This morning the Town of Wake Forest plied media representatives with coffee and pastries in their introduction of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. As a fine upstanding journalist we can’t be bought and would never take a bribe but a fine cup of coffee and some pie goes a long way. Know what I’m saying? Nudge, wink.
There was no pie. We left early.
But this was the first possible opportunity for a behind the scenes look at the brand new arts center in town that will be a source of pleasure for many.
Pamela Stevens, Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Manager, said she has been approached by many Wake Forest residents who have moved here from other parts of the country and miss their old active art community, including performing arts programs for kids and teenagers. We’d have to agree those are nice to have. They also help to keep kids who will only dress in black, off the streets.
But seriously, if you have suggestions about the type of activities you’d like to see at the WFRC, please email Pamela Stevens at [email protected]. She wants to hear from you.
You know who those people are, they are the halfbacks that now flood our town. The folks that moved from New York and New Jersey to Florida and then came half way back, the halfbacks.
But other transplants who have had a strong local art community also know the positive benefits from pretending they have culture.
Look at towns like Asheville for example, places with a strong focus on artistic endeavors that attract visitors who can’t help but spend money. A local focus on the arts not only makes Wake Forest a friendly place to live but welcoming to visitors to come and drop some coin.
In honor of the new Renaissance Centre, which from this point forward we will most likely not spell right, we wanted to launch the visual portion of this article with an artsy-fartsy picture.
The Inside Scoop
The inside of the space is lovely and is like a mystical magic transition from the ghosts of party goers past that haunt the place from it’s old days as Tuxedo Junction.
As part of opening festivities, recent losing mayoral candidate Bill Randall was forced to either pull up all his misspelled campaign posters or perform for winning Mayor Vivian Jones who was in attendance.
A big hat tip goes out to Bill for actually following through on this bet and dedicating this song to Mayor Jones. Very gracious. We enjoyed his set greatly.
The inside of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre might mistakenly appear just to be a big room but there is more to it.
We know you count on us for the inside scoop so let’s just all understand the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is a great place, run by great people, who will do great things, and put on great shows. Seriously, it has the chance to be a really positive venue for the town.
But that’s not what you want to hear about is it?
Here is what you came to see, the dirt and hidden secrets of the place.
Mayor Jones Caught With Crack
While doing our research on the place we managed to find a crack, technically a small window, and catch a very happy Mayor Jones with the crack.
What, did you think we were talking about crack, crack? No way.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Shuns Men
Apparently the center, or does it have to be centre from now on, argggh! Anywho, the bathrooms either hate men or management thinks people are smart enough to figure out the door not marked women is the mens room. Normally we’d buy that but there is a bar here. And we all know what happens once drinks are consumed. People need a sign. We are sure they are coming, soon.
Okay, the big room and stage area is really lovely. But that’s not the mark of a awesome performing arts center, (damn, centre). You know what seals the deal, the quality of the bathrooms.
We doubt any other respectable Wake Forest media out, paper, or first digital news site is going to cover this so here you go.
Events planned at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre include music, plays, artist exhibits, performing arts camps and whatever else we can call art and get away with.
For those looking for a bit more traditional “art” the building still maintains the old pole dancing and lap dance instructional studio upstairs. Classes will be held the second frusday of each month. BYOP though.
Thank You Wake Forest
We are certainly looking forward to the new possibilities and local chance to see plays and performances without having to drive to Raleigh or Durham. We’d love to see a performance of The Book or Mormon and see if the Seminary would picket it or try to convert attendees. Free Bible with every playbill.
But for those that are not into all that arty stuff, the location of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre has got you covered. While your friends checkout the latest event, you can wander to the neighboring bowling alley, hot rod shop, bigger bar at Over the Falls, or maybe a trip to the Dollar General store.
There is something for everyone. It’s looking gooooood.