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
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,
Baby Black will perform along with another special band to
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 www.hickorymetro.com . 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,
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
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."
BLOCK PARTY - FRIEND-RAISER
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
Tickets are $25 per person and dress is casual. For more information
or to purchase tickets, go to www.SaltBlockFoundation.org or
- Patrick Beaver Library
TRAVELING TO ALASKA ON A BUDGET WORKSHOP
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
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
Mount McKinley in Denali National Park.
This workshop will
show you how to explore the wonders of Alaska from Anchorage
HCT Firemen's Kitchen
"THE LION IN WINTER"
THE LION IN WINTER" ROARS INTO THE 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
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 www.hickorytheatre.org.
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,
Catawba Science Center
BODY CARNIVAL: THE SCIENCE AND FUN OF
Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being
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
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
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
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.
HANDS-ON SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
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
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 CatawbaScience.org
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
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.
L.P Frans Stadium
TASTE OF HICKORY
Taste of Hickory ... Exciting Growth with new Partnership
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
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
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.
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
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
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 hickorytheatre.org.
The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affliate of the
United Arts Council of Catawba County. "Les Miserables" is
produced by Alex Lee, Inc.
Hickory Music Factory
FREE COMMUNITY LESSONS
Hickory Music Factory will offer Free Community Lessons and
-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
April 26th, 8pm
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:
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.
Beaver Memorial Library
Why is genealogy one of the most popular hobbies
today? Everyone has a different reason to get involved in the
family history. Some people are curious about their ancestors-who
they were, what were they like and what experiences they
through. Love of history prompts others. Another part of
our passion for genealogy is unwrapping all the puzzling
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
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
- CVCC Small Business Center
April 3rd--Facebook For Your Small
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
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
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
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
April 29th--Doing Business with the Federal Government, 4 PM - 6 PM, CVCC Corporate
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 http://sbc.cvcc.edu .
Lenoir Rhyne University
JDRF CATAWBA VALLEY
WALK TO CURE DIABETES
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.hsmsolutions.com for additional
Hickory Tap Room
LIVE MUSIC IN APRIL
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