Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Durham Home Base To Major National Associations

Durham is home base to several major national associations.  Thus, not only do the world's associations and societies come to meet in Durham, some of these well known organizations call the Bull City their home.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
The American Institute of CPAs is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance.

Divers Alert Network
DAN is a dive safety association. More than 230,000 scuba divers have become members to gain valuable benefits (including the Alert Diver magazine, Dive and Travel medical guide, and online seminars) while supporting DAN's mission to provide emergency medical assistance and promote dive safety.

The International Society of Automation
ISA is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.

Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.


International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
Headquartered in Durham, The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. As a scientific, international, non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences.

IUPAC serves the international scientific endeavor in the dual function of a basic science and a mission-oriented Union. The Union is in a unique position to contribute to the central interdisciplinary chemical sciences. Strengthening international chemistry, striving towards inspiring high standards of excellence and relevance in academic and industrial research and promoting the service of chemistry to society and to global issues, these are the visions that shape IUPAC's activities towards the 21st century.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
This non-profit association provides leaders dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice. Created in 1974, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) has made a goal of achieving equal justice for blacks and other minorities.

Their members consist of criminal justice professionals such as those in law enforcement, institutional and community corrections, courts, social services, academia, religious and other community-based interests as well as criminal justice students and community leaders. This multi-ethnic, non-profit, nonpartisan organization is dedicated to improving the justice system.

National Press Photographers Association
The NPPA is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. Founded in the days of sheet film box cameras and newsreels, their organization fights for the working news photographer, videographer and multimedia journalist in the Internet age. 

The NPPA Code of Ethics stands for the highest integrity in visual storytelling. Their advocacy efforts put NPPA in the center of today’s thorniest issues of journalists’ rights to do their work — and to earn a living from their craft. Their ongoing education initiatives seek to equip our members and prepare the emerging generation of visual journalists in the face of an ever-changing media landscape.

Members of these major national associations, and other local Bull City associations, are most welcome as guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham, North Carolina.  Whether you are coming for business or leisure, our Durham inn (named the best black-owned bed and breakfast in America by Black Enterprise magazine) is ideally suited for you.  We (Monica and Daniel) look forward to your visit!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bull City Race Fest and Durham Food Truck Rodeo

The Bull City Race Fest and Durham Food Truck Rodeo takes place on the American Tobacco Campus at 318 Blackwell Street in Durham. From famous restaurants to entertaining music, movies, and more – bring your friends and family with you to experience all Durham has to offer.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is the Official Charitable Beneficiary of the Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo.  The partnership enables the two organizations to continue their commitment to creating positive economic and social impact for the Durham community.

On October 18, 2015, the 3rd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo presents a culmination of a world-class running experience, in a world-class eating experience, all in a world-class city!
  • Including a Gorgeous Half Marathon
  • A Fantastic 5 Mile Run
  • and a Family-Friendly 1 Miler
  • all followed by a Food Truck Rodeo like only Durham can offer
  • a Beautiful Octoberfest Beer Garden
Registration Deadlines:
Online registration closes on Friday, Oct 16th at 11:59 AM.
In-person will be available only at the EXPO on Saturday, October 17th, but NOT on race day.

Race Start Times and Location
7:30 AM: Half Marathon; 5 Mile Run | Blackwell St; Vivian St
7:45 AM: 1 Mile Run | Julian Carr St

Important Start Line Logistics:
Please begin lining up behind the start line on Blackwell St between 7:00-7:15 AM. Look for signage indicating your predicted pace and line up accordingly. Important pre-race announcements will be made at 7:20 AM and the race will start promptly at 7:30 AM.

Durham Food Truck Rodeo

Runners and their friends and family have a variety of delicious cuisine offered by our food trucks.  Durham was named the "Tastiest Town in the South" by Southern Living Magazine.

Brachi offers their savory Le petit roll.  They create sophisticated indulgences with European style. Unique handcrafted artisan bread, all original fillings.

Cross Roads Kettle Corn pops their own special blend of Kettle Corn Popcorn and Regular popcorn for the crowds.

Belgian Waffle Crafters is the first one and only Belgian waffle food truck in the Triangle.  We are Belgian and we’ll bring to you what we do the best: waffles!
At anytime of the day, come eat a delicious sweet or savory, made from scratch, Belgian Waffle.

Chirba Chirba proudly presents mouthwatering Chinese style dumplings. We are excited to bring you an Asian street fare food truck specializing in Chinese dumplings. After years of dumpling studies through extensive tasting, pleating and learning secret family recipes, we have developed a menu that we think you’ll love.

Cousins Maine Lobster is a unique food truck experience dishing out fresh Maine seafood all across the US. A Shark Tank affiliated company.

Forget about hot dog buns, these sausages come in a freshly baked French baguette along with your sauce of choice deliciously created from ingredients hand-picked from local farmers markets. Baguettaboutit features six flavors of NC-made sausage, choice of eight hand-crafted sauces as well as a vegetarian selection.

Caffe Bellezza is committed to delivering traditional Italian-inspired coffee beverages. Their beans have traveled the world just to be inside your coffee cup!

Pie Pushers is a Durham-based pizza truck that is happy to accommodate the dietary needs of vegans as well as please meat eaters.

Cafe Love makes "LOVE" bars (Live Organic Vegan Energy). Love bars made with 100% raw, organic, gluten-free, vegan ingredients.  Cafe Love will be serving from partner Luna's Living Kitchen truck which specializes in the art of living foods, serving organic, plant-based cuisine, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices.

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Downtown Durham.  We (Monica and Daniel) appreciate our delightful guests.  Each morning our guests wake up to a delicious full gourmet breakfast.  We look forward to hosting you and your loved ones this fall season!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Best Thing to Do in Durham: Duke Gardens

According to TripAdvisor, the #1 best thing to do in Durham, North Carolina is to visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at 420 Anderson Street on Duke University campus.  More than 55 acres of lush, award-winning gardens, each with its own distinct character. 

The Wildlife Garden in the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Photo by Rick Fisher.

The Duke Gardens host successful corporate events. They are located just 11 miles from Research Triangle Park (RTP) and 15 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Kirby Horton Hall. Photo by Robert Ayers.
The Doris Duke Center is an indoor space that seamlessly integrates the gardens and features use of traditional materials that create a tranquil atmosphere. Their natural Durham setting provides business travelers the opportunity to stage a productive meeting that inspires creativity and collaborative thinking.  The Duke Gardens' setting will provide a stimulating experience that uniquely sets it apart from the office. For corporate rates, please call 919-668-5100.

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast hosts:
  • corporate and small business travelers as well as consultants
  • couples and families coming for a vacation or wedding (we host small weddings as well)
  • people coming to tour local college campuses like Duke University and North Carolina Central University in Durham 
Japanese maple (Acer palmatum 'Sherwood Flame') and Becky and Charlie Dukes Boulder Garden in fall. Photo by Paul Jones.
On the topic of taking tours, Sarah P. Duke Gardens offers tours from March 15 through November 15:
  • Trained guides will lead the way on tours of breathtaking garden displays, garden architecture, native plant gardens, vegetable gardens, special collections, and Duke Gardens’ history
  • Both the walking (about 1.5 hours) and the trolley tours (about 1 hour) cost $8
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 am and 2 pm
  • No minimum, but a maximum of 5 people per trolley
  • Seats reserved on a first requested, first served basis with payment in advance
  • Please call 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu
  • They ask that all groups of 15 or larger register with the Gardens so they can coordinate your activities with other groups scheduled for the same day
The Blomquist Pavilion. Photo by Rick Fisher.
The mission of Sarah P. Duke Gardens is to create and nurture an environment for learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture. They provide outreach and respite to our diverse and vibrant local community and visitors from around the world.

In every season there is an opportunity to experience the beauty of Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  Like the Duke Gardens, Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast receives visitors all year round.   We (Monica and Daniel) welcome you to be guests at our elegant place with our award-winning Southern hospitality .

Consider us as your ambassadors to the Durham, North Carolina area.  Durham was named the Tastiest Town in the South by Southern Living Magazine.  Our stellar breakfasts, renown restaurants, and flavor-loving food trucks offer delicious culinary delights.  We look forward to your stay!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Durham Football: Duke and NCCU

Another fabulous Durham Football Season is here for Duke University and North Carolina Central University.  These Bull City teams are ready to "tackle" a new season

Head Coach David Cutliffe and the Duke Blue Devils Football Team
David Cutcliffe, the 2013 National Coach of the Year who has earned both ACC and SEC Coach of the Year honors in a distinguished career that includes the mentoring of Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, was named Duke University’s 21st head football coach on December 15, 2007.  Cutcliffe is 40-48 (.455) in seven seasons at Duke and owns an overall head coaching ledger of 84-77 (.522). Cutcliffe’s 40 victories in seven years with the Blue Devils are 30 more than the program’s total in the previous eight seasons (2000-07) combined.

2015 Duke Quarterback Thomas Sirk is the only active quarterback nationally to have accounted for 10+ total touchdowns in 2014 as an exclusive reserve (zero starts) and the only active quarterback nationally to have produced over two game-winning touchdowns (rush or pass) in the fourth quarter or in overtime in 2014 as an exclusive reserve (zero starts).


Thu, Sep 03    Tulane    New Orleans, La. 9:30 PM 
   CBS Sports Network

Sat, Sep 12    NC Central    Durham, N.C. 6:00 PM          

Sat, Sep 19    Northwestern    Durham, N.C. 12:30 PM
   ACC Network

Sat, Sep 26    Georgia Tech *    Durham, N.C. TBA

Sat, Oct 03    Boston College *    Durham, N.C. TBA

Sat, Oct 10    Army    West Point, N.Y. 12:00 PM
   CBS Sports Network

Sat, Oct 24    Virginia Tech *    Blacksburg, Va. TBA

Sat, Oct 31        Miami *    Durham, N.C. TBA

Sat, Nov 07    North Carolina *      Chapel Hill, N.C. TBA

Sat, Nov 14    Pitt *    Durham, N.C. TBA

Sat, Nov 21    Virginia *    Charlottesville, Va. TBA

Sat, Nov 28    Wake Forest *    Winston-Salem, N.C. TBA

* Conference Games
NCCU Head Football Coach Jerry Mack and his 2015 MEAC Championship Team

A strong feeling of optimism surrounds North Carolina Central University heading into the 2015 football campaign. Fifteen starters return from a team that captured a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and posted the most wins as a Division I-FCS program a year ago.

In 2014, under the leadership of rookie head coach Jerry Mack, NCCU football posted seven victories, including the program's first win over a nationally-ranked FCS opponent.   With a season as head mentor under his belt, Mack exudes confidence about the direction of the NCCU football program as he leads the Eagles into the next chapter with the motto "Leave No Doubt" in the forefront.

"It means that we don't want to have any regrets in anything we do," said Mack. "You never know when your last play is. You never know what is going to happen from game-to-game.  I use this reference with our team all the time – just because we had some success last year and we beat some people, does not mean you are going to get that victory the next year, because you have to play the game.  We are going to take it one rep at a time, one step at a time, and leave no doubt about anything that we do on and off the field. So don't take anything for granted."

Mack explained, "I don't want people to take it the wrong way and think that we are cocky and saying that we are going to win the championship, because that's not what it's really about. It's about taking one play at a time and making sure you leave no doubt about what you put forth on that field at that point and time."

"Our players are extremely competitive and they always play hard until the whistle blows," stated Mack. "What I want people to know when they play North Carolina Central is you're going to get a team that is going to play hard, that is going to give it their all on the field down-in and down-out. And when you get a group of young men that are playing hard, good things will happen."
Reflecting back, Coach Mack recalled, "When you look at our team last year, we were not overly dominant in offense, defense or special teams, but as a team we all played well. That's where we made some extreme strides."

When asked about the keys to a successful football season, Mack responded, "We have to execute well. We talk about starting, executing and finishing. We want to start games off extremely well, we want to start fast out of the gate.  We want to execute well, that means we want to be disciplined, we want to be a sound football team in all aspects of what we do. And we want to be sure that we are able to finish games. We want to learn from last year's mistakes and be able to close games out the way we're supposed to close them out. Those three things are very important to us. To understand the discipline, effort and passion that it's going to take every game to get that win." 

North Carolina Central University Athletics

2015 Football Schedule

Sat.9/5/2015 St. Augustine's University Durham, NC - O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium6:00 pm
Sat.9/12/2015 Duke University Durham, NC - Wallace Wade Stadium6:00 pm
Sat.9/19/2015 Florida International University Miami, FL6:00 pm
Sat.10/3/2015 Bethune-Cookman University Durham, NC - O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium4:00 pm
Sat.10/10/2015 Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL5:00 pm
Sat.10/17/2015 Savannah State University Savannah, GA2:00 pm
Sat.10/24/2015 Morgan State University Durham, NC - O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium2:00 pm
Sat.10/31/2015 Norfolk State University Durham, NC - O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium2:00 pm
Sat.11/7/2015 Delaware State University Durham, NC - O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium2:00 pm
Sat.11/14/2015 Howard University Washington, DC1:00 pm
Sat.11/21/2015 North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, NC1:00 pm

On Saturday, September 12, North Carolina Central University plays against Duke University at Duke's new Wallace Wade Stadium.  No matter which side you root for, the game is sure to be intense as these local rivals compete against each other.

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast of Durham, North Carolina invites you enjoy charming Southern hospitality, luxurious amenities, and fresh, gourmet breakfasts.  We (Monica and Daniel) are honored to be named the #1 black-owned bed and breakfast in America (according to Black Enterprise magazine).  We thank our lovely guests whose great reviews made this possible.  We invite you to visit Morehead Manor in Durham for the first time or to return again for another fun stay. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dazzling Durham Boutiques

Dazzling Durham boutiques can be found throughout the Bull City.  Durham's locally owned high-end boutiques are always in style.  Since clothing and accessories change seasonally, there is always something new to catch your eye when you go shopping in Durham.

The Exotique Boutique and Art Gallery is located at 319 W Main Street in Durham, North Carolina.  Call them at (919) 688-5747.  Owners Yemi and Lola have made the Bull City their home after living in the countries of Nigeria and England.  Their extensive travel experience makes them uniquely able to get hard to find items from across the world at an affordable price.  The Exotique is an Art Gallery with handcrafted goods made by local and international artists. They have unique fabrics, jewelry, sculptures, and clothing. Open every day of the week beginning at 11 am with different closing times.

Now with two locations, Vert and Vogue is a boutique that prides itself on selling quality-made, ethically sourced, trendy clothing for men and women.  The Brightleaf location is at 905 W. Main Street in Historic Brightleaf Square Call them at 919-251-8537.  Its second location is further down W Main Street at 305 in Five Points and can be reached at 919-797-2767.  Both locations are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm.

Smitten--a sweet boutique only sells clothes and accessories that they are smitten by. Located at 1105 West Main Street in Durham, North Carolina.  Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and also on Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm.  They are in a gray house that is half a block from Duke University's East Campus and historic Brightleaf Square.  Call them at 919-530-1000. Owned by Nancy McKaig and voted the Best Boutique in Durham four years in a row by Durham Magazine.

Jo's Boutique on Broad joined the ranks of the Ninth Street District's unique shopping options, selling high-end, modern women's clothing.  Located at 721 Broad Street, they are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Call them at (919) 864-8719.

Accessorize with earrings and scarves at Vaguely Reminiscent located at 728 Ninth Street in Durham, North Carolina.  Call them at (919) 286-3911. 
Vaguely Reminiscent has it all! Fabulous women's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, socks, and that perfect gift for just about everyone. Open Mon.-Wed. from 10 am to 6:30 pm. Thurs. and Friday from 10 am to 8 pm. Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

Our city of Durham offers choice boutiques as well as award-winning restaurants and top notch entertainment venues.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast offers friendly hospitality, luxurious accommodations, and gourmet breakfasts each morning. 

We hare the #1 black-owned bed and breakfast in America according to Black Enterprise magazine.  As the Disney song from the movie "Beauty and the Beast" invites, "Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test!"

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Downtown Durham Districts

Downtown Durham is made up of several unique districts, including American Tobacco, Brightleaf and Warehouse, Central Park, City Center, and Golden Belt.  Restaurants, breweries, galleries, retail, and other options make our downtown an exciting place to be, day or night.  Much of the architecture lining the streets is original, preserving Durham's history while embracing a modern future.

American Tobacco

The American Tobacco section of Downtown Durham came from the historic one-million-square-foot American Tobacco manufacturing plant.  This area is now a true live, work, and play destination.
  • Enjoy music, comedy, and theatre at the Durham Performing Arts Center (which is within walking distance from our local Durham bed and breakfast called Morehead Manor)
  • Catch a Triple-A baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the several local restaurants (cuisine ranging from Cuban to BBQ to regional American food)
  • Walk along a man-made river and rushing waterfalls, or take a seat to relax and people watch in the open-air campus
Brightleaf Square

The Brightleaf District of Durham is an attractive area with two turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses that have been transformed into offices, retail, and dining.
  • Shop the brick-lined street at Brightleaf Square and neighboring Peabody place to admire clothes, books, antiques, and other retail options
  • Relax at Chamas Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse that was received a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
  • Enjoy oysters and other seafood (like the New York Times did) at Fishmonger's Restaurant and Oyster Bar
  • Meet the real life butcher and baker at Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop, which an Esquire editor called the "high point" of his trip to Durham
Durham Central Park
The Central Park District encompasses Durham Central Park and the so-called DIY district where Foster St. and Rigsbee Ave. meet Greer Street.  This area is a hotbed for live entertainment, bars, restaurants, food trucks, and more.

Durham Arts Council
Durham's revitalized City Center is brimming with new restaurants, art galleries, bars, and more, that gives new life to downtown.
  • Stop by any of the more than ten downtown art galleries to peruse and shop
  • Say "bonjour" with crepes from Rue Cler
  • Savor chicken and waffles from the aptly named Dame's Chicken and Waffles
  • Find fine dining in globally inspired cuisine at Revolution
  • Try authentic Italian paninis at Toast
Golden Belt

The Golden Belt District is anchored by its namesake, a fully restored textile mill repurposed to house art pieces, studios, offices, retail, lofts, and dining.
  • Experience Golden Belt, the largest all-historic LEED gold-certified campus in the Southeast
  • Visit more than 30 artist studios and Room 100, a central art gallery
  • Try a hot yoga class at Bikram Yoga Durham

We (Monica and Daniel Edwards) of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast love our Durham location.  In 2013, Southern Living magazine named Durham, "The Tastiest Town in the South."  Speaking of tasty, each morning our guests enjoy a homemade, gourmet breakfast that will start your day off right!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bull City Souvenirs

Bring souvenirs from the Bull City home with you! Durham, North Carolina has several places to find unique gifts and keepsakes to remember your trip.

Durham Bulls Ballpark Corner Store: represent America's favorite Triple-A baseball team with Bulls' t-shirts, jerseys, ball caps, and more!
  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm  
  • Contact: (919) 687-6555

The Duck Shop is located at 737 Ninth Street (Suite #230) just off of the East Campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. They are a retailer of officially licensed merchandise all bearing the logos of Duke University and have been proudly serving the Duke community since 1989.  You can also make purchase their merchandise online.
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Contact: (919) 416-3348 

Duke University Stores is comprehensive, with 26 different computer, retail, book, and office service operations serving the University community for more than 50 years. Ranked as the ninth largest independently operated college store operation in the US, Duke Stores ranks first in sales per student.  Recently, a Duke University Store moved to a new location at Brown Residence Hall in Room 122 on the East Side of Campus.

EagleLand is located at 2501 Fayetteville Street in Durham, NC.  Students, faculty, alumni, and other fans who love North Carolina Central University can get their maroon on!  Merchandise can also be ordered online.
  • Hours: 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday
  • Contact: (919) 956-5393 

Durham City Goods' is home to the famous DurHAM tee and Bull and Tower Icon tees that started the Durham t-shirt explosion!  Some of their shirts, stickers, mugs, and more are sold at these Durham, NC locations:

The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau Information Center has a variety of postcards if you like sending snail mail or want to keep them to remember your experiences in The Bull City. They are located at 101 E. Morgan Street.
  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Contact: (919) 687-0288 or (800) 446-8604

We (Monica and Daniel) invite you to choose our luxurious bed and breakfast accommodations when you visit Durham, NC.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance to world class entertainment at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  Each morning our guests enjoy a full gourmet breakfast to get their day started off right!  We look forward to seeing you!