A Marxist in Fearrington
Hello, I must be going.
I came to say I cannot stay.
I must be going.
I am quoting lyrics from the movie, Animal Crackers, for two reasons. First, because it reaffirms my philosophy as a Marxist—Groucho of course, not Karl. Second, because this is my last column as president of the FHA. Rose Krasnow will adopt that role as of our annual meeting in November, and we are in luck that she has agreed to move from VP to the president’s role. While taking this role may suggest otherwise, Rose is not only sane but brings the talents needed for the challenges ahead.
Previously I called our relationships in the village “Us-ness.” We are in a situation where “us” governs us, where “us” step forward to help others in need, and to improve the quality of life for all of us. I have often stated the need for us to step forward as volunteers in board roles or on one of the various committees.
Yes, this takes time and effort for those who step forward, and we should all recognize this so that we appreciate what we owe to them. In fact, recognizing the time and effort it requires may have caused some of us to decline those roles. But there is another side to that coin I ask you to think about.
For me, as with other volunteers, I have gotten as much out of it as I put into it. I have felt connected to the village in a way that will transcend my three years on The Board, and I feel pride in having met a need. I also have regrets in leaving the FHA Board, in part because I will miss the wonderful team of members. I hope you will all consider those rewarding feelings whenever an opportunity comes along for you to serve.
However, I am not giving up participating in our village life (yes, feel free to groan at that if you wish!):
• I have a strong interest in the possibility of technology making our lives better, and I am working with others to see if we can build a team to advance that cause in Fearrington.
• I have joined the board of Fearrington Cares. Now, you may not personally participate in any of its many programs, but isn’t it great to know it is there, as another example of us supporting us? Here “Us-ness” comes into play in a different way. To help us all as it does, Fearrington Cares depends on all of us opening our wallet for the contributions on which they depend.
Sometimes “us” are also part of the answer to problems in the Village, such as exceeding our 25 MPH speed limit or not fully attending to our covenants. It is “us” who are often responsible for these problems, and so “us” who can solve them.
So please, as final favors to me and to us all, do all you can to make life easier and safer. Join the many volunteers who help wherever they can, and do contribute as much as you can to funding Fearrington Cares.
Join me also in being a good Marxist by following its primary rule, “Live forever or die trying.”
I’m glad I came.
But all the same,
I must be going.
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From Our FHA Board
Update: Wastewater Treatment, & Neighborhood Development
Our thanks to everyone who has written to the county regarding the proposed Fearrington Preserve and their lack of wastewater treatment plans. As has already been reported, the planning board voted 8-3 against allowing the developer, Congruus LLC, to add an additional 184 acres to the Compact Community Ordinance Map. However, as we also said, the planning board only makes a recommendation to the county commissioners. We do not know what they will decide, nor when they will make the decision. It was not on the agenda for their October 18 meeting, which probably means they won’t make a decision until mid-November. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, members of the wastewater treatment task force met with the Fitches and their engineer on October 15. They said that the state has now approved their plans to upgrade their treatment plant, but given supply and labor shortages, it is unlikely any construction would begin before next June. RB also made it abundantly clear that he had no interest in providing wastewater treatment for Fearrington Preserve or in letting them use his additional discharge capacity so that they could send effluent from a plant on their land for discharge into Jordan Lake. His response was clear, and I quote, “NO, NO, and NO!”
The county did agree to create a study commission to look for solutions for providing wastewater treatment to the many developments that are being proposed for the northeastern part of the county that we live in. For those who might be interested in participating, you can request an application from the county manager, Dan LaMontagne, at Dan.LaMontagne@ChathamCountyNC.gov.The County still seems averse to building a regional plant, although it would seem to be the most cost-efficient solution if they want to continue approving so much new growth.
Speaking of which, many of you have asked about the various developments and where they are. Below is a brief summary that I have put together, although I am sure there are other developments that are already on the books that I am not aware of.
Fearrington Preserve: Approximately 400 acres located to the west of 15-501, from Morris Road to the south to Andrews Store Road to the north and Parker Herndon Road to the west. Although no plan has been submitted, they have talked about building up to 525 apartments, 750 single-family and townhomes, and 80,000 sq. ft. commercial.
Vickers Village: Located on the north side of Jack Bennett Road and south side of Vickers Road, on the east side of 15-501. They are proposing 186 residential units (60 single-family homes, 111 townhomes, and 15 condos over retail) and commercial, for which they have not yet provided details. They do plan to build their own wastewater-treatment plant.
Herndon Farms: Approximately 97 acres, located on the east and west sides of 15-501, just north of Vickers Road. On the east side, they are proposing to build a total of 161 residential units, including 92 detached single-family homes, 19 townhouses, 34 detached rowhomes, and 8 duplexes (16 units). It will also have a 2300-sq.-ft. community center/office and a 140,000-sq.-ft. congregant care facility. A private wastewater-treatment plant is proposed on the west side of 15-501.
Williams Corner: 118 acres, located on the east side of 15/501 at the corner between Lystra Road and Legend Oaks subdivision. They are proposing commercial and office, capped at 350,000 sq. ft., which will consist of retail, storage, and office, along with up to 540 multi-family units.
501 Landing: 5-acre parcel on the west side of 15/501 being developed by Bold Development for two buildings totaling 14,400 sq. ft. for retail, office, and restaurants. This has been approved, and construction has started.
It is important to keep in mind that one of the primary purposes of the Compact Community Ordinance is to preserve the rural character of Chatham County. However, a text amendment proposed by Vickers Village appears to make it easier to expand the area designated for compact (denser) development. It would appear that the rural character of the rest of the county may be preserved, but not in the area in which we live.
FHA Annual Meeting, 2021
After much debate, The Board has decided that the 2021 homeowners association annual meeting should once again be held via Zoom. While it is unfortunate that we won’t be able to see one another, we realize that attendance at our virtual webinars has been greater than for our in-person meetings.
The meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 pm. An email invitation will be sent to homeowners early in November. The invitation will contain a link that enables you to register for the meeting. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you have attended any of our other webinars, you will be familiar with the procedures. It will be very helpful if you download beforehand the free version of the Zoom Client for Meetings. As an audience member, you will not be seen or heard, but you can ask questions of the speakers.
One of the most important parts of the annual meeting is the election of new officers. Since the meeting will be held virtually, we will once again be distributing paper ballots listing the candidates for all of the open positions to each owner. We hope you will return your ballot (one copy per household, homeowners only) to a ballot box outside The Gathering Place, or by mail to 599 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312. The deadline for receipt is Nov. 19. Results will be announced at the annual meeting.
During the meeting, speakers will give an overview of the most important issues that have confronted the FHA this year and describe the present situation with respect to these issues. Before the meeting, a Summary of Board Activities for 2021 and the Treasurer’s Statement will be published on the FHA website. You can also find links to the reports on the FHA website: look for Annual Meeting under the FHA tab. The links may contain only placeholders (or possibly last year’s reports) for now, but the reports will be available at least a week before the meeting.
We will have time to respond to attendees’ questions on the topics described in the summaries. The webinar Q & A procedure will be used, which allows attendees to type in a question to be answered by one of the board members. We ask those of you who submit a question to provide a very brief heading describing the topic of the question, so it can be directed to the appropriate source. We will invite residents to submit questions ahead of the meeting; an explanation of how to do this will be provided in the email inviting you to the meeting.
We hope you will take time to attend the annual meeting and learn more about all the issues pertaining to life in Fearrington Village.
2022 Directory: Check Your Information
This is the time of year when we update the printed Fearrington Village Directory & Handbook. We try to make it as accurate as we can at the start of the year, even though it may be out of date soon after it’s printed.
Please check your current directory listing—names, street address, phone numbers, and email addresses—to make sure they are accurate. You can do this by logging into the FHA website, clicking Directory, and selecting Find People. Hint: If the directory doesn’t seem to be working, type the first two letters of the last name, then the remaining letters one by one.
If you need to make changes, you can send the corrected information to email@example.com. If you prefer not to have an email address published in the directory, you can request that it be used only for newsletters and critical FHA emails.
If you are an officer with one of the Fearrington clubs or other organizations, please ensure the current directory information for that group is also correct.
Transfer of Paths to the FHA
In 2020 the FHA Board recognized that not all paths within Fearrington Village were receiving the same level of maintenance. To address this issue, The Board approved the transfer of the maintenance of paths to the FHA. In 2021 a committee was formed made up of representatives of all current path owners, Fearrington Cares, and the FHA, to put together a plan that would facilitate the transfer of path maintenance to the FHA. In the summer of 2021, the proposed plan was approved by all entities.
Rutherford Close paths will now be maintained by the FHA.
To date, paths owned by Henderson Place, Rutherford Close, the Swim & Croquet Club, and Weathersfield have been upgraded to meet the requirements for transferring the path maintenance to the FHA. The FHA has accepted the ongoing maintenance of the paths from Rutherford Close and Swim & Croquet Club. Discussions with Henderson Place and Weathersfield are ongoing, with the intent to transfer those paths, along with the Countryhouse path. We hope to complete this transfer in the next several months.
On Oct. 6, the path committee celebrated the completion of their work. The picture on the left represents the finalization of the transfer of the path maintenance from Rutherford Close to the FHA: Jan Mattel, vice president of the Rutherford Close Board, hands $1 to Jesse Fearrington, FHA Director of Grounds and Landscaping, in token payment.
—Jesse Fearrington (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This Month's Features
Scene Around Fearrington
By Steve Hurley
I'm a self-taught amateur photographer who enjoys capturing the natural beauty that grows here in Fearrington Village. I prefer shooting in soft natural light as I walk around the Village in those magic moments of dawn. I've spent the last 30 years in the 3D computer graphics field, first as an artist and later as a software developer. When I'm not photographing nature, I spend many hours trying to recreate virtual versions of it on my computer.
—Steve Hurley, http://berserko.hurleyworks.com/
Fearrington Village Resident Provides Aid to Afghan Refugees in Germany
By Jenny Walker
The American Red Cross (ARC) called on Monday afternoon, Aug. 23, and less than 24 hours later Fearrington Village resident Jackie Walters was on her way to Ramstein Air Base (AB) in Germany to support Operation Afghan Repatriation. Along with two other volunteers from Service to the Armed Forces (SAF), Jackie spent the next three weeks working at Ramstein AB, Rhein Ordnance Barracks (ROB), and in the Red Cross office, managing shifts of volunteers and providing operational support. Although humanitarian evacuation missions are officially disaster operations for the ARC, SAF staff assigned to military installations in Europe ran the Red Cross component of the mission, which is why Jackie and other experienced SAF leadership volunteers were called to deploy.
Jackie was introduced to the ARC by her mother, who worked with the organization her entire adult life, beginning with the Hospital Service in Europe in World War II. From childhood, Jackie remembers hearing her mother talking with military and disaster clients on the phone. “The Red Cross has always been a part of my life,” says Jackie.
Handing Out Supplies on the Flight Line American Red Cross Photo by Emily Osment. Used with permission.
After an already long career with SAF, in August Jackie was called upon to go to Germany to help the Afghan refugees. She did not hesitate. She flew to Ramstein AB in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, where, after two long days of travel, she began work immediately, helping deliver meals to volunteers the night she arrived. She and the other ARC volunteers worked three stations on the runway at Ramstein (the flight line), giving the arriving refugees water, fruit juice, blankets, towels, comfort kits, fruit, snacks, and a huge variety of supplies for infants and toddlers. They staffed these stations 24 hours a day, never knowing when and how many refugees would be arriving. In one two-hour period alone, they served 442 refugees. Most of the displaced families arriving at Ramstein AB would be going to the United States to make their new homes.
Diaper chart created by Red Cross volunteers for helping interpreters choose the right size. Photo by Jackie Walters
After some time at Ramstein, Jackie went to the ROB, where the Afghans were given temporary housing, to continue her support of the military staff there caring for the evacuees. She and the other volunteers inventoried, organized, and prepped supplies, fulfilling requests from evacuees relayed by service members or interpreters working with military personnel. They also helped to develop efficiencies for distribution, like making up coloring kits for the children and creating a diaper chart to help servicemen determine the right sizes for the babies.
Jackie is quick to point out that the effort to help Afghan refugees was an international one. In addition to the ARC, help came from the US Agency for International Development; UNICEF; the German, Italian, and Spanish Red Cross societies; the Latter-Day Saints Charities; and the Red Crescent Movement (the Red Cross in Muslim countries), among others.
Offering a treat to a new arrival. American Red Cross. Photo by Emily Osment. Used with permission.
One of the things that impressed Jackie the most during her time working with the refugees was the resilience of the children, their receptiveness to friendly overtures, and their command of English. She was also impressed by the humanity shown by the military and everyone else (medics, chaplains, interpreters, and others) working with evacuees, always with patience and compassion. They played instruments with the children, took their photos (which the children delighted in seeing), played ball with them, and even taught them songs. Jackie points out that children are children, regardless of cultural differences, and the Afghan children, even during this huge upheaval in their lives, were receptive, curious, and self-reliant. They loved music, games, drawing, and attention. Jackie and other volunteers displayed the pictures drawn by the children, who were proud of their creations and loved seeing them exhibited.
Children's Art Gallery Outside Red Cross Area on Rhein Ordnance Barracks. Photo by Jackie Walters
Jackie’s career with the Red Cross really took off in 1985 in Bremerton, Washington, where she worked first as a caseworker and then managing the hospital volunteer program before becoming the station manager’s volunteer partner. Her husband, Jim, was a career Naval officer, stationed there at that time. Jackie worked her way up the ARC ladder, doing a lot of leadership and management work during Jim’s three-year assignment in Germany. In 1998 she accepted a three-year national appointment as the volunteer partner with the senior director of operations for SAF. She traveled all over Asia and Europe to oversee operations, meeting many people in the field and at the national level. At one point, she was asked to revise the ARC policy manual for a worldwide system of service delivery in need of revision and revitalization. She spent several years at Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC, working as a consultant to people in the field, doing much training, and representing the ARC in a variety of national headquarters projects.
Jackie and Jim retired to Fearrington Village in 2017. But Jackie has never retired from the ARC, as evidenced by her recent three-week deployment to Germany, where she provided humanitarian aid and comfort to thousands of people forced to leave their war-torn country to seek safety and freedom in a place they knew little about and had never been to. Jackie said her feelings about those three weeks “have been transformative in ways that will take some time to process.”
Jackie’s time with the refugees from Afghanistan reinforced her belief that “making generalizations about groups of people—whether about their gender, race, religion, socioeconomic background, education, politics, or where they grew up—is hurtful, unfair, and unnecessary.” She reiterated that “this mission was about bringing people together in a massive effort to alleviate suffering, extend hospitality, and promote healing.” The volunteers and military personnel at Ramstein and the ROB supported not only the refugees but also each other, keeping a sense of humor, striving to withhold judgment, and “remembering that we represented our country and that the best of America is its humanity and compassion in welcoming ‘the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ at our door.”
The ARC is still supporting military families and veterans struggling with the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan. The Afghan Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross continue to provide clean water, medical care, and desperately needed food to the people of Afghanistan. And even as the last evacuation flight out of Afghanistan took place on Aug. 31, the ARC continues to see a need for help and steps up to meet that need through dedicated volunteers like Jackie Walters.
Jenny Walker is a relatively new member of the Fearrington community, having moved here from Chapel Hill a year ago. She was a medical writer with the Duke Clinical Research Institute for 18 years before retiring in 2019.
Ten Fun & Interesting Facts About Pickleball
By Jan Doolin, Director of Public Relations, Fearrington Tennis Association
Michael Morehead, Alan Willard, Mike Eberling, & Janet Doolin on the pickleball court. Photo by Art Gonzales
1. The game was invented in 1965 by Congressman Joel Prichard & his friends.
The game has its roots in Bainbridge Island, Washington, where it was conceived by three fathers in the summer of 1965 with the aim of entertaining their families and having fun together. And now, we offer pickleball play in Fearrington Village!
2. It’s a sport for players of all ages & skills.
Unlike many sports that people just can’t play before or after a certain age, pickleball is truly a sport for people of all ages. You can find kids as young as 5 years old, or adults as old as 100. The sport has become well known all over the world and has led to the creation of the International Federation of Pickleball.
3. The first official pickleball court was built in 1967.
Since then, the love for this game has contributed to thousands of pickleball courts across the US and other parts of the world. In fact, the numbers are growing! It can be played indoors as well as outdoors. We just started playing pickleball on the Fearrington tennis courts on a trial basis (July-Dec. 2021).
4. Pickleball is a very affordable sport to play.
You can find all the equipment you need for less than $35, which includes a wiffleball and a set of paddles. Of course, high-end equipment will run much more—up to $100. As for the playing area, literally, any space with a hard surface can be converted into a pickleball court as long as there’s an area of 7 feet on both sides of the net and 15 feet across. To play pickleball at Fearrington, the cost is $40 per member for the balance of 2021.
5. Pickleball paddles have evolved over the years.
Originally, the pickleball paddles were made of wood. As the game has grown, the paddle has become lighter, with materials such as aluminum or graphite used instead. The paddle takes the shape of the ping pong paddle but is a bit bigger, though not as big as the tennis racket. We have spare paddles and balls to use at the tennis courts.
6. Pickleball is among the fastest-growing sports in North America.
In the last decade, this sport has grown tremendously in popularity. A couple of years ago, pickleball was recognized as the fastest-growing sport in the US. In the past six years alone, the game has seen an increase of more than 600% in the number of participants. While Florida may be dubbed the Pickleball Capital of the World, we now have 60 pickleball members signed up to play in Fearrington.
7. A pickleball ball travels about one-third the speed of a tennis ball, so you likely won’t get injured should it hit you.
It’s a great hand/eye coordination sport and is mentally engaging. Unlike tennis balls, pickleball balls are made of plastic and have holes in them, which decreases speed. It’s not as taxing as tennis because the court is smaller, so there is less need to run and therefore easier on your joints. Points are quick, and the game is very easy to learn and master. We have free pickleball instruction on Sundays at 10:00 am, and we also have “Pickleball Lite” for those who do not want to play so competitively.
8. There is no official dress code.
Typically, regular athletic apparel is the norm. Shorts and tee shirts are commonly worn. Many players wear comfortable causal clothes and tennis shoes.
9. It’s a very social sport.
Since pickleball is commonly played as doubles, you get to socialize with other players. A pickleball court is one-fourth the size of a tennis court, so players interact more. Up to 16 players can play on 4 courts, the size of 2 tennis courts. Currently, we have the equipment to set up 4 courts at Fearrington with groups playing pickleball on selected days: Advanced, Beginners, Ladies, Men, All-Play, and Pickleball Lite.
10. Pickleball’s popularity continues to grow!
Since 1967, when the first permanent court was constructed, the game has improved a lot and caught the attention of the American public. Have you ever played the game before? If you haven’t, then you should try it soon at the Fearrington Courts, at the end of Benchmark.
These days, you can find many free online resources such as YouTube, with tips and instructions for both newcomers and seasoned players. It’s a game that is on the rise. You’ll be glad to get in on the action! If you like playing tennis, you’ll love playing pickleball. Due to injuries, many members no longer can play tennis, but they can excel at pickleball.
Take Action Now!
Visit the FHA website, open the Groups menu, then choose Fearrington Tennis Association.
Upcoming Food Trucks in Fearrington
If you’ve become a fan of the diverse and delicious dinner options offered by our visiting food trucks, you’ll be pleased to know that these events are being planned well into next year. The full schedule and food truck menus will always be posted on our community hotspot page at www.streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage, where you can sign up for weekly email and even leave feedback for the truck.
While walk-up orders are always welcome, our vendors offer online ordering for your convenience, and most begin accepting pre-orders a day in advance through our hotspot page. There is one notable exception, and that’s Cousins Maine Lobster—one of our most popular visitors—which requires the use of their special app (available through the Apple Store and Google Play) and typically accepts pre-orders after 3 pm on the day of.
For November, plan for the following dates & trucks before your holidays get underway:
• Nov. 3: Gussy’s Greek Truck
• Nov. 11: Cousins Main Lobster
• Nov. 17: Chirba Dumpling
Thanks to all who have made this venture a success in our community. Enjoy the trucks and dining delights to come!
This Month’s Puzzler
Question & Photo submitted by Carol Kurtz
Fossil trees in Fearrington Village
Question: Where are fossil trees located in Fearrington Village and what is their common name?
Find the answer in the December 2021 issue of The Belted Gazette.
In what Chatham County town can you find this old mansion?
Answer: This is the Haughton-McIver House in Gulf, NC. The house was built by Lawrence J. Haughton, a planter and one of the incorporators of the Gulf and Graham Plank Road. It was sold in 1871 to J.M. McIver, prosperous businessman and miller.
The question and answer were submitted by the Chatham Historical Association, as was the photo.
Fearrington Groups and Organizations
Chatham County Agencies
Fearrington Groups and Organizations
Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club
The Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group that is interested in improving our investment knowledge and capabilities. We do this 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, Nov. 12, at 10:00 am at The Gathering Place and via Zoom.
For more information about the club or to join our meeting, please contact:
Anna Shearer, president, at 703-217-0322 or email@example.com.
Fearrington Concert Series
The Fearrington Concert series continues its season with a performance by the Astralis Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 14, 1-3 pm at The Gathering Place. This is a change from what was previously scheduled. Please note the new date and time.
This versatile ensemble hails from Florida. Artists from string, wind, and brass sections will combine their considerable talents to present an afternoon of varied compositions for flute, trumpet, and piano. We hope that all attendees will be fully vaccinated. Seats will be spaced for additional safety, and the wearing of face coverings is required. A full subscription to our six-concert series is available for $100.00 per subscriber, or individual tickets may be purchased at the door for $20.00 per person if space is available. For more information, please contact Nina Alperin at 919-545-9011 or Barbara Hummel-Rossi at 516-864-4023 or Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg
The Dragons are ready to play!!
Fearrington Mah Jongg Dragons play on the second Saturday of the month, Nov. 13, at The Gathering Place, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, provided that The Gathering Place is continuing to be open to Fearrington groups. We play under their guidelines.
As such, we must limit our number to 50, and all participants must wear a mask. Contact Mary Donna Pond at email@example.com to reserve your place. 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.
Drinks and snacks will be provided!
May the jokers be ever in your favor!!
Want to learn how to play? Contact Mary Donna Pond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fearrington Duplicate Bridge Club
“One can never spend too much time playing bridge.” Join us for a F2F (face-to-face) game the first two Wednesdays in November. We play at 1 pm at The Gathering Place Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Play the first time is free; after that, the cost is $7 to cover the cost of the American Contract Bridge League director and room rent. Any questions, contact Anne Michael at email@example.com.
Fearrington Garden Club
Susan Campbell, an ornithologist affiliated with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, will share her research on hummingbirds at our November meeting. More speaker information and a link to our Zoom meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 pm will be emailed to members.
The annual poinsettia sale, co-sponsored by the Garden Club and Women of Fearrington, will be Dec. 7 from 9 am to 1 pm. We will pre-order, pre-pay, and receive a time to pick up plants at The Gathering Place. Look for order forms at mail kiosks and at the Garden Club link on the FHA website. Sales benefit the Chatham Central High School horticulture program.
Please return your email ballot to elect our new secretary and treasurer. We still are in search of a president/coordinator for the club.
We hope you'll renew your annual membership—still $15. Membership forms are available at our club link.
Fearrington Genealogy Group
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3-5 pm, The Gathering Place (big room)
Group & Open Discussion: Online Tree or Genealogy Software? Deciding where to keep your data.
Masks plus vaccination required. Dues: $15.00. Newcomers are welcome.
Contact: Linda Grimm, 919-533-6296
Fearrington Golf Club
The Fearrington Golf Club (FGC) is a great way to develop new golfing friends and to play a variety of courses within a 60-mile radius. The FGC is open to players of all ages and skill levels. Outing schedules and sign-ups are done through our easy-to-use website. As always, we strive to keep our commitment to promoting fun and safety, maintaining a smooth pace of play, and allowing our members to enjoy the game of golf. Please consider joining us as a new member. For more information and an application for membership, please contact Brian Wong, membership chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fearrington Havurah continues to adapt and respond to the times. Our most recent program, on the resettlement of Afghanistan refugees into the Triangle, was led by Marian Abernathy of Judea Reform’s Social Action Committee. Our Havurah has decided to partner with Judea Reform Congregation to assist with the needs of relocating and welcoming these people into our larger community. In addition to programs, Havurah will be expanding affinity groups to offer opportunities for smaller, in-person get-togethers. In addition to our book group, we will add groups focused on social action, entertaining, hiking, and celebrations, including birthdays and Jewish holidays. We are happy to have welcomed many new members of our community to our group in the last year. All residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge interested in joining us, please contact Nita Glickman (email@example.com) or Arlene Labenson (firstname.lastname@example.org), membership co-chairs. Annual dues are $25 per person.
Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club
Club 2021 Croquet Tournament Winners
Players met Sunday, Oct. 3, on a beautiful day for our yearly Club Croquet Championship Tournament. Using the Waterford Doubles format, players rotated partners and played rounds in the morning and afternoon. In this format, the players who win the greatest number of games win the tournament. It was a full day of fun croquet competition!
John May was there to help us run the tournament and tally the scores. Frank Huisking was our photographer. Thanks to all who participated!
Congratulations to our winners:
First-place: Mariana Fiorentino and Mary Norgren
Runners-up: Edith Seno and Karin Ritter
Fearrington Village Singers
For the first time since March 13, 2020, the Fearrington Village Singers made music again on the shores of Jordan Lake on Sept. 30. It was great to sing a few of our favorite songs, including the Abba hit, “Thank You for the Music,” which we sang with genuine gratitude. And we want more. Rehearsals for a May 2022 concert begin on Jan. 6, 2022. Men rehearse together on Thursdays beginning that day at The Gathering Place at 4:00 pm. Men’s sectional rehearsals are on Mondays. Women rehearse together on Mondays, starting Jan. 10—same time, same place—with sectionals on Thursdays. New singers are welcome. No audition is required. For more information, contact FVS co-president Kathryn Doster at email@example.com.
Fearrington Yacht Club
Ahoy, mates! We are coming out of drydock and ready to launch. Some of our crew are beginning to put together events for 2022. Current members will be receiving information by email this month. New members are welcome. The FYC is a party & travel club that usually has two parties and two 2-3 day regional trips a year planned by members. Trips usually include a water event such as a dinner cruise or sight-seeing cruise, a visit to a place of cultural interest, happy hours, group dinners, and free time for shopping. NO YACHT REQUIRED! Annual membership is only $15 a year per person. For event information and membership form, log onto the FYC page at: https://group.fearringtonfha.org?yacht. Click on the FYC logo, or contact Commodore Maggie Tunstall at 919-542-0031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women of Fearrington
Have fun, learn about the community, and help others. It’s time to join or renew your membership by completing a membership form.
Join us for a small-group gathering on a covered screen porch on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 4:00 pm. Bring your favorite beverage; snacks will be provided.
At our general meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 pm in The Gathering Place, Sara Wood, program manager at UNC Southern Oral History Program, will present “How to Interview and Record Your Family History.”
A road trip to the Historic Duke Homestead is planned for Friday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 am, followed by an optional lunch.
Donate to the Wonderful Options Fund. All proceeds go to local nonprofit organizations that serve the women and children of Chatham County. For more information and to obtain the donation form, go to WomenofFearrington.org.
Register for any events at WomenofFearrington.org.
Chatham County Agencies
It’s November and as Thanksgiving approaches, we especially remember those in need among our Chatham County neighbors, as well as the organizations that seek to do good. During this not-quite-normal year, financial help or other donations will be especially appreciated. Take a look at the Chatham Connecting website (chathamconnecting.org), where Chatham County non-profit organizations list their needs, missions, and contact information. Last year the CORA food bank provided a week's worth of food for more than 900 individuals from mid-November thru December; this year the call for assistance is likely to be the same. You can help with monetary or food donations; for more information, go to www.corafoodpantryorg. Looking ahead, every year the Adult Services Unit of Chatham County Social Service has a Christmas Dreams program to provide gifts and ongoing needs to elderly and disabled adults. Chatham Connecting lists many programs that aid disadvantaged children with special assistance during the holidays. Opportunities abound to help your neighbors—adults and children alike—and details are listed at chathamconnecting.org.
Chatham Studio Tour
Save The Dates!
Nine Fearrington artists will welcome visitors to their studios for the 29th Annual Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour (Lee Kazanas #20, Leslie Palmer #21, Karen West #21, Lani Chaves #22, Forrest Greenslade #23, Eric Saunders #24, Vidabeth Bensen #26, Minnie Gallman #26, and Michael Blotzer #27). This enduring tradition offers a safe, enjoyable way to meet artists, learn about the creative process, and purchase beautiful works of art.
Saturday, Dec. 4 • 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Dec. 5 • Noon – 5 pm
Saturday, Dec. 11 • 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Dec. 12 • Noon – 5 pm
To ensure your safety, masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing will be required for all visitors, and there will be limits on the number of guests in the studio at one time.
Brochures will be available soon. Learn more at https://chathamartistsguild.org/.
We will be conducting our annual turkey-breast drive again this year. Please bring your turkey breasts to The Gathering Place parking lot on Monday, Nov. 15, between 11:15 and 11:45 am. The CORA truck will be there to collect your donations and deliver them to CORA for Chatham County families in need. (The turkey-breast drive is in addition to the regular, monthly PORCH collection on the same day, so you can fill your bags with cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and all the trimmings. If you are new to Fearrington, find the name of your neighborhood coordinator at https://www.porchfearrington.org).
Salvation Army Desperately Needs Your Help
The Salvation Army of Chatham County has requests for over 1000 toys to make it a special holiday for those in need. This is for both Pittsboro and Siler City. You can put a smile on a kid’s face and help make those wishes come true by donating an unwrapped toy.
The younger kids would like toys, games, and dolls, and the older kids would like sports equipment, such as soccer balls, basketballs, and baseballs and gloves.
There is also a need for coats in good condition for those suffering from the pandemic.
Salvation Army volunteers will be at The Gathering Place from 9 am to noon on Saturday, Nov. 13 and 20, to collect your thoughtful donations of unwrapped toys and gently used clean coats.
The SunTrust Bank in Fearrington Village will have a collection box in their lobby from Tuesday, Nov. 9, to Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Questions, call Bob Holton 919-545-0810.
Thank you for your generosity.
United Way Campaign in Fearrington Village
The United Way fundraising campaign is underway! Fearrington residents were founders of United Way in Chatham County and have been major supporters ever since. A distinctive characteristic of our local United Way is the important role individuals play in supporting our neighbors in need: 80% of funds raised come from residential campaigns and the smaller balance from businesses and community groups.
In past years Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge worked together to achieve one fundraising goal. Beginning this year, the two are working in pursuit of individual goals. The 2021 Village campaign goal is $83,000.
The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic continue to impact us locally. Chatham has seen an increase in hungry children, homeless families, and isolated seniors this year. Will you help United Way meet these needs?
Please make a donation online at www.UnitedWayofChathamCounty.org/donate/. Or mail a donation to PO Box 1066, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Fearrington Cares material is edited by their staff and volunteers. Direct comments or questions to them at (919) 542-6877 or email@example.com.
Carolyn & John Boyle, editors
This Month's Announcements
- Thanksgiving Holiday Closure
- Driver Training: Volunteers Needed
- Ethical Decision-Making at the End of Life
- New! Cancer Support Group
- Movement Classes
- Support Groups Meeting in Person
- Health Services at Fearrington Cares
- Support Groups via Zoom
- Medicare Open Enrollment
- Pet Tips: Choosing a Pet as You Grow Older
- Monoclonal Antibody COVID-19
- In-Home Vaccination Hotline
The Fearrington Cares Center Will Be Closed November 22 to 26.
Driver Training: Volunteers Needed
Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center
Fearrington Cares can always use more driver and handyperson volunteers. We will have training for drivers on November 17; if you have any interest in, or questions about volunteering, please call the Center (919-542-6877) for more information.
Continuing Series: Ethical Decision-Making at the End of Life
The first two sessions in this four-part series explored the ethical and legal context for end-of-life decision-making, from foundational “right to choose” cases that brought bioethics into public awareness in the 1970s, to the present-day landscape related to medical aid in dying (sometimes referred to as “assisted suicide”). In the last two sessions of the series, we will build on this background by supporting participants in articulating their values for care at end of life and exploring the range of available options for translating those values into purposeful advance care plans.
Session 3: Death and Dying: Isn’t It Time We Talked?
Thursday, November 11, 7:00 pm (via Zoom)
Deb Love, JD, MBA, MA (Bioethics), an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine, and Mara Buchbinder, PhD, a Professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine and a core faculty Member in the UNC Center for Bioethics, will provide a joint session covering:
• Personal nature of values and preferences.
• Clarifying your values.
• Considerations in selecting your healthcare agent; understanding the NC statutory hierarchy for decision makers in the event you do not make advance care plans.
• Beginning the conversation with your loved ones.
Session 4: Helping Others Know and Honor Your Wishes
Thursday, December 9, 7:00 pm (via Zoom)
Deb Love will complete our series by discussing:
• Advance directives and portable medical orders—benefits and limitations.
• Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED).
• Dementia advance directives.
• Differences between palliative care and hospice.
• End-of-life doulas.
New at Fearrington Cares: Cancer Support Group
Fearrington Cares will offer a new support group this Fall designed to help people cope with a cancer diagnosis by providing a safe environment to share experiences and learn together while supporting each other. Two meetings will be held on November 9 and December 14. Attendees will help design future meetings. If you or a loved one are living with a cancer diagnosis and are interested in attending, we welcome you to join us. Questions? Call Karen at 919-542-6877.
Medicare Open Enrollment
October 15 to December 7
Open enrollment is a great time to evaluate your Medicare coverage and make sure it’s still the best choice for your needs. You can use the Medicare open enrollment window to make changes to your Medicare plan, including:
• enrolling in Medicare Advantage.
• enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan.
• switching back to original Medicare from Medicare Advantage.
Our SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) volunteers are available again this year by appointment to help you review your plan. A session takes about 30 minutes; couples should schedule two consecutive sessions or separate half-hour times. Call the Fearrington Cares Center (919-542-6877) to reserve your session or for more information.
Pet Tips: Choosing a Pet as You Grow Older
From Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE)
Adding a pet to your household as a senior warrants some particular considerations. Many seniors need animals that can adapt to smaller living areas and are not overly demanding of exercise and energy. Seniors want pets that will not overwhelm their physical endurance, will not exceed their ability to provide care, and will not overtax their financial resources. Here are some things to think about as you make your decision:
There is ample and easily available information recommending specialized breeds of cats and dogs that are most suitable for seniors. Cats and smaller dogs need less space. Smaller dogs are happy with shorter and slower-paced walks. However, the other option is: Don’t Shop, Adopt. Adoption offers a much broader range of choices than a single breed. Many rescue animals are mixed-breed and less prone to breed-specific physical and medical vulnerabilities that can affect pure-bred animals. And it can be incredibly gratifying to rescue an animal who might otherwise not find a home.
Be a senior helping a senior. Kittens and puppies are fun and cute, but they are overflowing with energy and require lots of consistent effort to socialize and train. Older animals are less likely to find a forever home, but they are more likely to be fully trained and housebroken, to be more mellow and calm, and to have established personalities. Since all CARE animals are fostered in private homes rather than caged in a facility, they are adapted to household routines and often to other animals. Foster caregivers can provide an accurate and helpful assessment of temperament. CARE also allows you and the pet a trial period before the adoption becomes permanent, and CARE will try to help with rehoming if your circumstances change.
If adoption is not possible, fostering animals pre-adoption gives the joy of animal companionship without the longer-term financial or physical commitment. CARE provides foster caregivers with training and education, an experienced mentor, all medications and medical care, quality food, and pet supplies like beds, crates, leashes and harnesses, litter boxes, and toys.
Some forethought and an honest assessment of the prospective pet’s requirements and your own expectations and capabilities can pave the way for a rewarding and satisfying outcome for both you and your new furry friend.
CARE is a non-profit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership through educating the community, providing targeted spay-neuter programs, and fostering homeless dogs and cats until they are placed in loving, permanent homes. Please visit us at www.chathamanimalrescue.org.
Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19
While there has been news about new drug developments for the treatment of COVID-19, those drugs have not yet been approved. Vaccination is our best line of defense. However, COVID happens and we need to be aware of available treatments. Monoclonal antibodies may prevent the need for hospitalization if administered in the early stages of the disease. This treatment is authorized for people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 AND
• have tested positive for COVID-19 and have had mild to moderate symptoms of the disease for 10 days or less OR
• are not fully vaccinated or are vaccinated but immunocompromised AND
▪ have been exposed to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19 OR
▪ are at high risk of exposure due to where they live or work.
If these criteria apply to you, this treatment is accessible at multiple local sites including UNC, Duke, and Chatham Hospital. For more information and specific treatment locations contact your health care provider, go to covid19.ncdhhs.gov/treatment, or call the Combat COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Call Center at 877-332-6585.
In-Home Vaccination Hotline for People with Limited Mobility
North Carolina has set up an at-home vaccination hotline for people with limited mobility. The NC Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations to people who cannot leave their homes. Caregivers, providers, and individuals across North Carolina can schedule an in-home vaccination by calling 866-303-0026.
Fearrington Directory Changes
Welcome to Our New Residents!
The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between September 15 and October 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).
|Jomille Averion & Charles Wallace||198 Weatherbend|
|Madeleine Crockett & Carol Vanderzwaag||890 Ashton|
|Karen & Robert (Rob) Driver||817 Langdon|
|Gail Friedman||205 Weatherbend|
|Arnie & Aviva Glenn||898 Burwell|
|Dick Greene & Mim Kelly||491 Beechmast|
|Martha E. Martin||452 Crossvine Close|
|Betty C. Robie||373 Wintercrest West|
Are you a new resident? To register your information in the Directory, visit the FHA website at https://fearringtonfha.org. From the top menu click on Directory then, in the dropdown menu, select New Resident, then List Me in the Directory. Complete the resulting form with your information.
To obtain full access to website features, you must also create a website account (available only to residents or non-resident owners). Return to the website’s homepage and find the words Login Form in the left column. Click Create an Account and follow the instructions. You can read about the account activation process here.
Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the http://www.fearringtonfha.org website. On the landing page, click the Directory tab on the top menu and then choose Update Preferences in the dropdown menu. When you update your contact information online, the updates will be included in the Fearrington Village Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.
November 2021 Calendar
Effective Aug. 10, 2021: Due to rising infections and the unvaccinated, individuals using The Gathering Place must wear a mask when inside the building, whether or not they have been vaccinated. This is in keeping with CDC guidelines. If a club does not follow the rules, it will lose its use of the facility. Group leaders may decide whether to require their members to be vaccinated. Check the FHA webpage (http://www.fearringtonfha.org) for any updates to this policy.
November 3 & 10
|Duplicate Bridge Club||Meeting||Anne Michael
|Genealogy Group|| Meeting:
Where to Keep Your Data?
Online Tree or Genealogy Software
| Linda Grimm
|Women of Fearrington||Small Group Gathering||Carol Wade
|Bulls & Bears
|Monthly Meeting at The Gathering Place
& via Zoom
Please note change of date and time!
|Astralis Chamber Ensemble||Nina Alperin
Ornithologist Talk on Hummingbirds
|Women of Fearrington||General Meeting:
How to Interview & Record Your Family History
|Women of Fearrington|| Road Trip:
Historic Duke Homestead (followed by optional lunch)
| Mif Flaharty
|Coming in December:|
9 am – 1 pm
(see Garden Club announcement for details)