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Inn & Country Club, which sits on a 35-acre private mountain lake in Cashiers, N.C. See more of western North Carolina’s Jackson County in Jonathan Fredin’s photo essay, on page 30.


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In the January/February article “Best Nonprofits: How to help your Maggy winners,” the amount of money the V Foundation has awarded for cancer research grants was misstated. Since its inception, the nonprofit has funded more than $200 million in grants. In 2017, the V Foundation awarded $24 million in cancer research grants. ON THE COVER: Taking a plunge on the rapids of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County is one of the many reasons to visit this western North Carolina region. Experience the mountains and towns in Jonathan Fredin’s

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DESPITE MY LONGSTANDING love of hiking, I am no outdoorswoman. My camping adventures are usually interesting — to say the least. But the most exciting trip I’ve been on centers around an event I don’t remember. Newly married, my husband and I agreed to go camping with another couple and their young son in the Georgia mountains. Our friends were experienced campers and even loaned us a tent for the weekend. We spent a great first day, hiking some and enjoying a delicious supper cooked over a campfire. Eventually we said goodnight and retreated to our separate tents. Sometime in the night, my husband was awakened by a rustling and rattling outside. There was just enough ambient light for him to see two shadows passing our tent — one large, one smaller following behind. A momma bear and her cub were walking within a few feet of us, heading to the campground’s trash bins. Terrified, my husband quickly moved to zip up the tent flap, saying later, “As if that piece of cloth would stop a bear!” Shouts and banging from park rangers trying to scare off the hungry bears roused me from my peaceful slumber. It vaguely registered that my husband was awake, and trusting that he would handle whatever was going on, I went back to sleep. As I later found out, my husband and the other woman in our group stayed awake for hours that night, watching the bears’ shadows move back and forth as the animals rummaged for food. When morning came our only casualty was a box of powdered sugar doughnuts, accidentally left on the hood of our car. My husband still tells that story, amazed at my ability to sleep through the whole ordeal. The way I see it, sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you, and sometimes you sleep through the whole thing. Here’s to the great outdoors and the stories we tell!

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Rolling Stone magazine describes singer-songwriter MICHELLE MALONE as “raucous and jubilant — somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne.” Informed by blues, roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll and Georgia soul, Malone performs at the Cary Theater. March 9, 8 p.m. $20. 122 East Chatham St., Cary. evening-michelle-malone/

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Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of fairies, woodland mischief and unlikely love gets a modern spin as Theatre Raleigh presents “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.” This adaptation is especially for viewers fifth grade and older, but all ages are welcome. March 2-18, 6 p.m., 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. $10-15. 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

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Among the highlights in Washington is the North Carolina Estuarium, top, an interactive environmental center that explains the importance of estuaries and coastal rivers. Visit the beautiful waterfront and the town’s historic architecture including Havens Mill, right, circa late 1800s, which operated a grain bank for farmers, and beginning in the 1930s, ground corn into grits and other products.


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Stop here for history, ecology and small-town charm

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AKA Little Washington To distinguish the town from Washington D.C., North Carolina’s Washington garnered the nickname “Little” Washington.


the most important body of water you’ve probably never heard of — the estuary where the freshwater Pamlico and Tar rivers meet the salty North Carolina sounds. Rising up from the banks of these rivers is the historic town of Washington, N.C. Nearly a straight drive east of the Triangle, it’s a perfect destination for a quick getaway. Washington owes much of its vibrant past and bright future to the dynamic waterway. So the town is a fitting location for the North Carolina continued on page 22


Russ Chesson, Estuarium programming specialist, lifts a yellow-bellied slider turtle from an estuary tank at the center.

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A self-guided walking tour through the historic district passes the Myers House, circa 1780, which is the oldest building in Washington. The adjacent Marsh House bears the wounds of the Civil War — a cannonball is lodged in its upper right facade.

What is an estuary? Estuaries form where rivers meet the sea. Estuaries are home to unique plant and animal communities that have adapted to brackish water — when fresh water from rivers and streams mixes with salty seawater. Estuaries are among the most productive ecosystems in the world — 90 percent of N.C. seafood species spend some part of their lives there.


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Estuarium, a combination museum and aquarium that describes the role of estuaries and coastal rivers. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Estuarium welcomes nearly 17,000 guests annually. Tours begin in the lobby with a massive mixed-media sculpture created by local artist Whiting Toler. Visitors can experience more than 200 exhibits including hands-on interactive displays and aquariums containing crabs, turtles, alligators and other creatures. “The estuary is bigger ecologically and culturally than many people know,” said Russ Chesson, the Estuarium’s operations and programming specialist. “Eighty percent of everything in the ocean is either born in, eats from or spends part of its life in the estuary. “North Carolina’s estuary is the second largest in the continental U.S. and acts as a nursery to the ocean,” he continued. The Estuarium also offers pontoon boat

tours of the Pamlico-Tar River from April through October. Tours are free, but advance reservations are required. Across the street from the Estuarium, the town’s Visitor’s Center is the beginning of a self-guided walking tour of the downtown historic district, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1776, the town was the first in the country to be named in honor of George Washington, thus earning the name “Original Washington” as it’s known by locals. Washington contains more than 35 notable structures including churches, homes and commercial buildings dating from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Be sure to take note of the oldest building in Washington, the Myers House, built in 1780, and the adjacent Marsh House, built 15 years later. The latter has a cannonball lodged in its front facade — a remnant of the Civil War. continued on page 24

Washington is an easy retreat from the hectic Monday-through-Friday world we live in. The authenticity of the historic buildings and the picturesque setting on the Pamlico River are a nice backdrop for whatever leisure activity you choose. You can be as active or passive as you choose to be here; that is part of the draw.

– Lynn Wingate Davis, Washington Tourism Development Director

Sample Itinerary 8 a.m. Depart Cary 10 a.m. Arrive at Washington Visitor Center Pick up the Historic Washington Walking Tour brochure and meander the downtown streets, exploring landmarks. Grab lunch at Rachel K’s Bakery (scratch-made pastries and sandwiches) or Bill’s Hot Dogs (a Washington landmark since 1928) as you pass by. 12:30 p.m. Visit the North Carolina Estuarium. Tour the exhibit rooms, local art on display and gift shop. Take the 1:30 p.m. River Roving Educational Tour (April-October, reservations required). 2:30 p.m. Stroll along the river walk, stop at the boutiques and antique stores in the historic district, or visit Havens Gardens park and playground. 5 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail and a dozen oysters (raw, steamed or char-grilled) on the patio at On The Waterfront. 6 p.m. Dinner at The Bank Bistro & Bar before heading home.

Want more? Stay the night at Pamlico House, Elmwood 1820 or another of the area bed and breakfasts. Spend the next morning hiking, boating and swimming around Goose Creek State Park.

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The Bank Bistro & Bar operates out of a former bank built in 1850.

Children and parents will love the state-of-the-art playground and greenspace on the Pamlico River at Havens Gardens.


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A short drive down Main Street leads visitors to Havens Gardens, a must-see if you’re visiting with kids. The park features a large playground and greenspace, picnic shelters and a small pier. Situated on the water’s edge, the location offers beautiful views and a welcome respite for lively children. Washington’s historic downtown offers a variety of dining options, from a casual hot dog joint to a fine-dining bistro. On the Waterfront Restaurant and Bar occupies a prime location in central downtown overlooking the river. “It’s one of the only buildings on the water,” said owner Ross Dunn. “You can’t beat the location.” Grab a coveted seat on the patio for lunch or dinner, and order the signature Billy’s Famous Char-Grilled Oysters, the restaurant’s twist on oysters Rockefeller, or the newly debuted Pimento Cheese Char-Grilled Oysters. Other favorites are shrimp and grits and the daily fresh catch, sourced locally whenever possible. Draft beers are local too, from nearby Greenville’s Uptown Brewery. “This is a really good community to be in,” said Dunn. Foot traffic from the river walk and the adjacent Festival Park, as well as boaters parking at the community river docks, drive patrons to the restaurant and into the downtown shops, he says. Two blocks inland you’ll find The Bank Bistro & Bar, an upscale dining establishment housed in the old Bank of Washington building.

FAR LEFT: Roger Meyland, co-owner of The Bank Bistro & Bar, keeps the liquor and wine selections in the bank’s old vault. LEFT: Char-grilled oysters are a signature offering at On the Waterfront Restaurant and Bar.

Upcoming Events Washington Area Historic Foundation Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens April 14 Tour Washington’s downtown historic homes and gardens. Cinco de Mayo Cruise on the Belle of Washington May 5 Enjoy the beauty of the Pamlico River during a lunch or dinner cruise. Washington Summer Festival June 8-9 Street fair, live music, fireworks, family entertainment and more

Soaring ceilings and a black-and-white interior lend a sophisticated ambiance, and don’t miss the abundant liquor and wine selection on display in the bank’s old vault. “The building was built in 1850 as a bank and operated until 1970,” said Roger Meyland, who owns The Bank Bistro with his wife Joan. The menu features Southern twists on traditional classics with a local flair, says Meyland. The Beekeeper’s Salmon is finished with local honey, and tomato pie is made with locally grown tomatoes. Meyland was drawn to Washington by its affordable property values. Over the years he has purchased and renovated several buildings in the downtown district. He’s seen the town develop its dining and art scene and feels there’s potential for more. “Washington is on the verge of breaking loose and becoming a place people really think about coming to,” he said. “For such a small area, there is a lot of hidden talent here.” continued on page 26


A boardwalk leads visitors through a cypress swamp to the open waters of the Pamlico River at Goose Creek State Park, containing eight miles of trails through live oak forests and along the creeks and wetlands of the Pamlico.

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Washington has long recognized the importance of preservation. Now we are sharing the stories and experiences of the past at attractions like the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum and the N.C. Estuarium. We want to share

our rich history, because the stories are worth telling.

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Catherine Glover, executive director of the WashingtonBeaufort County Chamber of Commerce, agrees. “Washington has become a great place to be an entrepreneur and live a dream,” she said. “We have great projects on the horizon, and we continue to grow with both residents and businesses.” Among the area’s hidden gems is Goose Creek State Park, about a 20-minute drive from downtown. The 1,600-acre park contains hiking trails, a campground, picnic areas, an education center, a swimming beach and boating access. Easy hiking trails wind through the wooded marshes and along creeks, offering glimpses of waterfowl, deer and native plants. Boat rentals are not available on site, so bring Getting there your own or rent from From Cary Washington’s Inner Banks Take I-40 E toward Greenville Outfitters. Keep left to continue on I-440 W, follow signs for West I-440/East 64/ With the rich and Rocky Mount thriving sea on one side Exit to take US-64 E/US-264 E and the deeply-rooted toward Rocky Mt/Wilson community on the other, a Follow US-264 all the way into Washington visit to Washington holds Turn right on N. Market Street something for history and follow until you reach the buffs, nature-seekers and Visitor’s Center active families alike. t

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FISHING FOR a way to cut your tether to technology? Leave the phone and the email behind, and embrace nature’s majesty in western North Carolina. The roar of a cascading waterfall, the view from a mountain summit, or a nostalgic journey through picturesque towns can rejuvenate the soul and refresh the spirit. Located in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty. Home to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, the county boasts 4,600 miles of streams. Outdoor enthusiasts can also find rafting, hiking, camping, golfing and skiing within a few miles of each other. Visitors can experience the charm of friendly mountain towns such as Sylva, Dillsboro and Cashiers. Their rich Appalachian traditions are on display at art exhibits and craft fairs. Other cultural attractions include seasonal festivals, outdoor concerts, fine dining and boutique shopping. Only 50 miles from Asheville and just hours from Cary, Jackson County offers city-dwellers a convenient escape to the mountains — and a convenient excuse to disconnect and relax.


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The lure of trout baits fly fisherman Tim Morrow of La Grange, N.C., who casts at Schoolhouse Falls near Cashiers. The area, Panthertown Valley, is home to breathtaking mountain vistas, world-class trout streams, eight major waterfalls, 30 miles of hiking trails and 6,300 acres of Nantahala National Forest wilderness.


ABOVE: Sylva is known for its eclectic restaurants, breweries, shops and the historic Jackson County Courthouse, which was constructed in 1914 on a hill at the end of Main Street. The remodeled building now serves as the county’s public library complex. Visitors can climb the 107 steps to the front entrance or drive to the top in order to see the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. RIGHT: Friends and families gather to dance and enjoy live music at Concerts on the Creek, a free music series held every Friday night, Memorial Day through Labor Day, at Bridge Park in Sylva.


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A statue of a Confederate soldier overlooks Sylva’s Main Street. The downtown was the backdrop for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a 2017 film starring Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand.

ABOVE: The checkered floor and antique bar stools of a bygone era are part of the charm that brings patrons to Guadalupe Café in downtown Sylva. Formerly a drug store, this farm-to-table eatery serves Caribbean-inspired cuisine, wines from Spain and Latin America, and craft beers from across the nation and right down the street. LEFT: Shrimp, crab and ricotta-spinach dip with basil-garlic crackers tempt the palate at The Library Kitchen and Bar in Sapphire Valley, an hour’s drive from Sylva. The upscale restaurant serves locally-sourced meals that are influenced by flavors and cooking techniques from around the world.


An old-fashioned gas pump in front of the log cabin of Haywood Smokehouse in Dillsboro harkens to Jackson County’s past. Traditional Southern meals are served up at Haywood.

ABOVE: A hike at Waterrock Knob is fairly steep and challenging, but the panoramic view at the top is breathtaking. At 6,292 feet, Waterrock Knob is the second highest summit in Jackson County and is the pinnacle of the Plott Balsam range. With views of Maggie Valley, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Plott Balsams, the spot is a popular destination for tourists and amateur hikers. RIGHT: Atlanta resident Dayvee Sutton poses with some llamas at the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, where guests of all ages can hike with a pack of llamas on a mountain lake trail.

The Cowee Quilters of Franklin, N.C., from left, Cathy Bisdiof, Gail Osborne and Frankabelle Scuggs, share their love of quilting and socializing at the Mountain Artisans Fine Art & Craft Show at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.. 34

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Siblings Trey and Leah Francisco (ages 6 and 4) of Walhalla, S.C., play in a swimming hole at Silver Run Falls, just south of Cashiers.

ABOVE: The view from the High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers includes the picturesque Rock Mountain and Hampton Lake. Opened in 1922, the historic inn offers mountain golf, tennis, spa services, hiking and a 35-acre private mountain lake for swimming, boating and fishing. LEFT: Ernest and Elizabeth Edgar of Auburn, Ala., celebrate their 53rd anniversary dinner at the High Hampton Inn — the same place they celebrated their honeymoon in 1964. The Edgars say little has changed at the inn in all of those years, including the Southern hospitality and three buffet-style meals a day. “They used to require that you wear a tie to dinner,” Ernest says. “But you know times have changed some.”


ABOVE: Sylva local Don Turton enjoys a pint on a covered patio overlooking Scott Creek at Innovation Brewing. Sylva’s Main Street hosts four breweries in an easily walkable, scenic one-mile stretch called the Ale Trail. RIGHT: Bartender Kevin Morden pours a pint at Innovation Brewing, a local hangout in downtown Sylva known for its 30-plus hand-crafted ales, live weekend music and on-premises food truck.

Jackson County is home to a thriving arts community, especially pottery. A bear jug by Bob Withrow of Brasstown, N.C., takes center stage during Pots on the Green. The two-day festival in June is one of 80 events held annually at the Village Green, a 13-acre park in Cashiers. In November, nearby Dillsboro hosts the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival.


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When you go • Jackson County’s official website. • High Hampton Inn. 1525 Highway 107 S., Cashiers, (800) 334-2551, Dustin Williams, with Smoky Mountain River Adventures, carries an inflatable kayak at the popular whitewater rafting and kayaking company in Whittier, N.C. The outfit offers a variety of rafting trips for beginning and intermediate paddlers on the Tuckaseegee River.

• Best Western Plus River Escape Inn and Suites. 248 WBI Drive, Dillsboro, (828) 586-6060, hotels/best-western-plus-riverescape-inn-and-suites • AB's Fly Fishing Guide Service. (828) 226-3833, • Smoky Mountain River Adventures. 5036 Highway 74, Whittier, (888) 785-2662, • Haywood Smokehouse. 403 Haywood Road, Dillsboro, (828) 631-9797,

With its teeming populations of rainbow, brook and brown trout, Jackson County is a world-class fishing destination and the home of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, a map of 15 prime spots to reel in trout. First-time fly fishers can take guided tours on the well-stocked waters of the Tuckasegee River with guides like Alex Bell, right, owner of AB’s Fly Fishing Guide Service.

Kayakers navigate the rapids of the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro. Several local outfitters provide family-friendly whitewater rafting, canoeing and tubing on the Class II rapids of the “Tuck,” as locals fondly call it.

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To get the most out of a big trip, experts say to start early and make a list.

Camping Resources — Start here to research parks, activities and amenities. — Stake out a spot up to 11 months in advance. — Joe Miller writes about hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities. Sign up for his camping classes at Source: Joe Miller,


ravel has become so easy, a vacation can be planned with a few clicks, a hotel reservation and a plane ticket. But some adventures still require advance planning — up to a year before you expect to leave. Whether they require special equipment, precise scheduling or official paperwork, these complex trips are often oncein-a-lifetime expeditions, and the memories created more than make up for the hassle. But where to start? To set you on the right path, we asked three veteran travelers to share their expertise and their checklists. Outdoor adventure

All the gear and gadgetry at the local outdoor store can be mind-boggling for a novice camper, so Triangle-based outdoor writer and outfitter Joe Miller suggests starting with a tent and maybe a camp stove. “One of the great things about car camping is so much of what you need, you already have,” said Miller. “For sleeping you can bring a bunch of blankets — maybe you’ve got an inflatable mattress.” continued on page 42


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Joe Miller is a veteran camper, but he still uses a list, especially for backpacking trips. Depending on how much food he carries, this gear will last him up to six days on the trail. “I use the list first to pull everything,” he says, “then when I put it in the pack, I check it off again — just to make sure it went into the pack.”


Disney Resources — This official site has park hours, ticket information, restaurant menus, photos of hotel rooms and which rides are scheduled for maintenance. — For $15 a year, this site will provide data-based crowd predictions. Subscribers can also build itineraries there. — This site has in-depth hotel reviews, planning tips and trip reports. — On this message board, Disney park regulars offer advice and answer questions. Source: Valerie Marino,

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Writer Valerie Marino visited Disneyland in July, peak season for visiting the Mouse. Other than January, she says there are few slow times at the theme parks. “Disney has done a really great job of having all these festivals and events to entice people to the park during the off season.”


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Folks might not need to buy much, but it pays to create a checklist of equipment and supplies. At the camping class he leads, Miller provides students with a starter checklist. Never leave the essentials of what you need to memory, he says. A successful outdoor trip also depends on research, and a good place to begin is the North Carolina state park websites, which describe activities, campsites, amenities and often include reviews. Nearby attractions can also inform where you want to camp. State park campsite reservations open Jan. 2, and can be made up to 11 months in advance. By making your reservations early, “you get the peace of mind knowing you’re going to have that spot, and you’re getting a good spot,” said Miller. Being together as a family — and away from the distractions of technology — makes camping especially good for making memories, he says. People forget the annoying things and remember the fun times.

“With camping there can be some inconveniences, but you’ll have those highlight moments, especially if you’re a family and you’ve got kids.” Disney travel

Disney World bills itself as the place where memories are made, but to make the most of your trip, first-time visitors should start planning 12 months out, says Valerie Marino, a Durham writer who specializes in Disney travel. Research is vital, but travelers should also come to grips with how much a Disney trip will cost and start setting money aside. “I found my dad’s scratch notes from our big Disney trip we did in 1993 when I was a kid,” said Marino. “It was $1,500 for an entire week at Disney and Universal, including the hotel. You’ll spend that on a long weekend for two adults now.” It also pays to have a framework itinerary, starting with where to sleep, where to eat and which parks will be visited on which days.

“The generation who went to Disney when they were kids is now planning trips for their children, and it’s a whole new ballgame.” — Valerie Marino “If you don’t have your hotel booked within six months of your trip, you’re going to miss out on some of those really in-demand restaurants. You’re going to be stuck eating dinner at 9:30 at night with your 3-year-old, or not going at all,” said Marino, explaining that guests at Disney resorts get first crack at restaurant reservations. Roughly 60 days out, hotel guests can also book Fast Passes — ride time reservations that allow you to avoid long lines at popular rides.

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“If you have a basic idea of where you’re going to be, what rides you’re going to go on, and where you’re going to eat dinner, there’s less chance you’re going to be standing in the middle of a crowd in front of Cinderella’s Castle bickering over what to do next,” said Marino. Many websites have planning tips, including, but for those short of time or patience, a Disney-certified travel agent is worth considering. continued on page 44

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“Attitude for the little stuff — trip insurance for the big stuff.” — Kati Knowland

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“The generation who went to Disney when they were kids is now planning trips for their children, and it’s a whole new ballgame,” said Marino. “There are a lot of nuances that can make it seem overwhelming. “There’s no shame in hiring a travel agent.” International travel

Kati Knowland, owner of Mosaic World Travel, says international trips aren’t necessarily difficult to plan — it all depends on the destination. An all-inclusive trip to a resort can be pulled together fairly quickly if you have a valid passport, she says. But she recommends at least six months for “a complicated, detailed, once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list trip.” Knowland has some general guidelines 44

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for traveling internationally (see box at right), but says researching your destination and planning accordingly will ensure a successful trip. It also helps to have realistic expectations and an open-minded attitude when you are in another country. “You’re going to be put into situations where you won’t know what to expect or know what’s going on,” she said. “Go with the flow, be a little Zen about the whole experience, and realize that seeing something unusual and being uncomfortable is part of the experience. And it will make a great story later.” That said, Knowland advises getting insurance for that trip of a lifetime, because a lot of things can go wrong, and it’s good to have a back-up plan. “Attitude for the little stuff — trip insurance for the big stuff,” she said. t

Passport: Make sure your passport is current. Some countries require your passport be valid for six months after your trip ends. Applying for a new passport can take four to six weeks; renewing one can take two to six weeks. Credit cards: Tell your bank where you are headed and when. “If you are in Guatemala, and you are trying to use your credit card, and they don’t expect you to be in Guatemala they will put a hold on your card,” said Knowland. “And being in a country where cell service might be spotty, trying to contact your bank can be tricky.” Spread the word: Share travel plans with friends and relatives. If the whole family is going, give neighbors your flight numbers and contact information. Cell Phones: Find out if your phone will work at your destination. Sometimes by upgrading your plan, you can add countries to your service area. “Make sure you don’t just willy-nilly use your phone without any idea of what charges you are incurring. You could come home to quite a bill if you’re not careful,” she said. Other communications: Knowland suggests using WhatsApp ( or another internet-based communication service when traveling. The application allows users to text or make calls over Wi-Fi. Vaccines: The CDC website ( can tell you what is required depending on the destination. It also is worth visiting a doctor who has experience with travel vaccines. Luggage: Invest in a baggage scale to avoid having to leave belongings behind or incurring a fee because your suitcases are too heavy. Source: Kati Knowland, Download her entire list of travel tips at

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Warm weather is just around the corner, and so is your perfect summer vacation. March winds may not have you thinking of flip-flops and sand castles, but it’s the perfect time to plan your trip. What’s on your travel agenda? A decadent dinner at dockside? Flea-market finds and antiques? Historic sites and paddle-boat tours? Or unplugged days of sun and surf? Whether you’re after adventure or relaxation, lots of choices are just a few hours’ drive away. Turn the page for some ideas to achieve the perfect summer!

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Bald Head Island NORTH Visit Bald Head Island June 1-3, 2018, to experience “North Carolina Treasures Weekend” hosted by the Old Baldy Foundation. Savor a special “whole hog” dinner, sip on fine wine, craft beer and spirits made in the state, and enjoy live music and great dining all weekend long. Learn more about the weekend and other special events on the island at


Just two miles off the southern coast of N.C., Bald Head Island offers a true change of pace. You’ll leave your car on the mainland and travel to the island’s shores by a 20-minute ferry ride, making for a natural transition to “island time.” Once you arrive, an easygoing, summer state of mind rules the day — no matter what season it happens to be. As your pace slows to that of an electric golf cart, bicycle or your own two feet, you’ll have a chance to take in the surroundings — quiet beaches, lush forest, winding creeks and idyllic streetscapes. In short order, you’ll discover why this cape island is so sought after as a vacation destination and second home getaway. Fourteen uninterrupted, uncrowded miles of beaches offer the perfect place to stroll, shell, swim, wade or just watch the waves roll in to your heart’s content. Or, if hanging out at a pool is more your speed, two different clubhouses offer pools with spectacular ocean views. The ways to explore the

island are endless. Pedal along the island’s car-free wynds. Kayak through winding creeks. Hike a maritime forest trail. Cast a line in hopes of landing dinner. Play the Bald Head Island Club golf course, one of the best in the Carolinas. Climb Old Baldy Lighthouse, which just celebrated its 200th birthday. Explore wildlife with the Bald Head Island Conservancy. Make sure to set aside time to relax at the island’s day spa. Vacation rentals are available along the beach, fronting the marsh, tucked within the forest or surrounding the island’s 10-acre marina. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cottage for a couple’s

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Edenton In April when Historic Edenton blooms, we invite you to celebrate spring as you stroll through the outdoor splendor of the “South’s prettiest small town.” Enter private gardens opened just for you, and see artists capturing the beauty of spring. Save the date for Easels in the Gardens, April 20 & 21, 2018, and be our guests!


CAROLINA Friday, April 20 from 7–10 p.m., join us in Downtown Edenton and Boogie on Broad with the Catalinas Band. Enjoy our local restaurants and food trucks as we celebrate NC Craft Beer Month. This is a free, family-friendly event. For additional information on this exceptional Edenton Weekend, or (800)775-0111. To order tickets call (252)-482-7800 or online at

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Onslow County NORTH Onslow is one of North Carolina’s oldest counties and is situated along the coast just 60 miles north of Wilmington ...a place where nature’s been kind, the past truly fascinating and the present a source of continuing pride. While here, you can catch a ride on an ocean wave where pirates used to roam, paddle a wilderness river as Native Americans did 500 years ago, see newly hatched baby sea turtles start their life’s journey to the sea, explore historic sights and museums and take pride in our U.S. Marine Corps and the largest Marine Expeditionary Force in the world assembled at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River.


Feel your patriotic spirit

As the Home of U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, and the Marine Corps Air Station, the City of Jacksonville in Onslow County inspires the feeling of patriotism unlike any other coastal community you’ll find. Lejeune Memorial Gardens is a gorgeous, quiet and introspective landmark nestled amidst a plethora of beautiful North Carolina pines and is dotted with azaleas that bloom with amazing color in the springtime. Here you will find several awe-inspiring memorials that honor our veterans. Find your country

In addition to North Topsail Beach and our inner coastal waterways, Onslow County has a beautiful rural landscape. Mike’s Farm is a great place to enjoy a family-style dinner with some of the best home cooking in eastern North Carolina. The farm also has a gift shop and a phenomenal bakery. Just a bit further down the

road is Huffman Vineyards, a local winery with a large and open tasting room and an outdoor seating area to enjoy wine tastings from more than 21 varieties. For some more local flavor, Walton’s Distillery is bringing back the age-old tradition of making whiskey and moonshine. Visitors enjoy tastings and tours at this small batch distillery, delighting in flavors like apple pie, pina colada and salted caramel. Be inspired by beauty

Situated at the mouth of the White Oak River is the quaint and historic town of Swansboro. Visitors enjoy shopping and dining at a

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variety of gift shops and restaurants at over 40 unique locations. Between April and October, Swansboro’s Hammocks Beach State Park offers a 40-minute round trip ferry ride to Bear Island to revel in peaceful walks along the white sandy beaches, as well as camping and shelling. From the docks at downtown Swansboro, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Lady Swan. How would you like to find your country? Visit for more information about planning a unique getaway that inspires patriotism and a sense of freedom.


Kinston NORTH Kinston is experiencing a renaissance! Energized by the recent tourism boom, Kinston is bustling with activities of all kinds: Restaurants, entertainment, history, arts and sports. There’s plenty to see and do! Family-friendly attractions promise fun for all ages, and our dining spots attract travelers from all over. Experience Kinston’s small-town charm and its national renown!


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Savor Kinston’s culinary scene from eastern North Carolina barbecue and down-home favorites to innovative dishes prepared by local chefs inspired by the area’s agricultural bounty. Natural meats and fresh produce have been served up by area farmers for generations, and the farm-to-table tradition benefits all of Kinston’s barbecue joints, oyster bars, pizzerias and pubs. James Beard award-winning chef Vivian Howard showcases this heritage at her restaurant, The Chef and the Farmer, featured in the popular PBS program “A Chef’s Life.” In the mood for a beverage? Take a tour and wet your whistle at Mother Earth Brewery, Mother Earth Spirits or Social House Vodka — all in downtown Kinston. Enjoy small-town shopping at a leisurely pace. Downtown has locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, consignment stores, antique vendors and even an oldfashioned general store. Visitors curious about Kinston’s past can visit the CSS Neuse

Civil War Interpretive Center, which houses a Confederate ironclad gunboat. You can learn about North Carolina’s first governor at the Gov. Caswell Memorial, and see 19thcentury fire engines at the Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum. Baseball fans of all ages will enjoy a visit to Grainger Stadium to see the Down East Wood Ducks. Kinston welcomed the minor league team in 2017, and the Ducks ended their first season by taking home the Carolina League co-championship. Kinston is the hub for the African American Music Trail in eastern North Carolina. The Kinston Music Park is a celebration of jazz, R&B, funk, gospel and rap.

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Stroll down to Blount Street – the “Avenue of the Arts” – and discover Kinston’s Arts and Cultural District. Here you will find brightly painted Victorian cottages, bungalows and fine historic homes. The newly created SmART District is transforming abandoned historic buildings and homes into studios, lofts and apartments where artists live, produce and sell their art. The delicious farm-to-fork dinners, the quaint downtown shops, the vibrant art scene and many more attractions will keep visitors coming back to Kinston. Visit our website, or call us at (252) 527-1131.

Little Washington NORTH Little Washington, North Carolina, was the first city in America to be named for General George Washington. Even today, it is still referred to as the “Original Washington” by many. This bustling waterfront city combines Southern charm and beautiful natural settings, creating one of the “coolest small towns in America,” according to Budget Travel. From miles of waterway trails and the country’s first Estuarium, to restaurants and art galleries, Little Washington has a little bit of everything.


Founded in 1776, this historical gem is nestled in eastern North Carolina along the PamlicoTar River. The beloved waterfront is one of the most popular gathering spots in town, taking on a life of its own during annual festivals, local events and holidays. Stately homes and lovely gardens dot the city’s landscape, and the vintage commercial buildings of Main Street are highlighted by ornate brickwork, a hallmark of the historical downtown. More than 300 miles of mapped paddle trails invite visitors to explore the small creeks and tributaries of the Pamlico River by way of kayaks or standup paddleboards. Other outdoor adventures await in Little Washington, including fishing, camping, hiking and boating. The city is home to the North Carolina Estuarium, the first estuarium in the world and currently the only one in the state. With over 200 exhibits, the Estuarium is dedicated to educating visitors about the unique ecosystem of eastern

North Carolina’s estuaries and its impact on local culture. Little Washington has a thriving arts and entertainment scene. Works of art by regional artists, independent art galleries and exhibits line the streets of downtown. Many local restaurants feature live music during the weekends, and The Arts of the Pamlico regularly entertains audiences at the Turnage Theatre. History buffs will appreciate Little Washington’s rich historical roots and accommodations, including the beloved Elmwood 1820 Bed and Breakfast. Known as the “crown jewel” of downtown, Elmwood 1820 has served

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as headquarters for the Union Army, a hospital during the Civil War and a residence for many of the most prominent residents in Little Washington at one point or another in its storied life. From festivals and antique galleries to historic homes and wrap-around porches, this picturesque city is perfect for enjoying a meal or taking it easy. And it is more than just a destination – it is the starting point for exploring everything eastern North Carolina has to offer.


Town of Surf City NORTH Discover the magic

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

Generations of visitors have enjoyed Surf City, owing to its clean and uncrowded beaches that have become a hallmark of the town. Thirty-five designated public beach access points, all of which offer free parking, provide convenient access. From our maritime forests, to our wetlands, to our waterways, our broad biodiversity offers up a great setting to explore the sights and sounds of an extensive variety of plant and animal life. Lying west of Surf City, Topsail Sound separates the island portion of the town from the mainland. This narrow body of water, with its nearby creeks, estuaries and wetlands provides the perfect setting for canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, water and jet skiing, birding and fishing. Topsail’s turtles

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

Surf City has been the commercial heart of Topsail Island for almost 70 years. The town has grown from a small fishing village that was home to a handful of families to a year-round community of some 2,500. Visitors enjoy Surf City as “the way the beach used to be,” quiet, serene, peaceful and bucolic. Cross our iconic swing

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bridge, step back into the past, begin your family tradition or continue one. Heading here

Located just off the southeastern North Carolina coast, Surf City is easily accessible from the Triangle, from I-40 and US Route 17, via NC Highways 50 and 210.

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

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

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

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Maryland’s capital city is home to a thriving visual and performing arts community. Annapolis is home to dozens of fine art galleries – including 20 within walking distance of one another in downtown Annapolis. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the performance venue for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Opera Company, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Live Arts Maryland. One of the world’s most renowned small concert venues, Rams Head On Stage, in downtown Annapolis, features national acts on a nightly basis. Annapolis is your perfect “small town” getaway, with big city adventures. Take a few minutes to discover for yourself at CARY MAGAZINE 53

Currituck OUTER Tucked away on Currituck’s northern Outer Banks lie 24 miles of pristine beaches. A portion of the beach is so remote that it’s only accessible by fourwheel-drive vehicles. Visitors may choose to do as little or as much as their hearts desire in this unspoiled coastal paradise. Shop for unique coastal treasures, dine on local cuisine, take a Corolla wild horse tour or climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. The choices are endless. Named one of the “Best Family Beaches on the East Coast” by Foder’s Travel, the Currituck Outer Banks truly has something for everyone.

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

The Currituck Outer Banks beaches are some of the most tranquil on the East Coast. The perfect place to put up your feet and enjoy a good book, listen to the waves or just close your eyes and breathe in the vitamin sea. Spend a relaxing afternoon sampling wines from local vineyards or shop for treasures at eclectic, one-of-a-kind shops. 54

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Where to stay

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

Take some time to sample our famous, mouth-watering North Carolina barbecue and freshly caught seafood at one of the local resturants. Currituck also has

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two vineyards and a brewery, all offering award-winning flavors. Inside scoop

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

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The Backyard Buffet

Foodscaping for beauty and bounty

A MORNING STROLL through Brie Arthur’s yard offers the grandest of garden tours, where corn grows alongside zinnias, peanuts peek from sun-warmed soil and a waving meadow of amber grains lures family photographers. But this year-round cornucopia isn’t growing on a rural farm: Arthur lives in a standard subdivision outside Fuquay-Varina, and she calls it “foodscaping.” “There are 180 million acres of suburbia in the U.S. Why not add things we can eat?” said Arthur, a correspondent on the PBS show “Growing A Greener World,” and author of “The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden.” “The point is the power of the space you already have,” she said. “You can make it bountiful and beautiful.” continued on page 62


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In her Fuquay-Varina yard, author Brie Arthur mixes vegetables, grains and other edibles with her ornamental plantings. The result looks so attractive it earned her Yard of the Month honors from her homeowners’ association. “They had no idea I was growing all this food,” she says.


Growing food and flowers requires lots of sun, and most of the time the sunniest spots in suburban yards are in the front.

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Arthur’s first crop was windowsill lettuce, blooming from 99 cents worth of seed as a budget-friendly supply of organic produce. Since then she’s incorporated annual crops into her suburban landscape for beauty and harvest. Her first full foodscape in 2008 earned Yard of the Month honors from an unsuspecting homeowners’ association, something that still delights Arthur. “They had no idea I was growing all this food,” she said. “All they knew was it looked great from the curb.” ‘Grow what you love’

Each year, Arthur grows more than a hundred varieties of tomatoes, including the ‘Oh Happy Day’ hybrid. She tucks them next to hydrangeas or other shrubs, so the vines can twine up the branches. This eliminates the need for stakes or cages.


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The first step to foodscaping, Arthur says, is to establish the framework of your ornamental garden — its trees and shrubs — before adding veggies. With favorite perennials and annuals tucked in, you won’t need to worry about mulch.

Food Zones Zone 1  Closest to the house, grow a 50/50 split of ornamentals and everyday edibles like herbs, arugula and basil. Porch railings can offer plant support. Zone 2  Mid-yard, grow a 60/40 ratio of pretties to foods, such as dwarf fruit trees, eggplant and oats. Arthur plants grain meadows here, which also serve as a privacy screen. Zone 3  Farthest from the house, where irrigation access is reduced and plants are more exposed to roadside pollutants, aim for an 80/20 split of ornamentals and foods like carrots, soybeans and collards. – Brie Arthur,

Add food first at bed edges, even along sidewalks, planting sunny-spot edibles such as parsley and potatoes for easy watering and harvest. Peanuts, with their yellow flowers, are a drought-tolerant edger providing nutrients to the plants around them, and garlic along bed edges helps deter voles. “The best advice I can offer is to grow what you love,” said Arthur, who simply steps outside to gather her favorite salad greens, peppers or sweet potatoes. “You must have sun to grow vegetables and fruits, and often our sunniest spots are in the front yard,” noted Jeana Myers, horticulture agent for Wake County. “I encourage people to start small, with herbs being the easiest. The easiest fruits are figs, blueberries and muscadine grapes, along with Asian persimmon trees. And everyone loves tomatoes; be sure to buy some that have hybrid resistance.” In Arthur’s yard, ornamental grasses have given way to grains including corn, oats, sorghum and a wheat meadow that yields 15 pounds of flour annually. Arthur’s next book, “Gardening with Grains,” is coming in 2019.




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In new neighborhoods, Arthur suggests planting edibles around young trees. Grains, okra, tomatillos, broccoli and peppers look like ornamental grasses, shrubs and flowers. She also uses wine bottles to edge her beds.

On a sunny patio, a vertical wall of greens, broccoli and kale can put fresh salad within steps of the back door. It also makes a useful and beautiful privacy screen. continued from page 63

Edibles can even serve as groundcovers: Think oregano, squash, pumpkins, arugula, strawberries and kale. Swap small shrubs for basil, eggplant or peppers. The groceries grow alongside ornamentals like azaleas, roses, butterfly bushes and camellias, adding color and texture to the foodscape. Hydrangea and lilacs are “co-op” plants, supporting some edibles while sharing light, water and fertilizer requirements. A few pointers: Rabbits don’t like basil or rosemary, but they love soybeans, Arthur says. And a motion-detecting sprinkler system helps deter deer while irrigating your crops. Best of all, a yummy yard requires no more water than standard grass and little maintenance. “I do two major seasonal transitions, in June and at Thanksgiving, where I work hard for 20 to 30 hours,” Arthur said. “The rest of the year, I spend two hours a week on it at most, including harvesting. The beauty of a foodscape is that the shrubs, perennials and trees are there even if you don’t plant edibles one year.”

“The best advice I can offer is to grow what you love.” — Brie Arthur

The Big 3 Edging  Clean edges keep the HOA happy! Create yours with a heavy layer of mulch right at the lawn line, or by edging with stone, brick or wood. Evergreens  Shrubs and plants around the garden hold the structure even as veggies pass their peak. Edible options include rosemary, sweet bay laurel shrub, chives, sage, and creeping thyme and oregano. Upkeep  A 2-inch layer of mulch holds weeds at bay. For vining vegetables, use sturdy trellises or permanent structures that serve as focal points. – Jeana Myers, N.C. Cooperative Extension,

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ABOVE: Arthur plants peanuts at the edge of her beds. The drought-tolerant legume has attractive yellow flowers, and it returns nutrients to the soil. LEFT: Spanish peppers have attractive foliage, and when ripe, the peppers will turn bright orange.

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Not ready for a full foodscape? Making even a minor transition from grass to edibles in your yard offers big payoffs in healthy food, Arthur says. Foodscaping also reduces food miles and food deserts, and creates a more biodiverse habitat. You may even see a bumper crop of monarch butterflies. Arthur, the first recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s Emerging Horticultural Professional Award, in 2017, is working to mainstream the foodscape movement. She is taking it to schools nationwide through her nonprofit, Brie Grows, which connects professional horticultural resources to school gardening curricula.

She’s established a foodscape garden at Herbert Akins Road Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina, and led a school cafeteria in New Jersey to serve food grown in student-tended gardens. Arthur wants to integrate edibles into common spaces from subdivisions to office parks, and to see foodscaping offered as a service by landscape contractors. “We’re not pretending to be farmers,” Arthur said. “Being creative in your landscape should be something you do for pleasure. Garden on your own terms because you enjoy it as a hobby, a family-friendly activity that’s enriching for kids, where you can all learn together. “Ultimately, foodscaping is an easy way to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.” t












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and school holidays. You can join us by week or single day(s). Regular camp hours are 9 a.m.—4 p.m. with options for early drop off and late pick up. Morning snacks are included in the camp fee; campers can bring their own lunch or purchase a pizza lunch from us.

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ON A RECENT rainy Friday afternoon, Gonza Salamanca sat at the Cary bar of his newest namesake eatery and reflected on how far he has come over the last six years. The Colombia native opened his first restaurant in North Raleigh in 2011 along with his younger cousin, Carlos Rodriguez. “More than six years ago we began serving elevated Colombian and Mexican cuisine in a fun environment,” said Salamanca, bedecked in a black Gonza Tacos y Tequila T-shirt. Today, he co-owns five locations throughout the Triangle, plus a seasonal spot inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and a popular food truck. “To this day I don’t know how we did it, because we really had no money at the beginning,” Salamanca

The Cary Gonza, located in Waverly Place, features nearly 200 brightly colored stars which illuminate the spacious dining room.

said. “Our success has come from word of mouth from customers, and we’ve been offered great opportunities in Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest and now Cary.” Situated in the lower level of Waverly Place, the latest Gonza outpost features some 200 illumined stars suspended from the ceiling. An eye-catching mural on the back wall showcases famous Latin celebrities and athletes, while an assortment of lucha libre wrestling masks adds to the eclectic décor. What’s more, a Day of the Dead motif pervades throughout the expansive main dining area, but despite the skulls, it’s not that eerie. “The tradition behind the Day of the Dead involves people honoring loved ones who have continued on page 77

Gonza Salamanca and his cousin opened the first Gonza Tacos y Tequila in 2011; now there are five locations. “I don’t know how we did it, because we really had no money in the beginning,” he says.


Bartender Allison Cousins whips up hand crafted cocktails using Gonza’s extensive variety of tequilas and regional spirits. The restaurant also serves a selection of Latin wines and beers.


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which comprises bacon-wrapped jalapeno passed away,” Salamanca explained. “It’s peppers, cream cheese and habanero sauce. “I like to tell the guests these are ara much bigger holiday in Mexico than madillo eggs just to see how they respond,” Cinco de Mayo.” Salamanca says the goal at Gonza is Salamanca said with a smile. Among the most to provide a memorapopular entrees, streetble dining experience “People don’t just style tacos and fajitas for each guest. come here because are crowd-pleasers. For “People don’t just a surefire winner, order come here because they they are hungry. the impeccable chileare hungry,” he said. They want to have braised short rib tacos. “They want to have a a good time and Standout dish Mexgood time and receive ican Flag features chickgreat service in a fun at- receive great service mosphere.” in a fun atmosphere.” en, steak and pinto beans stuffed inside corn tortiLunch and din– Gonza Salamanca llas topped with green, ner menus feature a red and white sauces. tempting selection of “The beauty of the dish is the combination Mexican and Colombian specialties. Start

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your meal with a plate of chiles endiablados,

Appetizer chiles endiablados include pickled jalapeno peppers, bacon, cream cheese, habanero sauce, onion and cilantro.

Gonza Hours Open six days a week for lunch and dinner, Gonza is closed on Mondays. Reservations are accepted. A private room is available for parties, corporate gatherings or other special events.

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of all the flavors with tomatillo, chile de arbol and Mexican cream,” Salamanca said, describing the three sauces. Colombian-inspired dishes include arro’ e coco con pecao’ (catch of the day served with salsa veracruzana and coconut rice), ceviche and a guava dessert. When it comes to libations, Gonza features more than 72 varieties of tequila. Skilled bartenders serve up mojitos, margaritas, other classic cocktails and locally crafted beer. “We’re particularly keen on providing excellent service,” Salamanca said of his wait staff. “Cary has been such a welcoming community, and this restaurant is the most beautiful of all our locations,” said Emily Wrenn, a Gonza operations director, adding that over 130 seats are available inside, along with room for 50 guests on the outdoor patio. “The clientele is similar to the

other locations, but this space has such a great vibe, and it’s perfect for a date night or for entire families.” The Gonza on Wheels food truck also has developed a loyal following. Primarily a catering and special events vehicle, the truck offers a limited menu mostly featuring tacos. As for future expansion plans, Salamanca said he has received inquiries to develop in cities such as Wilmington, Greensboro and Charlotte. “If the right opportunities come our way, we will definitely consider those,” he said. “For now though, we want to remain loyal to the local places where people know and support us well.” t

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Signature Drinks The tequila-infused Spicy Pepino (seen above) is Gonza’s leading specialty drink. This $9 concoction incorporates St-Germain liqueur, cucumber, lime, agave and organic, housemade spicy sour mix. Also unique is La Mona de Gonza, a 12-ounce can of crisp blonde ale developed exclusively for the restaurant by Cary’s Fortnight Brewing Company.

Fajitas are always a popular choice, especially if they are served with steak and shrimp.

Day of the Dead motifs adorn mannequin heads, which are painted to look like festive skulls. The theme is used throughout the restaurant to celebrate life and good food.


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WELCOME TO a new series where we feature craft spirits — talking about what’s new in the industry and, most importantly, tasting products too! This month, we travel to Bostic, N.C., in Rutherford County to feature Defiant Rye Whiskey, distilled and bottled by Blue Ridge Distilling Company. Defiant Rye was launched last year, and it already has won awards that include a silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a bronze medal at the North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition. Building on its signature product of Defiant Single Malt Whiskey, Blue Ridge ages its Defiant Rye Whiskey using a unique dual-aging technique. Unaged whiskey is placed into white oak barrels to which spiral cuts of white oak are then added. The theory is these spirals add more surface area of wood, imparting a deeper flavor to the spirit, faster. On to the liquid itself. Let’s get to the tasting! Breathing in, there is the desired combination on the nose we expect from a rye. The aroma teases the spirit’s spiciness and then balances out with a bit of vanilla and burnt sugar. At first sip, it’s clear this is a 100 percent rye. There’s bold spice here, but what is really impressive is how it carries through into a creamy caramel smoothness. I highly recommend it if you’re a whiskey drinker who is venturing into rye. The finish on this whiskey is reminiscent of bourbon, so there is a lot here to make bourbon aficionados happy, too. It’s a wonderful rye whiskey for sipping neat, and it is delicious in a modern take on the Old Fashioned cocktail (see recipe at right). Cheers! Melissa Katrincic owns Durham Distillery, the No. 3 Craft Gin Distillery in the U.S. and home of the awardwinning Conniption Gin, with her husband Lee. She is also the former vice president of the Distiller’s Association of North Carolina.

MODERN Old-Fashioned ~ Cocktail ~ 1½ ounces Defiant Rye Whiskey 1-2 teaspoons Luxardo Cherry Liqueur* 1 dash angostura bitters 1 dash orange bitters Garnish: wide orange peel

In an Old Fashioned glass, add the Defiant Rye Whiskey, Luxardo and bitters. Stir. Add ice (I recommend one colossal cube if available). Stir three or four times to chill liquid. For garnish, cut wide peel of an orange and twist it over the drink to release oils. Swirl orange peel around the rim of the glass and then place in cocktail. Enjoy!

*Luxardo Cherry Liqueur is available in most area ABC stores. Made from Luxardo cherries, these are delicious cocktail cherries with absolutely no relation to overly sweet florescent maraschino cherries. This simple switch from the traditional Old Fashioned recipe layers more flavor of orange and cherry into the cocktail while removing the need for a sugar cube or simple syrup. CARY MAGAZINE 81


2015 Kuhling-Gillot Qvinterra Riesling Trocken Rheinhessen Dating to the 15th century, this German winery is lauded for producing outstanding dry (Trocken) rieslings that sweetly effuse fruit and floral aromas without the sugary finish. When paired with Gruyere, the wine brings out the cheese’s earthy nuttiness and fruit notes.

NV Can Xa Brut Rosé Cava Sparkling rosé is among the best all-around wine styles to pair with food, and this exceptional value from Can Xa is no exception. Produced from 100 percent pinot noir grapes, this wine boasts a lively dark berry effervescence that is the perfect counterpoint to roasted asparagus.

2015 Domaine Jean-Max Roger Sancerre Les Caillottes Sancerre, France, is known for its sauvignon blanc, the default wine to pair with any dish containing asparagus. The herbal overtones of the wine seamlessly complement the roasted vegetable, and Les Caillottes has a flinty minerality that refreshes the palate after each bite.


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Glenn Hagedorn is a partner at Triangle Wine Company. Before his arrival in North Carolina, he obtained a degree from UC Davis in Viticluture and Enology and worked the journeyman winemaking circuit in Napa for many vintages. He currently holds a first-degree certification with The Court of Master Sommeliers.




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Academy Street Bistro “A fresh take on Italian-American cuisine in the heart of Cary.” 200 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 377-0509;

Crosstown Pub & Grill “A straightforward menu covers all the bases.” 140 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 650-2853;

Big Mike’s Brew N Que “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 1222 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 799-2023;

Bravo’s Mexican Grill “Extensive menu raises the ante considerably above the typical Tex-Mex.” 208 Grande Heights Drive, Cary (919) 481-3811;

Bonefish Grill “Fresh is our signature.” 2060 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-1347;

Brewster’s Pub “Open late, serving a full food and drink menu.” ​ 1885 Lake Pine Drive, Cary (919) 650-1270;

Bosphorus Restaurant “Traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.” 329-A N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 460-1300;

Brig’s “Breakfast creations, cool salads and hot sandwich platters.” 1225 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 481-9300; 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 604, Cary; (919) 859-2151;

Dining Guide Chanticleer Café & Bakery “Family owned restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees.” 6490 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 781-4810; Chef’s Palette “Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.” 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary; (919) 267-6011; CinéBistro “Ultimate dinner-and-a-movie experience.” 525 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 987-3500; Coffee & Crepes “Freshly prepared sweet and savory crepes.” 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary; (919) 233-0288; Craft Public House “Casual family restaurant.” 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 601, Cary; (919) 851-9173;

The Butcher’s Market “Selling quality steaks and meat with unmatched hospitality.” 1225 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 465-3082; Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery “Family owned and operated.” 1983 High House Road, Cary; (919) 380-1840;

Deans Kitchen + Bar “Creative comfort eats.” 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 459-5875; Danny’s Bar-B-Que “All slow-cooked on an open pit with hickory wood.” 311 Ashville Ave. G, Cary; (919) 851-5541;


Dining Guide Eighty8 Asian Bistro “An exotic twist on Asian cuisine.” 1077 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 377-0152; Enrigo Italian Bistro “Fresh food made from pure ingredients.” 575 New Waverly, Suite 106, Cary; (919) 854-7731; Five Guys Burgers and Fries 1121 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 380-0450;

Duck Donuts “Warm, delicious and just the way you like them.” 100 Wrenn Drive #10, Cary; (919) 468-8722; Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 1979 High House Road, Cary; (919) 388-9930;

Fresca Café & Gelato “French-styled crepes … gelato made with ingredients directly from Italy.” 302 Colonades Way #109, Cary; (919) 581-8171;

Goodberry’s Frozen Custard 1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 467-2386 2325 Davis Drive, Cary; (919) 469-3350;

Kababish Café “A celebration of deliciousness and creativity.” 201 W. Chatham St., Suite 103, Cary; (919) 377-8794;

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Hot Point Deli “Highest-quality cuisine at extremely reasonable prices.” 1718 Walnut St., Cary; (919) 460-6299; Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern “Certified Angus Beef … fresh seafood, Italian specialties, homemade desserts.” 107 Edinburgh South, Suite 131, Cary; (919) 380-8210;

105 W. Chatham St, Cary NC

Cori Strickland, R.Ph.

Herons “The signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.” 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary; (919) 447-4200;

German Grille “Serving Old World German food favorites.” 243 Grande Heights Drive, Cary (919) 377-8113;


Paul Ashworth, R.Ph.

Great Harvest Bread Co. “Real food that tastes great.” 1220 NW Maynard Road, Cary (919) 460-8158;


Dining Guide Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen “Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.” 7307 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 233-1632; Lucky Chicken “All of our beautiful Peru, with every dish.” 1851 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 338-4325;

Five Guys Burgers and Fries “Fresh ingredients, hand-prepared.” Visit for area locations.

La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” 4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; 220 W. Chatham St., Cary; 5055 Arco Street, Cary; (919) 657-0657;

Gonza Tacos y Tequila “Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine.” 525-105 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 653-7310; Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 110 SW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 460-8757;

Marco Pollo “Peruvian rotisserie chicken.” 1871 Lake Pine Drive, Cary; (919) 694-5524; Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar “Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.” 8314 Chapel Hill Road, Cary; (919) 465-2455; Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café “The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.” 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 319-6554;


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Dining Guide Pizzeria Faulisi “Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.” 215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101, Cary; Rally Point Sport Grill “Lunch and dinner food in a pub atmosphere.” 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 678-1088;

La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” Visit for area locations.

Paisan’s Italian Ristorante “Authentic Italian food with a warm and inviting atmosphere.” 1275 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 388-3033;

Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 468-7229; Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro “Life should be delicious.” 1353 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 388-8001;

Red Bowl Asian Bistro “Each distinctive dish is handcrafted.” 2020 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 388-9977; Ricci’s Trattoria “Keeping true to tradition.” 10110 Green Level Church Road, Cary; (919) 380-8410; Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive, Cary; (919) 851-3999; 2025 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-3999;

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering

Cooking the BEST New York Italian food in Western Wake since 1993! THE MAGGY AWARDS


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Dining Guide Spirits Pub & Grub “Wide variety of menu items, all prepared in a scratch kitchen.” 701 E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 462-7001; Stellino’s Italiano “Traditional Italian favorites with a modern twist.” 1150 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 694-5761;

Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stonebaked pizzas.” 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 463-7779 Ruth’s Chris Steak House “Cooked to perfection.” 2010 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-0033;

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” Visit for area locations. Serendipity Gourmet Deli “Discovering the unusual, valuable or pleasantly surprising.” 118 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 469-1655;

Sugar Buzz Bakery “Custom cakes … and more.” 1231 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 238-7224; Taipei 101 “Chinese and Taiwanese. Serves lunch and dinner.” 121 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 388-5885; Tangerine Café “From Thai to Vietnamese to Korean to Indonesian.” 2422 SW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 468-8688;

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Salvio’s Pizzeria “Family owned and operated since 2005.” 2428 SW Cary Parkway, Cary; 919-467-4600; Tazza Kitchen “Wood-fired cooking and craft beverages.” 600 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 651-8281;

Sassool “Serving authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine.” 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 300-5586; Thai Spices & Sushi “Freshest, most-authentic Thai cuisine and sushi.” 986 High House Road, Cary; (919) 319-1818;

Tasu “Asian fusion cuisine, artfully mixing Chinese, Japanese and Thai Dishes” 525 New Waverly Place, Suite 103, Cary; (919) 544-8474; The Big Easy Oven & Tap “Modern, Southern kitchen with New Orleans roots.” 231 Grande Heights Drive, Cary; (919) 468-6007;



Thanks to all of our Customers for voting HONORABLE MENTION 2018 for Five Guys! THE MAGGY AWARDS



We are an Italian dining ristorante with a comfortable and casual atmosphere. We strive to provide each guest with an experience they will remember. 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary (919) 468-7229 90

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Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Creative comfort eats. A place to wind down and savor life, family and friends. That’s what Dean’s Kitchen+Bar is all about.

Best Brunch in Cary Every Sunday 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Parkside Town Commons Hwy. 55 & O’Kelly Chapel Rd. 919-380-0450 1075 Pine Plaza Drive APEX Next to COSTCO 919-616-0011

Dining Guide Tribeca Tavern “Handcrafted burgers. Homegrown beer.” 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 465-3055; Udupi Café “Authentic south Indian vegetarian cuisine.” 590 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 465-0898; The Urban Turban “A fusion of flavors.” 2757 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 367-0888;

Sushi-Thai “Fresh sushi and Japanese cuisine alongside Thai favorites.” 106 Kilmayne Drive, Cary; (919) 467-5747; The Original N.Y. Pizza “Consistent every visit.” 831 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 677-8484 2763 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 363-1007 6458 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 852-2242

Yuri Japanese Restaurant “For sushi fans and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine.” 1361 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 481-0068; Totopos Street Food & Tequila “A walk through … Mexico City.” 1388 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 678-3449;

Verandah “Southern casual environment in a modern, boutique hotel.” 301 A. Academy St., Cary; (919) 670-5000; West Park Tavern “Great service, flavorful food.” 2734 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 303-9300;

APEX Abbey Road Tavern & Grill 1700 Center St., Apex; (919) 372-5383;

The place for Sushi enthusiasts and beginners of Japanese cuisine. QUALITY IS OUR RECIPE


1361 Kildaire Farm Road | Cary 919.481.0068

(In Shoppes of Kildaire Near Trader Joes) “Ahi Tower” our best seller, selected for the cover of Cary Magazine May/June 2011


Dining Guide Big Mike’s Brew N Que “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 2045 Creekside Landing Drive, Apex; (919) 338-2591; Buttercream’s Bake Shop “Wholesome, scratch-baked.” 101 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 362-8408;

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering “Pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas and scratch-made desserts.” 1430 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-1006; Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 100 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 267-6237;

Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts “Sourcing the highest-quality, locally roasted coffee.” 219 N. Salem St., Suite 101, Apex; (919) 387-0873;

Donovan’s Dish “Chef-prepared meals to go.” 800 W. Williams St., Suite 112, Apex; (919) 651-8309;

Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” ​​5490 Apex Peakway, Apex; ​(919) 387-4100; Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1075 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 616-0011;

Belgian Café “From Brussels to Apex.” 1232 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 372-5128;

Peak City Grill & Bar “Chef-crafted food in a … restored turn-of-thecentury hardware store.” 126 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 303-8001;

Recognized by Cary Magazine readers as one of the best special occasion restaurants WINNER 2006

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5-10pm Fri-Sat: 5-11pm


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5 private rooms seating 6-200 guests! Contact: Christina Reeves at

Dining Guide Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 1055 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 446-6333; Rudy’s Pub & Grill “Comfortable and familiar, just like home.” 780 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-5061; Salem Street Pub “Friendly faces and extensive menu.” 113 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 387-9992; Skipper’s Fish Fry “Homemade from our own special recipes.” 1001 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-2400; Sweet Cheeks Bakery “Only the finest and freshest ingredients.” 803 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-9305;

The Provincial “Fresh. Simple.” 119 Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5921; The Wake Zone Espresso “Your special home away from home.” 6108 Old Jenks Road, Apex; (919) 267-4622;

FUQUAY-VARINA Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 138 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 285-2497;

Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-3957; Rock Harbor Grill “An extensive menu of fresh dishes for lunch and dinner.” 132 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina; (984) 225-2256;

Aviator SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant “All of our food is made in house.” 525 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-7675; Cooley’s Restaurant 711 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-0543;

The Blistered Pig Smokehouse “Committed to all natural and sustainable meats.” 225 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 446-3366;

Jus’ Enuff Home Cooking “Homemade everything.” 736 N Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 567-0587;

CupCakeBite “Delicious sweet treats.” 512 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-4300;

Stick Boy Bread Co. “Handcrafted baked goods from scratch … all natural ingredients.” 127 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-2237; The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-5555;

The one and only place for

award winning sushi and Thai!

“People that eat at my restaurant are more than


just customers, they are friends and family.” - Sam Tedamrongwanish, Owner












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Dining Guide Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Serves lunch, dinner and drinks.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-0962; winginitbarandgrille

Thai Thai Cuisine “Fresh authentic Thai food.” 108 Osterville Drive, Holly Springs; (919) 303-5700;

HOLLY SPRINGS Happy Holly’s “Ice cream, milkshakes and shaved ice.” 527 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 552-0637;

The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 114 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 964-5060;

Los Tres Magueyes 120 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs; (919) 552-6272;

The Original N.Y. Pizza 634 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs (919) 567-0505;

Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream “A unique spin on a timeless dessert.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 762-7808; My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs; (919) 285-2412; Rise Biscuits & Donuts 169 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 586-7343;

MORRISVILLE Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken “Unforgettable rotisserie chicken.” 9575 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 378-9259; Babymoon Café “Pizzas, pastas, seafood, veal, steaks, sandwiches and gourmet salads.” 100 Jerusalem Drive, Suite 106, Morrisville; (919) 465 9006;

Capital City Chop House “Perfect place for a business lunch or dinner or a quick bite before catching a flight.” 151 Airgate Drive, Morrisville; (919) 484-7721; The Full Moon Oyster Bar & Seafood Kitchen “Homemade recipes handed down over the years.” 1600 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 378-9524; Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant “Mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes.” 3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3820; Los Tres Magueyes 9605 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 481-9002; Neomonde “A wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary Mediterranean menu items.” 10235 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 466-8100;

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Dining Guide Rise Biscuits & Donuts “Old school, new school, and specialty donuts.” 1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 377-0385; Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits 1101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3500;

Rey’s “Fine dining with a French Quarter flair.” 1130 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh (919) 380-0122;

Peppers Market and Sandwich Shop “Local baked breads, fresh in-house roasted meats.” 2107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville (919) 380-7002;

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge “Gourmet Indian dining experience.” 4121 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 469-5774; Smokey’s BBQ Shack “Meats are dry rubbed with love and slow smoked with hickory wood.” 10800 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 469-1724; Taste Vietnamese “Prepared with passion and perfected through generations.” 152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville; (919) 234-6385;

Tra’Ii Irish Pub & Restaurant “An authentic and satisfying taste of Irish country cooking.” 3107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville; (919) 651-9083; Village Deli & Grill “Wholesome homemade foods.” 909 Aviation Parkway #100, Morrisville; (919) 462-6191;

RALEIGH Angus Barn “World-renowned for its service.” 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; (919) 781-2444; Barry’s Café “A restaurant that honors firefighters.” 2851 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh; (919) 859-3555; The Pit “Authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue.” 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh; (919) 890-4500;

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Spanish Immersion Classes for Adults

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

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


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Cary Rotary Club

Chili Dinner Named Sponsor

The Cary Rotary Club has raised over $366,291 for hunger relief in the last fourteen years

The Cary Rotary Club thanks the following sponsors for supporting our 15th Annual Paragon Bank Chili Dinner to fight hunger held on January 26, 2018 — PR E SE NTI NG SPO NSO R S —

Access Point, Inc. • BB&T • CMC Hotels • Faulkner/Haynes & Associates, Inc. • Howard, Stallings, From and Hutson, PA G.H. Jordan Development Company • Harold K. Jordan & Company, Inc. • S&A Communications The Ups Store Stone Creek Village Cary • Whole Foods Market • Winfield & Associates Marketing and Advertising — CO R PO R ATE SPO NSO R S—

The Cardinal At North Hills • Christ Episcopal Church • Elliott Davis Decosimo • Fink’s Jewelers First Tennessee Bank • Lord Corporation • Kent Thompson • Woodland Terrace

Event Sponsor


The Adcock Agency, Inc. Barringer Sasser, LLP Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Burns & Bynum, CPAS, PA Sally Cox State Farm Insurance Davenport & Company, LLC

Duke Energy Expressive Signs 4 You Glenaire Hendrick Cary Auto Mall J.M. Edwards Jewelry

Rigsbee Consulting & CPA Services Shaver Consulting, Inc Stancil & Company Underwood & Roberts, PLLC Wells Fargo

—TAB L E SPO NSO R S— Alta Real Estate Advisors Diversified Consulting Group, PLLC Joyce & Company J. Spell Enterprises Andrus & Associates Dermatology, P.A. Edmundson & Company, CPAS Art & Mary Kamm Nelia S. Spencer – Paul Harris Fellow Arl Marine Services Erie Insurance Company Lynn’s Hallmark Stepp Services, Inc. Ashworth Drugs First Citizens Bank MacGregor Draft House Taylor Family YMCA Rod & Terry Brooks Cleve and Linda Folger Mann ENT Clinic The Tar Heel Companies of NC, Inc. Tom Brooks, D.D.S. Frankel Staffing Partners Massage 1 Townsend Asset Management Bern & Kim Bullard Alexander Guess, CPA, PA Metcalf Painting and Interiors Corporation The Butcher’s Market J. Hailey Properties Robert L. Niles, D.D.S. Dan Turnbull, D.D.S. Campbell Road Nursery Paul Harris Northwoods Animal Hospital United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas Cary Audiology Assoc. Hat Lady - Dorothy Schmelzeis Novus Resources Wake Funeral and Cary Christian School, Inc. Dan T. Howell, D.D.S. Rey’s Restaurant (La Louisiane, LLC) Cremation Services Cary Family Dental Pat Hudson Rhyne Management Associates, Inc. Westbrook & Associates Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Assoc., Rufty-Peedin Design Builders Western Wake Eye Center, P.A. Cary Oil Company Pa - Drs. James Womble, David Saltbox Village Valet Withers & Ravenel Connectivity Source Outlaw & Michael Capps Scott & Stringfellow WRAL-TV and WRAL.COM Edward Corson, II Howard & Patsy Johnson Ben & Laura Shivar Steve and Lisa Zaytoun

Special thanks to Whole Foods for preparing the food


During a consulting gig with Apexbased Moon and Lola, Jeff Hutto fell in love with the Triangle. He relocated from New York and opened Kale Me Crazy, a restaurant focused on fast, healthy eating.


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Shake It Up A fresh start can bring challenges and rewards WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE

JEFF HUTTO worked his way up from fashion buyer to executive roles in global retail with designer icons like Diane von Furstenberg. But a 2014 consulting stint with Apexbased jewelry firm Moon and Lola captured his attention. “At a certain level in your career, you have to be learning and challenging yourself in a different way,” Hutto said. “I knew I needed the next chapter. “There’s an energy and a pulse to the Raleigh area that I wanted to be part of. I was inspired by all of the young entrepreneurs. And that’s when I realized I didn’t have to work for somebody else.” Hutto moved to the Triangle and this past summer opened Kale Me Crazy at Cary’s Waverly Place, providing locals something he missed from New York — fast, healthy dining. “This is an opportunity, from a business standpoint and as a movement,” he said of the Georgia-based franchise. “The Kale Me Crazy company has Southern roots, a luxury vibe, and the food is fantastic. It felt right.” Never mind that Hutto had no restaurant background. With a dive-in attitude, he’s making it happen. “The part I love most is greeting customers by name,” he said. “I’m a true believer that you get to choose your own destiny.

Hutto was impressed by Kale Me Crazy’s focus on health. Superfoodpacked juices like The Glow and Beet Up contain nutrients that boost your immune system.

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“Life is too short not to be happy. Always be thinking about the next chapter.” - Jeff Hutto Jeff Hutto,

Kale Me Crazy, Cary

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Susan Arnold, a certified life and business coach from Apex, says people are happiest in their careers when their values are reflected in their work.

“Life is too short not to be happy. Always be thinking about the next chapter.” “A squirmy feeling”

People start over for many reasons, says certified coach Susan Arnold of Apex, from career change or divorce to a quest for new skills. Her own résumé includes a classical music career, multiple university degrees, and work in the corporate and private sectors. “It’s a squirmy feeling, the space between an end and a beginning,” said Arnold, “but it’s about progression and expansion. Reinvention is a conscious series of choices every day, deciding who you become.”

Step one is to identify your top values. For many, these include respect and integrity. The next step is to make decisions based on your values, taking tangible steps toward your desires. “People say, ‘I want this,’ but often their choices contradict that,” said Arnold, who coaches clients worldwide. “Wrestling with a situation is usually your evolution,” she said. “When you listen to yourself and respect the amalgamation of life experiences that got you here, you’ll find a powerful place from which to make decisions. “Be OK with the bumpy ride.” Unbidden change

But sometimes change is not a choice. For mother and son Joyce and Quincy Ad-

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“Reinvention is a conscious series of choices every day, deciding who you become.” -Susan Arnold

ams, it came when family patriarch John Adams died suddenly in 2010, leaving behind his pet project, Adams Vineyards, Wake County’s first vineyard-winery. “I remember looking at Mom and saying, ‘What are we gonna do?’” said Quincy, who had his own farm and a fulltime job. “We had a lot invested in it,” Joyce said.

“This farmland has been in the family since the 1700s, for eight generations. If we didn’t keep going, we’d have to sell it. I said, ‘I guess we’ll keep going.’” The learning curves of retail, marketing, events and accounting were steep for Joyce, who had never held a paying position. Quincy points to the dog-eared books he delved into to learn the species-specific

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craft of making muscadine wine. He also sought advice from Hinnant Family Vineyards in nearby Johnston County and adopted a “let’s experiment” motto. His hard work has resulted in awardwinning wines, garnering gold medals at the Mid-Atlantic Wine Competition and the N.C. State Fair. Quincy has also assumed the role of professor, teaching winemaking and viticulture classes through Wake Technical Community College. He is now the full-time winemaker and a member of the North Carolina Wine & Grape Growers Council. Joyce manages the front of the house. They’ve become stronger people, she says. “I don’t second-guess myself,” Quincy agreed. “I’ve learned that you should always have a business plan that’s dynamic, not static, because things will change.” t

Mother and son Joyce and Quincy Adams had to learn the winery business quickly when family patriarch John Adams died in 2010. Now Adams Vineyards in Willow Spring produces award-winning wines.

Quincy & Joyce Adams,

Adams Vineyards, Willow Spring

Wine tastings, pick-your-own grapes, event space



In a Scottish Garden THINKING ABOUT taking a vacation to Scotland this year? Well, certainly don’t miss Edinburgh and the Highlands, but also consider finding time to visit any of the many fabulous public gardens that grace the Scottish countryside. And if you need suggestions, having been to Scotland several times, I can provide a starter list. However, it is really hard for me to settle on just a few gardens, but for the sake of conserving a lot of magazine space, here’s my ol’ college try. ■ Culzean Castle, Towering over the Firth of Clyde on the southwest Ayshire coast, Culzean Castle is a status symbol of proper high Scottish privilege and power, but its gardens show that (ahem) Gaels just wanna have fun, too. Sure, the orderly grace of the Fountain Garden and terraced borders close to the castle are impressive formal landscapes, but take a short walk to the large Walled Garden, and you will find an enjoyably eclectic flowerfest where perennial and annual blooms mix, match and meld into a pleasant anarchy of complementary and competing colors. In addition, Culzean’s 560-acre Country Park is laced with trails that guide visitors through its small part of the natural beauty that is Scotland. ■ Cawdor Castle, Just 10 miles east of Inverness, Cawdor has a lot to offer touring gardeners. With a castle that was started in the 1300s as a backdrop, its cozy 17th-century Walled Garden brims with wondrous plants, while the 18th-century Flower Garden is similarly guaranteed to keep heads turning. Wander into the Wild Garden, an informal setting that blends well with the five nature trails winding through the estate’s 750 acres of woodlands. In addition, although a half-hour walk from the castle, don’t miss Cawdor’s Auchindoune Gardens with its unusual collection of Tibetan plants. 102

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Drummond Castle

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TIMELY TIP Dreams of Scotland have you yearning to introduce Scottish thistle into your garden? Yearn not. The two plants most often associated with the national symbol of Scotland are Onopordum acanthium and Cirsium palustre. Although not commonly seen in our region, both are regarded as invasive on this side of the Big Pond by the USDA.

■ Drummond Castle, Lavish, living elegance awaits a half-hour drive north of Stirling in the form of Drummond Castle’s gardens, which date to the early 17th century. This Italian-style showcase is considered Scotland’s finest — and largest — formal garden. With a 15th-century tower and 400-year-old mansion in the background, the terraced gardens of Drummond spill down and fan out in a state of regal order, as meticulously sculpted shrubs and trees vie for attention with precisely groomed, fabulously flowering planting beds. If you ever wondered what it is like to garden with the Scottish upper crust, Drummond Castle is your answer. ■ Leith Hall, Located 33 miles northwest of Aberdeen, Leith Hall is proof that the best Scottish gardens don’t have to be the biggest. Covering six of the 286 acres on the estate, this garden is a beautiful, busy delight. Colorful perennials flow along the many walls that segment planting areas, while a large, mounded rock garden embraces a trove of horticultural treasures. However, the best Kodak moment is this garden’s Moon Gate, which looks like it fell out of a fairy tale. The manor, built in 1650, is also open to the public, and its fully furnished, ornate interior definitely has the feel of a Scottish Downton Abbey. 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

As a more hospitable, look-alike alternative, check out their close cousin cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) — an herbaceous perennial (also called “artichoke thistle”) that will readily show off typical Scottish thistle-like puffballs of pretty, spiked, bluish-purple flowers.

Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)

If planted in a sunny site that has excellent drainage, cardoon will settle in well to Cary gardens. If your local, friendly garden center doesn’t carry cardoon, it is an easy find online, and Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh offers it.

To Do in the GARDEN


• Bulbs such as daffodils, spring starflower, species tulips, hyacinths and crocus can naturalize in Cary gardens, but they will become established faster if their leaves are allowed to fade from green to brown before being pruned. • Can’t wait to get growing in the veggie patch? Early this month, break out the plants and seeds of cool-season vegetables such as lettuce, kale, onions, spinach, sugar snaps and radishes. The middle of the month is prime planting time for beets, broccoli, cauliflower and Chinese cabbage. • While mulch is a beneficial addition to garden beds, hold

off on covering areas where late spring and summer annuals will be grown. Leave the ground bare to the sun until early May so the soil temperature will rise to a comfortably cozy level for heatloving seeds and young plants. • After disconnecting the spark plug on your lawn mower, check its blade for warps, cracks or deep indentations. Also, examine the spark plug, and if the ignition tip is blackened or heavily corroded, buy a new plug. • The water garden will be waking up this month, so start adding light amounts of fertilizer about every five to six weeks around marginal plant pretties like colocasia, sweet flag, papyrus, spike rush rose mallow and cardinal flower.






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nonprofit spotlight

Kirsten Miller prepares dinner with her daughter, Leila Johanna Elmore, at their Raleigh home. Miller participated in SAFEChild’s Welcome Baby program after she gave birth to Leila 15 years ago.


SAFECHILD HELPS KEEP CHILDREN out of harm’s way each and every day. The nonprofit serves roughly 900 families annually, providing parenting education and other supportive programs. Its hard-hitting mission? To eradicate child abuse. “Wherever a child or family needs us, we try to be there,” said Cristin DeRonja, executive director of SAFEchild. “We don’t say you’re not bad off enough to need us, and we don’t say you’re too far gone for us to help you.” SAFEchild, an acronym for Stop Abuse For Every child, was founded by the Junior League of Raleigh in 1992. Members researched domestic abuse in Wake County and determined that children would be best served if families were supported directly. The key would be to help caregivers develop better parenting skills and to become a resource for Wake County Social Services and other public and private agencies. 106

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“What SAFEchild directly provides is that parental intervention, guidance and support when you, as a parent, have been pushed to your limit and don’t know a healthy way to manage your frustration and anger.” — Cristin DeRonja Executive Director, SAFEchild “What SAFEchild directly provides is that parental intervention, guidance and support when you, as a parent, have been pushed to your limit and don’t know a healthy way to manage your frustration and anger,” said DeRonja. Programs at SAFEchild serve a variety of clients, from caregivers who are deemed at-risk of abusive behavior by the legal system to parents who need general guidance. Two court-mandated programs are Men Engaged in Nurturing Strategies (MENS), which helps fathers understand and break the

cycle of domestic abuse, and Mothers Overcoming Violence through Education and Empowerment (MOVE), which helps mothers minimize the impact of domestic violence on their children. Programs open to the general public include Welcome Baby, a year-long mentoring program for first-time mothers, and Nurturing, which guides parents through the developmental stages in children and teaches positive discipline techniques. Kirsten Miller participated in the Welcome Baby program 15 years ago after the birth of her daughter, Leila Johanna Elmore. A native of Canada, Miller was new to motherhood and to Wake County. After searching for support groups, she stumbled upon SAFEchild. “I was assigned a mentor, a Canadian, Ellen, who had four girls of her own,” said Miller. “She came to see me a couple times a week. She hung out, answered questions, helped me with breastfeeding, and just everything. Once a week I met at the SAFEchild house with a big group of new mothers — some I’m still friends with.” SAFEchild works with children through their identified caregivers. Whether referred, mandated or self-initiated, they must take the initial step to enroll in a program, says DeRonja. Every adult and child in the home participates in the program. The exception is the Funny Tummy Feelings program, a one-hour interactive presentation on physical and sexual abuse for first-graders. The goal is to empower children: to identify inappropriate behavior in adults, to determine when and how to respond effectively, and to find a trusted individual to talk about his or her feelings. DeRonja, who still presents the program, says she taught these skills to her own four children. “We know that children are not always in situations and in environments where there’s a protective or appropriate adult,”

she said. “We can’t just leave them out there lost, without the right language, without the right knowledge to know what to do in those situations. We do send literature home to the families, so they are aware that SAFEchild has presented the program to their child in school.” The newest development in SAFEchild’s programming is the Advocacy Center, a community-based center that provides evaluations for children when there is suspicion of abuse or neglect. The nonprofit collaborates with Wake County Child Protective Services, law enforcement, medical professionals and other local organizations to bring together in one location all the services the children and their families need. “Before we opened that center, children had to travel to Greenville, Durham or Chapel Hill to receive the treatment and intervention that they needed,” said DeRonja. “Our state’s capital city and county did not have these services. Talk about a huge gap.” DeRonja considers SAFEchild a gift to the community, sustained and grown over the years by a number of individuals, local businesses and foundations. “We truly believe in turning a corner for any child’s future and restoring hope and healing for that child and that family,” she said. t

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Fourth Annual Triangle Oktoberfest held at Cary’s Booth The

Amphitheatre Oct. 6-7 raised $14,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society North Carolina Chapter. The event was organized by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club and the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club. The Triangle Oktoberfest attracted thousands of guests who enjoyed food, drink, music, dancing, competitive games and the popular wiener dog races.

Friends of Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve The

has received $12,500 from The Jandy Ammons Foundation of Raleigh to create a new exhibit in the Stevens Nature Center on “Urban Wildlife in Action.” The new exhibit will focus on common wildlife, especially animals present in the preserve and in typical neighborhoods. Visitors will be able to view animals in action on video from several wildlife cameras and engage in hands-on activities.

In its third annual study,

CARY AS NO. 5 SAFEST CITY SmartAsset ranked

In December,

Coastal Credit Union broke ground on its first

location in Holly Springs, at 700 Village Walk Drive. Among the participants were Joan Nelson, chair of the credit union’s board; Chuck Purvis, Coastal CEO; Daniel Weeks, Holly

in the U.S. There are only about

Springs assistant town manager; and Scott Manning, CEO of the Holly Springs Chamber

1,100 total crimes per 100,000

of Commerce.

residents in Cary. Out of the 200 largest cities, both its violent crime rate and property crime rate rank among the five lowest.

LORD CORPORATION, a global technology and manufacturing company, has been selected as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America — ranking No. 29 — by the Healthiest Employers program. “Our internal Wellness Committee leads impressive efforts through LiveWell LORD,” said Ed Auslander, LORD president and CEO. “The enthusiasm and commitment of our employees to be active and live the healthiest lives possible is remarkable.”

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Kristen Wynns, owner of Wynns Family Psychology in Cary,


has released “The No Wimpy Parenting Handbook,” a guide for handling the everyday challenges of parenting. The book offers resources for parents struggling with behavior or discipline problems at home.


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EVAN STONE is the new vice president of economic development with the Cary Chamber of Commerce. Stone will coordinate and oversee all economic development efforts for the town, which include retaining and growing existing industry as well as growing Cary’s

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GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL opened at 2980 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary with a November ribbon-cutting. “The Goldfish Swim School model simultaneously emphasizes both safety and enjoyment of the water, which leads to quicker progress,� said Danelle Alex, who owns the facility with her husband Manuel.

Western Wake Crisis Ministry, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting families in crisis, has received a $15,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities to begin a program to prevent homelessness. The program, to launch in spring 2018, will serve at-risk individuals in Apex, New Hill, Friendship and Holly Springs. The Homeless Prevention Pilot Project will pair eligible participants with a volunteer advocate who will help them develop a housing stabilization plan, including a financial stability plan. 112 MARCH 2018

Carolina Lily Chapter of The National Charity League, Inc., stuffed more In November, the

than 2,000 holiday stockings for five local philanthropies serving children, families and adults. About 220 mother and daughter teams sewed and decorated the stockings, and filled them with donated items. The event was held at the Herb Young Community Center. The

SEARSTONE community

in Cary distributed $290,500 in grants to 12 charities last year. The charities are Caring Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County,

RON SMITH, founder of the communications company S&A Cherokee in Cary,

Meals on Wheels Wake County, Note in

announced his retirement Jan. 1.

the Pocket, Pretty in Pink Foundation,

The company houses two divisions:

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle,

S&A Communications and Cherokee

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, Temple

Media Group, which publishes Cary

Baptist Church, Transitions LifeCare,

Magazine. Smith will remain a part

Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited, Triangle Family Services and the Women’s Center of Wake County. As a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, SearStone contributes five percent of its gross revenue to local

owner of the company and a member of the management team, which includes Chuck Norman, Bill Zadeits, Amanda Dunlap and Michael Colborn.


HAND & STONE MASSAGE AND FACIAL SPA at 1431 Kelly Road in Apex opened Feb. 12. The spa offers massage, facials, hair removal services and aromatherapy.


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Winterscape Morning sunlight highlights a landscape blanketed in white at Fred G. Metro Bond Park in Cary, where about 8 inches of snow fell Jan. 18. The wintery mix of snow and ice closed schools and businesses, allowing many the chance to explore the surrounding beauty.


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