There’s no better way to enjoy the remaining dog days of summer than a sunset picnic, and as part of our outdoor adventures issue and National Family Fun month, we encourage you all to get outside!

Family picnics can take a variety of forms, and there’s no shortage of options in the Triad.

Today, families can attend Cinema Under the Stars at the Reynolda House, the Summer Concert Series at Shelton Vineyards, or one of the many events held throughout the summer and fall at Bailey Park (to name a few).

Before June 22, 1980, though, families would often spend their Sunday nights picnicking at Graylyn Estate as part of the Music at Sunset concert series performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony. Unfortunately, a fire plagued the third floor of the estate and the audience of 7,000 had no choice but to vacate the premises — and look on solemnly as the fire department fought the flames.

A $6 million renovation ensued and the center reopened as a business conference center in 1984.

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