The Eno Festival rocks with Bombadil and Mipso

Eno Festival goers Julie Hinson and Mandy by Melissa Key

The Clarion Content team was out at the Eno Festival en masse. And why not, the Festival for the Eno, after a few down years, is back on a terrific roll. It is a showcase of Durham’s diversity, great food, music, and abundant local greenery. Not to mention, that it is a fabulous place to get informed about what is going on in the community, to participate civically.

Your editor spent a good bit of the afternoon enjoying the entertainment, and also saw groups from both of the co-opted major political parties, as well as the the Green Party and the Libertarians. I had an opportunity to have fantastic, informative, and encouraging conversations with representatives from the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and Seeds, two groups with their eyes focused on improving our individual and collective futures.

Fun at Festival on the Eno; Lily Bartlett, 7, by Melissa Key

Fun at Festival for the Eno River; Lily Bartlett, age seven, hooping…photo by Melissa Key

Clarion Content curator and social media manager, Maria DelGobbo, volunteered at the festival. She noted that the crowds were stupendous and enthused, perhaps in a related note, everyone mentioned that it wasn’t hot as last year.

The Cane Creek by Melissa Key

The Cane Creek Cloggers…photo by Melissa Key

Our outstanding new photographer, Melissa Key, was on hand capturing the crowds and the bands that brought them out, and had them dancing and moving and shaking to the music. She saw both the headliner Bombadil, and the up-and-comers that everybody was talking about before and afterward, Mipso.


Bombadil at Festival on the Eno... photo by Melissa Key

Bombadil at Festival for the Eno… photo by Melissa Key


Holiday whites for by Melissa Key

Holiday whites for Bombadil…photo by Melissa Key


The Eno Festival crowd grooves to by Melissa Key

The Eno Festival crowd grooves to Bombadil…photo by Melissa Key



Mipso at Festival on the by Melissa Key

Mipso at Festival for the Eno…photo by Melissa Key


Mipso brought it to the by Melissa Key

Mipso brought it to the Eno River…photo by Melissa Key


Mipso was radiant on the a sunny by Melissa Key

Mipso was radiant on the a sunny day…photo by Melissa Key


Mipso had them by Melissa Key

Mipso had them dancing…photo by Melissa Key

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Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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