Winston-Salem Open will take place August 18-24

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Big-Time Tennis Served Southern Style at the Winston-Salem
August means tennis in the Twin City.  The Winston-Salem Open will take place August 18-24 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.
A number of fan favorites have committed to compete in Winston-Salem, including Tommy Haas, Sam Querrey, James Blake, Gael Monfils and Tommy Robredo and the Triad’s home-grown favorite (and two-time winner of the Winston-Salem Open), John Isner.
Here’s something pretty incredible about this year’s tournament:  Thirty-nine of the players slated to compete are all ranked in the top 75 in the world, and nine of the players are ranked among the ATP top 30.  Also, nine of the players coming to the Winston-Salem Open have been ranked in the top 10 during their careers.
And why do they continue to return to Winston-Salem? That’s a no-brainer; it’s the human touch that’s key, as in, Incredible hospitality, fan support and volunteers.
For more information and tickets to the Winston-Salem Open, go to http://www.winstonsalemopen.com.

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 SmittysNotes.com 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 –

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2BW52TH

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

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ARTS & LEISURE
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

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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