Weekend at a Glance: Fundraisers, Farm Festivities and Fall Fun

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Enjoy the fall weather with outdoor activities, or engage in virtual presentations on local history and the arts 

Weekend at a Glance Oct. 8-11- Fall Fun
Vecino Brewing hosts live music with socially distanced tables on Friday. Photo by Beth Mann

Compiled by Renee Ambroso


Orange County Department on Aging Plant Swap and Sale
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by the Jerry M Passmore Center to choose from plants they have to offer from their own gardens, or bring one to swap. The sale will take place in their back parking lot, with plenty of room for social distancing. 

Ida B. Wells Symposia | History of Racial Terror with Paris Miller 
Hosted by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, this second installment in a six-event virtual series celebrates the life and work of Ida B. Wells. Scholar and community organizer Paris Miller presents the history of racial terror in Orange County and is joined by Dianne Jackson of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and Dr. Seth Kotch, director of the Southern Oral History Program at UNC. The presentation begins at 6 p.m., and registration is required.

Digging Up History
The Orange County Historical Museum hosts Dr. R.P. Stephen Davis, adjunct professor of anthropology at UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology, on Zoom to discuss the archaeological dig at the Siouan Project in Hillsborough. Dr. Davis will share insight into the Occaneechi and other tribes who lived in Orange County. 


Friday Night Frights with 97.9 The Hill
Tune in every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in October to hear scary stories, ghost tales and chilling tunes with hosts Skratch and Snif on 97.9 The Hill.

Honeysuckle Tea House Bonfire & S’mores
Enjoy fall weather, local cider and mulled mead (made with honey from Mebane) while roasting marshmallows around the bonfire at the Honeysuckle Tea House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All s’more supplies will be provided, including skewers. 

Live Music at Vecino Brewing
Enjoy socially distanced live rock music from Carolina Blues at Vecino Brewing starting at 7 p.m.


10th Annual Off the Wall Gala  
FRANK Gallery hosts its annual fundraiser, which features over 60 pieces of donated art, live on Zoom this year. Ticket buyers are entered into a random drawing and receive non-contact food and drink deliveries from Femme Fromage, Gioiawines and Smallcakes.  Local radio host Aaron Keck will emcee the drawing, and once your name is called you have just one minute to pick and take home a favorite art piece off the wall. While the gala itself is sold out, the silent auction is open to everyone (however, ticket buyers get the last hour to themselves!).

Chestnut Ridge Farm Pumpkin Patch
Every Saturday in October, Chestnut Ridge Farm opens its pumpkin patch and a whimsical Halloween-themed forest with bonfires and cute farm animals. Tickets must be purchased in advance as attendance will be limited. 

Haunted Barn at Firefly Farm
Firefly Farm hosts this spooky, family-friendly fun event, featuring a barn full of creepy haunted scenes, complete with spiders, aliens and clowns. Candy gift bags wait at the exit for every brave soul. After the tour of the haunted barn, visit miniature donkeys, horses and chickens. 


‘She Changed the World’ series: Women Experience The Vote: Politics & Empowerment
The Burwell School Historic Site celebrates the 100th anniversary of womens’ suffrage with speakers Jenn Weaver, Hillsborough’s first female mayor, Hillary MacKenzie, chair of Orange County School Board, and North Carolina County Commissioner of the Year Renee Price. The Zoom event begins at 3 p.m. and concludes with Q&A. 


4th Annual Paint It Orange: Plein Air Paint-Out and Wet Paint Sale
Taking on a new format in its fourth year, the Hillsborough Arts Council invites local artists to take inspiration from the natural world around them and paint at their choice of site from Oct. 7-13. Artists can submit up to five paintings to be showcased in a virtual exhibit open for public viewing later this month. A portion of sales will benefit the Hillsborough Arts Council and Orange County Arts Commission

Carving Pumpkins with Goats at Spring Haven Farm
Enjoy fall-time fun at Spring Haven Farm, complete with train rides, spooky decorations, fall-themed snacks and a haunted maze. Pick your own pumpkin right from the patch, and carve it with the company of friendly goats. All tools are provided, including take-home bags for pumpkin seeds. This year pumpkin picking time slots (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day) are limited, so get your ticket early!

Triangle Parade of Homes 
Take a peek inside some of the Triangle’s newest homes during this annual home tour, featuring over 200 homes from 113 different builders. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh and the HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, this year the parade partners with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. View homes from noon to 5 p.m. each day, but be aware some homes may not be available for in-peron tours due to COVID-19 restrictions, and precautions are encouraged.

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