Marry Me NC, DreamFest Lineup Announced, Free Bundt Cakes

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WEDDING SEASON. Marry Me NC will host a wedding-planning event at The Blue Heron Event Venue in High Point on Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m.  The cocktail-style event features the area’s top wedding professionals, and the first 200 ticket holders will receive a welcome bag. A complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres will be served, followed by a cash bar. 

CONCERT ALERTS. Raleigh’s very own LesTheGenius is bringing the first Annual Raleighwoodfest to Transfer Co. Food Hall on Saturday, March 4. Featuring a lineup of some of North Carolina’s finest hip-hop and R&B talents, this one-day festival will feature Ace Henderson (Raleigh), Trent The Hooligan (Wilmington) and Flower in Bloom (Winston-Salem) with DJ Ricky Ricardo curating the musical vibes between sets. LesTheGenius will headline the event previewing his upcoming EP, “Chasing The Sun,” accompanied by longtime collaborators and friends Maasho, Jaheal, Lidia Solomon, and “Raleighwood Hills” co-stars Jaxson Free and Sonny Miles. Order tickets for $15–$20.

Dreamville Festival returns to Dorothea Dix Park on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.  Saturday will be headlined by multi-platinum-selling R&B star Usher, along with performances from Lil Durk, Ari Lennox, City Girls, Sean Paul and others. Sunday features Drake, Burna Boy, Summer Walker, J.I.D, GloRilla, Bas. Tickets are available online.

Five For Fighting will join Barenaked Ladies on the Last Summer on Earth Tour for a concert at Red Hat Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. Five For Fighting has released six studio albums, including the hit song “100 Years.” Barenaked Ladies is known for hits such as “One Week,” “It’s All Been Done” and “If I had $1,000,000.” Purchase tickets here.

DOCUMENTARY DEBUT. PBS North Carolina will debut “Journey to Salem,” a documentary, on Wednesday, March 15 at 8 p.m. The program chronicles more than 400 Salem Academy and College alumni, friends, relatives and students who replicated the historic journey that resulted in the institution’s founding. The original trip was made by 21 Moravians who traveled from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethabara, North Carolina in 1766. 

Photo courtesy of the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts

PERFORMING ARTS. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts officially became the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts during a ceremony in the grand lobby on Thursday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. In January, the City of Raleigh and Martin Marietta entered a 20-year naming-rights agreement. The center hosts more than 600 events annually, attracting close to 400,000 guests at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Meymandi Concert Hall, A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater and Kennedy Theatre. Photo courtesy of Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts. 

DEVELOPMENT NEWS. The Highline Building in downtown Apex (209 North Salem Street) is now occupied. The three-story building features 30,000 square feet with multiple balconies and a rooftop patio. Tenants include Oaklyn Springs Brewery. CharleyMadelyn, NC Farm Bureau, Omega Construction, Capital Civil Engineering and Oppidan’s southeast headquarters.

WINE & DESIGN. Cary Ballet Company hosts the fourth annual Wine, Dine & Bid event at MacGregor Downs Country Club on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, and live music by Karl Moraski. All proceeds benefit the 2023 Spring Works production. The silent auction goes live on Wednesday, March 8 at 9 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Cary Floral Design

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS. Cary floral designer Katelyn Schneider is collaborating with Raleigh artist and author Julia Freifeld, who recently released “In Each Other’s Bones: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Living” about her role as caregiver in her husband Mark’s battle with mutiple system atrophy (MSA). March is MSA Awareness Month, so Schneider is offering a commemorative bouquet, which is available at Bee Bloomin’ Florist in Cary throughout March. 

CELEBRATE ENGINEERS. The Museum of Life and Science celebrates World Engineering Day on Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The event includes activities and demonstrations from local robotics, makerspace and technology organizations, and promotes sustainable development.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY. Autism Family Movie Day features “Cars” at Bierman Autism Center (15501 Weston Parkway, Cary) on Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.–noon. The free sensory-friendly event includes light refreshments. Decorate a box and transform it into a car for a drive-in experience before watching Lightning McQueen and his friends.

Photo courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes

FREE CAKE. On Monday, March 6, at 1:11 p.m., Nothing Bundt Cakes will be giving away free OREO Cookies & Cream Bundlets in celebration of OREO’s 111th birthday to the first 111 guests that day. The limited time OREO Cookies & Cream Bundtlet features Nothing Bundt Cakes classic white cake baked with OREO Cookie pieces and crowned with Nothing Bundt Cakes signature cream cheese frosting. The bakery has multiple locations across the Triangle. 

RESTAURANT NEWS. Siblings Garret Fleming and Eleanor Lacy opened Bombolo (764 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) in Chapel Hill today. The menu features international flavors from France, Italy, Turkey and Southeast Asia. Fleming is executive chef and Lacy oversees the dessert and wine program. Reservations for Thursday–Sunday dining are available on Open Table.

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