FHA Newsletter 2024 January

FHA Newsletter 2024 January


January 2024  Volume 43  Number 1

President’s Message

Steve Stewart

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a good holiday season and is looking forward to a healthy, happy, and productive 2024.

The month of December was a busy one for your FHA Board. Even with the holidays, we met twice—a regular meeting and an all-day retreat—to plan for the upcoming year. Since that retreat, we have started several initiatives. The bid for construction of the new Creekwood mail kiosk has been awarded, with work to begin in mid-to-late February. The bid to repave The Gathering Place parking lot was awarded, with work to begin in January. Both projects will cause temporary inconveniences, but the results should be worth it. Patrick McGahan, our director of grounds and facilities, has an article later in this issue that will explain the Creekwood construction process.

The HVAC system in The Gathering Place has been replaced and is working well. In order to improve curb lighting at The Gathering Place, we have ordered one of a new type of solar light to illuminate the walkway, and we will evaluate its viability. If it meets our needs, it will be joined by eight more lights, making the walk brighter and safer. We have also engaged an architect to design ADA-compliant restrooms for The Gathering Place and an ADA-compliant ramp to reach the upper lawn of the Swim & Croquet Club, as we use that space for many of our events.

As always, some members of our community exceed the posted speed limit. To curb excess speed, two additional speed monitors have been ordered and will be installed on Millcroft and Creekwood. Our monitors remind us of our speed and slow us down. Please obey the posted speed and traffic directional signs. Walkers, please obey North Carolina law. The applicable rules can be found in the Handbook and Directory and on the FHA Website (Home – Fearrington Homeowners Association, Inc. [fearringtonfha.org]).

The Community Affairs Committee is planning a number of events for the year. Last month, we had the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk on December 21. The Founders Festival, the Easter Egg Hunt, National Night Out, Oktoberfest, and Veterans Day events will be returning. A new event, Winterfest in the Barn, is in the planning stage, sponsored jointly by the FHA and Fearrington Cares with support from Fitch Creations. The expected date of this event is February 9. Further information can be found later in this issue.

On a less pleasant note, you received a letter from Associa/HRW about your 2024 dues. An invoice showing your account number was supposed to be included with this letter. Unfortunately, these two documents were sent separately, with the letter arriving well before the invoice. This lapse became an issue because many of you paid your dues based on the letter. The business office in The Gathering Place can, and did, provide your account number, but it made your lives more complicated. The Board apologizes for this inconvenience.

Again, Happy New Year! If you have any questions or have ideas to improve life in the Village, please contact me!

—Steve Stewart, president@fhaboard.org


FHA News

Community Affairs Report

Spotlight on Volunteers: Linda and Don Corley

After retiring from their teaching careers, Linda and Don Corley wanted to contribute to their community, so they started a home-repair business named “Lawns and Ladders.” They are now using those skills as volunteers with Feaarrington Cares. They change hard-to-reach light bulbs, replace batteries in smoke alarms, hang towel bars, and perform many other household tasks.

Fearrington Cares welcomes volunteers with a wide variety of skills, including household repairs, driving, writing, accounting, greeting new residents, and many more. 

If you’d like to volunteer, please visit the Fearrington Cares website for a complete list of opportunities and access to our volunteer interest form: Become a Volunteer – Fearrington Cares.


Covenants Committee Update

The FHA Covenants Committee has been reorganized as a non-Board committee and named the Covenants Compliance Committee. Ric Frank will remain as its chair; the other two members are Jerry Evans and Vince Tollers. The committee oversees covenant compliance and processes architectural requests (including tree removal) for areas of the Village that do not have a service group. Through mid-December of the past year, it has processed 91 architectural requests and
45 covenant violations. Forms for requesting approval of an architectural addition or tree removal or to lodge a covenant violation grievance can be obtained from the FHA business office or found on the FHA website under menu item Fearrington Homeowners Association (FHA)/FHA Forms you may need (Forms – Fearrington Homeowners Association, Inc. [fearringtonfha.org]) and should be submitted (with all required signatures and attachments) to the FHA business office. In areas with service groups, covenant-related matters are handled by the service groups.


Creekwood Mail Kiosk Construction Update

By the time the January issue of The Belted Gazette is published, the FHA will have signed an agreement with our chosen builder to replace the Creekwood mail kiosk. The plan is for the builder to begin the project on or about Presidents Day, February 12. The project is expected to take approximately 8 to twelve weeks to complete.

Since the Creekwood kiosk will be unavailable for use during the construction period, we plan to temporarily relocate the existing Creekwood mailboxes and parcel lockers to the Swim & Croquet kiosk. Physically moving the mailboxes from the Creekwood kiosk to the north wall of the Swim and Croquet kiosk is planned for on or about February 9. Residents will use their current mailbox keys during the interim period.

The renovated Creekwood kiosk will include new mailboxes (donated to us by the folks at Galloway Ridge). The FHA will distribute the new mailbox keys to residents before completion of the project. At the end of the project, we will dispose of the old Creekwood mailboxes and parcel lockers.

The FHA will hold an information meeting for interested residents in the large room of The Gathering Place on Monday, January 15, at 10 am. Please feel free to drop by The Gathering Place if you have any questions or want to learn more about this project. As always, the Grounds & Facilities team is available to respond to any questions submitted by email.

—Patrick McGahan, grounds@fhaboard.org


New Grounds & Facilities Committee—Volunteers Needed

As part of the Board’s streamlining of FHA operations, the positions of director of facilities and director of grounds & landscaping were combined under director of grounds & landscaping, currently Patrick McGahan.

While the grounds and facilities functions will not lessen the amount of work at hand, we are hoping that the consolidated approach will help us better address issues as they arise. The large number of tasks falling in the grounds and facilities area will need more than just one person to handle them. That is why Patrick is assembling a Grounds & Facilities Committee. 

The new Grounds & Facilities Committee will consist of interested residents collectively willing to manage FHA-owned assets, vendor relationships, and new projects. If you are interested in joining this team, please send an email to grounds@fhaboard.org. Patrick will set up meetings with those interested, and together we can address the challenges ahead.


Health, Safety, & Security Report


From time to time a streetlight in Fearrington Village may stop working, which creates a hazard for pedestrians, cyclists, and even automobiles. Duke Energy will usually not repair a light unless and until they have been notified of the problem.

If you notice a streetlight that is not working properly, look for a five- or six-digit letter/number ID clearly visible on the lamp post. Please make a note of that ID as well as the street name and the number of any nearby house.

Report this information to Kathy Wood, Associa HRW, in the FHA Management Office by calling 919-542-1603 or sending an email to dkwood@hrw.net.

Update on Weathersfield 15/501 Intersection

NCDOT has notified me that work on the drainage, concrete islands, and sub-asphalt work has been completed. Remaining to be completed are the final top layer of asphalt, signage, and striping.

Our residents will notice that they can now turn left again from southbound 15/501 to enter Weathersfield and can only turn right from Weathersfield to head northbound on 15/501. Because cold weather prevents placing the final layer until the weather improves, the left lane entry from 15/501 is still rough. Please use CAUTION when you are in that lane.

The traffic control (cones) in the old left-turn exit lane from Weathersfield will remain in place until the pavement is re-striped to accommodate allowing right turns only.

—Warren Ort, healthsafetysecurity@fhaboard.org


Celebrate Winterfest at The Barn in February!

Make plans now to attend this festive affair at the most enchanting venue in Fearrington Village—The Barn—on Friday, February 9, from 7 to 10 pm. An opportunity to celebrate with your neighbors and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Fearrington Village, this special event is co-sponsored by Fearrington Cares and the Fearrington Homeowners Association with generous support from Fitch Creations.

Winterfest at The Barn will feature…

  • Dancing—or just tapping your feet—and enjoying the tunes provided by a professional DJ who is compiling a customized playlist for our event
  • A silent auction featuring unique artwork and curated experiences
  • A charcuterie table and delightful desserts catered by The Fearrington House Restaurant
  • A cash bar offering wine, beer, and your favorite cocktails along with non-alcoholic options

The most fabulous feature of Winterfest at The Barn is that all proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit Fearrington Cares, supporting the programs and services they offer to foster the well-being and healthy aging of all who reside in Fearrington Village. 

So, bring your spouse or partner, invite your neighbor or friend or group of friends, and come enjoy a special evening at The Barn! Suggested attire is “dressy casual,” which for women translates to a dress or dressy top and skirt or pants outfit. For men, slacks and a collared shirt are a given, a tie is optional, and a sport coat or blazer is nice but not required. 

Tickets for the event are $50 per person, and $15 of the ticket price is tax deductible. Tickets go on sale on January 9 at Fearrington Cares. You may pay by check or by credit card by visiting the Fearrington Cares Center or call in with a credit card to make your reservation. Fearrington Cares is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to
1 pm, and the phone number is 919-542-6877.

Due to capacity restrictions at The Barn, there are only 200 tickets available, so make plans early to enjoy this celebratory occasion!


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 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


Scene Around Fearrington:

Our Feathered Friends in Fearrington

By Terry Ames

I grew up as a service “BRAT”, which allowed me to experience both diverse cultures and a wide variety of adventures as I traveled the world with my parents. As you might imagine, those traveling years were spent with a camera as a constant companion. I graduated from Carolina and chose to return to the Chapel Hill area in retirement. Building a home in Fearrington Village allowed me to continue to meet new people with a diversity of backgrounds while enjoying a serene, beautiful area in which to live.

Cedar Waxwing

Those living in Fearrington are fortunate to have at their fingertips several lovely parks with large water features and surrounded by tall trees—fulfilling the requirements of both migrating and resident birds. Here are just a few photos of the colorful birds that contribute to the enjoyment of living in Fearrington.

Click on a photo to see enlarged view.*

*If this does not work, try using right click and open in new window.
Turkey Vulture
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Muscovy Duck
Brown Thasher
American Robin
Mallard Duck and Ducklings

Scene Around Fearrington in 2024

Do you have ideas for future issues of this monthly column? If so, please send them to the photography editor, c/o editors@fearringtonfha.org. Use “Scene around Fearrington” as the subject of the email.

We have plans for the February and March issues, and a special topic is planned for April. It will be devoted to photographs that lighten the mood, that lead the viewer to chuckle, gasp, laugh out loud, or simply feel good. If you are looking for an idea, you might think about what it is that makes you smile and feel happy. Or look for the little absurdities in life that prevent you from taking things too seriously. Or send us those photos that seem to be crying out for a caption. It is sometimes surprising how people, animals, or both, manage to elicit humor.

Please submit your photos on or before March 12, to editors­­@fearringtonfha­­.org, with “April Scene around Fearrington” as the subject. Unlike other topics, there is no requirement that the photos be of Fearrington Village subjects. You may feel free also to edit a photo any way if that will help elicit the humor. Provide a caption if you wish. If you do not, we might add one anyway, unless you tell us that no caption is needed.

—Gordon Pitz

Food Trucks for January

By Leigh Matthews

January 3: 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.

January 10: Gusseys Greek Truck (Greek, Mediterranean, Wraps) All your favorites, including gyro, falafel, souvlaki, pasticcio, yemista, pita, salad, hummus, and baklava.

January 17: Ta Contento Mex FreshFood (Mexican) Local and authentic Mexican food. Delicious meat and veggie options available.

January 24: Chirba Chirba Dumpling (Chinese) Delicious Chinese-style dumplings “from a big yellow truck!”

January 31: Doherty’s Paddy Wagon (Irish, American) Rolls, wings, sandwiches, fish & chips, sides, and Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse.

Food Trucks are 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 (https://streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage) and place your preorder for pick-up at the truck. (Cousins Maine Lobster has its own app for preordering.)

For a weekly reminder email—and a quick link to view the menu—sign up at our hotspot page (see above link).

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 Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus at McIntyre’s Books, Wednesday, January 17, at 10:15 am. In the 1950s, a brilliant female scientist hears the message loud and clear that “a woman’s place is in the home.” After a frustrating, failed academic and research career, Elizabeth Lott finds success in an unlikely place: as the host of a television cooking show. The tale combines the wonders of science with complexities of human relationships. Mixing comedy and tragedy, it also takes on the patriarchal culture of mid-20th century America.

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.

Bulls & Bears Investment Club

The Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group interested in improving our investment knowledge and capabilities. We do this through managing a small portfolio of stocks, making buy and sell decisions, and monitoring US stock markets and trends. We meet monthly during non-summer months and share information, insights, and ideas about investing with fellow members.

Guests are welcome to paricipate in a meeting or two to gauge their interest in joining the Club. The next meeting will be Friday, January 12, 2024, at 10 am at The Gathering Place and also via Zoom.

For more information about the Club or to join our meeting, please contact Anna Shearer, president, at 703-217-0322 or at ashearer1219@gmail.com.

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).

Concert Series

The Fearrington Concert Series resumes in the new year on January 14 with a program of string and wind music. Violinist Jennifer Curtis, violist Suzanne Rousso, and cellist Nate Leland will form the core of the ensemble. The addition of wind instrumentalists Mary Boone (flute), Mike Cyzewski (clarinet), and Rachel Niketopoulos (horn) will add color and variety to a wide range of intriguing classical works.

The concert begins at 3 pm at The Gathering Place. Tickets may be available for purchase at the door on the day of the concert for $25 per person 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

If your New Year’s resolutions include helping to save our democracy, you’re in luck. The first Democratic Club meeting of 2024 will take place at The Gathering Place on Tuesday, January 23, from 7 to 8:15 pm. Entitled This is What Democracy Looks Like, the meeting will feature the local Democratic candidates for the Chatham County Board of Commissioners as well as candidates for local judicial elections.

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

To request the link to register for Zoom, or to request a ride to 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

Chatham native Jon Spoon, the executive director of CARE (Chatham County Animal Rescue and Education), is our January speaker. CARE has been rescuing, fostering, and placing homeless animals for almost 50 years. A volunteer-based non-profit, CARE works closely with Chatham Animal Resources (our November speaker). Jon returned to Pittsboro after getting his law degree and recently took over as CARE’s director. Bring your interest and questions for Jon on Thursday, January 18, at 1 pm at The Gathering Place.

We have a full schedule of interesting speakers lined up for winter/spring 2024. The best way to support the club is by attending meetings. Put us on your calendar. We meet the third Thursday of each month through May, 1 pm, at The Gathering Place. You’ll learn something new about man’s best friend at every meeting. Watch for our announcements here, our flyers at mail kiosks, and find a full rundown of the club and speaker schedule on our club’s web portal at Fearrington Dog Club – Fearrington Homeowners Association, Inc.

Duplicate Bridge Club

Play bridge…it’s cheaper than therapy! Join us for a face-to-face game every Wednesday in January except January 17. We will also play on Friday, January 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.

The Fearrington Village Singers Invite You—COME SING WITH US!

More and more studies show that singing is good for us, and singing with others is even better. It puts a song in our heart, oxygen in our lungs, and gives us a purposeful community of friends who learn and laugh together. Rehearsals for our Spring Concert begin the second week in January. All rehearsals take place in The Gathering Place. Women: First rehearsal will be Monday, January 8, at
3:30 pm. Men: First rehearsal will be Thursday, January 11, at 3:30 pm
. To learn more about Fearrington Village Singers—website: Fearrington Village Singers; email: info@fearringtonvillagesingers.org.

Garden Club

Privileges and Obligations of Living on the “Goodliest Land”
With Naturalist, Photographer, and Fearrington Resident Tom Earnhardt
Tuesday, January 16, 2 pm at The Gathering Place

It didn’t take explorers and naturalists long to determine that the land we know as North Carolina was indeed special. Ralph Lane, a leader of the Raleigh Expedition in the 1580s, quickly dubbed North Carolina, “The Goodliest Soile Under the Cope of Heaven,” and he was right!

In Fearrington Village, many of us already know that we live in a “natural sweet spot.” The combination of climate, topography, water, and latitude make for extraordinary biodiversity here in North Carolina’s Piedmont. Few places in the temperate world hold more plants, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians in such a small area. Living in such a place comes with both privileges and obligations.

In this program, Tom Earnhardt—North Carolina naturalist, photographer, writer, and producer of the PBS series, Exploring North Carolina—will share with you a brief history of North Carolina’s unique natural heritage. He’ll then share in words and photographs his thoughts on ways each Fearrington resident can use more native plants as a way of preserving and improving the natural world around us.

Genealogy Group

Margo Fariss Brewer, a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, and consultant, will address topics and tips for the beginning genealogist at our January and February meetings. Margo’s concentration is in the United States, with emphasis on states east of the Mississippi River plus Iowa and Missouri. She has led trips to the family history library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Plan to attend this informative program at the meeting on January 9, from 3 to 5 pm at The Gathering Place, and bring a friend who is interested in beginning genealogy. Guests are invited to attend.

NOTE: Supportive workshops are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at The Gathering Place from 3 to 5 pm.

Golf Club

We continue to schedule and play throughout the winter, taking advantage of courses that remain in great condition year-round. Boyd Webb again shot his age on November 30, the day before his 91st Birthday! Congrats, Boyd!

Here is our January Tuesday/Thursday schedule of outings:

1/2   10:00- Umstead Pines, Durham

1/4   10:00- Quail Ridge, Sanford

1/9   10:00- Mill Creek, Mebane

1/11  10:00- Siler City, Sanford

1/16  10:00- Carolina Trace, Sanford

1/18  10:00- Stoney Creek, Whitset

1/23  10:00- Legacy, Aberdeen

1/25  10:00- Sanford, Sanford, OR…

1/25  10:00- Bryan Park, Greensboro

1/30  10:00- The Neuse, Clayton

It’s amazing having the freedom not to be tied to just one golf course and being able to play many great courses in this area. As a club, our cost per round with cart is also very attractive.

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 under Clubs and Other Organizations on the FHA homepage.

Great Decisions

Thursday, January 11, 2024
1-3 pm
The Gathering Place

Come hear Daniel Kreiss, Ph.D., Edgar Thomas Cato Distinguished Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, speak on the topic:

Disinformation, Media, and Power:
Contemporary Challenges to Democracy

Professor Kreiss will explore the growing concern over the effects of disinformation and social media-driven polarization on democracies around the world. This talk reviews what we know about media, disinformation, and polarization, and the relationship of these things with healthy democratic functioning. He will also discuss the numerous attempts to regulate social media to prevent censorship (on the political right) or election and health-related misinformation (on the left). Finally, he offers his perspective on these media issues as a symptom of broader divisions in the country.

Green Scene

More Information About Fearrington Drinking Water

Those of us who attended the December 13 meeting experienced an enlightening presentation by Jamie Revels, utilities director for the Town of Cary. Mr. Revels talk was enlightening because Cary controls the water intake facility on Jordan Lake where our drinking water originates. And, their intake facility performs a number of tests on the water on an ongoing basis—with the results (going back a few years) on their website. And, those test results are now also available on the Green Scene Blog (thanks to the proactive initiative and technical expertise of Jon Darling).

A key takeaway from the December presentation is the fact that once our water goes through the initial Cary intake process, it is “passed along” to a pumping facility a short distance away that is controlled by the Chatham County Public Utilities Department. So, what happens to our water at that point becomes their responsibility. Which is why we have arranged for Blake Mills, Chatham County Director of Public Utilities, to address our Wednesday, January 10, meeting, at 11 am until noon, at The Gathering Place. Mr. Mills will bring with him the person on his staff who is responsible for the pumping and testing of that water as it travels to our homes. All are welcome to this (free) educational presentation.


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 50’s and 60’s, Tuesday, January 9, 7 pm, at The Gathering Place.Gain some insight and learn the back stories of the performers and their music.

Mah Jongg Dragons

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

We have decided to open the games to non-members, 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 January game with checks payable to Robin Weinberger, or in cash in an envelope with your name on it. Mary Donna Pond will be collecting payment for the 2024 card, $14 for the regular card and $15 for the large-print card. Payments must be made payable to Mary Donna no later than January 13.

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

May the jokers be ever in your favor!!

Republican Club

Happy New Year to all our Fearrington and Galloway residents. Your Fearrington Republican Club will hold our next meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 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. Bring a friend or neighbor. All residents of Fearrington and Galloway Ridge are welcome.

Swim & Croquet Club

Our annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28, at 4 pm via Zoom. Members who have a valid email address on file with their membership and who receive promotional email from the Club will receive an electronic reminder of the annual meeting date and time, along with a Zoom link to attend the meeting.

Tennis & Pickleball Association

Happy New Year from the FTPA! Tennis, anyone? The winter months are a good time to explore a new sport or renew activity in one you have played before. “Coach Chris” (Chris Arnet) invites you to join him on the newly painted tennis courts Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. Tennis players of all levels and curiosities are invited. Non-members can play up to two times as a guest before having to join the club. Make a reservation with Coach Chris by emailing him at cemanproductions@yahoo.com or by phone at 203-585-3432.

Women of Fearrington

Cooking Classes to raise funds for WoF’s grants program will be offered during January, February, and March 2024 in “celebrity chefs” homes. Open to all Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge residents. Visit the WoF website: womenoffearrington.org/fundraising-events for details and registration. Registration deadline January 12. Contact Adrienne or Sharmila at wof.cookingclass@gmail.com with any further questions.

Small Group Gathering: High Tea, Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 3 pm. Limited to 8-ten people. Those registered will be notified by email of the location on Friday, January 5, 2024. Must be a member of WoF and fully vaccinated. For registration, please click here.

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 WoF member, $10 guest. Payable by January 4, 2024, make check out to Women of Fearrington, with Ackland Art Museum on memo line and on the outside of the envelope, and leave in the WoF box at Swim & Croquet kiosk or mail to P.O. Box 507, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Register here. Limited to 18-20 people.

General Meeting: Wednesday, January 17, 1:30 pm, The Gathering Place (doors open at 1:10 pm). Guest Speaker, Mary Baldwin Morris, co-founder of The Confidence Project. Open to WoF members and their guests (guests are asked to donate a $5 fee). Register here.

Wonderful Options Fund: It is a new year, and we are still working to build our Wonderful Options Fund in order to contribute even more dollars to our Grants Program. Our grants are awarded to many different organizations that help women and children in need in Chatham County. No amount is too small—it is participation that counts! Visit the WoF website to learn more. Make a donation here.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Jo Bolig and Kate West, co-chairs, extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the phenomenal success of this year’s Holiday Bakery & Market. Ninety-six volunteers baked, made crafts, and/or volunteered to work this event, which netted almost $7,000 for our grants program. We also appreciate the enthusiastic support of our many customers who helped ignite holiday spirit while adding funds for the important work we do in support of women and children in Chatham County. The Wonderful Options Fund is enriched by these collective efforts.

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

Continuing Education

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning

A year-round educational community on the Duke campus as well as other venues for retired and not-so-retired folks, OLLI courses cover history, literature, natural or social science, art, music, drama, and current events. For the winter term, classes will be held on Zoom, and some will be in a classroom setting. Courses will be listed online starting December 13, with registration occurring Tuesday, January 9, at 9 am and Wednesday, January 10, at 9 am. Classes start the week of January 29. Log on to Front Page | Continuing Studies (duke.edu) for classes and registration info. If you have any questions, please email Warren Ort at warrensailo@aol.com.

Shared Learning of Chapel Hill

Ready to start the new year with informative and engaging learning opportunities? Shared Learning is offering 22 full-length courses
(13 weeks in duration) during its upcoming winter 2024 term, as well as 5 shorter “Spotlight” classes, with lengths varying from 2 to 4 weeks. These courses cover a wide range of topics from current events to sociology to literature to science to conversational languages. Some classes are held on-site at a church, while some are held via Zoom. Go to sharedlearning.us to view the catalog and register for classes (which can easily be done online). A modest winter membership fee of $40 (if you are not already a 2023-2024 member) enables you to take an unlimited number of courses. Classes begin on January 15, so early registration is advised.

The School of Athens

The School of Athens will present Part Two of a special, public service event entitled, “Debate: A Primer,” on Saturday, January 13, from 2 to 3:30 pm at Chapel in the Pines, 314 Great Ridge Pkwy.

We will continue looking at video clips of famous historical debates such as the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1862, the William F. Buckley versus James Baldwin debate at Cambridge in 1965, and the most famous debate of the Oxford Union in 1923 with the same motion re-debated in February 2023.

We will also look at video examples depicting vastly different styles and formats of current high school and intercollegiate debate.

Debate is not only a method of openly and democratically exploring an issue and reaching conclusions; it is also a means of developing rational and critical thinking skills.

This presentation is open and free to the public. The School of Athens (School | The School Of Athens | Chapel Hill) is an independent, unaffiliated educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is supported primarily by private funding.


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 Carolyn & John Boyle

The Fearrington Cares Center Will Be Closed January 15, 2024, in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.


Fearrington Cares Presents an Award-Winning Foreign Film

Thursday, January 4, 7 pm at The Gathering Place

This month’s drama-comedy will tantalize your taste buds with kitchen scenes and cooking advice that serve as metaphors for relationships and states of mind. It’s a story of mending hearts and mastering cuisine. If you are a film buff, you have likely seen this film and would love to feast on it again. If haven’t seen it, you are in for a delicious treat!

The film title can be served up via email at FearringtonFilmNite@gmail.com, which offers an automated response including a movie trailer to whet your appetite. Your email can include any subject line or text in the message. Once you know the title, please share it with your neighbors like a flavorful recipe and invite them to join you for an evening of entertainment, which includes complimentary popcorn, beverages, and treats.

This film has English subtitles and a soundtrack to savor! Note that the AudioFetch system at The Gathering Place offers hearing assistance. Download the AudioFetch app to a smartphone, log in to our Wi-Fi system, and listen with noise-canceling headphones or directly through Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids. If you need assistance with this process, please come early and we will offer technical support.

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

Living Through Loss Support Group

Thursdays, January 18—February 22, 1-2:30 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

This grief support group is for residents who have experienced the death of a loved one (spouse, partner, sibling, parent, friend, etc.). The group will meet on six consecutive Thursdays and will focus on sharing stories about the challenges of grief and exploring strategies for navigating this difficult journey. Spending time with others who share the experience of loss can help you feel less alone. A supportive and confidential environment will be stressed.

Our facilitator, Anne Kissel, is a Fearrington Village resident who holds a PhD in counseling and specializes in gerontology. She is a trained instructor in “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” and “Respecting Choices.” Anne previously was a hospice bereavement counselor.

Registration is required. Please call Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 to register. Participation is limited to six people and participants are encouraged to attend all six meetings.

Other Fearrington Cares Programs, Classes, and Support Groups in January

Information about January programs, classes, and support groups will be posted on the Fearrington Cares website (fearringtoncares.org) and sent by email to those on the Fearrington Cares email list. If you are not on our email list, but would like to be added, please contact the Center at 919-542-6877 or info@fearringtoncares.org.


Welcome to Our New Residents!

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




Jane Bernat & Michael Santens580 Woodbury
Bridget Dean Wamsley324 Sycamore Close
Patricia Allen (Trish) Estes12 Yancey (1047*)
Gabrielle Gay22 West Madison (1151*)
Penny & Ward B. Johnson    C-007 C Wing**
Thiri W. Lin & Max W. McClellan130 Shadowbrook
Rebecca Reynolds Newton576 Woodbury
Nora Patterson    22 Benchmark
Lynn Russell10 McDowell (1037*)
Patty Lee (Pat) Shipman17 Bladen (4017*)
Diana & Tony Sinisi    457 Beechmast
*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.


January 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
Wednesday January 3 5-7:30 pmFood TruckCousins Maine LobsterDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
Tuesday January 9 3-5 pmFearrington Genealogy GroupMonthly MeetingBarbara Ashby gjwl@aol.com 401-952-4426
Tuesday January 9 3 pmWomen of FearringtonSmall Group Gathering/High TeaCarol Wade wade-a@sbcglobal.net
Tuesday January 9 7 pmFearrington HavurahTokyo RosenthalJoe Labenson jltaxtips@aol.com
Wednesday January 10 11 am-noonGreen SceneJanuary MeetingJason Welsch 914-806-4852
Wednesday January 10 5-7:30 pmFood TruckGusseys Greek TruckDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
Thursday January 11 10:30 am Ackland Art MuseumWomen of FearringtonJanuary Road Triptriciatumminello217 @gmail.com
Thursday January 11 1:30-3 pmGreat DecisionsDisinformation, Media, and Power: Contemporary Challenges to DemocracyLiz Welfel welfeler@yahoo.com
Friday January 12 10 amBulls and Bears Investment ClubMeetingAnna Shearer ashearer1219@gmail.com 703-217-0322
Friday January 12Women of FearringtonCooking Class Registration Deadline womenoffearrington.org /fundraising-eventsAdrienne or Sharmila wof.cookingclass @gmail.com
Saturday January 13 1-4 pmMahjongg DragonsMahjonggPolly Williams pw82550@gmail.com 919-478-4260
Saturday January 13 2-3:30 pm Chapel in the Pines 314 Great Ridge Pkwy.School of Athens“Debate: A Primer,” Part 2Blaine Paxton Hall bph7952@gmail.com
Sunday January 14 3 pmFearrington Concert SeriesStrings and windsLaura Johnson mcdowell@brevard.edu
Tuesday January 16 2 pmFearrington Garden ClubMeeting— Privileges and Obligations of Living on the “Goodliest Land” with naturalist, photographer, and Fearrington resident Tom EarnhardtDebbie Liebtag dliebtag50@gmail.com
Wednesday January 17 10:15-11:15 am McIntyre’s BooksAM Book Club— Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusMonthly book discussionCatherine Clare catfearr@gmail.com Carole Yardley peacefulathome @bellsouth.net
Wednesday January 17 1:30 pm (doors open at 1:10 pm)Women of FearringtonJanuary General Meeting Guest speaker— Mary Baldwin Morris Co-founder of The Confidence Project.
Wednesday January 17 5-7:30 pmFood TruckTa Contento Mex FreshFoodDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
Thursday January 18 1 pmFearrington Dog ClubMonthly Meeting Speaker— Jon Spoon, Director Chatham Animal Rescue & EducationAnn Melchior amelchior@verizon.net
Tuesday January 23 7-8:15 pmFearrington Democratic ClubDemocratic ClubVickie Shea Victoria.Shea32 @yahoo.com 919-545-0024
Wednesday January 24 5-7:30 pmFood TruckChirba DumplingDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
Wednesday January 24 7 pmFearrington Republican ClubMeeting Guest speaker—NC Treasurer Dale FolwellErnie Clarke esclarke38@gmail.com 314-650-3480
Sunday January 28 4 pm via ZoomFearrington Swim & CroquetAnnual MeetingJodi Allen FearringtonSwimCroquet @gmail.com
Wednesday January 31 5-7:30 pmFood TruckDoherty’s Paddy WagonDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
Meeting Multiples Dates in January
Wednesday January 3, 10, 24, 31 Friday January 19 1 pmFearrington Duplicate BridgeDuplicate BridgeDianne Hale haledianne@gmail.com
Upcoming Events in February
Friday February 9 7-10 pm The BarnFHA Community AffairsWinterfestFearrington Cares 919-542-6877

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).