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Reopening Of Durham Landmark Helps Kick Off Blues Festival

Posted September 7, 2001 10:52 a.m. EDT

— The annual

Bull Durham Blues Festival

kicked off its weekend of cool sounds at a 210-year-old Hayti landmark Thursday.

St. Josephs's Church opened its doors for the first time after nearly two years and $2.7 million in extensive renovations.

For example, the roof had to be completely removed for structural work, and church's handpainted tin ceiling was removed and shipped to Virginia where it was restored.

St. Joseph's Church celebrates its official grand opening on September 30.

The Blues Festival continues Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Old Durham Athletic Park.