A Locally Made Holiday

During the holiday season, it is easy to shop Amazon and Walmart from your desk at the office or on your phone while the kids play outside. But when it comes to getting that extra-special gift for that extra-special someone, buying local is worth the effort.

Locally Made Market makes finding unique gifts easy by... Read More

Series Showcases the South’s Musical Heritage

The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South, is partnering with Duke Performances for a five-day music festival Dec. 4-8 in downtown Durham.

Music Maker, based in Hillsborough, N.C., directly supports unheralded musicians, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. The organization works... Read More

Picture the Holidays at Biltmore

With Christmas trees in every room, garlands on the railings and wreaths on the doors, a visit to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville feels like you’ve walked into a Hallmark movie.

In 1895, the Vanderbilts celebrated the holidays with family and friends on their estate for the first time. In 1930, the home opened to... Read More

Heartwarming Hilarity in this ‘Christmas Pageant’

This weekend, The Cary Players stage their annual holiday show, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” based on the classic book by Barbara Robinson. This hilarious and heartwarming tale has something for everyone — laughter, Christmas cheer and a heartfelt message.

The plot follows the Herdmans, a family of misfits known as the worst kids in... Read More

Food & Dining

Recipe: Turkey Roulade with a Bacon & Mushroom Filling and Marsala Gravy

A turkey roulade is an attractive alternative to roasting a whole turkey for the holidays — or any time! Still great for serving a crowd, this recipe requires a fraction of the time to roast and is filled with deliciousness. Make life easier by having your butcher debone and butterfly a turkey breast. Assembling the... Read More

The Holidays in a Glass

When you’re planning your next holiday party, forget the cartons of artificially flavored eggnog. Shove the jar of iridescent maraschino cherries to the back of the fridge.

Although convenient, these pre-packaged ingredients are hardly celebratory. Why not spend a little time and effort to create a delicious, homemade holiday tipple?

“Just like people prepare sweets,... Read More

Home & Garden

Early Spring: Forcing Tazetta Daffodils

With the summer garden becoming a memory, many backyard growers have hung up their hoes and now turn to the comforts of tending indoor plants. But while there are houseplants that will flower during the coldest times of the year, few seem fast to grow and eager to show. One pretty exception is the tazetta... Read More

Home Tour: Light and Bright

When Vito and Elizabeth Guarnaccia contacted Cary architect Dawn Christine, their goals were fairly modest.

They wanted a better breakfast nook, and because they entertain frequently, they wanted a sunroom to transition from their kitchen to their deck. They were also thinking their recently updated kitchen could be brighter.

When Christine entered the Cary home,... Read More

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The Gift Guide

Food & Drink

Vom Fass Flavors of Italy gift set, two flavors of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar in mini serving bottles. $29.99. Unicorn Magic Sea Salt, a sweet and salty topping combining sea salt and sprinkles, $16.99. Glass dipping dish, made by Holly Springs artist Sandra... Read More

Style Secrets

Cultivate your fall style with of-the-moment accessories, day-to-night versatility and a few style secrets that make your wardrobe runway ready.

Versatility is queen

A little black dress becomes even more flexible with a reversible neckline. This one from Something You reverses to a scoop neck. It’s the perfect day-to-night outfit: with leggings and a jacket... Read More