Re-imagining Central Prison and The Governor Morehead School’s 81.2 Acres, Events on May 18-20

From my inbox to yours. Here’s a pretty good looking series of events being held by the AIA Triangle. We’ve speculated some about what the land consisting of the state’s Central Prison and Morehead school could be. Here’s an opportunity to get into that with the design community.

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Connections 81.2 event on May 18-20.

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City of Raleigh Museum’s Time Warp is on April 21

Time Warp 2018 banner

For those of you that don’t know, I currently sit on the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum board. New to this term year, I have stepped up to the plate and am helping plan the friend’s annual, flagship fundraising party, Time Warp. I want to invite all readers to check it out on Saturday, April 21.

Time Warp has been going on for a little while but this year is a good year to finally attend. (or come back!) The folks at the museum are working on a big, new exhibit that I know blog readers will enjoy. Our fundraising efforts will have a direct impact on this new venture.

Time Warp 2018

Date/Time: Sat., April. 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville Street

With a $1 million price tag, the City of Raleigh has challenged us to raise $500,000 towards the new exhibit. They will then match each dollar to get us to our goal. Time Warp is the best way to take a chunk out of that target!

The new exhibit will be about Raleigh’s past and how some big decisions shaped its path towards today. It will try to show how planning, infrastructure, and services play a role in our everyday lives whether we interact with them or not. It will truly show where we came from, where we are today, and how it might affect the future of Raleigh.

It’s a big project and I’m excited to be a part of helping to get the museum this new exhibit that will really showcase it.

As far as Time Warp goes, this year, we’re doing the 1970s. Make sure to dress up cause everyone gets automatically entered into a costume contest. If dancing is your thing, we’re doing a dance contest also. There will be plenty of food and drink to make the ticket price worth it too.

Let me know how I can get you there on April 21 or if you are with a Raleigh-area business that wants to join our growing list of sponsors. Find out more here.

Help The Downtown Raleigh Alliance Form Their Latest Strategic Plan

DRA Strategic Plan

From my inbox to yours. Keep these community events on your calendar if you’re interested in helping the Downtown Raleigh Alliance form their 2018-2020 plan. They are looking for citizen input and this is a great way to meet the team and weigh in on downtown topics.

More information here.

Community Meeting #1: Assessing the DRA – Review of programs, services, and other opportunities

Tuesday, March 27, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
William Peace University (15 E. Peace Street, Main Building)

Community Meeting #2: Assessing the Downtown – What other ways can DRA serve the community?

Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sir Walter Apartments, Virginia Dare Ballroom (400 Fayetteville Street)

Community Meeting #3: Assessing the Draft Strategic Direction – Where should the DRA go from here?

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Christ the King Church (117 S. West Street)

Reader Meetup on Tuesday 2/20!

Fantastic turnout to our meet up!

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Get this one on your calendars. We’re organizing the next reader meetup for the season. We had so much fun at the Fall 2017 meetup, we just had to do another.

Reader Meetup

Date/Time: Tues., Feb. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

As an effort to help cross promote and bring new people together, I’m partnering with those behind the Raleigh-transit focused podcast, Inbound Raleigh, as well as the food and retail blog Welcome to Raleighwood. They are all good people that deserve your attention.

We should be back in Tobacco Road’s game room and will be keeping it casual. Come out and say hi!

Reader Meetup on Wednesday 10/4!

Thanks to all of our friends and family who came out the past few days and have continued to support us. We couldn't do it without you!!

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What started as an idea over coffee will now take place over a beer. (or whatever beverage you prefer)

The good folks behind The Acorn, a weekly email newsletter, Inbound Raleigh, a podcast about transit and transportation in Raleigh, and myself invite readers and listeners to a meetup on Wednesday, October 4. We thought that trying to make connections in real life was a worthy cause for Raleigh so here’s the first opportunity.

We’ll be at Little City Brewing from 5:30-7:30 pm, with hopes to help out some local businesses hurt by the downtown fire back in March of this year. The street has been closed and revenues are slumping as a result. If you’re hungry, a group will then be heading to Clouds Brewing afterward.

See you then.

Reader Meetup @ Little City Brewing

Date/Time: Wed., Oct. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
400 W North Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

WakeUP and Explore: 2017 City Livability Tour is on April 29

Whiskey Kitchen on Martin Street

Whiskey Kitchen on Martin Street, an example of adaptive reuse

On Saturday, April 29, WakeUP Wake County is hosting their 3rd annual livability tour with stops all over the southern parts of downtown Raleigh. The “go at your own pace” tour will have stops at a lot of the projects we talk about here on the blog including Union Station, The Dillon, Hargett Place, and Charter Square among others. The tour also highlights some reuse examples in retail and food as well as affordable housing.

You can get your tickets early for a discount and all proceeds go towards supporting the work of WakeUP Wake County, “a non-profit that leads public engagement on issues important to our quality of life: transportation, affordable housing, land use, water quality and education.”

WakeUP and Explore: 2017 City Livability Tour

Date/Time: Sat., Apr. 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Map pick up starts @ 12:30pm)
Pick up pin, map, and swag at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Free Tickets to A Taste of India on Saturday, January 14 for the Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood Exhibit

John Jivatode, Morrisville Town Councilwoman Vicki Scroggins-Johnson, Swadesh Chatterjee, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman, and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Rao.

Grand Opening of the exhibit with John Jivatode, Morrisville Town Councilwoman Vicki Scroggins-Johnson, Swadesh Chatterjee, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman, and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Rao.

The first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit to ever come to the City of Raleigh Museum is here. Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation had its grand opening this Fall and I, as a member of the Friends of the COR Museum, invite readers to come make a stop to see all the work put into hosting this new exhibit.

On Saturday, January 14, as part of the exhibit’s ongoing programming, will be a food event called, “A Taste of India.” More event details can be seen here.

I have the unique opportunity to send two tickets to this event to one RalCon reader.

Here’s how it works.
1. Sign up to become a member of the museum before the end of the year. Your donation supports what we do.
2. Make sure to tell them DTRaleigh sent you in the comments box. Say something like “I love the COR Museum!”.
3. I’ll randomly choose one new member for a pair of tickets to the Taste of India event on January 14.

It’s that simple. You can parlay your contribution into even more if you are the lucky winner.

This is my second year on the Friends of the COR Museum board and behind the scenes, we are putting things together to continue to raise awareness and get more engaged in the city and the region. This new exhibit will do just that and raise the level of programming that the museum has done in the past.

While A Taste of India is a ticketed event, the exhibit is free to the public and makes a nice stop over the holidays if you need something to do with the out-of-towners.

Taste of India, COR Museum January 14, 2017

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