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Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

Folks, please. The Brewers are event planners, not farmers. Do so research on Kara Brewers business career for goodness sake. The Brewers want to build an event business for +300 people where the land will not support it unless thy can get an exemption. Their original application was exactly that. They could not get a permit for what they want to do, so they are using a well-intentioned but flawed law to disguise a poorly thought out business as a farm.

They want to build an event center NOT a barn that is used for the occasional wedding. They will not live on the property and have made no effort to join the community or mitigate the obvious impacts.

If they can get it off the ground (which is dubious), my guess is they will flip the business as soon as they can.

18 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by where's the beef? on 09/17/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

It's true gentrification starts with legislators raising inheritance and property taxes making it hard for families to maintain family lands. It is a standard set by realtors and developers building to sell and make more money on posh housing tracts. They are the sectors lobbying your representatives and lawmakers.

Here we have one developer on one piece of land solving a growing demand for the next sector of the farm to table. It sounds very similar to me. Farrington House in Chatham County built by the first generation of the culinary greats, the Neal's, who have inspired a generation of chefs and farmers to sustain the land. The land is being used! In my mind the property isn't just going to be a nest of angry hornets who use the land as a resting place commuting and rushing about breaking speed limits through neighborhoods while on their cell phones. It's a destination where people will travel to cultivate the next generation and forming unions.

The one thing that personally seemed gross to me is the article set a scene where the writer was graciously welcomed on the property by the owner who suspected no ill intent.


Gentrification will only change with attitudes and action. Not by sitting in cigar parlors sipping micro brews and mini cocktails debating on the type of spandex you buy so you can ride your 5k commuter bike.

7 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by aLoHa 1 on 09/17/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Doomed Republican Congressional Candidates in Triangle Have Pretty Cool Signs

Get rid of the republicans they are a hazard to the health and safety of NC citizens.

0 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Tony D on 09/17/2016 at 8:44 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: A Republican Lawmaker in N.C. Has Finally Spoken Out against HB 2

She is a hypocrite and a very stupid woman..and a M Bachman look a like.....Vote yes on a bill and probably never read it just went along with the good old boys patting themselves on the back with that new law throwing it in the face of liberals.....High fiving and yelling yeah take that ya liberals........I hope they kick her ass out in 2016.

Posted by Tony D on 09/17/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “With Carroll’s Kitchen, a Raleigh Restauranteur Hopes to Empower the Disadvantaged

I think this is such a wonderful idea, but would love to know more about the location. The venerable Square Rabbit got pushed out after decades because Lou Moshakos was slated to open a "European Bakery" there, and now Carroll's Kitchen has the space? I do hope they have a generous arrangement and don't get pushed out just about the time they really pick up steam - as quickly as things are changing, I imagine it would be hard to find a space close to downtown, pick up, and start over elsewhere.

Posted by Gavin Watson on 09/16/2016 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump’s Campaign Swears Donald Trump Is No Longer a Racist Birther, and We Totally Believe Them

Karen - the "birther movement" was started by Hillary supporters. There is no record that Clinton or anyone in her campaign ever advanced the allegation that Obama was not born in the US. No journalist has found a connection between the birther movement and Hillary or her campaign.

The certificate is real, the vetting was done.

FactCheck has more information, as well as do many *reputable* news outlets.

When faced with two bad choices, it is best to be well-informed and able to tell fact from fiction before blindly dismissing an entire party over... misinformation.

Posted by Aiden on 09/16/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “What's Up with That Questionably Zoned Durham GOP Headquarters?

Perhaps the person living there has a day job? Would that be so out of the ordinary for a working person?

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Barbara 2 on 09/16/2016 at 1:04 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

I certainly hope that none of the people opposing this vote republican or consider themselves fans of the free market, because this is pretty much a free market situation. I don't imagine that any of the people in the surrounding community (many of whom do not farm anything themselves) would take too kindly to the county or any other government entity telling them what they could or could not do with their property, yet that is exactly what they want to happen to someone else. The fact is, anyone in the community could have bought the land themselves--I'm sure it wasn't a secret that it was for sale--but they didn't. Someone else did and they happen to want to make money off the land they purchased. Most of the folks in that area are living on land they inherited anyway and I have only seen a marginal amount of actual farming out there, it's mostly houses built on former farmland. I'm sure people complained when that happened too--they RUINED the farms by putting extra houses on them. I'd be more sympathetic if the majority of the folks complaining were actually doing any farming themselves.

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Posted by Devil's Advocate on 09/16/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump’s Campaign Swears Donald Trump Is No Longer a Racist Birther, and We Totally Believe Them

Since I can't post a source, You can google Hillary's 2008 run and find she did , in fact, bring Obama's birth place into question. Secondly, just because someone insists on proof of birth place, especially of someone seeking to be the leader of our nation, does NOT make him racist. I am so sick of the liberal left trying to make EVERYTHING an issue of race. Asking for proof of your birth place has nothing to do with racism and is actually a reasonable and necessary request for political positions. Lastly, the birth certificate that was submitted by Obama was suspect and several experts found evidence of forgery that the powers that be choose to ignore. There was never an official, thorough investigation, yet unofficial investigations have found ties to Kenya and members of Obama's family swearing he was born there. There is still legitimate reason to question the validity of Obama's birth certificate and because it was never addressed by the party supporting him- the Democrats- I will NEVER vote for any member of that party on any level of government again for as long as I live (and I was a Democrat all my life). I consider there total lack of responsibility and refusal to follow established laws as acts of treason. Go Trump! Go Johnson! Go Stein! Go Anyone that isn't a Dem!!

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Karen Howell on 09/16/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Where to Find Black-Owned Restaurants in The Triangle

Big Bob's City Grill in Hillsborough! Goodness gracious, it is good!

Posted by Margaret Wood Cannell on 09/16/2016 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Hopscotch, Night Two: Timing Tangles Erykah Badu and Young Thug

Though I know it isn't Redhat's fault she was late, I do think they could have handled the situation better. They released an updated set time initially, I wish they would have followed through and kept us updated. I also felt she was a bit more lackluster than usual. I know artists are people too, but she could have brought a bit more energy to the crowd who gave up precious show time to stay and wait on her. Kudos to Redhat for pushing past ordinance, but they should work on keeping the crowd up to date.

Posted by mandeelion on 09/16/2016 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Put a Ring on It: N.C. Opera Takes on Wagner’s Formidable Masterwork

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Posted by Antley on 09/15/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Grass: A Q-and-A with Mandolin Monarch Sam Bush

Most amazing times Catching you with old friends in Grayton Beach ...Kyle , Bouder ...and our dear lost love Kenny... Dread Clampitt ...can't wait to see you at Ardmore Music Hall !

Posted by Milissa Hargrave Schang on 09/15/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Grass: A Q-and-A with Mandolin Monarch Sam Bush

Would not miss this show at Ardmore Music Hall or any opportunity to catch Sam Bush ! So grateful he will be gracing us with is presence...tickets purchased ...going !

Posted by Milissa Hargrave Schang on 09/15/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

How unfortunate that those accusing the Brewers of indifference and entitlement are projecting their own entitlement. These individuals clearly assert they believe anything in and around their community is their property. Don't own it? It doesn't matter. They had a fond memory there once, or they rumble by it on their commute, so it's theirs, always. They aren't willing to compromise, aren't willing to wield logic or reason, and instead make wide-sweeping, breathtakingly ignorant assertions about not only what "makes a farmer," but what constitutes being a good person. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, then, that such cheap couriers of cold condescension feel justified in speaking so confidently on indifference.



How repugnant.

Really, the arrogance on display is incredible. "If I don't like something, it can't be done!" Sadly, this ragtag gang of whiners and babies are so over-the-top with their wild, reckless, and ill-conceived protestations that their public accusations are now bordering on libel. Yet all the while, they smugly revel in the stench of their own self-righteousness.

While a few of those with concerns are no doubt decent folks, it appears that the most vocal are nothing more than a motley group of bullies and discontents with a dubious grasp of both contemporary society and old-fashioned manners. They spend their days slamming "carpetbaggers" and "soulless capitalists" "masquerading" as farmers, tragically unaware--or perhaps blissfully delighted--by the sham that is their masquerade as decent human beings.

These self-proclaimed arbiters of peace and defenders of community values are now threatening to boycott weddings to assuage their inflated egos. That's right… the 'ole, "We're such good people and so in the right, we're going to make it our mission to ruin the biggest day of other peoples' lives!" angle.



How hilarious… and sad. Protesting the events of innocents with the express purpose of deleteriously affecting their lives, all in the name of zealously championing their twisted sense of “what’s right.” It’s almost like ripping a page straight out of the Westboro Baptist Church Protestation Playbook. 



Perhaps instead of engaging in 24/7 character assassination, the entitled within the community should heed their own snotty advice and tend to their own farms. After all, if their actions are any indication, their crops—like their minds—are withering.

15 likes, 24 dislikes

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

If you don't like the rules, work to change the rules. Don't blame the Brewers for taking advantage of the opportunity presented by how the rules written.

And many of you posting comments are misusing quotation marks. Please stop doing that.

16 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by ZachA on 09/15/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “The Durham Jail Classifies Inmate Kitchen Workers as Volunteers

The return of debtor's prisons became acceptable when people were being jailed for owing child support debt. Most child support debt is held by people with low or no income which led to parents being jailed for being poor. This act of jailing the poor in America was outlawed in 1833 and needs to be re-abolished. American citizens should never be jailed, for any reason, for being too poor to pay a government debt. We must start with the reformation of the child support system. Join the fight! http://thechildsupporthustle.com

Posted by N.k. Clark on 09/15/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

Neighbors have spoken to Kara Brewer and Chris Brewer, describing concerns of safety for their families and a disruption of their lives. The concerns fell on deaf ears. The Brewers have shown complete indifference to the neighborhood. The comments by "Morgan" above, further display the extent of this same ignorance and indifference to an incredible community. The families raising children in a quiet community, the farmers and generational families, all have been "harassed" by this intrusion into their lives. I am thankful for this article and the truth it highlights surrounding this fake "farm". Anyone who tweets about their farm, more than they dig in the ground is not a farmer. An event center that takes up 1/2 of the acreage of a 22 acre lot, is not a farm. It is fraud.

24 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by orange county citizen on 09/15/2016 at 3:22 PM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

Blah-blah, stuff-we-already-knew-last-year, blathering-about-the-obvious, bloviate, bloviate, bloviate.

I don't give a rat's bum about McCrory. He's worthless. A puppet. A figurehead with no value whatsoever, save as a urinal target.

I want the severed heads of the LEGISLATORS who passed this, and every other backwards-facing bill, skewered on standards and set along Hillsboro Street.

In lieu of such Game of Thronesian fare, however, I shall deign to accept their absolute financial exsanguination and political avulsion on election day.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by John Antilety on 09/15/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Durham’s Beats & Bars Festival Looks to Bring Blackness Back to Main Street

New to the area and would love to be apart of the Hip Hop growth in the RTP area!
Desmond
612-360-3602
Massey_D_2000@yahoo.com

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lateef Massey on 09/15/2016 at 12:41 PM

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