Weekend Picks! April 18-20th

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Mint Julep Jazz Band
(Photo by Ashley Warren)

Easter weekend is usually a little quieter but there are still plenty of things to do in the Triangle this weekend. My selections this week include all my favorites: Music, Food Trucks, and Beer! Here are my weekend picks! 

Friday April 18th
Mint Julep Jazz Band Plays Lounge at G2B – Durham
Shake off these winter blues and come check out the spring menu goodness at G2B Gastro Pub and the swinging jazz of the Mint Julep Quintet! It’s recommend making a reservation if you would like to eat or have a seat – please specify that you would like to be seated in the jazz lounge
https://www.facebook.com/events/309354969215013/

PopUp Jazz Jam at Cocoa Cinnamon - Durham
The Art of Cool project pop up jazz jam returns to Cocoa Cinnamon this Friday 4-7pm! Drop by and get your AOCFEST tics and enjoy FREE local live jazz! You will not want to miss this!
http://aocfestival.org/

Labour of Love Artist Last Third Friday - Durham
This is the final artist reception before Labour of Love closes it doors. The reception is from 6 pm – 9 pm with LabourLove Artists. Come to LabourLove and wind down from the work week with a glass of wine, creative people and art.  All events for third Friday are free and open to the public.
https://labourlove.com/2014/labourloves-last-third-friday-april-18th

 

Saturday April 19th
Wake County SPCA K9 3K Dog Walk – Moore Square Raleigh
The 15th Annual K9-3K Dog Walk is a benefit event to help animals in Wake and surrounding counties. All the money raised at this event goes to support the work of the SPCA of Wake County! Visit the website below for more information and to register.
http://www.spcawake.org/site/TR/CommunityFundraising/General

Brewery Olympics at Raleigh Brewing Company
Six local breweries, eight spectacular events, and a cask tasting. Come help vote for your favorite cask and watch the brewers take on each other in head to head challenges! Events include such daily brewery tasks as keg sacking, speed bottle capping, and grain bag carrying. The event is free to spectate, though the cask tasting includes a charge. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Ted and Erin Gross of Bottle Revolution to aid in her recovery process.
http://www.visitraleigh.com/includes/calendar-of-events/Brewery-Olympics/26639/

Fairview Garden  Flora & Food Trucks – Raleigh
Saturday from 11am-2pm. The Flora and Food Trucks series promotes the idea that local food and local plants go hand in hand.  Event attendees will have the opportunity to attend classes on vegetable gardening, herbs, perennials and container gardening. The events are family friendly and admission is free.  The food trucks will be charging their regular prices for the food offered.  Food trucks: Only Burger, Srage’s Chef, Will and Pops, Dump Pho King, Sweet Stacey Cakes
http://www.fairviewgardencenter.com/2013/02/events/floraandfoodtrucks/

Durham Farmers’ Market
The Durham Farmers’ Market runs from 8-12 each Saturday. It is my favorite market to visit. Not only do they have tons of great local farmers with a great selection of produce, but there are also food trucks along hunt street, live music, and great people watching. This market is very popular and has a great energy.
http://www.durhamfarmersmarket.com/

Sunday April 20th
Happy Easter! Easter Sunday Brunch Ideas:
Midtown Grille – North Hills – Raleigh
Driftwood – North Raleigh Lafayette Village
Lafarm Bakery – Cary
Piedmont – Durham
Joule Coffee – Downtown Raleigh

Looking Ahead to Next Weekend
A few things you may want to note coming up next Saturday April 26th:
Pitt BBQ 6th Annual Cuegrass – Beer, Bluegrass & BBQ
3rd Annual Brewgaloo – Local Beer and Food Trucks
E3 Project’s Earth Day Field Day – Yoga, Biking Dancing and more

 

 

 

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2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Race Recap

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Runners Ready to Go!

Have you ever run 13.1 miles with a camera? I did just that this past Sunday as I took the streets of downtown Raleigh with 12,500 other runners to race in Raleigh’s Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon. I was slightly under trained for the race and decided to just have fun with it. No worrying about personal records or stressing over finishing times. I was simply excited to be a part of it all and enjoy the rare opportunity to have my camera with me to capture scenes along the 13.1 mile course.

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Sunrise as the Race Begins

I started out in Corral #2 because I had optimistically predicted a 1:45 finish time. This of course was before the bleak winter and I  didn’t get nearly as many training runs in as I had hoped. Come race day I knew I would likely finish somewhere closer to the 2 hour mark, but wasn’t concerned about it. It was actually kind of refreshing to not worry about the finish time. It was a beautiful day for the race with morning temps in the low 60′s and expected to reach the low 80′s by the afternoon. We set out around 7:10 just in time to catch the sunrise as it basked downtown Raleigh in it’s warm orange glow.

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Ellis Dyson & the Shambles

The postcard race course winded us through Oakwood, Chavis Park, Cameron Village, Dorothea Dix, and several other picturesque portions of downtown. Along the way there were local bands  playing every few miles and pumping up the runners with their music. One of my favorites was the Shaw University Marching Band with brass players blasting from a bridge as runners ran below. Another favorite was a band out of Chapel Hill called Ellis Dyson & the Shambles. I loved their upright bass, fiddle, and horn section! I actually stopped to listen to them play for a minute while I snapped a few pictures. It was still early on in the race, but it was a welcome break!

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Half Marathon Selfie

As I made my way through the 13.1 miles I stopped a few times to take pictures of the bands, friends and fellow runners. It was great running into so many familiar faces out on the course. I also enjoyed seeing so many spectators and a few rouge musicians playing along the the route. My favorite was a little girl playing her violin for the runners.  While having my camera out I couldn’t resist trying to take a running “selfie” to capture the experience. The photo above was taken somewhere between mile 8 and 9 on Western Boulevard as we made our way back to downtown Raleigh.

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Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

As I mentioned earlier I wasn’t as prepared for this race as I had hoped. It was also a fairly hilly course (Raleigh is not as flat as some people think). I was definitely feeling fatigued as I entered the last 3 miles of the course. I got a huge boost of energy however as we ran through Dorothea Dix Park and saw Tribute to Fallen Soldiers lining the course. Everyone I have spoken to was very moved by this tribute. Seeing pictures honoring the fallen soldiers and the numerous American flags waving in the wind with the Raleigh Skyline in the background gave me goosebumps and the rush of power I needed to push through the final miles.

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Approaching the Finish Line!

Soon after the course entered back into the core of downtown for the home stretch to the finish line. I was nice to see so many spectators cheering runners on along Fayetteville Street. I took my camera out for one last shot as I approached the finish line. I crossed the finish at 2 hours and 5 seconds. Not a PR but I was very pleased with the time considering the hilly course and the fact I had stopped so many times to take pictures.

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River Run Club Friends Post Race

As I crossed the finish I grabbed my medal and ran into Anj and Jill, two of my running friends from the River Run Club, an awesome run club filled with runners of all levels that meets each Thursday to run at 7pm in North Raleigh.  They both had a great race and Jill even pulled off a PR finishing in under two hours on what was definitely a challenging and hilly course. Way to go Jill!

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A Race Relaxes Below Sir Walter Raleigh

As I made my way from the finish line I grabbed some water, chocolate milk and a banana to recharge and headed over to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh post race concert. Raleigh his well suited for this with the Red Hat Amphitheater situated just one block west of the finish line. I liked the idea of a post race event like a concert because it gives runners a chance to chill out, drink a beer and catch up with friends to share about the race while it is all still fresh in your mind. It was also simply just a beautiful day to be downtown.

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Finisher’s Medal in front of NC Capitol Building

I was very impressed with the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh race. I thought it was well organized and I loved the route through the downtown street. If you missed the race this year because it sold out, don’t fret. The race is scheduled to return next year on April 12, 2015 and will be held in Raleigh for at least the next three years. Online Registration for the 2015 race in Raleigh will open up in May. You can get additional information on the official race website here.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh – April 13, 2014
Finish Time for Half Marathon: 2 hours 0 minutes 5 seconds
You can view all of my pictures from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Race in my flickr photo album. Happy racing!

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Weekend Picks! April 10-13th

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Spring is always a happening time in the Triangle and this weekend is no different. This week’s picks start with notable local beer news on Thursday followed by some fun outdoor and music events happening over the weekend. No matter what you end up doing I hope this list of things to do in the Triangle helps you discover something new about the area and get out side to enjoy this great warmer weather!

Thursday April 10th

Sam’s Bottle Shop Grand Opening – Durham
The people behind Sam’s Quick Stop are opening up a huge craft beer bottle shop on NC 54 in Durham. Grand Opening is this Thursday. Read all about it here.

Brueprint Brewery Soft Opening – Apex
The Triangle’s newest brewery launches this Thursday with a soft opening starting at 5pm. This brewery is the first one in the area to be located in Apex. Check out their story and list of beers on their website.
 http://brueprint.com


Friday April 11th
RTP Food Truck Rodeo – Durham
Each Friday 11:30 am-1:30pm at 800 Park Office Drive in RTP. They typically have between 4-6 trucks.  Outdoor seating is provided and you’re welcome to bring picnic blankets, frisbees or hackysacks.
http://www.rtp.org/foodtruckrodeo

Nasher Museum Archibald Motley Exhibit – Durham
Archibald Motley includes 42 works from each period of Motley’s lifelong career, from 1919 to 1960. Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his native Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure. His portraits are voyeuristic but also genealogical examinations of race, gender and sexuality. 
http://nasher.duke.edu/motley

Saturday April 12th
Historic Boylan Heights Home Tour & Tunes – Raleigh
Ten homes in historic Boylan Heights will open their doors to the public to celebrate the neighborhood’s historic and artistic character as area musicians perform in homes along the tour in a nod to the neighborhood’s longstanding musical tradition. Ticketed event ($10/$15)
http://boylanheights.org/tours-and-tunes/

Carrboro Open Streets
Enjoy a day of free activities with your family, friends and neighbors. Bike, walk, skate, dance and play in a traffic-free public space on West Weaver Street, closed to cars Saturday from 10 am to 2:00 pm. 
http://carrboroopenstreets.com

PopUp Market & Tea Cup Gin Jazz Music at Sola Coffee - Raleigh
Saturday morning Sola hosts 15 local artisans at their Spring PopUp Market. These events feature local artists and crafters selling unique locally made products. Market runs from 10am-2pm. Then Saturday evening Sola turns back the clock with some good old fashion jazz music with the band Tea Cup Gin. They play jazz and show tunes from early 20th century. Tea Cup Gin draws inspiration from performers such as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and Billie Holiday. Music starts at 7:30pm. Food, beer, and coffee served all evening.
http://www.solacoffee.com

Sunday April 13th
Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon – Downtown Raleigh
On Sunday 12,500 runners will descend on downtown Raleigh. It is always fun to watch these races and cheer on the competitors, but this race will have some added entertainment with musical performances scheduled in the morning and afternoon at the Red Hat Amphitheater. Check the even website for the full music schedule and showtimes!
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/raleigh/entertainment

 

 

 

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Picture of the Week – Boulted Bread!

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Boulted Bread – Coming Soon!

This week’s photo captures a new Triangle bakery is in the works. Boulted Bread is in the process of renovating a site located at 614 W. South Street in downtown Raleigh. This is over by the historic Boylan Heights neighborhood. Note the “Bread” sign on the left. The pictures of their test batches of bread on their facebook page look amazing. I’m really looking forward to their opening and will plan to do a full post once they open for business later this summer. In the meantime you can follow them using the links below for updates and pictures of their great looking bread!

Boulted Bread – Coming Soon!
614 W. South Street – Raleigh, NC
website: http://boultedbread.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boultedbread
twitter: @BoultedBread
instagram: @boultedbread

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6th Annual Cuegrass Festival at The Pit BBQ ~ April 26th

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The 6th Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival returns to the Warehouse district in downtown Raleigh on Saturday April 26th 12-6pm. In past years a nice crowd has gathered along Davie street outside The Pit BBQ for the jam-packed day of great ‘cue, local brews and toe-tappin’ bluegrass music! It only costs $5 at the gate to enter (food & beer additional). Proceeds from the $5 gate donation Backpack Buddies & the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

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This event is a great way to spend the afternoon outside enjoying great music. Make sure you bring a chair and get there early to grab a good spot as it does get crowded. I also highly recommend a hat and suncreen as there is limited shade. Musical acts planned for this year’s event are Old Habits, The Barefoot Movement, Acoustic Manner, Grits & Soul, and The 23 String Band

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The Pit will have the pig cookers fired up to serve plenty of their famous Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue and offer a selection of local brews. This year’s event will feature Aviator, Big Boss, Carolina Brewery, Lonerider, Triangle and White Street. This is one of my favorite spring events in downtown Raleigh. Definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!

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