Category: Durham

Marry Durham One Year Anniversary

On March 19th, 2011, a mass of Durhamites gathered on Rigsbee near Motorco and Fullsteam to marry Durham–to pledge to live a conscious, sustainable, community-focused, Durham-loving lifestyle.  I was not at Marry Durham because I was in D.C., visiting some friends.  Luckily, Marry Durham held its one-year anniversary this past Saturday, and I was able to attend.  Since Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day, the anniversary celebration had a green tinge to it, but for those of us think St. Patrick’s Day is dumb (truly, it is the frattiest and bro-iest “holiday” ever) the event thankfully had more of a Durham feeling than a frat-boy Irish feeling.

We arrived a little late, and so missed the parade and the brief vow renewal service.  However, we got there in time to grab a pretzel from Cafe Prost (a new-ish food truck that does good, fresh soft pretzels) to see the klezmer band Freylach Time play at Fullsteam.  Klezmer is the music you associate with traditional Jewish celebrations–Hava nagilah etc.  I was all over that, lord knows I love my people’s music.  They were awesome.  People danced, I danced too!

There was a lot of anti-Amendment 1 protesting going on at the event, which was positive; Amendment 1 is this horrible thing that is maybe happening in North Carolina that not only will write a statement defining marriage as ONLY between a man and a woman into the state constitution, but will also do a bunch of other awful things that you can read about here.   Anyways, I’m all about anti-Amendment 1, but all the lovely people–including this woman and her awesome cake hat–were basically preaching to the choir.  The Marry Durham celebration wasn’t really a place where pro-Amendment 1 people would hang out, I’d love to take the message to them. Regardless, VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1 FOR REALSIES Y’ALL.

Anyways, enough politics, here are more dancing photos.

A lot of people were dressed up, either in St. Patrick’s Day themed garb or in wedding garb, like the very committed woman above and this awesome lady in her awesome dress and awesome mask.

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Liberty Arts Grand Opening

I’ve posted about Third Fridays in Durham before, they are always happening events, especially down by Golden Belt.  This past Third Friday was the Liberty Arts grand re-opening.  Liberty Arts is a metal foundry and iron-working studio that was a Durham institution, until a set of violent storms last year caused its roof to collapse.  Liberty Arts decided to move from its location near Central Park to a fantastic new space in the Golden Belt facilities.  Their grand opening celebration on Friday drew a huge crowd.

A number of food trucks, including The Parlour, Pie Pushers, and Only Burger, were on hand to keep everyone fed.  The weather was unbelievably nice for mid-March, so tons of people were sitting outside.

Lots was happening inside Liberty Arts: glass blowing, metal working, and other demonstrations.  The artists also had lots of pieces hanging around to look at.

I particularly liked this big wax mold of The Last Supper, I thought it looked like a big chocolate bar.

Durham’s own Luchadoras, the group of female masked wrestlers in the Mexican Lucha Libre style, were on hand in black evening gowns and sparkly masks.  I saw a bunch of them roaming around the Golden Belt area, they weren’t there to wrestle, I think they were just enjoying a night on the town.

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A New Background

I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Marc from Robot Attack for helping me out a bit with my blog (thanks Marc!).  He switched up the sidebar some, and also made me that pretty new background!  I’m trying to spruce this baby up a little bit, in preparation for something exciting–I can’t wait to share it with y’all, I’m just waiting for a few more logistical specifics!

My birthday yesterday was good, low-key fun.  I’ll recap it tomorrow.  In the meantime I am having the laziest Sunday ever.  I am currently watching the Heels battle out the hated FSU Seminoles in the ACC championship game.  I might even skip the gym today (which I NEVER do).  I did go to the gym yesterday–as you can see, I’m a crazy addict type.  I considered heading to Durham‘s Central Park area for the Food Truck Rodeo, but I have so much leftover food in my fridge from my birthday that going out and paying for food just seemed wasteful and not particularly economical.  If any of you go to the Rodeo, I hope you have a great time!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day y’all!  Are you living today like real life is for March?!  I hope you are because I sure am not.  I did wear blue and yellow, like a boss (did anyone else wear blue and yellow?  Did you see people wearing blue and yellow?  I didn’t, bummer).  Other than dressing the part, however, I did not act like today doesn’t count.  I got my tax return today (yay!) but I used to for responsible things like paying off a credit card bill (boo).  I also went to the gym for TWO HOURS guys, even though the air conditioner in the group classroom was BROKEN and I totally wanted to fall down.  I toughed it out y’all, I toughed out a half hour of boot camp (SHE MADE US CRAB WALK WITH WEIGHTS IN OUR LAPS UNNNGH), and a half hour of core class, and then a full hour of body combat.  Presumably I sweat out every toxin and stray drop of moisture in my body.

I did, however, eat a croissant today.  Croissants are full of carbs and butter and fat, and they are one of my favorite things ever.  I guess that sort of counts as celebrating Leap Day?

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Viva la croissant!  I hope y’all are having a great Leap Day!

Durham Does Mardi Gras

Tonight Durham had its first (hopefully annual) Mardi Gras parade (and celebration!)!

The Bull in the plaza downtown got decked out for it.

I actually really love Mardi Gras.  I like big commotions and shiny things and excuses to dress up and have fun.  I’ve even been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans twice, I had a friend that went to Tulane and I made sure to take advantage.  HERE ARE SOME PICTURES:

Ah, youth! Okay, nostalgia trip over!

So like I said, Durham got really into Mardi Gras this year!  And I was all about it! After work Jon and I headed to the Fullsteam/Motorco area, where parties were starting and where a million food trucks were lined up.  And by a million I mean like seven but WHATEVER GUYS, Fat Tuesday means that the short rib quesadilla and duck fat tots from Ko Kyu food truck (I wrote about it in this post from last summer)  are 100% justified.  Jon and I hung at Fullsteam a bit, eating our food truck food and drinking some Fullsteam beer.  Well, I don’t like beer, so he drank the beer.

ALSO, Fullsteam had several King Cakes for the taking.  King Cakes, for those of you who don’t know, are these danish-tasting, sugary concoctions with icing in the shade of Mardi Gras colors and also some sprinkles.  Each King Cake has a little plastic baby in it, and if you get the baby you win luck and fortune and good things.  So Fullsteam had a bunch of King Cakes cut up and you could just take a piece. And guess what y’all, I GOT THE DAMN BABY:

I got the baby!

I mean I don’t even like King Cake, guys, I really just grabbed a slice at random to see if I could maybe get the baby (heh, that rhymes) and I totally got the baby.  Because I got the baby I won a pint of Fullsteam beer, which I naturally gave to Jon because I don’t drink beer.  Anyways, not a bad way to kick off the Mardi Gras evening!

We walked from Fullsteam over to the plaza in downtown Durham with the big awesome bull and its giant balls (I love this statue), where people were massing for a Mardi Gras parade that would be led by the Bulltown Strutters, a sort of paradey band with lots of brass and drums and like, good things.  I’m not entirely sure how to describe them but they were really, really, really good.  The parade was set to start at 7:00, and by quarter til the plaza was starting to fill up.

I wanted her wings.

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