Episode 38 of 'Up Front' Explores a Cabarrus ChristmasDec 06, 2019 11:27AM ● By Jason Huddle
A Cabarrus Christmas
Welcome to Upfront with Cabarrus Magazine, sponsored by Atlantic Bay Mortgage, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. Cabarrus Eye Center, CERTEC Automotive, Code Ninjas, Concord Downtown Development Corporation, Family Wealth Partners, Merle Norman Cosmetics and Edie's Salon and Your CBD store of Concord. Here's your host, Jason Huddle.
Thank you, Santa. I appreciate the introduction. As he mentioned, my name is Jason Huddle and welcome to another edition of Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine. This week we are talking about my favorite season, Christmas, specifically Christmas in Cabarrus. I set out this episode originally to just sort of talk about some things going on in Cabarrus County this month, leading up to Christmas, and we're going to do that. We've done that a little bit in previous episodes talking about the holiday lights at the Speedway center, so we're not gonna cover that again. But that is only part of it. As this episode evolved, I came across a local musician who I thought, you know what? This is kind of a cool way for him to begin. To build His platform is to maybe come onto the show and perform a few songs for us, including some Christmas ones and Seth Pittman is his name and he was very enthusiastic about coming on to the program. And so we are excited to have him on today with us, along with a Annette Privette Keller from the City of Kannapolis. They've got a lot of things going on in the ever changing town of Kannapolis, as far as Christmas goes, and so she has a lot to tell us about as well, and then we'll cover some other things that are happening in the community. I'm really excited about this program, as I am excited about the season. It's just, especially in this time of turbulence and division. It seems like anyone could offend anybody for anything these days. Christmas just brings a pause to all that, at least temporarily, and reminds us that peace on Earth and goodwill toward men is what we should all strive for. So I appreciate Seth and Annette coming on the show today and I'm looking forward to our conversations with them. But before we get to that, let's get to some shameless plug time.
We're coming down to the end of the year and I am currently compiling a "Best Of Up Front" for 2019 show. That's gonna be the last podcast this year - of this decade. Can you believe we're almost out of this decade? Anyway, I am looking for some ideas. If you are a fan of the show and have some favorite moments from the show, please submit that through the Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine Podcast Group page on Facebook. If you will do that, I will put you in a drawing to win a free ticket to see the holiday lights at the Speedway. So, if there's a certain moment, something serious, something funny, doesn't matter, that you really appreciated. Please let me know about it, and I will see about getting that into that episode. And that's today's shameless plug time.
Okay, when we get back, we are going to head out to Catawba College, where Kannapolis native, Seth Pittman awaits to graces with some music. Stay tuned.
Welcome to this Christmas edition of Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine. I'm sitting in the apartment of Seth Pittman. He is a Kannapolis native and a senior at Catawba College, up in Salisbury. And Seth is an aspiring musician, quite a talented one, as I understand it. And first off, Seth, thanks for being on the program today.
No problem. I'm glad to be here.
So Seth tell us a little bit about whoI you are as a musician and what your influences are. What kind of got you interested in music.
I've been playing music since I was growing up. I would sing along and write Parodies told like Nickelodeon theme songs and stuff just for fun in my free time. But what really got me into it was, honestly, the saxophone when I hit middle school. I played guitar when I was a growing up, but then eventually fell off for a little bit. And then I got back into playing when I hit middle school on the saxophone and it like, I kind of just kick started me to get back in. And I didn't start like, singing and writing my own stuff until I got here to Catawba and that was just because my friends were pushing me to like, you gotta, you gotta do something out there. And I was playing sax for a bunch of their bands, and then I just decided to try. You know what? Let's pick it up again. Let's try it out.
Very good. So if I'm trying to pin you down in the genre of music, what what are you?
I'd say I'm more of a soft rock, Indie style artist, very singer-songwriter-esque. Like, say, a Tracy Chapman sort of player in that kind of way. But yeah, definitely put myself as far as my singles go in soft rock, who are some of your other influences? I'm a huge fan of bare naked ladies and Ed Sheehan. This are my favorites. All right.
Very good. Well, Seth has agreed to gift us with some music today. So we have a Christmas theme today and I understand you have a Christmas song that you already wrote.
Yeah, Actually, I've been working on it for, like, a week and 1/2 now, so this will be my first time playing it.
So here we go. It's called Let it All Go
(Performs "Let it All Go")
Very nice job, Seth. I could definitely hear that. Ed Sheeran. Thank you. Hey, we're gonna take a quick break. Seth, if you don't mind sticking around, we'll be back in just a few minutes. You got a couple more songs for us?
Wonderful. We'll be back in just a second. Stay tuned.
And welcome back to Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine. Sitting here still with Seth Pittman, musician and Kannapolis native who just graced us with a Christmas original before the break. And Seth, I understand you have another single coming out.
Yeah, well, actually just came out a couple weeks ago. It's called, "Questions", released alongside my music video that I put up on my YouTube channel and my Facebook page, and "Questions" is available on all streaming services, where you get your music. Honestly, you can buy it on iTunes, just whatever works. But yeah, it was a lot of fun working on that song, and my original single came out earlier in the semester, "Even Humans Get Hurt". Those were a fun projects.
Very cool. So, Seth, I will let you take it away.
Sounds good. (Performs "Questions")
Seth Pittman. And the song was called?
Yeah, Find it on all streaming services.
So are we going to see you on The Voice or American Idol?
I don't know. I've really thought about trying out for those auditions shows, but I've never actually gone out to an audition or anything. I've submitted my songs to a couple of shows, like Songland, I don't know if you've heard of that.
Yeah, oh yeah.
But I submitted my songs to that and sent the music video in too. But that was pretty recent, so I haven't heard anything back yet. But I would love to participate. If anybody's gonna connections...
Where can people find your music?
So you can find it on my YouTube channel. Which is at Seth Pittman, on my Facebook page, Seth Pittman Music and then Spotify, Apple Music, wherever you stream your music, iTunes, anything like that. You can catch it.
Very good. Now, before we go to break, can you give us one more Christmas song?
All right. I think I'll do some mock acapaella for you this time.
Here is gonna be at least beginning of Silent Night. (Performs "Silent Night")
Very nice. Thank you so much for being on the program.
Thanks for having me. I enjoyed it a lot.
All right, look for Seth. And remember, when you're big and famous, remember where you got your first start.
And you know, I'll be back too.
Absolutely. Alright, we're gonna cut to break. And, when we come back, we'll be talking with the City of Kannapolis about all the things they have going downtown, your -
My hometown. Represent!
Absolutely. We're gonna be talking with them about everything going on for Christmas time for you to enjoy. Stay tuned.
Welcome back to Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine. I'm sitting in the office now of Annette Privette Keller, with the city of Kannapolis. She is the Director of Communications. And that first of all, thank you for being on the program and seeing me on short notice today.
Absolutely. Thank you.
So I wanted to come and talk to you because Kannapolis really knocks it out of the park when it comes to Christmas. There's so much going on. And since we're talking about Cabarrus at Christmastime this week, I thought it would be a great fit to come and talk to you about everything that Kannapolis has going on for residents to come by and see.
We do have a lot going on. We believe in celebrating Christmas, not just one night with our tree lighting ceremony, which you've already had, but all throughout the season. We do Christmas until December 30th and lots of different activities. Lots of things that we've tried to arrange that are affordable for people to do for Christmas and a lot of things for you to do just either by walking or driving. But getting out and walking is an excellent way to enjoy all of our activities.
Wonderful. So talk about let's talk about the Winter Wonderland Express. What's going on with that?
Well, of course, Village Park is our premier park in the city, and the Winterland Express is part of the celebration of lights. We have over 250,000 Christmas lights that we put up. Staff starts working after Halloween. We have them ready, typically around Thanksgiving, so it's open now. You can come every night of the week and enjoy those lights, and it runs from six o'clock until nine o'clock each evening, Monday through Thursday and then over the weekends, it's till 10 o'clock. But what you do is you park your car, you get out, dressed warmly, because a lot of times is very cold, right?
I understand some people wear their pajamas. It's not really recommended.?
No, I wouldn't wear jammies. Some families like to dress in the coordinated jammies, but it's still too chilly for that, I think. But you can arrive at the park, and the Winterland Express is a train that you can get on, both adults and Children, and you will ride through the 12 days of Christmas. So there are 12 lighted displays that feature that song, and you can count down. You're welcome to sing, Jason. I know you like to sing.
I love to sing
So you should come and bring the family and sing. Ride the train. After you ride the train, there's a carouse. Again, it's for adults and children. Ride the carousel. Both of those activities are accessible for those who are handicapped or might have some problems moving around. Attendants are in place and can help you. I love to see people who otherwise can't enjoy some activities. This is a fun thing for everybody to do, of all ages and all abilities. You can also make s'mores which -
S'mores? You mean s'mores?
I know you make fun of me, the way I say it. I say it the right way. I'm not sure where you're from.
Oh, my dear. First of all, I'm from right here in Cabarrus County.S
So - but you can have lots of yummy chocolate and marshmallows and graham crackers and squish them together. We have a little fire and then you can visit Santa, and some nights Mrs. Santa joins him. But every night Santa Claus is here and you are welcome to take a photo with him for free. Then walk around the rest of the park. The Atlantic S Gaugers, that's a model train club. You can go inside the Village Park program room, and they have an awesome display of model trains set up. So you're more than welcome to do that as well. That's another activity you can enjoy that night, and the only things that we charge for are the train and the carousel are $2 each, per person, or if you want to do a fast pass because some nights, especially on the weekends, the lines might get along. You do a fast pass for five bucks for the train. We also charge a little bit for the s'more package, and we also have food trucks on various nights and concessions seen come out and have dinner, and there is a charge for the food. Other than that, it's just a great evening. I love to bring my family and all my nieces and nephews. No matter how old they get, and they rolled their eyes. They still pile in the car and we all go, So it's a lot of fun for everybody.
Everybody rolls their eyes, but you know what? Everybody loves lights.
Everybody loves lights.
Everybody loves Santa, um, and also, before I forget, we also have local choirs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday nights at Village Park until December 30th, so you'll see a school choir, or church choir, and that's beautiful. I love to listen to the Christmas carols that they singing.
Sounds awesome. Before I let you go, real quick. Tell us about the Kannapolis Parade. A little bit different this year.
Okay, six o'clock, December the 14th in downtown Kannapolis. It's always a huge tradition as well. I believe this is our 81st year of having the Christmas parade. It's also one of the very few nighttime Christmas parades in North Carolina, and every float has to be lit with Christmas lights, so that makes it very special that time of year. This year we have a new route. The parade will start at the intersection of Laureate Way and Main Street. It will turn down Laureate and go past the research campus, down to the roundabout at City Hall in the police headquarters building. Then it will take a turn onto West Avenue at the Gem Theater, and it will go down the new West Avenue streetscape, and it will end at Vance. So lots of room to spread out for spectators this year. It should be much easier for everybody to get a really good seat, be comfortable. We're really looking forward to it. We have 12 bands participating this year, so we're very excited about all the music that we're gonna have. And we typically have over 100 entries into the parade.
So make sure you get your seat on the roadside early because it looks like it sounds like it's gonna be a great event.
Yes. No rain. Knock on wood.
All right. She's called it in. Maybe you could talk to Santa.
I'm talking to Santa.
Very good. Annette Privette Keller from the City of Kannapolis, thanks for joining us on the program today. Merry Christmas. And Happy New Year to you.
Thank you. Merry Christmas.
Once again, I want to thank Seth Pittman and Annette Privette Keller for being on the show today. I hope you are getting ready for Christmas and the holiday season and the New Year. And as promised at the beginning of the program, I wanted to let you know about some other events that are happening in the area. Don't worry about writing these down. If you miss them, go ahead and grab a copy of the December issue of Cabarrus Magazine. All this information is in there. But opening, actually tonight, December 5th, is the Butterfingers Angel at Old Courthouse Theater. It's running this weekend and next weekend through the 15th. It is the story of the first Christmas, but sort of told in a completely different way. It's a lot of fun. It is family friendly. It's not irreverent or sacrilegious, but it is from a different perspective, if you will. And so I encourage you to check that out. You can visit OCTconcord.com for tickets and more information. Tomorrow night, a couple of events happening. The Harrisburg Christmas tree lighting is taking place in Veteran's Park in Harrisburg, at the brand new Veteran's Park. If you haven't been out there, especially at night, it's gorgeous. You need to check that out. Also, the Piedmont Choral Society will be hosting their annual Christmas concert at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, from 7 PM until 8 PM. For more information there, you can call 7046996053. Then on December 7th, the Kruger Brothers - Not really Christmas thing, but they're going to be playing at the Davis Theater. If you haven't heard about them. They are a bluegrass band that was born and raised in Switzerland. They live in North Carolina now and fell in love with the music and are doing quite well, They have quite the following. You can check out Cabarrusartscouncil.org for more information on that. Also, December 7th and 8th, the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Museum will be hosting their Christmas open house. Every room in the museum will be decorated for the holidays, and they'll also be refreshments and lots of reminiscing. And it's free admission. Check out ECHSmuseum.org for more information on that. Some Christmas programs at some local churches are coming up as well. On December 8th, Away in a Mango at New Hope Worship Center will be taking place at 6:30 p.m. Come and check out the kids as they experience Christmas while being stranded on a deserted island. Also Christmas in the City at He's Alive Church in Kannapolis, that's December 13th 14th and 15th from 6 to 9:30 each evening, you can check out Hesalivechurch.org/Christmasinthecity for more information on that. Lessons and Carol's will be taking place on December 15th from 9:30 a.m. To 11 a.m at Providence Presbyterian Church in Concord. And, of course, Providence Presbyterian Church is one of many churches doing Christmas Eve Services on December 24th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Also coming up, I'd be remissed if I didn't mention one of our sponsors' events. Holiday Happenings will be taking place in downtown Concord on December 14th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There'll be free horse-drawn wagon rides for the young and old alike. And Children can participate in a gingerbread candy hunt, where they can visit participating businesses along Union Street, collecting edible decorations to create a gingerbread house to take home. The cost of the gingerbread candy hunt is only $10 per child, and reservations are strongly suggested. The event is Rain or Shine. If you want more information on that, please contact ConcordNC.gov. A couple of other events. As Annette mentioned, The Kannapolis Christmas Parade will be taking place December 14th from 6 to 8:30 p.m., of course, in downtown Kannapolis. You heard her mention the new route. So if you missed that, just back up the podcast. Listen to that section again. It is the 81st annual Christmas parade in Kannapolis. And for more information on that, check out KannapolisNC.gov. Finally, the holiday market will be taking place December 21st from 12 to 6 PM at Southern Strain Brewing Company. It'll be a full day of fun shopping, and some adult beverages I'm sure, will be served. There will be local vendors on site, and you'll be able to find everything you need for gifts, including beauty products, clothing, accessories, wellness service's and much more. Of course, beer and food will be available, and they'll be free Swag bucks for the first 50 attendees. If you want more information on that, there is a link that is far too long for me to spell out for you listed in this month's magazine. So check that out as well. Before I let you go. I just want to remind you that Christmas, as you know, is not about the gifts. It's about family, and it's about friends. And it's about coming together and realizing that there are bigger things in this world than worrying about politics or any number of trivial issues that we get caught up with. So I encourage you to savor this season. I know I am. Enjoy every minute of it. Next week we're gonna be talking about, is now the time to sell your home. In case you haven't heard, Concord was just listed as number 26 in the top 50 cities in the United States for boom towns. Can you believe that? We've got an incredible growth rate. We've got a lot of people moving here. Maybe you're looking for something smaller or something bigger. Now might be the time to sell. We're gonna bring in some experts to talk about that as we prepare for the year end. And I'm looking forward to having those conversations next week. Of course, is always I want to thank our sponsors of .Atlantic Bay Mortgage, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. Cabarrus Eye Center, CERTEC Automotive, Code Ninjas, Concord Downtown Development Corporation, Family Wealth Partners, Merle Norman Cosmetics and Edie's Salon and Your CBD store of Concord I've been your host. Jason Huddle. Until then, go out and enjoy some Christmas programs. Tree lighting's parades, you name it. Just enjoy the season. Take it away, Santa.
Thank you, Jason. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Arts+Entertainment, Community, Life+Leisure Christmas Memories Christmas Events Christmas Tree Lights Christmas parade Christmas Eve Worship Christmas Decorations City of Kannapolis Christmas Traditions Up front with Cabarrus Magazine up Front Podcast Episode 38 Village Park Christmans lights Annette Privette Seth Pittman Local music Christmas Songs Cabarrus Christmas