Happy New Year from Everyone at Shakori Hills!

This holiday season, we at Shakori Hills wish to express our gratitude to you, as part of this amazing community!

shakorihillssign_snow_bowAs we begin 2017, we are grateful and ready for a bright new year! Unquestionably, last year was a financially challenging one for Shakori Hills. From Hurricane Matthew’s arrival coinciding with the Fall GrassRoots Festival, to slowed infrastructure improvements limiting our capability to host activities, perseverance was sometimes difficult.

Compiling our annual reportwe realized how successful 2016 truly was in accomplishing our mission to provide opportunities for music, art, community-building and educational experiences to you and your families, near and far. And that even in the midst of a hurricane, both literally and figuratively, this community of people worked together to solve the problems presented, overcome financial challenges and continue celebrating life and being good to one another.

2016 saw the launching of our community workshops program: free classes in music, earth skills and movement dotted the calendar throughout spring and summer, including partnerships with local organizations like Chatham Community Library. The dedication of the Land Donor Appreciation Bridge his past spring marked the ending of our original mission of purchasing the property, and launched us into the next phase of growth and giving.

We hoped that permanent bathrooms would be completed by now, but these things neverbathroomimagemoon_notxt do happen as quickly as we plan. Progress is finally underway — funding is secured and septic plans were approved by the county last week. Completion is projected for early Summer, 2017. Considerable improvements were made to the drainage situation all around the property — new culverts were installed, water flows re-routed and dams removed from creeks. This combined with new grit paths and walkway reinforcements have helped get the mud under control.

As an organization, we care about transparency and open lines of communication with you and the community-at-large. Given the financial challenges we are facing at the close of this year, we recognize how fortunate it is that making money is not the reason Shakori Hills exists. Capital is simply a necessary tool to achieve the greater mission.

29495180764_d12f47c4a0_zLooking inside our hearts, we find our New Year pledge to you: to create more beauty, more magic, more love, more community. We want to assure you that we are here for you, and in the midst of worldly challenge and change, we are going to keep doing what we do–celebrating the beauty in life, brining amazing music to our stages, creating a space for gathering and connection, getting you outside under the big sky and among the brilliant trees, putting down dance floors so you can shake it out, shake it off and remember what fuels you, what feeds you.

We couldn’t do what we do without you and we thank you! You inspire us, you keep us going and we want to help keep you going, keep you feeling the love, seeing the beauty and moving to the music.

We thank everyone who has helped the festival this fall and supported Shakori Hills throughout the year. Please consider a year-end donation to our annual fund. Your gift will help keep the lights on and the music playing!

Shakori Hills: Why It Matters…

Roots in the Schools

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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 own20160620_125037 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.

Cheryl is also offers free monthly gardening workshops this summer in a variety of topics for those who have their own gardens or just want to swap knowledge and experience!

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!

Your contributions will help us reach our vision of giving back to our community by making the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center a place for everyone to enjoy now and for decades to come! Click here to make a donation.

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

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