Kruger Brothers Benefit Concert


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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

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 (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.

Patterson School Going Solar!

LENOIR, NC (June 10, 2016)…Community solar for Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation members in Caldwell County is advancing thanks to a partnership between the cooperative and the Patterson School Foundation.

Construction could soon begin on the cooperative’s community solar garden on nearly an acre of land leased from Patterson School Foundation located on the north side of Hwy 268. Blue Ridge is working closely with the Caldwell County Planning and Development department to fully comply with the recently adopted Solar Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and obtain a conditional use permit for the site.

Community solar gardens are ideal for offering access to solar energy for consumers who cannot—or do not wish—to install rooftop solar panels due to factors such as high upfront cost or maintenance concerns. While renewable energy currently makes up six percent of Blue Ridge Electric’s power supply and that percentage is growing, community solar gardens will empower cooperative members to directly choose to invest in receiving a greater portion of their electricity from solar resources.

The cooperative is planning to construct four community solar gardens this fall, each a 100 kW (kilowatt) array consisting of 350 ground mounted solar panels that will cumulatively power 50 average households. Pricing options are currently being developed for subscribing to the energy rights of one or more solar panels.

Patterson School Foundation and Blue Ridge Electric also envision the community solar garden providing a valuable educational benefit to Patterson retreat participants and to Caldwell County students engaged in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Agriculture and Math) curriculum there.

Blue Ridge Electric is committed to making its members’ lives better by offering innovative and powerful solutions such as community solar. The cooperative serves some 74,000 members. For more information, visit


While Blue Ridge Electric’s community solar garden will be much larger than this residential solar array, this photo provides an idea of the look of a ground mounted solar facility. This array is owned by Blue Ridge Electric employee Jason Smith, senior communications analyst, who came to Blue Ridge after working for a SC company as chief operating officer, managing construction and renewable energy solutions. (Photo description provided by Blue Ridge Electric and photo provided by the Smith Family.)

Drawing Classes to be Taught at Historic Patterson School campus

Ed Dyer“How to Draw” is offered as a series of eight classes on the Patterson School campus Wednesday and Saturday mornings beginning on Saturday, June 11 and continuing through Wednesday, July 6. The morning classes will be held from 9am to noon in the Wiese Dorm Art Studio.

“Like reading and writing , drawing is a fundamental life skill, and knowledge of drawing will reinforce your understanding of the visual world. Contrary to popular belief, the ability to draw is a learned process,” explains instructor Ed Dyer, who has recently moved to North Carolina from New Orleans. Ed is a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Degas Pastel Society. He earned his BFA degree from Boston University in 1959, and his MBA degree from Yale University in 1970.

“Students will learn how to see;” says Ed, ” drawing is 50% observation.” Ed will teach composition, drawing fundamentals using basic forms, and elements of shading. Classes will cover the use of values, and accurate measurement techniques for proportion. Students will learn to create textures and soft / hard edges for impact. Each session will become more challenging as skills are acquired.

The workshop will be hands-on, with demonstrations and individual guidance. “If you want to take your drawing to the next level, this workshop is for you,” says Ed. Classes are designed for the beginner and intermediate student, adults and young adults, with three full hours of drawing in each of the eight sessions. Individual guidance and evaluation, and informational handouts are all included. Media will be charcoal and graphite on newsprint. A list of inexpensive materials will be issued.

Ed Dyer will be featured as Artist in Residence at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock for the week of August 8 -16, and will be on hand there to discuss his work. The Cottage is the vintage studio of Blowing Rock painter Elliott Daingerfield, now restored and managed by the Blowing Rock Historical Society.

“Learning to draw skillfully is the surest way to achieve mastery in your painting, no matter what the medium , ” Ed explains. The Patterson School Campus is located nine miles north of Lenoir on Highway 268, just past the Chapel of Rest. Visit Ed’s website at Ed Dyer Fine Art, and to register for classes, call the Caldwell Arts Council at (828) 754-2486. Fee for the 8-day series is $250.

Empower Personalized Fitness

empower fitnessWe are very excited to partner with Empower Personalized Fitness from Durham, NC for our first ever retreat weekend at The Patterson School. Empower is an innovative fitness and wellness company and they are launching a new venture called Empower Expeditions to showcase their unique fitness philosophy – ThinkFUN, Get Fit, Eat Well.

Their very first Expedition is coming up June 3rd – 5th at The Patterson School and as I learned more about this retreat it struck me that this experience would REALLY RESONATE with some of you. I am including a link to a little eBook about the programming and bios of presenters so that you can learn more about this weekend of relaxation, wellness and fun.

This week only there is an Early Bird Special Price of $429 which includes 2 nights accommodations, 6 delicious chef-prepared meals, plenty of wholesome snacks and participation in 9 educational sessions to help you connect with nature, discover your resonant energy, and ultimately create and experience the life you envision. Don’t worry, there’s also time on the schedule to relax, socialize, and do whatever you want!

Empower already has a diverse group of individuals coming from the Triangle area, and they are looking for pioneers to help blaze the trail for this new venture. Future plans include taking Empower Expeditions to Sonoma Valley and even Italy so you don’t want to miss out on this first experience.

Read the e-book and learn more at

Patterson’s First Newletter

The News of The Patterson School was first published in November 1909. It consisted of 4 pages and covered such topics as the opening of the school, the number of boarding and day students attending, some history about Samuel Patterson and his wife, the mission of the school, life at the school, and the needs of the school. The newsletter is a fascinating read and look into life in 1909. We are fortunate to have obtained a copy of this first newsletter and believe you will find it as interesting and enlightening as we did.

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 1

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 2

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 3

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 4

High Country Farm Tour

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Farm Tour PosterThe Patterson School Foundation is pleased to be a part of the High Country Farm Tour sponsored by the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA). Four farms are featured in the tour, with the Patterson Estate being the first of the four. Tickets are available here or at the Patterson School grounds the day of the event. The 4 page Tour Guide is available for viewing or downloading here. For complete details visit the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture website. The event runs from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Come tour the Patterson School Foundation property, bequeathed for agricultural educational purposes by Samuel Legerwood Patterson, the first elected NC Agricultural Commissioner. His great, great niece will share the Permaculture plans to regenerate this land, organic farm management of horse hay, the newly re-opened Patterson Equestrian Center and Riding Club, and the Caldwell County Public School’s STEAM program’s campus site. Enjoy this resource-rich land which includes an old hydro-electric dam, the Yadkin River and Ripshin Mountain’s peak.

Patterson Equestrian Center Horse PULL

Horse pull picturePatterson School Equestrian Center
Address:    2039 Hwy 268, Lenoir, NC  28645
Date:          April 4, 2015
Time:         2:00 start  –  Gates open at 12:00
To register horses to participate, please arrive before 1:00
Current Coggins required.

First place for light and heavy weight is: $250
Second place:          $200
Third place:              $175
Fourth place:           $125
Fifth place:               $100

For your comfort, bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Food Vendor available onsite.
Hotdogs, Hamburgers, BBQ, Chips, Drinks, Desserts

For more information, contact:
IRA GREENE   at   828-266-1208        or      282-493-3210