The Zimmer pipe organ at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church is located in the back gallery. | Photo by WStoday
“I would say in Winston-Salem you’re probably never more than 50 to 100 feet away from an organist — whether you know it or not.”
Dreama Lovette is one of many organists you might encounter in Winston-Salem. She’s played several of the instruments inside church sanctuaries, at Old Salem, in Bethabara Park — and even inside Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. She says you don’t have to travel far to hear the unmistakable sounds of a pipe organ.
“There are so many in Winston-Salem, it’s like a treasure trove,” Lovette said.
The number of pipe organs in the city is closely connected to the Moravians who settled in Salem in the 18th century. Their use of music as an expression of faith led them to install the first organ in 1772. Home Moravian Church has had six pipe organs over its 252-year history.
Tim Olsen, Organ Department Chair at UNC School of the Arts, says music education is likely why there continues to be so many musicians able to play these magnificent instruments.
“Before School of the Arts was founded in the 1960s, Salem College was the music school in the area,” Olsen said. “So, throughout the years there have been a lot of organ students, some that were performance majors who went on to play professionally in churches or even go on and teach — and there were a lot who took it for fun or as enjoyment or to learn about the instrument. So there’s a lot of supporters of the organ around, as well.”
Local organists and enthusiasts stay connected through concerts and a local guild chapter. The upcoming Salem Bach Festival happening Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17 is also a chance for the public to hear organ music for free.
Bailey Park Bites & Beats | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Bailey Park, 575 N. Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem | Cost of purchase | Bands will provide live music while you enjoy lunch from a variety of vendors.
Floral Design by West & Co. | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | $45 | Gardens at Gray Gables, 4105 Oak Ridge Rd., Summerfield | Learn how to make flower arrangements and enjoy live entertainment.
Thursday, Sept. 14
History Days: Who’s your claim to fame? | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 2-3 p.m. | Mocksville Branch, 371 N. Main St., Mocksville | Free | Bring in documentation of your most famous relative and share their story with others.
Friday, Sept. 15
Mast General Store Presents Made in NC | Friday, Sept. 15 | 4-7:30 p.m. | 516 N. Trade St., Winston Salem | Cost of purchase | Check out crafts, foods, apparel, and other goods made by vendors in NC.
Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss will take the stage at Wait Chapel later this month. | Photo provided by Wake Forest University (photo of Doris Kearnes Goodwin was taken by Annie Leibovitz)
Want to come face to face with the experts as they discuss politics, arts and culture, social justice + more?
Then you’ll love the Face to Face Speaker Forum’s 2023-24 season, kicking off Wednesday, Sept. 27 with a lively, informative conversation between world-renowned presidential historians and authors, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss.
Tickets are on sale now for Mayberry Days in Mount Airy. The annual festival happening from Monday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 24 celebrates “The Andy Griffith Show” in Andy Griffith’s hometown with shows, parades, games, shopping, and other events.
Watch a free virtual screening of “B-Side: For Taylor” starting Monday, Sept. 18 through Monday, Oct. 2. The favorite from this year’s RiverRun International Film Festival tells the story of a 14-year-old’s search for her birth family in Korea.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist plans to build an ambulatory surgical center near Kerensky Street in the Ardmore neighborhood. You can attend a public hearing on Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at Forsyth County Central Library or submit comments via email by Oct. 2. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Three Winston-Salem breweries earned recognition for their submissions at the 2023 NC Brewers Cup. Foothills Brewery won a silver and a bronze medal, Incendiary Brewing won a bronze medal, and Hoots Beer Co. earned an honorable mention. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Do you have a costume for your Halloween party yet? The Stained Glass Playhouse will sell costumes and accessories on Saturday, Sept. 30. The community theater group will set up on the lawn of Marvin United Methodist Church on Indiana Avenue between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is the seventh most equitable school district in NC, according to a WalletHub report. The study compared average household income and expenditures per student in 115 districts statewide to determine where funding is distributed most equally among low- and high-income students. (FOX8 WGHP)
We may be deep into PSL season, but we still have one more week until fall officially begins. Pro tip: Say goodbye to summer with this blueberry lemon sorbet (no ice cream maker required).*
Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded. Are we describing ourselves, or Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Month for September 2023? Discover the colorfor your next home project.^
Research at Winston-Salem State University will impact our planet — and beyond.
The HBCU was one of six to receive a grant from the National Science Foundation for Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE). QISE combines physical science, math, computer science, and engineering to find ways to process information that can’t be done today.
What does that really mean? It could pave the way for future technologies that impact our economy + national security.
WSSU will use $5 million to establish a QISE program and build a state-of-the-art research laboratory to become a leader in the field. Students will begin participating in spring 2024.
NASA also awarded the university a $1.3 million grant. WSSU researchers will focus on using artificial intelligence to find solutions to climate warming. They’ll also collaborate with two other NC universities on how robots can assist in the search for extraterrestrial life in space.
I love playing board games and until now, Clue has been my favorite. I recently found Winston-Salem opoly at the Mast General Store downtown. I haven’t played yet but apparently there’s a vintage version too, dating all the way back to 1985. Much like our city, I’m sure what’s on the board has changed a bit in the last 38 years.