Eight great things to do in the Triad: Dec. 14-16
1. From Dec. 14 to 15 in Winston-Salem, head to Monstercade, located at 204 W. Acadia Ave., for the Tribute to CBGB: Benefit for Brenner Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. This two-night concert series pays homage to the legendary New York City venue, CBGB, by gathering local musicians together to play covers of punk and rock legends The Cramps, Beastie Boys, Suicide, The Ramones, Violent Femmes, Misfits, Television and the B-52s. (Read Katei Cranford’s story about the event in this week’s issue.) For more information and the schedule of shows, visit Facebook event pages for Day 1 and Day 2.
2. On Dec. 15 in Winston-Salem, don’t miss Wise Man Brewing’s annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party, located at 826 Angelo Brothers Ave. From 6 to 11 p.m., sport your tackiest and ugliest sweater for the contest with prizes for “BEST” Dressed Female, “BEST” Dressed Male and “BEST” Dressed Couple/Friends. Sid Kingsley from Richmond, Virginia, will be playing “ his incredibly moving music and to lead us in some sing-a-long carols to help us celebrate the season!” Food from Mojito Mobile Kitchen will be available for purchase.
3. On Dec. 15 in Winston-Salem, from noon to 5 p.m., head to Krankies Coffee for its 2018 Craft Fair. This fun-filled craft fair will have over 50 vendors, “a coloring room, food trucks, Krankies Coffee, Chad’s Chai, Hoots Beer, and a festive atmosphere!” The craft fair is free to attend, and most vendors accept cash or credit. There is an ATM on site if needed, and attendees are encouraged to park in the new Link Parking Deck, located across the street from the main entrance of Biotech Place on Patterson Avenue. For a full list of vendors, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On Dec. 15 in Winston-Salem, head to Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, located at 251 N. Spruce St., for its annual Deck The Hall’s Makers Mart! From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., check out how local artisans create works such as jewelry, ceramics, wood art forms and more. Admission is free, and there will be free kids activities ages 4 and up. Artists include Sara Sloan Stine, metals fabrication; Warren Moyer, ceramics handbuilding; Dodie Campbell, carved ceramics; and Clyde Lassiter, ceramics brush painting. For a full list of attending artists, visit the Facebook page. For more information, visit the website.
5. On Dec. 15 in Greensboro, as a part of Downtown in December, the third annual SantaCon Bar Crawl Fundraiser is hosted by Otis & Wawa and will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. at several downtown Greensboro restaurants and bars including Stumble Stilskins, The Bearded Goat, Southside Diner, Meraki Handmade, and Boxcar Bar + Arcade. Proceeds and donations from this fundraiser will benefit the local nonprofit Diversity Jovial Motivational, which donates gifts to local families in need. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite holiday costumes and ugly sweaters. A costume contest will take place via social media for best Santa costume. To participate, post a public photo, tag Otis & Wawa (@otisandwawa) on Facebook or Instagram, and use the hashtags #DGSOSantaCon and #OtisandWawa for a chance to win $100 gift card to the participating SantaCon business of their choice. Registration begins 3 p.m. at Stumble Stilskins, and the crawl includes specials at participating businesses, a Santa hat, and an event Koozie! Tickets online range from $10-$30 with a $1.24 online service fee. For more information and to view a list of all participating bars and restaurants, visit the Facebook event page.
6. On Dec. 15 in Greensboro, spread the local love at Westerwood’s Local Love Holiday Market, hosted by Art By JoMo and located at 508 Guilford Ave. from 5 to 10 p.m. This holiday market gives last-minute shoppers a chance to have fun and show their support for local artists. “We’ll be throwing a holiday party during and after the market, also feel free to bring something if you so choose. We’ll also be taking non-perishable food and coat donations for a local charity,” the Facebook event page states. Vendors include Beka Butts, Jenna Rice Art, Loco Toasty Vintage, Local Asshole Co. and Art by JoMo.
7. On Dec. 15 in Greensboro, Boxcar, located at 120 W. Lewis St., is partnering with Great Lakes Brewing Company to celebrate the season with a Christmas Costume Contest from noon to 2 a.m. Don your ugliest sweater, wildest onesie or most authentic Santa costume and enter your sweater or suit in the Christmas Costume Contest by 9:30 p.m. for a chance to win “some seriously cool prizes, like a Great Lakes Brewing Company Coleman Cooler filled with swag, a Miller Lite holiday pack (with a scarf, beanie & sweater Koozies), headphones, gift cards & more (TBA),” the Facebook event page states. Celebrity guests include (“the real”) Santa and Mrs. Claus.
8. On Dec. 16 in Greensboro, Dirty D Productions and Chemistry Nightclub, located at 2901 Spring Garden St., present Mr. & Miss Nutcracker 2018 from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. This is the second-annual Miss Nutcracker and the first-annual Mr. Nutcracker pageant honoring Giselle Cassidy Carter. According to the Facebook event page, Dirty D Productions posted that the entertainment of the night will include “Chloe Cassidy, Miss Gay North Carolina America 2016, Amaya Hermosa, Miss Midwest All American Goddess At-Large 2018, and Seth McCall. The Mr & Miss Nutcracker competition is open to all genders and sexual orientations.” Tia Chanella will be hosting with DJ MaCray Huff. The pageant starts at 9:30 p.m., and there is a “$5 entry fee for Standard Members, $7 for Express Members.” For more information, visit the Facebook event page.