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Travinia, Celebrations, Hockey, Cary Chamber and MORE!

Travinia with Wendy & ice sculpture

Travinia with Wendy

Last week was the One-Year Anniversary Party for Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Cary, NC.  Blake and I were invited to the party through Cary Chamber membership by Christine Stine, Assistant GM & Catering Sales for Travinia.  The party was held on the outside patio (it was a PERFECT night) and included wine & appetizers.  Information was available for learning about having a perfect party with catered and private dining from Travinia.  They offered handpicked wines for tasting and we enjoyed them while sitting around the fire pits networking with others.  A beautiful ice sculpture was on display!

Around the fire pits on the patio with Blake

Around the fire pits on the patio with Blake

I had a lovely time meeting Wendy Ruocco, Director of Catering Operations. Wendy was in town from Lexington, SC to help with the anniversary celebration party.  Ira Freedman, General Manager, was also at the party and greeted guests as they arrived.  Travinia has added so much to the Cary/Morrisville area and is a huge part of the Park West Village Shopping CenterTravinia makes it easy to host a party and offers off premise catering, carryout & delivery, family style dining, limited menus and private dining.  They currently have locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia.

Girl Night dinner at Travinia

Girl Night dinner at Travinia

WBON of Cary has hosted several of our monthly board meetings in their private dining room and my group of girlfriends had our ‘girl night’ dinner party there this past weekend.   We took in a ‘celebration‘ strawberry cheesecake with nine lit candles and took turns blowing out the candles as we passed it around and told what we were celebrating (everything from a birthday last week to earning a CPA license.)   The food is always amazing and the atmosphere makes you feel like you are in another place! I’m all about their patio & fire pits!!!! Thanks Ira, Wendy and Christine for having Travinia so involved with Cary, especially with the Cary Chamber too!

Summit for Cary

Summit for Cary

Speaking of the Cary Chamber, last week was the Eye Opener Breakfast with guest speaker, Jeff Ulma, Planning Director for the Town of Cary.  Jeff discussed the Imagine Cary plan that is in the beginning phases.  The Town of Cary is holding a “SUMMIT ON THE FUTURE” this week on Thursday, May 2nd.  The event is free, but RSVP is required.  This summit is an opportunity for the public to get involved with creating Cary’s new community plan and shaping the future of Cary.  They currently have around 900 people signed up to attend!  It’s gonna be HUGE and great for Cary.  I know several people that will be attending.

BONANZA Membership Drive

BONANZA Membership Drive

Following Jeff’s presentation, the Cary Chamber Membership Drive…BONANZA had a reporting session meeting.  The Membership Drive 2013 is going well and we are brining in new members!  Everyone on the BONANZA drive is working hard to help recruit membership and sponsorships.  It’s a great time to be involved in Cary…make sure you are a Cary Chamber member!  Here is a picture of some of the BONANZA membership drive leaders.  We all had a great time a few weeks ago gathering at Travinia for a reporting session, too.

 

Hockey Game Fun

Hockey Game Fun

 

And last but not least, Alicia went with her mom to the last Carolina Hurricanes Hockey game.  I won a pair of tickets at the Cary Chamber Business of Women and wasn’t able to attend the game that night, so I gave them to Alicia and she took her mom for the first time ever!  The seats were excellent (of course!  Thank you Cary Chamber!) and they had a fun time eating, drinking and watching the game!  Go Canes!  Better luck next season….  I must say THANK YOU to Lois and Bethany at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary & Apex for the lovely navy blue & white striped dress from Ann Taylor that I wore to the Cary Chamber events and for the dark blue beaded emblessished top from Boston Proper.  They have a HUGE selection of summer dresses, tops & pants!  Go check them out and tell them Becca sent you shopping!  And stop by Travinia for a drink & bite to eat too!

 

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