Category Archives: Events

Dwellings for our feathered families got a boost in style and substance at the first annual Build a Birdhouse Contest on August 8.  The design/build competition was sponsored by Sherwood Forest Friends with Cedar Mountain Community Center and Sherwood Forest’s Nature Nuts. Among the offerings from avian architects were a gypsy caravan, a castle crowned with a pink hennin (after the conical medieval headdress), and a meticulously carved Green Man. Judging took place at the Cedar Mountain Community Center, where the Dearbaugh family won Best in Show for their Moss Mountain tableau.  Sarah Dearbaugh and her children Micah, Hannah, and Blake created the entry in remembrance of Deb Pruitt, a recently deceased friend of the Cedar Mountain community, who left the family her art supplies. These objects and natural materials foraged by the children were assembled into a whimsical birdhouse community, roofed with an old Cedar Mountain Welcome Center sign, and…

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We regret to announce that all events scheduled for the 2020 Summer Series have been cancelled. Although some areas in the country are reopening the case numbers are going up in some states, including North Carolina. With such uncertainty ahead we thought it best to put safety first. We do have events planned that do not involve groups of people in one place. Stay tuned for those announcements and visit this website for information about our summer contests. Award winning storyteller and songwriter Michael Reno Harrell was scheduled for August 22. In lieu of a personal appearance, we invite you to enjoy these videos. Remind Me Why I Came Into This Room   Cleaning Out Mama’s House   I’m Here Homebound

[gdlr_dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#cd853f”]M[/gdlr_dropcap]ay Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1st. It is an ancient festival of Spring and a current traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. May baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away.  Sherwood Forest Friends originally planned a field trip to the North Carolina Arboretum to celebrate this spring, with cake , but in light of coronavirus precautions, we will celebrate May Day 2020 virtually! The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina System by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate. Join us for a…

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By all accounts our first program of 2020 was a huge success. From 4:30 to 6:00pm on February 6, folks gathered at The Cove to learn about our winter birds and how to take care of them. The program began with a presentation from our resident “birder cum laude”, Susan Goldsworthy, on recognizing and feeding our winter feathered friends. Following Susan, Cathy Nell gave an update on Sherwood Forest’s application for Audubon certification of the gold course. As many of us know, the open grassland of the gold course presents a very different bird habitat that attracts different species than our forest. The last presentation was a hands-on demonstration on how to make tasty bird “suet” using peanut butter. Yum! As per forest tradition, refreshments were served. The “Hummingbird cake” was a huge hit (no hummingbirds were harmed.) If you have Powerpoint, you can watch the presentations from Susan and…

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