As temperatures fall and sweater weather envelops our region, as the leaves shift in colors and fall from the trees, it is the time of year for bonfires and marshmallows, traditions and adventures. The Winston-Salem area has lots to offer throughout the 2016 holiday season. The NC Triad offers many opportunities to take in culture and community, two of the best aspects of living in such a diverse and growing region.
Here are a few of my favorite seasonal traditions to get your started (listed in order of activity’s start date, from soonest to latest).
“The Wizard of Oz” by Carolina Theatre (Greensboro)
- November 11-13 & 18-20
- Fridays & Saturdays 7pm; Saturdays & Sundays 2pm
This year marks the 22nd annual production of this classic children’s tale of adventure. Immerse in the talent of over 100 local artists as they bring to life the adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto in the Land of Oz. Always an adventure for all ages, the story never gets old and the lessons about what truly matters ring true always. The theater is in downtown Greensboro, NC.
Tanglewood Festival of Lights (Clemmons)
- November 18 – January 1; 6-11pm
- $15 per car
As one of the largest drive-thru light shows in the Southeast, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in Clemmons, NC, is fun for the entire family. Now in its 25th season, enter the wonderland through arched lights that leap above your car and gaze at fields where scenes from the region come to life in fun and exciting manners. While there, take a moment to stop at the gift shop and explore crafts and enjoy some cider.
Old Salem Candlelight Tours (Winston-Salem)
- November 18-19 & 25-26; December 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 22 & 23
- Old Salem Visitor’s Center; 900 Old Salem Rd.; Winston-Salem
- $40 per person
Whether you’ve been to Old Salem for the farmers’ market and festivities before or you are arriving for the first time, the candlelight tours offer an opportunity to watch the town come alive in a way like never before. Stroll along the Historic District and watch the customs and traditions of Salem re-enacted by period actors. Expect to eat, drink, and laugh your way through the experience, with special music, games, and plenty of chances to get to know the town and your fellow adventure seekers.
NC Harp Ensemble Holiday Concert (Winston-Salem)
- November 20, 2016; 3-4pm
- Old Salem Museum and Gardens/James Gray, Jr. Auditorium
- 900 Old Salem Road; Winston-Salem
- Free to public
Take in the sounds of the season in this rare free concert in the heart of Old Salem! Hear your favorite Christmas and Holiday tunes like never before as the harp ensemble brings fresh life into each arrangement. You’ll hear classics like “Sleigh Ride” and other arrangements too. Bring the whole family for an afternoon that fills your ears and heart with song.
Pilot Mountain Christmas (Pilot Mountain)
- November 24-December 31
- 4236 NC 268 Hwy East; Pilot Mountain, NC
- Free to public/last year
- Pilot Mountain Christmas website
Explore over 4 acres and 750,000 lights in this walk-through display like no other. In its 50th and final edition, the amazing display is sponsored by Larry and Rachel Charpiat and is free to the public, including appearances by Santa Claus, opportunities to indulge in hot chocolate, and more. A wonderful tradition you don’t want to miss.
“A Christmas Carol” at Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)
- November 25-27 & 29-30; December 1-4 & 6-11
- 209 North Spruce Street; Winston-Salem, NC
- $10 and up per person
- Triad Stage Website
Autumn and winter wouldn’t be complete without a viewing of Dicken’s insights into the true spirit of togetherness and the season of giving. Watch as the ghosts from past, present, and future visit Scrooge, teaching him to focus on others and to share his wealth generously with those who have helped him.
Take a look, and then give me a call at 336-575-7249 to chat more about your real estate needs as 2016 comes to a close.
Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts & Innovation because it offers so many opportunities for exploring your own creative side and learning about the creative pursuits of others. Here are just a few of the events coming up in September and beyond that offer up unique chances to dive into all our city has to offer.
Twin City Stage: Little Women
In their 82nd season of providing entertainment to the Triad, Twin City Stage presents the classic production of Little Women on September 23-25 and September 29-October 2. Little Women is a classic “coming of age” story that follows the lives of four sisters during the era of the Civil War while their father is serving as a minister to the troops. Check here for more information on times and ticket availability, but expect a fantastic presentation filled with talented performers and a great community environment.
SECCA-Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: Lee Walton, Glimpse (Special Presentation)
Part of the 12 x 12 artist salon series, SECCA is presenting 12 artists from North Carolina, the 12th State. Lee Walton is the featured artist for September and will offer special presentations and tour experiences every Thursday from 6-8pm throughout the month of September. As a part of this presentation, one participant wears a special pair of goggles that change how things are viewed in unique manners. The door to the goggles opens and closes without warning, providing only a glimpse of the surrounding areas and exhibits and then plunging the participant back into pitch dark. This experience enhances their perception and experience and provides a unique contrast to the viewers in the group who have no goggles. The exhibit runs September 5-25 and more information on all that SECCA has to offer can be found here.
Piedmont Craftsmen: Featured Ceramic Artists Pam Brewer and Katherine Mathisen
From September 6-30, some of the most talented ceramic artists in the Piedmont will have works on display at the Piedmont Craftsmen in downtown Winston-Salem. Pam Brewer is known for her nature-inspired creations that work to peel away the hectic distractions of modern life and reveal what is hidden beneath the surface. In contrast, Katherine Mathisen is known as a figurative artist and focuses on bringing forth the depth of human experience through figures and accents. She uses a series of firing techniques and applications to uniquely portray the emotion and experience of each piece. This display is free and open to the public, plus it is part of the gallery hops that happen downtown on a regular basis. Check out more about Piedmont Craftsmen and all they have to offer the community here.
Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University: Incredible Journeys as the Life History of Museum Objects
From September 5, 2016 to March 26, 2017 this special gallery will offer a special treat with histories behind many of the museum’s featured objects. Created by first year students in museum studies, these special histories trace objects back to their original use by doctors, traders, soldiers, and more. Students examined how the tools and objects have traveled through history to arrive at the museum. For more information, visit the website.
But Wait, There’s More!
These venues are just a few of the diverse art offerings that our city has to offer, but will get you started exploring some of the immense talent that surrounds each of us every day. Check out these and then explore even farther to really get a great Winston-Salem experience. Keep in mind that these are featured displays, so there will always be something new to see at these venues as the year continues to change seasons.
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Ah, Autumn, the time of year when the leaves start to burst with color and there is a chill in the air. Visions of steamy mugs of hot chocolate and pumpkin patches spring forth as we enter this time of year. I’ve always enjoyed the diversity of foliage and events available in this region because there is truly something for every interest, from spooky to family-friendly here are a few of the Fall activities that will keep you having a blast throughout the season.
Here in the Piedmont Triad, we know how to have a great time. As Spring arrives and nature begins to welcome fresh buds and beautiful color palettes, consider taking in a few of these unique and fun upcoming events! Remember, a house is more than sticks and bricks, it’s a place you can call home in the heart of a vibrant community. Take a look at these local events…
By now, the holiday season is in full swing and the opportunity to experience some of the spirit of community and celebration across the Triad abounds. Check out some of the best Christmas events in Winston Salem NC and throughout the Triad. Let’s start with Forsyth County and then a few great events in the surrounding counties…
Looking for something fun to do this Fall in Winston-Salem? Well, while the weather might be cooling down, the calendar is heating up with lots of fun fall events to keep you busy. Here are a few of my favorites…