Archives for the month of: December, 2009

A country bar, concert venue, nightclub, dance floor, sports lounge AND disco all under one roof!?  Could a place like this really exist?  It turns it that it can, with the reopening of the long lost Longbranch in Raleigh.

In the past, Longbranch has showcased some of the biggest names in entertainment and served as the largest indoor concert venue in Raleigh.  More than 400 artists have performed there over the last 30 years.  Now, Longbranch will make its comeback with tons of renovations and a new club, Vortex, which will have the largest dance floor around.

Longbranch is like a theme park for nightlife entertainment, where everyone can choose their scene and have a great time.  People from all over the state have made a trip to Longbranch to experience its unique multi-club atmosphere where anything is possible.

It doesn’t matter if you’d like to rave under strobe lights, line dance to some good ole’ country tunes, or play a game of pool with friends.  This venue is back and it will be waiting for you to come have your greatest nightlife experience yet!

Need things to keep your relatives occupied till the New Year? Have veterans in the family? Why not take them to one of the newest exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of History? Part education, part fun, ‘A Call to Arms’ is an exhibit everyone can enjoy.

‘A Call to Arms’ is a glance into North Carolina’s military heritage ranging from the World Wars to the Iraqi War. This exhibit particularly focuses on the Thirtieth Heavy Separate Brigade of the North Carolina National Guard. Beginning with their presence in WWI, the exhibit traces how the group has evolved throughout the years and the strong presence they’ve had in American history.

The exhibit provides amazing artifacts, video interviews from the soldiers, and stories that will fascinate you. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop on the way out and pick up a souvenir to commemorate your time at the exhibit!

If you’re looking for something to keep grandpa and your brothers happy while they’re in town, this is the place you need to go. This exhibit will engage you, entertain you, and of course educate you on North Carolina’s military history. Not to mention its free! So now, you really have no reason not to go!

It’s that time of year again! Bring out your traditional kinaras and kaftans and honor your heritage. Cary is planning a Kwanzaa celebration you’ll never forget!

This year Cary will host its 15th Annual Kwanzaa celebration. Bring the whole family out for this joyous event! Whether you celebrate every year or you’re experiencing the holiday for the first time, you are guaranteed to enjoy these festivities. This year’s theme “Bridging the Cultural Education Divide” will not only ensure fun for the whole family but education as well.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this popular African-American holiday and its very important seven values.

The event will provide information booths, performances, informational films, and a vendor market. The kids can also join in on the fun by visiting the different craft stations set up throughout the event! Ladies, don’t forget your kaftans!

Make this a Kwanzaa you and your loved ones will never forget. Come out to Cary and join thousands of locals as they celebrate this truly special holiday. Habari Gani!

Zely & Ritz is a unique Glenwood restaurant that offers only fresh, organic and locally grown dishes created by the talented Chef Sarig Agasi.  Chef Sarig uses a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flair when making his intensely flavored and exquisitely presented cuisine.  Any time you make a visit to Zely & Ritz you’re sure to have an outstanding dining experience, but this holiday season you can make it extra special by attending their holiday dinner.

Zely & Ritz is hosting a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner for anyone who would like to enjoy a delicious meal before bringing in the new year!  You have several options to choose from for each course, so everyone can find something they will enjoy.  The third course is served with a complimentary glass of bubbly that you can enjoy with your party favors or while dancing to the DJ from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.  This great deal is only $45 per person until 8 p.m. and $60 per person after 9 p.m.

If you can’t make this dinner, then check here for a list of more upcoming events in Zely & Ritz’s Wine Dinner Series, which lasts until Mar. 3.  You’ll definitely want to attend at least one!

The beauty of performing arts can be witnessed in the grace of a ballerina’s pirouette, the symphony of an orchestra, or the strength of a breathtaking chorus.  Broadway, ballet, orchestra and opera are stunning forms of art and entertainment, all of which you can enjoy in Greater Raleigh.

Here, you can experience the wonder of America’s next great orchestra in the North Carolina Symphony or the region’s top professional theatre with the North Carolina Theatre.  You can even enjoy the nationally acclaimed Carolina Ballet and spectacular Broadway productions in Broadway Series South.

Upcoming performances at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts include a classic ballet performance of the Nutrcracker and the Broadway musical comedy, Xanadu.

Greater Raleigh is home to one of the most talented groups of performing artists in the region.  Attending one of these shows will make you truly appreciate the value of such celebrated artists and performances.  So gather your family and friends and come dazzle yourself with Greater Raleigh’s wide array of performing arts and entertainment today.

She’s beautiful, stylish and most importantly, timeless.  Even on her 50th anniversary, Barbie is still a fabulously popular doll that brings back childhood memories for many.  To commemorate her timelessness and long history throughout the years, The N.C. Museum of History has created an exhibit: Barbie – Simply Fabulous at 50!

Running now until July 5, 2010, this special small exhibit starts with a first-edition Barbie and explores the evolution of this American and business icon.  On display, you’ll find outfits shown in Barbie’s first TV commercial in 1959, Barbie and her friends, sports cars and other special items.  To make the exhibit more personal for visitors, the exhibit even features 16 entertaining Barbie stories from North Carolinians throughout the state.

Fun, personal and unique, this Barbie exhibit is the perfect reason to make a visit to the Museum of History.  Bring your daughter so she can learn about the history of her favorite doll or come reminisce about your childhood days.  Either way, this exhibit will add an extra special experience to your visit!

Come one. Come all. There’s a new light show in town and it’s anything but average. This holiday season, bring your family to the largest light spectacle in North Carolina!

Located in Wendell, Lake Myra’s Christmas Light Show takes the cake for biggest light show in N.C. Lake Myra boasts over a quarter of a million lights! That’s a lot of holiday cheer for you and your family to enjoy…and it only gets better. The light show also has synchronized music that the guests can enjoy right inside their vehicles!

The light show begins 6 p.m. every night from Sunday till Thursday and goes until around 10 p.m., so there’s no need to fret about bed times. There’s plenty of time to make the trek, enjoy the beautiful light show, and get the kids home -Santa himself can’t even resist! He makes a special appearance every Saturday night to see the special Christmas Magic Show.  So don’t forget your lists, kids!

If you’re looking for something extravagant, holiday-inspired, and fun for the whole family, Lake Myra’s Light Show is the right event for you. Let it brighten your holiday season!!

Looking for the freshest garlands or greenery to complete your holiday decorations? Need more wreaths to complement your home this holiday season?

Visit the Holiday Greens Market at North Hills this December and make your decorations the best in the neighborhood this year. As an extension to the traditional Farmer’s Market, the Holiday Greens Market will provide you with everything you need to decorate your home for the upcoming holidays. Greenery, garlands, unique holiday decorations, and wreaths are just some of the few things you will be sure to find at this amazing hidden treasure. Not to mention the tasty treats for sale. Peanut butter brittle, peppermints, gingerbread cookies, and of course fruit cake; what holiday patron could resist this?

Make your house the envy of everyone this holiday season. Display gorgeous wreaths on your windows and homemade garlands on your banisters from the Holiday Greens Market. Or even put some of those holiday treats on a tray for a party. Your guests will be dying to know your holiday secrets, but we won’t tell if you won’t!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride in a Raleigh sleigh! Don’t miss your chance to tour Raleigh in style as many popular areas offer sleigh rides this holiday season.

For a romantic holiday-inspired date, take your special someone to Brier Creek for a complimentary sleigh ride around the Brier Creek Commons area. A perfect ending to a romantic evening, this ride will be sure to woo your honey and be light on the wallet.   If you’re more interested in the beautiful view downtown Raleigh has to offer, let Raleigh Rickshaw take you on their version of a sleigh ride.  Rides begin at City Plaza and take you and your date around the city as you take in the sights and holiday cheer. Forget your blanket? Have no fear, Raleigh Rickshaw Company provides you with a blanket and soothing, romantic music to really set the mood for the evening.

If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, take the clan to Historic Oak View Country Park and engage yourself in a bit of holiday history. Sip warm cider as a horse-drawn carriage takes you through the luminary-lit Pecan Grove, listen to old Oak View holiday stories, or admire the displays and decorations set up. Santa will be there as well so don’t let the kids forget their wish lists!

Though snow is not always a guarantee, holiday fun in Raleigh is; so gather up a group or take out your significant other. Make it your goal to ride a sleigh this holiday season!!

Plan on doing your holiday shopping in Greater Raleigh and you’ll have so many shopping options, you probably won’t have to stop and shop anywhere else this season!  In fact, much like a theme park, Raleigh’s shopping scene is so vast you probably won’t be able to see it all in one day.  Luckily, you can book a fantastic holiday hotel package at a great rate.

Whether you prefer shopping in unique boutiques with locally crafted fashions, handbags, art and edible goods, or you’re searching for exotic treasures from stores like Ten Thousand Villages and Beleza, Greater Raleigh has got it all.  You can even score top brand designer labels at a fraction of the cost.

Here, you’ll find 11 major shopping hot-spots decked out in their holiday best, including North Hills, Cameron Village, Crabtree Valley Mall, Brier Creek, Triangle Town Center and quaint downtowns with nostalgically decorated main streets and fabulous finds.  Clearly in Greater Raleigh finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself, will be a very merry experience.

If you find you can’t get all of your holiday shopping in one day, then just book one of the many holiday hotel packages available in the area.  LaQuinta Inn & Suites, located directly across the street from Crabtree Valley Mall, offers a standard room and free breakfast for only $59 a night.  You can find many other holiday packages here.

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