Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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60 Autumn 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Make way for the Polar Express! The front picture window of The Border is a portal to one's childhood. There, a sprawling setup of HO scale trains includes an entire town — even a Wake Forest depot — and, at times, a yellow by-plane flying in circles as it drags a banner reading "EAT AT THE BORDER." The conductor on this adventure and its ever-changing scenery is Jerry Ammon, who with his wife, Nancy, runs the down-home cooking institution, now in its 26th year. "There's about 50 boxes of train stuff he'll switch out," said Valerie Barron, the daughter-in-law who can be found kitchen-side whipping up such home-cooked meals as chicken n' pastry and just-like-mom- use-to-make meatloaf. And with Christmas coming — and perhaps a family gathering for an encore viewing of the 2004 animated film "The Polar Express" starring Tom Hanks — there's more childhood memories to be made, with a collection of holiday-themed additions to the miniature town, boxes and boxes of them. "Christmas is a really big deal," she said. The allure for Ammon goes way back. Daughter-in-law Barron recalls the many hours he and her now 16-year-old son, Joshua, would spend at the train-set platform in Ammon's attic. "That was a big fascination," she said. These days, children at The Border get to press that push-button allowing them to hear the train's rich-sounding toot-toots. "That's a diesel," Ammon said of one on a recent visit. "That's an old steam whistle," he said of another. "There's probably about 20 different whistles," daughter-in-law Barron said. The WF Metro A visitors' guide to items and places of interest A mural that's really tuned to their thoughts PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ Is that a deer with what's known in music as a "common time" symbol in its antler? Did you see the yellow finches fighting over, what's that, a whole note? The mural bearing these symbols, appropriately, can be found at Music Academy South in Wake Forest. Look closely, though. They're tucked away amid a forest of birch trees and some 10 indigenous North Carolina birds. To hear Jeanine Skinner, the academy director, tell it, the mural comes in handy. She has even passed out worksheets with a "matching quiz" of birds and notes for students. The artist for the work, commissioned in 2016, is Becky Boone, who grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica, attended California State University in Long Beach, and now resides in Raleigh with her husband and three sons, according to her posted bio. Her clan also includes "one snake" and not one, but "two geckos," but apparently no guests of the feathered persuasion.

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