International Auto Show – NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

        I took my toddler and infant sons on Friday morning to this event. This Show doesn’t have a lot for kids but that didn’t stop other people from bringing their young children. The advertised special event for the kids is  a meet and greet of Scooby Doo at 10am and 2pm on Saturday.                    The Show focuses on new car models from all the major auto makers both domestic and foreign. Besides the common foreign manufacturers like Toyota and Subaru, you will see an exotic maker like Fiat and Ferrari represented. There are two buildings of cars to see – the Jim Graham Building and…

And One Thing Lead To Another….

                    Today (January 27th, 2012), I decided to visit my local art museum and see what they offered.  Since the closing of the Fayetteville Museum, I have wondered where they would now showcase the art of the triangle community. After some searching, I came across two right here in Fayetteville. I will proudly admit my dear readers that I am very “cheap” when it comes to finding entertainment and new things to do. The first place I stumbled upon was Cape Fear Studios which was actually established in 1989 and features national and local artists.  It seemed small and not really fitting the idea of what I deemed a “gallery”. With that frame…

Observation: Style

Last week we brought you the Double-breasted peacoat and it didn’t dawn on us that everyone doesn’t have a dressed style.  So this week were bringing you a style that’s so versatile that anyone in any professional can personalize it. Whether a business executive or a part-time retail associate; the leather bomber jacket fits into anyone’s wardrobe. Originating from the the early 20th century the leather bomber jacket was first introduced to the early aviators as a form of protection against the elements. Due to the fact that their aircrafts didn’t have insulated chambers, an insulated jacket was necessary. First-made with sheepskin, as an insulated material, there are now many variations of the style so…

Daniel Stowe Botanic Gardens “Orchid Spectacular” Takes You Away From The Winter Blues

Living Archways

Just outside of Belmont, North Carolina there are over 100 acres of gardens waiting to be explored at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.  From willow mazes to garden fountains these gorgeously laid out botanic wonders offer a full sensory experience to visitors young and old year round.  However on this cool, rainy January day it was to the Orchid Conservatory to which my family and I slogged through the puddles and drips.  The five story, 8000 square foot conservatory houses thousands of tropical plants including orchids, and it was the orchids that I wanted to see. Starting January 20th and extending to March 18 the Conservatory is hosting it’s “Orchid Spectacular” and spectacular it is. …

NC Museum of Life and Science Awaits New Eatery – Durham

For the next month and a half, visitors to the NC Life and Science Museum in Durham are going to have to pack their lunch until a new eatery opens on-campus in March. Grayson’s Cafe, serving the Museum for 5 years, closed its’ doors in early January. Instead of renewing its’ contract with the Museum, the Cafe decided to close. “There was no tension,” reports Taneka Bennett, the Museum’s Director of Public Relations. “It was just a chance to do something new.”   During the closure, officials will be working on the menu for the new eatery, including the creation of new specialties. Museum management has hinted that the menu will focus on local ingredients…

Mellow Out With The Mushroom

FAYETTEVILLE, NC-Pizza has become one the americas favorite eats. Anything can go when it comes to pizza, but in a world where glueten free is becoming the norm, what pizza has risen to the challenge (no pun intended)? Now just in case you look at the name of the resturant and decide you would rather not, PLEASE reconsider. Imagine tasting a pizza made from spring water, which does have a distinct taste compared to other doughs made from the tap. Now how about fresh homemade ingridents  like garlic/pasta sauce, a freshly tossed salad, and a friendly atmosphere to boot? Well look no further because the California based resturant has found its way into Fayetteville, and these shroomies know how to…

Young North Carolinian Leads the way on American Idol

If your anything like me, you had long ago given up on American Idol being anything but commercial.  When I did watch it, I only looked to Simon for the snide remarks and heartbreakingly true insults being thrown at obvious delusional people. (I mean really how do you not listen to yourself when you sing?) Of course for every 20 useless talents there was the one that blew away all your expectations.The one that made you think “How did that sound come out of them?”  It made you sit back and rethink why you so hastily judge things in the first place. Tonight I have had my moment! A young David Leathers Jr., or should I say that…

The Wine Cafe: “Uncork a unique concept”

      For those of us new to the whole wine tasting culture, it should be a delight to learn that there is a place where even the first timer will feel at ease. Whichever location you choose, the cafe in downtown Fayetteville, or the original in Hope Mills, the atmoshpere and the people are always welcoming you. The smooth wooden floors and the mellow lighting all have a hand in relaxing any patron. People in groups are smiling and talking about their day, nibbling on cheese and being at ease in this cozy and calming cafe. No one seems to be in any rush to leave, and the staff are more than willing…

Reality family the Duggars visit Upstate South Carolina

SPARTANBURG, SC.– The reality show family, the Duggars, are touring the Upstate of South Carolina this week. The family is on the campaign trail in support of Republican presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum. The Duggars are expected to make a 9:30 a.m. stop to visit with the public Jan. 18, at Christian Supply store in Spartanburg, SC. The Arkansas family stars in their own hit reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, which chronicles the everyday lives of the larger than life family of nineteen children and parents, Jim Bob and Michelle both of whom home school all of their children. As popular as the family is, they are not without their critics. The large family…

Western Carolina University – A Recent Graduates Review

I have people ask me quite regularly, “How did you like going to school at Western?” Generally the answer I give them is along the lines of “Yeah, I enjoyed it.  The area is beautiful and it’s a great university.”  Although my response is honest and quite true, it doesn’t do my 4 years and $40,000+ justice.  So perhaps I will start a new trend where students will review and disclose the good and bad from their university experiences.  After all, they have no problem reviewing a $16.00 movie, $30.00 meal from a restaurant, or a $400.00 electronic device on the internet.  I would think students would be jumping at the gun to disclose information about something…