Meals From The Market Nets $30K for DCP!

DCP Board Chair Lee Ann Tilley has some impressive final stats to share about this year’s Meals From The Market, which netted $3200 more than last year for Durham Central Park:

Dear friends and hosts, I want to share some of the numbers as we close out our Meals from the Market season:

1 only one had to cancel (not unusual)
2 enthusiastic couples hosted for the first time
5 meals successfully sold tickets priced at over $100
6 attended the most intimate wine tasting
restaurants made super generous donations
7 DCP board members hosted
9 invited guests into their private homes
17 food trucks donated their time and delicious fare
18 meals held, including 3 separate cooking classes
21 had a swim before their meal
28 pedaled on the NC Biker Bar
40 filled the upper dining room at Mateo Tapas
50 enjoyed singing at Urban Durham Realty
52 found a seat at Gocciolina
115 attended the Trucks from the Market
388 tickets sold in all
8,800 dollars collected from our business sponsors
$30,000 netted for the benefit of Durham Central Park!
 
We could not have done it without you!  I hope everyone had as much fun as our guests did.

Local business partner spotlight: Fisher Graphic Arts

We’d like to give a shout out to one of our local business partners, Fisher Graphic Arts. Mitch Fitcher does great signs, murals, custom framing, and has done lots of pro bono work for the Park. Where can you see his work? Forest Hills Neighborhood signs and the Durham Farmers’ Market sign, to name a few. Their showroom is in Old West Durham. www.fishergraphicarts.com.

Warehouse Blues Series Awarded DAC Season Grant!

Grant writing is crucial to any non-profit, but Durham Central Park is especially pleased to announce Winter grant writing is turning into programming dollars! We have been award a Durham Arts Council 2014-15 Season Grant, which will specifically help ensure the Warehouse Blues Series, a beloved series of free Blues concerts, will continue in 2015!

The Durham Arts Council’s Season Grant Program provides access to quality arts experiences for the people of Durham by supporting the activities of arts organizations that provide a range of professional and amateur arts opportunities. Applications to the Season Grant Program are evaluated by a panel of community experts and evaluated on five major criteria: artistic quality, community impact, feasibility of project, stability and fiscal responsibility of organization and diversity of organization.

Durham Central Park’s Executive Director Ann Alexander says “we are proud to be partnering with DAC and couldn’t carry on the fine Warehouse Blues Series tradition without them.”

Lakota John Locklear at Warehouse Blues 201417-year-old Lakota John Locklear performing at the 2014 Warehouse Blues Series

 

“Condo Mania” Surrounds Durham Central Park!

Indyweek editor Lisa Sorg published an interesting feature this week about condos and apartments springing up downtown–including adaptive reuse and new structures surrounding Durham Central Park. “Central Park has a lot of potential. The question is how do you take advantage of that and grow it without destroying what made it attractive in the first place?” says Durham native Alston Gardner, who is buying 619–621 Foster St.

“We are excited about the opportunity for more people to live downtown and enjoy all its amenities.  Durham Central Park will become an even greater asset to Durham!” says Lee Ann Tilley, Durham Central Park Board Chair. DCP Executive Director Ann Alexander seconds her positive outlook. “I will be happy to see more condos within walking distance of Durham Central Park.  The development of DCP has been a catalyst for this growth. A thriving, walkable community is exactly what the original vision of DCP had in mind over 15 years ago and now it’s finally happening!”

What do YOU think?

Art Of Cool Festival Kicks Off April 25 With FREE Concerts at Durham Central Park

The Herald-Sun

Art of Cool announces festival schedule

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 03:15 PM
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Maceo Parker will be the headliner for the Art of Cool music festival next spring.

DURHAM —

The Art of Cool Festival this week released the schedule of venues for local and guest artists who will perform at the inaugural festival April 25 and 26. Twenty-two local and guest artists will perform at nine outdoor and indoor festival venues.

The festival begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 with a free concert in Durham Central Park. Artists scheduled to perform during this free block are Raleigh-based Peter Lamb and the Wolves, the North Carolina Central University Jazz Combo, vocalist Yolanda Rabun, blues harmonica player Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and the Kidznotes Jazz Ensemble.

From: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x112097463/Art-of-Cool-announces-festival-schedule 

‘Mount Merrill’ to be “a children’s magnet” at Durham Central Park

Funds are being raised to build a children’s “climbing mound” in honor of George Merrill Davis III, the former general manager of the garden supply store Stone Bros & Byrd. Durham Central Park leaders are in the early stages of fundraising for the project”  “I just think this would be the most fitting memorial to a sweet guy because this is going to attract children from all over the city,” says Lee Ann Tilley, Durham Central Park board chair. “It’s just going to be a children’s magnet.” From http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1385731210/-Mount-Merrill-to-memorialize-former-Stone-Bros-Byrd-manager

2013 Cardinal Campaign Raises More Than $35,000 For Durham Central Park

With your generous donations, Durham Central Park was able to raise more than $35,000 during the 2013 Cardinal Campaign, which wrapped up a few days ago. Our income sources are simple: 30% from rentals of the Pavilion, 30% from our Meals from the Market events and 40% from the annual DCP Cardinal Campaign. Thank you for helping us keep Durham Central Park vibrant and cared for. In the coming months, we will drive full-throttle into a new campaign: Mount Merrill, a interactive, handicap accessible children’s play area planned for the eastern side of the park: https://durhamcentralpark.org/donate/current-campaigns/mount-merrill/

1500 Pound Steel Sculpture On Display At Durham Central Park

Michael Waller Sculpture Durham Central Park

There is a new sculpture on display in Durham’s Central Park. The seven foot, 1500 pound steel sculpture, called Reunion, resembles an intricate woven basket. It was created by Michael E. Waller, a sculptor with Liberty Arts Non-Profit Sculpture Studio and Foundry. Getting the sculpture placed was a collaborative effort between Durham Central Park, Durham’s Cultural Advisory Board, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Liberty Arts. Durham’s Five Points, an original contender for Reunion’s site, fell through but Frank Konhaus, of the Cultural Advisory Board contacted Durham Central Park’s Executive Director, Ann Alexander, because he felt Durham Central Parkwould be a perfect temporary home. “Parks and Recreation, Planning, Engineering, Transportation and Stormwater Management all moved with incredible speed to get this reviewed and approved in less than 4 days” says Peter Coyle Senior Economic Development Coordinator at Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Collaboration continued as Reunion was brought directly from the Sculpture in the Garden show at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, in sculptor Wayne Vaughn’s truck, free of charge. Michael Waller is loaning Reunion to Durham Central Park free of charge. Waller, a member of the Liberty Arts group, has been a professional sculptor since 1997 after earning a BFA in Sculpture at East Carolina University. Reunion will be on display until May 1, when it will be replaced with a sculpture juried in the the upcoming Bull City Sculpture Show. Durham Central Park will host multiple, large, dynamic pieces from throughout the U.S. during the show. You can find out more about the Bull City Sculpture Show at www.bullcitysculptureshow.org.

 

 

 

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