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Posted on August 30, 2021

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SEPTEMBER


Library Card Sign-up Month Bingo Game

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Stop into any of the Wilson County Public Library locations in September to obtain or renew a library card and pick up a bingo game. Return the completed game by Friday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. to be entered into a gift card drawing.



STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1


Elm City Library Craft-to-Go Kits

Kits for ages 3-12 are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. September’s theme is Peg People, inspired by the wooden sculptures of artist Bob Trotman.



WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22 AND 29


Virtual Storytime

Explore a new theme every week. Tune in on the Wilson County Public Library’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or via Zoom.



THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


Virtual Pajama Storytime

Branch librarians will provide stories, song and other surprises. Tune in on the Wilson County Public Library’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or via Zoom.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2


National Juried Show Exhibition Reception

5:30 p.m.

A national juried show exhibition hosted by Wilson Arts in the Truist Event Gallery will feature work from across the country. The show was juried by artist and curator Charlotte Fitz Daniels, who went through nearly 350 entries to choose a cohesive selection of work for the exhibit. She will be discussing her selection process at the opening reception. The show runs all month. The Wilson Arts Center galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3


Teen Book of the Week

At the biweekly book review show, listen to book reviews and recommendations for readers of young adult literature featuring Wilson County Public Library’s teen librarian Kate Brittain. Register to obtain a Zoom link. For more information or to register, contact Kate Brittain at 252-237-5355, ext. 5073 or kbrittain@wilson-co.com.



FRIDAYS, SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17, 24


Virtual Bilingual Storytime

Listen to favorite stories in English and Spanish. Tune in on the Wilson County Public Library’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or via Zoom.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3


Gene Watson Concert

Wilson Arts and the Boykin Series present country legend Gene Watson in concert. On his most recent album release, “Real.Country.Music,” the 72- year-old Watson once again proves he’s the master of classic country music. Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors and students. Call 252-291-4329 for more information or wilsonarts.com for tickets.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4


Barton College vs. Newberry

Cheer on the Barton Bulldogs in their first fall season of football. Led by coach Chip Hester, the Bulldogs promise this fall to be a season like none other. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at WAWtix.com.



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5


All White on the GREEN

The event at the outdoor pavilion includes live R&B and soul and jazz with four bands, including The Neon Dream, The Mack Band, Greg Amos and New Crank Band “Go-Go.” Food truck will be onsite. All white attire requested. Tickets are $35 available at mccormickcreations.com.



WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 7 AND SEPTEMBER 20


Stantonsburg Library Craft-to-Go Kits

Kits for ages 5-12 are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.



TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28


Virtual STEAM Programs

Join the Wilson County Public Library for science, technology, engineering, art and math-themed programs. Tune in on the library’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or via Zoom.



THURSDAYS AND MONDAYS, SEPTEMBER 9, 13, 27, 30


Lucama Library Craft-to-Go Kits

Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9


Teens Talk Books

Teens are invited to a Zoom book talk with the Wilson County Public Library’s young adult librarian Kate Brittain featuring “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. To register for a Zoom link, contact Brittain at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or kbrittain@wilson-co.com.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9


Opening Reception

The “Edwina Bringle, with Jan and Richard Ritter” exhibition will provide a look at three of North Carolina’s most recognized and celebrated artists. Edwina Bringle and the Ritters live and work in Penland, where each has had a long relationship with the Penland School of Crafts. The exhibition will run through Sept. 30. An artist lecture will follow the reception at 6 p.m., featuring Edwina Bringle and the Ritters.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10


Friday Night on White

Friday Night on White returns to Wake Forest on Friday, Sept. 10, with Crush. This outdoor concert takes place along South White Street. Take a chair and enjoy an evening in downtown Wake Forest. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at downtown restaurants, and a variety of food and dessert trucks and alcohol vendors will also be on site. Please leave your coolers and alcoholic beverages at home.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10


Magic To Do: A Stephen Schwartz Revue

This concert benefits the Jonathon Scott Bennett Scholarship Endowment. A professional performing troupe will sing the music of Stephen Schwartz, delivering favorites from “Wicked,” “Pippin” and “Godspell.” Tickets will be available at the door; however, reservations are encouraged by calling 919-825-7502, where your message will be returned. Advance tickets are also available at the Wilson Arts Center. Student cost is $10, general admission is $20, and the special cabaret-style seating (includes hors d’oeuvres and libations) is available for $100 (which includes seating for two).



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Selma Saturdays

Selma Saturdays Market features local artisans and businesses. Listen to local entertainment and enjoy a stroll on Selma’s Raiford Street. Take an antique or collectible to the Selma Saturdays Market on Sept. 11 for the “Guestimation Station” where the item will be given a “guestimate” on its current market value. Vernon “The Bottle Man” Creech along with Donna Reid, owner of Reid’s Country Sampler, and William Strickland, owner of Strickland Art Gallery, are the resident experts to help determine if you have a treasure worth keeping or trashing. (The “guestimate” is in no way an appraisal and is for general value estimates only.) The Guestimation Station is located at Reid’s Country Sampler, 109 N. Raiford St. In case of rain, the event will relocate inside to the Jernigan Building located at 110 E. Anderson St. For complete information and to be a vendor or entertainer, contact Selma Parks and Recreation at 919-975-1411



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Whirligig JeepFest

Remember and honor the fallen of Sept. 11. All proceeds will go to benefit the K9’s for Warriors program. My Wet Willy, RucRak Inc. and Down South Offroad & Outdoor will be hosting the Whirligig JeepFest at Beats & Eats. There are several competition categories. Line up can begin as early as 11 a.m. but must be no later than 1 p.m. Judging is at 3 p.m.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Four Oaks Acorn Festival

The family-friendly event includes rides, a classic car and antique tractors show, business expo, food trucks, handcrafted market, kids’ zone and more, including a Sept. 11 remembrance at 10 a.m.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Art Spin

Wilson Arts and Wilson Downtown Development are partnering for this event, featuring more than 17 arts experiences. The event is free and open to the public. Select activities may have a nominal fee. A full list of places and activities will be posted soon at ExploreWilson.com.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Introduction to Bookbinding

1 to 4 p.m.

In this workshop, artist Liz Steiner will teach a variety of bookbinding techniques including sewn bindings, folded structures and using adhesives. Participants will construct hardcover and/or softcover books for journaling and sketching, as well as artist books. No experience necessary. Cost is $65 for members and $75 for non-members. For ages 14 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. Call Wilson Arts at 252-291-4329 or visit wilsonarts.com to register.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Downtown Beats & Eats

The free concert series kicks off the season with the bands TripleWide and Mac & Juice Quartet. Food and beverages available for purchase. ID and wristband needed with alcoholic beverage purchase. Beverage tickets are $5, and there will be no charge for wristbands (thanks to presenting sponsor Wilson Energy). Take a chair and/or blanket. No outside food or beverages please.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Introduction to Low-Light Digital Photography

Learn to shoot amazing nighttime photos from local artist and arts educator George Freeney Jr., including camera settings and light tricks. This group photo walk throughout downtown Wilson will meet up at Casita Brewing before heading out to the first stop at Whirligig Park and other locations in the vicinity, where participants will make photographs. At the follow-up class on Sept. 25, students will meet at the Wilson Arts Center and learn how to edit photos to maximum effect. Participants will need a DSLR camera. Cost is $65 for members and $75 for non-members. For ages 14 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. Call Wilson Arts at 252-291-4329 or visit wilsonarts.com to register.



MONDAYS, SEPTEMBER 13 AND 27


Black Creek Library Craft-to-Go Kits

Kits for ages 6-10 are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14


Virtual Alternative Career and Job-Hunting Techniques

Duna Long, special projects outreach coordinator at the Turning Point Workforce Development Board, and Matt Kleven, Wilson County Public Library’s adult services librarian, will demonstrate alternative websites and networking strategies to help people find their ideal position. Contact Matt Kleven at 252-237-5355 ext. 5074 or mkleven@wilson-co.com to register for a Zoom link.



TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 14 TO OCTOBER 19


Creative Kids, Beginning Sewing and Textile Exploration

The six-week creative class explores the basics of sewing and is part of the Wilson Arts Creative Kids Visual Arts Academy. Young designers-in-training will experience the fashion design process by creating a one-of-a-kind garment that is custom fit. They will start by developing a mood board and explore textile design by creating yardage with water-based resist and Setasilks. Students will also learn pattern making, garment technology, visual styling and will get to know a sewing machine as a creative tool. Students will showcase their designs at a fashion show at the end of the session. Cost is $75. Call Wilson Arts at 252-291-4329 or visit wilsonarts.com to register.



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15


Creative Kids, Comic Art with Louis Small Jr.

The six-week class on comic art is taught by Louis Small Jr. and is part of the Creative Kids Visual Arts Academy. Small will guide both budding and experienced youth comic artists in the process of creating their own comic book, from character and storyline development to the nuances of the comic drawing process. This class is appropriate for both beginning and more advanced students, as Small works with each child individually. Cost is $75. Call Wilson Arts at 252-291-4329 or visit wilsonarts.com to register.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16


Virtual Poetry Slam

Share your gift of gab in the Wilson County Public Library’s Virtual Poetry Slam. Make sure to register to get a Zoom link and get on the program.For more information or to register, contact Kate Brittain at 252-237-5355, ext. 5073 or kbrittain@wilson-co.com.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16


Art & Ale with Demetrius Smith

Artist and arts educator Demetrius Smith will walk participants through the process of creating a whimsical fall painting while they relax and enjoy the ambiance of Casita’s beer garden. All materials are included, and absolutely no experience is required — just grab some friends and enjoy a fun and creative evening on “Wilson’s front porch.” Tickets are $40. Call Wilson Arts at 252-291-4329 or visit wilsonarts.com to register.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18


Intro to Eco Printing, the Basics for a Bath Brew

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This introduction to eco printing on paper and fabric with Renee J. Moore will be a hands-on exploration of basic techniques with a “cook in the kitchen” process of creating eco prints using flowers and foliage. In session one, students will create the bundle and bath; in session two, students will reveal and evaluate the prints. Be sure to take a sketchbook/notebook to both sessions (and a bag lunch to the first class, if you wish).Cost is $65. For ages 14 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. Call Wilson Arts at 252-291-4329 or visit wilsonarts.com to register.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18


Walk/5K Run for Life

The prayer walk and 5K Run for Life is a benefit for the work of Your Choice Pregnancy Resource Center. Visit www.friendsofycrc.org for more information.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18


Signing Storytime

This storytime will be presented in American Sign Language and spoken English. Tune in on the Wilson County Public Library’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or via Zoom.



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3


Wilson Botanical Gardens StoryWalk

Sponsored by Medlin Buick GMC Mazda, the StoryWalk is “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert and is located in the Children’s Secret Garden. Come along on a journey with a man made of leaves. The book celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.



TUESDAY TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 TO 26


Wilson County Fair

The Wilson County Fair has entertainment that will dazzle and thrill, as well as midway rides and delicious food from a variety of vendors. Visit the fair and celebrate the talents of the growers and crafters in Wilson County. Gates open weekdays at 4 p.m., Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m. See the full event schedule at WilsonCountyFair.org Tickets can be purchased at WAWtix.com.



THURSDAY TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 TO 25


‘An Extra Penny’

Filled with laughter and heartfelt emotion, the musical drama crosses three generations during World War I and World War II, sharing stories of adversity, perseverance and the bonds of love, reminding the audience that passion breeds success in the darkest of times. Tickets are $12 adult, $6 child, senior and military and should be purchased in advance at www.barton.edu/theatre. Masks and social distancing are required at the performances.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24


Wine Tasting

Host is Liz Hull with Kellogg Selections. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit grapenutswine.com.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24


Ninth annual Music for Hope Concert

The annual fundraiser for Hope Station features musicians including Elizabeth Winstead, Lauren Hong, Amy Shortt, Andrew Childers, Caleb James Skinner, Corey Whaley, Matthew Joyner, B.J. Lawrence, voice; the West Nash Methodist Choir; members of Wilson area churches; Chris Pharo, organist; David Scott, tenor saxophone; Dexter Ruffin, piano. A reception will follow the concert at the church. A free will offering will be received to support Hope Station’s new and ongoing programs to alleviate homelessness and hunger in Wilson.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25


Live Life In Color Run

This is the fourth annual event including a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run. The run is presented by RC3 Wilson in support of recovery. Find more information at www.wilcoprevention.org and register at www.runtheeast.com.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25


Wilson Botanical Gardens Fall Festival

Enjoy an afternoon full of fun with the Wilson Ukulele Band at 1:30 p.m.(child songs and singalong), Jingles Magic Show at 2 p.m. and Jingles balloon art at 3. There will be artists, children’s games, activities and crafts as well as local community organizations and more. Admission is $5 per car (not per person). Watch for updates on the Wilson Botanical Garden Facebook page or website. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25


Downtown Beats & Eats

Downtown Beats & Eats continues with Matty Begs and Ashley LaRue Band. Food and beverages available for purchase. ID and wristband needed with alcoholic beverage purchase. Beverage tickets are $5, and there will be no charge for wristbands (thanks to presenting sponsor Wilson Energy). Take a chair and/or blanket. No outside food or beverages please.



MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27


Banned Books Week Virtual Scavenger Hunt

In honor of Banned Books Week, Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, teens are invited to participate in a virtual scavenger hunt through the Wilson County Public Library. This hunt provides an opportunity to learn the facts about books that have been banned and/or censored and celebrates the freedom to read. Scavenger hunt sheets will be available at the main library adult services desk during business hours. For more information, contact Kate Brittain at 252-237-5355, ext. 5073 or kbrittain@wilson-co.com.



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28


National Voter Registration Day

Drop into the assembly room to hear speakers discuss the importance of voting, to register to vote and find your polling place and to enjoy free popcorn and lemonade.



WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29


Pee-Can vs. Pah-Cahn: A Sweet and Savory Nut with a Controversial Name

Join Wilson County Public Libary’s assistant director, Amanda Gardner, and library assistant Naija Speight to learn more about the origins and pronunciation differences of the versatile pecan. A cooking demonstration featuring a savory main dish and a delectable dessert will follow. This program will air on Facebook and YouTube. For more information, contact Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355, ext. 5072 or agardner@wilson-co.com.

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