A move would benefit all
In response to the letter Nick Hawthorne-Johnson wrote (TDN, Oct. 30), I agree, Centerfest needs to move out of downtown. Downtown Durham has rapidly become inadequate to host such a large event. Lack of parking, blockage of streets, etc.
I remember when Centerfest was in the parking lot off Foster, and in fact loved it there. My mum and I had a standing date to attend together each year. Many of my favorite pieces of jewelry and art are from these excursions together.
I also love Durham Central Park and think a move to the park would be beneficial to all. The Foster parking lot could provide ample parking, Streets could be closed, same as the market does. The Durham Farmers’ Market has a great system. Why mess with a good thing. Follow suit and people will come. I know my mum and I would.
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As for the restaurants, I think they would see their dining numbers rise. It’s a quick walk into downtown, and if the Foster parking lot were open to the public these two days, it would give people more incentive to stay parked and venture into downtown to dine. No one can deny there is a serious parking problem downtown. Even lots once open to the public by Brightleaf are now all permit parking, creating havoc for the restaurants located in that vicinity.
I for one care about this event and would love to see it continue in a more economical and convenient way for businesses and folks alike.
Turn forests into nurseries
Regarding the news story “Durham to inventory trees, canopy across city” (TDN, Oct. 26):
The city of Durham needs to designate some of its forested land holdings as a nursery to propagate its own native trees to be used in neighborhood plantings, and stop purchasing the exotic horticultrual clones it is now planting across the city.
Handsome wedding crasher
After a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Durham Arts Council in downtown Durham for one of my best friends, Jennifer Jones, and her husband Ike Futrell, some of us, including the bride, decided to come outside for a minute to get some fresh air.
Since it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15) there was a lot activity and passersby downtown. One handsome, well-dressed gentleman in particular actually stopped and approached to congratulate the bride. Imagine our surprise when we realized it was Mayor Bill Bell! What a nice man!
Thank you, Mayor, for making a great day even greater!
Pottery tour Nov. 12-13
The Durham County Pottery Tour will celebrate its third year the weekend of Nov. 12-13 and promises to be the best year yet. Visit the studios of 19 professional potters, several of whom are new to the tour this year. Compare a wide variety of studio spaces from front porches to dedicated buildings and get an idea of the whole pottery making process, the equipment, glazes, etc.
Also open for the weekend are two teaching facilities: the Durham Arts Council pottery studio and Claymakers. Claymakers will be hosting a gallery show of a piece of each potters work November 2-13. Learn about all the pottery classes available locally for children to adults.
Of course no pottery tour would be complete without a huge variety of beautiful pottery for purchase. Complete your holiday gift list or treat yourself to something unique. Choose from dinnerware, jewelry, garden pieces, sculpture, decorative items and more. All pottery is made in each studio where you can meet the potter.
The tour is Nov 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 13, noon to 5 p.m. Brochures are available throughout town or visit our website for maps, the brochure, and images of pottery. Look for our yellow logo road signs to guide you to each studio. Durhamcountypotterytour.com.
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