“The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, opens the Athens Community Theatre season with dinner theater on Sept. 12 at The Arts Center in Athens. Other show dates are Sept. 13-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. It is sponsored by Citizen’s National Bank.
Directed by Art Kimball, “The Red Velvet Cake War” stars Bev Harrison, Janet Martin, Renee Nicolo, Bill Swain, Laura Rust, Traci McKenzie, Steve Walker, Rick Parker, Pam Thigpen, Mary Kennedy and Steve Wright. “The Red Velvet Cake War” is a riotously funny Southern-fried comedy brought to you by the playwrights of “Dixie Swim Club,” “Christmas Belles” and “Southern Hospitality.”
The three Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette — could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. The cousins face an uphill battle trying to pull of the annual reunion and things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor’s pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake.
All dinner theater seats are $25 by reservation only. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., and showtime at 7:30 p.m. Other shows are $12 for adults, $8 for students in advance and at the door.
The second Thursday performance (Sept. 19) is “Family Reunion Night.” Extended family members are admitted for $10 each when at least two tickets are purchased. In addition, the cast and crew are holding their own “Red Velvet Cake War” — come at 6:30 on Sept. 19 to sample cakes and vote with your spare change to determine the winning red velvet cake. Tickets are available at 423-745-8781, at www.athensartscouncil.org, and at The Arts Center.
To learn more about this event and The Arts Center’s other arts programs, visit www.athensartscouncil.org, call 745-8781, or come by The Arts Center at 320 N. White St. in Athens.
Belk engagement party
On Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., couples who are engaged to be married are invited to Belk at Bradley Square Mall for the store’s signature Engagement Party in the gift registry department. The event offers engaged couples a fun-filled afternoon with food, beverages, entertainment and fabulous prizes. This event is free.
Participating couples will receive a Wedding Registry Planner and those who open a new gift registry or add to an existing one will be entered in a drawing for the following prizes:
— Two travel vouchers for airline tickets or a cruise ($1,200 value)
— $1,000 in cash
— One of three $1,000 Belk Gift Cards
— Three days and two nights at the Biltmore Inn in Asheville, N.C. (a $2,500 value)
— $2,000 (retail value) of Carolee jewelry for the bride and wedding party
Certified wedding registry specialists will be on hand to give advice and help engaged couples determine what items they need for their new home and life together. The specialists will help guests create a personal registry for each couple’s gift selection, including fine and casual china, silverware, crystal, cookware, kitchen essentials, bedding and bath merchandise and more.
Special product displays will be featured throughout the store, with vendors offering prizes and giveaways.
The engaged couple and their guests have access to Belk wedding registries at more than 280 Belk locations, or at the Wedding Registry page at Belk.com.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception.
Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pre-tax income back to the communities it serves. In the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $19 million to those communities.
Belk stores and belk.com offer a wide assortment of top national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk go to: Belk Get Connected.