Message from Ann: April 2018

Dear Friends —

Happy Spring!

April is our favorite month … we get to celebrate Earth Day and our birthday all at the same time. We’ve made it 27 years!

And this year, April is even more special because we’re celebrating the Grand Opening of our NEW Thrift store and hosting our signature event, DIY Fest. The big weekend is almost here!

Here are some important details about what’s happening — please come out and celebrate with us! And bring your friends, family, neighbors … your kids, your kids’ friends, your friends’ kids! Everyone! Come on out and help us celebrate!

Friday, April 20
Scrap Thrift Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

In December 2017, we expanded across the parking lot and opened our NEW Scrap Thrift, a full retail thrift store with clothes, books, housewares, electronics, linens, toys, games, and so much more. We’ve spent the past few months getting our systems in place, organizing our new donations processing area, and getting everything up and running and ready to go. It is finally time to celebrate with a Grand Opening!

A GREAT BIG thank you to everyone on the staff and Board of The Scrap Exchange who helped make this happen.

The Grand Opening celebration starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20 with Willa Brigham serving as Master of Ceremonies, Durham mayor Steve Schewel handling the Ribbon Cutting honors, and the Bulltown Strutters bringing their magical New Orleans-style music and energy to the event.

If you can’t make it to Scrap Thrift for the Grand Opening, you can come by any time — it’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week.

Also on Friday is our April gallery reception for the opening of our annual Friends and Family Show, from 6 to 9 p.m. After you’re done browsing the aisles in the Thrift Store, come on over to the Cameron Gallery, check out the art, enjoy some tasty snacks and beverages, and have some fun in our Make-N-Take Room.

Saturday, April 21 – FREE FUN EVENT!!!

On Saturday we’re hosting our signature event, DIY Fest, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We have a lot going on that day, here’s some of it:

  • artist booths and demos
  • an Eco Fair with talks on sustainability, public policy, renewable energy, and more
  • a screening of Wasted, a film about food waste and composting
  • a FREE clothing swap co-hosted by Freeman’s Creative (Suite 25)
  • futsal with Durham Atletico
  • Junk Jams with The Scrap Exchange creative arts outreach program
  • hands-on science with the Science Wizard
  • screenprinting with Super G Print Lab
  • Hebocon robot competition
  • Live Music
  • and more!

If you can’t make it out this weekend, we have lots more programming throughout the spring and summer, including classes and meetups in our Design Center with community sewing every second and fourth Sunday.

We also have our next Creative Reuse Boot Camp scheduled for June 12-15. Do you or someone you know want to learn how to start a new creative reuse center, or improve an existing one? We offer 30 hours of in-depth training with presentations from our staff and hands-on activities to help you learn about the creative reuse industry from the ground up.

In other news, we’re continuing to work hard to bring the Reuse Arts District (RAD) to life. We are in the process of securing tenants and finalizing leases, and moving forward renovating spaces. Our awesome tenants include El Centro Hispano, Freeman’s Creative, Scrap Thrift, and RAD Lab, with El Futuro coming in June. Derek Mangum from Maverick Realty is handling the leasing so if you’re interested in learning what’s still available, he is the person to contact.

Our Lakewood Park neighborhood is changing before our eyes. We welcome discussions with neighboring businesses as we work to bring back the Lakewood Business and Merchants Association—Zach from the YMCA is leading the charge and the first meeting is next week. All of us are looking forward to working together to support our local businesses. We’ll keep you posted on how things go and how you can help.

Thank you, thank you, to everyone for your support … past present and future.

With MUCH love and gratitude,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P. S. – On a sad note, we want to dedicate this newsletter to Shannon Talton — artist, maker, mother, wife and part of our Scrap Exchange family — who passed away earlier this month. She will be missed by all, and we look forward to honoring her with a memorial brick on our Yellow Brick Road.

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