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Eighth Annual Carolina Inn Birdhouses on Parade Celebration - March 29 - April 19

Not Just For The Birds But For Your Enjoyment

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (February 27, 2009) - Two new events (Afternoon of Pride and Prejudice and Happy Hour with Tar Heel Voices), great gardening classes with Frank Hyman and many children's treats like etiquette luncheons, storytelling, birdhouse-making and Easter egg decorating are among the highlights of the 2009 Birdhouses on Parade, The Carolina Inn's eighth annual celebration of spring taking place from March 29-April 19.

The event begins Sunday, March 29, with the opening of this year's birdhouse displays, a free Community Open House and a Birds of Prey Live Raptors Exhibit from Noon to 4 pm, in addition to a Build Your Own Birdhouse workshop for children from 2-4 that afternoon.

Other highlights include:

Making Your Garden Bird-Friendly on March 31 at 10:30am. Join Cynthia Fox, owner of The Wild Bird Center of Chapel Hill, as she discusses how you can make your backyard and garden more bird-friendly.

Happy Hour with Tar Heel Voices on April 3 from 5:30-7pm. Tar Heel Voices, UNC's oldest co-ed a cappella group, performs some popular tunes by John Mayor, Sting, Paul Simon and other well known artists. 

Children's Etiquette Luncheon on April 4 from 11:30am-1:30pm. A five-course dining tutorial of do's and don'ts, taught by certified etiquette and protocol professional, Cecilia Budd Grimes.

The Food Forward Garden with Frank Hayman on April 5 at 3pm. Learn how to grow your own basil for pesto, tomatoes for sauce as well as asparagus and berries, not to mention how easy it is to harvest crops year round, how to prepare beds, choose crops, and maintain and harvest them.

Fragrant Flowers Year Round with Frank Hayman on April 10 at 10:30am. Gardenia, magnolia, First Breath of Spring, Daphne, lilac, all these fragrant plants and more can be grown in the Triangle area. In fact a gardener can have fragrant flowers every month of the year in the local climate - even in winter a garden can easily have a dozen different fragrant flowers.

Birdsong and Green Growing Things: Spring Stories with Claire on April 11 at 10:30am. Claire Vera Ramsey will read stories and tales of rabbits and other small woodland creatures, trees and growing plants, and the magic of spring. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite pillow and stuffed animal to sit in the cozy story-telling circle.

An Afternoon of Pride & Prejudice on April 11 at 11:30am. The ultimate VIP theatre experience featuring Afternoon Tea Luncheon at The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, Pride & Prejudice performance at PlayMakers, special meet and greet with cast following the show, complimentary parking and ground transportation.

Spring Afternoon Tea will be served Thursday through Sunday during the event and features the Carolina Inn's floral teas with special high­lights on China Rose Petal, Golden Chamomile, and Rosehip & Hibiscus. Accompaniments in­clude an array of savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, and fresh baked scones served with our fresh lemon curd, English Devonshire cream and jams and preserves.

Complete information about all of the Birdhouses on Parade events at The Carolina Inn including dates, times and cost, if any, is online at CarolinaInn.com/birdhouses. Reservations are required for many of the events and may be made online or by calling 919-918-2711.

Stay the night and "nest" at the Inn with special rates and offers starting as low as $129. Use the promotional code: TWEET.

About The Carolina Inn
Recognized as one of America's "cultural resources worthy of preservation," The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon.  The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.  http://www.carolinainn.com/

Birdhouses on Parade 2009

Event Schedule & Descriptions

Community Open House

Sunday, March 29, Noon-4pm

Be the first in line to view these wonderful birdhouse displays and enjoy light refreshments as The Carolina Inn's Annual Birdhouses on Parade officially opens. Free.

Birds of Prey - Live Raptor Exhibit

Meghan Murphy with the Carolina Raptor Center

Sunday, March 29, Noon-4pm

Falcons, Eagles, and Owls...oh my! Stop by the Carolina Inn's lobby to see the live Birds of Prey Exhibit brought by Charlotte's Carolina Raptor Center. An expert will be present to show the birds and answer any questions.  Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of birds of prey through public education, the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors and research. Free.

Build Your Own Birdhouse

Sunday, March 29, 2-4pm

Environmentalists 12 and under are invited to construct and decorate their very own birdhouse which they can donate to Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation or take home to their own backyard. $5 per person. Reservations required and space is limited.

Spring Afternoon Tea

March 30-April 19, 3-5pm (Thursday-Sunday)

Enjoy the Inn's spring décor and unique Bird­houses while the Inn's staff serves award-win­ning, loose leaf teas in vintage china cups and saucers. The Spring Tea Menu will feature the Carolina Inn's floral teas with special high­lights on China Rose Petal, Golden Chamomile, and Rosehip & Hibiscus. Accompaniments in­clude an array of savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, and fresh baked scones served with our fresh lemon curd, English Devonshire cream and jams and preserves. $18.50 Classic Tea, $23.50-$28.00 Royal Tea, $15 ages 7-12 (per person, plus service charge and tax). Reservations required.

Making Your Garden Bird-Friendly

Tuesday, March 31, 10:30am

Join Cynthia Fox, owner of The Wild Bird Center of Chapel Hill, as she discusses how you can make your backyard and garden more bird-friendly. Ask the expert your bird-related questions on feeding, nesting habits, and backyard habitats. Free.

Happy Hour with Tar Heel Voices

Friday, April 3, 5:30-7pm

In celebration of Spring, Tar Heel Voices (THV) performs some popular tunes by John Mayor, Sting, Paul Simon and other well known artists.  Relax in the cozy Crossroads Bar lounge, enjoy beer and wine specials and savor Executive Chef Jimmy Reale's seasonal appetizers.  It's a perfect way to unwind after a long work week. THV is UNC's oldest co-ed a cappella group and has been an important part of the University's music community for two decades. THV records an album every other year, has won several local competitions and tours the country annually. Free program and no cover charge.

Children's Etiquette Luncheon

Saturday, April 4, 11:30am-1:30pm

A five-course dining tutorial taught by certified etiquette and protocol professional, Cecilia Budd Grimes. Children 8-12 will learn dining do's and don'ts.  Each child will receive a certificate and The Little Book of Etiquette at the graduation ceremony following lunch. Sunday dress code applies; jackets for boys (ties not required). $35 per child.

What It Means to Be a Southern Grandmother: Afternoon Tea with Cecilia Grimes

Saturday, April 4, 3-5pm

Join Cecilia Budd Grimes for a delightful afternoon tea service as she introduces her new book, What It Means to be a Southern Grandmother. Cecilia will take you on a fun romp through grandmotherly things from A to Z. This tell-all get together is for mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and granddaughters. $30 per person.

Easter Egg Decorating

Sunday, April 5, 2-4pm

At Easter time, the humble egg finally gets its moment in the spotlight. Pulled from the darkness of the fridge, it's no longer merely a fragile breakfast food: It's a blank canvas ready for a kid's artistic touch. With this in mind, we've decided it was time to give the egg the attention it deserves.  Children in grades K-6 will learn how to turn ordinary eggs into works of Easter art. The kids will do much more than just dipping and dyeing! Please bring either an egg carton or an Easter basket to take your eggs home in. $5 per child. Space is limited. Artists 8 years old and under must be assisted by a parent or adult.

The Food Forward Garden: Lecture with Frank Hayman
Sunday, April 5, 3pm

"Local" and "organic" have become the two main buzzwords with people who really like food. And you can't get more local, fresh or organic than when you grow your own food. Frank Hyman has been growing vegetables for 25 years - he used to supply "Anotherthyme" restaurant and Wellspring Grocery with organic tomatoes in the 1980s. He will share slides, stories and Q&A with students who want to grow their own basil for pesto, tomatoes for sauce as well as asparagus and berries and a host of other crops for fresh eating at home and with friends without getting beaten down by the weather. Students will learn how easy it is to harvest crops year round, how to prepare beds, choose crops, and maintain and harvest them. $20 per person.

Fragrant Flowers Year Round: Lecture with Frank Hayman
Friday, April 10, 10:30am

Gardenia, magnolia, First Breath of Spring, Daphne, lilac, all these fragrant plants and more can be grown in the Triangle area. In fact a gardener can have fragrant flowers every month of the year in the local climate - even in winter a garden can easily have a dozen different fragrant flowers.  This program has lots of slides of blooming, fragrant flowers. There will be lots of time for Q&A and for discussion about how to grow them - especially northern lilac, which can be grown in the South if you know its secrets. $20 per person.

Birdsong and Green Growing Things: Spring Stories with Claire
Saturday, April 11, 10:30am

Aside from knowing that weeding in the garden is just around the corner, Claire Vera Ramsey loves the onset of spring.  Warmer air, sunny days with just the right dollop of wind, and refreshing rains are the ingredients that bring the earth, its inhabitants, and its stories to life! Stories will include tales of rabbits and other small woodland creatures, trees and growing plants, and the magic of spring... Sample titles: The Woodcutter's Wish, Selling the Wind to Buy the Moon, The Cuckoo's Reward, and How Rabbit got his Fluffy Tail. $5 per person. Kids, bring your favorite pillow and stuffed animal to sit in our cozy story-telling circle.

An Afternoon of Pride & Prejudice

Saturday, April 11

11:30am - Afternoon Tea Luncheon at The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant

2pm - Pride & Prejudice Performance at PlayMakers

We've created the ultimate VIP theatre experience for you. Join us prior to PlayMakers' matinee show of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice for a delightful afternoon tea and luncheon in the elegant Piedmont dining room at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. Representatives from PlayMakers theatre will greet you upon arrival. Enjoy award-winning, loose leaf teas in vintage china cups and saucers. Accompaniments will include an array of savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, and fresh baked scones served with our fresh lemon curd, English Devonshire cream and jams and preserves. Our valet attendants will escort you to the theatre and pick you up after a special meet & greet with the Pride & Prejudice cast following the show. Includes complimentary parking. $49 per person. Reservations required. Space is limited.

Easter Brunch at Crossroads Restaurant

Sunday, April 12, 10:30am-2:30pm

Enjoy a delicious Easter Grand Buffet Brunch at The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant featuring both traditional brunch fare as well as carving stations, holiday entrees and more. Delight in this lavish holiday brunch prepared by Executive Chef Jimmy Reale and his extraordinary culinary team. Enjoy an amazing assortment of delectable dishes designed to delight the most sophisticated of tastes. The children in attendance will enjoy a special visit from the Easter Bunny. $49.95 per person. $44.95 seniors. $19.95 children 6-12, children under 6 free. Reservations required.