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Fourth of July Fun in Carrboro!


Yesterday I had the pleasure of celebrating the 4th of July in Carrboro. The festivities started out with live music on the lawn in Front of Weaver Street Market. Afterward a small “people’s” parade lead everyone down to a kids fun zone set up by the Town Hall Commons. There were kids games, bouncy houses, food vendors, live music, clogging dancers etc.My favorite was the clogging (pictured above). Here are a few more of my pictures from the celebration yesterday!


Live music on the lawn in Front of Weaver Street Market. Always a great place to hang out with the family and pets. Large trees provide ample shade and there is space to set up chairs in addition to tables to sit and eat food and drinks you can get from of the the market.


A huge kids fun zone was set up in the Town Hall Commons area. This is where the Carrboro Farmer’s Market usually takes place each Saturday. Lots of games, food, and music to enjoy.


There were tons of families with younger children and it definitely appeared to be a pet friendly event since I spotted a lot of happy dogs. As I walked around I came across this neat little setup of large chalkboards for children to draw patriotic pictures and messages.


My favorite carnival game, know by some as the “High Striker” was there. This is the the one where you swing a large hammer to get the bell on top of the poll to ring. This was a popular “feat of strength” for the kids.


I didn’t get a chance to try it, but I noticed the Tar Heel creamery was out there selling their locally made ice cream. With the hot weather this was a popular food truck yesterday!


The Gravy Boys were playing the main stage during my visit. People brought their own chairs to relax and enjoy the show in the shade of a perfectly placed large tree.


I really enjoyed spending my 4th of July in Carrboro yesterday. It isn’t the biggest event in the area,  but it was the perfect size for a town the size of Carrboro. Local residents really seem get into it and bring out their patriotic spirit and have a good time. You can read more about the types of activities at the event on the Carrboro 4th of July Celebration website.

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Sola Coffee Café 1st Anniversary Celebration April 5-6th!


Sola Coffee Cafe in North Raleigh

Sola Coffee Café is one of my favorite places to hang out in North Raleigh.  It is a great community oriented coffee bar and cafe’ that serves locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee, has a great food menu and regularly features live music on weekends. This weekend marks their one year anniversary and Sola is celebrating this milestone by donating $1.00 from every sale of a dozen of their famous hot mini donuts the weekend of April 6th to Note in the Pocket, a children’s clothing resource based in Raleigh, NC serving students in Wake County. 


Sola’s Famous Hot Mini Donuts

In addition to raising funds for this great local charity, Sola will also be giving away a dozen free Hot Mini Donuts a day for a year to two lucky winners this weekend. The promotion runs all day Friday and Saturday (April 5th and 6th) with Live music both nights and during the day on Saturday. Counter Culture Coffee guru, Lem Butler, will also be on hand to oversee a “Coffees from Around the World” tasting on Friday afternoon from 1-3pm.  See the full schedule of events below!


Inside Sola

Schedule of Events!

– “Tasting a World of Coffee” Free Coffee Tasting ~ 1-3 pm
– Live Music by Dublin Down (Celtic Music) ~ 7:30 pm

– Live Music w/ Gabe Trace (Jazz Pianist) ~ 10:15 am
– Live Music w/ Mac Brown (Acoustic Covers) ~ 11:30 am
– Live Music w/ Smith & Leonhardt (Acoustic Covers) ~ 7:30 pm
– NCAA Michigan v. Syracuse Game (In TV Meeting Room)
– Drawing for Hot Mini Donuts for a year (2 winners) ~ 8:30 pm

About Sola Coffee Café

Sola opened in March 2012, selling Counter Culture Coffee and gourmet sandwiches, salads, bakery and our signature Hot Minis. Coffee and Teas are procured from small sustainable farms. Emphasis is placed on supporting NC locally owned businesses (Counter Culture Coffee, New York Bagels, Great Harvest Breads, Spice Shop, Harrington Bank, Homeland Creamery, others). Presently, they employ 15 staff and anticipate hiring throughout the balance of the year as the business expands.


Counter Culture Coffee

They have sought to create a unique boutique style coffee shop that emphasizes hospitality and community with a European flavor.

  • Coffee and Tea– We serve single-origin organic coffees and teas. Trained baristas create delicious drinks with art and homemade syrups in the tradition of Italy.
  • Sandwiches and Salads- We create sandwiches and salads with organic meats, some local and organic vegetables, and homemade dressings.
  • Bakery– We bake daily in-house or receive from local businesses.
  • Hot Mini Donuts (254,546 and counting)- We make our Hot Minis, rolled in cinnamon/sugar, and serve them hot all day long.
  • Catering- We cater events onsite and off. Groups of 10-200. Recent events include a Tea Party at Wake Tech and Hot Minis (144 dozen) for a training event at a local business.
  • Live Music– Weekly, the community gathers on Friday and Saturday evenings for live music from local musicians, and out-of-towners from Nashville (even San Francisco this summer).

Sola resides in an old Pioneer Bank building (vault included) that has been renovated with up-cycled materials. Its unique décor captures the old and the new. Come join the festivities at 7705 Lead Mine Road Raleigh, NC 27615 (Map).

Website: www.solacoffee.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SolaCoffeeCafe
Twitter: @SolaCoffee


The Cortado!

About Note in the Pocket

Note in the Pocket is a children’s clothing resource based in Raleigh, NC serving students in Wake County. Note in the Pocket provides volunteer opportunities that generate donated clothing that is made available to students through relationships with schools in Wake County. These donations are made directly available to the children and families through the schools and social service agencies rather than through a general storefront or external location. Note in the Pocket works with Communities in Schools (a national drop-out prevention program) as well as programs that assist the homeless and other organizations that identify students in need of clothing. To learn more about note in the Pocket, visit us at www.noteinthepocket.org.

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