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Art Walk, Ghost {building} Tour, haunted house, zombie lurch highlight this weekend downtown

With cooler fall weather here, it's the perfect time to get outdoors and active in Durham this weekend. There's plenty to see, and the Halloween theme this weekend promises to bring an interesting gestalt particularly to downtown.

Daw Of course, there's nothing spooky about the Durham Art Walk, the biannual event that brings folks from across the Triangle through downtown to see the wares of local artists and artisans. This year, Golden Belt is a new addition to this year's tour, as is the Somerhill Gallery. Other locations stretch from Brightleaf Square to the Hayti Heritage Center to the DAP district.

With the expanded footprint of this weekend's Art Walk, a shuttle service with three routes is now provided, though if you're looking for some exercise, the route promises to be a great way to get out and stretch out those muscles. The work of over 200 artists will be on display in the 46 venues of the confab. Also up this year: musical performances both days, primarily at CCB Plaza but at several other locations to boot.

For more details, including a map of locations and the lineup, check out the Durham Art Walk web site. The Durham Art Walk 10am-5pm this Saturday and from 1-5pm this Sunday.


If you're a fan of the blog Endangered Durham -- and who isn't? -- you've probably seen how Gary demonstrates, time and again, how buildings that once stood majestically in the heart of the Bull City have become rubble, too often transforming into grassy open spaces or parking lots.

Preservation Durham is picking up on the theme, and looking to raise money to boot, with their first annual Ghost {building} Tour this Saturday, Nov. 1.

The walking tour, open from 1 to 4 pm this Saturday, will carry you past the sites of one-time Durham landmarks, with PD volunteers showing off what the structures used to look like. It promises to be an interesting, and sobering, reminder of what we've lost architecturally in Durham.

Tickets for the PD fundraiser are $10 for adults, $5 for college and high school students, free for children under 14; they can be purchased at the CCB Plaza downtown on Saturday, where the tour kicks off.


Ghosts of a more visceral sort can be found at the Durham Jaycees' 36th annual Haunted House, continuing this week at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Wednesday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Nov. 1. The event runs nightly from 7:30-11:00pm.

From the Jaycees' press release:

Admission will be $7, but attendees can get $2 off by bringing certain in-kind donations to benefit local charities. With this affordable price and a Haunted Hospital theme, the Jaycee Haunted House promises to provide another year of best-value thrills and chills. 

The Jaycees began planning the event in August and started construction on the house in early October.  Proceeds raised through admissions and sponsorships directly benefit the Triangle Community.  Last year, the Haunted House raised $12,000 to help local charities.  This year, the Jaycees have picked one charity to benefit each night the house is open and representatives from that charity will be on hand to answer questions.

Find out more about the supported charities and each night's happenings at the Jaycees' web site.


Finally, what would a crisp November day downtown be without a little zombie action? Yes, folks, the now second annual zombie lurch is set for this Saturday from 5:30 to 6:00pm, after the Art Walk. The theme's the same as last year: dress up like a zombie and wander around making folks think the invasion of the living dead has finally begun. (That's the kind of concept we like here at BCR: simple, to the point.)

Meet up across from the Piedmont restaurant on Foster St. to become part of the show this Saturday.


Andrew Edmonds

Folks interested in the Preservation Durham Ghost {building} Tour can learn more about it -- and read tour FAQs -- at this website: http://www.preservationdurham.org/events/weekly_walking.html.

You can also check out our flyer displayed in the top right corner of this blog.

Rain date is Sunday, November 2, although the report for Saturday portends some pretty darn good walkin' weather: 71 and sunny skies.

Thanks for the write-up, Kevin.

John Schelp

Four more events on the 31st...

Parents of Toddlers & Youngsters,

Toddlers Trick or Treat
Oakland Ave (near Englewood Ave)

Looking for houses to visit before dark on Halloween?

A handful of your neighbors on the 1000 block of Oakland Avenue will be home by 4:30 and receiving the youngest trick-or-treaters.

Look for "Toddler Trick or Treat" signs in our yards so you'll know who's home and waiting for your visit.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Colleen and all


Spooky Halloween Party
Dain's Place, 754 Ninth St
Friday, Oct 31

We here are having a Spooky Halloween Party on Friday, Oct 31st!!! Great "spooky themed" music, specialty drinks, prizes and as always a inviting smoke-free environment!!!

Last year was our 1st Annual Spooky Halloween... we're looking to make the 2nd Annual even spookier!!! Stop in for 5 minutes... an hour... or make a night out of it!!!

You're sure to have a blast!!!


Halloween @ Watts Grocery
Broad Street (near Englewood Ave)
Friday, Oct 31

Bring your costumed kids (or selves!) to Watts for Friday, October 31st for trick or treating! We will have candy for kids as well as more adult indulgences. We will be serving up Big Boss Pumpkin ale, Triangle Brewery's Seasonal Abbey and the Foothills People's Porter along with some yummy dinner specials:

Beer braised shortribs over local new potatoes
Pan-seared scallops over celery root puree with lemon butter sauce


Monsters' Ball @ Club 9
Club 9, 746 Ninth Street
Friday, October 31st

Free with costume until midnight.

We hear you Durham. We have noticed your jaded response to Halloween in recent years, with the deterioration of the: Power Company, Wonderland, Tobacco Roadhouse, The Skybar and Ringside. We understand completely your disdain for the shannaningans that take place out in neighboring Chapel Hill, but for years now you have had to bite the bullet and join their lunacy. No more... We got you.

Adults come out and join your peers with a costume Ball, created entirely for your celebratory delight. If you are over 21 of age and love the Bull City, join us at Club 9 (746 9th Street) on Halloween. Let the kids loot and pillage Franklin Street.

The Monster’s Ball will make you remember how good Durham can and should be...

3 Rooms – main dancefloor, enclosed deck, and house lounge
3 bars – fully stocked, fully staffed
6 DJ’s – spinning every genre imaginable!



And another Halloween Eve kid-friendly event:

Halloween Hoot at the Parkwood Baseball Fields
put on by the Cub Scouts of Pack 495
Fri, Oct. 31, 5-7pm
Fun, games, and treats

$1 admission goes to benefit a local children's charity (TBD).


Thanks for the writeup!

My best efforts to get it listed in the Indy,N&O, and Herald Sun have proven difficult, with only a teeny and somewhat uninformative blurb in the Indy, so this word of mouth is much appreciated...

for more details, please check out the facebook group page for the Lurch


all ages! free! zombies! victims! Photographers! all welcome!
approx 1.5 miles beginning around 6pm


Kevin Davis

FYI, this article is from 2008. The 2009 zombie lurch is set for Oct. 30, 2009. Look for a story on this subject a few days before the event at BCR.

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