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Fifty+ & Fabulous: Bob Rankin


Health and Wellness: Ahhhh, Sleep!


Triangle Dining: Coquette


Travel: Discovering North Carolina in Edenton


Uncorked: What’s in a Bottle


Raleigh History: Remembering Our Roots


Health and Wellness: New Year, New You


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on The Cover Bob Rankin is an award-winning artist and Raleigh, NC native. Drawing on his experiences and journeys of exploration around the world, Bob’s work reflects a wide range of color relationships, surface treatments and the excitement of discovery. As a result, his paintings are both vivid in color and high in energy. Learn more about Bob on his website, Cover photo by Nancy Thomas.

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Bob Rankin By gloria Lesher | UPdaTed By ReBeCCa Romo, CourTney gore, gaBrielle morell, and Davis Johnson | PhoTos By nanCy Thomas



ho ever said you couldn’t be three things at once has obviously never met awardwinning artist, teacher, and world traveler Bob Rankin. Rankin was recently inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for “enriching the city of Raleigh through art,” and for being one of the founders of artsplosure. He lives in Raleigh in what he calls a “Houdio”, a combination house and studio. it is a soaring gallery, workshop, and residence surrounded by lush gardens, 200-year-old oaks, and bathed by natural light. “Light is extremely important,” Rankin said. “my studio takes advantage of northeast exposure, the purest painting light. i’d much rather be outside than inside so this is the closest i can get while i’m working.” Rankin’s art includes representational and abstract paintings, posters, and mixed media (acrylic, pencil, ink gel media, oils). Bold brush strokes, vivid colors

makes a concerted effort to take one international trip each year. His last trip was spent hiking to an elevation of 12,500 ft. on the annapurna Circuit in nepal to celebrate his 65th birthday, where he climbed the 7,000 stairs of Poon Hill. Two years before, he went to northern india and then visited Rishikesh, more widely known as the birthplace of yoga and where the Beatles wrote “The White album.” Last fall, Rankin went to australia to teach a oneday workshop, but the trip was not all business. He spent the rest of his time there exploring the country, always looking at the views through his artist eyes. Some of his adventures included scuba diving the great Barrier Reef and seeing ayers Rock, where he noted the landscape and coloring closely resembled the american Southwest. The art scene in melbourne was by far his favorite and he reveled in how they made “phenomenal use of public art.”

and unusual textures are what set him apart from other artists. Derived from his painting style, Rankin consulted with Jerry’s artarama to help design a custom brush, Bob Rankin’s Big Bad Brush, which measures over three inches wide at the tip. not many artists can claim to have a brush named after them! Passionate about the outdoors and travel, Rankin is as much adventurer as artist. His Fiji Fish Series of paintings was inspired by his underwater scuba adventures. a world traveler whose work has sold internationally, Rankin has been featured in International Artists Magazine and has studied in London, Paris, amsterdam, Rome, Florence, Venice, and athens. He has held one-man shows throughout the states and was in a cultural exchange group show in morocco. He also taught at Sanderson High School in Raleigh from 1971–1999. Traveling internationally is dear to Rankin, as seen through his many adventures and studies, and he

Rankin was also able to go to marrakech, morocco this past spring, a trip sponsored by the mahler Fine art gallery in downtown Raleigh. Rankin and four other artists from the Raleigh and greensboro areas were hand picked to work alongside five moroccan artists in marrakech for two weeks. The trip culminated into a major art show with all proceeds benefiting youth art programs in morocco. one of Rankin’s most memorable trips was on safari in africa, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the rare mountain gorillas studied by the late Dr. Dian Fossey in Rwanda. “We pitched tents in the bush,” Rankin said. “our guides trained us in proper gorilla etiquette, and then we started up the mountain. only five people were allowed to visit at a time. one guide walked in front and another behind us, carrying machine guns and machetes.” The gorillas build giant nests in the tops of trees 70 to 80 feet tall, Rankin said. “i’ll never forget when the

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silverback male came toward us, pounding his chest. all 17 of his troop of gorillas came out to see us. i held my breath when one of them brushed up against me.” Rankin holds charities near and dear to his heart. He proudly mentioned that he is “close to approaching the quarter million mark for raising money for charities over the years.” For all that he has done for local charities and for the Raleigh community, there is no questioning his newest achievement in being the first artist inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. other major accomplishments for Rankin are helping found the arts-centric festival artsplosure, winning Best in Show multiple times at the n.C. State Fair Fine arts Competition, being a regular guest for the annual “guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” fundraiser, and winning the Raleigh medal of arts award. What is the secret to his success you may ask? “i have a little bit of talent but i can outwork anyone,” Rankin humbly responds with a smile. “i think that is such an important part of success…hard work.” Some of his collections hang in the King of morocco’s palace, the John Denver Windstar Foundation, Fess Parker’s collection, SaS institute, iBm, and many local banks. “it’s a great life,” Rankin said of his life as an artist. “i’m never bored. if i am, it’s my own fault. it all boils down to the passion you have about what you do.” For more of Bob Rankin’s work, visit his website at: B!

Ahhhh, Sleep! By anne BarringTon, Rn, CHC


rowing up in norway, every June was a festival of light. The sun set around 11:30 pm and rose again at 3:00 am, with a dusky light lasting through the night. You could find your neighbor mowing his lawn at 10:00 pm, while children on summer break were still out playing. Sleep seemed like an unnecessary interruption of an endless summer day. We closed the

Bedroom preparation

• Buy a good mattress. Back pain and body aches can keep you awake. • Keep the temperature cool. This helps your body produce sleep hormones. • Keep it dark. Remove any light sources, including the alarm clock (turn it around), phone, computer etc. Your eyes can see light through your eyelids, and this disturbs your circadian rhythms.

• exercise every day, but not right before bed. • Finish your to-do list and make another for tomorrow; this prevents your mind from working overtime.

At bedtime

• go to bed at the same time each night, to help your body know what to do. • Have a transitional routine, where you avoid the TV and computer. my favorites: progressive muscle relaxation, an epsom salt bath, some gentle yoga, calming music, a gratitude journal, and try infusing some essential oils for relaxation. Reading in bed is okay if it makes you tired. Keep a notebook by your bed and jot down any urgent thoughts that pop up. • Drink some calming, chamomile tea • if you still can’t sleep, ask your doctor about taking 1-3 mg of melatonin an hour before bed. melatonin is a natural sleep hormone that we produce less of as we age. if it does not work, don’t take a bigger dose, it was not lacking in the first place. • avoid over-the-counter or prescription sleeping pills if possible. They will not produce the quality sleep you need, can cause side effects, and are often addictive.

In bed

curtains and tried to force sleep to come in spite of the light, but the sounds of birds chirping and bugs buzzing in through open windows did not make it any easier to enjoy a good night’s sleep. For me, this was just the beginning of a life-long battle with sleeplessness. You may think sleep is unproductive time— however, hundreds of vital biological processes happen during sleep, which repair and maintain our bodies on a cellular level. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night, slightly less if over 65. Skimping on sleep can cause all kinds of problems, like increased hunger, weight gain, lower libido, slower motor skills, three times the risk of catching a cold, reduced cognitive function, and labile emotions. in short, it can turn you into a cranky, hungry, clumsy, forgetful, sickly persona non grata. i still have nights when i wish i could sleep better, but over the years i have collected advice and tricks that help me reach my snoozing point, and more importantly, stay blissfully asleep. Here are some of the best tips for reaching your sleep nirvana:

• Keep noise out by having earplugs, a white noise machine, or a fan available. Carpets, thick curtains, and foam mattresses will also help reduce vibrational noise. • Have a huggable pillow, a hot water bottle on cold days, and a fan on hot days. • Keep a green plant in your room; it changes the Co2 you breathe out into o2. • Don’t use your bedroom for anything other than sleep and sex; this conditions your brain for sleep. • Have a glass of water by your bed in case of dry mouth, but don’t drink before bed to avoid frequent bathroom visits.

Personal preparation

• make sure you get enough magnesium, the “relaxation mineral”, via supplement, food, gel or an epsom salt bath before bedtime. • avoid caffeine, including decaf, after your morning cup of java. • avoid food and alcohol three hours before bedtime to keep your blood sugar stable. Your body needs to recover during sleep, not digest. alcohol makes you fall asleep faster, but wakes you up at night.

• Wear as little clothing as possible. Your body temperature lowers during sleep, so help this process along. • Realize that going through sleep cycles of deep and light sleep is normal, and waking up during light sleep does not necessarily equal poor sleep if you are able to return to sleep. a wakeful period around 3 or 4 am is very common and does not mean your night is ruined. • Don’t catastrophize. Lack of sleep at times is normal, and will usually not have dire consequences unless it is chronic. • Stay put. Some sleep advice says to get up after trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep for an hour, but i find this distracting, so i stay in bed. i tell myself that my body is getting rest, and i remind myself how lucky i am to be able to rest in a warm and dry bed, safe from the environment. i count my blessings, which works better than sheep for me, and after a while i usually start dreaming. • Let me know if you have any other tricks up your sleeve that are helpful to you, or if my advice helped you enjoy a better sleep. B! Anne Barrington is an RN and a Certified Health Coach who helps clients find their path to wellness through individualized coaching, group coaching, seminars, retreats, and short cleanse programs. She offers free consultations with a health history and is available for talks upon request. Want to see a certain topic covered here? Send your suggestions to!

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Triangle Dining

Coquette By Brian adorneTTo


even years ago, the Urban Food group, led by Kevin and Stacey Jennings, saw an opportunity to introduce the timeless concept of the brasserie to Raleigh. enter Coquette. While most brasseries (Coquette included) no longer brew their own beer, they do still serve high quality beer and wine as well as traditional French fare in an upscale, urban setting. additionally, they are typically known for their long day and late-evening operating hours. a long, beautiful nickel bar with antique brass taps and an old fashioned tin ceiling greets customers as they enter the restaurant. Large accordion-style glass doors let in plenty of natural light and lead to a small outdoor patio. The black and white tiled floor, Parisian street light chandeliers, and huge mirrors complete the décor, while plush burgundy banquettes and marble topped bistro tables’ offer diners elegant comfort. after being seated, we were quickly presented with a basket of freshly baked homemade bread, which included a classic French loaf as well as a delightful Sunflower Rye. as is expected with any Jennings-run restaurant, Coquette takes great care in making the majority of their food in-house and using local ingredients whenever possible. Their beverage list includes rare, heady French

and Belgian beers (draft and bottled) as well as fantastic, well-priced French wines (offered by the glass, carafe and bottle) alongside many lesser-known gems. The list also has many house cocktails such as the Kir Royal Canton Sidecar and Black Rose. With such an impressive list, we decided to put our server to the test and asked her for recommendations for each course based on our food choices. The Steak Tartare, escargots and Quail a L’orange started us off with a bang. The beef melted in my mouth and was exquisitely balanced. Topped with a single yolk, it was neither too mustardy nor




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too oniony. Tender and buttery, the escargots had just enough garlic and were nicely salted. The quail (which could serve as an entrée for most diners) was cooked perfectly, and the bright orange sauce married well with the scrumptious black barley pilaf. The wild mushrooms and pecans provided the barley with great texture and outstanding flavor. To go with our first course, matt suggested the 2007 Domain Rimbert Saint-Chinian Les Travers de marceau (Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Saint-Chinian). it had cherry, berry, flinty notes and while it matched well with all of the food, it paired magnificently with the tartare and quail. The fireworks continued with our “Plats Principaux” featuring Crispy Trout, Coq au Vin, Duck Confit Crepe, and Rack of Lamb. The trout, caught off the north Carolina coast, was moist and flaky with an impeccably crunchy skin. The savory citrus mustard vinaigrette was light and summery. The Coq au Vin featured an expertly seared Frenched breast of chicken, roasted thigh, sautéed mushrooms, pearl onions, eggplant, and bacon lardons, all of which was bathed in a red wine demi glace (a rich, brown sauce thickened to a glaze-like consistency) that was absolutely sublime. This classic dish was the best i’ve had in quite a long time. The crepes were topped with duck confit (salt cured duck legs poached in their own fat). While the nicely seasoned duck was a bit welldone for my taste, the fava beans and mushrooms that were served with it made amends. This vegetable mélange was full of flavor and accurately showcased

Editor’s Note: This dining article is an updated reprint from our sister publication, Triangle Downtowner Magazine. Because of the seasonal nature of the restaurant’s menu, some of the items described below may not no longer be offered. If you’re planning a visit to Coquette for something specific from this article, be sure to check with the restaurant beforehand to ensure availability.


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the kitchen’s versatility. The beautiful, medium-rare lamb was served with a buttery potato puree and Swiss chard and finished with a delicious and lively peppercorn cream sauce. our server chose the Boucanier golden ale from Belgium for our entrees. While some may turn their noses up at having a beer with such upscale food, this selection was spot on. The ale was a remarkable partner for all of our dishes. The Profiteroles and Charlotte Russe were an archetypical way to end the French meal. Filled with a chocolate cashew toffee crunch ice cream, the airy profiteroles (topped with hot chocolate sauce) were just right for sharing. The Charlotte, ladyfingers surrounding chilled Bavarian cream (in this case flavored with fresh strawberries), was cool and refreshing. it was the ultimate summer treat. extraordinary food, impeccable service, reasonable prices, and an award-winning wine list make Coquette a must destination. B!

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DISCOVERING NORTH CAROLINA Edenton: Colonial History and Southern Charm By greg PeTTy


s part of BOOM!’s Discovering North Carolina series, Barbara and i were invited to visit the Town of edenton to share its story with fellow travelers and historians who wanted to get away for a short, refreshing holiday. it was a beautiful spring afternoon when we arrived in historic edenton from the Triangle via Highways 64 and 17. The drive is just a little over two hours due east from Raleigh. after settling into our comfortable room just off of Highway 17, we decided we had time to explore some of the downtown area and in particular, the historic homes around South Broad Street and edenton Bay. The history of edenton goes back over 300 years and there are not too many communities in america that can make that claim nor have a location as beautiful. With a population of just under 5,000, edenton has been named “one of america’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes magazine and included in the “Twenty Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015” by Both of these designations are accomplishments as they require cultural, historical attractions as well as opportunities to enjoy nature along with great dining options. edenton sits at the mouth of the Chowan River as it flows into the bay and the larger albemarle Sound. The town site was laid out in 1712 and formally founded in 1722, becoming north Carolina’s first colonial capital. edenton became home to a litany of famous north Carolinians crucial to the success of not only the Revolution, but the future of our young nation. The Chowan County Courthouse, constructed in 1767, is the only other courthouse (besides the Raleigh location) that the nC Supreme Court can hold sessions in by law. Thus, it


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remains one of the longest continually used courthouses in the country. The courthouse, a national Historic Landmark, has witnessed the likes of Joseph Hewes, signer of the Declaration of independence; Hugh Williamson, advocate for the Bill of Rights and signer of the U.S. Constitution; Samuel Johnston, nC governor and U.S. Senator in the first Congress; and James iredell, appointed by george Washington to serve as a justice on the first Supreme Court. all of them practiced law within its walls. But you don’t have to be a lover of history to enjoy edenton’s other small town charms. Visitors will want to stop by the Barker House Welcome Center to view the brief film of the towns’ history and pick up the Historic edenton Selfguided map and the book, Walking Tour of Historic Edenton, published by the edenton Woman’s Club. The map and book will enhance your knowledge of the history and architectural styles of the beautiful

A recent discovery, this home dates from 1718 and is considered to be the oldest home in North Carolina. PHOTO: DISTL PUBLIC RELATIONS

homes you will view on the tour. You will see georgian, Queen anne, Federal and greek Revival architectural styles all represented. There are many homes covering several blocks so if you don’t feel like getting that much exercise, take the edenton Trolley tour and enjoy the commentary by one of the knowledgeable docents. Two of our favorite homes were the William J. Leary home at 203 east Water Street and the John R. Wheeler home at 301 South oakum Street with its double-tier porch and fantastic lace and balustrade woodwork. You’ll be in for a surprise when the trolley stops in front of the oldest house in north Carolina! Shoppers, fine cuisine and oenophiles will also find many spots to enjoy their particular tastes. edenton is serious about its support for the arts as evidenced by locals displaying posters of upcoming events in store windows. it is also one of the friendliest places we have ever visited; everywhere we walked we were met with friendly greetings and conversation by local inhabitants as if we were long-time neighbors. edenton is the polar opposite of walking down the street in new York City or Los angeles. Fine dining can be found at several establishments, and we particularly enjoyed the Waterman’s grill downtown on Broad Street. Set in a former fish market building, its décor has a nautical theme and the eclectic menu is centered on the fresh fish offerings. accompanying the fine menu are good selections of beer and wine. Waterman’s is a muststop for fine food lovers as well as casual diners looking to enjoy its relaxed ambiance. edenton’s heritage has always revolved around being a port city and its relationship to the

albemarle Sound and the outlet to the atlantic. now it is able to display some of that important heritage with the relocation and renovation of the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse to the edenton Harbor. The 1886 Lighthouse is one of the last remaining original screw-pile lights in the United States. The foundation supports are literally screwed into the ground and then stabilized with crossbars. it is owned and operated by the state, and for a small fee you can tour the lighthouse seven days a week. The interior is furnished with authentic period furniture and sundry pieces so that it accurately represents the surroundings of the lighthouse keeper. near the Roanoke River Lighthouse sits another important fixture of life in colonial edenton and its unique contribution to north Carolina history. The Penelope Barker Home is open to the public and also contains a gift shop with information about edenton’s people and places throughout the ages. edenton is the home to its own “tea party.” Penelope Barker organized 51 colonial women to participate in the edenton Tea Party of 1774. They dumped the tea in the Bay and bravely signed their own names to a petition to King george protesting his tax on tea. Tea Pots have thus become the symbol of edenton. if you visit The garden of Readin’ at 103 east King Street you can purchase a unique blend of tea loved by the local residents.

The Mulberry Hill Inn is one of the many B&Bs in Edenton. PHOTO: CHOWAN COUNTY TOURISM

Shoppers need only stroll down South Broad Street to find clothes, jewelry, and unique arts and crafts. The ladies will love the Polka Dot Palm and the Downtown Diva Fashion Boutique for clothes and chic personal items. You will also want to pay a visit to the edenton Bay Trading Company for antiques, home furnishings and surprisingly, craft beers and wine. guys like me were immediately drawn to the good old fashioned Sears store right on the main drag with the riding lawn mowers right out front! Whether you are planning a romantic weekend away from home or gathering the clan for a family reunion, edenton not only has hotel lodgings but B & Bs we think you will want to explore. The granville Queen inn on South granville Street in the historic district is one of the most sumptuous B & Bs we have seen. The inner Banks inn on east albemarle Street features five distinct lodging arrangements and can accommodate upwards of 50 people for that special family reunion. The inner Banks property also includes The Table Restaurant at which we enjoyed two exquisite meals. While i enjoyed a Filet mignon that was incredibly tender and perfectly cooked to my liking, Barbara savored the grilled outer Bank Scallops with stuffed bell pepper and fried green tomatoes. Bon appetit! The Table also hosts a Sunday Brunch that you should make every effort to attend. The pastry offerings were not only wonderful but the presentations were a work of art.

If you are not up for walking, enjoy the Historic Trolley tour. PHOTO: CHOWAN COUNTY TOURISM

For additional information on planning a trip to edenton, visit in addition to useful visitor information, the website also includes a list of events that are celebrated regularly. We were fortunate to be in town in april for the Brews on the Bay festival featuring north Carolina craft beers, a traditional pig pickin’ and music—with a view of the edenton Bay in the background. Pure southern fun! Barbara and i enjoyed our entire time there and highly praise edenton. We welcome it to our recommended Discovering North Carolina destinations. Be sure to bring your camera… B!

The Cupola House is a National Historic Landmark and best known for the cupola at the top which was designed for ventilation and observation. PHOTO: CHOWAN COUNTY TOURISM

For an enjoyable way to understand life around the Bay and the Sound, we encourage you to take Captain mark Thieser’s edenton Bay Cruise aboard the Liber-Tea. Captain mark will inform you about the water, fish, important locations and wildlife you are likely to see in the albemarle. mark shared a sailor’s story of how the Cypress trees in the Bay (called Brams) often held casks of liquor where a ship captain would find and partake of a toast before departing to ensure safe travels. The cruise around the Bay is a good way to round out your knowledge of its importance to edenton.

i would be remiss if i did not mention the important contributions african americans made to edenton. Some of the finest homes here were the work of the Badham family and the Price brothers. They brought and implemented progressive architectural ideas and paved the way for other skilled craftsmen. Perhaps the most famous of all of the african americans who graced the area was the courageous Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897). Born into slavery, Harriet eventually became abused by her “owner” Dr. norcom. His sexual advances forced her to escape to the home of her grandmother molly Horniblow, a free woman. She hid in a small attic above the storeroom of the home and bakery for nearly seven years. in 1842, after disguising herself as a sailor, she boarded a boat and escaped to new York. She went on to do work with the anti-Slavery office with her brother in Rochester and most importantly to write her now famous Incidents of a Slave Girl. She passed away at her daughter’s home in 1897 in Washington D.C. where she had been active in meetings of the national association of Colored Women. Harriet Jacobs has been a member of the north Carolina Literary Hall of Fame since 1997.

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order to produce an interesting, character-filled wine. The gold standard in much of the world is a yield of approximately two tons per acre. Some grapes, such as montepulciano from abruzzo, italy, can be made into an affordable, enjoyable wine with a yield upwards of eight tons per acre. The cost of the equipment required to turn the grapes into wine is no small matter either, ranging from century-old presses and large, old wooden barriques, to modern, multimillion dollar collections of stainless steel de-stemmers, crushers, and temperature-controlled fermentation tanks. Should the wine be aged in new oak, the cost of each barrel— upwards of $1500 each—must be factored in, too. if there’s an esteemed winemaker behind the process you can imagine there’s a corollary fee that must be recouped. add in bottling, packaging, and shipping, and it makes one wonder, is it really possible to produce a “quality” wine that can make it onto a retailer’s shelf for a mere two bucks? Heap on some critical praise and there’s bound to be an uptick in the price, particularly if that praise comes from either The Wine Spectator or Robert Parker’s publication, The Wine Advocate. in a perfect storm, both publications enthusiastically endorse the wines from a specific region and in a specific vintage that the use of the phrase ‘Vintage of the Century’ will send faithful collectors into a feeding frenzy for the top offerings. amusingly, Bordeaux is headed towards its fourth ‘Vintage of the Century’ in the past decade, so take the hype with a grain of salt. Fortunately, the groundswell of information, available to the average wine drinker, is empowering individuals to make up their own minds. after all, wine is a completely subjective matter and the only opinion of any consequence is your own. all of the above factors can push a bottle’s price upward, but nothing will do so faster than simple supply and demand. High demand for boutique, small run bottlings will send a wine’s price spiraling out of control. one of the more ridiculous examples, a single bottle of wine in the exceptional 2005 vintage from Domaine de la Romanee, Conti’s top vineyard, fetches between $1015,000. Yes, that’s for one bottle. no, i haven’t had it, but if you’re buying… Rest assured, there is an infinite cellar’s worth of great wine to experience at almost any price, and there are more resources than ever to help wade through all the options. So, what’ll it be? B!

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Rural Raleigh: Remembering Our Roots By Charis guerin


any north Carolina residents learned about the basics of our state’s agricultural history as they made their way through school. However, Raleigh residents may be unaware of the capital’s rural beginnings, and the role agriculture played over the years. When Wake County purchased land from local businessman Joel Lane in 1792, Raleigh was essentially a rest stop, a convenient location for travelers going north or south to take a break and have a drink. Because the capital’s land, at this point, consisted primarily of forests and small farms, the newly planned streets of Raleigh provided business and leisure locations not only for travelers, but also for local farmers who could sell their crops and establish clientele. as Raleigh developed into north Carolina’s political and business hub, it became apparent that improvements in agricultural practices were greatly needed in order to sustain profit for merchants and farmers alike, as well as to avoid over-cultivation of the land. many of north Carolina’s farmers were illiterate and relied on oral traditions for agricultural practices. Thus, methods for teaching them improved farming skills with written sources proved to be problematic. one such publication was the Farmer’s Almanac.

4-H Club cattle judging at State Fairgrounds, ca. 1932-1935

“Express to Raleigh Fair,” 1914 State Fair

one approach in solving this dilemma was the creation of the north Carolina State Fair in 1853. Proposed by agricultural Journal editor Dr. John F. Tompkins, the State Fair’s goal was to teach north Carolina’s small farmers (of which there were 85,198 by 1860) scientific farming methods that would aid in their annual crop yield in addition to restoring soil fertility, which had decreased over time due to poor agricultural practices. With funding and fairgrounds from the City of Raleigh and the north Carolina legislature, Tompkins and a newly formed north Carolina agricultural Society held the first State Fair in the fall of 1853. The fair proved an immediate success in educating small farmers about scientific farming, as well as in encouraging friendly competition for the best crops, homemade crafts, and livestock. as the years passed and Raleigh grew into a commercial center, small farming decreased and the urban lifestyle evolved. People found jobs in the city, stopped growing their own food, and began buying their groceries. Concern for the small farmer’s decline and a

need for a central location to sell crops prompted the creation of the State Farmers market in 1955. only 36 years passed before the market outgrew its original space, a 17-acre plot located at 1401 Hodges Street, and it became necessary to relocate to its current 75 acres near Lake Wheeler Road and i-40. Though the number of small farms in Raleigh, Wake County, and north Carolina continues to decline, farming and non-farming residents alike still celebrate the state’s rich agricultural history each year with various festivals and fairs. The State Fair represents the largest agricultural celebration, occurring annually in october. Smaller celebrations also occur at other capital city locations throughout the year. For those interested in a smaller event, the got To Be nC agricultural festival takes place at the state fairgrounds mid may. B!

Raleigh lettuce farm, ca. 1935

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elcome to summer! it’s the time of year when it seems easier to eat healthy with plenty of fresh produce available and the perfect time to get outside and enjoy these long days with ample daylight and pleasant temperatures. We wear less clothing, so we may become a little more self-conscious about our bodies, which can be motivating for some—inspiring a new commitment to wellness—but stressful

for others. Just don’t panic. Keep taking small steps toward your goals, and see if this month’s three easy suggestions will motivate you to make this your healthiest summer yet! You may be surprised by my first suggestion:


Don’t be afraid of fat. That’s right, just make

sure it’s the right type of fat. Fat has gotten a bad rap in the last 30 years and has been blamed for most of today’s lifestyle-related health problems, including obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, new research now points more to sugar and processed foods, not fat, as the major causes. in his book, “grain Brain”, Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and a Fellow in the american College of nutrition, describes how our body, including our immune system and especially our brain, is dependent on the right kind of fat to

By anne BarringTon, Rn, CerTified HealTh CoaCh

function properly. good fats from olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, organic butter from grass-fed cows, wild fish, and grass-fed meat can also help you lose weight, on one condition: you have to limit carbohydrates. Simple carbs like sugar, wheat and processed food will stimulate insulin production, which signals your body to store extra energy as fat. So go heavy on the vegetables and berries (low carbs) and light on the fruit (high carbs) while enjoying your healthy fats. avoid inflamma-

tory fats such as vegetable oils, canola oil, trans fats, and fried foods. notice any changes in your health, energy level, weight, cognitive function, sleep cycle etc, and make sure you discuss eating healthy fats with your health-care provider if you take meds for any health condition.


Keep moving. if you have developed an exer-

cise routine that works for you, keep moving! a plan that is individual to you is the only plan that will work. if you have not found your inspiration yet, it may be time to get some help. a personal trainer can be just what you need to find your groove and keep you motivated, or you may find another reliable accountability partner among friends or family, where you can encourage and support each other. if you have a health condition that makes it hard to exercise, don’t give up! a physical therapist

may offer advice. Remember, health is whole-istic (pun intended). By eating healthy and practicing proper self-care, many health issues resolve themselves; but many healthy processes such the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, our lungs, liver, and kidneys, depend on body movement:. They all function better when we breathe deeply and move our bodies regularly. This becomes even more important as we age, so choose activities you can take with you into old age.


Practice extreme self-care. “improving the

quality of your life has so much more to do with what you remove from your life than what you add to your life.” ~ Cheryl Richardson. Why is it so hard to say no to things you don’t want? is it selfish to say no when others ask you for help or favors, invite you to events, and nominate or volunteer your services? Whether it is a toxic relationship, too many commitments, or unwanted peer pressure, knowing how to say no is important for your health. Think of it this way: saying no is not selfish—it helps you honor the things in life that you are truly committed to by not spreading yourself too thin, becoming stressed or feeling run down. By saying no you can pursue the things you really care about. When you know what’s important to you, you can say no with confidence. You then give others the opportunity to step up and take their turn to develop new skills. Remember, you are not rejecting the person, just declining the invitation. Don’t feel like you have to lie, fake, or defend yourself. You don’t owe an explanation, just be kind and honest. Practice saying no so you won’t be caught off guard and if you feel up against the wall, just say, “let me sleep on it,” and come up with a kind, but firm, denial later. Lastly, focus on what is important to you and invite more of that into your life: meaningful relationships, spiritual connection, intellectual stimulation, and creative expression. “How we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives.” ~ annie Dillard enjoy your summer! B!

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ETFs 101: Smart Beta By gerald Townsend, CPa/PFS/aBV, CFP, CFa, CmT


ast month we looked at two different exchange-Traded Funds (eTFs) that invest in the 500 stocks that make up the S&P 500 index, but go about their investment in very different ways. The iShares Core S&P 500 (iVV) allocates its money the same way that the S&P 500 index is constructed, by market capitalization weighting. This means the amount invested in each stock is weighted by the total value of all the company’s stock (its “market capitalization”), resulting in a very large company like apple, accounting for nearly 4% of the entire fund, and the largest 10% of the 500 companies accounting for 46% of the entire fund. We contrasted this with the guggenheim S&P 500 equal Weight Fund (RSP) that allocates an equal amount to each of the 500 stocks, so apple counts the same in the fund as the smallest of the 500 stocks. Passive investment strategies, whether utilized in traditional open-end funds or eTFs, attempt to closely track an index. The idea is to capture the return of the “market” as cheaply as possible. There are many different “asset classes,” such as: U.S. large companies, U.S. mid-size companies, U.S. small companies, foreign large companies, foreign small companies, emerging markets, etc. each of these asset classes have one or more indexes designed to reflect the performance of that asset class’ “market.” But what is the “market?” Traditionally, when the “market” was measured, it was done through a “market capitalization” approach. The S&P 500 index is an example, and iVV is an eTF that tracks the market capitalization index. again, the idea is to capture the market return, which is also referred to as “Beta.” But, is the size of a company, as measured by its market capitalization, the best way to measure the performance of an individual company or of the entire stock market? after all, the price of a stock on any particular day is just an indication of how investors felt about that company and voted at that


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time. But does this really reflect what the value or significance of a company truly is? Benjamin graham, the father of “value investing,” once remarked, “the short-term stock market behaves like a voting machine, but in the long term it acts like a weighing machine,” (i.e. the true value will emerge in the long term, even if doesn’t show up in the short term.)

is there a better way to measure the “market” than market capitalization? over the last 10 to 15 years, a number of different strategies and funds have redefined what it means to capture the market return, or Beta, by following various non-market capitalization weighting approaches. These strategies are referred to by various names, such as: alternative beta, fundamen-

Back in 1999, Cisco’s market capitalization briefly resulted in it being the largest company in the U.S., but if you looked at other measures such as sales and profits, this huge company was a pigmy. But, the S&P 500 index and the various funds that try to track that index had to buy more and more of Cisco, simply because its price was going up and therefore its market capitalization was going up.

tal indexing, enhanced beta, factor-focused investment, or simply as “smart beta.” over the next several months we will be examining several of these smart beta approaches. B! Gerald A. Townsend, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CFA®, CMT is president of Townsend Asset Management Corp., a registered investment advisory firm. He can be reached at

Tiny Balloon is a Huge Advance in Sinus Treatment By Dr. Charles mann—mann ear, nose and ThroaT, Cary


uring the past flu season—one of the worst in years—thousands of north Carolinians felt their sinuses slam painfully shut for days at a time. For many of them, it’s nothing new. Twenty-nine million americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, meaning their sinuses don’t drain properly and they have four or more sinus infections every year. it’s a significant public health problem that costs the US economy 60 million lost workdays annually. Some patients spend decades repeating a miserable cycle of antibiotics, nasal steroids and decongestants—drug regimens that can have significant side effects and may not help much. Until recently, the primary alternative to the drugs was endoscopic sinus surgery, in which bone is shaved and tissue is cut away to allow the sinuses to drain and depressurize. The surgery is performed in an operating room under a general anesthetic, and the painful recovery period usually lasts a week or more. However, cutting and slicing are no longer the only procedural choice for clearing stubborn sinuses. The same sort of balloon technology used by heart surgeons to open blocked cardiac arteries is now being applied to sinus passages. The procedure is called balloon sinus dilation, and it’s

a minimally invasive office procedure done under a local anesthetic that can open the pathways in about an hour. Balloon sinus dilation is as simple as it sounds. once a CT scan confirms the location and chronic nature of the blockage (this procedure is only for chronic sinusitis, not acute temporary cases), the patient is prepared with a local anesthetic and usually a mild sedative, such as valium. Then, the doctor threads a small, flexible catheter up into the impacted sinus opening, guided by a tiny camera on the device that sends a live picture to a monitor. a light fiber illuminates the passage so brightly; it can be seen through the patient’s skin. once positioned, the balloon is inflated with gentle, but powerful, pressure to widen and expand the walls of the opening by actually fracturing the tiny eggshell bones of the sinus—but without cutting or tearing the sinus lining. This is important because with no penetration of the tissue, there’s no bleeding or edema as a result, and there’s no scarring afterwards. The actual inflation process takes just a couple of minutes, and the tiny bones simply hold and heal in their new shape, allowing the impacted sinus to drain. many patients feel the difference instantly—they

talk about the pressure easing even before they stand up from the chair. Some patients go right back to work, and for most the recovery takes a day or two. The benefits are found to continue in the months to come, as patients experience vastly improved breathing and a sharp reduction in subsequent sinus infections, around 75%, according to a recent study. Balloon sinus dilation is truly a dramatic advancement in treating chronic sinusitis. The “less is more” aspect of this minimal procedure is a major advantage over traditional endoscopy because it corrects lifelong structural problems without surgery and without having to put the patient to sleep. The movement towards the smaller, less-complex choice in sinus surgery is no accident—the results bear out the superiority of the simpler procedure for many patients, and treating the patient in the office instead of the operating room can lower costs for health insurers. Complications from balloon sinus dilation are exceedingly rare, occurring in only 1% of all cases. of course, curing chronic sinusitis isn’t just about better medical technology. Patients are coached to embrace a better diet and a generally healthier lifestyle to bolster the immune system and ward off future infections. But for patients who have been trapped for many years in the frustrating endless routine of sinusitis; this simple, elegant procedure offers a safe and effective way of breaking out of the cycle and enjoying a life of freer breathing. B!

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Multi-Date Activities for Adults Current-June (Cary) Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Downtown Cary. Displays the work of 12 nationally recognized artists along Academy Street. All works are available for purchase.

June 5-21 (Raleigh) Equivocation, Theatre in the Park, 107 Pullen Rd. A high stakes political thriller leading to one of the Bard’s most famous works. 919.831.6936 or

June 11-28 (Raleigh) Sea Wall, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Meymandi Theatre at Murphy School Auditorium. A man alone with his thoughts. Something has happened to him. Something life-changing. He feels that he must tell it. We feel that we must listen. 919.834.4001 or

June 12 & 13 Fri & Sat (Cary) White Night’s Russian Festival, 7:30pm, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. 919.462.2025 or www.

June 12-28 (Raleigh) The Color Purple The Musical, St. Francis of Assisi Clare Hall, 11401 Leesville Rd. Presented by Justice Theater Project. 919.264.7089 or June 17-27 (Raleigh) Dark Vanilla Jungle, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphy School Auditorium, 224 Polk St. England’s most relentless playwright spins a yarn of violence, desperation and hope amidst the cobblestone backstreets of a very modern city. 919.834.4001 or

June 18-20 (Durham) Pilobolus, Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St. 919.680.2787 or

June 18-27 (Raleigh) Rum & Vodka, Burning

June 16 Tues (Raleigh) Flogging Molly &

Gogol Bordello, 7pm, Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St. 919.996.8800 or

June 18 Thurs (Cary) Weird Al Yankovic:

The Mandatory World Tour, 8pm, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. 919.462.2025 or

June 19 Fri (Raleigh) Hozier with The Antiers, 8pm, Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St. 919.996.8800 or June 19 Fri (Cary) NC Symphony’s Summer-

fest: An Evening of Broadway, 7:30pm, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. 919.462.2025 or

June 20 Sat (Cary) NC Symphony’s Summer-

fest: Symphonic Wizardry featuring the Music of Harry Potter, 7:30pm, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. 919.462.2025 or

June 20 Sat (Pittsboro) Biofarm to Table

Dinner, 6pm, Piedmont Biofarm, Fairgame Distillery, 220 Lorax Lane. Chef Geoffrey Seelen prepares a four-course dinner with a menu from all locally grown faire. Cocktail hour at the distillery before the dinner. Ticket purchases available at

June 22 Mon (Raleigh) Lindsay Stirling, 8pm, Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St. 919.996.8800 or June 26 Fri (Cary) Civil War Tribute with the

Triangle Brass Band, 7pm, Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park.

June 27 Sat (Cary) Paula C. Snyder’s Soulfully Nostalgic Music, 9:30-11:30am, Cary Downtown Farmers Market, 135 W. Chatham St. 919.787.7615 or

Coal Theatre Company, Murphy School Auditorium, 224 Polk St. A wild and wooly tale of booze, love gone wrong, Ireland, crime and, somehow, redemption. 919.834.4001 or

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June 19 & 20 Fri & Sat (Cary) Around the World, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Presented by the Academy for the Performing Arts. 919.469.4069 or

July 2 Thurs (Raleigh) Move Live On with Juli-

June 19-27 (Raleigh) Macbeth, Raleigh Little

merfest: The Music of the Eagles, 7:30pm, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. 919.462.2025 or anne Hough and Derek Hough, 7pm, Red Had Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St. 919.996.8800 or

Theatre’s Louise Stephenson Amphitheatre, 301 Pogue St. One of Shakespeare’s most notorious dramas, performed under the stars. 919.821.3111 or

July 3 Fri (Cary) Independence Eve Celebra-

June 26 & 27 Fri & Sat (Durham) Soledad

July 4 Sat (Raleigh) Barenaked Ladies with

Barrio and Noche Flamenca, Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St. 919.680.2787 or

July 2-4 (Durham) Paul Taylor Dance Com-

pany, Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St. 919.680.2787 or

Single Date Events for Adults June 14 Sun (Raleigh) Raleigh Ringers’

Spring Concert, 3pm, Meymandi Concert Hall. With special guests Virtuoso. 919.847.7574 or

June 15 Mon (Cary) Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters with Pixies, 7pm, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. 919.462.2025 or

tion with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre & Cary Town Band, 7:30pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. 919.469.4069 or Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, 7:30pm, Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St. 919.996.8800 or

July 9 Thurs (Cary) NC Symphony’s Summer-

fest: Hot Sardines, 7:30pm, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. 919.462.2025 or www.

July 10 Fri (Raleigh) Tim McGraw: Shot-

gun Rider Tour with Billy Currington & Chase Bryant, 7pm, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd. 919.719.5500 or

Ongoing Activities for Adults NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers programs, concerts, exhibits and activities highlighted by

Starring North Carolina Celebration through Sept 2015, the first major exhibition about NC’s movies and television shows, with interactive components and more. or 919.807.7900

The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has continuous monthly activities and events for children and families such as Weekend Family-Friendly Tours; What’s In The Box; and Family Fun Saturdays.

The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has exhibits and events highlighted by The Patton Collection: A Gift to NC through August; Zoosphere through Sept; and Director’s Cut: Recent Photography Gifts through Sept. Summer Concert Series is through August. In addition to exhibits and performances, the museum offers Art in the Evening; Art+Cuisine; lectures, classes, book clubs, and discussion groups. 919.839.6262 or

The NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St, Raleigh, offers children and families monthly events and activities like Storytime in the Gallery; Time for Tots; History Hunters; History Corner; and more. For a complete listing of events visit

Dance Seen: First Friday Gallery Walks take place the first Friday of each month at Arts Together, 114 St. Mary’s St, Raleigh. Event features The Even Exchange Dance Theatre. Free and open to the public. 919.828.2377 or

Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre, 201 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, offers special events and activities for children. Their monthly calendar events includes weekly, continuing activities of: Move & Groove; MakeShop; Artrageous; Energy Innovators; Garden Sprouts; Science Solvers; and Story Explorers. The IMAX 3D Theater also has a calendar of movies. 919.834.4040 or

UnWined, 237 Center Grove Church Rd, Moncure, invites all to their special events highlighted by musical performances, tastings, and food accompanying First Fridays with Bella Donna’s Grilled Pizza; First Saturdays with Big City StrEAT Bistro Food Truck, and 2nd & 4th Saturdays with Chef Bill. Come out and relax, sip and savor NC wines, enjoy their uniqueness, and unwind. 919.548.9384 or

Wake County Public Library System continues their programs for children to incorporate Every Child Ready to Succeed. Their goal is to educate parents and caregivers on the skills they can use at home to help prepare children for success in school. The library system offers nearly 150 weekly programs for children. Visit

Fair Game Beverage Company, 193B Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, is NC’s newest winery and distillery. They craft their own line of fortified wines, and barrel-aged spirits made with unique ingredients like apples, sorghum, scuppernong grapes and other local fruits and grains. Tastings are offered Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 919.245.5434 or

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Midtown Beach Music Series (Raleigh), 6-9pm, Thursdays through August 6, North Hills. June presents Holiday Band; Entertainers; Hip Pocket; and Legacy Motown Revue. Hob Nob Jazz Series (Cary), 5:30-8:30pm, Wednesdays through June 4, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park. June features Stephen Anderson. 919.462.2025 or Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series, 7-9pm, Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd, runs through September 4. For descriptions of the bands and information:

Activities for Children and Youth June 16 Tues (Holly Springs) The Little Red

Hen, Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Presented by Carolina Puppet Theatre. 919.567.4000 or

July 3 Fri (Cary) Independence Eve Celebra-

tion with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre & Cary Town Band, 7:30pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. 919.469.4069 or

Ongoing Activities for Children and Youth The Museum of Life & Science, 433 W. Murray Ave, Durham, is pleased to announce its June special activities highlighted by Summer Science Camp and Butterfly Awareness Day. 919.220.5429 or

Cornucopia Cancer Support Center sponsors events and resources to support those journeying with cancer. or call 919.401.933 The American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter continues its need for blood donations. Take an hour of time to save a life. For Triangle locations and schedules: 1.800.448.3543 or Duke Regional Hospital offers monthly events that include: Look Good Feel Better; Weight Loss Surgery Support Group; and Stroke Support Group. For meeting dates, times, and information: Lupus Foundation Support Group, 6:30-8pm, Waters Edge Office Park Conference Room, 4917 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 250, Raleigh. This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Also available is a monthly teleconference series. 877.849.8271 or TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all. Meetings are weekly throughout NC. First session is free. 919.621.3613 or Cary Rotary Clubs present the Memory Café, 4:30-6pm, Third Tuesday of each month, Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary. A fun, safe and welcoming place for guests with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia and their caregivers. Free and offers fellowship, dinner, music and dancing. Reservations are required. 919.233.0075

Resources Triangle Singles Dance Club has weekly dances, 8:30-11pm, Northbrook Country Club, 4905 North Hills Dr, Raleigh. A singles, 40+ social club.

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