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A Historic Celebration of All Things Spring
Spring in Winston-Salem is more than just a walk in the park. It’s a step back in time through Winston-Salem's Historic Gardens Collection. Or served by the glass at an award-winning Yadkin Valley winery -- the largest wine region in North Carolina. Throughout April, Winston-Salem also celebrates spring by the pint and the art of craft beer during NC Beer Month. From vineyards and galleries to farm-to-fork menus inspired by more than 260 years of rich traditions, Winston-Salem is abloom with experiences new and old this spring.
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With so much to do this Spring in Winston-Salem, you're going to want to stay a while. With 50 hotels and a variety of spring hotel getaway packages, we invite you to unwind and relax this spring in Winston-Salem.
Springtime in Old Salem
Say hello to Spring in the historic setting of Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Family fun, hands-on learning, and heirloom gardens are all in full blossom this time of year, and you're invited to journey back more than 260 years to experience it all first hand. The 1766 settlement of the area's founding Moravians, Old Salem is a living history attraction depicting life of early Moravians in the 18th and 19th centuries. This spring, begin your tour at the Old Salem Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road) to purchase your All-In-One ticket before exploring original and refurbished buildings guided by costumed interpreters. Learn about the Moravians' pattern gardening techniques at the Single Brothers Garden, and the gardens at the Miksch House. You just might pick up a pointer or two to practice in your own backyard, such as "double digging."
Head to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) where handcrafted furniture, pottery, and early examples of needlework are all on display. Your All-In-One ticket grants access into the self-guided galleries, or call ahead and book a special guided tour for a more in-depth look.
Find rich, African-American history at the St. Philips Heritage Center made up of the state's oldest standing African-American church and a reconstructed log church that now serves as the orientation center to St. Philips. Learn about the many contributions made to the historic town of Salem from both freed and enslaved blacks of the community. Learn more about this history and a new cross-study research initiative called, the Hidden Town Project, here.
Ready for a bite to eat? Another option is the Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Kick back, relax and enjoy the entertainment while munching on gourmet sandwiches, grilled paninis, soups, salads, and dessert. When there's still room for a bit more, cross the street to Winkler Bakery, the oldest, continuously operating bakery in America. Opened in 1800, Winkler continues to serve Moravian baked goods from their domed bake ovens, and upstairs, is the newly opened cafe serving fresh coffee, kitchen goods, and locally-made pastries.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
March 27 - June 21
The first exhibition of its kind at Reynolda, it includes five windows, twenty-four lamps, and several displays showing how Tiffany glass was manufactured, how his lamps were assembled, and how collectors today can distinguish between authentic lamps and forgeries. As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany was captivated by the interplay of light and color, and this fascination found its most spectacular expression in his glass “paintings.”
The exhibition features some of the most celebrated of Tiffany’s works. Chosen for their masterful rendering of nature in flowers or landscape scenes, they exemplify the rich and varied glass palette, sensitive color selection, and intricacy of design that was characteristic of Tiffany’s work. This exhibition also highlights some of the key figures at Tiffany Studios who made essential contributions to the artistry of the windows and lamps— chemist Arthur J. Nash and designers Agnes Northrop and Clara Driscoll.
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RiverRun International Film Festival: 22nd Anniversary
Celebrate and explore the wonderful works of film presented during the 22nd anniversary of RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem March 26 - April 5, 2020. As one of the fastest-growing regional film festivals in the U.S., and a premier film festival in the Southeast, it comes as no surprise that USA TODAY 10Best selected RiverRun International Film Festival as one of "10 Amazing Film Festivals Worth Traveling For."
Winston-Salem's RiverRun is an Academy Award-qualifying film festival showcasing a variety of narrative, documentary, student, animated and short films from all genres. The festival presents more than a hundred films from dozens of countries around the world. Attendees enjoy a variety of screenings including feature-length and short films from all genres and a broad range of special events, including high-profile regional premieres, celebrity tributes, family matinees and classic retrospectives as well as a mixture of panel discussions and parties. Noted Filmmakers, directors, producers, and special guests travel to share their films, passions and stories with audiences.
Historic & Heirloom Garden Tours
This spring, dig into Winston-Salem's rich agricultural history and inspiring beauty with a self-guided tour or workshop at one of our historic and heirloom gardens. Spring brings gorgeous blossoms of tulips, hydrangeas, bright sunflowers, fragrant herbs and leafy vegetables. The earliest known community garden was planted in 1759 just 10 minutes outside of present-day Winston-Salem in Bethabara, North Carolina's first Moravian settlement. Then, in 1766, the Moravians settled the town of Salem and gardening practices which were once used for stocking their own pantries became a successful means of trade. It's safe to say our deep Moravian roots have set the standard for gardening in Winston-Salem since their arrival more than two centuries ago. Winston-Salem has an abundance of well-maintained historical gardens for visitors to tour.
Just a short fifteen-minute drive, east of Winston-Salem is Paul J Ciener Botanical Gardens. Located in the historic downtown Kernersville district, the garden features an amphitheater, woodland, more than 25 individually styled garden areas, event spaces, wetlands, greenhouse, and horticultural operations complex. The Garden has year-round programming including a with David L. Culp on Thursday, March 21 and the Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom on Saturday, April 13 where guests enjoy over 20,000 bulbs that will be blooming in a glorious celebration of Spring.
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From March to June, bask in the beauty of Spring during city-wide festivals, savor local bites at area farmers markets, celebrate craft beer, and uncork the richness of the Yadkin Valley wine region.
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