“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 8

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WILSON, N.C. — March 9, 2017 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April” Poetry Day to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 8, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Beth Copeland and Bruce Lader. The day will also feature Amber Flora Thomas, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by […]

Illusionistic Paintings: the Focus of the “Ripple Drift” Exhibition on View Through April 21

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WILSON, N.C. — February 10, 2017 — Paintings created to break the barrier between the illusionistic space and the physical surface of the work will be the focus of a remarkable exhibition opening this spring in the Barton Art Galleries on the campus of Barton College. Elise Ferguson’s “Ripple Drift” in the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery and Lula E. Rackley Gallery will provide a thought provoking experience for viewers as they observe a body of work created without perfection in mind. The emphasis will be placed on color and pattern combined, while pushing materials to their furthest limits. The exhibition will run from Thursday, March 16 through Friday, April 21, with […]

Beloved Southern Author Lee Smith to Speak at Friends of Hackney Library Event on April 4

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WILSON, N.C. — March 9, 2017 —Beloved Southern author Lee Smith is expected to draw a large crowd for the upcoming Barton College Friends of Hackney Library Spring Dinner and Program, scheduled for Tuesday, April 4. A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and program following at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton College campus. Books by the author will be sold during the reception and following the program. Admission for the event is $35 per person. Admission for members of the Friends of Hackney Library and for Barton College faculty, staff, […]

Theatre at Barton Presents the 2017 New Works Festival featuring “Sam Ragan, Inside the Poetry” February 23-26

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WILSON, N.C. —February 9, 2017 — Theatre at Barton opens its spring season with the 2017 New Works Festival to be held February 23-26 in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton College campus. The festival performances will be free of charge; however, monetary donations will be accepted to support theatre programming. The four-day run will include three new musicals by local and affiliated artists and alumni, as well as an intriguing performance devised from the remarkable poetry of the late Sam Ragan (a Barton alumnus, a past N.C. Poet Laureate, and one of the two namesakes of The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus.) The work, “Sam Ragan, […]

Historian Melinda Pash to Speak About “American Veterans of the Korean War” on February 21

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WILSON, N.C. — January 26, 2017 — Barton College welcomes historian Melinda Pash as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21. She is the author of “In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation: The Americans Who Fought the Korean War,” published in 2012 by the New York University Press, and she serves as a full-time history instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville. Pash’s lecture is titled “Unremembered but Not Unimportant: American Veterans of the Korean War.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is […]

“Love The Symphony” Scheduled for Tuesday, February 14

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WILSON, N.C. — January 23, 2017 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the twenty-sixth annual “Love the Symphony.” This year’s concert program will feature tenor Dan Callaway performing songs from musical theater. The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus. A candlelight buffet dinner will immediately follow the program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person, and reservations may be made by calling Luann Clark at 252-399-6329. Please note that tables for eight are available by reservation. The reservation […]

Barton Hosts the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards for Eastern/Central N.C. Region

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Brynn Carrick was awarded a gold key and the Edward C. Brown Award for the artwork titled Majestic Peacock, pictured above. Carrick’s art teacher at Topsail High School in Hampstead is Matt Rogers. WILSON, N.C. — January 17, 2017 — Barton College will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium. This marks the 39th year that Barton College has served as host and regional sponsor for the National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the awards ceremony is Endia Beal, director of Diggs […]

Theatre at Barton Presents: A Christmas Cabaret on Dec. 9

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WILSON, N.C. — November 22, 2016 — Theatre at Barton closes out the 2016 calendar year with a celebration of the season in its first-ever Christmas Cabaret. This evening of holiday-themed entertainment will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton College campus. The show, designed to delight the young and old alike, will provide a welcomed diversion from the hustle and bustle of shopping. “Come join our talented Barton students, faculty, and staff, and community members on this festive evening of song, dance, and the occasional shenanigan…and, if you have a mind to join in, you will have opportunities,” shared Adam Twiss, […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Pianist Beth Levin on Sunday, Nov. 20

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WILSON, N.C. — November 11, 2016 — Renowned pianist Beth Levin returns to the Barton stage for her fourth appearance with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. The orchestra’s annual fall concert, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will be held in Barton College’s Kennedy Family Theatre on campus. Levin and the orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in d-minor, and the orchestra will also present Haydn’s “Symphony No. 45,” often called “The Farewell Symphony,” as a result of the unusual final movement where the orchestra is instructed to leave the stage one by one until there are only two players left […]

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Hispanic Writers & Artists Series Welcomes Historian and Cook Luisa Fernanda Acosta on November 14

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WILSON, N.C. — Oct. 31, 2016 — Preserving culinary tradition is a testament to the importance of food and its preparation in all cultures around the world. On Monday, Nov. 14, Colombian historian and cook Luisa Fernanda Acosta will share how she is “Safeguarding the Traditional Columbian Cuisine” during her presentation for Barton College’s Hispanic Writers & Artists Series. Sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities, this event will be held on campus in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Acosta has a great deal of experience in community work relating […]