Food Friday Locavore: Fall Produce

Story by Kaynan Goldberg. Kaynan is CaryCitizen’s 13-year-old columnist on all things frugal, crunchy, healthy and green. She also blogs at VeggiesGoCrunch. Photo by Hal Goodtree, CaryCitizen’s Chief Cook and Bottlewasher. He also takes pictures over on FotoHal.

Cary, NC – It’s October.  I’m so excited for autumn – it’s my favorite season, hands-down.

I like the piles of crunchy leaves, the cozy sweaters I can bring out from my closet, the warm, rich food… hey, I’m a food blogger, right?  I’m always thinking about what I can eat, and in fall, there is a cornucopia of choices – and I’m not just talking about Thanksgiving dinner. Read more

Food Friday: Pumpkin Pie Martini

Cary, NC – In part two of our first ever Food Friday, we have this recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Martini.

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Food Friday: French Press

Cary, NC – The weekend is here, the weather is fine and there’s no better time to talk about food. Today, we offer 3 stories under the heading Food Friday. The first is about coffee. Read more

Cary’s Cemetery Secrets

Story by Lisa Englert, photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC- For many of us, Cary is a modern place, with newcomers from across the country. But the town’s cemeteries tell a story, and one of those places will be dedicated this Saturday. Read more

Cary Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Woman Power

Story and photo by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – The Historic Heater House, at 120 Dry Avenue, was built in 1918 by the Heater family. Years later it was used as a dormitory for students and then owned by several other families. But in the early 2000’s the property was purchased, restored and renovated into an executive suites office building, now named The Historic Heater Center. Read more

Concert Singers Go For Baroque

Story by Greg Tarsa.

Cary, NC-The Concert Singers of Cary will be performing an exciting early work by Georg Frederick Handel, Dixit Domimus (Psalm 110)in a performace they dub “Italian Vespers”. The work will be accompanied by a string ensemble of Baroque players using copies of the 18th century instruments used for the piece. Read more

Gardening: Of Pansies and Violets

Cary, NC – Ever go to the garden store and wonder what to plant right now? Right now, it’s pansies and violets.

Flowers in the Winter

Gardening is a warm-weather affair up north. But here in the Carolina Piedmont, we can grow flowers all winter.

Planted now in beds, boxes, borders and pots, pansies and violas will grow on the warmer days of the autumn, survive snow and ice, and explode in size come spring.

Keeping it Simple

Sometimes, the garden store can be overwhelming. But during the fall, you’ll see pansies and violas up front and prominently displayed.

Keeping it simple: buy two-six packs, one each of pansies and violas (cost: about $3.50 ea). Get a bag of potting soil and plant the seedlings in three or four medium sized pots. Place in a sunny spot and water regularly.

Joy will be yours from now until the beginning of next summer.

Size, Color and Care

Pansies and violas come in a fantastic array of colors and color-combination: strong yellows and pale apricots; purples so dark they look black; vivid blues and mixtures of hues that look like faces.

Pansies and violas are smallish plants – three or four will fit nicely in a window box or medium pot. They like to stay moist, not wet. Don’t let them dry out. Use a liquid fertilizer like Miracle Grow every now and then.

Pansies and violas do best in a sunny or partly sunny spot.

Pansies and Violets: What’s in a Name?

Pansies are actually a hybridized version of violas. Pansies are generally bigger, thicker and bushier than their parent stock. But, technically, they’re all violas.

How about Violas and Violets? Are they the same thing? Yes – viola is the Latin name and violet the common name.

African Violets, popular for many years as a house plant, are not related to true violas.

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Giving Back: Suzie Wolf Photographs Military Families

Cary, NC – Suzie Wolf, a longtime contributing photographer for CaryCitizen, has partnered with the The PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA), USO, and Soldiers’ Angels to offer free photography for the families of deployed soldiers.

Portraits of Love

The program, called Portraits of Love, offers professional photography services to military families who have a loved one serving in the armed forces.

In conjunction with Fuji Film and other industry leaders, the program prints and mails a 5×7 color photo to the service person and family free of charge.

Photographers across the country volunteer their services to take these family portraits for this worthy project.

“I am thrilled to be able to volunteer my time to this wonderful program.  I have always wanted to do this but needed support in executing it,” said Suzie Wolf, owner of Suzie Wolf Photography.

“It’s such a wonderful way to support those in the armed forces and providing even a little joy during holidays.  I just want to bring a smile to someone’s face.”

Eligible families in the greater Cary metroplex can contact Suzie Wolf Photography directly.

Whole Foods Harvest Festival

 

Cary, NC – Good fun, good food and good for you too. This Saturday, October 22, 2011,  Whole Foods Market at Waverly Place in Cary will be having its annual Harvest Festival.

Pumpkin decorating for the kids, hayrides, local artisans, apple cider, beer, brats and more. Live music by the Mike Mickxer Band. Read more

Notes From Afghanistan: Two Guys from Cary

Cary, NC – This is not a story of battle, nation-building, heroism or pain. But then again, maybe it is. Read more