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Triangle Area Fourth of July Firework Celebrations

by EM for Masha Halpern

It’s almost America’s birthday!  Get in on the fun with these local celebrations. Our list includes fireworks & non-fireworks events - there’s so many ways to join in the fun!
 

Fireworks Events

Kenan Stadium- Chapel Hill

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the firework display begins at 9:30 p.m. This event is hosted by comedians from the PITT Comedy Theater with music from the Matt Stratford Band. The watermelon eating contest, face painting area, glowsticks, a digital photobooth, and spin art stations are also offered but make sure to get there early to participate! There is a suggested donation of $1 per person or $5 per family. Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of America’s Top 10 Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration! Get more information here!
 

Durham Bulls Athletic Park- Durham

The USA vs. Japan game begins at 6:05 p.m. with tickets starting at $12 and gates will open for the public at the end of the 7th inning for free.Entrance is based on availability, so if you want to guarantee a seat for the display, consider purchasing a ticket to the game. Viewing areas outside the park include the grassy area behind Diamond View 3, the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Ponysaurus, and outside of the North Deck by Burt’s Bees. Get more information here!

Koka Booth Amphitheater- Cary

Gates open at 3 p.m. for people to lay down blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets and the fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.Enjoy the ferris wheel ride with a stunning view of Symphony Lake, lively music, ice cream eating contests, scavenger hunts, and more. General lawn admission tickets are free but tickets for special reserved seating must be purchased. Get more information here!
 

North Carolina State Fairgrounds- Raleigh

The City of Raleigh has moved it’s annual Fourth of July celebration from Downtown Raleigh to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena area. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30. This event is free and open to the public. Get more information here!
 

Other Fourth of July Celebrations in the Triangle Area
 

Children’s Independence Day Parade at Durham Central Park

The decorating of bikes, wagons, and strollers begins at 9:30 with craft supplies from the Scrap Exchange. A parade through the park starts at 10:30 a.m. and DJ Piddipat will provide the tunes. Free popsicles and fire truck tours are available following the parade. Get more information here!
 

Carrboro Town Hall- Carrboro

This event starts at Weaver Street Market Lawn at 9:30 a.m. and parades to the Town Hall at 10:50 a.m.The Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage will be back as well as plenty of activities, food, live music, and games. Get more information here!
 

Independence Day Celebration- Raleigh

This event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Carolina State Capitol. There will be plenty of food, musical performances, carriage rides, quill writing, and other Revolutionary era activities for all ages to enjoy. An outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a reading of the Declaration of Indepence will also occur! Get more information here!
 

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July- Apex

This event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Apex’s historic downtown rain or shine. The morning is filled with fun activities like carnival games, inflatables, ice cream, karoke, a climbing wall and giant slide.At noon, children 12 and under can participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street. Get more information here!
 

Picnic in the Park- Hillsborough

Located at the Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion, this community picnic offers an array of activities for people of all ages. There will be an American Blues and Roots outdoor concert in collaboration with the Music Maker Relief Foundation.Food trucks, games, children’s activities, crafts, and more! This event is free to the public and takes place on Sunday, July 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get more information here!
 

Cary’s Independence’s Eve Celebration

This event takes place on Tuesday, July 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m with performances by Applause! Cary Youth Theater and the Cary Town Band.Get more information here!

Beat the Heat at your Local Library

by AH for Masha Halpern

As summer heats up, it’s time to cool down at your local library. With everything from your next book for the pool side to activities for your kids, your local library can be an inexpensive summer resource for the whole family.
 

The heart of libraries are books, and while you can still check out books in their traditional format, you can also download many books in text or audio formats. Listening to books while traveling can make car trips more enjoyable!

Libraries also offer a range of programs for all ages: summer reading programs, meet the author events, community information meetings, book groups, children’s programs, used book sales & more. Some libraries also provide quiet rooms that you can reserve ahead of time for group meetings.
 

With so many people & activities, your local library is a true expression of community. To help you get started, here’s a list of local library websites. Happy Reading!

Chapel Hill Public Library

Chatham County Public Library

Durham County Public Library

Orange County Public Library

 

Basic Lawn Care Tips

by EM for Masha Halpern

Whether you’ve just purchased a home and are in charge of a lawn for the first time or have been maintaining your lawn for the past 30 years, it’s easy to water too much, too often, and the wrong way. Watering the right way can be a challenge, so here’s what you should know to achieve the lush, green lawn you’ve always wanted.

How often?

A common misconception about watering lawns is that they should be watered the same amount as other plants in your garden or plants around your property. In reality, different plants have different watering requirements. Watering grass every day will over-saturate the soil leading to fungus growth and diseases. Watering less often encourages a healthier growing system by allowing the roots to grow stronger and deeper. Clay soils should be watered once a week while sandy soils should be watered every three days.

 

How much?

The amount of water your lawn needs may even differ from the amount of water your neighbor’s lawn needs. So, how do you know how much water your lawn requires? Easy, all lawns are finished being watered when 6-8 inches of topsoil is wet. This can be determined using a shovel or screwdriver to see how deep the water has soaked. Another way to measure the amount of water is to use tuna cans, which are 1 inch tall. Place the containers on your lawn and see how long it takes 1 inch of water to gather in each can. For every 1 inch of water sprayed on your lawn, the water will move 6-8 inches into the soil. Also, check out this water rate calculator.

 

What time?

The ideal watering time is between 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. for around 15 minutes. At this time, the morning air is cool and there is little to no wind. Avoid watering during the heat of the day because the water will evaporate too quickly. If watering early is not possible, it’s better to water later in the day than not at all. The best time to do it later is between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. because the grass will have time to dry before nightfall. The later you water, the more likely your lawn will become diseased.

 

What kind of sprinkler?

With seemingly endless types of sprinkler heads and irrigation systems, choosing the right one for your lawn can be daunting. Hose-end sprinklers are a traditional type of sprinkler ideal for rectangular lawns that are small to medium-sized. In-ground sprinklers and other smart watering systems are the most efficient type of sprinklers. Not only do they minimize the amount of water lost to evaporation, some types connect to smartphones and tablets and use real-time weather data to turn on only when needed. For more information on sprinkler heads check out this helpful article.

 

 

Shady Lawns

For the most part, grass growing in the shade requires less water than sunny areas. Grass growing beneath trees, however, require more watering since it’s competing with tree roots for moisture. Additionally, shady lawns benefit from a higher mowing height. Longer grass blades mean more surface area for carrying out photosynthesis, which is important in the low-light environment of a shady lawn.

 

Don’t be Wasteful

Between the amount of water used, chemicals sprayed, and CO2 emitted, achieving a golf course quality turf can come at a cost. However, there are many eco-conscious decisions you can make to cut down on the negative impacts. To save water, consider using an irrigation timer. Don’t forget to adjust the timer setting every month because the amount of water your lawn needs can change in that short of a time span. Also, be cognizant of where your water system is spraying. If water is puddling on the lawn or hitting any surfaces like sidewalks or driveways adjust your nozzles or irrigation duration. Check out more eco-friendly lawn care tips here!

 

Follow these basic lawn care tips to enjoy a beautiful and healthy lawn!

A Tar Heel Treasure: The Carolina Inn & Fridays on the Front Porch

by EM for Masha Halpern

Located on the western perimeter of the University of North Carolina campus, the Carolina Inn offers 12,500 square feet of pure Southern charm and summer fun. This historic landmark was established in 1924 by UNC alumnus John Sprunt Hill and designed by the award-winning architect, Arthur C. Nash. Together, they created an elegant, Southern haven, drawing inspiration from plantation homes with Georgian and neoclassical features. In 1935, Hill gifted the Inn to UNC on the condition that all profits go towards supporting the university library. Today, the Inn is still owned and maintained by the university and continues to fund the North Carolina Collection at the Wilson Library.

Since its original construction, a series of renovations have taken place to bring more amenities and a modern aesthetic to the Inn. Although modernizations have been made, the Inn’s rich history has remained and the Inn is still considered the “University's living room” to many. At the heart of the hotel, pictures of the campus throughout the years line the walls and just beyond are three ballrooms, a banquet space, and a Mobil four-star winning restaurant. With large spaces that provide flexibility of use, the Carolina Inn frequently hosts weddings, academic conferences, business meetings, and other significant events. The Carolina Inn is undeniably woven into the fabric of Chapel Hill’s community and is a popular destination for UNC families, alumni, and locals.

In 2003, a local bluegrass band composed of Chapel Hill natives and UNC graduates called Big Fat Gap, garnered the attention of Allal Kartaoui, the Director of Food and Beverage at the Carolina Inn. Inspired by the cheering crowd and friendly atmosphere in nearby Fraternity Court, Kartaoui created Fridays on the Front Porch (#FOFP), an outdoor concert series hosted by the Carolina Inn that is now celebrating its 16th season. This popular, end-of-work-week celebration occurs April to October from 5 - 8 p.m. with no reservations required. And did I mention it’s free too? Enjoy live bluegrass music, relax under the shady oaks and magnolias, and maybe even grab a cocktail or two. Whether you spread a blanket for a picnic, treat yourself to food truck fare and refreshing beverages, or wander into the Crossroads Chapel Hill Restaurant for gourmet cuisine with a contemporary Southern flair, you simply cannot go wrong. Join the crowd of music fans, dancing toddlers, alumni, friendly dogs, and locals to experience a piece of the Carolina Inn’s magic for yourself. Check out the 2018 schedule here!

Another Village West Townhome Successfully Sold by Masha Halpern!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This one SOLD in ONLY 5 DAYS with Multiple Offers! Masha's extensive knowledge of the Village West neighborhood, the current local real estate market & supply of homes ( i.e.; inventory ), and our team's marketing expertise  & widespread coverage, engaged the Realtor community & buyers! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

SOLD  in ONLY 5 DAYS with Multiple Offers! Masha's extensive knowledge of the Finley Forest neighborhood, the current local real estate market & supply of homes ( i.e.; inventory ), and our team's marketing expertise  & widespread coverage, engaged the Realtor community & buyers! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances

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