January/February 2023

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Teresa Fang was already a seasoned reporter by the time she applied to Chapel Hill Magazine for a summer internship last year. The first-year student at East Chapel Hill High School shared in her email that “from 2018 to 2021, I wrote articles and stories as a kid reporter for Scholastic Kids Press. I’ve covered the 2020 elections, [the] pandemic and social justice movements. I’ve talked to and interviewed a lot of amazing, talented people … including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Nathan Chen, Christina Koch and many more, spanning from kids to voters to athletes to Nobel scientists and professors to presidential candidates. I always aim to shine a light on the stories of people, both local and far, to share to kids and young people across the country, believing it would help them reach their dreams, too.”

How can you say no to that kind of passion? It was a delight to have Teresa in the office this past summer, as she asked such great questions and soaked up knowledge. I relish working alongside interns and then knowing they leave us as better writers and editors, no matter where their career paths take them. (Humble brag time – some have gone on to intern or work at publications across the country including Real SimpleGarden & GunThe New York TimesWashingtonian and The Local Palate.)

This winter, when it came time to assign a story about a seventh grader participating in the Scholastic Kids Press program, I knew just the reporter for the job! Now a sophomore, Teresa came ready with a list of questions and her recorder, and she made her subject, Max Chen, feel at ease. She turned around the story for our Kids Issue in record time and, like always, was a joy to work with.

I encourage you to reach out and share your stories of young people in our community – from local budding entrepreneurs and volunteers to gifted musicians and athletes – so writers like Teresa can tackle stories for next year’s Kids Issue. (And Max, keep on gaining great experience – we’ll be here if you ever need an internship!)


38 Max Coverage
One seventh grader shares his experience getting started as a kid reporter

40 Who Runs the World? Girls. 
This high schooler helps sponsor education for girls at home and across the globe

44 Molding Minds
Meet a retired artist whose been hosting summer programs for more than 20 years

50 Summer Camp Guide


22 Blank Slate
The ArtsCenter looks ahead to the anticipated June 2023 opening of its brand-new location in Carrboro

24 Poetry in Motion
Carrboro’s new poet laureate starts her two-year term

26 Great Scot!
Saltire Gallerie, the newest art gallery in Hillsborough, features a collection of Scottish works

60 Forever Home
A family’s dream comes to life in Hillsborough


6 Letter from the Editor

8 About Town
Events not to miss

16 Noted
What we’ve heard around our towns …

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

32 Dining Guide


80 Celebrate Good Times
Big ballrooms, rustic farm venues, renovated industrial spaces – no matter what kind of wedding you’re throwing, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to host your big day in Chapel Hill and beyond

86 Collins & Nystrom
87 McGuirt & Ritter
88 Bick & Leder


10 NAACP 75th Anniversary
12 Design Matters
13 A Tasteful Affair
14 The Giving Party

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