FHA Newsletter 2023 December

FHA Newsletter 2023 December


December, 2023  Volume 42  Number 11

President’s Message

This is my first President’s Message since my election several weeks ago. Thank you for your votes. I want these messages to be informative and to keep you abreast of our plans and events upcoming in the Village.

First, and probably most important, I would like to thank Rose for her leadership of the FHA. During her tenure she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Village residents. Her leadership during the Covid pandemic helped spare us the ravages felt by many communities. She led the battle that led to the solution to our wastewater issues. Rose was also the driving force behind the successful campaign for a much-needed dues increase, which will allow for improvements in Village life for many years in the future. She has also helped shape your board into a much more efficient and effective governing body. Again, THANK YOU, ROSE!

As we enter 2024, I would like to give you an idea of a few items on our agenda for the new year. The dues increase will allow us to begin addressing issues that may have been deferred in the past. The Creekwood mail kiosk rebuild will occur soon after the first of the year. Bids have been received, and as you read this, a contract will have been awarded. Those of you who use that kiosk will suffer a temporary dislocation, but the new kiosk will be a vast improvement. During the year we are planning to repave The Gathering Place parking lot, as well as Smokehouse and Creekwood kiosk lots. These items were highlighted in the recent reserve study as critically needed.

In addition, The Gathering Place toilets will be brought into compliance with the ADA. We will be addressing various drainage issues throughout the Village and adding new paths and trails. We also plan to study issues with the existing playground to make it safer and more entertaining for children and grandchildren in the Village and visiting us.

We have had several successful social events in the past year, and more are planned for 2024. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Fearrington Village. We will be having the Founders Festival to celebrate! A committee is already working on this event. Other events will include the Easter Egg Hunt, National Night Out, Oktoberfest, Veterans Day, and Winter Solstice. More events are under discussion and may be added during the year.

There are also several administrative and communications issues that will be reviewed during the year. The board’s communication methods with you, the residents, are under constant review. During 2024, we will be reviewing our contract with the management firm to make sure it best meets our needs as we continue to grow. We will also review our current bylaws to make sure that they continue to be appropriate.

Just a reminder that almost all things happening in the Village are done by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for any of our activities, please contact us at the number in the directory. We need your help!

If you have any ideas to improve life in the Village, send me an email, a text, or just give me a call. My number is in the directory. I look forward to a continuing conversation with all of you.

—Steve Stewart, president@fhaboard.org


FHA News

Report of the Communications Director

Reminder—It’s Directory Time

The annual printed Directory and Handbook (D&H) will be sent to the printer in December and distributed to residents in early January. The D&H is printed directly from our website, https://fearringtonfha.org, so residents should make sure that their information in the online directory is up to date. You can edit your information directly online by choosing “Edit My Directory Info” under the “Directory” tab or send an email to directory@fearringtonfha.org. In addition, clubs and groups (including service groups) should be sure that their descriptions and contact details reflected on the website are current; any changes or updates should be sent to admin@fearringtonfha.org. All changes must be made by December 7 in order to be certain of inclusion for this year’s D&H.

—Tony Carroll, communications@fhaboard.org

Secretary’s Report

FHA Annual Meeting

In connection with the annual meeting of the FHA on November 19, 2023, Fearrington Village residents elected four FHA Board members. Steve Stewart, formerly director of health, safety, and security, was elected as president; Amy Ghiloni was re-elected as vice president; Tony Carroll was re-elected as director of communication; and Patrick McGahan was elected as director of grounds and facilities. Rose Krasnow and Ric Frank are stepping down from the board, with our heartfelt thanks for their service, and each of them has agreed to continue to serve the FHA, Rose as a special advisor to the board, and Ric as chair of the covenants committee. Warren Ort has agreed to return as director of health, safety and security to fill the vacancy created by Steve Stewart’s election as president, which will be accomplished by the board at its next meeting, in accordance with the bylaws.

Also elected were Chris Kaman and Libby Willkie as members of the nominating committee. The nominating committee is charged with identifying and recruiting future members of the board. A list of all of the current board and nominating committee members can be found here.

At the meeting, outgoing President Rose Krasnow greeted residents, looked back over some of the highlights of her tenure, and announced the election results. Treasurer Steve Gambino presented a financial overview of 2023 and the budget for 2024; Director of Grounds and Facilities Patrick McGahan discussed current and anticipated 2024 capital projects; and new President Steve Stewart presented his initial thoughts about the year ahead. The meeting was then opened to questions from residents. Written responses to those questions will be posted on the FHA website with the minutes to the meeting.

—Judy Graham, FHA secretary

Community Affairs Report 

Spotlight on Volunteers: Hospitality Shines Bright!

FHA Hospitality Office Volunteers. Front row: Debbie Liebtag, Barbara Gilbert, Carol Kurtz, Wendy Snodgrass; back row: Jo Anne Rosenfeld, Pam Bailey, Sharon Laner, Ruth Ann Burk, Maggie Tunstall; not pictured: Kathy Hare. Photo by Gordon Pitz.

Volunteers contribute to many aspects of life in Fearrington Village. This new monthly column aims to thank our many volunteers and highlight the work they do. May it offer inspiration and opportunities to encourage everyone to get involved in our community!

Our volunteers in the FHA Hospitality Office embody the definition of hospitality—“cordial and friendly reception of visitors with warmth and generosity.” We invite you to visit the hospitality office if you need to make copies, send a fax, get a trail map, visit the lost & found bin, request a newcomer packet, or get a copy of the Directory and Handbook. If you have a question or need directions, our volunteers are there to help. The hospitality office is located in the rear of The Gathering Place and is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 12 noon.

Volunteers in the hospitality office typically work one to four days per month. If you’d like to join this fun-loving team, please email hospitality@fhaboard.org.

Take Notice, Area and Block Contacts! 

It’s time to let our coordinator know if you are continuing in your role in 2024 so that we can update our directory. If you have not already done so, please send a message to Pam Bailey at Pamatfv@gmail.com and let her know your plans. If you cannot continue in 2024, please attempt to find a replacement and include her/his contact information, including the name of the neighborhood, in your email. Thanks!

If you are interested in volunteering to become an area or block contact, Pam will gratefully receive a message to that effect at the email address above!

—Ruth Ann Burk
FHA Director of Community Affairs

Green Scene Report

The “final numbers” are in!

The sheriff’s department collected 26.10 pounds of unwanted medications (a lot of pills that won’t get flushed down the toilet). Shimar Recycling shredded 8,400 pounds of “confidential paper” (subsequently sent off to a Georgia Pacific Corp. toilet paper manufacturing facility in Georgia). On October 15, 2022, for comparison, we shredded 3,240 pounds of paper. On May 20, 2023, we shredded 6,060 pounds of paper. Apparently having two lanes approaching the paper-shredding truck, along with the dedicated efforts of the volunteer helpers in that area, made that process a good deal smoother and more efficient than our experience in the past.

Once again, thank you to all who so generously contributed time and talents to the event. Obviously, the program could not have been done without you!

Jason Welsch, Moderator
Fearrington Green Scene
914-806-4852 (Cell Phone)

3rd Winter Solstice Celebration in Fearrington Village!

Photo by Mariana Fiorentino

The 3rd ANNUAL Winter Solstice Celebration will take place on Thursday, December 21, at 5 pm around the fountain in the Village. After settling in with our lanterns, there will be quiet time for reflection as well as time to meet and greet and “ooh and ahh” over each other’s lanterns. Then those who are willing and able will walk through the Village and around the pond lighting up the winter sky with their creations. 

The Winter Solstice on December 21, the longest night of the year, marks the beginning of the winter season in the northern hemisphere. For many different reasons, this astronomical event is significant in many cultures, religions, and traditions. Our Village event is a nondenominational winter-themed event. We hope you will bring a handmade lantern to light up the night. RAIN DATE: 12/22. 

For more information, contact Mariana Fiorentino at magicalpuglia@gmail.com or Beth Gold at bethgold3@gmail.com.

What’s Happening in the Village Center 

As a service to our readers, we’re adding a link to the Village Center calendar, showing events at McIntyre’s and the Village Center shops: https:// www.fearrington.com/calendar/.

We also remind readers that The Belted Goat and other Village Center shops are open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. The new Galloway’s Bar is open Wednesday through Saturday, 5 to 8 pm, and can be accessed from the downstairs door near McIntyre’s. On Fridays, pizza can be ordered online from the Roost for pickup from 4 to 6 pm and can be enjoyed at the Pub, where live music will be featured on Fridays through the winter. More details can be found at www.fearrington.com.

Website Tips: New Search Utility

We have added a “Google search” option to the navigation menu at the top of your screen (on larger devices) or in the “hamburger menu” of three horizontal lines at the top right for smaller devices. As its name implies, it is intended to function similarly to an online Google search and to “learn” from previous searches what users are looking for. Please try it out, but also remember that the index (under the “Index and Help” tab) is also a useful finding tool.

Our website is a bit like a book in that it contains a great deal of written information, and an index is particularly useful in such a setting. If you would like to suggest additional items to be added to the index, please send an email to managers@fearringtonfha.org.

—Tony Carroll, Director of Communications


This Month’s Features


Scene Around Fearrington:

Fearrington After Dark

By Gordon Pitz, with thanks to photographers credited below

When the sun goes down, the world takes on a different, darker character. The darkness can be intimidating. It may be associated with suspense, hopelessness, horror, evil, or death. Perhaps because of this it may also appeal to our love of mystery and thrill. If we add a little light from the moon or stars the night can be romantic. It can be exciting if we use artificial lights to illuminate the objects around us. A photographer can take advantage of whatever lighting happens to be available to create images that suggest a range of conflicting emotions: suspense or calm, tension or tranquility, anticipation or nostalgia.

Here are a dozen photographs of events and locations in Fearrington that offer unusual views of common scenes, or elicit unexpected moods. Lights strung through the village make us feel more cheerful, especially over the holiday season. Illuminated shops or food trucks call to us with their bright lights – “Come try our wares!” Lights along a roadway invite passersby to follow and explore. If no other suitable lighting is available, you can bring your own flashlight. Open your camera shutter and “paint” the object that interests you in a way you think might enhance its appeal. Dramatic effects are possible if you add movement to the lights. The lights of moving traffic, photographed with a time exposure, trace patterns that display the vehicles’ trajectories. Dancers wearing illuminated costumes can look rather sinister. Setting out to take photographs at nighttime is the start of an adventure.

Click on any photo to see an enlarged view.

Village after dark, seen from the  fountain.  Photo by Chris Ridley.
McIntyre’s Christmas window display.  Photo by Gordon Pitz.

Rear of Fearrington House.  Photo by Chris Ridley.  

Fearrington House Restaurant. Photo by Bill Arthur.  

East Camden streetlights.  Photo by Jim Leatherberry.

Entrance to the Village.  Photo by Frank Huisking.  

Light painting: The Barn.  Photo by Frank Huisking.  

Entrance and silo. Photo by Chris Ridley.  

Light painting: crepe myrtle. Photo by Minnie Gallman.  

Fast curve on 15/501.  Photo by Gordon Pitz. 

Halloween costume dancers.  Photo by Jim Leatherberry.  

Food truck.  Photo by Chris Ridley.  

Scene Around Fearrington in 2024

This column has featured a variety of topics in 2023, including unusual aspects of photography such as infrared, black and white, and nighttime photography. We hope to include other interesting themes in the coming year. If you have suggestions for the monthly column, please send them to the photography editor, c/o editors@fearringtonfha.org. Use “Scene around Fearrington” as the email subject.

Meanwhile, here is one topic for which we would like to solicit images of a rather different sort. You have plenty of lead time.

April Fool! Photographs elicit a variety of reactions: They give pleasure, they can generate feeling of sadness, nostalgia, mystery, or surprise. But some photos show us the funny side of life. For the April issue, what about a photograph that makes us laugh? Animals are a common source of humor, but you can find fun in many places. You have until March 12 to come up with something hilarious and clever. In this case your subject does not have to be restricted to scenes within the Village; let your imagination run free. Please submit your photos to editors@fearringtonfha.org with “Scene around Fearrington” as the subject.

Veterans Day Event Offers Special Tribute to Veterans in Fearrington Village

Story by Wendy Snodgrass; Photos by Gordon Pitz

Over 70 residents gathered on Friday, November 10, to honor our neighbors in Fearrington who served in the US armed forces. As veterans and their families arrived at The Gathering Place, there was lively conversation and a sense of connection. The celebration began with the national anthem and a special video tribute featuring the official songs for each branch of the armed forces. Veterans stood, saluted, and heroically sang along when their branch was recognized.

“Salute to the Army”

FHA President Rose Krasnow extolled the values of public service as she expressed gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy because of our veterans and their commitment to serve our country in times of war and peace. She quipped that she is personally indebted to the US military since her parents met when her father, who was in the Army, visited the USO in Manhattan where her mother was the hostess.

Loretta Muss from the Fearrington Cares Board acknowledged the sacrifices not only of veterans but also their family members who endured long absences or frequent moves from one military base to another. In an era before FaceTime and email, she and her husband, Dr. Hy Muss, wrote long letters to each other when he was stationed with the Army in Vietnam shortly after their wedding. She encouraged everyone to thank veterans and their families not just on Veterans Day but whenever we have the opportunity to say, “Thank you for your service!” 

Ron Greto (center) who served as a rotary & fixed-wing pilot in the Coast Guard from 1969 to 1990 was joined by his son Mike Greto (left) and enjoyed swapping sea stories with Dan Sprinkles (right).

The most memorable part of the get-together was an “open mic” opportunity, where veterans were invited to share their experiences. Dan Sprinkles, the first to step forward, served in the Navy from 1970 to 1975 as an officer on two nuclear submarines homeported in Pearl Harbor. Most operations were in the western Pacific “playing cat and mouse with the Soviets.” He noted that our Veterans Day event was almost exactly 50 years after his crossing of the equator on USS Guardfish on November 8, 1973. Don expressed gratitude for the recognition that veterans now receive, like military discounts, perks, and special parking places, which was not the case during the Vietnam era. He is also grateful to the Navy for paying his college tuition, for the GI Bill for his graduate degree, and, most recently, for his VA medical coverage.

George & Victoria Chall—an inspirational WWII Veteran and his caring wife.

The crowd was charmed when Victoria “Vic” Chall and her husband, Dr. George “Geo” Chall, came to the podium. A 2023 Elizabeth Dole Foundation Caregiver Fellow, Vic advocates for caregivers of Wounded Warriors and active-duty personnel, including lobbying Congress on behalf of military caregivers. She recently represented the Foundation at a Resource Fair for Veterans in Durham. Vic introduced her husband, Geo, who recently turned 101 “spritely.” An Army medic in the Battle of the Bulge, Geo served with the 110th Evacuation/Field Hospital in France and Germany in 1944-1946. He shared several interesting anecdotes about his time in the Army and how it inspired his career of consulting with government leaders on international relations. His most heartwarming story was about local middle school students inviting him and Vic to join them for a week in Normandy to observe the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. As they arrived at the American Cemetery above Omaha Beach, young French children approached Geo with roses hailing him as a “Liberateur”—a beautiful gesture from those who were two generations removed from World War II.

For the past ten years, Geo and Vic have usually celebrated Veterans Day at the American Legion in Chapel Hill or at the Pittsboro VFW. They expressed elation that Fearrington Village held a Veterans Day event so they could connect with neighbors.

Sam “Uncle Sam” Hummel talks with Rose Krasnow.

Hummel Family with flags; daughters Amelia Hodges and Elizabeth Bonitz and granddaughter Anna Hodges.

While a number of veterans came dressed in uniform, Sam Hummel certainly stood out dressed as “Uncle Sam” to thank veterans for their service. He’s worn his costume for 30 years at the Greensboro Fourth of July Festival. A Marine veteran who served in President Eisenhour’s honor guard while stationed in Washington, DC, 1956-1958, Sam hailed the event as meaningful from start to finish and echoed the speakers who said that military service gave them the valuable opportunity to mature as an adult, learn self-discipline, and broaden their perspective on life.

Among the many men who attended, it was inspiring to see Yvonne Higgins, who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1973 to 1977. Yvonne was inspired by the way WAC challenged perceptions of traditional roles of women in the workplace. She was assigned to a hospital laboratory in Japan and later to the medical research laboratory at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Yvonne reflected on the supportive work environment where she discovered her love for medical research, which set her on her career path. She described her experience as teaching the value of shared contributions and community through service to one’s country.

Ken Samuelson with his wife’s grandson Owen.

Ken Samuelson, who served during the Korean War, was dressed in his Navy summer uniform, hat and all. From 2007 through 2019, he led the Veterans of Fearrington group, which held over 40 programs on military history and arranged field trips to museums, battle sites, and even to Fort Liberty (Bragg) to eat in the mess hall and visit the Airborne Museum. Unfortunately, the group disbanded during Covid. Given the level of enthusiasm at the event, Ken announced plans to revive the group as the Military History Club. The new club will be open to all who are interested in military history, not just veterans. If you would like to help form the Military History Club, please email Ken at krsmws@gmail.com.

The Fearrington Homeowners Association, Fearrington Cares, and Associa HRW would like to thank all who attended and assisted with this event to honor our veterans. We look forward to hosting it again next year and inviting everyone to attend, hear the amazing stories, and meet these heroes who live in Fearrington.

Wendy Snodgrass is an active volunteer in Fearrington Village—working with FHA Community Affairs and assisting in multiple capacities at Fearrington Cares. Her better half, Doug Kriebel, served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1971 and was stationed at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam.

Clean It Up!!!

Story and Photos by Tad McArdle

Despite the recent turmoil of world events, there remain many ways to improve the health of our planet by starting locally on a scale that might seem small. But if you decide to act, you may be adding more horsepower to the bandwagon than you realize.

I recently had a chance to interview a neighbor, Jason Welsch, who soon after moving to Fearrington became involved with the Green Scene (GS), a group of environmentally concerned citizen volunteers who meet at The Gathering Place at 11 am on the second Wednesday of the cooler months to address problems in our community, our county, and more. “We try to pay attention to the big picture,” Jason said. “Recently we had Shannon Culpepper from the Chatham County Solid Waste Department, who spoke to us about what is and is not recycling. She has spoken to us before. The rules keep changing due to advances in technology. For instance, now it’s OK to recycle plastic bottle caps as well as their softer bottles. This separation is now part of the system.”

The GS has also scheduled talks by the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), a trust certified in 1983, whose mission is the preservation of natural land. Easements are one technique; anyone who wants to maintain the title of a property can cede development rights to a land trust that has no intention of developing it. If a farmer owns 50 acres of woods and wants his family to retain the woodland in its natural state, an easement works just fine. Or, for instance, R.B. Fitch recently sold 148 acres just east of Fearrington to the TLC trust, which plans to make professionally designed trails for the public to enjoy. The trust owns more than 20,000 acres in the Triangle area.

John Darling and Jason Welsch prepare to help 223 Fearrington residents get rid of stuff the best and safest way.

The GS is actually a subcommittee of the Fearrington Homeowners Association, and they work together as FHA/Green Scene to schedule spring and fall events each year. The spring event is on the third Saturday of May, and the fall event is on the third Saturday of October, both from 9 am to 12 pm. (I attended the latter and took the accompanying photos.) You can bring big loads of paper for free shredding (see photo). The sheriff’s department accepts disposable pharmaceuticals, and the North Chatham Fire Department hands out useful pamphlets on fire prevention and how best to cope with fires that do break out. Hazardous-waste collection is no longer legal at these events because a license is now required to transport large truckloads of this material. You can dispose of your own hazardous waste between 9 am and 3 pm on the third Saturday of most months at the Chatham County Public Works Department, a few miles west of Pittsboro on Highway 64. Always check their website for cost, schedule, etc.

Gene Rogers and Maggie Tunstall pause for a photo. If this were a video, you’d see them hustling back to unload and dispose….

On October 21, 223 cars came for the shredding event, up 33% from last October. This past spring they hit a record of 272, due in part to Communications Director Tony Carroll’s blast email alerting all of Fearrington to the upcoming event. We hope this article will prompt even more Fearrington residents to utilize the next big shred. In the long run, electronic storage of data will help, but in the meantime, let’s chop ’em up the right way! And in case you’re concerned about where all your shredded documents will end up, relax: the documents are converted to soft, wordless toilet paper in a Georgia Pacific Plant, which means you may by remote chance find a further (and simpler) use for this material.

Brandon Moeller of Shimar Recycling showed me how the shredder works. Brandon Moeller of Shimar Recycling showed me how the shredder works. The loaded truck then goes to Durham for baling and the bales then go to Georgia Pacific for conversion. On October 21, for the very first time, the truck reached capacity just before the event was over.

For what’s coming down the pike, let’s shift to David Brown and Cheri DeRosia, who gave a presentation to GS in April on “backyard composting” and the larger composting program they’re working on. The talk generated lots of interest, and as David says, “It’s something we can do something about rather easily, as opposed to some of the other world problems.”

Cathy Clare and Cheri DeRosia representing the Green Scene at the Farmer’s Market

“If we think about why we want to do this,” David continued, “there are two main reasons. The first is environmental, having to do with what you put into your garbage, or your garbage disposal—food waste, vegetable scraps, etc.” Every four years Chatham County does a study on what ends up in our county landfill. In 2019, 22% of the content was either food waste or compostable paper. Food waste** buried deep in a landfill undergoes anaerobic decomposition, and that unfortunately produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that causes landfill fires. Methane equals half of the greenhouse gases produced by all forms of fuel-driven transportation. If enough of us return to composting,*** controlled decomposition of organic matter by insects, bacteria, fungi, etc., we can dramatically reduce greenhouse pollution.

The second reason for urging Fearrington residents to focus on composting is local. Fearrington Utilities sends out frequent emails asking us to stop putting food waste down our garbage disposals. David and Cheri are working to establish a receptacle site in the Village, where residents can just drop off their compostables at their convenience, using an excellent regional service known as CompostNow. Galloway Ridge and The Belted Goat have private receptacles for compostable material that CompostNow collects every week, but these are not accessible to residents, and the firm doesn’t collect door-to-door. A single collection site is needed, such as those in our neighboring communities Carrboro and Cary.

“What we’d really like,” they told me, “and what is happening in Carrboro and other places, is aligning the company pickup with the weekly farmers’ market. The bins could be there all the time, for villagers’ convenience.” I told them that people sometimes don’t want to bother with recycling and composting, but convenience can inspire change.

David and Cheri staffed an information table at several recent farmers’ markets (see photo), and lots of residents gave them email addresses, showing there is real interest here. According to David, the FHA is in support of the composting program, as is Eddie Kallam, head of the farmers’ market. The FHA has included this in next year’s budget. All that remains is choosing a collection site, after which the methane gods will panic, countless tiny hungry creatures will rejoice, and composting will rise to a well-deserved prominence in our community.

For questions about the Green Scene, call Jason Welsch at 914-806-4852.

To contact David Brown and Cheri DeRosia: fearringtoncomposts@gmail.com.

*website: https://www.chathamcountync.gov/government/

**Roughly 40% of all food in the US is wasted yearly, totaling 119 billion pounds, according to Feeding America.

***Questions about composting? Go to compostnow.org. Their website will teach you, among other things, about what is compostable and what is not. For way-back history, you can go to https://www.compostmagazine.com/compost-history/.

Women of Fearrington Lend Locals a Helping Hand

By Michelle Massa and Adrienne Lallo

Photos are from the agencies profiled

Once again, Women of Fearrington (WoF) bested its own record for making grants to organizations that benefit women and children in Chatham County. Seventeen nonprofits received $44,000 for specific, measurable, and time-bound goals that were detailed in competitive applications. 

It is likely that you have heard of many of the organizations we support—CORA, Second Bloom of Chatham, Chatham Literacy, and others. But maybe a couple will be new to you.

Fuel Up @ Perry Harrison School

Purpose: Combat food insecurity in low-income children, ages 4 to 11, with biweekly delivery of fresh produce and perishables for duration of summer break. 

Why? 26.3% of Chatham students are eligible for federal free and reduced-price meal programs. During the summer these children aren’t always enrolled in programs with free breakfast and lunch.

Impact: Volunteers pack and deliver produce and perishables to 15 children. “I really appreciate you and the Fuel Up program. It has helped us significantly this summer!” 

Webb Squared – BIPOC Entrepreneurship Program

Purpose: To redress the racial wealth gap by providing incubator/accelerator services to entrepreneurs of color. 

Why? Black/brown small business owners often face race-constructed barriers to success and less opportunity to accumulate wealth for themselves and future generations. 

Impact: 30 entrepreneurs will receive coaching, mindset work, and other services. 

Love Chatham – Transitional Housing

Purpose: Love Chatham was created as a common banner under which churches, businesses, and people from Chatham County can come together to serve and love those in our community suffering from homelessness and hunger.

Why? Homelessness is a growing issue in Chatham and throughout NC. There is no emergency shelter in Chatham. In many cases it can take months for someone to transition out of homelessness. Houses average $600,000 in Chatham, and rent continues to rise significantly. There is a shortage of 2,400 affordable housing units in Chatham.

Impact: Three or four women and their children at a time will receive transitional housing over a six-month period. Lengths of stay will vary, reducing program cost and increasing capacity to serve clients. 

Sprott Youth Center – Girls Basketball Training

Purpose: To raise self-esteem and promote health by teaching basketball fundamentals to school-age girls after school.

Why? Teaching skills and emphasizing work ethic, teamwork, and leadership builds their confidence. 

Impact: Serves 30 to 40 girls, age 7 to 15, with an average of 15 girls per training session. 

The Learning Trail – Literacy Project

Purpose: To provide low-income preschool children at the Nature Trail mobile home park with books, tutors, and snacks to prepare them to enter school.

Why? Most Nature Trail parents are not fluent in English. Often, there are no books at home, placing their children at social and academic risk.

Impact: Up to 12 children will have academic and social support, increasing the likelihood of academic success. 

You can always learn more about our grantees on our website, here. 

Grant funds come from members, generous donors, and Fearrington residents who participate in a variety of activities. You can help WoF rally to meet the community’s needs in three ways:

  • Attend a FUNdraiser. The 6th Annual Holiday Bakery & Market will be held at The Gathering Place on Tuesday, December 5, 9 am to 1 pm. Purchase delicious cookies, tea cakes, breads, and hand-crafted cards for family and friends. In February, attend a jazz concert themed “Love is in the Air.” FUNdraiser net proceeds go toward grants.
  • Donate to the Wonderful Options Fund. This year-round campaign accepts tax-deductible donations with 100 percent dedicated to grants.
  • Join Women of Fearrington. Your $25 membership fee helps pay for club operating expenses. You’ll receive the Fearringtimes newsletter, free educational programs, and access to members-only events. Best of all, you’ll meet interesting and curious women with an amazing array of life experiences, talents, and passions!

Michelle Massa chairs the Wonderful Options Committee of Women of Fearrington. Adrienne Lallo co-chairs Women of Fearrington.

Food Trucks for December

By Leigh Matthews

December 6: Ta Contento Mex (Mexican) Local and authentic Mexican food. Delicious meat and veggie options available.

December 13: NC Burger (Burgers, American) They make “burgers that are what you expect a burger to be. Then make you want another.”

December 20: Chirba Dumpling (Chinese) Delicious Chinese-style dumplings “from a big yellow truck!”

December 27: Sister Liu’s Kitchen (Chinese) Handmade classic veggie and meat Chinese dumplings and steambuns. Plus, try their unique Chinese Burger.

Food trucks are located at The Gathering Place parking lot from 5 until 7:30 pm. You may order and pick up at the truck. Or, you can visit our hotspot page and place your preorder for pick-up at the truck. (Cousins Main Lobster has their own app for preordering.) For a weekly reminder email—and a quick link to view the menu—sign up at our hotspot page:  https://streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage. Or, if you use Nextdoor, watch for our weekly announcement with a link to the menu.  For more info, please contact Deborah Repplier at drepplier@gmail.com.


This Month’s Announcements

Please use the Announcement Submission Request form to submit club and organization announcements. Email the form, after saving it first so that we do not get a blank form, to editors@fearringtonfha.org.

If you need assistance, one of our editorial team members will work with you if you email us at editors@fearringtonfha.org.

Fearrington Clubs and Organizations

AM Book Club

Join the AM Book Club to discuss Setting Free the Kites, by Alex George. For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous—and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan’s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies.

We will meet at McIntyre’s Books, Wednesday, December 20, at 10:15 am. All residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge are welcome to participate, including new members. Questions? Contact Cathy Clare, catfearr@gmail.com or Carole Yardley, peacefulathome@bellsouth.net. Masks please.

Carolina Club

Galloway Ridge Bus Service for Carolina Men’s HOME Basketball Games

The bus will run from the Galloway Ridge main entrance to the Smith Center. Seats may be available for Fearrington Village Residents and guests, with Galloway Ridge residents receiving priority. The round-trip cost is $5/person, payable by check made out to Galloway Ridge and given to the driver. Check in with the lobby concierge 1 hour and 30 minutes before tipoff time.

Registration is required for bus service at least two business days before the game.

To register, call or email:

Jennifer Watson
Community Outreach Coordinator

Monday-Friday, 10 am-3 pm

Transportation is not guaranteed if you call/email fewer than two days before the game or outside of the days and hours listed above.

You must provide your own ticket for the game. These are available from the athletic department ticket office (800-722-4335).

Fearrington Democratic ClubDemocratic Club

Come listen to Charles Johnson, PhD., associate professor of history at North Carolina Central University, discuss “The History of African Americans in Chatham County” at The Gathering Place on Tuesday, December 5, at 7 pm.

Dr. Johnson is an award-winning teacher and co-author of the book Topics on African Diaspora History. He has lectured and written widely on the history of the African-American experience.

The meeting will run from 7 to 8:15. Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing. All Fearrington and Galloway Ridge residents and their guests are welcome. The program will also be available via Zoom.

To request the link to register for Zoom, or (NEW!) to request a ride to and from the meeting from one of our volunteer drivers, use the contact form on the Club’s website: Contact Us (Fearringtondems.org) by 5 pm on the day of the event—and earlier is better.

Dog Club

The Dog Club team is taking December off to enjoy the holidays, but we return in 2024 for a January 18, 1 pm presentation from Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) at The Gathering Place. Save the date and watch for our kiosk flyers.

Until then, we wish you and your four-legged besties a safe, calm holiday with a stuffed Kong and a few squeak toys under the tree. Go ahead and share some holiday turkey with your pooch (everything in moderation) but go light on the holiday costumes for pets, as most of them would surely say “no thanks” if asked. Hosting a holiday party? Give your dog a calm room in which to chill while the food is served and the celebration underway. 

For more tips how to keep your pets safe during the holidays, check out The American Veterinary Medical Association’s comprehensive list of suggestions:  https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/petcare/holiday-pet-safety.

Duplicate Bridge Club

Play bridge…it’s cheaper than therapy! Join us for a face-to-face game every Wednesday in December. We play at 1 pm at The Gathering Place. We’re always looking to add new players. Play the first time is free; after that, the cost is $7 to defray the costs. Questions? Please contact Dianne Hale at haledianne@gmail.com.

The Fearrington Village Singers present Joyful Nights!

Saturday, December 2, at 3 pm, Chapin Auditorium

Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 pm, The Fearrington Barn 

Start your holiday season with JOY! Under the direction of Matt Frye, the Fearrington Village Singers will present a vibrant mix of traditional songs and carols from around the world, complete with a final singalong. Don’t miss it! Tickets are $17 if purchased ahead and are available at the door for $20.

If singing fills your heart with joy, please consider joining the Fearrington Village Singers. Open to all residents of Fearrington Village, Galloway Ridge, and surrounding communities; no audition is required—just a love of music. Rehearsals for our spring concert begin the second week in January.

Galloway Ridge

The Galloway Ridge Special Events Committee presents Clifton Truman Daniel in “Where the Buck Stops,” Sunday, December 3, 4-5 pm in Chapin Auditorium. Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of Harry S. Truman, brings his grandfather’s personal writings to life in a historical and humorous lecture. After leaving office, Harry Truman wrote his memoirs and a book about his post presidency, Mr. Citizen. He also wrote down his thoughts on leadership, the presidency, and the men who preceded him in office, but never published them. His daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, compiled these writings into a book titled, Where the Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman. Clifton Truman Daniel has taken chapters from this book and turned them into a lecture, which he performs in costume as his grandfather. Join us for a unique and insightful look at the Truman family, the White House, and American history.

Genealogy Group

Holidays are times to celebrate and remember—times to reminisce about families and what brings them together. On December 12, we will meet at The Gathering Place at 3 pm to share these memories. Participants are asked to bring a photograph to share. We will meet in small groups to share these photographs and stories of mothers, fathers, or any relative with whom you shared special moments in your lives. 

Golf Club

We’ve had a great month for golf with both summer and beautiful fall playing conditions.

Our Fall Tournament was held at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro. It is the former site of the Greensboro Open. The weather was spectacular, and the course was in great condition.

Here is our December Tuesday/Thursday schedule of outings: 

12/5      10:00 – Siler City, Sanford

12/7      10:10 – Mill Creek, Mebane

12/12    10:00 – Quail Ridge, Sanford

12/14    10:00 – Forest Oaks, Greensboro 

12/19    10:00 – Mill Creek, Mebane

12/21    10:00 – Quail Ridge, Sanford

We have had a number of new members take advantage of our end-of-season membership offer. There is still great golf to be played! 

If you would like to join our golf club or try one of our outings as a guest, please contact Chris Horn, membership chair, cphorn.128@gmail.com. Further info about the golf club can be found on the FHA website under “Clubs and Other Organizations.”

Green Scene

More About Fearrington Water

At our November Green Scene meeting, we heard an enlightening presentation by Haw Riverkeeper, Emily Sutton, who outlined the Haw River Assembly’s four-decades-long commitment to preserving and protecting the 110-mile-long Haw River watershed. Emily pointed out that the Haw River is one of three tributaries to Jordan Lake. And the other two—Morgan Creek and New Hope Creek—are more important to Fearrington residents, because they empty into the northern end of Jordan Lake. And it is the Town of Cary water treatment facility, on the east shore of the northern part of the lake, just north of Highway 64, from which we in Fearrington get our drinking water.

At our December 13 Green Scene meeting, at 11 am at The Gathering Place, we will hear Jamie Revels, the Town of Cary utilities director, explain the logistics (including monitoring and periodic testing and testing results) of the water system between the Cary intake and our homes. Mr. Revels is a professional engineer who has been with Cary for more than 24 years and has served as utilities director for more than 14 years.

All residents who share a concern for the quality of our drinking water are encouraged to attend this (free) event.

Mah Jongg Dragons

This month’s Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg game will be Saturday, December 9, from 1 to 4 pm at The Gathering Place.

We have decided to open the games to nonmembers, both in Fearrington or who live outside the Village. Guests from outside of Fearrington must be invited by a resident. All guests will need to register and pay $5 each month if they are not a member of the Dragons. Anyone who would like to join the Dragons can pay a membership fee of $25 per year and forego the $5 monthly fee. All current members and new members can pay their yearly fees of $25 at the December game with checks payable to Robin Weinberger, or in cash in an envelope with your name on it.

Mary Donna Pond is collecting money for the 2024 Mah Jongg card. The regular size card is $14, and the large-print card is $15. You can make checks payable to Mary Donna Pond or put cash in an envelope with your name and address on the envelope. Payments are due by January 13, 2024.

Join us on December 9 for a fun-filled afternoon; snacks and drinks provided.

May the jokers be ever in your favor!!

Piano Group

We are a group of 10 pianists who love to play for one another once a month in our homes. We are of varying abilities, and we love a variety of genres. Our primary aim is to appreciate a morning of beautiful music among like-minded musician/friends, and we have never failed to accomplish that. We are hoping to find a new member or two. Maybe you’d like to attend one of our get-togethers and see if you might be the perfect addition to our group? 

For more info, call Carolyn at 919-542-8532 or keltywoman1@gmail.com. 

PORCH Fearrington

Thanks so much to all who participated in our Thanksgiving turkey drive! We collected 79 turkeys for CORA, as part of 3,307 pounds of food donations, along with $3,980 in monetary donations. We live in an amazingly generous community! We hope that the holiday spirit will continue for next month’s collection on December 18. If you are new to Fearrington and want to participate, you can find the name of your neighborhood coordinator at www.porchfearrington.org.

Republican Club

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our Fearrington and Galloway residents. Your Fearrington Republican Club will hold our next meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. We will meet at The Gathering Place at 7 pm. NC Treasurer Dale Folwell will be our guest speaker. Mr. Folwell is a candidate for governor of NC. The primary election for NC is March 5, 2024. Bring a friend or neighbor. All residents of Fearrington and Galloway Ridge are welcome.

Tennis & Pickleball Association

The holidays are upon us. November has brought spectacular tennis and pickleball weather. No sweatbands necessary!

Every bit of research suggests that “motion is the lotion!” No excuse not to get those muscles working. A quick hour on the pickleball or tennis court will set you up nicely so you may enjoy your holiday favorites, guilt free!

Free pickleball clinics continue through December. A new schedule and format will begin in January.

Contact Karen at karenallenvaca@gmail.com for tennis information and Stokes at stokesadams63@gmail.com for particulars about pickleball.

Women of Fearrington

Women of Fearrington Holiday Toy Drive for Chatham DSS Foster Children. Chatham County Department of Social Services (DSS) has curated a list of toys their foster children would love. All you need to do is click on the link, select a toy, and click on Chatham DSS when you choose a shipping address. Click here. If you’d like to choose your own gift to donate, it can be sent to DSS or dropped in the toy bin on Kate West’s porch, 4036 S McDowell, by December 6. The older kids would love items from The Body Shop, team jerseys, or gift cards. Unwrapped new items only, please. 

Thank you! This toy drive been a huge success in previous years. DSS and their kids are truly grateful. If you have any questions, please contact Kate via email here.  

Bluegrass Battleship Concert Was a Great Success!

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in late October, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to hear the toe-tapping music of BLUEGRASS BATTLESHIP with their talented ensemble of musicians and vocalists. This benefit concert raised a net of $2673 for our Wonderful Options fund. Thank you to all who attended and helped with the planning of this event. A special thank-you to Terry Baker and the band for generously giving of their time and talent to support our grants program.

January Road Trip, Ackland Art Museum, Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 10:30 am. Docent-led tour of the special exhibit “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today.” Optional lunch to follow at Top of the Hill. Cost for exhibit $5, payable by January 4, 2024; make check out to Women of Fearrington, with “Ackland Art Museum” on memo line; leave in WoF box at Swim & Croquet kiosk or mail to PO Box 507, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Registration begins December 7, here. Limited to 18-20 people.

January General Meeting, Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 1:30-3 pm, (doors open at 1:10 pm), The Gathering Place. Guest Speaker, Michael Smith, president of Chatham’s Economic Development Corporation. WoF and guest (guests are requested a $5 fee). Registration begins December 14 here.  

WoF will hold a series of cooking classes to raise funds for its grants program during January, February, and March 2024 in “celebrity chefs” homes. Open to all Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge residents. Visit the Fundraisers page at womenoffearrington.org/fundraising-events. Registration deadline January 12. Registration begins December 1, 2023. Contact Adrienne or Sharmila at: wof.cookingclass@gmail.com with any further questions.

Women’s 9-Hole Golf Club

We invite Fearrington and Galloway Ridge social golfers to join us Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at Twin Lakes Golf Course (and occasionally other courses) and lunch afterwards. Membership is free, but golf and lunch are paid individually.

For further information contact:

Arlene Labenson at arl366@aol.com or 516-633-9914 or

Susan Lundblad at stlundblad41@gmail.com or 919-593-0316


Fearrington Cares material is edited by their staff and volunteers. Direct comments or questions to them at (919) 542-6877 or info@fearringtoncares.org.

—Edited this month by Kim Schneider


Happy Holidays!
The Fearrington Cares Center Will Be Closed December 18, 2023-January 1, 2024

The Center may be closed for the holidays, but our volunteers will be busy providing transportation and Handyperson services. If you need assistance with either of these areas, call the Center at 919-542-6877 and leave a voicemail message in the appropriate mailbox; a volunteer will be in touch with you. Messages left on our voicemail will be retrieved on January 2.

Message from Kim Schneider, Executive Director

We have heard you!  With input and feedback collected from many of you in our focus groups and online survey over the summer, Fearrington Cares is developing a Strategic Plan to provide a “roadmap” for becoming the best organization of our kind in helping Fearrington Villagers live happy, healthy, vibrant lives.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon in our newsletters, emails and neighborhood communications.

One way you have asked Fearrington Cares to expand is to sponsor more events allowing you to meet and interact with each other socially, and we are doing just that! Please join us for two special events in December – a Welcome Reception where I will have the opportunity to talk with you and share our plans for the future (more information at https://fearringtonfha.org/event/fha-reception-gp-large-room/) and a Holiday Open House where we will enjoy refreshments and holiday-themed interactive activities (details below).

This is the time of year when we are all receiving fundraising letters from our universities and the many deserving charities that we are committed to helping.  Fearrington Cares will be one of those organizations reaching out to you with an invitation for you to contribute funds, time and/ or talents to support – and participate in – the exciting growth of our Center.  We are so grateful for our donors, volunteers, and so many others who are the lifeblood of Fearrington Cares.

Wreath-Making Workshops
Friday, December 1, 9 am-12 pm & 1-4 pm at The Gathering Place 

Wreaths are great decorations for the holidays, and Fearrington Cares and the Fearrington Garden Club are sponsoring two workshops to help you prepare yours. (you may only register for one time slot). There will also be a $15 participation fee. For more information and to reserve your spot, email Debbie Liebtag (dliebtag50@gmail.com).

Fearrington Cares Presents a Fun-Filled Film Nite
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm at The Gathering Place

After two months of beautifully touching documentaries, our pre-holiday Film Nite presents a fun, feel-good, fantasy movie that initiated serious discussions when it became a blockbuster success this past summer.  We invite you to bring a “date” or gather with your “girlfriends” and consider dressing in pink for a fun-filled evening of entertainment and celebratory refreshments.  In addition to complimentary popcorn, homemade cookies, and a special holiday punch will be served.

If you are curious and want to confirm the film title, email  FearringtonFilmNite@gmail.com for an automated response that offers a blurb about the film.  Any subject line will do as will any text in your email message.  Once you know the title, tell your neighbors and make plans to come, watch and laugh together!

Admission is free but contributions are gratefully accepted to support this community program.

All films are captioned, and the AudioFetch system at The Gathering Place offers hearing assistance.  Download the AudioFetch app to a smartphone and listen with noise cancelling headphones or directly through Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.  

Blood Drive
Monday, December 11, 9:00 am—1:30 pm at The Barn

After the successes of recent blood drives, Fearrington Cares and Fitch Creations are giving you another chance to donate blood and contribute to the health of neighbors in the community at large. We are currently experiencing a national blood shortage and The Red Cross must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next two months for the blood supply to reach sufficient levels and meet hospital and patient needs.  Call 800-733-2767 to schedule your life-saving appointment or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Fearrington. Thank you in advance if you can join the community of blood donors in December!

Fearrington Cares Holiday Open House
Friday, December 15, 11 am-1 pm at The Fearrington Cares Center 

No matter how you celebrate this festive season, join your neighbors for festivities, friendship, and fun at the Fearrington Cares Center on December 15, 2023. Drop in anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for light refreshments.  Wear your favorite holiday accessory (eg. hats, socks, ties, jewelry, scarves)!  Share your best holiday pet pictures, and favorite holiday traditions!

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk
Thursday, December 21, 5 pm at the Village Fountain (Rain date Friday, December 22)

The Third Annual Winter Solstice Celebration in Fearrington Village will take place on the Winter Solstice (of course!). We will gather around the fountain in the Village to settle in with our lanterns placed on tables, around the fountain, or held in our laps. There will be quiet time for reflection and time to meet and greet and “ooh and ahh” over each others’ lanterns. Then those who are willing and able will walk through the village and around the pond lighting up the winter sky with their creations. We hope you will bring a handmade lantern to light up the night.

Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, with December 21 being the longest night of the year. This astronomical event is significant to many cultures, religions, and traditions, for many different reasons. This secular, winter-themed event is sponsored by Fearrington Cares and the FHA.


Movement Classes at the Fearrington Cares Center

Suggested donation of $5/class session (cash or check to Fearrington Cares)

  • Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises
    • Mondays, 10:30 am (No class Dec. 18, 25)
  • Chair Yoga
    • Tuesdays, 11:30 am (No class Dec. 19, 26)
  • Chair Tap Dance
    • Thursdays, 10 am (No class Dec. 21, 28)
  • Line Dancing
    • Thursdays, 11:30 am (No class Dec. 21, 28)
  • Intermediate Yoga
    • Thursdays, 2:30 pm (No class Dec. 21, 28)

Support Groups Meeting in Person at the Fearrington Cares Center

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Mondays, 10 am (No meeting Dec. 18, 25)
  • Parkinson’s Group
    • Tuesdays, 1:30 pm (No meeting Dec. 19, 26)
  • Brainiacs Memory Café
    • Wednesdays, 10 am (No meeting Dec. 20, 27)

Support Groups via Zoom

fearringtoncares.org > Services > Support Groups

  • Caregiver Support Group
    • Wednesday, December 6, 1 pm
  • Living with Chronic Conditions
    • Thursdays, December 7 & 21, 1 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center By Appointment

  • Nurse Consultation Triage Clinic
    • Call 919-542-6877 to schedule an appointment.
  • PediCure Foot Care
    • Call 919-542-6877 to schedule an appointment with Wendy McCluney. Fees range from $45-55 and are paid directly to Wendy.

Enrichment Activities at the Fearrington Cares Center

  • Meditation
    • Fridays, 10 am (No meeting Dec. 22, 29)


Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following new villagers were added to the Fearrington Village Directory & Handbook between October 15  and November 14. Want to reach out to your new neighbor? You will find their contact information on our community web page. Go to: FearringtonFHA.org (click Find People under the Directory tab).

Jeffrey & Louise Barker374 Wintercrest West
Ana & Dennis Brownstein164 Windstone
Jason Busick & Nancy Crabtree513 Swim and Croquet
John Cibulski & Lonae C. Ryan443 Crossvine Close
Joe & Louise Gazzoli4632 Halifax
Duane L. Gilbert & Eric Ragir493 Beechmast
Steve Jones & Andrea Walker604 Stoneview
Adele Michal33 West Madison (1174*)
Eric Sommer & Gretchen Speedy329 Sycamore Close
*Fearrington Post number

Are you a new resident? To register your information in the Directory, please visit the FHA website at https://fearringtonfha.org. From the left menu (top right on a mobile device) choose Directory, then select New Residents. To confirm you are not a spambot, answer the two questions (answers: Cow and Fitch), and select Check answers. This should take you to the new resident directory registration page.

To obtain full access to website features, you must also create a website account (available only to residents or non-resident owners). You can do this by selecting the Login/Register link in the top menu. Enter your information and select Register. Once your status as a resident or non-resident owner is confirmed by the Website Resource Team, you will receive an account activation email.

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the http://www.fearringtonfha.org website. Use the Login/Register link in the top menu if you aren’t logged in yet. Then, click the Directory tab on the left menu (top right on a mobile device), then select Edit My Directory Info. Directory updates can also be sent to directory@fearringtonfha.org. When you update your contact information online, the updates will be included in the Fearrington Village Directory & Handbook printed in January of each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

Death Notices: Residents may sign up to receive email notices of the deaths of current and former Village residents by emailing notices@fearringtonfha.org. Survivors wishing to submit a notice or obituary can use the same email address. Notices or obituaries should include the name of deceased, survivors (optional), date (and optionally cause) of death, particulars about funeral or memorial service, and any donations in memoriam.


December 2023 Calendar

All activities will be held at The Gathering Place unless otherwise noted.

The links below will bring you to the online Combined Village Calendar, which is updated periodically from multiple sources. 

View Calendar by Month

View Calendar as a List

The following link shows events that are scheduled by shops in the Village Center. 

Other Events at McIntyre’s & Village Center Shops

The table below contains the calendar compiled by the editors from announcements that are submitted for publication.

December 1
9 am-12 pm & 1-4 pm
Fearrington CaresWreath-Making WorkshopsDebbie Liebtag
December 2
2-3:30 pm
School of AthensSpecial Lecture—  “Debate: A Primer”Blaine Paxton Hall
December 3
4-5 pm
Chapin Auditorium
Galloway Ridge
Galloway Ridge Special EventsClifton Truman Daniel—
“Where the Buck Stops”
Ed Barrows
December 4
6-8 pm
Women of FearringtonHoliday bakery & market set-up & baked goods
Jo Bolig
December 5
9 am–1 pm
Women of FearringtonHoliday Bakery & MarketJo Bolig
December 5
6:30-8:15 pm
Democratic ClubCharles Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of history, NCCU—“The History of African Americans in Chatham County”Vickie Shea
Victoria.Shea32 @yahoo.com
December 6
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckTa Contento Mex FreshFoodDeborah Repplier
December 7
7 pm
Fearrington CaresFilm NiteFearringtonFilmNite @gmail.com
December 9
1-4 pm
Fearrington DragonsMah JonggPolly Williams
December 11
9 am-1:30 pm
The Barn
Fearrington CaresBlood DriveAmerican Red Cross
www. redcrossblood.org
December 12
3-5 pm
Fearrington Genealogy GroupMonthly MeetingBarbara Ashby
December 13
11 am-Noon
Green SceneMeetingJason Welsch
December 13
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckNC BurgerDeborah Repplier
December 15
11 am-1 pm Fearrington Cares Center
Fearrington CaresFearrington Cares Holiday Open HouseFearrington Cares
info @fearringtoncares.org
December 20
10:15-11:15 am
McIntyre’s Books
AM Book ClubMonthly book discussionCatherine Clare
Carole Yardley
peacefulathome @bellsouth.net
December 20
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckChirba DumplingDeborah Repplier
December 21
5 pm
Village fountain
Fearrington Cares & FHAWinter Solstice Lantern Walk919-542-6877
info @fearringtoncares.org
December 27
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckSister Liu’s KitchenDeborah Repplier
Meeting Multiple Days in December
December 6, 13, 20, & 27
1 pm
Fearrington Duplicate BridgeDuplicate BridgeDianne Hale
Upcoming Events in January 2024
January 11
10:30 am
Ackland Art Museum
Women of FearringtonJanuary Road Trip—Docent-led tour of “The Outwin: American Portraiture
Mif Flaherty
January 17
1:30–3 pm
Women of FearringtonJanuary General Meetingwww. womenoffearrington .org/meetings-activities
January 18
1 pm
Fearrington Dog ClubPresentation—Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE)Ann Melchior
January 24
7 pm
Fearrington Republican ClubGuest speaker—
NC Treasurer
Dale Folwell
Scott Ferguson


FHA Board Members

Our Fearrington Home­owners Association (FHA) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the health, safety, and welfare of residents. In addition to fostering resident participation, the FHA is res­ponsible for maintenance of common property and covenant enforcement. For additional details, including job des­criptions, visit the FHA tab on our webpage, fearringtonfha.org.

PresidentSteve Stewart
Vice PresidentAmy Ghiloni
SecretaryJudy Graham
TreasurerSteve Gambino
CommunicationsTony Carroll
Community AffairsRuth Ann Burk
Grounds and FacilitiesPatrick McGahan
Health, Safety and SecurityWarren Ort

The Belted Gazette

The Belted Gazette is produced by the Fearrington Home­owners Association (FHA), by and for the residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC.

Newsletter Staff:
Copy EditorDiane Frazier
Features Editor & Copy EditorJackie Walters
FHA AdvisorTony Carroll
Graphic DesignerLeslie Palmer
Photo EditorGordon Pitz
Production EditorJan Kowal
ProofreaderJenny Walker
Web Page
Alison TozerSteve Anderson
Printing and Distribution
Carol KurtzBarbara Amago


The Belted Gazette contains community news, reports from the FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announce­ments of club and neighbor­hood activities.

Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

Email submissions to: editors @fearringtonfha.org.

Do you have content for an upcoming newsletter? Please read the Publishing Guidelines at https://fearringtonfha.org/newsletter-guidelines-for-d-hb/.

The Belted Gazette is published electron­ically 11 times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A link to the current issue is emailed to all residents who have an email address in the FHA Directory. A PDF copy of the current issue and back issues can be found on the FHA website (fearringtonfha.org).