Herd What’s Going On?

It may be early in the week, but we have our sights set on the weekend. Friday is closer than it was yesterday! This Saturday, January 29, Chatham County is honoring some of its favorite inhabitants, animal wildlife. A biodiverse region, Pittsboro’s Starrlight Mead and Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge are hosting events to showcase some of the many species that call North Carolina home. Get to know your neighbors, even the ones with feathers or hooves!
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Ice Cream for Dinner, Anyone?

Take a step back into the past. In the heart of historic downtown Pittsboro, located at 85 Hillsboro St., transport your taste buds to simpler times, with bursting flavors of both savory and sweet. Since 1997, S&T’s Soda Shoppe has been a neighborhood staple. With a deep-rooted history in North Carolina, dating back to the 1880s, they are still a local favorite today. We hope you saved room for dessert!

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Hike to an Airplane Crash in North Carolina

We all know that North Carolina has much to offer; however, it’s home to only one known plane crash site. Tucked in the Great Smoky Mountains, Waterrock Knob Trail is your literal road to ruin. A highly-rated trail for hikers and explorers alike, the trail is two miles roundtrip, located at the highest elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The closest city being Waynesville, the area has a remote feel to it, making it the perfect spot for stargazing, bird watching and complete immersion in nature. Of course, its most unnatural feature is its plane crash site.
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Thirsty Skull Brewing

In the middle of winter, we recommend warming up with a cold beer. Thirsty Skull Brewing in Siler City has exactly what you need to make that happen. Food Truck Fridays are in action at Thirsty Skull Brewing on January 14 and January 21, serving up local food favorites and hoppy brews. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., take a seat and get a head start on the weekend.

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Trail Ahead

With your New Year’s resolutions set, you may be looking for activities involving exercise and exploration. We’ve got you covered on both, at the same time. There’s the treadmill, there’s Pilates classes and then, there’s walking trails that lead to an old laboratory and abandoned cotton factory ruins. A day trip from Chatham County, you’re 2.5 hours away from an afternoon adventure like no other. Of all the reasons we love North Carolina, it’s diverse range of day trips tops the list; from mountains, to sea, to abandoned cotton factory ruins, all in the same day.

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2022 for the Arts

The arts connect a community. Despite the struggles of many due to the pandemic, the Chatham County arts community is starting 2022 strong. Sing along to a musical, follow along to a play, enjoy arts in your backyard! January is packed with opportunities to experience live music and theater, get your tickets today!

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Best of Chatham: M.R. Stoner Electric, Inc.

There’s nothing like the magic of holiday lights, but holiday lights are nothing without electricity. What a ~ shocking ~ notion! In continuing our Best of Chatham series, we recognize M.R. Stoner Electric, Inc. for their contributions to the Chatham County community since 1992. Their motto, “a customer not just one time, but for a lifetime,” is a testament to their belief in quality, consistent customer service. Located in Sanford, M.R. Stoner Electric services Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake counties.
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Holly Days in Pittsboro

And, just like that, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. In Chatham County, all is merry and bright. You’ve finished your last of the Thanksgiving leftovers and are preparing for a festive frenzy during the month of December. Loved ones may be visiting, you may have time off of work, you may be in the market for a holiday activity that does not require driving to the North Pole. Hop on our sleigh and we’ll guide you in navigating your to-do list!

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Ride on the Reindeer Roundup

‘Cause that’s the way things happen
On the Polar Express

It’s all aboard Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express and tickets are selling quickly! New Hope Family Valley Railway: The Triangle’s Train is cruising through a winter wonderland at the North Carolina Railway Museum in New Hill. With special holiday scenes set up throughout the route, experience the magic of the season with photo opportunities galore. Tickets are on sale now for the month of December, get yours before they sell out!
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Making Christmas Magical

Sure, the calendars just flipped into November, but the holiday season is on its way. With meals to prepare, plans to organize and gifts to purchase, get a head start with some creative shopping ideas, all local to Chatham County. Store-bought gifts are great, but try on local, try on handmade for size. Give the gift everyone will remember!
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