August 2021: Arts and Wellness Issue

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Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

I know the phrase is intended as a snide comment, but it’s good advice – I love looking at old family photos or just clicking through my Facebook albums. As this is our annual arts and wellness issue, I figured I’d share some of my own favorite shots to preview the stories you’ll see later on:

The Ebony Anglers truly make up a sisterhood. The camaraderie and support they showed for one another at our cover shoot was inspiring to witness. Catch more about this team that’s changing the world of competitive fishing and beyond on pg. 46.

Ebony Anglers
Photo by John Michael Simpson
parkrun Durham, NC
Photo by John Michael Simpson

Tom Hoerger and Susan Hoerger have participated in the Durham, NC parkrun for three years. “Truly anyone can participate,” Susan says, adding that the great thing about the 5K is it is fully accessible thanks to the paved trail. Tom says the run is “very welcoming.” See if it’s a good fit for you, too, on pg. 52.

American Dance Festival hosted in-person performances at Mystic Farm & Distillery in June. Choreographer ShaLeigh Comerford told us on pg. 54 that “performing live again for an audience was an incredibly emotional experience.” This was also my first time attending a live show again, and I’ve just gotta say: Ditto.

annual arts and wellness issue – Deborah Waddell Jackson and Desmond Jackson
Photo by Cornell Watson

If you don’t already know who Desmond Jackson is, just wait till you read this Tokyo 2020 Paralympian’s incredible story on pg. 44. Freelance photographer Cornell Watson captured stunning shots of the athlete, but I’m a sucker for this image he took of Dez’s proud mom, Deborah Waddell Jackson– Amanda MacLaren


18 Gotta Getaway 
Find inspiration for your own fall trips as a few of our neighbors share their recent and upcoming regional travels

26 Fond Farewell
A Midwest transplant returns home, but not before sharing one final hurrah with Bull City neighbors and friends

44 High Expectations 
Desmond Jackson, one of the fastest above-knee amputees in the country, competes in the Paralympics for the second time

46 Rock the Boat
An award-winning fishing team reflects on a year of competition and the barriers they’ve broken down along the way

48 Challenge Accepted
A young athlete combines competition and craft

50 Take a Hike
A family’s walk around the neighborhood turned into an unexpected adventure

52 Run With It
A weekly race that means so much more to its participants

54 All the Right Moves
An outdoor American Dance Festival event brings performers and audiences back together again​​

56 Remembering John Dee Holeman
The prolific blues musician passed away on April 30, 2021, at the age of 92

58 Don’t Stop the Music  
Jan Perry has taught piano lessons for 45 years, and she isn’t slowing down anytime soon

60 Self Portrait 
Local artist explores her identity as a Sikh woman

61 Our Fall Arts Guide
Can’t-miss concerts, exhibits and more


6 Letter from the Editor

8 Go.See.Do.
August’s hottest events

10 The Big Picture
Staff photographer John Michael Simpson captures Durham in one shot

24 In Her Words
Columnist Tianna Spears reflects on what wellness means to her

30 Noted
What we’ve heard around our city …

36 Dining Guide

64 Project: Restoration
This couple took a chance on a fixer-upper during the pandemic

87 Engagement & Wedding
Tying the knot, Bull City-style


78 The Show Goes On: the Return of Live Performances 
Public health restrictions have eased, and stage curtains are rising

82 Biz Briefs

84 Networking
Merritt TW Crossing ribbon-cutting ceremony

85 Announcements by Big Tech Companies Could Accelerate Growth in Durham Real Estate


14 Durham Children’s Initiative’s Rise Annual Breakfast

16 NCCU’s 137th Commencement

17 Duke School Graduation


34 Healthy Durham
Putting together Durham’s Community Health Assessment Report

75 Adopt A Pet
A few pets are waiting on their forever homes with the Animal Protection Society of Durham

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