Jackie Helvey, pencil in hand atop the Animal Story Books box, crayons at ready
After producing car parts at an automotive parts factory beginning when she
was a senior in high school, Helvey
moved south in search of a better life.
A stint walking the picket line when they went on strike resulted in threats of prosecution, so there was no tearful goodbye when she
walked out the door of Switches.
It was a layoff that, gratefully, never ended, a stroke of luck that eventually landed Helvey
part-time job as a bartender in Indiana served her
well when she
moved to NC, where they had only recently gotten "liquor by the drink," and knowledgeable barkeeps were in high demand.
Helvey was hired by UNC as the one and only state-employed bartender in North Carolina, a position she held until 1993.
This not only gave her
a decent living wage and her
family health insurance, it also gave her
a unique perspective on her
While managing the bar at the Carolina Inn, she
received a higher education that money couldn't buy.
also gave birth to her
two daughters during these years.
Am and Reese in 1991
house in Carrboro
in March of 1985, moving back from Chatham County after having resided in a less than desirable apartment complex there years prior.
came back anyway.
was meant to be here.
has a weekly radio show focusing on the arts in and around Carrboro
called The Wacqueline Stern Show that airs live (with live streaming at the time of broadcast) on Friday nights at 6 pm.
show is on WCOM, 103.5 FM, Chapel Hill and Carrboro's
all volunteer run community radio station.
also does occasional commentaries for 1360 WCHL in Chapel Hill
began videotaping some of her
WCOM shows in 2009.
The radio show video clips, including live premiere music perfomances, are available on Vimeo
These interview videos became The Wacqueline Stern TV Show, a television show produced by Jackie and broadcast on the Peoples Channel in Chapel Hill and Carrboro on Tuesdays at 11am, and in Durham on Wednesdays at 4pm.
tries to pretend like she
knows what she's
doing and sometimes, she
As a web designer for more than 15 years, Jackie received Golden Web Awards, given by the International Association of Web Masters and Designers for excellence in website design and content, as well as having won two out of three statewide awards from the NC Center for Voter Education for political candidates' websites.
On April 5th, 2011, the Town of Carrboro
with a sculpture in honor of her
years on the Carrboro Arts Committee
, and passed a resolution, read at the Carrboro Day Centennial Celebration, declaring the first week of May, "Jackie Helvey Week," an honor that was a first in Carrboro.
On May 18, 2011, she
was given Roses by the Chapel Hill News
contributed to the Carrboro Citizen's Carrboro Centennial Commemorative 100th. birthday issue.
In November 2010, Jackie played in the Carrboro Film Festival 2010 Opener by fellow CFF founder and co-chair, Nic Beery.
On January 5, 2010, Helvey
was the guest on Claudio's Speakeasy and Radio Theater on WCOM 103.5.
was the guest on DSI Witness News
on 1360 WCHL on Dec. 29, 2009, spoofing the Carrboro Poet Laureate search.
Yes, she thinks she's a comedian too.
insane stage fright is the only thing holding her
On November 22, 2009, Helvey
acting debut as the director in the Carrboro Film Festival Intro.
Airing on August 3, 2009, Hilary Russo interviewed Jackie
and Jim McQuaid on Second Cinema, discussing the Carrboro Film Festival.
was a guest on Live With Lisa
, in December 2008, a show interviewing WCOM radio show hosts broadcast on the Peoples Channel in Chapel Hill
Our State Magazine
February, 2008 issue
In April 2008, Jackie
was named a "Hometown Hero" by WCHL Radio Station in Chapel Hill
, and given a Village Pride Award.
In February 2008, Helvey
was featured in Our State Magazine
in an article about Carrboro
In March 2007, Helvey
was selected Volunteer of the Year by the Town of Carrboro, and recognized in Women Who Shine in the Raleigh News and Observer
Also in 2007, she
published the children's book that she
wrote for her
daughters 15 years earlier, Wiggley Waggley Woo
Find or Follow
Since the late 1990's Helvey has served, and continues to serve, on numerous committees and boards in Carrboro
and Chapel Hill
A strong supporter of the arts, Jackie was on the Town of Carrboro Arts Committee Advisory Board from 1998 until 2011, is a founder of the Carrboro Music Festival and current member of that committee, and a founder and co-chair of the Carrboro Film Festival, always striving to make her community a better place, while working to keep the arts in the forefront.