Take a Turkey Hike
Work up an appetite on Thanksgiving morning with a refreshing walk guided by a park ranger at the Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. (Ahem, that’s Nov. 28, ya’ll.) For additional information, call (910) 692-2167 or go to www.ncparks.gov. Bon appétit.
Parade to the Park
The 2019 Southern Pines Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 9 will be followed by “Parade to the Park: A Veterans Day Event,” at the Downtown Park, 145 S.E. Broad St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music by the 82nd Airborne Rock Band and Jaycee, a beer garden of local breweries, food trucks, a vintage car show, tons of kids activities from LAMM Entertainment and the USO mobile unit and over 10 Veterans support agencies. Sponsors are Cooper Ford, The Heritage Flag Company and Cox’s Double Eagle Harley-Davidson.
Van Gogh at the Sunrise
Van Gogh & Japan is the first of a two-part art series on Vincent van Gogh, with an introduction by Ellen Burke. Though Van Gogh never visited Japan, the film details the inspiration arising from the Japanese art the great painter saw in Paris. Van Gogh & Japan will be shown on Nov. 7 at the Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. The second film in the series, At Eternity’s Gate, starring Willem Dafoe as the lucid, mad, brilliant artist, will be shown on Nov. 14. Both films begin at 10 a.m.
The Artists League of the Sandhills will have an opening reception for the 25th Annual Fall Show and Sale from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. The show and sale continue on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (910) 944-3979 or go to www.artistleague.org.
Find one-of-a-kind treasures at the Brownson Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brownson Presbyterian Church, 330 S. May St., Southern Pines. Handmade items from skilled artisans will include pottery, original art, baskets, jewelry, baked goods and more. There will be a silent auction and a cash raffle. For more information call (910) 585-1924.
Veterans Day Parade
Show your support and appreciation at the annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 9, in downtown Southern Pines. Pre-parade festivities, including a flyover by vintage aircraft, will begin at 9:40 a.m. The parade, featuring motorcycles, marching bands, ROTC groups, fire trucks, antique cars and, of course, our vets, begins at 10 a.m. For more information go to
Festival of Trees
The 23rd annual Sandhills Children’s Center Festival of Trees begins on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Carolina Hotel, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. There will be beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, mailbox garlands and gift baskets available for bids in an online auction. The Festival Gift Shop will have stocking stuffers. Admission is by any monetary donation at the door. All proceeds benefit children who have special developmental needs.
Ring in the holidays with the annual tree lighting celebration in downtown Southern Pines on Saturday, Nov. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enchanted trees will twinkle on Broad Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Santa Claus.
Living with the Prince of Tides
The Country Bookshop presents Cassandra King Conroy, who will talk about her memoir, Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, at the Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Rd., Pinehurst, on Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. Tickets include an autographed copy of the book and can be purchased at ticketmesandhills.com. For more information go to
It’s a Wonderful Life
Adapted from Frank Capra’s 1946 movie starring Jimmy Stewart and produced in the style of an old-fashioned radio show, the Sunrise Theater will present a live rendition of the holiday classic at 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Sunrise, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For information call (910) 692-3611 or go to www.sunrisetheater.com.
Giving Guinness a Run
“Read for the Record” will try to break the world record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day, beginning at 4 p.m. on Nov. 7. This year the featured book is Thank You, Omu! The event is sponsored by the Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 692-8235 or visit www.sppl.net.
The Rooster’s Wife
Friday, Nov 1: Idlewild South. Allman Brothers–style band founded by keyboardist and vocalist Don Eason, a veteran musician whose initial influence came from a live performance of The Allman Brothers on Easter weekend of 1970 at The Winter’s End Concert in Bithlo, Florida. Cost: $20.
Sunday, Nov. 3: Shawn Camp. You may not know Shawn, but you know his work. He’ll bring some mighty talented friends with him, including Mike Bub, Guthrie Trapp and Larry Atamanuik. Cost: $25.
Friday, Nov. 8: Sam Baker. In 1986, Baker was on a train in Peru when a bomb planted by the terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above him. He suffered a brain injury and severe hearing loss, and required more than 15 reconstructive surgeries. Somehow during his long recovery, songs started coming to him. One great writer, and listener. Cost: $15. (Baker also performs at the Cameo Arthouse Theatre Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:00, and offers a writing workshop Saturday, Nov. 9.) For more details: theroosterswife.org or call (910) 944-7502.
Sunday, Nov. 10: Jamie Laval and Megan McConnell take their audiences on an exciting musical journey through Celtic lands, reimagining Gaelic love songs, boisterous peasant dances and ancient, mythic tales. Laval is recognized throughout the United States and Britain as one of the premier performers of Celtic music on the international touring circuit. Vocalist Megan McConnell is lauded for the ethereal, lyric beauty of her singing and her captivating theatrical style. Cost: $20.
Wednesday, Nov. 13: Jontavious Willis and Jerron Paxton. Every generation or so, a young bluesman bursts onto the scene and sends a jolt through the blues community. Willis has just that effect on people. Through original lyrics, the gifted musician delivers a timeless album that features dynamic vocals and every variety of blues: Delta, Piedmont, Texas and Gospel. Although still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists you haven’t heard of — yet. Cost: $20.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Jill Andrews began writing songs at 19. She went on to found The Everybodyfields, leaving the band in 2009 to embark on a solo career. Cost: $15.
Sunday, Nov. 24: Chris Jones and The Night Drivers. Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and — thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction — one of the most widely heard broadcasting voices in bluegrass music. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of music’s most distinctive personalities, and one of its strongest artists. He brings along a band of equals — accomplished writers, singers, musicians all. 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 www.theroosterswife.org or ticketmesandhills.com.