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in this issue

The Travel Issue Kids in the Kitchen 15 Cooking classes teach lifelong skills ‘My Heart Just Knew’ 22 Building a family through adoption The Ultimate Giveaway 28 Local milk donors help save babies’ lives

Act Naturally 36 Public programs encourage

families to explore the outdoors

44 Have Tech, Will Travel Island Paradise 52 Bald Head Island in pictures 63 Weekend Getaways 74 Vacation, All I Ever Wanted Designers and homeowners spill their secrets to a stylish retreat

Silhouetted against a late afternoon sun, McKenzie Babb spins Ava Barton on Bald Head Island’s Cape Fear Point, where east and south beaches meet and the Frying Pan Shoals extend 30 miles offshore. See Jonathan Fredin’s photo essay, page 52.

Photo by Jonathan Fredin





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March/April 2017 • Volume 14, Number 3 EXECUTIVE

We Love

Ron Smith, Executive Publisher Bill Zadeits, Publisher

Restaurant Row: Destination Downtown Garden Adventurer: Irish Spring, Irish Gardens Nonprofit Spotlight: Dorcas Ministries


Nancy Pardue, Editor Amber Keister, Editor CONTRIBUTORS

L.A. Jackson David McCreary Emily Uhland, Lifestyle Editor PHOTOGRAPHY

Jonathan Fredin, Chief Photographer PRODUCTION


Jennifer Casey, Graphic Designer Ronald Dowdy, Graphic Designer Dylan Gilroy, Web Designer Beth Harris, Graphic Designer Matt Rice, Webmaster/SEO Rachel Sheffield, Web Designer Jim Sleeper, Graphic Designer


Editors’ Letters


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ON THE COVER: Meg, an English cocker spaniel, leads owner Lane Ormand over a boardwalk after a morning of shore fishing on Bald Head

Write Light


Kris Schultz, Associate Publisher

Island’s east beach. Photo essay, page 52. Photo by Jonathan Fredin.


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Mor Aframian, Events & Marketing Coordinator Cherise Klug, Traffic Manager Lisa McGraw, Circulation Coordinator Valerie Renard, Human Resource Manager Kristin Black, Accounting

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Before the 2017 Maggy Awards party at Tazza Kitchen, Events & Marketing Coordinator Mor Aframian, left, gets in the rock ’n’ roll spirit with editors Amber Keister, center, and Nancy Pardue. More photos are on page 108.

I CAN’T REMEMBER a time that I haven’t been messing around in the kitchen. My patient mother supplied my siblings and me with all the supplies we needed and the freedom to make what we wanted — provided we cleaned up after ourselves. I slowly gained enough confidence to trade brownie mixes for chocolate chip cookies and homemade yeast bread. But the best part of learning to cook was being able to hang out in the kitchen. I have fond memories of hot summer days at my grandparents’ house listening to my mother and grandmother chat as they put up countless jars of sweet pickles, tomatoes, green beans and corn. I tried not to get in the way as I snapped beans and shucked corn as best I could. Now, my daughter cooks with me. She prefers to bake cookies and pies, and she can throw together a decent spaghetti and meatballs. For us though, cooking is just an excuse to be together. Every evening I get to hear her talk about her day as she preps the veggies or makes the salad. It was great fun to see so many kids learning how to cook at Flour Power, but I hope they also discover that hanging out in the kitchen with people you love is just as important. All the best,

MY FRIEND JANET has launched a Facebook page she calls Choose Happiness. More than an escape from negativity, it’s a call to action — not just to find joy in the everyday, but to create it for others. Isn’t it a pleasure to meet people who live in joy? In this issue, you’ll meet a few more: Tasha and feisty little Lizzy, who chose each other for lifelong adventure. And Amy, whose donation of choice gives a whole new meaning to give back. Granted, it doesn’t cost us much to think good thoughts, or click the Like button. To mean to, but never quite do. But you know what they say about that road paved with good intentions. Be a joy-bringer! And come April, nominate other great guys and gals for our third annual CM Movers & Shakers. Watch our enews for details on that. Accept the challenge. Like Janet says, choosing happiness turns out to be an awesome way to spend each day. Thanks for reading — and doing,

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Alena Dabrowski squeezes green-tinted vanilla buttercream icing onto her cupcake during a one-day workshop at Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio in Cary. The 7-year-old cooks a lot with her mom back home in Australia, but she says she learned a few things during her visit to North Carolina. “I liked tasting new things that aren’t popular in Australia. I tried stromboli; it tasted really good — sweet and not sweet at the same time.”

Cooking classes teach young chefs lifelong skills and build confidence WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN CARY MAGAZINE 15

Michelle Mintz, lead instructor at Flour Power, demonstrates how to knead fondant icing to make it pliable as students Schuyler Pettibone, Dylan Salzman and Alena Dabrowski watch.

Instructor Anita Honeycutt, right, tries to help Alex Earl, 10, with a malfunctioning icing bag.



The young bakers take a break for lunch, eating the stromboli they had made that morning.

Alena Dabrowski, center, figures out the hard way that powdered sugar can get everywhere if you aren’t careful. Kyra Pettibone, 10, left, and Alex Earl find the spectacle just as amusing as Alena does.


of the cupcake wars. “I make them really weird,” she said. “Last time I made a giant pile of fondant with spikes to look like a sun. It was gross — way too much sugar.” This time, the 12-year-old stacks two Funfetti cupcakes and covers them with green buttercream icing and pink fondant for the Food Network-inspired finale to the baking class at Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio in Cary. Another baker wins bragging rights for a pair of cupcakes topped with crabs, but all seven contestants act like winners as they devour their sweet creations. Youngsters like these, hooked on competitive cooking shows like “Chopped,” “Iron Chef America” and “Cupcake Wars,” want to be like chefs Bobby Flay or Cat Cora. So parents are turning to local cooking schools to train their enthusiastic offspring.

Popular choice

Tammy Herr, owner-operator of Flour Power at Parkside, says most of her students come in with some basic cooking skills, either from lessons at home or from television. Parents see her classes as a way to build on that knowledge. “We get groups of kids who come in here and they blow me away with how much they know just from watching the food channel,” she said. Wynton Mann, founder and chef at Wynton’s World, another Cary cooking school, offers a Food Network summer camp to take advantage of this excitement. It’s his most popular offering, selling out faster than any of his other camps. “Parents may have very little time, so it’s harder to cook at home,” he said. “Then you have to be in the mood to cook. So when the Food Network comes out with all these

A crab-topped cupcake gets some finishing touches during the final activity of the day-long workshop — a competition inspired by the Food Network program “Cupcake Wars.”

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Andrew Earl, 8, likes to cook eggs and bacon at home, but doesn’t like to share the kitchen with his brother, Alex. He enjoyed the day of baking, especially the morning project — apple fritters. “They were delicious,” he said.

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different shows, it’s getting kids more excited about cooking.” Depending on the age of the student, these classes can be as challenging as any offered to adults. In Mann’s pasta class, kids 7 and older will make the dough, then the pasta, but younger kids may just feed the dough through the machine. “I give students more leeway,” he said. “I think if you let them go, they will surprise you. I’ve seen it in almost every class. Once they get engaged in what they’re doing, they tend to do a great job. “Parents can’t believe their kids are making this, when they see the recipes I send them.” Mann describes a recent class in which students made poached salmon, a Hollandaise sauce and a salad with a vinaigrette dressing. And while his students might not make everything from scratch every time they cook, he says it’s important they know what homemade food tastes like. “They see the process, then they taste it. It’s completely different to them,” Mann said. “Everything’s fresh, and I explain to them the importance of that versus store-bought.” The other key lesson Mann hopes his students learn is how to substitute ingredients, to suit themselves or to make a familiar recipe healthier. “I ask them, ‘How can you make this healthier and yet taste good?’ … And then we change it and try it. Some are hits, some are misses, but they’ve tried it,” he said. Life skills

Alex Earl, Alena Dabrowski and Kyra Pettibone sweep up powdered sugar after a lesson on buttercream icing. In class, the students learn that cleaning up is just as important as cooking.



Shelia Stanton, manager of the FuquayVarina Growers Market, also emphasizes healthy choices in the classes she leads at the town’s community kitchen. “Maybe they’ll go home and say, ‘Hey, Mom, let’s do something with squash and zucchini instead of eating french fries today.’

Kyra Pettibone, left, Dylan Salzman, center, and Alex Earl dig into the cupcakes they’ve decorated. “I like making cakes and cupcakes — I like icing them,” said Kyra, who received a set of icing tubes for her last birthday.

We hope we are teaching that,” she said. The market provides free cooking classes for kids about once a month. The popular classes are capped at 10 students, but the community center can arrange special classes for scouts, homeschoolers and other groups. Many of Stanton’s classes link cooking and where food comes from. One class may talk about raising chickens and end with a meal of scrambled eggs. During the spring and summer, she teaches children some basic gardening skills and how to prepare local produce. Another vital topic is kitchen safety — using a knife, washing hands and being cautious around hot surfaces, she says. “When you’re using the stove, don’t run around close to the stove, jumping up and down, acting silly,” she said. “Take it seriously.” And sometimes it helps that the teaching isn’t being done by a parent. “When you learn something away from home, from an instructor, you’re likely to pay attention and take it more seriously than at home,” said Stanton.

Trying new things

All three instructors agree that as they learn how to cook, the kids also taste new things. Stanton might cook a vegetable like butternut squash with her class, showing them that healthy foods can taste good. Herr says that kids are also more likely to eat what they make. “You would not believe how many times I hear a parent say, ‘I can’t believe they ate that,’ or ‘She won’t eat that,’ whispering it to me,” said Herr. “Also there’s peer pressure; if your friends are eating it or your older siblings are, then you’re more likely to try it.” “Kids feel that they can make mistakes or at least taste something,” Mann said. “That’s another good thing about kids’ classes. They feel open when they come in.” And even if a kid never makes it to the Food Network, these classes teach valuable skills and give kids a boost of confidence. “The kids are in that kitchen and they’re making their own food,” said Stanton. “For a 6-year-old kid, it gives them a sense of independence.” t

Wynton’s World has classes for children starting at age 2, birthday parties, summer and trackout camps, and teen boot camps. Parent-child classes and adult instruction are also available. Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio offers a variety of classes, parties and camps for kids. Fuquay-Varina lists upcoming community kitchen cooking classes in its program brochure, Programs-Brochure. Also see Coming soon: Taste Buds Kitchen is scheduled to open soon in Apex,




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Tasha Stephens of Fuquay-Varina wanted more than her successful career — she wanted a family. She met Lizzy through the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. “I was happy. I was feeling good,” said Lizzy, now 9. “I stayed at (the children’s home) a long time, trying to find a mommy. This is better, ’cause I get to live with her.” CHSNC has noted a crisis-level shortage of permanent homes for adoptable children.



‘ My

Heart Just Knew’


TASHA STEPHENS has served in the

U.S. Navy, and found success in high-level jobs across the nation. But one day she looked around and knew something was missing. “I had my head down working, working, but at age 41 I realized it’s not all about work,” said Stephens, of Fuquay-Varina. “I’d always wanted children, and there are so many children who need homes. I thought, ‘God has blessed me. Why not share?’” Stephens contacted the nonprofit Children’s Home Society of North Carolina in early 2015, and leapt into the adoption process. She underwent 10 weeks of parental training, an extensive background check, a physical exam, home visits and interviews. All the while, “I was praying, ‘Please send a child who needs me as much as I need them … and by Christmas!’” Stephens said. “I called every day, twice a day, saying ‘I know there’s somebody out there.’” After two false starts, the call came and Stephens met Elizabeth, aka Lizzy, who was living at a children’s home in Wilkesboro. “I had butterflies. I was already in love after talking with CHS about this child,” she said. “Lizzy was peeking out from behind her social worker. Everything I prayed for was happening. Lizzy came a little closer. We talked, and I braided her hair. And my heart just knew.” Lizzy knew too, and by their second visit was ready to pack her bags for FuquayVarina. She officially moved in with Stephens on Dec. 23, 2015, just in time for Christmas. “I was happy. I was feeling good,” said Lizzy, now 9. “I stayed at (the children’s home) a long time, trying to find a mommy. This is better, ’cause I get to live with her.” The adoption was finalized in November 2016 with a courthouse ceremony and a new birth certificate. Now every night, this mother and daughter pray together for other children to find a family too. continued on page 24 CARY MAGAZINE 23

Tasha Stephens’ family photos now include lots of photos of Lizzy.

Adoption Musts

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➨ At least 21 years old

Last year the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina completed the adoptions of 143 children, but at the end of 2016 there were 2,400 children still eligible for adoption. In January, the organization declared a crisislevel shortage of permanent homes for adoptable children. “Five percent of my friends understood what I was doing,” Stephens said. “I had to convince the other 95 percent, who worried about the child I’d get. “CHS, or any agency helping children find homes, is awesome but the children’s bios could scare you away. They can be hard to read. They’re very honest and disclose every (negative) behavior, even if it only happened once. But Lizzy is not the same child, now that she’s out of that old environment.” Jamaica Pfister, area director of Business Development and Advocacy for CHSNC, says cost is another concern surrounding adoption. “Adopting a child from the foster care system is actually almost free,” Pfister said. “Families typically only have to pay for the

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cost of a few paperwork requirements such as a criminal record check and fire inspection. In fact, many of the children adopted from the foster care system are eligible for financial assistance even after the adoption is finalized.” Children adopted after their 12th birthdays are also eligible for free tuition at North Carolina public universities and technical schools, she adds. “Every child, no matter what their circumstances, deserves a safe, loving, committed and permanent family,” Pfister said. Babies too

According to statistics from adoption parenting network Adoptive Families, the cost of a domestic newborn adoption averages $38,063. Domestic foster adoption costs average $2,811, and international adoption $42,281. These costs can be offset by adoption tax credits of about $13,000, and sometimes by employer assistance of up to $5,000, says attorney E. Parker Herring. Herring is the founder of A Child’s Hope in Raleigh, which matches birth mothers with North Carolina adoptive families.

Photos courtesy of CHSNC

“ Every child, no

matter what their circumstances,

deserves a safe,

loving, committed and permanent family. ”

Jamaica Pfister

area director of Business Development and Advocacy for CHSNC

It’s one of more than 20 licensed adoption agencies in our state, and has eight adoption counselors located throughout. “Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family,” said Herring, the adoptive parent of two boys, who has lobbied for positive changes in North Carolina’s adoption laws. “Look at it this way: IVF (in-vitro fertilization) costs $20,000 with no guarantee; but most agencies work with you until you have a child.” Some families obtain an equity line of credit to fund their adoption, while others actively fundraise. A Child’s Hope handles mostly newborn adoptions, with average costs last year of $37,000, and an average wait time of 13 months. “The more open you are to issues we

see in adoption, such as race, the shorter the timeframe in waiting,” Herring said. At CHSNC, Pfister says the goal is to place children in a home within 18 months. Children placed in the Triangle area through CHSNC range in age from 7 months to 17 years. “Some of the advantages of adopting an older child are no diapers, no day care costs, and skipping the terrible twos,” she said. “Getting to take them to fun activities like water parks and amusement parks. Watching them have fun playing sports. They’re more independent.” No matter the age of the child, Pfister said, “When we’re at the point of matching a family, we know them well and know their strengths. We look at the needs of the child, and try to match them with families that can meet those needs. We also work closely with the Department of Social Services, as they know the children well. We take into consideration the child’s desires regarding the type of family they want.” Family, as in Stephens and Lizzy, who thanks to her new mom is enjoying cheerleading and sports, is doing well in third grade, and celebrated her birthday with new aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. “Lizzy’s first week here I heard her calling, ‘Mommy, mommy,’ and it felt really good,” Stephens said. “To introduce her as my daughter still gives me butterflies.” t

Left, a scene from the 2016 A Place to Call Home event, an annual fundraiser of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. This year’s event is set for April 27 at the Angus Barn in Raleigh. At right, CHSNC’s Family Life Education Services division provides professional training for those working with families and children. “Every child, no matter what their circumstances, deserves a safe, loving, committed and permanent family,” says Jamaica Pfister, area director of Business Development and Advocacy for CHSNC.

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The WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank in Cary is one of just 24 nonprofit milk banks in the U.S., and dispenses about 16,000 ounces of donor milk each month, free of charge, to hospitals along the East Coast. Pasteurization technician Victoria Duke, soon to be a mom herself, is one of four milk bank staffers. “We want babies to get mother’s milk,” said Montana Wagner-Gillespie, milk bank coordinator. “I like to see our milk used as a bridge to mom’s own supply, in NICUs or with well babies.” Its benefits include decreased risks of ear infection, asthma and type 2 diabetes.



Hanging in the office of Sarah Gray of Washington, D.C., the milk bottle at left once held 7 ounces of donated mother’s milk. Gray’s daughter Jocelyn, right, is now 8 months old.




plastic milk bottle hangs in a shadow box in Sarah Gray’s office. It once held 7 ounces of mother’s milk, just enough to feed her newborn daughter in a time of need. The source of that milk? Four Caryarea women who cared enough to donate. “I was struggling to breastfeed Joselyn,” Gray said from her Washington, D.C. home. “She was crying and I asked the nurses for formula. Instead they told me the hospital could offer donated breast milk, and I jumped at it. Babies need breast milk; it’s healthiest for them.” Stories like this happen every day thanks to the WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank in Cary, one of just 24 nonprofit milk banks in the U.S., and a founding member

of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. The milk bank serves hospitals along the East Coast, with priority given to ill and premature babies in neonatal intensive care units, or NICUs, whose mothers often have trouble establishing their own milk supplies. A mother’s milk supply can also be impacted by her own health issues or treatments, even by a previous breast reduction procedure. “We want babies to get mother’s milk,” said Montana Wagner-Gillespie, coordinator of the WakeMed milk bank. “It’s the most natural thing to do, but a lot can go wrong. I like to see our milk used as a bridge to mom’s own supply, in NICUs or with well babies.” continued on page 31 CARY MAGAZINE 29

Donated breast milk is checked in by pasteurization technician Missy Abi-Najm and undergoes a multi-step process at the WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank. “Pasteurization is crucial to what we do, a fail-safe,” said coordinator Montana WagnerGillespie, pictured at right. “We use extra levels of safety. It takes a lot of time, effort and love.”



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As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, currently pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition, Wagner-Gillespie cites research on the benefits of “species-specific” milk, as staff works to educate both moms and medical providers. These range from antibodies that protect babies’ immunity to decreased risks of acute ear infections, asthma, type 2 diabetes and necrotizing enterocolitis, a life-threatening intestinal condition common in infants born prematurely. The health benefits, as compared to formula-fed children, are detailed in the 2011 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. “And for moms, breastfeeding offers reduced risks of breast and ovarian cancers,” Wagner-Gillespie said. “I don’t want to demonize formula, but breast milk is the baseline. It’s also important not to give a formula solution to a breastfeeding problem. If a mom is having trouble, she should seek out a lactation consultant or support group and get help.” Donors needed

The WakeMed milk bank follows strict HMBANA guidelines to ensure the purity and safety of the donated milk, including in-depth donor questionnaires and bloodwork testing for HIV, hepatitis, the HTLV virus and syphilis. WakeMed assumes all costs for blood testing and for milk storage supplies. In the lab, donated milk is pooled from multiple donors, homogenized to prevent fat separation, bottled and labeled for tracking, then pasteurized to kill viruses and bacteria. After more testing, the milk is frozen until it’s dispensed to hospitals. “Pasteurization is crucial to what we do, a fail-safe,” said Wagner-Gillespie. “We use extra levels of safety. It takes a lot of time, effort and love.” continued on page 32 CARY MAGAZINE 31

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Orders come into the milk bank via phone, fax or email from hospitals as far as Pennsylvania and Florida seeking to keep their freezers supplied. The milk is shipped on dry ice, usually same-day to local hospitals and in two days for those more distant. Staffed by four women including Wagner-Gillespie, the milk bank dispenses approximately 16,000 ounces of donor milk each month. However, donations have dipped so far this year, forcing the milk bank to restrict dispensation to NICU use only. When supplies permit, the milk bank dispenses to outpatients as well, such as mothers working on boosting their own milk supply or in cases of adoption. “Pay it forward”

Cary mom Amy Hambright has been an active milk donor for the past year, following the birth of her second son, Cole. “When my first son, Max, was born in 2013 I found the breastfeeding support group at WakeMed, and received tremendous support from their lactation consultants and my peers. I wouldn’t have been able to breastfeed without them,” she said. “When I learned about the milk bank, I decided that when I had my second child I would pump to donate, to pay it forward.” Hambright says the donation process is simple: A 10-minute phone interview, paperwork filled out by her OB/GYN and her son’s pediatrician, and the blood testing for communicable diseases. Women interested in donating milk should also keep a log, with dates, of any medications they’re taking, including over

In the lab, milk is pooled from multiple donors, homogenized to prevent fat separation, bottled and labeled for tracking, then pasteurized to kill viruses and bacteria. After more testing, the milk is frozen until it’s dispensed to hospitals from Pennsylvania to Florida. 32


TO LEARN MORE For more information about the nonprofit WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank, including how to donate milk or make a financial contribution, see mothers-milk-bank.

the counter, and any alcohol consumption, Wagner-Gillespie adds. After being approved to donate, Hambright spent 15 minutes each day on one extra pump session, then placed the milk into her freezer and delivered it to the milk bank once a month. For those who can’t drop off milk in person, the milk bank supplies shipping coolers. “It’s been such a rewarding experience,” Hambright said, “and such a gift to be able to give to another mom who’s struggling. I have friends who have donated and who have been recipients; this is really beneficial. Being a donor fills me with great pride. It’s meant so much to me.” While most donors have an oversupply of milk, allowing them to pump extra milk and still feed their own babies, others are bereaved and donate as a meaningful tribute to their lost child. The results of all these donations are visible in photos of healthy babies sent by recipient families, displayed on what Wagner-Gillespie calls the milk bank’s “wall of love notes.” “I can say for my family that we’re really grateful for the gift,” said Gray in Washington, D.C. “It’s touching, that people I don’t even know would do this.” Editor’s note: The Surgeon General’s report can be viewed at /library/calls/breastfeeding/calltoactiontosupportbreastfeeding.pdf. CARY MAGAZINE 33

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n a warm afternoon in late winter, Joanne St. Clair leads several families in a game of nature bingo along the American Tobacco Trail in Apex. The Wake County environmental educator gives out laminated bingo cards with pictures of possible forest sights. She encourages the kids to fill out the cards, checking off items they see on their walk. Even the most pedestrian subject is an opportunity for learning. “What is scat?” one of the kids asks. “It’s poop!” another answers eagerly. St. Clair chimes in: “What kind of things can we



learn from scat?” The responses come back quickly: what kind of animal it is, what it’s been eating. The group strolls leisurely, marking off spaces on their cards for a fallen log, a tree cavity or an animal track. St. Clair pauses beside the trail and points into a shallow pool of water. These vernal pools, which dry up in summer’s heat, are vital to amphibians, she explains. “Do you see those things floating under water that look like clouds? Those are salamander egg masses, probably spotted salamanders.” “Does anyone want to touch an egg sac?” St. Clair asks. continued on page 38

Joanne St. Clair, right, an environmental educator with Wake County Parks, leads a group on a short nature hike on the American Tobacco Trail in Apex. Beside a shallow pool of water next to the trail, she pauses to point out several salamander larvae. The group also saw many egg sacs from salamanders yet to emerge.


Leader Joanne St. Clair crouches in the forest bracken, nudging aside leaves to reveal a tiny specimen. “It’s a little stunted, but that’s a mushroom,” she says. Alex Erling, 9, left, Meredith Overcash, 10, and her sister Norah, 12, gather around to look so they can mark off the mushroom square on their bingo cards.

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“It feels like Jell-O,” said Alex Erling, 9. Alex and his brother Aiden, 7, are with their grandmother, Marlene Bush, who signed them up to be Wake County Junior Park Naturalists. The program challenges youth ages 5 to 15 to visit all the county parks and participate in activities at each one. Participants get commemorative pins, and when the challenge is complete, an official Wake County Junior Park Naturalist backpack. “The thing I love about this, is they’re at the age that little kid things aren’t right, and the big kid programs aren’t right. But these programs are so well done, they absolutely engage them,” said Bush of the program. A number of engaging nature-related activities are planned this spring at Wake County and other area parks — too many to list. But area environmental educators offer the following highlights. 38


Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville (919) 460-3355 Pages/programs.aspx

“Our more popular programs are always the ones that have to do with anything on the water,” said Colleen Bockhahn, assistant park manager. Canoe tours, which are open to families, are held regularly, and Bockhahn says groups can also call the park to schedule a two-hour tour. The park’s free fishing program, Crabtree Casters, attracts anglers of all ages, she says. “We promote fishing as a hobby. We teach folks how to do it,” said Bockhahn. “It’s all catch-and-release here at the lake, so they can keep catching bigger and bigger fish.” Another highlight is the park’s new Backpack Bin. Three packs filled with activities and equipment are available for visitors

to borrow. The birdwatching pack contains binoculars, a field guide and a checklist of common species. Another pack is a nature scavenger hunt. “We have a lot of folks who come out to the park to play on the playground, or to picnic with their family,” Bockhahn said. “This is a little extra something that, if it’s a day that we don’t have a public program scheduled, they can still have that experience.” Harris Lake County Park, New Hill (919) 387-4342 programs.aspx

Jackie Trickel, assistant park manager at Harris Lake County Park, says evening programs fill up quickly, whether it’s a hike or a campfire program. Park staff are also planning noteworthy events pegged to the North Carolina Science continued on page 40

Norah Overcash catches a cricket frog and carefully opens her hand to show it to her sister Meredith, left, who takes a few photos, and Alex Erling, right. Joanne St. Clair explains that cricket frogs have their name because the amphibians make the sound of two marbles clicking together.

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Learn about nature at the North Carolina Environmental Education Center, or venture out with a backpack full of games, tools and books. The free Discovery Backpack Loaner Program invites visitors learn bird calls, study insects through a magnifying glass, discover animals in the lake, or practice journaling techniques. venue/prairie-ridge

Umstead State Park, Cary (919) 571-4170

Visit a wildlife-friendly landscape that includes 45 acres of Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds and a stream. Explore this outdoor learning space during Citizen Science Saturdays, weekly science walks for visitors 8 and older. Topics vary but may include gathering data on tree and garden budding, pond dragonflies, ladybugs or birds. events-and-programs

American Tobacco Trail, Apex

Park rangers lead themed hikes and other seasonal learning activities for all ages. Most events are free, but require registration. programs.aspx

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Marlene Bush, of Wake Forest, pauses on the bridge over Beaver Creek in Apex with her grandsons Aiden, 7, and Alex Erling. Bush spends one weekend a month with the boys, and has enjoyed exploring area parks with them as they complete the Wake County Junior Park Naturalists program.

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Festival, April 7-23. The Science of Fire, for ages 16 and up, will examine the role of fire in a longleaf pine ecosystem. During Microscope Discoveries, families will get an upclose peek at the natural world using a variety of microscopes. “We’ll have a lot of things for people to look at and do,” said Trickel. Crowder District Park, Apex (919) 662-2850 programs.aspx Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh

once existed — in Wake County. It is fairly unique on a national scale because of the technology and how old the mill is,” said Cope. Volunteers and park staff will dress in 1860s costumes for a corn-grinding weekend March 18-19. Also for the spring, Cope is planning a Laura Ingalls Wilder program called Farmer Boys and Pioneer Girls. “Anytime we offer anything that has to do with the Ingalls, it explodes,” she said. At Crowder, the park’s largest event of the year is coming up April 8: Frog Fest usually attracts more than 2,000 people eager to see live animals and learn about water quality and biodiversity.

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Rebeccah Cope, who develops programming at both Crowder and Yates Mill, says the two parks attract different sorts of visitors. Families with younger kids flock to Crowder, attracted by its playgrounds. Yates Mill is a destination for history buffs, who want to tour the historic water-powered mill. “Yates is the last operating water mill, grist mill of its kind — out of about 70 that



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At the Stevens Nature Center located in Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, there is always something going on, but spring is a great time to investigate this unique habitat. “March is a big wildflower month for us, and into March and April is a good time for birds,” said Morgan Bosse, program specialist

at the center. “The warmer it gets, the more we start seeing our reptiles. In March we’re going to be talking about spring frogs, and there’s a few salamanders that are still around.” Visitors to the preserve must stay on designated trails, but many of the events give folks a chance to explore a little more. “Especially with the kids, we try to go off the trail, off the beaten path,” Bosse said. “With the younger kids, we try to include some crafts and games to make it enjoyable for them. But we’re outside, we’re rolling logs, we’re looking off the trail.” One popular program, Night Out in Nature, is offered once a month, usually 6 to 9 p.m. on a Friday. The topics vary seasonally, and the evening ends with a campfire and s’mores, which are always a big hit, says Bosse. Also helpful are some of the reptile education programs, she says. Because snakes are common in North Carolina, residents of all ages can benefit from sound advice on how to deal with the creatures. “A lot of people are concerned about copperheads in their yard, so even as young as age 5 we start talking about snakes, what copperheads look like,” said Bosse. t


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Little Noah Coulombe visits North Cary Park, one of many parks nationwide reviewed and recommended by Play Across America, a website and app created to help families find safe playgrounds when traveling.

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Vacation planning season is upon us! Whether your goal is Bermuda on a budget or a cousins’ caravan to the newest roller coaster, you’ll need high tech help in planning. Here’s a short guide to online travel tools, including two that can take you far but were created close to home. Traveling with the family has its own rewards and challenges. Amy Rowland of Spring Lake is using her experiences as a military mom to help others, by creating a national online playground finder called Play Across America. “The idea came about when we were moving from Kansas to Washington State. We were so tired of stopping at rundown rest stops with no safe place for my kids to play,” Rowland said. An Army wife and mother of four, who holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and is a “Today Show” Parenting Team contributor, Rowland knows the power of play. “Research has shown over and over that play is the catalyst for learning and helping to develop crucial skills such as communication, coordination and problem-solving strategies,” she said. “The very thing that comes so naturally to kids is the exact prescription they need to help ensure lifelong success.” While the Rowland family has visited many of the playgrounds posted to the site, including Cary’s new Jack Smith Park, Play Across America is crowdsourced to allow others to add photos and reviews too.

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Stephanie Farren, far left, walks with baby Everett while her daughter Georgia plays at North Cary Park, center. The family is stationed in Norfolk, Va., with the U.S. Marine Corps, and visiting Cary. Farren was thrilled to learn about the Play Across America travel tool: “Usually I ask Siri,” she says, with varying results. “Now that we know this park is here, we’ll come back whenever we’re near.” Georgia’s playmate is Ella Kate Strathmann of Cary.

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The site also provides a “Near Me Now” feature and driving directions. “The key to our submissions is that they should be authentic and informative,” Rowland said. “Many parents want to know if there are infant swings and restrooms. Is the playground safe? Is the equipment in good shape? These are good things to add in the details of a submission.” The site and iPhone app are offered free of charge thanks to business relationships Rowland is developing with playground equipment manufacturers to help promote their work. She’s also working to increase the Play Across America database. “We want to be the go-to resource for families looking to find a playground nationally, and eventually internationally,” she said.  “Our passion is truly to connect kids to play.” continued on page 48



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RewardStock “Airlines, hotels and credit card companies have been rewarding customers for decades with points (among other things). The tricky part is that they are not transparent with the best ways to use these points, often resulting in misuse of points or even no use of the points that customers have received. RewardStock is free software that breaks down all of the unique rules and policies to show the world how to travel on points, not cash.”




Sal and Nicole Zarate have always enjoyed travel, and wished they could afford more of it. Then they found RewardStock, a Cary-based start-up that taught them how to leverage credit card points to buy round-trip flights to Chicago for $12 each. “I had heard of people using rewards points for travel, but thought it was too complicated and time-consuming for the average person to do,” Nicole said. “But I learned that we could earn free travel by making the same purchases we already make, and by staying within our current budget.” RewardStock founder and CEO Jonathan Hayes, a former investment banker who holds an economics degree from Princeton University, notes that you don’t have to be a seasoned traveler or a financial expert to use this platform. “Many people don’t realize that every dollar you spend is an opportunity to earn valuable points,” Hayes said. “We help you get nearly free flights and hotels all over the world by maximizing your ability to earn, track and use frequent flyer miles, hotel and credit card reward points.” By recommending the best credit cards to meet users’ point goals, RewardStock earns referral fees from card issuers, so it can offer the service free for users. “When you need to earn more points, we might know of a good credit card offer that has a bonus of 50,000 or 100,000 of the points you need to get to your destination as quickly and cheaply as possible, so it’s a natural recommendation for us to make,” Hayes said of his company, which is based at the Cary Cofounders Lab and has received capital from the lab’s manager, entrepreneur David Gardner. Users have traveled all over the U.S., and as far as Australia and Hong Kong. RewardStock’s algorithms guided the Zarates in replacing their debit cards with strategically-chosen credit cards they use for regular household expenses and bill paying. In less than six months, the couple earned enough points to purchase the $12 flights.

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AS SOON AS YOU STEP off the ferry onto Bald Head Island, it’s clear this is a place like no other. Take a deep breath, smell the salty air, feel the ocean breezes on your face, and listen to the sounds of water and wildlife. Although not strictly an island since Hurricane Bonnie in 1998, the area retains its remote and picturesque nature. Only service vehicles are allowed, so bicycles and electric golf carts rule the roads. In addition to its renown as a vacation getaway, this southernmost settlement in North Carolina is nationally recognized as a sea turtle nesting spot and a prime place for birdwatching. The Bald Head Island Conservancy is dedicated to preserving the barrier island’s habitat. The group also leads birdwatching tours and turtle-themed programs throughout the year. Outdoor activities like kayaking, kiteboarding and surfing are typical pastimes, but you can also exercise your brain with a visit to the historic Old Baldy lighthouse — and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the scenery. In the following pages, photographer Jonathan Fredin gives you a peek at what he calls “a magical place.”

An early riser pedals through the sleepy harbor village on Bald Head Island, a remote barrier island on the tip of the Cape Fear River only accessible by ferry or private boat. People travel the car-free roads by bike, golf cart or on foot. CARY MAGAZINE 53

As twilight settles on the Bald Head Island marina, Mojo’s on the Harbor invites visitors for a waterfront dining experience. Mojo’s is one of only a handful of restaurants on the island that offer a full-service menu, including mahimahi tacos, below, topped with mango salsa and jalapeño aioli.

Island regulars Don and Linda Albert, who reside in Cary’s Lochmere subdivision, enjoy lunch at Delphina Cantina, which specializes in ultra-fresh Latin cuisine like gourmet tacos, bottom right, stuffed with Mexican pot roast, marinated pork and flank steak.



From the lantern room of Old Baldy Lighthouse, Fran Kennedy of Oakboro, N.C., enjoys a 360-degree view of the island that includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Fear River, the village of Bald Head Island and its surrounding salt marshes. Built 200 years ago to help guide ships past the dangerous shoals at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, the 110-foot Old Baldy Lighthouse is North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse.

Susan Granter, program coordinator with Old Baldy Lighthouse, lowers the American flag at the historic landmark, where visitors can tour the Keeper’s Cottage (the Smith Island Museum of History) or climb up 108 steps, five landings and a ship’s ladder into the lantern room.


Sunset is social hour for many residents at Marsh Harbor Inn, including fractional owners Tony and Juliette Williams of Tampa, Fla., left, and Joan Baumer of Cary, who share a porch overlooking the marina and ocean.

The Marsh Harbor Inn, the island’s only bed and breakfast, offers five rooms and seven suites for rental on a daily or weekly basis. Continental breakfasts are included, as is access to a fully-equipped kitchen, where even low-country boils happen. Each suite also includes a golf cart. 56


The island’s estimated 900 homes adhere to strict building codes that conserve trees and preserve the natural environment. The variety of natural habitats — including a 10,000-acre marshland, ancient maritime forest, freshwater lagoons and beaches — offer plenty to see and experience. The Bald Head Creek Boathouse, left, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The island is an excellent habitat for frequently seen wildlife, bottom, like white-tailed deer and the white ibis, one of 260 species of birds documented on the island.


Bald Head Island Conservancy coastal educator Amy Eldredge, right, tells visitors about the nonprofit’s island conservation, including monitoring water quality, dunes, salt marshes and the maritime forest.

Cary residents Liz Dion and Joan Baumer lead their own expedition to catch crabs at the creek for dinner.

The conservancy also offers a variety of nature-themed programs, including touch tank classes, sea turtle protection programs and wildlife viewing expeditions.

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Megan Stephenson, left, an environmental scientist and kayak guide, leads a morning tour exploring wildlife on the island’s tidal creeks. “The kayak tours are a slow, quiet escape that keep you in touch with nature and let you get a different view of the island,” she says. Another view of paradise is found along the island’s 14 miles of beaches, below, where sandals are ditched and sand dollars are discovered. With easy access to east, west and south beaches, islanders are able to watch the sun rise and set over the Atlantic each day.


When you go ➨ The Bald Head Island passenger ferry in Southport, N.C., makes 20-minute trips to and from the island daily. Rates are $22 per adult and $11 per child (ages 3-12). Children 2 and under are free. For ferry schedules, maps and more go to or call (910) 457-5003. ➨ The Marsh Harbor Inn is located on the Bald Head Island marina within walking distance to restaurants, shops and the Maritime Market. For more information, call (910) 454-0451 or visit ➨ The Bald Head Island Conservancy is a nonprofit organization whose mission is barrier island conservation, preservation and education. It includes Bald Head, Middle and Bluff Islands, all of which are bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. To learn more about the conservancy, visit ➨ The Old Baldy Foundation gives a glimpse into the history of Bald Head Island from its first appearance on maps in the 1500s to the development of the island in the 1980s. Tours begin on the island at the ferry terminal in the harbor (for on-island guests) and from Deep Point Marina (for day visitors). Stops on the tour include the Old Boathouse located on Bald Head Creek, the foundation of the Cape Fear Light, and Captain Charlie’s Station, three lighthouse keepers’ cottages dating to 1903. Call (910) 457-5003 for details. ➨ The Sail Shop provides guided kayak tours, as well as surfing and sailing lessons, and equipment rental. For reservations and inquiries, call (910) 457-6844 or visit ❦❦❦ TOP: Bicyclists touring the island ride through the canopy of the maritime forest, where live oak, cabbage palmetto and long leaf pine shade the roadway. CENTER: The Bald Head Island passenger ferry departs the island at sunset for Southport, N.C. The ferry departs the island every hour. LEFT: Ferry passengers take in the sights of the Bald Head Island marina while departing for the mainland. 60



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You’ve been longing for it all winter: A warmweather escape to a seaside place where you can stretch out in the sun, and bury your toes in the sand. The good news is that while we’re all waiting for warm weather, you have plenty of time to plan your trip. Sun-soaking? Wave-riding? Seafood heaven? Whatever your daydreams are calling for, lots of choices are just a few hours’ drive away. Turn the page for some ideas to achieve the perfect summer!

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Currituck OUTER Tucked away on Currituck’s northern Outer Banks lie twentyfour miles of pristine beaches. A portion of the beach is so remote that it’s only accessible by fourwheel-drive vehicles. Visitors may choose to do as little or as much as their hearts desire in this unspoiled coastal paradise. Shop for unique coastal treasures, dine on local cuisine, take a Corolla wild horse tour, or climb the Currituck Beach Light House. The choices are endless. Named one of the “Best Family Beaches on the East Coast” by Foder’s Travel, the Currituck Outer Banks truly has something for everyone.


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Where the road ends on Currituck’s Outer Banks, wild Spanish Mustangs have roamed the shores for centuries. Many visitors set out to explore these remote beaches by taking a wild horse tour. Seeing these creatures in their natural habitat can be an unforgettable experience. Many visitors climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse or spend an afternoon touring the Whalehead in Historic Corolla (a 1920s era house museum). With its mild climate, golf, surfing and kayaking can be enjoyed nearly year-round on the Currituck Outer Banks. Relax

The Currituck Outer Banks beaches are some of the most tranquil on the East Coast. The perfect place to put up your feet and enjoy a good book, listen to the waves, or just close your eyes and breathe in the vitamin sea. Spend a relaxing afternoon sampling wines from local vineyards or shop for treasures at eclectic, one-of-a-kind shops.

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Whether your vacation plans are for a week or a weekend, there are accommodations to meet your needs on the Currituck Outer Banks. Vacation rental homes offer amenities including swimming pools, hot tubs, in-home theaters and pet-friendly options. There is also an oceanfront hotel, an inn and a luxurious bed and breakfast. Whatever your budget, you will find comfortable accomodations to meet your needs. Local Eats

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Leave early and make plans to stop along the way. You won’t want to miss the many unique shops and farm markets. First, stop by Trip Advisor’s No. 1 suggestion, the Welcome Center in Moyock. There you’ll find valuable information, maps, clean restrooms, free coffee and a healthy dose of Southern hospitality. For more information and a free Visitor’s Guide, contact Currituck Outer Banks Tourism at 877-287-7488 or visit the official Currituck OBX tourism website at CARY MAGAZINE 65

Annapolis M A R Y L A N D The allure of Chesapeake Bay is captured perfectly by time spent in the capital of Maryland. Sitting on the bow of a small sailboat pushed by a friendly breeze in the froth of big water is so freeing that you quickly understand the pull of a seafaring life. Welcome to Annapolis, one of America’s most historic cities connected and cemented by its status as America’s Sailing Capital, Maryland’s State Capitol and home to the United States Naval Academy.

Obviously, it’s an understatement to say Annapolis is a mecca for people with a passion for waterborne fun. There are sailing schools, regattas and weeknight races to whet your appetite. Then, there are a host of public cruises, private charters, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding opportunities to round out the beckoning aquatic adventures. Nothing establishes Annapolis’ watery leanings quite like its relationship with the Naval Academy, which has been training officers for the Navy and Marine Corps since 1845. Yet for many, the Naval Academy remains shrouded in mystery. There are plenty of ways to learn more about this important American institution and its proud heritage. You can explore the Naval Academy “Yard” with a guided tour that provides an up-close glimpse of what life as a midshipman is really like. Maryland’s State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the nation. It is also the only state house to serve as



our country’s Capitol, when the city reigned as the nation’s first peacetime capital from November 1783 to August 1784. Not surprisingly, all four of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence had homes in Annapolis. Each of the homes is still standing, and three of them are open to the public. Sustaining you during your Annapolis adventure is taken seriously, too. Accordingly, dining, nightlife and cultural offerings are prolific. All of it, of course, is enhanced by the picturesque waterfront backdrop. There also is plentiful access to the bounty of the bay – Maryland crabs and other seafood, and an energetic, happy-to-be-here vibe.

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Maryland’s capital city is home to a thriving visual and performing arts community. Annapolis is home to dozens of fine art galleries – including 20 within walking distance of one another in downtown Annapolis. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the performance venue for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Opera Company, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Live Arts Maryland. One of the world’s most renowned small concert venues, Rams Head On Stage, in downtown Annapolis, features national acts on a nightly basis. Annapolis is your perfect “small town” getaway, with big city adventures. Take a few minutes to discover for yourself at

New Bern NORTH Located in Eastern North Carolina and nestled between the beautiful Neuse and Trent Rivers, New Bern is a 300-yearold waterfront destination full of rich history and charm. It was North Carolina’s first state capital, home to Tryon Palace, the Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, the site of Civil War Battles and host to Mumfest, one of the state’s top ranking annual events.


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New Bern has something for everyone – small-town charm, a storied history, outdoor recreation, exceptional restaurants and a growing art and retail scene. For many centuries prior to its formal settlement, the Tuscarora Indians called this stretch of land home. New Bern’s story begins in 1710, when a group of Swiss immigrants navigated to a peninsula of land surrounded by the Neuse and Trent Rivers and named the area for Switzerland’s capital, Bern. From 1747-1775, New Bern functioned as the seat of North Carolina’s colonial government. After the Revolutionary War, the

town anchored the newly formed state government until the state capital was moved to Raleigh in 1792. In its heyday, New Bern was regionally dubbed “The Athens of the South.” New Bern’s Historic Downtown District features a diverse array of restaurants: breakfast fare at Bakers Kitchen, waterfront dining at Persimmons, local seafood at MJ’s, Indian cuisine at Bay Leaf and Southern delicacies at The Chelsea and 247 Craven. If you’re in the mood for a cold beverage, you can enjoy a night out on the town starting at the Brown Pelican, the Thirsty Bruin, or Bear Town Market. One of the great things about this

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charming town is “walkability.” A few steps in any direction will allow you to take advantage of a unique shopping experience that includes: Mitchell Hardware general store, Peacock’s Plume, Surf Wind Fire, Carolina Creations, Fine Arts at Baxter’s Gallery and much more. During your stay, make sure to visit Tryon Palace, the NC History Center and The Birthplace of Pepsi, which offers an unforgettable experience for the entire family. We’ve spent over 300 years preparing for your visit. Give us a call at 800-437-5767 or visit our website, CARY MAGAZINE 67

Onslow County NORTH Onslow is one of North Carolina’s oldest counties and is situated along the coast just sixty miles north of Wilmington ... a place where nature’s been kind, the past truly fascinating and the present a source of continuing pride. While here, you can catch a ride on an ocean wave where pirates used to roam, paddle a wilderness river as Native Americans did 500 years ago, see newly hatched baby sea turtles start their life’s journey to the sea, explore historic sights and museums and take pride in our U.S. Marine Corps and the largest Marine Expeditionary Force in the world assembled at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River.




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If you’re not relaxing and passing time at our beaches, learning is an exciting experience in Onslow County. Whether it’s stopping in one of our unique museums to discover our area’s rich history, to visiting Lejeune Memorial Gardens and Freedom Fountain in Jacksonville to honor our nation’s military and fallen heroes, to celebrating wonders of nature at our one-of-a-kind parks, farms and sea turtle projects, Onslow offers everyone encounters of a special kind. Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty outdoors, where the abundance of waterways along the New River and White River is a true paddling paradise. Venture to Bear Island and be rewarded with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic. Accessible by ferry from Hammocks Beach State Park, Bear Island has 3.5 miles of pristine beach and offers backpacking, primitive camping, swimming, wildlife viewing and shelling. If you enjoy boating and

kayaking, take advantage of Jacksonville Landing boat and kayak launch, or bring your golf clubs to enjoy year-round golf at our interesting and challenging courses. Where to Stay

From luxurious beachfront condos to rustic country cabins, or luxurious cottages along waterways, to bed and breakfasts and contemporary hotels, Onslow County has a wonderful variety of accommodations to suit your needs and is conveniently located to many coastal destinations and points of interest such as our own charming historical town of Swansboro, to Emerald Isle, New Bern, Beaufort and Wilmington.

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A visit to Onslow County wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a meal at one of our famous waterfront restaurants in Swansboro. Or, you may want to experience some award-winning fresh-caught seafood in Sneads Ferry, and some mouth-watering authentic North Carolina barbeque or international cuisine in Jacksonville. Whatever your palate, you will discover a variety of flavors here. For more visitor information, visit

Outer Banks NORTH The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a chain of barrier islands 100 miles long, sweeping out into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s where the winds blow harder and the waves break bigger. Out here, every day begins with an open invitation to explore and pursue unknown outcomes and challenge your curiosities. The OBX, as the islands are commonly called, have welcomed visitors from all over the world for more than four centuries, and have always been a place of open spaces and endless possibilities.


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Whether it is just sitting back and relaxing or taking flight, you’ll find your adventure here. Leave the ground on a hang glider at Jockey’s Ridge, or try taking to the sky on a kiteboard in the sound or ocean. Explore the sounds on a paddle-board or kayak. Take a horseback ride through maritime forests and along the beach. Grab a rod and catch dinner at a local pier or from the surf, or catch it offshore in one of our many charter boats. On land, visit the site where man first flew at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Get caught up in the mystery of the “lost colonists” at The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama. Explore the Elizabethan Gardens, a tribute to the first queen of the colony. Get a glimpse of the past at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Visit the many art galleries and studios. Stroll the beach and watch for dolphins at sunrise. Climb the tallest sand dunes on the East Coast at Jockey’s Ridge for the best sunset views.

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Surrounded by the ocean and sounds, the Outer Banks has the freshest seafood around. It’s only natural that our island communities have a reputation for independent, locally-owned restaurants, with little in the way of franchise, so be prepared to try something new and delicious. From seafood specialties to steak, pizza to beach barbecue, every tasty meal has its place here. Where to Stay

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your needs, whether your stay is simply for the night or a full week. Indulge in the personal touches a charming bed and breakfast can offer couples, or gather lots of family and friends together in a beach vacation rental home. Dogs love the beach, so bring along your best canine buddy, and enjoy the pet-friendly condos or hotels. Make sure to visit for the latest specials, beach and weather information, events and celebrations all year long. CARY MAGAZINE 69

St. James Plantation NORTH Want it all? One visit to this beautiful gated community, and you will want to make it your home! Nestled near Historic Wilmington, along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in the charming seaside village of Southport, is St. James Plantation, the crown jewel of North Carolina’s southern coast. Residents enjoy over $100 million of completed (and paid for) firstclass amenities: Oceanfront Beach Club, 475 ICW Slip Marina and Marketplace, $4 Million Wellness Center, 81 Holes of Golf, 4 Club Houses, Tennis, Dog Parks, Lakefront Amphitheater, Community Gardens, Biking and Walking Trails, Kayak Launch Ramp and much more. And if that’s not enough, there are over 100 social clubs to explore.




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Our private beach club on Oak Island greets you with an uncrowded, wide sandy beach, along with a covered cabana and swimming pool. Boaters and water lovers enjoy our waterway park on the Intracoastal with a full-service marina and marketplace, where there is also a waterside grille and tiki bar. We also boast four country clubs with upscale dining and diverse menus. Our four signature golf courses are “Audubon-Certified Cooperative Sanctuaries” and created by some of the most celebrated designers including Jack Nicklaus, P.B. Dye, Tim Cate and Hale Irwin. If tennis is your game of choice, we have our championship courts. Active residents can also exercise their options in our state-of-the-art, brand new $4 million Wellness Center or escape to the outdoors and enjoy community gardens and countless miles of walking, biking, and nature trails. Just outside St. James’ gates is a brand new medical center for your convenience as well.

There are countless ways to stay active in this mild Carolina climate with four distinct seasons. It’s perfect for enjoying outdoor concerts at our lakefront amphitheater, cycling with the St. James Bikers Club, volunteering with the service club, or taking a class at the local college. You can always express your creative side through painting or sculpting at the Artisans Gallery on the waterfront. Explore Southport’s antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and historical landmarks in the center of this quaint New England style village. You must also plan to

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attend the state’s largest 4th of July celebration! Inside Scoop Homes range from the high $200s to $1 million plus, and home sites start from the $60s. To learn more or to schedule a tour, call 800-245-3871 or visit St. James Plantation … A seatown, a hometown, a timeless way of life!

Town of Surf City NORTH Discover the Magic

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It’s all about the magic. Your magic may be witnessed through the touch of sand on your feet, the scent of the breezes that bathe Topsail Island or the motion of the waters, stretching toward a deep blue sky. Perhaps it is a pod of dolphin passing by or a flock of shore birds passing overhead. Whatever your magic, it’s here in Surf City.

Generations of visitors have enjoyed Surf City, owing to its clean and uncrowded beaches that have become a hallmark of the town. Thirty-five designated public beach access points, all of which offer free parking, provide convenient access.


From our maritime forests, to our wetlands, to our waterways, our broad biodiversity offers up a great setting to explore the sights and sounds of an extensive variety of plant and animal life. Lying west of Surf City, Topsail Sound separates the island portion of the town from the mainland. This narrow body of water, with its nearby creeks, estuaries and wetlands provides the perfect setting for canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, water and jet skiing, birding and fishing. Topsail’s Turtles

Surf City is a sanctuary for loggerhead and other varieties of endangered sea turtles that typically nest on its shores from

May through October. Surf City is the home of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, whose volunteers care for injured sea turtles and then return them to their ocean home. Topsail Tradition

Surf City has been the commercial heart of Topsail Island for over 65 years. The town has grown from a small fishing village that was home to a handful of families to a year-round community of some 2,500. Visitors enjoy Surf City as “the way the beach used to be,” quiet, serene, peaceful and bucolic. Cross our iconic swing bridge, step back into the past,

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we’re already dreaming about it. Thankfully North Carolina affords countless getaways within a couple hours’ drive. And for many, a vacation property at one of these gorgeous mountains, lakes or beaches is also within reach. Whether it’s for a quiet interlude, a family gathering spot or a rental property, a vacation home offers a chance to create something daringly different from our primary residence. “The house spoke to me in so many ways. It just seemed like serendipity.” That’s Diana Saklad, talking about the vacation home she and her husband, Dan, own on Bald Head Island. Longtime visitors to the island, the Saklads found the perfect spot to make their own last spring and have since visited at least once a month, despite their packed schedules as owners of Whisk, Cary’s kitchen retailer. The Saklads describe wooden shiplap paneling, exposed ceiling beams, a spiral staircase and a kitchen that really drew them in. “It literally feels like the cabin of a ship,” Diana said, and a sharp departure from their all-brick traditional suburban home in Cary. “I did not want a house that had the same feel and character as our Cary house,” continued on page 77 CARY MAGAZINE 75

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Owner Kim Hall says the living room is her favorite space in her Marathon, Fla., home. Neutral colors are accented with pops of blue and oceanthemed accessories to create a relaxing, coastal atmosphere.

Comfortable details and durable furnishings are paramount in outfitting the Hall family vacation home, which is used by Kim Hall’s extended family, including mother- and father-in-law, Bob and Betty Hall, above. The octopus shower curtain fits the coastal vibe of the Florida home and is fun and memorable for renters. The beachy decor, like the octopus print above the bed, left, “wouldn’t go in my house in Cary,” confessed Kim Hall, but she loves the look for the family’s island home.



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she said. “This one is very different. It very much has a beachy ... kind of feel.” Designer Eddie Rider echoes the Saklads’ desire for something distinctive in a secondary home. Based in Raleigh, he specializes in turnkey design from conception through materials selection and furnishing, and has completed many coastal residences up and down the East Coast. “I try to push people to do something a little bit differently on a vacation home than they would have on a primary residence,” Rider said. “It might be a different visual look or a powerful color palette, since you aren’t going to see that space all the time.”



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An extra-wide front porch overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway is a standout feature on a Wilmington home designed by Eddie Rider. The homeowners enjoy the relaxed pace of watching the boats pass and the tides roll in and out.

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emphasize the importance of careful material selections in a vacation home. Vacation properties “are a little more casual and more rugged. They can take abuse,” said Rider. “When (the owners are) in their vacation home they want to relax or entertain; they don’t want to spend their time cleaning. And you want people to feel comfortable, so you want materials you can put your feet up on or can spill something on.” Situated in a fishing community, Hall’s Florida home required special attention to factor in sun exposure, fishing gear and the wear and tear of renters. “We wanted (furnishings) and fabrics that would be very durable,” Dick explained. “It was worth putting a little more money into the furniture to make sure it would last.” Vacation homes can be a fun chance to play with a theme, Dick says, like the Saklads’ nautical cabin or a woodsy mountain lodge. “It creates conversation,” she said, “and makes guests experience a different feeling than they normally have at home.” Vacation goals

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To craft your ideal vacation home, Dan Saklad notes that it’s important to define your goals. “Do you want to rent it out, or do you want a complete sanctuary for family and friends? Those are two very different approaches,” he said.

“Our house is built around activity,” Dan said. “We wanted places for paddleboards and bikes, for the Kamado grill and hammocks, because it’s a place that people can come, hang out and just go have fun.” “Another feature that really drew us was the marsh view. The view at any time of day is gorgeous. But we are walking distance to the harbor and all that has to offer,” added Diana. Also consider where you are building, Rider said. “In the mountains you’ll need storage for skis ... and a drop station for jackets, snowsuits and dirty boots. At the beach, are you going to be washing 10 towels a day? You may want bigger appliances or even a pair. “I always encourage clients who are building outside of the primary area they live in to talk to a couple of local contractors,” Rider advised. “(Contractors) live there and they understand the lifestyle. Making changes after construction has begun is difficult and expensive. Contractors know what has worked for them in the past.” If your property is geared for family vacations, involve everyone in the design process, Dick suggests. “Find something fun and create a ‘wow’ factor. Make every room unique — this is your opportunity to be bold and mix color and pattern,” she said. “With design, you can create a style of home that gives you a certain flavor,” Rider said. “As soon as you pull up you want to feel something. You want to be excited and carry that feel throughout the home.” t

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BREW is located in the cafe and concession area on the first floor of The Cary Theater. It offers coffee, espresso and tea from local companies, including Raleigh Coffee Company, with a light breakfast and café lunch menu, wine and craft beer. It’s open until 6 p.m. weekdays, but stays open during theater events. 88


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Start your progressive dinner with an espresso drink from BREW Coffee Bar. The café also offers a selection of pastries, bar snacks and sandwiches.

Destination Downtown Six stops, one walkable progressive dinner WRITTEN BY DAVID MCCREARY • PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN


he benefits of Cary’s downtown revitalization continue to emerge, and there’s no better time than now to savor its bevy of quality eating and drinking establishments. Consider inviting friends along for a full-fledged progressive dinner, all downtown, where you can try new places and enjoy mainstays, while appreciating their distinct flavors, and strolling between courses. We’ve crafted this experience as a sampler of all that’s available downtown, guaranteed to entice and enthuse. Enjoy!

Pre-Dinner Coffee: BREW Coffee Bar Noteworthy: Iced Nitro Cold Brew coffee

Start your adventure at BREW, a stylish coffeehouse that adjoins The Cary Theater. “We saw a tremendous opportunity to help build what downtown Cary is becoming, and that’s a place of community,” said co-proprietor A.J. Viola, who runs BREW locations in downtown Raleigh and Cary along with business partner Mike Sholar. The coffee bar has become a haven for many regulars. An outdoor patio provides additional seating. BREW partners with local roasters, breweries and artisan bakers to offer quality

java, beer, pastries and sandwiches. Knowledgeable, friendly baristas will guide your selection of espresso drinks. Choose from macchiato, cappuccino, Americano and more. Standout drink Iced Nitro Cold Brew is smooth and flavorful with low acidity. “It represents the fusion of everything that we are, because it’s coffee that pours like beer,” Viola explained. Open daily, BREW extends its operating hours during theater events. 122 E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 400-5473

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The French onion soup is “a big seller for us. It’s topped with a generous amount of provolone cheese with bread planks underneath.” — Sean Ryan

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Soup Course: Crosstown Pub & Grill Noteworthy: Baked French onion soup

Cheesy baked French onion soup at the Crosstown Pub & Grill is a popular menu item.

Just a few steps away from BREW Coffee Bar, Crosstown Pub & Grill offers an approachable, come-as-you-are atmosphere. Since it opened back in 2015, the pub has steadily built a loyal following. Sheila Ryan oversees Crosstown with her son, Sean Ryan, who serves as general manager. “It’s a family run business in the truest sense,” Sheila said. A straightforward menu covers all the bases, from hand-pattied burgers and grilled Reuben sandwiches to pan-seared salmon and beer-battered fish and chips. Crosstown’s kitchen churns out daily soup offerings like roasted red pepper, chicken and black bean, and New England clam chowder. But the baked French onion soup gets top billing. “It’s a big seller for us,” Sean said. “It’s topped with a generous amount of provolone cheese with bread planks underneath.” Bonus tip: Order a side of house-made pub chips alongside a local pilsner, porter, lager or IPA on draft.

Crosstown owner Sheila Ryan chats with customers at the Crosstown Pub.



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Appetizer: Academy Street Bistro Noteworthy: Grilled brie

Since changing proprietorship late last year, Academy Street Bistro has hit its stride. Much of the credit goes to Tom Havrish, executive chef and also the owner of Cary’s Lugano Ristorante, for adding the downtown eatery to his portfolio. “I retained almost all the staff from the previous ownership, so that provided stability during the transition,” said Havrish, who wants his guests to feel comfortable whether they’re wearing a coat and tie or shorts and a T-shirt. A focused, seasonal menu features fresh seafood along with locally sourced beef and pork.

“I like that I have freedom to try new things and not feel boxed in,” Havrish said. Tempting appetizers include duck confit bruschetta, jumbo lump mini crab cakes and grilled brie, which weds a port wine raspberry reduction, toasted pistachio nuts and grilled toast points for spreading. Academy Street Bistro is closed on Mondays, but it is now open Saturdays for lunch. 200 S. Academy St., Cary (919) 377-0509

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Grilled brie appetizer is served with a port wine raspberry reduction, toasted pistachio nuts and grilled toast points at Academy Street Bistro. CARY MAGAZINE 91

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Entrée: Verandah at the Mayton Inn Noteworthy: Pork osso buco

Casual elegance awaits at Verandah, the blackand-platinum-hued restaurant situated inside the Mayton Inn. Co-proprietors Colin and Deanna Crossman teamed up with the Town of Cary to make the boutique hotel a reality. Executive chef Jeff Gompers finesses Southerninspired dishes like cornmeal fried oysters, smoked grilled ribeye with apple poblano compote, and mushroom-infused shrimp and grits. “All our dressings, sauces and toppings are made in house, and virtually everything is glutenfree,” said Deanna. A fork-tender heritage pork osso bucco comes with locally sourced hominy, great northern beans, crumbled goat cheese and wilted spinach. “The smallest portion you’ll see is 12 ounces,” said Gompers. Verandah accepts reservations. A spacious patio is perfect for al fresco dining. 301 S. Academy St., Cary (919) 307-7070

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Dessert: Serendipity Gourmet Deli Noteworthy: Peanut butter pie

A popular full-service spot for soups, salads and sandwiches since 1975, Serendipity’s quaint and cozy dining room seats about 40 people. That should work just fine for enjoying some classic desserts. You’ll find house-made pies such as pecan chocolate chip, lemon meringue, and peanut butter, which is crowned with whipped cream and then drizzled with chocolate syrup. “I’m a longtime Cary resident and loyal customer,” said Grace Sisson, who works as the deli’s part-time hostess. “People really enjoy the pie here, and it’s a great place to come and spend time with the locals.” Serendipity is open seven days a week but is closed after lunch on weekends. The restaurant serves dessert until 8:30 each weeknight. 118 S. Academy St., Cary (919) 469-1655 continued on page 94

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Tyler Watt, owner of Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage, says the brews on tap are constantly rotating, but saisons and IPAs will be popular for spring.

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Nightcap: Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage Wrap up your evening at one of downtown’s newest hangouts, an industrial bar/bottle shop positioned in the former Mitchell’s Pharmacy building. Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage offers 15 mostly local craft beers and one cider on tap. The choices are all displayed on a large chalkboard. “We are always rotating and don’t have any devoted handles,” said owner Tyler Watt, who entered his venture with backing from The Town of Cary. “At any given moment, whatever is hot and seasonal is what we bring in.” When it comes to bottles and cans, new inventory arrives daily, including ciders, sours, and wine. According to Watt, March and April will be “heavy on saisons, IPAs, and lighter options in anticipation of the warmer weather.” Choose to linger inside or venture outside and plant yourself at one of several large picnic tables. 120 E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 234-1098 94


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Irish Spring, Irish Gardens IF VACATION PLANS have you leaning toward hop-

ping across the Atlantic to enjoy an Irish Spring, the Isle of Eire certainly won’t disappoint — it is indeed a green land of great beauty. Adding to this natural splendor are the many public gardens that can provide plenty of inspirational eye candy for backyard growers wanting to experience the best in botanical beauty. Here are four of my favorite Irish gardens: ■ Powerscourt, Ranked number three on National Geographic’s Top Ten Gardens of the World list, this is Ireland’s premier garden — or rather that should be “gardens.” Begun in 1731, Powerscourt’s gardens have evolved into a diverse, well-maintained, 47-acre collection that includes an Italian Garden, Walled Garden and Japanese Garden. Other outdoor features not to miss are its grotto, pet cemetery (more interesting than it seems!), the Dolphin Pond, and Tower Valley, a heavily wooded area that features this estate’s famous Pepperpot Tower. Powerscourt is a short 20-minute drive south from Dublin.

Pepperpot Tower at Powerscourt

■ National Botanic Gardens, Founded in 1795, this 48-acre Eden is located just two miles north of Dublin’s central Old City, and exhibits more than 15,000 species and cultivars from around the world. Long, winding walkways guide visitors through displays of native as well as hardy introduced plants, while more exotic specimens are protected in the gardens’ worldclass greenhouses that include the Curvilinear Range and Palm House. Admission is free. ■ Mount Stewart, Tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Ireland in County Down about 15 miles from Belfast, this 19th-century estate shows off a merry mix of garden schemes and styles, most of which were planted in the 1920s. 98


The Palm House at the National Botanic Gardens

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“Eclectically artistic” is the phrase that best describes Mount Stewart’s many gardens, which range from the Sunken Garden and Italian Garden to its Spanish Garden, Lily Wood and Shamrock Garden. Also, not to be missed are the neo-classical Temple of the Winds, Tir n’an Og cemetery, and more than three miles of walking trails that wander through the beautiful Irish countryside. ■ Rowallane, Known for its extensive collections of azaleas, rhododendrons and penstemons, Rowallane is a 52-acre, 19th-century showcase of formal and informal gardens using plants from across the globe. The twoacre Walled Garden is a prime attraction, but its impressive Rock Garden Wood is another grand treat for the eyes. Also, don’t miss strolling the scenic Woodland Walk and Farmland Trail. Rowallane is 11 miles southeast of Belfast. L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine. Want to ask L.A. a question about your garden? Contact him by email at lajackson1@

TIMELY TIP If dreams of an Irish spring have you thinking green, green, green, think way outside the botanical box and dare to add green-flowering plants to your garden. Although uncommon, they do exist.

Bear claw hellebore

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) is an obvious example, but also consider ‘Green Star’ gladiolus, ‘Envy’ zinnia, ‘Green Wizard’ rudbeckia, bear claw hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) and the green rose (Rosa chinensis viridiflora). Some of these unusual beauties might be found at local garden centers this spring, but all of them are available if you let your fingers do the walking on the web.

To Do in the GARDEN


• After its flowers fade, forsythia can be pruned. To maintain a natural flowing shape, concentrate on pruning back only older, larger branches. • Berry-producing plants such as holly, nandina and pyracantha can also be pruned now. • Having the blade sharpened on your lawn mower will have two positive effects: One, the mower will run more efficiently, thus use less gas and cause less air pollution; and two, the blade will cleanly cut rather than tear grass, which could leave ragged ends, and invite diseases to come out and play. • Spring means green, unfortunately even in the water garden, where warming temperatures can cause the algae population to explode and discolor the water. In balanced systems this is a temporary condition, but if the yuck persists, replace a quarter to a third of the water in the pond with fresh water.

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• Cutworms can get an early spring garden off to a roaring stop by chomping tender seedlings down to the ground, but these pests can be easily countered by knocking the bottoms out of paper cups and setting a cup around each seedling like a collar, making sure the barrier is buried at least one inch in the ground. • Aphids can be another problem for tender young foliage, so check the undersides of new, developing leaves weekly for any signs of these pinhead-sized pests. • Does the new growth of your apple, blackberry, hawthorn, cotoneaster, pear, pyracantha or raspberry look burnt? Fire blight is the disease’s aptly descriptive name, and once it appears it is best controlled by using clean pruners to cut the afflicted limbs off and then tossing them away. Keep the pruners clean by dipping them in a 10 percent bleach solution after every cut. • Prefer to plant seeds but don’t like the backache that comes with all the bending and squatting? Use a 4-foot piece of 1-inch diameter PVC pipe to poke holes in prepared garden dirt and roll seeds down into each hole while you are standing. CARY MAGAZINE 99

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Family nurse practitioner Datanya Betts sees Christina Flowers at Advance Community Health, a healthcare provider which partners with Dorcas Ministries in Cary.

Dorcas Ministries “Healthcare is one of the contributors to poverty. Health issues can prevent people from working, or force them to choose between buying groceries or medicine.” — Howard Manning



QUEASY. That’s the word Howard Manning uses to describe how he felt in 2008 when Dorcas Ministries took the leap to purchase an entire shopping plaza in Cary. But Manning, executive director of the service organization founded here in 1968, knew the buy was key to achieving the ongoing vision to serve local people in need. “The average client at Dorcas is someone who is experiencing a crisis out of their control, who comes to Dorcas when he’s exhausted all his other resources,” he said. “That first step is to ask for help, to say, ‘I can’t do it by myself, even though I always have before.’” Today Dorcas Plaza is full, a one-stop center going beyond crisis intervention to offer what Manning calls “wraparound ser-


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vices” that include financial counseling, job training and education, a food pantry and child care. The newest piece of the services puzzle opened in January: The nonprofit Advance Community Health, serving all ages and offering care at discounted rates for the uninsured, based on family size and household income. Advance also accepts patients who have health insurance, and those using Medicaid

and Medicare, and offers discounted prescriptions on some medications for patients who qualify. There’s even a Healthcare for the Homeless program, offering free or low cost care. “Healthcare is one of the contributors to poverty,” Manning said. “Health issues can prevent people from working, or force them to choose between buying groceries or medicine.” Not affiliated with any hospital or state or local agency, Advance also has locations in Southeast Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina, Apex and Louisburg. Its funding comes from grants and donations, including federal grants, and from patient revenue. “Advance Community Health has been interested in expanding into Western Wake for a few years,” said Wilma Metcalf, manager of marketing and communications for Advance. “So when Dorcas Ministries invited us into Dorcas Plaza, we were immediately interested. “Dorcas Ministries had identified a community need for access to affordable, quality primary healthcare and had been ac-

“The average client at Dorcas is someone who is experiencing a crisis out of their control, who comes to Dorcas when he’s exhausted all his other resources. That first step is to ask for help, to say, ‘I can’t do it by myself, even though I always have before.’”


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“We treat a person as a person, not just a health issue.” Medical assistant Tawana Daniel, left, receptionist Days Nunez, center, and family nurse practitioner Datanya Betts.

Above: Medical assistant Tawana Daniel speaks with Howard Manning, executive director of Dorcas Ministries. Right: The shopping plaza purchased by Dorcas in 2008 houses several aspects of the nonprofit’s mission to the community including healthcare provider Advance Community Health.



— Wilma Metcalf, Advance Community Health continued from page 103

to home,” said first-time patient Christina Flowers. “The doctor is nice and comfortable to talk to. “I have insurance, but they’ll work with people who don’t too. I’ll keep coming here.” Lead provider at Advance’s Dorcas location is family nurse practitioner Datanya Betts, who is overseen by a medical doctor in the health center’s Apex location. Metcalf says at full capacity, staff will be able to see up to 22 patients a day, and a second provider could be added as the practice grows. Through its various locations, “Advance patients also have access to dietitians, dentistry, mental health care and behavioral health counseling,” she said. “We treat a person as a person, not just a health issue.” Manning says the partnership allows Dorcas to refer clients for healthcare, and vice versa, and boosts Dorcas’ efforts to give clients the tools they need to move from dependency to self-reliance. Dorcas, which generates 75 to 80 percent of its own revenue, continues to rely on support from local businesses, individuals and volunteers, including those who donate to the Dorcas thrift shop. For Advance, Metcalf says community support can come through financial donations and patient referrals. “This is two organizations using their everyday resources to give the community an exponential return,” Manning said. “I can see us expanding services to have dental, behavioral health and substance abuse counseling right here. The sky’s the limit.” t


















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presents Disney’s “Tarzan” in five

Cary Magazine wants to honor the men and women who are making Western Wake a better place.

performances, from March 16 to 19 at the school, located at

The honorees in our annual Movers & Shakers feature will be part of a special section in the July 2017 Cary Magazine.

2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road in Cary. Tickets are $8 to $20.

Nominations open April 4


Nominees must be age 18 to 45 as of July 1, 2017, and must live or work in Western Wake County. Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 28.

Jonathan Fredin


The sixth annual


NC, presented by the nonprofit You Call This Yoga, will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St. in Raleigh. Open to people age 6 and up, the event offers classes for all ages, levels of mobility, and yoga experience.


happenings VFW Auxiliary 7383 of Cary invites local students in grades 9

Jonathan Fredin

through 12 to participate in the

The North Carolina FC, formerly the Carolina Railhawks, will

VFW AUXILIARY’S ANNUAL YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST, for the opportunity to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships. Entries will be accepted through March 31. For more information, contact Laura

open its professional soccer season at home on Saturday, March 25 against Miami FC,

Verdon or Amy Johnson at (919)

at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The league’s split-season schedule will feature a 16-

880-1527 or

game spring season and a 16-game fall season. Head coach of NCFC is Colin Clarke.


The Moving Truck is Leaving! Are you ready to learn about your new community?

Your local welcome team is ready to visit you with a basket full of maps, civic information, gifts, and gift certificates from local businesses. From doctors to dentists and restaurants to repairmen...we help newcomers feel right at home in their new community! For your complimentary welcome visit, or to include a gift for newcomers, call 919.218.8149. Or, visit our website,



happenings Teen defensive driving program


or Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, will be held on March 25-26 Courtesy of N.C. Museum of Art

at the North Carolina State Trooper Training Center in Raleigh. Founded by drag racing champion Doug Herbert following the loss of his two sons in a car crash, the nonprofit BRAKES is open to teens ages 15 to 19.

The North Carolina Museum of Art hosts

Art in

Bloom, a four-day festival of art and flowers, March

30 through April 2, featuring more than 50 floral masterpieces Full body waxing studio

Sleek360, for men and

inspired by the NCMA’s permanent collection and created by world-class floral designers from North Carolina and beyond.

women, is now open at 450 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 201 in

Art in Bloom also features master classes, presentations, family

downtown Cary. Owner of the private practice is esthetician

activities, an opening reception, fashion show, trunk shows, and

Rachel Albrecht.

other related events. Tickets are $13 for museum members and $18 for non-members.

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Making Friends Maggie the bulldog introduces herself to Everett Farren at North Cary Park’s playground. Maggie was visiting the park with owner and Raleigh resident Alix Coulombe, left, and daughter Noah. Everett was playing in the sandbox with sister Georgia and mom Stephanie of Norfolk, Va.




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