This global themed Journey includes visual and performing arts, nationally recognized galleries, museums, and regional music; all in the beautiful foothills of the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina, between the mountains and the coast. Winston-Salem is called the “city of arts and innovation” because there's an undercurrent here, a spirit and a personality that runs through this place. People in Winston-Salem have a history of creating and they express it through the arts and other new ways of thinking. We have an exciting week planned for you! Come spend the last, lazy days of summer with Friendship Force of Central North Carolina, USA and experience our unique style of Southern Hospitality!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Central North Carolina.

Live With a Local

  • Visit Piedmont Craftsman Gallery, the Fiber Store, a working weaver’s studio, or the Sawtooth Center for the Arts, where people in  the region take classes in all forms of artistic expression.
  • Visit one of our 65 regional wineries or the Museum of NC Traditional Pottery in Seagrove, known as the “pottery capital of the US.”
  • Enjoy First Friday Gallery Hop -- stroll in the downtown arts district where you can talk with local artists, visit small galleries and studios and hear local musicians.
  • Spend time with the members of FF Central North Carolina, who enjoy making new friends and hosting people from around the world.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Our Journey coincides with the biennial National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF). We will attend two performances offered by some of the best black theatre companies in the world. Final performance titles available in early June.
  • The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar welcome you to the Blue Ridge Music Center for a concert of regional music held in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will visit the state-of-the-art, award-winning, interactive Roots of American Music Museum Exhibit, enjoy a picnic and optional hiking.
  • Enjoy behind the scenes peek at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Department of Design and Production (D & P). In one of the top 10 Arts Conservatories in the country, you’ll hear about costuming and the rigor of Design and Production work. Learn about Tony & Emmy Award winning alumni who learned their craft here.
  • Explore Historic Reynolda House Museum of American Art built in 1917 as the center of a 1,067-acre estate. RHMAA displays a premier collection of American art ranging from the Colonial period to the present day.
  • Step back in time and immerse yourself in local history with our visit to Old Salem Museum and Gardens. Settled in the 1760s by Eastern European Moravians, who established the thriving community of Salem (“Peace”), Old Salem is a living museum known as one of the best-preserved Colonial heritage sites in the country.
  • Visit the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, one of the top 10 African American galleries in the nation. Diggs is identified by the Smithsonian as one of the nation's best regional facilities for exploring contemporary African art. Dedicated to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in North Carolina, the gallery addresses a broad range of artistic expression, with special concentration on African-American and regional art.
  • Explore the Innovation Quarter & The Center for Design Innovation to learn how architectural redesign and reuse of historic buildings has revitalized our city. One our favorites is the historic R.J. Reynolds Building known here as “the Baby Empire State Building”; the prototype for its more famous off-spring in NYC.
Everything was great. We really did experience the world famous southern hospitality and southern living. - Ambassador from Pikes Peak, Colorado, U.S.A., 2014

Summer in the City of Arts and Innovation! Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

8 Days / 7 Nights Program and Itinerary:

July 31, 2017 – August 7, 2017
Coordinator: Judy Greene, FF Central North Carolina

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Monday, July 31

Arrival day; time for settling in and getting to know your hosts.

Tuesday, August 1

Welcome party.

Attend a performance at the National Black Theatre Festival.

Wednesday, August 2

Visit to the Old Salem Museum and Gardens; Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts-Tannenberg Organ & recital.

Dinner with hosts

Thursday, August 3

Attend a performance at the National Black Theatre Festival.

Enjoy meeting new friends at small group potluck dinners at club members’ homes.

Friday, August 4

Explore the historic Reynolda House and the Graylyn Estate. Enjoy a tour w/ wine & cheese.

Saturday, August 5

Lunch on your own; Blue Ridge Music Center concert and picnic dinner.

Sunday, August 6

Farewell party and free time with hosts.

Monday, August 7

Departure day.


$595 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, most meals, entrance fees for performances, concert, museums, and club activities. Space is limited, so send no money until you receive an official acceptance.


Wait list only

Moderately Challenging

Know before you go

  • It is summer here in August, so be prepared for heat & humidity with occasional rain!
  • An umbrella and a lightweight wrap or sweater for mountain trips and indoor air conditioned spaces may be helpful.
  • Ambassadors will have breakfast everyday with their home-hosts; most lunches and dinners are provided.
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Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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