Cary Living magazine November/December 2022

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CARY | APEX | MORRISVILLE | FUQUAY-VARINA | HOLLY SPRINGS NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022 GIVING BACK BEAUTY EXPERTS INFLUENTIAL WOMEN OF WAKE + 53 FESTIVE EVENTS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 9 LOCAL OPTIONS CHRISTMAS EVE DINING OUT FOR

EDITOR’S LETTER

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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CONTENTS

FEATURES

20 DINING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

restaurants serve up an elegant holiday experience

HOLIDAY MAGIC

the season with festive events across the region

FOR THE CHILDREN

nonprofits are helping

kids live healthier lives

A HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

offer

options

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12 local
26
Celebrate
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Five
local
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Local vendors
inspiring gifting
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ON
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COVER Photo of Herons Chef Steven D. Greene’s Chestnut Soup by Bruce DeBoer (recipe on page 22).
BACK EXPERTSWOMEN OF WAKE + 53 FESTIVE EVENTS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 9 LOCAL OPTIONS CHRISTMAS EVE DINING OUT FOR 20 32 52A 26
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 | 7
8 | caryliving.com DEPARTMENTS 38 COMMUNITY Volunteers restore 10 historic railway cars to a proper resting place 54 MUSIC The Raleigh Ringers ring in the holiday season 56 CHEF'S TABLE Colletta Italian Food & Wine brings Italian fine dining to Fenton in Cary IN EVERY ISSUE 10 ON THE SCENE Social Scene Talk of the Triangle New Around Town Home Styler Sister Cities 64 OUT + ABOUT Dine + Draft Foodie Focus Events Sightings Kaleidoscope CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 SPONSORED CONTENT 35 GROWING MINDS 36 GIVING BACK 40 POLISHED IMPRESSIONS 41 INFLUENTIAL WOMEN OF WAKE 58 TRAVEL TIPS 59 BEAUTY EXPERTS 62 BEAUTY BUYS 56 38 66 54 68
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The S’mores Monster Shake at Andia’s Ice Cream in Cary is even s’more delicious than it looks.

Fenton in Cary hosts yoga, Zumba and other exercise classes in Fenton Square every Thursday evening. All you need is a towel and water!

The fall menu at Pineapple Sol in Cary’s Waverly Place featured delicious specialty coffees, scrumptious pancake flights, a generous portion of chicken and waffles, and (almost) too-pretty-to-eat mini-cakes.

The Cary Living team was on hand to celebrate the September grand opening of Colletta Italian Food & Wine in Fenton.

The Signature Smoked Olde Fashioned at Olde Raleigh Distillery in Zebulon is the perfect way to warm up on a fall night.

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FALLEN for the fall menu at @pineapplesol! Such a cute cafe in @waverlyplace with divine iced lattes and hot chai teas! The flight of pancakes, chicken & waffles + mini carrot cake were, well … the icing on the cake! The charming setting, warm drinks & sweet + savory food is all we need for a cozy, yummy fall.

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We love @pineapplesol ... these ladies are fabulous!

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We LOVE Pineapple Sol!

@waverlycary

We didn’t know about this place. Can’t wait to try it out!

@oakcityrefit

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pasta-tively mouthwatering demonstration of how @chefoscargnapi makes fresh, homemade pasta each day at @collettacary.

The chicken parmigiana was outstanding the other night ... we will be back!

@mamaoftwinboys

This is a great place and a great Reel!!

@monikalee.nc.photography

Love the music!

@eleavor

Wow. So hungry now!

@caryestateplanning

reported today that JP and Gynne LaRussa, owners of @acmepizzaco, have opened a location in Morrisville at 2101 Grace Park Drive, just south of the west Cary @wegmans. The couple’s Chicago-style pizza pies and famed garlic knots have grown in popularity since the LaRussas opened the original restaurant in 2013 at 204 Village Walk Drive in Holly Springs.

Well guess I’m having deep dish tonight! @well_isnt_this_awkward Good to know! Congratulations. @cary_massage

Yum! Been a while since I’ve had a good Chicago-style pizza! @oakcityrefit

Calling all hummus connoisseurs! @sassoolcafe will host its fourth annual Hummus Mix Off at its Cary location TODAY from 1–4 p.m. Sample and vote on hummus recipes prepared by local food influencers, bloggers and foodies. The winning recipe will be featured at Sassool during September. Love the place @trippylifeblog

Our “Talk of the Triangle” podcast, available wherever you download podcasts, introduces you to the people, places and events worth talking about. So far, episodes include:

“The Bees-ness of Pollen in the Triangle”

“RV Life”

“Baseball Card Comeback”

“Bolognese + Bourbon”

“Capital City Ghosts” (in two parts)

@baileysfinejewelry is celebrating their new @fentonnc location with a scavenger hunt through August 5! 100 Bailey Boxes have been hidden throughout the @townofcary at various landmarks and community areas this week. … A hidden grand prize Bailey Box includes a voucher to be redeemed at the Cary store for a pair of 18 karat yellow gold Venetian Quatrefoil David Yurman stud earrings featuring a round diamond center and pavé diamond quatrefoil halo (valued at $1,975). Good luck hunting!

Time to put a drone up and scan the entire town for these boxes!!

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In November, you’ll hear our conversation with Ira David Wood III as he begins his 49th season of “A Christmas Carol.” As for December, we’ll keep that under wraps for now! Each episode drops the first Tuesday of the month. Listen to them one at a time, or binge them all at once! Either way, you’ll be glad you tuned in. Learn more at caryliving.com/podcast

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ROCK SOLID WARRIOR LAUNCHES IN APEX

Rock Solid Warrior has opened a second obstacle course racing gym in the Triangle.

The 14,000-square-foot, ninja warrior–style adventure center in Apex features a mezzanine, party rooms and signature cedar ninja rigs. It also offers leading-edge training, custommade obstacles, competitions for beginning and experienced participants, and track-out and summer day camps for ages 5–12. Rock Solid Warrior also has a location in Fuquay-Varina. 2131 E. Williams Street, Apex 919.246.6258

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BRIGHT ACHIEVEMENTS’ ABA THERAPY EXPANDS TO NORTH CAROLINA

New Jersey–based Bright Achievements, a leader in autism behavioral therapy, now offers services to families in North Carolina. Bright Achievements’ unique model includes in-home and community-based services for its neurodiverse population. The team also works to educate and empower families to create cohesive relationships within school and the community, and provides free training for nonprofits, educators and community-based programming to bring awareness to autism. 732.655.3288

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LUNE SPARK CENTER FOR CREATIVITY IGNITES MINDS IN APEX

Young people can pursue their artistic passions at Lune Spark Center for Creativity in Apex. Lune Spark’s programs include weekly track-out and one-day camps, certification courses, drop-in options and on-demand camps in a variety of disciplines, such as 2D animation, creative fiction writing, digital illustration, photography, painting, songwriting and more taught by qualified instructors. 3651 Green Level W. Road, Suite 102, Apex 919.342.0568 lunespark.com

OMNIA PARATUS HEALTH TRAINING OPENS IN APEX

Empowering individuals to achieve their goals in mental health and fitness, Omnia Paratus Health Training recently opened a state-of-the-art facility in Apex. Its unique program combines precise movement engineering, progressive programming and mental health coaching in a safe and supportive environment. 610 E. Williams Street, Apex 919.355.8075 ophealthtraining.com

FENTON WELCOMES EATERIES AND BOUTIQUE

Fenton in Cary announced the restaurant openings of Colletta, CRÚ Food & Wine Bar, M Sushi, Superica and Dram & Draught. The Gatorbug, a women’s contemporary boutique, held its grand opening in September that featured signature cocktails, swag bags, giveaways and a permanent jewelry pop-up. 855 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary fentonnc.com

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JOY TO THE WORLD

Two North Carolina towns bring tidings of holiday nostalgia

CHRISTMAS TOWN U.S.A. M c ADENVILLE

Named one of USA Today’s top 10 best holiday light displays in the country, McAdenville merrily takes on the moniker of “Christmas Town” each December. Situated along the South Fork Catawba River just west of Charlotte, McAdenville offers a picturesque downtown with plentiful places to dine and access to riverside walking trails, making this town of slightly over 1,000 residents a delight to visit throughout the year.

During December, however, McAdenville is transformed into a quintessential holiday dreamscape, reminiscent of a festive Hallmark Christmas movie. Its downtown streets are adorned with more than 250 evergreens covered in half a million red, white and green lights. Bells and carolers welcome visitors, and over 100 beautifully decorated homes greet onlookers. The town’s Yule Log Parade, which has taken place on Main Street since 1949, is led by the local high school marching band and children pulling a yule log to the Memorial Yule Log Fireplace in Legacy Park. Talk about a wonderful life!

Learn more at mcadenville-christmastown.com

TANGLEWOOD PARK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CLEMMONS

Tanglewood Park will host its 31st season of Festival of Lights November 11–January 1. Located in Clemmons just outside Winston-Salem, and spanning 5 miles with more than 1 million glistening lights, visitors drive through spectacular scenes while listening to festive tunes and interactive music displays. Students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts compose original musical pieces to accompany the 80-plus displays along the countryside route.

In addition to the drive-through experience, Tanglewood offers TOAST: Totally Outstanding Awesome Stroll through Tanglewood—a 1.3-mile walk through the light display that also includes hot chocolate, food, s’mores and games.

Welcome the New Year with Running of the Lights—a race through the Festival of Lights at midnight on New Year’s Eve. With all of its merriment and enchantment, Tanglewood helps even the grinchiest of hearts grow.

Learn more at forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol

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DINING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Christmas Eve dinner is widely recognized as a time for families to gather round a delicious meal and relax before the whirlwind of Christmas Day festivities begin. It’s a chance to reflect on what makes the holidays special: tables decorated in garland, Christmas crackers, family, friends and, of course, amazing food.

But what might make your Christmas Eve dinner even more enjoyable is if you don’t have to prepare it.

As luck would have it, some of the Triangle’s most celebrated chefs have done the work for you. Here are the delicious details on where to dine out for an exquisite Christmas Eve dinner. Bonus: Some of these chefs have also provided recipes for those of you who desire to make your own Christmas Eve dinner. Call the restaurants or visit their websites to reserve a table. But don’t hesitate! Reservations fill up quickly at these establishments.

PLATES NEIGHBORHOOD KITCHEN 301 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 100, Raleigh 919.828.0018 | plateskitchen.com

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen offers a Christmas Eve dinner created by Chef David Mitchell you can enjoy any time before 7:30 p.m. In years past, Plates has offered herb-rubbed prime rib, confit duck and succulent mountain trout. The warm and festive atmosphere provides an intimate setting for friends and loved ones. Want to take the feast home with you?

Plates’ Christmas package feeds six to eight. Enjoy a roast turkey breast and leg confit dresses with warm gravy and sides such as fresh, roasted vegetables and Union Special baguettes with house butter. For dine-in or takeout dessert, be sure to indulge in Mitchell’s famous Figgy Pudding.

Preparation

PUDDING INGREDIENTS

5 ounces of figs or dates, chopped

9 fluid ounces of hot water

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2¼ ounces of butter, softened

2¼ ounces of caster sugar

2 free-range eggs

5 ounces of self-rising flour

TOFFEE SAUCE INGREDIENTS

7 ounces of butter

14 ounces of brown sugar

1 vanilla pod, split

9 fluid ounces of double cream

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 370 degrees. Mix the figs, baking soda and water together in a bowl and leave the mixture to soak for 10 minutes. In a clean bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Still stirring the butter mixture, gradually add the eggs, making sure they are well mixed in. Still stirring, gradually add the flour, then add the date mixture. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square cake tin. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 35–40 minutes, or until cooked through. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a thick-bottomed pan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, cream, and the seeds from the vanilla pod and stir well. Simmer for 5 minutes.

To serve, cut out a portion of the pudding onto a plate and pour the hot toffee sauce over it. Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Nine local restaurants are serving up an elegant holiday experience
CHEF DAVID MITCHELL’S FIGGY PUDDING
(MAY
ALSO BE MADE WITH DATES, AS PICTURED HERE)
time: Less than 30 minutes | Cooking time: 30–60 minutes | Serves 6
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INGREDIENTS

2 racks of lamb

Herb marinade Balsamic red wine reduction

DIRECTIONS

Combine the herb marinade ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Cut up two racks of lamb into 2–3 bone portions. Add the lamb to the bowl, coating each piece well with the marinade. Cover and marinate the lamb in the refrigerator for 24–36 hours.

Grill the lamb until the meat reaches a temperature of 130 degrees. Let the meat rest for 5–10 minutes before serving with the red wine reduction, either on top of the lamb or on the side as a dipping sauce.

CHEF'S PALETTE 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary 919.267.6011 | chefspalette.net

Chef’s Palette’s warm and friendly atmosphere offers a Christmas Eve dinner that is both a family-oriented and fine-dining experience all at once. The land-and-sea restaurant typically features a menu with home-cooked flair. The Christmas Eve menu features an eclectic array of appetizers, salads and entrees. Elevated comfort foods such as creamy shrimp and grits are enjoyed alongside pan-seared scallops, chicken Francese, steak frites and other all-American classics. For dessert, enjoy creme brûlée, pumpkin bread pudding and Chef Ryan Summer’s famous chocolate Oreo pie. In addition to a dine-in experience, Chef’s Palette is also offering a pickup option for its Christmas Eve dinner.

HERB MARINADE INGREDIENTS

1 large shallot, minced

5 garlic cloves, minced

3 sprigs of rosemary, chopped

¼ cup of mint, chopped

1/3 cup of herbes de Provence (can be purchased at most grocery stores)

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

BALSAMIC RED WINE REDUCTION INGREDIENTS

Half a bottle of red wine

1½ cups of balsamic vinegar

Shallots, mint and rosemary, to taste

Veal demi-glace or beef bouillon, to add flavor and consistency

¼ cup of honey

2 tablespoons of butter

BALSAMIC RED WINE REDUCTION DIRECTIONS

Sweat the shallots. Deglaze with wine, balsamic and veal demi-glace or beef bouillon. Add the mint and rosemary, then reduce the mixture by half. Add in the honey and butter. Strain the mixture and then serve the sauce on top of the lamb or on the side as a dipping sauce.

Chef’s Tip: Serve the lamb and sauce with two bunches of broccolini. Blanch the broccolini, then cook it lightly in 3 tablespoons of butter with garlic, shallots and chicken stock, to taste. Serve all of the above with Israeli couscous with sautéed fresh tomato, olives and basil.

CHEF
RYAN SUMMERS’ HERBES DE PROVENCE–MARINATED LAMB RACK WITH BALSAMIC RED WINE REDUCTION
Serves 3–4
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HERONS AT THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary 919.447.4000

theumstead.com/dining/herons

Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa offers an elegant, romantic Christmas Eve dinner every year with a seasonal menu accompanied by a vast list of wines and spirits. Previously, the restaurant has offered a four-course experience featuring a roast duck beside pickled quince and caramelized sweet potato, and a stunning steakhouse filet served with potato butter* (recipe below), broccoli and sunchoke relish. Enjoy Herons’ five-star cuisine surrounded by the restaurant’s aesthetic private art collection and intimate, polished wood interior.

INGREDIENTS

2 quarts of fresh chestnuts

2 quarts of frozen chestnuts

3 onions, peeled and sliced

.75 liters of Madeira

DIRECTIONS

2 bacon strips

pound of butter 1 quart of milk Chicken stock

Add the bacon to a large braising pot and render. Lightly caramelize the onions, then add the chestnuts and “truffles,” which are optional. Deglaze with the Madeira. Reduce the wine by half. Add double the volume of chestnuts worth of chicken stock and simmer until the nuts are tender. Blend with cold butter and pass through a chinois. Season with salt.

*To make the potato butter mentioned in the bottom right paragraph, peel and quarter 2–3 Yukon gold potatoes. Add them to cool filtered water with 3 grams of salt. Boil the potatoes until they are tender. While the potatoes cool, warm up 25 grams of heavy cream and ensure that you have 170 grams of soft plugra butter at room temperature. Strain the potatoes and put them through a potato ricer or a China cap. Whisk the riced potatoes with warm cream and butter in a mixing bowl. Add 3 additional grams of salt. For extra refinement, strain once more through a fine chinois.

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OSTERIA G

5160 Sunset Lake Road, #101, Apex 984.229.7480 | osteriag.com

For a family-oriented Christmas Eve dinner, try Osteria G’s authentic Italian comfort food. Feel the holiday spirit as you sit near the dining room’s Christmas tree adorned with rustic, homey ornaments. Osteria G’s Christmas Eve specials include a seasonal pasta dish incorporating fresh, wintry ingredients inspired by the holidays, as well as other Italian classics featuring a Christmas twist. In the past, the restaurant has offered surf and turf with a béarnaise sauce, a slow-roasted herb stuffed porchetta and a rotating array of Tuscan wines, including a flavorful Montepulciano.

DIRECTIONS

Boil the cream and vanilla paste. In a separate bowl, mix together all eggs, sugar, salt, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Slowly add the scalded cream to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously.

Strain the mixture and fill eight 6-ounce ramekins. Arrange the ramekins in a pan and fill the pan with boiling water halfway up the outside of the ramekins.

Bake at 280 degrees until the mixture sets (when the amount that jiggles is the diameter of a nickel). Cool and serve.

PHOTOS BY ALISHA CLEVELAND PHOTOGRAPHY OSTERIA G’S WINTER SPICED POT DE CREME Serves 8
INGREDIENTS 1 quart of heavy cream 1 tablespoon of vanilla paste 8 egg yolks 2 whole eggs 220 grams of granulated sugar Pinch of salt 1 gram of cardamom 1 gram of nutmeg 20 grams of crushed cinnamon sticks 5 cloves FOUR CHEFS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: THE CHEFS OF OSTERIA G ARE (LEFT TO RIGHT) MANNY LOZANO, JOSEPH REINIS, JOSH HEINZ AND KYLE HAYS. 24 | caryliving.com

TAVERNA AGORA

326 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh 919.881.8333 | tavernaagora.com

Taverna Agora offers a quaint, family-oriented Christmas Eve experience, where diners can enjoy the tastes of Greece inside a charming, picturesque dining room. The familiar blue and white table coverings, ceramic pottery and rich images of the Mediterranean coasts will transport you to the Greek Isles while you enjoy a three-course Christmas Eve dinner.

In the past, Taverna Agora has offered a 12-ounce ribeye and Astakos grilled lobster tail paired with imported Greek wines or hand-crafted cocktails. The restaurant embodies Greek gathering tavernas and encourages a serene, communal atmosphere where friends and families can gather to enjoy a meal without stress.

A FEW MORE OPTIONS

VIDRIO

500 GLENWOOD AVENUE, SUITE 100, RALEIGH

Enjoy a beautiful collection of glass-blown decor, Mediterranean tiled walls and an incredibly vibrant menu at Vidrio for Christmas Eve. With an emphasis on the communal nature of dining, Chef Saif Rahman brings patrons together through a rich array of fresh fish, roasted meats and seasonal ingredients all cooked in the purest olive oil imported from Greece. Vidrio’s Christmas Eve menu offers limited but elevated cuisine highlighting his talented kitchen staff’s creativity. Enjoy shareable entrees such as duck á l’orange, slow-roasted pork and lamb tagine, all served with their own Mediterranean twist. Make a Christmas Eve reservation at vidrioraleigh.com or by calling 919.803.6033.

A’VERDE COCINA + TEQUILA LIBRARY

2300 WALNUT STREET, CARY

Experience a vivacious, lively atmosphere this holiday season at a’Verde Cocina + Tequila Library in Cary, where Top Chef alum Katsuji Tanabe takes a creative approach to Mexican fare. His trendy menu features fresh North Carolina ingredients and incorporates them into entrées that reflect the latest culinary trends. Choose from familiar dishes with an avant-garde twist: adobo marinated meat and sizzling vegetables, for example. Reserve a table for Christmas Eve at averdecary.com or by calling 984.200.3469.

THE PEAK ON SALEM 126 N. SALEM STREET, APEX

INGREDIENTS

1 8-ounce lamb leg, bone-out 8 ounces of kefalotiri (saganaki) cheese, shredded

4 medium-sized carrots, shredded 2 ounces of pine nuts, toasted

4 cloves of garlic

3 ounces of olive oil

DIRECTIONS

1 teaspoon of pink whole peppercorn

3–4 branches of fresh thyme

1–2 teaspoons of oregano

2–3 branches of fresh rosemary

2 pounds of potatoes, peeled Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash and dry the meat. Toast the pine nuts without oil.

In a large mixing bowl, add the shredded carrots, kefalotiri cheese, pine nuts, salt, pepper and oregano. Place the meat on a large piece of parchment paper. Rub it with salt, pepper and oregano. Make small incisions and tuck in pieces of garlic, some of the carrot and the cheese mixture. Use the remaining mix to cover the meat, then add the pink peppercorn and drizzle it with olive oil. Roll the meat into a firm roll and secure it with string or baker’s twine.

In a large mixing bowl, add the potato wedges and season them with salt, pepper and oregano.

Place the meat roll at the center of the parchment paper and distribute the potatoes all around it. Add the herbs. Wrap everything and tie the parchment paper with some string or baker’s twine.

Dampen the paper and put it in the oven on a pan. Cook for about 2 hours.

Enjoy Christmas Eve right in the middle of historic, festively decorated downtown Apex at The Peak on Salem. The restaurant’s gorgeous lacquered bar, and brick and marble accents envelop diners in a cozy, upscale ambience, where prime cuts of steak and fine wines serve as the centerpiece for an amazing culinary experience created by Chef Steve Zanini. The restaurant has offered a traditional three-course Christmas Eve dinner in the past, during which customers enjoyed twice-buttered cornbread and fresh salad alongside herb-roasted pork loin or prime rib entrées. Settle in and order a craft cocktail while enjoying an elevated, yet relaxed scene. Make a reservation at thepeakonsalem.com or by calling 919.446.6060.

LUCKY 32 SOUTHERN KITCHEN

7307 TRYON ROAD, CARY

For a Southern-inspired Christmas Eve meal, head over to Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, where Chef Dan Hoskins serves up delicious comfort food rendered with an array of local ingredients. From fried green tomatoes to Cheerwine-braised short ribs, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen offers every Southerner’s dream meal with a farm-to-table twist. Enjoy your favorite dishes in the restaurant’s beautiful garden patio or modern-chic dining room. Make a Christmas Eve reservation at lucky32.com

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HOLIDAY MAGIC

Celebrate the holidays in Western Wake and beyond

From spectacular light shows, festive Christmas parades, Hanukkah celebrations and opportunities to greet Santa, this holiday season is sure to sparkle in Western Wake. Find more events online at caryliving.com and on our sister magazine’s website at midtownmag.com

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN THE GARDEN

NORTH CAROLINA CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL

November 18–January 8

8003 Regency Parkway, Cary Koka Booth Amphitheatre is transformed into a magical setting of beautiful LED lantern displays handcrafted by artisans from Tianyu Arts & Culture. These larger-thanlife lantern displays are located along a half-mile loop around the amphitheater. Cultural performances are featured nightly at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. boothamphitheatre.com

MAGIC OF LIGHTS: A MAGICAL DRIVE-THROUGH HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

November 18–December 30

3801 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek shines brightly as guests weave through a spectacular 1-mile drivethrough holiday lights display. Tickets start at $20 and are limited in quantity per evening. Purchase tickets online. magicoflights.com

WRAL NIGHT OF LIGHTS

November 19–December 24

2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh

The 1.3-mile drive-through holiday light event at Dorothea Dix Park showcases largescale light displays, in-person activations like a personal igloo rental or Holiday Outpost experience, multiple bike-only nights and a Nights of Lights 5K Fun Run/Walk. Purchase tickets online.

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THE RINK

November 19–January 16

500 S. McDowell Street, Raleigh Red Hat Amphitheater

Enjoy the thrill of ice skating in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Highlights of the event include a 20-foot decorated tree, cozy furniture stations with heat warmers, fire pits, photo opportunities, a snack bar and games. Tickets are $11 for skaters and $6 for nonskaters. redhatamphitheater.com/ the-rink

78TH ANNUAL RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE

November 20, 9:30 a.m.–noon

Fayetteville Street, Raleigh

The Raleigh Christmas Parade attracts 60,000 spectators from across the state to downtown Raleigh and reaches more than 250,000 people via ABC11 TV broadcasting and ABC11 streaming apps. shoplocalraleigh.org or grma.org

TOWN OF CARY LETTERS TO SANTA

November 21–December 11 310 S. Academy Street, Cary

Drop off letters in Santa’s mailbox to hear back from the jolly old man in red by Christmas Day. townofcary.org

NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY PRESENTS

“THE POLAR EXPRESS”

November 23, 4 p.m.; November 25, 3 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall

2 E. South Street, Raleigh Paintings from the Caldecott Medal–winning book “The Polar

Express” appear on a giant screen above the stage as baritone Scott MacLeod and a chorus of children join the North Carolina Symphony to bring this magical holiday tale to life. ncsymphony.org

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

November 24–January 1, 5:30–9 p.m.; closed November 28–December 1

Hill Ridge Farms

703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville

Immerse yourself in magical lights on a 1-mile-plus trail throughout the farm from the comfort of your vehicle. Tickets per vehicle are $20 cash, $23 credit/debit; pay upon arrival. hillridgefarms.com

LIGHTS ON THE NEUSE

Visit the website for operating dates and to purchase tickets.

1620 Loop Road, Clayton Take a 1-mile, tractor-pulled hayride through a holiday light spectacular featuring s’mores and photos with Santa. lightsontheneuse.com

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“MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS”

November 26, 8 p.m.

Durham Performing Arts Center 123 Vivian Street, Durham

Don’t miss this favorite holiday tradition as Mannheim Steamroller dazzles with seasonal music and dazzling multimedia effects. dpacnc.com

“ELF THE MUSICAL”

November 29–December 4; see website for showtimes

Durham Performing Arts Center 123 Vivian Street, Durham Follow Buddy the Elf in his hilarious quest to find his true identity and the meaning of Christmas. dpacnc.com

FUQUAY–VARINA TREE LIGHTING, SLEIGH RIDES AND SANTA

December 1, 6–8 p.m. Downtown Fuquay-Varina

This highly anticipated event on Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina features a treelighting ceremony at 6 p.m., ticketed sleigh rides and a visit from Saint Nicholas. fuquay-varina.org

FUQUAY-VARINA CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT

December 2, 7:30 p.m.; December 3, 3 p.m.

Fuquay-Varina Arts Center 123 E. Vance Street, Fuquay-Varina.

A collection of local voices delivers songs about sleigh rides, starry nights and cozy fires. Tickets are $8. fuquay-varina.org

CARY PLAYERS PRESENTS

“A CHRISTMAS STORY”

December 2–5; see website for showtimes

Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Avenue, Cary

Based on the classic movie, “A Christmas Story” is humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s and follows young Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Purchase tickets online. caryplayers.org

15TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE AND WREATH AUCTION AND EXHIBIT

December 2–19

Halle Cultural Arts Center 237 N. Salem Street, Apex Drift into a whimsical wonderland and discover what Apex area businesses, schools, performing groups and other organizations dream up for their themed greenery. Take a chance on the silent auction and bid on a favorite display. apexnc.org

APEX ROTARY PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 3; 7–11 a.m. (breakfast); 5 p.m. (parade) Salem Street, downtown Apex Holiday festivities include the Apex Rotary’s pancake breakfast at the fire station and the town’s evening parade, which begins at 5 p.m. apexrotary.org

GRINCH CANDY CANE HUNT

December 3, 11 a.m. Fred G. Bond Metro Park Boathouse

801 High House Road, Cary

Find all of Santa’s candy canes hidden in Bond Park before the Grinch swipes them. $9/resident, $12/nonresident. Reserve a spot at mycary.org using course code 020211. townofcary.org

“THE HOLLY JOLLY JOSHUA SHOW”

December 3, 11 a.m. Carolina Theatre of Durham 309 West Morgan Street, Durham

Joshua Holden entertains all ages with singing, tap dancing and a zany cast of puppets in this delightful holiday story. Tickets are $5. carolinatheatre.org

SANTA’S WORKSHOP

December 3, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Herbert C. Young Community Center 121 Wilkinson Avenue, Cary Children can enjoy a variety of craft stations and a visit with Santa. Support the Cary Teen Council’s food drive by taking two nonperishable food items or a cash donation for admission. There will be a 20-minute break at 11:30 a.m. so Santa can feed his reindeer. townofcary.org

TOWN OF CARY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

December 3, 6 p.m. 316 N. Academy Street, Cary Ring in the holiday season with actors, singers and musicians from the community. See the Cary Christmas tree featuring handcrafted ornaments from more than 130 community groups at Town Hall. townofcary.org

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE PAGE-WALKER December 3, 3–6 p.m. Page-Walker Arts & History Center

119 Ambassador Loop Road, Cary

Enjoy old-fashioned holiday fun as Cary’s former hotel welcomes guests with hot cider, cookies, traditional music, craft-making and carriage rides. townofcary.org

SANTA’S REINDEER ROUNDUP EXPRESS

December 3–4, 10–11 and 17; departure times are 9:30 and 11 a.m.; 12:30, 2:15 and 3:45 p.m.

New Hope Valley Railway 3900 Bonsal Road, Apex

Search for Santa’s nine missing reindeer—including Rudolph— during a 50-minute ride in the New Hill woods. Take a camera for a photo with Santa. Purchase tickets online. triangletrain.com

NORTH CAROLINA

SYMPHONY PRESENTS

“HOLIDAY POPS”

December 9, noon

Meymandi Concert Hall

2 E. South Street, Raleigh

The North Carolina Symphony performs treasured holiday favorites and traditional carols. ncsymphony.org

EVENING WITH ELVES

December 9, 6–8:30 p.m.

Marbles Kids Museum

201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh

Immerse yourself into the magic of the holiday season with s’mores outdoors, arctic museum play and a special visit from the Snowflake Fairy. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult over the age of 18. Purchase tickets online for $25–$30/person.

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IRA DAVID WOOD III’S

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

December 9–11 and 14–18

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham

See Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol,” a musical comedy adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic celebrating its 49th year. Performances take place December 9–11 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and December 14–18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. theatreinthepark.com

HAPPY HOLLY DAYS PARADE

December 10, 10 a.m.

Downtown Holly Springs

Celebrate the season in Holly Springs as floats, bands, decorated vehicles, horses, marching groups and more travel Main Street, starting at Holly Springs Road and ending at Rogers Street. hollyspringsnc.gov

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CARY CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 10, 2–4 p.m.

Downtown Cary

The Cary Jaycees presents this joyful celebration that features marching bands, mascots, floats, local business and more in downtown Cary. caryjaycees.org

CAROLINA BALLET PRESENTS “THE NUTCRACKER”

December 10–24 (see website for showtimes)

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Carolina Ballet honors past productions of “The Nutcracker” by George Balanchine and Robert Weiss while presenting refreshed choreography for today’s audiences. Performances take place December 10–11 at the Durham Performing Arts Center and on December 16–24 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. carolinaballet.com

GARNER CHRISTMAS PARADE, HOLIDAY BLOCK PARTY AND TREE LIGHTING

December 13, 4:15 p.m.

Downtown Garner

See the town’s annual parade followed by a holiday block party and tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. garnerchristmasparade.com

NORTH CAROLINA MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS

“JOY OF THE SEASON”

December 13, 7:30 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E. South Street, Raleigh

The Chorale’s 170-voice Symphonic Choir, Chamber Choir and Youth Choir accompanied by a brass ensemble, percussion, piano and organ return to Meymandi Concert Hall to sing familiar carols and new settings. Tickets are $28 and up. ncmasterchorale.org

“TRANS-SIBERIAN

ORCHESTRA: GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE”

December 14, 7 p.m.

PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh

The progressive rock group delivers an electrifying holiday show. Tickets are $39 and up. pncarena.com

“BIG BAND: SWING, BLUES AND HOLIDAY TUNES”

December 16, 7:30 p.m. Fuquay-Varina Arts Center 123 E. Vance Street, Fuquay-Varina.

Fuquay’s own Gerald Parker Jazz Orchestra delights with their special brand of swinging holiday tunes. Tickets are $8. fuquay-varina.org

APEX FARMERS MARKET HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

December 17, 9 a.m.–noon

Downtown Apex

Take the family for live music,

kids activities and more to celebrate the yuletide season. apexfarmersmarket.com

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA COMMEMORATION

December 17, noon

Hillcrest Cemetery 608 Page Street, Cary

The Yates Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorates the annual Wreaths Across America event to honor service members buried in both the Hillcrest Cemetery and the First Christian Church Cemetery in Cary. Attendees are welcome to help place wreaths on the graves of all veterans in both historic cemeteries. Wreaths can be sponsored for $15. wreathsacrossamerica.org

RALEIGH RINGERS’ HOLIDAY CONCERTS

December 17–18, 4 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E. South Street, Raleigh

Hear the Raleigh Ringers present interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music arranged for handbells. Purchase tickets online, $14–$26. rr.org

TOWN OF CARY HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING

December 19, 5:30 p.m. Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Avenue, Cary Join the Town of Cary as it lights a menorah on the third night of Hanukkah. Enjoy

treats, kids activities and holiday music.

townofcary.org

“THE MOTOWN SOUND OF CHRISTMAS”

December 21–29, 7 p.m. Cary Arts Center

101 Dry Avenue, Cary

Enjoy a unique holiday experience full of joy and soul from Pure Life Theatre. Tickets are $27. townofcary.org

“THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER”

December 23, 7:30 p.m.

Durham Performing Arts Center 123 Vivian Street, Durham

Legendary emcee Kurtis Blow leads theatergoers through a remixed and reimagined version of the classic ballet that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. dpacnc.com

KWANZAA CELEBRATION

December 29, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Cary Arts Center

101 Dry Avenue, Cary

This communal, cultural celebration honors African American people and their heritage. townofcary.org

FIRST NIGHT RALEIGH December 31; 5 p.m.–midnight Downtown Raleigh Ring in the new year with live entertainment, roving street performers, arts and crafts stations and the Acorn Drop at midnight. Tickets are $12–$16. firstnightraleigh.com

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KWANZAA FEST

January 1, noon–5:30 p.m.

212 Foster Street, Durham

The African American Dance Ensemble hosts the 37th annual Kwanzaa Fest at the Durham Armory featuring a children’s village, vendor market and live performances that highlight family, cultural and social values. downtowndurham.com

HOLIDAY EVENTS

FARTHER AFIELD

CHRISTMAS AT BILTMORE

November 4–January 8

1 Lodge Street, Asheville

“Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration” ($99–$399/ticket) showcases the home beautifully bedecked in Christmas trimmings. Both the Visit Plus and ExpertGuided Visit options feature the immersive, multi-sensory exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius.”

“Candlelight Christmas Evenings” ($119–$409) allows guests to step back in time with an experience reminiscent of the Vanderbilts’ first Christmas there in 1895. Musicians perform seasonal favorites. A 55-foot Norway spruce sparkles in the front lawn and luminaries line the walkway. biltmore.com

WINTER WONDERLIGHTS

November 17–January 1

4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro

The Greensboro Science Center’s zoo and 11-acre expansion transform into a holiday extravaganza of 12 Magical Realms. See the Polar Pond, Forest of Light and Snowball

Surprise, and have fun in the Treehouse Lights and Dino Disco. Visit the website for operating hours and ticket prices. greensboroscience.org/ winterwonderlights

TANGLEWOOD PARK

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

November 11–January 1, 6–11 p.m.

4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons

See dazzling holiday light displays from your car. Tickets are $20 cash or $23 credit per vehicle. forsyth.cc

FESTIVAL OF TREES

November 16–20 at select times

The Carolina Hotel

80 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst

The annual Festival of Trees at The Carolina Hotel benefits children who have special developmental needs at Sandhills Children’s Center, helping to provide vital therapies to ensure them the very best start in life. Donations are accepted at the door. festivaloftrees.org

TWEETSIE CHRISTMAS

November 25–December 30

Open select evenings, 5–9 p.m. 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock

Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a winter wonderland featuring a nighttime train ride among thousands of dazzling lights. Enjoy amusement park rides and meet Santa in his house filled with candied furnishings. Tickets are $52 for ages 13 and older, $35 for ages 3–12. Online ticket purchase is recommended. tweetsie.com

WINTER LIGHTS AT THE NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM

November 18–December 31, 5:30–10:30 p.m.

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville Drive through the arboretum’s enchanted forest to view unique exhibits covered in thousands of holiday lights. Prices vary by date and can be purchased online or at the gate. ncarboretum.org

NORTH CAROLINA HOLIDAY FLOTILLA

November 26, 6 p.m. Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington See boats decorated in their holiday finest sail down Motts and Banks channels, followed by evening fireworks. Admission is free. Don't miss A Day in the Park, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at the Town Complex featuring food vendors, live music, a car show and kids activities. ncholidayflotilla.org

DECK THE TREES

December 1–January 2

308 W. State Street, Black Mountain

Discover beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Monte Vista Hotel, as well as in stores and businesses throughout Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley area. Each tree, uniquely decorated around the theme “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” are created by businesses, organizations, or individuals to help raise funds for the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry Fuel Fund. svcmblackmountain.org

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN THE GARDEN

December 2–22

Cape Fear Botanical Garden 536 N. Eastern Boulevard, Fayetteville

Experience a Winter Wonderland, see Santa, enjoy s’mores and more. Tickets are limited. Check the website for ticket sale dates and prices. capefearbg.org/event/ holiday-lights-in-the-garden-3

CRYSTAL COAST

HOLIDAY FLOTILLA

December 3, 5:30–8 p.m. 315 Front Street, Beaufort See boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. maritimefriends.org/ christmas-flotilla-2022

SANTA ON THE CHIMNEY

December 3 and 10, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Chimney Rock State Park 431 Main Street, Chimney Rock

For the 25th year, Santa will rappel down Chimney Rock, an iconic natural landmark. Visitors can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy animal education programs by a park naturalist and make holiday crafts. This event is included with park admission: $17 for adults, $8 for ages 5–15, and free for ages 4 and younger. chimneyrockpark.com

CANDLELIGHT NIGHT AT THE PALACE

December 10 and 17, 4:30–9:30 p.m.

529 S. Front Street, New Bern

Explore Tryon Palace and enjoy entertainment in the Performance Tent. Stop by Mistletoe Corner for drinks and delicious snacks in a festive holiday setting. The evening ends with a grand display of black powder fireworks. Online ticket purchase is recommended. tryonpalace.org

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FOR THE CHILDREN FIVE NONPROFITS HELPING LOCAL KIDS LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES

D espite the Triangle’s well-known status as a family-friendly place to live, some children who live here struggle. According to 2020 data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center, more than 21,000 children in Wake County lived below the poverty line at that time, and almost 800 cases of child abuse were reported and substantiated that year. (This number was down from 1,320 reported cases in 2019, possibly due to COVID keeping children at home and not in schools or other places where any signs of abuse could be observed and reported.) Because children have no power to advocate for themselves, kids need adults looking out for them at every level, from their families, friends and schools, to broader social and governmental entities.

A variety of organizations have emerged to support Triangle-area children through different types of challenges. Here, we profile five nonprofit organizations that protect and enhance the lives of children in our area

TRIANGLE FAMILY SERVICES

Triangle Family Services (TFS) has been providing families in crisis with assistance for 85 years. The organization offers 14 different programs related to family safety, mental health and financial stability. TFS addresses problems that, as CEO Alice Lutz puts it, “no one wants to talk about.”

Last year, for example, TFS’s Time Together Center supervised 622 visits between children and parents with whom the center’s staff had restricted access. Mike Zayas, who, several years ago, required supervised visits with his children after a traumatic brain injury, credits the center for preserving his relationship with them. “We were playing dominoes. We were playing video games … Whatever room we’d get, we had a good time,” he says. “It became so very, very close to regular for me and my kids that when the judge allowed [unsupervised visitation], the kids were ready.”

Assisting homeless families is another important TFS service. Last year, the organization helped 248 formerly homeless people, including 45 children, move into permanent housing. Other examples of TFS services include reaching out to families living on the street, domestic violence intervention and anger management training. TFS hopes to add a staff member to help families apply for disability benefits and a health care worker to diagnose homeless clients’ medical needs.

In addition to financial donations to TFS, Lutz says the organization’s homeless clients benefit from donations of water, blankets, socks, hygiene kits and warm clothes.

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Camp Corral is based in Raleigh but reaches out to kids across the country. Sponsored by the Raleigh-based Golden Corral restaurant chain, Camp Corral offers opportunities for children of military personnel who have been wounded, made ill or killed in service to connect with other kids who share their experiences through a free week at summer camp.

Camp Corral kids enjoy building connections with other kids who understand military life. Camp offers opportunities for “those natural conversations that occur when you know you’re in a safe environment with people who know what your world is like,” says Camp Corral CEO Phil Kowalczyk. Adding the loss, illness or injury of a parent to the mix means that these kids really benefit from interacting with others who understand their experiences. For example, 69% of participants do at least one caregiving task in their home—the types of responsibility their peers seldom undertake.

Camp Corral contracts with American Camp Association–accredited camps across the U.S. to provide an experience that Kowalczyk describes as “like summer camp, but a little different,” because campers build unique connections they often maintain after camp is over. What’s more, 70% of participants’ parents report that time at camp has improved their children’s mental health.

In 2021, Camp Corral began offering spring programs for families to enjoy camp experiences together. They hope to begin a junior counselor training program in 2023.

WONDER CONNECTION 919.914.0015 | wonderconnection.org

In 2006, Katie Stoudemire, then a science museum employee and hospital volunteer, founded Wonder Connection, an organization that brings the natural world to chronically ill and hospitalized kids. It also engages families staying at The Ronald McDonald House in intergenerational outdoor activities.

Wonder Connection volunteers engage in one-on-one, nature-oriented activities with pediatric patients at UNC Hospital. Frequently-hospitalized kids don’t get the same opportunities for hands-on interaction with the outdoors as their peers. “We don’t know what their diagnosis is,” Stoudemire says. “And it’s not important, because what we want is to see them as the creative and interesting kids and teens that they are.”

Activities range from constructing baking soda volcanoes and battery-powered motorcycles to building butterfly wings. Last year, Wonder Connection provided 670 pediatric patients with individualized sessions.

Over the same time period, Wonder Connection also served 588 kids through group activities at UNC Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric clinic. Of those patients, 88% reported feeling happier as a result of their participation—a particularly significant statistic for kids fighting mental illness. One activity involved creating landscape designs for the hospital courtyard. Patients enjoyed the design project so much that Wonder Connection coordinated with the North Carolina Museum of Art to provide a patient-designed floral art installation for 2022’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit.

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SAFEchild 919.743.6140 | safechildnc.org

SAFEchild is the leading child abuse prevention agency for Wake County. It coordinates with the Wake County Public School System, with Child Protective Services, and with other nonprofit organizations to prevent and eliminate child abuse. Its goals are to support parents, educate the public and advocate for abuse victims.

On the prevention side, SAFEchild’s staff and volunteers encourage confused or frustrated parents to contact them for help. There are no fees or eligibility requirements. If there is one message SAFEchild Executive Director Cristin DeRonja emphasizes, it is that asking for help is an act of strength. “Every family needs support,” she says. “Families should feel safe and secure, like it’s OK and it’s celebrated to reach out for support. The first thing we do when families reach out to us is: We thank them for calling.”

Another prevention program, Funny Tummy Feelings, teaches children in Wake County Schools how to recognize and respond when something is wrong with the way an adult is interacting with them. The program has been adopted in every WCPSS elementary school.

SAFEchild’s advocacy program has become a national model for evaluating and advocating for abused children due to its emphasis on care collaboration. The organization’s advocacy team consists of members from the medical community and public school system, and other community members who can intervene in different ways and on different levels so children can understand what happened to them and receive support from many different directions. In 2021, SAFEchild was able to evaluate 385 children for signs of abuse and neglect.

Next summer, SAFEchild hopes to open a new facility on land that WakeMed has donated. The new space will allow the organization to triple the rate at which it can provide medical evaluations and double the number of children it can serve in other prevention programs.

FATHERS FOREVER

919.779.9905 | afatherforever.com

Fathers Forever grew out of founder and director Glen Warren’s wish to give struggling men the support they need to be responsible parents. “I know what it is to have a good dad,” says Warren. “I also am a retired social worker … I’ve seen the devastation of adults still struggling with feelings of abandonment because their dad wasn’t there.”

Fathers Forever offers 12-session parenting courses for men who struggle to be stable figures in their kids’ lives. Maybe they’ve been in prison. Maybe they’re fighting addiction or unemployment. Fathers Forever works with these populations as well as dads in other crippling situations. Some men are referred to the program by the court system because they have been delinquent in child support payments.

A pre-pandemic Wake County–sponsored study showed that after taking the Fathers Forever parenting course, 66% of participants increased their child support payments. Fathers Forever also offers five transitional houses for men who have recently left prison, each with 38 beds. The program gives them three meals a day and a place to stay, and it helps them find sustainable, well-paying jobs. The organization also runs a food pantry, a clothing closet and a temp agency that works with the transitional housing program.

Currently, Fathers Forever is working to get “Dads at a Distance,” a textbook version of Warren’s parenting class designed for men in prison, into Wake County’s 1,500 jails— each with a handwritten note of encouragement.

Fathers Forever Founder and Director Glen Warren Photo courtesy of Fathers Forever SAFEchild Executive Director Cristin DeRonja
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GIVINGBACK

Explore this special section to find out how Triangle nonprofits are helping those in need within our community. Please consider lending these organizations a hand.

ALS North Carolina Chapter 4 N. Blount Street, Suite 200 Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 919.755.9001

ALS North Carolina Chapter

Help create a world without amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

The 2023 Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS is Saturday, April 22, 2023, and we need YOU to help create a world without amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Get involved today at triangle.alsnc.org. The Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS® raises money and awareness for the fight against ALS. Often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” ALS robs people of the ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. Everything we do—the services we provide, clinics we support, research we fund, and laws and policies we advocate for—is done to help search for effective treatments and to find a cure for ALS.

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Dorcas Ministries

Providing compassionate assistance to area residents to empower people to become stable and self-sufficient

For over 50 years, Dorcas Ministries has been providing compassionate assistance to area residents to empower people to become self-sufficient. Our services include crisis financial assistance, homeless services, a food pantry and workforce development training. The Dorcas Thrift Shop continues to rank among the most popular thrift stores in the greater Triangle area. The tremendous support of Dorcas by volunteers, community partners, donors, and thrift shop customers is changing the lives of our neighbors in need in incredible ways, and we invite you to join us!

Dorcas Ministries 187 High House Road Cary, North Carolina 27511 919.469.9861 dorcascary.org

Rise Against Hunger

Take action today to help end hunger tomorrow

Rise Against Hunger is working to end world hunger—and it starts with a meal.

Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies.

When people have nutritious food to live healthy lives, it leads to empowerment and resilience. It Starts With a Meal, and it starts with you.

Join the movement to end hunger!

4801 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 200 Raleigh, North Carolina 27612 919.839.0689 riseagainsthunger.org

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COMING HOME

VOLUNTEERS RESTORE 10 HISTORIC RAILWAY CARS TO THEIR PROPER RESTING PLACE

In the fall of 2019, R. Victor Varney, a dedicated volunteer of the New Hope Valley Railway and North Carolina Railway Museum, was cutting the grass at the open-air train museum when he saw something alarming. Just off the property on another branch line, workers were removing a railway switch. The switch hadn’t been used in years, but the removal of it meant something vital to Varney and to the museum. This switch was the connection point to the Harris Nuclear Plant, where four historic trains owned by the North Carolina Railway Museum had been stored for nearly 40 years.

Museum volunteers tried to find ways to stall the removal until the cars could be retrieved, but their efforts were in vain. By the time they found the right person to speak with, the switch was gone. Four historic train cars, some built over 100 years ago, had no path home.

FROM 4 TO 10

The New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill, aka “the Triangle’s Train,” is an educational nonprofit run by the North Carolina Railway Museum with a mission to preserve and share North Carolina’s railroad history. It has been offering rides on authentic vintage trains since 1988 and is the only operating historic railway system within the state. After acquiring the four historic cars, which include two Pullman-built passenger cars, a baggage car and a box car, the museum stored them at the power plant until it was financially feasible to store them on museum property.

In the 1980s and 1990s, museum volunteers often visited and cleaned the cars at Harris Nuclear Plant, always looking forward to bringing the cars “home.” But 9/11 changed everything. Security increased everywhere, and museum volunteers were prohibited from entering

the power plant grounds. These train cars were stranded, but never forgotten. When the switch was removed nearly two decades later, volunteers knew they needed to make a move then, or risk losing the cars forever. They sought, and were granted, permission to see the condition of the cars.

It turns out that being abandoned at a high-security power plant managed by Duke Energy Corporation was a mixed blessing. The cars were weathered, but intact. “There was no vandalism,” Varney says. “No one had touched them.”

When volunteers met with Duke Energy personnel about moving the cars, they were offered something incredible. Duke Energy Corporation had six additional historic train cars—four flat cars and two cabooses—that were destined for the scrap yard. If the North Carolina Railway Museum could move them, it could have them.

The museum quickly accepted the gift and challenge, and plans for the move

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began in January 2020. Each 20-plus-ton car would need to be delicately lifted by an industrial crane and placed on a flatbed truck for the 5-mile drive. Then another crane would need to lift the car from the truck to place it on tracks at the museum site.

Countless hours were spent assessing safety protocols, the physics, the roads and intricate details, including contacting the cable and power companies to lift the overhead lines on the route to the museum. It was a complex project, and they were making progress.

But, “you know what happened then,” Varney says with a sigh. COVID-19 stopped the efforts in its tracks. Literally.

Not only were museum volunteers shut out of the power plant again, but New Hope Valley Railway train operations screeched to a halt. By the end of 2020, the situation looked bleak. The pandemic had financially decimated New Hope Valley Railway, which receives funding primarily from train ticket sales, and the power plant would scrap all 10 historic train cars if volunteers couldn’t find a way to transport them. That’s when “Save the Ten” was born.

‘SAVE THE TEN’

The North Carolina Railway Museum is a private nonprofit staffed entirely by volunteers. Members of the organization are passionate about trains and the impact trains have had on our country. Upon the launch of “Save the Ten,” an initiative aimed specifically to fund the transport of the 10 historic railroad cars to the museum site, it was no surprise that members of the museum made the first and biggest contributions. In just five months, museum members had contributed nearly $100,000 to the effort. Soon, the plight was recognized by train enthusiasts near and far. Donations came in from around the country and, for the first time in the museum’s history, the state legislature approved a grant to help the cause.

The organization reached its ultimate goal of nearly $200,000 by the end of 2021, and what had once seemed impossible, was imminent. On the week of May 9, 2022, after years of plans and seemingly insurmountable hurdles, all 10 trains were lifted, driven and placed back down with impeccable care on the grounds of the North Carolina Railway Museum. The move from power plant to their forever home took just three days.

FULL SPEED AHEAD

In order to understand this effort, the historic significance of these trains must be highlighted. In addition to the four early 20th century cars originally owned by the museum, the six cars that Duke Energy Corporation donated were important because of their decades-long role of transporting used nuclear fuel.

The two cabooses are unlike any other on display. They were dubbed “escort vehicles” because their function was to guard the flat cars, which carried spent nuclear fuel from all over the Carolinas to Harris Nuclear Plant, where they could be safely stored.

Safety and security were paramount. Unlike other cabooses, these cars have machine gun mounts and were equipped with red light systems, like what submarines have, to help with night vision for patrolmen. When the cabooses ran their last run in 2015, the doors were shut and left untouched— unintentional time capsules now being restored. Some items left behind include dosimeters (to track radiation), full body suits and gloves and, interestingly, a half-eaten pack of Fig Newtons … completely preserved.

After a private inauguration event in May 2023 to honor those who originally worked with the trains, the museum volunteers hope all North Carolinians will come out and experience this piece of history that was almost, literally, scrapped forever.

OPPOSITE: This caboose is one of 10 train cars that now call New Hope Valley Railway home.

Photo courtesy of Angela Jamison

ABOVE: New Hope Valley Railway volunteer R. Victor Varney shows the perfectly preserved storage container aboard one of the historic caboose cars.

Photo courtesy of Mandy Howard

ALL ABOARD THE SANTA TRAIN

Support local history while creating great holiday memories. New Hope Valley Railway is the only place in the Triangle where you can meet Santa aboard authentic passenger cars driven by a real locomotive.

Know Before You Go:

• Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express operates December 3, 4, 10, 11 and 17.

• Tickets are pre-sold on triangletrain.com Hurry! The rides sell out every year.

• The train operates no matter the weather— sun, snow or rain—just like real trains.

• The passenger cars have a roof but are open air. Bundle up if it’s cold.

• Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the train departure time, and come even earlier to check out the garden trains, food trucks and gift shop.

Photo courtesy of Angela Jamison

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What to Know as You Consider Veneers

For many considering cosmetic dental changes, veneers have made their way to the top of trending search results. Veneers have many aesthetic benefits and are one of the easiest cosmetic changes you can make to your teeth. However, there are some important considerations to make before deciding if veneers are right for you.

First off, let’s define veneers

Veneers are a type of cosmetic covering bonded to your tooth and are usually made out of a porcelaintype material. They are mainly used in cosmetic applications to change either the shade or the shape of your teeth, for a greater cosmetic result.

How veneers treatment works

Typically your veneers treatment is divided into two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist trims a tiny amount of enamel off your teeth. This creates

space for the veneer placement. Next, an impression is made, your shade is determined, and the veneers are created in a lab. A temporary veneer is placed until the final veneer from the lab is ready. During your second appointment, the final veneers are bonded to your teeth and the dentist ensures a perfect fit!

Bring on the coffee and tea

Porcelain veneers are not made of enamel like the front of your natural teeth. This actually gives you some benefits. The main advantage is that they do not stain as your normal teeth would. They are also incredibly hard, making them more resistant to damage than your natural teeth. In fact, they have the advantage over natural teeth in terms of resistance to damage or staining.

Veneers are long-lasting cosmetic options

Like most anything, the typical recipe for how long a restoration lasts has a lot to do with how you take

care of it. If you are diligent about home care and keep up with regular dental cleanings, there’s no reason your veneers can’t last a lifetime.

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WHO/WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

What influences me most are stories of courage, strength, independence and positivity. I am encouraged everyday by seeking out lessons from the past that light the way for women leaders and business owners.

WHO/WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

My biggest influences would include family and my closest friends with whom I've been able to express my opinions, doubts and achievements, and they have always been supportive of my goals.

HOW ARE YOU AN INFLUENCER EVERY DAY?

By being sincere, authentic, confident, compassionate, helpful and accepting of  others. I want to influence my children, family, colleagues and friends to find purpose in what they do and to maintain a positive outlook while continuing to learn and grow. The power of relationships and connection is vital.

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WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

I want to influence all women who have limiting beliefs or circumstances—to help them reach their ultimate potential and know they are not in it alone. We are all just one decision away from a whole new life. Wouldn’t it be amazing if that life is where we live up to our ultimate potential and reach our biggest goals?

WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

In the years to come, I want to influence anyone who can relate to my experiences somehow.

I have learned that none of us are going through experiences alone; there is somebody else going through the same thing. My main job is to find those people and let them know they are important and their voice matters.

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WHO/WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

A strong faith, incredibly supportive family, great friendships and conversations with strangers. I don’t take these blessings or encounters for granted. My “Mama” and husband, Boston, are incredible cheerleaders who never fail to push me. I’m humbled to connect with our listener family. Hearing their stories rejuvenates me.

HOW ARE YOU AN INFLUENCER EVERY DAY?

I have a deep love for people and our community. Events like March of Dimes or hurricane relief efforts, cancer or mental health research—those are priorities. Continuing to connect with people in an authentic way about real life issues is my “Why?”

WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

Using my platform, I want to share stories of those who don’t always have a voice; to encourage young minds to believe in themselves and to tell them, “You are important in this world, and you matter.”

I’m also eager to begin a scholarship program to invest in our future.

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WHO/WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

My first, most important influence was my mother, an ER nurse. She was fun, creative, independent and strong. If something broke, we learned to fix it together. She told us every day she loved us and that we could do anything we put our minds to.

HOW ARE YOU AN INFLUENCER EVERY DAY?

I am an influencer through the use of kindness, listening and choosing to always do the right thing—even if it is hard or painful. Kindness always circles back to the source and gathers strength.

WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

I would like to continue to positively influence and mentor young adults. I would like them to know that life always gets better. Time changes everything. You are loved and you can do anything you put your mind to!

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WHO/WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

My biggest influencers are my patients. I can see the difference our care has on their lives, and that pushes me to continue to advocate for them and find the best treatment for them to live a life of joy.

HOW ARE YOU AN INFLUENCER EVERY DAY?

I like to think that the way I live my life and my purpose shows in everything I do. I am very honest and open, and if that influences others, then that’s a bonus. We need more goodness in this world. It all starts with us.

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WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

I hope to influence other medical professionals and, hopefully, insurance providers. We need them all to know that mental health should be just as much of a priority as physical health. Asking for help should be as normal as being seen for diabetes.

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WHO/WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

I’m influenced by women who don’t walk away from roadblocks and are determined to push through. Those who acknowledge that life has its challenges, but they don’t run from fear—they are willing to be vulnerable and go after what they want.

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HOW ARE YOU AN INFLUENCER EVERY DAY?

I empower and encourage those I’m connected with by being authentic, kind and respectful. I also model what I tell my clients and I love finding creative ways to give back. Motivation is an inspiring tool I use.

WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

I want to encourage women of all ages to never give up on their dreams and demonstrate that there are different ways to accomplish things. I want women to not just act strong, but be strong by believing in themselves.

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My biggest influences include the incredible, evidence-based strong women physicians who helped train me. My mom has also consistently provided an example of how to give to others in her career, while seamlessly maintaining balance at home with a family.

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HOW ARE YOU AN INFLUENCER EVERY DAY?

As a woman in medicine, I hope to influence other women by educating and empowering them to take ownership of their health. Most importantly, I hope to help my daughter, Porter, continue to grow into the strongest, funniest and most authentic version of herself in years to come.

— Dr. Kaela Pearce, MD, FACOG

WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

I have been practicing in Wake county for 17 years now, and it is not just who, but what that is important. My mission is to provide compassionate and unparalleled care for the women in my community through life— its joys and sorrows.

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My mom and three amazing kiddos are my biggest influences. I’m blessed to have had a strong and loving woman as my role model, and I try my best to be that for my own children. Joyce Meyer has also influenced me too much to leave her off my list.

HOW ARE YOU AN INFLUENCER EVERY DAY?

We influence best through example, so I strive to be and do my best at anything I take on. I try to live in a way that influences others to be kind, to do their best, and to be their best selves while inspiring others to do the same.

WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO INFLUENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME?

Busy moms like me! Through my coaching I teach, empower and support these amazing women as they make simple, strategic, sustainable changes to become their best selves. Providing my clients with information, tools and techniques to transform their bodies and lives is the most rewarding influence I can imagine.

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THE 2022 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

COMPILED BY THE CARY LIVING STAFF PHOTOS ARE COURTESY OF THE STORES AND MANUFACTURERS LISTED, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

As you venture into the holiday shopping scene, take our 2022 gift guide with you for inspiration. These unique items from local businesses and boutiques—many of which give back to nonprofits that serve beautiful missions—are available right here in the Triangle. Happy shopping!

Note: While all of these shops and businesses are local, some items are available for online purchase only.

Confetti Stemless Wine Glass, $18.95 NOFO @ the Pig nofo.com

Emporium Home Rose Quartz Barware in Satin Brass, $235.50 (for the set of three)

Max Hugo Interior Design maxhugointeriors.com

Balsam & Cedar Luxe Sanded Mercury Glass Candle, $69.60

Steven Shell Living stevenshellliving.com

June & December Winter Greens Napkins, $42.95 (for the set of four) NOFO @ the Pig | nofo.com

Deco Tea Time Gift Basket, $57 (Espresso-infused honey, Fools Gold honey, Pisgah Breakfast, Old North State mug and leaf tea strainer) Deco Raleigh | decoraleigh.com

Alley Twenty-Six Cocktail Syrups, $13 for a 12.5-ounce bottle Alley Twenty-Six alleytwentysixsyrups.com

LUCIA Bundle

Hand and body cream, $24.95; lotion, $23.95; foaming bath, $23.95; room spray, $23.95; fragranced bar soap, $12.95; and fragranced soy wax candle, $27.95 NOFO @ the Pig | nofo.com

The Holiday Cookies Pack, prices vary Tiff’s Treats | cookiedelivery.com

Oak City Scents Holiday Gift Set With Warmer, $38 Oak City Scents oakcityscents.com

Beekman 1802 Honeyed Grapefruit Lotion, $20 Stylish Living stylishlivingapex.com

Dr. TopicOils Organic Self-Care Bundle (Hair growth, body care and libido boost), $80 Dr. TopicOils | drtopicoils.com

ZO Micro Facial Collection, $165 The MedSpa | themedsparaleigh.com

Bailey’s Icon Collection

Tiny Diamond Hoop Earrings, $325

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | baileybox.com

Bailey’s Heritage Collection

World’s Most Perfect Signet Ring, $995 Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | baileybox.com

Marco Bicego Jaipur

Link Earrings, $2,040 Fink’s Jewelers finks.com

Hair on Leather Tote, $275 Designed for Joy designedforjoy.com

Gold Bar Necklace, $32 Designed for Joy designedforjoy.com

Apotheke x Woodhouse Candles, $45/candle (or free with the purchase of a $150 gift card) Woodhouse Spas | woodhousespas.com
Barrel Bag, $160 Addis Jemari Marketplace addisjemari.org Use the code “CARYLIVING2022” for 25% off your entire order

Tonic Australia Jewelry Cube, $44.95 NOFO @ the Pig | nofo.com

Fitsum Clutch, $76 Addis Jemari Marketplace addisjemari.org Use the code “CARYLIVING2022” for 25% off your entire order

Jodi Faux Fur Jacket in Neon Pink, $345 The Gatorbug thegatorbug.com

Minimal Heels by Valentina Rangoni, $360 Rangoni Firenze | rangonistore.com

Brunch Bags (made with recycled textiles): Coco Pepe, $525, and Lottie Bomba, $375 Pongopanna | pongopanna.com

Dolores Boot by Valentina Rangoni, $600 Rangoni Firenze rangonistore.com
Monogrammed Leather Composition Cover, $45 Home State Made | homestatemade.com NBA x Bright Black Candle, $40 Bright Black | brightblackcandles.com Leather Notebook, $30–$40, Designed for Joy | designedforjoy.com TUDOR Black Bay GMT S&G, 41 millimeters, $5,550 Fink’s Jewelers | finks.com

Onward Reserve Croc Penny Loafer (cognac), $295

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Silk and Wool Woven Ties, $95 each Onward Reserve onwardreserve.com

Stenstroms Beige Cotton Houndstooth Shirt, $345 Alexander Eton instagram.com/alexander_eton

Eton Grey Flannel Ear-Flap Cap, $215 Alexander Eton instagram.com/alexander_eton

Olde Raleigh Distillery Honey Bourbon Batch #2, $124.95 Olde Raleigh Distillery | oldraleighdistillery.com

Biolite FirePit+, $299.95

Great Outdoor Provision Co. greatoutdoorprovision.com

Transcendent Down Beanie, $46

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North Hills Lightweight Sweatshirt, $36 Gold Leaf Apparel goldleafapparel.com

Giddy Buggy Binoculars, $9.99 Learning Express Toys & Gifts and other local Melissa & Doug retailers learningexpressgifts.com

“Blueberry Moose” by local author Nancy Panko $9.99 (softcover) and $19.99 (hardcover) Available at Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Amazon or Kobo

Raleigh Flag Youth T-Shirt, $28 Gold Leaf Apparel goldleafapparel.com

Melissa & Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can, $15.99 Learning Express Toys & Gifts and other local Melissa & Doug retailers learningexpressgifts.com

Tiny Earth Toys Membership, $35–$65/month Tiny Earth Toys | tinyearthtoys.com Give the gift of sustainable play. High-quality wooden toys are exchanged every two months.

K&H Thermo-Ortho Bed, $87.99–$169.99 Phydeaux phydeaux.com

Nemo Roamer Self-Inflating Air Mattress $249.95 (size XL wide) or $399.95 (double) Great Outdoor Provision Co. greatoutdoorprovision.com

Zippy Paws Holiday Burrow – Hot Cocoa, $16.99 Phydeaux phydeaux.com

The “mug” contains three little “marshmallow” toys dogs can root for and yank out.

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THE RALEIGH RINGERS RING IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Since 1990, The Raleigh Ringers handbell choir has wowed audiences under the direction of David Harris, the group’s founder and director. Like most ringers, Harris began playing in a church group before becoming handbell director at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. His desire to reach a wider audience by performing more than church hymns and holiday songs led him to form The Raleigh Ringers. A s part of an effort to gain audience members in its early days, the group began to incorporate nontraditional songs such Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven” and the Queen ballad “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “I’m a rock ‘n’ roll fan, so it was partly a selfish move,” Harris says. “But I do believe that by integrating rock ‘n’ roll and other widely known genres of music in with traditional bells, we were able to attract

a wider audience that we might not have otherwise reached.”

A dding even more fun, flair and, surely, some laughs, the group dons tie dye and ’80s hair band wigs while they play rock songs. “We play serious music, but we like to have fun, too,” Harris says.

Thinking outside of the proverbial handbell norms rings a bell with audiences, as these nontraditional songs have become what draws large audiences out to see The Raleigh Ringers every year. “Our goal is to reach every person in the audience so that we can find something for each person to connect with,” Harris says. “My favorite compliment I hear after a show is when someone says that ours is ‘one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.’ Not just handbell concert—but concert period.”

BELLWETHER PERFORMERS

Made up of 18 ringers from North Carolina and Virginia, The Raleigh Ringers holds auditions every January and the group practices once a week. Harris says they have accumulated the largest set of handbells owned by any performing organization—some of which are made in England, the province of Holland and other countries. Proudly claiming a reputation for having one of the best handbell choirs in the country, The Raleigh Ringers will celebrate their 21st holiday season by performing at Meymandi Concert Hall, where the musicians annually draw crowds of 2,000–3,000 fans.

While they try to keep concerts fresh for repeat audience members, the ringers also stick to certain traditions. “We always

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end with “Silent Night,” with candles in the audience,” Harris says. The group also plays Tran-Siberian Orchestra songs that the American rock band set to handbells especially for The Raleigh Ringers.

To date, The Raleigh Ringers have released two DVDs of holiday concerts, in addition to seven CDs. Their eighth—a compilation of Christmas songs—will be released in December. Two one-hour concert specials were created from the first DVD and broadcast in 45 states on American Public Television. The second

DVD was developed into a one-hour holiday special that aired more than 400 times in 38 states during its first year of distribution, bringing The Raleigh Ringers into homes across the country.

O utside of performing, The Raleigh Ringers handbell choir hopes to expand educational outreach with the goal of teaching the art of handbells to the next generation—and that is music to our ears.

Learn more about The Raleigh Ringers’ upcoming concerts and ticket purchases at rr.org.

Mother/Daughter Duo Inspires Audiences

The dedication, commitment and time it takes to learn an instrument is inspirational. Now, imagine honing a skill that some may doubt is possible, simply because you have been born with Down syndrome.

S uch is the remarkable story of Jenny Lowther. The 37-year-old Cary native has always loved music. Her mother and musical partner, Nancy, says “Jenny learned to crawl because she was determined to get close to our music player. She has always had music in her heart.”

Also known as Trisomy 21, Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that can cause a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities. “Fine motor skills tend to be difficult for those with Down syndrome, but Jenny has flourished with music,” her mother, a music teacher, says.

Nancy has two other daughters in addition to Jenny, and has always encouraged them to pursue their dreams. So when Jenny decided to join the middle school band, Nancy was thrilled. Jenny’s instrument of choice was the orchestral bells—a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal bars mounted on a frame that is played by striking the metal bars with a small hammer. (Picture a xylophone that sounds like bells.) Jenny’s middle school band director was unsure that Jenny would be able to keep up

with the music or the band’s strenuous schedule, but gave her a chance. “Not only did she practice every day, but she did not miss a single performance throughout middle or high school. Jenny played in every concert, competition and football game,” Nancy boasts.

The mother-daughter duo started playing together when Jenny graduated high school, with Nancy on keyboards and Jenny on orchestral bells. They now stay quite busy with performances at parties, weddings and senior living facility events. They also perform at Duke Hospital for patients and visitors six weeks of the holiday season, and will perform the opening act for the Berlin Brothers, a popular jazz band, at The Blue Note Grill in Durham for two performances in December.

Jenny’s favorite part about performing is seeing the audience’s reaction to her music, particularly when they sing and clap along. “She simply glows when she performs,” Nancy says of her daughter. “It is a true blessing for me to be able to play alongside her, and see how much she has accomplished—how far she’s come. Watching her play is an inspiration for everyone to pursue their own dreams.”

Learn more about Jenny & Nancy Music ’s upcoming performances at sandbarrollers.com/instrumentalduo-trio

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COLLETTA ITALIAN FOOD & WINE

CHEF OSCAR GNAPI BRINGS AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FINE DINING TO CARY

BY MELISSA WISTEHUFF | PHOTOS BY FORREST MASON

O scar Gnapi views cooking as a family-focused event, so it’s no surprise he takes the same approach as Colletta Italian Food & Wine’s executive chef. Colletta means “collection” in Italian, and refers to a compilation of lively dining experiences. Through his cooking, Gnapi hopes to bring together families and friends to enjoy an assortment of traditional Italian cuisine experiences that would make any “nonna” proud.

The first restaurant to open in Cary’s Fenton mixed-use development, Colletta Italian Food & Wine garnered instant acclaim with divine entrees and desserts, an exceptional wine and cocktail selection, posh decor and, of course, a standout executive chef.

Originally from Paris, Gnapi honed his craft in some of Europe’s finest restaurants—in cities like Paris and London.

He also worked as a chef in Italy and California before landing in North Carolina’s burgeoning foodie scene. Though he attended university in Paris to become an engineer, his passion remained in the kitchen. “My earliest memories are cooking with my mother and sisters,” he says. “It has always been what I love the most.”

The third-oldest of 18 siblings (16 of which are sisters), Gnapi found himself spending much of his childhood in the kitchen. “Food is a big part of life in France,” he recalls. “Meals are a time to connect with family and talk about our day. Even school lunches are top-notch in France,” he says. “We take great pride in our food, from quality ingredients to preparation to the table setting—every step is important.”

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FROM PARIS TO CARY

After finishing four years of culinary school at the Centre de Formation a Villepinte (CEFAA) in Villepinte, France, followed by an internship in Italy, Gnapi went to work in 4- and 5-star hotel kitchens throughout Europe—like The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, Le Méridien Etoile in Paris and Soho House in London. This prepared Gnapi for the fast pace of working at a popular eatery, while also giving him insight into what kind of space he wanted to lead one day.

Being a part of world-famous, bustling kitchens teaches chefs to aim for perfection. “Every dish must be perfect, both in presentation and taste,” Gnapi says. “I was able to learn from the very best chefs in the world, and take away lessons that I still carry with me today.”

After moving to the Triangle in 2007, Gnapi served as executive sous chef at AN: New World Cuisine; then executive chef at La Residence in Chapel Hill and Unscripted Durham.

FAMILY TIME

Gnapi now lives in Fuquay-Varina with his wife and two sons— and he doesn’t leave his title behind when he heads home from Colletta. “Cooking for my family is my favorite thing to do,” he says. “It is a way to show my love for them.”

Gnapi prioritizes teaching his sons how to cook. He involves them in every step of the cooking process, from preparing the ingredients to cleaning the dishes. “How to cook is one of the most important lessons I can teach my sons, not only to teach the art of cooking, but to spend quality time together in the kitchen,” he says.

Gnapi recently joined the Cary Living staff as a guest on its parent company’s “Talk of the Triangle” podcast. During the episode, titled “Bolognese + Bourbon,” Gnapi said some of his family’s favorite recipes to prepare together are risotto, crepes and chocolate lava cakes. “Risotto takes time, but once you learn how to make it properly, it is one of the best dishes to make at home because you can add so many different ingredients to make it unique each time,” he says.

WELCOMING, YET REFINED

Diners can expect an upscale, yet laid-back atmosphere at Colletta. Tucked in the center of Cary’s visually stunning new Fenton development, the restaurant is immaculately designed, featuring a large dining room and elegant outdoor seating. The kitchen is open so diners can see the chefs preparing the food.

Gnapi’s philosophy is to focus on outstanding ingredients with nearly every menu item made from scratch. True to Italian dining traditions, Colletta Italian Food & Wine offers “for the table” options so guests can enjoy a family-style meal. Be sure to try the house-made focaccia and pasta, made-to-order wood-fired pizzas and homemade meatballs. Those entrees alone will ensure that this Cary culinary jewel will surely become one of your family’s favorite gathering spaces.

POLPETTE Yields 20 meatballs

INGREDIENTS

3½ pounds of beef (Gnapi recommends Certified Angus Beef)

3½ pounds of pork

3½ cups of breadcrumbs

2½ cups of whole milk

2 cups of heavy cream

¾ cup of ketchup (or tomato paste)

¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce

DIRECTIONS

½ bunch of parsley

5 rosemary sprigs, chopped

5 oregano sprigs, chopped

4 cups of Parmesan cheese

10 cloves of garlic, finely minced

½ cup of salt

3 tablespoons of black pepper

In a stand mixer bowl, combine the meats. In a medium bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and then add them to the meat mixture. Mix everything together on the lowest speed for no more than 2 minutes.

Make a tester ball (about 2 ounces in size) and cook through in a sauté pan over medium heat. Taste, adjust the mixture’s seasonings as necessary, then mix it for another 2 minutes if needed.

In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once shimmering, add the meatballs, being careful not to crowd the pan. Sear the bottom of the meatballs for about 2 minutes. Flip and sear the other side until browned, for about two minutes.

Lower the heat to medium to finish cooking all the way through, for about 15 minutes.

Add the meatballs to your favorite pasta sauce and simmer briefly before serving.

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Disney Vacation Tips and Tricks

Six ways to bring more magic to your vacation

If you are considering a Walt Disney World Resort vacation and haven’t visited in a while, here are a few tips to help you prepare.

WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES:

You could be walking as much as 20,000 steps a day. The right shoes make a huge difference! And, don’t forget about the kids. Consider renting a stroller if you don’t bring your own. Children will tire quickly walking many miles a day.

PLAN FOR UNEXPECTED WEATHER:

You may experience unexpected rainstorms—or temperatures ranging from chilly to hot within a few hours, depending on when you travel. Be prepared by dressing in layers, packing a poncho and bringing water bottles to help you stay hydrated.

TAKE BREAKS:

What’s the secret to having happy kids until the parks close? Naps! Taking a snooze break in the middle of the day can mean the difference between sanity and meltdown. You’ll be more relaxed and able to

soak in all the magic if you rest. If a nap isn’t in the cards, then a mid-day swim— or even a table-service meal—can help you all recenter.

PACK SNACKS:

Keep energy levels high by packing snacks and water. There is no rule against bringing your own food or nonalcoholic beverages into the parks. Pack non-messy items in a bookbag that you can easily eat on-the-go.

PRIORITIZE:

You can do anything at Disney, but you cannot do everything. Each park has hidden gems of entertainment and spontaneous fun—such as unexpected character sightings and cavalcades.

Pick a few nonnegotiable rides and make the rest of your day about connecting and enjoying the fun. At Disney, sprinting from

one attraction to the next with no priority from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. is a recipe for burnout.

USE A TRAVEL AGENT:

If Disney seems overwhelming, use a travel agent to help steer the details and personalize your touring itinerary. Custom planning services are free when you book a vacation package with MousePros Travel Agency. Contact Michelle at 919.238.9822 or michelle@mousepros.com for a consultation. Then, you can spend more time in the magic without any stress or hassle.

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The salon’s team of AVEDA Color Experts use 100% vegan formulas that deliver healthier looking and feeling hair without environmental compromise. Whether you want cool blonde, warm blonde, luxurious brown, vibrant red or a fun fashion color, each visit is tailored to you to enhance your inner and outer beauty.

You must experience the Spa Shampoo Room! It is truly a relaxing retreat. Every guest receives an elevated foot rest, chair massage, spa shampoo, deep scalp massage and a rebalancing conditioner. Add one of the salon’s botanical hair treatments to finish your experience, which ends with a hot towel wrap.

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THE AGENCY BAR & SOCIAL

Inside Paragon Theaters at Fenton 21 Fenton Main Street, Suite 110, Cary 919.473.9676

paragontheaters.com/agency-bar-and-social

BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR

3300 Village Market Place, Morrisville 919.297.0953

baddaddysburgerbar.com

BUOY BOWLS

Food truck serving Western Wake County 919.520.7748

buoybowls.com

CHOCOLATE SMILES 312 W. Chatham Street, Suite 101, Cary 919.469.5282

chocolatesmiles.com

CILANTRO INDIAN CAFE 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Cary 919.234.1264

cilantroindia.com

DI FARA PIZZA TAVERN

111 E. Chatham Street, Cary 919.678.5300 difarapizzatavern.com

FLUENT N’ FOOD CATERING Serving Wake County 919.533.8398 fluentnfood.com

KILWINS 108-A N. Salem Street, Apex 919.367.6026

kilwins.com/apex

KWENCH JUICE CAFE 772 W. Williams Street, Apex 984.214.1763 kwenchapex.com

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY 302 Colonades Way #204, Cary 984.232.8325 rmcf.com

SODABOX 817 E. Williams Street, Apex sodabox.love

TASTEFULLY SERVED Serves Raleigh, Cary, Apex and RTP 919.760.5134 tastefully-served.com

URBAN ANGEETHI 5033 Arco Street, Cary 919.234.5555 urbanangeethi.com

WASABI SUSHI & THAI RESTAURANT 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Cary 919.460.7980 wasabicarync.com

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BEST FOOD MOST LOVE Voted “Best Pizza” in Holly Springs Suburban Living Magazine 7 years in a row. We are known for our Deep Dish Chicago Pizza, our traditional Hand Tossed Pizza, our “Famous” Killer Garlic Knots and our crisp fresh salads with all homemade dressings. Other specialties include Jumbo Chicken Wings, Hot Sub Sandwiches and more! New location in Morrisville | 2101 Grace Park Drive | acmepizzaco.com | 919.650.2902 • Ournewlocationoffers9TapBeers andavarietyofwinesfromItaly. •AskaboutourMorrisvilleHappyHour AppetizerSpecials! ACME PIZZA CO since 2013 in Holly Springs

COME HUNGRY

Now Open

Superica, a Tex-Mex restaurant brought to you by chef and owner Ford Fry, opened September 26 at 25 Fenton Main Street, Suite 110, in Cary’s Fenton mixed-use development. The Austin-style eatery features a vibrant menu of margaritas, tacos, wood-fired entrees and more. M Sushi, known for serving high-quality seafood from Japan, Korea and the U.S., opened September 6 in Fenton at 4 Fenton Main Street, Suite 120. Just a few miles away in downtown Cary, ProhibitiveCary, a cocktail/small plates hideaway bar concept, opened in early September in The Matthews House

at 317 W. Chatham Street in Cary. The bar is partnering with Southern Harvest Hospitality Group to serve craft cocktails and shareables, and is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4–10 p.m. The Grind Coffee House & Creamery opened at 1305 E. Williams Street in Apex on August 24 with a menu featuring freshly brewed coffee specialties, teas, hot chocolates, smoothies and ice cream. The Gyro Spot, an eatery specializing in authentic Greek food, opened in mid-September at 1005 E. Broad Street near Walmart in Fuquay-Varina.

Expansions

Acme Pizza Co. owners JP and Gwynne LaRussa opened a second location of their popular Chicago-style pizzeria in late August at 2101 Grace Park Drive in Morrisville. The LaRussas opened the original location in 2013 at 204 Village Walk Drive in Holly Springs.

Coming Soon

Dust off those cowboy boots and get ready to head over to Fenton for the opening of PBR Cowboy Bar in summer 2023, when it’s expected to open. PBR stands for Professional Bull Riders, and there are currently 10 locations across the U.S. The Cary location will feature a 4,300-square-foot space with the only professionally endorsed mechanical riding bull in the area. Signage has been posted for the opening of The Taco Factory at 809 E. Williams Street in Apex. No word on the opening date yet.

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NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

FREE CHILDREN’S MOVIES AT THE HOLLY SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER

Wednesdays through December 28, 10 a.m.

300 W. Ballentine Street, Holly Springs

Enjoy free family movies in the theater at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Flicks in November include “Coco,” “The Iron Giant,” Toy Story 3” and “Bolt.” Rounding out the schedule in December are “Frozen,” “Snow Buddies,” “The Grinch” and “Wall-e.” (No movie November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.) hollyspringsnc.us

ART-N-SOUL MAKERS MARKET AT AMBERLY

November 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

737 Slash Pine Drive, Cary

Explore what “Made in North Carolina” looks like at the Art-n-Soul Makers Market, which brings local artisans and food trucks to the Amberly neighborhood in Cary. Shop for unique gifts and dine on local specialties while enjoying music from Steve Holcomb. artnsoulnc.com

“CELEBRATING BILLY JOEL”

November 7, 8 p.m.

309 W. Morgan Street, Durham

A superb group of multi-instrumentalists featuring renowned vocalists and piano players Rob Stringer and Alex Dee pays tribute to Billy Joel at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. Evoking the energy and passion of Joel’s live performances, the ensemble performs “Just the Way You Are,” “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” “New York State of Mind,” “Uptown Girl” and many more. carolinatheatre.org

local artisans, talented musicians, strolling entertainers and kids activities.

raleighnightmarket.com

THE RINK

November 19–January 16; hours vary

500 S. McDowell Street, Raleigh

Experience outdoor ice skating at The Rink, presented by UNC Health, featuring stunning views of the Raleigh skyline at Red Hat Amphitheater. The rink features games, photo stations, fire pits and a snack bar. Tickets are available in two-hour time slots; $11 for skaters (skate rental included) and $6 for nonskaters. ticketmaster.com

“THE NUTCRACKER”

December 3, 2 and 7 p.m.

A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh

December 16–18; see website for show times

Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary Travel with Clara to her dream world of princes, fairies, dueling mice and soldiers, and international friends in the Land of Sweets as Cary Ballet Company’s talented dance students present the classic ballet. Purchase tickets online.

caryballetcompany.org

Take a relaxing drive through Chatham County’s rolling hills and pastoral farmlands to visit 39 artist studios that dot the countryside. Meet the artists, learn about their process and vision, and browse original works on the self-guided tour. Visit the website for details. Admission is free. chathamstudiotour.org

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA COMMEMORATION

December 17, noon

Hillcrest Cemetery, 608 Page Street, Cary

The Yates Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorates the annual Wreaths Across America event to honor service members buried in both the Hillcrest Cemetery and the First Christian Church Cemetery in Cary. Attendees are welcome to help place wreaths on the graves of all veterans in both historic cemeteries. Wreaths can be sponsored for $15. wreathsacrossamerica.org

APEX AND CARY NIGHT MARKETS

November 10, 6–9 p.m., Temple Street, Apex November 18 and December 9, 5–9 p.m.,

310 S. Academy Street, Cary

Presented by The Night Market Co., the Apex Night Market and Cary Night Market feature

CHATHAM ARTISTS GUILD STUDIO TOUR

December 3 and 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; December 4 and 11, noon–5 p.m.

Various locations in Chatham County

Be sure to check the websites for the events listed here before you head out to ensure they are still taking place.

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OUT & ABOUT EVENTS
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STATEWIDE GOLD STAR FAMILY DINNER HONORS 250 RELATIVES OF FALLEN HEROES

The first Gold Star Family Dinner took place August 27 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport in Research Triangle Park to honor 89 families of service members who lost their lives while serving our country. They were joined by 500 other North Carolinians who attended the dinner, ceremony and recognition event. Gold Star Family Dinner is a nonprofit organization operated by volunteers who unite the community, promote patriotism and encourage sharing of experiences so future generations know the sacrifices made by military heroes.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Bell Photography

STARPATH DANCE ACADEMY HOSTS 10TH SEASON CELEBRATION

Starpath Dance Academy in Cary kicked off its 10th season September 10 with a celebration for hundreds of community members. The festivity included dancing with founder Miss Lindsey, fairy hair creations by its SHINE student leadership group, face painting, a bounce house, dance crafts and Andia’s Ice Cream. Families reminisced about their favorite moments of attending Starpath Dance Academy while sharing excitement for the new season.

Photo courtesy of Starpath Dance Academy

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ANDIE FREEMAN LILAC SKY, 2022

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CAPTURING NATURE BY CHARLOTTE RUSSELL

Apex-based artist Andie Freeman first connected with nature as a child spending many quiet moments exploring nature in her small Massachusetts town, and then later as a teenager in Hilton Head, South Carolina. A studio art major at the College of Charleston, Freeman is known for her still life and nature work that captures the personality of the subject matter at hand. During the pandemic, she became captivated by birds. In paintings like Lilac Sky, Freeman paints a vibrant red cardinal—not as a decorative thing, but as a being with spirit set in a whimsical backyard; a nod to her childhood sitting under the trees. Working in a limited color palette, Freeman prefers wet-on-wet oil painting in creating a piece, when possible, in one sitting. This enables her to truly capture a quiet, meditative moment.

Freeman is a graphic designer and marketing associate for Arts North Carolina. She is currently the North Carolina Theatre visiting artist, a position through which she created five paintings based on the theater’s 2022–23 productions. View more of Freeman’s work at andiefreeman.com, in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s store in Raleigh, and at City Art Gallery in Greenville.

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“What draws me to the things that I paint is connecting to quiet moments outside, and really appreciating nature and the time and place that I am in.” — Andie Freeman
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