My First Independence Day in Durham

by Pete Eisenmann

IMG_1982What a weekend!! As the newest member of the Urban Durham Realty Team, as well as the newest resident of Durham on the team (we just moved to Durham on June 20th) my first Fourth of July holiday weekend here in the Bull City was a memorable one.

Saturday, the three of us, my wife Jen, daughter Jessie, and I, had a culinary feast – grilled red and white cabbage drizzled with dressing, grilled corn and shrimp, grilled fresh pineapple, grilled bread with olive oil and roasted garlic, pan roasted red potatoes with fresh tomato and banana pepper sauce, fresh peaches – much of the produce was purchased from Perkins Orchard on Barbee Road, over 40 years in the business – now operated by the originator’s grandson, Alex, Perkins is a local Durham fixture. Quite an impressive young man, Alex has brought the business into the 21st century with a larger, expanded selection of produce, new parking area, and upgraded technology – they even have an app. Check it out!

We then attended the Durham Bulls baseball game, celebrating with a new paid attendance record of 11,871, and were treated to a long and satisfying post-game fireworks show. What a beautiful ballpark and atmosphere for a game. Surprisingly affordable too – $10.00 seats and reasonable concession prices. We sat 10 rows off of the field on the 1st base line. Unfortunately the Bulls lost the game after building an early 4-0 lead.

The next day, Saturday July 5th, we found ourselves at Festival for The Eno, held at Durham’s riverfront park, West Point on the Eno. This was the 36th annual festival and was filled with all sorts of craft vendors, performers, informative booths, local handmade items, and various activities. The organizers have this event moving like a well-oiled piece of machinery, from the air-conditioned charter buses bringing people from the offsite parking lots, to the easy to navigate stage, food, and vendor areas. The Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Eno River Association, who has spent decades protecting and developing the river and trail system of the Eno River, over 7600 acres of land in the river basin. We paddled a rented canoe up the Eno, ate local fare from food trucks and enjoyed the day with
the more than 20,000 other attendees.

The evening wrapped up an excellent day and weekend as we watched the US Women’s World Cup Soccer team defeat Japan 5-2 for a delirious celebration after a heartbreaking loss in the previous world cup championship match four years ago.

All in all, my introductory Independence Day weekend in Durham was fantastic. I am excited to be part of this growing, diverse, and vibrant community and look forward to the experiences yet to come as the seasons and holidays roll by.

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