Editor’s Letter: June/July


WALTER was delighted to welcome the author Frances Mayes to a special luncheon with 125 WALTER readers at the Umstead Hotel & Spa on a Sunday in late April.

This latest in our series of WALTER EVENTS combined literary conversation with gourmet food and wine in beautiful surroundings. It sold out several weeks in advance – a testament to the popularity of the Hillsborough-based author of Under the Tuscan Sun and Under Magnolia, and another indicator of pent-up demand for events that invite our readers into the world of the magazine.

We’d like to do more of that. We look forward to introducing you to more of the people making Raleigh the creative capital of the South; we are eager to take you to more of the places you want to see. Beginning this month, we’re creating WALTER INSIDERS for those of you who’d like special access.

WALTER INSIDERS receive a one-year subscription to the magazine and the chance to buy tickets to our events several days before we open them to the general public, plus several other perks including invitations to Insider-only pre-parties and monthly drawings for event tickets and lunches with WALTER editorial staff. I’m eager to get to know more of you, and excited to hear more about what you’d like to see in our pages.

This month, we cover a lot of ground. We race around the Wake County Speedway and join Scott Huler’s intrepid trek across the Carolinas. We go backstage with Dave Rose, Raleigh’s man behind the curtain, and meet some dads with big shoes to fill. We get to enjoy an eclectic picnic, a tall cool drink, and a beautiful house. And did I mention dogs in bow ties? Why not. It’s summertime.

-Liza Roberts
Editor & General Manager