… can you find a meadery, a steampunk art gallery/bar, a charter school supported by a great little Italian restaurant, a biofuels plant, and a beautiful pollinator garden? All in one town with a population of less than 4000. Proof that you need only a few special people to create unique places.
Starrlight Mead, a winery where Ben and Becky Starr make mead wine from honey. Saturday August 6 there’s a Mead Day Celebration, noon- 5 PM. Home brew and beehive demos, sword fighting, Renaissance music, turkey legs, arts and crafts vendors and more. 480 Hillsboro St. #1000.
Davenport and Winkleperry, an uber-cool steampunk art gallery, café, and lounge that offers wine tastings, knitting and game nights, scrimshaw competition, great coffee, baked treats, bar drinks. It’s run by Emmet Davenport who also hosts a weekly radio show, Clockwork Caberet playing jazz, blues, goth, folk, swing, gypsy punk, dark cabaret, classical and other related genres, WCOM 103.5 FM-LP in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, every Monday at 11pm. 18 East Salisbury Street.
Bella Donna restaurant, authentic Italian food. Donna Bianco makes everything from scratch, so amazingly good, and uses the proceeds to support Our Neighborhood School, a charter school she runs that is located in the same building. 87 Thompson Street.
Piedmont Biofuels converts vegetable oil to diesel fuel, and substantially eliminates or reduces emissions. Biodiesel fumes smell like French fries! A coop business started by Lyle Estill, they perform research, educate, and consult on the creation of clean, renewable fuels in addition to collecting oil and turning into fuel. The facilities are also home to Piedmont Biofarm. Tours Sunday at 1:00, Fridays at 10:00. 220 Lorax Lane.
Chatham Marketplace pollinator garden was planted and is maintained by Debbie Roos, one of Chatham County’s Agriculture Agents. It’s full of beautiful plants, bees and butterflies. Debbie writes about sustainable agriculture, local farms and local food, and pollinator conservation in her Growing Small Farms blog. Garden tours on Tuesdays, September 6, October 4, and November 1 at 5:30 PM. 480 Hillsboro Street.
What’s unique in your small town?