Weekend Roundup: Events October 24-27, 2013

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This weekend is packed full of haunting events, including Edgar Allan Poe, ghost ships, ghost walks, zombie brunch, a pumpkin palooza, costumed 5K and more spooky fun! If you participate some fun-filled weekend events, leave us a comment to let us know all about it!

Top Book Lover’s Pick: Conversation with Lee SmithBookMarks Book Festival presents Lee Smith at Salem College

  • Thursday, October 24
  • 7PM
  • Hanes Auditorium at the Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center
  • Salem College
  • FREE
  • www.bookmarksnc.org

BookMarks, with support from the Salem College Center for Women Writers, is presenting “A Conversation with Lee Smith,” moderated by heralded editor and co-founder of Algonquin Books, Shannon Ravenel.

Top Ghost Walk Pick: Legends & Lanterns at Old SalemLanterns and Legends Ghost walk Old Salem

  • Friday, October 25
  • 6-9PM (departs every 15 minutes)
  • Horton Museum Center, Old Salem
  • 924 S. Main St.
  • Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children
  • www.oldsalem.org

A costumed guide will lead these 45-60 minute tours, making several haunting stops to tell the ghostly legends of Old Salem and even interact with someone from the past. Content is suitable for all ages. Tours depart from the Horton Museum Center every 15 minutes. Reservations: 1-800-441-5305.

Top Drama Pick: Murder by Poe Staged ReadingWinston-Salem Theatre Alliance Presents a staged reading adapted from the works of Edgar Allan Poe

  • Friday, October 25
  • 8PM
  • Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
  • 1037 Northwest Blvd
  • FREE, donations accepted
  • read more
“Murder by Poe” is a staged reading from Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s By the Book Series. This adaptation of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe is by Jeffrey Hatcher. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for Operation Homefront, which provides assistance to military families and veterans.

Top Performance  Pick: The Flying Dutchman Opera

Piedmont Opera Flying Dutchman

  • Friday, October 25 at 8PM
  • Sunday, October 27 at 2PM
  • Stevens Center
  • 235 N. Cherry St.
  • Tickets: $15-$80
  • www.piedmontopera.org

This production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman uses projection to help tell the spooky nautical myth of the ghost ship, condemned to sail the seas for eternity. Finding true love is the only redemption. Final show on Tuesday.

Top Halloween Party Pick: The GarageThe Garage Halloween Party & Rock show

  • Friday, October 25
  • 9PM
  • The Garage
  • 110 W. 7th St
  • Admission: $5 with costume; $7 without
  • more info

This costume Halloween party and rock show by the Mighty Jukebot and the Gimme Gimmies is a must-go! Get in for a discount if you wear a costume. Doors open at 8PM, show at 9PM.

Top Creepy Cinema Pick: Troll 2Troll 2 a/perture cinema's Night Shift series

  • Friday-Saturday, October 25-26 at 10:30PM
  • Sunday, October 27 at 9pm
  • a/perture cinema
  • 311 W. Fourth St
  • www.aperturecinema.com
Part of a/perture cinema’s Night Shift series, Troll 2 has been called the “Best Worst Move Ever.” Rated PG-13, the film oddly does not feature any trolls, only goblins as a family trip goes nightmarishly wrong. Directed by Claudio Fragasso.

Top Fresh Pick: Fall Festival at the Dixie Classic Farmers MarketDixie Classic Farmers Market Fall Festival

  • Saturday, October 26
  • 9AM-1PM
  • Dixie Classic Farmers Market
  • Dixie Classic Fairgrounds (Enter at 27th St)
  • FREE

It’s the annual Dixie Classic Farmers Market Fall Festival! After perusing the farmers and vendors for fresh produce, eggs, meats, baked goods and handcrafted items, kids can enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest and more, FREE!


Top Pumpkin Pick: Pumpkin Patch PaloozaMaple Springs Pumpkin Patch

  • Saturday, October 26
  • 5-7PM
  • Maple Springs United Methodist Church
  • 2569 Reynolda Rd
  • FREE, canned food items accepted
  • read more
Maple Springs United Methodist Church, known in autumn by some as “The Pumpkin Church,” is celebrating 35 years of their annual pumpkin patch sale with a Pumpkin Patch Palooza. Highlights of the event include trunk-or-treat, hayrides, inflatables and a costume contest. The pumpkin patch opens at 9AM daily.

Top Spooky Brunch Pick: Zombie Brunch at Mary’sMary's Gourmet Diner Zombie Brunch

  • Sunday, October 27
  • 10AM-2PM
  • Mary’s Gourmet Diner
  • 723 Trade St

Are those zombie runs not your speed? How about a Zombie Brunch? Sunday Brunch at Mary’s Gourmet Diner is always popular, but this Sunday it will be teeming with the walking dead. You know, for freaky funsies.

Top Festival Pick: Burke Street Food Truck FestivalBurke St Food Truck Festival

  • Sunday, October 27
  • 1-5PM
  • Burke Street
  • more info

Winston-Salem’s first food truck festival is back for perfect tailgating! Twelve food trucks from all over NC will corral on Burke Street to serve up an array of your favorite food truck fare.

Top Art Pick: Arts on SundayArts on Sunday

We can’t get enough of art and music in the streets in this town! Every Sunday in October, enjoy Arts on Sunday on Trade Street. Peruse the booths of local artists while enjoying multicultural music and dance. Highlights include a costume contest for adults, teens, kids and pets! Send the kids over to the Kids Corner for free arts and crafts during the event.

Top Spooky Sporty Pick: Boos & Brews 5K Boos and Brews 5K

Get dressed up for the annual Boos & Brews 5K & Fun Run. “It’s not just a race, it’s a costumed chase!” Registration is still be available during packet pickup Saturday, October 26th from 4-6PM at Omega Sports, 414 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, and on race day from 1-3PM at BB&T Ballpark. If you’d rather be a spectator, the route runs through Burke Street Food Truck Festival!

About The Author:

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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