2021 Guide to In-Person Camp!

welcome!

We’re very happy to be back to In-Person Camp in 2021! And glad y’all will be with us. This guide has lots of information in it, including new info related to COVID this year, so I do recommend everyone give it a look. New camp families, I hope you will read it top to bottom.

Parents, please share with your child whatever feels relevant. We run an “orientation” on the first day of camp for all the campers, but I also rely on parents to support our camp rules and safety guidelines. 

Camp is FUN and we are looking forward to playing with you/your children!

PART ONE – NITTY GRITTY DETAILS!

arrival, pick up

camp hours

Our camp day is thoughtfully crafted as a whole experience. Campers will have the best experience if they come on time and stay till the end. We ask that you let us know if you will be late arriving or absent. At the end of the day we ask that you actually leave camp at the end time. Our staff has chores and a staff meeting at the end of the day. We also don’t want to relax our COVID careful policies at the end of the camp day.

health check in everyday before leaving home

Check in with yourself and/or your camper and please STAY HOME if there is any sign of illness. We aren’t allowing ANY illness at camp this year. Call us right away if you or your camper is sick. We can provide guidance for how to get back to camp.

carpooling

Need help with driving? We will send carpool info by email. Carpooling is set up by campers and parents, not camp, but we will provide contact information so people in nearby locations can contact one another. Please respect each family’s decisions as to what is acceptable to them for managing risk during a pandemic. Here is a CDC document called “Protect Yourself When Using Transportation” which includes a section on shared rides and carpooling.

our driveway

OUR DRIVEWAY SPEED LIMIT IS TEN MPH! Driveway repair is one of our highest maintenance costs.  Driving SLOWLY and CAREFULLY is key to preserving the driveway and staying safe. Take special care going over the pond dam – there are no shoulders, and there are steep drop-offs. Do not avoid puddles; drive slowly through them. Watch for walkers (children, neighbors and elders), bikers, and oncoming traffic. The driveway is narrow and someone will need to pull over when two cars meet. 

Please keep all children in the car, buckled up, going up and down the driveway. Although it seems like a safe place to relax the rules, it would be awful if anyone got hurt.

drop off and pick up

  • Morning drop-off and End of day pick-up: 
    • Park on the east side of the driveway at drop off and pick up (right side of the driveway as you arrive at camp). 
    • Parents should STAY IN THEIR CARS.
    • Campers should go directly to the walking path in front of the parking area when arriving.
    • At pick up we send campers to their cars via the walking path as we see parents arrive.
    • Please no campers in the driveway; only on the walking path.

parent support needed at drop off?

This year, due to COVID, we are asking that parents stay in their cars at drop off and pick up. We can make exceptions for new camp families, or any camper who needs parental support at transitions; in this case, let us know, and you are welcome to mask up and take a quick tour around camp with a counselor, or to accompany your camper during their arrival to camp. We look forward to being able to return to our usual open invitation for parents!

before and after camp

Permission is needed for campers to be here before or after camp. We most commonly approve this when staff members and campers are needing to ride in the same car.  Please call at least a week before camp to discuss making such arrangements, last minute requests may not be able to be accommodated. 

friday night share for camps or last day share for workshop

Due to COVID, we will not be having our usual Friday Night potlucks this year. BUT! We will still have a sharing on the last day of most  camps or workshops!  We ask that all family members wear masks and practice social distancing during our sharing. We expect sharings to last 30-60 minutes and we ask that families leave camp at the end of the sharing. We will ring the bell when we need to end the program.

contacting us at camp & communication

This year, for the first time, the ONSITE DIRECTOR position will be rotated among several people. We will share the phone number for the Onsite Director by email in a welcome letter. 

The Onsite Director will prioritize communication to parents, but it is not always possible for them to answer the phone during camp hours because they will be leading activities and staying present for campers and staff. We do love hearing from you, so if we don’t answer, please leave a message or send a text. If it is urgent, texts can be more easily screened by other staff than voice messages when things are busy. Give us enough detail in your message so we know if we need to call back immediately or if it can wait till after camp. 

IF YOU ARE NOT REACHING THE ONSITE DIRECTOR you can also try: 

Louise Omoto Kessel, the camp founder and director, (note Louise is often at camp where she may be less able to answer the phone) 919-542-5599. 

Anna Marie Wright, clapping hands farm “detail wizard” or director of operations, can be reached at 828-358-5316.

The Camp email is monitored by both Louise and Anna and is also a good way to contact us: clappinghandsfarm@gmail.com.

communication

We love hearing from you! We like to know about things that might be affecting you or your camper. We love hearing about the things that are going well. We love hearing about your concerns. And we ESPECIALLY like hearing about how things are going RIGHT AWAY while camp is happening so we can address things in time to make course corrections that will make camp better for your family right now!

We also will stay in touch with you – sometimes individually, and often in emails to the whole camp community.

stuff! camp attire, what to bring & not bring to camp

camp attire

please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wrecked! We get seriously “down in the dirt!” with our play and projects here at Clapping Hands Farm!

bring to camp

  • a mask
  •  a lunch that can survive safely without refrigeration. 
  •  water bottles marked with your names
  •  a hat with a brim. 
  •  sunscreen as needed. 
  •  a complete change of clothes (we play in the rain and puddles and ponds here)
  •  close-toed shoes to have on hand if needed–we typically go out into the woods for a big game or a bit hike at some point during the week.  (Sandals or bare feet ok most of the time.) 
  •  clothes for water play (swim suit or extra shorts and shirt)
  •  a towel or 2
  • a small blanket or rug or mat for sitting on the ground
  •  rain gear if you have it. 

storing your stuff

You will have a cubby at camp to store your stuff. You are encouraged to leave your spare set of clothes, closed toe shoes, and your water bottle in your cubby if you are attending a week-long camp. 

things not to bring to camp

Electronic toys, cell phones, iPods, CD players, and anything else that could interfere or distract from us creating our own fun this week at Clapping Hands Farm!

forms, $, cancellations

camp forms

We need an Emergency Form and a COVID Camp Form for everyone at camp: staff, volunteers, and campers. These forms are part of your registration confirmation and should be mailed in when we confirm your spot for camp. If we don’t have your camp forms, we aren’t sure you are coming. We need camp forms no later than ONE WEEK BEFORE CAMP. Some camps have waiting lists and at this point we will allow other campers to come to camp. 

Also, we like to go over the medical information on the Emergency form and alert staff to allergies and other special concerns.

If a minor child needs to take medication at camp we also need this form:

$

If you need to pay your camp fees, you can do this in one of three ways

  • Venmo: @louiseomotokessel
    This is our favorite way to receive payment!
  • Paypal: PayPal.Me/clappinghands If you choose “friends and family,” we avoid fees.
    If you check the “goods and services” box you do get PayPal protection, but it charges us 4.5% of your payment. We appreciate you covering that fee if you make that choice; just add 4.5% on to your payment please. 
  • Write a check to Clapping Hands and mail it to 3348 Alston Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312

cancellation policy

If you need to cancel, please let us know as SOON as you can. We often have a waiting list and other campers will have the opportunity to come to camp if we know soon enough. Last minute cancellations put our camp economy at risk since commitments are made about staff and hiring and supplies before camp starts, and also creates extra work for staff at a time when we like to focus on creating the best experience possible for campers.

The financial aspect of our cancellation policy operates on the honor system; please do what you can afford and what seems appropriate to you. If you can pay part or all of your camp fee, especially if we are not able to bring another camper in your place, it helps our camp financial health and stability and we appreciate it. If you need a full or partial refund, we will send it. 

PART TWO – SAFETY and COVID information!

COVID protocols ~ please read this carefully!

all in this together

We have made a conscious decision to err on the side of caution in our 2021 COVID policies. We appreciate that families who have medical issues in the household or other reasons to be cautious have been especially isolated during the pandemic, and we want to serve those families.

We are counting on real cooperation from all our campers to create a safe camp experience for everyone. If you think hand-washing, mask wearing, and physical distancing is NOT something you want to prioritize and be part of, we hope you will find a “pod” that shares your feelings and create some wonderful summer fun with those people. At camp we’re going to err on the side of careful. There is risk involved in attending In-Person Programs no matter how careful we are. Thus, if there are people in your house that have particular medical vulnerabilities, please consider joining one of our virtual programs. For more details about our COVID careful camp plans, please see the COVID response page on our website. 

What parents need to do and think about to support our covid-careful camp:

DAILY SURVEY – Cars will be greeted on the first day of each camp or program on the way into camp with the standard COVID questions. Please thoughtfully reflect on these questions. After the first day it is the parents job to ask these same questions. 

BEFORE LEAVING FOR CAMP – Check in with yourself and/or your camper and please STAY HOME if there is any sign of illness. We can not host sick campers at camp this year at all.

ONE DRIVER – To limit exposures, it is ideal if one person does all the driving back and forth to camp. If it is possible to have a designated driver for camp, please plan for that.

DROP-OFF and PICK-UP  IN DRIVEWAY – Parents are asked to stay in their cars. For younger campers, counselors or staff will meet cars and escort campers into camp at the beginning of the day and to their cars at the end of the day. We can make exceptions to this for new campers on the first day or any camper who is feeling anxious and would benefit from having some parent support with transitions. We normally LOVE to welcome parents into our camp space and encourage parents to join us for any part of the day. This summer we feel our priority needs to be limiting exposures.

A TIGHTER QUARANTINE – When attending week-long camps please consider having a tighter “bubble” during the camp week.  Stay home. Eliminate errands and outings whenever possible; skip after-camp activities for the week.

COMMUNICATE with camp staff and ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION.

INFORM Clapping Hands Farm if:

  1. Anyone in your household is sick or having symptoms of COVID today or within the last 24 days.
  2. Anyone in your household has spent time with someone who has tested positive for Covid or has spent time with someone who is presumed to have COVID in the last two weeks.
  3. Anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID or is presumed to have COVID or has been asked to self isolate because of concerns about COVID in the last 24 days.
  4. Think ahead. If your camper is a  little bit sick 1-4 days ahead of camp—- you can get them PCR tested and potentially avoid missing camp.
  5. When in doubt, call us and we can provide specific guidance for your unique situation.

Our COVID response page has a lot more details about our plans for running a COVID careful camp this summer. Please check back often as the landscape and CDC guidelines are ever-changing!

safety

It is not possible to create a risk-free camp environment. The challenges to safety at clapping hands farm include: no running water, outhouses, no refrigeration, no air conditioning, a farm pond, the natural need for kids to run and play, an outdoor environment complete with insect life, animal life, and poison ivy, and more! 

Part of the “and more” this summer is the significant feature of having camp during a global pandemic.

We are relying on parents, kids and staff to share in the responsibility for safety, accident prevention, response to injury and illness, and COVID protocols. Please help us keep our excellent safety record. We work hard to keep a safe camp program and expect parents and campers to “think safety” with us.  Here is some of my thinking re: safety and some of the guidelines we have developed to keep campers safe. 

food and drink:

  • Lunches – we ask that you send lunches that are going to be safe to eat midday without refrigeration. 
  • Hand-washing – we have a dandy “use your foot” hand washing station which we will encourage children to use after using the privy and before eating. 
  • Hand sanitizing – in 2021, every camper will have their own bottle of hand sanitizer with a clip to carry around during the camp day and we will encourage frequent hand cleaning. 
  • Hydration – everyone needs to bring a water bottle with their name on it to camp each day. Campers are encouraged to drink!

sun and rain:

  • Sunscreen – please slather your camper with sunscreen before you send them off to camp and send a shade hat too. We spend a lot of time in the sun on a normal camp day. 
  • We will continue to do some activities outdoors even in the rain. So rain gear and a change of clothes is on the “to bring” list. 

accidents and illness:

  • We are not allowed to administer any medications to campers, not even over the counter stuff or antibiotic ointment  (this is considered practicing medicine without a license!). Luckily I have found 99.9% of camp first aid can be addressed with food, drinking water, soap & water, loving attention and band-aids.
  • We review our emergency plan with our staff each Sunday and with our campers each Monday of every camp.  
  • If anything major happens (which of course we hope does NOT!) we will call 911. 
  • Of course, for anything beyond the minor scrape, we will also call you! Thus we want to know how to reach you and a backup person of your choice all day, every day, during camp. Please let us know if your contact information changes for any of the days of camp. 
  • COVID note: If someone is injured or hurt physically or emotionally, our staff  may come in close to provide first aid and/or comfort to a camper or fellow staff person. We will err on the side of careful in all daily routines. But we recognize there are times when things are out of daily routine and providing care takes priority. We will be discussing these kinds of scenarios in our staff training and will give our directors the authority to make the judgement call for how to provide care in exceptional situations. Because we anticipate scenarios like this as a normal part of our summer caring for young people, with VERY few exceptions our staff are fully vaccinated.

around the farm:

  • Several areas will be “off limits” during camp. This includes ALL farm buildings, with some exceptions during a rain day. Our home base for camp will be in the woods where camp shelter, stone circle, and privies are located, our orchard, fire circle, fields, and the grassy areas around our homestead.
  • Children are expected to stay within the camp grounds. Children are expected to stay with their group or counselor or to let a counselor know where they are at all times. 

wildlife:

  • Ticks: For the past several years we have been working with Tick Warriors; they produce a non-toxic spray that has reduced the tick population at camp to a tiny fraction of what they once were. We used to find dozens of ticks on people every day. Now we find a few each week. Still, vigilance about ticks is critical, especially if you or your camper goes on an excursion beyond our camp home base. Ticks carry several different diseases, some of which can be very serious. Thus, it is important to learn about ticks and tick borne diseases if you and your children are going to be outside in NC in the summertime! The most important thing you can do is CHECK YOUR CHILD (or yourself) FOR TICKS EVERY DAY. Strip off the clothes and systematically look all over the skin, including in the hair and behind the ears, under the arms, etc. Most tick borne diseases require the tick to be embedded in the skin for at least a few hours before they can pass on the illness. So, the best prevention is to find the ticks early and don’t give them a chance to be a disease vector! Be aware of any places you or your child is itching and check for a tick.
  • Poison Ivy: We will teach everyone how to identify poison ivy and do our best to pull it from activity areas or avoid areas where it is growing. If your child is very susceptible to poison ivy, I recommend washing with soap and cold water before leaving camp and possibly in the middle of the day as well. We can help your child do that; please let us know if you think it is needed.
  • Snakes and Spiders: We encounter copperheads and black widow spiders every summer. Black widow spiders are not aggressive and are easily captured and we move them off site (usually after a show and tell opportunity). Copperheads are also not aggressive and I normally do not advise moving them (most bites happen when people are trying to move or kill poisonous snakes). However, with this many kids around, we do move them, and we have become skilled at getting them in a bucket (and we have some buckets with locking lids! formerly used for pool chemicals!) and then we take them far away. 

shoes:

We allow campers to go barefoot in the grassy areas around the farm buildings. I realize there is a risk of stubbed toes, stepping on bees, stepping on sharp object – but going barefooted is such a happy part of my childhood memories that I wanted this to be part of our farm camp. If you want your child to wear shoes, discuss that with him or her and also let us know.

We do request that children wear shoes on expeditions to distant places and when we play big all-camp running games. 

PART THREE – ALL ABOUT CAMP!

our farm, camp program & camp community

our farm and mission

Clapping Hands Farm is an off the grid camp with solar panels for electricity, a rainwater collection system, and a hand pump at the well. Our “camp headquarters” consists of the cleared area around our homestead, a spacious pole barn, a couple of county inspected, health department approved (no kidding) outhouses, a few “use your foot” hand washing sinks, a stone circle in the woods, a “fairy forest” and a games field: plenty of room for projects, games, and gatherings. Excursions to acres and acres of nearby trails, woods, fields, a ponds are also part of our camp terrain. 

Our mission is to create an inspired learning community in a natural setting that models good stewardship of the earth. Each week of camp brings together a diverse group and strives to give participants a healthy balance between group responsibility and self directed choices. Our farm setting invites participants to engage directly with the natural world, involves campers in working together to make the camp run, and requires that the learning and fun we create together is made from our own hands, ideas, and simple materials. Our farm also provides a living example of renewable energy systems, water conservation, and outdoor living skills at work. 

The themes of Art and Nature are our specialty and our lead teachers each week are working artists and naturalists. Our staff is primed to lead amazing activities AND to connect with campers on an individual basis and provide special support as needed.

community

Our camp community exists not just for one week, but ideally, in friendships, mentorships, and networks that span the seasons, years,  lifetimes, and even generations!

During the week, secretly, everything we do is in the service of community. We LOVE our wonderful artists and the amazing projects we do, but our teaching artists know that we want not just instruction, but mentorship and connection! Our counselors pro-actively connect with campers and together we strive to create a place where people feel seen, heard,  valued, and appreciated, a safe place where people can be themselves and bring their best selves to our work and play.

We really genuinely CARE about everyone at camp and their families. We want to know how it’s going for you. Please contact us if you have any feedback – compliments or concerns! (see contact us at camp section above)

getting involved

VOLUNTEERING: Clapping Hands relies on volunteer help in every aspect of our operations! You can volunteer on weekends to get ready for the next camp, you can be a volunteer during camp, you can bring a staff dinner, you can come to farm workdays, or do administrative tasks from home! Lots of options! Please fill out this FORM if you’d like to get involved.

DONATING: Clapping Hands operates on a sliding scale policy of “no one turned away for financial reasons policy.” We typically give out somewhere between $2000 to $4000 worth of scholarships for every camp week. Covering those scholarships keeps camp sustainable. If you can give a donation yourself, or invite someone you know to donate, please do! We can accept TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS through our Fiscal Sponsor; CLAPPING HANDS is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of CLAPPING HANDS must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Click here for an easy credit card donation: Donate now! 

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation with a check  please make the check out to Fractured Atlas (only) and send it tot 3348 Alston Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312

If you  do not need a tax deduction you can make checks to Clapping Hands Farm or donate online via VENMO: @louiseomotokessel

camp day schedules

note: year round workshop schedules vary, see welcome letter for details.

schedule for a typical 9-5 camp day with notes

Camp Day~ (subject to change!)

8:00 Staff Arrives (no campers here before 9:00 without permission please! Let us know if you are running into situations that require campers to ride with staff!)

9:00 Campers Arrive: sign up for Anything Goes, stow your stuff in your cubby, and head to the field for Morning Games! (or to the alternate morning activity)

9:00 Morning Games or Alternate Morning Activity – Cooperative Games to get us all awake, playing and laughing together! An alternative activity is usually offered in addition to games~morning draw, morning yoga, morning jam, etc.

9:30 Morning Circle and Snack – includes Names, a Thanksgiving and any notes about the schedule for the day. On Monday this circle runs longer to include a general orientation. Snack happens in the orchard in our  “chill bubbles” (big hoops designed for social distancing) after circle. 

10:00 Morning classes – this is where our teaching artists for that week step up and shine and where we dive deep into the theme and topics of that particular camp week. Sometimes we have a 2 hour focus group. Sometimes we have two groups of campers who do one activity for one hour and then another for a second hour. 

Noon- 1:00 Lunch and free time – we eat lunch in the orchard in our “chill bubbles” and relax and visit and have some free time.

1- 1:45 The All Camp Thing – this is an all-group activity that is different every day. Could be an all camp game, an art project we all do together, a creative challenge for each buddy group, or a performance. 

1:45- 3:45 Anything Goes – this is the elective portion of the day. We will have all kinds of activities offered during Anything Goes – art, nature walks, canoeing, more games, water play, running games, juggling, building play houses, continued work on morning projects,  making slime, engineering challenges, for building, bamboo crafting… ANYTHING GOES! These activities can be led by children, parents, directors,  and counselors. We LOVE camper led activities and they enrich our camp! Camper led activities are well attended by other campers and a great leadership experience for the camper in charge. Please help your child think of things they might be able to teach or lead. If you or your child want to lead something please fill out this form for each activity: Lead an Activity at Camp!

3:45- 4:15 Buddy Group Clean Up and Check In – everyone at camp is in a buddy group of mixed ages led by a counselor. Each buddy group takes responsibility for cleaning up on part of the camp. Then we “check in”: each person gets a chance to say how they are doing and how their day has gone. 

4:15- 4:45 Closing Circle and Talent Share – at our closing circle we give appreciations for anything or anyone that day, we plan the next day, and people have a chance to share their talents (songs, stories, dances, showing art work, etc.)

4:45- 5:00 Snack and Pick Up – we collect our stuff and bring it to the orchard “chill bubbles” for snack. We send campers to their cars as their rides arrive.

5:00 Camp over. No campers here after 5:00 please, unless you have specific permission! Let us know if you are running into situations where staff and campers are carpooling together! Or if you are running late. 

5:00 for STAFF – chores!

5:15 Staff Meeting

6:00 Counselors day is done. Leadership team meets as needed. 

VARIATIONS ON THE CAMP DAY SCHEDULE

9-3 camp day (our stories our selves, watercolor, creative writing, felting)

The day is generally the same as the 9-5 schedule above through lunch.

Creative Writing and Watercolor both plan to have two 1- hour blocks during the morning class time with one group getting a one-hour session with the Lead Teacher while the other half chooses among “stations” where prompts and activities are prepared for them to do independently or with a counselor. Then the two groups switch.

After lunch:

Our Stories, Ourselves will have another workshop session with more storytelling and related art making.

All the other 9-3 camps:

1-2 Anything Goes including one choice with the lead teacher and on the theme. And one or two other choices that include games, art projects, and relaxing.

2-3 Buddy group clean up and check in, closing circle, and snack.

ukulele camp day

9:00 a.m.  Morning Games – campers arrive, stow their stuff in their cubby, and head to the back field for Morning Games. These are a big variety of imaginative, active, cooperative games.

9:30- Morning Circle – we say our names, talk about the day, and have a song or activity to center us in gratitude.  On Monday of each camp, we have an extended morning circle to go over our guidelines and give new campers a tour. We also provide a snack during this time.

10- 11:30 Morning Workshops in SKILL groups. Each camper will be assigned to a skill group for ukulele instruction. Skill groups are: complete beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced.

11;30 All camp Ukulele practice. We come together as a big group to practice the pieces we will play all together. And to share what we’ve been learning in our small groups.

Noon Lunch – during this time we eat lunch and have some free time.

1:00- Ukulele choice classes

1:45- Ukulele choice classes (or possibly either ONE set of Ukulele choice classes or 30 minute choice classes, allowing more time for Buddy Group time, Closing, Snack and Pick up).

2:30- Buddy Group Check in

2:45- Closing Circle

3:00 Pick up. Campers go home. Except on Friday, parents come for a ukulele concert!

directions to clapping hands farm

address

3348 Alston Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312. SEE BELOW for complete directions if needed–sometimes the GPS doesn’t adequately deliver people to us!

our driveway

DRIVEWAY SPEED LIMIT is 10mph. We live nearly a mile off the road. It is normal for people to think they made a wrong turn or have driven much farther than 1 mile! Just keep going!

REMINDER: camper drop off is on the east side of the driveway; the right hand side when arriving to camp. Drivers should stay in the car. Campers should go directly to the walking path.

From the South (Sanford)

Take 15-501 North towards Pittsboro. When approaching Pittsboro, you will come to a light at the intersection of 15-501 and the Moncure-Pittsboro Road. Take a left at the light onto 87. A short distance down this road take a left onto the southern end of Old Goldston Road. Old Goldston is across the street from The Church of the Nazarene. In about 1/4 mile turn left onto Alston Chapel Road. This is our road, now you can follow the “Once In Pittsboro” directions below starting from “this is our road.

From up river (Saxapahaw and Alamance Co)— short cut! better than what your GPS will give you.

take 87 towards Pittsboro. On your way down 87 you will pass Silk Hope-Gum Springs road on your right, take the next right onto Mitchell Chapel Road. Go to the end of Mitchell Chapel road and at the T intersection turn right onto Old Siler City Road. Go a short distance and turn left onto Sarah’s Lane. Sarah’s Lane will take you to a Stop Sign and you will be looking at 64 Business. Turn left onto 64 Business and then make an immediate right onto Adolph Taylor road. This will T up to Alston Chapel Road. Take a right onto Alston Chapel, go over the Harlan’s Creek bridge and head up the hill. After the bridge count the driveways to the right and turn right on the fifth driveway. 

There is a mailbox there clearly marked with 3348 and a sign says “Clapping Hands Farm” on the far side of the driveway.

Now you can follow the “Once In Pittsboro” directions below from “our driveway.

From the West (Greensboro, Siler City, Asheboro)

Take 421 South from Greensboro to Siler City and 64  and head East on 64. Look for Hadley Mill Road. Pass Hadley Mill road and take the next right onto Alex Cockman Road. Turn light onto Alston Chapel Road and look for our driveway on the left. 3348 Alston Chapel Road.

Now you can follow the “Once In Pittsboro” directions below from “our driveway.

From the North (Chapel Hill)

Take 15-501 S. to Pittsboro. Along the way you will see a sign for 64 west – don’t take it! Come all the way into quaint little historic Pittsboro to the traffic circle around the courthouse and follow the “Once In Pittsoboro” directions below.

From the East (Raleigh)

Take 64 West to Pittsboro. You will exit onto 64 business or “Historic Pittsboro” and follow the directions below. If you stay on the 64 bypass you will end up in Siler City, far away from where you want to be! (If you accidentally do this, however, you can find us using the “from the west” directions above.)

IMPORTANT DETOUR INFO SUMMER 2021!

The traffic circle in downtown Pittsboro is under construction! You can not access the circle coming from the east. As you are approaching the circle I recommend taking a right on N. Masonic street at the new Eagle gas station. Then a left onto E. Salisbury Street. Salisbury Street will bring you to a light at the intersection of Salisbury and Hillsborough Streets. Turn left onto Hillsborough street, go up to the circle and take a right onto Business 64 – then you can pick up the “Once in Pittsboro” directions below.

ONCE IN PITTSBORO

Go around the traffic circle onto 64 West

Go to traffic light and turn left onto 87/902. Al’s Diner is on that corner.

After one block, take the first right onto Old Goldston Rd. (OK, it’s really the second right, but the first right is a tiny road called Brown Street and when I tell people the “second left” they always miss it!) If you were to turn left at this same intersection you would go to Pittsboro Elementary School (and the street sign on the left side of the road says “Pittsboro Primary School Road”). Just think “First Right” and you won’t miss it!

Once on Old Goldston you will go over a little creek bridge and then. . .

Take the first right onto Alston Chapel Rd. 

This is our road.

You will go about 3 miles. Along the way you will pass Alston Chapel Church.

After a couple more miles you will go over a creek bridge at Harlan’s Creek. 

After the bridge, count the driveways to the right and turn right on the fifth driveway. 

There is a mailbox there clearly marked with 3348 and a sign says “Clapping Hands Farm” on the far side of the driveway.