SAVE THE DATE: We are co-sponsoring the 2023 State of Black Entrepreneurship in Rural NC hosted by WEBB Squared on Friday, Feb 3rd at 9:30 AM at the Chatham Agriculture & Conference Center. The event will help raise awareness about barriers & opportunities to develop ecosystems to support Black & Brown entrepreneurs in NC. Learn more and get your ticket: https://webbsquared.org/state-of-black-entrepreneurship/
The transformation of Governor Ralph Northam Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's "blackface scandal" could have destroyed any politician. The photo of Governor Northam purportedly in blackface created a firestorm not only locally but also in every political sphere. What the Eyes Can't See details why Northam's career did not end with the scandal, and how it made him a better governor—and a better citizen. In this book, Margaret Edds draws on unprecedented access to the governor, his aides, and members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, whose initial anger evolved into determination to mine good from an ugly episode. Both scolding and encouraging, they led Northam to a deeper understanding of the racism and pain the photograph symbolized. To Northam's credit, he listened, and more importantly learned the lessons of endemic, systemic racism and applied those lessons to his legislative agenda. Edds provides a revealing examination of race in the nation, how racism might be addressed and reckoned with, and how we all may find a measure of redemption in listening to one another. Margaret Edds is a former reporter and editorial writer for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. She is the author of several books, including We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow; Finding Sara: A Daughter's Journey; and An Expendable Man: The Near-Execution of Earl Washington Jr. Dianne Jackson,retired educator in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System, a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, Campaign for Racial Equity, OCCRC, and Bridging the Gap Foundation.
Join us at The Sycamore at Chatham Mills! 9 am, guests welcome. Speaker TBD.
Jazz nights are continuing on Wednesdays so don't miss out on the chance to hear some great holiday jazz this month, sprinkled in alongside your classic favorites. Here are our upcoming performers 02/08- Lauren Meehan Band 02/15- Tony Galiano 02/22- Dave Quick Jazz So make a reservation and join us for dinner tonight! Lounge menu served in the dining room, and the lounge, and our full dinner menu as well.
Each of the ten stories in Have Mercy on Us is an illuminating window into a human life. In the way of all the best fiction, these stories enlarge our understanding of what it means to be alive and to love, with characters who leap off the page. In this award-winning collection, the people are varied in age, race, and origin. An old man travels to a village in Kenya in an attempt to bring his estranged son home; against her mother’s wishes, a young woman attends the funeral of the father she never met, hoping to forge a relationship with her eight siblings; a woman long married to a renowned artist whose infidelity is nearly blatant, takes things into her own hands in a brilliantly realized moment of independence; in an imagined, loving portrait, the writer Zora Neale Hurston is shown near the end of her life in 1948, working as a maid in a motel in Ft. Pierce, Florida. These stories are spare and romantic without being sentimental. The youngest of six children, Lisa Cupolo grew up in the Honeymoon Capital of the World: Niagara Falls, Canada. At thirteen, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and spent much of her teens and twenties battling illness. She has spoken about how this trial was one of the blessings of her life, because it led her to writing. She learned to escape, creating stories when reality got difficult, and she imagined herself living the lives of her characters, and in the real world, she became an observer. Lisa has worked as a paparazzi photographer, photo editor, and literary publicist at HarperCollins in Toronto. She has lived all over the world, but currently calls Southern California home. Lisa holds a BA in philosophy from The University of Western Ontario, a […]
Come out and support your local economy for the first Bazaar Night Market of the year! We have an awesome lineup of vendors, food, beverages and live music. Join the fun November 18th, 4-9pm! brought to you by Reclamation Vintage! Food Trucks, Beverages, Music, Vintage Vendors, Local Artisan Vendors, Music and much more!
Jazz nights are continuing on Wednesdays so don't miss out on the chance to hear some great holiday jazz this month, sprinkled in alongside your classic favorites. Here are our upcoming performers 02/15- Tony Galiano 02/22- Dave Quick Jazz So make a reservation and join us for dinner tonight! Lounge menu served in the dining room, and the lounge, and our full dinner menu as well.
Fifteen-year-old Mattie Lee Watson dreams of men, not boys. So when James T. Cullowee, the Kudzu King, arrives in Cooper County, North Carolina in 1941 to spread the gospel of kudzu—claiming that it will improve the soil, feed cattle at almost no cost, even cure headaches—Mattie is ready. Mr. Cullowee is determined to sell the entire county on the future of kudzu, and organizes a kudzu festival, complete with a beauty pageant. Mattie is determined to be crowned Kudzu Queen and capture the attentions of the Kudzu King. As she learns more about Cullowee, however, she discovers that he, like the kudzu he promotes, has a dark and predatory side. When she finds she is not the only one threatened, she devises a plan to bring him down. Based on historical facts, The Kudzu Queen unravels a tangle of sexuality, power, race, and kudzu through the voice of an irresistibly delightful (and mostly honest) narrator. Mimi Herman is the author of The Kudzu Queen, Logophilia and A Field Guide to Human Emotions. She codirects Writeaways writing workshops in the United States and abroad, and is a Kennedy Center teaching artist. Mimi lives in a 1925 bungalow in Durham, North Carolina.
The museum will host its annual member event on February 19 at 2 pm in the courthouse. The speaker will perform a story about the Battle of Alamance.
Jazz nights are continuing on Wednesdays so don't miss out on the chance to hear some great holiday jazz this month, sprinkled in alongside your classic favorites. Here are our upcoming performers 02/22- Dave Quick Jazz So make a reservation and join us for dinner tonight! Lounge menu served in the dining room, and the lounge, and our full dinner menu as well.
A rock and roll drummer abandons his successful music career to pursue his true passion and discovers a deeper understanding of artistic fulfillment in this episodic memoir of swapping one dream for another In the mid-1990s, fresh out of high school, Nic Brown was living his childhood dream as a rock and roll drummer. Signing a major label record deal, playing big shows, hitting the charts, giving interviews in Rolling Stone, appearing on The Tonight Show—what could be better for a young artist? But contrary to expectations, getting a shot at his artistic dream early in life was a destabilizing shock. The more he achieved, the more accolades that came his way, the less sure Brown became about his path. Only a few years into a promising musical career, he discovered the crux of his discontent: he was never meant to remain behind the drums. In fact, his true artistic path lay in a radically different direction entirely: he decided to become a writer, embarking on a journey leading him to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, publish novels and short stories, and teach literature to college students across the country. Bang Bang Crash tells the story of Nic Brown’s unusual journey to gain new strength, presence of mind, and sense of perspective, enabling him to discover an even greater life of artistic fulfillment. Nic Brown is the author of the novels In Every Way, Doubles, and Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editors' Choice by The New York Times Book Review. He is the fiction editor of the South Carolina Review, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and the Harvard Review, among many other publications. As a drummer, he has worked with Athenaeum, Ben Lee, Longwave, Skeleton Key, and Eszter Balint. A graduate of Columbia University […]
Join us at The Sycamore at Chatham Mills! 9 am, guests welcome. Speaker TBD.