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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.

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When Josh Collins returned to Hillsborough a few years back to help his dad with health issues, he had just started his own business as a sort of one-stop brand marketing company in the hopes that he could develop a core of clientele that would pay for his blend his artistic and tech talents…

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If the walls at the Colonial Inn could talk, they would likely be gushing over all the changes, renovations and the anticipation of once again being the center jewel of King Street in Hillsborough. If the floors could talk, they might ask how anyone can walk as fast as Elise Tyler, the centr…

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Bob Burtman takes his seat behind a desk surrounded by and covered with a complex layout of keyboards, buttons, controls, readouts, levels, dials, cords, mics and switches. Burtman looks over it all, and then pulls a disinfectant wipe from a container and begins to meticulously and lightly r…

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Parents: If you’ve been struggling to keep your children entertained throughout the COVID-19 crisis, you’re about to get a lifeline thrown your way.

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A recent post on the Saratoga Grill’s Facebook page announced the return of the longtime Hillsborough favorite. Unlike many restaurants and other businesses entering a reopening phase of the COVID-19 world we live in, the Saratoga is coming back from the loss in February of one of its founde…

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The radius is the line that runs from the center to the perimeter of a circle. When you have more than one radius, or radii, you begin to create wedges. When you put enough of those wedges together you get something that resembles a pizza. Kate Carroll, who opened a pizzeria in 2013 with her…

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At the Hillsborough home of Charity Curley Mathews, it would not be unusual to wake up to the smell of steel-cut oats with chocolate chips or a cheese omelet with cherry tomatoes. What might seem unusual are the ones making the breakfast food: children ages 5, 7, 9 and 10 years old. Such is …

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WHUP announced today that half the proceeds from its annual spring fundraiser will be donated in support of Hillsborough service industry workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The WHUP 50/50 Event, which will run May 3-9, will help stoke the ongoing World’s Biggest Tip Jar campaign c…

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As nearly the entire human race continues to undergo differing versions of sheltering in place, finding some form of entertainment has nearly become an art form.

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Cup-A-Joe’s says it’s open and welcomes your business. But you’ll need to leave your personal containers at home. The Orange County Health Department yesterday advised the popular coffee shop to end its practice of allowing customers to bring their own mugs or travel cups to be filled by its…

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When it was finally able to raise the curtain, the 30 or so members of the Orange High School Drama Club were uncertain if its efforts to raise money benefitting Haiti would be successful.

Rising Gulf Coast Records recording artist Diana Rein brings her 2020 Queen Of My Castle Tour (named for her most recent album) to Hillsborough, performing at Nash Street Tavern, 250 S. Nash St., Thursday, March 12.