Thanksgiving is here! It’s time to gather with family and friends (or avoid them all together) to celebrate the year, eat too much food, and show gratitude. There’s always something to be thankful for. Our community has many wonderful opportunities for activities and ways to celebrate this holiday season. From traditional to things you’ve never heard of, take a look below for ideas on ways to join in on the uniqueness of Chatham County!
Goldston Recreation – November 17th from 7pm – 10pm
Annual Turkey Shoot – It’s that time of year. As the seasons change so does the ball field. Goldston Recreation is happy to present their Annual Turkey Shoot. Come out and enjoy the fun and fellowship!!
Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market – November 18th 10am – 1pm
Potluck – Enjoy a complimentary potluck of Thanksgiving dishes prepared by our farmers! Recipes for the dishes will be published on Chatham Mills Farmers Market website!
Chatham County Libary – November 18th from 2pm – 3pm
Fall Family Craft – Fall Family Craft Fun for all ages.
Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge – November 18th from 11am – 4pm
2017 Day with the Turkeys – Join us to celebrate the lives of our beautiful turkey residents! Visitors will get the chance to meet and give special holiday treats to our turkeys. Our goats, sheep, and chickens will also be available for visits! We can’t wait to see you for this special holiday celebration of love. Suggested donation upon arrival is $10/person. Sliding scale available/all are welcome!
458 West Bed & Breakfast – November 18th at 6:30pm
French Inspired Farm-to-Table Dinner with Guest Chef Nick Murray. Appetizer: Gougeres Stuffed with Johnson County Sweet Potatoes,
Soup Course: Bogue Sound Shrimp Bisque, Salad Course: Pear, Orange and Red Onion Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette. Choice of Entree: Chicken in a Port and Walnut Sauce or Roquefort Stuffed Smothered Chatham County Pork Chop. Entrees served with Spinach with Pine Nuts and Cauliflower Parsnip Puree. Dessert: Fresh Mountain Apple Tartlettes Cost $45/person (excluding tax and gratuity). Wine available. Reservations required–either call us at 919-491-4229 or email us to reserve a seat.
Starlight Mead – November 18th from 12pm – 1pm & November 19th from 5pm – 6pm 
Get Ready for Turkey Day – Confused about which of your favorite meads will go with your Turkey Day dinner? We can help! Come in this weekend and enjoy some samples of tasty foods paired perfectly with your paid tasting. We’ll feature turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie during our regular tasting along with meads that go great. We’ll have suggestions for non-traditional Thanksgiving foods too!
Celebrity Dairy – November 19th at 1:30pm
Thanksgiving Dinner – A main course of Sparkling Cider, Assorted Goat Cheese Platter, Seasonal Appetizers, Butternut Squash Soup, Turkey Breast stuffed with Kale, Carrots and Shallots, Garlicky Fall Greens with Bell Pepper, Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sage & Cornbread Muffins, Apple Pie with Nutmeg-Vanilla Goat’s Milk Gelato, Tea and Coffie. Call (919) 742-5176 to make reservations no later than the 18th. $50 per adult 12-18 $25
McIntyre’s Books – November 21st from 10:30am – 11:00am
Children’s Storytime – Giving Thanks – Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is Giving Thanks!
Chatham Mills Farmer Market – November 22nd from 2pm-5pm
Fresh Local Produce – Shop for the fresh, local produce you need for your holiday dinner the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving!
Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge – November 24th from 11am – 3pm
#BlackSheepFriday is a worldwide event started by Driftwood Magazine. Forget the crowds and the mega-stores on Black Friday. Instead, have a Black Sheep Friday and volunteer at The Refuge! We’ll be working in the sheep barn cleaning out the barn and putting down fresh bedding. The volunteer shift includes a tour to meet all of our amazing animal residents!! You must RSVP at this link to attend.
Celebrity Dairy Sunday, November 26th from 1pm – 5pm
Fall Open Barn – we close out our long milking season with a “visiting day ” on the Thanksgiving weekend. Late in the season, the does should again be bred, and slowly “drying off” at the end of their 9-10 month lactation. The spring “kids” will be teenagers by now, and while no longer cuddly, still are enthusiastic to have visitors’ attention. Its a good time for a long walk in the woods following the weekend’s feasting.
The holiday season can be emotionally charged to many people. Some are mourning the loss of a family member. Others are dreading the stress and planning that can be associated with event preparation and gatherings. If you or someone you know needs mental health assistance, please don’t hesitate to call for help. Below are a few options to choose from. Stay safe and remember it will get better.

American Red Cross: (919) 774- 6857

Chatham Counseling Center of Freedom House: (919) 442-1844

North Carolina Suicide Hotline:1-800-233-6834 *Open 24/7*

Chatham County Sheriff’s Office: (919) 542-2811

 

Comment below with your Thanksgiving traditions or favorite childhood holiday memories. We’d love to hear all about them!