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6AM City Christmas in July

Today’s Forecast

90º | 0% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:12 a.m. | Sunset 8:39 p.m.

Perfect places to celebrate
WStoday: Couple standing in front of gazebo at The Graylyn Estate
Couples can opt to have a wedding coordinator and staff at The Graylyn Estate to provide unique touches on their special day.  | Photo by Chelsea Renay via The Graylyn Estate
Wedding season is upon us. With the sun shining, flowers blooming, and a perfect Winston-Salem backdrop, it’s easier than ever for couples to say their “I do’s.” Whether you’re getting a jump start on your holiday party planning or preparing for an upcoming wedding reception or family reunion, check out this list of rentable venues around Winston-Salem.

Note: Prices are subject to change. Please contact venue owners to inquire about current availability and current pricing.

Intimate gatherings

The Little Chapel at Haven Ridge, Winston-Salem
  • Rate: Pricing available on request
  • Accommodates 125 guests
  • 56.5 acres
  • Key features: The family-run sanctuary features a 16th century-inspired stone chapel perfect for elopements and intimate celebrations. Couples can enjoy the sprawling meadows in a secluded part of the city. The address is only shared with potential patrons.
WStoday: Rober Hall wedding space set up with nuptial flowers at the bottom of white chairs facing a mural of Winston-Salem backdrop.

The open concept design of the outside oasis at Robert Hall is the perfect setup for couples to say say their “I do’s.”


Photo by Christian Reyes Photography via @roberthallwsnc

Buck Shoals Cabins, 2228 Buck Shoals Rd., Hamptonville
  • Rate: $3,500-$5,500
  • Accommodates up to 220 guests
  • 40 acres
  • Key features: Tucked away in the foothills of Yadkin County (~40 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem), this venue is perfect for couples who love the countryside. The amphitheater is nestled along a creek with a large waterfall in a serene and relaxing atmosphere.
The Crest, 102 Cherry St., Winston-Salem
  • Rate: Pricing available on request
  • Accommodates up to 150 guests
  • 7,500 sqft
  • Key features: The historic landmark that overlooks the Green Street Pedestrian Bridge was named after a prominent businessman in the Twin City. Couples also have access to The Carriage House and outdoor spaces as they celebrate their big day in the downtown area.
A man in a black jacket and bow tie next to a woman in a white wedding dress standing in front of a bookshelf full of books.

You can “book” the venue online.


Photo by Morgan Long, shoot via Katharine Mann Events (dress from Bellissima + hair and makeup by The Beauty tribe)

Larger venues

Legacy Stables & Events, 4151 Thomasville Rd., Winston-Salem
  • Rate: $3,900+
  • Accommodates 50 to 1,000 guests
  • 30 acres
  • Key features: Located just 10 minutes outside of downtown Winston-Salem, the venue offers a rural farm atmosphere with easy access to the city for those accommodating hundreds of guests. The family estate offers multiple spaces and set-ups to choose from, including a state-of-the-art horseback riding training facility.
What is your favorite aspect of attending a wedding?

A. The ceremony
B. The reception
C. Dancing
D. Cake cutting
E. The food/meals
Wednesday, July 10
  • Taproom Trivia | Wednesday, July 10 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Incendiary Brewing Co., 486 N. Patterson Ave., Ste. 105, Winston-Salem | Free entry | Gather your friends and test your knowledge on random tidbits of knowledge for a chance to win a prize.
Thursday, July 11
  • Sizzlin’ Summer Nights | Thursday, July 11 | 6-8 p.m. | The Enterprise Conference and Event Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem | Free | Dance to the rhythm of Zumba, shop from local vendors, and tour the Simon’s Community Garden.
  • Sound Bath | Thursday, July 11 | 7-8 p.m. | Village Family Chiropractic Community House, 717 Graves Mill Rd., Kernersville | $30 | Bring a yoga mat and listen to sounds that create a powerful experience for those seeking a holistic approach to relaxation and healing.
Friday, July 12
  • Workshop: Auditioning 101 | Friday, July 12 | 6 p.m. | The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, 419 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem | Free, RSVP | Get a firsthand look at the theater’s process in a fun, judgment-free zone, whether you’re reading for a play, singing, or dancing for a musical.
Saturday, July 13
  • Chai Workshop | Saturday, July 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Chad’s Chai, 617 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem | $25 | Embark on a flavorful adventure of making your own chai with spice blends, plus dive into its history and cultural significance.
Sunday, July 14
  • Beautiful Beads Workshop | Sunday, July 14 | 2-4 p.m. | Lam Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, 1315 Carroll Weathers Dr., Winston-Salem | $15-$20, RSVP | Make your own beads out of polymer clay, paper, and tin + explore different types of beads from the museum’s collection.
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News Notes
  • Winston-Salem State University has selected the next men’s basketball head coach. Corey Thompson will lead the team after Cleo Hill Jr. left earlier this summer. Thompson played for WSSU from 1998 to 2002, and is the first-ever alum to coach the Rams. (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • Part of Knollwood Street will close as crews build the new Chick-fil-A. Expect a detour on the road between South Stratford Road and eastbound of Salem Parkway through Monday, July 15. The entrance to Thruway Shopping Center is still open.
  • Forsyth Tech Community College launched a new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program. The four-week training will equip students with the skills they need to succeed in the transportation workforce. Call 336-734-7718 to register before the class begins on Monday, July 22.
  • 2023 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Christopher Eubanks and new Olympian Marcos Giron will make appearances at the Winston-Salem Open in August. A full list of players will be announced in late July.
  • Forsyth Humane Society’s wellness clinic renovation is complete. The space located at 725 Waughtown St. will serve as a clinic for low-cost spay/neuter services and affordable veterinary care. An opening date has not been announced.
Fun Fact
  • Did you know Winston-Salem has six nicknames? Sure, you know about Twin City, but can you guess the other five? Test your WS knowledge before you check out the list one Winstonian put together.
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
Looking into the future
WStoday: Bailey Park in downtown Winston-Salem
Bailey Park opened on April 11, 2015 after it was designed by a a global urban design firm in 2003. | Photo by WStoday
The City of Arts and Innovation is living up to its name. The city has continued to revitalize itself since the late 1990s. We’ve got major developments coming soon like Phase II of Innovation Quarter and the 2023 Downtown Plan.

We asked our readers what they’d like to see happen in Winston-Salem in the next 10 years, and here’s what they said:

“More trees and real green spaces. More solar panel power sources. A full service grocery store in the core of downtown.” — Frank J.

“A Broadway show venue like The Tanger Center and a Live Nation concert venue.” — Tiffany S.

“Professional sports team stadium” — Amanda B.

“Better neighborhood schools, updates to school choice, higher teacher pay, grocery stores downtown.” — JJ

“More affordable housing; more bike paths and more bike-friendly streets; a railroad hub that goes to Asheville, GSO [Greensboro], High Point, and Charlotte.” — Lynn F.
The Buy
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The Wrap
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From the editor
I got two plants back in April during the Piedmont Earth Day Fair and thankfully they are still alive. One has started to produce green jalapeno peppers, which I am so excited about. My sungold tomato plant looks like it needs more love. I’d love any tips on how to keep these plants thriving. Please share them with me.
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