Dec 17 WinterFest ALL DAY

It’s almost the MOST wonderful time of the year. This year your lovely social committee is kicking it up a notch and starting the FIRST annual Winterfest! It will be a

 day full of festivities. There will be something for ALL ages. Below are all the details

  • Santa Firetruck Visit @9:00 -11:30 am
    Thanks to the North Chatham Fire Department, Santa will be driving around the neighborhood between 9:00 – 11:30 am on Saturday, December 17th
  • Main WinterFest @ 1:30 – 6:00 pm in the Stadium Park Field 
    Come anytime between 1:30 – 4:00 pm to get your FREE photos with Santa. Just make sure to bring a camera or your phone.

    We are also going to have a Holiday Cookie Bar.  If you would like to participate in the cookie event please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/2n7UHK3C6zVdLJBS9

    And finally, we will have a variety of food trucks at the Stadium Park Field from 1:30 – 6:00 pm. We will have a coffee/hot chocolate truck (Quench 305), a pizza truck (Kono Pizza), a Mexican truck (Ta Contento), and the donut truck (Drizzle D’s – the same one from boofest back by popular demand) during this time. 

  •  House Decorating Contest @ 5:00 pm
    For all the Clark Griswolds in the neighborhood, we are having our annual home decorating contest this year on that same night! If you would like to enter your house in the competition please complete this form: https://forms.gle/CCcSnLukZVbCAuEt8 NO LATER THAN December 14th but the sooner the better. 

    Be ready to showcase your holiday cheer on Saturday, December 17th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The Social Committee will select winners out of all houses that enter. Whether or not you are participating in the contest I still encourage everyone to go walk or drive around the neighborhood to admire all the decorations. 
  • 22nd Annual Luminary Night @5:00 pm
    The wonderful Tim Watkins is hosting our 22nd Annual Governors Village Luminary Night on December 17th this year as part of our community’s Winterfest event.  We hold this event each year to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill (https://rmhch.org) in their mission to provide a home away from home for families in life-altering moments seeking care for sick and injured children in our community hospitals. Those who wish to participate in our community event will purchase luminary kits and be responsible for assembling and lighting their own luminaries.  Each kit will contain 10 luminaries and will cost $10.  You may purchase a luminary kit (or kits) by visiting the Ronald McDonald House luminary website and selecting the “Governors Village” button.  Here is a link to the website Light A Luminary 2022 – Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. If you prefer to not order kits online, please reach out to Tim at thwatkinsnc@gmail.com or 919-636-2038 to place your order and pay by cash or check.Luminaries will be available for pick up from 1-4 pm on Saturday, December 17th at the Governors Park STADIUM or, if you prefer, separate arrangements can be made for delivery or pick up of kits by reaching out to me.  We are planning to light luminaries as a community on the evening of December 17th, but you may also choose an alternative night if you prefer.If you are unable to participate in the community lighting, please still consider making a donation by visiting the above website or by reaching out to me. All proceeds go directly to supporting families that call the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill “home”. 
  • Santa Mailboxes (Dec 1st – Dec 17th)
    For those on the nice list,  I was told from Santa’s helpers that the holiday mailboxes at both the Village playground and the Park playground where you can drop your letters to Santa in are going to be available again this year, starting Dec 1st, he will pick them up the morning of December 17th to take back to the North Pole!

Thanks! 

Upcoming Events in the Neighborhood!

Here are the upcoming events happening in the neighborhood. If you haven’t already – make sure you mark these dates on your calendars.  

Nov 24 Annual Turkey Trot @9 am

  • Starts promptly at 9 am at the GV Park field Stadium
  • ALL ARE WELCOME! Runners, walkers, strollers, wagons, bikes, and scooters! 
  • We will also be collecting money for TABLE to help local families over the holidays. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. 
  • We will provide a map (closer to the event) so if you aren’t participating be sure to “BANG YOUR POTS AND PANS” and cheer on your neighbors as they run past your house!

Nov 24 First Annual Turkey Bowl @9:30 am

  • All are welcome to come to play in the first annual GV flag football Turkey Bowl at the Governors Park Field (where the turkey trot will end)
  • Kids (any age) @9:30 am
  • Adults and Kids (14+) @10:00 am
  • Spectators welcomed!!!
  • Questions text Ryan (919) 208 – 5791

No TGIS for November 

  • For more details about this event please keep an eye out for information and emails from Robin Heesacker (heesacker.robin@…

No Senior Gathering at Flair’s for November or December

  • November & December are so busy with the holidays we wouldn’t meet those months and start up again in January. 
  • For more details about this event please keep an eye out for information and emails from Mary Anne Hutton (maryannehutton@…)  

Dec 10 Adults-only TGIS @7:00 pm

  • Located at Barbara McCullen’s (30126 Porter)
  • Adults only and all sub-divisions of Governor’s Village are welcome. 
  • For more details about this event please keep an eye out for information and emails from Robin Heesacker (heesacker.robin@…

Dec 17 WinterFest @1:30 pm – 6:00 pm 

  • Enjoy a day full of festivities. 
  • Santa Firetruck Visit around the neighborhood from 9:00 – 11:30 am
  • NEW Event in the Stadium Park Field from 1:30 – 6:00 pm (Photos with Santa, Hot Chocolate/Coffee, Christmas Cookies and more). 
  •  House Decorating Contest and Luminaries at 6:00 pm
  •  Make sure your calendar is marked for our NEW neighborhood party – WinterFest. 

Hope you have a wonderful and social Saturday! 

– Your Neighborhood Social Committee 
P.S. If you have an event or activity in the neighborhood that you would like the Social Committee to include in our weekly Social Saturday emails please send the information to Abbie

Boofest 2022 review

This year’s Governors Village BooFest was held on October 22, 2022. It was very well attended with many children and adults in costume. To mention just a few, there were Princesses, Witches, Wonder Women, Disney Characters, Spidermen, Astronauts, Pirates, Goblins and other terrifying “Creatures”.

The children enjoyed the Bounce House, sliding down only to run around to the entrance to do it all over again after jumping around inside. Our thanks to Bold Real Estate for sponsoring this.

There was an assortment of activities for the enjoyment of boys and girls of all ages. Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe and other games were on hand. The Balloon Lady blew balloons and shaped them into various forms while the children waited.

Then there were stickers, stamps, light sticks and treat or treat bags for the taking.

The hayride was a great feature. Passengers sat on bales of hay while they rode around Governors Park. Once one group got off another was ready to take their place.

The Costume Parade presented an opportunity for all to show off their costumes while marching around the parking lot.

Then there were the food trucks. Different types of food to satisfy everyone’s personal choice. From Chinese to Doughnuts to Hot Dogs and Hamburgers to Chocolate Covered Cheesecake on a stick. Tables and chairs were set up for diner’s comfort.

We had the pleasure of hearing music from two groups. The first performers were Tokyo and his friend followed by Full Tilt, a group of four musicians/singers.


At sundown, the Haunted Forest opened its doors for anyone brave enough to enter. Within the Forest is a Haunted House where we saw an interrupted dinner Some of the food offerings were shown by the servers. I was offered some eyeballs but declined since I already had some for lunch. Absolutely delicious with spaghetti and a red sauce.

As the fearless walked through the Haunted House they saw some terrifying scenes. A butcher with the head of a pig preparing to cut up a young victim. A Zombie with a hatchet ready to welcome people into his world. All the ingredients for a Halloween Fright.

It was evident that everyone had a howling good time and already thinking about next year.

Abbie Finneran, the Social Committee and many volunteers really outdid themselves to make this such a great success. There is never enough praise for the volunteers that keep our community so vibrant.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Update on construction zone

At our October 3rd meeting, the GV POA board met with Chris Ehrenfeld (President, BOLD Companies) to learn more about Bold’s plan to develop the lot at the corner of Moring and Governors Drive (parcel across from the Food Lion Shopping Center).

  • 4 buildings for retail and offices are planned along Governors Drive and Moring Road. Parking will be behind the buildings.
  • Construction has started with Building 1 along Governors Drive going up first. The architecture will be more modern but blend in with the existing buildings across the street (where the pharmacy is). Retail businesses are expected to open in late 2023.  
  • Building 2 along Moring will follow with space for a restaurant – lease negotiations started.
  • Timeline for Buildings 3 and 4 will depend on demand.
  • Building 1 will be one story (see concept renderings below). Of the remaining 3 buildings, up to 2 of them will be 2 stories tall.