Picture of the Week: Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham

Duke Garden

Tulips at Duke Gardens in Durham

This past weekend my wife and I made the short trip to Durham to explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Saturday. We got caught in a brief sun shower while browsing the vast garden paths that wander through 55 acres, but it was well worth it to catch the flowers in full bloom on such  a mild day. I took the picture above while exploring the colorful tulips growing on the historic terraces by the fish pool. This is easily one of the most beautiful sections of the garden and a popular spot for photographs. The gardens are open daily from 8am until dusk. Admission is free but you do need to pay for parking ($2 per hour). For more information visit https://gardens.duke.edu.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street
Durham, North Carolina (map)
website: https://gardens.duke.edu.
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DukeGardens
twitter: @DukeGardens
instagram: @sarahpdukegardens

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Weekend Picks: April 17-19th


Shakori Hills Music Festival ~ Pittsboro, NC

As we enter the third weekend of April outdoor events and festivals are in full swing. There is a lot going on this weekend with everything from an Herb Festival in Wake Forest to a Food Truck Rodeo in Cary. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next weekend when local favorite Brewgaloo returns to downtown Raleigh with tons of local brewers and food trucks on Saturday April 25th!

Friday April 17th

Wake Forest Herbfest (Friday-Sunday)
This annual event returns to Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest April 17-18-19 and April 24-25-26. Organic Herbs, Heirloom tomatoes and vegetables; Two consecutive weekends. The Herbfest is a great local source to help start your garden and it a fun way to spend the afternoon in downtown Wake Forest. http://www.herbfest.net/

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (Thursday-Sunday)
A music lovers’ paradise, Shakori Hills is a family-friendly celebration of Music, dance, art, & education. 4, days, 4 stages, & over 60 bands in beautiful Chatham County. Make sure you stop by the Coffee Barn for some Larry’s Beans Coffee! http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/

Saturday April 18th

Cuegrass Festival Downtown Raleigh
The 7th Annual Cuegrass Festival returns to the Warehouse district in downtown Raleigh on Saturday April 18th 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). http://www.cuegrass.com/

Counter Culture 20th Anniversary Party in Durham
Counter Culture is a local coffee roaster based out of Durham. This Saturday they are throwing a party to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. The celebration will be held in Durham Central Park from 3-7pm with live music, lots of great coffee, tasty food from some of their local partners, and fun stuff for kids.  https://www.facebook.com/events/874555325950088/

Sunday April 19th

Chatham Street “Chowdown” Food Truck Rodeo in Cary
This will be the 2nd official “Food Truck Chowdown” hosted by the town of Cary. The fun goes down this Sunday from 12-4:30pm on W. Chatham Street in downtown Cary between Academy Street and Harrison Avenue. 17 local trucks are scheduled to feed the hungry crowd. While your there I recommend walking over to the new Pharmacy Craft Beer Bottle Shop. https://www.facebook.com/pharmbottlebev


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Brewgaloo Returns to Downtown Raleigh Saturday April 25th!


Brewgaloo Returns April 25, 2015

One of my favorite Raleigh events returns next Saturday. Shop Local Raleigh’s Brewgaloo 2015, a North Carolina Craft beer festival featuring only NC breweries, live bands, food trucks and local vendors. The 4th annual festival will be held in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza on April 25, from 2-10pm. This event supports Shop Local Raleigh and its mission to sustain programs that strengthen our local businesses.

Here is what you can expect at Brewgaloo 2015

  • 70 local NC breweries (list of breweries)
  • 50 local food truck and vendor partners. (list of food trucks)
  • 17 live local bands.
  • Brewers, food trucks and vendors stretching from city plaza to the Capital in downtown Raleigh.

General admission is free. The purchase of beer tokens includes a pint glass (special unbreakable acrylic souvenir glasses, available while supplies last). Guests can purchase $5 drink tokens to use for full pints (1 token) or a sampler card totaling 5- 3oz samplers (1 token).

Drink ticket pre-sales are available at local stores, Ray Price Harley Davidson and Galatea Boutique or online at http://shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/. Tokens will be on a special sale of 5 tokens for $20 through April 24! Pre-sales will also be able to arrive early to get their tokens, wristband and cup on the day of the event.


Event Details
Brewgaloo 2015  ~ Saturday, April 25th
Raleigh City Plaza (Map)
2:00 – 10:00PM
Website: http://www.shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/
Twitter: @Brewgaloo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Brewgaloo

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Weekend Picks: April 10th-12th

Looks like another packed weekend ahead. Here are a few of my top picks for things to do around the Triangle!

Friday April 10th

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham
This event runs Thursday through Sunday. Annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to Durham for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. http://www.fullframefest.org/

Live Music at “Live & Local” Chapel Hill
The Live & Local Music and Art Series beginning Friday April 10 runs every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. from April 10- June 19, so start planning your attendance today.

Art in the Evening at NCMA w/ Tea Cup Gin
The perfect start to your weekend. Share small plates with friends. Wander the galleries. Relax with a glass of wine and live music from local bands. The lobby-turned-lounge in West Building is a great place to gather with friends before enjoying a special exhibition or classic film. Small plates and beverages, including wine, beer, and nonalcoholic options, are available for purchase. 5:30pm.

Saturday April 11th

Second Saturday in Downtown Raleigh
A monthly celebration of local food and community Through monthly exhibitions, showcases, events and demos inspired by a monthly theme, participants will explore ways new ways to engage with and support local food.

Hillsborough Street Music Festival with NOLA’s Rebirth Brass Band
FREE  family-friendly event  2-9:00 p.m. More than 15 performances featured on three stages.Bouncy houses, food trucks, environmental workshops and over 60 vendors are just a few of the featured attractions. Headlining band is the Rebirth Brass Band out of New Orleans! http://www.hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2015

SolaPopUp Market
Local designers and artists are selling their handcrafted wares. 9am-1pm

Sunday April 12th

EuroBike Show
Sunday from 11am-3pm The Shops at Seaboard Station in Raleigh will fill its parking lot with hundreds of motorcycles from brands such as Ducati, BMW, MV Agusta and Triumph as well as current-model and vintage café racers and scooters from around the world.. Open to Public & FREE. Also attending are local food trucks Porchetta and Chirba Chirba! https://www.facebook.com/events/1556933794547992/

Carrboro Open Streets
The event is held annually in April on Weaver Street.  The community is invited to dance, do yoga, ride their bikes, climb a rock wall, make smoothies on a bike blender, and participate in many other activities in a public space that not many ever thought of as a place to partake in recreation.

Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon
Head downtown on Sunday to cheer on the thousands of Runners racing through the streets of downtown downtown Raleigh! The race kicks off at 7am. Here is a link to the official course. http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/


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Exotic Machines and Custom Creations Roar into Raleigh Sunday April 12th for Eurobike 2015


Eurobike Raleigh Event at Seaboard Station April 12, 2015
Photo Courtesy John King of Catseye Media

The southeast United States’ largest gathering of European motorcycles and Euro-inspired café racers roars into downtown Raleigh this Sunday, April 12th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Now in its sixth year, Eurobike continues its reputation of bringing together the region’s most exotic and elegant examples of European mechanical design as well as showcasing the talents of the area’s amateur and professional bike builders and customizers.

Once again, the Shops at Seaboard Station, located at 5 West Franklin Street (next to William Peace University) in Raleigh, will fill its parking lot with hundreds of motorcycles from brands such as Ducati, BMW, MV Agusta and Triumph as well as current-model and vintage café racers and scooters from around the world. Eurobike features a participant-judged bike show, raffle, vendor booths, food trucks (Chirba Chirba and Prochetta), panel discussions with amateur and professional racers and motorcycle industry insiders, other special guests and live MotoGP race coverage. Eurobike is a family-friendly event and free for the public.

All proceeds from vendor fees, bike show registration costs and raffle ticket sales will benefit SAFEchild, the only child abuse prevention agency in Wake County working directly with families. Whether entering their bikes in the show or not, all motorcyclists – regardless of their machines’ countries of origin – are encouraged to ride to the event to support the love of motorcycling.

Eurobike Preview: Saturday, April 4 from 9-11 a.m. at Fresca Café in Cary’s Waverly Place: MotoEuropa, Cary’s European motorcycle and culture group, will host a sneak peek of some of the bikes that will be on display at Eurobike. Enjoy breakfast and coffee at one of the area’s premier European cafes and learn what’s in store for Eurobike 2015. Fresca Café & Gelato is located in Waverly Place Shopping Center, 302 Colonades Way, Suite #109 in Cary.

Saturday, April 11

6:30 – 9 p.m.: Dinner & a Movie, Tylers Taproom, 18 Seaboard Ave #150, Seaboard Station (Registration required)

Sunday, April 12
8-9:30 a.m.: Eurobike Breakfast, First Watch Restaurant, 6109 Glenwood Ave (All welcome)
9:30 a.m.: Group ride to Eurobike, First Watch Restaurant, 6109 Glenwood Ave
(All welcome – mixed and women-only groups)

11 a.m.: Event opens
11:40 a.m.: Tent activities begin, welcome address, Main Tent

11:45 a.m.: VIP Speaker, Mike Esser, Raleigh Motor, Main Tent

Noon: VIP Speaker, Breeann Poland, motofeed.com, Main Tent

12:30 p.m.: Racers’ Panel, Main Tent

2 p.m.: Bike show awards, Main Tent

2:15 p.m.: Prize drawing

3 p.m.: Show close

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Shops at Seaboard Station
5 West Franklin Street (next to William Peace University) Raleigh, NC 27604
Web: EurobikeRaleigh.com
Twitter: @EurobikeRaleigh
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raleigh-Eurobike/412304605472728

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