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Weekend Picks: May 15th-18th


Artsplosure ~ This Sat & Sun in Raleigh

Thursday May 15th

Find Your Cool Free Jazz Concert in Durham’s CCB Plaza
Vintage Jazz Band Tea Cup Gin will be putting on a Free show tonight in Durham. Due to the threat of rain tonight the show has been moved to inside at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St. Music from 7-8:30pm. Make sure you stop in The Parlour just down the street for some of the best ice cream in the Triangle! Event Details

Friday May 16th

Relay for Life Food Truck Rodeo
Stop by RegEd for lunch and games on Friday, May 16th from 11am-2pm. Gussy’s Greek, Chick-N-Que, Stuft and LadyBug’s Desserts will be here to help support this year’s Relay for Life! All game proceeds and a portion of food sales will benefit The Relay for Life of Leesville/Brier Creek/RTP. Rodeo will be in the RegEd parking lot at 2100 Gateway Boulevard in Morrisville. Event Details

Blues on the Plaza at Northgate Mall in Durham
Free Blues show 6-9pm by Jimmy Haggard, Reverbnation Top 10 worldwide recording artist. “Jimmy’s Jam” will include some of the Triangle’s best blues artists playing electric blues fused with hot rock and funk grooves. (Food available for purchase from Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse and Pie Pushers; Beer available for purchase from Carolina Brewery). Event Details

City Market Summer Concert Series
Free Summer Concert Series on the cobblestone streets of City Market in downtown Raleigh. This Friday’s Show will feature tunes from the Magic Pipers. Music 6:30-9:30. Event Details

Saturday May 18th

Artsplosure’s returns to downtown Raleigh this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with art, music and food. Check the event website for all the details of this great event that celebrates excellence in the performing and visual arts and brings artists and the larger community together to improve the quality of life and cultural environment. Event Details

Tour D’ Coop
Raleigh’s city chicken owners invite you into their backyards for a first-hand look at keeping chickens in an urban environment.  This self-guided tour provides the opportunity to see over 20 coops, from tiny urban gardens to sprawling suburban lots. This is your chance to glean creative ideas from neighbors who are incorporating chickens and permaculture garden designs into their home landscapes to create an inspiring urban adventure. Event Details

Wine Authorities Rose’ Garden Party
Wine Authorities in Raleigh and Durham are hosting rosé wine garden parties at each location Saturday from noon-3 p.m. Each will have a wide variety of rose wines to sample and purchase by the glass. They will also be offering fried fish from Walking Fish, a community-supported fishery that sources seafood from the North Carolina coast in addition to cheese platesCustomers wearing fancy garden party-style hats and bow ties could win a $100 gift certificate for the best Rosé Garden Party costume at each store. The event will benefit the Chapel Hill Breast Cancer Foundation. http://www.wineauthorities.com

Got to Be NC Festival
A free gate, family friendly event at the NC State Fairgrounds this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with an agricultural twist. Enjoy carnival games and rides, live music, food, animal and agricultural displays, antique tractors, and more. Festival Info

Meals on Wheels Food Truck Fest
Bag Of Llamas and Durham Jazz Messengers perform to benefit Meals On Wheels of Durham. There will be a silent auction, cakewalk, cornhole tournament and local beer/food for purchase from Chick-N-Que, Parle-vous Crepe, Only Burger, Valentino’s and Fullsteam. From 5-8pm at the Pavillion in Durham Central Park. Event Details

Whisk Carolina Canning Jubilee
All Day Canning Jubilee on Saturday, May 17th at Whisk Carolina located in Cary’s Waverly Place. They’ll be offering free demos and tastings, a canning contest with prizes.  Special 20% off canning supplies all day Saturday. Event Details

Sunday May 19th

Sunday Bluegrass at Midtown Park in North Hills
Free Live Bluegrass music this Sunday by Darin & Brooke Aldridge at North Hills new Midtown Park. Relax on the grass and enjoy music from 4-7pm. Beer and Southern BBQ will also be available for purchase. Event Details

SouthPoint Anthropology PopUp Market
Stop by SouthPoint Mall’s Anthropology Store this Saturday for a PopUp Market from 12-4pm featuring local businesses like Scratch BakingSlingshot Coffee CompanyThe Apothecary’s KitchenHumdinger Juice


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The 6th annual Hen-side the Beltline Tour d’Coop ~ Saturday, May 21, 2011


I have always wanted to go on this tour, but always seem to be busy each time it rolls around. It sounds like such a cool event so I wanted to make sure others knew about it so you don’t miss this fun opportunity to see urban chickens! The Sixth Annual Raleigh Tour d’Coop will be held this Saturday May 21, 2011.

The Henside the Beltline Tour d’Coop is a one-day garden tour in and around downtown Raleigh. Open to adults and children, the tour showcases various hen houses and breeds. Coop owners are on hand at each location to discuss the how-tos of chicken keeping and there are opportunities for photographing and getting to know the chickens. The wide variety of coop styles as well as the surrounding back yard gardens make the tour interesting for the whole family while providing an opportunity to learn about raising chickens in a healthy neighbor friendly environment, and see how families integrate chickens into their gardening practices. For more information about the tour and where you can get your tickets on Saturday visit the event website here.

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Urban Chickens at Ace Hardware Hen-side the Beltline!


I stopped in the Seaboard Station Ace Hardware located in downtown Raleigh this week and was surprised to see they had a big table set up with aluminum washtubs filled with different baby chicks.   According to the people at Ace, they get a lot of requests for chicks given the growing popularity of urban chickens in downtown Raleigh.  These particular birds come from the Mt. Healthy Hatchery out of Ohio and are destined to become residents of backyard chicken coops in older Raleigh neighborhoods inside the beltline.


Urban chickens provide their owner a source of fresh organic eggs, but some also view them as pets and or as an educational exercise for their children to learn about the responsibility of caring for a live animal.  Either way, the popularity of urban chickens has grown so much in Raleigh in recent years that there is now an annual event called ” Hen-side the Beltline Tour-d Coup” each summer.  The event features tours of dozen of coops located in the backyards of homes inside the beltline to give the public an opportunity to learn about raising chickens in a healthy neighbor friendly environment, and see how families integrate chickens into their gardening practices.  The Sixth Annual Tour d’Coop will be held on Saturday May 21, 2011.  For more information about the coops featured on past tours and info on how you can get tickets this year, please check out the Hen-side the Beltline website!



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