May peas be with you

by Dean McCord It all started at Crook’s Corner. My obsession with rice and peas, tomatoes and cheese, bacon and onions, and, of course, a topping of scallions.  Mmmmm. Hoppin’ John. It’s quite simple really, a rustic assembly of everyday…

Outdoors: A peaceful paddle on Beaverdam Lake

by Suzanne M. Wood As my paddle parted the clouds reflected on the water’s surface, I marveled – not for the first time that sunny fall afternoon – at how still it was. My husband and I were paddling our tandem…

Modern family Christmas

by Felicia Gressette photographs by Lissa Gotwals Four generations are gathered this bright morning at Jason and Lauren Smith’s home near Hymettus Woods for a Smith family ritual – an informal Christmas brunch. Like the family itself, the celebration has evolved over…

Thanksgiving still life

Contrary to popular lore, turkey was not the hallmark of the harvest meal shared by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony in 1621. Rather, wildfowl, deer, eel, and shellfish were the likely proteins. Native crops including pumpkins, turnips, garlic,…

The 13 trees of Christmas

by Liza Roberts photographs by Carla and Kristopher Williams Christmas time at Donna and Kirk Preiss’s house is a fairy tale – an enchanting story with 1,500 characters. Each is an ornament on one of the Preiss’s 13 Christmas trees,…

Celebrate the Season

Join WALTER Magazine and Johnson Lexus of Raleigh for fantastic shopping, holiday cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres November 12 at the Merrimon-Wynne House. Choose seasonal gifts from all your favorite Raleigh retailers, including Furbish, Vermillion, High Cotton, Moon & Lola, Gabrielle…

Raleigh Boychoir

by Elizabeth Lincicome On a rainy Saturday morning in October, more than 30 boys have gathered to rehearse choral music in an unassuming brick house off of Ridge Road. Today they sing The First Noel, which they will perform at…

Home & Garden: RX – Home

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Nick Pironio When pharmacy owner Trey Waters added Person Street Pharmacy to his portfolio and gave it an overhaul earlier this year, it wasn’t the only part of his life getting a re-vamp. The old…

My father’s world

by Tracie Fellers Raleigh was my father’s hometown and his territory. And though I’m rarely there these days, it beckons me with memories and markers of his life’s journey. On Fayetteville Street downtown, there’s the law practice that still includes…

Tailgate heroes

by Andrea Weigl photographs by Jillian Clark Neither pouring rain, nor thunder, nor storm warning sirens could deter them. N.C. State University fans may have briefly hopped into their cars and trucks or huddled under tents to avoid the downpour,…

Happy Birthday

by Kevin Barrett, cocktail director at Foundation photographs by Juli Leonard It’s my favorite time of year. I love Christmas. I love New Year’s Day. I love my Sparkling Snow scented Yankee Candle. And I love a chance to make one of…

Debbie Yow: The adventure for me is here

by Andrew Kenney photographs by Missy McLamb Debbie Yow appears from her athletics director office at a bustling clip. She offers a hearty hello to her senior staffer and a visitor. This is the heart of Wolfpack territory, covered with…

A really Raleigh Christmas

by CC Parker  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. My sister recently forwarded a sign posted on Pinterest: “The Cycle of life: You Believe in Santa; You are Santa; You look like Santa.” If you fall into the…

Spotlight: Local treasures

Charlotte’s celebrates 25th anniversary by Jessie Ammons photograph by Missy McLamb Decades ago, Charlotte Harris was home in Texas for the holidays and in search of a good gift. Her friend told her she must go to Carol’s. “I thought,…

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