With February full speed upon us, there is good reason to wish—and certainly hope!—that spring is headed our way.
So, while you and your family may be spending more time indoors these days, there’s no better season to sit down and really reflect on your home, inside and outside. We’re sure you have rooms you’d simply like to polish a bit or patios and backyard decks you’d like to freshen before it’s officially barbecue season. There’s also no more perfect venue available to immerse yourself in all things home-related than the 2017 Triad Home & Garden Show, where you’ll be inspired to dream big!
Much anticipated this time of year, it’s the 29th version of the popular annual celebration that showcases the exciting products and innovative services of the Home Builders’ Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS). Often dubbed “the original,” the show is also the oldest and longest-running consumer show if its kind in our area.
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 17th, 18th, and 19th, the Education Building of the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds will be transformed into a colorful display of over 100 vendor booths for homeowners—or soon-to-be homeowners—to see what’s new, efficient, and just plain fun for the beloved place you and your family call home. Visitors (and you may want to plan at least a two-day visit!) can chat with local experts on everything from home design, roofing, flooring, heating and air, to brickwork, concrete, gardening, landscaping, and even with mortgage representatives.
This wide array of vendors will be available for one-on-one discussions and detailed presentations on their products and services. Before the show starts on Friday, February 17th, students from Kennedy High School masonry class, WSFCS Career Center Carpentry Classes, and the Forsyth Technical Community College Carpentry Program will be demonstrating their skills in the career technical education arena. There will be daily consumer education—including home maintenance classes featuring Erik Anderson of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Winston-Salem, something that can benefit every home owner. The Home Builders’ Association of Winston-Salem members’ booth will also sponsor their own member scavenger hunts and daily prize drawings for visitors who go by every member booth at the show.
Originally designed solely for HBAWS members, the Home & Garden show has expanded to non-members, as well, and for consumers the opportunities are endless. Bloomday Granite & Marble of Winston-Salem, connoisseurs of custom marble, granite and quartz countertops, is again the sponsor of the show’s 2017 edition and, as always, Habitat for Humanity-Forsyth County partners with the HBAWS in a number of important ways.
“We appreciate the dedication of Home Builders’ Association of Winston-Salem and their long-standing support of Habitat for Humanity-Forsyth County,” says Ryan Froelich, Director of Construction and Land Development, Habitat for Humanity-Forsyth County, and 2017 HBAWS Remodelers’ Council President. “The association’s 29-year partnership with Habitat continues to help provide for low-income homeownership, creating a more stable life for families (which has proven to improve the educational performance of Habitat children), and adding to the tax base of the areas we serve,” says Ryan. “The Career Technical Education partnership allows students in local schools to build a Habitat Home annually while giving them life-application skills in the home building trade that will stay with them for life. Considering the current work force shortage in construction trades, we are teaching the next generation that there are honorable careers in the home building industry—where they can have success, and even the possibility of owning their own businesses.”
Ryan also notes that Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program works to beautify neighborhoods that have been degrading for decades, with efforts that beautify and enhance the community “one house at a time.”
Set aside the weekend for your entire family to visit the Triad Home & Garden Show Friday, February 17th, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 18th, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, February 19th, from noon until 4 p.m. Parking is free of charge, handicap accessible, and tickets are $8.00, purchased at the door. (Children under 12 are free with a paying adult.) For more information, call 336-768-5942, or visit triadhomeandgardenshow.com (where there’s an entry coupon), or HBAWS.net. A portion of the show’s proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.