Presenting the 2017 Maggy Awards!

Give it up, ladies and gentlemen, for the winners of the 2017 Maggy Awards!

You voted by the thousands to name these rock stars as the Best of Western Wake, for all the ways they keep our corner of the world spinning.

Now it’s time to shine the spotlight on the winners within these fun-filled... Read More


Join the Conversation

Courage. Truth. Service.

Celebrate these values and more at Dreamfest 2017, a three-day commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., beginning this Saturday, Jan. 14.

With the theme of “Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation,” this year’s celebration, presented by the Town of Cary, offers multiple family events, as follow:


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Tennis for Life

What do tennis and cancer have in common?

Everything at Tennis for Life, a new support group for breast cancer survivors. It’s free, and open to people in any phase of their breast cancer experience, whether they’ve ever played tennis or not.

“The Western Wake Tennis Association’s mission is to promote the spirit and growth of... Read More

Ansel Adams, Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, Yosemite National Park, California, circa 1938, gelatin-silver print, 14 3/4 x 19 ¼ in., Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, Calif.; Image courtesy Collection Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona,  © 2015 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Once In a Lifetime

Odds are you’ve seen prints of his work, majestic American landscapes from Yosemite to Death Valley, all photographed in black and white.

Here’s your chance to see the real thing, as “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” opens at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Feb. 4.

“We feel extremely fortunate to be able to present this... Read More

Restaurant Row

Ruckus bartender Karin McDaniels prepares a drink with apricot-infused vodka. The strawberry-infused vodka, left, goes into the popular strawberry lemonade.

Still Raising a Ruckus

What began as a lone hole-in-the-wall college bar churning out hot pizza and cold beer has evolved into a multi-unit, family-friendly dining destination. Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits ranks among the area’s most well-regarded restaurants, as the readers of Cary Magazine attested in the recent Maggy Awards poll.

Ruckus scored the top honor in... Read More

Wood-fired dishes, such as the Brick Oven Cauliflower, set Tazza Kitchen apart from other restaurants, says chef Chris Easton. “It’s just a lively, fun space for people to be in with great food, great drinks and serious libations.”

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower from Tazza Kitchen

Vitamin-rich and low in carbs, cauliflower shows no signs of losing its appeal to trend-watching diners. But forget the bland, cheese-drenched dish you avoided as a child.

At Tazza Kitchen, voted Best New Restaurant in the 2017 Maggy Awards, the vegetable is roasted in a wood-fired oven with onions and smoky poblano peppers, topped with... Read More

Home & Garden

Variegated cast iron plants such as Aspidistra ‘Spek-tacular’ can be a lively alternative to the hardy deep green more commonly seen.

Secrets of the Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant (Aspidistra sp.) is as advertised because only a dedicated, demented brown thumb gardener has even the remotest chance of killing it. This is a tough plant that can take plenty of abuse and neglect while remaining constantly pretty in almost any indoor setting. Its long, strap-like, deep green, shiny leaves pleasantly... Read More


Gift Books for Gardeners

Need ideas for those friendly gardeners on your Christmas gift list? Why not go with garden books that will provide your favorite backyard growers with plenty of ideas and inspirations to consider before the spring planting season?

Need suggestions? Below are some of the more interesting reads that have landed on my desk in the... Read More

We Love


We Love!: January 2017

1. Steady on Shashi cool feet socks have slip-resistant grippers that help you stay stable and grounded, whatever your pose; blue, $15; metallic burgundy, $17; red with leopard trim, $17. StudioVibe

2. Bright spot Swiftwick Aspire socks wick away moisture to keep feet dry, and bright colors help make riders more visible... Read More


We Love!: November/December 2016

1. Diamonds by the Yard necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are available in varying carat weights in white, yellow, or rose gold, starting at $290. diamondsdirect.com

2. Cary Film Circle is a gift that keeps on giving. Members receive exclusive perks at local merchants, ticket deals, T-shirt, and more. Read More