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Disney on Ice, Frozen, Anna and Elsa

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

I had about 20 little girls come to my door on Halloween night dressed as Disney’s Frozen ice queen, Elsa. Some even chanted, “Let it go! Let it go!” as they paraded to the next house.

And now this month, I’m planning a Frozen birthday party for a soon-to-be five-year-old. What’s next? I’ll be front and center as PNC Arena in Raleigh turns into the wintry world of Arendelle.

The Academy Award-winning animated movie Frozen is Feld Entertainment’s newest ice show extravaganza for Disney On Ice. You and your little ones will be able to sing along to those songs we all now know so well. In this magical production, royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the cute snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls will take you along on their journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Disney on Ice, Frozen, Anna and Elsa

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Disney On Ice’s Frozen will open in Raleigh on Dec. 10 and will run through Dec. 15 at PNC Arena. Ten shows will be presented during the five-day run. Tickets start at $20, and there is a parking fee per vehicle.

Nicole Feld, producer for Disney On Ice, says, “In our 35-year history of Disney On Ice, we’ve been waiting for this film.”

I’ve been to a few productions of Disney On Ice throughout the years, and felt it was money well spent and great entertainment for families. I have a feeling that this production is going to be spectacular.

Little girl as ElsaI bet we’ll see a lot of little ice queens there. For tickets and showtimes, visit PNC Arena’s website.

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10669293_859113087440943_9187540353162933279_oThe 70th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade is on its way! It’s slated for Sat., Nov. 22–the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday.

616594_859109500774635_2445693884707511340_oAccording to the event’s Facebook page: “It’s a tradition here in Raleigh that is 70 years old. The parade started 70 years ago when Fayetteville St. was filled with merchants and was the shopping destination in Raleigh. The merchants wanted to give a gift back to the community by organizing a Christmas parade.”

10562571_859109367441315_5662818007782061870_o“They chose the Sat. before Thanksgiving as they were busy running their businesses after the Thanksgiving holiday. So, as with tradition today, the parade is still organized by local merchants volunteering their time as a gift back to the community.”

10547346_859110134107905_5447877236141366094_oThe WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade is celebrating its 70th year and is the largest of its kind between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. As the presenting organization, the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association has made this parade map available for attendees.

1072374_859111360774449_5603590698142551658_oBeginning at the corner of Hillsborough and Saint Mary’s Sts., the parade will proceed to the North Carolina State Capitol, turn right onto Salisbury St., turn left onto Morgan St., turn right onto Fayetteville St. and continue to Lenoir St. where it will disband. Start time is 9:40am, although spectators have been known line the streets hours in advance in order to get a good view.

10636829_859118980773687_2033373692906216220_o10551510_859116970773888_5288719532104434477_oMore than 250,000 will watch the event live from home and more than 60,000 will attend the parade in person. The festivities include more than 115 entries with the route stretching approximately 1.4 miles and the event lasting about 2.5 hours with something for the whole family.

10626235_859113304107588_2879481412376768759_oWritten by Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Photos courtesy of Nancy Thomas Photo

Elizabeth's Home and Garden Shop in Cary, Gardens shops in Greater Raleigh Greater Raleigh’s downtown Cary is quite the charmer.

The town’s attitude of “revitalize and they will come” has certainly worked. The other day, I popped in one of the town’s coffee shops on Chatham St. for a latte and to chat with Gather’s owner and textile designer, Michelle Smith.

Gather photoSmith handpicked downtown Cary to locate her co-working space that also doubles as a coffee shop, a DIY classroom and boutique for curated, locally crafted goods.

Gather“I chose Cary because it’s a very walkable town, and I felt downtown was the perfect spot for what I wanted to bring to Greater Raleigh. I love being in the foundation for an area that will change even more in the next few years,” remarked Smith as she began planning for the 2014 holiday season. Her husband’s own Peppermint Bark, which will be featured in Martha Stewart’s Holiday Gift Guide is just one example of the local goods she has curated for her store.

Gather productsDowntown Cary can even be described as a shopping destination.

Gather CaryI spent two hours in Ashworth Village alone perusing the local boutiques, art galleries, consignment shops and eateries.

From Elizabeth’s Home and Garden Shop to Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique, it’s easy to get lost in retail cuteness.

Cary_Visit Raleigh storyPaisley Boutique is a new clothing store owned and operated by former clothing buyer Lauren King, who said she decided to locate her boutique in Cary so that people could find great fashion closer to home. She opened for the first time this fall, and she carries North Carolina-based clothing and jewelry designers in addition to small, Southern brands.

Cary_PaisleyThe Purple Polka Dot on Academy St. combines fashion and design. From monograms to fancy tea towels, you will be hard-pressed to walk out empty-handed here.

Cary Purple Polka DotPut downtown Cary on your list for holiday shopping, and there are also plenty of places to enjoy lunch or dinner. The downtown Cary shops are gearing up for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Cary will host its annual Ole Time Winter Festival on Dec. 6. The annual town Christmas parade will be held on Dec. 13.

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530411_758287057531665_19791696_n2Are you ready to get your holiday shop on? Then check out all the seasonal arts and crafts shows Greater Raleigh has to offer. Make your list and check it twice to celebrate the magic of the season while shopping for that special something for everyone.

At this time each year, the area boasts holiday fairs aplenty! So treat yourself to a wonderful shopping getaway as you treat loved ones to heart-filled gifts this season.

a shopping spreeA Shopping SPREE!, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh
Celebrating its 30th year, the Junior League of Raleigh’s event has been a tradition for many in Raleigh and the surrounding communities since 1985. An annual four-day shopping fundraiser that showcases more than 160 juried regional and national exhibitors offering the latest in fashion and home decor trends, unique presents and holiday merchandise. Every shopper will receive a reusable SPREE! shopping bag to fill with fantastic finds. The Weekend Wake-Up event is Sat., Nov. 1, 8:30-10:30am, featuring gourmet coffee and complimentary beverage tumblers. And take part in Family Day on Sun., Nov. 2, 1-4pm. This fun-filled event was planned with the smallest SPREE! shoppers in mind. Special entertainment, local team mascots and a visit with Santa Claus are sure to be a hit.

856811e4_photo__2_Southeastern Seminary Craft & Bake Sale, Nov. 1, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest
At this annual event, students, student wives and staff from Southeastern Seminary utilize their talents and gifts to present unique crafts, delicious baked goods and much more! Part of the Women’s Life initiative. With more than 50 vendors. Free admission and open to the public.

st paulsSt. Paul’s Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, Nov. 1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cary
This one-stop shopping extravaganza features home and garden décor, wearable art, clothing and jewelry and unique handmade gifts … there’s something for everyone on your holiday list! Who knows, you might even find that perfect something for you. Fill up on great food from two popular local food trucks or the festival coffee bar and bake sale. Bid on impressive silent auction items and enter to win prizes from a raffle and 50/50 drawing.

visions 2011 067Visions of Sugarplums, Nov. 6-8, Quail Hollow Swim Club, Raleigh
Celebrating its 40th year, this locally supported show includes artists and crafters featured by invitation only. The result is high-quality, hand-crafted items at reasonable prices. Start your holiday  shopping early! Shop for truly unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Free admission. Special anniversary surprises.

mistletoe marketMistletoe Market, Nov. 15, Wakefield High School, Raleigh
Now in its 14th year, the Wakefield PTSA presents nearly 200 vendors offering handmade arts and crafts, gifts, jewelry, fresh-cut wreaths, garland and Christmas trees from Western N.C., a bake sale, basket raffle and food court. This community event is highly anticipated and frequented by many of the same shoppers year after year. “The 2014 Mistletoe Market has expanded to include 17 outdoor vendor booths offering everything from reclaimed wood art sculptures and furnishings, to original prints and paintings displayed by the artist, to mosaic sculptures for home and garden,” said vendor coordinator Lynn Stuchel.

christmas41-e1411656815947Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market, Nov. 15, Ballentine-Spence House, Fuquay-Varina
A holiday showcase event with a variety of unique vendors and crafters to liven up your shopping experience! Vendors include everything local, from handmade crafts to art and gifts galore; there truly is something for everyone. A concert pianist will provide live holiday and seasonal music and holiday refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Vend Raleigh’s Holiday Sip and Shop, Nov. 21, Cobblestone Hall, Raleigh
A girl’s night out! Vendors are all Vend Raleigh members (moms with businesses)–either direct sales items or handmade goods such as jewelry, skin care, purses, home décor, kitchen gadgets, personalized gifts, candles and baby items and more. The evening includes door prizes, a wine cash bar and appetizers. Grab your girlfriends, mothers and sisters and come on down to the Moore Square District in downtown Raleigh.

ncsuCrafts Center Holiday Fair & Sale, Nov. 22, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Featuring work by the Craft Center’s own artists and craftspeople. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while shopping for unique items during this 30th annual event.

christmas carouselThe Christmas Carousel, Nov. 28-30, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
One of the largest collections of arts, crafts and holiday gifts with more than 250 exhibitors from across the Southeast. Going strong for 27 years and showcasing thousands of one-of-a-kind items and unique gifts including crafts, jewelry, art, pottery and holiday foods. Santa will be there and admission is good all three days! Thanksgiving weekend at the Jim Graham Building.

CDCG45th Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show, Nov. 28-30, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Presented by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, this premier, three-day show and sale of fine craft held at the Exposition Center Thanksgiving weekend includes more than 100 contemporary craft artists from across North Carolina and the U.S. Meet the artists and find glass, clay, wood, wearable and decorative fibers, metal, leather, printmaking, photography, mixed media, one-of-a-kind furniture and precious and semi-precious jewelry.

cary academyHoliday Shoppe, Dec. 4-6, Cary Academy, Cary
Finish last-minute gift-buying at this one-of-a-kind annual shopping experience as more than 100 vendors put their wares up for sale. Back for its 12th year, this event includes artisans, hand-crafters, clothing vendors and delicious food for immediate tasting or gifts! No tax is charged on Holiday Shoppe purchases.

2013 ChristmasFair 044Scandinavian Christmas Fair, Dec. 6, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Featuring Scandinavian favorites like homemade foods, unique crafts and entertainment, as well as cultural exhibits and children’s activities. Come and enjoy a traditional Scandinavian Christmas, certain to get you in the spirit. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music and the popular Lucia-procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, salmon and homemade breads. Sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Association) and VASA (Swedish-American organization). In the Gov. James E. Holshouser Building.

st nicholas7th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market, Dec. 6, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish, Cary
Decorative items, gifts and vintage collectibles from Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Slovakia, Italy, Ireland, Scandinavia and Mexico. Enjoy a hot Slavic lunch of piroghi, cabbage rolls, kielbasa and paprikash; the Little German Band; plus delicious traditional European Christmas baked goods. Preview night pre-sale and Market Stroll with St. Nicholas and popup vendors Fri. evening, Dec. 5, from 7-9pm. Come share a traditional Christmas and shop Europe right in the heart of Cary!

Holly Days, Dec. 6-7, Sanderson High School (SHS), Raleigh
A holiday shopping extravaganza with more than 150 vendors offering jewelry, crafts, holiday décor, food and commercial goods. Plus performances by SHS Vocal Ensembles.

Posada Navideña, Dec. 7, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
A Hispanic holiday celebration with international bands performing and booths offering health professional services as well as traditional Christmas related items. In Dorton Arena. Free admission.

Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo, Dec. 20, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
In a bind and still searching for the perfect gift? Try your luck and come shop for those pesky last minute seasonal gifts at the Gov. James E. Holshouser Building on the Sat. before Christmas. Free admission.

And while you’re here, check out more than 20 Greater Raleigh shopping areas featuring big name retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Saks 5th Avenue. The Raleigh area also offers local indie boutiques, specialty stores, festively-lit shopping centers, small-town main streets, downtown areas and more. All for you in Greater Raleigh this shopping season!

Written by Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Kings Bowl, the ultimate entertainment experience combining great food, cocktails and bowling, opened in North Hills this month. This is the first of its kind in North Carolina.

And I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. It’s pretty spectacular. One could say that it’s 30,000 square feet of retro awesomeness.

luxury bowling at Kings North Hills, entertainment complex in Greater Raleigh Bowling was at its peak in the ’50s and ’60s, but this is not your average “Laverne and Shirley” bowling alley. Kings has taken the retro vibe from that time period and given it a modern twist that centers on gourmet cuisine, classy cocktails and craft beer.

Gourmet food is focus at Kings Bowl in North Hills, Dining in Greater Raleigh There’s music. There are 50 TVs, plenty of bowling lanes, billiard and ping pong tables, dartboards and so much more. Kings brings to the spotlight games that provoke interaction and conversation. You will not find high-tech video games here that you play alone.

Pool at Kings Bowl of North Hills, Sports Bar in Greater Raleigh Have an evening like in the good ol’ happy days, and enjoy your family and friends’ company with good ol’ fashioned game competition.

It’ll make the Fonz proud.

places for entertainment, cocktails in Raleigh, North Hills, Heyyyyyy! Let’s not forget about the cocktails.

“The Dude,” which is Kings’s take on a White Russian, the main character’s favorite cocktail in the movie “The Big Lebowski,” is pure heaven at every sip.

There are pink cocktails with Pop Rocks and fancy food bites.

Kings is a sports bar and restaurant, so you don’t have to bowl or play games to dine.

You may want to go just for the desserts. With a Fountain Shoppe menu, there is something sweet to please everyone in your party.

dessets at Kings Bowl in North Hills, Ice Cream in Greater Raleigh Starting at 6pm, the venue is open for ages 21 and older only. Families are welcome before 6pm, so keep that in mind as you plan your next entertainment outing. Kings also hosts private parties and kids’ parties.

Bowling in Greater Raleigh, Music, games,  barsKings Bowl is located at 141 Park at North Hills St., Ste. #120.

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pinecone-logo-webFINALFace of Folk: 30 Years of PineCone is an exhibit that celebrates the 30th anniversary of PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. This exhibit, running during 31 Days of Art, honors the programming, artists, and music brought forward by PineCone, focusing on four artists and genres: John D. Holelman, Blues; Lena Mae Perry, Gospel; Jim Mills, Bluegrass; and Wayne Martin, Old-Time. “The exhibit highlights traditional forms of music and how they influenced and impacted one another,” said City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum) assistant director Kimberly Floyd. “We’re asking people what they think of when they think of traditional music. What is traditional in Raleigh? We don’t want to answer that question for them. We want to present it and allow them to form their own conclusions.” Free. Click here for more information.

irishsession1_0_0PineCone and Tír na nÓg co-sponsor an open, Irish-style Jam Session each Sun. Open to musicians of all skill levels, these sessions also encourage singing. They provide an excellent venue for newcomers to delve into Irish music, as well as a great session for experienced players from eight to 80. If you’d rather dance, or even just tap your toes and listen, all are welcome! Free. Click here for address, times and details.

face-of-folkAnd along with the Shape-Note Singers, PineCone also sponsors a monthly event for shape-note artists to gather. Singers in this tradition sing without accompaniment and sit arranged by vocal part in a “hollow square,” facing one another across the square and taking turns at leading as rich four-part harmonies fill the room. Beginners are welcome and music is provided; no experience is necessary to participate. Taking place on the fourth Sun. of each month, Shape Note Sing is moving back to the historic chapel at Mordecai Historic Park where the Raleigh group began singing together almost 30 years ago. Free. Click for address, times and details.

eriksoncenter_shapenotesingConsidered the state’s largest, most active traditional music organization, PineCone is dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts. Each year PineCone presents more than 150 events, with approximately 100 of those offered free. PineCone presents more than 30 roots music concerts per year, in addition to producing Wide Open Bluegrass in collaboration with the International Bluegrass Music Association and its World of Bluegrass events, City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee. PineCone also promotes area jam sessions, offers bluegrass camps for youth, a weekly radio show and more.

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Photo credits: PineCone

DSC_0774Greater Raleigh visitors, get hip to this!

For your listening and drinking pleasure, Common 414 is now open in downtown Raleigh.

DSC_0759DSC_0768This Roaring Twenties-inspired jazz club might just be one of the best new bars in Raleigh. Fellas and flappers, come on over and see this tasty joint for yourself.

DSC_0747Every Fri. and Sat. night from 8-11pm, take in the hottest local jazz musicians playing at this chic venue. Justin Longoria Trio and Jim Harris Trio make frequent appearances, and I caught N.C.’s Daniel Stark Trio on this particular evening, treating the audience to a mixture of jazz, fusion and jazz-rock. Modern meets classic in this relaxing yet vibrant bar. Best yet, most nights don’t charge a cover, but just a one-time membership fee (yep, you can tell your friends that you’re a member of a jazz clubcool, huh?).

DSC_0734DSC_0744Formerly the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, Common 414 channels that need for a drink by serving some of the finest cocktails in the state. A sawbuck will get you about any fancy drink-avous. Pumpkin season brings The Reaper, a delectable concoction with house-made pumpkin and allspice Demerara syrups, 100-proof Old Grand-Dad Bottled In Bond bourbon, egg white and Regan’s Orange Bitters, all topped with freshly shaved nutmeg. This Music Maniac, despite my beer bias, also recommends Elixir of the Gods: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Domaine de Canton, Looza pear juice, agave nectar and fresh lime, served on the cube with a garnish of candied ginger.

DSC_0737If you’re not up for the brown plaid and want to stick to beer, there’s a modest selection. Five drafts, including White Street Brewing Company Kölsch and Lonerider Brewing Company Shotgun Betty, keep an owl going late.

DSC_0748Chin with the knowledgeable barkeeps to learn more about upcoming events, such as the Halloween Masquerade Ball or the Nov. 7 show featuring local legends Tea Cup Gin.

DSC_0756What are you waiting for? Put on the ritz with your baby, spoon on the couches and punch the bag with friends. You won’t be disappointed, and anyone who says otherwise is pos-i-lute-ly screwy.

DSC_0746Common 414 is located at 414 Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh. Open Mon.-Sun. 4:30pm-2am.

Cary, North Carolina, is home to Greater Raleigh’s first T.MAC restaurant. The popular Atlanta-founded restaurant, famous for its Buffalo-style wings and extensive craft beer selection, opened for business in Cary’s Waverly Place in Oct.

Restaurants in Greater Raleigh, Craft Beer, Wings, Burgers in Raleigh The craft beer selection at T.MAC is massive to say the least. The restaurant has 100 beers on tap, with a huge selection of Greater Raleigh brews.

Craft Beers on tap in Greater Raleigh, T.MAC. sports bars in Greater RaleighThe entire back wall is lined with beer taps. I also give the restaurant praise for its organization of its beer menu. It’s easy to read, and you can easily find N.C. brews at one glance.

100 beers on tap at T.MAC, beer places in Raleigh,  Restaurants in Greater Raleigh T.MAC is essentially a family-friendly, modern-day sports bar. There are 80 TVs in the place, and no matter where you sit, you have a good view of the telly.

The restaurant has a prestigious reputation for its authentic buffalo wings and homemade sauces, such as hickory honey BBQ and fiery chili citrus. Chefs make nine sauces in house, and I even had the hickory honey BBQ sauce on a burger with bacon, which was outstanding. T.MAC also serves roasted wings and boneless wings for the calorie-conscious and the lazy eaters like me. With boneless wings there is no working hard for your food, while roasted wings have 100 fewer calories per wing than their original culinary counterparts.

T.MAC serves wings in Greater Raleigh, places to  have wings in Raleigh, NCT.MAC prides itself on fresh and natural ingredients, and serves only hormone-free chicken and beef. I attended a media preview lunch and sampled a variety of items, and also dined with my family another night, when I devoured two helpings of chips and salsa. The chips at T.MAC are certainly addicting.

places to eat in Greater Raleigh, T.MAC in Raleigh, Desserts are simple at T.MAC, but decadent with the caramel apple cake and S’mores brownie.

Young diners have a choice of several items under $4.95 that include a juice box or other beverage and Oreo cookies. Another sparkling twist is flavored Dasani water, available in eight flavors.

T.MAC is open daily, and it also offers outdoor seating that may be a little more quiet for conversation. Located in Waverly Place at 309 Colonades Way in Cary.

See you there!

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415963_10150655069267361_757258904_oDowntown Raleigh’s Artspace is a thriving visual art center offering provocative exhibitions, inspiring education programs and a dynamic environment with more than 35 studio artists. And during 31 Days of Art, you can also enjoy exhibitions like Render.

This two-person exhibition features photos and film by N.Y.-based Laura Heyman and oil paintings by Penn.-based Lea Colie Wight. Brought together, the artwork offers two distinctive and contemporary views on female identity. They demonstrate alternative ways that staging and self-consciousness may affect viewing experiences. Through both painting and photography, the exhibition celebrates and seeks complexity in the relationship between artists and the models they represent.

kimono-blue-room-final-copyLaura Heyman, Untitled from “The Photographer’s Wife” series. Courtesy of Artspace.

unnamedLaura Heyman, Untitled from “The Photographer’s Wife” series. Courtesy of Artspace.

In Heyman’s series “The Photographer’s Wife,” the images appear to be taken by the woman’s husband, but in reality Heyman embodies the role of both photographer and model. She creates a fictional dynamic between a model and a photographer, described in complementary video and printed journal entries that are also part of the exhibition.

Lea-Colie-Wight-JennLea Colie Wight, “Jenn.” Courtesy of Artspace.

Wight’s portraits are masterworks of color and composition, painted in a classical contemporary style. Works from two different series are on display; the first featuring one of her models, Jenn; the second featuring mother and child pairs.

In Gallery 2 through Nov. 1. Click for gallery hours and further information.

65078_10152400452817361_3093493591107436630_nLea Colie Wight talking about her work in the exhibition, Render. Courtesy of Artspace.

Artspace has a thriving figure study program where community members, college students and professional artists come together to draw live models every week, and Render will provide a complement to the program.

October Red is a solo exhibition by N.C. artist Mark Brown that is a group of reductive oil on panel paintings. It is the first public viewing of this series.

unnamed (1)Mark Brown, October Red IV. Courtesy of Artspace.

Two years of work went into this contemporary answer to such pillars of 20th century painting as Mark Rothko and Frank Stella. Brown’s paintings defy the easy application of outside narratives. His paint application and mark-making bring viewers back to the present moment.

MpocketsHwebMark Brown with October Red XIX and October Red XXI. Courtesy of Artspace.

Seeing a number of Brown’s paintings as a group can provide subtle instruction in how to view them. In the absence of figures–and in his words “limiting activity in the centers of the compositions”–a small omission from an established pattern may become an absorbing moment of drama.

My approach pays attention to the properties of paint…my work is reductive because I’ve learned that less is more, especially given a media-saturated culture. I don’t own a bell or a whistle. –Mark Brown

In Gallery 1 through Nov. 1. Click for gallery hours and further information.

Celebrate an artful October with #31DaysOfArt!

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Other photo credits: Artspace exterior: Artspace

Every Sat. morning, rain or shine, the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Morrisville opens so that Greater Raleigh visitors and residents can benefit from locally-grown food.

Western Wake Farmer's Market Market offerings include fresh seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, eggs, cheeses, meats and seafood, as well as coffee, beer, soda, local honey, crafts and more.

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market was conceived by a set of Greater Raleigh moms with a desire to feed their families with locally-grown food. The market is located on Morrisville Carpenter Rd. between Davis Dr. and Hwy. 55 in the Carpenter Village neighborhood.

Western Wake Farmer's Market FoodMarket staff works diligently to educate the public about the importance of locally-produced and sustainable food.

“To me, food is a way of lifewhy not make it good food?” stated Madison Whitley, marketing manager for the market. “I furthered my love of food by studying nutrition in college. I learned about the components of food, why they were important in the body and why it was imperative to eat fresh, local whole foods. They are not only better for you, our environment and economy, but they taste so much better.”

Western Wake LettuceAs the holiday season approaches, Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host the Fall Craft Fair on Sat., Nov. 1, from 8am-noon. In addition to its regular vendors, the fair will showcase approximately 30 local artisans and crafters at this year’s fair.

Craft Goods in Greater Raleigh, local good, farmer's market, sweatersGet a jump on your holiday shopping and support Greater Raleigh artisans. I bet those on your holiday shopping list will love it.

The 2014 Fall Craft Fair will take place rain or shine.

Western Wake Market3To learn about what is in season at the market, and browse through some great recipes, visit the market’s website.

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