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Are you a Winstonian or Salemnite?
WStoday: Winston-Salem come from the tale of two small towns who came together
Whether you like more of a city atmosphere or a small traditional village feel, Winston-Salem offers both. | Photo by WStoday
The City of Winston-Salem was born when the General Assembly of North Carolina passed an act to consolidate the city of Winston and the town of Salem on January 27, 1913. We’re putting our own fun spin on the merger and envisioning personality traits for residents of the Twin City. Which one are you?


  • You focus on the big picture and care less about the minor details. | Commissioners of the Town of Winston did not keep records of their meetings in the beginning.
  • You are a late bloomer. | Although the town of Winston did not have much progress during its first 10 years, it quickly expanded and experienced major business growth over time, starting in 1870.
  • You are an innovator. | The City purchased multiple properties and incentivized businesses to settle in the city, giving them aid and assistance to sustain their operations. (see more on pg. 16) P.S. Your favorite hangout spot is most likely Innovation Quarter.
WStoday: portrait painting of Main Street view from north of Salem in 1990s

This view of Main Street looks north from Salem in the 1890s


Photo by J.R. Snider postcard collection via City of Winston-Salem

  • You’re serious about spring cleaning. | In 1912, the city of Winston adopted a clean-up campaign, setting aside a two-week period where residents were required to clean up their home. (pg. 24)
  • You love partying. | City commissioners ordered that no more licenses would be distributed on Third Street because of the large amount of pool rooms and dance halls located between Main and Chestnut streets. (pg. 17)


  • You are detail-oriented. | Compared to the City of Winston, the Moravians in Salem kept a well-established record of all their transactions and activities.
  • You like preserving historical objects that have meaning to you. | Old Salem is full of rare antiques and crafts that have been kept for centuries.
  • You like working with your hands. | Farmers and tradespeople helped build the new town of Salem and completed the first house in 1766. (pg. 2)
WStoday: Single Brothers House in Old Salem

Master craftsmen rented space in this building to workshop and operate their trade.


Photo by WStoday

  • You like putting down roots in one place and making it home. | The Moravians constructed more than 75 buildings during their first 20 years in Bethabara. P.S. Your favorite hangout spot is most likely Old Salem.
Whether you are a Winstonian or Salemnite, we are now one big family — all 251,250 of us and counting.
Are you a Winstonian or Salemnite?

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Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Books and Brews | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Wise Man Brewing, 814 N. Angelo Brothers Ave., Winston-Salem | Free | Come share what book you’re reading with fellow book lovers and discuss what they’re reading over a couple of drinks.
  • Line Dancing | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Sprague Street Community Center, 1350 E. Sprague St., Winston-Salem | Free | Show off your moves on the dance floor and learn new steps — open to all skill levels.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • Well-Read Black Girl Book Club | Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6-7 p.m. | Bookmarks, 634 W. 4th St., Ste. 110 , Winston-Salem | Free | Join the discussion about “Good Women” by Halle Hill, about 12 Black women facing solitude, abandonment, and transgressions — everyone is welcome.
Thursday, Feb. 29
  • PechaKucha: Japanese storytelling | Thursday, Feb. 29 | 7 p.m. | Project Space, 411 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem | Free | Celebrate Black Excellence and women’s leadership where speakers will tell a story using 20 images that are each 20 seconds.
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News Notes
  • Starting Wednesday, Feb. 28, you can order fast Italian cuisine from Spaghetti Park located at 3459 Gentry Circle in Clemmons (~15 minutes outside of downtown Winston-Salem). Celebrate the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Coming Soon
  • Fancy Groceries has announced the date for its grand opening. The clothing store will open Friday, March 15 at the new location on Trade Street. The new space will feature live music, a place to gather, and a line of women’s clothing.
  • A portion of Reynolda trail will be closed this morning as workers clean out storm debris. You may want to stay clear of sections between the Boathouse and the old outdoor pool. The trail will reopen in the afternoon.
Try This
  • Attend a free self-defense class with deputies at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, March 2 at Fuel Fitness (2825 Reynolda Rd.). Sign up to register.
  • A Winston-Salem State University Ram is the CIAA player of the year. Jaylen Alston is the first basketball player from the school to win the title since Larry Patterson in 2000. (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • Hot for bots? Meet industry leaders across different industries and learn how to integrate AI into your business platforms and strategies. Talk about ChatGPT, talent acquisition, and increasing revenue at the Dig South AI Summit on March 27 and March 28 at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre.
  • 80%. That’s the percentage of US women who get fibroids by 50. In addition to discomfort, fibroids are the most common cause of hysterectomies. The good news: Novant Health offers new treatments and minimally invasive surgeries that avoid hysterectomies and result in recovery in just a few days.*
  • We’ve got three more weeks of winter before spring rolls around, so we’re savoring all the cozy weekend mornings we can. On our menu this week? This blueberry coffee cake. Whip it up in 20 minutes and enjoy a warm slice with your morning coffee.*
Taking the leap
WStoday: Summer in Stratford Park in Winston-Salem
Patiently waiting for the warmer months to return | Photo by WStoday
If this month of February feels longer to you, it’s because it is. Leap Day is Thursday, Feb. 29. Leap year happens every four years based on the Gregorian calendar. The main reason it exists is to keep months in sync with recurring events like equinoxes and solstices.

Since we’re getting an extra day this year, we’re curious to know how will you use those 24 extra hours in the Twin City. If you could relive one day of your life on this year, what would you do? Or, if you are planning to do something unique on Feb. 29, we’d love to know. Tell us, and your answer may be featured in a future newsletter.
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I had the time of my life line dancing at Midway Music Hall and Event Center last week. If you’re looking for a fun way to make new friends and practice your steps, I highly recommend taking classes there. Although I didn’t learn the steps to Beyonce’s “Texas Hold ‘Em”, I now feel more confident to learn the choreography on my own.
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