Wine and Chocolate summer prelude
Hello May. We’�ve waited all winter to inhale your fragrance of fresh-cut grass and flowers in bloom. You are summer�’s perfect prelude. Your arrival brings us something else: festivals. el Dia de los niños/ el Dia de los Libros (Children�s Day/Book Day) Saturday, May 4, 12:30–5 p.m. Festival Park, 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro Free While the festival is geared toward children, the performances will delight adults. Highlights include food vendors, salsa dancing and the Winston-Salem-based Latin jazz band West End Mambo. Info: (336) 373-3636 or www.greensborolibrary.org. Cinco de mayo festival, a Day of Hispanic music artists Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. White Oak Ampitheatre, 1921 West Lee Street, Greensboro Free. Sponsored by radio stations La Raza 98.3 and Pepe 790 AM along with the publication Hola Noticias, this event celebrates a May 5 battle and draws 15,000 Hispanics statewide. It features authentic Latin food, cultural dance performances, a Kid Zone with Dora the Explorer, soccer games and internationally acclaimed Latino bands. Info: cincodemayotriad.com
27th annual Carolina Blues festival Saturday, May 18; 1 p.m.–11 p.m. Festival Park, 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro. Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 on the day of show. Festival headliners this year are five-time 2013 Blues Music Award Nominee Janiva Magness and Louisiana Hall of Famer Kenny Neal. The lineup also includes Mac Arnold, Armand & Bluesology with Will McFarlane, Toot and the Longshots! and “Sunnyland Steve” Burchfield. Info: (336) 333-2605 or www.piedmontblues.org.
If your mom’s like my mom, she loves chocolate. So why not take her on Mother’s Day to the truffle-and-wine tasting at Guilford County’s Grove Winery, and she just might decide all those labor pains were worth it? The rich chocolate truffles, one of them featuring Grove’s own cabernet, are handmade by Greensboro pastry chef Jules Watson. And if you drop by Grove on the 11th, you can catch a session by Burlington’s Big Something, winner of last year’s Last Band Standing contest. Alternatively, take Mom — or anyone else who likes both wine and rivers — to Grove’s annual paddle party on May 19, which starts at Brooks Bridge, about a thousand yards from the winery. Info: (336) 584-4060 or www.grovewinery.com — DCB
So what if Greensboro can’t claim Dolley Madison’s birthplace? We’ve got her dress, and it’s back on display in Draped in Legend: A Velvet Dress, a Carriage Trunk and a First Lady at the Greensboro Historical Museum through June 16. The exhibit highlight is a red velvet dress that the museum is so protective of it has only loaned it twice to other museums. Dolley and her husband, James, occupied the White House during that war — until the British set the place on fire. According to legend, Dolley pulled down the White House’s red velvet curtains during the British advance and made a dress from them. Dolley Madison was born in 1768 in a cabin near the present-day Guilford College campus. She lived in the area for only a year. That was long enough for what would become Guilford County in 1771 to claim her. Several of Dolley’s garment worn in the White House are on display. Also featured is a trunk in which Dolley is said to have packed garments as she hurried out of the White House. Info: (336) 373-2043 or www.greensborohistory.org. — JS
glenfest 2013 Saturday, May 18, noon until 6 p.m. The intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Grove Street, Greensboro. Free This is the fifth multicultural festival, sponsored by the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association. Activities include crafts for kids, face painting and a multicultural dress-up area. African and Latin musicians will perform, and food vendors will sell Korean, Creole, American and fusion fare. Info: ggnanc.com.
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