The Gymnastics Show
Sep
21
2:00 PM14:00

The Gymnastics Show

  • Southeastern Stokes Middle School (map)
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We need you! Are you part of a gymnastics team? Do you have a dance to Old Town Road?

We are looking for your talent to showcase at a reunion show of the infamous Gymnastics Shows, which showcased Southeastern students every spring from 1973 through 1987. We will include clips of previous shows along with current acts.

Check out the old videos for inspiration!

Please contact Caroline Armijo to sign up for the show!

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Wildflower Bank Planning Meeting
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

Wildflower Bank Planning Meeting

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After our last meeting for a wildflower bank, a plan began to fall into place. Now that we have this basic plan, let’s meet again to discuss next steps with Bryan Hartman, Stokes Co Extension Agent.

We are going to present the idea to the Walnut Cove Town Council the next day, Tuesday, June 11th at 6 pm. Artist Chuck Hunner from Golden Spirit Labyrinths will join us to share more about the concrete labyrinth we are proposing to place on the corner of 5th Street and Windmill, next to the Boy Scout Hut.

Please come give us your insight of what you would like to see in this community garden space. We would love to have you!

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Celebrating Courage Film Screening
Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

Celebrating Courage Film Screening

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Friends of The Lilies Project will host a second community screening of Celebrating Courage, a short film honoring the legacy of John L. Hairston. Soul Ash Pictures created the film and it was originally showcased during the Celebrating Courage Weekend hosted in August 2018. The film will be shown from 12-2 pm at John L. Hairston’s home church of Pine Hall Missionary Baptist.

The original documentary has been edited to include a few additional photographs and documents found over the last few months. Two new short films, both at 9 minutes in length, will also be shown. These films capture the spirit of the three-day weekend and also share comments that attendees had about John L. Hairston’s impact on their lives.

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Our First Mural
Apr
8
11:00 AM11:00

Our First Mural

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Come out to help us plan for our first mural in Walnut Cove. We are planning to include a positive quote on the side of Alley’s Vintage Shoppe on Main Street.

We will meet at the library to discuss pictures and a design. Be sure to collect images of your favorite inspirational quotes.

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Let's Celebrate Full Excavation!
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Let's Celebrate Full Excavation!

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After YEARS of advocating for full evacuation of ALL Duke Energy's toxic coal ash pits, we have finally been heard and we WON!!! Now it's time to party!

Join frontline leaders, coal ash neighbors, advocates, and volunteers. We want anyone and everyone to come out and celebrate with us! It's a statewide celebration!

Main course food provided, please bring a dessert to share! We'll have music, balloons, and a good reason to dance!

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Lego Build for Art Ideas
Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

Lego Build for Art Ideas

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INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN YOU IN BUILDING YOUR IDEAS!

Using Legos, we will create our own ideas of what our final art installation could be. Please come for a fun time of building and dreaming about what we want our spaces to look like.

This is a monthly series held at the Walnut Cove Public Library. The purpose is to make art, discuss what you would like for the final installation of The Lilies Project and to hang out with our neighbors. Maybe even make new friends.

This is a very free flow event that will focus on both building community and what we will build as a community.

Materials provided. This event is free and open to the public.

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Looking Back and Looking Forward
Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Looking Back and Looking Forward

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Stemming off the Celebrating Courage event, we will explore John L. Hairston’s contribution to building Walnut Cove and the area through his efforts with the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, Inc. We will consider ideas for what we would like to see as part of a post-excavation phase of coal ash from Belews Creek.

This is part of a monthly series held at the Walnut Cove Public Library. The purpose is to make art, discuss what you would like for the final installation of The Lilies Project and to hang out with our neighbors. Maybe even make new friends.

This is a very free flow event that will focus on both building community and what we will build as a community.

Materials provided. This event is free and open to the public.

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Celebrating Courage Film Screening
Feb
2
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrating Courage Film Screening

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Friends of The Lilies Project will host a second community screening of Celebrating Courage, a short film honoring the legacy of John L. Hairston. Soul Ash Pictures created the film and it was originally showcased during the Celebrating Courage Weekend hosted in August 2018. The film will be shown from 2-4 pm at The Arts Place of Stokes in collaboration with the Stokes County Historical Society.

The original documentary has been edited to include a few additional photographs and documents found over the last few months. Two new short films, both at 9 minutes in length, will also be shown. These films capture the spirit of the three-day weekend and also share comments that attendees had about John L. Hairston’s impact on their lives.

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See more about our Celebrating Courage series, including previews, photos from the weekend and other details.

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Information Session about Duke’s Final Closure Plans
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Information Session about Duke’s Final Closure Plans

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Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup will host an information session about Duke’s Final Closure Plans at the Walnut Cove Public Library. Representatives from Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Voices will present Duke Energy’s final closure plans and answer community questions. Community members are also encouraged to submit comments to the Department of Environmental Quality during the meeting in writing or via email through Friday, February 15th, 2019 using the email address belewscomments@ncdener.gov.

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SES Wrestling Mat Dedication + The Gymnastics Show Screening
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

SES Wrestling Mat Dedication + The Gymnastics Show Screening

With generous gifts from the community, we will dedicate a new wrestling mat for Southeastern Stokes Middle School. The original mat is from the late 1970s, over forty years old. This mat was instrumental to both a long legacy of excellence in athletics - both wrestling and The Gymnastics Shows, which spanned for over a decade.

After the dedication at 9 am, we will screen films from The Gymnastics Shows for the community to watch and enjoy. We will also continue filling out our timeline of participants and collecting interviews.

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Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

DEQ Hearing about Belews Creek Closure Plans

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Photo by Keri Brown, WFDD

On January 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Walnut Cove Elementary School (1211 Walnut Cove School Road), NC DEQ will hold a public meeting to discuss whether Duke Energy should be allowed to leave millions of tons of coal ash in an unlined pit at Belews Creek, sitting in groundwater on Little Belews Creek, near Belews Lake and just upstream of the Dan River.

PLEASE COME! And tell DEQ to make Duke Energy remove its ash from this unlined polluting pit to safe, dry, lined storage away from the lake and the river and out of the groundwater. This is being done at every utility (including Duke Energy) coal ash pit in South Carolina and at 8 other sites in North Carolina. Walnut Cove and Stokes County deserve the same protections and the same respect!

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New Year Vision Boards
Jan
7
11:00 AM11:00

New Year Vision Boards

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Create a vision board for the New Year. We will use old magazine clippings to fashion what you hope to see happen in 2019. You are welcome to bring any materials you would like to use.

This is a first of a monthly series held at the Walnut Cove Public Library. The purpose is to make art, discuss what you would like for the final installation of The Lilies Project and to hang out with our neighbors. Maybe even make new friends.

This is a very free flow event that will focus on both building community and what we will build as a community.

Materials provided. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Gymnastics Show Reunion : 1973 - 1987
Dec
27
4:00 PM16:00

The Gymnastics Show Reunion : 1973 - 1987

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Check Out Photos from The Gymnastics Show Reunion and Updates on this Ongoing Project

The Christmas Holidays are quickly approaching and we are getting read for a celebration. We have several videos from the 8os that we are hoping to share with everyone at the reunion. If you have a video, it is not too late to copy them. We would love as thorough collection as possible.

As part of the reunion, we will be selecting a date for a Spring Performance and recruiting for the event. Would you like to recreate your skit from 1983? Do you believe your child can do it better? Are you a fan of a local dance team or gymnastics troupe that will perform?

We will also be filming stories shared at the reunion and creating a mini-documentary that we will share at the Spring Event. Plus we will have dancing, art and fun! Can’t wait to see you after the all of the chaos of Christmas is complete.

Do you have old videos? We want to create a community archive of all the old shows.

Do you have old videos? We want to create a community archive of all the old shows.

Over the Christmas Holidays, friends of The Lilies Project invite you to come reminisce about The Gymnastics Shows that were held at Southeastern Stokes Middle School from 1973 through 1987. The Gymnastics Shows were legendary events that people still talk about today. Every spring most of the student body would put on a show for the entire community. It was a perennial favorite for well over a decade involving both the students at the school staff. The variety show included a wide range of outstanding acrobatic accomplishments to silly skits and choreographed dances to the latest pop music. 

Read more about finding this front page story from The Danbury Reporter from May 12th, 1983 and other  related blog posts here .

Read more about finding this front page story from The Danbury Reporter from May 12th, 1983 and other related blog posts here.

The gathering will be held on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 from 4 - 8 pm at Southeastern Stokes Middle School. The event will include a panel about the decade-plus event and chance to share your stories about the Gymnastics Shows. Old videos will be on display. We will begin planning for a spring performance event where the entire community is invited to showcase their talents. The event promises to be a fun way to reconnect with classmates during the holidays.  

Prior to the December 27th event, The Lilies Project is seeking copies of your old video recordings of The Gymnastics Shows. So dig through your closets and see which years you have on hand. VHS tapes will be digitized and archived to make as many of the annual shows available to the community as possible. 

If you have a story to share or any photos or videos, please contact Caroline Armijo at caroline.armijo@gmail.com or 919-358-5057.

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Sheet Music Christmas Creations
Dec
17
11:00 AM11:00

Sheet Music Christmas Creations

Check Out More Details of this Ongoing Program

Come play around with sheet music and make a few Christmas Creations.

This is a first of a monthly series held at the Walnut Cove Public Library. The purpose is to make art, discuss what you would like for the final installation of The Lilies Project and to hang out with our neighbors. Maybe even make new friends.

This is a very free flow event that will focus on both building community and what we will build as a community.

Materials provided. This event is free and open to the public.

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Celebrating Courage at London
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Celebrating Courage at London

We will honor the legacy of London Elementary School and its role in our community. We will also honor John L. Hairston, the school principal, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year if he were still with us. 

The Celebrating Courage Weekend includes a series of community activities that are free and open to the public on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th in both the Walnut Cove and Pine Hall Communities. Saturday afternoon will include storytelling workshops, followed by a fish fry, the  “Celebrating Courage” documentary film premiere and a community sing-a-long. Sunday will include a church service focused on John L. Hairston, a free community luncheon, followed by a second screening of the original documentary film “Celebrating Courage.”

The event is in collaboration with the Stokes County Historical Society, the Stokes County Arts Council, Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup, and Appalachian Voices.

 

 

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Overview of Weekend Celebration

Saturday, August 11th, 2018  

2-4 PM: Holy Spirit Story and Song Workshop
Led by Marie Garlock and Tracey Edwards
Accompanying Music led by Meghann Evans
London Elementary School
609 School St, Walnut Cove, NC

5:30 - 8 PM: Fish Fry Fundraiser, Documentary Film Premiere, and Gospel Sing-A-Long
Music provided by Pine Hall Missionary Baptist Church and the John L. Hairston family
Fish Fry Donations will go towards additional programming and park development sponsored by The Lilies Project
Pine Hall Community Campus
3853 US 311, Pine Hall, NC

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

All Events: Rising Star Baptist Church
915 Windmill St, Walnut Cove, NC

11 AM: Church Service led by Rev. Gregory Hairston
1 PM: Free Community Luncheon
2-4 PM: "Celebrating Courage" Documentary Film Premiere - Second Screening


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5790 University Parkway,
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One Marriott Drive
Greensboro, North Carolina 27409
1-336-852-6450

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  • Start date: 8/10/18

  • End date: 8/12/18

  • Last day to book: 8/3/18

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate: 

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Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

Art on Main in Walnut Cove

Join us for a little art as part of Walnut Cove's Art on Main. Classic cars line the streets on the last Friday evening of the month. The Lilies Project hosts various small art activities, including past: 

  • Visioning a new future for an old building in Walnut Cove

  • Plant rubbings at Tuttle Hardware

  • Snowflake cuttings in front of Rutledge & Rutledge

  • Video Clips at the Palmetto Theater

This is a recurring event from April - November. 

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Changing the Race Dance: A Workshop in InterPlay Methods and Performance Forms
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Changing the Race Dance: A Workshop in InterPlay Methods and Performance Forms

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This workshop is focused on building our creative toolkit as educators and learners, and our capacities as individuals-in-community to move out of systems of oppression, assimilation, and uneven methods of attending to racist violence and white silence. The workshop is rooted in InterPlay forms that center the body, breath, and intuitive story, movement, and song forms to create more ease, spaciousness, and respect in places where they can be of deep benefit. Changing the Race Dance uses fewer words and more body-based wisdoms to identify and practice ways of dislodging the harmful effects of a white supremacist social order that we face daily. Incorporating restorative and contemplative practices and the sometimes-radical act of improvisation, the workshop focuses on bolstering our skills to unpack inequity to its roots, and discern and celebrate what's working in people-based movements toward freedom and change. InterPlay forms are accessible to all physical mobilities and experience levels.

The Lilies Project is sponsoring transportation costs to the event for Stokes County residents.

Leaders: Soyinka Rahim, founder and director of OurThing Arts Company, and Cynthia Winton-Henry, InterPlay cofounder.

Cost: Suggested donation $5-50, for those who are able. Participants must attend entire weekend. Free homestays can be arranged with advanced notice.

Contact: marie@itisinyou.org

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Walnut Tree Annexation Celebration
Apr
7
12:00 PM12:00

Walnut Tree Annexation Celebration

After over a decade of debate, the Walnut Tree community received annexation into the town of Walnut Cove. This calls for a celebration! Food and drinks will be served, and we will have a grill raffle and music to enjoy! You definitely don't want to miss this time of fellowship and fun! Spread the word!

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"Recollections of Moore's Springs" Screening + Oral History Introduction
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

"Recollections of Moore's Springs" Screening + Oral History Introduction

Royce Moore was a colorful character, whose family opened Moore's Springs in Danbury. He grew up at the Moore's Springs Hotel a delightful interview with Royce Moore, who grew up at the Moore’s Springs Resort Hotel in Stokes County in the early 1900s. Mr. Moore was 99 years old when this interview was filmed for the Stokes County Historical Society in 2009. This will be the kick off and introduction to oral history collecting for “The Lilies Project”, a National Creative Placemaking Fund Project, celebrating history, environmental awareness and art for Stokes County. Free and open to the public.

After the film, we will collect information about what research is already underway in Stokes County ranging from early settlement in the area through current day stories. We plan to map out information to see what we already have, where they overlap and what stories are missing.  Use these forms to share your ideas on what stories you would like to explore. 

We may share this mini documentary by Christine Rucker featuring Tony McGee. 

Profile on local grass roots trail builder, Tony McGee. McGee turns to community of bikers and outdoor enthusiast to create a 9 mile trail on back side of Sauratown Mtns. in Stokes County, NC.

For new audio collections, we plan to use StoryCorps DIY App and create community pages that are easily accessible. 

Are you ready to dive in now? These are a few online resources to get started. 

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Clean The Cove - Lilies Planning
Mar
17
8:00 AM08:00

Clean The Cove - Lilies Planning

Local citizens cleaned up the litter on the streets of Walnut Cove, NC on St. Patrick's Day 2018. Following the event, Clean the Cove organizer Adam Flinchum hosted a chicken stew in Flower Park. We planted flowers donated to the community by Paul J. Ceiner Botanical Garden and Old Salem. The Lilies Project, the producer of this short film, is a National Creative Placemaking Fund Project, funded by ArtPlace America, to create art out of coal ash in Walnut Cove, NC. For more information, visit theliliesproject.org.

Thank you for all who came out to collect up litter Saturday morning (8 am - 12 pm) and returned for and chicken stew (5 - 8 pm) in Fowler Park. Adam Flinchum organized various routes. The Walnut Tree Community provided water and refreshments at stations throughout town. Over 1200 pounds of litter was collected! There is even more trash to collect. Please take an active role in preventing litter. It makes a tremendous difference in the appearance of the community. 

We planted a collection of native plants donated by Old Salem Museum and Gardens and Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens.

Flowers from Old Salem included:

  • Coreopsis --  full sun; height 24", bright yellow flowers, re-seeds
  • Great Blue Lobelia -- part-shade, like moisture; height 36", violet blue flowers in late summer; re-seeds. These flowers were planted a long the creek bed in Fowler Park. 
  • Native Columbine -- sun to part shade; height 30", red and yellow flowers; re-seeds
  • Spring Blue Phlox -- sun to part shade; height 12", fragrant lavender blooms in early spring, ground cover that will spread. These flowers were planted in the front garden bed at the entrance to the Walnut Cove Public Library.

Thank you to Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens for donating eight day lilies, which are a vibrant red variety known as Peace. They were planted in Fowler Park and next to the tree at the entrance to the Walnut Cove Publice Library.  

In collaboration with the Clean the Cove, we will continue collecting input on where to plan to plant lilies, daffodils and accompanying bulbs this fall. Please share your locations in the comments below or record them in the large, black notebook at the next event. 

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