Hayes Center hosts 'Sing-A-Long'

Article Published: Nov. 18, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Hayes Center hosts 'Sing-A-Long'

The Kruger Brothers hit the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock on Jan. 29, 2011.

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On Saturday, Dec. 11, the Hayes Center will host a holiday sing-a-long for the entire family at 6 p.m., open and free to the public.

Hot chocolate, apple cider and snacks will be available. Donations of any amount are appreciated, and the center is also asking those who attend to bring a canned good to donate to the Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone.

"The Holiday Sing-A-Long at the Hayes Center" will be led by Steve Frank, radio personality and one of the directors of the Watauga Concert Band. Many groups will be joining Frank and maybe even a few surprise guests. Bring the family for a festive evening to celebrate the Yuletide season. More details will be announced soon.

The free general seating performance time for "The Holiday Sing-a-Long at the Hayes Center" is Saturday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. Doors to the theater will open at 5 p.m. (no tickets will be issued for this event).

A basket will be in the lobby to accept donations to the Hayes Center Repositioning Fund that will help sustain limited operations during the winter and spring months until the grand reopening in Summer 2011. Boxes will also be in the lobby in which to collect canned goods. For more information, visit http://www.hayescenter.org or call (828) 295-9627.

The Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at 152 Jamie Fort Road (off U.S. 321) in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9627 or visit http://www.hayescenter.org.

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The Kruger Bros.

The Kruger Brothers will make a return appearance to the Hayes Center stage on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Blowing Rock Winterfest.

Said Dan Tackett of the Bluegrass Journal: "The Kruger Brothers are nothing short of magnificent, the classiest of acts as can be found on today's bluegrass and acoustic scene. Their music defies description. Especially when one considers it's made by a trio. The Krugers' sound is both intense and tranquil, it's classic, classy and classical, and it's jazzy and grassy - all at the same time and packed into one CD or one of the brothers' mesmerizing concerts."

Tickets are $22.50 and are available by credit card at http://www.hayescenter.org or by phone at (828) 295-9627.

Growing Support

The Blowing Rock Garden Club has donated flowers, plants and a much-needed green thumb to the Hayes Center.

"Maintaining the grounds at the Hayes Center is a year-round chore and, last month, the good folks at the Garden Club worked hard to keep the landscaping neat and beautiful," a Hayes Center spokesperson said. "The next time you visit us, drive around the building to the rear entrance and you will see a much prettier and trimmed garden as you enter the lobby. It's an ongoing project and we greatly appreciate the group's time and skills."

The Garden Club is a volunteer-based organization that helps maintain the gardens in the town of Blowing Rock, most notably at the park entrance on Main Street. The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month from May to October at noon in the fellowship hall in Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. Anyone can join by just showing up at one of the meetings. For more information, e-mail the Blowing Rock Garden Club president Susan Sweet at (sssweet@bellsouth.net)

Offer made on Hayes Center

An offer has been made, and negotiations are ongoing between the Hayes Center's potential buyer (who has requested anonymity), the mortgage lender, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA insured the original loan through a grant for rural non-profit organizations.

"All signs are very promising, and the Hayes Center is very excited to have a new owner who will enter into a friendly sale-leaseback agreement with the Hayes Center Board of Trustees at a price financially feasible for the organization. The buyer wants the venue to continue to operate as a performing arts center serving Blowing Rock and the entire High Country region," the spokesperson said.

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