Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association

Night of Lights 12/20/20 – Yes!

About The Neighborhood

The Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood is in Durham, NC 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 centennial.

As a neighborhood, we offer opportunities to throughout the year to gather with friends.  See below for summaries of past activities. Additional information can be found on the Events page or the Events Calendar.

Join our Neighborhood Association!

The 2020–2021 association year starts in October. All memberships expire then and we begin rebuilding. Help by renewing right away. You may fill out the form in the December Parade newsletter and return it with a check for your dues, OR fill out the membership form here AND pay via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/whhna?locale.x=en_US or send a check to WHHNA PO Box 3115, Durham, NC 27715. If you are using the membership form and sending a check rather than using PayPal, please leave a note in the comments section of the form to tell us that your check is being mailed. 

People sometimes says that they would like to volunteer for the neighborhood, but that work, the kids, PTA, parents, and a host of other commitments make volunteering, at least right now, out of the question.
If you’re in this situation, don’t apologize — these other commitments come first and, in their own way, contribute to the welfare of the whole community. The one thing you can do — the most important thing you can do — is to make sure you are a member of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association. It costs just $6 per adult, but it means so much more. It is your vote of confidence in your neighbors who serve on the board and on committees. It validates the efforts of your neighbors who organize events like Night of Lights and the Fourth of July. It makes us strong when we enter into discussions with developers or city hall.

It’s the best $6 investment you’ll make this year!

Upcoming 2020 Events

35th Annual Night of Lights 12/20/20 Yes! we are still on for Sunday 12/20/20. The rain will stop!

Our 35th annual Night of Lights (NOL) celebration will be held on Sunday December 20th .

On Night of Lights we line the streets with luminaries, brightening our neighborhood with the warming glow of candlelight. This year the Watts-Hillandale Mutual Aid group will lead the effort. To comply with COVID protocols and to be extra careful, all luminary orders will be contactless and delivered to your door! Luminary kits will consist of ten white paper bags and ten votive candles. Kits are $5 each. Order as many kits as you’d like (order for a neighbor!) online at https://tinyurl.com/WattsHillandaleLuminaries, or email your order to: asa.eger@gmail.com by Tuesday 12/15. After you submit the form, a PayPal link will appear where you can make your payment. If you would rather pay by check, please make it to “Camille Warren”, and send it to 2107 Sunset Ave.

We have some sand available at 2113 Wilson. We will not include sand this year, to eliminate congregating around the old sand heap. We encourage you to weigh down your bags using your own earth, sand, stones, or bird seed which can become a yummy treat for birds and squirrels. All kits will be delivered to your door on Friday, 12/18 or Saturday 12/19. The rain date for NOL is Wednesday, December 23rd – announcements about postponement due to weather will be posted to the neighborhood listserv and here by that Saturday.

Proceeds from the sale of luminaries will be divided between the Watts-Hillandale Mutual Aid (WHMA) Fund and the Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) Community Café. 

Annual meeting 10/15/2020

This year the annual meeting will be held virtually. A Zoom link, the slate of nominees for the Board of Directors, and the agenda will be posted to the neighborhood listserv and here. We hope that neighbors will attend the meeting and join the WHHNA by paying the annual $6 dues.  See you on October 15th!

Highlights of previous events from  2019

ArtWalk 2019

The 17th Annual Watts Hospital Hillandale and Old West Durham ArtWalk was Sunday, November 10, from noon until 5 pm. The map of artists and hosts that participated can also be found at ArtWalk Map 2019.

Annual meeting 10/10/2019

Each year we gather for updates to neighborhood happenings and elect our WHHNA board and, of course, renew our association memberships.  This year the meeting was held in the Lecture Hall of the Educational Technology Complex on the NCSSM campus at 7 PM. The power point presentation regarding the West Club Blvd. Corridor Utility Rehabilitation can be found here. The presentation regarding the Ellerbe Creek Sanitary Sewer Outfall Replacement Project can be found here. The presentation regarding the Stormwater Project can be found here Information about these and other projects of the Durham Water Department can be found here.

National Night Out 8/6/2019

This is an opportunity to get to know neighbors.  Held at the home of Kim and Tom Miller 1110 Virginia Ave.  For details go HERE

July 4th Parade

70th Annual Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July parade and Celebration Thursday, July 4th 2019 @ Oval Park. Click here for me details.

Neigborhood Meeting with staff from the Tax Department

 The WHHNA had the opportunity to meet with staff from the Durham County Tax Administration office to hear about the revaluation process. The program was held at 6:30 p.m. on January 14 in the Education Technology Complex (ETC) Lecture Hall at NCSSM.
 
To learn more about the reappraisal process, visit www.dconc.gov and go to the Tax Administration page.

Useful 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.

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