Off Script with The Sway

Join The Sway for an exciting author event on Tuesday June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 195 American Fusion, 195 Bell Ave., Southern Pines. Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on this summer’s hottest beach read, Nora Goes Off Script, from the author, Annabel Monaghan. Enjoy an exclusive night sipping on a flight of tequila cocktails inspired by the books’ characters while hearing more about Annabel’s creative process. Enough tequila and a good book — who needs the beach?  Info and tickets:


Photograph by Diane McKay

Now Watch This

Hop, leap or jump over to Raeford to watch horse and rider teams go through their paces at the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Annual Horse Show that begins Wednesday, June 29, and ends Sunday, July 3. Times are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. For information visit


History at Home

West Southern Pines has an impressive legacy and an even brighter future. Learn more about this historic area as Kim Wade, president of the West Southern Pines Civic Club, and Vincent Gordon present an Arts and Humanities Lecture, “The Rebirth of West Southern Pines: One of N.C.’s First African American Townships,” on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Free admission, registration required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:


So Many Books, So Little Time

And we’re only talking about the ones by James Patterson! Wondering where to start? Try his new memoir, James Patterson by, you guessed it, James Patterson. Launch into your reading with an autographed copy of the book and a conversation with the author led by The Country Bookshop’s Kimberly Daniels Taws from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-3211 or

First Friday

If “cosmic soul rock” is your thing, then the place to be Friday, June 3, is listening to Rebekah Todd and her band on the Sunrise Theater outdoor stage, 250 N.W. Broad St. in Southern Pines, from 5 to 8 p.m. Influenced by artists from Hiatus Kaiyote to Tedeschi Trucks Band, Todd focuses on the art of expression. Enjoy food trucks, some Southern Pines Brewery brews, and listen to great music while supporting the local theater. No dogs, outside alcohol or rolling coolers. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info:


To Be or Not to Be

’Tis not the question for us because we know you’ll want to be at the Shakespeare in the Pines summer production of Hamlet, opening Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Lawn admission is free. Trust us, “the play’s the thing” you need for your weekend plans. Performances are also on June 11, 12 and 17 – 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tufts Park, Village of Pinehurst. Info and tickets:


Use Your Superpower for Good

Plant power, that is. Join Namaste Arey of Meadowflower Farms at the Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, on Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m., for “Plant Propagation 101.” Perfect for beginners, this class will leave you with tips and tricks for turning cuttings into new baby plants. Is there a better superpower? The Earth doesn’t think so. Info: (910) 692-8235 or


Classic Cruisers

Do you love Flathead V8s and hand-crank windows? How about raising funds for charity? Cruise into Mac’s Breakfast Anytime, 1904 N. Sandhills Blvd., Aberdeen, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, and catch the action. Bring your classic car, truck or motorcycle, and raise funds for local charities. There will be door prizes, music and more. Organized by Sandhills Classic Street Rod Association. Info:


Yard Sales Are the Bee’s Knees

Local buzz has it there will be some great finds at The Bee’s Knees Community Yard Sale, on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whet your appetite while shopping at 30 – 40 individual outdoor booths offering everything from handmade crafts, modern tools and electronics, to vintage and antique collectibles, before finishing up with a bite at the on-site food truck. The Bee’s Knees, 125 N.C. 73, West End.

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