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                       December 3, 2012
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Word on the Street -  The Art of the Matter  

First Friday, Dec. 7th 


There's no use in sugarcoating it:  Your lousy genes are keeping junior from becoming the next Wayne Downtown Raleigh Ice Rink Gretzky.  You can continue blaming your family's unchangeable history (or love of your front teeth, irrational fear of ice, and any other excuse).  Or you could set the next generation on a new path to sports glory and take the kids to Winterfest for an ice skating extravaganza.  The downtown Christmas tree is lit and the ice rink is operating, and two months of events are scheduled.  


And, one of the best times is First Friday (December 7).  Considered one of Raleigh's most popular evening escapes, this monthly event provides expansive, evening access to Raleigh's exciting art, dining, museum, and shopping venues.  The kids not interested in art galleries? ... No problem, bring their ice skates for Easy Sliders Website 


Exercise your artistic license and pay attention to the fine print (below). 

The Carolina Ballet on Canvas - Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery:  Inspired by the Carolina Ballet,Nicole's Studio  Nicole White Kennedy (a nationally awarded Raleigh artist) has produced over 20 paintings depicting the dancers' both on stage and in the studios, in motion and at rest using her skills as a classical and contemporary expressionist creating the drama of light and movement. Seven percent of the sales will be donated to the Carolina Ballet.  Website

Trompe l'Oil Paintings by Richard Johnson at Gallery C:  Richard Johnson is a South Carolina native and a modern day master in the art of Trompe l'oil. Trompe l'oeil (French for "fool the eye") is a painting style which portrays realistic images with such fine detail that an optical illusion of three dimensional reality is created. Working in acrylics on board or canvas, Johnson's illusion paintings are astonishing and impressive.  Also check out Gallery C's Annual Holiday Exhibition including over 75 artworks by local, national and international artists and craftspeople.  Website 


Wine Tasting at The Wine Feed:  The Wine Feed is back again for First Friday, bringing you delicious The Wine Feed  wines to sample during an evening to remember. Stop by and sample their eight tasty wines while you mix and mingle with good friends and fine wine. The cost is only $3 per person or $5 for two!  Website 

Meet Me at The Mahler:  The Mahler Art Gallery is located in the heart of Fayetteville Street and is housed in the historic, restored Mahler Building.  The Mahler is a dynamic venue dedicated to significant art of our time and committed to offering the best in regional and national fine art by emerging and established artists.  Current artists in their portfolio include Jacob Cooley, Michael Brown, June Ball, Carl Almblad, and Peter Butler.  Website 

Mid-Century American at Adam Cave Fine Art:  The middle of the 20th Century was marked by Adam Cave   great social and economic changes, wars in Europe and Asia, and the rise of the United States as the world's leading super power.  A RARE GROUP of original prints are on display (roughly 25 works, all from private collections) tracking the progression in American art from the social realism of the WPA years to the full-fledged development of abstract expressionismWebsite 

Seven Solutions to Holiday Giving at Tipping Paint Gallery:  Small in size and large in presence, from contemplative naturalism to explosions of vivid hue, the Gallery offers a wealth of ideas for Holiday Giving.  This is Not your usual holiday show.   Tipping Paint Gallery focuses on award winning and emerging NC artists. Work ranges from abstract traditional to contemporary realism.   Website  

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My Year in Meals - Rachael Ray at Meredith College, December 10


Has the Internet replaced the pleasure of an old-fashioned cookbook?  We don't think so.  Here's a new one we gobbled up.   


Celebrity chef, Rachael Ray, has written a new cookbook titled "My Year in Meals".   It provides a glimpse Rachael Ray Book  into Rachael's own kitchen diary--what she cooked for her family for one whole year with recipes for everyday meals and more complicated culinary feats and complemented by her husband's (John Cusimano) personal cocktail recipes.  In celebration, Rachael Ray is coming to Raleigh on Monday, December 10 to Meredith College (Jones Auditorium, 6pm) and will be interviewed on stage by Lisa Prince of UNC-TV's Flavor, NC. The interview will be followed by an audience Q&A session.   This great event is co-sponsored by Quail Ridge Books and Meredith College's Friends of the Library.


Where Do I Get Tickets?  Quail Ridge Books is already selling Rachael's new book (Simon & Schuster $29.99).  Customers can get a ticket to the event with the book purchase (book comes with free ticket) OR by paying $5 for a ticket only.  All seats are first come, first serve and all seats at Jones Auditorium are good. At Meredith College, doors open for seating at 5 pm. The lobby will open for book and ticket sales (if any are still available) and "will call" ticket pickups.  Event Website 


What if I want a signed book?  Although there will be no public book signing at the show (other than a few lucky VIP's), you can get a signed copy with your pre-purchased book from Quail Ridge Books.  Simply fill out a form and return it to Quail Ridge Books by Sunday, December 9 (with the book of course).  The signed books are available for pickup after the show.  Note, only copies of her current book ("My Year in Meals") are eligible for signing.


Check out this great event ... Guaranteed there will be plenty of EVOO for all!  Meredith College (Jones Auditorium), 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh


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Dragonfly girlgear Performance Fit for Girls ™ - Trunk Show at Omega Sports on Friday, Dragronfly December 7th at 5:00 pm. Dragonfly girlgear ™ is the first line of athletic sport and support wear designed for young sporty girls ages 8-17.  Come see this entire line and enjoy, Raffle Drawings and Giveaways including girlgear headbands.  Meet and Greet with Cindy Parlow Cone; a 4-time All-American on the UNC women's soccer team, which won three national championships during her playing career.


The Trunk Show will run on Friday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m. Omega Sports Park West Village Store, 3025 Market Center Dr. Morrisville, NC   919.338.3001.

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Come take a tour of St. Timothy's School this Thursday or Friday -  ST. TIMOTHY'S SCHOOL (Pre.K-8th Grade) have been on the corner of Six Forks Road and Rowan Street for 54 years (next to the fire station at North Hills). Come and tour this unique campus - Pre.K-4th grade group tour - Friday, December 7 at 11:30 am. 5th-8th grade group tour - Thursday, December 6 at 1:00 pm. Questions? Please contact Cathy Clement at 919-781-0531, Email, Website  


Let's All Help Reach a Goal of $50,000 for InterAct of Wake County  

Enloe HS Student Council is busy at work planning for their 8th annual Charity Ball benefiting Donations for InterAct of Wake County. The event will take place on Saturday, December 15th from 7 to 11 in the evening at Marbles Kids Museum and will feature Shine Cover Band. There will be a drink bar with $1 nonalcoholic beverages for sale and a dessert bar filled with delicious delights. All proceeds go to the charity; InterAct provides safety, support, and awareness for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. They provide a variety of services including counseling, shelters, community education, and 24 hour crisis lines. In honor of Enloe's 50th anniversary, we are hoping to raise $50,000 for this worthy cause and help families all over the county. Please consider contributing to the event by purchasing a ticket NOW online at or making a donation at Please help these students reach this goal!! 


 Courtney L. Bell Jewelry Trunk Show at Lavender & Lace - Courtney Bell makes each piece of jewelry by Courtney L. Bell Jewelry hand, often incorporating vintage brooches and chains.  She uses high quality sterling, gold filled and plated components along with seashells, many of which she finds on North Carolina beaches.  Combining art with nature, each piece of her jewelry is one of a kind.  

 Mark your calendars to attend Trunk Show at Lavender and Lace on Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 4 pm or Saturday December 22nd from 11am to 4pm.  Or call for an appointment.

 Phone: 919-696-8262, Email:   Website  


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Kenna Custom Painting, Inc.  is available to tackle your residential painting needs.  With their great Paint Samples crews that perform very professional jobs on residential homes, you won't believehow 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. 


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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 again.  WebsiteEmail, Phone: 305-793-8510.  




NC Museum of History- Hear fabulous old songs from the mountains and the Piedmont when the Happy Valley Pals take the stage on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.  During the free performance, Gail Gillespie, Dwight Rogers, and Wayne and Margaret Martin will focus on the mountain holiday tradition 'Breaking Up Happy Valley Pals Christmas'  and the dance tune by the same name.  The Happy Valley Pals share deep family and musical roots in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. The Martins, Gillespie and Rogers have played southern string-band music for decades. They all learned fiddle, banjo and guitar tunes directly from elder musicians, as well from wonderful 78 rpm recordings from the 1920s and 1930s.


Bring Canned Food: Make Someone Happy - Spread holiday cheer by bringing at least two canned-food items to the Happy Valley Pals performance. The N.C. Museum of History and PineCone are holding a food drive to benefit the  Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Child-friendly items such as pop-top cans, cereal bars, fruit cups, and juice boxes are particularly needed. You can also refer to the Food Bank's list of most-needed items. Holiday food drives are a very important part of the Food Bank's year-end efforts, and your help is greatly appreciated!



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