PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Armfield Civic and Recreation Center was a busy place throughout the day Saturday, hosting a morning open house and an evening concert.
Throughout the morning, the Armfield staff provided a demonstration of a wide range of the classes offered by the center. Special rates and tours also were offered in an effort to attract residents who are not Armfield members.
“The morning went well,” Armfield Director Scott Cato said. “We didn’t have as many new faces as we would have liked, but we had a good number of members coming by to try out some of the classes. And we did have a few new members to sign up.”
According to Cato, the center will continue to offer a variety of special membership rates through Memorial Day.
An evening concert, organized as a fundraiser for the center, offered a diversity of entertainment. A dance troop from a local church opened the evening, followed by a full line-up of contemporary Christian bands. Free face painting and concessions were offered.
The music was opened by the Pilot Mountain-based band, Stones Throw, followed by the regional band, Driven, and a feature performance by national recording artists, Calling Glory.
But while the event had been planned for the outdoors, with bands scheduled to perform in the Armfield amphitheater, a last-minute rain storm caused logistical headaches. A rushed move was made to the center gymnasium where a delayed concert was eventually able to get under way.
“It was unfortunate,” Cato said. “The rain made it tough, but the staff and sound people were tremendous.
“But it was a great show,” he continued. “Calling Glory was great. With better weather, we would have had a bigger crowd, but we went with what we had and everyone had fun.”
The evening was part of a series of four fundraisers the center will host this year.
On Sept. 7, the first ever Pilot Palooza 10k Run will take place. The street run, carrying participants throughout Pilot Mountain, is being coordinated with the help of the town of Pilot Mountain and the Pilot Mountain Police Department.
It will be followed by the center’s fourth annual Pilot Mountain 5k Trail Run. The run will be held on Oct. 5, taking runners into the center’s Nelson Acres, a part of the Armfield Civic Center Park.
Rounding out the year’s activities will be a return of the center’s “Once Upon a Christmas” event.
“Last year was a great time,” Cato noted, “and we’re really look forward to bringing it back this year.”