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A giant metallic rooster crows at dawn on a Louis Stephens Drive farm in Cary that is owned by Michael Edwards and his brothers,

Rural Route: 16 Owners of family farms navigate

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hope you enjoy one of our favorite photos, taken for the August 2016 issue.

A PICTURE may be worth a thousand words, but we still do a lot of writing here at Cary Magazine. For this issue we let the photographs do the talking. We pull out some old favorites, including our editors’ photo from August 2016, and chief photographer Jonathan Fredin invites you to take a look at some photos from past articles that haven’t appeared in the magazine. He also takes the lead in our story about working farms in Cary and Apex, beginning on page 16. It would have taken many paragraphs to describe the rapid encroachment of development on these pockets of agriculture, but with a few photos Fredin captures the story’s essence. Readers join in for our pictorial issue, too. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos of their pets. We had a great time looking at all the cute photos, and we hope you will enjoy them as well. I also hope this issue marks the beginning of a picture perfect summer. All the best,

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WELCOME to our June issue! We’ve added this ninth issue for 2017 with you in mind, to serve as a reprieve from the busy, busy month of May and as the kickoff to a glorious summer. You’ll see that we’ve taken a slightly different approach to these pages, as an opportunity to show off more than our usual share of gorgeous all-local visuals. Like horses, and barns that you probably drive by without noticing in our hustle-and-hurry world. Oh and cats, as we unveil our reader-submitted Summer Pet Parade. Our Garden Adventurer L.A. Jackson is in the spirit too, delivering a bouquet of creamy white blooms to die for. And in keeping with the photo-snapping theme, check out our feature on the DIY world of Instagram. Unofficially, I call this one the Take a Look issue. That’s short for Pour Some Iced Tea, Sit on the Back Porch, Kick Off Your Flip-Flops and Take a Look. Take a deep breath too. It’s even OK to sigh. Thanks for reading,

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n Western Wake County, farmland is disappearing quickly. Only a few agricultural islands remain, their owners hanging on through a combination of innovation and nostalgic stubbornness. “It wouldn’t seem right if this land was being used for another purpose,” said William Upchurch, whose family has farmed in the area since the Civil War. “When you’re raised up on a farm, aggravating as it is to mow grass and work the land on hot days, every blade of grass has a meaning. Because there’s a memory here.”

Tobacco used to be king on the area’s small farms. But when the market shifted in the late 1990s, many scrambled to find a crop that would be as profitable as the golden leaf. Agritourism — corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and you-pick strawberries — has enabled families with deep roots in the community to continue to make a living from the land. But it’s not a panacea. Between the hard work and fickle weather of farming, it’s tempting to sell the land to developers offering upwards of $100,000 per acre.

“Here, the only alternative to farming is bricks. You’re either going to farm horizontal or you’re going to farm vertical,” says David Ferrell. He plans to sell his 80 acres on Morrisville Carpenter Road that are adjacent to Cary’s Legacy at Carpenter Village subdivision to the west, and Morrisville’s Wexford subdivision to the north. His daughter’s pet goats will be relocated to another farm in Chatham County.

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Billy Upchurch mows his grass with a McCormick Farmall Cub, still running fine after more than 60 years. “We never throw anything away. Every resource, every piece of farm equipment can be repaired and used again,” says his son, William Upchurch.

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Upchurch Farm Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary Billy Upchurch, 91, and his wife, Doris Jean, live in an antiques-filled home that Billy’s father built in 1934. Even after a lifetime on the farm, he is matter-of-fact about its future. “You try to do something that gives you economic return,” he said. “We all lost tobacco, the tobacco program. That’s why we switched to agritourism, strawberries, and things like that. “This whole area is going to be developed someday. It’s just change.” Upchurch’s son William hopes to forestall that change as long as he can. He partners with another farmer, Milton Ganyard, to grow pumpkins and manage an agritourism business at the farm. The family also leases much of its 165-acre property to other farmers, and grows a few crops like cotton, sorghum and hay. 18

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William Upchurch, his son Will, 13, and his father Billy walk the family farm. In the background are two of several tobacco barns on the property dating from the late 1800s.

William also works full time as executive director of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, which assists farmers and businesses impacted by the downturn of the tobacco market. He enjoys spending his spare time with the kids who come out to the farm.

“I think people enjoy it too,” he said. “They enjoy still having open space and something going on out there that’s not typical of the congested urban areas. I feel that we give something back to the community in our own little way.” continued on page 21

The Upchurch farm is in the Carpenter community, not in Cary, Apex or Morrisville, despite having had mailing addresses in each of those towns. “I’ve lived in three towns and never left the farm,” jokes Billy Upchurch.

William Upchurch says he has the best of both worlds. He can make a quick run to the grocery store, and he can wake up in the morning and not see another person as he feeds his pet goats and miniature horses.


“My daddy died in ’96, and he grew up farming with horses and mules,” says David Ferrell, whose family has farmed in Western Wake for generations. “In his later years, that was his hobby. He loved mules, because he’d worked with them all his life. Daddy always said he made his living looking at the south end of a northbound mule.” Bell the mule watches cars go past on Louis Stephens Road.


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Ferrell plans to sell the 80 acres along Morrisville Carpenter Road and relocate Green Acres Farm to Chatham County.

“As long as I’m living, I’ll be doing some type of farming. It’s kind of in your blood, but it’s not a mainstay like it used to be.” David Ferrell, Green Acres Farm continued from page 18

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Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary For years the picturesque Green Acres Farm has been a popular fall destination, to pick pumpkins, navigate a corn maze, or hop on a hayride. “For that piece of land, the agritourism is the mainstay,” said David Ferrell of the farm his great-grandparents established in 1898. “Our clientele is on all four sides of us. We probably draw people from a 60to 80-mile radius.” The farm’s prime location has also attracted developers. Included in Cary’s Carpenter Village planned development district since the mid-1990s, the 80-acre property is less than five minutes from busy Davis Drive. It’s also adjacent to Cary’s Legacy at Carpenter Village subdivision to the west, and Morrisville’s Wexford subdivision to the north. Saying it’s a good time to sell, Ferrell plans to relocate Green Acres Farm in 2018 to a larger location in Chatham County. Though there won’t be a corn maze at the Morrisville Carpenter location this fall, pumpkins and Christmas trees will still be sold there. “I know there’s a time coming that we won’t be here,” said Ferrell. “You’ve got to face the facts that it’s a business decision, just like everything is.” But he won’t be leaving the area completely. Ferrell says he will hold onto a 17acre lot across Louis Stephens Road, where he keeps a donkey named Jenny and a mule named Bell.

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“It’s an advantage to have the farm around the houses,” says Darin Jones of DJ’s Berry Patch. “But if it keeps going the way it’s going, there’s not going to be any farmland left anywhere.” continued from page 21

DJ’s Berry Patch Salem Church Road, Apex Darin Jones’ family has farmed in Wake County for more than 100 years, but he and his wife, Jessica, have run DJ’s only since spring 2010. They lease the berry patch’s six acres in Apex from Don Sorrell, who at one time tended 50 acres of tobacco, raised chickens and worked full-time as a mail carrier. Sorrell is 81 now, and unable to farm the 23-acre property he bought in 1966, so the Jones’ berry operation keeps the land designated as agricultural, maintaining Sorrell’s tax breaks. If the land were taxed at the higher residential rate, he’d likely have to move. “They’re mighty sweet people, and I’m fortunate to have them,” Sorrell said. “I’d have to sell it, if it weren’t for them being here. The regular taxes are so high, I couldn’t pay it; ain’t no way I could pay it.” The berry patch also brings thousands 22

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Landowner Don Sorrell talks with Jessica Jones, who runs DJ’s with her husband Darin. “We both enjoy it, and it is rewarding to plant something and then harvest it — to be able to share it with others,” she says.

of visitors every spring, so many that the Joneses expect to plant another strawberry field this fall. “When we first started, we knew the pick-your-own was popular, but we didn’t realize that there was just going to be such a demand for it,” said Jessica. “Each year it gets more popular.” Darin admits that it’s good for business

to be so close to housing developments. But while his customers are close, the suburban creep is worrisome too. “If you don’t own it, you’ve got to find something you can rent that doesn’t have houses, and the money’s a whole lot better for growing houses than it is growing vegetables,” he said. continued on page 27

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Phillips Farms Good Hope Church Road, Cary You might call Michael Phillips a farmer, but really he’s in the entertainment business. His father, Lee, bought their farm property in 1976 and grew mostly tobacco until 1998. Now agritourism is its major source of income. The younger Phillips manages that side of the business, taking care of the thousands of visitors who come out each spring for strawberries, and each fall for pumpkins and the corn maze. “I really like to see the kids be able to get out and run,” Phillips said. “We have an advantage being where we are. You don’t have to go far, and kids can come out here and get worn out.” Fun at the Phillips farm is a yearround enterprise, with lots of ag-related family activities including a large play area, a bounce pillow, tractor pedal cars, a hay ride, and baby goats. The farm is close to urban areas, but has the feel of being out in the country. Standing in his driveway, Phillips says the only houses he sees are those owned by his family. And unlike some other area farmers, he doesn’t foresee that changing anytime soon. “It’s fun to see things grow, and see your business grow,” said Phillips. “Working on your own time, that’s why I love it, not being cooped up in an office each day.” t CARY MAGAZINE 27


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Sri Ventkateswara Temple in Cary, May

American Tobacco Trail in Apex, March/April

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Harrison, an 8-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix, charms visitors and SPCA staff, like communications manager Tara Lynn, who frequently posts images of animals available for adoption. Below, Lynn snaps a photo of a cat at the shelter.

Jonathan Fredin

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SPCA of Wake County @spcaofwakecounty Followers: 7,173 New posts: Daily

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Get your daily dose of cute from the SPCA of Wake Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cats, dogs and even occasional rabbit or guinea pig. The no-kill shelter posts updates on the animals available for adoption and notices about upcoming fundraisers and events. A mini-break to scroll through their profile will surely tug your heartstrings and make you want to adopt ALL. THE. PETS. Take note: The popular hashtag #catsofinstagram (with more than 54 million tags) may cause excessive time lapse.

Booth Amphitheatre @booth_amp Followers: 1,816 New posts: One per week Cary’s idyllic event venue hosts festivals, concerts, movies and more. Tune in here for the first look at what’s coming and never miss your favorite shows! If you’re stuck at home, the colorful images let you relive the excitement of popular festivals like the N.C. Chinese Lantern Festival and the Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival.

Rdubaton @rdubaton Followers: 27,000 New posts: Six to eight per day Think of it as a photo relay — with a handoff each night — showcasing the amazing life in the Research Triangle. Each day a new area local holds the baton and chronicles his or her comings and goings, from predawn workouts and morning coffee to place of employment and favorite restaurants. A different daily batoner means a lot of new perspectives on this great place we live. Facilitators Toni Chester and Laney Tipton call it a passion project and spend two to three hours every few weeks organizing and planning for the account. Sign up to hold the baton at, but be warned, the waiting list is more than a year long!

Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association @fvdowntown Followers: 1,298 New posts: Two to three per week The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association works to bring residents and businesses together to grow the unique community comprised of two historical districts, Fuquay and Varina, and two separate but connected downtowns. Follow along (and join in) the association’s initiatives such as the recent En Plein Air Art Event, and check out photos from community events and local businesses. continued on page 44 CARY MAGAZINE 43

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Steven Devereaux Greene

Go behind the scenes with the executive chef of The Umstead Hotel and Spa, including Herons restaurant, Steven Devereaux Greene. Follow Greene, a two-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist, through his exquisite and artful plating of the Herons’ menu, his travels to notable restaurants around the country, and his love of guitars. Greene is drawn to Instagram in part because, “It is fun for other chefs to share and see what each is doing.” His most popular post? A recent snap with his wife, and longtime friend Chef Curtis Duffy of the Michelin threestar rated Grace restaurant in Chicago.


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Heron’s executive chef Steven D. Greene photographs one of his creations at The Umstead Hotel and Spa patio.

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Danielle Davis Style, @danielledavisstyle Followers: 3,330 New posts: Four to five per week Get inspired by styling consultant and blogger Danielle Davis’ amazing fashion sense, outfit ideas and love of organized spaces. Go-to outfits include breezy summer dresses and versatile denim. Love her look? Davis links up the details of her outfits, and you can shop directly through Instagram. “Instagram has been a great tool for my blog and business,” Davis said. “It has introduced me to new brands, clients, and even some blogger friends that live across the country.”

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Peeks into the North Carolina Museum of History’s exhibits and events, especially the recently opened “North Carolina and World War I” centennial commemoration, are interspersed with historic photos and facts from the Tar Heel State’s past. The thoughtful posts add some educational trivia to your daily social media fix. Fun #FlashbackFriday posts show glimpses of Raleigh’s notable vistas, like Fayetteville Street and Cameron Village, through the years.

What is Instagram if it isn’t craving-inducing food pictures? The Triangle Food Adventures account shares a droolworthy look at the delicious and ever-evolving local restaurant scene. Snag early bird ticket deals on upcoming Food Adventure dinners: exclusive six-course meals featuring off-menu chef creations. Hashtag your own images with #trifoodies to join the Triangle Food Adventure community. continued on page 46 CARY MAGAZINE 45


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ure, they’re snuggly … but that’s just the beginning. When’s the last time you met a dog with his own bubble machine? Or a ferret with an Instagram account? Well, today’s the day! We asked to meet your pets, and you truly delivered. Not since Lassie and Mr. Ed have we encountered such a bunch of funny, amazing and inspiring animals. Now it’s our turn to share. Here’s to warm fuzzies. More of your pet photos on the following pages →

Elijah and Caden, age 13, Border Collie brothers “Patient, kind, obedient, loyal and very smart! Since joining the family they have accepted three children with grace. We have been blessed that they chose us to raise them. We love them with all our heart.” — Marsha Snyder and Jessica Mann of Raleigh


Wallace Maple Barkley, age 2, Tibetan Terrier “Wallace is a great family puppy with lots of energy. On weekdays you can find him in downtown Cary at work with his

owner, Conrad, at the North State Insurance Group. He enjoys lunchtime walks around town and evening walks around MacGregor Downs with mom. His human

Brady Bunch, age 10

sisters adore him and his silly sleep style. He loves to travel

He’s a busy dog, but “Brady Bunch finds

with the family to the beach at Emerald Isle, and on hiking

time to let us enjoy him as a family member. His personality is many times larger

trips down the Haw River. He is spoiled, to say the least!” — Mary John and Conrad “C.G.” Caldwell of Cary

than his 8 pounds of fluff ... He’s been

seen on stage in three local productions, highlighted by the role of Bruiser in Cary Players’ production of ‘Legally Blonde.’ He also got to play a role in the pilot teaser for ‘Puppy Love,’ which was filmed in Cary and shopped in L.A. as a potential show. “None of this goes to his puppy head though, as can be seen in his interactions with others. Little dogs oftentimes are overly

Brooklyn, age 4 “Brooklyn loves chasing bubbles and just got his very own bubble machine for

excited or aggressive around other dogs. Brady

his birthday! What

does not suffer from this. Although he may

makes him so awe-

get jealous if another animal, such as his sister

some is that he loves

Grizabella, who is a cat, gets attention. When

everyone, and wants

meeting or spending time with other dogs,

to make friends with

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every dog he meets.”

own.” — Jaret and Sarah Preston of Cary


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Lilo, age 7, and Stitch, age 3 “Lilo was rescued from Oahu, Hawaii, and Stitch was rescued from Fayetteville. Our kids named them after the Disney movie ‘Lilo and Stitch.’ They are both goofy and active,

Duster, age 22, Quarter Horse “Duster is special because he is trustworthy and kind. At

and often accompany our family on hikes. They especially like hiking at Raven Rock (State Park). Life is more exciting with them around!” — The Greene family of Apex

22, his experience has shaped him into the ‘once in a lifetime’ horse all equestrians seek. Despite his age, he is spry! He will give 110 percent, always. He can read his rider’s thoughts and feelings, and he’s exceptionally careful with children and beginner riders. He’s got boxes of ribbons and trophies that prove how amazing he is, but the folks at Friendship Stables don’t need those to know he’s special. He is worth his weight in gold — but he’ll take it in carrots!” — Melanie Svinis of Apex

Aria, age 4 saves lives by donating blood to the “Aria

N.C. State Animal Hospital! She’s always thrilled to greet us with a big hug when we come home. She is an avid fan of the Raleigh Flea Market and visiting breweries and bottle shops around the Triangle, making friends wherever she goes.” — John McHugh and Kim Pernicka of Cary CARY MAGAZINE 53

Punkin, age 4 , Zuchon “Punkin is my 18-pound Zuchon, a Shih Tzu-Bishon Frise hybrid. I rescued her from a pet store at 10 weeks old; she had been separated from her mother at eight weeks and flown from Kansas to North Carolina. Punkin is my absolute joy, and we are a pack. At 53 years old, I was a first-time pet owner. My final living parent had just passed. I

needed Punkin to jumpstart my life, and she needed me to save and love her. We grew up together, learn together, love together.” — Joann Langan of Cary

Sheldon, age 3 “Sheldon is a rescue dog. He has already fostered

nearly 200

puppies for Peak Lab Rescue while they wait to find their permanent homes. With the youngest orphaned puppies, Sheldon offers warmth and security. He is always willing to share his bed and allows itty-bitty pups to find comfort by snuggling up next to him for a nap. When the pups are a little older, Sheldon gets down on their level to play. He is gentle but firm in teaching the lessons that a puppy needs to become a successful member of a family. Sheldon shows his foster pups the proper way to use their mouth, play, share and respect personal space. I have personally seen Sheldon use his big bony head to hold a puppy still just long enough to get his point across. And I’ve seen him bring a dog toy to a puppy and say, ‘Here, chew on this — not me!’ “People often ask me how I taught Sheldon to do this. The answer is I didn’t. I truly believe that he knows he came from a bad situation and that now he has it pretty good. His mission is to help other puppies learn and grow and live happily ever after, just like him.” — Sharon Gesser of Cary

Fergus, age 2 ½ “Fergus is one of the most unique pets I’ve ever had! He’s a fun and funny little ferret with a huge personality. He loves to play chase, go for walks with his favorite leash, snuggle with his humans, and dance about the house! He never ceases to brighten up my day. Fergus also has his own Instagram: @fergustheferret.” — Shelby Scattergood of Cary


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Chandler ‘Chandy Man,’ age 3 “Chandler is a great cat who beat incredible odds and who is still loving and gentle. We adopted Chandler from the Wake County Animal Shelter. He came to the shelter dirty, with matted fur, full of fleas and open sores all over his body. Despite his dire circumstances, he let us clean him up and treat his sores, never once trying

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Charlie, age approximately 3 “My sweet Charlie and I rescued each other last summer and he has been

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could ever ask for! Charlie has needed extensive medical

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outdoors. Strawberry puts a smile

solace for one another. Look at those adoring eyes! His

on everyone’s face when they

breed life expectancy is 18 years and I hope that we are

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Tennis pro Stephen Poulos teaches a Junior Team Tennis clinic at Cary Tennis Park. The Western Wake Tennis Association partners with the Town of Cary in creating tennis clinics.

Tennis, Everyone?

The Western Wake Tennis Association says yes “Our board also sees tennis as a vehicle to do good things in the community. All of us at WWTA are very passionate about our mission.” — Laura Weygandt, executive director of WWTA


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SOMETHING FOR everyone — you’ve heard that line before. But when you hear it from the Western Wake Tennis Association, it’s true. Ask the McGrew family of Apex: Duncan and Nancy, and sons Grant, 18, and Owen, 16. They’ve been taking part in WWTA events for years. “The Western Wake Tennis Association is very good about promoting league and tournament play, both for advanced and relatively new players,” said Duncan McGrew, whose sons began playing tennis at ages 7 and 5. “And there are great opportunities to give back. It’s amazing how many activities

(the association) is supporting. “Our family got more involved as Grant entered high school. (WWTA) looks for assistance with a number of programs; for our boys, it’s nice to find a way to combine their interests with community service.” McGrew is right: From its Try Tennis program and innovative Find a Team guide, to the free Tennis for Life program serving breast cancer survivors, to adult tournaments and the Junior Team Tennis State Championships coming to Cary in July, the nonprofit WWTA serves up tennis for youth and adults of all skill levels, last year seeing 10,000 non-unique registrations.

RHONDA N. BLANCHARD MEMORIAL SHOOTOUT This second annual event honors the late Middle Creek High School tennis coach and special education teacher, and benefits the Abilities Tennis Association of NC,, which supports tennis opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities. When: Saturday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Kildaire Farms Racquet & Swim Club and Farmington Woods Tennis Courts, Cary More details: westernwaketennis. com/event/rhonda-blanchardmemorial-shootout-2017

Though it owns no courts, WWTA partners with five Western Wake towns and several private clubs on tennis programming. Beyond sport, WWTA uses tennis to connect our community by hosting and supporting fundraising tournaments benefiting the likes of Transitions LifeCare, raising more than $250,000 over the past 10 years; the Alzheimer’s Association; and Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina. “Tennis is such a social sport, and you can play from age 5 to 95,” said Laura Weygandt, executive director of WWTA. “Our board also sees tennis as a vehicle to do good things in the community. All of us at WWTA are very passionate about our mission.” Weygandt’s journey with WWTA began as a volunteer for such charity events, after she began playing tennis at age 41 just for fun. In 2016, WWTA earned the prestigious Community Tennis Association of the Year award, selected from among more than 900 CTAs across the nation. “We run U.S. Tennis Association leagues and tournaments as our source of revenue, and then we run or support others’ events with volunteers and promotion,” Weygandt explained. “We never say no when somebody has an idea for a tennis event to benefit the community.” That was true for the McGrews, who

Melanie Santana, right, practices her forehand in front of Abilities Tennis Clinic coach Daniel Ebert at Cary Tennis Park. The Western Wake Tennis Association finds volunteers such as Ebert to help teach tennis clinics.

Western Wake Tennis Association volunteer Ava Autry, left, shares some tennis tips with Lisa Deprisco during an Abilities Clinic at Cary Tennis Park.

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10 Reasons to Play Tennis → Burns calories → Improves flexibility and balance → Increases bone density and strength → Helps manage stress → Builds problem-solving skills → Develops teamwork and social skills → Improves self-image → Is a family sport → For youth, less prone to risky behaviors → Is a lifetime sport

Jerry Passer plays tennis at Cary Tennis Park. “Tennis is such a social sport, and you can play from age 5 to 95,” said Laura Weygandt, executive director of WWTA.

From the Western Wake Tennis Association

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approached Weygandt about launching an event to honor late Middle Creek High teacher and tennis coach Rhonda Blanchard. “Laura encouraged us, and introduced us to Lou Welch, the executive director of Abilities Tennis of NC,” McGrew said. “We didn’t know that Rhonda had already been in touch with Lou to get her (special needs) students involved in Abilities Tennis. When we learned that, it really gave us the incentive.” The inaugural Rhonda N. Blanchard Memorial Shootout netted more than $700, enough for Abilities Tennis to fund a full event. McGrew credits community support, including donations from the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club, for that success. This year’s shootout will take place on Aug. 5.

In addition to taking part in its leagues and tournaments, Weygandt says the public can help further the efforts of the WWTA by volunteering. “Spring and fall, we need about 30 volunteers per week for Abilities tennis, and other volunteers are needed for events we do all over the area,” she said. “We will need 60plus volunteers for the JTT State Championships (July 16-18); we have more than 500 kids coming!” Volunteers and donations are also needed for the annual Charity Tennis Classic, held in September, which benefits Transitions LifeCare and WWTA scholarships. And as local towns add more courts to meet the growth of tennis in our community,


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Weygandt adds that there is a need for additional tennis pros. “Tennis is the game of a lifetime — that sounds cliché, but it really is,” said McGrew. “We played family doubles when the children were younger, then parents versus the boys. Now they’re too good! I’m confident my kids will play into adulthood. “There’s the community service perspective, and tennis is a great way to get exercise. In this part of the country you can play yearround. It’s not a big time commitment, and it’s a great way to expand your social network, to meet people who share your interests.” t For more information on the Western Wake Tennis Association, see

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The Cary Woman’s Club hosted its third annual


Fashion Show on April 1, at The Matthews House

in Cary. Proceeds benefited Dorcas Ministries of Cary. Pictured are some of the club members who modeled for the show, from left, Susan Abbott, Carol French, JoAnn Minor, Diana Johnson, Jane Suppa, Nancy Skelding, Cate Nixon, granddaughter of club member Lois Nixon, far right.

The Town of Holly Springs has named


as director

of its Economic Development Department, responsible for industrial and commercial recruitment and retention. Krstanovic began with the department in 2000, and has helped recruit major employers including Seqirus and RoviSys, and spearheaded the effort to obtain the Holly Springs Business Park’s foreign trade zone designation.

DR. LAURA PATEL of Transitions LifeCare was named Physician of the Year by The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina during the organization’s 2017 HOME (Honoring Outstanding Merit & Excellence) Awards at the 45th annual conference April 3-5. Patel has launched innovative, community-based palliative care programs including a five-year pilot in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to provide patients with terminal illness supportive care concurrent with curative care.


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offering homemade ice cream and baked goods.

The TerrorBytes #4561 High School Robotics team earned the Industrial Design Award and won first place at the FIRST North Carolina State Championship 2017, in an elimination alliance with The Zebracorns of NC School of Science and Mathematics and the Hawktimus Prime team of Holly Springs High School. The TerrorBytes were founded in 2013 at Research Triangle High School, with the mission to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders by directly involving them in designing, building and driving a robot in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team partners with Solara Automation of Morrisville, which makes its machine shop available for fabrication of high precision components. The TerrorBytes moved onto the world championship held in Houston April 19-22, where they competed with 600 teams from more than 40 countries.

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by Lesley Richmond and


happenings Thanks to a community fundraising campaign dubbed the

Million Dollar Miracle, the nonprofit CORRAL Riding Academy has officially closed on its 10-acre farm on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. The closing enables CORRAL to continue its work of serving at-risk girls. Executive director of CORRAL is

Following a $100,000 renovation, Jonathan Fredin

Joy Currey, named among the 2015 CM Movers & Shakers.

the former Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar has reopened in Cary as

DEAN’S KITCHEN+BAR, which retains the former’s favorite seafood


continuing care retirement community in Cary has announced

dishes while adding new seasonal menus

the hiring of Vinson Bankoski as executive director, Jason Chautin as chief financial

and expanding service to include lunch.

officer, and James Souter as administrator of the community’s health care center,

Restaurant owner is Dean Ogan of Rocky

Brittany Place.​

Top Hospitality.

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Your local welcome team is ready to visit you with a basket full of maps, civic information, gifts, and gift certificates from local businesses. From doctors to dentists and restaurants to repairmen...we help newcomers feel right at home in their new community! For your complimentary welcome visit, or to include a gift for newcomers, call 919.809.0220. Or, visit our website,


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SAVE WATER SAVE MONEY Two Super-Sod Locations, One Number Raleigh: 1225 Farmers Market Dr. Cary: 1900 NC 55


JOIN LIBERTY SOCCER ACADEMY! The Triangles Premier Youth Soccer Club & Developmental Program (U8-U18 Yrs) Call to Set Up at Tryout




Classic Teams and Developmental Academy Teams





sleek to be

The sixth annual


ATI Industrial Automation broke ground on the expansion of its corporate and manufacturing

will take place June 16-17 in downtown Apex, featuring a family-friendly Kansas City

headquarters in Apex on April 21. The largest

Barbecue Society-sanctioned

expansion in ATI’s 28-year history will help the

barbecue contest among

company meet growing global demand for its

48 cook teams competing

robotic end-effectors, and will create 275 new jobs.

for more than $12,000 in prize money, and a street

​CARY’S DOWNTOWN CHOWDOWN will be held on Sunday, June 25, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., featuring favorite food trucks, local beer and

festival with music, food, beer garden, kids’ area and pig races. Event proceeds support the work of the Apex

wine vendors, and music from local performers.

Sunrise Rotary Foundation.

Additional Chowdowns are scheduled for

July 30 and Oct. 1.

Hilary Pritzlaff-Nathan has been named manager of the Dorcas Thrift Shop in Cary, bringing years of retail experience to the role and reporting to Dorcas Ministries’ Executive Director Howard Manning. Pritzlaff-Nathan has previously worked with the Dorcas Jobs For Life program.

WAX STUDIO Full body waxing for men and women

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Cary Magazine and its sister company S&A Communications have earned seven

HERMES CREATIVE AWARDS ranging from honorable mention to platinum, from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The awards include Golds for Cary Magazine’s September/October 2016 issue and for its website, developed in-house.

happenings WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Duke Health have signed a joint operating agreement to establish CANCER

CARE PLUS+, to provide

a comprehensive cancer care network and enhance patient access to oncology services in Wake County. On May 1, Cancer Care Plus+ began a transition period to bring together the health systems’ cancer care efforts and capabilities. WakeMed and Duke will maintain their own identities and will continue to operate independently. and

The North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement held the inaugural

Join us for our monthly after-hours networking events B IZ A N D B E E R S .C

Women’s Commissions Luncheon


TH pm JU N E 1 5 | 6 - 8

on March 30, featuring remarks in recognition of Women’s History Month by Machelle Sanders, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Administration; by Beth Dehgan, president and founder of Women NC; and a panel discussion with representatives of each of the six Women’s Commissions in our state.

Several Triangle companies

The inaugural

participated in service projects

is dedicated to preserving and


enhancing the natural environment

will take place on Monday, June 12,

by connecting people and resources

at noon, at MacGregor Downs

to the conservation movement.

Country Club in Cary, benefiting the

Participating companies from

American Lung Association in North

Cary included Dude Solutions

Carolina’s programs to fight lung cancer.

and SAS; project sites included

Players of all skill levels are encouraged

Triangle Land Conservancy,

to attend. Golf play will be followed by

SEEDS and Carolina Tiger Rescue.

a dinner buffet and awards program.

during EarthShare North Carolina’s

Corporate Challenge held on Earth


Day, April 21. The organization

World of Beer 2036 Renaissance Park Pl. Cary TH pm JU LY 2 0 | 6 - 8

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All in the Family YOU GOT TO KNOW some of our readers’ pets

in our Summer Pet Parade, page 50. Here are the three furballs that rule my house. Roo is a Munchkin cat, a breed characterized by abnormally short legs caused by a naturally occurring dwarf gene. Wide-eyed and irresistible, this waddling rug-hugger is short on height but long on fun. Theo, also known as “Meatloaf ” and “Jabba the Cat,” is 21 pounds of love and affection. The friendly and very vocal “therapy cat” has never met a lap he didn’t love, and at age 16 he’s earned the right to sit just about anywhere he pleases. Unlike Roo and Theo, Tink is all about attitude, and claws. The expression “look don’t touch” is especially fitting when she exposes her inviting belly. Scars on my hand are a daily reminder. Tink


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“ 3D mammography is the single greatest advance in breast imaging in my career.

It allows us to see so much better through a patient’s breast tissue and to evaluate whether findings are real or related to superimposed tissue. It also allows us to see small tumors that are often obscured on the routine 2D mammogram.

Eithne Burke, MD Breast Imaging Radiologist since 1998 Co-Director of Breast Imaging Services

Screening mammograms do not require a physician’s order so call 919-232-4700 to schedule this important annual exam.

Cary Magazine June 2017  

The Photo Issue: Family farms, the Pet Parade, inspirational Instagrammers and more!

Cary Magazine June 2017  

The Photo Issue: Family farms, the Pet Parade, inspirational Instagrammers and more!