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!"

UNCSA The Nutcracker Review

The Nutcracker Snow

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

Lidl Winston-Salem outside entrance

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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Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week in Downtown Winston-Salem will be held Monday, February 19 through Sunday, February 25, 2018. The event features many of your favorite downtown culinary destinations as they offer $20 and $30 dinner options the entire week! Restaurant Week specials are dine-in only, subject to change and availability, and exclude tax and tip. Reservations are recommended. $20 Specials Bib’s Downtown offers …

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Merlefest: A NC Folk Music Tradition

Scythian playing on stage: Merlefest

Merlefest is an annual four-day traditional and contemporary roots music festival featuring bluegrass, folk and Appalachian roots music from across the country. Happening in late-April ever year, the festival takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina…

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Colleges and Universities in Winston-Salem

Wake Forest University Wait Chapel

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 patio outside at Hutch and Harris

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! The …

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GED, Computer and Job Training Programs

Person typing on computer

Today’s job market is tougher than ever, especially for those without the high-tech skills employers are often seeking in the current economy. In Part 3 of our Helping Hands series, we have compiled a list of the local resources that are available for people who are seeking a little step up towards gaining their GED and/or the specific job training or computer skills needed to become a better candidate for work in our local market…

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Soup Kitchens & Food Pantries in Winston-Salem

Woman feeding homeless person: Food, Soup Kitchens & Pantries in Winston-Salem

Resources for the hungry people in our community are never enough but it is good to see so many contributing to feed those who are in need in our community. This is the second post in our Winston-Salem Helping Hands series. We hope it will help you get back on your feet or gain a better idea of the services available in our area. Perhaps, you may even discover a new opportunity to give back to our community via volunteer hours or donations…

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Homeless Shelters in Winston-Salem, NC

Winston Salem Rescue Mission

While we have made some progress, there is still a long way to go, as a 2015 survey of the homeless in our city counted more than 1,700 individuals living on the streets of and in shelters in Winston-Salem. The following organizations work to meet immediate needs for temporary housing…

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