Downtown Business Owners Collaborate with Downtown Greensboro Inc. to Launch New "Let's" Campaign

"Downtown Greensboro, Inc., in collaboration with downtown businesses and Qub, will be launching its new awareness campaign, “Let’s”, designed to refresh and evolve downtown Greensboro’s image. The proposed campaign will communicate a cool, cosmopolitan, and vibrant urban center destined to attract, re-engage and retain participants.          

The first incarnation will be focusing on “Play” and will celebrate local dining, entertainment, culture, and retail in downtown Greensboro. The campaign will use psychographics instead of demographics and will highlight generational and ethnic diversity while promoting local businesses including restaurants, museums, galleries and shops.
Various downtown businesses have donated the majority of their services to create, produce and execute this campaign. These businesses include Qub, Ink Photography Productions, Locke Management and Salon Medusa.

“It’s time for Greensboro to have confidence in itself,” says Eric Robert, owner of Qub and project lead on the campaign. “The time has come for us to stop trying to emulate other cities and finally realize that we can be cool on our own terms. We have a lot to offer and it is imperative for us to raise our production value and overall creativity to support the large investments currently underway in our center city.” 

Jason Cannon, President & CEO of Downtown Greensboro, Inc., said:  “DGI is excited to be bring Downtown a new brand identity that speaks to all the things that make our Center City a great place for entertainment and leisure. We envision this new marketing package to be a unique visual showcase of Downtown Greensboro’s strengths.”  
The campaign is set to launch locally via social media and area publications later this year before launching statewide. Robert hopes to be able to create future iterations of the campaign, which will emphasize downtown’s other unique attributes."

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Salem Band Holiday Concerts

"Salem Band will present two free performances of their popular Holiday Concert this December in Winston-Salem. The concert theme is “Mother and Child.” Enjoy classic and popular holiday favorites, as well as some new music to celebrate the season. Salem Band is accepting donations toward their exciting National Memorial Day Concert Series trip to Washington D.C., representing North Carolina with their performance for veterans from across the nation as part of a Musical Celebration of Peace. Salem Band will also accept donations on December 16 for Sunnyside Ministry in Winston-Salem. For more information, visit our website: or contact Eileen Young at 336-413-2180 or"

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PULL! Old Salem Sporting Clays Open to Take Place November 7

"On Friday, Nov. 7 from 8am-1 pm, Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a Sporting Clays Open at Shane’s Sporting Clays at 6319 US Highway 158 #B in Summerfield, NC. 

Shooters of all skill levels and ages are invited to participate in the tournament, which will benefit Old Salem Museums & Gardens. All participants will enjoy a 50-target sporting clays shoot, a light breakfast and barbecue lunch. 

Participant registration is $125 per person, $500 for a team of four. This cost covers the target fee, shells, meals, a participation gift bag, and an event t-shirt. Guns will be available for rent from Shane’s Sporting Clays for an additional fee.

For more event information or to register, please contact Sarah Chandler (336-201-5177,"

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"New York Times Critic’s Pick, Winner of the International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award, ROCKS IN MY POCKETS, is coming to Greensboro on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to the Carousel Cinema-Battleground at 7:00pm.

In the new animated gem ROCKS IN MY POCKETS, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity.

Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.

ROCKS IN MY POCKETS is sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Greensboro and NAMI Guilford for Mental Illness Awareness Month. Signe Baumane, the filmmaker, will introduce the film and answer questions after the movie.

Susan Ball, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, says, “We are honored to bring this film that has received so much national attention and the director to Greensboro, North Carolina.” She added, “It is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for mental health and lessen the stigma, shame and prejudice that surrounds depression.”

Carol McKeithan Whitley, board member of NAMI Guilford, says, “This film supports the NAMI Guilford mission of promoting recovery and optimizing the quality of life of those living with mental illness by providing education, advocacy, and support for these individuals and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor and celebrate Mental Illness Awareness month and the recovery of those that we serve.”

Film Information

Title:                Rocks in My Pockets
Date:               Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Place:              Carousel Cinema – 1305 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro, NC
Time:               7:00pm (Runtime: 88 minutes)
Price:               Tickets available for $10.25

                        Student and senior discounts also available"

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Acclaimed Asheville band Red June to perform at Triad Acoustic Stage

"Red June returns to Greensboro to perform downtown at Triad Acoustic Stage on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00pm at Mack and Mack Clothing, 220 South Em Street, Greensboro, NC. Tickets (advance $22; day of show $25) available NOW at
A powerful acoustic trio from Asheville featuring the talents of Will Straughan (resonator guitar, guitarmandolin and vocals), Natalya Weinstein (fiddle and vocals) and John Cloyd Miller (mandolin, guitar and vocals), Red June is known for a dynamic, yet refined sound that features striking three-part harmonies, tasteful instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting that seamlessly blends bluegrass, old- time, country and American roots music. 
              Like their namesake heirloom apple variety, Red June has strong roots in the Appalachian tradition while constantly forging new musical ground.  The band recently released its third album, Ancient Dreams, on Organic Records in April 2014.  The new recording features all original songs from the band, highlighting their signature harmonies, emotive songwriting and impeccable musicianship.  The album was produced by Tim Surrett of the award-winning bluegrass band, Balsam Range.  Tim also contributed his stellar bass playing to Ancient Dreams.
              Will, Natalya and John are longtime friends who first jammed together at an Asheville music party in 2005.  In late 2008 they formed Red June and went on to release their debut album, Remember Me Well, in September 2010.  Remember Me Well was very well received, and was voted the #1 regional release of 2010 by the listeners of the Southeast’s premier independent radio station, WNCW.  The band continued to garner much attention with their follow-up recording, Beauty Will Come, released in June of 2012. 
              Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences across the country and has performed at the renowned Music City Roots show in Nashville, TN as well as Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Suwannee Springfest and MerleFest."

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Greensboro gas prices fall 10.5 cents in past week

"Greensboro, Oct. 20- Average retail gasoline prices in Greensboro have fallen 10.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.00/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 586 gas outlets in Greensboro. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Greensboro during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 22.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 23.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

"The national average again saw a hefty decline over the last week, and we now stand a mere dime away from seeing prices nationally average under $3/gallon," said senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The national average stands now at its lowest point since January 18, 2011, and by the end of this week, it could stand at its lowest since late 2010. Every day, Americans are spending over $100 million less on their gasoline purchases than they did a year ago, some of which will be injected back into the economy in other forms, and with the economic concerns taking shape lately, it could help jolt things back in the right direction. I still do believe that the national average will break the $3/gallon mark by around Election Day- the timing is ironic, considering the drop has nothing to do with Election Day and everything to do with current ongoings, such as a price war between some OPEC members and jitters about the health of the global economy," DeHaan noted.  

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Ham's at Thruway Center Opening in November!

Greensboro-based Ham's Restaurants has announced it plan to open a new location at the Thruway Center in Winston-Salem in November. It is expected to open around Nov, 18.

Renovations have been on-going at the former Fox & Hound location, 327 Lower Mall Dr., over the past three months.

“We are proud to be a part of the lineup of great shops and restaurants at the Thruway Center, and we look forward to bringing an all new Ham's experience to Winston-Salem" said Ham's Restaurants president Rocky Scarfone. "Since June, we have been putting together some new additions for this Ham's location which are tailored towards ensuring that every guest has a wonderful experience.”

Among the renovations will be an on-demand beer tap wall that guests can operate and serve themselves.

“Our new beer wall will be a unique and fun way to experience the vast variety of craft beers that are rotated frequently,” stated Scarfone.

In addition to a newly renovated exterior and interior, Ham's at Thruway Center features all of Ham's favorite menu offerings plus some new surprises. There will be over 32 draft beers on tap, pool tables, dartboards, a ping-pong table, over 50 high definition televisions, three 110' high definition TVs and the Triad's only Sound HoundTM system, which will enable guests to listen to whichever game they want right at their own table.

Ham's is committed to fulfilling it's goal of serving great food at great prices, and staying the place where the motto is “It's Always a Good Time.”

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“WASTE MATTERS: An Artful Matter of Waste”… An Environmental Art Installation at the High Point Public Library.

 "Theatre Art Galleries announces the opening of a community sponsored environmental art installation at the High Point Public Library titled, “WASTE MATTERS: An Artful Matter of Waste.”  The installation will be on view from November 8, 2014 - January 3, 2015.  This installation is made possible by a partnership between Theatre Art Galleries, the High Point Public Library, the City of High Point, the High Point Community Foundation, and High Point University. A Preview Opening Reception for TAG members will take place on Friday, November 7th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the library. A Public Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Join the festivities with a children’s art project on Saturday as well from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The guest artist, Bryant Holsenbeck, will give an Artist’s Talk on Saturday at 2:00 pm. There will be music and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Location:  High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St.
     Bryant Holsenbeck is an environmental artist who makes large-scale installations that document the waste stream in our society.  During the first week in November, she will create a large scale-exhibition in the High Point Public Library using discarded water bottles. With the help of the larger community, Ms. Holsenbeck will create a sculptural installation that references the natural world and surprises us all. She is a community artist who likes to work with groups of people to make large-scale installations using the everyday “stuff” of our society.
     She states, “For over a decade now, I have been documenting the “stuff” of our society that we use once and throw away. Americans continue to create more garbage, per capita, than any other culture, yet we are blind to our waste. I believe this is a function of our wealth, and the vastness of our country. We have the room to hide our waste, and the money to make more. I collect many things, among them, bottle caps, credit cards, plastic bags, straws and lids, beach plastic and chop sticks. I use these everyday items to make work, which transforms the objects and surprises us. I am an environmentalist, receiving great joy from the natural world. This makes me aware of how we take what we have for granted. We are used to using “stuff” once and then throwing it away. We may throw it away, but my work makes me aware of its continual impact.”
     Bryant Holsenbeck began her art career as a basket maker and has evolved into an environmental artist. She has shown her work and taught throughout the United States. She has been the recipient of 2 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, a Project Grant and an NEA Arts and Learning Grant that she worked on in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. She is currently attempting to live one year without disposable plastic and writing a blog about it titled “THE LAST STRAW: A RELUCTANT YEAR WITHOUT DISPOSABLE PLASTIC”. She is also an independent studio artist who makes books, birds, and sculptures out of recycled materials.
She will be teaching a 2 session Animal Workshop for Adults at Theatre Art Galleries on October 28th and 30th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. During the 2 sessions, each participant will design and craft an animal of their choosing using wire, scraps of material, yarn, and plastic bags. The workshop fee is $65 for TAG members and $75 for Non-members. Visit to register.

     Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit"

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