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                                        July 1, 2013

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Oh, Say Can You See - This Year's Raleigh Fireworks
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Oh, Say Can You See - This Year's Raleigh Fireworks


Boom & Bust: Last year, if you looked up, you missed it ... the fireworks that is ... as the exploding shells Raleigh Downtown Fireworks   were obscured by the "tall?" downtown Raleigh skyline. To save money (& lure business to downtown), the City moved the traditional fireworks display from the fairgrounds to downtown Raleigh. Unfortunately, they bought the "safe" fireworks (code for low budget, low flying shells) and the result was more boom that shimmer. Needless to say, it was a bust.


The Works!  So, City officials put their collective brains together and came up with "The Works! solution" for 2013. They'll have two rounds of fireworks; one (low flyers) where they can only be seen looking straight down Fayetteville StreetRaleigh Fireworks 2   toward the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (for the main downtown revelers at 9:15 pm); and another (high flyer round) at 10:15 pm that can be viewed from other angles and visible from a distance. They call these "choice" fireworks. Hmm ... this is getting more confusing than setting the DVR!  Now, in case of rain do we have to go to a fireworks App?!
Strike Up the Bands: Downtown Raleigh will be lively as the Fayetteville Street activities start at noon and will include more than 100 art and food vendors, live music (until 11pm) with 16 bands, street performers, and areas for children with rides and water.  There is also a free concert beginning at 6 pm in the Red Hat Amphitheater, with The Chris Hendricks Band, Cravin' Melon, and the American Aquarium. This sounds like a great way to celebrate the 4th.


Other Triangle Area Fourth Of July Festivities Include:
Triangle July 4th Events
ApexOlde Fashioned Fourth in Downtown Apex:  July 4th from 7am - 2pm. Downtown streets are closed. Games, inflatables, bicycle parade (no fireworks).


Cary: Koka Booth Amphitheatre Celebration: Celebrate our nation's birthday in spectacular style at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre with patriotic performances by the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony in what promises to make guests proud to be an American. Gates open at 3 pm so patronsNC Symphony   can come early and spread out blankets and picnics on the Amphitheatre's lawn. New for 2013 is a 50 Foot Ferris Wheel!


Chapel Hill: Fireworks at Kenan Stadium. Live Music, Fireworks and Family Fun! Gates open at 7pm with family fun activities planned throughout the evening.


DurhamDurham Bulls Baseball - The Durham Bulls are playing a home game on July 4th and 5th. The baseball games start at 6:05pm. Lots of fun and festivities at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the American Tobacco Complex (within walking distance).


GarnerJuly 3rd (not July 4th). Lake Benson Park - NC Symphony will perform. Gates open at 5pm   Fourth of July Picnic with children's inflatables from 5 to 8pm. Fireworks show following the North Carolina Symphony performance.


RaleighJoel Lane Museum House, July 4th from 11am - 4pm.  Old Fashioned Celebration including reenactments of Colonial Life (no fireworks)
Wake ForestWake Forest Fireworks Spectacular on July 3rd. On July 4th there is a Children's Parade at 10am and Arts and Games in the Park at 11am.
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It's Legal to Seed - Watermelons Officially Proclaimed Lawful in NC 


You're sure to find juicy North Carolina watermelons at just about every farmers market and roadside stand across the state from now till late August. Is it because Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed the month of July as Watermelon Month? Or is that putting the cart before the horse?

watermelon with baby No matter the answer, here's proof: Watermelons are enjoyed by millions of consumers every day, and the North Carolina watermelon industry generates an estimate of $34.8 million in farm income according to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  


We quote: "Therefore: WHEREAS, the watermelon industry is yet another part of the total diversification of agriculture in North Carolina; and WHEREAS, the industry also provides employment for many of our state's citizens and provides supplemental income for a number of rural families who farm on a part-time basis; and WHEREAS, watermelons provide consumers a most versatile and nutritious commodity that is truly a symbol of goodness; NOW, THEREFORE, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, hereby proclaimed July 2013 as "WATERMELON MONTH" in North Carolina, and commends its observance to all citizens."


Watermelon Slices with Popsicle sticks Which means NC citizens are lawful to eat watermelon starting today!  Since we must rightfully obey this proclamation we thought to help out with some various watermelon tips.


Pickin-and-Thumpin: The first thing you need to know is how to properly select a watermelon. Look for a melon with a full, symmetrical shape that is firm and doesn't have any bruises, cuts or dents. You also want to find a watermelon that is heavy for its size because that will guarantee that it's juicy! Thump the melon, and make sure you hear a dull, hollow sound. Lastly, look for a pale, yellow patch on the underside of the melon- this means that the melon sat on the ground and naturally ripened in the sun. Follow these tips and you are sure to find yourself a satisfying watermelon!


Eating or Drinking: Half-moon slabs of watermelon, with chilled juice dripping down your elbows, promise sweet relief in the heat of summer. But the succulent fruit doesn't have to be relegated to picnics watermelon-feta-arugula salad and seed-spitting contests. It's also a versatile ingredient for the lighter fare we crave as the mercury rises.


Arugula Watermelon Feta Salad: It's the perfect marriage of savory and sweet. The surprising combination of peppery arugula and salty feta with sweet watermelon rounds out the flavors of this wonderful summer salad. Mix it with a citrus vinaigrette. Its gorgeous colors and sweet and savory taste is a perfect summer salad to serve guests or family.  Recipe 


watermelon feta bruschetta Watermelon Feta Bruschetta: This recipe is as easy to make as it is fun to say. Use fresh Italian or French bread sliced and serve as a fun appetizer. Your guests will love them!  Recipe  


Grilled Shrimp with Watermelon Salsa: This recipe just screams summer time. The salsa is great with tortilla chips as well. Make enough salsa to use as chip and dip snacks for a later evening. Recipe   


Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri: Every summer event must have a signature fun drink to start the party off WatermelonFrozenDaiquiri on the right foot. Try this delicious daiquiri for your July get together and your guest will be singing 'America the Beautiful' a cappella! Recipe. For the underage drinkers try this Chunky Watermelon Lemonade. Recipe   


Creamy Watermelon Sherbet: You've had gelato and home-made ice cream, but if Watermelon Creamy Sherbert you've never had this creamy watermelon sherbet you're missing out on a tasty dessert that you'll want to keep stocked in your freezer. This is a light ending to a lovely dinner or a tasty treat on a hot summer day. Recipe


Carvings or Cravings: Although you crave the sweet taste of watermelon, you still may enjoy serving them displayed as the focal point of your party or family gathering.


Cut them into triangular wedge shapes, (about to 1" thick) and insert a popsicle stick into the rind. This Watermelon Beach Basket makes clean up a breeze and kids love it! You can also freeze the slice popsicles for a chilly, refreshing treat.


Photo to the right: This Beach Bucket looks a lot harder than it is. Did you know Watermelons are easier to carve than pumpkins? Try it and let your imagination go. You'll be surprised how well they'll turn out. Click Here for directions in carving the Beach Bucket.  


Since Governor McCrory proclaimed we eat watermelons... seeds or seedless. Then show your NC pride and good citizenship and start thumpin, spitin and eatin our sweet, juicey legal fruit!  





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New Sports Lounge at Bailey's - Cameron Village

Bailey's Fine Jewelry and 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio have teamed up to bring patrons a new place to watch Bailey's Sports Lounge the big game with the introduction of the 99.9 The Fan Sports Lounge in the Bailey's Cameron Village store.  


The Lounge, equipped with high-definition flat screen televisions, snacks, drinks and collegiate merchandise, is the perfect place to watch the game while catching up on shopping. Or is it catching up on the game while shopping? Whatever the case, multi-tasking is inevitable. Or perhaps one may use the Lounge while waiting for ones better half as she shops.


"Sports are a huge part of the culture here in the Triangle and play an important role in the lives of our patrons," said Trey Bailey, director of operations for Bailey's Fine Jewelry. "We're excited to be able to incorporate sports into the Bailey's shopping experience with our new Sports Lounge and partnership with 99.9 The Fan."   For more information, click here .


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Lu and Pat are ready....are you?

Certain Things of Cameron Village, 404 Daniels St. Raleigh, NC 27605

Phone: (919) 828-5055

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12noon-4pm. Website 





Go Fish Art Camp in Minnesott Beach, NC -  August 8, 9, 10, 11, For Students ages 8-12.  Spend 4 days Go Fish Art Camp on the Neuse River drawing and painting seascapes, learning about and practicing fishing & crabbing.  Each student will take home a painting that they have painted, matted, framed and ready to hang as well as enjoy the pleasures that young fishermen seek on the waterfront.


Terry McManus will be the Art instructor and chief cook (she has taught art for over 30 years).  Her brother Joe McManus will teach the children to crab and fish off the 70' dock.  They will learn how to spot a flounder in shallow water and to look for sharks teeth along the sandy shoreline.

Contact Terry McManus at 919-280-9059, email:

To learn more about Go Fish Art Camp Click Here.


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Rare & Valuable Opportunity to Build your West Raleigh Dream Home! Two Cleared, Level,.3 acre lots ready to build on now, or `wait n hold` w/no time restrictions. Bring your own builder or build w/ JH Carter, Raleigh`s reputable custom builder. VIBRANT AREA- Retail, restaurants, Crabtree, Rex Hosp, Art Museum, Lot for Sale PNC Arena, I-40, Hwy 70 etc..- All 5 min away! Call LA for more details.  


$180,000 MLS #:1880853  Vacant Lot Approximate .30 acres. 3603 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612. Website Link. 

$180,000 MLS #:1880869 Vacant Lot Approximate .35 acres. 3607 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 Website Link.


For Lease $3,600 MLS #: 1847515 Bedrooms: 3, Full Baths: 3, Half Baths: 1, Approx Sq Ft: 4222, 4123 Gardenlake Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612.

IFor Leasempeccably Maintained; possibly the nicest Cottage Home in neighborhood. Utmost quality finishings. A MUST SEE HOME! Comfortable yet invites grand entertaining, private & serene view from rear porches. Office/Study being used as 4th BR. Large Rec/Media Rm. Highest Custom Details throughout. Gorgeous!  Contact: Jill Rekuc phone: 919-389-0555, email:   Olde Raleigh Real Estate, LLC Website 



Journey's End Cottage for Rent

Journey's End Rental Need a place to unwind and escape your day-to-day routines?  Journey's End Cottage on the Neuse River is calling your name!  It's well maintained and well stocked with everything you'd want for a home away from home.   The Neuse River provides a panoramic setting for watching dolphins and stunning sunsets.


It's conveniently located between Camps Seagull and Seafarer, and only 10 Journey's End Rental minutes away from Oriental, NC.  Beaufort, Morehead City, and the world-renowned beaches of the Crystal Coast are just a short ferry ride away.  


This comfy cottage features a knotty-pine interior with three bedrooms, 1full bath, a  large open living space, a fully-stocked kitchen, a custom built outside shower, and a new 70' concrete dock.  A sleeping porch with expansive river views and continuous breezes will be the perfect beginning to your Journey's End.   


Journey's End Cottage comfortably accommodates eight, and rents from Saturday to Saturday.  Long-term renting available.   Click Here for photos, more detail and availability.  Or Contact Terry at 919-280-9059. EmailWebsite.  


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Core Results: 1330 St. Mary's Street, Suite A00, Raleigh, 27605, Phone: (919) 946-1737,, Website. 




Paint SamplesKenna Custom Painting 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.


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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, we can help you tap into your inner self and find what makes you want to come home again.  Website, Email, Phone: 305-793-8510. 




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