Wake Forest 


Wake Forest Community Yard Sale

When: Saturday, October 19

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What's Happening:? 10 - 11 a.m.- Franklin Academy Middle School Band Performs

Heart Animal Rescue Team with their Adopt-A-Thon

Where: Festival Park, 525 S. White St. – 27587 ( Downtown Wake Forest)

Sponsors: The Cotton Company & Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment


Why: Community Fun & Benefit Franklin Academy Arts Education and Wake Forest Cultural Arts Programming


Details: Tables rent for $10 proceeds to GJCAE


Open to Wake Forest residents, businesses, families to sell or buy. One of the numerous festivals by the GJCAE to support self development and self esteem using cultural arts for the Wake Forest community.

 Set up is 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, rain or shine. Actitvies may include music, food, free entertainment but subject to change and availability.

 Pets are welcome on a leash or carried.


Many downtown businesses may offer sidewalk sales so be sure to visit the local vendors.

For more information

Phone number – 919-570-0350  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


 PetFest Returns To Benefit The GJCAE.  Be part of our continuing tradition of being kind to the animals/reptiles and critters.   Join us by becoming a vendor.   PetFest Vendor application is below.

 PetFest is Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 



   Essential oils are the oils that are derived from plants, rather than oils that are manufactured using synthetic ingredients.  Many people feel that in order to effect medicinal benefits it's necessary to only use essential oils and synthetic or "fragrance oils" will not accomplish the tasks.  One of the most used essential oils is that derived from the Eucalyptus plant and it's medicinal use is in Vick's Vapor Rub as the inhalant expelled when rubbed on the chest or skin.

   Often Chinese teas are used for medicinal purposes yet in the Western world the benefit is believed to be derived from the ingestion of the tea itself, however in the Eastern world the benefit is believed to be derived from the fragrance of the tea and intake into the respiratory system, rather than the digestive system. There are many questions as to how oils, whether essential or fragrance, affect our health.  Aromatherapy is the branch of science that tries to determine cause and effect.

   One of the problems in deciding what is the causative agent in oils, whether essential or fragrance, is whether the benefit is derived from a constituent of the oil or from the reaction by the olfactory nerves to the fragrance the oils create.  Here's an example.

   Lavender oil is a very popular oil that has historical usage as a "relaxant, anti-anxiety oil".  For centuries it was used to help calm the nerves, go to sleep, as a calming agent.  Cleopatra used to have the sails of her ships drenched in lavender essential oil to announce her arrival, as the fragrance wafted in front of her arrival.  It is rumored she also used it to "calm the enemy" before the assault.

   Today with the chemical production of lavender fragrance the question begged is will the same fragrance produce the same calming effect?  If so, is the causative factor the way our body reacts to the fragrance itself rather than to the chemical ingredients of the oil itself.  A word of caution though is because fragrance oils are basically petroleum based no one should consume any fragrance oil as it can be harmful.

   Also although some people have skin reactions to essential oils it is far more common for fragrance oils to cause skin irritation so fragrance oils should not be put on the skin itself due to the myriad of possible reactions to the vast ingredients in fragrance oils.

   In practical applications of lavender fragrance there appears to be a calming effect whether the source is from the plant itself or chemically created.  The overall effect of lavender as a calmative seems to be from the fragrance itself.  If so then part of the mystery of only allowing the use of essential oils rather than fragrance is debunked for that particular fragrance.  If the fragrance itself, whether natural or by chemical means, is causing the olfactory nerves to be stimulated and the resultant calming effect is then due to the body's reaction to the fragrance stimulant, then we have a better understanding of the use of fragrance/aroma for health benefits.

   Again this simple explanation does not discount, nor predict which accomplishes the task but only highlights our quest of determining how fragrance can be used beneficially and what is the actual causative factor, an ingredient, or our body's reaction to the fragrance stimulant.

   The video below goes into more depth into how essential oils are grown and harvested.

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  The HerbFest is the main funding festival for the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment.

Enjoy this Irish band playing Whiskey, Whiskey at the first IrishFest Irish Festival held at Festival Park in Wake Forest. 

Proceeds benefitted The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment and The Andrew Britton Literary Scholarship.



  PetFest 2011 To Return To Festival Park Featuring Pets of All Types, Pet Recovery Events, and much more benefitting The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment

   Through the efforts of L.I.F.E. and the Downtown Wake Forest merchants the PetFest will return in 2011 with an expanded lineup, a larger parade, more entertainment, good food and good times for all who attend. 

   More information to be posted as soon as details arranged. 

     The first IrishFest was held to benefit the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment at Festival Park featuring 8 live bands, Irish food, Irish dancers as seen in this video, ales, brews, and all things Irish.   Enjoy this short video of young kids doing an Irish dance at the premier Irish Fest.



Video of local brewery, Red Oak, at Oktoberfest I held in Festival Park supported by the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment promoting and educating on German Cultural Arts which must include the " brew art" !!!



Fun times and educating on other cultures with German dance, polka and traditional German music is part of the mission of the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment

The first Italiafest was held at Festival Park, home of family friendly festivals, in Wake Forest, N.C.  to the delight of the greater RTP community supported by the GJCAE.

This video shows guest Italian chef, Joey Erba, chatting as he prepares tasty Italian cuisine and explains why he chose to volunteer to help the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment, GJCAE.

Video of Oktoberfest II sponsored by the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment Brings German food, brew, and arts to Festival Park in Wake Forest.


   Furthering the cultural arts goals of the GJCAE the kids learn new German dances and all have the confidence to perform and have fun, young and old alike.  German culture gains exposure and is enjoyed by all.

The HerbFest is the principal fund rasier for the programs the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment sponsors. 

Thanks to our local "Downtown Alan Brown" he produced this video on how the HerbFest has become a welcome event for the community and here is the video as aired throughout N.C, Va. and Tenn.


Its with such great volunteers as Alan Brown that the GJCAE becomes known and the events/groups/projects get attention to the cause.