The fifty names: A historical perspective on black history month

by Ernest Dollar, director, City of Raleigh Museum photographs by Tierney Farrell On display in the City of Raleigh Museum is a piece of paper that holds the key to a 160-year-old mystery. Scrawled in black ink in elegant Victorian handwriting…

The van of my dreams

by Ann Brooke Raynal illustration by Emily Brooks In the fog of my second pregnancy I decided that a minivan would make my life complete. I was devoting my life to these children, and a van would tell the world: Mother on…

For Alex: A family’s climb to honor a lost son

by J. Andrew Curliss photographs by Patrick Davison Chuck Stuber is standing halfway up Mount Fuji at a place where climbers begin their slogging treks to the summit of Japan’s tallest mountain. There is a pay toilet here and a…

Sunday supper in the park

by Liza Roberts photographs by Juli Leonard When Raleigh resident Katherine Poole, 45, co-launched a table linen company in 2009, she knew it would be a good outlet for her creative talents and abundant energy. But she didn’t know Hen…

Labels need not apply

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Nick Pironio It’s fitting that even Karen Strittmatter Galvin can’t quite characterize New Music Raleigh’s most recent performance, All Souls. A one-woman opera? A cinematic drama? It was, after all, partly her brainchild. But…

Under a Sunday sky: WALTER’s book club with Frances Mayes

photographs by Jillian Clark The ballroom at the Umstead Hotel & Spa was filled with the colors, flavors, and stories of Tuscany on a Sunday in April, when Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes joined 125 Walter readers for a…

Deck of Oaks

by Emma Powell “I wanted to do something that was locally organized and gave back to the community,” says Raleigh graphic designer Ladye Jane Vickers. The result is the Deck of Oaks, a set of playing cards created to raise…

Spotlight: Ducking cannonfire

by Anna Long photograph by Michael McCloone On most days, Darrell Markijohn practices law in Canton, Ohio. He goes home at night to his wife Hillary and their four children, and spends his leisure time training horses on their historic farm. But…

Blood, sweat and jeers

by Billy Warden photographs by Travis Long “Is dad having an affair?” The teenager, finding her father absent on yet another weekday evening, plaintively put this question to her mom. And, yes. The father in question, Adam Cohen, was and…

Straight up: Connor Champion skates new terrain

by Andrew Kenney photographs by Geoff Wood Raleigh skateboard pro Connor Champion, like most skaters, is an urban cartographer. He knows the lines that connect downtown’s slopes and edges maybe as well as anyone. He’ll show me, he says. As…

A little spot of her own

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Catherine Nguyen A Cameron Park homeowner with a gypsy spirit and eastern North Carolina roots lives an artful and enchanted bungalow life  If it’s true that the supreme art is the art of living, then Cameron Park is…

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