Ten things to do for free, Nov. 12-18

by Dani Vanderboegh

Shiloh Hill

It’s been a long week and the weekend is calling. Every weekend there are the usual suspects in the way of activities: you can catch up on chores, you can hit the bars and you can always catch up on a little reading. But really, you can do all of those things in the dead of winter, which seems to be rapidly approaching now that it’s completely dark at 6 p.m. So instead of encouraging the norm or the boring, we’ve compiled some events around the Triad that are sure to be different and fun, not to mention free. If you have a group, head up to Geeksboro for board game night. If you want to soak up this last bit of warmth, head to Pilot Mountain State Park for a little astrology lesson. Or you could take in an art gallery or opera workshop and feel cultured. No matter what you choose, if you head to one of these events, post your pics on Facebook and tag YES! Weekly. Who knows, you might just win a prize.

Greensboro College Opera Workshop “Gift of the Magi”

Thursday Nov. 13, 2014

1. Opera Workshop’s HolidayOpera Buffet

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Greensboro College, 815 W.Market St., Greensboro, N.C. 27401

More: The college Opera Workshop’sHoliday Opera Buffet will include ‘Gift of the Magi’ and other holiday music,along with a buffet dinner. Reserve tickets by calling 336-272-7102, ext. 242,or emailing

Shiloh Hill

Friday Nov. 14, 2014

2. Shiloh Hill

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Muddy Creek Cafe5455 Bethania Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106

More: Check out Shiloh Hill.

3. Happy 150th Birthday ClaribelCone

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Weatherspoon Art Museum,500 Tate St., Greensboro, N.C. 26170

More: Curator of Collections Elaine D.Gustafson will talk briefly at 2:30 p.m. about WAM’s Cone Collection whichClaribel (1864-1929) and her sister Etta (1870-1949) made possible with theirbequest. Several works from the Cone Collection will be on view in the Atriumfor this special event, and of course, there will be birthday cake.

4. Buy Some Cheer

When: 5-7:30 p.m.

Where: Gateway Gallery at TheEnrichment Center,1006 S. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101

More: The event will feature smallworks of original art, fine crafts and affordable gift items priced for holidaygift-giving. A variety of hand-made ornaments may be purchased from a HolidayDedication Tree. The exhibition will include artwork by the Artists of GatewayStudios and their guests Woodie Anderson, Rebecca Dresser, Tamis Brewer, LouAnne Groce, Grace Kooken, Laura Lashley, Tracy Lindenthal, Amanda Sullivan,Daniel VonSeggen and Lauren White.

5. Walrus

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Deck at River Twist118 E. Main St., Jamestown, N.C. 27282

More: Check out Walrus.

6. Norlina

When: 10 p.m.

Where: Stumble Stilskins202 W. Market St., Greensboro, N.C. 27401

More: Check out Norlina.

7. Board Game Night

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema,2134 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, N.C. 27408

More: Get your game on with theTriad’s biggest, weekly board game meet-up, with more than 100 games. Freeadmission to Geeksboro with drink purchase.

Pilot Mountain State Park

Saturday Nov. 15, 2014

8. Astronomy Program

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Pilot Mountain State Park1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd. Pinnacle, NC 27043

More: Come join members of theForsyth Astronomical Society as they provide a public observation to look atthe stars and other heavenly bodies not always visible by the naked eye atPilot Mountain State Park. Telescopes will be provided for public use.

9. Antique Clock and WatchConvention

When: Friday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: The Greensboro Coliseum Complex,1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27403

More: The general public has freeaccess to numerous demonstrations on case rebuilding, marquetry, gilding,veneering, brass dial restoration and other topics. Free access to lectures andexhibits on Ball Watches, JC Brown Antique Clocks, Southern Grandfather clocksand more.

Leather & Lace

Sunday Nov. 16, 2014

10. Acoustic Battle

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Southern Smoke Eatery andTavern3441 Myer Lee Dr., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101

More: Eight duet and solo artists willbattle it out for a cash prize, an in-house trophy and the title of bestacoustic artist(s). There will be music from Double Down, Jack of Clubs, SeanMettler, Taylor Vaden, Leather & Lace, Khiana Meyer, Zack Burick & MarkMistysyn, Billy Creason & Alex Church.