Victor Lewis

Adeste Fideles Apéritif

Benjamin Earl Weathersby is not your average bartender. Old-school but not entirely traditional, Weathersby is the sort of barkeep who likes to play and perfect before putting anything on his menu. When it comes to cocktails that taste like Christmas, Weathersby has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. “I like to stay seasonally focused in general, as far as ingredients and the feel of the cocktail,” said Weathersby. “I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to coming up with the drink, the ingredients, and the name of it. More often than not, the name of a...

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Moose in a Santa Hat: Christmas at the Crunkleton

Holidays at the Crunkleton mean two things: making merry, and making drinks. The Crunkleton on Franklin Street is a Chapel Hill institution. Serving up hooch in a warm, old-timey atmosphere since 2008, the bar has become a downtown staple. Owned and operated by Gary Crunkleton, the bar serves patrons an ever-growing list of specialty liquors and features a cocktail menu that rotates by season while maintaining the old standards customers know and love. “Holiday cocktails are fun because they’re celebratory,” said Gary Crunkleton. “They’re fun, but they’re also hard to make. People were doing them a lot in the...

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Bottled Benevolence: The 2nd Sour Barn Bash

Nothing evokes the burgeoning foodie spirit of Chapel Hill and Carrboro quite like a highbrow beer tasting in a barn. The 2nd Sour Barn Bash, held on December 10 at Rock Quarry Farms, was organized by Steel String Brewery and held to benefit Benevolence Farms, a local non-profit that works to help women leaving prison to “grow food, nourish self, and foster community.” “Initially, Eric [Knight, the “Hoopla Czar” of Steel String] had approached us about doing a ten percent day at Steel String in Carrboro,” said Tanya Jisa, the founder of Benevolence Farms. “He’s such an amazing entrepreneur...

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Oak Leaves and Silver Bells

For many of us, the holidays are a joyous time. Filled with light and love, holidays found in the middle of winter hold a special place in the hearts of people the world over. In the midst of ever-shorter days and lengthening nights, when cold bites and frost lingers a bit longer each day, it’s nearly a miracle that we can all pull together and find time for celebration. The magic of the holidays is found in that celebration, in the inherent warmth of gatherings and parties. Of course, no celebration is complete without food and drink to be...

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Future Sidekicks: Younger Audiences & The Batman

Dear Batman, I love you. I wish that I can see you in real life. I saw you in the movie. I think that you are cute. I had a dream of you. It was when you were my dad and you came back from a place and hugged me. I could not marry you because I’m only 8. Love, Sarah Haller (Published in Batman #444, February 1990) Since his humble beginnings punishing evildoers with fists wrapped in stylish purple gloves, Batman has been evolving, changing with the times and the minds portraying him. With 75 years of staying...

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Hometown Hero: Dick and Sheryl Forbis

This week’s WCHL Hometown Heroes are Sheryl and Dick Forbis. Two pillars of the community who use their skillsets and spare time to help those in need through Habitat for Humanity and the Augustine Project, among other activities! The Augustine Project is a non-profit organization that works to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens struggling with literacy skills. Tutors work with children individually for 60 sessions or more of 45 minutes. “It’s a joy to be a tutor and to be a volunteer with the Augustine Literacy project,” said Sheryl. “The children change...

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Hometown Hero: Marjorie Land

This week’s Hometown Hero is Marjorie Land, a caring woman and extraordinarily active member of her community. Called a “precious jewel” by Mae McLendon, who nominated her for this week’s Hometown Hero, Land is retired with 41 years of nursing experience. Land has made use of her wealth of experiential knowledge to help those around her in everything from house calls to involvement with local schools systems. “Just about everything I did was putting me in contact with people who had health issues that I could help them with,” said Land. “I could point them in the right direction...

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North Carolina Comicon: Heroes Welcome

Photos by Meredith Lewis It’s that time of year again: colorful costumes and superheroes galore clogging up the crosswalks of Durham. The North Carolina Comicon is back in town. “I love comic conventions. Anywhere there’s a con, that’s where I’ll be,” said Damon Lemay, a con-goer from the Outer Banks and part-time Colonial Marine xenomorph buster. “The best part about comic con is seeing everybody from all walks of life come together. Whether they’re nerds, business owners, work in construction, whatever … everyone is the same here.” There was a time when the word “convention” in reference to a gathering...

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