Recreation – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:59:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Recreation – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Recreation – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Recreation – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/sports/rec/ TV-G 63016882 2017 Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride sells out early in Oriental http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/23/2017-cycle-north-carolina-coastal-ride-sells-early-oriental/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:28:14 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7610 Durham, NC – The 14th Annual Cycle North Carolina (CNC) Coastal Ride will kick-off Friday, April 28th, in Oriental, NC, after reaching its rider limit of 1,400 cyclists. This is the fourth year in a row that the event has…

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Durham, NC – The 14th Annual Cycle North Carolina (CNC) Coastal Ride will kick-off Friday, April 28th, in Oriental, NC, after reaching its rider limit of 1,400 cyclists. This is the fourth year in a row that the event has sold out, reaching capacity in record time, by the beginning of January. The 2017 participants represent thirty-two different states (AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV), the District of Columbia and Canada. The CNC Coastal Ride was last hosted in Oriental in 2014, with 1,317 cyclists participating. Oriental also hosted the Coastal Ride in 2011 and 2008.

Cycle North Carolina Coastal RideIn all, this will be the fourth time Oriental has hosted the Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride. The fun-filled weekend will offer three days of cycling and feature some great Coastal Carolina food, music and historical sites. The CNC Coastal Ride will also include many off-the-bike recreational activities in the Oriental area. Canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, historic tours, wine tastings, local art displays and beautiful sunsets will fill time away from the bike and provide a taste of spring in Coastal North Carolina.

The Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride is a fully supported bicycle event with support vehicles available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical breakdowns. Rest stops will be set up every 10-20 miles along each route for riders to get off their bikes and explore, while quenching their hunger and thirst. Indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities will be provided at the Oriental Women’s Club, at Lou Mac Park and at the participating residential properties along the waterfront. Participants will also fill the hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns and vacation homes in Oriental. Cycling routes will include attractions such as Minnesott Beach, Aurora Fossil Museum, Bayboro, Arlington Place, River Dunes Harbor Club, Joe Himbry Waterfront Park and Pine Cliff Recreation Area to name a few.

Evening entertainment will be provided both nights for participants in Oriental. Friday night is the Coastal Ride Bike Swap, allowing participants to buy and sell new and used bicycles and bicycle parts. Saturday night is the official CNC Coastal Ride Dinner where all participants can enjoy a free shimp, fish and chicken dinner, catch up with friends, and socialize with other cyclists. During the meal, cyclists can enjoy the music of Moore’s Creek Bluegrass band. After the meal, they can attend an Oriental Walking Ghost Tour beginning at Lou Mac Park. Dinner, music and beer will set the scene so cyclists can relax and unwind in Oriental’s historic downtown.

For a full schedule of events for the weekend, click on this link.

The Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride is presented by Visit North Carolina. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Lowe’s Foods, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Cycling Spoken Here.

North Carolina Amateur Sports is a 501c(3) nonprofit charitable organization that annually organizes the Powerade State Games of North Carolina and Cycle North Carolina. NCAS is dedicated to the promotion of the spirit of amateur sports, physical fitness and health to all ages and skill levels through the participation in organized events which enrich the state of North Carolina. For more information on NCAS and its events, please access www.ncsports.org.

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CCCC Foundation Golf Classic coming to Chatham on May 10 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/23/cccc-foundation-golf-classic-coming-chatham-may-10/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:07:56 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7607 Pittsboro, NC – Golfers, grab your clubs for a day of fun and fellowship for a good cause as the Central Carolina Community College Foundation hosts its Fourth Annual Chatham County Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 10, at Chapel Ridge…

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Pittsboro, NC – Golfers, grab your clubs for a day of fun and fellowship for a good cause as the Central Carolina Community College Foundation hosts its Fourth Annual Chatham County Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 10, at Chapel Ridge Golf Course.

Chapel Ridge Golf CourseSince 1989, the Foundation has hosted an annual Golf Classic in Lee County, raising funds for scholarships and other financial assistance for the college’s students.

For the fourth year, the Foundation is hosting two additional Golf Classics — one in Harnett County and one in Chatham County. Proceeds from each tournament will benefit CCCC students.

Barber Holmes and George Lucier are tournament co-chairmen. Other tournament committee members are Chris Ehrenfeld, Linda Harris, Josh Lee, and Joe Trageser, as well as CCCC President Dr. T. Eston Marchant.

The shotgun start is 9 a.m. Lunch will be served from 1 to 2 p.m.

The format for the Chatham County Golf Classic is four-person Captain’s Choice Flighted. Prizes will be awarded to top teams in each flight, as well as the winners of the longest drive, closest-to-pin, and putting contest.

Foursome package include green fees, cart rental, entry to putting contest, prizes, refreshments, and lunch. Sponsorships are available at various levels: a $200 Silver Sponsor includes sponsorship recognition; a $600 Gold Sponsor includes sponsorship recognition and one foursome; and a $1,000 Platinum Sponsor includes sponsorship recognition and two foursomes.

“We are so grateful for the support we have received in Chatham County,” said Emily Hare, Executive Director of the CCCC Foundation. “Chatham County has given so much to us and we will use all funds raised in the tournament to go directly back to our students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to the event and hope everyone will come out and join us!”

The Chatham County Golf Classic registration form can be downloaded from the Foundation’s web site, www.cccc.edu/foundation/events/chathamgolftournament/. Registration is also available by contacting Hare at 919-718-7230 or by email at *protected email*, or by calling Jonathan Hockaday at the Foundation, 919-718-7231.

The CCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with, but independent of, Central Carolina Community College. It receives donations of money and equipment on behalf of the college and uses them to promote its educational mission and assist students through scholarships and grants.

For more information about the Foundation, its work and events, visit www.cccc.edu/foundation/. For more information about classes and programs at Central Carolina Community College, visit www.cccc.edu.

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2nd annual Family Fishing Fiesta at Jordan Lake on April 8 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/07/2nd-annual-family-fishing-fiesta-jordan-lake-april-8/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:57:54 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7547 Pittsboro, NC – Come join the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. State Parks on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jordan Lake State Park for a free Family Fishing Fiesta. Gather at White Oak Recreation Area…

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Pittsboro, NC – Come join the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. State Parks on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jordan Lake State Park for a free Family Fishing Fiesta.

Family Fishing FiestaGather at White Oak Recreation Area on White Oak Beach Rd., Apex, to enjoy bank fishing, plus over a dozen hands-on activities and demonstrations. You can:

  • Learn how to cast and how to fillet a fish
  • Watch a tackle demonstration
  • Meet biologists, park rangers and law enforcement personnel, many of whom speak English and Spanish
  • Check out an electrofishing boat
  • And much more!

Loaner fishing rods and bait are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone fishes for free — no license required for the Family Fishing Fiesta.

Young anglers will receive prizes for special catches, and participants 11 and younger who participate in a scavenger hunt will receive a free tackle box  and a chance to enter the youth drawing to win prizes such as fishing poles and life jackets! Anglers 12 and older will be entered into a drawing to win a lifetime freshwater fishing license, courtesy of the American Fisheries Society, a composting bin, or a one-year subscription to the Wildlife Commission’s award-winning magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina.

Event Schedule

Fishing and activities all day, with demonstrations on the half hour, until 3 p.m.

10 a.m. 
Event begins. Pick up your scavenger hunt passport at the welcome table.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Stop by the grill at the pavilion for samples of grilled fish.

Noon

Food trucks and bring-your-own picnic lunches.

2 p.m.

Performance and Awards Ceremony

3 p.m.

Event ends

For additional event information contact CC King, 919-830-0202; or *protected email* or Derek Parsons, 919-326-0586, ext. 213; or *protected email*

How to get there:

Google directions

GPS coordinates:  35°44’24.0″N 79°00’45.7″W

Fishing Fiesta Map

Visit the Jordan Lake State Park website for park amenities and more.

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Chatham wins major grant to complete work on the Haw River Trail http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/04/chatham-wins-major-grant-nc-recreational-trails-program/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:32:20 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7065 Pittsboro, NC-  Chatham County Parks & Recreation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the NC Recreational Trail Program to complete work on the Haw River Trail that runs from Guilford County to Jordan Lake. Chatham County will provide $25,000…

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Pittsboro, NC-  Chatham County Parks & Recreation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the NC Recreational Trail Program to complete work on the Haw River Trail that runs from Guilford County to Jordan Lake. Chatham County will provide $25,000 in matching funds.

The grant will help build a pedestrian bridge across Pokeberry Creek and provide a one-mile natural surface trail on either side of the bridge.  At this time, the trail is rough and lacks a connection over the creek.

pedestrain bridgeTracy Burnett, director of Chatham County Parks & Recreation, said that Gretchen Smith gets credit for writing the successful grant proposal. Smith is the president of the Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area, an important partner in the project.

Burnett said that the grant project addresses one of the department’s priorities to further develop greenways around the county. “It also will improve public safety, help prevent stream erosion and will help deter trail users from straying on to private land.”

After construction, the bridge will be turned over to the NC Division of State Parks, which owns the land. The work is expected to begin in the first half of 2017.

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Ladies Nine Hole Golf League is being formed at Chapel Ridge Golf Club http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/14/ladies-nine-hole-golf-league/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:43:05 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6113 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – This is to announce that a Ladies Nine Hole Golf League is being formed at Chapel Ridge Golf Club. We will be playing on Thursday mornings, beginning on May 12, 2016, and playing through…

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By *protected email*

Pittsboro, NC – This is to announce that a Ladies Nine Hole Golf League is being formed at Chapel Ridge Golf Club. We will be playing on Thursday mornings, beginning on May 12, 2016, and playing through the month of October.

Chapel Ridge Golf ClubAlthough we intend for this to be a fun, social experience, we will also be observing the rules of golf and proper golf course etiquette. All players must have a USGA handicap, or agree to begin the process of establishing a handicap at the beginning of the golf season.  This league will be open to all players; new players, experienced players, club members, and non-club members.

There will be a kick-off social for all interested players scheduled before May 12; where and when to be announced in a future communication.

FMI: Call 919-533-6979, text 305-778-7091 or email *protected email*

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Chatham County’s Park at Briar Chapel opens for limited use on August 1 http://chathamjournal.com/2015/07/27/chatham-countys-park-at-briar-chapel-opens-for-limited-use-on-august-1/ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:15:28 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=4841 Pittsboro, NC – On August 1, Chatham County Parks & Recreation Department will open the new Park at Briar Chapel to the public, but residents should know that the park has limited amenities at this time. The park is on…

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Pittsboro, NC – On August 1, Chatham County Parks & Recreation Department will open the new Park at Briar Chapel to the public, but residents should know that the park has limited amenities at this time. The park is on the corner of Andrews Store Road and Parker Herndon Road and the park opens at 8 am Monday to Friday, except on major holidays.

Park at Briar ChapelAn official grand opening will be held on Sept. 18, 2015, with a movie night and other activities. More information on this event will be announced in August.

“We are opening to the public on August 1, but this really is a work in progress. The park currently has soft ball fields, a soccer field, a multipurpose/football field, and a building with restrooms and concessions,” said Tracy Burnett, director of the county’s Parks & Recreation Department. “You will see some final field prep work going on, so we appreciate your patience.”

Burnett said that other amenities will be added when funds are available. A next phase would include a picnic shelter, playground, walking trail and lighting for two ball fields and dugouts.

Residents can begin making reservations for the park starting Sept. 19. Existing organized sports providers and the schools that already have an agreement in place to use the park will continue to use the park, but other group and individual agreements will not be considered until Sept. 19.

Park visitors can use the existing completed facilities after August 1 as long as the facilities are not rented out. If a facility is reserved, signage is posted at that field. To access online park reservations, visit http://recreation.chathamnc.org .

“We know that the demand for all types of athletic fields in this part of the county is high and we will schedule as many as we can squeeze in,” Burnett said. Her office has received requests from schools, youth baseball, adult softball, lacrosse, adult flag football, adult soccer and many others.

Burnett said that residents also have asked for more passive amenities like the picnic shelter, walking trails and playground.  “I hope that we can continue to secure funding to add more and more things to the park that we know will be well used.”

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East Chatham Chargers football and cheerleading registration open thru July 30 http://chathamjournal.com/2015/07/12/east-chatham-chargers-football-and-cheerleading-registration-open-thru-july-30/ Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:01:54 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=4587 Pittsboro, NC – Registration for East Chatham Chargers football and cheerleading is open through July 30. There are 5/6 flag teams, and tackle teams for the 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 age groups plus cheer squads for each age group. There…

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Pittsboro, NC – Registration for East Chatham Chargers football and cheerleading is open through July 30. There are 5/6 flag teams, and tackle teams for the 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 age groups plus cheer squads for each age group. There are football roster limits this year. An informational parent meeting will be held on July 30 at 6:30 pm at Northwood High School and practices will begin in August. There are two ways to register:

Youth East Chargers Football1. Online registration: Click on the link or on the Register button in the top right hand corner of the website.

2. Paper registration: Download, complete and mail in paper form with payment. (Form and payment must be received no later than August 1st.)

2015 Registration Fees

Program Regular Registration Free
Cheerleading **$40
5/6 Flag $70
7/8 Tackle $95
9/10 Tackle $95
11/12 Tackle $95


East Chatham Chargers FootballFlag football fee
includes game socks, mouthpiece and rental of game jersey. Not included: cleats, black shorts or sweats for game day.

Tackle football fee includes practice pants, game socks, mouthpiece and equipment rental of helmet, game pants and game jersey. Not included: cleats, practice jersey, athletic supporter.

**Cheerleading uniform is required and the cost is separate from registration fee – All new cheerleaders are required to purchase the uniform package ($115.00 + Reg. fee).  Returning cheerleaders are required to purchase any new additions to uniform package, any missing items, items that do not fit correctly, and/or items that are not in good condition from previous season.  A complete list of Uniform prices and requirements will be provided at registration and on our website.  Uniforms must be paid in full before order is placed – No late orders will be accepted. Failure to pay in full by due date will result in termination from the squad and no refunds for registration fees will be issued.

Cheer Uniform/Accessories Ordering and Fittings Information

Go ahead and get those cheer uniforms ordered! All orders must be submitted by July 30 and fittings are listed below. Here’s the link to order uniforms or complete the paper uniform order form.

Questions? Email ECC Cheer Director Stacey Hayes at *protected email*.

Fittings currently scheduled:
Saturday July 18 from 10am-12pm at 20 Birchwood Dr, Pittsboro (this is at the home of Mrs. Rosalyn Way, Emily Elmore’s mother)
Monday July 27, Tuesday July  28, and Wednesday July 29 from 5-6pm at the Charger Practice Field, 160 Woodland Grove Ln., Chapel Hill

All cheerleaders are required to have a cheer bag at each practice and game for uniforms, warm up jacket/pants, water bottle, poms and other accessories. One may be purchased from the uniform order website.

Questions? Email ECC President Herbie Stubbs at *protected email*.

East Chatham Chargers is a non-profit organization founded on the principles of building character, physical fitness, and academic success through athletics and team sports. ECC works with young athletes from 5 to 12 years of age and we support over 200 young student athletes annually.

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