More Raleigh

After leaving the art museum I ventured to the North Carolina State Fair grounds which has a flea market every Saturday and Sunday 9 to 6. There are outside booths as well as an air conditioned booths inside. What a clean and organized flea market. As with any flea market they sold soup to nuts, furniture to clothing, kitchen supplies to farm supplies, but never have I seen a flea market that sells this….

So, go see what you can find. Maybe you need a chandelier. Tell them I sent you.

A few miles down the road from the flea market was the JC Raulston Arboretum. 6,000 different kinds of plants are in the landscape collection. This research and teaching center is named in honor of the late director and founder, Dr. J.C. Raulston, a North Carolina professor. Nice spot with many trees supplying shade. During this visit there were several wedding parties taking pictures.

Next was Pullman Park. This historic city park has a train ride, paddle boats, a well preserved carousel, picnic facilities, and a playground. It’s a good place for young families to hang out, and there is ample free parking. Rides are $1.50. Here are a few pictures.

Then back to the NCMA for a benefit Nina Simone concert. This was a sultry night of jazz with Lisa Simone, who flew in from Paris, performing songs of her mother. A native of Tyron, North Carolina, this woman had a fascinating career and life. She left us too soon. More information on her life can be found on

This fundraiser was to repair and refurbish the childhood home of the jazz great. Her home has been proclaimed a national treasure and placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Contributions can be made at

What a way to end a perfect day.

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