Month: July 2017

Friday Night on White continues with Love Tribe Aug. 11

Friday Night on White, downtown Wake Forest’s popular outdoor music series, continues with Love Tribe on Friday, Aug. 11.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants during every Friday Night on White. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St., and along Owen Avenue. Food and dessert trucks scheduled to participate on Aug. 11 include Baton Rouge Cuisine, Bulkogi, Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels, Cousins Maine Lobster, CockledoodleMoo, Dusty Donuts, Gonza, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, VFW Chuckwagon, and Virgil’s Jamaica.

Event organizers urge anyone planning to attend Friday Night on White to know the following:

  • No outside alcohol or coolers are permitted during Friday Night on White, but beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase within the festival area.

  • All attendees wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification and wear the provided identifying bracelet.

  • During Friday Night on White, White Street Brewing Co. is the sole approved outdoor vendor for beer and wine. All beer and wine consumed outdoors within the festival area must be dispensed by White Street Brewing Co. in the approved container which bears the event logo.

  • Beer and wine tokens will be available for purchase at three points of sale tents, which will be situated at each end of South White Street and at the intersection ofOwen Avenue/Brooks Street.

  • Beer and wine tokens may also be purchasedanytime during normal business hours inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Beer serving stations are located at each end of Owen Avenue, adjacent to B&W Hardware and at the Brooks Street intersection; at the intersection of Jones Avenue and South White Street; and inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Wine serving stations are provided at the wine tent located at the intersection of South White Street and Owen Avenue (adjacent to Fidelity Bank) and inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Designated drivers will be eligible toreceive two complimentary soft drinks or waters during each Friday Night on White concert. To be eligible, you must be at least 21-years-old with a valid driver’s license. Visit any of the three information tents for details.

  • The last call for outside beer and wine is 8:50 p.m.

  • Festivities end along South White Street at 9:30 p.m.

  • Anyone sharing their pictures on social media is encouragedto use #FNOW and #FridayNightonWhite.

Free parking is available during each Friday Night on White along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest and at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. However, some parking lots may appear to be public, when in fact they are private. Concert-goers are urged to read all signage in the parking lot to determine what type of lot they are using.

Friday Night on White commemorative T-shirts are on sale for $10 each. The T-shirts are available in dark gray and green in a variety of styles and sizes and can be purchased at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., with cash, check or credit card. T-shirts will also be available for purchase with cash or checkat the Information Tent during each Friday Night on White concert – while supplies last.

Friday Night on White is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather on the day of a concert, a decision on whether to proceed will be made no later than 4 p.m. Updated concert information will be posted on the Town’s Facebook page and available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town’s app will receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to Friday Night on White: White Street Brewing Co., iHeart Media, Gladwell Orthodontics, McPherson Family Eye Care, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Capital Powersports, Sam’s Club, Wells Family Dentistry, Nu Image Surgical & Dental Implant Center, The Wake Forest Weekly, The Rolesville Buzz, The News & Observer, Back Alley Coffee Roasters, Pro Audio & Light, Coastal Credit Union, Dirty Dogs Spa, Wake Forest Acoustical Corporation, B&W Hardware, Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, Pure Line Plumbing, Sole Dimensions, Break Through Physical Therapy, Lowes Foods, Stanley Martin Homes, Birkner Insurance, Chick-fil-A of Wake Forest, Circa Magazine, 27587 Magazine, Fidelity Bank, Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest, Candlewood Suites, Rainbow Child Care Center, Heritage Urgent & Primary Care, Heritage Med Spa and Ads ‘n Art.

The popular Raleigh-based band “Crush” will headline the final Friday Night on White concert of the 2017 season on Sept. 8. Following the performance, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host the first-ever “FNOW After Party” from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The event will feature the band that kicked off the 2016 and 2017 Friday Night on White concert series, “The Magic Pipers.” Tickets for the FNOW After Party are on sale for $5 each (plus tax) at Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Aug. 11 Friday Night on White in the information tent located near the intersection of South White Street and East Jones Avenue. A limited number of tickets are available, and the event is expected to sell out in advance. If it does not, then tickets will be available at the door.

For complete information about Friday Night on White, visit and search “Friday Night on White.”

Registration Underway for Adult Co-Rec Kickball & Flag Football

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting team registrations for Adult Co-Rec Kickball and Flag Football through 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

Co-Rec Kickball League games will be played on weeknights and Sundays from mid-September through late October, while Flag Football League games will be played on Sunday afternoons from mid-September through early November.

The entry fee for both leagues is $225 per team and each is limited to participants ages 18 and older.

Online registration is available at

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or

Portion of Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass closed due to downed power line

The portion of the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass between Capital Boulevard/US 1 and Retail Drive is closed due to a downed power line, which is also responsible for several power outages in the area.

Wake Forest Police officers are monitoring intersections and directing traffic in the western part of town as traffic lights are also out.

Wake Forest Power crews are on the scene, but there is no timetable for when the road will reopen and power restored.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area and take an alternate route.

Police requesting public’s assistance locating Kennedy Marquez Beltran

The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating Kennedy Marquez Beltran, whose picture is shown.

Beltran, 19, is wanted in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a known acquaintance last evening.

Police have obtained arrest warrants on Beltran, 314 W. Oak Ave., Wake Forest, for second degree rape, three counts of second degree sex offense, kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female and communicating threats.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kennedy Marquez Beltran is urged to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. You may remain anonymous.

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Contractor to begin taking soil borings Friday at Joyner Park

SM&E, a contractor working for the Town of Wake Forest, will begin performing soil borings in E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, on Friday, July 28.

SM&E will drill 19 holes throughout the park to determine the makeup of subsurface soil conditions in preparation for Joyner Park Phase 2, including the new Joyner Park Community Center.

The work is expected to cause minimal disruption at the park, however, a few trees will be removed to accommodate the drill rig. All SM&E vehicles will be appropriately marked and all employees properly identified.

For more information, contact Facilities Director Mickey Rochelle at 919-435-9455 or

The Town of Wake Forest openedE. Carroll Joyner ParkPhase I in August 2009. Located at 701 Harris Road, the 117-acre park is one of our area’s most popular outdoor destinations featuring three miles of paved walking trails, a 1,000-lawn-seat amphitheater and performance garden. Phase 2 construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.

2017 Concerts in the Park Aug. 6 & Sept. 3

Spend an evening in Wake Forest with family and friends and enjoy some foot-tapping, finger snapping good times during the 2017 Concerts in the Park at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Diali Cissokho and Austin McCall will perform the first “Concert in the Park” on Sunday, Aug. 6, while the second will feature The Piney Woods Boys on Sunday, Sept. 3. Free and open to the entire community, both performances are scheduled from 5-7 p.m.

Diali Keba Cissokhois a renowned kora player and percussionist from the Casamance region of Senegal. Diali moved to the United States after years of performing and teaching in Senegal and in Europe. Born into a rich ancestry of Manding griots (the musician caste), Diali has been playing traditional West African music for as long as he can remember. Diali’s greatest love is the kora, the 21-stringed African “harp-lute” that is at the heart and soul of much West African music, while he is also a passionate singer, percussionist and dancer. Crossing cultural boundaries with a wide range of sounds, he brings a unique personal style to this respected traditional art form. Diali finds joy in playing music from the heart as he shares his own love for life, music, and peace with each audience.

Austin McCallgrew up in Saxapahaw, NC listening to and playing blues, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, and West African style music. He has studied various styles of drum set and percussion with the influential teachings of Frank Worrell, Mama Kone, and the World.

The Piney Woods Boys are Wayne and Margaret Martin, Matt Haney and Jim Collier. Together they play Southern traditional stringband music that has its roots in “old-time” and bluegrass. Enjoy the sounds of fiddles, guitar, autoharp and mandolins and soak up that pure Southern traditional sound. These guys bring a lifetime of love of old time country music and the musicians that played it.

The Sept. 3 concert, will be a tribute to Doc Watson. The Piney Woods Boys draw from the golden age of music that inspired Doc’s playing. Included in their set is “Cold Frosty Morn,” a tune that Doc learned from the Piney Woods Boys’ own Jim Collier, who in his youth played in a band with Doc’s father-in-law, Gaither Carlton, and brother Arnold Watson.

Prior to the Sept. 3 concert, the Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board will provide an array of organized games and activities as part of the eighth annual “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected.” This free, family-friendly event offers Wake Forest-area residents a unique opportunity to “disconnect” from their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices and “reconnect” with their community, friends and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits. For more information about Wake Forest Unplugged, visit and search “Unplugged.”

Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic, leashed pets, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Concert-goers are reminded that alcoholic beverages, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park.

In the event of inclement weather, the performances may be relocated to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Updated concert information will be available by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert on the Town’s Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town’s app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. To download the Wake Forest app, visit

The Aug. 6 and Sept. 3 “Concerts in the Park” are presented by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department. These concerts are also supported with funds from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

PineCone will provide assisted listening devices at both concerts.

For more information about this year’s Concerts in the Park, visit and search “Concerts” or visit PineCone’s website at

21st Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor Robert King Raymond

Area residents are invited to the 21st Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The Aug. 7 service will honor Robert King Raymond, who served his nation in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Members of Raymond’s family will participate in the ceremony, which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising. Following the raising of the American flag, the U.S. Army service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Raymond served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout August.

Photographs and other remembrances of Raymond will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the Town Hall lobby through the end of August.

Presented by several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. – typically on the first Monday of each month from April through October.

The services are provided at no cost and intended solely to honor departed veterans and their families.

The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee continually solicits the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies. To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.

For more information, including the complete 2017 Memorial Flag-Raising schedule, visit and search “Memorial Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or

Opening Reception for Wake Forest Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit & Wake Forest Artists Exhibit July 29

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) will host a special reception to formally open its Wake Forest Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit on Saturday, July 29. The event will be from 2-4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. Light refreshments will be provided.

The reception will have an informal, open house-style format, so area residents may drop in anytime between 2-4 p.m. PAC members will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the selected works of art.

Free, illustrated maps highlighting the locations of the works on view for each exhibit will be available during the reception. The brochures are also available at the Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest Guild Artists and artists residing in Wake Forest were invited to submit one piece of original art to the “Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest.” An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown, along with professional artists who do not reside within Wake Forest selected the following four works (the display location for each work of art is shown in parenthesis):

  • Three is Company, by Linda Burrell (Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.)

  • Creation, by Beth Massey (coming in September to the Taylor Street Sprayground, 416 N. Taylor St.)

  • Neuse River Crossings, by Anne Howard (Wake Forest Facilities Building, 301 S. Brooks St.)

  • Rainforest, by Gayle Blackerby (Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St.)

To view the works of art in the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit, visit

Three of the four selected art works have been scanned into an electronic image and reproduced in brick vinyl. The vinyl has been applied to the facade of select buildings in downtown Wake Forest, including the Wake Forest Police Department, Wake Forest Facilities Building and Flaherty Park Community Center. A plaque with information about the respective artist is located adjacent to each art panel. The fourth work will be added to the Taylor Street Sprayground in September.

Each of the four artists will receive a $100 stipend and their artwork will remain on display for one year.

The Wake Forest Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit features six three-dimensional sculptural works of art by a variety of artists in publicly-accessible outdoor spaces throughout Wake Forest, including the Wake Forest Town Hall campus, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Miller Park, Holding Park, and the Depot Parking Lot.

Experienced artists and artist teams across North Carolina and beyond were invited to apply. An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown selected the following six works for the show (the display location for each sculpture is shown in parenthesis):

  • Oak Leaf Horizon, by Jim Gallucci (Town Hall campus, 301 S. Brooks St.)

  • Popsicle, by CR Gray (Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St. – Coming in August)

  • Mountain Landscape, by Hanna Jubran (Town Hall campus, east side of Taylor Street and Elm Avenue)

  • Transformation 2, by Ray Katz (Town Hall campus, vicinity of Owen Avenue and Taylor Street)

  • Turning Point, by Wayne Vaughn (Miller Park, 401 Elm Ave.)

  • Bench V, by Matthias Neumann (Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave.)

To view the sculptures in the outdoor sculpture exhibition, visit

Selections were based on artistic excellence and the goal of exhibiting a variety of styles and media in appropriate sites.

Each of the seven artists will receive a $1,500 stipend.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or

10 am Sunday alcohol sales in Wake Forest scheduled to begin Aug. 20

The Wake Forest ordinance that will allow restaurants to begin serving alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. Sundays instead of noon will not go into effect unless or until it passes a second reading at the Aug. 15 Board of Commissioners meeting.

According to state law, a two-thirds vote of the Board membership is required to pass an ordinance and avoid a second reading.

During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 18, the Board voted 3-1 in favor of the new ordinance. The vote fell short of the necessary two-thirds approval, however, after one commissioner was unable to attend the meeting due to illness, and Commissioner Greg Harrington voted against the measure.

As a result, the new ordinance, which will also allow retail stores and grocery stores to sell alcohol on Sunday mornings, will require a second reading during the Aug. 15 Board meeting. In the event it passes again – even with a simple majority, the ordinance will take effect immediately and Sunday alcohol sales will commence at 10 a.m. beginning Sunday, Aug. 20.

To view the video of the July 18 Board of Commissioners meeting, tune in to Wake Forest TV 10 daily at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. or visit and search “Streaming Media.” WFTV 10 is the Town’s government access channel serving residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum Cable TV service. WFTV 10 is also provided in streaming video on the Town’s website at

2018 Facility Rental Reservations Accepted Starting Aug. 7

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will begin accepting 2018 facility rental reservations for select Town facilities on Monday, Aug. 7, according to the following schedule:

  • Reservations for the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., and E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. at the PRCR Department, located inside the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. For more information, call 919-435-9560.

  • Reservations for the Alston-Massenburg Center, will be accepted at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., starting at 8 a.m. For more information, call 919-554-6189.

  • Reservations for the Flaherty Park Community Center will be accepted at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, call 919-554-6726.

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., accepts rental reservations year-round. To learn more, visit or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.