CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:19:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blue Moon – Tonight in Cary Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:07:56 +0000 Blue Moon

Cary, NC — On Friday, July 31, 2015, the second full moon of the month will appear in the night sky. This rare occurrence is called a Blue Moon.

First Blue Moon Since 2012

Tonight’s Blue Moon appearance will be the first since August of 2012. CNN explains that, “Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synced, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.”

The next blue moon will appear in January 2018.

What’s a Blue Moon?

In 2012, we published an article about the last blue moon. Hal Goodtree explained that:

First of all, it’s not actually blue. Sometimes, one might see a moon that is blue in the sky, but this is probably from dust or smoke.

The term is recent, though, as Sky & Telescope published an article with the definition in 1946.

Celebrate the Blue Moon

To celebrate the Blue Moon, Once in a Blue Moon Bakery in Downtown Cary will offer $1 cookies and $1 cupcakes all day (until 6 pm) for in-store purchase.

Or, you can go on a full moon paddle at Lake Crabtree from 8-10 pm. Reserve a canoe or kayak ($5) from the park or bring your own. The lake is open late tonight for the Blue Moon.

Pre-register for the paddle online. Lake Crabtree’s address is:

1400 Aviation Pkwy
Morrisville, NC 27560
(919) 460-3390


Story from staff reports. Photo by Aftab Uzzaman.

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Business: Spices Hut Indian Grocery Opens Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:27:35 +0000 Indian6

Morrisville, NC — On Thursday, July 30, 2015, we attended the grand opening of Spices Hut, a new Indian grocery store in Park Place at the corner of Cary Parkway and Chapel Hill Road.

Morrisville Welcomes a New Supermarket

Many Morrisville “celebrities” filled the former Golden Corral space (beside Los Tres Magueyes) in the Park Place shopping center yesterday to celebrate a special grand opening.

Morrisville Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and board members, Morrisville Town Council members and a supportive community filled the new Spices Hut grocery store to meet the owners, join them in a ribbon cutting and enjoy an Indian lunch.


Spices Hut Indian Grocery

At Spices Hut, you’ll find a variety of cooking items like dals (dried beans, lentils or peas), spices, rice, flours, frozen Indian meals, snacks and sweets. There’s also a library of the latest and classic Hindi and regional movies, CDs and a wonderful selection of produce.

We wandered around the store to take some photos.






There’s a Restaurant, Too

We can’t forget to tell you about Bawarchi, the beautiful Indian restaurant attached to the Spices Hut building, which features an elegant interior design and authentic Indian cuisine.


We were even treated to a delicious lunch as part of the grand opening celebration.


Read all our articles on supermarkets in Cary and Morrisville.


Story from staff reports. Photos by Lindsey Chester and Jessica Patrick.

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Durham Bulls Start 10-Day Homestand on Friday Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:16:46 +0000 Durham Bulls

Durham, NC — Starting on Friday, July 31, 2015, the Durham Bulls baseball team will begin their 10-day homestand at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  

Durham Bulls Start 10-Day Homestand on Friday

The Durham Bulls will start their 10-day homestand this Friday, July 31, 2015. That means that, for 10 days in-a-row, you can watch the team play at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. And, there are promotions each and every night. We have all the details you’ll want to know below.

Promotions & Fun

On all Friday and Saturday night home games, there will be post-game fireworks. On Sunday, August 2, 2015, the Bulls will don throwback Negro League uniforms to pay tribute to the legacy of Durham’s local Negro League stars. The crowd can meet several former Negro League players who will sign autographs on the concourse during the game.

On Monday, August 3, 2015, public safety personnel and emergency workers receive 50% off tickets purchased at the box office. Tuesday, August 4, 2015 is a 2-for-1 ROOsday, which means the public can get two terrace-view tickets for the price of one when they show that they have a Kangaroo Express app at their time of ticket purchase.


On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, donate a children’s book to earn a free ticket to that night’s game, and on Thursday, August 6, 2015, enjoy $1 concessions like hot dogs, soda and popcorn. On Sunday, August 9, 2015, kids can run the bases.

Check the calendar for even more promotions.

The 10-Day Schedule

  • Friday, July 31, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Gwinnett)
  • Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 6:35 pm (vs Gwinnett)
  • Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 5:05 pm (vs Gwinnett)
  • Monday, August 3, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Friday, August 7, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Louisville)
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015 – 6:35 pm (vs Louisville)
  • Sunday, August 9, 2015 – 5:05 pm (vs Louisville)

Get Tickets

Pick your game day, and buy your tickets online or at the box office. See you there!

Durham Bulls


Story from staff reports. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

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Business: Sponsor Cary Elementary School Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:12:06 +0000 Cary Elementary

Cary, NC — Cary Elementary is seeking community sponsors to help purchase supplies for classrooms, fund the school carnival and furnish the school garden.

Partner with Cary Elementary

Cary Elementary is seeking community business sponsors.

The PTA has determined a goal of $10,000 that is needed to maintain their current level of educational excellence for children in the Cary community.

The funds will be used to build four planter boxes for the school garden, to purchase a Smart Board for the school’s ESL (English as a Second Language) program and to provide teacher grants for classroom supplies and a school carnival.

Sponsoring Cary Elementary helps children, but it helps your business, too. Becoming a community business sponsor is an excellent public relations opportunity for your organization, as sponsors will be known to over 580 Cary Elementary families in their business community.

Corporate Sponsorship Levels

Cougar Platinum – $2,500
Cougar Gold Pride – $1,500
Cougar Silver Pride – $1,000
Cougar Bronze Pride – $500
Cougar Pride – $100

Business sponsors in all levels will be recognized as a donor on the Cary Elementary website and will have their company logo displayed on a banner that will be displayed in the school year-long. Sponsors in higher categories will receive other PR opportunities, some including:

  • Recognition on a plaque in the school garden
  • Click-able logo link to your company website on the PTA homepage
  • Booth sponsors at the spring carnival
  • Full-page ads in school directories and other handouts
  • Recognition as sponsors for other school events

Contact Nancy Haywood with questions about sponsorship levels.

Become a Sponsor

Interested sponsors can send their name, contact information and company logo (in Vector format) to Nancy Haywood, Cary Elementary’s PTA Vice President, by August 10, 2015.

Nancy Haywood


Story from staff reports. Photo by Jessica Patrick.

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Weekend Pictures: Food Truck Rodeo Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:15:44 +0000 Cary, NC — The weather was perfect on Sunday night for Cary’s latest Food Truck Rodeo.

We sent CaryCitizen publisher Hal Goodtree with a camera to check it out.









In case you missed it, the next Chatham Chowdown is on Sunday, October 4, 2015.


Photos by Hal Goodtree.


Downtown coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Heart of Cary Association.

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Weekend: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ and Final Friday Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:59:12 +0000 Weekend

Cary, NC — The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival is at Booth Amphitheatre this weekend. You can also enjoy Final Friday and a RailHawks soccer game – it’s all on the calendar.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Today is Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen. Stop by Dairy Queen (locations are in both Cary and Morrisville) to buy a blizzard, and proceeds will be donated to Duke Children’s Hospital.

High school students and their parents can attend a helpful class, Finding the Right College for You, at West Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 pm. In this program, you’ll evaluate the many factors that need to be considered. Registration (919-463-8500) is recommended.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival kicks off Friday night at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Enjoy a “Whole Hog Pig Pickin'” from 6-10 pm, and come back on Saturday for 60 beers, 40 bourbons and a lot of BBQ. One and two-day tickets can be purchased online.

An “artsy” alternative to this festival is Cary’s monthly Final Friday celebration. As always, the art studios in Downtown Cary (in Ashworth Village) will be open until 9 pm with amazing works on exhibit, but, this month, you can also visit Coffee & Crepes (in Crossroads Plaza), the Bond Park Community Center and the Carolina Creative Center, or C3 (in Cary Towne Center).

A reception and altered books exhibit will take place at C3 from 6-8:30 pm.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A free Praise and Worship Conference will be held all day today from 9 am-4 pm at Grace Bible Fellowship in Cary. This conference is open to everyone, both church-goers and non church-goers, and includes breakout sessions, panel discussions and more.

The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival continues from noon-6 pm today.

Orange Theory Fitness in Park West Village is holding an open house this afternoon from 2-5 pm. At this free event, you’ll tour the studio, learn more about the science behind the workout and meet the Orange team and fellow members.

The Carolina RailHawks will take on Tampa Bay at 7:30 pm at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

Enjoy live music at Rally Point Sport Grill from 7-10 pm tonight.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

If you like outdoor live music, head to Chapel Hill on Friday, July 31, 2015. Fridays on the Front Porch will take place at the Carolina Inn with free music and a selection of food trucks from 5-8 pm. Alternatively, head to Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough from 6-8:30 for their Last Friday celebration with live music, outdoor movies, pie contests, vendors and more.

Catch a baseball game! The Durham Bulls will play at home all weekend long, Friday-Sunday.

Also on Friday, July 31, take a leisurely night paddle at 8:15 on the western end of Falls Lake. This event, from Frog Hollow Outdoors, requires a $30 registration fee.


The calendar of events is edited by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Shreveport-Bossier.

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Interview: Christina Perri Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:52:25 +0000 Christina-Perri

Cary, NC — World-famous, chart-topping artists Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat will perform together at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. I talked with Christina on the phone for a pre-show interview to learn more about her and about next week’s show.

“Jar of Hearts” Artist Comes to Cary

Christina Perri is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is well-known for her debut single “Jar of Hearts,” which was charted in 2010. Over three million copies of the song were sold in the US. “Jar of Hearts is the song that changed my life,” Christina told me.

Christina Perri also wrote and recorded “A Thousand Years” for the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. “I’ve been to five of the seven continents where that song was really popular, so I’m very grateful for that song. It really catapulted me,” she said.

Next week, Christina will perform alongside Colbie Caillat and Rachel Platten right here in Cary as part of their “Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too” tour.

Interview: Christina Perri

Christina was so friendly and answered all my questions about her tour.

Q: Is it true that you write all your own songs?

I’ve been writing songs since I was 15, and I write all of them. Sometimes I write with other people, but I’ve written every single song about something that I’ve been through or emotions I’ve experienced. My biggest inspiration is love, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be about a relationship with someone else. A lot of my songs are about loving yourself. Christina joked:

The only song that I didn’t write about me was “A Thousand Years,” because I wrote that for Edward and Bella [for Twilight], and I definitely wish that I was a vampire, but I’m not, so that’s the only song that only strays from my own experience.

I’m always writing, recording and performing, but writing is my favorite part. It’s the thing that I do just all the time and the most naturally. It’s the thing I’ve done for so long.

Q: Tell me what inspired this tour.

I wanted to do a really fun summer tour, so my managers and I got together and decided to find fun outdoor venues and mini arenas. I wanted to do a group tour, and I immediately thought about Colbie and Rachel. Rachel’s been a friend of mine for a long time, and Colbie and I have met a couple times and really clicked. I realized that Colbie, Rachel and I all have the same messages in our songs, so I thought it would be a really powerful evening.

It started out as a little dream, and then it came true. It’s a summer tour, so it’s like we’re all on summer vacation together. We all hang out together with our bands and have pizza and beer. Everything I had hoped would happen with these shows has come true. I think out that, out of all 17 tours I have done, this is my favorite one.

Q: How do you hope the tour makes audiences feel?

We called the tour Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too because it’s for everyone. So many guys are showing up [for the concerts], which makes me happy. The writing I do makes me feel better, because it’s all about things I’ve been through. I’ve written all my songs for a reason – to help me get through something – so when I’m on stage and performing these songs, the audience immediately has a feeling or reaction to them.

Because they’re so popular yet so honest, I think they make people feel better.

I’ve noticed the same with Rachel and with Colbie. They sing different songs about different experiences, but, as a whole, I can just feel the audience opening up. I’ve just been watching, I can see from the stage that people are opening up, smiling and having fun.

That means that we’re doing our job. People come to shows to forget about all the heavy stuff for awhile, and that’s been happening every night.

See the Show

You can see Christina Perri next Wednesday night right here in Cary.

The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour:
Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri with special guest Rachel Platten
Wednesday, August 5, 2015; 7 pm (doors at 6 pm)
Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary

Tickets start at $25.


Interview by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Jen Marigliano courtesy of Atlantic Records.

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Back Porch Music on the Lawn – 4 More Shows Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:28:41 +0000 Back Porch Music

Durham, NC — After a four week hiatus, Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco is set to recommence again this week.

Free Concert This Week – Jeff Austin

Back Porch Music on the Lawn is a free concert series at American Tobacco. This week, the Jeff Austin Band takes the stage.

Austin is one of the premier mandolinists in the world. Formerly a member of Yonder Mountain String Band, he’s played with Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzman, Earl Scruggs and many others.

Acoustic duo Hank Smith and Lindsey Tims are the opening act.

Showtime for this free concert is 6 – 9 pm on the green under the Lucky Strike water tower. Food and beverages are available; picnics and coolers welcome, no glass, please.

More info: American Tobacco.


4 More Shows this Summer

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn series has four more shows (including Jeff Austin).

Here’s the lineup:

  • Thursday, July 20, 2015 – Jeff Austin Band
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 – Music Maker All-Star Review
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 – American Aquarium
  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 – Chatham County Line

Bring a lawn chair and a cooler, or pick up some food at one of the 10 restaurants at American Tobacco. Either way, this free concert series is one of the Triangle’s best entertainment experiences.



Story from staff reports. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Scones Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:36:31 +0000 Chocolate chip scones

Cary, NC — I’m a baked good fanatic, which I attribute to my love of strong, hot coffee. Baked goods and coffee just go together, and this recipe for chocolate chip scones is the perfect accompaniment to your morning cup of joe. 

Chocolate Chip Scones

I love to cook, but I love baking even more. It’s so easy, to me, to make a perfect batch of cookies, a pan of brownies or a loaf of bread. But homemade scones are different. If you don’t use the right recipe, they’ll turn out too dry and bland. That’s why I use this recipe.

Bisquick replaces flour as a secret ingredient, making these scones easy-to-make and deliciously soft and moist. Because I hate a dry scone.


This recipe makes eight scones.


  • 2 cups Original Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Additional whipping (heavy) cream
  • Additional sugar


  • Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or grease with shortening.
  • Stir Bisquick mix, chocolate chips, 1/3 cup whipping cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, the egg and vanilla in medium bowl until soft dough forms.
  • Pat into 8-inch circle on cookie sheet (if dough is sticky, dip fingers in Bisquick mix).
  • Brush circle with additional whipping cream; sprinkle with additional sugar. Cut into 8 wedges, but do not separate.
  • Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown; carefully separate. Serve warm.

A Great Start to Your Morning

I’m already a morning person, I’ll admit, but rich coffee paired with the touch of chocolate in these slightly-sweet scones makes getting out of bed in the morning even easier.

Related Content

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Recipe by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Jessica and Lon Binder.

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Business Bits: What’s New in Cary? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:12:20 +0000 Business Bits

Cary, NC — Each month, look for our Business Bits column, where we’ll highlight “been-here-awhile,” brand new and opening soon businesses in Cary and Morrisville. 

Now Open in Cary

Look what opened in Cary recently.


MY SALON Suite, Waverly Place, Cary
This salon just celebrated their grand opening on July 13, 2015. This business offers private, individual salon suites for a variety of beauty professionals.

Entertainment Complex

CineBowl & Grill, Parkside Town Commons, Cary
This one-stop entertainment center, which opened at the beginning of this month, features bowling, a restaurant, an arcade and a movie theater in a stylish yet family-friendly environment.


Penn Station East Coast Subs, 690 Cary Towne Blvd
Penn Station, located right by the Cary mall, just opened last week. Their delicious menu features Grilled East Coast Style submarine sandwiches, fresh-cut fries and hand-squeezed lemonade. We’ll definitely check out this friendly atmosphere soon.

Chanticleer Cafe & Bakery, 6490 Tryon Road, Cary
This new restaurant opened in June 2015. It is located at the corner of Tryon Road and Cary Parkway and features breakfast, baked goods, coffee and lunch.

La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 2711 NC-55, Cary
This new restaurant and bar features enchiladas, fajitas and other Mexican eats.

Business Bits

La Carreta is a new Mexican restaurant in Cary.

Indian Grocery

Spices Hut Indian Grocery, 9601 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville
Spices Hut will celebrate their grand opening on Thursday, July 30, 2015. At Spices Hut, you’ll find a variety of cooking items like spices, rice, flours, frozen Indian meals, snacks and sweets, vegetables and produce. There will also be a huge library of Hindi and regional movies in addition to a collection of music CDs.

Opening Soon

Kababish Cafe (Downtown Cary) – opening very soon
Halie’s Boutique (Parkside Town Commons) – summer 2015
Bank of America (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
Parkside Family Dental (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
CineBistro (Waverly Place) – late summer 2015
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar (Preston Corners) – fall 2015
The Right Fit Club (Kildaire Farm) – opening soon
DICED (Kildaire Farm) – opening soon
Tropical Smoothie Cafe (Kildaire Farm) – opening soon

Did We Miss a Business?

If you know of a business that recently opened in Cary, send us an email to let us know.


Story from staff reports. Photos by Lindsey Chester. Read more Business Bits.


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