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Summer is Heating Up in Chatham County

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

With the kids out of school, summertime becomes a never-ending search for fun, budget-friendly activities. This June, Chatham County has no shortage of activities for the whole family.

As temperatures are on the rise outside, make your next cool summer adventure be any one of these Chatham County activities. Fun for the entire family!

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Three Rivers Arts Festival

Chatham County, NC — It’s been a busy autumn, but not too hectic to plan a visit to the Three Rivers Arts Festival on October 19 and 20, 2013.

Three Rivers Arts Festivals

In the southeastern corner of Chatham County (in fact, right on the border) is an area called Three Rivers. The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival features locally made arts and crafts – nothing imported from China or even California!

As the name says, the focus is really on Arts. Over 35 exhibitors will be showing including oil painting, acrylics, photography, jewelry, quilting, woodworking, pottery and Weird Thrift.

If you like florals, you might enjoy Kim Young or Kate Ladd.

More via Chatham Chatlist:

Entrance, parking and music are free.  Vendors set up in barn stalls, the riding ring and horse pasture.  Most areas are accessible for a wheelchair or walker, though some of it is short grass pasture and the riding ring is loose dirt.  Volunteers will take you to feed treats to the horses and chickens if you wish.  This is a great opportunity to buy holiday gifts that are all hand made by the artist vendors of the festival (there are no re-sale manufactured items here).

Music & Food

The Festival runs two days (Saturday and Sunday) and includes seven musical acts including Michael Daughtry as well as Dogwood Blossom.

Food trucks will also be out as well as (Chatham County’s own) Bear Creek Brews.

15 Minutes from Pittsboro

Three Rivers Arts Festival is an effortless 9 mile drive down 15-501 about half the way to Sanford.

Event Details

Three Rivers Arts Festival
Sat-Sun, Oct 19-20, 2013

Summer Rain Farm
1064 Walter Bright Road
Sanford, NC 27330
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ClydeFEST 2013 – April 6

Chatham County, NC – One of my favorite spring festivals is ClydeFEST in Bynum. This year, it’s scheduled for Saturday, April 6.

ClydeFEST

ClydeFEST, now in its 12th year, is Chatham County’s premier folk art festival. It has a special focus on kids with games, activities and entertainments galore.

The one-day festival benefits Chatham Arts and the Clyde Jones Scholarship Fund.

This year’s festival is packed with fun. From the website:

On the Bynum Front Porch Stage there will be music from bluegrass legends Tommy Edwards, Nathan Aldridge, Alice and Rick Zincone, the Northwood Jazz Band, international dance with Takiri Folkloriko Dance Academy, incredible moves from The Bouncing Bulldogs, rope jumping phenoms, fabulous tales from the one and only Cynthia Raxter, storyteller, and magic and balloons from Happy Dan the Magic Man.

Aside from chainsaw connoisseur Clyde, the Ballfield will be home to Georgia folk artist Peter Loose and his African Tortoises, face painting, drum circle, food, photos, ice cream, clown, mime, stilt walkers, local artists, exhibitors, vendors, auction, prizes and games.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to get creative and paint their own critter in “Critterville” and pose for photos on one of Clyde’s Horse-Dogs (or are they Pig-Giraffes?) in the photo tent. And of course all the usual bright and beautiful hand-crafted games will on offer, alongside plenty of local refreshments from ice-cream to hotdogs to keep folks going.

About Clyde

From my post last year:

Clyde Jones, a former mill worker is extremely creative with a chainsaw. Clyde lives in Bynum, just south of Carrboro and creates rough hewn figures from logs and other discarded materials. These critters are rough aggregations of four or five pieces of found wood, cut quickly and nailed together.

Clyde has been bringing his chainsaw to local elementary schools, fund raisers and auctions, since 1982. His critters are often sold or raffled off to raise money for charity, but otherwise, Jones prefers to give his creatures away.

According to Chatham Arts, Clyde now has a permanent display in the window of Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Read more about Clyde Jones.

Event Details

ClydeFEST
Saturday, April 6, 2013
11 AM – 4 PM
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For more info, visit ClydeFEST.

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Photo by Carolyn Davis.

Bynum Front Porch Music Series

Photo courtesy of BynumFrontPorch.org

Chatham County, NC – Deep in the woods, down a small country road, behind an old country store, is one of North Carolina’s most authentic musical experience – Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series. This summer’s shows feature blues, bluegrass, country, griot, celtic and old time hootenanny. Continue reading