Bynum Front Porch Grant Awards
Bynum Front Porch holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year including the annual Christmas Tree Sale, raffles and t-shirt sales to raise money for educational grants for two Chatham County high school seniors. Each student receives $1000 to further their education. The grants are given to 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 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" - with a comedian emcee. You'll hear heart-felt true stories, folk tales, standup comedy, fables... 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. A $10 donation is requested.
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. If there's bad weather we move inside to the "Bynum General Store disco."
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!
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 Bluegrass Pickin'
The Bynum Front Porch Pickin' is 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!
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. Orders are taken October 422the third week of November (see Current Fundraisers). We send the orders to the North Carolina family farm in Ashe County a few days before Thanksgiving. They cut the trees, bring them to us on Friday and you pick them up on Saturday. You get the freshest Christmas tree possible! You'll pick up your tree at the Bynum General Store. The delivery date is on the order form.
All profits from the tree sale go to the Bynum Front Porch Educational Grants!
Bynum General Store Rental
The Bynum General Store is available for community use. It is a great space for retreats, workshops, birthday parties, anniversaries, family reunions, wedding receptions, etc.! Good things to know:
- Alcohol is not allowed in the store or on the property.
- Events should end by 9pm.
- You'll be oriented before use: keys, policies, lights, etc. and sign a contract.
- Renters are responsible for the store and contents during use, and cleaning up when done: empty trash, return chairs and tables to storage, turn off lights, lock doors, etc.
The rent is free for Bynum residents. Others may rent it for $50. For more information and to check availability, email firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your contact information, event description, date, time and the estimated number of guests. Thanks!