CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:43:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Theater: Legally Blonde Premieres Tonight Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:43:56 +0000 Legally Blonde

Cary, NC — The Cary Players will perform their rendition of Legally Blonde, The Musical starting this weekend, April 24-26, 2015 through next weekend, May 1-3, 2015 at the Cary Arts Center. 

Your Sneak Preview

Without a doubt, the movie Legally Blonde is a well-known chick flick, but you don’t have to be a teenage girl to enjoy the story. This weekend and next, the Cary Players will provide a fantastic musical performance of this hit book and movie. Whether you’re a long-time lover of the story or an adversary of girly tales, you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s your sneak preview of this feel-good musical that’s entertaining for everyone.

Colorful, Hilarious & Heartwarming

Legally Blonde captivated me right away. Why? The color.

At the start of the musical, Elle Woods (A.C. Donohue) and the other girls of the Delta Nu sorority were decked out in a rainbow of pastel clothing with personalities to match. As the upbeat group sang the musical’s signature song, “Omigod You Guys,” they oohed and aahed over the possibility that Elle’s boyfriend, Warner (Doug Price), would propose to her on a date that night.

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Colorful clothing and dramatic personalities captivated me right away.

If this sounds cheesy, it is, but that’s why the musical is a “feel-good” hit. The cast is absolutely hilarious. Even though I was sitting alone during the performance, I laughed out loud many times. Over-dramatic expressions, silly lyrics and an old-fashioned, girly playfulness made this scene, where the girls help Elle prepare for her date, one of my favorites.

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Elle’s date, Warner, arrives at the door of the sorority house.

Backdrops & Costumes Set the Mood

I won’t give the Legally Blonde story away, but the basic premise of the tale is that Elle Woods, a sorority girl, applies to Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner. Always-decked-out-in-pink Elle is silly, yes, but she is also smart and kind, and she quickly finds herself accepted to Harvard and ready to make a difference.

The photos below are from one of the first scenes at Harvard. I found the stark color contrast between the background and the costume choices in these scenes, as opposed to those that took place at the sorority house, to be quite clever in highlighting Elle’s bubbly, stand-out personality. Elements like these make the musical fun to watch.

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A group of Elle’s new Harvard peers.

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Elle’s hair, outfits and personality stand out in every dull-colored Harvard scene.

The Cast…& Real Dogs!

Legally Blonde is a great story in itself–the humor, the romance and the mystery make it an entertaining show to watch. The Cary Players cast only made this better.

Talent radiates from each and every actor, and I’m not just saying that to include everyone.

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The above scene takes place in the salon where Elle meets Paulette (Natalie Turgeon), her new-found friend. Any girly girl knows that a salon isn’t simply a place to get your nails and hair done; rather, it’s a comforting environment to share your deepest thoughts and worries with others.

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It is in the salon that Elle spends much time confiding in Paulette about her struggle to fit in at Harvard. And, despite the silly, girly lyrics and jokes that fill the musical, it is scenes like this one that show off the actors’ talent. Many of the actors switched from silly to serious in an instant.

Legally Blonde, while a comedy, is also a heartwarming story. In the course of three hours, Elle gets her heart broken, she watches Warner date someone else, she stands up for Paulette, she experiences many discouraging happenings and she falls in love.

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Not all the scenes in Legally Blonde are silly. In the photo above, Elle and Emmett (Daryl Ray Carliles) share an intense, emotional goodbye.

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The talent doesn’t just stop at the human cast–two real dogs act in the musical as well!

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Elle and Emmett stand up for Paulette in the hilarious scene above.

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Legally Blonde is action-packed with impressive choreographed scenes, too.

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Want to see more photos? Check out Brooke Meyer’s complete gallery.

Six Performances

Purchase tickets for Legally Blonde ($20 and less) online. Show date and times include:

  • Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3 pm
  • Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm

All shows are held at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue in Downtown Cary.


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photos by Brooke Meyer.

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Cary Coworking Opens Downtown Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:52:01 +0000 cary coworking

Cary, NC — Cary Coworking is now open on West Chatham Street in Downtown Cary. I talked to coworking guru Ian Henshaw to find out more about this innovative work environment and about how such a space can benefit our community.

Ian Henshaw on Cary Coworking

Ian Henshaw knows a lot about coworking. After all, the creative new work style overlaps with many of his goals for Cary’s growth. At Technology Tank, for example, Henshaw works to engage the town and to build “innovative technology communities.”

To accomplish this, he established the Cary Innovation Center in 2012. This downtown building currently provides 13 different companies with office space. The arrangement, true to Henshaw’s goals, brings many different companies together, budding business relationships and a social work environment–a concept that’s very similar to coworking.

What is Coworking?

But, unlike the individual office spaces at the Cary Innovation Center, a coworking environment consists of entrepreneurs and other business people coming and going with their laptops and working in one open setting. Henshaw told me that:

Coworking is typically an urban model. In big cities like New York and San Francisco, there are coworking spaces that are hundreds of thousands of square feet. In San Francisco, there are probably 50 different coworking spaces.

Henshaw also told me that the biggest reason people cowork is because they’re tired of feeling lonely while working from home. Coworking gives small businesses and entrepreneurs a chance to join the professional community while still working independently. Furthermore, this flexibility gives growing companies a chance work in the community without having to sign a lease.

Coworking in Downtown Cary

Last year, Henshaw attended a coworking conference. At the conference, Robert Petrusz (owner of Bull City Coworking) and other experts shared tips, tricks and philosophy of this urban trend that is quickly making the Triangle its own. In late January of 2015, Henshaw took what he learned and started building a coworking community in Cary.

In only ten days, 50 people signed up for his coworking meetup group. Now, 95 people have joined–and you can too. The new Cary Coworking space is in the heart of Cary at 145 West Chatham Street (in the former home of the Lucky Pie Gallery).

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Big Plans Ahead

The Cary Coworking space, as seen in the pictures above, is bright and attractive. The setup is only temporary, though. Henshaw told me that, in the next year and a half, Cary Coworking will eventually move into a larger space. We look forward to seeing what’s next.

Join Cary Coworking

Visit Cary Coworking online to join the group or to get more information about the project.

You can try coworking for free on Thursday, April 30, 2015 or contact Cary Coworking to arrange a different date. A Cary Coworking membership gives you access to all of the Cary Innovation Center’s programming.


Story and lead photo by Jessica Patrick. Other photos from Cary Coworking

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Food Truck Rodeo: Photos & Recap Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:03:21 +0000 chatham chowdown

Cary, NC — On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Cary’s first food truck rodeo of the year took place along W. Chatham Street. Despite the rain, our intrepid photographer headed downtown to take some photos.

A Rainy Food Truck Rodeo

The food truck rodeo, called the Chatham Street Chowdown, was highly-anticipated. One week before the it, on April 13, 2015, we published a story announcing the event.

Right away, the post got tremendous response on Facebook, and it has climbed to the top of list of our most-read stories for the month. Translation? Cary likes food.

Maybe that’s why, despite a steady rainfall during 90% of the chowdown, W. Chatham Street still saw a good turnout of folks. This food truck rodeo featured 15 different food trucks serving items like pork sandwiches, Asian food, macaroni and cheese, cupcakes, dumplings and more. Beer, wine and live music also enlivened the scene.

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Missed It Due to the Rain?

No worries. Cary will host two more Chatham Street Chowdowns this year:

  • Sunday, July 26, 2015; 5-9:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 4, 2015; noon-4:30 pm

And, if you don’t want to wait that long, check out the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo:

  • Sunday, May 3, 2015; 1-6 pm


Photos by Hal Goodtree.


Community coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Studio 180 Salon.


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Cary Author Hosts Book Signing Apr. 26 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:18:09 +0000 book signing

Cary, NC — This Sunday, April 26, 2015, join author April Riley Bolejack at Barnes & Noble in Cary for a special book signing and discussion as she tells stories from her new book about what life was like growing up in Cary in the 50’s and 60’s.

Meet Author April Bolejack

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Barnes & Noble in Cary, April Riley Bolejack will return to her hometown to sign copies of her new book, Double Dawg Dare Ya…Growing up in Cary, NC in the 1950’s and Other Adventures.

In Double Dawg Dare Ya, April tells stories about what it was like growing up in Cary during the Baby Boomer era. At this weekend’s book signing, she will share those stories and others. I contacted April to learn more about her new book and about the stories she plans to share.

This is what she told me.

A Sneak Preview from April…

I lived in Cary from 1947 until 1966. I moved into a house on Keener Street and stayed there until my wedding day. My fondest memories are those that reflected the innocence of my era…we were able to explore and visit almost anywhere. Keener Street had over 20 children who played together every day and every night. We had little in the way of play equipment, but we had no problem finding lots to do.

The memories I chose to include were those that reflected important relationships between myself and my family/friends. Hopefully, the events reflect my daredevil nature and the sense of fun I found all around me. I think sharing memories is so important, for if the memories are not recorded for others to learn from…well, maybe the knowledge garnered is lost forever.

Event Details

Meet Author April Riley Bolejack
Sunday, April 26, 2015; 3-5 pm
Barnes & Noble in Cary, 760 SE Maynard Rd.

April will discuss and sign her recently published book, Double Dawg Dare Ya…Growing Up in Cary, NC in the 1950’s and Other Adventures.

History on CaryCitizen

At CaryCitizen, we are always interested in learning more about Cary’s history and sharing it with our readers. After contacting April, I can tell that her new book will be an entertaining way to do so. If you too are curious about our town’s history, check out some of our articles about:


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Sebastien Wiertz.

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Cary Invasion Loses to the Raleigh Revolt Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:37:56 +0000 Raleigh Revolt

Cary, NC — On Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Herb Young Community Center, the Cary Invasion lost their second game of the season to the Raleigh Revolt.

Invasion Stumbles Against Raleigh Revolt 104-97

Last Saturday night, the Raleigh Revolt traveled to Downtown Cary for a rematch of a game played earlier in the year. But this time, it was the visitors who were victorious, and the Cary Invasion took their second hit of the season, losing to the Revolt 104-97.

Throughout the contest, both teams seemed equally frustrated with the way the ball was falling. The game’s lead changed back-and-forth; however, it wasn’t until the few remaining minutes of the game that the Revolt finally took command and finished out the game on top.

Both Teams Were Equally Paired

Both teams were equally paired, but it was Raleigh’s quickness in taking offensive rebounds, and their field goal shooting, that proved them to be the better team that evening. Jared Grady was, by far, the Revolt’s biggest threat, leading all scorers with 25 points from the field, one a three and five points from the free throw line.

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Raleigh Contributors

Other Raleigh contributors included Brandon Hickson, Daniel Jackson and Freddie Little, all former Invasion players. Combined, they added 45 points to the Revolt’s score. Charles Gamble added 13 more to the score, Jermaine Lee added six and James Barbee dropped two three-pointers and a couple field goals to round out the scoring.

Invasion was Out of Sync

The Invasion was out of sync and never settled into their style of play.

All-Stars Paul ‘Tay’ Wright and Cory Evans lead the Invasion scoring with 26 and 23 points, respectively, with Evans making five three-pointers. Point guard Mike Smith contributed 14 points and Rodney Callwood brought in ten points. The remainder of the team shot in single digits, and, with the exception of shooting 74% from the line, fell to under 50% shooting across the board.

Catch the Invasion’s Last Regular Game of the Season

The Cary Invasion’s last game of the regular season is this Saturday, April 25, 2015. Join the team as they take on the Raleigh Stealth All-Stars at the Herb Young Community Center in Downtown Cary. Gates open at 6 pm; the game starts at 7 pm.

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Follow the Cary Invasion on Facebook for news and updates.


Story contributed by James C. Taylor of the Tobacco Road Basketball League. Photos by Julie Prince Bell, Cary Invasion Team Photographer.

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Weekend: Concerts & Art Festivals (4 of Them!) Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:24:33 +0000 Weekend

Cary, NC — What’s on the CaryCitizen calendar this weekend? We’re glad you asked! Four arts festivals, two runs, two outdoor fitness classes and a handful of shows and performances are only a few of the many wonderful events in Cary and the greater Triangle area this weekend.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Cary High School Performing Arts Department will present their 8th annual Green Tie Gala on Thursday at both 3 pm and 7 pm in the school’s auditorium. Admission is only $2-$5 to watch talented choral, band, orchestral and drama students perform both separately and together. There will be snacks and a silent auction, too.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Try outdoor yoga beside sculptures in Downtown Cary on Friday evening from 3-5 pm. There will be live string quartet music, and the event is free. Find more information online.

Bring family and friends to a free Spring ReFashion Show at the Cary Arts Center at 5:30 pm on Friday. Young supermodels will rock up-cycled fashions they created themselves.

The Carying Place will host a benefit auction starting at 6 pm on Friday at Prestonwood Country Club. Live music, dancing, a dinner buffet, a cash bar and many auction items will be up for grabs. Tickets are $100; event proceeds will provide housing for homeless families.

It’s Final Friday in Downtown Cary which means that, from 6-10 pm, Ashworth Village art galleries will be open late. This month, there will be a special artists reception at the Village Art Circle Gallery, and there’s always wine, snacks and activities for kids, too.

Friday at 7:30 pm kicks off the Cary Players’ premiere performance of Legally Blonde, the musical. Tickets are $20 and under. Shows run April 24-26, 2015 and May 1-3, 2015. Purchase tickets and check other showtimes online.

At 8 pm at The Cary Theater, Six Strings will present Tres Chicas with Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark. Tickets start at $20.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Has it been a year already? Spring Daze, Cary’s large-scale arts and crafts festival at Bond Park, lasts all day on Saturday from 9 am-5 pm. Food, 180 artist booths, live entertainment and more means that the event has something for everyone. Spring Daze attendees can also enjoy an Earth Day celebration while at the event.

The Town of Cary will host a free outdoor fitness class, Cardio and Total Body, at 9 am at White Oak Park on Jenks Carpenter Road.Also at 9 am, a Rock & Rollathon for brain injury awareness will take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

The Cary Women’s Club and Ashworth’s Prim & Proper will host a Flamingo Fling fashion show and brunch on Saturday from 11 am-2 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Walnut Street. Proceeds will benefit the Mature Women’s Scholarship Fund.

Have you been to a Cary Invasion game yet? There are only a few left this season. This Saturday’s game will take place at Cary’s Herb Young Community Center against the Raleigh Stealth. Tickets are $10; game starts at 7 pm.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival will take place from 1-7 pm at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center on Sunday. Enjoy meeting poets, scholars and artists from around the world at this free exhibit and reception.

A Run to Remember 5K benefiting Alzheimer’s research will last from 3-5 pm at WakeMed Soccer Park. At the same time, Cary’s free Music & Arts Festival will take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre from 4-8:30 pm on Sunday. Guests will enjoy an exhibition of jazz, orchestral and choral music from local high school musicians.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

The Southern Women’s Show takes place this weekend in Raleigh at the NC State Fairgrounds. The weekend-long event features celebrity guests, shopping, and workshops on food, fashion, beauty, health and fitness, business, education, home, travel, and more. Find times and ticket information online.

The Art of Cool Jazz Music Festival takes place all weekend long in Downtown Durham. If jazz music and great outdoor venues are your thing, then this event is for you.

The 2015 Piedmont Farm Tour takes place this weekend, April 25-26, 2015, from 2-6 pm both days. In this self-guided tour, meet Triangle farmers and learn about the local food scene.

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 9 am-4 pm at Cardinal Gibbons, the Joey O Bocce Classic will honor the life of Cary resident Joe O’ Connell who lost his fight with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at the age of 32. This bocce ball fundraiser, held by his friends and family, will raise money to find a cure for the disease and celebrate his life with a sport he loved.

Also on Sunday, in Raleigh, enjoy the Philharmonic Youth Association Concert at the Maymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $5-$25, and showtime is at 3 pm.


The calendar of events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo from Spring Daze 2014 by Lindsey Chester.


Weekend updates on CaryCitizen are sponsored in part by the East Meets West Festival presented by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.

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Ageless Design: A Kitchen for Seniors Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:39:59 +0000 kitchen

Cary, NC — Don’t assume that redesigning your kitchen to be “ageless” is all about grab bars, neutral colors and awkward cabinets. Universal design is beautiful and enjoyable for all.

What’s an Ageless Kitchen?

As this concept is becoming more popular, manufacturers are coming out with more adaptable and attractive products. Getting an “ageless” kitchen does, often, not require remodeling.

When taking on everyday tasks in the kitchen, most seniors face a range of physical challenges. As part of my aging-in-place senior living series, I’ll go over that limitations that are in many current kitchens and give suggestions to make it ageless.

Storing Food & Other Items

Because seniors have difficulty both reaching high and bending down low, store important items on the shelves in the kitchen cabinets and pantry that are between shoulder and knee level. Smaller containers and lighter objects can go higher, while heavier ones, particularly those made of glass or ceramic, should be placed lower down.


Roll-out shelves in lower cabinets are ideal for young and old to safely reach items. You can modify cabinets with the help of Tina Smith from Apex Cabinet, a local company, where many other variations are on display.


There are many manufacturers of cabinets and accessories for kitchen accessibility. Some have motorized cabinets that move up and down remotely or by crank. Many manufactured cabinets allow bi-fold base-cabinet doors to open fully, providing maximum use of clear knee space for people seated or in wheelchairs. Most stores have items to adapt current cabinets such as Lazy-Susans and full-extension slides for drawers and shelves.


Paige W. Smith from Neuse Tile Service, Inc. provided this photo, which demonstrates beautiful execution of this functionality.


For seniors or anyone with disabilities, and particularly for those who use wheelchairs, major appliance manufacturers sell ADA-compliant side-by-side refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers. Stoves at waist level that swing open sideways are much easier on the back. Simply selecting any stove top with the controls on the front reduces leaning over hot, boiling items.

Microwaves should go on counters so that they are easy to reach. Taking hot things out of a microwave over a glasstop stove is a recipe for disaster, even for youth. Placing microwaves at or below the counter is becoming much more popular in kitchen design for all households.


Microwaves at or below the counter are becoming more popular in all households.

My favorite idea is simply installing the dishwasher at knee level or installing the relatively new multilevel two-drawer dishwashers. Elevating the dishwasher allows for loading and unloading without painful leaning over for anyone with a bad back. Creating a “working triangle” of refrigerator, range and sink will allow seniors to move through the space comfortably.


You may not be able to remodel your kitchen, but you can provide a more efficient and safer work space by de-cluttering your kitchen (I am a big offender here in my own house). Don’t stack things on the counters and don’t store anything that you use often on high shelves.

Any item that isn’t used regularly needs to be moved to a pantry, closet or elsewhere. One idea is to tag every item in your kitchen with red tape. Remove the tape when you use that item. If after six months there are still red tags, that means you should store those appliances or dishes elsewhere, or give them away. The needed items will be easier to find and reach.

Safety & Accessibility

Safety and ease-of-use are the focus of a good solid kitchen makeover. Here are some tips:

  • Seniors need an appropriate level of visibility; make sure the kitchen is brightly lit.
  • Ask the gas company to modify the stove to provide a gas odor that is strong enough to alert seniors if the pilot light goes out.
  • Any timers or smoke alarms should be set at a frequency and volume that seniors can hear.
  • Electric can openers and special faucets/cabinet hardware/handles can help. Because many seniors have strength issues, cabinet hardware that can be pulled is preferable to knobs or anything requiring twisting.
  • Kitchen sinks and doors with single lever faucets are easier to operate.

The terms accessibility and universal design have become buzz words so that every room should be accessible to every family member. The very young and the very old are the most apt to have trouble navigating the kitchen…especially when they are hungry!

Remember, as I said in other articles in this series, safety is the key! A few simple fixes, or remodeling, can make the kitchen ageless and the heart of the home for everyone.


Nancy Caggia earned her SRES/Senior Real Estate Specialist and works at BHHS YSU Realty. Lead photo by Port of San Diego. Other photos by Tina Smith of Apex Cabinet and Paige W. Smith of Neuse Tile Service, Inc.

Read more about aging in place.

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Flamingo Fling Fashion Show: Apr. 25 in Cary Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:27:22 +0000 Flamingo Fling

Cary, NC — On Saturday, April 25, 2015, join the Cary Woman’s Club for a “Flamingo Fling” Lily Pulitzer fashion show and brunch. All event proceeds will support the Mature Woman’s Scholarship fund, a program that helps older women further their education. 

A Flamingo Fling

Although men and women are both invited to the Cary Woman’s Club’s upcoming Flamingo Fling, the event sounds like a perfect afternoon of girly, fashionable fun.

Better yet, it’s all for a great cause.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 11 am-2 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, the Cary Woman’s Club and Ashworth’s Prim & Proper Boutique will host a fashion show and brunch to benefit the Cary Woman’s Club’s Mature Woman’s Scholarship. Tickets, which are only $20, are tax-deductible, and all proceeds benefit the scholarship.

Brunch, Elvis & Lily Pulitzer

Well worth the ticket price, the event will feature brunch, “Elvis” performances, music from the Cary School of Music and an exciting Lily Pulitzer fashion show for women of all ages. Flamingo Fling models will include girls and women of all body types from ages 5 to 60+.

Ashworth’s Prim & Proper Boutique is also offering a generous $20 discount on apparel seen at the fashion show or in the store on the day of the fashion show. The discount will be for those who show their fashion show ticket at the time of purchase.

The Mature Woman’s Scholarship

A “Mature Woman’s Scholarship” goes to an older woman who wants to continue or get back into universities or technical colleges. While the scholarship can be accredited to any school, most of these scholarships are used for women taking classes at Wake Tech. Last year’s recipient was a both a nursing student and a single mom with three children.

The Cary Woman’s Club is a 501(c)3 charity and service organization. Every year, the club’s many fundraisers earn money for at least two higher learning scholarships. One always goes to a graduating high school senior at one of Cary’s high schools who is going on to college.

Event Details

Flamingo Fling Fashion Show & Brunch
Saturday, April 25, 2015; 11 am-2 pm
at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 300 Walnut Street, Cary

Tickets ($20) are tax-deductible and are available at the door on the day of the event or at Ashworth’s Prim & Proper, 1331 Kildaire Farm Road. For more information about tickets, call 919-854-5745 or email the Cary Woman’s Club.


Information contributed by Vicki Jeter of the Cary Woman’s Club. Photo by yasa_.

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Photos: Morrisville’s Civil War Commemoration Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:07:43 +0000 civil war

Morrisville, NC — On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the Town of Morrisville remembered its history in the Civil War with reenactments, costumes, music and stories. Photographer Brooke Meyer captured some striking photos of the day’s festivities. 

150th Civil War Commemoration

On April 13, 1865, one of the last battles of the Civil War occurred in the heart of Morrisville. Last Saturday, on April 18, 2015, 150 years later, the town commemorated this history with reenactments, artillery, an anniversary ceremony, dancing, uniforms, stories and more to show citizens what life was like in the South in the 1860s.

The weather was perfect and festivities lasted all day. Morrisville’s Town Hall campus was packed with kids and adults enjoying the exciting, hands-on history lesson.

Event Photos

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Photos by Brooke Meyer.

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Four Cary Schools Win AHA Health Awards Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:18:00 +0000 AHA

Cary, NC — On Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the AHA Healthy Awards Ceremony, four Cary schools were recognized for going above and beyond to support healthy environments and behaviors for their students and staff.

AHA Healthy School Awards

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) created the “Brains and Bodies” awards program five years ago. The awards celebrate and recognize schools that practice sustainability and wellness.

Apart from providing recognition, the application process for the AHA healthy school awards is a learning experience in itself. When schools apply for the award, they are provided with information, resources and the best practices to model. AHA Director Sara Merz explains:

Award winners are putting evidence-based practices and policies in place to foster healthy school environments. Physically active students who eat healthy foods perform better academically and have fewer disciplinary issues, plus they are forming healthy habits early in life. Our winners are making a real difference in the health of kids in Wake County by changing practices and policies.

This program consists of two different awards. The Brains and Bodies award recognizes healthy, sustainable schools overall, while the Wellness Star recognizes schools that emphasize active transportation (biking or walking) both to-and-from school.

Four Winners in Cary

Advocates for Health in Action announced 14 new 2015 health awards recipients on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the WCPSS Board Room in Cary. Five out of the 14 winning schools are located in Western Wake County, and four are right here in Cary.

The Cary winners and distinctions include:

  • Penny Road Elementary – Brains & Bodies gold level (highest honor)
  • Davis Drive Elementary – Brains & Bodies gold level (highest honor); Wellness Star award
  • Farmington Woods Elementary – Brains & Bodies bronze level; Wellness Star award
  • Highcroft Drive Elementary – Wellness Star award

What are the Schools Doing Right Now?

Why did these schools win? Take a look at some of the programs each has in place to promote health, wellness and sustainability right now.

  • Farmington Woods will participate in a national bike-to-school day on May 6, 2015.
  • Penny Road put a policy in place that all food served must be of a high nutritional quality.
  • Davis Drive involves students in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. Participants track their exercise and nutritional information for six out of eight weeks to receive a certificate and patch from their PE teacher.


Story from staff reports. Photos from Advocates for Health in Action.

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