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Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh – First Annual Winterfest!

Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh

I will never forget when my husband took me to New York City one holiday season and we went to Rockefeller Plaza and watched the skaters skate around under the world famous Christmas tree. It was such a fun and memorable scene that I will never forget. Well when I read the below story I was so excited that I had to share it!

Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh

Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh

What Raleigh has done with Downtown and Fayetteville Street is very exciting. They have done a great job making a fun destination for the entire family and that will definitly be the case this holiday season. Below is information from the article that gives more details about the Raleigh Winterfest and of course the most exciting part – the outdoor ice rink! Our own little piece of New York City right here in Raleigh. I can’t wait to take the family down there. I probably won’t be skating but I sure will take it all in and enjoy the atmosphere. I hope to see you down there. Feel free to contact me with any more needed information about this event or Downtown Raleigh or visit the Winterfest website for more details.

MAYOR ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ANNUAL AT&T RALEIGH WINTERFEST

The start of a new holiday tradition in Raleigh

The kickoff for the First Annual AT&T Raleigh Winterfest, a two-month long holiday event, will be combined with Mayor Meeker’s Tree Lighting on the evening of Friday, December 4, 2009 in City Plaza located in the 400 block of Fayetteville Street. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker announces, Winterfest is sure to be a treasured Raleigh tradition.  Opening night will run from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, December 4 and will feature an outdoor ice rink, performances by local choirs and bands, talented figure skaters and a multitude of other entertainers, a visit by Santa Claus, a reading by Ira David Wood III (star of Theatre in the Park’s A Christmas Carol), delicious food and drinks, a dazzling holiday tree lighting and a country music headliner that will soon be announced. This FREE community-wide kickoff event will be followed by two months of additional programming at the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink.

President and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, David Diaz, says, “We are thrilled to be producing the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest. This will be an event like no other in our region because of the variety of entertainment, the scenic location of the ice rink that uses natural ice, and the duration of the event. For the kickoff event on Friday, December 4 we are bringing a national headliner and an impressive and diverse collection of local and regional talent.”  The location City Plaza is situated in the center of downtown Raleigh. Though the City Plaza was not modeled after Rockefeller Plaza, the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest will bear a strong resemblance to it not only because of the outdoor ice rink but also because it is located in the heart of our central business district. AT&T Raleigh Winterfest consists of the kickoff event on Friday, December 4 as well as activities and performances scheduled throughout the two months to follow a major milestone for the Triangle.

Fuquay Varina Is The Place To Be This Halloween Weekend!

Fuquay Varina Is One Of The Great Communities Of The Triangle

Downtown Fuquay VarinaOne of the great perks of managing the Avalon Springs neighborhood is getting to know Fuquay Varina.  I will admit that all I knew about Fuquay before Avalon Springs was the interesting sounding name of the town itself.  But one of the m favorite parts about my work at Avalon Springs has been discovering all the great things about Fuquay Varina.  From the downtown shops to the many fun community events, Fuquay Varina is truly a gem of the Triangle.

Fuquay Varina has no shortage of fun events this Halloween weekend.  Thanks to the downtown Fuquay Varina website for all the below information.

Trick or Treat Event Friday October 30, 2009

Halloween Trick or Treating in downtown Fuquay Varina The Fuquay-Varina Revitalization Association is pleased to announce that the merchants on Main and Broad Streets in the    historic shopping district will sponsor a Trick or Treat event on Friday, October 30 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm .  Last year, this event  was a tremendous success because it provided a friendly, safe environment for the little ones to enjoy the holiday. It’s easy to    participate!

Dress-up your lil’ ghosts and goblins, grab a bag and visit the merchants on Main and Broad Streets that display the sign,“Trick  or Treat Here!” The merchants on Main and Broad Streets promise to scare-up lots of treats and fun for your family, so make sure  to visit them on Friday, October 30 between 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Fuquay Varina Downtown Festival and Chili Cook-Off

Please join us for the 7th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off in Historic Downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, October 31st.  The event is part of the Day in Downtown Festival which draws more than 7000 people to downtown for a day of family fun. The Cook-off is becoming quite a Fuquay-Varina tradition!  In 2008, ten chili cook-off teams competed for the $500 grand prize and hundreds of people tasted great chili all day long!  All this good natured, fun, competition helped raise much needed funds for downtown revitalization in the heart of downtown Fuquay-Varina.

In addition to a first place prize of $500, there is a second place prize of $300 and the third place winner will receive $150. All awards are voted on by the public.

If you’re not a cook, but you love to eat chili, come on down to the Downtown Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 31st from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and taste, taste, taste!! You can taste all the chili entries for $5.00. We’ll be located in the large parking lot on Main Street near Cooley’s Restaurant.

Stop By Avalon Springs

When you are done trick or treating or before hanging out at the downtown Festival be sure to stop by Avalon Springs which is only minutes from downtown.

Avalon Springs Parade Home

Avalon Springs Parade Home

We would love to show you the great new home opportunities available by premier Triangle home builder Homes By Dickerson!

For additional information or directions please feel free to contact me.  We will see you in Fuquay!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Fall Is Here and So Are Many Great Triangle Events This Month

Fall is upon us and although I am sad to see summer go I am excited for some cooler weather and all the fun Fall events around the Triangle.  There is so much to do and see this month that I just don’t know how I will find enough hours in the day.  Maybe all my friends, family and clients can hit some of these events and report back on what they did, saw and heard so!

Thanks to the many websites, emails and newsletters that have helped me make some suggestions on events you and the family should consider this month!  And please feel free to give me your feedback on how the event was because it always helps to give my friends and clients new to the area the scoop on what events are a must for next year and beyond!

Triangle September Festivals and Event Ideas

  • Reptiles, birds and mammals will be on display at the Exposition Center for The Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show on 9/5-9/6.
  • The 68th Annual Gourd Arts and Craft Festival is 9/12 through 9/14.
  • The first annual ItaliaFest is 9/12 celebration will be held at Festival Park in Wake Forest with traditional Italian music, free activities for kids, great tasting Italian food and beer with an Italian flair.
  • Heroes, Villains and Special Effects – Saturday, September 12  between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hollywood is coming to the Museum of Life and Science.  This is your chance to meet some of the finest in the film and entertainment industry and to interact with Star Wars characters from Carolina 501st Garrison.  Cost: Free with a Museum admission: Adult $12.50, Child (3-12) $9.50  Check out other things going on at the Life and Science Museum website.
  • BUGFEST  Location – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  Date – Saturday, September 12  between 9 am-9 pm.  Jones Street, The Bicentennial Plaza, Edenton Street, the Capitol Grounds, and all four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun!  Enjoy the entertaining displays, exhibits and activities—both inside and outside the Museum.  Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth, during fascinating presentations.  Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Café Insecta.  Join the moths, fireflies and katydids for an exhilarating evening of nocturnal activities at the Evening Insectival.  This year’s theme bugs are butterflies and moths!
  • Delicious Greek food, authentic dancing, live music and much more, happen at the 28th Greek Festival  from 9/18 through 9/20.
  • Bring your family to the first annual Cary Caribbean Festival on 9/19 and enjoy the music and food of the Caribbean and learn about different island cultures.
  • Consider yourself a wine snob? Taste hundreds of different wines at Triangle Uncorked on 9/26 at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

The Triangle offers so many different opportunities for the entire family every weekend.  I mean how great is to go from talking about the great college football the Triangle has to offer to Bugfest in the same month!  I hope you get out, enjoy the events and all the great things that the Triangle has to offer.  Hopefully I will see you at some of the events and remember to please offer any feedback you have.

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Are You Ready For Some College Football Here In The Triangle?

My husband is beside himself.  This week for him is like the week leading up to Christmas day for kids.  Saturday is his Christmas Day because it means the start of College Football.  Lucky for him I love college football season as well!  The Triangle is a great place to spend Falls because of the great weather and three ACC College Football teams competing right here in our backyards – well not literally in your backyard but if that does happen for any reason let me know and I can recommend a good landscaper to re sod your back yard :)!

There is nothing like going out to a football game on a clear, clean, crisp Fall Saturday to join family and friends tailgating before the game.  The smell of grills cooking yummy foods, football’s sailing through the air, flags flying high and your favorite drinks flowing make College Football tailgates the place to be on any Saturday in the Triangle.

We are very lucky in the Triangle to have 3 Division 1 teams playing some great football in the ACC.  Regardless of who you root for there is bound to be some great college football action in the Triangle this Fall!

Kenan Stadium is a beautiful place to watch college football.

Kenan Stadium is a beautiful place to watch college football.

The Tarheels are on the rise and projected to be in the hunt for the ACC crown this year.  If you have not been to Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill then plan a Saturday to go because it is one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of college football.

The Wolfpack are also a top contender this year with their quarterback Russell Wilson one of the top QB’s in all of the ACC.  NC State fans can tailgate with the best of them in college football.  They open this Thursday night against South Carolina on national TV so safe to say it will be a wild Thursday evening out at Carter Finley Stadium.

The Wolfpack and their fans will be fired up and ready to go Thursday night!

The Wolfpack and their fans will be fired up and ready to go Thursday night!

Last but not least here in the Triangle are the Duke Blue Devils.  It is a fact that Duke football has struggled for attention but head coach David Cutcliffe has definitely fired up the team and the fan base out in Durham.

Now I can’t leave out my alma mata Elon University, even though they are technically not in the Triangle, they are still only about 1 hour away and they will be one of the best teams in the tough Southern Conference this year.  Hopefully this will be the year they beat Southern Conference power and rival Appalachian State.  If you want to see a great high powered offense then be sure to watch an Elon game this fall!

Finally I have to mention my husband’s (he did help me write a lot of this blog!) favorite team the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  The Notre Dame fight song usually starts playing about 8:00am in our house and does not stop until well after the game is over!  He is confident that this will be a great year for the Irish and trust me we will be watching every play.  Regardless of what you think of Notre Dame I can say first hand after going to a game in South Bend that if you like tradition then you will love Notre Dame football!

I have said it over and over again but the TRIANGLE is a great place to live.  The list why continues to grow and College Football in the Triangle is another great item to put at the top of the list.  When I am not showing houses on Saturday then I know I will be watching college football live or on TV.  And if we need to work your home search around your favorite teams schedule on a Saturday then no problem because I know how it is!

I am here to help your home buying or selling process now or in the future so please let me know how I can help.  Good luck to all of the Triangle’s College
Football teams this Fall!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

So Much To Do At The NC Museum of Art

Take In A Movie Under The Stars At The NC Museum of Art

Yes I know that summer is almost over but with cooler weather approaching now may be the perfect time to take the entire family to enjoy a movie at the NC Museum of Art For $3 per person you can sit on the lawn and take in a hit movie under the stars.  This truly is a fun family event.  Here is more info directly from the NC ART Museum website:

“For over a dozen years, the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park, a 2,700-capacity open-air theater (and a work of art in itself!), has made the North Carolina Museum of Art a favorite destination for lovers of great music and movies as well as fine art and sculpture. Experience the best in the arts—indoors and out—at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

TICKETS

Tickets for all concerts can be purchased on-line or by calling the Museum Box Office at (919) 715-5923. Movie tickets must be purchased in person or by calling the Museum Box Office.  The Box Office opens two hours prior to all outdoor performances and movies. No refunds or exchanges, unless event is canceled due to adverse weather conditions and headlining performer completes fewer than 30 minutes of the scheduled performance.  $3 General Admission (unless otherwise noted).  Free to Museum members and children 6 and under.  Members must show current membership card and photo ID at the Museum Box Office.

Here is the upcoming movie schedule:

  • Aug 22 – The Sting
  • Aug 28 – Gone with the wind
  • Sep 4 – Iron Man
  • Sep 25 – Australia

Besides just movies the NC Museum of Art offers lots of great activities including popular exhibits, concerts, workshops, tours, festivals, lectures and art day’s. Weather you are new to the Triangle or a native we are lucky to have the NC Museum of Art located here in Raleigh for all of us to enjoy.

I know I say it all the time but I just LOVE living in the Triangle!  To learn more about the many great events, activities and things to do here in the Triangle please visit my Live In Raleigh website anytime day or night!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Explore Falls River in Raleigh, NC!

Falls Lake Offers Lots of Fun Activities

If you live in Bedford Falls River, Wakefield Plantation or Heritage Wake Forest then you are lucky to have Falls Lake in your backyard.  Consider it your own personal playground because there is so much to do and see!  Falls Lake stretches 22 miles through Raleigh and Durham.  Falls Lake offers many fun things to do including:

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Water Sports
  • Public Beaches
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting

Regardless of the season or where you live in the Triangle Falls Lake has lots to offer outdoor enthusiasts of all ages!  For more information on Falls Lake check out these 2 helpful websites.  

North Carolina Parks

Army Corp

If you are interested in houses or neighborhoods close to Falls River please contact me because I would love to show you all the great opportunities!

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

 Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Kerr Family YMCA Is Right Up The Street From Great Neighborhoods

Kerr Banks YMCA Right Up The Street From Heritage, Bedford and Wakefield 

If you live or are thinking about living in Heritage Wake Forest, Bedford Falls River or Wakefield Plantation then you are lucky to have the Kerr Family YMCA right up the street.  The Kerr YMCA is not your grandfather’s YMCA!  The Kerr Banks YMCA is a wonderful start of the art facility.  You name it and they have it:

Features/Amenities

  • 58,000 sq. ft. Facility
  • Indoor 8-lane, 25-yard pool
  • Indoor Play-Pool with “splash features”
  • Outdoor Toddler Pool (during summer season)
  • Outdoor Pool & Waterslide (during summer season)
  • 2 Racquetball Courts
  • 2 Basketball Courts
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Equipment check-out (basketball/racquetball)
  • Men’s & Women’s Locker Rooms
  • Steam Room – (men’s & women’s)
  • Preschool and elementary age playgrounds
  • Nationally Certified Personal Trainers

State of the Art Wellness Center with…

  • Cybex equipment
  • Full Cybex Circuit
  • Arc Trainer
  • Stair climbers
  • Treadmills
  • Free weights
  • Stationary bikes
  • Cross conditioning machine
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Star Trac spin bikes
  • Rowing machines
  • Stretching Equipment
  • Indoor walking/jogging track
  • 2 Aerobics Studios
  • And MORE!!

Childcare on site:
Funhouse 
(children 5 – 12 yrs old) 
Playhouse 
(children 6 wks – 5 yrs old fee applies per visit)

Your house is obviously very important, the neighborhood you live in is very important but also what is right up the street is also very important and with the Kerr Bank YMCA up the street from these 3 great neighborhoods then you will be very happy to have this great facility that the entire family can enjoy so close!  Visit their website to learn more about all the programs they offer and membership details.   

See you at the Y…

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker