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AMONG THE MANY INSPIRING bits of advice from Woman of Western Wake Fara Palumbo was this: Never stop learning. But Palumbo, the senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, wasn’t referring to the benefits of higher education. One of the best sources of knowledge is the people you work with, she says. At Cary Magazine, we are seeing the benefits of that advice. This past summer Alexa Blazevich, a senior at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, took over our Instagram account, infusing it with energy and attracting more than a thousand new followers. We have learned a lot about using the platform and how it can reach people in our community. Because her insight was so valuable, we invited Blazevich to be our new Social Media Manager. You can see the results of her fine work by following us on Instagram @carymagazinenc, on Twitter @carymagazine, or on Facebook at Cary Magazine. We look forward to hearing from you!

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I’VE JUST HAD the privilege of hanging out with a group of young fashion designers and models, people you’ll meet in this issue. Each one is completely different in background, approach and style, and in the world of fashion this photo shoot could have become a sticky mess. But one by one, as the designers placed their clothes on the rack, the others gathered around to touch the fabrics, ask about the details, and offer sincere praise. And as each volunteer model emerged from a prep chair, transformed by our generously collaborative stylists from Twisted Scizzors, the support poured forth again. Finally, we all watched and quietly cheered as the models stepped in front of the cameras. We were teammates to the last light pop, the final click of the shutter. It’s been speaking to me ever since, this show of camaraderie and encouragement. So thanks, all you hardworking people, building confidence as artists that makes you free: Free to accept another’s creations. Free to cheer another’s success. Here’s to doing what you love.


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Nicole Dozier Director, Health Advocacy Project at the North Carolina Justice Center, and Mayor pro-tempore, Apex Town Council

WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

THE BEST WAY TO HELP PEOPLE, Nicole Dozier believes, is to teach them how to do for themselves. That’s the goal of her work as director of the Health Advocacy Project, one of seven policy projects at the nonprofit North Carolina Justice Center. “Healthcare is one of the main reasons for poverty, and medical debt makes up a large percentage of bankruptcies,” said Dozier, a former disability services specialist and a State Bar-certified paralegal. She joined the Justice Center in 1996 to work on Hyatt v. Barnhart, a class action suit against the Social Security Administration on behalf of more than 144,000 people denied their disability claims. “We helped get millions of dollars in benefits into the hands of people who needed them, since they could no longer work due to disability,” Dozier said. She also found herself a new job. “It was supposed to be a three-year grant, but they never asked me to leave,” she said with a laugh. “I didn’t know what would happen next, but I took a chance on learning something new, and had to operate in faith.”

Dozier has since earned a lifetime achievement award from the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and serves on the statewide Care 4 Carolina coalition, among others. Today’s volatile healthcare climate must be addressed, Dozier says, for those living in rural communities, seniors, racial and ethnic minorities, and the self-employed. The Health Advocacy Project works to secure healthcare policies that meet the needs of all North Carolinians, especially with respect to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid reform. Through public forums, Dozier takes that message across North Carolina, to empower consumers. “We primarily help people with low and moderate incomes through media, communications, education and community engagement statewide, litigation as necessary, and lobbying at the state and federal levels,” Dozier said. “Education moves them up the ladder of engagement, and they’ll typically pull others up too, becoming ‘grasstops,’ experts in their own community.”

Dozier and her “small and mighty team” on the Health Advocacy Project would like to see every individual guaranteed quality healthcare through coverage, similar to the way education is guaranteed to all.

“One measure of success, as it relates to advocacy, is when I can work alongside a variety of stakeholders on initiatives and policies that enhance the entire community.”

“Many of us who have coverage don’t often think about healthcare until something rocks us,” she said. “I don’t have to worry over money for preventive care or screenings, and if the doctor calls back, I have no worries about losing my home, job or car, so I can just focus on what they’re telling me. But why should I have that, and not everyone? continued on page 38

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Nicole Dozier believes in advocacy, from working to address today’s volatile healthcare climate as director of the Health Advocacy Project at the North Carolina Justice Center, to promoting investment in her home community as Apex mayor pro-tem. “I feel that we have an assignment in this life,” she says.

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Leigh Duque Executive Director, InterAct of Wake County

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THE WARM SMILE, kind eyes, and calm voice of Leigh Duque — you just know she’s a wonderful mother and grandmother — reveal only the surface of this tireless advocate for women. As the executive director at InterAct of Wake County, Duque travels through a labyrinth of locked doors, in place to protect the women and children who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence, and her voice takes on a sense of urgency as she passionately rattles off a startling statistic, that one in three women will be a victim of domestic or sexual violence. Duque points with pride to the strategic partnerships InterAct has with nine different agencies to deal with crisis and help victims achieve self-sufficiency. And she speaks with hope as she describes the collaborative work of a multi-disciplinary group which studies four domestic violence fatalities a year, to see where the system missed things, so changes can be made and lives saved. For Duque, breaking the cycle of violence is all about women’s empowerment. That has been the constant thread in her career and her life.

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“I didn’t set out to build a career helping and empowering women,” Duque said. “I don’t know that I could have. I didn’t have those words back then. But it’s no accident. I have always been passionate about women’s issues.” “On my honor, I will try, to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.” How many times has Duque recited that Girl Scout promise? Too many to count, since the age of 6. And no one can say she has not lived that promise. As a third generation Scout and Scout leader — her grandmother led her mother, her mother led her, and she led her daughters — empowering women and girls has deep roots in Duque’s family. “Even then, it wasn’t just homemaking, it wasn’t just baking … it was really exploring all sorts of opportunities,” she said. “Girl Scouts was a leadership program when people didn’t talk about women being leaders.” After marrying her college sweetheart while still at East Carolina University, and having their four daughters in eight years, Duque first found a way to empower women by creating a group she called Mothers and Babies, a

support group with an eight-week curricula for moms and a playdate for the babies. “I was always trying to figure out support systems for people in need. I couldn’t not create stuff,” Duque said. “That was great fun, because I could still be home with my kids.”

“It’s about getting off whatever treadmill you are on and ensuring you can plan for the future. If you do not have a plan, the ‘darn dailies’ will absolutely take you over. It’s imperative to chart a course for the future.”

Years later when she entered the workforce, it was the Girl Scouts that provided her first career opportunity, as a field director. Duque introduced what had been a tradition in her family to inner-city girls in San Diego — another support and prevention network for those in need. continued on page 38


Leigh Duque has been empowering women since her own children were babies, and has no plans to stop. As director of InterAct, which provides support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, she says collaboration is key: “It’s the collective impact we can all have, when we pull all our resources around an issue.”

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Dr. Gayle Greene Executive Vice President, Wake Technical Community College

WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

SOMETIMES, THE BUSIEST PEOPLE have the simplest mantras. For Dr. Gayle Greene, executive vice president of Wake Technical Community College, it’s “True North.” “It’s important to have your focus in the right place, when you’re responsible for operations,” Greene said. “With every decision we make, we have to ask, ‘Is this going to help us change the lives of students?’” A former professor, Greene launched Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus in 2007 and in 2015 stepped into the school’s secondhighest leadership post, under President Stephen Scott. She leads strategic planning, manages a $300 million operating budget with an emphasis on future viability, and oversees five campuses serving more than 72,000 commuting and online students, who study everything from English as a Second Language to cybersecurity. The role of community colleges, Greene says, goes beyond educating individuals, to serving as a crucial part of state economic development. “The two are linked and mutually dependent,” said Greene, one of 40 leaders selected for the inaugural Aspen Presidential

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Fellowship for Community College Excellence by The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., in 2016. “Without education, our people are left out of a growing economy. Individual edification is valuable, but not enough. Our students also need jobs with wages to support their families. And Wake County desperately needs a qualified workforce to attract companies.” Greene also sits on the Wake County Task Force on Employment and Wage Issues for Women, which addresses the obstacles women face in gaining education and employment, returning to work after an absence, and the gender wage gap. “This is not a women’s issue — it’s a workforce issue,” Greene said. “We want women to be able to use all of their skills, and to get caught up on technical skills. We won’t have the workforce we need without them.” “Life reasons” cause students to drop out more so than academics, she says. Today’s community college advisers must encourage students to be savvy consumers regarding an educational program’s job opportunities and return on investment.

The new normal On the flip side of that, approximately 25 percent of Wake Tech students already hold a four-year degree. Greene says they represent the future of education.

“Going forward, all students must plan to re-learn and re-tool throughout their careers. Watch where your field is going. Anticipate change. Go get another credential, and know that as normal.” “We kept the word ‘technical’ in our name for a reason,” she said. “It’s an acknowledgement of the technical requirements of today’s workforce. It reminds us of our responsibility to keep abreast. “Going forward, all students must plan to re-learn and re-tool throughout their careers. Watch where your field is going. Anticipate change. Go get another credential, and know that as normal.” continued on page 37


The gender wage gap is not a woman’s issue, says Dr. Gayle Greene, executive vice president of Wake Technical Community College. “It’s a workforce issue. We want women to be able to use all of their skills, and to get caught up on technical skills. We won’t have the workforce we need without them.”

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Fara Palumbo Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

WHEN FARA PALUMBO spies someone in the office she doesn’t know, she makes a beeline to introduce herself. A handshake and a smile may seem trivial, but these personal connections energize Palumbo, the senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Throughout Palumbo’s career, including more than 20 years at BCBSNC, it has always been about the people — coaching them to be the best they can be and creating an environment where they can achieve great things. “People and talent enable business, and sometimes leaders lose sight of that,” she said. “They should never lose sight of that, because without great talent it doesn’t matter what you’re making or what you’re trying to create. It won’t get done as well without the right people in place.” Palumbo has led several initiatives which have solidified the company’s reputation as an employer of choice. In 2006, BCBS opened an on-site backup child care facility, serving employees whose primary care had fallen through. New mothers can also keep their ba-

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bies at the center for up to a month, easing the transition back to work. The program helped BCBS qualify for Working Mother magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies, where it has remained for more than a decade. The company is constantly tweaking its benefits, Palumbo says, comparing itself against other companies on the Working Mother list. Earlier this year, BCBS changed its parental leave policy to offer 12 weeks of paid leave. That includes fathers and adoptive parents. “How do you become an employer of choice? A big part of that is work-life flexibility,” said Palumbo. “It’s less about achieving balance — I think balance is a fallacy. I think flexibility is what you really need to achieve.” Palumbo knows something about the importance of flexibility. After 14 years at Citibank in New York, she, her husband and two children moved to North Carolina seeking a better lifestyle. Instead of an hour-anda-half, one-way commute, her office was 10 minutes away. “I set priorities for myself, so I understood what mattered to me,” she said. “I moved here fully intending to be at my

children’s events. That was a big change from when I lived in New York.”

“People and talent enable business, and sometimes leaders lose sight of that. They should never lose sight of that, because without great talent it doesn’t matter what you’re making or what you’re trying to create.”

She volunteered at her children’s schools and because of her daughter’s interest in dance, served for many years with the Triangle Youth Ballet. As her kids got older, she shifted her volunteering to causes close to her own heart such as the Caring Community Foundation, which provides financial support for cancer patients. Palumbo, a breast cancer survivor, currently serves on the board of the regional affiliate of breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen. continued on page 34


Treat everyone with respect, is the advice of Fara Palumbo, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. “You may rise to an executive level that gives you title and status, but that doesn’t make you any better than everybody else around you,” she says. “Everyone has something to offer.”

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Missy Vatinet Co-founder and Owner, La Farm Bakery

WRITTEN BY EMILY UHLAND | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

THE WAY MISSY VATINET SEES IT, entrepreneurs have a choice to make each day: To be good, or to be great. “Here at La Farm, we choose to be great,” said Vatinet, half of the husband and wife team at the helm of Cary’s popular bakery and café. She cites La Farm Bakery’s commitment to centuries-old French baking techniques, its passionate staff and enthusiastic customers for much of that greatness, while seldom admitting that she leads the way. “La Farm is so much bigger than Lionel and me,” Vatinet said. “When the customer realizes the passion and technical talent of our bread bakers ... and they also fall in love with new grains … and flavors — when I can be a part of making that happen — that’s my proudest moment.” Throughout La Farm’s 19 years of operation, Vatinet’s leadership roles have encompassed bakery sales, operations manager, marketing, human resources and finance. “I work in service to the team, so that we can continue to build the team that enables us to get where we want to be,” she said.

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Vatinet’s food industry experience dates back to her collegiate years, where she studied hospitality at Virginia Tech. She held several positions across the U.S., consulting on new restaurant concepts, understanding consumer behavior, and developing her passion for natural food retail, before she met Lionel at an industry trade show. “I had always wanted to start something on my own,” Vatinet said. Eventually she left her consulting job to open La Farm Bakery with Lionel at Preston Corners in Cary, offering “eight or nine loaves of bread, and cinnamon buns.” Nineteen years later, La Farm has grown to employ more than 80 associates, added a café at Preston Corners, and recently opened a production bakery and granary in downtown Cary. Passion exudes from Vatinet as she speaks about their work with heritage grains, reclaimed nutritional value, and behind-thescenes partnerships with the state’s agricultural community. Respecting all of the components and vendors contributing to their products fuels the desire to craft every loaf with exceptional quality.

“In order for bread to be what it is, it has to have the science community, the farming community and the millers,” she said. “There are hundreds of passionate individuals who work tirelessly, that we get to represent in a loaf of bread. The more we can bring that forward and share that with the community, the more I think we are being good stewards to the life cycle of a loaf of bread.”

“There are hundreds of passionate individuals who work tirelessly, that we get to represent in a loaf of bread. The more we can bring that forward and share that with the community, the more I think we are being good stewards to the life cycle of a loaf of bread.” The bakery’s new downtown location, which adds 7,000 square feet of storage and technical space, a walk-up bakery counter and will eventually have a café, is part of the plan. continued on page 36


You won’t hear Missy Vatinet of La Farm Bakery boasting on her tireless efforts to serve ever-more-nutritious products to Cary-area customers. Instead, she credits the customers themselves for her success, along with a list of farmers, millers and bakers. “When the customer falls in love with new grains and flavors, that’s my proudest moment.”

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Fara Palumbo joined soccer star Mia Hamm at Charlotte Motor Speedway to kick off breast cancer awareness month on Sept. 30, 2015. The event was also a preview for the Drive for the Cure 300, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. “That was a surreal experience when Mia Hamm was introducing me,” recalls Palumbo. “I said, ‘This is crazy. You’re the rock star!’” Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Palumbo, continued from page 30

“Being on these boards gives you the opportunity to step outside the workplace, yet still use your leadership skills, your strategic planning skills,” she said. Volunteering is also a way to give back. Palumbo, who speaks often about the opportunities she has been given, calls it her responsibility to help others just as she was helped early in her career. As a young woman, scarcely four months out of college, Palumbo was offered a managerial role at Citibank. Astonished, she declined at first, but her supervisor insisted she think it over. Palumbo’s parents urged her to accept, saying, “What have you got to lose?” “When I reflect back on that moment, I realize that had I not said yes, my entire career would have been completely different,” said Palumbo. “It could have been just as good, but it might not have been. “I am forever grateful.” While describing the trust her superiors have given her over the years, she also emphasizes that she has learned tremendously from those she has supervised. “We always talk about career development as relying on people above you to help you develop,” said Palumbo. “But another important aspect is, you have to rely on people below 34

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you. Just because I’m the manager, doesn’t mean I’m going to know everything. “If you’re naïve enough to think you know everything, you’re going to get in big trouble.” Palumbo’s personal mantra has a dose of that same humility: Never forget where you came from.

“How do you become an employer of choice? A big part of that is work-life flexibility. It’s less about achieving balance — I think balance is a fallacy. I think flexibility is what you really need to achieve.”

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Missy Vatinet served as a consultant across the United States, on new restaurant concepts, understanding consumer behavior, and developing her passion for natural food retail, before launching La Farm Bakery in Cary with her husband, Lionel, in 1999. Today, the bakery employs more than 80 people, and serves more than 35 artisanal breads.

Vatinet admits. “But I have to be self-aware “There is something really special in the with my comments. I don’t want to transfer opportunity that Cary has to define itself in- stress over to Lionel.” These lessons are vital to the Vatinets as ternationally,” Vatinet said. “(The new facility) gives us the conditions we need for our parents of daughters, Lea, 8, and Emilie, 7. “We take great pride in their undergrains, and the ability to experiment more. standing of a good bread. They have a great The R&D that’s going on is so exciting.” Pointing to a deep brown loaf of bread sense of appreciation for food,” Vatinet said. on the counter beside her, made from spelt “And they are incredibly spoiled with their grains that have been soaked before baking, birthday cakes!” Vatinet notes that her husband developed the technique to add moisture to this bread, which is well-tolerated by people sensitive to gluten. “There is something really special To balance her passion, in the opportunity that Cary has Vatinet admits having to continto define itself internationally.” uously relearn how and where to establish life’s boundaries. “Finding that balance between owning (the business) or it owning you is a daily chalAt the end of the day, she said, “Our lenge. Sometimes you do it well; sometimes you do it really, really not well. And then customers are really the disciples who have you get back up, and you try again,” she grown us to who we are. We always listen very carefully to what they are looking and said. Business conversations also frequently asking for. “It is such an honor to serve this community. Our customers are a joy to bake occur in the Vatinets’ home after hours. “It’s the most fun subject to talk about,” for.” t Vatinet, continued from page 32

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Greene, continued from page 28

The largest community college in North Carolina, Wake Tech has key partnerships with North Carolina’s public school system, its universities and corporations such as Lenovo, which offers paid internships for Wake Tech students. Also essential to the work is Wake County commissioners’ commitment to funding for Wake Tech, totaling $24.4 million for capital improvements in fiscal year 2017. Some of that money will be used for a second building on the RTP Campus, in Morrisville, to house programs tied to the Research Triangle Partnership’s Clusters of Innovation. “Part of the community college mission is to stay relevant. The RTP campus — we are building it where the jobs are, for today and tomorrow,” Greene said. It takes teamwork to continuously adapt in this fast-changing world. “Participatory leadership means you assume you don’t already have the best idea,” Greene said. “It’s about encouraging buy-in of the group you’re working with, and creating an environment that encourages brainstorming. Our world is so complex, and we are much smarter collectively.” With a master of divinity and a doctor of education in higher education leadership, and a seat on the board of Kraft Family YMCA, helping others achieve is Greene’s life work, and it’s never done. “Our success cannot make us complacent. The success we have today gives us a viable chance to be successful tomorrow,” she said. “In Wake County we can do a great many good things, but we can’t rest on them. We have to adapt to what our future needs will be.” Greene believes wholeheartedly in this message hanging in the lobby of her office: Wake Tech Changes Lives Every Day. “It’s a collective impact of government, private companies and nonprofits, coming together on an issue,” she said. “Community college is the backbone, and it belongs to everyone.” t

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Dozier, continued from page 24

The potter, musician and home health aide should have peace of mind too.” Home in Apex Outside of her work with the Justice Center, Dozier serves as mayor pro-tem in Apex, and founded the ThinkApex initiative to encourage investment in the community, toward a more vibrant economic environment and quality of life. She sees these roles as a natural progression of her upbringing, reared by two educators who are always working to address community issues. “I feel that we have an assignment in this life,” said Dozier, who has lived in Apex since 2003, and in Wake County since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in industrial relations. “(On the town council) I can remain an advocate, on the other side of the mic.” Rapid growth in Apex means council members must address issues including housing, infrastructure, schools and transportation, while working to retain the

Duque, continued from page 26

Her long career in executive nonprofit work involved several stints with Girl Scouts, the YWCA, and finally InterAct. Long before buzzwords like mentoring, authentic and collaborating became part of the working woman’s vernacular, Duque was quietly doing those things, often without title or fanfare. Her lessons in leadership are tried and true. “Be strategic,” she said. “It’s about getting off whatever treadmill you are on and ensuring you can plan for the future. If you do not have a plan, the ‘darn dailies’ will absolutely take you over. It’s imperative to chart a course for the future.” When it comes to vision, Duque says it’s not about being a fearless, larger-thanlife leader out in front of the pack. “It’s got to be about collaborating on a shared vision,” she said, “the collective impact we can all have when we pull all our 38

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town’s Main Street feel. “Working with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, I try to conduct myself and my work in a way that, even if they disagree with a decision I make on an issue, they still believe in me and know the path I took to get to that decision,” Dozier said. “I want us to bring in innovative new projects that bring value besides the tax base. To have that vision, you need to use not just your own lens, but others.” Dozier jokes that she’s come a long way from being the student who froze each year at the county spelling bee when faced with an audience. “If I can encourage respect, that’s leadership,” she said. “One measure of success, as it relates to advocacy, is when I can work alongside a variety of stakeholders on initiatives and policies that enhance the entire community. “It’s the people who’ve shared with me their personal stories that inspired my public speaking and advocacy work, to amplify their voices.” t

resources around an issue.” Finally, Duque says, find your voice. “It’s very hard for young women today because there are so many expectations from so many different places,” she said. “They are cobbling together a version of themselves that isn’t authentic. Practice being yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. It’s not easy, but approach your life with the courage to live your convictions.” In embracing her own authentic voice, Duque can see how her most empowering work may still be ahead of her. “In retirement, I may be a force to be reckoned with because I won’t need to be careful,” she said with a laugh. “I can see myself doing some pretty serious advocacy work.” As long as women in need are still trying to find their voices, Duque will lend them hers … and abide by that Scout promise she made many years ago. t


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One Day, 70 Countries WRITTEN BY ALEXANDRA BLAZEVICH

IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL around the world in one day, Raleigh’s International Festival is the place to go. The annual festival brings together about 70 local cultural groups representing their countries right here in central North Carolina. This year’s event is planned for Oct. 20-22 at the Raleigh Convention Center. With an annual attendance of about 25,000 people, the festival is the venue’s largest event. “It celebrates everything that unites us, which is art, history, food — all the fun stuff,” said Bearta Al-Chacar, International Festival director and 2017 Cary Magazine Mover & Shaker. Volunteer Jackie Prillman has been treasurer of the festival board for four years. “I love working with a lot of different people with different backgrounds, and there is so much love and care poured into this event — all these different cultures and learning about them,” she said. The family-friendly festival supports nonprofit organizations that are cultural, non-religious and non-political, like the Triangle Italian American Heritage Association. continued on page 44

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The International Festival draws about 25,000 visitors each year for food, music and learning, and includes a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens.

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The 35-year-old group began when two Italian-American cousins wanted to start a cultural heritage social club, and has grown to include hundreds of members in the Triangle. The association has had a booth at the festival for more than two decades. “It’s just a fun family event,” said Carmine DiGrande, who has attended the festival as a TIAHA member for 20 years. Each year, members bring their Italian flair to the festival with pizza, cannolis, fried mozzarella and other delicacies for sale in their booth. On Saturday they host a chef demo, where they teach festival guests how to make a classic Italian dish. In past years, members have whipped up broccoli rabe and pomodoro fresco sauce for visitors to taste. Next door, in the group’s cultural booth, you’ll find events based on a specific theme. This year’s theme is “Heroes,” where TIAHA will honor group members who served in the military, displaying their pictures in uniform. In recent years, other themes have included “Marriage in the Past” and “Games.” Aside from participating in the international festival, TIAHA hosts charity events for children, dinners for troops, and a scholarship program for students. Travel the World Cultural groups like for $10 TIAHA don’t only bring Opening day festival tickets are their own members to $5 before 5 p.m. on Oct. 20, the festival, but attract and $7 after. Purchase a sampler the public, making the plate for lunch or dinner at the event a melting pot of infestival, for $5 more! ternational and Triangle residents. “It’s not only, ‘Take a look at us, we’re international,’ but they’re also mingling with what Raleigh has to offer,” Al-Chacar said of attendees. “Raleigh is full of activities now: international businesses, international restaurants, international beers — tons of international events.” Al-Chacar, who has directed the event for seven years, says her team has upped the excitement this year with programs like “Weddings Around the World,” “Ms. World,” and dance competitions. A highlight of the event is a naturalization ceremony, which swears in about 200 new United States citizens each year. Government officials and the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg will attend the special event. Al-Chacar is working with a school in Guatemala to connect students via Skype so they can watch the ceremony and interact with festival guests. “I’m very proud of being a part of the international community and bringing so many people who otherwise would be fighting overseas under one roof,” she said. “They cheer for each other, they show good camaraderie. It’s nice to have that.” t www.internationalfocusnc.org


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“Older women, in particular, have historically allowed their spouse to handle all the finances, never learning how to take control when needed.” — Kelly Sullivan, Director of Insurance Sales and Service at Coastal Federal

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WHEN JACLYN WILSON shows up to a client meeting, she’s committed to helping them plan out their financial future. Lately she’s finding more women sitting across from her, and she’s putting a focus on overcoming a gender gap in retirement planning. Wilson is a financial advisor at Coastal Wealth Management, available through CUSO Financial Services, which primarily serves members of Coastal Credit Union. “There’s so much discussion around the gender gap in income,” said Wilson, “but there are other factors that add to the challenges women face when planning for retirement.” Among them, women are more likely to have time spent out of the workforce, leaving them with periods where they were unable to contribute to a retirement plan. The average woman spends 12 years caring for children or other loved ones. This reduces overall earnings, which lowers their Social Security entitlement. Additionally, only 45 percent of women age 21 to 64, 48

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working in the U.S., participate in a retirement plan. Yet women can’t afford to lag behind men in their retirement planning. Women on average live five to seven years longer than men, and those extra years are generally the costliest in terms of medical expenses. “Women tend to be more conservative investors, resulting in potential lower rates of return and running the risk of assets not keeping pace with inflation,” said Kelly Sullivan, director of Insurance Sales and Services at Coastal Federal. “Older women, in particular, have historically allowed their spouse to handle all the finances, never learning how to take control when needed, which causes feelings of frustration or failure.”


On the positive side, women have never been in a better position to achieve financial security. They’re enjoying greater workforce participation, rising incomes and growing economic clout. “More and more,” added Wilson, “I’m seeing women inheriting assets, whether from a spouse or a family member.” Still, she recommends focusing on having a plan and contributing to retirement savings. If both spouses work, both can contribute more toward a retirement plan. Even if there’s an income imbalance between spouses, both are still able to contribute the same maximums to plans. There are resources for anyone, at any life stage, to learn about finances and how to start saving the right way. Both Coastal Credit Union and Coastal Wealth Management offer plenty of financial education materials online. Lastly, and most important, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Wilson says speaking with a professional advisor and getting personalized guidance can set you on the right path to retirement. t

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Guarantee Happiness LLC GuaranteeHappiness.com What’s the message behind your collection? Above all, comfort. The tee skirt dress is sporty casual; we have utility and design patents on it. The dressier dresses have organic flowing lines at the bottom skirt portion, rather than the cylindrical shape of the tee skirts, and are designed to look great on all body shapes, especially curvy gals. Why do you work in sustainable fashion? Natural fabrics are what I’m most strongly drawn to. I like clothing that provides maximum comfort, and there is nothing that compares to cotton. Bamboo and hemp can be pleasing as well. The patented tee skirt dresses for this collection are made using cotton knit jersey T-shirts for the tops, many of them from local organic cotton, and the skirts are from blends of cotton or rayon made from bamboo, or other blends. Some of the tee skirts include inspiration from poets; another includes quotes from Sampson Starkweather, a poet from Pittsboro who now resides in New York. Some are whimsical, with the footprints for waltz dance steps printed on them. Our clothing is designed to be a staple of the wardrobe, something people can depend on for comfort and versatility. Fashion is fun, but my intent is to design clothing people can live in. On Redress: They apply their philosophy well. They are about integrity. They care about impact. The support of the Redress Raleigh incubator program has helped my ideas gain traction and put me in touch with professionals who understand the challenges a designer faces while bringing vision to reality.

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The skirt, shorts and tops from the 700 Rivers collection of Catherina Gomes and Divya Ramaswamy are created using upcycled saris. “Saris are traditional Bangladeshi apparel, hand-woven with vibrant colors and intricate embellishments,” said Gomes. “We are blending modern Bangladeshi and American culture with Parisian influences, meant to invoke a sense of both the cosmopolitan and the exotic.” Models are Lakshmi, this page, and Nipunya, inset.

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Catherina Gomes and Divya Ramaswamy 700 Rivers, sevenhundredrivers.com

What’s the message behind your collection? We are blending modern Bangladeshi and American culture with Parisian influences, meant to invoke a sense of both the cosmopolitan and the exotic. We hope people begin to think about who made their clothes, and that by wearing our collection they are actively working to end the cycle of poverty endured by many women and children in Bangladesh.

Our fashion line is created using upcycled saris, traditional Bangladeshi apparel, hand-woven with vibrant colors and intricate embellishments. We transform them into modern apparel, and save these garments from landfills. We also plan to branch into other eco-friendly textiles, such as 100 percent organic cotton fabrics colored with natural vegetable dyes.

Why do you work in sustainable fashion? The fashion industry is clothing overconsumption, people working in sweatshops overseas to produce cheap and low-quality western apparel, and clothes piling up in landfills. The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world. We plan to combat both issues of textile pollution and treatment of garment factory workers by creating a sustainable and ethical fashion company.

On Redress: Their passion and expertise has helped guide us in our common goal of making the fashion industry more eco-friendly. We learned the difference between marketing sketches and technical sketches, sizing methods, supply chain operations, and all the components of fashion lines. They’ve also helped us think bigger in terms of scaling up the business, and effective techniques in marketing our product.

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Teresa Perna

Teresa and Giovanni Perna

MAYD in CHYNA maydinchyna.com, why@maydinchyna.com What’s the message behind your collection? It is not just a fashion statement, but a vehicle to put us on the road to quantifiable change to the way companies do business, and to change citizen involvement so there is a collective activism to make things better … for them, their loved ones and our planet. What elements of your designs make them sustainable? (We use) 100 percent USDA certified organic pima cotton, one of the strongest, long-lasting fibers, soft and supple with a natural sheen. It is third-party certified organic to ensure its growing and harvesting is environmentally friendly and sustainable. In addition, having USA grown and harvested fiber ensures we can verify the employment conditions of workers. We use environmentally-manufactured notions and trims, and all of our fiber, spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and sewing is done in the USA. We have sought out suppliers that are Global Organic Textile Standard certified, Oeko-Tex certified, or who practice manufacturing methods that adhere to these standards. We have personally visited and can vouch for every one of our suppliers. Our designs are intended to produce pieces that live on for a long time, so as not to add to the waste present in today’s society.

Classic meets sustainable in the U.S.-made organic cotton collection of mother-son design team Teresa and Giovanni Perna, founders of the Mayd in Chyna apparel line. Modeled by Anita and Giovanni himself, the neutral colors are meant to fit easily into a timeless wardrobe. “And our uncluttered silhouettes transform from casual to office to evening wear with just a few accessories,” Teresa said, which contributes to fewer fashion purchases.” 58

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Smart function equals confidence for tween girls, in designer Shannon Tennyson’s Calzico line, inspired by her daughter Callie, left, with Ava, center in large photo, and Skylar. The girls show off T-shirts, a dress, a skirt with optional extension and built-in leggings, and reversible jackets from the collection that can be worn four ways. Hairbows and bracelets are sourced through a fair trade Haitian partner. “Pieces feature high quality cottonspandex and rayon bamboo-spandex blends and natural coconut buttons. Comfort is important and these textile blends have the ‘just right’ stretch,” Tennyson said.

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Shannon Tennyson CALZICO, CALZICO.com for girls sizes 6 to 14

What’s the message behind your collection? The collection is designed to inspire confidence in girls so they can choose Shannon Tennyson well and wear often. It offers comfort and clever styles, adjustable and convertible features, unique illustrations by a South African artist, and pieces that easily adapt through the seasons. What is your background? It was a need for my own tween-age daughter that prompted the creation of CALZICO. I spent six months absorbing information, working with pattern makers, suppliers and factories. I participated in online workshops offered by industry consultants to further my knowledge and help me move my idea forward. Since parents provided feedback, I knew there was a need and interest for higher quality, comfortable clothing options for this age range. Why do you work in sustainable fashion? The fashion industry is incredibly harsh on people and the planet, through pollution and exploitation, so it was important to me that our approach and partners worked to minimize this. Pieces in the launch collection feature high quality cotton-spandex and rayonbamboo-spandex blends and natural coconut buttons. Comfort is important and the ‘just right’ stretch offered by these textile blends is a customer favorite. I focus on creating styles that offer greater function, such as a jacket that can be worn four ways. As well, I work with responsible partners, and some of the materials I use have sustainable properties.

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The Redress design team of Rock Kershaw and Debbie Davis is a perfect match of bold color and creativity, as modeled by Kershaw’s children, Matthew and Katherine. Avid upcycler Kershaw favors vintage beads and found objects in his eclectic jackets and one-of-a-kind necklaces. The dress, by Davis, is made from a T-shirt and a man’s shirt. “Sustainable fashion is exciting,” Davis said. “I love the idea of taking something old and making it into something new.”

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What’s the message behind your collection? Kershaw: Our jackets and necklaces are playful, dramatic, colorful and tell stories. Davis: I want people to think, ‘This is fun. I hadn’t thought of that. I want to wear this!’ What is your fashion background? Kershaw, a former art history professor: I’ve been decorating denim jackets for almost 20 years. I’ve been creating one-of-akind necklaces since 2011. Davis: I have a design degree, and started my company in 1988. I’ve worked in fashion merchandising for SouthPark Mall in Charlotte and for SteinMart, was a visual manager for JCPenney, made handbags, and evolved into the vintage lace jackets I sell. My clothes are also in stores in Monroe, Pinehurst and Michigan. What is sustainable fashion, to you? Kershaw: Sustainable fashion means recycled, repurposed, restored, refreshed and renewed accessories, garments and themes. (I use) denim, charms, embroidered patches, paint, buttons, brooches, bones and beads from around the world. Davis: Sustainable fashion is exciting. I love the idea of taking something old and making it into something new. I use denim, vintage lace, men’s shirts, women’s tops, and T-shirts. I look at the fabric and see what direction I want to go. On Redress: Kershaw: Redress Raleigh is a collection of optimists, fashionistas and enthusiasts for color, texture, fabric and diverse materials. The world is our oyster. We recycle, reuse, restore, refresh, renew, redesign and reinvent.

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Surprise! Swimwear can be made sustainably, too. “I want my collection to reflect the beauty found in marine life, while producing a line that minimally impacts the environment,” said designer Heather Nixon. Her swimwear, modeled by Morgan, left, and Alana, is made from nylon waste pulled from the ocean, and the cover-ups from repurposed textiles. Nixon’s shoes are made from recycled yoga mats.

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heathernixon.weebly.com and by email, heather.nixondesigns@icloud.com What’s the message behind your collection? I want my collection to reflect the beauty found in marine life, while producing a line that minimally impacts the environment. I also want people to be inspired to figure out what ways they can incorporate sustainability into their own wardrobes. What is your fashion background? I have been sewing since I was 8 years old and my parents got me a sewing machine for Christmas. I have a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Textile Design from North Carolina State University, and work as a designer for Stitch, a luxury golf company. What elements of your designs make them sustainable? My collection is 100 percent recycled materials. All of the swimwear is created from fabric by Cervico, made from regenerated 64

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fishnets and other nylon waste found polluting the ocean waters. The waste is converted into a fiber called ECONYL and then created into a durable swimwear Heather Nixon fabric. All of the cover-ups are made from repurposed textiles. The shoes are made from recycled yoga mats and a variety of upcycled fabrics. On Redress: I was amazed at how my personal inspiration as a designer aligned with Redress Raleigh’s mission. I decided to apply to help spread the word of sustainable practices and inspire others to do the same. Once the seed is planted, a simple message can reach thousands, and I believe that is what is making sustainability more prevalent in the textile community.


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Designer Susan Sharpe has work vintage, antique and secondhand clothing since her teenage years, to develop her unique style of wearable art. Her Vintage Fashion Fairy Tale collection features includes this velvet dress and silk jacket modeled by Patcha. “I would be more than happy if people could appreciate that they are unique in all the world, and that it is more than possible to clothe and enhance themselves accordingly,� Sharpe said.

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Vintage Fashion Fairy Tale Collection By email, sushe.susan@gmail.com What’s the message behind your collection? That antique, vintage and secondhand clothing is beautiful, it endures, and can be highly relevant to anybody’s wardrobe.

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What is your fashion background? I trained as a textile designer in the United Kingdom, and designed one-of-akind pieces for Ace on the King’s Road, London, an iconic store frequented by the likes of the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. I worked at The Royal School of Needlework as a colorist.

harming the planet or hurting another human being. Literally none of the outfits in my Vintage Fashion Fairy Tale collection uses newly purchased items from a commercial fashion store. My materials are silks, satin, velvet, chiffon, lace and brocades. Embellishments include embroidery, jewelry, beaded fabrics and feathers and sequins. Some of the loveliest pieces in this collection are embroideries from the 1920s and lace from the early 1900s.

Why do you work in sustainable fashion? I have bought and worn vintage and antique clothing since my teenage years. These clothes lend themselves to developing an individual and unique style that can be more personal than that dictated by the trends of fast fashion. An added bonus is that I am not

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ONCE WE’VE LEARNED even a little about fashion’s impact on our environment, a new question arises: What can we do about it? Locals involved in the sustainable fashion movement say that by making a few changes to the way we shop, we can make a difference. “My best advice is to not feel like you have to change your life or closet overnight,” said Beth Stewart, executive director of nonprofit Redress Raleigh, which works to educate people on the impact of their clothing purchases. “There are many small steps you can take to be more invested in sustainable fashion, and they all make a difference.” 70

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One way to shop with sustainability in mind is to buy apparel at resale shops such as My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex. Owner Lois Cozart, right, offers quality brands and pieces 2 years old or newer. “There are so many ways to be sustainable, and still show off your personality,” Cozart said. Shop intern Kally Compton, left, is studying the fashion industry at Apex Friendship High School.

“Try to buy Made in America. That reduces child labor or worker issues, and the pollution from transporting clothes from other countries.” — Kally Compton, My Girlfriend’s Closet

Step one? Stop buying fast fashion, which adds to environmental waste both in its production and as part of a throwaway society. Dawn Harrison teaches Apparel & Textile Production and Fashion Merchandising at Apex Friendship High School. She compares the process of revising your clothing purchases to the know-the-source, healthy food movement. “Get rid of the idea that wearing ‘used’ clothes is a negative, and embrace it,” Harrison said. “Shop your own closet. Do clothing swaps, and make new clothes out of old — you can find YouTube videos to show you how. Think of your immediate needs versus the global picture.” Along with sewing and design skills, students in Apex Friendship’s elective fashion program learn how and where their clothes are being made. Students blog on class website Fashion in the Peak, fashioninthepeak.weebly.com, and some made their own eco-friendly fabric dyes. Local businesses partner in the teaching, such as Sophie & Mollies Boutique, and body-scanning software company [TC]2. And Harrison challenges her students to design garments that address social, political and environmental issues, culminating in a school fashion show. Junior Kally Compton works as an intern at My Girlfriend’s Closet, a resale boutique in Apex, to grow her fashion consciousness. continued on page 72

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Dawn Harrison

10 WAYS TO GREEN YOUR CLOSET 1. Stop buying fast fashion. This is the first, and potentially most impactful, thing you can do. 2. Repair and repurpose. Go to the internet for DIY tips, or support small business by using a tailor and/or shoe repair shop. 3. Support independent designers. They offer pieces that tell a story you can share. 4. Read the tag before you buy. Take note of the type of fabric, and production location. Reach out to companies via social media to ask questions that hold them accountable. 5. Re-wear items before washing. Think about how dirty something is before you wash it. Cold water is much better for the environment, and air drying uses less energy. 6. Participate in a clothing swap. Exchange gently-used items with friends to reduce waste and save money. 7. Buy pre-loved items. Items you find at consignment, resale or vintage stores are often of a higher quality than fast fashion. You’ll reduce waste, support a small business and find one-of-a-kind chic. 8. Shop local, shop small. Local designers and boutiques support the community much more than large corporations. 9. Develop a personal style. Cultivate a closet full of items you truly enjoy. It reduces waste and saves you money for higher-quality items. 10. Learn more. Read about the companies you buy from, and get involved. Source: Redress Raleigh, redressraleigh.org

Dawn Harrison, teaches Apparel & Textile Production and Fashion Merchandising at Apex Friendship High. A fashion industry veteran, she challenges students to design garments that address social, political and environmental issues.

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“I want to be creative, and to make a difference,” said Kally, an aspiring designer. “Clothing is a powerful industry, and a good way to express yourself and make change. “You don’t have to know how to sew, or restructure pieces,” she said. “My Girlfriend’s Closet, and other stores like it, offer good quality clothes, some with the tags still on. Shopping thrift stores is a good idea too, for designer clothes that you can upcycle and change, like I make jeans into shorts. “Try to buy Made in America,” Kally added. “That reduces child labor or worker issues, and the pollution from transporting clothes “There are many small from other countries.” steps you can take to be “We have to get people to think this more invested in sustainable way,” said Harrison, fashion, and they all make who worked in the a difference.” Los Angeles fashion — Beth Stewart, scene before becoming executive director, Redress Raleigh a teacher. She chairs the Career & Technical Education department at Apex Friendship, and sits on the Teacher Advisory Group at the N.C. State College of Design. “This generation going into the fashion industry wants more transparency from employers and of the supply chain. We’re seeing and hearing a resurgence, a reinventing of textiles in the U.S., and it’s exciting to be a part of. Students see that potential.” continued on page 74

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Compton and Cozart refresh the racks at My Girlfriend’s Closet. The resale shop buys good quality clothing outright, and holds popular clothing exchanges about every six weeks. “Resale reduces waste,” Cozart said. “We educate customers on how they can wear fewer pieces of better quality, and they see the difference.” Left, longtime seamstress Lia Sa of Fleur de Lia Alterations is on hand at My Girlfriend’s Closet to offer her expertise to customers. “I look at their body type and encourage them to try new looks,” she said. “You have to have that vision.”

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Dawn Harrison Dawn Harrison

Fashion students at Apex Friendship High work with local businesses, blog, and take on design projects culminating in a student fashion show. Along the way, they learn ways to address fashion’s heavy impact on the environment.

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Mother-son designer duo Teresa and Giovanni Perna of MAYD in CHYNA see it too, and are putting their own stamp on the future of fashion. “My mother was a talented seamstress with an impeccable eye for quality and design,” Teresa said. “As I grew older I became a connoisseur of wellmade, long-lasting and unique designs that transcend seasons and time. To this day, I only make purchases that speak to “Shop your own closet. these criteria. I’ve added my own personal agenda, to only work with something Do clothing swaps, and make that benefits rather than takes away from new clothes out of old...Think people and planet.” Stewart, of Redress, notes that the of your immediate needs versus textile industry is massive and complex, the global picture.” and change won’t come easily. — Dawn Harrison, “Not being too hard on yourself teacher at Apex Friendship High to be ‘perfect’ helps, particularly since there is no perfect sustainable apparel right now,” she said. “Instead, focus on what we can do and give positive feedback to companies specifically trying to be more responsible, through your voice and your money. “You often have to make trade-offs in this process of greening. But any step you take will contribute to the improvement of the fashion industry.” t


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WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

Fall favorite packs a nutritional punch all year long PUMPKIN IS A VICTIM OF ITS OWN SUCCESS. When

leaves begin to turn, the seasonal squash shows up in everything from pumpkin ale to whoopie pies. But once the weather warms, pumpkin gets a pass. Dan Hoskins, chef de cuisine at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, says the restaurant has tried to put pumpkin on the menu several times, but no dish has been as popular as the pumpkin bisque served on Thanksgiving. In that one day, the restaurant will go through 20 gallons of the stuff. “People enjoy the idea of pumpkin, but it’s not something they’ll bite on,” said Hoskins. “Except for this soup, they really like this soup.” continued on page 96 94

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Recipe ideas •

Mix pumpkin purée with black beans and salsa for a filling for tacos or enchiladas.

Add pumpkin purée to pancake or waffle batter to boost nutrient density.

Add pumpkin to macaroni and cheese or lasagna to make the casseroles lighter in fat and calories. Source: Parul Kharod, clinical dietitian at WakeMed


As well as its many nutritional benefits, pumpkin is an often overlooked source of fiber. With three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can help with weight loss by keeping you feeling full for longer on fewer calories, says clinical dietitian Parul Kharod. And don’t forget the pumpkin seeds! They are a good source of fiber, protein and iron. CARY MAGAZINE 95


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The versatile vegetable also suffers because it’s linked with the spice. Pumpkin pie, bread and cheesecake are all fantastic, but the squash shines in savory situations. The year-round availability of the canned product makes pumpkin easy to incorporate in a variety of dishes. “People don’t think about it when it’s not in season,” said Mario Huante, owner of Chef Mario’s catering and personal chef services. “But we use it all year, and it sells.” Pumpkin purée adds moisture to his healthy take on hamburgers, and takes a starring role in some of Huante’s Paleo treats. “Pumpkin is especially nice for Paleo sweets and breads because it is naturally somewhat sweet and requires less honey or maple syrup,” said Holly Hopkins, general manager at Chef Mario’s. “The dense, moist consistency makes a great base for Paleo baking and helps as a binding agent since we don’t have the advantage of gluten in Paleo.” According to Parul Kharod, clinical dietitian at WakeMed, pumpkin is also a nutritional powerhouse — boosting the immune system, promoting healthy vision, and reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. “Pumpkin is a rich source of antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene. These nutrients are all important for eye health and to prevent degenerative damage,” she said. “A diet rich in beta carotene and antioxidants is important to prevent cancers, especially prostate and colon cancer. “It’s also high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke, protect against loss of muscle mass, and preserve bone mineral density.” So when you are out picking pumpkins for your seasonal décor, add a second or third for the dinner table — no need for the whipped cream. t 96

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Paleo Pumpkin Basil Burger With Hazelnut Orange Gremolata

Courtesy of Chef Mario’s Makes 12 3-ounce patties 2

pounds lean ground beef or turkey

3/4 cup pumpkin purée ½ cup onion, minced 1

tablespoon garlic, minced

¼ cup fresh basil, julienned (reserve a few

basil leaves for garnish, if desired)

2

eggs

2

teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce, or to taste

1

teaspoon ground ginger

1

teaspoon granulated onion

1

teaspoon granulated garlic

1

teaspoon turmeric

Salt and pepper to taste

“Pumpkin is a great way to hide vegetables from your kids. It’s already puréed, so it’s easy to incorporate.” — Mario Huante, Owner, Chef Mario’s

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and using clean hands, mix thoroughly. Form the mixture into 12 patties. To sear your burgers, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Depending on the size of your pan, you will have to cook several batches. Place the patties in the pan, and cook on each side 1 to 2 minutes. Move to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue cooking until all the patties have been seared. Place the pan of burgers in the oven, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 155 degrees F. If you use ground turkey, the internal temperature will need to come to 165 degrees F. To serve, top with hazelnut orange gremolata (recipe follows).

Hazelnut Orange Gremolata 1 cup hazelnuts 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

Zest and juice from 1 orange

1

teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced

2

tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

2

tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to a bowl and whisk gently to combine. Set aside. Remove the skins from the cooled hazelnuts by rubbing them between paper towels or by placing them in a plastic bag and rubbing them together. It is OK if a few skins remain. Pulse the nuts briefly in a food processor for a rough chop consistency. Stir hazelnuts into reserved mixture.


To assemble this picture perfect meal, chef Mario Huante suggests making the gremolata first, then start the veggies roasting while you prepare the burgers. To serve, place a stack of the roasted veggies on the plate to form a platform for your burger. Top with one or two patties, depending on size. Spoon the gremolata on top of the burgers, letting the orange-flavored oil drip down into the veggies. Garnish with one or two basil leaves.

Find more recipes at carymagazine.com, including how to make Huante’s Roasted Vegetables.

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Pumpkin bisque is a seasonal favorite at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen. The Cary restaurant goes through 20 gallons on Thanksgiving Day.

Dan Hoskins suggests using smaller, pie pumpkins for this soup. Lucky 32 sources theirs from the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm. But you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to make this soup; the orange beauties start appearing at area farmers’ markets in September.

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Pumpkin Bisque

Courtesy of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen Makes 3 quarts (12 8-ounce servings) 2

tablespoons cornstarch

½ cup dry sherry 2

sticks unsalted butter

4

cups diced yellow onion

1

teaspoon nutmeg

1

teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon granulated garlic ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves 4

cups peeled and diced pumpkin

2

quarts vegetable stock

2

teaspoons salt or to taste

10 ounces heavy whipping cream

Combine cornstarch and sherry; set aside. Melt butter in a sauce pot. Add onions, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, garlic and thyme and sauté until onions are golden. Add pumpkin and vegetable stock. Simmer until pumpkin is tender. Place in blender or food processor; purée and force through a medium strainer. Return to the sauce pot and add salt, cornstarch-sherry slurry and heavy cream. When heated through, remove from heat. Portion into soup bowls and garnish with a drizzle of spiced crema (recipe follows). Spiced Crema

Makes 1¼ cups 1

cup sour cream

¼ cup buttermilk ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon allspice ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1½ teaspoons lemon juice

In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together.

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“Paleo has been a big seller for us for a couple of years,” said Holly Hopkins, general manager at Chef Mario’s. These pancakes can be a bit tricky she says, because the sugars used in Paleo cooking tend to brown faster than white sugar. A finish in the oven helps them turn out tasty.

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Courtesy of Chef Mario’s Makes 20 to 24 pancakes ½ cup canned pumpkin purée ½ cup almond milk ½ cup water 1

teaspoon cider vinegar

2

tablespoons real maple syrup

2

teaspoons vanilla

1

cup almond meal (flour)*

¼ cup coconut flour 1

tablespoon ground flaxseed

1

teaspoon baking soda

2

teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt 2

teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

4

eggs

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Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, almond milk, water, cider vinegar, maple syrup, and vanilla together until thoroughly combined. Then, add the dry ingredients (almond meal through pumpkin pie spice) to the pumpkin mixture, and whisk until all of the dry mixture has been incorporated. Let the pumpkin mixture rest for about 5 minutes to allow the coconut flour time to be absorbed into the liquid. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and whisk vigorously until they are slightly frothy (1 to 2 minutes). Add in the egg mixture and stir to combine. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Spoon the batter into the pan, and if needed, spread into a pancake shape. Let cook on the first side until small bubbles appear and the top surface seems slightly dry. Be careful, these pancakes will brown quickly. If they seem to be burning before you flip them, reduce the heat a little. Flip the pancake and let cook on the other side for approximately 45 seconds. Remove from pan and place on a parchment- or foil-lined baking sheet. Your batter will continue to thicken as it sits; if needed, add a tablespoon of water to thin slightly. After the pancakes have been cooked and placed on the baking sheet, place in the oven for 5 minutes to ensure the pancakes are cooked all the way through. *Note: Chef Mario’s uses house-ground almond meal from toasted almonds with the skins on. Most commercial almond flour is made from blanched almonds and is quite light in color.


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Room to Rise: New foods in the French tradition

WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

WITH A CONFIDENT TOSS of

La Farm Bakery’s new production facility in downtown Cary serves as a research and development lab of sorts, allowing master baker Lionel Vatinet the space and equipment to explore new ideas. He uses locally-grown, cold-stone milled organic flours to offer more nutritional value in breads like these, from top, the nutty, slightly-sweet spelt; jalapeno-cheddar rolls; and onion challah rolls.

his hand, Lionel Vatinet sends a cloud of flour descending toward his long wooden shaping table, and another loaf of bread takes form. “You are going to be amazed,” announces Vatinet, with his quick wit and gentle smirk, inside La Farm Bakery’s new production facility in downtown Cary. He’s right, in more ways than one. Most people in Western Wake know the taste and aroma of La Farm’s handcrafted breads and pastries. But stand back, because this second bakery site serves as a research and development lab of sorts, providing the creative Vatinet with space and equipment to explore new ideas. Working closely with North Carolina grain growers and millers, Vatinet in recent years has transitioned to using locally-grown, cold-stone milled, organic flours. His diverse line of breads offers an outstanding nutritional value for customers. This sustainable agricultural movement includes whole wheat and rye flours, along with local honey, ham, cheeses and produce. La Farm even uses locally roasted coffee and continued on page 107

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Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Recipe courtesy of La Farm 2¾ cups unbleached white bread flour 2/3 cup whole-wheat bread flour 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt ¾ teaspoon instant dry yeast 1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons water, between 65-70 degrees F 1½ tablespoons honey

All of La Farm’s customer favorites are available at the new downtown location, like the white chocolate baguette, top, and scones. The site is also home to a production facility for pastries, above, and breads.

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Place flours in a medium bowl. Add salt and yeast to the bowl, making sure they do not touch each other; set aside. Add the honey to the water, stirring to blend. Pour half of the waterhoney mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer, such as KitchenAid. Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl. With the dough hook attached, begin mixing at low speed, and then immediately add the remainder of the waterhoney mixture in a slow, steady stream. Mix for 5 minutes. Stop the mixer, and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are combined. Mix on medium-low speed for 2 more minutes, or until dough is soft and smooth with a moist, tacky surface. Place dough in a lightly floured bowl. Cover with plastic and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. Uncover the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently pat the dough into a thick square. Fold the right side of the dough toward the center, the right side to the center, the top to the center and the bottom to the center. Lightly pat down the seams. Place in a floured bowl, seam side down, and let rise in a warm place for another 45 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and gently shape the dough into a loaf. Place in a lightly buttered and floured 10-by-4-by-3-inch loaf pan. Cover with a linen towel. Let the dough proof for 45 to 60 minutes in a warm, draft-free place. About 30 minutes before you are ready to bake, move one oven rack to the lowest rung and remove the other. Place a baking stone on the rack, and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. When the loaf is ready to bake, score it several times with a single-edged razor blade, cutting only about ⅛ inch into the dough. Carefully place the loaf pan onto the hot baking stone, and quickly cover the pan with a stainless steel bowl. Bake for 10 minutes, then lift the edge of the bowl with the tip of a small knife and use oven mitts to carefully remove the hot bowl. Continue to bake until the bread is a deep golden brown with a crisp crust and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 30 minutes more. The internal temperature of the loaf should be between 185 and 210 degrees F when fully cooked.


La Farm bakers at work, creating crème-filled challah bread.

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cornmeal ground at Wake County’s own Yates Mill. Look at the color of the breads. Note the crumble, urges Vatinet, who in 2013 released the book “A Passion for Bread: Lessons From a Master Baker,” and who teaches in his home kitchen, at La Farm, and nationwide. “Squeeze the bread, and smell it, then taste it on your tongue,” he said. “Each bread has a story, where the flour came from, who made it. We encourage our bakers to express themselves with new creations. “We’ve found farmers willing to grow organic and now we must ask, ‘Can we make bread with it?’” Vatinet earned the title of Maitre Boulanger, or Master Baker, at France’s prestigious artisans’ guild, Les Compagnons du Devoir, and is a three-time James Beard Foundation Outstanding Baker semifinalist. Vatinet and his wife and partner, Missy, have grown La Farm’s repertoire from nine European breads and cinnamon buns when

“Each bread has a story, where the flour came from, who made it.” – Lionel Vatinet, La Farm Bakery they opened the original bakery on Cary Parkway in 1999, to more than 35 styles of artisanal breads, and counting. Sourdough breads are baked daily with no preservatives or artificial ingredients, in a steam-injected European-style hearth oven for a crispy crust, following a three-day process to ensure maximum flavor and texture. La Farm also feeds the community through local chefs and farmers’ markets, and area Whole Foods stores. As downtown Cary continues to celebrate its revitalization, La Farm’s production facility on West Chatham Street contributes to the vibe in French bistro style, with bread linens drying on wooden racks and a map of Bordeaux behind the pastry counters.

Yet the state-of-the-art facility features a fabric duct system from Denmark that’s earned international sustainable certifications, and a temperature-controlled pastry room. New items are in the works, such as a rosemary sourdough available beginning this month, and the nutrient-rich spelt loaf, with its nutty, slightly-sweet flavor. Goodies can also be found at the La Farm Bread Truck during breakfast and lunch hours, which offers lattes, cappuccinos and sandwiches. Vatinet is grateful to customers old and new, who embrace his time-honored French baking traditions. “They’ve made us a staple,” he said. “Cary believes in what we do.” t CARY MAGAZINE 107


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The annual SAS Championship golf tournament benefits the YMCA’s Y Learning tutoring program for kids. In addition to the main tournament, events include the PNC Family Challenge Clinic for parents and children.

SAS Championship & Y Learning WHILE THE SAS CHAMPIONSHIP has changed over the

years, one thing has not: The annual golf tournament always gives back to the community. Tournament Director Jeffrey Kleiber said the first few years’ proceeds went to the nonprofit Communities in Schools, which supports at-risk students. Now all of the money goes to the YMCA, earmarked for the Y Learning tutoring program. Started in 2010, Y Learning works to bridge the gap between low-income students and academic benchmarks. Since its start, Y Learning has helped more than 7,800 kindergarten through eighth-grade students keep up with their school work. 110

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Jennifer Nelson, associate vice president of communications for the YMCA, says the program was developed with Wake County Public Schools, but now reaches far beyond Wake County’s borders. “We want every child to have the opportunity to succeed in the classroom regardless of their ability to pay,” for the Y Learning program, she said. When children are not meeting their benchmarks and fall behind in their studies, teachers can recommend them for the Y Learning program, where they can stay after school with teachers and trained tutors to work on homework, papers and projects.


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Haddy Badjan was 8 when she began participating in Y Learning. Now in college, she tutors in the program. Proceeds of the SAS Championship go to Y Learning.

“These are formative years for those students at that age, and without the skill sets and without the assistance to develop those skill sets — specifically in math and reading — they can get behind so quickly, and it hurts their ability to succeed,” Kleiber said. “Even more so, it hurts their confidence in everything they do. Getting that extra attention provides them additional confidence in every aspect of their lives.” Haddy Badjan was 8 years old when she began participating in the Y Learning program. Four years ago, she decided to return the favor and help kids succeed by becoming a tutor. “It definitely had a huge impact on my life,” she said. “I feel a lot more positive just because Y Learning gave me a spot to study and be able “We want every child to have to be surrounded by people that can assist the opportunity to succeed in me with my homethe classroom regardless of work and projects their ability to pay.” and such.” Now she’s ma— Jennifer Nelson, YMCA joring in internationAssociate Vice President of Communications al studies and Spanish at UNC-Charlotte, with hopes to travel and help provide basic needs for families in the future. She said her favorite part of her YMCA job is watching the kids grow, both academically and as people. Badjan says some kids would not have the same opportunity to grow if they just went home and watched TV after school. By participating in Y Learning, they are learning selfdiscipline and strong work ethics. “Watching them grow over the past few years has been phenomenal because they’re great kids. They’re amazing,” she said. Y Learning serves about 1,100 students each year, thanks to the SAS Championship’s donation.

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The SAS Championship volunteer leadership team with 2016 champion Doug Garwood. It takes about 700 volunteers to put on the event each year.

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SAS Championship tournament director Jeff Kleiber, left, and vice chair of volunteers Stacey Schaeffer.

Events for Everyone 2017 marks the 17th year of the SAS Championship, an annual charity golf tournament held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. This year, the tournament runs from Oct. 9-15, with events spread throughout the week including Food Truck Friday, Executive Women’s Day and a 5k race. Get the details at saschampionship.com

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“I saw firsthand the benefit that those programs provide for kids,” said longtime volunteer Stacey Schaeffer. “I’ve been involved with the SAS Championship for so long, and because I work at SAS where philanthropy is most often targeted at the advancement of education, I really get why programs like Y Learning (exist).” Schaeffer has been volunteering for the SAS Championship since its start in 2001. As the vice chair of volunteers, she says she’s a cheerleader and problem solver all in one. She leads a team of 350 volunteers who help with admission and sponsorships that make the event possible. Each year, the SAS Championship requires about 700 volunteers to put on the event. These volunteers range from SAS employees to golf fans to members of the YMCA. “It is a great corporate citizen in SAS, a great community in Cary, but even more so, it’s the citizens in the area that really come out and support it volunteer-wise, and everybody else that participates in the event by coming out and watching or taking in the other aspects of the week,” Kleiber said. “We couldn’t do what we do without them. We couldn’t have the impact through Y Learning without them either.” t


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Cary Magazine 2017 Notable Teen Rebecca Wicklin of Cary and teacher Paul Gauthier visited the Normandy American Cemetery in France this summer, to honor World War II Army Capt. Philip Edelen, pictured below. The trip followed a year of study on Edelen, as one of 15 student-teacher pairs taking part in the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute. Left, Rebecca rubs sand across Edelen’s name: “Other stones are worn by time and wind,” she said, “so rubbing sand in the crevices of his name shows someone has prayed over him, talked to him. It shows that he was loved.”

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other school project, when she was selected for the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute. Instead, she’s learned life lessons from World War II Army Capt. Philip Edelen and traveled to France to deliver his eulogy, after months of studying the Raleigh chaplain’s life and sacrifice on the front lines in 1944. “We stood on Omaha Beach as the tide was coming in, and I imagined our troops in the waves,” said Rebecca, a 2017 Cary Magazine Notable Teen. “It was so powerful, seeing the places where our soldiers died. “I was most struck by the Normandy American Cemetery. When you enter, you look out at a sea of white crosses and headstones, and it overwhelms you,” she said. “You realize they are not just a name or a number. “Now I understand that everyone has a part to play. One person could die, but someone else will succeed because of them.” Rebecca stood beside the grave of her Silent Hero during the June trip, to offer a public eulogy.

“I didn’t expect to be so moved,” she said. “But I’ve been studying him for so long, I know who he is and what he’s done. I knew he was watching from heaven, and I wanted him to hear the eulogy and know he’s not forgotten, that he’s important and we care.” A rising junior at Cardinal Gibbons “Now I understand High School, Rebecca that everyone has a and her former teachpart to play. One person er, Paul Gauthier of St. Michael the Archangel could die, but someone Catholic School in else will succeed Cary, were among 15 because of them.” student-teacher pairs selected nationwide to – Rebecca Wicklin participate in the institute. They are now working on a website to launch this fall, for use in presenting Edelen’s story to local schools and groups. t

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The most common species of toad lily can grow to 3 feet tall, and in early autumn offers graceful stems of orchid-like blooms.

Flowering Toads WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY L.A. JACKSON

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sun-kissed flower with graceful arching petals probably comes to mind. Now, to this image of botanical bliss, add the word “toad,” and then feel free to scratch your head. The toad lily (Tricyrtis sp.) is indeed from the lily family, but as far as the amphibian angle goes, well, that just shows what sometimes happens when plant-namers are having an off day. The most frequent explanation for the odd appellation “toad lily” is because this lily has spots on its blooms, much like a toad’s dots and dimples. That’s their story, and they’re stickin’ to it. There are some 20 species of toad lilies, but the most common — meaning easiest to find at local garden centers — is Tricyrtis hirta, a herbaceous perennial that originates from Japan. Topping out at around 3 feet tall (depending on the cultivar) in the garden, this pretty plant displays graceful, arching stems showing off streaming clusters of 1-inch, skinny, exotic, orchid-like blooms that wait until early autumn to put on their dazzling shows. Typically, the flowers are pale lilac dusted with purple specks, but because there is such a wide range of cultivars (as well as species), many interesting color variations and combinations exist. Flustered gardeners with too many bare shady spots take note: the toad lily is a hardy woodland dweller well suited to fill such black holes in the landscape. This beauty will also look nice and play well with other plants such as hostas, Solomon’s seal, hellebores and 118

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ferns that dwell in the shadow garden. While a toad lily might look dainty, it is certainly tough enough to thrive rather than survive in area gardens, being rated as easy to grow in Zones 4 through 8. Planted in organically rich, slightly acidic soil, the toad lily becomes a rather undemanding plant after the first year it is established. Once settled in, don’t be surprised if it starts a yearly routine of reseeding in the late fall. Because their flowers look both bizarre and pretty at the same time, it is not unusual to see toad lilies in potted settings to bring their interesting blooms up closer to admiring eyes. They will adapt well to containers, but care must be taken to prevent them from drying out over extended periods of time. A sure sign of a toad lily stressing from dry soil is a distinct drop in bloom production. Toad lilies are generally deer-resistant, but if rabbits frequent your garden, keep watch — these furry foragers have been known to take a liking to the foliage. Slugs can be an annoyance as well, because they occasionally gravitate to munching on the new leaves. 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@gmail.com.


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Put more crunch in your family’s cuisine by starting the autumn vegetable garden with plantings of such salad-makers as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, radishes and spinach.

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Still harvesting and storing herbs? To speed up the process before winter sets in, herbs can be dried in the microwave. Place herbs between two paper towels and nuke ‘em for one minute. If the leaves are not crisp, microwave them for a few more seconds until the leaves feel dry to the touch. Store them in an air-tight container. Before leaf fall, examine your woody ornamentals for dead, diseased or damaged limbs and prune them off.

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If you have a small shrub or tree that is not quite in the right spot in your landscape, root prune it now to make the move much easier in late January or February.

Have a water garden? Cover it with mesh netting to make autumn clean-up easier by keeping falling leaves out of the pond.

Bagworms been bugging your arborvitae and juniper pride-and-joys? Insecticides are more effective when applied in the early summer. So, what can you do now? Simple — if you see any bagworm bags dangling off the branches like very ugly, brown, oblong Christmas ornaments, snip them off and toss away (do not compost).

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Nesting season is over, so clean bird houses of old nests and any other debris. However, keep the bird feeder stocked and the bird bath filled with clean water weekly for the non-migratory species that will add their

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happenings

The 2017 FuquayVarina Fall Garden Tour will be held on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The $15 ticket includes nine gardens, a complimentary Saturday lunch at Shoppes on Main in downtown Fuquay, vendors, artists and an artwork raffle. Brie Arthur, local author of “The Foodscape Revolution,” will greet guests in her garden. Proceeds of the tour benefit Fit & Able Productions announces the

Herbert Akins Elementary School’s

Cary Unity Walk and Fun Run,

Garden Project, Fuquay-Varina High

second annual

School scholarships, and community projects. Tickets are available at local

on Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, beginning with

businesses and online at Eventbrite.com.

a walk from downtown Cary to WakeMed

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Soccer Park, then a festival and race. The event salutes local law enforcement, first responders and veterans. fitandable.net

Amy R. Schmukler of

Cary, writing under the pen name of Grace Sutherlin, has released her book, “Brave Soul Rising: Tales From The Trenches of An Uncharmed Life,” detailing her experiences as a first-year teacher in a volatile North Carolina middle school. gracesutherlin.com

Cary Academy student

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silver and one bronze award from the internationallyrecognized Academy of Chocolate in the United Kingdom, and the International Rising Star Award for her filled chocolates, at the academy’s annual awards celebration held in London in July. An engineer turned chocolatier, Stocker trained in France at L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat of Valrhona

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The 36th annual Greek Festival will be held at the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, Sept. 8-10. Festival attendees can taste handmade, authentic Greek food prepared by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church family using recipes handed down for generations, and experience live Greek music and traditional folk dances. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. raleighgreekfestival.com

THE CONCERT SINGERS OF CARY have announced Dr. Nathan Leaf as artistic director, beginning in the 201718 season. Leaf is also director of Photos by Jonathan Fredin

choral activities at North Carolina State

YMCA SUPERSKIPPERS

University, the founder and artistic

competitive jump rope team won its

master for North Carolina Opera. The CSC

sixth consecutive USA Jump Rope

will honor departing director Lawrence

National Championship at the ESPN

Speakman at a special gala event, Choose

The

Field House at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., also earning awards for Best Overall Speed Team and Best Overall

director of the chamber consort, Voices of a New Renaissance, and former chorus

Something Like a Star, on Oct. 28 the Cary Arts Center, featuring alumni choir members and reprising CSC’s first-ever performance in 1991, the Symphonic

Freestyle Team, scoring more than double the points of their closest competitors in both

Choir performing Randall Thompson’s

areas. The 80-member SuperSkippers team ranges in age from 8 to 22, and is based at

Frostiana, conducted by Speakman. Gala

the Taylor Family YMCA in Cary. Team coach is Catherine Perry. superskippers.org

tickets are $35. concertsingers.org

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happenings

Carolina Artisan Craft Market returns to the Raleigh Convention Center

The

Nov. 10-12, featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces from more than 100 jury-selected artists. Hosted by local nonprofit Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, The Market offers goods ranging from glass to ceramics, wood, wearables, metal, leather, furniture, jewelry, and more. Attendees can engage with the artists, and there will be live music and artist demonstrations. carolinaartisancraft.com

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music will hold its first-ever Raleigh performance of its signature Collage concert, “Collage: Atlantic Crossings,” on Sept. 16 at Meymandi Concert Hall. Collage features more than 300 students along with world-class faculty members. Tickets are free, in celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary. collage.uncg.edu

Now open in Cary is

EVERGREEN ADULT DAY SERVICES, at 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Suite 129, offering

a daytime program of nursing care, social services, meals and social and therapeutic activities for elderly adults. Full and part-time programs are available. Registered nurse Linda Kim is owner and executive director. evergreenadultdayservices.net

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2017 North Carolina Symphony Gala will take place on Oct. 7 at The

CHESTERBROOK ACADEMY PRESCHOOL PRESTON in Cary collected and donated school supplies and snacks to the Inter-Faith

Students at

Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program, which supports children from food-insecure homes in North Carolina, in an effort to teach students the importance of helping other children in their community. ChesterbrookAcademy.com

City Plaza in Raleigh, featuring a meal envisioned by James Beard Award winner Vivian Howard of Chef and the Farmer, and star of PBS’ “A Chef ’s Life.” The evening supports the symphony’s mission to bring classical music performances and music education to the state of North Carolina. ncsymphony.org

North State Bank executives recently

Herons at The Umstead Hotel & Spa has been honored for its

presented a check for $150,000 to members of Transitions LifeCare’s management team,

wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017

representing proceeds from the

Restaurant Awards, with the Best of Award

annual Summer Salute event, held June 10. Pictured from left are Kristye Bracket, Transitions LifeCare; Larry Barbour, North State Bank; John Thoma, Transitions LifeCare; event co-chairs Jim Branch and Sandra Temple, North State Bank; and William Dunlap, MD, Transitions LifeCare. SummerSalute.com Now open at Waverly Place in Cary is KALE

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Wright, a Cary native, is serving as a yeoman with a U.S. Navy electronic attack squadron that supports one of the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft, the EA18G Growler, the fourth major variant of the F/A-18 family of aircraft that combines the F/A-18F Super Hornet platform with a sophisticated electronic warfare suite. The electronic warfare mission involves jamming enemy radar and communications systems to render air defenses ineffective. navy.mil

Author

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of Cary announces the September release of his young adult debut, “Nyxia,” the first in a trilogy that will be featured as a lead title at Penguin Random House. Reintgen is a former Durham and Wake County teacher, and was a featured guest at the recent Durham Teen Literature Festival. itspronouncedrankin.com CARY MAGAZINE 129


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Making A Splash Cary 3-year-old Leah Strazisar braces for impact while playing at Jack Smith Park’s sprayground. The Cary park’s popular splash pad, with its seven water features, is a great way for youngsters to cool off during the hot summer months. The park also features a playground, dog park, picnic shelter and greenway trails.

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