Second Springs Arts Festival

Second Spring Arts Festival

By Judie Holcomb-Pack

For the fourth year, the Second Spring Arts Festival will showcase the creative talents of seniors aged 60 and above in a day-long festival at Milton Rhodes Arts Center on Friday, May 20. The Festival kicks off at 
10 a.m. with a performance by N.C.’s Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, who will play guitar, sing, and recite some of his poetry. Fam Brownlee, a local historian, will talk about “The Power of Story,” the theme for this year’s Festival.

During the day, there will be different sessions for attendees to choose to attend: Musical entertainment in the Mountcastle Forum; literary readings by authors whose work is included in the 2016 Anthology; a panel discussion facilitated by Mike Simpson, Indigo Sea Publishing, on “Getting Your Story Told;” a workshop on “The Inner Artist” by Cyndi Briggs; book signings by local authors; and an artist’s reception and announcement of winners in the visual and literary competitions. New Winston Museum will sponsor “Memory Mapping”, along with an array of vendors. Authoring Action youth will present spoken word “Stories from our Grandparents.”

The mission of Second Spring Arts is to showcase creative accomplishments and encourage creative discovery for people 60 and above. Their mission includes promoting Winston-Salem, the City of Arts and Innovation, as an outstanding place in which to retire.

As a great way to end the Festival, Aperture Theatre on Fourth Street will present a special screening of, “My Love, Don’t Cross that River,” a South Korean documentary film that follows an elderly married couple until the last moments of their 76-year marriage. The film begins at 6:30p.m. and tickets are available at

All ages are invited to come enjoy the Festival, attend any of the events, and enjoy the musical performances. There is no cost to attend and parking is free. For a complete schedule, go to

For Seniors Only is proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful event for the seniors in our community.


About: Judie Holcomb-Pack

Judie Holcomb-Pack, APR, has spent most of her career in marketing, advertising and public relations, retiring from a local nonprofit. In 2014 she became the editor for For Seniors Only. A graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College, Judie was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She enjoys a great cup of coffee and stimulating conversation and is a die-hard Virginia Tech Hokies football fan.

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