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Archive for September, 2012

100 years ago today: James B. Duke’s Southern Power Co., forerunner of Duke Power Co., brings electricity to Durham. Among the bedazzled is a reporter for the Durham Recorder: “From the water driven generators on the Rocky Creek below Great Falls, S.C., the mysterious energy flashed over the lines or tower to tower, over hill […]

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On this day in 1880: Shortly after being unloaded in Charlotte, The Chief, a circus elephant, turns on his keeper and crushes him to death against a rail car. “The man sank down without a groan,” reports The Charlotte Observer, “and the elephant turned and started up the railroad track, the excited crowd fleeing in […]

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“I was surprised to find that cinema had not deceived me. An old denim factory really is a funhouse of red exit signs and retractable doors that yank open with the pull of the cord. Terminator 2 really nailed the vats and chains, the smoke, chemicals, and decay. They got the catwalks and metal grates, […]

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Alright coffee lovers these recipes are for you.  Try out a few of these this Saturday, September 29 to celebrate National Coffee Day. “Frosted Coffee” and “Coffee Bars” from Recipes for Gourmet Eating: a Compilation of Favorite Tested Recipes of Housewives of Greenville and Out of Town Friends. “Coffee Mallow Float” from Soup to Nuts: […]

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Since June, the Carolina Parakeet has graced the North Carolina Collection Gallery with its colorful feathers. (We’ve previously written about the exhibit here and here.) If you’ve been meaning to visit, now’s your last chance to do so: The exhibit will end on September 30. More details on the Parakeet exhibit can be found on […]

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“In 1931, the popular magazine Collier’s Weekly ran a story titled ‘Dark Discretion,’ which professed to reveal the ‘simple’ truth about that controversial meal [at the White House in 1901]. According to Dr. W. H. Frazier, president of Queens College in [Charlotte] North Carolina, Booker T. himself admitted to eating lunch, not dinner, at the […]

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“We played the Love Valley Festival up in North Carolina, and I’m not sure we ever got paid. Love Valley was the idea of this old man named Andy Barker…. “The local sheriff tried to put my brother in jail, because Duane got a ticket for speeding on his way in there…. Barker told him, […]

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One-time Raleigh resident Tift Merritt is back in the Triangle today for a live performance at Carrboro’s Town Commons. And on October 2nd, she’ll release her fifth studio album. Merritt has already received some press attention in advance of the album’s release. And, in at least one interview, she’s talked about her love of writing. […]

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On this day in 1958: Capping an 18-year legal struggle, the Ackland Art Museum is dedicated at the University of North Carolina. As specified in his bequest, the museum’s benefactor, William Hayes Ackland, is interred within the building with a recumbent statue on his marble sarcophagus. When he died in 1940, Ackland, a Washington lawyer, […]

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Thursday, September 20th is Apple Day at the North Carolina State Farmers Market.  There will be free desserts, recipes, and apple facts.  Here are a few apple recipes to get you started. “Apple Butter” from A Taste of the Old and the New. “Apple Dapple Cake” from Classic Cookbook. “Apple Mystery Dessert” from Peace Cookbook. […]

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