2016 Patterson School Cyclocross Race: Saturday Oct. 15th

Challenge of the steps

Cyclocross is returning to Caldwell County. On Saturday, October 15, over 400 racers from NC and its surrounding states will convene at The Patterson School for the ‘Patterson School Cyclocross Race’ hosted by the Fiets Maan Racing Team presented by Luna Cycles and GRAVA Bikes of Lenoir. The race is a family-friendly event and free to spectators. It is the lead-off event in the 14-race North Carolina Cyclocross (NCCX) Series, which is entering its 20th season. The Patterson Race is the first of two race days over the weekend in the High Country, with racing in Boone the following day held at the High Country Fairgrounds.

pattersonpanic-cx-race-2015-over-the-hurdlesCyclocross is form of bicycle racing that takes place off-road. Racers compete on a short circuit, typically about a mile and a half long and comprised of grass, gravel, and trail. Races vary in duration from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, with racers completing around 5-10 laps depending on the duration of the race. Courses have technical features that require racers to dismount and run with their bikes over barriers, through sand, or up short, steep hills.
With races occurring in fall and winter, competitors also have to contend with whatever elements Mother Nature gives them, such as mud, rain, or snow. Courses are set up in large, open areas, and with racers doing multiple laps, it makes cyclocross an exciting spectator sport. In addition to hosting the race, Fiets Maan Racing is designing and setting up the course at the Patterson School, and it will feature stairs, a sand pit, and plenty of hills. The layout of the course on Patterson’s campus will provide excellent vantage points for spectators to see large sections of the race course.patterson-panic-2015-going-up-the-hill

A portion of the race proceeds will go to the Patterson School to aid in restoration projects that are being done to renovate the historic school. Racing will begin at 10:00am and will go until 4:45pm. There will be 14 USA Cycling sanctioned races, with categories available for first-time racers. There will also be a free youth race at 12:10pm. Racers as young as 5 and beyond 70 will be competing, including professional races with equal prize money for both men and women. The race is FREE to spectators, and food and drink will be available for purchase. The address is The Patterson School, 4646 Patterson School Drive, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

Dorm rooms are available for rent on Patterson School campus with a hot homemade   breakfast served. Read Cyclocross Riders: Dorm Rooms Available Friday and Saturday Nights, Right on Campus! for more details.

Further information can be found at the 2016 Patterson CX Race Facebook page, and additional information about the NCCX series can be found at www.nccyclocross.com.

Cyclocross Riders: Dorm Rooms Available Friday and Saturday Nights, Right on Campus!

Dorm rooms are available October 14th and 15th in Wiese Dorm (1966) on the historic Patterson School campus for people attending the 2016 Patterson School Cyclocross Race.
Bring your own bed and bath linens, and enjoy our hot showers!

Breakfast will be served at 7am on Saturday and Sunday mornings to the cyclocross riders who rent dorm rooms: Hot homemade biscuits; fresh, free-range farm eggs and heirloom, pasture-raised sausage, with coffee for $5 / person.

Wiese Dorm

No pets, no smoking. Rooms have two twin beds, and are available for $50 / night – some on ground floor and others on second floor. One to two apartments are also available with private bath, kitchenette and living area.

To reserve your room, please contact Susan Rowe at susanrowe123@gmail.com (preferred) or at 828 / 493-1497.

You may pay for the rooms via our PayPal account.

12th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers’ Convention

Friday, September 2, 2016 was the beginning of the Annual gathering of string musicians from around North Carolina and beyond, and PSF was there to support the community and to join the fun! Kitty Rosati, Liza Plaster, Susan Rowe, Jesse Plaster, and Janet and Buddy Spoon manned the tent which offered tee-shirts left from the 2015 Alumni Reunion, a one-pager which summarized PSF’s progress over the last few years, brochures describing Retreat & Wedding venues on Campus, and reservations for rooms in Wiese Hall. We met quite a few people who are interested in what is happening on The Patterson School Campus. Many locals were pleased to know that we are preserving it and resurrecting its legacy. One woman from Charlotte commented on how beautiful the Campus is, and that she was thrilled to see it because one of her favorite restaurant owner/operators (Mike Moore) had told her about his days at Patterson! Small world! An Alumnus from the 1970s, who has not been on our contact list, James Lamb, also stopped by, so we found one of our “lost family!”   He lives in Hickory.

Susan Rowe, our new Bookkeeper, and Buddy Spoon are in this picture.

Susan Rowe and Buddy Spoon

Susan Rowe and Buddy Spoon

Some of you might remember Ms. Rowe from her tenure in 2004-05 at the School. She lives nearby in our Happy Valley, and is the sister-in-law of Liza Plaster and neighbor of Jesse Plaster, whose Great-Great-Grandfather was Patterson’s second Headmaster, Rev. Hugh Dobbin. His name is on the marble stone above Palmyra’s front door. Buddy Spoon is the husband of Janet Spoon, who has been employed by, or involved in, Patterson continuously since 1983-84.

The Convention was lots of fun, with something to interest almost everyone, including children.  They competed in their own musical contests, and enjoyed tractor rides and corn-shucking contests, and eventually paraded among the tents, as you can see in the next picture.

Lively parade in front of the tent

Lively parade in front of the tent

There were booths to buy crafts, food, and handmade musical instruments. The Happy Valley Boy Scout Troop provided hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, pintos, etc.. There were also stands for funnel cakes and ice cream.


[photo © David Prewitt, Lenoir News Topic]

 In Patterson’s interest, there was a special booth for home-made popsicles of exotic flavors like “lemon ice pie,” (which contained buttermilk) and “lavender chocolate,”. The popsicles are made in our very own Hickory Hall kitchen, and are sold each Saturday at the Hickory Farmers’ Market. David and Deanna Talbert of Lenoir call their enterprise “Essie & Olive Popsicle Company” in memory of their mother and grandmother.

David Talbert of Essie & Olive photo © David Prewitt, Lenoir News Topic

David Talbert of Essie & Olive [photo © David Prewitt, Lenoir News Topic]

Our Wiese Hall “B&B” was a success for this event, especially being our first local event offering. A breakfast with many organic offerings was served at an additional price, which seemed much appreciated. We had thirteen guests, using six rooms. We expect to also entertain guests for Lenoir’s 31st Annual Sculpture Celebration, a Cyclocross on Campus, and for next April’s Merle Fest, held annually in Wilkesboro. The number to call for Wiese Dorm rental is 828-758-0906.