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					        Travel and tourism news briefs about Orange County, North Carolina,
           including the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough

                         Volume IX, Number 3——March 3, 2010
UNC Spring Football Game on ESPN
                                      The University of North Carolina will hold its
                                      Blue-White Spring Football Game on Saturday,
                                      April 10 at 3 pm., and for the first time in school
                                      history, the game will be televised nationally by
                                      ESPN. Admission to the Blue-White Game is free.
                                      Head coach Butch Davis will divide the teams into
                                      two squads and the Tar Heels will play four 12-
                                      minute quarters.

                                       Tar Heel Town moves to the Bell Tower and
inside Kenan Stadium beginning at 12:00 noon. There will be a Pregame autograph
session with the players and the head coach, Game day and tailgating food offerings,
games, football and cheerleading drills for all young Tar Heel fans, live music, Rameses,
face painting, Bell Tower climb, poster giveaways, fantastic prizes and more.

"The Blue-White Game is an excellent opportunity to showcase our football program and
we are thrilled ESPN has chosen to telecast our contest," said Davis, who welcomes back
19 starters from last year's team. In addition to the returning upperclassmen, the game
also will feature several young players who will make a significant impact this season."

Free parking will be available in the Bowles Lot, Manning Lot, Williamson Lot
(Disability), Craige Deck, Jackson Deck, and Cardinal Deck. Check
for all parking and transportation updates as the day approaches.

(Photo by Jeffrey Camarati, UNC Athletic Communications)

                                        Make Plans to Be in Kenan Stadium
                                       for the 2010 Football Season
                                          Six home games and a season-opening contest in
                                          Atlanta vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff
                                          highlight North Carolina's 2010 football
                                          schedule. Carolina's home slate features games
                                          against Georgia Tech (Sept. 18), East Carolina
                                          (Oct. 2), Clemson (Oct. 9), William & Mary (Oct.
                                          30 - Homecoming), Virginia Tech (Nov. 13) and
                                          NC State (Nov. 20). Season tickets are on sale at
                                 Tickets for the UNC vs. LSU
                                          can also be purchased on the website. The 2010
Tar Heel's returning starters include all-star candidates Marvin Austin (DT), Robert
Quinn (DE), Bruce Carter (LB), Quan Sturdivant (LB), Kendric Burney (CB), Deunta
Williams (S), Zack Pianalto (TE) and Greg Little (WR).

Last year, Carolina finished No. 6 nationally in total defense, won eight games for the
second consecutive season and earned a second straight bowl bid.

(Photo of Kenan Stadium by UNC Athletic Communications)
Area Restaurants and Chefs Nominated for James Beard Awards

                                Several Triangle chefs and restaurants are among the
                                semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation's annual
                                awards, considered the Oscars of the food world.

                               Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill is one of the Triangle
                               restaurants nominated in the nation's outstanding
                               restaurant category. A handful of Triangle chefs have
                               been nominated in the Best Chef of the Southeast
                               category: Ashley Christensen of Poole's in Raleigh; Scott
Howell of Nana's in Durham; Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill; and Bill Smith
of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill. Smith was a finalist last year in the same category.

"I'm really happy," said Gene Hamer, owner of Crook's Corner. "It's wonderful that Bill
Smith is getting the recognition he deserves...I've been very fortunate to have two great
chefs - Bill Neal and Bill Smith." The finalists will be named March 22 at an invitation-
only event in New Orleans. The winners will be announced May 3 at Lincoln Center in
New York. The James Beard Foundation is named after a chef and cookbook author who
was an early champion for American cuisine. The foundation, created after Beard's death,
supports and recognizes culinary and food writing talent.
PlayMakers Announces 2010-2011 Season

                                    PlayMakers Repertory Company will present its
                                    first musical in more than a decade with "Big River."
                                    The multiple Tony Award-winner, written by Roger
                                    Miller and based on Mark Twain's "Huckleberry
                                    Finn," is part of the lineup for the theater's 35th
                                    season. The Red Clay Ramblers will perform during
                                    the production.

The professional theater company in residence at UNC also will present its first staging
of an August Wilson play, "Fences," during its 2010-2011 main-stage season. Additional
main-stage productions will be William Shakespeare's beloved comedy "As You Like It";
"Shipwrecked! An Entertainment" by Donald Margulies; and Tony Kushner's
groundbreaking "Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2," presented in rotating repertory.
PlayMakers also will present three thought-provoking shows in its second-stage season,
the PRC2 series. The series will begin with "Happy Days" by Nobel Prize winner Samuel
Beckett and conclude with literary lion Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking." A
third play is yet to be announced.
All performances will be presented in UNC's Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club
Road. Main-stage productions will be in the Paul Green Theatre; PRC2 shows, in the
Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre. Theatergoers also will see some cosmetic changes. This
summer, the Paul Green Theatre will get new seats, carpeting and wall covering. The
lights also will be upgraded to be more energy efficient and to meet the theater's artistic
needs. For information call (919) 962-PLAY (7529).
North Carolina High School Basketball Championships in Chapel Hill

                                       The North Carolina High School Basketball
                                       Championships return to the Dean Smith Center
                                       on the UNC Campus on March 13. The Smith
                                       Center will host the 1-A and 3-A classifications.
                                       Games are tentatively scheduled for Noon, 2:30
                                       pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. The order at this point is 1-
                                       A women, 1-A men, 3-A women and then 3-A
                                       men. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the

The following hotels are offering special rates for the championships: Courtyard by
Marriott, Days Inn, The Franklin Hotel, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Chapel Hill,
Residence Inn by Marriott, Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel and The Siena Hotel. Visit for accommodation details. Check the NCHSAA website for the
participating teams or call (919) 962-2345.
Birdhouses on Parade Welcome Spring at The Carolina Inn
                                  Get ready for spring during the 9th annual Birdhouses
                                  on Parade at The Carolina Inn. The historic hotel will
                                  showcase uniquely crafted birdhouses and feeders by
                                  North Carolina artists.

                                 Some of the special events during the March 21-April
                                 11 event include Happy Hour with a cappella group Tar
                                 Heel Voices, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Easter
                                 Brunch, Cinderella Tea with the Triangle Youth Ballet,
                                 Egg Decorating, a live raptor exhibit and more. The
event opens on March 21 with a community open house from Noon - 4 pm. Be the first
in line to view these wonderful birdhouse displays and enjoy light refreshments. The
birdhouses will be on display daily from 10 am - 8 pm. For information, call (919) 918-
FRANK is Ready to Make Debut on April 9

                                           The new arts gallery collective located at 109
                                           East Franklin Street and sporting work by over
                                           seventy artists in its 3400 square feet of space at
                                           the former Kerr Drug building, will open on
                                           Friday, April 9. It will join in the tradition
                                           of the 2nd Friday Artwalk, an arts-driven
                                           monthly event. With twenty-five member artists
and 40 consigning artists, all chosen by jury, there will surely be a diverse array of talent
lighting up Franklin Street.

“The space looks spectacular and our artist’s range from award winning painters,
sculptors, ceramists, metal workers, textile artists and jewelry makers,” said Gordon
Jameson, chairman of the board of FRANK, which is a 501(c)(3), and received a start-up
loan from the Town of Chapel Hill’s small business revolving fund. “FRANK is more
than an art gallery; it’s a movement,” said Jameson. We visualize FRANK as one of a
handful of new businesses that will attract a new customer to downtown Chapel Hill and
bring new, incremental business to the town’s daytime and evening economies.”
Hand in Hand With Nature: Chapel Hill Garden Tour is April 17-18

                                  The 2010 Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour is April
                                  17 from 10 am - 4 pm and April 18 from 11 am - 4 pm.
                                  The self guided tour includes eight gardens in the Lake
                                  Forest Neighborhood.

                                   Developed in the 1940's and 50's, this neighborhood
                                   offers a combination of rustic charm and sophisticated
                                   plantings. Wooded hills, lakefront views and winding
                                   brooks provide a unified setting for a variety of homes
                                   and gardens. Flowering trees and shrubs are under-
                                   planted with bulbs, azaleas and other spring delights.
                                   Tucked away in this sheltering landscape, the gardens
on this tour offer a nature preserve and sculptures from the dramatic to the whimsical as
well as striking water features and unusual specimen plants.

The newly completed Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, with its
many novel green features, provides an additional attraction, plus amenities such as the
Garden's annual plant sale. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 day of tour and age 16 and
under are free, when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The tour is rain or shine.

For more information, call the North Carolina Botanical Garden at (919) 962-0522.
Proceeds benefit the Botanical Garden and the educational/community service projects of
the Chapel Hill Garden Club.

(Photo by Anne Wood Humphries)
Renee Montague Gallery Opens in Hillsborough

                           Renee Montague has opened a new gallery and studio at
                           132 W. King Street in Hillsborough. Her most recent
                           work was inspired by the Eno River at Ayr Mount. These
                           watercolors created by interaction with the river itself are
                           painted with brilliant autumn colors and deep, rich, black
                           ink on paper. Sizes range from tapestry length, 48 inches
                           to 58 inches to more conventional sizes of 22 inches x 30
                           inches suitable for framing. Gallery hours are 11 am - 4
pm Wednesday through Friday or by appointment. Call (919) 485-9754.

Montague is also the Gallery Coordinator at the new Hillsborough Arts Council
Gallery at 220 S. Churton Street. For the latest exhibit information, call (919) 643-2500.

(Eno River at Ayr Mount by Renee Montague. Interactive watercolor, painted "with" the
Eno River at Ayr Mount, 22" x 30")
Ladies Night Out Hillsborough Celebrates Sweet Spring

                             Hillsborough’s downtown merchants are in planning for the
                             April 22 Ladies Night Out event which will take place along
                             Churton and King streets and include a merchants-drive
                             celebration titled Ladies Night Out: Sweet Spring. The
                             event from 6 to 9 pm will include street music and
                             entertainment, Hillsborough-designed cupcakes for shoppers;
                             and special spring flower seeds for planting, compliments of
                             Burpee. Ladies Night takes place twice a year in
                             Hillsborough; with the fall event scheduled for November

The event turns the spotlight on Hillsborough’s historic downtown and the local business
owners/operators who collaborate to showcase Hillsborough to new and returning
customers. Some of the shops participating include: Hillsborough Yarn Shop, Melissa’s
Designer Jewelry, Dallas Pridgen Jewelry, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Churton Street
Arts Gallery, Purple Crow Books, Weaver Street Market, Vintage Revival, Hillsborough
Wine Shop and more.

(Photo by Jay Booth)
Studio 91, Popular Gallery and Wine Bar To Open in Glen Lennox

                                   Studio 91 will open at the end of April in the Glen
                                   Lennox Shopping Plaza on Raleigh Road where-- in
                                   addition to the gallery and wine bar-- private meeting
                                   space will now be available to those who pay an annual
                                   membership fee. Studio 91, formerly in Meadowmont
                                   Village, carries canvas art - originals and limited
                                   edition giclees. Most of the giclees are hand
                                   embellished so you get a touch of the artist's originality
                                   without the cost of an original.

The style of art Studio 91 carries one similar theme - it all seems to capture, "Life as it
happens,” says Annette Girman, who—with her husband—own and operate Studio 91.
The new space was designed for those who want to host private parties for, say, the
Carolina, Duke, State or Carolina Hurricanes Hockey games, as an example. The space
can be used for private events, board meetings and client hosting and business
entertainment. The private Studio 91 will have two flat screen TVs and free WiFi.
There will be access to a private outdoor cigar patio from this lounge; expanded food
selections from crafted menus from next door restaurants, Jujube and Bin 54; special
member pricing for winemaker’s tastings is included and one complimentary private
room rental is a part of the membership benefits. For details, call (919) 933-3700.
New Sunday Jazz Series Comes to West Franklin Street
                             The Sunday Evening Jazz Series in downtown Chapel Hill
                             is a collaboration between West End Wine Bar owner Jared
                             Resnick and Jim Ketch, noted local artist and Professor of
                             Music and Director of Jazz Studies at UNC Chapel Hill.
                             Music starts at 7:30 pm and admission is $4.

                               “We want the West End Wine Bar to be known as the place
                               to see live jazz in Chapel Hill and the Triangle,“says
                               Resnick. “There are so many talented musicians locally and
                               regionally without a regular place to play. Our Sunday
                               Evening Series will fill that need and we hope to grow it
into a night local jazz fans look forward to.” The March schedule is 7th: Al Neese Jazz
Project; 14th: Jon Metzger Quartet; 21st: Peter Lamb and the Wolves and 28th: Jim
Ketch Quartet. The Sunday Evening Jazz Series is sponsored by West End Wine Bar,
Carolina Brewery and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. The West End Wine Bar is
located at 450 West Franklin Street.
The Front Porch Bar & Grill Coming to Downtown Franklin Street

                                  When native Chapel Hillian’s Jennifer (Scott) Cox and
                                  Mason Cox got married out of college, they purchased a
                                  home in Chapel Hill and looked forward to their
                                  favorite activity of swinging on the front porch and
                                  enjoying the Southern Part of Heaven. When work
                                  took them to Morehead City for ten years they often
                                  reminisced about Chapel Hill and knew that Chapel Hill
                                  was where they wanted to return to and raise a family.
                                  Now living back in Chapel Hill and raising a young
                                  family, Jennifer and Mason—with a third partner—
                                  Jennifer’s dad Billy Scott—purchased space at 143 East
Franklin Street for a new restaurant that would put them back in the heart of Chapel Hill
and serve as a reminder of one of their favorite memories.

The Front Porch Bar and Grill will open “in spring,” says Jennifer with hopeful plans
of a grand opening before Mother’s Day and Commencement, a weekend that brings tens
of thousands of visitors to Chapel Hill—most of whom enjoy a meal on Franklin Street.
Jennifer says the restaurant will cater to those who want an affordable lunch and dinner,
an American Grill style; including soups, salads and sandwiches. Jennifer, an ECU
graduate and Mason, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate, have a sense of what Tar Heels want
in a meal and they plan to deliver it to them. The restaurant will serve wine and beer and
Jennifer says she hopes they will stay open seven days a week but they have not finalized
their hours yet.

(Photo E. Franklin Street, downtown Chapel Hill)
March 11 is 'Meeting Madness' at The William and Ida Friday Center
                                               On March 11 area hospitality leaders
                                               will hold a luncheon event from 11:30
                                               am - 1:30 pm for UNC campus officials
                                               who make decisions and plan meetings
                                               and events. It's designed to make the
                                               officials aware of the wide array and
                                               number of diverse hotel and meeting
                                               options that are available to host their
                                               events in Orange County. The event is
                                               part of the "Book Local" effort noting
                                               the economic importance of booking
meetings and conferences in Orange County's hotels and meeting facilities.

Visitors Bureau sales director Linda Ekeland, together with area hoteliers and chefs, will
host the March Meeting Madness event offering a fabulous lunch buffet, and great
prizes; all while decision makers can learn about and meet with area meeting facilities.
Free shuttle service is available to the Friday Center from in front of Memorial Hall on
Cameron Ave from 11:15 am to Noon, with returning service from 1 pm - 1:30 pm. Your
Business Card will get you into the luncheon, however you must RSVP to Tina Fuller at
the Visitors Bureau or call (919) 968-2060. Leading up to the luncheon there will be a 2-
day blitz of campus meetings planners on March 9-10 by area hoteliers and meeting site
Local Tourism Industry News Briefs & Updates

                       Sean Rowe is the new General Manager of the Residence Inn by
                       Marriott Chapel Hill Hotel.

                       Stephanie Orlando is Director of Sales for the new Aloft Chapel
                       Hill Hotel which is scheduled to open next month.

                       Windows at The Franklin Hotel at 311 W. Franklin Street now
                       offers hotel guests a complimentary buffet breakfast with a wide
assortment of favorites, from an omelet stand to pancakes, grits and bacon and sausage.
If you are not staying at the hotel but would like to have breakfast at Windows, you are
encouraged to do so. Adults: $12.95; children ages 6 through 12: $9.95; and children 6
and under, complimentary. Call (919) 442-9000. Parking is available behind the hotel.

Cup A Joe Coffeehouse is celebrating sixteen years in the Timberlyne Shopping Center
off Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill. On March 13, to commemorate the past sixteen
years, everything in the coffeehouse will be 16% off; all drinks, pastries, t-shirts, mugs,
coffee brewing items, and more. Owner Robbie Roberts will be in the store, brewing
coffee for his customers, just like he did when the shop first opened. He’ll be
demonstrating new coffee brewing methods from 11 am - 4 pm, along with giving away
products and offering pastry and coffee samples. Cup A Joe will also hold their weekly
trivia night at 6 pm.
El Rodeo is now Cinco De Mayo Mexican Restaurant and Cantina at 1502 E. Franklin

2010 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Orange County Arts Commission.

The 2010 version of the Walk Carrboro Map is available. Drop by the Visitors Center
at 501 W. Franklin Street for your copy. Visit for details.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host its sixth annual LEGO-palooza
exhibit March 13, 11 am - 4 pm and March 14, 1 pm - 4 pm. The exhibit features
dozens of LEGO models and scenes created by members of the North Carolina LEGO
Users Group (LUG). In past years, the LUG team has exhibited everything from space
stations to castles inspired by the Harry Potter books. Visit Morehead to see this free
exhibit, created especially for children 4 and older accompanied by their parents or

Earth Action Day is April 10 from Noon - 5pm at the Southern Community Park (next
to Southern Village off 15-501 S). This free event features live entertainment by local
celebrities, local food prepared by your favorite restaurants and performances by the
Paperhand Puppet Intervention, the Sacrificial Poets, and the Youth Performing Arts
Conservatory. See the debut of Natural Selections- a photo exhibition of ecologically
themed images by local artists. Kids will have the opportunity to meet live animals from
the Piedmont Wildlife Center and craft art projects using recycled materials with Kidzu
Children's Museum.

The exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century
to the Present, traveled from UNC's Southern Historical Collection to Hillsborough.
The exhibit is open until April 2 at the Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N.
Churton Street. Photographs include Coretta Scott King and Billy Strayhorn, as well as
Central High School memorabilia, and other artifacts that relate the African American
experience. The exhibit and artifacts cover a variety of topics including enslavement, the
Civil War and Reconstruction, education, community and the Civil Rights movement.
Admission to the exhibit and the Orange County Historical Museum is free of charge. For
more information, contact (919) 732-2201 or visit

Media Mentions
Gulf Rim Café in Hillsborough was featured on the February 18 North Carolina
Weekend on WUNC-TV.

The Food Network will be featuring Sugarland at 140 E. Franklin Street in a new show
the network is doing about great places to have dessert. The show will star Adam
Gertler. Sugarland's Gelato will be featured, showing how they make it, as well as their
gelato martinis. Filming will take place by mid-April. Also, look out for a coming
Sugarland mention in Southern Living and Southern Wedding magazines.
Woody Durham, the Voice of the Tar Heels, is featured in the March issue of Our State

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