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Rusted Roots Fall Junk Market in Hillsborough Sept. 19-20th

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This is something I have had on my radar since earlier this summer. I’ve never been before, but I am really looking forward to checking out the Rusted Roots Fall Junk Market in Hillsborough later this month. The market features some of the best junkers, antique collectors, upcyclers, and vintage lovers around. Admission is just $2 (or $4 if you want to get in early) and runs Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. outside Rusted Roots at 135 Daniel Boone Street, Hillsborough, N.C. In addition to the vendors, this two day event will also have live music, food truck, and demos.  There will also be a pony and miniature horses from Shaky Tail Farm for kids to enjoy.

To check out the full list of vendors, musicians and demos planned visit the event website here. Also to get a sense of the types of products vendors bring  you can check out the video above from one of the previous junk markets. I’m really looking forward to making the short trip to Hillsborough (under and hour from Raleigh) to check this out. I’m also looking forward to finally trying the ice cream from the Two Roosters ice cream truck. Below is the truck schedule for the weekend. Happy exploring!

Food Trucks Scheduled – Fall Junk Market

  • Saturday September 19th
    • Stuft – Gourmet stuffed potato truck
    • Two Roosters – Locally made ice cream
    • Jay’s Italian Ice – Hand-scooped Italian ices
  • Sunday September 20th
    • Soom Soom Pita – Middle Eastern inspired pita sandwiches
    • Cock-A-Doodle-Moo – BBQ & gourmet sandwiches
    • Old South Kettle Corn – Hand-scooped Italian ices

Rusted Roots
135 Daniel Boone Street
Hillsborough, N.C (map)
website: http://www.rustedroots.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RustedRoots
twitter: @RustedRootsBlog
Instagram: https://instagram.com/rustedrootsblog/



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Triangle Yarn Crawl & Carolina Fiber Fest – Spring 2014

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Triangle Yarn Crawl
The Spring 2014 Triangle Yarn Crawl is a fun self-guided tour that connects fiber lovers who enjoy the adventure of discovering new local yarn shops in the Triangle. The crawl takes place during normal business hours on March 22-23, 2014 and includes nine local shops throughout the Triangle. Yarn crawl participants are provided with the means to develop their own self-guided itinerary for a weekend of exploration and fun and will receive a “Crawl Passport” to have stamped at each shop for promotions.

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Yarn Crawl 2013 “Meet & Greet” at Great Yarns in Raleigh
(photo courtesy Triangle Yarn Crawl)

The crawl is sponsored by local retailers who are provided with a raffle prize that they fill with products. In addition to the raffle, each shop offers a different promotion and demonstration of their choice. Attendance is absolutely FREE. Yarn and other items in the participating shops are available for purchase, but purchasing items is not mandatory.

Registration opens February 24, 2014. Register here to receive your Crawl Passport! Be sure to present your Crawl Passport at each shop and have it stamped for promotions available to crawlers and to qualify for the Grand Prize drawing.

Plan Your Route
Check out the Yarn Crawl Map to plan your route. Don’t forget about lunch. Oh, and carpooling is highly encouraged and tons more fun.

Each participating local yarn shop will have a raffle prize full of goodies. Just ask for your raffle ticket when you arrive at each shop. If you visit all nine participating shops and turn in your Crawl Passport at the last shop you visit, you’re automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing.

FiberLove SWAP
Think secret santa full of yummy fiber, notions and more, but without the santa. FiberLove Swap participants must complete his/her profile by February 17, 2014. Profiles received after February 17, 2014 will be waitlisted and notified if someone cancels. Limited to the first 20 participants so sign up today!

Triangle Yarn Crawl Kickoff
Head over to The Twisted Knitter for the Crawl Kickoff Saturday morning between 9:30-10:30 am. Mingle with fellow crawlers. Exchange FiberLove SWAP goodies with your partner. Fuel your crawl Saturday with baked goods, coffee and more.

For more Information
website: triangleyarncrawl.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TriangleYarnCrawl
Twitter: @TriYarnCrawl

Carolina Fiber Fest 2014

Carolina FiberFest
Carolina FiberFest announces its annual event, taking place April 4-6 at Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds in Sanford, NC. Drawing over 1,500 fiber enthusiasts from the surrounding area and beyond, Carolina FiberFest is sure to delight festivalgoers of all ages. This family-friendly event features over 40 vendors selling fiber-related tools, wool, alpaca and cotton fiber, pottery and more; 20+ classes taught by experienced teachers like Donna Druchunas and Esther Rodgers; and free demonstrations from sheep shearing and herding to weaving and carding.

“Carolina FiberFest is a great event for all ages to learn the tradition of fiber arts, meet others who are passionate about the fiber arts, and stock up on supplies and tools,” says Michelle Odgers, co-director.

Event Details
Dates & Times
Friday, April 4 from 10 am – 5 pm Saturday, April 5 from 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, April 6 10 am – 4 pm

Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds 505 North 7th Street Sanford, NC 27330. For directions, visit Directions.

Class Registration
Register today to reserve your space.

For more Information
Website: http://www.carolinafiberfest.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaFiberFest
Twitter: @CarolinaFbrFest

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Hillsborough Handmade Parade This Saturday!

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The Handmade Parade returns to Hillsborough this weekend on Saturday October 20th at 2pm. The parade is organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council and fills the streets of downtown Hillsborough with giant puppets and costumed creatures marching along to festive music. This is one of my favorite Triangle events and I highly recommend you check it out if you can. It is a short parade, but great fun for the entire family!

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade is a described as a ”walking theatrical performance.  A spectacle of art, creativity, and public theatre”. Its purpose  is to foster community involvement in the arts through participation in every aspect. The informal atmosphere and hands-on character of the experience allows members of the community to work directly with artists and each other while gaining confidence in their own abilities.

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade features participants in handmade costumes of snakes, frogs, and other wildlife creatures along side larger than life large puppets of animals and butterflies supported by four to six people marching them along the parade route.

Hillsborough Handmade Parade

Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade concludes on a grassy hill in front of the Historic Burwell School where participants jam to the rhythm of African drum music for a final celebration dance.  This is fabulous community event and I look forward to participating in it again this year. To see more great photographs from past parades check out Don Moffitt’s flickr album or you can view a video from the 2010 parade below.

The Fresh Roots Festival will also be happening on Saturday as well with continuous activities all day throughout downtown Hillsborough  including 5 free band concerts from noon until 10 pm.


You can get more details by visiting www.freshrootsfestivals.org.

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A Visit to Cup-A-Joe in Hillsborough


Lately I have been visiting a lot of Triangle Area coffee shops.  I enjoy the different vibe each one offers and am a big fan of how they all feature great locally roasted coffee.  Awhile back I checked out a cool little coffee shop called Cup A Joe in Hillsborough.  The shop is housed in a small and somewhat narrow brick faced building and has some really neat exposed brick wall along the interior.  Despite its small size, it does a great job of providing a cozy and welcoming environmental to enjoy some excellent coffee.


As you enter the coffee shop there are a small handful of tables on either side along the exposed red brick walls adorned with works from a local artist (this month’s art work by Dorothy Whitmore).  If you liek to enjoy your drinks outside there are also two tables set up out front along the sidewalk.  Cup A Joe serves coffee roasted right there in Hillsborough by local coffee roaster Joe Van Gogh.  I am not a coffee expert, but my wife and I both agreed it tasted fantastic and made for some excellent cappuccinos and lattes.


If you want to take some of their great coffee home with you or get some as a gift for a friend they have a self serve station where you can scoop and weigh out your own whole bean coffee for purchase.  Several different roasts are available including decaf options.  If you don’t have your own coffee bean grinder at home the barista is more than happy to do it for you there at the shop.


Downtown Hillsborough is a place I still need to explore much more, but I am happy to have already discovered this cool coffee shop where I can relax and plan my future visits.  You can learn more about Cup A Joe and stay updated on upcoming events at the shop by following them on their facebook fanpage here

If you are looking for a good excuse to head out that way for a visit consider visiting downtown Hillsborough for one of their Last Friday artwalk events organized  by the  Hillsborough Arts Council.  During these monthly events the dowtown area is buzzing with people visiting local art galleries, studios and shops and a free concert is featured on the old courthouse lawn.  However, no visit for Last Friday would be complete without stopping by Cup A Joe for their monthly Pie Contest!  The pie contest for May will feature Strawberry Pies.   For more info about the Last Fridays festivities check out the event website.

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The Handmade Parade – Giant Puppets Take Over Hillsborough!

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Photo Courtesy of Don Moffitt

Two weeks ago I was thumbing through the Independent Weekly and came across an ad for an event that caught my eye.  It was for the 3rd annual Handmade Parade in Hillsborough.   I pulled up the event website and knew this was something I needed to be a part of.  The parade is organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council and fills the streets of downtown Hillsborough with gaint puppets and costumed creatures marching along to festive music. 

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Photo Courtesy of Don Moffitt

The parade is a described as a “walking theatrical performance.  A spectacle of art, creativity, and public theatre”.  The themes of this year’s parade was “Eno River Rythms” and the parade was full costumes of snakes, frogs, and other wildlife creatures.  Other creations were  larger than life large puppets of animals and butterflies supported by four to six people marching them along the parade route.

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Photo Courtesy of City-Data

I joined in on the fun by playing my trombone with a cool muscial group out of Durham called The Bulltown Strutters.  This was the group’s first offcial public performance.  This rag tag group of musicians and strutters have all the makings of a New Orleans style “Second Line” parade band and entertained the crowds with renditions of songs like “Lil’ Liza Jane”, “Iko Iko”. and “When the Saints Go Marching In”.  Keep an eye out for the strutter’s next performance in the Durham Holiday Parade on December 4th.

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Photo courtesy of Don Moffitt

The parade concluded on a grassy hill in front of the Historic Burwell School where participants jammed to the rythm of African drum music for a final celebration dance.  This was truly a great community event and I look forward to participating again next year. Since I was in the parade I couldn’t snap any pictures so to check out some more great photograpsh from the parade check out the rest of Don Moffitt’s photos in his flickr album

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