CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:06:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Haley’s Story: Realizing My Parents Needed Help Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:06:07 +0000 Haley

Editor’s Note: Each month, Haley Gray, author and senior advocate, shares stories and expertise about her personal experiences of finding care for aging parents to help provide comfort and guidance for those who are in similar situations.

Cary, NC — The realization that my dad needed care came in stages. I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “Oh, looks like Dad needs extra help from now on.” It’s not that simple.

When I Realized My Parents Needed Help

The progression of Dad’s disease wasn’t a straight path, and some days were better than others. Just as I’d decide he needed extra help, he’d perk up and do great for a few weeks.

We realized he was having trouble paying bills and keeping up with his correspondence, so we offered to drop in and help with the bills. He gratefully accepted.

After that, it was a little easier to get him to accept help with other things around the house like grocery shopping and meal preparation.

The big leap in the amount of care he needed actually came as a result of hospitalization for testing. In the three days he was in the hospital getting tested, he declined alarmingly. In order for him to come home from the hospital, he had to have care around the clock.

A Change in Routine

I felt the nursing staff expected me to care for him full-time. Unfortunately, my situation did not allow me to be the sole provider of his care, so I had to find another option. When he was discharged, we had caregivers in place to care for him around the clock.

I look back on that process and am glad that I took steps to find appropriate care for Dad rather than taking on all of the responsibility myself.

The around-the-clock caregiving lasted a few weeks until Dad decided that he didn’t really need help any more and let the caregiver go. Each time one of them was hospitalized, they would need post-discharge care for longer and longer. They would inevitably let the caregivers go after a few weeks, saying they wanted more privacy and didn’t need full-time care.

We repeated this cycle more times than I care to remember until my dad fell and fractured his back. He was in a rehabilitation facility for a prolonged period, and I saw my opportunity to make a move. Rather, I moved Mom to an independent living community, which ensured that she had companion care eight hours a day. When Dad was ready to come home from rehab, I moved him into the same community with mom and enlisted additional help around the clock.

From that point on, I had peace of mind knowing that Mom and Dad had adequate care.

It’s a Process

Realizing that your parents need help is often times a process. Getting them the needed help can also be a process. You may grow frustrated, but don’t give up. If the situation allows, you can continue to work to get them the care they need.


Story contributed by Haley Gray, MBA, CSA, CEO of Extension of You Home Care and author of Choosing a Caregiver: Expect the Best and Know How to Ask for It. Read more of Haley’s stories. Photo from fotalia.

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The Cary Scavenger Hunt: Donate to Earn Extra Points Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:41:54 +0000 IMG_1408

Cary, NC — CaryCitizen has strong ties with our area non-profits. Two of these organizations will be accepting donations during our morning check-in at the Cary Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Dorcas Ministries will be collecting non-perishable food items, and Kramden Institute will have a van to take your used electronics and computers.

Donate – It’s the Right Thing To Do!

Teams that register in advance can earn extra points when they come with donations.

Besides earning extra points, it’s a great way to aid two wonderful organizations that help folks in need right here in our community.

Elllen Frazier of Dorcas Ministries will b accepting donations of non-perishable food at the 2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt

Ellen Frazier of Dorcas Ministries will be accepting donations of non-perishable food at the 2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt

Bring Non-Perishables…

Dorcas Ministries, located in Cary at 187 High House Road.

Dorcas has been helping people in transition since 1968. They provide a food pantry, a thrift store, career counseling and assistance with paying bills. Teams that bring non-perishable food items will earn as many as 50 extra points for bringing up 10 items to our morning check-in.

Cari Delmariani of Kramden Institute will collect used computers, cel phones and peripherals  and giving teams a tax receipt

Cari Delmariani of Kramden Institute will collect used computers, cell phones and peripherals

…& Used Electronics

Kramden Institute is just up NC 55 at 4915 Prospectus Drive in Durham.

They refurbish used computer equipment with an army of volunteers and give these computers to children who do not have access to a computer in their homes. They also train the kids how to use the and do minor repairs and upgrades and accept used electronics, which they can then sell for scrap and make some cash to offset their operating costs.

Arrive in the morning with used computers, CPU’s, monitors, cell phones or peripherals, and Kramden will give you a tax receipt that can be used to add extra points to your final score. Laptops and cell phones can net teams 100 extra points each!

Monitors, hard drives and networking equipment can give teams 50 extra points each, and peripherals like mice, keyboards and cables are valued at 10 points each.

Donations Accepted at the Morning Check In

Items MUST be brought in the morning – teams cannot go shopping during the day and bring items to the finish. Dorcas and Kramden will only have tables present during the morning check-in area. CaryCitizen cannot accept these donations during the afternoon.

Plan ahead if you think you would like to do this!

Win-Win for All

Donating at our event is a win-win for everyone. You will help kids get new computers. The food pantry will be well-stocked as they head into their busiest season.

Teams can earn extra points and get tax receipts, too!

The Cary Scavenger Hunt helps to connect the community in many ways, and helping non-profits is just way. Learn about the town you call home during this exciting one-day adventure!

Event Details

The Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop in Downtown Cary

  • Morning check-in – 8:30-9:15 am
  • Teams depart – 9:30 am
  • Teams return – 1:30 pm
  • Winners announced – 3-3:30 pm

Register now – registration is $50 for a team of 4


Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos from CaryCitizen files.

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Harold’s Blog: Public Transit, Google Fiber & More Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:04:33 +0000 Harold's Blog

Cary, NC — This was a short week for me, but it included a couple of long nights.


Monday started with calls to council members to hear of their questions or concerns about the agenda for the upcoming regularly scheduled council meeting.

Call to Council Members 

I was able to contact all council members but Robinson. The only concern seemed to be a public hearing on a proposal to subdivide a lot on Walnut Street into three lots.


Later, I met with management, administration, legal and public information to go over the agenda items. Our meeting went quickly, and I predicted the council meeting would not last long. My last meeting Monday was with the town manager, deputy town manager and assistant town managers. This meeting lasted over an hour, as we talked in detail about several issues.

One item we talked about was all the projects in the works for downtown that are not yet public.

One of these projects includes structured parking which would include partnering with the town. This may impact our decision on parking on the new Wake County library site.

Lazy Daze – Review

We also did a debriefing of the first Lazy Daze on Town Hall campus.

Feedback included folks that loved the new site and that folks that hated it. There were 50 fewer vendors this year because of the limited space on the new site. We will calculate information on how well the vendors did in the upcoming days.

There is a good possibility that Academy Street might not be finished in time for next year’s Lazy Daze, so we might be at Town Hall again for the 40th year celebration.

Google Fiber – Questions

Another item we discussed was Google Fiber.

Residents have been asking if Google plans to offer service to residents that live in Cary but have an Apex mailing address. The town asked the Google representative about this and they did not know. The corporate office was also asked, but they have not responded.

There is nothing contractually that would make Google provide service to all Cary residents since the town does not have that kind of authority.


Tuesday, I met with Wake County Commissioners Calabria and Hutchison to talk about transit.

Public Transit – Opinions

I told them that I could not speak for the council, but I did tell them my personal opinion about the future of transit in this region. That is, it is important to understand that this region will double in population within the next two decades.

Without multimodal transportation including buses, bikes-pedestrian, some kind of rail and cars, this region would suffer economically and personally through a diminished quality of life.

It is also important to understand that, when talking transit, we are not talking about today’s transportation but about tomorrow’s transportation and what conditions we anticipate. If we don’t begin planning now, we will just be reacting, which will be much more costly and less effective.

Cary Traffic

Our conversation also included today’s congestion points during peak times in Cary’s morning and evening rush hours. On a related note, Cary has more people are coming into town for jobs than are leaving for jobs elsewhere. This change has occurred very recently and is a direct result of bringing high paying jobs to Cary. My meeting with the commissioners lasted about an hour.

Town Council Work Session – Three Topics

Tuesday evening, the council held a work session on three topics – the downtown library, the winter council retreat, and appointments to the town’s boards and commissions.

The Downtown Library

Wake County will be building a library across from the Cary Arts Center on the 13 acre town site. It will be about twice as big as the current downtown library and will be a regional library instead of a local one. The town is looking for opportunities to partner in a design that would allow expansion with office, retail or residential next to the library and include structured parking.

Of course, any changes in design or additions would be paid for by the town. Since Cary is currently negotiating a partnership with another project for structured parking in downtown, this makes the decision much more difficult. That is, we probably can’t afford to pay for both.

At the end of our discussion, we asked the Wake County and town staffs to come back with detailed financial impact and a layout with the library closer to the park site. This additional information will have to be provided soon and the council will have to make a decision before the end of September since the bond money for Wake County expires at that time.

Winter Retreat

Our next topic at the work session was the town’s winter retreat. The winter retreat is usually held at the end of January and sets priorities for the year and years to come. It is an excellent time to do a “deep dive” on issues that will have the greatest impact to the town.

The council identified three main areas for discussion.

  1. Communications between council and staff will be an important discussion since we will have at least one new member and since council members are not in total agreement of who should talk to whom about what with staff. This sometime causes confusion and inefficiencies with our ability to address issues.
  2. The second topic will be on redevelopment and infill. A lot of areas in town are becoming old and dilapidated and are ideal for redevelopment. In addition, there are still several parcels of land completely surrounded by existing homes and businesses that may develop soon. These types of projects, called infill, always create angst and concern. It will be a good opportunity for council to understand each other’s visions of how these are to be developed.
  3. Our last issue for the retreat will be regional visioning. That is, what is being planned around us and how will that impact Cary. That will be a very interesting discussion, especially with large developments occurring on our borders.

Appointments for Boards & Commissions

Our last topic at the work session was appointments for boards and commissions. The liaisons went over their nominees and why they recommended each individual. There was little discussion about the nominees and council approved all recommended appointees.

The appointments will be approved at the council meeting on September 10, 2015.


Wednesday was my wife’s birthday, so I made sure not to have any meetings.


Thursday was a regularly scheduled council meeting that lasted less than an hour and had two topics of discussion. The first council discussion was after the public hearing on the proposed rezoning on Walnut Street to allow a lot to be subdivided into three 13,000 square foot lots.

Parking Lot on Walnut Street

Council expressed concern about the lots having the look and feel of the surrounding lots. While the proposed lot sizes match most of what is around it the narrowness of the lots does not.

Staff will bring back information that will help council understand the differences better. Meanwhile it will go to the Planning and Zoning board for their review and recommendation.

Abandoned Home

The second main discussion item was the order to demolish a dwelling in Oxford Hunt that is dilapidated. Apparently, the owner had abandoned this property, and it has fallen into disrepair. Now it is not only an eye sore, but it’s also a safety hazard.

Council voted unanimously to start proceedings to demolish the house.

The Rest of the Week

The rest of the week was spent out of town visiting with my youngest daughter.

Emails from Citizens

This week generated a lot of emails from citizens that included:

  • Comments about Lazy Daze
  • Comments about zip codes
  • A comment about a charity event
  • A concern about a recently approved rezoning
  • A concern about a proposed rezoning
  • A concern about a fee increase at the community center
  • A concern about school reassignment
  • A concern about the environment
  • A request to recognize a certain holiday (not within our authority)
  • A complaint about the town’s recycling
  • A concern about greenway safety
  • A request to meet with council to design the library site

Get in Touch

Next week’s activities include the opening of CineBistro and a quasi-judicial meeting of council.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, September 6th. 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 and email personal comments to


From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo by Jessica Patrick.

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Cary Towne Center: It’s Not What You Think Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:38:19 +0000 Cary Towne

Cary, NC — Cary Towne Center, our Cary mall, has been in the news a lot lately. Amidst all the talk about the possible redevelopment on the property, I decided to stop in and just hang out.

Hanging Out in Cary Towne Center

It’s not much like a mall at all I realized as I started walking around.

Cary Towne Center is a place people go to hang out.

Malls are known for shopping – go in, get what you need and leave. For many, though, malls are also places to meet friends, eat lunch, exercise and “people-watch.”


Free WiFi

This “Free WiFi” sign was posted in several locations around the mall. Free WiFi in a public place isn’t rare these days, but the fact that it was advertised seemed to say “stay awhile.”

In fact, as I walked around the mall, the atmosphere seemed to encourage strolling, browsing and lounging rather than arriving, purchasing and leaving.

So I listened to the message and stayed.

The People at Cary Towne Center

I saw nurses in scrubs power-walking, parents with baby strollers and young kids strolling slowly and a lot of people just making use of all there is to do at Cary Towne Center.

I saw people eating in the food court alone, senior citizens strolling hand-in-hand and a man sitting on a bench in the sun reading a book.


Horses, Trains & Games

Kids, teenagers and adults were riding the carousel near the old Sears wing and climbing aboard the trackless train that circulates around the mall. It’s a different scene.

I was happily amused to see an adult couple riding the train with no children. Every passenger on the train was licking a lollipop that had been given to them by the man driving the train.

He seemed to know a lot of the riders and high-fived each passenger.



In addition to the carousel and train, Cary Towne Center has a kid’s indoor play space, a Dave & Busters, a secondhand craft store and this old-fashioned station filled with mechanical animals and automobiles to ride. I noticed candy machines and snack kiosks everywhere.




Hanging out at Cary Towne Center made me feel like a kid – so, naturally, I decided to visit the Dippin’ Dots stand before I left.


I’ll Visit Again Soon

Next time I visit Cary Towne Center, I hope to talk to some of the people who work at the mall and the people who choose to spend their day there.



Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

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New YMCA Planned for Northwest Cary Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:58:49 +0000 ymca

Cary, NC — A new, full-service YMCA will open next to Crosspointe Church in Northwest Cary in January 2017. The funding for the Y is made possible by a partnership with the church. 

YMCA Planned for Northwest Cary

An anticipated 154,000 square-foot (total indoor space) YMCA will be built adjacent to Crosspointe’s 38-acre property on Carpenter Fire Station Road in Northwest Cary. The new Y will feature lounge areas, a wellness center, a pool, group exercise studios, a gym and more.

I met with Jennifer Nelson, the Associate VP of Communications for the YMCA, and Crosspointe officials Jonathan Bow (Lead Pastor) and TJ Terry (Lead Strategist) to learn more.

Benefits the Y, the Church & the Community

The YMCA had been looking for land in Northwest Cary for awhile – now, with Crosspointe’s help, they’ll be able to open a facility in the area ten years earlier than they had originally thought possible. Crosspointe had a lot of available land, and, while the church had already planned to expand into the space, it was also important to them to do what was best for the community.

Building a YMCA on the land was the perfect opportunity.

As Crosspointe’s Lead Pastor, Jonathan Bow, explained, “This helps the church grow as a community yet be a good steward of the land. Instead of taking up space with a building that is only used one day a week, the building and parking lot will be used seven days a week. This is a better story than if we were just doing something on our own.”

Since YMCA’s are usually closed on Sunday mornings, Crosspointe will use the gymnasium for church services. This gives members of the church more options for worship but still allows the gym to be used for sports, as services will be completed by the time the YMCA opens.

The acoustics, lights and look and feel of the gym will be specially designed so that it can be used as a place for both basketball games and worship.


Drawings for the new building from The Why Project, Inc.

The Why Project, Inc.

To fund the building of the new YMCA, Crosspointe Church created an organization focused solely on community development called The Why Project, Inc. The funds raised by this organization will go to building the new YMCA campus on Crosspointe’s land. The Why Project. Inc. will be the owners of the property and lease the building to the YMCA, their tenant.

Internally, Crosspointe has raised over $4 million towards the $7 million goal. Crosspointe and The Why Project, Inc. are currently fundraising outside of the church for general donations.

What’s Different?

Just like at any other YMCA, you’ll have to be a member of the gym to work out. Some gym members will go to Crosspointe Church, and some won’t – anyone can use the Y.

The Why Project, Inc. and the YMCA will remain completely independent organizations from one another with their own unique members, staff, leadership and governance – but, from partnering together, the groups will be able to serve others more than ever before.

A Gathering Space for the Community

Both the Y and Crosspointe noticed a need in NW Cary for a good gathering place in the community – for teens especially – so efforts are concentrated on creating a positive environment for students. The Y will be right near Green Hope and Panther Creek High Schools, and 8,000 square feet of the space will be devoted to serving middle and high school students.

In addition to this, the Y will offer programs revolved around leadership development, after school outreach and more. In celebration of the nearby community’s rich farming history, the new building will have a “teaching kitchen,” where people will learn to cook meals from produce that will be planted and collected from the land around the YMCA.

Regardless of whether someone is a member of the Y, a member of the church or neither, there will be community-centered spaces that anyone can use. The teaching kitchen, among other areas, will be open to all community members. The Y’s atrium area will contain a sandwich shop and coffee house that will donate all of its profits to local organizations.

“There’s so much busyness around us, but here, people can come in to sit and rest,” said Bow.


The official groundbreaking for this project will occur in late fall, but site work has already started. The new YMCA is estimated to be open in January 2017.

Keep reading CaryCitizen for updates.


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photos from The Why Project, Inc.

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Recipe: Riviera Salad Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:23:56 +0000 riviera-salad-6729

Cary, NC — Here’s a light dinner salad that’s filling, uses ingredients you probably already have and brings a taste of the French Riviera to your table.

Riviera Salad

Once upon a time, I had this salad at a hotel in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera.  A few weeks ago, scrounging for items on the weekly dinner menu, it all came back to me.

As the day time temps climbed toward 90°F, I remembered Riviera Salad and searched it up. Sure enough, someone had published a reprint of Julia Child’s original recipe in honor of her 100th birthday.

Good for Dinner Salad on a Hot Day

A good dinner salad must have protein. Riviera Salad has hard-boiled egg and tuna.

The recipe also lists bleu cheese as an option.

The salad part of the recipe has greens, tomatoes, olives and a bit of boiled potato for some starch. In fact, the ingredients aren’t all that special.

That’s why it’s easy to make from stuff you might already possess.

Maybe the dressing is the magic. But it’s just lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper.


You can adapt Riviera Salad for whatever you have in the house, or to your individual tastes.

Substitute bell peppers for the tomatoes, or shrimp for the tuna. We swap the bleu cheese for feta. If you use chicken instead of the tuna, it’s a Cobb Salad (more or less).

Ingredients: Riviera Salad

(serves 4)


  • 9-12 oz. of salad greens
  • 8 oz. tuna – two cans of chunk white in water or fresh tuna that you cook in advance
  • 4 eggs – hard boiled
  • 4 small potatoes – boiled with the skin. Red potatoes or fingerlings are nice.
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives – kalamata olives are best
  • 1 cup frozen (or fresh) peas
  • 1 large ripe tomato


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Strictly Optional

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds or pistachios



Hard boil the eggs. Place 4 eggs in a pot cold water and bring it up to a full boil. Take the pot off the heat, cover, and wait about 12 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a bowl filled with ice water.

Boil the baby potatoes, skins on, uncut, until “fork tender.” That means you stick a fork in and if it’s not soft, it’s not done. Chill the cooked potatoes in ice water.

While you’re boiling the potatoes, cook the peas for about 3 minutes. They don’t need much. I use a strainer and do it in the same pot as the ‘tators.

When you’re ready to make the salad, peel and slice the chilled eggs. Quarter or slice the potatoes (keep the peel on). Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.

Assemble the Salad

Arrange the salad greens on 4 dinner plates.

Place the sliced egg and bite-sized pieces of potato around the perimeter of the plate.

Put a half-can (about 2 oz) of tuna in the center of each plate. Use a fork to fluff out the tuna (for you Southerns, it’s kind of like you might shred a smoked pork).

Distribute the tomatoes and olives between the tuna and the hard-boiled eggs.

Serve the dressing on the side so everyone can have as much (or as little) as they like.


For the French touch, serve with a baguette and a nice, cool White Bordeaux.


Recipe and photo by Hal Goodtree, adapted from Julia Child’s Riviera Salad.

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Weekend: Reggae Music & Wine Tastings Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:03:18 +0000 Weekend

Cary, NC — There’s lots of fun stuff on the calendar this weekend – reggae music in the Page-Walker gardens, a couple of wine tastings and Final Friday.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Celebrate the grand opening of a new pool in Cary’s Kildaire Crossing Community from 6-8 pm – Cousins Maine Lobster food truck and beer from Fortnight Brewery will be on site. This event is open to the public – anyone can come and enjoy the new pool and cabana.

A free Full Frame Roadshow will take place at The Cary Theater at 7 pm on Thursday.

Triangle Wine Company on Davis Drive in Morrisville will host a special Napa Valley Wine Tasting on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Cary location in Waverly Place will host another wine tasting on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the same time.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s Final Friday, and several special arts events are planned for this month’s festivities. Starting at 6 pm, start strolling through the art galleries in Ashworth Village in Downtown Cary, and be sure to stop in for the Living Waters art reception in the Village Art Circle gallery.

Enjoy free reggae music from Jamrock on the lawn of the Page-Walker gardens at 7 pm on Friday evening. Bring chairs and blankets, but leave alcohol and pets at home.

See Chuck Brodsky and Michael Reno Harrell at The Cary Theater at 8 pm for $20.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Rip the Calico, a high-energy contra dance band, will perform at the Cary Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. You can see them in Downtown Cary or visit Cary’s other farmers’ markets – just check the CaryCitizen calendar for a complete listing.

Stop by Kids ‘R’ Kids in Morrisville from 10 am-noon on Saturday to help pack meals to send to Stop Hunger Now. Any volunteer who makes a $10 donation to Stop Hunger will be entered into a drawing to win a one-week stay at an Orlando, Florida resort.

It’s National Sponge Cake Day, and Chatham Hill Winery will celebrate with special wine and food pairings on both Saturday and Sunday. With each wine tasting, customers will get to try a sample of sponge cake drizzled with a sweet Carolina fruit-infused wine.

Cary Car Care is partnering with Wheels 4 Hope to raise money and awareness during their 25th Anniversary Service Day Celebration on Saturday from 11 am-4 pm. Stop by the shop for free food, family-friendly entertainment, raffle prizes and a chance to win a set of tires.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Learn about Ashtanga Yoga, classical Indian yoga, at West Regional Library from 2-3 pm on Sunday. Bring a mat or towel. This event is free, but call 919-463-8500 to register.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library’s Big Book Sale is back this weekend. From Friday August 27, 2015 – Sunday, August 29, 2015, find thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more than 500 vinyl records. Prices start at just 50 cents.

Triangle Square Dance Alliance (TSDA) is hosting a Square Dance Fun Night & Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 7-9:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Raleigh. This event is especially designed for adults and teen couples of all dance abilities.

Women’s Equality Day March will take place on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm in Durham Central Park. Later, enjoy free admission from 8-9 pm to Audio Under the Stars: Alternative Romance at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street in Durham. This free film festival will highlight “love stories of all stripes.”


The calendar of events is edited by Jessica Patrick. Photo by fs999.

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Photos from Lazy Daze 2015 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:03:24 +0000 lazy-daze-2015-0266

Cary, NC — Cary’s 39th annual Lazy Daze festival was last Saturday, August 22, 2015. It was a rare affair, across the tracks on Town Hall Campus, and we were there to take some pictures.

39th Annual Lazy Daze

Lazy Daze is Cary’s biggest event of the year. In 2012, a record number of 70,000 people attended the festival, and the numbers keep growing every year.

The first Lazy Daze took place in 1977 in just one block on Chatham Street between Academy and Walker. There were 100 exhibiting artists, who each paid $10 for their booths, and the back of a flatbed truck was used as a stage for entertainment.

Today, you can find at least 300 artist booths, information about Cary’s cultural resources and groups, food and beer, crafts, activities, several stages of entertainment and more.

A Rare Affair

This year, for the first time, Lazy Daze was held on the north side of the tracks, weaving in and out of Town Hall Campus.

Vendors and festival goers seemed to like the temporary arrangement. It lent an air of wandering and discovery to what can otherwise be a somewhat linear experience. Town Hall Campus has plenty of places to sit, lots of shade, a nooks where you could get away from the crowds.

It felt like a series of outdoor rooms in a park.


Photos by Hal Goodtree and Lindsey Chester.







Lazy Daze




Lazy Daze







Story and photos from staff reports.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by the Heart of Cary Association.

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The Cary Scavenger Hunt – Pssst! The Big Hint! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:26:41 +0000 2014 Team photo taken at the Cat Clinic, a sponsor of the Cary Scavenger Hunt

2014 Team photo taken at the Cat Clinic, a sponsor of the Cary Scavenger Hunt

Cary, NC — It is less than three weeks until CaryCitizen’s annual event, the Cary Scavenger Hunt, on Saturday, September 12, 2015. And that means it’s time to drop one more BIG hint.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

If you’ve played in the Cary Scavenger Hunt before, you know it involves our sponsors. Pay attention folks – these guys could help you win!

We love our sponsors, because, without them, we literally could not hold the Cary Scavenger Hunt! They help us pay for all the things we need to purchase in order for you, our teams, to have a fun day! Event t-shirts, quality signage, posters and advertising, food and beverages and the technology that allows you to view your scores in real time during the event are all part of it.

Our sponsors make all this and more possible.

The Campbell University Camel drawing a raffle ticket for an iPad last year

The Campbell University Camel drawing a raffle ticket for an iPad last year.

Free Raffle Prizes

Many of our sponsors will be contributing fantastic FREE raffle prizes that anyone can win at the finish area when our teams return and await their scores and the winner announcements. If you register for the Hunt, you can enter to win great prizes at the event. No extra cash needed – you just have to fill out a ticket! We will have random drawings, and they’re all free to enter.

How would you like to win a two-night stay at the soon-to-open Mayton Inn, including breakfast and cocktails? What about a wonderful piece of handcrafted jewelry from Stonehaven Jewelers?

Other raffle prizes this year include season tickets to see the Cary Invasion professional basketball team, tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes, catered dinner for 10 from Firewurst, round-trip Amtrak train tickets, two sets of tickets for four opening nights to the Cary Players’ productions this season and more!

Pay Attention to Our Sponsors

Visit these folks before the event, or check out their websites.

Knowing what they do or where they are located can come in very handy. You might want to chart their locations in your GPS. To see the full list of all sponsors and the booths that will be serving up fun at the finish, visit the sponsor page on our event website.

Thank you to the following local businesses who are all an important part of the 2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt:

Presenting Sponsor

AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic in Cary that treats the whole family. They have on-site lab tests, x-rays and prescriptions, and no appointments are needed to treat a range of problems from fractures and cuts to earaches and more.

AFC Doctors Express is open seven days a week to meet your emergencies close to home without the wait time of an Emergency Room.

Hosting Sponsors

The Town of Cary allows the event to be held in one of its most historic treasures, The Page-Walker Arts & History Center, located in the heart of Downtown Cary. Their wonderful staff works hard to make sure our booths are set up and that our sound system is working.

With their help, the event runs like a well-oiled machine.

Platinum Sponsors

Ashworth Drugs is a wonderful Cary landmark has been a part of the Cary Scavenger Hunt from the very start. Great Harvest Bread bakes bread daily with wheat they grind in the store (this business has been with the Cary Scavenger Hunt since 2010).

The Cat Clinic of Cary is veterinary clinic that specializes in feline patients. They also have a visiting van to look at dogs and other pets in the comfort of home. Chick-fil-A of Waverly entices with the phrase “Eat More Chicken” and is part of many events all over Cary.

North Carolina’s Amtrak operates several trains per day that arrive at the Downtown Cary Depot. Paws in the City is a family-owned business that offers holistic and natural food for your dog and cat. Koko Fit Club customizes workouts to your goals, guides you every step of the way, motivates you and tracks your results on your own private dashboard.

Gold Sponsors

Cary Family Eye Care is a private optometrist practice that is family-owned.

Whole Foods Cary was renovated and enlarged in 2014, and they have offered organic goodness in Cary since Waverly Place first opened.

The Cary Family YMCA has helped grow mind, body and spirit for all through fitness, camps, tutoring and after-school programs for over 20 years.

Hurricane Grill & Wings boasts some of the best wings in town, but that’s not all they serve – check out their fish tacos and other fresh menu items.

Firewurst is a family-owned business that is hoping to take their unique quality flame grilled sausages, burgers and dogs business to a national level.

The Country Connection stocks cowboy boots, hats and all manner of Western gear. They started in Garner, and the Cary location opened in 2014.

The Mayton Inn will open in the fall of 2015 as a Diamond luxury boutique hotel on South Academy Street and will include a full bar, restaurant and meeting space.

The Butcher’s Market is a locally-owned butcher and market where you can expect wonderful meats and local produce and products. Workout Anytime is open 24/7, and this gym has all the equipment you’ll need to get a complete workout whenever you want it.

The Parkside Town Commons shopping center in Western Cary is now building phases two with restaurants and smaller, more local businesses in addition to the recently opened CineBowl.

Stonehaven Jewelry creates lasting works of art that can be worn for generations. Triangle Table Tennis is the largest indoor table tennis facility in the country that holds lessons, weekly leagues and camps, monthly tournaments and fitness equipment with showers and a pro shop.

Cary’s Biggest Adventure

If you register to be a part of the fun, you will learn all about these great places as well as history, public art (Cary has a lot of both!), our parks and greenways and a little trivia thrown in for fun. You don’t have to be a “Cary Expert” to play – one registered team just moved here.

One of the comments we hear year after year is that teams play to “have an adventure,” and that is guaranteed. You will also take some hilarious selfies along the way – Christmas photos anyone? So, check out the website, and register soon!

Online registration closes at 8 pm on Friday, September 11, 2015. We will accept walk-ups on event day with a $10 on-site processing fee. Be a part of Cary’s Biggest Adventure!

Event Details

The Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Page-Walker Arts & History Center – 119 Ambassador Loop in Downtown Cary

  • Check in – 8:30-9:15 am
  • Start – 9:30 am
  • Teams return – 1:30 pm
  • Winners announced – 3-3:30 pm

Register for the Hunt or check out the official website.


Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos from CaryCitizen files.

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Business Bits: What’s New in Cary? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:43:40 +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

See what opened in Cary recently, and check out two grand openings this weekend.


DICED Salads & Wraps, 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
DICED opened for business in the Trader Joe’s shopping center on August 17, 2015. The restaurant serves fresh wraps and almost any kind of salad you can imagine.

RISE Biscuits & Donuts, 1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville
RISE just opened in Park West Village over the weekend. The restaurant, which is open from 7 am-2 pm daily, offers a tempting breakfast menu of biscuits with a large variety of eggs, meat and cheeses (think eggplant bacon, pimento cheese and jalapeno toppings) along with a long list of classic and not-so-ordinary doughnut flavors like blueberry cheesecake.

Nazara Indian Bistro, 1945 High House Road, Cary
Nazara Indian Bistro opened for business in the Cornerstone shopping center at the corner of High House Road and Davis Drive on Saturday, August 22, 2015. The atmosphere is calm and elegant, and the large menu features Indian cuisine favorites.

Nishiki Sushi, 1216 Parkside Main Street, Cary
Nishiki Sushi just opened in the new Parkside Town Commons shopping center. The lounge-style restaurant serves “Asian Fusion” cuisine, which includes Hibachi-style food, bento boxes, sushi and more. Lunch specials include two sushi rolls for $9 or three for $12.


The Right Fit Club, 2978 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
The Right Fit Club opened at the corner of Kildaire Farm Road and Penny Road on Sunday, August 23, 2015. This gym offers a “simple membership” plan, personal training, kids’ classes and group fitness classes that come with the gym membership – including Pilates and hot yoga.

Grand Openings This Weekend

DICED Gourmet Salads & Wraps will host their ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration this Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 11 am-8 pm. Guests can enjoy the Davis Messina Band from 4:30-7:30 pm and great prizes throughout the day.

The Right Fit Club will also celebrate a grand opening on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8 am-noon. The event will feature coffee and bagels, face painting and fitness classes for kids and classes for adults all morning including Zumba, gentle yoga, body pump and more.

Opening Soon

Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center (West Cary) – August 31, 2015
Masala Wrap (Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville) – August 2015
Millpond Dance Studio (Kildaire Farm Road) – August 2015
Campaneria Ballet School – August 2015
The Egg and I (near I-40 exits on Walnut street) – grand opening August 31, 2015
Chickfila (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
Pink Magnolia Boutique (Parkside Town Commons) – September 12, 2015
Halie’s Boutique (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
Bank of America (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
CineBistro (Waverly Place) – September 4, 2015
Tropical Smoothie Cafe (Kildaire Farm Road) – opening soon
Cary Hot Yoga (Kildaire Farm Road) Fall 2015

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 and photo by Jessica Patrick. Read more Business Bits.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Waverly Place.

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