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SUNDAY, MAY 6 2012
at Carrboro Town Commons

Music Carrboro Day History Poetry Department/Agency Display Family Games

Plant Exchange Books Sell /Friends of the Carrboro Library

Food Other Activities

**In case of rain-CARRB0R0 DAY events and booths will be moved into the Carrboro Century Center -located at 100 North Greensboro Street


Performance Schedule on the Main Stage:

Stage in front of Town Hall1:00-5:45pm

1:00-1:45pmMcDougal Middle School Band-Jazz Band

The Mcdougle Middle School Mustang Jazz band is made up of around 20 volunteer students ranging from 6th grade to 8th grade. TThe material covered by the jazz band ranges form current pop tunes, to rock standards and Latin pieces, to more traditional big band swing. The McDougle Mustang Jazz band participated for the first time in the 2012 Elon Jazz Festival in February, earning a rating of Excellent for their performance. The jazz band also provides music for special school events and pep rallies.

1:45-1:55pm Youth Talent Show Winners

2:00-2:05pm Poetry Announcements-poem


SALUDOS COMPAY takes the audience on a musical tour that features traditional, contemporary, and original music from Latin America and the Caribbean. This amazingly versatile trio keeps toes tapping.

3:00-3:15pm Poetry


Equal parts fiddle, clarinet, accordion, drum, Gmish plays klezmer in a style that highlights the downhome dance traditions of the earlier part of the 20th century. Gmish serves up the "deep cuts"- tunes that were a tad too crooked or greasy to be assimilated. Whether its a stomping dance set or a tender lyrical ballad, Gmish aims at presenting the music as a living breathing tradition connected to our hearts and bodies.

4:30-5:45pmSelah Dubb -Reggae

With their high energy sound, Selah Dubb brings forth relevant and uplifting positive vibrations. Representing modern day surf-reggae-rock with mass appeal, The Dubb has matured into a mobile, energetic, and entertaining trio. Bring your dancing boots, for this is no sleepy time reggae!

Carrboro Day History Presentation

Training Room inside the Carrboro Fire Department2:00-3:30pm
Our town was a vibrant, working-class town long before it was called
Carrboro. Join Richard Ellington as he shows the history of the area now
known as Carrboro. He will have maps and photographs to illustrate ourpast. You will see the many changes that have taken place in our town's

Poetry Readings

Training Room inside the Carrboro Fire Department4:00-6:00pm

"Freshly Picked Carrboro Poetry" will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Carrboro Day.

This year's reading will begin with poems read by elementary, middle and high school winners of the town's Youth Poetry Contest. If the past is any indication, listeners will be treated with delightful, inventive and inspiring works by very talented writers.
The Youth Poetry Contest winners will be followed by readings from a very strong group of local adult poets. Each will read for approximately eight to ten minutes:
Sara Claytor has received numerous poetry prizes and also won first place in short fiction competitions, co-edited the former Internet magazine The Moonwort Review, and worked as a fiction editor. Her books include Reviving the Damsel Fish (2007), Howling on Red Dirt Roads (2008), Memory Bones (2011), and Keeping Company with Ghosts (to be published as an ebook by Rock Way Press in 2012).

Glenn Cassidy lives in Carrboro and has a Ph.D. in public policy. He does research and consulting in public finance and economic development and has taught economics and statistics at several universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill. So of course he writes poetry. He has published 40 poems in journals and anthologies and is working on a collection of poems about Facebook.

By day Tyler Johnson is a communication systems engineer for the University of North Carolina. At night he writes both poetry and fiction. His first book, "The Swamps That Close," was published in 2004. Look for two new books in the coming year: "Dancing the Haw," a collection of fifty new poems, and "Tales From The Red Book Of Tunes," a collection of stories about traditional folk music and dancing.

Susan Willey Spalt retired several years ago after a full career in school health. A member of the OLLI Poetry Workshop and the North Carolina Poetry Society, she won honorable mention for the 2008 Joanne Catherine Scott Award for Poems in Traditional Forms. In addition, Carrboro Rocks, was put to music by Billy Sugerfix to celebrate Carrboro's one hundredth anniversary. Where Time Does Not Fly is the 2012 winner of the Ellen Johnston-Hale award for humorous verse awarded by the Poetry Council of North Carolina.

Celisa Steele's poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Anglican Theological Review, The South Carolina Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review, and others Her first poetry chapbook, How Language Is Lost, was published in 2011 by Emrys, an arts foundation based in Greenville, South Carolina. Learn more about her poetry at

Stephanie Levin received her MFA in Poetry from UVa and her MA in Literature from Hollins University. Her work has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Folio, River Styx, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah. Her collection, Smoke of Her Body, was chosen by Dorianne Laux as winner of the 2011 Jacar Press Poetry Book Prize. She is a Reading teacher at Carrboro High School and the mother of two.

Grey Brown is the author of Staying In, winner of the Harper Prints Poetry Chapbook award, and When They Tell Me published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press, poems narrating her experience parenting a child on the autism spectrum. She is the recipient of a 2009 Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council and founder and former director of the Literary Arts Program of the Health Arts Network at Duke.

Jay Bryan lives on a farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, horses, guineas, dogs, a cat and a cockatiel. He is poet laureate for Carrboro, North Carolina. For fifteen years he has coordinated poetry readings on Carrboro Day for the town's celebration of its residents and their gifts. He compiled and edited the Carrboro 100th Birthday Poetry Anthology, published in May 2011, and available at the town's Parks and Recreation Department, with poems by Carrboro poets and former poet laureates. In 1994 he published Haiku for Carroll.


Department /Agency Displays

Town Commons1:00-6:00pm

Displays and exhibits from the varous Town Departments, Committees and Advisory Boards, and local agencies

Family Games/ Crafts

Town Commons1:00-5:00pm

Family games and crafts will be offered throughout the event under the pavillions of the Town Commons.

Family Games- 3-5 pmFamily Arts and Crafts- 2-5pm


Plant Exchange

Town Commons1:00-6:00pm

The Carrboro Community Garden Club members share their extra outdoor or indoor plants with Carrboro Day participants.
During previous years, folks exchanged one of their plants for one of ours, labeling them to indicate whether they prefer sun or shade or indoors. This year we would like to share information about heritage and old timey heirloom plants and seeds. We also have material for you on suggestions for plants that we do and do not recommend for Carrboro gardens, as well hints on how to cope with drought

Our club was formed informally in 1986 to bring together people who enjoy gardening, Today,our group has approximately thirty members, who meet monthly at members' homes to visit their gardens, exchange seeds, plants, knowledge and enjoy friendship. For the community, we create the huge natural Wreath and column swags for Carrboro Town Hall each December. and celebrate Carrboro Day by sharing our extra plants and inviting new members to join our group of men and women who also enjoy gardening.

If you have a question about a plant or would like to share one of yours with us, bring your plant in a pot with its name and growing requirements (indoor plant, shade, sun, annual, perennial, etc). Club members will be on hand to offer advice and help identify your "mystery" plant.

Book Sale by the Carrboro Friends of the Library

Town Commons1:00-6:00pm

The Carrrboro Friends of the Library will host the annual Book 9and bake goods) Sale.


Town Commons1:00-6:00pm

The Boy Scouts will be conducting a Hot Dog sale, while the Carrboro Friends of the Library will be selling bake goods for the Library.

Other Activities

Town Commons1:00-6:00pm

fun stuff like interactive balloon sculpting by 'Willie the Clown'

Boy Scouts Hot Dog Sale

Free pizza 3-6 pm (or until gone)


If you would like to assist the Town of Carrboro in our effort to provide this Community Event-

Contact Program Administrator