Award Winning Food Writer and Cookbook Author to Visit Winston-Salem

Sheri Castle to speak and give cooking demonstration at
Mary’s on Wed., Oct.15

"Winston-Salem, NC (September 30, 2014) – Sheri Castle,  award-winning food writer and cookbook author, will speak and give a cooking demonstration at Mary’s Gourmet Diner, 723 Trade Street,  at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday. October 15.  Admission is free is free and no reservations are required.

Castle  talk about her latest book, The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating food and fellowship in the American South, which is scheduled for release by Oxmoor Press the following day.  Representatives of Bookmarks will be present, however, with books for purchase and signing by Castle.

Mary Haglund, co-owner and chef at Mary’s, said, “Sheri Castle is one of the most sought after personalities in southern culinary circles.  Her first book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook, received a lot of attention and won several awards. We are so privileged to have her here with us on the eve of the launch of this  book which already is receiving a lot of attention.”

Castle’s appearance at Mary’s Gourmet Diner  is part of The Winston-Salem Journal’s Local Food series and Journal Food Editor, Michael Hastings, will serve as emcee.  Earlier in the morning, Haglund and Castle will appear jointly on live remotes broadcast from Mary’s by FOX 8’s Shannon Smith between 7 and 9 a.m.

In preparation for this book, Castle reviewed every recipe submitted to Southern Living magazine by readers over a period of more than 50 years.   From them she gleaned more than 200 recipes for inclusion in The Southern Living Community Cookbook.  Born in nearby Watauga County, Castle has an entertaining, down-home style that made her the perfect choice to author this major Southern Living release.

Southern Living editors had this to say about The Sothern Living Community Cookbook:

“People feel deep affection for their local community cookbooks, especially those well-worn volumes that serve as a timestamp of a particular place and time. No other type of recipe collection is more generous, gracious, and welcoming. Before we give you a bite, we Southern cooks have to tell you about what we've made. A memorable Southern cookbook holds good food and a good read, the equivalent of a brimming recipe box plus the scribbled notes and whispered secrets that cover the tips, advice, and stories that a generous cook shares with family members, friends, and neighbors.”"

- A Press Release

Winston-Salem Symphony Appoints Maya Robinson as Chief Development Officer

"WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCTOBER 1, 2014) – E. Merritt Vale, President and CEO of the Winston-Salem Symphony, announced today the appointment of Maya Robinson to the positon of Chief Development Officer, effective October 13, 2014. As a member of the senior leadership team, Robinson will be responsible for the Winston-Salem Symphony’s overall fundraising initiatives, which include annual fundraising, major and capital gifts, corporate sponsorships, and special initiatives. 

Prior to joining the Symphony, Robinson served as Major Contributions Manager for the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Woodruff is the largest arts center in the Southeast and the fourth largest in the country. She served as a senior member of the Alliance’s Development team since 2011. Under Robinson’s leadership and during her tenure, the Alliance achieved record-breaking contributed revenue goals. Prior to her position at the Alliance Theatre, Robinson established herself as a fundraiser at the Woodruff Arts Center in 2007 where she served as a Leadership Gifts Officer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) heading up the ASO’s premier giving club, The Patron Partnership.  In this role she collaborated with volunteers, staff, and musicians across the institution as part of a $6 million annual fund campaign.

The Winston-Salem Symphony’s Chief Development Officer search committee was composed of board members Elms Allen, Steve Karr (Board Chair-elect), Michael Rogers (Immediate Past Board Chair & Fundraising Task Force Co-Chair), Matt York (Fundraising Task Force Co-Chair), and Winston-Salem Symphony President and CEO, Merritt Vale.

“Maya is a top-notch addition to our senior management team,” said Merritt Vale. “Not only does she have knowledge of symphonic music, she has a proven track record of leading orchestral fundraising efforts and community engagement. I am confident Maya is the right person to help the Winston-Salem Symphony achieve its contributed revenue goals and foster community building.”

“I am delighted Maya has accepted the position of Chief Development Officer,” said Robert Moody, Music Director for the Winston-Salem Symphony. “She has a genuine appreciation for the orchestra, and I am confident that with her enthusiasm and leadership, we will continue to deepen our connection within the community.”

Robinson’s 14-year career has been dedicated to arts and education. A Georgia native, Robinson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Valdosta State University. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and subsequently joined the staff, assisting with grants, fundraising, and managing a donor membership program. At Second Stage Theatre in New York City, Robinson assisted with grants and fundraising events. Robinson also worked at the American University in Washington, D.C., managing alumni and major gift prospect events for the university’s School of Communication. Her service to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre distinguished her as a collaborative, accomplished, and successful fund development leader.

Joia Johnson, the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Board Chair said, “We were very impressed with Maya’s passion and dedication to the arts, as well as her fundraising abilities and accomplishments.  She will play a pivotal role in helping the Winston-Salem Symphony achieve its long-term goals.”

"I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team of the Winston-Salem Symphony,” said Maya Robinson. “I look forward to working with the staff, board, Robert Moody, Symphony musicians, patrons, supporters, and the community-at-large to continue securing the future of this vibrant orchestra.”

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony began its 68th season in September 2014 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. This season also marks Maestro Robert Moody’s 10th Anniversary with the Symphony. Under the baton of Music Director Moody, its performance season includes a classics series, a pops series, concerts for kids, annual  performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs.  For more information visit"
- A Press Release

Officer Suspended Following Arrest

"A Greensboro police officer has been suspended without pay following an arrest for indecent exposure earlier today.
            Officer J.W. Way is accused of exposing himself to an adult female at her place of employment on Aug. 27.
An allegation of misconduct was reported to the Greensboro Police Department on Sept. 10. Officers from the Professional Standards Division launched an investigation the following day and gathered sufficient information for Way to be suspended from duties with pay on Sept. 12 while concurrent criminal and administrative investigations were on-going.
          “We are deeply disturbed by this incident,” stated Interim Chief of Police Anita Holder. “The men and women in GPD who do the right thing day in and day out feel betrayed by any officer’s decision that casts us in an unprofessional light.”
          The arrest follows an investigation by the Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.
         In addition to the criminal misdemeanor charge, Way faces a disciplinary hearing to adjudicate violations of several departmental directives in connection with the offense.
Way joined GPD on Feb. 16, 2005. He holds the rank of Police Officer III and is assigned to the Southern Patrol Division.

       The name of the victim will not be released."

- A Police Report

Declan’s Playground Grand Opening at Griffin Recreation Center is October 5

"GREENSBORO, NC (October 1, 2014) – The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the grand opening of Declan’s Playground from 2:30-4 pm Sunday, October 5 at the Marylene F. Griffin Park and Recreation Center, 5301 Hilltop Rd. The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 3 pm and light refreshments will be served.

This new playground will be dedicated in memory of Declan Nicholas Donoghue and is made possible by the Declan Donoghue Foundation, the Friends of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Foundation, and Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. The Declan Foundation was created in memory of Declan Donoghue, who passed away in September 2010 at the age of two of a rare immune genetic disease. The foundation seeks to carry on the memory of Declan and his spirit of play by helping to fund and build playgrounds in the Triad. For more information on the foundation, visit"

- A Press Release

Greensboro College Observes National Day Without Stigma on Oct. 6

"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro College will observe National Day Without Stigma on Monday, Oct. 6. The day is aimed at recognizing and fighting the stigma attached to mental-health issues.

Students have entered an art contest whose winner will be voted on between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outside Fowler Dining Hall.

The day also will feature "One in Four: Uncovering the Truth About Stigma and Mental Health," an information session and panel discussion featuring volunteers from the Greensboro Mental Health Association, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Campbell Lyceum, 109 Proctor Hall West on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Emily Holmes, director of student counseling, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5325, or email

Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,250 students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 24 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 16-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."
- A Press Release

HPU to Host Human Rights Photographer Todd Drake

"HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 30, 2014 – High Point University will host a presentation by human rights artist Todd Drake in conjunction with its Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series. The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Addressing human rights issues among marginalized communities, Drake will discuss his work as a human rights photographer and installation artist. Working in a wide variety of media, Drake has worked collaboratively with communities including Muslim Americans, undocumented immigrants and Palestinians. He has exhibited across the U.S. and internationally including exhibitions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, in college venues including Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, in museums such as the Heart Mountain Interpretative Center, Mathers Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

“Drake’s work is provocative and challenging,” says Scott Raynor, associate professor and chair of the art department at HPU. “We wanted to bring in an artist who used his work in the context of the larger question of basic human rights.”

“As part of the Year of the Arts, we connect all of our speakers to a broad question,” Raynor adds. “Todd Drake’s work addresses the question of ‘What are the roles of ‘dangerous’ art?’ He answers that question through his works with underrepresented communities through his photography.”

The grant series at HPU assists faculty in featuring nationally renowned academics, artists and performers for cultural enrichment events around campus. This year’s series is produced in conjunction with the HPU Year of the Arts.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South and recognized for a Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching. HPU was named this year the No. 4 private school in NC for the best return on investment, and it is a 2014-2015 College of Distinction. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at"

- A Press Release

First ever shows at new Cone Denim Entertainment Center announced! Dave Chappelle and more coming.

"The Greater Greensboro Entertainment Group (“GGEG”) proudly announces that a naming rights arrangement for the new House of Blues Entertainment affiliated live performance center at 117 South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro has been finalized. The name of the new state-of-the-art facility will be “The Cone Denim Entertainment Center”.

Cone Mills is a 100 year old denim manufacturing facility woven into the landscape of Greensboro. I can't express our excitement in being a part of this new live entertainment venue that will bring top artists to Greensboro in an intimate setting,” said Ken Kunberger, CEO of Burlington Industries.

We are very excited that Cone Denim has not only supported the Indigo Denim Lounge at the new facility, but has also committed to the naming sponsorship. Anytime you can align with a brand that has been a staple in Greensboro for over 100 years, it says a lot of positive things about where we are heading and the role that we expect this venue to play in the community,” stated GGEG President Rocky Scarfone.

Scarfone is also pleased to announce the Grand Opening dates and the inaugural show at the new performance center.

On November 5th and 6th, we are excited to announce that comedian Dave Chappelle will perform for two nights, with two shows nightly at 7:30 and at 10:00. We look forward to unveiling the theater to the community with a great comedy show that I'm sure people will be talking about. We are also proud to be hosting an artist of his stature and being part of a few select dates in the Carolinas,” said Scarfone.

Dave Chappelle hosted his own sketch comedy television series and has been back performing in 2014 after leaving the limelight in 2005. His recent shows have delighted and entertained audiences as he has made his return to a more traditional stand-up performance.

We felt that it was important to seek out an artist with broad appeal for our grand opening. Our upcoming shows reflect the great diversity in our community and we look forward to seeing a wide variety of audiences at the center,” added Scarfone.

On Friday, November 7, local favorites Sleeping Booty will bring their high-energy nightclub show to the Cone Denim Entertainment Center for a night of dancing as only they can.”

Rounding out the opening weekend line-up will be a free show on Saturday, November 8, sponsored by WKZL 107.5 and featuring The Dan Band, known to movie fans from their hilarious and scene -stealing performances in “Old School”, “Starsky & Hutch”, and “The Hangover.”

Future performances announced today:

Edwin McCain (11/14)
Who's Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute (11/29)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party (12/16)
Echosmith (12/20)
Mother's Finest New Year's Eve Party 2015 (12/31)
Marshall Tucker Band (1/23)
Masters of Illusion Tour (2/24).

Tickets for all of these events will be on sale 10:00am Friday, October 3 at all TicketMaster outlets, online at, or charge by phone 800-745-3000."

- A Press Release

“From the Back of the Line: Voices of the Undocumented” showing at Geeksboro


WHAT: Free film (30 min), speaker, community discussion and reception on experiences
of undocumented immigrants in North Carolina

Film: “From the Back of the Line: Voices of the Undocumented”
Speaker: Rausel Arista, Charlotte, NC-based activist sharing his recent experience in immigration detention 

WHO:  All ages welcome 

WHEN: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Geeksboro Coffeehouse & Cinema, 2134 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC

Filmmakers Haberdashery Films, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte partnered with Hannah Levinson, Armando Bellmas and the Latin American Coalition to create this unique regional film. 

Sponsors of the premiere event in Greensboro include the American Friends Service Committee and the Immigrant Rights Working Group of Guilford County, whose members are providing food and encouraging local residents to join the conversation about the impact of immigration reform efforts on ourselves, friends, neighbors and communities. Contributions to Mr. Arista’s legal fund are welcome during the event.

For more information contact Ann Marie Dooley, 336-275-5885