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Haw River Annual Community Festival :: Bynum Beach Rd., Bynum NC :: 919-542-5790Music, art, chalk drawing on the bridge, hiking along the river, free short canoe rides for kids 12 and under (1 to 4 pm at Bynum Beach), nature walk, native plants sales, environmental awareness displays and activities, canoe raffle (drawing at 5 pm), good food--you’ll find it all at the Haw River Festival in Bynum in mid-May! Enjoy the silent art auction, including Clyde Jones art (closes at 4 pm); kids’ art and nature activities; “paint-your-own” Clyde critter; crafts for sale; and a great lineup of music and entertainment. Suggested donation: $5 adults, $3 under 14 (babies free). Bynum is off Hwy 15-501 about 12 miles south of Chapel Hill and 4 miles north of Pittsboro. Take Bynum Road to the old Bynum Bridge and follow signs for parking.
Old Fashioned Farmer’s Day :: Silk Hope, NC ::For over twenty years the good folks of the Silk Hope Ruritan Club have sponsored the Silk Hope Old Fashioned Farmers Day each Labor Day weekend, Thursday night through Sunday. See molasses made, see antique farming equipment like grain thrashers and steam tractors working in a re-creation of years gone by. Enjoy steam cranked ice cream and join in a barbecue lunch. A highlight of the occasion is a fully operating steam powered saw mill. This event takes the whole community to put on. They do it to preserve their memories and to share their heritage with you. So drive on out to Silk Hope and join in the home grown fun.
Frosty’s Trading Post :: 2143 Jones Ferry Road, Pittsboro, NC :: 919-967-0744Frosty's Trading Post has been a local landmark at Crawford Dairy Road and Jones Ferry Road for as long as anyone can remember. It's a good place to stop for a cola and a moon pie or to ask directions to Chicken Bridge. Chicken Bridge is another of our favorite local legends. At Frosty's you will feel like you are out in the country with pastures and plenty of trees yet this corner of Chatham County is home to several new communities like Deer Mountain, Cedar Grove, Stroud Mountain and Frosty Meadow.
Bass Mountain :: Snow Camp, North Carolina :: 336-229-9055On Memorial Day and Labor Day Bass Mountain Music Park can take you back in time with a weekend of Blue Grass and Ole Time Gospel music. Come for a day or bring your tent to camp for the weekend. Sit under the trees and listen to the music from an open air stage. Bass Mountain Music Park is located just north and west of Snow Camp, NC. From Chapel Hill take Jones Ferry Road to Greensboro Chapel Hill road. Snow Camp is about 15 miles west. Enjoy the ride. Greensboro Chapel Hill Road is an official senic highway.
THE HAW RIVER ASSEMBLY :: Saxapahaw, NC 27340 :: (919) 542-5790.The Haw River Assembly is a non-profit citizens' group founded in 1982 to restore and protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake. The Haw River is a valuable natural resource; the headwaters of the Cape Fear River Basin. The Haw River provides drinking water to many communities, important habitat for wildlife, including endangered species, and recreational and scenic areas. Our goals are to promote environmental education, conservation and pollution prevention. Our major projects are the Haw River Festival, a traveling environmental education program, and the Haw River Watch Project, grassroots water monitoring of the Haw and its tributaries. In 2000 we initiated our new Stream Steward Project, involving communities and individuals in how to protect their local streams - saving the river one backyard at a time!
Harvest Moon Paddle, Haw River/Saxapahaw Lake :: Haw River/Saxapahaw Lake :: 336-260-64657 pm to 10 PM - Participants must arrive at our meeting location by 6:00 p.m. Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above a Piedmont lake. There is just something magical about moonbeams and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you. Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around the lake to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings. Full Moon Paddles are held on the Haw River upstream of the dam at Saxapahaw, NC. Participants must arrive at our meeting location by 6:00 p.m. if they want canoe instruction. The trip will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 10:00 p.m. What We Provide: A canoe or kayak, PFD (Personal Floatation Device), paddle and at least one experienced guide/naturalist are provided. Your Responsibility: Guests are responsible for transportation to and from our meeting location, foot wear that can get dirty and/or wet, dry clothes to leave in your vehicle, appropriate clothing for the season, hat, insect repellant, water bottle and flashlight. A camera and binoculars are recommended, but optional. The flashlight is essential for sure footing at the end of the trip. The trip fee is $25.00 per person. If you bring a canoe or kayak, the trip fee is $20 per person. You must be registered and paid in full before being allowed to go on the trip. You will be required to read and sign a liability waiver and pay attention to the safety briefing presented before the trip begins. To register, please call 336-260-6465. When your registration has been confirmed, send payment to The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company, P.O. Box 22, Saxapahaw, NC 27340. Registrations are filled on a first come, first serve basis when payment is received.