What's Happening in Winston: November 2018

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What's Happening in Winston: November 2018

As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re thankful for all the great events happening in Winston-Salem—and we’re ready to give back to the community! This month’s guide features some fantastic food & music, arts events, and craft markets, along our favorite ways to get involved with local nonprofits and support Small Business Saturday!

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First, let’s get things started by announcing our Give Back Kickoff Contest!

We’re giving away a FREE WEBSITE to a nonprofit in the Piedmont Triad, and we need your help!

We couldn’t be more excited. There are so many awesome organizations doing important work in Winston-Salem with limited budgets and outdated websites that are hard to navigate and even harder to manage. Because we know how expensive it can be to build a clean, beautiful site, we want to help.


Want to learn more? Here’s an overview of how our GiveBack Program works. You can also visit our contest page or contact GiveBack@nuexpression.com with any questions!


Other Ways to Give

At Nu, we don’t believe in limiting gratitude and giving to a holiday season. But, at the same time, volunteering or getting involved with a local non-profit is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving, help everyone enjoy the holidays, and even start a new routine that will keep you giving back all year long. Here are just a few ways you can volunteer or donate:


Winston-Salem Food Pantries

Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem

Donate to the RMHWS wishlist with household & family items, or a financial contribution. You can also volunteer to prepare a meal, help with their family room, or even contribute to some household chores!

Women of Wisdom

Women of Wisdom is a faith-based nonprofit improving the lives of women through empowerment, encouragement, and a strong support network. They also operate a transitional home called the House of Refuge. You can donate or support their monthly Plate Sales. This month’s is November 16—just in time for an office Thanksgiving celebration!

Forsyth Humane Society


Be a guardian angel for a homeless dog or cat in need. FHS is lighting its Guardian Angel Tree on Monday, November 26th at the Country Club location. Members of the community are asked to bring items off the FHS wish-list or pick off an ornament with a request from one of the FHS pets. Items off the FHS wish-list can be ordered on Amazon Smile or dropped off Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm.


Paws in the Park 

Organized annually by the Humane Society of Davie County, Paws in the Park is one nonprofit event that we’re always excited for! Let’s be honest, we welcome any opportunity to be around a bunch of dogs. Get into the holiday spirit by walking with your dogs, family, and friends through Tanglewood’s annual holiday lights display. There are food trucks, vendors, and opportunities to donate!

This year, there are two opportunities to join in the fun:

Tickets are $45 per vehicle, making carpooling a great option! In order to eliminate parking difficulties, each ticket has a different arrival time, including 5:00, 6:30, and 8:00 pm!


Looking for More Pet Fun?

November is a great opportunity to help Forsyth Humane Society in their mission to #SaveFursyth and reach a save rate of 90% by 2023! Here are a couple of fun events to check out:

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, & Cyber Monday 

Maybe you were hoping to get a new big screen tv on Black Friday. But in case you enjoy your sleep too much, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the weekend to catch some cool sales, get your holiday shopping done, and even support Small Business Saturday in Winston-Salem!


11/9 Buy Some Cheer

The Enrichment Center | 5–7:30 pm

Shop for one-of-a-kind pieces from Artists of Gateway Studios and special guest artists! This event will feature live music, wine from Ragapple Lassie Vineyards, and fresh fruit soda from Bingo Bango Beverage Co.!

11/10 Pilot View Vintage Market

Pilot Mountain Main Street | 9 – 5

Stroll through Main Street and enjoy plenty of local vendors and interesting finds! This is a free event. Check out their Facebook for some of the vendors.

11/17 Thanksgiving Open House at RayLen Vineyards

11 – 5 pm

Our friends at RayLen have lots of fun events this month, including their Black Friday release of their BB Select Release and other awesome holiday specials.

You can also support them on Cyber Monday by building your own case of their award-winning wines with a special discount and free shipping in NC!

11/24 Small Biz Crawl 2018

West End District | 10–4
Jasper & Fern
Fearless Winston-Salem

This fun scavenger hunt event explores the historic West End District with a variety of artisan / crafts vendors! 

Thanksgiving Events 

11/10 61st Annual Greek Bake Sale

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center | 8:30 am – 7 pm

This event features authentic Greek pastries, Greek meals (from 11–7), and even cooking demonstrations at 11:00 and 1:00!

11/15 9th Annual Taste of the South

The Ramkat | 6 – 8:30

Featuring local southern cuisine, beer & wine, music by Martha Bassett, and a silent auction, this event benefits Authoring Action arts and education programs. Authoring Action Teen Authors will also perform! Advance tickets are $60, while tickets at the door will be $70.

11/21 – 11/25 Thanksgathering 2018

Millenium Center 

Stuffed fuller than a turkey (or your dinner guests after eating the turkey), this 3-day holiday event features a ton of music:  Joe Marcinek featuring George Porter Jr., Organ Freeman, Marvelous Funkshun, Dr. Bacon, Fat Cheek Kat, The Lee Boys, Brave World Trio, RKIII, Heather Gillis Band, Marcus Horth, 3 Piece and a Biscuit, Red Dirt Revelators, The Wright Avenue, Travis Griggs, Joey Recchio of Big Daddy Love and Brandon Knox.

Single day advance passes are $15, while a 3-day pass is only $25.

11/22 Turkey Strut 5k

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

Now in its 11th year, the annual Turkey Strut collects food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Each runner is asked to bring at least 3 canned goods. A portion of each entry fee will also benefit Second Harvest. Register early! This event sells out every year!  


Christmas Comes Early

11/6 Hoots Supports Twin City Santa

Twin City Santa is hosting their 16th annual Miracle on 5th St Toy Drive for the Salvation Army and Hoots is donating part of their sales! But if you miss the event on the 6th, you can still drop off toy donations at Hoots from November 5th – 11th!!

Ice Skating in Winston-Salem!!

Ice Skating at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

From November through April (!!) you can pay $7 for admission and $3 for skate rentals!

Ice Skating at the Kernersville Museum

Starting 11/24, tickets are $7 for 30 mins of skating (including skate rentals!) All proceeds benefit the Kernersville Museum Foundation.

11/30 Supper and Santa

Kaleideum Downtown

This fun Kaleideum event features dinner, crafts, cookie decorating, storytime, goody bags, photos, and a visit from Santa!

Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $18 for Kaleideum members; $20 for non-members.

12/01 YMCA Mistletoe Run

Help stop childhood obesity! The 35th annual YMCA Mistletoe Run includes a one-mile “Fun Run” option for kids, a 5k, and a half marathon. This event is a great way to start the holiday season by running through Winston-Salem’s beautiful Buena Vista neighborhood and Graylyn, Reynolda Gardens, and the Wake Forest Campus (for half marathon runners). Register by November 30!


Arts & Culture Events 

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got our monthly round-up of Winston-Salem arts events, featuring some great theater performances and possibly our eclectic mix of live music yet! If you’re already tired of hearing Christmas music everywhere, we’ve got you covered:


Professor B Studios Live Stream Concert Series

The comfort of your own home! 8 pm | Free!

11/6 James Vincent Carroll

11/20 The Couldn’t Be Happiers

Hosted every other Tuesday, these 30-minute live stream shows highlight local artists!

11/6 Latif Bolat

Wake Forest University,
Porter Byrum Welcome Center | 7pm | Free

Sufi Turkish mystic music!

11/8 Lung, Space Cadet Orchestra, & Polly Panic

Monstercade | 9 pm | $5

Dark cello-based, female-lead alternative rock!

11/12 Jake Shimabukuro Trio

The Ramkat | 8 pm | $25

Virtuosic ukulele music combining rock, bluegrass, classical, flamenco and more!

11/16 Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

The Ramkat | 8 pm | $12

Featuring the greatest country-blues band in the world with one of the best finger-pickers, the Reverend Peyton himself!


11/16 Heaven to Earth: A Journey

Centenary United Methodist Church | 7:30 pm | $14.05

Featuring music by Aaron Copland, Ola Gjeilo, and Jake Runestad performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale! 


11/30 Grubby Little Hands & Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk

Monstercade | 10 pm | $7

Featuring indie psych / ambient rock and Winston’s own Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk! 



11/2–11/11: Young Frankenstein: The Mel Brooks Musical

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem

Pretty sure it’s pronounced “Fronk-en-steen.” Either way, this beloved Mel Brooks musical is sure to keep your Halloween hype going strong into November.

11/8 – 17: Next to Normal

School of the Arts De Mille Theatre

This groundbreaking, Tony-winning musical completely changed the landscape of American musical theater. Featuring one of the greatest rock scores ever heard on Broadway, “next to normal” tells the story of a family torn apart by grief and mental illness. Each family member must confront the choice between saving their loved ones and saving themselves.

12/6 – 9: Into the Woods

Yadkin Cultural Arts Center

This story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When everyone’s wishes are granted, the consequences of their actions return to haunt them.




Alex Muller
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Alex Muller is the Operations Assistant with Nu and an avid writer. In addition to writing poems, stories, and songs in his spare time, he has helped clients from vastly different industries develop brand-focused content for topics on everything from furniture and dentistry to jewelry and lingerie.

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