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Chatham Marketplace’s announces grand opening

By Melissa Frey
Posted Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - It is with great joy that I present you with Chatham Marketplace’s Grand Opening Agenda!! Nine days of special events inside and outside the Co-op from Saturday, May 27-Sunday, June 4. Please check out all the details below and plan to be with us as much as possible during this momentous time—don’t forget your picnic blanket and lawn chair.


5-7PM Shannon O’Connor

Shannon O'Connor recently won the 2005 Independent awards for Best Solo Artist and Best Solo Record with her debut CD, Low In Paradise (Varrga Records). She calls her music Sultry Americana, and has been described as the Nora Jones of Country, or the June Carter of today.


2-6PM Body Therapy Institute offers chair massages

Come get your 15 minutes of bliss!

5-7PM Maia, Casey & Friends

This group of friends plays a sort of progressive folk-pop. The original music is ethereal and sonorous, laden with heartfelt lyrics, melodies and rhythms. The band members are...Kevin Brock-percussion, Paul Ford-Bass, Casey Robertson-piano and vocal, Mark Derewicz-guitar, Maia Derewicz-guitar and vocal.


5-7PM New Hill Echoes, Kerala Curry Night and Hart Wine Tasting

New Hill Echoes, fronted by singer-songwriter, Alan Garr, was formed earlier this year and features well-crafted songs full of lush harmonies, melodic bass, and rich storytelling. The acoustic-based group plays mostly original material that draws from many sources to create the kind of catchy tunes that you used to hear in the pre-MTV age. Alt-Country, folk-rock, delta blues and 70's pop come together in Garr's songs about misfits, losers, hopefuls, and heartbreakers.


11:30AM-1:30PM Kerala Curry demonstration and curry lunch on the hot bar.

Local Indian chef, Ann Varkey, returns to wow us with her full-line of Kerala Curry products produced right here in Pittsboro! Be sure to come for lunch!


10-10:30AM Mother Goose on the lawn

5-7PM Wine Tasting with the Haw River Wine Man

Lulu Royster is the quintessential Mother Goose and is sure to captivate the younger set, don’t miss this special opportunity!


6-8PM The Shelbys and Wine Tasting with the Country Vintner

The Shelbys, a four-piece band from the piedmont area of North Carolina, play a range of material from American musical traditions that draws from sources in pre-war country, blues, gospel, and rhythm & blues classics from the 40s and 50s. A highlight of The Shelbys is the vocal abilities of each of the members which results in exciting duets, trios and quartettes. Band members are: LaNelle Davis -string bass, Virginia Ryan - acoustic guitar, Chip Shelby - drums and John Worthington - guitar, mandolin. The band's renditions of classics by artists such as Memphis Minnie, George Jones, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Hank Williams, and Jimmy Reed assure that listeners and dancers have an exciting honky-tonk, barrel-house experience.


6-8PM Sweet By and By and Prestige Wine Tasting

Sweet By & By weaves captivating three-part vocal harmonies and traditional instrumentation into old-time bluegrass standards and contemporary originals. The result is a fresh take on the all-female string band that is both pure and simple in its approach and rich in its ultimate effect. The band members are: Lauren Craig (fiddle, vocals), Elizabeth Melvin (bass, vocals), Kyra Anne Moore (banjo, vocals), Andrea Nell (guitar, vocals)


11AM-1PM Jimmy Magoo

5-7PM The Never and Prestige Wine Tasting

Jimmy Magoo is a devoted husband and loving father. He is also an award-winning singer/songwriter, educator, actor, director, musician, playwright, poet and puppeteer. For over a decade he has produced hip, happy, wholesome entertainment for cool people of all ages. From raucous rock to feel-good folk, playful puppet pieces to killer kiddie creations, Jimmy Magoo has a voice and a vision that keeps families coming back for more!

The Never's music can be quickly labeled as pop rock, but the subtlety of the mix of different influences is remarkably more complex than such a terse label conveys. Pop rock is not typically known for the incorporation of seemingly baroque piano and string arrangements, the haunting voice of a musical saw or the organic twang of bluegrass; but The Never somehow blend them together with classic pop rock conventions such as doo-wop harmonies and mercilessly catchy melodies. The band is all local guys that are making it big time: noah smith on vocals, guitar, bass; ari picker on vocals, piano, guitar; joah tunnel on vocals, guitar, bass; and jonny tunnel on vocals, drums.


11AM-1PM Trilogy

1-3PM Chrysalis Foundation Reception

2-6PM Body Therapy Institute chair massagers return!

What would a Co-op event be with out Trilogy?! For the third time, we welcome Brooksie and Richard Edwards and Sheila Warner, local singer-songwriters that play an array of original ballads combining soulful lyrics and beautiful harmonies. Sheila and Richard and Brooksie first met in 1998, when Sheila was a finalist in the Triangle Folk Music Society’s first songwriting contest. Over the next two years, they shared the stage at local coffee houses and showcases, until their fate as a trio was sealed when they moved in across the street from one another in June of 2000. They have been performing together ever since, developing a loyal following for their blend of swing and folk; standards and originals; and acappella harmonies and solo performances.

The Chrysalis Foundation for Mental Health serves Chatham, Orange and Person counties. They strive to focus the efforts of various mental health agencies, increase and diversify funding for existing and new services and educate the community about mental health issues and needs. To participate in their catered reception/fundraiser in the Co-op café and on the deck, please call 919-933-0770 or email

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