FHA Newsletter 2024 May

FHA Newsletter 2024 May


May 2024  Volume 43  Number 5

President’s Message

May is here! The flowers are blooming, the temperature and humidity are rapidly increasing, and the pollen is waning. Time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Village. I hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the Founders Festival. This was the largest event that your FHA has ever sponsored, and it would not have been the success it was without the efforts of the many volunteers involved and the many organizations that served as sponsors. I would especially like to thank Tony Daniels and Wendy Snodgrass for their many days of planning and coordinating to make this event happen. I would also like to thank once again R.B. Fitch and Fitch Creations for developing such a wonderful locale.

Over the past month, many of you may have noticed the line installation equipment in the Village. This equipment belongs to MasTec, a contractor for Brightspeed Communications, the company formerly known as Centurylink. The digging is intended to bury fiber optic cable throughout the Village. While fiber-optic cable service may be of value to some of us, the digging equipment and activity suddenly appeared without any notice to your FHA, the service groups, or Fitch Creations. At the same time, Brightspeed solicitors were going door-to-door attempting to sign residents up. Your FHA Board, along with many of the service group presidents, met via Zoom with Brightspeed representatives. We requested that the solicitation be stopped, and it has been. We also asked for other information on their schedule for installation as well as their legal authority to perform this work. As of this writing, that information has not been forthcoming. The FHA attorney has recently contacted Brightspeed to demand the information and that further installation cease until we get answers to our questions. We will provide updates when we receive additional information. While we would welcome an alternative high-speed internet service provider in the Village, we need to make certain that they have the legal right to install their cables and equipment across land owned by our residents, the FHA, and the service groups before they can proceed.

Meanwhile, we are continuing our maintenance projects in the Village. Many of you will have used the new paved lot at The Gathering Place and the new road to the upper lawn at Swim and Croquet during the Founders Festival. Work on the Creekwood kiosk is well underway and should be completed soon. As we move Creekwood residents’ mailboxes back to their kiosk, we plan to thoroughly clean and freshen up the Swim and Croquet kiosk along with adding more parcel lockers. A 10’ by 16’ storage building will be erected in the back corner of The Gathering Place parking lot. We noted that the swing seats in the playground were no longer safe, and these have been replaced. Your Board and the Long-Range Planning Committee will continue to evaluate other potential repairs and upgrades.

Summer brings new seasonal hazards to the Village. Strong thunderstorms and hurricanes are always a possibility. Please check your directory for recommendations in the event of such storms. As always, ticks are an issue. Many of us have had tick-borne illnesses since moving here. The county health department and Fearrington Cares have information on prevention and treatment. Last, but not least, copperhead snakes live in the Village. Be extremely careful when walking, even in your yard. Bites are very rarely fatal but do require medical attention. This also applies to your pets.

As always, I ask you to be careful when driving. Obey the posted speed limit and stop signs within the Village and use turn signals. The 15/501 and Village Way intersection continues to be the site of numerous accidents. We continue to ask the NC Department of Transportation to address this issue, but in the meantime, be extremely cautious when turning on or off 15/501, particularly when there is a vehicle in the opposite turn lane blocking your view of oncoming traffic.

Get out and enjoy the beautiful North Carolina weather!

—Steve Stewart, president@fhaboard.org

FHA News

Fearrington Cares Newsletter Announcement

Fearrington Cares has advised us that, after careful consideration and consultation, its board of directors has decided to discontinue publishing the FC newsletter in The Belted Gazette, effective July 2024. Fearrington Cares will continue to distribute the FC newsletter to residents on its email list and will also continue to make it available on its website, https://fearringtoncares.org. The Belted Gazette will provide a link to that page in future issues.

Residents not on the Fearrington Cares email list who wish to continue to receive the FC newsletter should contact the Fearrington Cares Center at 919-542-6877 or by email at info@fearringtoncares.org. Please share any newsletter questions or input with Kim Schneider at kim@fearringtoncares.org or by calling or stopping by the Fearrington Cares Center.

FHA.hss.logo.smHealth, Safety, & Security Report

The Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season is NOW!

Hurricane Season begins June 1—make sure you’re prepared before it starts. Update your insurance coverage and property list. Complete a file of life and post it where it will be visible to emergency responders. The emergency preparedness guide on page 11 of the Directory & Handbook or on the FHA website (here) will help you stockpile the proper supplies; prepare your home for high winds, flooding, and loss of power; and plan where to seek shelter. Remember that The Gathering Place, while not a shelter, can serve as a cooling center and place to store medicines and charge devices in the event of a power outage. Finally, if told to evacuate, do so immediately and do not drive around barricades.

Spotlight on Volunteers:  Roz & Jon Darling

Roz & Jon Darling. Photo by Gordon Pitz

While Roz and Jon Darling contribute to Fearrington in so many ways, the one that stands out is that Roz started PORCH in Fearrington 12 years ago. She had heard about three women in Chapel Hill who organized and ran PORCH there. Her initial plan was to start it in Fearrington as a project with Havurah; her plea for volunteers instantly garnered a number of residents to help get it off the ground. She coordinated and ran PORCH through Havurah successfully for many years. Eventually it grew and expanded beyond Havurah to include coordinators from every Fearrington neighborhood. To date, PORCH has donated 323,770 pounds of food and $180,358. Roz also helped Briar Chapel start its own PORCH. In addition, she is the president of the Millcroft Homeowners Association.

Jon formerly served on the boards of the FHA, Fearrington Cares, and the Millcroft Homeowners Association. He currently maintains websites for the FHA’s Health, Safety, and Security effort, PORCH Fearrington, the Green Scene, and the Millcroft Homeowners Association. He also helps CORA’s drivers collect food from porches around the Village on PORCH day every month!

—Debbie Liebtag, for Community Affairs

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, The Roost, and the Village Center shops: https://www.fearrington.com/calendar/.

We also remind readers that The Belted Goat is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm, and other Village Center shops are open on those days from 10 am to 5 pm. The Roost will be open on Thursdays and Fridays during the spring and summer from 4:30 to 7 pm, with live music from 5 to 7 pm. Please go to www.fearrington.com for additional details, including online ordering for pizza at The Roost. The Galloway Pub has been closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in the fall.


Scene Around Fearrington

Photographing People: Telling a Story
By Gordon Pitz


Click on a photo to see an enlarged view.

“The simple definition of portrait photography is a style of photography that captures people and aims to convey a story or emotion through the image.”
–From What is Portrait Photography?

A successful portrait, in other words, tells us more about the subject than what they look like. Although I am no expert in portrait photography, I have offered a few tips that might encourage you to try your shutter finger. Then, in next month’s issue, you can share your efforts.


“As long as the portrait photographer can effectively capture the subject’s character, the equipment he/she uses does not really matter.”  –Nate Torres

Some cameras are designed for portrait photography, and you can invest a lot of money in lighting and other related gadgets. The most important component is the lens, especially its focal length. To produce the best balance and least distortion in a subject’s face, use lenses with a focal length of 55mm to 135mm. To avoid clutter in the background of the photo (next section), it is best to use a lens with aperture of f/4 or less.

Portrait with window light by Paolo Monti, 1955. Wikipedia

Even smart phones let you use lenses of different focal length, or offer a portrait mode. But the most important point is Nate Torres’; equipment does not really matter. Use the camera you have, but use it well.


Sometimes you want the background to say something about the subject. You might use a location that represents their occupation or their interests. More important, however, is to prevent the background from interfering with your message. This requires more than ensuring there is no tree or lamp post growing out of the subject’s head; although that is important too!

Professionals may use a totally uniform background for studio work, but you can do well by using a natural background with no distracting elements. In this photo, the close background sets the context for the story – the subject is looking out of a window onto a town. The far background is totally out of focus, and offers no distractions.

Portrait of a man, India. Jorge Royan, Wikipedia

To generate an unfocussed background, choose a wide aperture lens (f/4 or less), using a fast shutter speed if necessary. Keep the focus on the subject’s eyes. Modern cameras can help you do this, even as you or the subject moves (see this YouTube video). In this photo of an Indian man, he is looking directly at the camera, and you can imagine what he is thinking.


The way in which light falls on a subject’s face is critical. Bright sun rarely makes for good portraits; it casts deep shadows, and can make the subject squint. A light cloud cover is better, bright enough to produce soft shadows that add depth to the subject’s face (as in the photo of the Indian man).

Indoors you can place your subject by a window, or arrange whatever lighting is available to provide a soft, even light. In a bright, sunny room, keep the subject away from direct sunlight. You can use flash to provide indirect lighting, but don’t direct it at the subject.

Saint Jerome Writing, Caravaggio. Wikipedia

One way to create a neutral background is to use “chiaroscuro” (Italian chiaro, “light,” scuro, “dark”). The technique was used by Renaissance painters, notably Caravaggio. Look at his painting of Saint Jerome. The important elements of the painting are brightly lit; everything else is black or very dark. The result is a very powerful portrait.

To use the effect in photography, the subject should be lit from one side, using a source close to the subject. There are other suggestions online, and I recommend an article by Adam Welch as a good place to begin.

Portraits and Candid Photography

“A candid photo is not considered a portrait; however, the most candid portraits are often the best.”  –Nate Torres.

By definition, when creating a portrait, the subject knows you are taking a photo. Otherwise, it is a candid photo. The goal may be the same, i.e., telling a story, but the subject’s being aware of the photographer creates a different social dynamic, and changes the story.

You do not need to work in the controlled conditions of a professional’s studio. You can move around, try different settings, encourage subjects to move, and take lots of exposures, as long as you keep the focus on your subject’s eyes.

Portrait by Melissa Austin
Turkish Youths, by Gordon Pitz

Try helping your subject forget it is a photo session by keeping them otherwise occupied. The photo of my wife (above, left) was taken during a prolonged outing with a photographer friend who took hundreds of photos. This one, when my wife unexpectedly burst out laughing, is my favorite.

Her response to something surprising tells you much more about my wife than would “Say cheese!”.

Sometimes you do not have much time to work with your subject. One of my favorite photos (above, right) was taken in Turkey 20 years ago. I came across a group of youngsters sneaking a cigarette, and probably playing hooky from school. They were not happy to see me. Nevertheless, I persuaded them to let me take a photo. They chose how to present themselves, and their expressions tell us a lot about what they were thinking as they posed for a foreigner.

Self-portrait. Gordon Pitz

Self Portraits

The selfie has become a ubiquitous form of photography lately, sometimes not taken seriously. However, self-portraits have a long tradition in painting, and the term sounds more dignified than “selfie”. If approached like any other portrait, the selfie can be an effective way to represent the person whom you know better than anyone else.

In this case, I used the camera on my desktop computer, with the mouse as shutter release. This allowed me to sit away from the camera. I thought looking to the side would suit the mood I wanted. I used chiaroscuro to suggest a little more mystery than I deserve.

Further Reading

You can find much more about portrait photography online. Here are two sources that can be a good place to begin.

Nate Torres, https://photofocus.com/photography/what-is-portrait-photography-the-importance-of-portraits/

Hillary Grigonis. https://www.creativelive.com/blog/better-portrait-photography-tips/

Your Turn

The June issue of Scene Around Fearrington will be devoted to your portraits. If you have already taken some you are pleased with, please submit one or two. Or try out the suggestions here, and see what you can do. Send contributions to the photography editor, c/o editors@fearringtonfha.org, by May 12. Please use “Portraits” as the subject of the email. Feel free to add a few words about the subject or the story you want to tell.

The consent of your subject is important. You must attest to the fact that subjects consented to the photo being published in the Belted Gazette. Note though, the name of a subject does not have to be published.

My sincere thanks to Terry Ames and Minnie Gallman for their comments on an earlier draft. I did not accept all their suggestions, but they offered several ways to improve the article, and are not to blame for weaknesses that remain.

Beautiful Vibes in Fearrington

Story and photos by Tad McArdle

Gorgeous, synchronized vibrations coming to our ears from strings, reeds, tubes, and human vocal cords: this is known as music. Easy to hear, hard to produce. For instance, saxophonist Kenny G once held an E flat note steadily for just over 45 minutes. He used a technique known as circular breathing, which was introduced in both jazz and classical worlds during the 1960s, astonishing audiences with the beauty of long phrases uninterrupted by the player’s need to inhale. It is useful for wind instruments in symphony orchestras, and it can take two years to learn. It’s the only way to play the Australian didgeridoo.

Vic Benedict

Recently, I interviewed some Fearringtonians who have done much to present us with some gorgeous music. Vic Benedict, the chair/concert coordinator for the Fearrington Concert Series, played bassoon in the NC Symphony for 42 years before retiring. Occasionally, he can find a place in a village concert, such as one he jumped into recently that was to feature violin, viola, and cello in every piece, plus a flute, clarinet, or horn. Because the flutist couldn’t play, enter Vic to play a bassoon-appropriate work, but with the same string instruments. It went well. “The audience loved the variety,” he said.

Concerts can be full of surprises, not only for the audience but for the coordinators. Another recent concert featured a harpist who asked Vic if she could bring a couple of musician friends. She showed up with a violinist, a cellist, and a flutist, and they put on a great show including some high-spirited Latin dances, which the audience loved.

Barbara Hummel-Rossi

Vic let me know that he has to arrange concerts a year in advance, and he always includes string quartets and pianists. Once, he found a terrifically talented pianist couple who shared the bench and practically duplicated an orchestra.

I also spoke with my neighbor Barbara Hummel-Rossi, who became involved soon after she moved to Fearrington. A big classical music fan, Barbara wanted to get tickets for an upcoming concert, so she contacted her neighbor Ruth Gerber, who happened to serve on the concert committee. That was in 2009. Ruth soon picked up on Barbara’s administrative skills and got her involved in the committee. They needed help with membership, so Barbara took it on. Several members played piano as a hobby, including Barbara, who also plays saxophone. Asked what concerts have impressed her most, she mentioned pianist Fred Moyer, who sneaks in some jazz improvs but is mostly classical in his repertoire and is one of the favorites in the series. She met Vic Benedict, who came to Fearrington with his wife, Mirinda Kossoff, after retiring from the NC Symphony. Barbara soon realized how valuable Vic, with his contacts and his knowledge, might be on the committee, and was she ever right! Laurie Johnson, a former college teacher, just joined; film director Joanne Hershfield and Jo Bolig, co-chair of Women of Fearrington, round out the committee.

Nancy Keadey

Switching to choral music, I also had a chance to interview two long-standing members of the Fearrington Village Singers: Don Niedringhaus and Nancy Keadey. “Village Singers” is the present name of our talented choruses of men and women. The men’s chorus started in 1990 as the Harmony Grits, and the women as the Village Voices. Not everyone is happy with the name change, the result of a board decision in 2014. Mr. Niedringhaus, who joined the Grits in 2003, sees it as a denial of heritage, and he’s not alone.

Mr. Niedringhaus recalls a pro bono concert at TROSA, where the piano, a necessary component, was problematic. The lady pianist started to play, reacted with a “yuck!”, and wiped off the keys. But Don said the audience “enjoyed the hell out of the concert”—some even joined in the singing at one point. After it was over, Matt Fry, the conductor, “started giving the altos a hard time about one place where they got things wrong, and they said ‘No, it was the audience that got it wrong!’”

Mr. Niedringhaus was a tenor in high school, and then his voice changed to low bass. He has an excellent range and can go above middle C if needed. But to sing much higher, you need tenors, and of course you need women. Nancy Keady has been part of the women’s chorus for 21 years. She told me that the Village Voices started a few years later than the Grits, sometime before 2000. Like Don, she joined in 2003, one year after Matt Fry entered the scene.

What she likes best is “the camaraderie—we always have a lot of fun.” She says the tone has gotten a bit more serious in recent years. When she started, the uniform was denim skirts, blue Oxford button-down shirts, and ties; she did not like it. Often, though, the women would put on costumes and do little charade things—once they all dressed up like cattle and sang, “I’m a cow, I’m a cow!” By “more serious,” Nancy stresses that it’s not a bad thing, just that some people have passed on, new personnel have joined, and the singing has gotten better over the years. (Read “Sound Mixing” on the FHA site: https://fearringtonfha.org/sound-mixing/.)

Nancy has been singing a long time. She joined a church choir when she was “about 6”; she joined a group called AllColumbus Singers in fifth grade; she played violin for six years; and just kept on singing in choruses and ensembles and contests. She sang in her college choir, and in Frost Piano (Robert Frost poems set to music). She was also part of a group of 14 who went to Europe with the United Service Organizations, singing for two months in France, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Years of voice lessons and performances—you name it, she’ll sing it!

So, whether you join a group or just attend a performance and appreciate the musical scene in Fearrington, I urge Gazette readers to check it out. Sorry is one thing you won’t be!

Some technical info on circular breathing:

More history on the singers:

Food Trucks for May

By Leigh Matthews

May 1: Ta Contento Mex FreshFood (Mexican) Voted one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Triangle! Vegetarian and meat options available.

May 8: Doherty’s Paddy Wagton (Irish, American) Fish & chips, sandwiches, brisket poutine, wings, and a fan favorite—Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse.

May 15: Chirba Dumpling (Chinese) Meat and veggie dumplings, juicy buns, plus glass noodles and fried rice.

May 29: 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 available at their website: https://www.cousinsmainelobster.com.

Food Trucks are located at The Gathering Place parking lot from 5 until 7:30 pm. You may order and pick up at the truck. Or, you can visit our hotspot page and place your preorder for pick up at the truck. (Cousins Maine Lobster has their own app for preordering.)

For a weekly reminder email—and a quick link to view the menu—sign up at our hotspot page https://streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage.

Or, if you use Nextdoor, watch for our weekly announcement with a link to the menu.

For more info, please contact Deborah Repplier at drepplier@gmail.com.

This Month’s Announcements

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

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

Fearrington Clubs and Organizations

AM Book Club

Join the AM Book Club to discuss River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. After losing his third attempt at the presidency as a third-party candidate, Roosevelt seeks solace in adventure. This is the story of Roosevelt’s journey down an unknown tributary of the Amazon. It is a compelling narrative, but it quickly becomes a story of an aging man’s suffering recognition of his limitations. The author takes us through the daily struggle where exposure is the enemy. We will meet at McIntyre’s Books, Wednesday, May 15, at 10:15 am. All residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge are welcome to participate. Questions? Contact Cathy Clare, catfearr@gmail.com, or Carole Yardley, peacefulathome@bellsouth.net.

Bocce Club

Bocce—it’s easier than you think, is great exercise, provides socialization, and is playable year-round! Mixed men’s and women’s open play takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm in the winter and 11 am the rest of the year. The bocce pitches are at the end of Benchmark off Creekwood in the Historic District. For more information contact Jim Rudbeck at 919-444-3117 or jprudbeck40@gmail.com.

Concert Series

The Fearrington Concert Series is pleased to announce its 2024-2025 season, one that will bring another stellar lineup of both veterans and new faces to our concert home at The Gathering Place. A program of piano four hands by Duo Beaux Arts (duobeauxarts.com), featuring the internationally renowned pianists Catherine Lan and Tao Lin, will launch the season on September 29, 2024. On December 8, 2024, the NC Wind Sextet will appear with local wind artists.

After the New Year the series will resume on January 12, 2025, with the music sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries by Heartland Baroque (heartlandbaroque.org). Polish-American pianist Solomon Eichner (solomoneichnerpianist.com) will perform on February 9, 2025, followed on March 16, 2025, by works for piano and cello by Duo Arpeggione (catherinelan.com). The season will conclude on April 6, 2025, with our traditional closer, a performance by students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

In addition to our regular series and ticketed separately, pianist Steve Baddour will perform a concert on November 10, 2024, to benefit Fearrington Cares and Women of Fearrington. More information on this event will be forthcoming.

All concerts will take place at 3 pm at The Gathering Place. Season tickets are $100 per person. Subscribers for the 2023-2024 season soon will receive in the mail a Ticket Order Form for the 2024-2025 season. Additional 2024-2025 subscription Ticket Order Forms will be available at each of the mail kiosks throughout Fearrrington. The form also will be available on the FHA website under Clubs and Other Organizations > Clubs and Groups > Fearrington Concert Series.

Individual tickets may be purchased at the door 10 minutes before each concert begins, on a space-available basis.

Please direct any questions to Jo Bolig by email at jobolig@gmail.com or to Nina Alperin at Galloway Ridge by phone at 919-704-8796.

Fearrington Democratic ClubDemocratic Club

Our speaker on May 28 will be a reporter from NC Newsline, a nonpartisan news organization known for its fearless reporting and hard-hitting commentary. NC Newsline focuses primarily on state and local issues and connects readers to news and opinion from across North Carolina and the nation.

Due to scheduling conflicts we’re not sure yet which reporter will speak on May 28. But you can be sure we’ll get an up-to-the-minute view of important issues facing North Carolina in this election year.

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

To request the Zoom link or a ride to the meeting, 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

Eeek! Is that a snake? At our May meeting we’re talking snakes. Why? Because like it or not we live in a wooded area, and many of our neighbors are the slithery kind.

Our speaker is going to tell us about snakes in general and copperheads (the poisonous ones) in particular. Our goal is to lower the fear of snakes and learn how we can co-exist. Jo Folta, a biologist with the NC Wildlife Commission, will help us to at least try to live amicably with these fascinating, often misunderstood creatures.

Be brave. Join us for our final meeting of the Fearrington Dog Club this club year on May 16, 2024, 1 pm at The Gathering Place.

Duplicate Bridge Club

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

ITS NOT TOO LATE! TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE AT THE DOOR for both performances. The Chapel in the Pines is located at 315 Great Ridge Parkway, next to Briar Chapel.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you there!

Garden Club

Container Gardening: Big Statement in a Small Space, with Matt Jones
Tuesday, May 7, at 3 pm at The Gathering Place

No registration required. Guests are welcome.

Matt Jones, horticulture extension agent with NC State University and Chatham County, will share information about what makes a great container garden. This type of flexible garden uses pots, containers, or window boxes for plants, flowers, herbs, or vegetables instead of planting them in the ground. It allows you to maximize a small space even if you have poor soil. Fearrington Cares and the Fearrington Garden Club are co-sponsoring this event. 

Gardening with Climate Change, with Preston Montague
Tuesday, May 21, at 2 pm at The Gathering Place

No registration required. Guests are welcome.

Preston Montague is a landscape architect and artist who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He currently lives in Durham, North Carolina, and works on projects that encourage stronger relationships between people and the natural world for the purpose of improving public and environmental health.

Genealogy Group

“Creating Your Family Legacy: From Data to Story.” Join Eddie Price, a seasoned genealogist, as he unveils the magic of crafting family books using Family Tree Maker (FTM) Family Book Creator and MS Word. Eddie’s expertise will guide you through the journey of transforming raw data into rich narratives, breathing life into the branches of your family tree. Discover how FBC simplifies the daunting task of organizing data with just a click. Witness the fresh perspectives, and unearth hidden stories waiting to be told as your research comes to life in the pages of a beautifully bound book. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to preserve your heritage with these powerful tools. The program is on Thursday, May 16, at The Gathering Place from 3 to 5 pm. NOTE: Supportive workshops are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at The Gathering Place from 3 to 5 pm.

Golf Club

We had a great time at the Founders Festival, meeting our neighbors and future golfers. Spring and better weather are here, and our outings are being very well attended. Our schedule is also available on our website.

Here is our May Tuesday/Thursday schedule of outings:

5/2    11:50 – Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro

5/7    9:00 – Quail Ridge, Sanford

5/9    9:00 – Carolina Trace Lake Course, Sanford

5/14  8:40 – Siler City, Siler City

5/16  8:39 – The Preserve, Chapel Hill

5/16  8:40 – Sanford, Sanford

5/21  8:40 – Pinewood CC, Asheboro

5/23  8:40 – Mill Creek, Mebane

5/23  8:50 – Quail Ridge, Sanford

5/30  TBD- Forest Oaks, Greensboro

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

Great Decisions

Thursday, May 9, 2024
1:30-3 pm
The Gathering Place

Climate Change: A Brief History, Current Trends, and an Unwritten Future

Dr. Angel Hsu
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Environment,
Energy, and Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Hsu is also founder and director of UNC’s Data-Driven EnviroLab—an interdisciplinary collaboration of policy experts, data scientists, visual designers, and interactive programmers.

This presentation will offer a brief overview of the causes and timeline of the climate crisis, and how its devastating effects are already being felt around the globe—and even right here in Chapel Hill. However, all hope is not lost, and we are not deadlocked into a dismal future plagued by the worst effects of global warming. Dr. Hsu will explain how her research identifies and assesses innovative policy solutions from local and private actors that provide some optimism for tackling climate change.

Green Scene

A very active month of May awaits us!

We kick it off on Wednesday, May 8, with our 11 am Green Scene meeting at The Gathering Place, featuring a presentation via Zoom by Seth Darling, PhD, son of Roz and Jon Darling. He will be speaking to us via Zoom on the two big screens in the large room from his office at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Lemont, Illinois, where he is the chief science and technology officer of the Advanced Energy Technologies Directorate. His topic will be “Some scientific ‘Bright Lights’ as ANL works to improve our nation’s water/air quality.”

His research activities have produced pioneering work on the development of new materials for energy and water processing, including membrane materials for water filtration. Come and learn about some state-of-the-art initiatives that are being explored on our road to addressing the world’s water challenges.

Then, on Saturday, May 18, once again at The Gathering Place, from 9 am until noon, our ever-popular, semi-annual, FHA/Green Scene Spring Event. This is an opportunity to have important, personal documents shredded for free, to safely dispose of unneeded pharmaceuticals, and—thanks to the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department—to have your fire extinguishers checked and pick up some important fire prevention information. For complete details, visit the Green Scene’s Regional Environmental Blog, located at https://fearringtongreenscene.blogspot.com/.


Jewish Comedy—is there such a thing? Come find out on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 pm at The Gathering Place, when you will hear Stanley Darer. Originally from New York, Stan and his wife, Nadine, moved to Raleigh to be near family. He has volunteered with several local organizations, including Temple Beth, as board vice president of membership, and OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at NC State, serving on membership and programming committees. He has been an instructor at NC State for several years and in 2017 was the recipient of the Betty Poulton Volunteer of the Year award. He is currently an instructor at Duke OLLI and has been making presentations to many senior communities. Attend and find out the answer!

Mah Jongg Dragons

This month’s Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg game will be Saturday, May 11, 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 outside Fearrington must be invited by a resident of Fearrington. All guests will need to register and pay $5 each month or they can join the Dragons and pay a membership fee of $25 per year. Everyone should have the new 2024 card for playing.

Mary Donna will start a new MJ class soon. If you know of anyone who would like to join this class, please contact Mary Donna at mdpond@gmail.com.

Join us on May 11 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, May 22, 7 pm at The Gathering Place. FRC will post our speaker info on flyers to appear in the mail kiosks, as well as by email blast to our members. All Fearrington and Galloway residents are welcome to attend.

Swim & Croquet Club

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

Don’t forget—every adult member needs a new membership bar code scan tag for the 2024 season. The scan tags replace the RFID membership cards used in previous years. Bar code scan tags will be ready and waiting for you on opening day at the attendant’s desk.

Tennis & Pickleball Association

Time to get outside! The weather is beautiful this spring, and we would love to have you join us on the courts. 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 proven one thing: We love to meet and eat!

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

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

Please contact Marcie Ver Ploeg, cooking class coordinator, here,or Adrienne Lallo, here, 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.

Watercolor Class/Sketching for Beginners, Saturday, June 8, 1-4 pm. Instructor: Lynn Holbein, 920 Woodham.

As summer approaches and a slower pace descends upon us, members are invited to get their creative juices flowing by enrolling in “Sketching for Beginners,” a watercolor class taught by gifted artist and teacher Lynn Holbein. You may visit Lynn’s website www.lynnholbein.com to gain a sense of her work and talent. Inspiration for your creation will be provided by items found around Lynn’s house, such as plants, ceramics, and books, and woodland views from the windows of Lynn’s home.

A fee of $38 will be charged to cover the cost of materials, which include: watercolor pencils, a sketchbook, and other materials to keep. If participants would like, they may make a donation to the Women of Fearrington Wonderful Options Fund in any amount they choose.

Registration is required, beginning May 1 and ending May 25. Participants should make the $38 materials fee payment directly to Lynn Holbein at 920 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

If you wish to make a donation to the Wonderful Options Fund, please make checks payable to Women of Fearrington with “Wonderful Options Fund, watercolor class” on the memo line and on the outside of the envelope. Place it in the Women of Fearrington mailbox at the Swim & Croquet mail kiosk or mail to Women of Fearrington, P.O. Box 507, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Tea and snacks will be provided.

Limited to 7 WoF members only.

Register 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.


Community Opportunities

CRC-C and Chatham Community NAACP Branch #5377

The Community Remembrance Coalition—Chatham and Chatham Community NAACP Branch #5377 invite you to a book discussion with the author of The Courage to Lead: One Man’s Journey in Public Service by The Honorable Howard N. Lee. The event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 9, at 7 pm. Go to the CRC-C website to register and get the Zoom link.

In The Courage to Lead, Lee talks about his life growing up on a sharecropper’s farm during segregation. He tells about the hurdles he faced, the triumphs he achieved, and the people who helped him during his college and army days as well as during his long and respected career in North Carolina. Among his professional roles, Lee has been an educator and administrator at Duke University, NC Central University, and at UNC-CH. He served three terms as mayor of Chapel Hill and has held many state cabinet positions in a variety of fields, appointed first by Gov. Jim Hunt and later by Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue.


Continuing Education

Shared Learning of Chapel Hill

Spring is here and so, too, is a new crop of exciting and mind-expanding classes from Shared Learning of Chapel Hill. We will be offering nine full-length courses (6-8 weeks in duration) during the upcoming spring 2024 term, as well as 11 “Spotlight” classes of shorter duration. These courses cover a wide range of topics from current events to psychology to literature to science to conversational languages. Twelve classes are held on-site at a church, while eight are held via Zoom. Go to sharedlearning.us to view the catalog and register for classes (which can be easily done online). PLEASE NOTE: Spring courses are offered free of charge, and you can register for as many as you wish. Classes begin on May 6, so early registration is advised.

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 Monday, May 27, in Observance of Memorial Day


Message from Kim Schneider, Executive Director

Upcoming Changes to Fearrington Cares Newsletters

After careful consideration and consultation, the Fearrington Cares Board of Directors has decided to discontinue publishing our newsletter in The Belted Gazette, effective July 2024. We will continue to distribute our e-newsletter directly to you and make it available on our website. The Belted Gazette will provide a link to that page.

If you are not currently on our email list, but would like to be added, please contact the Fearrington Cares Center at 919-542-6877 or info@fearringtoncares.org.

Please share any newsletter questions or input with Kim Schneider at kim@fearringtoncares.org or by calling or stopping by the Fearrington Cares Center.

Fearrington Cares Film Nite Presents an All-Time Favorite

Thursday, May 2, 7 pm at The Gathering Place

This month’s Film Nite selection is considered one of the best romantic comedies of all time as it leaves audiences humming “That’s Amore”. It’s a feel-good film that can be watched again and again, always eliciting laughter and uplifting spirits.

The film title can be obtained by emailing FilmNite@FearringtonCares.org, which offers a prompt automated response. Once you know the title, please share it with your neighbors and invite them to join you for an enjoyable evening of entertainment which includes complimentary popcorn, treats, and beverages.

Admission to Film Nite is free, but please consider a donation to Fearrington Cares when you attend. Your contribution helps support this program by providing funds for movie licensing and refreshments.

All films are captioned, which for many, enhances the experience so that you do not miss a word of the dialogue. Also hearing assistance is available 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.

Walk and Learn About the Healing Power of Plants

Saturday, May 4, 10 am—12:30 pm at the Fountain at the Roost

Sip on a comforting medicinal tea before embarking on a 2.5-hour guided journey learning the wonders of medicinal plants as you walk near the Village ponds. Enjoy a natural food treat and immerse yourself in nature’s wisdom. Receive detailed information and notes on the plants you encounter and discover the magic of nature’s pharmacy.

The walk will be led by Melanie Yukov, a Community Herbalist, who has studied plants internationally and across the United States for the past ten years. She began Root 2 Rise Wellness to connect people of all ages to their roots, nature, and healthy practices through conscious community.

There is a $25 participation fee (cash or check payable to Melanie Yukov) for this event. To register, call Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 during office hours, Monday—Friday from 9 am—1 pm. This event will be rescheduled only in case of severe weather.

Container Gardening: Big Statement in a Small Space with Matt Jones

Monday May 7, 3 pm at The Gathering Place

Matt Jones, Horticulture Extension Agent with NC State University and Chatham County, will share information about what makes a great container garden. This type of flexible garden uses pots, window boxes, and other containers for plants, flowers, herbs, or vegetables, instead of putting them in the ground. It also allows you to maximize a small space even if you have poor soil. Fearrington Cares and the Fearrington Garden Club are co-sponsoring this event.

Interested in a Group About Hearing Loss?

Tuesday May 14, 3 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Do you or your loved one have hearing loss? If your answer is “yes,” you are not alone as hearing loss impacts more than 60 million Americans over the age of 12. Unaddressed hearing loss in adults is associated with poor health outcomes, including dementia and isolation.

Caitlyn Whitson, AuD, CH-AP, will talk about current issues and hearing tech. With the recent attention on hearing loss and its impact on cognition, coupled with the recent explosion of nanotechnology, hearing aid tech continues to be a rapidly evolving field in the healthcare sector. With the addition of OTC hearing aids to the consumer marketplace, understanding where to start with hearing care can be confusing. Dr. Whitson’s presentation will review the current state of prescription-based and OTC hearing aids, their available features, and other technology to improve hearing accessibility.

Dr. Whitson joined the UNC Hearing and Communication Center in 2019, where she is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinic Manager. A double graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics in 2013 and her Doctorate in Audiology in 2019. Her clinical duties include graduate student precepting, diagnostic hearing evaluations, adult hearing aid fittings, and facilitation of the aural rehabilitation program. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter and visiting the beach in her hometown of Wilmington, NC. 

If there is sufficient interest, then there may be an opportunity to form a group that can affiliate with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). This group would meet quarterly to discuss hearing loss, share tips, and exchange information on managing this condition.

“Brush Up” on Estate Planning

Friday, May 17, 1:30—3:30 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Join us for a unique experience that is both enriching and practical. We’ll be diving into the intricacies of estate planning with attorney Sophia Munson, co-founder of Munson Law Firm, and give you the chance to unleash your inner artist. Picture this: vibrant strokes on canvas, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and the sweet indulgence of cookies, all while we discuss the importance of securing our futures. It’s an opportunity to learn, create, and connect, so mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon that promises both enlightenment and enjoyment. The art activity will be facilitated by Arrielle Zogor of Arrielle Zogor Designs in Chapel Hill.

There is a $30 participation fee (cash or check payable to Arielle Zorger) for this event. To register, call Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 during office hours, Monday—Friday from 9 am—1 pm.

Movement Classes at the Fearrington Cares Center

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

Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises
Mondays, 10:30 am (No class May 27.)

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 (No meeting May 27.)

Parkinson’s Group:
Tuesday, May 7 and 21, 1:30 pm

Brainiacs Memory Café:
Wednesdays, 10 am

Support Groups via Zoom

fearringtoncares.org > Services > Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group:
Wednesdays, May 1 & 15, 1 pm

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursdays, May 2 and 16, 1 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center By Appointment

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

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

Enrichment Activities at the Fearrington Cares Center

Meditation: Fridays, 10 am



Welcome to Our New Residents!

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




Ilene & Jerry Herz

20 East Madison (1048*)

Jorg A. (York) & Mary M. (Meg) Ronke

4074 Lenoir

Doug, Ruth, & Walter Russell

23 Caldwell (1186*)

Colleen (Col) Spiller

368 Linden Close

*Fearrington Post number

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

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

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

Moving Away? If you’re leaving Fearrington Village permanently, please let us know by emailing admin@fearringtonfha.org.

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.

May 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.


May 1
5-7:30 pm
Food Truck
Ta Contento Mex FreshFood
Deborah Repplier
May 2
7 pm
Fearrington Cares
Film Nite
FilmNite@ FearringtonCares.org
May 4
10 am-12:30 pm
Fountain at the Roost
Fearrington Cares
Walk and Learn about the Healing Power of Plants
info@ fearringtoncares.org
May 4
12-7 pm
Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club
Opening Day
FearringtonSwimCroquet @gmail.com
May 7
3 pm
Fearrington Garden Club
Container Gardening: Big Statement in a Small Space – Matt Jones
Debbie Liebtag
May 8
11 am-12 pm
Green Scene
Monthly Meeting
Jason Welsch
May 8
5-7:30 pm
Food Truck
Doherty’s Paddy Wagon
Deborah Repplier
May 9
1:30-3 pm
Fearrington Great Decisions
Climate Change: A Brief History, Current Trends, and an Unwritten Future Liz Welfel
May 11
1-4 pm
Mahjongg Dragons
Polly Williams
May 14
3 pm
Fearrington Cares
Fearrington Cares
Interested in a Group About Hearing Loss?
Fearrington Cares
info@ fearringtoncares.org
May 15
10:15-11:15 am
McIntyre’s Books
AM Book Club
Monthly book discussion—River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Catherine Clare
Carole Yardley
peacefulathome @bellsouth.net
May 15
5-7:30 pm
Food Truck
Chirba Dumpling
Deborah Repplier
May 16
1-2:30 pm
Fearrington Dog Club
Monthly Meeting—
Presentation on Snake Safety on Dog Walks
by Jo Folta, PhD
NC Wildlife Commission
Ann Melchior
May 16
3-5 pm
Fearrington Genealogy Group
Monthly Meeting
Barbara Ashby
May 17
1:30-3 pm
Fearrington Cares
Fearrington Cares
“Brush Up” on Estate Planning Fearrington Cares
info@ fearringtoncares.org
May 21
2 pm
Fearrington Garden Club
Gardening with Climate Change Preston Montague
Debbie Liebtag
May 21
7 pm
Fearrington Havurah
Jewish Comedy, Is there such a Thing? Stanley Darer
Joe Labenson
May 22
7 pm
Fearrington Republican Club
Ernie Clarke
May 28
7-8:15 pm
Fearrington Democratic Club
Vickie Shea
victoria.shea32 @yahoo.com
May 29
5-7:30 pm
Food Truck
Cousins Maine Lobster
Deborah Repplier
Meeting Multiples Dates in May
May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
1 pm
Duplicate Bridge Club
Duplicate Bridge
Dianne Hale
May 2
7:30 pm
Chapel in the Pines
May 4
3 pm
Chapin Auditorium
Galloway Ridge
Fearrington Village Singers
Spring Concert—
Sounds of Spring
Jackie Castle
Upcoming Events in June
June 8
1-4 pm
920 Woodham
Women of Fearrington
Watercolor Class/Sketching for Beginners Instructor: Lynn

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
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).