Carolina Peach Festival
The 21st Annual N.C. Peach Festival begins Friday, July 14, in Candor at 6:30 p.m. with the Peachy Feet 5K. On Saturday, July 15, at 8:30 a.m. there’s a peach-cooking contest at Town Hall before lining up for the parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street. Then take a helicopter ride for an overview of beautiful Montgomery County. With your feet back on the ground, move to the music of Jim Quick & Coastline, the Sand Band, Rockin’ Acoustix, and Big Bang Boom. Take part in fun activities for all ages — everything from camel rides to karaoke, bungee trampoline, miniature train rides, petting zoo and more. And don’t miss meeting the 2017 Peach Queen. Admission is free. Fitzgerald Park, Candor. Info: (910) 974-4221 or ncpeachfestival.com.
Fireworks, Festivals, and Fun for All on the 4th of July
The Village of Pinehurst offers a daylong celebration, starting with its annual Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m., followed by the patriotic pet contest, an antique car display and Sandhills Farmers Market in the Pinehurst Village Center and Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road W. At 2 p.m., slip into the Grand Ballroom of the Carolina Hotel, 80 Carolina Vista Dr., for the Moore County Concert Band’s rousing and entertaining performance of Sousa marches and patriotic favorites. And, at 6 p.m., the fun continues at the Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road S, with a free concert, children’s activities and fireworks celebration.
The Town of Aberdeen is also offering an evening of live entertainment, food vendors, and activities including a rock climbing wall, an inflatable slide and bounce houses. Something for all ages, starting at 5 p.m. at Aberdeen Lake Park, 301 Lake Park Crossing.
Fort Bragg celebrates with musical acts, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a flag ceremony, fireworks, food and beverages from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Main Post Parade Field 11, 25 Capron St., on the base.
For information on all of these events, visit www.explorepinehurst.com or consult your PineStraw Arts and Entertainment Calendar.
Tea with Trigiani
On Monday, July 17, The Country Bookshop invites you to Thyme and Place Café for tea, tiramisu and to visit with New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani, whose previous books include The Shoemaker’s Wife. She will be discussing her new book, Kiss Carlo, the epic story of an Italian-American family in 1949 in South Philadelphia, whose peace and prosperity is threatened by a decades-long feud. At the story’s center is young Nicky Castone and his struggle to fulfill his dreams while holding on to the family he cherishes.
This ticketed event will be at the Thyme and Place Café, 155 Hall Ave., Southern Pines, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. The cost is $42, which includes an autographed copy of the book, tea, and treats. Tickets are available online and at The Country Bookshop. For more information, call (910) 692-3211.
On Friday, July 14 and Saturday July 15, The Arts Council of Moore County will be holding its popular Arts Council Treasure Chest Sale and Fundraiser. Come and find a treasure among the antiques, art, jewelry, pottery, china, silver, furniture and other collectibles featured this year. When you purchase your special item, you’ll be supporting Arts Council’s programs throughout Moore County.
You can donate items until July 13, so there’s still time to let one or more of your old treasures become someone else’s new treasure. The sale will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Campbell House Galleries, 482 E Connecticut Ave. in Southern Pines. For more information and pickups, call (910) 692-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You just might feel like you’re in New Orleans when you come downtown on Friday, July 7, as First Friday welcomes The New Breed Brass Band. This 9-man, New Orleans band blends funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop with the second-line, brass band tradition, a style that has been called the quintessential New Orleans art form. Enjoy good food, beverages and entertainment at this family-friendly event, beginning at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but please don’t bring your dogs. The First Bank Stage at the Sunrise is located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines. For more information call (919) 692-8501.
Interpreting the Qur’an
On Thursday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m., retired U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer Jason Criss Howk will be at The Given Memorial Library, at 150 Cherokee Road in Pinehurst to talk about Islam, Islamism and the contents of the holy book of Islam. Howk is the author of the recently released book, The Qur’an: A Chronological Modern English Interpretation. Much of Howk’s career focused on South Asia and the Middle East, and he teaches courses and leads discussions about Islam across the country. This presentation will be repeated at 7 p.m. at the Outpost/Given Book Shop, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Both are free and open to the public. For more information, call Lisa at (910) 295-7002.
The Rooster’s Wife
Sunday, July 2: Shawn Camp, preeminent Americana and country songwriter and lead singer of the Earls of Leicester, is bringing his full band. $20.
Sunday, July 9: The Sunday Exchange presents I Draw Slow, Ireland’s answer to Americana. This five-piece, Dublin roots string band finds new, folksy grooves in old-time Appalachian song. Admission is free to this event, next door to the Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., in Aberdeen.
Sunday, July 16: The Sam Frazier Band performs stellar guitar licks and funky bluesy songs for listening and dancing. Poet, songwriter, and journalist Molly McGinn opens the show in a big way. $10.
Sunday, July 23: The Brother Brothers and Che Apalache perform. The Brother Brothers really are brothers, and their familial connection comes through in the music. Rich harmonies and thoughtful songs accompanied by guitar, cello, violin and banjo. $15.
Friday, July 28: The Louisiana Soul Revival delivers the soul, blues and funk music of Louisiana with a 6-piece band fronted by National Blues Hall of Fame and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee, Doug Duffey. This is a Friday Night Dance Party. $20.
Sunday, July 30: The Rooster’s Wife celebrates the end of the season with a special appearance in honor of a milestone. Patrick Fuller and his dad, Craig, of Pure Prairie League and Little Feat fame, open the show. They are followed by Wild Ponies, featuring the magnetic chemistry of husband-and-wife duo Doug and Telisha Williams. $20.
Ticket prices listed above are in advance. All shows are at 6:46 p.m. and, except for the Sunday Exchange, take place at The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St. in Aberdeen. For more information call (910) 944-7502.