Entries by Julie

Rockin’ at Home

2021 starts up by serving you tunes straight to your door. Bynum Front Porch is a staple for the Chatham County community and continues their mission of connecting neighbors through celebration and song. If you’ve spent a Friday evening at Bynum Front Porch’s summer Music Series, you’ve been privy to the sounds of gospel, folk, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. The sounds are carrying farther, all the way to your home, this year. Their Winter Live Music Series shows will also be streaming on Facebook Saturday nights from January to August at 6:30 p.m. Can’t make the virtual or live show? All of their shows will be linked directly on their website!

Paying it Forward

2020 was by no means a stress-free year for many of us. With the arrival of the New Year, as calendars reset, take the opportunity to reset your intentions as well. The art of crafting and upholding resolutions at the beginning of a new year can be complex. For 2021, make your resolution one that gives back to your community. There are still ways to volunteer safely, ensuring your well-being and the well-being of those you will be helping along the way. We have compiled a list of a few local organizations still seeking volunteer assistance. That said, please feel free to share other unlisted opportunities you may be privy to!

And a Happy New Year

The presents have been wrapped, some even opened. Stockings have been hung with care, awaiting a visit from a resident of the North Pole. There is an excitement in the air, leading up to a new year, full of new expectations and opportunities. Known as a time for renewal, the New Year is upon us, meaning a total reset is on the horizon. End the holidays and welcome the New Year by keeping the festivities going!

The Bradford by Day, Fearrington by Night

For many of you, travel plans for the holiday season have been adapted, altered or altogether cancelled. Traditions that were once annual staples have been put on hold until the next year. Take the opportunity to explore your own neighborhood, right here in Chatham County. Of the many local favorites hosting holiday open houses, The Bradford in New Hill is one of them! A luxurious event and wedding venue, the team at The Bradford welcome you to learn more about their story. Give the gift of exploration to your loved ones and book a private, socially distanced tour today. 

Once you’ve booked your seasonal tour, reserve a Christmas dinner, courtesy of The Fearrington House Restaurant. Look at that, your December calendar is starting to fill up already! 

Thanksgiving at Home

More than ever, the saying, “no place like home for the holidays,” will ring true. A compromise for your Thanksgiving plans does not mean compromising for your favorite holiday traditions. For Thanksgiving weekend, we have your plans covered. Celebrate at the Pittsboro Christmas Tree Lighting then reserve a table at a local eatery or bring the taste of the season, and all the seasonings, home! 

‘Tis the Season to Shop Small

This holiday season, shoppers can expect some delay in gift delivery as online retail is expected to grow by nearly 20 percent. With more and more people celebrating the entirety of the holiday shopping season in the comfort of their homes, offline sales are expected to decline, having a direct impact on smaller local businesses.

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge

Because we all need more farm animals in our lives! Pittsboro’s Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge is a gathering place for species, both human and animal. On Saturday, October 31, visit the farm for a unique musical experience, shared with goats, sheeps and all your favorite fall treats. At 3 p.m., take a socially-distanced seat, and take in the fall weather in the most ideal autumn setting.

A Very Huckleberry Fall

Pumpkin-picking season is almost ripe at Siler City’s Huckleberry Trail Farm. A Chatham County favorite, Huckleberry Trail Farm’s Fall Festival kicks off sweater weather for many locals. This year, the farm’s response to the current health pandemic will ensure the safety of employees and visiting guests, including several alternatives to many of the traditional activities typically offered. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. until October 31, the Fall Festival will be in full swing. Tickets are available now online! 

Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop… too soon? The festivities are in full swing at Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm in Apex. Before you set out on finding the perfect tree, they’ve got a few summer activities up their sleeve. Open now, U-Pick Flowers appointments allow visitors the chance to bring their fall bouquet visions to life. Throughout September, the Falling For Fall event will open the farm up to vendors offering fall decor from candles to homemade pumpkin plushies!

Haunted Hills Terror Drive

It may not feel like it just yet, but Halloween is creeping up on us! This year, the Halloween season may not seem as traditional, but don’t get spooked just yet. The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is delivering all the ghouls, goblins and ghosts at the seasonal Haunted Hills Terror Drive. A drive-through spook-tacular for anyone in the Pittsboro area, this will be a socially distanced event you will want on your calendar!