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Ready, Set, Weekend in Davidson: August 23 – 26

by | Aug 22, 2019 | News

Singers, dancers, and musicians from area churches provide the music and dance at the annual Concert on the Green: Gospelfest.



Live Music: Maggie Lowe

August 23 @ 4:30 p.m.

Summit Coffee – 128 S. Main Street


Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum?

August 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

Stroll down memory lane with us as we walk back a couple decades to celebrate a new cocktail collection from (honorary) Davidson community member Sam Slaughter. Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? contains recipes for re-creating adult versions of your favorite ’90s childhood drinks as well as original craft cocktails inspired by that iconic decade. Sam Slaughter is a Food & Drink Editor for the men’s lifestyle magazine, The Manual. His spirits work has been published in Maxim, Bloomberg, The Bitter Southerner, Thirsty, and elsewhere. Outside of spirits work,  his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of places, including Midwestern Gothic, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Heavy Feather Review. Sam will swing through Main Street Books for a throwback soiree. 90s attire encouraged.


Live Music: Rusty Knox

August 23 @ 7:00 p.m.

Summit Coffee – 128 S. Main Street



Lake Norman YMCA Triathlon

August 24 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Ingersoll-Rand – 800 Beaty Street

Voted best triathlon in the Charlotte area by Charlotte Fit Life! The Lake Norman YMCA and Ingersoll Rand are again teaming up to bring you the Lake Norman YMCA Sprint Triathlon presented by Ingersoll Rand! Last year was a huge success at the Ingersoll Rand campus. The courses are safer, parking is plenty, and the event has so much room to grow. The Cause: Most importantly, the Lake Norman YMCA Sprint Triathlon gives children and adults the chance to overcome physical disabilities in the Adaptive Water Ski program. In partnership with the Carolinas Healthcare Systems Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program, the program is the only of its kind in North Carolina. Participants not only learn to ski, but learn to face and overcome their challenges. All proceeds from the event support the YMCA Community Support Campaign, enabling the Y to continue helping our adaptive water skiers hold on to hope.


Davidson Farmers’ Market

August 24 @ 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.


Walk with a Doc

August 24 @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Davidson Town Green

This is the 2nd Year of Walk With A Doc (WWAD) –  We meet on the Village Green for our talk and walk at 9-10. WWAD is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through November. Come out and join us Saturday as we Educate, Exercise, and Empower each other one step at a time. This week’s topic is “Sleep: Does the Body Good. Why? How Much? and Benefits. The guest speaker will be Dr. Chris Magryta.


STEAM Stories with Maura

August 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

STEAM Stories with Maura blends STEAM and literacy, using fun experiments to discuss stories and help with reading comprehension. Maura teaches at Assurance Preschool, and is a mom of two boys. She spent her high school and college years volunteering for Two Together, a one-on-one literacy tutoring program, and was a co-founder of the After School All-Stars literacy program in Albany, NY. Maura is a freelance illustrator who is passionate about STEAM education.Main Street Books story times are always free and open to all ages. No registration necessary.


Book Signing: Vernon Glenn

August 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

Join author Vernon Glenn at Main Street Books for a signing of his book, Friday Calls. A native Tar Heel, E. Vernon F. Glenn was educated not only at Choate, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University School of Law, but also by digging deep ditches, running a jackhammer, and hauling block and bricks every summer to the tune of starting at 60 cents an hour. Glenn has been a practicing litigator for more than 40 years and adores the courtroom, as well as Southern people. Glenn now lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and too has a perch in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He also finds his way back to Chapel Hill on a happy and regular basis. Friday Calls is Glenn’s first novel, and he is currently working on its sequel. This is a work of fiction built upon two true events that happened within hours of each other. All the players are entwined, a basket of snakes and innocents that are penned into embracing one another. The more things change, the more they stay the same.


The Refugees

August 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Cunningham Fine Arts (Barber Theater) – Davidson College Campus

Does a play go from the author’s draft to a full production? Not likely! Come to a Developmental Staged Reading of The Refugees, a new play by Stephen Kaliski, for an enlightening look at a seldom-seen step in the process of bringing a new play to the stage.


Watercraft Rental

August 24 @ 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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


Davidson Volleyball vs. Gardner-Webb Exhibition

August 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Baker Sports Complex (Belk Arena) – Davidson College Campus

Come watch the Wildcats take on Gardner-Webb in their first match of the season. Admission is free for all volleyball matches.


Mothering in the Media

August 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

New mothers face a barrage of confounding decisions during the life-cycle of early motherhood which includes… Should they change their diet or mindset to conceive? Exercise while pregnant? Should they opt for a home birth or head for a hospital? Whatever they “choose,” they will be sure to find plenty of medical expertise from health practitioners to social media “influencers” telling them that they’re making a series of mistakes. As intersectional feminists with two small children each, Bethany L. Johnson and Margaret M. Quinlan draw from their own experiences as well as stories from a range of caretakers throughout.


Davidson Film Club Presents “The Salesman”

August 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Armour Street Theatre – 307 Armour Street

Iran, 2016, 2h04 In Persian w/English subtitles Showing is at 7:00 p.m. at the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. Each show is $7 for members and $9 for walk-ins.

For more information, go to the Davidson Film Club website.


Live Music: Rick Sprietzer

August 24 @ 7:00 p.m.

Summit Coffee – 128 S. Main Street



Thanku: Poems of Gratitude for Young People

August 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Main Street Books – 126 S. Main Street

Please join Main Street Books for a last-day-of-summer salute to gratitude. Four of the contributors to the inspiring children’s compilation Thanku will stop by the store to celebrate the book’s release and chat about the many, many things in daily life that can prompt gratitude – a fortifying message for children on the cusp of a new school year. Thanku, a poetry anthology edited by Miranda Paul, explores a wide range of ways to be grateful (from gratitude for a puppy to gratitude for family to gratitude for the sky) with poems by a diverse group of contributors, paired thoughtfully with illustrations from Marlena Myles. Kirkus hails Thanku as “lovely lyric lessons in appreciating the ordinary.”


Making Sense of Central American Migration Presentation

August 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Davidson College Presbyterian Church (Parlor) – Corner of Main & Concord

The Davidson College Presbyterian Church Social Justice Committee will be hosting a presentation entitled: “Making Sense of Central American Migration.” Davidson College Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Latin American Studies Rev. Dr. Matt Sampson will give the presentation.


Concert on the Green: Gospelfest

August 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Davidson Town Green

Join your neighbors on the Green for the annual Gospelfest – an annual highlight of the Concert on the Green series.

Scheduled lineup of performing groups includes:

  • Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church
  • Torrence Chapel AME Zion
  • Gethsemane Baptist Church
  • Jonahville AME Zion Church
  • Davidson Presbyterian Church

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 Storytime

August 26 @ [2 sessions, one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m.]

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. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to story time at 9.30am. Please check in at the desk.


Trivia Night at Summit

August 26 @ 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Match wits with your neighbors at Trivia Night at Summit.


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