Vanessa Infanzon

Freelance Writer

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Meet PCG Member – Dan Kypena: Combining Responsible Farming with Agritourism


PCG Professional Member Dan Kypena planted his first garden in Williamsville, New York in 2011. 

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Pillars of NC: Sherwood Smith Jr. led the nuclear charge


When he left a Raleigh law firm to join Carolina Power & Light in 1965, Sherwood Smith Jr. didn’t envision leading eastern North Carolina’s dominant power company. Photo by Christer Berg

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Sweet relief


Nine years ago, Sweet’s Syrup owner Stephanie Rickenbaker didn’t know anything about clean living, or how to run a small business. A cancer diagnosis changed everything. Photo by Ingrid Wilson

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New beginnings


Three years ago, Allison Andrews questioned the direction of her life after her 23-year marriage ended. It didn’t help that it coincided with her decision to leave a longtime job as a local television producer.

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Charlotte’s knight


Charles Thomas may have one of the best jobs in Charlotte. As the city’s program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, he gives away money for projects that help the community.

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Cozy up to one of these winter getaways


Imagine winter nights spent in front of a roaring fire after a full day of exploring a small town. Banner Elk, Greenwood, and Sevierville, all within a few hours from Upstate South Carolina, give visitors a treat during the cold months.

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A Weekend in the Heart of North Carolina


In between North Carolina’s mountains and beaches is the heart of the state. It encompasses nine towns in Randolph County. Spend the weekend discovering what makes the Heart of North Carolina beat.

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She helps artists by putting their work on billboards and signs around Charlotte


Wendy Hickey wants to eradicate the phrase “starving artist” from our vocabulary.


Photo by Matt Henesy

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Find out why this Charlotte photographer took pictures of 2,700 rescue pets


Six years ago, Roberta Sá Griner asked her husband if they could foster George, a dog from a local animal shelter.

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Burke perks


Mystery and nature surround Burke County, situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. A short 90-minute drive from Charlotte leads to Morganton, the county seat with a charming mix of breweries...

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Go Wild at One of These Carolina Zoos!


As a kid, we had all sorts of traditions to celebrate the holidays and seasons. Once a year, my mom drove us from Eastern Long Island to the Bronx Zoo, stopping in Queens to get my grandma. 

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