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12 Dec 2016

Tips for hosting the perfect holiday gathering

For those of us whose lineage includes Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, and the like, the opportunity to entertain a group of friends or family is likely a welcomed request; while for others, the thought of hosting a dinner party is akin to getting a root canal--in other words, it’s not so pretty. Whether you’re a hostess with the mostess or a hot mess, here are some tips for a successful party. Ambiance Create a relaxing atmosphere by building a playlist of your favorite tunes prior to guests arriving. Make sure the music is loud enough to be appreciated but no so loud that your guests have to strain their ears during a conversation. Looking for a way to kick...
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28 Nov 2016

Cozy up to December in the Carolinas

  Looking for more cozy than commercial this holiday season? We are, too and found these less stressful events and things to do for those of you who are looking to go from overloaded to overjoyed. Sanctuary Chef Vivian Howard of the PBS A Chef’s Life fame recommends the Love Feast at Old Salem, both for the special celebration and the sweet cake that follows. There will also be two Love Feasts at Wake Forest on Sunday, December 4. On December 6, in the stained glass Sanctuary at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, tenor Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will present Christmas in Ireland. Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st this year. Greeting the winter with a simple celebration of lights—think luminaries, candlelit dinner...
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23 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving trivia

Generally, conversations on politics and religion, or comments about absentee family members or friends should be avoided at the Thanksgiving table. So what does that leave you to talk about? Maybe start here, and share these Thanksgiving fun facts to help keep the day light, civil and peaceful. History Most historians agree the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in what is now the state of Massachusetts, in 1621. The feasting and togetherness lasted for three days. Over 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. The declaration was largely due to the campaigning of magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, who also wrote the nursery rhyme, Mary had a Little...
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18 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving Carolina Classics

The Carolinas are home to people from all over the country, even the world. So if you’re looking for new traditions to make your Thanksgiving fare reflect this beautiful area we live in, here are some Carolina classics for your table. Sides According to Garden & Gun magazine, cooks all over the country turn to sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving, but nowhere do they taste more like home than in the Carolinas. North Carolina grows more sweet potatoes than any other state, and locals have come up with plenty of ways to use them. “I never knew the versatility of the sweet potato until I moved here,” says Scott Crawford, of Standard Foods in Raleigh. And chef Kevin Callaghan of Acme Food & Beverage Co.; Carrboro,...
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31 Oct 2016

A November to remember in the Carolinas

There are so many places to explore in the Carolinas! Consider these places to go and things to do in November: Places to go The Whirligig Festival home is an energetic street festival focusing on arts and whirligigs. You’ll be in the company of 20,000 of your new best friends when you travel to Wilson, NC the first full weekend of November. Feeling artsy? The 22nd Annual Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour will be held November 5-6 and 12-13, with 82 artists at 66 studio locations throughout Orange County, NC. At the Carolina Renaissance Festival, history comes alive in Mecklenburg County with medieval entertainment, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting and feasting. Save room for a giant turkey leg. The festival is open...
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7 Oct 2016

3 ways to have some fun in the October sun

The days are crisp and sunny, so grab the fam and get out and enjoy some of the fun the Carolinas have to offer. Here are 3 ways you can do just that: 1. Mazes, pumpkins and apples Stop by the Farmer Ganyard Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC for hayrides, corn and hay mazes, a barn market and a pumpkin patch. In Taylors, SC, take the kiddos to a non-scary Enchanted Forest, an Upstate favorite. Ken’s Korny Corn Maze  near Garner, NC is a ten-acre fall playground that is home to the state’s first and longest-running corn maze. There is also a small maze for kids, pumpkin picking, hayrides and family games such as miniature golf and gourd checkers. The whole of Rural Hill's 265 acres...
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3 Aug 2016

How These Carolina Cities Got Their Names

Allen Tate is proud to be a part of more than 40 local communities throughout the Carolinas - each unique in their own ways. Here’s a glimpse into how some of the wonderful cities and towns we call home got their unique names. Our Charming Towns Once known as Garibaldi, early residents near the current site of Belmont, NC began to set up their homes around the colonial Fort at the Point, built in the 1750s by Dutch settler James Kuykendall and others Although never attacked, the fort was reportedly built because of ongoing hostilities with the Cherokees. Years later, the town was named in honor of August Belmont, a prominent New York banker. There are several theories on how Powdersville, SC got its...
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27 Jul 2016

Stay in style at a State Park!

The natural beauty of the Carolinas is available to all of us through our top-rated State Park systems. Here is a rundown on staying in style once you get there. Camping Love the idea of sleeping out under the stars, roasting marshmallows and telling campfire stories? The North Carolina and South Carolina state parks combined systems have more than 6,000 campsites total. Choose your site in North Carolina, from group sites, hike-in sites, canoe-in sites, and equestrians sites (at Medoc Mountain State Park and South Mountains State Park). From standard tent and RV sites with water and electricity, to trailside sites at Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina state parks also offer a variety of camping experiences for all types of campers—from tenderfoots...
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20 Jul 2016

Landmark Ahoy!

From iconic and famous, to natural and manmade, the Carolinas are home to some of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring landmarks. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Building on a heritage of hard work Industrious Carolinians have historically built on a foundation of dreams, aspirations and desire to contribute to the greater good. On the Outer Banks, the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was first authorized in 1794 when Congress recognized the danger posed to Atlantic shipping in the treacherous waters off the barrier island. It has stood as a state symbol since it was first illuminated in 1803. In the mountains of North Carolina, the Biltmore Estate was built by the Vanderbilt family between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately...
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15 Jul 2016

Get Fresh, Get Local!

If your idea of the perfect Saturday involves perusing through rows and rows of fresh and locally grown veggies, meats, and sweet treats, then you’re in luck--because we’ve rounded up some of the best farmer’s markets in the Carolinas. Try one, or try ‘em all. Greater Charlotte/ SC Region Davidson Farmers Market 120 S Main St, Davidson, NC Open Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Home to 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100 mile radius. Vendors are available to not only provide locally grown food, but to educate consumers about nutrition and how to prepare and preserve locally grown food. The Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, and cheeses produced by sustainable or organic methods when possible. You will also...
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