November 2018

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When we asked seven people to sing the praises of their peers and colleagues for our cover story, every person answered with a resounding “yes.” I’m thankful they took time out of their busy schedules – or in outgoing Town Manager Roger Stancil’s case, recent retirement – to pen these tributes, which start on page 38. You’ll read about the tireless leadership, clear vision and enthusiasm for the job possessed by these folks we’re calling The Influencers. I’m thankful that there are exceptional leaders in our community at nonprofits, in the arts, in our town government and more.    

I’m also thankful for the generosity of so many of our neighbors and organizations, as highlighted in our People & Places (starting on page 12). I’m in awe of how many locals support good causes year after year, from the thousands of dollars raised at Be Loud! ‘18 to dozens of well-deserving educators who were able to shop for extra supplies to affordable housing being built by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County in Hillsborough for seniors.  

And on a personal level, I’m thankful for my dog, Olive. I adopted her late last November from Orange County Animal Services, and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. Thanks to Olive, I’ve enjoyed each day, seeing Orange County through her eyes and visiting new places, like the Johnston Mill Nature Preserve and the Occoneechee Speedway, that I knew we’d both love. I spent many cold Saturdays in January at the Southern Community Dog Park shivering with other pet parents. We’ve walked the Ayr Mount grounds and strolled Franklin Street on the prettiest summer evenings. And we made it to the Hargraves Community Center pool for the annual dog swim in September. This will be her first Thanksgiving with me. As my own shout-out to amazing organizations, I want to remind folks to check out the adoptable pet from OCAS (or Paws4Ever) each week on – there are so many who need forever homes.

I wish you a season of gratitude and maybe even a new furry friend.


26  Priceless Gem

Lillie Perry Atwater

30  A Very Merry Chapel Hill Holiday

Wine picks, organizational advice, Thanksgiving traditions and chefs’ sides to complete your table

38  The Influencers

Seven fellow community members sing the praises of seven Chapel Hillians making an impact in our town

46  Kitchen Think

Four well-designed kitchens

62  How They Live – Modern Marvel

80  What We Love About Living in Lake Hogan Farms


12 Ackland Art Museum’s 60th birthday celebration

13 Be Loud! ‘18

14 Chapel Hill Magazine’s first pop-up happy hour

15 League of Women Voters celebrates Women’s Equality Day

16 LocalFest

17 In Our Schools

18 The 12th annual Teacher Supply Store

19 Briar Chapel Encore’s Carolina Tiger Rescue trip

20 2018 Inter-City Visit

22 Habitat’s Beloved community ribbon cutting

23 Women’s Birth & Wellness Center celebrates World Breastfeeding Week


6  Letter from the Executive Editor

8  Noted

24 5 Events Not to Miss

90 Dining Guide

92  The Dish: Venable Rotisserie Bistro

94 Joyous Cooking: Curry in a Hurry

101 Engagement

Terra Claire Ecker and Jordan VanBeek

102 Weddings

Rachel Weaver & Erik Kellomäki; Kelly Mooneyham & Mark Haywood; Luca Tomasi & Rachel Dunn

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