In Search of the Mighty Salamander

The Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve will seek out the salamanders of the Sandhills on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m. Free and open to land dwellers and amphibians alike. The nature preserve is located at 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 692-2167 or visit

The Great Dismal Swamp

Learn about the incredible history of the Great Dismal Swamp — a refuge for escaping slaves; a source of timber and water; and the impetus for novels by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow — in a three-part series of presentations at the Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities beginning Jan. 20 at 2:00 p.m. The first speaker, park superintendent Adam Carver, has managed the swamp for the past four years. Subsequent speakers will be Bland Simpson, author and University of North Carolina professor, on Feb. 10, and Eric Sheppard, genealogy researcher and descendant of slave Moses Grandy, on March 17. Cost is $10 per person for each presentation. For reservations, call (910) 692-6262.

A Peek Behind the Curtain

Go behind the scenes of North Carolina’s most famous outdoor drama with Dwayne Walls, the author of Backstage at The Lost Colony, to get a view the audience never sees — the toil, the mishaps and the moments of grace. Walls will be at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., in Southern Pines on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. For information, go to

Rodgers and Hammerstein

The Sandhills Repertory Theatre will present “A Grand Night for Singing” with a Broadway cast that includes Amanda Lea LaVergne, Autumn Hurlbert, Stefanie Brown, Zachary Prince and Devin Ilaw, with a local orchestra directed by Michael Pizzi, at the Hannah Center Theatre, The O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. For tickets and information, go to

Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema

A story of love, death and vengeful judgment set in India, La Bayadère is one of the great works in classical ballet. Part of the Bolshoi Ballet’s HD Live Series, it begins at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 692-3611 or visit

Gathering at Given

Dressed in period attire, retired Col. Trent Carter will go back in time to visit America’s Colonial past and the Revolutionary War at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. The program will also be held that evening at 7 p.m. at the Given Book Shop, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. For information, go to

King Memorial March

All members of the community are invited to march on Monday, Jan. 21, during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. Sign up at the Southern Pines Library and meet at Downtown Park, 145 S.E. Broad St., Southern Pines, at 10:30 a.m. For information, call (910) 692-8235 or go to

Carolina Philharmonic

Maestro David Michael Wolff performs a piano recital exploring the Paris of Chopin, Liszt, Baudelaire, Debussy and Monet on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 687-0287 or go to

The Rooster’s Wife

Friday, Jan. 4: Danny Burns. Cost $15.

Sunday, Jan. 6: The Gibson Brothers at 12:46 p.m. and 6:46 p.m. Cost $35; brunch $8. 

Friday, Jan. 11: John Cowan with Darin and Brooke Aldridge. Cost $35.

Sunday, Jan. 13: Tellico and John Doyle. Cost $20.

Thursday, Jan. 17: Open mic with the Parsons.

Friday, Jan. 18: Taarka. Cost: $10. 

Sunday, Jan. 20: Ben and Joe. Cost: $15.

Sunday, Jan. 27: The Stable Shakers. Cost: 10$

Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 6:46 at the Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Prices above are for members. Annual memberships are $5 and available online or at the door. For more information, call (910) 944-7502 or visit or

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