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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.

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

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

Raleigh Featured As The #2 Real Estate Market Most Likely To Rebound!

Well Raleigh is buzzing again from the great news from yesterday’s Today Show.  Raleigh was featured as the #2 real estate market most likely to rebound. In the below video from the Today Show you will hear the many things we already know about living in Raleigh and the Triangle – good companies, great weather, strong family life and affordable housing.  Whether you are looking for a change of scenery, want to get out of cold weather, just settling down after graduating college or want to live in a place where the news is positive, Raleigh and the Surrounding Triangle should be at the top of your list!  Enjoy the video and let me know if I can help you find the perfect home in Raleigh!

Walking With You Every Step Of the Way!

– Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Raleigh is Nation’s Fastest Growing Metro Area!

As a real estate agent and a resident of Raleigh and the Triangle, I never get sick of all the awards and honors that this area wins – especially when it is great news about the economy.  See the article below from WRAL.com and Forbes as it really drives home why this area is a great place to work, live and play. When times are tough you want to live in a area that is hopeful and opportunistic.  Well 4% economic growth in this day and age is definitely reason to celebrate.   If you are thinking about moving to Raleigh and Triangle area then there is no time like the present as along with showing economic growth the real estate market remains a buyers market – but this will not last too much longer as my fellow real estate agents and builders I work with are reporting good traffic and more contracts coming in.

Enjoy the article below and  if you want to be like recent transplant Edward Appel then let me know as I am always available to help buyers learn more about the area and find their next dream home.

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh Realtor/Broker

From WRAL.com

Despite the economic downturn, the Raleigh-Cary area grew by more than 4 percent last year, making it the nation’s fastest-growing metro area, according to Forbes magazine.

The magazine rated Raleigh as the No. 1 city where Americans are relocating. Charlotte was third on the list, behind Austin, Texas.

“In the last five or six years, Raleigh has been recognized with a lot of accolades,” said Ken Atkins, senior vice president for economic development for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.  Atkins said rankings like Raleigh’s three straight years atop Forbes’ annual list of the Best Places for Business and Careers have attracted people as well as attention.

Edward Appel, who recently moved to the Triangle from California to work with HCL Technologies, is one of the latest transplants.

“I first heard about Raleigh from the article in Forbes,” said Appel, a senior systems engineer with the software and information technology development firm. “The fact that there are so many large universities here in close proximity was a great selling point.”

HCL is setting up an office in Cary that officials expect to employ 500 people within a few years. Appel said the area’s low cost of living also helped the Triangle beat out 19 other locations for the new office.

“On the West Coast, we all know that (the) Silicon Valley of the East is the Research Triangle,” he said, adding that he knows people who have moved to Raleigh without jobs expecting to find work in the area.

The Raleigh-Cary area had an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent in February, with a net loss of 700 jobs, as the recession deepened across North Carolina. Statewide, the unemployment rate was a record 11.3 percent in February.

Atkins said other technology companies also are looking to locate or expand in the area, but he declined to elaborate.

“My feeling is that this market is at the bottom. I think that we are going to see some significant new announcements in growth coming up in probably … (the) third quarter of this year,” he said.

Congratulations To The UNC Tarheels – 2009 College Basketball National Champions!

Okay so I have to admit that this post is dedicated to my husband who is a very passionate (sometimes crazy) UNC Tarheel college basketball fan.  I being a good wife help support the Tarheels but at the end of the day I don’t lose sleep like he does on who wins and loses in college basketball.  What I do love is living here along Tobacco Raod and in the mecca of college basketball.  For those of us who already live here then you know what I mean as nothing I write will give justice to the passion, dedication and craziness of the fanbase of the Tarheels, Wolfpack or Blue Devils.

For those of you who are thinking about relocating all I can say is – What the heck are you waiting for?  Along with the hundreds of other reasons why the Triangle is one of the countries best places to live college basketball here may be the icing on the cake.  The list could go on and on why but it includes intense rivalries, college and NBA superstars, bombfires, Hall of Fame coaches, crazy fans, numerous National Championships, ACC Tournament Friday, March Madness, historic gyms and lots of amazing history.  Just be sure to do your research as when you move here you will need to pick one of the three teams wisely and then get ready to battle!  Don’t worry though as for 90% of us it is a lot of fun as at the end of the day we all enjoy cheering on our team all while enjoying each others company.  The other 10%…well that is another story!

So the bragging rights currently lie with the 2009 Carolina Tarheels so in honor of them and in hopes of making my husband very happy here is their own One Shining Moment:

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Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

PS – When we look for houses I would be happy to give you the inside scoop on the 3 different fan bases as it will be fun to see where you fit in!

Great News For Those Of You Who Love To Hike Outdoors

I love spring time as I espcially love spending times outdoors with my husband, 2 girls and our 2 dogs – I think the dogs love it the best.  Living in North Raleigh is a great place to play outdoors as we have easy access to all the trails and open areas of Falls Lake and the Neuse River.  I recently read an article and was excited to hear that a new 8 mile section of green way in North Raleigh will be open in the future thanks to the new stimulus package.  Whether you agree with the stimulus package or not we can all enjoy improvements like this.  My 2 dogs Jeter and Brady are especially thankful.  See below for some more information on the green way expansion from the News & Observer article.  Click here to read the entire article.

Hope to see you on the trails – current or new!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REATOR.Broker
RALEIGH — A new section of the popular Neuse River Greenway will soon grow by nearly eight miles, from the Falls Lake dam to the WRAL soccer fields off Perry Creek Road, becoming a link in the emerging Mountains-to-Sea Trail — and the American taxpayers are helping to pay for it.
Raleigh expects to receive about $3.25 million in federal economic stimulus money to help pay for the project, which city bond voters approved two years ago. The greenway eventually will meander south 28 miles to the Johnston County line.  A group called Friends of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail hopes some of the state’s share of federal stimulus funds can be used to expand parts of that statewide trail and others across North Carolina.