Archive - Apr 2011 - Outlook
After 11 years in New York City, noted pianist, musical director and musician John Coffey returns to Catawba County.
Coffey spent 22 years in Catawba County before he moved to New York, but he returned often enough to stay connected to his friends and the arts.
While in New York, he met many professional musicians, which is one reason he moved to the Big Apple.
“I went to New York to work with as many professional musicians as I could, and I did,” Coffey said.
A new non-profit organization aims to turn one of Hickory’s downtown business spaces into one of its most peaceful places.
The Minetta Lane Center for Arts and Peace is currently renovating and rehabilitating the former Hickory News building on Union Square. When complete, the facility will become a gallery space, a performance place and an area where adults and children can learn.
Jo Ann Harper returned to her roots.
Born and raised “in the country,” Harper’s family farmed and lived off the land.
Harper, a downtown Conover merchant and member of the merchant association, was one of three people instrumental in forming the Conover Farmers Market.
“We were brainstorming about ways to revitalize downtown Conover, and I asked the merchant’s association if they ever thought about having a farmer’s market,” Harper said.