Antique: 100 years old or more
Vintage: Less than 100 years old but more than 30, typically
Collectible: Items valued for their history, manufacturing process or for nostalgia
Antiques should no longer be relegated to grandma’s formal living room. Eclectic style — the hottest trend in decorating — mixes old and new furniture to create rooms with personality and character. If your previous impression of antiques is rickety, dusty or extremely expensive, think again. Triangle stores offer a variety of antiques and collectibles to fit a range of tastes and personalities.Read more
Art, history, literature — the Heather Andrea Williams: Quilting History exhibit coming to the Cary Arts Center combines them all.
Williams, a history professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, has married history and craft with her selection of handmade quilts in an exhibit that runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 23. Also an author, Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery shares the stories of those who struggled to find their identities.
“My family is from Jamaica where it’s 85 degrees on average, so there is no quilting,” Williams said. Yet she was drawn to the art, teaching herself from books and magazines in the 1980s. Eventually, she got bored with standard patterns.Read more
Pickleball might not sound like the name of a serious sport, but don’t say that to the dozens of Cary citizens who gather in Bond Park Community Center every chance they get to play a game.
Similar to badminton and tennis, it’s played on a divided court, but instead of a birdie or tennis ball, players use a Wiffle ball. The net sits lower, the court is smaller, and the ball moves more slowly than a tennis ball, which makes it great for any age of player.Read more
The 2012 London Paralympic Games are just under way, and Garner’s Tucker Dupree is ready to compete in key swimming events.
Via his blog, Tucker has released his event schedule for the games, which are an elite-level competition for athletes with physical and visual disabilities. The second largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympic Games, the Paralympics are held in the same city and venues.
“It should be an exciting couple of weeks. I am prepared and ready,” Tucker told his fans. “It’s been a long four years as I have prepared for these games, and I’m proud to be one of the 227 athletes competing in 19 sporting events that will be representing the USA.Read more
Juliann Zoetmulder is a self-proclaimed “one of those parents.”
She writes letters to request her kids’ sports teams offer healthy snacks instead of sugary sports drinks, and you won’t find any Goldfish crackers in her cabinets. Instead they’re filled with homemade and locally grown goods.
The founder and president of Western Wake Farmers’ Market, Zoetmulder doesn’t want to come off as preachy or pretentious. She just strongly believes nutritious food is the key to vitality, and wants to extend the benefits of health-packed local foods to the community — especially children. Read more
If you want to get in touch with Kay Struffolino, you’d best plan ahead.
The 71-year-old Cary resident doesn’t exactly sit at home, and even though she’s been officially retired for more than 10 years now, it’s rare that a minute goes by when she’s not keeping herself busy.
“I always say, ‘It’s harder to hit a moving target,’” said Struffolino with a smile. “I’m a busybody by nature, and I have to be around people and activity. I can’t stand having nothing to do.”Read more
Like many new mothers, when Christine Hilt wanted to spend more time with her toddler, she quit her job.
She wasn’t opting to become a stay-at-home mom. Rather, she decided to start her own landscape architecture firm, CLH Design, to escape the rigid schedules set by her employer.
“I started out foolishly,” she revealed in hindsight, as the budding business required more time than she anticipated. While she felt very guilty for not being able to spend more time with her son, Quinn, being a hard-working mom had its silver lining. “My son did sacrifice, but it meant that the quality of the time when we were together was really high,” she said. Read more
Fear nothing, and keep moving … these are the mottos of Leah Brown.
The dynamic founder and president of A10 Clinical Solutions Inc., Brown says she hasn’t created a powerhouse company by tip-toeing through the business world.
“If you’re an entrepreneur you’re a risk taker, every day,” she said from her Cary offices. “But you try to take calculated risks. My motto is fear nothing. Women are typically crippled by a fear of failure. Yes, there will be obstacles, and yes, you will at times feel overwhelmed. Just accept it and keep moving forward. Read more
At the onset of a home renovation project, it’s all too easy to be focused on the end result. Unfortunately, sometimes that means forgetting about, denying or simply being unaware of certain truths about the process. Before you begin, take a few tips from these experts: Robert Taylor of Taylor Building and Development, and Vicky Serany of Southern Studio Interior Design.
Measure Twice, Cut OnceRead more
Miss North Carolina 2012 Arlie Honeycutt may be Garner’s latest citizen in the spotlight, but she’s far from being its only star. We’ve compiled a sampling of noteworthy people who hail from or have called Garner home — no, this isn’t all of them! — and asked around as to Garner’s secret ingredient in producing talent and success.
A family atmosphere, good values and a compassionate sense of community.
Proactive parenting and participation, from Friday night football to Sunday morning services. Read more
Arlie Honeycutt of Garner is training for the Super Bowl … in heels.
Crowned the 2012 Miss North Carolina in June, Honeycutt is now preparing for the Las Vegas stage, where she will compete in January for the title of Miss America.
“Miss America has always been the Super Bowl for me. I’d settle in to watch the pageant every year,” Honeycutt said from her posh home at pageant sponsor Manor Six Forks in Raleigh, where she’ll live throughout her reign as state queen.
Working with sponsors across the Carolinas on everything from fitness to finding the perfect pageant gown, Honeycutt hasn’t lost her awe of the title. Read more
Reds, yellows, oranges — these are the bright colors of the coming autumn in the garden. And so is purple.
Yes, purple, which is brazenly flaunted in the fall by a botanical floozy known as beautyberry (Callicarpa sp.). Spending the warmer months slumbering in a sea of green, this bush celebrates summer’s exit in a pleasantly gaudy display of arching stems loaded with berry clusters that turn ultra-violet and scream, “Look at me!”Read more
While it’s not easy to find quality Tex-Mex cuisine in the Triangle, you don’t have to drive far if you know where to go. Discover what others have already found: culinary enchantment at Bravo’s Mexican Grill in Cary.
In business since New Year’s Day 2010, this 28-table outpost serves up first-rate Tex-Mex provisions amid cheery surroundings. A pervasive sun and moon theme adorns the vibrant, multi-hued dining room walls. Stylish pendant lights hang above the cozy bar area, which showcases inlaid photos from various classic Western films. It’s definitely the type of place where you’ll want to linger for a long while.Read more
Trying New Looks
e.l.f. cosmetics are a wonderful way to experiment with trendy colors and new looks before spending big bucks on designer brands. Many products are just $1, and even combination sets and mineral-based makeups are ultra affordable. Available locally at Target.
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Can you believe it’s the end of August already?
That means one Cary tradition is back for the 36th time: the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival!
This Saturday, August 25, the streets of Downtown Cary will be chock full of artists, vendors and entertainers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For those who want to stake out the artists to hit first, or those who can’t make it, a “virtual festival” online gives the opportunity to preview wares from each artist, along with a directory of contact information to facilitate direct purchase after the festival. Read more
Cary Magazine photographer Jonathan Fredin enjoyed a musical vacation in July camping four days at FloydFest 11, a premier music and arts festival along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Va. With 50 bands, 10 stages, 80 mountain acres and more than 15,000 party-goers, the festival offered plenty for the senses.Read more
Vampires are all the rage, but when it comes to real blood, many people get queasy.
In case of an accident, disease or other injury, a blood transfusion is a literal lifesaver. But what if there’s no blood to receive?
In July, Red Cross blood donations for the month were the lowest they had been since 1996. Blood donations through the Red Cross also hit a 15-year low during the summer.
The American Red Cross Triangle Area Chapter is in dire need of donations to ensure no patients are turned away. Wake County Public Libraries are teaming up with the Red Cross to offer a series of drives in August, December and April at three regional libraries.Read more
Looking for summer’s last ha-ha? You don’t have to go far!
Laughs abound in Garner this weekend, as comedian James Gregory hits the stage with the down-home humor that’s earned him the title of Funniest Man in America.
Untucked, carefree and hilarious, Gregory has been entertaining audiences with his comedy for more than two decades.
This one-night-only show is the latest installment in the It’s Showtime series at Garner Performing Arts Center, and will take place this Friday night, Aug. 24 at 7:30.
Two great causes, two ways to have fun this Saturday.
The first annual Laughter for the Cause event, benefitting the Lotus Survival Foundation, will be from 2-5 p.m. at Sparians Bowling Boutique in North Hills.
All proceeds from the event will help low-income men and women affected by breast cancer have access to the education, resources and knowledge they need to cope with and survive breast cancer.
Advance tickets are $20, or $25 at the door. Kids 6 and younger are free! Price includes two non-alcoholic drinks, food, bowling and shoe rental. A silent auction will include vacations, sports memorabilia and other items, and one lucky raffle winner will take home an iPad.Read more
Making delicious, fun, nutritious and satisfying lunches every day for your children may seem like a daunting task, but there are simple ways to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Good habits begin at home. If your children eat fresh, non-processed food at other times of the day, they won’t be surprised by what’s in their lunch bags.
Here are five tips to keep kids well-fed and on the road to excellent eating habits:
Reinvent the PB&J. Peanut butter contains protein, perfect for that P.E. class energy boost. Healthier alternatives to jelly include spreads or jams containing real fruit, raisins, or banana, apple or pear slices.Read more
Where can you find police officers and firefighters, playing broomball on ice?
At Guns ‘n’ Hoses, of course!
Get ready for a unique event in Garner, as the town’s police and fire departments take to the ice in a broomball fundraiser to benefit the Garner Police Athletic and Activities League, or PAAL.
Set for Saturday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m., Guns ‘n’ Hoses will take place at the Garner Polar Ice House, located at 103 New Rand Road. The event will also feature appearances by the Carolina Hurricanes mascot, Stormy, and members of the team’s popular Storm Squad cheerleaders.Read more
It’s back to the music this month, as Garner’s outdoor Music off Main series continues with the BrickHouse Band next Thursday, Aug. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Hundreds of people have taken advantage of free admission and parking to the first three shows, and a crowd is expected for BrickHouse too.
Also part of the event is the all-local Art off Main art market, plus family-friendly food and beverages available for sale.
BrickHouse Band is well-known across the area, for performing a variety of hits from the 1960s through today’s music, complete with tight harmonies, a solid rhythm section and blazing instrumentalists.Read more
Operation Catnip, an all volunteer nonprofit organization, seeks to humanely reduce the free-roaming stray and feral cat population. Thanks to a grant from Petsmart Charities, you can help!
The grant funds spays and neuters for cats in Cary and Apex under the TNR model — trap, neuter, return.
All cats must be trapped in humane traps and have an appointment, either at a monthly no-cost clinic, held the third Sunday of the month at SPCA of Wake County, or with a veterinary practice that accepts spay/neuter vouchers. Some traps are available for loan.Read more
I like to use a tall, pretty glass pitcher my dear friends found at a yard sale. They thought of our family when they saw the letter “J” (for Johnson, of course) etched into the glass pitcher. It always brings a smile to my face! - Elise Johnson
about 6 cups water
3 peach tea bags
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Fill your tea kettle or saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and place the tea bags in to steep for one hour or more. Read more
The blueberries and peaches add the perfect touch to this old-fashioned dessert! Wonderful by itself, but even better with a dollop of my Cinnamon Ice Cream!
1/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 peaches, peeled and sliced (optional)Read more
This pasta salad is always requested at family gatherings, especially my son Nate’s birthday cookout — a tradition in our family since his birthday is in the month of July.
Another reason I love serving this side to my guests in the summertime is because it does not have any mayonnaise or sour cream, so it can stay out longer.- Elise Johnson
How can moist and flavorful burgers filled with antioxidants and loaded with vitamins be bad for you? You’ll never miss your regular burgers once you’ve tried these! - Elise Johnson
1 1/2 pounds lean turkey
1 cup frozen spinach, finely chopped
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powderRead more
1. Pink Poppy
A magnetic dry erase board sticks to the inside of your locker. Jot down reminders here and save the back of your hand.
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Step out of the classroom — and the zoo — to learn about animals of all sorts from one of the Triangle’s many rescue and research facilities.
Embrace your love of wildcats, see how your grip measures up to an owl, or learn why lemurs have such long tails with one of these programs.
With college admissions standards continuing to rise, little time remains for high school students to experiment with their schedules. But with the variety of courses available here in Wake County, there’s no better time to try something unexpected. Ranging from fine arts to science, literature to coaching, these unique classes may spark a new passion or inspire a career path.
Forensic ScienceRead more
Last school year, four local high school seniors focused their sights on helping others and giving back to the communities that supported them.
While most are leaving Western Wake to attend college this year, the stories they leave behind can inspire us all.
Want your child (or grandchild) to grow up with music skills, but can’t carry a tune in a bucket?
Help them develop a love for music and a sense of with a Music Together class at Wake County Public Libraries.
Beginning today, the libraries will host a series of six Music Together programs in the Triangle aimed to start musical appreciation early. The free program emphasizes live music-making for children birth through age 5, while providing an outlet for “lyrical sillies.”
Music Together an internationally recognized childhood music program with a more than 20 year history.Read more
A magical underwater kingdom awaits you, as the all-local cast of the Towne Players of Garner Teens & Kids presents Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr., live on the Garner stage.
Young and old love this tale of the beautiful young mermaid Ariel, who dreams of leaving her ocean home to live in the world above.
Defying her father, King Triton, and making a dangerous deal the evil sea witch Ursula, she works to convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl for him, complete with enchanting voice and … well, legs.
Tickets are available now for three Little Mermaid shows, set for Aug. 9-11 at the Garner Performing Arts Center.Read more
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