Wed 1/11/23 – 4-9:00 PM $6 – Wild Cherry – Notes of rich cherry, marzipan, crushed almonds and a floral edge complemented by nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness with a finish that is unctuous and thick with that allspice and damson alongside dark cherries and fresh tanic grip. OR Do Ferreiro Orujo De Galicia Brandy from Portugal -Notes of flowers, fennel & black pepper, dry and light-bodied with smooth fresh, mentholated fruit flavors on the palate and a long finish. Come on in and learn a little about brandy – you might be surprised!
AND Wed 1/11 – 7-9 PM– NC Writers Network and The Brandy Bar + Cocktails presents guest author John Quinley, PhD. In the Company of Writers presents a series of personal and conversational dialogues featuring guest writers/poets followed by an open mic forum. These inspirational gatherings will elucidate and entertain those attending. The guest author speaks from 7-8 PM with open mic from 8 -9 PM. The Chicago blues music of Mr. Jimmy welcomes you, continues during intermission, and closes the evening. Sign-ups for the open mic visit:https://thebrandybar.com/writers-open-mic/ When John Quinley, PhD, served as a docent at Connemara, Carl Sandburg’s final home, he realized that a biography of Sandburg had not been written in 25 years; most were written in the 1960s and 70s. He wanted to introduce a new generation to this public figure, who during the first half of the twentieth century seemed to be everywhere and do everything as poet and political activist, journalist, lecturer, folk singer, Lincoln biographer, children’s author, novelist, and media celebrity. At his death in 1967, six thousand mourners gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to pay their respects. So, Quinley wrote Discovering Carl Sandburg: The Eclectic Life of an American Icon—an entertaining 140-page book that focuses on different aspects of Sandburg’s life. You can purchase a copy at the Brandy Bar for $16. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Thurs 1/12 – 4-9:00 PM NC School of the Arts History and Cocktails: Did you know that North Carolina is home to the first public arts conservatory in the United States? The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is an arts school in Winston-Salem, NC that grants high school, undergraduate, and graduate degrees and consists of five professional schools: School of Dance, School of Design & Production, School of Drama, School of Filmmaking, and School of Music. Founded in 1963 as the North Carolina School of the Arts by then-Governor Terry Sanford, the school owns and operates the Stevens Center in Downtown Winston-Salem and is accredited by the Southern association of Colleges and Schools.
The idea was initiated in 1962 by Vittorio Giannini, a leading American Composer and teacher of Composition at Julliard, Curtis and Manhattan, who would later become the School’s founder and first President. He approached then-governor Terry Sanford and enlisted the help of author John Ehle and William Sprott Greene, Jr. and Martha Dulin to support his dream of an arts conservatory. State funds were appropriated, and a Conservatory Committee was established. The School of the Arts became a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina in 1972. Giannini served as President until his death in November 1966 at which time the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward became UNCSA’s second President.
The gala opening of the Stevens Center featured the school’s symphony orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, with Isaac Strn as soloist and Gregory Peck as the Master of Ceremonies. Attendees included Agnes de Mille, Cliff Robertson, Governor James Hunt, President and Mrs. Gerald Ford and Lady Bird Johnson. The school’s campus consists of 77 acres in Winston-Salem near Old Salem. There are 8 residence halls – 6 for college students, 2 for high school students, an on-campus student apartment complex and an off-campus student apartment complex within walking distance. The school has 11 performance and screening spaces; the ACE Exhibition Complex with three movie theaters. The school mascot was named simply “The Pickles.” There was also a slogan, “Sling ‘Em By The Warts!” but the mascot eventually became “The Fighting Pickles
Some of the Schools distinguished alumni: Christopher Waild staff writer for CBS Series NCIS; Gary Beach Tony award winning actor in The Producers; Tom Hulce Tony Award winning actor Spring Awakening; Joe Mantello Tony Award winning theater director; David Thomas Brown Broadway actor in American Psycho, Book of Mormon; Patrick Bissell principal dancer American Ballet Theater; Leslie Williams principal dancer with Martha Graham Company; Paul Tazewell costume designer with a Tony Award for Hamilton and an Emmy for The Wiz; and Eddie Barbash saxophonist for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Arts Inspired Cocktails: Oriental Poppies by Georgia O’Keefe: Aperol Spritz – Aperol, Champagne, club soda; Orange and Yellow by Mark Rothko: Brandy Sunrise – CB Frost, fresh squeezed orange juice, grenadine; Portrait of Van Gough by Toulouse Lautrec: Death in the Afternoon – Absinthe and Champagne; Self Portrait with Monkey by Frida Kahlo: Pisco Sour – Pisco, Cointreau, sour mix, bitters; Nighthawks by Edward Hopper – Old Fashioned – C & K brandy, muddled orange & cherries, sugar, bitters; and Fruit/infused flight ½ price
Reminder we will be closing Jan 16, 2023 through Feb 14, 2023 to recharge. We are accepting party reservations of groups 12+ – just call us 828-845-0546 .