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RYTC’s ‘Nifty Fifties’ at Sunset for five shows

ASHEBORO — The Randolph Youth Theater Company, fresh off of soldout performances of “Disney 101 Dalmatians Kids” two weeks ago, is launching into “The Nifty Fifties” this weekend.


“The Nifty Fifties” is a musical comedy tribute to the 1950s set in an interior diner. It is written by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. 


There will be five performances over four days:

— 7 p.m. showings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

— 2:30 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.


Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Ave., Downtown Asheboro.


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at rytc.org or in person at Asheboro’s Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth St., Asheboro. Brightside is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.


Pair of Easter events coming up in Asheboro

ASHEBORO — Two city-sponsored Easter events happen this week:



The annual Easter Eggstravaganza will be Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-noon at Bicentennial Park. The event is rain or shine. Children ages 1-10 can participate. Everyone participant gets a goody bag. 

Egg hunt times are:

- 10 a.m. — 1-2 year olds.

- 10 a.m. — 3-4 year olds.

- 11:15 a.m. — 5-7 year olds.

- Noon — 8-10 year olds

For more information, contact Kelli King at 336-626-1240, ext. 5, or email kking@ci.asheboro.nc.us.


Scavenger Hunt

The event begins March 31 and runs through April 9. Ten eggs will be hidden at each of six parks: North Asheboro, Frazier, Memorial, Lake Lucas, Eastside and Hammer Park. This is a free, leisurely event with prizes. Families can go out anytime to hunt for the eggs. There is a limit of 2 prizes per family. 


Each egg contains a prize slip. The slip can be redeemed at the Cultural & Recreation Services office located at 241 Sunset Avenue. Prizes are intended for ages 13 and under.


For more info, contact Taylor Crawford at 336-626-1240, ext. 14, or email tcrawford@ci.asheboro.nc.us.


No joke: Farmer Civitans’ monthly breakfast is April 1

FARMER — The Farmer Civitans’ April breakfast will be Saturday, April 1. 


For $10, enjoy all you can eat biscuits, gravy, eggs, grits, Thomas Brothers Ham and Sausage and pancakes cooked by members. President Dr. Becky Greer will be serving beverages, including coffee, orange juice, sodas or water. A few folks (Farmer firefighters) are ready to eat before the 7-10 a.m. time, so the Civitans accommodate their busy schedule.


The clubhouse is located at the caution light on Old Hwy 49 at the Dunbar Bridge Road. If you travel on new Hwy 49, turn on Grange Hall Road at the Farmer Elementary School.


Two-day Firefest at Starworks features varied artists

STAR — Firefest, a two-day festival celebrating the role of fire in the creation of art, will be aglow with fire and family-friendly fun at Starworks on March 31 and April 1.


The event schedule includes demonstrations, workshops and open studios in ceramics, glass and metal, a Starworks documentary screening by Rhinoleap Productions, bonfires, live music and a selection of food trucks. 


Guest artists will present work for exhibition and sale, host artist talks and participate in festival finale events involving lots of fire.


Among the featured artists: 

— Ceramic artist Ashwini Bhat from California (originally South India), who will create on-site a massive ceramic sculpture that will be fired outside at Starworks, in a specially designed petal kiln.

— Glass artist Kazuki Takizawa, a Japanese artist living in Los Angeles, who will perform hot glass demonstrations.

— Metal artist Kevin Vanek, the Foundry Director and Professor of Metal Arts at UNC-Greensboro. He will present work for gallery exhibition, discuss slides during his artist talk and demonstrate during the iron pour on Saturday evening.

— Guest artist Tara Thacker, a ceramic artist creating large-scale wall sculptures. 

— Guest artist Phillip Harrison, a metal artist and designer, producing fine art and architectural sculpture. 


Daily admission is $7. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Hands-on workshops are an additional cost.


To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit www.StarworksNC.org or call 910-428-9001.


Thrifty Thursday movie for April is ‘Sabrina’

ASHEBORO — On the first Thursday of the month, the Sunset Theatre holds a Thrifty Thursday for moviegoers. On April 7, the movie will be the 1954 film “Sabrina” starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.


The movie begins at 1 p.m. and admission is $3, which includes a small drink and popcorn. Moviegoers age 50 or over get in free thanks to local sponsors but will also receive a small drink and popcorn.


Hangar Dance April 22 at NC Aviation Museum

ASHEBORO — The North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, 2222 Pilots View Road in Asheboro, will host its annual 1940s Hangar Dance on Saturday, April 22, from 6-10 p.m. in Hangar 2. The Museum is located at. 


The 208th Army Band from Concord, NC will provide 1940s and ’50s themed music for the event. Attired from the 1940s is optional. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Tickets are $15 per person and will be available at the door.


For additional information, contact Rudy Rich at 336-953-6770 or Wayne Broome at 336-302-0411.