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What’s happening this week? December 3-9, 2012

There are some exciting events going on this week. With the holidays quickly approaching several of theses events are not only fun, but involve helping those in need. Below is a quick summary of events I think are worth highlighting for the week of December 3rd through the 9th. If you have event suggestions send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com and I will try to include it in my next weekly event roundup.

Sip a Wine Store Customer Appreciation Night – Wednesday December 5th 7-9pm
Join the folks at Sip…a wine store and five other local retailers as they thank their customers for their support. The Huble Pig food truck will be there selling food, Kyle Cobie will be providing music on guitar, and their will be sampling of wine and beer. Glass and bottle specials will be offered all night.

Raleigh Jingle Ball – Thursday December 6th 6:30-10:30pm
The 19th Annual Jingle Ball will take place at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh this Thursday. Attendees are in for a night of food, drinks and fun while helping to brighten the holidays for Wake County children in need.  Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child (newborn to age 12) valued at $20 or a $30 donation by cash or check . All toys will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer Program. An invitation is NOT required to attend the Jingle Ball; anyone 21 years or older is welcome. Dress for this event is cocktail attire. Ladies, wear your cute holiday dress you have been dying to wear. Men, dress with slacks, sweaters or even your most festive holiday tie. No jeans, please!

First Friday Art Walk – Friday December 7th 6-9pm
First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. The event runs from 6 pm-9 pm, but some venue hours may vary.  For detailed venue information, click here.

Sola “Help for the Holidays” Live Music Food Bank Benefit – Saturday December 8th 3-9pm
Come celebrate the holidays, be entertained, and help a great cause at the same time!  Sola Coffee Cafe has teamed up with Jamie Purnell and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to bring this day of merriment to assist those in need.  Sola will be collecting canned goods and donations throughout the day.  There will be music, fun, and surprises for folks of all ages.  The musical talents of: The Jo Gore Duo, James Olin Oden, and many more will be featured!

Guglhupf Winter Market – Saturday December 8th 10am-4pm
The patio at Guglhupf comes alive on December 8th for our 4th annual Weihnachtsmarkt (Winter Market). The event, now in its fourth year, will include artists (courtesty of Outsiders Arts & Collectibles), food and live music. In addition, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School will host a book drive for Book Harvest, happymess Studio will host a craft table for children and Cassandra from Character Paints will be doing face painting! Live music provided by The Lester Fricks Band, The Bull Town Strutters and more.

On December 8th the folks at Lonerider will be having a dock release for “The Beer with No Name” & debuting their brand new tasting area! Being strong is not a choice, it’s a requirement, and giving up your name is one of the strongest things you can do. The Beer With No Name is still their holiday ale, a Belgian style Dubbel brewed with a rare Belgian yeast strain, caramelized beet sugar and festive holiday spices. Expect hints of dark fruit, sweet cinnamon-apple and a warming finish. So, why do they call this “The Beer With No Name”? And yes it used to be “Belle Starr“. More information on that coming soon….

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First Friday at Oak City Cycling Project with Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ Opening Tonight!

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Oak City Cycling Project
212 East Franklin St. Raleigh, NC

This past summer I stopped by Oak City Cycling Project during a First Friday in downtown Raleigh. I was blown away by how cool this place is and intrigued by the idea of a bike shop featuring art and serving as a community meeting place. Oak City Cycling is all that and more. It is now one of my favorite places to visit on First Fridays in Raleigh. If you haven’t been by their shop yet you have another chance to check them out tonight, Friday November 2, starting around 6pm for this month’s First Friday celebration presented by the cool people at NewRaleigh.com.

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Bikes!

As described on their website, Oak City Cycling Project is “a local, independent cycling shop focused on increasing bicycle ridership through sales, service, outreach, and community.” When I was there I notice a wide range of awesome used bikes and I have heard great things about the people there and the services they offer. Though I am not currently and avid cyclist I plan to purchase a bike in 2013 and plan to hit up Oak City Cycling when I am ready to pull the trigger on a purchase.

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Checking out artwork inside Oak City Cycling Project

Tonight’s first Friday event at Oak City Cycling is extra special because it will not only feature great artwork by local Raleigh artists Becky Joye, but it also marks the opening of Slingshot Coffee Company’s new headquarters which is now located within part of the Oak City Cycling building. The festivities tonight also include acoustic music and three local food trucks: American Meltdown, Captain Pancho’s Tacos, and Bulkogie Korean BBQ.

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Slingshot Coffee Sampling at previous First Friday

About Slingshot Coffee
Slingshot Coffee Co. was started by Raleigh resident Jenny Bonchak earlier this year. Jenny creates hand-crafted cold brew coffee in small batches using fair trade organic coffee beans from local roaster Counter Culture Coffee in Durham. The 16 oz. bottles of cold brew are sold in two forms, a ready-to-drink version and in concentrate form. The ready-to drink bottle makes for two servings while the concentrate will create 6 individual servings. Cold brew can be consumed both as a cold beverage or combined with other ingredients to make delicious hot & cold cocktails.

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Slingshot Coffee Cold Brew

Slingshot Coffee Co. cold brew is made with beans that are in season, meaning the flavor is evolving seasonally throughout the year. I last had it during the summer and look forward to trying it again now that it is fall and it is being made with a new variety of beans. You can read more about Slingshot Coffee and where you can purchase it from local retailers on the company website and facebook page.

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Oak City Cycling Lounge Area

First Friday at Oak City Cycling – Presented by New Raleigh

When:
Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Where:
Oak City Cycling Project/Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ
212 E. Franklin St.  Raleigh, North Carolina (Map)

For more information about tonight’s First Friday event at Oak City Cycling check out the facebook event page.

 

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First Friday in Downtown Raleigh ~ April 1, 2011

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Artspace in downtown Raleigh

On the First Friday of every month local galleries in downtown Raleigh open their doors to the public for a introduction to Raleigh’s exciting art scene. I like to hit up the studios at Artspace on East Davie Street next to Moore Square mainly because there are so many art studios clustered in one spot, making it a great destination to take in a lot of art with just one easy stop.

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View of the second floor of Artspace

At Artspace they usually have live music on the lower level and offer cheese and crackers along with beer and wine for a modest dontation to enjoy as you stroll through the studios. However, there are multiple galleries and studios worth checking out all over downtown.  You can download a map of downtown and view lists of the particpating galleries and special events on the godowntown website

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Morning Times Market Flyer

This Friday, the street in front of Morning Times Coffee Shop will be closed off  for an outdoor market known as “The Morning Times Market“.  It will feature local art vendors, a local beer tent and live entertainment provided by the Pickle Mamas performing fire hooping and the Raleigh Drum Circle providing rhythmic beats. 

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Live music on the main level at Artspace



I plan to check out the outdoor market this Friday night in additiona to my usual stop at Artspace. I think it is great to have so many options to pick from. If you don’t make it downtown this month to check it out this Friday (April 1st), make a point of marking  the next First Friday (May 6th) on your calendar so you don’t miss all the fun next month. See you downtown!

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