Weekend Roundup: April 10-13, 2014

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The weekend events include food trucks, an internationally recognized film festival, the farmers market is back, the biggest rummage sale of the year, The Great Gatsby, political discussions and more.

Weekend Roundup Ends, But Local Tips Carry On via Our Website

After a joy-filled two year run of sharing all the great events in our beloved city of Winston-Salem via this newsletter, the lack of financial support for these efforts makes it no longer feasible. So, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that our last newsletter will go out on Thursday, April 24, 2014. We appreciate every ounce of your support over the years. The good news: our website is not going away so you can always go there to continue learning about our city and all the amazing gifts it has to offer us every single day – not just on the weekends. Rock on Winston-Salem!

RiverRun Film Festival Insider Tips

RiverRun Film Festival 2014 Poster

As the City of Arts & Innovation, Winston-Salem is the proud home of the RiverRun International Film Festival, a 10-day event that shines as one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States. The 16th annual RiverRun has been going on all week and continued through April 13, 2014. Featuring 144 films from 33 countries, RiverRun …. (read more)

Top Political Pick: Foreign Policy Discussions at Wake Forest University

  • Wake Forest University logoThursday, April 10
  • 7PM
  • Wake Forest University’s Scales Fine Art Center, Room A102
  • FREE
  • www.wfu.edu

Various speakers will be visiting Wake Forest to discuss current issues around foreign policy. This week features Dr. John Dalton from the Department of Economics to discuss the U.S. Trade Policy.

Top Performance Pick: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

  • Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11 & Saturday, April 12 at 8PM
  • Sunday, April 13 at 2PM
  • Arts Council Theatre
  • 610 Coliseum Dr.
  • Tickets: $18-$22
  • twincitystage.org

This play is adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. The story focuses on Jay Gatsby, the self-made millionaire who returns to his roots to pursue his first love. The production boasts an outstanding cast, minimal set, and elaborate costumes.

Top Deal Pick: Junior League Rummage Sale

  • Junior League Rummage SaleFriday, April 11, 5:30-8PM
  • Saturday April 12, 9:30AM – 2:30PM
  • Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
  • $2-5 (depends on the date/time)
  • www.jlws.org

This anticipated event will be enjoyed this year for sure and so many great deals to be had. But, sadly, this is the last year it will be anticipated or enjoyed. That’s right folks, the 60th year is also the final year of this great local event so be sure to get out and be a part of history while shopping for bargains.

Top Fresh Pick: Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market Pop-Up

  • Cobblestone Popup Farmers MarketSaturday, April 12
  • 9AM-12PM
  • Arts District (near Mary’s Gourmet Diner)
  • more info
Cobblestone Farmers Market is back with some pop-up market action this Saturday! At this nationally recognized producers-only market, you’ll find local veggies, produce, meats, eggs and fresh-baked goods and new this year – compost!

Top Family Fun Pick: Saturday Morning Cartoons With Live Music

RiverRun cartoons

  • Saturday, April 12
  • 9AM
  • Hanesbrands Theatre (part of RiverRun)
  • 209 N. Spruce St.
  • Adults $12, Kids 18 & under FREE
  • riverrunfilm.com

Bring the kids to enjoy Chuck Folds band Big Bang Boom at 9AM, followed by a screening of animated shorts. Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be available following the screening.

Top Foodie Pick: Burke Street Food Truck Festival

Food trucks are all the rage these days and we’ve got our own growing scene here in the Triad. Come hungry and get ready to try any number of the 15 different vendors who will be on wheels to serve up some tasty treats. The kids can play in the Kids Zone while you enjoy one of the drink specials. And there will be a DJ to keep the party rocking.

About The Author:

Born right here in Winston-Salem, NC, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Michelle is a native. At age one she moved to Virginia but after spending 30+ years moving around Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, California and even Paris, France, Michelle returned home to Winston-Salem in 2004. A job at Hanes brought her here but the heart of the city has kept her here.

Her favorite things about Winston-Salem are its welcoming people who call it home, its art-centric culture, and its perfect location at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains and a short drive to the beaches of the Atlantic. The lack of traffic is a pretty tremendous asset as well, especially since it gives her more free time to enjoy cooking and playing with her dogs, Lily and Barley. Michelle is one of the many residents of this great city who are thrilled to call this "My Winston-Salem"!

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