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What's Happening: Christmas parades are coming

Christmas parades are on the horizon! 

Beginning on Thursday, Dec. 1, several area cities and towns will have Christmas parades. In several places, the parade is combined with a tree lighting and more to create an hours-long celebration of the season for visitors. Here’s the schedule so far: 

-Thursday, Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. — Randleman Christmas parade. n Friday, Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. —Asheboro Christmas parade.

- Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  — Franklinville Christmas parade and Tree Lighting Celebration. 


RYTC presents their version of 'A Christmas Carol’ Dec. 1-4 

ASHEBORO — Randolph Youth Theater Company will present “A Christmas Carol — (With Apologies to) Charles Dickens” next weekend at Sunset Theatre. 

Per its usual schedule, RYTC will have a Thursday night showing, skip Friday and then have two presentations on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Thursday, Dec. 1, and Saturday night, Dec. 3, showings begin at 7 p.m.; the Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, matinees begin at 2 p.m. 

The play is written and directed by Bobby Bodford. Musical director is Cheryl Coe. 

Tickets are $10 and are available online at RYTC.org or in-person (cash and check only) at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth St., Asheboro, which is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 


RhinoLeap’s ‘Every Brilliant  Thing’: One more week 

ASHEBORO — RhinoLeap November run of “Every Brilliant Thing” has two more showings in Asheboro, Sunday-Monday, Nov. 28-29. 

The event is held at  Four Saints Brewing Company from 7-8:30 each night.  

Tickets are $25 at RhinoLeap.com/live. Seating is limited. 


Asheboro Summer Cruise-In  event aids Toys for Tots 

ASHEBORO — Asheboro Summer Cruise-in Series, organized by Grounded Elegance Car Club (Michael Allred) and Brightside Gallery (Mary Murkin), will host another event on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the parking lot of t-10 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Randolph County Courthouse, 176 E. Salisbury Street, Asheboro. 

This month, the theme of the evening will be the annual donation drop-off for the Randolph County chapter of the Toys for Tots organization.  Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the cruising to donate for youngsters in the area who would not have a very Merry Christmas otherwise. 

Visitors can also enjoy cars on dis-play, cruising, fellowship and Vendors Row, which includes local vendors. During the evening, Allred will lead a group of cars out onto Fayetteville Street to cruise the drag. 


Hughes combo has book signing at Brightside

ASHEBORO — Join Donna and Loraye Hughes at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, for their first Asheboro book signing on Nov. 26 from noon to 3 p.m.  

Their first book collaboration is “Miss Ginny The Guinea,” a children’s book about a guinea hen that followed them out of the woods and took up living on their farm on Loraye’s patio.  

Donna, the family wordsmith, wrote the book and Loraye painted and shot photos of most of the illustrations.  After 30 years with Randolph County schools teaching elementary school and serving in different administrative posts, she retired to the farm where she could enjoy her horses, gardening, floral horticulture, and teaching piano and voice. 

Donna is a well-known area musician and a busy local realtor.


Thrifty Thursday Dec. 1:  ‘Remember the Night’ 

ASHEBORO — Asheboro’s Thrifty Thursday series, which occurs on the first Thursday of most months, will feature the 1940 classic “Remember the Night  on Dec. 1 at Sunset Theatre in Downtown Asheboro. 

In the tale, a cop and the shoplifter he arrests both have a change of heart after he takes her home to spend Christmas with his family. The movie stars Fred MacMurrary and Barbara Stanwyck. 

The $3 admission for the 1 p.m. showing includes a popcorn and small drink. Movie-goers 50 and over get in free. 


Bill ‘Crash’ Craddock to visit Liberty Showcase Theater 

LIBERTY — Longtime country entertainer Billy “Crash” Craddock will perform at the Liberty Showcase Theater in Liberty on Friday, Dec. 2. Showtime is 8 p.m. 

Craddock’s hits include “Rub It In,” “Knock Three Times,” “One Last Kiss” and “Broken Down in Tiny Pieces.” He’s toured around the world and has sung on the Grand Old Opry stage.

Tickets range from $30-$50.