There is a lot Going On, Always Was

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

There is a lot Going On, Always Was

There is a lot going on in Saxapahaw, as we tell all visitors to the Store.  There always was, depending on where you looked and who was looking. The Museum timeline of Saxapahaw (those events noted so far) spans two legal-size pages, including a list of Saxapahaw businesses. As you may have read or heard in remarks tossed around like surprise celebratory balloons, 2018 is the 10th anniversary of this space now called The Saxapahaw General Store.  Embedded in the middle of the village timeline’s second page are...

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What a Day, a Year, a Life it Is

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018

What a Day, a Year, a Life it Is

A New Year. Lots of changes, many of them sweet. Change, like love and life, comes in many forms, with complex rhythms, surprise joys, and unknown horizons. Including deep snow (for NC), and, days later, a burst of fleeting Spring! Snow days offer us quiet time to think, to let ourselves absorb the beauty of Nature, especially if we are warm, fed, and loved. In the turning of one year into the next, they invite evaluation of all that was 2017, and, hopefully, an anticipation of all that 2018 may bring. A vision...

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Sugar and Spice

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018

Sugar and Spice

A little bit of history is like a little bite of dessert, whether before or after the meal. A little bite is a usually sweet, satisfying and enticing step from the staples into another art form, a treat. A special taste of art, craft, hand, work integrated into a new form that delights. At least that’s the idea. When the idea comes to life, Ah! Wow, we say. That’s delicious! The memory lingers exquisitely. This holiday season Emily Hicks has been busy baking with a flourish infused with her excitement: tortes,...

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Commitment, Community, and Value

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

Commitment, Community, and Value

“To fashion powerful art is to realize the God within and thus to feel connected with enduring vitality and abundant generosity.” Eric G. Wilson “I must Create a System, or be enslav’d by another Man’s; / I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create.”   William Blake Holidays remind me how interesting and important it is to absorb views beyond our daily routines, as wonderful as they might be. Weave in threads of voices, sounds we hear in a day—partners, spouses, children, teachers,...

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WOODLAND BANNERS POETRY WALK (Take a Walk on the Wild Side)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017

WOODLAND BANNERS POETRY WALK (Take a Walk on the Wild Side)

“My duty is to keep awake The sense of wonder in the world.”    From the words of Marc Chagall When you visit the General Store, be sure to take a turn on the patio, where you will see installations of three banners created by local artist Steven Durland and accompanying poetry by Linda Frye Burnham. In 2015 Steven and Linda, an artist herself (words and performance), launched the Woodland Banners Poetry Walk on their 28-acre Frog Pond Farm in Saxapahaw. The Poetry Walk is a stroll through the woods with stations...

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Village People Help the World Go Round

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017

Village People Help the World Go Round

Last weekend some friends and I went to see Of Wings and Feet, the latest show by Saxapahaw’s Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the Forest Theater in Chapel Hill. Since 1998, Paperhand’s founders and directors, Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman, have been making and mixing many art forms including giant puppets into spectacular shows to inspire people and promote social change, and their 2017 summer show has all of their mission’s trademark passion, artistry, and fun. Though I had read about Paperhand’s shows and...

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