Take A Tour of Fine Italian Wines at the Barton Art Galleries on October 22

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Reservations for the wine tasting are required, and guests aged 21 and older are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per person, which may be paid by cash or check at the event. WILSON, N.C. — In a toast to artist-in-residence Enzo Torcoletti, the Barton Art Galleries will host an Italian wine tasting on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. This event features renowned sommelier Inez Ribustello, co-owner of On the Square restaurant and wine bar in historic downtown Tarboro. Guests may enjoy samples of wine while viewing works from Torcoletti’s latest exhibition, “Mythos: From Concept to Creation,” which opens on Monday, Oct. 12, and runs […]

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Barton Welcomes Shelby Stephenson for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 19

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Oct. 19. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Stephenson grew up on “Paul’s Hill,” a family farm near Benson in Johnston County. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” Stephenson shared on his homepage of his web site, “where memory and imagination play on one another. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I […]


“The Rocky Horror Show” Returns to Barton Stage for Encore Performances

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WILSON, N.C. — If you missed it earlier this year, have no fear; “The Rocky Horror Show” is coming back to Barton College! This campy comedy musical is a tribute to the golden age of B-movies, and is packed with complex themes and raucous scenes. A smash hit when it debuted in April, the Theatre at Barton production returns for encore performances on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, in Kennedy Family Theatre. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., followed by midnight showings each night. Despite its light-hearted and self-deprecating nature, this musical is intended for mature audiences. A cult classic by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” is a […]

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October Arts Events Planned With Barton Artist-in-Residence Enzo Torcoletti

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“Mythos: From Concept to Creation” exhibition runs from October 12 – November 25. (Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Barton College Friends of Visual Arts will host its annual FOVA Fall Lecture and Dinner on October 15. (Reservations) Workshops with the Artist-in-Residence will be held on October 17 and October 24. (Reservations) Artist-in-Residence Gallery Talk on October 27,  3 p.m.  October Weekday Ceramic Studio Chats with Artist-in-Residence, 3-4 p.m. WILSON, N.C. — October is shaping up to be a great month for art lovers, especially those with an interest in carving and sculpture. Barton College celebrates new Artist-in-Residence Enzo Torcoletti with a series of public events featuring the […]

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From Barton to Beijing – Reflections on Adventures to China

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by Kirk Butts Wilson, North Carolina, is a small and inviting community that welcomes visitors the very first time they drive through the city. Its warm hospitality makes Wilson the perfect place for Barton College students to comfortably call home. Being comfortable is nice, but rarely is it exciting. That is why Barton puts such a strong emphasis on international travel. Opportunities abound for students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the College interested in exploring the world. Literary pub tours follow the footsteps of some of Ireland and the United Kingdom’s greatest writers. Guests can gaze with their own eyes on some of the world’s most photographed attractions, such as […]

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Friends of Hackney Library Will Host Fall Lecture and Dinner With “Bone Collector’s” Jeffery Deaver on October 6

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library welcomes award-winning and bestselling author Jeffery Deaver as the featured speaker for its Fall Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, and begins at 6 p.m. with a book signing and reception. The program follows at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. Copies of Deaver’s works will be sold during the book signing and following the program. This event is co-sponsored by FOHL and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library. Reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, and reservations and payments must be […]

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Barton Art Galleries Will Host Works by Wilson’s Peter Holloway Burgess from September 17-October 16

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An opening reception with the artist will be held in the Barton Art Galleries on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. WILSON, N.C. — Peter Holloway Burgess has earned two doctoral degrees and created more than 110 paintings. Quite an extraordinary résumé, made even more so by the fact that Dr. Burgess accomplished all of this after the age of 70! A collection of Burgess’ works will be on display at the Barton Art Galleries beginning Thursday, Sept. 17, and running through Friday, Oct. 16. An opening reception with the artist will be held in the galleries on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. These […]

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Barton Hosts Ann Pancake for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on September 21

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College welcomes Ann Pancake, featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The event will be held Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall on the College’s campus. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Copies of Pancake’s books will be available for purchase at the event. A West Virginia native, Pancake grew up in the towns of Romney and Summersville. “Strange As This Weather Has Been,” her first novel, was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007; won the 2007 Weatherford Award; and was a […]

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Barton Welcomes Filmmaker David Garrigus for Constitution Day on September 17

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WILSON, N.C. –  In celebration of the 228th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, Barton College will host a Constitution Day discussion by acclaimed filmmaker David Garrigus, whose latest project, “The American Constitution,” is in production. A reception with refreshments will be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m., with the program commencing at 5:30 p.m. A question-and-answer period following the speaker’s presentation will conclude the program. This event, sponsored by Hackney Library, is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. A Wilmington-based producer, writer, and director of award-winning documentaries and educational programs, […]


Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra Co-Presents “Carousel”

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WILSON, N.C. — A symphony-backed concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical comes to eastern North Carolina, with multiple cities and performances planned. “Carousel,” directed by Lauren Kennedy and presented by the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Raleigh/Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, and Theatre at Barton, opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, and conclude with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. on August 30. Tickets range in price from $36 – $47, and are available by visiting, or by calling (919) 832-9997. “Carousel” then comes to Wilson on […]