Soup’s On!

by Annie Thornhill 

Short Winter Soup, a delicious, seasonal and local soup delivery innovation, has delivered to our neighborhood for one year.     Registration for the next session is open and Bill and Robin on Burch Ave have graciously agreed to continue hosting the little fridge so that neighbors can pick up soup at their one-block convenience! We need at least 5 more folks to make private delivery possible. Go to to place your order.

Spend December celebrating the holidays with your neighbors!

by Annie Thornhill 

Mark your calendars for any and all of the three upcoming BANA social events to celebrate the holidays! Neighbors, former neighbors, friends and others are welcome.

BANA Winter Holiday Party

Saturday, December 6th, 2014; 5 PM until… at 912 Exum Street (JJ’s house). Children, inlaws, outlaws and friends all welcome. No pets inside, please.

Dress Code: In some Durham neighborhoods, this would be a black tie event. In others, loud holiday sweaters would be in vogue. Here in Burch Avenue, we pride ourselves on being classier than the rest – it’s all about footwear. Wear your best, warmest, and/or most outrageous socks. Come down the driveway and enter the screened in porch, leaving your shoes outside. Then come in and join your neighbors sliding along the hardwoods.

Label Please! Please bring a dish or dessert to share. Kindly label items if vegetarian, vegan or otherwise to assist folks with dietary restrictions.

Consider bringing a contribution to Urban Ministries of Durham’s homeless shelter/community kitchen.
Let’s shed some light on a chilly winter evening!

A night of lights will welcome a procession from Immaculata to our neighborhood. Let us also take time to enjoy the beauty of a night lit with luminaria.

Details: Sunday, December 7. Come assemble a luminaria kit then! We will have a bag/sand/tea light distribution in the park at 3:30pm

Friday, 12/12 Luminaria lighting—light yours anytime after 5pm.

If you can’t make the December 7 event, additional supplies will be available on Larissa’s porch (504 Gattis) all week.

The cost to create each luminary is $0.35. If you’d like to donate money toward the cost of the materials, we would be grateful. And if you prefer LED lights instead of candles, we will have a few on hand to purchase for a very reasonable price.
Spend a day in service of others

Take a break from the holidays and spend an afternoon in service of others. Starting at 9:30am in the Burch Avenue Park we will clean up the park, community garden and the sidewalks of the neighborhood.

Afterwards, we will enjoy hot cocoa and light snacks around a hot fire at 1009 Burch Ave.

Contact Melissa Harper Watts at to get more involved.

Keep It Local, Y’all: September Postings

Chaplains and More: Bryan Carswell and Lindsay Eirman (Gattis St) are both chaplains at Duke hospital and are always looking for odd jobs to earn some extra cash. Lindsay is available to babysit and dogsit and Bryan is available to mow yards, help with landscaping/clean up projects, and run errands for folks. Email to get in touch.

Local One Apartment Available: one-bedroom apartment on 800 Burch Ave will be available for $625 with upstairs unit, almost 1000 square feet. Contact Bram Luknight (Burch Ave) at 919-672-2440.

Levi’s Pet Sitting Service: Have your neighbor take care of your pets while you are away. Levi Price (Gattis St) is 12 1/2 years old and love animals. He’s cared for dogs, chickens, and cats. If you are looking to hire someone to take care of your pet, please consider hiring Levi. He can be reached at 919-536-9976.

Help the homeless: Laurel Schulman (Burch Ave) is collecting items for Durham’s Project Homelessness Connect on October 10.   Consider donating: clothing, hygiene items, or just cash. Contributions can be dropped at (917 Burch Ave, #2) or at SEEDS.

DCM is hiring: Durham Co-op Market, the community-owned store opening around the corner, is hiring for three positions and plans to hire dozens more in the coming months.

Light Rail: The Light Rail development plan will connect Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Durham and Raleigh; plans include a station at Buchanan Rd. Learn more and be a part of the conversation at 6pm on Tuesday, Sept 23 at Immaculate Conception (810 W Chapel Hill St) or contact Lorisa Seibel at


Another Banner NNO Event!

by Annie Thornhill

Nearly one hundred neighbors gathered on Tuesday, August 6 for the sixth annual Progressive Porch Party. BANA hosts the Party as part of National Night Out.

This year’s event was a great success, growing in size from last year and attracting Durham dignitaries such as Mayor Bill Bell, Councilwoman Dianne Catoti, Durham Co-Op Market manager Leila Nesson Wolfrum and representatives from the Durham County Sherriff and Durham City Police Department.

But most importantly, we spent time with each other. Old friends reconnected and new friendships were formed.

A special thanks to hosts, planners and contributors: Lynne Bahrami, Ankoor Shah, Jourdi Bosley, Jenny Thompson, Lucas Rowe, JJ Froelich, James Stenstom, and Rebecca Stenstrom.

Halloween in the park!


Join us for another exciting Halloween in Burch Avenue Park!

Starting at 5:00pm, we will have a potluck dinner, book exchange, face painting, piñata, storytelling, costume treasure trunk and Halloween parade. This event is for all Halloween lovers, not just BANA residents. Join us!

Thanks to neighbor-owned restaurants Nosh and Monuts for providing the foundation of a great potluck! Neighbors are still encouraged to bring a dish.

Festivities will conclude by 6:30pm so kids can hit the streets while it’s still light.  We recommend that neighbors turn off their porch lights and stop serving trick-or-treaters by 8:30pm to keep the Friday Night Frights to a minimum.

If you’d like to make a contribution of candy or children’s books, please drop them off on the porch of 833 Burch Avenue.

Thanks to Anya Luknight (Burch Ave) and Annie Thornhill (Burch Ave) for co-planning!