Directory of Groups

Directory of Groups

ahwygrouppic1210Village residents get together every other month to police trash along U.S. 15-501 outside the entrance to Fearrington Village. Love to have you join us! We usually meet at 9:00am at the Gathering Place to distribute gloves and vests and bags that are provided by the Department of Transportation. Most of us bring our pick-up sticks and find we finish the pick-up easily in two hours. All in our group have found this is a great way to get some walking exercise and at the same time we feel good about helping keep North Carolina clean and green. WE REALLY NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS. To get on the e-mail notification list: call Bev Andrews at 542-5171 or email:

Amateur Birders
Explore various Fearrington Village areas and  “off campus” to find (see or hear!) and learn to identify birds. Target time is 1½-2 hours, unless we plan to go Eagle watching at Jordan Lake, which takes about three hours overall. Must have binoculars. Meets: year-round on the 1st Friday of the month at 8:00 am, at the Smokehouse kiosk.  >Beverly Scalise (542-7459); Betsy Bogle (545-3027)

AM Book Group
Meets on third Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. at McIntyre’s Book Store.  New members welcome.  Jane Ross – 542-1687

American Association of University Women
A national organization of college graduates committed to making a significant impact on education and equity for women and girls. Awards educational fellowships and grants and provides funding for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination. Interest and study groups provided in women’s biography and autobiography, international affairs, literature, French conversation and bridge. Meets: : Third Saturday. 9:30 a.m at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.  Kay White (542-1138)

Try your skills before joining. Membership includes regular play, two social events and participation in the Chatham County Senior Games (usually in April). Initiation fee: $15. Annual dues: $5.  Men: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. (winter, 1:30 p.m.). Women: Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (winter, 9:30 a.m.). Open Play (men and women): Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (winter, 1:30 p.m.). >Bob MacCloy (545-0725); Dick Goodwin (545-0205)

Bulls & Bears Investment Club
A partnership of Fearrington residents wishing to improve their knowledge of investing. All partners are encouraged and expected to take a lively interest in the affairs of the club. Prospective members are invited to join us as guests. Meets: second Friday, 9:30AM. Vera Graye (542-9888) or Eamon Kennedy (542-1277).

Card Knights
Play   poker for their enjoyment and good fellowship. Meets: Monday, 7 p.m. Don O’Reilly  (542-7481).

Chapel Hill Community Chorus
erforms three concerts a year: December, May and July.  We are a group of singers dedicated to performing high quality choral music from a variety of traditions.  Membership is open to persons wishing to sing and develop choral ensemble skills. Auditions are required. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in Chapel Hill.  Details are available at or

Chatham County Council on Aging
Highway 87, Pittsboro. Services include in-home nursing assistance, Meals on Wheels, transportation, fitness, exercise program and health screenings.  (542-4512)

Chatham Citizens for Effective Communities (CCEC)
CCEC is a non profit organization whose goal is to enhance Chatham’s future through information, education and advocacy. We promote open and responsible county and town government; the preservation of water, waterways and watershed; and responsible, well-planned growth. Open to all Chatham citizens. Loyse Hurley (967-3449).

Chatham County Habitat for Humanity
Fearringtonians have been vital to the founding and continuing success of Habitat for Humanity, serving on the board of directors and operating committees, staffing the resale store and helping in the construction of houses. Lynda Stinson (542-0794 x 215),; store: 467 West St, Pittsboro (542-0788)

Christian Bible Study Groups
Fearrington men and women meet weekly in homes to develop a deeper understanding of their Christian faith through Bible study. Studies are all  Bible-based and Christ-centered and require homework.  Periodically the groups arrange programs by Christian scholars. Art & Arleen DeLuca (593-6779)

Concert Series
Offers residents of Fearrington Village an annual series of five moderately priced classical chamber music concerts by talented professional musicians in our area. Open to everyone. A subscription series, but seats are usually available at the door. Concerts: Sundays, 3 p.m.  George Hunt (542-1750)

Controversy, Conspiracy and Chapbooks
Members will meet once a month to discuss a current controversy or conspiracy. Research is encouraged. After the discussion, each member will produce a short, typed essay, poem or comment on the topic. These writings will be published in a chapbook on a quarterly basis through the free publishing offered by Friends, detractors and weirdoes can then purchase the chapbook on-line, as can the members. With four chapbooks per year, this group promises to offer enough stimulation to ward off Alzheimer’s and those pesky Fearrington ticks.  Larry Rochelle (542-6202 or

Enjoy leisurely non-competitive rides on back country roads surrounding Fearrington. Call for further information. Jim Scalise (542-7459) or Lars Krijgsman (542-2660).

Democratic Club
Provides a forum for knowledge and discussion of national, state, and local issues and political candidates. Dues $10. Meets: fourth Tuesday (September-April) @ 7:30 pm, John Hammond (545-2026).

DILR (Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement) – see OLLI

Duplicate Bridge Club
Club belongs to the American Contract Bridge League and has its own registered director. Plays 24 boards. Games are stratified so that novices as well as more experienced players can compete. Partners provided for single players. Meets: Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Elly Kealey (542-5097).

Fearrington Cares
Office/Nurse 542-6877 (phone or fax); Volunteer Help Line 542-1930.  Linda Stryker-Luftig (542-1176) or Kay Hunt (542-1750)

Fearrington Farmers Market
Whether you need fresh flowers, organic fruits and vegetables or a home made meal, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Fearrington Farmers’ Market. Join vendors from many local farms as they come together each Tuesday from 4PM-6PM, April through Thanksgiving, on the grassy lot beside the Fitch Creations Administration building to share the best of the season.

Fearrington Film Club
On the first Thursday of each month (January through June, September through December) a film is shown at 7:00 PM at The Gathering Place.  Light refreshments served.  Annual dues – $10 per person (10 films);  Art Lituchy (533-3260) or Sue Ford-Goldhagen (545-0598)

Fearrington Friends of the Arts
We are a very friendly group open to both men and women.  Our objectives shall be to encourage greater interest, learning, and enjoyment of the arts.  Four planned programs and one excursion trip per year.  Membership fees are $15 with guest fee being $5 per event.  Joy Bond (542-3180)

Fearrington Friends of Scandinavia
Loosely organized group which meets twice a year.  Gatherings include a short meeting  followed by a meal. Open to everyone. Aud Ackerman (542-5822).  Backup – Jean Hjelle (545-0432)

Fearrington Green Scene
The Green Scene’s vision statement: Fearrington Village’s residents and organizations take active steps to reduce their consumption of energy, water, and other resources, reuse goods and supplies, and recyclewhenever possible.  Meetings and projects for 2010-2011 currently being planned.  Click on our name above to visit the web site.  Contact: Vickie Shea, 545-0024 or

Fearrington Opera Club
The club is intended for residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge who enjoy listening to, attending, and talking about opera.  We have about 50 members presently and provide bimonthly programs from September through May at the Gathering Place.  We also have a Website that helps support our opera desires: Annual dues are $25 per household.  For more information, please contact Cathy Burt ( or 537-8212.)

Fearrington Railroad Club
Informal group holds about six meetings a year for those interested in all aspects of railroads including travel, photography, history, collecting railroadiana, as well as modeling. We meet in member homes on selected Wednesday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.  Gary Carlson (542-2022)

Fearrington Republicans
Share your concerns on the local, state and national levels by inviting insightful speakers and encouraging open discussion.  All are welcome.  No club dues, but voluntary donations to help defray costs are most appreciated.  Meets: fourth Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Saliann Mao (545-0011)

Fearrington Writers Group
Brings together Fearrington residents who are interested in writing poetry, personal memoirs, short stories (fiction or non-fiction), family history, and novels. Provides a forum for sharing your writing. Barry Reece (542-7272) or Forrest Greenslade (545-9743).

Fearrington Yacht Club
Good-Spirited Group.  Refreshing Socialization.  One of the largest groups in Fearrington with approximately 180 members.  Annually: 2 parties in Fearrington, 2 regional  trips, 1 long-distance trip.  Dues: $10 per person.  No yacht required.  Questions—call Elaine & Stephen Hudak  (542-3757 or 545-9637).

Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
Promotes the full use of the library as a valuable and vital community resource.  Membership dues support special projects, library events, purchase of equipment and reading programs for children. Reece Jones (542-1598).

Garden Club
Promotes a greater interest in gardening, stimulates interest in conservation of wild flowers, trees and birds and increases concern for the protection of the environment. Dues $16 per person, $25 per household, $5 for a guest. Meets: Third Tuesday, 3:00PM (September-May). Mimi Woehrel (542-5856).

Golf Club
Offers men and women league levels of  golf. Men’s leagues are grouped according to handicap and usually play twice a week. There are seven tournaments per year. Initiation fee:$20; Annual dues:$14. Contact Larry Rochelle (542-6202). Women’s Golf- Pat Skiver (533-6142).

Great Decisions
Once a month former diplomats, foreign students, and specialists present insightful information on a variety of foreign affairs related issues. 2010 topics include prospects for Middle East peace, international migration, global financial crisis, Russia and her neighbors, global crime, special envoys. Meets at the Gathering Place. Ken Heisig (533-3006).

Harmony Grits
The Harmony Grits are an all-male choral ensemble that performs fall and spring concerts before audiences throughout the Triangle. Auditions are not required, just a love of music, a joy of singing, and the willingness to put enough energy into rehearsals to make the result enjoyable to ourselves and the community. Some musical background is preferable. Music Director: Matt Fry. Thursdays at 4 PM at the Gathering Place. Contact Pat Cabe (533-8055 or

Havurah (Jewish Fellowship)
A Jewish-sponsored cultural and educational group that is open to everyone. Meets: second Tuesday, 7:15PM.  Stan Duberman (542-0713), Florence Shapiro (542-4034).

League of Women Voters
Encourages informed and active participation of citizens in governmental affairs at the local, state and national levels and provides voter service to citizens. Barbara Kendrick (542-0689)

Marathon Bridge Club
Players are divided into teams of 8 couples each, not necessarily husband/wife pairs. Each couple in the team plays every other couple once between November and June for 18 hands of party bridge. Cost: $25.00 per person, which includes a dinner for everyone at the end of the year. Denny Holland (542-6350).

Men’s Club
Small discussion groups.  Meets Thursdays 2 p.m., in members’ homes. John Sweet (542-3347).

Music in the Air at Fearrington (MITA)
MITA is a tradition started some years ago in which outdoor concerts are scheduled for Sunday afternoons (4:00 to 5:00 PM) on the upper lawn of the Swim and Croquet Club with the Gathering Place as rain venue.  Music ranges from bluegrass to folk to light opera (Gilbert and Sullivan).   No admission is charged but the hat is passed to reward performers.  Usually there are three concerts in the Spring and two in the Fall.  If you have musical talent to recommend, questions or would like to take part in running this program, contact Eric Chetwynd (919) 545-0437 (

Newcomers Club of Greater Chapel Hill
We welcome all people new to the Chapel Hill area. Members enjoy a variety of activities including a gourmet dining group, men’s and women’s luncheons, morning coffees, tennis, fiction and non-fiction book clubs, golf, antiques, wine tastings, hiking and much more. Click on our name above to view the web site.  Trisha Meketa (542-2895)

OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Intitute (formerly DILR)
A year-round educational community on the Duke campus for retired folks.  Courses cover history, literature, natural or social sciences, art, music, drama and current events. Caroline Resnick (542-0162).

Brings together Fearrington residents interested in drawing and painting. No formal instruction. No oil painting. Meets: Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Mary Heisserman (542-4025).

Peer Learning
Meets weekdays at Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Study groups are offered in a variety of fields, including literature, language, government, art and womens issues. Ted Hayes (933-7464)

Piedmont Rug Hookers
A chapter of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists. Rug hooking, socialization, discussion of PRH issues and coming events.  Dues: $15 per year. Meets: third Saturday, September-June, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,  at members homes. Bring lunch. Pat Jackson (542-4738)

Post Card Club
Collects and trades very old (antique) cards. Meets once or twice per year. John Webster (542-1139); Suzanne Steward (542-3856)

Stitchery Group
If you enjoy any type of needlework, even turning a hem, enjoy the exchange of helpful ideas and information, and have a collection of projects you have never quite finished, Stitchery is for you. Meets: first Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Rita Slotnick (542-1988)

Swim and Croquet Club, Inc.
Swimming is available 7 days a week from mid-May through September and croquet year round.  In addition to lap and recreational swimming in the main pool, a kiddy pool, hot tub, cabana with ping pong, and a lawn area for picnics, horseshoes, and shuffleboard is available.  Water aerobics classes for adults and kid’s swim lessons are offered.  For more information, click on our name, above.  Pool house # 542-7337

Tennis Club
Organizes and schedules mens and womens doubles, tennis trips, annual round robin  and supper meeting. Meets: Saturdays, 9 a.m., mixed doubles, Benchmark Tennis Courts. Initiation fee: $75. Annual dues: $65.  Gene Stuneck (542-9985).

Travel Club
Shares travel slides, videos and experiences. Meets: First Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.,  October-May. Bob DeVido (542-1188)

United Nations Association of the USA
Supports a strong, effective United Nations positively led by the United States. Activities include advocacy, public information and outreach in Durham, Chatham and Orange Counties.  Meets on fourth Wednesdays for a “Lunch and Learn” event addressed by speakers on international affairs. Bob Cherniak (542-2567 or

UNC Alumni Club
We are a GAA-sanctioned club. We have social gatherings and engage in community projects. Our group has been chosen as an outstanding UNC Alumni Club each of our 8 years of existence. Come join your fellow Tar Heels. Hark The Sound. Philip Cree (545-9794)

UNC Humanities Program
The UNC Humanities Program is offering “Adventures in Ideas”, weekend and summer humanities seminars.  Information is available on the web at, by telephone at (919) 962-1544, or by sending e-mail inquiries to Seminars are held Friday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday mornings. Locations on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus TBA.  The seminars are sponsored by the Program in Humanities and Human Values of the College of Arts and Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Vegetarian Club
Social get-togethers with an eye toward improving diets and learning healthier ways to prepare food. Meets: Second Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m. Jim Morlan & Janet Jorgenson (545-0373)

Village Quilters
Informal gatherings of women whose main focus is quilting and friendship. Meets: Second and fourth Mondays, 9:30 a.m., members homes. Nancy Cherniak (542-2567)

Village Voices
All women who like to sing. No auditions. Currently, there is a waiting list but you will be called when a vacancy occurs.  Matt Fry, director.  Rehearsals: Mondays, 3:45-5:30 p.m., September-April.  To be placed on the list call Sue Willson (545-0481)

Women of Fearrington Club
Offers meetings with informative and interesting programs with time for socializing. Also selects and supports several community service organizations, concentrating in Chatham County via fund-raising activities throughout the year. Meets third Wednesday with a Meet and Greet gathering at 2:30 and program at 3:00 pm, October-May. Gretchen Redden and Sally Muncy

WOW Tennis Group
Scheduled women’s doubles on Tuesday mornings and round robin doubles on Thursday mornings. We gather socially the second Tuesday of the month at 4:00 P.M. in members’ homes. Dues are $5 per year. Barbara Harris (542-1952) and Ellen Strong (545-0415).

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