Come One, Come All, Come Sunday

Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs for an outdoor jazz concert on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring internationally renowned artists performing their own tributes to Duke Ellington’s masterpiece, “Come Sunday.” Between the music and the cash bar, it can’t miss. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

Flutter into Fun

Mark your calendars for monarchs! On Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy live music, fun activities and food while learning about monarch butterflies, insects, and birds. Tour the pollinator garden and step into the magical monarch butterfly tent before releasing them to join the great migration. Live music by the Carolina Philharmonic, information from local organizations, food vendors, kids’ activities and more await you at the Village Arboretum, 105 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info and tickets:

The Free Company

With the creation of The Free Company, author James Boyd played a critical role in combating propaganda and defending democracy in days leading up to World War II. On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., the original 1941 recording of Orson Welles’ radio play His Honor, the Mayor — produced by The Free Company — will play, followed by local historian Bill Case speaking about the origins of the group. A light reception will follow.  Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. There will be a second playing of the recording on Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Weymouth Center for  the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

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Live After Five

Come sail away to the sweet sounds of Carolina beach music from the award-winning band The Castaways as the Live After Five season begins to wind down. Live horns and versatile vocals will swing you through everything from country to Southern rock, while you enjoy the on-site food trucks and activities for the kiddos. Picnic baskets are allowed, but leave those alcoholic beverages at home. Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road, Pinehurst. Info:

What’s Sweeter than a Rose?

Two Roses! Check out the dynamite pair, Duo Rose — lyric soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose and bassoonist Saxton Rose — as they perform with Lithuanian pianist Skirmante Kezyte in an intimate concert setting on Sunday, Sept.11, at 2 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Info:

Ruth Pauley Lecture Series

Dr. Marcia Chatelain received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which shows how the McDonald’s fast food chain became a great generator of Black wealth, and explores the intersection of race, inequality, food and consumer capitalism in America. Join her Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. as she speaks on “Hungering for Change: Food Justice and Civil Rights.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For additional information contact

Little House in the Sandhills

Laura Ingalls-approved: Continue the celebration of the 100th year of the historic Woman’s Exchange when the cabin reopens for the fall season on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. It will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., serving lunch daily from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info:  (910) 295-4677 or

Fall into Fun

Let the fall breeze blow you over to Autumnfest in downtown Southern Pines on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s something for everyone at this festival featuring arts and crafts, live entertainment, a 5K run, youth sprint races and great food. Follow the scent of pumpkin spice to Downtown Park, 145 S.E. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info:

Krazy for Kaboom!

Buckle up before blasting into an educational tour of the scientific method with the famed Doktor Kaboom! The klutzy but lovable educator-entertainer uses humor and comedy to demonstrate spectacular applications of physical science. Who said learning can’t be fun? Join the good Doktor for “Look Out! Science is Coming!” on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5-6 p.m. at the Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info and tickets:

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Klea Blackhurst’s award-winning and critically acclaimed tribute to Ethel Merman, “Everything the Traffic Will Allow,” is in town for one night and one night only on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. in the Owens Auditorium of the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Blackhurst brings bright new interpretations to Merman’s signature songs like “I Got Rhythm” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” For info and tickets go to:

Much Ado about Mousse

Devotees of downtown Aberdeen’s The Bakehouse will be lining up for the first Lunch ‘n’ Learn of the fall season at the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange. The former owner and renowned pastry chef, Martin Brunner, will present “Making Chocolate Mousse Demo and Tasting” on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. As a professor of baking and pastry arts at Sandhills Community College, Brunner will ensure you and your taste buds both learn something delicious. Cost is $25 with lunch by chef Katrina. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-4677 or

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