PinePitch June 2020
Calling All Druids
On Sunday, June 21, it will be possible to join the summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge from the comfort of your own bed. Ordinarily the annual celebration brings together pagans, druids and just plain folks to watch the sun rise behind Heel Stone in the English countryside. Think of it like breakfast at Wimbledon without all the overhead smashes and grunting. The sunrise will be live streamed on all English Heritage social media accounts. Do allow for the five hour time change. Pip, pip, cheerio and all that rot.
Ponies on the Block — Literally and Virtually
The painted ponies that have been parading on the streets of Southern Pines will be sold in a virtual auction from Wednesday, June 17, to Saturday, June 20. Proceeds benefit the Carolina Horse Park, a charitable nonprofit corporation. For further details, visit carolinahorsepark.com.
Get Your Walk On
Weymouth Woods — Sandhills Nature Preserve never did put its woodpeckers, tree frogs or fox squirrels on lockdown, and now all state park trails are officially open so you can commune with them. Another popular option is Morrow Mountain State Park, an hour away in Albemarle, offering some of the best hiking trails this side of the Great Smoky Mountains. Visit www.ncparks.gov for all the details.
Mozart in the House
The Great Composers series continues (resumes, exists — hey, we’re all doing our best with this thing) with In Search of Mozart on June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Co-sponsored by Sandhills Community College, ticket sales will be limited and people oh so socially distanced. Naturally, the screening will be dependent on whether or not North Carolina’s theaters are allowed to reopen by that date. For more information, call (910) 692-3611 or go to www.sunrisetheater.com.
Tiffany Lamps Relit
Tickets have gone on sale for “Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light” at the Reynolda House Museum of Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Nov. 29. The exhibition, the first of its kind for Reynolda, includes five windows, 20 lamps (in addition to several forgeries) and displays on how Tiffany glass was manufactured and the lamps assembled. To purchase tickets go to www.reynoldahouse.org.
If you’re interested in getting some tips on how to make those pictures you’re taking with that new digital camera Amazon left on your doorstep look even better, sign up for “Virtual! 7 Steps to Better Photography.” It’s a fast-paced four-hour workshop on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Marian Diop, the founder of Butler & Badou Portraits. For information, go to www.ticketmesandhills.com.
Float Like a Butterfly
The Native Pollinator Garden in the Pinehurst Village Arboretum is in bloom and attracting butterflies of all shapes and sizes. The garden is a perfect place to take your kids for an outdoor, socially distanced, educational activity learning about Sandhills pollinators. The garden has a covered area with detailed information about the pollinators you might see, as well as the plants that are in bloom. The main entrance to the arboretum is at 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst.
Grammy winner Mike Farris will be broadcasting live from the listening room of the Poplar Knight Spot on Sunday, June 28. Visit the Rooster’s Wife Facebook page to join in the celebration. Show begins, naturally, at 6:46 p.m.