A North Carolina native and visual artist, Candy Carver says that her bold and brightly colored contemporary and mural artwork ranges from abstract to figurative and is more about exploration than fully defined pieces. Her creativity knows no bounds, and we were honored to select her as our featured artist for this season’s activity guide. Her painting, entitled Be Connected, is acrylic on canvas, and leaps off the page and into our spirit, just in time for summer.
Topics: Arts & Entertainment
This summer season, new restaurants and places have opened to welcome new patrons. Here’s a list of a few spots you should explore in the coming weeks!
For summertime bliss in Durham, pair an outdoor excursion with a frozen treat. As we approach July, we thought we thought we'd list a few of the parks and ice cream pairings that are sure to keep you cool this summer.
When we set our sights on new destinations, we’re often hoping for an authentic experience with the unknown – we attempt to make enduring memories that are unique to the places we’ve explored. Sometimes, those memories are made as we discover, see, and do what’s around us; other times, we make memories in the places where we kick off our shoes and retire for the evening.
The latter is the reason why avid traveler, writer, and social justice leader Kevin McLaughlin became an Airbnb host. His hunger for exploration yielded remarkable adventures (his project of late has been publishing a nonfiction book about a former child soldier he met in Uganda). He could have chosen a number of continents within which to reside, but he chose Durham to offer his authentic home to those away from their own.
A host for almost two years, Kevin says he’s greatly enjoyed the experience. “As an avid traveler, I find it invaluable to meet kind and welcoming locals wherever I go; I am honored to be this figure for visitors and those newly locating to Durham. Airbnb hosting allowed me to open my home as a safe, affordable option for accommodation, and use it as a platform to share my passion for all things Durham.”
We met Kevin on location at his home in Durham’s Lakewood neighborhood, and had a few questions about why he thinks Durham is the perfect place to welcome others home.
Over the past few years, Durham has received its fair share of national attention thanks to celebrated restaurants, swanky hotels, and eclectic cultural activities, but it’s time for the local music scene to have its moment in the spotlight. We’ve got something for every type of music lover. On any given weekend you’ll find Broadway performances and major hip hop concerts, or soulful jazz shows and rocking indie bands. From elegant theaters and outdoor venues to internationally-recognized music festivals, there’s plenty for the music-focused visitor to explore in the Bull City.