This Independence Day, you’re invited to celebrate on the site of our nation’s first documented Independence Day celebration…right here in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As far back as 1783, the town of Salem gained notoriety as an enclave for those seeking the freedom to pursue a Moravian way of life. Salem also made history as the site of the first ever Independence Day Celebration in the United States.
What do you get when you cross a Texas-bred lawyer with a homesick foodie and busy mom just trying to make it to swim practice on time? Winston-Salem’s popular “mom-trepreneur,” Claire Calvin.
12X12: 12 Artists from the 12th State presents North Carolina artists who were selected by jury and represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. The artists are Elizabeth Alexander, Endia Beal, Martha Clippinger, Bill Fick, Mijoo Kim, Beverly McIver, Katy Mixon, Kirsten Stolle, Bob Trotman, Hong-An Truong, Lee Walton, and Pinar Yoldas.
No visit to Winston-Salem is complete without a stop at Reynolda House Museum of American Art – the 1917 bungalow once home of the R.J. and Katharine Reynolds is now home to one of the southeast’s finest collection of American art. Lauded by Town & Country magazine as the reason Winston-Salem should be on “every culture vulture’s list,” this historic home is nestled in the heart of what locals affectionately call, Reynolda Mile–a historic stretch that connects Reynolda Estate, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), and the luxury 85-room Graylyn Estate. Whether you’re in town for the weekend or just a day, Reynolda Mile is the perfect destination within a destination to simply get away.
Walking through Winston-Salem’s art-filled downtown, you can’t help but notice the craftsmanship, the individuality, and the attention to detail evident in every charming shop. Grab a coffee at Twin City Hive or meet some friends at Dogwood Hops and Crops, and you can’t help but feel the good vibes. It extends beyond what’s on the table where good friends gather and great food is served.
What is RiverRun?
One of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States, RiverRun International Film Festival is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina each spring. Each year RiverRun screens more than 100 films from more than 35 countries around the world. Each year the Festival invites filmmakers and industry veterans to come and spend a few days in Winston-Salem discussing their film with the audiences.
“When I first arrived at Old Salem, I discovered the long tradition of wonderful scholarship and research related to Africans and African Americans in early Salem–most of which was about St. Philips African Moravian Church,” Old Salem Museums & Gardens President and CEO Frank Vagnone said.
Since founding her family business in 1960, Evva Hanes has seen a thing or two. She’s baked, served and shipped well more than 100 million Moravian cookies. She survived breast cancer in 2015, and is now cancer free at age 85. She recently celebrated 65 years of marriage to her loving husband, Travis. And, she’s raised her children–and their children–to become the eighth and ninth generation of Moravian family bakers.
How did she do it all? With love.
From Major Winston’s Wheat to Mountain Calling, First Temple Farmhouse, Pilot Mountain Pale Ale and People’s Moravian Porter, Winston-Salem, North Carolina is no stranger to locally crafted beer. In fact, you could say we manage to inspire as many varieties of beer as we do people who love it.