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Slice of Life - Cary

Posted January 11, 2010

Our Slice of Life series begins in Cary. Here’s what I like about the town. The crime rate is very low. The population includes people from all over the world. Dinner parties are always fun in Cary. You can learn a lot. Some people in other towns make fun of Cary but I think they’re only jealous. Cary used to be a little too rigid but has learned to loosen up a tad. Of course the guy with the drainage problem who wrote a message on his house might disagree. There is a heart and soul to Cary and it’s a rich one.

Cary’s Mayor Harold Weinbrecht is a good man. I go to church with him. He works hard and truly cares about the people of his community.

I like downtown Cary – especially Ashworth Drugs with its old fashioned soda fountain. Ralph and Daphne Ashworth are two of the finest people I’ve ever known. I love attending events at the Page Walker House by the train tracks and look forward to the new arts center at the old Cary Elementary school site.

It’s hard to beat Cary for greenways and parks. I love taking my dog Rufus on walks at Hemlock Bluffs, Regency Park and Black Creek.

Great concerts are held each year at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency. It’s also a perfect place to watch fireworks on the fourth of July.

Cary has lots of excellent restaurants. Maximilians is one of my favorites. A hot new restaurant is Giorgios at the corner of High House Road and Cary Parkway. I highly recommend their Chermoula Spiced Salmon.

For superb coffee try Java Jive. I love Danny’s Barbecue in Cary. My favorite wine store is Anytime Wines at Lochmere.

Those are just some of the things I love about Cary. What are your opinions, recommendations and suggestions? Please share.


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  • no more - no less Jan 14, 2010

    Great things about Cary:

    Cultural Arts (classes and events)
    Serendipity Deli
    Clean Town
    Little Crime

  • carolina buckeye Jan 11, 2010

    Danny's is one of our favorite places to eat in Cary. It was also the first place we ate in Cary when we moved here 4 years ago. We love the parks and greenway trails and the fact that we can catch the train to Washington DC from our own little downtown. Also, the library on Academy has maybe the finest children's librarian ever. She knows all the regular kids and is usually spot on with reading recommendations for our boys. We love it here!

  • HW Jan 11, 2010

    Thank you so much for your kind words about Cary (and me). I have lived in Cary most of my life and have always loved Cary. While we have lost a few things over the years to prosperity we have gained a great deal especially in quality of life. We are very blessed to be able to call Cary home.

    One thing that has been constant over the years is the wonderful people in Cary. I wouldn't live anywhere else. Thanks again for your comments and I'll see ya in church. Oh, and thanks for calling Cary home. ;-)


  • GoldenLover Jan 11, 2010

    I moved to Cary in 1969 from suburban DC. It was a small, small town back then. There were two police officers that shared one Andy Griffith style car. There was one fire station on Academy St. Kildaire Farm Rd. from the elementary to Maynard Rd. was cobblestone and from there on out was dirt. Kildaire farm was a working farm and I used to deer hunt there. The lake at what is now Bond Park had a name I can't use here. My friends house sat where is now WakeMed Cary. And yes Mr. Ashworth was everybody's friend. And if you wanted to go to Raleigh you got on "The three lane".

  • running girl Jan 11, 2010

    I am also a relo yankee. Having witnessed the growth up north, I am 34, I can appreciate how Cary has 'grown'. Growth is inevitable. I can understand how folks that have been living here all their lives are shocked by it but when you relocate from a place where 'growth' is not thought out, given any input into taste, or controlled in any way, you can appreciate Cary even more. I have lived in towns that have little to no restrictions and it showed, in a negative way. Do I love every restriction that I encounter as a home owner? No, but I understand the overall vision and enjoy the fact that the town will take contructive feedback well and make changes.
    We love living here and enjoying all that the town has to offer. I believe my two small children will benefit greatly from all the resources that the town can offer. LLC- Long live Cary

  • blytle Jan 11, 2010

    I'm a "Raleigh girl" and still don't know too much about Cary other than it has really had a growth explosion.

  • wahaka63 Jan 11, 2010

    I moved to Cary as a relocated yankee and I love living there. The schools, neighbors and community have all positive attitudes and a lot to offer. There are plenty of good places to eat in Cary, one of my favorites is Bistro 64. As far as having the rules be relaxed, I'm for keeping them as they are.

  • 2thebeach Jan 11, 2010

    I've lived in North Carolina (NOT North Cakalaky!) my entire life and have witnessed the disconcerting changes in Cary. That little town is a little to full of itself for me, but, as SkepticalGal noted, to each his own.

  • LMRA Jan 11, 2010

    When I first moved to NC (1998), I lived in Cary for almost 3 years. I loved attending St. Michael's Church on High House Rd. Everyone there was very friendly. I lived in an apartment so I wasn't as bothered by the 'pc' police but I agree - it can be taken to the extreme.

    It was a nice place to start my new life in NC but there wasn't any chance of me being able to buy a house there so I was forced to find someplace a little more affordable. I also like where I am now but I did like living in Cary.

  • SkepticalGirl Jan 11, 2010

    I grew up when Kildaire Farm Road was dirt. We used to ride the horses at "the Bluffs" before they banned horses there, and we used to go there to party and swing on ropes into the creek. I ate at Ashworths 2 or 3 times a week when I worked at the Family Egg Market. I went to Cary Elementary in 7th-9th grades. I loved it then, but I wouldn't cross the road to go there now. The traffic, the PC police, people and houses everywhere. To each his own. I'm glad you like it, but I'm even happier to be gone.




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