Video: Cary Plumbing Radio Jingle

Cary, NC – This is the second installment in our series on radio jingles created by Cary Players for the production of “Yes, Virginia.”“Jingles,” of course, are short, catchy songs written specially for advertisers to promote their products or services.

This second clip is for Cary Plumbing. You can also find it on YouTube.


Cary Plumbing Jingle

Lyrics: Debra Grannan
Music: Debra Grannan & Craig Johnson

Singers: Jordan Blais, Mathew Harvey, Joanna Herath, Jeri McKee, Bonnie Roe, Megan Woronka

Cary Players production of “Yes, Virginia”

Director: Debra Grannan
Producer: Phil Lowden
Music Director: Craig Johnson
Costumes: LeGrand Smith


Producer/Director: Hal Goodtree

Video: Nowells Radio Jingle by Cary Players

Cary, NC – The production of “Yes, Virginia,” a radio play by Cary Players set in the 1940’s, included several original radio jingles for local businesses. “Jingles,” of course, are short, catchy songs written specially for advertisers to promote their products or services. Read more

Pictures: Cary Band Day 2010

Story and pictures by Hal Goodtree

Cary, NC – The sun was shining and the excitement was high on Saturday for the 52nd Annual Cary Band Day. Read more

Garrison Keillor Likes Ashworths

L-->R Keillor, Watkins, Show Band Pianist Rich Dworsky, Linda and Robin Williams.

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photos by Joshua Steadman.

Cary, NC – Guy Noir needed a raincoat Saturday night as Garrison Keillor brought A Prairie Home Companion to Booth Amphitheatre.

The sky drizzled all evening with umbrellas periodically opening and closing across the great lawn like a field full of moths. But the weather couldn’t dampen the fun for the packed house, there to hear Keillor’s witty and nostalgic show. Read more

Celebrating 5 Years Where Artists Meet in Cary

Cary Gallery of Artists, located at 200 S. Academy St, in downtown Cary

Cary, NC- A few years ago, Ralph Ashworth wondered aloud: “Wouldn’t it be nice if Cary had a co-op gallery?” He had seen co-op galleries on his travels and thought the concept made sense in the growing community he called home. Read more

Arts: Studio 123

Artists Susan Hecht and Janet Harrell own Studio 123 in downtown Apex.

Apex, NC- One of the things I like best about working for CaryCitizen is that I can tell stories about local people you might not otherwise meet.

One such story is that of my Cary artist-neighbor Susan Hecht and her studio partner Janet Harrell who own Studio 123 on Salem Street in downtown Apex.  Janet owned one of the first art galleries on Salem Street when she opened in 2001.

Susan Hecht with one of her beach scene paintings, a favorite subject.

Doing What They Love, Loving What They Do

Susan found Janet quite by accident one day. While driving around in downtown Apex she saw an “Artist Space Available” sign in the window of a gallery.

Newly unemployed after catering at the Glass Onion had closed, Susan decided to call Janet on a whim. The two have been great friends ever since.

Their studio was originally a much smaller space with the actual address 123 Salem, but one year ago they outgrew that space and moved down the road to 117 Salem with a larger area for their art classes.

Janet Harrell

Janet, a Wake County art teacher for 30 years, has been teaching art to children all her life.

A native of the area, she attended Meredith College and holds an art degree. She started teaching in the studio a few years back and currently holds 5 afternoon classes a week.

Her medium is acrylics and she primarily paints landscapes.  She also is offering a new series featuring vintage photos that she transforms into colorful impressionistic dream-like versions of the past.

Happily, the studio keeps getting stronger and enabled her to retire from public school teaching to create art full time this past December.

Susan Hecht

Susan began her career as a graphic designer, and has always been drawn to creative fields including stints as a caterer. When she took a furniture painting class years ago, she got hooked on painting and hasn’t stopped since.

She continues to take artist workshops and states that she “has gotten to be a better painter by teaching”.  Her students are adults whom she primarily teaches during the mornings freeing her up to paint during the afternoons.

Currently she has paintings at several galleries in Charleston, Greensboro, Bald Head Island and Atlantic Beach.  From her art, I could see her love of the beach as a subject – making it a natural fit for these galleries.

Visit Studio 123

It’s great fun to stop by the studio and feel the creative vibe. After all, that’s part of the charm of supporting local artists.

Studio 123
117 Salem St.
Apex, NC

Morrisville Author Andy Dawson: Pan Am and FDR’s Secret War


Morrisville, NC – This is not history or even fiction. This is fact, as remembered by a participant, Cary’s own Andy Dawson.

The time is 1941. War is rolling across Europe, but the U.S. is still on the sidelines. Read more

Cary Artist: Jerry Miller


Jerry Miller in his studio. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Jerry Miller didn’t start out to be an artist, it just turned out that way. But his pen and ink drawings of town history lay a fair claim to making him the Artist Laureate of Cary. Read more