Jun 19, 2018 8:30 AM

4TH NC COMPOSTING COUNCIL ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING AT THE GOVERNOR’S CLUB IN CHAPEL HILL! Join us in celebrating our accomplishments over the previous year, hear about our exciting plans for the year ahead, and learn how you can become engaged and involved. The day includes a morning of information sharing followed by a complimentary lunch and tour of the gardens. COST FOR THE DAY FREE to all current US Composting Council member and current NC Composting Council Supporters (see website to join). Non-Members: Early Registration $15 until June 6th, afterwards the cost is $25 Due to room size we need to limit total attendance to 50 attendees, don’t miss out on this great event and please Register here: (https://ncccmembersmeeting.eventbrite.com). Thank you! Support our non-profit organization by becoming a NCCC Supporter for only $25/year. This will include registration to this event and a “NC is Compostable” t-shirt. You can become a NCCC supporter through the registration on this page. For more information about a US Composting Council membership, visit the USCC membership page. AGENDA (8:30am – 1pm) 8:30 – 9am Registration & Coffee 9am – 12pm Program Welcome & 2017 NCCC Overview Frank Franciosi – US Composting Council, Current Status Rachel Kipar – Henderson County Food Collection Program Group Discussion – Available Composting Resources Group Discussion – Committee Projects Update  12pm – 1pm Networking Lunch

Jun 08, 2018 11:30 AM

UPDATE: This program is now approved for CME and CLE credit for North Carolina. Save the Date! 2 hours credit that apply as both Continuing Mediator Education and Continuing Legal Education CME Hours: 2 (full annual requirement) Date:             June 8, 2018Time:            11:30 - 2:00 pmLocation:      1001 Morehead Square                      Suite 450                     Charlotte, NC 28209 Cost:            $60 total (due via check, credit card or cash by May 15th to hold your reservation)                     Contact Heidi Risser to pay by credit card: [email protected] 704-447-7547                     Send checks with "6-8-18 CME" in memo to:                     Heidi Risser                     319 South Sharon Amity Road, Suite 120                     Charlotte, North Carolina 28211 Other:           CME and CLE fees as well as lunch will be paid for by the program.                     CLE fees are $3.5 per credit hour (included in registration fee). Beginning last year, every active Certified Mediator associated with the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (DRC) must complete 2 hours of CME. Instead of doing this CME via video with no interaction, attend our CME event on June 8th with us.  The CME begins at 11:30am. Lunch and refreshments are included.   The CME is tailored towards the requirements set forth by the Dispute Resolution Commission, and focus on mediator ethics in the form of role plays and discussion of the most recent Advisory Opinions. We will also have an open discussion on how to grow and promote our respective mediation practices, which will not qualify for CME credit.   PRESENTERS Heidi Risser is a DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator and Collaborative Law attorney practicing family law in Charlotte for over 10 years. She received her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She started her own firm nearly 3 years ago and practices primarily in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Ketan Soni is a DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator who has practiced in Raleigh in Charlotte for the past 17 years. Ketan has focused on building a mediation practice for the past 7 years in the Charlotte region. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University.

Jun 20, 2018 12:00 PM

Frank Pollock has an extensive background in the consumer packaged goods industry where he worked for Frito-Lay, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive. After leaving Colgate-Palmolive he started a consultancy, The Pioneer Group, which provided brand strategy, marketing research and consumer promotions expertise for medium sized companies. In 2008 he was appointed Director of the MBA program at NCCU. After leaving academia he returned to consulting and he has co-founded 2 technology start-ups, 3ia  and iKlaro. In his spare time he is an avid college basketball fan and fitness enthusiast. Frank has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin and a BS from UNC-Chapel Hill. NC IDEA's Bring Your Lunch and Learn is an open summer series of talks for the entrepreneruial community of North Carolina. We will be focusing on a different topic every Wednesday with speakers and experts from across the ecosystem. Stay tuned as we annouce weekly topics through August 15th! Directions to American Tobacco Campus and American Underground @ Blackwell: North Deck: 305 West Pettigrew Street Durham, NC 27701 Park on the first floor of the ATC’s North parking deck located at 305 West Pettigrew Street. Walk out of the deck past Burt’s house, down the stairs and follow thesidewalk along thebuilding, passing the railcar on your left. Cross the river on thebroken sidewalk and you will see the Power Plant building – walk around to the front of the building and walk toward Cuban Revolution. When you pass the outdoor seating area of the restaurant, you will see an entrance to the Reed Building on your left. Go through the doors and walk down the staircase to your left (American Underground Mural will be above the stairs). Once down the stairs, walk down the hall and The American Underground Classroom will be on your right (across from the market/kitchen area).  South Deck: 705 Willard Street Durham, NC 27701 Park in the ATC’s South parking deck located at 705 Willard Street. Walk out of the deck and across the pavilion toward the Strickland building with Saladelia and Maybelle's. Go through the doors and turn left after the Maybelle's seating area to the silver elevator and take it to the basement floor. Walk straight down the hallway and the American Underground Classroom will be on your left (across from the market/kitchen area). 

Jun 11, 2018 9:30 AM

Following some excellent feedback from 2017, we are pleased to bring you our 2018 conference. The most popular request from last year was for the conference to be longer. We have listened and are giving you a whole two days.  This conference is aimed at Primary staff (Heads, Teachers and Teaching Assistants), Early Years Practitioners, Home Educators, After School and Holiday Club Managers and their staff. We're also more than happy for interested parents and practitioners in other fields to attend. During the sessions we hope that you will share your knowledge with others. Workshops will be added to this page as we book them. The conference is hosted by Niki Willows - Outdoor Play Consultant and Trainer, and Martin Besford owner and manager of the Ofsted 'Outstanding' outdoor nursery, Highway Farm The aims of the conference are: To enable your staff team to collect practical, low cost or no cost ideas which they will be able to take away and start today. To enable practitioners to develop high quality outdoor learning environments  which will have a positive impact on children and staff. To provide  practical and hands on workshops, backed up with research and evidence about the benefits of outdoor play and learning.   This conference will cover many aspects of outdoor learning including: Logistics of getting out of the classroom/setting Increasing staff confidence outdoors Create exciting learning opportunities outdoors A wealth of practical ideas and activities linked to the curriculum Professional development and upskilling Evidencing outcomes within Outdoor Learning Resources Links, support and advice The venue is Mount Pleasant Ecological Park which has been developed over the last 10 years as a unique community resource, all set within 42 acres of organic farmland, in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the north Cornish coast. If you are interested in buildings, the Eco-Park has the largest load bearing rammed earth structure in the UK; a tyre amphitheatre; a walled fire circle and covered courtyard. A perfect location for this inspirational training opportunity. Confirmed so far - days yet to be decided Keynote 1 - Martin Besford - Owner of Highway Farm Activity Centre ‘’Highway Farm - The Outdoor Journey. “ Passion, Possibilities and Perseverance “ Keynote 2 - Niki Buchan - Whirl around the World in 40 minutes!Niki will share with you some exciting practice outdoors in faraway places for children aged up to 10 years.   Quest with Phil Waters Phil Waters was a PhD student at the European Centre Environment & Human Health analysing the use of narrative as a means to engage children playfully in the natural environment. Lisa Chell- Playing with Pewter A creative and experimental introduction to pewter casting over a fire.  Be drawn into the magic of the fire and molten metal, and leave with new shiny treasure! What's not to love?        Niki Buchan - Learning (shhh…..its actually STEM Play) Outdoors Choose a challenge or two or three to create and make using minimal tools or equipment. In this workshop delegates will be encouraged to create and solve their chosen challenge by themselves or with a friend while considering the learning that may be occurring. We will discuss how this can be shared with families to promote outdoor play as the vehicle for learning Martin Besford - Creating an Inspiring Place to “Be” This very-hands-on workshop will begin with the outdoor space you already have. We’ll explore ways to create, inspire and interact that can develop it into a quality, meaningful, engaging place. Learn how to embrace the design process and create, develop and produce an action plan. Claire Simpson - Sawdust Clay Firing Using sawdust and smoke to create different finishes to pots fired in a dustbin. Plus making Japanese hikaru dorodango clay balls if you have the patience! We’ll explore the science around soil and look at its vital part in the eco system. We’ll discover creatures that live in soil, the layers of history that are found there and we can touch on ways soil / clay is used around the world. Claire Simpson - Natural Dyes We will make a variety of  things using weaving and steam printing, possibly felting depending on time. We’ll look at the ways that working with natural dyes links with stories, history, science, the ways natural colours are used around the world and provide simple ideas to take back and used in many different settings. Greenman Learning - Validating Woodland play in an Education System that Demands Data We will work through a series of knife skills to illustrate specific skill progression in the context of a broader skill based programme.This workshop is about inspiring people to consider ways in which woodland play and skills can actively contribute to curriculum goals and how we can evidence pupil progression. Based on the WILD Passport that we have developed and are taking to market this Spring, we will be facilitating discussion around providing paths for skill progression and monitoring of that progression. We will be looking at how adopting such approaches helps to satisfy the education sectors need for evidence of progression whilst providing vital opportunities for play. Woodland Adventurers - Let's Get Physical The workshop will comprise of up to four activities/games each offering a different area of physical activity amongst many other potential curriculum links.  These activities/games are a collection from our experience in the wood with early years, sessions at Westonbirt Arboretum, primary school visits and Forest School Level 3 training with adults - all of these will be adaptable to ages from 2yrs - 82yrs! We will explain a little about our background and ensure that you leave knowing how to link areas of the curriculum from Early Years , through to KS3 and adults to the activities. Zelda School - Leaves & Letters Outdoor literacy Bringing literacy to life in the garden. Lots of fun practical and imaginative ideas for practitioners working with EYs – end of KS1. Examples of how to teach core skills through to developing creative writing. Zelda School - Sticks & Stones, Outdoor Maths Using loose parts from nature along with story telling to make mathematics meaningful. This will involve practitioners finding and creating their own resources, going on learning adventures with squirrels and gnomes and lots of practical ideas for teachers from EY’s to end of KS1 Gill Mulholland - Eden Project,  Giants Tales and Pesky Boggarts   We will explore the power of ‘spinning a yarn’ to create meaningful (and purposeful) learning adventures outside. A Tall Tale can hook your children in, list the tasks, set the learning objectives, offer a chance to apply learning to the ‘real’ world and set the scene for a celebration.  It’s ‘learning by stealth’ at its best. You will leave the session with pockets full of creative ideas for taking the core primary curriculum outside; probably also some bits of stick, a few shells, some blingy bits and grubby fingernails. Kernow PSEH - Emotional Coaching in the Outdoors Being outdoors has a huge impact on pupil’s self esteem and mental health. However school staff are often saying this isn’t transferring back into the classroom. This workshop will enable staff to use appropriate language to allow all the fantastic work that happens outdoors to transfer back into any situation. We will be using outdoor activities to identify ways to promote the positive language of emotional coaching. This will allow the language the adult uses to link experiences back into classrooms, and as such ensuring skills such as resilience can transfer into any situation. Unnur Henrys & Harpa - The Icelandic Approach We are Harpa and Unna two preschool teachers from Iceland and we are very enthusiastic about the outdoors. Our students are between 1 and 5. We have 8 classes with a total of 173 children and 50 staff. Compared to England our outside environment is quite extreme and learning outside has its challenges. We got together as a staff team to change the way we work in our outdoor school area by motivating the teachers. Now the whole school comes out to have fun and learn from each other. We’ll tell you what worked for us and what didn’t work as well. We do have a curriculum to follow and we will show you how we set up different activities based around maths. Sandy Hawkey - Splish, Splash, Squirt and Slide Soggy suggestions to whet your appetite for ideas to explore and play with water outdoors. Waterway to have fun!! Squirt it, Freeze it, Bubble it, Water Flow challenge it, Ice cube colour mix it , match and race it, Water tube journey it, Story water bottle it, Taste it, Waterwheel it, Rocket blast it. Loads of “it” ideas to launch your thoughts in to a torrent of imaginative white water waves. You will choose your workshops as you arrive each day, This will be on a first come first served basis. Please dress for the glorious Cornish weather - this could mean sunscreen, or full waterproofs, or most likely- both! Please be prepared Accommodation - Please book this independently Camping is available at the venue, please contact the Eco-park direct. EcoPark Office 01209 891500 [email protected] Travelodge at Hayle, less than 10 miles away. Directions Take the St Agnes turning off the A30 (at Starbucks) and follow the signs to Porthtowan. At the top of Chapel Hill turn left signposted Mount Pleasant Ecological Park. Social Media - please use #IOP18 which stands for Inspirational Outdoors Porthtowan 2018 - watch this space for 2019! If you'd like to chat to others about the event please feel free on our Facebook page Nitty Gritty All tickets must be bought via Eventbrite, we can not make any exceptions. Ticket sales end on Monday June 4th. No refunds can be issued after May 28th. This is an adults only event. Workshops may be subject to change.

Jun 27, 2018 8:00 PM

Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since since they formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1983. Guitarist/singer Rick Miller, drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. It's a musical gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.“ The band has been prolific and ubiquitous for over thirty years, touring everywhere from the North Carolina Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan and delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.“In 2014 the band was honored by the Southern Folk Life Collection at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with an exhibition featuring their music and cultural contributions. The flame-adorned La-Z-Boy from the cover of their Plastic Seat Sweat LP now resides at UNC-CH!THE ELECTRIC PINECONESSouthern Culture On The Skids' newest album, The Electric Pinecones, will be released on September 16, 2016. It's the band's fifth album on their own label, Kudzu Records. The album features 12 original SCOTS tunes - 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, “Swamp Fox - The Original.“ All the tunes were produced and recorded at Rick's studio in NC, The Kudzu Ranch.The Electric Pinecones is a bit of a departure for the band conceptually and sonically. The inspiration for the record was born in an alter-ego side project from the early years of the band. “The Pinecones was folk-a-hill-a-billy garage band we used to put together just for kicks,“ Miller relates. “We loved the sound of '60s west coast folk rock and psych bands. The Pinecones was our outlet for material that was not in the SCOTS vein. We even opened for ourselves occasionally. The Pinecones set list was the jumping off point for this latest collection of songs.“The first single off the album, “Grey Skies,“ is a minor key mood piece with that folk-a-billy, psychedelic sound. Listen to how the acoustic 12-string riff slides into the band's hypnotic rhythms that propel Mary Huff's reflective vocal into the mind's eye of times past and love lost. “Check out the Mellotron on the chorus - that is a first for us,“ Miller says.The lead off track, “Freak Flag,“ is more upbeat, but no less tweaked, with modulating guitars riding on pounding drums after the first verse. The song's message is a good one - it is okay to be different and always respect yourself. The band debuted the song to an auditorium full of rowdy students at Carrboro Elementary School. “I was nervous,“ Miller says “if the kids don't like something they let you know, but when they started singing along with the second chorus and waving their imaginary freak flags in the air, I knew it was a hit!““Dirt Road“ is Mary's three-minute ode to sances, thunderstorms and good lovin' long gone. The song is a backwoods southern gothic ghost story that opens with a big tom fill then twists and turns around a folky strum and a fuzz guitar. Mary's spooky-good vocal takes it down that dirt road way back into the piney woods.The album also has some country rock songs that highlight the melodic side of SCOTS, with “Baby I Like You,“ “I Ain't Gonna Hang Around“ and “Given To Me“ featuring some of the best harmonies Rick and Mary have ever recorded.“Waiting On You“ is the longest song on the album, coming in at 4:22; it's a folk-garage-rocker with a sing-a-long chorus that segues into a surf raga breakdown before heading back to the big riff and out.The album has traditional Southern Culture flavor too. Check out the remake of “Swamp Fox - The Original“. This take goes back to the beginnings of the song and is much closer to capturing the essence of the many all-nighters the band pulled in NOLA with friends and colleagues. The country funk of “Rice and Beans,“ is a good humored tale of a cash strapped southern courtship, and “Midnight Caller“ is Mary's slinky R'n'B flavored woman-to-woman warning about bad men looking for good times.Song for song, on The Electric Pinecones, Southern Culture On The Skids continues to blow minds and blur the lines between genres delivering a stellar album. From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to their 1988 international smash, Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single “Camel Walk“), and now to the SCOTS-ified tunes of The Electric Pinecones, 30 years, 200 songs and 1,000,000 road miles in, Southern Culture On The Skids just continues to get better with time.

May 24, 2018 9:00 AM

Workshop: We have five decades of research proving that addiction is a chronic brain disorder, not a moral failing. We know how to prevent it. We know what causes it. We know how to treat it. We know recovery is a reality. Yet we have been responding to alcohol and other drug problems with the acute care model of addiction treatment and incarceration. This workshop will provide education on the pathology and chronic nature of substance use disorder. We explore the limitations of the acute care model of addiction treatment and provide an overview of recovery-oriented systems of care. We discuss the role public perception and pejorative language play in discriminatory public health policy, and we discuss strategies to improve the culture in our workplaces to promote help seeking and the provision of excellent care. About the Presenter: Donald McDonald is the Executive Director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC), an affiliate of NAADAC. APNC empowers its prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals to thrive in NC’s evolving continuum of care. Donald was previously the Director of Advocacy and Education with Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC). His work took him across the state, educating communities about substance use disorder, recovery oriented systems of care, and how changing language and reducing stigma can promote health and wellness. Donald is a NC Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and holds a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. Navy veteran, former teacher, and “jazz” trumpet player, Donald McDonald is a man thriving in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use disorders since October 12, 2004. WHEN: May 24, 20189:00am - 1:00pm (Lunch will be provided!) WHERE: Freedom House Recovery Center104 New Stateside DriveChapel Hill, NC 27516 COST: FREE for APNC Members$15.00 -- for not yet members ADDITIONAL INFO:www.APNC.org*You may pay online by credit card, or by cash/check at the door.For more information, contact Mat Sandifer APNC North Central Region VP at [email protected] A great big thank you goes out to our community partner, Freedom House Recovery Center, for generously hosting this event. THANK YOU!

Jun 01, 2018 4:00 PM

The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is proud to announce the 5th Annual Artists Convening in Durham, North Carolina.  Taking place Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd, the Convening features a weekend packed with inspiring workshops, panels, and mentoring sessions, combined with a healthy dose of community building and peer networking. Now in its fifth year, the Convening has more than doubled in size, with this year’s Convening slated to attract more than 100 documentary filmmakers and supporters. Registration is open to documentary makers, educators, and students, and individual tickets to certain events are available to the public.  A full schedule of the Convening and additional details are available on our website.   FAQs How can I volunteer at the event? Glad you asked!  Please fill out the 2018 Artists Convening Volunteer Form and we'll get back to you shortly. What are my parking options near the event? Corcoran Street Garage - 212 Ramseur Street Chapel Hill Street Garage - 326 E Chapel Hill Street Durham Centre Garage - 300 W Morgan Street more info on parking can be found here: https://americantobaccocampus.com/parking Where can I find the Convening schedule? You can find a full schedule with speakers, lodging info, and more on our website.  Are there discounted hotel accomodations? Durham Marriott City Center 201 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701   Rate: $129/night + tax (Must be booked by May 1st) Sponsors:

Jun 04, 2018 6:00 PM

Join us for an exclusive dinner for six guests hosted by The Center for Election Science (CES), a nonprofit working to advance smarter voting methods to empower voters with a meaningful ballot. During this intimate dinner, you will have the opportunity to learn more about CES and our recent work, including a nationally-representative poll comparing alternative voting methods in the 2016 election and a campaign to strategically implement approval voting in targeted cities such as Fargo, North Dakota. You will also have the opportunity to meet our executive director Aaron Hamlin, board treasurer Kerry Keys, and other CES supporters. Aaron Hamlin is the executive director for The Center for Election Science. He has consulted on voting procedures for small to large organizations and publicly elected officials in several states. He's written articles for publications such as Deadspin, Democracy Chronicles, and Independent Voter Network. He's also been featured in Popular Mechanics, NPR, and MSNBC. Aaron is a licensed attorney. He received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. He has additional graduate degrees in the social sciences from Indiana University and Miami University. His bachelor's of science is from Northern Kentucky University. Kerry Keys is the treasurer for The Center for Election Science. He moved to the DC metro area after earning his Master of Accounting degree from UNC - Chapel Hill, and provides financial management support for federal agencies as an associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Besides working as Treasurer for CES, he serves on the Planning & Finance committee for the board of another nonprofit - The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands, NC. Kerry began his career at The Mountain, working in outdoor education for several years before turning to a career in financial management. In his spare time, Kerry rides and fixes bicycles, and meditates. He has a passion for electoral reform, including delegated voting - and hopes that our support of approval voting can help to offer everyone a stronger voice in our democratic institutions. FAQs How can I contact the organizer with any questions? For questions, e-mail [email protected] Is my meal included? No, for tax deduction simplicity, attendees pay for their own food, which is around $30/plate depending on your order. Is this tax deductible? Yes, The Center for Election Science is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. You may consider this a donation. Our EIN is 45-2334002. Where is the charity dinner? The restaurant is in Washington, DC near the marker on the map. You will be given the name of the restaurant by e-mail following your RSVP. How many will be at the dinner? There will be up to eight total: our executive director, a board member, and six additional guests. What's the best way to give further? You can donate through our website. If you have special considerations, please speak with Aaron Hamlin at the event. He has expertise in more complex charitable giving. Is my ticket refundable? No, your ticket purchase is considered a charitable donation and is not refundable. Is the restaurant vegan and vegetarian friendly? Yes, you will have a number of vegan and vegetarian options at this restaurant. May I bring a guest? Yes, but each ticket is for one person. You will have to RSVP for your guest in addition to yourself or have your guest RSVP for themselves. This is necessary due to limited seating.

Jun 07, 2018 6:00 PM

We're thrilled to be hosting an 'ekphrastic' weaving workshop with textile artist Katie Berman in conjunction with our current exhibition, Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis features eight artists responding in their own mediums - sculpture, painting, drawing, weaving, music, poetry, and so on – to eight particular photographs from the history of photography.  We'll practice our own ekphrastic process by responding to images through creating a small weaving. Each participant is encouraged to bring their own image, whether it is an old family photograph or a postcard of a favorite photograph from a recent museum trip. Feel free to get creative! Instructed by Katie, we'll learn the basics of loom weaving and explore color, form, and texture. All materials provided in the cost of the workshop. Katie Berman is a weaver, natural dyer and educator based in Durham, NC. Empowering others to live out their creative dreams through making is her passion. When not busily making in the studio, you will most likely find her tending to her garden or attempting to corral her backyard chickens. Learn more at www.katiebermantextiles.com or on her Instagram. A few things to note: We are a 0% commission space and all ticket sales are going directly to the artist and to cover the cost of supplies. Since Cassilhaus is also a private residence, all registered attendees will receive an email 72 hours in advance of the event with our address and parking information. We are located in Duke Forest, between Durham and Chapel Hill. 

Jun 24, 2018 6:30 PM

General Admission ($20 per person/1 ticket)-Show is 6:30-8:30pm. Includes admission to the show, dessert table and coffee. $2.03 ticketing service charge will be applied to each ticket. Table Sponsor: $600 (+ $31.38 ticketing service charge per table). 5:00pm. General Admission & Dinner: Includes 6 seats for dinner in the private dining room at Carolina Meadows, a private performance by Tony Williamson, performance in auditiorim with Tony Williamson Band and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, dessert table and coffee. No alcohol may be purchased or brought in by anyone who is NOT a Carolina Meadows resident. Please contact Melanie Girard at [email protected] or 919-542-4512 ext. 223 for purchase and details. 6 tables available. Welcome to our 2nd Annual Music Fundraiser at Carolina Meadows! The Council on Aging is excited to announce a fundraiser with Chatham’s very own mandolin hero and 2018 NC Hertiage Award winner,Tony Williamson. Williamson will be performing at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill (Chatham County) with his band along with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra for a magical evening of bluegrass and jazz.Dessert and refreshments will be served at intermission. Mandolin virtuoso Tony Williamson was born and raised in rural Piedmont North Carolina in a family of wood-workers and musicians.  With his brother Gary on banjo, the two became child sensations and by 1969 had won First places in the coveted "World Championship" in Union Grove, North Carolina. In 1976, Tony answered the call to go on the road with the Bluegrass Alliance, whose alumni include Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Tony Rice and many others.  Afterwards, his credits include performances on stage and in the recording studio with Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Bobby Hicks, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas. He has received many awards for his music, including the IBMA recorded event of the year in 1994, and has even performed for Luciano Pavarotti!  Since 1991, The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society has programed a regular series of events throughout the fiscal year, primarily concert presentations and rehearsals by the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra (a community orchestra formed by Dr. Gregg Gelb when he was Visiting Artist at Central Carolina Community College from 1989-1991 and educational outreach events associated with the concerts. Special guest artist concerts are a regular part of the programming. World famous jazz artists have appeared in our series: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bud Shank, Dave Valentin, Houston Person, just to name a few. All proceeds go to  Meals on Wheels and other Chatham County Council on Aging programs.

Jun 02, 2018 7:00 PM

We're thrilled to be hosting an intimate performance by Durham-based songwriter and storyteller KAMARA THOMAS in conjunction with our current exhibition at Cassilhaus, Ekphrasis. Kamara will be performing a song she has written in response to a photograph by Alec Soth for the exhibition, along with a full set of her own. Join us as the sun sets over Cassilhaus to listen to Kamara's melancholic, acoustic-based Americana storytelling – you won't want to miss this. A few things to note: We are a 0% commission space and all ticket sales are going directly to the artist. Since Cassilhaus is also a private residence, you will receive our address by email 72 hours in advance of the event. We are located in Duke Forest, approximately 15 minutes from both Durham and Chapel Hill. Wine and cheese will be served at this event. Kamara Thomas is a songwriter, storyteller, and mythology fanatic based in Durham, NC. She is currently at work producing her debut solo album TULAROSA: AN AMERICAN DREAMTIME. Kamara has been a resident at Yaddo, and in 2015 performed the "Tularosa" song-cycle as a featured artist for Lincoln Center Education. She made her directorial debut in 2016 with the short film "Oh Gallows", a conceptual preview of the Tularosa album and upcoming theatre work.  Born in Chicago to a hippie-turned-born-again mother who only permitted her to listen to country/western out of the world of popular music, Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter and dramatist that logged time in Los Angeles and New York City. In the latter, Thomas honed her craft playing in power trio Earl Greyhound and twangy side project the Ghost Gamblers. (She also served as the driving force behind the weekly Honky-Tonk Happy Hour series at the Living Room on the Lower East Side.) Performing in the vicinity of her current Durham home with her ace band the Night Drivers, Thomas is working on her successfully crowdfunded debut Tularosa: An American Dreamtime, which explores the Mythic West through a song cycle about a forsaken plot of New Mexico land. It will be a culmination of the first august stage of a storytelling career from the little girl who once eagerly soaked up the voices of Dolly, Emmylou, Loretta Lynn and the 1970s outlaws. More at http://kamarathomas.com/.

Jun 06, 2018 8:00 AM

BILTMORE ESTATE - Tour with dogs. People without dogs are welcome.Come celebrate the bounty of Biltmore’s vineyards, pastures, and fields at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Delight in themed menus, special offerings at their Winery, and a host of events and activities amidst stunning surroundings. The year-round transformation in the Blue Ridge Mountains will amaze you. Originally 125,000 acres, the now 8,000-acre Estate is the site of the 250 room, 135,000 square foot Chateau built by George Vanderbilt in 1895. It is still the largest privately owned home in the United States. Your estate admission includes a self-guided visit to Biltmore House & access to the gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect responsible for New York’s Central Park. Admission also includes access to Antler Hill Village and Winery, which features: Complimentary wine tastings at America’s Most-Visited Winery Seasonal farm-to-table dining at your choice of three fantastic restaurants A variety of shops filled with unique Biltmore treasures Friendly farm animals to cuddle at our Farmyard (dogs not allowed inside). The Outdoor Adventure Center, headquarters for estate exploration Dogs are not allowed in any of the buildings at Biltmore Village but there are a variety of restaurants with outdoor seating to choose from. We will switch off to watch your dogs while you tour the main house. HIGHLIGHTS  TRAVELING WITH YOUR DOG!! BILTMORE CHATEAU ANTLER HILL VILLAGE & WINERY WORLD FAMOUS BILTMORE GARDENS INCLUDED  ENTRANCE FEES TO ESTATE ALL TRANSPORTATION TOUR GUIDE WINE TASTING   Important Requirements:  1.) A copy of recent veterinary records are required showing that your dog(s) are current on vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper & Parvo (included in DHLPP vaccine) Titers accepted as an alternative. Bordatella is recommended. Guests will need to E-mail this info to us at [email protected] prior to their visit. Allowing us time to review for correctness. No dogs will be allowed to check in without this info. We also ask that your dogs are on a flea and tick prevention program.  2.) Kindly sign and read the WAIVER / TERMS & CONDITIONS after making the payment.  FAQS | TOUR FORMS | WAIVER / TERMS & CONDITIONS TAGS: Wine Tour, Hiking Tour, Adventure Tour, Under Wine, Wine Tasting, Hiking, Adventure, Tour