Roses and raspberries, Oct. 23

October 22, 2013 


Roses to all those associated with another successful Festifall and all the other street fairs, festivals and arts events that are making Orange County an arts destination.

According to the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, more than 30 annual festivals – the N.C. Comedy Arts Festival, Carrboro Music Festival and upcoming Carrboro Film Festival among them – now take place in Orange County.

At UNC, PlayMakers under Joseph Haj continues to dazzle with entertaining and provocative theater. Emil Kang’s Carolina Performing Arts recently reported that its artist stays generated almost 3,600 hotel room nights and $420,000 in direct revenue during the recent 2012-13 season, not counting more than 40,000 total attendees eating before and after performances.

The Ackland Art Museum offers art from contemporary American photography to European master paintings, and from video installations to Early Modern portraits. The Ackland’s holdings – more than 16,000 works – include significant collections of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art, and North Carolina pottery.

In Carrboro the ArtsCenter says 61 percent (roughly 30,000 people per year) of people who attended its concerts and plays come from outside the area. Next door, Cat’s Cradle continues to reign as one of the Triangle’s premier live music venues.

Not be outdone, Hillsborough, fresh off its Fresh Roots Festival featuring performers from Churton Street-based Yep Roc records, has seen the addition of The Depot at Hillsborough Station, a live music lounge and general store bursting with activity.

And now, just in time for State Fair season, the Orange County “County Fair Working Group” wants to add one more event to the county’s busy arts and events calendar.

County Commissioner Mark Dorosin has been a strong supporter of a fair, which would showcase food, crafts, agricultural activities, games and local music groups. The county says if enough people are interested, it’s possible we could have a fair by 2015.

If you’re interested, you’re invited to share your ideas and opinions at a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Solid Waste Operations Center located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

Roses from the board of director of the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center to Eric Montross, UNC and NBA basketball great, sportscaster and Rams Club major gifts director, for once again supporting Cornucopia Cancer Support Center as honorary chair of its fall charity golf tourney. “Eric’s generosity and compassion helps ensure that anyone journeying with cancer gets the care and support they need to live their lives fully,” the Center writes.

Roses to the Herman family and all of the volunteers who hosted the fourth annual Super Cooper Fun Day in Southern Village on Saturday.

“This remains one of the premier events of the fall in Southern Village,” writes Tony Smith. “Not only is it a lot of fun, it is for a great cause. A special shoutout to Justin Herman, Elise Herman, Jennifer Thompson, Susie Greene & Patsy Smith! Go Cooper. We all love you.”

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