Every spring the town of
Chapel Hill used to close it's streets to traffic and put on the Apple Chill Street
Fair. The event attracted hundreds of vendors and organizations and thousands
of people. Once or twice there were close to one hundred thousand people at
Apple Chill. The event went under scrutiny in the last few years for a couple
of reasons. One is that the sheer size of the crowd stretched the resources
of the town. Another reason is that people felt it was becoming less about
local crafts and more about food vendors from out of town. The main reason
was the event within (or without) the event known as After-Chill when thousands
of young, mostly black, men from all over the state came to town in souped-up
cars and brightly colored motorcycles cruising the streets in a parade that
lasted into the evening. Personally, I liked After-Chill though I think
it would be better not as a black event but for whites, hispanics and anybody
else with an interest in cars and motorcycles. Maybe do it another day altogether
and use all of Franklin street instead of just the part unused by Apple Chill.
Anyway it does not matter because they canceled Apple Chill forever.
are some photos from my last Apple Chill. I would have had more from After-Chill except
this year both events fell on Orthodox Easter and I had leave early to go to lamb roast with the
Duke Hellenic Students. And even though they don't have Apple Chill any longer, every year they still hold Festifall which is the same thing really. In fact I don't know why the bikers and car dudes don't just come for that. Whoops. Did I say something wrong?