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Cash on the Hoof

The painted ponies that have been haunting the streets of Southern Pines for weeks now will be sold at auction, online, on Saturday, April 6. Proceeds benefit the Carolina Horse Park. For details on how to do what and when to do it, visit

Jazz on the Grass

Bring a blanket, some folding chairs, a picnic basket and a roll of $20s to enjoy the cash bar and the Hornheads’ Kenny Holmes and his saxophone on Sunday, April 7, on the Boyd House grounds at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For information go to

Bloomin’ Is Back

The Garden Club of the Sandhills will reprise its “Blooming Art” exhibition at the Campbell House Gallery, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue in Southern Pines on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Juxtaposing floral designs and the work of local artists, the 2024 exhibit will feature interpretations by members of the Southern Pines, Olmsted, Pinehurst, Linden and Sandhills garden clubs, as well as professional floral designers including Carol Dowd of Botanicals Fabulous Flowers and Orchids, Mary Furby of Thistle and Moon, and Bill McPhail of Always Flowers by Crenshaw. Tickets for the event are $20 and available at Sandhills Woman’s Exchange and DuneBerry in Pinehurst, and at J. McLaughlin and the Campbell House in Southern Pines. Tickets may also be purchased at and at the door.

Bipartisanship? You Bet

In 1948 a program to rebuild war-ravaged Europe was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by a Democratic president. What came to be known as The Marshall Plan, named after its architect, Secretary of State George C. Marshall (who, coincidentally, had become a Pinehurst resident by the time he was named recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953), lasted four years, allotting over $13 billion dollars (roughly $165 billion today) for the reconstruction effort. The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds, an award-winning PBS documentary, is scheduled to be shown at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines, on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Executive producer Eric Christenson will introduce the film and take questions. Students of history, arise.


One if by Land, Two if by Sunrise

The Sunrise Theater’s “The British Are Coming” April film series features Four Weddings and a Funeral on April 4, Hot Fuzz on April 11, A Fish Called Wanda on April 18, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on April 25. All shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Here’s to W.H. Auden and french fries up your nose.

Clenny Creek – Heritage Day

The Moore County Historical Association will hold its annual Heritage Day showcasing the 1820s Bryant House and the 1760s McLendon Cabin on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tours, farm petting areas, live music and food. The Bryant House is at 3361 Mt. Carmel Road, Carthage. For information call (910) 692-2051 or go to

It Doesn’t Look a Day Over 450

Gather together and you may hear the story of the world’s oldest longleaf pine at its annual birthday bash on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning on the Weymouth Woods Boyd Tract meadow. There will be turpentine demonstrations, games, food trucks and an exhibition of a prescribed burn — not involving the food trucks, of course. For information visit

Book It

The authors who will be appearing live and in full color during the month of April at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., in Southern Pines, include Joy Callaway (All the Pretty Places) and Melissa Ferguson (How to Plot a Payback) on Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m.; Tom Maxwell (A Really Strange and Wonderful Time — The Chapel Hill Music Scene 1989-1999) on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.; Kathleen DuVal (Native Nations: A Millennium in North America) on Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m.; and Jill McCorkle (Old Crimes) on Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. There will also be a virtual chat with Becca Rothfield (All Things Are Too Small) on Monday, April 22, at 12 p.m.

A Rose Is a Rose

David Pike, the owner and president of Witherspoon Rose Culture, in Durham, will speak on the five essential steps in the care of roses in the Burlingame Room of the Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, on Wednesday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. Witherspoon is a third generation-owned company caring for some 80,000 rose bushes in over 2,600 gardens in North Carolina and Virginia. Sponsored by the Sandhills Horticultural Society, registration is required. The fee is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. For additional information go to

Dance Like Everybody’s Watching

One of America’s most famous and dynamic modern dance ensembles, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, makes its debut performance on the stage at the Bradshaw Performing Art Center’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2024, the company has toured the world, performing in more than 600 cities in 66 countries, representing the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries, and touring throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Now under the leadership of artistic director Michael Novak, they’ll perform three classic Paul Taylor works, “Airs,” “Syzygy” and “Promethean Fire.” For tickets and more information go to

(photograph by Paul B. Goode)