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!

Holiday Art Classes – The Creative Goat:

Your Chatham County craft supply store, The Creative Goat in Pittsboro has everything you need to feel equipped for your holiday crafting. Offering a variety of crafting classes, learn how to stain, paint, crochet and stitch all season long. On Tuesday evenings from November 2 – November 16 at 6 p.m., sign up for Dixie Belle’s Make and Take classes.

On November 2, you’ll join a workshop in learning to paint wooden signs, all in the spirit of the holidays. On November 9, make your own Christmas stocking; now, there’s a holiday staple you can use year after year. Finally, on November, 16, experience the art of the Cricut in making the T-shirt of the season! Learn to cut the vinyl designs on the Cricut, press your design onto the shirt. Wear your specialized design home that evening! To keep the craft Tuesdays going, register for the workshop on November 23 at 6:30 p.m. to create your own Thanksgiving centerpiece. All other Tuesday evening workshops begin at 6 p.m. Registration prices may vary; however, materials are included in the price.

On Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m., try your hand at hoop art! What is hoop art? Using a wooden hoop as the border, create intricate embroidery designs to display how you choose! A great class for beginners and experts alike, create a Christmas-themed embroidery design for gifting or for keeping. The choice is yours!

For the grand finale, the 18’’ Merry Christmas Vintage Truck Sign – Sip, Stain and Paint will take place on Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m. Unwind as you bring your vintage truck sign to life, and bring something to sip on as you go!

Believe in the Christmas Magic:

The Christmas magic returns to Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park on Saturday, November 6. Located at 4221 Silk Hope Road in Siler City, shop from local vendors from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. That’s a full day of shopping for jewelry, handbags, beauty products, kitchen items, wreaths, handmade soaps and lotions, woodwork, baskets, scarves and more. With so many gifts to choose from, don’t plan on leaving emptyhanded.

Makers Market Series:

Keep on shopping local at the Makers Market Series at MOSAIC at Chatham Park in Pittsboro, kicking off on Saturday, November 13. Enjoy music, a market with craft vendors and refreshments. The music starts at 1 p.m. with sounds by Counterclockwise String Band. The Makers Market, hosted by Pop-Up Raleigh, will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the music and plenty of holiday cheer!

Huckleberry Trail Farm Fall Festival

That’s right, it’s fall festival season on Huckleberry Trail Farm. Siler City’s premier source for all things fall, you are a short drive away from hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, slingshots and much more. Line your stoop with rows of Chatham County-grown pumpkins from the 2021 Huckleberry Trail Farm Fall Festival. Open to the public every weekend until Sunday, October 31, there is more than enough time left for you and your loved ones to take fall festivities to the next level. Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Before you go, reserve two to three hours of your day to get the most of your experience on the farm. 

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Best of Chatham: Harrison Fence

If it’s simply for aesthetics, if it’s for additional home security, Harrison Fence has spent the past 20 years fencing properties across North Carolina. Masters in their trade, their team is equipped to assist you in creating a space that best accommodates your needs. Since 2001, Harrison Fence has stood the test of time as a family-owned and operated organization, leading in fence installations in the Triangle and surrounding areas. Schedule your free estimate and learn more about what options will work best for your home or business. 

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It’s Oktoberfest Season

Is it fall yet? October is rounding the corner, which means the season of Oktoberfest is among us. Many years ago, in the year of 1810, Crown Prince Louis, who would become King Louis I of Bavaria, invited the citizens of Munich, Germany to his marriage celebration in front of the city gates, including a horse race, a feast and the origins of Oktoberfest. Though much has changed in the past 200 years, the spirit of community gathering remains unchanged. Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated in various forms worldwide from late September through early October, with an average consumption of one million gallons of beer annually. The tradition lives on in Chatham County on October 2. Cheers! 

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Best of Chatham: Parks Painting

Did you know that the oldest house paints were made of milk, lime and honey? In fact, King Tut’s tomb was painted with milk-based paint. We aren’t saying you need to head to the farmer’s market to gather supplies for a new exterior look, but it’s nice to learn new trivia! The color of your house can say a lot. For example, historically speaking, a red door has symbolized a safe stop for travelers or having fully paid off a mortgage. Whatever statement you are looking to make, Parks Painting invites the Pittsboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding communities to “roll with the best.”

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Where Global and Local Flavors Meet

Without the hassle of buying a plane ticket, packing your bags and braving the airport lines, you can experience global cuisines in Chatham County. How, you may ask? The Travelling Cafe of Pittsboro offers prepared meals, cooking classes and catering menus to quench your thirst for exploration. This fall, enroll in one of their public cooking classes and learn how to incorporate adventure into your weeknight menu offerings.

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Best of Chatham: Chatham Carpet & Interiors

For nearly 50 years, Chatham Carpet & Interiors has been serving their local community, providing only the best in carpet, wood, vinyl, sundries and laminate products. Located at 50 Still Waters Drive in Siler City, their experienced team is available to bring your design visions to life. You can rely on their professional staff, customer service, reasonable prices, expansive inventory and available warranties, all locally-owned and operated. Visit their showroom or contact the help center for more information on getting started!

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68 Margaret Mann Way

Fresh to the Pittsboro real estate market, 68 Margaret Mann Way should make it to the top of your wish list as a prospective buyer. Just listed this week at $620,000, vacancy at this property won’t last long. Sitting atop one acre of landscaped, wooded land, your serene escape is outside your own door. Call Manns Crossing subdivision your new neighborhood and 68 Margaret Mann Way your new address! 

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Tiger Day Fun Run

The big cats who earned their claim to fame on Netflix’s hit show, “Tiger King,” are now living comfortably at the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. Joining with other animal sanctuaries around the country, the Carolina Tiger Rescue is one organization of many working to provide adequate care for these cats, along with many others. How can you support the well-being of the cats who call Carolina Tiger Rescue home? Sign up for the Tiger Day 5K – Virtual Fun Run, taking place July 22 – 29!

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Best of Chatham: Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds of Durham, Cary and North Raleigh captures your style at a fraction of the cost. Providing “style and service for every budget®,” their team is servicing all of your blinds, shades, shutters and drapes needs. Not sure what you are looking for yet? Budget Blinds offers a free in-home or virtual consultation to discuss options for window treatments. Also available in the Chatham County area, Budget Blinds is here to support you and your vision for your home, helping you select from a wide variety of products at unbeatable prices. Let’s do some window shopping!

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