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Celebrate the city centennial where it all began during the free Community Day in Old Salem, Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During Community Day, Old Salem Museums and Gardens will offer free admission to its 11 historic buildings, along with special performances and activities in Salem Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist” will recreate the tradition of the itinerant performers of colonial times with her feats of balance on a slackrope while juggling Turkish swords and flaming torches. She’ll perform at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Tavern Meadow.

Families with young children will enjoy “The Greenest Green Puppet Show,” that tells how the town’s blue dyer fulfills a request from a very important visitor to Salem. Performances will be at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., & 1:30 p.m. in the Heirloom Puppet Theater of the Frank L. Horton Museum Center.

In Salem Square, stations will be set up with a variety of hands-on activities, including quill-pen writing, pierced-paper designs, marbles, bubble blowing, and more.

Rounding out the Community Day activities are guided tours of the Tannenberg organ in the Old Salem Visitor’s Center auditorium, and performances by the Winston-Salem State University Jazz Ensemble and a digital exhibition titled “Across the Creek,” both in the St. Phillips Heritage Center.

For more information about the Community Day in Old Salem, click on the Saturday events link at The website also has information about all centennial events and how to order commemorative centennial items.


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