There might not have been too much snow accumulation overnight Monday, but that didn’t matter for those who wanted to have a little fun on their snow day. With classes canceled and businesses closed, dozens grabbed their saucers and sleds and headed to Cary’s Bond Park. The icy coating on top of the snow made for brisk trips down the hill.
Some took advantage of the ice in their own neighborhoods. Eight-year-old Caid Minas, who plays Squirt hockey for the Junior Canes, put on his jersey and skates and got a little practice in the streets of Iron Gate neighborhood. Caid is a third-grader at Farmington Wood Elementary.
Meanwhile, outside the Crosstown Pub & Grill in downtown, a blackboard sign greeted potential customers with whimsical greetings. “NC shut down but we’re open,” read one side while the other said “#Snowpocalypse. Come Get Warm” with a picture of a beer-imbibing snowman.
They’re the handiwork of bartender Todd Jones, who also is an artist and draws the signs every day.
Monday night, as the icy weather was approaching, the sign read, “Got bread, got milk, now get beer.”
“I always add a little humor,” said Jones, who added he likes seeing people smile as they pass the sidewalk signs.
While downtown Cary was quiet most of the day with many businesses shut down, the East Chatham Street restaurant found a steady trickle of people coming in to grab a bite.
“It hasn’t been crazy, but we’ve had people all day,” said co-owner Sheila Ryan. She said the restaurant, which opened about two weeks ago, planned to stay open through the evening or until roads got icy again.
Customers have come from nearby neighborhoods, or, Ryan said, “people like me who don’t have food in the house.”
Carla Witherington sat by the large front window with her laptop. Her office, N.C. Farm Bureau, was closed. Rather than work from home, she was filing claims from the restaurant after ordering soup and coffee.
“I focus better in restaurants,” said the Cary resident. “Being at home, especially in this weather, makes me tired.”
French onion soup was frequently ordered, the restaurant’s servers reported, though it wasn’t necessarily the most popular.
“Beer,” Sheila Ryan said with a laugh.