Festival Lights Up Downtown

story and photos by Lindsey Chester

Downtown Cary kicked off the holidays in style this past weekend with the annual Ole Time Winter Festival and tree lighting held on Chatham Street and Town Hall campus. Read more

Pictures: Old Time Winter Festival

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – I had a chance to stop by the Old Time Winter Festival in downtown Cary on Saturday. It was a lively good time and a beautiful afternoon so I took a few pictures.

Cary Citizen contributing photographer Brooke Meyer ended up taking the Santa pictures.

An outdoor theater had been set up on the north side of the street. I caught a few of the dance performances. Best costumes definitely went to this group.

Vendors and artists lined Chatham Street from Harrison to Academy.

Good times, low-key, neighborhoody and nice – that was this year’s Old Time Winter Festival.


Events coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored, in part, by The Meat House in Saltbox Village.

Events Calendar: Tis The Season

Story by Lindsey Chester, editor of  the CaryCitizen Calendar of Events. Photos courtesy the Town of Cary.

Cary, NC – We’ve had our turkey and shopped on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now bring on the parades, music,  gingerbread, and It’s a Wonderful Life in Cary. Here’s a run-down of local holiday events from the CaryCitizen Calendar. Read more

Events: Wreaths Across America on Dec 10

Story from staff reports. Above, recent Yates Mill D.A.R. luncheon at Page-Walker.

Cary, NC – The Yates Mill Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosts a Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon, Saturday, Dec. 10, at Hillcrest Cemetery (off Page Street) in Cary. Attending will be Bianca Strzalkowski of Fuquay-Varina, the 2011 Military Spouse of the Year (named by Military Spouse magazine) with a color guard of U.S. Naval Cadets. Read more

Real-Life Guitar Heroes

Cary, NC –  Some time ago, we ran a story about a local band called Mind the Gap. The name of the band is derived from a British saying used as a public announcement when people are stepping from a train or subway.  It is a warning to watch your step. MTG considers “the gap” a metaphor for life. They play solely for charity. Read more

Go Local On Small Business Saturday Nov 26

Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Here’s an idea that we at CaryCitizen have been promoting since we started. Support of small business.These are your friends, neighbors and local volunteers that help make Cary unique.

One thing we know at CaryCitizen, no one is more passionate about their customers than the small business owner. Read more

Weekend Events: An Embarrassment of Riches

The CaryCitizen Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Tom Mousseau.

Cary, NC – Swinging into the holiday season, Cary is hosting a feast of events this coming weekend including a Beaujolais Nouveau tasting, a jewelry event called Naughty or Nice, a local team in the state soccer finals and lots of other great stuff. Read more

Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration at Matthews House

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Daniel Agostini.

Cary, NC – At midnight on the third Thursday of November each year, Beaujolais vineyards in France release Beaujolais Nouveau, a young red wine aged for only a few weeks.  The event is met with great fanfare and the resounding declaration, “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”  Read more

Weekend Events: Veterans Day and a Whole Lot More

The CaryCitizen Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo courtesy of the Cary YMCA.

Cary, NC – Just when you think the Cary Calendar of Events has run out surprises, along comes a weekend that includes Veterans Day on 11/11/11, a Smash Bros. gaming event at the library, the ACC Men’s Soccer Championships and a show Cary Arts Center featuring Grey Seal Puppets. Read more

Weekend Events: Flu, Fate and Fair

The CaryCitizen Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree

Cary, NC – The weekend after Halloween is usually a slow one on the Calendar, but not this year in Cary. There’s a free flu clinic by Cary EMS, a new play by FATE and a local crafts fair at the farmers market. Read more