With weekend temperatures well below the 90+ mark we suffered through earlier this month, look for this to be a good two days to head to the heart of Durham to do some market browsing -- especially with Saturday lined up as the longest day of the year, and the first official day of summer.
First up: the Friends of the Durham Library's semi-annual book sale, a popular affair that brings large crowds regularly to the main library just off the Downtown Loop for everything from books (vintage and newer alike), audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. The Library accepts donations of these items throughout the year and the regular sale helps generate revenue that supplants the operations of this community linchpin.
Today from 4pm-7pm is a members-only sale for patrons of the Friends of the Library, with memberships sold at the door. On Saturday, the sale is open to the public from 10am-4pm, and again Sunday from 2pm-5pm. Sunday also features the $7 for a whole bag of books event, for items in the Library auditorium only.
Of course, Saturday morning (8am-noon) the Durham Farmer's Market will be in full swing down by the old DAP. Seasonal items new to the Market this week include blueberries, cantaloupes, eggplant, and tomatillos, joining a mix of items that ranges from arugula to zucchini. (Check in below the jump cut below for a full list.) The Yoga in the Park series continues Saturday morning at 9am just west of the market, near the corner of Hunt and Roney.
As a bonus, the Durham County Master Gardener Volunteers will be present at the Market to answer any questions you may have to make your green thumb a bit greener.
The Bulls will enjoy the longer daylight to boot, continuing a homestand with 7:05pm games against Norfolk tonight and Saturday night, followed by a 5:05pm game against the Tides on Sunday. Friday night's game will feature the typical post-game fireworks to boot.
Tonight, it's another edition in the Warehouse Blues series down at West Village, with Adolphus Bell and Dr. G.B. Burt bringing the electric blues to the old tobacco warehouses (6pm), while the Dune Dogs will bring a mix of country and southern rock described as evoking Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Cash and the Bottle Rockets to Brightleaf Square (7-9pm). Meanwhile, Duke Parks & Rec is sponsoring a free blues concert down in Duke Park on Saturday night, with Bobby Hinton and "Cool" John Ferguson headlining a show at 6pm.
All of which makes it a good weekend to get out and enjoy the Bull City.