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Weekend Picks: March 6-8th

Brushstroke Studio & Gallery

Brushstroke Studio & Gallery ~ 520 N. West Street, Raleigh

With spring just around the corner the weekend calendar is beginning to fill up with events around the Triangle. Here are a few things I think are worth checking out this weekend. Happy exploring!

Friday March 6th

First Friday Art in Downtown Raleigh
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. I suggest checking out Artspace, and CAM Raleigh. I also recommend stopping by Brushstroke Studio which will feature photos by Felicia Perry. The American Meltdown Food Truck will be parked at the studio and free beer from Raleigh Brewing will be available. 6-9pm.

Live Music at Sola Coffee
World class guitar duo Bo Lankenau and Russ Corvey return to Sola Friday night 7:30-9:30pm! No Cover.

Saturday March 7th

The Cookery Public House
Sympathy for the Deli will have a special barbecue buffet in the Front Room, along with snacks on the truck. Parlour ice cream truck be serving ice cream! The Duke vs. UNC basketball game on the 15 foot HD big screen, great beer, wine and cocktails. 6-11pm

Nog Run Club Run Green 8K and Kilt Run
7th annual running of the St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K with attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Kilt Run with a short 200 meter run prior to the 8K! 2pm downtwown Raleigh.

Patchwork Mini Market at Fullsteam Brewery
New monthly market with makers and vintage vendors. The market will be held the first Saturday of the each month from 12-4 PM at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.

Sunday March 8th

Durham Food Truck Rodeo
50+ Trucks at Durham Central Park 12-4pm. Live music by PitchBlak Brass Band

Big Boss Run Club
All runners welcome. Meet at the brewery 1pm for group run with 3 & 5 mile options. Afterward enjoy a pint at the brewery and food truck Taco Grande.

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Weekend Picks! March 7-9th


Friday March 7th

Coffee Cupping & “Sustainable Spring” Beekeeping Info Session
Counter Culture Coffee will be holding their weekly FREE coffee cupping at the training facility in Durham this Friday at 10am. The cuppings provide a great opportuntiy to learn more about the different flavors and profiles expressed by different coffee. The tasting is followed by a tour of the roastery. As an added bonus Counter Culture is kicking off their “Sustainable Spring” series and will have an iformation session about Beekeeping after the cupping and tour.

Saturday March 8th

Public House at The Cookery in Durham
Belly Up to The Cookery’s bar for is their second Public House Night this Saturday from 6-11pm! Sympathy for the Deli is roasting a pig and providing delicious dinner, and Iced Cupcakes will be serving sweet treats! The Duke vs. UNC basketball game will be shown on a 15 foot HD big screen. Great beer, wine and cocktails for sale at the bar. FREE ENTRY.

Sunday March 9th

Durham Food Truck Rodeo w/ PitchBlak Brass Band
The Spring Durham Food Truck Rodeo is this Sunday from 12-4pm. The rodeo will host over 40 Triangle Food Trucks. Local beer will also be available for sale. Musical Performance by PitchBlak Brass Band out of Brooklyn. The weather looks to be beautiful on Sunday and it is sure to be a great time. After the rodeo head down the street to two of my favorite spots: Cocoa Cinnamon for coffee and Fullsteam Brewery for more great beer!


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Ponysaurus Brewery at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh February 6th


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I love how the Triangle’s local beer scene continues to grow. In recent months we have seen some new smaller breweries start operating in Raleigh and Durham. You’ll have a chance to try the beer from one of the newest additions next week when Ponysaurus Brewing Co., Durham’s newest nano-brewery visits downtown Raleigh’s Tasty Beverage on Thursday February 6th from 5:30-7:30. Brewmaster, Keil Jansen, will be on hand with kegs of their Fig Saison, IPA, Biere de Garde, Reserve, and Vidieri Chocolate Stout all on draft. There will also be a limited amount of  Ponysaurus bottles available for sale.

I haven’t had a chance to try the offerings from this local brewer yet, but I have heard very good things about them and look forward to stopping by this Thursday night to grab a pint. Hope to see you there!

Check out this great article about Ponysaurus in the Independent Weekly to learn more about the inspiration behind this creative new nano-brewery operating out of a space at The Cookery in Durham.

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
1101 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

website: http://ponysaurusbrewing.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PonysaurusBrewing
twitter: @ponysaurusbrew
instagram: http://instagram.com/ponysaurusbrewing


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Weekend Picks! Nov. 22-24th

Videri Chocolate ~ Raleigh, NC

Videri Chocolate ~ Raleigh, NC

Holiday festivities begin in the Triangle this weekend with the Tree Lighting at North Hills and the Raleigh Christmas Parade downtown. See my recent post for a full list of holiday events going on now through December. Don’t worry though, there is plenty of other non-holiday stuff happening this weekend if you aren’t quite in the holiday spirit just yet! I’ll be taking a break from the blog next week to enjoy time with family and hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Here are my picks for the weekend:

Friday November 22nd

Coffee Brewing Demo & free tasting at Videri Chocolate
Stop by Videri Chocolate in the Raleigh Warehouse District this Friday between 6-8pm for a cool coffee brewing demonstration using the innovative Impress Coffee brewer. There will be free samples (tastings). You can also take a self guided tour of there chocolate making operations at Videri. Bonus: Make sure you stop by the bottle shop Tasty Beverage next door while you are down that way.

Jo Gore Performs at Sola Coffee & Cafe’– North Raleigh
This Friday Sola plays host to musical guest Jo Gore. I’ve seen Jo and her partner Bo perform as an acoustic duo several times. They are a truly amazing duo and are not to be missed. Music by Jo Gore along with dinner at Sola makes for the perfect Friday evening date night. Get there early for the best seating! Music starts around 7:30pm.

Saturday November 23rd

Raleigh Christmas Parade
Yes it’s still November, but the Raleigh Christmas Parade is not to be missed. Fantastic Floats, music, and entertainers cruise through downtown to huge crowds. My favorite spot to watch is on Fayetteville Street near the capital building.

Pipe-Band Pub-Night w/ Bag Pipers at Tir Na Nog
Yeah Bag Pipers! Join the members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums as they celebrate yet another tremendous year together. This year the “Pipe-Band Pub-Night” will feature performances by members of Wake and District, the NCSU Pipe Band and My Three Kilts. It will be an evening full of piping, drumming, dancing, singing and meriment. They will have special edition FOR OUR FALLEN t-shirts, hats and mason-jar pint glasses available for sale. A $4 cover charge is being requested with proceeds for our fallen; there will be a toast to our fallen at 10:00 pm.

North Hills Tree Lighting
Stop by North Hills this Saturday from 4-8pm for a day of Holiday activities. Vendor Village, Live Music, Train Rides, and Santa. The highlight of the night will be the lighting of the Christmas Tree. You may even see me out there playing my trombone!

Rent Party at The Cookery in Durham
Housing for New Hope’s Inaugural Rent Party will gather the community together for a night of live music and the city’s best culinary creations to raise funds to help families and individuals move from homelessness to home. All funds raised will help support security deposits, rent, utility deposits and associated costs of establishing sustainable housing for the homeless.

Sunday November 24th

Carrboro Film Festival
The idea behind the Carrboro Film Festival is to promote local area shorts films that are twenty minutes or less. The first year, the response was incredible, with nearly 100 entires. From those, a day filled with fabulous films was created, and that tradition has continued over the years. Saturday, November 23rd. at the ArtsCenter and the Century Center and Sunday, November 24th. at the Century Center! One day ticket is$10 and 2 day pass: $15

Sunday Night Swing Dancing – Raleigh Elks Lodge
The biggest weekly swing dance party in the Triangle. Celebrating 8 years of great Lindy, West Coast Swing and Slow Blues dancing. You can expect lots of friendly dancers who are supportive and welcoming to first time attendees. Cash bar, great air conditioning, set in a comfortable, smoke free atmosphere. No partner is necessary – all welcome.
See website for more info

Bonus Pick for Monday November 25th

“All Souls” Presented by NC Opera & CAM Raleigh
Falling somewhere between the categories of melodrama, radio play and opera, All Souls is a setting of nine excerpts from the novel All Souls Day. It will be performed by the New Music Raleigh chamber orchestra under conductor Timothy Myers and featuring Canadian vocalist Ashleigh Semkiw. Seating in this venue is limited, so get your tickets today! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or over the phone at 919.792.3850. Performance is Monday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. CAM Raleigh @ 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

For more information, visit http://www.ncopera.org/performances/all-souls

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Artisan Cheese Fest at The Cookery in Durham – June 29th

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If you are a cheese nut like me, this event is for you! This Saturday, June 29th The Cookery in Durham is holding an “Artisan Cheese Fest” featuring food from American Meltdown Food Truck and several other local vendors sampling fantastic cheeses and food from local producers. Their patio and front room will be open and you can wet your whistle with cocktails and local beer available for sale at the front room bar! If you haven’t had a chance to get over to the Cookery to see their awesome space, check out the cool 360 degree tour of their patio and front room from google maps below!

The Cheese Fest event is free and there will be opportunity to see demonstrations and try samples, but also look for great cheeses and products available for purchase from the many great local vendors. For a full list of vendors who will be there, visit the facebook event page here.

Artisan Cheese Fest Details:
When: Saturday June 29th 1-4pm
Where: The Cookery ~ 1101 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham



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