Railway show to benefit a local museum
The 20th annual NC Railroad Expo will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
Over 300 tables filled with railroad lanterns, timetables, books and models of all scales will be available. In addition, nearly half a dozen exploitation diagrams at several scales will be exhibited.
Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 enter free. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum in Newton.
In addition to vendors selling model trains, books, videos and memorabilia, there will be free test tracks for the public to bring in their old attic finds, as well as a “Railroad Antiques Roadshow” table where the public can bring railroad-related items through and have them appraised by hobby experts.
Autism Bash this Friday
The seventh annual Autism Bash will be held Friday from 5-10 p.m. at Warehouse 18 at 18 Second St. SE, Hickory.
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The Bash for Autism will be a celebration and an opportunity to enjoy a BBQ dinner, live music, cash bar and raffles. Meet the owners of We Rock the Spectrum Hickory and learn about the gym and the programs they have planned, which will benefit children with autism.
A ticket to the Bash for Autism comes with every $25 donation and this year all tickets will be available at the door or by visiting the My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation website. Guests will show their receipt at the door, if tickets were ordered online.
Play the quiz tonight
Thursday night, Warehouse Distillery will host a trivia game starting at 7 p.m. A local food truck, Gas-Up, will serve food. The winning team will receive a $30 gift certificate.
Friday night starting at 5 p.m., Warehouse Distillery will have another food truck from Charlotte. Local music duo, Jon Boy & Lefty, will play at 6:30 p.m.
Kreyol Flavors, a Caribbean-inspired food truck owned by a Charlotte-area woman, will be at Warehouse Distillery on Saturday at 5 p.m. Local musician Matt Hayes will perform at 6:30 p.m. Warehouse Distillery will also broadcast March Madness. Warehouse Distillery is located at 2628 NW Blvd., Newton.
The Kontras Quartet scheduled for several performances
The Kontras Quartet returns to Hickory for a week-long residency in education and performance in partnership with the Western Piedmont Symphony.
The Western Piedmont Symphony presents a lunch and music event called Soundbites, with the Kontras Quartet on Fridays at noon. The event will take place in the Keiser Community Hall at the SALT block.
The Keizer Community Hall is in the West Wing of the SALT block at 243 Third Ave. NE, in Hickory.
The Kontras Quartet will give a free performance at the Ridgeview Branch Library on April 7 at 11 a.m. Another performance will be at Drendel Auditorium on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the April 9 concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students.
Le Grand Dubois at the Newton Performing Arts Center
Two-man variety group The Great Dubois will perform at the Newton Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $30.
As seen in the movie “The Greatest Showman” and the “Late Show with David Letterman”, The Great DuBois features feats of juggling, circus stunts, magic, contortion, unicycling and aerial acts while engaging the audience through comedic interaction.
Drinks and concessions will be available through the Noble ordering app.
American Legion Auto Show scheduled for April 16
Automotive enthusiasts will have the chance to show off their cars, trucks and motorcycles at the fourth annual American Legion Post 48 Car and Truck Show, April 16, at the American Legion Fairgrounds, 1 American Legion Ave. ., to Newton. The rainy date will be April 23. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the entry deadline is at 12:30 p.m. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.
The event is open to Hot Rods, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Street Machines, Antiques, Originals, Pro Street, 4-in-4 Mini Trucks, Full Size Trucks and Motorcycles, the event entry form says . Domestic and foreign vehicles can be registered. New this year is a category for Rat Rods – vehicles that combine the creativity of their makers with the mechanical skills needed to put them together.
The best vehicle of the show will receive the best of the show award and a prize of $300. Additional rewards will be awarded in the following divisions: Commander’s Choice; better participation in the club; best truck; better painting; better engine; better interior; best motorcycle; best GM, Ford or Chrysler from 1965 to 1999; best GM, Ford or Chrysler from 2000-22.
Plaques will be awarded to the top 50 vehicles. The first 100 registered vehicles will receive dashboard plates. Registration up to the day of the show is available at the door for $20. All registrations include admission for two.
Registration forms are available at places such as parts stores, auto shops, and convenience stores. Entry fee checks should be made payable to American Legion Post 48. Forms and checks can be mailed to American Legion Car Show, 5851 St. Peters Church Road, Conover NC 28613.
Public admission for adults and children 13-18 is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The show will feature a DJ playing throughout the day and concessions will be available.