Thanks to everyone who came out for the Spring Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival! Here’s what’s happening next:

Southern Culture on the Skids, June 6th

SCOTSDigThisPromoPhoto2-smLong the bards of downward mobility, Southern Culture on the Skids have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, goodnatured, goodtime take on the culture of the South. Recently described by Dwight Yoakam as “really on the outside, like Dick Dale meets Hank Thompson,” SCOTS have mixed high and low culture for decades, endlessly touring, serving up moonshine martinis and poultry picking for fans everywhere.

Since 1983, when they formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, SCOTS have played their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop (the band describes their sound as “toe sucking geek rock kinda weird, but it feels good when youre doing it”), all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. Drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff Miller and crew have been prolific and ubiquitous for over twenty years.

Come out early for our free garden workshop and forum, then stick around for a evening of fun. You can even spend the night if you like! We’ll have food trucks, Carolina Brewery beer and plenty of camping space!

Free Workshops and Classes this Summer


June 6th, 4pm: Garden workshop and Open Forum in the Shakori Hills Community Garden

Stay tuned for more information on yoga classes, garden workshops, square dances and much more! We’ll post information as it becomes available on these free-to-the-public offerings.

NC Stars in the Round, August 29th

Hoppin’ John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention, September 17th–19th

ggc3The Piedmont’s own traditional fiddlers’ convention, Hoppin’ John has band and instrument contests, workshops, showcases, camping, food, square dances, kids activities and a hoppin’ john cook-off!

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

  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 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: Kevin James, Paul Kerr, Matthew Coburn, Allison Springer, Sara Waters, Dwayne Ritchie

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