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Wild Edible Wonders Fall Pesto Walk
Tuesday, September 10, 6-8 p.m. The Plant, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro
Co-sponsored by The Abundance Foundation
Learn how to make friends and food with the weeds in your home “yarden” as we meet and eat some of the abundant wild edibles of the NC Piedmont. In this enchanting and empowering evening plant walk, we’ll celebrate the harvest time of fall as we wander fields and woods edge in search of common weeds to create delicious wild greens pesto together. Go home with the wisdom and inspiration to supplement your family’s meals with free, nutritious, tasty, and healing wild plants! Handout with recipes included.
7th Annual Hoppin’ John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention
On September 19 – 21, The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center presents the Hoppin’ John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention, now in its 7th year. Hoppin’ John is a three-day event for musicians, dancers, and music lovers to come together and celebrate the traditions of old-time and bluegrass music. There will be dance, instrument, and band contests for all ages. Hoppin’ John also features square and cajun dances, workshops, musician showcases, a hoppin’ john cook-off, and a special opportunity to see, hear, and learn the secrets and treasures of this Piedmont take on the fiddlers’ convention concept.
The convention helps keep the musical roots of our state alive and provides an opportunity for young people to play on stage and be exposed to some of the musicians who have helped inspire them in their love of traditional music. North Carolina is known for its fiddlers' conventions and Hoppin’ John is becoming one of the new favorites in the state!
The event will kick off on Thursday night this year with a Cajun Dance led by local band, Shamu Garcon.
The convention’s individual contests will begin on Friday afternoon and run throughout Saturday. There will be “Rowdy Square Dances” throughout the weekend with The Five Points Rounders, featuring David Bass on fiddle, Colin Booy on banjo, and Rob VanVeld on gutbucket bass. The Rounders, a young, high-energy old-time band came together in Durham to bring their type of music to the next generation by creating the Rowdy Square Dance concept – dusting off the old square dance tunes and moves and repackaging them to suit a younger, more hip crowd, without losing any shine for forever fans and connoisseurs. Anna Lena Phillips calls out the next dance step while dancing on stage, and keeps all of the dancers together and comfortable, whether it’s their first or their 100th square dance. The convention is also pleased to feature a Saturday night square dance with local favorites, Bill and Libby Hicks, as well as a Master's Showcase on Saturday afternoon with Malcolm Owen. All three were founding members of the Fuzzy Mountain String Band, a Piedmont centered old-time band that has been a source of inspiration for most old-time musicians today.
To promote a contest unique to this fiddlers' convention, Hoppin' John is offering free admission to anyone entering the hoppin' john cook-off! Contestants can exhibit their culinary talents by cooking up their version of this traditional southern dish. Everyone attending the convention has an opportunity to purchase a $3 ballot and try all the dishes, then vote for their favorite. Prizes are also awarded for first through third places.
The Green Grass Cloggers, the premier clogging group of North Carolina, will be around for performances and workshops, as well as local dance troupe Dueling Shoes. New to the convention this year will be a kids crafts tent and Sacred Harp Singing. The Hoppin’ John Cakewalk and “hootenanny hayride” will be back by popular demand Saturday afternoon with early childhood educator and local musician, Tim Wells. Contests include: band (old-time, bluegrass, and non-traditional), old-time and bluegrass instrument (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass), folk song, and dance. There will also be a contest for youth musicianship and youth dancing. Cash prizes will be awarded for a total of $3800.
Tickets & Admission (purchased at the gate only):
Contestant Tickets: $22 w/ $5 refund
Thursday Admission: $6
Friday Admission: $8
Saturday Admission: $12
Camping: $10 per vehicle per night (free on Thursday) - $15 per night for RVs
Thursday Night Camping and Day Parking are Free!
There will be great craft and musical instrument vendors as well as food vendors, including the Shakori Hills Pizza Shack and Vickrey Farms. Folks can bring the family and stay for the weekend! More info and schedule are available at www.hoppinjohn.org.
Fall Equinox Forage & Wild Feast
Saturday, September 21st, 4:30-8 pm
The Plant, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro
Save your space now! Many hands make for fun foraging! Let's celebrate the Fall Equinox with a wild feast! Reconnect with wild food as medicine for your body & spirit as we welcome Fall! This is an empowering and delicious two part workshop: first we forage, then we feast! Learn how to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and easily prepare abundant wild plants to create a mega-nutritious and yummy dinner. We will enjoy our feast as the balance of day and night signals our shift into Fall! Enjoy more details and register.