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40 Talk of the Town The location, festivals, live music, community and the famous name behind all those Critters is what makes Bynum “the Chatham of Chatham” for our readers 42 Perfectly Paired Lori Golden and Jimmy Stubbs’ businesses were named as favorites in several Best of Chatham categories 44 New Kid on the Guac Mi Cancun, which opened in April, is already a reader favorite 45 Bigger is Better Dylan Perry is doubling down on the growing scene in downtown Pittsboro with an expansion of The Mod 46 A Starr is Born Now in a new space, Starrlight Mead is on the rise 48 Autumn’s Chill Fall calls for a neutral closet to pair with pops of color. Get through the longer days with these light blues and soft grays.

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50 Staycation, All I Ever Wanted Why leave Chatham when there’s so much to do here?

6 Letter from the Editor 20 5 Events You Won’t Want to Miss

56 The Lawn and the Short of It Advice from local pros for your yard, gardens and landscapes

22 Noted What we’ve heard around Chatham 32 Wellness The Chatham YMCA’s Red Rover fitness truck delivers mobile workouts

58 Best of Chatham 2019 Winners The full list of our annual readers’ favorites, from outdoor dining and craft beverages to bed & breakfasts and shopping.

113 Dining Guide 119 Weddings Kerry Cantrell & Dana Wicker Courtney Goldston & Brad Jones

FEATURES 28 Richmond Road Trip Our picks for Virginia’s capital city 82 Lesson Planning Willow Oak Montessori’s new head of school doesn’t mind “jumping … and waiting for the universe to catch up” 86 Education Guide A comprehensive directory of private, regional boarding and charter schools 98 Home Makeover These three couples worked with local design experts to give their homes new personalities

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A crowd of nearly 200 filled Forest Hall at Chatham Mills for the Harvest Abundance Dinner, an annual fundraising feast to benefit Chatham Mills Farmers Market. Guests enjoyed a gourmet buffet with most ingredients sourced from the fields and farms of market vendors. Dishes included a five-cheese quiche with spinach and shishito peppers; chicken tinga; tomato and garlic roasted lamb; and shepherd’s pie and tzatziki with tomatoes and onions. Local libations came from Fair Game Beverage Co., Chatham Cider Works, Thirsty Skull Brewing, Davenport’s Café Diem and FireClay Cellars. The Phoenix Bakery contributed hand-decorated cupcakes. CM

1 Maddie Baker, Kristen Scheckelhoff and Jason Butler. 2 Karen Pullen, John Bonitz and Elizabeth Bonitz. 3 Farrell Moose and David Pflugfelder. 4 Steve Thiedke and Bonnie Blake of FireClay Cellars. 5 Market Manager Cheryl McNeill and Kathleen Conroy. 6 The Phoenix Bakery provided handdecorated cupcakes.

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1 Robin Mitler, Patti Winters and Tim Winters, and Nancy Lepine with (front row, left to right) Charlie Mitler, 9, Elliott Winters, 8, Honor Winters, 5, Mila Jacobs, 6, and Sophie Jacobs, 8. 2 Claire Skinner, 11, and Parker Welt, 12. 3 Maddie Sparrow, 14, and Will Sparrow. 4 Deyanira Cavallaro, Zoe Cavallaro, 9, and Rod Cavallaro. 5 Tatum White, 9, and Phardia Adibe and Nulia Adibe, 9. 6 Jackson Vaughn and Molly Milsom, both 12.

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event at ODDCO.’s Lustron Living Room in August, combining live spectral rock from local musicians with her own improvisational art creation. In a show dubbed “Mahapey Sound & Vision,” Marcelle translated live music played by Corbie Hill, Thomas Baucom, Matthew French and Jerry Kee into a series of impressionist-style paintings on a black canvas for an audience of about 30. CM 1 Musicians Corbie Hill, Thomas Baucom, Jerry Kee and Matthew French. 2 Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski with a painting she created at the event. 3 Jason Calixto and Paul Sabisch. 4 John Makowski and Wendy Morris. 5 Amelia Mills, 9, Michelle Mills and Avery Mills, 12. 6 Snuffy Smith and Pam Smith. 7 Gail Fox and Rob Candler. 8 Marcelle creates a painting, translating music played by drummer Jerry Kee and the other musicians into visual art.

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Local business leaders, elected officials and regional economic experts packed the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center for the Chatham Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast update on development trends and future initiatives around the county. Chatham Education Foundation Executive Director Jaime Detzi discussed trends in early childhood literacy in Chatham schools, and Taylor Hobbs of Hobbs Architects reviewed his firm’s ongoing local projects. Julian “Bubba” Rawl of Preston Development Company, the developer of Chatham Park, layed out the neighborhood’s progress, including plans for a new movie theater and hotel in 2020 in the Mosaic mixed-use development, near Northwood High School. CM 1 Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Foundation Executive Director Emily Hare, CCCC’s Chatham Provost Mark Hall and Chatham YMCA Branch Executive Director Jessica Mashburn. 2 John Fugo of Montgomery Development and Sue Merritt of Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation. 3 Chatham Education Foundation’s Sarah Linkhorn and Jaime Detzi.

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Jeremiah Palmer, 11, sixth grade, and Carolyn Palmer, 13, eighth grade, both at J.S. Waters School, with little sister, Kinsley Palmer, 2.

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Fall-O-Ween is Siler City’s largest fall event with food trucks, music and a movie at Bray Park. Pumpkin-carving season has arrived with displays at both Fearrington Village and the Bynum Bridge. The night before Halloween, Fearrington Village transforms into a strollable outdoor pumpkin gallery. And on Halloween night, dozens of jack-o’-lanterns line Holly Days Tree Lighting Bynum Bridge. silercity.org; fearrington.com/pumpkinfest Celebration

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new handrails in May. Pittsboro welder Justin Green created the metalwork for the rails, each of which is adorned with a drawing by Pittsboro wildlife artist Beth Goldston of a local bird species. Edwin etched the drawings on to stainless steel discs for installation. Here Comes the Sun Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, which was certified as

an Earth Care Congregation in March, installed 110 solar panels in June. (Pictured is church treasurer Jerry Wehmueller during installation.) The panels are expected to produce 48,000 kilowatt-hours per year, which church officials hope will save as much as $7,680 in electric costs. Woods Charter School also announced plans to install a solar array after raising $35,000. The school plans to cover most of its roof with solar panels by the end of the school year, which it hopes will cut its electric bill in half. Bookin’ It Pittsboro author Wes J. Bryant (pictured here in Afghanistan in 2013) released “Hunting the Caliphate” in late August, co-written with retired Army two-star Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard. The joint memoir covers Wes’ career in U.S. Air Force special operations, including his role as a team leader in combat against ISIS.

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Pittsboro author Camille Andros announced her latest release, “From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton,” a picture book biography of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, who cofounded the first private orphanage in New York City and whose husband was Alexander Hamilton. Briar Chapel poet and essayist Andrew Taylor-Troutman released a collection

of his work, titled “Gently Between the Words,” in August. In it, Andrew guides readers through stories of death, parenting struggles, successes and failures that speak to larger questions of life. Mark Your Calendar Huckleberry Trail Farm, located off Highway 64 between Pittsboro and Siler City, holds its annual Fall Festival every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 27. There will be a 4.5-acre corn maze, a hayride, a pumpkin patch (cut your own pumpkin right off the vine), a cotton patch, duck races and more. A portion of funds raised from admission sales

in Chapel Hill founded NC Comicon. Now in its ninth year, the event returns to Durham Convention Center Nov. 8-10. Tommy says he plans Comicon each year to be everything that he remembered from similar shows he attended when he was a kid, as well as an opportunity to connect artists from across the country. “Most comic conventions nowadays kind of revolve around celebrities that oftentimes don’t have anything to do with comic books,” Tommy

into Marvel. All the says. “But we wanted to characters were in do something that really New York. Later showcases the creators.” I found out that This year will feature most comic guys James O’Barr, creator nowadays live all of the “The Crow,” over the and Japanese artist world.” Peach Momoko. As his Tommy says career took another highlight off, fond will be the film childhood festival’s screening memories of of the Godzilla visiting North movie “Destroy All Carolina and Monsters,” a title NC Tommy Lee Edwards, a self portrait. enjoying its seasonal Comicon has been changes led Tommy trying to land for years. and his wife, Melissa, to take a chance But Tommy’s mission, he says, is on Chatham, eventually landing in bringing the world of comics to his Silk Hope. And once he settled into its adopted home. “When you see a comic community of artists, he felt at home. book, a movie or other things, you “It’s the kind of feeling of don’t think it could be from somebody community that I didn’t have when I who lives in your neighborhood,” lived in Los Angeles,” Tommy says. Tommy says. “So it’s kind of fun to Tommy and Melissa raised their bring it to your neighborhood, bring two kids, Henry, 20, and Scarlett, artists and writers and all these people 18, here. Now after 20 years in who work on this stuff. When I was a Chatham, Tommy is a cornerstone in kid, I would’ve loved to meet the actual North Carolina’s growing role as an creators when I was growing up in entertainment hub. In 2010, he and Detroit. Sometimes I did, and it meant friend Alan Gill of Ultimate Comics the world.” – Hannah Lee „ October/November 2019

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performances by local musicians Tracy Lynn and Dave Smith. The event is free to Habitat volunteers, donors and supporters.

After two years in Pittsboro, the third annual Carolina Women’s Show will move to the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel on Oct. 18-19. The two-day event features 75 vendors, including New Horizons

On Oct. 21, CORA Food Pantry hosts its annual ACC vs. Big 10 Golf Challenge at Governors Club. Along with golf, the day will include a putting contest, live auction, raffle and awards dinner. Move Your Feet Three local schools will hold fun runs in October. Chatham Charter School’s third annual Color Run, which ends with runners being doused in colorful dye, caps off Knights Family Weekend on Oct 5. Pittsboro Elementary School will host the 10th annual Monster Dash on Oct. 12, featuring a 1-mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K and obstacle course. Woods Charter School hosts the Into The Woods 5K on Nov. 2.

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Lauren Scott (pictured center, with

scissors) celebrated the grand opening of her gymnastics facility, The Kid’s Gym, at 26 Knox Way with a ribbon cutting in August. A quiet, half-block stretch of green space on Rectory Street in Pittsboro was approved to become the future site of the Lewis Freeman Historic Park. Lewis was one of Pittsboro’s earliest black property owners, purchasing the site in 1811, along with three other properties in Pittsboro. Historians say early black property ownership played a key role in the founding of many North Carolina towns, though their stories were widely ignored in traditional histories. In Our Schools In August, Chatham Central High School history teacher Amy King was named the 2019 Gilder Lehrman North Carolina History Teacher of the Year and as a finalist for the 2019 national


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award, citing her “innovative methods of bringing history to life.” Pictured here is Amy (center) with Chatham Central High School Principal Dr. Karla Eanes and Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan.

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Dr. Ayize Sabater replaced Pete Rubinas

as the head of school at Willow Oak Montessori over the summer. Pete had been the head of school since July 2009. Willow Oak also broke ground in July (above) on a 30,000-square-foot school and 15-acre campus in north Chatham that will be the new home of both the charter school and Children’s House. See our Q-and-A with Ayize on page 82. Marian Taylor was

named assistant principal at Perry Harrison Elementary School. Marian

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R ichmond road t rip Our picks for Virginia’s capital city BY JE SSICA STRINGER P HOTOGRAP H Y COURTE SY OF RICH MON D REGION TOU RISM

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t’s hard to pinpoint Richmond, Virginia, for just one thing. The city is steeped in history – Revolutionary War figure Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech here, and it’s the hometown of barrier-breaking tennis player Arthur Ashe. It’s also all about the arts. Its museums teem with great works, and there are contemporary murals all over town that celebrate the past and the present. Richmond’s got an incredible culinary legacy that’s highlighted during the Fire, Flour & Fork food and drink festival, which returns for its sixth year starting Oct. 31. With so much going on, it’s worth making the three-hour drive from Chatham. Here’s how to spend a weekend in the River City this fall, inspired by some local favorites. 28

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The Viriginia Museum of Fine Arts is open 365 days a year and has free admission.


If you spend December weekends on the Chatham Artists Guild’s Studio Tour… Get lost in the galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Like the studio tour, the VMFA has free admission and has been around for decades. As I rode the elevator up, my fellow passenger shared with me that she was meeting her adult son. She told me the two of them dine at Amuse Restaurant – with its seasonal fare and cocktail list inspired by a current exhibit – every time he

visits and that it’s a must-try for out-of-towners. While I didn’t have time for the museum’s restaurant, I did check out the exquisite Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps and then, for something totally different, a section called “Modern: Painterly Abstraction and New Image.” The fall brings cooler temps for exploring the sculpture garden and the exhibit “Edward Hopper and the American Hotel,” featuring the painter’s early- to mid-20th century paintings of hotels, motels and boarding houses.  October/November 2019

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Sip your latte perched on a seat made from burlap coffee sacks, or take your latte to go and walk around the historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood that formerly served as a trading area and has been revitalized. If you savor hikes along the Haw… Stroll along the pathways on Brown’s Island. On a morning walk with Shop for both retro clothes and records at Blue Bones Vintage and Steady our dog, we passed Sounds on Broad Street. murals and cyclists and walked over a pedestrian bridge to get to this green oasis just minutes from our hotel. If you love to score finds at Surrounded by the James River, Brown’s Island has lovely Screaming For Vintage and shaded areas with great city views. The island regularly plays Hickory Mountain Antiques… Head to Blue Bones Vintage and Steady host to outdoor concerts and events, such as the Richmond Folk Festival, Oct. 11-13. Sounds on Broad Street. Together in one space, the former sells vintage denim, sweaters and a rainbow-colored assortment of sundresses while the latter carries records and cassettes. It’s a match made in heaven. If your day doesn’t truly begin until you’ve been to Davenport’s Café Diem … You'll find more than a hundred murals throughout the city. Get your caffeine fix at Shockoe Espresso and Roastery. From the Omni Richmond Hotel, where If you’ve enjoyed a pint at Carolina Brewery … we stayed, go a half-block down a Drink a beer at Väsen Brewing Company. Located in the cobblestone-lined alley to this cafe run Scott’s Addition neighborhood, home to a dozen other by Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, a breweries and distilleries, Väsen’s taproom brings elements nearly 30-year-old Virginia company. of the outdoors inside with long wooden picnic tables, 30

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barstools circled around a rock formation and an artsy reindeer mural. There’s 20 beers on tap here, including a Mexican lager and German-style wheat beer, but this is a sour beer fan’s paradise. We shared two small pours of the Raspberry Lime Otter and the Solbaer Blackcurrant Saison, bought a six-pack for later and waited as a rainstorm moved through. If you get competitive during House of Hops’ pickup cornhole and pingpong … Bring the family for more interactive games at Tang & Biscuit. Ten shuffleboard courts are the first thing you see when you walk in the loft-like space, but continue past the bar, and you’ll find table tennis, cornhole and giant Jenga. Though the name refers to the “tang” that pushes a “biscuit” across a shuffleboard court, the meaning is cleverly twofold as Southern biscuits and Tang-centric cocktails (yes, that orange powdered drink mix) feature prominently on the menu. With a Mango Tang-o in one hand, I tried my skills at a hook and ring game, enjoying loaded tater tots between turns. Thanks to its location in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood, Tang & Biscuit makes a good stop if you want to spend an afternoon brewery hopping and playing games – a few blocks away is Bingo Beer Co., home to Skee-Ball and pinball. If you crave barbecue from Allen & Son… You’ll wait in line for brisket at ZZQ. Sure, barbecue loyalists will argue whether North Carolina or Texas ’cue is king, but when both are excellent, what’s the point in playing favorites? Pitmasters Chris Fultz and Alex Graf built up a cult following in Richmond, hitching their smoker to Ardent Craft Ales for pop-ups before opening their own spot in 2018. Don’t forget to order the jalapeño mac-and-cheese, and then take your lunch out back to the patio. And for those who go hog wild over pork, ZZQ does their

pulled-pork sandwich with a Texas twist, serving it with Terlingua coleslaw made with red cabbage. If you eat at Oasis Fresh Market and Deli as often as you shop their gourmet market … Pop into Stella’s Grocery for baked goods, birthday cards, wine and beer. It’d be remiss of you to skip the sandwiches and prepared foods – they come straight from the kitchen of Richmond’s Greek grande dame, Stella Dikos, who opened her namesake restaurant, Stella’s, in 1983. Now, there are three locations of Stella’s Grocery, and another on the way, that sell feta, olive oil and spanakopita. It’s incentive enough to bring a cooler and take some back to Chatham. CM

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hen it comes to getting in shape, one of our readers’ favorite spots to exercise is the Chatham YMCA in Pittsboro, recognized in our Best of Chatham poll both this year and in 2018. With 1,600 members, Chatham's only YMCA branch moved into a new location on East Street last year. And this fall marks the return of its unmistakable fitness truck, the Red Rover. The big red van looks like a food truck, but instead of food, it carries everything from dumbbells and mats to step risers and push-pull sleds. The Red Rover started making stops in late

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September in Chapel Ridge as part of a weekly workout program for residents of that neighborhood. Sarah Wright, the Chatham YMCA healthy living director, spearheads the Red Rover program and teaches some of its classes. “If you love being outdoors,” then you’ll love this workout, she says. “We have a new class called the Vigorous 6.0. You’re

“With Chatham being such a large geographic county with distinct local communities, the Red Rover mobile unit allows the Y to increase its reach and visibility across the county while breaking down some barriers to physical activity by introducing group exercise to neighbors we may not otherwise see,” says Chelsea Butler, a Red Rover instructor who has worked with the van in Durham.

using your speed, strength, power and coordination with all this new equipment. “You know, in a group exercise studio, we don’t have tires you can flip. We don’t have sleds you can push. These classes are really going to push you to your hardest limit.” The Vigorous 6.0 workout often Red Rover workouts include TRX Suspension Training, which uses resistance bands involves splitting the attached to the van. class into two groups: the first group starts with strengthening sets at the van and Sarah adds, “[Chapel Ridge] is also a community where the second group does aerobics with it’s ... still in Chatham County, but they only have a gym and step-decks and barbells. The Red Rover aqua Zumba. So we wanted to help their community as well.” also has TRX suspension bands that A Red Rover workout offers benefits no indoor class can can attach at the top of the van so match, Sarah says. The mobile nature of the truck gets people participants can lift their body weight in outside and out of their routine while also introducing nonsuspended pushups and rows. members to fitness programs at the Y. Sarah says she hopes to Red Rover also has the potential to use Red Rover beyond Chapel Ridge this fall and is already benefit Chatham residents who live scouting for other locations – neighborhoods, shopping far from the Y or in rural areas. For centers, anywhere there’s room to work out. instance, the Rover can set up classes in “It’s really just a word of mouth right now,” Sarah says. Siler City, which has no YMCA branch “I would love to help smaller local businesses and have my but has almost double the residents classes there to [help] drive their business; it’s really a matter of Pittsboro. of hearing back.” CM 34

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The top Chatham recommendations from our readers, from outdoor dining and craft beverages to bed & breakfasts and local shops PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH MAN N

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aybe the best way to sum up the vibe and personality of Bynum – and why Chatham Magazine readers seem to love the little town so much – is to look at the picture on our cover. A few days before the photo shoot, we sent an email to Bynum locals Dawn Porter and Craig Greiner asking, if at all possible, could they gather a small group of Bynum’s artists, musicians and locals at the Bynum Bridge, on such short notice? You can see what happened next. Just after 6 p.m. on a humid summer weeknight, a handful, and then a crowd, and then a flood of more than 80 Bynum


We asked artists and musicians who call Bynum home to pose for a group picture. FROM LEFT Emma Skurnick, Jan Burger, Selden Lamoureux and Mongo, Cynthia Raxter, Ruth Winecker, Amanda and Craig Greiner with daughter Savanna, 2, Scotty Young (in rear), Virgile Johnson, Carla Lilley, Diane Swan, Martha Slattery, Patricia Martin and Clyde Jones.

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residents strolled down Bynum Road. It was a diverse mix, from brand-new babies to lifelong residents like Ron Hatley (in a “Straight out of Bynum” shirt), who is nearing the end of his seventh decade in town. Nearly all came on foot, since Bynum is too small to drive, save for one: as the crowd cheered, local folk art celebrity Clyde Jones buzzed down the road on his familiar red riding lawn mower. “I grew up in inner-city Pittsburgh,” says Craig, who has spent the last few years converting a dilapidated millhouse into a family home and a studio with his wife, Amanda, for her work as a painter and for his own as a photographer. “You’d sit out on your stoop and talk to neighbors,” Craig says. “Bynum is more like that than any housing development. We have artists, teachers, nurses, even military that live in the neighborhood. We have people who have been born here and people who just moved here.” Built as a mill town in the 1890s, Bynum consists of roughly 70 historic homes – most of which have one or two of Jones’ “Clyde Critter” statues out front – sprinkled through steep hills and streets just above where the Haw River meets Highway 15-501. But what makes up Bynum is debatable – anything off Bynum Road is a “yes,” but just across the highway, a quartermile from downtown, is known as “the suburbs.” Yet when we asked our readers about Chatham’s most unique places, events and things to do, Bynum popped up everywhere. In our “Uniquely Chatham Events” category, all four winners were either in Bynum or pass through it: the artsy Bridge Fest, Pumpkins on the Bynum Bridge and ClydeFEST are town originals, and the Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour has several stops in town. Our readers also named both Amanda’s and illustrator Emma Skurnick’s studios as favorites. Bynum Front Porch was a pick for the best live music venue, and our readers named the town as one of their top spots for a family outing, citing the hiking paths along the Haw, the rope swings hidden in the trees above the old dam, the canoe and kayak put-ins, fishing and camping spots and, of course, letting the kids chase fireflies on hot summer nights during the free Front Porch concerts. “I drive through little towns for work a lot,” says Craig, who travels as a manager for John Deere. “And they’ve died. Bynum doesn’t die. Bynum attracts people who like to volunteer and keep it as a community. “It’s contagious.” 42

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paired Lori Golden and Jimmy Stubbs’ businesses were named as favorites in several Best of Chatham categories BY MATT WHITE

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hen Lori Golden was starting out as a real estate agent in and around Pittsboro, she would often see out-of-town clients who wanted to get a feel for what life in Chatham might be like. She’d always send them to the same place: Allen & Son Bar-B-Que.


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“I would say, ‘Hey, you need to know North Carolina barbecue,’” says Lori, who started selling homes here in 2006. She wasn’t, she insists, just trying to drum up business for Jimmy Stubbs, who has served his barbecue at Allen & Son since the late 1990s – and who Lori met in 2009. “This was before I knew Jimmy,” Lori says. “It’s just that food connects Barbecue icon Jimmy Stubbs and real estate entreprenuer Lori Golden met when their sons played baseball together. people to one another [and] to a region. And real estate is the same way.” & Son BBQ, which has locations in The two finally met when their sons played baseball Sanford and Carthage. together at Northwood High School. They’ve been married Jimmy leased Allen & Son in the late since 2012. Though the landscape of Chatham has changed 1990s from Keith Allen, the “son” in around them, Jimmy and Lori have remained in the same the restaurant’s name. “I showed up line of work, and our readers have taken notice, voting with my register change and started for their businesses in two and three readers’ favorites cooking and been there ever since,” categories, respectively, this year. Jimmy says. The location has kept a Lori was named as one of the top real estate agents in walk-up window and a simple dining our area, and her new agency, Real Living Carolina Lifestyles room that folks recognize from the Realty, was chosen as a favorite real estate company and early years. Lori says that’s intentional. new business. Allen & Son has been Chatham’s barbecue “It’s funny because a lot of people destination for decades and was a runaway winner in that who come in will say they remember category, along with being named a favorite caterer. being on their way to the university with Lori’s own restaurant venture, Circle City Grill, was also a their family 30 years ago and not much big vote getter in the local seafood category for its specialty fish tacos, but the drive-in closed this past summer. Lori says has changed [since],” Lori says. “Jimmy kept the old rustic building the way it is, her goal is to get Circle City running again in a sit-down mostly against his wife’s advice! location or possibly as a food truck. Jimmy also works “I’ve learned that he’s right on that.”  with his son, Ethan, at his own barbecue restaurant, Stubbs October/November 2019

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With tableside guacamole, fresh tacos and festive drinks, Mi Cancun, which just opened in April, has already left a big impression on our readers BY MATT WHITE

green guac as you pick the ingredients you want and watch your dip come together. The fresh-at-your-table guacamole is a conversation-worthy dish and one of the reasons that Mi Cancun shot to the top of our readers’ poll this year. After opening in April in Penguin Place at the entrance to Chatham Park, Mi Cancun saw big crowds fill its ample patio space throughout the summer, and readers named it as a favorite for Mexican food and as a great place to eat outdoors. It was also named one of the best new restaurants and one of the best restaurants in Chatham overall. Laura and Chris Driggers found Mi Cancun as a spot to unwind after packing boxes for a move. “The kids were with my parents,” Laura says. “We’d just Quinn Driggers, 1, enjoys Mi Cancun guacamole as a finger food while brother Clark, 6, offers their mom, Laura, a loaded chip. finished packing up, so we were kinda celebrating. I had some veggie fajitas, which were so good. I had just started eating more vegetarian [meals], and my husband got some kind of amazing burrito.” FAVORITE OVE RALL RE STAU RAN T A physician’s assistant at the Siler City Community Health NE W RE STAURAN T Center, Laura says working in Siler City has introduced her to OUTDOOR DININ G ME XICAN/ LATIN AME RICAN FOOD several excellent Mexican choices, including San Felipe Mexican Restaurant, which also has a branch in Pittsboro and was hey call it “Guacamole another Best of Chatham choice with our readers. “I won’t say Live,” and when you [Mi Cancun] overshadows San Felipe, but it definitely measures order Mi Cancun’s up,” she says. signature appetizer, But with Mi Cancun’s arrival, Laura says, the new eatery is a server arrives at already a family favorite. The couple recently returned with your table with a cart their kids, Clark, 6, Rebekah, 4, and Quinn, 1. They ordered the covered in pictures of the creamy avocado Guacamole Live, of course. dish. On top of the cart are bowls of “They were willing to make it however we asked,” Laura fresh ingredients like cilantro, peppers, says. “Our son is an avocado-only fan.” The waitress “was tomatoes, lime and salt. The server strips willing to make some for him and make the rest of it with [the and mashes fresh avocados into bright other ingredients for us]. I want all the delicious stuff.”

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first few years of owning The Modern Life Deli & Drinks – universally known in Pittsboro A "stump grump" overlooks the new bar in The Mod's new digs. as the “The Mod” – with an honest assessment. weather, with a patio centered around a raised fire “The first two years were miserable,” he says. pit visible to passing cars on Highway 15-501. “The “We were overwhelmed.” fire is our best sign,” Dylan says. “People see it on Dylan's idea was always to be a taproom with local spirits the [Pittsboro traffic] circle and come try us out.” and beers along with a kitchen known for fresh ingredients This fall, the Mod will roughly double and specialty pizzas. As he worked to find the right mix of its footprint by expanding into an adjacent servers, cooks and other help, Dylan says, he had one key early storefront with a second bar, a stage for live employee: his mom, Claudia Perry. music and a roll-up garage door. The patio will “She’s a retired nurse,” Dylan says. “Now she says she’s get a retractable awning for rain and hot summer never worked so hard in her life.” days. Beyond the expansion, Dylan hopes to The hard work paid off – our readers named The Mod in turn The Mod into a destination, in sync with seven of our Best of Chatham dining categories, tied for the Pittsboro Roadhouse next door. “There’ll be most mentions with Postal Fish Company and The Root Cellar. more of an inviting sense to go multiple places,” The Mod was a favorite for both beer and cocktails, pizza and Dylan says. “You would go from one place to the sandwiches, vegetarian options and as an ideal spot for both next, listening to this band here, getting a drink outdoor dining and a date night. there. It’ll be good for all of us.”  The Mod’s al fresco seating is a favorite in all but the hottest October/November 2019

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ead making is both a science and an art,” Becky Starr says. She and her husband, Ben, get to explore both sides – the scientific fermenting process of making honeybased mead, and the creativity of designing new flavors and varieties – as the owners and founders of Starrlight Mead, a favorite local craft beverage among our readers, according to our annual poll this year. (Starrlight was voted alongside new winery FireClay Cellars and longtime Chatham brewer Fair Game Beverage Co.) October/November 2019

After eight years in the back of Chatham Mills, the Starrs moved into a new building in the Chatham Beverage District in late 2018. The new space includes a 2,400-square-foot tasting room plus space for events and a large patio. The Starrs have also added weekly craft and game nights to attract new fans. “People didn’t really know we existed until we moved into the new space, and we love when people discover us,” Becky says. The Starrs took their first sip of mead 16 years ago at a Renaissance fair in Los Angeles. They were immediately hooked and began making their own mead at home in 2004. Just two years later, their spiced apple variety won “Best in Show” out of 212 entries at the International Mead Festival held in Boulder, Colorado. With a major award in hand, the pair joked that perhaps they should make mead full time. But then they began to take the idea seriously when, months later, a round of corporate layoffs left Becky out of a job. “Mead making was our backup plan,” she says. They decided to open Starrlight Mead in 2010 in Chatham Mills, believing it was a great destination for weekend trips for residents from several neighboring counties. Now in their new digs on Lorax Lane, Becky says they see many new faces as well as familiar friends for tours, classes, tasting events or just sitting on the front porch and enjoying a glass of mead. “Moving has allowed us to grow our sales more than 40%, make relationships and work with other businesses,” Becky says. “We want to continue to spread our love of mead and continue to be a part of the Chatham community.” 


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Why leave Chatham when there’s so much to do here? B Y M A T T WHIT E

LIVING IN CHATHAM IS GREAT, but it’s also a nice place to visit. No matter where you've been, there’s probably parts you’ve never seen. Why not take a staycation to soak it all in? Here’s an itinerary, based around our favorite bed & breakfasts in the county. DAY NO. 1

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ake up as a guest at The Inn at Celebrity Dairy, a country B&B halfway between Silk Hope and Siler City. Celebrity uses its own eggs, produce and even cheeses for its country breakfasts alongside fresh ingredients from surrounding farms. Be sure to pet the goats before heading out! In Silk Hope, stop by the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, one of our readers’ favorites for live events. There might be a multi-day festival of bands, folk art, food and fun going on, or you can sit and jam with Shakori’s Junior Appalachian Musicians. This fall is the inaugural Shakori 40, a new running festival that lets teams and individuals race for up to 40 miles. October/November 2019

Now head to Siler City’s Chatham Street. This year,

the town revived the Spring Chicken Festival, which joins

the Koo Day Tah street festival and The Hispanic Liaison’s Fiesta de la Herencia Hispana

as must-see events that reflect Siler City’s deep cultural histories. If the streets are quiet, stroll around downtown and take in the dozen-plus murals on the sides of buildings, many by local artist JR Butler. Browse some boutiques as you go, like Wild Women Chasing Periwinkle, before having lunch at Oasis Fresh Market and Deli, another readers’ pick, where owner and chef Jackie Adams prepares farm-fresh creations in the kitchen. Spend some time absorbing Siler City’s booming arts scene. Start at the NC Arts Incubator, which our readers enjoy for its rotating


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Heather and Jamie Buster surrounded by the art collection they've added to The Rosemary House B&B as The Kindred Gallery.

lineup of local and regional artists that fill the gallery space. Tour the rentable studio space downstairs to see works in progress from local artists. And you can’t leave town without a trip to H&B Furniture Legacy Co., the largest furniture showroom in Chatham and a favorite for home furnishings. Time to get to Pittsboro, and as you head down Highway 64, stop by M&M Alpaca Farm for a tour (if you’re lucky, they’ll have some babies!). Finish off the day by checking in

at a B&B on the west side of town: The Rosemary House B&B or 458 West Bed & Breakfast – they’re both Best of Chatham picks. At Rosemary, chat about local folk art with hosts Heather and Jamie Buster, who have installed The Kindred Gallery for guests to peruse.  October/November 2019

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oday’s a day for exploring Pittsboro, so walk down to Hillsboro Street and Virlie’s Grill, which was named one of the best breakfasts in Chatham for the second year in a row. Try the loaded hashbrowns! Hillsboro Street is the heart of downtown and is rife with many of our readers’ favorite shops and businesses. Stop in at favorite jewelry stores The Joyful Jewel, Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts and JG McLaurin, Goldsmith on the east side of the street. At the traffic circle, run into Pittsboro Toys for something for the kids before heading back for lunch at S&T’s Soda Shoppe – a staple for families – and see

At Small B&B Cafe, step out back to enjoy the quirky Small Museum of Folk Art.

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if there’s anything new and funky at Deep River Mercantile. You’ll probably need some extra time to check out both New Horizons locations – the downtown shop has lots of fashionable goods while New Horizons West can provide you with enough outdoor gear to equip a big expedition. If you need a new ’do for your night on the town, four of the five of our readers’ favorite salons are downtown: Eric Michaels Salon, Salon Blue & Spa, The Salon and Uppercuts Hair Studio. Check in to Small B&B for the night, and then head right back out to start the evening at the Chatham Beverage District – home to Starrlight Mead, Fair Game Beverage Co. and Chatham Cider Works. You can tour all three, take a stroll under the string lighting in the courtyard, and then bring home a favorite libation. Round

out your evening with a concert at Pittsboro Roadhouse and The City Tap Bar – both recommended by readers for live music. DAY NO. 3

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Advice from local pros on your yard, garden and landscapes BY MATT WHITE

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Paige Moody, president, Arbor Enterprises

What should everyone be thinking about this time of year? October and November tasks are finishing up fescue aerating and seeding, but no later than Oct. 20. Fall annuals such as violas, pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale can go in. Fall is the best planting season! It may be a little early to plant evergreen and deciduous trees except Crape Myrtles. How do you deal with our local soil? Chatham soils are a tough nut to crack. We have red clay that is impossible to put a shovel in. J.C. Raulston, the late director of the JC Raulston Arboretum [at North Carolina State University], believed in planting directly in native soils with minimum amendments. Arbor uses that philosophy with a twist: addition of Osmocote, Agriform, pine fines (mulch), PermaTill and Black Kow to make sure plants have a fighting chance. Eric Vickers, owner, Tarheel Turf Services

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For warm-season grasses like zoysia and Bermuda, winter pre-emergent should be applied. Once the growing season is over in mid- to late-October, fall pruning can be completed. November and December is the best time for new plants. There are some seasonal flowers and heat-loving plants that are better in the spring, but most plants should be installed in the fall. Any secrets for Chatham soil? [Chatham soils] have their positives and negatives depending on the situation. Generally, the soil is OK for bushes, trees and grass but can be supplemented as needed with a topsoil/compost mix. Scott Oldham, owner, Poultry Villa Landscaping and Supplies

What’s a tip for lawns as the weather turns? We’re coming up on a time to reseed and a good time to put sod down. When you mow, don’t cut too close, that’s one of the worst things you can do. I’d rather have a little insulation on top for a hard freeze to protect the roots. And grass looks better with those thick, tall, green blades. What other landscaping needs are you seeing? Right now we’re doing a lot of hardscapes – patios, walkways and drainage work with the hurricanes and thunderstorms we’ve had recently. We had a rainy season last summer, so we did a lot of drainage. How do you work with Chatham’s clay-heavy soil? We make our own topsoil mix of all organic, natural, composted materials to work into existing soil. We pretty much compost everything here. We use a lot of chicken manure and other things – we don’t give away all our ingredients, but the pH level in it is perfect. CM


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Oasis Fresh Market and Deli carries gourmet and vegan goods as well as fresh meat, dairy and produce.

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PIZZA Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria Elizabeth’s Pizza, Pittsboro John’s Italian Pizza Restaurant The Modern Life Deli & Drinks MEXICAN/LATIN AMERICAN FOOD Compadres Tequila Lounge Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant Mi Cancun San Felipe Mexican Restaurant 


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Al’s Diner

Carolina Brewery

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Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

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The Root Cellar

Johnson’s Drive In

39 West Catering

Virlie’s Grill

Town Hall Burger & Beer

Allen & Son Bar-B-Que

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Pickle Jar Cafe

COFFEE SHOP

The Root Cellar

Aromatic Roasters

Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria

Blue Dot Coffee

Elizabeth’s Pizza, Pittsboro

STEAK

Breakaway Cafe

John’s Italian Pizza Restaurant

Carolina Stockyard Restaurant

Davenport’s Café Diem

Tarantini Italian Restaurant

The Fearrington House Restaurant

The Phoenix Bakery

Hayley-Bales Steakhouse ASIAN FOOD

Virlie’s Grill (Friday Special)

China Inn Restaurant

DESSERTS/PASTRIES The Phoenix Bakery

Moon Asian Bistro

SEAFOOD

Postal Fish Company

New Japan

Captain John’s Dockside

S&T’s Soda Shoppe

Panda Garden

Fish & Crab House

Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls, etc. 

Dry Dock Seafood Postal Fish Company

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LOCAL CRAFT BREWS Carolina Brewery Chatham Cider Works Thirsty Skull Brewing LOCAL CRAFT BEVERAGES Fair Game Beverage Co. FireClay Cellars

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Oasis Fresh Market & Deli Serving and selling the finest quality beer and wines as well as local and house made specialties!

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At Mi Cancun, the "Guacamole Live" is prepared tableside.

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ARTIST’S STUDIO/WORKSHOP Amanda Greiner, Greiner Studio Beth Goldston, Beth Goldston Artworks Emma Skurnick, Emma Skurnick Illustration

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Tim Lee, Rabbit Run Studios EVENT SPACE Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center Fearrington Village (The Barn, The Garden Terrace, The Fearrington House, et al.) The Parlour At Manns Chapel Shakori Hills Community Arts Center PLACE FOR A FAMILY OUTING Bynum Carolina Tiger Rescue Haw River Jordan Lake White Pines Nature Preserve FITNESS EVENT CORA Hunger 5K Alzheimer’s Walk & 5K Run at Galloway Ridge Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge (Chatham County Partnership for Children) Reindeer Run 5K (Chatham County Partnership for Children)

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School-based races (Chatham Charter 5K Color Run, Moncure School Panther Prowl 5K and Fun Run, Pittsboro Elementary Monster Dash, Perry Harrison Elementary Mariner Mania Family Fun Run and Obstacle Course, Woods Charter Into the Woods 5K) 


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Thank You Gardening Enthusiasts for voting Arbor Enterprises Best in Chatham - Landscaper Paige Moody & the Arbor Staff

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DANCE STUDIO 7 Dance Centre Chatham Dance Connection Renner Dance Company Royal Grace Academy of Dance SPORTS LEAGUE Chatham County Parks & Recreation basketball leagues Chatham Soccer League Chatham YMCA sports leagues Town of Siler City Parks & Recreation sports leagues

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Deep River Mercantile

New Horizons Downtown

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Dr. Ayize Sabater took over this summer as head of school for Willow Oak Montessori’s Children’s House and Charter School.

lesson planning Willow Oak Montessori’s new head of school doesn’t mind ‘jumping … and waiting for the universe to catch up’

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founding leader, Pete Rubinas, this summer as the head of school. Ayize brings both an academic background in large urban school systems and universities and also a gregarious personality, sprinkling conversations with both academic

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language and exuberant outbursts when it comes to his students. Ayize now heads both Willow Oak’s private Children’s House (age 2 through kindergarten) and its public charter school (grades first through eighth) in Governors Village. He moved to the area with his wife, Rhonda, this summer. They have two school-age children, Akoma, 13, and Chinua, 17, along with three adult children, Ayize II, Shalom and Joshua. Executive Editor Matt White sat down with Ayize to discuss his background, charter schools and his plans for Willow Oak.


Your academic and work history has been in Baltimore, D.C. and Atlanta. Rather than teach at a college in a big city, you came to Chatham to run a school for kids as young as 2 years old. Why? My final offer [besides Willow Oak] was [for] a position at Towson University [in Maryland]. I’ve started some educational programs [such as] an independent black school in Atlanta and [a] Montessori charter school in D.C. So I guess I’ve been around the block. And so the thought is, you know, [I could teach at] a university, ... or be back in the field, in the “laboratory,” making it happen. I’ve been convinced that education is the way to transform lives. It’s the level playing field. To be able to effectuate change by helping to guide the blossoming of young minds, for me, is a life passion. You didn’t have many ties to North Carolina when you took over at Willow Oak. Why the big jump? There are some people who want to have the road paved out. Other folk, they jump and wait for the universe to catch up. And so, I’m jumping! I am enjoying the weather and the greenery. I have a sister who’s in Charlotte; however, I learned pretty quickly that Charlotte is not as close as I thought! I was headed there, and I was like, “Man, this is a trek!” You discovered Montessori education during your academic work? I did not attend a Montessori school growing up. When [my wife] was taking Montessori classes, she would come home every day like, “You know, honey, Montessori this, Montessori that.” Then she [taught] at a private [Montessori] school, and we were able to send our children. They had a parent open house, and my child is walking me around exposing me to what he was doing. At this time, I had co-founded and was running an after-school program working with middle school [and] high school students. The [social and organizational skills] that they were grappling with, these kids in this primary school were similar, if not even more advanced, than [my] teens! And he’s 5 years old!

To be able to effectuate change by helping to guide the blossoming of young minds, for me, is a life passion. – DR. AYIZE SABATER I was convinced that, [within] Montessori [methods] is this powerful construct that we need for our children. When the opportunity came to start a school, I said, “There’s nothing else out there that compares to the Montessori method.” Willow Oak broke ground this summer on a new campus off Andrews Store Road that will bring together the charter school and the Children’s House. How will that change the experience? This is a $7 million building project with 15 acres of land. We are building separate buildings for the Children’s House and for the charter. Imagine all the science. You’ve got a pond right there! As we were breaking ground, we found a blueberry bush. So imagine [students] transplanting that and then trying to grow and take care of it themselves. Imagine the science exploration possible with this type of acreage. We are thinking about the possibility of doing [classes for children as young as] 18 months, but imagine if we grow the other way! In the last board meeting, we even talked about what would it look like if we added the ninth grade or even if we did a Montessori high school.  October/November 2019

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Willow Oak began as a kindergarten A rendering of Willow Oak Montessori’s and pre-K school. new campus on Andrews Store Road. How have you approached that school, which remains a private school separate from the charter school? I definitely have been spending a good amount of time at the Children’s House, and we’re looking to expand what we are doing. I’m going to open houses, going to community events, trying to get the word out. We are taking applications now. Both charter schools and privately run Montessori schools can struggle with diversity. Willow Oak’s leadership views diversity as a fundamental mission. What are your plans to improve in this area? [Executive director of Yale University’s Education Studies Program] Mira Debs just published a book, [“Diverse Families, Desirable Schools: Public Montessori in the Era of School Choice”]. She says that, early on, Montessori education was co-opted by the wealthy and the well-to-do. The Willow Oak community has made a commitment to equity and to justice. And, you know, justice is in my raison d’etre. Ayize also says Willow Oak will take advantage of recently approved state rules that allow charter schools to “weight” their admissions lotteries toward “educationally disadvantaged students,” a status based on economic background, homelessness or unaccompanied status, or whether a student speaks English or has a disability. How do you address criticism of charter schools’ impact on traditional public schools? I’m a child who went to traditional public school, and I want to support traditional public schools as much as possible. However, public education in America 84

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On the Horizon After years of fundraising, Willow Oak Montessori Foundation broke ground in July on a 15-acre campus. Designed by Hobbs Architects of Pittsboro, the school is scheduled to open for the 2020/21 school year. “We will be in a place of green space and nature that is part of the Montessori education,” says Assistant Head of School Susan Johnstone. “We’re not all in squares and boxes. I have visions of having a dance, learning about music, having a Spanish program and having an event that combines all those.” The campus will be one of four schools within a half-mile stretch of Andrews Store Road, along with the existing Woods Charter School and Margaret B. Pollard Middle School, and Chatham Grove Elementary School, which is also slated to open in 2020. Assistant Head of School Melissa Beck says the school’s current garden will grow larger. “That might become a micro economy, and the kids could sell the food at the farmers market,” Melissa says. “I know there’s talk about cows and chickens and all that kind of stuff. The adolescent program will be able to grow and do the things that are part of the Montessori philosophy that are limited [in our current school] by space and location.”


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... needs fixing. The idea of allowing grassroots parents and experts to try to put something in the marketplace that is an innovation within the educational arena makes sense to me. And I’ve tried to work within the traditional public schools, but the bureaucracy is mind-boggling. You’re trying these schemes every four or five years – No Child Left Behind, RTT (Race to the Top). And for folk to say, well, “charters are taking money away from public schools” – again, they

independent, or a child who loves learning, a child who follows the things that they are interested in and are passionate about, then you are thinking about Montessori. A Montessori environment allows the child the independence and the freedom to learn how to self-regulate

are often bringing innovative ideas and concepts and are held to all of the standards – if not greater standards – of accountability.

and manage themselves. Montessori allows a child to blossom in the things that they are most interested in and allows the child to follow their spirit.

What do you tell parents who wonder whether Montessori’s teaching methods are right for their kids? One of the mantras in Montessori is “follow the child.” So if you are looking at a child who you want to be

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CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL 1401 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh 919-834-1625 cghsnc.org Focus A college preparatory school of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh that aims to form men and women of faith, service and leadership in church and community. Grades 9-12 Total Enrollment 1,550 (approx.) Student/Faculty Ratio 14:1 Yearly Tuition $11,135 - $15,135 Special Requirements Previous school records, testing, application, recommendation and an essay. CAROLINA FRIENDS SCHOOL 4809 Friends School Rd., Durham 919-383-6602 cfsnc.org Focus A vibrant and inclusive learning community inspired by Quaker values that empowers students to think critically, creatively and independently. Grades Pre-K-12 Total Enrollment 500 Student/Faculty Ratio 6:1 in Early School; 9:1 in Lower, Middle and Upper Yearly Tuition See website for tuition ranges by unit; adjusted tuition available. Special Requirements Campus visits are welcome, with both individual and group informational tours available. Application process includes a student visit. Contact admission@cfsnc.org for additional information. CARY ACADEMY 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary 919-677-3873 caryacademy.org Focus A college preparatory school integrating the best of traditional education with new and emerging technologies. Grades 6-12 Total Enrollment 775 Student/Faculty Ratio 14:1 Yearly Tuition $24,800; $2,350 new student fee Special Requirements Entrance exam, student visit/interview, recommendations.

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CHAPEL HILL COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL Infant/Toddler Site (Infant- age 2) 110 N. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill, 919-942-0220 Preschool Site (Ages 3-5) 201 Culbreth Rd., Chapel Hill, 919-942-3955 chapelhillcoop.com Focus Partnering with families of children from diverse backgrounds to respect and honor childhood, celebrate independence and support children as they learn and grow through play. NAEYC accredited with a Five Star License. Grades Pre-K Total Enrollment 55 Student/Faculty Ratio Infant, 4:1; Toddler, 5:1; Age 2, 9:1; Age 3, 10:1; Ages 4-5, 10:1. Yearly Tuition Varies by age and enrollment status; Half-day, three-quarter or full-day options. Special Requirements None. CRESSET CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham 919-354-8000 cressetchristian.org Focus Cultivates the heart of each student to educate, nurture and help shape their character in a Christ-centered environment grounded in the truth of God’s word. Grades Infant-Grade 12 Total Enrollment 210 Student/Faculty Ratio Preschool, 5:1; Lower School, 9:1; Upper School, 10:1. Yearly Tuition $8,000-$10,500 Special Requirements Student and parent interview, previous records, visit and application. DUKE SCHOOL 3716 Erwin Rd., Durham 919-416-9420 dukeschool.org Focus A project-based education that inspires learners to boldly and creatively shape their future. Grades Age 3-Grade 8 Total Enrollment 485 Student/Faculty Ratio 7:1 Yearly Tuition Check website for details. Special Requirements Admissions application, student assessment, candidate profile, parent visit and tour.


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DURHAM ACADEMY Preschool and Lower School 3501 Ridge Rd., Durham Middle School 3116 Academy Rd., Durham Upper School 3601 Ridge Rd., Durham 919-493-5787 da.org Focus Strives to provide an education that will enable students to live moral, happy and productive lives. Grades Pre-K-12 Total Enrollment 1,228 Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1 Yearly Tuition $15,550-$26,935 (not including activity fees) Special Requirements Assessment or entrance exam, which varies by grade level. Interview required for grades 9-12. DURHAM NATIVITY SCHOOL 1004 N. Mangum St., Durham 919-680-3790 durhamnativity.org Focus Provides a learning environment for eligible boys, supporting them in their personal, social, moral and intellectual development, and positioning them to be successful at an independent college preparatory high school. Grades 5-8 Total Enrollment 60 Student/Faculty Ratio 15:1 Yearly Tuition None. Special Requirements Open house. EMERSON WALDORF SCHOOL 6211 New Jericho Rd., Chapel Hill 919-967-1858 emersonwaldorf.org Focus Encourages and promotes independent thinking and social responsibility, as well as academic and artistic excellence. Grades Pre-K-12 Total Enrollment 250 Student/Faculty Ratio Kindergarten, 8:1; Grades 1-12, 10:1. Yearly Tuition $6,650-$19,375 Special Requirements Meeting with parents and child, plus classroom visit.

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LAKEWOOD AVENUE CHILDREN’S SCHOOL 1701 Lakewood Ave., Durham 919-493-5882 lakewoodavenue.com Focus Providing a high-quality early childhood program with a stable, welleducated teaching staff ensuring consistent care and education for children. Grades Ages 1-5 Total Enrollment 33 Student/Faculty Ratio Ages 1-3, 4:1; Ages 3-5, 8:1. Tuition Toddlers, $1,750/ month; Preschool, $1,650/ month Special Requirements The director offers individual family tours weekday mornings at 9:30 beginning in October for the following school year. LEGACY ACADEMY 515 E. Winmore Ave., Chapel Hill 919-929-7060 lachapelhill.com Focus Students are actively involved in multisensory activities inside and out, including art, music, language, math, science, brain power and physical activities. Classrooms, gardens and playgrounds are designed to be both fun and nurturing. Five Star licensure and NAEYC accredited. Kindergarten, afterschool and summer camp for children up to 12 years old. Grades 6 weeks-Age 12 Total Enrollment 115 Student/Faculty Ratio Infants, 5:1; Ages 13-24 months, 6:1; Ages 25-36 months, 9:1; Ages 37-48 months, 10:1; Ages 4-5, 13:1; Ages 6-12, 14:1 Yearly Tuition Varies by age and program. Partnerships with Duke, UNC, UNC Health Care. Special Requirements Consultation required and registration fee of $150. THE LERNER SCHOOL 1935 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham 919-286-5517 lernerschool.org Focus Integrating Jewish studies through an authentic academic curriculum, fostering

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learning of Jewish values and traditions while building a diverse and caring community – one child at a time. Grades Age 2-Grade 5 Total Enrollment 135 Student/Faculty Ratio 9:1 Yearly Tuition Flexible tuition offered for elementary and five-day preschool students based on schedule options (half day, full day or extended day). Special Requirements Admissions application, parent and student visit, teacher recommendations and screening process. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 3864 Guess Rd., Durham 919-471-5522 lbcdurham.org/lcs Focus Students will acquire knowledge and wisdom with a biblical worldview as demonstrated through service and leadership in worship, missions, care and growth. The core values of truth, intellectual development, potential in Christ, Christian personnel and operational integrity are woven with worship, missions, care and Christian growth. Grades Pre-K-12 Total Enrollment 200 Student/Faculty Ratio 18:1 Yearly Tuition $4,000; $6,350 (2 children); $8,150 (3 or more children). Special Requirements Entry test and interview. MI ESCUELITA SPANISH IMMERSION PRESCHOOL 405-B Smith Level Rd., Chapel Hill 919-969-7949 miescuelitanc.org Focus To create an integrated community by providing high-quality educational programs that honor diversity and encourage understanding through Spanish language immersion activities for Spanishspeaking and English-speaking children, their families, friends and neighbors. Ages 1-5 Total Enrollment Approximately 50 Student/Faculty Ratio Ages 1-2, 5:1; Ages 2-3, 8:1; Ages 3-4, 9:1; Ages 4-5, 12:1 Tuition $424-$1,537 per month; varies by class. Special Requirements None.

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MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF RALEIGH Middle and Upper School 408 Andrews Chapel Rd., Durham Early Learning and Elementary 7005 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh 919-848-1545 msr.org Focus Mindful practice of the Montessori philosophy. Dually accreditated by the American Montessori Society and International Baccalaureate. The first independent school in the Triangle offering the IB Diploma Programme for grades 11-12. Grades Age 18 months-Grade 12 Total Enrollment 350 Student/Faculty Ratio Toddler, 6:1; Pre-KGrade 12, 12:1 Yearly Tuition $11,666-$21,930 Special Requirements Assessment or entrance exam, by grade level, interview. MONTESSORI COMMUNITY SCHOOL 4512 Pope Rd., Durham 919-493-8541 mcsdurham.org Focus A vibrant Montessori community where students are guided toward selfdiscovery and the realization of their unique contributions to the world. Grades 18 months-Grade 8 Total Enrollment 220 Student/Faculty Ratio 18 months-age 3, 6:1; Ages 3-6, 12:1; Ages 1-3, 12:1; Grades 4-6, 12:1; Grades 7-8, 8:1 Yearly Tuition 18 months-age 3: Half day, $11,987, full day, $16,448; Ages 3-4: half day, $11,262, full day, $15,197; Kindergarten, $15,723; Grades 1-3, $15,884; Grades 4-6, $16,484; Grades 7-8, $19,289 MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF DURHAM 2800 Pickett Rd., Durham 919-489-9045 msdurham.org Focus Curriculum based on Montessori approach to education. Grades 18 months-Grade 6 Total Enrollment 140 Average student/Faculty Ratio Toddler (18 months-3 years), 6:1; Preschool, 11:1; Elementary, 12:1


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Yearly Tuition Varies by child’s schedule and financial aid award. From $3,830-$21,180 for toddlers; $5,750-$17,750 for early childhood through sixth grade. Special Requirements Parents tour and classroom observation visit required. MONTESSORI DAY SCHOOL 1702 Legion Rd., Chapel Hill 919-929-3339 mdsch.org Focus Offers a faculty-operated school, a well-equipped learning environment and an enriched Montessori curriculum to meet the needs of children with a wide range of abilities. On-site aftercare also available. Grades Toddler-Grade 6 Total Enrollment 75 Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1 Yearly Tuition $9,875-$11,250 Special Requirements Interview process includes general evaluation and meeting with parents. Three-day visit for elementary. MONTESSORI FARM SCHOOL 2400 Broad St., Durham 919-732-5026 montessorifarmschool.com Focus Montessori with special emphasis on nature study and activities including gardening and animal care. Grades Pre-K-K Total Enrollment Up to 24 Student/Faculty Ratio 8:1 Yearly Tuition Pre-K, $8,000; Kindergarten, $9,500 Special Requirements Contact the school and set up an appointment to visit. PINEWOODS MONTESSORI SCHOOL 109 Millstone Dr., Hillsborough 919-644-2090 pinewoodsmontessori.com Focus Provides an authentic Montessori education in which children develop a love of learning within a safe, peaceful setting. The school is committed to the Montessori philosophy and follows a traditional Montessori approach to

education. The staff believe in the dignity and ability of children and in their inherent right to respect, protection, assistance and guidance in fulfilling their potential. The school supports families’ efforts to raise capable, joyful and confident children. Ages 18 months-12 years Enrollment 135 Student/Faculty Ratio Toddler, 12:2; Preschool, 11:1; Elementary, 20:2 Yearly Tuition $4,925-$8,775, depending on program Special Requirements Tour recommended before applying. Contact info@ pinewoodsmontessori.com for more information.

encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. Grades Infant-Pre-K Total Enrollment 175 Student/Faculty Ratio Infant, 4:1; Young Toddler, 5:1; Toddler, 6:1; Early Preschool, 8:1; Preschool, 10:1; Pre-Kindergarten, 12:1; after-school program (ages 5-12), 15:1 Tuition Varies by age level. $1,165- $1,520 per month, full-time enrollment; $540$1,065 per month, part-time enrollment Special Requirements $150 preregistration fee.

PRIMROSE SCHOOL AT HOPE VALLEY FARMS 702 Juliette Dr., Durham 919-484-8884 primrosehopevalleyfarms.com

Focus A student-centered learning community with a rigorous curriculum and clearly defined standards of performance and high expectations. Grades Pre-K-5 Total Enrollment 40 Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1 Yearly Tuition $8,500

Focus An accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. Partners with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Grades Infant-Pre-K Total Enrollment 158 Student/Faculty Ratio Infant, 4:1; Toddler, 6:1; Ages 2-3, 9:1; Ages 3-4, 10:1; Pre-K, 12:1; Afterschool program (ages 5-12), 14:1 Tuition Infants, $1,492/ month; Toddlers, $1,386/ month; Pre-K, $1,189/ month; Preschool, $1,074/month Special Requirements $150 pre-registration fee, $50 supply fee. Guided tour of the facility and two weeks of nonrefundable tuition in advance for older children. PRIMROSE SCHOOL OF CHAPEL HILL AT BRIAR CHAPEL 81 Falling Springs Dr., Chapel Hill 919-441-0441 primrosechapelhill.com

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THE SCHOOLHOUSE AT GREENWOOD 806 Christopher Rd., Chapel Hill 919-259-2520 theschoolhouseatgreenwood.com Focus Provides an intellectual education through brain development using four languages at the preschool level: American Sign Language, English, Mandarin and Spanish. Teaches and expects only what a child is able to do according to his/her developmental readiness. Organic, homecooked meals. Grades Preschool (birth-6 years) Total Enrollment 12 Student/Faculty Ratio 3:1 Yearly Tuition Call for information. Special Requirements Children are accepted year-round, depending on available space. „

Focus An accredited private preschool delivering an exclusive balanced learning approach. It balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to

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ST. THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 920 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill 919-942-6242 stmcsnc.org

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SOUTHPOINT ACADEMY 7415 Fayetteville Rd., Durham 919-544-5652 southpointacademy.org

Focus Provides an education for each child in a God-centered environment. Grades Age 3-Grade 8 Total Enrollment 310 Student/Faculty Ratio Age 3, 7:1; Age 4, 10:1; Grades K-3, 20:2 (teacher and assistant); Grades 4-8, 20:1 Yearly Tuition Pre-K, call for price; K-8, $8,430-$10,960 Special Requirements Application, $220 application fee, test scores, report cards, feedback from previous teachers, birth certificate, baptismal certificate, letter from Catholic parish (if parish tuition rate), health form and immunization record.

Focus A research-based, project-focused independent school for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, with a middle school launching in 2020. Believes in a 21st century education, and equip children with a spirit of discovery, mastery and adventure that will empower them to fulfill their greatest potential across their school years and beyond. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 80 Student/Faculty Ratio 12:1 Yearly Tuition $9,750 Special Requirements None.

Focus Prepares students to become ethical, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens by providing a world-class education in a nurturing Christian environment. Grades K-6 Total Enrollment About 50 Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1 Yearly Tuition $6,000 Special Requirements Tour, application, meeting with administrator and student testing.

Since 1987, Chapel Hill’s own Participate Learning (formerly VIF) has been the national leader in global education, bringing life-changing experiences to public school students in North Carolina and beyond. Our award-winning language acquisition, global education, and cultural exchange programs are transforming schools to empower the next generation of learners to lead in an increasingly interconnected world. Our mission is to make global education equitable and inclusive for all so that today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders have the skills to make a positive, worldwide impact.

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THE HILL LEARNING CENTER 3200 Pickett Rd., Durham 919-489-7464 hillcenter.org Focus Transforming students with learning differences into confident, independent learners through half-day classes, tutoring and summer programs. Grades K-12 Total Enrollment 175 Student/Faculty Ratio 4:1 Yearly Tuition $20,410; Grades 9-12 may choose to enroll for two hours ($15,790) or one hour ($11,670). Special Requirements Application and interview required. TRIANGLE DAY SCHOOL 4911 Neal Rd., Durham 919-383-8800 triangledayschool.org

Grades TK-12 Total Enrollment 525 Student/Faculty Ratio Lower School, 9:1; Middle School, 13:1; Upper School, 15:1. Yearly Tuition $5,680-$21,550 Special Requirements Check website for complete details, application information, etc. WILLOW OAK MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S HOUSE 886 Hamlet Chapel Rd., Pittsboro 919-240-7787 childrenshouse.willowoakmontessori.org Focus Strives to assist children in achieving their unique potential as responsible global citizens by nurturing self-confidence and independent decision making in a stimulating, creative and diverse Montessori community. Grades Preschool-K

Total Enrollment 40 Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1 Yearly Tuition $6,280 Special Requirements $75 application fee, toilet-trained.

REGIONAL BOARDING SCHOOLS ASHEVILLE SCHOOL 360 Asheville School Rd., Asheville 828-254-6345 ashevilleschool.org

Focus Students live in a nurturing community where faculty and students genuinely know one another. The school offers a rigorous college preparatory program for students who represent 16 states and 18 countries. Grades 9-12 Total Enrollment 290 Student/Faculty Ratio 4:1 Yearly Tuition $60,525; $33,675 for day students. „

Focus A warm and welcoming community devoted to academic excellence that ignites intellectual curiosity, fosters compassion and integrity, nurtures creativity to inspire confidence in each student to lead a life of purpose. Grades Transitional K-8 Total Enrollment 240 Student/Faculty Ratio 9:1 Yearly Tuition $13,215-$16,540 Special Requirements Application and interview required. TRINITY SCHOOL OF DURHAM AND CHAPEL HILL 4011 Pickett Rd., Durham 919-402-8262 trinityschoolnc.org Focus Trinity School’s mission is to educate students within the framework of Christian faith and conviction – teaching the classical tools of learning; providing a rich, yet unhurried curriculum; and communicating truth, goodness and beauty. Seeks to create a community in which there is delight in learning and an atmosphere that encourages the sort of intellectual, moral and aesthetic development that is fitting for those who bear the image of God. Challenges students in a way that stimulates their natural curiosity, guiding their discovery toward personal, intellectual and spiritual growth.

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Special Requirements Separate interviews for both parents and child required. SSAT exam (SAT, ACT, PSAT also accepted), full application, math and English recommendations, transcript and testing also required. For more information, email admission@ ashevilleschool.org. NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS 1219 Broad St., Durham 919-416-2825 ncssm.edu Focus Educate academically talented students to become state, national and global leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; advance public education in North Carolina; and inspire innovation for the betterment of humankind through challenging residential, online, summer and virtual learning driven by instructional excellence and the excitement of discovery. Grades 11-12 Total Enrollment 680 Student/Faculty Ratio 8.5:1 Yearly Tuition NCSSM is a North Carolina public school. There are no fees associated with applying or attending. Special Requirements See ncssm.edu/apply.

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Focus Prepares students for college or technical school and for obtaining employment upon high school graduation. Grades K-12 Total Enrollment 200 Student/Faculty Ratio 13:1 Yearly Tuition $5,000 for day school, $12,000 for room and board. Special Requirements Interview with administrators. SALEM ACADEMY 500 E. Salem Ave., Winston-Salem 336-721-2643 salemacademy.com Focus Fosters the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical growth of young women. Offers 16 Advanced Placement courses, competition in 11 sports, a comprehensive fine arts program and technology, advising and co-curricular programs. Offers dual-enrollment college courses at Salem College to supplement AP curriculum. Grades 9-12 Total Enrollment 120 Student/Faculty Ratio 7:1 Yearly Tuition $49,500; $25,400 for day students. Special Requirements Application process includes teacher recommendations, testing, an interview and transcripts. SAINT MARY’S SCHOOL 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh 919-424-4000 sms.edu

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(Admission by lottery. Check with school for key dates.) ENO RIVER ACADEMY 1212 NC Highway 57 North, Hillsborough 919-644-6272 enoriveracademy.org Focus Utilizing a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) curriculum to build upon a 20-year tradition of academic and artistic excellence. Grades K-12 Total Enrollment 750 Student/Faculty Ratio 20:1 Special Requirements Initial enrollment based on lottery in February; students waitlisted once slots are filled. THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd., Ste. No. 33, Hillsborough 919-245-8432 theexpeditionschool.com Focus Embraces the natural curiosity of children and empowers them to become innovative problem solvers and community builders, and to provide excellent education through an experiential, project-based, STEM-focused curriculum. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 360 Student/Faculty Ratio Grades K-4, 20:1; Grades 5-8, 22:1. Resource and other nonclassroom staff not included in ratio. Special Requirements Cut-off for lottery application is in February. WILLOW OAK MONTESSORI 50101 Governors Dr., Ste. 170, Chapel Hill 919-240-7787 charter.willowoakmontessori.org

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Focus Strives to assist children in achieving their unique potential as responsible global citizens by nurturing self-confidence and independent decision making in a stimulating, creative and diverse Montessori community. Grades 1-8 Total Enrollment 230 Student/Faculty Ratio 15:1 Special Requirements None.

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WOODS CHARTER SCHOOL 160 Woodland Grove Ln., Chapel Hill 919-960-8353 woodscharter.org Focus Emphasizes academic excellence and parent and family involvement in the academic environment. Grades K-12 Total Enrollment 512 Student/Faculty Ratio Elementary, 16:1; Middle school and high school, 20:1 Special Requirements Application deadline January, February lottery.

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(Admission by lottery. Check with school for key dates.) CARTER COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL 1955 W. Cornwallis Rd. 919-797-2340 carterschool.org Focus Preparing children for college and other productive lifelong learning experiences, beginning in kindergarten. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 260 Student/Faculty Ratio 17:1 Special Requirements Lottery in February. No reported waitlist. CENTRAL PARK SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN Elementary school 724 Foster St. Middle school 121 Hunt St. 919-682-1200 cpscnc.org Focus To create a community rooted in justice and equity where all children thrive. Honors and nurtures the whole unique child. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 616 Student/Faculty Ratio Elementary, 16:1; Middle, 20:1 Special Requirements Tours are strongly encouraged and are offered October through March. Lottery in March, applications accepted November to February. Yearround for waitlist. Waitlist is roughly 300 for kindergarten. EXCELSIOR CLASSICAL ACADEMY 4100 N. Roxboro St. 919-213-8585 excelsior.teamcfa.school Focus To provide excellence and equity in education by developing a foundation of knowledge, a practice of reason, a quality of eloquence and a habit of virtue to prepare each student for a lifetime of learning and citizenship.

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Grades K-8 in 2019-20. The school will add a grade each year to grow to K-12. Total Enrollment 700 Student/Faculty Ratio 18:1 Special Requirements Open application and enrollment. If more applications are received than the allotted number of spots for each grade, random lottery for vacant spots. HEALTHY START ACADEMY 807 W. Chapel Hill St. 919-956-5599 healthystartacademy.org Focus Strives to help its students grow, especially in math and reading. Encourages parent involvement. Promotes a childcentered curriculum with a safe and structured academic environment. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment More than 350 Student/Faculty Ratio 16:1 Special Requirements Application. Lottery for admission. KESTREL HEIGHTS SCHOOL Elementary: 4900 Prospectus Dr. Middle: 4700 S. Alston Ave. 919-484-1300 kestrelheights.org Focus The only Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Beacon school in the state that focuses on academics, culture and enrichment. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 506 Student/Faculty Ratio 21:1 KIPP DURHAM COLLEGE PREPARATORY 1107 Holloway St. 919-973-0285 kippenc.org Focus To empower students with the skills, knowledge and character necessary to succeed at the college of their choice, strengthen their communities and fight for social justice. Extended school day allows focus on character education, college-prep academics and extracurricular activities. Target population is students who will be first-generation college students. Grades 5-8 Total Enrollment 387 Student/Faculty Ratio Varies by grade level Special Requirements None.

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MAUREEN JOY CHARTER SCHOOL 107 S. Driver St. 919-908-1600 joycharter.org Focus To develop the whole child through high-quality instruction, school-community partnerships and the promotion of a positive self-identity. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 640 Student/Faculty Ratio Kindergarten, 16:1; Grades 1-3, 22:1; Grades 4-8, 24:1 Special Requirements Enrollment application released in December, and lottery held in March. REACHING ALL MINDS ACADEMY 2703 Holloway St. 919-596-1899 reachingallminds.com Focus Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 353 Student/Faculty Ratio 24:2 Special Requirements Kindergarteners must be 5 years old by August 31. RESEARCH TRIANGLE CHARTER ACADEMY 2418 Ellis Rd. 919-957-7108 researchtrianglecharteracademy.org Focus Curriculum is built around a strong emphasis on math, reading, science and social studies – the foundation for college readiness. In addition, its Moral Focus program helps students learn the importance of making good decisions and doing the right thing in life. Grades K-8 Total Enrollment 735 Student/Faculty Ratio Kindergarten, 22:1; Grades 1-8, 27:1 Special Requirements Lottery. VOYAGER ACADEMY Elementary: 4210 Ben Franklin Blvd. Middle: 101 Hock Parc Ln. High: 4302 Ben Franklin Blvd. 919-433-3301 voyageracademy.net Focus Project-based learning. Grades K-12 Total Enrollment 1,350 Student/Faculty Ratio 20:1 Special Requirements Applications accepted online Jan. 1 - Feb. 28. Lottery held in March. CM


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met in graduate school at Duke and were married in the Duke University Chapel. But when Jude took a job in New York, they moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, though, Claudia says, “I would have never left North Carolina if it was up to me.� But after five years of apartment living, and the arrival of Ian and Tessa, now 3 and 1, respectively, the family was ready to

Jude and Claudia Wierzbicki spend time with Ian, 3, and Tessa, 1, in their Briar Chapel living room.

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LEFT Geometric shelves paired with varying wood tones in the desk and other furniture evoke a modern power office. RIGHT Play space adjacent to the kitchen is light, bright and fun, with room for creative play and storytime. BELOW RIGHT Plants in the living room and throughout the house highlight abundant natural light and add a lush note of green.

move back South, settling in Briar Chapel. They loved everything about

returning to the region – but five years in an apartment left them illequipped to fill a new house. “We barely had enough to furnish the upstairs,” Claudia says. “We had enough for some of the kids’ rooms but nothing for the downstairs. And neither Jude nor I have the artistic eye for design. That’s why we got Julie.” Julie Wagner, their Briar Chapel neighbor with her own interior design company, First Impressions by Julie Wagner, put together much of Jude and Claudia’s ground floor, including an office framed by shelves that juxtapose a fun geometric order with asymmetric lines. For now, they’re stocked with personal Duke memorabilia – from basketballs to their wedding pictures – that Julie chose, though Claudia says they’ll be put to more utilitarian use as part of a home office. “For the office, I had a little bit 100

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more of a vision of what I wanted,” Claudia says. “But in the living room, we didn’t know where to start. Like for the sofa, I knew I wanted the sectional, but what else?” Julie had Claudia start on Pinterest, collecting looks that caught her eye. “As I started to pin things, there was a theme I liked, like clean lighter blues,” she says. “I think Julie helped me pull a trend out.” The result is a bright living room with soft fabrics and light woods, which are subtly mirrored in the dining room with a hardwood table and fabric-covered dining chairs. “We love the cohesiveness and how it all goes together, but [it] doesn’t feel cookie cutter,” Claudia says. “Each of the pieces are individual and have their own story.”  October/November 2019

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for a quiet one. They wanted both their formal living room and informal family room to be spaces for entertaining, whether they were hosting new and old friends or gathering as a family to eat and catch up. “Tony works from home, so we wanted a built-in social setting so we have a place to make friends,” Connie says. Realtor Bonnie Strowd recommended Christy Lynch O’Hara of Steel Roots Home Decor and Simply O Interiors. Cristy asked what the two of them envisioned and about colors, Connie


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Meta and Malcolm enjoy a glass of wine in their newly renovated contemporary kitchen.

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For the interior, she chose a color scheme of both light and dark grays, accented by dark woods on lower areas of the kitchen, against bamboo floors. “It is gray-on-gray, which might be a monotone base, but we used mocha brown on the lower cabinets, and I like the contrast of the cool gray and the warm brown,” Meta says. “I want to walk in and have a little pop of ‘wow’ in a sea of ‘ahh.’” For the kitchen island in the center of the space, Meta says she wanted “something with a bit of a timeless elegance, and that meant marble.” She had it installed with a waterfall edge to complement the clean, simple lines throughout the rest of the space. 


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North Chatham Briar Chapel 501 Pharmacy Scoops of Maple View Farm ice cream, plus malts and shakes. 98 Chapelton Ct., Ste. 300; 984-999-0501; 501rx.com Breakaway Cafe A casual “cyclinginspired” cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and small plates, along with Counter Culture coffee, beer, wine and Maple View ice cream. 58 Chapelton Ct., Ste. 100; 984-234-3010; breakawaync.co Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria Traditional Italian cuisine including homemade fresh pastas, salads, sandwiches and a trattoria menu. 79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 140; 919-240-4104; cappspizzeria.com Town Hall Burger and Beer Gourmet burgers plus shared plates, tacos, wings and salads. 58 Chapelton Ct.; 984-234-3504; townhallburgerandbeer.com Governors Village Al’s Burger Shack Classic gourmet burger and fries joint, featuring an expanded menu with sandwiches, seafood, soups and salads along with a full bar. 50050 Governors Dr.; 984-999-4069; alsburgershack.com

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Flair Restaurant & Wine Bar High-quality French-influenced American food, coffee, wine, beer and Sunday brunch. 50100 Governors Dr.; 919-967-9990; flairforfoodrestaurant.com

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Papa John’s Pizza Pizza crafted with quality. 50010 Governors Dr.; 919-968-7272; papajohns.com Tarantini Italian cuisine. 50160 Governors Dr.; 919-942-4240; tarantinirestaurant.com North Chatham Village/Cole Park Plaza

Carolina Brewery Pub fare from local sources like Boxcarr Handmade Cheese and Lilly Den Farm. 120 Lowes Dr.; 919-545-2330; carolinabrewery.com/ pittsboro-brewery Compadres Tequila Lounge Mexican restaurant with a variety of classic dishes. 193 Lowes Dr.; 919-7048374; compadresnc.com

Captain John’s Dockside Fish & Crab House American seafood dishes. 11550 U.S. 15-501 N.; 919-968-7955; docksidechapelhill.com Marco’s Pizza Traditional Italian dishes and pizzas. 141 Chatham Downs Dr., Ste. 201; 919-391-4090; marcos.com

The Fearrington House Restaurant Fine-dining French cuisine offering a chef’s tasting menu. Fearrington Village Center; 919-5422121; fearrington. com/house

Moon Asian Bistro Asian fusion restaurant offering sushi, Chinese dishes like sweetand-sour chicken, Thai curry dishes, rice and noodles. 111 Knox Way; 919-869-7894; moonasianbistroch.com Panda Garden Chinese dishes like chow mein and egg foo young, dine in or take out. 11312 U.S. Highway 15-501; 919-960-8000; chapelhillpandagarden.com

House of Hops Relaxed bar and bottle shop with a large craft beer selection on tap. 112 Russet Run; 919-542-3435; houseofhopsnc.com

Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant Mexican dishes with vegetarian options. 11552 U.S. 15-501 N., Ste. 205; 919-929-8012; guanajuatomexicanrestaurant.net Village Pizza and Pasta A neighborhood pizza place serving up subs, calzones, pastas and salads. 11312 U.S. Hwy. 15-501 S., Ste. 300; 919-960-3232; villagepizzapasta.com

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The Belted Goat Casual dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Coffee & wine shop. Fearrington Village; 919-545-5717; fearrington.com/ belted-goat

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New Japan Hibachi-style Japanese cooking, dine in or carry out. 90 Lowes Dr.; 919-542-4380 Papa John’s Pizza Pizza crafted with quality. 120 Lowes Dr.; 919-545-7272; papajohns.com Roost Beer Garden Wood-fired pizza, local brews and live music. 2000 Fearrington Village Center; 919-542-2121; fearrington.com/roost

The Root Cellar Sandwiches, prepared salads, desserts and more. Beer and wine only; outdoor dining. 35 Suttles Rd.; 919-542-1062; 750 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; 919-967-3663;

East Street China Inn Chinese dishes, dine in or carry out. 630 East St.; 919-545-0259

Small B&B Cafe Farm-to-table breakfast and lunch. 219 East St.; 919-537-1909; smallbandbcafe.com

Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen Farm-to-table restaurant serving grains and greens bowls in addition to small plates/bar snacks. 193B Lorax Ln.; 919-244-6670; copelandspringsfarm.com Greek Kouzina Made from scratch hummus, gyros, kebabs and more. 964 East St.; 919-542-9950; greekkouzina.com Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries Burgers, cheesesteaks and frozen custard. 987 East St.; 919-542-1312; hwy55.com/ locations/pittsboro Michoacán Mexican Grill Traditional Mexican dishes including arroz con pollo and burrito texano. 440 East St.; 919-704-8751 San Felipe Mexican dishes including fajitas, burritos and combo plates. 630 East St.; 919-542-1008; sanfelipenc.com

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West Street Al’s Diner Traditional American classics for breakfast, lunch and supper. 535 West St.; 919-542-5800 Angelina’s Kitchen Seasonal dishes of the Greek and southwestern variety including gyros, rice bowls and family dinners for pickup. 23 Rectory St.; 919-545-5505; angelinaskitchenonline.com ODDCO An art and design store and music venue featuring regional craft beers. 684 West St.; 919-704-8832; realoddstuff.com

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The Phoenix Bakery Small-batch, seasonal baked goods like apple pie doughnuts, caramel-pecan rolls, scones, cookies and specialty cakes. 664 West St.; 919-542-4452; thephoenixbakerync.com Hillsboro Street/Downtown Aromatic Roasters Small-batch coffee shop specializing in espresso shots, Aztec mochas, raspberry lemonade, chai lattes and Thai teas. 697 Hillsboro St.; 919-259-4749 Blue Dot Coffee Joe Van Gogh coffee, lattes, smoothies and pastries. 53 Hillsboro St.; 919-704-8064 Davenport’s Café Diem Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee and espresso offerings, plus tea and alternative milk/sugar-free options. 439 Hillsboro St.; 919-704-4239; davenports-cafediem.com Sweet Bee Caffé Blue ribbon-winning choclates, coffees and baked goods with rotating art exhibits. 18A East Salisbury St.; 919-533-6997 The City Tap Hoagie and grilled sandwiches, plus classic bar snacks. 89 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-0562; thecitytap.com

Elizabeth’s Pizza Pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, salads and pasta. 160 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-9292; elizabethspizza pittsboro.com

Pittsboro Roadhouse Hearty American fare like smoked gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, plus burgers and salads. 39 West St.; 919-542-2432; pittsbororoadhouse.com

Postal Fish Company Fresh seafood from North Carolina’s coast prepared thoughtfully by chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley. 75 W. Salisbury St.; 919-704-8612; postalfishcompany.com

The Mod Wood-fired pizza, salads, small plates and a full bar. 46 Sanford Rd.; 919-533-6883; themodernlifedeli.com John’s Italian Pizza Restaurant Pizzas, pastas, wraps, calzones and strombolis; 122 Sanford Rd.; 919-542-5027; johnspizzarestaurant.com The Pickle Jar Cafe Fresh American classics with a twist. 480 Hillsboro St.; 919-704-8878; picklejarcafe.com

S&T’s Soda Shoppe Soda fountain, American fare. 85 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-0007; sandtsodashoppe.com Virlie’s Grill Breakfast, lunch and supper options like biscuits, salads, subs and barbecue. 58 Hillsboro St.; 919-542-0376; virliesgrill.com

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Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls, Etc. Bakery selling cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, cookies and bread with ’40s and ’50s flair. 35 W. Chatham St.; 252-305-9227; willysrolls.com Chatham Marketplace Buzz Cafe sandwiches, daily changing hot bar, sushi, salads and baked goods. Chatham Mills; 919-542-2643; chathammarketplace.coop

Sanford La Dolce Vita Pizzeria Salads, specialty pizza, focaccia sandwiches and dessert, with an outdoor patio. 226 Carthage St.; 919-777-5277; ldvpizzeria.com

Siler City A&I’s Chicken Shack Chicken plates, chicken wings, sandwiches and sides. 2734 Old U.S. Hwy. 421 N.; 919-799-7350; aichickenshack.com Bestfood Cafeteria Southern comfort food. 220 E. 11th St.; 919-742-2475 (cafeteria), 919-742-6033 (steakhouse); bestfoodsilercity.com Brownie Lu’s Restaurant Southern comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 919 N. Second Ave.; 919-663-3913 Chris’ Drive-in Burgers, hot dogs and fries. 1329 N. Second Ave.; 919-663-2333

Elizabeth’s Pizza Pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, salads and pasta. 119 Siler Crossing; 919-663-5555; elizabethspizzasilercity.com Hayley Bales Steakhouse Americanstyle salads, steaks, chicken and seafood. 220 E. 11th St.; 919-742-6033; hayleybalessteakhouse.letseat.at Johnson’s Drive In Burgers, hot dogs and fries on Highway 64 since 1946. 1520 E. 11th St. New China Inn Chinese dishes. Dine in or carry out. 203 Chatham Sq.; 919-663-0889 Oasis Fresh Market & Deli Local and organic soups, sandwiches and Mediterranean specialties. 117 S. Chatham Ave.; 919-799-7434; oasisfreshmarket.com

Compadres Mexican Restaurant A variety of classic dishes. 115 Siler Crossing; 919-663-5600; compadresnc.com Courtyard Coffee and Soda Cafe Coffee, Italian sodas, smoothies and bakery items. 138 N. Chatham Ave.; 919-663-2152 Dry Dock Seafood A variety of seafood dishes and daily specials. 408 N. Second Ave.; 919-742-2177; drydockseafood.com

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San Felipe Mexican dishes including fajitas, burritos and combo plates. 102 Walmart Supercenter; 919-663-7333; sanfelipenc.com The Whiskey Barrel Cafe Burgers and barbecue. 113 W. Raleigh St.; 919-663-1758

Chapel Hill Southern Village Al’s Burger Shack Gourmet burgers and fries made with local ingredients. 708 Market St.; 919-914-6694; 516 W. Franklin St.; 919-904-7659; alsburgershack.com La Vita Dolce Espresso & Gelato Café Pastries, sorbet, gelato. 610 Market St., Ste. 101-C; 919-968-1635; lavitadolcecafe.com Voted Favorite Pizza and Italian 160 Hillsboro St Pittsboro, NC ELIZABETHSPIZZAPITTSBORO.COM

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Pazzo! Italian cuisine, takeout pizza. 700 Market St.; Trattoria: 919-929-9984; Pizzeria: 919-929-9991; pazzo-restaurant.com Rasa Malaysia Authentic Malaysian dishes. 410 Market St.; 984-234-0256; rasamalaysiach.com


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also check out these area restaurants Radius Wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Outdoor dining. 112 N. Churton St., Hillsborough; 919-2450601; radiuspizzeria.net

Fair Game Beverage Co. can now serve cocktails made from its own rum, vodka and other spirits in the company’s Pittsboro tasting room thanks to new rules in the state’s recently passed ABC Regulatory Reform Act. A&I Chicken Shack opened in Siler City in July, offering country-style chicken, burgers and other staples. In August, owner Andre Chaney posted a picture of a note with racist threats he says the restaurant received. In the days that followed, other restaurants around Chatham, including Small B&B Cafe and Oasis Fresh Market and Deli, rallied customers to visit A&I to show support. Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson says his office is investigating the original threat. Food truck Tacos Michoacán opened a brick-and-mortar location, Michoacán Mexican Grill, at 440 East St. on Aug. 9. Brendan and Leslie Cox closed Sadie’s Southern in Briar Chapel on Aug. 18. Circle City Grill in Pittsboro also closed in August.

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visit to a jeweler, where they picked out rings. Months later, as they stepped out the door for a date night, Kerry stopped Dana and proposed. In Dana’s eyes, it was perfect: no dropping to one knee, no long speech – just the two of them in this moment, together. After the proposal, they went to eat at Kitchen, where it all began. The wedding, held on March 23 at Old Lystra Inn, was an idyllic setting for the simple, Jane Austen-esque picnic the couple envisioned. The gathering included friends and family,

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she turned around, Courtney found Brad on one knee, ring in hand. Born and raised in Siler City, Courtney attended Chatham Central High School and then Guilford College. She met Brad, who grew up in Apex and attended N.C. State University, while working for the Chatham County government; Brad is an environmental health program specialist, and Courtney is a human resources analyst. The two dated for four years before the aforementioned Bahamas vacation that ended in Brad’s proposal. As they began to plan their big day, the couple wanted the ceremony to reflect the special place Chatham holds in their lives. For that, there was no better place to exchange vows than the Historic Chatham County Courthouse, where they held an intimate ceremony on April 6, 2019, with family and friends. Courtney’s mother, Rhonda Goldston, of Siler City, and the groom’s parents, Rodney Jones and Kay Capps, were in attendance. Courtney’s son, Cameron Franks, 16, and Brad’s son, Aiden Jones, 13, served as groomsmen and ushers. The bride’s 7-year-old nieces, Jayla Ray and Anisten Goldston, were flower girls. Blossom Floral Artistry designed the bridal bouquet, and Courtney Goins of Makeup By Courtney created the bride’s final look. Afterward, the wedding party and guests all stepped across the street for the reception at Pittsboro Roadhouse, with food and drink by 39 West Catering. The day was coordinated by Sherry Elmore of Bee-utiful Events with the help of Marguerite Moore. The couple will continue to reside in Pittsboro where, Courtney says, every trip past the courthouse on Hillsboro Street is now a reminder of her and Brad’s big day. “I will never forget walking downtown in my dress!” she says. CM


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