Ready, Set, Social Distancing in Davidson: Week 14
Birthday Drive-by Parade
Davidson neighbors Crystal & Jason notified the News of Davidson team that their youngest son Thomas, is turning 1 on Saturday, June 20th. Some of their neighbors have organized a “dog parade” in front of their house on Jetton Street, between Davidson Gateway Drive and Central Park Circle. The family will be outside from 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday. They would love for folks – with or without canine friends – to wave hello and wish him a happy birthday!
Support Local Farmers
It is just over a week until Davidson Farmers’ Market (DFM) reopens, there is a lot of important information that is new to DFM. To prepare for a return to shopping on Saturday mornings we want to start sharing with everyone what to expect starting on June 27th in DFM’s two phase reopen. We are excited to reopen and can’t wait to see everyone! Reminder that this Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day! Several of our vendors have great gift options to help celebrate the fathers and important men in our lives this Father’s Day.
Saturday, June 20, will be the last day DFM coordinates our off-site pick-ups at the Davidson Library parking lot. Below are the vendor offerings for both off-site pick-up, home deliveries, and at farm shopping. Starting next week DFM’s new newsletter will launch, every Wednesday morning, with weekly information and Saturday offerings including pre-order options from participating vendors.
DFM will reopen Saturday, June 27th and offer pre-order pick-up ONLY for two weeks. This will help transition from off-site pick-ups 7-days a week back to one market day AND give our shoppers and vendors two weeks to become comfortable and familiar with the new layout and health and safety procedures. Information regrading how to pre-order and which vendors are participating will be released next week. DFM hours during Phase 1 (June 27th & July 4th) will be 9:00am – 11:00am.
Saturday, June 20
Two Pigs Farm
A variety of pork, beef, and chicken
Order: Shop online and pre-order for pick-up
Pick-up: Off-site pick-up Saturday, 10:00 am – Noon, Davidson Library parking lot
To Know: A variety of sausage great for any meal during the day
Gilcrest Natural Farm
A variety of beef, pork, chicken, and egg products
Orders: Online store, pre-orders
Deadline: Pre-order/online orders due 1:00 pm day before pick-up
Pick-up: 1) Off-site pick-up Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Davidson Library parking lot (online pre-orders), 2) At farm drive thru pick-up: Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (online pre-orders), 3) Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Building A Spot 43 7:30 am – 1:00 pm (online pre-order & select inventory onsite)
To Know: Sign-up for their newsletter on the website to stay in the know with the most updated info and options. Thank you for supporting Gilcrest Natural Farm during these challenging times.
Raceway Berry Farm
Fresh-cut flowers and arrangements
Order: Shop online and pre-order for pick-up
Deadline: For pre-orders, Friday 6/19 Noon
Pick-up: 1) Off-site pick-up Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Davidson Library parking lot, 2) Pick-up at farm Friday 6/19, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 3) Delivery options available
To Know: Seasonal Arrangements: Mason jar ($10), White ceramic ($20), Hobnail glass container ($45), Bundles: Flower bundle ($15), Herbs ($2)
Heritage Harvest Farms
Wellness honey, mushrooms, and flowers
Orders: Pre-order on website
Deadline: Friday 6/19, 2:00 pm
Pick-up: 1) Off-site pick-up every Saturday, 9:00 am – Noon, Davidson Library parking lot, 2) Free home delivery for orders $40+ within a 5 mile radius of Davidson (order on website with code STRONGERTOGETHER to bypass shipping and note your delivery or Davidson pick-up location preference)
To Know: Big Box $50: 1 lb. farmer’s choice fresh mushrooms, 1 pint blueberries, 7 oz arugula, 7 oz lettuce mix, 1 lb zucchini, 1 spelt sourdough loaf (gluten-friendly), and 1 dozen farm eggs; Little Box $20: 1.25 lb. farmer’s choice fresh mushrooms & 7 oz arugula, and 1 lb zucchini; Heritage Harvest a la carte preview: Blueberries & blackberries are here, plus zucchini, fennel, arugula, French fingerling potatoes and much more!; Flowers: Bouquets with a mix of gladiolus, snapdragons, flowering kale, ammi, mint, dianthus, and more!
Summit Coffee – At-Home Trivia Package
Summit is bringing one of Davidson’s favorite weekly traditions to your home, and we’re giving you all the choices. We will host two trivia contests every week: Monday + Thursday. Any orders placed before 5:00pm on the day of trivia will be for that night’s contest. We will email FOUR rounds of trivia questions at 5:00pm ET every Monday + Thursday, and answers are due by 11:59pm ET that same day. Winner(s) will be announced the following morning. If you’re at home with family, friends, or just by yourself, grab some entertainment. Questions? Email [email protected]
Art in Your Inbox – from the Van Every / Smith Galleries
In honor of Pride month and the recent landmark Supreme Court ruling, we highlight MIEN, a digital exhibition, at TRNK. The queer photographers of color are selling prints of their work to raise money for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Click here to view the exhibition.
Mikael Chukwuma Owunna
The Van Every/Smith Galleries recently purchased Mikael Chukwuma Owunna’s 4 Queer African Women in the Snow from his collection, Limitless Africans. Cathy Xu ’21 writes about it as a piece on queer African diaspora and the importance of found families. Click here to read, and watch his recent Ted Talk, “Transcending the Body.”
In Spring 2015, Kymia Nawabi presented Lodestar, an exhibition of mixed media drawings depicting the artist’s invented mythology of characters, landscapes, and metaphors that speak to death, the afterlife, rebirth, souls and spirits. Click here to learn more and view the exhibition.
Hank Willis Thomas
On June 11, artist Hank Willis Thomas projected words from inmates’ letters on the U.S. Justice Department building in Washington D.C. to highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prisoners, whom the majority are people of color. Click here for the full article.
Faculty Statement – Systemic Racism & Injustice
On Wednesday, June 10, a majority of Davidson College faculty members released a joint statement in response to systemic racism and injustice. Featured in this statement is an image of Jaume Plensa’s artwork, Waves III (2012), which can be found on campus. Plensa’s use of letters and symbols in this sculpture explores the importance of communication as it relates to humanity. While words are powerful, the faculty acknowledge they alone are not enough. Click here to read the full statement.
Black lives matter – The Van Every/Smith Galleries and Davidson College stand against racism. We grieve for George Floyd, his family, and Black people across the nation murdered by police violence. We grieve for Ahmed Aubrey and Breonna Taylor. We walk in solidarity with protestors. We are committed to anti-racism and decolonizing the arts by giving gallery space to artists of color. We purchase artwork by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We keep equity, inclusion, and justice for BIPOC at the forefront of programmatic and operational decision-making. We look to artists and other creatives to help us forge a way forward, creating a safe and welcoming place for all members of our community. We are committed to showing art that illuminates, documents, and reveals racism, injustices, and other truths, even when difficult. But we can do more. We invite conversation, suggestion, and critique on how we can better serve the Davidson student body. Email us or leave an anonymous note via this feedback form.
Antiracism in the Arts – The Alliance of Artists Communities serves on behalf of its members, small and large, leveraging support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists. Click to see their Anti-racism + Countering White Supremacy Culture reading list.
A few months ago, Haymarket Books put together a reading list celebrating the rich history of Black life, politics, culture, and struggle. Check it out.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates the contributions of Africans and African Americans to American culture and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. Explore their virtual exhibitions and follow their Unmasked lecture series.
Levine Museum builds a stronger, more equitable community by connecting people to Charlotte and to each other through history, culture, and celebration. Their exhibits and programs foster empathy, ignite dialogue, and inspire action.
Spellman College’s Museum presents some of the best exhibitions in our region, and Director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee has been an incredible advocate addressing the diversity gap in the museum industry.
When travel resumes, we recommend a visit to the National Museum of African American History & Culture. But until then, take a look at the NMAAHC’s website, including these resources for talking about race and racism.
The Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University is one of the largest exhibition spaces dedicated to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in North Carolina, with a special focus on African-American and regional art.
Cat’s Cam – A Live View of the Yinka Shonibare Sculpture
Davidson College Art on Campus – Walk the campus while maintaining your social distance
Get a Virtual Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Card
Carolina Raptor Center Webcams
North Carolina Wildlife Foundation Website (includes live feed from their osprey cam)
North Carolina Zoo YouTube Channel
North Carolina Museum of History – History at Home
Virtual Museum Tours
OBX Connection – collection of live cameras streaming from the N.C. Outer Banks
Blue Ridge Parkway web cams
Grandfather Mountain View
Biltmore Estate web cam
Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour
Google’s Arts & Culture Page