Picture it: Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina,1969. It’s the first year of the National Hollerin’ Contest + thousands of people from all over the world have gathered for pageants and games, the biggest bell pepper contest, a square dance jamboree, and most importantly, to see a hollerer be crowned champion.
This is what the third Saturday in June in Spivey’s Corner (population at the time: ~49) looked like for nearly 50 years.
If you’ve never heard of hollerin’, it is a nonverbal communication produced by the human voice. Think of a holler as the social media posts of yesteryear — a way to let your community know how you’re doing. A joyful holler at sunrise let neighboring farmers know you were up and at ‘em, a distressed holler let your pals know you got turned around in the woods + needed some help, and a ladies callin’ holler alerted her husband to come in from the fields.
In other words, hollers had meaning, and you could even break them into categories: functional, communicative, distressed, or expressive.
Tony Peacock — six-time champion of the National Hollerin’ Contest | Giphy
How hollerin’ came to be is still a mystery. Some believe it comes from the Native Americans, who were using nonverbal communication long before Europeans settled the Americas, while others believe hollerin’ has African roots. Associate professor of folklore + anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill, Glenn Hinson believes that hollerin’ most likely comes from white farmers overhearing the tradition of Black hollers, originating from enslaved West Africans communicating with one another across great distances on rural plantations.
Hollerin’ died out when telephones and cars became increasingly ubiquitous, but luckily the invention of television was around to preserve tons of footage before it did. Some hollerin’ champions even made the rounds on late night television.
The hollerin’ contest started as a way to raise money for the Spivey’s Corner Volunteer Fire Department, but ended up preserving a unique + entertaining piece of NC history. So next time you’re thinking of sending your roommate a text about what to have for dinner, maybe try giving them a holler instead.
Fancy yourself a hollerin’ hero? Send us a video of your best hootin’ + hollerin’ — [email protected] — or share this little piece of NC history with a friend.
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Development ○ Local real estate firm Grubb Ventures has purchased the Crabtree Center office building (near Crabtree Valley Mall) for $11.4 million with plans to spend $1+ million on renovations. Renovation plans include redoing several of the lobbies, painting the exterior, and building a pedestrian bridge. Learn more about Grubb Ventures current local projects here. 🏗 (Triangle Business Journal)
Tech ○ NC has become the 41st state to gain access to Binance.US, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange, meaning NC customers can now register + trade more than 40 cryptocurrencies. Binance.US CEO Catherine Coley attended UNC and although the company is headquartered in San Francisco, employees are currently working remotely, which Coley hopes will open the door for hiring in NC. 💰 (Triangle Business Journal)
WaterCooler ○ Yesterday, theNCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced relocations for 13 preliminary round sites for their 2021 March Madness Championship. The decision to condense locations to one singular geographic area was made to enhance safety because of COVID-19. The NCAA staff are currently in talks to host the 68 team event in Indianapolis, IN. 🏀
Cause ○ICYMI, Coats Cause We Care is collecting gently used/clean coats for kids in the Raleigh area with a goal of providing 500 coats for kids in need. You can drop off coats this Saturday, Nov. 19 at one of these locations + the giveaway will take place the following monday, Nov. 21. 🧥 ○ Tomorrow (Nov. 18) is the only day to register for Toys for Tots at Hill Street Park. To register, you must go in in-person between 5-7 p.m. + provide proof the child is under your guardianship. More details here.
Dish ○ The Giorgios Hospitality Group is reopening Kipos Greek Taverna this Thursday, Nov. 19 with new co-head chef George Delidimos from Thessaloniki, Greece. The new location in the Eastgate Crossing Shopping Center (1800 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill) has been recently renovated + weekend brunch services will start soon.
ForParents ○ After some negotiations, Raleigh Parks has reached an agreement with North Pole Headquarters to arrange phone calls from Santa Claus for kids ages 2-10. Register here for your little one to receive a personalized phone call from Santa on December 8, 10, 15, or 17. 🎅
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Have you seen this street mural in Raleigh? The colorful characters spell out “erradica el racismo” which translates to “eradicate racism” and was painted by members of the Latinx community + nearly 50 volunteers over the summer. 🎨
You can find this mural on Davie Street, between Blount + Blake Streets.
To learn more, check out Organizing Against Racism (OAR) — a local network of anti-racism groups that host various training events for the advancement of racial equity. This week’s workshop sign ups are closed, but there is still time to register for the December (virtual) events.
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Health ○ Healthcare Forum 2020 | Tues., Nov. 17 | 9–10 a.m. | Virtual | $80 | Raleigh Chamber representatives + major health system executives will talk about the current state of healthcare, the economic impacts of COVID-19, and opportunities for advancement due to present challenges.
Edu ○ STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities | Tues., Nov. 17 | 1–3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Presented by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, students with disabilities in grades 6 through 12 will have the chance to hear stories and advice from adults with disabilities who are succeeding in the STEM career field.
FeaturedEvent ○ RunRA, A Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Study | Open now, 50 participants max | Virtual | Free, Register | Prisma Health and UofSC researchers are seeking patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis to be a part of a new study to improve communication between physicians and patients. If you are interested, you can complete this form for more details. Qualified participants will be compensated.
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