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Monday, May 31, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Arlington National Cemetery
January 2010

Thank you to those who died.
Thank you to those who lived.
Thank you to those who remember.

Happy Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

NC18, Alleghany County

I hadn't seen a barn quilt in ages before we went exploring today.

You can get one, too.

Local Etsy Love

New local etsy love went up in the lefthand column.

As always, you can see previous local etsy love items by clicking on the words LifeinForsyth under the current items.

Also as always, thank you for supporting local artisans.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

My third favorite flowering tree! (#1: Dogwood, #2: Tulip Poplar, least favorite: Bradford Pear)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Monsoon! We emerged from the Grand (Prince of Persia) just as it was beginning. Happily we're safely home now, and I'm seriously considering putting on my pajamas.

Local Fiddle-dee-dee

Not only is he awesome, he gives lessons, too. Behold the poster I spotted on Trade!

Click on the image to enlarge contact info

Ooh, he's also teaching a fiddle camp at Separk this summer!

tragic update: So I just tried to interest the oldest in becoming an award-winning fiddler. He declined, as his plans are still to be a rock star guitarist. Whatevs.

Local Opening

Gateway Gallery
How 'Bout THAT!
Stacy Wingate & Raúl Montero

Opening Reception: Friday, May 28th
6-8:30 PM

Exhibition on view: May 28th - July 17th, 2010
Tuesday - Friday: 11 - 5, Saturday 10-2

OK, confession time: I lovelovelove to go preview exhibitions at the Gateway Gallery, because it gives me an excuse to shop in the giftshop.

This time I actually mewed aloud because apparently textile art instruction is going full force, and a myriad of beautiful rag rugs were calling to me like so many Sirens. At left is the most patriotic of the bunch. I love it madly. There were also rag coasters which were so fetching that if I hadn't already bought teacher gifts, I would have snatched them up and clutched them to me fiercely, then later debated giving them or - better idea! - keeping them for myself.

I fell hard for the clay garden stakes shown at right, which at $2 apiece make perfect wee gifts for anyone's favorite gardening fool. But sincerely, look at that rocking, framed Frankenstein duo piece! And the smiling carrot! I could have spun around and, while spinning, randomly snapped a phonophoto, and I guarantee you there'd be something mind-bogglingly marvelous in it.

So go see the show, because the shows at Gateway are always wonderful, and this one is no exception. But also walk very s-l-o-w-l-y on the way in and out, because there's an astonishing lot of awesome to take in.

Gateway Gallery
Raúl Montero

pieces in top image by Raúl Montero

Thursday, May 27, 2010

ATTN: Local Facebook Cult Members


During the month of May, Lowes Foods is going to donate $2.00 to North Carolina Humane Societies for every person who “likes” the Lowes Foods Facebook page. In addition, 1% of proceeds from all Paws purchases will be donated to local Humane Societies as well.

Please fan or friend or like or whatever-have-you Lowes Foods and encourage your Facebook people to do the same. Do so during the next 100 or so hours and help some animals along the way.

Lowes Foods on Facebook

(Paws is Lowes Foods' new line of pet products. Lowes Foods is a grocery chain with their corporate headquarters here, in our city. It's wonderful that other chains have stores here, but it's a true testament of belief in Winston-Salem for Lowes Foods - or any company, for that matter - to plant the people in charge here.)

Lowes Foods

Local Awesome

2117 Main

I see at least twenty highly covetable items in the front yard alone, including but not limited to a giant metal rooster, a mermaid, a carousel horse, and an antique tricycle.

I can't even begin to describe the gloriousness that is the side yard. It's like The Promised Land of poke-sees.

Phonophoto of the day

Look! There on the wall of La Botana! It's my husband's home state! (Yucatan, which is gorgeous, for the record. Mira! See for yourself!)

For the first time ever at a Mexican restaurant, I surprised myself by forgoing chorizo, the Spanish parallel to bacon in that it enhances pretty much any dish.

La Botana

Nine schooldays left after today

This morning was the first grade read-to-me show*. (The youngest is on the left.)

Now that that's over, between them my boys still have an ice cream party, a pizza picnic, a trip to Mi Pueblo, a bowling outing, a sport show, and the graduation ceremony, all during school hours**.

This is why when I saw the article on the Journal's website about Wilkes County favoring a shorter school year, I nodded my head vigorously, because I'd joyfully lop these last two weeks off the year to have my babies home with me.

* It's incredible how much progress has been made in just one year. The youngest entered first grade still not reading, just sounding out words with little fluency. This morning he read like a champ. Hurray!

** I don't deny the children need special activities and such, but I hate that they're all lumped at the end of the year like this. Why are they? Because until the EOGs, the teachers really have to use all available time to prepare the students for them. But then afterward it's like academic dead time, which is nuts. I blame the EOGs entirely.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Old Salem, today. I resisted Winkler's but only by rolling my windows up and mouth-breathing as I drove past.

Old Salem
Winkler Bakery

Blue Ridge, natch

To: Whom It May Concern
re: the banana nutella gelato on the right

Holy yum.

(The lemon yogurt gelato to the right of it is also mind-blowingly delish. Yay, new summer flavors!)

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

And I mean EXACT...

Align Center

Many people know where this is (though I'm certainly not saying for those who don't), so let's make this a little more challenging. I want to know who the current occupant is, and I mean EXACT... I don't need a surname, but I do need to know which division, department, etc. First person to correctly name it in comments wins a LiF Shell station sticker. NOTE: You must email me at hippo.hippo@gmail.com immediately after commenting to claim said comment.

I'm also curious about the building itself, so if you know anything of its history beyond what's on the tax record, please share, and I might just have a sticker for you, too.

Robinhood & Peace Haven

I've seen a few of these signs on roadways now, but the print is too small to read from a vehicle*, so as a courtesy to you, dear LiF readership, I parked near this one, walked close, and took a picture. You're welcome.

India Fest 2010

* It's possible I need glasses.

Summer is nigh!

This dog would like to catch fireflies with you. She promises to only eat a few.

This dog would like to run through the sprinkler with you. She will try not to get you terribly wet when she shakes off.

This dog would like to explore the mountains with you. She reserves the right to declare any lake "too cold", though.

But first, this dog would like to grill out on Memorial Day with you. The calendar says that's this coming Monday.

So hurry! Go get her!
photo credit: FCAC

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

From left to right; Yarddawg, AKA Doug, being held by my grandmother, AKA Big Mama. Next to her is my mother, AKA June and mama. Next to my mother is my great grandfather, Big Dave, AKA Papa. Sitting in the chair is my great, great, grandmother, AKA granny Reaves.

This is from a post he did a year ago March. It's not my place to share his situation, but I would be very thankful if you would you keep Doug and his family in your thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come.

He's our Yarddawg*, and we love him even if he is a crotchety old goat sometimes.

Conveniently right across Miller from CompRehab

He calls this game "Spice Wars"

The youngest loves the viewing window at Mario's Pizza, but he thinks it's a waste to stick the drinks station in front of it, thus impeding his view. He thinks that would make an awesome booth location, and he'd really like us to sit there.

Mario's Pizza

The garment peeps, not the school peeps

I'd like to send out mad props to Hanes* for the amazing customer service here at their Thruway store location. Also the new cotton sundresses are simultaneously ridiculously cute and ridiculously comf. Ditto the skirts. Kudos.

* Yes, I know you want us to call it Hanesbrands, and I will in the link, but in my mind, you will always be Hanes, plain Hanes. (But not Plain Janes.)


Local 2¢

Yours, actually. It's needed by the Forsyth County Public Library.

(begin booming oratory voice) THANK YOU, CITIZEN!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Map drawers, North Carolina Room, Central Library

I adore highly specialized furniture: student chair-desks, apothecary chests, even this gunmetal gray piece. Love, love, love.

NC Room

Reynolda Road

Two doors down from Northwest Barber Shop

It's been at least five years since I bought something off eBay. I frankly had somewhat forgotten about it and had an "Oh, yeah..." moment when I saw this sign.

Local Squee!

She's filthy.

She's skinny.

She's exhausted.

But most importantly, she's home.

help other local lost pets get home

Local Eat for Good

Click to enlarge, print and take with you.
Note: each bill has to have the flyer attached.

Brighter Path Foundation is a nonprofit supporting entity for Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, funding innovative programs for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

With an emphasis on improving overall quality of life by developing personal independence, the Foundation supports activities and training that bolster confidence while increasing life and job skills.

Twin City Diner
A Brighter Path Foundation

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

These eye-pleasing water fountains are at the Grand, where we saw the new Shrek movie this morning to get our minds off Hadley's continued absence. The movie was excellent but sadly only a momentary distraction.

The Grand 18
The official Shrek website (opens with sound)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

This is my blackberry bush flourishing, which normally would send me into a state of rapture, but I walked over to it with the hope that Hadley was hiding underneath it, and alas, she was not.

Y'all, my cat got out last night and went missing, and I am well and truly heartbroken. (Yes, she is on the County website. Yes, I have also submitted her info with photo to Lassie Come Home, though it has not yet posted. Yes, I'm making signs up to post after tonight's monsoon. Yes, I would appreciate any other tips/help.)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Looking up at The "B" String, 560 N. Trade

The "B" String

Reynolda Manor Shopping Center

Our cottage in Maine had no laundry machine, only a metal sort of clothesline tree in the backyard, so once a week we'd drive over to the harbor and spend a few hours at the laundromat. While there I'd check under every stacked washer and dryer for dropped coins, which were always very linty. I'd clean them off and save them up until I had 25 cents to buy myself a grape Fanta, which was my favorite. Then I'd turn the can in and get a nickel back.

And I mean EXACT...

First person to correctly identify the location in comments wins bragging rights plus a sweet sticker featuring my photo of the Shell station. (IMPORTANT: To receive the sticker, you must email me at hippo.hippo@gmail.com immediately after commenting to claim the comment.)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Hurrah! The oldest finished the important EOGs today*. We're celebrating with ice cream floats, although the oldest's choice, a scoop of chocolate with white chocolate chips ice cream in Dr. Pepper, sounds revolting.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

*There is a Spanish EOG on Monday, but that's not really a big honking dealio.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Everytime I see this sign at Reynolda Village, I hear the H.R. Pufnstuf theme song in my head.

PR Stump & Stuff, Inc.

Two Local Notes for Local Two-Wheelers

1. Pedal for a Purpose! The 1st Annual Bike Ride for The Shalom Project will take place Saturday, May 22nd, with registration beginning at 8 am. The start point is at Brookstown UMC. 23, 46, or 63 mile routes take you through beautiful Northern Forsyth County.

The Shalom Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit that seeks to serve area families with a weekly community meal, a free medical clinic and a food pantry and clothing closet. A free afterschool program is also offered, with 30 children participating each Monday-Thursday. The Peters Creek Community Initiative, through The Shalom Project, seeks to revitalize the area of Peters Creek Parkway between the West Salem and Ardmore neighborhoods.

Pedal for a Purpose
Brookstown UMC
The Shalom Project

2. Bike to Market Day is next Tuesday, May 25th, from 10AM - 1 PM. Bike to Krankies Farmers Market @ 211 E. Third Street and enjoy valet parking for your bike, free refreshments for cyclists, and a chat with the City of Winston-Salem's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, courtesy of Krankies, Mock Orange Bikes and Ken's Bike Shop.

City of Winston-Salem information on biking
Mock Orange Bikes
Ken's Bike Shop

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time in college, I took a Figure Drawing class to fulfill the 200 level of the gen ed requirement for arts.

And for whatever reason, it did not occur to me when selecting and registering for this class that Figure Drawing might include models of the unclothed variety. That's right, nakey.

All semester long, I concentrated on faces and studiously avoided drawing any body part not seen on little old ladies on their way to church. Including hands, because little old ladies sometimes wear gloves, and I can't draw hands to save my life.

Consequently, while my people inevitably had highly detailed facial features, their bodies looked vaguely amorphous and absolutely androgynous, which is probably why I got a C+ as my final grade.

The End

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is currently hosting a small, focused exhibition in the Northeast Bedroom Gallery. Titled "Looking At/Looking In: Bodies and Faces in Contemporary Prints", the exhibition features works from the collections of the Wake Forest Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art and Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

"Looking At/Looking In: Bodies and Faces in Contemporary Prints" was curated by seniors at Wake Forest University in The History of Prints course taught by Wake Forest Professor of Art Bernadine Barnes. The students organized the exhibition’s theme, selected the works, and wrote accompanying text panels with guidance from Barnes and Reynolda House Managing Curator Allison Slaby, a unique collaboration between Reynolda House and Wake Forest University.

This exhibit runs through through Aug. 8, 2010 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Wake Forest University Art History Department
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Alex Katz
Homage to Frank O’Hara: William Dunas, 1972
Nine color lithograph, 33 ¼ x 25 ½ in., gift of Barbara B. Millhouse
Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

view from small wooden bridge, Silas Creek Trail between Yorkshire and Robinhood

Silas Creek Trail


The fantastic old service station in front would rock a thousand times harder if the earth opened up and swallowed the ugsome, red monstrosity behind it.

Local Matter of Grave Importance

I suspect my favorite gravestone in town (The Gibson family marker at Salem Cemetery) has to have been handcut, it being a marvel of intricacy and complete awesomeness. Look how the letters loop back over themselves! It reminds me of coil pots I made decades ago.

(This remains the creepiest epitaph I've seen locally.)

Hand Cut Grave Markers: How Did They Do It?
an Old Salem Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, May 19th at 12 NOON
at the James A. Gray Auditorium

(900 Old Salem Road)
Martin O’Brien
Cabinetmaker, Conservator, Stone Carver

This talk will examine some local 18th and 19th century grave markers, discuss design of letter forms used at that time, demonstrate layout and cutting of inscriptions and allow participants to actually use a hammer and chisel to experience what stonecutters have for thousands of years. Bring a bag lunch. This event is FREE.

Old Salem

ATTN: Local friends of animals

Sunday, May 23rd
3-5 PM
BB&T Business Center
(2400 Reynolda Road)

If you are a regular volunteer, sometime volunteer, once in a while volunteer, or want to be a volunteer... THIS MEETING IS FOR YOU!

Join us for fellowship, refreshments, "story time" and information about AARF in the past and coming year.

Please RSVP.

Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation

Monday, May 17, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Stratford Road

I have an affinity for shaped advertising. Like my Shell station. And this.

EOGs, day 1 subtitle: the rise of tween angst

Me: Good morning! Time to get up!

Oldest (into pillow): Mrf.

Me: Up, dear!


Me: UP.

Oldest, after rolling onto his back and opening his eyes very slightly: Is it raining? Why is it raining?

Me: Because it's Monday, and your tests start today. It's the perfect weather.

(a five second pause while the oldest considers this)

Oldest : I hate today.


Rock all the Blocks

invites you to participate in
Friday, June 4th, 1-4 PM
Saturday, June 5th, 9 AM - NOON

The Children's Center for the Physically Disabled
2315 Coliseum Drive (corner of Reynolda)

Bring the young children in your life to play and learn with little blocks, big blocks… lots and lots of blocks! BLOCKfest, hosted by Imprints, is a building extravaganza FREE for parents and children 8 months to 8 years. Block play helps children develop early math, science and literacy skills.

Families play at five stations during one-hour sessions. Imprints parent educators demonstrate techniques to help parents maximize their child’s learning. Sessions are FREE, but space is limited.

Call 722-6296 x205 to reserve your spot. Blocks by Hatch will be available for purchase at the event!

Children's Center for the Physically Disabled

Local Scratchy

Center for Design Innovation (CDI)
invites you to participate in
Scratch Day
Saturday, May 22
10 AM - 4 PM
21st floor, Winston Tower (301 N. Main)

Join the growing international community of Scratchers, via Skype and webcasting, to share projects and learn how to make your own animations, video games and interactive narratives.

Scratch Day is FREE and open to the public. Please join us on the 21st floor of Winston Tower, 301 N. Main Street between Third & Fourth in downtown Winston-Salem. Parking is easy! The front lobby entrance is closed on Saturdays, so please come to the side entrance on Fourth Street.

about Scratch
Scratch Day
Center for Design Innovation

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Buena Vista & Hawthorne

Lord, but Beezo has a sweet face. I hope he made it home swiftly, that this poster's now obsolete. I hate to picture him all wet and shivery during the last two nights' lightning-filled extravaganzas.

Local Talent

Art Tasting
a film screening to promote the works of local and emerging filmmakers
Sunday, May 16th

The screening will showcase local talent and provide the filmmakers with an opportunity to share their work with the community. The films range from artistic (as in Cara Hagan's exciting film "Two Downtown" that follows two dancers as they make their way through Winston-Salem's historic downtown), to hilarious (as in Andy Mitchell's new web series "Macawesome"), and accomplished (as in Joe Flander's "Merry Christmas" which was part of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009).

The screening will also highlight the impactful work being done by the Greensboro based project "Movies Without Borders" where local refugees and immigrants receive free filmmaking classes and make their own films as a way to tell their stories.

$5 Admission

Films include:
  • "Macawesome" by Andy Mitchell
  • "Hearts Beats" by Sophie Mihalko
  • "Merry Christmas" by Joe Flanders
  • "Two Downtown" by Cara Hagan
  • "The ACCORD Project" by Chuckie Lewis
  • "Assembly Required" by Josua Morgan, Brian Sutow, and Drew Wolber

I actually know Sophie Mihalko (2nd filmmaker down that list) personally
, and for the record, she is Macawesome*.

art tasting
a/perture cinema

*Andy Mitchell's title makes me suspect it could be about macaws, but in my mind, Macawesome would be the best Scottish surname ever. The Irish version would of course be McAwesome. (Sophie is French, so I guess to be accurate I should refer to her as L'Awesome.)

Local Biweekly

As happens every two weeks, new local etsy love went up in the lefthand column. Take a peek at these new selections and help celebrate the color of my favorite local landmark! (Well, OK, that table isn't really orange, but I thought it too fetching to leave out.)

And as always, thank you for supporting local artisans.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

It's OK, dogwood. Approaching 90 degrees makes me feel wilty, too.

New Local Hotspot

Word on the street is that the seven umbrella'd outdoor tables at Diamondback are the place to be during the dinner hour. Word also is that soft shell crabs are in season in NC and on the specials menu.

No worries; soft shell crabs are also available at inside tables, as I hear the outdoor tables are in high demand.

(My personal rec: their black bean salad as a side, no matter what you order. Holy.)

Diamondback Grill

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Local Peek Time

Hard Hat Happy Hour
Thursday, May 20th
6-9 PM
The "New" Sawtooth School for Visual Art

It’s been two years since the Sawtooth School for Visual Art temporarily vacated its landmark building on Marshall Street, but that’s about to change. Classes and summer activities will once again liven up the Sawtooth building in June, and the public is invited to take a sneak peek at the beautifully renovated and enhanced facility on Thursday, May 20 from 6-9 p.m.

The Hard Hat Happy Hour will include tours of the classrooms with an opportunity to talk with faculty teaching ceramics, metal work, photography, fibers, glass blowing and bead-making, drawing and painting, woodwork, and jewelry-making about the possibilities this new center offers.

During the evening’s auction, guests can bid on wonderful faculty art and prizes or help equip a classroom by purchasing a chair, a desk, a computer, or even an entire classroom. There will be live entertainment, ensuring a delightful evening of art, music, fun, and community in one of Winston-Salem’s most treasured buildings in the Downtown Center for the Arts.

Admission is $20 per person, which covers hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats as well as wine, water and sodas. For information and to purchase tickets, please call 336.723.7395.

Esbee note: Hurray!

Sawtooth School for Visual Art

Phonophoto of the day

yesterday evening, Party City, Stratford Road

We have an upcoming family birthday. Obviously pom-pom flamenco hats were in order.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

This property for sale on Fifth Street between Summit and Broad has me wildly a-swoon.

update: Found it! Wow, it seems very reasonably priced. Quick, someone buy it and let me rent some little room in the eaves for a LiF office! (It needn't be large, but it must be above the first floor to allow me to flounce down that gorgeous staircase regularly.)

property listing
brochure with kazillions of photos!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

view from the 5th floor, 201 N. Chestnut

I saw Miss Deaver today

I shan't say where nor what she was doing, as I rather feel she's entitled to an expectation of privacy.

But she appeared plucky as ever.

And that's all I shall say on that.

And I mean SORTA EXACT...

First person to correctly identify the location in comments (closest business name will suffice) wins an exciting sticker featuring the phonophoto of the historic Shell station shown at the top of this blog. (Note that if you use the anonymous feature in comments, you will need to email me at hippo.hippo@gmail.com immediately after commenting to lay claim to that answer if you want to retrieve your fantastic prize should you be the winner.)