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From the all-school picnic in August to graduation in June, the school year at Carolina Friends is filled with special occasions. A highlight every year is the series of events that mark the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (in 2012, for example, featuring a keynote and other presentations by Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, in 2015 featuring reflections by CFS co-founders Martha and Peter Klopfer). 

We've hosted an address by the director of the Peace Corps; opened an Art at the Center! photo exhibition called "Shared Origins: An Adoptive Family's Journey Back to Ethiopia" and exhibits showcasing the art of Lower School fourth-year students; and raised funds for an Upper School End-of-Year service trip at a Galapagos Extravaganza (with Ecuadorian food, music by student group Old 86, a silent auction, and a mini-lecture by Dr. John Bruno, then a Lower School parent and a UNC marine biologist who works in the Galapagos). 

We hope you'll feel a warm welcome to join us for milestone moments in the life of our community.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebration and Service

Monday, January 16, 2017

 Our theme for this year is Teaching Peace Through Compassion. With this theme in mind, every member of the community will make a Wish Flag that relates to Kindness, Love, Peace or Compassion. We hope to have hundreds of flags hanging in the gym lobby when people enter on January 16. On that morning, we will have blank flags available for parents, friends, and visitors, so they can add their wishes to the students’ flags.All community members are invited to our annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this coming Monday at 10:30 am in the Gym.

We are excited to continue our tradition of participating in Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive. Watch for bins in all units.

We agreed that we want to continue a yearlong service project--one that would be appropriate for all ages. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity continues to be a wonderful relationship for us. The Interfaith Build brings together diverse communities of faith throughout the area to build homes for local families. This year, we are working in the old Northside community in Chapel Hill. Everyone 16 years old or older is welcome to volunteer on the site. In order to volunteer, please CLICK this link



Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~ 10:30 am in the Gym

Join us for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Graduation as we celebrate the accomplishments of the CFS Class of 2015. Graduation at Carolina Friends School is different from that at other schools. Read more.... 



Friends 50th Celebration Weekend 

April 24 - 26, 2015


Friday, April 24, 2015

Late afternoon/evening – Alumni Gatherings Open to all alums, and current and former parents, staff, and board members.
Refreshments and live music at a variety of local venues.
Note: This is still a work-in-progress! Please check back for confirmed details! 
Class Years -- 1970 - 1992
Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents
Organizers: Lisa Hess and Fleming Best
Location: Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, 431 W Franklin St., Suite 16, Chapel Hill 27516
Time: TBA
Music: Dmitri Resnik '84 and Robert Bittle '74?
Food: Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages provided by CFS?
Class Years -- 1993 - 1999 
Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents
Organizer: Hopie Mooney '97
Location: Social Games and Brews, 1007 W Main St., Durham 27701, owner Mark Cromwell '99
Time: TBA 
Music: Mountain Mountain Mountain Boys, Grant Thomas '99 and David Hughes '99
Food: Food truck with a $150 guarantee

Class Years -- 2000 - 2008
Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents
Organizer: Will Gordon '01
Location: Margaret and Ed Campion’s House, 101 Zapata Lane, CH 27517-9199
Time: 7:00 -11:00 pm
Parking: on Zapata Lane :: ONLY ON OUR SIDE OF THE STREET  :: the South side - on the left as approaching.
Music: TBA
Food: Beverages and BBQ provided by CFS? Potluck the rest?

Class Years-- 2009 - 2014
Invited: all alums, current and former staff, board and parents
Organizer: Davi Cheshire '13
Location: TBA -- CFS? The Station? Private Home?
Music: Daniel Fields '11?
Food: Beverages and BBQ provided by CFS? Potluck the rest?
More information here! www.cfsnc.org/50thFriday


Saturday, April 25, 2015

11:00 am - 5:30 pm – FriendsFest, Hay Wagon Stage, Saxapahaw, NC

Live music from five decades of alumni performers, family fun, fresh local food, and lots of friends
11:00-12:00 -- Michael Rank '83 (Damaged Country) with Gabriel Pelli and Ron Bartholomew
12:00-12:10 -- ES Chorus (?)
12:15-1:00 -- Eric + Erica '01 (Unconventional Pop): Eric Kuhn ’01, Jonathan Henderson (CFS ‘01)
1:00-1:10 -- Lower School Chorus  (?)
1:15-2:00 -- Aaron Lopez-Barrantes ’06 (Americana)
2:00-2:10 -- Middle School Chorus
2:10-2:20 -- Alumni Photo 
2:30-3:15 -- Gretchen Klopfer Wing and Friends '79-'89 (Original Folk): Gretchen Klopfer Wing ’79, Bradley McDevitt ‘89, and current and former music teachers - Dave Smith '80-'85, Kris Whitenack '84-'99, and Joanna Sisk-Purvis '08-present
3:15-3:25 -- Upper School Quaker N'Oats
3:30-4:00 -- Caitlin Linney ‘07 (Pop)
4:15-5:00 -- Orange County Sirens '86-'05 (Americana): Krista McKinnon ’04, Tim Wells ’86, Paige Berry ’04, and Dave Henderson ’05
5:00-5:30 --  Acoustic Community Jam: Bring your instruments and Jam during the cleanup led by Aaron Lopez-Barrantes (CFS ‘06)
5:00-6:00 -- Community Cleanup
Evening Concert at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
7:00        Doors open
8:00        Kodiak Farm Boys with David Henderson '05, Sam Huff '05, Matthew Rubin '06, Nathan Case-McDonald '07, Jesse Jordan, Wes Jordan
9:00        Black Masala
10:00      Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba with Jonathan Henderson ’01

Tickets $10 advance/$12 day-of


Sunday, April 26 , 2015

9:00 am - 12:00 pm – Closing Meeting for Worship, CFS Center Performing Space
Childcare provided for children aged 3 (potty trained) to 14: Link for childcare sign up: http://bit.ly/1CF0Kkn
9:00       Campus tours
10:00     Nicholas Kitchen '83 violin performance
10:35     Jim Henderson guided meditation
11:00     Meeting for Worship
Noon     Close of meeting
Followed by lemonade, cake, and campus tours

1:00 - 3:00 pm – Luncheon for Staff and Board Members – Past and Current
Catered casual lunch for staff and board members in the Quaker Dome, followed by remarks; hosted by the CFS Board of Trustees

Click here for a full description of FriendsFest2014. 

Click here for a full description of FriendsFest2013. 

Grandparents and Family Friends Day

Friday, April 3, 2015 ~ arrival to noon departure

A favorite day on campus! Every year we are delighted to welcome our students' grandparents and family friends to a cherished celebrationGuests visit classrooms in the morning for special presentations and refreshments.

If you would like your grandparents or family friends to attend, now is the time to ask them to plan to come to campus on Friday morning, April 3, 2015. Out of respect for families and their individual wishes, we do not send a save-the-date to all grandparents.  We will follow up with a request to parents for addresses of whom to send event information in late January. 

In early March, we will send the schedule, maps, and driving directions to those who have RSVP'd. 

Click here for more information on the 2015 celebration.

Click here to see a musical video from the 2013 event. 

Authors' Tea — 27 Views of CFS

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00 pm

Upper School Meeting Hall

Two years in the making and in honor of our 50th Anniversary, we have compiled a collection of essays, short stories, poems, and remembrances. Our collection of authors includes three principals,10 staff members (former and current), nine alums, 20 parents (former and current), two co-founders, one basketball coach, and many published authors.

At our Authors' Tea contributors will read from their writings and share their experiences at CFS. Of course, a variety of teas and yummy treats will be on hand. We hope you will join us in this continuation of our 50th celebration as we learn about just some of yesterday’s memories that brought us to today. You will be an important part of the discussion!

Click HERE for more information about 27 Views of CFS, as well as a sneak preview of the book.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 19, 2015 ~ 10:30 am to noon in the Gym

Once again, students, parents, grandparents, staff, and trustees--past and present--as well as friends of the School will gather in the Gym from 10:30 am to noon to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We're also collecting children's books for Book Harvest and hand sanitizer and canned soups for Liberia.

In the afternoon, you can join an on or off-campus service project.

All the details, including information about keynote speakers (and CFS co-founders) Martha and Peter Klopfer and Upper School speaker (and award-winning literary figure) Dr. Nathaniel Mackey, can be found at www.cfsnc.org/MLK_2015. 

All are welcome for this important event in Carolina Friends' 50th year!

Click here for a description of last year's (2014) festivities. 

First Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Saturday, January 3, 2015 ~ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Gym and Quaker Dome 

We had a great turnout for our first ever 3-on-3 basketball tournament.  Here are the participants!


Mid-Winter Alumni Performances

Saturday and Sunday, December 27 and 28, 2014

We enjoyed alumni theatre and dance productions each day of the weekend, separated with a reception.

Dance/Performance - Vignettes 

Directed by Jessica Harris
A collection of vignettes and dances to celebrate 50 years of CFS history!

Aubrey Griffith-Zill, Austin Campion, Jessica Harris, Hana Ginsburg, Alison Kibbe, Jessica Alexander, Sydney Ray, Jasmine Powell, Henry Walker, Corrie Bauer, Caitlin Linney, Eric Love, Eric Kuhn, Jim Henderson, Tommy Noonan, Kyle McConaughey, Lindsay Leonard, Sarah Yanuck, Alyssa Whitney, Mariah Hayes, and Isaac Dalsheimer. Technical Director: Alexander Kenan 

Theatre - Long After Love
Directed by Lucius Robinson
Drawn from the works of Yukio Mishima and Arthur Waley, Long After Love is a series of intertwining stories dealing with the redemptive nature of love.  (Rated PG-13 for mature themes)

Emily Anderson, Marley Toben, Andrew Meriwether, Emma Rosenstein, Emma Trisolini, Elizabeth duBose, William Booker, Chris Carter, Lucius Robinson, and Eric Love. Technical Director: Daniel Peraza-Rudesill, Assistant Technical Director: Elisabeth Maillard

Click HERE for a one-minute look at the work as it was in progress.


We wish to thank our performers, project directors, and tech engineers listed above for sharing their awesome creative initiative.  We are deeply grateful to be the recipients of their talent.

Additionally, we wish to thank the following folks for their behind-the-scenes support:

  • Volunteers - Jane Anderson, Lisa Hess, Nancy Kelly, Amy Knight, KT Childress, and Ron Ginsberg
  • Rehearsal-week cooks- Amy Shmania, Ida Trisolini, Lisa Ray, Chari Smith, Katrina Pointer, Amy Clark, Mary Rosenstein, and Elaine Funaro Love
  • Staff - Annie Dwyer, Henry Walker, Bradley McDevitt, Terry Pendergrast, Dylan Pendergrast, Kathy Schenley, Carrie Huff, and Laura Shmania

Click here to see a video collage of all the mid-winter activities: ultimate and basketball games, theatre and dance productions, and receptions!  

Student vs Alumni Ultimate Games

Friday, December 19, 2014

12:30-2:00 pm

CFS Gym and Soccer Fields 

Students and alums enjoyed an energetic game of Ultimate on the afternoon before winter break began.


Thanks Giving Social

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:00-10:30 pm 

Shared Visions Retreat Center (The Old Murphey School)

3717 Murphy School Road, Durham

We enjoyed an evening celebrating CFS 50th Anniversary with friends, great music, complimentary light appetizers, desserts, and sparkling sodas. Cash bar for wine and beer. 

Music from Upper School teacher Jamie Hysjulien's band, Maddog Blues, kept us lively and alum Josh Lozoff  '89 awed us with his magic.

Please click here to see a video of the event.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 27, 2014
9:30 am 
Begin at the CFS Gym and Soccer Fields

Students, staff, families, alums, board members, and friends of CFS enjoyed a walk or run with family and friends. 

Fall Sports Day

Friday, September 19, 2014 ~ 3:30 pm 

CFS Gym and Soccer Fields

In addition to cheering on the sports teams, we enjoyed a display of the evolution of athletics at CFS. The Upper School Design in Action class created a timeline showing the various sports and milestones. The timeline will continue to be displayed in the Gym, along with pictures, video, and even uniforms over the years. It is really interesting to see how we evolved in athletics over 50 years!

Please click here to find out what happened at the event! 

CFS Turns 50

Meeting for Worship and Birthday Party!

Saturday, September 13, 2014 ~ 3:00 pm

Durham Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave

We began a year-long 50th Anniversary celebration at the Durham Friends Meeting House, the site where CFS first opened its doors on September 13, 1964.

Click here to see a video of the event.

Click here for more 50th Anniversary information.

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Durham, NC 27705
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