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The King of Carrboro

When: Wed., July 27, 7 p.m. 2011

Patrons of this Carrboro establishment, where Robert Harmon—aka the King of Carrboro—was as much a staple as the espresso beans, will say goodbye to their dear friend. Harmon was a retired coal miner, once a loner, later a treasure, with stories and idiosyncrasies as unique as the town he called home for his final years. He died earlier this month after a bicycle accident. Ask anyone who's been to the Open Eye, and they probably remember Harmom rocking in a chair, listening to a cassette player. They will recall his bushy eyebrows, his classic sideburns, his gait and his warm, "Hey Bo!" greeting. Those who knew him best—including Cliff Collins of Cliff's Meat Market (who gave him work and a free place to stay), Scott Conary of Open Eye (who opened "Carrboro's living room" to him) and Mayor Mark Chilton—will offer tributes, beginning at 7 p.m. —Joe Schwartz

Price: Free

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