From Pickle-Low to Pickleball

Dorthea Lange, as part of her famous 1939 photographic series in Pittsboro, captured this sign advertising a "Pickle-Low Party" in downtown Pittsboro.  This was well before our current ordinance outlawing such scofflaw utility pole postings. More information about this photo can be found here, though the jury is still out regarding what exactly a pickle-low party is.  If you happen to know, please leave a comment.

History repeats itself  in 2017 with a different type of Pickle Party, namely a growing group of pickleball enthusiasts meeting twice a week at the McClenahan Park tennis & pickleball courts. I say pickleball courts because when we resurfaced the tennis courts last year, we repainted all three courts to specifically accommodate this rapidly growing sport.

Photos courtesy of Janis Warren of JCWarren Photos
This local group is inviting others to join their outings, which are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. Here's text from a recent Chatham Chatlist post by one of their members:

"Pickleball is going strong on the 3 tennis courts across from Pittsboro Elementary School. 15-20 regulars, ranging from beginners to advanced, play together in the spirit of friendly competition.

We have loaner paddles and qualified coaches to help you get started. You will be playing regular games on day one.

Our scheduled times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till ? If it's at least 40 degrees and dry at 9:00 am, there will be players there. Less than 40 degrees- proceed at your own risk."

Additionally, the Chatham Council on Aging periodically offers pickleball classes for seniors.

Here's a quick video explaining some of the basic rules of the game:


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