January 9, 2020
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Getting So Close!

Now that we are in 2020, a new decade, we are realizing just how close we are to moving into our new homes. Members are getting ready to put their homes on the market. Some members submitted their notices at work. It's time to start work on getting mortgages for those who need them. Barbara and Jane recently made the move to Durham.

Allan, Lou, and Christopher checking out the progress at our last site visit.

Linda tries out the front porch of her future home. Railing and cleanup yet to come.

We are looking forward to a visit from our architect, Chuck Durrett, this weekend. He will meet with the members to give us a status report and answer questions. On Saturday, we will do a site visit. We will be scheduling Chuck's Physical Plant Maintenance Workshop for sometime in March. We will be learning all about what it takes to keep our community in tip-top shape. 

Looking past the Common House towards Buildings 6 and 7.

Concrete has been completed for the sidewalks and gathering nodes. Grading is done and topsoil has been spread. Trees and shrubbery have been planted. The Common House is underway. Drywall is up inside, and painting has begun. Siding will go on this week, weather permitting. Plans are being made to deal with all our extra rock.

Installing electrical wiring in the Common House

A worker pauses for a photo.

Electricity is scheduled to be turned on this week. 

A lot of time is spent up on ladders.

The Resolute construction people are all over the site, working hard to meet the April 15 (just in time for taxes) projected completion date. We really appreciate the dedication they have shown to doing a great job for us. With all the construction going on in the area, it is not easy to find good workers. We are fortunate to have Resolute. Its sterling reputation means it can attract the best.

Checking it twice

Site Superintendent Kevin Gullo makes sure all the pieces fit together.

Honestly, I want to end every sentence with an exclamation mark! It's thrilling!
During development, it can feel like cohousing is all about meetings. Katie McCamant thinks it's unfortunate when people assume living in cohousing is hard work. It's so much easier than single/single-family life.

Only a few homes available. Join now and skip most of the meetings. Call Margaret at 
561-714-8009 or email Pat at for information.  

Spacewoman? Alien?

No, it's Mary! Mary and Barbara are taking beginning beekeeping classes starting this month.They are taking classes at separate locations in the area and plan on comparing their notes at least a couple of times a month. Here is Mary modeling the beekeeper's regalia she scored at a thrift shop. 

What's Blooming in Durham

The landscape this time of year is a feast of berries – the bird-loving hollies, yaupon and winterberry, and also the non-native nandina. 



Camellias are still blooming, and so are some hardy azaleas--amazing! 

Yaupon Holly


Heathers, although not native, are rewarding plants, with foliage retaining color all year round and very long-lasting blooms. The winter bloomers are called heaths.

We are looking forward to learning more and bringing year-round color and interest to our Village Hearth community!

Village Hearth Members Get Involved

Eleanor and Tami with a group of protesters who gathered in front of the offices of Senator Tillis after the impeachment. Several of us are planning to attend the Women's March in Raleigh on January 26. We may be retired, but we aren't retiring.
This is an article from a 2017 newsletter being reprinted for the many subscribers who have joined since them. Durham and the surrounding areas offer many places for outdoor activities of all types.

Did Someone Say Bike Ride? Count Me In!

By Helen Chisholm

The Triangle region of North Carolina is home to an avid cycling community. When Kelly and I decided to relocate here several years ago, one of the key factors that influenced our decision was the suitability of the area for safe and enjoyable cycling. In the six years that we have lived in Chatham County, we have enjoyed countless pleasant rides on rural roads, and recently we have begun exploring some of the area’s greenways. We plan to continue to pursue our passion for cycling after we move into our new home. 

Cyclists on the Greenway in Raleigh

The close proximity of Village Hearth to numerous greenways and multi-use trails is a real attraction for us. The city of Durham maintains over 30 miles of trails and greenways, including a portion of the American Tobacco Trail, a 23-mile trail that extends from downtown Durham into Chatham and Wake Counties. Neighboring Wake County boasts an even more extensive network of greenways. We have only scratched the surface of these trail systems with rides on the American Tobacco Trail and the Neuse River Greenway, and we are looking forward to more exploration.

Durham and four of its neighboring municipalities have been designated Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists. Since this rigorous program was begun in 1993, over 1500 communities across the US have applied for recognition, but only 416 communities have achieved this goal. In addition, the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile protected biking and walking route in development, courses through the region, and its parent organization, the East Coast Greenway Alliance, has chosen to locate its headquarters in Durham.

Sunlight on the American Tobacco Trail

For those times when you want to get out and ride on the road, there are plenty of opportunities for solo and group cycling. Among the most popular group rides are those organized by the Carolina Tarwheels, a self-described “group of bicycle enthusiasts who organize social rides in Orange, Durham, Wake, Alamance, and Chatham counties of North Carolina.” Check out their website, and you will find a calendar of events chock full of rides almost every day of the week for cyclists of various abilities and starting from locations scattered around the region. Several of these starting points are within an easy drive from our future home on Infinity Road.

Everyone loves cycling.

So, the way I see it, if you want to get out and ride, Village Hearth is going to be a great place to live!
More information may be found at:


Meet & Greet / Site Visit 

Saturday, January 11, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 25, 2:30 p.m.

Come meet some potential neighbors. 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 waivers are required for a site visit. RSVP not required but appreciated.
Ricky’s NY Pizza, 5279 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27712

Other site visit times available by appointment. Email Pat here.

We should call it Meet & Greet & Eat.

Do You Have Questions about Cohousing?

Cohousing Association of the US Simple Series
January 26, 2020, Noon to 4:00 pm EST

Coho USA is kicking off its 2020 Simple Series with the very basics. The Kick-Off Event is a four-hour Zoom video-conferencing online workshop covering what cohousing is and how it works. This is perfect for seekers just beginning to learn about the cohousing way of life.

You’ve at least heard of cohousing, but maybe you still have questions. Or maybe you know people who are curious and don’t yet understand the basics. This event is for everyone who would like to understand what cohousing is from the very beginning. We’ll introduce cohousing vocabulary so you understand the jargon, and we’ll describe the components that make a community a cohousing community. If you’ve ever wondered what is meant by “burning soul”, or how a “common meal” is different than a “potluck”, or why it matters whether you park in a garage or not, this is the event for you. Bring your questions for four hours of great information.

Village Hearth is offering passes for the event. To get the registration code, contact us here. You can find more information about the event here.

Happy Hour

Beat the Monday Blues
Monday January 27 
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Sure; you can come out on a school night...come hang with the cool kids and find out what we’re all about!

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


Village Hearth Cohousing’s Facebook Page

Each month, you’ll find articles of interest posted on our Facebook page. Here are a few recent posts. Just click the title to take you to the article.

BTW, you don't have to belong to Facebook to view our page,

We Know About Mental Health. What About Social Health?

“We are constantly seeing that people who are more socially engaged are healthier and live longer,” says Faika Zanjani, associate professor of gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Health Professions. Zanjani has been involved in recent research around the impact of socialization in low-income, urban elderly communities in Richmond, Va.

19 People of 2019: J. Clapp/Vivica C. Coxx

“We created a space where queer and trans kids felt comfortable showing up, where queer parents and their children felt comfortable showing up,” Clapp says. “Our elders felt comfortable showing up. And quite frankly, the often-forgotten queer and trans people of color felt comfortable and present, all while the broader community felt comfortable and present. It wasn’t Black Pride, it wasn’t Latinx Pride. It was the municipal Pride, and everyone felt comfortable.”
Planting Trees In Square Holes Makes Them Grow Stronger And Faster

The chances of your tree surviving will increase dramatically by merely digging a square hole instead of a round one when you plant the sapling. The roots won’t develop a circular root system because, as systematic planting trials have shown, the roots are not good at growing around corners. When the roots hit the 90-degree angle of a square hole, rather than snaking around to create a spiral, they spread out of the planting hole to colonize the surrounding native soil.
To learn more about Village Hearth Cohousing, phone Margaret at 561-714-8009 or follow the links below.
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