FHA Newsletter 2024 April

FHA Newsletter 2024 April

FEARRINGTON HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

April 2024  Volume 43  Number 4


President’s Message

Steve Stewart

Welcome to spring! April is one of the most beautiful months in the Village. The flowers are blooming, the trees are leafing out, and the squirrels are scurrying. Unfortunately, it is also yellow pollen season, but I trust you will find it worth the trade.

I hope your children and grandchildren (and you) enjoyed the Easter egg hunt. It is always fun to see the kids hunt for Easter eggs and the prizes they hold.

Our big event this month will be the Founders Festival on April 27. It is a celebration of 50 years of our Village’s existence and a thank-you to R. B. Fitch and Fitch Creations for developing this unique and lovely community. For the history buffs among you, there will be an extensive sampling of Village life through the years. There will be food, adult beverages, music, dancing, and spending time with friends and neighbors. Many organizations will have informational tents. More information will be forthcoming. Please plan to attend, and I look forward to seeing you there.

During March and into April, your board has been and will be busy upgrading and refurbishing our facilities. New lights have been installed around The Gathering Place sidewalk. The Gathering Place parking lot repaving has been pushed off until the end of March and will include a short, paved drive to the upper lawn of the Swim & Croquet club to allow those with mobility issues easier access. The new Creekwood mail kiosk is on its way up and should be done soon. Plans have been completed for ADA-compliant bathrooms in The Gathering Place. Finally, a new and improved multipurpose copier has been installed in the hospitality office. I would like to thank Director of Grounds and Facilities Patrick McGahan, Director of Communications Tony Carroll, and Director of Community Affairs Ruth Ann Burk, and the many volunteers who made these activities happen.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable month. As always, we need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or wish to make a comment, please give me a call or send me an email.

Steve Stewart, president@fhaboard.org

Galloway Ridge Special Enrichment Program on the Partial Solar Eclipse!

The Magic of a Partial Solar Eclipse
Monday, April 1,3-4 pm,
Galloway Ridge Chapin Auditorium

Fearrington Village will experience a partial solar eclipse on April 8 from 1:59 pm to 4:28 pm, with a maximum coverage of 82% at 3:14 pm. The next solar eclipse visible in the continental US won’t be until August 23, 2044, so you are not going to want to miss this one! Ed Barrows, a NASA Eclipse Ambassador and Galloway Ridge resident, will guide us through the “what, why, where, and durations” of this event. We’ll also cover safety precautions and how to take pictures of it with your cell phone. Free ISO-certified eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last, so be sure to secure yours for safe viewing.


FHA News

Founders Festival 2024

Saturday, April 27,
1-5 pm at The Gathering Place Campus

In partnership with the Swim & Croquet Club, Fearrington Cares, and Women of Fearrington, it’s here and now, happening this month, celebrating 50 years since the Fitch family purchased the farm. Is it on your calendar? When all your friends are talking about it, you won’t want to be the one left out! It’s all for FUN.

  • The original Haw River Crawdaddies country band.
  • DJ, ’60s/’70s music and karaoke, dance floor, and picnic area.
  • Sidewalk chalk contest and skittles.
  • Photo booth, Fearrington Cares activities, and more!
  • History exhibits with some long-term residents and historians.
  • Club fair, contests, door prizes, and more!
  • Food Trucks—Mexican, ice cream, and special beer/wine vendor.
  • Stories and Q&A time with Farmer Bob Stroud from 1 to 3 pm at the barnyard.

Complimentary continuous shuttle bus service from the farmers market area to the barnyard and The Gathering Place. Parking is extremely limited at/near The Gathering Place, so use of this service is encouraged. It would also be helpful to carpool with friends and neighbors—this saves on parking and energy and heightens the FUN experience! Consider inviting friends who have moved away but would love to enjoy our Village once again.

Thanks to our top sponsors: Associa/HRW; Brigitte Condoret, Century 21 Broker; Chief Roofing; GreenView Partners (landscaping); L&M Nicholson HVAC; LogOut Tree Removal. They made this event possible and will have material to share at the event.

As we celebrate the 50th year of the founding of our Village, let’s do it in 1974 style. Retro attire is readily available online. Think about ordering something of the period to wear (peace signs, tie dye, bandanas, eyewear) or let those sideburns grow out. Anything to join in the fun and relive our youth! Relax and be “groovy”!

The Festival is a rain-or-shine event, so we may need to make last-minute adjustments to compensate for the rain/wind. Also, please consider leaving pets at home, as the Swim Club area and activities inside the buildings are off-limits to pets.

Questions, info, and volunteer: Tony Daniels, FHA Festival Chair, tdanielsuk@icloud.com.

Calling All Singers, Dancers, & Artists—Join in the Fun at Founders Festival!

We are fortunate to live in a community with so many talented and creative neighbors. If you are one of those artistic types who can sing, dance, or create art, we hope you will join in the fun and share your talent with your neighbors at our upcoming Fearrington Founders Festival on Saturday, April 27. 

This festival features a ‘70s theme as we celebrate the founding of Fearrington Village in 1974, and there are three groovy opportunities to inspire your participation…

Karaoke!

In addition to playing golden oldies, our professional DJ is offering a karaoke experience complete with wireless microphones, lyric display, and a curated selection of top karaoke tracks from the ‘60s and ‘70s. View the list by clicking on this link. It will bring back memories and have you singing with gusto! Members of our fabulous Village Singers will be selecting their favorites, so choose yours now and sing like a Fearrington superstar! Advanced sign-up is encouraged by emailing Wendy Snodgrass here

“Dancing Queen”

Wear your dancing shoes because there will be an outdoor dance floor on the upper lawn of the Swim & Croquet club! A “flash mob” is planning a choreographed line dance to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” Here is a link to the video demonstration, and if you’d like to learn the steps, click on this tutorial link. Contact Anna Shearer here for more information and upcoming group practice dates.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

The sidewalks around The Gathering Place will become 4’x5’ canvases for chalk art drawings depicting Village scenes or ‘70s themes. Chalk is provided, and prizes will be awarded based on originality, artistic expression, and creativity. Also, festival attendees will vote for Best in Show! This activity is presented by Women of Fearrington. For more information and to pre-register, visit their website.

Health, Safety, and Security Spring Update

Now that the weather is improving and spring is here, I thought this would be a good time for some updates affecting our Fearrington Village residents:

  • NCDOT has promised to complete construction of the intersection of Weathersfield and 15/501 by late spring.
  • NCDOT has scheduled a relining of Beechmast. This should make the road safer, especially for night drivers.
  • NCDOT is planning to do a traffic survey at the corner of Village Way and Lassiter, to evaluate adding improved signage at the corner.
  • Four solar-powered speed monitors have been installed on Village Way, Creekwood, Millcroft, and Weathersfield. Hopefully these monitors will remind drivers to observe the posted speed limit of 25 mph in our Village.

JUST A REMINDER TO ALL RESIDENTS that while our Village is considered a safe place, any resident who ever feels uneasy or unsafe is encouraged to call 911 and let the sheriff come and check out the situation. If you feel that the situation does not warrant calling 911, but you would still like to speak to the sheriff’s office, you can call the non-emergency line at 919-542-2911.

Programs

Fearrington Cares, with the cooperation of the FHA, is planning to restart a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program in the Village. This program will benefit all residents in the Village in times of emergency, such as severe weather or prolonged power outages. I urge all residents to learn about and, if possible, join Fearrington CERT with your fellow residents. If you have any questions, contact Tom Foss at tomfoss@usa.net.

A Scam Detection and Prevention program is being sponsored by Fearrington Cares, Women of Fearrington, and the FHA on April 30, at The Gathering Place, 4-5:30 pm. Free to all residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge, but registration is required. Be informed, NOT scammed. To register, click here.

—Warren Ort, Director of Health, Safety and Security
healthsafetysecurity@fhaboard.org

What’s Happening in the Village Center

As a service to our readers, we’ve added 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 Wine & Beer 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 Galloway’s, where live music will be featured on Fridays through the winter. More details can be found at www.fearrington.com.


This Month’s Features

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Scene Around Fearrington:

April Fool!

Text by Gordon Pitz

There are several hypotheses about how April Fools’ day began. They may all contain an element of truth, but the appeal of fooling the gullible seems to be universal. It probably emerged early in the evolution of Homo sapiens. In western cultures it has now become associated with the first day of April, when fooling others is (usually) socially acceptable.

In recent years a few April Fool jokes were so well crafted that they achieved lasting fame. In 1957 the BBC, a bastion of respectability in its news shows, reported on the astonishing harvest of spaghetti in Switzerland. They showed images of young women in traditional dresses collecting spaghetti from the spaghetti trees. Thousands of listeners asked where they could buy a spaghetti tree. In 1989 the billionaire Richard Branson took off with a companion in a “flying saucer”, in fact a disguised hot air balloon, heading for Hyde Park in London. Winds forced him to land prematurely in Surrey. When police approached the vehicle, a silver-clad figure emerged, and the cops ran away.

So here are a few visual jokes that may, or may not, prompt disbelief. Nothing quite as outrageous as the “spaghetti trees”. But what about aliens invading The Barn in Fearrington Village? Or a  young goat napping in its food bowl and waking to find it is now the main course? Then the fox hounds go on strike because they don’t like the rain. A Japanese lady in a kimono interrupts her visit to a Buddhist shrine to take a selfie, a modern day Pygmalion embraces his Galatea, and a young girl shares the joke with two horses. Surely some of these things didn’t really happen. Or did they?  Who is the joker, and who is the fool?

Click any photo to see an enlarged view. If it does not work, try right clicking and choose “Open in new tab”.

Left to Right: Steve Hurley: “Are you sure he said we’ll play Pickleball?” / Minnie Gallman: “What rain? Get back on the job right now.” / Gillie Rogers: “These smart machines scare me.”

Left to Right: Steve Hurley: “Take us to your Developer.” / Gordon Pitz: “Dinner is served.” / Gordon Pitz: “All passengers please be seated.”

Left to Right: Terry Ames: “Unrequited love.” / Chris Ridley: “Love at first sight.” / Chris Ridley: “Pygmalion falls for Galatea” / Betty King: “How can you not love a face like this?”

Left to Right: Steve Hurley: “I love fishing in the fountain.” / Minnie Gallman: “Two horses and a little girl walk into a barn…” / Betty King: “That’s funny!”

Left to Right: Gae Whitener: “What kind of a bird is that?” / Eric Munson: “What’s wrong? Haven’t you seen an oxymoron. before?” /Terry Ames: “I need a selfie to show that I wrote a prayer.”

 


To Be Scene Around Fearrington in May and June

There is a form of photography that is rarely seen in the Belted Gazette, portraits. That is unfortunate, since portrait photography can be very rewarding, for the photographer, for the subject, and for the viewer. Successful portraits are visual representations of the personality and attitudes of the subjects. They go beyond trying to take a photo that “looks like” a person; they show what the person is “really like”.

In the May issue there will be an introduction to the topic for readers who are not sure what it entails. Although professional portrait photographers may invest large sums of money in specialized equipment, there are ways to take rewarding photographs of people using nothing more than the equipment you already own. If you want to start now, there is a lot you can find online that offers helpful information.

The June issue will provide an opportunity for local photographers to show off portraits they have taken, and for anyone who has not attempted it before to try their hand.


R.B. Fitch Reflects on Fearringtons Fifty Years

By Tony Daniels with Diane Frazier

 

Laura Morgan. Photo from the Fearrington Village website.

R. B. Fitch. Photo from the Fearrington Village website.

As part of our Founders Festival celebration, Tony Daniels, festival chair, and Diane Frazier, of The Belted Gazette, sat down with R.B. Fitch, founder of Fitch Creations, and Laura Morgan, general manager for construction and real estate, for a long, lovely reminiscence. R.B. needs no introduction, and Laura added her perspective. She joined the company in 1986, and after a few years working in the Fearrington House Restaurant, moved to real estate, where she has been ever since.

The Beginnings

Tony: How did this all get started?

R.B.: I grew up in Chapel Hill and worked in my dad’s lumber company in Carrboro since I was knee high. I’ve always liked building. In 1965, I was president of the Lumber and Building Supply Dealers of the Carolinas, and the government had a program that would help put low-income people in houses. I came up with a small three-bedroom, 1.5-bath ranch house that I could build on a lot for $12,500. I built several of these in the surrounding counties and then decided to do a subdivision. My first development, called Chatham, was born; it was about 150 houses. After Chatham, there was Polks Landing and then Fearrington.

When I had just about finished Polks Landing (it was about 100 homes), some real estate brokers came to me about the Fearrington farm and asked if I was interested in buying and developing it. I said, “That’s too big. I’m just a little guy.” I had too much going on, and the economy was not good then. But they kept coming back. Finally, I agreed.

When we first started, interest rates in the mid-1970s were about 8½%, and a lot of the local buyers were assistant professors or medical residents from UNC—first homebuyers. All of a sudden, interest rates went way up to about 18%, and there weren’t many people who could afford that. Needless to say, that market slowed. One day, somebody came into an early-Fearrington open house and said, “I would like to buy that house over there, and I’d like to pay cash.” I looked up, and the person had gray hair—that’s when I knew I had found our market.

Becoming a Village

Tony: Did you reach a gentleman’s agreement with Jesse (Fearrington) Sr. about keeping the farmhouse and its appearance on 15-501?

An early sign for Fearrington. From Fearrington. A Country Journal, 1982. Courtesy of Diane Frazier

R.B.: As a kid I used to go by here on the way to Myrtle Beach and see the cows in the field and the old house, and I always thought, that’s one of the prettiest places I’ve seen. And I told Jesse (Fearrington, the seller) that we really want to keep it that way. He seemed pleased with how things turned out.

Tony: You were building single-family homes, then townhomes, and then came Camden Park. What led you in these directions?

R.B.: We wanted to offer different products for folks. For some people, an individual house works, for others low-maintenance townhomes. Camden Park was inspired by a trip my late wife, Jenny, and I took to Savannah, Georgia, where we enjoyed these little parks surrounded by houses. Camden ended up with alleyways too, because I like cars off the main street. And it turned out the concept was really popular here.

Laura: They are, but when we first built models, I thought these things will never sell! I was new at sales, the new urbanism concept was new in our area, and keep in mind the first Camden Park homes were sited all alone in a big farm field. I remember after talking to the first buyer, I ran over to The Belted Goat, where R.B. was having lunch, and said “R.B., we sold one!” Over the next decade, Camden Park was built out. Folks embraced the concept.

R.B.: There was just something about the way the houses are laid out, you know, not looking at anybody’s front door or in their windows. They’re closer proximity homes, but they’re freestanding, and you own the ground under you. You don’t share anything except the alleyways really. It just worked.

Today, our buyers want one-level houses with attractive, low-maintenance exteriors and high-end, custom appointments. Homes at Fearrington have evolved a lot over the decades, sort of mirroring changes in consumer preferences.

Tony: When did you start the Village Center?

Jim Pringle at his wheel. From Fearrington. A Country Journal, 1982. Courtesy of Diane Frazier

R.B.: We purchased the farm in 1974, and the first house went up in 1976. That kept our attention for a few years. Then Jenny and I turned our attention to what is now the Village Center; then it was a collection of farm structures and the Fearrington’s family home. We rented some structures to folks like a blacksmith, restauranteur, and potter, to open businesses and develop a following. The first shop was Pringle’s Pottery—where Dovecote is now. I remember the first mailboxes were in a corn crib near where McIntyre’s Books is now; we later moved that structure to what later became the Roost Beer Garden building. And not too long after, we moved the first kiosk down to Creekwood. But our first big push was in 1980, when we turned the Fearrington family home into The Fearrington House Restaurant. The granary structure became an all-purpose store for residents, then Dovecote and McIntyre’s Books soon followed. We own and manage all the businesses in the Village Center, except for the bank, of course.

Tony: When did you establish the Inn? 

R.B.: When the kids were old enough, Jenny and I started travelling through Europe. Must have been in the early ‘80s. We loved English villages, and we loved inns throughout Europe that were members of a hospitality association called Relais & Chateaux. Member properties all had their own charm, character, excellent cuisine. And they were small, under 100 rooms, with great service. The innkeeper was highly present, and that motivated staff. We liked Relais so much that in the mid-’80s Jenny and I decided we wanted to become a Relais & Châteaux property. We flew to Paris for an interview. They came to inspect the restaurant, but said we needed to have overnight accommodations to join. So, we built the Inn and opened it in 1986 or 1987. We’ve been members of Relais for longer than any other US property except perhaps one. 

The Village Family

Diane: I’m really interested in Fearrington being a development and your home and why you’ve decided to stay here with family all these years, which I think is unique in the world of development. That seems to have made a big difference.

R.B.: Yes, I am a Fearrington resident, too. It took a while. As Fearrington grew, Jenny and I found ourselves here all the time. But we lived north of Chapel Hill, and it took me 30 minutes to get to work. So, we moved to a nice, two-bedroom apartment above the Inn for a couple of years. Then we built the house in Camden Park. I live in the same house to this day.

Tony: Linda and I moved to the Village 11 years ago this past February. And when we came here to close, R.B. came in, introduced himself, and welcomed us to the Village. I didn’t have any idea who R.B. was, but it was a welcoming gesture that I appreciated. 

When the Camden South house burned down last year, you responded by giving them a room at the Inn. There have been many times when you stepped in and supported individuals who have had emergency issues. 

Laura: It’s just what R.B. always advocates. The morning after the fire, I called R.B. and he said, go see what we can do to help. So I was there helping the neighboring homeowners tape their broken windows. It was Saturday, and we didn’t have any crew here, and I knew that’s what R.B. would want me to do.

The Team Is Family

Tony: Have the team of (architect) Jon Condoret and (land planner) Dan Sears been with you the whole time? 

R.B.: Pretty much. Jon joined me, I think, for house #49. He was a French-trained architect practicing in downtown Chapel Hill. Dan retired this past year. We talked about all sorts of things like house designs, neighborhood concepts, the Village Center, and so on, but we always managed to have fun. I really wanted that humor in our organization. If you’re not having fun with what you are doing, then you are not going to enjoy your work, and that means you won’t do a good job.

Jon worked with me until he passed away about 14 years ago. Brian Cather is our current architect; he has Jon’s design instincts and even his same handwriting. So there’s a good continuity there. And Dan helped bring in his replacement, too, who has been a great fit.

Laura: For the first 35 years that I worked here, R.B. talked to everybody, from a potential dishwasher to carpenter, before hiring them, and it was always about attitude. He just has a knack for getting a good read on people, and if they had a good attitude, he knew that was somebody who could work here and fit in with our family. 

R.B.: We want staff who genuinely want to help people and please the customer. For example, if they see someone who looks like they’re lost, they’ll stop and say, “May I help you?”

The New Yorker ad which appeared in 1982. Courtesy of Tony Daniels.

Marketing a Concept

Tony: When you realized you wanted to focus on the active retiree market, is that when you decided to shift your advertising focus to The New Yorker?  

R.B.: To be fair, the trend of retirees moving to the South really coincided with Fearrington’s start. There’s the warmer weather and lower taxes and cost of living, and we’re near this great college town. Chapel Hill and the area fit the bill for our buyers’ needs: education, airport, hospitals, arts, restaurants, nice public radio station, all those things. So yes, we reached a bunch of folks with The New Yorker ad, folks who wanted to be active and engaged but were really retired.

Diane: How did you come up with that ad? 

R.B.: I looked over all The New Yorker’s possible ad sizes and knew I could only make it one inch. I came up with bluebirds first and during our travels, Jenny had acquired some seeds from a hollyhock, and I thought that’s pretty catchy—“bluebirds and hollyhocks and people of all ages.” The Beltie leaping over a pasture fence with a flower in its mouth was also pretty whimsical. It worked well. 

Tony: When I would tell people that I live here, they would go, “You mean that place in The New Yorker?” How long did the ad run? 

R.B.: Over 30 years, and then social media took over and advertising shifted.

The Importance of Trees

Tony: Fearrington is known for its trees.

R.B.: We’re big tree people. 

As you said earlier, it’s rare to have a developer who’s also the builder and who stays. And one of the things that has made Fearrington so great is the fact that, as the builder, we didn’t just come in and clear a bunch of land and sell it off to different builders. 

It’s important we take potential residents who come here through the whole community so they can see that from the start we have kept the trees. We didn’t randomly take trees down when putting up houses, even though it would have been a heck of a lot easier. 

The exception is Camden Park, which was flat farmland—that’s why we built dense neighborhoods there. To your point, we sited pocket parks there around the few oaks that were growing in the farm field, to keep them.

Looking to the Future

Diane: So, what does the future hold when all of the development is done? 

R.B.: Well, barring opportunities to grow like with the parcel we bought in 2021 that will become the Granville neighborhood, we’ve got probably another, at least, 10 years of building. We’ll continue to tinker and tweak the Village Center. We’ll continue to be a utility provider here as well.

Laura: And we’ll always have existing homes to help sell here. We have a tremendous advantage knowing the homes, neighborhoods, and story here, and being the only onsite brokerage. Most of the agents at Fitch Creations live at Fearrington. We know the community inside and out. There’s a trust and personal connection we work hard to maintain. 

Diane: You anticipate the family organization continuing on. 

R.B.: Well, I’ve worked with family my whole life. And the past few decades I’ve enjoyed working with my three kids. Keebe has created one of the best independent bookstores in the country. The store is a true magnet for readers. Greg helps in planning, infrastructure, development, and community outreach. And Kelley works in marketing. Most of what we do now is digital. The material changes constantly. I think they like working with each other, and they grew up with Fearrington—I actually think I dragged them to open houses going back to Polks Landing. Point is, they’re well suited to keep on with the work at hand.

Diane: We cannot leave this meeting without thanking you for what you did with the Triangle Land Conservancy. The residents are just thrilled with it, and of course it protects all that wonderful land.

R.B.: It was a win-win! 

Tony: Is there any sort of summing up or overarching statement that you would like to make about this whole lifelong experience and endeavor?

R.B.: A few things have surfaced along the way. First, find something you enjoy doing, something you have fun at. Find a team you want to work with. They’ll make the journey fun. Don’t let setbacks get you down. Learn from your mistakes and move on. Folks want to work with people they trust; your word is important. I’m fortunate to have been able to chart my own course, and it’s been a fun journey to date.

Tony Daniels moved to Fearrington in 2013 after retiring from a 28-year career in travel publishing with the American Automobile Association. Long involved in various activities to increase the strengths and cohesiveness of our community, Tony has served as treasurer on both the Countryhouse and FHA boards, as a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee for five years, and is now in his second year as festival chair for the Founders Festival.

Diane Frazier moved to Fearrington in 1998 while still in the midst of her career as a development officer for UNC Chapel Hill. She describes moving to the Historic District as one of the best decisions she ever made. Now retired, she has served as a guardian ad litem and on the Village Attractiveness and Renewal Team of the Long-Range Planning Committee. She especially enjoys her work on The Belted Gazette. 

Food Trucks for April

By Leigh Matthews

April 3: Doherty’s Paddy Wagon (Irish, American) Rolls, wings, sandwiches, fish & chips, sides, and Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse.

April 10: The Blue Window (Mediterranean) All your favorites, including gyro, falafel, souvlaki, pita, salad, hummus, and baklava.

April 17: NEW – Salt and Pepper (American) A variety of comfort foods, from hot dogs to Italian beef sandwiches and flatbread pizza.

April 24: Cousins Maine Lobster (Seafood, TexMex) Maine and Connecticut rolls, tacos, tots, quesadillas, soups, and whoopie pies. Remember: they have their own mobile app for preordering available at their website: https://www.cousinsmainelobster.com.

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 pickup 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 Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. This novel reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette (Newell’s cousin) and her intimate circle. We meet her extravagant father; publicity-shy mother, Anna; star-crossed sister; French boyfriend; nurse, who received more than $30 million in gifts; and the relatives fighting to inherit her copper fortune. The book draws a rich portrait from conversations with Huguette, her personal papers, and the testimony of her inner circle. Updated with the outcome of the court battle for her estate, it tells an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age, who lived life on her own terms.  

We will meet at McIntyre’s Books, Wednesday, April 18, 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.

Concert Series

The final concert in the Fearrington Concert Series for this season, always an audience favorite, will feature the guitar students of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They will perform on Sunday, April 14, at The Gathering Place at 3 pm.

Their program will include transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach, and Elizabethan-era composer John Dowland, along with other works composed expressly for the guitar. If you aren’t familiar with the wonderfully pensive and introspective music of Dowland, you might enjoy hearing his music performed on YouTube by the ensemble Les Canards Chantants, fantastic interpreters of early music who, delightfully and paradoxically, don’t take themselves too seriously.

Individual tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door on a space-available basis. Please direct any questions to Jo Bolig at jobolig@gmail.com, or to Nina Alperin at Galloway Ridge by phone at 919-704-8796.

Fearrington Democratic ClubDemocratic Club

On April 23 at The Gathering Place, David S. Painter, associate professor emeritus of international history at Georgetown, will speak on the subject of “Oil and US Foreign Policy.” Professor Painter was a leading scholar of US foreign policy during the 20th century and the Cold War period. In addition to his career in academia, Painter has worked for the Congressional Research Service, the Department of Energy, and the State Department.

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

To request the Zoom link or a ride to the meeting from one of our volunteer drivers, use the 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

At our April meeting, we’ll focus on a topic of importance to all of us owned by dogs…the daily dog walk. Or, as we are calling it, “Agony or the Ecstasy – How’s Your Dog Walk Going?”

Walks with our dogs can be a joy, a time to bond, and an opportunity for exercise and mental enrichment for you both. But what about when a daily walk becomes a chore you (and they) dread—the pulling, the reactivity toward other dogs, or leash-frustration behaviors. Susan Spinks, our club’s go-to professional dog trainer, will share her tips on how to turn what should be the best part of your dog’s day into a better experience for you both. Bring your curiosity and questions. Join us at The Gathering Place Thursday, April 18, at 1 pm.

Duplicate Bridge Club

Join us for a face-to-face game every Wednesday in April but the 3rd Wednesday, when we will play on Friday (April 19). 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.

 

Fearrington Village Singers

Save the Date!!! The Fearrington Village Singers announce the dates for their spring concert, Sounds of Spring, to be presented at:

The Chapel in the Pines
314 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill (in Briar Chapel)                             
Date: Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 pm

Chapin Auditorium at Galloway Ridge
Date: Saturday, May 4, at 3:30 pm

General Admission tickets are $17 and are on sale on the FVS website: fearringtonvillagesingers.org. They will also be available at the Fearrington Village Farmers Market beginning Tuesday, April 2, and at the door. Thank you for supporting us and hope to see you there!

Garden Club

April 16 at 2 pm at The Gathering Place

Invasive Plants: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, with Johnny Randall

A great deal is known about the negative effects that invasive plants have on the biological diversity in natural ecosystems and in the cultivated landscape, and the importance of native plant use. Despite this heightened awareness, many continue to ignore the negative ecological consequences posed by invasive plants. In this presentation, Johnny Randall, director of conservation at the North Carolina Botanical Garden from 1998 to 2023 and currently adjunct faculty in the UNC-Chapel Hill program in environment, ecology, and energy (EP3), will discuss from where and why invasive plants are a problem, misconceptions in the invasive/non-native/nativar/native/near-native debate, and hopeful solutions.

Free for club members. $5 guest fee at the door for nonmembers.

Genealogy Group

The April meeting of the Fearrington Genealogy Group will be a review by members of best sessions presented at RootsTech 2024. RootsTech was held in Salt Lake City, UT, from February 25 thru March 2. It is the largest genealogy conference is the world, with over
250 thousand attendees both in person and virtually. Several of our members attended the conference virtually and viewed many of the presentations from professional genealogists and vendors. Each of our attendees selected two presentations to review at the meeting on Tuesday, April 9, at The Gathering Place from 3 to 5 pm. All members are encouraged to attend and learn from our member reviews.  

NOTE: If you need assistance with your own genealogical research, plan to attend our supportive workshops, which are held the 4th Tuesday of each month in the small meeting room at The Gathering Place from 3 to 5 pm.

Golf Club

It may seem redundant, but Boyd Webb again shot his age! Congrats, Boyd. On
March 19, we had a great spring tournament at Carolina Trace Lake course, with over 40 golfers. With some well-appreciated help, we have updated our website. Check it out!

Stop by to see us at the FHA Founders Day, April 27.

Here is our April Tuesday/Thursday schedule of outings: 

4/2      8:50 am – Quail Ridge, Sanford

4/4      9 am – Anderson Creek, Spring Lake

4/9      9 am – Stoney Creek, Whitset

4/11    9 am – Siler City, Siler City 

4/16    8:20 am – Quail Ridge, Sanford

4/18    9:24 am – Carolina Trace Lake Course, Sanford

4/23    9 am – Mill Creek, Mebane 

4/25    9 am – Siler City, Siler City

4/30    9:10 am – Stoney Creek, Whitset

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

Great Decisions

Thursday, April 11, 2024
1:30-3 pm

The Gathering Place

Topic: Dilemmas Facing Public Health in the Post-Covid Era

Nancy Messonnier, MD

Dean of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and Bryson Distinguished Professor in Public Health,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Drawing on her considerable public health leadership experience, including serving as director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control from 2014 to 2021,
Dr. Messonnier will offer insights about the role of public health and selected challenges facing public health in our current policy environment.

Havurah

Singer-songwriter Tokyo Rosenthal

“Take Jackson Browne’s personal confessions and wrap them in Kris Kristofferson’s world-weary tales of broken relationships and you have an idea of what to expect from Tokyo Rosenthal.” Come hear him perform music of the ‘50s and ‘60s, Tuesday, April 9, 7 pm, at The Gathering Place. Gain some insight and learn the back stories of the singers and their music.

Mah Jongg Dragons

This month’s Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg game will be Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 4 pm, at The Gathering Place.

Our games are open 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. 

Join us on April 13 for a fun-filled afternoon; snacks and drinks provided.

May the jokers be ever in your favor!!

Piano Plus

We are a small group of dedicated but easy-going musicians (mostly pianists) who enjoy playing for each other once a month in each other’s homes. We are looking for an additional member or two. For more information, call Carolyn, at 919-542-8532.

Republican Club

The Fearrington Republican Club will meet on Wednesday, April 24, 7 pm at The Gathering Place. With the primary election just ended, we are confirming a speaker from the winners of our local elections. FRC will post our speaker in the mail kiosks, as well as by email blast. All Fearrington and Galloway residents are welcome to attend.

Swim & Croquet Club

We opened the e-soft membership portal on Sunday, March 10, 2024. You may now log in to the FSCC membership portal and make your selections to renew (or put on inactive hold) your Club membership. Anyone who lives in Fearrington Village or in Galloway Ridge is welcome to join our Swim and Croquet Club.  

We will be kicking off the 2024 pool season on Saturday, May 4

Membership Cards

Every adult member will need a new barcode scan tag. The barcode scan tags replace the RFID membership cards used in previous years to check in to the pool.  

Once your membership payment is received and recorded in the e-soft membership portal by our treasurer, your new membership barcode scan tag will be created. All new barcode scan tags will be created and ready for pick-up at the attendant’s desk on opening day.

Tennis & Pickleball Association

Daylight savings time is here! The next few months bring us more hours to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re still working, evening tennis/pickleball is perfect. 

Pickleball drilling, led by volunteers, a good way to learn the basics, is every Sunday morning at 10. Ignite your mojo. Get in the swing. Join your FV neighbors in appreciating FV tennis and pickleball! Contact Karen at karenallenvaca@gmail.com for tennis information and Stokes at stokesadams63@gmail.com for particulars about pickleball. 

Women of Fearrington

Call for Cooking Class Instructors, Coordinators, and Kitchens!

WoF’s popular 2023-24 cooking class series has proven one thing: We love to meet and eat! 

Help us continue this tradition in 2024-25 in one of three ways:

  • Volunteer to be a chef instructor.
  • Have a roomy kitchen? Partner with a chef whose kitchen might be a “Fitch teacup” model.
  • Coordinate the schedule, publicity, and reminders that make for a successful FUNdraiser—an ideal opportunity for two friends. 

Please contact Adrienne Lallo here by April 1 for details and to specify how you can help us whip up delicious food and money for the Wonderful Options Fund, which benefits organizations that help underserved women and children in Chatham County. 

Scam Detection and Prevention Strategies, sponsored by Women of Fearrington, Fearrington Cares, and the FHA

Tuesday, April 30, 4-5:30 pm, The Gathering Place. Free to all residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge 

Avoiding scams: Know what to do if you believe your computer or accounts have been compromised. 

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Department and SECU will highlight common consumer fraud schemes, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you fall victim to scammers. This program will help you be more skilled at recognizing attempted fraud.

For this free program, register here.

April General Meeting, Wednesday, April 17, 1:30-3 pm, The Gathering Place. Guest Speaker: Thavagunan Mahadevan, MS, LCAS

Mahadevan is clinical instructor and director of operations at UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. He will explain the work at nearby UNC Farm at Penny Lane. The 40-acre tract is the therapeutic setting for persons with mental illness.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Fearrington Cares.

To register, please click here.

April Road Trip, UNC Farm at Penny Lane, Wednesday, April 24, 4 pm

As a follow-up to our April program, the WoF road trip team in collaboration with Fearrington Cares is offering a trip to visit our neighbors at Penny Lane Farm and tiny houses. Penny Lane Farm Program Manager Matthew Ballard will lead the tour. Participants will see the working farm along with the community of tiny houses being constructed for the clients.

A $10 donation to Penny Lane for WoF members is requested; $15 for guests. Make check out to Women of Fearrington, with “Penny Lane” on the memo line and on the outside of the envelope. Leave in WoF box at Swim & Croquet kiosk or mail to Women of Fearrington, P.O. Box 507, Pittsboro, NC 27312. The deadline for registration and payment is April 12.

Limited to 25 participants.

Please consider ridesharing, as parking at the farm is limited.

Please register here.

Small Group Gathering, Wine and Cheese, April 9, 4-6 pm. Location to be announced on Friday, April 5. Limited to 10 WoF members who are fully vaccinated.

Register here.

The WoF Grants Committee will be awarding its annual grants in May. Through a variety of programs, these grants assist the women and children of Chatham County who are in need. There is still time to make your donation in order to help others in our community. Donate here.

Founders Day Festival Chalk Art Contest, Saturday, April 27, 10 am-3 pm, The Gathering Place Campus. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fearrington Village by depicting moments in the Village or recollections of the ‘70s in sidewalk chalk. Drawings should show imagination and creativity. The contest is open to artists young at heart or just plain young, individual entrants, and teams! Chalk will be available at the Women of Fearrington tent and generously supplied by Bo Bobbitt. You also may use your own chalk. Bring a kneeling pad for your knees!* 

Themes:

Registration: Free! Preregistration at womenoffearrington.org/meetings-activities by April 10 is encouraged. Forty sidewalk “canvas” spaces will be available.

You may also sign up at the WoF tent on the day of the festival, space permitting.

Event Schedule: Entrants may begin drawing on April 27 at 10 am. All drawings should be completed by 3 pm to allow for judging and onsite voting by attendees. Judging will begin at 3:30 pm. Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony at 4:30 pm.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded based on originality, artistic expression, and creativity. Overall Best in Show will be judged by attendees. Artists do not need to be present to win. Photos will be taken of each entry. 

*We will try to have some kneeling pads on hand and are looking for donations or loans. Garden kneelers or worn-out yoga mats welcome! Send an email to womenoffearrington@gmail.com if you can help. 

Show Your Village Pride! Village of Fearrington License Plates: Cost $20 each. All proceeds go to Wonderful Options Fund. To purchase, contact: Kathryn West here. 

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.

 

Community Opportunities

Friends of the Chatham Community Library Book Sale

Join us for our spring 2024 Book Sale at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro (197 NC Hwy 87 N). This will be a three-day sale on Thursday, April 11, from 9 am to 5 pm; Friday, April 12, from 9 am to 5 pm; and Saturday, April 13, from 9 am to 2 pm. Thursday prices: hardbacks $4 and softbacks $3, audio/visual items $2. Most children’s books are $1 and $2. Friday is Half-Price Day. Saturday is Bag Day: Fill a grocery bag for $5.

There are more than 20,000 items in 26 categories, including exceptional collections of European history and art books as well as a 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. Members of the Friends of the Library receive a 10% discount on purchases of $5 or more. See https://friendsccl.org/ for more information.

 

Continuing Education

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning) is a year-round educational community on the Duke campus, as well as other venues, for retired and not-so-retired folks. Courses cover history, literature, natural and social sciences, art, music, drama, and current events. Spring term classes will be held primarily on Zoom, with some in a classroom setting. Courses are listed online starting in mid-March. Registration starts Tuesday, April 9, at 9 am, continuing on Wednesday, April 10, at 9 am. Spring term begins April 29. Go to learnmore.duke.edu/olli for class registration info. If you have any questions, please email Warren Ort, warrensailo@aol.com. 

 



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

Fearrington Cares Film Nite Presents Academy Award Winner
Thursday, April 4, 7 pm at The Gathering Place

This month’s blockbuster biographical drama was selected before it swept the Academy Awards. If you have not seen this film, here is an opportunity to join your neighbors for an epic movie experience that dramatizes a turning point in world history. Since the film title may not be announced publicly, please email FilmNite@FearringtonCares.org to receive a prompt automated response which will confirm your conjecture. 

Once you know the title, please share it with your neighbors and invite them to meet you at Film Nite where you can enjoy camaraderie and entertainment along with complimentary popcorn, treats and beverages. This showing will include a brief intermission, and we will be announcing the winner of our Oscar prediction contest.

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

As always, hearing assistance is offered through the AudioFetch system at The Gathering Place. Download the AudioFetch app to a smartphone, log in to the Wi-Fi system, and listen with noise cancelling headphones or directly through Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids. If you need assistance with this process, please come early and we will gladly offer technical support.

“Penny Lane Farm” with Thavagunan Mahadevan, MS, LCAS
Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 1:30–3 pm at The Gathering Place

This presentation is co-sponsored by Women of Fearrington and Fearrington Cares and is part of the WoF general meeting. Mahadevan is Clinical Instructor and Director of Operations at UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. He will explain the work at nearby UNC Farm at Penny Lane. The 40-acre tract is the therapeutic setting for persons with mental illness.

Please register here. This program is free to WoF members, and $5 for non-members. 

Sound Bath Meditation 
Monday, April 22, 12:30-1:30 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

A sound bath meditation offers immersion in the healing power of sound. This special session lead by Jennifer Hansen of Ancient Song Therapy features the distinctive sounds of Himalayan and crystal singing bowls accompanied by voice, chimes, and percussion. It begins with a brief guided meditation, and then participants are “bathed” in sound. This experience promotes relaxation in the body and calmness in the mind which can lead to better sleep, restored emotional capacity, increased energy, and overall well-being. Chairs are provided, and participants are invited to bring additional comfort items like cushions and blankets, or even an eye mask if they would like. 

To register, call Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 Monday-Friday, 9 am-1 pm

$10 Fee (Cash or check made out to Jennifer Hansen on day of event)

Jennifer Hansen is a polymath who has spent many years as a vocalist and ceremonialist and over a decade adapting both to sound healing work. She founded Ancient Song Therapy in 2018 and offers sound therapy sessions for individuals and groups throughout the Triangle.

“Talk With an Attorney”
Friday, April 26, 10:30 am – 1 pm at The Fearrington Cares Center

Fearrington Cares is offering an exciting new free opportunity for residents to talk with an attorney about estate planning. Reserve your spot to meet with Sophia Munson, managing partner at the Munson Law Firm.

Were your estate documents (will or trust) written in a different state? Have your children grown into adults since the last time your will was updated? Do you have advanced directives and are they current? Do you have a child with a disability? Do you need guidance with estate administration?

Bring your questions to Sophia to learn what changes may need to be made to your estate plan to gain peace of mind, one piece at a time.

To register, call Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 Monday-Friday, 9 am-1 pm.

Scam Detection and Prevention Strategies
Tuesday, April 30, 4-5:30 pm at The Gathering Place

*Free to all residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge*

Sadly, the tools that help us connect with family, friends, and businesses are subverted daily to annoy us and attack our mailboxes, phones, and financial accounts.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Department and SECU will highlight common consumer fraud schemes, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you fall victim to scammers. This program, sponsored by Fearrington Cares, Women of Fearrington, and the FHA, will help you be more skilled at

  • Recognizing attempted fraud
  • Avoiding scams
  • Knowing that to do if you believe your computer or accounts have been compromised.

Please register here.

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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

Chair Yoga: Tuesdays, 11:30 am

Chair Tap Dance: Thursdays, 10 am

Line Dancing: Thursdays, 11:30 am

Intermediate Yoga: Thursdays, 2:30 pm

 

Support Groups Meeting in Person at the Fearrington Cares Center

Alcoholics Anonymous: Mondays, 10 am

Parkinson’s Group: Tuesday, April 2 & 16, 1:30 pm

Brainiacs Memory Café: Wednesdays, 10 am

Support Groups via Zoom

fearringtoncares.org > Services > Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group:
Wednesdays, April 3 & 17, 1 pm

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursdays, April 4 & 17, 1 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center By Appointment

Free Nurse Consultation Clinic:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 am-12 pm
Call 919-542-6877 to schedule an appointment.

PediCure Foot Care:
Tuesdays and every other Thursday, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Call 919-542-6877 to schedule an appointment.

Enrichment Activities at the Fearrington Cares Center

Meditation: Fridays, 10 am


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Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following new villagers were added to the Fearrington Village Directory & Handbook between February 15  and March 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).

 

Name

Address

John Berger    

286 Stoneview

Eileen M. & John C. Blaha

1 West Madison (1216*)

Billy J. (Bill) & Marit B. Bobo

24 Caswell (1179*)

Michael & Rosemary Bulmash

    3 Caswell (1106*)

Janet M. Burns & Rick Okagawa

4259 Henderson Place

Ann Fitzgerald    

270 Quail Run

Jeff Gemmill & Diane Wilkes

559 Weathersfield

Owen E. Kahn & Elaine F. Weiss

4704 North Richmond

Doris Springer

    396 Lyndfield Close

Gary Thompson

264 Clover Thatch

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*Fearrington Post number
**Galloway Ridge

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.


April 2024 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.

 

 

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Monday
April 1
3-4 pm
Galloway Ridge
Chapin Auditorium
Galloway Ridge EnrichmentThe Magic of a Partial Solar Eclipse 
Wednesday
April 3
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckDoherty’s Paddy WagonDeborah Repplier
drepplier@gmail.com
Thursday
April 4
7 pm
Fearrington CaresFilm NiteFearringtonFilmNite @gmail.com
Tuesday
April 9
4-6 pm
Location TBA April 5
Women of FearringtonSmall-Group Gathering
Wine and Cheese
 
Tuesday
April 9
3-5 pm
Fearrington Genealogy GroupMonthly MeetingBarbara Ashby
gjwl@aol.com
401-952-4426
Tuesday
April 9
7 pm
Fearrington HavurahTokyo RosenthalJoe Labenson
jltaxtips@aol.com
516-647-7807
Wednesday
April 10
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckThe Blue WindowDeborah Repplier
drepplier@gmail.com
Thursday
April 11
1:30-3 pm
Fearrington Great DecisionsNancy Messonnier, MD
Dean, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Bryson Distinguished Professor in Public Health—
“Dilemmas Facing Public Health in the Post-Covid Era”
Liz Welfel
welfeler@yahoo.com
Saturday
April 13
1-4 pm
Fearrington DragonsMahjonggPolly Williams
pw82550@gmail.com
919-478-4260
Sunday
April 14
3 pm
Fearrington Concert SeriesUniversity of NC School of the Arts Guitar musicLaura Johnson
mcdowell@brevard.edu
Tuesday
April 16
2 pm
Fearrington Garden ClubInvasive Plants: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
with Johnny Randall
Debbie Liebtag
dliebtag50@gmail.com
Wednesday
April 17
1:30-3 pm
 
Women of Fearrington & Fearrington CaresGeneral Meeting— Guest Speaker: Thavagunan Mahadevan, MS, LCAS Clinical Instructor & Director of Operations, UNC Center for Excellence in
Community Mental Health
919-542-6877
info@ fearringtoncares.org
Wednesday
April 17
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckSalt and Pepper (NEW)Deborah Repplier
drepplier@gmail.com
Wednesday
April 18
10:15-11:15 am
McIntyre’s Books
AM Book ClubEmpty Mansions
by Bill Dedman &
Paul Clark Newell Jr.
Catherine Clare catfearr@gmail.com
Carole Yardley
peacefulathome @bellsouth.net
Thursday
April 18
1-2:30 pm
Fearrington Dog ClubMonthly Meeting
Susan Spinks— “Agony or the Ecstasy – How’s Your Dog Walk Going?”
Ann Melchior
amelchior@verizon.net
Monday
April 22
12:30-1:30 pm Fearrington Cares
Fearrington CaresSound Bath Meditation919-542-6877
info@fearringtoncares.org
Tuesday
April 23
7-8:15
Fearrington Democratic ClubMeeting—
David S. Painter
Associate professor emeritus of international history,
Georgetown—
“Oil and US Foreign
Policy”
Vickie Shea
victoria.shea32 @yahoo.com
Wednesday
April 24
4 pm
UNC Farm at Penny Lane
Women of FearringtonApril Road Trip 
Wednesday
April 24
5-7:30pm
Food TruckCousins Maine LobsterDeborah Repplier
drepplier@gmail.com
Wednesday
April 24
7 pm
Fearrington Republican ClubMeetingErnie Clarke esclarke38@gmail.com
314-650-3480
Friday
April 26
10:30 am-1 pm Fearrington Cares
Fearrington Cares“Talk With an Attorney”info@ fearringtoncares.org
919-542-6877
Saturday
April 27
10 am-3 pm
Women of FearringtonFounders Day Festival Chalk Art Contest 
Saturday
April 27
1-5 pm
Women of FearringtonFounders Day 
Monday
April 29
10 am
Piano PlusPianoCarolyn Schwartz
keltywoman1 @gmail.com
Tuesday
April 30
4-5:30 pm
Women of Fearrington,
Fearrington Cares, & FHA
Scam Detection and Prevention Strategies919-542-6877
info@ fearringtoncares.org
Meeting Multiples Dates in April
Wednesday
April 3, 10, & 24
1 pm
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Friday
April 19
1 pm
Fearrington Duplicate BridgeDuplicate bridgeDianne Hale
haledianne@gmail.com
Thursday & Friday
April 11 & 12
9 am-5 pm
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Saturday
April 13
9 am-2 pm
 
Chatham Community Library, Pittsboro
Friends of the Chatham Community LibrarySpring 2024 Book Salehttps://friendsccl.org/
Upcoming Events in May
Thursday
May 2
7:30 pm
Chapel in the Pines
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Saturday
May 4
3 pm
Chapin Auditorium
Galloway Ridge
Fearrington Village SingersSpring Concert—
Sounds of Spring
Jackie Castle
jackiecastle@mac.com
Saturday
May 4
12-7 pm
Fearrington Swim & Croquet ClubOpening DayFearringtonSwimCroquet @gmail.com
Tuesday
May 14
7 pm
Fearrington HavurahStanley Darer—
Jewish Comedy, Is There Such a Thing?
Joe Labenson
jltaxtips@aol.com
516-647-7807

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.

Officers
PresidentSteve Stewart
Vice PresidentAmy Ghiloni
SecretaryJudy Graham
TreasurerSteve Gambino
Directors
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
Contributing CorrespondentTad McArdle
Web Page
Alison TozerSteve Anderson
Printing and Distribution
Carol KurtzBarbara Amago

Submissions

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).