(pictured above: A view of Winston-Square Park during the city’s most recent Rock the Block street festival. The park will host Outta The Bag events.)
On Tuesday, May 27, and subsequent Tuesdays through Sept. 30, Winston-Salem Writers and Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks will co-sponsor Outta The Bag, an hour of lunchtime entertainment in Winston Square Park, which is downtown between Marshall and Spruce streets. Local musicians, poets, writers and other artists will perform from noon – 1 p.m.
Outta The Bag originated in the 1970s when the Arts Council awarded a grant to the city to sponsor lunchtime gatherings in Winston Square.
“This little gem is the perfect people’s park,” said Tim Grant, director of Recreation & Parks. “Resurrecting Outta The Bag returns a fun, creative, and accessible series of daytime events to the City of Arts and Innovation.”
Winston-Salem Writers will emcee the event and arrange scheduling; non-members are welcome to participate. Anyone interested in performing should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Performers will not be paid, but they may accept donations from the audience.
“Winston Salem Writers is actively seeking ways to promote our ‘Read Local’ campaign as well as to increase our membership roster,” said WSW President Sam Barbee. “Outta The Bag is a lively way to offer readings by our members in a public venue. Plus, we hope to bring other creative people of all ages who live in our community out to participate for an hour on Tuesdays throughout the summer.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring brown bag lunches or purchase take-out from local restaurants. Licensed street vendors and food trucks are welcome.