A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
Friday, December 18th
@ The Olio
>> Demo Night +Ornament Walk-In Workshop: Folks, tonight is The Olio’s final demo night of the year and they’re feeling festive with a fancy ornament themed walk-in workshop. The Olio crew will show you how to step up your handmade holiday gifting with gorgeous handblown ornaments, created by you(!), under the expert guidance of their trained staff. Plus sweet live music. You can feel good knowing your workshop fee directly supports the organization’s good work in the community. Learn more about that good work here.
(6p – 8p / $45 / no experience necessary, ages 8+)
>> Caviste + Krankies Wine Dinner: Tonight they’re kicking off their first wine dinner with Russ Anderson (The Caviste) and Jay Murrie (Piedmont Wine Imports). Jay will present a selection of delicious Italian wines and Krankies has created a five-course menu of vegetable-based, family-style dishes for the occasion. Check out the menu and scoop up a ticket here.
(7p – 10p / $53.74)
>> Opening Night – NOMA: My Perfect Storm: Attention chefs and gourmands, this one’s for you. “A creative journey into the unique mind of Chef René Redzepi. His story has the feel of a classic fairy tale: the ugly duckling transformed into a majestic swan, who now reigns over the realm of modern gourmet cuisine. But beneath the polished surface, cracks appear in the form of old wounds. 2013 stands as the worst year in René Redzepi’s career. Follow him as he fights his way back to the top, reinventing NOMA and reclaiming the title of best restaurant in the world in 2014 for the fourth time.” Check the trailer here.
( Visit their site for showtimes & ticket info)
Saturday, December 19th
@ Reynolda Village
>> Visits & Pictures with Santa: Only 6 more days until Christmas, kids, and Santa is making a final appearance over at his workshop in historic Reynolda Village. Come by to share any last-minute wishes with the jolly ole fella and snap a photo or two. Just be sure to bring your own camera because there will not be a photographer on-hand.
(11a – 2p / FREE)
@ Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts
>> Deck The Halls: Final weekend to swing by Sawtooth’s annual sale of fine crafts and art, to find something for everyone on your list. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, painting, ornaments, photography, sculptures, glass, quilts, pillows, soaps and more. From traditional to whimsical and everything in between, the items and styles are as varied as the 75+ local and regional artists who produce them. Proceeds help support the center’s operations and arts-based programming.
(Saturday: 10a – 4p / times vary by day / see website for details / FREE)
Fun fact: What began as a three-day art show and fundraiser in 1989 has become the largest fundraising event for the Sawtooth Center.
@ Wake Forest Biotech Place
>> Krankies Craft Fair: Back again, it’s one of the Camel City’s favorite traditions, only this year they’re popping up in a brand new location, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter! Handmade art and crafts from your favorite local artists, plus food trucks, Krankies coffee, and more, bigger and better than ever for 2015.
(12p – 5p / FREE)
>> Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshop: Have you heard about Kleur? It’s part shop, part collaborative hive and the fly proprietresses are on a mission to engage and inspire your home, hands + heads. This workshop covers setting up an Indigo Vat and using various Shibori techniques to dye beautiful patterns, as well as a little bit of the Indigo Dye history. Plan to bring in up to three personal items to dye including apparel or small home goods like napkins, tee shirts, pillow cases, scarves, or a tote bag.
(2p – 4p / $15 /register here )
@ Winston-Salem Theater Alliance
>> The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical: At Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s premier mobile-living community, the holidays bring conflict over decorating practices and a competition for design that some residents hope to win. Contains pervasive tasteless humor and adult language.
(Saturday: 4p & 8p / check their site for tickets and additional show dates)
Sunday, December 20th
@ Tanglewood Park
>> Festival of Lights: A true Townie tradition, the Festival of Lights, now in its 24th year, continues to be one of the largest and most popular light shows in the southeast. From storybook scenes to holiday themes, over 100 displays and more than a million lights, Tanglewood Park’s rolling countryside has been transformed into a winter wonderland of giant, twinkling snowflakes and whimsical scenes.
(6p – 11p nightly until Jan. 3rd / check their site for entrance fee info)