Archive - Outlook
September 2nd, 2010
The football season is here, and that means a lot of things are happening at football stadiums around the county, region and state.
Friday night lights are on, and the parking lots are full of fans getting ready for the nightâ€™s big game. When Saturday comes, fans flock to their favorite colleges for round 2, and by the time the pros hit the field, all the football-loving masses are ready for a Sunday afternoon spent with family and friends enjoying a game among the gridiron greats.
Catawba Science Center (CSC), a nonprofit science and technology museum in Hickory, will be open Labor Day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
While typically closed to the public on Mondays, Sept. 6 marks the final day to visit Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat, featuring hundreds of live butterflies and moths in an outdoor flower garden.
The transition from middle school to high school can be intimidating, but very exciting! Students are ready for change, but their fear levels and concerns about being lost and helpless are sky-high! The Transition Team at Alexander Central High School scheduled a Back-to-School Bash for freshmen on Tuesday, Aug. 24
After numerous voice training lessons and theatrical performances, Makenzie Simpson will open a new curtain on stage in Northern Ireland.
Simpson, a 2008 Fred T. Foard graduate and current performing arts major at Lees-McRae College, was accepted to study abroad this fall at Belfast Metropolitan University in Northern Ireland.
"(Ireland) is always a place I wanted to go," said Simpson, 19. "This is something that will stay with me for a long time."
Sipe's Orchard Home will be the scene of humor and rock 'n' roll as the well-known band, Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours, take the stage.
The Bloomin' Orchard Festival, which is planned for Sept. 4, will be Sipe's Orchard Home's largest fundraiser for the year with proceeds going to the organization's newest project, The Houston Cottage.
"We are excited about the program, and the festival will help fund the program," said Nan Lacy, Sipe's Orchard Home marketing director.
Catawba County's newest innovative school is days away from opening its doors to students and a fresh start.
Hickory Career and Arts Magnet (HCAM) school will open Aug. 25 after two months of renovations and new curriculum.
HCAM was created to offer students another option outside of tradition school to explore career interests and provide a chance to earn free college credits. The new school became a reality with Hickory Public Schools received a turnaround grant for $2 million to change Catawba Valley High School.
The Footcandle Film Society of Catawba County's next official film screening will be Thursday, Aug. 12. The organization will screen the comedy "Micmacs," a 2009 French film by acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("AmĂ©lie"). This will be the first time the movie has been screened in Catawba County.
Tickets for the film will be $5 at the door for guests/non-society members. All current Footcandle members get themselves and a guest in for free, as usual. The screening will be at the Carolina Theater in Downtown Hickory.
Campmeeting in August is a way of life in Catawba County. Matter of fact, itâ€™s been that way for the past 156 year,when the first campmeeting was held.
In August 1853, Rev. H. H. Durant and Rev. Lewis Scarborough held religious services at the sight of the current Balls Creek Campground, under a brush arbor that first year. Folks traveled to campmeeting along dusty roads in covered wagons, and either lived in their wagons for the duration or erected canvas tents. Ten or so families built permanent wooden structures, or â€śtents,â€ś to stay in for the 1853 services.
* “I remember when they put 55 gallon cans on each of corner of the campground to burn wood in.”
— John Carl Ervin, of Conover
* “I remember when the ice man sold blocks of ice because no one had a refrigerator.”
— Janet Jones, Sherrills Ford
* “One of my happiest memories is when I bought my own tent. I also remember my mother telling she came to campmeeting in a covered wagon.”
Sunday, Aug. 8
* 6:30 p.m., A Celebration of Campmeeting — Center UMC Old-Time Hymn Sing
* 7:30 p.m,. Evening Worship —Center UMC, Rev. Paula Northup, Center UMC, Catawba.
Monday, Aug. 9
* 6:15 p.m.,Children’s Service — Gail Hildebran & Rose Bibeau — Hopewell UMC
* 7:30 p.m., Evening Worship —Mt. Anderson Baptist, Rev. Donald Cline, Mt. Anderson Baptist, Maiden.
Tuesday, Aug. 10