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Sir Walter Salutes Five Points Icon: Tonic Design receives 2017 Sir Walter Raleigh Award

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1700 Glenwood Avenue before (bottom) and after (top).

For transforming an odd, vacant eyesore into a gleaming glass, energy-efficient commercial building that deserves its place at the pinnacle of Raleigh’s Five Points intersection, Tonic Design principals Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca received a 2017 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance for their work on the building at 1700 Glenwood Avenue.

The awards jury called Tonic Design’s work “a well-done project in a very visible location” and noted the manner in which the 5800-square-foot structure “provides lots of light [and] awesome views from within at all levels.”

The mid-century modern, two-story building at the junction of Glenwood Avenue, Fairview Road, and Whitaker Mill houses three thriving businesses today. Yet it has fascinated passersby since 1964 when it was built for a progressive dry cleaner who enclosed the upper story in glass to show off its state-of-the-art mechanization. In 1979, an audio repair and computer equipment business took over the space and, for 28 years, Raleigh residents knew it as the “Audio Buys building.”

Audio Buys closed in 2007 and the building sat vacant for four years. In 2011, the owners hired Tonic Design, an award-winning design-build firm, to upgrade it for leasing to a new generation of tenants.

After installing new, insulated glazing, a custom shade system over the floor-o-ceiling glass walls, and zinc siding, the building could now shade its interior from glare and reduces summer heat gain by more than 70 percent. Yet it continued to languish uninhabited.

McConnell-Continuum-04In 2016, new owners called the Tonic partners back in, this time to increase the building’s function and make it more accessible. Among other improvements, the duo created a new glass-enclosed entry, staircase, and elevator tower; transformed the existing roof into a roof garden with spectacular views in every direction; and added a two-story steel sculpture (left) by McConnell Studios, entitled “Continuum,” to the West Whitaker elevation.

Tonic’s award emanated from the Rehabilitation/History Preservation category, which honors the preservation or rehabilitation of existing buildings, especially Raleigh’s historic resources. “The designers have done a great job further repurposing a building instead of knocking it down,” the jury commented.

For more information on the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance, go to www.raleighnc.gov/sirwalterraleighawards. For more information on 1700 Glenwood Avenue and Tonic Design, visit www.tonic-design.com.

About Tonic Design:

Tonic Design is a multi-award-winning design-build firm in Raleigh, NC. Among many accolades throughout their careers, principals Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca were named 2013’s “Rising Stars” by Residential Architect magazine. Their projects have been featured in a host of national publications, including Architectural RecordResidential Architect, DwellCustom Homes, Inform magazine, and Metal Architecture, and locally in the News & ObserverWaltermagazine, and Urban Home.  For more information: www.tonic-design.com.

 

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Coming Oct. 1: “Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik,” a collection of new stories that celebrate Jewish history, culture, and the Old Country


1.chanukah-tales-from-oykvetchnik-cover-300dpi copy On October 1, in time for National Jewish Book Month (November) and Chanukah 2017 (December), Jewish Storyteller Press will release its latest title, Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik , via  Amazon.com, BN.comPowells.com, and other online and local bookstores. The publisher predicts that the 120-page book will become a new tradition for an ancient holiday.

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik is a collection of eight original Jewish folk tales – one for each night of the Festival of Lights – written by Scott Hilton Davis (Souls Are Flying!, Between Heaven and Earth), with illustrations by Amy F. Levine.

On its website, Jewish Storyteller Press offers, “Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik is a storybook to be read each year as the chanukiyah (nine-branched Chanukah menorah) comes off the shelf, dreidels start spinning, and the smells of freshly fried latkes waft through the house… [It] will fill your heart with the light of Jewish history, culture, and values.”  The eight stories are:

  1. Chaim the Chanukiyah
  2. Myzeleh the Mouse
  3. Dvorah Rohkl’s Chanukah Party
  4. How Oykvetchnik Got Its Name
  5. Reb Shimon the Shammus
  6. Peter Markovich the Soldier
  7. The Rabbi’s Daughter
  8. The Pawnshop Menorah
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Scott Hilton Davis

An Emmy Award-winning public television producer and storyteller, Davis has spent many years bringing the works of his favorite 19th-century Yiddish writers to 21st-century English-speaking readers by publishing new translations, adaptations, and original stories based on the works of once-famous writers such as Sholem Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim), Jacob Dinezon, Sholem Aleichem, and I. L. Peretz.

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik (Oy + Kvetch + Nik) is Davis’s first completely original book.

“Chanukah has always been my favorite Jewish holiday,” the author explains. “So it’s not surprising that when I finally began writing my own short stories, they turned out to be Chanukah tales set in the ‘Old Country’ – the tiny towns and villages of Russia and Eastern Europe – before the turn of the 20th century. For many of us who are Jewish, this was the birthplace of our alte bobes and zaydes – our great-grandmothers and grandfather.”

In his review for Readers’ Favorite.com, book critic Jack Magnus writes, “Scott Hilton

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnic

Illustration for “The Pawnshop Menorah” by Amy Levine

Davis brings to life the little village of Oykvetchnik and shares a glimpse into the village’s celebration of the Festival of Lights with his readers… I was hooked by the stories and the history I was learning about this special holiday, as well as the culture and lifestyle found in the shtetls. Davis’s stories are grand fun for reading aloud, and Amy Levine’s black and white drawings work perfectly with each tale.”

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik will be available in paperback ($9.95) and hardback ($16.95) at Amazon.com, BN.com, and Powells.com, and other online and local bookstores.

About Jewish Storyteller Press: Founded in 2007 as a way of celebrating Jewish literature, culture, and values, Jewish Storyteller Press is a small independent publishing company committed to using print‑on‑demand and e‑book technology to bring the works of 19th century Yiddish writers to 21st-century English-speaking readers. For more information: www.jewishstorytellerpress.com.

 


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Winston-Salem Author’s New Football Novel Wins Best Book Award

In the NABE’s Young Adult Category

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Winston-Salem author Frank McNair recently learned that his new novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage and Redemption has been named Best Book in the Young Adult category for the Spring 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.

“This is a great book for anyone who loves football or loves someone who loves football,” the author said. “I have been surprised by the number of young women who have bought the book — both to give to their male friends and for insight into the mind of football fanatics.”

Presented by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) to its members, the Pinnacle Awards recognize excellence in book content and quality, writing style, presentation, and cover design. NABE members include a wide variety of publishing houses, small presses, independent publishers, print-on-demand titles, and self-publishers.

Life on the Line is the story of two middle school boys struggling to understand themselves and the world around them as they guide their football team towards what may be an undefeated season. As a former football player himself, McNair gives readers — teens and adults — a front row seat to authentic gridiron action along with the struggles and joys of adolescence, and the redemptive power of love and faith.

Since it was released by Bagpiper Press in June, Life on the Line has received steady praise from Amazon readers, especially parents of boys. One mom writes, “Frank did a grand job with his realistic portrayal of two young men coming of age…. I wish Frank had written the book 10 years earlier when my son and his friends were this age.”

Another offers, “As a mother of three grown sons, reading Life on the Line allowed me to revisit memories from the past…  Playing and watching sports and repeatedly discussing the details dominate many male conversations, serving as a platform for forming relationships, instilling discipline, and gaining acceptance. Revealing the underlying emotions behind each character’s actions provided insight into the masculine thinking process.”

One reader simply states, “Outstanding! Don’t let your sons (or daughters) miss this gripping story of boys growing up in the world of football.

Life on the Line: Football, Rage and Redemption is available in hardcover ($23.27), paperback ($14.99) and as a Kindle e-book ($9.95) on Amazon. Media review copies are available by emailing publicist Kim Weiss of Blueplate PR: blueplatepr@gmail.com.

For more information on the book, including sample chapters and a Reader’s Guide, visit www.lifeonethelinebook.com.

About The Author:

FRANK MCNAIR graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. After a brief stint in banking, he entered the MBA program at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1978. For a decade he held a range of sales and marketing positions in the corporate world. In 1988, he joined his wife, Laura, in her consulting and training business. They have been business partners in McNair & McNair for 30 years. Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption is his fourth book and first work of fiction. He has also published three popular business-related books: The Golden Rules for Managers, How You Make the Sale, and It’s OK To Ask ‘Em To Work. He and Laura and their chocolate lab Buddy Brown live in Winston-Salem, NC. Contact Frank McNair: frank@lifeonthelinebook.com;  336.972.3024.

 


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YES!WEEKLY: “Summer Reading for Middle- and High-School Sports Fans – Gritty New Football Fiction by Triad Author Will Make Them Want to Read”

Adult readers have also expressed enthusiasm about the book, especially the realistic treatment of the football scenes. READ ARTICLE…

 


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AECCafe.com/ArchShowcase: “The Professor’s House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by Arielle Condoret Schechter”

by Sanjay Gangal

This small, modern house was designed for an eminent author and professor of Native American studies. A widow now, she wanted to downsize from her 3200-square-foot house and live in a new, age-in-place home in a quiet, wooded neighborhood in Chapel Hill, NC, with her dog, Calamity Jane.

  • Architects: Arielle Condoret Schechter
  • Project: The Professor’s House
  • Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA
  • Photography: Keith Isaacs, Raleigh, NC
  • Structural Engineer: Brian Moskow, Red Engineering and Design, Apex, NC
  • Contractor: Ted Sanford, Immaculate Construction, Graham, NC
  • Construction cost: $250/square foot  READ MORE….


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FORSYTH FAMILY: “Frank McNair, Life on the Line”

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By Vonda Henderson

Frank McNair, a native North Carolinian, knows about football. He loves the game. The football team of his youth was the Laurinburg Fighting Scots, the same as that of his characters. “I had a 72-hour career as a football player for the University of North Carolina,” Frank shared. “I was invited to walk on on Sunday and left on Wednesday. I know when to walk away.” Frank did continue to enjoy playing football while in college, and with other club football teams well into his twenties.

After graduating from UNC, Frank worked for a time in the banking industry. He earned his MBA at Wake Forest and worked for a number of years in corporate America. He and his wife have worked together in their consulting business for the past 30 years. He has written two non-fiction books, and Life on the Line–Football, Rage and Redemption is his debut novel, a ten-year labor of love.  READ MORE…


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Modern Home in Raleigh’s Historic Cameron Park to be Open for Public Touring September 6th

During the evening “ModHop” Tour

of private homes in Raleigh, NC

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The Hawthorne Residence, a modern, award-winning home in Raleigh’s Cameron Park neighborhood, will be open to the public during the “ModHop” Tour, an evening house tour on September 6th from 6  –  8:30 p.m. hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses in association with the 2017 Hopscotch Design Festival.

Designed by Tonic Design principles Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca, this single-family residence replaced a dark, cramped, early 20th-century bungalow to give the homeowners modernist light, space, and form and a strong connection between indoors and outdoors.

To achieve the indoor-outdoor connection, the designers dropped the back elevation to grade and used floor-to-ceiling glass on the exterior wall to expand the view and living space into the backyard. A single-tilt roof with deep, cantilevered overhangs reference the covered porches of neighboring houses. Operable windows and extensive glazing throughout the house allow for daylight and natural ventilation, greatly reducing the homeowners’ reliance on electric lights during the day. A geothermal ground-source heat pump, fiber-cement rain-screen panels on exterior walls, locally available wood detailing, and Energy Star appliances make it 50 percent more energy efficient than a standard new home and 80 percent more efficient than the average resale home.

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The two-story house is transparent from the front door through the main living area and on through the kitchen and dining space to the backyard. A sleek staircase composition makes the vertical circulation a sculptural presence at the center of the interior while leading to the children’s bedrooms and central play space upstairs. Crisp white walls and warm wood flooring throughout the house underscore the simple, modern interior.

Hogan and Petrarca will be on hand to answer tour participants’ questions about the house during the ModHop Tour.

For more information on the tour and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/modhop17.

For more information on Tonic Design, visit www.tonic-design.com.

About Tonic Design:

Tonic Design is a multi-award-winning design-build firm in Raleigh, NC.  Among many accolades throughout their careers, principals Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca were named 2013’s “Rising Stars” by Residential Architect magazine. Their projects have been featured in a host of national publications, including Architectural RecordResidential Architect, DwellCustom Homes, Inform magazine, and Metal Architecture, and locally in the News & ObserverWalter magazine, and Urban Home.  For more information: www.tonic-design.com.

Photos by Raymond Goodman