Archive for category: Art and Culture

photo by Robert Willett

Spotlight: Growing up

by Jessie Ammons You can literally put your money where your mouth is to support our local farmers this month. From a formal dinner to a casual seafood broil or a family-friendly picnic, all three take place the weekend of June 5 – 7, part of the Farm to Fork event […]

Rock star: Bailey McNeill’s jewelry for the cure

Rock star: Bailey McNeill’s jewelry for the cure

by Jessie Ammons photographs by Nick Pironio Growing up, Bailey McNeill always looked forward to her family’s annual summer trip, one she still takes with her grandparents, siblings, and cousins to the mountains for a week of hiking and gemstone mining. It was perhaps there that McNeill first honed her knack for […]

courtesy Sunshine Lavender Farm

Spotlight: Where the sun always shines

by Jessie Ammons It’s almost an hour-long drive north from Raleigh to Sunshine Lavender Farm in Hurdle Mills, outside of Hillsborough. But arriving to a cheerful red barn atop a hillside teeming with purple blossoms is well worth the drive. “It’s a retreat we built to enjoy and relax,” Annie […]

Spotlight: Raleigh’s bragging rights

Spotlight: Raleigh’s bragging rights

  1. No. 1 mid-sized American city of the future (The Financial Times) 2. One of the “Cities All Twentysomethings Should Pick Up and Move To” (BuzzFeed) 3. One of the “Five American Cities You Should Visit in 2015” (The Huffington Post) 4. 3rd highest well-being among large communities in […]

Frances Mayes

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 very special luncheon, reading, and conversation with the author. The […]