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Gimme a Beat - Beach Music Venues


Who cares if you once fell off the table during your rendition of "Footloose."  Pick up your collective Midtown Beach Musicsoul, throw on those dancing shoes, and give it a spin at these upcoming Beach Music shows. From free to fantastic, these venues are a great way to face the music and enjoy this Spring/Summer ritual.


Midtown Beach Music Shag Series - April 12: The Embers Kick-Off
Beach Music is back at North Hills with a long lineup of complimentary concerts.  Come shag the night away while enjoying music from your favorite beach music bands!  Kicking off this year's concert series are the legendary beach music band, The EmbersWHEN: Thursdays from 6-9pm, April 12 -August 9.  COST: FREE!  WHERE: The Commons at North Hills - Beverages will be available for purchase at the concerts.  Event Schedule.  So how does Midtown pull this off for 209,000+ (last year's attendance)Midtown Beach Music Series of its closest friends? ... Keep reading.


What does it really take to put on a Midtown Beach Music Show?  - Article excerpts from Midtown Raleigh Alliance 


Think about what it takes to have 30 or 40 friends over for a backyard get together - the details it takes to pull off a fun evening for everyone - and then try to picture what it would take to do that for 10,000 people every week. For 18 weeks. Imagine doing that with a small but avid group who have a passion for making the music come alive, who literally hand walk tables, chairs, stage pieces, planters, benches, tents, signage and more across the property to set up and then again in reverse to tear down. 


Between 1:00 - 6:00, the Commons is blocked off; planters, benches, and terrace tables and chairs moved; the stage arrives on a 40-foot trailer; 37 tables, 40 tents, 43 chairs, and 160 sandbags are delivered; sponsor banners are hung from the stage; private party area on the Arbor is set up; the band arrives; power is run; equipment unloaded and hooked up; yellow jackets go down (not a fashion item); equipment is connected to the distribution box; two tents are set up behind the stage Dance floor Midtown Beach Musicfor the sound guys; the dance floor goes down (1,080 pieces installed); and the kids' dance floor with mats and fencing is set up; barricades and entry points are set up; tents go up for the emcee, North Hills Gives Back, and merchants; all signs are in place; food and refreshments are delivered to the Arbor; beverage stations open; announcements are given to the emcee; merchants set up; sound is  

checked; and the band changes into costumes. At 6:00, it is SHOW TIME!


At 9:00, when the party is over, out comes the small, but dedicated army to pick up the dance floor, pack up the band, take down the tents, fold all the tables, take signs down, pack the barricades and wheel them to storage; cut the power; unhook the distribution box; pick up the yellow jackets; load beverage stations back onto the trailer, take down the stage; and remove trash. The Commons is swept with the "Goat" - a type of vacuum that restores grass (don't most goats eat grass?) and hand sweepers are also used; concrete is power washed; benches and planters are moved back into position; and tables and chairs returned to the terrace. Without a trace, the show has come and gone.
For this team, the work is sheer joy because they do it for you, for the Midtown community and beyond who wouldn't miss Beach Music for anything in the world.  



Triangle Beach Music Festival - April 28 at Bryan Farm, Garner  

Triangle Beach Music FestivalReady for the biggest Beach Music day of the year?  Believe it or not, the largest Beach Music Festival of the year (TBMV) is inland at Bryan Farms in Garner, NC.  This year is the 14th anniversary and that's a whole lotta shaggin' going on! ... Check out the photo gallery from past year's events.  Featured Acts include Band of Oz; Jim Quick & CoastlineCraig Woolard BandSpare Change; and Hip Pocket. Gates Open at 9:00 AM and the bands play from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Advance tickets are $25; at the door, $30. Ticket Outlets.  A multitude of food and drink vendors will keep your inner machines fueled and ready to party.  For more information, click on   



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Drop It Like It's Hot!

Drop & Shop -  A Fashion Exchange in Cameron Village, April 20-22


It's not like the clothing you want is going to fall from the sky in some big drop.  Or maybe it is.  Buy and large  we've found you a way to shop and serve the community.  You've mastered the doing-unto-yourself part.  It's the bit about doing unto others you could use a little help with.  The Junior League of Raleigh's Drop & Shop in Cameron Village is a way to accomplish both with a single shopping trip!


Drop & ShopWhat can be better than being rewarded for helping the Earth?  Reduce, Recycle, Shop!  The Junior League of Raleigh's Bargain Box is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Drop & Shop.  This year they are especially excited as the event falls over Earth Day weekend.


How it Works: 1) "Drop" gently-used clothing at tables located throughout Cameron Village.  2) You receive one "20% off one item coupon" for every 5 items dropped.  3) The donated clothes go to the Bargain Box to benefit the Junior League of Raleigh's community projects.  4) You stay and use your coupon at your favorite Cameron Village stores.  Limit is up to 3 coupons.


When: Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 Where: Drop-off tables will be located throughout Cameron Village.

 Participating Stores

  • Charlotte's Jewelry and Gifts
  • Eye Car Associates
  • C.T. Weekends
  • The Globetrotter
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Scout & Molly's
  • Bevello
  • Certain Things
  • Fab'rik
  • Madison
  • Palm Avenue
  • Uniquities
  • Wardrobbe
  • Jolie The Day Spa
  • Shutterbugs
  • Daphne's Hallmark

Keep checking the Bargain Box Facebook page for updates on participating stores. They are constantly adding to the list.


The Coupons: A 20 percent off one item coupon will be provided for every five donated items (up to 3 coupons). The one-time coupons will expire May 20, 2012, four weeks after Drop & Shop.Bargain Box


The Bargain Box happily accepts donations year-round and is a great tax deductible way to recycle old inventory. Celebrating more than 50 years in the community, the Bargain Box offers high-quality, secondhand clothing and household goods donated by League members and the community. Proceeds from this ongoing fundraiser go to support the Junior League of Raleigh programs and projects throughout the community.  


The Bargain Box: Located in Cameron Village at 401 Woodburn Rd, Raleigh, 27605.  Phone: 919-833-7587.  Website.    


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Fall in love with your home again!  April 13th through 15th at  the Southern Ideal Home Show TC Artworks  will be at booth #2215 in The Exposition Center at the NC State Fairgrounds.  LocatedTC Artwork revamp re-purpose near the front entrance, 2nd aisle. Come out and discover how you can transform your cabinetry and furniture! Get some great ideas for your home. Their booth will have a plethora or cabinet finishes for you to touch and hold. Learn about the upcoming workshops and sign up to take a class. Click Here for Class Schedules and details.

Southern Ideal Home Hours: Friday, April 13th, 12pm - 8 pm, Saturday, April 14th, 10 am - 8 pm and Sunday, April 15th, 11am - 5 pm.  


Meet Bookmarked! 2012 featured author Audrey Penn - Center staff, board members, and Bookmarked! 2012 committee members are thrilled to introduce our friends and supporters to The Kissing Hand, bestselling children's book author and special guest at Bookmarked! 2012, our ten-day festival celebrating the special joys of reading with children, April 27-May 6.


Ms. Penn is the creator of Chester Raccoon, whose mother calms his separation anxiety with a simple gesture of love in the back-to-school favorite The Kissing Hand. Other Chester stories tackle the arrival of a new sibling, bullying, and the death of a loved one in a reassuring and comforting way. Website.   


Classes by Marlowe K Earl: Draw Like a Kid Again...Fearless and Fun! Each session last 6 weeks, $270 per session.  Materials included in all classes. Each 90 minute class is individualized to meet your needs. Family Special: Come and draw with your kid and get a 20% Family Discount. Two Student Minimum for all classes. Custom Class Times available for all classes. NC Public School Certified K-12 Art Teacher. Call Marlowe K Earl at 919-397-8023, or Email Mordecai Neighborhood.  Twenty plus years public and private school experience, successful students are her specialty! 

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April 21st - From 1:00 to  6:00pm at Certain Things in Cameron Village.  Join Owners, Lu and Doug Harris who will be providing Door Prizes and refreshments!

April 28th - From 12:00noon to 3:00pm at Cute Buttons Gifts and Paper Boutique115 A West Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511.  Alison Kim Perry, Owner will be providing Door Prizes and refreshments as well! So come check out the various Beehive Girls products.. great for Mothers Day, teacher, and graduation gifts. Like us on Facebook  


Paint SamplesKenna Custom Painting, Inc.  is available to tackle your residential painting needs.  With their great crews that perform very professional jobs on residential homes, you won't believe how quiet and unobtrusive they are.  So if you have that "itch" to freshen up your home, interior or exterior before springtime, contact them now.  Call 919-855-0082 or Email:  Website. 



Simply-Refined BlogJoin My Blog Simply-Refined:  I am an Interior Designer that can inspire and help you with your designs and decorating needs.  Call  Zaytoun Interiors if you're finally ready to decorate or re-decorate your home or office.  What's your style?  If you're not sure, I can help you tap into your inner self and find what makes you want to come home.  Website, Email, Phone: 305-793-8510.  Visit our blog

St Marys HousePrice Reduced $599,000: 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


Mia Francesca Trattoria, which opened its doors in North Hills this past October, is introducing 'Eat and Earn', a unique program established to support local non-profit organizations. Through this initiative, participating non-profits looking to raise funds can organize pre-set nights for their respective groups to dine at the restaurant, and Mia Francesca will, in turn, donate 15 percent of the dinner bill to the organization.  For more info call 919-278-1525. Website.


Did You Know?  For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $68 stays in the local economy compared to only $43 if spent at a national chain. Please support our local business!  This is what The Beltline Buzz is all about.   


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