Fourth of July at Old Salem, photo by Christine Rucker

Around Town :: July 1st – July 4th

Photo courtesy of Old Salem Museum & Gardens / Christine Rucker Photography

A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).


@ Downtown Arts District
>> First Friday Gallery Hop:
The Downtown Arts District Association’s “Summer is HERE Hop” will turn N. Trade Street into “Trade Street Beach” tonight! Pick up your copy of their “Pirate Treasure Map” at the Pirate Station in front of North Trade Street Arts (604 N. Trade) and see if you can find all of the locations to qualify for the prize drawing from DADA and DADA member organizations. Go snap your kid’s photo with the “Mermaid of Trade Street Beach“, play beach ball or make chalk drawings in the street. And always, be sure to visit and support local artists, eateries and shop owners like Kleur, Atelier on Trade and Tattoo Revival. Streets are closed so you can stroll as you please. Parking is available in surrounding lots.
(7p -10p // FREEEE!)


Delurk Gallery
>> Opening of “Mockups, Drafts, Sketches”:
Ever wondered what went into an artwork? How did that artist come up with that idea? What was the initial plan and how did their process happen in order to turn out a finished piece? Opening tonight, Delurk Gallery’s latest show highlights the pre-work work–drafts, roughs, layouts, paint elevations, proposals, mock-ups, models, concepts, underpaintings, and sketches — it’s a peek into the creative process of artists. Participating artists include: Melanie Troutman-Williams, Jessica Webb, Alan Shelton, Jill Bush, Nancy White, Candance Martin, Jordan Carter, K. Wood, Holland Berson, Chad Beroth, Jack Hernon, Kelly L. Taylor, Jennifer Wynn O’Kelly
(7p – 10p // FREEEE!)

@ Piedmont Craftsmen
>> Opening of Inspired Patterns:
It’s going to be a busy weekend. Avoid sensory overload by doing yourself a favor and popping into Piedmont Craftsman for  a moment of zen. Tonight they open their latest show, Inspired Patterns. Mixed media artist, Kim Dills’ pieced and painted wall work almost look like Asian wood quilts depicting scenes of calm and peace. Clay artist Joy Tanner’s wood and soda fired pieces balance strength and warmth. This show will be up through the end of July. Check their Facebook page for a peek
(7p – 10p // FREEEE!)


@ Black Mountain Chocolate
>> Chai & Chocolate Party:
Also happening during tonight’s Gallery Hop is a sweet party hosted by Black Mountain Chocolate and Chad’s Chai’s. You’ll find gelato cookie sandwiches, $1 chai, free chocolate samples plus live music across the way at Big Winston Open Market.
(7p – 10p // FREEEE!)



Old Salem Museum and Gardens
>> Independence Weekend Celebration:
Did you know that Old Salem is the site of our nation’s first documented Independence Day celebration?  Yep – Friday, July 4th, 1783 to be exact. And it was known as the “Celebration of Peace”. The Moravian towns in Wachovia all celebrated the day in various ways, which included church services, lovefeasts, prayers, instrumental music, hymns of thanksgiving, and ringing of bells. Read the full history here. This weekend, Old Salem Museum and Gardens continues on that tradition with a full lineup of hands-on activities, patriotic music, concerts and demonstrations. Check this link for daily activities. And keep reading for more celebratory events on July 4th!
(9:30p – 4:30p // purchase tickets)

>> Cobblestone Farmers Market
Grab your totes and head out to support our phenomenal local producers at this fully vetted and sustainable producers only market. A few recommendations:: Get refreshed with Chad’s Chai and Tea Company’s iced Darjeeling with fresh watermelon or Village Juice’s new Kale Lemonade. Pop over to visit our friends at Gnomestead Hollow for oodles of delicious oysters, luscious lion’s mane and a wild surprise they know you’ll love! Sander’s Ridge is promising loads of certified organic heirloom tomatoes and Shore Farms will have fresh corn, plus so much more. Click here for the vendor rundown.
(9a – noon // FREEEE!)


@ The Millennium Center
>> Heavy Rebel Weekender 2016:
The Heavy Rebel Weekender, a summer festival of music and classic cars, celebrates its sweet 16 downtown at The Millennium Center. About 60 bands are scheduled to perform on three stages, and according to The Winston-Salem Journal about 40 percent of the bands are new to Heavy Rebel. In addition to the music, returning acts include sideshow performer Adam the First Real Man and loads of burlesque. Plus, the debut of Clownvis Presley. Saturday’s FREE car show is one of the biggest parts of the Weekender with last year’s event seeing over 500 classic cars filling the streets. Contests include Saturday’s wet wifebeater shirt competition and Sunday’s Pabst Blue Ribbon beer drinking and Krispy Kreme eating competitions, along with an energetic upright bass slap down. Find more here and here.
(visit site for schedule / $40 a day or $100 for a three day pass, at the door



@ Triad Park
>> Arts Council Summer Concert Series presents Piedmont Wind Symphony featuring Judy Barnes 
Set aside your Sunday and pack a picnic dinner, a couple of lawn chairs or a blanket and head out to Triad Park for The Arts Council’s Summer Parks Series featuring the Piedmont Wind Symphony and the talented Judy Barnes band at 6pm. Expect patriotic pops, film music and a rock opera vibe. If lugging a picnic basket is too much of a chore, don’t fret!  Spice Delight Mobile CafeFrank’s Top Secret Cafe Food TruckGunny Smitty’s Hot Dogs and Mike & Mike’s Italian Ices will be on hand to satiate those hunger pains. It’s going to be a fantastic time! Out of town this weekend? No sweat. The Arts Council has generously arranged a follow up to this can’t miss collaboration for July 10th at Tanglewood Park.
(6p // FREEEE!)

Extra, extra! 
“The Piedmont Wind Symphony under the direction of Maestro Matthew Troy consistently brings audiences to their feet,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council….
“Having worked with Matthew Troy many times as an opera singer, this opportunity to collaborate and unite my two passions, symphonic music and rock’n roll, is a dream come true,” said Burns.
“We have made great strides this year to present the highest quality artistic experiences while making them accessible and affordable for everyone,” said Troy. Read more from Camel City Dispatch here.



@ Old Salem Museum & Gardens
>> Independence Day Celebration:
Home Moravian Church will begin the day with a 4th of July Service on Salem Square to commemorate the first 4th of July celebration held in America in 1783. The service, which begins at 8:30a., includes a prelude, singing of hymns, an invocation, and ends with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. At 10a, celebrate with dozens of people from a number of different countries who will become new American citizens during a Naturalization Ceremony.  The Ceremony, conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff, will take place on the same spot where the first official July 4th celebration took place.  At noon, head to St. Philips Church to enjoy a concert entitled “Celebrate America!” by Leonard Rowe, baritone, and at 2p the Psalm of Joy will be performed at Home Moravian Church accompanied by a Lovefeast to commemorate the musical celebration of peace in Salem at the end of the Revolutionary War. At the end of the day head back to Salem Square to participate in a commemoration of the first July 4th celebration in Salem, including music from a Moravian Brass Band.
(see full lineup of events here!)

@ Salem Tavern
>> Independence Day Beer & Bluegrass Celebration:
When it’s time to eat head over to North Carolina’s oldest restaurant for their annual Independence Day Beer & Bluegrass Celebration. The event will feature Fortnight Brewing Company, local bluegrass band, Bluegrass Blend, and a special July 4th menu by Chef Keiper.

BB&T Ballpark
>> Fourth of July Extravaganza:
The City of Winston-Salem and the Winston-Salem Dash are proud to present this annual Independence Day extravaganza at BB&T Ballpark. The fun begins at 4p on First Street and concludes with Winston-Salem’s official Fourth of July fireworks show following the Dash’s 7p game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. First Street will be open to the public between Peters Creek Parkway and Green Street. You and the fam can enjoy music, Dash inflatables and several food trucks in this area. Beer will also be on sale throughout the afternoon. BB&T Ballpark’s gates open at 5:45p in advance of the Dash game. An extended fireworks display will follow the game, and there will be a special Kids Run the Bases, presented by Fleet Feet.
(4p // find tickets here)
Tip: Check out this parking map before you head out.



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