Wake Forest Mardi Gras and Renaissance Center Music Series Coming this Weekend!

Mardi GrasThe following events are coming up this weekend in Wake Forest…

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, a North Carolina-based Country band will perform on Friday, February 24th at 8 p.m. as part of the “Rockin’ the Forest” music series in downtown Wake Forest.  The concert will take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks Street

Advance tickets are $10 plus tax and can be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the concert, tickets can be purchased at the door. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited.

Shook, originally from upstate New York, has been playing music for a while. Her first band, Sarah Shook and the Devil, broke up in 2013.  She then formed Sarah Shook and the Dirty Hands, before settling into her current band along with guitarist Eric Peterson, drummer John Howie, Jr., upright bassist Aaron Oliva and Phil Sullivan on pedal steel.  The group recently signed to Bloodshot Records.  They are, according to their website, “a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies.”  You can check them out at http://www.disarmers.com.


The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Festival is back for it’s fifth year. Sponsored by Gladwell Orthodontics and Primrose School of Heritage, it will take place on Saturday, February 25th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Mardi Gras Festival is a fun event that should be enjoyable with this weekend’s projected warm temperatures and hopefully any rain will hold off. At noon, judging takes place for the King and Queen costume contest (open to teens and adults) and a Prince and Princess contest for younger kids. The winners of the King and Queen contest will lead a walking parade along with the event’s presenting sponsors. There will also be a Best Baby, Best Decorated Vehicle (wagon, cart, bicycle or stroller) and Most Festive Family contest, held at 12:30 pm in front of the flagpoles in Centennial Plaza. A Best Mask Contest (homemade masks only!) will be held in Jones Plaza (corner of S. White Street and Jones Avenue) with awards presented to one youth and one adult.

The Festival brings the feel of a traditional Mardi Gras event, complete with beads, strolling musicians, face painting and street performers dressed in purple, green and gold. Worth watching are the contortionists who perform at varying times throughout the day. Local businesses will be open and offering special promotions and there will be food trucks available.  https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-mardi-gras.aspx


A Night of Comedy, presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club and the Wake Forest High School Band Boosters, is a fundraiser benefiting both groups that will take place on Saturday evening, February 25th fro 6:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 and the event includes comedians, music, raffles, a silent auction,  heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the Cotton Company or at the North Carolina General Store, both located on S. White Street.  For more information, visit http://www.wakeforestrotary.org/comedy-night.php.


Paperhand Puppet Intervention is coming to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts on Saturday, March 4, from 7 – 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Renaissance Centre’s “Arts for All” free community performance series, which is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

I’m pretty excited about this – if you haven’t been to a Paperhand Puppet show, you’re missing out.  You may have seen some of their performers at various Raleigh events in the past. From their website at http://www.paperhand.org:

From Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”. Photo by Lee Capps.

“Paperhand Puppet is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over fifteen years we have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more! Our shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. We create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.”

For more information, visit wakeforestrencen.org or contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

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