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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 62 SURROUNDING CITIES & TOWNS Surrounding Towns BY LYNNE BRANDON consumers and businesses through education, farm tours and conferences. Try local Fair Game Beverage Company to taste brandy made with apples, and scuppernong wine with local grapes. Music and food bring out residents for festivals. Twice a year music lovers descend on Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance for a four-day outdoor festival. Shakori Hills is also the location of the Hoppin John Fiddlers Convention and Mountain Aid benefit concert. In Holly Springs, the growing presence of families with young children is behind the increase of leisure programs, sports activities and park facilities. The town's largest parks and recreation project to date is the North Main Athletic Complex completed in 2015. In addition to soccer and tennis, it includes a 1,800-seat multi-purpose stadium. In the summer residents spent time watching Holly Springs' Salamanders baseball team play. Zebulon is the easternmost town in Wake County. The former railroad town is the home of a major pharmaceutical company and a minor league baseball team. GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, (manufacturer of Advair and other drugs) is a major employer for the town. After hours in the warm months, residents gather to eat a hot dog and cheer on the hometown minor league baseball team, the Carolina Mudcats. Check out Cattails at the stadium for dinner before or during the game. Adding to its roster of Carolina landmarks, Zebulon is home to Whitley Galleries, a furniture store that draws loyal customers from all over the state. History lovers take time to visit Zebulon's historic places at Bennett Bunn Plantation, the Wakelon School building, and the George and Neva Barbee House. Shoppers experience old fashioned service at Whitley Galleries, one of the oldest family-owned and operated businesses in North Carolina. Former mill towns around Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham have a new song to sing these days and plenty of stories to tell. The smaller slices of the Triangle pie have resurrected themselves into lively communities with thriving downtowns, filled with creative people who are more educated than their parents but embrace Old World ways of living mixed with modern conveniences. These towns are magnets for the new entrepreneur whose businesses are run in barns, old renovated buildings, food trucks, kitchens or best yet, outdoors. The "micropolitan" towns are to the creative mind what RTP is to the intellect. Hillsborough is likened to a southern Garden of Eden. The town's beautiful gardens and the river are scenic backdrops for the peaceful life that attract those that work the land and those that write about it. The Wall Street Journal called Hillsborough "America's Best Little Literary Town in 2014," noting "more than a dozen top authors live in the tiny town." Hillsborough, the oldest town in the Triangle, is also a semi-finalist in the Budget Travel 2015 "America's Coolest Small Town" contest. Evenings are spent walking on the Riverwalk that runs parallel to the scenic Eno River. Riverwalk is a part of North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Walking in the downtown historic district with its more than 100 structures from the late 18th and 19th centuries is a favorite pastime. In nearby Chatham County, the town of Pittsboro is a town of contrasts. It is a place where you can get your hands dirty in the field or a nationally renowned kitchen. Pittsboro is the home of Carolina Farm Stewardship (CFS), an heirloom animal organization, and a world famous Bed and Breakfast, Fearrington Inn. CFS is the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture association in the Southeast uniting farmers, always adventure and discovery

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