The Business and Hospitality Office will be closed on Monday, September 7th, in observance of Labor Day.
Your (FHA) president goofed! The open meeting (that you're all coming to) is Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00pm.
Welcome back! We hope you had an R & R summer – restful and restorative – and are ready to return to a full program of Women of Fearrington activities on September 16 at 2:30 in The Gathering Place.
The new Co-Chairs, Betsy Anderson and Judy Abrams, spent the summer meeting with the various team leaders who create WoF's programs and activities. It's going to be an exciting, meaningful and fun-filled year as new activities greet you, traditional ones continue, and opportunities for growth, leadership, and contributions to the Fearrington Village community and the larger community of Chatham County appear. We will learn, laugh and lead together.
WoF's popular Cooking Classes conducted by Village residents (our neighbors) will continue this fall. The website article Click here about the seven classes and the cooks teaching the classes includes a cook new to the roster this year. Sign ups will begin on September 9. Contact Donna Fehrenbach at for details and registration forms.
WoF kicks off the year when representatives from the seven organizations serving Chatham County women and children that received grants from the Women of Fearrington describe the nature of their projects, and the impact they had on women and children in Chatham County. If it were only one child and one woman, all of our efforts would be worth it. Click here for Grants Article We have our members to thank for their donations, contributions, and hard work throughout the year.
Fearrington Friends of the Arts kicks off the upcoming season on September 14th with our annual "meet and greet" reception. Please join us at the Gathering Place at 1:30-3:00. Our reception is open to everyone - come to meet returning and prospective members, meet our new FFA Board of Directors, and learn about our programs and day trips for the season! Join us this season as we explore visual arts, performing arts, architecture and design.
Fearrington loves food, and what better way to enjoy it than participating in the seventh annual fall Fearrington Cooks series sponsored by Women of Fearrington. These courses provide the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill or hone your technique and are taught by talented members of our own community!
This year our expert chefs offer seven different courses to guide you through the techniques and skills necessary to transport your kitchen to Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Only 38 spaces are available in this year's cooking series, so don't delay. Just email course coordinator Donna Fehrenbach at for detailed information and a registration form for each class. While the standard donation for each class is $30 (tax deductible), the cost of ingredients varies by class. And of course, the date of each class varies. Registrations open on September 9 and are open to all, so sign up with your spouse or a friend to double your fun.
Learning the many uses of phyllo with Daphne Rhodes
The Fearrington Cooks series is a delightful way to meet new people and learn a new skill, but most of all it is a great way for the Women of Fearrington to raise funds to support underserved populations in Chatham County via literacy, advocacy, and job training programs. So sign up now and enjoy cooking well while doing good for Chatham County charities!
This year's course offerings include:
Experience the sophisticated cuisine of France with Lunch à la Julia! Ronnie Coleshill will teach participants how to prepare Julia Child's spectacular Gâteau of Crêpes, a multi-layered, colorful vegetable dish wrapped in crepes with a red pepper sauce, as well as a rich chocolate mousse. The group will then enjoy these creations for lunch with crusty bread, salad and wine. Class limited to 6 participants.
2015 Local Elections are approaching with National Elections soon to follow. Learn more about North Carolina's new election laws and voter ID requirements at a panel discussion with the Board of Elections directors from Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties. The discussion will be held on Thursday September 10, 2015, at 6:30 PM in the Chapel Hill Public Library, located at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill. The program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.
Women of Fearrington 2014-2015 Grant Recipients
It DOES take a village to raise significant funds to benefit non-profit organizations serving women and children in Chatham County. The Village of Fearrington and the Women of Fearrington are overflowing with enthusiastic, hard-working and fun-loving member volunteers. They gave their time and their talents so generously, and raised an impressive $15,145 for our grants during the 2014-2015 year!
So, how did we raise so much money? Both our Dress It Up autumn accessories sale (complete with on-site baked Gathering Place bread and wonderful donated baked goods available for purchase), and our spring fundraiser, Illusions of Elvis, were very profitable ~ and fun to work on and attend. In addition, the sale of Beltie license plates and watches and our oh-so-popular roster of cooking classes contributed handsomely to our overall success.
To be eligible to receive a grant from Women of Fearrington, non-profit groups submit applications documenting their IRS 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status and describing how the grant money will be used. Our grants are not meant to fund their operating expenses, but rather must be used for a project to be completed within one year that enhances their efforts and their services to women and children. The applications are reviewed and the grant recipients are selected by the Grant Selection Committee, comprised of the WoF Executive Board.
Organizations receiving WoF grants from funds raised during 2014 / 2015 include:
Congratulations! This impressive collection of school supplies, as well as cash donations, has been donated to the Community in Schools of Chatham County. Our sincere thanks to all the Fearrington neighbors who contributed to this very important drop-out prevention program in our public schools.
The Fearrington Democratic Club joined with the Chatham County Young Democrats to facilitate the collection of school supplies and backpacks. For more information about the program, and other ways to help, go to http://www.cischatham.org.
This was more successful than we could have imagined. Thank you again for your generosity.
Fall into books! The Friends semi-annual book sale will be held on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18 from 9:00 until 7:00 pm and Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 until 2:00 pm at the Library at 197 Hwy 87 North in Pittsboro. This sale is particularly strong in exceptional art books from the collection of a retired museum director. "Ramlila: The Story of Rama in Indian Devotional Theatre" will be presented by Dr. Pamela Lothspeich, UNC-CH Asian Studies, at Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro on Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. In addition, all are welcome to join the library's book club to discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, Tuesday, September 1, at 6:45 pm, or Thursday, September 3, at 1:00 pm....
Thursday, September 3, at 7:00pm in the Gathering Place the Fearrington Film Club presents The Lunchbox, an Indian film. A younger wife, seeking to put romance back into her marriage, prepares a special lunch but the lunchbox gets delivered to the wrong guy with interesting results. Come join us for the movie, popcorn and soft drinks.
The Fearrington Genealogical Group will begin its fifth year on Tuesday, September 8, convening from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at The Gathering Place. Mr. Harry Roegner of Fearrington Village will share the story of his ancestor, Gerrit Van Duyn who came with his sister to the Dutch Colony of Nieuw Amsterdam in 1649. It will be a rare treat to learn about the richly documented genealogical history of this family and to see some of the truly remarkable archival materials they hold. Harry will give some hints about conducting research abroad and will share aspects of the historical narrative he has written about his family.
Please join us Tuesday, September 8 in The Gathering Place at 7:00 pm for the first program of our 2015-2016 season. All are welcome to enjoy refreshments and friendship prior to our speaker's presentation. We are delighted to have Rosalyn Benjamin Darling, Ph.D., Havurah member, author and Professor Emerita of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She will present "How I Traced my Family Back to...
Although the last official meeting of the Green Scene was June 10th, the work groups of the committee have continued to meet over the summer to plan upcoming events. On Friday, October 9, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm we will host a community presentation on Recycling, Not the Usual Garbage. Topics will include Rain Water Retention and Reuse, Composting Do's and Don'ts and Recycling NOW by the County Waste Reduction Coordinator, Sandy Solochenko. Following the presentation will be a brief...
Let's start fall with a great game of bridge on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm at The Gathering Place. On the first Wednesday of the month, there is a free lesson at 12:30 pm! New and/or returning players of all levels are always welcome. For information call Phyllis Alexander at 919-533-6683 or . If you need a partner, please contact Meyer Liberman at 919-417-0674 or .
Thursday, September 10, 1:30 pm at The Gathering Place our speeaker is Dennis W. Streets, Executive Director of the Chatham County Council on Aging. His topic is "1935 to 2015--The Changing Landscape for Today's 80-Year-Old, living longer than ever". From 2006 - 2014, Dennis served as the Director of the State Division of Aging and Adult Services, after serving as coordinator of the UNC-CH Center for Aging Research and Educational Services and as clinical instructor at the Jordan Institute for...
The Fearrington Boy's Club is a men's luncheon group that meets on the second Thursday of the month, except during July and August. Our next meeting will be in the Bistro Dining Room at Galloway Ridge on Thursday, September 10, at 11:30 am. We share a glass of wine, followed by good food, good conversation and random seating to promote fellowship. The 30-year-old club does not have any speakers. If you are interested or have questions, contact Doug Carson at 919-542-0782 or ...
Medicare: Past, Present and Future
A Fearrington Cares Education Program
Sept. 10, 7:00 p.m. at The Gathering Place. Medicare is a very important part of healthcare for beneficiaries and providers alike. This presentation will review briefly the history of Medicare, its reforms and the challenges that it faces. Dr. Gustavo Montana is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University. As a member of the faculty, he was responsible for care of cancer patients...
Caregiver Support Opportunities
A Fearrington Cares Support Services Program
Sept. 18 & Oct. 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at The Gathering Place Family caregivers play a critical role by providing a significant proportion of the care for both the chronically ill and aging. While caregiving can be rewarding and positive, many family caregivers experience significant physical, psychological and financial stressors in association with their caregiving role. These interactive afternoon programs will be...
The Galloway Ridge 5k to benefit Alzheimer's NC will be held Saturday, September 12th. All funds raised from the run STAY in North Carolina to support, educate and improve the lives of those affected by Alzheimer's disease in our local communities. Contact Duke Center For Living at 919-545-2133 for more information.
If you love to sing and enjoy making music with friends and neighbors, please consider joining the Fearrington Village Singers. Made up of The Village Voices (women) and The Harmony Grits (men), we begin rehearsals this month to prepare for our Holiday Concert in December. We rehearse weekly at The Gathering Place from 3:45 - 5:30 pm, beginning Thursday, September 10, for The Grits, and Monday, September 14, for The Voices. While we take our music seriously, rehearsals are fun and friendly. All...
Fall 2015 classes begin Monday, September 14 with 26 courses on topics from current news, history, music, science, language and much more at the Celebration Assembly of God Church, Chapel Hill. For a class list, visit our website at www.sharedlearningchapelhill.com or call Alice Parsons at 919-642-0606, . Friday, September 25, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Jonathan Oberlander, UNC Professor, will be speaking on "Implementing Obamacare: the Promise and...
Registration forms for non-profit fall classes for seniors and retirees are available online at Peerlearningofchapelhill.com. Ten classes and social groups are covered by a small $25 fee. Classes begin Monday, September 14, at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at Binkley Memorial Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, next to University Place. For more information call 919-942-3044. For all Fearrington and Galloway Ridge opera lovers Peer Learning of Chapel Hill offers another 12-week Opera Course from...
You won't want to miss the opening meeting Tuesday, September 15, 3:00 pm at The Gathering Place. Our guest speaker will be Charlotte Glenn from the Chatham County Agricultural Extension Office. Bring your gardening questions. Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm and the program will follow. Plan to avoid the line for paying dues by putting your check to the Fearrington Garden Club in the Garden Club mailbox located in the Swim and Croquet kiosk beforehand. Membership is $15.00 per person...
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