September PinePitch

Pinehurst Live After 5

On Friday, Sept. 8, the band Punch is returning to the village of Pinehurst, with its high-energy sound that features a horn section and multiple lead vocalists. Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs and blankets, and get comfortable under the pines for an evening of 70s funk, Motown and today’s hits. Food, beer, wine, water and sodas will be available for purchase, but no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. This event is free and open to the public and takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817.

The Rooster’s Wife 

Warm, witty and inviting, this month’s lineup of jazz, bluegrass, folk and pop will bring you home — whatever that means for you.

Friday, Sept. 8: Randall Bramblett, one of the South’s most lyrical and literate songwriters, brings his full band for this CD release party. $20.

Sunday, Sept. 10: Chaise Lounge, equal parts dry wit and dry martini, brings its sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes, featuring the soft, luminous vocals of Marilyn Older. $20.

Sunday, Sept. 17: Dry Branch Fire Squad, the house band of the renowned Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, plays aggressively traditional bluegrass music. $15.

Sunday, Sept. 24: Stray Local (Hannah Lomas and Jamie Rowen). This band is a folk celebration, an invitation to dance, a reminder of why the South is known for music that makes you feel at home. Australian blues woman Anne McCue will open the show. $15.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 6:46 at the Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Prices given above are advance sale. For more information, call (910) 944-7502 or visit for tickets.

The Carolina Philharmonic Opens Its Ninth Season

Maestro David Michael Wolff promises an exhilarating 2017/18 season, which opens on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Owens Auditorium with a program featuring a repertoire of nature-inspired symphonic masterworks. The selections include Debussy’s “La Mer”, Beethoven’s “Pastorale Symphony” and Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite.” In the second half of the program, 16-year-old piano virtuoso George Harliono performs Rachmaninoff’s lushly romantic “Piano Concerto No. 2.”

This British prodigy made his concert debut at age 12 and has delighted audiences around the world, receiving rave reviews and winning numerous awards, including a full scholarship to The Royal College of Music. Tickets range from $11 to $30 and can be purchased at or one of the locations found on their website. Owens Auditorium is located at 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst.

Downtown Party Time

Come to downtown Southern Pines on Sunday, Oct. 1, for the inaugural Heritage Block Party, featuring the Embers with Craig Woolard, to
celebrate the grand opening of the Heritage Flag Company’s retail location at 230 S. Bennett St. From 1 to 6 p.m., the whole block on Bennett Street between Massachusetts and New York avenues will be shut down for a fun-filled afternoon perfect for the whole family.

The party starts with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m., followed by an open house in the Heritage Flag retail store from 1 to 3 p.m. A raffle to benefit the Military Missions
in Action will be held around 4:30 and will feature thousands of dollars worth of prizes. The Embers will play from 3 to 6 p.m. as you enjoy games for kids, food trucks and beer from Southern Pines Brewery. For more
information, call (910) 725-1540.

Meet Author Jason Reynolds

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Jason Reynolds will be at The Country Bookshop at 4 p.m. to introduce his new novel, Patina, the second in the Track series, about a middle-school track team with an eye on the Junior Olympics. The first in the series, Ghost, was a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature and introduced readers to a fast young runner who is slowed down by his past. Patina, an African-American girl and the newcomer to the team, is a good runner with a bad attitude — brought on by early tragedy and lingering fears. When the astute coach puts her on the relay team, she has to change her attitude to win. This young-adult novelist can tell stories that touch the heart of “any-agers.” The Country Bookshop is located at 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-3211 for more information.

Remembering Marshall

On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives presents Part II of its 2017 Colloquium. The Carolina Hotel will host this special presentation, “Celebrating the Life of General George C. Marshall,” with a reception and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Ballroom. Two wonderful speakers will bring the former Pinehurst resident’s story to life. General Michael J. Meese (BG, U.S. Army, Retired) will focus on Marshall’s distinguished military career, and Rachel Yarnell Thompson will talk about the consummate public servant who answered his nation’s call to service, rebuilding Europe after World War II. Tickets are $70 per person and are available at or the Given Memorial Library. The Carolina Hotel is located at 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Call (910) 295-6022 for more information.

American Impressionism in HD

The Sunrise Theater will present The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism, on Thursday, Sept. 21. This film, directed by Phil Grabsky and narrated by Gillian Anderson, features the sell-out exhibition “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920,” which began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and ended at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut.

The film takes you to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, United Kingdom and France as it tells the story of the American Impressionist movement, which took its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, but followed its own path, revealing as much about America as a nation as it does about its art. The story reflects America’s love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., the film begins at 10:30 am. Tickets are $15. The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. For more information, call (910) 692-8501 or 692-3611 or visit

One Night Only

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Sunrise Theater will screen May It Last, a Portrait of the Avett Brothers, a music documentary. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio use the recording of the band’s ninth album, True Sadness, as a backdrop to provide an intimate look at the lifelong bond and creative partnership of band members Scott and Seth Avett, Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon. As well as chronicling the band’s rise to fame, the film follows the history of their personal lives and the challenges of navigating the music industry. It has been called “a meditation on family, love and the passage of time.” Show times are 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16. The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. For more information, call (910) 692-8501 or 692-3611 or visit

A Tribute to the Eagles

Take it easy and slip back into the ’70s as Vision 4 Moore presents the 7 Bridges Band: The Ultimate Eagles Experience. On Saturday, Sept.16, come hear all the Don Henley and Joe Walsh songs you love, performed with stunning accuracy in this tribute to one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Expect surprises. Tickets range from $15–$35, and profits will be shared equally with non-profit partners: Caring Hearts For Kids Of Moore, Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills and The MIRA Foundation, USA. The band performs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, located at 250 Voit Gilmore Lane in Southern Pines. For more information, call (910) 365-9890 or visit

Hometown Boy Makes Good as Operatic Baritone

After graduating from Union Pines High School, Lucas Meachem went on to study music at Appalachian State University and Yale University. He became an Adler fellow with the San Francisco Opera and subsequently an international performer, sought after for his commanding presence, charisma and lyric baritone. He has performed across the United States and Europe in such operas as The Barber of Seville, La Bohème and Don Pasquale.

On Monday, Sept. 11, The Arts Council of Moore County welcomes Lucas home to give a concert as part of its Classical Concert Series at the Sunrise Theater. His performance is at 8 p.m. For non-series subscribers, the cost of this performance is $30. The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. For more information, call (910) 692-8501 or 692-2787 or visit

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