Week’s End

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 02:54 PM

OK, all you Durham foodies out there – and we know there are a lot of you.

Here’s a chance to help win yet another accolade for one of the country’s premier food havens – our own Bull City. 

Southern Living magazine has offered 10 possibilities for the “Tastiest Town in the South” and is asking readers – and anyone else, for that matter – to vote for the top winner.

Online voting began Thursday and wraps up Feb. 28, so there’s lots of time to vote early and often.  (That’s for real – you can vote once a day, every day until the deadline).

Who’s our competition? Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charleston, S.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis; Miami and New Orleans.

Southern Living, in talking about the competitors, called Durham “The South’s Best Buzz.” We’ll take that. But wouldn’t it be – pardon the expression – delicious to win?

We know we’re tasty. Let’s be the tastiest.

Go to southernliving.com/tasty or download the Digimark Discover app on your smartphone – and vote for Durham.

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If food is an important part of our city’s persona these days, so is music.  And what could be more Durham than a Saturday morning street musician who does it for the love of performing, and to entertain the crowds that flock to the Durham Farmers’ Market and the surrounding scene of food trucks and craft sales.

Linwood Green, whose nickname is “Mojo Hand” plays in front of Vega Metals nearly every Saturday morning, singing and playing the blues.  His exuberance – folks nearby have often mistaken his playing for a full band – has become an integral part of the Saturday morning atmosphere around Durham Central Park.

He’s been good for Vega Metals, too, which signed him up to attract some attention.

“It helps to turn people’s faces around to look this way because of the music,” Vega Metals gallery manager Cecelia Henaine De Davis told The Herald-Sun’s Beth Velliquette last Saturday.

‘He’s a gift to the community,” she said.

He surely is, and in return, today we bestow upon him the Durham Grit Award.

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Still on the subject of Durham and music, we’ll give a tip of the hat to the Durham Community Band’s annual Open Reading Session.

Anyone who plays percussion or wind instruments is invited to show up to get together and play music. About 100 people answered that call last Saturday.

Michael Faith was one of those. He’s on the board of the Durham Community Concert Band and plays the euphonium, which resembles a small tuba.

“It’s adult musicians who just love to get together and play music and make friends,” he said.

Sounds like a pretty good way – and a Durham way – to spend part of a Saturday.