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Spring is here! Though it is a little earlier than we expected, we are excited to welcome in the warm weather. In spite of losing an hour of sleep this month with Daylight Savings on March 12th, it is hard to be upset with the pool officially open and the flowers in bloom. Here is how we plan to enjoy the beginnings of spring this month with the other locals we love:

The green isn’t just showing on the trees this month, but all over with St. Patrick’s Day! We will be spending time in downtown Raleigh for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11th at 10:00 am followed by all sorts of festivities on both Glenwood South in front of Hibernian Irish Pub and in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street. Vendors, craft booths, live music, kiddie rides and more will all be available, more details can be found here.

As the season changes, so does our art gallery, and we are thrilled to welcome back Lynn Boggess as our featured gallery artist. Join us on March 16 as he steps en plain air for a live art demonstration at 4:30 pm followed by a wine reception for the opening of his exhibit, Stillness. The exhibit is available for viewing complimentary, with his pieces available for purchase in The Gift Shop. More details available here.

We’re going back downtown on March 18th and 19th for North Carolina Comicon at the Raleigh Convention Center. Whether you are going to meet the writers and animators or just to see the costumes, it is worth at least walking by. Special guests this year include not only the DeLorean from Back to the Future but Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters will also make a special visit. Unfortunately, where we are going we still need roads. Tickets and details available here.

On March 23rd you’ll find us enjoying a night at the museum for the N.C. Natural Sciences Museum Nocturnal Nights Series. They are throwing it back to the 90’s, where you can conduct experiments with “Bob Nye”, play retro arcade games, and explore other scientific discoveries of the 90’s. Beer, cocktails, and food will be available for purchase, more information available here.

We will be winding out the month with the North Carolina Art Museum’s annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit beginning on March 30th. A week long special exhibit filled with floral art, trunk shows, classes, lectures and tours, you will not want to “leaf”. After enjoying the flowers, be sure to pop into the Ansel Adams exhibit, available through May 7th. Details can be found here.

Speak with our concierge if you are looking for more details or other suggestions. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary bike rentals and hiking maps through the nearby Umstead State Park. A perfect way to enjoy the spring.

Are there any locals you love or events you are excited about? Tag us in your tweet or instagram and be sure to mention #localswelove.

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