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and Anirudh Ullal said, “I wouldn’t have put it any other way.” Clearly these gentlemen understand the benefits of play. Many of us don’t give playtime the status it deserves. Another deadline, another appointment, or another activity gets in the way and soon we are feeling frazzled, tense and stressed. But studies show that a little unstructured enjoyment can work wonders. Play has been shown to relieve stress, improve memory and brain function, boost creativity, improve relationships, and keep us feeling young and energetic. All that from a little fun with your friends. In addition to the cricketers, this issue includes Magic Roman, a Cary magician who entertains audiences with corny jokes, balloons and some amazing tricks. We even had fun hanging out in the Page-Walker garden with our Movers & Shakers. Although a few turns at bat didn’t convince me to take up cricket, I plan to take more dog walks and build more sand castles this summer. So make time for playtime; it’s good for you!
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Before a game of hard tennis ball cricket between the Burlington Blues and the RTP Panthers, Kirti Thakkar, right, of team Chikky Chikky Boom Boom practices his bowling as Rahul Patwardhan, left, umpires.
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ricket is spreading its wings in the Triangle. Anirudh Ullal is used to the teasing, comparing the sport he loves to a chirping insect, but
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In 2009 the Triangle Cricket League, which Ullal helped found, had 10 teams and about 180 play-
ers. Today the group has more than 1,300 people in its database. The majority are from the Triangle, but many drive from High Point, Greensboro, Greenville and Burlington to play here. With its diverse population, Morrisville is at the center of this cricket boom; roughly 30 percent of residents here are of South Asian descent, and want to play the game of their youth and share it with their children. “We have to account for the international flavor of the community here,” said Ullal, who grew up playing cricket in India. “We have a lot of people from India, the Caribbean, New Zealand or England. All these people have grown up playing cricket. We feel it provides an opportunity to reconnect with something we’re all very familiar with from back home.” Growing the sport
Traditional cricket is played with a hard leather ball and protective gear, and a game can last for days. Players here prefer hard tennis ball cricket, a modified game with a softer ball and continued on page 23
“Cricket is not necessarily a well-known sport. Often you’re explaining to people here that cricket is not just an insect or a game played in Harry Potter books,” says Anirudh Ullal with the Triangle Cricket League. That is changing as the game attracts more local players. CARY MAGAZINE 21
Devankur Thakur (second from right) gets high fives from Burlington Blues teammates after catching a fly ball in their match against the RTP Panthers. Other players are, from left, Ravi Anumak, Sushil Kumar, Kalyan Gummadi and Rajesh Vintha.
Machiket Bhawe of the RTP Panthers hits the ball during a match against the Burlington Blues at Shiloh Park in Morrisville. The Panthers won the match by 66 runs; the final score was 122-56.
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no pads, which only lasts a couple of hours. This spring 58 teams, with 11 players each, signed up for hard tennis ball cricket. Several more teams are on the waiting list. “Based on the number of teams and players we have, we are about three fields short,” said Ullal, the league’s secretary. “To accommodate more players — we know there are more people asking for opportunities to play — we would need more fields.” In Morrisville, cricket is played on multipurpose fields at Cedar Fork District Park, Shiloh Park and Crabtree Creek Nature Park. Other fields are nearby in Durham. The league also sponsors two 12-week sessions of youth cricket a year. Each session fields 10 teams of 17 to 20 kids each. More than 200 kids participate in the youth cricket program, according to Ullal. The most recent registration filled up in six days. “The main drive behind starting the Triangle Cricket League was our passion to introduce cricket to kids,” he said.
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Morrisville. “The town has been really good about letting the Triangle Cricket League set up these pitches, maintain them and organize tournaments.” The town benefits as well, from the many visitors attracted by the sport. A National Youth Cricket League tournament held at Morrisville’s Cedar Fork District Park last July attracted hundreds of young players and their families from all over the country. “The sport is not going to go away. It’s going to grow like crazy,” said Stohlman, who took up the game last year.
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Alvin Kallicharan, a former captain of the West Indies national cricket team and a two-time World Cup champion, moved to the area five years ago and has become an unofficial ambassador for Triangle cricket. “By speaking to Americans, local people, I want to see how we can spread the sport in different directions so it doesn’t become an Indian thing or West Indian thing or cricket just for expatriates,” he said. “I want everybody to understand the game.” The recently opened cricket pitch at
Morrisville’s Church Street Park will help generate interest throughout the region, Kallicharan says. “What Morrisville has done will have a tremendous effect toward bringing people from outside North Carolina to play in tournaments on a prestigious ground like this,” he said. As the only regulation-size cricket field between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and New Jersey, the facility has already attracted out-oftown visitors. In November, officials from the International Cricket Council visited Church Street Park and were impressed by the cricket grounds, Stohlman says. The town hopes to eventually attract larger national tournaments. In the meantime, the field will host regional tournaments and exhibition games featuring national and international teams. “This regulation-size cricket field gives Morrisville something that no other town in North Carolina has and puts us on the map as a community that’s innovative, inclusive and willing to do something a little different from the rest of the towns,” Stohlman said. “It’s already paid off. There’s already so much excitement.” t
CRICKET SIMPLIFIED Much like baseball, two teams take turns hitting and fielding. As one team tries to score runs, the other team fields and tries to get the batter out. The team with the most runs wins.
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Apple pie from Slice Pie Company and vanilla ice cream from The Freezing Pointe in a classic summer combo. While the businesses aren’t connected, the two owners are friends and agreed to meet for some yummy pairings.
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The Freezing Pointe
“Ice cream makes everyone happy.” — Andia Xouris, The Freezing Pointe
Andia Xouris founded The Freezing Pointe two years ago and now churns out flavors such as dark chocolate raspberry truffle, mocha macchiato and salted caramel. 28
Andia Xouris, who founded The Freezing Pointe two years ago at her kitchen table, draws inspiration from her humble upbringing. Her father developed a successful food distribution business, and she’s following in his footsteps. “I’m the only child of immigrants who came here for a better life,” said Xouris, who was born in Cyprus and now lives in Cary. Largely a catering and special-event enterprise, The Freezing Pointe was birthed after Xouris and her husband, George, an account executive at an RTP firm, earned certification from the Frozen Dessert Institute and traveled to several ice cream schools to learn the creation process. More than 40 flavors, like dark chocolate raspberry truffle and mocha macchiato, come out of Xouris’ 1,000-square-foot production kitchen, but salted caramel reigns supreme. “People come looking for it,” Xouris said with a smile. An onsite showroom allows for private tastings, and a membership club features a flavor of the month that people can purchase in quarts. The Freezing Pointe, which sources fruit from the Raleigh Farmers Market, often sets up sundae bars at weddings, parties and corporate events. The company’s baklava ice cream is available at Chapel Hill’s Kipos Greek Taverna and Gussy’s Place in Durham. Business has expanded into concessions spaces at the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater. As a small business owner, Xouris understands the importance of fostering relationships with customers. “It’s challenging to find time to accomplish everything, but I take satisfaction in knowing I can help make people’s special events memorable,” she said. “Ice cream makes everyone happy.” 10207-C Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 901-8560 thefreezingpointe.com
Kristen Cleve, founder of Slice Pie Company, delivers desserts, such as her signature apple pie, below, in a restored 1931 Ford Model A coupe.
Slice Pie Company
Before she was old enough to see over the kitchen countertop, Kristen Cleve began helping her father, Michael Mullins, bake scratch-made pies from cherished family recipes. Soon neighbors in her community near Swift Creek began receiving by-the-slice goodness. Their wildly enthusiastic response ultimately led Cleve to launch Slice Pie Company in 2014. Today, the pies are turned out daily from a commercial kitchen in a detached garage at Cleve’s childhood home. “We offer more than 20 varieties, but we can also make custom pies using other people’s recipes,” said Cleve, also known as The Pie Lady, wife of software engineer John Cleve and mom to 5-year-old Eliana. The signature apple pie, a tangy, triedand-true classic, won a blue ribbon when Cleve’s father entered it in the North Carolina State Fair competition back in 1997.
“Our pecan pie has a religious following,” said Mullins, who along with other family members, helps bake pies and fill orders. Whether you choose key lime or dark chocolate truffle, lemon meringue or strawberry rhubarb, you can’t go wrong. What makes these pies so distinctive? The irresistible, tawny crust. “Since it’s dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free
and nut-free, it’s essentially vegan as long as someone doesn’t have trouble with granulated sugar,” said Cleve. Pies are available by ordering online, and Slice ships nationwide. You can find them locally at The Butcher’s Market, Rey’s Restaurant, and Oak City Meatball Shoppe in Raleigh. Cleve even makes local deliveries in a beautifully restored 1931 Ford Model A coupe named Rosie. “In addition to selling our pies, we donate to local charities, because we believe in giving back to the community,” said Cleve. Cleve wants to show Eliana that it’s possible to be a good mother and a passionate entrepreneur. “I want to give my daughter all the love and attention she needs, but at the same time I want to empower her to succeed in life.” (919) 349-8499 slicepiecompany.com continued on page 31 CARY MAGAZINE 29
Mama Birdâ€™s Cookies + Cream offers cookies, homemade ice cream and popsicles. A planned shop will have other occasional treats including pies, cobblers and cinnamon rolls.
Lesley Richmond, founder of Mama Birdâ€™s Cookies + Cream, sold treats from several vintage carts when she started her business. She plans to open a shop in Holly Springs this summer.
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Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream
Several years ago Lesley Richmond bought a small ice cream maker. Her husband and daughters loved the homemade treat so much they shared it with friends. “People kept telling me how good it was and encouraged me to find a way to sell it,” Richmond said. As a trial run, Richmond had several vintage carts custom produced and began selling ice cream, cookies, popsicles and other treats. She named the business Mama Bird’s after the nicknames of her youngest daughter, Averi, and oldest daughter, Taylor. Business is good enough that Richmond plans to open a storefront near downtown Holly Springs by this summer. “It’s scary to start a brick-and-mortar place, but we hope to be open Thursdays through Sundays at first,” said Richmond, who has teamed up with Sludge Coffee Roaster in the endeavor. She plans to make cinnamon rolls on Sundays. Mama Bird’s ice cream starts with a rich custard base, adding flavors like chocolate three ways, banana cream pie and maple bacon. “We’ll have various flavors of cookies, so people can customize their ice cream sandwich,” said Richmond, who also works full-time as outreach coordinator for Meals on Wheels of Wake County. Richmond believes Holly Springs, the town where her husband works as a firefighter, is the perfect spot to open her shop. “Everybody here has been extremely supportive of me,” she said, “and I want to repay that kindness by giving a portion of my proceeds back to charitable organizations in the community.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs (919) 698-9854 mamabirdsicecream.com CARY MAGAZINE 31
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Movers Shakers FAITH. FAMILY. FRIENDS.
The members of this year’s class of Movers & Shakers truly understand that success is not a solo proposition. Amid all their nuts-and-bolts advice, they remind us that these “three F’s” are at least as important as a black-ink bottom line. They work hard. They give generously. And we’re lucky to have them as part of our Western Wake community. Turn the page, and meet the 2016 Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers.
Victoria Reed’s sculpture “Dapple” was featured in Cary Visual Art’s 2011 Outdoor Sculpture Show. It can now be seen in the garden at Cary’s Page-Walker Arts & History Center. Many thanks to the Page-Walker staff and the Town of Cary for allowing us to photograph the 2016 Movers & Shakers on the center’s grounds. CARY MAGAZINE 35
AMY BARDI POSITION: Founder and executive direc-
tor of global nonprofit Clothed in Hope, which teaches impoverished women sewing, entrepreneurship and life skills. AGE: 26 PROUD OF: Earning the title of “Mama Amy” to 120 Zambian women who are in our training program. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: By this we know
love, that Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. - 1 John 3:16 FUN FACT: My cure for hard days, and celebration for great days, is chocolate cake. Always chocolate cake. ADVICE TO OFFER: Behind the companies
and profits and spreadsheets are people. Put people first. Care about them, cheer them on, and encourage the best in them. Success will surely follow when you first care for your people.
From left are Susan Silver, Lashonza Brown and Amy Bardi.
POSITION: Small business banker/branch
manager for Yadkin Bank; advisor, Cary High School Junior Bank Board; treasurer, Apex Festival Commission; ambassador, Cary Chamber of Commerce AGE: 38 PROUD OF: The ability to balance my busy
career with being a mom, wife and church/ community volunteer. Also, of being able to assist in the growth of our community by providing lending solutions to small businesses. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Honesty and integ-
rity are two core values important to me. I want to be as transparent as possible to my family, friends, coworkers and clients. FUN FACT: Over the last four years, I’ve
advanced from only running when chased, 36
to completing my first half-marathon in November!
at-risk students, and most recently, facilitat-
ADVICE TO OFFER: Surround yourself with
and my students to produce promotional
like-minded individuals who continuously look for ways to grow. Seek mentors who have achieved a level of success in which you aspire to achieve. Iron sharpens iron!
ing a partnership between the Town of Cary materials for the Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Live according to
your authentic self. Demonstrate unconditional kindness, compassion and generosity
to all. My teaching philosophy: I have a
POSITION: Visual art teacher at Cary
wealth of knowledge and skill; I want to
High School; Principal’s Advisory Council member; GSA Safe Space co-coordinator; founder of RedBird Goods
share it with as many people as possible. FUN FACT: My wife and I recently launched
der neutral clothing/goods with positive and
PROUD OF: Obtaining my National Board
Teaching Certification, developing an afterschool program to support academically
a business, Red Bird Goods. We design gencreative messages for infants and toddlers. ADVICE TO OFFER: Fear and risk are inevi-
table when pursuing your dreams.
SARA KATE STEADMAN
POSITION: Founder and president of non-
POSITION: Co-owner of Frill Clothing;
profit CORRAL Riding Academy; recipient of 2016 William C. Friday Award for excellence in leadership
founder of life and style blog Sara Kate Styling
in hearing others’ experiences. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. You can’t do it all and there will always be people that are willing to lend a hand.
PROUD OF: The fact that we were able to
POSITION: Owner of Rhea Hospitality,
turn $500 into a six-figure company in a matter of two years, and that we appeared on Shark Tank.
operating The Mayton Inn and The King’s Daughters Inn; attorney AGE: 37
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Always seek ways
PROUD OF:10 years, 20 houses, two hotels,
AGE: 36 PROUD OF: Seeing young women who started with CORRAL as hurting, angry, scared middle school students now graduating from high school as healthy, strong young women matriculating into college — on scholarships! That makes me proud. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: If it’s not hard, it’s
not worth doing. FUN FACT: I started CORRAL with my
childhood horse, Rebel. ADVICE TO OFFER: Make sure you are a
leader of consequence. Address a real need in the community, work hard and build up those around you who share a passion to see that need addressed.
to differentiate yourself from those around you. Do this in your work ethic and the way you treat others. Always let it be known that you will be the one who will go above and beyond every single time. FUN FACT: I am a cancer survivor. As such,
I’m incredibly strong-willed, but I strongly believe that my fight with cancer made me the leader I am today. ADVICE TO OFFER: Always learn from those around you. There is incredible value
and one baby, all with my awesome wife. Enough said. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: While I’m not all
that consistent with it, a few years ago I was introduced to stoicism, and deeply appreciate the teachings of Seneca and Epictetus. Their philosophy toward life is as relevant today as it was when they were alive. FUN FACT: I love my recumbent bike. I get
a lot of weird looks, but it’s awesome! continued on page 38
Joy Currey, left, and Sara Kate Steadman
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GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Nothing in busi-
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ADVICE TO OFFER: Get a sufficient amount of sleep — you can’t be at your best and most effective if you’re overtired. If this means that you have to make some other sacrifices, so be it. Note: I rarely take my own advice.
ness is life or death (at least not in the hotel industry)! Perspective is so important. There is always a solution. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and walk away for a minute. FUN FACT: I love dill pickle potato chips. ADVICE TO OFFER: Stop and celebrate the
POSITION: Owner of Rhea Hospitality,
victories. Even the small ones. The process can often be long and hard and if you don’t take a minute to appreciate the little wins and how far you’ve come, it’s easy to lose perspective, and passion.
operating The Mayton Inn, The King’s Daughters Inn
DANIELLE CASTELLI STRADER
POSITION: Owner and operator of Torrenti
PROUD OF: We built The Mayton Inn from
the ground up. Countless locals and guests have come in and asked, “What was this building before you took over?” That means we did our job, to build a building that blends in with the existing downtown façade, and will be known as a beautiful historic downtown Cary building 50 years from now.
From left are Colin Crossman, Deanna Crossman, Andrew Valkanoff and Danielle Castelli Strader. 38
Cycles Inc., bicycle repair company AGE: 24 PROUD OF: Building my company is an im-
portant accomplishment because it serves as a vehicle for me to make a difference. However, I am most proud of the impact I am able to have in my community. That is a summation of both big and small accom-
plishments over time. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: My goal in life and
in work is to improve people’s situation, cycling or otherwise. I deliver excellent service, not just for the sake of running a good business, but because it is important to me to positively influence the lives of others. FUN FACT: I love old bluegrass music and playing the banjo. ADVICE TO OFFER: Adversity is just part of
the process to achieving your goals. Sometimes you have to work tirelessly to get where you want to go.
ANDREW VALKANOFF POSITION: Owner and operator of three
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill Restaurants AGE: 36 PROUD OF: Being a husband to Christina
and dad to Addison, Anderson and Anna Claire. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Lead people, man-
FUN FACT: I’m not very connected on
social media. No Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. Just Twitter. ADVICE TO OFFER: Do something that wakes you up in the morning. It is so much fun to go to work.
JOSH DIES POSITION: Owner and head baker at Stick
Boy Bread Co., and co-owner of The Mill AGE: 36 PROUD OF: I’m most proud of the relation-
ship Katie and I have with each other; owning/operating two businesses with your spouse while raising two young boys is nearly impossible. I’m proud of the way we communicate, problem solve, and care for each other every day. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: The Golden
Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. FUN FACT: I love to create, and would like
to have my own woodworking shop. ADVICE TO OFFER: Lots of things are going to demand your time and energy. Make time for friends and family: Take a day trip to the zoo, meet a friend for lunch, or make breakfast for your kids.
Kyle Greer, left, and Moss Withers
KATIE DIES POSITION: Owner and general manager of
Stick Boy Bread Co., and co-owner of The Mill AGE: 34 PROUD OF: I believe that everything I
have is from the Lord — my accomplishments are really blessings from Him. With that in mind, I am most thankful for the relationships He has orchestrated within my community and with my staff, and my two incredible boys. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: My life and work
are guided by my faith. FUN FACT: I was born in Chicago, and
LOVE deep dish pizza. continued on page 40
Josh and Katie Dies CARY MAGAZINE 39
Mónica Linares, left, and Kelly Shatat
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ADVICE TO OFFER: Don’t be afraid to say no. If a great opportunity presents itself but fails to align with your core values, or your business’ identity, say no. Another opportunity will come up.
W. KYLE GREER POSITION: Vice President of Economic De-
velopment at Cary Chamber of Commerce AGE: 36 PROUD OF: Having played a role in bring-
ing more than 4,300 new jobs to Cary, resulting in an investment of over $200 million in the last two years. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: I consider my
reputation to be my most valuable asset, so every day I strive to enhance its value. Also, hard work has never killed anyone! FUN FACT: I’m a really good juggler. ADVICE TO OFFER: Listen more than you
MOSS WITHERS POSITION: Commercial real estate advisor
at NAI Carolantic Realty; founder of VIII Oaks young professionals organization promoting community service; advisory board, Kraft Family YMCA AGE: 32
school I was in the percussion ensemble, regularly playing a marimba with four mallets, two in each hand. One show was entirely performed with the sounds I could create using a push broom.
PROUD OF: That’s easy — being the father
ADVICE TO OFFER: You are who you
of two beautiful little girls! GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: God, family and
community. I would never be where I am without the positive impact of Christ, my family, and many community influences that still shape me on a daily basis. I now do my best to give back to those that have made me who I am. FUN FACT: As a child, I rode in the Cary
Christmas Parade with Mayor Koka Booth for several years … celebrity status! In high 40
surround yourself with. Find something that you are passionate about and get involved. The work you provide will change your community for the better and the relationships you build will assist on a professional level.
MÓNICA LINARES POSITION: Artist and workshop coordinator
at Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery; docent at North Carolina Museum of Art AGE: 43
PROUD OF: Having the honor to raise the two most incredible people in the whole world. Professionally, being part of a wonderful tribe of artists at the Waverly Artists Group and to be one of the Painting Miles founders, our special open studio group. Also, I feel proud every time I connect with artists I admire and get to invite them to teach a workshop in our gallery. Getting to know them and the students is enriching! GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Make meaningful connections, transmit joy, never stop learning, and of course, dream big! FUN FACT: I would love to go to Mount
Everest base camp one day. I will always be a hiker at heart. continued on page 42
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ADVICE TO OFFER: Be clear with what you
want, dream about it, surround yourself with people in tune with you and your dream, work for it ... and be patient. It will happen.
KELLY SHATAT POSITION: Founder, designer and CEO for
Moon and Lola AGE: 44 PROUD OF: Spreading happiness, providing
careers, and making a positive impact on the community. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Feel the fear and
do it anyway. FUN FACT: I love rap music. ADVICE TO OFFER: Follow your instincts and be deliberate in your choices. Trust your gut even when you’re afraid.
JENNIFER MARTIN POSITION: Executive director of Shop Lo-
From left are Becca Smith, Steve Rao and Jennifer Martin.
cal Raleigh, covering all of Wake County/ Greater Raleigh Merchants Association; creator and director of Brewgaloo festival AGE: 36
citizens and received great ideas.
PROUD OF: Brewgaloo! A vision for a small, all-local festival which is now the largest in the state and it’s right here in Wake County! Every year we learn something new, we add something that is bigger than who we are and every year it continues to be a success.
POSITION: Mayor pro tem for Town of
FUN FACT: I was shy and unconfident,
Morrisville; business development manager at Alphanumeric Systems AGE: 45 PROUD OF: Helping to start Hottovation in
largely because I was very sick as a child. I got more confidence through sports, having supportive parents, and was inspired by my late grandfather, Major S.V. Rao. ADVICE TO OFFER: Learn every day from
in college to help pay for my tuition, selling men’s hunting and fishing sample clothing!
Morrisville, which supports the growth of small businesses; helping start an English as a Second Language Class in Morrisville; and developing relationships with federal and state leaders that I believe have positioned us better for transportation and economic investment.
ADVICE TO OFFER: Leadership starts with
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: To meet and learn
POSITION: Director of marketing for Smith
leading by example. Follow this statement and commit to being the best leader you can be.
from people from all walks of life. The best moments during my last two terms have been my office hours; I have met interesting
& Smith CPA; board member and incoming president of Life Experiences; co-chair of Cary Visual Art’s Art Ball
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Keep Him first, do
all things as if I am working for Him, and know He will always guide my path. FUN FACT: I started my own eBay business
others, look for the best in everyone, and no matter what you do, try to make a difference in your community or impact the world in some way.
PROUD OF: Owning my own successful
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Abstain from
PROUD OF: Without a doubt, having a
flexible job, amazing family, and incredible friends that support me. They allow me to be involved in many community service projects and nonprofits, all of which I love so much!
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Always try your
best, give back to your community, and live by the Golden Rule.
negativity. Always hold myself to the highest level of integrity. Volunteer within the community to help those in need. Surround myself with good people.
FUN FACT: I was in Kappa Delta Sorority,
FUN FACT: I spent six years at three univer-
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Be willing to
at East Carolina University.
try new things and ideas, go on different adventures and stay active. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
ADVICE TO OFFER: If you can dream it,
FUN FACT: When I was 17 years old, I had
the opportunity to work in an orphanage and school campus in South Africa as a missionary. It was a life-changing experience.
POSITION: Founder and president of
ADVICE TO OFFER: In all the places you go and all the things you do, ALWAYS be willing to make a new friend!
LAUREN KING POSITION: Owner of Paisley Boutique, with
two Cary locations AGE: 24
you can achieve it.
Whiteboard Creations & Review Primer; board member for Cary MacGregor Rotary Club and The Carying Place AGE: 33 PROUD OF: A few short years after starting
Whiteboard, at age 28, I was student loan and car loan debt free, while also being able to buy my first home. I work hard every single day to accomplish this. I will never forget those feelings of personal success and joy.
sities for one degree which led to zero jobs for my degree. However, I carved my own path and couldn’t be happier every day. ADVICE TO OFFER: Go after anything and everything that makes YOU happy. Ask questions and absorb responses. Take calculated risks. Don’t expect handouts. And maintain a tireless work ethic.
TYLER WATT POSITION: Owner and founder of Phar-
macy Bottle Beverage AGE: 36 PROUD OF: Being a part of bringing on old building back to life in Downtown Cary. continued on page 44
From left are Patrick McCoy, Lauren King and Tyler Watt.
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GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: There is an old
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Colossians 3:23:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Enjoy what you do and where you spend your time.
saying that you have to be in the right place at the right time. Unfortunately you never know when the right time is, so I always put myself in the right place and wait for the right time to occur. FUN FACT: I enjoy watching WWE.
FUN FACT: Prior to opening Pharmacy I
ADVICE TO OFFER: Be patient and
confident. Not many things are achieved overnight. You need to be confident in your ability and have the patience to wait for the result.
ADVICE TO OFFER: Be the change you want to see. Don’t ever give up on your dreams and goals. My dad knew my dream to play baseball and he always told me growing up, “Somewhere someone is practicing; is that person you?”
POSITION: Financial representative for
POSITION: Owner and operator of The
POSITION: Entrepreneur and owner of Ca-
tering By Design, The Spa at Stone Creek, and Maui Wowi
Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial; member of Apex Town Council
Mason Jar Tavern, with two Wake County locations
PROUD OF: My family is my No. 1 ac-
PROUD OF: Providing jobs through our
PROUD OF: Helping my employees to grow
complishment. Also, earning a scholarship to play Division I baseball at UNC-Chapel Hill, and most recently, being elected to the Apex Town Council.
restaurants. As of May 2016, our company has provided 184 jobs in our communities. I love being able to give people a chance to provide for their families and helping
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spent close to a decade in Denver, working in corporate finance. ADVICE TO OFFER: There’s nothing wrong
with being outside your comfort zone if you are chasing a goal.
professionally, and being able to create jobs from my various companies for people I trust. From left are Phillip Lin, Wesley Moyer and Lissy Wood.
FUN FACT: I married my high school sweet-
heart, and I’m a huge Eric Church fan. I also enjoy listening to bluegrass music.
them grow their own business. Also, to be working alongside my beautiful wife, Maggie, the best business partner I could ask for. She’s a full-time engineer by day and helps run the restaurant by night. Our partnership is what makes our dream exciting! GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: My
FUN FACT: I know all the lyrics to “Ice,
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ADVICE TO OFFER: Stay humble. I’m
happy to jump in and help wash dishes, clean toilets, and do whatever it takes to make our business successful. Lead by example and people will follow.
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faith in Christ guides my life and work. I have Jonathan Pierce felt called to open a restaurant and be on mission within the communities we serve.
LISSY WOOD POSITION: Founder and head of school at
Wake Academy; educator AGE: 38 PROUD OF: Opening a school for kids that
meets the needs of gifted children. GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: Always treat
others like you want to be treated. Always try your hardest. Life is not perfect but you have to trust that it all happens for a reason. FUN FACT: I make my own syrup. And,
we have a pet snake. ADVICE TO OFFER: If you never try, you
will never know what could be. If you try, you have nothing to regret later. If you don’t try, you might always wonder what could have been. t
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Roman Alexander entertains Madelyn Bekerman, 6, and her brother Joey, 4, at Sassool restaurant in Raleigh, which hosts Magic Roman every Tuesday. “The adults enjoy being able to have a meal, and the kids are entertained,” says Noelle Scott, the restaurant’s general manager.
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“It’s the thrill of making other people happy; it’s exciting, it’s exhilarating.” — Roman Alexander
t’s a magical night at Sassool, but then every Tuesday night at the restaurant is magical. Roman Alexander, aka Magic Roman, goes from table to table, making objects vanish, guessing cards, bending coins, eliciting gasps and laughter. A roving magician might seem quaint, but the families here are happy to be amazed, and Alexander is happy to oblige. “It’s the thrill of making other people happy; it’s exciting, it’s exhilarating. And to have that influence on someone is powerful,” he said. Alexander, who is from Cary, has been performing at the north Raleigh restaurant for two years, and Noelle Scott, the restaurant’s general manager, says the success of its Tuesday family night has much to do with him. “We wanted to give people a reason to come to family night besides the free kid’s meal,” she said. “Due to him, because he’s awesome, it became such a big thing. There are so many children now, he’s like crowd control, making sure they’re entertained and not running around the store.” Quick thinking needed
Alexander also performs at private parties, awards banquets, trade shows and other business events. An office might be an odd place for a magician to show up, but Alexander says the magic brings people together. He tells of one show where he had to boost morale — quickly. “I’ve done shows at offices where I’ll go from cubicle to cubicle, or I’ll stand in the lunchroom and do magic. So I’m doing that basic show for these employees, but the mood was awful,” he said. It turned out several employees had been laid off that day, and he had to entertain those who were left. “I grabbed the bosses and the team leads, and brought them around with me. I won’t call it making fun, but I had fun with them,” he said. “I made the employees laugh at their bosses, and that made the bosses happy.” Magic also has cross-cultural appeal, and can smooth social interactions, he says. Recently SAS hired Alexander to perform at a meeting with 56
In addition to his area performances, Roman Alexander writes for The Linking Ring, a trade magazine for magicians, and is working on a documentary about life as a magician.
the company’s international partners, many coming from India and China. Although everyone could speak English, it was with varying fluency. “I had to use the miming, the acting, the smiling and the body language to get some of these people to interact,” he said. “I had to work not to bore the people who could speak English, and at the same time, not confuse the guys who may not know what an American coin looks like.” ‘I know how this one’s done’
But sometimes magic can be a tricky business; not everyone likes to be deceived. Confusion is common and occasionally peo-
ple will get angry, Alexander says. And then there are the hecklers. “It’s very common in the magic world for people to say, ‘I know how this one’s done,’” he explained. “There are fun hecklers, silly hecklers. My mom is a sweet heckler. She will say, ‘Hey do the one …’ and she’ll spoil the trick by revealing the end.” The details of his tricks are easily found out thanks to YouTube videos, but the real magic lies in practice and preparation. Alexander’s muscled, calloused hands attest to the hours he spends manipulating cards and coins. “I practice every day, all day, pretty much everywhere I go,” he said. “There are cards in my friends’ cars. I leave cards and
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Dustin Williams, 5, is happy to help Magic Roman with a card trick during a Tuesday “kid’s night” performance at the Raleigh Sassool. The Cary location will host the magician Monday, June 20.
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coins for practicing at restaurants. There are coins, pieces of string and rope, in my car. I practice with paper clips, with rubber bands. It’s a constant, regular practice.” Because the profession demands years of work to gain proficiency, few young magicians are picking up the top hat and trick cards, says Alexander, this despite a common grade-school fascination with magic tricks. Alexander didn’t have Harry Potter to pique his interest, but he did have a talented uncle. Alexander remembers seeing his first trick when he was 6. “My uncle Thomas Marsh took a block of wood, put it in my hand, wrapped his hands around mine — and made it vanish. I opened up my hands and the block of wood was gone,” said Alexander, 46. “To this day, I’m not sure exactly how he did it.” A distastrous beginning?
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“At a talent show in middle school, I did a card trick and a vanishing egg trick,” said Alexander. “They both went miserably, terribly wrong.” At first, everything was fine. He found a volunteer’s card, and made an egg disappear. Then a heckler broke his concentration; his nervous fingers let his props hit the stage, cards scattering, egg breaking, leaving him with a gooey mess and acute embarrassment. But he did hoodwink some of his classmates. “They came to me later, asking ‘How did you make that girl pick the card you said she was going to pick?’ and ‘How did you make the egg vanish?’ I couldn’t believe I’d actually fooled someone.” The horrible performance didn’t deter him; in fact it just egged him on. His delight in actually succeeding made him want to do more magic. More than 30 years later, this delight still fuels his work. “It’s nice to be paid to have fun,” he said. t
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A-Ha Moment WHAT’S YOUR IDEA? WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
ecessity is the mother of invention, so the Greek philosopher Plato reportedly said. But in this modern world, just what does it take to be an inventor?
“I had my a-ha moment in Afghanistan,” said Steven Walther of Cary. A
Green Beret and Special Forces medic, he was tasked with teaching Afghan villagers how to brush their teeth. Many were using a toothbrush for the first time. “They used it like a crowbar,” said Walther, 36, now an operations manager for a pharmaceutical firm. “I wanted to say, through the interpreter, ‘Be gentle!’ Aggressive brushing can cause gum wear, and enamel wear.” Because the myth invent as part of their The inventor mindset that brushing harder jobs in the worlds of involves two things: equals brushing better biotech, medicine exists here at home too, and technology, often Curiosity — I’m always Walther invented the within professional reasking, ‘Is this the best it Toofinger Brush. He search settings. can be?’ and perseverance, says its smaller, wider Others are what to keep going to find a handle, used in a pinch he calls “garage invengrip, generates just 25 tors,” devising updates solution percent of the force of on items like barbecue — Steven Walther a full-handed grip. grills or humidifiers. “The concept is pretty simple. After all, Some license their idea to a company for if you want to pluck your eyebrows you use production, while others see their product a tweezer, not pliers,” Walther said. “Modify- through to market, to maintain control. ing the tool changes everything.” “My favorite part of this job is being the second or third person to hear about an Garage inventors idea,” Passe said. “But most of my clients say, Local patent attorney Jim Passe, of Passé ‘This is my second invention. I didn’t do anyIntellectual Property LLC, says some people continued on page 62
Steven Walther of Cary developed the Toofinger Brush to encourage gentle brushing of the teeth. Because it has a smaller, wider handle, used in a pinch grip, the brush generates just 25 percent of the force of a full-handed grip.
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question is, how do “I The penetrate this very established market with very limited resources, and find opportunities to stand out and gain market traction?
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thing with my first idea, and now I see it all over the market.’” That’s true for Walther; he didn’t get far with his first invention, a hanger with telescopic arms to prevent dimples in shirt shoulders. This time, hands-on is important. After studying the science behind the brushing motion, he made early handle prototypes with a wooden dowel and a Dremel tool, then glued them to existing brush heads. Later versions were created by a 3-D printer at Cary company Touchstone 3D. “You’ve invented something when you’ve solved a problem,” said Passe, who also leads Meetup group the RTP Inventors Guild. “But upping from inventor to product is a different story; not all inventions are sufficient to become a business. “A patent only means you have the right to have no competitors,” he explained. “Only
70 percent of patent applications make it through, (the rate drops significantly for biotech) and it’s a very slow-moving process.” That expensive process begins with a patentability search and the filing of a written application that’s a combination of a legal and scientific paper, Passe says, to obtain patent pending status, followed by input from examiners. “It’s an average of four years from file date to patent,” he said. “But patent protection starts at the file date, and you can license the product while you’re waiting.” Latest development
Walther obtained a provisional patent for the Toofinger Brush, and set up a booth at the North Carolina Dental Society convention to test his wares. “The response was overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “One older dentist (who was skeptical at first) put his hand on my shoul-
der and said, ‘Son, you’ve just reinvented the mousetrap!’ “Then I started calling manufacturers.” Parallel to his inventor’s journey, Walther earned a master of business administration degree that’s helping him with the commercialization of his product. “This is a very mature market,” he said. “I’ve spent the past year and a half working on understanding it, on long-term thinking and business planning. The question is, how do I penetrate this very established market with very limited resources, and find opportunities to stand out and gain market traction? “Until everyone is familiar with it, the onus to communicate the Toofinger message is on me, the entrepreneur.” What about appearing on a national TV show like Shark Tank? “That would be a game changer, an opportunity to communicate the value of the product to a lot of people,” Walther said. “But meanwhile, I’ll keep working.” Currently, the $3.99 Toofinger Brush is available at specific dental offices in our area, or online at toofingerbrush.com. You can even get an online subscription, meaning Walther will mail you a new toothbrush every 90 days, a changeover recommended by dentists. And for each brush purchased, another is donated to North Carolina Missions of Mercy, an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. Walther’s latest development, coming soon to market, is a Toofinger brush with a child-sized bristle head and a tongue scraper. It’s sized so that kids can use it themselves, or parents can brush for them. “The inventor mindset involves two things,” Walther said. “Curiosity — I’m always asking, ‘Is this the best it can be?’ and perseverance, to keep going to find a solution.” t
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Demonstrating Ginger & Lemongrass Shrimp Summer Rolls is Rachael Ray Show regular Fanny Slater, author of Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater. “It’s lighter and fresher than the Chinese style spring roll, in a rice paper wrapper, not fried,” she said, and served with a tropical sauce.
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FANNY SLATER, who grew up in Wake County, is the winner of The Rachael Ray Show’s 2014 Great American Cookbook Competition, a frequent guest on the show and now the author of Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater. Slater lives and works in Wilmington these days, so we grabbed the chance to chat with her during a recent book tour stop in Holly Springs.
Cary Magazine: You were a foodie
long before Tin Foil Surprise (her breakfast sandwich with orange-lavender-fig jam) won you the Rachael Ray competition. What’s the draw? SLATER: I grew up around wonderful homemade food, filled with love. My parents both love to cook; my mom founded (the nationally acclaimed) Rachel’s Brownies back in 1975. Eating has always been an event for us. Even when we go on trips, we get out a pad and pen and plan every meal in advance. So how could I not love food?
Slater’s tips: Cut shrimp into thirds to put a bite in each roll but save the budget. To easily and safely pull the skin off a ginger bulb, pull down on it with the back of a spoon. And use citrusy lemongrass to flavor oil.
My concept for the contest was “tastes like childhood,” and the cookbook is full of updates to my childhood favorites.
is what’s totally unexpected, ingredients you wouldn’t think to use. Every time I walk into the kitchen, I’m experimenting.
How has winning the competition changed your catering business, Fanfare? Catering was my way of doing food and sharing it with people. After Rachael Ray and working on the cookbook, I found a new way to do food. Fanfare has transformed into food writing, restaurant reviews, and recipe development. For example, I work with a small winery in Italy. They send me the wines, I taste them and recipes come to me. I look for how I can put flavors together.
You tweak leftovers into “Flippidy Doos?” Yes! Take advantage of leftovers. You can travel around my book and figure out ways to turn leftovers into something fun, and stretch them into another meal or two. That’s why I’ve included so many sauces.
Your food style is “sophisticated yet approachable.” What does that mean? It’s approachable enough for the home cook, and sophisticated in that it’s out of the box, creative, fun and playful. “Fanny flair”
What are your best kitchen tips? Use the freezer. Grilled chicken is cheaper when you buy it in bulk, so cook it and put three or four quesadillas in the freezer for a quick meal later. You can freeze fruit or veggies too. Two, use simple enhancements like fresh herbs and citrus zest for sprucing up meals. They brighten flavors. You can also mash the herbs with oil. These things up
your cooking skills and make dishes pop. And shrimp tell you when they’re done; they start to curl into a C shape. C means cooked, O means overcooked! The most important thing about cooking is, “Here’s the idea; take it and have fun with it.” The kitchen is a playground, and there are no rules. What’s next for you? The Rachael Ray Show has helped me step up to the next level. I want to expand my recipe development and writing. I have a producer, an agent, a publicist, all these great people, but I have to move myself forward. And when the time is right, I want to have my own food show. I believe it’s waiting for me. Editor’s note: Special thanks to event host the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and event venue Devil’s Ridge Golf Club. CARY MAGAZINE 67
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From Slater’s cookbook, Orange, Lavender & Figs, Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater Serves 4 ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes ¼ cup roughly chopped pistachios
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Balsamic fig syrup, recipe follows Several small fresh mint leaves as a garnish 1 pint lemon sorbet
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the coconut flakes onto a small baking sheet and bake, keeping a very close eye as it burns easily, until lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes. In a dry small skillet, toast the pistachios over medium-low heat, tossing frequently, until lightly golden and very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove the nuts from the pan and transfer to a bowl to stop the cooking process. In four clear, 2-cup coupe glasses or dessert goblets, stack the pineapple, mango, coconut, pistachios, and several of the balsamic-infused figs. Garnish with a light drizzle of the balsamic fig syrup and the mint leaves and then scoop the sorbet over the top. Balsamic Fig Syrup
Makes ¼ cup ½ cup balsamic vinegar ¼ cup stemmed and halved dried black Mission figs (4 to 6 figs)
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Peggy Gibson Carroll and the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation grant wishes to adult cancer patients, through locals’ donations of airline and hotel points, activity tickets, loans of vacation homes and more.
WHAT WOULD you do, if you knew you were running out of time? That’s the premise behind the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, a Cary-based nonprofit that grants wishes to adults battling cancer, while creating memories to live on in their families and friends. “Cancer can be a gift if you allow it to be. It’s a chance to do the things you want to do and say things you want to say. It puts life in perspective,” said Fill Your Bucket List founder Peggy Gibson Carroll. When her own father, Charles “Chuck” Gibson, was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer, Carroll saw her personal and professional lives collide. She’s retired from a career that includes extensive oncology and advocacy experience. “My whole career, I was trying to help patients navigate cancer,” she said. “From that work, I knew we didn’t have much time. I asked Dad to write down his bucket list.” The family marked off each item — game nights, meals together, visits with friends. The day after they finished the list by watching Carroll’s daughter perform with her school marching band, Gibson died. “We did it all, we said it all,” Carroll said. “They were special times.” Since 2014, the foundation has fulfilled the wishes of nearly 20 people, among them James Byers, who died 10 months after his family’s trip to Disney World.
“Cancer can be a gift if you allow it to be. It’s a chance to do the things you want to do and say things you want to say. It puts life in perspective.”
February. The score didn’t go White’s way, but they had a great time. “When somebody tells you you’ve got something that could kill you, and you don’t know how long you have, it’s good to have something to take your mind off what’s happening,” said White. “And if something does happen to me, it was an experience Steven can tell his kids about one day.” Diagnosed with stage four cancer last fall, White is currently undergoing chemo— Peggy Carroll therapy treatments. “So far I’m improving, but I’m not cured yet,” he said. “Cancer puts life in a different light, quick. I’m trying to do as much as I can with, and for, my family. “But watching the game, I wasn’t thinking about cancer. Peggy and Fill Your Bucket List are nothing but a positive in my life — The Fill Your Bucket List Foundation gathers to send James Byers and his family off people who don’t to Disney World. know you but are His wife, Rebecca, says the trip was a there for you, on your side.” “dream vacation.” Carroll says new wish recipients are be“The hardest thing for James was want- ing proposed by their doctors, friends and ing us to be OK without him,” Byers said. family. The foundation recently added its “He was always the provider, working 50 first paid employee and hosted its second and 60 hours a week to make sure we had annual Bucket Bash fundraiser in April. what we needed. “People can help by connecting us “We had always wanted to go to Dis- to those who will donate airline and hotel ney, but finances didn’t allow it. The trip points, activities and gifts in kind,” Carroll meant the world to James. He thoroughly said, “or loan us their vacation home. And enjoyed watching our boys swim with the they can volunteer, as grant directors, on dolphins, and back at home he would just the Bucket Bash committee, or as corporate stare at the pictures. partners. “What Peggy is doing, helping fami“A cancer diagnosis forces us to live life lies, is phenomenal. My job now is to move to the fullest every day. The wishes teach us us forward, to make sure the boys remember that what’s important is spending time with the parts of James he left with us.” the people we love.” James White of Garner is another wish recipient. He and his son, Steven, attended Learn more at fillyourbucketlistfoundathe UNC vs. Duke basketball game this past tion.org.
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“Summer Splash 1,” left, and “Summer Splash 2,” above, by Michael Guin of Morrisville. “Nothing is more exciting for a child than playing in water on a hot day. I was able to capture my grandchildren with that excitement on their faces as they played in the splash pad at the pool.”
Summer Dreams Summertime: What does it mean to you? Ask 10 people and you’ll get 10 different answers. Ask members of Cary Photographic Artists, you’ll get photos. It’s water and sand, sun and shade, but mostly summer is blue skies and time to dream. Special thanks to Barbara Guin of Cary Photographic Artists, who helped choose our collection of summer images, seen on the following pages. The group is open to photographers of all skill levels, offering educational programs and exhibitions including the ninth annual Juried Exhibition coming in late September. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham St. caryphotographicartists.org CARY MAGAZINE 75
“Tobacco Crop,” by Burnette Blakeley of Cary; inspired by traditional North Carolina farming.
“Tree on a Dirt Road,” by James Jay Jillson of Cary. “This photo was taken in the beautiful tree farm area of Northwest North Carolina.”
“Duck Sunset Lady,” by Barbara S. Guin of Morrisville. “I was photographing the sunset along the Duck boardwalk when I noticed a woman reading at the end of the pier. I was inspired by the way we were each enjoying the same beautiful evening in our own way.” 76
“Outer Banks,” by Bobby Nicks of Cary. “This was taken at Corolla, on the Outer Banks. We had been out shooting the wild horses of Corolla most of the day, and we were getting tired. I happened to look over at the sand dunes, and they looked so peaceful and quiet, I just had to take a picture of them.”
“Starfish at Fort Macon Beach,” by Ed Wase of Cary. “OBX Horses,” by J.B. Lawson of Raleigh.
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“Pearson Falls, Saluda, NC,” by Walter C. Ballard of Cary. “I love taking pictures of waterfalls in North Carolina in the western part of the state, in the mountains. Great hiking, great scenery, great pictures to be taken.”
“Vick-Benson Farm Field of Gold,” by Robert Cassanova of Battleboro. “The Vick-Benson Farm is located near the Battleboro community and has been actively farmed since the early 1900s. Scenes and patterns of furrowed fields, crops, rustic buildings and seasonal shifting of light create a visually fascinating panorama. The glow of the afternoon sun on the red barn and golden field of wheat is a visual metaphor for the sacred renewal of farm life.”
“Elizabeth City Sunrise,” by Harry O’Connor of Apex. “We were headed to Currituck to attend a duck decoy festival. We decided to make a weekend of it, staying in Elizabeth City the first night. While my wife slept in, I got up early and went down to a city park, where I photographed the sun rising over the Pasquotank River.”
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Tomato Troubles IDYLLIC IS the tomato harvest of perfectly round fruits
shining in a glow of flawless red. But in the real world of vegetable gardening, bad bugs, diseases and physiological problems can produce less-than-pristine fruits. Listed below are four of the latter disorders and tips on how to deal with them. Blossom end rot. This yucky, dark brownish blotch
on the bottom of an otherwise pretty tomato comes from stress due to extended periods of wet-dry-wet-dry conditions. A 3- to 4-inch mulch and regular watering when the rains don’t come will help stabilize the ground moisture supply and prevent such ugliness from occurring. A shot of calcium will also slow down this problem. Powdered lime is a good source of calcium, but it reacts slowly with the soil. For quicker results, spray tomato leaves with a diluted solution of calcium chloride, which is available at most local garden centers. Sunscald. It first appears as a yellowish, discolored spot on top of a tomato, and then eventually turns the afflicted area about as ugly as a bad case of blossom end rot. True to its name, the cause of this blemish is Ol’ Sol — too much sun. Sunscald usually happens on tomatoes that ripen on the upper branches of plants. With less shade, these fruits easily become overexposed to relentless rays. However, conservative pruning (especially in the top branches) and using a light covering such as cheese cloth over the plants will help prevent the sun from doing such damage to ripening ‘maters. Cracking. This condition is marked by concentric, unappetizing rings circling the stem or vertical splits along the sides of the fruits. It is the result of tomatoes growing too fast and literally bursting out of their skins. This problem usually occurs when a big rain falls after a long dry spell. Too much water too soon becomes too much of a good thing, and it causes the tomatoes to crack. Mulching the plants will help steady the moisture supply, and watering regularly during dry spells will also prevent this disorder. Catfacing. Have any disfigured or deeply scarred tomatoes? They are probably the victims of catfacing, so named because, with a lot of imagination, you can sometimes see cat faces formed by the odd shapes. This problem starts early in the development of fruit. Cool weather can 80
Too much sun or not enough water can yield disappointing tomatoes.
cause abnormal growth in young tomatoes that magnifies as they get bigger, meaning early spring plantings are usually more susceptible to catfacing. So, if your first crop of tomatoes show signs of this weirdness, don’t worry — any fruit that follow should be free of this disorder as temperatures rise during the growing season. 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 email@example.com.
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magic to the backyard pond by dropping in a few tropical water lilies. Don’t forget to add specialized water garden fertilizer tablets to each of the plants’ pot, as these heavy-feeders need the extra nutrients for the best flower shows. • Pinched tomato suckers can produce this fall’s tomato crop. Place each sucker in a 2- to 3-inch container of potting soil and keep them moist in a lightly shaded spot. The suckers will quickly root and be ready to plant when you prepare your midsummer vegetable garden. • To encourage extended harvests, lightly side-dress fertilizer around any established vegetables that have begun to set crops.
July • When irrigating plants, water thoroughly and deeply to encourage roots to penetrate down, down, down into the soil. Plants with shallow roots are more susceptible to stress during the hottest and driest times of the summer. • Herbs are usually at their harvesting best just before flowering when they contain the maximum in essential oils. Pick herbs early in the morning before the sun heats the plants and reduces the concentration of oil in the leaves. • Houseplants vacationing outside should be watched for signs of bad bug mischief. Egg-laying could mean an infestation once the plants are brought back inside in the fall. Wiping the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth will help
TIMELY TIP Who says it’s too early for Halloween? Pumpkin seeds started by the middle of June outdoors should mature into hauntingly handsome jack-o-lanterns just in time for October’s spookfest. Grow pumpkin plants in well-worked, heavily amended soil in a sunny location, and water them thoroughly when the rains don’t come. Keep the vines thickly mulched with compost, and add either a commercial timerelease fertilizer at planting time or a diluted natural fertilizer such as fish emulsion or compost tea at least every three to four weeks. For more symmetrical shapes, gently shift the bases of pumpkins’ contact with the ground once a week. Want to go big, big, BIG? For bragging-size pumpkins, after the plants set fruit, reduce the number of pumpkins to only two or three per vine.
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degree in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University, graduated from
was named a finalist in “The Modern Landscape: Black
Art in Winston-Salem, and the Modern Automotive auto group. The competition celebrates the beauty of the American landscape, as exemplified by the work of artist-photographer Ansel Adams. The exhibition “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” will be on view at Reynolda House through July 17. reynoldahouse.org
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recently, Andrews served as a commander in
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happenings SCORE, a national nonprofit dedicated to mentoring small business owners, has named skin care
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of The American Small Business Championship, made possible by a $595,000 grant from Sam’s Club. Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines’ robotics team, the
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Ky’ Lockhart, is one of 102 small business
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winners nationwide, and is now eligible
period, the team conceptualized, designed, built and programmed their robot, which is
to receive the $25,000 grand prize at
adorned with Girl Scout Cookie boxes. The team also designed a T-shirt and hot pink hard hats to round out the aesthetics. Pictured from left are Gadget Girls team members Raven Davis, Amanda Lugo, Vera Gettinger, Julianna Serpe, Alex Settle and Tiffany Miner.
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