Eight great things to do in the Triad: Jan. 5-7
- On Jan. 5 in Winston-Salem, come one, come all to the freakiest show in the Triad! Johnny & June’s presents Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow, presented by Nickle and Dime Entertainment. Located at 2105 Peters Creek Pkwy., the show starts at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight. We’re mavericks, trailblazers, rebels, rule breakers, outlaws…true uninhibited artists. We deliver our message through sideshow and fuel our art through passion. Named after the most successful Broadway musical and movie from the late ’30s and ’40s, Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow Revue is a world renown theatrical circus thrill-show where some of the deadliest stunts in live entertainment are performed to loud crowd-pleasing musical tracks. Spectators will experience one of the world’s last authentic circus sideshows with performances using the human anatomy and death-defying stunts and demonstrations of mind over matter yet with no blood and no pain. This vaudeville freak show of wonder features LIVE stunts such as: Fire eating & fire breathing, Magic and Illusions, Bed of nails, The human block-head, Knife Throwing, Acrobatic Stunts, Sword Swallowing Human oddities and curiosities like a real-live half-man who walks on his bare-hands in broken hot shards of glass on fire and more.
2. On Jan. 5 in Winston-Salem, Oh hi, Winston… It is time for all of us to unite and experience the dreadfully funny event of having a “Room” Party at the Monstercade, located at 204 W. Acadia Ave. According to the Facebook event page, spoons will be provided (you’ll find out why) and an after-party with DJ Kevin “Wiseau” DeLury at the helm. “Let’s get WEIRRRRRDDD!!!” The event starts at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
3. On Jan.5 in Greensboro, it is the first Friday of the New Year downtown! Be sure to check out Vintage to Vogue Boutique and take advantage of the First Friday Blowout Sale. According to the Facebook event page, find something for your “new year, new you” look while saving money on designer and vintage clothing and accessories. Sales racks will include dotted tags marked 40-75 percent off.
4. On Jan. 6 in Jamestown, ladies can join Whispers of Nature for a relaxing, 3.5-mile winter hike at Gibson Park, located at 5207 W Wendover Ave. According to the Facebook event page, “Let yourself step into the stillness nature brings to your soul, and connect with some amazing women. This hike will be led by Pam Lowder, she has been walking in this park for many years. For more information, email Danelle@whispersofnature.com and reserve your space and receive the meeting place location. This event is for women only.
5. On Jan. 6 in Winston-Salem, Colony Urban Farm Store, located at 492-C W. End Blvd., is officially reopening in the West End Historic District and the new location includes a ground-breaking partnership with local food purveyor Salem Delights. According to the Facebook event page, this means you will now be able to find curated local and craftsman food products year-round in the unique urban farmer’s market at Colony Urban Farm. “Join us for this family-friendly day of food and beverage tastings supporting some of our community’s finest food producers!” Tastings with vendors include Salem Delights, Magic Beans Coffee Roasters, Chad’s Chai, Jojo’s Homestyle Pimento Cheese and many more. There are new products from Batistini Farms, Goat Lady Dairy | Climax, NC,Homeland Creamery, Armstrong Artisan Farm, Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakery & Deli, Southern Taste Buds Co., Caldero & Winstead Farm and many more. Honey tastings include honey from around the world and suggested cheese pairings.
6. On Jan. 6 in Winston-Salem, join Art for Art’s Sake for the first Saturday ART Jam of the New Year – at Unleashed Arts Center, located at 630 N. Liberty St. This event is from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. and is a drop-in event. According to the Facebook event page, participants can create their very own 2018 ART Journal with Sarah Hensley & Sherry Rose. All ages are welcome and it’s a FREE community ART event! Learn more about The AFAS Group at www.theafasgroup.com.
7. On Jan. 6 in Greensboro, come out and watch your favorite basketball team, Greensboro Swarm as they take on the Santa Cruz Warriors at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse, located at 1921 W. Gate City Blvd. The game starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. To purchase tickets visit the website.
8. On Jan. 7 in Greensboro, join the Magnolia House Motel, located at 442 Gorrell St., for the weekly jazz brunch. The cost is $16 and goes from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. According to the Facebook page, during America’s period of segregation, the Magnolia House Motel accommodated traveling African Americans who were not allowed to share the same eating and sleeping facilities as Caucasians. In the 1950s and ’60s, many prominent African Americans stayed either at this home or on what was called “The Gorrell St Guest List.” The guest list included those such as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and Cornel West. Prominent African Americans that stayed at the Magnolia House included James Brown, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Tex, Carter G. Woodson, and Jackie Robinson. In addition to housing celebrities, the Magnolia House accommodated the families of students attending the historically black schools of Bennett College and North Carolina A&T State University. It also served the community as a place for wedding receptions and other formal gatherings. The Magnolia House Motel (known by its formal name, the Daniel D. Debutts House) is on the National Register of Historic Places and is in the South Greensboro National Register Historic District. For more information, call 336-617-3382.