Spectator Sports by Brian Clarey
Maybe you didn’t realize Winston- Salem was a tennis town. Maybe you missed the Davis Cup matches at the Joel, the thriving program at Wake Forest University, the scores of moms clad in tennis whites clogging up the lines at Starbucks.
But Winston-Salem is all about tennis — pro tennis, beginning now.
This summer marks the inaugural presentation of the Winston-Salem Open, the newest stop on the ATP World Tour and the last stop of the Olympus US Open Series before the big tourney in Queens, NY. It’s big time, with spots for 48 men’s singles players and 16 men’s doubles teams, $625,000 in prize money and television coverage by the Tennis Channel, ESPN2 and the finals broadcast on CBS.
To house the thing, a new tennis stadium is going up on the Wake Forest campus, built to the exact specifications at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and Billie Jean King Tennis Complex in New York City: six practice courts, four tournament courts and a stadium court with setting for some 3,000 fans.
And the event, just a week before the US Open, has already attracted its share of the sport’s big names. Mardy Fish is the highest ranked American on the tour, No. 9 in the world. Sam Querrey, No. 40 in the world, a veteran of 27 tournaments, has his own fan base known as the Samurais. Greensboro native and Page High School Graduate John
Isner is No. 47 in the world, the 4 th highest American, but he is perhaps best known for playing the longest match in professional tennis history at Winbeldon last year against Nicolas Mahut, 11 hours and five minutes over three days. Isner took the match after winning the final set 70-68.
The Winston-Salem Open; Aug. 21-27, Wake Forest University; www.winstonsalemopen.com
Bowman Gray Stadium; Winston-Salem; 336.723.1819; www.bowmangrayracing.com NASCAR’s oldest continually running track, hosting races since 1949, still attracts young professional drivers and seasoned amateurs in four categories. The season runs through Aug. 27.
The Wyndham Championship; Sedgefield Country Club; Aug. 15-21; www.wyndhamchampionship.com Known alternatively as the Greater Greensboro Open or simply the Pop-Top Open, the Triad’s PGA event has lasted 72 years and brings in some of the biggest names in golf to the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield.
Greensboro Grasshoppers; NewBridge Bank Park; 336.268.2255; www.gsohoppers.com The Florida Marlins Class A affiliate plays home games through Aug. 30.
Winston-Salem Dash; BB&T Park; web.minorleaguebaseball.com The Dash, the Class A Chicago White Sox affiliate, play at its new downtown stadium through Sept. 2.
Carolina Dynamo; MacPherson Stadium, Browns Summit; 336.316.1266; www.carolinadynamo.com The Triad’s professional men’s soccer team plays a season that lasts through July 23.
USSSA National Basketball Championships; July 6-12; Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center The United States Specialty Sports Association boys and girls basketball finals over a week of play.
US Dog Agility Competition; July 8-10, Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion Dogs playing sports.
East-West All Star Basketball Game; July 18; Greensboro Coliseum High school all stars take to the hardcourt.
5th annual Yong-In Presidential Cup Tae Kwon Do Tournament; July 30; Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center Like the Karate Kid, but with Tae Kwon Do.
6th annual Powerade State Games of North Carolina; June 25-26; LJVM Education Building The largest amateur sporting event in the state, with more than 1,300 athletes competing in 16 events.
TNA Wrestling; July 22; LJVM Coliseum Annex High-flying, body-slamming sports entertainment in the Camel City.
Patios by Jordan Green
It would be harder to think of a better place to hide out on a midweek summer afternoon in the Piedmont Triad than the patio behind Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub and Kitchen (620 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, 336.723.0322, www.finniganswake.net).
At the end of a long, cool hallway, the back door opens onto a tranquil spot described by crumbling brick and potted palms at the building’s back end and a high fence backing into the tree line that affords a nice breeze and refuge for chirping birds.
The wait staff is hospitable and, as far as I know, discrete. At 3 p.m., the place is deserted, excepting the aforementioned server bussing dishes from the lunchtime rush.
Kidding aside, this visit is fully authorized and approved.
Whether for dining or drinking, solitude or crowds, every patio has its unique charm that changes kaleidoscope-like depending on the time and occasion.
Other inviting spots across the region:
Krankie’s Coffee (211 E. 3 rd St., Winston-Salem, 336.722.3016, www.krankiescoffee.com): A former meatpacking plant repurposed as a coffeehouse, gallery and performance space, Krankie’s has become the jewel of the Twin City’s downtown revitalization efforts. What used to be a loading dock is now an outdoor seating area that benefits from the shelter of the ceiling and the exposure afforded from removing a wall. Ashtrays evidence leniency towards smoking, and laptops are not a rare site.
Bistro B at Shoppes on Main (126-G S. Main St., Kernersville, 336.310.4822, www. thebistrob.com): Spanish, South American and Greek tapas make up the fare at the only restaurant abutting the promenade that is Shoppes on Main. A light breeze funnels down the corridor, while umbrellas and small trees provide some shade. Live music can be heard on the first and third Thursday of every month. Tobacco, including cigars, is welcome.
M’Coul’s Public House (110 W. McGee St., Greensboro, 336.378.0204, www.mcoulspub.com): Circumscribed by a waste-high brick wall topped with stately wrought iron and shaded by river birches, the patio at M’Coul’s is at once elegant and relaxing. Flowers blooming in the terraces at the base of two of the trees add a touch of color. At about 5:30 p.m. a nice breeze is blowing as the dinner crowd trickles in.
printworks Bistro at Proximity Hotel (702 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, 336.379.0699, www.printworksbistro.com): Newly outfitted with an elaborate awning rigged with fans, the restaurant’s patio rests on an organic footprint overlooking a restored brook. With cushioned seats, enhanced ventilation and natural elegance, it’s no wonder that the majority of diners choose outside seating. Also notable in the Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels family: Green Valley Grill (622 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, 336.854.2015, www.greenvalleygrill.com).
Silver Moon Saloon (632 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, 336.722.6661): A deck hugging the back left corner of the building, this one offers no shade and is designed for nighttime reveler.
Single Brothers (627 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, 336.602.2657, www.singlebrothersbar.com): Located in the space that formerly housed YES! Weekly’s Winston- Salem office, the patio is shaded by a metal shed and bordered by a chain-link fence and rose bushes. Co-owners David Franklin and Mitchell Britt were repairing picnic tables when I stopped by.
Mellow Mushroom (314 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem, 336.245.2820, www.mellowmushroom.com/winstonsalem): The pizzeria’s front seating area partially qualifies as a patio, with multiple sets of double doors along the outside wall essentially creating a retractable wall. An earlier report notwithstanding, the establishment does not accommodate either smoking or dogs.
Café Europa Bar & Cafe (200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, 336.389.1010, www.europabarandcafe.com): Fenced in and elevated above grade, the patio seats at Café Europa afford a view of both Center City Park and Festival Park. Equally good for half-priced wine on Wednesday evenings and Sunday brunch.
Fishbones (2119 Walker Ave., Greensboro, 336.370.4900): A side patio along Elam Avenue is bracketed by a rock wall and gate, and is graced by parasols.
Blind Tiger (1819 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, 336.272.9888, www.theblindtiger.com): At most any bar the patio defaults as the smoking section, and the Tiger is no exception. This patio is serviceable: two tables shaded by parasols fenced in to keep the drinking legal.
Old Town Draught House (1205 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, 336.379.1140, www.oldtowndraughthouse.com): Located in the heart of UNCG’s campus, Old Town’s patio functions as a basic set-up with a fence separating seating from the pedestrian right of way.
Pour House (360 Federal Place, Greensboro, 336.333.2226): Outfitted with brick surfacing, wooden fencing, parasols and an outside bar, the Pour House’s patio is a cut above the rest.
Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing (345 S. Elm St., Greensboro, 336.274.1373, www.nattygreenes.com): The brew pub at Hamburger Square offers an ample patio on the side that features parasols and simple metal fencing. Honorable mention to other patios in the South Elm corridor also goes to the Green Bean (341 S. Elm St., 336.691.9990, www.thegreenbeancoffeehouse.blogspot.com), Bin 33 (324 S. Elm St., 336.609.1833), Cheesecakes by Alex (316 S. Elm St., 336.273.0970, www.cheesecakesbyalex.com), and Liberty Oak Restaurant & Bar (100-D W. Washington St., 336.273.7057, www.libertyoakrestaurant.com)
Bronzed Chorus (photo courtesy Mike White, deadlydesigns.com)
Outdoor concerts by Ryan Snyder
Tate Street Festival was rebooted in its latest incarnation with the idea of revisiting the collegiate cove’s humble hippie beginnings with crafts, home cooking and lots of live music, with the upshot being a lot of additional foot traffic for the shops and restaurants that call the mini Franklin Street home. Well why can’t that idea be applied to another Greensboro locality with its own distinct personality? That occurred to Daniel Yount and Seth Barden of the Brand New Life, so enter WalkerFEST. The inaugural event will close off Walker Avenue on Saturday, July 9 for an afternoon of awesome live music and food, with a spotlight on the local businesses of the area. The Blind Tiger may have found a new home, but you still have Sticks & Stones, Fishbones, Walker’s Bar, Wahoos, the most enviable beer selection in town at Bestway and more. Reminding you will be seven interrupted hours of music spread out over two stages, beginning with a set by the Numbers, the bluesy side project of Sam Frazier and Sn’zz. The Brand New Life will of course play a set in the dead heat of mid afternoon, and it’s highly likely that members will be sitting in with their friends Diali Cissohko and Caribbeaninfluenced jazz-fusion quartet from Asheville, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Closing out the event will be local favorites the Bronzed Chorus, who will also be celebrating the release of their new EP Gleaning on Hello Sir Records that week.
Saturday, July 7 1 to 7 p.m. Intersection of Walker and Elam, Greensboro www.liveoriginallocal.com
Floyd, Va. www.floydfest.com One of the best music festivals in the region, this year featuring Seun Kuti, the son of the legendary Fela Kuti with his father’s band Egypt 80.
Wild Goose Festival
Silk Hope www.wildgoosefestival.org The inaugural Wild Goose Festival will happen from June 23 to 26 at the Shakori Hills site, with headliners T-Bone Burnett, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Michelle Shocked.
Summer On Trade
6th & Trade www.dwsp.org Every Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m.
Corpening Plaza, Winston-Salem www.dwsp.org Live jazz Friday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.
Winston Square Park, Winston-Salem www.dwsp.org Love music the last Thursday of every month this summer from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tunes At Noon
Center City Park, Greensboro www.centercitypark.org Live music from Noon to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
Friday Night Live
Center City Park, Greensboro www.centercitypark.org Live music the first Friday of every summer month (except July)
Fun Fourth Greensboro
Corner of Summit, Lindsay and Church Streets, Greensboro, NC www.funfourthfestival.org Live music by Eric & the Chilltones and Walrus on Saturday, July 2.
Music at Twilight
Kernersville Live music on Thursday evenings at the courtyard of the Kernersville Town Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Jamestown www.jamestownswing.com The kickoff party for the Wyndham Open golf tournament, lineup TBA.
Swimming by Eric Ginsburg
Swimming is a tricky thing in the Triad.
For starters, most of the swimming holes and bodies of water are outside city limits, like Bull Hole on the South Fork Yadkin River 30 minutes south of Clemmons, Little Uwharrie River 30 minutes south of High Point or the Dan River.
Secondly, swimming in Greensboro city lakes — Townsend, Higgins and Brandt — is illegal, though poor signage has meant some people jump in anyway. Swimming in un-chlorinated water, like Lake Jeanette or Sedgefield Lake, usually requires owning lakefront property, having a friend who does or hoping to sneak in unnoticed.
Some people decide to give themselves permission to swim in pools attached to hotels, condos and apartment complexes. I know someone who tried swimming in the fountain at UNCG and others who braved the murky waters at Guilford College’s so-called lake. Most people I know who don’t hop fences to swim choose to join the YMCA.
However, both Greensboro and Winston- Salem offer numerous cheap swimming options. In Winston-Salem, city pools are $3 for anyone 18 and up and $2 under while Greensboro’s public pools are $2 for swimmers 13 and up and $1 under. Winston-Salem pools, except for Bolton, are $1 off Tuesdays and Thursdays for anyone under 18.
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.
The Cinema Under the Stars summer film series regularly draws 200 to 250 people to the lawns and gardens of Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem. (courtesy photo)
Outdoor cinema by Keith T. Barber
The Reynolda House Museum of American Art’s outdoor summer film series will “go to 11” this year as Cinema Under the Stars transforms into “Cinema Under the Rock Stars,” featuring five rockumentary films including Monterey Pop, Gimme Shelter, Festival Express, The Last Waltz and Rob Reiner’s 1984 classic, This is Spinal Tap.
This marks the sixth year of the collaborative effort between the museum and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. The films will be screened on the front lawn of Reynolda House beginning Aug. 12 and concluding on Sept. 9.
Phil Archer, director of programs at Reynolda House, said the museum and UNCSA created specific criteria for the films.
“We wanted the films to be art in and of themselves and we wanted the concerts to have multiple acts to appeal to patrons who liked different bands,” Archer said.
Each year, the film series has taken on a different theme. Last year’s film series focused on Alfred Hitchcock classics and the events drew an average of 200 to 250 people, Archer said.
“Cinema often brings people to the museum for their first visits,” he continued. “The museum has always had an interdisciplinary approach to the arts — dance, folk rock, the blues — there’s been a history of having event out on the estate since the 1910s. They’ve had this space that creates an amphitheater atmosphere.”
The beautiful thing about film is it’s a very democratic art form, Archer said, and the Summer Under the Rock Stars series helps expose movie lovers to the vast array of art forms on display at Reynolda House.
Admission to the summer film series is $5. Show time is 9 p.m.; the gates open at 8 p.m. Beer and wine are available for purchase only, and filmgoers are encouraged to arrive early and picnic on the lawn. In the event of rain, films will be shown inside Babcock Auditorium.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art; 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106; 336.758.5150; www.reynoldahouse.org
The Tuesdays at Tanglewood Park program offers the whole family a variety of nature activities this summer. The events kick off Tuesday, June 21 and run through August 16. Participants are advised to wear sunscreen, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking clothes and shoes and always bring a water bottle. Nature programs begin at 9 a.m. and typically last one hour. Activities are open to all ages, but children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. On June 28, the second installment of Tuesdays at Tanglewood will feature animal signs, where participants follow an animal’s trail as they learn about the wildlife that calls Tanglewood home. On July 5, participants will learn about the Native Americans of the Yadkin River Basin by examining local artifact replicas, and the July 12 activity focuses on stinging insects. Other activities focus on aquatic life, hummingbirds, snakes, monarch butterflies indigenous to the park as well as a 3-hour fishing clinic on Aug. 9.
Tanglewood Park; 4061 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, NC; 336.778.6300; www. tanglewoodpark.org.