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Come One, Come All, Come Sunday

Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs for an outdoor jazz concert on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring internationally renowned artists performing their own tributes to Duke Ellington’s masterpiece, “Come Sunday.” Between the music and the cash bar, it can’t miss. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

Flutter into Fun

Mark your calendars for monarchs! On Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy live music, fun activities and food while learning about monarch butterflies, insects, and birds. Tour the pollinator garden and step into the magical monarch butterfly tent before releasing them to join the great migration. Live music by the Carolina Philharmonic, information from local organizations, food vendors, kids’ activities and more await you at the Village Arboretum, 105 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

The Free Company

With the creation of The Free Company, author James Boyd played a critical role in combating propaganda and defending democracy in days leading up to World War II. On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., the original 1941 recording of Orson Welles’ radio play His Honor, the Mayor — produced by The Free Company — will play, followed by local historian Bill Case speaking about the origins of the group. A light reception will follow.  Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. There will be a second playing of the recording on Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Weymouth Center for  the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

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Live After Five

Come sail away to the sweet sounds of Carolina beach music from the award-winning band The Castaways as the Live After Five season begins to wind down. Live horns and versatile vocals will swing you through everything from country to Southern rock, while you enjoy the on-site food trucks and activities for the kiddos. Picnic baskets are allowed, but leave those alcoholic beverages at home. Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.vopnc.org.

What’s Sweeter than a Rose?

Two Roses! Check out the dynamite pair, Duo Rose — lyric soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose and bassoonist Saxton Rose — as they perform with Lithuanian pianist Skirmante Kezyte in an intimate concert setting on Sunday, Sept.11, at 2 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

Ruth Pauley Lecture Series

Dr. Marcia Chatelain received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which shows how the McDonald’s fast food chain became a great generator of Black wealth, and explores the intersection of race, inequality, food and consumer capitalism in America. Join her Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. as she speaks on “Hungering for Change: Food Justice and Civil Rights.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For additional information contact info@ruthpauley.org.

Little House in the Sandhills

Laura Ingalls-approved: Continue the celebration of the 100th year of the historic Woman’s Exchange when the cabin reopens for the fall season on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. It will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., serving lunch daily from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info:  (910) 295-4677 or www.sandhillswe.org.

Fall into Fun

Let the fall breeze blow you over to Autumnfest in downtown Southern Pines on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s something for everyone at this festival featuring arts and crafts, live entertainment, a 5K run, youth sprint races and great food. Follow the scent of pumpkin spice to Downtown Park, 145 S.E. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.mooreart.org.

Krazy for Kaboom!

Buckle up before blasting into an educational tour of the scientific method with the famed Doktor Kaboom! The klutzy but lovable educator-entertainer uses humor and comedy to demonstrate spectacular applications of physical science. Who said learning can’t be fun? Join the good Doktor for “Look Out! Science is Coming!” on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5-6 p.m. at the Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Klea Blackhurst’s award-winning and critically acclaimed tribute to Ethel Merman, “Everything the Traffic Will Allow,” is in town for one night and one night only on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. in the Owens Auditorium of the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Blackhurst brings bright new interpretations to Merman’s signature songs like “I Got Rhythm” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” For info and tickets go to: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Much Ado about Mousse

Devotees of downtown Aberdeen’s The Bakehouse will be lining up for the first Lunch ‘n’ Learn of the fall season at the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange. The former owner and renowned pastry chef, Martin Brunner, will present “Making Chocolate Mousse Demo and Tasting” on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. As a professor of baking and pastry arts at Sandhills Community College, Brunner will ensure you and your taste buds both learn something delicious. Cost is $25 with lunch by chef Katrina. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-4677 or www.sandhillswe.org.

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Acting and Air-Conditioning — What’s Not to Like?

The Judson Theatre Company continues its summer theater festival with two Sandhills area premieres. Catch one or both to beat the August heat. Opening Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. and running through Aug. 14 is the comedy fantasia Buyer & Cellar about a struggling actor working in the basement mall of Barbra Streisand’s home. And, from Aug. 19 – 28, get ready for Tick, tick, BOOM! a three-person musical by the author of Rent about an aspiring composer worried he made the wrong career choice. Performances begin at 8 p.m. for both shows in the black box McPherson Theater at Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

 

Even Better than Scooby-Doo

Don’t miss the first in Weymouth’s new Saturday morning family series featuring Mitch Capel as “Gran’daddy Junebug” on Aug. 6 at10 a.m. Capel is a master storyteller, recording artist, published author and poet. He has been featured at numerous schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1985, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee; The Smithsonian’s 2009 Folklife Festival on the National Mall; and the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Free admission but registration is required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

 

Elle and Kermit

Step back in time with two favorite throwback films in the Sunrise Theater’s Summer Film Series. Check out Legally Blonde at 7 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 4, or catch The Muppet Movie at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Tickets are $10. Info: www.sunrisetheater.com.

 

Photograph By Ted Fitzgerald

Live After Five

Bounce!, a high energy wedding and party band from the Triangle area, will be playing all your favorite dance songs from the last 40 years. Local favorite Whiskey Pines will open from 5:15 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., so grab your lawn chair and don’t be late. Dance the night away till 9 p.m. at Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road, Pinehurst. Picnic baskets are allowed and food trucks are standing by, but no outside alcohol. Not to fear, you can still purchase beer, wine and soft drinks as you slide into your blue suede shoes. Info: www.vopnc.org.

 

Where’s John Travolta When You Need Him?

Break out the headbands and shimmy into your bell-bottoms, then head to downtown Aberdeen for an evening of Snap and Hustle with “the greatest disco revival show in the world.” For one night only catch Boogie Knights at a pop-up disco from 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. at The Neon Rooster, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

 

Calling All Amateur Pitmasters

For three days dip yourself into all things barbecue at the Pinehurst Barbecue Festival, a celebration of taste and tradition. With four signature events sprinkled across the weekend like a dry rub, you can revel in bourbon pairings, grilling classes and music from tribute band Chicago Rewired. From September 2 – 4, there’s something for the whole family at the village of Pinehurst. 6 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

 

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The Artist Sees What Others Only Glimpse

Get a view through the artists’ eyes at two exhibits this month. The Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen, will host an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for its exhibit “Small Gems of Art,” which will run through Aug. 26. Info: (910) 944-3979.

Also on Aug. 5, the Arts Council of Moore County will present the 42nd annual “Fine Arts Festival” opening and awards ceremony at the Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines from 6 p.m. to 8  p.m. The show will remain open until Aug. 26. Info: (910) 692-2787 or www.mooreart.org.

 

Blood, Guts and Books

Finish your summer reading quest with the author of Ship of Blood: Mutiny and Slaughter Aboard the Harry A. Berwind, and the Quest for Justice on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. A native son of Sanford, author-in-residence Charles Oldham will share his love for all things Tar Heel history from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission, registration required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

 

Have a Brighter By and By

Enjoy your Sunday with one of Weymouth’s popular “Come Sunday” Jazz brunches on Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring your own blanket, chairs and a picnic. There will be a cash bar with mimosas, beer, wine and non-alcoholic choices. The event features internationally renowned jazz artists each performing their own rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic, Come Sunday. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

 

Photograph By Ted Fitzgerald

Rock On

First Friday is back from its July hiatus with Dangermuffin, a Carolina-based band that weaves lyrical themes of sea, sun and spiritual connection with Americana, island-influence, folk and jam. Enjoy food trucks, some Southern Pines Brewery brews, and listen to great music while supporting the local theater on Aug. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. No dogs, outside alcohol or rolling coolers. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.sunrisetheater.com.

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Fireworks and Fun

Check out the rockets’ red glare at the Pinehurst Harness Track from 6 – 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. Fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m., with plenty to keep you busy until then, from a kids zone with inflatables; a variety of food vendors; and Liquid Pleasure, the great dance and show band that has appeared with stars like Paula Abdul and Aretha Franklin. 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info: www.vopnc.org.

 

Up Close with Roy Firestone

Laughs guaranteed at this one-night-only show featuring Roy Firestone, the seven-time Emmy Award-winning host of ESPN’s legendary Up Close Primetime. You may also remember Firestone from his appearance in the film Jerry Maguire, where he played himself in an unforgettable scene, but did you know he was also a critically acclaimed humorist, musician and impressionist? Firestone has performed in more than 2,000 venues spanning two decades. You can catch him at the Owens Auditorium from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

 

   

Everyone Is a Reader

If you’re on the hunt for a summer read join The Country Bookshop’s Kimberly Daniels Taws for three author events in July. Hugh Eakin will be chatting virtually with Taws about his book Picasso’s War on Wednesday, July 13, from 1 – 2 p.m. On Friday, July 15, author Rick Ridgeway will be at The Pilot, 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines, from 6 – 7 p.m. to talk about his outdoor explorations in Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the End of the Map. To wrap up the month, join author-illustrator Matt Myers on Tuesday, July 26, at 4 p.m. to celebrate the release of his new book, The World’s Longest Licorice Rope. His wife, Maya, will discuss two of her books, Not Little and Little Kids First Big Book of Baby Animals at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info and tickets for all events: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

 

Far Out Artwork

If you miss the psychedelic ’70s, then climb into your VW bus and drive to Seagrove for a special trip down memory lane. Carolina Bronze East, a studio and gallery space in the Historic Lucks Cannery in Seagrove, is owned by two ’76 East Carolina University grads, still making art, defying the odds. Their new display, “The ’70s Show,” showcases the talent that walked through the art school during that decade. Be quick about it, though, because the show closes July 7 at the Historic Lucks Cannery Artwalk, 365 Fernandez Loop, Suite 205, Seagrove, N.C. For more information call (336) 873-8291.

 

Summer on the Stage

Switch up your poolside routine and check out the inaugural Summer Theatre Festival, brought to you by the Judson Theatre Company. Beat the heat in the intimate, air-conditioned Bradshaw Performing Arts Center’s McPherson Theatre as three exciting 21st century shows receive their Sandhills area premieres. Running from July 22 – 31 is the two-man musical spoof of aspiring playwrights seeking Broadway contracts, Gutenberg! The Musical! Then catch Buyer & Cellar August 5-14 for a comedic fantasia about a struggling actor working in the basement mall of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. Wrap up the summer Aug. 19-28 with tick, tick . . . BOOM, a three-person musical by the author of Rent about an aspiring composer worried he made the wrong career choice. BPAC is at 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For tickets visit judsontheatre.com. See you at intermission.

 

Christmas in July

If you’d rather deck the halls than sweat on the deck, you’ll want to join in the Yuletide festivities at Given Memorial Library on Saturday, July 23. Santa Max will be flying in on a summertime sleigh to celebrate Christmas in July. There will be a photo opportunity with Santa, a craft and a goodie bag to take home. Reservation required. There are two time slots to choose from, 9:45 – 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-3642.

 

Patriotism on Parade

Nothing says Independence Day like a parade, and the village of Pinehurst is ready to celebrate, decked out in red, white and blue! Move your feet to snag a seat before the official parade begins at 10 a.m., Monday, July 4, at Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.vopnc.org.

 

Hot Town, Summer in the City

It’s the deals that are burning up the sidewalks in Southern Pines on July 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tables will be set up both inside and outside of the downtown stores so you don’t have sweat to get the biggest discount. The event is hosted by the Southern Pines Business Association.

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Off Script with The Sway

Join The Sway for an exciting author event on Tuesday June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 195 American Fusion, 195 Bell Ave., Southern Pines. Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on this summer’s hottest beach read, Nora Goes Off Script, from the author, Annabel Monaghan. Enjoy an exclusive night sipping on a flight of tequila cocktails inspired by the books’ characters while hearing more about Annabel’s creative process. Enough tequila and a good book — who needs the beach?  Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

 

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Now Watch This

Hop, leap or jump over to Raeford to watch horse and rider teams go through their paces at the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Annual Horse Show that begins Wednesday, June 29, and ends Sunday, July 3. Times are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. For information visit www.nchja.com.

 

History at Home

West Southern Pines has an impressive legacy and an even brighter future. Learn more about this historic area as Kim Wade, president of the West Southern Pines Civic Club, and Vincent Gordon present an Arts and Humanities Lecture, “The Rebirth of West Southern Pines: One of N.C.’s First African American Townships,” on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Free admission, registration required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

 

So Many Books, So Little Time

And we’re only talking about the ones by James Patterson! Wondering where to start? Try his new memoir, James Patterson by, you guessed it, James Patterson. Launch into your reading with an autographed copy of the book and a conversation with the author led by The Country Bookshop’s Kimberly Daniels Taws from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www.ticketmesandhills.com.

First Friday

If “cosmic soul rock” is your thing, then the place to be Friday, June 3, is listening to Rebekah Todd and her band on the Sunrise Theater outdoor stage, 250 N.W. Broad St. in Southern Pines, from 5 to 8 p.m. Influenced by artists from Hiatus Kaiyote to Tedeschi Trucks Band, Todd focuses on the art of expression. Enjoy food trucks, some Southern Pines Brewery brews, and listen to great music while supporting the local theater. No dogs, outside alcohol or rolling coolers. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.sunrisetheater.com.

 

To Be or Not to Be

’Tis not the question for us because we know you’ll want to be at the Shakespeare in the Pines summer production of Hamlet, opening Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Lawn admission is free. Trust us, “the play’s the thing” you need for your weekend plans. Performances are also on June 11, 12 and 17 – 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tufts Park, Village of Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

 

Use Your Superpower for Good

Plant power, that is. Join Namaste Arey of Meadowflower Farms at the Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, on Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m., for “Plant Propagation 101.” Perfect for beginners, this class will leave you with tips and tricks for turning cuttings into new baby plants. Is there a better superpower? The Earth doesn’t think so. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

 

Classic Cruisers

Do you love Flathead V8s and hand-crank windows? How about raising funds for charity? Cruise into Mac’s Breakfast Anytime, 1904 N. Sandhills Blvd., Aberdeen, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, and catch the action. Bring your classic car, truck or motorcycle, and raise funds for local charities. There will be door prizes, music and more. Organized by Sandhills Classic Street Rod Association. Info: www.sandhillsclassicstreetrods.com.

 

Yard Sales Are the Bee’s Knees

Local buzz has it there will be some great finds at The Bee’s Knees Community Yard Sale, on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whet your appetite while shopping at 30 – 40 individual outdoor booths offering everything from handmade crafts, modern tools and electronics, to vintage and antique collectibles, before finishing up with a bite at the on-site food truck. The Bee’s Knees, 125 N.C. 73, West End.

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Antiques Roadshow, Right Up the Road

Since 1985 antiques and collectibles dealers have gathered to display their wares in the village shops and along the streets of Cameron’s historic district. Like wine — and people — it only gets better with age! Head up the road for a free event with more than 150 dealers, shopping, food and fun on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Downtown Cameron, Carthage Street, Cameron.

Calling All Hats

Treat your hat to a night on the town at the Derby Day fundraising event for Weymouth’s new free after-school program, Weymouth Equestrians, from 5 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Enjoy bluegrass, bourbon and BBQ while competing in the best hat contest and a prize raffle for your win/place/show Derby picks. Info and tickets: www.weymouthcenter.org.

Buggy with the Fringe on the Top

Spontaneous singing of Broadway show tunes not required to enjoy this year’s annual Carthage Buggy Festival, though it’s never discouraged. Come out to enjoy arts and crafts, beer, wine and food 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. There will be a kids zone, classic car and truck show, and buggy and tractor show. Downtown Carthage at 1 Courthouse Square, Carthage.

Strawberry Fields Forever

The Women of Weymouth’s final meeting of the season will conclude on Monday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an outdoor luncheon, featuring strawberry shortcake, music and a Talbot’s fashion show. Wear your most fashionable fascinators and win some sweet prizes. John Lennon may or may not be on the playlist. Reserve your tickets by May 6. Cost is $20 for supporters and $25 for guests. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.weymouthcenter.org.

 

Bocce with a Big Heart

Brush up your bank shot and break out your bocce balls to benefit children who have special developmental needs at the Sandhills Children’s Center’s Backyard Bocce Bash. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road, Pinehurst, for the teams of four competing in the round robin tournament. Info: (910) 692-3323 or www.SandhillsChildrensCenter.org.

Double Play Books Bash

There are two separate author events to scratch your lit-itch on Wednesday, May 11. Michelle Huneven will be chatting online about her book, Search, from 12 1 p.m. The talk isn’t just cheap, it’s free, but registration is required. For in-person bibliophiles, Taylor Brown will be discussing his book, Wingwalkers, from 4 6:30 p.m. at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info and tickets for both events: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Memorial Day Muscles

Start off the Memorial Day weekend with the Murph Workout Challenge, an energetic way to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. The workout consists of a mile run followed by 300 air squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups, and another mile run, but can be modified to suit physical ability. Southern Pines CrossFit will host its annual Memorial weekend tribute to the fallen while supporting the amazing Gold Star Teens Organization. Corner of New York Avenue and Bennett Street, Southern Pines, on Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Fun Times Infinity

All day long. We’re talking alllll day long. The Village of Pinehurst Family Fest is a full day of live music — three bands on hand — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 30, with a skydiving jump by the Black Daggers, a kids zone, North Carolina’s premier video game truck, a photo booth with the U.S. Women’s Open trophy, various food and beverage vendors . . . and the list goes on and on. Pinehurst Harness Track, Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Sip, Sip, Sip

Thirsty Thursdays get a glow-up on Thursday, June 2, from 6 9 p.m., when Babson Real Estate Advisors presents “A Taste of North Carolina: Whiskey and Wine” at the Agora Bakery and Café, 15 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com. Time to treat yourself. 

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Doin’ the Bunny Hop

Kids can enjoy an “Eggstravaganza” of crafts, egg hunts and pix with Mr. Bunny beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Campbell House Park, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Free to all, even those answering to the name Harvey.

Feherty Unplugged

The unchained — or perhaps unhinged, depending on your point of view — and incredibly funny David Feherty will go from the PGA Tour and major championship announcing booth to the stage at Owens Auditorium for his one-man stand-up show on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m., at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For information and tickets go to www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Double Dose of Lee

The Judson Theatre Company returns with Lee Squared: The Liberace and Peggy Lee Comeback Tour, a unique evening of music and laughter on April 8-10 at the Owens Auditorium, Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Liberace, played by David Maiocco, lived a life of flamboyance and sparkle, and Miss Peggy Lee, played by Chuck Sweeney, is simply beyond description. The duo won the 2017 Bistro Award for Lee Squared. The performance on Friday, April 8, is at 8 p.m., while the shows on April 9 and 10 begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.judsontheatre.com.

Four Women, One Heirloom

Join New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey as she talks about her new novel, The Wedding Veil, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at The Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst. Juxtaposed against the drama of the Vanderbilts and the Biltmore Estate is the intriguing present-day story of Julia Baxter and her grandmother, Barbara Carlisle. While wearing the gorgeous Vanderbilt wedding veil is considered good luck, is it really? Tickets are available from www.ticketmesandhills.com. For more information go to www.thecountrybookshop.biz or call (910) 692-3211.

Live After 5

The 2022 concert series kicks off with The Embers, featuring Craig Woolard, on Friday, April 8, from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road, Pinehurst. Picnic baskets are allowed, outside alcohol isn’t. Never fear, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase, and there will be food trucks, food trucks, food trucks. For information go to www.vopnc.org.

Homes in Bloom

The Southern Pines Garden Club presents its annual (in non-pandemic years) Home & Garden Tour on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where visitors have the opportunity to experience some of the Sandhills’ most elegant homes and gardens. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. For information and tickets go to ticketmesandhills.com.

And They’re Off and Running

Spring. Matinee. Races. The Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road, Pinehurst, 1 p.m to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Enough said. Bring sunscreen, floppy hats and plenty of folding money for, ahem, a side bet or two. The races begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m., or thereabouts. For information call (708) 921-1719.

Haute Couture

Just about anyone who makes anything you can wear or walk in will be represented in the spring Fashion Show on Tuesday, April 19, at the Forest Creek Golf Club, 200 Meyer Farm Drive, Pinehurst. The buffet lunch and cocktails cost $65. Eve Avery, Marie and Marcele, Morgan Miller, J. McLaughlin, Monkee’s, Denker, Ikonic Kollection, Eclectic in the Village, Cooper and Bailey’s, Dunberry Resort Wear, and Perle by Lola will all be there. For info and tickets go to www.
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Home and Garden Extravaganza

The Spring Home & Garden Expo at the Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road, Pinehurst, will have more than 40 companies showing their wares beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22. For information go to www.ticketmesandhills.com.

It Looks Good for Its Age

The wood sprites will be out celebrating the oldest known living longleaf pine on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Weymouth Woods Boyd Tract meadow, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. The free festival will feature food tucks, music, turpentine info and a demonstration of a live, prescribed burn. So, how old is the oldest longleaf? It’s so old its squirrels are seventh generation. For information call (910) 692-2167.

Jazz and a Bagel

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones will perform on the lawn at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, for Sunday brunch on April 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information and tickets go to www.weymouthcenter.org.

Choral Society in the House

The Moore County Choral Society will present “From Dusk to Dawn” at the Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst, on Sunday, April 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For information and tickets go to www.ticketmesandhills.com.

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Drawing by Addyson Hennessy (Grade 5), Aberdeen Elementary School

Chip Off the Old Masters

The annual Young People’s Fine Arts Festival at the Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, highlighting the artwork of students in grades K-8 in Moore County’s public, private, charter and home schools. The art will be judged and awards given at a special reception and award ceremony. For more information call (910) 692-2787 or go to www.mooreart.org

Call me Crazy

The Sandhills Repertory Theatre presents Always . . . Patsy Cline, a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in a plane crash at the age of 30. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger. Filled with down-home humor and classic tunes, opening night is March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Additional shows are March 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.
For more information go to wwwticketmesandhills.com or www.sandhillsrep.org.

The Ultimate Tutu

The Bolshoi Ballet streams its way onto the stage of the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines, on Sunday, March 6, with its performance of Swan Lake, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet — panned when it debuted in March of 1877 — about a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. Sounds can’t-miss to us. For more information call (910) 692-3611 or visit www.sunrisetheater.com.

Finger Lickin’ Good

Order a tasty springtime meal and support the Given Memorial Library at the same time on Tuesday, March 22. Elliott’s on Linden will be doing all the cooking for you. Given to Go ticket sales begin March 7 and close March 18. Dinner can be picked up at the library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $24 per meal. For info call (910) 295-3642 or email giventufts@gmail.com.

Jazzing up the Great Room

Trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle has performed with Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis; with Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys; with Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins. He’s even played in the house band for Saturday Night Live. On Wednesday, March 9, Keberle and his progressive modern jazz band Catharsis will be in the great room at Weymouth at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. For more information and tickets go to www.weymouthcenter.org.

Walk This Way

The village of Pinehurst will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12 at 11 a.m., in or around Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Drive, Pinehurst. So, OK, it’s not actually St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a weekend, and the ACC basketball tournament finals won’t start for a while, and there will be festive parade entries and plenty of Irish cheer, so why not get a jump on the celebration? For additional information go to www.vopnc.org/events.

Dig This

If you’re in the over 55 set, dress in your favorite green thumb outfit and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17, by touring some of Moore County’s most beautiful gardens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own transportation and munchies for a post-tour picnic at the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For more information call (910) 692-7376.

Someone’s Idea of Fun

FirstHealth Fitness of Pinehurst will host a free 5K Fun Run on Saturday, March 26, along the greenway trails. This is a timed event with staggered starts in small groups to maintain social distancing. Of course, if you really want to socially distance yourself, just go very, very slowly. For more information and registration call (910) 715-1800.

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

For the first time, the Metropolitan Opera presents the original five-act French version of Giuseppe Verdi’s epic opera Don Carlos, the tale of doomed love among the royals, set against the backdrop of — you guessed it — the Spanish Inquisition. The performance streams at 12 noon on Saturday, March 26, at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For additional information call (910) 692-3611 or go to www.sunrisetheater.com.

Jazz on the Grass

Shana Tucker and ChamberSoul will be performing outdoors at a jazz brunch on Sunday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For more information visit www.weymouthcenter.org.

 

 

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Triple Play

The North Carolina Symphony will begin in tranquility and shift into high-octane energy in its “All Strings” concert featuring three selections: Novellette No. 1 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; St. Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst; and Souvenir de Florence by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The performance will be Thursday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., at the Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. For tickets and more information go to www.ncsymphony.org.

A Chance to Be Presidential

The Carolina Philharmonic presents Presidential Keys featuring David Osborne’s romantic piano offerings at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Osborne has performed at the White House for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama. For additional information call (910) 687-0287 or go to www.carolinaphil.org.

Another Classical Sunday

The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities will continue its Sunday music series on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. with University of North Carolina School of the Arts faculty Kevin Lawrence on violin and Dmitri Shteinberg on piano in the great room of the Boyd House, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for general admission. For more information go to www.weymouthcenter.org.

It’s Not Yellowstone, But…

The painted ponies will stampede — if stampeding can take a couple of months — through the streets of Southern Pines for another year. These imaginings of 16 artists will graze all of February and March and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on April 9. Proceeds benefit the Carolina Horse Park. For further information visit www.carolinahorsepark.com.

Freedom Fighter

Bestselling author Kate Moore will talk about her book The Woman They Could Not Silence, the story of Elizabeth Packard who, betrayed by her husband of 21 years when he has her committed to an insane asylum, fights for her own freedom and the freedom of others. Moore will discuss her book on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 2 – 3 p.m. at The Pilot, 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. For information call (910) 692-3211 or go to www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Try, Try Again

Postponed in January, poet and N.C. Literary Hall of Fame member Marsha Warren will present “Freedom Park: The Inspiring Story of How a Monument to Freedom is Built while Confederate Statues are Coming Down” on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. The cost is $15 for Weymouth members and $20 for non-members. For further information go to www.weymouthcenter.org.

Puppy Love

Roll over and join the “Furever Yours” Valentine’s Day Gala hosted by Caring Hearts for Canines on Friday, Feb. 4, from 6 – 9 p.m., at the Pinehurst Resort, 1 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. The cost is $60 for a night of dancing, good food, adult beverages and a silent auction to support the dogs rescued by Caring Hearts. For more info visit https://caringheartsforcanines.com.

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Monument to Freedom

In 2021 ground was broken for the North Carolina Freedom Park in downtown Raleigh. Marsha Warren will speak on “Freedom Park: The Inspiring Story of How a Monument to Freedom is Built while Confederate Statures are Coming Down” on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Cost is $15 for Weymouth members and $20 for non-members. This is part one of a three-part lecture series. For more information go to www.weymouthcenter.org.

Swing Your Partner

The Carolina Pines Dance Club trips the light fantastic with swing, line, ballroom, shag and Latin dancing on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the National Athletic Village, 201 Air Tool Dr., Southern Pines. Lessons are available at 6:30 p.m.  The dancing goes until 9:30 p.m. Beginners, old hands, couples and singles are all welcome. Cost is $15. For information call (724) 816-1170. 

Tap Into This

The Sandhills Repertory Theatre presents “Jerry Herman on Broadway,” with amazing tap dancing — including a medley of hits from Hello, Dolly! and much more — at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Show dates are Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 for regular seating ($45 at the door) and $75 for VIP lounge seats. Students under 12 admitted free. For information and tickets go to www.ticketmeshandhills or www.sandhillsreporg.

Bluegrass Bonanza

The Gibson Brothers, Leigh and Eric, perform with special guest Vickie Vaughn at 6:46 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. The brothers were named Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013. Tickets are $40-$45 and available at www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Warm Up Those Pipes

You can fight off the cold weather with a red-hot aria or two at the beginning and at the end of the month. The Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St. in Southern Pines, will show the Met Opera performances of Cinderella at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, and Rigoletto at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. For more information visit www.sunrisetheater.com.

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North Pole Heads South

There will be a Christmas Adventure for children 12 and under, including pics with Santa and a candy hunt, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Recreation Center Gym, 160 Memorial Park Court, in Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 692-7376. Also on Dec. 1, the North Pole Experience comes to the National Athletic Village, 201 Air Tool Drive, in Southern Pines, with activities, music, sleigh rides and more. The experience continues on Dec. 4, 10 and 11; all times are from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For further information go to www.nationalathleticvillage.com.

Even Santa Loves a Parade

The Christmas Parade in downtown Southern Pines will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Rumor has it Santa will be kickin’ it in the Pines. Hard to imagine any more information would be required but, if you just need someone to talk to, you can call (910) 692-7376.

Let Out the Cummerbund

The Women of Weymouth kick off the holidays with a gala at the Boyd House on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. There will be an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner catered by Elliott’s on Linden, music and dancing. Black tie is optional. The cost is $90 for members and $110 for non-members. For information call (910) 692-6261 or visit www.weymouthcenter.org.

Music to Our Ears

The Moore Philharmonic Orchestra will perform its 17th annual Holiday Concert at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information go to www.mporchestra.com. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, the Sandhills Community College Music Department will present its holiday concert, also at Owens Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. For further information call (910) 695-3828. And, on Sunday, Dec. 12, the Moore County Choral Society will have its annual holiday concert with conductor Anne Dorsey, also at Owens Auditorium. For additional information go to www.moorecountychoralsociety.org.

Attack of the Sugar Plum Fairies

Watch the Bolshoi Ballet perform Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker in high def at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St. in Southern Pines, on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 12:55 p.m. For more information go to www.sunrisetheater.com.

Don’t Look Now, But Here Comes 2022

Bring the whole family to downtown Southern Pines to ring in the New Year before Grandpa’s bedtime on Friday, Dec. 31. The pine cone drops at 8 p.m. but before that there will be live music, carnival games, face painting and more. For additional information call (910) 692-7376.