Art Center to Open in Aberdeen
Everyone is going green these days. Reuse, recycle, renovate. Keep a building in service rather than expand your footprint. Trade locally.
The Rooster's Wife is right in fashion with these ideas. The new nest at 114 Knight St. in downtown Aberdeen will house the three-year-old concert series.
Poplar Knight Spot is on the site of the long-serving Wicker Electric.
"It looks the same from the outside," says Janet Kenworthy, of the Rooster's Wife. "You will notice the changes once you enter this new venue, which has been remodeled to support all types of creative endeavors in the Sandhills."
Thoroughly insulated to conserve energy, the most compelling feature is the cooling system, two custom-made fans. Virtually silent, the fans sport eight-foot-long blades, and cool the space as much as 16 degrees while running on the same power it takes to light a home refrigerator.
Music lovers will be comfortable in the winter with the use of another American-made device, Space Ray Heaters from Charlotte, that use natural gas. Jeff Masser of local builder New South Construction coordinated the entire project, recreating the homey atmosphere that has been the trademark of the Rooster's Wife.
To celebrate, head down to Aberdeen Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11, for a full roster of music.
Staying with the local theme, Giff Fisher's famous Brunswick stew will be offered at $5 a bowl Saturday from 5 p.m., along with vegetarian selections from the Ice Cream Parlor.
Aberdeen Caf steps up on Sunday at 4 p.m. with their bison chili and a vegetarian selection as well. Cold Stone Creamery will be serving dessert.
"Look for local snacks on the menu, along with an exciting display of fire-hooping from hoop master Meghan Griffith," says Kenworthy. "She will be teaching a free hoops class and have hoops for sale at Poplar Knight Spot."
Musical entertainment will include local singer-songwriters Patrick Fuller and Rose Frazier.
Joe Craven, who was recently named artist of the year for Folk Alliance West, brings his special blend of acoustic music.
Joining him will be the Farewell Drifters; singer-songwriter Annie Crane; Robin Aigner, formerly of the Crooked Jades; tenor and banjo maven Joe Newberry, with Mike Compton; Laurelyn Dossett, whose song, "Anna Lee," was recorded by Levon Helm on his Grammy-winning album, "Dirt Farmer," and swing band Cristabel and the Jons.
"Local favorites, the Parsons, deserve special mention, as their house concert was the first event presented by the Rooster's Wife," says Kenworthy.
Admission for a full plate of music is $15 for Saturday only, $20 for both days. Dinner is available for $5.
The Rooster's Wife is a private nonprofit association organized to celebrate the performing arts in Aberdeen.
Memberships, tickets and sponsorship information are available at Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St, Aberdeen, or online at www.theroosterswife.org, as well as by calling (910) 944-7502.
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