10 Ways to De-Stress in Winston

-Z. Smith Reynolds Library

November on Reynolda campus can be challenging: the weather forces you to stay indoors, the colorful leaves are down, end of semester exams and papers are rapidly approaching, and holidays are just around the corner.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with academics and work like you’re always reading or writing.  But there are plenty of fun ways to de-stress in Winston-Salem and stay intellectually healthy!

1.) a/perture Cinema:  Located on 4th Street, across from Camino Bakery, a/perture always has an eclectic movie selection.  It’s a refreshing getaway from the traditional cinema experience—small theaters, locally produced snacks and beer (for those of age), and indie films!

2.) Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA):  This spacious art gallery is tucked away in a neighborhood off of Reynolda Road.  The current exhibit (until January 17th, 2016), “Point and Counterpoint” is a wonderful display of contrasting symbols, paintings, videos, sculptures, and more.  Free to the public, SECCA is an underappreciated partner of the Wake Forest community.

3.) Reynolda House (and Village):  If you’re crunched for time, walk over to the Museum of American Art.  It’s free to WFU students, faculty, and staff.  The current exhibit is on American Impressionism and the Garden Movement.  Reynolda House will be closed for January and February for renovations and restoration, so go quickly!

4.) UNC School of the Arts Performances:  UNCSA features an amazing variety of concerts, plays, and dance performances in the Stevens Center downtown or on its campus.  They’re even performing The Nutcracker in December!  Tickets are reasonably priced for students, so check out their performance schedule if you have a free evening.

5.) Sawtooth School for Visual Art:  Feeling creative and hands-on?  Sawtooth has a great selection of craft, woodworking, ceramics, photography, and other visual arts courses.  Some are even designed for you to bring a friend and a bottle of wine (or other beverage of your choice).

6.) Yoga Classes:  There are plenty of opportunities for yoga around us.  Campus Recreation has a great deal for students and faculty/staff for the remaining month of class.  There are also studios in Reynolda Village and downtown.  Explore your mind/body connection and go at your own pace!

7.) Old Salem: November 13 – December 19, 2015, Old Salem is hosting Christmas Candlelight Tours.  The Moravian community is even more beautiful with holiday decorations!  Plus, food, drink, games, and giveaways.

8.) WFU Theatre and Dance:  There are always things going on in Scales!  The fall dance concert is approaching at the end of the month and the theater department just finished a spectacular version of The Importance of Being Earnest.

9.)    Visit Artivity (the art park downtown) and Trade Street:  You can catch a variety of festivals and art gallery open houses in the Art District of Winston-Salem.  Perfect for an afternoon stroll to get off campus with friends.

10.)   Bailey Park:  Get to know the Innovation Quarter as Wake Forest expands!  Bailey Park has food trucks every Wednesday and Thursday, plus movies and concerts for special events.  A must-see urban greenery for everyone in Winston-Salem.