I live in Fearrington Village and recently reflected on just how much has changed – and how quickly – in my neck of the woods since I moved into my home in 2020. I can’t remember a time before the Food Lion on Hwy. 15-501, for example, though it’s only been open about a year and a half. Transformation is happening all around us, and it can be hard to envision where and when these shifts are taking place, so we created a map (page 80) to contextualize some of the residential, commercial and mixed-use developments that are planned or currently underway throughout the county.
We also spoke with Pamela Baldwin, a Pittsboro native and longtime member of the town board of commissioners, about the evolutions she has witnessed and how Pittsboro is preparing for what is coming next. Get her perspective on page 36.
Speaking of change, this issue also focuses on some of the incredible kids in our community as well as the arts programs, camps and clubs that nurture them and their families as they grow. We are so lucky to have resources like Chatham County Public Libraries, which hosts programs and contests that encourage kids to think creatively, and Camp Royall, a place where children and adults with autism can forge friendships, hone skills and create lifelong memories. Dive into these stories and more beginning on page 40.
This time of year often seems to pass slowly at first, then all at once. Though it’s only February, spring and summer plans are starting to take shape. If, like me, you’re already feeling behind, our North Carolina road trip inspirations (page 32) and annual camp guide (page 58) are great places to start getting organized! We hope they help you find new ways to enjoy the warm months ahead. – Morgan Cartier Weston, managing editor
THE KIDS ISSUE
40 The Write Stuff
Three teens win prizes for their stories and student judges reveal what they learned
46 Come Sail Away
Navigating wind, water and life lessons
50 Clap Your Hands
A beloved arts program creates memorable experiences for all ages
54 All You Need Is Love
Discover a sanctuary designed for people with autism spectrum disorder
58 Summer Camp Guide
There’s a camp in the Triangle for every kid’s interest, from sports and science to art and engineering
32 Road Trip!
In need of a quick getaway this spring and summer? Our staff shares a few of their fave nearby destinations perfect for day or weekend trips
66 Design Rewind
Find inspiration for your own home improvement projects this year with these impactful interiors and outdoor spaces that left a lasting impression on us in 2023
8 Five Events
You won’t want to miss
What we’ve heard around our towns …
36 Who’s Who in Town & County Government
Meet Pittsboro’s mayor pro tem and town commissioner
80 Here We Grow Again
A commercial and residential development map, plus a closer look at upcoming projects
PEOPLE & PLACES
10 Chatham Literacy’s Fall for Literacy Luncheon
12 Abundance NC’s Eighth Annual Death Faire at The Plant
14 Chatham County Schools’ ‘State of Our Schools’ Address
16 Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour
18 The Chatham Chamber of Commerce’s State of Chatham Event
20 Pittsboro Business Association’s Holiday Party at Forest Hall at Chatham Mills