7th Annual NC Stars in the Round

August 27th, 7pm

nikkiNorth Carolina has such amazing talent! We’re so excited to bring you some of it’s great songwriters and bands on this special yearly event. The 7th Annual NC Stars in the Round will be happening on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7pm. Come out for a late summer’s evening of song and dance under the stars!

LizzyRoss copyThe evening’s highlight will be a singer-songwriter circle featuring some great local musicians and songwriters. The stars include: Nikki Talley and Aaron Burdett (both hailing from Western NC), Lizzy Ross, Raleigh’s James Olin Oden, & Pittboro’s own, Liz Moudy!

Gasoline Stove opens the evening with their raggedy brand of countrified roots rock, and our good friends, Dr. Bacon close out the night, once again, with infectiously danceable blends of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk and hip-hop.

American Meltdown and Heavenly Smoke food trucks will be on hand starting around 6, you can enjoy Maple View Farm’s ice cream, Yee Haw Doughnuts, our bar stocked by Carolina Brewery and Fair Game Beverage Company, and the Lil’ Coffee Barn will be open with coffee & snacks. NC Stars is a family-friendly event and all are welcome to camp overnight. Yee Haw Doughnuts will also be on hand in the morning for those who stay overnight!

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Piedmont String Band Music: with Bob Carlin

August 31 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Chatham Community Library

In honor of the 10th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention, Shakori Hills proudly partners with the Chatham County Community Library in presenting a lecture, “Piedmont String Band Music: the African American Connection,” by Bob Carlin, author, musician and traditional music historian.

imagesWhen most Tar Heels think about their traditional music, they assume that all fiddlers and banjoists are white mountain dwellers. However, recent research has revealed that not only does the Piedmont have rich string music traditions as well, but that many master players resided within communities of African-Americans.

This lecture will cover the history of Piedmont music making and makers. Presenter Bob Carlin will provide stories and musical examples that illuminate this colorful story.

bgrodayBob Carlin has spent the last thirty years documenting and presenting the music and musicians of North Carolina’s Piedmont. Through publications such as String Bands in the North Carolina Piedmont and The North Carolina Banjo Collection, Carlin has
preserved the traditional music of the region. His research has resulted in performances with such tradition bearers as North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winners Marvin Gaster and Joe Thompson, who also was a NEA National Heritage Fellow. For more information, visit Carlin’s website: www.bobcarlinmusic.com.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Shakori Hills: Why It Matters…

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 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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