WALTER Magazine - April 2017

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BEE CITY Alice Hinman keeps it buzzing SWEET THING

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62 ARTIST’S SPOTLIGHT Design thinking: Zang Toi by Liza Roberts photographs by Jillian Clark

FIELD GUIDE High Point Market hijinks by CC Parker illustration by Dwane Powell

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WALTER PROFILE Bee City: Alice Hinman by Hampton Williams Hofer photographs by Peter Hoffman

WALTER EVENTS Meet author Belle Boggs photographs by Elizabeth Galecke

68 STORY OF A HOUSE Living in the heart of Five Points by Liza Roberts photographs by Catherine Nguyen

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AT THE TABLE Sweet things at lucettegrace by Liza Roberts photographs by Keith Isaacs

88 On the cover: Beekeeper Alice Hinman Photograph by Peter Hoffman

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102 BOOK EXCERPT How They Decorated by P. Gaye Tapp

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Drink The Cardinal by Jessie Ammons photographs by Keith Isaacs Reflections Raleigh’s intricate mosaic by James White

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Givers The Exploris School’s refugee project by Settle Monroe Unoaked The bigger the tale, the better by Mimi Montgomery The Whirl Parties and fundraisers End note Sarah Joyce’s paper artistry

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Letter from the Editor

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Your Feedback

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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No time of year is more hopeful than spring. New life blooms, sunlight lingers, people emerge. It’s a time of fresh air and fresh starts. At WALTER, we’re excited that this spring offers us the opportunity to refresh and grow by reaching out to new readers even as we hold on to our loyal ones. We’re making changes because we’re committed to growing alongside our booming city – committed to reaching as many of the 25,000 people moving here every year as we can, as well as to new readers among tried and true Raleighites. So starting in May, only paid subscribers will receive WALTER in the mail. We are hugely grateful to the thousands of you who have signed up. We’re proud, and truly honored, to have the opportunity to continue delivering the best of Raleigh and the Triangle directly to your mailbox. At the same time, we’ll start bringing the magazine to new, carefully chosen locations throughout the city, in and around the places people live, work, and play. This way, we hope to expand our readership, earn new subscribers, and grow with the city. Thank you all – subscribers, loyal readers, and advertisers alike – for helping us thrive and mature. Thank you for believing in great stories about the people making this wonderful place so vibrant, open, and interesting. And thank you for supporting us as we stretch in new directions. Happy spring!

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JAMES WHITE / W R I T E R

Peter Hoffman lives in Durham and splits his time between working for clients like Herman Miller, Monocle, and Businessweek and working on his own book and art projects. In this issue, he photographed beekeeper Alice Hinman. “I loved getting to hang out with Alice. Her dedication to her work is obvious and she has no fear, whether it’s beestings or tall ladders. I got to see Raleigh from vantage points and places I wouldn’t otherwise know: I’m a sucker for any rooftop, whether it’s for a photoshoot or a weekend drink. Alice also told me that the bees were a full 6 weeks ahead of schedule this year, which I found startling.”

James White is the executive vice president of organizational relations for the YMCA of the Triangle and also the pastor of Christ Our King Community Church. In this issue, he wrote a Reflections essay. “I believe that the artistry of our community has never been in the hands of a select few,” White says of his inspiration. “We must all, in light of our uniqueness, become artists who daily create a community that is worth experiencing.”

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HAMPTON WILLIAMS HOFER / WRITER Hampton Williams Hofer lives in Raleigh where she writes and raises babies. As a native Raleighite who loves this dynamic city, she is thrilled to meet and profile game-changers in the community, like beekeeper Alice Hinman in this issue’s WALTER Profile. “Just being around Alice is inspiring. Not many people are as passionate about anything as she is about honeybees, these tiny pollinators who are so essential to our survival. Alice’s story will have you clearing out a spot in your backyard for a beehive.”

Dwane Powell, an Arkansas native, was the News & Observer editorial cartoonist from January 1975 until November 2009. He was recently inducted into the UNC Journalism Hall of Fame. In this issue, he illustrated CC Parker’s field guide to High Point Market. “I found a lot of humorous elements to CC’s story that lent themselves to a fun illustration,” he says. “My wife Jan and I had been to High Point a few years ago, shopping to finish out a remodeling project. It wasn’t ‘furniture’ season, but we got a bit of a feel for the process of navigating the system. After reading CC’s story, the drawing almost drew itself.”


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MOSH “April … hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” –William Shakespeare ROAD TRIP Take a ride on the North Carolina Butterfly Highway: Plant a perennial pollinator garden to help migrating monarch butterflies make their way from North America to Central Mexico and back again. The statewide project was born in Charlotte, and it’s moving across the state. Turn your yard into a pit stop, and follow the highway’s progresss at butterflyhighway.org.

Why not... Chilled cucumber soup at Sunflower’s Cafe…naps in the sunshine at Dix Park…shopping the Cameron Village Crawl April 27 and 28…playing hooky...tapas and cocktails at Level7 rooftop bar in

MADE YOU LOOK The first day of the month instigates pranks worldwide, but April Fools’ Day’s exact origin isn’t known. Among many theories: In 1582, France officially adopted the Gregorian calendar, which shifted New Year’s celebrations from April 1 to Jan. 1; those who were slow to learn of the news faced public ridicule and taunting hoaxes. Another theory suggests the holiday acknowledges the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when nature notoriously tricks people with unpredictable weather (this year, we’re going with that one).

IN TUNE If your birthday falls between April 1 and April 19, you’re an Aries. These fire signs are known for enthusiasm, openness, creativity, and energy. Here’s how you can channel your inner ram around town this month: Since your optimism can be contagious, dig into an Earth Day effort locally. Raleigh City Farm’s annual “bearthday” party celebrates the urban farmsite’s anniversary by concluding a day of volunteer work (weeding, planting) with food, beer, and music. raleighcityfarm.org Burn off some of your energy at a local fitness studio. If you like bursts of intense intervals, try Orangetheory or Heat Studios; or, get in the cardio zone at cycle studio Flywheel Sports. north-raleigh.orangetheoryfitness.com; heatstudios. com; flywheelsports.com/nc You can get creative in the kitchen at one of Sur la Table’s many cooking classes. Among the North Hills store offerings this month are “new breakfast-for-dinner ideas” April 8 and “advanced skills for adventurous cooks” class April 17. surlatable.com The fiery-red color vermillion often resonates with Aries. Splurge on something scarlet at aptly named local boutique Vermillion. vermillionstyle.com

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MOVIE MAGIC The 20th annual Full Frame Film Festival descends on downtown Durham April 6 - 9. The festival screens short and feature-length documentary films at five different venues. There are also Q&As with directors and producers, release parties, and other events. In honor of its 20th anniversary, this year’s festival includes birthday soirees and a commemorative retrospective honoring many of the notable films, filmmakers, and milestones since the festival’s inception. You can buy tickets to a single showing or bulk packages; hundreds of screenings are packed into the four days. fullframefest.org

FISHING FIESTA Is there a better way to unwind during springtime than in a boat, on a lake, with a toe in the water – and maybe a fishing line, too? If your skills are a little rusty, no worries. You can freshen them up for the season ahead at Jordan Lake on Saturday, April 8 from 10 - 3. The folks at N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. State Parks are hosting a free, bilingual Fishing Fiesta at the lake’s White Oak Recreation Area. From tying knots to cleaning fish, they’ll hook you up. ncwildlife.org/fiesta

North Hills…thanking a firefighter... tomato growing 101 at Irregardless’s community garden... Umstead walks...a turmeric latte at Raleigh Raw...spring fever... SPRING SPARKLE Sip on this refreshing, elderflower-infused champagne cocktail: 2 ounces elderflower liqueur (such as St. Germain) 3 fresh mint leaves 4 ounces chilled champagne Combine liqueur and mint in a cocktail shaker. Muddle with the back of a spoon until the mint is slightly crushed. Fill shaker halfway with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain liqueur-mint mix into a champagne flute or coupe glass and top with champagne. Makes 1 cocktail. Recipe adapted from eatingwell.com

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“The GoRaleigh logo plays off a lot of things: It’s about linking things, making connections; it’s a literal interpretation of the Triangle … We took that notion of origami, unfolding, and connections, and reinterpreted it to something that is less literal … something really artful and sculptural and meaningful, that also provides a functional, workable shelter that meets the city’s criteria. … The final design is sophisticated but really simple in its approach. It’s just simply a folded plane, one you sit on and you sit under, that provides shelter and also creates a landmark.” –Albert McDonald, senior architect at Clark Nexsen


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Here’s a lovely opportunity to give back: The Flower Shuttle, a local nonprofit that recycles cut flowers into arrangements for underprivileged and ill community members, depends on weekly volunteers. Every Monday and Tuesday, flowers are collected from local donors and brought to Raleigh Moravian Church; on Tuesday mornings, they’re sorted, prepped, and re-arranged; and later that day, they’re delivered to area residents. Anybody is welcome to drop in on a Tuesday morning to help sort and arrange, or sign up to pick-up and deliver arrangements. Flower prep begins at 9:30 a.m. and arranging begins at 10 a.m.; free; 1816 Ridge Road; theflowershuttle.com

VITA VINO You can travel through Italian wine regions at a wine tasting class at the Umstead Hotel and Spa April 19. Uncorked: Italy will give a brief rundown of Italy’s major winemaking regions and the distinction between them, with poured samples throughout. theumstead.com ON THE RISE Local biscuit and donut shop Rise has opened a Holly Springs location, bringing its Triangle total to eight storefronts. The enterprise began near Southpoint in Durham and now has 85 locations throughout the region. risebiscuitsdonuts. com SCENE CHANGE Moroccan restaurant Babylon has relocated from its spacious renovated factory space on Dawson Street. There’s no word yet on where it will go, but owner Samad Hachby says it will be somewhere more intimate. In the meantime, the Dawson Street space will become Mulino, an Italian and southern European eatery expected to open soon.

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7 HAVE FAITH Bluegrass-folk-R&B-pop band Mountain Faith appeared on the 2015 season of America’s Got Talent before earning last year’s IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year at the annual festival in Raleigh. See the band, comprised of seven North Carolina natives, in the Fletcher Opera Theater April 7. 8 p.m.; $22 - $29; 2 E. South St.; pinecone.org/events/mountain-faith

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enelux Coffee founder and owner Steven Halaszi (pictured above) wanted his Cameron Village cafe to stand out in the marketplace – and beyond. He wanted a world record, and he got one. “We have the largest coffee bean mosaic in the world,” Halaszi says, and he’s not bluffing. It’s certified by Guinness World Records. The 45-by-8-foot scene takes up most of the Cameron Village shop’s biggest wall. It portrays a cyclist making his way from a hillside in the Benelux region of western Europe (an area that includes Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and for which Halaszi named his business) toward the skyline of Raleigh. Halaszi says that the project was a labor of love, born of a lark four years ago, and built by himself and his father and business partner, Steve Halaszi. “My dad was watching the evening news and a story came on about an artist in Moscow who had made a mosaic out of coffee beans and earned a Guinness World Record for it. He was intrigued, and we started kicking some ideas around.” The ideas became reality in 2014 as the coffee shop moved from its original City Market location to its current spot on Oberlin Road. The Halaszi men worked with graphic designer

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Ryan Miller to plan a rectangular mural that would fill the new shop wall and earn the world record. They projected the design onto 20 4-by-4-foot panels and mapped out color gradations. “The whole thing is made of three different roasts, a very light, a medium, and a dark.” Halaszi roasted the beans himself, right alongside those he roasts to brew at Benelux. Then, he handed it off to his dad, who went about the detail-oriented work of gluing each coffee bean onto the wall, one by one. Altogether, it was about a 4-month process, Halaszi says. How many beans did it take? “That’s our little secret – well, not so little.” Since the final product is a pattern created by many individual pieces, the official world record is for a mosaic and not a mural, although Halaszi doesn’t worry over the technicality. Both father and son are proud of their work and the record, but they’re understated. In fact, many Benelux regulars don’t know about the title. “What’s funny is, we do get comments about the mural, but a lot of times we don’t. It’s such a large thing and there are a lot of customers who are just in-and-out for their coffee every day. I’ll often hear somebody notice it for the first time after coming in for months.” Better late than never. –Jessie Ammons


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133 S. Bloodworth Street An exceptional interpretation of urban living filled with fresh ideas from Raleigh’s leading designers. Landscaping ideas and decor from Bland Landscaping and Logan’s Trading Company. Works of art on display from the artists of Artspace. BENEFITTING THE SOUTHEAST RALEIGH YMCA Be the first to visit the home at a Benefit Preview Party, March 24 For information and ticket sales please visit: HargettPlace.com/Showcasehome

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HARGETT PLACE Designer showcase to benefit Southeast Raleigh YMCA

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he construction boom in downtown Raleigh isn’t restricted to the warehouse district. Over on Bloodworth Street, two blocks to the east of Moore Square and just south of Oakwood, 19 row houses have been rising steadily on the site of a former parking lot for the past several months. The work of Greg Paul Builders and developers Trish and John Healy of Hyde Street Holdings, the houses are urbane and gracious, with balconies, rooftop gardens, and downtown views. One of the first homes to be completed, at 133 S. Bloodworth Street, will host a designer showcase April 1-2 and April 8-9 to benefit the Southeast Raleigh YMCA.

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SEE IT Hargett Place Downtown Designer Showcase Home benefitting the Southeast Raleigh YMCA 133 S. Bloodworth Street Raleigh, 27601

APRIL 1-2 Open House The showcase home will hold an open house on Saturday and Sunday. 12 noon - 5 p.m.

APRIL 8-9 Open House The showcase home will hold an open house on Saturday and Sunday. 12 noon - 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at hargettplace.com, and $15 at the door. Children under 10 are free. Open House day passes are good for either Saturday or Sunday on one of the two weekends.


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“We want to participate in the success of all our neighbors,” says developer Trish Healy. “Downtown means all of downtown, and we believe the Southeast Raleigh YMCA will anchor the eastern border of our growing community with an incredible mix of uses.” The new Y – slated for a site off Rock Quarry Road – is part of the larger Southeast Raleigh Promise Project that will bring together community health, education, and wellness (see WALTER’S August 2016 issue for an in-depth profile of the project). The opportunity to raise money for new Y inspired the designer showcase, Trish Healy says. The designers involved, all local, include Susan Tollefsen of Susan Tollefsen Interiors; Darren Brewer of Homebridge Design; Martha Schneider of La Maison; Judy Pickett of Design Lines, Ltd.; Jeff Snyder of Simon’s House Interiors; Pam Blondin and Julie Schmidt of Deco Home; and Katherine Connell of Katherine Connell Interior Design. Each will interpret “the theme of urban living,” Hyde Street Holdings says. “Both interior and exterior living spaces will feature an aesthetic that blends traditional southern elegance with a downtown edge.” Kurt Bland of Bland Landscaping will provide plants, trees, and flowers – there is an 800 square foot roof garden to fill – and works of art by Raleigh artists will be on loan from Artspace, and available for purchase. Together, the team of designers will turn the daylightfilled, 2,300 square foot row house into a home. - L.R.

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Katherine Connell, Katherine Connell Interior Design

April 26

Landscaping by Kurt Bland, Bland Landscaping

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e think poetry is good for people. It’s a way to get in touch with the things that are going on inside of you,” says Stephanie Berger. Belief in the power of verse is what led Berger and Nicholas Adamski, both poets, to launch The Typewriter Project, a literary art installation where passersby enter a wooden booth fitted with a typewriter, and type a line – or two, or three – to create a collaborative poem, a stream-of-consciousness peek at what’s on the collective mind. The project began in New York City in 2014; this month, National Poetry Month, it will set up shop in North Hills. “Today, everything moves so fast and people are so ambitious and work so hard the majority of the time – this is a space

where people can slow down a bit.” The typewriter booths feature nifty overhauled USB typewriters, which are classic machines capable of transcripting to digital devices. So every keystroke of The Typewriter Project is collected via iPad and stored online for posterity. Despite the modern twist, Berger and Adamski say the booth experience is intentionally analog – the iPad is hidden and the typewriter is outfitted with a 100-foot paper scroll – as a way to help participants disengage. “While the typewriter is quote-unquote connected to the internet, it’s not,” Adamski says. “You can’t open a new tab. If you don’t know what to write, you look up and you look around.” The project involves two volunteer-staffed booths. During its Quail Ridge Books-sponsored time at North Hills, a partner booth will be simultaneously posted at the Strand Bookstore in New York’s Union Square. “Two streams of (poetic) subconsciousness will be unfolding simultaneously,” Adamski says. “It’s going to be pretty interesting to get to watch them unfold.” But don’t worry, there’s no pressure to be profound. “People don’t think of themselves as poets, generally speaking,” Adamski says. “This is a chance to readjust their thinking. If you sit down and write one minute, you’ve contributed to this giant poem. You’re a poet. We want people to know that it kind of is that easy.” –J.A.

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NEW OUTDOOR ART Mark your calendar for April 21, when the N.C. Museum of Art will host Hoopla: Party in the Park. The live music, food trucks, local beer, and performances are in celebration of new artwork arrivals to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park: SCULPT. C, an interactive pig-shaped modern sculpture by Spanish artist Jaime Hayon was installed last month and will be permanently located in the park. The zigzag-patterned creation is scaled for children and encourages play. Awilda & Irma, a pair of massive steel mesh sculptures shaped like human heads, will be installed in the park’s promenade April 12 on longterm loan. The two much-larger-than-life heads by Jaume Plensa are ethereal portraits of a mother and daughter facing each other. Together, they’re meant to represent collective human identity. Both installations are but the latest exciting additions to the innovative park. If you can’t make it to the April 21 party, the park is free and open to the public daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk.

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15 GATSBY CASINO NIGHT You can don your best flapper attire for the Great Gatsby Ball April 15. The casino night at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will raise money for the Raleigh-Wake Partnership To End And Prevent Homelessness. The ball will feature two dozen game tables including blackjack, roulette, and poker, and also a dance party room for blowing off a little steam, or reveling in a big win. It’s sure to be a roaring good time for a local cause. 7 - 11 p.m.; $100 - $130; 11 W. Jones St.; greatcrawl.com

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Roald Dahl’s novel comes to life during Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of James and the Giant Peach April 21 - 30. The play follows the story of James, a young boy told by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree; while doing so, he discovers a magic potion that creates a ginormous peach and launches an oversized adventure. Behold boysized insects and plants on this tale of compromise and kindness. 7:30 p.m. April 21, 27, 28, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 22, 23, 29, 30; $17 adults and $11 ages 12 and under; 301 Pogue St.; raleighlittletheatre.org

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The Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue’s annual Golden Gala on April 22 will raise money for the nonprofit dog rescue organization. While there won’t be any puppies at the event, the evening features success stories of rescue, rehab, and adoption, a silent auction, and a video montage of golden retrievers from years past. 7 - 10 p.m.; $95; 11 W. Jones St.; goldenrescuenc.org/events/events-golden-gala

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28, 30 THE PEARL FISHERS You can be whisked back in time and away to exotic Ceylon at the N.C. Opera’s latest performance April 28 and 30. Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers portrays two handsome pearl divers vying for the same woman, who of course only prefers one of them. The fully staged production is entirely in French with projected English subtitles. 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday; $25 - 90; 2 E. South St.; ncopera.org/ performances/the-pearl-fishers

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stroll through downtown after dark this month might lead you to a bright, amorphous shower of light projected onto the side of the building at 14 E. Hargett St. “Particle Falls transforms an urban setting into a rainforest waterfall that becomes a fireball,” says artist Andrea Polli. Glowy and colorful, the changing streaks of light are more than beautiful – they actually reflect the amount of air pollution present. The innovative public art installation is the work of Clean Air Carolina and other local partners who sought out New Mexico-based Polli after she created similar works in Santa Fe and Charlotte. “This artwork has an air-quality sensor at ground level that picks up, in real time, the particulate matter in the air,” explains Heather Brutz, clean transportation program manager at the N.C. State Clean Energy Technology Center. In layman’s terms, Polli

says, “particulate pollution” refers to air matter that is “very small but very dangerous to our lungs and hearts.” Detected pollution will be displayed on the side of the building – right across from The Raleigh Times – as specks of light, creating a beautiful but significant spectacle through April 23. “This public art makes the scientific data from the air quality sensor seem much more real,” Brutz says, “and it’s also a beautiful piece of artwork.” Volunteers will hand out pamphlets “to help passersby understand what they are seeing,” Brutz says. Seeing is believing. “Public works can help people better understand their world,” Polli says. “I hope viewers become more curious to learn about their environment, and also that this can help experts consider how to communicate issues more effectively.” –J.A.

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POTIONS Moon by Moon Apothecary is open in the back of Ramble Supply Co. downtown. The shop sells specialty tea and tincture blends as well as bulk herbs so you can make your own. Owner Chanelle Bergeron offers regular educational workshops and tarot card readings, too. moonbymoon. bigcartel.com HAPPY HEART Pop-up maker supply store Craft Habit has left a Martin Street storefront downtown after a brief holiday season run. In its place is Twisted Oak, a gallery of local work by artists including Paul Friedrich and Tim Lee. The gallery and shop calls itself a pop-up for now, and hasn’t confirmed how long its tenure will be. facebook.com/ twistedoakartshop

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SILVER LINING The Party Shop in Cameron Village closed after more than 50 years in business. Owner Cora Smith made the ending a sweet one by donating remaining inventory, along with all store fixtures, to the Raleigh Rescue Mission Store and Donation Center.


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bluesy-rock-roots tunes; the band draws inspiration from old country, folk, gospel, and rock ’n’ roll to create what it describes as a “storytelling extravaganza.” In between sipping and snacking, there’s shopping to be done. Fearrington Village boutiques will offer springtime specials, including a designer pop-up shop at Dovecote Style with Corinne Collections and an Elemis pop-up shop at Haven Spa Boutique. Event attendees will also receive 10 percent off throughout the village all afternoon. Meanwhile, you can explore the grounds by embarking on a garden tour: Two tours will take place during the event. Or, you can take your younger set on a self-guided farm tour complete with kid-friendly brochures that point out Fearrington highlights, like the iconic Belted Galloway “beltie” cows. There will be a little bit of something for everyone during this afternoon spent celebrating the season and the region. –J.A. Tickets are $25; learn more at waltermagazine.com/events.


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Rudy Hayden (FLY); courtesy Moorefields (HIKE)

Want to learn to fly fish? A full-day course April 9 with Great Outdoor Provision Co. offers a class geared toward both beginners and sometimes-fishers at Howell Woods natural area along the Neuse River in Four Oaks. The eight-hour session is jam-packed with instruction on equipment, casting, knots, and fly selection; beginners will leave feeling confident to fly-fish on their own, and intermediate level fly fishers will fine-tune their cast and increase their technical knowledge. All equipment, including a textbook, is provided, as are lunch and drinks. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $175; 6601 Devils Racetrack Road, Four Oaks; greatoutdoorprovision.com/fly-fishing-classes

8 WILDFLOWER HIKE Moorefields is a restored 18th-century homestead and surrounding wildlife refuge just outside of Hillsborough, and it’s especially scenic to behold this time of year. You can visit for the annual wildflower hike April 8. N.C. State grad and botanist Milo Pyne leads a hike exploring the ridges and bottomlands near Seven Mile Creek, a mostly undisturbed natural area adjacent to the homestead. 10 a.m. - 12 noon; free, $5 donation suggested; 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough; moorefields.org

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he Triangle’s new professional women’s soccer team, the North Carolina Courage, kicks off its inaugural season April 22 when it plays the Portland Thorns at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Courage arrived here in January when Steve Malik – owner of the N.C. Football Club, which was formerly called the RailHawks – bought the National Women’s Soccer League’s championship team known as the Western New York Flash. He moved it to Cary and renamed it N.C. Courage, a nod to the Carolina Courage women’s team that played here from 20012003 and garnered a devoted local following. The team will play again April 29 against the Orlando Pride. The team is an experienced bunch. In addition to its recent

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NWSL team championship win, three of its players played on the U.S. Women’s National Team as part of the international SheBelieves Cup tournament last month. Meanwhile, the men’s team’s season is also in full swing at WakeMed Soccer Park. The NCFC plays FC Edmonton April 15. Both seasons continue throughout the summer; NCFC wraps up in July and N.C. Courage in September. If you’re a soccer fan, there are flex season ticket packages that allow you to mix and match both team’s home matches. Perfect for soccer-loving families with CASL tournaments of their own to manage. –J.A. See the full season schedule and buy tickets at northcarolinafc.com.

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How about a FOODCATION? Yes! Bon Appetit from the corners of the globe – Buon appetito!, Kuidore, Kalí óreksi! A cultural oasis of flavors are waiting for you at the 2017 Culinary Adventures series by Catering Works, the Triangle’s top caterer. Enjoy full course dinners with optional wine and cocktail pairings, at their new venue The Laurelbrook.

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ou might hear the roar of revving engines echoing from downtown this month when the Southeast’s largest European and European-inspired motorcycle show gathers in Raleigh for its eighth annual festival April 8 and 9. Eurobike, a celebration of vintage and European motorcycles, kicks off with gatherings galore: a ride-in event from Capital Club 16 downtown, Saturday afternoon rides at both “spirited” and “vintage” paces, and a Saturday night party at London Bridge Pub with food and music. Everything cumulates in a bike show at City Market on Sunday afternoon, where serious collectors and amateur enthusiasts alike show their bikes. Whether in action or on display, the festival focuses on

British and European brands and café motorcycles, which are unique and custom-made “Euro-inspired” bikes from all over the world. Attendees hail from far and wide, but Eurobike’s roots are firmly in Raleigh. The weekend is presented by Do The Ton Triangle, a local group of custom bike enthusiasts (whose name refers to riding more than 100 miles an hour), and BikeSafe NC; a portion of proceeds support a different community charity each year. This year, InterAct, the Raleigh nonprofit that provides safety, advocacy, and support to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, is the beneficiary. Distinct from Capital City Bikefest, Eurobike is smallerscale and craft-oriented. This is the show for those who don’t just have a need for speed, but who also, according to Eurobike organizers, view “speed as art.” –J.A.

Group ride: April 8, 11 a.m.; pub party: April 8, 7 p.m.; bike show: April 9, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; bike show attendance is free; eurobike.com

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Kohi Marri (SANAM); courtesy Durham Rescue Mission (GOOD FRIDAY)

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SANAM MARVI The current Carolina Performing Arts season includes a curated selection of performances and community events called A Sufi Journey, which together aim to explore the plurality of Muslim identity. One such performance is musician Sanam Marvi April 12. Pakistani Marvi celebrates South Asia’s humanist, folk, and Sufi texts through devotional music and folk songs performed with a savvy modern twist. 7:30 p.m.; $20; Memorial Hall, 140 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill; carolinaperformingarts.org

14 GOOD FRIDAY GIVING You can donate your time to the Durham Rescue Mission on April 14. That’s when the nonprofit holds its annual community Easter Dinner, put together by volunteers. You can choose a 2-hour shift throughout the day to help prepare food, hang clothes, serve meals, wait tables, play kids’ games, or hand out Easter baskets. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free; 1201 E. Main St., Durham; durhamrescuemission.org or call 919-688-9641

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If it seems like every weekend brings another local road race at this time of year – that’s about right. April is prime road race season with something for every level, from family-friendly milers to a full marathon through downtown. Most events are charitable, and some add in other elements like silly dress codes or nearby brewery stops. Here’s a partial roundup of this month’s lineup, should you want to lace up your sneakers. APRIL 1, 2 Rock ’n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon Series Even if you’re not running the half or full marathon through Dorothea Dix Park, you’ll hear the live music from course-side stages if you’re in the area. Or, you can run the 5K

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version the day before. 8 a.m. Saturday 5K, 7 a.m. Sunday half and full marathon; $40, $100, $110; runrocknroll.com/ raleigh APRIL 1 Greater Raleigh Young Life 5K You can re-live (or invent) your high school glory days at this 3.1-mile event at the WakeMed Soccer Park’s cross country course. Proceeds go toward the nondenominational Christian outreach organization. 9 a.m.; $35; runnc.com/event/ greater-raleigh-young-life-5k APRIL 1, 8, 22 Second Empire Grand Prix Series Second Empire Restaurant and retailer Inside-Out Sports put together a 15-race series each year. Runners who participate in 9 of the 15 races are invited to an awards luncheon at the end of the series, where top-placing overall men and women racers also earn nods. This month there are three grand prix races: the Glenaire Retirement Community 5K and 1-mile race April 1, which

raises money for the senior care facility; the Cary Road Race 10K 6.2-mile event for the Town of Cary at Koka Booth Amphitheater April 8; and the Second Empire 5K classic in North Raleigh April 22. $15 - $35, depending on race; times vary, all take place Saturday morning; secondempireseries.com APRIL 2 Not So Normal Runs Three different races take place at the same time in Carrboro, with a distance to suit everyone. Participants are encouraged to register for the 5K-ish (roughly 3 miles), quarter-marathon (6.55 miles), half-marathon, or three-quarter-marathon (19.65 miles) with a friend (there are also relay options), and select their own cause to benefit. 7:30 a.m.; $30, $40, $60, $80; notsonormalrun.org APRIL 8 RunDTR This afternoon run takes participants along a 4-mile route from Crank Arm Brewing to Brewery Bhavana,

APRIL 15 Glow in the Night 5K This after-dark course at Duke University takes you through different lit “glow zones,” where you’re bombarded with neon-colored glow powder. Proceeds benefit the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. 8 p.m.; $40; ccscdurham.runforphil.org APRIL 22 Note in the Pocket Socks and Undie 5K Rundie This is the silly costumes one: Participants are encouraged to wear fun socks, pajamas, and ridiculous (PG-rated!) undergarments. You’re also encouraged to bring new bags of socks and underwear to donate to the sponsoring nonprofit, which provides clothing to homeless Wake County citizens. 9 a.m.; $40; facebook.com/SocksandUndie5K APRIL 22 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead On Earth Day, the name of this event explains it all: Participants pick their activity for a 4-mile trek through the park’s trails, and proceeds benefit The Umstead Coalition. 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; $40; umsteadcoalition.org

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“Old Napa Road,” courtesy June Carey (MEET); David J. Simchock (BALSAM)

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15 MEET THE PAINTER Ashley’s Art Gallery in downtown Fuquay-Varina will host a meet-and-greet with California-based painter June Carey April 15. Carey’s characteristic work portrays vineyard vistas inspired by her California homeland and Italian travels; she also paints landscapes on commission. A wide selection of Carey’s work will remain at the gallery throughout the month. 4 - 6 p.m.; free; 701 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; ashleyart.com/meet-vineyard-landscapeartist-june-carey

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BALSAM RANGE Downtown Cary concludes its eclectic Marvelous Music series of performances with a bluegrass concert April 21. Balsam Range, a fiveman band from the North Carolina mountains, will perform a set of original tunes: Their sound has a traditional picking backbone with jazz, swing, and old-time influences. 7:30 p.m.; $26, 4-pack for $88; 101 Dry Ave., Cary; townofcary.org


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here’s a treasure trove of singular music archived at the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC Chapel Hill, and this month you’ll be able to play a few of the tracks in your own living room. To broaden the archive’s outreach beyond southern music buffs, the collection has teamed with Yep Roc Records in Hillsborough to release a few rare tracks to the public. First up: Dolly Parton’s first-ever single, Puppy Love, recorded when she was 13. It debuts on April 22 – national record store day – as a 45-RPM with a B-side of Parton’s Girl Left Alone. Besides the vinyls, the songs will also be available in CD form online. “Releasing these recordings from the Southern Folklife Collection has been something I’ve always wanted to do,” says Steve Weiss, who curates the collection. “This series is a great way to share music from the archives with fans.”

Weiss is justifiably proud of the music library. “We are one of the foremost collections of American vernacular music in the United States,” he says. The SFC includes art and other cultural artifacts related to the American South as well, but it’s the music library that stands out. “It is an extensive collection comparable to the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives.” Music lovers have long known this. There, they can listen to any of the library’s 250,000 recordings, from early gospel hymns to original Elvis Presley film soundtracks, wax cylinders to .mp3 files. The Dolly Parton record is the first of a few planned releases. A compilation of classic Cajun music called Swampland Jewels will be released in September and a newly discovered performance by Doc Watson, Live at the Club 47, later this year. –J.A.

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PAINT-OFF Artists, amateurs, and appreciators alike are welcome to attend Fuquay-Varina’s annual En Plein Air paint-off April 21 and 22. Local artists are invited to set up shop downtown and create an original painting of Fuquay-Varina’s cityscape. Meanwhile, downtown shops offer specials and artists frequently take coffee and meal breaks to chat with the public. Final paintings are submitted for a competition judged by local art experts, and winners are revealed just before a public auction of the works Saturday night. 12 noon Friday - 4 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. public viewing and reception, 6:30 p.m. auction; free to public; fuquay-varinadowntown.com

21 - 22 STATEWIDE STAR PARTY WALTER often recommends local stargazing opportunities, but this month’s might take the cake: The annual Statewide Star Party is April 21 and 22. In honor of Earth Day, various state parks and other venues simultaneously host stargazing gatherings and other astronomy-related celebrations. On Friday, April 21, head to (among other spots) the Wilkerson Nature Preserve or Umstead State Park in Raleigh; White Deer Park in Garner; and/or Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Eno River State Park, Little River Regional Park, Old North Durham Park, and the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. On Saturday, April 22, check out events at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in downtown Raleigh and Duke Observatory in Durham. ncsciencefestival.org/starparty

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22 ART FOR GRABS Chapel Hill artists’ collective FRANK Gallery’s annual birthday party is a unique spin on a fundraiser. You can purchase tickets to the Off the Wall gala April 22, which includes an original work by a FRANK member artist. Once you arrive for the evening, selection order is chosen by a random drawing, and when it’s your turn, you literally choose art off the wall. There are also hors d’oeuvres and other prize raffles. 6 p.m.; $500 per couple (with one shared piece of art), or $150 patron couple (which includes merriment but not art); 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; frankisart.com/gala2017

HISTORIC HOME TOUR You can explore restored homes and plantations in the Louisburg area during the Franklin County Historic Homes Tour April 22 and 23. The self-guided tour includes 18th and 19th century homes, as well as antique cars and buggies along the way. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday; $18 in advance and $20 day-of (homemade box lunches are available for an additional $10); Person Place Preservation Society, 605 N. Main St., Louisburg; personplace.org

“Counterpoint 2” by Judith Ernst (ART); coutesy Town of Louisburg (HOME)

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The Philharmonic Association’s 4th - 12th grade opportunities include two youth string instrumental groups: the Triangle Youth String Sinfonia in Raleigh and the Triangle Youth String Orchestra in Cary. You can hear both ensembles when they perform at the Cary Arts Center April 23. The set includes Tchaikovsky waltzes, Mozart symphonies, and music by Vivaldi. 4 p.m.; $5; 101 Dry Ave., Cary; philharmonic-association.org

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28 ENO RIVER HIKE Join a guided hike along the Eno River April 28. You’ll traipse through the Pea Creek and Dunnagan trails at an easy-to-moderate pace; all together, expect to cover about 3.1 miles in around two hours. Be sure to bring your own water and snacks. 10 a.m.; free; meet at Cole Mill Access in the second parking lot, 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham; ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park/events-and-programs

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that’s happening.” The gathering has been a hit: There are 350 free tickets available each month (you reserve a ticket in advance online) and they usually fill up in a matter of days, Rhyne says. “We almost always have a waiting list.” Many attendees are RTP employees, but many more are not. “The audience runs the gamut. It’s people of all ages working in all different sectors – technology, agriculture, communications, you name it. It’s got a broad reach.” Rhyne says RTP180 is mutually beneficial: Often, speakers appreciate the opportunity to boil down the complex concepts they’re working on to an eager, diverse crowd. “People latch on and understand what they do, and the feedback is that it’s really rewarding.” –J.A.


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“I wanted it to be a fun place. The items make you happy and they’re just funny. I love it when I’m standing behind the counter and I can hear customers laughing.” –Mandy Becker, owner, Swagger

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E’RE OPEN … AND AWESOME!” SAYS THE sign on the door of Swagger gift shop. “Of course we have candles, we have lotion, we have all of that,” says owner Mandy Becker, “but mixed in are funny socks and other random things.” There are silver serving platters, picture frames, cocktail napkins; there are also cactus-shaped nail files, graphic T-shirts declaring “namast’ay in bed,” and wine glasses with cheeky sayings. “You have to have a sense of humor.” Becker opened her store on Kildaire Farm Road 15 years ago after her husband’s job brought the couple to the Triangle from Georgia. An engineer by training, the move motivated a career change. “I’d always wanted to own a gift store. Always. Since as long as I can remember.” The timing was right and in 2002 Swagger was open for business.

From day one, Becker’s approach to the gift shop has been, she says, about whimsy and convenience. “At the time, shops here were a little bit more conservative,” and so her ample parking, sassy products, and signature zebra-print gift wrap stood out and sold well. In-house monogramming has also been a boon for business. And six years ago, Swagger expanded by adding a connected clothing boutique of “trendy-affordable” womens’ pieces. Becker says fashion wasn’t in her original business plan, but her customers asked her to reconsider. By now, those customers are like family. “We don’t see people once every six months when they have a special occasion. We see them weekly. I know a lot of our customers by their first names – I know the moms, the kids, their sister who doesn’t even live in this state, because they want to come here when they travel here.” –J.A.

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“I’m hoping to give an interesting spin to art history for people that don’t know a lot – or anything – about it.” –Jennifer Dasal, producer and host of the podcast ArtCurious

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.C. MUSEUM OF ART ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF CONtemporary art Jennifer Dasal says she loves the area’s wealth of art aficionados and benefactors. But her daily work in the public museum highlighted a gap: “I regularly have people say they don’t like art because it’s boring, or they don’t know much about it.” Some think art is “lifeless and not as interesting as dance or film, something that moves,” she says. Dasal obviously thinks differently, and she has all sorts of resources at her fingertips to stoke her interest and boost her knowledge. But what about everyone else? She had an aha moment when she thought about the ways she learns about new things herself: “I’m a big fan of podcasts,” Dasal says, especially the ones she stumbles upon on subjects she knows nothing about. So she decided to use her

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curator knowledge to create a podcast of her own. ArtCurious launched last summer and releases new episodes every two weeks. “I’m hoping to give more of an interesting spin to art history,” Dasal says, putting historical stories in a modernday context and weaving in interesting parallels and sidenotes. For example, this month she’ll discuss proposed medical diagnoses of figures depicted in art: “Imagine a doctor or nurse looking at a figure in a painting and guessing that the model had breast cancer,” Dasal explains. “Strange, but totally fascinating!” Dasal regularly seeks input from her listeners for future subject ideas. “It’s been a lot of trial by fire – and a lot of fun. My main audience was people that don’t know a lot about art history, and I’ve now heard from people that they are that person and they’re now excited about art.” –J.A.


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OFF DUTY

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, you’re a circus performer and you study physics, those things are so different!’ In my mind they’re not, they’re exactly the same thing.” –Adam Dipert, nuclear physics doctoral candidate and circus artist

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DAM DIPERT MAKES THE AVERAGE RENAISSANCE MAN look one-dimensional. He’s earning a Ph.D in nuclear physics, runs a math-and-movement summer camp for high school students, and spends his free time performing circus tricks. His ability to do the latter he owes, in part, to a stint with a traveling Renaissance festival he joined after graduating from high school in 2002. At that point, Dipert says he’d already been manipulating objects as a hobby; the festival spurred a sort of self-directed apprenticeship. “I fell in love with movement arts, and this was before YouTube, so I sought out anybody I could learn from. I went to 37 states in 4 years.” With his travel box checked, Dipert took himself to college without any particular academic plan. Until: “I took a multivariable calculus class and

thought, this is what I spent the last four years learning about. You guys just say it in a different way.” Since then, Dipert’s mission has been to “express the connection between these things that I see so clearly.” Once he earns his doctorate in physics – he’s been at it for 7 years, and the degree may take another few – he plans to teach. Meanwhile, he doesn’t see his hobby-turned-side-career of circus artistry slowing down anytime soon. He performs at corporate gatherings, private parties, many City of Raleigh events, and sometimes collaborates with other performers. One of his all-time favorite acts is a classic: “I really like juggling. People might think it’s silly, but when they see you juggling five – my most comfortable number – balls, it expands what you think of you when you think of juggling.” –J.A. photograph by TRAVIS LONG

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FORGED FRIENDSHIP Woodworker Michael Everhart and metalworker Will Stanley of Five Fork Studio.

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UNCTIONAL, SIMPLE, BEAUTIFUL. THOSE ARE WORDS LONGTIME friends Michael Everhart, 31, and Will Stanley, 32, use to describe the furniture they build under the name Five Fork Studio in Chapel Hill. For the past five years, the two have melded their interests in woodworking and welding to

create custom pieces that emphasize clean lines and basic design. Everhart’s enthusiasm for woodworking was sparked when he and his wife purchased a home with a detached workshop that lured him. He started building things there, tinkering around in his free time when he wasn’t working as a carpenter in house construction. At the same time, Stanley had moved back home after graduate school and was trying his hand at welding. After honing their skills through hours of YouTube videos and online forums, the two decided to dovetail their abilities to make and sell custom furniture crafted from wood and steel. They named their studio for the road where Stanley grew up in Orange County. “We liked it because it was vague and esoteric enough.” Today they stay busy making tables, stools, benches, wine racks, desks, speakers, cabinets, cutting boards, and photographs by LIZ CONDO

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BRINGING OUT THE NATURAL BEAUTY Clockwise from top left: Michael Everhart constructs a tabletop of reclaimed wood at his workshop; Will Stanley sands a custom-made steel bar cart at his workshop in Chapel Hill. Stanley taught himself how to weld five years ago, and Everhart’s workshop is where he began his woodworking career; Five Fork Studio designs and builds custom furniture, like this live-edge black walnut coffee table with steel hairpin legs.

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Clients come from far away and nearby. The uniqueness of each project they bring sometimes leads to unexpected discoveries, as when Everhart was milling a piece of cherry and his table saw cut through a bullet lodged in the wood: The tree had at some point been shot. He decided the bisected slug could be turned into a set of permanent drink coasters, as well as a reminder of the tree’s past. Turning raw materials into beautiful and functional pieces for everyday life is the backbone of their business, after all, and has been since they had the imagination to turn their separate hobbies into a joint career. As Yogi Berra once said: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” –Jesma Reynolds

anything else that their materials may suit. They have also completed commercial installations including a pair of giant barn doors for a conference room and wooden wall hangings. The aesthetic of all their pieces is decidedly utilitarian. “We try to accentuate the natural beauty of whatever we are working on,” says Everhart. Wood that is reclaimed or sourced regionally is often oil-rubbed; forged steel is typically customcoated or laser-cut. A recent dining table project incorporated a pair of 40-inch by 8-foot sycamore slabs with live edges that were “book matched” to highlight the symmetry of the grain. Stanley shaped two trapezoidal leg pieces of steel to support the massive top, creating a light and airy base that’s still strong enough to “park a car on top.”

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Design thinking

ZANG TOI by LIZA ROBERTS

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BURST OF CREATIVE ENERGY SHOOK UP PROFESSOR JUSTIN LEBLANC’S class at N.C. State School of Design one recent morning: New York designer Zang Toi stopped by. A whirl of beaming smiles, charming anecdotes, inspiration, and hard-won insight, Toi gave a master class to the group of aspiring textile and fiber designers before heading up to meet his stable of loyal Triangle clients at Saks Fifth Avenue. A morning with students was right up his alley. “It’s my duty as an elder statesman,” said the diminutive 55-year-old designer, dressed as he often is in his own logo-emblazoned mini kilt, black brogues, layered T-shirts, and diamond barrette (a look immortalized by the late New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham). “It’s important that I give back,” Toi said. He met with several students individually to critique their designs, gave them all a peek at his latest collection, and shared his story. It’s a quintessential tale of American immigrant success that begins humbly in a small Malaysian village where Toi was the


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‘ELDER STATESMAN’ Above: Fashion designer Zang Toi teaches a master class for professor Justin LeBlanc’s students at the N.C. State School of Design in March. The 21 aspiring textile and fiber designers sat at a work table in the school’s fiber lab to hear Toi discuss his design philosophy, his path to success, and his belief in hard work. Left: Professor Justin LeBlanc was thrilled to welcome Toi to his classroom. “It was so nice to see the students have direct interaction with a successful designer,” said LeBlanc, a successful designer in his own right. Opposite, above: Toi showed the students video footage of the runway show of his spring 2017 collection. Opposite, below: Dresses and separates from Toi’s spring collection displayed at Saks Fifth Avenue at Triangle Town Center. Inspired by Monet’s gardens at Giverny, the evening clothes feature cascades of wisteria and shades of lavender.

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youngest of seven children; continues with his arrival in New York with only a few hundred dollars in his pocket; builds with his sleepless years as a student at Parsons School of Design by day / fashion designer apprentice by night; and culminates with the opening of his own atelier, his recognition by Vogue magazine, and his current, globe-trotting success. Toi’s designs are refined, feminine, and elegant, reflecting his imperative to create “timeless beauty.” He has the freedom to make the clothes he believes in and to give back to students like State’s because, unlike many other American fashion designers, he’s his own boss, independent of a corporate parent. That affords him the freedom to stop and teach, if that’s what he wants to do, and to work the way he likes to work. That means spending a good deal of time on the road all over the country, meeting the women who wear his clothes, learning their needs, and customizing his designs. “You cater to the ladies who adore your clothes,” he says. “You serve them: ‘Zang, can you make this in a 22?’ No problem.” “I tell him he’s the only modern-day couturier,” said Patricia Tollinger, designer manager at Saks. “If you want a sleeve, if you want a different color … he’ll send the client a muslin, they send it back to New York, and we get a custom cut.” After 28 years in business and three visits to the Triangle, Toi’s following here is growing, Trollinger said. And the relationships last. For Toi, that’s a big part of what he loves about his work. “I love the Southern ladies,” he said. “They’re very feminine, they love to dress up, they love pretty clothes, and they don’t

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HANDS-ON Toi met individually with student designers working on their own collections for the Design School fashion show, Art2Wear. He asked them questions and gave them feedback on their creations. This page, clockwise from top left: Toi confers with student Jeanna Young, whose collection for men is made entirely of pantyhose; junior Carly Owens gets Toi’s feedback; senior Laura Wyker shows him the collection she’s made of leather, with jump ring seams; junior Grace Bilbao shows Toi her collection, which is knit by hand. Opposite page: Toi liked senior Lizzy Lawrence’s collection. “You have a story to tell,” he told her.

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necessarily need to follow the trend of the moment.” Toi said knowing his clients informs everything he does. “It’s a learning curve, for an American designer: It’s such a vast country. When you meet your clients, you learn what their needs are.” Answering actual needs in a practical manner is something he believes students of fashion should be willing and excited to do. “It’s great to be creative and come up with the most fabulous runway show,” he said, “but at the end of the day, it’s a business. You have to meet the needs of real people. You want a piece that gets a standing ovation, but you also need the meat and potatoes.” The Spring 2017 collection he showed the students did not call to mind meat or potatoes. It conjured springtime, ballrooms, twinkling music. Inspired by a recent trip to Paris and by Monet’s gardens at Giverny, his dresses dripped with lavender wisteria; his trench coats were a chic homage to his “fashion hero,” the late Yves Saint Laurent. When it debuted,Women’s Wear Daily called Toi’s collection “first class.” LeBlanc and his students agreed. “Zang is a wonderful example of what it takes to be successful,” LeBlanc said. “I loved the fact that he said that in school, he always had to work three times harder to really capture his vision.” LeBlanc’s students, many hard at work on their own creations for the school’s biggest annual fashion event, Art2Wear, already have a firsthand idea of how much work goes into a successful collection. Toi said he was impressed with what he saw. “Beautiful, beautiful seaming,” he told Laura Wyker, a senior whose Art2Wear collection is made entirely of leather. “Have you fit it on a girl yet?” She had. “Tell me about your collection,” he said to senior Lizzy Lawrence, examining her clothing’s seams and zippers, and picking up a woven sphere on her table. “Is that a hat?” No, she told him, “that’s a sleeve.” Pointing to a sheer overdress she’d made to cocoon a woven sheath (above), he smiled: “This,” he said, “This is cool.”

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BEE CITY Alice Hinman keeps it buzzing

by HAMPTON WILLIAMS HOFER

photographs by PETER HOFFMAN

ROOFTOP SANCTUARY With a view to the west behind her, Alice Hinman inspects a hive on the roof of Clearscapes on West Martin Street.

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ALICE HINMAN IS A REGULAR AT MANY OF RALEIGH’S HOTTEST SPOTS: Kings, Centro, Garland, Standard Foods, Big Boss Brewing Company, Stanbury. She hits them all weekly, but she doesn’t use the door. Usually, she uses an extension ladder to climb onto the rooftops to check on the honeybees who live there. Thanks in part to Hinman, founder of the nonprofit urban bee sanctuary Apiopolis, Raleigh is a bee city. Under her care, as many as 6 million of the fuzzy pollinators – which play a vital role in sustaining our local ecosystem – are currently thriving in 60 colonies all over town. The city offers its challenges, but also its benefits. Bees in cities, she found, actually can fare better than those in rural areas, because no matter what, cities have diverse nectar sources like potted plants and colorful flowers on display. Rural bees may struggle for nectar in agricultural areas that are cultivated with only a few crops. So with the city as her focus, Hinman tends to downtown bees, enabling them to do their important work of pollination. APRIL 2017 | 69


She scoots around town in her silver Dodge Dakota, a ladder in the truck bed, a hat and veil on the seat beside her. “It’s quite different from their idyllic rural environment,” she says, “but I think we can affect positive change wherever we are.” It isn’t just the Raleigh honeybees that have benefitted from her efforts. Artists, brewers, bakers, saxophonists, photographers, and educators have come together to help Apiopolis’ cause, painting murals and making T-shirts and entertaining guests at bee events, none accepting any payment beyond hugs and jars of honey. With that, Hinman has helped weave a community. With eight hives in her own yard in northeast Raleigh, Hinman also has a community of neighbors who appreciate her work and have embraced her use of an empty lot to keep even more colonies nearby. She also works as a beekeeper for hire, tending to bees beyond her own, and beyond Apiopolis’ downtown fleet. One client is Eliza Olander, for whom Hinman keeps 16 hives. The honey from Olander’s hives is bottled and sold, with all profits going to the Frankie Lemmon School, which provides education for special needs children. “Alice’s utter passion, her thirst for knowledge, and her striving to educate everyone about bees is not only contagious,” says Olander, “it’s exhilarating.”

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‘IT’S EXHILARATING’ idea for Raleigh’s bee sanctuary Above: Hinman points to the queen was born after Hinman spent two bee among the workers while years studying sustainable biodychecking hives at Camden Street namic beekeeping at a bee mecca Learning Garden (opposite). Interfaith Food Shuttle created in rural Virginia called Spikenard the garden for neighbors to grow Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. She their own food. describes Spikenard as “magical,” a place overflowing with vigorous hives of bees that thrive in the pollinator gardens and fields planted with forage just for them. In contrast to commercial beekeeping practices aimed at maximizing production, the bees at Spikenard are revered, honored. Hinman decided to translate the philosophies of Spikenard to Raleigh’s urban environment. When she was getting started in 2010, Hinman needed to raise money for her new urban bee sanctuary. She wanted to sell her honey, but she needed a place to do it. She emailed Craig Heffley, owner of Wine Authorities, to see if he’d sell it for her, and she brought him a jar to taste. Today, she sells almost all of the honey from her own hives at Wine Authorities, and uses 100 percent of the proceeds to buy bees for Apiopolis. It was over drinks with Heffley at Players’ Retreat that they came up with the name “Apiopolis” – a combination of the Italian ape for bee, and the Greek polis for city. Heffley, who describes Hinman as “a ‘roll up the sleeves and jump right in’ force of nature,” praises her proactive stance: “Most of us recognize that the decline of pollinators is a terrible thing, but the problem seems too remote from our daily business for us to make a difference. Alice sees this same issue and understands that meaningful change to a colossal problem can be achieved at the personal level.”


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Sweet gig Like many people making a difference here, Hinman originally moved to Raleigh to study at N.C. State. She grew up in a one-light town in Pennsylvania, came to finish her bachelor’s in horticulture, and fell in love with the city she’s made her home. At first, she worked in the service industry, doing everything from teaching yoga to painting houses. For a while she tended bar at Poole’s Diner, which is where she got the idea of using restaurants as homes for hives. But not all of Apiopolis’ urban beehives are at restaurants. Escazu Artisan Chocolates has hives; so do VAE Raleigh, Videri Chocolate Factory, and the art and architecture firm Clearscapes, which is home to Thomas Sayre, the artist behind the massive ellipses at the NCMA, among many other Raleigh landmarks. “It’s fun running into Thomas Sayre at Clearscapes when I’m climbing up and down the ladder with my gear,” Hinman says. “He climbed up with me once and sat and watched the bees coming and going.” Indeed, beekeeping is a meditative practice for Hinman. Only peaceful thoughts, she says, are allowed in her apiaries. Bees, she has discovered, are sensitive to energies and pressure systems. She has found that they, like most animals, can sense fear, anger, goodwill, and even can recognize people. Hinman is rarely stung. However, on one occasion, she was particularly rattled after a visit from an ex-boyfriend. It was on that day that she was stung the worst. The bees, she knows, perceived her discomfort, her frenzied emotional energy. 72 | WALTER

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In many ways, the bees are Above: Hinman descends her ladder like family to Hinman, who names from the balcony at live music venue Kings. Opposite: Beekeeper each hive. One is called “Sue” after gear in hand, Hinman poses for a Sue Hubble, the author of the first portrait in front of the bee mural book she read about beekeeping. recently created at Big Boss Brewery. Another is “Frida,” after the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Others are named for Hinman’s own mother and grandmother, though she says she must be careful about naming the hives after people close to her. One thing the names all have in common is that they are female. That makes sense, considering that most of the 60100,000 bees in a hive are females called worker bees who do just about everything: cleaning cells, foraging and collecting water, building the comb from wax they produce. The male bees, called drones, who do not sting or collect nectar, fly between hives with the goal of mating with a fertile queen. Hinman easily identifies the different members of a hive: Females are trimmer, the queen has a longer abdomen and graceful movements, and the drones are bigger-bodied and fuzzy.

Above it all Hinman gets to see a different side of Raleigh through her work. At Centro restaurant, she slips through the roof hatch, admiring the magnificent pottery installation from a unique vantage point. Centro’s owner, Angela Salamanca, says having Hinman’s bees on the roof is delightful: “Alice comes and goes without


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CREATING A BUZZ: LEIGH-KATHRYN BONNER

much fuss. We love having her because she adds to the overall sustainability aspect of our mission.” In order to access the bees on the roof of Garland Restaurant, Hinman makes her way up the service stairs from Martin Street, past the restaurant’s kitchen, and up to the live music venue Kings. Once inside, she climbs to the balcony where muppets keep watch over the dance floor, carefully stepping around cords and wires for light and sound. Behind the curtain is another small ladder up to the roof hatch. “It’s silly and good and it’s probably only my idea of a dream job,” says Hinman. “It’s also cool to run into rock stars in the hallways.” At Big Boss Brewing Company, she spots a bee whose job she identifies immediately. She’s leaning down to glance at a hive that looks like a little wooden file cabinet on top of a purple painted platform when a guard bee emerges defensively from the entrance. Every bee, she says, has a role. Hinman respects their roles and cares for them all with regard, using only organic treatments. Much of modern beekeeping, she says, is propped up with chemicals meant to kill parasitic mites, but those mites form immunities, creating a need for even more chemicals, making for an ineffective cycle. The bees have to evolve to fight their own par74 | WALTER

asites, or else they’ll die. And as Hinman explains, “No bees, no food. Okay, no delicious food. Oatmeal and corn and wheat by themselves are boring, even with all the chef talent we have in Raleigh.” Of all of her hive locations, this one, in the “Secret Bee Garden” at Big Boss, is the hub. It lies past the fermenters and tanks of beer, and out the rear door of the warehouse. There, on the back of the building, in front of a stunning mural of a massive bee surrounded by dripping honeycomb, are pollinator plantings, a fountain, a bee shrine, and hives. “We are just proud to be a part of what she does,” says Big Boss owner Brad Wynn. “Alice is a dynamo. She has created something that is great for Big Boss and great for Raleigh.” In fact, Hinman is only just getting started. She has big dreams of turning Raleigh into an official Bee City USA, of starting a pollinator habitat initiative, of implementing programs like Chicago’s Sweet Beginnings, which teaches inmates how to tend hives. “The more I learn and unlearn, the more fascinated I am with these creatures, and the more aware I am of the urgencies they face,” Hinman says. “The longer I walk the earth, the more compelled and obligated I feel to make a difference in some small way.”

Like Alice Hinman, third-generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is also working in the Triangle’s urban environments to help honeybee populations rebuild and thrive. Bonner’s company, Bee Downtown, which she founded when she was a junior at N.C. State, tends to nearly 130 hives across downtown Raleigh and the Triangle. Unlike Apiopolis, Bee Downtown is a for-profit company (a “beesness,” they call it) that maintains beehives sponsored by individual companies. Bonner’s idea is that she can help save the honeybees while providing a unique marketing tool for companies whose hives are used as tourist attractions and educational outreach tools. “People of all ages are fascinated by honey bees, so having hives for them to see and experience is a fantastic educational opportunity,” says Bonner, whose hives flourish at landmark locations including the American Tobacco Campus, N.C. State’s Centennial Campus, and Burt’s Bees World Headquarters, home to North Carolina’s largest clear observatory hive. Bonner, who comes from an agricultural family, understands what would be at stake if the bees were to disappear entirely. One-third of all the food we eat owes its origins to a honeybee, something she wishes more people knew. With Bee Downtown, she aims to encourage cities and their businesses to work together to rebuild healthy honeybee populations, as hives grow and eventually create new colonies elsewhere. The job is personal for Bonner, and so is the city. “I was raised in Raleigh, and now that it is one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial cities in the country, starting Bee Downtown here was a no-brainer,” she says. “North Carolina is the eighth largest agricultural state in the nation...For us, having a company that honors the history and foundation this state is built upon is so exciting and rewarding.”


ON-THE-JOB WORKOUT Hinman transports her extension ladder around in her Dodge pickup. She likens the workout to “crossfit for beekeepers.”

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ART LOVERS Lyn and Chip Andrews in their Five Points condominium at Fairview Row in front of Joy in Womanhood by New Zealand artist Margaret Palmer McKenzie. The philanthropic couple has collected art for many years, and it now fills their new home with color, life, and memories.

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A longtime Raleigh couple embraces living in the heart of Five Points by LIZA ROBERTS photographs by CATHERINE NGUYEN

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LYN AND CHIP ANDREWS HAVE LOVED RALEIGH FOR A LONG TIME. CHIP GRADUATED from N.C. State in 1966, they raised their children here, and today the couple is deeply involved in the cultural life of the city. Chip is on the N.C. State board of trustees, the couple recently made a $1 million gift to the university to accelerate student startup companies, and Chip has served as chair of the Friends of the Gregg Museum, among many other leadership roles. So it made sense that when the Andrewses decided to downsize, they would want to be at the center of things. Their move from a spacious 5-bedroom house they built 30 years ago on Vance Street in Hayes Barton to a condominium in Five Points was a big one. But not in the usual ways. For one thing, the move only took them 250 feet away, around the corner to Fairview Road. For another, it didn’t require them to change the way they live, or to jettison the art and objects they’ve spent decades collecting. With 10-foot ceilings and plenty of room, their new condominium accommodates it all. Windows on three sides, an enormous central skylight, and outdoor space on a roof deck and back balcony also make it feel more like a house than an apartment.

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VIEW FROM ABOVE Above: In almost any weather, the Andrews enjoy gathering friends and sharing meals on their rooftop patio with its views of downtown Raleigh. A fire pit keeps things cozy on colder evenings. The iron flower sculpture was made by an artist Lyn came across in Western North Carolina. Left: The Andrewses’ back balcony, seen from the comfort of the family room, provides a breath of fresh air on a pretty day. Opposite, top: Aggie Doggie, a whimsical dog sculpture by Scott Causey, stretches out on a card table in the living room. Opposite, bottom right: The sunny breakfast nook, where the couple often has breakfast together and shares meals with their grandchildren, features a painting of jazz musicians by James Kerr. Opposite, bottom left: A fountain sculpture of a boy brightens the rooftop patio.

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DAYLIGHT AND ART Above: A skylight in the center hall fills the entire home with light. The painting of two people in a rowboat by Loryn Brazier features the figure of a man who reminds Lyn of Chip, an avid boatman. Left: On the rooftop patio, a mural by artist Dan Nelson highlights one of the family’s favorite Raleigh spots: Krispy Kreme. The yellow Triumph TR6 that Chip Andrews drove in the ’70s makes a cameo appearance in the Krispy Kreme parking lot. Opposite, top left: A still life by Jaline Pol anchors a nook with a marble bust that was Lyn’s mother’s, a gift to her by her friend Margaret Sanders. Opposite, top right: A painting of an Airstream by Mike Hoyt adds color and whimsy to a guest room. Opposite, bottom: A bright palette makes a guest room inviting. A painting by Kyle Highsmith above the bed ties it all together.

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It all works so well in part because the couple helped design it from the beginning. In 2010, when the developer, Beacon Street, bought the property for the three buildings that would make up the Fairview Row development, Chip Andrews – then the backdoor neighbor – saw an opportunity. “The timing was right,” Andrews says, “and we said: why not?” The retired former chairman and CEO of FMI Corporation knew what he wanted, and he worked with Beacon’s Jim Wiley and Scott Dixon to create it. Williams Realty and Building Company, the builder, also got in on the collaboration. A custom floorplan, home offices for each of them, guest bedrooms, a spacious master suite with two master bathrooms, a true cook’s kitchen, ample storage, and a custom wine cellar for Chip’s wine collection (hidden discretely behind a hallway door, above) were just a few of the items on their wish list.

As soon as it was complete, the Andrewses say they felt right at home, surrounded by art they’ve collected in North Carolina and all over the world. Ranging from landscapes to seascapes, still lifes to portraits and sculpture, the collection is deeply personal. They choose the things they like, Lyn Andrews says, and often those pieces reflect their interests: travel, family, Raleigh. An unexpected consequence of the move is that they’ve changed the way they live day to day, walking around Five Points for errands and dinner. “Strangely, we do that more than we did when we lived just a street away,” Chip says. They walk to Hayes Barton Pharmacy, Bloomsbury Bistro, to Five Points Service Center (“a real service station – they actually serve,” Chip says). All in all, their new city living is “exceptional,” Chip says. “We’ve got the best of both worlds.”


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HE MACARONS HAVE THEIR OWN FAN CLUB. PINK AND BLUE and green and red and purple and toffee-hued, half a dozen varieties beckon like jewels from the cabinet at the downtown pastry shop lucettegrace. Countless regulars come daily for their fix; hundreds of the cookies go out the door every day. The shop on Salisbury Street is also known for its refined and inventive desserts; its breads, cakes, and lunches. But the crunchy, chewy, creamy, intensely flavored meringue-based cookies are its calling card. One recent morning, Daniel Benjamin, the shop’s chef and owner, spent an hour methodically wrapping macaron ice cream sandwiches in waxed paper as his staff mixed and baked and cut and stirred around him in their window-walled,

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SWEET DREAMS Above: “Macarons are by far our most success-

open kitchen. Soft-spoken in a grey T-shirt, jeans, and white apron, Benjamin told the story of the culinary travels that took him across the country and back again before settling in Raleigh and opening this successful pastry shop. As he folded and wrapped and lined up rows of frozen sandwiches, he admitted: This kind of repetitive task is actually one of his favorite things to do. It makes sense. Baking is like that – meditative, meticulous. The former Herons pastry chef learned about baking and French pastry at the famed François Payard patisserie in New York in the late ’90s. An evening student at the French Culinary Institute at the time, Benjamin spent his days at Payard filling macarons and preparing the elegant French jelly desserts known as pâte de fruits. The job was the fulfillment of a dream born the day Benjamin picked up the now-defunct Pastry Art and Design magazine and read about the acclaimed Parisian baker and his new New York outpost. At the time, Benjamin was working a series of restaurant jobs in his hometown of Valparaiso, Ind., an hour east of Chicago. “It’s a pretty small town,” he says. “I used to say we had two pastry shops: the grocery store and the Dunkin’ Donuts.” But even then, Benjamin was teaching himself how to cook. He’d been doing it for years. 90 | WALTER

As a preteen, he’d ful pastry,” Benjamin says, “and it just keeps growing and growing.” When lucettegrace watch The Galloping opened, the shop offered four flavors of macGourmet on PBS, scrib- arons. That’s grown to six, and Benjamin soon plans to offer nine every day. Opposite: “It’s OK ble down Graham Kerr’s to treat yourself,” Benjamin says. “I have a pasrecipes, then cook them try every day, generally some sort of croissant. It’s OK to eat dessert every day as long as it’s an for his five siblings and appropriate size.” his single mom. He read cookbooks and experimented. When he could drive, he found jobs in the kitchens of the local country club, a ’50s diner, an Irish pub. He decided that the controlled, relatively peaceful world of pastry appealed to him more than the heat and intensity of the rest of the kitchen. He would be a pastry chef.

Dream job As soon as Benjamin arrived to New York at 19, he had a plan. He would take the subway from his student housing in Brooklyn Heights to Payard on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and ask for a job. But the day he went was a Sunday, and the patisserie was closed. “I looked at the cakes in the display case in the window,” he recalls. They were exquisite. “And I thought: I could never work here. So I didn’t go back.” Instead he found a job at an unintimidating Cobble Hill bakery, and got busy. But months of making paté and French


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MAKING MACARONS Clockwise from above: Egg whites, granulated sugar, and a drop of color combine as the process of making macarons gets underway. After the addition of powdered sugar and ground almond flour, lucettegrace baker Bridgett Price pipes macaron batter on to silicone-lined baking sheets. Topped with a second cookie, a birthday cake flavored macaron is complete. Whipped cream adds another texture to the flavorful treats. Opposite: Baking sheets filled with birthday cake macaron cookies rest before baking.

onion soup – not pastry – left him frustrated. He “picked up the courage” to go back to the famed French patisserie. This time, he went on a weekday, arriving so early he had to walk around the block several times before the door opened. When it did, he offered to work for free, was hired, and immediately got to work. “It was amazing,” he says. “It was so amazing to me that I looked at dropping out of school. If I didn’t have the fear of losing my student housing, I might have dropped out.” He didn’t; he finished his degree, then promptly fled New York’s high cost of living to take a job in Naples, Fla. with Norman Love, executive pastry chef for The Ritz-Carlton (he’d read about Love in Pastry Art and Design as well). There, Benjamin continued to learn, made a “scary” amount of key lime pie, then followed his wanderlust west. A stint in a free-spirited Squaw Valley, Calif. kitchen had him yearning for the structure he’d left behind – which he then found in Chicago, New Orleans, and 92 | WALTER

Washington, D.C. – and eventually here in Cary, helping to open the restaurant at a luxury hotel-in-the-making: The Umstead Hotel & Spa. “It was a glorious experience,” he says. Immediately successful and celebrated with five stars, the restaurant, Herons, gave Benjamin free rein to explore his creativity, which he did for seven years. It was then, in 2014, that he decided that if he was ever going to start something of his own, he couldn’t wait much longer.

‘Everyday luxury’ “I wanted something that was for everyone,” Benjamin says, “with a price point that is an everyday luxury: the price of a beer, or a coffee, or a cocktail.” His vision was informed in part by a visit his brother made to Payard years earlier, when he seemed visibly uncomfortable in the patisserie’s formal setting. Benja-


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min wanted his own shop to put people at ease with its décor and with its prices. “I don’t know that I’ve hit it perfectly yet, but (I aim to) have something for everyone, and not just classic things, but things that are rooted in classic technique.” He named the place with the help of his wife, Andrea Densmore, by combining the middle names of their two daughters, Adelaide Grace, now 8, and Eloise Lucette, now 4. At the beginning, the biggest challenge was to figure out how much pastry to make. The shop was sold-out every day for the first several weeks, which had Benjamin and a skeleton crew up all night every night to fill the case for the following day. Two-and-a-half years later, the rhythms of demand are more predictable; the staff of 16 has a steady pace and a routine. Lunch – once a small part of the business – has grown significantly, especially since Benjamin posted large chalkboard menus outlining its offerings. Seasonal offerings like bûches de noël for Christmas, king cakes for Mardi Gras, and fanciful Valentine treats – the line was practically out the door on Feb. 14 – keep things interesting. Now, even as his business grows, Benjamin gets a lot more sleep, and, when he’s not dreaming up delicacies like the sixlayered chestnut tart or the elegant lemon cream pie cake that are currently in the case, he takes pleasure in simple tasks: filling pie shells, wrapping ice cream sandwiches, meeting the regulars. They surprised him by presenting themselves from the start, and 94 | WALTER

their numbers continue to grow. “Things are going well,” Benjamin concedes. “I don’t want to say the place runs itself, it doesn’t. But it’s more efficient now. The fact that I don’t have to do everything is big. I have a good day when I can just wash dishes.” Which doesn’t mean he’s ready to expand. He says he’s having fun with the business, and enjoying partnerships like the one he’s forged with his brother, David Benjamin, who moved to North Carolina and is now a farmer in Hillsborough. David’s Vera Luce Farm produce regularly makes its way on to the lucettegrace menu: His sweet potatoes are in the soup that’s currently on offering; last summer his tomatoes made for juicy BLTs. As he speaks, Daniel Benjamin, seldom idle, has his hands busy pressing dough into small tart pans (above). “This is one of my favorite things to do,” he says, picking up a disc of dough, pressing it into a petite pan, cutting off the excess, and then doing it again, and again – without looking. “It’s almost like muscle memory.” He looks out the kitchen window to the front counter, where people peer into the pastry case, and beyond them to the sunny, busy downtown street. “I can think about menus, I can look out the window, I can see people.” On the counter before him, filled tart pans are lining up, one by one, row by row.



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E WANT TO DO ONE THING WELL AND THAT’S it. We’re not trying to be a restaurant or anything,” says Jason Howard, one of the three owner-founders of The Cardinal, a low-key bar on West Street near Glenwood South. But as he sits on a barstool, Howard’s eyes dart to the flat-top grill tucked into the corner of the 900-square-foot bar. There, New England-style buns slathered with mayo (on both sides) are sizzling,

grilling until crisp, when they’ll be stuffed with beer-and-onion basted Nathan’s dogs. Manning the grill might seem an unlikely bartender task, but not here: Howard reveals The Cardinal’s unofficial motto is “a dive bar with a sneaky good hot dog.” Nonchalance is the name of the game at The Cardinal. Howard, professional skateboarder Dan Murphy, and music producer Brad Stancil opened the bar last December in a building previously occupied by Cardinal Cab, which inspired its name. They worked with next-door neighbor August Construction Company and architect Matthew Konar to give the place an overhaul, a four-month process that resulted in today’s rustic, minimal space that’s at its best when the large garage-door-cummain-wall is rolled up and fresh air is flowphotographs by KEITH ISAACS

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ing in. The front porch overlooks a token view of downtown Raleigh (“for now,” adds Howard. Planned city updates to the Peace Street West streetscape will change the vista in the next year). There is one arcade game: “one thing everybody can recognize is a pinball machine;” and a jukebox, “so people can come in and play whatever they want.” You can order whatever drink you want, too, if you ask. “We do have a full bar, but we’re not interested in having any sort of menu.” Order the cocktail you prefer and the bartender can handle it. Or,

Nonchalance is the name of the game at The Cardinal. order the customer favorite and recommended hot dog pairing, “a cold beer. In a can.” As for those hot dogs, you order Char-Grill style on a piece of paper, checking the boxes of desired toppings. There’s a veggie version, and bagged potato chips, and the options stop there. “We sell a ton of beer, but we don’t even have a huge beer selection,” co-owner Dan Murphy says. Howard nods in agreement, his point made. “This is a simple place. Just a plain ol’ bar.” The Cardinal: 713 N. West St.

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HIJINKS at High Point The renowned High Point Market, the largest home furnishings trade show in the world, will draw as many as 80,000 attendees from 100 countries to High Point, N.C. April 22-26. Last year, our correspondent was among them for the first time… by CC PARKER

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Y PILGRIMAGE TO THE HIGH POINT FURNITURE MARKET began with a quest. A quest for a set of Celerie Kemble patio furniture. For months I cyber-stalked this gorgeous all-weather wicker, but it’s really expensive, and I’m not patient. I was determined that our family needed this set. It would make our children want to bring their friends home on the weekends. Our social life would illustration by DWANE POWELL

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blossom. I would look younger and thinner sitting on this furniture. But if you’re unwilling to pay full retail (I’m not) and can’t find a discounted price online, what’s a girl to do? Then I remembered: High Point Market! Right at my back door. Wholesale prices, to the trade only. I am not in “the trade.” But I was undeterred. In fact, I had it all figured out. I would simply register myself online as a designer, finagle my way in, and nab it wholesale! Against the odds, I would get that Celerie floor sample for my family!

Laying the groundwork To do this would be no problem. On the home front, I would get an “overnight hall pass,” and assure my husband that the trip would be purely educational. No shopping whatsoever. Next, I would register for Market online, and enlist some wingmen (girlfriends) to join me. Proper groundwork laid, I would arrive at High Point early, nab a primo parking spot, flash my barcode to the attendants, and waltz on in, hopefully running into a HGTV celeb or two. With my pockets full of cash, I’d head straight to the Lane Venture showroom where my beloved Celerie set would be on display. Once there, I’d give the salesman my winningest smile, chat him up a little (let’s hope it’s a “him”), and offer, off the cuff, to buy his floor display for a rock-bottom price. You know – I’d be happy to take it off his hands. Arrangements to retrieve it after market would be made, and then: Voila! The Celerie would be coming home with me, and I’d have the next two days at Market to play with my buddies. Perhaps we’d see The Pointer Sisters perform Sunday evening. Three girlfriends (Jennifer, Jeana, and Kerri) agreed to join the adventure, each with her own ulterior motive. We booked a hotel room at the airport Marriott, as we knew the general consensus is that you must give Market two days: There is just so much to see.

Strategery Phase one proceeded as planned,

though my husband rolled his eyes when I claimed I had no intention of shopping. Online registration was surprisingly easy, and the High Point website was full of directions and showroom maps to help me plan my mission. I did call HPM customer service, and spoke to the loveliest High Point native who shared a lot of shopping and dining scoop. I think she may have suspected I was a desperate housewife posing as a designer, but she was informative and pleasant, and I appreciated it. So, logistics nailed down, I had to think about how I was going to negotiate this transaction. I consulted my friend Fran, whose family’s furniture business has been integrally involved at Market for years. She’s done some “posing” herself, and talked me through the process: When I entered a showroom, she told me, an attendant would scan the badge on a lanyard around my neck. This would inform the showroom of my business type and region, so they could direct me to my area rep. Area rep? Thankfully, people are usually welcome to walk in without appointments to look at the merchandise as well. And if you are a desperate housewife posing as a designer and want to buy singles, not multiples, the lingo, she told me, goes like this: “Hi there, Mr. Showroom Rep., I am a designer and my client (ahem) is in need of patio furniture for her river home near Little Washington” (really less a boldfaced lie than wishful thinking). Then you say: “I do not have a store,” or “I’m non-stocking,” which means you don’t have a store and don’t stock merchandise. I very quickly learned – gulp – that buying singles tags 30 percent onto the wholesale price. Some more lines to deploy: “What is your minimum to place an order? What is your shipping cost? And when will it be delivered?” This, she said, would pretty much cover it. Lines memorized, I then consulted my “real” designer friends for their top Market tips. Turns out they were less interested in showroom recommendations than in dishing about the food and after-parties. It’s all about the free food and the fun, they told me: where to get it, when to get it, and how to find it. One showroom specializes in PJ Punch! Another place serves


FIELD guide a “hidden” lunch buffet – you have to head straight for it like you know it’s there. Another showroom offers a full sushi buffet and live music! Yet another serves cupcakes for the afternoon slump. The list went on and on. Friends were generous with their notes, but the best advice is always from my sister Frances in New York, who has been to Market many times: “Start with BoBo; great pimento cheese is served at a church downtown; take cash – it’s king. You’ll need $20 for parking. Download their free app to find vendors. P.S.: for Pete’s sake DO NOT wear tennis shoes (though you will be tempted).”

Liftoff With my homework complete and the Celerie set dancing before my eyes, I gathered my friends. At the crack of dawn, we fired up our convoy of gas-guzzlers and headed west, led by market veteran Jeana Young. She led us straight to convenient and cheap parking ($10 per car, Freeman’s Tire Center on West English). We noticed several freestanding stores that looked like they had fabulous loot, including my sister’s recommended BoBo Intriguing Objects. The Furniture Market is comprised of many buildings, but thankfully the Suites at Market Square – ground zero – was closest. It’s where we were given our lanyard badges and pocket guide with market maps and showroom locations. Everyone was still waking up from boisterous parties the night before, so it was quiet and peaceful, like being in a museum before opening hours. As we made our way through the beehive of showrooms, it wasn’t long before we ran into Raleigh friends Ben Everett and Ross Spain, the proprietors of Acquisitions Limited in Raleigh. They were wheeling and dealing with clients, but still gave us a big wave and didn’t seem at all surprised to see us. Carlette Peters from Davenport @ Five was there to buy for her darling shop, and gave a big hello and a bigger laugh when she saw my business badge. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon the permanent showroom of friends and furniture designers extraordinaire

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Beth and Chris Collier of VanCollier, the Washington, N.C. interior and furniture design firm (see the WALTER profile of the couple and their business at waltermagazine. com). After hugs, kisses, and introductions to our crowd, we took in the Colliers’ fabulous collection, including their signature ginkgo accent pieces and my favorite, the Charles Ottoman. Furniture aside, we wanted scoop about the designer A-List party the Colliers attended the night before. All of the shining designer stars were there. Kerri confessed that she’s a Mark Sikes devotee and hoped to catch a glimpse of him. No problem, said Beth, and offered to introduce us. Up we marched to the Henredon showroom, where he was promoting his new furniture line. I knew that Lady Luck was with me when I noticed the Lane Venture showroom, with my Celerie collection, just across the hall. I craned my neck to catch a glimpse of it as Beth disappeared to find Mark. She reappeared with a young woman instead. It was Celerie Kemble – not the furniture set, but the woman herself! She’s so young! Oh my gosh, should I be embarrassed I’m unwilling to pay full retail for her product?! I found myself reaching for my lip gloss. I realized I wanted to talk to her instead of bargain with her. I had some questions: What does she think about North Carolina? What about High Point? Where does she like to eat? Where does she like to stay? Are her kids with her? Inquiring minds wanted to know! And we proceeded to have a lovely conversation. It was at this point – you may have guessed already – that my grand plan unraveled. I didn’t deploy my well-rehearsed non-stocking designer spiel. Eventually, I did perform some half-hearted haggling for The Celerie with the folks at Lane, who said they would be glad to sell samples, but I had to buy the entire showroom. I got the salesman’s card and told myself I’d try to cut a deal before summer. Or, I may have to pay full retail, daggone it. So…no patio set. And I wasn’t alone. As it turned out, none of us bought a single piece of merchandise. And we ended

up paying for almost every morsel of food we consumed. That hidden lunch buffet? Perhaps it’s hidden from desperate housewives, because we never did find it. But there’s no question about it. It was a blast. We walked and walked and gawked for hours – the people and the products were riveting. We loved seeing the local artisans. N.C. metalworker Tommy Mitchell’s pieces are incredible, and did you know they are now making temporary wallpaper? You get tired of it, you just peel if off the wall! Our day ended outside the Market at BoBo Inspiring Objects. Of course my sister was right: The inventory was incredible and it was “cash and carry,” but I didn’t. Instead we settled ourselves in makeshift chairs by fires that burned in galvanized containers. A local family was grilling ribs and “trotters,” or pigs’ feet. I’m glad I tried them but I won’t again. It was like nibbling a human hand. But propped up with my friends, my trotter, and a glass of Two Buck Chuck, I was in heaven. My dear friend Betty Nelson of Raleigh’s Eatmans Carpets & Interiors joined us as her day of work was done, and we made our way to dinner in Jamestown, which offered more people-watching. We never did make it back to Market to hear The Pointer Sisters. We stumbled to the hotel to sleep. So, this desperate housewife did not go home with The Celerie. But I did leave inspired and excited about what I saw in the marketplace. If you are worried for the economic future of our country, come to High Point Market. The USA still has “the secret sauce.” If you think business friendships have been eliminated by email, join the friendly crowd at the Eastern Accents’ PJ Punch after-party. If you think that no one is willing to “walk across the aisle,” then you haven’t seen a completely tattooed art director hugging a suited furniture factory owner. The High Point Market is the result of a grand collaboration of talented, diverse people and its community, which supports it 100 percent. Watching this magic happen in my backyard makes me proud to call North Carolina my home state – no matter what patio chair I’m sitting in.


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WALTER’S BOOK CLUB with

Belle Boggs “Belle is an extraordinarily talented writer in both fiction and nonfiction. She is nothing short of brilliant.” –Jill McCorkle

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ELLE BOGGS WELCOMES A VISITOR TO HER OAKWOOD home as if she has all the time in the world. She offers up a slice of sweet potato bread she’s just baked, settles in for a free-ranging chat, and speaks at a thoughtful pace. But Belle Boggs doesn’t have all the time in the world. She has a graduate fiction writing class at N.C. State to teach in a little while, she has a short story to finish, and she has a novel to write. Belle Boggs is in demand because she is a major talent, and because her books, including the recent The Art of Waiting, have brought her national awards, acclaim, and an ever-brighter spotlight. APRIL 2017 | 103


“Oh, she is wonderful,” says celebrated Hillsborough novelist Jill McCorkle, who teaches with Boggs at N.C. State, “and people will know of her soon if they don’t already.” Those who do are fans of her unforgettable short story collection, Mattaponi Queen, which won the prestigious Bakeless Prize for fiction, and her profound The Art of Waiting, which has been included on best-of lists by Publishers Weekly, Real Simple, Elle, The Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed, among several others; it was also nominated for a prominent PEN award. A nonfiction exploration of infertility, medicine, and motherhood, the book follows the author’s own journey through that terrain, weaving in cultural history and journalism to create a poignant, clarifying collection of essays. With it, “Boggs joins the ranks of great American essayists, writing fearlessly about the personal and the political and where they intersect,” wrote O, The Oprah Magazine in naming the book among its top 10 picks for 2016. “What I admire is the great wealth of material she pulled into The Art of Waiting,” McCorkle says, “biology, animal behavior, social injustices, art, and literature. She is articulate and insightful and compassionate.” The widespread acclaim clearly hasn’t gone to Boggs’s head. Sitting at her dining room table one recent afternoon, she speaks with softspoken modesty and good humor about her background: growing up the child of “hippies” and among artists in King William County, Va.; her summer job as a costumed cartoon character at Kings Dominion amusement park (she was Cindy Bear, Yogi Bear’s girlfriend); her years teaching elementary and high school students (“teaching, if you do it well, is a very intense endeavor,” she says); her unsuccessful attempts to get a first novel published; the surprise of her first major prize (her husband submitted Mattaponi Queen for the Bakeless without her knowledge); her happiness in Raleigh. “I am delighted to be here,” she says, smiling as she sits back in her chair in the deep front-porched 1880s bunglaow where she lives with her husband and 3-year-old daughter, who was born after the years Boggs details in The Art of Waiting. The house is happy: Her daughter’s artwork is proudly displayed, toys lie about, and a warm scent of the morning’s baking lingers. It’s no surprise to hear her say that she’s found her place. “I love Raleigh, I love North Carolina. North Carolina is my home now. It’s a great community for writers, a really supportive community for writers.” The community she describes in Mattaponi Queen is also tightly knit, if seriously dysfunctional. Her fictional landscape is a place where addiction robs parents of the ability to care for their children; where resilient offspring try to rise above their circumstances; where people seek purpose in menial jobs and find

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meaning in modest lives; where kindness comes from unexpected places, and cruelty does too. In the book, Boggs “created a rich, capacious fictional territory,” The Daily Beast wrote, “about the lives of down-on-theirluck people…that we don’t often encounter in fiction but fill the world.” Southern Living named Boggs its “Best New Southern Author” when Mattaponi Queen came out. “I tried to be true to the place that I’m from,” Boggs says. Her own childhood and her years as an elementary school teacher introduced her to more than a few “adults who were not able to be the role models or the providers or the source of strength that their children needed them to be,” she says, but Boggs’s own circumstances, and her parents – her mother is an artist, her father built roller coasters at Kings Dominion, where “everyone” in the area found jobs at various points in their lives – were different. “My mom’s a very creative person, and my Dad is too, and they’re both great storytellers,” she says. “I love art, and the idea of making some kind of art was very appealing to me. I think having an artist as a parent makes that a possible identity.” Boggs started writing early. “From fifth grade, I wanted to be a writer,” she says. “It’s lucky that nobody told me it’s really hard to be a writer.” On May 7, she’ll talk about that hard work, about the life that’s given her rich material to mull and mine, about motherhood, about her novel in the works, which is set in the world of for-profit edcation, and about her continued interest in fiction and nonfiction. “I like going back and forth between the genres,” she says. “They energize each other.” WALTER readers have the opportunity to hear Boggs speak about both and to join the conversation at the Umstead Hotel & Spa on May 7, where an elegant luncheon will be followed by Boggs’s reading, questions and answers from the audience, and a book signing. As her fellow writer, friend, and fan Jill McCorkle says, we’re lucky to have Boggs in our midst: “In short, Belle Boggs is the real thing – a true star.”

WALTER’s Book Club with Belle Boggs Sunday, May 7, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Umstead Hotel and Spa 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary Tickets: $75 waltermagazine.com/events


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HOW THEY DECORATED ~ An excerpt

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by P. GAYE TAPP

THIS MONTH, RIZZOLI WILL PUBLISH HOW THEY DECORATED BY P. Gaye Tapp, a North Carolina-based interior designer, blogger, and WALTER contributor. The book begins with a foreword by celebrated designer Charlotte Moss and showcases the memorable rooms and homes of 16 influential women including Babe Paley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Evangeline Bruce, and Bunny Mellon. How They Decorated “is an invitation to enter the enchanting worlds” these women inhabited, Moss says.

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Above: Diana Olivia Winifred Maud Manners (1892-1986), born to the Marquess and Marchioness of Granby (later the 8th Duke and Duchess of Rutland), was reared to be a king’s consort, but her storied life took her from her ancestral home, Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, to her first home in Bloomsbury as a newlywed, then to many years abroad as a diplomat’s wife and finally back to England. Cecil Beaton photographed Lady Diana in repose on Pauline Borghese’s Empire bed at the ambassadorial residence, while her husband served as ambassador after the Second World War.

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Above, top: Georgia O’Keeffe, great American artist and iconoclast, found an entirely new approach to her art in New Mexico. She witnesses the intrinsic complexities of the nature that surrounded her, all of which became part of her decoration. The placement and grouping of stones she collected in the desert were as meticulous and meaningful as the canvases that emerged from these and other objects found in the landscape. Below: Wherever Babe Paley was at any moment, she was sure to be surrounded by stylish rooms – the habitat of the Fashionably Chic. Billy Baldwin created a tented fantasy for Paley and her husband at their New York pied-a-terre by shirring a printed cotton on the walls of the room.

here are many celebrated women who lived with great style but are lost to the pages of old magazines or books, waiting to be rediscovered. Portraits of these women by great artists of the day remain; they gaze out at us, framed by their beautiful rooms. Most of those interiors are gone. Yet their portraits remain, luring us to discover more about how they decorated. How They Decorated revives and revisits the beloved rooms I was introduced to as a child sitting cross-legged in a tall closet, at my grandmother’s house, where there were stacks and stacks of decorating magazines and scrapbooks, or as a teen sitting on my mother’s poster bed with the current copy of Vogue. At the time I saw them as just beautiful rooms, but in returning to these images again and again, I realized how these spaces and the women living in them have shaped the way we look at rooms today. For Evangeline Bruce it was decorating with yards of silk ribbon, using their lengths to hang her beloved paintings. This seemingly discreet decorating choice not only was beautiful in effect but also served to weave a personal touch through the austere spaces of the ambassadorial residences in which she lived – in essence, putting her stamp on these rooms. How They Decorated looks at sixteen women defined by four distinct decorating styles. Some of the women had the ability to inhabit several categories while others were strongly indicative of one particular style. How They Decorated explores these four categories: Legacy Style, In the Grand Manner, Fashionably Chic, and Unconventional Eye. Some of the rooms are well documented – having been photographed in different guises and over time – while other rooms, minimally documented and only glimpsed briefly, give us mere hints of their splendor.

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The Cree Shimmer Wall on the Raleigh Convention Center as seen from the Dorothea Dix complex.

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HEN I WALK DOWN THE STREETS OF RALEIGH, IT IS AS IF I CAN hear Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities running through my mind. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…” Dickens’ words capture the chaos of our times. To borrow a term from Visa founder and business thinker Dee Hock, we could describe our city as “chaordic,”

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a combination of chaos and order. Finding the right words to describe it is difficult. Maybe it would be best to consider our city a work of art: To be specific, a mosaic. A mosaic is a picture or a design that is constructed from smaller pieces that alone are insignificant. Pieces that are durable, reflective, or iridescent. Pieces that are broken, and do not obviously belong together. Pieces of forgotten places and people. When those pieces are placed together, they can create something truly beautiful. In order to see the beauty of a mosaic, though, one has to pause, back up, and take the long view. We have always had pieces in our city that were broken, and did not seem to fit, and yet, when assembled together, they made sense. You cannot avoid the pieces that make Raleigh a mosaic, no matter what direction you walk in. The State Capitol was the site of the Secession Convention on May 20, 1861, which resulted in North Carolina breaking from the Union. It was in the basement of that capitol building nearly 50 years earlier that Raleigh residents, black and white, established a covenant to worship together with the formation of First Baptist church. The charter committee consisted of 23 people; 14 were black and 9 were white. The church grew, even through the challenges that led to the Civil War, to about 436 people by 1859. If you turn from the capitol building to the First Baptist Church that stands at the corner of Wilmington Street, you will see the building that represents that covenant’s schism. The war that broke our country into pieces also broke this faith community into separate entities. Approximately 200 people left to form a congregation called First Colored Baptist Church. Eventually, that congregation changed its name back to First Baptist. But even today if you are looking for First Baptist of Raleigh, you will have to distinguish between two places with the same name. Even out of the historical brokenness of segregation, they are still serving the city – celebrating life, christening babies, marrying people and burying them – through

differences that were determined many years ago.

Artistic design Despite its fault lines, the city reflects the artistic design that was in the hearts and minds of the designers of our community. Consider the many educational opportunities we have within a 10-minute drive: colleges and universities originally founded to educate women and freed enslaved people, among others. This is thanks in large part to a philanthropic commitment to rebuild people who had historically been devalued. The root of the word philanthropic means love of mankind. Could it be that the beauty of our city comes not just from a love of learning, but from loving people? Education for women was valued in 1857 by William Peace who had the vision for William Peace University. In 1865, Henry Martin Tupper, while serving in the Union Army, developed a commitment to helping enslaved people. Rev. Tupper began with a bible study, but he understood the need for formerly enslaved people to engage their beautiful minds more broadly. That, in turn, led to the birth of institutions including Shaw University, which educated leaders who in turn gave birth to Elizabeth City State University, Livingston College, N.C. A&T, Fayetteville State University, and N.C. Central University. A community of learning for all was important in 1887 when the North Carolina General Assembly realized that it needed to help meet the needs of a rebuilding North Carolina with agriculture and technical excellence, and N.C. State University was founded.

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historic Oakwood Cemetery, resting place of confederate soldiers. Plato was right when he said, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” In 1867, Rev. J. Brinton Smith built nearby St. Augustine’s University, another school for freed slaves. When one drives by the campus, one can see the remains of St. Agnes Hospital, where doctors were once trained. The university itself has manged to weather financial and leadership challenges over the years, and today stands strong. There are so many pieces of the mosaic that we engage and encounter every day. More pieces are added, some are changed, and some have remained the same. Maybe the key is what holds us all together. Unfortunately, the mosaic can too often appear as a random collection of broken pieces because we suffer from selective amnesia instead of a structured, shared memory that could hold together our tragedies and triumphs as a community. Another challenge of a mosaic is that once its foundation has been set, it’s not easy to reimagine what’s already there. It is best instead to add another piece to increase its beauty. Perhaps that is what is happening in our booming city as new pieces are being added every day. There is no mistake; there is simply more complexity and beauty being added to the masterpiece we call our city. Perhaps it’s true that we are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. As some things come to an end, they allow new things to begin. The sights and sounds of artwork are all around us. As Dickens concluded A Tale of Two Cities, he was optimistic: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” Could it be that we are becoming a far, far better mosaic than we have ever known? James White is pastor of Christ Our King Community Church in Raleigh and the executive vice president of organizational relations at the YMCA of the Triangle.

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BEING THE CHANGE Exploris School’s award-winning refugee project by SETTLE MONROE

A GROUP OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FROM DOWNtown Raleigh’s The Exploris School recently set out on a simple mission – to be the change they wanted to see in the world. They kept their focus local, and worked as a team to help Burmese refugees living in Raleigh. What they didn’t know was that their work here at home would gain them recognition on a world stage.

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HELPING HANDS Exploris student Warren Gray delivers fresh kale to Ni Ni Myint, whose lack of access to healthy food inspired an award-winning project. Below, Gray and fellow students carry the kale they’ve harvested.

that it was recognized as the top Design for Change project in the nation. Last December, three of the students on the Exploris team and four of their teachers traveled to Beijing, China to represent the United States and present the project to teams from 40 countries at the worldwide Be the Change conference. “We didn’t know we would get to go to China when we started helping the refugees,” says fifth-grade student Addie Furr. “But it is really cool that it worked out like it did. The best part was seeing how children all across the world were doing small things to make a difference.” The worldwide program is structured to guide students to address problems and devise solutions through four steps. The first encourages students to empathize with people facing a problem. The second step has them imagine what the problem’s solution could be; the third is to do something about it; and the fourth is to share that solution. Amanda Northrup, a fourth-and-fifth-grade teacher, spent weeks teaching her students how to conduct interviews during the first stage so they could better understand the people at hand and problems they face. When the students interviewed Ni Ni Myint, a

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30-year-old wife, mother, and Burmese refugee, they came prepared with researched background information and honed interviewing skills. “We really wanted Ni Ni’s story to drive the students’ actions,” Northrup says. “In order for that to happen, we spent a lot of time teaching the students how to ask thoughtful and informative questions. We had a panel of three students lead the interview, and the rest of the team took notes and followed up with probing questions.” Northrup’s instruction paid off. Even with the language barrier, Myint says she immediately felt comfortable sharing her struggles and needs with the group. “The team was so nice,” Myint says. With her harrowing recent experience, that was vital. “My family was forced to leave my country because it was dangerous. We were very hungry in Burma. No one could help us there.” Since arriving in the U.S. four years ago, though, Myint told the students she’d been living with chronic stomach pains and gastrointestinal problems. She’s not alone. Many refugees suffer from similar health problems when their diet changes from freshly harvested, local produce to highly processed foods in the United States. The interviews left an impact on the students. Schuyler Pettibone, now a sixth-grader, says, “I always thought the problems the refugees faced took place when they were in their home countries, or on their way to the United States. After interviewing the refugees, I learned that they also face many problems once they arrive here.” After interviewing Myint and other refugees, the students moved to the “imagine” stage of the process by brainstorming creative ways to provide fresh food for Myint and other ref-

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ugees. No idea was too crazy or too small. Northrup led the students through a winnowing phase to determine feasibility. Eventually, they settled on their project. They would gather fresh produce from local farms and deliver the produce to Myint and her neighbors, also refugees. After connecting with local farmers, the team spent an afternoon harvesting and bagging fresh kale. Fifth-grader Addie Furr says the experience was “awesome!” But actually delivering the fresh kale to Myint was her favorite part. “I will never forget the look on Ni Ni’s face when she opened the door and we were all there with fresh produce to help her feel better. That was just so cool.” The students presented their project at the 2016 Scaling STEM conference in Raleigh as part of the program’s final stage, in which they share the results of their work. It was here that Design for Change USA director Sanjli Gidwaney heard their presentation. “Sanjli especially appreciated that the team listened carefully to the needs of the community and developed a targeted plan to meet that need,” says Exploris teacher and Design for Change leader Sonja McKay. “It is a simple project that anyone can replicate. Any volunteer can do this in an afternoon or a day.” The global Design for Change leaders agreed with Gidwaney, naming Exploris’s work as the top project in the United States. Along with the award came the opportunity to attend the conference in Beijing. “It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says McKay. “The children were able to see how others across the world are taking simple steps to do good.”



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STORYTELLING IS A PROLIFIC VOCATION IN THE SOUTH; HONESTLY, I’M surprised it doesn’t come with a W-9 form around here. People will pull you aside and basically tell you everything about anything. I think it’s the reason why shows like Law & Order never take place in a Southern city like ours. People talk so much, they’d trip themselves up and confess to a crime just to land a punch line. I think it’s this ease with words that has made Southern literature so popular. Southern writers are first and foremost storytellers; the prose, syntax, and imagery isn’t always the focus, more often it’s the universal and everyday. Maybe it stems from the ease and comfort that comes from sitting around countless tables, staying up till all hours of the night simply talking. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming that reading Faulkner is like picking up Green Eggs and Ham, but I’d rather have a beer

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with him than Dostoyevsky, that’s all. It’s no surprise then that the Raleigh area boasts a bevy of local writers. Lee Smith, Sarah Dessen, Belle Boggs, Wilton Barnhardt, Allan Gurganus, Jill McCorkle – and that’s just some in this neck of the woods. I didn’t even mention Thomas Wolfe, Ron Rash, Charles Frazier, Wiley Cash, or a whole host of other prolific North Carolinian authors. As a kid growing up in Raleigh and then Gastonia, I was pretty lucky to be in

a place that encouraged creativity, the arts, and expression. It enabled me to translate my love of stories, other people, and the world into a specific strand of connection. Without this community and heritage, I may have never discovered writing. Had I grown up in North Dakota, I might just be a really under-stimulated dog-walker who tells her stories to a pack of Yorkies all day (not to say that I don’t still find myself talking to dogs). If you really think about it, it’s not that surprising that I’m a writer. It’s basically the only vocation I could find that wouldn’t require me to shut up in order to make a living.

Origin story My fixation with the world began the moment I entered it. My dad has the slight-


ly disturbing propensity to tell the story of my birth at cocktail parties, airport security lines, Mexican restaurants, christenings, annual vehicle inspections – you name it. I’ll condense it as generically and non-traumatically as possible for you, but basically I came out with my eyes wide open, head rotating around the room like a coal miner blinking in the sunlight. In this moment of sacred union between mother and child, as a bond unlike any other manifests itself through new life, my mom promptly looked down and exclaimed, “Holy %&*#!” People tend to have this same reaction toward me to this day. I could understand her sentiment, though. The feeling was mutual, Mama – ‘Holy %&*!’, indeed! What a weird world this place was – how loud and spectacular and wild and crazy! And I had the rest of my life to explore it! It was all downhill from there. Every report card was pretty stan-

dard until you got down to the section about classroom behavior. While each teacher tried as hard as possible to be lovely and diplomatic in the comments, the underlying thesis blared: Mimi Montgomery has a mouth bigger than a Blue Whale crossbred with Steven Tyler. I would just not shut up. And to make it worse, I was weird. It’s one thing to have a cute, pigtailed child in a sailor suit chatting charmingly at the lunch table next to you, but when a feral, human-alien hybrid yammers nonstop in the neighboring booster seat, it’s downright disturbing. To be fair, I was doomed from an early age: I read too much, and had too much to say about it all. Still, I will forever be thankful to my parents that they never regulated the books I could read or the movies I could watch. I truly think this made me a more inquisitive, self-motivating seeker of the unknown. But that kind of freedom does set

your kid up to be a mumbling weirdo on the playground. Contrary to popular belief, other fourth-graders don’t really want to hear about the magical realism in the Peruvian novel you’re currently reading, and they sure don’t care about the Monty Python and the Holy Grail reenactments you and your brother stage in the backyard. Eventually, through intense and scarring Darwinian social grooming, my conversational topics grew more appropriate, even if my volume didn’t. As I got older, I learned to casually chatter with the best of them, slowly discovering my love of storytelling. In high school, my buddies and I would do astronomically stupid things just to have a story we could tell afterward. At slumber parties and over Bojangles’ breakfasts, our recounts were elaborate and long-winded, complete with accents, sound effects, and choreographed stage blocking. (“You mean Lizzie rode around

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Myrtle Beach on the back of some dude’s moped last night?” “Didn’t you just hear me do the moped noise?”) In college, living in a sorority house was like one long improv comedy sketch. Everyone was loud, everyone was funny, and everyone had stories to tell. It was a crash course in comedic delivery and performance: Our neighbors across the street used to tell us our cackles were audible late into the night, like a coven of preppy witches. Every Saturday morning, girls would stumble downstairs and we’d swap weekend tales. There was a definite hierarchy. Each person was constantly looking to top the previous anecdote: Some girls invited a touring band back to the house for an encore (unbeknownst to our house mother), others broke into the business school and wrote all over the whiteboards, I may or may not have hitched a ride across town with a Domino’s delivery man, and then there was the legend

of the 2009 pledge class, who snuck a keg all the way up to the third floor balcony (where it stayed until it began to leak through the floorboards). I learned a lot of things from my stint in the Tri Delt house, namely that you cannot try to raise a puppy in a house of 30 girls, the entire University of Pennsylvania men’s cross country team won’t fit in a dorm room, and that you can open a wine bottle with a shoe. Mostly, though, I learned that stories weren’t just something to be traded back and forth – they could be bigger than that. They could make people feel and think and discover new things. It was all in how you told them. As I got older and became a writer, the stories of my Southern childhood began to take on a new meaning. Each one was so vibrant, full of eccentric humor and detail, that they practically told themselves. My mom’s best friend smoking a cigarette outside the hair salon in

her foil and setting the porch on fire, our housekeeper buying a pig from the Gaston County flea market (“When you look at him, you can see exactly where pork rinds come from!”), the time my eighth grade science teacher threatened to cut off my toes: This is what they mean when they say truth is stranger than fiction. It would truly be impossible for me to make up any of these things. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot of places: The blue-shouldered shadows of Istanbul mosques, crowded favelas in Sao Paulo, the skyscrapers of Hong Kong harbor; but there’s only been one place that’s truly felt like home. North Carolina – Raleigh, Gastonia, Wrightsville Beach – with its nonstop talking and wisecracking and tall tales, has always been my heart’s song. Without it, I’d simply be someone else. Or a lot quieter.

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TONY TATA BOOK RELEASE PARTY Readers and friends celebrated the release of Besieged, Raleighite Tony Tata’s latest novel, at Caffe Luna March 2. Tata’s seventh novel is a thriller about domestic terrorism. At the release party, Tata auctioned a name to be used in his eighth novel, to be published in January 2018; the auction’s proceeds benefited the North Carolina Heroes’ Fund.

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ART BALL 20 Cary Visual Art hosted its 20th annual Art Ball Feb. 11 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The evening featured a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres from Iris restaurant, dancing, and a short film celebrating CVA’s two decade history. Proceeds from the ball purchased commissioned swan benches at Carpenter Park in Cary.

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TRAVEL CLUB RECEPTION Nancy Andrews hosted a reception in March for D&A Travels, a private travel club for women. The reception was held at Marta’s, Brenda Gibson’s new women’s designer clothing boutique in North Hills. Ladies shopped, snacked, and received personal style consultation for upcoming trips.


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POE GALA The Poe Young Professionals held their fifth annual fundraiser Feb. 11. More than 150 guests attended the silent auction event hosted by ArtSource Gallery in North Hills. The evening benefited the Poe Center for Health Education’s mission to educate and empower North Carolina’s children, youth, and their families to make choices that increase positive health behaviors.

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YOUNG ASSOCIATES CASINO NIGHT The N.C. Museum of History Young Associates held their sold-out 9th annual Casino Night Feb. 18. Guests enjoyed food, drink, live music by the Java Band, casino games, and a silent auction table. The funds raised benefited the N.C. Museum of History to help with exhibitions funding and education programming.

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MAY 2017 THE TRAVEL ISSUE

Culinary tour Charlotte eats

Coastal grapes Sanctuary Vineyards

New life A restored inn in Belhaven

Saint Mary’s School at 175 Looking back, and forward


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t’s totally a labor of love,” says paper artist Sarah Joyce. The thousands of holiday decorations she makes in her North Raleigh home every year out of fine paper – Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, Christmas trees, and stars – are hard work, but worth it, she says. “The paper is the best part. I love paper.” A onetime paper-maker and bookbinder, Joyce finds her favorite material all over the world. She has marbled papers from an ashram in India; end papers from a man who makes them for the Vatican in Rome; hand-screened Chiyogami papers from Japan; Lokta paper made of the daphne shrub from Nepal; paper made of recycled garments from India; and traditional Florentine paper from Italy. She gets many papers from the importer Paper Mojo in Wake Forest, then pastes, cuts, and dries them onto baltic birch forms that she has laser cut for her outside of Charlotte. You can start your collection with a stop at Five Points’ Nofo @ the Pig, where her bunnies and eggs have a center-stage display at this time of year. And if the sight has you hankering for more Easter fun, the City of Raleigh hosts free egg hunts throughout the community on the morning of Saturday, April 8. You can get in the springtime spirit at: Abbotts Creek Community Center, Anderson Point, Brier Creek Community Center, Carolina Pines Community Center, John Chavis Community Center, Laurel Hills Community Center, Lions Park, Mordecai Historic Park, Pullen Park, Roberts Park Community Center, and Spring Forest Road Park. Pre-registration is not required and hunts start promptly at 11 a.m. –L.R. Sarah Joyce’s Easter eggs and bunnies are available at Nofo @ the Pig, 2014 Fairview Road at Five Points. For more on Easter egg hunts, call your community center, or visit parks.raleighnc.gov.

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