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25 Jan 2018

For the love of art

Art tells a story - a shared story between the artist, the art and the individual experiencing it. At the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, stories are created, nurtured and shared daily. Much like the artists it supports, VAE is a diverse hub for artists, a venue to advance artists' careers, and a voice to influence positive change for the creative community. It has been around for 38 years, but much has changed during those four decades, said Brandon Cordrey, an artist and former gallery manager who joined VAE Raleigh in 2013 and leads the organization as director. He's passionate about the organization's mission and the unique populations it serves. "Our first challenge is getting people to understand that we don't just serve...
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5 Dec 2017

7 ways to entertain your holiday guests

Would you guess that it was Benjamin Franklin who coined the old truism, “Fish and visitors stink after three days?” I was sure this popular expression was uttered after an exasperated newlywed hosted her in-laws for the first time, but regardless, if you’ve ever housed visitors for an extended time, I know you can relate to the truth Mr. Franklin speaks. So instead of dreading the thought of occupying friends and family this holiday season, here are seven ideas to combat the feeling of wanting to bang your head against the wall once day three rolls around. Holiday at the Garden Each year, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden transforms its grounds into a dazzling holiday wonderland. If 600,000 twinkling lights won’t make you forget you’re...
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16 Feb 2017

Experience Winston-Salem

With the bustling nightlife, historic charm and vibrant arts culture, it’s no surprise that Winston-Salem is ranked #37 on the US News and World Report’s list of 100 Best Places to Live in the US. Keep reading to find out our favorite things about this up-and-coming southern city and why we think it’s the place to be! Vibrant Art Community Winston-Salem is often called The City of the Arts, and its residents take the nickname very seriously. Whether you live in or are just visiting the city, you’ll find a variety of studios, residences and businesses displaying and selling arts ranging from paintings to pottery to textiles. Join in a gallery hop the first Friday of every month, as well as regional...
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27 Jan 2017

#FBF Before closing, don’t do these 5 things

You’re approved! The contract is signed on the house, the closing date is set and you are ready to go! But hold on. Don’t go buying new appliances for the new house or a new car for the new commute just yet! Why? Because your credit is monitored right up to the day you sign the contract. Lenders will question any big transaction or change in financial status until you have the keys in hand. So be aware that not only is a credit check run when you apply for a mortgage, but another is run just before you close. So avoid these 5 things before closing on your home—or risk losing it before it’s even yours! Don't change your job status. Banks...
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20 Jan 2017

Beat the blues. Banish the blahs.

So it’s winter in the Carolinas. And yep, our friends and family in more hostile climates make fun of us when we whine, pout and post memes of how much we want to be at the beach with bare feet. Nevertheless, the struggle is real, and winter woes can sneak up on us before we can say “Jack Frost.” Science agrees. According to WebMD, the gloomy and shorter days each winter in much of the country is biologically felt to some degree by an estimated one in four of us, magically ending by April and the coming of springtime weather. For most people, it manifests as the winter blahs, and keeps you in an "I-can't-wait-for-winter-to-end" state of mind. It can also...
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4 Jan 2017

Living healthy in the new year

It’s the new year, but instead of talking about eye roll-worthy topics such as dieting, dropping bad habits or joining the gym, what about exploring a few things in 2017 that make real sense for real life? First step’s a doozy Did you find a fancy step-tracking device under the tree this holiday season? Or are you just curious how the generally recommended 10,000 steps a day changes up things in your day? Are you thinking about starting at 3,000 steps a day and working up from there? No matter your motivations, just get moving. Healthcare professionals pretty much agree it’s good for you, whatever your age or body type. And you don’t have to go all high tech. A $9 pedometer from...
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23 Dec 2016

#FBF Get some fresh air

In our area, many bright winter days call us outside, into the crisp air and under Carolina blue skies to get a breath of fresh air. Luckily, our area has an extensive network of greenways to make it fun and easy. The Swamp Rabbit Trail in Upstate South Carolina goes roughly from Greenville Tech to Furman University. It is popular with walkers, runners and bicyclists and features routes through Cleveland Park and the opportunity to detour to Swamp Rabbit Brewery in Traveler’s Rest. The Rails to Trails Conservancy is active in the NC Triangle, creating and maintaining greenways and trails including the 22-mile American Tobacco Trail. Escapes into the great outdoors in the NC Triad area are accessed via 11 miles of Piedmont...
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16 Dec 2016

#FBF Keeping it fresh

Keeping meals healthy and fresh—even through the winter months—has never been easier in the Carolinas. From year round farmers’ markets to home delivery services, you can get the homegrown goodness you crave even in winter! Year-round Farmer’s Markets For fresh produce, farm to fork meats, cheese and more, the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market is open all year and features North and South Carolina growers. At the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, you’ll find a variety of vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, meat, pastries, honey, tea, coffee and beer grown or made within 60 miles of Chapel Hill. The Market at 501 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, NC is an indoor facility with free admission, Wi-Fi, and plenty of free parking. They are open Saturdays 7 a.m.-12 noon year round. The...
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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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