By Chris Comer
Wow, what a year! In December we reminisce about the year and look forward to what is coming up. This year was filled with so much positive growth. Our infrastructure is expanding to meet the needs of the community. Twelve new businesses have opened in Downtown Kernersville alone. We also welcomed five Aldermen and our mayor for another two-year term. Please join us at the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Courtroom. All of these happenings have prepared us for a successful 2016.
2016 is going to be powerful here in Kernersville! The Diverging Diamond (the new road layout) at Union Cross is almost fully completed. It will take some getting used to but traffic should flow easier and provide for the growth that will come to that area in the coming years. Union Cross land has been rezoned to mixed use for residential and commercial. The Weldon project on Highway 66 and Salem Road continues to move forward as a mixed use project. As ground is being turned, we are looking forward to many possibilities and changes in that area of town. Tract 1 of the project on Old Winston Road has been approved as a shopping center. Also in 2016, NCDOT will begin working on the roads. Please continue to be supportive as the town and state work together for our benefit. It is a process that can become frustrating, but the forward planning and opportunities for our community to grow are well worth it.
The road changes and development projects aside, the coming year will be one full of activity for businesses, families, and visitors that enjoy our beautiful town.
Check out these Kernersville events:
In February, the Chamber of Commerce offers an opportunity to have face to face meetings with businesses that are hiring at the Triad Job Fair. Start sprucing up your resume now and ask others to look over it and provide feedback. This event offers a great opportunity to get your foot in the door with a company you would likely not otherwise be able to meet in person.
Recycle Day is the first Saturday in April. This is the day to bring all of your important papers to shred as well as eCycle materials such as printers and computers; batteries; and scrap metal items.
Once again, Healthy Active Adults Day will be held at the YMCA with free health screenings, healthy snacks, important seminars, and fun of course!
The first full weekend of may hosts Spring Folly. May 6-8 will be a busy weekend with traditional events as well as new experiences. New this year is Heritage Square on West Mountain Street. You will not want to miss this opportunity to walk back into the 1880s. As always there will be food, rides, entertainment, live music on all three stages, Tractor Show with Kiddie Tractor pull, Classic Car Show, Art & Crafts, and Commercial Vendors.
Music At Twilight is held one Thursday a month from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. May through August. Bring a lawn chair to the Town Courtyard. Enjoy live music, dancing, vendors, and food.
Sidewalk Sales are Downtown the second Saturday of the month from June through October. Come enjoy the shops, eat at the local restaurants, enjoy our parks, and stay for the Classic Car Cruise-In.
On the first Saturday in June, the K-Mazing Race is scheduled to take place. This team building event promises to be a fun and challenging time. Local businesses build teams to support work relationships and increase moral.
Eating for Education is always the second Wednesday in July, August, and September. This is a popular time to eat at participating Kernersville restaurants to support education grants. This year, 56 grants were given out to our 13 local Kernersville schools. Many thanks for the continued support of our teachers and future leaders!
July 4 Concert and Fireworks never disappoint. Held on July 4 behind Kernersville Elementary School, the festivities include food, fun, live entertainment, and fireworks. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a beautiful evening in Kernersville.
Coming August 19, 2016 is the annual Chamber Golf Tournament. The tournament is always a great time to relax, play golf on beautiful Pine Knolls Golf Course, and doubles as an opportunity to network. With over 100 businesses represented it is an enjoyable time for all, with prizes for hole-in-one’s, putting, longest and straightest drives, and door prizes. Start planning your team now!
Downtown Trick or Treating on October 31 is the evening for friendly ghosts and others to meet on Main Street in Kernersville. With candy galore, it is always a safe option to enjoy the holiday!
Each year, the day after Thanksgiving hosts the Holiday Open House from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Kernersville Museum Foundation opens its doors to the Kernersville Little Theatre and Santa & Mrs. Claus to fill the air with laughter and Christmas cheer.
Shop Small Saturday with a diverse grouping of merchants and shops downtown, this is a must attend!
Christmas Around the World is held the day before the Christmas Parade and right before the Christmas Tree lighting in Harmon Park. Bring the family and spend the afternoon and early evening downtown Kernersville. Each shop represents a different country.
Christmas Parade is the first Sunday of December at 2:30 p.m. Cheers start on Pineview Street and end at Kernersville Elementary School.
The holiday season in Kernersville offers many annual events that you do not want to miss this year, or any year, for that matter. Thank you for living, participating, and loving Kernersville!