CaryCitizen http://carycitizen.com Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:21:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Harold’s Blog: Venus Williams & Tree Problems http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/20/harolds-blog-venus-williams-tree-problems/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/20/harolds-blog-venus-williams-tree-problems/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:07:48 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66957 Harold's Blog

Cary, NC — After a week in Augusta, it was time to get back to work as mayor.

Monday

I was fortunate enough to start the week by having a photo opportunity with tennis legend and star Venus Williams. She and her sister have won several grand slam tennis tournaments and dozens of other tournaments. They will both be in the tennis hall of fame.

A Conversation with Tennis Legend Venus Williams

In my brief conversation with her, I welcomed her to Cary and talked about the excitement she generated. She mentioned that she had been to Cary before. I also talked to her about her last match, which was a semi-final loss, and her response was that there will be other opportunities. I thanked her for coming to Cary and wished her the best.

Town Meeting

Later Monday, I met with the town manager and deputy town manager. We talked about a personnel issue and other minor issues. Our meeting lasted about 20 minutes.

Tuesday

Tuesday, I met with a representative from Regency Office Park.

He had three main concerns: the paving of Regency Parkway, the crape myrtles along Regency Parkway, and the fence along Regency Parkway. Regency Parkway is a NCDOT maintained road and it is their responsibility to pave it.

Regency Parkway Issues

The town did contact NCDOT about the condition of the road but is still waiting on a response from them. The Crape Myrtles and the median along Regency Parkway are the responsibility of the Regency Park Homeowners Association. These trees became diseased and were a safety hazard, so the town asked the association to remove them.

They refused, and the town had them removed. The stumps remain, which is the responsibility of the association. The fence, which is disliked by the representative, is an aesthetic issue. With so many other significant needs and limited funding, we are not able to recommend funding in the budget to replace the fence at this time.

My meeting with the representative concluded after just a few short minutes. I made no promises or guarantees since most of these issues fall outside of the town’s responsibility.

Thursday

Thursday, I talked with a developer interested in the Land Development Ordinance change which would allow redevelopment of the trailer park on Walnut Street.

In his conversation with me, he pointed out how the latest proposal would protect residents with larger buffers than the previous proposal from staff.

Friday

Friday, I participated in the Metro Mayors legislative update.

Metro Mayors Legislative Update

We reviewed about a dozen legislative bills that have been introduced. One bill would make local elections occur in even years and would make them partisan. It seems the legislators can’t get enough of damaging local governments. And why they think making elections partisan would benefit Cary is beyond me. Our meeting lasted about 45 minutes.

Meeting with Commissioner Holmes

Later Friday, I talked with County Commissioner Holmes about the upcoming meeting between the Cary Council and the County Commissioners. We talked about items of interest to Cary (mainly schools) and the prioritizations of the commissioners.

Commissioner Holmes pointed out that it was early in the budget cycle, so the commissioners won’t be able to provide a lot of information. She also said that there will be significant choices; some of which may involve significant tax increases. Our conversation lasted about 15 minutes.

Weekend Events

Saturday I participated in the Caring Community Foundation Bed Race for cancer.

Bed Race for Cancer

Since its inception, this organization has raised over a million dollars to fight cancer. There were fourteen beds in the race in this second year. All were fantastic, and the race heats were supported by dozens of people along Academy Street. In addition, members of the Cary High School Band provided drum rolls and trumpet charges.

It was a great time, and money was raised for a good cause. Please find it in your hearts to support Caring Community Foundation in its mission. Every little bit helps.

Children’s Day Festival

Later Saturday, I gave welcoming remarks at the Children’s Day festival. This event was put on by the American Turkish Association of North Carolina and Cary’s Sister Cities organization. There were performances, crafts and entertainment of all kinds involving children.

It was a great time, and the children were absolutely adorable.

Heritage India Association of NC Festival

Sunday I gave remarks at the Heritage India Association of North Carolina’s festival. There was a lot of great performances that I was blessed to observe. Here is an excerpt from my comments:

We know it takes a village to raise a child, and today’s event is a great example of this. As citizens, we appreciate Heritage India Association’s community outreach efforts. This area is blessed to have one of the highest qualities of life, and much of that is due to the volunteer support of our community organizations.

As these kids explore Indian Heritage, know that what you are doing for them today is shaping all of our futures. Dancing, fashion shows, and art competitions are on the agenda, and while they’ll be fun and exciting, these activities will also help in building leadership skills, boosting self-confidence, and encouraging socialization. All skills that our leaders of tomorrow need, and all skills that these children will build upon today…

I was at this event for a little over an hour.

Emails from Staff

Emails from staff this week included an explanation of a maple tree removal at the intersection of Dry Avenue and South Academy. The tree was cabled a few years ago to defray some stress but it finally failed and was in critical condition.

Town staff indicated that this tree had already been identified for removal during the downtown park construction. However, staff felt the tree had reached a state where it needed to come down prior to the construction. Therefore, Town staff had an independent certified arborist confirm the degraded condition of the tree and it was removed.

Emails from Citizens

Emails from citizens this week include:

  • Comments about the Morrisville–Carpenter Upchurch intersection
  • A complaint about cigarette smoke coming through apartment walls
  • A complaint about a neighbor using something to make dogs bark
  • Comments about the new downtown library
  • Comments about a business site plan
  • Comments about the Cary Innovation Center

Get in Touch

Next week will be a busy week for me and will include a LONG council meeting, a meeting of the Wake County Mayors Association, a reception for elected officials, a budget preview meeting, and Cary’s first Arts and Music festival.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, April 26th. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to Harold.Weinbrecht@townofcary.org and email personal comments to augustanat@mindspring.com.

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From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo with Venus Williams courtesy of Mayor Weinbrecht.

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Harold’s Blog on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by TruOptions.

 

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Peachy Keen Spring 2015 Fashion Show http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/20/peachy-keen-spring-2015-fashion-show/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/20/peachy-keen-spring-2015-fashion-show/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:12:32 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66918 Peachy Keen

Karly Hankin ( in white) with show models from Peachy In Paris at Peachy Keen

Cary, NC — Locally-owned, independent retailer Peachy Keen held its Spring 2015 fashion show, “Peachy in Paris,” on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The house was packed.

Peachy Keen Spring Fashion Show

This was the fourth fashion show that creative director Karly Hankin has created in collaboration with her sister, Jen, and her parents, Donna and Lee Hankin. Every show that Karly produces has a whimsical theme, and I am always eager to see what fresh ideas she comes up with.

Peachy Keen

Parisian Theme

The “Peachy In Paris” Parisian theme did not disappoint. Upon entering the store, guests were greeted by a musician playing French jazz piano and an artist creating a floral painting at the front of the stage. The store was transformed with a Parisian theme in black, pink and white from the balloons that floated on the ceiling. There were French phrases on the walls and a large meandering bar of hors d’oeuvres that tickled the taste buds.

bartender

They even had a bartender serving pink champagne cocktails.

Peachy Keen

Real Women for Models

Refreshingly, the models weren’t the typical stick figures that you see on 7th Avenue these days. Real, beautiful women of varying ages, shapes and sizes walked the runway. Smart move when you are selling clothes here in the ‘burbs! Women could see what the clothes were going to look like on their own bodies and could feel happy the way they were. Bravo, Karly!

Peachy Keen

The Clothes

The message for Spring at Peachy Keen is relaxed. There were flowy tunic tops that skimmed the body worn over skin-tight jeans in various finishes. Maxi dresses reigned supreme.

Peachy Keen

Longer, lightweight dresses had handkerchief hems in tonal prints. While the clothes were relaxed, they were not sloppy. Many were close to the body at the shoulder and, then, with uneven hems or bias cuts, they draped the body in a flattering way.

maxi

Many dresses were worn with belts that were loosely tied at the waist.

romper

The newest fashion staples were the romper and jumpsuit.

Peachy Keen

Karly showed several models wearing these.

While I may not feel comfortable wearing a romper, both my daughters like them. Peachy Keen’s mission is to dress women from grandmothers to granddaughters, and they make sure they have options that work for a wide range of customer ages and body types.

A Wonderful Evening

The evening concluded with a huge round of applause. Then, Karly’s family and staff quickly got the shop back in shape so that the audience could check out their runway favorites and take advantage of the special show discounts.

We look forward to seeing what the gang comes up with for this Fall.

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Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

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Artwork from the Senior Games Exhibit http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/20/artwork-senior-games-exhibit/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/20/artwork-senior-games-exhibit/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:42:04 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66916 senior games

Cary, NC — On Friday, April 17, 2015, I attended the SilverArts Artist Reception at the Cary Senior Center. This art show and competition is part of the Wake County Senior Games, a non-profit organization that promotes wellness for people ages 55 and up. 

The Wake County Senior Games

The Wake County Senior Games promote physical activity, creative expression, fellowship and healthy competition for Wake County residents who are over 55 years of age. Each April, artistic and athletic competitions are held in various venues around the county. More than 15 different sports and activities are represented in competitions for different genders and age groups.

Activities offered in the games include tennis, bocce, basketball, swimming, billiards, bowling, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, track and field, softball, racquetball, cycling, table tennis, corn hole and pickle ball. Competitions are held in venues around Cary, Clayton, Raleigh and Garner.

senior games

The SilverArts Competition

The SilverArts category was added to the Wake County Senior Games in 1987. Last week, on Friday, April 17, 2015, I attended the awards ceremony and reception for the 2015 art show, which has been on display in the Cary Senior Center since March.

With a large crowd, I watched as more than 50 artists were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in a variety of categories. Among the categories were quilting , acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces, pastels, photography, sculpture, beading, ceramics, knitting, stained glass, woodcarving, woodworking and wood-turning.

Photos from the Exhibit

The artists’ reception marked the last day of the SilverArts exhibit, but I managed to take some photos of the artwork before it was taken down.

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Firetruck by Frank Mansfield won a silver medal from the Woodworking category.

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Lazuli Bunting & Orange (left) by Danny Mills win a gold medal in the Woodcarving category. Moonlight Carolina (right) by Edward Thurlow won a gold medal in the Pastels category.

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Blake by Jane Belford (left) won a bronze medal in the pastels category. Terra Cotta Barn (right) by Richard Gove won the silver.

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Submissions from the drawing category.

Get Involved

The diverse activities offered in the senior games enable senior citizens of many different ages, abilities and skills to participate. To join the organization, register online or stop by the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, for more information.

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Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

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Harold’s Blog: The Masters Golf Tournament http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/17/harolds-blog-the-masters-golf-tournament/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/17/harolds-blog-the-masters-golf-tournament/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:12:26 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66902 Golf

Cary, NC — This journal entry will be different from past journal entries. It will have very little to do with Cary, so it may not be of interest to some readers.

Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA

I spent the last week volunteering for the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. It has been an honor and a privilege to volunteer since 1978. This journal entry is about my week in Augusta and about some of my observations of the people and the place.

The Economy

Augusta has three main economic drivers, the Medical College (part of Georgia Regents University), Fort Gordon (the new home of cyber security), and the Augusta National (home of the Masters Golf tournament). The Augusta National, with their buying and redevelopment of properties around the club, seems to have the biggest impact from year to year.

Most of the remaining businesses in Augusta seem to be industrial or support businesses. Needless to say, the recession hurt them a great deal, and, if it wasn’t for these three economic drivers, Augusta would be in bad shape. That is why I believe it is extremely important to be economically diverse like Cary.

The People

The people in Augusta are very different from Cary residents in many ways. Augusta is not a diverse city and is 95% African American or Caucasian. Most Augusta residents were born and raised there, whereas 95% of Cary residents were born somewhere else.

Race continues to be a factor in the news and in elections. On one of my daily runs I saw a rebel flag flying in a front yard. Needless to say, that would draw a lot of negative attention here. Political signs were all Republican candidates. I imagine that Democrats don’t even bother trying.

One of the things I liked about Augusta residents is that they are friendly.

If you come across someone in a walk, run, or whatever, they always smile and say hello. In fact, cars driving by will wave. Sadly, that is not the case sometimes in Cary (so if you see me running, don’t forget to wave and say hello). Don’t get me wrong. I believe Cary is made up of great people too; we just need to show it more.

The Event and Course

There is absolutely no event of any kind in the world that can measure up to the Masters Golf tournament. Period! They have every aspect of the event down to a science, and they work every year on making it a better experience for the golfer and for the patrons.

In case you don’t know, the course was formally a nursery and each hole is named after a tree or plant. Every year, during the first week of April, the course is immaculate with flowers and trees blooming everywhere. Even if you don’t care for golf, it is a must-see just for the beauty.

The golf course is also incredible. I heard a guy in front of me say, “The stuff we are walking on is better than what we put on.” And he is exactly right. It is that manicured.

My Involvement

I was lucky to be invited to volunteer when I lived in Augusta in 1978. I work as a scorer on hole 17 on the big scoreboard in the middle of the course. This year, it was 90 degrees on Thursday and Friday, which made it tough since we are enclosed by metal walls. But I know people would have given their left arm to be in my position, so I was not complaining.

From my vantage point, I clearly see the 17th and 7th greens. I can see most of hole 2, all of 3, most of 8, and some of 13. I was literally right in the middle of everything. It is a great view. I intend to continue going until they stop inviting me or make me retire (which could be in the next few years). This is what the beginning of spring is all about for me. To put it simply, I love it!

The Tournament

For the first time in my 37 years, I predicted the winner. I was confident in picking Speith after watching him in the last few tournaments earlier this year. He did not disappoint and was dominating the course on Thursday (I haven’t seen that since Tiger’s first win).

He should have broken the tournament course record on Thursday except that for the fact that he missed a couple of easy putts. He was just as impressive on Friday and looked as though he would run away from all competitors. On Saturday, Speith had a six-stroke lead when he came to my hole on 17. Then, he double bogied, and the tournament became interesting.

On Sunday, he played like a true champion. He had his ups and downs but kept it together through it all. He won in style, and he is only 21 years old. Amazing! I suspect he will have a collection of green jackets before it is over.

Other golfers generated a lot of interest during the tournament. Tiger is back but is struggling off the tee. If he figures out his tee shot, he could once again be a force on the PGA. He had his usual following but didn’t have the masses of people that he once had. Mickelson, who is on again-off again, had a good tournament and was also a crowd favorite. Bubba Watson, who also has a good following, didn’t really do much this year, which was disappointing.

Ben Crenshaw played his last round ever in Augusta on Friday. It was sad to watch that great champion struggle. It brought tears to my eyes to see him walk up 18. I remember very clearly the last time he won. It is hard to believe that much time has passed. All in all, it was fantastic seeing all of the world’s best on the best golf course in the world. I am truly blessed.

Get in Touch

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, April 19th. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me.

Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to Harold.Weinbrecht@townofcary.org and email personal comments to augustanat@mindspring.com.

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From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo by Steve Parkinson.

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Art of Cool Jazz Music Fest: April 24-26 in Durham http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/17/art-of-cool-jazz-music-fest-april-24-26-in-durham/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/17/art-of-cool-jazz-music-fest-april-24-26-in-durham/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:14:24 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66886 Art of Cool

Durham, NC — The 2015 Art of Cool Music Fest, a three-day jazz festival featuring 40 different bands and performers, takes place in Downtown Durham next weekend, April 24-26, 2015. 

Art of Cool Jazz Music Fest

The Art of Cool Music Fest takes place next weekend, April 24-26, 2015 in Downtown Durham, but we’re writing about it now, because tickets are selling fast. Bands start playing around lunchtime on Friday, April 24, 2015 and the music continues until Sunday afternoon.

Performances go on later than midnight on Friday and Saturday and start by 10 am on Saturday morning, so it really is a whole weekend of music. Two-day passes (for Friday and Saturday) are $125, or guests can purchase one-day passes for $65.

Art of Cool venues include the Durham Athletic Park, Motorco Music Hall, Pinhook, Durham Armory, the PSI Theater, Durham Central Park and the American Tobacco Lawn.

The Music

40 different individuals and jazz groups will perform at Art of Cool, some being Anthony Hamilton, Roy Ayers, Snarky Puppy, the Robert Glasper Trio, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, KidZNotes, Zoocru, Rissi Palmer and more. Our good friend Michael Sherman’s band, The MPS Project, will be one of the first to play in the festival.

The MPS Project will play at 12:45 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015, so get there early to enjoy original progressive jazz from the heart of North Carolina and to support local musicians.

Festival Highlights

Great bands are only part of the fun at music festivals. The Art of Cool Music Fest also features a range of parties and indoor venues, like:

  • A free kick-off party with food trucks and live music at Durham Central Park
  • A free ultimate day party at the American Tobacco Campus
  • Multiple indoor venues for the Club Pass Series on Friday and Saturday nights
  • VIP amenities like reserved seating, swag bags, lounge access and Sunday brunch

Purchase tickets and find additional information online.

Event Details

The Art of Cool Music Fest
April 24-26, 2015
Downtown Durham

Purchase tickets ($65+) and view the festival schedule online.

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Story from staff reports. Photo from The MPS Project and the Art of Cool Fest on Facebook.

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Spring Daze Arts Festival: April 25 in Cary http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/16/spring-daze-arts-festival-april-25-cary/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/16/spring-daze-arts-festival-april-25-cary/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:50:50 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66856 Spring Daze

Cary, NC — Spring Daze, one of Cary’s largest events of the year, is next week on April 25, 2015 at Bond Park. Here’s what you can expect from the always-popular arts and crafts festival.

22 Years of Spring Daze

Spring Daze falls right at the top of the list with Lazy Daze (its summer sister) as one of Cary’s largest festivals. Spring Daze 2015 will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9 am-5 pm at Bond Park. It’s an arts and crafts festival, but there’s truly something for everyone at the event–and it’s a great way to get more involved in Cary happenings.

Next week’s festival will be Cary’s 22nd Spring Daze.

Art, Music & Food

The festival will feature over 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, lots of food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. My favorite part of Spring Daze is perusing the vast stretch of artist booths–in the past, I’ve seen paintings, drawings, pottery, books cut into sculptures, hanging decorations, woven goods, jewelry and more.

There’s always a funky, creative find at Spring Daze along with a large selection of more traditional artwork that anyone can enjoy. This year, more than a dozen local entertainers will be performing live music, dance and storytelling on small, intimate stages throughout the festival.

Of course, food is around every corner too. All Spring Daze food vendors are either non-profits or commercial food operations that have partnered with a non-profit.

You can find barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches, kettle corn, strawberry shortcake, fruit smoothies, ethnic food and more at the festival.

Cultural Arts & Kids Stations

You’ll also be able to learn more information about our town’s cultural arts organizations.

If you see a booth, be sure to stop by and say hi–they’ll be able to give visitors some helpful information about the art and diversity of Cary, and they may even have some fun, interactive activities for both kids and adults. There’s always a children’s village filled with hands-on crafts to keep kiddos entertained during the festival.

Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day falls right before Spring Daze on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. It’s Cary tradition to celebrate Mother Nature at the festival with booths that teach guests about recycling, water conservation, public transportation and Cary’s greenways and parks.

Event Details

Spring Daze 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015; 9 am-5 pm
Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary

Entrance to Spring Daze is free as is shuttle service from Cary’s C-Tran.

Photos from Last Year

Lindsey Chester captured some shots at Spring Daze 2014 to illustrate the variety of art, entertainers and vendors that come back to the festival each year.

Spring Daze

Spring Daze mermaids are always a hit with kids.

Spring Daze

From baskets to birdhouses to dishes, Spring Daze satisfies your art fix.

Spring Daze

Carolina Kettle Corn is always a popular stop for guests.

Spring Daze

The musical stylings of Bill Leslie are always an important addition to the festival.

Spring Daze

Support NC artists and purchase beautifully funky finds.

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Story by Jessica Patrick. Photos by Lindsey Chester.

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Arts coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Elegant Stitches.

 

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Don’s Blog: The Downtown Cary Library http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/16/dons-blog-downtown-cary-library/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/16/dons-blog-downtown-cary-library/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:34:35 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66858 dons-blog-library

Cary, NC — At a retreat in 2010, the council unanimously selected a site adjacent to the new downtown park near the intersection of Walnut St. and Kildaire Farm Rd. and across the street from the Arts Center and Cary Elementary as the location for the new downtown Cary Library.

The New Cary Library

There have been a couple of articles in the Cary News lately that have implied that the council may be reconsidering that decision.

That is incorrect.

While one council member wants to reconsider that decision – the council does not.

While I can respect and appreciate this council member’s position, this decision was made years ago and there has been plenty of time for folks to express any concerns they may have had.

Reasons for the New Site Selection

There are a number of reasons the council selected the site we did for the new downtown Cary Library, the first being to create a synergy with Cary Elementary School and The Cary Arts Center. Other points include:

  • The library’s location in a park setting will encourage folks to stay downtown a while and relax with their new book in the park or visit one of downtown’s many restaurants and shops
  • The town already owns the property
  • Proximity to the existing library’s location – pretty much across the street and near the corner of Walnut and Kildaire Farm/Dry Ave – a few hundred feet from Academy Street
  • Close to neighborhoods so that area residents can walk to the library
  • Potential plans include structured parking, which the Cary Arts Center desperately needs and could take advantage of, not to mention our downtown festivals that mainly occur along that stretch of Academy Street
  • Our vision for downtown is bigger than the intersection at Chatham and Academy St.
  • Allows for redevelopment of the existing library site – which Wake County wants to keep open until the new library is constructed

I do not subscribe to the notion that the new library “seems too far way to benefit our downtown businesses” and that “people won’t want to walk half a mile to Chatham Street.”

Other Downtown Developments

If that is the case, then why are we spending millions to improve Academy Street to include wider sidewalks, lighting, bike racks and artistic elements to promote walkability if no one is going to walk up and down the street? Why did we invest $13 million in the Cary Arts Center at the end of Academy Street? Why did we partner with the Belle at the Jones House restaurant at the corner of Academy and Dry or the Mayton Inn located halfway down Academy Street?

I also fail to comprehend how the same folks who don’t support the new library site out of concerns that it will not benefit businesses along Chatham Street are the same ones who supported a small 2-4 acre park in downtown so that the majority of land could be developed into high density residential, retail and businesses…that would directly compete with those same Chatham Street businesses they are so concerned about.

While the council’s plan does allow for redevelopment of some of the “opportunity site” as some like to call it, the majority (7 acres) of the property remains what was promised to our citizens – a large downtown park.

Notes from the Charlotte Retreat

The council recently visited downtown – excuse me, Uptown Charlotte for our council retreat. One thing we learned from them was not to solely focus on one area of downtown.

Charlotte supports and encourages development and redevelopment anywhere and everywhere around downtown regardless of proximity to “the core.” They discovered that development doesn’t have to start in the center and work its way out – it can also occur on the fringes and work its way inward. The same can and will happen here in downtown Cary.

I am pretty sure that when the Metropolitan in downtown Charlotte was proposed that a number of folks probably asked, “Why are you building that way over there? How is that going to help us?” Heck, it even needed a new road constructed to even get to it. But just look at it now.

Success Breeds Success

No one project will make or break downtown Cary. Each and every one is but a small piece in a rather large puzzle. The more projects we see completed in downtown, the more that will come – success breeds success. One of the reasons I ran for council was that I was sick and tired of all the talk and no action downtown. The town talked a good game, but nothing was happening.

Absent from the council majority was the political will to invest in downtown. That changed in 2007 when a new council was elected. Since then we have been making steady progress, but acknowledge that we have a long way to go.

I will always remember a comment I heard while on a visit to downtown Greenville, SC. a few years ago. “Downtown revitalizations are a twenty year overnight success.” It is so true. Nothing happens overnight, but if things keep happening, success will come.

I plan on keeping things happening.

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From the blog of Don Frantz, Member of the Cary Town Council District B. Photo by Moi of Ra.

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Weekend: Music, Mushrooms & Food Trucks http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/15/weekend-music-mushrooms-food-trucks/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/15/weekend-music-mushrooms-food-trucks/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:37:37 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66819 Weekend

Cary, NC — Spring weather is officially here, and the calendar is stuffed with events this weekend to celebrate. Check out a sculpture tour, a wine festival, a children’s festival, a mushroom-growing class, a Civil War commemoration event and more–all right here in Cary.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cary Chamber members (and non-members too) can attend the Business of Women Luncheon at Prestonwood Country Club on Thursday at noon. The entrance fee of $15-20 includes lunch and a motivational speaker.

Participate in Cary Visual Art’s Walking Sculpture Tour on Thursday from 4-5 pm. Wear comfy shoes and meet at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, by 4 pm for the start of the tour.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, April 17, 2015

This year, Cary High School students will host a fun Improv Night monthly until May. The show starts at 7 pm on Friday evening at Cary High School; admission is only $2.

Friday night is a “night of music” in Cary. The Cary Children’s Concert Choir (C4) will perform at 7 pm at the Cary Arts Center. Meanwhile, at 8 pm at The Cary Theater, Six Strings Presents will showcase the music of Dana Cooper and Pierce Pettis.

Then, join BlackFinn Ameripub (in Park West Village) at 9 pm to hear the talented Erin Mason, a young soulful-country singer and songwriter, perform. There is no cover for this show.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Could you (or someone you know) use some help affording dental care? On Saturday, from 7 am-5 pm, Cary Family Dental on Kildaire Farm Road will provide free cleanings, extractions and fillings to patients on a first-come, first-served basis. Get there early; lines form quickly.

Don’t miss a free outdoor yoga class, complete with string quartet music, at Bond Park’s Community Center at 9 am on Saturday. Bring a towel or yoga mat and water.

This week at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market, enjoy live entertainment from the Triangle Mountain Dulcimer Association. Vendors start selling on Saturday at 8 am.

The Town of Morrisville will host a 150th Civil War Commemoration Event at the Town Hall Campus on Saturday from 9 am-5 pm. Guests can enjoy costumed demonstrations, crafts, music and presentations to celebrate Morrisville’s history.

The Great Grapes! Wine, Art & Food Festival will take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre from 11 am-7 pm on Saturday. There will be lots of NC wines, crafts, music and eats.

For younger patrons who can’t have wine, there’s the annual Children’s Day Festival, which will take place from 11 am-5 pm at Bond Park on Saturday. This event is free, and there will be dance and musical performances, games, face painting and crafts.

Wake Robotics is hosting a JrExpo (for ages 6-12) on Saturday at the Herb Young Community Center from 4:00-5:30. It is free and open to the public.

Don’t forget about sports in Cary…the Cary Invasion basketball team will play at the Herb Young Community Center at 7 pm and the Carolina Railhawks will play at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:30 pm.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The first Chatham Street Chowdown of the year is here. Visit W. Chatham Street in Downtown Cary between noon and 4:30 pm on Sunday for a food truck rodeo with 15 different vendors, wine and beer. Then, walk it off with a Greenway Walk at the Mills Park Track from 2-3 pm.

Here’s another neat event–Whisk, our favorite Cary cooking store, is holding a free Talking Mushrooms! event at Lucky 32 in Cary. From 2:30 pm-4 pm, mushroom pros Terry and Brenda Winebrenner will teach guests how to grow their own mushrooms.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

The Durham Bulls baseball team will take on Norfolk at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm. Tickets start at $6.99.

And, while you’re in Durham, be sure to stop by the Art Institute to see the Art Educators Exhibit (featuring Green Hope’s very own art teacher), which will be taken down on Monday, April 20.

Enjoy a jam-packed day of great barbecue, local beer and bluegrass music at the annual ‘Cuegrass Festival in Downtown Raleigh on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from noon-6 pm. The streets around The Pit restaurant will be closed down to make room for bands, pig cookers and lots of local brews. Tickets are $5 at the gate.

Here’s another great event in Raleigh on Saturday–the 2015 City Livabilty Tour, a unique, curated tour of the sites that make Raleigh sustainable and dynamic conducted by WakeUP Wake County from 2 pm to 5 pm. The tour starts at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM).

Also on Saturday, in Apex, don’t miss a live jazz show featuring six different artists at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are only $15 for adults and $12 for students under 18.

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The calendar of events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Rogan Templer.

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Longleaf Film Festival: May 2 in Raleigh http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/15/longleaf-film-festival-may-2-in-raleigh/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/15/longleaf-film-festival-may-2-in-raleigh/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:42:47 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66840 Longleaf

Raleigh, NC — On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the North Carolina Museum of History will host its first-ever Longleaf Film Festival, which will showcase some of the best on-screen historical and contemporary stories about the state, the country and the world.

The Longleaf Film Festival

The Museum of History is know for its exhibits that showcase North Carolina’s past, but the upcoming day-long Longleaf Film Festival will do all that and more.

Audiences can expect short documentaries and narratives of romance, comedy, drama and more–all of which will tell some of the best true stories about the places we live and about the places in which we’ve never been.

What You’ll See

The narratives and documentaries you’ll see in the Longleaf Film Festival were chosen from 170 entries and 25 countries. Without a doubt, festival attendees will get both a glimpse into far-off places and a fascinating look into the rich history that surrounds us right here in the Triangle.

A Local Film from CaryCitizen’s Editor

One of Longleaf’s local films comes from CaryCitizen’s own Hal Goodtree.

Goodtree’s documentary short, Because No One Else Would, tells the enlightening story of Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. In only 19 minutes, Goodtree entertains audiences with the story of the once-booming tobacco factory’s desertion and eventual renaissance.

You can catch Because No One Else Would between 5-7 pm on Saturday evening, right before the 7 pm awards ceremony. Admission to the festival is free, but the 300 seats are available on a first-come basis. Viewers can stay all day or show up for different blocks.

Film Schedule & Awards

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the first six films will be shown from 5:30-6:45 pm the NC Museum of History’s Daniels Auditorium. Saturday’s screening will take place in the same spot. Starting at 10 am, 16 films will be show in blocks from 10 am-noon, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm and 5-7 pm.

The presentation of awards will start at 7 pm. All films are eligible for a $500 Judges’ Choice Award, and all films made in North Carolina are eligible for the $500 Made-in-NC Award. There will also be a $500 award presented to a filmmaker from the student category.

Event Details

The Longleaf Film Festival
Saturday, May 2, 2015; starting at 10 am
at the NC Museum of History in Downtown Raleigh

The film festival is free, but seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Longleaf

Because No One Else Would, a documentary from CaryCitizen’s own Hal Goodtree, will be shown from 5-7 pm on Saturday, May 2.

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Story by Jessica Patrick. Photo from the NC Museum of History on Facebook.

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Civil War Commemoration: Saturday in Morrisville http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/15/civil-war-commemoration-saturday-in-morrisville/ http://carycitizen.com/2015/04/15/civil-war-commemoration-saturday-in-morrisville/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:16:40 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=66832 Civil War

Morrisville, NC — This Saturday, April 18, 2015, Morrisville will hold a 150th Civil War Commemoration to both entertain the community and teach citizens about the town’s history.

The 1865 Civil War Skirmish

150 years ago, on April 13, 1865, a dramatic Skirmish took place in Morrisville, NC in the closing days of the Civil War. From the Town of Morrisville:

On April 13th, 1865, Union troops pursued Confederate soldiers west out of Raleigh. When they reached Morrisville, they shelled the town and charged the train station in an effort to capture a departing Confederate train. That night, a Confederate messenger sent by General Johnston delivered a request for a parlay for peace to Union soldiers in Morrisville. Union troops then established an encampment in the town while General Johnston and General Sherman negotiated the largest troop surrender of the war at Bennett Farm in Durham.

Commemoration Day Schedule

To commemorate these events, Morrisville will host an educational, fun-filled historical day at Town Hall Campus on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9 am-5 pm. At this free event, attendees will enjoy living history demonstrations, lectures, special tours and more.

You can view a detailed schedule of the day online, but some of the festivities include:

  • Reenactments that highlight soldier uniforms, firearms & Civil War artillery
  • The true Civil War love story of Union officer Smith Adkins & Southern lady Ellie Swain
  • A presentation describing the evolution of NC soldiers & weapons during the Civil War
  • An anniversary ceremony
  • A talk on preservation by a Civil War historian and reenactor
  • 19th century dance – learn some moves & try them out to live music from the period

CaryCitizen will be out at the event taking photos – we hope to see you there!

Event Details

The Fight for Morrisville Station – 150th Anniversary
Saturday, April 18, 2015; 9 am-5 pm
at Morrisville Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive

This event is free and open to the public.

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Story from staff reports. Photo by the Town of Morrisville.

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