Season tickets on sale for the UNCG Concert & Lecture Series featuring the Indigo Girls, Winston Duke, Joshua Bell and more

list of perfprmers and dates for UCLS '22-'23

Right here in our own neighborhood:

Season subscriptions are now on sale for the 2022-2023 UNCG Concert and Lecture Series.  Season subscription prices are 10 percent less than individually purchased tickets. Single-event tickets go on sale 90 days before each event.

The line-up for the series’s 110th season:

  • Winston Duke, one of the stars of the blockbuster Marvel Studios movie Black Panther;
  • Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of our time, in recital;
  • Shaun Leonardo, multidisciplinary artist whose work negotiates societal expectations of manhood;
  • Urban Bush Women, a dance company whose works weave contemporary dance, music, and text with history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora;
  • Indigo Girls, the renowned folk-rock duo in concert with The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra; and
  • Seraph Brass, a dynamic ensemble of America’s top female brass players.

Ticket prices for individual events:

  • Adult: $52.35 / $34.35
  • Senior: $45.80 / $29.45
  • Faculty/Staff: $45.80 / $29.45
  • Non-UNCG Student: $8.18
  • UNCG Student: $4.10

Worth noting: If you’re not a classical-music fan, you may remember Joshua Bell from this now legendary experiment outside a DC Metro station and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post article that resulted.

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In memoriam: Jeff Towne, 92, longtime College Hill resident

Jeff Towne, longtime College Hill resident and landlord, died Tuesday April 26 in Columbus, Ohio. He was 92.

He split his time between 933 Carr Street and a retirement community in Columbus. He had made multiple trips back and forth this year, always driving and always by himself. Jeff had maintained a residence in Greensboro for more than 60 years, but Guilford County records list his mailing address as the Columbus residence.

He had been in declining health for several years. A neighbor said Jeff was hospitalized in Greensboro last month. His family then had him transported to a hospital in Ohio. A memorial service was held in Columbus last week.

Jeff had no family in Greensboro. He is survived by a sister, Joyce Towne Gross, who lives in the same retirement community in Columbus, and a niece. He had been a close friend of Jim Clark of 935 Carr Street, who died in 2017.

Louis Jefferson Towne III was born in Kent, Ohio, on November 30, 1959. He was a graduate of Ellet High School in Akron and the University of Akron, where he received a degree in engineering. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force. He received a master’s degree from Stanford University, apparently while in the Air Force. In Ohio, he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Rubber Maid Inc.

Jeff came to Greensboro around 1959. The city directory that year listed him as a traveling salesman living in an apartment on Chestnut Street in Dunleath. In subsequent years, he was listed as a salesman and manufacturer’s agent.

He married Barbara Jo Evans in Akron in 1961 after an engagement of almost three years. She died in 2004 in Akron. Her obituary suggests they were divorced.

In 1962 and 1963, the L. Jeff Towne Company was listed in the city directory, also at an apartment on Chestnut Street. The directory said its business was auto accessories. During those years, the directory listed Jeff’s residence as Akron, Ohio.

Jeff had a long history in College Hill. He bought 305 Tate Street in 1969, the first of several rental properties he owned in the neighborhood. When he died, county records listed him as the owner of six houses in College Hill (921, 930, 931 and 933 Carr Street; 705 Morehead Street; and 305 Tate) and five elsewhere in Greensboro.

Jeff also had a long history with the city’s Redevelopment Commission, Minimum Housing Standards Commission, and the code and zoning enforcement agencies. County records show that at least twice he averted demolition of houses he owned at the last minute after long avoiding or ignoring repair orders.

He bought 217 Tate in 1975, selling it in 1982 to the Redevelopment Commission. The agency found it too deteriorated to repair and demolished it due to fire damage [correction, May 2, 2022]. (The current house there was built by contractor Gary Jobe in 1985.)

In 1978, Jeff bought one of the most historic homes in College Hill, 911 W. McGee Street, the Walker-Scarborough House, built in 1855. Six years later, Jeff was issued a court order condemning the house and ordering him to surrender it to the city. It has since been restored.

The fate of the houses still in his name is unknown. Three of the College Hill houses continue to have tenants; three are empty. 931 Carr and 705 Morehead are condemned. The status of 933 Carr is unclear; it, too, was condemned in recent years, although Jeff continued to live there when he was in Greensboro.

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Church of the Covenant to host youth orchestra fundraiser, Experience Argentina with Music & Cuisine, Thursday April 21

poster for Experience Argentina, April 21, 2022

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Coffeeology is preparing to reopen after two years

coffeeology notice seeking new staff for reopening

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For sale: 10 Springdale Court, a 1920s bungalow, $220,000

10 Springdale Court, Greensboro
The Paul and Jessie Stratton House

  • $220,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,073 square feet, 0.17 acre
  • Price/square foot: $205
  • Built in 1927 (per county records, but probably earlier; see note)
  • To be listed February 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $135,500, April 2013
  • Neighborhood: College Hill Historic District
  • Note: The listing says the house is a Sears kit cottage. It might be this one, the Argyle.
    • Paul B. and Jessie Stratton bought the property in 1920. The address was first listed in the city directory in 1922. Paul was a salesman.
    • The Strattons sold the house in October 1927, the first of four sales of the property in 16 months. Interestingly for the era, the last three were all to individual women, none of whom listed husbands on the deeds.
    • Edith Willingham Womble (1890-1980) bought the house in March 1929 and owned it for 15 years. She lived in Winston-Salem and used the house as a rental property. She was married to Bunyan Snipes Womble (1882-1976), an early partner in what is now Womble Bond Dickinson, a Winston-Salem law firm with offices in 19 U.S. cities and seven cities in England and Scotland.
    • From 1950 to 1971, the house was owned by Mary A. Tennent (1890-1971), assistant registrar of the Women’s College.
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In memoriam: Larry Horn, former College Hill neighbor

Larry HornThe College Hill Neighborhood Association extends its condolences to the family of our former neighbor Larry Horn, who died Sunday at Wesley Long Hospital. He was 70 years old. Larry and his wife, Judy, owned and operated the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed and Breakfast on South Mendenhall Street from 2011 to 2016. They were friends of many College Hill residents and were active and engaged members of the neighborhood.

Larry was born in Brainerd, Minnesota, and grew up in Chicago. He received a B.S. degree in biology at Northwestern University in Evanston. Larry worked in environmental testing and remediation services in Chicago. He also drove teams of draft horses on hay rides and sleigh rides at the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, Illinois, initially as a volunteer and later as an employee.

In recent years, Larry and Judy lived in the Lake Daniel neighborhood. Larry volunteered at Guilford Courthouse Military Park and the Steven Tanger Center for Performing Arts. He performed in plays with the Community Theatre of Greensboro and other local groups and was a member of the Greensboro Tarheel Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

He also put his acting skills to use as a “standardized patient” for simulation-based learning at the UNCG School of Nursing and at Elon University and High Point University. “Larry Horn was a great actor for the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing,” the school posted on its Facebook page. “He genuinely cared about helping students while playing a patient during various simulations over the years. … The School of Nursing will miss him and is forever grateful for him sharing his talents with us.”

Celebrations of Larry’s life will be held in Greensboro and the Chicago area in the spring. Click here for a full obituary.

Larry Horn with two nurses at UNCG

Larry Horn as a volunteer “standardized patient” with nurses at the UNCG School of Nursing

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Sign up now for updates on Downtown Greenway construction along Greensboro College, which will begin in 2022

Downtown Greenway map

The final section of the Greenway will be built on the railbed starting at Spring Garden Street, along Greensboro College, and across Market and Friendly to Smith Street. Click on the map to see it bigger.

News from Action Greensboro about the Downtown Greenway:

“Exciting news. Construction on the final western mile, recently named Western Branch, of the Downtown Greenway will begin in 2022. As you know, part of this section runs through the College Hill neighborhood.

“If you are interested and want to be included in construction updates from the Downtown Greenway Project Manager, Dabney Sanders, please click here to email her. She will add you to the list.”

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This Saturday, Dec. 11, and Saturday Dec. 18: Holiday food drive at the Church of the Covenant for the Spartan Open Pantry

sign with dates and hours for 2021 drop-off food drive

Again this year, it’s easy to donate food and personal hygiene items for the Spartan Open Pantry.  The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and the College Hill Neighborhood Association are co-sponsoring a drop-off food drive for the pantry on Saturday mornings in December. Volunteers will be accepting donations Saturday December 11 and December 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot on Mendenhall Street.

The pantry serves university students and staff in need of assistance. Especially needed right now are:

  • breakfast cereals;
  • chick peas;
  • cooking oil;
  • hygiene and toiletry items (small sizes of toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants for men and women; feminine hygiene products; and razors and shaving products for men and women);
  • snacks like chips, cookies and crackers;
  • and toilet paper and paper towels.

Financial donations are also welcome. Checks can be made out to the Spartan Open Pantry; online donations can be made here.

The pantry is operated by the Wesley-Luther Campus Ministry and the UNCG Division of Student Affairs. For more information, click here for the Spartan Open Pantry website.

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In memoriam: Carl Robbins, 85, longtime Carr Street neighbor

Longtime College Hill resident Carl Robbins died Friday, October 15. He was 85 years old. Carl came to College Hill in 1976, when he and Ralph Becker bought 918 Carr Street. Ralph died in 1995.

Carl Lyle Robbins was born in Clarks Hill, Indiana, in 1936. He served in the Army from 1958 to 1960. He had a long career with Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he worked as a controller.

The College Hill Neighborhood Association extends our condolences to his family and friends.

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Join Oden Brewing and Double Oaks on Tuesday October 26 to help build the Downtown Greenway’s Final Mile

Downtown Greenway Final Mile Campaign Event: Tues Oct 26 5:30-7 pm @ Double Oaks

Click above to register by Wednesday October 20

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