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Apple Chill Festival 1972-2006

by Charly Mann

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Joff Coe      11:40 AM Sun 1/15/2012


The police officer in the picture with the kid is later to be Chief Gregg Jarvies.


 

Scott      8:28 PM Wed 1/26/2011

I played bass with a guitarist/songwriter named John Santa at Apple Chill in the mid 70s. It was a blast! Thanks for reminding me of how nice the event and Chapel Hill were back in the day.
 

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Paul Saltzman      9:59 PM Mon 1/25/2010

A special thanks should go out to Harper Peterson. He worked (ran) the C.H. Rec Dept. and it was from his vision that Apple Chill came about. I, along with other students Phillips and CHHS were volunteers that helped bring about the first fair and the subsequent fall street fair called Ku-Karacha_Koo...."the maiden flight of the great rooster". I spent that festival in the lobby of the new NCNB building running a three projector slide show of the first Apple Chill with "Classical Gas" playing in the background. I hated to hear about the decision to end Apple Chill but it always seems that there is a boisterous minority that screws things up for the rest of us.
 

Susan Prothro Worley      11:19 AM Tue 1/19/2010

I second Mike Holland's comment about the safety of Chapel Hill. I have lived in Chapel Hill for 50 years and feel as safe on Franklin Street today as I did many years ago. Chapel Hill in 1960 was a magical place to grow up, as is Chapel Hill in 2010.

Charly, along with so many other people who comment here, I love your site and the memories it brings back. My family actually lived in your childhood home on Old Mill Road for one year (1960-61) when your dad was on sabbatical. My sisters and I had lots of fun on the great playground equipment in your backyard!
 

Charly Mann      11:46 AM Tue 1/5/2010

Thanks for the comment. I based my statement on the downtown not being safe at night on more than two dozen people I know from Chapel Hill. Many who are now in their 80s or even early 90s. I appreciate your information. I wonder how old your daughter is that you walk downtown at night. When I was growing up in Chapel Hill in the the 50s and 60s a seven or eight year old girl could walk around downtown and the campus alone in the evening (until about 9PM). (I know because both my sisters did).

I am glad to know that things are improving or that some people's fears may be exaggerated. I will say that my own daughter, who is 29, has had a couple of recent bad experiences on the main part of Franklin Street in the early afternoon on two separate Sundays with what she thinks were homeless men. She refuses to even think about going downtown alone at night.
 

Mike Holland      9:45 PM Mon 1/4/2010

CH is still very safe. I walk my daughter all over down town and feel safe.
Apple Chill needs to be brought back in a manner that will allow for public saftey
while preserving community spirit.
 

MGD      10:35 PM Fri 11/13/2009

The Dorrance's also have a son! Who would have thought pointe could or would be performed on pavement!
 

Larry Howell      11:09 AM Mon 10/26/2009

Your article mentions the empty stores, increase in crime and the panhandlers present in today's climate. It is a shame that "The Village" is not the same as it was when I was at UNC from 1966-1973. I remember when you could walk the streets at night at Christmas time and the streets were not crowded and you felt safe to walk. Call me a nostalgic ole' fool but this time at UNC was one of the fondest memories in my life and I do miss it so. UNC is still number one in my prejudiced viewpoint but it is just not the same. My prayer is that today's students not only get a great education as I did but also develop great memories of their own. May UNC live forever. GOOOOOO HEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

ron mayse      4:10 PM Wed 9/30/2009

Hey, Charly,

Whimsically, I gooogled your name and am glad to see you're doing well, apparently happy, and have found a fulfilling endeavor. If you're ever in Chapel Hill, let me know and we can compare notes.

Ron
 

Debra Holloway Galvin      10:13 AM Wed 7/29/2009

The picture of the ballerina on toe at the Apple Chill Street Fair looks like M'Liss Dorrance, owner of the long time establishment The Ballet School of Chapel Hill. My daughter attended M'Liss' ballet school for many years. M'Liss is the wife of Anson Dorrance, UNC Head Soccer coach. They have two daughters, one who dances professionally.
 

Cindy Clayton      9:37 AM Mon 6/8/2009

Thanks for these great memories of Chapel Hill in more innocent times.
 

Stephanie G.      11:46 AM Fri 6/5/2009

I moved to Chapel Hill in 2006 to attend college. I rarely go downtown in the evening even with a male friend because I don't feel safe. I have talked to people who have lived in town for decades who feel the same way as me.

 

Bridget Sullivan      4:24 PM Thu 6/4/2009

I left Chapel Hill in 1994. I always thought the Apple Chill Fair was one of the most defining attributes of what made Chapel Hill special. I could never imagine it ever coming to an end. I was stunned when I read this piece.
 

Dave Lewis      12:56 PM Thu 6/4/2009

When I grew up in Chapel Hill downtown had all the great stores, restaurants, and theaters, and you always felt safe. Now you must go to Carrboro to come close to that experiece.
 

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The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.

 

 

 

 

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William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.

 

 

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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.

 

 

The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.

 

 

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