Back@Ya January 30th Johnny&Junes Winston-Salem NC

Bak At Ya

back at ya

Playing a variety of music from New Country, Old Country, Classic & Southern Rock and when the circumstances call for it, Hard Rock and Rap!!!

Band Members

  • Rodney Williams
  • Paul Benninger
  • Tom Kincaid
  • Michael Dunn
  • Tony Sealey

Upcoming shows-
Jan 30th Johnny&Junes Winston/Salem NC –
Feb 6th Top of the Rock Lexington NC
Feb 7th Legends King NC
Feb 14th Southern Roadhouse Rockingham NC
FEB 20th-21st Riders in the Country Randleman NC
FEB 28th Arizona Pete’s

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News Around Town


Jimmy’s Seafood & Oyster Bar Closed – After being open for ten years Jimmy’s Seafood & Oyster Bar closed this week. They were located on 3440 Frontis Street off South Stratford Road and Hanes Mall Blvd. The owners Jimmy & Dennis Paloumbas plan to convert the space to Sixty Six Pizzeria Bar and Grill sometime in early 2015.



JAN 9 AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS NIGHT American Legion Post 55, 111 Miller St., Winston-Salem, NC. 6pm, no cover, live music, food, crockpot palooza, soups, stew & chili. Jill Stokes 336-724-0660.

WhitackerparkimageR. J. Reynolds donates part of Whitaker Park to a new partnership. – R J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. just announced they will be donating to the community is its biggest – and likely last – major infrastructure.
It is providing the majority of its Whitaker Park campus to Whitaker Park Development Authority Inc. (WPDA). Whitaker Park is located at Reynolds Blvd and N. Cherry St. The partnership is made up of Winston-Salem Business Inc., the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University.

The donation consists of 120 acres, which the group is calling “prime commercial and industrial land,” along with buildings totaling 1.7 million square feet. The plant and most of the properties will be transferred by Reynolds over the next 12 to 24 months. Plans are still being developed of what uses the property will be used for economic development.



Photo courtesy Bo Gray Photography

The Homeless Point-in-Time Count needs volunteers on Wednesday, January 28

The Homeless Point-in-Time Count is a one day, unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in Forsyth County. The count, coordinated by United Way of Forsyth County and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Homeless Council, helps determine the extent of homelessness in the community and data will be used to plan services for the homeless throughout the year. Through efforts in the community to reduce homelessness, chronic homelessness is down over 50% and veteran homelessness is down over 72% in the last seven years. In November, Winston-Salem Forsyth County and Guilford County were selected to participate in Zero 2016, a national campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness. Mayors Joines and Vaughan announced a partnership to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

Volunteers are needed to help out with the identification and counting of people who are sleeping outside on Wednesday, January 28, 2014. Volunteers will count in groups of 4 to 5 throughout the county for two shifts, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 4 a.m. Organizers will be assembling bags of necessities to hand out to homeless men and women and are seeking donations of winter hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small bottles of lotion, chapstick (lip balm), canned foods with pop-tops or pre-packaged food, sunscreen and bottled water.

Volunteers may register by visiting or by calling 336-721-9378. Donations may be delivered to the Bethesda Center.

News around Town

News around Town . . .


Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant opening in mid-April – Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant will be in the former location of the Screaming Rooster, 301 Brookstown Avenue. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner. Pizza will not be on the menu, at least not initially. Hours will be from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Telephone:  336-546-7202.

Quanto Bata, Italian eatery, wine bar and market – The latest on Quanto Bata, as first reported in Smitty’s Notes back in January.

Distillery headed to North Trade Street – The distillery will be one of several tenants at the former Big Winston Warehouse in the north Arts District, which is currently being redeveloped by veteran Winston-Salem businessman and developer Hank Perkins-as reported in a earlier addition of Smitty’s Notes. No opening date has been set.

Twin City Hive Grand Opening next week – Twin City Hive: Home to Revolution Gliding Tours and Haute Chocolate first reported in Smitty’s Notes in February will open March 29 7:00 301 Brookstown Ave across from soon to be Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant.

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Duke vs. UNC game postponed due to winter weather

Duke vs. UNC game postponed due to winter weather! #raypublishing

Rock the Block September 21, 2013



Are you ready to Rock the Block in Downtown Winston-Salem?

ROCK THE BLOCK is back for 2013 better than ever! Don’t miss this celebration of Downtown Winston-Salem. Downtown streets will be open for easier access to all downtown venues.

Rock the block official website


Are You Ready to Ride for a Great Cause?

 Jaybird’s Memorial Ride June 9, 2013

  • Registration begins at 11:00 with Kick-Stands up at 12:30
  • $15 Single  $20 Double
  • Ride begins and ends at Ted’s Famous Chicken
  • DJ, Poker Run, 50/50 Drawing, Live Auction, Raffles, Live Music
  • Proceeds Benefit: Relay For Life of Winston-Salem and the American Cancer Society.
  • Music by Kinesis Entertainment
  • Live Performance by Knucklesjaybirdmemorialride

The 7th Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” Contest

9The 7th Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” Contest

It’s back! Your turn to vote for your Winston-Salem favorites in the 7th Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” contest has arrived. You did such a fabulous job in 2012 that we want to take your temperature, if you will, for 2013.

Smitty’s Notes has decided to join the ranks in taking a stab at naming some of the “bests” in our fair city. As a Winston-Salem-centric e-newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers, we’re asking YOU to tell us your favorite places to eat, play and hang out. The poll’s results may lead you to check out some new things you haven’t tried, thanks to the recommendations from fellow Smittyheads.

So, here’s the deal: Just click on the link below (cut and paste in your browser, if necessary). Take your time. Fill out the survey. Comments supporting your choices are encouraged. The contest will run until midnight June 30, 2013. Results will be announced after July 4, 2013 in the Smitty’s Notes e-newsletter and on which will also feature a special section on all the good things you recommended.

Submissions may be anonymous; however, if you wish to share your contact information, Smitty’s Notes will randomly select one person to receive a $50 Visa gift card. I’ve learned that you folks always need a little incentive!

I look forward to reading and sharing your choices. Thanks for your interest and support!

“Best of Winston-Salem” Contest Link –

In case you haven’t heard “2013 TRIAD’S BEST AWARDS”


Best Movie Theater: The Grande Luxe, Greensboro
Runner-up: Carousel Battleground
Notes: The new restaurant/theater takes first in its debut. Best of Winston-Salem is the Grande 18.

See the Rest of Winners Click here!

100 Things We Love About Winston-Salem


Official logo of Winston-Salem

Official logo of Winston-Salem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The idea started out simple enough. Winston-Salem was turning 100, and we wanted to show it a little birthday love.

To do so, we thought we’d make a list of 100 things to love about life in the Twin City. Not an official “best of” list, but an honest, uncensored compilation of the things that make us smile.

So we started looking and thinking and writing and labeling. We asked a few friends and freelancers for some help. We tapped into our Winston state of mind (and our Salem state of mind). And we ended up with a list that includes a little bit of everything—art, architecture, business, brews, culture, climate, cocktails, ghost tales, and much more. It was an exhausting effort, but it’s certainly not an exhaustive list. And really, that’s the point. We’re hoping that by reading about the things we love in town, you’ll start cataloging a few things you love, too.

So from one neighbor to the next—and in no particular order— we present the 100 things we love about life in Winston-Salem.

Please visit their website @ WInston-Salem Monthly