The Rockford Express Band, a five member bluegrass band will perform from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, (tonight) at the Third Branch Cafe'. Dinner will be available for purchase, but the performance is free.
The Rockford Express is a popular bluegrass band that features Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks on the bass, Andy Lowe, banjo, Rick Lowe, fiddle, Randy Willard, mandolin, and Joey Hall on the guitar.
"We've been playing together for several years," Parks said. "We played in the new Yadkinville Park back in September.
" It's a community event where all the residents can come out and enjoy listening to the music and getting to know their neighbors," he said. "The town and the cultural arts center is working to plan more events throughout the year where residents can come together and enjoy the talents in the area as well as spend time with family such as the movie nights at the park. I look forward to meeting with the residents while we enjoy what Yadkinville has to offer."
On Jan. 28, from 6 - 8 p.m, dinner and music will take place at the Third Branch Cafe again with music by Steve Hodge and John Tatum.
On Feb. 4, from 6 - 8 p.m., the same will take place with the talents of Kara Dunn providing the music. Dinner that evening will be the cafe's special Jack Daniels Pork Loin.
A special Valentine Dinner will take place on Friday, Feb. 11, with live music by Claire Culbreath. Reservations are helpful but not required and can be made by calling 336-677-6006.
Other events planned for the Cultural Arts Center include an exhibit "Yadkin County Artisans Remembered" which will take place from on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday's from 1 - 4 p.m, Jan. 28 through Feb. 27 in the Yard studios A and B.
The event will showcase the artistic and historic memorabilia and is curated by the Yadkin County Historical Society.
Writings, musical instruments, Indian artifacts, photographs and more will depict the history and culture of the area.
Andrew Mackie, historian of Yadkin County said that the exhibit is full of interesting memorabilia for all residents of the county to enjoy.
"The exhibit will give the residents of the county and visitors to the area a chance to see things that they may have only heard about through family stories," Mackie said.
On Feb. 4, an opening reception will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Welborn Gallery of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center for the exhibit "Into the Wild: Birds and Beats." The exhibit will showcase African wildlife painting from private collections and nature photographs by Yadkin artist Rod Hunter.
Also on Feb. 4, an opening reception will be held in the Uptown Wine & Gallery, next door to the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, for the "Art Quilts" exhibit. The exhibit will showcase non-traditional fiber art that redefines the definition of the word quilt.
"The center will also host classes beginning in February," Co-director of the Arts Center Susan Lyons said. "We hope that the residents of the area will take advantage of some of the unique classes the center is offering."
Art classes begin in February and include a knitting class with Peggy Petrocy, a Mosaics class with one on one instruction with Jody Pounds, a Painting class wit Sharon Grubbs an Patty Bailey Sheets and a Collage class with Llewellyn Churchill.
For more information on classes, schedules and fees as well as other upcoming events, call the Cultural Arts Center at 336-679-2941 or visit the website at www.yadkinarts.org.