APRIL 2014

HICKORY HOPS! - Olde Hickory Station
Block Party/Friend-Raiser - SALT Block
Alaska On A Budget Workshop - Patrick Beaver Library
"The Lion In Winter" - HCT Firemen's Kitchen
"Body Carnival" Exhibit - Catawba Science Center
Geneology Thursdays - Patrick Beaver Library

Taste of Hickory - L.P. Frans Stadium
"Les Miserables" - Hickory Community Theatre
Free Community Lessons & Events - Hickory Music Factory
Business Seminars - CVCC Small Business Center
JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes - Lenoir-Rhyne University
Live Music In April - Olde Hickory Tap Room

April 26 - Next to Olde Hickory Station

The 12th Annual Hickory Hops will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 1-7pm next to the Olde Hickory Station in downtown Hickory. More than 350 beers from 60+ breweries will give you the finest "tastes of the season." Brewers gather in downtown Hickory from across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Baby Black will perform along with another special band to be announced.

Advanced General Admission tickets are available online,, for $30 each, plus tax and fees. Tickets are also available at the Olde Hickory Tap Room, Olde Hickory Station, and Amos Howards for $35 each, including taxes and fees. Cash only. Designated Driver tickets may be purchased for $10 each.

No one under 21 years of age without a photo ID will be allowed to enter (including non-drinkers and designated drivers). No coolers, no children, no pets. Please.

To select and reserve a hotel room in Hickory, visit . Be responsible. There are a variety of ways for you to get home or back to your hotel safely. Greenway Transportation Services will operate a free shuttle service from the Convention Center to Downtown Hickory for Hickory Hops on April 26, 2014.

This Greenway Shuttle Service will have two parts. The first shuttle will begin at the Convention Center (near many hotels) and take passengers to the event downtown. This will run every 30 minutes between 12 noon and 2 PM. The second part will be the same free shuttle service from downtown back to the Convention Center. This service will begin at 6:00 PM from downtown and will run to the Convention Center and return every 30 minutes. The final run of this shuttle will leave down town at 7:30 PM.

The event is hosted by the Olde Hickory Station and Hickory Downtown Development Association. Event sponsors are: The Best of Beers, BARK Mobile, Focus, WNCW 88.7, Country Malt Group, United Beverages, Sparkling Ice, Nestle Water, and Five Star Chemicals and Supply, Inc.

Here's an excerpt about Hickory Hops from Suds Brewer...

" As a participant at over 50 beer festivals, I'd like to provide festers with insight and recommendations. Whatever you may be thinking, a beer festival is not a chugging marathon. It's not a drunken frat party. It's not an excuse to get smashed and act stupid. The only award given for public drunkenness comes with handcuffs. Please line up a designated driver before the festival or take a taxi home.
Used in moderation, beer, the most commonly consumed of all alcoholic beverages, is a social drink, inspiring conversation and camaraderie. And what better way to enjoy beer than at an outdoor festival with 1,000+ like-minded souls?

A beer festival is a celebration of beer, a gathering of the brewing clans. With brewers on hand to answer questions, it's an opportunity for the beer neophytes and curious to learn and enjoy. A variety of beer, spanning almost every style, will be available. Don't let the selection overwhelm you. There can be a method to this tasting madness.
Hickory Hops' tasting glasses are sized, at 2.5 ounces, to encourage variety. Take advantage of the fest environment to try different beers. Sample as many as you're comfortable with. In order to try more beers, ask for half a glass. You can always get another. Taste a beer by taking at least two sips. Then decide whether it's a flavor profile that you like. If it doesn't make your taste buds sing, determine what flavor in that beer was objectionable. If you don't feel like drinking more of that beer, empty your glass into the nearest dump bucket. Make note of the distasteful style of beer (usually provided as part of the beer's name, such as Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout, etc). When you try another of that same style, look for the same unwelcome tastes. You may just not care for a particular style of beer. That's okay - there are over 56 different styles to choose from.

To increase your stamina, plan to sit and relax without a beer at least 15 minutes of every hour you are at the festival. Water and food, available from downtown restaurants, will dull the alcohol effect, as will time...As for tasting method? I suggest starting light and working toward the darker beers. Generally speaking, light colored beers such as Pilsners, Hefe-weizens (wheat beers), Blondes, fruit beers and anything with the word Light in its name tend to be lower in body, alcohol and flavor. There will be no budmillercoors products at Hickory Hops. Move from table to table sampling Light Beers for a while. Then move to the next shade of beer. Ambers, Reds, Pale Ales, Extra Special Bitters (ESBs) and other similarly copper hued beers comprise that progression. Then look for Brown Ales, Scottish Ale, India Pale Ales (IPAs) in the deep copper and brown color/flavor tones. Last on your tasting chart should be Porters and the Stouts- Oatmeal, Cream, Dry and Russian Imperial.

Even when you cleanse your mouth between beers with water, your taste buds have a memory of the last thing you tasted kind of like drinking orange juice right after you brush your teeth. If you start with a big bitter IPA and follow it with a light, lilting Blonde Ale, the latter beer will taste like water in comparison.

Allow yourself to really experience the taste. Take a pen and make notes of your favorites. That way you'll have a list of beers to search for at retail stores and to ask for at your neighborhood tavern. Make plans to visit brewpubs to see where your newfound favorites are made.

Enjoy the music. Be responsible. Enjoy the beer."


April 4 - SALT Block

Come to Our Block Party! A friend-raiser for the SALT Block Foundation will be held Friday, April 4 from 6-8 pm in the Keiser Community Room located on the West Wing of the SALT Block. Bid on original Block Art during the silent auction, enjoy wine and beer, appetizers, live music and meet the artists!

Tickets are $25 per person and dress is casual. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 828-324-4906.


April 7 - Patrick Beaver Library

Just in time for summer travel planning, instructor Ron Dees will present the workshop "Travelling to Alaska on a Shoestring Budget" on Monday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. in the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library meeting room.

Alaska means great land in the Aleut language and you are sure to agree after this workshop. Dees will explain how to obtain low-cost tickets to fly to Alaska, how to find the best deals on rental cars and the best sights to see in this beautiful state. As a former resident, Ron has recommendations about activities that you can enjoy in Alaska, including hiking, fishing, riding the Alaskan Railway and using the Alaskan Ferry System. Drive the Dalton Highway or visit the Kenai Peninsula. Find the perfect cozy cabin for a wilderness adventure. Learn the best sites for fishing for salmon and halibut, panning for gold, or visit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park.

This workshop will show you how to explore the wonders of Alaska from Anchorage to Fairbanks.


April 3-19 - HCT Firemen's Kitchen


The royal family squabbles continue as the Hickory Community Theatre production of "The Lion in Winter" begins its second weekend in the Firemen's Kitchen Cabaret Theatre with a Thursday night performance at 7:30PM.

Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England's castle in Chinon, Anjou, Angevin Empire, the play opens with the arrival of Henry's wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173.

The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, their three surviving sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John, and their Christmas Court guest, the King of France, Philip II Augustus (French: Philippe Auguste), who was the son of Eleanor's ex-husband, Louis VII of France (by his third wife, Adelaide). Also involved is Philip's half-sister Alais, who has been at court since she was betrothed to Richard at age eight, but has since become Henry's mistress.

Performance dates for "The Lion in Winter" are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM April 4 through April 19 in the Firemen's Kitchen. Thursday performances are on April 3 and 17 with a 7:30PM curtain time.

Tickets are $14 and are available at the Theatre box office in person or by phone at (828) 328-2283, Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5. Online ticketing is available through the Theatre website at
HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. "The Lion in Winter" is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Dr. Delores Hammer, DDS.


April - Catawba Science Center

Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You

Visitors to Catawba Science Center will be immersed in the wonders of the human body. This exhibition will inform and educate children and their families about the human body. Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You will be segmented into six areas with important lessons for children and their parents on issues dealing with dental hygiene, physical abilities, vision and equilibrium, circulatory systems and heart disease and many more areas.

The six areas will focus on body exploration, body invasion, reproduction, dental hygiene, physical challenge, and the "doctor's office".

Body Exploration invites children to climb through a blood vessel and hear the sound of a human heart. Transparent human figures will allow children and their families to see human organs and their placement within the body.

The Doctor's office challenges children to use their senses to feel music, understand how to blend light to make different colors, combine vision and the inner ear to walk a straight line, and walk a balance beam. Other hands-on activities simulate experiences of individuals who do not have full use of the human senses.

Body Invasion introduces the visitor to human allergies, their causes, and what can be done to support a person who is faced with these challenges.

Visitors will have the option of entering a special section on Human Reproduction. This exhibit includes models of the miracle of the development of a human baby in its mother's womb. The exhibit opens the door for parents to talk to their children about the "birds and bees" on a level they feel is appropriate.

The Dental Hygiene area takes us into a younger child's arena where he can walk inside a set of teeth, practice cleaning the teeth with an oversize toothbrush and slide down a tongue sliding board.

The Physical Challenge engages children in activities like Think Fast, Hang time and Walk the Plank.
CSC plans numerous hands-on science activities in conjunction with Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You. Activities include new Body Carnival science demonstrations, weekly dissection classes, NC Science Festival Science Expo at Catawba Science Center and a blood drive.


Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM - April 4, 2014:
Catawba Valley Astronomy Club Daytime Star Party - Free Admission
Learn the proper techniques to for solar observation and take part in numerous activities.

Saturday from 2 to 6 PM - April 4, 2014:
NC Science Festival Expo at Catawba Science Center - Free Admission
Meet local science professionals take part in 10 inquiry based learning stations.

Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM - May 3, 2014
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Blood Drive
Visitors who donate blood will receive two free admission passes to CSC.

Thanks the generous support of Carolina Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgery Center, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Frye Regional Medical Center, GREER® Laboratories, Inc. and an independent educational grant from Mylan Specialty, Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You is included in CSC's General Admission rates and admission is always free for CSC Members. For more information about Catawba Science Center's latest exhibits, events, programs and membership visit or call 828/322-8169.

Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum serving NC's western Piedmont region. Special attractions including temporary exhibits, a digital planetarium theater and a marine touch pool with live sharks and stingrays. A community asset and regional destination, Catawba Science Center is dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder. Learn more at

CSC is funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County and the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. CSC is located in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory.


May 18 - L.P Frans Stadium

Taste of Hickory ... Exciting Growth with new Partnership for 2014!

Are you a self-professed foodie? Do you enjoy tasting new and local beers and wines? What if you could come to one event and taste all the food, wine and beer from area restaurants, breweries and wineries, and support community outreach programs and children's charities at the same time?

Welcome to the Taste of Hickory! Taste. Well Crafted. The Hickory Elks Lodge is excited to announce their new partnership with the Hickory Crawdads offering the much needed space to accommodate the growth of this year's Taste of Hickory while presenting the beautifully renovated L.P. Frans Stadium. The Hickory area is alive with talented chefs, bakers, brew masters, wine makers, and more, and the Hickory Elks in partnership with the Hickory Crawdads are thrilled to host the 3rd Annual Taste of Hickory on Sunday, May 18th.

The Taste of Hickory is sponsored this year by James Oxygen & Supply Company, Ashley's Heating & Air, Holbrook Landscaping, Republic Services, Colin Brady, Community One Bank, Prime Benefits Insurance, United Beverage, Hickory Convention & Visitors Bureau, and City of Hickory's "Life. Well Crafted." brand. The event will showcase locally owned restaurants, Carolina breweries and wineries, and other local vendors. Stroll through the stadium tasting and sipping while enjoying familiar tunes by Hickory's own "America's Got Talent" star Ulysses Long.

There will be competition for the "Best of Hickory" in several categories with raffles and door prizes during the event. Proceeds from the event will go to the many community outreach programs that the Elks sponsor including Veterans Programs, Youth Activities and Scholarships, Catawba Valley Backpack Program, the Helping Hands Program, and the many Children's Charities supported by the Lady Elks.

The event will be held at the Hickory Crawdads Stadium, Clement Blvd, on Sunday May 18, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be indoors and outdoors. Tickets are limited to 500 and will be available for sale on Friday April 4th. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. No one under 21 will be admitted and proper ID must be presented.

For more information, to sponsor the event, to become a vendor, and to purchase tickets visit the Taste of Hickory Facebook page and call The Hickory Elks Lodge at (828) 322-2527.


May 9 - June 1 - Hickory Community Theatre

Set against the turbulent background of revolution, the musical "Les Miserables" has a story fired by a French inspector's obsessive pursuit of a fugitive from his brand of justice. The inspector, Javert, makes a life work of finding Jean Valjean, once imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to feed a starving child.

In the Hickory Community Theatre production, now in rehearsal, those roles are played by William E. Morgan as Javert and Jeff Hartman as Jean Valjean. They bring to their roles the experience of having collectively having appeared in over 100 plays and musicals. They also share having worked with theaters across the southeast.

Morgan, a graduate of Lambuth University, has worked in Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Maryland and Ohio. Hartman, a graduate of Appalachian State University, has extensive credits throughout the Carolinas and Georgia.

Both actors are versatile in the roles they have played. Morgan has appeared twice in the title role of "The Music Man". Hartman played Charlie, the Mailman in HCT's recent hit "On Golden Pond".

Morgan also has credits as a theater director, having served as Artistic Director for Old Opera House Theatre Company in Charles Town, WV.

Hartman and Morgan have worked together before, though not as actors. Hartman's credits include stints as HCT's Music Director for "The Full Monty" and "Spamalot". Morgan had leading roles in both productions.

About their relationship Morgan said "We're chums. Except he's a Yankees fan, and for me, it's the Red Sox".

Performances of "Les Miserables" are May 9-June 1 2014 in the Jeffers Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at the Theatre box office, which is open Tue-Sat from 12-5pm. Tickets may be purchased in person, by phone at (828) 328-2283 or online at

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. "Les Miserables" is produced by Alex Lee, Inc.


April - Hickory Music Factory

Hickory Music Factory will offer Free Community Lessons and other events.

-Free Community Lessons
April 5th, 12-3pm
Hickory Music Factory (call 828-324-6990 to schedule a time)

-Swingin in the Spring
with The Hickory Jazz Orchestra

April 12th, 10-12pm
Henry Fork Park

-Open Mic
April 26th, 8pm
Copperbean Coffee

More Music Classes offered:
(Ages 12-18, no skills required) Students will learn the essentials they need to properly mix and record music. There will be classes focusing on the history of recording, microphone placement, layering of instruments and phasing. Students will also learn how to use Pro Tool recording software and record a live band. July 14-18, 9-2:30pm. Cost is $225 HMF Members and $250 non HMF Members.

There will be classes focusing on the history of recording, microphone placement, layering of Hours:
Monday 3-7pm
Wednesday 3-7pm
Friday 3-6pm

Physical Address:
1515 12th St. Dr. NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2712 Hickory, NC 28603

For more info contact Hickory Music Factory at 828-308-5659.


Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Why is genealogy one of the most popular hobbies today? Everyone has a different reason to get involved in the pursuit of family history. Some people are curious about their ancestors-who they were, what were they like and what experiences they lived through. Love of history prompts others. Another part of our passion for genealogy is unwrapping all the puzzling clues to solve the mystery of who we are. If the only barrier to your working on your family history is that you don't know how to begin, join us to learn how to unravel your past.

Genealogy Workshop Thursdays is returning to the Carolina Room at Patrick Beaver Library. Twice each month through May 15, 2014, Peggy Mainess, genealogy assistant, will lead sessions on genealogy research. Each session is a stand-alone class. Participants can choose which classes they want to attend whether it is one or all sixteen. Registration will open two weeks prior to each session.

Please consult the following schedule for class dates.

4/3/2014 Tracing Female Ancestors
4/10/2014 Special Circumstances
5/1/2014 Tracing Native American and African Ancestors


April - CVCC Small Business Center

April 3rd--Facebook For Your Small Business, 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM, CVCC Corporate Development Center.
Learn how to set up a Facebook business page, as well as use Facebook promotions and advertising to grow your business.

April 8th--Pinterest, Blogging & Mobile Marketing, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, CVCC Manufacturing Solutions Center, Conover, NC.
Sites such as Pinterest and blogging sites such as Wordpress provide an opportunity to share information and communicate with your customers. Learn about these sites, as well as mobile marketing strategies for your business.
April 10th--Making An Impact With Social Media, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, CVCC Corporate Development Center.
Tips and tactics to use social media productively and develop a social media marketing plan tailored for your individual business.

April 11th--Networking For Small Business, 9:00 AM - Noon, CVCC Corporate Development Center.
Develop your elevator pitch, learn how to connect to your existing network, and build a plan for promoting your business through networking.

April 15th--Market Research and Marketing, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Alexander Center For Education, Taylorsville, NC.
Build your marketing plan by identifying marketing elements, segmenting target markets and developing strategies to reach your customers. This session also covers marketing research tools and databases to assist you in conducting research on your industry, competition, and customers.

April 29th--Human Resources For Small Business
, 9:00 AM - Noon, CVCC Corporate Development Center.
The Small Business Center partners with the Catawba Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to explain the requirements to hire your first employee, as well as provide a forum to answer HR-related questions from participants.

April 29th--Doing Business with the Federal Government
, 4 PM - 6 PM, CVCC Corporate Development Center.
Selling to the Federal Government can be an overwhelming puzzle of agencies and regulations. This workshop provide you with first step priority actions to identify and create opportunities, and begin you adventure into the Federal market.

These seminars are provided at no cost through the Small Business Center Network.

Pre-registration is required.
To register, call the Small Business Center at
828-327-7000, x4117 or register on-line. To learn more about Small Business Center programs and services, visit .


April 12 - Lenoir Rhyne University

HSM to sponsor JDRF Catawba Valley Walk to Cure Diabetes. April 12 event will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

HSM and its employees are joining area companies and residents in the annual JDRF Catawba Valley Walk to Cure Diabetes on April 12 in Hickory, N.C. As a presenting sponsor of the event, the Hickory-based manufacturer is doing its part to help the JDRF Greater Western Carolinas Chapter raise $140,000 for type 1 diabetes research.

The annual event gets underway with registration at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Rhyne Building on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Light snacks will be available as well as music provided by radio station KICKS 103.3 WKVS and radio personality Davy Crockett. The 5K walk begins at 9:30, winds through the college campus and concludes with Subway sandwiches, drinks, music and other festivities.

" The event itself is free," explained Dwayne Welch, walk chair and HSM executive vice president and chief marketing and innovation officer. "But we're encouraging our employees as well as other businesses and community members to participate in the walk and help raise both awareness and money for JDRF research."

To that end, HSM has drafted team captains at most of its local manufacturing facilities to organize on-site fundraising activities, share information about the event and create a little healthy competition among the plants. According to Welch, team captains and people throughout the community can choose from a variety of activities that foster team spirit while raising money, including bake sales, car washes, cook offs, spirit days, auctions, executive dunk tanks, pie throwing events and lunch with the boss.

" It's a great excuse to have some fun and a wonderful opportunity for everyone to give back to the community where we live and work," he added. "Participants can feel good that their personal contribution and fundraising efforts will help those living with type 1 diabetes look forward to longer, healthier lives."

As many as three million Americans suffer from type 1 diabetes (T1D), a life-threatening, autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. In addition to taking insulin, people with diabetes must carefully balance their food intake and exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels to avoid life-threatening low and high blood sugar reactions.

" The participation of companies like HSM is incredibly important to our fundraising efforts," said Sarah Cunningham, JDRF development manager. "Not only do corporations make significant donations, but they also have a wide range of people that they can reach out to, not just to raise money, but also to raise awareness about diabetes and what JDRF is doing to find the cure."

To learn more about the walk and how you can participate, contact Sarah Cunningham at 704-561-0828 or Dwayne Welch at 828-328-2201. To join an HSM team or make a donation, visit

About HSM
One of North Carolina's largest employers, HSM is a privately held company that brings together approximately 2,500 employees in more than 50 manufacturing plants in 17 states and several global distribution points to serve a wide array of diverse customers and markets. Based in Hickory, N.C., the company has expanded its global presence and moved beyond core furniture and bedding markets to embrace new growth opportunities in transportation, healthcare, packaging and government sectors. Please visit for additional information.


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