Wednesday, September 30, 2009


BusinessWeek magazine, one of the world's leading business publications, has rated Clayton's schools among the top in the U.S. and ranked the town in the top 10 of the country's most affordable places for families to live and assure a top education for their children.

Clayton's schools received an "average school rating" of 9.3 out of 10, one of the highest rankings in the country. The magazine singled out East Clayton Elementary, Riverwood Elementary and Riverwood Middle Schools as the area's best.

"BusinessWeek is pointing out something that people here have known for a long time, that Clayton is a great place to live and raise a family," said Mayor Jody McLeod. "Our schools are awesome. Our people and our town are awesome, too."

The article mentioned the town's close proximity to the state capitol in Raleigh and "the thriving Research Triangle area" as big selling points. It also singled out area golf courses, the recent Harvest Festival and the Clayton Center, with its 600-seat auditorium, as top assets.

"The location of a home, as we all know, determines its value," the magazine said in an article written by Prashant Gopal. "Buyers consider proximity to jobs, public transportation, shops, parks, and entertainment when looking for a place to live. But they'll pay a premium—even if they have to work multiple jobs, pinch pennies, and endure long commutes—to find a home in a top-rated school district."

But, in Clayton, the article says, residents get it all—good quality of life, affordability and top schools.

"It's all families' dilemma," the article says, "how to provide the best education for the children without bankrupting themselves? Some kids are lucky—and smart enough—to win scholarships, and others have parents who can afford to send them to private schools. For most Americans, however, there is too often a trade-off between affordable housing and quality education. But not always."

The magazine said its research shows that only 26 percent of the town's households have children, and the median household income is $84,005. The town's median home value is $167,900 and the "metro area" median home price is $204,000. The article listed the town's population at 27,954.

The magazine ranked the top 25 most affordable places with top schools, naming Clayton tenth in the country. Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, which is located 35 miles northeast of Pittsburg, ranked at the top.

Clayton is the only town in North Carolina to make the rankings.

Here is a link to the rankings

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ArtalaCarte Saturday, October 17

Kiwanis' "Eat, Drink & be Charitable" Oct 7

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Kiwanis Club's "Eat, Drink and be Charitable" event on Wednesday, October 7 at Mulberry on Main Italian Restaurant. (details)

Great Weather Forecast for Last Concert of Season

Sunny, clear and highs in the low 70's is the forecast for today, and tonight will be the last concert of the 2009 Town Square Concert Series at Clayton's Town Square at 100 W Main Street, featuring The Band of Oz!

Music starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. You might consider having dinner at one of the downtown restaurants, like Clayton Steakhouse (which is one of the concert sponsors)or The Flipside, Fiestos Mexican or Lucky Chicken Peruvian Restaurant.

Refreshments including pizza, hot dogs, nachos, Italian Ice, kettle corn and beer, wine and softdrinks will be available at the concert.

Can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vote for America's Best Transportation Project: Clayton Bypass

Ten transportation projects from across the country have been selected as finalists in the 2009 America's Transportation Awards competition, including the Clayton Bypass. The official entry title:
Trimming 30 Minutes from Commute: North Carolina Department of Transportation, Clayton Bypass Project is now up for a People's Choice Award for which you can cast a vote online at You can also learn about the other 9 projects.

Of course, the more people who vote, the better chance that Clayton's Bypass will be the People's Choice! So, tell your friends and neighbors to vote today!

Judging for the People’s Choice Award is now open and will continue through October 23, 2009. Both winners will be announced at AASHTO’s Annual Meeting, October 25, in Palm Desert, California.

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Law Mandates Plastic Bottle Recycling

Beginning next month, it will no longer be legal to toss plastic drink bottles--or most other plastic bottles--into the trash.

A new state law goes into effect Oct. 1 banning plastic bottles, motor oil filters and wooden pallets from the state's landfills. Those items join aluminum cans and corrugated cardboard as items that must be recycled.

Although penalties for violations are unclear, town officials are already taking steps to comply internally and intend to begin an informational campaign to notify town residents.

"This is an effort to get more recyclables out of waste disposal," said Public Works and Utility Director Tim Simpson. "But, the time of the ban is fast approaching, and I haven't heard much on the news about this from other sources. What we're going to do is make an attempt to get the news out to our residents."

He said to expect inserts in utility bills explaining the new law, as well as informational materials in public places and at public events and articles in the local media.

For this particular matter, the town is not in an enforcement role, but one of facilitator and educator.

Town Manager Steve Biggs said town employees intend to set an example with strong participation. Additional recycling containers will be stationed throughout public buildings and office waste baskets will be checked for banned materials.

"We intend to comply fully with the new law," Biggs said, " and we encourage all town residents to join us. Recycling is important for our economy as well as our environment."

Plastic containers banned from landfills include drink bottles, juice bottles, salad dressing bottles, condiment bottles, laundry and dishwashing detergent bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, liquid soap bottles, mouthwash bottles, cough syrup bottles and more. Bottles that contain motor oil or pesticides are excluded, as are plastic tubs, which are made with a different formula.

Already, under previous legislation, aluminum cans and a host of other items are banned from landfills.

Plastic bottles are recycled into a number of different materials, including new bottles, carpet, furniture, toothbrushes, fleece jackets, handbags, construction timber, hats and even cell phones.

For answers to frequently asked questions about plastic recycling, please check out the following link:

Friday, September 18, 2009

9-19-09 Clayton Farm and Community Market Newsletter

Clayton Harvest Festival Edition
Written by Amber Southerland Polk and edited by the CFCM Board

Email with any questions, comments, article contributions or to get your own weekly copy delivered to your inbox. The Clayton Market is located at the Clayton Town Square at the corner of Main and O’Neil Street in Downtown Clayton. We are open every Saturday, April-October 8am-1pm.

Clayton Harvest Festival: Oh I am so excited about the Clayton Harvest Festival this weekend! I rode down Main Street last night and all the rides are already up and running. The Harvest Festival is my favorite Clayton event because there is something for everyone. My mom likes the arts and crafts and my dad likes the food and seeing people he has not seen since last Harvest Festival. Ryan is a big fan of the shiny cars and trucks that line main street from the Clayton Market to about the Chamber of Commerce. Kids can enjoy the rides and there is plenty of food and entertainment everywhere you look.

I’m going to start by eating breakfast from Cleveland Cake and Coffee Co. at the Clayton Market and walk all the way down Main Street and back handing out Clayton Market flyers. Then I’m getting some fresh squeezed lemonade from my friends at DD&J Kettle Corn as a treat.

I found all my Harvest Festival information, including a schedule of events, on the Clayton Chamber of Commerce website. Go check it out, looks like lots of fun!

All Your Favorite Vendors At The Market This Week: We have got a full house this week folks! Complete listing of vendors attending the market is at the bottom, but here is a sample of the special products they are bringing for the Harvest Festival Market.

DD&J’s Old Fashioned Kettle Corn will have Orangeade, Lemonade, Limeade and Fresh Brewed Tea in addition to their signature Kettle Corn. Diabetics in your family will be pleased to learn they also have unsweet tea.

My mouth actually watered when I got the report from Cleveland Cake & Coffee Co. Rich says the theme for this week is “Grab-n-Go.” They are bringing Pumpkin with cream cheese filling Whoopie pies, just in time for Fall! Rich says they will make Thousands of these this season and they are the best seller and only available through pumpkin season. He is bringing assorted muffins and Chocolate Whoopies as well, but you better get there before I do for these! Another Fall treat is sunflower seed bread loaded with sunflowers and a touch of honey and bran, as well as fresh roasted sunflower seeds from the bakery. Last but not least, plenty of Sourdough bread because they just can’t come without it! It’s hard to find good Sourdough bread in Clayton.

Keiko is bringing her amazing products. I have attached pictures that speak for themselves.

Heather from Smith’s Nursery says “We are excited to be back at the market and ready for fall.” They are bringing Pumpkins, Gourds, Mums, Corn Stalks, Plants, Sweet Potatoes, Field Peas and Perhaps a few leafy veggies if they are ready. I have attached a picture of Smith’s beautiful yellow mums to get you in Heather’s fall sprit.

Shamrock's Buzzy Bees will bring lots of local honey. Al has even promised to bring the observation hive with bees if the weather behaves. As we learned last time, the bees are locked in and can not get out, but it does give you the opportunity to watch them work. Children seem especially fascinated by the bees, once Al and Kathy promise they can’t escape.

Happy Hollow Farm Big End of Season Sale. Now is the perfect time to plant your perennials for spring and summer color. Happy Hollow will be offering daylilies, hosta, loripe, variegated China Berry trees and Pussy Willow at unbeatable prices. No garden would be complete without whimsy, stop by for handcrafted garden sculptures made from recycled farm implements. If you have not tested your soil stop by the market tent or come see Jennifer for that free test kit and start using that compost. Don't have a compost pile and don't know how to start? Come by Happy Hollow Farm and they will get you started. Jennifer is a certified Master Gardner and loves to help your garden look its best.

Busy "B'' Crafts will have handmade Christmas ornaments and unique one of a kind gifts. The detail work on Beva’s Christmas ornaments are truly amazing. I have plans to ask Beva to make a baby blanket. I’ve seen the top quality of her work and know there is nothing Wal-Mart has that can touch it. Baby blankets are keepsake items and I want to make sure my little one has a blanket that will last.

Lots of Volunteers Needed Saturday: It’s Harvest Festival Time! In an effort to make new friends for the market, we have printed several market info cards to distribute to the festival participants, and we are in need of some volunteers to help pass them out. No sign up needed, just come to the market tent on Saturday and pick up a handful. Then, as you walk down Main Street pass them out to people you see. On your way back home, bring your extras back to the market tent and new volunteers can hand them out. It’s an easy way to be an advocate for the market while enjoying the Harvest Festival.

480 - Just A Few More Friends To Go: I have a goal of 500 Clayton Market Newsletter friends by the last day of the market (October 31, 2009). So forward this to your friends and neighbors and ask them to email to be added to the listserv.

Apparently No One in Clayton Knows How to Fix the Newsletter Either: I didn’t hear back from anyone last week, so I am going to ask for some computer help again this week. Some Clayton Market Newsletter readers complain of strange word wrapping when the newsletter is delivered to their in box. I have tried several remedies, but the truth is, I have no idea what causes this or how to fix it. If anyone could offer some advice please email. In the meantime, I always attach the newsletter in a word file so readers can open it or print from the file. Thanks for the help!

Creepy Crawlies at the Market Next Week: Martha Fisk, Educational Outreach Coordinator for the NC Museum of Natural Science will be presenting a program on North Carolina Amphibians for children of all ages. Touching will be allowed 10am-noon. I will find out what kind of animals will be visiting our market, but from the sound of things it’s going to be the kind that kids just love to put their hands all over.

Upcoming Events
September 19- Clayton Harvest Festival and music by Paul Bomar Trio
September 26- NC Museum of Natural Science live animal demonstration
October 10- John Spencer, Musician
October 17- Clayton Oktoberfest
October 24 – Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 31- Costume contest for 2 legged children and 4 legged children

9-19-09 Vendors
Rivermans Mushrooms
Busy "B" Crafts
Nancy's Candles
Smith's Nursery
DD&J’s Old Fashioned Kettle Corn
Toad Song Farms
Happy Hollow Farm
Shamrock's Buzzy Bee
Sunday Morning Farm
Cleveland Cake & Coffee Co.

Harvest Festival - Clayton Idol Performance Tonight at Clayton Center

As you may be aware, tonight - Friday - September 18th - is the FINALS competition of the 2009 Clayton Idol contest. With the forecast for possible inclement weather we have made the decision to move the competition from the Main Stage (which is outdoors). We will be holding the competition at The Clayton Center. Start time is 6:30 p.m. This event is free to everyone. If you can, please come out and support this amazing group of talented young people. Thanks and looking forward to a great event and Harvest Festival. For more information, call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 553-6352

Bookmaking Class SATURDAY at Eye of the Eagle Art

Bookmaking Class at Eye of the Eagle Art Saturday, September 19, from 10am - 2pm Learn how to make a blank, double-sided journal, great for
yourself and a thoughtful handmade gift for someone else.

The cost is $35, and students need to register .

Please call Eye of the Eagle at 585-2461 to register. If you have any questions about the class itself, email instructor Dawn Meisch at

Art on First! Tonight

Art On First & Art On First Family

The Eye of the Eagle Art sponsors “Art-On-First” the 3rd Friday of every month and Art-On-First Family the 1st Saturday of every month.

Reserve your spot today by registering at Art On First. A $2 donation will be accepted at the door for the meet-up and $3 to cover supplies used.

Local Food Pantries Need Your Assistance

The Clayton News Star reports that as the holiday season approaches, two local food pantries need items to stock their shelves to help citizens in need.

Clayton Area Ministries, 704 E Main Street & New Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, at Robertson and Second streets are both downtown food pantries.

Items needed are peanut butter, crackers, bread, vegetables and fruit, macaroni & cheese, pasta, rice and eggs.

For more information:

Clayton Area Ministries, Dale Matthews, 553-5654
New Trinity Baptist Missionary Church, Linda Whitley, 553-3970 or 390-8339

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Band of Oz Concert Rescheduled for September 29

Tonight's Town Square Concert featuring beach music greats The Band of Oz has been cancelled due to the wet conditions.

Instead, the group will play Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 7 to 9 pm.

One of the top bands in the southeast since the 1960s, the eight-man group still plays more than 200 shows a year, including beach music events in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. They're widely known for their hit single Shama Lama Ding Dong, the People's Choice Song of the Year at the 1995 Cammy Awards, and one of the most requested beach songs of all time.

In 1997, the band was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame.



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Clayton Artist Donates Painting to Downtown Development Association

Clayton artist Carolyn Howard presented an original painting of “The Town Square Concert Series” to the Clayton Downtown Development Association. The presentation was made at the start of the DDA’s regular monthly meeting on September 14. She told the board, “The summer concert series is a wonderful addition to our great ‘Downtown Clayton’, my home town. Thanks!” DDA President Ed Knight said, “This is a wonderful gift and a great example of the type of talent and love of Clayton many of our citizens have.”

Ms. Howard described the painting:
“I first painted the bright background colors with a water color wash to represent the variety of upbeat sounds heard from each different group. The silhouettes and other shapes are representative of the varied activity going on all over the Town Square where the concerts are held. I took many photos of the audience eating, talking, singing, swinging, swaying and dancing so that I could have a variety of images to include in my painting. I added the music notes, the stage with the bands and the keyboards in the border to enhance the sense of fun music happening all around us.”

Clayton Harvest Festival Car Show!

Downtown Clayton Harvest Festival Specials!

Harvest Festival Specials


Fancy That Gifts! 120 E Main Street 550-2946
3 year anniversary! Clearance items on side porch and specials inside. Come see the new kitchen with Mandy Bagwell dishes, food items and more.

Mulberry on Main Italian Restaurant, 217 E Main Street 550-7400
Open Saturday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm (and of course for dinner Saturday night!)
Special Menu:
Eggplant Parm Sandwich $5.95
Meatball Parm Sandwich $5.95
Sausage & Peppers Sandwich $5.95
Chicken Parm Sandwich $5.95
Large Cheese Pizza $9.95
1 Slice Pizza $1.95
2 Slices & Soda $3.95

Elmore Furniture, 225 E Main Street 553-6294
½ Price Sale on ALL furniture, Wednesday – Saturday
Sofas, sleepers, recliners, end tables, lamps, bedroom suites, bunk beds and dining room suites

Tre Colori Italian Gourmet Foods, 227 E Main Street
Open til 9:00 pm Wednesday – Saturday
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday

Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street 553-2299
Open for lunch Saturday, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ribeye and Chicken Strips in front of restaurant 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

WR Starkey Mortgage, 336 East Main Street 422-2800
Open for business on Saturday to help answer any questions and or loan pre-approvals that people may have. This office of WR Starkey will offer a Harvest Festival Discount. $250.00 of closing cost. Coupons will be available at our booth on Saturday

Heidi Wood Photography, 408 E Main Street 291-5817
Studio will be open all day. See samples of all our new High School Senior Products, as well as our new Wedding albums. Coupons will be available.

Stuff 4 Office, 417 E Main Street 359-0064
50% off all cellular accessories in the store

Sunshine Health, 419 E Main Street 550-8555
20% off all weight loss products


Eye of the Eagle Art 131 E First Street 585-2461
Open, Thursday, Friday and Saturday till 9:00pm for browsing of the art exhibits.
We will also be offering 50% off on all frames.

From the Flipside

Lunch Specials
New England Seafood Chowder - Small Mixed Green Salad with grilled Chicken -
Grilled Chicken and Pepper Jack Panini

Dinner Features

Ribeye Steak lightly seasoned and grilled with mushrooms and onions.

Blackened fillet of Salmon over linguini prima vera

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Early Bird Special
15% off any Entree' from 5:30 to 6:30 (dine in only)
(Wednesdays enjoy a glass of wine for 1/2 price)

Thursday: Karaoke!!!! We're starting Karaoke up again, everyother Thursday
starting this Thursday, the 17th.

Friday: The Oat Meal Conspiracy

Saturday: The Fifty/50 Band

Interested in hosting a cartered gathering? From just a coffee bar with breakfast items, to lunch or dinner, we can help! Just give us a call

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Public Information Meeting for Final Nomination of Proposed Clayton Historic District Scheduled September 29

Nomination is on the National Register Advisory Committee Agenda in October

A public information meeting to review the final draft of the proposed Clayton Historic District nomination has been scheduled for September 29 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Clayton Center, 111 E Second Street.

Property owners within the proposed district are encouraged to attend. National Register consultant, Nancy Van Dolsen, and Jessica Dockery, National Register and Survey Specialist with the State Historic Preservation Office will provide a brief review of the process of developing the historic district, and give a presentation about the proposed Clayton Historic District.

The final nomination has been reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office and placed on the October 8 agenda for their recommendation to the US Department of Interior for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

A copy of the document is available for review at the Hocutt Ellington Library at 100S Church Street and in the Town Clerk’s office at The Clayton Center, 111 E Second Street.

It may also be reviewed online at Click on “For Business” then click “Downtown” then “Business Development” and then the link for Clayton Historic District Nomination - Final.
For more information, please contact Downtown Development Coordinator, Bruce Naegelen at 553-1545 or via email at

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fancy That Gifts Offers New Fall & Halloween Merchandise

Fancy That Gifts, 120 E Main Street has a new line of fall and halloween gifts and merchandise. 550-2946

Resident Input Needed on Transportation Plan

The NC Dept. of Transportation is starting work on a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for Johnston County and wants input from all town and County residents before making decisions about highways, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and more—decisions that could guide planning for the next 25 to 30 years.

An online input form is available at

Officials are also in the process of making paper versions of the form available at a number of places across the County, including public buildings, restaurants, post offices, libraries, grocery stores and more.

"Hopefully most people will take it online, but we do need to have some paper copies out there available for those who don't have computer access," said NCDOT Transportation Engineer Sarah Ezzell in a note to town and county leaders. "There's no such thing as too many locations or too much advertisement. The more input we have from citizens for the plan, the better. The paper surveys give participants the option to either mail it in or to return it where they picked it up."

All resident input will remain anonymous, and all data gathered will be used only for the CTP. The due date for completed forms is Sept. 30.

"I think it's important to have citizen input on this," said Councilman Bob Ahlert. "If people are really interested in having and using public transportation, they should make their feelings known, because that will influence where our money is spent."

Ezzell said the CTP will likely take a couple of years to complete.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bucky Dent Meets with Kids in Downtown Clayton

Legendary NY Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent was in downtwon Clayton this morning offering guidance to a group of young baseball players. Dent, the MVP of the 1977 World Series, made his appearance at Monster Batting Cages, 320 West Main Street. He was followed by fellow former Yankee Ron Blomberg, MLB's first designated hitter. Monster Batting Cages has three batting cages with all levels of batting machines for all ages. For more information for your team, call 440-5519

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Classical Pianist Comes to The Clayton Center October 3

Palomino Entertainment Group presents An Evening with Xiayin Wang on Saturday, October 3 at 8pm at The Clayton Center.

An artist with a winning combination of consummate technical brilliance, fine musicianship, and personal verve, pianist Xiayin Wang wins the hearts of audiences wherever she appears. As recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist, Ms. Wang has earned a place among the musical elite of her generation. The New York Times hailed her as having “an estimable grasp of pianistic color” and The Washington Post called her “a paragon of virtuosity.” The beautiful Xiayin Wang will take you on a colorful, musical journey with her dazzling and insightful interpretations of works by Haydn, Chopin, Scriabin, Gershwin, Ravel and Piazzolla.

Tickets for the October 3 concert are $20 (General Admission), plus service fees. Tickets are available at The Clayton Center Box Office, located at 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, by phone at 919-553-1737, and online at

Photos and information at

Fall Gospel Fest coming to The Clayton Center

A Fall Gospel Festival featuring groups from Clayton and the greater Triangle area is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m., at The Clayton Center. The festival is sponsored by H&H Productions.

Six groups will perform throughout the afternoon, including The Master’s Hands and the Crosswalk Praise Team of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, both of Clayton. Other groups include the New Rolling Travelers of Apex, Kings of Harmony of Hillsborough, The Capital City Five of Raleigh, and Pilgrim Harmonaires of Henderson. Opening prayer and praise will be led by the Deacon Kimball Jones.

Tickets for the event are $15 adults and $8 children 12 and under. All seats are general admission.

Tickets may be purchased through The Clayton Center Box Office, 919-553-1737, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., or online at

September Art Exhibit At Eye of the Eagle Art Gallery

Photography and Art Work by Jodi Aker and Cheryl McCardle will be on exhibits in the Gray Room during the month of September. There will be a closing reception for the artist Friday, September 25th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Jodi Aker has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She is also an Art Therapist and Art Teacher in Raleigh. Educational degrees are from the University of Hartford and the University of Louisville. Her art reflects her ever changing point of view. She is traditional in her photography techniques, even though she switched to a digital camera several years ago. She also uses her own images and photos from magazines to create 3-dimensional collage. Other media is used when she is so inspired.

Cheryl McCardle grew up in Laurel, Maryland. The artist has been seriously painting and sculpting since 1990. She received a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University in 1996. Since then, she has painted with instructors like Bob Rankin, Gerry Lynch, Stewart Cubley and Jean Carbonetti. She studied sculpture with Jock Gault at NC State Crafts Center and international sculptor, Paul Luchessi.
Closing reception will be on Friday, September 25th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From the Flipside...

Lunch Specials
$5.00 Chicken Salad pita with french fries
$7.00 Chicken Ranch Wrap - frined chicken, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing, pepper jack cheese with your choice of a side

Dinner Features
Pink peppercorn Steak with a brandy sauce with a starch and veggie

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Early Bird Special
15% off any Entree' from 5:00 to 6:00 (dine in only)
(Wednesdays enjoy a glass of wine for 1/2 price)

Interested in hosting a cartered gathering? From just a coffee bar with breakfast items, lunch or dinner, we can help! Just give us a call.

This Friday
Thunderin' Blues
The you've never heard it before!

Some incredible guitar work!!!
The Rick Keene Trio
From Hendrix to Steeley Dan to George Benson...


Clayton's town council last night voted against a proposed curfew. Here's the story in the Clayton News Star.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

9-5-09 Clayton Farm and Community Market Newsletter

Written by Amber Southerland Polk and edited by the CFCM Board

Email with any questions, comments, article contributions or to get your own weekly copy delivered to your inbox. The Clayton Market is located at the Clayton Town Square at the corner of Main and O’Neil Street in Downtown Clayton. We are open every Saturday, April-October 8am-1pm.

Keiko’s Handmade Baby Clothes at the Clayton Market: I am in love with the quality products from Keiko. She makes everything from bibs and jumpers to diaper bags with lots of pockets and soft balls for baby to play with. Keiko also has several purses for big sister and cute hats for older boys. Then of course there are plenty of purses and bags for people who like something different. She even has a basket of goodies up front that holds several reasonably priced items that would make great gifts. I personally love the matching coaster set that looks like one of my grandmothers quilts. I have attached several pictures. Make sure to stop by her booth, your going to love the quality and price of these handmade items. If you want something special, make sure to ask her because I’m really beginning to think she can make anything.

Just When You Thought Your Garden was Finished: Toad Song Farm will be bringing lettuce and cabbage plants for fall gardens. Now we all know I am no good at this gardening thing, but I think you can pull up some plants that have fizzled out and plant the lettuce and cabbage for a fall crop. I have also had some luck with lettuce in container gardens.
In addition to bedding plants, Toad Song Farm will also bring their lavender crafts and goodies. These make wonderful thank you presents, as well as a treat for yourself.

Mushrooms love cool weather: Due to the cooler weather we have had this week, the already amazing shiitake mushrooms David brings should be even better this week. Remember, he sells out fast, so get there early!

Job Description for 2010 Clayton Market Board Members: The Clayton Farm and Community Market is governed by an independent board of advisors.
• Each member must be a member in good standing of the association
• Will serve no more than 3 consecutive terms on the board
• Board term of office is 2 years
• Must fulfill position of voluntary Market Manager as needed during market year (usually once a month or less)
• Must attend monthly Board meetings.
• Duties include, but are not limited to:
o Vote on association business, vendors and vendor products
o Select all standing and special committees
o Designate duties
o Authorize compensation for justifiable expenses
o Schedule regular business meetings
If you are interested in joining the Clayton Market Board for the 2010 calendar year please email us at

Free Soil Sample Kits Available at the Market: Now’s the time to get your free soil sample kits. The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Science gets backed up in the spring, but waiting times to find out what goodies are in your soil are much shorter in the fall. Stop by this week for a box and instructions.

Hydrogen Peroxide Home Remedies: Here are some household uses of hydrogen peroxide--that little brown bottle from the drug store that doesn't cost a lot. Board member Deborah tried #8 and said it combated the beginning of a nasty cold better than anything she has ever tried! Let me know if you have household tips and tricks!

(1) take one capful and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (you can do this in the bath). No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive treatments.
(2) Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them germ-free.
(3) Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.
(4) After rinsing your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
(5) Spraying a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on your feet every night (and letting it dry) is a good way to kill foot fungus.
(6) Soak any persistent infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for 5-10 minutes several times a day.
(7) Fill a spray bottle with 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or many other disinfectants will.
(8) Tilt your head back and spay into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold or plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes and then blow your nose.
(9) If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get into the dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day; it will help lessen the pain.
(10) You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour peroxide directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
(11) You can also use peroxide to clean mirrors. There is no smearing.

Upcoming Events
September 19- Clayton Harvest Festival and music by Paul Bomar Trio
September 26- NC Museum of Natural Science live animal demonstration
October 10- John Spencer, Musician
October 17- Clayton Oktoberfest
October 24 – Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 31- Costume contest for 2 legged children and 4 legged children

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Monster Batting Cages Opens at 320 W Main St

Some of baseball’s sports legends will soon be making occasional visits to downtown Clayton for batting clinics at the newly opened Monster Batting Cages at 320 W Main Street. Peter DeLorme, a sports memorabilia dealer, who lives in Clayton, has opened the 3,000 square foot facility for baseball players and teams from Little league to high school and college and even professional. One of the three ball machines can throw a variety of pitches. For rates and reservations call 440-5519.

Peter DeLorme talks about Monster Batting Cages (video)

On September 12, New York Yankees legends Bucky Dent and Ron Blomberg will be at Monster Batting Cages for a Baseball Talk and Clinic. Dent was the 1978 World Series MVP and Blomberg is baseball’s first ever Designated Hitter. The event will take place from 9 am to Noon. Dent will talk about fielding and winning and Blomberg will talk on hitting and what it was like to the first designated hitter in baseball. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Cost is $40.00 for a ”Player Ticket” which includes the clinic and other opportunities and $20.00 for a ”Fan Ticket.” Tickets are available through:
For more information, call 440-5519.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

From the Flipside...

News and Events

Tonight is Open Mic with J.B. & Jason hosting
Everyone is welcome to come and join in.

Starting September 14th - MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
We're starting a new tradition...pigskin at The FlipSide

Mark your calendars for this incredible event!!!
The St. Baldrick's Foundation will be shaving heads in Clayton, at The FlipSide, to raise money for childhood cancer research! They've gotten 36 shavees, and raised over $5,000, so far, with two months still to go. October 24th.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Early Bird Special
15% off any Entree' from 5:00 to 6:00 (dine in only)
(Wednesdays enjoy a glass of wine for 1/2 price)