Summer Shop opens in Oakwood
Summer Shop is located at 222 N. Bloodworth St., catty corner to Side Street Restaurant. It will feature a curated collection of mid-century modern and vintage furniture, plus handmade goods and local art. The shop shares the corner with the retail shop OAK + Co and with the sweet shop Anisette Little Shop (open on Saturdays starting May 27, Anisette Little Shop is an offshoot of Sweet Anisette, located at 209 Bickett Blvd.).
The grand opening is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 13.
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Mother’s Day Festival
Smith’s Nursery and Produce Farm holds their annual Mother’s Day Festival on Saturday, May 13. They will have bounce houses, face-painting, food vendors (including barbecue from Smoker and the Bandit), and strawberry picking. And there’s a free gift for all mothers who attend.
Smith’s Nursery, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday) is located at 443 Sanders Road in Benson. Get more info at smithsnurseryinc.com.
Woodcrest Farm classes
Woodcrest Farm in Hillsborough has announced its latest class schedule.
Blacksmithing Class (Beginner-Intermediate): Saturday, May 20, June 3 and June 17 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., $45). On Saturday, May 27, there is a special knife-making class (10 a.m.-1 p.m., $60).
These are hands-on courses in traditional coal forge techniques designed for beginner and intermediate blacksmiths. Taught by Allan Green, students will learn or practice basic skills such as fire-building, drawing out, forging, twists, bending, and finishing simple objects. More advanced classes cover forge-welding, tool-making, traditional joinery and design. Students need to be over 18 (or accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Cheesemaking 101: Saturday, May 13 (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $45).
This beginning cheesemaking class, taught by Christine Green, covers simple recipes that have infinite possibilities. Using equipment you probably already have in your kitchen and farm fresh milk, students will create and eat healthier homemade cheeses. You control quality, quantity and flavor.
Food Preservation: Saturday, July 1 and July 29 (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $45). The July 1 class focuses on canning pickles while the July 29 class is for canning tomatoes.
Carolina Moonlight Garden Party
The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Carolina Moonlight Garden Party is a night of dancing and dining to help the garden’s Coastal Plain conservation efforts.
There will be beach music by The Legacy Motown Revue and a buffet of seafood and eastern North Carolina specialties.
Coastal party attire is recommended for the fundraising event, which takes place 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Tickets are $75 per person.
North Carolina Botanical Garden is located at 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. Get more information and purchase tickets at go.unc.edu/gardenparty.