October Durham Days 2020
The changing colors of the leaves is a sure sign that summer is over and fall has arrived. Traditionally, the Town of Durham celebrated fall with Durham Day at Wagon Hill Farm. Electric cars, music, boat rides, and a cookout. Lots of fun at a great location. Covid-19 has made planning the 2020 version a real challenge. Rather than a single day event with a big crowd, Durham Parks and Recreation and local businesses are offering an eclectic mix of smaller events throughout October. Pre-registration for most offerings is required at the Durham Parks and Rec website.
The offerings are outdoors and provide an excellent opportunity to explore Durham. Guided hikes in Doe Farm and the Thompson forest are a great chance to see the fruits of recent conservation efforts. If you prefer to explore on your own, maps of all Town trails can be found on the Town of Durham website.
If you are still looking for more activities for October, it is a great time of the year for a bike ride. My go-to ride is the scenic Durham Point Lee Hook Loop. This Spring I posted maps of 4 loops around the area and collectively named them the COVID Tour. All are great fall options and several have lobster roll stops.
Before it gets too cold, enjoy a meal outside. The Three Chimneys Inn is just up the hill from the Oyster River and offers both curbside pickup and dining on their outdoor terrace. The terrace is open Thursday-Saturday from 5:00-8:30 and reservations required.
Local resident Doug Clark renovated a section of the Town and Campus building and brought the Italian recipes of the long-running cooking show Cio Italia to Main Street. They offer curbside pickup and have outdoor tables. Reservations required.