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Weekend Getaway: Durham & Hamlet

Posted January 19, 2007

Two destinations this weekend.  Durham to find warmth and Hamlet to play music.  We'll head over to the Museum of Life & Science and enter the 5,000 square foot conservatory.  Temperature:  80 degrees.  Relative humidity:  80%  The tropical environment supports the museum's booming butterfly population and Saturday crews will release ladybugs into the facility and demonstrate how to use these insects as a sort of a natural pesticide.  Ladybugs help control aphids in gardens, greenhouses and food crops.  On Sunday I will be in Hamlet for a concert with my musical group Lorica.  We are playing at 3:00P.M. at Cole Auditorium on the campus of Richmond Community College.  Hamelt is a neat town with a rich railroad history.  It is home to the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame.  I have really enjoyed working with JoAnn Bruce at the college in setting up this concert.  We will be playing selections from my new CD "I Am a River."  Hope the weather holds up. 

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  • Durham-Raleigh Jan 21, 2007

    Looks like since the school bond passed, the wingnuts have left the N&O blogs and discovered this one. Too bad, the WRAL Gardens are _so_ pretty in spring, too.

    If you are under the wacky notion that Durham is a dangerous place to come to, we'll just keep our Nordstrom, Magnolia Grill, DBAP, historic neighborhoods, and RTP to ourselves, eh? Have fun, I hear Zebulon is really "happening!"

    Durhamite and proud to say it!

  • jeezohpete Jan 20, 2007

    With all the great publicity that Durham has received over the past year, including the recently released Gang indy, think I'll telling what could happen once the police get involved. I still remember the Blinco's incident and the DPD perps are still on the loose.

  • sofie Jan 19, 2007

    I have lived in Durham for 10 yrs. and found that there are many safe interesting things to do. I have visited the Bennett place, Duke homestead, Duke gardens, Eno festival and the Museum. If someone feels that these places would not be safe, they are missing out on some of the local good things the area has to offer.

  • beverlynobles Jan 19, 2007

    Durham is no worse than any other place in this day and time as far as crime goes. So anyone feeling the need for a bullet- proof vest to go out for a good time should probably wear it any and everywhere they choose to go. This includes schools, churches, malls and probably your work-place and home. If something is going to happen to you chances it may not happen in Durham.

  • brentsykes Jan 19, 2007

    durham...??? for a weekend getaway...? are you friggin kidding me....should i bring my bullet-proof vest with all the killing going on in durham.....think i'll pass

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