Winston-Salem Enriching Experiences

Old Salem’s New President Writes Blog Post about His Overnight Stay, First ImpressionsOld Salem’s New President Writes Blog Post about His Overnight Stay, First Impressions

01/18/2017 - Franklin Vagnone, who was named the 11th president of Old Salem Museums & Gardens in mid-November, recently began his role as president of Old Salem with a “One-night Stand” overnight stay in Old Salem’s historic Tavern Museum (circa 1784, location of George Washington’s overnight visit to Salem in 1791), which is normally only open to visitors during regular museum hours.

Cirque de la Symphonie Returns for the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Annual A Carolina Christmas!Cirque de la Symphonie Returns for the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Annual A Carolina Christmas!

11/22/2016 - Following last year’s sold out run, Cirque de la Symphonie returns as part of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s A Carolina Christmas! to deliver acrobatic artistry and family fun for the holidays. With Robert Moody, Music Director, as the conductor and master of ceremonies, these concerts have become a beloved Triad holiday tradition. Perfect for the whole family, A Carolina Christmas! is a great way to kick off the holiday season. The concerts include a selection of popular and traditional holiday music. Joining the orchestra and Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale (Dr. Christopher Gilliam, Director) will be members of Cirque de la Symphonie, who return this year to thrill audiences with their daring, dazzling, and beautiful acrobatic feats all choreographed to music. In addition, soprano Jodi Burns will lend her beautiful voice to add to the holiday cheer.

Franklin Vagnone Named President of Old Salem Following National SearchFranklin Vagnone Named President of Old Salem Following National Search

11/22/2016 - Following an in-depth national search, Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ Board of Trustees voted earlier today to name Franklin Vagnone as the 11th president of the 66-year-old institution, which includes the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the Gardens at Old Salem. Earlier this year, Old Salem announced the retirement of Ragan Folan, who has served as president and Chief Executive Officer since February 1, 2012. Vagnone will officially start full-time on March 1, 2017 but will work with Folan and Old Salem Chief Operating Officer Anthony Slater during a transition period beginning immediately.

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Winston-Salem Meetings and Conventions

NC Craft Beer Conference Taps  Winston-Salem for the Next Four YearsNC Craft Beer Conference Taps Winston-Salem for the Next Four Years

07/15/2016 - Winston-Salem has been selected to host the annual North Carolina Craft Brewers Conference for four consecutive years beginning this November bringing an estimated 500 representatives each year.

Visit Winston-Salem Names  New National Sales Manager Visit Winston-Salem Names New National Sales Manager

04/11/2016 - Visit Winston-Salem announced Alexandra "Alex" Collins, CHSE, as the new national sales manager responsible for booking convention business in the national, regional association and corporate market segments.

Visit Winston-Salem Inks Contract  with Association Executives of North CarolinaVisit Winston-Salem Inks Contract with Association Executives of North Carolina

04/05/2016 - Visit Winston-Salem has secured the 2017 Annual Convention of Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC), July 23-24, and is estimated to bring 200 association executives into the destination.

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Winston-Salem Sports and Sporting Events

2017 Camel City Elite Fields Announced

01/05/2017 - JDL Fast Track has begun finalizing the fields for the Fifth Annual Camel City Elite, to be held in Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, February 4, 2017. This year’s event will award over $50,000 in prizes and bonuses in seven events – men’s 60m hurdles, men’s and women’s 800m, men’s and women’s mile and men’s and women’s 3000m. Each race will award prize money of $4000 (1st), $2000 (2nd), $1000 (3rd) and $500 (4th). Additionally there are $1000 bonuses to the winner of each race if they break certain time records.

Indian Wells, London-QueenIndian Wells, London-Queen's, Stockholm & Winston-Salem Voted 2016 ATP World Tour Tournaments of the Year

12/14/2016 - The ATP has announced the Tournaments of the Year in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, with the BNP Paribas Open and Aegon Championships joined by the If Stockholm Open and Winston-Salem Open as the most favoured ATP World Tour events in their respective tournament categories.

Winston-Salem Open Releases 2016 Player FieldWinston-Salem Open Releases 2016 Player Field

07/25/2016 - Less than 40 days away from the start of the 2016 Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University, the tournament announced its player field for the sixth annual WSO on Wednesday, July 13. The field, which in total will have 48 singles players, features five players scheduled to return to Winston-Salem for the fifth time and six players returning for the fourth time while nine are set to make their first appearance.

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Media Coverage

Drink by the Atlanta Journal Constitution

09/27/2016 - The Southeast is home to classic cocktails such as the Sazerac, and famous concoctions like Peychaud’s Bitters and Coca-Cola. But, nowadays, the region is as well known for booming craft breweries, artisan distilleries and a growing number of small wineries. And with all that goodness to drink in, Southeastern cities have emerged as meccas for bars and nightlife.

8 new hotels with surprising past lives

08/04/2016 - The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel - In Winston-Salem, NC, the former company headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, is now partially occupied by the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel.

10 Things You’re Missing If You Haven’t Been to Winston-Salem

06/29/2016 - This eclectic city in northwestern North Carolina has the Smokies and the Blue Ridge to the west and the Outer Banks to the east. Its famed hyphen comes from the merger of two cities in 1913. Salem was settled in 1766 by serious-minded, Eastern European Moravians known for arts and culture. Upstart Winston, established in 1851, attracted entrepreneurs like tobacco titan R.J. Reynolds. Put the two together, and you have a city with a thriving arts community—it’s home to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the National Black Theatre Festival, and much more—and an inventive spirit. Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Texas Pete hot sauce, and US Airways were born here.

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