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VanderVeen is a photographer based out of Greensboro, N.C. He represents the ﬁfth generation of professional photographers in his family, and his family opened its ﬁrst photography studio in Hendersonville, N.C. in 1884. This month, he photographed the Artist in Studio, Mike Waller, half of the two Carolina Shuckers oysterknife-makers. VanderVeen and his wife are both photographers; he frequently works for the High Point Furniture Market, and has been published in Traditional Home and other magazines. He and his wife have two daughters and two dogs.
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Color outside the lines this month as you learn techniques of face and body painting with Raleigh artist Molly Chopin. Imurj is hosting this Basics of Body Art Series, where you’ll learn everything from contouring to animal-inspired designs. July 1 and 8, 2-4 p.m.; July 15, 1-5 p.m; for pricing and your supply list: home.imurj.com
SUMMER DAZE North Hills launches its ﬁrst Summer Daze Festival Aug. 18, featuring the summertime sound of Shwayze, plus local artists like Charlotte-based Lute and Kinston-born Jackie Spade. Begin with pre-festival yoga at North Hills’ Midtown Park, and enjoy food trucks and good times throughout the day. $27.50 per person; gates open at 12 noon; summerdazefestival.com
HOP TO IT To see the city’s latest mural, you’ll have to look down: There’s a hopscotchinspired sidewalk painting on South McDowell street near Poole’s Diner downtown, by artist Gina Elizabeth Franco. This hopscotch has no squares or rectangles, but rather word-bubble shapes; and each number is written in a diﬀerent one of the Top 10 languages spoken in Wake County.
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At last Morgan Street Food Hall will reportedly open its doors July 23. The muchanticipated Warehouse District space includes a number of local eateries, such as Raleigh Raw and food truck Oak City Fish and Chips, in an upscalefood-court-style setting. morganstreetfoodhall.com
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ason Craighead has hit his limit. For the time being, anyway. “In a poetic manner, I feel where I am in life as a human, as a man, as an artist—I’m at a particular threshold in how life changes and grows,” says the mixed-media abstract artist. For the past year, Craighead has devoted himself to exploring this temporary personal cusp through his tried-and-true method, he says: mark-making. The result is Threshold, Craighead’s summer exhibition at CAM Raleigh opening July 6 and featuring especially massive works, the largest measuring just over 8 feet by 11 feet. “They’re very dramatic,” Craighead says. “It’s almost like each wall of the place is going to be devoted to an idea.” In the the contemporary museum’s main gallery, Craighead’s work invites a “one-on-one experience,” says CAM exhibitions director Eric Gaard. “The paintings are even almost
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overwhelming. They are so large-scale and beautifully dramatic, viewing them becomes personal and emotional.” Many of the pieces will be familiar to fans of the Raleigh artist, who is known for playing with color, lines, and raw details. Others are a break from tradition: an entirely pink canvas next to a virtually empty one. These conceptual explorations are a welcomed effect of deep-diving into the meaning of threshold, Craighead says. “I’m an intuitive process guy. I just work and ﬁnd the next thing and spill into it and work. To develop one relatively whole idea and attack it … that has been interesting.” When viewed in context, it might, as Gaard suggests, transport viewers to a “meditative space. White walls, white ﬂoor, abstraction. It’s an inspirational setting.” —Jessie Ammons Rumbley The show runs through Aug. 26; camraleigh.org
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PIP SQUEAKS N.C. Theatre Conservatory’s Master Summer Theatre Arts School (STAS) presents Pippin, the smash Broadway hit about a mysterious acting troupe of yesteryear. (Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse directed the original production, so jazz hands and showy numbers are de rigueur.) STAS is one of the nation’s top summer theatre arts programs, which you can see for yourself July 6 - 8. Pip pip cheerio! July 6 7:30 p.m., July 7 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., July 8 2 p.m.; $15 - $50; 2 E. South St.; dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/nc-theatreconservatory-show-8236
ARCH RIVALS The 2018 USA Archery Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) national target championships take aim July 11 - 15 at WRAL Soccer Park. Bring the family out to see more than 1,000 of the country’s best junior archers (ages 8 - 20) compete at the highest level. Get in on the action at the free Try Archery station, then cool down with concessions when the competition gets you all aquiver. See website for full schedule of events; free; 7700 Perry Creek Road; teamusa.org/USA-archery/tournament
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f you’re in search of local goods, cheeky gifts, greeting cards, or homewares, downtown shop DECO Raleigh is chock-full of them. The six-year-old storefront moves into an expanded space on Salisbury Street in late July, just two doors down and around the corner from its original Hargett Street address. The 50-foot move means almost double the space, which is a fun opportunity to showcase more of DECO’s colorful repertoire, says owner Pam Blondin (pictured above, second from right). “There’s a lot of new merchandise that hasn’t been seen yet, and we want to showcase those independent makers in our new space.”
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At the First Friday grand opening Aug. 3, you can ﬁnd 60 newly added brands, 20 of them local. Blondin has always curated a mix of aesthetics from near and far, she says. “The idea is not to turn our backs on national brands, but to create a community where those are going to ﬁt in. DECO is not only about what you can buy, but what does it feel like when you walk in the door. It’s familial, it feels like you’re part of a community.” —Catherine Currin 207 S. Salisbury St.; decoraleigh.com
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14-17 YO NABA NABA Create your own interpretive dance at N.C. Museum of Art when the Dana Ruttenberg Dance Group debuts Naba 2.0 July 14 - 17. This co-collaboration between the museum and American Dance Festival invites audiences to engage with art by exploring all of their senses (humor included). Audience members are equipped with an audio guide and headset, then set loose to roam the galleries and fully embody the art around them. Each performance is limited to 30 participants. The experience is recommended for ages 6 and up and participants must be able to read and follow instructions. Please note that attendees will be asked to stand, sit, walk, and lie on the ﬂoor. If you’ve ever imagined getting inside Nick Cave’s Soundsuit at the museum, now is your chance (ﬁguratively speaking, of course). See website for showtimes; $32.25; 2110 Blue Ridge Road; americandancefestival.org/performance/adf2018/dana-ruttenberg-dance-group
MOTH BALL Holy holey sweaters, Batman—National Moth Week is coming up. Celebrate the much-swatted insect at Moths at Night July 21. Join the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at its Prairie Ridge Ecostation outpost for an evening of illuminating fun hosted by the North Carolina Entomological Society. Out in the ﬁeld, black lights illuminate what ﬂutters and bumps in the night. With kid-centric activities and games like Moth Bingo, this is a family-friendly event, but best suited for ages 8 and up. Bring a ﬂashlight, a camera, and your curiosity. Leaping Lepidopteras! 8 p.m. - 12 midnight.; free; 1671 Gold Star Drive; naturalsciences.org/ calendar/event/moths-at-night-2018
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7/26 RE-EDUCATION Re-educate yourself with Ms. Lauryn Hill at Red Hat Amphitheater July 26. The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Over the intervening years, Ms. Hill has largely stayed out of the public eye, so this show is a rare opportunity to see the groundbreaking artist. A portion of ticket sales go to the singer’s MLH Fund, which supports education, health, and development initiatives in the African-American community. Get schooled—everything is everything. 6:30 p.m.; $33 - $200; 500 S. McDowell St.; redhatamphitheater.com
ARIA FOR SUMMER The N.C. Summer Opera makes its debut in Raleigh Aug. 12 at Pullen Baptist Church with the production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. The group is the newest opera organization in the state, founded to provide opportunities for artists to study and perform operatic roles in high-quality public performances. Turandot is the story of a Chinese princess who demands a suitor jump through hoops to obtain her hand in marriage. If the story does not ring a bell, then perhaps the opera’s most famous aria, Nessun Dorma, will. Bring tissues. 3 p.m.; free; 1801 Hillsborough St.; ncsummeropera.org
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Book passage on this seaworthy staycation stop: Cruisin for Clues, a murder mystery dinner theater performed by It’s a Mystery theater troupe Aug. 24 and 25. Don your ﬁnest cruise wear and set a course for adventure on the high seas of...Glenwood. Enjoy a four-course dinner from Irregardless Cafe and nautical-themed cocktails as you are swept up in a murderous storm at sea starring a colorful cast of characters. Ahoy. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $75; 3300 Woman’s Club Drive; eventbrite.com, keyword: cruisin’ for clues
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EATING & DRINKING MORE TO WINE ABOUT There’s a new wine shop in town: Short Walk Wines is open on East Martin Street downtown. The hip space features exposed brick walls and plenty of vino, many from small-scale and independent winemakers from around the world. 123 E. Martin St.; @shortwalkwines on Instagram and Facebook
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BUKU TIMES TWO Global street food restaurant bu•ku has its second location up and running in Wake Forest. The second location will serve a similar menu of ethnic small plates inspired by local ingredients. 1228 Heritage Links Drive, Wake Forest; bukuwakeforest.com
WALTER WANDERS Sir Walter Coﬀee plans to open a second location in downtown Holly Springs. The coﬀee and tea shop will open in Town Hall Commons next year, serving the same house-roasted coﬀee, breakfast items, and snacks as the ﬂagship downtown Raleigh location. sirwaltercoﬀee.com
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BRAVE ENOUGH “Growing up, I read all of the books about kids with cancer and everybody died. It was frustrating ... because I lived. And I knew a lot of kids who lived.”
ati Gardner was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer, at 8 years old. It presented as a tumor on her femur, followed by months of painful rehabilitation, prolonged hospital stays, and chemotherapy. In the end, when faced with having to endure a series of complicated procedures to save her leg, Gardner, with the full support of her parents, made the decision to amputate. Next to marrying her husband, she says, it was the best decision she ever made. She was able to get on with the business of being Kati. The Woodstock, Georgia native did get on with it, pursuing a passion for performance and writing with a degree in theatre arts. Young people, in particular, are her calling; and she wound up working as a middle-school drama teacher. One day, while her students took a standardized test, she jotted down a
scene that had been playing in her mind for a while. What she jotted down became the ﬁrst page of many in her young adult novel, Brave Enough. Gardner plugged away at it during stolen moments over ﬁve years, while also raising two young daughters and relocating with her family to Raleigh. It was tough going—Gardner recalls editing pages in an empty Sunday school classroom at First Baptist Church Raleigh while her daughter was attending preschool—but her perseverance landed a book deal on the ﬁrst go. Brave Enough’s main character is a promising young dancer who loses a leg to cancer. She discovers that she can still stand strong and be a normal teenager who goes to camp, ﬂirts with boys, and likes glitter. Sound familiar? And—spoiler alert—she lives. —Katherine Poole
Brave Enough releases Aug. 21, and Quail Ridge Books will host a launch party Aug. 23. 7 p.m.; free; 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road; quailridgebooks.com
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PACK MENTALITY Calling all backers of the pack: you’ll be seeing red Aug. 25 for Packapalooza™. What began seven years ago as a campus and community-wide kickoﬀ to fall semester in honor of the 125th anniversary of N.C. State has grown into one of Raleigh’s largest street festivals. The fun is packed into one mile along Hillsborough Street, from the roundabout at the Bell Tower west to Brooks Avenue. Packapalooza brings N.C. State students, staﬀ, fans, local merchants, and agencies together for a day of community engagement with over 320 vendors, both for-proﬁt and nonproﬁt. Hillsborough Street is divided into zones, including art, kid activities, Wolfpack athletics (expect plenty of autograph opportunities), international, environmental, campus outreach, and Pack Pride featuring members of the Raleigh police and ﬁre departments and campus ROTC. After zoning out, take in a performance from Cirque du Vol, the Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team, or one of the N.C. State dance and performance groups. In addition, country music band Parmalee will headline the main stage. Pack it all in, then wolf down treats from one of the many food vendors, or take a stroll through the beer garden. Packapalooza has something for everyone, Tar Heels and Blue Devils excluded—unless you keep that on the down-low, for an afternoon. 2 - 10 p.m.; free; Hillsborough St.; packapalooza.ncsu.edu
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SUPPORTIVE SOUND Be Loud! returns
ou can groove for good Aug. 24 and 25, when the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation hosts its annual Be Loud! weekend of music at Cat’s Cradle. The fourth annual fundraiser features local bands like Matthew Sweet and Sex Police at the iconic Chapel Hill venue. Niklaus Steiner and his wife, Lucy, founded the event to honor their daughter Sophie’s legacy by maintaining quality of life for local youth living with cancer. “It’s all about helping young adults maintain their dignity and their independence while in cancer treatment,” says Steiner.
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The foundation funds psycho-social support programs for adolescents and young adults at UNC Hospitals, and Steiner says the original idea came from his daughter. When battling germ-cell cancer in November 2012, Sophie wanted to alleviate the frustrations she experienced as a teenager in a children’s hospital for future patients, Steiner says. “There aren’t a lot of hospitals doing this, but we realize that this age group is so different, and so unique. They needed a program.” Sophie passed away in 2013, and her parents got to work to bolster other teenagers in children’s hospitals and young adults
in wings with much older patients. Last year, the two-day concert event raised $45,000, and the foundation hopes to top that this year. Fundraising through music is what Sophie would have wanted, Steiner says. “Everything we do is in the spirit of Sophie, and what Sophie would enjoy … We don’t do black tie dinners, or a 5K run. She loved music and she loved our community.” —Catherine Currin For tickets and more information, visit beloudfestival.com.
7 Perhaps best known as the feckless son-in-law Tobias Fünke on the hit comedy Arrested Development, the Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor David Cross is ﬁrst and foremost a standout stand-up with razor-sharp wit. Currently on the road with his Oh Come On tour, Cross makes a stop at the Carolina Theatre in Durham Aug. 7. The acerbic comic pulls no punches as he delivers cutting commentary on the state of the union. Buckle up buttercup, this show crosses lines. 8 p.m.; $36.50; 309 W. Morgan St., Durham; carolinatheatre.org/ events/david-cross-oh-come
Cool down with a relaxing evening paddle on the Eno capped oﬀ with a tour and tasting at Fullsteam Brewery Aug. 10. You’ll meet up at Fullsteam to be shuttled to the river with staﬀ from Frog Hollow Outdoors; then following the paddle, you’ll shuttle back for the Fullsteam experience. Plan on an early dinner or bring a snack to eat on the shuttle, as there will not be food available. And this one is for ages 21 and up. 6:30 p.m.; $55 per person; 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham; froghollowoutdoors.com
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FREE FALLIN’ Run down this dream: The N.C. Symphony’s Summerfest 2018 series includes a night dedicated to the music of Tom Petty July 14. Celebrate the proliﬁc rock icon’s life and music at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary with the symphony, a full rock band, and a lead singer. Pack a picnic (food and all beverages are allowed for this show), lawn chairs, and good vibes, and settle in for a show to help fans learn to ﬂy—without the beloved artist. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.; $36 lawn seats in advance or $38 day of show, $38 covered table seats in advance or $40 the day of show, students $17, kids under 12 free on the lawn; 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary; boothamphitheatre.com/event/the-music-oftom-petty
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Bee one of the cool kids and take a tour of Durham’s downtown apiaries with Bee Downtown Aug. 14. The local beesness maintains hives in urban locations in partnership with area companies. Don an oﬃcial beekeeper’s suit, work the hives, and taste-test some sweet, local honey. The tour lasts two hours and is open to anyone over the age of 8. Long pants and closed toed shoes are required. Bee a part of the change. 10 a.m. - 12 noon; $40 per person (registration required); 902 N. Mangum St., Durham; bee-downtown.com/tours
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Take a walk on the wild side and sign up for the N.C. Museum of Life and Sciences’ Adult Summer Camp night Aug. 15. Why should the kids have all the fun? This 21 and over camp-out has all the activities from childhood: friendship bracelet making, archery range, climbing wall, treehouse, marshmallow roasting. Put the adult in adult camp and enjoy grown-up beverages all evening. Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Baguettaboutit, and Tenco Coﬀee food trucks will be parked in front of the Museum for late-night munchies. 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $20 designated driver, $25 museum member, $30 general admission; 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham; lifeandscience.org/ calendar/entry/adultsummercamp18/instance/7-26-2018
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Roam, if you want to, back over to Koka Booth for a new wave of ’80s nostalgia July 17: Boy George and Culture Club, The B-52s, and the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey. Karma is a chameleon, so pack light: coolers, outside food, and blankets are prohibited for this show. Lawn chairs are welcome, and there will be a variety of concessions and beverages for sale in the park to keep the lobsters rocking. Gates open at 5 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m.; $45 lawn seats, $69.50 reserved seats; 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary; boothamphitheatre.com/ event/boygeorge-b52s-tom
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AUGUST NOTEWORTHY HOLD THE APPLAUSE Burning Coal Theatre Company earned a progressive award last month. The International Centre for Women Playwrights gave the repertory a 50/50 Applause Award for promoting gender equality. Burning Coal was one of a few dozen winners nationwide, all of whom produce and stage an equal amount of plays written by women as by men. For more about Burning Coal: burningcoal.org
ART FOR ALL N.C. Museum of Art earned two awards from the American Alliance of Museums, which tips its hat to best and impressive practices. The African Gallery stood out for its comprehensive, inclusive works and mediums; and the museum’s NCMALearn educational website stood out for its outreach capabilities, including virtual ﬁeld trips. For more about NCMA: ncartmuseum.org
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HONEST LOSS Mary Davila, an assistant rector at Christ Church Raleigh co-authored a children’s book, Grandpa’s Tent, that gently and honestly walks young readers through the process of losing a loved one. The book will be released in August and available at Quail Ridge Books.
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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band return to DPAC Aug. 15. Blending elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, and blues into his songwriting, the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer has quietly evolved into a music legend as iconic as his unassuming manner and outsized hair. 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $100; 123 Vivian St., Durham; dpacnc.com/events/ detail/lyle-lovett-2018
Foodies, fadders, and veggies are invited to veg out at the Triangle Vegfest festival Aug. 18 - 19 in Durham. Come out to sample dishes, purchase food items, attend cooking demos, and enjoy live music. Catch roundtable discussions or a presentation from athletes, authors, health care professionals, food industry professionals, and inﬂuencers advocating for a plant-based lifestyle. Get there early—the ﬁrst 200 attendees score a swag bag full of goodies. These are certainly the salad days. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free ($5 suggested donation to be shared with local nonproﬁt groups); 220 Foster St., Durham; trianglevegfest.com
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SEPT. 1 Motorcycle breakfast 10 a.m.; Parker and Otis, 112 S. Duke St., Durham
READY to RUMBLE Bull City Rumble vintage bike rally
ick-start Labor Day weekend at Bull City Rumble, a world-renowned vintage motorcycle and scooter festival in Durham. The two-day multi-venue event draws thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world for music, tech sessions, general merriment, and, the highlight, a juried bike show. There are categories for every type of vintage bike, from Ducatti to Vespa; points are awarded for well-ridden bikes, style, and craftsmanship. Bull City Rumble was once an Oak City thing: Circa 2005, a modest group of vintage motorcycle riders gathered downtown for a rally in a parking lot. As the Rumble grew, so did Raleigh—the parking lot is now Red Hat Amphitheatre—and the bikes headed to the Brightleaf District of
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Durham,instead. Today, the Rumble is hosted by Ton Up N.C., a nonproﬁt group of enthusiasts promoting restoration, riding, and racing vintage combustion engine motorcycles, from post-World War II to the late ’70s. “We are purveyors of obsolete technology,” says club founder Marcus Rogers. The organization’s name is a reference to doing the ton, which means reaching 100 mph. In the ’60s, there was a British youth subculture clash between the slim-suited, scooter-riding “mods” and the leather-clad, motorbiking “rockers;” a rocker might challenge a rival mod to ton up and best his speed. Nowadays, the competition is friendly, but the rumbling spirit remains. —Katherine Poole See event highlights at right; free; bullcityrumble.com
Vintage motorcycle, scooter, and cafe racer show 11 a.m.; Social Games and Brews, 1007 W. Main St., Durham Bike show awards and raﬄe to beneﬁt American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association 5 p.m.; Social Games and Brews, 1007 W. Main St., Durham Rumble after-party 6 p.m.; Social Games and Brews, 1007 W. Main St., Durham
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TACO KNIGHT. It will be muy caliente at Knightdale Station Aug. 19, when the community hosts Tacopalooza. What is Tacopalooza? It’s a ﬁesta del taco. The party starts with 15 food trucks serving up nothing but tacos and cold cerveza to wash it down. More fun is cooked up with a best salsa contest and a taco-eating contest. Merengue and cha-cha the night away to La Orchestra Tropico. The Mango Dynamic Dance Company from Morrisville will also perform and give free latin dance lessons. Los niños can jump for joy in the bouncy house and take part in a piñata bust. It’s tasty fun for the entire family. Taco Tuesday is going to be so jealous. 12 noon - 4 p.m.; free; 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale; facebook.com/ events/787233774783243
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ummer is officially here. Should you ﬁnd yourself with extra time on your hands, have a desire to give back, or want to expose your school-aged children to the needs of others, here are a few volunteer opportunities in the Triangle. Send snail mail You can write a letter to a deployed soldier, sending them good wishes and thanks, through the A Million Thanks organization. amillionthanks.org Play tennis Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina helps provide and support tennis opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. atanc.org/ volunteer-nomination
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Shop shift Meet neighbors in need Abilities Tennis during a shift at Dorcas Thrift Shop at Dorcas Ministries, or sign up for its other Grow up outreach programs, such as ﬁnancial If you serve as a garden support voland food assistance, child care, and job unteer in the Sun Sprouts Garden at training. dorcas-cary.org/donate-volunteer Marbles Kids Museum, you’ll interact with guests, water the garden, and harGive a compliment vest fruits and vegetables. Empower women to achieve economic marbleskidsmuseum.org/volunteer independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and develMake a meal opment tools with Dress for Success You can volunteer for Meals on Wheels Triangle NC. Roles include serving as of Wake County to deliver, not actually a career/image coach or helping with a cook, hot meals to the nonproﬁt’s clients boutique clothing sale. dfstrianglenc.org/ Monday through Friday. wakemow.org/ volunteer-application volunteer
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Be active You can volunteer for a park project, athletic team, special event, or AdoptA-Park through City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. There are a plethora of opportunities for individuals, groups, students, and businesses. raleighnc.gov Well-rounded The multiple Triangle YMCA locations can always use manpower in areas including aquatics, wellness, family programs, and special events. ymcatriangle.org
Be a homebody Cook meals, participate in kids activities, and help with chores at the Ronald McDonald House Durham & Wake. Opportunities are available on a onetime and recurring basis. rmhdurhamwake.org/get-involved
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The 41st Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival oﬀers a full palette of art and activities in downtown Cary Aug. 26 - 27. Lazy Daze is recognized as one the nation’s top art fairs with over 300 artists from all over the U.S. With artist demonstrations, a public art exhibit, live performances, a kids’ zone, and plenty of food and drink to fuel the fun, the festival is an event for the entire community. And, it’s Lazy with purpose: proceeds from the festival go back to the community and beneﬁt projects with a focus on the cultural arts.
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Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12:30 - 5 p.m.; free; downtown Cary; townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/festivals/lazy-daze-artsand-crafts-festival
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“Everything I’ve been able to do has been made possible by others extending me an opportunity. And the nature of my work and service has been to seek out ways to uplift and extend opportunities to others.” —Nick Neptune, general manager, Transfer Co. Food Hall & Grocery
ick Neptune wears many hats, and community advocate is the topmost one. He’s lived in Raleigh since 2010 and has a few entrepreneurial endeavors—both side gigs and full-time—under his belt since then, including a DJ-andevents company and a collaborative coworking space. Now, Neptune is the general manager of soon-to-open Transfer Co. food and community hall, and he says he’s eager for the impact he believes it will make on Raleigh. “What truly appealed to me was this project’s potential for growth in the community. We’re using food as our vehicle to connect and uplift,” Neptune says. Meanwhile, he’s also an ambassador for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, working to “promote
healthy behaviors and active play outdoors” by encouraging use of public greenways from Maine to Florida. His efforts happily collide at the Chavis Greenway adjacent to Transfer Co.’s historic East Davie Street space. Neptune celebrates community, and his enthusiasm for it is contagious. “Raleigh’s growth and development has been stunning to watch and a privilege to participate in,” Neptune says. Next up: East Raleigh. “By creating environments where individuals may connect with each other—a dance ﬂoor, an art exhibit, a dinner table—the hope and the promise has been for greater social connection among disparate communities, and the extension of opportunity for those historically long denied it in our city.” —Catherine Currin photograph by EAMON QUEENEY
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“I don’t really count this as work—it’s fun. We get paid to play.” —Barbara Brown, teacher in the infant room at Edenton Street United Methodist Church
ince 1983, Barbara Brown has been “loving on the babies,” as she says, in the early childhood program at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. That is 35 years of holding fussy babies, rocking them to sleep, feeding them everything from bottles to solid foods, singing songs, and playing with them as they make some of their earliest discoveries. In that time, she’s been a teacher to well over 350 infants, she estimates, and has no plans of quitting anytime soon. “I just enjoy it too much,” says Brown. “This is God’s plan for me at this point in time, and I hope he’ll let me keep doing it.” Brown was actually the ﬁrst infant teacher for the Early Childhood Program, which started only a few years earlier than when she began teaching there. Her degree is in nursing and her husband was a pediatrician before he retired, which
had them in Chapel Hill, Florida, and California before they relocated to Raleigh in 1970 to work, live, and raise a family. Once their daughters were in grade school, she and another teacher started caring for the infants at the weekday preschool at Hayes Barton Baptist Church before moving over to Edenton Street United Methodist Church. By now, the babies who were in her ﬁrst few years of classes are all grown up, many with families of their own. Sometimes she will see wedding announcements in the paper for former students, and a number of church attendees were also in the infant room with her. While she never expected she would still be in same classroom decades later, she continues to stay because she loves the babies, and says it’s what keeps her going. “These little ones are God’s blessings.” —Samantha Gratton photograph by EAMON QUEENEY
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“We have a daily soup with whatever’s fresh, which is always a hit. This month we’ve also got an heirloom tomato sandwich and N.C. catﬁsh sandwich.” —Amanda Swirsky, co-owner, Zest Cafe & Home Art
here’s a hidden gem at Six Forks Station, tucked between Home Depot and Supercuts. Zest Cafe & Home Art packs a lot of punch into its retail space with colorful, sometimes cheeky, cocktail napkins and picture frames and glassware; elegant serving platters; luxe candles; clever children’s gifts. At the checkout register, you might be tempted by the homemade cookies and brownies for sale: There’s an adjoining cafe. “We’re pretty much a 50-50 spot,” says co-owner Ben Swirsky. Swirsky’s parents founded Zest in 1993, and he and his wife, Amanda Swirsky, took over ﬁve years ago. Together, the couple have evolved the space to match its surrounding
North Raleigh community, emphasizing sophisticated gifts and farm-to-table fare. The cafe did away with breakfast service in favor of Sunday brunch, as well as lunch and dinner daily, and often hosts wine and beer dinners. The Swirskys say the best thing about working together is the community they’ve found at, and through, Zest. “We love being the place in North Raleigh where people come in several times a week,” Ben Swirsky says. And it’s just as fun when a ﬁrst-time visitor is pleasantly surprised. —Catherine Currin 8831 Six Forks Road; zestcafehomeart.com
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“It’s just as exciting to bring ﬁlms to this area as it is to bring ﬁlmmakers to the audience in North Carolina.” —Sadie Tillery, artistic director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
adie Tillery has known that she wanted to work in ﬁlm for as long as she can remember. She says she fell in love with it at an early age, citing fond memories at local theaters like the Rialto and the Colony. “I’ve always loved movies. Seeing a movie in a theater is a powerful thing,” she says. “Seeing a ﬁlm with 100 or 1,000 people is very different from watching a ﬁlm in your living room … and there’s something magical about watching alongside other people, experiencing the stories on screen collectively.” After graduating from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, the Raleigh native is now in pursuit of that magic; she curates ﬁlms for Durham’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. As artistic director, she selects roughly 70 titles from the almost 2,000 submissions annually. Tillery says that although documentary ﬁlms sometimes get a bad rap, they’re
really just as cinematic and rich as a traditional ﬁlm. “Many people think documentaries are full of dry content, but usually they are so deserving of a theatrical showcase.” The international festival brings worldwide guests to downtown Durham during its main weekend each April, and Tillery says she’s proud to showcase the Triangle. “It’s especially rewarding to bring that experience back to the place that I grew up.” Currently, Tillery is curating the Full Frame Road Show, a year-round thematic program that’s free and open to all; plus she’s already gearing up for the 2019 festival lineup. Tillery says she’s most excited each year to represent her home as the ideal area for a cultural festival like Full Frame. “All of our theaters are within a few city blocks, which is incredibly rare in the festival world … it’s a desirable destination for what’s happening both inside and outside of the theaters.” —Catherine Currin photograph by EAMON QUEENEY
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STAYCATION noun: a vacation spent at home or nearby by JESSIE AMMONS RUMBLEY illustrations by BRITTAIN PECK
ne’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things,” Henry Miller once wrote. In search of perspective—and, yes, to keep restless children occupied—we often travel. New places, new faces, they can be a refreshing change of pace and eye-opening way to learn. And, maybe best of all, travel can make returning home all the sweeter. This summer, why not take a staycation? Go through all the usual motions: choose the dates; clear your schedule; research the area; make an itinerary. If you’d like, go ahead and pack your bags, leaving home for a nearby hotel. (If you want to go totally crazy, swap homes with close friends that you’d normally travel with.) The catch is that you won’t go farther than a few dozen miles. Raleigh, after all, has a lot for you to do. Staycationing should not be a time to frequent all of your favorite restaurants or play hooky in lieu of shopping for a few days. Staycationing should be an invitation to discover, or rediscover, the area with the spirit of your traveler self. Look at maps. Book tours. Try a new activity. Drive to the part of town that feels far away from your day-to-day but completely acceptable during a weekend on vacation (45 minutes? No problem!). Don’t check your email. Within a few days’ time, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised by the new faces and new places in even your quotidian setting. This trip might be sans scratchy sheets and unfamiliar pillows, but still challenge yourself to take the bus or otherwise break up your ordinary routine. What follows is not a comprehensive guide or suggested itinerary—not even close—but it is a well-rounded collection of things to do in Raleigh, meant to serve as a starting point (and perhaps a reminder). JULY/AUGUST 2018 | 63
Top rated If you give credence to statistics, these say a lot: for the fourth year, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences ranks as the most visited historic attraction in the state, according to the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Last year, 946,486 visitors Drones at Dix Park walked through the museum’s doors. It’s a big place, for one; “it’s too big to take in in one visit,” says director Emlyn Koster, with over 1,500 living animals, discovery 64 | WALTER
stations for children, and sweeping seasonal exhibitions. “This place has surprises every visit.” In the museum’s 3D theater, there are a few ﬁlm options, including one especially well-suited to a staycation: Backyard Wilderness is “a surprising journey into what’s in the garden behind any suburban home,” Koster says. “Cameras go deep into nests, move along the forest ﬂoor, and go down under the bottom of ponds to show us the habitats and animals which may elude our everyday experience.” Gratis Admission to both the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. Museum of History is free. They are located practically next-door to each other downtown, and combined with the nearby N.C. Legislative Building and Halifax Mall, a hidden gem of an enclosed public park, there is a humble local Smithsonian setting. Also free: most city-owned parks and all public greenways. The Capital Area Greenway system has over 100 miles of trails that encircle the city as well as connect to a few surrounding ones. Besides biking, walking, kayaking, swimming, and ﬁshing,
C.P. Huntington mini-train at Pullen Park
there are creative park uses, too. There are recreational drone gatherings every month or so, which even a novice can drop in on. If you’d rather just watch, enthusiasts often host drone races at Dix Park. You can watch larger machines in ﬂight at the RDU Observation Park. Open from sunrise to sunset, the park overlooks the Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s runway. From the raised deck’s vantage point, airplanes are surprisingly majestic to observe. And there’s never radio silence: speakers broadcast Air Traffic Control Tower’s logistic banter. Training day North Carolina’s ﬁrst public park is near downtown Raleigh: Pullen Park. Technically considered an amusement park, Pullen’s campus includes pedal boats, a carousel, an indoor pool, and a miniature train. The C.P. Huntington mini-version is a near-replica of the actual locomotive, which is said to have inspired the appearance of The Little Engine That Could. For 1 dollar, you can hop aboard the roughly 80-seater for a jaunt around the park. “It’s a nice smooth ride around the park, allowing you to
observe the complete Pullen Park facility and all its attributes— the landscape, the pond, all of the rides,” says “conductor” (ride operator) Bob Robertson. Robertson and his colleagues clock each ride at just over 6 minutes (6:15, to be exact). He says summer passengers range from 3 days old to 98 years, but his favorite are “the senior riders that say, ‘I rode this train when I was 4 or 5 years old.’ And now they’re in their 70s.” Each July, tickets go on sale for the annual Holiday Express, a ride through Pullen in its festive best with holiday lights, fake-snow-covered hillsides, craft stations,
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POCKET GUIDE Navigate Raleigh’s restaurant scene, downtown parking, and more with these local apps. They’re all available for both iOs and Android and are free to download.
PARKING PLUS Downtown Raleigh’s app, DTRaleigh, includes helpful directories: dining, shopping, nightlife, specials, attractions. Its handiest features are the interactive parking map—an easy overview of what parking is available where and for what price—and the daily events list, for spontaneous decision making. godowntownraleigh.com/get-around/app
Be prepared... If you want to feed the meter from your phone, it’s helpful to download PassportParking before you go. City of Raleigh is increasingly integrating the Charlotte-based app on parallel metered spots. ppprk.com
EAT UP Find restaurant reviews and recommendations at CurEat, a locavore take on Yelp. Chefs including Ashley Christensen and Scott Crawford post themed lists of their favorite places, and there are also the usual general user ratings. cureatapp.com
BEAT THE TRAFFIC If you want to take a GoTriangle or GoRaleigh bus, ﬁnd upto-the-minute updates on TransLoc Rider. The app has even teamed with local passengers and record labels, including Merge Records, to produce Spotify playlists for your journey. translocrider.com
SPIN CITY Whether you hope to cruise down the greenway or bike between museum stops, BikeRaleigh is a thorough resource. You can color-code your own map based on bike lanes, paved or unpaved trails, sidepaths, and Greenway access, as well as see where there are public bike racks. bikeraleigh.org/home/index.php/349-bikeraleigh-app
The Three Shades by Auguste Rodin
and more. “It’s really something,” Robertson says. Tickets historically sell out in less than an hour, so you might want to mark your calendar now for July 31 at 5:30 a.m. Statement art Consider this a friendly reminder that we have outstanding art museums in Raleigh. Among them is the North Carolina Museum of Art, which has won national awards for its architecture and design as well as for its innovative statewide outreach programs. The permanent collection spans art from most regions and cultures of the world and periods of time, such as Egyptian, Judaic, Ancient American, and African. In 2009, the museum recieved a donation of 30 sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin, whose work was formative for modern sculpture. This Rodin collection is the most extensive one between Philadelphia and the West Coast, installed in a serene court and garden. The site is an oldie and a goodie place for a few moments of respite.
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Splish splash Whether you’re in search of water aerobics, a lazy river for a family ﬂoat, or just a place to jump in and cool off, there are a plethora of options at city-owned pools. For a few dollars ($2-4 for Raleigh residents), you can jump in for a day. Many of them have water slides, including the three-story one alongside a lazy river
at Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center. Should gloomy weather strike, the pool at Optimist Park operates year-round and during most conditions thanks to a tension fabric roof. For an indulgent swim, you can book a spa treatment at The Umstead Hotel & Spa. Besides the escape of your spa time, treatments include access to the outdoor seasonal pool for the entire day. (For weekend treatments, The Umstead opens its spa schedule to non-guests each Thursday morning at 10 a.m., and it’s worth staying on hold to keep your place in line.) Wild hair Satisfy any needs for speed in South Raleigh at the Wake County Speedway. The 56-yearold quarter-mile track was recently renovated and improved to suit modern race fans—or curious newcomers, or just families looking for a high-energy night out. The small track size means races move fast; and there are also novelty races such Poolside at The Umstead Hotel & Spa as camper-pulls (you read that right: cars tow trailers and campers around the track). Plus, the hours are reasonable, says owner Charlie Hansen. “In the summer, we start at 8:15 p.m. and it’s over by 10:30 p.m. It’s not a real long, drawn-out process. It’s in-your-face, action-packed, two-and-a-half hours of fun. You’re so close to the action. Then you still get home at a decent time and have the rest of your weekend to be on to your next destination.”
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From left to right: G. Patel, entrepreneur & business founder Styled by Peter Millar, North Hills “Peter Millar’s luxury capsule restyled for summer temperatures,” says store manager Elizabeth Wester Limited edition polarized Skyline sunglasses ($248); summertime twill short ($148); laguna plaid sport shirt ($248); Skyline sneaker ($278); Collection suede belt ($198) Keith Donahue, senior executive Styled by Kannon’s Clothing, Cameron Village “Casual but elegant,” says business and operations manager Dick Wright, with “comfort and coolness of linen and seersucker” Gran Sasso Italian linen knit polo ($195+); Peter Millar Apex featherweight seersucker short ($95); Res Ipsa Riviera kilim loafer ($245) Courtney Crowder, public aﬀairs executive Styled by Liles Clothing Studio, North Hills “The inherent dressiness of the jacket and tie are balanced by the insouciance of the shorts, for an ensemble suitable for relaxed business dress or poolside cocktail attire,” says owner Bruce Liles (continued on opposite page)
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f hell exists, the thermostat will be set at Summer in the South and the dress code will be—traditional men’s business attire. The combination of scorching sunshine, soaring temperatures, and ﬁtted, full-body coverings is a penance we men aren’t sure we deserve. Alas, in this modern era that sees so many segments of society moving toward less restrictive norms, there seems to remain one ﬁnal taboo: professional men wearing shorts to work. About the cursed subject, the popular news website Business Insider once said, “ … who is the promotion going to go to—the guy who wears a pressed button-up and khakis every day, or the guy who decides everyone in the office needs to see his pale legs … ?” As if the threat of career ruin weren’t enough, note the writer’s dig at “pale legs.” Body shaming is warranted, it seems, by the notion of men’s bare knees making the office scene. In Raleigh, the idea is sometimes greeted
as more radical than crepes at Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue. During the making of this essay and how-to photo spread, one aghast clothier scolded that encouraging shorts at work would only exacerbate men’s propensity “not to care what they look like or act like,” and generally hasten the end of society (or something like that). But far from pulling the thread of an apocalypse, escaping the straightjacket of traditional business vestments— that is, wearing shorts to work—could help save the world. TIME magazine has made the case for shorts as a way to reduce the wildly wasteful chilled air blasting all summer in offices and other public buildings. Citing research from the Fashion Law Institute, TIME wrote: “ … American companies pay to keep their workplaces cooler than necessary—at least in part to allow their male staff to maintain a traditionally ‘mature’ business aesthetic.” Ditching business duds that scoff at the natural laws of summer and instead embracing shorts
would partially stem the spewing of “pollutive coolants that raze the ozone.” More guy gams on display, less global warming. But wait, guardians of traditional garb will say, men already have hot-weather options that, not incidentally, keep their stems tastefully covered. Seersucker, for example. Or lightweight suits in pale colors. But wearing pastel-striped seersucker every workday simply doesn’t suit everyone. Besides, these are just workarounds to the obvious: bare legs, as professional women well know, offer a sensible way to ventilate when summer becomes a furnace. I’m not advocating for dudes in Daisy Dukes—those itsy-bitsy shorts a la ’70s Hollywood. Men’s shorts come in a variety of lengths, from the micro to the modest. As inspiration, let’s look to a British trend last year. During the sweltering summer of 2017, one U.K. company bowed to pressure and announced that “…gentlemen in the office are permitted to wear ¾ length shorts.”
This breakthrough occurred after a male employee protested a ban on shorts…by wearing a skirt. Sadly, having achieved token success in merry ol’ England, the shorts-at-work revolution did not exactly catch on with gusto here across the pond. Still, it should, and it’s not too late. Consider: When we today look at a fading photo from the early 1900s of beachgoers in overly conservative cover-up bathing suits, we see yards of extraneous fabric pulled over shoulders and thighs. It seems overmuch, practically speaking. But metaphorically, perhaps, we see people who are not free to show themselves, who are not free to be themselves. In the interest of showing mercy to us excessively swaddled males—or at least giving men room to breathe during the dog days—here are some suggestions for wearing shorts professionally. These outﬁts styled by local clothiers demonstrate that shorts at work, far from being the end of the world, might just be be a leggy leap forward.
(...continued from opposite page) Ring Jacket blue checked high twist wool coat ($1,500); PT01 cotton and linen shorts ($200); Drake’s London cotton shirt ($200); Drake’s London silk grenadine tie ($200); Paraboot driving shoes ($300) Billy Warden, marketing consultant Styled by Raleigh Denim, downtown Raleigh “A beautiful fabric can easily take an outﬁt from ‘casual’ to “business casual’,” says curatory manager Hannah Varner Alexander trouser shorts in ﬂax ($135); welt-pocket button-up in fog twill ($195) Billy Wilson, development executive Styled by Revolver Consignment Boutique “Stay cool and brighten up your work day in this colorful summer style,” says owner Liz Johnson Brooks Brothers navy linen ($78); Gitman Bros. white shirt ($28); Polo by Ralph Lauren polo shorts ($22); yellow pocket square with navy trim ($10); Cole Haan blue wingtips ($78); Filson canvas bag ($110)
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Six teams of designers reimagine Raleigh’s downtown by J. MICHAEL WELTON photographs by SMITH HARDY
IN VISION The “Common Law” team, seen here, was led by Michael Samuelian, an urban planner responsible for the 17-millionsquare-foot Hudson Yards in Manhattan.
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Traditionally, when a city wants to build something, it approaches a developer and then an architect. Here, designers and community members turned that process on its head, taking the lead to imagine what the city could look like.
aturday morning, May 19, dawned on an optimistic note. A royal wedding was about to take place in London’s Windsor Castle. In Baltimore, Bob Baffert was grooming Justify, his Kentucky Derby winner, for the second leg of the Triple Crown. In Raleigh, a different kind of alliance and race were slated to commence. There, ﬁve highly talented New York designers joined 60 Triangle architects and citizens to embark on a charrette—an intense, nine-hour planning workshop. Their focus: 81.2 acres in downtown Raleigh, currently occupied by Central Prison and the Governor Morehead School. The site is an isolated island and massive roadblock to a uniﬁed downtown. If, as some planners believe, the prison eventually moves elsewhere and the school is reconﬁgured, these 81.2 acres ﬂanked by Pullen Park and Boylan Heights could align a new connective spine for the city. It would lead up from the Farmers Market and N.C. State’s Centennial Campus, through Dix Park, across Western Boulevard to the site itself, and east to downtown Raleigh. The 81.2 acres could become a mixeduse campus of green space, residences, and commercial development. That’s why some of the best architects, landscape architects, and urban planners from New 74 | WALTER
York and the Triangle gathered in a thirdﬂoor Citrix cafeteria that morning. They wanted to take the lead in how Raleigh might evolve over the next 50 years. “It was for the design community to come together for a common cause,” says Brad Burns, an associate at Gensler’s Raleigh office. “It was to develop a line of thinking and consideration that’s better for the community than the way it’s been done by the government or private groups.” Traditionally, when a city wants to build something, it approaches a developer and then an architect. Here, designers and community members turned that process on its head, taking the lead to imagine what the city could look like. “Twenty-ﬁve years ago, Durham and Raleigh were saying: ‘Please, Mr. Developer, come and put something here,’” says Durham architect Ellen Cassilly. “Now they can say: ‘Hello, Mr. Developer, these are the standards we want, and if your development ﬁts with our vision, that’s wonderful. You can come, but we want 51 percent of the project to be open space.’” Spurred by their New York counterparts, the Carolinians were thinking big. “It was nice to have someone push you out of your comfort zone to be bolder,” says Raleigh architect Tina Govan. “They took leaps that locals might not have taken.” Celebratory design Each of the New York designers is involved in and around the development of Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, the largest
IN ACTION Clockwise from above: Emotional mapping of the current 81.2 acre site and its surroundings by “The Stitch” design team led by North Carolina native Thomas Woltz; the charrette in full swing; sketching ideas; Steve Schuster, former chair of Raleigh’s planning commission and principal at Clearscapes, delivered remarks to kick oﬀ the charrette.
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BUILDING BRIDGES Clockwise from left: Eliza Montgomery and Will Choi meet with their team, “Inclusionary Landscape”; “The Missing Middle” team’s site plan; the “G Team,” led by Claudia Cusumano, KPF’s project manager at 30 Hudson Yards in Manhattan, New York City; “The Stitch” team at work; the site plan from the “The Missing Middle” team, led by Frank Harmon, shows a land bridge from Dix Park on axis with historic prison walls, greenways, and gardens.
private mixed-use development in the nation. Michael Samuelian is responsible for its $25 billion master plan and its 17 million square feet of space. Marianne Kwok of KPF is design director for two towers there. Claudia Cusumano of KPF is project manager for 30 Hudson Yards, which reaches up 1,300 feet. Architect Andre Kikoski designed 33 ﬂoors of residential interiors at One Hudson Yards. And North Carolina native Thomas Woltz, a landscape architect, designed a ﬁve-acre park there. “They brought a perspective about designing and implementing large, bold projects with a level of sophistication and urbanity that we don’t yet have in Raleigh,” says Michael Stevenson, an architect in Perkins+Will’s Durham office. “But we’re getting there.” When Central Prison was built in the late 19th century, it was on the outskirts of town in a rolling landscape. “The land starts to undulate with valleys and hills, but best of all, it’s covered in a mature hardwood Piedmont forest,” says Raleigh architect Frank Harmon. “This kind of landscape is very special. It’s warm and has beautiful colors.” Today, it’s in the heart of downtown. And to reimagine the site, this charrette—called Connections 81.2 and
organized by Erin Sterling Lewis of Raleigh’s in situ studio and Oz Ozburn of Chicago’s Design Ecology—broke up into six visionary teams. “When developed properly, it will be a main connector for the most important entities our city has,” Lewis says. “We need to open it back up and celebrate it.” Once the teams got down to business, the energy in the room changed radically. “There was a methodical but frantic level of work—innovation to the max,” Ozburn says. “It was intoxicating. We had to pull people away for lunch.” At day’s end, six hypothetical master plans—each different, and all ambitious— had been developed for public display on Sunday. “What rose to the top was that no one stayed within the 81.2 acres,” Lewis says. “They reached out north, south, east, and west to connect. There were roads, greenways, streams, and land-bridging located against existing structures.” The proposals The solutions were as varied as the teams that created them, with open space that covered between a third and a half of the property. “We saw it as starting off from downtown, with a land bridge across the rail yard and high-density develop-
“When developed properly, it will be a main connector for the most important entities our city has,” says Erin Sterling Lewis of Raleigh’s in situ studio. “We need to open it back up and celebrate it.”
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ment to the west, gradually tapering down to mid-rise and then stepping down as it gets near the park,” Stevenson says. “Really, it was paralleling and stepping down like Hillsborough Street as it moves west.” Another team proposed covering over two blocks of rail lines and building atop them. “We were pushing tall buildings over the rail lines and then getting rid of Ashe Street so there’s green space between Pullen Park and our 81 acres,” Cassilly says. The 19th-century prison wall became a focal point, both as a memorial to those who served their time or lost their lives inside, and as a celebratory space. “One piece was using the wall more as remembering the past, but also to create a welcoming public space for gathering,” says Katherine Hogan of Raleigh’s Tonic Design. Harmon suggested placing shops, markets, and fairs of different kinds on the prison space that he calls one of the most hidden and secret sites in all of North Carolina. “It was very dark, and we wanted to bring light in and make it free and open,” he says. As for Morehead School, Hogan’s team placed it at the center of a one-stop campus dedicated to social services—a central place where people could stitch broken lives back together. “We were looking at using design for training and mental health and wellness, so social services were not separate entities,” she says. On that day in London, an interracial royal couple was joined in marriage. In Baltimore, Baffert’s Justify triumphed handily in the Preakness. And in Raleigh, the ﬁrst of what promises to be a series of annual design charrettes took root and ﬂourished. J. Michael Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for local, national, and international publications. He is also editor and publisher of an online design magazine at architectsandartisans.com, which was a partner in producing Connections 81.2.
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PERSPECTIVE POTENTIAL Clockwise from left: Frank Harmon presenting “The Missing Middle” team’s proposal at Conthe charrette’s ﬁnal BridgePoint public meeting; struction President Marianne Kwok, director at KPF in New Shelley McPhatter York, delivered remarks to kick oﬀ the at theanjob site for the charrette; Oz Ozburn, organizer of Conrenovation the Byrd nections 81.2, Thomas Woltz of of Nelson Capitol Broadcasting Woltz Landscape Architects, and Tina Govan of Raleigh’s SOMOS; Company’s “The Stitch”headteam’s site quarters at in the Raleigh, plan shows a new memorial historic one offrom her latest prison walls, connections the site to other city amenities,projects. and a land bridge connecting downtown to Boylan Heights to the new 81.2 acre development.
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ARTIST in studio
Blacksmith Mike Waller removes an old railroad spike from the forge, using a power hammer to ﬂatten it into an oyster knife and shape its point. He turns the hot spike to create a unique twisted handle on some of the shuckers, as seen on opposite page.
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consider the SHUCKER A hand forged business spans the region by ADDIE LADNER photography by BERT VANDERVEEN
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t’s like a cooking show in here,” says sculptor and blacksmith Mike Waller. He’s meticulously inserting and removing a small slab of carbon steel in and out of a 2,200-degree forge in his cinder block studio, which was once was an old country store. His studio sits behind the idyllic Hillsborough farmhouse he shares with his wife, Leah, two young children Neva, 5, and Herbert, 4, their dog, and a few chickens. The piece of carbon steel will soon transform into a handcrafted oyster knife that blends art and functionality: a Carolina Shucker. He moves quickly and steadily, shaping and pounding the now neon-orange rod again and again to make the oyster knife’s blade, then its handle. Waller can make more than 100 of these oyster knives in just over a day, and he does it seemingly effortlessly. The oyster knife he’s making on this particular day started out as a basic slab of steel, but old rusty North Carolina railroad spikes are what he most prefers to use, he says. Railroad spikes have a sense of place and give each
“Down East, they have knives made out of all kinds of things, like paint scrapers, screwdrivers, ﬁles, and bolts—anything that was hard steel.” knife character. “The older the better, then they’re all different and come with history and a story,” he says. Those story-imbued, historic railroad spikes—plus carbon steel and the occasional horseshoe—have come to hold high value to Waller and his lifelong friend Kirk Davis. The two grew up together in Kinston, North Carolina, and both received Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in sculpture from East Carolina University. Now, the friends together have carved a niche locally and countrywide for their artisan oyster knives, Carolina Shuckers. 82 | WALTER
The shuckers pay homage to their Eastern North Carolina upbringing, they say, and are a tribute to the rich history and traditions of the state’s coastal culture. Davis, who lives and runs his own studio, ArtForms, in Morehead City, specializes in metal, iron, and woodworking. Waller runs WallerFoushee Studios with his wife Leah; his work can be seen in public spaces all over the Triangle, most notably the iconic, larger-than-life, 2,000-pound bronze bull in downtown Durham, Major. (Waller and then-girlfriend Leah made the bull together over the course of 13 months while working for a metal shop Durham. “We had never done anything like that in our life ever,” he says of the project.) In 2009, Davis, Waller, and a few other friends found themselves at an oyster roast, but short on oyster knives. “We thought it was crazy that we were metalworkers and no one had oyster knives,” says Waller. So after the roast, Waller and Davis each went back to their own shops to take a stab at making a few knives for the next roast. Their creations were a hit: Friends at the next oyster roast wanted the knives for themselves, their friends, friends of friends, and so on. “It was all very grassroots,” Davis says. “At the time no one was making oyster knives, and we didn’t know what a hand-forged oyster knife should look like. But we started selling them quickly, calls kept coming in, and we knew we were on to something.” The duo’s whim of a project quickly turned into a thriving side business, including special commissions from the likes of acclaimed chef Vivian Howard’s Kinston restaurant, The Boiler Room, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a luxury getaway in South Carolina. Each shucker was vastly different than the others, but the originality and quality appealed to customers. “We’d take all this metal and were repurposing wroughtiron handrails. We’d make a smaller knife, then a larger one, and we’d add twists to the handles,” Davis says of the early experimentation process. Eventually, thanks to feedback from their friends, the two settled into eight different knife designs—this preserves originality by
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offering choices, they say, but has helped them streamline the design process. “We wanted a complete set,” Waller says. Plus, “everyone shucks an oyster differently.” Some folks start at the hinge, he says, others at the mouth. Some hold their ﬁngers up close on the blade of the oyster knife, while others the handle. The streamlining has paid off. Now, Davis and Waller make between 5,000 and 10,000 knives a year, sold in more than 20 shops around the country as well as the Carolina Shuckers online shop. The knives are all made from salvaged railroad spikes, carbon steel, and horseshoes. While they’ve simpliﬁed the design process, they have not sacriﬁced the attention to detail: Each shucker is individually made by one of the two artists, divvied up between their two studios. Waller makes the Mamas Boy, the Ole Big Boy, the Queen Anne, and the L’il Big Boy in Hillsborough, about an hour northwest of Raleigh; the Mother Shucker, the Shuggie Shucker, the Half Peck, and the Cluster Shucker are Davis’ handicraft in Morehead City. “We continue to sell even when it’s not oyster season,” Davis says. A Carolina Shucker has heft: each weighs around one pound, which is signiﬁcantly heavier (and sturdier) than the typical white-plastic-handled Dexter Russell oyster knife. “We wanted to make oyster knives like they used to use long ago, that your grandfather would have been using and share some of our Southern culture and history,” says Waller. Waller says after he and Davis stumbled into making the knives for that ﬁrst casual roast, they discovered this heritage of oyster knives from people on the coast. There, knives’ appearance vary by place and come with their own stories. “Down East, they have knives made out of all kinds of things, like paint scrapers, screwdrivers, ﬁles, and bolts—anything that was hard steel,” Waller says. The notion of “family, handmade, heirloom oyster knives” resonated, “but since we’re artists we also wanted (to make) something new and original and funky.” Some of the originality can be found in the knives’ names. The Queen
Anne knife was inspired by Queen Anne’s Revenge and mimics a sailboat. Its look is feminine, long, and lean. The Mother Shucker is the “mother of all oyster knives,” Waller says, and the largest in the collection. The Cluster Shucker, a sleek, simple knife, looks very similar to the railroad spike from which it’s made. The Shuggie Shucker is named after the common Southern greeting Hey Shug.
Opposite page: Three shuckers cooling. The twisted handles are meant to mimic a wave in the ocean. Below: Waller’s Hillsborough studio, which was once an old country store.
Several styles have a twisted handle to mimic a wave in the ocean, while other handles resemble crocodile skin. And since, according to Davis, “an oyster roast and drinking beer go hand and hand,” they eventually decided to add a bottle opener to many of the styles. As for how Waller himself shucks the salty, slippery bivalve? “Wiggle. Wiggle. Twist. Go for the hinge,” he says. And while the sale of Carolina Shuckers across the country has allowed the friends to try oysters from British Columbia to Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, Waller’s preference remains Stump Creek or Taylors Creek from here in North Carolina. “Wild is better,” he says, and he has just the tool to match them.
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THROUGH the LENS
SIGHT photographs by GUS SAMARCO words by LAURA PETRIDES WALL
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ou know the days when you get home, but you don’t actually remember making that speciﬁc turn into your neighborhood or cars you passed along the highway? Our brains have an extraordinary ability to tune out objects that we see everyday through a process called adaptation. Unless something new comes along or changes, we can ignore—truly not see— what is literally right in front of us. On the following pages, we discover anew striking additions to familiar local surroundings: sculpture. Whether you’ve yet to ﬁnd time to visit these works or, for whatever reason, mentally edited them out of your day-to-day, here’s a chance to readapt. Sculpture can transform a plain landscape and energize a space through color, material, location, and even interactivity. It helps distinguish one city from another by telling its story and showcasing its distinctive history, icons, culture and vision. It’s time we take a second look.
FIRMLY PLANTED Sculptor Roxy Paine’s 46-foot stainless steel tree, Askew, overlooks its real-life cousins outside the West Building at N.C. Museum of Art (NCMA).
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LIGHT PLAY This page: Mike Roig’s Glimpses of the Promised Land in Chavis Park, oﬀ of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, twinkles during sunset. Opposite page: The Sir Walter Raleigh statue in front of Raleigh Convention Center downtown is often dressed up for events around town, including the Hopscotch and World of Bluegrass music festivals each fall. Here, the 11-foot-tall bronze statue dons his original garb at the very end of sunset.
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Dylan Bouterse (RISE)
TWISTY TURNY Opposite page: Raleigh artist Matt McConnell’s aluminum sculpture Rise, with a catalyzedurethane ﬁnish, forms a cylindrical gateway at the SkyHouse building downtown. Above: A Vollis Simpson whirligig overlooks Martin Street with a twirl.
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LARGER THAN LIFE Above: Wind Sculpture II by Yinka Shonibare captures the volume of wind three-dimensionally. The kite-esque sculpture, made of glass-reinforced polyester ﬁtted to a steel structure, can be found along the walking trails at the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. Opposite page: Stainless steel and mesh Awilda & Irma represent mother and daughter ﬁgures. The work by Jaume Plensa is on long-term loan at NCMA.
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SERIOUS MATTER Above: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Garden, located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Rock Quarry Road, includes a 6-foot-tall bronze statue of Dr. King encircled by the King Memorial Wall. The wall is made from 2,500 named bricks noting individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations that supported the space. A table-like granite water monument (pictured) honors pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. At right: Wolf Ears, two concrete concave structures at The Brickyard at N.C. State, invite visitors to sit inside. If you lie back in the concrete “ear” as someone else lies in the opposite one, you can whisper to one another from across the plaza. (You can watch a video explaining the physics of this sculpture on the N.C. State YouTube channel.)
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Reliable Polish and German ﬂavors at J.Betski’s by LAURA WHITE photography by TREY THOMAS
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Clockwise from above: From left to right, Longtime J. Betski’s employees Vanessa Smith, Andy Kerr, Henry Burgess, Leah Edwards; head prep chef Placido RomeroLopez, in foreground, with Moises Romero-Lopez in the kitchen; seared diver scallops
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Family can look like a lot of things. For John F. Korzekwinski, kin, colleagues, and community all comprise an important portion of that deﬁnition. The owner and chef at J. Betski’s restaurant spins family recipes for Eastern European dishes into modern takes made with local ingredients. Originally from Merrick, New York, both of his great-grandmothers were German and both of his great-grandfathers were Polish. “I grew up in a family where my grandmothers, particularly, cooked a lot,” he says. “I just felt the need to bring a little bit of that to the public.” Today, he does so in Seaboard Station, where Raleighites can feast on kielbasa sausage—the family recipe from an uncle who was a butcher—right alongside seafood dishes featuring seasonal local produce. When Korzekwinski ﬁrst opened his restaurant more than a decade ago, countless friends and colleagues warned him against using the terms “German” or “Polish” to describe his dishes, concerned it might scare people away with visions of bland, cheese-and-potato-heavy offerings. He’s found the opposite to be true, however; many of his customers are devoted regulars. “Fortunately people have continued to come and help it grow. It shatters the stereotype.” Good hearty food, as it turns out, is just good hearty food.
Relationship based No stranger to service, Korzekwinski
has always worked in restaurants, both support supersedes competition between in front and back of house—from Italestablishments. He cites 18 Seaboard ian joints in the Bronx to ritzy seafood executive chef Jason Smith as an example. houses along the south shore of Long Smith was an early tenant in the Seaboard Island. “I think that’s Station shopping center, how a lot of people start where J. Betski’s has alout up in New York,” been located since Approaching year 12, ways Korzekwinski says. “So the restaurant’s opening. J. Betski’s shows no The success and stabilyou get a little taste of it all. And the people, you sign of slowing down. ity of Smith’s seafood know, I always enjoyed restaurant encouraged “Restaurant years, the people. I enjoyed the Korzekwinski, he says, they go by fast—like and he wasn’t alone. camaraderie.” That camaraderie Now, Seaboard Station dog years.” is what draws people to has a diverse culinary service, Korzekwinski scene, ranging from says, and he suspects is part of what keeps American, European, and Chinese fare to them in it. “You know you’re a glutton for coffee and beer. punishment to a degree if you enjoy doing Approaching year 12, J. Betski’s shows this,” he says, meaning the restaurant no sign of slowing down. “Restaurant industry. “It’s an adrenaline rush.” years, they go by fast—like dog years, It was kin that ﬁrst brought him to you know?” Raleigh 25 years ago: His sisters were in Along the way, Korzekwinski has school here, so he moved down. His ﬁrst fostered a familial relationship with job was at Capital City Club. He worked his staff, teaching in the way he was in a number of other establishments over taught. The restaurant employs about 16 the years, and would later go on to help employees, both full and part time, and Andrea Reusing with the opening of several of them have been with him since Lantern. He credits much of his success to opening. According to Korzekwinski, the many opportunities offered to him by you can’t put a price on the continuity of the area’s other talented chefs and restaua long-term staff. “That’s the reason we’ve rateurs, and all the things he learned while been here 11 years: people are a lot smartworking with them. It was the camaradeer than me and it makes me look good rie that kept him here. and it keeps me going,” he says. “Our men Korzekwinski is bolstered by the and women are really good people. They Triangle’s food community. Here, he says, get the whole picture.” JULY/AUGUST 2018 | 99
This page, clockwise from left: Patio seating; bartender Henry Burgess; a hearty oﬀering of wagyu beef with beer-battered spring onion rings Opposite page, clockwise from top: A summer salad of jumbo lump crab, avocado, and tomato salad with house-smoked salmon; Eve Korzekwinski watches the salad plating with Chef Juan; the Korzekwinski family
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The whole picture Korzekwinski knows his family members are the ones who have sacriﬁced the most for J. Betski’s success. He gives credit to his wife, Katherine, for most of the family legwork while he’s at the restaurant. “I was always a restaurant person, so she knew what the hours entailed,” he says, but adding kids to the mix makes the long hours that much harder. “She’s done most of the work at home.” The Korzekwinskis integrate home and restaurant as much as possible. Katherine Korzekwinski and 2-year-old Rose can be found at J. Betski’s most mornings for a cup of coffee and some quality time before the day gets rolling. The name itself is mash-up of family names: J for Korzekwinski’s grandfather John, who he is named for; Bet for his grandmother Elizabeth, who friends called Betty; and ski to wrap it all up in Korzekwinski style. And Korzekwinski is already planning where his children will ﬁt into the restaurant one day. His oldest daughter, Eve, 10, loves baking; his son Harrison, at 6,
is outgoing and would likely be front-ofthe-house. Perhaps Rose will ﬁll his shoes as chef. Korzekwinski also has plans for a bit of renovation, modernization, and possibly expansion at J. Betski’s. The restaurant’s interior is intimate, homey, and inviting, with dark woodwork offset by black accents and neutral tones. The seating is almost doubled by the outdoor dining area, where tables are framed by planters bursting with greenery and s easonal blooms. It’s all cozy and classic, but has remained unchanged since J.Betski’s’ start. So, too, has Korzekwinski’s involvement, and he’s coaxing himself to step back from parts of daily operation. After all, it’s what his close-knit staff is for. J. Betski’s is practically part of his family, though, and so he knows this will be easier said than done. “Something you’ve worked, grown with your own hands, and sacriﬁced a lot for, you don’t want to let go of it. Maybe I’m a little bit worse that way, but I try.”
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Kombucha meets beer
Funky TOWN Y by CATHERINE CURRIN
ou likely see it everywhere—that carbonated tea with a funny name. Kombucha is trending, and Raleigh’s Tribucha is at the forefront of the fermented fun. Founded in 2014, Tribucha has grown from early days brewing in a garage to today lining shelves at Whole Foods. Co-founder Adrian Larrea says he worked toward mass kombucha production for about a decade, and he joined forces with John York to bring it to life. Seen at many local coffee shops and cafes, Tribucha’s ﬂavor is distinct, but not overpowering. “We do not use continuous fermentation. Every batch is a little bit different. There are some things you can’t control in the process, and we’re not trying to.” The fermented, carbonated beverage is non-alcoholic, and Tribucha pushes the limit on unique ingredients. Take their best-seller, called Flowers of Life, for instance: A blend of jasmine, rose hips, green tea, and hibiscus creates a just-barely-tart, crisp ﬂavor. photographs by SMITH HARDY JULY/AUGUST 2018 | 103
Tribucha is brewed within Fortnight Brewing Co. in Cary, and the location has motivated creative combinations of the two different kinds of suds. Both teams collaborated to launch a series of kombucha-infused beers this year, Komfusions, which are the ﬁrst such combinations on the East coast, they say. But Larrea has been mixing beer and kombucha on his own for years. He says he’d mix some of Fortnight’s draft beer with with a can of ’buch, and despite some sediment, the result was delicious. “It’s almost like a snakebite (a combination of beer and cider). It started as something by accident, and it was fun to try new combinations,” he says. The ﬁrst official mix, Lucid Dreamer, is a Fortnight ale made with Tribucha’s
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Controlled Burn to create a kombucha sour ale. This summer marks the debut of Komfusion number two, Light Worker, a unique mixture of Fortnight’s New England IPA and an unreleased matcha and yerba mate kombucha. The ﬁnal product has a sour undertone with the lemony ﬂair of an Arnold Palmer, plus a fresh green tea ﬂavor. Larrea says they don’t intend to stop developing new products, and are always experimenting in the brewery. The two teams plan to launch a third Komfusion later this year, using the coveted Flowers of Life. “Like beer, brewing kombucha is a creative craft, and it’s about trial and error a lot of the time. Our goal is for kombucha to make its way into the mainstream.” Beer, surely, can only help that cause.
Tribucha co-founder Adrian Larrea, above, ﬁnagles the brewing system at his kombucha tap room in Cary, shared with Fortnight Brewing Co. Together the brewers create Komfusions, kombucha-infused beers. All of Tribucha’s can art is by Virginia-based designer Kyra Aulani; the Komfusion series depicts imaginary animals, like a rabbitturtle or a frog with wings.
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MAKING WAVES Local radio broadcast caters to blind and print-impaired by LAURA WHITE
ucked in the back corner of a row of townhouse-style offices just off Six Forks Road is Triangle Radio Reading Service. In contrast to the sunbaked parking lot out front and the row of cars whizzing past just beyond, it is cool and quiet inside, and the back half of the building overlooks a lush scene of verdant trees and ivy-choked bushes. The executive director, May Tran, greets visitors with a warm smile and a voice just above a whisper. Being soft-spoken is necessary, after all, when there is a live broadcast taking place just down the hall. For 35 years, TRRS has been connecting the blind and print-impaired to the Raleigh community by delivering free local and national news and entertainment, as well as original content, via live broadcast and recorded audio. What began as an hour-long program in 1983 has grown to programming around the clock, with live readings taking place amidst scheduled shows and podcasts. photographs by EAMON QUEENEY JULY/AUGUST 2018 | 107
On a recent afternoon, the metered and melodic voice of a woman reading from the live studio trickles faintly down the hall; the feed from the control room echoes her. This is the nonproﬁt’s normal day-to-day scene. During three live shifts per weekday plus one on Saturday and Sunday, TRRS reads The News & Observer, Indy Week, Cary Citizen, and other local papers, including those farther east, such as the Kinston Free Press. It also broadcasts readings of magazines like Our State, The New Yorker, TIME, Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair. TRRS loans specialty tuned Subsidiary Communications Authorization receivers, or SCA radios, for picking up the station’s signal, which is broadcast on a subchannel of WUNC. Most FM
With a small staff of six people—only one of whom is full-time—and more than 150 volunteers, it’s no secret the driving force behind TRRS’ long-term success: that critical mass of 150. “It is kind of like a family here,” executive director May Tran says. “We have volunteers who have been reading with us over 25 years.” radio broadcasts are restricted to 15 kHz; the human ear generally hears between 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The most common frequency for SCA broadcasts is 67 kHz, which tends to have more clarity and less interference than the other frequency, which is 92 kHz. TRRS can also be found on community access channel 22 in Raleigh, cable FM, and via web streaming. (Or, if you own an Amazon Echo, you can simply say “Alexa, play Triangle Radio Reading Service.”) With a small staff of six people— only one of whom is full-time—and more than 150 volunteers, it’s no secret the driving force behind TRRS’ longterm success: that critical mass of 150. “It is kind of like a family here,” Tran says. “We have volunteers who have been reading with us over 25 years. We have volunteers who come in, people who love to read, and that's one way to give
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back to the blind and print-impaired community.” Volunteers are the lifeblood of TRRS, and those who join the team tend to stick around. One volunteer, Bob Kruger, is 95 years old and has been with TRRS for 30 years. Tran gestures to a wall full of calendars laid out in a three-month spread with handwritten names of volunteers penciled in for their reading times. Bright orange stickers pepper the pages, each one denoting that a program will need a substitute reader that day. This means volunteers who have been trained and waiting for their chance on air might ﬁnally get an opportunity. TRRS’ development production and volunteer associate Sha Hargett Hill worked as a volunteer from 2012 to 2014 before moving to Florida brieﬂy. She missed the station so much that she came back; she’s been a part-time employee since 2016. Tran herself has been on staff 18 years. “They can’t get rid of me!” she laughs. While volunteers might be the driving force behind TRRS, diverse programming is what drives Tran. She wants to ensure that TRRS’ offerings encompass the wide range of its audience demographic, from local and national magazines to children’s story time to poetry and science ﬁction. In 2015, TRRS was honored for its non-reading entertainment by the International Association of Audio Information Services for Symphony Notes, a program reading the N.C. Symphony program notes for the season’s performances. There’s also a reading of the Spanish-language newspaper Qué Pasa Noticias every Saturday, which is one of the most popular broadcasts. TRRS supplements with outside programming to suit audience interest, such as an exercise program based out of Arizona. It’s another one of the most popular programs. “From the outside, you think, oh this is a reading service,” Tran says. “Until you come in here—we do so much more.” TRRS collaborates with the North Carolina Library for the Blind, the Governor Morehead School, and the North
Bob Kruger, 95, pictured at top left, has been volunteering with Triangle Radio Reading Service for 30 years. He reads The News & Observer and other local papers, as well as local grocery advertisements every Wednesday morning. "I wish I could grow up to be just like him," says the nonproﬁt's executive director May Tran.
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TRRS tapes all of its recordings, which line the studio's hallway, at left.
Carolina Department of Social Services for the Blind. Thanks to volunteers, the station even has a system to translate the program guide and the schedule into Braille for those who request it, Tran says, “One of our volunteers purchased the Braille paper and we (keep) it at the Governor Morehead School.” The Governor Morehead School connection has also spurred the TRRS program called T3, short for “Teens, Tools, Talent,” which teaches blind students how to operate the audio equipment for course credit. One of the youngest volunteers, at 21, was actually a graduate of this program, and continued to work the soundboard until he got a full-time job. On the other end of the audience, TRRS works with senior living facilities to rent out the SCA radios. “For a minimal one-time fee, these places can stream our radio station live to all their residents,” says Janet Schanzenbach, director of community relations. “Residents can listen to us 24/7.”
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TRRS’ offerings encompass the wide range of its audience demographic, from local and national magazines to children’s story time to poetry and science ﬁction … There’s also a reading of the Spanish-language newspaper Qué Pasa Noticias every Saturday, which is one of the most popular broadcasts. Fundraising is what fuels these possibilities. With no funding from the state or federal government, most TRRS funding comes from private donors, corporations, and individuals. This year, one of the fundraising priorities is to replace the 18-year old studio equipment. The TRRS audio system failed last December, so the organization hopes to raise $30,000 by October to replace and upgrade the technology. Until then, dedicated volunteers stepped up, creating a temporary solution so the show can go on. That dedication is what seems to create the family Tran is so proud of.
She can name the volunteers off the top of her head, along with how they came to join TRRS, their roles and programs, and the amount of time they’ve been on board. “When I came here everybody was kind of young, but … you grow old together.” Tune into TRRS to hear writer Laura White read a few WALTER stories, including this one. You can ﬁnd the broadcast schedule at trianglereadingservice.org.
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TRAVEL JOURNAL A former RailHawk player and his wife ﬁnd home in two places words and photography by MICK SCHULTE
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ooking out at the massive waves crashing against the rocky shoreline, we board the ferry. It is May, and while the Raleigh weather nears sweltering, the sky here in Iceland is coated with puffs of grey, a light rain mists, and the wind has a sharp chill. But both of us, my husband and I, stand outside on the deck avoiding impending sea sickness. I desperately hold onto the railing, and the horizon. Around me, other passengers scream with a mix of fear and delight as we climb each 10-foot wave. I, however, stand ﬁrm, silently locking my eyes on the misty island, trying to smile each time my insides return to their natural position and will them to stay that way. Not long before this ill-inducing ferry ride, I was sitting in the RDU airport reading through old emails. I found the ﬁrst invitation to Iceland I ever received from my future husband. It was written in 2004. It has taken us 14 years, and a life rooted in Raleigh, to return to this place he once called home. “So when are you going to visit?” asked a 26-year-old Mark Schulte in that 2004 email. I vaguely remember reading his request and awkwardly responding with my decline. We met when he played soccer for the Minnesota Thunder, a professional team in Minnesota, and I was on summer break from college. I took an internship with the team when all my other plans fell through. Growing up in a household dedicated to American sports, soccer was an enigma to me: I didn’t understand why the clock went up instead of down, why a tie was sometimes considered a win, and why they didn’t make it easier to score more points in a game. I did, however, understand that a bunch of cute, athletic men ran around chasing a ball for 90 minutes.
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As the summer season went on, one of those handsome faces on the ﬁeld stood out to me. Mark was just as intriguing as the game. With a degree in chemical engineering, he could have taken a successful corporate career path, yet he had an unrelenting dedication to following a different one—professional soccer. While his body allowed, he pursued a life of adventure, competition, and unlikely friendships. When our feet cross from the ferry onto the small island of Heimaey, two of the faces from Mark’s past greet us. Arny and Oli wave excitedly from the arrival area. Arny jumps up and down in her bright red parka before bringing us in for a hug, and Oli puts his hands on Mark’s shoulders, smiles wide, and lets out a hearty, friendly laugh. It has been 13 years since Mark visited his friends’ home. Mark asks what has changed on the island since then, and the biggest answer is soccer: The town’s new dome is visible from Arny and Oli’s back porch. Most soccer clubs in Iceland have them now, according to Oli. Icelandic football fans
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believe the domes are a major part of the country’s success in qualifying for the World Cup because they allow players from the pool of 334,252 Icelanders to practice year-round. Mark quickly points out—and laments—that the U.S., with 326 million people and thousands of soccer domes, couldn’t make it into the World Cup. He offers perspective for me: “The population of the entire country is smaller than the city of Raleigh. And they qualiﬁed to play in the World Cup.” I do my best to respond with the appropriate amount of indignant admiration. Soccer, after all, is at the core of our meeting and this trip. As they talk soccer and catch up, I look out the window of Oli’s car completely in awe. Not only is the view magical, but it feels as if I’m traveling through time to visit a part of my husband’s life I never knew. A part that I might have played a role in if I, as Mark jokes, “didn’t turn him down.” Throughout that ﬁrst summer when we met, Mark was persistent. He’d use
each Minnesota Thunder postgame party as an opportunity to charm me. But then I went back to school and he left Minnesota for another team. I was sure our roads would never align. He took the one less traveled, and I, for the most part, found security in the known. We kept in touch, and whenever I spoke to Mark, he ignited my wanderlust. I looked forward to his emails and where they would vicariously take me. I remember, for instance, his pictures from the spot I’m now standing on in 2018, and thinking the images seemed otherworldly. The real-life view doesn’t disappoint. We climb to the top of the Eldfell volcano that erupted in 1973. It sits less than a mile from Vestmannaeyjar, the town on the island where Mark lived. I put my hands inside craters still warm from the eruption. Oli tells us stories about the day it happened. Everyone escaped on ﬁshing boats, but much of Vestmannaeyjar was left in ash and several of the homes were destroyed. At the bottom of the volcano, you can visit the
From opposite page, left to right: Retired RailHawk soccer player Mark Schulte with his close friends, Arny and Oli, in their native Iceland; the Iceland soccer stadium where Schulte played professionally; Schulte atop the Eldfell volcano site, near his hometown, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.
INSIDE SCOOP Recommendations for if you go: * You can’t ﬂy directly to Iceland (KEF) from RDU, but Icelandair oﬀers connecting ﬂights from New York, Boston, Miami, and other major U.S. cities. We took the route through Boston. * When you travel to Europe, take advantage of Icelandair’s option to add a stopover in Iceland at no additional cost for up to ﬁve days. * Make sure to stop at a local “hot pot,” or hot tub as we call them in the U.S. The most popular one is the Blue Lagoon, but we stopped at a neighborhood swim club, which was less expensive and oﬀered many diﬀerent pools at varying temperatures. * For a short video about traveling to the island and information about the Eldfell volcano eruption, you can visit the Eldheimar Museum website: eldheimar.is/en * If you’re a soccer fan, I can attest that it’s seemingly the most popular sport in the country. You’ll be in good company.
Eldheimar museum which is built around the remains of one of the homes. As I warm my feet where lava spewed only 45 years ago, it occurs to me that the feeling of volatility is part of Iceland’s allure. I noticed it the moment I stepped off the plane. In a way, it reminded me of how I felt around Mark in those early years. I never knew what to expect. Like when he came through town and said he was moving to Iceland. Even though I knew he wanted to live abroad and play soccer, I was shocked. The amount of tourists to Iceland in 2004 was around 300,000 per year. Since then the number of visitors has increased dramatically, with 2.2 million in 2017, almost six times the population. Back then, Iceland was an unknown, far-off land that seemed extreme, even for Mark. We said goodbye and I assumed that was that. He sent a couple of emails after he ﬁrst arrived in Iceland telling me about the majestic island. Mark played for IBV,
Vestmannaeyjar’s professional club, with a coach named Magnus and teammates named Birkir, Hallgrimur, and Einar. His pastimes included hiking up the numerous mountains, puffin hunting, and playing golf at midnight because it’s light 24 hours a day in the summer. I thought he was in a fantasy world. (And seeing it with my own eyes, I can report it seems as mystical as ever.) Eventually, Mark left IBV and visited Minnesota during an off-season. Our elusive romance became a serious relationship faster than tourists ﬂock to Iceland. As I said yes to his proposal for marriage, I couldn’t help but wonder where we would land. He continued to play soccer and I quit my job ready to follow his cleats to whatever whimsical location called. Iceland again? Thailand? Perhaps the southern island of New Zealand? I was ready for anything, the more obscure the better. We said our vows and I left my life in the northern Midwest for an exotic destination on the coast of a great lake.
Cleveland, Ohio. So much for exotic. But after a short season there (which I must admit was lovely), soccer brought us to Raleigh, where Mark played for the North Carolina RailHawks for three seasons. He then went on to graduate from N.C. State with his Ph.D. and retired from soccer to work as a scientist in RTP. We’ve built a life here with four kids, and this trip to Iceland was a celebration of 10 years of marriage. It seems our union was meant for a different adventure, one of the domestic kind. Even though I still dream about living abroad, it turns out 10 years of building a life and family together involve more volatility, excitement, and massive waves to conquer than Iceland could ever supply. And while it was magical to experience for myself, at long last, it was just as good to return home to Raleigh.
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the WHIRL PAREKH FAMILY FOUNDATION GALA 150 guests gathered April 27 at Noah’s Event Venue to raise funds for foot and ankle surgeries, rehabilitation, and medical camps for the underprivileged in third world countries. Funds raised also support training and education for orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and nurses around the globe.
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LUNG CANCER INITIATIVE OF NORTH CAROLINA’S EVENING OF HOPE GALA More than 300 supporters were Solving the Mystery of Lung Cancer at the annual Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina’s Evening of Hope Gala April 21. The event was held at North Ridge Country Club and raised more than $125,000 to beneﬁt lung cancer research, education, awareness, and advocacy initiatives in North Carolina. Attendees gathered to build awareness and raise critical research funding in the ﬁght against lung cancer, while also enjoying live music, food, drinks, and silent and live auctions.
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TRUST COMPANY OF THE SOUTH’S COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE Trust Company of the South hosted a women’s event at The Capital Grille May 3 to bring together successful and inﬂuential women from Triangle-area businesses to celebrate the mission of Dress for Success Triangle NC. Pat Nathan, founder of the local aﬃliate of Dress for Success, was in attendance, as well as Ella Frantz, the former Chairman of the organization’s Board.
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CAFTANS AND COCKTAILS Lisa Marie L. Ferrell hosted a fete at her home May 19 to celebrate women in the Raleigh community who are leaders through their personal, professional, and volunteer lives. Each guest wore a caftan that represented her individuality and style, including vintage garments and current handcrafted designs from Thailand and the Ukraine.
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TRIANGLE RACE FOR THE CURE The 2018 Triangle Race for the Cure took place May 5 at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park. More than 6,000 people participated and the event raised over $770,000 to fund vital research for a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds also beneﬁt Community Health Grants that provide health equity cancer patients across the state.
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