FHA Newsletter 2023-02 February

FHA Newsletter 2023-02 February


February 2023  Volume 42  Number 2

President’s Message


Scam emails. How I hate them. In January, I heard from many of you questioning whether I had sent an email asking for gift cards or money to help feed veterans. Rest assured that it wasn’t me, even though it said it was from Rose Krasnow, FHA President (I would never use my position as your Board president to solicit funds for any outside cause). For some reason, having the word president in your email address appears to be an entry point for scammers everywhere. When Carl Angel was FHA president, I received many of these enigmatic emails, and I quickly learned to delete them. At that time, it seemed that the emails only went to other members of the Board, but obviously this latest effort went to an unknown number of village residents. My worry is that someone might not know this is a scam. One resident told me they were asked to send $1000!!!! Please—if you are not sure if something is from me, send me a separate email and ask me about it. Other signs of scams to be alert for include:

  • An unknown sender address—in some cases the sender can “spoof” a real address, but hovering your cursor over it on a laptop or desktop computer reveals the actual address;
  • Asking you to do something on an urgent basis, or to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do;
  • Asking you to send gift cards somewhere—these cannot be called back once sent;
  • Asking you for money, bank account number, or personal information;
  • Asking you to click a link or attachment or call a return number—don’t.

If an email purports to be from a company you have an account with such as Amazon or your bank, log in to your account over the internet rather than using any links or contact data in the email.

Proposed Granville Development. On Tuesday, January 17, the Chatham County Commissioners held a hearing on the Fitches’ application to build Granville, a new 41-lot subdivision on 53 acres of land just south of the Village that they purchased in 2022. As we have learned, these homes were not part of the original planned unit development but, if approved, they will become part of the FHA, and their only point of access will be from existing and newly constructed village roads. The application, which contains a great deal of information about the proposed development, can be found on the county website.

The Board is not opposed to this development, per se, because we know the Fitches build a quality product, and we would hate to see land so close to the Village be built by another developer who may not have the same high standards. Nevertheless, the project will clearly have impacts during construction because of the noise, truck traffic, removal of trees, and in terms of increasing the wear and tear on our existing infrastructure and amenities. I recently met with Fitch Creations to discuss some of our concerns, and they were receptive to several of our ideas. For example, we asked if a gravel road could be built across the pasture to the south of Weathersfield so that the many dump trucks and construction vehicles heading toward the new neighborhood would not have to travel down East Camden and Millcroft. They are looking into the feasibility of this idea. They were also receptive to the idea of letting us use the Barn again for our annual meeting and possibly for a limited number of other events each year.

I should add that I did testify at the January hearing, in the hopes that the county might put some conditions into their approval to address issues like construction traffic. Greg Fitch pointed out to me that getting approval today is far more difficult than it was in the 70s because there are so many more regulations on the books, and I do not doubt that this is true. Nevertheless, the Board feels that our community’s concerns are real and need to be addressed. As I told Greg and Laura Morgan, residents simply want to ensure that our community remains unique and as special as it is today.  

In the meantime, stay healthy and remember that spring is fast approaching!

—Rose Krasnow, president@fhaboard.org

This Month’s Features

Scene Around Fearrington:

The Grand Trees of Fearrington

By Gordon Pitz with Tony Daniels

One reason why Fearrington is such a pleasant community to live in is the preservation of natural features that reflect the character of the land on which the Village is built. These features include the wooded areas with fine, old growth trees native to the area. Recently, the Green Scene organized an effort to identify and publicize the most notable of them—the Grand Trees of Fearrington.

The Grand Trees of Chatham County, a nonprofit organized in 2008, is developing its own database of tree species and its own county champions. It describes its mission as:

Chatham County’s Grand Trees of Chatham program identifies, documents, and recognizes the largest, oldest, prettiest, and otherwise significant trees through a public nomination and award process. The mission of this program is to increase public understanding and appreciation of these valuable and irreplaceable trees. To further this mission and ensure stewardship of these types of trees for future generations, the program seeks to educate the public on the benefits and care of all trees.

The organization provides guidelines to recognize four categories of special trees: Champion, Historic, Landmark, and Meritorious. Under these guidelines, members of Grand Trees of Chatham measured the trees in the Village and identified eight noteworthy trees representing five separate species.

A precise method exists for measuring any tree that might be considered significant. The size of a tree is expressed as a number of points, defined as its circumference in inches plus the height of the tree in feet plus one quarter of its canopy spread in feet. It sounds simple, but it takes an 86-page document to explain how the components are measured. There are two Loblolly Pines in the Village (both along the Creekwood Trail) that score more than 80% of the size of the North Carolina champion. Eight trees are 50% or more the size of the state champion.

As part of a national program devoted to American forests, the North Carolina Forest Service keeps track of notable trees within the state. A data base published on the NCFS website lists the notable trees and the “Champion Tree” for more than 180 native species. Fearrington’s trees represent only a small percentage of the species included in the North Carolina data base—perhaps not surprising given the diversity of ecologies found within our state.

The numbers in red indicate the locations of the eight Grand Trees of Fearrington

We expect that four of the Fearring­­­­­ton trees are likely to be identi­fied as cham­­­­pions at a future awards cere­­mony typi­cally held at a winter meeting of the Chatham County Commis­­­s­ioners. The two Lob­l­­­ollies, the Pecan, and the American Elm all turn out to be county champions. This map shows the location of all eight Fearring­­­ton trees that might reason­­ably be identi­­fied as “Grand.” In addition to those noted here, there may be more prize-winning trees in the Village, as yet to be identi­­fied. If you know of any that might quality, please contact Tony Daniels (tdanielsuk@icloud.com).

Below are photographs of each tree. The person in each photo gives a sense of scale; she is roughly 5½ feet tall.  Click on the name of the tree to see an enlarged view. The trees are ordered based on their size relative to the North Carolina champions for each relevant species. The numbers correspond to the numbers on the map. More details about each tree, including directions on where to find them, can be found in a separate web document.

1. Loblolly Pine        2. Loblolly Pine        3. White Oak        4. White Oak

5. White Oak       6. Southern Red Oak       7. Pecan       8. American Elm

The program of identifying Grand Trees is one of recognition and building public awareness. It does not protect the tree from removal if diseased or becoming dangerous. The lifespan of any tree is limited, so it is important that we maintain a program of this sort and nurture the trees that are identified.

Gordon Pitz retired as the FHA Communications Director and now serves as the photo editor for The Belted Gazette. Tony Daniels, former treasurer of the FHA, now serves on its Long-Range Planning and Nominating committees. The two share an interest in the unique features of Fearrington Village and enjoy learning about and capturing through photography those aspects of Village life that make Fearrington special.



By Tad McArdle

“90% of people spend close to 22 hours inside every day!”

Whoa! That quote, from an article in the magazine, Firelands Health, should grab Fearringtonians’ attention. Recall the old saying: “When you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything.” Luckily, in our village, staying healthy through outdoor exercise is inviting and easy.

Multiple organizations in our wonderful Fearrington community indeed get you out there under the sky. These include the Fearrington Tennis and Pickleball Association, the Garden Club, the Fearrington Golf Club, Swim & Croquet, Bocce, and Cyclists-Fearrington Men on Bicycles. So, this winter let’s start to open some doors (you can read this article indoors or out). We’ll start our series on Fearrington Village clubs and groups by piquing your interest in two really engaging sports: pickleball and tennis.  

As a sport, tennis became popular in England and France in the 16th century. A relative newcomer, pickleball was first played in Washington State in 1965. There are two contrasting “official histories” regarding its name. Check out Pickleball History | Pickleball Origin | USA Pickleball.  

Following a November 2021 article in The Belted Gazette, local pickleball membership has grown from near zero to more than a hundred. The whole idea of this rapidly growing sport is to invite anyone interested in a fun and exciting physical game to just get out and try it. 

The serve. Ed Hurley & Andrea Tarpley

Yours truly did exactly that a few weeks ago. At the invitation of Betty Robie, I found my way to the courts at the end of Benchmark and was immediately invited to crash a mixed foursome. Knowing zilch about the game (maybe like tennis…?), I found myself on the same side of the net as Richard Tinsley, facing the team of Andrea Tarpley and Lynda Colby. Betty handed me her paddle, Lynda tossed me a ball, and suddenly—OMG—it was my serve! And then I had to focus on the rules and procedures, which are a bit more complicated than those of tennis. Betty recalls her own initial game—she was continuously missing the ball or hitting it outside the lines. Embarrassed, she finally turned to her playing partner and said, “I’m just so sorry.” And the man said, “Betty, there are no ‘sorries’ in pickleball.” 

Punch volley. Pat Hurley and Debra Shaver

That kind and welcoming attitude, standard among pickleballers, supports another advantage of this game—the lack of age barriers. People in their eighties and nineties can play well. In pickleball, you use the same muscle groups we need for daily living, e.g., crouching in the ready position is like the sit and stand exercises fitness trainers teach you. You gain agility, endurance, and mobility. Plus, playing outdoors is an antidote to Covid isolation, and your increasing fitness will reduce serious risks from the virus.

And don’t forget: if you still aspire to “run ‘em down and smack ‘em way way back,” go for tennis, where the playing space is wider and longer. Fearrington courts accommodate both sports, integrating their differing boundary lines, with tennis in white and pickleball in blue. 

I interviewed Karen Vaca and Pee Gee Coyle, who share a strong enthusiasm for tennis and want to encourage Fearringtonians to give it a whirl, no matter whether they are new to the sport or have some experience playing it. The Fearrington tennis crowd is as kind and forgiving as the pickleball crowd. Older players, and there are quite a few, don’t have to apologize if they’re not super speedy. The focus is on getting to know your playing partners and opponents, and ultimately on just having fun, doing your best without risking your neck (or knees). 

End of game paddle tap etiquette

Tennis matches usually go on quite a bit longer than pickleball matches. But the rules are simpler in tennis; most people know them already. It’s a fact that tennis requires a higher level of skill than pickleball, so beginners in tennis will have a tougher time learning to serve effectively and to sock those returns back where the opponents can’t reach them. But when you’re just learning tennis at Fearrington, you won’t be alone, and more experienced players will understand the problems you face and will not get impatient. And as a further motivation, a recent study indicated that tennis is the best sport for extending your life an extra decade, if you’re so inclined. (Pee Gee had major back surgery a few months ago and is now back on the court serving aces.)

I also spoke to Stan Duberman, who no longer plays tennis but joined the club in 2004 after moving to Fearrington. He had played tennis almost every day for four decades and as to televised tournaments, he said “In those days, I would far rather play than watch.” Fearrington tennis began around 1992. Its membership had reached 125 when Stan joined, but is now down to 55 due to aging, disabilities, folks moving away, and recent competition from pickleball. Karen and Pee Gee are confident that when more people are aware of the joys of Fearrington tennis (and can find their way to the courts), membership will rebound.

So here are two ways to “get out there” and have lots of outdoor fun this winter. For tennis, contact Karen Vaca at karenallenvaca@gmail.com. And for pickleball, contact Betty Robie at bettycrobie@gmail.com.

Photos by Gordon Pitz

Tad McArdle has been golfing since the age of 12 and continues to play with the Fearrington Golf Club. His football career lasted for 10 or 12 seconds in high school until a brief encounter with an opposing lineman ended it. He participates vicariously in televised football and tennis, and loves watching PGA golf, humbling though it is.

The Muscovy Mystery

By Gordon Pitz

For five years, Fearrington residents enjoyed the company of Sophie, the Muscovy duck. She (or he—opinions differed) arrived unannounced one morning in the lower pond of Camden Park. He (or she) befriended the local heron, and enjoyed, or perhaps tolerated, sharing the pond with the resident mallards. Sophie became a fixture.

Earlier this year, Sophie became quite unwell and a month ago was transferred to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Center, where she was treated and where she now resides. The pond has seemed empty ever since. But to the astonishment of many Muscovy fans, two new ones arrived one Sunday morning. They quickly established themselves on the lower pond and are charming everyone who walks by. They seem not to be intimidated even by overly exuberant dogs. To quote Eric Munson, whose photographs are included here, “Their arrival has awakened a Covid and winter-weary village. It’s fun to walk by the pond and hear the chatter from all the passers-by.”

Questions arose immediately. Where did the ducks come from and who brought them here? What should we name them? What sex are they, and if one is male and the other is female, are baby Muscovy ducks in the offing? (Please note that the prospect of ducklings does not delight everyone.)

It seems that that no one in Fearrington has an answer to the question of whence. The remaining questions, on the other hand, have generated considerable discussion.  

If you look up “sex differences in Muscovy ducks” on the internet, you will find there is no simple answer to questions about sex. So, for those who would like to generate suitable names, here is a brief primer.

First, unlike mallards and most other ducks, the difference between male and female Muscovy ducks is not obvious. There are, however, a number of features that tend to differentiate them. These features are mentioned most often:

Size: Males are much larger, sometimes twice as large as the female. They have longer wings, larger feet, and deeper chests, and their stance is wider.

Caruncles: These are the “warts” around the face. They are more obvious and more extensive in males. In females they tend to be restricted to the eye region.

Tail: In males it tends to be broader and U-shaped at the end. In females it is narrow and more V-shaped. Both sexes, however, can change the shape of their tails.

Bill: In males it tends to be broader and flatter. In females there is often a small ridge on top.

Crest: Males tend to have what one author called an “Elvis-like” crest, but it is not always evident. Females have a mini-mohawk.

Voice: Males produce a raspy hiss. Females emit a variety of noises, from clicks to shrill vocalizations (one author refers to it as a “musical whimper”).  

Behavior: Males can be more territorial and domineering. Both are gentle with their offspring, however, and easily befriend people.

If you would like more information, here are two sources that provide additional details:

Ten Effective Ways to Sex Your Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy Duck Male Vs Female

So, stop by the lower Camden Pond when you can. Spend a little time observing our new ducks. Bring a checklist and see if you can determine who or what has joined us. Do we have two males, two females, or a male-female pair? And if the latter, will there be ducklings next spring?

For additional photographs of Sophie, the new Muscovy ducks, and other ducks who have visited Fearrington recently, see the photo gallery at 


Photos by Eric Munson

Travel Tip

By Tony Carroll

For air travelers who experience certain inconveniences (such as flight cancellation or delay) on flights to or from airports in the European Union (EU), there is a little-known EU regulation that may entitle you to compensation. On our way back from a trip to Europe last fall, my wife and I were delayed by more than six hours in departing from Charles de Gaulle airport on American Airlines. As a result, we missed our connecting flight to RDU and spent the night in a Philadelphia airport hotel. While this experience was not unusual during this past year of Covid-backlogged travel and understaffed carriers, it did result in our learning about an EU regulation that requires airlines to compensate passengers in these circumstances. I hadn’t known about it and thought others in our community might find it useful.

The regulation is European Union Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004. Detailed information about it is readily searchable on the internet, for example in this Wikipedia article. Basically, for any flight from an airport in the EU or into any airport in the EU on an EU carrier, passengers are entitled to specified payments in the event of boarding denial (i.e., due to overbooking), flight cancellation, or delayed departures in excess of specified time periods, which vary depending on the length of the flight. In the case of flights between Europe and the US, compensation is payable after a delayed departure of more than four hours. The required payment is €600 per passenger, plus reimbursement for charges incurred such as accommodations. There are exceptions if the delay or cancellation is attributable to causes outside the airline’s control, such as weather, but not including maintenance issues.

I was notified about this regulation only after trying unsuccessfully to receive reimbursement from American Airlines for our overnight hotel stay in Philadelphia and then following up. So, it’s important that travelers know about these requirements and specifically ask about them if they experience a problem that could be covered by them. In the case of American Airlines, it wasn’t clear how to make such a request on their website—I ended up making a request for a (partial) refund, which initiated an email back-and-forth with customer service that culminated in my being notified about the above regulation and our right to payment. We did ultimately receive the required payments (converted into dollars) and reimbursement for the hotel. The lesson we learned is that airlines will comply with this regulation—if the customer persists.

Food Trucks for February

By Leigh Matthews

Below are the food trucks scheduled in February. Four yummy alternatives to cooking once per week!

February 1: Gussys Greek Truck serves great-tasting and very healthy Greek food, including pitas, Greek salad, souvlaki, Greek burgers and fries, appetizers, and baklava. 

February 8: Ta Contento Mex Fresh serves local authentic Mexican food, including appetizers; chicken, beef, pork, and vegetarian entrees—burritos, bowls, salads, fajitas, and quesadillas; and sides (Mexican rice and black beans).

February 15: Chirba Dumpling serves delicious Chinese-style pork, chicken and vegetarian dumplings, veggie fried rice, and glass noodles.

February 22: The Blue Window serves Mediterranean food, including gyros, pitas, falafel, chicken shawarma, kebabs; appetizers of hummus, Za’atar fries, Baba Ghanouj, sauteed vegetables; and baklava for dessert.

You can preorder on our hotspot page https://streetfoodfinder.com/FearringtonVillage, or you can order at the truck. Pickup is between 5 pm and 7:30 pm in The Gathering Place parking lot. 

If you would like an email reminder on Wednesday morning of which truck will be at The Gathering Place in the evening, subscribe at our hotspot page. (The subscription link follows the list of trucks that are visiting Fearrington Village.) When you receive your email reminder, you will be able to click to view the menu and preorder. Easy!

This Month’s Announcements

Please use the Announcement Submission Form to submit club and organization announcements, and email the form to editors@fearringtonfha.org.

Fearrington Clubs and Organizations

AM Book Club

 Join the AM Book Club to discuss Pandor’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes. Classicist Haynes provides an entertaining and thought-provoking look at the origins of mythic female characters. Why is Jocasta, mother of Oedipus, at once the cleverest person in the story and yet often unnoticed? How is the vilified Medea like an ancient Beyoncé? Why are we so quick to villainize these women—and so eager to accept the stories we’ve been told? We will meet at McIntyres Books, Wednesday, February 15, at 10:15 am. All residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge are welcome to participate. If you have questions, contact Cathy Clare, catfearr@gmail.com. Masks please.


Bulls & Bears Investment Club

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

Guests are welcome to participate in a meeting or two to gauge their interest in joining the club. The next meeting will be on Friday, February 10, at 10 am at The Gathering Place and also via Zoom.

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

Concert Series

The Fearrington Concert Series invites subscribers and other chamber music enthusiasts to hear the Lyricosa String Quartet on Sunday, February 26, at 3 pm at The Gathering Place. Lauded for their “beautiful, rich tone . . . and stylish phrasing” (Cultural Voice of North Carolina), the Lyricosa String Quartet brings together four vibrant, professional musicians based in the Triangle area. These talented musicians are violinists Carol Chung and Lucas Scalamogna, violist Simon Ertz, and cellist Rosalind Leavell. Formed in the spring of 2018, the quartet has been featured in various concert series throughout central North Carolina, including Music at Cherry Hill in Inez and Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines. Their program is sure to please any lover of chamber music. 

Individual tickets may be purchased on a space-available basis at the door for $25 per person. 

We hope that attendees will be fully vaccinated and boosted. 

For more information, please contact Sheila Creth at sheilachapelhill@gmail.com or Judy Morris at jwmsings@gmail.com. Galloway Ridge subscribers or Galloway Ridge residents wishing to know more about the series should contact Nina Alperin at 919-704-8796.


Fearrington Democratic ClubFearrington Democratic Club

At its February meeting, Marcia Morey, NC State Representative, former district court judge, and a leading advocate of red-flag laws and other measures to reduce gun violence in our state, will speak on the topic, “Addressing Gun Violence in North Carolina.” We will also have a representative from Moms Demand Action with materials related to increasing gun safety.   

The meeting is Tuesday, February 28, at 7 pm in The Gathering Place. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing; the program will also be available via Zoom. All Fearrington and Galloway Ridge residents and their guests are welcome. To attend in person, please be vaccinated and boosted. Masks are recommended in The Gathering Place. To request the link to register for the Zoom, please use the contact form on the Club’s website https://www.fearringtondems.org/our-club/contact-us by 5 pm on the day of the event (and sooner is better).

Dog Club

The next meeting of the Fearrington Dog Club will be at 1 pm on Thursday, February 16, at The Gathering Place. We are calling this month’s meeting “Ask the Dog Trainer.”

Professional dog trainer Susan Spinks, CPDT-KA, and owner of Hearth and Hounds of Chapel Hill, will return this month and join club member Ann Melchior (“semi-retired” dog trainer) to take your training questions. From barking to leash pulling to “how do you get your dog to high five?” they will do their best to field your questions. Please join us.


Dragons Mah Jongg Club

The Dragons are Ready to Play!!

Fearrington Mah Jongg Dragons play on the second Saturday of the month, February 11, at The Gathering Place, from 1 to 4 pm.

Because we play under the guidelines of The Gathering Place, we must limit our number to 50, and masks are optional.

Drinks and snacks will be provided! May the jokers be ever in your favor!!

Contact Mary Donna Pond at mdpond@gmail.com to reserve your place.

If you do not wish to continue with the Mah Jongg Dragons, please contact Mary Donna Pond so she can remove you from the mailing list.

Contact Robin Weinberger at weinrob@msn.com or 919-219-5228 or Polly Williams at pw82550@gmail.com or 919-478-4260 if you have any questions.

Want to learn how to play? Contact Mary Donna Pond at mdpond@nc.rr.com.


Duplicate Bridge Club

Bridge players, don’t be shy. Join us for a face-to-face game every Wednesday in February (1, 8, 15, 22). 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 costs. Questions? Please contact Dianne Hale at haledianne@gmail.com.


Galloway Ridge

Let’s save lives!

Red Cross Blood Drive at Galloway Ridge, Monday, February 20, 10 am-2:30 pm, Chapin Auditorium

Open to residents of Galloway Ridge and Fearrington Village and members of Duke Center for Living. 

Appointments are required. Go to Donate Blood, Platelets or Plasma. Give Life | Red Cross Blood and enter sponsor code “Galloway.”


Garden Club

The Fearrington Garden Club’s next meeting will be Tuesday, February 21, at 2:30 pm in The Gathering Place. Audrey Vaughn of the Eno River Association will speak on the historial, ecological, and cultural significance of the Eno River and surrounding land. No registration beforehand is required to attend. There will be no fee for Garden Club members. Guests are welcome and will be asked to pay $5 at the door.

Spring Plant Swap

Look in your garden to see if you have an abundance of one or more plants that you would like to bring to our “Spring Plant Swap.” We’ll announce the date and details in the next month or two.

Genealogy Group

Fearrington Genealogy Group has two events in February.

Tuesday, February 14, we are visiting Cane Creek Meeting in Snow Camp. Meeting members will tell us about Quaker records created at this historic site. These records document the Meeting’s impact in Chatham and Orange counties from 1751 through the American Revolution and the struggle against slavery in North Carolina. We will also tour the cemetery and war monument.

Friday, February 24, Mr. David Morrow will present “Patriots of Color in Chatham County: Untold Stories” via Zoom. Cane Creek Friends Meeting and its records are central to this presentation. Mr. Morrow is an African American lawyer residing in Los Angeles with roots in Alamance and Chatham counties. His talk chronicles his genealogical research, which proves his lineage to a patriot ancestor of the Revolutionary War period. He is the first black member of the LA Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Club members will receive time and signup instructions for these events via email on February 1. Interested community members should contact Barbara Ashby for details.

Great Decisions

Jeffrey Swanson,
PhD – Professor – Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Duke University School of Medicine

“Gun violence, mental illness, and the law:
Balancing risk and rights for effective policy”

Thursday, February 9, 1:30 pm, at The Gathering Place

Dr. Swanson will discuss the problem of gun violence in America where it intersects with mental illness. He will describe the effectiveness of laws and policies designed to restrict access to firearms for people who pose a risk of harm to self or others. He will focus attention on Extreme Risk Protection Orders—also known as “red flag laws”—as an important piece of the puzzle of preventing gun violence in the US.


Fearrington Havurah will celebrate Black History Month with a leading civil rights attorney, Leslie Winner, speaking at The Gathering Place at 7 pm on February 21. Leslie argued a case to ensure fair representation of black communities in the North Carolina legislature. After winning the case in the North Carolina courts, that decision was later upheld by the US Supreme Court. She will share her passion and experiences for civil rights laws, which continue to be challenged, and her thoughts about what we need to do to continue to protect voting rights.



Republican Club

During off-election years, your Fearrington Republican Club meets on an abbreviated schedule. There WILL NOT be a meeting in February 2023. The next meeting at The Gathering Place will be on Wednesday, March 22. Check out our web page on the Fearrington Homeowners Association website: Fearrington Homeowners Association, Inc. | Information for residents of Fearrington Village (fearringtonfha.org). If you want to get our email updates, send a request to frc-nc@hotmail.com.


Swim & Croquet Club

Our croquet program continues year-round. You’ll find that playing on the court on a sunny day in the winter can be the best part of your day! Come join us at our regular events or use TeamReach to find an open court anytime.

Weekly play is scheduled as follows:

Mondays        Mallets and Merlot   2 pm
Wednesdays  Wine and Wickets  2 pm
Thursdays     Ladies Day            10 am  



Tennis & Pickleball Association

Happy New Year to All!

FTPA tennis and pickleball players have had a wonderful year. We are thankful for the friendships we’ve made and the continued growth of our organization.  

We could not have achieved our success this past year without the support and cooperation of all our tennis and pickleball players!

We hope 2023 will be another year of health for our members and continuing growth of Fearrington Village recreation facilities for all residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge.

Check out the buzz on Benchmark! Take advantage of our free pickleball clinics on Sunday mornings at 11 and Wednesdays at 3:30 pm on the courts at Benchmark. Email Stokes Adams at stokesadams63@gmail.com to sign up.

No previous racket or paddle sports experience necessary. The only requirement is that you want to laugh!

For more information on tennis, contact Karen at Khartonallen@gmail.com, or pickleball, contact Betty at Bettycrobie@gmail.com.


Village Singers

Ring the bells! Fearrington Village Singers is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee in 2023! Begun in 1990 with the Harmony Grits, a men’s chorus, followed in 1992 by the Village Voices, a women’s chorus, the two groups combined in 1998 to become the Fearrington Village Singers. We take pride in our long history and the many appealing concerts performed through the years by our veteran singers, accompanied by our gifted pianists, Gina Harrison and Vera Graye, and led for the past 20 years by our extremely talented director of music, Matt Fry. With several new singers who have just come on board, we are singing with glee into our Silver Jubilee!

We thank those who attended our recent Holiday Concert at Galloway Ridge. We hope the favorable reception we received leads to many more years of mutual enjoyment. Please join us in early May for our Spring Concert!


Women of Fearrington

Enjoy making a difference in the lives of others while having fun? Join or renew your membership if you haven’t done so already. Click here for a membership form.

Women of Fearrington, Inc. continues to focus on providing assistance to the women and children of Chatham County through our Wonderful Options grants program. Our website has been updated to link with every current nonprofit grant recipient.

An Evening Conversation with Dr. Anthony (Tony) Jackson, Chatham County Schools Superintendent, Wednesday, February 1, 6:30-7:30 pm, The Gathering Place. Dr. Jackson will share how students are progressing and how the school district is planning for rapid growth. Chatham Education Foundation Executive Director Jaime Detzi will also be on hand. Women of Fearrington members and Fearrington/Galloway Ridge residents are encouraged to invite neighbors with children and grandchildren and anyone with an interest in our public schools to join us! To register, click here.

A book swap will be held at a member’s home on Thursday, February 16, 10 am. Participation is limited to 12 fully vaccinated WoF members. Hostess and address will be announced on Friday, February 10. Check the website for more information and registration.

February General Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, at 1:30 pm in The Gathering Place. Stephanie Terry, executive director WEBB Squared, will discuss Closing Chatham’s Racial Wealth Gap. To register, click here.

Our website is a great place to learn about us, join, donate, or even be tempted to volunteer. To donate, click here. We always appreciate your support.


Community Agencies

Chatham Connecting

Bringing Together Those Who Need Help with Those Who Can Help

We’re two months into 2023, and many of us are still thinking about New Year’s resolutions made only a month ago. If you are still thinking about how to get involved with our neighbors in Chatham County, please take a look at the easy-to-use Chatham Connecting website, chathamconnecting.org. There you will find nearly 100 non-profit and county organizations in need of volunteers and donations of all sorts, including financial. We spend lots of time inside during winter, and a change of pace, a way to be involved that would help others, may be welcome. Whether you want to volunteer from home or in person, reading the mission statements of our listed organizations will make it easy to find one that responds to your interests and offers a way to give back. For example, Communities in Schools, Boys & Girls Club, the Chatham Education Foundation, and The Learning Trail help children needing support. The CORA food bank and the Chatham County Council on Aging include many programs that need help. Whatever you can do will be appreciated.


Chatham Education Foundation 

Calling all volunteers! Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Chatham County Schools? Tutoring, proctoring, lunch buddies, stacking books in the library, speaking engagements, and much more. Join the Education Volunteer Corps by following this link. All 19 Chatham County schools are excited to meet new volunteers.


Continuing Education

The School of Athens

The School of Athens (http://www.theschoolofathens.net), a new, independent, unaffiliated, nonprofit, adult academy, meets at The Old Lystra Inn, a historic 1890s renovated farmhouse, with a distinctly local literary history. Its inaugural offering will be its signature class, Ekphrastic Poetry. Ekphrastic poems are inspired by a visual work of art, such as a painting, sculpture, or photograph. 

The Ekphrastic Poetry class meets on four Thursdays (March 2, 9, 16, and 23) from 10 am to noon at the The Old Lystra Inn, 1164 Old Lystra Road, Chapel Hill, 27517. The class is limited to 20 participants and is taught by Blaine Paxton Hall (bio on website). The class fee is $75.00 and includes coffee and homemade refreshments.

On Saturday, April 8, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, the School invites six people to Oishii! (“delicious” in Japanese), a cooking class given by a native Japanese at a private home in Fearrington Village. Participants will enjoy a light meal of authentic Japanese cuisine and sake. There is a $20 fee to cover costs of supplies. 

Enroll now at http://www.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


From the Director

You can do worse than begin each day with a bit of poetry; today I am remembering a few lines from Mary Oliver’s poem “Don’t Hesitate”: “If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it … / don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”

So much is hard in the world right now and we have yet to find an outlet for our worldwide collective grief. Still, joy can bubble up … run with it! On that note, Fearrington Cares is in serious need of an infusion of volunteers who will drive a neighbor to a medical appointment, make minor home repairs, and/or serve on program committees like ambassadors and education. Our current volunteers regularly share how much they enjoy serving in these ways in the community; please consider completing a volunteer offer form and join our team of shining stars! You are welcome to call and speak to a staff member if you have questions that are not answered by descriptions of our volunteer services on our website. 

Knowing that these services (and more) are provided by Fearrington Cares volunteers is a type of “refuge in the storm” when circumstances make us feel most vulnerable. You can easily be part of our neighborhood care circles and share your support as a Fearrington Cares Volunteer. John Steinbeck says “Life is like an empty field. With intention it becomes a garden, without it weeds and debris will take over. Something will grow either way, but it’s your choice what takes root.” Intention creates reality. What do you want to help grow in your neighborhood?

The volunteer offer form can be printed at home or filled out online from our website, or picked up at the Center between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm any weekday.

It Takes a Village …. Come Share Your Ideas

Thursday, February 9, 7:00 pm at The Gathering Place

The Fearrington Cares Education Committee is inviting all of our residents to come share your thoughts about the educational sessions that Fearrington Cares offers twice a month. The Committee wants to hear what has been meaningful in the past, what has not, and ideas and thoughts about future programming. We will ask that masks be worn. For those not comfortable coming in person, please feel free to send your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions via email to tlucas9d@gmail.com.

Let’s Help Save Lives!

Monday, February 20, 10 am2:30 pm at Chapin Auditorium, Galloway Ridge

If you were otherwise occupied during our December blood drive, consider donating during the Red Cross Blood Drive at Galloway Ridge. This is open to residents of Galloway Ridge, Fearrington Village, and members of the Duke Center for Living. Appointments are required; please go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Galloway.”

Updates on Hearing Tech

Thursday, February 23, 1:30 pm at The Gathering Place or join via Zoom

Hearing loss as a medical condition has been gaining widespread attention in recent years. Untreated hearing loss has been identified as the most modifiable risk factor in middle-adulthood for developing cognitive decline later in life. With all the attention on hearing loss, coupled with the explosion of nanotechnology, hearing aid technology has become a rapidly evolving field within the healthcare sector. With the addition of OTC hearing aids to the consumer marketplace, understanding where to start with hearing care can be confusing. This presentation by Dr. Caitlyn Whitson, UNC Hearing and Communication Center, will review the current state of prescription-based and OTC hearing aids, their available features, and other technology to improve hearing accessibility. Click here to join by Zoom on the day of the presentation.

Free Hearing Screening

Tuesday, March 14, 1:00-3:45 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

The UNC Hearing and Communication Center offers a wide range of hearing services including complete diagnostic evaluations, aural rehabilitation and a variety of amplification and assistive listening devices. The Center will sponsor free hearing screenings for Villagers who want to learn whether they would benefit from a full hearing evaluation. Dr. Patricia Johnson will be on site for the hearing screenings and one-on-one counseling. Please call the Center (919-542-6877) to schedule a free 10-minute appointment.

Busy Hands Together

Tuesdays, February 7 and 21, 9:45-11:15 am (note time change) at the Fearrington Cares Center

Do you enjoy handwork or have a button that needs re-attaching? Would you enjoy crafting with others? If you crochet, knit, make cards, scrapbook, needlepoint, or practice any other craft, we invite you to bring your project and join us at Fearrington Cares for a twice-monthly get together on the first and third Tuesday of each month. This is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and make progress on your favorite craft. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, then let’s get together for crafting, conversation, and fellowship.

Nurse Consultation Triage Clinic

Same-day appointments, 9:00 am-noon

Please call the Center at 919-542-6877 if you would like to see a nurse in the triage clinic. We will see you on the day you call if you can be here before noon. Fearrington Cares offers free nursing consultation for first aid, blood pressure checks, tick removal, suture removal (if you bring a suture removal kit provided by your surgeon), consultations regarding medical services, and in-home care services.

Concierge Service: Healthy Feet!

A new service, Routine Foot Care, provided by Pedi Cure, is now available (for a fee) in the Center. The new service will provide comprehensive foot care by a professional licensed with the state of NC. Appointments are made through Fearrington Cares when the Center is open (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm). A resident will contract with the provider and pay directly for these services. More details can be found at fearringtoncares.org/staying-healthy/concierge-services/

Movement Classes at the Fearrington Cares Center (except as noted)

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

Mondays, 11:30 am—Chair Yoga (at The Gathering Place)

Wednesdays, 11:30 am—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises (No Classes in February.)

Thursdays, 10:00 am—Chair Tap Dance (No Class February 16.)

Thursdays, 11:30 am—Line Dancing (No class February 16.)

Thursdays, 2:30 pm—Intermediate Yoga (No classes in February.)

Fridays, 11:30 am—Light Cardio

Support Groups Meeting in Person at the Fearrington Cares Center

Alcoholics Anonymous: Mondays, 10:00 am

Parkinson’s Group: Tuesday, February 7, 21; 1:30—3:30 pm

Brainiacs Memory Café: Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Meditation: Fridays, 10:00 am

Health Services Offered 
at the Fearrington Cares Center
By Appointment
(9:00 am—12:00 pm, Monday—Friday)

Nurse Consultation Triage Clinic:

Call 919-542-6877. Same day appointments available.

Support Groups via Zoom
fearringtoncares.org > Services > Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group:

Wednesdays, February 1, 15; 1:00 pm

Living with Chronic Conditions:

Thursdays, February 2, 16; 1:00 pm


Feeling Overwhelmed by Technology?

Do you know what a smart TV is? Do you think your smart phone is smarter than you? Do you worry that Alexa is talking to Siri behind your back and conspiring with your Roomba? Get help! (Not for the paranoia, but for the technology!) There are wonderful resources available for seniors of all ages. Two prominent ones are Cyber-Seniors and the Personal Technology Resource Center of AARP. 

Cyber-Seniors was developed by young students to connect with people who needed help with technology. You can view web videos on an amazing number of topics and actually book a one-on-one phone session of up to 45 minutes with a volunteer. There is an amazing range of topics online including how to clean your devices (the outsides!), how to clean your devices (the insides—cache, memory, stuff you don’t know about yet!), how to shop for devices, and much more.

AARP may not be so one-on-one with their help, but the Technology Resource Center has clearly written descriptions of myriad technological wonders (USB-A, USB-C, Thunderbolt-3—we’re just having fun here, but you may actually want to know the differences at some point). And their information is also free. Don’t pine for your flip phone; get help with your technology!

A Note from Chatham County DSS

Dear Volunteers of Fearrington Cares: We were so excited for your donations of winter items for the Department of Social Services. We have been distributing during the month of December and were able to get them into the hands of many grateful people. We are so fortunate to have people like you supporting our community. Sincerely, Jennie Kristiansen, Director.

SHIIP Volunteers Serve 75 Residents

Gratitude is due to our two SHIIP volunteers, Judy and John, who helped Fearrington residents review their Part D Drug Plan for the 2023 Medicare insurance year. This annual review is important for everyone who carries a Part D plan. Nearly half of the residents did not need to make a change, but those who did saved a lot of money—more than $65,000 this cycle! Open enrollment happens every year from mid-October until early December. Mark your 2023 calendar now to participate this year if you utilize a drug plan with your Medicare.!

Welcome to Our New Residents

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



Cathy & Edward (Ed) Barrows

29 Speyside Circle

Richard P. (Rich) & Sheila B. Beaudry

315 Baneberry Close

Paige & Phillip Edgerton

75 Trundle Ridge

                                 Elaine Teresa (Terry) Fuller

19 West Madison (1161*)

*Fearrington Post number
**Galloway Ridge

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

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

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

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


February 2023 Calendar

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

View Calendar by Month

View Calendar as a List

These links will bring you to the online Combined Village Calendar, which is updated periodically from multiple sources.  The Table below contains the calendar compiled by the editors from announcements that are submitted for publication.

February 1
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckGussys Greek TruckDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
February 1
6:30-7:30 pm
Women of FearringtonConversation with
Chatham County
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Jackson & Chatham Education Foundation Executive Director
Jaime Detzi
“How students are progressing and how the school district is planning
for rapid growth”
Carole Breckinridge
breck130@gmail.com 919-704-8548
February 8
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckTa Contento Mex FreshDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
February 9
1:30 pm
Fearrington Great DecisionsLectureFred Welfil
February 9
7 pm
Fearrington CaresShare Your Ideas for Future Education ProgramsFearrington Cares
February 10
10 am
The Gathering Place &
via Zoom
Bulls and Bears Investment ClubMonthly MeetingAnna Shearer
ashearer1219@gmail.com 703-217-0322
February 11
1-4 pm
Fearrington Mah Jongg DragonsMah JonggRobin Weinberger
weinrob@msn.com 919-219-5228
Polly Williams pw82550@gmail.com 919-478-4260
February 14
Time TBD
Snow Camp
Fearrington Genealogy GroupCane Creek MeetingBarbara Ashby
February 15
10:15 am
AM Book Club
Monthly book group discussionCatherine Clare
catfearr@gmail.com 919-704-8806
February 15
1:30 pm
Women of FearringtonFebruary General Meeting
Stephanie Terry, executive director, WEBB Squared “Closing Chatham’s Racial Wealth Gap”
Carole Breckinridge
breck130@gmail.com 919-704-8548
February 15
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckChirba DumplingDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
February 16
10 am
Member’s home
Women of FearringtonSmall Group Gathering –
Book swap
(limited to 12 guests)
Carole Breckinridge
breck130@gmail.com 919-704-8548
February 16
1-2:30 pm
Fearrington Dog ClubMonthly Meeting
“Ask the Dog Trainer”
Ann Melchior
February 20
10 am-2:30 pm
Chapin Auditorium
Galloway Ridge
Community Outreach
Galloway Ridge
Red Cross Blood DriveJennifer Watson
February 21
2:30 pm
Fearrington Garden ClubFebruary Meeting Debbie Liebtag
February 21
7 pm
Fearrington HavurahLeading civil rights attorney
Leslie Winner
Eleanor Cornog
February 22
5-7:30 pm
Food TruckThe Blue WindowDeborah Repplier drepplier@gmail.com
February 23
1:30 pm
Fearrington CaresEducation Program: Updates on Hearing TechFearrington Cares
February 24
Time TBD
via Zoom
Fearrington Genealogy GroupDavid Morrow
“Patriots of Color in Chatham County: Untold Stories”
Barbara Ashby
February 26
3 pm
Fearrington Concert SeriesLyricosa String QuartetSheila Creth sheilachapelhill@gmail.com Galloway Ridge residents contact: Nina Alperin
February 28
7 pm
Fearrington Democratic ClubMarcia Morey, NC State Representative
“Addressing Gun Violence in North Carolina”
Cheri DeRosia cheri_derosia@hotmail.com 919-923-4506
Meeting Multiple Days in February
February 1, 8, 15, & 22
1 pm
Fearrington Duplicate Bridge ClubFearrington Duplicate BridgeDianne Hale
February 1, 8, 15, & 22
2 pm
Swim & CroquetWine and WicketsJan Droke
jantomdro@gmail.com 817-565-8145
February 2, 9, 16, & 23
10 am
Swim & CroquetLadies DayJan Droke
jantomdro@gmail.com 817-565-8145
February 6, 13, 20, & 27
2 pm
Swim & CroquetMallets and MerlotJan Droke
jantomdro@gmail.com 817-565-8145
Upcoming Events in March
March 2, 9, 16, & 23
10 am–12 pm
The Old Lystra Inn
1164 Old Lystra Road Chapel Hill
The School of AthensEkphrastic Poetry classBlaine Paxton Hall bph7952@gmail.com

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.

PresidentRose Krasnow
Vice PresidentAmy Ghiloni
SecretaryJudy Graham
TreasurerSteve Gambino
CommunicationsTony Carroll
Community AffairsPam Bailey
CovenantsEric Frank
Grounds and LandscapingPatrick McGahan
Health, Safety and SecuritySteve Stewart
Infrastructure and FacilitiesMark Haslam

The Belted Gazette

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


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? Email us at the above address and we will send you the Publishing Guidelines.

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

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

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).