Celebrity Buskers Promote Arts Council Campaign at Gallery Hop Winston-Salem personalities reveal their talent Friday, Sept. 5

"The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has lined up an impressive bill of talented, local celebrity “buskers” to perform at the Friday, Sept. 5, Arts District Gallery Hop. Headliners include Arts Council President and CEO, Jim Sparrow, playing the clarinet; County Manager Dudley Watt, banjo; Winston-Salem Monthly editor Michael Breedlove and twin brother on guitar and percussion;  Michael Hastings, Winston-Salem journal Food Editor, on guitar and vocals; Tommy Priest, Krankie’s Airstream, vocals; David Ford, host, Triad Arts, WFDD radio, jazz keyboard; Cameron Kent, WXII TV news anchor and author, guitar; Mary Siebert, Arts Director at Arts Based School, guitar and cowboy songs; and Eddie Garcia, Jews and Catholics band, guitar.
     The Arts Council’s 2014 campaign goal is $2.65 million  “We are at 82 percent of goal with a few weeks to go, “ said Catherine New, The Arts Council’s Vice President for Development. “We have a host of devoted, high-energy volunteers engaged who are doing a great job, but the last money is always the hardest in any campaign.  Having ‘celebrity buskers’ at Gallery Hop is a way to draw attention to the fact that we are at a crucial place in the 2014 annual campaign and need the help of arts supporters – young and old –to make sure we have the funds necessary for the city’s many arts activities the Council helps fund, including arts education programs in our schools.”

    The “buskers” will not be taking contributions, but volunteers on site in front of Trade Street’s  Red Dog Gallery will have information about The Arts Council’s Annual Campaign and how to participate.  Northwest Ward City Council member, Jeff MacIntosh, will be on hand to greet Gallery Hop revelers along with Stephen Mulligan, new conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and Chad Nance, editor, Camel City Dispatch..

     Campaign Chair Jeff Lindsay, COO at Novant Health, noted two significant matching challenge grants that have been issued -- a $50,000 challenge by Reynolds American Foundation to encourage new corporate giving and a $25,000 challenge from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center to incentivize workplace giving campaigns.  “At this point,” said Lindsay, “every contribution – large or small – makes a difference in getting to our goal.  I hope people will attend Gallery Hop on Friday, September 5, enjoy music provided by our celebrity buskers and resolve to make a contribution to The Arts Council campaign at this critical juncture.”

     Contributions can be made to The Arts Council’s 2014 Annual Campaign by going on line to intothearts.org or mailing a contribution to The Arts Council at 206 North Spruce Street, Suite 5. Winston-Salem, NC  27101

     Winston-Salem’s robust arts community accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, work and play.  The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.  In 2013, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 19 Funded Partners totaling $1,675,000 and other grants brought the total awarded to $1,905,000."

- A Press Release

New Winston Museum Best-Selling Author Charlie Lovett on Life Between the Pages

"New Winston Museum will host a Salon Series discussion featuring best-selling author and Winston-Salem resident, Charlie Lovett on Thursday, August 28th at 5:30 pm. Please join New Winston Museum for a moderated discussion with Charlie Lovett, author of the New York Times Bestseller, "The Bookman's Tale." Lovett will share insights into his career as a writer and influence of the people and places of Winston-Salem in his life's work. He will also give a brief look into the world of Jane Austen with a reading from his latest novel, "First Impressions." Bookmarks will be on hand with Charlie Lovett books available for purchase.
     This event is part of New Winston Museum’s 2014 Salon Series calendar. The monthly Salon Series features a broad range of local historians, artists, writers, musicians, crafts-folk and other specialists. Speakers discuss aspects of their work and their process to find interpersonal connections with their work and the broader community.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Chris Jordan, Director of Education and Programming (336-724-2842 x 101).

About New Winston Museum

    The Mission of New Winston Museum is to preserve, promote, and present the dynamic history and diverse stories of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community through education and collaboration. The NWM is located at 713 S. Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Hours are Monday-Friday from Noon-5 pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm. Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted. For more information contact the Museum at 336.724.2842 or info@newwinston.org. Please visit the web site at www.newwinston.org."

A Press Release

Old German Baptist Brethren Church Nominated for National Register

      "The Old German Baptist Brethren Church, at 4916 Charnel Road in Winston-Salem, has been nominated for National Register of Historic Places.
        The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission will review the eligibility of the nomination and accept public comments when it reviews the nomination Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. in Room 530 of the Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First Street.
        The church, built in 1860 with additions added in the 1940s and 1950s, was the first meeting house built by the Fraternity Brethren, a congregation organized in 1775.
        The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture."
A Press Release

The “National” Folk Festival will celebrate in downtown Greensboro Sept.11–13, 2015

ArtsGreensboro and NCTA Announce
National Folk Festival Dates for 2015 – 2017
The “National” will celebrate its 75th anniversary in
downtown Greensboro September 11 – 13, 2015

"ArtsGreensboro and the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) announced today that the National Folk Festival, which will begin a three-year residency in Greensboro in 2015, will take place September 11 – 13, 2015, in the heart of downtown Greensboro.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in Greensboro in 2015, the “National” is a FREE, three-day outdoor event celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of American culture through music, dance, storytelling, traditional crafts, food, and more. It will feature more than 30 performing groups on seven stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with children’s activities, a North Carolina folklife area, a festival marketplace, and regional and ethnic foods. The festival is expected to draw up to 175,000 visitors—many from across the United States—to Greensboro by its third year in 2017.
ArtsGreensboro and the NCTA will co-produce the free festival in cooperation with the City of Greensboro, the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Action Greensboro, DGI, and other local groups.  

“Early September is a wonderful time to be outdoors in North Carolina,” said ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion. “Not only is school back in session, but also the weather is usually lovely. In fact, before making this decision, we checked weather statistics for the past 30 years.”
“Downtown Greensboro is in the midst of a renaissance, and presenting the National Folk Festival in this location adds to the momentum,” said NCTA Executive Director Julia Olin. “We like to be where the action is.”
Looking ahead, the National Folk Festival will be held Sept. 9 – 11 in 2016, and September 8 – 10 in 2017.

About ArtsGreensboro
With an annual budget of nearly $2.8 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, power2give, and other opportunities like the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community through support for arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and supporting economic impact through excellence in arts programming. www.ArtsGreensboro.org.

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)
The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is one of the nation’s premier non-profit cultural organizations dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk, tribal, and ethnic arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation’s oldest producing and presenting organization with such a focus. Its programs celebrate and honor deeply rooted cultural expressions—music, crafts, stories, and dance passed on through time by families, communities, tribal, ethnic, and occupational groups. The NCTA stresses excellence and authenticity in presenting artists to the public in festivals, tours, concerts, media programs, exhibitions, recordings, and other activities, and works in partnership with communities across American to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that bring lasting social, cultural, and economic benefits. www.ncta.net

About the National Folk Festival

Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival has celebrated the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. It was also the first to present to the public musical forms such as the blues, Cajun music, a polka band, Tex-Mex conjunto, Peking Opera, and many others. An exuberant traveling festival that embraces the diverse cultural expressions that define the American people in the 21st century, the National Folk Festival is produced by the NCTA in partnership with communities around the country."

- A Press Release

Miss Babe Ruth ‘Getting Better Every Day’ Possible Continuance of 575 Consecutive Game Streak Will be ‘Game-Time Decision’

"Miss Babe Ruth, the Greensboro Grasshoppers beloved Labrador Retriever bat and ball dog, continues to improve following a recent surgery. Babe, who has entertained millions of Grasshoppers fans for 575 consecutive home games, had the 90 minute procedure last Monday to surgically repair an auricular hematoma.

“Babe is showing remarkable improvement and is getting more and more strength back every day, “ said Team Veterinarian Jason Streck, of Guilford College Animal Hospital, who performed the surgery a week ago. “You never want to push a dog back to work too soon so we are going to give this another 24 hours before making the final call,” Streck continued.
Miss Babe debuted on August 2, 2006 as a nine-month old, taking baseballs to the umpires, serving as a batgirl, and running the bases following the game. Her popularity has grown immensely over the years, as she has her own statue in front of the ballpark, her own souvenir items, and her own yearly baseball card. She greets fans after every Friday and Saturday ‘Hoppers game along with her brother, Master Yogi Berra, and her niece, Miss Lou Lou Gehrig.

“Babe has had a long week and I can tell she wants to come back but we have to respect the team veterinarian, as he knows best,” said Donald Moore, the Grasshoppers President and General Manager, and also Babe’s owner. “We will continue to play it by ear up until game time tomorrow,” Moore continued.

The Grasshoppers return home next Tuesday August 26 for their last three regular season games of the 2014 season.  For ticket information call 336-268-2255 or go to www.gsohoppers.com."

- A Press Release

Shoe Show in Winston-Salem vicitm of armed robbery

"Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to Shoe Show, 1197 Silas Creek Parkway on a reported armed robbery. Store personnel advised that the listed suspect approached the register with a pair of shoes. While at the register, the suspect produced a box cutter and demanded money. The suspect stole an undetermined amount of US Currency as well as the shoes. The suspect left the area in an unknown, light brown, older model SUV and is described as White male in his 30's wearing a Black and Grey T-shirt, Black shorts, short brown hair, “scruffy” facial hair
 No one was injured in this incident.

Anyone with information as to this crime is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 727-2800."
A Police Report

HPU to Kick Off ‘Year of the Arts’ with Fall Festival

"High Point University will kick off its eight-month celebration of the arts with the outdoor Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 in the parking lot behind Norton Hall on campus. The event will feature artists, exhibitors, demonstrations, live music and food. The family-friendly Fall Festival is free and open to the public.

Rain or shine, more than 30 exhibitors of quilters, painters, photographers, jewelers, bookbinders, engineers with robots and more will engage the community to celebrate the spirit of art in all forms. Below are a few exhibitors that will be offering demonstrations – some interactive – for visitors: 

·      At the Shopbot demonstration, visitors will have an opportunity to watch their computer-created designs come to life with a ShopBot Desktop or Handibot CNC machine using Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAM) software.
·      Opobotics and First Appalachian Robotics will allow visitors to program, drive and control multiple robots.
·      Lazy Lizard Pottery will offer demonstrations on a pottery wheel.
·      Art from the Heart, which creates finely detailed animals out of locally grown gourds and clay, will demonstrate gourd sculpting and painting.
·      HPU student Mackenzie Allred, who runs Printology Letterpress, will demonstrate letterpress printing using a table top press, in addition to offering various printed items for sale.
·      HPU student David Friedman will demonstrate the art of origami folding.
·      Mamafrica Designs, a non-profit organization based out of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will offer for sale fair-trade clothing apparel, bags, accessories and home d├ęcor items created by female artisans in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Fall Festival is also presented in conjunction with HPU’s annual Founder’s Day celebrations. This year celebrates the 90th anniversary of the founding of the university.

“The Fall Festival is a celebration of the creative mind,” says Dr. John Turpin, dean of the school of art and design. “From expressions of fine art to technological advancements that move our society forward, creative thinking is the driving force of the 21st century. We want to expose both the local and HPU community to this important trait that we all possess, and when nurtured, the possibilities it can create.”

Entertainment will be provided by HPU’s a cappella groups (Petal Points, Toccatatones and The Offbeats) and a jazz ensemble. Food trucks will be on site to purchase lunch and snack items. A kid-friendly zone will offer children of all ages opportunities to engage in art projects and set their minds free with Legos.

Visitors are encouraged to enter campus through the main welcome center off of North College Drive. Public parking will be available behind Congdon Hall.

For more information about the Fall Festival and participating exhibitors, visit http://www.highpoint.edu/yearofthearts/fallfestival/. For more information about Founder’s Day celebrations, visit http://alumni.highpoint.edu/s/1578/GID2/index.aspx?sid=1578&gid=2&

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No.1 by U.S. News and World Report in three categories: No. 1 Best Regional College in the South; No. 1 Up and Coming School in Regional Colleges in the South; and No. 1 for A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Colleges in the South. HPU was named this year the No. 4 private school in NC for the best return on investment, and it is a 2014-2015 College of Distinction. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu."

- A Press Release


Specialty Grocer Introduces First Stevia-Sweetened Cola Exclusively in Select Stores Across the Southeast

"The Fresh Market is proud to have been selected by Coca-Cola as the exclusive retail partner for the U.S. launch of Coca-Cola Life, a lower-calorie cola sweetened with a blend of sugar and naturally sourced stevia leaf extract. First introduced in 2013 in Argentina and Chile, Coca-Cola Life will reach The Fresh Market stores on Monday, August 25. Now through mid October, this delicious, new low-calorie option will be available exclusively at The Fresh Market in 65 select stores across the Southeast in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

With a third less sugar and a third fewer calories than leading colas, Coca-Cola Life’s sweetness comes from a blend of sugar and stevia leaf extract.  Stevia leaf extract is naturally sourced from the stevia plant, which is native to Paraguay. Sweeteners made from stevia are calorie-free and up to 200 times sweeter than table sugar.  A 330-ml can of Coca-Cola Life contains 89 calories.
“We’re excited to partner with Coca-Cola for its U.S. debut of Coca-Cola Life,” said Karen Stout, vice president of non perishables and private label at The Fresh Market. “As a specialty grocer with a focus on providing fresh, high-quality products, we believe our shoppers will enjoy this great-tasting, lower-calorie cola sweetened from natural origins.”

During the weekend of Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, shoppers will have the chance to sample Coca-Cola Life at the select 65 stores where the cola is sold. Guests will receive a coupon for $1 off any eight ounce six-pack of Coca-Cola glass bottle products. For more information on The Fresh Market locations carrying Coca-Cola Life, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com/view-specials/coke-life.

About The Fresh Market, Inc.
Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 160 stores in 26 states across the U.S.  The Fresh Market is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com."

- A Press Release