SPECIALTY COCKTAILS. More than 20 Triangle restaurants and bars will participate in Negroni Week from Monday, September 18–Sunday, September 24. Participating locations offer specialty Negroni cocktails to raise money for Slow Food, a global movement of local communities and activists across more than 160 countries. Cary’s Peck and Plume at The Mayton, Durham’s Alley Twenty Six, The Roof at The Durham, Raleigh’s The Willard Rooftop Lounge and Raleigh’s Il Falò Wood-Fired Kitchen will all participate.
Whiskey Kitchen at 201 West Martin Street in Raleigh will host “How To: The Cocktail Series” on Tuesday, September 19, 6–9 p.m. Guests will learn to create and customize their own Old Fashioned with the help of the restaurant’s bartenders, who will discuss different flavor notes and techniques. The event is free.
MAYTON MEMORIES. The Mayton in Cary has several upcoming events. Rooted Plant Supply will bring its Plant Bus on Friday, September 15, 3–6 p.m. Shop for plants and plant accessories at the free event. Peck & Plume restaurant is hosting a champagne and sorbet pairing event from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 6–8 p.m. Guests will enjoy four glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne along with three house-made sorbets, heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music.
Then on Wednesday, September 20, The Mayton hosts a Meet The Artists mixer from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The Fine Arts League of Cary curates the artworks on display on the second and third floor of The Mayton guest–room hallways, which serve as a public gallery space. During the mixer, the three artists will be showcasing their work on the restaurant’s terrace. The public is invited to join the artists to discuss their work while enjoying drinks and bites at Peck & Plume.
LIVING HISTORY. The North Carolina State Constitution of 1776 will be on display at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary on Friday, September 22, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The exhibit is free and includes other foundational documents from the North Carolina State Archives. Hosts in colonial costume and Sons of the American Revolution will greet guests.
REMEMBERING 9/11. As we honor those who lost their lives during the tragedy of 9/11 in New York City in 2001, revisit our “Reflections on 9/11” feature from our September/October 2021 issue. Meet local residents who had unforgettable connections to this day in our nation’s history.
NATURE KIDS. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham has added more events to its Nature Kids series. Through these classes and events, you and your child will explore the natural world through sensory play, games, music, nature walks and other activities.
ON STAGE. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, featuring Nnenna and Pierce Freelon, presents “Where Our Spirits Reside” during two upcoming weekends. The program examines love, transformation and healing. The performances take place at Forest Theater in Chapel Hill from Friday, September 15–Sunday, September 17 as well as at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh from Friday, September 22–Sunday, September 24. All show times are 7 p.m.
OUT AND ABOUT. Durham Arts Council’s CenterFest takes place Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, September 17, 11 a.m–5 p.m. Enjoy live music, local art, delicious food and more. The event includes more than 100 artists selling paintings, jewelry, fiber art and other works. Guests will be treated to live performances all day, and children can take part in the Creative Kids Zone. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation.
HOME + GARDEN. The Southern Ideal Home Show takes place this weekend, September 15–17, at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Get helpful advice, find solutions and check out new products for your next renovation, décor or landscape project. See the exhibitor list and learn more about this year’s show.
MUSEUM NEWS. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host BugFest on Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m–7 p.m. This year’s festival will spotlight spiders, with a particular focus on tarantulas. Learn about the fascinating molting process tarantulas go through and how they can regenerate limbs. Visitors can talk to bug experts, enjoy games and listen to live music. The family event is free.
The North Carolina Museum of Art welcomes a fall exhibit, “Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” September 16–January 7. The presentation features paintings by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Gerrit Dou, Jacob van Ruisdael, Rachel Ruysch and other celebrated artists. These artworks are complemented by five paintings from the NCMA’s Dutch collection. Tickets are required; free for members.
The North Carolina Museum of History will unveil “Furniture: Crafting a North Carolina Legacy” at the North Carolina Museum of History Saturday, September 16 at 9 a.m. The show explores, honors and illustrates the ways the furniture industry is woven into North Carolina’s history. The exhibit features furniture from Thomas Day, Biltmore Industries and Craftique Furniture. Admission is free.
NEW PARKS. Cary and Apex are both welcoming new parks this fall. Read about where they are and what you can expect.
FIDDLIN’ AROUND. The 16th annual Hoppin’ John’s Fiddlers’ Convention takes place at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Pittsboro September 14–16. The event offers string band and instrument contests, concerts, square dances, workshops, jam sessions, crafts and other family-friendly activities. On-site camping is available. One-day and weekend tickets are available.
COMMUNITY ANGELS. Cafe Root Cellar chef–owner Sera Cuni, pictured above, has launched Feed-Well Fridges, a program that places refrigerators in accessible Chatham County locations for Pittsboro residents in need. Residents can access fresh food options at various locations and are encouraged to take any food they need. Volunteers will work with restaurants to collect and deliver food each day to the fridges.
ASIA FEST. Asia Fest returns Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Enjoy dragon boat races, cultural performances and delicious Asian food. Tickets cost $8 for ages 13–64, and are free for ages 12 and younger, and 65 and older.