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FriendsFest Alumni Music Festival      

Haw River Ballroom,                                          

Saxapahaw, NC



FriendsFest 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013,  3 pm - midnight

  • Music for everyone. 
  • Family-friendly fun! 
  • Evening show emcee'd by magician Joshua Lozoff !

This event is open to the public, so please bring your friends!  

Do you know the way to Saxapahaw?  Here's a musical slide show to guide your way.      

Watch these fun video invitations from:

Family Fun - from 3:00-7:00 pm
Face painting, scavenger hunts, a family photo booth, early school obstacle course,
storytelling, giant bubbles, henna, arts and crafts, river hikes, and Eli Whitney
firetrucks will be on site for kids to explore.

Food and Drink
Three food trucks, ice cream, beer, wine, water, and coffee. 

Music Schedule

Outdoor Amphitheater -  3:00 - 7:00 pm

Master of Ceremonies -- Bradley McDevitt (CFS '89)
3:00 -- The Oblations -- Joe MacPhail (CFS '11), Daniel Fields (CFS '11)
3:45 -- Woodman Brothers and Sam -- Sam Huff (CFS '05),  Spencer Woodman (CFS '05), Thad Woodman

4:30 -- Last at Appomattox (Lucky Strikes) -- David Hughes (CFS '99), Grant Thomas (CFS '99), Greer Thomas (CFS '02)

5:00 -- CFS Upper School Acapella Group, Quaker N'oats -- Molly DuBose, Aliza Bridge, Shauna Pointer, Matthew Zoltners, Ellie McDonald, Katie Hansen, Katherine McPhail, Willa Papanikolas, Elisabeth Maillard, Jess Carboni, and Dan Peraza-Rudesill

5:15 --  The Ayr Mountaineers --  Ella Bertram (CFS '12), Alan Best, Jennifer Curtis (CFS '96), Jack Fleishman, Stacy Harden
6:00 -- Dmitri Resnik & Bootleg Beat -- Dmitri Resnick (CFS '84), Dave Aduddell, Eric Mrozkowski

Riverside Patio Activities

Woodland Hikes -- 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, and 6:15

Storytelling -- 3:15, 4:45, and 6:15

Indoor Ballroom -  6:45 pm - 12:00 midnight

Master of Ceremonies -- Magician Joshua Lozoff (CFS '89)

6:45 -- CFS Upper School Jazz Band -- Knox Engler, Nick Sheer, Cassie Lilly, Michele Zimmerman, Ellie MacDonald,  Austin Sorscher, JT Richmond 

7:30 -- Tim and Susan Wells (Red Rover) -- Tim Wells (CFS '86), Susan Wells
8:15 -- Humble Tripe -- Jess Shell (CFS '97), Kadji Amin, Stud Green, Shawn Luby, Amy Ray-Butchies, Melissa York
9:00 -- Jennifer Curtis -- Jennifer Curtis (CFS '96)
9:45 -- Kodiak Farm Boys -- David Henderson (CFS '05), Sam Huff (CFS '05), Matthew Rubin (CFS '06),  Nathan Case-McDonald (CFS '07)
10:30 -- Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba -- Diali Cissokho, Jonathan Henderson (CFS '01), Austin McCall, Will Ridenour, John Westmoreland

 Notes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dex Romweber is not able to join us.
In the event of rain, all outdoor festivities will be moved into the Ballroom.
Schedule subject to change.

Find directions at the bottom of this page.

Click here for your tickets now!

3-7 pm: Outdoor Amphitheatre --  unticketed family-friendly fun
                "Feed the Swan" collections (Pass-the-hat) help cover the costs of FriendsFest
7 pm: Indoor Ballroom --  ticketed, musical variety

  • Adult - $18 ($20 day of)
  • Student - $14 ($16 day of)
  • 12 and under – free

Tickets are also on sale in the CFS Center Building, 4809 Friends School Rd.

  • Cash and check only - Monday through Friday 8-4.                    

Cash and check tickets also available at:                                                                 

  • Cup 22 in Saxapahaw
  • Hillsborough Wine Company in Hillsborough

 See the Alumni Committee's video invitation

See Alum Heather LaGarde's video invitation

Invite your friends via Facebook

Want to volunteer to help?                                     

Contact Lisa Hess - lisa@dhess.com

2.5 hour shift= free entry to evening concert

Family Fun Activities

Face Painting                           Led by Monica Clarke-Vaughan ‘89

Henna Art                                 Millie Azuriah, CFS Parent

                                                    Natasha Shannon, CFS Parent and Lower School Art Teacher

Woodland Hikes                      Leland Reilich ‘01

Fun crafts for little hands      Sadie Bauer ‘93, The Morningside School

Fire Trucks                                Eli Whitney Volunteer Fire Department

Tissue paper flowers               Carly Chapman ‘94, and Hallie Cherry, CFS Early School Teachers

                                                     Jenny Gadd ‘91 and Judith Gadd

Wacky Photo Booth                 Sunshine Scoville‘90, Photographer

SouthernSwank                        Luva Zacharyj '94

Story Nook                                 Sponsored by Book Harvest

Scavenger Hunts                       Upper School Students

Hair Braiding and Wrapping  Upper School Students

Games                                          Upper School Students

Our gratitude extends to these fabulous musicians and our magician, who are playing for us at a fraction of their normal fee.  Ticket sales and "Pass the Swan" collections help offset the expenses of FriendsFest.  It's going to be an awesome day!

Magician Joshua Lozoff                           Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba


Humble Tripe

 The Oblations                                                  Tim and Susan Wells (Red Rover)                  






Here is pictorial music video to accompany your map to find your way!

Directions to the Haw River Ballroom

1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw NC 27340.

From Chapel Hill/Carrboro: Drive west on highway 54 ten miles from the stop light at Carrboro Plaza. Turn left onto Saxapahaw- Bethlehem Church Road at the green sign and arrow pointing left to Saxapahaw. the Haw River Ballroom is 3.5 miles ahead.

From Durham: Follow 15-501 through Chapel Hill. It will become the 15-501-54 Bypass. Highways 15 and 501 will exit south toward Pittsboro; continue on highway 54. Follow the directions above for Chapel Hill.

From Graham and I-85/40: Take highway 54 east toward Chapel Hill, exit 148. Drive to the intersection of Mebane Oaks Road on the left and Saxapahaw – Bethlehem Church Road on the right. This is approximately 11 miles from the Interstate. turn right onto Saxapahaw – Bethlehem Church Road. the Haw River Ballroom is 3.5 miles ahead.

From Hillsborough: Take Orange Grove Road, which intersects Hwy 70-A/South Churton Street a little south of the Eno River, to highway 54, where there is a stop sign. This is about 14 miles. Turn right onto highway 54. Turn left onto Saxapahaw- Bethlehem Church Road at the green sign and arrow pointing left to Saxapahaw. the Haw River Ballroom is 3.5 miles ahead.

From Pittsboro: Take highway 87 north. Go through the blinking light at Eli Whitney; 2 miles farther, turn right at the white historic marker announcing Saxapahaw onto Church Road. the Haw River Ballroom is on the right after you cross over the Haw River on the Buddy Collins Memorial Bridge.

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