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SAXAPAHAW, N.C. -- "At night, I would look at barns on the computer. We were living in New York and I just really wanted to be in nature, the fresh air, a small close knit community," remembers Heather LaGarde.

So many people in Alamance County are now loving life because LaGarde found her barn here in what was the sleepy tiny town of Saxapahaw, near Highway 54, between Burlington and Chapel Hill.

She and her husband Tom moved their family here and began renovating the old dye part of Saxapahaw's historic cotton mill into what is now the very popular Haw River Ballroom.

"I think you have to literally be in love with what you do. And I am. I feel tremendously lucky to just help connect all of these people, the farmers and talented music makers and families together," LaGarde said.

About 1,000 people drive in every Saturday in the summer from 5 p.m. 8 p.m. for Saturdays at Saxapahaw, an afternoon of family fun. There is free live music, art and gourmet samplings from local farmers.