Kristi Marion

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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Fall Foliage In North Carolina (Best Times & Places To View In 2022)

North Carolina offers stunning fall foliage and color from the first weeks of October through early November. The annual show of vibrant reds, orange and gold begins in the higher elevations, such as Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain, and works its way down the mountains, to the foothills and then the Piedmont. Read our forecast for this year’s fall color and when you should visit different spots to see the best fall color show…

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Moving To Winston-Salem? Moving Companies, Truck Rentals, Storage & More

So you’re moving to Winston-Salem? Let MyWinston-Salem.com be the first to put out the welcome mat. Welcome to Winston-Salem! Here is a moving checklist of useful resources to help you get settled in. Let us know about your experience with any of these companies and services, and any others you would recommend, in the comments below to help out your future fellow Winston-Salemites.

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Doc Watson – American Folk Music Legend Of North Carolina

Born on March 3, 1923, in Deep Gap, North Carolina, Doc did not let the fact that he was blind nearly since his birth stop him from performing mountain music across the region. The folk music resurgence of the 1960’s brought him a national audience, especially when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band featured him in their tribute to traditional country root music, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

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The Richard Petty Driving Experience: How Fast Can You Go? Locations, Pricing & More

“Boogity boogity boogity, let’s go racing, boys!” is part of the Southern lexicon. The souped-up cars of NASCAR have Southern roots that go back to moonshine-running during prohibition days. It’s many a kid’s (and many adults’) dream to take one of these cars for a spin on the track, making the Richard Petty Driving Experience a great gift idea for Father’s Day (or birthday or Christmas or any day, really).

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Food Trucks Roll Into Winston-Salem, 2022 Food Truck Festival & More

Perhaps it’s the Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race, paired with childhood memories of the sound of the ice cream truck, that has spurred the growing interest in food trucks nationwide. Whatever the reason, I’m thrilled the trend is growing here in Winston-Salem. Here is a list of our favorite food trucks rolling around town!

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Best Brunch Restaurants In Winston-Salem

There are many wonderful restaurants in Winston-Salem, though not so many serve brunch! Here is a list of favorites, some of which offer Saturday and Sunday brunch, and some of which serve extras like Bloody Marys and mimosas…

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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Parents in Winston-Salem have a range of educational options for their children, including public schools, private schools, charter schools and even home schooling, which is legal in North Carolina. But with so many choices, it can be tough to decide which is best for a child’s individual needs. The decision isn’t always as simple as …

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UNCSA The Nutcracker 2017 Review

The UNC School of the Arts “The Nutcracker” is a Winston-Salem Christmas tradition for many Winston-Salem families, ours included.  The dazzling production offers exquisite artistry in dancing, elaborate costumes, set design and Tchaikovsky’s rich musical score and is a joy for all ages. Beyond the fantastic ballet performances and magical music, the production includes falling snow, rolling fog, and a magical light show of a Christmas tree that grows enormous right before your eyes. Read our review of this year’s production…

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Lidl Winston-Salem is Opening This Month

German grocery store chain Lidl is opening 100 stores across the U.S. in the coming year, with 20 in North Carolina this summer, and one in Winston-Salem on June 15, 2017. Pronounced “LEE-dil,” rhyming with “needle,” the European-style grocery store boasts prices half that of some grocery stores…

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Colleges and Universities in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem offers a wealth of educational institutions to obtain a degree, further your education or brush up on skills. Whether you’re looking for medical school, film school, law school, seminary, a historically African American college, women’s college, a technical degree, or an ACC college, you can find it all here in the Twin City. Here’s an alphabetical list of our city’s higher education institutions…

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The Big Eat: Great Food At Great Prices

The Big Eat is an annual downtown event held on Tuesday nights in January and February during which participating restaurants offer special dishes at 50% off. It is a great opportunity to try a new restaurant and mix up your usual dining experience. This might make Tuesdays the new date night, at least through February…