Second Spring Arts Festival to be held May 20
Fifth annual festival features visual and literary arts and performances by seniors age 60 and older
The fifth annual Second Spring Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 209 Spruce St., in downtown Winston-Salem.
This year’s theme, “Movement, the Mind and More,” encompasses movement through such activities as dance, yoga, or Tai Chi; movement through a creative process, such as painting, photography or pottery; or movement of the mind through writing, whether it’s a memoir, poetry or story. All these types of movement play a positive role in active aging.
The opening welcome begins at 10 a.m. in the Mountcastle Forum’s Black Box Theatre. The keynote speaker is Dr. Christina Soriano, who is an associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University where she teaches a wide spectrum of courses in the dance program and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitled “Movement and the Molecular.”
This year’s festival includes a full day of events that feature the creativity of seniors over the age of 60:
- An exhibit of visual arts, including paintings, photography and handcrafted items are on display until May 21 in the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center. Winners of the visual arts competition will be announced at the closing reception at 5 p.m. on May 20. The public is invited to attend the reception. Light refreshments will be served.
- Announcement of the winners of the literary competition will be held at 2 p.m. in the Hanes Conference Room. Selected authors will read from their winning entries. An anthology of all the entries will be available for purchase after the readings.
- Authoring Action, a literary group of local teens, will entertain with their original spoken word pieces at 2:30 p.m.
- Local authors Susan Surman, Janet Joyner, Kaye Gledhill, and cookbook author Frances Murphy, will have their books for sale during a book signing from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Reynolds Place.
- Entertainment will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. in the Mountcastle Forum’s Black Box Theatre featuring: 40 Plus Stage Company’s Robin Voiers who will present living histories with two of Senior Services Meals on Wheels clients; the Salem Saxophone Quartet; Claudia Taylor’s Triple Threat line dancers; the Winston-Salem Pops Orchestra; and Barrie Howard’s Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain.
- Vendors will have displays in Reynolds Place from 12 – 5 p.m., including Twin City Artisans that will have crafts and handmade kaleidoscopes for sale. There will also be a silent auction of an array of items and sales of the Scenes of Winston-Salem note cards that benefit Second Spring Arts Festival.
- Chef Barry Moody will have his Spice Delight food truck available for lunch, and coffee, beverages, salads and sandwiches can be purchased at Coffee Park inside the Milton Rhodes Center.
a/perture Theatre is also supporting Second Spring Arts Festival by screening the films, “Norman,” starring Richard Gere, and “Obit,” a documentary, on May 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7. Visit www.aperturecinema.com for film trailers and ticket information.
Second Spring Arts Festival is a free event for the community. Free parking is available across the street from the Milton Rhodes Center. For more information, visit www.secondspringarts.org.
Second Spring Arts Festival is an annual festival whose mission is to showcase creative accomplishments and encourage creative discovery for people 60 and above. For more information, visit www.secondspringarts.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/secondspringartsfestival.