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Fireworks Friday Night . . .And Other Great Things Do in Davidson This Weekend

by | Feb 16, 2018

Lunar New Year Fireworks as seen from Richardson Stadium in 2016.

Yes, there will be fireworks in Davidson tonight. In case you missed our article about the Lunar New Year celebration at the college – the final event of the celebration is a fireworks display.

Your News of Davidson team felt that it was important to highlight the fireworks for our readers. First off, we know that a lot of people like to see fireworks – and this is the only display in town. Second, we also realize that some people and some pets appreciate a reminder before a fireworks show. So, if you want to watch – enjoy. Tell your neighbors. If you need to take precautions – please do so.

The fireworks should be visible around the college campus and surrounding area. Some people come out to view them from Chambers Lawn or from Richardson Stadium.

While we are at it, here is a list of some of the amazing things going on in our town this weekend:

Friday

Baseball – The Davidson Wildcats open their season Friday night, with a matchup against Lafayette. The game is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. at Wilson Field. All games are free and open to the public.

Lunar New Year – the community is invited to come to the Union Atrium at 7:00 p.m. for a celebration of Lunar New Year. This day, marked as the first on the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, is the most important holidays in East Asia, celebrated in China, Vietnam, Korea, Tibet, Mongolia, and other countries. Whether you call it Chuxi, Tết, Seollal, Losar or Tsagaan Sar, it is a time to kick back and enjoy time with family and friends. Food, drink, and craft activities will be provided. The Little Lotus dance troupe will perform a traditional Chinese dance starting at 7:30 p.m.  Finally, we will ring in the new year with fireworks at 8 p.m.! (UPDATED start time 9:15 p.m.)

Lecture – Masha Gessen is the author of The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2017. Join us for her lecture “Why the Gays: A History of the Kremlin’s Queer-Bashing.”  The event is free and open to the public. No ticket required. Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

“The Diary of Anne Frank,” Davidson Community Players — In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time. Advance tickets start at $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the website or by calling the box office at 704-892-7953.

Saturday

Farmers’ Market – The market is open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Parking is available on Main Street, Town Hall Lot, Police Department Lot, and at Davidson Presbyterian Church lot at the corner of Depot & Jackson Streets. The busiest Market time is between 8:30-10:30 a.m. Get there early if you are looking for something in particular. Eggs sell out quickly!

Tennis – The Davidson College Men’s Tennis team hosts Wingate at 9:00 a.m. Weather depending, the match will take place at the new outdoor courts behind the Baker Sports Complex or inside at the Knobloch Tennis Center. Matches are free and open to the public.

Davidson’s History West Side – The Davidson Branch Library hosts three separate events honoring our town’s West Side neighborhood. Throughout the day, you can check out information from the Shared Stories Project, help update historic maps, learn how to do research genealogy, listen to stories from West Side residents, and learn best practices for recording and saving your own family stories.

There will be three separate presentations held on Saturday:

  • Genealogy: At 10:00 a.m. librarian Thomas Cole, a Charlotte historian and librarian in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room in the main branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, will discuss a variety of library resources that can be utilized to research your ancestry.
  • Historic Preservation: The next presentation will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will feature John Howard from the Charlotte Historic District Commission and Autumn Rierson Michael, an attorney, professor, and preservation consultant. They will discuss options, as well as the pros and cons of historic preservation in neighborhoods under the threat of gentrification.
  • Shared Stories from the West Side: The final presentation of the day is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will feature a panel discussion about growing up on the West Side of Davidson and the changes going on there today.

The library is located at 119 S. Main Street or on the Village Green, depending on your mode of transportation. If you have any questions in advance of the event, you can contact the library at (704) 416-4000.

Baseball – The Wildcats host Lafayette for game two of their three game weekend series. The game will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Wilson Field on the Davidson College Campus. Games are free and open to the public.

Tennis – The Davidson College Men’s Tennis team hosts their second match of the day – this time lining up against. Weather depending, the match will take place at the new outdoor courts behind the Baker Sports Complex or inside at the Knobloch Tennis Center. Matches are free and open to the public.

Basketball – The Davidson Men’s Basketball team will be hosting the University of Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Arena. The Wildcats are ranking #2 in the A-10 and are coming off a double-digit road win over VCU on Tuesday. At last word, only a few hundred tickets remain for the game.

“The Diary of Anne Frank,” Davidson Community Players – Armour Street Theater 8:00 p.m.  [See more detailed description above.]

Sunday

Baseball – The Wildcats will wrap up their 3-game series with Lafayette at 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Field. Games are free and open to the public.

Tennis – The Davidson Women’s Tennis team will be hosting UNC-Wilmington at 1:00 p.m. Weather depending, the match will be held at the outdoor courts behind Baker Sports Complex or inside at the Knobloch Tennis Center. Matches are free and open to the public.

“The Diary of Anne Frank,” Davidson Community Players – Armour Street Theater 2:00 p.m. [See more detailed description above.]

Book Discussion – Davidson College Presbyterian Church will be hosting a 4-part study of the book, Waking Up White, by Debbie Irving. The discussion will be held in Jetton Hall at the church, and will be led by Scott Kenefake, Interim Minister. Subsequent discussions will be held on February 25; March 4 & 11.

The class is also being offered on February 17 and 24; March 3 & 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Marshall Room at the Pines.

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