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 chapelhillmagazine.com – 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
PEOPLE & PLACES
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
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
IN EVERY ISSUE
6 Letter from the Executive Editor
24 5 Events Not to Miss
90 Dining Guide
92 The Dish: Venable Rotisserie Bistro
94 Joyous Cooking: Curry in a Hurry
Terra Claire Ecker and Jordan VanBeek
Rachel Weaver & Erik Kellomäki; Kelly Mooneyham & Mark Haywood; Luca Tomasi & Rachel Dunn