Just across the railroad tracks on Highway 54, where Morrisville-Carpenter Road and Aviation Parkway meet, there’s a quiet hub of a town that holds a history as rich as any in the Triangle. For a history buff, Morrisville offers the lure of a colorful past. But even if history isn’t your cup of tea, there’s still plenty to do in Morrisville.
A Budding Community
Morrisville wasn’t incorporated as a town until 1875, but it dates back to 1852, when it was an official stop on The North Carolina Railroad.Read more
vol•un•teer: “A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.” That is the textbook definition of the word, but once you meet Becky Young and hear the amazing story of how she turned a $100 yard sale into a foundation that is feeding, sheltering and educating hundreds of abandoned children, you expect to see her picture right there in the dictionary.Read more
She has a self-proclaimed heart for public service, and she keeps it all in the family.
Mary Williams-Stover began her volunteer career with the Center for Volunteer Caregiving several years ago when her daughter, Imani, was asked to volunteer as part of a service project.
She immediately knew which organization to suggest. Williams-Stover holds a seat on the board for the Cary-based center, which provides assistance to area seniors, caregivers and disabled people to help them maintain independence and quality of life. She knew the organization had a long waiting list for help, so she jumped at the opportunity.Read more
“Someday you’ll be glad you got cancer.”
After being diagnosed with stage IIIA breast cancer and given a 20 percent chance of survival over five years, that piece of advice was hard for Jill Wolford to believe.
But now, 12 years later, she’s perfectly healthy and doing her best to help others cope when their worlds are turned upside down.
Diagnosed in 1999, with 10-month-old and 2-year-old children, Wolford was an utter mess for nine days. Then she pulled herself together, seeing no option other than recovery.Read more
Let’s face it: Independent coffeehouses are a rare breed. In a day when Starbucks, McDonald’s McCafés and other behemoths are dominating the marketplace, local mom-and-pop stores are few and far between. But what if you need a caffeine fix and find yourself bored with the typical chain experience?
Fortunately, worthy alternatives exist that provide the standard perks plus abundant charm and individuality. Here’s a roundup of four places we found that are carving a niche of their own.Read more
Just as each snowflake is unique, no two interior design projects are ever the same.
Whether dictated by budget, design skill, home architecture or other factors, projects range from simple consultations to outright overhauls for Vicky Serany, owner of Southern Studio Interior Design in Apex.
Along with her colleague Martha Brown, Serany has worked with numerous local homeowners to create rooms that fit their tastes, budgets and lifestyles.Read more
Since it opened nearly a year ago, people in and around Fuquay-Varina have been getting their fill of sweet treats at CupCakeBite, the town’s first cupcake shop.
Located in the picturesque Varina Station, CupCakeBite represents the fulfillment of a dream for local proprietor Gina Pettaris, a New York native and former graphic designer who had been baking cupcakes out of her home for the past several years.
The shop features distinctive varieties of cupcakes baked fresh daily and sold for $2.50 each. Additional items include cake pops, cookies, espresso-based coffees and European hot chocolate. Custom cakes and cupcakes also are available. “We do everything from small birthday cakes to wedding cakes to sculpted cakes,” Pettaris said.Read more
The North Carolina Symphony, in keeping with musical tradition, will ring in the new year with the sounds of old Vienna, at Meymandi Concert Hall. The concert begins at 8 p.m., and features internationally renowned soprano Sari Gruber.
Some decisions in life are complicated. To Greg Holder, choosing to help others shouldn’t be one of them.
A longtime volunteer for Dorcas Ministries, he says it’s simply the right thing to do.
“This is what I do, trying to give back,” said Holder, who lives in Cary with his wife, Jean. “It’s really not a hardship to put one day a month back into the community.”
Indeed, Holder’s work here began as a second-Saturday commitment in 1997, when he first heard of Dorcas Ministries through his church, St. Francis United Methodist in Cary.Read more
Love those special fall flavors that come around once a year? You’re in luck!
Dessert in a Glass
Cinnamon, pumpkin spice and whipped cream: the perfect combination for any fall indulgence.
Joanne Dagostino Hendrickson, food and beverage manager at Reflect at Raleigh’s Cambria Suites, has put a spin on traditional fall flavors by creating a pumpkin pie martini. Each customer to purchase a pumpkin pie martini at Reflect from October through December will receive a raffle ticket, with one winner each month earning a $50 Visa gift card.
Interested in making some for your own fall gathering? Here’s the recipe!Read more
November is a good time to plant spring-blooming bulbs in Cary, and while the usual offerings of tulips, daffodils and crocus are certainly worth considering, this fall, maybe think about going a little wild. In this case, “wild” refers to camassia, a bulbous beauty native to North Carolina and many other parts of the country.Read more
Imagine an Olympic hopeful from Cary, training four hours a day in the weight room or on the track. Chris Hoina is that athlete, but his sport of choice isn’t what you might expect from a former competitive mountain biker from central North Carolina.
Hoina hopes to compete in the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Games in skeleton, the winter sport in which athletes sled head-first down a mile-long frozen track in less than a minute.
For a sport like that, you might imagine him determined to bring home Olympic gold from a young age and training on his sled for years on end. Not Hoina.Read more
Photo caption: Garner Area Ministries Director Joyce Cooper; the organization is celebrating its 30th year of helping local families in need.
In any given week, men, women and families walk through the doors of Garner Area Ministries. Their stories are different, but their needs are the same: Food. Clothing. Money to pay the rent, or keep the lights on.
“People are really hurting,” said Director Joyce Cooper, a GAM volunteer for 19 years. “They’re losing their jobs, they’re disabled, or there’s no gas in the car.”Read more
What's better than having the opportunity to sample a variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres, socialize and enjoy a night on the town?
Having two chances to do it!
Two Cary-based organizations are among those hosting fundraisers in November, offering wine tastings that provide ample opportunity to try new drinks while supporting local causes.
Viva Las Vegas
Children’s Flight of Hope, a volunteer organization that flies children who need medical care to their appointments via private plane, will be hosting its eighth annual “A Vintage Affair” wine tasting fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 4, from 6–11 p.m. at the General Aviation Terminal of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Read more
All Hallows’ Eve is just around the corner, and Western Wake offers lots of options for having fun — or a good scare — to celebrate.
Howlin’ Good Halloween Celebration
Downtown Cary will be home to a fun, family-friendly Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5-9 p.m.
Cary Teen Council's Tricks & Treats Bash at Herbert C. Young Community Center from 5-7 p.m. will have games, prizes, hayrides and more for $1 admission. Pumpkin painting will also be on-site and requires pre-registration. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., kids can trick-or-treat between Ashworth’s Village and the Cary Arts Center.Read more
Fine dining, dancing and a good cause — the third annual Black, White & Bling Gala takes place tonight, Friday, Oct. 21!
Set for 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, this annual gala supports the Backpack Buddies program in Garner elementary schools.
The gala is hosted by the Garner Mid-Day Rotary Club, and since 2009 has raised more than $33,000, enabling the club to increase the number of schools served by Backpack Buddies from one to four.
The program currently provides 50 homeless schoolchildren in Garner with a weekly backpack of food, to help feed them when in-school meals are not available. The average cost per backpack per child per month exceeds $30.Read more
The award-winning Towne Players of Garner theater troupe opens its fall presentation of Harvey this Friday night at 8, at the newly-named Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road in Garner.
The show runs through Oct. 22.
Harvey is the outrageous tale of Elwood P. Dowd, who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey.
Because only Dowd can see Harvey (a few others can on occasion), Dowd’s sister attempts to commit him to a mental institution. That’s when a comedy of errors ensues, and Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds, and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. Read more
Bargain hunters are rejoicing over the Dorcas Thrift Shop’s move to Cary Plaza on High House Road.
From furniture and art to clothing for the family, toasters to DVDs, the shop sells new and gently used personal and household items. Thrift shop proceeds fund Dorcas programs helping locals in need with food, rent, utilities, clothing, childcare and more.
Now, with its sales floor doubled in size from the former store on Maynard Road, and a Habitat for Humanity ReStore as a plaza neighbor, shopping and donating are made easy. Both stores opened Oct. 1.Read more
The new design also features a segment from Triangle East, a new section within Cary Magazine highlighting easily accessed happenings just down the road, in the eastern part of our coverage area.
In addition to weekly feature stories, we're also including notes on what's going on in town from our Social Calendar, and a spotlight on Cary Magazine's own events.
And as always, we rely on feedback from you, our readers. So we've added a weekly poll question to provide you with one more way to speak your mind.
Also new at CaryMagazine.com is a search bar on the home page to help you locate content from past issues.Read more
Scotty McCreery is having a big week. Yes, even bigger than usual.
The reigning American Idol, Garner’s McCreery has three times the reasons to celebrate this week:
His first CD, Clear As Day, was released Tuesday.
On Saturday, he’ll perform a homecoming concert at nearby Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek.
Oh — and Scotty’s 18th birthday is Sunday.
Garner and surrounding areas have watched Scotty’s progress from baseball-pitching, grocery-bagging high schooler to sharing the stage with fellow Idol contestants on this summer’s whirlwind international tour.Read more
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