Rev. Dr. Nancy Ledins, who died on July 16, was a trailblazer during her lifetime. Photo Credit: Wedgewood Church via The Charlotte Observer

Former priest leaves legacy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rev. Dr. Nancy Ledins, 84, died during the week of July 16 and was a member of Wedgewood Church.

Ledins began life as William Griglak and became a Roman Catholic priest in 1959 and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1979, The Charlotte Observer reported.

At the time of her transition, she was serving as a priest and thus became the first woman to hold such a position. This did not come without issues. She was shot at, had her car bombed and received dead animals in the mail, the Observer added.

In recent years she found a renewed purpose at Wedgewood where she performed baptisms, preached, served communion and so much more.

A celebration of her life was held at Wedgewood on July 23.


Band seeks performers

CHARLOTTE, N.C.. — The Charlotte Pride Band will perform at the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade on Aug. 26-27 and has extended an invitation to musicians to join them.

They are seeking those who play brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments, as well as guards. No audition is required.

Rehearsals will begin on Aug. 10, 7 p.m., at the John Crosland School, 5146 Parkway Plaza Blvd.



‘Rent’ comes to CLT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The iconic Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize recipient “Rent” will be making its Queen City run from Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at the Blumenthal Arts Belk Theatre, 130 N. Tryon St.

The touring company is staging “Rent” in honor of the play’s 20th anniversary.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26-28, 8 p.m. on Sept. 29, 30, 2 p.m. on Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Tickets are selling fast and start at $25 and are available online.


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