Get Ready for Heavy Rebel Weekender!!

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Heavy Rebel Weekender is an annual event, and it happens this weekend, July 4-6, 2014. While much of the activity takes place at the Millennium Center, Trade Street and Arts District denizens should know that Saturday, July 5th is the annual Car Show, a showcase of vintage cars and bikes.  This event is HUGE and it gets bigger every year. Businesses and visitors alike should take note of the street closing schedule. Finnigan’s Wake holds the permit for the street closings, which includes putting the barricades up and arranging off-duty police officers to provide security. The barricades will be in Continue reading

Heavy Rebel Car and Bike Show

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Finnigan’s Wake just posted this on Facebook. I couldn’t have said it any better. I’m not a car person particularly, but there is plenty of artistic inspiration here in all the shapes and colors and trimmings of these vintage vehicles. Saturday on Trade St. is the 13th Annual Heavy Rebel Weekender car and bike show. It runs from 10AM-5PM. If you’ve come before you remember how fun it is. If you’re a newbie get ready to have your mind AND eyes blown. Last year had over 500 entries. If it was built in 1968 or before you’ll see it here. Continue reading

SNOW in April….????

  See those crazy white streaks? They’re SNOWFLAKES. No flimsy flurries, either. It was SERIOUS snow. HUGE flakes, for I-don’t-know-how-long-this-afternoon. At least an hour. Tried to get some work done, but it was just too weird.A few days ago, we were welcoming the Easter Bunny.  Today we got the Snowshoe Rabbit.Okay, enough already.  Could we puh-leeeeeaze get the Energizer Bunny to jump-start SPRING again?  

Happy Easter Monday!

There are 2 places in the world that celebrate Easter Monday: North Carolina and the U.S.Virgin Islands.Why?? They say that a baseball game between two rival teams is the reason North Carolina made Easter Monday a holiday.  I don’t know why it’s a holiday in the USVI, other than the fact that, if a holiday is celebrated SOMEWHERE in the world, they celebrate it in the USVI too. Both places are home to me.I was “bahn heah” in North Carolina; was an ex-pat in St.John for 15 years; and  returned a few years ago to my native NC–a happy accident, Continue reading

Spring Decor at Willy Nilly

Spring Decor, a photo by DebDubya on Flickr. Sprig of real live rosemary in bloom, courtesy of Earthbound Arts, 610 N Trade St. Heineken beer bottle vase, courtesy of Jimmy.  Interesting columnar-shaped vase from thrift shop (probably the Rescue Mission Thrift Shop). Pinwheel and the cool stem of paper flowers, thanks to absent-minded visitors to my shop Willy Nilly, 604A N Trade St.

New Public Art

New mural on Trade St in the Arts District!! The colorful mural was painted by Nico Amortegui on a recent Sunday. More of Nico’s work can be found at Red Dog Gallery at 606 N.Trade Street.More about the story behind the mural or the artist is on the website www.theafasgroup.com. The historic building known as the Tobacco Soho Building, is no longer a place where one can buy tobacco products. Instead, the building is the home of 2 art gallery collectives and a hair salon.

WS Journal editorial via Piedmont Triad Film Commission

(1) Facebook Editorial: Film industry is a natural fit for Winston-Salem http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_601efe74-8068-11e2-9810-0019bb30f31a.html Trade Street was one of the location sites used during the 2012 filming of Hallmark Channel’s “The Confession,” directed by Michael Landon, Jr. Willy Nilly is transformed into a New York jewelry store for “The Confession.” Camera equipment is set up along Trade Street for filming of “The Confession.”