TRUST BUT VERIFY: As our communities deal with the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus, please be aware that events may have been postponed, rescheduled or existed only in our dreams. Check before attending.

Eats and Art

The Encore Center and Ashten’s Restaurant will bring dinner theater to downtown Southern Pines with a performance of Love Letters on Friday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. There will be additional performances on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30-$50. For information call (910) 725-0758 or go to

Is Groundhog on the Menu?

The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange opens on Feb. 2, either for the spring season or for six more weeks of winter. Delicious lunches are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the gift shop, featuring 25 artisans, will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (910) 295-4677 or go to

Cupid II

Join the Southern Pines downtown businesses and the Sunrise Theater’s marketplace for an afternoon of shopping, adult beverages and Valentine’s Day perks in the second annual Cupid’s Crawl on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 12 to 4 p.m. No further information is necessary, just support our local businesses.

Born to Zoom

February features a pair of electronically-distanced author events. John Grisham joins John Hart to talk about Hart’s new book, The Unwilling, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. For information go to Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, you can join a conversation with James Patterson, Matt Eversmann and former Air Force Combat Controller Dan Schilling about the book Walk in My Combat Boots. For more information go to

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