American Tobacco is a proud part of the kick-off of Durham’s yearlong sesquicentennial birthday celebration. The Durham 150 Opening Celebration Presented by Aetna is being hailed as where Durham’s dynamic community and 150 years’ worth of the city’s treasured history meet.The fun will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the American Tobacco Amphitheater.
The event is FREE and open to the Public, parking will be available in the North and South Deck on the American Tobacco Campus.
Mayor Steve Schewel will lead off the official recognition and fanfare, inviting everyone to enjoy complimentary birthday cake and what makes Durham such a dynamic community.
The Opening Celebration will highlight the four themes of Durham 150 (history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, as well as arts and leisure) as everyone will be encouraged to visit themed ‘neighborhoods’ throughout ATC. Each neighborhood will feature local experts, artists, and community leaders hosting exhibits, crafts, mini-classes, and demonstrations.
There will be live entertainment throughout the Opening Celebration on the main stage with The African American Dance Ensemble, Bouncing Bulldogs, Kidznotes, storyteller Willa Briagm, and others performing. Stop by and add your picture to a photo mosaic mural, record and add your story to Durham’s historical archives at a story kiosk and be one of the first to claim a floatable rubber ducky (made in the likeness of a bull), to participate in our very own “Running of the Bulls” down the river at ATC.
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