Folks looking for entertainment options this weekend need not look far as both sacred music and a family-style sporting event are on tap.
• The League of Integrity, a Christian basketball league, is bringing professional wrestling to Tarboro. George South will face off against Barbarian in a “steel cage of fright” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory.
“It’s an awesome family event,” said Mike Braxton, one of the founders of the league. Alan Davis, another co-founder, said Saturday’s wrestling will be “the wrestling that your grandma and granddaddy took you to when you were young.”
Audience members will have a chance to “meet and greet” the wrestlers at 6:15 p.m. before the action in the ring begins.
Saturday’s event will pit Baron TNA Bullard against Reid Flair, “son of the Nature Boy,” Ric Flair. A grudge match between local grappler Damien Wayne and Louis Moore of the NCAA Wrestling Alliance is also scheduled. The night won’t end until “X” division wrestlers Lee Valiant, kin to the “Boogey Woogey Man” Jimmy Valiant, Justin Flash and Charlie Dreamer display their high-flying, high-impact skills.
While the wrestling will entertain audiences, the ultimate goal of the event is to bring people to Christ, Braxton said, noting that on Sunday morning, South would take to the pulpit at Sunset Church of God on Anaconda Road.
Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the Suburban Grill and Piggly Wiggly in Tarboro.
• The Edgecombe Community Chorus will perform a concert of “sacred music” at 4 p.m. Sunday in Edgecombe Community College’s Keihin Auditorium.
Choir member Johanna Owens’ favorite pieces in the upcoming concert are Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” and Fettke and Johnson’s “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name,” which she described as “two different styles but equally beautiful.”
“We always have a great time singing together,” said Owens. “This year we've brought in a couple new conductors — Bill Hilderbrandt, our accompanist and music director at Howard Memorial Presbyterian, and Lloyd Owens, my father-in-law and music director at Calvary Episcopal — for a couple pieces each. That has proven to add something new to our group.”
Becky Johnson and Robert Sparks are co-conductors for the group.
“This choir is really pretty special to me and I look forward to each of our concerts,” said George Anderson, president of the Chorus’ board of directors. “It's a chance for a cross section of our community to get together over an extended period of time and share their love of music and their love for each other.”
The concert is free, but donations of money or canned goods to benefit the Tarboro Community Outreach are appreciated.
Other activities include:
The Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum, open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. today and Saturday. The museum is located at 106 West Church St. in Tarboro.
The Blount-Bridgers House, a local art and history museum, will be open for limited hours Saturday. To make an appointment to tour the house, located at 130 Bridgers St. in Tarboro, call 823-4159.
As the new week begins, Edgecombe County residents have the opportunity to attend an open house at Edgecombe County Human Services Building, set for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The building is located at 122 East St. James St. in Tarboro. Human services employees will begin moving into the building next Thursday and Friday.
The Lotus Survival Foundation Open House is slated for 6 p.m. Monday in the Thomas S. Fleming building (Cummins Conference Room No. 152) at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. The event will feature a special appearance by Claudia Aguirre, the founder and CEO of the Foundation, testimonies by local breast cancer survivors, door prizes, refreshments and more. To register, or for more information about this free community event, please call Jackie Sheppard at 904-5351 or Scott Phillips at 641-8313.