Greek Festival starts tomorrow in Raleigh NC –

Greek Festival in Raleigh


Looking for something fun to do this weekend that includes a taste of Greece?  Look no farther!  The 28th annual Greek Festival begins tomorrow at 5 PM. and runs through Sunday. It’s held at the Expo Center, NC State Fairgrounds.

This annual fundraiser by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church now in it’s 28th year has become a very popular event here in Raleigh – it attracts thousands of people from all over.  This year part of their proceeds will not only support their church but also will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

You’re in for a taste, site, and sound treat.  Authentic foods which include Moussaka, Pastitsio, and the traditional greek chicken I grew up on called Chicken Riganato.

Of course the favorite spot is over at the desert counter.  Who in their right minds can resist my all time favorite galaktobourdeko?  I think the most popular all time Greek desert is baklava and believe you me these ladies put out a mean baklava!  Check out the full menu

You’ll be entertained by authentic greek music and dancing too!  Everyone has such a fun time!

You’ll also find a variety of booths surrounding the main hall with exciting items for sale too – I usually start my Christmas shopping at the festival because of all the unique gift ideas.  Or try your luck and purchase a couple raffle tickets.  Not sure if they are having their silent auction – but there’s usually some great items to bid on.

free admission ticket

Lee and I love visiting with my aunt and uncle – Matena & John Costakis who put in so many volunteer hours with their friends from Holy Trinity.  Seeing the fruits of their labor is heartwarming as so many people attend this event every year.  We’ve not missed one in the 14 years that we’ve lived here.  Oh and don’t let the long line scare you – Uncle John and others make sure it moves quickly.  They are very organized.

If you would like you can print out this ticket for free admission…

Hope you can make this year!  It’s a lot of fun and a fundraiser for a good cause…

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Arts & Culture, Moore Square Redesign Competition in Raleigh NC

Arts & Culture, Moore Square Redesign Competition in Raleigh NC

With all the growth and new residents arriving each month here in the Raleigh NC area it’s so refreshing to know that the city planners are at the top of their game with the planning and development taking place for Moore Square.  The goal – to re-design and incorporate the park with the art community.  Watch this interview with Sarah Powers, the owner of Visual Art Exchange, to learn more about the role that Moore Square plays in the arts community. 

Moore Square located at S. Blount Street is one of the few places we have where residents of downtown Raleigh NC can enjoy a park like setting for picnics, throwing the frisbee, or just relaxing on a blanket on a warm summer day.  Those who work downtown can take their lunch to the park or go for a brisk walk to get some fresh air.  If you’re a visitor with kids, the park offers fun thing to do like 
the marbles kids museum.

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Planned events such as 1st Friday, The Visual art exchange, movies, and festivals all add to the fun that Moore Square brings to us in downtown  Raleigh.  And since Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina there’s plenty of museums and places to explore around the park as well.

So the competition is on for young designers and local firms to get involved in the groundswell taking place in Raleigh to meet the city’s goals to develop sustainable growth and incorporate Moore Square Park, the  arts, and the growing downtown Raleigh NC area. 

I’m so proud to a resident of beautiful Raleigh NC with her tree lined streets, rich history, and vibrant growth!

Rock 4 Pets – free concert in Cary April 19th!

Wake county animal fundraiserLooking for something fun and free to do next week-end?  And support our homeless animals?  Come for a free concert at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary on April 19th. 

This is the first (but hopefully annual) event where you can relax – listen to music, meet some of the animals that are in need of a good home, even learn more about how to support groups that are helping our homeless pets. There’s a line up of entertainment all free for you to enjoy Rootzie, The Loners, The Hevy Pets, Arielle Bryant, Bomb Sniffin’ Dawgs

So head on over to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on April 19th.  Event starts at noon but doors open at 11:00  till 5:00 pm – so grab your lawn chairs, pack a lunch (or grab a bite from one of the vendors onhand) and come spend a day with family and friends.


But leave your furry pets at home for this one – who knows you may take home a new friend.






One Solid Rock!About the author:  Pamela is with  The St. Peter HomeSelling Team at Prudential YSU Realty in the Triangle. 


A team of passionate North Carolina Brokers dedicated to connecting their clients to success in home buying and home selling in the Triangle. 


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For your real estate needs The St. Peter HomeSelling Team serves the following areas; Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Wake Forest




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2009 Official NC Travel Guide is out

We love telling people what a great place North Carolina is.  But don’t take our word for it – come and see for yourself. You just might not want to leave!

NC has changed considerably over the last decade.  And Raleigh has been leading the way.  With all the new growth downtown it’s fast becoming the best kept secret in the South.  

Now you can come and visit the state’s natural beauty.  While here in Raleigh enjoy our museums or the theater, shop till you drop, enjoy fine dining or one of our micro-breweries.  If you enjoy the great outdoors – you are going to love our magnificent green spaces, parks, greenways and pathways!

You can order your 2009 travel guide which highlights all of North Carolina – it’s free by calling 800-VISITNC or order online at

Come and check us out.  But be careful – you might just not want to leave…

Your Raleigh Realtors

Take a tour through historic Raleigh with Santa on a trolly!

fun things to do in Raleigh

Looking for a fun things to do with the family this Saturday?  Why not take a Santa’s Raleigh Trolley ride and see what’s shaped Raleigh over the past 200 years?  You’ll ride along as Santa searches for one of his missing elves.  Tickets are $10 and reservations are required.


Dates & Times:

Saturday December 13th and 20th  at 6pm & 7pm


Phone Number:

(919) 857-4364



Ticket Info:

Purchase Tickets Online

Adults: $10

Box Office Phone: (919) 857-4364


Hope to see you out & about !

Your Raleigh Realtors

Considering a visit or a move to North Carolina?

Here in Raleigh or the Triangle – we’re in the Piedmont area.  With just so much going on in all of NC I thought I would pass a long a tremendous website –  It’s become one of my favorite sites to pass along to my clients to help them learn more about our tremendous state. 

Whether you’re looking for something to do in an afternoon, a quick getaway week-end or planning your family summer vacation this excellent site will be just what you’ll need.  It’s stuffed full on information to use now or bookmark for later use.  You’ll find things to do in the mountains, learn about parks and lakes to explore, or how about an off the beaten path romantic B&B? 

Living in Raleigh or the Piedmont area allows us the opportunity to enjoy of this wonderful state has to offer in just a few short hours of travel time.  And the drive whether to Ashville and the Smoky Mountains along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway or to the eastern Outer Banks will take you through wonderful places to explore. 

We’re pretty proud of our state and we believe once you come visit you’ll know why so many people are making the move!  You can check out our website to learn more about our community and all the amenities afforded to you here…  we’ll be waiting for your visit!


It’s Fair Time in Raleigh NC!!

Raleigh State Fair

It’s that time of the year again!  The State Fair opened this week and is projecting another well attended one.  There’s something for just about everyone at the Raleigh State Fair…  except for the weight watcher!  Well there is a turkey leg or an ear of corn (hold the butter).  But for the more adventurous of us there’s just about anything fried that you could image!

Today there’s a full day of fun planned of jugglers, magicians, and lots of music.    And bring your fearless friends for lot of exciting rides as well.

Each evening there is entertainment.  Here’s what’s coming up;

Sat Oct 18 – Toby Mac ($10)
Sun Oct 19 – Antebellum/Heidi Newfield ($8)
Mon Oct 20 – Bobby Flay ($22)
Tue Oct 21 – Bucky Covinton ($5)
Wed Oct 22 – Rodney Adkins ($11.50)
Thu Oct 23 – Mario ($16.50)
Fri Oct 24 – Skillet/Leeland ($8)
Sat Oct 25 – Joe Nichols ($11.50)
Sun Oct 26 – Montgomery Gentry ($31.50)

Bring four cans of food and get in free next Thursday, Oct. 23 on Food Lion’s Hunger Relief Day at the Fair. 


There’s lots of information about the fair on their official State Fair site.  There’s even a map of the fairgrounds to show you what’s going on where.


Have fun and we hope to see you out & and about!


Come for a fun day Sunday at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre – A PINKFEST!

What an absolutely wonderful weekend for the upcoming Susan G. Komen PinkFest 2008 being held at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre this Sunday from 1-6 PM. The day is predicted to be a bright sunshiny one with temperatures in the mid 70’s – a perfect fall day in the Carolinas.


Here’s more information from the Susan G. Komen for the cure NC Triangle;


Buy Your Advanced Tickets Now!

Sunday, October 5, 1-6pm (please note that printed tickets say 1pm-5pm, but the event concludes at 6pm)
Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre

 Breast Cancer Survivors  $10,  Adults
$20,  Kids 5-15  $15 (free for kids under 5)
For more information or to purchase tickets: 
Click Here!
Advanced tickets purchased now will be available at Will Call on the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event at Koka Booth for an additional five dollars per ticket.

All Survivors receive a goody bag and event t-shirt!

Important Program Highlights!
1:00pm – Gates Open
1:45 pm – Survivor Ceremony, including the presentation of the Maureen Thomas Jordan Spirit of Survivorship Award and Survivor Photo
2:45pm – First round of Silent Auction closes
4:00pm – Get your groove on with Zydecopious, a hot, swingin’ Zydeco band guaranteed to make your feet happy!
4:45pm – Second round of Silent Auction closes.  Get your bids in!

Other special entertainment not to be missed!
– Back by popular demand! Interactive Drum Circle from Music Explorium 
– The Spin Man – basketball handler extraordinaire, rivals the Harlem Globetrotters. (No joke!) 
– Juggler, face painting for kids and adults
– Special gifts and surprises from our sponsors

Come Hungry!
A delicious spread of Barbeque, Italian marinated chicken breast and all the fixings from Dickey’s is included in your ticket price so come with an appetite! Food from Dickey’s will be served from 1pm-3pm or until it runs out! Koka Booth’s vendors will all be open during the event as well. 

Don’t Miss the Silent Auction and Raffle! Just a few of the amazing items include:

– Four days and three nights in a fully equipped three bedroom beach house on Topsail Island
– Gift certificate from Vietri, the largest importer of exclusively Italian handcrafted dinnerware
– Hockey stick autographed by the Carolina Hurricanes
– Pink Hoops for Hope basketball jersey from NC State Women’s Basketball
– For a special Survivor raffle – Nicholas Sparks’ 14 book collection autographed by the author

Make a Pink Ribbon Promise
In keeping with the spirit of the day, we encourage you to make a Pink Ribbon Promise. Help us save more lives while honoring and remembering loved ones who have battled breast cancer. For a donation of $25, a large ribbon with the name of your loved one will be included in a special Pink Ribbon Promise display at PinkFest. Choose the Pink Ribbon Promise option when purchasing tickets.

Support a Survivor
Purchase a ticket for a survivor who cannot afford one for herself. Choose the Support a Survivor option when purchasing tickets.

There will be some tables and chairs set-up close to the stage, but please feel free to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the festivities.

Thanks again to our fantastic Local Presenting and Spotlight Media sponsors for PinkFest:
Local Presenting Sponsors: Airplus for Her, Coldwell Banker Howard, Perry and Walston, Duke Medicine

Spotlight Media Sponsors: Coalmarch Productions, WRAL TV-5


We hope to see you out & about on the 5th!!!

Raleigh Realtor Pamela St. Peter

Raleigh Wide Open

We had such a great time in downtown Raleigh this past week-end in spite of tropical storm Hanna coming to town.  It was the be 3rd annual Raleigh Wide Open Festival complete with Fayetteville Street blocked off allowing food vendors, wine and beer tasting events, mimes, magicians and even live bands!  It was a lot of fun for the whole family – no matter what age!

It also was a perfect back drop for the grand opening of our brand new Convention Center.  It’s beautiful and functional – the exhibit hall alone is 150,000 square feet!  Something Raleigh can really be proud of.  This year’s “Raleigh World Wide Expo” inaugurated the Convention Center with all types of businesses and organizations on hand with valuable information. Even after living here 13 years I too picked up some new facts about Raleigh that I didn’t know.  And of course the ever popular “International Festival” delighted folks of all ages too with foods from around the world and ethnic entertainment!

Now for the pièce de résistance – our Shimmer Wall on the side of the new convention center….

Raleigh's new Shimmer Wall

The image is of an Oak Tree since Raleigh is often referred to as The City of Oaks.  It took 3 years from conception to completion and was so graciously donated by CREE, Inc.  It’s 211 feet by 44 feet – a total of 9,284 square feet and consists of 79,464 aluminum pixels that act as flappers.  There are 462 panels weighing about 40 pounds each.  The flappers wave in the breeze creating a rippling effect as the image changes constantly.  It was such a thrill to stand under it yesterday and watch it change.  Almost as much fun was watching and listening to others around us.  Everyone was impressed and excited.  I’ve still not seen it light up – which I hope to get a chance to see as well soon.

So if you’re considering a special place to for your next convention – now you can consider Raleigh too.  You won’t be disappointed!

Raleigh RealtorPamela St. Peter

2nd annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Challenge in Raleigh, NC

Homes4nc is a great organization to support and get involved as a Realtor in the Raleigh area..  ,

This year’s 2nd annual REALTORS®  Charity Challenge is next Monday the 18th and sounds like fun in the form of a golf event.  It’ll be at the historic Raleigh Country Club.  You’ll enjoy good food, an outstanding golf course, chances to win prizes and you’ll get a chance to meet Bob Harris, the legendary radio voice of the Duke Blue Devils.


All proceeds will benefit Homes4NC, the housing opportunity foundation of the NC Association of REALTORS®. In the last 4 years, Homes4NC has provided $140,000 in grants to help low-income families with their housing needs.

So whether your a Raleigh Realtor, a local resident, or buisness owner get your team together and registered online, grab your clubs and support a great cause all while having fun!

Raleigh Realtor Pamela St. Peter