Cash on the Hoof

The painted ponies that have been haunting the streets of Southern Pines for weeks now will be sold at auction, online, on Saturday, April 6. Proceeds benefit the Carolina Horse Park. For details on how to do what and when to do it, visit

Jazz on the Grass

Bring a blanket, some folding chairs, a picnic basket and a roll of $20s to enjoy the cash bar and the Hornheads’ Kenny Holmes and his saxophone on Sunday, April 7, on the Boyd House grounds at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For information go to

Bloomin’ Is Back

The Garden Club of the Sandhills will reprise its “Blooming Art” exhibition at the Campbell House Gallery, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue in Southern Pines on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Juxtaposing floral designs and the work of local artists, the 2024 exhibit will feature interpretations by members of the Southern Pines, Olmsted, Pinehurst, Linden and Sandhills garden clubs, as well as professional floral designers including Carol Dowd of Botanicals Fabulous Flowers and Orchids, Mary Furby of Thistle and Moon, and Bill McPhail of Always Flowers by Crenshaw. Tickets for the event are $20 and available at Sandhills Woman’s Exchange and DuneBerry in Pinehurst, and at J. McLaughlin and the Campbell House in Southern Pines. Tickets may also be purchased at and at the door.

Bipartisanship? You Bet

In 1948 a program to rebuild war-ravaged Europe was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by a Democratic president. What came to be known as The Marshall Plan, named after its architect, Secretary of State George C. Marshall (who, coincidentally, had become a Pinehurst resident by the time he was named recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953), lasted four years, allotting over $13 billion dollars (roughly $165 billion today) for the reconstruction effort. The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds, an award-winning PBS documentary, is scheduled to be shown at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines, on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Executive producer Eric Christenson will introduce the film and take questions. Students of history, arise.


One if by Land, Two if by Sunrise

The Sunrise Theater’s “The British Are Coming” April film series features Four Weddings and a Funeral on April 4, Hot Fuzz on April 11, A Fish Called Wanda on April 18, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on April 25. All shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Here’s to W.H. Auden and french fries up your nose.

Clenny Creek – Heritage Day

The Moore County Historical Association will hold its annual Heritage Day showcasing the 1820s Bryant House and the 1760s McLendon Cabin on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tours, farm petting areas, live music and food. The Bryant House is at 3361 Mt. Carmel Road, Carthage. For information call (910) 692-2051 or go to

It Doesn’t Look a Day Over 450

Gather together and you may hear the story of the world’s oldest longleaf pine at its annual birthday bash on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning on the Weymouth Woods Boyd Tract meadow. There will be turpentine demonstrations, games, food trucks and an exhibition of a prescribed burn — not involving the food trucks, of course. For information visit

Book It

The authors who will be appearing live and in full color during the month of April at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., in Southern Pines, include Joy Callaway (All the Pretty Places) and Melissa Ferguson (How to Plot a Payback) on Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m.; Tom Maxwell (A Really Strange and Wonderful Time — The Chapel Hill Music Scene 1989-1999) on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.; Kathleen DuVal (Native Nations: A Millennium in North America) on Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m.; and Jill McCorkle (Old Crimes) on Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. There will also be a virtual chat with Becca Rothfield (All Things Are Too Small) on Monday, April 22, at 12 p.m.

A Rose Is a Rose

David Pike, the owner and president of Witherspoon Rose Culture, in Durham, will speak on the five essential steps in the care of roses in the Burlingame Room of the Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, on Wednesday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. Witherspoon is a third generation-owned company caring for some 80,000 rose bushes in over 2,600 gardens in North Carolina and Virginia. Sponsored by the Sandhills Horticultural Society, registration is required. The fee is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. For additional information go to

Dance Like Everybody’s Watching

One of America’s most famous and dynamic modern dance ensembles, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, makes its debut performance on the stage at the Bradshaw Performing Art Center’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2024, the company has toured the world, performing in more than 600 cities in 66 countries, representing the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries, and touring throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Now under the leadership of artistic director Michael Novak, they’ll perform three classic Paul Taylor works, “Airs,” “Syzygy” and “Promethean Fire.” For tickets and more information go to

(photograph by Paul B. Goode)

PinePitch March 2024

PinePitch March 2024

Home Sweet Home

If you own a home in Pinehurst that’s 90 years old, or older, why don’t you put your castle up for consideration in the Historic Plaque Program? Sponsored by the Village Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to encourage the recognition, preservation and restoration of the village’s historic buildings, nominations are being accepted through April 15 for the class of 2024. Candidates may include residences, commercial, institutional or public buildings. Forms and information are available online at and at the Tufts Archives, in the Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst.

Curtain Call

There’s still time to get tickets for the Judson Theatre Company’s production of the coming-of-age, feel-good comedy Butterflies Are Free, starring Morgan Fairchild, at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Opening night is Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. There are additional performances on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March, 10 at 3 p.m. For information and tickets go to or


Kids 12 and under will get a chance to meet and greet the Easter Bunny at his (hers? its?) egg hunt, beginning on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m., at the Campbell House Park, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Basket-toting little ones must be accompanied by an adult. The EB will be posing for pictures. For more information call (910) 692-7376.

The Fab Four

Take a walk down Penny Lane and experience The Beatles any way you want at “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience,” at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, on Friday, March 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. The audience gets to choose the songs from the lads from Liverpool’s oeuvre as the show is happening. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. For information and tickets go to

Mon Dieu, C’est Mort

Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc has been framed for the murder of her daughter’s father — now she’s on the lam and must find the real killer to clear her name. New York Times bestselling author Cara Black will clue you in on her latest novel at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines, on Saturday, March 16, from 5-6 p.m. For information go to

Women’s History Month

Buy some buttered popcorn and a white wine spritzer — or a shot of tequila — and settle in for a four-bagger of movies by female directors at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. How could you not start with Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig? It shows on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Then, on Wednesday, March 13, watch Clueless, directed by Amy Heckerling. On Wednesday, March 20, American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold, will run at 7 p.m. And last, but not least, on Thursday, March 28, Marie Antoinette, directed by Sophia Coppola, will light up the screen at 7 p.m. For information call (910) 420-2549 or visit

Doing 40 in a 25 Zone

Rondell Sheridan will have you laughing out loud when BPAC’s comedy series continues on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Best known for his role of Victor Baxter on the Disney Channel sitcom That’s So Raven, his one-man show, “If You’re Over 40 and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!” takes a hilarious look at the hurdles of life and love when you reach, you know, that age.

Knocking Out a Nocturne

Award-winning concert pianist Dr. Dominic Muzzi will highlight “Sunday with Chopin,” presented by Break a Leg Studios, on March 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information go to

Bad Bogeys for a Good Cause

The 2024 Kelly Cup Golf Championship benefiting the Sandhills Children’s Center takes place on Monday, March 25, at 9 a.m., at the Forest Creek Golf Club, 100 Forest Creek Drive, Pinehurst. Teams must register, and space is limited. There will a lunch following golf, along with auctions of golf rounds and trips. For more information call (910) 692-3323.

You’re Killing Me

And speaking of women . . . the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange will present a dinner theater murder mystery titled “Drop Dead Disco” by the Encore Theatre Players on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m., and again on Sunday, March 10, also at 5 p.m., at the Pine Crest Inn, 50 Dogwood Road, Pinehurst. The cost is $60 per person, and there will be a cash bar. For additional information call (910) 295-4677 or visit

League of Women Voters

On Tuesday, March 26, the Moore County League of Women Voters will host its 40th anniversary celebration at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Creek Country Club, 200 Meyer Farm Drive, Pinehurst. The luncheon will feature guest speaker Jennifer Watson, a former mayor of Charlotte and co-lead for the Carter Center’s Strengthening Democracy Project honoring the life and legacy of Rosalynn Carter. Tickets are $55. For more info go to

PinePitch February 2024

PinePitch February 2024

And the Young Shall Lead Them

The Carolina Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro David Michael Wolff will perform side-by-side with the Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Chorus in an inspiring evening of music on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m, at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For more information go to

Last Chamber Session

The Great Room of the James Boyd house, 555 E. Connecticut Ave. in Southern Pines, is the venue for violinist Nicholas DiEugenio and pianist Mimi Solomon in the fourth and final installment of the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities’ Chamber Sessions series on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The couple, currently living in Chapel Hill, met while collaborating on the Beethoven Archduke Trio at the Kinhaven Music Festival in 2010. Tickets for the performance are $30. For more information go to

Walk This Way

Why wait until Valentine’s Day? Wander the sweet village streets of Pinehurst in the Wine & Chocolate Love Affair Wine Walk sipping, sampling, shopping and strolling on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Duneberry Resort Wear and Triangle Wine Co. or at For more information call (910) 687-0377.

Author! Author!

The Country Bookshop hosts Alan Gratz talking about his latest book, Heroes: A Novel of Pearl Harbor, at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines, on Monday, Feb. 19, from 6 – 7 p.m. Then, on Friday, Feb. 23, from 5 – 6 p.m., Steve Berry will discuss his new book, The Atlas Maneuver, at The Pilot building, 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. For information and tickets for either, or both, visit

Honoring Black History Month

Mitch Capel will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye when he hosts an afternoon of African American stories told by two-time Grammy award-winner, author and inspirational speaker Willa Brigham and North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Elisha “Mother” Minter on Sunday, Feb. 25, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555. E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Admission is free but registration is required. For more information or to register go to

God Save Illinois

Set in Chicago during the Roaring Twenties, sometime chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap . . . until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. The Imagine Youth Theater presents the teen edition of Chicago, on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, and again on Sunday, Feb. 18, in a 2 p.m. matinee. This popular musical written by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb has been adapted to keep the razzle and dazzle while removing the R-rated content. For tickets and information go to

Double Dose of Love Songs

The “Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz” weekend begins on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert by the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Larry Arnold. Then, on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., two-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit headlines with The Christian Tamburr Trio. The event is co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Moore County which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. Among the many events and programs the Arts Council hosts are exhibitions at the Campbell House Gallery, a chamber music series and AutumnFest, in partnership with Southern Pines Parks & Recreation. Both of the “Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz” concerts will be at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Tickets can be obtained through the Arts Council of Moore County, Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines or online at

They’re Baaaack!

The fifth annual Painted Ponies Art Walk kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 5th, when 16 artistically decorated ponies parade in place on the streets of Southern Pines. They’ll be outside the shops on Broad Street until the end of March, destined to go on the online auction block on Saturday, April 6, proceeds benefiting the Carolina Horse Park Foundation. For more information visit

PinePitch January 2024

PinePitch January 2024

Release the Hounds!

Celebrate the rich tradition of the Moore County Hounds in the place where it all began during “Hounds on the Grounds” at historic Boyd House at Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, on Saturday, Jan. 6. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. but feel free to come early and tailgate. There is a traditional hunt breakfast at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for $50-$60 per person. The Penn-Marydel hounds are known for their great scenting ability, booming voices, agility and intelligence. The hounds are showcased in various demonstrations of their training, discipline and instincts. In addition to the activities and exhibitions, the family-friendly event features local artisans and vendors offering crafts, foxhunting memorabilia and scrumptious local delicacies. Admission is free. For information go to

Chamber Music from the Streets

The Boston Public Quartet has performed on a street corner in Mattapan Square, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Harvard Musical Association in Boston — to name just a few. Created to connect, inspire, and innovate as an ensemble-in-residence in Boston’s diverse neighborhoods, you can hear them at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 350 E. Massachusetts Ave., Southern Pines on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reception afterward at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Tickets start at $30; kids 12 and under are free; student tickets are available. For additional information go to

Sometimes You Gotta Play with Pain

Katherine Snow Smith returned to her native North Carolina after her last child left the nest and a 24-year marriage ended. She writes with vulnerability and humor about forging a new path, parenting, dating, reporting, aging, loss and launching the next chapter in life. You can join her as she discusses her new book Stepping on the Blender and Other Times Life Gets Messy, on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For more information go to

Writer in Residence

Join the gang in the Great Room on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. when Dawn Reno Langley, a writer in residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, reads from her new novel, Analyzing the Prescotts, the tale of a family in crisis and the therapist who counsels them. Admission is free but registration is required at the Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For more information visit

Hocus Pocus

Jeki Yoo has performed his unique close-up magic on America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us. Even the curmudgeonly Simon Cowell was impressed. Dubbed the “cutest magician of all time” Yoo will appear at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center in a Family Fun Show on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. and again on the mainstage series in the Owens Auditorium at 7:00 pm. For information go to

Furry Friend Fun Run

Bring your four-legged friends for exercise and camaraderie — the human and canine kind — in a run through the woods from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Whitehall Tract, 490 Pee Dee Road, Southern Pines. Sponsored by the Southern Pines Parks and Recreation, registration is required. All entries receive a participation prize and medals go to the first and third place winners. Cost is $5 per pet, limit of two. To register go to the Town of Southern Pines website, click the Parks and Recreation tab or call (910) 692-7376 for more information.

DIY Van Gogh

Members of the Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen, will show you how to create your own art on Sunday, Jan.7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as the instructors demonstrate the various mediums they will be teaching in 2024. Prospective classes include drawing, pastels, colored pencil, oil, watercolor, acrylics, block printing, gouache and more. For more information go to

Southern Gothic

When Ruby McTavish Callahan Woodward Miller Kenmore dies, she’s not only North Carolina’s richest woman, she’s also its most notorious. The victim of a famous kidnapping as a child and a widow four times over, Ruby ruled the tiny town of Tavistock from Ashby House, her family’s estate high in the Blue Ridge mountains. In the aftermath of her death, that estate — along with a nine-figure fortune and the complicated legacy of being a McTavish — pass to her adopted son, Camden. And if you want to know the rest of the story you need to go to The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to listen to Rachel Hawkins talk about her new novel, The Heiress. For further information to

December PinePitch 2023

December PinePitch 2023

Toys for Tots

Eat in or drive thru at the 33rd annual Toys for Tots toy and food drive on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Beefeater’s Restaurant, 672 S.W. Broad St. in Southern Pines. Sponsored by the Mark “Brook” Westbrook Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the cost is either a $10 per-plate donation, an unwrapped toy, or five cans or boxes of non-perishable food. Of course, more is always better. Santa will be on-site from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The plates are chopped barbecue or grilled chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, rolls, tea or soda, and dessert. There are nuggets for the kids. Word on the street is Santa is a nugget kinda guy.

Elf on Parade

Marching bands and Santa Claus. What’s not to like? The Southern Pines Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Santa does the full loop, beginning at Vermont Avenue, down the west side of Broad Street to Massachusetts Avenue, across the tracks then back up the east side of Broad. If any additional information is necessary you can call the North Pole hotline at (910) 692-7376.

And, if you missed him in Southern Pines, the jolly old rascal will be in Vass for its annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. There will food and vendors at the Vass Lakeview School, 141 James St., Vass. For more information call (910) 245-4677 or go to

Keeping Christmas Well

The Uprising Theatre Company will present its inventive re-creation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., at The Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Each show will begin with caroling, to get everyone in the mood. There will be additional performances on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, also at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information go to

You Say It’s Your Birthday

It’s Sandhills Community College’s 60th anniversary, and everyone is invited to attend the gala celebration on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. The event is for ages 13 and up and the dress is casual but, you know, decent. The lobby opens at 6 p.m. and the curtain rises at 7. The event is free of charge. Tickets can be secured in advance at

Look Out Below

The traditional Pine Cone Drop ringing in the New Year (a bit early) will happen on Friday, Dec. 29, near the railway station in Southern Pines from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be live music, carnival games, face painting and early bedtimes for all. For additional information call (910) 692-7376.

Weymouth Wonderland

The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, will hold its Outdoor Wonderfest and Market Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and again on Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be local vendors and artisans to fill Christmas gift lists, crafts, face painting and plenty of food. The marketplace is open to the public. Admission is by any monetary donation. For additional information visit

Lights, Wreaths, Action

The Episcopal Day School will hold its 44th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring five unique Pinehurst and Southern Pines houses decked out in full holiday regalia. The tour’s tariff is $20 in advance and $25 the day of. For information and tickets you can go to or visit the Episcopal Day School front office.

A Tradition Like No Other

The annual Murphy Family Christmas Concert features two shows at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For information and ticketing for this must-see annual celebration of the season call (910) 420-2549 or visit

PinePitch November 2023

PinePitch November 2023

Question Everything

Be prepared to be transported to a world where secrets fester and the line between reality and illusion blurs when the Judson Theatre Company presents Gaslight, performed on Broadway as Angel Street, in five performances beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, and running through a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 19 at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Set in a charming Victorian London townhouse, Gaslight, starring Jennifer Hope and Matthew Tyler, revolves around a seemingly perfect marriage, beneath which lies a sinister plot. Sanity is questioned and strange occurrences unfold in a heart-pounding journey to unravel a dark mystery. For more information go to


The Last First

The Main Squeeze, an American funk band from Bloomington, Indiana, will bring down the curtain — if there was a curtain on the outdoor stage — on the First Friday concerts for 2023. The music begins at 5 p.m. and wraps at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, on the Sunrise Square adjacent to the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Everyone knows the drill. Food trucks. Check. Beer for imbibing. Check. Cujos? No so much. It’s the last one of the year, so leave your pets at home and wander by. For additional information call (910) 420-2549 or go to


Sugar Plums and Mouse Kings

Gary Taylor Dance presents The Nutcracker, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 24, at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. There will be additional performances of this holiday classic by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. For information and tickets go to


Let There Be Light

Ring in the holidays at Southern Pines’ annual tree-lighting celebration on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to block after block of colorfully decorated trees, keep an eye out for Santa Claus. He’s available for pictures. Bring your own camera but no autographs, please. For information call: (910) 692-7376.


From Apartheid to Democracy

William Lucas, a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, joins the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series with a talk titled “The Mandela-DeKlerk ‘Miracle’” on Thursday, Nov. 9, at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Lucas was twice assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, as a political officer serving from 1981-83 and again from 1988-91. He was the director, African Affairs, at the National Security Council in 2006. His current projects include a book on the transition from apartheid to democracy in the ’80s and ’90s, based on interviews with key South African and American officials as well as declassified documentation obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. For additional details go to


11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month

Downtown Southern Pines’ Veteran’s Day Parade will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Bring the whole family to support our troops and veterans. All veterans are invited to join the parade. For more information call (910) 692-7376 or leaf through a history book. Freedom isn’t free.



Golf Talk Live

Join Southern Pines native and longtime PineStraw contributor Bill Fields in conversation with his old colleague and PineStraw editor Jim Moriarty as they discuss their decades covering golf and writing about it on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and  Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Fields, who will be at Weymouth as a writer-in-residence, has contributed multiple features to PineStraw and penned over 100 of his “Hometown” columns since it first appeared in the magazine in Dec. 2014. He was born in Moore County, graduated from Pinecrest High School in 1977 and from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1981. Fields has been a writer and editor for multiple golf publications and is currently a researcher on NBC’s golf telecasts, serving as the little voice whispering interesting facts into Dan Hicks’ ear. The program is free of charge but registration is required. For info go to


Sandhills Originals

The Artists League of the Sandhills begins its 29th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale on Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. The show continues on Saturday with a “meet the artist” session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit and sale runs through Dec. 15. For additional information go to


Take a Deep Breath

World-renowned glass artists Einar and James De La Torre will give a glass-blowing demonstration at Starworks, 100 Russell Drive, Star, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. There will be live music by Laura Jane Vincent and beverages available from the Starworks Café and Taproom. The House of Odell & Luella food truck will be on-site. The event is family and pet friendly, if everyone is on a leash. Well, the pets anyway. Tickets are $5. For more information go to



Philharmonic Fun

The Carolina Philharmonic hosts its annual gala fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Chef Mark Elliott will orchestrate the meal, and Maestro David Michael Wolff and the junior orchestra will perform. Proceeds from the dinner and charity auction support music education programs. Cost is $150 per person. For more information call (910) 603-0444 or go to


Penultimate First

In the next-to-last First Friday of the 2023 season, enjoy the blues sound of Eddie 9V on Oct. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the stage at Sunrise Square next to the theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. The usual rules apply. No Cujos allowed. There will be food trucks, and Southern Pines Brewing Company will be on-site to administer hops and barley on demand. For additional info call (910) 420-2540 or go to



We’re talking running, magic, dancing, arts, crafts, food and way, way more. Hey, the Arts Council of Moore County and Southern Pines Parks and Rec have been doing this since 1978. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Downtown Park in Southern Pines, 145 S.E. Broad St. For additional information call (910) 692-7376 or, better yet, just show up.


The Corner of Ghosts and Goblins

Trick-or-treat the downtown businesses of Southern Pines in Boofest 2023 beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. After your candy buckets are full, gather at the Downtown Park, 145 S.E. Broad St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. for Halloween games, crafts and the best dog costume raffle. If you need more information call (910) 692-7376.



It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time

Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show outdoors on the Sunrise Square next to the theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines, on Friday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. There will be another showing on Oct. 28. Same Bat time, same Bat channel. If you need costume advice call
(910) 420-2549 or go to



Feelin’ Fearless?

Ride a hay-covered wagon down the winding path and into the haunted woods on October’s spookiest Friday the 13th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Campbell House Grounds, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. You’re fair game for every haunted creature of the night. Be prepared for light, sound, smell, maybe even liquid substances. For daredevils of all ages. Cost is $5 per victim. Campbell House Grounds, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.


Classical Gas

Enjoy the classical guitar virtuosity of Meng Su in the McPherson Theater of the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center at Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. She has performed in over 30  countries around the world in halls such as the Concertgebouw, Palau de Musica, Tchaikovsky Hall and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Cost is $30. For more information go to


Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The celebration begins on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. There will be a presentation, land acknowledgment and history, smudging ceremony, prayer song and traditional dances with Kaya Littleturtle of the Lumbee Tribe. Admission is free but registration required. The celebration continues on Monday, Oct. 9, with an outdoor children’s event, traditional dance showcase, friendship dances, corn husk doll-making, storytelling and songs. For more information go to


Monte Carlo in Moore

Celebrate Carolina Horse Park’s 25th anniversary from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Village Pine Venue, 1628 McCaskill Road, Carthage, on lucky Friday the 13th with roulette, craps, blackjack and poker, plus raffles to invest your winnings. There will be a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. Wear your best James Bond cocktail attire. Tickets are $85 for one and $150 for two. Info:

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Stayin’ Alive

Souljam, a band based in Vero Beach, Florida, will perform with Jamie Monroe as the opening act at Live After 5 from 5:15 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Village Arboretum, 375 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. There will be kids’ activities and food trucks. Beer, wine and additional beverages will be available for purchase. Picnic baskets are allowed; outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes. For more information call (910) 295-3642 or go to


Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

The Sandhills Repertory Theatre presents The Opera Cowgirls, the alt-country band where the Grand Ole Opry meets the mezzo sopranos, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m., at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For more information and tickets call (910) 692-3611 or visit


Santa’s Wordsmith

Join Mary Kay Andrews, the author of The Homewreckers and The Santa Suit, for the book launch of her novella Bright Lights, Big Christmas on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Space is limited. For more information and tickets go to


Wait Wait . . . Not My Job

Alonzo Bodden, a regular panel member from NPR’s Peabody Award-winning show Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, kicks off BPAC’s 2023-24 Comedy Series at the Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15. Bodden has done comedy specials on Amazon Prime and Showtime and was the season three winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Tickets are $25 and up and can be purchased at or


Variations on a Theme

Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Weymouth Center and listen to Jazz on the Lawn featuring the Mint Julep Jazz Band from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Bring your own blanket, chairs and a picnic, and enjoy the cash bar with mimosas, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages available. Tickets start at $27.50 and children 12 and under are admitted free. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:


Page Turners

Libraries all across Moore County are signing up new patrons during the entire month of September. Get a Library Crawl Passport at one of the participating libraries, visit five or more libraries during the month, then return your passport to any of the libraries to be entered in a prize raffle. The libraries include Moore County Library, Page Memorial Library, Pinebluff Library, Robbins Area Library, Vass Area Library, Moore County Library Bookmobile, Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives, Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, Southern Pines Public Library, and SPARK-SPPL book vending. While you’re at it, check out a book or two. Happy reading.


The Gatlin Brothers. Nuff Said.

That’s Larry, Steve and Rudy, to all y’all. The Gatlin Brothers will open the Bradshaw Performing Arts Centaer’s 2023-24 Mainstage Series on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Sandhills Community College Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. The Grammy Award-winning trio has accumulated a lifetime of accolades, including seven No. 1 singles and 32 top 40 records. For information and tickets go to


Magical Monarchs

Celebrate butterflies and promote pollinator habitats with a day of family fun and educational activities during the annual Flutterby Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Village Arboretum, 105 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Programs include an opportunity to interact and feed hundreds of newly emerged monarch butterflies in the giant Magical Monarch Tents. Live music is provided by musicians from the Carolina Philharmonic. Refreshments are available for purchase from food trucks, and tickets can be purchased at


Do You Want Slaw With That?

The Third Annual Pinehurst Barbecue Festival begins Sept. 1 featuring the Food Network’s “chopped” champion Adam Hughes at Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road W., Pinehurst. The three-day festival concludes on Saturday, Sept. 3, with the Christopher Prieto Pitmaster Invitational, where barbecue virtuosos from all over North Carolina offer samplings of whole hog, ribs, brisket and poultry. In between there’s music and maybe a shot of bourbon or two. For more information visit



An Inconvenient Truth

Join David Joy as he discusses Those We Thought We Knew, his compelling new novel of a community whose dark underbelly is suddenly revealed, on Friday, Aug. 4, at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Joy’s honors include winning the 2020 Dashiell Hammett Award for When These Mountains Burn and the 2018 Southern Book Prize for The Weight of This World. In addition, he was an Edgar Award finalist for best first novel for Where All Light Tends to Go. He’s also the author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey. The event is free, but space is limited. Go to to reserve yours.

If You Can Dodge a Wrench

Create your own underdog story at a fun day of dodgeball and fundraising for the CARE Group programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the old Aberdeen Elementary School Gym, 305 Elm St., Aberdeen. The cost is $150 for a team of six plus one substitute player and $5 for a Fan in the Stands pass. Unfortunately Patches O’Hoolihan can’t make it. There will be food trucks, drinks, raffles, contests and prizes. For more information visit

Pinky Finger Up

Spend the day cruising the Seagrove countryside, sampling teas and pastries, as you discover handmade pottery on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drink iced tea from Carriage House Tea, sample the pastries from the Table Farmhouse Bakery and Holly Hill Farm, then try homemade treats while stopping at Blue Hen Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up, Red Hare Pottery and Thomas Pottery. It all takes place on N.C. Pottery Highway 705, Seagrove.

First Friday

And when you’re finished listening to David Joy, walk down the block — or up the block, depending on if you’re right side up or upside down — to hear Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 4, on the First Bank Stage at Sunrise Square, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. All the usual rules apply. Leave Cujo at home. There will be beer on tap and food trucks to feed your inner Homer Simpson. For information call (910) 420-2549 or go to

Live After Five

The hits keep on happening when Heads Up Penny performs from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Village Arboretum, 375 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, on Friday, Aug. 11. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the unbridled will to dance barefoot in the park. There will be children’s activities and food trucks. Beer, wine and additional beverages will be available for purchase. Picnic baskets are A-OK, but outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Julia Golden is the opening act. For more information call (910) 295-3642 or go to



Red, White and Blue

The annual Independence Day Parade through the village of Pinehurst takes place on Tuesday, July 4, from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Bring Rover along or put a leash on Darwin the goldfish and participate in the pet parade. Don’t forget the poop bags. Entries in the parade are free of charge and accepted from nonprofits, businesses, civic groups, churches and families. When all’s said and done, the Sandhills Farmers Market will open for business at Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road, Pinehurst. For information go to


Throwing a Pottery Party

Help Eck McCanless Pottery celebrate its 12th anniversary on Saturday, July 15, at his shop at 6077 Old U.S. Highway 220, Seagrove. Eck will demonstrate his unique brand of agateware pots made by turning multiple colors of clay on the wheel to create a colorful spiral, then carving his pots to create beautiful patterns. He’ll also have signed and numbered limited-edition pieces in a plum purple pottery. Refreshments will be served. For more information call (336) 873-7412 or go to


On the Small Stage

The Judson Theatre Company will present the musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 21, in the intimate McPherson Theater at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. The second longest running, off-Broadway musical in theater history, the show follows the highs and lows of first dates, first loves, marriages, babies, in-laws and growing old together, paying tribute to those who have loved and lost, and to those who have dared to ask someone out on a date. There will be six additional performances through Sunday, July 30. For information, additional dates, times and tickets go to


Ooooohh! Aaaaahh!

Break out the lawn chairs and blankets to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and a free concert at the Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., on Monday, July 3. Gates open at 4 p.m. for parking; the celebrating begins at 6 p.m. There will be bounce houses and other distractions for the kiddos, and a wide range of food and beverages for purchase. Picnic baskets are allowed. The Charlotte-based duo The Parks Brothers will be performing eclectic selections, covering tunes from the ’60s to today, along with their original music. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. If you need more info visit


We’ve Got the Blues So Bad

The Blues Crawl, a summer Southern Pines tradition, has been redubbed Bluesfest 2023, a two-day festival on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, hosted at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. There will be live performances on both the indoor and outdoor stages. Artists include Vasti Jackson, Idlewild South, Linwood Taylor, Harvey Dalton Arnold, Jason Damico, Corey Congilio, Jonathan Robinson Band, Baxter Clement & Friends, Daniel Anderson, the Neon Rooster blues competition winners and more. For more information call (910) 420-2549 or go to