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April 28th

John Coffey knows the score

April 28, 2011

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 Place for Peace

April 28, 2011

    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.

April 21st

Conover Farmers Market Opens For Season

April 21, 2011

    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.

March 24th

Pottery in the Valley

March 24, 2011

    Although Tammy Leigh Brooks worked alone for the past nine years in her pottery studio, she enjoys teaching students how to throw pots.
    Brooks teaches at The Catawba Valley Potter's Workshop, Catawba Valley Community College's pottery school.
    “It was a lot to get used to at first, what with all the procedural things, but the students are a dream and make it a lot of fun," she said. “I am committed to them making good pots."

Pottery in the Valley

March 24, 2011

    Although Tammy Leigh Brooks worked alone for the past nine years in her pottery studio, she enjoys teaching students how to throw pots.
    Brooks teaches at The Catawba Valley Potter's Workshop, Catawba Valley Community College's pottery school.
    “It was a lot to get used to at first, what with all the procedural things, but the students are a dream and make it a lot of fun," she said. “I am committed to them making good pots."

February 17th

Her World Is Full of Color

February 17, 2011

    Sipping coffee, she sits in her breakfast room. She opens her blinds, and she observes. With observation comes an appreciation, and with an appreciation comes a unique outlook — an eagerness to travel, a desire to express, a yearning to create. Framed by vision and perception, she recreates memories, experiences and time. She inspires, she instructs, and she impresses. This is her journey.

February 10th

Couple Fell in Love 'Immediately'

February 10, 2011

Say 'I do' on Valentine's day

February 10, 2011

     For the folks at the Catawba County Register of Deeds office, there isn’t a day more romantic or special than Valentine’s Day.
    Traditionally a day for weddings, many couples decide to marry on Valentine’s Day.
    For the fifth consecutive year, couples will exchange wedding vows at the Catawba County Register of Deeds office.

January 26th

Unearth Ancient Relics at Catawba Science Center

January 26, 2011

    Duane Strelow’s interest in archaeology began when he was a fourth-grader. He pursued his interest in ancient cultures, societies and “digs” from then on.
    As Visitor Services Manager/Educator at Catawba Science Center, Strelow, 39, watches youngsters interact with CSC’s current exhibit, “The Ancient Carolinians.”
    Now, visitors to the exhibit can be an archaeologist, uncover artifacts and search for clues in the exhibit’s full-scale, interactive dig-site.

January 20th

Leslie Keller Finds 'Lost Hickory'

January 20, 2011

    Writing a book about “Lost Hickory” was a natural for Leslie Keller. She was born and grew up in Catawba County, loves history and holds several degrees in history.
    Keller serves as education coordinator/curator of collections for the Hickory Landmarks Society at Maple Grove Historical Museum in Hickory.        
    In fact, “Lost Hickory: A Compendium of Vanished Landmarks” has its origins in an earlier publication of the Hickory Landmarks Society.

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