TRIANGLE NC

VOL17 ISS2 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 44 CHAPEL HILL Chapel Hill & Carrboro BY ALYSSA LAFARO Reminiscent of the quaint, sophisticated boroughs found in large cities, both towns are quite small — almost 60,000 call Chapel Hill home, while just one-third of that does the same for Carrboro. Both have large farm communities. Each Wednesday and Saturday, locals descend upon the Carrboro Farmers' Market, a nearly 40-year-old staple ripe with fresh, colorful produce from more than 75 local vendors. Head across town on Tuesdays and Saturday to discover a much younger — but well established — market in Chapel Hill, host of small events like Brewfest and Tomato Day. More than 600 farms spread across Orange County, comprising upward of 56,000 acres — that's more than a quarter of the county's land. Although far from the area's largest industry, agriculture in Orange County, alone, brings $30 million to the economy, the biggest producers consisting of corn for grain, soybeans and wheat. As for major employers, many Carrboro and Chapel Hill residents work at the university, UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina. With metropolises like Durham (population of 263,000) and the state capital of Raleigh (population of 458,000) nearby, many commute across the Triangle — utilizing the free or low-cost bus services of Chapel Hill Transit and Go Triangle — to work at Duke University, the Duke University Health Care System, North Carolina State University, IBM and a slew of other businesses that make up Research Triangle Park. The latter, combined with the area's three major research universities, have transformed Chapel Hill into a miniature science hub. Each April, the town transforms into a world of vinegar volcanoes, a stilt-wielding "praying mantis" and laboratory tours with the UNC Science Expo, co-hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The planetarium actually gathers young, aspiring minds year-round with programs like the Teen Science Café — giving kids ages 13 to 18 a sneak-peak into the lives of the university's best scientists — and weeklong summer science camps. UNC strives to connect with youth as well, and most recently hosted its second annual Girls Talk Math, a two-week day camp for high school girls interesting in tackling college-level math problems and learning about the history of female mathematicians. The ying to Chapel Hill's yang, Carrboro relishes in the arts. A series of classes at the ArtsCenter offer locals the opportunity to master all kinds of creative talents — from the clay-sculpting magic of Demi Moore in "Ghost" (ceramics), to the insult-wielding wits of the "Whose Line Is It Anyway" cast (improv), to the red-hot moves of Kevin Bacon in "Footloose" (dance). The center also seeks to entertain through performances by skilled actors and >> Bourbon-fried, Southern-style crab cakes smothered in a creamy, remoulade. Harissa-marinated, Frenched chicken breast paired with a cous cous salad rich with sunchokes, red pearl onions, asparagus, golden raisins and an orange-herb vinaigrette. Kahlua-infused Belgian chocolate topped with homemade whipped cream and walnuts. Welcome to the food mecca. Chapel Hill and Carrboro reign supreme when it comes to satisfying your taste buds. Together, the sister cities — spilling over with ethnic cuisine ranging from Turkish to Indian to Asian and even Ethiopian — regularly top national best-of lists for culinary excellence. Most recently, in 2016, Zagat named Chapel Hill one of its "16 Under-the-Radar Food Destinations," praising the college town for its "legendary" soul food and clean eating, giving credit to the Carrboro co-op, Weaver Street Market. Accommodating more than 33,000 students, faculty and staff from the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it's no surprise bars also receive high praise in these towns. Drink connoisseurs drool at the more than 500 spirits offered at Chapel Hill's The Crunkelton, a former members only bar wielding a Wurlitzer Juke Box along with a "Best 100 Bars" accolade from Southern Living Magazine. Off-the- beaten path pubs prevail in Carrboro, as well. Take the Belltree, a true-to-form Prohibition-themed speakeasy featuring a menu of drinks with names like "Ol Gunner" and "The Basilisk." collegiate, eclectic, new urban

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