Open House Tours
Enjoy the beautiful decorations and holiday music in the Great Room at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, from Thursday, Dec. 6 though Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are available at www.ticketmesandhills. Also decked out for the season, the Shaw House, Garner House and Sanders Cabin will be open to visitors from Friday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-4 p.m. at the corner of Broad St. and Morganton Road in Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 692-2051 or visit www.moorehistory.com.
The members of the Moore County Driving Club decorate their horses and carriages for a spectacular holiday season drive through downtown Southern Pines. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. For further information go to www.moorecountydrivingclub.net.
Celebrate the New Year early and often with live music, carnival games, face painting and the countdown to the Pinecone Drop on Dec. 31 in downtown Southern Pines from 6-8 p.m. For more information call (910) 692-7376 or go to www.southernpines.net/136/Recreation-Parks.
The Carolina Philharmonic will celebrate the season with Handel’s Messiah, a moving musical portrait of the birth of Christ, from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane in Southern Pines on Monday, Dec. 17. For additional information call (910) 687-0287 or visit www.carolinaphil.org.
Tour of Homes
Visit six homes decorated in holiday splendor during the Episcopal Day School Candlelight Tour of Homes from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 the day of. For information call (910) 692-3492 or visit www.epicopalday.org.
It’s a Party
The Country Bookshop is turning 65 and wants to turn back the clock, too. Help celebrate the occasion with a 1950s theme on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. The event kicks off at the The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street in Southern Pines and continues just down the road at 305 Trackside. The cost is $25. For tickets and more information go to www.ticketmesandhills.com.
Everyone Loves a Parade
The Aberdeen Christmas parade takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon in downtown Aberdeen, 115 North Poplar Street. If Santa needs directions he can call (910) 944-7275 or go online at www.townofaberdeen.net.
It’s a Very Murphy Christmas
Come and enjoy the Murphy Family Christmas Concert, a Sandhills tradition, on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 692-3611 or go to www.sunrisetheater.com.
The Rooster’s Wife
Sunday, Dec. 2: The Grandsons, an eclectic whirlpool of New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two-steps. Cost: $20.
Friday, Dec. 7: Matt Munisteri and Sam Lewis. Munisteri is a sparkling guitarist, critically lauded songwriter and nimble lyricist while Lewis’ songs work to celebrate and elevate with the tones of rock and roll, rhythm and blues and country folk. Cost: $20.
Sunday, Dec. 9: The Gravy Boys, a band that makes acoustic Americana music by adding a cup of country, a pinch of roots rock, a handful of honky-tonk, a splash of bluegrass, a dash of hobo folk and stirring vigorously. Cost: $10
Sunday, Dec. 16: Martha Bassett Holiday Special. Classically trained, Bassett is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact. Cost: $20.
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 www.theroosterswife.org.