Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant quietly marks first anniversary

A little more than a year ago I sat across a table from Tracy Schmidt for the first time. It was also my first time inside Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant, which was preparing to open after years of planning, fundraising and preperation. Schmidt had just returned from Raleigh with the state license to … Continue reading Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant quietly marks first anniversary

Book review: ‘Every Drop of Blood’ — an astonishing look at Lincoln’s second inaugural

"Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln": By Edward Achorn; 376 pages; Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020. By itself the premise looks almost impossible. How does an author go about producing a book around one presidential inaugural speech that numbers only 701 words given by arguably the most chronicled and discussed figure … Continue reading Book review: ‘Every Drop of Blood’ — an astonishing look at Lincoln’s second inaugural

Burlington, Elon downtown food and drink operations lead during coronavirus situation

When North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper decreed Tuesday morning (March 17, 2020) that bars and restaurants statewide close for dine-in or in-house service in response to the rapidly spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) it was probably no major shock. Other governors took similar action after a weekend pre-St. Patrick's Day spree of jammed bars in major cities … Continue reading Burlington, Elon downtown food and drink operations lead during coronavirus situation

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