January/February 2021

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It would have been impossible to match the energy of sisters Avia Attucks and Aspyn Attucks as they buzzed around the new exhibits at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, getting a boost from their parents when they wanted a closer look. The planetarium reopened in November with reduced admission capacity and timed tickets after months of renovations. Read more about what’s new – and what the sisters thought of their visit – on page 26. 

We round out the rest of our Kids & Family edition with a few other heartwarming stories: An all-kid theater troupe put on plays last fall to cheer up their Morgan Creek neighbors; the Steffens siblings, who not only adjusted to regular online learning but also continued their Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts lessons virtually; and finally, two high schoolers used their love of video games to make birthdays special for a dozen kids last year by building Minecraft realms to move parties  to a digital format. Even in times like these, kids prove just how resilient and adaptable they are. It’s certainly an inspiration to see. – Jessica Stringer

22 ‘There’s No Place Like Home’
A troupe of Morgan Creek kids stays connected with self-directed plays

26 The Final Frontier
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s new additions aim to educate and entertain visitors of all ages 

32 Going Platinum
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts has taught musical excellence for two decades 

34 Block Party
Kids connect with friends over virtual birthday parties designed by a brother-and-sister team

36 Summer Camp Guide

46 Local Color
A Hillsborough mural reflects its community  

52 Walk It Out
Trek around the town of Carrboro

56 Downtown Luxury
Steel Roots Home Decor designer helped make this empty condo feel like home 

60 Labor of Love
An architect and a designer built a hillside home for their family in Carrboro

81 How We Celebrate Now
Heart of NC Weddings magazine publisher shares her perspective on the new world of weddings


6 Editor’s Letter

8 About Town
Events not to miss 

16 Noted
What we’ve heard around town …

20 What We’re Eating
News from our restaurant community, plus a dish we love

54 Biz Briefs & Forecasting

73 Dining Guide

75 Joyous Cooking: Comfort Food 

87 Weddings
Kristen Summey & Kameron Winburn 
Erienne Bauers & Matthew Patterson 


10 Sip+Savor 2020

12 Orange Chatham Association of Realtors’ Annual Day of Service  

13 Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet  

14 American Legion Post 6’s Veterans Day

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