Weekend Roundup: April 24-27, 2014

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Celebrate the long-awaited coming of Spring with an Earth Day Fair, cycling, live outdoor music and more!

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

After a joy-filled two years of sharing all the great events in our beloved city of Winston-Salem via this newsletter, the lack of financial support for these efforts means this is our final Weekend Roundup. 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!

Top Day Trip Pick: MerlefestMerlefest

  • Thursday-Saturday, April 24-27
  • 1328 Collegiate Dr (Wilkes Community College)
  • Wilkesboro, NC
  • Tickets: $40-$60
  • Merlefest 2014 info

MerleFest is an annual traditional and contemporary roots music festival founded by legendary musician Doc Watson held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. The four-day festival brings more than 130 musical acts to 13 stages. Just a few of the bands to expect include Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Keller Williams, Sam Bush and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Top Talent Show Pick: Marvtastic Talent ExtravaganzaMarvtastic Talent Extravaganza

  • 8PM Friday & Saturday, April 25-26
  • 3PM Sunday, April 27
  • Arts Council Theatre
  • 610 Coliseum Dr
  • Tickets: $8/$10 or $29 for all three events
  • ncblackrep.org

Presented by the NC Black Repertory Company, the best talent in the Triad will show up for this competition. Categories include jazz, pop, hip hop, gospel, R&B and spoken word. The “Best of the Best” will perform Sunday.

Top Theatre Pick: ChessChess

  • 8PM Friday & Saturday, April 25-26
  • 2PM Sunday
  • Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
  • 1047 W. Northwest Blvd
  • Tickets: $14/$16
  • wstheatrealliance.org

This rich rock opera is based on the book by Richard Nelson. Lyrics by Tim Rice. The pawns of the drama play out in a game of love, power and intrigue.

Top Earth Day Pick: Piedmont Earth Day FairEarth Day

  • Saturday, April 26
  • 10AM-5PM
  • Winston-Salem (Dixie Classic) Fairgrounds
  • Admission: FREE
  • peanc.org

Visit more than 100 eco-friendly exhibitors, enjoy live music and children’s activities with natural food and drink options. Hosted by Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA).

Top Sporty Fun Pick: Cycling Sunday FunDayCycling Sunday

  • Sunday, April 27
  • 3:30-6PM
  • Register at Gateway Family Medicine
  • 390 W. Salem Ave (enter from Broad St)
  • FREE
  • www.cityofws.org

Bring the family to cycle car-free on downtown streets and explore the Salem Creek Greenway, play games, and learn more about a healthy lifestyle. Park at Gateway YWCA. Then register at Gateway Family Medicine or at the bridge across Salem Creek. Walkers, skaters and scooters are also welcome. Helmets required. Bring a water bottle.

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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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