|Mvt - Yoga|
Mon Dec 22
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Thu Jan 1
|Fearr Village Singers|
Thu Jan 1
3:30PM - 5:30PM
Thu Jan 1
7:00PM - 9:00PM
|Parkinsons Support Group|
Wed Jan 7
10:15AM - 12:15PM
Wed Jan 7
12:30PM - 4:30PM
|Fearrington Boys Club|
Thu Jan 8
Thu Jan 8
1:30PM - 3:00PM
|FC Ed Lecture|
Thu Jan 8
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri Jan 9
1:00PM - 3:00PM
On Saturday, despite the snow, a group of nine stalwarts went out to clean up the highway for the holidays. Special kudos to Ray Albers and Chuck Waldron who got stuck with what was apparently the worst stretch; long after the rest of us were back home or celebrating with a hot chocolate at The Goat, they were still out laboring away. We owe you one, guys! Great finds this time out. A wallet belonging to a Fearrington Village resident was retrieved and returned. Thanks to all who came out this month: Colette File, Ray Albers, Barbara Harris, Nina Verin, Ann and Al Blackburn, Gene Rogers, and Chuck. Also, thanks to the 20 or so other volunteers who have come out during the course of the year to help ensure that the highway leading to our shared homesites is the cleanest in the state. I greatly appreciate your cheerful smiles and dedication and I do believe our fellow Fearrington Village residents feel just as proud of you as I do. Happy New Year to all. See you at The Gathering Place, followed by Hwy 15-101! Anne
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Among the believers nation-wide this year will be thousands of girls and boys who will receive a brand new toy from Santa Claus.
It's amazing the difference an organization can make when a group provides toys for children who might otherwise have awakened to a morning of disappointment. The Women of Fearrington Holiday Luncheon provided a collection point for gifts distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps which run Toys for Tots throughout the United States. The mound of unwrapped holiday gifts for a child ten years old and younger is evidence of the generosity of those attending the luncheon on December 10.
Happy Holidays to all, and may the New Year bring hope and opportunities for peace throughout the world.
More Than $5000 Raised in One Day - Thanks to Our Village and Friends
It took a Village - more than 50 Fearrington Village volunteers - a lot of planning and forethought, donations, leg work, and hard work while having fun, to raise more than $5,000 in one day at the Dress It Up! Accessory Sale to benefit the Women of Fearrington Grants Fund. Kudos and special thanks to Nancy Wilson and Sharon Laner, who chaired this event and tirelessly worked many hours to ensure its success. Thanks also to the team of leaders and individuals who contributed time and effort. In addition to the generosity of those who donated items and worked on the event, the Publicity Team, headed by Janet Keefer with Daphne Rhodes and Dale Colson in support roles, was key to the success of the event.
Well before the doors opened, people lined up outside The Gathering Place ready to find great bargains among the jewelry, scarves and handbags donated to the cause – and they found them. Using her creativity, layout expertise and organizational skills, Beryl Sherman and her teammate, Kay Tarr displayed the merchandise in a fall theme and made everything look beautiful. WoF opened the doors 15 minutes early, and the shopping began.
Delicious homemade baked goods were packaged and displayed enticingly under the leadership of Melanie Jackson, veteran of many WoF BBB events (Books, Baked Goods and Boutique) of days passed, and her team of seven workers. Donna Fehrenbach smiled throughout the entire day while baking 52 loaves of bread. For those who were there, the aroma of freshly baked bread was irresistible. All 52 loaves and then some were sold!
Richard and Kay Tarr made sure all the scarves were cleaned, freshened, ironed and priced. Eileen Linz and her crew of two workers priced and boxed all handbags and volunteered as sales people. The six-member Jewelry team, under the able leadership of Judy Abrams and Sherry Miller, organized, cleaned and priced hundreds of pieces of jewelry ranging in style from whimsical to elegant, from fun to priceless.
Jane Welsch, with the approval of the Fundraising team, successfully re-introduced the Beltie watch – large and small faced. These items will be for sale throughout the year at $40 each.
Twelve sales people helped buyers select items and sent them off to the six cashiers. WoF Treasurer Lee Wilson oversaw the money and made deposit runs throughout the afternoon.
Credit for the idea goes to Betsy Anderson, who suggested it to the Fundraising Team. And, of course, none of it would have been possible without the residents of Fearrington Village who generously donated items, helped to prepare for the sale day, worked on the day and then became customers on the day of the sale, purchasing wonderful treasures. The four-member Gentlemen's Auxiliary Team who always volunteer and always generously donate their muscles and time, helped with loading and unloading and packing and moving items to and from the Gathering Place.
Was it a success? You betcha! And there's more.
FHA Office and Hospitality Center: Closed December 24-26.
First Choice Disposal: Closed December 24-26. No trash collection will occur on those days.
The Fearrington Cares Center will be closed December 22 through January 2.
It's almost time to print the 2015 FHA directory & Handbook. Please review your current listings on the FHA website, which is the source for the print directory. To see your current information, visit this page:
And please let us know (same email address) about departed residents. Listing in the FHA directory is "opt-in" at the discretion of the resident; we will not accept directory listings from anyone except the resident. Remember: a vacated house automatically reduces the newsletter count, and a new directory entry for a formerly vacant house automatically increments the newsletter counts for your area and block.
The Fearrington Swim & Croquet Board and Croquet Players wish to thank you for your enthusiasm in joining the fun at the refurbished croquet court. Wine and Wickets with Croquet Players playing and teaching continues on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 pm. Free Croquet for Fearrington Village residents has been extended through March 15, 2015.
The annual meeting will be January 18, with social hour at 3:00 pm, business meeting at 4:00 pm at the Gathering Place. The 2015 Membership Drive will kick off at the annual meeting.
Mig Hayes has everything you want in a teacher to make iPads easy and fun to use. She opens communication avenues with the ease of an expert. Mig is much in demand at all the area retirement communities. With her years of experience at the Southpoint Apple Store and her patient and clear teaching manner she makes it easy to grasp the intricacies of the popular iPads.
The classes are right here in Fearrington at the Gathering Place for four consecutive Fridays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 4:00 to 5:30. The class will be limited to 12 and the fee is $80 with the check made out to "Mig Hayes" and delivered to Carol Kurtz at 27 West Madison on or before January 9. Handouts will be provided for each class. Bring your iPad to class and it needs to be running on iOS8. If that causes a question, you can call Mig at 919/219-9563.
If Santa puts an iPad in your stocking you have until January 9 to register.
The Communication Committee has been hard at work trying to improve the website for Fearrington Cares. This work was spearheaded by Chris Kehrer and is aimed at making the site more useful and useable to our target audience—you!
The interface has been simplified and now highlights services offered and how to access those services. There is a more obvious link to our calendar with all of our activities and educational programs listed. Volunteering and donating are more straightforward. Access to the newsletter is also more clear.
Check it all out at http://www.fearringtoncares.org!!
Child Care Networks, a first-time recipient of a Women of Fearrington grant, conducted a two-day business training institute for the owners of child care businesses – the first of its kind in Chatham County. Instructors (retired professionals) included volunteers from Fearrington Village. Child Care Networks’ press release below describes the Institute in detail. Events such as the Dress It Up! accessory sale and the seven cooking classes just completed this fall raise funds for these grants, as do the proceeds from the sale of the Beltie license plates and the re-introduced Beltie watches.
Child Care Businesses Complete Training
Six local child care business owners completed 12 hours of business training through Chatham County's first Family Child Care Business Institute, culminating on November 15.
Participants learned about financial record keeping, marketing, professionalism, business structures, and determining costs, using a curriculum developed by Self-Help Credit Union specifically for child care businesses. Instructors included Child Care Networks staff and local retired professionals. Sophia Williams, owner of La La Kidz Day Care in Siler City, said about the class, "It was a lot of help. Before this I was not very business-minded. It's helping me better manage my expenses, especially grocery shopping, so that my business can make a profit."
The participants operate child care businesses in their homes with a license from the State of North Carolina. A licensed Family Child Care Home can care for up to eight children at a time. Child care homes offer a small-group environment and often more flexible hours than larger child care programs; many even care for children in the evening, overnight or on weekends. There are 27 licensed child care homes in Chatham County.