50 things to do this summer

by Brian Clarey

When summer hits the Triad, the days get longer, the sun burns hotter and, if you’re anything like us, you don’t feel like working so much. We don’t blame you. Because summer is when the Triad comes alive. Sure, you could always pack the car and take a trip to the beach or the mountains, but we posit that there’s so much to do right here that there’s little need to go out of town. For this year’s summer guide, we offer a lengthy — but in no way comprehensive — list of things to do this summer right here in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and the immediate surroundings, most of them cheap, some of them free and all of them awesome. There are film festivals and premiere screenings, a massive slate of festivals with everything from music to books to fairies in the woods, sporting events that feature Olympic hopefuls, seasoned professionals and local heroes, and enough live theater to make you drop your opera glasses. Plus there’s swimming, outdoor drinking and dining, summer books from local authors… and we’ve tossed in a few pictures to remind you just how fabulous summer in the Triad can be. We understand if, after reading this week’s special section, you still feel the need to head to the beach, the mountains or the lake this summer. Just don’t let us hear you say that there’s nothing to do around here. Because this summer, the Triad is more vibrant than ever.


Through July 1 — The Illusion Triad Stage; 212 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.0160; Tony Kushner’s comic fantasy adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique sees a wizard using the art of conjuration to find the son he banished years earlier. June20-30 — Fashionistas, A Narcissistic Love Story Life on the runway can be treacherous at the House of Narcissus, as a loce story unfolds during a fashion show as an activist plans disruption. Through Aug. 10 — City Arts Drama Center summer camps Greensboro Cultural Center; 200 N. Davie St.; Sessions include: tap dancing, sword fighting, acting, improvisation, cowboy arts, singing, storytelling and filmmaking. Through June 30 — Winnie the Pooh Brown Building Theatre, UNCG; 402 Tate St.; 336.334.4392; Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and the rest delight both children and adults. Through July 1 — Xanadu Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance; 1407 Northwest Blvd.; 336.723.7777; When a Greek muse descends to Venice Beach, Calif. In the 1980s, she sings! June 23 — Phio: A Moving Biography Hanesbrands Theatre; 209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem; A multimedia piece about former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Pete Phios as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. Through Aug. 11 — Adventures in Theater summer camp performances Arts Council Theatre; 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem; Shows include A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Little Mermaid Jr., 101 Dalmatians Kids and Night at the Wax Museum. See the website for details. July 20-Aug. 5 — Annie Get Your Gun The Stained Glass Playhouse; 4401 Indiana Ave., Winston-Salem; 336.661.4949; The story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley as she joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. June 28, July 27, Aug. 31 — Final Fridays Spirit Center; 807 Ward Ave., High Point; 336.841.2273; Improv comedy by the Nekkid Feet troupe happens the last Friday of every month, brought by the NC Shakespeare Festival


Through Aug. 15 — K/ids at Heart Childhood Film Series, A/perture Cinema; 311 W, 4th St., Winston-Salem; 336.251.5220; Favorite films from the 1980s shown on the big screen include The Great Muppet Caper, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Labyrinth and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. July 11-Aug. 8 — Carolina Kids Club, Wednesdays, Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; Films include Alvin & the Chipmunks, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Babe, Horton Hears a Who and Puss in Boots. July 9-Aug. 16 — Summer Film Festival Classic and contemporary films including Hitchcock classics, On the Waterfront, Jailhouse Rock, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bringing Up Baby, The Bells of St. Mary’s and more. June 21-Aug. 16 — Mixed-Tape Film Series Cult and classic films including Gremlins, The Goonies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and Super Mario Brothers. June 22-24 — The 48-Hour Film Project The world’s largest filmmaking competition give teams 48 hours to write, shoot and edit 7-minute films, with screenings of the finished products at the Carolina June 27-28. See for more info. July 14 — Out at the Movies UNC School of the Arts ACE Theatre Complex; 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem; Out at the Movies screens Sordid Lives, a “black comedy about white trash” starring Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke and Bonnie Bedelia. July 20-Sept. 21 — Third Fridays Center City Cinema Center City Park, Greensboro; Free movies in Center City Park include The Muppet Movie, Sixteen Candles and We Are Marshall


Wednesdays, June 20-July25 — CFBG live jams CFBG; 930 S. Chapman St., Greensboro; The record store comes to life with in-store performances by local bands and DJs. Wednesdays through Sept. 26 — Tunes at Noon Center City Park, Greensboro; Free music for your lunch hour. Acts include Kris Ferris, Dave Desmelik, Lyn Koonce & Friends, the Zinc Kings, David Via and Joshua West. Through October — Second Thursdays Bethabara Park; 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem; 336.924.8191; Music from all eras on the second Thursday of each month, with hot dogs and ice cream on site. Saturdays through Sept. 1 — Summer on Trade Corpening Plaza; 6th and Trade Streets, Winston-Salem; Free outdoor concert series every Saturday in the Arts District since 1998. Acts include Big Ron Hunter, Martha Bassett, Kelly & the Cowboys, Vagabond Saints Society, the Bo Stevens and West End Mambo. Fridays through Aug. 24 — Downtown Jazz Fridays Corpening Plaza, 1st and Liberty streets, Winston-Salem; Free jazz on Fridays after work amid the skyscrapers. Acts include Brian Simpson, the Urban Jazz Collection, the Winston All-Stars and Avery Sunshine. July 20, Aug. 16 — Fridays at Five Governmental Plaza; Greene and Washington streets, Greensboro; An after-work summer party in downtown Greensboro. The Plaids play on July 20, and the Chris Lane Band takes the stage on Aug. 17. June 22 — Fiddle & Bow Society presents Byron Hill and John Ford Coley Community Arts Caf’; 411 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem; Two of Nashvile’s best in an intimate setting. June 23 — The Aaron Neville Quintet The Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; New Orleans’ most famous Neville brother brings his trademark alto for a rare Carolina appearance. Sundays, June 24-Aug. 12 — Arts Splash Summer Concert Series, Various locations, High Point;; 336.889.2787 x26 Billed as “A splash of this and a splash of that,” acts include The Brand New Life, EnVision, Old Grass, Swing on! And House of Dues. July 20 — SECCA Crossroads Concert: Patterson Hood & the Downtown Rumblers and Hiss Golden Messenger SECCA; 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem; Drive-By Truckers alum looses solo material, with an opening act that plumbs his “lone journeys through the dark night of the soul.” Aug. 1 — Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks White Oak Amphitheater @ the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Rod the Mod and the Gypsy from Fleetwood Mac share a bill at Greensboro’s newest outdoor stage. Aug. 1 — David McClintock The Barn Dinner Theatre; 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro; The Christian/gospel act brings it in the Barn. Aug. 10 — Peter Frampton White Oak Amphitheater @ the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Frampton comes alive — again! — at a rare outdoor appearance.


June 21-24 — East Coast Songwriters Conference Community Arts Caf’; 411 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem; Workshops, seminars and showcases dedicated to the art and craft of songwriting, with opportunities for networking with industry pros. June 23 — Summer Solstice Greensboro Arboretum; 401 Ashland Drive; A midsummer night’s dream among the flora, with music, dance, crafts and more. Watch for fairies. June 23 — Ibrahim’s Ultra Fun Day Ziggy’s; 170 W. 9th St., Winston-Salem; An all-day rock show and party to benefit Ibrahim Myers, who needs to pay hospital bills after a terrible bicycle accident last year. June 23-July 28 — Eastern Music Festival Various locations, Greensboro; Dozens of concerts including classical pros, students and a fringe element that always pleases. A Greensboro tradition. June 29 — 102 JAMZ SuperJam Greensboro Coliseum; The SuperJam takes over High Point Road tonight, with acts like Rick Ross, J Cole, Chainz, Wale, DJ Drama and more. July 1 — Independence Day clelebration Bethabara Park; 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem; 336.924.8191 Patriotic music, Colonial-era re-enactors, games and activities to celebrate the nation’s anniversary. July 4 — Fun Fourth Festival Downtown Greensboro; A parade open to all comers, live music with Izzy & the Catastrophics, a world-record-setting high-five attempt and more await downtown Greensboro on the Fourth of July. July 7 — WalkerFEST Walker and Elam avenues, Greensboro; The celebration on Greensboro’s most notorious corner includes music by Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Orguestra Gardel, the Brand New Life, Hammer No More the Fingers, the No BS Brass Band and Ranford Almond. This one’s a freebie, so no excuses. Aug. 22-24 — Raleigh Spy Conference NC Museum of History; 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; A little bit of a drive, but geez, how often do you get a chance to go to a spy conference. This year’s theme is Dramatic Revelations, exploting how recently de-classified documents have changed history. Sept. 1 — John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival Oak Hollow Festival Park; 3431 N. Centennial St., High Point; 336.884.5255; High Point honors its most famous native son with this annual late-summer festival featuring the Clarke/Duke Project, Poncho Sanchez and blueswoman Shemekia Copeland. Sept. 8 — Bookmarks Festival of Books Downtown Winston-Salem; 336.460.4722; Writers, readers and booksellers convene in the Arts District to celebrate the love of the written word, with readings, signings, discussions ad workshops.


Through Sept. 3 — minor league baseball;; With three teams playing home games all summer, the Triad has become a hot spot for minor-league baseball. The Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Florida Marlins affiliate playing at NewBridge Bank Park, won the South Atlantic League championship last year ahd are in first place in the standings at the half-season mark this year. The Winston-Salem Dash, feeding into the Chicago White Sox, play at the new(ish) BB&T Ballpark, a jewel in downtown Winston-Salem’s crown. And the Hi-Toms, playing at historic Finch Field, provide one of the most underrated baseball exeriences in the minor leagues. Minor league baseball is affordable and fun, with sweet promotional events, on-field antics and fireworks. And with dozens of home games left this season, there’s ample opportunty to catch one. June 30 — Fun Fourth Festival Freedom Run and Walk Downtown Greensboro; Run for the veterans or active personnel; run with your kids; run in patriotic costumes or just run for the hell of it. Or walk — it’s all good. Through Sept. 8 — Summer Slimdown High Point Regional Hospital Fitness Center; 600 N. Elm St.; A free weight-loss program through the hospital and the city, with healthy cooking demos, lectures and fitness tips. Check the website for more info. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays — Piedmont Hiking and Outing Group Event. All ages and professions are invited to take in the great outdoors with this hiking group. July 5-8 — Greensboro City Swim Meet Greensboro Aquatic Center; Greensboro Coliseum Complex; Teams from all over the city compete in this annual rite of summer, held for the first time at the city’s premiere swim center. Aug. 1-10, 14-19 — USA Diving National Championships Greensboro Aquatic Center; Greensboro Coliseum Complex; The Junior Nationals and the AT&T Nationals will be held at the same venue for the first time since 2006 as the nation’s best divers compete. Aug. 13-19 — The Wyndham Championship Sedgefield Country Club; 3201 Forsyth Drive, Greensboro; Greensboro’s PGA event, held on a Donald Ross course, pits the world’s top golfers against each other in the last tournament before playoffs begin for the FedEx Cup. Aug. 18-25 — The Winston-Salem Open Wake Forest Tennis Complex, 100 W. 32nd St., Winston-Salem; In its second year, Winston-Salem’s USTA event draws some of the sport’s biggest names, including Greensboro native John Isner, currently the second-highest ranked American on the tour, in the last tournament before the US Open. Sept. 15 — Run 4 the Downtown Greenway Center City Park, Greensboro; Celebrate the opening of the city’s Downtown Greenway by running every inch of it, followed by a party at Center City Park. SWIMMING

Bolton Pool: 1590 Bolton St., Winston-Salem 336.659.4318 Open Mon.-Sat. beginning at 11:30 a.m. and closing at 6 or 8 p.m. alternating days. Also open Sun. 12:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Featuring a water sprayground Happy Hill Pool: 1230 Alder St., Winston-Salem 336.727.2199 Mon. – Sat. from noon until 6 pm, and Sun. from 2-6 p.m. Mineral Springs Pool: 4700 Ogburn Ave., Winston-Salem 336.661.4990 Mon. – Sat. from noon- 6 p.m. Sun. 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Parkland Pool: 1660 Brewer Road, Winston-Salem 336.650.7688 Mon and Fri 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. 12:30 p.m. – 6p.m. Barber Park Sprayground: 1500 Dans Road, Greensboro 336.373.5892 Free admission. Open Mon. – Sat. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun. from 1-6 p.m. Bur-Mil Park Aquatic Center: 5834 Bur-Mill Club Road, Greensboro 336.373.3800 Adults 13 and up $5 and $4 under. Open weekdays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and open an hour earlier on the weekend. There is also Family Swim Night on Wed. and it is available for pool party rentals. Warnersville Pool: 601 Doak St., Greensboro 336.373.5809 Open Thurs-Sun. 1-5 p.m. Lindley Pool: 2914 Springwood Drive, Greensboro 336.299.3226 Open daily except Mon. and Wed. from 1-5 p.m. Peeler Pool: 1300 Sykes Ave., Greensboro 336.373.5811 Open Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat. from 1-5 p.m.