Community Connections

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Trackside Train Day

Thomasville Tourism is proud to partner with Mike’s Trains to host Trackside Train Day on Saturday February 11 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The event will be hosted at Memorial United Methodist Church – 101 Randolph St. in the Fellowship Hall, as well as the gymnasium. There are a wide variety of train enthusiast coming from all over the region to show off their elaborate displays. This event will be fun for all ages – from hobbyists to children alike. Children 12 and under are free and general admission is $5.00. The first 100 paying attendees will receive a special goodie bag. There will be a free face painter from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, sponsored by Sun Warehouse and Distribution, and drawings for giveaways all day. Food will be for sale by Bueno Burrito and Snickety Snacks.

 

Come see elaborate operating layouts and trains for sale at this day-long event.

Start: 2023-02-11
End: 2023-02-11

Black History Month Original Play “Spirit of a Living Winston Salem”

Wentz Memorial UCC & The Winston Salem African American Archives host “Creative Xpressions” and the World Premiere of “Spirit of a Living Winston Salem: The African American Story of WS”
A week of free and paid events/performances for and by the WS community

In honor of Black History Month Wentz Memorial United Church of Christ at 3435 Carver School Rd. Winston Salem, NC will offer 4 days of community-based arts. On Sunday February 19th at 3pm Wentz will host Creative Xpressions. This production will feature youth and adult community members sharing their talents across many arts forms. The program is the creation of Wentz members Sherika L. Starks and Deirdre Y. Anderson who wish to nurture Black talent within the community”. Creative Xpressions will be free to the public.

The church will also host a pop-up gallery of images and artifacts supplied by the Winston Salem African American Archives from one hour before to one hour after the Spirit of WS performances . The gallery will showcase pieces that span four centuries of influence by WS’s African American community.

At the end of the week Wentz Memorial UCC in partnership with the Winston Salem African American Archives will present an original play, “Spirit of a Living Winston Salem”. The play chronicles the African American experience in the city of Winston Salem from the late 1600’s to the present. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday February 24th & 25th at 7pm and Sunday February 26th at 3pm.

Through live character performance, historic photos, video, and the real voices of Winstonians, this 85-minute production will give a deep and textured look at the story of the second largest racial group in the city. It is the story of a people who have persevered and prospered in spite of great challenges many may not be aware of.

“Too often during February, we focus only on the major players in Black History.” Says Reverend Renee Griffin of Wentz Memorial UCC. “There’s been an amazing number of important contributions made by African Americans in this community that we need to be more widely known.”

The production is being written and performed by Wentz member and EMMY Award winning writer/actor Ron Jones. Mr. Jones is the executive director of Dialogues on Diversity, a nationally touring diversity awareness theater company. Jones expressed that “Wentz has a great history of including the arts in its ministry. Working with the WSAAA taught me so much about this city’s history. I can only fit in so much, so I only hope I can do it justice.”
“Spirits of a Living Winston Salem” will be an admission event. Tickets will be $15 general admission and $10 for students and Seniors. Individuals who attend the free Creative Xpressions event on the 19th will be given a $5 discount on admission to the paid show.

About the Winston Salem African American Archives
The Winston Salem African American Archives is a non-profit organization that aspires to educate the community about the historic contributions of African Americans to the city. It is the repository and documenter of historical memorabilia
“We want to get as many people as possible; especially young ones interested in the amazing contributions made by people who are closer to them than they may realize” says Billy Rich, President of the Archives.

Events Dates and Times:
Sunday February 19th @ 3pm “Creative Xpressions”
WSAAA Pop-Up Gallery open one hour before and one hour after performances on the 24th, 25th and 26th
Friday February 24th & 25th @ 7pm “Spirits of a Living Winston Salem”
Sunday February 26th @3pm “Spirits of a Living Winston Salem”

Tickets and reservations and Press inquiries
For tickets, reservations or press inquiries please call Wentz at 336-722-0230 or email at [email protected] Please leave your name. Number of tickets and a contact number. Do not leave any credit card information.
You can also reserve tickets on PayPal at [email protected]

Start: 2023-02-24
End: 2023-02-26