Weekend at a Glance: Austen, Arts and Athletics

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Saturday Sweat with Chapel Hill Training – weekend events
Photo courtesy of Charlotte L. from Chapel Hill Training

Compiled by Madeline Kraft


Crafting with Austen
Hosted by the Jane Austen Summer Program and Jane Austen and Company, learn about the role that needlework played in the lives of Jane Austen and other women of her generation. Jennie Batchelor, co-author of “Jane Austen Embroidery,” will discuss her discovery of presumed lost embroidery patterns and the relationship between craft, writing and work in Austen’s time and our own. Sign up to receive a Zoom link to attend the free talk at noon followed by a Q&A session.  

Exciting Writing with John Bemis 
The 2013 recipient of North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature, John Claude Bemis, shares fun activities on how to brainstorm exciting characters, settings and plots. Register through the Orange County Public Library for the online event, and make sure to bring a pencil and paper so you can write down ideas. 


Finding Joy Part 1
Margaret Lane Gallery hosts the “Finding Joy Part 1” exhibit, featuring Debi L. Drew with Michi Doan, for its final weekend. While this is the last weekend to view part one of the exhibit, “Finding Joy Part 2” will open to the public starting July 29. You can visit in-person either during the gallery’s limited hours of operation or by a private appointment. 


Summer Oyster Roast + Shrimp Boil
Botanist and Barrel welcomes back Oysters Carolina, which has been featured on PBS for its delicious and perfectly briny oysters. Tickets include all-you-can-eat North Carolina oysters and shrimp, plus the classic fixings and sides. There are also ticket options for an oyster and cider pairing, or unlimited pours of cider and wine.

Compose Carolina 
Explore Compose Carolina’s theme “Looking Forward” with Alex McKeveny, a student at UNC pursuing a degree in music and business administration, through his original musical piece and performance. UNC Department of Music and Carolina Performing Arts host the weekly livestream concert series highlighting students’ and alums’ original compositions joined in conversation by UNC’s Department of Music professors. Stream the series live on Facebook, YouTube or #CPAathome at noon.

Virtual Village Green Music Series Featuring Mahalo Jazz
Attend Mahalo Jazz’s concert live on Facebook at 7 p.m. This is the last concert in Southern Village’s virtual summer music series presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners.


Saturday Sweat 
Tune Saturday at 10 a.m. to Chapel Hill Training’s free virtual workout. The donation-based, community-wide class supports Chapel Hill Training’s employee relief fund for COVID-19, unless otherwise announced. (Once a month proceeds from the weekend are donated to another community organization.) Register by at least 8 a.m. in order to receive the Zoom link. 


Violet Bell: Live from Cat’s Cradle 
Listen to the North Carolina duo, Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez, as they perform live on Facebook at 7 p.m. from Cat’s Cradle. Violet Bell weaves roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music into a unique soundscape. 

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