A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
Friday, May 6th
@ First Friday Gallery Hop presented by the Downtown Arts District Association (DADA):
Gallery Receptions, live artist demonstrations, music, theatre, dance and loads of creative energy. Streets are closed so you can stroll as you please. Parking is available in surrounding lots. A few highlights: Hop into Earthbound Arts to check out their newest Raku Pottery featuring beautiful colors of the rainbow just in time for May gift giving (ehem, Mom.. graduates… Taurus/Gemini birthdays). Over at The Garage, a free short performance for Music Gallery by Tyler Nail and friends at 8:30p. Also be on the lookout for an evening popup On Sight / In Sight dance performance going down at 8p.
(7p -10p // FREEEE!)
@ Awesome downtown locations
>> On Sight / In Sight Dance Festival: Remember reading about the talented dancer/choreographer Helen Simoneau the other week on the blog? Oh you missed it? No worries, here’s the link. She and five local dance artists – Blakeney Bullock, Cara Hagan, Julianne Harper, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Caitlyn Swett – have thoughtfully planned three days of FREE dance featuring local artists as well as performers from across the country. The festival includes both scheduled performances and some pop-ups in unexpected places as well as movement classes. Read more here and check out the full schedule here.
(tonight’s performances: 8p / Gallery Hop & 9p / Wherehouse Rooftop at Krankies)
>> New Works by Laura Lashley: Winston Salem’s favorite heart-of-gold artist has created several new works for Kleur and the maker space and boutique couldn’t be happier to feature their favorite girl. Laura Lashley’s work has been beloved by WSNC regulars and visitors alike for years and years, earning her much well-deserved press and acclaim (like here and here and here). Stop into Kleur as you hop around Trade tonight and enjoy some wine, beer, refreshments, and Laura’s big smile.
(7p – 10p / FREEE!)
@ Artivity on the Green
>> Night Passages:A Monthly Open Reading Series
For this second installment presented by Kleur, you’re invited to watch and participate in a public reading of the great works you admire — from poetry to fiction, prose, essay, dramatic scenes or monologues, classic or contemporary. Bring your own favorite passages written by your personal favorite Greats, or choose from a table FULL of books and additional material. Read more here.
(8p / FREEE … but donations very much appreciated!)
Saturday, May 7th
@ The Farm at The Children’s Home
>> U-Pick Strawberries:
Hip hip hooraaayyy, strawberry season has returned ya’ll and The Farm at The Children’s Home has a beautiful bounty of ruby reds. You have two options to get your strawberry fix: U-Pick for $10/gallon or Pre-Pick for $12/gallon. It’s first come, first served and ripe berries are limited. Our tip: Get yourselves up and over there bright and early.
(U-Pick starts at 8a / more scoop here)
@ Old Salem Museum and Gardens
>> Cobblestone Farmers Market:
Grab your totes and head out to support our phenomenal local producers like Harmony Ridge Farm, Billy Place Farm, Winstead Farm/Caldero, Plum Granny Farm, Sanders Ridge, Shore Farms, Fair Share Farm & more! A few highlights this week: Gnomestead Hollow will have one more round of ramps and the debut of their new kimchi flava + loads of oyster mushrooms; Plum Granny Farm will have peas + spring garlic; Winstead Farm will have free-range chicken + loads of delicious bone broth; and To Your Health Bakery: will have gluten free, vegan, and paleo Mother’s Day Surprises! Annnnd… It’s BIKE TO MARKET DAY again this year. The first 20 cyclists that arrive to market will receive tokens worth $5 to spend at the market, however you choose!
(9a – noon / FREEE!)
@ Tanglewood Park
>> Farmer’s Market Opening Day!: Market returns to one of Forsyth County’s most favorite public parks. Organizers say a great variety of spring goodies will be on hand including eggs, lamb, free range chicken, kale, spinach, lettuce, onions, sweet potatoes, radishes, collards, beets, plants including vegetable, jams/jellies, gluten free baked goods, bread, cakes, cookies and even treats for your pup. Plus strawberries galore!
(8:30a – noon / FREEE!)
@ Paz Studios
>> Community Movement Class presented by On Sight / In Sight Dance Festival: Classes open to all in an effort to cultivate a diverse dance community in Winston-Salem. Saturday’s class presented by Detroit based performer/creative director Marcus White of White Werx as part of the On Site/In Sight: a downtown Winston-Salem dance festival! The free movement experience brought to you by the Winston-Salem Arts Council and Paz Studios.
(10:30a – 11:30a / FREEE!)
@ Artivity on the Green
>> Concrete Canvas Mural Fest: Presented by Art for Art’s Sake, this FREE epic outdoor event featuring murals, food trucks and music is going down all day and open to all. Eleven local artists (Laura Lashley, Liz Simmons, Cheryl Ann Lipstreu, Donell Williams, Perviz Heyat, Gina Elizabeth, Mitch Cook, Marshall Lakes, Dane Walters, Hope Tranberg and Jennifer O’Kelly) will paint on the mural wall in the art park while Amber Michael will make live-body paintings. Be sure to bring the kiddos to create a mini mural masterpiece for Saturday ART Jam from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Local live music kicks off at 2p with The Finks followed by 1970s Film Stock, Foxture, and Star Wizard. Plus a bonus dance performance by On Sight/In Sight at 3p. Camel City Grill will be slinging burgers starting at 11:30a.
(see full performance schedule here / FREEE!)
>> Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement Workshop: A handmade gift from the heart is what every Mama loves… (and yoga sessions, massages, silence, wine in silence… but I digress). With that in mind, the saavy gals of Kleur have you covered this Mother’s Day with a popup floral arrangement workshop (yippee!). Skylar McGhee will lead in demonstrating some basic bouquet arrangement techniques, using seasonal greenery and blooms, and then you’re on your own to experiment and create the perfect bunches for the hardest-working, hardest-loving person in your life! No need pre-reg. More details here.
(2p – 4p // $10 to make as many bouquets as you can for all of your favorite Mamas!)
Sunday, May 8th
@ Whatever Mom wants
>> Brunch at Mary’s Gourmet Diner (Grandma eats free on Mother’s Day!) or Willow’s Bistro or Roosters Wood Fired Grill or Sweet Potatoes or Mozelles Fresh Southern Bistro or The Tavern at Old Salem? Something handcrafted and special from Design Archives or Kleur or Piedmont Craftsman? A yoga gift certificate from The Breathing Room or Paz Studios or Yoga Dogz or maybe Pure Barre classes? A flower workshop from Winston-Salem Flower School? A facial from Aeracura Salon or European Touch or The Spa at Highland Oaks? A sweet decadent treat from Atelier on Trade or Camino Bakery or Katy’s Cakery at Twin City Hive? Just a few ideas… hint. hint.
@ Downtown Arts District / Trade Street
>> Arts on Sunday: Presented by AFAS, this free outdoor event features over 60 artists, a fun kids craft corner for the little ones and live music. Sunday’s theme is A Very Special Mother’s Day with performances by Allison King Band, Big Ron Hunter and Robby Carr.
(1p – 5p / FREEE!)
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