Old Salem to Present Illuminate Salem

Celebrating 250 Years of Salem, North Carolina


Winston-Salem, NC (JULY 15, 2016) 2016 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem, North Carolina.As part of the celebration of this momentous anniversary, Old Salem Museums & Gardens is presenting a concert each evening on August 11-13 in Salem Square followed by a magical light show that will tell the story of Salem. Entitled Illuminate Salem, these evenings are presented with support from Flow Automotive Companies. Illuminate Salem is free and open to the public, but the donation of nonperishable food items for Sunnyside Ministries is encouraged.

A different local musical ensemble will perform each night beginning at 7:30 p.m. These concerts are made possible by the generous support of Salemtowne Retirement Community. On Thursday, August 11, enjoy the sounds of the Giannini Brass. Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, will lead Bob Moody and Friends on Friday, August 12. On Saturday, August 13, the Salem Band, under the direction of Eileen M. Young, will perform.

Following each musical performance, a light showcreated by Norman Coates of the Winston Salem Light Project, which utilizes photos, video, words, and music, will be projected on the Single Brother’s House. The twenty-minute show will be presented once each evening and will tell the story of the town of Salem beginning with its founding and continuing through its 250-year history in a unique and visually stunning way.Much of the music that accompanies the light show has been provided with the help of the Moravian Music Foundation. Bring your family and/or friends and a picnic blanket and experience the story of Salem.

The Winston-Salem Light Project was founded in 2008 by Norman Coates with the help of Phil Hanes and Suzanne and Gilbert Matthews. Since its creation, it has presented light projects on various buildings in Winston-Salem including the Millennium Center, First Baptist Church, the Pepper Building, and more. In October 2015, the Winston-Salem Light Project presented a project at the White House Halloween celebration. Illuminate Salem will be longer in length and will tell a more definitive story (the 250-year history of the town of Salem) than previous Winston-Salem Light Project events.

For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350or info@oldsalem.org.

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.