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Football Mania


It's your turn to host next Sunday's Super Bowl party. Don't panic, we've got your back. The good Super Bowl XLVI 2012news is you don't need entertainment, or hard liquor, just beer... and lots of it!  Your food doesn't have to be expensive.  And the decorations are supposed to be cheesy so shopping at Party City or Oriental Trading is totally acceptable.


Game On: A big screen TV with enough seating is a must. But don't worry about rigging your house for high tech sports equipment, that's on your "honey-do's list".  This list he'll finish well before your desired deadline.  TV's will be hooked up in the kitchen, patio, yep even bathrooms! Laptops will be strategically placed for second and third sportscasters' play by play comments.  Heaven forbid if someone should miss a commercial, halftime act or... oh yeah the Giants playing the Patriots again. 


Chill BeerPlenty of beer: Super Bowl games always bring out the beer experts from your guests.  Today's beers offer complex and intriguing flavors and features.  To get to know beer better and what to offer your beer connoisseurs, you should learn the difference between lagers and ales. Most beers fall into one of these categories.  For some guided advice stop by Trader Joes in Raleigh or Cary and ask the experts what they recommend.


Football fare: Think stadium food like chmeatloaf cupcakesips and dips, nachos, popcorn, beer nuts, big pretzels, chicken wings, hot dogs and subs.  All easy to prepare and serve.  But if you'd like to raise the bar a notch then serve at least one thing that is really unique and the "talk of the night", (unless Madonna upstages your efforts with her own version of a wardrobe malfunction!)


We've picked Meatloaf Cupcakes; not seen before at Super Bowl parties but these meet the "comfort food requirement" and will have your guests boasting about your culinary talents.  They're easy to make and not as fattening as other cupcakes you've consumed in the past.  And they look absolutely yummy!  Click Here for Recipe.  Party Table Fill and Chill 

Go disposable and blue:
No need to pull out the china and glassware that will keep you cleaning-up well after midnight.  This is a Blue Solo Cup Party!  Football guests expect no less.  In fact, the tackier the better for this party!  We've found two clever ways to NY Ginats party supplieschill your beer. (See photos to right and above)  And party paper goods that will compliment your obnoxious Giants and Patriot fan friends. 

Your party results; high scores amongst the guys.  But for next year, our advice to you; punt, run and don't get pelted!



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Art Start - February 3rd First Friday Events


Cold Frontin': The only thing normal about winter this year is that you've reached the "belting point" ... where your waistline is showing that holiday pooch.  Other than that, who would have thought that our daffodils would be in full boom in late January?  Given that the temperature this week will reach the high 60's and low 70's, it's time to fast forward the spring calendar and take the

Beverly Dickson Narrative Landscapes
Beverly Dickson Narrative Landscapes

First Friday stroll in downtown Raleigh.   Exercise your artistic license and pay attention to the fine print (below).  And if the weather should change? ... we'll all be "cold frontin" in our bare necklines.


NC Museum of Natural Sciences:  Spend a delightfully different evening on this First Friday. Enjoy light fare plus beer and wine from the Acro Café, shop at the Museum Store, enjoy the Nature Art Gallery, groove to live music and stroll through fabulous exhibits.  


Big Trouble in Little ChinaCatch a free cult classic movie at The Natural Horror Picture Show. "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986) stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton. Movie starts at 7:00 pm. 


The Museum Store also offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30-8:30pm) for NC artist Beverly Dickson, whose show "Narrative Landscapes"  will be on display starting on February 3rd in the Nature Art Gallery.  All exhibited art is for sale.  The exhibit will continue through February 26.


NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Location: 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Phone: 919.733.7450  For information, contact Steve Popson at ext. 379.  Website.    


Artspace: Microcosms/Macrocosms presents the work of two artists exploring similar concepts, though utilizing vastly different media and techniques. Amy Gross' two- and three-

Amy Gross
Work by Amy Gross 

dimensional works are stitched, sculptural fiber works, while Barry Sparkman's mixed media works incorporate printmaking and painting techniques. 


Jarod Charzewski's site-specific installations examine landscapes and people.. "What Land Will Take" is constructed from several tons of borrowed garments (from local thrift stores) and reflects nature's response to man and mankind's impact on the land. The artist views his installations as a lens through which to see our world.


Artspace: First Friday Hours:  Open till 10:00 pm. Location: 201 E. Davie St. Raleigh, 27601.  919-821-2787. Website. 


Designbox: "Mars Ain't No Place to Raise Yer Kids"; A benefit for Oliver Gant. Reception and opening begins Friday, Feb. 3rd from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm through Feb. 24th.  The first show in

their new space is a group show with a rockets and outer space theme.  The theme was chosen by their good little 2 ˝ year old friend, Oliver Gant, who has been going through cancer treatments Designboxand surgeries since his diagnosis a year ago, in February of 2011.


As Oliver and his family journey through this unknown territory, more than twenty local artists and friends have donated their artistic visions to have fun with this little boy as well as to raise money to help cover some of his medical expenses.  Most art is priced at $100 or less.  In an effort to raise as much money as possible, a select few art works will be sold in a silent auction.  The auction will take place during the first Friday opening, on February 3rd.  There will also be four hard-to-come-by Firefly Lasers up for auction (currently in high demand and backordered through March).  Bids may be placed Friday between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. 


All proceeds from these donated pieces and silent auction will go to benefit Oliver. Website


Designbox new location: (5 doors down from their old space) 307 W. Martin Street (just West of the corner of Dawson), in the heart of the Raleigh Warehouse District. Hours are Mon.-Fri. from 11am to 6pm, and Sat. 12pm-4pm.  Website.  


Roundabout Art Collective: Come celebrate with the Roundabout Art Collective artists on their Roundabout Art Collective Gallerynew location. First Friday, Feb. 3rd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Their new location is 305 Oberlin Rd. Raleigh, 27605. There's plenty of parking behind the gallery.


The Roundabout Art Collective brings together a diverse group of 25 Wake County artists who have created a magnet location for exhibiting and selling art. Website.  


Downtown Raleigh's First Friday:  Enjoy the art, the restaurants & retailers each first friday of the month.  Stroll (or take the free R-LIne) to the 25 open galleries & museums & participate in late night shopping and libations.  Fun for the whole family.




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Worth NY Spring LineYou are invited to the Spring 2012 Showing of Worth New York - A Modern, Luxurious, Alluring & Sophisticated collection. Friday, February 3 - Monday, February 13.

1909 Reid Street - Raleigh, 27608. Please call for your personal appointment by contacting Peggy Fain at 919-833-6833 or Ann Proctor at 919-417-6455. Emails: and To preview this Spring Collection, visit Worth NY Website.   




Water colorsArt Classes by Marlowe K Earl: Draw Like a Kid Again...Fearless and Fun! Semi-Private Art Classes Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings 9:30-11:00 and afternoons 1:00-2:30. Each session last 6 weeks, $270 per session.  Materials list will be provided when signing up.  Dry and Water Media only. Call Marlowe K Earl at 919-397-8023, or Email . Mordecai Neighborhood.  Twenty plus years experience, successful students are her specialty! 


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Our Lady of Lourdes School Open House:  You are cordially invited to the Admissions Open House on Thursday, February 2nd, 8:30am - 10:00am and 6:45pm -:8:00pm. Address: 2710 Overbrook Dr. Raleigh, 27613.  A Blue Ribbon School!  Admission packets and tours available. Questions: Call Pam Mueller at 919-861-4635. 

Fork & BarrelFork & Barrel: Daily Specials & Events -  WINE MONDAY:  End your Monday with 30% Off All Wine Inventory Bottle & Glass, $ 2 Bud Light Draft, $ 3 Sam Winter Lager.   HAPPY HOUR Monday- Friday:  Half Price Appetizers from 4 to 6:30.  Join Fork & Barrel Mobile VIP club and text FNB to 919-439-6501 to receive special offers & coupons.

 Fork and Barrel:  6675-105 Falls of the Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615, Tel: (919) 322-0190,  Email  Like us on Facebook 


Ottoman with storageLet's Get Organized.  Make your first resolution for 2012 to get organized in your home.  Call  Zaytoun Interiors if you need help re-arranging all those fabulous books and accessories you received over the holidays or if you're finally going to take the plunge and re-decorate the family room, now that all the kids have flown the coop!   Website, Email, Phone: 305-793-8510.  Visit our blog

St Marys HouseHouse priced to Sale at $620,000: 2748 St. Mary's St. Raleigh, 27609. Ideal Location! Walk to great schools, greenway and North Hills! Renovated in 1995. New paint/ refinished floors. DR w/FP, LR/Sunroom & large FR. Large White Kitchen w/granite & subway tile backsplash. 5 bedrooms. Private quaint backyard -wooden play equip, greenhouse, climbing trees, Covered Carport, & 1car garage, 2 decks, fully landscaped.  Contact: Jill Rekuc, Olde Raleigh Real Estate at 919-389-0555.  Website

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iley's Fine Jewelery Facebook Valentine Contest.  From now until Jan. 31, Bailey's is accepting people's love stories.   Email your story to  They will then pick the top 14 and post them on Facebook, Feb. 1st through Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th).  The story that gets the most likes will win a $100 gift certificate.  So write the the Love Story of your life.  It's okay to be mushy and gushy and emotional.  If you make em smile and make em cry...  then they'll simply Love You!  So start writing and tell your story! Like us on Facebook


Kenna Custom Painting: A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference when designing your Paint Sampleshome and Kenna Custom Painting has helped countless clients transform their homes with a professional, quality paint job. Whether it's a new home, a renovation, or a simple touch up, their highly trained staff will get the job done on time, with no mess, and exactly the way you want. Customer satisfaction is their highest priority.

Contact: Kenna Custom Painting, Inc: 2517 Noblin Rd. Suite #115 Raleigh, 27604. Phone: (919) 855-0082. Website


Correction - The Beltline Buzz January 23, 2012 issue:  Article; Every Dog Deserves His Day, Woof Gang Bakery does not offer doggie day care. Our apologies.  If you need doggie day care in the Triangle, please visit our Baby Sitters and Pet Sitters list



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