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PINEHURST ® magazine

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010 Sandhills Media Group, Inc. publisher/partner Gina Stephens Advertising Sales Sarah Dolan Myra Gammon creative director Travis Aptt art director Heath Murray graphic design Jennifer Casey contributing writers Susan Ely • Dan Bain • Dolores Muller Christa Gala • Jenni Hart David Droschak • Derek Pszenny photography McKenzie Photography April Maness Photography

Pinehurst Magazine is published six times annually by Sandhills Media Group, Inc. Any reproduction in part or in whole of any part of this publication is prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. Mailing address is P.O. Box 1635, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Phone (910) 295-8899, Fax (919) 782-4763, Email: Unsolicited material is welcome and is considered intended for publication. Such material will become the property of the magazine and will be subject to editing. Material will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Pinehurst Magazine will not knowingly accept any real estate advertising in violation of U.S. equal opportunity law. “Pinehurst” is a trademark of Pinehurst, Inc.

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publisher’s note

Fabulous Fall! Fall is my favorite time of year. I’m not sure if it’s the cool crisp air after a long hot summer, my love of college football or those cozy sweaters necessary for early October mornings. Whatever the reason, I hope this issue inspires you to enjoy all that fall has to offer. Fall also brings the “2010 Sandhills Dining Guide” (p.19). It’s our annual look at some of the best locally-owned, oneof-a-kind restaurants in the area. We’re lucky to have some of the South’s best chefs right here; give yourself a break and make a reservation for dinner tonight! To look your best at dinner, check out “Fantastic Fall Fashions” (p.70). We’ve got the must-have, head-to-toe outfits, including the season’s best shoes, jewelry and handbags…there’s something for everyone! If you’re anything like me, you have the temptation to skip your yearly doctor’s appointments, especially if you are feeling fine. But that’s a huge no-no as we find

out in “Check-Up 101” (p.60). We talked to the Sandhills’ best doctors about everything from heart disease and weight loss to protecting your eyes and skin. It’s a complete look at what women need to do to be healthy at every stage of their life. If you have a golf tournament on your calendar for this fall, make sure to read David Droschak’s “Are You Tournament Ready?” (p.54). He talked to the pros about ways to make sure your foursome is at the top of the leader board! Finally, we love hearing from you! Please keep the letters and emails coming. Let us know what you think of this issue of Pinehurst Magazine!

Gina Pearce Stephens Publisher/Partner PO Box 1635 Pinehurst, NC 28374 919.612.7902

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2010 SANDHILLS DINING GUIDE See for yourself! The Sandhills’ restaurant scene is alive and well!


CURB APPEAL Whether you’re putting your home on the market, having friends over or getting ready for fall, let some local experts tell you how to create and/or improve some curb appeal!


GOLF TOURNAMENT 101 Fall in the Sandhills’ is prime tournament time. Pinehurst Magazine provides its tips for an enjoyable outing.



From the biggest mistakes women make, to the easiest things women can do to promote good health. The doctors are in.


What’s hot for the cool weather!


BETTER SAFE Useful tips on how to keep you, your family and your valuables safe.

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The Restaurant Scene

“It’s alive and doing well”

Famed New York restaurant impresario Danny Meyer has coined the term “hospitalitarians” to describe people who thrive on providing hospitality, and he credits much of his success to his insistence on hiring employees who fit the description, from bus boys and hostesses all the way up to executive chef. It’s a valuable philosophy considering the economic concerns the restaurant community faces these days, but it’s nothing new to Sandhills restaurant owners and chefs. After all, this is the South and didn’t we invent hospitality?! The challenge to keep the customer satisfied with a quality dining experience and yet make a profit in this economy is right up there with making the perfect hollandaise – the challenge is to keep everything going smooth without breaking. Sandhills dining establishments are up to the challenge, well aware that they have to build and maintain their businesses one delicious meal at a time and one happy customer at a time. Word travels fast in small towns, after all. Well, the news we’re hearing on the street is all good – our chefs are honing their skills and crafting new menus that are both innovative and affordable, building relationships with local purveyors, who in turn are helping spread the word and re-thinking their own business strategies. Restaurant owners are reconsidering and redefining the type of atmosphere and dining experience their customers want. Grateful customers are responding by going out of their way to support local establishments and by spreading the word. Gives new meaning to the phrase ‘communal dining’, doesn’t it? So, while you may notice a few changes in the Sandhills restaurant scene these days, rest assured, they’re all good ones. And if it’s been a while since you’ve frequented one of our area’s many and varied dining establishments, hang up that apron, grab your coat and come see what’s new on the menu. We guarantee you’ll be delighted.

By Susan Ely

“A restaurant is a fantasy-a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast.” Warner LeRoy

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1895 Grille Cuisine Style: Upscale Continental with Carolina Flair Reservations: Yes Attire: No Denim Hours: Breakfast 6:30am-10am Dinner Wed-Sun 6:30pm-9:30pm 155 Cherokee Rd Pinehurst 910.235.8434

Diners with impeccable taste don’t think twice about where to make dinner reservations for a special occasion, be it anniversary, birthday, promotion or engagement. 1895 Grill, the area’s only AAA Four Diamond–rated restaurant in the area, is the place to go when only the best will do. Think of the walk through the lobby of the historic Holly Inn as a stroll through Pinehurst’s history books, and then sit down for a meal equally as memorable. Chef Adam Axman’s cuisine shines as brightly as its diamond rating.

Every visit is an adventure with nightly specials that showcase the finest North Carolina has to offer, from pristine coastal shellfish to locally-raised pork. The elegant entrees are all gussied up in the chef’s original Sunday go-to-meetin’ side dishes: N.C. sweet potato pancakes adorn Hickory Smoked Quail Breast, a bed of Carolina Plantation Rice lies beneath Pan-Seared Black Sea Bass and those are Moore County braised collards on the plate of Apple Cider Brined Pork Chops. The triple chocolate soufflé rises as high as your expectations.

Bell Tree Cuisine Style: American Pub Fare Reservations: No Attire: Casual Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2am Sat and Sun 9am-2pm Breakfast Sat and Sun 9am-Noon 155 NE Broad St Southern Pines 910.692.4766

A name is just a name unless it’s “The Bell Tree Tavern.” During prohibition, thirsty travelers quenched their thirst by ringing a bell hung in a hollowed–out tree and a cup of moonshine awaited them upon their return. The process is simpler these days, thanks to owner Con O’Mahoney, a lifelong Sandhills resident, who has a knack for knowing how to please his customers. The quintessential neighborhood gathering place, there’s something for everyone – friends, families and sports fans.

Hearty and soul-satisfying appetizers and sandwiches, unique salads and creative entrees at affordable prices make it particularly appealing to families; regulars swear by the Honey Bourbon Shrimp Salad and the Savory Smoked Ribs. Try the Sweet Potato Fries or the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich for a Southern twist. Enjoy an al fresco meal or glass of wine year-round in the covered outdoor patio, or get your game on at the bar. Sports fans flock in to chow down while rooting for their favorite teams as well as boxing, MMA and wrestling. | 19

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Carolina Dining Room Cuisine Style: Continental Reservations: Yes Attire: No Denim Hours: Daily Breakfast 6am-10am Dinner 6pm-9pm 80 Carolina Vista Dr Pinehurst 910.235.8434 Southern hospitality is alive and well at the Carolina Dining Room, where guests dine in the luxurious setting of the Carolina Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. From the Italian crystal chandeliers to the romantic piano music, elegance reigns. The elaborate breakfast buffet is a visual delight and the perfect way to begin your day in Pinehurst, whether your itinerary includes golf or shopping. Consider it pure indulgence and then come back for dinner, where Frenchborn Executive Chef Thierry Debailluel gives new meaning to the word. The indulgence begins with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients and then Debailluel transforms them into original works of art, such as New Wave Veal Oscar, with a Crab and Boursin purse and lemon tomato béarnaise. Pan seared Winston-Salem pheasant, with country bacon jus and butternut flan, is a tribute to our area’s rich hunting tradition and the chef’s Pan Seared Mountain Trout with Stone Ground Shrimp and Grits and Lobster Lemon sauce is a coast to mountain tribute. Purists take note: steaks are hand selected aged beef. Only the best will do.

Chef Warren’s Cuisine Style: Fusion Reservations: Yes Attire: Yes Hours: Tues-Sat 5pm-9:30pm 215 NE Broad St Southern Pines 910.692.5240 Fate led Warren and Marianne Lewis to Southern Pines; 12 years of enthusiastic community support for their Southern Pines bistro has kept them here, and they couldn’t be happier. Their enthusiasm spills over into the warm atmosphere as well as Lewis’ light-hearted cuisine, grounded in classical training and world travels. The menu riffs on global flavors, but with a local flare; in the spring and summer a large percentage of the vegetables, herbs and eggs come from the couples’ own urban ‘farm.’ How’s that for local? Warren’s signature is his ability to come up with such a creative, always-changing menu. For a light bite, try the Tapas Selection, a playful tour of the chef’s repertoire with earthy Rabbit Bolognaise, and Warren’s Awesome Crabby Tacos. If the ever popular Dijon-Crusted Rack of New Zealand Lamb isn’t on the dinner menu one night – relax, it will be back; try the Lobster Rangoon instead! Not many places list their desserts online – Chef Warren’s does. Don’t miss the Pecan Pie; the recipe is from Marianne’s mother. Check out the nightly wine by the glass specials. 20 |

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Coach Light Trattoria Cuisine style: Italian Reservations: No Attire: Casual Hours: Tues-Sat 5pm-9pm 290 West Pennsylvania Ave Southern Pines 919.692.4449 Guests at Coach Light Trattoria get the best of both worlds: Old World and New World Italian. Choose the first and you’ll discover traditional Italian recipes such as Eggplant Parmigano, crusted with fresh bread crumbs and sauced with house “gravy.” Opt for New World and you’ll find executive chef Nathan Gibb’s riff on Italian with the delectable Gnocchi and Wild Mushrooms, finished with white truffle oil. You’ll be delighted whichever route you take. Chef Gibbs has spent 20 years perfecting his repertoire of dishes – some original, some from family, some from Italian immigrants straight off the boat, all of them prepared with the freshest ingredients he can source. If you can’t decide between Spaghetti Pomodoro (boasting the area’s biggest meatballs) and Chicken Involtini, a crowd favorite, order small plates of both. The family-owned business offers two dining options: a la carte, or Trattoria style – four courses including soup, salad and intermezzo, along with house-made limoncello and choice of entrée. Like we said – best of both worlds!

Donald Ross Grill Cuisine Style: Lunch Specialties Reservations: Not Required Attire: Casual Hours: Daily 11:30am-2:30pm Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse 910.235.8434

Golf aficionados speak the name Donald Ross with reverence for his legacy of excellence at Pinehurst Resort, as head professional, golf course designer and grill manager. Named after him, The Donald Ross Grill is equally popular as a lunch spot at the Resort Clubhouse. Catering to resort guests, country club members and the general public, the restaurant is known for it spectacular service as well as great food! Lunch is just something to tide your over unless it’s lunch at Donald Ross Grill, where even the details are well thought out, like the homemade salad dressings – peach pecan vinaigrette or mango yogurt. Even the sandwiches have a little something extra, like the fresh avocado dressing, micro greens and cheddar jalapeno tortilla on the Baja Chicken Wrap. You can get pulled pork sandwiches everywhere, but here the meat is first marinated in stout, slow roasted, then served over sweet, grilled cornbread and finished with fried green tomatoes and cotton onions. Donald would be proud. | 21

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Dugan’s Pub Cuisine style: Irish & English Fare Reservations: Yes Attire: Casual Live Entertainment: Yes Hours: 11:30am till crowd goes home Sun Noon to 9pm #2 Market Square Pinehurst 910.295.3400 There’s something to be said for a pub that’s been around as long as Dugan’s has – they’re celebrating their 12th anniversary, and if you’ve been a customer all that time, then you know the staff like family, ‘cause they’ve been there since the doors opened. Consistency is the word that comes to mind when describing this pub that’s a fixture in the Village of Pinehurst – the well-seasoned kitchen crew’s authentic Irish and English fare keep locals as well as returning tourists coming back for more. With traditional dishes such as English Bangers and Champ (the bangers are sourced in nearby Lumberton) and lighter than air, beer-battered Fish and Chips, it’s more than the luck o’ the Irish that makes Dugan’s so popular – it’s fantastic food, served in a great atmosphere. Add to that a solid selection of imported drafts and single malt scotches, live entertainment and daily food and drink specials and you’ll see just what we’re talking about!

Elliotts Linden on

Cuisine style: Eclectic Reservations: Recommended Attire: Casual Live entertainment: No Hours: Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30-2:30pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 6:00 until Bar opens at 5:00pm 905 Linden Rd Pinehurst 910.215.0775 Hungry for a culinary adventure? Grab a travel companion and head to Elliotts on Linden, where both the menu and the atmosphere are an exploration in good taste. Your guide will be chef/owner Mark Elliott, whose cuisine has delighted locals as well as world-traveled visitors for nearly a decade. Mark’s classical training is the foundation of the eclectic cuisine, which thoughtfully weaves global influences and techniques with the freshest local and regionally sourced ingredients. The chef’s approach to food is playful at times: why not add a pinch of wasabi and scallions to the mashed potatoes or a pea carbonara adornment to the Crab Cake Trio? While the seasonally inspired menu allows guests to expand their palate, Elliotts is renowned for their Shrimp and Grits, Lamb and Chicken Tandoori. And the Maple Chipotle Bourbon-Glazed Salmon? Signature Elliotts. 22 |

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Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe

Cuisine style: Light Luncheon & Tea Fare Reservations: Recommended Attire: Casual Hours: Tues-Sat Breakfast 8am-10:30am Lunch 11am-2pm, Afternoon Tea 11am-4pm 21 Chinquapin Rd Pinehurst 910.255.0100 If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of tea at Lady Bedford’s, then you’re missing out on one of the area’s most delightful treasures. The cares of the day seem to slip away as you enter the doors and your hostess ushers you to your seat. Exhale and then breathe deep to take it all in: the aroma of baking scones wafting through the air, the crisp linens, vintage china, sparkling crystal and gleaming silver, all carefully chosen by owner Marian Caso to delight your senses and restore your spirit. Guests will be delighted by the Victorian-inspired menu, whether they rendezvous for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Early risers can indulge in fruit-filled crepes with Grand Marnier sauce, quiche, and English, Scottish or Irish breakfasts. At lunchtime, exquisitely plated soups, salads and sandwiches are as beautiful as they are tasty, especially the Lady Bedford Waldorf, presented in a candied walnut basket. Afternoon tea selections range from dainty tea sandwiches, sweets and savories, to light lunches and snacks, all designed to perk you up when you get that “sinking feeling.”

Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

m Cuisine style: American, Eclectic Reservations: Yes Hours: Daily 6:30am-8:30pm Attire: Country Club Casual 1010 Midland Rd Southern Pines 910.692.2114 The inviting dining room at Mid Pines Inn is well known for its signature herb-roasted rack of lamb, served with a minted demi, but that’s just one of Danish Chef Tom Christensen’s truly outstanding specialties; his daily evolving menu means you can be sure there is always something new to savor. Traditionalists can rely on a superbly executed Char Grilled New York Strip Steak, made even more indulgent with a blue cheese compound butter. Also from the grill are Pork Medallions served with a tangy sweet and sour sauce, but remember, just like your golf game, the menu changes daily, so you’re just as likely to find a Pan Sautéed Flounder fillet or perhaps an Italian pasta dish. Mid Pines is well-known around the Sandhills as one of the best places for Sunday brunch.

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O’Mahoneys Pub & Grill Cuisine style: Pub food Reservations: No Hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm until Fri-Sun 12pm until Wed & Sat Karaoke 1930 North Poplar St Aberdeen 910.635.3332 When you love sports, your last name is O’Mahoney and you’ve been in the restaurant business your whole life, it’s pretty much a given that at some point you’ll open a sports bar, so that’s just what Con O’Mahoney did, and the crowds have never let up. To say this joint is jumpin’ is an understatement; for the true sports fanatic, it’s the place to be in Southern Pines – and with 30 flat-screen TVs playing, you’ll never miss a thing, no matter what your favorite sport. This place is the real deal – there are dart boards, pool tables, a parquet dance floor, sports memorabilia and a horseshoe-shaped bar. Did we mention the 30 TVs? NFL, hockey, NASCAR, tennis, horse racing, Formula One, NBA and Major League Baseball – they have it all. With all that cheering, you’ll probably work up an appetite, but don’t worry; it wouldn’t be an Irish pub without Beer Battered Fish n’ Chips, wings (mild or sizzling) and a brew to wash it all down!

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club Cuisine: American, Eclectic Reservations: Yes Attire: Country Club Casual Hours: Daily 6:30am-8:30pm 1005 Midland Rd Southern Pines 910.692.7111 The 50-year-old dining room at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club has been tastefully rebuilt from the ground up, but there’s no need to touch-up the cuisine, it’s perfect just as it is. Chef Al Taylor builds his menu daily from the freshest ingredients, often using recipes handed down from his grandmother, his years of experience at top spots like The Greenbrier and Sea Island’s Frederica Golf Club mean a consistently pleasurable dining experience for you. Golf game a bit off? Console yourself with a comforting bowl of house specialty White Bean and Smoked Ham Soup or an order of piping hot Grown Up Mac and Cheese, served in a stone ramekin. Fortify yourself for that second round with a burger from down under, the Aussie – Australian lamb, fresh spinach and garlic topped with feta, red onion, lettuce and tomato. Chef Al hits his own hole-in-one with soul-satisfying entrees like In the Rough Pork Chop; a country-style bone-in 10 oz beauty topped cracked pepper gravy, and Shepherd’s Meat Loaf, a serious concoction of prime beef and veal topped with sour cream and chive mashed potatoes. 24 |

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Sly Fox Cuisine: Gastropub Reservations: Yes, for parties of five or more Attire: Casual Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-9:30pm Brunch Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm Pub Menu always available

795 SW Broad St, Southern Pines 910.725.1621 • Who else to open the area’s first gastropub, but Mark Elliott? The “gastropub” term originated in London; Elliott, an American citizen, is a native Brit. After 10 years at the helm of his highly successful flagship restaurant in Pinehurst, Elliotts on Linden, Mark recently launched his new venture, The Sly Fox Pub, in downtown Southern Pines. The Sly Fox is Elliott at his finest, creating honest, down-to-earth food that can be enjoyed in a casual environment. Classic dishes from his British heritage are reborn with his contemporary spin and use of top-notch ingredients: Bangers and Mash, HouseCured Corned Beef, and the ever-popular Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. Like Elliotts, the menu changes seasonally and features locally sourced produce, seafood, meat and poultry. International influences abound as in the lunch menu’s Drunken Chicken Wrap – pulled chicken marinated in sake and ginger, and dinner’s Lamb Rogan Josh, simmered in tomatoes, yoghurt and spices. Of course, it wouldn’t be a gastropub without a phenomenal beer selection; their 12-tap system and bottled beer offerings are always evolving, bringing you the world’s best hardto-find craft beers. We suggest you order a pint and request a seat in the Beer Garden.

Table on the Green Cuisine Style: American and Thai Reservations: Recommended Attire: Semi-Casual Hours: Lunch Tues-Sat 11:30-2:30pm Dinner Tues-Sat 5pm-9pm Sun Brunch 10am-2pm 2205 Midland Dr Pinehurst 910.295.4118 It’s the best of both worlds when you dine at Table on the Green at Midland Country Club, which serves both outstanding American classic fare as well as exciting, authentic Thai cuisine. This unique dining spot is the perfect place to exercise your right to choose. The diversity of the menu is even more appealing when you consider what you get for your money; the restaurant offers a variety of Thai specials all day long for fewer than $10 – Thai curries, spicy beef, shrimp or duck salads are a delicious and affordable way to spice up your life! Or maybe you’re more the all-American burger and steak type; you’re covered there, too. American dinner standards include Long Island Duckling, Baby Rack of Lamb au jus, or the ambitious Seafood Medley loaded with coastal favorites. Daily specials are offered on both American and Thai menus. Diversity isn’t limited just to the menu – diners may also choose between the elegant ambience of the original dining room and a newer, more casual atmosphere, which affords diners the choice of more casual attire as well.

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Cuisine Style: Classic Pub Fare Reservations: No Attire: Casual Hours: Lunch 11:30am-5pm Dinner 5pm-10pm 155 Cherokee Rd Pinehurst 910.235.8434

Nestled within the heart of the Holly Inn is The Tavern, a casual pub-style eatery with a warmth and draw as charming as what you’d find across the pond. The main attraction is the heavily carved oak bar, shipped directly from a pub in Scotland. In the winter, a seat near the cozy fireplace will warm you up even more. Order as light or hardy as you wish with the versatile lunch menu, which features seasonal favorites such as Baby Spinach Salad with strawberries, peaches and coffee-peach vinaigrette, or the crowd favorite, Tavern Chicken Salad with candied pecans. Flatiron Steakhouse Salad with Maytag bleu cheese and Grilled Portabello Panini are perfect for a chilly fall day. We suggest stretching out at bit at dinner and indulging in the Caramelized Five-Onion Soup with sourdough croustades and Gruyere cheese or the classic Boston-lager battered Fish and Chips. If you’re starting to get a “comfort food” craving, you’ll definitely get your fix here. While the weather’s still balmy, grab a seat on the outdoor patio.

Thai Orchid Cuisine style: Thai Reservations: Yes Attire: Casual Hours: Lunch Tues-Fri & Sun 11:30pm-2pm Dinner Daily 5pm-9:30pm 1404 Sandhills Blvd Aberdeen 910.944.9299

Thai Orchid is no secret to savvy locals, who know that the perfect way to spice up an otherwise boring day is to head to Aberdeen for a plate of Curry Duck or Basil Chicken. Tourists – consider this notice that the exotic cuisine at Thai Orchid is equal to anything you’ll taste in larger metropolitan areas. The fragrant aromas are your first hint that that Thai Orchid serves authentic Thai food, using only the freshest ingredients, which are cooked to order. Prefer your Bangkok Chicken mild, spicy or hot? If you’re new to Thai food, we suggest a milder dish such as Basil Chicken, sautéed with basil leaves and simmered in Thai chili pepper sauce, or Masaman Chicken, a fairly mild curry containing potatoes. The serene atmosphere and Oriental hospitality makes Thai Orchid an oasis in the midst of busy Sandhills Boulevard. You’ll be greeted with a warm smile even if you’re picking up a carry-out order. 26 |

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Wolcott’s Cuisine style: Neo-Continental Reservations: Accepted Attire: Casual Hours: Lunch Thurs-Sat Noon-3pm Dinner Tues-Sat 5pm-9pm 160 West Pennsylvania Ave Southern Pines 910.695.1551 Chef and owner Scott Wolcott has the magic touch when it comes to creating a successful restaurant; in just three years he’s established a devoted clientele of locals and tourists alike. To the impeccable attention to detail, extraordinary tastes and warm and friendly service, Wolcott has put the final touch on his vision, transforming the interior into a chic, metropolitan atmosphere serving Neo-Continental cuisine. The menu is uncomplicated yet stylish, featuring the best ingredients sourced both locally and from around the world. Wolcott’s brings his years of experience in kitchens around the world to your table with dishes such as Escargot and Mushroom Bourguignon, Eggplant Cannelloni and then back home to his native New England with Deviled Lobster Cakes with sweet cucumber relish. The bleu cheese dressing has been in his arsenal since he first put on his apron – it’s that good. Wolcott’s spearheaded the extremely popular “tasting menu” option, and with the everevolving offerings, you only have to throw a dart at the menu to find a new favorite. Editor’s note: Wolcott’s Pan Roasted Sea Scallops is the dish featured on the cover of this issue of Pinehurst Magazine.

Kraz Elegant Cakes Cuisine style: Custom Cakes & Retail Bakery Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm 50 Market Square, Pinehurst 910.235.3853 Wake up and smell the cinnamon rolls, your sweet dreams have come true! When Robert Yarter and his wife, Lena, opened Kraz Elegant Cakes in the Village of Pinehurst historical district last spring, they realized their own lifelong dream. The passionate pastry chef spent years training in area hotels, country clubs and restaurants and now gets to spend his days dreaming of new creations just for his customers. The shop is both a base for his custom cake decorating business as well as a bustling retail bakery. From birthday and all-occasion cakes to wedding cake masterpieces, Yarter loves the challenge of creating an original confection for your special celebration. Inside the pastry-laden glass cases are cookies, breads, Danish, muffins, pies, cupcakes and assorted desserts as well as seasonal specialties, including chocolate-dipped frozen cheesecakes, frozen soufflés and crème Brule caramelized to order. Next time that sweet tooth starts acting up, head over to Kraz Elegant Cakes for sweets that truly satisfy. | 27

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Wine Field

Navigating the Restaurant Ordering wine in a restaurant can be an intimidating experience, so here are a few tips to ease the process. Check the restaurant website. Most restaurants post their menus and wine lists online, so you can take a minute in advance to see what they offer and consider what your choices are. By Robyn James, Proprietor The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room Southern Pines, North Carolina

Ask what the specials are. Wine wholesalers are offering discounted selections to wine merchants and restaurateurs daily. they have access to great wines that may be new introductions to the market, overstocks or vintage changes. hopefully, they are savvy enough to snatch up a variety of these and pass the savings onto their customers.

Taste to be safe. Bigger by-the-glass sections on wine lists are catching on in these times. if a wine is offered by the glass, then the restaurant should be happy to allow you a tiny taste before you commit to a full glass or bottle. if your server seems particularly busy that evening, stroll over to the bar and let the bartender pour the tastes for you.

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Choose the unusual for value. The common, big name wines in the market are never going to be the best value on a wine list. They are for the amateurs that can only play on the safe side. Hopefully, you will spot different selections that may be favorites of the owner, and they are discounting them in the hopes that you will be adventurous. You may see known grapes produced in unfamiliar regions like Spanish Chardonnay, or unknown grapes from familiar regions, such as Napa Valley Albarino. Appetizers at Wolcott’s? Your deviled lobster cake is angelic when paired with their Pinot Gris from Oregon. Lunch at Ironwood Café? Match your steak salad with The Sum from Tuck Beckstoffer. This interesting selection is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Syrah.

Check your bottle carefully. A server should never open a bottle of wine you choose before presenting it to you for approval. This is an important moment that can be disastrous if you aren’t paying attention. I have seen diners served white wine when they ordered red, the wrong vintage, or a completely different brand and price from what they wanted. Inspect the label to be sure it is exactly what you ordered. It should be the correct grape variety, vineyard designation, and vintage. Make sure the cork isn’t protruding from the capsule and that it is the correct temperature. If it’s too cold, remove it from the ice bucket for a few minutes, and vice versa if it’s too warm.

You’re never going to order food in a restaurant that you frequently prepare at home – take the same attitude towards your wine selection!

BYOB, half price nights and no corkage. There is a significant increase in the number of restaurants that offer reductions on wine in different ways. Some offer 50% off bottles on a specific night of the week, or at an early bird seating. Others hold a weekly bring your own bottle night, during which the corkage fee is waived. You may have to change your dining out schedule to accommodate these deals – rarely are you going to find them on Friday or Saturday nights.

Trust your server for suggestions. Granted, the average server is not a Sommelier, but they are in the restaurant every night, conversing with customers who are extremely happy or unhappy with their wine choices. They can certainly inform you of which wine is most popular with what dish. Be sure to inform them of different kinds of wine that you prefer so they can suggest something in the same flavor profile. They want you to be happy with your wine, they work for tips!

Retail vs Restaurant. Yes, the restaurant is going to charge more for the wine than a retail store, and they certainly deserve to do that. You are using their ambience, space, glassware and employees to enjoy that experience. However, it should be around two times the retail price. More than that is too much! Speak up with your disapproval and if that doesn’t get results, avoid the overchargers.

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Curb Appeal Welcomes Guests, Impresses Passers-by What can you learn from a first impression? Some say not to rely on it, but where your house is concerned, it can indicate a lot – starting with how well you take care of your home and whether someone should consider buying it. Even if you’re not trying to sell your home, you probably want to make an impression on anyone who sees it. If so, you want curb appeal – the measure of how attractive a home is from the outside. “Curb appeal means a house that stands out on the street for landscaping that fits with the type of house and the neighborhood, and that’s well-maintained,” adds Carolyn Hallett, an agent with McDevitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Southern Pines.

Making an Impression the concept is especially important when you’re trying to sell your home, stresses hallett, as most buyers are looking for that house that says to them, “this is home.” the exterior of the house is often an indicator of how well the owner has cared for it behind the scenes, and if a prospective buyer isn’t attracted by the outside, they won’t bother to look inside. “Lots of people like to drive by and look at houses for sale and for one that’s gorgeous and pristine, people will stop in the street and look,” hallett says. “great curb appeal is what’s gonna get that buyer out of the car…what makes an impression is a home that says, ‘Welcome, this is where you would want to live.’” that statement begins with the yard, says Pete gulley, owner of gulley’s garden center in southern Pines. gulley often works with local realtors to maintain the yards of homes for sale. “the front yard is very important; it gets people into the house,” he says. “cleanliness and a tidy look are the most important things.” hallett says a homeowner should look at their house and yard with a critical eye, looking for peeling paint, dead flowers/trees, or other unsightly areas that could downgrade an observer’s opinion. “the thing that makes a great first impression is a home that’s been well maintained and properly landscaped,” she explains. “the house needs to have a happy look to it. that means pots with blooming flowers, a well-swept sidewalk and front porch, pinecones picked up, etc. When people look at their

yards, they might want to ask a neighbor or two to come over, then ask them what’s missing or what would make this yard look better. if you’re selling, have your realtor come over and look at your curb appeal to see if something needs to be done to put the best face forward.” if you or someone else finds your curb appeal to be lacking, rest easy. it’s possible to improve it with the three t’s: time, talent and treasure. You can invest these into any number of improvements, which generally fall into three categories. in increasing order of effort, those are: adding furniture; improving or changing the landscape; and changing or adding onto the structure of your home. Fitting Furniture one of the simplest things a homeowner can do to improve curb appeal is to add a few well-placed items. Furnishings are in, says hallett, and the front porch is a great place to add them. Mark Parson, who designs and builds landscape and hardscape with his company Mark Wesley Parson, inc. in southern Pines, agrees with her. “if you want curb appeal, you want welcoming, and it’s natural to focus on the front door. that’s the most welcoming element,” Parson says. “having a large porch allows you to decorate it like you would a living room; it can be very appealing to have ceiling fans and furniture on your porch.”

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cindy ellison, co-owner of Pinehurst Patio & casual Furnishings, between Pinehurst and West end, says it’s too easy for homeowners to overlook this vital part of their house. “Because they have put so much time and money into the insides of their homes, homeowners sometimes want to skimp on outdoor furnishings. We try to remind them that this is where the first impression is made!” she exclaims. “We’re in a traditional area and many people love the look of a front porch rocker. the second most popular is a wicker setting – a settee or a couple of wicker rockers, something that says, ‘i’m in the south.’ People love that look.” But the porch isn’t the only place to add furnishings, says Mary Francis tate, aPLD. tate, who owns gardens by Design in southern Pines, is a professional landscape designer and as such, is happy to discuss options for the area just off the porch, aka the yard. “there are all sorts of wonderful ways to create interest in a yard – benches, arbors, little gates. that invites people in,” she maintains, although she’s even happier discussing greener aspects of the yard. Loving Landscape tate recommends using plant materials that will repeat or complement a house’s colors and architectural style and lines, matching height with height, width with width, etc. she says one of the biggest landscaping challenges for homeowners is their own ignorance of the eventual size of the material they are planting. “the thing we see the most of around here is that houses are smothered,” she admonishes. “the different gated communities are requiring people to layer the plant material and they’re planting layers of plants that will get too large for the area they’re planting in. so the most critical thing is to know what size they’re putting in and how large it will get in five, ten and fifteen years, so they don’t have to keep replacing it every few years.” homeowners should avoid hiding their homes’ architectural features with plant material, tate says, even if it means removing a layer to let the house “breathe.” she reminds homeowners that multiple layers needn’t border one another on only the house side of the sidewalk, as the street side is an acceptable place for a layer of plant material such as ground cover. “For real, true curb appeal, when looking from the street, you want to frame the house,” she says. “You’re trying to create perspective. the way to do that is put plant beds near the street so you look through them toward the house. it makes the house look further from the street than it is.” it helps to think of your yard as a framed painting or photograph, tate says, then to remember the function of a mat inside the frame. Void space is important because it gives perspective, she says, which is also the goal of proper landscaping. Parson agrees. “use grass to frame the work. When people think of Pinehurst and golf courses they think green, but we don’t have that much green. You can make a house pop with more green in the yard. treat it like you would white space on a page; it’s an important element. People don’t know why it looks really nice; they just know it’s different.” Both agree that landscaping should create a harmony, or balance, between nature and architecture.

outdoor chair and ottoman set from Pinehurst Patio.

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On the topic of lawns, Gulley sticks to his concept of tidiness – something that starts not with adding beauty, but with removing what’s ugly. “The first thing to do is get rid of all the weeds,” he says. “Spray all of them in the driveways, cracks, sidewalks, and anywhere else.” Hallett agrees, “If they see weeds on the outside, then they’re worried about what they can’t see on the inside, as far as maintenance.” Tidiness continues with regular, frequent mowing, says Gulley – at least once a week if your home is on the market. Keep it fertilized and green, rake it and give it definition by edging it. Then you’re ready for beautification, which is simple with flowers. “At the end of the walkway, where the eye will travel, put in a large flower container with lots of color,” Gulley says. “That will sort of grab the eye, take it off any imperfections in the yard and pull it toward the house. Flowers are inexpensive and you get a big bang for the buck.” He recommends classics such as impatiens, vincas and wave petunias, as well as the currently popular sun coleus. Altering Architecture Another way to direct where people look is with changes to the structure itself, says Parson. Details on gables will bring the eyes where you want them, as will dormers with a slightly different siding and other elements that allow a change in direction or color. He’s also been known to use thicker trim painted a different color on the corners of a house, and horizontal or cedar shakes on one area, just to set it off. To direct the eye at night, Parson recommends high-end, lowvoltage lighting incorporated into the structure of the house – in the soffit, for example, highlighting columns. Parson warns against the overuse of straight lines, as there are often several in front of a house – a sidewalk, a row of shrubs or the street, for example. He prefers to step away from a build-up of straight elements in order to create the illusion of motion with curved lines. “I like to put radiuses on things,” he says. “I call it ‘curve appeal.’ A lot of times, architectural details are rectangular, especially inside a house. When I get outside, I like to put in curves. Most trees and shrubs are round, so it’s good to play off that. I like to make walkways curved.”

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a medium-sized, comfortable set of furniture and subtle ceiling fans add appeal to this porch without overwhelming it.

Backyard Boosts it’s also important to remember the “other curbs” – with homes on lakes or golf courses, many people see the back yard before they see the front. to that end, more homeowners are creating backyard living areas, says ellison, and when they do, they want comfort. “People are really taking the time to make their outdoor living spaces look like their living rooms; they want something that not only looks great, but is comfortable,” she says. “outdoor furniture has come a long way, and homeowners are taking advantage of the choices they have…it’s not just picnic tables and metal chairs; folks can enjoy the outside in a cushioned swivel rocker or a full-sized sectional!” this is possible with the use of crypton, a relatively new fabric that previously had been used in marine applications and is waterproof rather than water-resistant. homeowners needn’t worry about removing and storing crypton cushions, ellison says. some homeowners enjoy creating a living room setting complete with outdoor rugs, lighting, throw pillows and other all-weather accessories. “People are realizing the value of that extra space and putting furnishings in there that are actually comfortable rather than functional,” ellison stresses. Seasonal Switches Perhaps you’re simply concerned about what to do with your yard this fall, and how to maintain its appeal in spite of the changing weather. hallett suggests looking at it from a maintenance standpoint; determine how the summer heat affected your lawn, then “repair” the damage by reseeding or sodding. gulley stresses the importance of replacing flowers with cool-weather specimens such as chrysanthemums, pansies or even snapdragons. tate says pink muhly grass is popular in this region, blooming in september with “absolutely spectacular” color. she says color is important, but difficult to have every month of the year. this time of year, she says camellias are useful shrubs; it’s possible to plant different varieties of the same species to ensure that different sections of your yard bloom each month. Whether you’re selling or celebrating, changing homes or changing seasons, these tried and true techniques will help you create, improve and maintain your home’s outside appearance – from front to back, top to bottom, and curb to course. good luck!

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he same ole same ole day after day…pretzels, carrot sticks and PB&J. Yet somewhere the nutritious if not predictable bag lunch has been usurped by prepackaged, processed sugar and fat-laden lunchables. Lunchables have turned the food pyramid into a tasteless get-rich scheme. Fancy packaging and entrees promising the moon fail to deliver on any account. They are an expensive placebo for parents on the go. But the question remains, how to win over a child to new tastes? The answer is simple: give the child the freedom to make her own lunch. It’s a proven fact that if a kid helps grow it, harvest it, collect it or prepare it, the kid most likely will eat it. Spicing up lunch can be as easy as whipping cinnamon and honey into peanut butter; dressing up apples, carrots and pretzels with a gourmet

honey mustard dip or substituting hummus, the Mediterranean equivalent to peanut butter, and a pita for sandwich bread. Making lunch easy starts with a fun, easy-to-clean, multi-purpose lunchbox. There are a number of new lunchboxes on the market. Laptop Lunches Bento stand out because of their durability, longevity and materials that are environmentally safe. But there are creative ways to update old lunchboxes. Cupcake foils are a disposable alternative to separating foods placed in an airtight container. If you pack a child’s lunch, she will complain each and every day. If you stock up on fruits, veggies and nutritionally fun foods and let the child pack her own lunch, she will learn to make healthy choices for a lifetime. Within reason! Who says chocolate isn’t good for you?


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Healthy Recipes: Wrapped Up To Go flatbread for sandwiches shaved sliced turkey leaf lettuce thinly sliced carrot sticks thinly sliced cucumbers sticks hummus Method: Spread hummus on wrap. Place lettuce and then turkey on top of hummus and then top with carrots and cucumbers. Tuck ends and roll tightly.

Mix & Match Trail Mix peanuts almonds cashews walnuts pecans sunflower Seeds

dried fruit cereals pretzels chocolate chips M&M’s mini marshmallows

These are cooking workshops for the inspiring chefs of the house. For more information call Kitchen Essence 910.255.0665. Snack Attack Wednesday, September 15, 2010 After School Workshop (reservation required) 3:20-4:30 | Ages 7-13 | $20 Sweet Potato Chips in the Oven Pack Your Own Lunch for School Snack Attack Wednesday, September 22, 2010 After School Workshop (reservation required) 3:20-4:30 | Ages 7-13 | $20 Game Night Sloppy Joes Pack Your Own Lunch for School Snack Attack Wednesday, September 29, 2010 After School Workshop (reservation required) 3:20-4:30 | Ages 7-13 | $20 Mac & Cheese Without a Box Pack Your Own Lunch for School

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september/october 2010

22nd ANNUAL LABOR DAY WINE FESTIVAL | September 2-6 | Celebration of fine wine, gourmet food and southern hospitality. | Pinehurst Resort 910-235-8708 or FIRST FRIDAY | September 3 | 5-8PM | Band Josh Phillips Folk Festival | Live music, food & beverages, entertainment. The grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater. Southern Pines. | JAZZY FRIDAYS | September 3, 17 | 7-10PM | Held rain or shine. Live jazz music, hors d’oeuvres. $6/person. Cypress Bend Vineyards & Winery, Wagram. | 910-369-0411 FIVE POINTS HORSE TRIALS | September 3-5 | Three-phase competition including dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Carolina Horse Park. | 910-875-2074 | PSJ HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW | September 4-5 | All Day | Pinehurst Harness Track, 1/2 mile infield. Route 5, Pinehurst. | Rick Cram 803-649-3505 TOUR DE MOORE CENTURY RIDE | September 6 | The Sandhills Cycle Club hosts the Tour de Moore Century Ride featuring a variety of routes up to 100 miles. Ride begins at 9am. Southern Pines. | For more information visit SANDHILL’S WOMAN’S EXCHANGE REOPENS | September 8 | Open Tuesday thru Saturday/Lunch 11:30-2PM; Sales Room 103PM | Unique, hand-craft items are available. Freshly baked Lemon Meringue Pie, Pecan Pie, cookies. The Exchange is located in Pinehurst across from the Village Chapel | 910-295 4677 FABULOUS FASHIONS BY BELK AND LUNCHEON | September 8 | Hosted by Whispers at the Country Club. $15, Social at 11:30 luncheon served at noon. | Marcia Osborne 949-2079 MOORE ON STAGE | September 8-12 | “Lend Me a Tenor”. Sept. 8-11 @ 7:30pm and Sept. 12 @ 2pm. Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines. | 910692-7118 or visit

FLORAL DESIGNS FOR THE HOLIDAYS | September 9 | 3:30PM | Given Memorial Library | Brenda Lyne of Lyne’s Furniture Gallery, Mary Taylor from The Lyne’s Den, and Aldena Frye of Floral Design, will demonstrate table settings and floral designs. Free, open to the public. “PUTTIN ON THE RITZ” TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL BALLROOM DANCE WEEK | September 11 | 7PM | Carolina Pines Chapter of USA Dance celebrates Ballroom Dance Week with a dance showcase and “Shop ‘til You Drop” Boutique. Refreshments at 7, showcase at 7:30 followed by an evening of dance. | Asunda 919-3562784 or 6th ANNUAL FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL | September 11 | 12-6PM | Includes music, vendors, wine tastings, and a popular Grape Stomp. Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagram. | 910-369-0411 MOORE COUNTY KENNEL CLUB AKC ALLBREED DOG SHOWS & OBEDIENCE TRIALS | September 11-12 | Pinehurst Harness Track, Pinehurst | visit SANDHILLS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB | September 13 | 7-9PM | Christ Fellowship Church. Dr. Molly Gwinn will discuss some of the contributions to American photography by pioneers in the medium. | ONE-DAY TOURNAMENT | September 14 | Sponsored by the Carolinas Golf Association. Pinehurst No. 6. | 910-673-1000 THE 3RD ANNUAL CHARITY MEMORY RIDE | September 18 | Hosted by St. Joseph of the Pines to benefit Western NC Chapter’s Alzheimer’s Association. | Jeralie Andrews 910-246-1139 | Registration forms under “News” at TOWN CREEK HERITAGE FESTIVAL | September 18 | 12-5PM | Annual event with ‘Pow Wow’ atmosphere including singing, dancing, drumming, craft and food vendors. Town Creek Indian Mound, Mt. Gilead | 910-439-6802 CAROLINA POLOCROSSE CLUB | September 18-19 | All Day | Pinehurst Harness Track, Pinehurst. | 910-875-4814

PINEHURST CROQUET INVITATIONAL | September 22-26 | Free for spectators. Pinehurst Lawn & Tennis Club, Pinehurst. | 800-ITS-GOLF QUILTING IN THE PINES IV | September 24-25 | FRI 10AM-5PM, SAT 10AM-4PM | Quilt Show. Fair Barn, Pinehurst. | 41st ANNUAL MALCOLM BLUE HISTORICAL CRAFT AND FARM SKILLS FESTIVAL | September 24-26 | FRI - School Children’s Day 8:30AM4:30PM, SAT - 10AM-6PM, SUN - NOON-5PM | Malcolm Blue Farm, Aberdeen. | 910-944-7558 or FAST TRACK HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING SCHOOL | September 24-26 | 3-Day Basic Oval Course. Rockingham Speedway | 910-205-8800 or ANTIQUE CAR SHOW | September 25 | 9AM3PM | Sandhills Chapter AACA and Village of Pinehurst Parks and Recreation. Pinehurst Harness Track, Pinehurst. | For application 910-949-2420 PINEHURST FALL DRESSAGE SHOW | September 25-26 | 8AM-5PM | Pinehurst Harness Track, Pinehurst. | 910-693-1769 MOORE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF CLASSIC | September 27 | 9AM6PM | Pinehurst No.8. | 910-692-3926 USTA NATIONAL MEN’S 70s, 85s & 90s CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS | September 27 October 3 | 8AM-5PM | Pinehurst Tennis Club, Pinehurst. | 910-235-8557 FALL HARVEST PROGRESSIVE DINNER IN THE GARDEN | September 30 (Rain Date Oct. 1) | 5:30PM | Dinner, music and wine in the gardens of Sandhills Community College. | Tricia Mabe for reservations 695-3882 ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENT | September 30 | Seven Lakes Country Club. | For more information call 910-673-1000 USTA NATIONAL MEN’S 70s, 85s & 90s CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS | September 27 - Oct 3 | 8AM-5PM | Pinehurst Tennis Club, | 910-235-8557


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ART EXHIBIT/OPENING RECEPTION | October 1 | 6-8PM | Clay & Blogs: Telling a Story. Campbell House Galleries, 482 Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. | 910-692-2787 FIRST FRIDAY | October 1 | 5-8PM | Band - The Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Family friendly event. Live music, food & beverages. Free admission. The grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines. | JAZZY FRIDAYS | October 1, 15 | 7-10PM | Event held rain or shine. Live jazz music, hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $8/person. Cypress Bend Vineyards & Winery, Riverton Road in Wagram. | 910-369-0411 HOLCOMB MOTORSPORTS FALL CIVIL WARS | October 1-3 | Gates open at 8 am each day. Rockingham Dragway | 910-582-3400 AUTUMNFEST & ROAD RACE | October 2 | 9AM-4PM | Downtown Southern Pines Fair with 1-mile and 5K running races. Between Broad and Ashe Streets, Southern Pines. | 910-692-2463 CAMERON ANTIQUES FAIR | October 2 | 9AM-5PM | More than 300 antique dealers and 13 shops display their antiques and collectibles. Main Street. Cameron. | 910-2451185 or OKTOBERFEST AT THE FAIR BARN | October 2 | 6PM | Authentic German food, music and beverages. The Fair Barn, Pinehurst. | Ann Owen, 910-295-0166 FREE PROGRAM FEATURING BILL THOMPSON | October 3 | 3PM | Bill Thompson will present a free program | First Baptist Church in Southern Pines | Shaw House 910-692-2051

PINEHURST RESORT’S HISTORIC WALKING TOUR AND TEA | October 8 | 10AM-NOON | Discover the stories of Pinehurst’s history and enjoy the traditions of classic high tea at one of America’s Historic Landmarks. $25. | Call for reservations 910-235-8415 18th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SARDINE FESTIVAL | October 8 | 11AM-2PM | Lake Aberdeen, Aberdeen | 910-944-1115 ALL HARLEY DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION NATIONALS | October 8-10 | Rockingham Dragway, 2153 Hwy 1. | 910-582-3400 AMERICAN 200 ARCA/UARA CHAMPIONSHIP | October 9 | At Rockingham Raceway Park, Rockingham. | 910-205-8800 or www. THE MET AT THE SUNRISE | October 9 | 1PM | The Metropolitan Opera: Live in High-Definition, a series of opera performances transmitted live in HD to movie theaters.Tickets available at Sunrise Office or at FALL DRESSAGE AT THE PARK | October 9-10 | Free for spectators. Carolina Horse Park, Raeford. | Dana Diemer, 910-875-2074 WINE GALA | October 12 | 7-9PM | Sponsored by The Moore County Choral Society. Wine Gala at the Fresh Market in Southern Pines. All proceeds benefit the Choral Society. | Susan Trudell at 910-692-7683 TAKING TEA WITH JANE AUSTEN | October 12 | 2:30PM | Come and try some of the recipes that Jane and her characters would have enjoyed. | $25 | Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour, 910255-0100 or

CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES | October 4 | 8PM | Featuring José Feghali, piano. Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines. | 910-692-2787

AUTUMN IN THE PINES I | October 14-17 | USEF “A” Hunter-Jumper Show. Carolina Horse Park, between Aberdeen and Raeford. |

GET MORE MILEAGE OUT OF YOUR WARDROBE | October 7 | 3:30PM | Given Memorial Library. Eve Avery and Alice Remble, entrepreneurs - putting together outfits that combine the old with the new.

HOLLY ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL | October 16 | 10AM-4PM | 32nd Annual Event in Village of Pinehurst. Arts, crafts, food and fun! | 910.295.7462 or

FALL PLANT SALE | October 16 | 8AM-NOON | Next to Steed Hall, Sandhills Community College. PINEHURST TRIATHLON | October 16 | 8AM | This race includes a 1500 meter swim, 30 mile bike and a 10k run, a USA Triathlon sanctioned race. Pinehurst Marina | 2010 HORSE FARM TOUR | October 17 | 11AM4PM | Travel down the back roads of Southern Pines for a self-guided tour of horse country. Equine demonstrations, lunch available for purchase. Benefits Prancing Horse Therapeutic Riding Center. | CULINARY SHOWCASE: A TASTE OF MOORE | October 17 | 5-7:30PM | The Culinary Showcase is a community event showcasing area restaurants and caterers. The Fair Barn, Pinehurst. | IHRA TEAM FINALS | October 21-24 | Gates open at 8 am each day. Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham. | 910-582-3400 THE SECRET GARDEN BAZAAR | October 23 | 4-8PM | Benefits Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills. 2208 Midland Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. $25 | Amanda 910-295-1934 BOO AT THE ZOO | October 23-24 | Featuring games, a costume contest, musical entertainment, mural painting, andHalloween fun. NC Zoological Park, Asheboro. | 800-488-0444 USTA LEAGUE SUPER SENIOR STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS | October 29-31 | Free for spectators. Pinehurst Lawn & Tennis Club, 2 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. | 800-ITS-GOLF. MILES FOR MIRA 5K FUN RUN & DOG WALK | October 30 | Downtown Southern Pines Park Dog Friendly. Open to runners, walkers & strollers. Costume Contest. | 910-944-7757 or


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Farmers’ Market & Live Music Thursday 3-6 in September in the sandlot on the Village Green

Vendors are members of the Sandhills’ Farmers’ Green Market

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PINEHURST talk of pinehurst

Chicks on “Chick”apin

Celebrate Chick Friends Meet Dr. Leslie Murphy and help us celebrate the October opening of her new office.

Thursday, September 30 • 5-7PM

Enjoy healthy snacks...ok, mostly healthy, drinks and friends...while you check out new fall merchandise. Deborah - Le Faux Chateau Lisa - Gemma Gallery Sherry - The Faded Rose Brenda - Lynnes Furniture Gallery

Singles Mingle

on the Patio at The Magnolia September 9 & October 14

Corner of Magnolia & Chinquapin Roads 2nd Thursday night each month 5:30PM-7:30PM For more information call 910-295-8300

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are you tournament ready? Photo of Mid Pines Resort in Southern Pines by David Droschak

Pinehurst Magazine’s Guide to Proper Preparation for a Fall Golf Outing in the Sandhills Isn’t it wonderful we live in a state where our fall golfing season extends well into November and often beyond? The months of September and October produce pleasant weather and great golfing conditions in the Sandhills – and give many of us a few more opportunities for “tournament glory.” The fall is prime time for Captain’s Choice or scramble golf outings, as well as annual tournaments being staged in the area, such as the Mid Pines Hickory Open Championship at a Donald Ross Classic layout in Southern Pines on November 5th through 7th. “This is such a unique event and a real change of pace for your normal course of play,” said PineNeedles/Mid Pines director of golf graham gilmore. “The competitors in the hickory tournament get a real kick out of playing golf clubs primarily from the 1920s and dress in that period – with plus fours, ties, sweaters and jackets.”

Unlike playing your own ball, some tournaments offer an interesting set of challenges for every level of golfer, with the team concept as its focal point. The name of the game remains to win and “go low,” but golf tournaments can be lasting bonding experiences with strangers or a way to provide a helping hand to a charitable cause you hold dear to your heart. “The first things is to have some fun, but if you really want to get competitive and win them you’ve got to make some putts, especially for those C and D players on your team,” gilmore said. “You probably won’t use their drives as much, or their second shots, but if you have a good putter and a great “A” player, that’s the making of a good team for a scramble. You’ve got to have a low handicapper and a good putter.” Any way you slice it (or hook it), tournament golf should be a fun way to test your game – both mentally and physically. With that being said, here is a list of my top 10 tips for an enjoyable golf event experience. Hope this helps!

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ARRIVE EARLY This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s more important than ever to get to the course at least an hour before your shotgun start to accomplish a number of goals, including warming up properly, practicing your putting stroke and meeting the rest of your foursome. Scurrying around at the last second to make a tee time is one thing with your buddies, but having a ranger drive you out to your hole to meet your team after play has already started is embarrassing and can place your team at a disadvantage out of the gate. PUTT, PUTT AND PUTT SOME MORE This tip is especially important for “C” or “D” level players since this is one way to help your team, and feel as if you’re contributing during the scramble. Don’t practice long putts, since odds are you’re not going to make many of them anyway. Stick to the 10-15 foot “money putt” range and get a nice rhythm and feel for the green speed going. Making one or two of these in the tournament will turn you into an instant hero. STAY WITHIN YOUR GAME The tendency for most golfers in a Captain’s Choice format is to try too hard or “muscle up” on a driver or iron shot that’s not in your arsenal. Convincing yourself that you’re keeping “your own score” and not competing as a team can help you focus more and take things one shot at a time. Ask yourself: “Would I try this shot if I were keeping my own score?” If the answer is “no,” then step away from the ball and re-think your strategy. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING Never introduce yourself to the team captain and immediately proclaim to him or her that you are the “D” player and aren’t very good. First, it’s something a captain doesn’t want to hear before a round of golf. Secondly, it’s a defeatist attitude for any golfer to take. every player can find a way to help his team. Find your niche and be proud of it. WALK SOME Most scrambles last five or six hours, or about an hour longer than a normal 18-hole round of golf. If you play fast (like me) the pace of play can become extremely frustrating and affect your game. Instead of riding in a cart and then waiting over the ball 10 minutes, try walking to your ball. It takes longer, you’ll get some good exercise and you’ll also be able to visualize your shot. But tell your cart partner you “like to walk some” so they don’t get a complex. Remember, the person you’re playing with is likely a stranger you’ve never met before.


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getting to know your tournament partners translates into a more enjoyable golf outing

TEAM EVALUATION Try to gauge as soon as possible if your team is “serious” or just out to “have fun.” Normally, the team captain will set the mood. Adjust to the captain, because he’s not going to adjust to you. If you don’t complete this task prior to the start of your round, you’ll know soon enough whether your captain requires everyone to “putt things out.” If so, you’re likely on a team with a rules stickler. Some teams like to joke, others don’t. Play along, and obey golfing etiquette. In other words, don’t walk off the green or tee box to your cart while others on your tee have yet to play. READING PUTTS Unless you know how to read putts (and most of us really aren’t that proficient at it) then don’t pretend to know and try to line up someone else’s putts. I also don’t think standing behind your partner as he or she putts is all that valuable as you get ready for your turn. Let your worst putter go first to see “the break” and then adjust from there. BATTING ORDER It’s a good idea to let the captain pick the order. Normally, the “D” player drives first and so on. However, that golfer may boom his drives but is often erratic off the tee. The captain may want that “D” player to go last off the tee after a ball is already in the fairway to allow for additional risk-rewards on certain holes. And remember, a proclamation of “Let’s change the order” doesn’t mean a string of birdies is right around the corner. It may sound good, but hitting it straight and sinking putts is the better play. DON’T OVERSELL When asked to provide your handicap for an event, don’t pretend you’re a better player than advertised. If you’re a 20 handicap and put down a 12 in order to “look good,” then everyone on your team will expect you to play to that level. everyone, including you, will be sorely disappointed. HAVE FUN Many scramble tournaments are for charity, so keep focused on why you hit the links in the first place – to support a cause and not necessarily to win. Relax, enjoy the great weather and soak up the experience of golfing in the Sandhills. A nice touch is to send the club’s general manager, director of golf and head pro a thank you note for hosting the event via e-mail or snail mail. David Droschak worked for The Associated Press for more than two decades and is an award-winning writer, having been named the 2003 Sportswriter of the Year in North Carolina. 54 | PINeHURSTMAgAzINe.COM

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No. 2

Historic Makeover Pinehurst’s

Famed No. 2 Course Losing Some “Hair” By David Droschak

Ben Crenshaw swabbed the beads of sweat from his forehead and searched for a bottle of water to cool down. I guess it’s ironic that the Hall of Fame golfer faced one of the hottest summers on record while presiding over arguably the hottest golf story to hit the Sandhills since the 2005 U.S. Open. Crenshaw and Bill Coore – his architectural partner of more than a quarter century – armed with old photos in one hand and marching orders to restore the course’s strategy in the other – have in grooming terms virtually given famed Pinehurst No. 2 what amounts to a crew cut. Crenshaw and Coore were hired by Pinehurst Resort brass to return No. 2’s main arteries – the course’s expansive fairways – to a yesteryear look of the 1940s when sand and native grass ruled – not necessarily lush green carpet. The highly-ranked course, designed and massaged over the years by legendary architect Donald Ross, was meant to offer options off the tee, optimal positions for approaches to crowned greens and modes of recovery out of what were once sandy areas filled with wiregrasses. That was somewhat lost over a period of time as irrigation was added and grass was allowed to virtually grow uncontrollably to the edges of the layout’s towering pine trees from the 1970s until now. Crenshaw, in an exclusive interview with Pinehurst Magazine, compared No. 2’s fairways to a bowling alley before beginning his “throwback project” this spring. “You must have a bit of wit to introduce strategy,” Crenshaw said. “There is a huge difference in the ball that has just finished off the fairway and in thin sand or maybe behind a little piece of wiregrass than in Bermuda rough,” Crenshaw said. “There is no recovery out of high, common Bermuda rough. At least there is some recovery now. I just think it is part and parcel to playing Pinehurst. All of us remember so many times having to extricate the ball

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Ben Crenshaw, Designer

off the pine needles, and at least you can get the club on the ball. Sometimes the shot didn’t come off and you were dejected, but at least you tried. Recovery should be a part of golf.’’ One of the first pieces of digging the former Masters champion undertook involved uncovering the main irrigation heads, which remained intact from 70 years ago. That gave Crenshaw a virtual blueprint of Ross’s design of subtle fairway swings and an ultimate line of attack for the golfer. “It was rudimentary, but it was extremely helpful. It was like looking at somebody’s backbone,” Crenshaw said. “That dimensional look, that perspective, the shapes of the holes, those are things Ross intended. There is a big difference between a straight line and a swing in a hole to represent strategy. We think most people who have studied architecture over long periods of time would say that No. 2 was meant to be a stern test, but Ross wanted average people to have those avenues in which to play.” Crenshaw’s crews spent the sweltering summer months virtually skimming off the top layer of acres and acres of rough, and will soon begin what he calls the evolutionary process of bringing wire and native grasses into play, along with sand and more sand. How dramatic will the turf reduction be? Well, No. 2 currently has 1,100 sprinkler heads. That will be cut to about 400 after the project is complete in March 2011. “We’re kind of dialing everything back,” said Bob Farren, the director of grounds and golf course management at Pinehurst Resort. “There is a whole new generation coming behind us that is expecting less – they are expecting us to do more for the

environment, they’ve grown up recycling. They expect us to use less water. The new golfing customers are going to embrace this.” What makes the No. 2 “haircut” even more intriguing is that the United States Golf Association returns in 2014 to stage not only the U.S. Open, but the women’s version as well in consecutive weeks. The USGA was consulted on the changes to the course and was in favor of the restoration. “The USGA has been for a long time about penal rough, but they represent a different perspective now,” Crenshaw said. “Their recent setups have been praised by the players with things like the graduated cuts of rough.” Or sandy graveyards. Crenshaw has been in the arena of having to make a clutch putt or two to win a major with thousands of fans watching. But he admits working on No. 2, in the heat and solitude of his crew as his first North Carolina project, is a bit intimidating. “When we were presented with the idea with doing something in Pinehurst, it was a very daunting decision, and obviously a huge honor,” Crenshaw said. “We thought a long time about becoming involved. It was a very heavy decision.” It will be hard to gauge whether scores will increase, decrease or be unchanged on No. 2, regarded as one of the world’s top layouts. The new look, however, will be eye catching and a conversation piece for sure. The reviews should start filtering in within the next six to nine months…and then from the game’s top players in 2014. “I’m sure there will be a difference and a divergent set of opinions,” Crenshaw said. “Some people will like it a lot and others may not understand it. Both Opens are vital and will be exciting for the area, but we want to do something that is good for the resort in the long term.” | 57

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book review by Robert Gable

Homer Kelley’s golfing Machine:

By Scott Gummer >> Gotham Books >> 267 pages >> $26.00

The Curious Quest that Solved golf

There are plenty of people who can tell you how to hit a good golf shot. Likewise, opinions about the golf swing are as numerous as there are teachers. Not so numerous are people who can answer this difficult question: what is it that makes a good swing good? Are there factual, scientific, non-opinionated reasons behind one type of swing hitting the ball better than another? The story of one man’s quest to find the definite answer as to why certain movements create a good golf swing can be found in HOMER KELLEY’S GOLFING MACHINE. Instructional golf books, many reviewed here in this column, will tell you how to hit a golf ball. Very few authors can tell you the reason why, scientifically, their technique is effective. Usually a certain technique works for a particular PgA player, and he suggests that others use his technique, neglecting any discussion of the scientific “why” behind his technique. Homer Kelley, though, an eccentric and self-taught engineer, may well have “cracked the code” behind the perfect golf swing. PgA Tour golfer Steve elkington provides the foreword to this book. After the preface, gummer relates Kelly’s story in 16 chapters, followed by the acknowledgments. The chapters are around 20 pages long, each going over an era of Kelley’s life, or giving some background to what he was trying to accomplish and providing some detail about players that used his principles, the teachers he tried to reach, and the fate of his system. An inveterate tinkerer, Kelley taught himself a little about everything. Born in Kansas, he was about to leave for New zealand on the day the Stock Market crashed. The great Depression curtailed his dreams of traveling to far-off lands, but he never lost the knack of being persistent. For 44 years he investigated the physics of the golf swing while hitting golf balls in a “hitting bay” he installed in his garage. Force vectors, momentum, angles, arcs and acceleration—he painstakingly examined every hypothesis he could imagine. As gummer states in the preface, “I have endeavored to paint a fair picture, and my desire for sharing the untold and underappreciated story of Homer Kelly is best expressed by Kelley’s own motivation for writing THE GOLFING MACHINE.” Said Kelley, “I just wanted to get it all written down. If I didn’t it might have been another 700 years before someone did.” Scott gummer has written a previous golf book about the newest course in St. Andrews, THE SEVENTH AT ST. ANDREWS.

For this current book he’s done a great deal of research, interviewing surviving friends and accessing Kelley’s archives. He doesn’t try to explain all the technical aspects of the “Star System of golf,” the 24 basic components of the swing, or the 144 component variations that Kelley identified. He does show that Homer Kelley was a patient, conscientious and friendly man who was also driven and uncompromising when it came to his quest. To the very end, Kelley said to anyone who would listen: Show me where my book is wrong. And to this day, few people can answer that challenge. Ironically, Kelley’s book may well hold the “answer,” but that answer is couched in dense prose in some places and factual, precise prose in others. gummer notes, “Kelley made clear the distinction that THE GOLFING MACHINE was not a method. A method espoused: Do it this way. His was a system, and his system informed: Things work this way.” even with a “dizzying number of components, variations, and permutations notwithstanding, at its most basic a golf stroke involves but two elements: Simple geometry and everyday physics.” (One of Kelley’s maxims: geometry gives a swing its look while physics gives a swing its power.) gummer also shows how golfing phenom Bobby Clampett (taught by Ben Doyle, a “disciple” of Kelley’s) used Kelley’s system to seemingly conquer the vagaries of golf. But just at the top of his game, Clampett flamed out and impatiently went to other techniques, trying everything and getting thoroughly confused in the process. Had he stuck with Kelley’s system, who knows what he might have done. Currently, Morgan Pressell (taught by Martin Hall, another Kelley disciple) is playing well on the LPgA Tour using many of Kelley’s ideas. gummer does a fine job of portraying the effort Kelly put into his pursuit. This was a guy who quit his job and worked at his book during every waking moment. He patiently, unrelentingly, lived his quest of putting together a flawless system. In 1968, he self-published the first edition, and kept working on the book until the day he died. He had it re-worked up to a sixth edition, published in 1982. Sadly, he died while giving a speech to a PgA seminar in georgia on Valentine’s Day in 1983. At age 75 he left behind 96 handwritten pages containing almost 1,000 revisions. His wife Sally took up the cause, but since her death in 2006, the book has had a checkered history. THE GOLFING MACHINE hasn’t become part of an orderly dissemination of golf knowledge that Kelly had hoped for — nor has it been adopted by every teaching professional in the country. Some teachers use bits and pieces of his system, others are confused by it, and most have never heard of it. It is a worthy effort, however, to go beyond opinion and find the scientific “truth” behind a good golf swing. All of us who try to figure out this game take up the same kind of quest that consumed Homer Kelley.


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Reading List from The Country Bookshop



Fall Reading List

THE HOLY THIEF by William Ryan $24.99 • hardcover/fiction Captain Alexei Korolev with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia investigates the murder of an American nun in 1936 Moscow in this Soviet-styled twist on the police procedural. SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks $25.99 • hardcover/fiction A mysterious young woman who appears in a small N.C. town is determined to avoid forming personal ties until she is drawn into two reluctant relationships. HOMER & LANGLEY by E. L. Doctorow $15 • paperback/fiction Epic events of the 20th century play out in the lives of the two Collyer brothers who live as recluses in their once grand 5th Avenue mansion. WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel $16 • paperback/fiction In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man, Thomas Cromwell, dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power. AT HOME: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson $28.95 • hardcover/non-fiction By examining the evolution of each of the rooms in the Victorian parsonage in Norfolk, England where he and his family live, Bryson has written the “history of the world without ever leaving home.”

MIRACLE AT MERION: The Inspiring Story of Ben Hogan’s Amazing Comeback and Victory at the 1950 U.S. Open by David Barrett $24.95 • hardcover/non-fiction Barrett chronicles Hogan’s comeback after a near fatal automobile crash in February 1949, “the most remarkable feat in the history of sports” according to sportswriter Red Smith. THE BIG BURN: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan $15.95 • paperback/non-fiction Egan explores how the 1910 fire that turned the forests of three northwest states into a roaring inferno prompted Roosevelt and his chief forester to pioneer the idea of conservation. YOU CAN’T DRINK ALL DAY IF YOU DON’T START IN THE MORNING by Celia Rivenbark paperback/non-fiction The N.C. author of WE’RE JUST LIKE YOU, ONLY PRETTIER returns with her new collection of essays and recipes. BATS AT THE BALLGAME by Brian Lyles $16.99 • children’s book You loved BATS AT THE BEACH and BATS AT THE LIBRARY, now laugh along with BATS AT THE BALLGAME. From the bats’ first arrival at the park, “Hurry up! Come one – Come all! We’re off to watch the bats play ball!” to the “beenuts and cricket jacks” sold by the vendors, young readers will enjoy this right side up–upside down world celebrating bats at play. Ages 3-8.

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eck-p 101

You get one bo dy – are you giving it what with the area it needs? Pine ’s top medical hurst Magazin professionals mistakes wom e talked about everythi en make to th ng – from the bi e ea sie The doctors ar st things you ggest can do for yo e in. ur health. Join Dr. Leslie Mur us. phy, M.D. has been practicin 11 years, and g internal med she’s got a bo icine in Pinehu ne to pick with women make rst for a lot of women when it comes . Th e biggest mist to he al th care probab “Women put ake ly won’t surpris everyone else e you. first and their see it over an health care la d over again: st,” says Dr. M the woman wh doctor, her kids urphy. “I o makes sure get their vacc her husband ge inations, but sh ts to the e is just too bu sy. She can’t go mammogram for her or check out that funny ch est pain, or see about that reflux she’s be en noticing. Sh lets things go e because she’s so busy taking care of everyo ne else.” Sound familiar ? Keep readin g for expert advice on the top iss ues surrounding wom en’s health ca re.

By Christa Gal


Heart Health

Did you know more women die from heart disease than breast cancer? If you still think this is a man’s disease, wake up! The good news is that women are making strides when it comes to being treated both seriously and equitably by physicians when they have suspicious symptoms. “There’s been a lot of attention paid to women catching up with men in terms of heart disease and how women are presenting differently than men in terms of emergency room presentations for chest pain and actual heart attacks,” explains Dr. Murphy. While men complain of a crushing or squeezing pain just below their breast bone, women’s symptoms can be much more subtle – so much so that many brush the complaints aside. And often their doctors do too, relying on what a woman feels is wrong rather than prescribing a test. Symptoms of heart disease in women are often elusive. “It may be that they just notice they can’t do their housework the way they were,” says Dr. Murphy. “Or if they exercise, they just can’t get through the class. They have to turn it down a notch or stop early. They just don’t seem to have their normal physical endurance.” Women can also have pain in their jaw, arm and neck and may also have digestive symptoms – including belching, burning and nausea. “They might be inclined to think it’s something they ate. Their doctors might even think that too.” Warning signs: If you’re short of breath, tired when doing normal activities, experience pain in your jaw, digestive pain and/or you have family history and risk factors (smoking, high blood pressure), get thee to your doctor. You’re worth it.


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The “M” word. Menopause is the term used to describe a woman who hasn’t had a menstrual cycle in at least one year. “Menopause is different for each and every woman,” says Dr. Murphy. “There are some women who stop having their period and never miss a beat. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the woman who feels she’s turned into someone she doesn’t recognize.” Dr. Murphy sees a lot of patients who want relief from the symptoms of menopause but are confused about hormones. “With hormones, where they’re really recommended is with women who really understand that after five years of use there is an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer,” Dr. Leslie Murphy says Dr. Murphy. “Now that risk is not a huge difference from the never-users ,but it persists throughout your entire life. Even if you stop them you will not go back to the risk of a woman who’s never used them.” But the hormone issue has many layers. For example, hormones may increase the risk of breast cancer, but they lower the risk of ovarian cancer. Plus, there’s the question of traditional hormones versus bioidenticals. “Bioidentical hormones are usually hormones that are going to be the most like the hormones in your body,” says Dr. Murphy, adding they are typically derived from plants and are nearly identical in structure and chemical composition to our own. “Many are compounded into topical preparations and rubbed onto the skin.” The downside of bioidentical hormones? Unlike traditional hormones, bioidentical hormones have not been tested or regulated in the same way as traditional hormones. “Go in with your eyes open,” cautions Dr. Murphy. “There’s no data that there’s any less risk of breast cancer (with bioidenticals) – just because no one’s done it.” And once you figure out which kind of hormone to take, should you take them orally in pill form or transdermally through a patch on the skin? Confused yet? This is one of those issues that a good primary care physician or gynecologist can help you iron out. Don’t be frustrated if it takes a few tries to get the method and combination right. You’ll get there. “Try to get on the least amount of hormone that’s going to make you feel the most normal,” says Dr. Murphy, adding she prefers bioidenticals administered transdermally. “After that four or five years, consider how much breast cancer is in your family...or just accept the risk.”


Earlier this spring, a Harvard University study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women over age 50 need to exercise sixty minutes a day seven days a week simply to maintain their current weight. Oh, say it ain’t so. Is it true? “I saw that study too and it’s very discouraging,” Dr. Murphy says. “On the other hand, it helps ground us. If you want to lose weight, walking three times a week is not going to do it. The good news is you don’t have to do it all at once. You can do 20 minutes in the morning, 20 at noon and 20 at night; it all counts. But to lose weight, you’re going to have to do way more than that. Or eat less, and many of us don’t really like that part.” Why is it so much harder to maintain our weight as we get older? “As we age our bodies convert our muscle, which is more metabolically active, into fat, which is less metabolically active,” says Dr. Murphy. “Even if you did everything the same, your body is converting itself into this useless tissue that doesn’t burn calories. Just by virtue of getting older you’re going to gain weight.” One solution: Lift weights and work on core muscles (those in your stomach and back). More muscle mass will increase your metabolism and more efficiently burn the calories you consume. More and more, researchers are finding that maintaining a healthy weight is not just about looking good. “You’ll last longer if you’re not tremendously overweight,” says Dr. Murphy, noting obesity is often a precursor to diabetes, cancer, heart disease and joint problems in the knees, hips and back. | XX

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Hearing and Balance

“Huh? What’s that? Speak up!” Maybe you don’t hear as well as you used to, but its all part of the aging process, right? Partly true and partly false. “It is not uncommon to start losing some of our high pitch hearing as we age,” says Dr. Leslie Whitlock, Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) at Pinehurst Surgical. “We often hear from patients that say, ‘I hear good enough for my age,’ and I think it’s important to understand that there is no age appropriate hearing loss. Any hearing loss at any age is abnormal hearing.”

What causes ringing in the ears? “There are many causes, including abnormal pressure in the ears, damage to the inner ear structures, or, in less common cases, a more serious condition involving a slowgrowing tumor on the auditory nerve,” says Dr. Whitlock. “If a person experiences tinnitus (especially if they only notice it in one ear) they should not only have a complete audiological evaluation, but also be seen by an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist.” Another tip: hearing aids are often a good option for tinnitus management, particularly if the patient has hearing loss as well.

Biggest mistake: Not protecting your ears from loud sounds. “We don’t think of hair dryers and vacuum cleaners as particularly offensive, but what if you are a beautician or you clean homes for a living?” says Dr. Whitlock. There are two things to think about when you are deciding about wearing hearing protection: how loud is the noise and how long will I be in that environment? Hearing no-brainers: If you’re using power tools, firearms or are going to be at a loud concert, definitely wear ear plugs.

On balance: Your ears have the job of hearing for you, but another equally important primary role for the ears is balance. Pinehurst Audiology provides a balance assessment through a test procedure called videonystagmography, or VNG, which provides information about the vestibular system (or balance system) in the ear. “This assessment includes a full hearing evaluation, which can sometimes indicate various etiologies that may be causing the patient to be dizzy,” says Dr. Whitlock. “We also provide treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, which is the most common reason a person experiences a room-spinning sensation with head movement.”

Dr. Leslie Whitlock

Did you know stress plays a role in how well you hear? “The ear is a very vascular system that relies on blood flow to provide the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy,” says Dr. Whitlock. “Stress causes restriction in blood flow, which can ultimately have negative effects on your hearing. Vascular compromise to the ears is often seen with diabetic patients and patients with cardiovascular disease, which is why these health issues are often correlated with hearing loss.” Ask your doctor about the medicines you’re taking and if hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can be a side effect.

Best news: Hearing aids are better and much less noticeable these days. You don’t get the feedback with the new digital technology that used to occur with analog hearing aids. “Your hearing loss is much more noticeable than your hearing aids,” says Whitlock. “This is especially true with today’s technology.”

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Fun facts: Did you know your skin is your largest organ? It covers 3,000 square inches and weighs six pounds – twice the weight of the brain or liver. And yet, many of us don’t give our skin much thought. Unfortunately, despite modern medicine’s best efforts, skin cancer is still a major problem. “It’s incredibly common,” says Dr. David Dr. David Klumpar Klumpar, a dermatologist at Carolina Skin Care in Pinehurst. In fact, Dr. Klumpar sees at least 20 skin cancer patients a day in his practice, with his physicians assistants seeing another ten patients per day. The issue of skin cancer poses a good news/bad news scenario. “We’re getting much better at preventing it,” says Dr. Klumpar, but “it’s getting more common because of sun exposure primarily.” Blame it on the thinning ozone layer and the fact that we spend more time out in the sun than we used to.

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Big numbers nationally: “Each year one million people in the United States learn that they have skin cancer,” says Dr. Ofelia N. Melley, owner of The Laser Institute of Pinehurst. “Skin cancer can come in the forms of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.” The biggest threat: melanoma. Says Dr. Klumpar: “We’re getting far better at recognizing melanoma, finding it early and treating it early. In terms of people dying of melanoma, that’s definitely going down, but cases of skin cancer in general are going up.”

The solution? Sunscreen. Thick coats of sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure and every two hours, says Dr. Melley. And, be warned, all sunscreens are not created equal. A sunscreens’ “SPF” is how much that product blocks UVB rays. Some of the higher SPFs don’t block UVA rays very well. Zinc oxide is still the number one blocker of Dr. Jefferson Kilpatrick UVA rays. A second best is Neutrogena’s Helioplex formula. “When buying sunscreens, it is important to check the ingredients and make sure that both types of rays are covered,” says Dr. Melley. Also consider wearing a swim shirt or sun protective clothing when outdoors and try to avoid peak exposure hours, 11am to 3pm. Vitamin D: What about all the hubbub in the news lately that an overwhelmingly number of Americans are Vitamin D-deficient? Does that give us a pass to forgo sunscreen? Don’t even think about it, says Dr. Jefferson K. Kilpatrick with Pinehurst Surgical. “We can supplement Vitamin D if a person is deficient,” he says. Dr. Klumpar agrees: “You need very little sun to convert Vitamin D to the active form. As long as you eat a normal balanced diet, there’s very little sun actually needed. Walking from the house to the mailbox would be enough.” Easiest thing you can do: “Preventive maintenance and avoiding tanning beds and excessive sun exposure,” says Dr. Kilpatrick. And, if you’re over 40, it’s a good idea to get screened by a dermatologist for skin cancer about once a year, particularly if you have a family history. | 63

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Get to the doctor now if you notice a mole, freckle or lesion that is changing in any way or if it’s causing discomfort. Warning signs: your lesion is asymmetrical, has an irregular border, is dark in color, large in diameter, and if it’s bleeding or not healing. Other skin issues: Women also tangle with a variety of other skin issues, including rosacea, psoriasis, adult acne and more. “Rosacea has become very common in 30-something women, and we don’t really understand why,” says Dr. Klumpar. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and swelling. Untreated it can lead to pimples and pustules in conjunction with swelling. Rosacea has five known triggers: alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, sun and stress. But the news is good on the rosacea front. “We’re catching it earlier,” says Dr. Klumpar. “We have topical creams to treat it. In the past it was sunscreen and oral antibiotics.” Psoriasis can be treated by laser as can adult acne, although for the latter, Dr. Klumpar says Accutane, a prescribed medicine, is still a patient’s best bet. “It cures adult acne now, which is something we weren’t able to do 20 years ago.” Easiest thing to cure: Tinea Versicolor – that’s a fancy name for a yeast infection on your skin, which typically occurs in the folds of the skin in humid weather. It causes patches of skin to become either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. The patches may be flaky and dry. Taking two pills orally will clear it right up.


Much like the skin, our eyes are another neglected body part. Dr. Anna Fakadej, a cataract and aesthetic laser specialist at Carolina Eye Associates in Pinehurst, says most people don’t realize cataracts and glaucoma can strike at any age. In fact, The National Eye Institute reports more than 20 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts. Dr. Fakadej occasionally treats children and young adults for cataracts. “The most common eye condition I see in my practice is cataracts, which is a clouding of the natural lens,” says Dr. Fakadej, one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” as recognized by The Consumers’ Research Council of America. “I perform surgery to remove the cataract and implant a replacement lens. This is an exciting time in cataract surgery because we have advanced technology that can help people return to more youthful vision with less dependence on glasses.”

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Blurred vision: Serious or not? It depends, but it usually warrants a doctor visit. “The cause of blurred vision in a child or young adult is usually indicative of a need for glasses,” says Dr. Fakadej. “In a middle-aged person, this may indicate presbyopia or the loss of ability to see clearly close up, often requiring reading glasses or bifocals. In the mature adult, blurred vision is most often a sign of cataracts but other important diseases are macular degeneration and glaucoma.” You may not know about… Glaucoma: Increased pressure of the fluid in the eye. This causes optic nerve damage, which can occur at any age. Symptoms don’t present until the disease is advanced. Without treatment, glaucoma leads to blindness. Macular Degeneration: Leading cause of severe vision loss in people 60 and older. Symptoms include difficulty adapting to low light, needing more bright light to see well, difficulty recognizing faces, blurry vision and a decrease in color intensity. Optometry: Another important component of eye health is eyewear. If you think the sun is hard on your skin, you won’t believe what it can do to your eyes. “Eye exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can lead to several ophthalmic problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal burns, benign growths, solar retinopathy and eye cancer,” says Leonard Ward, a licensed dispensing optician at Eyemax Optical Boutique located in Pinehurst’s Theatre Building. Does that mean we can’t buy $5 sunglasses? “ That’s a tricky and complicated question,” says Ward. “In order to adequately protect your eyes, the lenses must filter out the full spectrum of UV light. Some low-quality sunglasses do an adequate job of UV blockage. There are also a few other things to consider beyond UV blockage. A $5 pair of sunglasses (or even, in some cases, a $50 pair) will often have lenses that are not ‘optical quality.’ These types of lenses have distortions that may alter your ability to see properly while wearing them. Also, these types of sunglasses do not have frames that will fit properly, so they can be an annoyance. Because of this, those who wear lower quality sunglasses often will not wear their sunglasses as much as they would have worn a well-fitting, good-looking, distortion-free sunglass.”

What should you look for in a good sunglass? Full eye coverage, excellent UV blockage and a frame that is comfortable and attractive, says Ward. “Many current sunglasses wrap around the face a bit to block more light and some of the wind that dries our eyes. Polarization, though not mandatory, is nice to have for those who are light sensitive or who frequent areas with lots of reflected light.” Think oceans, lakes, ski slopes and, of course, sand traps.

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What’s the one thing all women should be doing to maintain good health? Believe it or not, it’s to stay sexually active. You thought we were going to say take more fish oil supplements didn’t you? “The problem is, as you age, sometimes sex is not as comfortable,” says Dr. Murphy. “It starts to hurt and people don’t want to do it. The more you don’t do it, the more it hurts. It sets you up for this terrible cycle. “If you stay active as long as you can, you’ll do better,” she says. “If things hurt down there, that’s not normal and there are things you can do. There is pelvic physical therapy, there are different lubricants, and topical estrogens can be very helpful.” Don’t be shy about bringing this issue up with your doctor. He or she likely addresses it all the time. Speak up! Most physicians worth their salt today would agree that you have to be your own advocate. Stay on top of your health and go into an appointment with questions. Bring a notepad or a friend to help you keep track of a doctor’s comments and directives. “ You shouldn’t be afraid to speak up about something that just doesn’t seem right to you,” Dr. Murphy continues. “Doctors are just people. They have bad days. There are things they don’t know about; they make mistakes. It’s okay to say, ‘I’m not sure I agree with that. Can you tell me a little bit more about why you think we need to do that?’ The physician/patient relationship has changed into a more collaborative one where together we’re worki n g on making you the best you can b e a n d w h e n y o u’ r e s i c k , w e’ r e s i c k t o g e t h e r.” | XX

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If you’re not a big gamer or you use your smart phone mostly as a phone, you may not realize just how many useful, life-enhancing apps are available, many of which are free or nearly free. Here we highlight a few that seem hand-picked for the Pinehurst lifestyle. By jenni hart

Fashion Glamour Ask a Stylist – This free app, created by and Glamour magazine, utilizes the talents of stylists who are on call all times of the day or night, and who endeavor to respond within 10 minutes to your most vexing fashion dilemmas. Imagine being on the verge of buying a new fall dress. You send a photo of it, ask whether your suede ankle boots or crocodile sling-backs would work better with it, and request help with accessories. The stylist responds with recommendations to help you put together the perfect ensemble. What could be more fun – or more completely addicting?! – One of the first fashion apps, offers views from the runway, reviews from the front row, and photos from social events and after-parties. Another feature is the style file blog, providing commentary from pros in the fashion industry. Stylebook – A steal at only $3.99, Stylebook’s tag line is “closet manager and fashion assistant”. Its functions are nothing less than intoxicating for the true fashionista; picture paper dolls for grown-ups. Simply take photos of all the pieces of your existing wardrobe and save them. Then download photos from the internet, or ones of items you’re viewing in the store, mix and match, add shoes, accessories, and your collections come together in complete outfits. There’s no better way to avoid redundant purchases or to keep from missing a crucial element from an otherwise perfect look.

Beauty ModiFace – Had this app been available in the 1980s, I’m absolutely certain it would have kept me from graduating from high school or college. I may never have left my bedroom – it is that mesmerizing. For an overview of its many tools and functions, visit, where you can view tutorials on how to take a photo of your face and see the endless possibilities based on the effect of various products, procedures, even the unavoidable signs of aging. Not sure if Botox is right for you? Try it out on ModiFace to see what your actual face would look like with the hallmark smoother forehead and softened frown lines. Use HairMixer to try on various hairstyles, Weight Mirror to visualize weight gain or loss, and MakeUp to try on every type of beauty-enhancing cosmetic you could fathom. BFF, Beauty Friend Forever, offers daily beauty tips and customized looks based on the event you’re planning to attend. And NewBeauty is described as a “realistic, anti-aging virtual makeover tool”. Using a photo of yourself, you can choose various surgical procedures such as a face lift or eyelid lift, and see what your face would look like post-surgery. Hair Makeover – An app to indulge your hair obsession. At $1.99, the investment could save you in the long run from the wrong cut or color, which makes it worth every penny. Using a photo of your face, you can try nearly endless combinations of styles. Wines If you’re not an oenophile, your secret’s safe when you’re packing one of these nifty apps. Hello Vino is a free application that offers a wealth of wine wisdom for those with a thirst for knowledge. This app can help you select the perfect wine for a particular occasion, such as a first date or one to give as a gift. You can also use it to find a wine that pairs nicely with the meal you’re serving. Others that come highlyrated include Clinks, which offers integration with fellow wine lovers via Twitter and Facebook; and, which, at $3.99, features a cellar management option to keep track of your collection. There’s also a consumption history log, where the user can look back over all the wines they’ve consumed and reminisce – apparently this is not considered peculiar behavior for true wine enthusiasts!

Cocktails Are you ready to get your drink on? If so, there are two apps you may find especially fetching. Flip ‘N Drink, for $3.99, features cocktails selected and tested by the Regans, famed authors of The Joy of Mixology and The Bartender’s Best Friend. With Flip ‘N Drink, you can search by the names of cocktails, or their ingredients, and you get a photo of the cocktail, ingredient list and instructions for mixing. Each concoction comes with recommendations for similar beverages, in “if you like this, you may like this” format. And by the way, if you like Flip ‘N Drink you may also like Cocktails Made Easy, which for $2.99, offers recipes for more than 500 cocktails, which you can rate and email to friends. Food If you’ve tired of using your smart phone to search for restaurants and want to create some culinary magic in your own cucina, an app called Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List should be your next download. Containing nearly 30,000 recipes, this free app is loved by users for its unique but easy to replicate dishes, although it does get a few dings for the frequent ads (hey, it’s free). And one app that seems almost too good to be true is the iFeast, which cradles the user like a nurturing grandmother from the old country, guiding you through every conceivable step in the planning and preparation of the perfect Thanksgiving meal (I know they didn’t have Thanksgiving in the old country, but work with me). At $2.99, iFeast features classic holiday recipes and a customizable calendar, with tips for things like setting the table and managing to have all of the dishes come to the table at the same time; that’s always my personal Waterloo.

If you’re new to the world of apps, you’ll soon learn there are more apps than there are hours in the day to enjoy them, so proceed with caution. Should you become hopelessly addicted, who knows, there’s probably an app for that.

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GLORIOUS GUEST BATHS The holidays will bring family and friends to your home ready? The guest room looks beautiful, but is the guest bath ready? Pinehurst Magazine will give you ideas for making your guest bath glorious, from completely remodeling the bath to simple changes like luscious towels and accessories.

PINEHURST MAGAZINE’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE A pull-out shopping guide with great ideas for everyone on your shopping list! Local shops show us the hottest gifts of 2010 for every budget, ranging from $5 to $5000. HOLIDAY FASHION Ideas on the best looks for the holidays! From cocktail dresses to stunning shoes, we’ll show you how to look your best this holiday season! FAMILY FAVORITES Everyone has a dish that they associate with the holiday season – whether it’s your mom’s Thanksgiving dressing or your aunt’s egg nog, we all have one. Pinehurst readers share their favorite family recipes! HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE Salons and spas share their secrets for staying healthy and looking beautiful during the hectic holiday season!




Together All The Time | Bell Tree Tavern | Transitional Fashion The Best Par 3s | Magnificent Master Bedrooms JULY/AUGUST 2010


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fashion Trends for the fall take a step away from the bold color palettes of past seasons and move toward sophisticated glamour for both men and women. Decadent features and bold patterns will be what stands out this season. The muted color palette of camel, tan, brown and steel grey is huge this fall. Leather is still hanging around this season – just moving to pants and skirts. It’s also showing up in embellishments, such as fitted pants with leather patches on the knees. As for jewelry, little is out and bigger is better is in. Big chunky pendants on chains will be one of the hottest looks, especially pendants with plenty of “bling”. Bottom line, if you love the classics with a touch of pizzazz this will be your season!


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Kate Spade Bow Pendant (gold), $95 Available at Monkee’s Mary Frances “Rockin Romance” bag, $219 Sno Skins black leggings, $89 CoVelo berry cardigan, $279 Available at the Faded Rose


Diane von Furstenburg Seine Bootie (black), $280 Available at Monkee’s Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses, $99 Available at Eyemax Sarah Cavender Metalworks bronze and gold bracelet, $50 each Available at Eve Avery


14K yellow gold handwoven cuff bracelet, $7,660 Available at Hawkins & Harkness


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“Scratch” pendants, $200 “Scratch” rings, $220-$240 Available at Gemma Gallery

bobi purple t-shirt, $39 Michael Stars cami, $32 Citizens of Humanity Avedon skinny leg jean, $187 Available at Denker’s Tolani woven scarf, $78 Available at Morgan Miller Fendi women’s sunglasses (purple), $290 Available at Eyemax babette orange top, $106 J’envie camel pant, $165 Anne Avery updated denim vest, $120 Available at Eve Avery


Sanita Tanya dark brown clog, $113 Available at Morgan Miller Aquamarine cab set in 18K gold, $1,520 Available at Hawkins & Harkness

Gold charm pendant, $875 Available at Honeycutt Jewelers Red Italian leather handbag, $350 Available at Le Faux Chateau


Robert Talbott tie, $135 Southern Tide pink mesh golf shirt, $69.50 s.kuhlman aqua shirt, $98.50 Kroon orange cotton blazer, $375 Pocket square, $65 Available at Gentlemen’s Corner

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Black multi-colored Caribe tunic, $56 Black pants, $69 Available at Lookin’ for Linda Fendi women’s eyeglasses, $270 Available at Eyemax Camel colored handbag, $48 Available at Pretty & Bliss Toms silver woven slip-on, $59 Available at Denker’s

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Customizable handmade silk wrap, $175 Available at Le Faux Chateau Frank Lyman black jumpsuit, $199.95 Available at The Clothes Horse Mod-O-Doc white t-shirt, $36 Mod-O-Doc shadow zip jacket, $86 Mod-O-Doc drawstring pant, $82 Available at CoolSweats Hope charm necklace, $70 Available at Honeycutt Jewelers Intergalactic gray flat, $59 Available at Denker’s Black handbag with silver accents, $48 Available at Pretty & Bliss Lilac & Gold shawl, $65 Available at CoolSweats

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From toddler to tweens, looking great is easy with the newest styles at Belli Bambini and Pretty & Bliss!


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Sealing the Building Envelope Green Building Approach Results in Greater Energy Efficiency and Healthier Indoor Air

When you’re looking to build a home, renovate your existing home or put in an addition, your first thoughts may be about square footage, style or finishing materials such as granite versus marble countertops. But some of the most important decisions you and your builder will make actually take place behind the scenes – under the floors, behind the walls and above the ceiling. The building envelope – or thermal envelope as it’s sometimes called – refers to the transfer of air and moisture between the outside and the inside of your home. Properly sealing that envelope can reduce that transfer, greatly increasing your home’s energy efficiency and improving your indoor air quality. Certified Green Professionals, like the Moore Green Council members we interviewed for this article, are uniquely qualified to build homes that will cost less to heat and cool for the life of the structure, an idea that is sure to appeal to every homeowner.

by Jenni Hart

Building with Integrity

Conditioned Crawl Spaces

Densel Williams of Integrity Builders started his building business in 1975 and has been interested in energy efficiency from the beginning. “Through proper insulation techniques and building the structure to be sound and tight, it was always clear to me that would result in a home that would be easier and cheaper to operate in the long run,” Williams says. And as for air quality, Williams says there are material choices that can achieve healthier indoor air for the homeowner. “Just by choosing more hardwood than carpet, and by using low-VOC materials and paints, the builder is increasing the air quality by not introducing potential hazards into the air,” he says. Williams also says that some homeowners choose to add air filter systems, which can be particularly advantageous for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.

If you live in an older home, you may think they’re called crawl spaces because a lot of things are crawling around down there. Well, in addition to the snakes and spiders, the idea used to be that a ventilated crawl space allowed air to circulate under the floors of a home in order to reduce the moisture that emanated up from the soil below. Builders and homeowners have since realized that a ventilated crawl space is not such a great idea after all. They’re very difficult to insulate, due to the amount of ductwork running through them, and mold and mildew can result from the moisture that builds up around the ductwork. The air seepage and temperature fluctuations that come from a traditional ventilated crawl space can be greatly reduced by instead building a conditioned crawl space.

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Mark Stewart, of Stewart Construction and Development in West End, has been building homes with conditioned crawl spaces for about six years, and now all of his homes are built this way. “At the time, there was nothing in the code book about conditioned crawl spaces,” Stewart says. “It was a fairly new idea back then. The idea is that a conditioned crawl space has the same temperature and humidity levels as the rest of your home. You could actually store your clothes in a conditioned crawl space.” Not that many people would take him up on that, but the other advantages are plentiful, Stewart says. “Your floors are more comfortable, not cold to the touch on a winter day. You get less movement in hardwoods, so the integrity of the floor is maintained throughout the seasons. And since your hot and cold water lines and your heating and air ductwork is running through that conditioned space, your equipment is not having to constantly compensate for that differential in the temperature and moisture level,” he says. To achieve the conditioned crawl space, Stewart says a liner is placed directly on the soil to provide a barrier, and the foundation walls and piers are insulated with a rigid foam product. “Any air-handling equipment and ductwork that’s located in a conditioned crawl space is bound to last longer, in addition to operating more efficiently, due to the reduced moisture level,” Stewart says, noting that rust can be a major headache for such equipment.

Solutions for every price point Green building concepts are becoming so mainstream that homeowners in every price range can integrate at least some of the materials and practices into their design. While the initial outlay may be higher, many of the products and techniques used by green builders are reported to pay for themselves within five to seven years. Andy White, of AW Builders, Inc., says that nearly a third of his business is from remodels and additions, and some of the products he uses can easily be added after the initial construction of the home. “This is an area that is constantly evolving,” White says. “We have products on the market today that weren’t available even five years ago.” White recently completed a project for a homeowner who wanted to enclose a back porch, and he used low-E argon windows for the enclosure. White describes a test that demonstrates the difference in the thermal conduction of a low-E argon window. “With a standard window in a home even five years old, you can place a heat lamp up to the exterior of the window and you can clearly feel the heat on the other side. With a low-E argon window, you can’t feel any heat at all,” he says. White compares the homebuilding industry to the auto industry, where energy-efficient standards are no longer options, but requirements. “I build homes in the price range up to $250,000, and there are so many things you can do in a home of that price range that will pay off in the long run. Insulation is a great example. Where the building code says you need R-30, you can step up to a more efficient R-38 and it will only cost an additional couple hundred dollars for one of the homes I build.” White adds that proper sealing and caulking during the insulation installation is an affordable way to cut down on thermal transfer. To ensure your new home or remodel will reflect green building standards, including sealing the building envelope, make sure your builder is a Certified Green Professional. For a complete list of certified builders, contact the Moore County Homebuilders Association. | 79

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Sally Larson and Mo McKenzie

Pottery Plus Auction Chairman’s Choice Potters are Partners in Life and Work by Brenda Bouser | Photographs by McKenzie Photography

EAGLE SPRINGS – There are no “his,” “hers” or “ours” labels on the pottery wheels at Fireshadow Pottery, but there might just as well be. The three wheels in the Fireshadow studio, filled from floor to ceiling with pots waiting to be glazed and fired, indicate both the independent thought and mutual respect that characterize the shared life and work of Sally Larson and Mo McKenzie. Theirs is a partnership in every aspect of the word. “We use each other to say ‘Does this look good?’” Larson says. “We respect the opinion, but we don’t have to react to it,” McKenzie counters. As the Chairman’s Choice potters for the 15th Annual Pottery Plus Auction, Larson and McKenzie have created a stunning green pot especially for the October 2 FirstHealth Hospice Foundation fundraiser. The piece is only one in a long list of personal and professional collaborations for this unusual couple.

“It’s part of our relationship,” says Larson, “working on projects.” For several years, one of those projects has involved the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation and the Pottery Plus Auction. “We’ve been donating to the Hospice auction for about seven years, and have always felt honored that the Hospice Foundation has chosen the Seagrove potters to partner with them in raising money for this great service in Moore County,” they say. “The volunteers who have gone out and approached the potters have been wonderful to work with, and show a special respect to the potters when they are able to buy a piece from us while we donate a matching one. It always feels that we all have benefited.”

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Fireshadow Pottery A rutted dirt road leads the visitor to the 244 Falls Drive address of Fireshadow Pottery in Eagle Springs. Although only 15 minutes outside of Pinehurst, the place might as well be on the far side of the moon from the bustle and business of the worldrenowned golf village. Larson and McKenzie have made their home and operated their pottery here since 1999, two years after they decided to go into the pottery business. They sold pots from their front porch until they added a showroom to the pastoral commune they have since built on 31 acres of Moore County farmland. Various dogs, both residential and visiting, trail their master and mistress from house to barn to studio to Koi pond to covered barbecue/picnic area as a Foghorn Leghorn wannabe noisily refutes the theory that roosters crow only at dawn. Visitors are told that there is also a cat on the place, but it has chosen to trade the humidity of a mid-June morning for a lazy nap in the house. Tucked away and also out of sight are beehives and a garden. Larson and McKenzie say they grew up at a time when every house had a backyard and every backyard had children playing in it. “This, to me, is an extension of that,” McKenzie says. “It lets us hold on to the child feeling of play,” says Larson. The business at hand This adult playground is also a business, however, and the business of record involves creating and producing one-of-akind pottery. Ironically, neither Larson nor McKenzie had ever had anything to do with the pottery business until they became a couple, but they shared a creative drive that they wanted to develop. McKenzie had previously been a woodworker and commercial photographer while Larson, a Connecticut native who has lived in the area for 20 years, tended toward the more homespun pursuits of wool-spinning and -dyeing, weaving, gardening and sewing. “We both came from creative backgrounds,” she says, “and we wanted to work together.” Once they decided to direct their creative instincts toward pottery, they signed up for classes at Montgomery Community College, but quickly “felt restricted” by the demands of traditional production pottery. Striking out on their own and recognizing the seeming limitlessness of clay, they adopted an exploratory process to come up with new ideas and shapes.” They use local clay, from STARworks in Montgomery County, for their distinctive ceramic art, and have developed all of their glazes, including their signature Fireshadow Red, from scratch. They are fascinated by the inherent potential of clay. “There are unlimited things you can do with clay,” says Larson. “It’s a matter of developing your skills.”

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When: Saturday, October 2, 5:30- 8:30pm

Where: Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst Why: To benefit FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care

and the construction of the Hospice Chapel on the new Hospice House campus. Featuring silent and live auctions, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $65 per person. For more information and tickets, call (910) 695-7510.


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Primitive elegance Although they share studio space, and occasionally the same pottery wheel, Larson and McKenzie work independently and silently except for the background drone of a book on tape. The result is a product they characterize as “primitive elegance.” “We use the same glazes, so everything goes well together,” Larson says. “It really works well.” On their website, McKenzie, a Robeson County native who claims to have spent decades “fleeing from boredom…in the military, on a ranch, as a photographer, cruising the Caribbean, tending bar, and so on,” describes himself as a “child with an ever-changing toy.” Their showroom attests to a variety of interests and styles – from traditional pots with the signature Fireshadow handle to elongated faces with attitude, and Larson’s hand-built slab-work and self-described “botanicals.” The two worked together to develop a marketing plan to lure collectors to their off-the-beaten path location. One of those collectors is Seven Lakes resident Suzanne Meyer. “You must go out to their place,” she says. “But be forewarned: To see their work is to own their work. While there might be some similarities in some of their pieces, you will not find two items exactly alike. Thus, and this is where I get into trouble, I will see something, know it will never be there again, and the piece goes home with me. I have indoor pieces, outdoor pieces…I have two of Mo’s ‘mushrooms’ in my herb garden.”


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Sally Larson and Mo McKenzie in their studio

Keith and Georganne McDaniel, of Green Gate Olive Oils in Pinehurst, are also longtime collectors and fans. “The thing we like best about their work is how it continues to evolve,” they say. “Each time we visit their studio we see a new design or a new glaze they have created. We are always amazed by what they do, and we continue to look for a little more space in our home to add yet another piece by Sallie or Mo to our collection of their beautiful work.” Prospective collectors of Fireshadow’s “primitive elegance” can visit the showroom Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Larson and McKenzie hold a kiln opening the third week of each April, and they also participate in events held in neighboring Seagrove. A peek inside their studio will usually reveal numerous pieces in varying stages of completion. “When our tables get full, we glaze and fire,” says Larson. “ We’ r e j u s t a b o u t t h e r e ,” s a y s M c Ke n z i e .


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Better Safe

Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Crime As anyone who has ever been the victim of a theft can tell you, the value of the objects stolen represents only part of their loss. Many report feeling violated, a loss of trust, disturbed sleep that can last weeks, months, or even longer. Moore County Sheriff Lane Carter believes that crime prevention is best accomplished when law enforcement officers and citizens work together. Here, he provides useful tips that you can put into practice right away to help keep yourself, your family and your valuables safe. Sheriff Carter reports in his Citizens Guide to Security publication that the vast majority of home break-ins are through windows and doors, so of course those points of entry should be your first focus when protecting your home.


Alarm Systems

• Because hollow-core doors can easily be kicked in, all doors to the outside should be solid core or metal clad. • Door frames should be solid and in good condition, and all door hinges should be on the inside. • Deadbolt locks should be securely mounted, and located 40 inches away from any breakable glass in the door or surrounding it. • A wide-angle peephole should be installed in the outside door. • Always keep garage doors closed when not in use.

Alarm systems, when properly installed and used consistently, can offer reliable protection against break-ins. A potential burglar will typically bypass a home with an alarm system in favor of one without it. But do you consider the alarm company’s yard sign or window decals to be unattractive? Many people do and refuse to use them. That’s a big mistake, according to law enforcement officers and security experts. If your goal is to deter an attempted break-in, you should take measures to inform a thief that your property is outfitted with an alarm. Otherwise, you’re risking that a thief will break in and be able to quickly steal a few valuables before exiting your home. If you’ve gone to the trouble and expense to install a home security system, by all means use the sign and decals. Sheriff Carter recommends that you select your alarm company carefully, and not spend more than what is adequate for your particular home. He urges homeowners to ask for written cost estimates, compare companies, and research the firms you’re considering before making a final decision. He cautions that a higher price does not translate into superior protection, so do your homework.

Carter recommends securing sliding doors by placing a wooden stick or metal rod in the bottom track to keep the door from being slid open if the lock is pried. Also, you can prevent sliding doors from being pried up and out of their bottom track by installing screws or pins along the top track, protruding downward so that the top of the door barely clears them during normal operation.

Windows • Always keep windows latched. • On vertical sliding windows, install blocking pins to prevent the window from being slid open in the event the latch is pried open. • When opening a window for ventilation, open it no more than six inches and place a bar to keep it from being opened further.

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Lighting Think of lighting, both inside and out, as an extra layer of security in your overall plan. Inside, it’s easy to give the appearance that someone is home with a couple of first-floor lamps set on timers. Timers are inexpensive and can be purchased at a hardware or department store. Use one in the front and one in the rear of your home. For the exterior, make sure that your entryway is well-lit, as well as any walkway or rear entrance. If the thought of burning your lights every night seems wasteful, motion and heat-sensor lights make a reasonable alternative and are also affordable and fairly easy to install. Security experts warn that leaving outside lights on throughout the day is a sure sign to a thief that the occupant is away, so be sure to turn them off during the day before leaving home.

Get to Know Your Neighbors One of the most important aspects of a home protection plan is to surround yourself with people who also have your best interest at heart. When neighbors are looking out for one another and are willing to become involved when they see or hear something out of place, they can often thwart attempted crimes before it’s too late. Although some communities have organized official watch programs, you can accomplish the same objective by simply getting to know your neighbors better and keeping the lines of communication open. Offer to reciprocate when it comes to picking up mail or papers when someone is away, and get to know the vehicles and the routines of other homeowners living nearby. If something seems out of place, or you become concerned about unusual activity, don’t hesitate to call law enforcement to have it checked out.

Additional Tips • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed near your house, and especially under windows, to avoid providing a hiding place for criminals. • If you arrive home and suspect someone may be inside, do not go in. Call law enforcement from a safe distance and wait to get the all-clear before returning. • Never give out personal information or information about your home over the telephone. • Do not open the door for unknown strangers or unexpected repair people or deliveries.

I asked Sheriff Carter to clarify what he would consider the safest approach in one scenario that was particularly close to me. Several years ago, a friend was home alone – her husband was at work, and her boys at school. She heard the doorbell ring but decided to ignore it. Several minutes later, as she was in her basement going about her business, she was surprised by an intruder who approached her from behind, brandishing a weapon. He took her by the arm and walked her through the house, demanding to know the location of any money or valuables. After stealing her jewelry and other belongings, he left without physically harming her. I’ve since spoken to many people who’ve had the same approach to a knock on the door – they often decide to ignore it in the hopes the person will simply go away. Carter agrees that this is not a good idea. “Many times a thief will first knock or ring the doorbell for the very purpose of determining whether the home is occupied,” he said. “You have to remember, they’re looking for an easy target.” Carter recommends that, without opening the door, you acknowledge them and decline any offers in a firm voice. “And if you’re ever uncomfortable in an encounter like this,” he said, “don’t hesitate to call law enforcement. That’s exactly what we’re here for.” | 85

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green gate olive oils opens June 17th was the official grand opening of a new shop in the Village of Pinehurst – Green Gate Olive Oils. The shop is dedicated to offering delicious top, quality olive oils and vinegars.


pinehurst 4th of july celebration Pinehurst festivities celebrating the 4th of July were held on Saturday, July 3rd. A pet parade, floats, bands, and fireworks in the evening were enjoyed by area residents.

1. Owners Keith & Georganne McDaniel. 2. The ribbon cutting ceremony. 3. Chamber of Commerce representatives: Janet Currie, Niki Barrett, Danaka Bunch & Liz English.

1. Dale & JoAnn Erickson & Jim, Linda, Brady & Camden Evans. 2. Judy, Paul & Elizabeth Blasko. 3. Ethan Owen, Ricky Lea & Tony Reynolds of the Pinehurst Fire Department with the 1937 fire engine.




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The Moore County Schools 7th Annual Eileen Vansant Volunteer Awards Lun- The Linden Garden Club held its luncheon on June 17th at Weymouth cheon was held at Weymouth Center on August 12th. The luncheon honored Center in Southern Pines. Following the delicious lunch the 20102011 officers were installed. those that have given their time volunteering in various capacities. 1. Volunteer of the year John Laird & his wife Charlie. 2. Jack Damon, Marcy Cooper. S.P. Elementary School principal, Superintendent of Moore County Schools Susan Purser, Volunteer of the Year John Laird, Coordinator of Volunteers Linda Hubbard, Eileen Vansant’s daughter & son Linda Damron and Buzz Vansant. 3. Muirfield Broadcasting Operations Manager Rich Rushforth, Linda Hubbard, Rev. Lorena Arnold & Moore County School Community Relations Advisor Tim Lussier.

1. The Linden Garden Club of Pinewild 2010-2011officers: Barb Newton-secretary, Joan Power - vice president, Kathryn Talton - president & Nona Burrell - treasurer. 2. Luncheon hostesses Barb Rueb & Phillis Greene with their committee; Julie Gilbert, Cathy Jones, Martha Romero, Barbara Venditti, Beverly Newton & Carol Matuza. 3. Social committee members Dawn Munday, Vinnie Kaczynski & Nancy Strickfaden.

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photography workshop On June 19th the Sandhills Horticultural Society sponsored a flower photography workshop at the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. Members of the Sandhills Photography Club instructed photographers on taking better flower pictures.

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1. Workshop instructors Bill Matthews & Jill Margeson with Sandhills Horticultural Society vice president Dolores Muller. 2. President of the photography club Len Bernard & Glenn Gilchrish. 3. Alice Romans Hess & Tricia Mabe. 4. Gene & Joanne Lentz.






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boys and girls homes benefit luncheon On June 14th the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina held its 6th annual benefit luncheon and fashion show at the Country Club of North Carolina. Proceeds from the luncheon and silent auction benefit abused and neglected children who are residents of the Boys and Girls Homes at Lake Waccamaw, N.C. 1. Event chairman Betty Hurst with Judy Lewis & Elinor Krueger. 2. Kelly Ward, owner of The Clothes Horse, presented the fashion show. 3. Gary Faircloth, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina & Carolyn Register.

On June 16th Steed Hall, the new Horticultural building at Sandhills Community College, was dedicated. It was named in honor of Warren and Marion Steed. They were friends of the college and supporters of the Landscape Gardening program. Among Warren’s many accomplishments was the discovery and propagation of Magnolia “Little Gem.” 1. The Steed family was there for the ceremony: Joe Steed III, Caroline & Joe Steed Jr. and dear friend Allene Graves. 2. The ribbon cutting. 3. Students in the Landscape Gardening program plant a “Little Gem” magnolia. 4. Professor Fred Garrett with Ann & Bob Shoemaker. 5. Clarence & Hilda Cameron, Zig Ziegler & Dr. John Dempsey. 6. V.P. of Business Administrative Services of SCC Richard Gough, SCC Senior V.P. John Turner & Robert Hyter of Hyter Landscaping & Architecture. | 87

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children’s tea and etiquette On July 13th Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour in Pinehrust hosted a program for young people ages 6 to 12. Guest speaker Cav Peterson talked about etiquette and dining skills.


absolutely art On June 6th the Artist League of the Sandhills held a reception and awards ceremony for their annual judged exhibit titled Absolutely Art. 1. Show chairman Linda Bruening with co-chairs Annette Martin & Barbara Brando. 2. Judging the show was Dr. Richard Gay chairman of the art department of UNC-Pembroke. 3. Alice Demastus won 1st place.




1. Cav Peterson with Marian Caso owner of Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour. 2. John Swain is the new chef at Lady Bedford’s. 3. Hallie, Dawn, Jacob & Noah Mejan. 4. Hannah Crowley & Judi Leggett.



picnic in provence On August 13th the Women of Weymouth hosted a Picnic in Provence. The event was a fundraiser for Weymouth Center that included dinner, wine, and auctions. 1. Chairman of the event Carol Van Zanten & her committee, Kathy Evans, Marion Gaida, Barbara Nuenighoff & auctioneer Ron Schuch. 2. Chef Mark Elliott catered the event. With him is his staff Eric Barnes, Kyle Nagle & & Delvin Mason. 3. Donna & Bill May. 4. Jackie Rosenblum, Martha DeVault, Audrey & George Kessler & Elaine Sills.


7th annual golf classic On July 26th the 7th Annual St. Joseph of the Pines/Coalition Golf Classic tournament was played at National Golf Club. Proceeds from the event went to the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care. 1. Executive director for the Coalition, Caroline Eddy with representatives from 1st Bank - Bill Samuels, Johnny Burns, Charlie Mc Williams, Felton Capel & tournament director Wes Smith. 2. Low gross winners were Peter Pottle, Rick Mc Dermott, Roger Bailey & Bobby Burwell.

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eve avery open house On July 28th the Eve Avery shop in Southern Pines held an open house. Mary Michele Little presented a workshop on “The Secret Power of Accessories.”

On August 6th the Fine Arts Festival opening reception was held at the Campbell House Galleries in Southern Pines. This year marks the 30th year for the festival. 1. Raymond & Sheila Wakefield. 2. June Rollins & Melody Dupre. 3. Jack & Judi Wood, Kimberly & Heather Sinsley, Garrett Wellians & Drue Viney. 4. Caroline Eddy, Inge Dahl & Dei McHam.

1. Wanda Little, Joyce Rhodes, Mary Michele Little, Kristen Groner and shop owner Eve Avery. 2. Sharyn Cruce & Margot Lovell. 3. Sandy Dana & Sharon Shelton.



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mc lendon hills southern living house The open house tour of the Southern Living home at McLendon Hills came to a close on the weekend of August 6th. Exceptional incentives on this beautiful new house located on 2 acres was offered on this final weekend. 1. Christy Hunt and builder Tom Carr. 2. Jackie King, Rachel Carr & Sharon Thompson. 3. Burt & Erica Adams.

chinese delegation visits sister city - pinehurst On August 1st a dinner was held at the Fair Barn to honor the Chinese delegation that was visiting Pinehurst. Recently the Village of Pinehurst became the sister city to Zhijiang in the Hunan Province in China. The relationship between sister cities is to further friendship and cooperation in business, arts, medicine and education. 1. Senator Harris Blake, Professor Dr. Lian Xie, Carolina China Council, Pinehurst Village manager Andy Wilkinson, Mr. Chengyun Tang, President of the People’s Congress of Zhijiang County and Pinehurst mayor Ginsey Fallon. 2. Mary & Richard Mandell with Mr. Xiao Xu, Vice Mayor of Zhijiang & Mr. Tang Gang, Deputy Director, Treasury Department of Huaihua City. | 89

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financial advice Provided by and Courtesy of Derek S. Pszenny, AIF® Senior Wealth Manager, Carolina Wealth Management

Health of your Wealth Derek S. Pszenny, AIF®

The Investment Process magine you are in a large sports arena. You are standing alone in the center of the court. The arena is packed with 20,000 people and they are all yelling at you. Some are waving signs to attract your attention. Countless banners and billboards post lurid headlines to get just a moment of your time. Confusing, right? Well, the only thing different between the bedlam in this sports arena and the reality of “financial journalism” is this one tiny fact: the countless thousands of seers, gurus, journalists, and financial entertainers are not all contained in a single sports stadium. They are scattered all over. But they are all yelling…at you! That is why I want to take a moment to review my investment process with you. Let’s turn off the TV, get a cup of coffee and read, because there is good news out there. In spite of the challenges to our economy, which include (but are not limited to) the sustained high rate of unemployment, lack of consumer confidence and rising government debts, many of the largest companies have cash on hand of over $800 billion. Companies have been doing a good job of deleveraging, while individuals and governments continue to struggle with indebtedness. These companies, our fund managers assure us, are growing their earnings. They are increasing their dividends and even reinvesting in their own processes. One fund manager, Bill D’Alonzo of Brandywine, stated “As relentless as the negative news seemed to be during the quarter, nothing transpired to test our confidence in the companies we hold.” Other fund managers that I follow assured me that they are able to find profitable, innovative companies at reasonable valuations. Here at my firm, Carolina Wealth Management, we are not embarrassed to tell you that we do not know what will transpire in the short term. What we do know is that it is important to have an investment process that can help to take the emotions out of investing.

Our process includes: · Follow a prudent investment process · Invest in an allocation that will meet your financial goals and objectives · Diversify your portfolio across many sectors and investment styles · Behave based on your plan, not on your emotions

I know the worst enemy of any investment strategy is extreme emotion. I have counseled you in the past not to get greedy in the up markets and not to get overly concerned in the down markets. My job is to remind you as often as I can to stick with your plan. Your plan should include an asset allocation model, a diversified portfolio and a prudent process to help ensure that you can stay focused on those things that you can control. I know from past experience and from history that stock market dips and corrections occur regularly. They will always be part of investing. But the real enemy is reacting emotionally to these temporary declines.

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September/October 2010

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