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Diverse arts to be spotlighted Saturday

Posted on June 20, 2022

Updated on June 22, 2022

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Saxophonist Freddy Greene will perform his mix of jazz and funk at the Celebrate Diversity in the Arts event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Louisburg College JPAC.

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Saxophonist Freddy Greene will perform his mix of jazz and funk at the Celebrate Diversity in the Arts event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Louisburg College JPAC.

LOUISBURG — Several types of art and diverse artists will be on display this Saturday.

The Franklin County Arts Council is hosting the Celebrate Diversity in the Arts event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Louisburg College JPAC.

The event features films, live music, folk art, a dance group and more.

Shown at the event will be the international film shorts “Fugetsu-Do,” “Diwali Video,” “Life of a Radiologist,” “U(n)lucky Ones,” “Walls that Matter,” and “Swiped Out.”

Saxophonist Freddy Greene, energetic musician and composer, will perform live, weaving smooth and mellow sounds of classic jazz with innovative funk.

A Franklinton native, Greene received an education at N.C. Central University in Durham and mastered street performing on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

A schedule of events includes: 9:45 a.m.: welcome by Mayor Christopher Neal; 10 a.m.: international film shorts; 11:45 a.m.: One Spirit Dance Group; 12:10 p.m.: lunch with Mariachi Angel’s de mi tierr performing outside; 1 p.m.: Dunston Family Gospel Group; 2 p.m.: Overtone Productions; 3 p.m.: Freddy Greene. Linda Dumas Wade’s Mustee Folk Art will be on display in the main lobby.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and children 14 and under. 

Celebrate Juneteenth a little late

WILSON — This year’s Juneteenth Festival hosted by Mount Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 42 has been relocated to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro St. The event is set to begin 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25, to coincide with the opening of the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market, which will open an hour later than usual. The festival continues until 6 p.m.

Headlining the music offered at the festival this year is Envision, taking the Whirligig Park stage from 3 to 6 p.m. EnVision hails from Winston-Salem and is known throughout the Southeast as a party band covering hits from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s as well as today’s Top 40. The band’s musical style runs the gamut from R&B to beach music, pop, dance, funk and jazz.

Enjoy outdoor summer concerts

WILSON — The summer concert series at the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum continues through July with weekly outdoor concerts starting at 6 p.m. If you plan to attend the free event, take a lawn chair and visit while you enjoy the entertainment.

The museum is located at 1202 Nash St. SE. Performers scheduled are June 26: Karaoke night; July 3: Sons of Zion; July 10: The Gospel Stars; July 17: Tony Jonez; July 24: Beverly Fields Burnette, poet and storyteller; July 31: Dianna Tuffin, jazz artist.

Children’s parade set for July 2

SPRING HOPE — The town’s garden club is hosting its second annual 4th of July Children’s Parade, scheduled this year for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2.

The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of First Baptist Church.

Parents are encouraged to help their children decorate their bikes, wagons and strollers. Adults are encouraged to decorate their cars, golf carts and tractors. The entire family is invited to show their patriotism, according to organizers.

After the parade, a festival will be held downtown with crafts, vendor booths and food trucks.

For additional information call Jennifer Wilkins at 252-548-0302.  

City summer concert series set

ROCKY MOUNT — Different music acts will take the stage this summer during the Downtown Live! summer concert series.

Here’s the lineup for this summer’s concert series: June 30: Band of Oz; July 14: The Main Event Band; July 28: North Tower; Aug. 11: Liquid Pleasure; and Aug. 25: East Coast R&B Band. The concert series will conclude Sept. 8 with a special performance by Jim Quick and Coastline in the Rocky Mount Event Center.

Each show is set for 6 p.m. on the Imperial Centre lawn.

Admission to Downtown Live! is free. Gates open at 5 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.

Downtown Live! is presented by PNC and hosted by the city of Rocky Mount. Lidl is the premier sponsor. Other sponsors include Suddenlink, Chick-fil-A and the John Hackney Agency.

Watch movies in the park

ROCKY MOUNT — Enjoy free family entertainment at the city’s monthly Lawn Chair Theatre on the Imperial Centre lawn.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Lawn Chair Theatre is presented by PNC, sponsored by Lidl and hosted by the city of Rocky Mount. This summer’s movie lineup for Lawn Chair Theatre includes “Luca” on July 8; “Spider-Man: No Way Home” on Aug. 12; and “Sing 2” on Sept. 9. For more information, visit https://imperialcentre.org.

Spaulding hosts open house

SPRING HOPE — The Spaulding Family Resource Center is celebrating the return to its original campus with an open house for Building A 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. The Spaulding Family Resource Center is located at 600 South Pine Street in Spring Hope. For more information call 252-478-5705. The center’s website is spauldingfamilyresourcecenter.org.

National Pumpkin Festival on horizon

SPRING HOPE — The 50th annual Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival is set for Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. Sponsored by the Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce, the two-day event will be held downtown around Depot Park. Vendor forms are online for download: https://www.visitspringhope.com/participate-festival.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR listings are published as a public service of The Enterprise. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday for each Wednesday’s edition. Email listings to lkay@springhopeenterprise.com with “Community Calendar” in the subject line.

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