Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter

The Charlotte, North Carolina chapter of American Pilgrims south-central North Carolina and north-central South Carolina centered on Charlotte. The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the south-central North Carolina region.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events page for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Bob Barrett and Vince Pratt at Charlotte@americanpilgrims.org for more information. 

Our usual meeting times are monthly on the third Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and weekly coffee Thursday mornings at 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Check the events calendar and our chapter Facebook group, Charlotte Camino Pilgrims, at the following link (facebook.com/groups/1418344158467833) for specifics. Once you join our mailing list, you will receive event notices by email.

 

Although we strongly suggest becoming a (dues-paying) member of the national American Pilgrims organization, that is not necessary to participate in local chapter events. The national organization provides significant financial and logistical support to the locals. If you'd like to consider membership, click on over to the Membership page


ANNOUNCEMENTS:
• You've arrived! You have your compostela. You've attended the Pilgrims' Mass. You've hugged the Saint. Now what? You need to scan through this blog entry by the venerable Johnnie Walker: 20 things to see and do in Santiago de Compostela.

• There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but THIS is our take on the topic.


Scheduled Events

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
 End of Season Potluck Dinner and Experience Sharing
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

The November gathering of the Charlotte NC Chapter will be a relaxing potluck dinner, where we can catch up and connect with each other, revisit this years adventures and share plans for next year. Please bring an appetizer, main dish, or dessert. Soft drinks, water and limited selection of wine and beer will be provided. Bring your own special drink if you like. 

Please come and bring a friend, a spouse, someone interested in the Camino or anyone interested in good conversation. Come even if you have not attended any previous meeting of the group. 

The event will be at the home of Vince Pratt (2559 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209). For further information or to RSVP, contact the chapter at Charlotte@americanpilgrims.org. Day of event contact will be Vince at (704) 564-3315. Note that parking is available on side streets, but not on Selwyn Avenue.

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Walking along Hadrian's Wall, England'
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Alpine Ski Center, 1501 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

The Charlotte Chapter begins the New Year with Richard and Sherri Bargoil sharing their latest experiences walking Hadrians Wall in England in October of 2017. All of Europe is covered in paths and many lead to Santiago! You will want to understand some of the differences from the francés, if you have already completed those miles. 

As always, there will be time for questions and discussions both about the presentation as well as any other topics regarding a Camino you are planning. Our membership has broad experience of many different Camino routes as well as other long distance walks in Europe, Africa, and North and South America and is always interested to share that experience.


Ongoing Events:
Enjoy good coffee and good company with the Charlotte Chapter Thursday mornings. Most weeks several of our group gather for coffee and conversation at Mugs Coffee (5126 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 on the back side of the shopping area). We usually sit at a table beside the front door. Come if you are interested in the Camino or have questions about one you are planning. It is an opportunity to discuss your specific questions in more detail than time permits at monthly meetings. 

Check the events calendar and our chapter Facebook group, Charlotte Camino Pilgrims, at the following link (facebook.com/groups/1418344158467833) for specifics, or post a note there if you want to know for sure that some one else will be there.


Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Charlotte Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact Charlotte@americanpilgrims.org for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrlims, contact us at Charlotte@americanpilgrims.org.

Rev 10/28/17