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2013 Guide to Renting a Boat on Jordan Lake

Pittsboro, NC – I love the great outdoors and, over the last few years, I’ve written all about Jordan Lake – Fall Hiking, Spring Camping, a Dog’s Guide to Jordan Lake and more. But the most popular post has been about renting a boat. Just in time for summer, freshly-updated, is my 2013 Guide to Renting a Boat on Jordan Lake. 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

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

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.

5th Annual Briar Chapel 5K

Pittsboro, NC – Regular readers of this space know I love the great outdoors and the active lifestyle. Well, I’m taking my game up a notch as a sponsor of the 5th annual Briar Chapel 5K.
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Haw River Hike This Sunday

Pittsboro, NC – Just a short post about a Haw River hike on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Read more

Snow Skiing in North Carolina

Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina – I grew up in the Rockies and I can tell you that North Carolina has some great skiing. It’s the Switzerland of the South. Here’s a story about my recent family ski trip to Banner Elk plus a full guide to skiing in North Carolina.

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Ice Skating in the Triangle

Chatham County, NC – No matter what season we are in, I like to get out of the house and get some exercise. During the winter, one of my favorite activities is ice skating. Due to the popularity of our local hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes, this particular sport has really taken off in our area. Here are some local hotspots to get your ice skating on! Read more

Top 5 Attractions in Pittsboro

Pittsboro, NC – I’ve written about these places before. But if you’re new to the area, visiting for the day or thinking of relocating to Pittsboro, here are a few exemplary places to explore. Read more

Rare Walk on the Rocky River

Pittsboro, NC – The Rocky River would have to be considered a hidden gem in Chatham County. But on Saturday Nov 3, 2012 you’ll have a unique chance to walk a piece of the Rocky that might soon become an actual nature trail. Cost is free.

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