In late June, Photographer Beth Mann and I did something together that has never been done before for Durham Magazine: We set out on a trip to write about and photograph someplace other than Durham.That’s right. We drove five-and-a-half hours west to Cashiers, N.C., to see what we could discover in a new part of the state (more on what we found on page 29). But at the same time, we saw traces of Durham – a concert series decidedly similar to Music in the Gardens, a lunch stop comparable to Parker & Otis, meandering rivers alongside two-lane highways that reminded us of the Eno – we even ran across two families from the Triangle (we discovered the connection because of the Bull City Running Co. shirt that one of the women was wearing) who were with their kids at a freshly opened brewery in Cashiers that reminded us of our own new parent-and-kid choice hangout, County Fare. They “come to get away from I-40,” one of the parents joked.
As we made our way back to Durham along that familiar freeway, I could hardly wait to get back – yes, Jackson County was breathtakingly beautiful, but I was craving a return to my routine: I wanted my usual vanilla latte with skim milk from Cocoa Cinnamon (where you can find paintings by Candy Carver – who we profile on page 54 alongside two other innovative artists). I wanted to coordinate an outing to a Durham Central Park PLAYlist concert with friends (see Beth’s capture of Kamara Thomas opening the show for series headliner Valerie June – part of our photo essay on some of Durham’s key musicians – on page 44). And, ever the Type A personality, I wanted to get a jump on organizing and making plans for the next two months (you can, too, with “Gear Up for Your Best Fall Yet!” on page 58.)
After a quick nap, unpacking and some good ol’ porch sitting just as the summer frogs started singing, I sat down to write from the comfort of my sunroom with a Fullsteam Foxfire beside me. It was good to be home.
44 TAKE THE STAGE
A few of the key players and venues in Durham’s music scene
DEPARTMENTS AND COLUMNS
August’s hottest events, plus a fall arts preview
What we’ve heard around town …
29 I Wanna Get Away
A Durhamite in Jackson County, N.C.
34 The Incomparables
These six spots make Durham an unparalleled place
40 Palate Pleasers
Bites of Bull City’s Amber Watson shares spots where you can please the palates of foodies and picky eaters alike
Discover our city’s best restaurants