Weekend at a Glance: Author Appearances, Acme Tomato Festival and the Arboretum

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Enliven your weekend with an author presentation at Flyleaf Books, trying fresh tomato dishes at the Acme Tomato Festival or attending a handful of live concerts 

The Coker Arboretum offers tours this weekend.

Compiled by Elizabeth Egan

Thursday
Lisa Napoli presents “Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR,” with Frank Stasio
Flyleaf Books hosts journalist and author Lisa Napoli, speaking about her book “Susan, Linda, Nina &Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR.” The book showcases Lisa’s extensive interviews and research on four journalists who paved the way for women in the profession. Frank Stasio, a Durham resident and the retired host of WUNC’s radio show The State of Things, will facilitate the conversation. The event starts at 6 p.m. and registration is required.

Thursday-Sunday
Acme Tomato Festival
Acme Food & Beverage Co. celebrates its 20th annual tomato festival with tomato-based dishes prepared in a variety of ways. The special prix fixe dinner menu includes more than three courses, each featuring fresh tomatoes from local farmers. Meat and vegetarian options are available, and guests can also choose to order from the classic Acme dinner menu. Parties of up to eight can make reservations for the patio or indoors. 

Friday
Compose Carolina
Carolina Performing Arts and the UNC Department of Music present the second weekly performance of the second annual concert series, which premiers musical compositions by UNC alumni and current students based around the theme “In the Now.” This installment features the work “Reunion” by UNC graduate, composer, performer and video artist Alex Van Gils. The event will be livestreamed at noon on Friday. Participants must register by 11 a.m. of the day of the performance and will receive a link by email.

Fridays on the Front Porch
This weekly outdoor concert at The Carolina Inn from 5 to 8 p.m. will feature Jimmy Hayes Band and How Bout Burger food truck, which offers burgers, chicken wings and loaded fries with a Caribbean twist.

Live Music at The Honeysuckle Tea House
Enjoy a cold mead from the taproom downstairs or an ice cream cone or iced tea upstairs at The Honeysuckle Tea House while Jazz mandolin player Simon Dunson performs as part of a trio from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday
Coker Arboretum Tour
The North Carolina Botanical Garden offers a guided walk through the five acres of Coker Arboretum, with time for observation and discussion, led by Assistant Curator Geoffrey Neal. The tour will depart from the stone gathering circle on the Cameron Avenue side of the Arboretum at 11 a.m. 

Artist Reception
From 6 to 8 p.m., Vecino Brewing Co. hosts Barnes Corner Gallery artist Oona Lewis. Oona will bring paintings to view and discuss with guests.

Music at Market with the Dare Stones
Browse fresh produce, food and handcrafted goods from vendors while listening to live music from the Dare Stones at the weekly Chapel Hill Farmers Market, located outside of University Place, from 10 a.m. to noon.

6th Annual Pick-a-Thon Fundraiser
Botanist and Barrel hosts a day of blueberry picking and fun starting at 8 a.m. Picking continues until 1 p.m., and the tasting rooms stay open until 7 p.m. For every 25 blueberries picked, a pound of fresh berries will be donated to TABLE to feed food-insecure children in Chapel Hill during the summer. The festivities will include roasting a hog to be enjoyed with sides and fresh produce alongside Botanist and Barrel’s wines, ciders and more. 

Saturday-Sunday
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center viewings
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is holding six educational planetarium shows this weekend: Magic Tree House Space mission at 10 a.m., Solar System Odyssey at noon, and We are Stars at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Carolina Skies at 4 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday, 3 p.m. and Cosmic Colors at 1 p.m. Carolina Skies is recommended for ages 9 and older and all other shows are recommended for ages 8 and older. Masks and tickets are required.

Sunday
Sundays at Sundown
Band Idlewild South will play Southern Village’s weekly outdoor concert from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Village Green. Idlewild South, founded by keyboardist and vocalist Don Eason, is a tribute to The Allman Brothers Band, which was Don’s initial musical influence.

Live Music at The Honeysuckle Tea House
Band Stichomythia will be playing at The Honeysuckle Tea House from 3 to 5 p.m. The group combines jazz, indie rock, blues and folk music into a genre they describe as “folk cabaret”. Enjoy snacks, sweets, tea or mead while you listen. 

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