Weekend Roundup Centennial Edition May 9-12, 2013

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Winston-Salem Celebrates 100 Year Centennial

Weekend Roundup: May 9-12, 2013

Centennial Opening ceremonies

A historic marker will be unveiled followed by a reenactment of the ceremonial handshake between the cities of Winston and Salem 100 years ago. Enjoy live music, historic displays and food.

Top Art Pick:
Blue Moon Gallery Hop

In conjunction with Winston-Salem Centennial celebrations this weekend, enjoy extended hours at galleries in the Arts District, historic displays of artifacts from the Winston-Salem Police and Fire Departments, and live music by Doug Davis and the Vagabond Saints Society. Foothills will tap their Centennial Brew created for the occasion.

Top Motor Pick:
Piedmont 300 Truck & Tractor Pull 
  • Friday & Saturday, May 10-11
  • Gates open at 5PM, Show at 7PM
  • Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
  • Tickets: Adults $18; Kids $5; under 5 free
  • www.tpull.com
Called “the most powerful show on dirt,” this event may also be the loudest show on dirt. Presented by the United Pullers of the Carolinas.
Top Fresh Pick:
Cobblestone Farmers Market
Cobblestone Farmers Market is open for the season! Downtown’s favorite producers-only market has moved off the cobblestones to Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The market will set up each Saturday and Tuesday from 9AM-12PM. On May 18th, the market will resume at Old Salem on Saturdays.
Top Historic Tour Pick:
Community Day at Old Salem
  • Saturday, May 11
  • 9:30AM-4:30PM
  • Old Salem Museum & Gardens
  • FREE
  • www.oldsalem.org
In conjunction with Winston-Salem Centennial celebration activities, Old Salem will host a free Community Day. Enjoy touring through Old Salem (usually $21 per ticket) and a variety of activities at Old Salem commemorating our centennial anniversary.
Top Cultural Pick:
Bethabara Highland games

The annual Highland Games at Bethabara Park includes traditional Celtic athletic competitions, live Celtic music, Celtic dancers, crafts, food and children’s games. Kids are welcome to borrow a Celtic costume and join in the games.

Top Triad Craft Beer Week Pick:
City Beverage Event
Besides the tapping of the Foothills Centennial Brew at the Blue Moon Gallery Hop, this Top Brew Pick is the finale of Triad Craft Beer Week at City Beverage, featuring a cask from Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery, home brewing demonstrations, live music and food trucks!
Centennial Parade
& Party in the Plaza
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Parade: 2:00-3:00PM
  • Party in the Plaza: 3:00-8:00PM
  • South Main St.-Old Salem-Fourth St.-Liberty St.
  • FREE
  • Read more Centennial info here
This parade celebrating Winston-Salem’s 100 years will feature 10 decorated floats signifying each decade of Winston-Salem, creating a timeline. Also includes walkers and marching bands. The parade begins on S. Main Street, traveling through Old Salem to Fourth Street before heading down Liberty Street to Corpening Plaza for the Party in the Plaza. The Plaza Party will feature live jazz and R&B music by Rhonda Thomas, Dee Lucas, and headliner Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. Try Foothills Centennial Brew. Historic displays, local food vendors & merchants will be set up.
Centennial Scavenger Hunt
Super sleuths will enjoy this race (or casual stroll) through downtown and Old Salem in search of answers about our city’s history. Top finishers will receive prize money. The race is designed for competitive teams to finish in two hours, though more leisurely participants are also welcome. An after party for participants featuring Foothills Centennial Brew will be held at BB&T Ballpark.
Top New Street Party Pick:
Second Sundays on Fourth

This Sunday will mark the first in a series of FREE street parties on Fourth Street, downtown Winston-Salem, every second Sunday from May to October. a/perture cinema will feature $5 Charlie Chaplin films at 1pm, followed by free live music and kids activities in the street starting at 3 pm. For the inaugural Second Sundays on Fourth event, the Bo Stevens Band and The Darnell Woodies will be playing and there will be a free bounce house for the kids.

Arts on Sunday
  • Sunday, May 12
  • 1:00-5:00PM
  • Downtown Arts District
  • FREE
  • www.afas.org

So much downtown activity this weekend! Keep on strolling over to the Arts District for Arts on Sunday. This week’s theme is Mother’s Day Jam with Big Ron Hunter, Claire Culbreath & the Shades of Blue Duo, Emerge, Nightsong and the Twin City Buskers. Enjoy local art vendors, kids activities and more following your Mother’s Day brunch!

Centennial Worship Service
at the May Dell

Come and worship with our city in a multi-congregational service at the May Dell outdoor amphitheater at Salem Academy and College. In case of inclement weather, activities will be held instead at Hanes Auditorium on campus.

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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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