The Forest at Duke is a community for retirement-aged residents that encourages opportunities for residents to keep growing by leading purposeful, active, healthy lives. The last Friday of every month, join WCHL’s Ron Stutts and guests from The Forest for a conversation about what’s going on in and around the community during “What’s Up at The Forest!”

In this edition, Ron talks film festivals and life at The Forest with Chuck Wheeler of the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival along with April Ravelli, director of sales and marketing for The Forest at Duke. You can hear their full conversation below, and learn more about the inspiration behind the NCGLFF and how The Forest is taking part in this year’s festivities and film screenings!

This year’s NCGLFF will, as always, be welcoming returning fans and new visitors alike – especially when it comes to an extra-special event on August 1. Wheeler has the details and talks about what folks can expect when they come out to see one of the featured films, while Ravelli can speak to how the mission of the NCGLFF aligns with that of The Forest: namely, the encouragement to keep residents growing, active and social – no matter their age! With over 800 residents from 38 different states currently living at The Forest, this year’s NCGLFF is sure to be a packed house.


“What’s Up at The Forest” is a monthly segment that explores the residents of and the goings-on at The Forest at Duke. The Forest is a vibrant community that presents residents of retirement age with opportunities to keep growing independently by enhancing their ability to lead purposeful, active, healthy, and secure lives. The residents at The Forest are professors, gardeners, authors, CEOs, community volunteers, opera buffs, engineers, librarians, homemakers, artists – folks from all walks of life who embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of their diversity.  Nestled in the beautiful central part of North Carolina, over 800 residents from 38 different states have chosen to call The Forest home since its opening in 1992.