Winston-Salem, Greensboro ranked among 100 best places to live in America

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA skyline over the interstate.

Winston-Salem, N.C. — Several popular North Carolina destinations, including Greensboro and Winston-Salem, are ranked among the top 100 places to live in the United States, according to U.S. News and Report.

The list ranks the country’s 100 most populous metropolitan areas based on the job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration.

Raleigh took the No. 7 spot, Charlotte is No. 14, Winston-Salem is No. 37 and Greensboro is listed at a solid No. 51.

“Winston-Salem, referred to by locals as just Winston, is a region with an upward trajectory that still maintains its Southern roots. But while the population is traditionally Southern in its friendliness, it’s also comprised of cultures from around the globe,” the publication says. “The metro area celebrates its diversity during an array of festivals and through a variety of cuisines. You’ll find restaurants serving everything from traditional North Carolina barbecue to Indian curries and Greek pastries.”

Writer Brent Patterson describes Winston-Salem as having a “small-town feel while allowing for improvements.”

Michele Hartle’s Greensboro description is just as endearing, describing the city as being a “short jaunt to and from all major cities in North Carolina.”

“Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of those places that’s big enough to have everything you need, but small enough for you to regularly bump into people you know,” she writes. “People who live here love it and say they have no reason to leave. Those who do leave will often return home to Greensboro to raise their families.”

The top 10 cities include:

  • Austin
  • Denver
  • San Jose, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Seattle
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Boston
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Salt Lake City

See the entire list here.

Thousands Gather in Triad for East-West Barbecue Fest

Triad for East-West Barbecue Fest

Photo Caption: news-record. T.J. Henry slathers sauce onto pork ribs at Big Boned BBQ, which won the people’s choice award and the best ribs award.

FESTIVAL DETAILS:
• Friday thru Sunday
• Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for children
Military service members get in at no charge

Pigfoot. Big Boned. Porky Butts.  They’re not names of pro wrestlers. They are just some of the barbecue pitmasters who will be competing at the East West BBQ Fest this weekend in downtown Greensboro.

Whether it’s ribs, brisket, pork butt or chicken, you’ll probably find it at the three-day barbecue and music festival, where pitmasters from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Ohio will convene.

Other food and beverage vendors will line the midway, as well.

In addition to the barbecue, the festival will have a main stage with music acts such as up-and-coming Nashville star Brandon Bailey, acoustic singer Natalie Gelman, bluesman Lightnin’ Charlie and rockers Bootleg Dynasty.

The festival features sideshow acts such as the Squidling Brothers and the risque Defiant Whisky Shady Lady Saloon.

And there will even be wrestlers.

This year, the festival features Lucha Libre masked-style wrestlers with matches Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday.

It also will have a market where vendors will sell all sorts of cool things and services.

This is the festival’s third year, and it moves from Festival Park to a new location on East Washington Street.

The event is produced by Allen McDavid of AKA Entertainment and Media, which is behind the popular Texas Pete Twin City RibFest in Winston-Salem and other festivals across the state.

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GREENSBORO—Barbecue lovers and pitmasters will once again be packing the East West Barbecue Fest.
Last year’s event was held at festival park and drew in 10,000 people.

This year the event is going to be held on East Washington Street in downtown Greensboro.
The festival will feature eight national barbecue teams, from Alabama, Texas and even a local North Carolina team: Poor Piggy’s from Wilmington.

There will be a few new teams as well as some returning pitmaster, including Big Boned Barbecue and Carolina Rib King from South Carolina.

It is not just barbecue at the festival, attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre Wrestling, a slideshow featuring the Squidling Brothers.

For music lovers there will also be music from local bands.

FESTIVAL DETAILS:
• Friday thru Sunday
• Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for children
• Military service members get in at no charge

– See more at: East-West BBQ Fest

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Scott Ray Home Style BBQ BB RIBS

Want to make your own ribs?

The National Pork Board offers a recipe for Carolina Country Style Ribs.

The board suggests giving a vinegar-based sauce a try with these hearty ribs.

Serve the ribs with hush puppies, corn on the cob, baked beans and your favorite corn bread for a crowd-pleasing meal.

Carolina Country Style Ribs

1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 cup water, cold

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons molasses, OR 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Place ribs in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, set aside. In 4-cup glass measure, stir together vinegar, water, oil, molasses, salt, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper until salt is dissolved. Remove 1/2 cup marinade; set aside. Add remaining marinade to ribs; seal bag and marinate for 4 to 6 hours in the refrigerator. Remove ribs from marinade; discard marinade.

Prepare medium-hot fire; grill ribs over indirect heat for 50 to 60 minutes or until pork is tender and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Baste ribs twice with reserved sauce mixture during last 15 minutes of grilling.

Servings: 6

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Nutrition information: 198 calories; protein: 14 grams; fat: 14 grams; sodium: 355 milligrams; cholesterol: 51 milligrams; saturated fat: 5 grams; carbohydrates: 2 grams; fiber: 0 grams

See more recipes at http://www.porkbeinspired.com. ~Scott Ray

 

Relay For Life of Winston Salem May 9-10, 2014

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Relay For Life of Winston-Salem May 9-10, 2014 6:00 PM-7:00 AM
Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

For more information:
Contact David Frye – Event Chairman at dfrye@dhgriffin.com

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CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT

Walgreens will host a Corn Hole Tournament during Relay for life. This will be a bracket style tournament. Entry to tournament is $20 per team(Cash only)—all proceeds benefit Relay for Life.
Sign-up until 9pm on the day of the event. Payment due on day of event.

Sign-up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/241504816053225

Official website at www.RelayForLife.org/winstonsalemnc

Ride for Relay website at www.rideforrelayws.blogspot.com

SCHEDULE
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6:00 PM Relay for life begins
9:00 PM Registration closes for tournament
9:30 PM Corn hole tournament begins

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Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas CreekParkway, Winston-Salem

  • Organized, overnight community fundraising walk
  • Teams of people camp out around a track
  • Members of each team take turns walking around the track
  • Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie
  • Family-friendly environment for the entire community

Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Sign up by finding an event in your area »

What Makes a Relay Event Special?

Many moments create the unique Relay experience. Event details vary by location, but all events have key moments in common:

 

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Survivors Lap

During the Survivors Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. Relay For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer.

Luminaria Ceremony

The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark, so we can remember people we have lost to cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer. Learn More »

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Fight Back Ceremony

This emotionally powerful ceremony inspires Relay participants to take action. The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment each of us can make in the fight against cancer. The action taken represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.

History of Relay For Life

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In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.

 

The Piedmont Opera Presents Rodgers and Hammersteins’s South Pacific

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Tickets are on sale now for South Pacific!

Our exciting production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific on Friday, March 14th (8:00 pm) and runs Sunday, March 16th at 2:00 pm and closes on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:30 pm.

Tickets for South Pacific are still available.

For ticket information call 336-725-7101 or our online ticket page HERE. For directions to the Stevens Center of UNCSA go HERE.
Donations

Please make your donation today. The Piedmont Opera relies on support from patrons like you.

To purchase tickets to the Saturday afternoon Met Opera simulcasts, Call the Hanesbrands Theatre Box Office at (336) 747-1414, or buy ONLINE.

Contact Us

Piedmont Opera
235 North Cherry StreetSuite 100
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Box Office: 336.725.7101 x100
Fax: 336.725.7131
Email: info@piedmontopera.org

Directions to the Stevens Center

For More Information please visit: http://www.piedmontopera.org/?raypublishing

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Third Annual Chili Cook Off

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Update! Thank you to everyone who was a part of this amazing event. We had 29 chefs, around 350 tasters, and raised just over $6000 for the Kids of Childhood Cancer! All on the most beautiful day so far in 2014! #raypublishing #kidsofchildhoodcancer #brandonswarriors #smokinharleydavidson

Saturday, February 22
10:00am

 3rd Annual Chili 4 Our Kids Cook-off
When Sat, February 22, 10:00am – 1:30pm
Where Smokin’ Harley-Davidson, 3441 Myer Lee Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, United States (map)
Come Join us for our 3rd Annual Chili 4 our Kids Cook-off! This year we will have 3 different winners for the BEST CHILI in the Triad!! This year we are having TEAMS. Any individual, restaurant or school in the Triad can sign up as a TEAM. It is $20 to register per team on-line, $25 the day of. Tasters and Judges who come to EAT will cost $5 only!!
  • 1st Place wins $100 and a trophy
  • 2nd place wins $50 and a trophy
  • 3rd Place wins $25 and a Trophy
  • ALSO the TEAM who raises the MOST MONEY on-line and at the event will be awarded a plaque and winner of “Most Money Raised!”

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For more info go to: http://kidsofchildhoodcancer.org/

Chilli 4 Our Kids: http://www.chili4ourkids.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1099454

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KidsOfChildhoodCancer

Phone: 336-377-9792

E-mail: support@kidsofchildhoodcancer.org

Forno Moto Food Truck Is Now Mission Pizza in the Arts District!

Forno Moto Food Truck Is Now Mission Pizza in the Arts District!
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Just opened in the Arts District is a  pizza parlor familiar to many around town. Mission Pizza opened recently, but many people know it from its early incarnation, the popular food truck calledForno Moto.

We are located at Trade and 7th. No sign on the street yet, but look for the covered patio and you will find us. Right next to Lucky Strike Boutique. No reservations, no call ahead.

The owner is Peyton Smith, who  opened the eatery last week at the former Rescue Mission at 707 North Trade Street. What makes Smith’s style unique is the wood-fired brick oven he uses in his food truck and now restaurant.

His pizza style is different too. It’s Napoletana, which features Italians’ favorites: fresh ingredients and seasonings. Another thing that is unique about Mission Pizza is its seed money.

Smith used the popular Kickstarter funding mechanism to help get the restaurant started. The restaurant will be open Monday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. For more information call 336-893-8217 or visit http://www.fornomoto.com.

You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FornoMoto and also https://www.facebook.com/MissionPizzaNapoletana

Read Article in Winston-Salem Journal

Thanks to Smitty’s Notes for sharing the info http://www.smittysnotes.com

Mayberry Days September 26-29, 2013 Mount Airy, North Carolina

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Mayberry Days is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans who long for the days when life was simple and the sheriff didn’t carry a gun. Enjoy a bottle of pop while playing checkers, relax to music from many local bands playing the same songs that Andy grew up with and performed on The Andy Griffith Show.

Special Guests

The special guests attending this year will include Betty Lynn, Roland White, Peggy McCay, James Best, Maggie Peterson, Elizabeth MacRae, George Spence, Morgan Brittany, LeRoy McNees, Margaret Kerry,  Karen Knotts and George Lindsey, Jr.   We will update the website if additional guests are confirmed.

Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou

Roland White
The Country Boys
“Mayberry on Record”

James Best
Jim Lindsey

Karen Knotts
Actress, Comedian and daughter of Don Knotts

Morgan Brittany
(Suzanne Cupito)
Mary Alice Carter

George Lindsey, Jr.
Actor and son of George “Goober” Lindsey

George Spence
Frank the Fiance’

Peggy McCay
Sharon DeSpain

Maggie Peterson
Charlene Darling

Margaret Kerry
Helen Scoby and Bess Muggins

Elizabeth MacRae
Betty Parker (TAGS)
LouAnn Poovie (Gomer Pyle, USMC)

LeRoy McNees
Country Boys
“Mayberry on Record”

Event

Venue

Date

Price

“The Emmett” Forrest Mayberry Days Golf Tournament with Dinner and Entertainment Cross Creek Country Club September 26th at 12:00 pm $95
Mayberry Days Golf Dinner and Entertainment Cross Creek Country Club September 26th at 4:30 pm $50
Band of Oz (tickets at gate or SAC Season Pass) Blackmon Amphitheatre September 26th at 8:00  pm $15
Karen Knotts “Tied Up in Knotts” EARLE Theatre September 27th at 12:30 pm $15
“Best In Hollywood” with James Best EARLE Theatre September 27th at 4:15 pm $15
Doug Dillard Memorial Concert featuring
The Roland White Band – Matinee
Andy Griffith Playhouse September 27th at 2:00 pm $25
Doug Dillard Memorial Concert featuring
The Roland White Band – Evening
Andy Griffith Playhouse September 27th at 7:00 pm $25
The Tams (tickets at gate) Blackmon Amphitheatre September 27th at 7:30 pm $15
VW Boys “Salute To Mayberry” EARLE Theatre September 27th at 9:30 pm $10
Colonel Tim’s Talent Time Matinee Andy Griffith Playhouse September 28th at 2:30 pm $25
Professor Brower’s Lecture / TAGSRWC Meeting EARLE Theatre September 28th at 2:00 pm $10
Michael Hoover’s “Memories of Elvis” EARLE Theatre September 28th at 7:00 pm $15/$20
Colonel Tim’s Talent Time Andy Griffith Playhouse September 28th at 7:30 pm $25
All ticket sales are non-refundable. Venues are subject to change.

For more information visit the official Mayberry Days website! www.mayberrydays.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mayberrydaysfestival