Franklin St. for Nightlife
It's not hard at all to find a good place to go on Franklin st. Up and down the street on both sides for several blocks there are all manner of restaurants and pubs to hang out at. Even a few coffee shops and ice cream places. Take your pick. There aren't a whole lot of places you can go wrong though. Watch out for the bums, they can be pushy and are abundant.
Every year on Halloween night, everyone (well, most everyone) here looks forward to the Chapel Hill Franklin St. Halloween celebration. The police close down several blocks of the main drag, Franklin St. and people of all ages and walks of life come out in all manner of homemade Halloween costumes. The typical french maid outfit to the most odd. The weirdest I saw was a couple dressed as a washer dryer. The event is usually loads of fun. I've only been once but I enjoyed it. Parking is a hassle and worse than one might expect for something like a football game but it's worth it. The whole town goes nuts and there are drum circles and people walking around in droves dressed up to impress or to scare or to get a few laughs.
On Guard! Take a Fencing Lesson at UNC
Are you a fan of Princess Bride, Gladiator, Zorro?
Try your own hand at fencing, and learn from a master. Ron Miller, head fencing coach at UNC since 1967, boasts a 1000 win record, several Olympic medalists, and countless All American athletes, most of whom started out as novices in his PE class.
Fencing Club is open to all ages, no fencing experience necessary. Every Tuesday and Thursday 7-10ppm during the academic year at 07 Fetzer Gym on the UNC campus.
Join a group lesson to learn a bit of footwork and then take a lesson with "Coach" for only $10. Free fencing with others for the rest of the evening. Equipment (weapon, mask, body protection) provided. Wear gym clothes, sneakers, and bring a sense of humor.
I may yet build a separate page for this town but I thought it deserved mention here as it is so close to Chapel Hill. In Carrboro, you will find a lot of laid back folks, nice restaurants, and a favorite rock venue of many, The Cat's Cradle. All sorts of acts come here, and it's very intimate. Carrboro also deserves mention because I discovered in my studies of la Fete de la Musique, which is a yearly celebration of music that originated in France in the early 80s, that Carrboro actually celebrates this festival as well. Stay tuned, this may lead to an entire page.
Chapel Thrill, North Carolina
Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina and its famous alumni including Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Andrew Jackson. Two hours from surf and three hours from snow, Chapel Hill is a great stop in small town America, with a beautiful university campus and charming southern hospitality.
Springtime means two things in Chapel Hill: Basketball and Flowers! During March Madness, hundreds of colleges compete for rank, culminating in the National Basketball Championship in April. On April 6 of this year, the TAR HEELS WON!
To celebrate 45,000 people flocked to Franklin Street to mingle, chat and generally shout and cheer.
And the flowers.... The dogwoods are in blossom, the cardinals are out in full red plumage, and tiny chipmunks frolic around campus. Even the agricultural pests are breathtaking, like this wysteria
So go outside! Have a picnic on the quad, throw some frisbee, sample ice cream on Franklin Street. Just be careful where you sit down, the honeybees are also out and about!