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Old 03-20-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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My family and I moved to durham several months ago and my oldest is graduating in June. I would like to have a party for him. We have a lot of older family members so I'm ruling out using an outside space-too hot that time of year. I would like to hire my own caterer but that knocks out some nice places that require you to use theirs. We expect 60 people to attend. I have reserved a neighborhood clubhouse that is really nice, but wanted a second option. Someone suggested the DAC building, but I haven't had a chance to make contact. This is going to be the same day of graduation on a weekday. I have budgeted $1500 -$2K for food/location/music. Our friend has agreed to act as dj for the event. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Have you tried local restaurants/bars? Especially the ones that already have a dance floor since you are having a dj. I'm not from the area, so I can't really give you any suggestions, but I worked as an event coordinator at a large nighclub/restaurant and threw tons of events like you are describing. Also, since it is going to be midweek, you may ask for fees to be waived... just a thought. Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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I'd recommend that you check with the city parks and recreation department. They have a variety of venues which they rent to the public for parties, weddings, reunions etc. They have everything from picnic shelters to a 600 person ballroom at a civic center. Spruce Pine Lodge is beautiful.

Durham, NC - City of Medicine (http://www.ci.durham.nc.us/departments/parks/facilityandparkrentals.cfm - broken link)
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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The Museum of Life & Science has various venues that might be an option: Facility Rental | North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

I've also heard good things about the Arrowhead Inn. North Carolina Wedding, Wedding Reception Raleigh North Carolina
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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I'll second Spruce Pine Lodge. Costs about 300-400 to rent for the evening, tough to beat the price and its a very pretty old building.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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I know you're in Durham, but the Carrboro Century Center (across from Weaver Street) is a beautful place. Has a stage and you can use your own caterer. The Carrboro Century Center . If I'm not mistaken the Carolina Theater has rental space above the theater as does the Durham Arts Council (not to be confused with the DPAC).

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Old 03-21-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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I'll second Spruce Pine Lodge. Costs about 300-400 to rent for the evening, tough to beat the price and its a very pretty old building.
It's rather far out there though. Very nice to be sure, a friend is having her wedding reception there soon, but it's out in the country to say that least.
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