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2013 A YEAR IN PHOTOS

by YES! Staff

JULY

Jesse Jackson returned to the city where he underwent the transformation from football quarterback at NC A&T University to civil rights leader in 2013. Jackson was in Greensboro to raise money for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

Photo by Carolyn de Berry

Triad Stage acquired its warehouse near the Greensboro Coliseum in 2011, but our theater writer took her first look at the prop stash in July.

Photo by Lenise Willis

Chef Michael Harkenreader of Undercurrent Restaurant was a judge the Edible Schoolyard’s Iron Chef Camp finale — a program designed to promote nutrition and culinary creativity to children ages 11-13.

Photo by Brian Clarey

Downtown High Point lacks the “main street experience” of neighboring Winston-Salem and Greensboro, but its status as host of the biannual furniture market makes it an ideal place to stage events such as the High Point Cycling Classic.

Photo by Sandy Groover

AUGUST

Hampered by a hip injury, Gale Monfils of France was unable to overcome Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, the eventual winner of the 2013 Winston- Salem Open.

Photo by Sandy Groover

Eric Weyer, Eric Swaim and Ryan Pritts, veterans of Winston-Salem’s underground music scene, launched Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. The craft brewing operation opened in the renovated West End Mill Works.

Photo by Bonnie Stanley

National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem provides a showcase for the stars, but also an opportunity for those struggling to break into the industry, including Durham playwright Joan J. Njie and aspiring actors from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn.

Photo by Jordan Green

Reel Seafood Grill opened in Greensboro in mid-year, inheriting part of the management and model of the much loved and lamented Bert’s Seafood Grille, which closed in 2011.

Photo by Brian Clarey

SEPTEMBER

Two able candidates attempted to unseat Winston- Salem Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Burke (right), but the 36-year incumbent proved to be a resilient survivor.

Photo by Jordan Green

Chief Ken Miller tried to defend the Greensboro Police Department’s reputation amidst a number of incidents that raised community concerns.

Photo by Eric Ginsburg

Hannah Slodounik of the Office of Sustainability and sophomore Lauren Formica challenged graduate student Sean Woodham to take a sustainability quiz at Wake Forest University, one of a number of Triad institutions that are pursuing green initiatives.

Photo by Jordan Green

The Pit — a sort of hipster playground — was the centerpiece of a plan by Miami-based urban planner Andres Duany to revitalize High Point’s center city, but the city council has gagged on the price tag for the project.

Photo by Mallory Southern

OCTOBER

The public affairs program “Triad Today,” hosted by broadcaster and YES! Weekly columnist Jim Longworth, celebrated its 10 th anniversary this year.

Photo by Mallory Southern

Jermaine Exum is the store manager at Acme Comics, which was the center of gravity for the first Comic Book City Con in Greensboro.

Photo by Mallory Southern

YES! Weekly staff writer Eric Ginsburg was happy to partake in some of the Triad’s finest brews (with friends) as part of his research for The Unofficial Piedmont Triad Beer Trail.

Photo by Kim Newmoney

WFMY anchor Julie Luck was only one of many Triad residents who surfaced for the Spring Garden Food Truck Festival in Greensboro. And the guy behind her looks like he’s about to experience a gastronomic orgasm.

Photo by Quentin L. Richardson

NOVEMBER

Longtime community leader Sharon Hightower upset incumbent Dianne Bellamy-Small in a contest for the District 1 seat on Greensboro City Council that was decided by only 12 votes.

Photo by Eric Ginsburg

The High Point City Council sought a demolition order against the historic Kilby Hotel, which residents fear is near collapse, but the Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission gave the owners six months to get the building shored up.

Photo by Jordan Green

Winston-Salem foodie extraordinaire Nikki Miller-Ka won the Dixie Crystals brownie dessert contest, but fell short of glory at the World Food Championship in Las Vegas.

Photo by Mallory Southern

Dr. Aldona Wos, a major Republican donor from Greensboro, was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to head the troubled NC Department of Health and Human Services. Her agency stayed in the news, mostly for the wrong reasons, throughout the year.

Photo by Jordan Green

DECEMBE

Councilman Derwin Montgomery prodded Mayor Allen Joines to launch an anti-poverty initiative in Winston-Salem.

Photo by Jordan Green

New Jersey native Elizabeth Pullan quickly became a fan of New Garden Bagels, which opened in Greensboro.

Photo by Eric Ginsburg

Nancy Vaughan proved to be a good sport when she agreed to spend an afternoon on the ice with sons Michael and John Mincello only days before being sworn in as the new mayor of Greensboro.

Photo by Eric Ginsburg

Owners Ryan Blain, Cliff Etchason and Tim Walker celebrated the opening of Small Batch Beer Co. in Winston-Salem.

Photo by Eric Ginsburg

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