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. 

Share your ideas for what you would like to celebrate at this August event!

Details to come, but this event is a must celebration to draw your summer to a close. 

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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

  • CURRENT Studio @ Carolina Square (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

Facebook Event - Tell us you are coming and spread the word to your friends!

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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. 

Follow Up Posts

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Film Screening: The Lilies of the Field
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: The Lilies of the Field

Join us to watch the 1963 film "The Lilies of The Field" for which Sidney Poitier received the first Oscar by an African-American actor. The theme song for the film was written by Jester Hairston, who was born at Belews Creek. This film and Jester Hairston's "Amen" are the inspiration behind The Lilies Project, the National Creative Placemaking Fund grant, recently launched in Walnut Cove. 

The film screening will happen at the Arts Place of Stokes in Danbury. Afterwards we will create a  hands-on collage art activity.

View the original trailer. 

Please join us. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Printable Materials: Full Page Flyer 

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Film Screening: The Lilies of the Field
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Film Screening: The Lilies of the Field

Join us to watch the 1963 film "The Lilies of The Field" for which Sidney Poitier received the first Oscar by an African-American actor. The theme song for the film was written by Jester Hairston, who was born at Belews Creek. This film and Jester Hairston's "Amen" are the inspiration behind The Lilies Project, the National Creative Placemaking Fund grant, recently launched in Walnut Cove. 

The film screening will happen at the Walnut Cove Public Library. Afterwards we will create a  hands-on collage art activity.

View the original trailer. 

Please join us. This event is free and open to the public. 

Share this event with others on Facebook!

Printable Materials: Full Page Flyer | Half Page Flyer

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Jan
13
to Jan 15

Jester Hairston Celebration Weekend

  • Walnut Cove Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jester Hairston, accomplished composer and musician, was born in the Belews Creek Community known as Little Egypt, prior the land that being flooded to create Belews Lake. We gathered to celebrate his accomplishments through film, songs and art.

Press From the Weekend

#JesterSings Social Media Concert
Tag your musical tribute to Jester Hairston with #JesterSings.
Anywhere your heart desires

The Lilies Project Kickoff
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
10 AM - 12:30 PM
Walnut Cove Public Library, Walnut Cove, NC
Facebook Event
Kickoff PowerPoint

Film Screening of Amen: The Life of Jester Hairston
Sunday, January 14th, 2018
2 - 5:30 PM
The Arts Place of Stokes, Danbury, NC
Facebook Event

CAP MLK March + Service
Monday, January 15, 2018
10:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Rising Star Baptist Church, Walnut Cove, NC

Event Poster

In Collaboration With: 
Stokes County Historical Society
Stokes County Arts Council
Christian Awareness Program (CAP)
Appalachian Voices

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