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Local author Julie Bates will sign books on Saturday afternoon at the Brightside Gallery.

Weekend events

YMCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair set for Saturday


- ASHEBORO — The Asheboro-Randolph YMCA will hold its annual craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Y’s gymnasium.


More than 80 vendors are expected to be on hand. A list of the vendors can be found at randolphasheboroymca.


Door prizes will be given out and an outdoor Food Court with food trucks will offer a variety of options. Food vendors, which will be located outside the front entrance, will include Tumbleweed Coffee Cafe, Marty’s BBQ #2, Mr. Kofta, Big D’s Mini Donuts and D&R Sweet Treats, LLC .


Kids can also enjoy cookies with Santa from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Get a picture with Santa for $10. Money from those photos will go to Christmas boxes for military troops. “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be read at the top of each hour.


Admission is free.


Bluegrass duo makes another trip to Liberty Showcase Theater


- LIBERTY — The Malpass Brothers will be on stage at Liberty Showcase Theater on Saturday, Nov. 12.  


The classic country music duo are young and present some off-the-cuff entertainment. Their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously  into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way.


Christopher and Taylor Malpass will offer music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others; classic, real country mixed in with new Malpass tunes, a couple of old-time traditional gospels and a good share of giggles and ribbing between the brothers.


Tickets range from $30-$50.


RhinoLeap’s ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ continues November run


- ASHEBORO — RhinoLeap will present “Every Brilliant Thing” every Sunday and Monday in November at Four Saints Brewing Company from 7-8:30 each night. 


Performances are also scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 18-26 at STARworks in Star.


A single storyteller will take you through the story of a young boy who attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. But when life deals a bitter blow, the list proves to be helpful to the son in ways that it could never be for the mother. 


Tickets for either site can be purchased for $25 at RhinoLeap.com/live.


Local author has first book signing at Brightside Gallery


- ASHEBORO — Local author Julie Bates will be at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, on Saturday from 1-3 p.m., her first Asheboro book signing.


Bates enjoys reading and writing in a variety of genres. After spending a few years writing freelance articles, her first novel “Cry of the Innocent” premiered in June 2021. The eight-book series follows the timeline of the American Revolutionary War. 


In addition, she has blogged for Killer Nashville and the educational website Read.Learn.Write. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) and The Historical Novel Society as well as Sisters in Crime. 


When not busy plotting her next story, she enjoys doing crafts and spending time with her husband and son, as well as a number of dogs and cats who have shown up on her doorstep and never left.


UPCOMING: Pottery festivals make their splashes next weekend


- SEAGROVE — One small town, two big festivals will be the story in Seagrove on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20.


The 40th Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival and the 15th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters Fall Festival and Studio Tour will invite thousands of visitors to partake in the morning and afternoon or each day. 


The Seagrove Pottery Festival takes place in the Seagrove Elementary School Gym while the Celebration of Seagrove Potters has its own indoor home in the renovated Historic Lucks Cannery.


The former will have a potters market, demonstrations and food vendors. The latter features food trucks and vendors, a pottery auction, and clay-making demonstrations throughout the day.


UPCOMING: Caraway Speedway has a ‘Swinging’ event Nov. 19


- SOPHIA — Caraway Speedway will hold a 336 Meet Swinging event on Nov. 19 from 7-11 p.m. If you can swing it, you can bring it. Everything from dedicated drift cars to daily drivers are accepted. Donuts, burnouts, drifting, and tandems are all open game. If you don’t want to swing, you can just come out to watch all of the free styling action


Admission is $10 per person (cash only) and free for 11 and under. Entrance includes access to viewing the pit and permission to enter with your car in the pit. 


Concessions will be available. 


Caraway Speedway is located at 2518 Race Track Road Ext., Sophia.