menace in some way.  Come dressed for the occasion and participate in a costume contest to win free tickets to the concert on November 5th.

On Sunday afternoon, November 1st, Professor at Baylor University and expert on Spanish music, Dr. Paul Sanchez presents an evocative and thrilling collection of works from two of the most influential Spanish composers, Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados.   The only American pianist to be invited to study in Spain with the legendary Alicia de Larrocha, Paul will guide the audience through the rich and colorful music of this country.  The concert, called In the Gardens of Spain, explores the dances, tangos, folk influence and traditional melodies that make up the unique Spanish flavor.  

On Thursday November 5th, Russian-born pianist and producer/broadcaster, Yana Reznik presents an evening of Russian favorites titled, From Russia with Love.  The concert includes an exhilarating collection of works which everyone knows and loves like selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and famous preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff.  You may choose to come early and have a full, wholesome Russian-style CPF Evening 3dinner, or just come later for the concert, which will again be followed by a dessert reception.
CPF Evening 4
The closing concert of the 2015 season is titled Beethoven and Why the Piano Matters, which will be held at Hopper Piano Company in Raleigh. Noted author, teacher, and broadcaster David Dubal hosts this unique look at the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven through live performances of his piano music featuring the dynamic pianism of Russian born guest artist Michael Bulychev-Okser.  The program explores famous sonatas of his early middle and late periods, highlighting the evolution of his style, which was so inextricably linked to the composers' own life and inner journey.  Audiences will see how this titan rocked the music world, leaving an indelible mark on the history of music and the piano – a force of influence that is still felt strongly today.  

The Clayton Piano Festival is supported by grants, donations, and tickets sales. Ticket prices vary between performances and both a senior and child ticket price will be offered, with package deals as well including the three Wagner House performances. More information and to purchase tickets, visit www.claytonpianofestival.org.

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Blues Giant James “Superharp” Cotton Headlines Clayton’s Sixth Annual Blues Bash

All shows in the 2010-2011 Palladian Series begin at 8 p.m. in the renovated and historic 600-seat auditorium at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton, located about 15 miles east of Raleigh.

Tickets for Blues Bash VI: Superharps can be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, at The Clayton Center Box Office from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.theclaytoncenter.com.

CLAYTON, N.C – Between his huge sound, his larger-than-life personality and his massive frame, Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master James “Superharp” Cotton is a blues giant in every respect.

Cotton, who in 2010 celebrates his 66th year as a professional musician, headlines The Clayton Center’s Blues Bash VI: Superharps on Friday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. The event also features local Piedmont bluesmen Tad Walters Trio.

Over the course of his 66-year career, James Cotton has seemingly done it all. As a small boy he learned harmonica directly from Sonny Boy Williamson. He toured with Howlin’ Wolf, recorded for Sun Records and spent 12 years with Muddy Waters before stepping out on his own. Leading his own band, he rose to the very top of the blues and rock scenes, touring the world non-stop and earning his reputation as one of the most powerful live blues performers in the world.

Cotton was universally renowned as one of the hardest-touring and most popular blues artists of the 1970s. His acrobatic showmanship – he often did somersaults on stage – and full-throttle blues kept him in demand at concert halls all over the country. He continued to record and perform throughout the 1980s and won a Grammy Award in 1996 for his album Deep In The Blues.

Cotton’s honors are numerous. He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006 and was honored by the Smithsonian Institution when one of his harmonicas was added to its permanent collection.

Throughout this decade, Cotton has continued to record – his latest release is the 2010 Giant (Alligator Records) – and tour relentlessly, electrifying audiences all over the world. Today, while turning over the singing duties to his road band, Cotton can still blow the reeds right out of a harp.

Tad Walters, who was born in Canton, Ohio, and raised in Raleigh, was influenced by the likes of Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Lockwood, Charlie Patton, Robert Nighthawk and John Jackson, among others. He began his professional music career with the Bob Margolin Band in 1996. For four years he traveled the world with the band, playing with musicians like Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Boy Arnold and Cary Bell.

In 2001 Walters joined the Big Bill Morganfield band and stayed until 2004. He currently concentrates on Piedmont blues and old-time jazz with Dave Andrews.

All shows in the 2010-2011 Palladian Series begin at 8 p.m. in the renovated and historic 600-seat auditorium at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton, located about 15 miles east of Raleigh.

Tickets for Blues Bash VI: Superharps can be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, at The Clayton Center Box Office from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.theclaytoncenter.com.

The fifth show in the Palladian Series is Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on Saturday, Feb. 26. Reserved seating for Tommy Emmanuel is sold out. Standing Room Only tickets are on sale for $15.

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Feel The Mojo At The Clayton Center 2010-11 Season Release & Community Event Showcase Is Aug. 27

The Clayton Center celebrates the 2010-11 Palladian Series in style on Friday, Aug. 27, with an event guaranteed to get your mojo going.

The Clayton Center Season Kick-Off & Community Event Showcase will feature a concert by Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos, the official release of the 2010-2011 season lineup, giveaways, door prizes, light refreshments and an opportunity to hear about the major special events coming up in Clayton.

The mojo kicks in at 6 p.m. when The Clayton Center opens its doors to the Community Event Showcase. Civic and community organizations, including the Downtown Development Association, Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Clayton Parks and Recreation Department, Clayton Visual Arts, Clayton Historical Association, Clayton Woman’s Club, Clayton Farm and Community Market and Clayton Youth Theater, will be present to talk about their upcoming activities. Showcase participants will have giveaways throughout the evening.

The Clayton Center also will sponsor several door prizes. The grand prize is two season tickets to the 2010-2011 Palladian Series, which runs from October through April. The total value of the ticket package is $270.

The concert, which begins at 8 p.m. in The Clayton Center Auditorium will follow the release of The Clayton Center’s eight season.

Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos is a popular zydeco/Cajun flavored blues band. Nicknamed “The Zydeco Chef,” the multi-talented Melton cooks on stage as well as in the kitchen as owner of Durham’s Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse restaurant. He’s a classic blues harmonica musician who is backed by a talented band that gets its audiences out of their seats and on their feet before they know what hit them. When Melton describes the Wicked Mojos’ music, he says, “There's zydeco, of course, and Cajun and blues, and New Orleans jazz and funk. But as far as what we're playing, I call it Mojo Music."

Tickets to the event are $15. The first 100 patrons to purchase a ticket also will receive admission to the private wine tasting event. Wine tasting participants will vote for their favorite wines of the evening. The most popular wines will be served by The Clayton Center during the Palladian Series. Light refreshments also will be served, and a cash bar will be open in the main lobby.

For more information about the Clayton Center Season Kick-Off & Community Event Showcase, call The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, located at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton, about 15 miles east of Raleigh, or by phone, or online at www.theclaytoncenter.com.

Popular artists presented in past seasons at The Clayton Center include Kathy Mattea, Ricky Skaggs, Johnny Winter, Jesse Cook, John Pizzarelli, Doc Watson, Eileen Ivers, Riders In the Sky, the Harlem Gospel Choir and David Sedaris.

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Beer Wine & Shine Trail

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Travel around the county to four award-winning wineries, two breweries and get a taste of brandy along the way!  Receive a Free $30 coupon book when you complete the trail.

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Johnston County offers conveniently located and affordable conference facilities for meetings, reunions, and unique destination weddings sites.  Why not select a historic home or horse farm for your next event?

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Groups have discovered exits along I-40 and I-95 for outlet shopping, music theatre, museums and heritage sites.  Call today for custom itinerary planning.

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We have created several special hotel packages including a Girlfriends Getaway for outlet shopping, we know you need a break and great deals on shoes!  Click here to book your getaway today.

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