Friday, December 28, 2007
First Night Raleigh has grown immensely over the last few years and this year is sure to be the best yet! This year there will be live performances by Tiff Merritt, Jason The Juggler, and Killer Filler! just to name a few! In addition to the grown-up entertainment there is a ton of activities for the kids as well!
In addition to the "Acorn Drop" at midnight there will be an earlier celebration with the Acorn dropping at 7:00pm for the younger ones in the crowd that may not make it to the magical hour. The schedule of events is a comprehensive list of all of the activities for First Night 2008.....
If you purchase your tickets early you can get a $3 discount.....pleasse be sure to visit the site for participating ticket outlets......
Have fun, be sfae and DON'T drink and drive!!!! Designate a driver....
Resolution making shucking....
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Enjoy the pictures and be sure to catch the new ones tomorrow - Only 4 more days left!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
It was great last night - the closer Christmas is the more displays that go up.......These are from Tarlton and Prestwicke in Wake Forest.
I hope you enjoy what I got last night and on the way home I spied some more places to go tonight!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
My, oh my, how things have changed in 6 short years. Wake Forest is growing leaps and bounds! We have the Target, Lowe's, Home Depot, Super Wal-Mart, large chain restaurants such as Chili's, Applebee's, Red Robin, etc, and some smaller private restaurants (outstanding food by the way!)....
One of the things I loved most about was Wake Forest was the quaint, historic downtown area. There are some great shops such as Old Magnolia Trading Company, Olde English Tea Room and N.C. Specialty Shops. Then there are the notable restaurants such as La Foresta, Shorty's and Over The Falls Deli. Great antique shops, hair salon, The Cotton Company and so much more!
With all of the new businesses, expanded roads (98 bypass), and new homes many Wake Forest residents have been (and are) concerned about the impact on the Historic Downtown area. I have to say that I am so impressed with the DRC (Downtown Revitalization Corporation) and their vision for the downtown Wake Forest area. The DRC has a major influence and advocates the Renaissance Plan that has already begun. With this roadmap Wake Forest will survive the pitfalls that have befallen so many other small towns. While revamping our current infrastructure, focusing on infill projects, and realigning specific districts (entertainment, government and business) Wake Forest will maintain its charm and remain a vibrant and popular destination! As with most projects of this magnitude and the length of time required to achieve the goal there will be bumps along the way. Roads may close while they are rerouted, construction signs will pop up and there may be a tendency to become frustrated.......stop, take a breath and think long term! The outcome will far surpass the minor inconvenience we all experience along the way.....
Come explore my Wake Forest....
Monday, December 17, 2007
There were also quite a few other spectactors out there last night - IT WAS COLD! Great Peppermint Mocha and Hot Chocolate from Starbuck's and we were good to go....
On the way home we found a few other places that we might snap some shots of tonight........it was LATE!
As always, enjoy the lights......
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Here are some pics from last night. I am surprised that they turned out at all given the rain, darkness (lot's of subdivision without street lights) and general operator shakiness trying to take pics, keep my assistant (8 yr old) involved, shift gears and avoid accidents because I am sitting awkwardly in the middle of an intersection! HAHA
Enjoy the pictures and I will try and get to Brier Creek Country Club area tonight. If not, it will be another area along the I-540 corridor as I make my way back from the airport to Wake Forest!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Santa's helper? Well, I lay claim to him - the best assistant I ever had!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The season is definately upon us - that is blatantly clear as I see the shoppers in the stores (ya'll need to be a little nicer to your fellow shopper!), the jammed parking lots (ya'll need to have a little more patience!), the houses trimmed with lights (yes, there is a Griswald in my neighborhood!) and the reindeer antlers on the cars (okay - that one is kinda cute!).
There are so many events happening in Wake Forest and Raleigh that I thought I would be sure to list a few for you in case you don't have the time to research them yourself! Yes, I know that baking cookies, stringing lights, buying presents and singing Carols (yes, the city is rampant with "Carols" singing....watch for them!) takes time!!
- The Nutcracker - A stunning performance by The Carolina Ballet.
- Wake Forest Farmers' Holiday Market - downtown Wake Forest
- Tinsel Town - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
- North Pole Party - Marbles Kids Museum
- An Evening With Elves - Marbles Kids Museum
- The Raleigh Ringers Holiday Show - Meymandi Concert Hall
Well, those are just a few! Please be sure to click on the links above for more information and ticket information. I hope that you take the time to explore a little more of what Raleigh and the surrounding area has to offer - we are so lucky!!!
Back to baking cookies....
Flour covered shucking......
Thursday, December 6, 2007
While downtown don't forget to explore all the shops in the downtown area. Great gift shops and delicious restaurants abound - have fun!
I hope to see you there this year - just remember, bundle up and take blankets or chairs to sit on.