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Salemtowne’s Bluebird Trail

Henry David Thoreau said it best: “The bluebird carries the sky on its back.” He was right. Seeing these sapphire-hued creatures perched in stillness or with wings stretched in flight is a magical experience. It is a delightful treat that will hopefully become a more common experience at Salemtowne. A dedicated group of volunteers working … Continued

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Animals in Winter

Salemtowne’s natural landscape can be enjoyed in all seasons from the fresh blooms of spring and summer to the changing of leaves in the fall and the snow-covered grounds in the winter. Each change of season brings challenges for wildlife. Salemtowne’s wildlife include: white-tail deer, common snapping turtles, grey foxes, hummingbirds, butterflies, eastern gray squirrels, … Continued

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Salemtowne Becomes a Monarch Waystation

According to the US Forest Service, the monarch butterfly is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration each year. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to mountains in central … Continued

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Staying in Touch with Nature

Residents who love to garden and enjoy the great outdoors can continue to feed their passion after moving to Salemtowne if they wish.  Check out this recent article by Winston-Salem Journal’s Home & Garden columnist, Amy Dixon on how Salemtowne residents stay in touch with nature.

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The Great Goat Invasion

Recently, a unique group of visitors arrived at Salemtowne —a herd of hungry goats! They arrived by truck and promptly began feasting on a 4.7-acre tract of the kudzu-covered property as soon as they were unloaded. The goats will be chomping away at the unwanted kudzu for approximately one month. The kudzu loving goats are … Continued

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Towne Fair Offers Something for Everyone

The Life Enrichment Department recently hosted a Towne Fair to introduce new residents to the various ways to get involved at Salemtowne.  Main stage events featured live bluegrass music by The Ramblers, as well as two educational sessions presented by Salemtowne Chaplain Linda Browne and resident Dr. Frank Wood.  New residents visited committee booths to learn … Continued

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Working Bees Find a Home at Salemtowne

Cissie Anderson grew up on a farm in Georgia, where it was her mother’s job to tend the 20 or so hives of honey bees that provided the sweetener for everything from sweet tea to Georgia peach pie. Those days are long gone; now Cissie and her husband, John, have retired and live at Salemtowne … Continued

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Natural Beauty

I’ve always enjoyed what I call warm/cold mornings in early Spring. Even though the temperature reading may be below freezing, the warmth of the sun is such that stepping outside is a pleasure. The senses sharpen, the body feels more alive, and a general feeling of wellbeing floods the brain. Such was the reality of … Continued

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