Cricket leaps into the Triangle

by Ilina Ewen photographs by Ray Black III Chances are, when North Carolinians hear the word cricket, they’re thinking bugs. Not the game of ball, bats, and wickets first played in England in the 16th century, now second only to soccer…

Wake Forest en charrette

Twelve Raleigh architects rethink a community’s downtown by  J. Michael Welton On a cool, rainy Saturday afternoon in early October, three intrepid women – two architects and a landscape architect – ventured out, on foot, from Town Hall in Wake Forest….

Illustrated interview with Marvin Malecha

After 21 years as Dean of the College of Design at N.C. State University, Marvin Malecha retires this month and will become president and chief academic officer at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Calif. It seemed…

First love: Classic films

by Cameron Howard The red Netflix envelope arrived in my mailbox on Duke’s East Campus, and I opened it back in my dorm room, which still bore the signs of recent, frenzied moving-in. The DVD was The Happiest Millionaire, a 1967…

Caring and comfort at life’s end

by Todd Cohen photograph by Jill Knight Life can unfold and conclude with a mysterious kind of symmetry. Brenda Gibson’s mother, Violet Chappell, once longed to be a nurse. She worked at Duke University Hospital for 17 years but, lacking…

The amazing grace of friendship

by Nation Hahn illustration by Brian Hubble Friend (n.) – One attached to another by affection or esteem (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) We toss the word friend around easily. There are Facebook “friends.” We call the person we just met for coffee for…

Brunch at the Umstead: Walter’s Book Club with Sarah Dessen

photographs by Travis Long Walter was thrilled to host eight-time New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen as the featured writer for our fall gathering of Walter’s Book Club at the Umstead. For an author whose name is synonymous with young…

Seen in Raleigh: Tree trimmers

photographs by Scott Sharpe A recent visit to Cheshire Cat Gallery at Cameron Village led to the discovery of these captivating vintage Christmas ornaments that would add sparkle to any tree. From a classic Santa Claus and Christmas tree to…

Hoops country

How a group of dreamers, schemers, and other North Carolinians gave birth to modern basketball by Scott Ellsworth North Carolinians possess an embarrassment of basketball riches. We are a land that can lay claim to Dean Smith and Jim Valvano, David…

Shavlik Randolph

Resilience, determination, staying power by Settle Monroe photographs by Justin Cook When 6-foot-10-inch, 240-pound Shavlik Randolph lumbers into a Raleigh Starbucks, all eyes in the cafe look up. And up. And up. Standing customers step aside to make room for…

Duane Raver: Illustrating Wildlife

by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio Down a pebbly road, in a wood-framed studio in a rural corner of Garner, wildlife artist Duane Raver is perfecting a swan. Its wings stretch across his canvas, feathers precise in number, formation, and color….

Chef Ryan Conklin’s haute hospital cuisine

by  Katherine Connor photographs by  Lissa Gotwals In the coming season of celebration and indulgence, a visit to the hospital is not on most folks’ to-do list. But for some savvy Raleighites, the hospital is exactly where they’re headed, and…

Spotlight: Tutu School – Sharing the magic

by Jessie Ammons photographs by Missy McLamb At Tutu School Raleigh, enchantment is par for the course. “I believe in that experience that I have when I’m dancing, in sharing something – movement, music, storytelling – with an audience that’s magical,”…

Spotlight: Shaw at 150

by Jessie Ammons Eight months after the end of the Civil War in 1865, former Union soldier Henry Martin Tupper used his army earnings to found Shaw University, the first university for freedmen in the South. A century and a…

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