FHA Newsletter 2024 March

FHA Newsletter 2024 March


March 2024  Volume 43  Number 3

President’s Message

Steve Stewart

Welcome to March. Hopefully, we can ease into spring with little or no inclement weather. March brings us primary election day at The Gathering Place on March 5 and the semiannual change to daylight saving time on March 10. And spring officially begins on March 21.

Winterfest at The Barn, sponsored jointly by your FHA and Fearrington Cares with support from Fitch Creations, took place in mid-February. It was a rousing success with all 230 tickets sold. I would like to thank all those volunteers that made it possible. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to support the programs of Fearrington Cares. I have already been asked if we will do it again.

The next community event will be the traditional Easter Egg Hunt on March 30 (rain date is March 31). This event, for the children and grandchildren of our residents and guests, will be held in the playground area at the end of Benchmark in the Historic District. Having taken my grandchildren to this event, I can guarantee that the kids and the adults will have a wonderful time.

March will be a month of construction disruption within the Village. The residents of the Historic District have had their mailboxes temporarily moved to the Swim and Croquet kiosk, and construction of the new Creekwood kiosk is beginning, with an estimated build-out of approximately 12 weeks. The parking lot at The Gathering Place is scheduled to be repaved from March 18 through 21 (weather permitting). During this period, The Gathering Place will be unavailable. New signage will be posted in the Village to discourage soliciting. New speed monitors will be installed at Millcroft and Creekwood. Lastly, new sidewalk lights will be installed around The Gathering Place. Please be patient as these improvements are taking place.

A question I am asked regularly is about our deer population and how to reduce the herd. A short answer is that we cannot. I spoke to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission about our options. Culling the herd by hunting, given the density of our homes, is not an option. Trapping and relocating the deer is now illegal. Deer birth control is available but is $300 per doe per shot and must be administered multiple times per year. We just must live with them, but, please, do not feed the deer. It is not good for them or our community.

To end on a happier note: deer don’t eat Easter candy. Children (on special occasions) do. I hope to see many of you at the Easter Egg Hunt.

—Steve Stewart, president@fhaboard.org

FHA News


Founders Festival 2024

Save the date! Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 5 pm at The Gathering Place campus in partnership with the Swim & Croquet Club and Fearrington Cares and supported by Women of Fearrington.

There will be entertainment, food trucks, libations, exhibits, music, children’s activities, and more! It is time to celebrate this special place in which we live as it reaches its golden 50-year milestone. Based on last year’s success, the festival is designed to be a fun event in which to relax, extend your hand, and meet neighbors. The festival is a chance to learn so much more about our community, the second oldest planned unit development in the state, its history, neighborhoods, and residents. Our neighbors come from across the USA and internationally to call Fearrington home. Many call it a “wonderful life”—living with interesting neighbors in a unique, wooded community.

We have sent invitations to sponsors, and our first new sponsor this year is Greenview Partners!

Since we are expecting a larger crowd this year, we encourage residents to use the free shuttle service to/from the farmers market parking in the Village Center. Farmer Bob returns with his farmyard friends from 1 to 3 pm.

Let’s make plans to celebrate. Perhaps your service group or close would like to hold their own social gathering in April as a warm-up to the main event. Gatherings could be as simple as a “pie party” where everyone brings a pie, ice cream, or whipped cream to share plus your own libations. Another alternative is a neighborhood pot-luck dinner. Popular 1970s dishes are relatively easy to find, or you may remember some from your childhood. These don’t have to be large gatherings, but they can be. The goal is to bring people together and have fun. Dress up in period outfits (remember bell bottoms, sideburns, afros, paisley?)! Relax and be groovy. We’ll support you however we can.

Volunteerism is the essence of our community, and we need your help in making this event a great success. This is our Village, so don’t miss out. Make plans to participate and learn more about what attracted you to Fearrington. Look for more info in subsequent issues of The Belted Gazette!

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

Annual Easter Egg Hunt: A Fearrington Springtime Tradition

For many years the “official” start of spring in Fearrington has been the annual FHA-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt. Dozens (or more) of 2-7-year-old children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends showed up with their baskets to scoop up as many of the 1500 hidden eggs—blue, pink, yellow, green, and purple plastic eggs, all with a surprise inside—as they could find. And if they found a GOLDEN EGG, a prize was awaiting them. It’s so much fun!

So here we go again!! The 2024 hunt is on for Saturday, March 30, at 11 am at the playground at the end of Benchmark. (Rain date: Sunday, March 31, at noon.)

Here is how it works. Children are divided into three groups by age, two and three (and under), four and five, then six and seven. The three-and-unders will be called first to hunt in the area designated for themwhile the other two groups wait patiently with their parents or older siblings. We start on time, so don’t be late.Once the first group hashad time to find their eggs—about 10 to 15 minutesand not before,the four and five-year-olds will get their turn in their designated area, followed by the sixes and sevens about 10 to 15 minutes later. Don’t worry. Each age group has its own area, and each age group has a chance at their own stash of 500 filled eggs and a golden egg. While the older kids are waiting their turn, they can talk to the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him. There will also be snacks and bottled water. After all three Golden Eggs have been found, there will be a very short prize ceremony. Be sure to bring your cameras.

If you think the little guys are the ones having all the fun, you are mistaken. We need their older brothers and sisters and other helpers to decorate the playground beforehand. We also need two volunteers who are over 5’2” tall to wear one of our two bunny suits. One other task that needs doing a few days before is filling those 1500 eggs with surprises. If you would like to volunteer to decorate the playground, be a bunny, or fill eggs, please email Hunt Director Maggie Tunstall at metunstall@nc.rr.com.

The Concert Series committee studies an upcoming program. Left to right: Joanne Hershfield, Laurie Johnson, Vic Benedict, Jo Bolig, and Barbara Hummel-Rossi.

Spotlight on Volunteers

Vic Benedict and his committee for the Fearrington Concert Series

The Concert Series committee studies an upcoming program. Left to right: Joanne Hershfield, Laurie Johnson, Vic Benedict, Jo Bolig, and Barbara Hummel-Rossi.

Vic performed with the North Carolina Symphony for 42 years. After retiring, he and his wife, Mirinda Kossoff, moved to Fearrington, where he was happy to find a well-established concert series. He soon became a member of the series committee and has been chairman of series for the last six years. When a musician couldn’t make a performance, he even filled in with his bassoon!

The Fearrington Concert Series holds three concerts in the fall and three in the spring, bringing in artists from the area and beyond.

In the true spirit of “it takes a village,” Vic wants to share the spotlight with his fellow committee members: Jo Bolig, secretary; Barbara Hummel-Rossi, treasurer; Joanne Hershfield, programs; and Laurie Johnson, publicity. Rose Krasnow, Judy Morris, and Nita Alperin help behind the scenes.

Directory Update

The 2024 printed Directory & Handbook (D&H) has been distributed. Deliveries are based on listings in the online directory, but all residents are entitled to a D&H whether or not they are listed online. Stop by the Hospitality Office at the rear of The Gathering Place weekdays between 9:30 am and noon to pick up your copy if you did not receive one. While you are there, please ask the volunteer on duty to check your delivery status in our records and to correct it if necessary. We have encountered some discrepancies.

The online directory is continuously updated, so please remember to check it if a recently arrived resident is not listed in the D&H. Residents can join the online directory by opening the FHA website and choosing Directory/New Residents.  They can update their information by choosing Directory/Edit My Directory Info.  Or you can send an email to directory@fearringtonfha.org with the relevant information.

—Tony Carroll, Director of Communications, communications@fhaboard.org

Don’t Forget to Vote in the Primary!

The FHA reminds you that primary election day is Tuesday, March 5. Fearrington Village residents vote at The Gathering Place from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. (Early voting at the Health Sciences Center and other venues runs through March 2.) You will need to bring with you a driver’s license or other photo ID to vote. For additional details about the primary election, go to https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/upcoming-election.

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


Scene Around Fearrington:

The North Langdon Bird Sanctuary

Photos and Text by Gordon Pitz

In January we published an article by Terry Ames that included several of her photographs of Fearrington birds. Perhaps this prompted you to search for these birds yourself. Some should be quite easy to see – the Cardinal or the Robin, for example. Some are less obvious, like the Cedar Waxwing. But there are birds not in Terry’s article. Have you seen a Great Horned Owl or a Prothonotary Warbler? What about the beautiful Painted Bunting?

You can see these three birds, and 15 others, near the North Langdon Nature Trail, off Millcroft, opposite The Knolls Close. Look for the “Habitat Restoration Project” sign (right) that marks the trailhead. The birds will not fly away if you approach them. In fact, they will remain where they are indefinitely. They have been carved out of wood by Maarten Simon-Thomas. Maarten installed 13 of them four years ago. Since then he has placed five others, and replaced or re-painted a few that had suffered some damage.

You are invited to explore the trail, and see how many you can spot. If you have trouble finding them all, you can get a hint from this map of the area. It shows the location of each bird, relative to the trail and the two creeks that border the area. The birds are not labeled. It’s up to you to identify them, using the photos posted here.

Click on any photo to see an enlarged view.

Great Horned Owl
Prothonotary Warbler
Painted Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Mallard Duck
Baltimore Oriole
Pileated Woodpecker
Black Throated Warbler
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Towhee
Grey Heron
Indigo Bunting
Barn Owl
American Robin
Red Shouldered Blackbird
Blue Jay

April Fools on the Fearrington Scene

Next month we will feature a variety of photographic representations of the Spirit of April Fools’ Day. Nothing as elaborate as the Black Rhino elected to the São Paulo city council in 1959, or the BBC report on an exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop in 1957. But we do have some photos that will leave you chuckling, laughing out loud, or perhaps scratching your head in bewilderment.

We still have room for a few wisecracks. Photos should be the original work of the photographer, but anything goes otherwise. Send contributions to the photography editor, c/o editors@fearringtonfha.org. Use “April Fool” as the subject of the email. But no viruses, or even bacteria, in the email. That would not be funny.

Winterfest 2024 a Spectacular Success

By Tony Carroll and Gordon Pitz, photos by Minnie Gallman, except as noted

The dance floor was crowded and the buzz lively as Villagers gathered at The Barn on February 9 for our first annual Winterfest.  Cody Daniel from Bunn DJ Company spun a selection of tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s, to the evident enthusiasm of the dancers.

The FHA and Fearrington Cares had worked together to produce a successful evening. The efforts of many volunteers helped to make it spectacular. Loretta Muss was in charge of the auction for Fearrington Cares. She had assistance from Jodi Allen, Beth Coulombe, Debbie Liebtag, Kay Merrill, and JoAnn Pitz. Ruth Ann Burk, assisted by Joanne Caldwell, Debbie Liebtag, and Wendy Snodgrass, helped organize the event, were responsible for the beautiful flower arrangements, and ensured that everything ran smoothly.   

Overseeing the efforts were Fearrington Cares Executive Director Kim Schneider and FHA President Steve Stewart. Steve and Kim welcomed the more than 200 residents who attended. They thanked Fitch Creations for its support, and recognized the many volunteers whose efforts made the event possible. The guests contributed generously to the silent auction that benefited Fearrington Cares.

We look forward to additional opportunities for members of our community to get together in the coming months.

Left to Right: Wendy Snodgrass and Ruth Ann Burk welcome guests Adrienne and Ed Lallo (photo by Tony Daniels) / Food prepared for supper / Steve Stewart and Kim Schneider welcome the guests.

Left to Right: Guests find plenty to eat / Mary and Tony Carroll, and Chris Kaman / Susan Newell, Karen and Tony Vaca.

Left to Right: Don and Pam Bailey. Joanne Caldwell and Ruth Ann Burk. Barbara Gilbert and Warren Ort. Hy and Loretta Muss.

Left to Right: Rose Krasnow and other dancers / Line dancers.

Left to Right: Dancing the Hora / Wendy Snodgrass and Debbie Liebtag say goodnight to guests (photo by Tony Daniels).


Water Is Life

By Tad McArdle

Splish, splash. Gurgle, gurgle. Water, water everywhere: 187,000,000,000,000,000,000 salty gallons in the Pacific alone. Our lives depend on H20, although we golfers dread the always discouraging “splosh” and its implications. Wanting to learn more about Fearrington’s water situation, I accepted an invitation from Jason Welsch, the moderator of Fearrington’s Green Scene, to a December meeting where leaders of the Chatham County Public Utilities Department spoke about our area’s water.

As you will see below, we are in pretty good shape with our water supply. In some other parts of the world—not so. During my Peace Corps experience in northern Nigeria in the late 1960s, when life was getting risky during the Biafran war, my housemate and I hired a Tuareg night watchman. The Tuareg are desert people who have lived quite frugally in the vast dry regions of North Africa for thousands of years. Their culture is now threatened by climate change as the vast Sahara dries up, and over one million people are being forced southward.

It’s quite a different story in our area where the focus is not on how much water there is, but on the safety of the water we use. For instance, our treatment plant gives us 2.4 million safe gallons a day and could ultimately handle 3 million. In order to provide maintenance for pumps, there are eight water tanks storing about 5 million gallons. Since pumps cannot run constantly and may need proactive maintenance, this volume should last more than a day.

But farther west, Mebane has made a decision that may affect that area’s aquifer (not ours) in unpredictable ways. Mebane’s city council has agreed, over much opposition, to the construction of a Buc-ee’s, known as the world’s largest gas station—32.5 acres in size with 120 pumps. Having a Buc-ee’s would lower gas prices but raise the risk of leaking underground storage tanks. There were 498 of these leaks in our state during 2020, costing over $28 million to remediate.

According to Blake Mills, director of public utilities in Chatham County, the county’s annual water treatment budget is $9,600,000. Our county has 430 miles of water mains, some serving rural areas with approximately 11,200 customers, about one-seventh of the full county population. Many rural customers have their own wells. In some places, 180 miles of pipes are needed to serve only nine customers. (Mains are the big ones, pipes go from mains to homes.)

Jordan Lake. Photo from iStock.

By the year 2031, the Western Intake Partnership will have completed, with Jordan Lake as its source, an immense, long-planned, state-of-the-art regional water treatment facility, near the intersection of Pea Ridge Road and Seaforth Road. This facility would serve Chatham County, the City of Durham, Orange Water and Sewer Authority, and the Town of Pittsboro. That’s big.

Chris Summerlin, assistant utilities director for Chatham County, told us that Fearrington Village relied on wells until Chatham County integrated us into its north water system in the early 1980s. Along with that came three connection points for Fearrington’s water to come in. Each point needed a pressure-reducing valve. One valve malfunctioned in 2022, causing several waterline breaks, which resulted in some residents being out of water for a while. The breaks have all been repaired. The County balances the pressure needed at these points to avoid creating too much pressure in our village. Important note: Every house has its own pressure-reducing valve, somewhere between the meter and the house, and it should be inspected or replaced every three-five years to prevent problems from a pressure spike. 

Dr. Francis DiGiano, a Galloway resident and professor emeritus, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering at UNC-CH, recently reminded us that Fearrington’s raw source is Jordan Lake, which holds 72-150 billion gallons, and that Pittsboro’s raw source is the Haw River, 6.5 miles south of FV’s intake, with a much smaller supply. You could safely extract 100 million gallons a day from Jordan Lake—the current rate is 30-40 million. When rain is heavy, downstream dam closures may cause Haw River water to back up and mix in a bit with Jordan Lake’s. But according to Dr. DiGiano, this happens maybe four times a year, and the narrowing of Jordan Lake a couple of miles up from the Haw is a mediating factor. The oft-challenged phrase “dilution is the solution to pollution”* actually applies here. People may say “I wouldn’t put my foot in Jordan Lake” after hearing of spills, etc., but others are fishing and doing water sports and enjoying the beauty of the lake in many ways. 

In a recent interview with Dr. DiGiano, I learned a bit about the complexity and the ambiguities inherent even in careful scientific studies on the purity of local waters and what can and should be done to ensure our optimal health. For instance, chlorine as a disinfectant reacts on its own with organic material in water to produce what are called disinfection byproducts, which can be harmful. And there is a clear liquid known as 1,4-dioxane, which is used as a solvent in the manufacture of chemicals and as a laboratory reagent used to clean the inside of tanks. In high concentration in water, it can be cancer-causing and damaging to internal organs. 1,4-dioxane is in minuscule concentration here and is carefully monitored. The Environmental Protection Agency has based its safety restrictions on the assumption that you will be drinking two-four liters of that unsafe water daily for the rest of your life, which is almost never the case. It’s more likely to be several days out of a lifetime.

So. Our water supply is presently fine, safe, drinkable. But I will remind you that the desert Tuareg relied on Mother Nature for millennia and did little to disturb her providence. Our watchman was then helping to keep us safe from a violent cross-cultural war not that far from where we lived. And now modern industry is waging an unintentional climate-changing war against Mother Nature herself. Let’s be watchers, warners, and above all, circumventionists.   

*Opinions differ as to the importance of “dilution is the solution to pollution.” Here are two websites with differing approaches:



Foods Trucks for March

By Leigh Matthews

March 6 NEW:
Flavor Junction (Indian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern) Chicken masala, gyros, kababs, falafal, paneer, naan, and vegetarian options available. 

March 13 NEW: Frasketta Pizza Romana (Pizza, Italian, Health Food) Margherita, Diavola, Burrata, Amatriciana, Parma, Carnivora—look up the yummy pizza combinations on our hotspot page and choose one to try.

March 20: Ta Contento Mex FreshFood (Mexican) Voted one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Triangle! Vegetarian and meat options available.

March 27: Cousins Maine Lobster (Seafood, TexMex, Sandwiches) Maine and Connecticut rolls, tacos, tots, quesadillas, soups, and whoopie pies.  Remember they have their own mobile app for preordering on 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 pick up at the truck. (Cousins Maine Lobster has their own app for preordering, and Flavor Junction accepts preorders by phone only.)

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 American Nations by Colin Woodard. Why do Americans have such a difficult time agreeing on basic issues like the meaning of freedom, the role of religion in public life, or what it means to be an American? The reason, suggests the author, is that North America is actually made up of 11 nations, each with its own unique historical roots dating back centuries. He then takes a deep dive into how conflicts between them have shaped our past and are molding our present and future. We will meet at McIntyre’s Books, Wednesday, March 20, at 10:15 am. 

All residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge are welcome to participate, including new members. Questions?  Contact Cathy Clare, catfearr@gmail.com or Carole Yardley, peacefulathome@bellsouth.net. 

Concert Series

The next concert in the Fearrington Concert Series, featuring the string players of Aurora Musicalis, has been moved forward one week to March 3 at 3 pm at The Gathering Place. Originally scheduled for March 10, the concert had to be rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict. 

Violinists Emily Glover and Karen Strittmatter Galvin, violist Amy Mason, and cellist Elizabeth Beilman will perform two string quartets. First up will be Franz Joseph Haydn’s Quartet, The Rider, op. 74 no. 3, followed by Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 5, op. 44 no. 3. The Haydn quartet, written when he was 60, represents the culmination of years of the composer’s experimenting with classical form and style, in which all four performers take an equally active role in the musical “conversation” and that infuses its finale with a “riding,” galloping romp. The Mendelssohn quartet originates from 1838, when the youthful composer was on his honeymoon. It inhabits an expansive, emotional landscape and builds on the stylistic legacy of Haydn’s quartets.

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

Fearrington resident Rebecca Slifkin, Ph.D., will speak on the subject of “Politicizing Health Care” at the Club’s March meeting on March 26 at The Gathering Place from 7:00 to 8:15 pm.

Dr. Slifkin, a recently retired professor of health policy and management at the UNC-CH School of Global Health, has previously worked for the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and had a lead role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Her policy and research areas have included Medicare reimbursement issues and pharmacy benefits, Medicaid managed care, and rural public health departments.  

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

To request the link to register for Zoom or to request a ride to and from 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

Ever wondered what it is like to work at a boarding facility for dogs and cats? Sounds challenging, and we bet it is. So, we’ve invited Emily Feight from the Green Beagle Lodge to tell us all about it. As the director of pet care for their Chapel Hill and Pittsboro locations, Emily emphasizes healthy socialization between dogs. She also oversees canine assessments, health, staff training, safety, and more.

Whether you’ve only considered daycare, or your dog is a seasoned veteran of daycare, this talk will be informative. Join us Thursday, March 21, 1-2:30 pm at The Gathering Place.

We have a full schedule of interesting speakers lined up for spring 2024. We meet the third Thursday of each month through May at 1 pm. 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 Homeowners Association, Inc. | Information for residents of Fearrington Village (fearringtonfha.org).

Duplicate Bridge Club

Join us for a face-to-face game every Wednesday in March. 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 

Share the Gift of Music with the Fearrington Village Singers

The Fearrington Village Singers is raising funds through its Donor and Patron program to continue its growth and service to the Village and surrounding areas. Last year, FVS funded seven music scholarships for Jordan Matthews high school students to attend a summer music camp held on a NC college or university campus through its community outreach program. This year, FVS is seeking to expand this program to all three large public high schools in Chatham County.

The gift of music can change young lives! We are deeply grateful for your gift in any amount. Fearrington Village Singers is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax deductible. Make your check payable to Fearrington Village Singers and mail it to FVS Treasurer, 2010 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or visit our donor page on our website: Fearrington Village Singers: Make a Donation. Donations made by March 15 will be recognized in the programs of all concerts presented by FVS during the year.

Garden Club

March 19 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 (1998-2023) 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 non-members.

Genealogy Group

In Part 2 of “Topics and Tips for Beginning Genealogist,” Margo Fariss Brewer, professional genealogist, will cover skills needed to focus on location, interpreting information, and creating a source citation. She will also address finding and using libraries in your research area. Ms. Brewer will explain the Soundex System, a phonetic index that groups together names that sound alike but are spelled differently in censuses. Other topics include reading the many handwriting alphabets and styles that change from century to century and understanding the difference between land records in public-land states versus state-land states. The final skill is knowing when you should hire a professional genealogist and where to find one. The session is on March 12 at the Gathering Place from 3 to 5 pm.  

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

Golf Club

Despite some very cold weather in late January, February bounced back with 50° and 60° weather! We love winter in North Carolina! We try to take advantage of a variety of courses that remain in great condition year-round.

Here is our March Tuesday/Thursday schedule of outings: 

3/5      9:30 – Pinewood, Asheboro

3/7      9:30 – Stoney Creek, Whitset 

3/12    9:30 – Forest Oaks, Greensboro 

3/14    9:00 – Mill Creek, Mebane 

3/19    9:00 – Spring Tournament, Carolina Trace- Lakes, Sanford

                        Modified Scramble Format

3/21    10:05 – Bryan Park Champions, Greensboro

3/26    9:10 – Quail Ridge, Sanford

3/28    9:00 – Mill Creek, Mebane

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 website.

Great Decisions

Thursday, March 14, 2024   1:30-3 pm
The Gathering Place

James H. Johnson, Jr., PhD
William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Topic—Warning: Gale Force Demographic Wind Gusts Ahead!

Seven powerful demographic trends—analogous to gale force winds—constitute potentially powerful disruptors of business, commerce, and education in the years ahead. Four of the gale force demographic disruptors—slowing total and foreign-born population growth, white population loss, and declining fertility—have evolved over the past few decades. The remaining three—deaths of despair, involuntary retirements, and declining labor force participation—are rooted in recent crises, creating a demographic depression in the US. Failure to address these forces has enormous implications for talent development—a prime driver of US business competitiveness in an ever-changing and diverse global marketplace. Dr. Johnson will discuss these issues and what can be done to address them.

Green Scene

As this message is being drafted in mid-February, we are engaged in discussion with Chatham County Planning Department Director Jason Sullivan to have either he himself or a qualified member of his department come to our March 13 meeting. Our agenda will be to discuss major significant elements of the current Chatham County planning process, to include items such as the important Chatham County comprehensive plan, which is guiding much of the activity in the 15/501 corridor. We hope to learn more about current projects as well as possibilities on the horizon that will have a potentially significant effect on our area. We will gather at 11 am in the large room at The Gathering place on Wednesday, March 13. All are welcome.


Marv Meyer, popular Osher Lifelong Learning Institute instructor, will present “Rock of Ages” on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 pm at The Gathering Place. 

Does every Jewish mother pray for her son or daughter to grow up to be a doctor or a lawyer? Probably, and many are bound to be disappointed. But a child who finds their calling in music? Feh! That is something surely to be avoided. Nevertheless, there have been many Jewish sons and daughters who have pursued careers in music, and many have found fame and fortune on that path. 

Join us for a tour through the musical history of the 1960s and 1970s and give a listen to some of the best musicians of those glorious years, many of whom may have celebrated a bar or bat mitzvah.

Mah Jongg Dragons

This month’s Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg game will be Saturday, March 9, 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 March 9 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, March 27, at 7 pm at The Gathering Place. Bill Crawford, vice-chair of the Chatham County GOP, will speak at our meeting on “Election Integrity.” He brings a wealth of experience in Chatham County politics over many years. All Fearrington and Galloway residents are welcome to attend.

Swim & Croquet Club

In case you missed the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2024, here are the key highlights: 

1) We are moving to our software provider’s preferred check-in system of barcode scan tags. The scan tags will replace your existing membership cards used to check in to the club. This means that every adult member (and qualifying dependents) will receive a new barcode scan tag for the 2024-2025 club season. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting transition!

2) It’s almost time to join or renew membership at the club! Anyone who lives in Fearrington Village or Galloway Ridge is eligible to join our beautiful club. Please let us know if you are interested in joining as a new member. The Club Membership portal will open approximately March 7-10 so you may renew online, just as you normally do. Please wait until the membership portal opens to send in your initiation and/or membership dues. For more information on 2024 dues, visit our website. 

3) For all families who are members of Fearrington Swim & Croquet and who have children 18 years old and younger: If your child might be interested in being part of a summer swim team at Heritage Hills at a discounted rate, please reach out to Shani Cohen, cohenshani100@gmail.com. Please note that there is nothing set in stone just yet—if there is enough interest, we may be able to create a swim team.   

Tennis & Pickleball Association

The weather is warming up, and it is a great time to play tennis or pickleball! The FTPA welcomes you to join us for regular fun and exercise on the court. There are opportunities with coaches, and players may schedule lessons with a private instructor. Social events are being scheduled to get to know other players. Come join us! For more information on pickleball, contact Stokes Adams at Stokesadams63@gmail.com. For information on tennis, contact Karen Vaca at karenallenvaca@gmail.com. 

Women of Fearrington

Call for Cooking Class Instructors, Coordinators, and Kitchens!

WoF’s popular 2023-24 Cooking Class series has proved one thing: We love to meet and eat! 

Help us continue this tradition in 2024-25 in one of three ways: (1) Volunteer to be a chef instructor. (2) Have a roomy kitchen? Partner with a chef whose kitchen might be a “Fitch teacup” model. (3) Coordinate the schedule, publicity, and reminders that make for a successful FUNdraiser. Note: We can’t run this FUNdraiser without a coordinator. Ideal opportunity for two friends. The volunteers will have support from all the other teams—publicity, Web, treasurer, etc. 

Please contact Adrienne Lallo, here, by April 1, 2024, 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. 

Thank you to this year’s Cooking Class chef instructors: Sheri Castle, Judy Coplan and Donna Fehrenbach, Priya Jain, Jo Anne Rosenfeld, Sharmila Udyavar and Nick Ganesan, and Don and Julia Kaczvinsky.

Small Group Gathering: Luncheon, Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 12 noon. Must be a member of the Women of Fearrington and be fully vaccinated. Limited to 6 people. Register here. Hostess and location to be announced Friday, March 8, by email.

Special Saturday General Meeting, Saturday, March 16, 2024, 11 am-12:30 pm, The Gathering Place. Guest speaker: Emma Skurnick, a Bynum artist and author who will talk about her focus on native wildlife. Open to all WoF members and non-members ($5 donation per non-member). Register here.

March Road Trip: Sancar Turkish Community Center, 1609 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill, Wednesday, March 27, 1:30 pm. Optional lunch at Kipo’s at noon. Learn about the colorful history of the Turkish community in our area and tour the center of the most energy-sustainable building in Chapel Hill. The tour will be followed by a cooking demonstration and afternoon tea and nibbles. Our guide will be Dr. Gwen Sancar, professor emeritus at UNC and wife of Dr. Aziz Sancar, Nobel laureate, founder of the center and professor at UNC. Cost $15 WoF member, $20 guest. Payable by March 22, 2024, make check out to Women of Fearrington, with Sancar Turkish Community Center on memo line and the outside of the envelope and leave in WoF box at Swim & Croquet kiosk or mail to P.O. Box 507, Pittsboro, NC 27312. There are a few spots remaining. Register here. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please contact Lynn Holbein here.

Show Your Village Pride! Village of Fearrington License Plates: Cost: $20 each. All proceeds go to our 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


Continuing Education

The School of Athens

Through The Aeneid, a foundation myth about the founding of Rome, we can know how the Romans saw themselves, their culture, and their values.

Aeneas, the eponymous protagonist/hero, was a Trojan prince. He was one of only four survivors of the royal house who survived the Trojan War.  

After Aeneas and his family flee Troy, which was destroyed by the Greeks, he navigates an adventurous and challenging journey to Italy and his ultimate destiny of founding Rome. 

Additionally, The Aeneid is one of the foundational epics of Western literature. This literary masterpiece has informed many literary artists, including Dante, Shakespeare, St. Augustine, and TS Elliot, for over 2000 years. 

Join us for great conversation as we explore this classic, epic poem and discover why its themes and issues are still relevant today.  

Date: Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 (four sessions)
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Location: Chapel in the Pines, 314 Great Ridge Pkwy, Chapel Hill
Instructor: Blaine Paxton Hall (bio on website: https://www.theschoolofathens.net/founder)
Cost: $40

To register or for more info: https://theschoolofathens.net.


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

Message from Kim Schneider, Executive Director

I am writing this message while basking in the glow of Winterfest 2024. Over 200 Villagers attended this inaugural event on Friday, February 9, in the festively decorated Fearrington Barn. The event was co-sponsored by Fearrington Cares and the Fearrington Homeowners Association, with generous support from Fitch Creations.

Everyone enjoyed food, drink, and lively conversation while a customized playlist kept the dance floor full all night long. The feeling of community was palpable.

The silent auction prompted some friendly competition among enthusiastic bidders and generated thousands in funds that will help Fearrington Cares provide programs and services that foster the well-being and healthy aging of all who reside in Fearrington Village.

A big THANK YOU to the many volunteers who made it all happen, to the auction donors and bidders for their generosity, and to everyone who came out to spend the evening with friends and neighbors. Let’s do it again next year!

Fearrington Cares Film Nite Presents an Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture

Thursday, March 7, 7 pm at The Gathering Place

With Academy Awards being presented this month, Film Nite will feature a critically acclaimed film that is currently nominated for five Oscars. With stellar performances, it’s a heartwarming film that runs the full gamut of emotions eliciting both laughter and tears. For the film title, please email FilmNite@FearringtonCares.org which offers a prompt automated response to your inquiry. Your email can include any subject line or text in the message.

Once you know the title, please share it with others since it cannot be announced here. Bring a friend and invite your neighbors to join you for an evening of uplifting entertainment that includes complimentary popcorn, treats, and beverages. This month, we will also have a special contest with ballots to predict the upcoming Oscar award winners.

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 canceling 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.

Get Your Vitals Checked at a Free UNC Health Fair!

Saturday, March 9, 10 am-2 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Fearrington Cares will be hosting a Health Fair conducted by UNC Wellness and UNC Cardiology. This Fair is free to all residents of the Village! Come get your glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure checked. No appointment is necessary! Also, come learn about services provided by Aegis Home Care and MedSpa 501, a new venture of Han Su from 501 pharmacy.

Join the Fearrington Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Make a Difference!

Tuesday, March 12, 7 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Are you ready to make a positive impact during emergencies? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is your opportunity to learn essential disaster response skills and contribute to the safety and well-being of our community.

CERT is a free, voluntary program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may occur where we live. By participating in CERT training, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills to assist during emergencies when professional responders are unable to reach us immediately. These include fire safety, light search and rescue, and basic first aid and medical triage. By joining CERT, you will improve your disaster response abilities and become part of a Fearrington network helping neighbors in an emergency.

Come to our orientation session on March 12 to get more information about CERT. No prior experience is necessary; everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or a newcomer, your dedication matters. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to us at fearringtoncert@gmail.com.


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, March 5 & 19, 1:30 pm

Brainiacs Memory Café
Wednesdays, 10 am

Support Groups via Zoom

fearringtoncares.org > Services > Support Groups
Caregiver Support Group
Wednesdays, March 6 & 20, 1 pm  

Living with Chronic Conditions
Thursdays, March 7 & 21, 1 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center By Appointment

Nurse Consultation Triage Clinic
Call 919-542-6877 to schedule an appointment.

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

Enrichment Activities at the Fearrington Cares Center

Meditation Fridays, 10 am

A Gentle Reminder

We are always asking for volunteers, but that’s not what this is about. Sometimes we all need reminding about what Fearrington Cares actually does. And to be reminded that donations, while appreciated, are not required to use our services.

Fearrington Cares

  • Provides the services of a Registered Nurse to Village residents during triage clinic hours, including home visits.
  • Does minor home maintenance and repairs.
  • Provides transportation within a 25-mile radius for medical appointments.
  • Loans equipment for medical needs.
  • Offers lectures and workshops on a variety of health and wellness-related topics.
  • Coordinates support groups for individuals and their caregivers dealing with serious or chronic illness.
  • Provides weekly movement classes to encourage residents to stay active.
  • Coordinates specialized, fee-driven services that augment our usual programs (for issues that require solutions beyond our abilities).
  • Sponsors a monthly movie night to entertain the Village!

And of course, we could always use more volunteers!


Welcome to Our New Residents!

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

Jonathan N. (Nash), Leonard Scott (Scott), Penelope Q. (Penny), & Quinton S. (Quinn) Booth27 Benchmark
Hannah & Paul Korycinski & Abby Sandler4613 Montgomery
Elizabeth C. (Beth) Montague4080 Woodleigh

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.

March 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
March 3
3 pm
Fearrington Concert SeriesAurora Musicalis
string quartet music
Laura Johnson
March 5
6:30 am–7:30 pm
NC State Board of ElectionsPrimary Election Dayhttps://www.ncsbe.gov/ voting/upcoming-election
March 6
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckFlavor Junction (NEW)Deborah Repplier
March 7
7 pm
Fearrington CaresFilm NiteFilmNite@ FearringtonCares.org
March 9
10 am-2 pm
Fearrington Cares
Fearrington CaresFree UNC Health Fairinfo@ fearringtoncares.org
March 9
1-4 pm
Mahjongg DragonsMahjonggPolly Williams
March 12
12 noon
Women of FearringtonSmall-Group Gathering LuncheonCarol Wade
March 12
3-5 pm
Fearrington Genealogy GroupMonthly Meeting—
“Topics and Tips for Beginning Genealogist,” Part 2
Margo Fariss Brewer,
Professional genealogist
Barbara Ashby
March 12
7 pm
Fearrington Cares
Fearrington Cares & Fearrington Community Emergency Response TeamCERT Orientation Sessionfearringtoncert@ gmail.com
March 12
7 pm
Fearrington Havurah“Rock of Ages”
Mary Meyer
Joe Labenson
March 13
11 am
Fearrington Green SceneMeetingJason Welsch
March 13
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckFrasketta Pizza Romana (NEW)Deborah Repplier
March 16
11 am-12:30 pm
Women of FearringtonSpecial Saturday General Meeting—
Guest Speaker:
Emma Skurnick
March 19
2 pm
Fearrington Garden ClubInvasive Plants: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
with Johnny Randall
Debbie Liebtag
March 20
10:15-11:15 am
McIntyre’s Books
AM Book ClubMonthly book discussion—
American Nations
by Colin Woodard
Catherine Clare
Carole Yardley
peacefulathome@ bellsouth.net
March 20
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckTa Contento Mex
Deborah Repplier
March 21
1 pm
Fearrington Dog ClubMonthly Meeting
Emily Feight
Director, Pet Care
Green Beagle Lodge
Ann Melchior
March 25
10 am
Piano PlusPianoCarolyn Schwartz
March 26
7-8:15 pm
Fearrington Democratic ClubMeeting Speaker—
Rebecca Slifkin, Ph.D.
“Politicizing Health
Vickie Shea
Victoria.shea32@ yahoo.com
919 545-0024
March 27
1:30 pm
Women of FearringtonMarch Road Trip— Sancar Turkish Community Center
Optional lunch at Kipos at noon
Lynn Holbein
March 27
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckCousins Maine
Deborah Repplier
March 27
7 pm
Fearrington Republican ClubMeetingErnie Clarke
March 30
11 am
Fearrington Homeowners Assn.Fearrington Easter Egg HuntMaggie Tunstall
maggietunstall@ gmail.com
919-542-0031 (L)
919-636-0741 (C)
Meeting Multiple Dates in March
March 5 & 12
3-5 pm
Fearrington Cares
Registration required
Fearrington CaresSpiritual Autobiography Groupinfo@ fearringtoncares.org
Mar 6, 13, 20, & 27
1 pm
Fearrington Duplicate BridgeDuplicate BridgeDianne Hale
Upcoming Events in April
April 6, 13, 20, & 27
2-4 pm
The School of AthensVirgil’s The AeneidBlaine Paxton Hall

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:
Features Editor & 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


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).