Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc.
Spring has sprung on the farm and Patterson Farm has baby animals galore! Come meet them up close and personal on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 30 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. There will be special barnyard crafts available in the Barnyard Theater. Some crafts require a small fee. Other activities, including cow train rides, hayrides, face painting, treasure mining, and more, are available at an additional charge. Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream by Mooresville Ice Cream, kettle corn and snack silo at the farm!
The TEXAS Returns: Featuring 100 Years of Steam
North Carolina Transportation Museum
See the TEXAS unveiled in Spencer, NC, as her year-long restoration is made viewable to the public for the first time. This three day event will be her ONLY appearance outside of Atlanta. It will feature 100 Years Of Steam - Appearances and operations with the N&W #611 and the Lehigh Valley #126, restoration presentations, photo ops with the steam engines, visiting railroad equipment & much more! The NC Transportation Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
20th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium
Come learn about the only Confederate States military prison placed in North Carolina from December 1861 to February 1865. The event begins on Friday evening, April 28, at 5 p.m. with a lecture, music and recognition of veterans in the Landmark Church Fellowship Hall. On Saturday, April 29, at 9 a.m. there will be six lectures that will be held in the Tom Smith Auditorium of Ketner Hall on the Catawba College campus along with breaks for light refreshments, displays and books. The six lecturers are:
- Dr. Gary Freeze, American history professor at Catawba, will give an overview of the history of the Prison.
- Author and Historian Robert Carpenter of North Carolina will share from letters that Salisbury Prison guard Daniel Haynes Dellinger wrote.
- Historian and Descendant Ron Nichols of Wisconsin will talk about his Salisbury POW ancestor, Edward Nichols Co. C,36th WI Inf.
- Archaeologist Ken Robinson of North Carolina will show slides and talk about the 2005 and 2012 studies of the Prison that he led for the Salisbury Confederate Prison Association, Inc.
- Historian and Descendant Geoffrey Ryder, M.D. of Colorado will be talking about PTSD among prisoners.
- Author and Historian Dr. James R. Tootle of Ohio will speak about the game of baseball during the Civil War and at the Salisbury Confederate Prison.
On Sunday, April 30, there will be two public Memorial Services: a 10 a.m. Memorial Service for prisoners at the Salisbury National Cemetery and an 11 a.m. Service for guards at the Old Lutheran Cemetery. The event will finish with an afternoon tour of the prison site.
Sunday Jazz Concert
Kannapolis is jazzing up Sunday afternoons with a four-week jazz series. From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., each Sunday beginning April 23 through May 14, jazz music will fill the air for everyone to enjoy. Bring your dancing shoes because this is sure to be a fun time!
- April 23 Dwayne Jordan Trio
- April 30 Nicci Canada Quartet
- May 7 Brad Bailey
- May 14 John Gurske Band
A Sense of Place
Waterworks Visual Arts Center
Enjoy A Sense of Place, an exhibit at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. The exhibit features Harriet Hoover's Family Fruit, Ann Marie Kennedy's New Work and a selection of contempory Southern photography titled The Do Good Fund. The exhibit is free and open during 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, then 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Cheerwine: Celebrating 100 Years
Celebrate 100 years of Cheerwine while learning about the historic soda brand that started right here in Rowan County! The exhibit is open Friday - Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western NC
North Carolina Transportation Museum
"How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western NC" tells the story of the coming of the railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos, narratives, historic photos and artifacts, visitors can view the history of rail in Western NC and learn about the high drama in construction, the dangers of building a railroad grade and the despair that came with the loss of so many lives on the railroad. The NC Transportation Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday.
Salisbury Sculpture Show: Discover What's Inside
The Annual Salisbury Sculpture Show features nineteen sculptures by talented artists. Sculptures may be seen around Downtown Salisbury and at three college campuses Catawba College, Livingstone College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.