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Friends of the Durham Library’s Books Among Friends Summer Reading Kickoff Book Sale

Program: Books Among Friends – Summer Reading Kickoff Book Sale
Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (half-price sale, 2 – 4 p.m.)
Location: Books Among Friends, 1058 W Club Blvd, Suite 252, Durham, NC 27701 (inside Northgate near Sears)

Durham, NC – Books Among Friends, the Friends of the Durham Library’s new location, is holding its next book sale on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Durham County Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff. Books Among Friends is located inside Northgate (1058 W Club Blvd, Suite 252, Durham, NC 27701). If you enter the mall through Sears, it will be immediately on your right. The book sale is open to the public. No Friends membership is required, but consider joining the Friends and getting involved. The half-price sale runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Sign up for Summer Reading at the Kickoff celebration inside Northgate and on the plaza and enjoy activities for the entire family including everything from Cirque de Vol to Seeds in Motion. Then head over to the book sale and find books to read all summer long. Explore the new space and the array of gently used books and media for sale, including popular titles, DVDs, audiobooks, and rare books. Unless otherwise marked, hardbacks are $3, trade paperbacks and other larger paperbacks are $2 and mass market paperbacks are $1. Everything else is priced as marked.

Donations keep the Friends going. Books Among Friends accepts book donations every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. You can bring donations to the door on the exterior of the mall between Sears and Catherines. Questions? Call 919-560-7159 or email [email protected]

The Friends of the Durham Library, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the goals of Durham County Library. Its mission is to raise and expend funds for materials, services and programs not normally provided for in the library’s operating budget. The Friends work with library administration and staff, the Board of Trustees of the Durham County Library, and the Durham Library Foundation for the betterment of the library, its patrons, and the community.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community, and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational, and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents a Reader’s Party

Program: Reader’s Party
Date: Sunday, June 4
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents a Reader’s Party on Sunday, June 4 at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701. This program is for adults and children and is free and open to the public.

This event is part of an ongoing series hosted by Durham County Library in collaboration with the Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble. Celebrate reading aloud with poetry, prose, monologues, short stories and original works. Read from material provided or bring your own. Come early to sign up to read at the open mic. June’s theme is fathers. Refreshments will be provided.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library


05/17/2018 to 05/20/2018 –

Moogfest began in 2004 as an annual event produced by Moog Music, a company that manufactures synthesizers. The festival brings together headlining musical acts in a celebration of electronic music, as well as panel discussions and presentations of new technology of interest to musicians, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and industry insiders.

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Weekend Picks: May 26th – 28th

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La Terza Classe performs at Sola Coffee Friday night at 7:30pm
(photo courtesy La Terza Classe)

After this rainy and gloomy week I am looking forward to the nicer weather this weekend. Here are a few of my top picks to check out including great music and the third annual hot air balloon festival! Also, “Finding Neverland” has performances at DPAC through this Sunday. Lots of choices this weekend. Happy Exploring!

Friday – May 26th

Italian folk and bluegrass band at Sola Coffee
An Italian bluegrass band? This sounds fun! La Terza Classe makes a tour stop Friday night at Sola Coffee in North Raleigh. Music starts at 7:30pm. The band has played over 300 shows in in throughout Europe and in the US, have been featured on European and American radio. Props to Sola for continuing to bring great touring acts to Raleigh.

Saturday – May 27th

WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival (All Weekend)
The Balloon Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend from May 26-29 at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. The three day event will feature competitive balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, evening glows and a several activities planned from sunrise to sundown. Visit for schedule of events and parking information.

Sunday – May 28th

Triangle Wind Ensemble at Cary’s Booth Amphitheater
This year’s American Celebration concert features selections from many of Broadway’s most famous shows. Come listen to works from Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, South Pacific, Wicked, Les Miserables, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit, Hamilton. This outdoor concert offers a perfect opportunity to picnic under the stars with the family while listening to some truly wonderful music. Gates open for picnicking at 6pm, and the concert begins at 7:30. Tickets for this event can be purchased here ($13-$16).

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NCMA Launches Mobile App to Provide Self-Guided Tours


NCMA mobile app 

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) this week launched a new mobile app that offers themed, self-guided audio tours of the Museum’s permanent collection. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes and features art in the Museum’s free permanent collection. The free app is available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded through the iTunes Store or at

“This mobile app will encourage NCMA visitors to slow down in the permanent collection galleries and look more closely at the works of art—something we hope will enhance and deepen their appreciation of the art and make their Museum visit a more memorable, personal experience,” says Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the NCMA. “It perfectly aligns with the mission and vision of the NCMA, which focuses on our commitment to provide compelling encounters with art, present innovative educational opportunities, and enrich lives through the wonder of art.”

The app launches with three themed tours—Curator’s Choice, Lunch Break, and Date Night—and the Museum may add more in the future.

  • Curator’s Choice: What is a curator? In art museums curators choose the works of art that go into an exhibition. They also assist in acquiring works for a museum’s collection. Each part of our collection is curated by an expert in a particular period of art history. Listen to a tour from each part of our collection with that curator’s top picks.
  • Lunch Break: Experts say changing up your environment can help overcome mental blocks and re-energize your thinking. This tour lets you experience art and food from around the world while taking a quick break from the day. Are you hungry for art? Why wait?
  • Date Night: In today’s world of swiping right and posting “It’s complicated,” romance can be tough. Luckily, wandering the galleries of a museum is a great way to spend time with someone special to you. Whether you’re on your first date or going on your first decade as a couple, listen to a tour all about romance and love—as interpreted by artists throughout time.

“This new technology will help us better connect and engage with visitors on our campus in a whole new way,” says Michelle Harrell, the NCMA’s director of teaching and learning. “We see the mobile app as an opportunity to provide customizable experiences, rather than simple audio tours. It introduces art in a manner that many people might not have considered before—for example, as something that can energize you on a lunch break or spice up a date night.”

The mobile app replaces the Museum’s cell phone tour, which is no longer available. It joins the Museum’s Moede app, an interactive work of art designed by Kael Greco and Gregg Perkins that creates a soundtrack to a visitor’s experience in the NCMA’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.


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Picture of the Week: Old Well at UNC

Old Well – 2017

Over the weekend my wife and I did some exploring in Chapel Hill. I took the above picture of the famous Old Well while walking across the UNC campus. It’s a well known landmark for sure, but it got me thinking about its significance. So I did a little digging online find out more about its history.  I learned that the well was commissioned by the Board of Trustees back in 1795 and served as the sole drinking water source for the university for a number of years.

In 1897, university President Edwin Alderman proposed building a new structure over the well. According to Wikipedia “The current decorative form of the Old Well was modeled after the Temple of Love in the Gardens of Versailles“. The structure was designed by Eugene Lewis Harris, a portrait artist and registrar for the university. A drinking water fountain was added in 1925 which is now served by city water. In 1954 the structure over the well was torn down and replaced with a sturdier replica that stands today.

If you are the superstitious type, campus tradition states that drinking from the Old Well on the first day of class will bring good luck and good grades!

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Old Well – 1892
(Photograph from the Kemp Battle Album, North Carolina Collection, UNC)

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Host a Meals from the Market

The 12th annual Meals from the Market fundraiser plans are coming together! We are looking for a few more folks to host meals. Would you join us?

What is Meals from the Market?

MFTM is DCP, Inc’s biggest fundraiser event!  It is a series of meals from September to November where DCP enthusiasts host a meal at their home, restaurant or other venue. The meals have different themes and numbers of attendees. All the meals are donated by the hosts and the proceeds from ticket sales go straight to support DCP, Inc.


Hosting a Meal – What the Host Does

  • You set the date, time, location, number of guests and suggest a price for a ticket to your meal. Each Meal brings in anywhere from $600 to $6000 in total.  It can be a breakfast, brunch or supper on any day of the week in September or October.
  • You come up with a “hook” to attract ticket sales. This could be a unique menu, location, entertainment or theme. We’ll help you come up with a catchy title.
  • You build interest in the meal among your friends and contact (you get to invite them for ticket pre-sales!). But, you should be prepared to host guests you have never met before.
  • You donate all the expenses involved.  So, it helps to get co-hosts. In the end, DCP can prepare a tax letter for your in-kind donation. All ticket sales go directly to DCP.
  • Host the meal and have fun! Don’t think your meal has to be extravagant. Keep it to a size that will be manageable and fun for you to produce.

Hosting a Meal – What DCP Does

  • DCP advertises the meals by providing a detailed website with info about each meal, sending direct mailers to the DCP mailing list, and through email and social media marketing
  • DCP maintains and oversees ticket sales through
  • DCP maintains the guest list and will send hosts updates as sales progress. You will be notified when your meal sells out and tickets are no longer available.
  • DCP will provide materials and designate a person to give a shout out to the work of DCP, Inc, during the meal.


We hope you can join us!

Meals from the Market is a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for the park and help support the work that we do to provide this important space for the community. If you can’t host a meal right now, we hope that you will be able to join the fun at a meal this fall!

If you are interested in hosting a meal, please contact MFTM Chair, Lee Ann Tilley – [email protected]


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The Magic of “Finding Neverland” Comes to DPAC May 23-28th!

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Bill Harrigan Tighe as JM Barrie and Tom Hewitt as Captain Hook in Finding Neverland
(Photo courtesy Jeremy Daniel)

This week the spirit of imagination comes to the stage when “Finding Neverland” opens at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, May 23rd with performance through Sunday, May 29th.

Based on the Academy Award winning film of the same name, the musical follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer and the man he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons.

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Ben Krieger as Peter Lleweln Davies and Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in the National Tour of Finding Neverland
(Photo courtesy of Carol Rosegg)

Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie uses the boys’ escapades to fulfill his dreams of becoming a writer. Inventing the world of Neverland and its imaginary inhabitants and in the process creates an original play that becomes a high-society hit.

The musical is packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs. It is a timeless story about the power of imagination and proof that you never really have to grow up.

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Mitchell Wray, Jordan Cole, Finn Faulconer and Ben Krieger as the Llewelyn Davies Boys in the National Tour of Finding Neverland
(Photo courtesy Carol Rosegg)

In this touring production, the role of Captain Hook is played by Broadway Veteran Tom Hewitt.  He took a moment to chat with me by phone recently between productions.

Hewitt started performing in his small hometown in Western Montana where he made the most of a great local theater seen and benefited from a loving and supportive family. “I am very thankful to my parents for allowing me to pursue theater as a kid. They were very supportive and really there is nothing more magical.”

Hewitt has made a career of playing bad guys and monsters, including on Broadway Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar; Billy Flynn in Chicago; Dracula in Dracula and he has also played Scar in The Lion King. But he brings a unique perspective to playing Barrie’s inner Hook, given that he also played the Captain Hook in both the 1998 and 2011 national touring productions.

But this is a different Captain Hook than you’ve seen before. “This Hook is a is a facet of Barrie’s personality. His job is to encourage Barrie to “pirate up” if you will, explore his darker side and write his own story – basically he helps him find his courage and conviction,” says Hewitt.

“This really is a show for the entire family,” says Hewitt. “It is a show about a show focusing on love, family, and finding the strength to go after what you believe. And along the way there is little humor and special effects added to enhance the wonder”. When I asked about the special effects Hewitt explained that they are beautiful in their simplicity. “I love the way that flying is handled in the show, it is unapologetically theatrical. I am sentimental and it always moves me,” admits Hewitt.

The magic of “Finding Neverland” opens at DPAC on Tuesday, May 23rd and runs through Sunday, May 28th. For tickets visit

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American Dance Festival Fête

06/15/2017 to 06/15/2017 – Join in after the opening night performance for the Fête!
Dinner and Dancing at the Fête
immediately following the performance
@The Rickhouse (609 Foster Street, Durham).
All proceeds will benefit the ADF Fund.
TICKET INCLUDES premiere orchestra seating, dinner by Parizäde, complimentary wine and beer, cash bar, music by Russell Favret Trio and DJ Bunn, complimentary valet parking at The Rickhouse transportation from DPAC to The Rickhouse on the famous ADF bus.

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Picture of the week: Duke Chapel

Last weekend I took advantage of the nice weather and went for a run around the campus at Duke. Durham offers many great spots to run, but one of my favorites is along Campus Drive leading up to Duke Chapel. I had to stop for a moment and admire the view and grab this photo. This is graduation weekend at Duke so the chapel will be pretty busy with commencement ceremonies, but I highly recommend you check it later this summer when the campus is a little more quiet. To learn more about Duke Chapel visit

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