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Ready, Set, Davidson Commencement Weekend: May 17 – 20

by | May 17, 2019 | News



 Symetra Classic – Final Round

May 17 @ 8:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

River Run Country Club – 19125 River Falls Drive

The seventh stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to River Run Country Club in the Tar Heel State for the eighth annual Symetra Classic from May 15-17. A 144-player field started play in Davidson, N.C. on Wednesday, playing a total purse of $175,000. Individuals compete in a 54-hole stroke play format with the cut to the low 60 players and ties playing in Friday’s final round. The final round will start at 8:30 a.m. with all groups heading off No. 1 tee in twosomes.


Jazz Ensemble – Senior Soiree

May 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Alvarez College Union – Davidson College Campus

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble performs its final concert of the year, featuring the seniors as soloists. Senior Soiree, Alvarez College Union in Knobloch Campus Center on Alvarez-Mariam Cannon Hayes Outdoor Amphitheatre. (Rain Plan: Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center.)


Live Music: Maggie Lowe

May 17 @ 4:30 p.m.

Summit Coffee – 128 S. Main Street


Shakespeare on the Green

May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Town Green

The Town of Davidson is partnering with the Davidson Community Players to bring Shakespeare on the Green to the community on May 16, 17, and 18. Outdoor performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place on the town green at 7:00 p.m. nightly. All performances will be free and open to the public.


Live Music: Sunday Union

May 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

Summit Coffee – 128 S. Main Street



Davidson Farmers’ Market

May 18 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Summit Coffee Parking Lot

The Davidson Farmer’s Market, Inc. (DFM) is back this week. DFM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Davidson, North Carolina. This is the 10th year of the Davidson Farmers’ Market. The Davidson Farmer’s Market is a producer-only, year-round Market featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100-mile radius. The Market is a lively gathering place for meeting friends and for learning about food, agriculture and nutrition. Growers and producers are on hand to answer your questions, from “How was this grown?” to questions about how to prepare and preserve all types of foods. We are located next to the Davidson Town Hall between Main & Jackson Streets. 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.


Lake Norman Bike Expo

May 11 @ 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bailey Middle School – 11900 Bailey Rd – Huntersville

Lake Norman Bike Expo & Community Ride Join the Town of Davidson and the Town of Cornelius to celebrate Bike Month with a Bike Expo, Family Bicycle Ride and a Community Bicycle Ride. Whether you’re a new or seasoned cyclist, the Bike Expo will have something for everyone. The Expo will provide attendees an opportunity to demo bikes from area bike shops, learn about bicycle safety and maintenance, and experience unique bikes such as folding bicycles, electric assist bikes, and more. Davidson Parks and Recreation will have their solar-electric ELF bike to demo (made in Durham, NC) and the Town of Cornelius will have information on new greenways and how to safely navigate around town our your bike. Community Bike Ride starts at 9:00 am, a 10 mile ride (age 14+ with adult), and the Family Bike Ride will leave at 10:30am. Registration for the 9:00am Community Ride will take place onsite beginning at 8:30am. Registration is not required for the Bike Expo. If you’d like to register that would help with planning and for email updates. Registration for the 10:30am Family Bike Ride will take place onsite. For more information or to register, call Davidson Parks and Rec at 704-892-3349 or online at


Walk With a Doc

May 18 @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Davidson Town Green

Meet up at the Davidson Town Green at 9:00 a.m. This week’s topic: Brain Health – What do Anxiety, Depression, Suicide, and Depression have in common?


World of Wonder Free Nature Outing – Pre-registration Required

May 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Bradford Farm

FORAGING FUN! With Kathleen McIntyre: Come learn the basics about foraging and the wild abundance of herbs, food, and natural medicine in our backyards.  There are many herbs that are perfect for healing bee stings, ant and bug bites, as well as to snack on to help keep you healthy. We’ll forage in a local, organic farm garden to see what we discover and learn about the plants’ benefits. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are recommended. No strollers or pets please. This outing is for children with their families. The minimum age is 5 years old. Location and other details will be sent to those who pre-register.  Registration for this outing closes Friday, May 17, at 5pm. Pre-registration is required.To begin the registration process, please send an email to [email protected] with the names of all the participants (parents and children), ages of the children, any allergies and a cellphone number.

Be sure you get a confirmation of registration email that includes medical and photo waiver instructions. Registration is not available on the Davidson Lands Conservancy website. Be sure that you receive an email confirming your registration. PLEASE NOTE: Registration closes at 5pm, Friday, May 17, at 5pm.


STEAM Stories with Maura

May 18 @ 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

A book and a craft on select Saturdays for our story time offering! All Main Street Books’ story times are free and open to the public. Registration not required.



May 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Join us for a leisurely guided bike ride to explore a variety of trees in downtown Davidson, along the greenway, and in nearby neighborhoods. Learn about native, historic, and unusual trees during this guided tour. Bike and helmet are required. Meeting location will be sent to those who register. Children 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Book Signing: Stephanie Fister

May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

Stephanie Fister is the author of the children’s book Why Do Grownups Ask Us to Do So Much?, which invites children to understand how a balance of learning, wise choices, play, rest, and healthy food will help them reach their unique potential in life.

Meet her at Main Street Books where she’ll be signing copies of her book.


Watercraft Rental

May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lake Davidson Nature Preserve – 750 Jetton

Enjoy a self-guided watercraft adventure through Lake Davidson. Rental includes your choice of kayak or paddleboard, paddles and life vest. For more info or to reserve watercraft call 704-892-3349 or online


An Afternoon with Hope Andersen

May 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

Please join poet and novelist Hope Andersen at Main Street Books on Saturday afternoon for a discussion and signing of her recently released novel, When the Moon Winks. When her husband of 30 years leaves her for a younger woman at the start of When the Moon Winks, Helen Ferry must find a way to deal with the emptiness left behind.


Baccalaureate Service

May 18 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Belk Arena – Davidson College Campus

Drawing on the college’s Presbyterian heritage, the Baccalaureate Service is an inclusive, non-denominational spiritual celebration for faculty, staff, seniors, parents and their families. The seniors will process in wearing caps and gowns. It will last about an hour. Claire George-Drumheller, Parish Associate, and Chaplain Rob Spach preside, and Chaplain Spach will offer a sermon with words of blessing for the seniors. Casual dress clothes are appropriate and attendance is encouraged but optional.


Shakespeare on the Green

May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Town Green

The Town of Davidson is partnering with the Davidson Community Players to bring Shakespeare on the Green to the community on May 16, 17, and 18. Outdoor performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place on the town green at 7:00 p.m. nightly. All performances will be free and open to the public.


Live Music: Paul Atkinson

May 18 @ 7:00 p.m.

Summit Coffee – 128 S. Main Street


Davidson College Chorale

May 18 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Davidson College Presbyterian Church – Main Sanctuary

Farewell to Seniors Concert, Davidson College Chorale,



Davidson College’s 182nd Commencement Ceremony

May 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Chambers Front Lawn or Belk Arena

The weather decision will be made a 6 a.m. on May 19 – in the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be moved from the lawn of Chambers to Belk Arena. Tickets are required if the ceremony is held in Belk Arena.

  • 8:30 a.m. – Seating for Commencement Ceremony opens for family and friends.
  • 9 a.m.- Required meeting for graduating seniors, Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers. Wear caps and gowns. (Rain Plan: Lowest level of Baker Sports Complex, far basketball practice court)
  • 9:50 a.m. – Academic Procession
  • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Commencement, Front Campus. (Rain Plan: John M. Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex).


A live stream will be available in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, in the Alvarez College Union, for those visitors who would like to watch the ceremony in a climate-controlled environment. The 900 Room, as well as the Duke Family Performance Hall, will serve as overflow locations should the ceremony move to the Belk Arena due to inclement weather. Tickets will only be required in the case of inclement weather.


“Flags In” – Placing Flags on the Graves of our Davidson Veterans

May 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mimosa Cemetery – South Street

Please consider taking some time on Sunday afternoon to place flags on the graves of our Davidson Veterans. The group will meet at Mimosa Cemetery and then travel to the Christian Aid Society and College Cemeteries. Hough H.S. JROTC cadets will help with this effort.


Music at St. Albans: New Century Saxophone Quartet

May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

St. Alban’s Episcopal – 301 Caldwell Lane

The Winston-Salem-based New Century Saxophone Quartet is dedicated to exploring new music for saxophone quartet, as well as playing jazz standards and classical transcriptions.

Each concert is held at 3:00 p.m., at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. Arrive early to enjoy the pre-concert young artists performance at 2:30 p.m. Each concert will be followed by a “meet the artist” reception. Tickets are available at the door [$20/general admission; $15/seniors; $10/students; children under 12/free] or at the website.


Main Street Hooks

May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

Main Street Hooks is a free and open book and knitting club brought to readers by Main Street Books in partnership with Davidson’s forthcoming craft store Hearts on Fiber. MSH meets at the bookstore monthly for communal knitting and audiobook enjoyment. Hearts on Fiber also offers an on-site pop-up shop during meetings to meet the supply needs of club members.


Concert on the Green – Earth to Mars

May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Town Green

 Concert Details

  • Concerts on the Green take place the first and third Sundays in April through September.
  • Concert hours are 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Concerts take place on the town green in downtown Davidson at the corner of Main Street and Concord Road, on the Davidson Public Library stage.
  • All concerts are free, family-oriented, and open to all ages.
  • All concerts are “rain or shine.”
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase. In addition, attendees also have a choice of some wonderful Davidson restaurants from which to get take-out, or visit before or after the concert.
  • Coolers and picnics are welcome.

Tents – 10’ x 10’ tents are welcome, but must be set up on the perimeter of the event area. We ask that you are respectful of this rule, so you do not block the view of other attendees. Please keep your tents within the 10’ x 10’ size. Click HEREfor specific information, if you plan to bring a tent.

Parking – Free public parking is available all around the event site, however, please pay attention to signs indicating where parking is prohibiting. Handicapped event parking is available on Main Street, Concord Road and in the Davidson Public Library parking lot along Lorimer Road.



Family Reading Time (two sessions)

May 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am & 11:00 am – 12 pm

Davidson Branch Library – 119 S. Main Street

Bring your family (ages birth to 5) out to enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child.


Rotary Club of Davidson

May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Rotary Club of Davidson meets on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays of each month (excluding federal holidays).  Noon – 1:00 pm at North Harbor Club Restaurant. Meetings last about an hour. Visitors welcome!


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