Archive - 2011 - Outlook
Ellen Ball cannot imagine life without art and creativity.
âAs jazz great Miles Davis once said, âI would just wanna be dead if I couldnât create,ââ Ball said. âFor me, it is as intrinsically necessary to being as breathing.â
Ball, 50, grew up in HIckory with creative parents in a household that included a painting studio, sewing room, workshop full of tools, art, music and books.
âThere was no way I could not be an artist,â she said. âOne of my first drawings was on the living room wall.â
Although the Balls Creek Campmeeting is a month away, âtentâ owners are beginning to prepare for the 158th year of the historic campmeeting.
The wooden shacks, called tents, are cleaned, painted and aired out in anticipation of Sunday, Aug. 14, opening day for the annual campmeeting.
Campmeeting will commence with the 7:30 p.m. service and will close with the 7:30 p.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 28.
According to Robert Eades, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Balls Creek Campground, a workday will be held Saturday, July 16.
Mountain biking with a large family isn’t always easy. There are different speeds to consider, questions of endurance, child seats perched on the back of bikes versus toddler-sized carriages, and of course, those who don’t even care to bike. It is because there are so many factors that the location becomes imperative. Biking with friends, I found the perfect place that not only met everyone’s needs, but proved to be enjoyable even for non-bikers. It was a place as unique as its name: The Virginia Creeper Trail.
Four musicals, a Shakespeare classic and a âback by popular demandâ comedy highlight the Hickory Community Theatreâs 2011-12 season.
Leading the fun on the Jeffers Theater main stage is the timeless classic musical âThe Sound of Musicâ in September. It is followed by âDisneyâs The Jungle Book âKidsâ showing in October.
When the news broke about 10-year-old Zahra Baker, a city reeled in shock and pain. Soon, shock waves resounded throughout the world as millions learned of her death and dismemberment.
A Hickory teenager, deeply moved, wrote a song for Zahra.
Catawba County Agri-tourism Day will be held Saturday, June 18. The day offers free family fun, self-guided tour of Catawba County farms and farm-related events.
The Agri-tourism Day is made possible with funding support from the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Agricultural District signs are located on farmlands where the farmers committed to preserve the agricultural way of life.
Hickory Museum of Art has a fun, exciting way for children to spend some time this summer and develop their creativity in a fun and stimulating environment.
The week-long, half-day Art Camps explore a variety of media. What better setting to learn, make art and have fun than at an art museum? Youth Educator Ginny Zellmer has been with HMA for 13 years. During her time there, art camp classes — which were in place before she came to the Museum — have grown in popularity, and in what is offered.
“We have three dates that define us as a nation and as a people. The first is July 4, Independence Day — the celebration of our birth as a nation and the principles that guide us.
“The second is Nov. 11, Veterans Day, when we celebrate and honor the men and women in uniform who now serve and have served our country with distinction.
It was the trip of a lifetime, they said. It lasted a day, but the memories will be etched in their minds forever. For John Caldwell, Duane Kline, John Dunlap and Leonard “Flash” Arndt, it was a gift of appreciation and thanks for their service as World War II veterans.
“We saw a whole lot of memorials to World War II that made our time over there seem like it should be,” Caldwell said. “In other words, we were fighting for freedom.”
As long as Juanita Sigmon can remember, she has looked at the world around her and thought about how she might paint it.