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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce fundraising effort paid off today with the installation of the Century Center clocks. The long awaited clocks were purchased with money donated by various businesses and individuals.
The dedication of the clocks occured in a ceremony on September 29, 2002 before the beginning of the Carrboro Music Festival. Greensboro St. was blocked off for a short while as the church bell rang and a small group of local dignitaries and town folk gathered in the street on the corner beneath the clocks.
This former church went through major renovations after the Town of Carrboro purchased the property and was opened as a community center more than a year ago, but there was no money in the budget for the clocks. That's when the Chamber went to work to raise the money.
Mike Nelson and fundraiser Charlie Nelson spoke about how happy they were the goal had been met and the clocks purchased and installed.
Allen Spalt, a community activist and former Alderman, said how much it meant to him to be involved with this finishing touch for the Century Center. Spalt and his wife, Susan, were major contributors to the clock fund. A plaque was installed recognizing the donors to the fund.
Poet Laureate Kate Lovelady recited a special poem entitled Time and Music on an Average Sunday in Carrboro, written for the event. Kate is the only Poet Laureate in North Carolina and won the title after entering a competition last May.
The ceremony closed with Cathy Klein singing the National Anthem to mark this auspicious occasion.
This was a great start to the free Carrboro Music Festival which featured over 100 musical acts on 17 stages all over Carrboro.
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