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Red, white and thank you

Before we dive into our weekly antics, we want to take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country, honor the families who have sacrificed for our freedoms and salute those who continue to serve the USA. For once, we have no witty words to express our gratitude. Just a simple, heartfelt thank you.

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Up in our grill

You got buns, hun, and we've got the you-know-what. From beef to bacon, and from chicken to soysage, we've skewered up the best of the area for your grilling pleasure. You know your Memorial Day weekend deserves the extra sizzle. And while we tried to avoid meat jokes — rare for us, we know — it wasn’t for fear of butchering them. 

  • Providence Farm: This McLeansville farm offers pasture-raised chicken and lamb and forest-raised pork, available in all sorts of cuts and sausages. Up for setting a new lamb fry record?
  • Sheraton Park Farms: This gem of a farm in the Pleasant Garden area offers pork, beef, chicken and lamb – whatever you're in the mooooood for. You can even tour the bucolic wonderland for yourself this Sunday, May 30, at 1 p.m. One thing will be clear: the animals here have got no beef with their keepers.
  • Neese's: Older than Betty White, this local Southern style sausage seller is a fourth-generation family-owned business. Neese's carries everything from country sausage to scrapple, C-loaf to liver pudding, and souse to liver mush. Honestly, we don't have a clue what half of these meats are (and please don't tell us), but if there's extra sage we'd probably smoke that.
  • Summerfield Farms: Grass-fed beef is the main meat offering here, available in all sorts of cuts and packages. But holy cow, we do not recommend the cow pie. Learn from our mistake. There are some things you can't untaste.
  • Faucette Farms: Located in Browns Summit, this farm offers loads of produce, plus sausages and bacon. And holy shitake! Their mushrooms and beans make a delicious meatless alternative. 
  • Pine Trough Branch Farm: This farm offers ethical meats – and, frankly, there's nothing we like more than pigs and cows with moo-rals. PTB farm offers beaucoups cuts, sausages and lard so you can chew the fat while you're grilling. 
  • Hopkins Poultry: Just one year younger than sliced bread (for realz, look it up), Hopkins Poultry has stood the test of time. This shop carries chicken, duh, but also stocks beef and produce. Pro tip: Make a plan to hit them up early – don't wing it!
  • Creekside Farms: This family-owned venture raises naturally healthy and happy animals. Just north of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., it's a bit of a drive, but you can get an entire cow. And you don't even have to trade your daughter. But can you? Asking for a friend.
  • Vegan Options: We know some of you would rather frolic in a field with a cow than sink a fork into one. Don't get your soy-based sausage in a twist – we got ya covered. Deep Roots in downtown Greensboro has all of the vegan options you need to fire up some plant-based patties this weekend. And if you've got a hankering for true beef flavor, both Trader Joe's and Target sell Impossible Burger, which has us exclaiming, "No way, no cow!"

And for our next trick, we'll reappear

525,600 minutes, 525,600 moments so bored. If you've got little ones, that's how you've measured the year without the Greensboro Children's Museum. On Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., GCM is reopening with a Kick-off to Summer, complete with food trucks, 10-year-old musician Finn Phoenix, a giant sidewalk chalk area, a bubble zone, prizes – even a magician! Wand-er over for a day of family fun.

Water parks, because beaches be salty

Slide slide slippity-slide. Take a fantastic – and short – voyage over to Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe, which opens for the season this Saturday at 10 a.m. Glide down Daredevil Drop, hit the Soak Zone, or float down the Lazee River, which sounds most like our speed. Or lack thereof.

Arrangements can be made

Think you've got what it takes to make it on The Big Flower Fight? Test your stem skills with a fun floral contest put together by Walter Magazine and NCMA's Art in Bloom. Now through May 30, create some groovy flower power magic and share it on Instagram for a chance at your design landing in the July pages of Walter. Bloom, there it is.

Sunrise, still home, sunset, repeat

If your jet-setting dreams of summering abroad have once again been thwarted, Greensboro Online is your new go-to resource for loads of socially-distant and virtual activities – like the Literati Society. We actually have no idea what it is, but it sounds really smart and underground-ish and we're hoping it involves costumes. Or, at the very least, capes.

PHOTO VIA SUMMERFIELD FARMS

 

Moo-morial Day celebration

On Monday, May 31, ride your big green tractor – or minivan – over to Summerfield Farms for a Memorial Day Bash featuring all of our favorite things: Food trucks, plants, ice cream, frothy beverages, miniature animals and a sprinkler for the kiddos. Technically, it says for the kids, but we won't judge any "young at heart" who splash about. Actually, hold our beer.

Lovely filth down here

Walk this way into the Carolina Theatre for a 7 p.m. showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on May 26 or 28. Note, the theatre does not accept shrubbery as a form of payment. Even if it's been cut down with a herring. We checked.

Paw-radin' around town

Join Centerfield Youth in Summerfield on Saturday, May 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for a pawsitively fantastic pet parade! Bring your furry friend and unleash its inner RuPaul – while keeping on a leash. There will be all sorts of prizes, a bake sale and meals for purchase from Chick-fil-A. Come on and show us your kitties – and pups!

Going to be all write

Some of the best art comes from our wounds – and, bonus, it's cheaper than therapy. On Thursday, May 27, at 7 p.m., Scuppernong presents a free online workshop with Zelda Lockhart, author of The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript: Turning Life Wounds Into the Gift of Literary Fiction, Memoir & Poetry. If you made it through 2020 – first of all, congratulations! – we know you've got a story to tell.

Cheers to the wish you were here

On Sunday, May 30, at 2 p.m., join Doodad Farm as they pay tribute to late local musician Mike Gaffney. BYO everything but the music, which will be a compilation of other local artists playing Gaffney's songs.

PHOTO VIA COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER

 

Butter us up, cuz we on a roll

If there's one thing we can't wait to get our claws on this season, it's Cousins Maine Lobster. Their food truck will be parked at Red Oak Brewery – how convenient – on Friday, May 28, from 5-8:30 p.m. Let us see that lobster roll!

Here for the Zac Brown ale 

David Lin's music is "sometimes raucous, sometimes smooth" and most definitely sounds like a metaphor for our life. He'll be coming to ya live, covering all of your favs, from classic rock to country and modern pop, at Craft City Sip-In on Friday, May 28, at 7 p.m. 

Red, white and brew

Decades, a cover band strumming hits from the 60s through today, will be playing your favs on Oden Brewing's outdoor stage on Friday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket because there's sure to be a draft. Or five.

More cowbell

If you're making the live music and beer circuit this weekend, don't miss RetroVinyl live at SouthEnd Brewing on Saturday, May 29, at 7 p.m. Our summer draft pick: Willywaw. Nothing makes us feel more adult than ordering a pint of Willywaw.

We drank the wines down in Africa

Gonna take some time to try the wines we've never ha-a-aaaa-a-a-aaaa-ad, do-do do da-do-do-doooo. If you're interested in taking your mouth on safari without getting eaten by wild animals, check out Rioja's Thursday tasting this week, featuring wines of South Africa. Hurry boy, wine's waiting there for you.

Perfect evening: pizza & bar barre

Wanna feel like a million tucks? Pure Barre is poppin' up at Revolution Mill for a free class Wednesday, May 26, at 5:45 p.m. Also located conveniently at RM is Cugino Forno Pizzeria. So while you're feeling the booty burn in class, we'll be sipping on beer and watching the brick oven fires burn. Save ya a seat.

SynerG will make ya jump, jump

Join Daddy Mac SynerG for a night of (net)working out with young professionals while you Jump, Run & Pump it up on the Downtown Greenway tonight from 6-7 p.m. This class is totally free to the public – although, come to think of it, we don't typically pay to be tortured.

Books keep us company

“It’s the loneliest people who love books the most.” Let's be lonely together, shall we? Our May read for our new O.Hey book club is A Woman is No Man by North Carolina's own Etaf Rum. You've still got a week – you'll fly through it – and we'd love to hear your thoughts on this one. Hit reply! Here's what one staffer said about it:

"This well-woven story of three generations of Palestinian women in America will split you open! It's both heartbreaking and hopeful as well as eye-opening. And the ending – so hard but so perfect. Recommending this one to all of my friends!"

Watch us whip

We love all of the festive dishes and desserts our pals bring to backyard barbecues like anything with American cheese, or that red, white and blue flag cake. Minus the berries. Or cake. Actually, if we invite you over, just bring a can of Reddi-wip. What's your favorite way to eat your feelings patriotism?
 

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