The Tar Heel Traveler, Scott Mason: Presentation and Book Signing – June 13, 2019 at Gateway Event Center: The Woman’s Club of Clayton and Friends of Hocutt-Ellington Library are proud to present a Clayton Sesquicentennial Celebration event on June 13, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Gateway Event Center, 501 Yates Drive in Clayton. The Tar Heel Traveler, Scott Mason, will do a presentation including some interesting stories about Clayton. Scott will have 4 of his books available for purchase and he will sign books. Tickets are $35 and only 200 tickets will be sold so purchase yours soon if you don’t want to miss out on this wonderful evening! The Morning Glory Inn will cater the event providing heavy appetizers and there will be a cash bar. Call 919-333-6361 for tickets.

Taste of Carolina Cuisine: This has been the major fundraiser for The Woman’s Club of Clayton for the past  14 years.  Funds raised are used to support community causes such as  Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County, Clayton Area Ministries – just to name a few.  The dining event showcases the best food from local restaurants, all in one location.  Those attending sample “taste-size” portions from the restaurants’ menus.  The restaurants compete for awards that are judged by Chef Fredi Morf and his colleagues from Wake Tech Culinary Arts program that are presented after the dining including “Best Presentation,” “Best Original Dish,” “Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients,” “Best Pasta Dish,” “Best Use of Local Ingredients,” and “Best Dessert”.  In addition, attendees cast ballots for “People’s Choice, 1st and 2nd.” There is also a silent auction including wonderful baskets and gifts attendees can bid on.

The 14th annual “Taste of Carolina Cuisine,” was held on November 2, 2018 at the Clayton Center. Participating restaurants were:

•            Anthony’s Italian Pizza & Pasta

•            Caribbean Delight

•            Chefella’s

•            Clayton Steakhouse

•            Dylan’s Gifts & Catering

•            Fat Boys BBQ & Catering

•            Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar

•            Manning’s

•            Morning Glory Inn

•            Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes

•            The Flipside

•            Vinson’s

This fundraiser would not be possible without the wonderful local sponsors. Sponsors in 2018 included Platinum Sponsors Agri Supply, Balfour Beatty Construction, Caterpillar, First Citizens Bank, Hales Management Group, North State Bank. Gold Sponsors BB&T, Country Superstars 102.3, Grifols, Johnston Health, Neuse Termite and Pest Control, Truelines Surveying. Silver Sponsors A&T Solutions Tutor Doctor, Brady Hurley, Canopy, Carolina Comfort Air, Clayton Animal Hospital, James Forester, KS Bank Smithfield,  Stephenson Insurance Associates.