This past weekend featured beautiful fall-like weather and events that drew folks from the community to get outside and moving.
Several BCC members watched or marched in the September 24 parade organized by Pride:Durham. This was the first full Pride parade since 2019. The day's event included a festival, concert, and lotsa parties. Here are some shots Christine took of the day
Another bunch of Commoners visited and hiked around Bluestem Conservation Cemetery in Cedar Grove, NC. Bluestem is an 87-acre preserve that, when it opens in the fall, will offer nature trails, open spaces for contemplation and reflection, and designated areas within the landscape for natural burials.
As Jackie reported to the Chat list, "We toured the wide open prairie with wildflowers and nutritious plants for migrating birds and pollinators, and the woodland where conservation techniques will be employed to restore [the former farmland] to a more native form ... You can sign up for their tours on the website or arrange your own tour. They have a golf cart now, so if you are worried about being able to walk around the place, you can ask for that."
Here are some pictures Jackie and Mike took of their hike around the Bluestem property. The gentleman in the cap leading the hike was Jeff Masten, a co-founder of the project who sits on Bluestem's Council of Stewards.