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This Month’s Announcements

 

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AM Book Club

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

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

Concert Series

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

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

Individual tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door on a space-available basis. Please direct any questions to Jo Bolig at jobolig@gmail.com, or to Nina Alperin at Galloway Ridge by phone at 919-704-8796.

Fearrington Democratic Club

Democratic Club

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

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

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

To request the link to register for Zoom or to request a ride to and from the meeting from one of our volunteer drivers, use the form on the Club’s website Contact Us (fearringtondems.org) by 5 pm on the day of the event—and earlier is better.

Dog Club

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

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

We have a full schedule of interesting speakers lined up for spring 2024. We meet the third Thursday of each month through May at 1 pm. You’ll learn something new about man’s best friend at every meeting. Watch for our announcements here, our flyers at mail kiosks, and find a full rundown of the club and speaker schedule on our club’s web portal at Fearrington Homeowners Association, Inc. | Information for residents of Fearrington Village (fearringtonfha.org).

Duplicate Bridge Club

Join us for a face-to-face game every Wednesday in March. We play at 1 pm at The Gathering Place. We’re always looking to add new players. Play the first time is free; after that, the cost is $7 to defray the costs. Questions? Please contact Dianne Hale at haledianne@gmail.com.

Fearrington Village Singers

Share the Gift of Music with the Fearrington Village Singers

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

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

Garden Club

March 19 at 2 pm at The Gathering Place

Invasive Plants: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, with Johnny Randall

A great deal is known about the negative effects that invasive plants have on the biological diversity in natural ecosystems and in the cultivated landscape, and the importance of native plant use. Despite this heightened awareness, many continue to ignore the negative ecological consequences posed by invasive plants. In this presentation, Johnny Randall, director of conservation at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (1998-2023) and currently adjunct faculty in the UNC-Chapel Hill Program in environment, ecology, and energy (EP3), will discuss from where and why invasive plants are a problem, misconceptions in the invasive/non-native/nativar/native/near-native debate, and hopeful solutions. 

Free for club members. $5 guest fee at the door for non-members.

Genealogy Group

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

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

Golf Club

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

Here is our March Tuesday/Thursday schedule of outings:

3/5      9:30 – Pinewood, Asheboro

3/7      9:30 – Stoney Creek, Whitset

3/12    9:30 – Forest Oaks, Greensboro

3/14    9:00 – Mill Creek, Mebane

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

                        Modified Scramble Format

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

3/26    9:10 – Quail Ridge, Sanford

3/28    9:00 – Mill Creek, Mebane

If you would like to join our Golf Club or try one of our outings as a guest, please contact Chris Horn, membership chair, cphorn.128@gmail.com. Further info about the Golf Club can be found under Clubs and Other Organizations on the FHA website.

Great Decisions

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

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

Topic—Warning: Gale Force Demographic Wind Gusts Ahead!

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

Green Scene

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

Havurah

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

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

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

Mah Jongg Dragons

This month’s Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg game will be Saturday, February 10, from 1 to 4 pm, at The Gathering Place.

Our games are open to nonmembers, both in Fearrington or who live outside the Village. Guests from outside of Fearrington must be invited by a resident. All guests will need to register and pay $5 each month if they are not a member of the Dragons. Anyone who would like to join the Dragons can pay a membership fee of $25 per year and forego the $5 monthly fee. 

Join us on February 10 for a fun-filled afternoon; snacks and drinks provided.

May the jokers be ever in your favor!!

Piano Plus

We are a small group of dedicated but easy-going musicians (mostly pianists) who enjoy playing for each other once a month in each other’s homes. We are looking for an additional member or two. For more information, call Carolyn, at 919-542-8532.

 

Republican Club

The Fearrington Republican Club will meet on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 pm at The Gathering Place. Bill Crawford, vice-chair of the Chatham County GOP, will speak at our meeting on “Election Integrity.” He brings a wealth of experience in Chatham County politics over many years. All Fearrington and Galloway residents are welcome to attend.

Swim & Croquet Club

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

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

2) It’s almost time to join or renew membership at the club! Anyone who lives in Fearrington Village or Galloway Ridge is eligible to join our beautiful club. Please let us know if you are interested in joining as a new member. The Club Membership portal will open approximately March 7-10 so you may renew online, just as you normally do. Please wait until the membership portal opens to send in your initiation and/or membership dues. For more information on 2024 dues, visit our website: https://sites.google.com/view/fearringtonswimandcroquet/membership?authuser=0

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

Tennis & Pickleball Association

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

Women of Fearrington

Call for Cooking Class Instructors, Coordinators, and Kitchens!

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

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

Please contact Adrienne Lallo, here, by April 1, 2024, for details and to specify how you can help us whip up delicious food and money for the Wonderful Options Fund, which benefits organizations that help underserved women and children in Chatham County.

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

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

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

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

Show Your Village Pride! Village of Fearrington License Plates: Cost: $20 each. All proceeds go to our Wonderful Options Fund. To purchase contact: Kathryn West here.

Women’s 9-Hole Golf Club

We invite Fearrington and Galloway Ridge social golfers to join us Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at Twin Lakes Golf Course (and occasionally other courses) and lunch afterwards. Membership is free, but golf and lunch are paid individually.

For further information contact:

Arlene Labenson at arl366@aol.com or 516-633-9914 or

Susan Lundblad at stlundblad41@gmail.com or 919-593-0316

 

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The School of Athens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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