Literacy Rocks!

Bad weather has forced the postponement of the first-ever Literacy Rocks!  live music and food truck event that had been scheduled for Saturday, September 26, in Pittsboro.  We will set a new date soon and hope you will join us then.

Please visit this website or “like” Chatham Literacy on Facebook for updates on the re-scheduled event.

In the meantime, please read on for information about this family-friendly event, which will feature a variety of area musicians and food vendors, an improvisational artist, and a clown who’ll add a little magic to the afternoon.  The purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of literacy in Chatham County – and to have some fun!

Muningu Jazz Band
Muningu Jazz Band

When:    Noon to 7 p.m., rescheduled date TBA

Where:  Alpha Install grounds, 697 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro.
That’s on U.S. 15-501, about 3/4 mile north of the traffic circle.

Cost:  Admission is just $5 per person – but anyone younger than 18 and anyone wearing an official 2015 Literacy Matters T-shirt will get in for free.

Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets so you can relax while you eat and listen to the music!  All proceeds from admission fees and from vendors, who will donate a portion of their sales, will benefit Chatham Literacy programming.

Live bands:

  • 12:30 p.m.Stan Malette on sax, playing modern country to get everyone in the mood to enjoy the day
  • 2:15 p.m. TammyGunpresenting cover and original classic rock and Americana-influenced rock
  • 4:00 p.m.Muningu Jazz Band, originally from the Republic of Congo, combining the flavor of traditional Congolese music with elements of rock, pop, Latin, jazz, R&B, and world music
  • 6:00 p.m. – Elizabeth Haddix and Friends, playing all original, alternative post-punk folk, with Harlem Renaissance jazz and old-time influence


Food vendors:

  • Bear Creek Brewsfresh beer made from fresh ingredients by “North Carolina’s smallest nano-brewery”
  • Chatham BBQ“new fashioned barbeque”
  • Kona Iceone-of-a-kind gourmet shaved ice and ice cream
  • NC Fresh Catch – low country shrimp boil, fried fish bites, and seasonal veggies, made with NC local fish, sausage, and vegetables.
  • Papa John’s Pizzaclassic pizza

If you love original art, you’ll want to be on hand for Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski’s improvisational painting during Muningu’s performance at 4:00 p.m. Marcelle interprets music intuitively and visually through the use of mixed media – acrylics applied with a palette knife, pastels, conte crayons, and colored pencils – on boards. Her work will be auctioned during the event.

Doc the Clown
Doc the Clown
Elizabeth Haddix & Friends
Elizabeth Haddix & Friends


And if you’re a kid – or a kid at heart – you won’t want to miss Doc the Clown, who will be mingling with the crowd and performing magic tricks. Doc, aka Lee Werley, has been pleasing North Carolina audiences for more than 25 years.

Literacy Rocks! is the first in a series of annual celebrations of literacy in Chatham County.




Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski
Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski
Come spend a great afternoon with some great people for a great cause!

Our thanks

to Alpha Install for donating its grounds for Literacy Rocks!,  
to all of the musicians and food vendors,
to artist Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski and entertainer Lee Werley,
and to all of our volunteers.
Their generosity is making this possible.
Scroll to top