Every 2nd and 4th Saturday Morning 10-12ish - Bluegrass Circle Jam
Twice a month join the gathering for the Bluegrass Jam Circle and make music. You can join the fun every 2nd and 4th Saturday throughout the year, right here at 950 Bynum Rd. The circle forms around 10am until 12ish. This is an open circle type jam for all skill levels and ages. If you pick, bring your instrument. If you sing, bring your voice. Come enjoy great music at the historic Bynum General Store. Pickers are asked to bring Acoustic Instruments Only. As always, the Circle Jam is Free and open to the public!
Summer - the Friday Night Music Series
The Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series kicks off each May, with the band having the stage from 7-9pm. Every Friday Night, May through the end of August. Each week the bands take the outdoor stage or we move inside if the rain clouds roll our way.
The Bynum Friday Night Music series began in 2001 as an effort among Bynum neighbors to create events that would bring people together that could help sustain the Bynum General Store and Post Office, one of the only remaining historical business landmarks and social centers in the community. Unable to make a profit, the General Store’s operator eventually closed the business in 2006 and retired the Post Office position.
Located off of Highway 15-501, Bynum was originally a cotton mill village set along the banks of the Haw River with the first mill built around 1872. As the mill grew, the town grew and became a vibrant community where neighbors knew each other and played along the river banks. In 1936, the Bynum General Store opened and was one of the five stores in town. There was also a movie theater and a school. The mill closed in the 1970’s and Bynum’s community life started changing. Fast-forward to today, the mill and school long gone but the residents of Bynum are just as vibrant as years past and the longing to keep a community together continues to grow strong.
To keep the community gathering place alive, Bynum Front Porch was created as a non-profit and leases the old general store. The organization creates family-friendly events and programs that celebrate the community’s rich history and bright future. Now all gather under the night sky or move indoors when weather becomes inclement. The Bynum Friday Night Music Series runs May through the end of August and is open to the public featuring a variety of bands spanning multiple musical genres, including gospel, folk, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. No tickets are needed to come and a hat is passed for contributions.
Other programs include storytelling, children’s events and fundraisers to support educational grants awarded to local high school children entering college. John Winecker, Bynum Front Porch Grant committee member said. “Our goal with the scholarship/grant is to give back to the community that has passionately supported our efforts through the years. By creating a scholarship/grant, we can support college bound students and encourage them to go after their dreams.”
Food vendors on site.
Winter - Every Third Friday Join in for a Night of Music
It’s been another great Friday Night Music season this year. And when all the summer music is over, Bynum Front Porch will kick up the heat. Indoor heat, that is, from the fall and over the winter. Beginning Sept. 21, 2018 through April 19, 2019 Bynum Front Porch music will host music every 3rd Friday Night. Third Fridays in Bynum. The indoor stage will be alive with music from 7 til 9 pm. See the website for schedule details or follow us on Facebook.
Spread the word...Come inside and rock with us on a chilly winter night. Every third Friday Night. Snacks and drinks will be available.
Winter - Second Saturdays for Storytelling
Every second Saturday September through April great storytellers will spin their words within the walls of the Old Bynum Post Office and General Store. 7-9pm. Check the calendar of events for schedules and details.
Shows are on second Saturdays from September - May. Doors open at 6:30pm with refreshments and anticipation. The iconic pith helmet is passed during the storytelling shows for donations (proceeds go to the storytellers and a portion to BFP).
The storytelling shows are family friendly "most enjoyed by those 8 and above." Each show has several professional storytellers plus “a few folks that just know how to spin a good yarn!" says Bynum Storyteller Cynthia Raxter. The shows also feature a local top comedian as emcee.
The BFP Storytelling Series started in November 2015 with Tellebration™. ”Since it was Saturday night, I wanted it to be just a little bit fancy.” says Producer Cynthia Raxter. “I brought triple cream brie - Chapel Hill storyteller Ken Corsbie brought dark chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies!” Several months (and cookie trays later), “I realized this was more than just a show. It’s a party with friends. And some of my friends are really good storytellers!”
The old Bynum General Store twinkles on second Saturdays. Go planning to visit and hear very good storytelling. Bynum resident Rebekkah Cote agrees, “Storytelling nights end up being the best nights after all!”