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July
20

Where to Enjoy the Arts in Raleigh

Raleigh Arts

Enjoying art is a great way to momentarily escape the stresses of the day and experience something new. Art in the form of music or theater is important because it allows us to open our minds and connect to different perspectives and mindsets. Public art also helps add to the character, uniqueness, and identity of a city or public space.

Raleigh is such a unique place, and it's actually one of the best places in North Carolina to experience art and culture. Whether it's local performance venues or public street art, our culture and entertainment make this city such an enjoyable place to live. Here are 5 examples of ways our real estate agents experience art around Raleigh.

  • Visit The North Carolina Museum of Art
    If you're looking to see some of the best artwork North Carolina has to offer, you'll definitely want to check out The North Carolina Museum of Art. The artwork spans 5,000 years, from historical pieces to modern-day works. The exhibits are constantly changing, so it's fun to stop back throughout the year. The museum sits on a 164-acre park, which features several outdoor trails that guide visitors through many creative installations. If you'd like to have this beautiful art museum in your own backyard, there are several nice Raleigh homes for sale nearby.
     
  • Listen to The North Carolina Symphony
    Raleigh is home to the sixty-six-member North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, which performs throughout the year at the 1,700-seat Meymandi Concert Hall located within the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts downtown. The symphony often hosts world-renowned guest musicians, and listening to their beautiful music is often a great way to spend a weekend evening.

  • Take a Self-Guided Downtown Murals Tour
    Raleigh has so many murals and public art installations, and a self-guided walking tour is the best way to see them all. You'll see the Shaw University 150th Anniversary mural, the "Honest Abe" Lincoln automobile mural at the Lincoln Theatre, and the amazing John Prine mural on E. Martin Street. There are 10 stops on the downtown mural tour, so you're sure to get some post-worthy pictures.

  • Enjoy The North Carolina Ballet
    Nothing is more uplifting than a classical ballet performance, so head on over to the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium for a performance from the Carolina Ballet. You can see many classic stories performed through ballet during the year, including the Nutcracker every December.

  • Catch a Concert at Coastal Credit Union Music Park
    This outdoor amphitheater is a 77-acre complex that hosts many top artists and performers throughout the summer. Some of North Carolina's biggest concerts take place at Coastal Credit Union Music Park. Be sure to check the concert calendar, so you don't miss out on your favorite performer. 

The Raleigh art scene is even better when you call this area home. Contact us today for more information on local listings and tips for moving to the area.

May
11

Wake County Festivals for Summer Fun

Summer Festivals

Just moved into one of the amazing Raleigh homes for sale? Meet your neighbors and get to know this dynamic area when you attend these wonderful festivals taking place around Wake County this summer.

  • American Dance Festival - Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705
    Dancing offers a unique combination of artistic creativity and physical movement. Since 1934, the American Dance Festival provides opportunities for community members to become involved through classes and performances near Durham homes for sale. Their annual summertime "Movies by Movers" festival showcases the relationship between dancing and cinema. Other upcoming events include "Made in North Carolina," a performance of four commissioned dances by North Carolina choreographers. Visit the website for the full schedule and prices.

  • Enofest - West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704
    Have fun while supporting a good cause at the 42nd annual Enofest. This holiday extravaganza of live music, food and beverage, crafts, and outdoor activities raises funds to help preserve the resources of the Eno River basin. In addition to three performance stages, more than 60 craft artisans and numerous food trucks and vendors will be on hand. This year's Enofest takes place on Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4. Admission runs from $10-$450.

  • Raleigh's International Food Festival - City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Put on your stretchy pants and head out to Raleigh's International Food Festival, now in its sixth year. While food may be the main event, the pet-friendly festival celebrates Raleigh's diverse community, culture, and history. More than 30 food and dessert trucks provide a virtual buffet of global flavors where you can find your favorite or try something new. Don't miss the joyous Outdoor International Dance Party! The food fest is scheduled for Sunday, July 4, from noon - 10 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Club Fair - Women's Club of Raleigh, 3300 Women's Club Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612
    Club Fair is so popular that it was decided once a year just isn't enough. On the last Sunday of the month, from May through September, the Women's Club of Raleigh hosts the festival of art, food, and music. The family-friendly event includes plenty of activities for the little ones. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free.

  • GalaxyCon Raleigh - Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Comic books aren't just for kids anymore. Fans of all ages will be gathering at GalaxyCon Raleigh, held downtown at the Convention Center. This year's impressive lineup of celebrity guests includes director Kevin Smith and the cast of Clerks, Tom Welling of Smallville, Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica, and the iconic William Shatner. With sci-fi, anime, fantasy, gaming, and cosplay, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendar from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. Visit the website for hours and ticket prices.

  • Peak City Pig Fest - 210 N. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502
    What's summer without a good BBQ? At Peak City Pig Fest, the mouthwatering smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting all around Apex homes for sale. Over two days, 42 teams will face off in an exciting competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Live music and a beer garden complete this ideal scenario. Hours are Friday, July 22, from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., and Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Our real estate agents can help with any of your questions about life in Wake County. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

March
23

Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Durham

Downtown Durham

Exploring a new city on foot gives you the best chance to absorb the wonderful local culture. You also never know what new shops, restaurants, or public art you'll stumble upon.

Our real estate agents always suggest taking a walk around downtown Durham, as it's an excellent way to see everything this beautiful city has to offer. Durham isn't too large, so you won't get too overwhelmed. You can see so many facets of this city in just a couple of hours. Here are a few attractions you should make sure to include on your walking tour:

  • Stop By Central Park
    Start your day with a stop by The Pavilion at Durham's Central Park, where you'll find one of the best farmers markets in the area. More than 50 vendors can be found there serving fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, art, knick-knacks, and more. The market is every Saturday morning in the spring, summer, and fall. After shopping, take a rest on The Great Lawn or have a peaceful stroll through the nearby Butterfly Garden and Nature Trail. 

  • Explore Rigsbee Avenue
    One of the best things about Rigsbee Avenue is it provides some great views of the Durham skyline. There is also tons of green space, so it's an excellent destination to relax in the sun. While you're nearby, check out the Durham Bulls stadium. There are also several great restaurants around Rigsbee, not to mention some spectacular Durham homes for sale.

  • Check Out The American Tobacco Campus
    The former headquarters of the Lucky Strike has been transformed into a great downtown destination with shops, restaurants, and theater space sprawled over 1 million square feet. It's easy to spend a whole day at The American Tobacco Campus. There is also tons of Instagramable-local art, and the space even hosts free live concerts on the lawn during the summer. 

  • Visit The Museum Of Durham History
    If you aren't familiar with Durham's history, a stop by this local museum might be worthwhile. The Museum of Durham History offers rotating exhibits which tell the story of the city's beginnings, economy, politics, and sports. Best of all, admission is free. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.

  • Take A Selfie With "Major"
    "Major" is the city's 10-foot-tall bronze bull statue, which is located at a plaza on W Parrish Street. The bull is a great public art piece and looks spectacular in the evening when the city lights reflect off of the bronze. The bull symbolizes the strong nature of the city of Durham and its residents.

  • Shop At Brightleaf Square
    This quaint, walkable section of town offers a variety of locally-owned retailers, so it's a great place to shop and support Durham's economy. You'll find plenty of gift shops and many opportunities for outdoor dining when the weather permits.

  • Catch A Show At The Carolina Theater
    If you're ready for a break, catch a show at The Carolina Theater. Not only is it an excellent entertainment venue, but the building is also one of the most beautiful in Durham and has a rich history. There is also an outdoor amphitheater, which hosts performances in the spring and summer.

Once you start walking around Durham, it's hard not to fall in love with this wonderful city. If you're interested in checking out some of our wonderful nearby homes, contact us today.

February
23

Fun Places to Take the Kids While Your Home is Being Shown

Raleigh Locations for Family Fun

Our real estate agents are always glad to take your listing to the next level with a full schedule of showings. While virtual showings are more popular than ever before, there are also many buyers enthusiastic about visiting in person. We're glad to oblige to get you the timeline and price you want.

Whenever a home is being shown, it is usually a wise idea for the seller to be out of sight. It's very easy to accommodate this in virtual showings, but it can be a bit more challenging during an in-person showing.

When it comes to Raleigh homes for sale, the best thing is to step out for a little while.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to have family fun with the kids while your home is being shown. In the Raleigh-Durham area, you might only need to drive fifteen minutes to find the right attraction for your family to visit all day. 

Let's check out some of the top options around the Triangle area:

  • Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve – 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518
    Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is one of the most popular parks for kids in the area. It is widely known for its fascinating Eastern Hemlock trees and mountain plant types. Its three miles of carefully maintained nature trails include the scenic Children's Nature Trail ideal for little ones. In the Nature Preserve, families can explore educational exhibits on local nature and history. All of this is just a short drive from Cary homes for sale.

  • Marbles Kids Museum – 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Marbles Kids Museum stands out as one of the best places for kids to enjoy educational IMAX movies in Raleigh-Durham. Its exhibits allow children of all ages to play with purpose. Curated experiences such as the Toddler's Hollow, Treetunes, Stepnotes, and Splash! will delight younger kids. On the second floor, older children can try out the Kid Grid, STEM-osphere, River Playway, and much more.

  • Adventure Landing – 3311 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Adventure Landing is a popular amusement park that offers a little bit of everything for kids of all ages. It has miniature golf, laser tag, a state-of-the-art video arcade, go-karts on the Adventure Speedway, and even batting cages. Pizza, burgers, and other favorites are available, and you can even book birthdays or other events here. It's a special place for a kid to be a kid right in beautiful downtown Raleigh.

  • Little Doodles Play Cafe –  6548 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612
    Little Doodles Play Cafe combines play and creativity with innovation. The kid-friendly art studio is the centerpiece of the experience, encouraging children to express themselves in a wide variety of fun and funky ways. The indoor playroom is fully equipped with toys for open play alone or in groups. There's even a full snack bar and cafe where parents can get things done while the children have adventures.

  • Museum of Durham History – 500 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
    It's no surprise that the area surrounding Durham homes for sale is full of rich and interesting history. To discover it all, Museum of Durham History was established. You can engage with the past like never before as you interact with the various different exhibits. A dedicated Kids Area features Durham A-Z, which highlights different facets of local life by letter. "L is for Lemur" is the latest exhibit, and who knows what might come up next?

Contact us to find out more about Raleigh-Durham real estate today.

February
9

About First Friday Raleigh

First Friday Raleigh

Each month, our real estate agents join others heading to downtown Raleigh for First Friday. This beloved event involves galleries, shops, and restaurants celebrating the rich arts culture surrounding Raleigh homes for sale. Plus, each month offers something new with rotating exhibits and talks with local artists. Check out these vibrant downtown spots that can be seen on First Friday or any day of the year.

  • City Market Farmer's Market - 225 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    With numerous farms dotting the rural landscape, agriculture is one of North Carolina's defining industries. City Market Farmer's Market pays homage with a mural spotlighting the various fruits and vegetables grown around the state. There's also a vignette showing a farmer heading to market with his horse-drawn wagon. Have fun searching for the faces that are hidden within the various fruits and vegetables.

  • Pas de Chat - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Can we quantify the source of art? Pas de Chat, a 25-foot sculpture that towers outside the Duke Energy Center, represents the unseen essence behind the creation of dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Its name refers to a ballet step, which literally translates to "cat's step," that mimics the movement of a jumping cat. The sculpture is designed to make it appear as though it's sitting in a pool of light. 

  • Downtown Adventures - 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    In 2020, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance asked four local artists to create interactive murals promoting First Friday. One of these murals, Downtown Adventures, incorporates distinctive pop art features such as vivid colors and linear geometric shapes to depict iconic buildings in the Glenwood South district. Artist Sarahlaine Calva is self-taught, using acrylics and spray paint to create her eye-catching designs. As with the other three murals, Downtown Adventures includes a QR code that viewers can use to learn more about First Friday.

  • 8-bit to 5G - 429 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Technology meets art in 8-bit to 5G, making Raleigh the first location in North America to host a permanent installation honoring the culture of gaming. The mural, which highlights the course of gaming history, was designed to incorporate an Augmented Reality (AR) feature that will ultimately bring the pieces of the artwork to life.

  • The Acorn - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    NYC has its Big Apple, Atlanta has its Peach, and downtown Raleigh has its Acorn. Local public relations agent John Watkins felt that Raleigh needed an iconic symbol for its 1992 bicentennial and commissioned artist David Benson to create the acorn sculpture. Like the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square, the 10-foot, 1,250-pound copper and steel Acorn is "dropped" to signify the arrival of the new year on First Night Raleigh.

Art plays an important role in Raleigh every day, but during First Fridays, it takes center stage. Immerse yourself in the creative spirit that lives throughout Raleigh. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to speak with one of our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.

January
19

Don't Miss These Events Coming to the Triangle in 2022

Triangle Events

There's never a shortage of entertaining activities around the Triangle, and 2022 is looking like no exception. Mark your calendar and join our real estate agents at these lively concerts, festivals, and shows. 

  • Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats - DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
    If you're a fan of Food Network, you're already familiar with Alton Brown's quirky and engaging approach to the science of food. Now he's taking his show on the road near Durham homes for sale with Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats. This unique culinary variety show is full of comedy, music, cooking demos, and audience participation. You'll gain a whole new appreciation of the food on your dinner table. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, and tickets are $45.

  • NC International Festival - State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    It's a small world, after all, when you can celebrate the culture of more than 50 countries at the NC International Festival. The two-day event is packed with music, dancing, and food representing the traditions of the various countries. There will also be kids' activities and artisans displaying their handmade crafts. Take the whole family to the State Fairgrounds, just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, on the weekend of April 2-3. Hours are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5-$8.

  • Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival - Bond Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    There are many reasons we look forward to spring, and the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is one of them! Taking place on Saturday, April 30, Bond Park will be filled with local artists and vendors, live entertainment, and activities for the kids to enjoy. This annual event has become a favorite over the years and is close to many fantastic Cary homes for sale.

  • Imagine Dragons - PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Catch one of the hottest rock bands of the last decade when Imagine Dragons bring their Mercury World Tour to PNC Arena. The group dominated the charts, taking the top three spots on Billboard's list of Top Rock Songs of the 2010s and eight in the top 50. Expect a setlist heavy on selections from Mercury - Act 1, the band's recently released fifth album, recorded with iconic producer Rick Rubin. Imagine Dragons take the stage on Thursday, February 10, with Canadian singer-songwriter Grandson opening the show at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34, with VIP packages available.

  • Postcards from Ireland - DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
    Originally intended to be a one-off event, Celtic Woman's PBS special in 2005 turned the ensemble into a worldwide sensation. Postcards from Ireland showcases the group's spellbinding repertoire of classic and original songs that bridge the remarkable history of Irish music. Irish dancers, bagpipers, and a traditional Celtic band add further layers of delight to the visual and sonic experience. The show is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $43.

Life in the Triangle is never dull. Need experienced help with your real estate needs? Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

December
15

Holiday Celebration Tips: First Holiday Season in a New Home

Holiday Celebration

If you're spending this holiday season in a new home, our real estate agents think a special celebration is in order. A new home is a perfect excuse to try out some new holiday traditions. Try out these ways to celebrate in your new home or to help you get to know your new neighborhood. 

Host a Holiday Housewarming 

Everyone loves a festive gathering, so celebrate your new home by hosting a housewarming party filled with holiday cheer. Start by decorating the front of your home with holiday string lights and sparkly tinsel that illuminates the trees. Next, welcome guests with a front walkway lined with candy canes, reindeer, or baskets of poinsettias that lead to a holiday wreath on your front door. When guests step inside, be sure to offer a tour of your new place!

Deck the Halls

Even if you don't plan on hosting a party, you can still decorate your new space! The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase your new home to family and friends, so feel free to deck the halls with special things that create a warm welcome and holiday atmosphere:

  • Adorn the Christmas tree with bubbling lights, colorful glass ornaments, hand-made keepsakes, a tree-topper, and wrapped gifts

  • Decorate the mantle with fresh greenery, pine cones, and holly berries

  • Light up the fireplace with a roaring, warm fire

  • Put on your favorite holiday playlist

  • Scatter holiday scented candles throughout the house

  • Throw holiday quilts over sofas and chairs

Enjoy a Holiday Light Show

Looking for some holiday cheer around town? Raleigh has some amazing holiday light show events you don't want to miss, so bundle up and head to a couple that will fill the night sky with a beautiful holiday glow. If it's your first holiday season calling Raleigh home, stop by these light shows:

  • Nights of Lights
    Nights of Lights is a drive-thru holiday light show in Dorothea Dix Park. A 1.3-mile route winds through the park filled with towering, illuminated oak trees, elaborate light displays, and local artworks. November 26th - December 24th, 2021, 6 p.m - 9:30 p.m. General admission is $20 per car.

  • Magic of Lights
    This light spectacular is held at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek on Rock Quarry Road. Magic of Lights features a one-mile holiday light display with LED technology and digital animations, including the Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and Winter Wonderland. November 19th - January 2nd, Sun - Thurs: 5 p.m - 10 pm, Sat & Sun: 5 pm - 11 p.m. Advance admission: $20 - $32, At the gate: $30 - $40.

Welcome the Holidays with Music

Raleigh is home to one of the country's most beautiful concert halls, The Durham Performing Arts Center. Why not celebrate your new home with a special holiday concert that warms the heart? During December, the Performing Arts Center is hosting 3 wonderful holiday musicals:

  • A Christmas Carol: December 15th - December 19th,
  • A Hip Hop Nutcracker: December 26th
  • A Christmas Story: December 28th - January 2nd

Performance times and ticket prices vary by which day you attend. Mark a date on your calendar and purchase your tickets online, but don't procrastinate because tickets go quickly for holiday musicals.

There's no place like home for the holidays! If you're considering buying or selling a home in Raleigh, contact us for information and prices on properties in desired areas.

    August
    18

    Where to See Live Theater in the Triangle

    Raleigh Theaters

    Live theater is alive and well in the Triangle! Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area are home to a wealth of art and culture. It's a great place to call home if you enjoy theater and the performing arts, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite performance venues in the area.

    • A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater - 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
      Some of the most exciting theater events in the Triangle happen at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This 600-seat theater is Raleigh's epicenter for opera and dance and regularly hosts productions by the Carolina Ballet. Located just minutes from these Raleigh homes for sale, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater is just the right size for a powerful, intimate performance. 

    • Cary Academy Fine & Performing Arts Center - 1500 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513
      Established in 1997, Cary Academy is an independent college-preparatory secondary school located in the beautiful city of Cary, North Carolina. The school's Fine & Performing Arts Center is known throughout the region for producing exceptional theater and dance productions rooted in their students' ensemble ethic. Some of the best young actors around get their start here! The Arts Center is part of a 65-acre campus, which is convenient to many Cary homes for sale.

    • Burning Coal Theater Company - 224 Polk St, Raleigh, NC 27604
      With a reputation for producing gritty, explosive takes on classic plays, Burning Coal Theater Company is Raleigh's leading professional not-for-profit theater. Burning Coal Theater Company attracts some of the best actors from Raleigh and all over the country and creates thrilling performances in a unique 175-seat space. Be sure to check their website to learn more about upcoming shows!

    • Garner Performing Arts Center - 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, NC 27529
      A beautiful 471-seat auditorium inside of the former Garner High School, the Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to attend (or host) a live theater event. Their renovated, state-of-the-art stage has hosted countless plays, musicals, and concerts, including Broadway Voices, the Towne Players of Garner, and the "It's Showtime!" series. The theater is located a stone's throw from these Garner homes for sale

    • Halle Cultural Arts Center - 237 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502
      The Halle Cultural Arts Center is a versatile space that hosts events of all kinds. From concerts and showcase performances to community events and visual arts presentations, this is a major hub for local arts and culture. It also hosts the Apex farmers market and weekly free movies. Just minutes from these Apex homes for sale, the Halle Cultural Arts Center is nestled in the charming heart of downtown Apex, North Carolina. 

    • The Carolina Theatre - 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
      You never know what you'll see at the Carolina Theatre. It could be a play or a musical. It could be a rock concert or a comedy showcase. It could be a classic film or the latest blockbuster. This multi-use performing arts and cinema complex offers a little bit of everything, and it's been a staple downtown Durham since 1926. The Carolina Theatre always offers something fresh and exciting, a short drive from many Durham homes for sale.

    Contact us today to learn more about arts and culture in the Triangle area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas!

    July
    7

    About the Joel Lane Museum House Raleigh's Oldest House

    Joel Lane HouseWhether you're a newcomer to the Raleigh area or have lived in Wake County for a long time, a visit to the Joel Lane Museum House lets you take a step back in time. You'll learn about local, state, and national history as you get a glimpse into life in the late 1700s.
      
    Our real estate agents share what you can expect when visiting Raleigh's oldest house.
      
    About Raleigh's Oldest Home

    The Joel Lane Museum House was built in 1769, making it the oldest home in Raleigh and even older than our country. Built by Colonel Joel Lane – who is known as both the Father of Wake County and Raleigh – the house is now a museum that's a Raleigh Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
      
    In 1771, he introduced legislation to found Wake County, and the Colonial Assembly approved it. Lane's home was the site where the decision was made in 1792 to buy a 1,000-acre parcel of his land for the state's new capital city of Raleigh.
      
    Learn About Colonial Life

    The museum lets you hear the stories of the people who lived during the colonial era, the Revolutionary War, and the early years of a new nation. Costumed guides tell accurate stories and create a personalized tour for each group of guests. 
      
    The house itself has been restored to its appearance in the 1793-94 era. You'll also see a building called the Kitchen, which was moved from northern Wake County in 1979. It was a middle-class house built around 1790 but is similar in design to a colonial kitchen. In addition, the visitors center – which houses the gift shop and offices – is also on the property. It was built around 1840 as an addition to the Lane home but was removed from the original home when it was restored. 
      
    What to Know Before You Go

    Tours resumed for the Joel Lane Museum House in June, giving North Carolina residents a chance to learn about the Revolutionary War and the early days of the Raleigh area.

    The Joel Lane Museum House is located at the corner of South St. Mary's and West Hargett Streets in Raleigh. To take a tour, go to the visitors' center at 160 South St. Mary's Street. Parking is free and can be found on St. Mary's Street in front of the visitors' center and on Hargett Street in front of the museum house.

    Be sure to check their website or call before your visit for the latest on their COVID-19 guidelines.
      
    Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and over, $4 for students kindergarten through college with ID, and free for children under 6 as well as Blue Star Families.
      
    Contact us
    to see Raleigh homes for sale or to sell your home in the Raleigh area. Our real estate agents are knowledgeable about the local market and can help ensure that you're happy with your real estate transaction. 

    September
    11

    Coming to Schools Near You--the North Carolina Opera

    North Carolina Opera - HPW

    Are you ready for a night out at the opera? Our real estate agents love to experience all of the arts and culture our area has to offer. Each year, the North Carolina Opera brings an exciting treat to residents of the City of Oaks. Throughout the 2019-20 season, their company will once again bring select performances to schools with the Triangle to give children educational and engaging exposure to the wonders that the opera has to offer. Internationally recognized performers, as well as local talents from the Triangle, will perform in schools throughout Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

    North Carolina Opera

    Celebrating ten years since the union of the Capitol Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina, the North Carolina Opera is committed to bringing exceptional operatic performances to men, women, and children throughout the Triangle. As the center of culture of Raleigh's performing arts, this company showcases the brilliant talents and stories that have made Triangle residents fall in love with a night at the opera. The North Carolina Opera puts on many performances throughout the year, including the following for 2019/2020 season:

    • Wagner — Siegfried Act III: Sung in German, this opera tells the story of young Siegfried as he falls in love with the daughter of the god Wotan.

    • Leoncavallo — Pagliacci: Sung in Italian throughout a prologue and two acts, join the adventures of the clown Canio as he wrestles with the thought that his wife has taken a lover from within their own traveling carnival brigade.

    • Lawrence Brownlee: A intimate vocal recital by renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

    • Mozart — The Magic Flute: Two acts in English and German, observe Prince Tamino as his attempted rescue of a woman leads to unexpected revelations.

    Opera in the Schools

    The North Carolina Opera is dedicated to providing everyone in the Triangle with the opportunity to learn about and view the best opera performances. Working with North Carolina School Districts, the Opera will bring over 40 performances to select schools within Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Featuring live performances from acclaimed composers like Bizet, Mozart, and Puccini, the North Carolina Opera will give elementary, middle and high schoolers the chance to learn about this classical form of art. Not only are these performances opening young minds up to a new form of culture, but they are also designed to meet the requirements of the state's Standard Course of Study.

    If you'd like the North Carolina Opera to visit your child's school, you can fill out a form on their website or inquire about this series of performances with the school faculty. For help finding Raleigh homes for sale in the best North Carolina school districts, contact us today!

    January
    9

    What's Happening at the Garner Performing Arts Center

    Garner Performing Arts Center
    If you are considering a move to the area and will be spending time in town looking into Garner homes for sale, attending some local events can really help you get a feel for the community. The Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to start. This center is located in a historic building, constructed in 1923, that was once the local high school and then became an elementary school before falling into disuse.

    In 2006, its historic auditorium was extensively renovated into a modern performance venue and given new life as the Garner Performing Arts Center, a facility dedicated to preserving the arts and being of service to its community. As such, it hosts a wide variety of events year-round, and we'll outline some upcoming events here.

    If you'll be in the Garner area at the start of the new year, here are some larger events happening in January and beyond at the Garner Performing Arts Center:

    • Garner's MLK Celebration, Jan. 20
      Hosted annually by the Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner's MLK Celebration focuses on the life and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Attendees can look forward to an evening of entertainment, including performances by the Wake Baptist Grove Youth Choir and the Creech Road Elementary School Chorus, among others.

    • Jeff Kready, Jan. 26
      This event features a performance by Broadway star Jeff Kready. A top young leading man in the Great White Way, Kready has is currently performing in "Tootsie," and has distinguished himself in other top Broadway productions, including "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," "Billy Elliott," and "Les Miserables," among many others.

    • Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Feb. 9
      Known as the "Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent is an award-winning performer backed by an award-winning group of musicians. Between them, they hold more than 80 awards, including a fistful awarded by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Attendees will be treated to a performance that is a unique blend of contemporary sounds and authentic bluegrass traditions.

    • Mike Farris, March 2
      This event features a performance by Grammy Award winner Mike Farris, a Roots Gospel performer who will present his original material, as well as his famous interpretations of traditional gospel music. His musical style is described as funky, danceable, blues-rock with New Orleans swagger and vintage Memphis soul.

    • Duty, March 8, 9
      The fifth installment of a series of plays about the local community, "Duty" explores the many ways the community, which lost eight men in the Vietnam conflict, was and still is affected by the Vietnam era.

    The events listed above represent just a few highlights of the many events and happenings that are presented by the Garner Performing Arts Center. If you're interested in finding out more about the community or in buying or selling a home in the Garner area, please contact us. Our real estate agents are always happy to put their extensive knowledge and experience to work for new, potential or existing residents.

    June
    18

    Discover Hillsborough One of America's Favorite Small Towns

    Hillsborough NC Living
    Hillsborough, NC was established in 1754, and in recent years the community has gotten recognition as one of the best small towns in America to call home. Hillsborough was ranked number three on CNN Travel's list of the coolest small towns in the country, and the community always has a presence on lists of the best small towns in North Carolina to visit. Wondering why Hillsborough is such a popular place to call home? Our real estate agents have all the details of what life is like in one of America's favorite small towns.

    A Slice of Heaven in Hillsborough: Learn Why the Locals Love Living in Hillsborough, NC


    History Meets Present Day in Hillsborough

    The town of Hillsborough has a history that dates back more than 250 years, and that history is preserved in the downtown Hillsborough historic district. Downtown Hillsborough has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to the many historic homes, businesses, and public places in the community dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Exploring local history is a great way to get in touch with the lifestyle of Hillsborough, and learn how the community became such a great place to call home. Be sure to make a trip to the Hillsborough Visitor's Center while you're downtown, to learn more about the community from local experts.  The center of Hillsborough sits on the banks of the Eno River. Frequent historical re-enactments commemorate the town's role as a political hub during the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.

    Outdoor Fun Around Every Corner

    Whether you're strolling down the scenic streets of Hillsborough or looking for a more intense outdoor activity, there's plenty to do for fun outdoors around town. Visit the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to explore three miles of trails, drop a line in a pair of great fishing spots, or set up a picnic with beautiful, natural scenery all around you. Shopping for Hillsborough homes for sale means you'll never be far from your next outdoor adventure.

    Events like the Sunday History Hike combine the community's love of history and nature, with scenic strolls lead by diverse local experts. You'll also find a ton of great parks around Hillsborough, from the massive Eno River State Park to the many parks and playgrounds spread throughout the community.

    Entertainment, Culture, and Art in Hillsborough

    The natural scenery, unique history, and bright future of Hillsborough make the community a popular place for writers, artists, and lovers of history. Throughout the community, you'll find loads of popular art galleries, where you can get in touch with the artistic side of Hillsborough. There are also excellent opportunities to explore the historic culture of Hillsborough, like the Occaneechi Village Replica Site, which replicates an Occaneechi village on the banks of the Eno River, in the same place that a real Occaneechi village stood more than 300 years ago.

    Festivals, Events, and Family Fun

    No matter the time of the year, you're sure to find some fun events and festivals on the schedule in Hillsborough. The annual Hillsborough Hog Day BBQ Festival draws visitors from every corner of North Carolina and beyond with some of the best barbecue, you'll ever taste. The Last Fridays Concert Series, which runs from April through June, is a free event from the Hillsborough Arts Council that always features fun for the whole family. There are events for all of the big holidays on the calendar, along with special opportunities to explore the historic homes, gardens, and buildings throughout the Hillsborough area.

    Heard enough, and ready to find out first-hand why the town of Hillsborough, NC is such a special place to call home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Hillsborough, NC area.

    December
    28

    New Year's Celebrations & Events

    New Year's Celebrations and EventsIt will soon be time to ring in 2018! Where will you cheer on the new year? Whether you're seeking a daytime celebration for the whole family or a night out with a special someone, the Triangle is a happening place to be on New Year's Eve. You'll even find fun activities on New Year's Day to get the new year off to a great start.

    Cary

    Roll the Bean New Year's Eve Celebration

    Jellybean's Super Skate Center of Cary

    1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.

    Admission is $25 for youth 15 and under

     

    First Walk—New Year, New You

    Bond Park

    1100 Norwell Boulevard in Cary

    Monday, Jan. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

    Start at North Cary Park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway

     

    Chapel Hill

    Night Lights: A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve

    Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

    250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

    Sunday, Dec. 31

    2 to 6 p.m.

    Tickets are $5 online

    Ready to host kids of all ages, Night Lights will offer a fun-filled New Year's Eve in Chapel Hill. Guests young and old will enjoy games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, science and dance performances, and food truck delights.

     

    Durham

    New Year's Eve Party

    Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

    219 Hood Street in Durham

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

    Raise a glass and share your cheer for a brand new year! Ponysaurus Brewing is excited to host its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance by Chocolate Thunder and new brews!

     

    New Year's Day 8K Run at Duke Forest

    Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham

    Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., registration begins at noon

     

    First Day Hikes

    Eno River State Park

    6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham 27705

    Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

    Starts at the Few's Ford Picnic Shelter (20 minutes from park entrance)

    Two hikes: two-mile or four- to five-mile hikes

     

    Raleigh

    Noon Year's Eve

    Marbles Kids Museum

    201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    $7 per person

    Want to celebrate the new year without staying up late? Take the family to Marbles Kids Museum to ring in the "noon" year instead! Your little ones will love taking part in a bubble-wrap fireworks display, official noonday countdown, and festive dance party.

     

    First Night Raleigh

    Downtown Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 1

    Activities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31

    View an event schedule here

    Join in a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh! This daylong event begins at 2 p.m. and runs through midnight. With afternoon activities for the kiddos in Bicentennial Plaza, a Ferris wheel, sleigh and trolley rides, live musical performances, evening fireworks and more, you'll be able to ring in the new year with great cheer!  

    Events throughout the day:

    DIY Festival

    NC Museums of History & Natural Sciences and Bicentennial Plaza

    2 to 6 p.m.

    Children 5-years-old and under permitted free with a pass-wearing adult

    People's Procession

    Walk down Salisbury Street

    Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. along Edenton Street

    Early Countdown & Fireworks

    Main Stage on City Plaza

    5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Evening Concert Performances

    Indoor and Outdoor Venues throughout downtown

    7 to 11:30 p.m.

    City Plaza Main Stage Performances

    City Plaza

    5 p.m. to Midnight

    Giant Acorn Drop and Fireworks

    City Plaza

    Midnight

     

    Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party

    Isaac Hunter's Tavern

    414 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

    Tickets are $45, available online

    Score a front-row seat to Raleigh's Giant Acorn Drop at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on New Year's Eve. The popular pub will host a fantastic affair for its mature crowd well into the night.

     

    The Official 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

    Downtown Raleigh Sheraton

    421 South Salisbury Street

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

    Ticket prices vary, available online

    Party the night away with Miss North Carolina and other area iHeartMedia radio hosts at this lively New Year's Eve celebration. Stretching across three large ballrooms, the event will feature a live performance by the Red Line Band and three expert DJs scheduled to spin their jams till after the Giant Acorn drops.

     

    First Day Hike

    William B. Umstead Park

    Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.

    Starts at the Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Harrison Avenue; Exit 287 off I-40)

    Four-mile hike along Company Mill Trail

    September
    25

    Worth A Visit: Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

    Music will fill the air in downtown Raleigh this Friday and Saturday at the annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. With more than 100 bands on seven city stages, you should get ready for some knee-slapping, foot-tapping fun!

    Festival-goers can purchase general admission or VIP passes online to score seats at the Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater to see performances by the Steep Canyon Rangers with Steven Martin, The Infamous Stringdusters presenting the Wide Open Jam, The Travelin' McCourys, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and many more. 

    In addition to the incredible banjo-wielding artist lineup, the two-day event will feature a free StreetFest on Fayetteville and Cabarrus Streets. Expanded from the previous year, the event will be filled with tasty food-truck treats, arts and crafts vendors, dancing, youth performances and a Kid Zone. Adult attendees will also enjoy visiting beer and wine tasting tents for sips throughout the day. 

    The Whole Hog Barbecue Championship will kick off late Friday evening with pig cookers smoking through the night into Saturday morning for judging. Once the meat-master winner is named, the competitors' barbecue pork will be sold to StreetFest guests to raise money for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

    A short walk down the road, the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Expo will also be taking place at the Raleigh Convention Center on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Wide Open Bluegrass Festival event details:

    Where:

    Downtown Raleigh

    Main Stage: Red Hat Amphitheater

    When:

    Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to 11 p.m. 

    Music Schedule:

    Get the scoop on the bands and live performances before you go by downloading the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival music schedule here.

     

    Image Credit: World of Bluegrass/Wide Open Bluegrass Festival 

    September
    21

    Worth A Visit: East Meets West Festival

    An event planned to celebrate the uniquely diverse Morrisville community, the East Meets West Festival is filled with delicious food, music, and live street performances spotlighting cultures from all over the world. You should attend! 

    Not only is the annual festival one-of-a-kind in the Triangle area, but it has also earned acclaim nationally as well. This spring, the National League of Cities recognized Morrisville with its City Cultural Diversity Award spotlighting its diverse and collaborative community and East Meets West Festival. 

    In an interview about the award, Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman said, "One of the most distinct features about Morrisville is its variety of cultures. The East Meets West festival is incredibly important to the town council as a means of connecting with the public and celebrating the cultures that make our town unique."

    Organized by the Morrisville Innovation Foundation, the free event will take place this Saturday, Sept. 23 starting at 11 a.m. with arts and crafts vendors and area restaurants setting up shop along Town Hall Drive. 

    Festivalgoers are sure to enjoy the opportunity to purchase an assortment of foods from all over including traditional Peruvian and Indian fare, Asian dishes and North Carolina barbeque. Performers include Bollywood and Middle Eastern belly dancers, yoga instructors, blues, reggae and bluegrass bands, and other exciting talents.

    Young attendees will also delight in the Kids Zone as they get their faces painted and spend the day jumping in the inflatable bounce house. 

    East Meets West Festival event details:

    Where:

    Town Hall Drive in Morrisville

    When:

    Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    Directions & Parking:

    Access driving directions and parking information here

    Additional Information:

    Town Hall Drive will be closed from Morrisville Carpenter Road through Jeremiah Street on Friday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 p.m.

     

    Image Credit: Morrisville Innovation Foundation/East Meets West Festival

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