Furry Friends Festival, Saturday November 7th

On Saturday, November 7, 2015 the inaugural Furry Friends Festival will be held at the Shakori Hills to raise money and awareness for numerous local animal rescue and rehabilitation charities. The event showcases a wide variety of first-rate rock, bluegrass, folk and world music acts, followed by a late-night all-star acoustic jam session.

Musical acts include:puppykitten
Crystal Bright & the Silver HandsUrban Soil, Fireside Collective
Sol Flo, Barefoot Wade, Spank, The Tennessee Jed Band, Mason Via & Friends, DJs and and All-Star After-Midnight Acoustic Jam.

Fire spinners will light up the night as aerial silk performers, hula hoopers and more circus artists demonstrate their amazing skills as well as offer workshops and lessons. Circus artists include ADAM DIPERT, JACOB FELDER, ABBY HYLTON, BRITTNEY ISPHORDING, MARI KEARNS, CAROLYN MABRY, NINA SOFIA, C.C. STEVENS & NEIDRA WHITEFIRE.

Crystal_Bright_and_the_Silver_HandsThere will be food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, a photo booth, auctions and raffles.

The beneficiaries of the inaugural festival will be four animal-related charities in Chatham, Orange and Wake counties dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs, cats, wildlife, farm animals and exotic animals. Beneficiaries include All Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas (ABARC), Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE), CLAWS and Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free, and all tickets include free parking and overnight camping. Purchase Tickets HERE.


NC Fresh Catch, Saturday, November 14th

FreshCatchFest_web_legalNC Fresh Catch partners with Shakori Hills for the Chatham Co. Fresh Catch: Fall Seafood and Music Festival Saturday, November 14th from 1-8pm at the Pittsboro Fairgrounds.

Menu items include oyster roast w/ smoked and steamed local oysters, low country shrimp boil, fish fry, smoked turkey and BBQ by Chatham Barbecue, grilled pizza by Bella Donna Italian Restaurant, coffees, desserts, craft beer, and wine. Music by The Swang Brothers, Lizzy Ross (solo), Chatham Co. Gospel Hour, The Grand Shell Game and more.  

Enjoy food, music and drink both indoors and outdoors.  Bleachers and tabled seating available.  Please bring chairs for the lawn. Rain or shine!

Tickets $7adv/ $10 day of show. Kids 12 & under FREE.  Food and drink sold separate and while supplies last. 10% gross event sales benefit the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center.  Click HERE for Tickets and more information.

Roots in the Schools


We’ll be continuing and expanding this program of bringing musicians, artists and dancers into local schools to help supplement the curriculum. If you are a teacher, parent or school administrator interested in bringing this program to your school, get in touch at info@shakorihills.org

  Community Garden

Want to grow your own food but don’t have the space or time commitment for your own garden? Community garden workers get a share of everything harvested and excess is donated to the CORA Food Pantry. You can contribute as much or as little as meets your schedule and energy level. Everyone is welcome to participate in the garden, from the early planning stages like deciding what crops to grow, ordering seeds and tilling the ground to planting, weeding, mulching and harvesting. No previous gardening experience is necessary.


The garden occupies approximately 8800 square feet, with three crop rotation areas to keep the harvest on a year-round cycle. The project is coordinated by Cheryl McNeill, an instructor with CCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture program. We also offer garden tours and workshops at no cost to local schools and community groups. If you’d like to get involved, or are interested in a garden workshop, drop us a line at info@shakorihills.org or call the office at 919-542-1746.

Thank you for all your support! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Mission . .

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center’s mission is to provide culturally significant arts, music and environmental-sustainability education and outreach to our local community and schools.

Slideshow Photo Credits: Todd E. Gaul, Kevin James, Paul Kerr, Matthew Coburn, Allison Springer, Sara Waters, Dwayne Ritchie

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