DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS OF HISTORIC HILLSBOROUGH INVITE YOU TO THE
FRESH ROOTS FESTIVAL & FRESH ROOTS FEAST
Hillsborough, NC – The Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough [DTMHH] are pleased to invite you and your family to their Fall Event – Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough’s Fresh Roots Festival [October 20th ] and the Fresh Roots Feast [October 21st].
Saturday, October 20th brings a day-long assortment of activities to enjoy all around Historic Downtown Hillsborough. From The Eno River Farmer’s Market Pavilion, to the West End of Hillsborough, a veritable trail of shopping incentives, The Hand Made Parade, musical entertainment, good eats and numerous other events give you and your family a fantastic reason to be a part of the Fresh Roots Festival. Details of Festival events are at FreshRootsFestivals.org. Here are some highlights:
Spend a literary morning at Eno Gallery as they present “Coffee with the Authors”. John Claude Bemis, Allan Gurganus, Ed and Janet Howle, Elizabeth Matheson, Michael Malone, James Maxey, A.J. Mayhew and Nancy Peacock will see you at Eno Gallery for a special meet and greet. Purple Crow books will be selling books signed by these authors.
Orange County Library will host a Literary Hour, spotlighting local author Jill McCorkle. McCorkle will entertain everyone with readings from her popular books.
The Library and The Eno River Farmer’s Market will also have children’s events. Pinewoods Montessori will sponsor more children’s activities on the South lawn of the Historic Courthouse, while the North lawn of the Historic Courthouse offers music throughout the day.
Music on the Courthouse Lawn begins at Noon to kick-off the pre-parade festivities. The Hand Made Parade begins to march at 2pm and moves from Margaret Lane to Churton Street, traveling north to the Historic Burwell School.
Music on the Courthouse Lawn resumes after the parade and carries everyone into the evening with performances until 10pm. Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for some great bands featuring; Yarn, Sirius B., James Justin & Co., Onward Soldiers, Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work with special guests The Bulltown Strutters.
Stop in the Visitor’s Center and purchase advance sale tickets for the fun “Spirits of Hillsborough” haunted walking tour.
Take the free shuttle bus from downtown to the Shops at Hillsborough Station, where you will find everything from shopping incentives, to a Chili Cook-off, to music and more. The Depot will have a Chili Cook-off from 4 – 6 pm – enter your best recipe and see how your chili rates with the judges! Jim Adams will have a blacksmithing demonstration in the afternoon and the Bulltown Strutters perform from 6-8pm, followed by the Doc Branch Band at 8:30. The Depot also has local breweries on tap, a lovely selection of wines, sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream and coffee.
Buy your tickets for Sunday’s Fresh Roots Feast – a collaborative fund-raiser by local farmers and local chefs. This headliner meal is something to look forward to! Seating is limited to 60. For a complete listing of participating restaurants and farms and for ticket information, go to: FreshRootsFestivals.org. Tickets are only $65 per person. DTMHH forecasts tickets for the Fresh Roots Feast will sell out very quickly.
The Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough are supported in part by a grant from the Hillsborough Tourism Board. The DTMHH is a 501(c)3. Visit the DTMHH website for more information: ShopHillsboroughNC.com