Grass-Plugging for the Kingdom of GodA Piedmont Patch Project
Saturday, July 29, 8 AM – 10 AM.
The Church of the Advocate has received a gift of almost 500 native grass “plugs” for the area around the dam. This significant gift is an important next step in our Piedmont Patch Project, “to restore native flora and fauna, one patch of the Piedmont at a time. Previous steps have been to expand our vegetable garden and to stock the Advocate Pond with hundreds of fingerling bass, catfish and brim. The grasses owe have received will not only bring back native flora to the site, they will also serve an important role in maintaining the structural integrity of the dam.
However, the plugs need to be planted soon. So we’re looking for volunteers to come to the Pond, Saturday, July 29, 8:00 AM-10 AM (hoping to beat the heat!) to plug and learn!
Planting logistics which will involve electric drills with bulb-planting augers, and teams of folks doing drilling, planting (“plugging”), and watering.
Project botanical consultant, Cathy Bollinger, and her associates have already begun to prepare the site for us. Cathy will be with us on Saturday morning, and, as always, will teach as we go.
All are welcome!
Please contact Day Smith Pritchartt to sign up for the morning.
Here are links to photos of the beautiful grasses we have been given. Our dam will be singing its own Alleluia by next summer!
Andropogon gerardii (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/andropogon-gerardi i) — “Big Bluestem”
Panicum virgatum ‘North Wind’ (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/panicum-virgatum- northwind) — “Upright Switchgrass”
Sporobolus heterolepsis (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/sporobolus-heterol epis) — “Prairie Dropseed”
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/schizachyrium-scop arium-minnbluea-blue-heaven- pp17310) — “Little Bluestem”S. scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla nts/details/schizachyrium-scop arium-standing-ovation-ppaf)
A Single Sunday Liturgy Sundays @5PM
See more here.
8 AM A Piedmont Patch Event: Planting native grasses along the Advocate dam. See more here.
Friday, August 25
Advocate Bulls Night! Game starts at 7 PM. Contact Vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org if your want tickets.
7 PM Pee Wee Homes @ The Advocate. Q and A in the Chapel.
Repurposing the Advocate House
This summer, the Advocate plans to re-purpose our house for be used as an ADA-compliant space for office and gathering. Currently, the house is a private residence and is not up to code as a public gathering space and office. Funds have been raised that will allow doorways and the large bathroom to be brought to ADA compliance. to add an access ramp and small deck off the Chapel side of the house, and to convert the living room/library’s east window into an accessible doorway.
In addition, the current office space will be converted more fully to a kids space, and one of the back rooms will become the office. Recessed lighting will be installed throughout the house, the linoleum floors will be replaced, and the exterior trim will be restored. If funds are available, the fireplace with be fitted with a gas log insert.
To complete our obligations to the Town of Chapel Hill for development of the site south of the pond, funds raised will also be used to finish a parking area with ten parking spaces behind the house, to add and additional handicap parking place, to bring sewer to the house, and remove the existing septic system.
All of these things will allow the People of the Advocate better to care for our children, to learn, pray, break bread and welcome the stranger more faithfully and graciously, and will be done at the same time as our preparation for three Pee Wee Homes adjacent to the House.
At some point in the future, we hope to extend a deck around the house, and perhaps transform the carport into a finished meeting space….
Online donations can be made here.
Checks written to The Episcopal Church of the Advocate with a Memo to Building Campaign may be sent to:
8410 Merin Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Click to view the Advocate House plan with deck.