August 8, 2019
We are going vertical!
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A 55+ intentional community for LGBTs, straight friends and allies

We're Going Vertical! 

In the construction industry "going vertical" means the beginning of framing. This is when it starts looking like a house to the rest of us and, once there is a roof, progress is not so dependent on the weather.  We are now seeing two of the eight buildings with stick frames above the concrete slabs, and one with a roof!  The permit for the Common House, the last building to be approved, has arrived. Currently, the concrete has been poured on two other slabs and this week three remaining slabs are scheduled to be poured, weather permitting.  The infrastructure for our road and parking lot will begin in a few weeks as well. We are thrilled!

Ready to pour concrete

Our Architects (Chuck Durrett and Gary Burke) will be here this weekend, August 11, to walk the land with us to discuss the progress and help us envision our future forever homes.  We are expecting to see several Members from out of town as well as welcoming some of our Investors.

We have lift-off!

I don't think any of us anticipated being involved in a multi-million dollar project. It has been a learning experience for all. We have to trust each other to carry out our assignments and make decisions that will impact everyone. The Development Circle, working with Lou, our development partner, has been doing a great job staying on top of the little details, answering questions and keeping us informed.

Now it's looking like houses.

Over the next 10 months, our Members will be very busy.  The Landscaping Circle, led by Lyn, is planning our landscaping and gardening. Tony's agricultural knowledge is invaluable. Alan has been educating himself about native plants and assembling a comprehensive list of suggestions we can all use in our private yards as well as on the common grounds. Eleanor, Debbie and Patricia, the Appliance Circle, are organizing the bulk purchase of our home appliances to get the best deal. Julia and the Process Circle are organizing discussions to develop our policies on rentals, pets, the exercise room, common meals and the many aspects of our community life.

We always enjoy a meal out together, but look forward to meals in our Common House.

These are just a few of the projects underway. Building the social organization is just as important as building the physical structure of our future home, and we are getting to know each other in the process.
Only a few homes left. Learn more at and call Margaret at 
561-714-8009 or email Pat at 

Meet Nan and Kate

Hi, Kate and Nan here. We are very excited to be part of this ground-breaking senior living project.  Co-housing is an idea that we have been looking into for a few years. When we heard of VILLAGE HEARTH, with the commitment to aging in place with other 55+ LGBT and straight allies in the same town as our launched daughter we were interested. When we met the members who were already involved, we were in.  

Nan and Kate

About us: Kate works for a Behavioral Health Organization as a clinician (LCSW) in various health clinics in the Mid-Coast of Maine. In her spare time, Kate keeps busy working in the yard and working part-time as an energy healer and is looking forward to meeting others in the Durham area who are interested in the wonders of the universe.  Nan is also a social worker, but, has worked in academia for the past 30 years, currently working at the University of Maine.  In addition to her job, Nan has volunteered at the local community library, currently serves as a SAGEMAINE Board member, and for many years has been on the board for a local substance use treatment organization. She hopes to stay active in her new community in North Carolina, maybe even teaching an online class or two.


Kate and Mickey

Legally married since 2013, but together much longer, we share many interests and hobbies and love living on the coast, watching seabirds, sailboats, and sea-smoke. Although we will always visit Maine in the summer, we also know that now is the time to start looking for a vibrant and engaged community to grow with and support as we all age.

Meredith Grey - puss on a pussy hat


When we move to Durham, we will have with us 4 rescued animals (2 dogs and 2 cats) and hopefully only 2 suitcases, as we have spent the summer seriously downsizing. After we both retire, we will make our trek to Durham in our 20-year-old Volkswagon Rialta camper. We are looking forward to our “third act” adventure.

What's Blooming in Durham

What a beautiful time of the year! Our gardens are overflowing with flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies. One of the stars of the show is that gorgeous scarlet native, Cardinal flower, a real hummingbird magnet. But it’s hard to beat the pretty little Jeana Phlox, also native, which seems irresistible to Tiger Swallowtail butterflies.

Hummingbird and Cardinal Flower

Tiger Swallowtail in Jeana Phlox

Ruby Sweet Clethra

Ruby Spice summer sweet (clethra) with its lovely fragrance seems to be everywhere this year. 


Coreopsis is a must for us - it comes in many varieties, all yellow, is a long-bloomer, and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, while the seeds provide food for goldfinches and other seed-eating birds.

Lyn McCoy

Good Eating

Southern Living Magazine calls Durham the South's tastiest town.

We heard Gocciolina Restaurant was awarded the “Best Italian in Durham” by the Indy newspaper for the past 4 years in a row but never had an occasion to call for reservations.  We stumbled upon Gocciolina’s when we were out running errands one day.  What a find!  It is located in an older strip mall and has a very unassuming façade at the front but as soon as you step through the door you can tell it is a special place and the aroma captures your taste buds immediately.
We did not have reservations but after just a short wait, and a glass of wine in the waiting area, we were seated at the bar where we enjoyed visiting with regulars while they schooled us on the menu, pointing out that the portions are small so you can order more items from the menu to learn what you like. 

Tami took the recommendation of one of her new friends and ordered the SPAGHETTI ALL’AMATRICIANA (country style bacon, chili flake, onion, tomato, pecorino cheese in spaghetti). This pasta dish was delicious with a hint of spiciness but not too hot for her taste.  Patricia ordered the special, PASTA BOLOGNESE WITH PORK, and was very pleased with the flavor pairings and spices. The SAUTEED BRUSSEL SPROUTS (garlic, chili flake and lemon) they shared were crispy and flavorful with just a hint of spiciness.  New friend, Dave, a regular seated beside us, ordered a side of SAUTEED ZUCCHINI to share.  Sauteed in garlic they were delicious!  Dessert was 3 small flavorful CANNOLIS (sweetened ricotta with chocolate chips and crushed pistachios) that we shared with our new friend.
Tami and I recommend Gocciolina Restaurant with 5 stars but reservations are a must.  This is a fine dining experience, casual attire, that won’t break the bank.  We left well satisfied and not overly full with a total bill under $50 (not including alcohol).  And best of all Village Hearth is only about 5 miles away!

Gocciolina Restaurant
3314 Guess Road
Durham, NC 
(919) 973-4089
Patricia Stressler

Cohousing is all about community.


Meet & Greet with Site Visit 

Saturday, August 10, 2:30 p.m.

See who your future neighbors might be; after all, cohousing is all about the people! View the floor plans and color renderings of our new homes. Have a beverage or a bite to support this welcoming locally-owned restaurant. Then we’ll head on down the road to tour our land if the construction crews aren't working. Closed shoes and liability waiver are required for a site visit. 
Ricky’s NY Pizza, 5279 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27712

Other site visit times available by appointment. Email

PS: Ricky's makes good pizza. We should call it Meet & Greet & Eat.

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

August 15 - August 18
The Carolina Theater
309 West Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701         

The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. Discover Durham named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization. The NCGLFF celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today's gay, lesbian and transgender life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking. 

Happy Hour

Beat the Monday Blues

Monday, August 26, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Sure; you can come out on a school night...Come hang out with the cool kids and find out what we’re all about! Raise a glass or have an early dinner. We want to meet YOU!

Carolina Ale House 
3911 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd 
Durham, 27707

Links to Articles Posted to VHC’s Facebook Page

Each month, you’ll find articles of interest posted on our Facebook page. Here's a recent post. Just click the title to take you to the article.
Why You Should Plan a Trip to North Carolina's Magic Triangle: Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill
"Free of the fuss, these towns, known more for their major universities and the international companies headquartered at The Research Triangle Park, have discreetly transformed into a bucolic-urban oasis where the arts and tech synergize and anything homegrown (from businesses to vegetables) is enthusiastically exalted. This place isn't a playground for tourists; it's a living room for locals."

I moved here 18 months ago to be a part of Village Hearth and the more time I spend here, the more I love it.
Linda Hobbet
To learn more about Village Hearth Cohousing, phone Margaret at 561-714-8009 or follow the links below.
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