FHA Newsletter 2022-06 June

FHA Newsletter 2022-06 June


June 2022  Volume 41  Number 6

President’s Message

I suspect that many of you moved to Fearrington Village because you loved its bucolic nature—the trees, the cows, the walking paths, and the ease of getting around. Well, hold onto your hats. While the Village should stay the same, everything around us is clearly going to change. I recently attended the Chatham Chamber of Commerce development breakfast, and I learned a lot. Here is a rundown of the speakers and the development that is on the way.

The first speaker was Chip Price, mayor pro tem of Siler City. He said they have approved 3,118 new dwelling units. That’s a significant number, but he also said they were making upgrades to their water-treatment plant and expanding their wastewater-treatment plant capacity from 2 million gallons per day to 4 million. At least in Siler City, they seem to understand that growth requires infrastructure.

Karen Howard, Chatham County commissioner, pointed out that the population of the county had grown from 50,000 people in 2000 to 78,000 in 2022, but that the rate of growth would probably be greater going forward. She outlined the developments that had been approved in Chatham County just in the last year. These included Chapel Oaks—31 lots off Old Lystra Road, Herndon Farms Compact Community—164 lots and a congregate-care facility off 15-501 across from Briar Chapel, Vickers Village Compact Community—115 lots and commercial development on 15-501 and Jack Bennett Road, Pyewacket Conservation Subdivision—92 lots off Jones Ferry Road, Ridgecrest Estates—30 lots off Hamlets Chapel Road, the Conservancy at Jordan Lake subdivision—1,524 lots off Old US 1, the McBane Park Conservation Subdivision—149 lots off Old Graham Road, and Chestnut Creek—14 lots off Jones Ferry Road. Note how many call themselves either a compact community, a conservancy, or a conservation subdivision. Ms. Howard expressed the opinion that the new Unified Development Ordinance that the county is currently working on should give them more tools to address development. We shall see.

Chris Kennedy, town manager of Pittsboro (with a population of approximately 4,300 in 2018), said that they had approved the construction of 27,000 new dwelling units!!! While Chatham Park represents the great majority of these, with 22,000 units, other developments, such as the Townsend Tract, with 2,200 homes geared toward retirees, have been approved as well.

We also heard from Greg Stafford, the developer of a project called SoCo, which stands for south of the courthouse. Located in the area near the old Pittsboro Roadhouse and The Mod, SoCo is designed to be a new dining and nightlife destination. SoCo sponsored the recent pub crawl in Pittsboro, which drew 2,500 people! This number was larger than anyone had expected and created some logistical challenges, according to the organizers, but it indicates a lot of pent-up demand for entertainment options.

Mike Smith, head of economic development for Chatham County, spoke to us about VinFast, the new Vietnamese electric vehicle manufacturing plant that has laid claim to almost 2,000 acres of land at Triangle Innovation Point near Moncure. This project, which was announced about two months ago, is expected to create 7,500 jobs in phase 1 alone, and is the largest economic development project in North Carolina history. The site is within an hour’s drive of 22 North Carolina counties, which should help the company find the necessary employees, and they will be working with Central Carolina Community College to provide the necessary training. Since then, FedEx has announced that they will build a 338,000- square-foot distribution facility near VinFast. According to Mr. Smith, each VinFast job will generate about seven others.

A panel discussion followed with the speakers and Kirk Bradley, who is the developer of Mosaic, which is the large commercial development being built alongside Chatham Park. He said they have seven buildings that are complete or nearly so, including The Guild, which consists of 165 units of urban-style apartments; a Hampton Inn, which just broke ground and is the first hotel ever to be built in Chatham County; some condos; an entertainment commons for outdoor concerts; and a 350-seat live-performance venue. He is also the developer of Northwood Landing, the 92- acre project just south of Northwood High School, which will include a 49,000-square-foot Lowe’s Food Store, a Zaxby’s, a full-service carwash, and 312 garden apartments.

Even though I am an urban planner by profession, it’s hard for me to imagine just how much all of this growth will change the land around us. While I suspect that it will make Fearrington Village even more special, and that our property values should continue to go up, I have to believe that the northeast part of the county of which we are a part (and remember that we are a very big county at 710square miles) will lose much of its rural charm. I’m thankful that we now have a Futures Committee that is trying to look ahead to make sure that Fearrington Village remains the wonderful place that we now call home.

—Rose Krasnow, president@fhaboard.org


From Our FHA Board

Communications Report

Two brief items:

• As a follow-up to our email of May 8, we contacted Pittsboro Postmaster Pete Siragusa to clarify how packages would be treated going forward. He confirmed that they would continue to be handled as they have been in the past.

• The Fitch organization advised us that maintenance is going to be required on the whirligigs in the cow pasture by the main Village entrance. This will require them to be taken down, one at a time, and sent offsite for repairs, which may be a slow process. So please don’t be alarmed as you see them being taken down—whirlier times await us.

—Tony Carroll, communications@fhaboard.org

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
TreasurerTony Daniels
CommunicationsTony Carroll
Community AffairsPam Bailey
CovenantsEric Frank
Grounds and LandscapingZachary Traywick
Health, Safety and SecurityWarren Ort
Infrastructure and FacilitiesMark Haslam

The Belted Gazette

Newsletter Staff:
Copy EditorDiane Frazier
Features Editor & Copy EditorJackie Walters
FHA AdvisorTony Carroll
Graphic Designer & Photo EditorLeslie Palmer
Production EditorJan Kowal
ProofreaderJenny Walker
Web Page
Gordon PitzAlison Tozer
Printing and Distribution:
Carol KurtzBarbara Amago
This Month’s Contributors
Pam BaileyAmy Ghiloni
Carolyn & John BoyleRose Krasnow
Tony CarrollAdrienne Lallo
John P. EckbladWendy Snodgrass


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).

The Buzz on Corporate Landlords

The Charlotte Observer has reported that in recent years, 40,000 homes in North Carolina have been purchased by a handful of investment corporations, which has resulted in a quarter of rental homes in Mecklenburg County (the most affected county) being owned by these corporations. In the Triangle, companies own more than 6,000 single-family homes, concentrated on the east side of Wake County. The Raleigh News & Observer recently reported that Yamasa, a Japanese conglomerate, has scooped up 183 homes in single-family neighborhoods from Smithfield to Cary in the past four years, spending nearly $49 million on the purchases.

The impact of this frenzy is yet to be fully realized. The buying power of these companies is enormous. And in this extremely competitive market, many hoped-to-be home buyers are being squeezed out. There is also concern about the negative effect that a large percentage of rental homes can have on a community.

What does this mean to Fearrington Village?

Currently, one of the most commonly discussed tactics is using the power of homeowners associations (HOAs). In order to mitigate the potential adverse effects of corporate landlords on their communities, numerous HOAs have made changes to their covenants, such as limiting the percentage of rentals that are allowed in a community or limiting the first 12 to 24 months of home ownership to owner-occupants. Officials in Mecklenburg County say they support HOAs that want to take such action.

Fearrington Village currently does not have in place covenants or policies aimed at corporate landlords. As the Village’s HOA, the FHA must obtain 75% homeowner approval to adopt any change to its covenants. Some service groups, such as Countryhouse, have already adopted a rental cap, and other service groups are investigating their options.

Increasing awareness is the first step. We want to protect our community while protecting property rights. Your FHA will continue to monitor the trends that affect Fearrington.

—Amy Ghiloni, vp@fhaboard.org


This Month’s Features


Scene Around Fearrington

Fearrington dogs have had their day. Now it’s our cats’ turn to pose for the camera. Fearrington residents who wish to submit their cat photos for the July/August issue should send them to LesPalmerartstudio@gmail.com. Please put “Scene Around Fearrington Cats” in the subject line. Be sure to include the cat’s name, owner, and the name of the photographer.

This Month’s Photographer: John P. Eckblad

Bio: Educated as a social psychologist, my career has been focused on helping large European chemical companies develop corporate and personnel strategies that are enabling them to adapt in a world of changing priorities and responsibilities.

My wife, Susie, and I have published English and French catalogues of our collection of artist prints depicting work and industrialization and have prepared and presented museum exhibitions of aspects of our collection in the US, UK, France, and Belgium. For more about our collection, catalogues, and exhibitions please see our website, Art-in-Industry.com.

Point of View

I’ve come to value views of where I’ve worked and now, those of where I live—from the noise, color, and movement of large, heavy industrial sites to the deep serenity of life here in Fearrington Village.

Fresh Strawberries to Say “Thanks!”

By Pam Bailey

Our village thrives on the good work of volunteers. They serve this community as leaders, writers, artists, woodworkers, techies, and just an extra pair of hands. If you have helped clean Camden Park, organized an event, served on an FHA committee, laid out the newsletter, greeted your new neighbors with a welcome packet, convened a “gazebo gathering,” or overseen the paving of our roads, you have been a part of what makes this village a real village. It is more than a collection of streets and houses; it is a place where neighbors come together as a connected community.


Pam Bailey (center) surrounded by just a few of our many volunteers (photographer unknown—a passerby)

And on May 18, in the height of strawberry season, this village came together to thank all the Village volunteers who have done so much to make Fearrington Village the wonderful place it is. The strawberry truck arrived with over 200 quarts of freshly picked organic strawberries to hand out to Village volunteers in appreciation of their contributions. FHA Boardmembers—they themselves volunteers—were on hand to thank them, and other residents stopped by to say thanks as well.


Birdhouse skillfully restored by Art Lituchy. Photo: Pam Bailey

On another note, a special thanks to volunteer Art Lituchy, who gave new life to this bird house that now stands proudly outside of The Gathering Place. He removed the former roof and replaced the tiny shingles that had rotted with new ones. Thank you, Art, for being the first person to answer a “One and Done” request for volunteer help!

Opportunities to volunteer abound. Email community@fhaboard.org to letus know if you are ready and willing to become a member of this vital group!

—Pam Bailey, Director of Community Affairs

Barbara Gilbert Leads the Pack

                        By Adrienne Lallo

Barbara Gilbert, left, greeted participants, including Wendy Snodgrass and Milo. Photo: Ed Lallo

Sandefur family with dog. Photo: Melissa Tomich

Outgoing Women of Fearrington 2021-22 co-chair Barbara Gilbert led the team that produced WoF’s 2nd Annual Paws for a Cause on April 24, one of several ways the 35-year-old women’s social and educational club raises money to support projects that aid women and children in Chatham County. The idea for holding a FUNdraiser that features Fearrington Village residents and their canine buddies originated with Galloway Ridge resident Zollene Reissner. In spring 2021, Barbara assembled two teams to lead a “coming out celebration” as Covid-19 vaccines became available and people began venturing out of isolation. This year, one team plotted walks along some of Fearrington’s many lovely paths while Zollene, Debbie Liebtag, Tracy Bailey, Pat Biggers, and Joyce Brennan called upon Pittsboro and nearby merchants to supply door prizes for participants. Pat and Joyce also promoted the event across the village to engage people—and pups—of all ages, including the Sandefur family.

Treasurer Barbara Cleveland took in donations and accounted for proceeds from the sale of whimsical animal cards and ornaments by Kate West, which also helped Paws raise more than $2,000 for organizations ranging from the Autism Society Camp Royall to The Learning Trail tutoring program (Grantees: womenoffearrington.org).

Women of Fearrington, a 501(c)(3) organization, refused to permit the pandemic to disrupt its “learn, laugh and lead” activities and especially its support of its Chatham County grantee recipients during the past two years. Leaders like Barbara and co-chairs Kathleen Angel and Mif Flaharty (2020-21) developed creative and safe ways to present interesting programs by local speakers and sponsor traditional fundraising events such as the annual Holiday Bakery and Market. Going forward, incoming co-chairs Jo Bolig and Adrienne Lallo will continue to engage women throughout Fearrington in the organization’s mission: “To enrich the lives of its members socially, culturally, and intellectually and to help to serve the needs of the women and children of Chatham County.” As for Barbara, she will continue to work on WoF special events and lead from the front, back, and sideways!

Adrienne Lallo and her husband, Ed, have lived in Fearrington for five years. Adrienne volunteers for Chatham Literacy as well as taking on leadership roles for Women of Fearrington.

Food Trucks and a Taste of Travel

By Wendy Snodgrass

Our June food trucks offer your taste buds a chance to travel the world! First, go south of the border with the authentic Mexican cuisine of Ta Contento on June 1. Then visit the cool waters of Maine that produce sweet, tender lobsters for Cousins on June 8. Galavant off to Naples for a genuine wood- fired Neapolitan-style pizza with Presti Pizza on June 15. Finally, take a journey to the Far East for the Asian dumpling delicacies of Chirba Chirba on June 29.

You can plan your travels and book your meal online through our hotspot page at streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage. Remember: Cousins Maine Lobster has their own app for that. Typically, preordering opens on the Monday before the food truck’s arrival. For your Cousins adventure, advance orders begin a few hours before they come.

Pick up at The Gathering Place, and let your taste buds and imagination take you away!

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 Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell. Drawing on the author’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, Hamnet is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child. We will meet at McIntyre’s Bookstore, Wednesday, June 15, at 10:15 am. All residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge are welcome to participate. If you have questions, contact Barbara Thompson at barbzid@gmail.com or 919-444-1836. Please wear a mask.

Cinematic Conversations

Join us for Cinematic Conversations, a new discussion group that meets monthly for film discussion and analysis. Think of it like a book group, only for films instead. If you love movies, this group of kindred spirits is the one for you! 

Email Lily Grace for details and registration at lilygrace@frontier.com or 919-623-2421.

Fearrington Concert Series

The Fearrington Concert Series enthusiastically announces plans for the upcoming 2022-23 season. Music lovers and subscribers are invited to enjoy Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts at The Gathering Place at 3 pm. Former subscribers have received detailed information in the mail about this series and how to resubscribe. New subscribers are welcome. The six-concert series is available for $100 per person. Individual tickets may be purchased on a space-available basis at the door on the afternoon of a concert for $25 per person. The first concert of the 2022-23 season will be on September 11 with a performance by Heartland Baroque. This group’s unusual programmatic style was enthusiastically received by our subscribers in previous years.

For more information, please contact Sheila Creth at sheilachapelhill@gmail.com or Judy Morris at jwmsings@gmail.com. Galloway Ridge subscribers, or potential new subscribers living at Galloway Ridge, should contact Nina Alperin at 919-704-8796.

Fearrington Cooking Club to Begin!

Cook, eat, laugh! Friends who cook together, stay together. If you’re tired of cooking for one and eating alone, join us for a hands-on, participation cooking club. If interested, please contact Lily Grace at lilygrace@frontier.com or Ronnie Coleshill at ronnie.coleshill@gmail.com.

Fearrington Democratic ClubFearrington Democratic Club

The Fearrington Democratic Club will be taking a “working summer break” in June and July, planning future programs and reviewing/revising procedures and documents. Beginning in August, we will have monthly events with Chatham County Board of Education candidates, the Democratic candidate for US Congressional District 9, local Democratic candidates for NC House and Senate, Sheriff, and the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. Updated information will be available in the mail kiosks, Nextdoor for Fearrington, and the Club’s website FearringtonDems.org.

Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg

The Dragons are Ready to Play!!

Fearrington Mah Jongg Dragons will play on the second Saturday of the month, June 11, at The Gathering Place, from 1 to 4 pm, provided that The Gathering Place is open to Fearrington groups. We will contact all members if we do not play on June 11. We play under the guidelines of The Gathering Place. As such, we must limit our number to 50, and masks are optional. Because of this limitation, it is important to cancel if you discover you are not able to play, so someone else can take your spot.

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

Drinks and snacks will be provided!

May the jokers be ever in your favor!!

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.

Fearrington Garden Club

The Fearrington Garden Club has had a wonderful and enjoyable year that featured numerous field trips and enriching speakers. We look forward to September with new involvement. Plan on checking back with us in the fall. We will be ready with speakers and educational venues. We even have a program in place for September! An interesting year will unfold!!

Fearrington Golf Club

The Fearrington Golf Club held its annual spring tournament on Thursday, May 5, at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Sanford, NC. Thirty-one members and guests participated in this fun-filled event.

Awards included free rounds of golf, dinners at Kipos Greek Taverna, and cash prizes.

Many thanks to Tad McArdle for coordinating this event, Jerry Gianni for setup and pictures, and the great staff at Quail Ridge Golf Course. 

Fearrington Green Scene

The Green Scene was pleased to team with the FHA for the May 21 “3-in-1” event at The Gathering Place. We want to thank the many residents who participated. And we are especially grateful to Amy Ghiloni and her firm, Re/Max United, for their generous financial support of the event.

We extend a warm invitation to Fearrington residents to attend a memorial service honoring the life of Henry Castner. As many of you know, Henry made a major contribution to the environment of our Village for his steadfast work in the creation, maintenance, and growth of the Fearrington system of trails that we continue to enjoy (use the link provided and scroll down the page). The service will take place at The Gathering Place on Saturday, June 18, at 2 pm.

Our meetings are suspended until September. In the meantime, we wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer.

Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club

We have great news for our yoga enthusiasts! Emily Silverman is teaching yoga on Saturdays at 8:30 am through June 18. As with the Club’s water classes, there will be no charge for yoga. However, members will need key cards to enter the Club at that time of the day. If you can’t find your old key card, or if you’re new to the system, email your request for a $5 key card to fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com.

Yoga classes and water classes are on our website calendar (on the FHA website at fearringtonfha.org), and at our attendants’ station. Any changes to the schedule will also be posted there. Be aware that the Club’s water classes start-time is determined by pool temperature. 

Croquet classes are booked, and we’re looking forward to seeing more members on the court. There are lots of ways to enjoy our Club!

Fearrington Village Singers

🎶🎶 Fill Your Life with Music 🎶🎶

The Fearrington Village Singers announce our first annual summer membership drive. You will see us all around the Village knocking on doors Monday, June 6, through Friday, June 10, between 10 am and 3 pm.

We will be welcoming new music lovers from all our neighborhoods, Galloway Ridge, and the surrounding area. We will give information packets to all residents and neighbors who might wish to sing with us.

Plan to join us in early September, as we begin rehearsals for our winter concerts. For more information, visit fearringtonvillagesingers.org or call Donna Corgnati, membership chair, at 919-696-7353.

Women of Fearrington

Saturday, April 23, was a glorious spring day for the Second Annual Paws for a Cause! More than 60 folks, plus dogs, participated, and we made over $2,200 for our charities. The camaraderie was heartwarming! 

A summer road trip is being planned for mid-July, especially for newcomers to Fearrington Village. We will go to the Chatham County Court House for an “Introduction to Pittsboro: Past, Present, and Future.” Stay tuned via our website or posters in kiosks for more details later.

Jo Bolig and Adrienne Lallo have been elected to co-chair Women of Fearrington for the year beginning July 1, 2022.

Community Agencies

Chatham Connecting: Connecting Those Who Need Help with Those Who Can Help

Summer is closing in fast and many youth are looking for some ways to earn extra credit for service activities while school is out. A quick look at the Chatham Connecting website, chathamconnecting.org, can provide a portal to organizations whose mission a young person (or an adult) might support. There’s even a special button that will link youth to specific organizations looking for youth volunteers. A variety of nonprofits and Chatham County agencies are listed, so there’s something for everyone. With the two-year pandemic losses and the continuing number of vacancies in Chatham County, many organizations would be grateful for the help. You or a high-school-level student might snag a challenging and important role as a volunteer. Opportunities abound for doing event planning, tutoring children and adults, serving on committees, or taking part in communication efforts such as preparing newsletters. Collecting donations of clothes and household items and delivering them to one of nearly 90 organizations listed on Chatham Connecting is another way to give back. Your Chatham County neighbors will thank you.

Community Remembrance Coalition—Chatham and Chatham County Western NAACP Chapters 5377 & 5388

Zoom with us on June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for a book discussion of On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed. RSVP at crc-c.org to get the Zoom link.

Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road from June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in Texas, to Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond.

The program will be moderated by June Carter Perry, professor emerita, Mount Holyoke College; ambassador/diplomat in residence, Howard University; and CRC-C member. The panelists are Stella Horton and Jo Corro. For more information, go to the link above.



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

On the hardest days, I think “maybe I am not making a difference.” I don’t often have those days, but if I do, I am reminded by Jim Shultz that there are no ways to know what impact we actually have and no guarantees that what we do will make a difference. Jim says, “So we guess, and there are two different ways we can guess wrong. The first is to overestimate our power to change what’s coming and to give people … ‘false hope’ …. The second is to underestimate what is possible, to believe that we are less powerful than we actually are, and to do less than we can. That’s the wrong guess that worries me more.” In the end, I agree with Jim, “Faced with a choice between disappointment or failing to do all that is possible, I don’t find the decision a hard one to make.

Fearrington Cares volunteers and programs absolutely make a difference and, while we may overestimate our power to change what’s coming, I think the effort is worth it. In the first quarter of 2022, we piloted six new programs and will continue to make new programs available across the coming months. If you have not yet considered participation in new or longstanding programs, I hope you find a program that piques your interest in June! If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, we are looking for your help on our caregiving support team, our handyperson team, our driving team, and/or as an ambassador for Fearrington Cares on your street. Please join in our programming and in our volunteer opportunities; contact me with questions and ideas.

—Karen Metzguer, karen@fearringtoncares.org/919-542-6877

The Rumble and the Respite

Friday, June 10, 10:00 am—2:00 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Registration required

As you might imagine in a neighborhood of more than 2,000 individuals, with an average age of 72, there are a number of caregivers in Fearrington Village. Fearrington Cares will host a pilot program, “The Rumble and the Respite,” once a month that is designed to add fun and comradery to the lives of individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living, while affording their caregivers the opportunity to take a break from their daily and continuous caregiving responsibilities. For our program, the term “caregiver” will be used to describe an unpaid family member, most often a spouse, who provides direct care for activities of daily living for a loved one. Participation in this program will benefit both the caregiver and the care recipient.

The Rumble and the Respite is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable space, along with activities, for care recipients, while giving their caregivers a break from this daily responsibility. Fearrington Cares currently provides a regular monthly Caregiver Support Group, but for many caregivers, it is impossible to attend unless care is available for the care recipient. Our new pilot program will allow Fearrington Cares to provide respite by hosting an educational and entertaining session, including lunch, for care recipients. So long as it is okay with the care recipients, we invite the caregivers to leave and do something by themselves! Caregivers can contact Karen (919-542-6877 or karen@fearringtoncares.org) for details and to register before June 3. 

If you know a caregiver who may not be getting to read email as often as they might, please share this information and encourage them to call.

Busy Hands Together

Tuesdays, June 7 and 21, 9:30-11:00 am 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.

Crossroads Conversations

Wednesday, June 8, 1:30-3:00 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Registration required

What determines what we remember and what we forget? Come for an illuminating presentation and leave after conversation and laughter with other Villagers about our amazing brains! Have you ever misplaced something you were just holding? Completely blanked on a famous actor’s name? Walked into a room and immediately forgot why? Neuroscientist Lisa Genova digs into two types of memory failures that we regularly experience—and reassures us that forgetting can be totally normal. Please call the Center and let us know you are planning to attend: 919-542-6877.

Herbs to Optimize Your Health and Support Healthy Aging

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

Bill Rawls, MD, has a wealth of knowledge about the potent healing properties of herbs. He will discuss herbal remedies and natural protocols that may be useful for a variety of health and age-related issues. His presentation of the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial qualities of natural products will highlight the management of stressors that contribute to the aging process. He will also offer suggestions on how to integrate herbs into your diet through culinary herbs, tinctures, and supplements.

Dr. Rawls is a licensed medical doctor in North Carolina and a leading expert in integrative health. He has extensive training in alternative therapies, which he personally used to overcome his Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. He is the author of Unlocking Lyme: Myths, Truths, and Practical Solutions for Chronic Lyme Disease and has a forthcoming book on managing health issues with herbal remedies. He is co-founder and Medical Director of Vital Plan, a holistic health and herbal supplement company based in Cary.

New Care Circle for Women

Thursdays, July 14, 21, and 28, 2:00 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

If your spouse or partner has died in the last three years, it has probably been difficult to get the support you need for this life-changing transition. Fearrington Cares invites you to come to the Center in July to meet other women on this path and design our newest support group. If you are interested but unable to participate on those days, please call Karen (919-542-6877) to discuss.

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

Suggested donation of $2/class session (cash or check to Fearrington Cares)

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

Wednesdays, 11:30—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises (At The Gathering Place June 1, 8, 22, 29; at Fearrington Cares Center June 15.)

Thursdays, 10:00 am—Chair Tap Dance

Thursdays, 11:30 am—Line Dancing

Support Groups Meeting in Person

at the Fearrington Cares Center

Alcoholics Anonymous: Mondays, 10:00 am

Brainiacs Memory Café: Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Rumble and Respite: Friday, June 10, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Health Services Offered

at the Fearrington Cares Center

(9:00 am—12:00 pm, Monday—Friday)

Nurse Consultation: Walk-in clinic open for fully vaccinated residents.

Appointment required for unvaccinated residents; call 919-542-6877.

Foot Clinic: Thursday, June 16; appointment required, call 919-542-6877.

Support Groups via Zoom

fearringtoncares.org > Services > Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group: Wednesdays, June 1, 15; 1:00 pm

Living with Chronic Conditions: Thursdays, June 2, 16; 1:00 pm

Blood Drive

Monday, July 11, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at The Barn

After the great success of our January blood drive, Fearrington Cares and Fitch Creations are giving you another chance to bleed without the benefit of leeches. Call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule your life-saving appointment or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Fearrington.

Help Save the Planet AND Little Kids!

Through minimal effort on your part, you can magically turn used aluminum cans into car seats for needy kids. Actually no magic is needed. The good guys at North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department Station No.1 (just across US 15-501 from our Village) are collecting empty aluminum cans. They use the proceeds to buy car seats for families who need them.

There is a large collection cage on top of a trailer just behind their building. You can depart with your beloved cans there and feel good about it! Please note that this is just for aluminum cans.

Volunteer Handypersons Needed!

The talented (and good-looking) pool of handypersons that serve Fearrington Village through Fearrington Cares is looking to expand. If you have handy skills (or are just enthusiastic about helping), please visit the Fearrington Cares Center to complete a volunteer form or complete the form online at our website (fearringtoncares.org/getting-involved/become-a-volunteer/). We promise to never overuse our volunteers and you get to meet fascinating denizens of the Village.

Welcome to New Residents

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


Richard F. & Susan M. Alexander395 Lyndfield Close
Elizabeth Malan Assaf258 Clover Thatch
George M. (Chip) & Nancy C. Chescheir17 Caswell Sidewalk (1226*)
Mary Edmonds & R. Alan (Alan) Spearman4413 Richmond Close
Betty Fulton & Svetozar (Zare) Kokotovic310 Baneberry Close
Ann Jamison (Annie) Loftin13 East Madison (1053*)
Barbara S. (Barb) & Martin J. (Marty) Lougheed4420 Richmond Close
John T. & Roni F. Noland21 Caldwell (1187*)
Evelyn & Lawrence E. (Larry) Paulson832 Langdon
Pamela (Pam) Phillips307 Baneberry Close
Jane RossB-006 B Wing**
Harriet & Ron Thomas634 Spindlewood

* 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 Resident. 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. At the login page, click the Register button. There, enter in 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 can use the same email address. Notices 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.


June 2022 Calendar

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

Sunday June 5 4 pmFearrington Swim & Croquet ClubCroquet Strategy complimentary group lesson; Fearrington Swim & Croquet ClubJan Droke jantomdro@gmail.com Contact to sign up.
Saturday June 11 1-4 pmFearrington Mah Jongg DragonsMah JonggRobin Weinberger weinrob@msn.com 919-219-5228 Polly Williams pw82550@gmail.com 919-478-4260
Wednesday June 15 10:15 amAM Book ClubDiscussion of Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell; McIntyre’s BookstoreBarbara Thompson barbzid@gmail.com 919-444-1836
Saturday June 18 2 pmFearrington Green SceneMemorial service for Henry CastnerJason Welsch 914-806-4852
Meeting Multiple Days in June
Saturday June 4, 11, & 18 8:30 amFearrington Swim & Croquet ClubYoga; Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club 
Monday-Friday June 6-10 10 am-3pmFearrington Village SingersInaugural Membership Drive; door-to-doorDonna Corgnati donnacorgnati@gmail.com 919-696-7353