Upcoming Events

Night of Lights & Food Drive, December 21st, 2014

This year, Watts-Hillandale’s Night of Lights falls on Sunday, December 21st, the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.  According to the almanac, there will also be a new moon on the 21st, making it the darkest night of the year.  Thousands of candles gleaming along our streets on the longest, darkest night of the year – there is poetry in that.

Neighborhood volunteers will be at Oval Park on the south side, under the picnic shelter this coming Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 pm selling luminaria supplies which are sold in kits of 10 for $5.

Place your lit luminaria along the street or sidewalk in front of your house, your neighbor’s house, or along your driveway or the path to your house on the evening of the 21st.

Consider renewing your WHHNA membership while picking up your supplies. Members receive 2 candles with bags as part of their membership.

Finally, please help us top last year’s record breaking $4,100 contribution. We will be accepting cash (currency or checks made out to “UMD Community Café”) and canned food for the Community Café run by Urban Ministries (formerly the Community Kitchen). We regret that we cannot offer receipts for donations to the Community Café, but your donations are tax deductible.

What can you give? These are the things the Community Café needs most:

Canned Meats: Ham, poultry, spam, and tuna
Canned Vegetables: Navy Beans, green beans, corn, carrots, yams, tomatoes, and tomato sauce
Canned Fruits: Peaches, pears, grapefruit, oranges, and pineapples
Staples and Dry Goods: Rice, sugar, coffee, creamer, cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise
Paper Products: 9” paper plates, napkins, paper towels, dish washing detergent


Common Links

Newsletters - PARADE is the quarterly newsletter of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association.
Mailing List - The whhna-list is intended for discussion of topics of general interest to residents of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood.

About The Neighborhood

The Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood is in Durham, NorthCarolina and lies just west of downtown. Development in the neighborhood started in 1908 with the construction of Watts Hospital at the corner of Club Boulevard (known as E Street) and Broad Street. The neighborhood is composed mostly of Arts and Crafts style homes built from the 1910s through the 1940s.

In 1998, Watts Hospital-Hillandale became a National Historic District. The neighborhood is protected by the City of Durham historic district rules. In 2008, the neighborhood celebrated its 100th birthday.

updated 12/15/2014 JWG