Ifirst saw Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol” in 2004—and quickly understood the hoopla! Even my husband wanted to see it again the next year. (Considering he once fell asleep during a New York Broadway performance of “Phantom of the Opera,” that’s saying a lot.)
So when our very own “Talk of the Triangle” podcast hosts Adam Cave and Melissa Wistehuff had the opportunity to interview the legendary IDW III for our November episode, I cleared my schedule. We spent nearly two hours engaging in a humorously heartwarming conversation about Wood’s childhood, family life and rise to fame. Raleigh is lucky to have this humble and talented entertainer in our midst. The podcast episode went live November 1 and I strongly encourage you to give it a listen.
Flip through our holiday issue and you’ll find “A Christmas Carol” among the many festive events featured in our “Holiday Magic” events roundup on page 26. Next year the show celebrates its 50th anniversary, and that is when Wood will leave his role as “Scrooge” in the very capable and masterful hands of his son, Ira David Wood IV. So if you haven’t seen IDW III perform the star role, order tickets now. This show sells out quickly and there aren’t many opportunities left to see this Raleigh legend perform.
As the holiday season escalates, simplify meal planning with “Dining Out for Christmas Eve” on page 20, where you’ll discover nine local restaurants serving up elegant holiday meals the evening of December 24 so you don’t have to lift a finger. If shopping is your challenge, our holiday gift guide starts after page 52 and features 46 unique ideas from local businesses in a specially sized, detachable booklet.
“For the Children” on page 32 features five nonprofits helping local kids live happier, healthier lives. It's followed by our “Giving Back” special section on page 36, which showcases additional local nonprofits making a difference in our community.
We also introduce a brand-new special section on page 41 in this issue: Influential Women of Wake. Meet amazing role models who work hard every day to make this region one of the country’s finest places to live. And on page 59, explore our “Beauty Experts” special section for advice on proven beauty regimens, treatments and products available right here in the Triangle.
Find out how 10 historic railway cars came home to their proper resting place at New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill on page 38, and get a closeup look at The Raleigh Ringers on page 54. In September, Cary’s Fenton development welcomed the addition of Colletta Italian Food & Wine, helmed by Chef Oscar Gnapi. Find out what Gnapi’s favorite dishes are, and how he attained chefdom at this successful new restaurant on page 56.
’Tis the season for festive fun and food. From our staff to yours, we wish you the merriest of holiday seasons, and hope this issue brings joy to you and yours as you savor every moment!
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SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER Melissa Wistehuff
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