It’s time to get out there and try new things


Caitlyn Horton, News Writer

With the New Year here, getting out and trying new things is top priority. Local places are opening their spaces to allow special events to be held. Not only does it help the host, it also creates an opportunity for you to try something new. On Jan. 8 Sherry Pedersen-Thrasher is hosting “Shut up and Write.” This event will be hosted at Panera Bread on 2002 Kildaire Farm Rd, in Cary, and will happen from 10-11:30 a.m. This is a great way for writers to come and write together while enjoying breakfast, coffee, or tea. 

You will need to bring your own headphones if you want to listen to music while writing or if you want  to just block out the café noise. No one will be looking at what you’re writing or trying to give you unwanted advice, and do not forget to bring your charger. If late, just find an open spot and start writing.

Another great way to start the New Year is by meeting new people and getting to know them at Cultivate. A getting to know each other at Cultivate event will be on Jan. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. This event will be held at Cultivate Coffee Roaster, 128 S. Fuquay Ave. This event is hosted by Maya Lauren, and it is for anyone to come out and enjoy each other’s company in the warm and welcoming atmosphere.

You can enjoy scones, coffee, and tea while interacting with each other. Even though you are not obligated to stay for their Bible study, they do still want you to come and converse with others. Both the “Shut up and write” and “Get to know each other at Cultivate” are events held for people to come together as a community.

If you want to step out of your comfort zone, on Jan. 10, the Infinite Art Studio is hosting an Open Mic Night. It will be 6-9 p.m. at Fayetteville Bakery and Café, 3037 Boone Trail in Raleigh. Anyone and everyone is welcome. You are able to express yourself completely whether that be through music, comedy, or poetry. 

While keeping your performance family friendly, this is an opportunity to show your creativity. All of these events are ways for everyone to come together as a community.