Additional Stops Added In for Local Events

 "HIGH POINT, N.C., Apr. 20, 2015 — On May 1 - 2, participating furniture, arts and accessories showrooms will be open to the public for an after-market sample sale.  Visitors can park for free in the parking deck on High Avenue in High Point and catch a trolley at the Train Depot across the street to check out some popular local showrooms. 

On Friday, May 1, the showrooms will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trolley stops include the 2015 Designer Show House, presented by the Junior League of High Point, Traditional Home Magazine and the R.B. Terry Foundation as well as showrooms that are not generally open to the public. Also, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Brewers Kettle will offer complimentary beer and wine tastings and there will be live entertainment throughout the day

On Saturday, May 2, the trolleys will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and an additional trolley stop will be added to the Carolina Brewsfest at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal. Attendees can enjoy food trucks, a variety of beer and wine offerings and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. People who arrive at the Carolina Brewsfast by trolley will receive a discount off of the $8 entrance fee.

Parents are invited to bring children along to enjoy a free trolley ride. The trolley tour will stop at each location continuously throughout the day making it easy for participants to hop on and off at any given location."

- A Press Release

Scot Sanborn, Proprietor announces Grand Opening of Sutler’s Spirit Company as well as the release of their first product.

"On Saturday, April 25 Sutler’s will hold its grand opening celebration from 5:00  to 8:00 PM at the West End Mill Works Building at 840 Mill Works Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  It will be kicked off with a ribbon cutting followed by the presentation Sutler’s Gin Release.  There will be a pig picking by Krankies and The Porch.  There will be distillery tours and tastings. Three bands: Jack Rabbit and Friends, Wake Robin and Kasey Horton and Laila Nur will provide entertainment for the party. 

Sutler's Gin is made by vapor infusing their unique blend of 8 botanicals.  Juniper has been toned down. Juniper can create what people call the "piney" flavor.   There are subtle citrus notes with a slightly sweet finish that at 94 proof will punch through in a gin and tonic.  It is a very approachable gin that inexperienced gin drinkers and those that love gin will appreciate. 

Another unique feature that sets Sutler’s apart is the vintage style ceramic bottle that is similar to those used by Sutler's in the 1700 and1800's.  Historically true to the Sutler, true to the Sutler’s brand.  The bottles are matte black ceramic with gold lettering topped with a vintage style cork.

During the American Revolution and Civil War soldiers who were thirsty for an occasional libation relied on Sutlers—traveling merchants who followed armies from battlefield to battlefield. When the troops found a place to fight, Sutlers gave them a place to drink.

In the 200 years since, the people of Winston-Salem haven’t had a Sutler or even a distillery to call their own. That is, until now. Sutler’s Spirit Co exists to craft spirits that are as distinct as the city we call home. Spirits made the old-fashioned way, with locally-sourced ingredients and recipes that are wholly original."

- Submitted by Allen Broach

Winston-Salem Named a Startup Grind City

"Winston-Salem has been named a Startup Grind city, joining a global network of cities working to fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. . Flywheel, a coworking innovation space in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, applied on behalf of Winston-Salem and will be hosting Startup Grind events for the city and region beginning mid-May.  

Founded in 2010, Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. In more than 150 cities and 65 countries around the world, chapters host monthly Startup Grind events where local founders, innovators, educators and investors share their own success stories.

“The selection process is very rigorous,” said Peter Marsh, cofounder of Flywheel. “We had to prove the vibrancy of our startup ecosystem and that we could execute compelling events with successful entrepreneurs on a regular basis.” The ratio of cities accepted versus total applications is around one in ten. Marsh will be a co-director of Startup Grind Winston-Salem, along with Flywheel Community Manager Jennifer Berg.

Startup Grind is also a major initiative of Google for Entrepreneurs, extending the network of relationships even deeper into the global tech community.
“Just as important as the events is the fact that Startup Grind has an unbelievable communication network through their project management platform,” Marsh said. “Now we can connect Flywheel members with the highest level of angel and venture firms, successful founders and domain experts.”
Startup Grind founder and CEO Derek Andersen said Google For Entrepreneurs will help Startup Grind expand internationally by providing access to distribution, Google technology and financial support.

“In the future, you will not need to be in Silicon Valley to be taken seriously as a tech startup,” Andersen said. “I just see so many places with such a high caliber of entrepreneurs.” Andersen said the monthly “fireside chat” interviews with local entrepreneurs are Startup Grind’s specialty. “We’re world-class at that one thing.”

Startup Grind is a perfect fit for Flywheel’s mission and vision for entrepreneurship in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “Very few for-profit coworking operators have a direct link to a multimillion-dollar commercialization enterprise right outside their door in the form of Wake Forest Innovations,” said Brad Bennett, another Flywheel cofounder. “This just expands the opportunities to connect.”

The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest growing urban-based research parks in the United States, with a master plan for as much as 6 million square feet of world-class office, laboratory and mixed-used space over its 145 developable acres. 
The first Startup Grind event is scheduled for mid-May. Events will be posted each month on the Flywheel website.

About Flywheel

Flywheel is a coworking space located in the heart of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. Since May 2014, the space has served as the community’s center of innovation and 24/7 workspace for people to come together to work on the fly, learn and share knowledge. Flywheel is the center of gravity in Winston-Salem and in the overall triad ecosystem for supporting startup companies and entrepreneurs. Its four core offerings provide the fuel that accelerates the success of business startups: technology workshops; How to Start a Startup series; Idea Tap Series that gives entrepreneurs  access to an idea pitch process; and knowledge and networking-based events. Flywheel offers flexible short and long-term membership plans for open and enclosed spaces. Three locally owned companies have partnered together to bring Flywheel to the community: Workplace Strategies; Wildfire, LLC; and Storr Office Environments. To learn more about Flywheel, visit
- A Press Release

South Elm Projects Artist to Number the Downtown Neighborhood Sidewalks for Hopscotch

Agustina Woodgate, Klasy (Hopscotch), 1100 Numbers,
Site Specific Street Intervention, Playpublik Festival,
Krakow, Poland, 2014 Photo: Martin C. Welker
"(Greensboro, NC) - Elsewhere--a living museum set within a former thrift store--is pleased to host Hopscotch, an ongoing site-specific street intervention by Miami-based artist Agustina Woodgate, as part of Elsewhere’s curatorial initiative South Elm Projects. Hopscotch, inspired by the popular street game, but hundreds of numbers long, will appear down the sidewalks of the South Elm Neighborhood in downtown Greensboro next week. The project will premiere as part of First Friday on May 1st from 6-10pm at Elsewhere, with opportunities for the public to play the new course and explore the neighborhood.

As one of the 14 national artists commissioned for Elsewhere’s South Elm Projects this year, Woodgate will be in-residence for a week at Elsewhere to create her project. From Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1, she will lead a team of community volunteers in painting the Hopscotch course to visually connect the neighborhood. The public is invited to an Artist Talk with Woodgate in Elsewhere’s Storefront Theater on Thursday, April 30 at 8pm.

Woodgate began Hopscotch in 2008 with Miami artists Primary Flight at Wynwood with 786 Numbers. Subsequent appearances included 1302 Numbers at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami (2013), 1692 Numbers in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014), and 1100 Numbers at Playpublik Festival in Krakow, Poland (2014). In an artist statement, Woodgate describes the project, “The expanded game reminds us of our innocence...Hopscotch exists for the streets, transforming monotonous sidewalks into daily playgrounds.”

Funded by ArtPlace America, South Elm Projects brings together artists and neighbors to create public artworks that further civic engagement, public commons and urban wilds in advance of and with development. For more about South Elm Projects please visit, goelsewhere.org/southelmprojects.

About Elsewhere
Elsewhere is a non-profit living museum and artist residency program set with a three-story former thrift store. Since 2003, Elsewhere has been transforming its former store and its vast material collection into a living museum that serves as a hub for local and global collaborations. goelsewhere.org

Elsewhere is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtPlace America, The Kresge Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, The Fund for Democratic Communities, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Guilford Green Foundation, The Harpo Foundation, The Gallucci Creative Fund, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you."

- A Press Release


Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN announces winners
of the 2015 Brand Your Biscuit Challenge 

1st Place Winners- GTCC students Dominique Alston,
Willie Smith, Dedria Cooke, Lasha Couser.

"GREENSBORO, NC (April 23, 2015) – Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN® (www.biscuitville.com), a local, family-owned restaurant known for its southern-style menu, is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Brand Your Biscuit Challenge, an annual competition where local area college students compete to create an innovative product for the company’s breakfast or lunch menu. A total of 23 teams from all seven local colleges competed in the Challenge this year, and three teams from Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) took first, second, and third place. One of the signature events of Greensboro Collegiate Biscuitville Week, the Brand Your Biscuit Challenge was held at co//ab on Saturday, April 18. 

1st Place, Team Fresh Southern: GTCC students Dominique Alston, Willie Smith, Dedria Cooke and Lasha Couser won $1,000 and lunch with Biscuitville’s CEO Burney Jennings with their Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich - A biscuit-breaded chicken breast tossed in buffalo sauce, topped with fried green tomatoes and lettuce, all sandwiched between a toasted buttered bun with ranch aioli. 

2nd Place, The Pork Chop Kids: GTCC students Thomas McAlister and Krystal Page won $500 with their Southern Fried Pork Chop Sandwich – A delectable fried pork tenderloin topped with spicy mayonnaise, a fried green tomato, fried okra, and shredded lettuce served on a Brioche bun. 

3rd Place, Southern Sticks: GTCC student Sarah Mayer won $250 with her Southern Sticks – Flour-breaded chicken skewers atop warm, homemade waffles, served with maple Dijon dipping sauce. 

Three student teams from GTCC won the Brand Your
Biscuit Challenge this year-a contest hosted by Biscuitville
Kathie Niven, Biscuitville’s Chief Brand Officer and one of this year’s judges, noted “This year’s winners were selected for their creative recipes that incorporated fresh, Southern, local ingredients, as well as their unique marketing and promotional strategies. The competition provides students a great opportunity to hone their product innovation skills, and hopefully, will inspire a few of them to go on to become our next generation of entrepreneurs.” 
Greensboro Collegiate Biscuitville Week is a collaboration between Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN and Action Greensboro’s Opportunity Greensboro and synerG Young Professionals. Cecelia Thompson, Action Greensboro’s Executive Director, said “Our goal with this event is to engage our local area college students with interactive programs and activities that focus on entrepreneurship, and connect students with local businesses leaders. By exposing students to the diversity of business opportunities and quality of life Greensboro offers, we hope to inspire many to stay here after graduating and join our business community.” 
Along with the Brand Your Biscuit Challenge, there were three other free, entrepreneurial events held for the students at co//ab this year. The Biscuitville Week Finale event at the Greensboro Grasshoppers Stadium scheduled for April 19, was cancelled due to rain. A new date is being scheduled for later in August. 
To learn more about the Greensboro Collegiate Biscuitville Week, visit www.biscuitvilleweek.com. Photos of the winning teams accompany this release. College students create recipes for success with Biscuitville 

About Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN®
Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN is a family-owned company headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company was founded in 1966 when owner Maurice Jennings opened two restaurants in Burlington, North Carolina. After several years, the company added its signature, made-from-scratch biscuits to its menu that were so well-received, business boomed and the Biscuitville brand evolved. Today, Biscuitville employs nearly 900 people and operates 54 restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia. The company, which built its success on making guests a priority and serving fresh, authentic food with integrity, recently introduced its new FRESH SOUTHERN lunch menu that includes fresh-made sandwiches and sides. Biscuitville serves breakfast at all 54 restaurants all day from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch at participating Triad restaurants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.biscuitville.com. 

About Action Greensboro: 
Action Greensboro is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 in response to the changing economy in Greensboro and the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Both Opportunity Greensboro and synerG Young Professionals are initiatives of Action Greensboro. Along with the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, and Entrepreneur Connection, Action Greensboro is a member of the Greensboro Partnership. The Partnership was created in 2006 to increase the amount of capital investment in Greensboro and Guilford County and to help leverage the creation of high-technology, high-wage jobs through traditional economic development, programs to encourage business success, and initiatives to create a vibrant community. For more information, visit www.actiongreensboro.org."

- A Press Release

Kernersville Cares for Kids Event Focuses on Anti-Tobacco Message

"Kernersville’s new youth anti-tobacco program, “No Bacco” was the focus of this year’s Kernersville Cares for Kids “Lunch & Listen" event at East Forsyth High School on Tuesday, April 21.

At the luncheon, the nonprofit organization displayed 30 student-designed anti-tobacco posters to a panel of community judges. The judges then distributed awards to the most artistic and creative posters and the posters with the best content.

Poster judges included representatives from local organizations Con-way Freight, Crutchfield Grocery, the Kernersville Police Department and No Bacco."

Submitted by Jordan Rowe


"The Board of Directors of the Stained Glass Playhouse has just announced the 2015-2016 Season of productions.

They include the following: 

          West Side Story (Musical) Performances:  July 17-19, 24-26 & 31- August 2, 2015
        The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theater’s finest accomplishments.   Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.  Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.    West Side Story’s exciting, sophisticated score is by  Bernstein and Sondheim , Broadway’s finest and its songs are part of the nation’s musical heritage.  Musical numbers include:  “Maria”; “America”; “Cool”; “One Hand, One Heart”; “I Feel Pretty”; “Somewhere”; “Gee, Officer Krupke!”; “A Boy Like That”; “I Have Love” and “Tonight”. 

Bell, Book and Candle (Drama) Performances: November 6-8, 13-15 & 20-22, 2015
Gillian Holroyd is just your average, modern-day, witch, living in a New York apartment with her Siamese familiar, Pyewacket. But one day a handsome publisher, Shep Henderson walks into her building and Gillian decides she wants him--especially as it turns out he's marrying Merle Kittridge, an old poison penpal from Gillian's college days. So, Gillian casts a spell over Shep. But her powers are in danger of being exorcised by something stronger than the bell-book-and-candle routine: Love.

The Piano Lesson (Drama) Performances: February 5-7, 12-14 & 19-21, 2016
.  It is 1936 and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family's rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

Dearly Beloved (Comedy) Performances: May 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2016
                Dearly Beloved by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten is a story of a completely dysfunctional but loveable Texas family in the throes of another series of life-changing events.   The Futrelle Sisters, Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink, are throwing a wedding. Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo’s antebellum-inspired wedding, and the rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime. No surprise there, the Futrelle Sisters have never been strangers to gossip. After all, they did survive the scandalous breakup of their almost-famous gospel singing trio, The Sermonettes. But Twink’s desperate attempts to get her boyfriend of 15½ years down the aisle, Frankie’s ongoing conversations with their dead mother, and Honey Raye’s tendency to race to the altar at every opportunity have kept tongues wagging for years.

                The Stained Glass Playhouse is a 501 © 3, non-profit volunteer corporation, designed to provide material with a moral message, producing unique and challenging works, creating and attracting an audience from the greater Winston-Salem community, providing opportunities  for actors and technicians to increase and improve their skill, and celebrating life and faith through the performing arts.   It is located at 4401 Indiana Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. "

- A Press Release

ArtsGreensboro and PhotoBiz Present Chicago Guitar Legend Carl Weathersby in a Free Concert on May 1

Bring Shoes to First Friday Brews & Blues Event,
Which Closes I HEART ARTS Month

"Greensboro, N.C., April 20, 2015 ArtsGreensboro and PhotoBiz announced today that I HEART ARTS Month will end with a free First Friday Brews & Blues Concert, featuring Chicago guitar legend Carl Weathersby, at Courthouse Plaza, 110 South Greene Street in downtown Greensboro, from 5 to 8 pm on May 1, 2015. Natty Greene’s, the Martha and William Murray Charitable Foundation, and Yes! Weekly are providing additional support.

A powerful blues performer who leaves audiences amazed and thoroughly entertained, Carl Weathersby delivers a unique mix of Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar-playing that’s perfectly suited to an outdoor venue.

As the presenting sponsor for the First Friday Brews & Blues Concert, PhotoBiz recognizes the importance of the arts to our city. “Serving artists and the local community is ingrained in the DNA of our company,” said Phil Parker, Director of Marketing Strategy for PhotoBiz. “So we’re excited to continue our support of ArtsGreensboro programs.”

In another community engagement initiative, PhotoBiz is an official drop-off location for “Shoes for Love,” an annual, nationwide charity shoe drive that provides new and gently used shoes to orphanages in developing countries. Collection boxes will be set up at the First Friday Brews & Blues Concert on May 1; attendees are invited to drop off shoes there, at the Greensboro Cultural Center, or at the PhotoBiz offices at 516 West Friendly Avenue in downtown Greensboro.

“Like PhotoBiz, ArtsGreensboro recognizes the importance of the arts, which provide $118 million annually in local economic impact,” said ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion. “Furthermore, we want to give everyone in our community the opportunity to be actively involved in the arts. That’s why we kicked off the first-ever I HEART ARTS Month with a free Family Jubilee and we’re ending it with a free concert geared toward adults.”

ArtsGreensboro encourages all Greensboro residents—of all ages—to show their love for the arts by attending performances or exhibitions, auditioning for productions, creating artwork, and making a donation to the 2015 ArtsFund, the vehicle through which ArtsGreensboro financially supports the arts community through grants and other initiatives.

Throughout April, many Greensboro businesses, retailers, restaurants, and arts organizations are collecting donations for the ArtsFund. To see a list of participating organizations, visit www.artsgreensboro.org/i-heart-arts-month. Those wishing to make a donation to the ArtsFund may visit www.artsgreensboro.org/contribute or text ARTS to 91999 to make a donation using a debit or credit card."

- A Press Release