Classical Guitar Performance

Virtuoso French classical guitarist Gabriel Bianco will perform a solo concert presented by the Sandhills Community College Fine Arts Department on Tuesday, March 26. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Dempsey Student Center, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 695-3828 or visit

Anyone See Woody?

Take a 1.5-mile hike in the longleaf pines on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m., looking for the eight species of woodpeckers that call the Sandhills home. Bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public at Weymouth Woods/Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 692-2167 or visit

Eyewitness to History

A decorated World War II veteran, Dr. Carver McGriff was 19 years old when he landed on Omaha Beach on the 6th of June, 1944. On Thursday, March 14, he’ll be the guest speaker commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion in the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives Spring Colloquium. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Overlook Room, Pinehurst Country Club, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Cost is $100 and proceeds benefit the library and archives. For information and tickets, call (910) 295-3642 or visit

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Enjoy live music while sampling food from great Sandhills chefs on Sunday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m. during the Empty Bowls fundraiser benefiting the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care, at the Country Club of Whispering Pines, 2 Clubhouse Blvd., Whispering Pines. For more information, call (910) 693-1600 or visit

A Gentleman in Pinehurst

Enjoy an evening with Amor Towles, author of the New York Times best-selling book A Gentleman in Moscow, the story of Count Alexander Rostov who lives out his days under house arrest in Moscow’s grand Metropol hotel. Presented by The Pilot and The Country Bookshop on Thursday, April 4 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Pinehurst Resort, tickets include an autographed paperback copy of the book, a cash bar featuring a signature Russian cocktail and an introduction to the author, followed by his remarks and a book signing. Tickets are available at

St. Paddy’s Parade

Irish pride will flow through the streets of Pinehurst from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy music, dancing, Irish cheer and plenty of children’s activities,
395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. The rain date will be Sunday, March 17. For information, visit

Dismal Swamp and the Underground Railroad

Eric Sheppard is the featured speaker for The Great Dismal Swamp, Part III: Arts & Humanities Lecture Series on Sunday, March 17, at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. This last lecture in the series will focus on the Underground Railroad and Moses Grandy. Tickets are $10 for members; $15 for non-members. For information, call (910) 692-6261 or visit or

Back the PAC

The Pinecrest Athletic Club will hold its Third Annual Back the PAC fundraiser and auction on Saturday, March 16 from 6 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Fair Barn. Monies raised support all Pinecrest High School sports teams. The evening includes silent and live auctions and will be catered by Elliott’s on Linden. Last year’s auction netted over $90,000. Tickets are $50 and include beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and music by DJ King Curtis. Tickets are available at Pinecrest High School in the main office, at or by contacting For more information contact Christa Gilder at

The Rooster’s Wife

Sunday, March 3: Kaia Kater. A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kater brings her trio and her old-time banjo skills, jazz-fueled voice and deft song craft to the Spot. Cost: $15. 

Friday, March 8: Mark Stuart, David Jacobs-Strain. This guitar-centric night features two virtuoso players and their extensive catalogs of original songs. Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. Stuart draws from his deep rock, blues, country and folk roots. Cost: $20.

Sunday, March 10: Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. Renowned fiddler Molsky presents his new group and self-titled debut album featuring two of the best next generation traditional players — Allison de Groot on banjo, and guitarist Stash Wyslouch. Cost: $15.

Thursday, March 14: Open mic with the Parsons.

Sunday, March 17: James Maddock and The Black Feathers. It’s all-England night with rock ’n’ roll lifer Maddock and The Black Feathers sharing the bill. Expect a storyteller’s sense of narrative and the lines between folk, classic pop and rock magically blurred. Cost: $15.

Tuesday, March 19: Pumpkin Bread Band. Original acoustic music blending influences from traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes with modern sensibilities and intricate arrangements. Cost: Free to members.

Friday, March 22: Fireside Collective. This Asheville-based band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for modern ears. Memorable melodies, contemporary songwriting, interesting arrangements and colorful harmonies are in the offing from these festival favorites. Cost: $15.

Saturday, March 23: Sidecar Social Club. Pamela Partis is hosting this Vision 4 Moore benefit for the Moore County Veterans Support Fund of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America). From speakeasy jazz to Latin dance halls, soulful R&B to ’50s rock, a lively musical romp. Full bar available and One Nine Drive serving dinner. Cost: $35.

Sunday, March 24: Keith Ganz Trio. Jazz lovers, unite. Guitarist, composer, arranger and producer Ganz and friends deliver a splendid night of instrumental jazz. Cost: $15.

Sunday, March 31: New Reveille. String-band instruments and modal Appalachian melodies are at the core of New Reveille’s music, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the perspective of its songs. Cost: $20.

Unless otherwise noted, 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 or

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