November 13, 2016


I look forward to the coming weeks. There are several festive meals on my calendar between now and the end of the year. I am grateful for these opportunities to spend time with friends and family, and always enjoy marking these experiences by sharing food.

I am especially excited about my grandmother’s collards, field peas, and fried cornbread. This Thanksgiving, I plan to enjoy great quantities of each of these. Usually it takes two or three days for me to recover from the Thanksgiving Day feasting, but not this year. No, this year I vow not to be so sluggish.

I understand that it is customary for many folks to spend the day after Thanksgiving first standing in line from the small hours of the morning, then rushing through merchants’ doors as soon as they open, and finally proceeding to shop until they drop. That sort of thing is not really my cup of tea. I’m not much for crowds and am too impatient to stand around in line very much.

This Black Friday I plan to be in the woods. Triangle Land Conservancy will be too. Will you go out with us? We’re teaming up with our friends at REI for a special #OptOutside event. Join Bo Howes, TLC’s director of conservation and stewardship, on a guided hike at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve in Orange County. This preserve is not yet open to the public, so this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peek of this special place before it opens up next spring. It is one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts of land in Orange County and one of the most beautiful, in my opinion (I am admittedly partial).

We’re thankful to have thousands of acres of beautifully conserved land in the Triangle and for the chance to explore it with members of our community.

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