Monday, February 25, 2013

March into Spring Craft & Vendor Fair!

March into spring with us at this craft and vendor event! 

lia sophia     scentsy      origami owl      
doodlebug crafts     amber's crafts     Mary kay  
   Zumba     Vault Denim     thirtyone  
   amy's cozy creations     Drive 4 Shelter     Riverbirch Vineyards 
     Iron Eagle Automotive     Kym's wreaths   Brandiwyne crochet craftsations     Ken's woodworking      Cornerstone Garlic Farm     pampered chef
... and more!

10% of sales from Doodlebug Hairbows & Crafts will go to Duke Pediatric Cancer Center in honor of Brooke Austin, diagnosed with brain tumor at age 11 months, chemo for 3 years and last MRI on 2/4 was not a good one... she is a kindergarten student at Bethany Elementary School. 

Riverbirch Vineyards will raffle a gift basket of muscadine products, 50 CENTS per chance to WIN -- we will donate all proceeds from the gift basket to Duke Pediatric Cancer Center - in honor of our niece Brooke. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013 10am-3pm
Bethany Civic Center
5876 NC 65 Hwy, Reidsville, NC 27320

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Walkertown Elementary Seeking Local Leaders and Writers for Event

On March 7, 2013 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm the doors at Walkertown Elementary will be open for our community to see the wonderful things that are happening in the school.  You are invited to tour the school, observe great teaching, or share with classes how reading is important to your life and to your profession. You may also volunteer to read to a class.

If you have questions please contact Barbara Cohen, Principal Fellow Intern, at (336) 595-2311 or

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Free Healthy Active Adults Day in Kernersville

The Kernersville Chamber of Commerce and the Y are hosting a Healthy Active Adults Celebration on Monday, April 15, 2013 from 9am-1pm.  

There will be free health screenings, food samples and entertainment.  Bring your old medications for disposal.  


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Winston-Salem History: The Coffee Pot

In anticipation of Winston-Salem's Centennial Celebration, the city is sharing tidbits of history with video.

Everybody in our area knows the coffee pot, but do you know it's history?  It was erected in 1858 as an advertisement for a tin shop.  In the last 155 years it has been been moved several times, knocked over by an errant Ford and nearly discarded, and damaged by weather.  Now it stands in a grassy triangle off South Main Street, just outside of historical Old Salem.

I've taken a few photos of the coffee pot myself! 

This photo was taken November 2012.  The leaves were in full autumn color!

And this one taken in August 2010

Do you have a favorite photo that you've taken of the coffee pot?  We'd love to see it!  
Upload it to our facebook page here and we'll add it to this page.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ACC Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro with Free Admission!

The 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Diving Championships begin Wednesday, February 20, 2013 and end Saturday, February 23.  The Men's Swimming Championship will be held Wednesday, February 27 until Saturday, March 2.  The ACC championships will be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Go here to see the full schedule of events.  

Admission is FREE.
Parking is $5 on Wednesday, 
and $8 on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

You can purchase parking at a weekly rate of $15
(must be  purchased on Wednesday or Thursday)

Get updates on twitter @ACCSwimDive and #ACCWSD

Feb.25-March 3, 2013: FREE This Week in the Piedmont Triad

Find details for all of these events here.

Ongoing Exhibits

February 26
Forsyth County

February 27
Guilford County
FREE Gboro: ArtQuest Family Night  

February 28
Forsyth County
FREE Kville: Lunch and Learn with Toby Bost at PJC Botanical Garden
Davidson County
FREE LEX: The Little Mermaid
Surry County
FREE Dobson: Open Mic Night at The Coffee Bean Music Hall

March 1
Forsyth County
FREE WS: First Friday Gallery Hop
FREE WS:  Wine Tasting at Caffe Prada
FREE Kville: Wine Tasting at Eclection
Guilford County
Gboro: $4 Fun Friday Nights
FREE Gboro: First Friday: Musical Performance by The Hushpuppies
FREE Gboro: First Friday
FREE Jamestown:  Triad StarFest Public Lecture
FREE Jamestown: Telescopic Viewing
Davidson County
FREE LEX: The Little Mermaid

March 2
FREE WS: Art Show & Sale to benefit Meals-on-Wheels
Free Gboro: On Point National Dance Competition
FREE Jamestown:  Triad StarFest
FREE HP: Blacksmithing Demonstration in the Historical Park
FREE Gibsonville: Hike Northeast Park: Various Trails

March 3
Free Gboro: On Point National Dance Competition
Free HP: Triad Early Music Society

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Winston-Salem Jaycees Collecting Headwear for Cancer Patients

The Winston-Salem Jaycees are collecting head wear items to donate to the Duke Cancer Center until March 15, 2013.  Donated items can include new or unused hats (baseball caps, toboggans, men's and women's fashion hats, holiday themed hats, etc.), scarves and wigs.  Hats can be homemade or store bought.  The items will be used by patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Hats can be given to a board member at any Jaycee event.  Board members will be wearing a name tag.  For a calendar of their events go here.

You can also drop hats off during business hours at the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, 601 W. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem (Contact: Ashlea Morrison)  or State Farm Insurance, 121 Vinegar Hill Road (Country Club and Peace Haven), Winston-Salem (contact: Rick Babusiak).

At the end of the head wear drive, the Jaycees will finish up with a fundraiser for Duke Cancer Center.  They are holding a Luck of the Irish Bingo Fundraiser on March 15 at 7:00pm, which will be open to the public.  Details are still being arranged, they will be posted here when finalized.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Free Performances at UNCSA

We are so, so lucky to have the UNC-School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.  While all of their performances are reasonably priced and well worth the money, the school also offers many FREE shows throughout the year.  Mark your calendar for each and every one of these events, show your support for these students, and make them feel at home.

Winston-Salem is, after all, the City of the Arts.

For times and locations of these free performances, go to our calendar here.  To see UNCSA's complete performance calendar (in pdf format), go here.

Feb 17, 2pm UNCSA Symphony Orchestra: Orchestral Premieres

March 20, 2pm Student Chamber Music Festival Concerts
March 24, 2pm Undergraduate Opera Workshop: an Afternoon at the Opera
March 26, 7:30pm Student Chamber Music Festival Concerts
March 27, 2pm Student Chamber Music Festival Concerts

April 3, 7:30pm UNCSA Percussion Ensembles
April 6, 2pm  Film Screening: A Time There Was...
April 6, 7:30pm Guitar Class Recital
April 7, 2pm UNCSA Cantata singers: Allbritten does All-Britten
April 9, 7:30pm Guitar Class Recital
April 23, 7:30pm Piano Area Recital

May 2, 7pm Third-Year Student Film Screenings
May 3, 4pm and 8pm Fourth-Year Student Film Screenings
May 19, 3pm Community Music School 2013 Honors Recital

The Creative State: Arts Specialty License Plate for NC!

Win – Win

  • $20 of every plate sold goes to Arts North Carolina “to promote the arts” each year the plate is renewed.
  • $10 of every plate sold goes back to North Carolina for the wildflower program, tourism, and welcome center accessibility.
Go to the DMV website to purchase.  Click the license plate above!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Treasury: Guest Curator Dawn Tagawa of Tagawa Pottery

This week we're doing something a little different for Treasury Tuesday; we're featuring a treasury of North Carolina artists, curated by a North Carolina artist.
Dawn Tagawa, of  Asheboro, began creating clay pieces in 2001 with a well-known pottery family in Seagrove.  Be sure to stop by her shop, Tagawa Pottery here.  Learn more about Dawn Tagawa and see her full collection here.

'carolina mudslingers' by TagawaPottery

a treasury of fabulous, hard working North & South Carolina potters

Sea Polyp Ceramic Wall Art

Salt Glazed Miniature Potter...

Sea Turtle Dinner Plates

Green Pottery Basket

Pottery Platter-- with Glass...

Serving Bowl with Running Ra...

Pair of blue stoneware mugs

14.5" Fine Art Raku Pot...

Turquoise Green Pottery Ston...

Custom Name Mug (TM) Scratch...

Japanese Ikebana Flower Vase...

White Salt Pig or Cellar wit...

Platter / Handmade Pottery /...

Soup Salad or Serving Bowl w...

One Quart Blue Casserole (YC...

Sunshine Yellow Pottery Bowl...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Free events! Alamance County, Forsyth County, Surry County, and more!

More free events in the Piedmont Triad!
Go to our calendar for locations, times and contact information.

Alamance County
Mon-Fri Feb 4-April 1
Enjoy an exhibit with works from Nancy Garrett and Loretta Partin. Both artists enjoy working with acrylics. Nancy loves to build texture. She leans more toward abstracts and organic shapes. Loretta also works with texture and enjoys the variety of way acrylics are forgiving allowing for blending and paint over.

Feb. 23
Undermanned String Band, staring Chip Newton, Carey Harwood, and Ryan Dickey, will perform arrangements of ragtime, New Orleans jazz, and early swing tunes with their own special twist.

Forsyth County
Thursdays, Feb. 7-March 7
FREE Kville: Lunch and Learn with Toby Bost at PJC Botanical Garden
Bring your lunch.  The Garden will provide drinks.

February 7th - Introduction to Vegetable Gardening
February 14th - Management and Cultural Practices of Vegetable Gard- ening
February 21st - 4 Seasons of Vegetable Gardening
February 28th - Organic Practices and Pest Management
March 7th - Waterwise Land-scapes

Feb. 26
The Forsyth Audubon Chapter meeting will feature Walker Golder, Deputy Director of Audubon North Carolina, with a program about his organization's coastal sanctuaries for nesting colonial water birds. Free and open to the public. Historic Bethabara Park Visitor's Center, Socializing at 7 p.m. and program at 7:30.

March 16
Featuring the Winston-Salem Symphony side-by-side with the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony and the winners of the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search. A free concert of magnificent music! Conducted by Robert Moody, Music Director, and Matthew Troy, Associate Conductor.

March 17
Watson Hall.   The trombone studio, under direction of John Ilika, will present ensembles and soloists that feature the talents of our trombonists at UNCSA. Trombones play every style, every dynamic to the extreme. FREE

Surry County
FREE Dobson: Open Mic Night at The Coffee Bean Music Hall
Open mic for any and all who want to come out play. If you're not a musician don’t worry you can still come out and listen and hang out. There will be no cover charge for admission. We will be serving our full menu of beer, wine, and coffee. Sign up for your three song or 15 minute slot at the bar. Performers will play in order of sign up. Please, no obscenity. All ages welcome.

Outside the Piedmont Triad
Feb. 15

Enjoy a unique concert experience, featuring the world's best orchestra in traditional Chinese music on stage with one of North Carolina's best orchestras in...China National Orchestra and the Raleigh Symphony in a joint concert. This concert is free thanks to our sponsors: Town of Aberdeen, Harris Blake, Moore County Chamber of Commerce, Moore County Schools, Village of Pinehurst, Town of Southern Pines, Art Swanson, and Thermal Metal Treating, Inc..  Admission is FREE, but tickets are required.
Free tickets are available for pickup at the Arts Council offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Conn. Ave., So. Pines). To receive your tickets by mail, mail your request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ACMC, P.O. Box 405, Southern Pines, NC 28388. Seating is limited, so requests will be filled on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. Please use all tickets you request.

Free events! Greensboro, Wentworth, Dobson

We've just added these free events to our calendar!  
Go to our calendar for locations, times and contact information.

Guilford County
Feb. 21
FREE Gboro: Family Night: Imaginary Landscapes and Mystical Places
Mythical places, time travel and ancient civilizations are recalled in the evocative drawings and sculptures of artist Diana Al-Hadid, on view in the McDowell gallery. Enjoy this special evening event for families and create an imaginary landscape, take a tour with WAM’s Teen Art Guides, or participate in a musical experience with Chad Eby and students in the UNCG Jazz program. Activities take place throughout the evening.  No registration required. All ages welcome.  Mythical places, time travel and ancient civilizations are recalled in the evocative drawings and sculptures of artist Diana Al-Hadid, on view in the McDowell gallery. Enjoy this special evening event for families and create an imaginary landscape, take a tour with WAM’s Teen Art Guides, or participate in a musical experience with Chad Eby and students in the UNCG Jazz program. Activities take place throughout the evening.

March 2-3
FREE Gboro: On Point National Dance Competition
(mute warning: loud music upon entering site)

June 29
FREE Gboro: Fun Fourth Festival
Celebration of Independence Day, including a Freedome Run/Walk (downtown), Kickoff block party (downtown), Parade, Street Festival and Fireworks, A great FREE family event!

Rockingham County
Feb. 22
FREE Wentworth: Homemade Music Concert
Local and area musicians will once again take the stage at Rockingham Community College for the 15th annual RCC Musicians’ Guild Homemade Music Concert.  This year’s lineup includes Chords and Strings, a dulcimer ensemble that got its start in an RCC continuing education course; Troublesome Creek, a “cover” band that includes RCC instructor Anne Marie Freeman on vocals; perennial favorite Ed Dodson, who entertains on bluegrass guitar, mandolin and bass; and Campus Tradition, a popular string band comprised of current and retired RCC staff and faculty.  It’s a great way to brighten up an evening in February.  Info Phone: (336) 342-4261

Surry County
April 6
FREE Dobson: Spring Festival at Shelton Vineyards
We will host our second annual Spring Festival with free admission and free tours and tastings! Local artisans and craftsmen will be here with their hand made items!
Sparkling wine bar inside retail shop with our recipe drinks available for purchase.

May 25
FREE Dobson: Corvette Auto Show
Display your beautiful Corvette on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards! This will be our fourth time hosting Corvettes on the property and we are expecting a great turn out! Come on out and join us as we check out the variety of modern and vintage Corvettes placed along the property.  The winery will be open for tours and tastings. Our Harvest Grill and Bello Vino restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner. The Harvest Grill will also be grilling up hotdogs and hamburgers at their outdoor food tent during the show. We will also be offering free hayrides through the vineyard to be enjoyed by all. Hope to see you then.

June 1
FREE Dobson: Camaro Show at Shelton Vineyards
Come out to try some great wine and see a display of the latest generation of Chevrolet Camaros on our beautiful grounds. "The newest generation Chevrolet Camaro rocks. After years of anticipation, Chevy's new Camaro not only lives up to the hype but also redefines what a muscle car can be." - This will be a truly unique showing of the next generation of modern muscle car.  The winery will be open for tours and tastings. Our Harvest Grill resturant will be open for lunch and dinner while also grilling up hotdogs and hamburgers at their outdoor food tent during the show. We will also be offering free hayrides through the vineyard to be enjoyed by all.  Hope to see you then.  

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