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The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will hold its annual fall festival from Thursday, October 6 to Sunday, October 9, 2011. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large Dance Tent, and an intimate Cabaret Tent. Located on 72 beautiful farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Silk Hope. The festival also features local crafts, delicious food, various children’s activities, environmental sustainability workshops, and much more in a family-friendly environment.
More info at http://www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org.
Featured acts include: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Donna the Buffalo, Brett Dennen, Sidi Touré, The Duhks, Rosie Ledet, Nawal, Preston Frank, Emmit-Nershi Band, Eilen Jewell, Toubab Krewe, Bearfoot, The Old Ceremony, Locos Por Juana, and Hobex.
Other local favorites include: The Kickin Grass Band, John Howie & Rosewood Bluff, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Diali Cissokho & Kairaba!, Saludos Compay, Laurelyn Dossett, Des Ark, Hammer No More the Fingers, Lila, Big Fat Gap, Dub Addis, Penny Prophets, Brand New Life, Peter Lamb & The Wolves, The Tender Fruit, Mipso Trio, Green Grass Cloggers, Kimberly McCrae, D-Sass, James Olin Oden, Alex Weiss, Cane Creek Cloggers and more.
Other great acts on the bill: Thousands of One, Leyla McCalla, The Flying Clouds, Driftwood, The Grady Girls, Turtle Duhks, Noot d'Noot, Dehlia Low, John Stickley Trio, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Lake Street Dive, Billy Eli, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Lakota John & Friends, Sandbox, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices and more.
Festival tickets are on sale now and available by phone and at www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org/tickets-info. Four day passes are $90 in advance and $100 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Day passes are $25 (Thurs), $35 (Fri), $45 (Sat), and $25 (Sun). Youth prices (13-15) are $12, $17, $20, and $12. Tent camping is $10 per tent and vehicle camping is $50 in advance and $60 at the gate.
Celebrate Green Central
The 2011 Celebrate Green Central kicks off Friday, Oct. 14, at Central Carolina Community College’s Chatham County Campus and runs through Saturday, Oct.15. CCCC is nicknamed “Green Central” because green programs have been front-and-center in its planning for a long time. This free, fun, family-friendly event, hosted by the college’s Green Building and Sustainable Technologies program, highlights that program, local green businesses, and area green homes.
Everyone is invited to the free kickoff reception, which runs from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 14, at the Chatham Community Library, 197 Highway 87 North, on the campus. The kickoff’s Celebrating the Season will feature tastings of regional foods from the college’s Natural Chef program’s kitchen and the Sustainable Agriculture program’s pizza oven. The event’s Green Trade Show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and continues from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. It features local businesses that contribute to Chatham’s green, sustainable community through green building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green products for the home.
Celebrate Green Central also offers tours of the Sustainable Technology Center’s labs and presentations by college instructors and local experts from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday in the Center. Topics include solar thermal and solar electric for the homeowner, do-it-yourself weatherization. No registration is necessary.
Self-guided tours of green homes in the area can be made between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday only. The homes feature green design, water saving strategies, renewable energy applications and creative re-use of materials.
Tour-goers can pick up maps and see a description of each home at the Green Trade Show or find them online. The tour stops feature food and beverage tastings from local farmers, vineyards and breweries.
The kickoff launches the Sustainable Student Awards, featuring art and essays from Chatham County students. The theme for the contest is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Entrant groups are ages 3-8, 9-13, 14 and up, and group. Prizes will be awarded for Best Artwork and Best Writing; as well as first, second and third places in Art and Writing.
For more information about Celebrate Green Central 2011, visit www.cccc.edu/green/celebration or call Sustainability Coordinator Laura Lauffer at 919.545.8032.