33rd Annual Walk-In Messiah @ First Presbyterian Church
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presented by Mitchell Community College, the Christmas portion of Handel’s beloved Messiah will be performed with chorus, soloists, piano, and organ. Singers needed in the chorus! Singing participants are asked to arrive at 1:45 pm. To sing in the chorus, contact Emily Schuttenberg at (704) 978-5425.

MLK Celebration 2018 @ Shearer Hall - MCC
Jan 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us as we remember and celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in Shearer Hall on Statesville Campus. Guest speaker will be Mr. Christopher A. “Skip” McCall.

Charlotte Murder Mystery Theater @ Historic Sharpe House
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Charlotte Murder Mystery Company returns to Statesville to present “Murder Most Green!” in conjunction with The Historic Sharpe House and Statesville Civic Center on Friday March 16, 2018. That evening The Sharpe House becomes Flaherty”s True Green Plant Nursery, the setting for the first part of the production. Guests will meet and greet at The Sharpe House and then will go next door to the Civic Center for dinner.

This special holiday murder mystery takes place in the City of Blarney in North Carolina. Your guests are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party to honor Patrick Flaherty, owner of Flaherty’s True Green Plant Nursery. When they arrive, they find out that Flaherty died the previous night after a get-together that celebrated the nursery’s centennial year. Instead of having a party, your guests will be attending his wake. The guests will become investigators and work with the Detective to figure out “WHODUNIT.”

Dinner will begin with an Irish Pub Salad. Guests will have an entree choice of traditional Irish Corned Beef, Pot Roast, or Baked Chicken (leg quarter). Each entree will be served with traditional Irish fare: steamed cabbage, Irish champ, and Irish peas. Dessert will be the Sharpe House’s famous bread pudding. Wine or sparkling grape juice will be available as well as sweet and unsweetened iced tea. Cost is $50 per person for
the dinner and show.

Please make your choice of entree when calling Keith for reservations.
Reservations must be made by Monday March 12 at 5:00 P.M.

This event will be a fundraiser for The Silas Alexander Sharpe Foundation.
Call Keith at 704-682-7508 to make your reservations.

Doris Betts Spring Literary Festival @ Mitchell Community College
Mar 29 – Mar 31 all-day

2018 Doris Betts Spring Literary Festival


Statesville, NC – Mitchell Community College will hold the sixth annual Doris Betts Spring Literary Festival March 29-31 on the College’s Statesville Campus. Events will include readings by authors, writing workshops and social events. The festival will begin Thurs., Mar. 29 with a Faculty/Staff Reading at 12:30 p.m. at Rotary Auditorium (500 W Broad Street, Statesville). The 2018 visiting authors are Wiley Cash (Fri., Mar. 30, 6:30 p.m.), Terri Kirby Erickson (Sat., Mar. 31, 11 a.m.), Grace Ocasio  (Fri., Mar. 30, 4:30 p.m.) and Amy Reed (Sat., Mar. 31, 1 p.m.). All authors’ presentations will take place in Shearer Hall on Mitchell’s Statesville Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact festival coordinator Ben Pressley at or (704) 878-4349.

Schedule of Events 

Thursday, March 29

12:30 p.m. – Faculty/Staff Reading – Rotary Auditorium

6:30 p.m. –  Student Reading – Mooresville Artist Guild (103 W. Center Ave, Mooresville)


Friday, March 30

3 p.m. – Information Booth opens – Main Building, Room 129

4 p.m. – Opening Session – Shearer Hall

  Tribute to the work of Doris Betts

4:30 p.m. – Grace Ocasio (reading and Q&A) – Shearer Hall

5:30 p.m. – Book sales and signing – Main Building, Room 129

6:30 p.m. – Wiley Cash (reading) – Shearer Hall

Saturday, March 31

8:30 a.m. – Information Booth Opens – Main Building, Room 129

9 a.m. – Coffee and pastries – Main Building, Room 129

9:30 a.m. – Writing Workshops

Writing Workshop A: Amy Reed

Writing Workshop B: Terri Kirby Erickson

Writing Workshop C: Grace Ocasio

(space limited, reservations required for all sessions)

Self-Guided Walking Tour  – Historic Downtown Statesville

10:30 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – Terri Kirby Erickson (reading and Q&A) – Shearer Hall

Noon – Lunch on your own/Historic Statesville Walking Tour

1 p.m. – Amy Reed (reading and Q&A) – Shearer Hall

2 p.m. – Book sales and signing – Main Building, Room 129

3 p.m. – Evaluation and closing remarks – Shearer Hall

Writing Workshops

One hour concurrent sessions on Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. The sessions are free, but space will be limited.  First come, first served. Please contact Benjamin Pressley at either or (704) 878-4349.

2018 Visiting Writers

Wiley CashWiley Cash

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy. His latest book is the critically acclaimed The Last Ballad, an engrossing take on the 1929 Loray Mill strike, which took place in his hometown of Gastonia. He is often mentioned in the same sentence with such fine writers as Ron Rash, Robert Morgan, Kaye Gibbons, and Charles Frazier, and with good reason. Mr. Cash is the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and teaches creative writing in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.

Terri Kirby EricksonTerri Kirby Erickson

Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of five full-length collections of award-winning poetry, including Becoming the Blue Heron (Press 53, 2017), which was a recent Finalist for Poetry in the International Book Awards. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the 2013 Poet’s Market, Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Connotation Press, Cutthroat, Boston Literary Magazine, Journal of the American Medical Association, NASA News & Notes, North Carolina Literary Review, storySouth, The Christian Century, The Writer’s Almanac, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and many others. Among her numerous awards are the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, and a Nautilus Silver Book Award. She lives in Pfafftown, North Carolina.

Grace OcasioGrace Ocasio

Grace Ocasio is a performer/poet, the author of the poetry books Hollerin’ from This Shack and The Speed of Our Lives. She is at home reading in colleges and poetry slam venues alike. She lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, Edwin, and her daughter, Chloe. Grace especially enjoys reading at venues where she can serve the local community. Currently, she teaches as an adjunct professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Amy ReedAmy Reed

Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years there. She earned her MFA from New College of California. After thirteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now resides in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and dog. She is the author of the Young Adult novels Beautiful (2009), Clean (2011), Crazy (2012), Over You (2013), and Damaged (2014), all with Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. Her two-book series, Invincible (2015) and Unforgivable (2016) were published by Katherine Tegen/Harper Collins. Her new novel, The Nowhere Girls is about three girls who start an underground movement to avenge the rape of their classmate and overthrow the misogynist culture at their school.

Live Music – Steven Wenger @ Risto's Place
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come see live music by Steven Wenger this Thursday, June 14th, starting at 7:00PM!

Veterans Day Ceremony @ Mitchell Community College
Nov 12 @ 11:00 am

November 12, 2018
11 a.m. on the Circle
Shearer Hall in the event of rain.

Gloria! @ Shearer Hall at Mitchell Community College
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm

Please join us for a concert of gorgeous sacred choral works featuring Five til Five brass quintet, organ, chorus and soloists. This event is open to the public. Admission is $5. Students of all ages are free.

Jingle All the Way @ Shearer Hall - MCC
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm

Please join us for a holiday concert featuring the Mitchell Chorus & Mitchell Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kelly Hutchinson and Tony Sanders. This event is open to the public. Admission is $5. Students of all ages are free.

Holidays with the Band @ Shearer Hall - MCC
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm

Monday, December 3
Holidays with the Band
7:30 p.m., Shearer Hall

Please join us for an evening of festive music featuring inspiring arrangements of seasonal favorites performed by the Mitchell Community Band, under the direction of Joshua Stevenson. This event is open to the public. Admission is $5. Students of all ages are free.

Live Music – Steven Wenger @ Wine Maestro
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Boutique fine wine and craft beer store in historic downtown Statesville. Live music from Steven Wenger!

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