Black Mountain Chocolate’s Visible Factory coming to Winston-Salem!

"Black Mountain Chocolate Company is expanding  operations to Winston-Salem. The firm’s new Trade Street location will introduce the Visible Chocolate Factory to Winston-Salem. Guests will be able to see their chocolate being made,  take tours and classes, and experience chocolate in a whole new way. BMC’s on-site Chocolate  Kitchen will offer confections, pastries, gelato and drinks with a chocolate theme.

“Black Mountain Chocolate is excited to bring the experience of small-batch chocolate-making
to Winston-Salem!” said Dawn Peters, co-proprietor with her husband Brent and daughter

BMC is participating in the renovation of the Big Winston Tobacco Warehouse at 8th and Trade
Streets in downtown Winston-Salem. Opening date is anticipated for late Summer 2014.

Black Mountain Chocolate is North Carolina’s original craft chocolate maker, operating since
2007. Located near Black Mountain, North Carolina, Black Mountain Chocolate is personally
crafted all the way from the cocoa bean. Using natural ingredients, BMC works in small batches
to coax the maximum flavor from each ethically-sourced cocoa bean. BMC products can be
found at many gourmet or grocery stores, coffee shops, wineries, at the company’s retail store in
Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem, and online at"
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Four Teens Arrested in Series of Craigslist Robberies

"GREENSBORO, NC (July 25, 2014) –  Four local teens have been arrested in connection with three robberies from people who were selling items through the popular online classified ad site Craigslist earlier this month.
            Facing multiple charges including Larceny from the Person, and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony are:
Cheavez Ajee Clapp, 17, 705 Granby Avenue, High Point  

Timothy Shalom Gorham, Jr., 17, 512 Stockwood Court, High Point

Thomas Elijah Gorham, 17, (Timothy’s brother) 512 Stockwood Court, High Point

Ahmad Yashu-a Muhammad, 17, 908 Stockwood Court, High Point

            The first case they are connected to occurred on July 2 when they allegedly stole an iphone for sale by a 64-year-old Fox Hollow Road resident. As the victim’s son was attempting the sale, one occupant of the vehicle grabbed the phone as the driver accelerated.           
The next incident occurred on July 8th when they met a woman selling a cell phone at the Bank of America at 2105 Pinecroft Road. The woman was dragged approximately 20 feet when she refused to let go of the phone after the passenger grabbed it and the driver sped off.
The third crime occurred in the parking lot of the McDonalds at the intersection of High Point Road and Holden Road on July 10, 2014. In this incident, the ‘buyer’ asked the seller for the phone in order to charge it. After obtaining the phone, the teens drove off.
Thomas Gorham and Muhammad remain confined in the Greensboro Jail Central on $15,000 secured bonds. Timothy Gorham and Clapp were released to the custody of their parents.
The High Point Police Department assisted with the investigation.
Greensboro police continue to encourage buyers and sellers to conduct transactions from online classified ad sites at police stations.  If that is not possible, police advise:
Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home. 
Do not go to a second location after meeting at the first location. 
Tell a friend or family member where you're going before meeting a buyer or seller. 

Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t “feel” right, leave the area. You can always sell your item later, or find another item to buy."
A Police Report

Dance Week at the High Point Public Library

A week of family friendly dance related programs is scheduled August 4th through August 9th at the High Point Public Library (901 North Main Street, High Point). The second annual summer Dance Week at the Library is supported and sponsored by Friends of High Point Public Library. The programs are intended for children but adults are welcome to attend.

Monday August 4th – Suah African Dance Theater will open Dance Week at the Library with their high energy drumming and dancing. Suah will perform at 11:00 am at Oakview Recreation Center (503 James Road, High Point) and again at the High Point Public Library at 6:30.

Tuesday August 5th we will feature Native American dancers from the Lumbee tribe. The program will be held in the High Point Public Library storyroom at 6:30.

Wednesday August 6th – we are showing the movie An American Girl: Isabella Dances into the Spotlight. The movie will begin at 2:00 in the library storyroom.

Thursday August 7th – We are very excited to bring the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble to High Point ( . The performers will be putting on a full dance program at the Oakview Recreation Center at 11:00. They will also do a tap demonstration in the library storyroom at 4:00.

Friday August 8th – A dance related craft program will be held in the library storyroom at 3:00. This program is for school age children.

Saturday August 9th – We are featuring the movie The Game Plan in the storyroom at 2:00.
- A Press Release

These events are FREE. Call 883-3666, or visit the website at for more information.

Twin City Stage Announces Auditions for The Outsiders

Twin City Stage will hold auditions for The Outsiders from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, August 24 at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem.  No appointment is necessary.

Teen rivalry in a small Southern town sets the stage for this dramatic interpretation by Christopher Sergel of the novel by S. E. Hinton.  Seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life, The Outsiders tells the story of the ongoing conflict between the underprivileged Greasers and the rich kid Socs in rural Oklahoma.  When a territorial battle goes wrong, Ponyboy and his friends have to grow up quickly, holding on to their hope and their friends in the midst of a very climactic ending.

Cheri Van Loon will direct The Outsiders, the first Youth Production Series play in Twin City Stage’s 2014-15 season.  There are roles available for 9 males (ages 14-21), 3 females (ages 14-18), and 2 women and 3 men (ages 25-60).

Performance dates for The Outsiders are October 17-19, 2014.  All performances will be held at the Arts Council Theatre.  For more information, please call Twin City Stage at (336) 748-0857 x201 or visit the website at
- A Press Release

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Poster Competition

Greenhill and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships are looking for an original artwork portraying the spirit, athleticism and grace of figure skating for the official poster of the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships taking place at the Greensboro Coliseum from January 18-25, 2015.  The winning artist will receive $3000 for reproduction of their work on the poster as well as royalties from sales during the Championships. Second and third place entries will receive $750 and $500 respectively.  A People's Choice award of $750 voted by the public will also be awarded.

Entries are due by September 30, 2014

Rules for Submission:

1.  Eligibility: The competition is open to current residents of North Carolina (temporary or permanent) or out-of-state residents who have earned a degree from a North Carolina college or university. 
2. Artworks must be 2-d.  All media (painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, fiber art) are accepted. Photography is excluded. Do not include typography or illustrated text in your artwork.
3. All submissions must be an original design by the entrant, not an adaptation of another artist's design, and conceived for reproduction as a 40 x 30 inch poster.
4.  Artists may submit up to two entries in the form of jpeg digital images. There is a $10 fee per entry. Submit online at:
Please address any questions to:
5. All submissions must be received by September 30, 2014.
6. Entrants must agree if they are selected as one of the 40 semi-finalists, to exhibit their work at the Coliseum from January 18-25, 2015 and prepare their work for display.
7. Semi-finalists will be notified by October 15, 2014.
8. Drop-off of semi-finalists' work at the Orientation Room, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 for juried review:  December 11, 2014.
9. Notification of winning design and 2nd and 3rd place entries:  December 15, 2014.
10. Awards conferred during a ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum on January 16 or 17, 2015 (to be announced).
11. Works picked up at Greenhill, 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 on January 28 and January 29, 2015.
12. The winning artists give Greenhill and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships the right to use their artwork, or part thereof, in any publication, advertising, or promotional materials.  

For more information on the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, please visit the website at


Screening Part of 12-Day, 11-City
East Coast Summer Screening Tour

When husband and wife indie filmmakers Chris White and Emily Reach White left their day jobs to
make movies, they felt like they were (finally) in the right place at the right time.
“It was the fall of 2009 and DSLR cameras were starting to come into their own, crowd-sourcing was
in its infancy, social media brought the world to our laptop,” Chris says, “Not to mention, a mid-life
return to grad school seemed like a far riskier bet than our plans for creative entrepreneurship.”
The Whites’ first full-length feature film TAKEN IN was shot for $5,000.00 in the spring of 2010.
“We were highly motivated. We made personalized video appeals for about 300 friends to raise the
money for TAKEN IN,” Emily explains, “When our crowd-funding campaign succeeded, we felt
like we’d struck gold.”
Three years and three films later, the Whites are still working around the clock on a ten-year,
“overnight success plan.” This summer, they will take their latest feature-length film, CINEMA
PURGATORIO, a smart, showbiz comedy about two filmmakers trying to meet actor Bill Murray,
on an eleven-city East Coast screening tour prior to the fall U.S. film festival season.
Chris explains: “We see this as the next logical evolution of social media. We have so many friends
on Facebook and Twitter, hundreds of email addresses, too. But how do you break through all the
clutter and noise? Our summer screening tour plan looks a bit like Airbnb in reverse: we reach out to
friends and ask if they’ll pay us to host a CINEMA PURGATORIO screening in their hometown.”

The idea, innovative for indie filmmakers, is tried-and-true for independent musicians benefitting
from the house-concert phenomenon—a shift in thinking for independent artists who successfully
generate tour income while expanding their audience reach, gigging door-to-door.
“The most valuable thing a no-name filmmaker can offer their audience, in addition to fascinating
and true films, is personal contact and accessibility. When Chris and I say that we hand-make movies
for our friends, we mean it,” Emily says.
The Whites’ CINEMA PURGATORIO summer tour has already seen their $50,000 film play to sold
out crowds all across their home state of South Carolina. And though they’ve not broken even yet,
they are getting close.
“At the end of the day, this is a family business, “ Chris admits, “We support our family making
movies. These fans, friends, and followers who are scattered all over the country are the people who
can make us or break us. It makes sense to get out there and make an effort to bring our new film
into their living rooms.”
CINEMA PURGATORIO will screen at Greensboro’s Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema on
Tuesday, August 5, at 7 PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $10, and in advance at for $8. Chris and Emily will host the
screening and look forward to visiting with audience members after.


World Golf Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins
"GREENSBORO, N.C. – In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Wyndham Championship, the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors, will welcome back several former winners during tournament week, the tournament announced today.  The 75th anniversary Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 11-17, 2014.  
World Golf Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins, 1959 champion Dow Finsterwald, 1958 champion Bob Goalby as well as two-time champions Rocco Mediate and Davis Love III will all return to the Wyndham next month to help celebrate the tournament’s 75th anniversary.  The Wyndham Championship counts 17 World Golf Hall of Famers among its former winners including Sam Snead who won the tournament eight times and is the golfer for whom the tournament trophy is named, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros. 
Wadkins, who won the Greater Greensboro Open in 1983, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.  He won 21 PGA TOUR events including the 1977 PGA Championship and represented the United States in the Ryder Cup nine times.  The Wake Forest University alumnus ranked in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 86 weeks from its debut in 1986 to 1988.  Currently a member of the Golf Channel Champions Tour broadcast team, Wadkins will be at the Wyndham early in the week before traveling to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Champions Tour event in Endicott, N.Y.
Finsterwald, who finished second or third on the money list every year between 1957 and 1960, won the tournament at Starmount Forest Country Club in 1959.  In the tournament’s early years, it was contested at either Starmount Forest Country Club or Sedgefield Country Club, the tournament’s current home.  Some years, two rounds were played at each course.  In 1958, all four rounds were at Starmount Forest. 
An 11-time PGA TOUR winner, Finsterwald won the 1958 PGA Championship and was named the 1958 PGA TOUR Player of the year.  He finished fifth or better more than 50 times in his career.  The 1959 tournament will forever be remembered for its radical change in weather conditions.  After three days of perfect weather with temperatures in the 80s and Finsterwald recording three rounds in the 60s, a cold front moved through the region, and championship Sunday came with cold, hard rain, wind and temperatures in the 40s.  Consequently, Finsterwald shot 77 in the final round, still the highest final-round score recorded by a tournament winner. 
Goalby won the 1958 Greater Greensboro Open, also at Starmount Forest Country Club.  Goalby, also an 11-time PGA TOUR winner, won the Masters in 1968. His nephew, Jay Haas, currently plays on the Champions Tour, and another nephew, Jerry Haas, coaches the Wake Forest University golf team. His great-nephew, Bill Haas, plays on the PGA TOUR and won the FedEx Cup Championship in 2011.
Love is one of the nine golfers with multiple Wyndham wins, and he will play in the 75th Wyndham Championship.  He fired a final-round 62 to come back from a six-stroke deficit to win the 1992 tournament then called the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open.  His second win came in 2006 in the final tournament before Wyndham Worldwide took over title sponsorship the next year.  It was also the last time the tournament was played in the fall before moving to its current August dates.  This year’s tournament will be Love’s 20th Wyndham Championship appearance.
Mediate, who will also play in the 75th anniversary Wyndham, is another of the nine golfers with more than one Wyndham Championship victory; he won the tournament in 1993 when it was called the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open and in 2002 when it was called the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.  He plays the Champions Tour now but is returning to the Wyndham for one final time in celebration of the tournament’s 75th anniversary.  After Mediate won the tournament in 1993, he was unable to defend his title the next year due to a back injury.  Rather than just not playing, he asked the Greensboro News & Record to print his letter apologizing to the fans for being unable to defend.  This year’s tournament will mark Mediate’s 23rd Wyndham Championship appearance. 
“Preparing for our 75th anniversary has been fun in a lot of ways,” tournament director Mark Brazil said.  “But I think welcoming these former winners back to the Wyndham Championship will be the centerpiece of our 75th anniversary celebration.  These guys had or are having some incredible careers, and we are all looking forward to seeing them.  We are planning some opportunities for the fans to meet these champions, and when we have that confirmed, we’ll get the word out.”

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014 and contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors.  Tickets are available at or through the tournament office.  The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Lincoln Financial, McConnell Golf, New Breed Logistics, Sunbrella®, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. and VF Corporation for their continued support.  Additional tournament information, including ticket packages and sponsorship information, is available at or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.  For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit  Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube."
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FREE Summer Concert by Salem Band

"WINSTON-SALEM (JULY 28, 2014) - The weeks leading up to the beginning of the school year are the perfect time to spend time with family and friends at one of the many local outdoor concerts.

Be sure to mark your calendars for this summer’s final Community Connections series performance by Salem Band on August 5.  The series finale is a tribute to “The Old North State” and features Winston-Salem’s own Anita Cirba on trumpet and Charles Murph as guest conductor.  Salem Band is bringing these two Triad musical icons together for the first time, and both are Greensboro natives.

All Salem Band concerts are performed on historic Salem Square at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  Best of all, Salem Band’s concerts are FREE for everyone!

“Salem Band was formed in 1771 and is one of the oldest bands in America,” Salem Band Music Director Eileen Young said.  “Like our concerts earlier this summer, the series finale in the summer Community Connections series promises to be lively, fun music for the whole family as we salute our North Carolina heritage.”

“We encourage all members of the community to join us at Salem Square for the free concerts,” Young added.  “Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  We’ll have hot dogs, gelato, and other refreshments by Wild Willie’s Wiener Wagon and CaffĂ© Prada for sale at the concerts.”

The rain date for “The Old North State” concert is August 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Salem Band’s season sponsor is Pfaff’s Auto Glass with additional support from GGS Information Services, Salem Congregation, and Jackson’s Music."
A Press Release