DAY CAMP: CAROLINA

Camp Carolina – Preserving the Taste of Place
September 7-9, 2007

Chapel Hill is where people have long come to immerse themselves in the study, preservation, and celebration of foodways, farming, music, pottery, and history. The SFA weekend began with self-guided Friday activities, both in Chapel Hill and nearby Hillsborough, and a cocktail and bluegrass gathering at the Carolina Inn, better known as the “front porch” of the University of North Carolina.

Saturday started with an early morning tour of the Carrboro Farmers Market, followed by a keynote talk from Ben Barker of Magnolia Grill and tales and music from Bland Simpson, UNC professor and piano player for the Red Clay Ramblers. Later, we split into three groups.

Group Book n’ Eats followed the lead of novelist Allan Gurganus and cooking instructor Sheri Castle at a Southern Season. Group Turners and Burners visited the ceramic studios of Siglinda Scarpa and Rusty Sieck in nearby Pittsboro, and heard from UNC professor and pottery expert Terry Zug. Group Mozz and Tomatoes toured Peregrine Farm and Chapel Hill Creamery. Eats and drinks were courtesy of Sara Foster of Foster’s Market, Keith Allen of Allen & Sons Barbecue, Counter Culture Coffee, and others.
Saturday night, Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner dished a family-style summer supper of fried chicken and fixings. And Karen Barker led a crew of talented bakers bent on handcrafted desserts made from North Carolina-grown peanuts and sweet potatoes. And the North Carolina Wine and Grape Council, primary underwriter of this Day Camp, poured its best.

After supper, we heard from John Dee Holman, storyteller, dancer, and Piedmont blues artist.

Sunday morning meant coffee at 3 Cups, a coffee café committed to all things local, breakfast noshes from Sandwhich, and goodbyes.