Life in Fearrington

Looking through these past events gives a wonderful sense of the liveliness of our community. Many of these articles were created by your fellow residents who have learned to post FHA website content for Fearrington Village clubs and groups. 



On Saturday, despite the snow, a group of nine stalwarts went out to clean up the highway for the holidays. Special kudos to Ray Albers and Chuck Waldron who got stuck with what was apparently the worst stretch; long after the rest of us were back home or celebrating with a hot chocolate at The Goat, they were still out laboring away.  We owe you one, guys!  Great finds this time out. A wallet belonging to a Fearrington Village resident was retrieved and returned. Thanks to all who came out this month: Colette File, Ray Albers, Barbara Harris, Nina Verin, Ann and Al Blackburn, Gene Rogers, and Chuck. Also, thanks to the 20 or so other volunteers who have come out during the course of the year to help ensure that the highway leading to our shared homesites is the cleanest in the state.  I greatly appreciate your cheerful smiles and dedication and I do believe our fellow Fearrington Village residents feel just as proud of you as I do. Happy New Year to all. See you at The Gathering Place, followed by Hwy 15-101! Anne

entranceOur title lends itself to two different meanings. It could mean that the development of Fearrington Village was a rocky or shaky undertaking. I doubt that neither Fitch Creations nor we would go along with that scenario. What I mean in this little essay is that rocks have played a fundamental role in the long period of geological change leading up to this special spot of earth.

Fearrington is rocky – not excessively but well enough endowed. Many boulders were on the surface or only partially exposed when development of Fearington Village got underway. We can still find them in our gardens or along the roads. Quantities have been uncovered and moved by road-building and housing developments. In some case, large ones were left intact in our lots, or others brought in as part of the landscaping.

Then, of course, Fearrington is underlain by what we call bedrock. I am not aware of an exposure here, but dig down far enough and there it is. That is what they do at quarries. There is one in Chatham County south of Pittsboro in route to Sanford on 15/501. A second, the American Stone Company, is west of Chapel Hill on 54. Much of the dark fractured rock from it has been brought into Fearrington to line drains (rip rap), and crushed stone for our road beds.

10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday February 22 and 23, at the Fearrington Barn

Sam the Dot ManMark your calendars now for one of our most popular community events of the year! More than 35 folk artists from throughout the South will convene at the big Barn at Fearrington Village once again. They’ll turn every square foot of the structure into exhibition space for marvelous outsider art.  For details, see

You will not want to miss the special Collector’s Preview on Friday night at 7:00 pm (purchase your tickets here). This ticketed event offers the collector the opportunity to visit and have more in-depth conversations with the artists and buy their work, while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by the Fearrington House.

ToysForTots Marine

 "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Among the believers nation-wide this year will be thousands of girls and boys who will receive a brand new toy from Santa Claus.

It's amazing the difference an organization can make when a group provides toys for children who might otherwise have awakened to a morning of disappointment. The Women of Fearrington Holiday Luncheon provided a collection point for gifts distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps which run Toys for Tots throughout the United States. The mound of unwrapped holiday gifts for a child ten years old and younger is evidence of the generosity of those attending the luncheon on December 10. 


Happy Holidays to all, and may the New Year bring hope and opportunities for peace throughout the world. 



bannersA crazy yarn art has gone global and there is an exhibit here in Fearrington. A “Knit Blitz” (a.k.a. “knit bombing” and “knit graffiti”) is taking the domestic art of knitting to the outside world by covering objects in knitted garments. From Paris to Prague to Philadelphia -- trees, statues, fences, lamp posts, benches and even tanks and buses have been covered with creative and colorful creations. Four Fearrington teams worked for many months on different designs that you will find amusing, joyful and heart-warming. Look for their whimsical creations on trees along the Creekwood Trail. Artists’ names are on each tree. Maps locating the installations, including background information on the project, are now available at the Gathering Place. Be sure not to miss a very special surprise project in the northeast section of Camden Park.

Our Creekwood Trail has splendid new knitted attire created by twelve Knit Blitz team members whose names can be found on or near each installation. The unexpected pairing of knitting and trees results in a display that made hikers stop in their tracks and smile. There is an elegant white Lace Tree followed by two Carnival Trees in riotous festive colors. The Beltie Tree mingled bovine and botany while the Blue Trees sat in a contemplative venue at the Labyrinth. From an arched tree you can find four Rainbow Panels wafting in the breeze. There is a Pocket Tree holding tiny treasures and an audacious Topless Diver Tree that has to be seen. Knitted markers are located on the path to lead you along and maps are available at the Gathering Place.

One installation escaped from the Creekwood Trail and can be found in the northeast corner of Camden Park between East Madison and McDowell.  

 More Than $5000 Raised in One Day - Thanks to Our Village and Friends

Cashier at SALE

It took a Village - more than 50 Fearrington Village volunteers - a lot of planning and forethought, donations, leg work, and hard work while having fun, to raise more than $5,000 in one day at the Dress It Up! Accessory Sale to benefit the Women of Fearrington Grants Fund. Kudos and special thanks to Nancy Wilson and Sharon Laner, who chaired this event and tirelessly worked many hours to ensure its success. Thanks also to the team of leaders and individuals who contributed time and effort. In addition to the generosity of those who donated items and worked on the event, the Publicity Team, headed by Janet Keefer with Daphne Rhodes and Dale Colson in support roles, was key to the success of the event.

Well before the doors opened, people lined up outside The Gathering Place ready to find great bargains among the jewelry, scarves and handbags donated to the cause – and they found them.

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SWIM & CROQUET CLUB:  Free Croquet anyone?  The Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club wishes to extend our appreciation for your participation in our recent survey.  Over 200 Fearrington Village residents expressed an interest in trying their hands at croquet.  Therefore, we are offering through the end of 2014 “free” use of the recently renovated croquet lawn to all Fearrington Residents. For more information, see our website.
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. (weather permitting), the Croquet Players are at the FSCC Croquet Lawn for their weekly Wickets and Wine on Wednesdays gathering.  Just bring your own beverage and snack of choice (non-breakable/plastic type containers only please) and join in the fun or just watch.  We welcome the curious and the shy to venture onto the lawn and experience the excitement of a new challenge or the rekindling of an old passion.  
 Cihld Care Network
 Photo: Susan Wilkerson, Sophia Williams, Deborah Alston, Teresa Wright, Talitha Sanders, and Ruth Reyes show off the supplies they received at the Family Child Care Business Institute. 

Child Care Networks, a first-time recipient of a Women of Fearrington grant, conducted a two-day business training institute for the owners of child care businesses – the first of its kind in Chatham County. Instructors (retired professionals) included volunteers from Fearrington Village. Child Care Networks’ press release below describes the Institute in detail. Events such as the Dress It Up! accessory sale and the seven cooking classes just completed this fall raise funds for these grants, as do the proceeds from the sale of the Beltie license plates and the re-introduced Beltie watches. 

Child Care Businesses Complete Training

Six local child care business owners completed 12 hours of business training through Chatham County's first Family Child Care Business Institute, culminating on November 15.

Participants learned about financial record keeping, marketing, professionalism, business structures, and determining costs, using a curriculum developed by Self-Help Credit Union specifically for child care businesses. Instructors included Child Care Networks staff and local retired professionals. Sophia Williams, owner of La La Kidz Day Care in Siler City, said about the class, "It was a lot of help. Before this I was not very business-minded. It's helping me better manage my expenses, especially grocery shopping, so that my business can make a profit."

The participants operate child care businesses in their homes with a license from the State of North Carolina. A licensed Family Child Care Home can care for up to eight children at a time. Child care homes offer a small-group environment and often more flexible hours than larger child care programs; many even care for children in the evening, overnight or on weekends. There are 27 licensed child care homes in Chatham County.

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If you come into the Village via the main entrance, be sure to look out for the newest young 'uns, still with their moms. They are growing fast!

We did a pickup today, Sat. July 19, having skipped June. We're also going to skip August. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is volunteer numbers!  We're usually a little short in the summer as we all try to escape the heat. The heat is another good reason to take it a little easier at this time of year. So look for info for a September pickup. The good news is, even with a bit of time lapse between pickups, we're still getting about the same amount of trash: 13 bags today, which is average.  The big find was a Visa debit card. Lunch is on... (kidding..) Also, noticed that the drinking habits along 15-501 are undergoing seasonal adjustments. An empty bottle of Cinzano today--so refreshing for summer drives, I guess. The usual Corona, Bud Lite, and today, a small bottle of Wild Turkey.  All empty. We checked.  Thanks to all who turned out. A cheerful, hardworking crowd making a difference for all of us! Jennifer Armstrong, Barbara Harris, Ray Albers, Betsy and Dan Green, Jim and Lee Wilson, Peter Wilkie, and Chuck Waldron.  You're the best!

Anne Beirne

Dan and Betsy Green  Jennifer Armstron Barbara Harris  Ray Albers  Jim and Lee Wilson



We've all "been there." Virtually every woman in Fearrington Village arrived as a stranger, not knowing a soul. But new friends are quickly found at a Women of Fearrington welcome coffee. The Welcome Team  makes every effort to identify every newcomer and invite her to attend a welcome coffee with a small group of other newcomers and "veteran" residents. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet some of your new [and established] neighbors, and learn some valuable "ins-and-outs" of life in the Village, the community outside the Village, and the many opportunities that you'll find here.


If you have not received an invitation to a welcome coffee, please email Pat Rose Dominguez at She’ll make certain you are invited to the next small group gathering.



To All Residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge: You can make a difference!

The main goal of the Women of Fearrington’s Story Time Literacy Outreach program is to advance early childhood literacy in Chatham County by providing reading volunteers and tutors to elementary schools and early childhood centers.  Some volunteers read aloud to whole classes, small groups, and individual children.  Others provide direct tutoring in phonics, beginning reading skills, and fluency.  At the end of the school year, we give each participating child a book as a gift from the Women of Fearrington.  By mentoring young learners, we support the efforts of their parents and school teachers and enrich the lives of over 450 children each year.

Join the Women of Fearrington's Story Time Literacy Outreach and share your love of books while helping children in Chatham County. Read aloud to elementary classes. Tutor a child one-on-one. Assist in remedial reading classes. Flexible scheduling (once a week, twice a month, morning or afternoon) No teaching experience required! If you are interested in the literacy program, please contact:Gillian Rogers or Mary Ann Petrusska  

April 9th Tournament Winning Team - Patrick Murphy, Mary Stuneck, Boyd Webb and Robert Simmons




We are fortunate that Fitch Creations set aside some twelve acres for a park that could be enjoyed by all Fearringtonians as well as visitors to our Village. Around 1990 this common ground was sculpted into what was to become a walkers delight. There are two ponds connected by a boulder-lined stream. The numerous and varied trees and shrubs are in 22 well-demarcated beds. And there is a matrix of well kept meadow. Graveled footpaths traverse the park.

Soon after the developmental stage, a map was made showing the major features, especially location of the 22 beds of trees and shrubs. Then an individual map was made of each bed showing location and name of the trees and shrubs in it. While useful as a reference, this compilation is not for the casual walker who might be interested in the names of the plants. Thus I decided to prepare something that could be carried along  as a guide for the interested walker in the Park.

In the interest of simplification, this guide is limited to trees.

Even so the trail followed will not pass by all species of trees in the park.


Now to start the walk. Enter the Park at the upper end midway between East and West Camden on the willow oak-lined Madison. Note the multi-trunk River Birches (Betula nigra) on either side. Birch is not often found in this climate. It is basically a cold weather tree. But this one is heat tolerant.  American Indians boiled the sap as a sweetener. Note the peeling bark.

You will encounter several clumps of these trees along the trail but they will not be mentioned again. You will have no trouble recognizing them. This applies to other trees found in more than one bed. Only the first encountered will be identified and described.