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Hoppin’ John Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention

Pittsboro, NC – Get out your fiddle, mandolin, guitar or banjo because the Hoppin’ John Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention is coming to Shakori Hills in Pittsboro on September 19-21, 2013. Read more

Two Fall Trips on Jordan Lake

Pittsboro, NC – Hard to believe summer is over, but it’s time to start thinking about Fall Excursions with Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP). Read more

NC Hops & Roots Fest – May 25, 2013

Pittsboro, NC – One of my favorite Chatham County events is coming up on May 25, 2013 – the NC Hops & Roots Festival. Read more

Chatham Wellness Festival May 18

Pittsboro, NC – The 2nd Annual Chatham County Wellness Festival is coming on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Food, exercise, sustainable agriculture, alternative medicine and more. Read more

Southern Side-by-Side Spring Classic

Outside of Pittsboro, NC – My friends at Deep River Sporting Clays are hosting The Southern Side-by-Side Championship and Exhibition this weekend.  It’s great fun to see expert marksmanship, history, tradition and competition all rolled into one.

Deep River Sporting Clays

Just 13 miles south of downtown Pittsboro, Deep River Shooting Clays sits on 65 acres of rolling woodlands outside Sanford.

Their business is essentially target shooting at clay pigeons. I’ve taken my daughter Kelsi out there for instruction and recreation.

Southern Side-by-Side Spring Classic

Now in its 14th year, the Southern Classic features side-by-side shooting. That is, double barreled shotguns.

You’ll see fine shotguns, accessories, clothing and artwork represented by more than 75 vendors from around the world all on the Deep River grounds.

The Classic features competitions all weekend including 12-gauge, hammerless and even a black powder challenge. Black powder is the most traditional method of shooting. As they say at Deep River, “we’ll see who wins when the smoke clears!”

See the full schedule: Southern Side-by-Side Spring Shooting Classic

Event Details

Southern Side-by-Side Spring Classic
April 26-28, 2013

Deep River Sporting Clays
284 Cletus Hall Road
Sanford, NC 27330

More info: Southern Side-by-Side

Motors for Music Car Show in Pittsboro

Pittsboro, NC – The Motors for Music Car Show is an annual event that helps raise money for Pittsboro’s Northwood High School band program. It takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10 AM – 3 PM. Read more

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
Map

For more info, visit ClydeFEST.

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Photo by Carolyn Davis.

Christmas Parades and More in Chatham County

Chatham County, NC – The holidays are fast approaching and that means it is time to get out of the house and show your holiday spirit.  There are cookies with Santa, Parent’s Night Out (get a little shopping done) and you can even still get a float in the Christmas Parade.

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Special Events: Chatham County Parks & Rec

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Parks & Recreation Department has some special upcoming events including a Trunk or Treat on October 26. Read more

Oktoberfest 5K Race in Pittsboro

Pittsboro, NC – Carolina Brewery is teaming up with the Abundance Foundation to present the Oktoberfest 5K Race and Family Walk in Pittsboro on September 29, 2012. Read more