Message from Ann: September/October 2015

Dear Friends,

This week feels like Fall!

We’re happy to be headed into some wonderful fall weather and looking forward to all of the seaonal festivities.

There’s so much to do here in Durham and around town — from the Saturday Lakewood Flea market to Third Friday events (including our last drive-in of the year!), Durham Centerfest, and coming next month at The Scrap Exchange … our first Great Create Race and our fourth Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp! (We’re putting our DIY Festival on the back burner for now in order to focus on one new event at a time.)

Let’s break it down…

We’ve been enjoying the Lakewood Flea Market – a great big thank you to Kimberley Cartwright and her husband Anderson who started the market and have kept it going since the spring. (And thanks also to Jim Kellough for the great new signs!)

The Lakewood Flea Market happens on Saturdays from 8 a.m to noon, and will continue through October 24. We’ll take a break for the colder months before starting it up again in the spring.

And of course it is Third Friday this week, 9/18.

We’re continuing with the great Pauli Murray show in the Cameron Gallery, and this month we’ll feature the unveiling of a Pauli Murray portrait by Robert Shetterly, in his Americans Who Tell the Truth series.

Our reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m., with food and drink courtesy of the Durham Co-op Market and free art-making in our Make-n-Take Room.

Visit our event page for more information, or check out the Pauli Murray Project Facebook event page.

After the reception, stick around for the third and final Lakewood Drive-In of the year, brought to you by Durham Cinematheque and A/V Geeks. This month’s theme is “Dang, It’s Cold,” with movies about living in cold weather.

Parking opens at 8 p.m. with films starting at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite or will be available at the door.

Also this weekend is Durham’s annual arts festival, Centerfest presented by the Durham Arts Council. We’ll be there with a small “make and take” activity, so if you come out for the festival, be sure to look for us.

Then next month from October 13 to 16, we’ll be hosting our fourth Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp, teaching folks from around the country how we run our program and helping them figure out how to start their own creative reuse center, or learn how to improve a creative reuse center they’re working with now.

It’s not too late to register, we still have a few spots open. You can register online or call us at 919-682-2751 to register or for more information.

We’re also gearing up for a unique new FUNdraiser at the end of October — the Great Create Race, on Saturday, October 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is your chance to celebrate team spirit and Halloween at the same time. You can work together with a team (up to four people) to build a contraption and race it around the Yellow Brick Road track that circles our campus.

We promise you a one-of-a-kind event with prizes, artmaking, competition, and community!

Many thanks and hope to see you soon,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P. S. – If you’re thinking about Halloween, we have a whole section of the store devoted to ready-made Halloween costumes, and we also have all the parts you need to make your own. What will you be for Halloween? Some of our favorite costume ideas this year are Pauli Murray and Mongo!

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