by Main Street Pittsboro
It’s spring in Pittsboro and that means bunnies are abounding. We’re presenting three fun activities that would delight even Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
ONE: Following the tremendous success of the Found It! Chatham Rabbit Hunt in 2021, we reached out to local artists again to embellish ceramic rabbit sculptures for a free, family-friendly scavenger hunt around downtown Pittsboro. As rabbits often do, the fluffle (yep, that’s the word for a group of rabbits) has expanded to six this year.
A smartphone is all that’s needed for this hunt. Find and capture a selfie with four different rabbit sculptures to prove that you have indeed Found It! (a variation on our favorite hashtag #finditinpittsboro). Please don’t move the rabbits! The first 25 hunt participants to show their selfies to an attendant at The Welcome Center at 37 Hillsboro Street will win a $10 voucher to these participating downtown businesses:
Carolina Cravings • Chatham County Historical Association • Deep River Mercantile • French Connections • Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts + show selfie and get 10% off total purchase day of hunt • M2 Graphics • New Horizons Downtown + 10% off total purchase day of hunt • Oakmoss Attic • Pittsboro Gallery of Arts • Pittsboro Toys • Postal Fish Company • Screaming for Vintage • Solstice Herb Farm • Southern Threads • Studio 17, New Karma for Old Threads
Raleigh had their wolves. Chicago had their cows. Pittsboro has rabbits. Since Pittsboro is still a small town — our rabbits are no more than 10″ in height or length. They’re the perfect size for stooping under a stairway, hunkering under a hellebore, or bending under a bench. It’s a fun outing for kids to hone their powers of observation.
Artists Theresa Arico, Ashlie Campbell, Darcy Szeremi, Emma Skurnick, Emily Weinstein, and Nadine Zenobi have each brought their talents and unique styles to create custom rabbits. No doubt one or more of the sculptures will catch your eye — and one could be yours. All participants in the hunt will get a raffle ticket to win a rabbit sculpture and anyone can buy a raffle ticket for $5 cash at The Welcome Center to improve the odds of winning. There’s no limit on purchases and all proceeds support Main Street Pittsboro. Winning tickets are pulled at the end of the day on Saturday, April 16th.
As is often the case with rabbits, there’s more!
TWO: A new, week-long event called the Downtown Pittsboro StoryBook Walk, features the pages of “Wolfie the Bunny” in the windows of participating downtown businesses. From April 9 to April 16, children with their adults can walk and read at their own pace at a time that suits their schedules. The book and the walking tour begins at The Welcome Center at 37 Hillsboro Street. Pick up a map there to continue reading the story in sequence at subsequent stops.
Main Street Pittsboro, in collaboration with Chatham County Public Libraries, is pleased to present this free, self-guided event. So get out of the house, enjoy the spring weather, stretch legs, and read a book.
“This family-friendly activity has been very popular in other towns across the nation, said Main Street Pittsboro’s chair Maria Parker-Lewis. “We encourage families to bring walking shoes, reading glasses, hold hands, mind the traffic lights and cross walks, and enjoy this book while they get to know the historic downtown.”
THREE: To conclude the week, on Saturday, April 16th at 11am, a story time led by Katy Henderson, Chatham County Public Libraries Youth Services Librarian, will be held at the Page Vernon Pocket Park at 110 Hillsboro Street. Ms. Henderson will read “The Rain Came Down”. In case of actual rainy weather, please join us at The Welcome Center at 37 Hillsboro Street.