Programs

Bynum Front Porch Grant Awards

Throughout the year, Bynum Front Porch holds multiple fundraisers including the annual Christmas Tree Sale, raffles and personalized brick paver sales to raise money for two grant awards for graduating Chatham County high school seniors.  Each student receives $1000 towards their education. The grants are given to two AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students: promising students who are the first in their family to go to college. The program first began in 2009.

Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music

The Friday Night Music was started with support from the the Chatham Arts Council in 2006. Folks from all over come to sit under the open sky to enjoy fine music and each other's company on summer evenings from May through August. There are different bands every week: bluegrass, country, rockabilly, Americana, world music, gospel, big band.... . Wear your dancing shoes.

The shows are free but we pass the pith helmet to pay the performers - a $10 donation is requested. The shows are 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - but come early to get supper - food trucks are on site. We ask, please no pets nor alcohol. There are usually crafts and games for the kids - see below. We have chairs but bring one if you have one handy. Just don't miss bringing yourself!

Children’s Programs

Every Friday during the Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music, children can enjoy fun arts and crafts activities, storytelling, children’s music, etc. from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. inside the Bynum General Store.

Bynum Front Porch Storytelling

Second Saturdays September - May, Bynum Front Porch sponsors a storytelling show 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Professional storytellers come from across the state, plus local folks that "know how to spin a good yarn," and a comedian emcee. They tell true stories, folk tales, legends... and sometimes big lies! There are refreshments and time for visiting too. It's a very entertaining evening! The shows are inside the Bynum General Store: you do not need to bring a chair. It's all free - but, as usual, we pass the pith helmet to pay the performers. 

Bynum Front Porch Bluegrass Pickin'

The Bynum Front Porch Pickin' takes place every second and fourth Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It's an acoustic bluegrass circle jam open to musicians and singers of all ages and skill levels.  Visitors are welcome too! 

House Concerts

From time to time, Bynum Front Porch hosts house concerts featuring different styles of music. The house concerts are usually $5 - $10 and last two hours from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. (See Events and Facebook for updates. )

Annual Christmas Tree Sale

Each year, Bynum Front Porch sells fresh North Carolina Fraser Fir Christmas trees, wreaths and garland. Pre-order in October through the third week of November (see Current Fundraisers). The date and time of the delivery is on the order form - you'll pick up your tree at the Bynum General Store. The farmer cuts trees just a few days before delivery to ensure the freshest trees possible.

All proceeds from the tree sale directly benefit the Bynum Front Porch Grant Awards.

Bynum General Store Rental

The Bynum General Store is available for events such as retreats, workshops, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. Guidelines:

  • Alcohol is not allowed in the store or on the property.
  • Events should start after 9am and end before 9pm.
  • You'll need to clean up after your event: empty trash, sweep, wipe counters, rinse out coffee pots, return chairs and tables to storage, etc.
  • You are responsible for damages.
  • Store rental is free for Bynum residents. Others may rent it for $50.

For more information and to check availability, email bynumfrontporch@gmail.com Please include your contact information, event description, date, time and the estimated number of guests