Something on tap across from Zack’s in one of downtown’s oldest buildings

When Brandon Martin looks at photographs of downtown Burlington taken in the early 1960s he likes how busy it appears. It was the hot spot in town for retail shopping and commerce. It was a hub for social life. He thinks it could be that way again. "If you look back at photos from the … Continue reading Something on tap across from Zack’s in one of downtown’s oldest buildings

Waking up a block on Spring Street in downtown Burlington

When Emily and Casey Lewis started looking in downtown Burlington for a larger space to house their successful Owl and Rabbit Gallery they were only thinking about one building. But after checking out what was available, considering their options and a vision for growth downtown they gave it a second thought, and then a third. … Continue reading Waking up a block on Spring Street in downtown Burlington

MAC’S Diner: A way to bring food to hungry children in Alamance County

In June of 2019 my friend Jessica Williams wrote a story for the Burlington Times-News under the headline: "ABSS slowly expands summer feeding program." Her lead sentence? "Hunger doesn't take summers off." With that beginning and a wish expressed in the story by Pam Bailey, Child Nutrition Director for the Alamance-Burlington School System, an idea … Continue reading MAC’S Diner: A way to bring food to hungry children in Alamance County

UPDATE: Spring Friends of the Alamance Libraries Book Sale postponed

UPDATE: In the Breaking COVID-19 News Department is this announcement about the Friends of the Alamance Libraries Book Sale. Posted today (March 12, 2020)  from the Friends of the Library . . . Dear Book Sale Customer: Due to the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus) the Friends of Alamance County Libraries is postponing our Spring Book Sale. … Continue reading UPDATE: Spring Friends of the Alamance Libraries Book Sale postponed

Updated: Lots of new ideas for things to do in downtown Burlington — and coming soon

Author's note: Updated again on March 13 to reflect schedule changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Latest updates in bold type. Author's Note: This post has been updated to add the event listing below of things to do during the first Fourth Friday Arts Walk scheduled for Feb. 28, 2020 in downtown Burlington. Painting, poetry, … Continue reading Updated: Lots of new ideas for things to do in downtown Burlington — and coming soon

Updated: Elon fills gap by providing local candidates forum in commissioners race

UPDATE: Carrie Eaves, assistant professor of Political Science at Elon, will moderate the forum. The new regional editor for area Gannett newspapers, including the Burlington Times-News, Donnie Fetter is expected to take part. Admission is free. The Moseley Center is located across from the McMichael Parking Lot off North O'Kelly Avenue on the Elon campus. … Continue reading Updated: Elon fills gap by providing local candidates forum in commissioners race

I wish I could shake hands with Vicente Hernandez at Prego’s Trattoria a last time

The last time I saw Vicente Hernandez he was busy. That wasn't unusual. He was always busy doing one thing or another at the restaurant he owned in Burlington, Prego's Trattoria. Watching Vince at work was a lesson in what operating a locally owned restaurant is truly like. He had a hand in everything -- … Continue reading I wish I could shake hands with Vicente Hernandez at Prego’s Trattoria a last time

An out of sight change coming to Burlington’s downtown

The other night we were walking in downtown Burlington toward the Front Street Bottle Shop where a holiday gathering was scheduled. As we turned the corner of Main and Front streets, I pointed to an unsightly row of rolling trash carts on the sidewalk facing the Historic Depot from in front of the old Trollinger's … Continue reading An out of sight change coming to Burlington’s downtown