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Do you remember your first date? Do you remember what you did, where you went? Did you go to a movie or to dinner? Maybe you went to a concert, or a race. An upcoming exhibit at the Orange County Historical Museum might help jar your memory.

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The price of gas has gone up. I know this well, as I fill up my car each week. I’ve seen on social media that the new administration is to blame, but presidents rarely have an effect on the price of gas. The recent gas price jump is likely more to do with the declining number of positive Cov…

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Squeezed between a couple of shops in a row on King Street in downtown Hillsborough, the tiny Tacos Los Altos just managed to get a little bit bigger. The popular Mexican restaurant just opened an expanded dining area and is waiting on the Orange County Health Department to give it the OK to…

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Visual artists are often mischaracterized as people who draw (no pun intended) from inspiration and talent; who just see the world differently and ‘lose themselves’ in the artwork and process. But just as is the case with the performing arts — and in athletics — inspiration and talent are th…

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How much does Aubrey Williams enjoy working at WCHL 97.9 The Hill? So much that she’s done it twice, the first time from 2003 to 2012, and the second time from 2016 to present. During Williams’ stint away from WCHL, she worked for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

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Film Fest 919 (FF919) founders Carol Marshall and Randi Emerman have been bringing award-winning cinema to the big screens of Orange County since 2018. Making a home at the Silverspot Cinemas, the dynamic duo was forced to pivot their business model amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As theaters cl…

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Hillsborough Cheer and Dance Co. has found its groove. The local small business recently took a group of girls ranging in ages from 5-years-old to 14-years-old, to Fort Mill, S.C., to participate in a competitive dance event. To say they rocked the dance floor is an understatement.

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Retreat with your Valentine to the Spring Haven Farm for hot cocoa and cuddling with goats. Tucked between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, this 10-acre farm is home to two Highland cows, six turkeys, four pigs, three rabbits, one donkey, 100 chickens, three dogs, 25 Guinea keets, three horses,…

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Who had bigger shoes to fill: Bill Guthridge or Aaron Keck? OK, so maybe that’s not fair to Keck, given Guthridge had the hugely unenviable task of filling the shoes once worn by legendary UNC Tar Heel Coach Dean Smith. But Keck is faced with the daunting job of filling the vacancy left by R…

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In a town like Hillsborough, which softly boasts a well-regulated army of storytellers, it’s a wonder there are any secrets left to be told. But they’re there, sometimes tucked into layers of wallpaper or behind a cabinet door that can’t be opened without the pry of a butterknife or flathead…

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It’s taken a while, but after almost 10 months of silence, Tony Lopez and Nathan Andrews are again cranking up the Volume in downtown Hillsborough, although they’re not yet able to go from level 10 to 11 just yet.

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Most industries and businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19 and all the restrictions put in place in hopes of curbing its spread. Local tourism is no exception, as shuttered points of interest, restaurants, entertainment events, and other means for attracting people and their money to the …

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The Cool Spring Downtown District worked in collaboration with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s staff to install “The Unity Bell”—a new, temporary art installation—on an art pad at the corner of Hay and Green streets on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Artist John Shoneman, who hails fro…

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A short tour of Allan Gurganus’ home offers a curious peek at the method by which he collects things. Busts, artwork, framed portraits and books, all placed perfectly, lovingly and with careless order. Gurganus’ latest book, “The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus,” is the writer’s sixth.…

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The results of the Gingerbread Competition have been announced, and the winner is: the Hillsborough community. The fundraising contest registered 680 total votes and pulled in $3,200 for the Community Giving Fund’s Housing Assistance program.

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to North Carolina! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in March 2021.

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If Hillsborough is a hotbed of talented writers, then Purple Crow Books is a hotbed of their works. Notched in a row of old storefronts on King Street in downtown, the little independent bookstore boasts the most complete collection of local authors, poets, storytellers and journalists withi…

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Three weeks ago I looked out my living room window and – much to my surprise — saw big fat snowflakes dancing downward from the clouds. Unpredicted by the weather service, the snow felt like a Christmas miracle, since even a 30-minute squall is rare this early in central North Carolina. With…

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“What do you want for Christmas?” For much of my life, I’m somewhat ashamed to say, my answer to that question has come from a place in my brain that enjoys material things. This year has cast a whole new light on what I find valuable and precious. This is a sign of maturity, and I’m glad I’…

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Local entrepreneurs are sponsoring a Gingerbread Competition in Historic Downtown Hillsborough to spread cheer over the holidays and promote donations to a local fund to prevent community members from being displaced during COVID-19 and financial insecurity.

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Bakova Gallery, a venue that combined cutting-edge artwork with its cocktail bar and event space, has closed its doors, and set its sights to re-open in Greenville, S.C., according to a statement released by the gallery’s owners.

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Hillsborough’s first-annual Holiday Wreath Stroll is underway. Residents and businesses are showcasing their creativity with festive wreaths and outdoor displays. From the historic district to the outskirts of town, people can wander the city streets or explore by car. 

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If the weather outside is frightful, or even whether it’s quite delightful, the Hillsborough Arts Council is treating everyone to an early gift. The HAC Holiday Special is a live event from the HAC Writers Series that will be broadcast online via Zoom, and will be available on the Arts Counc…

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One December, for four hours and $100, I worked as a pet store Santa Claus. It was my wife who first learned of this gig. She had been hired to played the part of a fairy princess for a Halloween event, and learned of the need for someone to play Santa. We were a young family with three youn…

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When I was growing up, Thanksgiving with my family was never about “crazy uncles” or exposing long-forgotten skeletons. I have three sisters, so any time spent crowded around a table of food was ripe with opportunities for arguments. Even as two of my sisters slumped into their teenage years…

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If there ever was a symbol of perseverance, strength and heart, it may be the Colonial Inn, which has, dating back to it’s less-than-exact first years, weathered wars, depressions, recessions, hurricanes, boom times, closings, decay, questionable additions and, yes, a pandemic. Just notches …

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The table was nearly set for Nomad. The dishes were arriving, bar equipment was being installed. Potential hires were being interviewed and kitchen training was underway. “Coming soon” wasn’t just the perfect, albeit cliché headline for the restaurant set in a renovated movie house. It was t…

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Antonia’s Italian Cuisine is one of two restaurants listed on a class action lawsuit filed against the online and app-based food delivery service Grubhub. The Hillsborough restaurant has joined The Farmer’s Wife from Sebastopol, Ca., in taking legal action for Grubhub’s alleged use of names,…

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Eryk Pruitt hasn’t mellowed. He’s just made a promise to himself to ease up on his complaints until next year if the state government eased restrictions on bars. Pruitt owns Yonder Southern Cocktails and Brew with his wife and business partner, Lana Pierce, and their smiles have been more fr…

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The Orange County Health Department is echoing the words from the Centers for Disease Control and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in urging residents to forgo traditional Halloween activities because of concerns for spreading COVID-19.

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The Smith-Breeden family has, for many years, gone above and beyond to show their spirit for Halloween, often filling nearly every inch of their yard with creepy and scream-worthy displays. This year, though, the family decided to try something more (clears throat) humerus.

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An effort to draw attention to an often overlooked, yet growing force in Country-Americana music is hitting warp speed with the Country Soul Songbook Summit, which will take place Oct. 15-18. The four-day online music festival and conference will feature performances, conversations and inter…

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The Tarheel Antiques Festival returns to the Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy the weekend of October 17 and 18. The event, which was inspired by a visit from Mike and Frank, stars of the History Channel TV show “American Pickers.”

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In light of COVID-19, the 4th annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out has gone virtual, and statewide! The Orange County Arts Commission and the Hillsborough Arts Council are excited to kick off Paint it NC Plein Air Paint-outstarting Wednesday, October 7 and running through Tuesday, Octo…

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WHUP 104.7 FM, Hillsborough’s own local radio station, announced today that half the proceeds from its annual fall fundraiser will be donated to support Orange County musicians who have been most affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. Proceeds from the WHUP 50/50 Event, which will run October 12…

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In the Broadway musical Hamilton, there’s a line that is repeated throughout that refers to how the retelling of events and peoples’ lives is often out of your hands. “You have no control, who lives, who dies, who tells your story.” It’s a notion that makes Amanda Boyd, Visitor Services Coor…

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The Efland Seafood Festival is back on, albeit smaller, under the name Seafood Feast and not exactly as originally planned. Billed as a seafood, music and outdoor festival, COVID-19 cancelled the April 18 event that was planned for the Efland Ruritan Club.

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While it’s usually considered a good thing to “go down in history,” recently the Orange County Historical Museum has just been down. Closed late last year because of water damage, and then having to keep the doors locked because of COVID, the museum finally has good news as it has announced …

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Randall Kenan, an award-winning author and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill has died. The cause of his death has not been released. He was 57. 

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Carlos Gonzalez Garcia has a talent for making something beautiful from broken things. While that could be describing his work as a world-class mosaic artist, it also describes his hope to keep together his dream of opening NCMOSAIC, a school where Garcia will teach the art of mosaics at the…

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There’s a common belief that today’s youth suffer from a short attention span — that they’re unable to focus on one task for more than a few moments. Maggie Hales blows that idea to pieces. 18,240 pieces, to be specific.