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Retirement Living


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April 2016

Volume 12, No. 4


73 Deer, This Year

Poetry by Ruth Moose

74 Olympian Spirit

By Toby Raymond A trio of world class eventers who call Southern Pines home recount the hard work, talent and training required in order to be ranked among the greatest riders of all time

80 Advice from Mama Goodmanners By Celia Rivenbark Taking your most sensitive social questions

86 My Kingdom for a Horse

By Deborah Salomon Buttonwood is a repository for family history intertwined with equine memorabilia

99 Almanac

By Rosetta Fawley Lima beans, April showers and The Secret Garden

Departments 15 Simple Life By Jim Dodson

18 PinePitch 21 Instagram Winners 23 Cos and Effect

39 In the Spirit

63 Sporting Life

43 The Kitchen Garden

67 Golftown Journal

By Tony Cross

By Jan Leitschuh

By Tom Bryant By Lee Pace

51 Birdwatch

100 131 139

53 A Novel Year

141 PineNeedler

33 Proper English

55 Pleasures of Life

35 Hometown

143 The Accidental Astrologer

By Cos Barnes

25 The Omnivorous Reader By Gwenyfar Rohler

29 Bookshelf

By Kimberly Daniels Taws & Angie Tally By Serena Brown By Bill Fields

37 Vine Wisdom

By Robyn James

47 Out of the Blue

By Deborah Salomon

49 Papadaddy’s Mindfield By Clyde Edgerton

By Susan Campbell By Wiley Cash

By LuEllen Huntley

57 Seen and Unseen By Sam Walker

59 Saltywords

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144 SouthWords By Bill Rose

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This lovely home has one of the best lots on Lake Auman and enjoys beautiful wide water views with a coveted southern exposure. The home is absolutely immaculate and beautifully maintained. Bright and open with lake views from almost every room, this home also offers a charming sunroom and lots of deck area to truly enjoy outdoor entertaining. There’s a large great room with a corner fireplace and the kitchen and informal eating area open to the sunroom. Great views everywhere! Lots of storage! Super landscaping! Won’t last long! 3 BR / 3 BA 105 Lawrence Overlook



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Enjoy front and back golf views from this all brick custom home in the gated community of Pinewild CC. Fabulous open floor plan with a split bedroom plan. Livingroom and kitchen feature hardwoods and custom cabinets. The first floor master suite has 2 walk in closets with 3 additional bedrooms on the main level. A bonus room w/ full bath upstairs makes for perfect office/playroom! Oversized 2 car garage. Priced to sell. Great curb appeal! 4 BR / 3 BA 71 Greyabbey Drive

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15 Bel Air Drive • Pinehurst Located on 1.5 acres overlooking the 6th Hole of the Dogwood Course, this exceptional residence has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, and a ground floor master bedroom suite, incorporating 4423 square feet. Highlights include three very spacious living areas: the living room hub, kitchen with keeping room and a family room with space for a pool table. The house is ideal for gatherings of family and friends with all the living areas open to a lovely poolside terrace. Features include separate office and study, formal dining room, large farm table kitchen dining, wide plank hardwood floors, 2 car attached garage, and generous walk-up attic storage. Offered at a newly reduced price of $789,000.

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My Easter Ace By Jim Dodson

During the many years I lived quite

happily near the coast of Maine, perhaps the hardest truth I had to finally accept is that April really is the cruelest of months, especially for gardeners and golfers. While the folks back home in Carolina were enjoying tulips in the front yard and the Masters on TV, more than once I found myself shoveling snow off the walk so we could go out to Easter services.

My nickname for the mental fever that commonly seized my spring-starved brain the first week of April then was “Masters Fever,” a powerful mix of memory and desire and simple homesickness for my native South, characterized by a nearly overwhelming urge to mow a lawn and get gloriously dirty in a garden, hit a golf ball toward a sunlit green, and watch one of my golf heroes win the season’s first televised major on TV. And lest I forget, there was also my mom’s famous bourbon-glazed Easter ham. The only fix I had for Masters Fever was a peculiar little ritual from my somewhat lonesome early teenage years, long before a driving license provided a means of escape to the far greater mysteries of girls and golf, a game I called “Ace.” The object of Ace was to successfully wedge a Wiffle golf ball over my parents’ house while imagining myself actually playing the most celebrated par-3 golf hole on the planet, Augusta National’s 12th hole, aptly named “Golden Bell.” A ball that flew successfully over the house without touching anything was deemed an “ace,” a feat that was harder than you might expect. Every golfer dreams of making an ace, though few ever do. An ace or hole-inone is the rarest and most desired shot in golf, almost perfect in its Pythagorean simplicity: One swing and the ball flies through the air and goes into the hole. According to people who have nothing better to do than determine the mathematical odds of such things, the average golfer is due one every 12,500 golf swings, whereas a PGA professional is roughly half that. More than 90 percent of golfers will never make one, which tells you how difficult it is to achieve. Jack Nicklaus had twenty to go with his eighteen major championships, his last coming during a practice round at the 2003 Senior British Open. Gary Player and Arnold Palmer scored nineteen and eighteen aces respectively. Tiger Woods made his first one at age 6, followed by seventeen more as his official career unfolded. Only three presidents, all Republicans, also scored aces: Eisenhower, Ford and Nixon, who made his with a 5-iron on the 2nd hole at Bel-Air Country Club in 1961. Afterward, Nixon described his hole-in-one as “the biggest thrill of my life — even better than getting elected.” I adopted the reduced version of “Ace” not long after marrying a lovely woman whose Scottish parents resided on a sprawling farm above Moosehead Pond in the central highlands of Maine. It involved the use of a real golf ball and a single bold — if symbolic — golf swing typically executed with haste during a commercial break during the annual CBS telecast of the Masters. At that point, my Masters Fever was at its most intense, yet rarely was my front yard fully visible beneath a

crust of hard snow. At the outset of every golf season, I’ll admit, I wondered if this was the year I would finally make an ace of my own and join golf’s most coveted club. Somehow I even got it into my fevered head that if I could make a successful wedge shot after months of golf hibernation, sending a ball safely over my own roof with one cold swing, why, certainly, a real ace would follow in the new golf season on my doorstep. My private quest for an ace (of any sort) came to a head, so to speak, on April 15, 1990, a cold but sunny Easter Sunday that also happened to be my mother-inlaw’s 63rd birthday, just days after Nick Faldo nipped Raymond Floyd to capture his second consecutive green jacket at the Masters. My mother-in-law’s name was Kathleen Sinclair Bennie, a formidable Scottish lady, crack gardener and school superintendent who early in our acquaintance informed me in no uncertain terms that “March in Maine — and most of April too — is still wintertime. The sooner you accept this, James, the happier you’ll be. Spring will eventually arrive — just not anytime soon.” I liked Mum, as everyone in tiny Harmony, Maine, called her. I just wasn’t sure she liked me, her first son-in-law. Though she was perfectly polite, Kate Bennie’s Glasgow-accented body English seemed to say we had little or nothing in common save her beautiful daughter, Alison. Then again, why would we? Mum was a no-nonsense daughter of Glasgow’s working-class Netherlee neighborhood, a dedicated socialist and self-declared agnostic who hadn’t had the easiest of lives. Having lost her parents after the war, she was raised by a sweet Scottish couple named Dorothy and Uncle Eddie and got herself brilliantly educated at Glasgow University. She married a fellow scientist named Sam Bennie and followed his work on construction of the Distant Early Warning Line to Canada and Alaska before settling down in the rambling 200-year-old farmhouse above beautiful Moosehead Pond with three small children and no indoor plumbing in a house heated only by woodstoves. My first visit to the Bennie home felt like stepping into a novel by Thomas Hardy. Darkening the mood that April, Kate’s husband, Sam, a charming son of Paisley who looked and sounded a bit like the actor Peter O’Toole, had passed away from cancer at the farm just one month before the rest of the family descended for the long Easter weekend. Scots are nothing if not an emotionally durable race, born to expect the worst weather in life, ready to push on regardless. As usual there were good Scottish meals served and polite political debates conducted by the fire. Neighbors popped in to say hello to Mum and see our new infant, Maggie. Not long before he died, Sam got to hold his first granddaughter and presented her with a sack full of adorable stuffed animals he’d gathered from his travels around the globe. He called them “The Star Dust Fan Club.” Good Eisenhower Republican that I was, hoping to finally break the ice with Mum, I’d brought her a special birthday gift, the latest novel by her favorite writer, A. S. Byatt. She thanked me and placed the book aside on the reading table by her favorite armchair by the large farmhouse window near the kitchen woodstove. Not long after the others cleared out for the two-hour drive back to Boston, and my wife, pregnant with our second child, went off to gather up belongings and infant for the shorter trip home to the Midcoast, Mum finished cleaning up the kitchen, loaded up her woodstove and sat down with A. S. Byatt.

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Suffering from perhaps my worst case of Masters Fever ever, I used this quiet moment to slip out to our car, fetch my new Hogan 9-iron and a brand new Titleist ball and hustle over to the far side of the small irrigation pond that fronted the ancient farmhouse and barn. A game of Ace was exactly what I needed. Owing to a nasty sleet storm during the Masters telecast, I’d missed performing my peculiar spring ritual. Wood smoke was rising serenely from the front room chimney, looking a little like a fluttering flag to my spring-starved brain. I judged the distance to clear the roof to be a whisker over 140 yards. The weather was clear and cold but a helpful breeze off Moosehead Pond was at my back. Dropping the ball onto a tuft of hard ground, I took dead aim at the chimney and made a really fine golf swing. I looked up to see the ball soaring beautifully into the blue sky. Unfortunately, it came down directly through one of the large picture window panes where Mum was sitting. Rushing inside, I found Mum sitting perfectly still in her armchair, still holding her book, her teacup undisturbed. Shards of window glass, however, were everywhere. She silenced my stream of apologies with a lifted hand, motioning me forward. I carefully approached, bracing for a reproach worthy of Mary Queen of Scots when she discovered her worthless husband Lord Darnley skipping archery practice in favor of golf — shortly before she had him murdered. She pointed to her teacup. In it sat my golf ball, marinating in good Scottish black tea. “James,” Mum said gravely, “I just have one thing to say to you.” “Yes, ma’am?” “I sincerely doubt whether you could hit that shot again if your very life depended upon it.”

And with this, she smiled. I smiled back. She had me pull up a chair. We talked for quite a while. I learned she actually liked me and thought I had the makings of a good husband and father. She thanked me for her book and pointed out several things we had in common, including good books, gardens, politics, a taste for expensive English gin, classical music and even golf. Her Uncle Eddie, it turned out, had been the champion golfer of Netherlee Golf Club several times in his life. She suggested I look up his widow Aunt Dorothy on my upcoming trip to Scotland; I promised I would — and did. More than ice and an old window were broken that Easter Sunday. A deep and enduring friendship was born. The Queen Mum — as I took to calling her — became the first reader of my first seven books, making invaluable corrections and suggestions. More importantly, she guided our family through good times and bad, the glue that held us all together during the dark days of an amicable divorce no one saw coming. She was also among the first to welcome my new wife to the extended family some years later. I drove to Maine to see her a few days before she passed away. I pulled up a chair and we shared these stories and many more before I kissed her goodbye for the last time. “Tell me, James,” she asked at one point. “Have you ever made your hole-in-one?” “No ma’am,” I admitted. “Just yours. And you’re the only one who saw it.” I pointed out that Alison reminded me that the year after making my unofficial Easter ace, I knocked out the bathroom window of our new house — and never played Ace again. This made her smile. “Good,” said the Queen Mum. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at jim@saltmagazinenc.com.

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PinePitch Fairground Attraction

Need something for your walls? Just like browsing? Find art and artifacts, crafts and collectibles at the McDonald Artisan Farm Art and Antique Fair on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’ll be live music and food vendors and a play area for children too. So once you’re shopped out you can eat, drink, dance and play on one of the most historically significant sites in Moore County: McDonald Farm was founded in 1771 through a grant from the king of England. McDonald Artisan Farm, 1615 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. For more information, call (910) 690-9969 or visit mcdonaldartisanfarm.com.

Community Planning

The Ruth Pauley Lecture for April will be given by Dr. Lauren Alexander Augustine, director of the program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events in the Office of Special Projects in the Division of Policy and Global Affairs. She also serves as the associate executive director of the Division of Earth and Life Studies, where she directs the Resilient America Roundtable. She will talk about building community resiliency into disaster planning. It’s important, don’t miss it. April 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series is free and open to all. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For additional information, call (910) 245-3132.

Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst. Tickets are $10 ($5 students) at the door. Please register in advance for access to CCNC. Call Melody Curtis at (703) 618-1161 or Sharon Berkshire at (910) 215-4574.


At the Given Outpost on April 28, Arts Council Executive Director Chris Dunn will present “Taps: 24 Notes of Honor,” at 7 p.m. The talk will highlight the history and significance of the bugle call “Taps” and will include a demonstration of how it is meant to be played. The Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Free and open to all. For more information call (910) 295-3642.

Eating History

Remember the creamed chicken and the prune cake dessert they used to serve at the Shaw House Tea Room? There’s an opportunity to enjoy it again — or for the first time — at the Moore County Historical Association’s special luncheon on Monday, April 18, celebrating seventy years of the Association and the history of the Tea Room. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission will be by reservation. Shaw House, 110 West Morganton Road, Southern Pines. $18 per person. Parking is limited, carpooling is recommended. For reservations, call Grace Jones, (910) 281-5417.

Ancient Battle Elephants

Over the last five years, UNC professor Dr. Jodi Magness and her archaeological team have been uncovering a remarkable mosaic floor at a fifth century synagogue near Galilee. “These are unique discoveries that have no parallels in other ancient synagogues and are unlike anything that has been seen before, as they include a depiction of the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue,” says Dr. Magness. She will discuss these discoveries at a presentation at CCNC on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. sponsored by the Central Carolinas Phi Beta Kappa Association.

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Ben Owen has a pottery pedigree. His forefathers came to North Carolina from England in the late 1700s to ply their pottery trade to early settlers. Owen’s work features traditional designs with Asian influences. Painter Fay Terry hails from Pinehurst, where she paints the things she loves in a bold and colorful style. Owen’s and Terry’s work will be exhibited at the Campbell House Galleries through April 29. The exhibition opens on April 1 with a preview from 6-8 p.m. Campbell House Galleries, 482 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Free and open to all. For more information, call (910) 692-ARTS (2787) or visit www.mooreart.org.

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Down to the Creek

It’s Clenny Creek Day on April 16. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. visit the historic McLendon Cabin, Moore County’s oldest house (ca. 1760) in its original location. Bryant House is just next door, and Clenny Creek Day celebrates the early settlers who chose northern Moore County as their home. Meet their descendants and hear fascinating family stories of life in the old houses on McLendon Creek. Delicious homemade food too, pony rides a raffle and bluegrass music on the porch. McLendon Cabin and Bryant House, 3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage. For more information, call (910) 692-2051.

Magic, Music and Military

The sixth annual Celebration of the Military Child will be held Saturday, April 16, from noon to 3 p.m., at The Arboretum, in Pinehurst. All local families and children are welcome for an afternoon of pony rides, lawn games, inflatables and a video-game trailer. Entertainment will include magician John Tudor and a performance by the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Chorus at 1:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills and the village of Pinehurst. Kiwanians will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone, and it’s all free. Come out and enjoy the day and help celebrate the children of our military families. The Arboretum, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. For more information, call (910) 295-2817.

S’more Conservation

Saturday, April 9, sees the Sandhills Area Land Trust’s Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration. From noon to 3 p.m. celebrate twenty-five years of SALT’s land conservation in the Sandhills with an afternoon of outdoor fun. Activities will include hikes, crafts, and the opportunity to participate in or observe a controlled burn. Lunch is included, as are campfire treats — give a toast to “s’more” conservation. Girl Scout Camp Mu-ShaNi, 427 Sycamore Lane, Jackson Springs. For more information and to RSVP contact SALT’s office at (910) 695-4323 or email swagner@ sandhillslandtrust.org.

Garden Supplies

It’s spring! Time to plant the garden. April sees a profusion of plant sales for every gardener:

Saturday, April 9

Sandhills Horticultural Society Plant Sale. The Society’s spring plant sale will be from 8 a.m to noon. Perennials, woody plants and bulbs will be for sale at Steed Hall, the new horticultural building area at Sandhills Community College. Steed Hall, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For information or to pre-order, call (910) 695-3882.

Saturday, April 9

Weymouth Dirt Gardeners Plant Sale. Rain or shine 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Price friendly perennials, shrubs, trees, ground covers, vines and herbs that thrive in the heat, humidity and poor soils of the Sandhills will be for sale. Many attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Again this year: garden white elephant sale. Cash and checks accepted; no credit cards. Experienced gardeners will answer questions and help load your vehicle. Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, 555 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. For more information visit weymouthcenter.org or call (910) 692-6261.

Friday, April 22—Saturday April 23

Annual Bedding Plant Sale for the Benefit of Students Educational Field Trip. Friday between 1 and 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Steed Hall. Annuals, herbs, tomato and pepper plants available. Pre-orders are recommended to get the best selection. Order forms available at Ball Visitors Center (SCC Horticultural Gardens) or order by phone, (910) 695-3883/3882. Steed Hall, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For information, call (910) 695-3882.

Saturday, April 23

Pinehurst Garden Club’s Plant Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Give your spring garden a burst of color with top quality plants. Proceeds support local beautification projects and SCC scholarships. Pinehurst Fire Department, 405 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. For more information and to pre-order, call (910) 235-5297 or visit www. pinehurstgardenclub.com.

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Dogwoods, Doughnuts and Dancing

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On April 30, Springfest will usher in the new season in Southern Pines. Expect the streets lined with vendors, live music and entertainment. For a historical aspect to the day’s events, wander up Broad Street to the Shaw House from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., where there will be guided tours of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century homesteads, demonstrations of old-time crafts and a bustling gift shop. Shaw House, 110 West Morganton Road (corner of Morganton and South West Broad Street), Southern Pines. Free and open to all, donations welcomed. For more information, call (910) 692-2051.

For Pot Hunters

It’s time for the Spring Studio Sale at Linda Dalton Pottery. There will be an open house Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, and Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Place your bids for the silent auction: The prize is a 13” x 13” orb, high fired with sprayed glazes and rare black bamboo from a North Carolina grower mechanically attached to the lid. All of the proceeds from the auction of this piece will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Sandhills, a cause the Daltons have long supported. The Daltons’ studio, 250 Oakhurst Vista, Pinehurst. For more information, call (910) 947-5325. PS

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Coming Back To Seaside, Florida, and a new generation for the heirloom wedding dress By Cos Barnes

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symphony and saw a friend coming down the outside aisle and turning toward me. Her remark was:

“Save the sleeves. They are coming back.” She and I both knew she was talking about my wedding dress. Anna, my granddaughter and a newlywed, came to visit me recently, and we talked at length about her destination wedding, which took place in Seaside, Florida, on March 4. Her parents have owned a home there for many years. It is a unique village of pastels where you would not dare throw a beach towel over the railing. It has the whitest sand you can imagine, and although the wedding was in the church, time was measured for the proximity of the sun on the beach for pictures to be made. I have many pictures of Anna and her two brothers when young, playing in that white sand. When they were going there for the wedding, her parents were driving two cars, one for two brothers who were coming in, and you guessed it, one for the dress. When asked what shoes she was planning to wear, Anna, who is several inches shorter than I am, answered, “My boots.” I had to tell her about my old friend, Voit Gilmore, a geographer and writer of the first order. Voit once wrote about an audience he had with the Pope, whose boots showed from under his vestment. If boots were good enough for the pontiff, they were perfect for our bride. After all its alterations, the dress looked great. Isabel, a seamstress in D.C., removed the sleeves, sewed lace to finish the edges along the back. She created new tulle straps at the shoulders, repaired the lace on the bodice, let it out a bit and added boning. She told Anna to go shopping and look at new dresses to make sure she wanted to wear a vintage one. She did find a short dress to wear for the reception, which was much more comfortable and manageable. Weddings are done so differently now. But how I loved seeing my dress coming down the aisle again. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at cosbarnes@nc.rr.com

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The Omnivorous Reader

A Taste of Magic What started in a garden continues to blossom with charm and wonder

By Gwenyfar Rohler

North Carolina is famous for produc-

ing some of the greatest literary writers in the American canon: Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg, Maya Angelou. We’re also home to a handful of present-day greats: Jan Karon, Orson Scott Card and Nicholas Sparks, to name a few. Among our New York Times best-selling authors of popular fiction residing in the state, Asheville native Sarah Addison Allen might be one of our best-kept secrets to date.

Allen’s big breakthrough came with the publication of Garden Spells (2007), her magical realism-driven, food-infused novel of homecoming. Seven years later her readers got the long-awaited sequel detailing the life and loves of the Waverley family: First Frost. In Garden Spells, the world is introduced to Bascom, North Carolina, a small town in the foothills where certain families are known to possess unique gifts that get passed down through the generations. The Youngs are always the strongest men in town, the strongest of each generation always named Phineas; Clark women are the

ultimate seductresses; and the Waverleys . . . well, they have a special kind of magic all their own. Some of it comes from an association with their garden, which is regarded by all of Bascom with mythic awe. But as with many family legacies, some embrace the expectations that come with the gifts, and others don’t. In Allen’s breakthrough novel, the current generation of Waverley sisters, Claire and Sydney, must confront not only each other but the way they each respond to their gifts. Sydney fled home after high school. Her older sister, Claire, stayed and has become entrenched in the world of Bascom — so much so that she cannot see herself apart from it or, of course, the magical Waverley Garden. One sister runs from her gift, the other clings to it, and yet when they find themselves together again under the same roof, they discover that their roles are actually reversed. They need each other in order to learn the lessons they have both been avoiding. Meanwhile that magical Waverley Garden is a phenomenal non-verbal character crossed with deus ex machina. The garden contains an apple tree that throws apples at people, grabs photos and holds them hostage, and even manages to stave off a homicide. Or, as Claire recounts following the incident: “I wish Tyler felt that way . . . He won’t go anywhere near the tree now. He still can’t get over it. He says it’s probably the only official police report in history that claims an apple tree ran the suspect off and no one found that unusual.” Allen succeeds in avoiding the pitfalls of the trite or the stereotyped. Instead, she brings us an incredibly rich world filled with startling

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revelations, challenges and, most important, captivating personal growth. Perhaps her two greatest gifts as a writer are a mastery of the five senses on each page, and an ability to surprise her characters and her readers simultaneously. The magical realism elements blend with the five senses to leave an imprint on how we talk about simile and metaphor. For example, Sydney describes Claire in conversation: “She’s like a live wire. She’s actually singeing things.” Garden Spells is a beautiful book filled with passion and captivating writing — just the sort of novel capable of launching a writer’s career. First Frost picks up the story of the Waverley family ten years later. Claire and Sydney have found and accepted their lives and abilities, but the next generation is starting to wrestle with the Waverley gifts. High school-aged Bay, daughter of Sydney, and 9-year-old Mariah, Claire’s daughter, are no end of worry for their parents. Bay’s gift is causing her coming of age and first love problems . . . but Mariah’s doesn’t seem to manifest at all. Claire begins to question whether her daughter is even a Waverley. What does that mean about how we define family and kinship? How do we love people if they aren’t who we expect them to be? What does that mean about ourselves? First Frost is a book written by a more experienced craftsman. The minor characters have more fleshed out back stories, and the struggles are more subtle, yet just as powerful and evocative. Parts of the magical realism are more pronounced: Sydney is literally growing red highlights in her hair in front of her husband’s eyes. But even more pronounced are the smells provoked by the book: scaled sugar, burnt roses, ham casserole, etc., and the incredible talent that Allen has for making you hungry while you read. (I cooked more reading this book than I have in the last month combined.) But Allen’s real talent is showing us something about our own fears and how we do or don’t face them, that we can approach them with awe rather than terror — and that if we reach out and ask for help, we can find it. At the core of her writing is the message that love is the strongest magic in the world. What a beautiful reminder. Allen’s books are filled with charm, love and an abiding understanding of the imperfect world of family relationships. In a few pages of what would be considered good escape reading, the author reaches deeply into our hearts, reminding us what art can really do: transform our humanity. PS Gwenyfar Rohler spends her days managing her family’s bookstore on Front Street in Wilmington.


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Independence Days Make a road trip in celebration of our local bookstores

By Kimberly Daniels Taws

Independent bookstores are

important. They are places of great discovery. Not only do they allow you to discover ideas, places, history and creativity, they are also a window into the thoughts of the community they serve.

Independent bookstores and the people who work and shop in them are resources to pick up on events, neighborhood excitements, the town gossip and important local issues. This is what the independent spirit of a bookshop is, a space that has the ability to pick up, broadcast and shape the minds and spirit of the town. North Carolina is a collection of very special towns. Not surprisingly, the state has one of the densest collections of thriving independent bookstores in the country. (Two of them, Regulator Bookshop in Durham and Scuppernong Books in Greensboro were ranked among Southern Living’s best in the South.) Eight of us have joined together as The Independent Booksellers of Piedmont North Carolina (IBOP*NC) to invite you to celebrate and experience the joy of all the bookstores we are lucky to live among. Kicking off on April 1, and throughout the month of April, anyone can travel to any of the participating stores, pick up a field guide, and get a stamp for dropping by each of the independent bookstores in the NC Piedmont. When participants get four stamps they receive an Independent Booksellers of the NC Piedmont (IBOP*NC) button. With all eight stamps, bookstore explorers also receive an IBOP*NC limited edition logo journal, a hand-selected signed book from one of our favorite North Carolina authors and will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate for their favorite IBOP*NC bookstore. Those of us at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines (a part of the company that also publishes PineStraw magazine) hope that you take advantage of this fun adventure. Start your Bookstore Life List (similar to a Bird Life List) and travel to each of the bookstores during the month of April. The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, Regulator and Letters Bookshop in Durham, and Scuppernong in Greensboro are all ready to receive you. The adventure culminates with a celebration at all of the stores on

National Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 30. Bookstores have long been protectors of independent spirit, free speech and the collectors and disseminators of ideas. We have an extraordinary collection of bookstores within an hour and a half ’s drive of us in the Pines. April is the month to participate in IBOP*NC and revel in the richesse of bookstores in North Carolina. CHILDREN’S BOOKS By Angie Tally Where’s the Party, by Ruth Chan. Georgie the cat loves throwing parties for his friends with balloons, lights and cake. Everyone ALWAYS has a wonderful time. But when Georgie decides to throw the ultimate bash, he puts on his party hat and finds his best friends are all “too busy” to come. Soon, though, Georgie learns that you can always count on your friends to be there for you, and sometimes they might even bring cake! With a heartwarming story and adorable art, this irresistibly charming picture book will have young readers begging to read it again and again. Ages 3-8. Put on your party hats and join the party at 4 p.m. on April 8 at The Country Bookshop as author Ruth Chan visits for an afternoon of fun. Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Garrison Griswold, the developer of “Book Scavenger,” a wildly popular online game for book lovers, has a mantra: “Life is a game and books are the tokens.” When 12-year-old-Book Scavenger fan Emily moves to Griswold’s hometown on the very day he has an unfortunate accident, she discovers not everything is fun and games. She finds herself in possession of a valuable book that may very well be the first clue in discovering who is behind Griswold’s accident. With elements of travel, adventure, mystery, famous authors, codes, online games, books and two book-loving 12-year-old friends, Book Scavenger has just the right ingredients for 8-14-year-olds. Meet the author, April 20 at The Country Bookshop for an afternoon of book trivia, games and fun. Also play online at www.bookscavenger.com.

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Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse. In 1943 Amsterdam, blonde-haired, greeneyed Hanneke has a choice of what to do with the privilege, opportunity and freedom afforded by her looks and her clean papers when she is asked, by a customer on her black-market goods route, to assist in finding a missing Jewish girl. From the opening paragraph, this insider’s view of WWII from quiet amenable Holland echoes current refugee crises and poses the question, just how responsible are the privileged, the “uninvolved”? A must-read for both teens and adults, Girl in the Blue Coat opens the door for frank discussion about race and cultural relations both past and present and leaves the reader hauntingly pensive. Ages 14 and up. Summerlost, by Ally Condie. A bike, a job, a boy, a mystery surrounding a small-town-girlturned-starlet and a town that embraces England through a beloved local summer theater festival. Twelve-year-old Cedar finds refuge in each as she settles into their new summer home in Iron Creek following a tumultuous year for her family. At the same time sad, sweet, melancholy, hopeful and uplifting, Summerlost is a book to be savored by theater buffs and young adventurers, but also by anyone who has ever lost anyone or felt “just a little different.” Ages 10-14 Flawed, by Cecelia Ahern. Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule, and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED. In her breathtaking young adult debut, best-selling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything. PS

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I’m Just Mad About Saffron In defense of the pine trees’ lusty dust

By Serena Brown

Am I the only person that loves our

longleaf pollen season? I’ve observed that it’s common practice among natives and newcomers alike to batten down the hatches at the first sight of spring’s yellow mist. Every year I welcome the clouds of golden dust that billow around us. They seem to me to be a connection to the very soul of the Sandhills. It’s hard to live on the sandy soil of the Pine Barrens. This is palustris country. Once a year, no matter how we chop them down and mistreat them, the trees remind us that this is their domain.

Autumnal leaves aside, this is the first place I have lived where the trees throw a blanket over the land. It’s a sort of fiesta of fecundity. I realize that to people with allergies it’s more akin to the dread simoom. By some strange coincidence I have developed a sinus infection while writing this month’s column, so I am deeply sympathetic. When we first came to this area we rented a house by Spring Valley Lake in Whispering Pines. Our new home was largely decorated in pale tones and I despaired of the landlady’s sofa returning to its snow-white origins. I needn’t have worried, the pollen washed right off. My husband, who grew up here in south central North Carolina, did mention that there might be a bit of pollen. He didn’t say anything about a fog.

And so pollen season came our first year here. Our white house was washed yellow. The warm breezes carried waft after waft of fine gold dust. The puppy left clear paw prints in the sunbeam powder carpet. One afternoon I walked down to the dock and dived into the water. I emerged into a bolt of golden, liquid fabric. As I swam through the silken veil, it moved with me, creating ripple after ripple of yellow on the water’s black depths. It was as though I were the sole worshipper in a spiritual celebration of water and pine. And so I fell in love with the falling breezes of ochre. People often complain about the yellow coating their cars and houses. If they were living in London in April 2010 they would have been sweeping volcanic dust from the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull off their cars. That’s a thoughtless windscreen wipe you only do once. At least pollen doesn’t scrape glass. And it gives a reason to use the marvellous word Eyjafjallajökull in conversation. According to the Internet — so it must be true — pine pollen is a potent mix of androgens and testosterone. Of course it is. It’s a dust of tree lust. Apparently American Indians would eat it before going into battle. I’ve been looking into that; not because I want to eat it myself — though the omniscient Internet assures me that pine pollen is the next goji berry — but because I’d like to know what American Indian legends are attached to the golden pollen. I have made enquiries at The Museum of the Southeast American Indian at UNC Pembroke. In the meantime I’ll be making up my own stories. The doors and windows will be wide open for inspiration. I’ll be the person wandering the countryside watching with joy as gold dust drifts across my path. PS Serena Brown is a senior editor for Pinestraw magazine in Southern Pines.

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Hair of the Wolf Why home style is sometimes best

By Bill Fields

I don’t think very much about my hair,

beyond being grateful that I still have most of it, which is maintained on the cheap at a franchise salon every two months. As a kid I went to the barber much more frequently, Billie Hill keeping my hair as short as an Elks Club green in her shop on Broad Street in Southern Pines.

A lot of boys in the mid- to late-1960s had gone to longer styles, but I was a crew-cut kid influenced by my flat-top-sporting father and hot and humid summers before air conditioning. As soon as I was old enough to sit still on the booster board in Mrs. Hill’s chair, Dad and I went together every couple of weeks for our $1.75 cuts — if there had been customer loyalty cards, we would have gotten a few freebies each year. The regularity of the visits ingrained the memories: the feel of the paper neck strip Mrs. Hill put on before starting; the sound of the buzzing clippers; the smell of talc; the taste of the sucker you got as a parting gift. Eventually, Billie’s husband, Sammy, had a small department store surrounding the hair-cutting operation. (Years later, a casual restaurant was opened in the far end.) An odd recollection: hearing George Wallace had been shot while getting a haircut in May 1972. Around that time, despite the functionality, a crew cut was losing its appeal. Tired of standing out because of my short style in a school where most of the boys had longer hair, I decided to let it grow out. I avoided a trip to Hill’s when I normally would have gone, and the process, which wouldn’t be without hiccups, began. I was unaware that hair cut so closely for so long wouldn’t just morph into flowing bangs. It stuck out, bristling, like a sturdy shoe brush. “Wolf head,” one of my classmates called me. One day I expressed my frustration to my mother. “You’ve got to train it,” she said. I was confused until she brought out a jar of something that looked like green Jell-O but was really a setting gel. It remains the only time I’ve ever

used Dippity-do, but my hair did learn to lay down as it lengthened. I was an official alumnus of the crew cut. When I returned to the Sandhills for several years in the mid-1980s, after college and a couple of jobs, lots of men were getting their hair done by stylists instead of barbers. I was no exception, abandoning Mrs. Hill for other shops. On at least one occasion, this was a big mistake. My haircuts by then might have been executed with scissors instead of clippers, but mine was a straightforward style: off the neck, above the ears, and in and out of the chair in fifteen minutes. But late one spring afternoon at The Clipper — a shop shaped like a ship at the Town and Country Shopping Center near the movies — something happened. Perhaps the stylist was bored. Maybe it was just a desire for more than the usual ten bucks plus tip. Whatever the motivation, she pitched a permanent — “It’ll be just a bit of wave on the front,” she said — and like a bass who sees the plastic purple worm but not the hook, I bit. Because the experiment of chemicals and rollers fortunately didn’t reach the whole of my size 7 5/8 head, I was spared looking like Greg Brady. It wasn’t the worst hair anyone had during an era of bad hair, but it looked pretty silly as the reaction of co-workers, who couldn’t contain a chuckle, confirmed the next morning. For weeks, until my curls were gone, I was particularly skittish when I walked past the large window of Billie Hill’s shop, hoping that she wouldn’t glimpse what I had become. If not for my embarrassment, it would have been a good time to bring back the crew cut. PS Southern Pines native Bill Fields never lived on Connecticut Avenue but has lived in the actual Connecticut for a long time.

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Join us for stories that span the children’s literature genre, from the classics to the newest imagined stories in print.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman talk and booksigning for young readers Book Scavenger (Square Fish), available in paperback April 12, 2016.


Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily’s hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends

Elicka Peterson Sparks, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Honors Program Director in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University discuss her new book The Devil You Know: The Surprising Link Between Conservative Christianity and Crime (Random House). “A calm, persuasive, and chilling look at a highly emotional topic. Its reasonable tone stands to be celebrated, particularly given the contentious nature of [this] topic in public discourse.... This book is a critical read for leaders in religion and in social justice who are looking to help uproot crime more effectively.” — ForeWord Reviews


One day, Georgie decides to throw the ultimate bash, so he puts on his party hat and races through the city to invite his best buds... “who are all too busy to come.” But Georgie soon learns that you can always count on your friends to be there for you... and sometimes they might even bring cake! Author/illustrator Chan Ruth reads from her debut book Where’s the Party? (Roaring Brook Press), on sale April 5, 2016.


North Carolina author Ann B. Ross will discuss her new book Miss Julia Inherits a Mess (Viking), on sale April 5, 2016. Miss Julia Inherits a Mess is the seventeenth installment of the New York Times bestselling Miss Julia mystery series. “A charming, fun adventure with new relatives, old secrets and a will putting Miss Julia and the Abbotsville regulars in a true Southern mess. I loved it!” — Duffy Brown

“Well paced and involving, the story will intrigue kids with an interest in mysteries and codes as well as books. The writing includes references to local landmarks as well as literary allusions to Jack Kerouac, Robert Louis Stevenson, and, especially, Edgar Allan Poe. A lively first novel.” — Booklist ’S KID NT E EV




Author Kathy McGougan and her companion, Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy will visit The Country Bookshop to share a few of their amusing adventures together. McGougan will read several titles from her Buddy series, books containing high-frequency words with lots of repetition to aid the developing reader and rhyme to promote fluency. McGougan is a retired Moore County School system teacher of 28 years and the Program Coordinator at the Moore Literacy Council. Buddy is a “Certified Therapy Dog” (registered with the non-profit organization Therapy Dogs International) and a Moore County School “Tail Waggin’ Tutor.”


SEVEN BROTHERS AND THE WAR AGAINST HITLER’S U-BOATS Journalist and author William Geroux will discuss his book The Mathews Men (Viking), on sale April 19, 2016, A Q&A and book signing will follow the formal talk.

‘The Mathews Men shines a light on the mostly forgotten but astonishing role the U.S. Merchant Marine played in winning World War II...And it reminds us how much we owe to the legions of ordinary Americans who quite literally saved the civilized world in the 1940’s” —Daniel James Brown


North Carolina romantic fiction author Kristy Woodson Harvey discusses her second novel Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House) on sale April 5, 2016. Lies and Other Acts of Love follows on the heels of her debut novel, Dear Carolina, a book praised as Southern fiction at its best. After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn Lovey White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies. Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiance and marries a musician she has known for three days.

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The White Side of Burgundy There’s more to chardonnay than its ubiquity

By Robyn James

“I’ll have a

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glass of chardonnay, please.” With these words, millions of people order up a glass of what is by far the world’s most popular type of wine. Yet as they sip their chardonnay, only a tiny proportion of them are aware that the grape that gives its name to the wine they are enjoying is also responsible for some of the finest wines in the world, the great white wines of Burgundy.

The chardonnay grape is capable of producing — with a little time and care — very decent wines almost everywhere it is grown. But it is only in Burgundy, where it first originated, that it reaches and achieves the sublime perfection of which it is capable. White Burgundy is very different from New World chardonnay — that is, chardonnay, as it’s known in the States. Americans have grown to love the warm sunniness of New World chardonnay. But the grape performs best in the cool, chalky soils of Burgundy. Since the French have very strict laws about what grapes can be grown where, they assume you know the white wines of Burgundy are chardonnay, so they label their wines with the geographic location of the village such as Pouilly-Fuissé, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis and Meursault. In the village of Chablis, the heavy limestone soil produces a pale, dry wine that, despite its acidity, is soft and immediately drinkable. It is often fermented in stainless steel tanks rather than small oak barrels.

In the Côte de Beaune you will find peach, apple and lemon flavors plus a little hazelnut, honey and enough minerals to make the wine distinctive. Wines from the Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne vineyards can be phenomenally expensive, as much as several hundred to a thousand dollars a bottle. The producers of these wines do not sell it; they allocate it, rationing out a few cases at a time to favored distributors. However, white Burgundy can be affordable too — try some of these wines from the Mâconnais:

Château Vitallis Mâcon-Fuissé, approx. $18

Underneath the austere exterior, there’s a fruity character, with layers of citrus, kiwi and white peach flavors, along with the richness from having been aged in wood.

Henry Fessy “Sous La Roche” Pouilly Fuissé, approx. $25

“This wine is structured and concentrated, showing a tight character that is closed and firm. It has enough fruit for the future to show its potential richness. Concentrated, very mineral.” Rated Editor’s Choice, 92 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire, 2014, approx. $24

“A textbook flinty aroma gives way to green apple, lemon and mineral flavors in this white, which shows fine depth and richness, offset by vibrant acidity. Excellent length. Drink now through 2020.” Rated 91 Points, A Smart Buy, #47, Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines Of The Year 2015 PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at robynajames@gmail.com.

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Take a Tonic You’ll find it’s a refreshing rite of spring

By Tony Cross

When you walk

into an establishment in the middle of winter and ask for a mojito, don’t be surprised when they inform you that they aren’t serving them. Mint won’t magically grow in a restaurant’s garden two weeks before Christmas. Be a grownup and just go with your second choice.

I’ve noticed there are many who go into anaphylactic shock when they’re told that their first go-round with ordering from the bartender isn’t going to work. As adults, we know that life isn’t fair, and nothing always goes as planned. That being said, as a drinker, you should always have an arsenal of drinks in your back pocket, just in case there are no mojitos. Examples are Jack and ginger, margarita, cold beer, and the ever-popular gin and tonic. To my shame, until recently I had never been huge on the gin and tonic. It’s not that I found it to be repulsive or unworthy; I’d just always felt that once you’ve tried one, you’ve tried them all (minus any that had been made with poor quality gin). I would admit, however, that gin and tonics fare better in the spring and summertime. They also taste great with a London dry gin; you can never go wrong with Beefeater’s. A few summers ago, I traveled across the country to Portland, Oregon, for a week. I toured the beautiful Willamette Valley, stood in line for over thirty minutes at Voodoo Doughnuts, and dined at some great spots. Although all of those attractions were great, it was a fifteen-minute stop in a bitters and salt store that was the highlight of my trip, which ultimately got the ball rolling on my new love affair with tonic. Tonic water — as I knew it — was nothing more than sparkling water with a speck of quinine, giving the carbonated beverage a bitter touch. I

was wrong: Tonic water actually has a fair amount of high-fructose corn syrup (an 8-ounce serving of Schweppes tonic water has 32 grams of sugar). A lot of us know that quinine is an ingredient in tonic water, but what exactly is it? Quinine comes from bark that’s stripped off cinchona trees in South America. It was first used centuries ago as a combatant for diseases, mainly malaria. After we learned that taking small doses of it a few times a month would help fight off malaria, the carbonated beverage came to be. I arrived back in Southern Pines following my holiday in Portland with a bottle of small batch tonic syrup. The directions on the fancy label suggested adding almost an ounce of their syrup with sparkling water, and an ounce and a half of spirit for the ultimate gin and tonic. I followed the instructions to a T and took a sip. I was floored! There were layers of flavors that were balanced by sweet and bitter. After years of tasting the exact same flavors in tonic water, this new elixir seemed so uncanny, I couldn’t believe the signals that my taste buds were delivering to my brain. From that point on, I made it my mission to create a tonic syrup that I would be proud to drink and serve. My starting point was getting online and looking at different recipes. I realized that I needed cinchona bark, but didn’t factor in how hard it is to get this key ingredient. I ended up having to order it from a reputable store in Germany, which took a month to get to my house. Many popular tonic syrup recipes at the time had lemongrass as a key ingredient, but I had a hard time getting lemongrass in on the week that my cinchona bark arrived, so being the stubborn and impatient person that I am — I had waited a whole month already — I kept trudging through my browser until I found a base recipe that I could play with. The results were surprisingly good on my first yields; the syrups were flavorful, that’s for sure. Many colleagues and friends were my guinea pigs, and their reactions were all positive for the most part, but I still felt like the syrup was unbalanced. The answer came to me on a Sunday afternoon while tinkering with the most popular of the many formulas I had pieced together.

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I decided to express citrus oils by hand into the strained, piping hot syrup. A few hours later, after letting it cool, I returned to the glowing orange, glorified simple syrup. With the dip of a straw and a quick taste, I knew I had nailed it. The months that followed were insane. We (I say we, because if it wasn’t for the excited staff that surrounded me, word wouldn’t have made it to so many of our guests so fast) sold out of tonic syrup every single week. Not only were gin and tonic sales skyrocketing, but I was getting requests from friends and strangers to sell them their own batch. All was well in the world of tonic and me. Or it was until Christmas 2014, when I read an excerpt from Liquid Intelligence by Dave Arnold. The book was a gift from a fellow bartender, reads like a science book, and I couldn’t put it down. Mr. Arnold brings up the fact that the U.S. legal dosage for quinine (sulfate) is 85 milligrams per liter. But I wasn’t using quinine sulfate, I was sourcing my quinine from cinchona bark . . . which is 5 percent quinine. Before I could do the math in my head (I couldn’t), I peed a little bit down my right leg. I already knew that too much quinine is called cinchonism, and its effects can give you vertigo, temporary blindness, or even cardiac arrest. Luckily for me, after going over my specs, I had nothing to worry about. I made a tincture with the cinchona bark to control the bitterness levels and, as it turned out, I was way below the legal limit. Right now, one of the most popular tonic syrup recipes online has more than twice the legal dosage; if you want to try to make your own tonic syrup, you have to be extremely careful. Or you can just (insert completely shameless plug here) buy mine. After multiple requests from former guests and friends that always ask me to make some when coming over, I decided to go live with my own batch. TONYC is the same recipe I perfected a few years ago: citrus forward, hints of spice, and bitterness from gentian root and cinchona. Even if you’re not a tonic lover (neither was I), I’m convinced that my version will sway your vote. Mix it with gin, rum (goes great with Pittsboro’s own Fair Game Beverages Co.’s No’Lasses), mezcal or vodka. There are other small batch tonics on the market: Find which one you prefer and experience one of the best cocktails this spring, in my opinion the finest season the Sandhills has to offer. PS Tony Cross is a bartender who runs cocktail catering company Reverie Cocktails. He can also recommend a vitamin supplement for the morning after at Nature’s Own.

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We All Have To Eat Whatever the weather this year, let’s support our local farmers. It benefits all of us By Jan Leitschuh

Here in the Sandhills, the lusty month of April is most garden-worthy. From the enthusiast’s point of view, warm soil begs for seeds, flowers burst forth, local garden centers are crammed with tempting offerings.

Yet many will plant little more than a tomato, a few greens and perhaps a pot of basil — if that. Even those who garden full-bore generally seek their strawberries, asparagus, sweet corn, cantaloupes, peppers, blackberries and peaches from the local farm stands, farmers markets and Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative produce boxes. As it turns out, that is a truly good thing — especially this year, following the tough situations local agriculture suffered through in 2015. And, as we will see, the community is turning out to support its local farmers. We don’t want our producers to fail. Various things led to last year’s agricultural pain. Weather-wise, it was a rough season, stretching the resources of a number of local farms. Tobacco buyout payments ceased, further reducing farm income at a tenuous time. Some longtime producers have aged out and are retiring or cutting back significantly. CSA-esque produce box operations from other areas — which don’t pay farmers as well — are entering this Sandhills market and adding to the pressure. Even Amazon and Google have entered the food delivery arena by partnering with large grocery chains, a wholesale market that pays farmers on the lower end of the scale. All this adds up to one thing: Local farmers need our support this year. Sandhills farmers are an underrated asset to our area. Perhaps we, the community, can toss them a line at a time when their situation seems shaky. We can do that easily, by creating a steady market and demand for local produce. We all have to eat. Why not spend a tiny bit of that food dollar with local producers? According to the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolinians spend about $35 billion a year on food. If individuals spent 10 percent — $1.05 per day — locally, about $3.5 billion would be available in the state economy. Three and a half billion! If a dollar spent locally circulates, on average, seven times before exiting the community, that’s a whole lot of grease for Tar Heel wheels. If two or three of a week’s twenty-one meals were composed of truly local produce, that’s all it would take. Closer to home, the local produce box delivery enterprise, Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative (SF2T), launched a community challenge to urge local folks to generate at least $300,000 in produce purchases from local farmers. Thanks to strong Early Bird subscriptions in February (the opening month of 2016), the local farmer/subscriber-owned co-op is 37 percent of the way toward its goal of tucking a third of a million much-needed dollars into local producer pockets. The goal is up from $250,000 earned last year. “When you buy from local producers, as opposed to outside services, we take the money and spend it in our own area. So we’re buying into our own economy,”

says Lemon Springs farmer and SF2T board member Steve McNeill. McNeill produces strawberries, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers and other produce, as well as tobacco and small grains. Another reason local farmers appreciate local buyers is the opportunity for greater connection, market stability and autonomy. “In the case of the SF2T Co-op, it provides a steady, stable market for us local farmers. Most of us are not wholesale producers,” says McNeill in acknowledgment of the seasonal produce box program, now in its seventh year. Local ownership is key, he says: “We have a voice in how our cooperative is run, as opposed to an out of town private company that runs for its own benefit and can also buy from anybody, anywhere. Often, their definition of ‘local’ is a whole lot larger than ours is. The profit then goes out of the area.” If indeed a dollar spent locally circulates seven times before leaving the area, then $300,000 in farmers’ pockets times seven would oil the community wheels nicely too. Since 1969, farm acreage in Moore County has shrunk from 140,000 to the mere 80,000 acres of present day. That’s almost half of our county’s green space, and a good number of farm producers going out of the food-growing business. Digest this fact, at a time when the current population is set to double to 9 billion by 2038. We will need people with the knowledge to grow food. In addition, the average age of farmers is around 59, if not higher. One popular local farm, David’s Produce, owned by David and Jackie Sherrill, withdrew from the produce arena this winter. Labor grew too expensive, and they wanted to cut back significantly. They have closed their famous farm stand in Ellerbe, and are pulling back from their farmers markets and the Sandhills Farm to Table Co-op to focus on less labor-intensive livestock. The Sherills were a veritable brain trust of “how to grow lots of healthy produce.” Who will inherit this vital knowledge if the farms can’t support the growers? Will we leave it to distant corporations to grow our food and take care of the land? Is that wise? “The best way to keep the family farm,” John Blue of Highlanders Farm in Carthage has said, “is to support it and allow it to be profitable. I don’t think we can rely on government programs to keep it going. Produce does not have that much government support, anyway.” Many of those producers who sold their farms in the past forty-five years were multi-generational stewards of the same piece of ground. They took excellent care of the land, because it was where they lived and worked. Literally, it was the ground that fed them — and their neighbors. Last year’s weather didn’t help the local farm situation. The challenges were myriad. First, the early days were too wet for producers to get their machines into their fields to plant. Then came a late, hard spring frost that reduced the peach yields, deeply hurt the apple crop, and reduced yields overall. Summer brought a hot, dry season that drained ponds and hampered yields on other crops. Producers had to perform a sort of water-budget triage, deciding which crops would get precious irrigation water and which would be shut off. A sharp, early fall freeze, followed by drenching rains, destroyed some fall-harvested crops that sustain local farms. Subsequent warm weather post-Thanksgiving caused blackberry plants to flower and bear. Blueberries blossomed. Even

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strawberries were confused, throwing off fruit in December. Though it got cold later, producers worried that the warm winter would not offer enough “chill hours” for certain crops to fruit. “Last year, it was to the extreme,” says McNeill. “We had that long summer drought to contend with, and a lot of hot, windy days. It was a whole lot more difficult crop to make last year than normal. Drought reduced our soybean yield by half, for example. Then another 25 percent got lost in the fall because it was too wet to get machines in the field, and then too hard to dry the bean crop after harvest.” The bad weather came at a time when many producers are also transitioning out of tobacco. Tobacco grows well in our sandy soils, and — unlike produce — there is crop insurance that minimizes the risk to the producer. But the tobacco game is changing, with the allotment system discarded and only the larger farms now growing it. In addition, the tobacco buyout payments stopped last year, further reducing reliable farm income. “The dollar got stronger, and the Chinese economy got worse,” says Blue. “They are the big driver in the tobacco market, and the farmers felt the brunt of that real quick.” Blue says he’d like to transition out of tobacco for good, and produce can offer similar profit margins with less labor. “Growing produce has given me some encouragement and confidence, and SF2T has helped out a whole lot,” he says. “Strawberries are probably a better bet for me than tobacco, but you have a lot of dollars invested in them — about 80 percent in October for plants and land prep — long before the fruit comes, and no crop insurance for it. Knowing there will be a ready market for strawberries, I really appreciate that.” As recently as ten years ago, “It wasn’t like this, this interest in vegetables and fruits,” says Blue. “I really appreciate the excitement and interest of local folks by subscribing to the box, and that’s encouraging to us. Maybe they can help us kick the tobaccogrowing habit. I really believe this is close to our last year. It’s helping us transition, hopefully carry on the family farm, and preserve green space. Everybody loves the diversity of Moore County.” As farmers face a new produce year and the fruits and vegetables ripen, one hopes they are finally reaching the end of “that period of outflow with no income,” as Moore County Extension agent Taylor Williams puts it. At the time of this writing — early March — there is no way to anticipate whether a late freeze will damage their crops, or heavy rains will drown them. Yes, there will likely be terrific produce at local outlets this year, no matter what. Just know the full extent of last year’s pain, and thank a Sandhills farmer when you get the chance. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and cofounder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2016


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Eye of the Beholder Prosperity and free parking are among the pleasures of our small Sandhills towns. Just be careful which team shirt you wear By Deborah Salomon

Nothing highlights the characteris-

tics of an area better than playing tour guide. I’ve lived in Southern Pines for almost eight years, enough for the pluses to seem ordinary and the minuses tolerable. So when Yankee city folk came visiting I heeded their comments.

“You mean parking is free and plentiful downtown?” Incredible, but yes. Traffic/parking are major stressors marring urban life. I’m sure Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro parking can be a headache, but in Southern Pines and Pinehurst, a block or two is considered a long walk from car to destination. Furthermore, it’s usually a pretty block or two. “You mean the big airport is more than an hour away?” True, and that’s awful for the 6 a.m. cheap flights. But after I discovered that Piedmont Triad International in Greensboro is heavenly quiet with convenient parking, almost empty terminal, fast security, I use it exclusively unless RDU offers a direct flight somewhere. Besides, the way back passes Costco. “What about that lovely little airport you showed us?” Well, you need a lovely little private or corporate jet to land there. What a waste! I’ve always thought an air shuttle to RDU several times a day would work. Too expensive, of course. Maybe a bus? “OMG . . . is that a Miami Beach hotel, or what?” No, despite the curved glass façade, manicured lawns, FREE PARKING with shuttle from lot to entrance, that’s a hospital — a darned good one, too, according to ratings. The cafeteria has a formidable salad bar, cheap. People who aren’t even visiting patients eat there. “The azaleas! Dazzling! How can you stand the beauty?” Luckily, this visit happened on a cool spring day because to me azaleas portend doom, meaning summer. Remember how New Englanders dash from car to office in January, when the temp hovers around zero? Same here, from June to October. Heat and humidity are a thing, a presence, impossible to escape, despite the deafening hum of a thousand ACs. But, like childbirth, by Halloween we forget . . . until the azaleas bloom. “What, no colorful foliage?” Another friend, visiting in autumn, challenged the longleafs. Well, I explained, you can’t have everything. Come back for dogwood. Or peaches. “Where’s the public transportation?” That’s tricky. I know ride options exist but without a car, you’re stuck. Taxis cost a fortune. Bikes — problem-

atic. As for long-distance ground transportation, Amtrak serves Southern Pines — but not Greyhound. “Thirty dollars for an entrée? C’mon.” We ate at one fine dining establishment. The food was first-rate, if slightly pretentious. My guests noted that prices compared to Boston, New York and Philly while the restaurant’s overhead (rent, wages, utilities, advertising, ingredients) had to be considerably less. Yet the dining room was full, which proves, “Whatever the traffic will bear.” Raised eyebrows came down at breakfast: eggs, sausage, grits and hot biscuits, which they dubbed “Priceless.” Now, the tough question: “Where’s the diversity?” My visitor, also a newspaper reporter, arrived with statistics: North Carolina is 22 percent black. Moore County, 13 percent black and 7 percent Hispanic. Yet this was not reflected in the cafes, supermarkets, movie theaters and other venues — even the farmers market. Churches, too, I learned. Voluntary social integration has been slow. I had no answer. “That must be a misprint.” Only natural to peruse real estate listings when visiting a new area. They may be creeping up, but home and condo prices are still way lower than elsewhere — even elsewhere in North Carolina, especially for a resort. Shhh, don’t tell, I begged. “Retired . . . from what?” Newcomers notice the silverados. I explained that, given the number of generals, colonels, majors, admirals, Special Forces, Moore County could be a Pentagon satellite. Bankers, financiers and CEOs are a dime a dozen. Make that a dollar. This segment demands superior health care, which attracts top-gun medical professionals, which benefits everybody. “For a significant gray head count, you’re heavy on sports bars.” This is still North Carolina, I reminded, where basketball rules, football is a way of life and NASCAR an addiction. You want to be very, very careful what T-shirt you wear where. I’m still convinced the $50 ticket I received in Chapel Hill wasn’t because my tire barely touched an angle parking line deep in the municipal garage but because of my Duke Alumni decal. One visitor approached our twin towns on U.S. 1, the other on N.C. 211. Both thought they had taken a wrong turn. Neither resembled the yellow brick road leading to Oz. There’s that stretch of ancient mobile homes on 211 — and some iffy topography near Sanford. “That’s OK,” I countered, “because the contrast makes Pinehurst and Southern Pines look like Shangri-la or Brigadoon for golfers and equestrians — a winter haven for the frostbitten.” Which, given a car, powerful AC, GPS to RDU and the right team affiliation, makes it a darn good place to live. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at debsalomon@nc.rr.com.

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The Retired Judge A lesson on socks. Sorta

By Clyde Edgerton

I was working on a problem regarding

equal opportunity, and a friend said, “You need to speak to Judge Burnett. Gil Burnett. Here’s his phone number.”

I called the Judge and we decided to meet at Starbucks. He’d told me he would be wearing an orange jacket, so when I walked into Starbucks, I looked around, saw a man in an orange jacket — getting a cup of coffee. I approached. He turned, we introduced ourselves and shook hands. I said something. He leaned forward a little, looked at me funny and said, “I forgot my hearing aids.” He touched his mouth. “And two teeth.” We both laughed, sat down and started talking. I don’t hear well, myself, and I told the Judge a story about my mother in her later years. A neighbor, who also couldn’t hear well, occasionally stopped by my mother’s house. The two would sit side by side on the couch in the den, lean toward each other until their heads touched. Then they’d relax and start talking and laughing, their heads together, each able to hear the other — through skull-bone vibrations. During our talk, the Judge, as I call him now, mentioned a kind of formula about “if” and “which.” The next day I couldn’t remember what the “if/which” business was, so I called him and asked. He said, “Just a minute. I always pull over to the side of the road when I talk on the phone . . . OK, go ahead.” “Judge, what was that ‘if/which’ business you were talking about yesterday?” “Oh. Oh, yes. Well, Clyde, once long ago, I was selling socks. One day I decided to try to sell some to a prison administrator. Figured I could sell a good batch to a prison. When I asked the administrator if he wanted to buy some socks, he said, ‘Oh, no. I couldn’t do that. Not now anyway. I have to have a group of bids before I can buy socks and that’s not going to happen for some time. You’ll have to come back later.’ “So I said, ‘Do you mind if I show you a few pictures, sir? That’s all, just a few pictures of my socks before I go,’ and he said, ‘OK.’ “I was in. I said, ‘Mercy me. Let me just show you a few socks along with the pictures. You’ve got to see some of the weaves I have in some of these reinforced heels. These socks last forever, you know?’ “So, I went to work. I showed him some weaves, asked him to feel the softness of the heels, and so on. I pulled out more and more socks — had socks on the table, in chairs, and finally, just at the right time, I said, ‘Now, sir. Which ones do you want? These? Look a there; feel that. Or these? That’s such a strong weave and with a high top, too. Or these? Now these — feel that — these are very nice. And all these socks are cheap, too. Which do you want?’

“And he bought a big order of socks. “So you see, Clyde, we went from ‘if’ he was going to buy some socks to ‘which’ socks he was going to buy. That’s the ‘if/which’ switch.” There was a pause. “But sometimes,” he said, “it can work backwards. You may need to move away from the ‘which’ question and into ‘if’ territory.” “As in?” I said. “Well, suppose somebody is trying to get you to go to either Myrtle Beach or Charlotte. You might just have to say you are unable to travel . . . you turn the question from which place you’re being asked to visit to whether or not you want to go, because one of the best reasons for not doing something is that you don’t want to.” The next time I was talking with the Judge on the phone, we were discussing the complicated issue we’d been discussing in Starbucks — we got into morality and justice and all that. The Judge paused, and then told me a little story. He was once a law school student and one day the professor asked him, ‘Mr. Burnett, if you say I’m a sorry teacher, can I sue you?’ The Judge was ready. “Yes, you can sue me, sir; but the perfect defense is the truth.” PS Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a memoir and a new work, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers. He is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNCW.

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Top Bill-ing Looking and listening for the rose-breasted grosbeak

By Susan Campbell

Photograph by Debra Regula

There are

few migrants that offer such a surprise to backyard birdwatchers in the spring as rosebreasted grosbeaks. The males are glorious, with their massive white bills and rosy, red breasts, set against contrasting black-and-white plumage. Fortunately they adore black oil sunflower seeds, a feeder staple in much of the Piedmont and Sandhills. When these sizable travelers arrive, they tend to stick around awhile — which is quite the thrill! Although the females have the same characteristic large bills as the males, they’re a bit drabber. But their white eyebrows and striped bodies set them apart from other finches in the area. The migratory pattern of rose-breasted grosbeaks is a bit unpredictable — appearing in numbers at feeders some years and not at all in others. But those who do appear are only making a pit stop — their final destination is many miles farther to the north.

These grosbeaks are long-distance migrants. Some individuals leave the tropics to make their way all the way north to Canada each year. It is thought that the grosbeaks that breed in the Appalachians spend their winters farthest south: from Panama down into northern South America. There they can be found in small groups feeding on a variety of readily available fruits, seeds and

invertebrates. Unfortunately, the beauty of males as well as their melodious songs makes them prized possessions as cage birds in Central America. The song of this bird has been revered since the species was first discovered in the Americas. Rose-breasted grosbeaks are said to sing like very happy or even drunk American robins. In fact, their song is so pure and beautiful, some birdwatchers say that they sound like robins that have been taking voice lessons. Even more distinctive is their loud call. To most it sounds like the a “chink” of a sneaker on a gym floor. If you know what to listen for, you can follow the sound to where the bird is perched. In contrast, it is much more challenging to pin down a singing bird. If they don’t show up in your backyard and you’re determined to see one, you might want to visit the western part of North Carolina. Rose-breasted grosbeaks often forage in forest, with pairs frequenting openings and woodland edges. Females choose the nest site, but then both adults build the nest, incubate the eggs, brood and feed their young. The nest location is typically at the fork of a twig on a sapling. In spite of their efforts, the nest itself is often a flimsy affair, with the eggs often visible through the material at the bottom. However, the male will very aggressively defend the site. Not only will he quickly run off squirrels, jays and blackbirds, he will attack other grosbeaks with vigor as well. Their behavior is so notorious that it was studied by early animal behaviorists as they attempted to understand territoriality in birds. The rose-breasted’s cousin, the blue grosbeak, does breed here in our area — but we will save that story for next time. For now, keep your eyes peeled for this handsome songster. These boldly colored birds will not be around for long! PS Susan would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted by email at susan@ncaves.com.

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A No v e l Y e a r

Undone Life gets messy. Same as a first draft. But it’s all part of the beautiful process By Wiley Cash

Our 17-month-old daughter, Early,

photograph by Mallory Brady Cash

has to be at school in half an hour, and I’m in charge. At the moment, she’s wearing leather moccasins, sweat pants, a tie-dyed shirt, beads, and a headband bejeweled in bells, streamers and feathers. She looks like a flapper from the Roaring Twenties who’s wandered into the Haight-Ashbury District in search of a gym. She’s carrying my wife’s purse around her neck, alternately stepping on the straps and getting her feet tangled in them. Snot gushes from both nostrils. It covers her cheeks, runs the risk of finding her hair. I’ve got a diaper bag over one shoulder and a tiny tin of goldfish crackers that are to be used only for emergencies. School now starts in twenty-five minutes. Did I mention that I’m in charge?

My wife, Mallory, picks up her camera, snaps a few pictures. She looks at me, smiles. I want to ask for her assistance in persuading Early to give up the purse, to request some extra muscle in wrangling her tiny but freakishly strong body into the car seat, but I can’t. Mallory’s pregnant, and I don’t mean “great with child” pregnant. I mean “if I cough or sneeze or move the wrong way this baby may fall from my body” pregnant. She hasn’t slept through the night in weeks. She hasn’t been able to catch her breath for just as long. It’s time I step in and take on some responsibility. Also, I just finished my book and sent it to my editor, so now I don’t have an excuse. Sending Early to school was my idea anyway. It’s not real school, but a once-a-week “baby and me” class where parents convene for forty-five minutes in a Montessori setting to beseech the teacher for tips and advice while their toddlers summarily destroy the well-organized classroom. I attended the first class, and then I missed the next three classes because I was finishing a novel already way over deadline, like, years over deadline. When I began

writing it five years ago we lived in West Virginia. During these five years we’ve moved home to North Carolina, given birth to a daughter, and are now expecting another little girl any day. I often found myself moody, distant, or preoccupied with the story in my head while real life unfolded all around me. To create a fictional world that feels real enough to be sustained for the years of its creation is to constantly find yourself with one foot on earth and one foot in the miasma of creation. All that is behind me now, at least until I start another book. As I take hold of Early’s hand and lead her through the foyer to the front door, I think back on what it was like to submit the manuscripts of my first and second novels to my editor. On the night I finished A Land More Kind Than Home in the fall of 2008, I joined friends for dinner at an Indian restaurant in Pittsburgh. The night was warm and clear, and I remember the freedom I felt once the thing that had taken so much of my time over the past several years was finally off my desk. When I finished This Dark Road to Mercy in the spring of 2013, Mallory and I went on a long bike ride along the Monongahela River in Morgantown, West Virginia. Now, having finished what I believe to be a novel that is better written and better told than my first two, I am on my way out the door to “school” with a toddler I’ve already proven incapable of dressing and de-snotting. But as I strap Early into her car seat and leave the tin of goldfish crackers in easy reach should either of us find ourselves in an emergency, I recall something very important about my first two novels and the memories I have of them being “finished”: They weren’t really finished. Both novels were returned with heavy edits. Hundreds of pages were cut or added or rearranged before the novels were accepted by my editor and scheduled for publication. Now, a sick feeling passes through my body, followed by a cold sweat. I’m not done with this novel either. I’ve submitted a full draft to my editor, but there’s no reason to believe that it won’t be sent back to me. There’s no reason to believe that hundreds of pages won’t be cut or added or rearranged. I climb into the driver’s seat and buckle my seat belt. I adjust my rear-view mirror so that I can see Early’s face where she looks at me from her own mirror that hangs in the middle of the back seat. She smiles, the blue feather from her headband dusting her blue eyes. She is an angel, an angel covered in snot whose wardrobe was of her father’s making. That’s OK. Today is a draft, a complete draft, but a draft nonetheless. Next week will be tighter, more coordinated, less snotty. Next week, when I get another chance, I’ll get it right. PS Wiley Cash is a New York Times best-selling author whose second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, was released last year. He lives in Wilmington.

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Right on Time What clocks and tractors have in common

By LuEllen Huntley

After doing research to find

someone to help repair two mechanical clocks, I learn about horologist Bob Piotrowski, whose specialty clock shop, “Time After Time,” takes its name from queen of the blues Dinah Washington’s first version of the song by that title. Indian Land, South Carolina, becomes my destination, early summer 2012, after a phone conversation with Piotrowski, as this is the shop’s location. To get there I travel from Wadesboro in Anson County due west on Highway 74 to I-485 inner loop, from there to Highway 521 to Ballantyne in Charlotte, then on into South Carolina.

Piotrowski wheels into the parking area right on time, opens a prefabricated metal building, and then meets me at my car to help carry in the clocks — my 1995 New England Clock Company Shaker style mantel clock and Mother’s German-made antique cathedral gong strike Art Nouveau wall mount timepiece. My clock requires detailed woodwork to repair its front door case — my cat Prudence decided to leap to the mantel, disturbing herself and the clock. Prudence landed on her feet, not so the clock. Mother’s gong strike antique had been sitting in a closet as if dead when all it needed was attention, conditioning, and a new key. I know I am at the right place as I observe Piotrowski examine both clocks wearing his specialized lighted eyewear apparatus, all the while sharing historical specifics about the two pendulum timekeepers. Piotrowski estimates costs. I leave the clocks and ask advice about a back way home because I prefer to avoid Charlotte. He maps a way through Marvin, North Carolina, picking up Highway 84. At ease with the secondary road pace, I keep XM radio on Deep Tracks, full volume. Then I get behind a young man driving a large John Deere tractor. I slow. I switch off the radio, thinking he is turning soon because of his right blinker signal.

He bounces down the road. Because I am the first vehicle behind the man, I allow berth between my car and his tractor but not enough to allow those behind me to get around. With mostly no passing zones on the two-lane, curvy highway, a line of traffic soon forms. I assume a tractor alert role. I feel protective of the man on the big-ticket agricultural equipment because when I encounter tractors, I think of my father. He once told me he moved tractors on Sunday mornings when roads were not busy. At home on a tractor, my father says when he’s driving one he puts his mind out of gear and observes wildlife more than anything. And while I do not doubt the truth of this statement, I know my father’s work on the farm was anything but pastoral romantic. His tractors are workhorses. The 806 International he purchased in the 1950s from a dealer in Monroe, North Carolina, when he was just getting into farming. It and the 884 International both have front-end loaders needed for stacking and storing hay bales. The 884 my father purchased in 1985 from a local International dealer: This piece of equipment became instrumental for cultivating cattle pastures. He used the 884 extensively for planting thousands of purple cosmos to create agricultural scenery featured in the cinematic version of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning epistolary novel The Color Purple. As it goes, Hollywood executives selected his farm for the majority of the film’s location; my father, behind the scenes, played a central part. But this is another story for another day. I merely recall my father’s relationship with the 884 becoming more defined after his role as chief agronomist before and during the making of this movie. And not to omit the 1950 German Deutz, the utility tractor my father secured in trade as down payment involving someone buying a car when my father was acting president of Huntley Motors in Wadesboro. Today the 806 and 884 are in good condition. Nature slowly continues to claim the Deutz as it sits; weeds take over. My father would say if he put new shoes on it, the Deutz would be ready to work again. Really, nature has the Deutz like it does the stack of wood in Robert Frost’s poem “The Wood-Pile.” Finally, the man driving the John Deere turns. I pick up speed. I know little about mechanical engineering, yet I know clocks and tractors require exactitude and right-minded maintenance if both are set to tick on cue. PS LuEllen Huntley, a native North Carolinian from Anson County, lives in Southern Pines and currently teaches at Sandhills Community College.

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Seen and Unseen

Thin Places

Where heaven and Earth come so close that the space between is very thin By Sam Walker

The narrow road that meanders

along Ireland’s western shore is framed by a harsh sea that reveals jagged islands of black volcanic formations jutting like massive knuckles along the coast. Barren hills of faded green lined with sheep fields lead to small villages, stone cottages, few stores and the pub with spontaneous music of accordion and fiddle. Such is Sleigh Head. It was her home, place of birth and ancestors, stories and spirits. Where she fell in love, married Joseph and, when hard times came, accepted a cousin’s invitation to come to the States. Her name was Maisie.

Fate or grace led them to their work on an estate on Long Island’s North Shore. He on the outside of the white brick house that overlooked the Sound. She on the inside. His massive hands and keen mind managed all that needed doing. Her strong heart and gentle spirit helped the lady of the house raise five children, manage the home and oversee elegant parties for some of New York’s people who made things happen. The young man had been asked by the lady of the house one Sunday after church to come to visit. It would not be about her but someone else, whom she dearly loved. Later the lady guided him through elegant rooms, out the kitchen and along a short path through a corner garden to the small stone cottage. The thick oak door opened upon his knock as Maisie’s warm smile offered a quiet welcome. Cups waiting for tea and a plate of shortbread cookies rested on a table. So began their friendship. Stories led to questions and more stories. Finally, “You know she’s worried about me,” Maisie said. She’d been slowing down. Ever since Joe passed over and the children of the house went off to their lives, and even though they visited and always remembered her birthday, life had become different. “I’ve been in this

family over fifty years,” she said with a distant look, “but, you know, if my time is coming, I’m not afraid. Come, let me show you.” Two pictures by her bed — one of a tall young man and a small plain girl. The other framed a majestic sunset over seaside rocks and the words “A horizon is only the limit of our sight.” She touched it gently and said, “That’s where Joe’s ashes are and one day mine too. It’s one of our thin places. The family will see to it.” He caught a glimpse of the book on her bedside table, September, by Rosamund Pilcher. Resuming tea he asked, “What are thin places?” Extending small warm hands she said, “You, a man of the cloth. You need to know them! They’re where Earth and heaven come so close that the space between is very thin.” It was just her eyes speaking now, her hands holding his, and he listened. After a time she added, “They’re all around us you know, the thin places, but you can’t find them. If your heart is open and your mind quiet, they find you.” Now he began to understand why he was there. She walked him back along the path, stopping at the garden to show him small green shoots poking up through stony ground. “Spring is coming,” he said. “Thin places,” she replied, and smiled. A few more visits, tea and wisdom would mark his calendar. Sitting in the back of the church at her memorial, the words of a prayer struck him like a bell tolling across a meadow: “Life is eternal — Love is immortal — Death is but a horizon — a horizon is only the limit of our sight.” Tears formed, accompanied by a smile of understanding. The package came a few weeks later. It was her bedside book and a note with his name and a page number. Near the book’s end came a letter left behind after the death of a central character and the reading she requests for her funeral, a poem by Henry Scott-Holland: “Death is nothing at all . . . Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well.” Across the years, the words of both prayer and novel, now part of him, would help him find peace in the sometimes confusing, always mysterious paradoxes of life. They are after all, an invitation to the thin places and the assurance of things hoped for, the certainty of things not seen. PS Sam walker is the former rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and a regular contributor to Pinestraw.

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The Card-Carrying Southerner A mini-guide for those from someplace else

By Nan Graham

I was once asked to teach a class on how

to be a Southerner. After picking myself off the floor and recovering from hysterical laughter, I respectfully declined. But it makes me think that there really is a need for a card for newcomers to our part of the world . . . those “from someplace else,” as I like to call them, since I consider the “Y” word unkind. Laminated, this card could be carried in your wallet like your driver’s license or how-to-tip card. The card would be a ready aid for those unfamiliar with Southern mores and customs. You could refer to it discreetly as needed. Learn to palm this card and pretend to cough when you glance at the appropriate Southern reference.

1. Food:

Southerners could easily adopt the Malaysian culture, whose greeting is not, “How are you?” but instead, “Have you eaten?” I believe that salutation could be right up there with, “How’s your Mama?” which is usually the second thing Southerners say after their opening shot. We do love our food. Foods you eat, serve and discuss in detail: Watermelon . . . how to select, how to cut, how to eat. Thumping a melon is akin to tire kicking in the automobile world. It may not tell you anything, but it sure makes you look like you know what you are doing. The trick is to flick your index finger off your thumb and strike the surface of the watermelon. Bend your cocked head toward the melon and listen intently. The best watermelons will have a distinct hollow sound as opposed to a flat, non-resonant sound. Even if you can’t tell the difference, pretend you can. Always cut the melon long-ways. Like the deviled egg or asparagus spear, watermelon is considered a finger (or hand-held) food by some. Eating with a fork is permissible if you prefer not to bury your face in the juicy crimson crescent. Know when to say barbecue and when to say pig pickin’ (remember, it is essential to drop the final g).

Understand that grits is never eaten with sugar. It is a cardinal Southern sin. Butter, salt and pepper, please. Grits is a singular collective noun . . . never refer to it as they or them. You will never meet a single grit as they always hang out in an inseparable crowd. “Yes. Grits? I will have some more of it.” . . . Never them. When speaking of produce, be sure to use the specific name. White corn will not do; say “Silver Queen” or “Peaches and Cream.” Same goes for tomatoes. It’s “Better Boy” or “Best Boy.” This specificity gives you that air of agrarian authority we Southerners love to affect. Okra is a quintessential Southern food. Overcoming the dreaded slime factor is essential for the okra indoctrination. Start with fried okra and graduate to pickled okra and gumbo. Deviled eggs are required at most Southern gatherings. It is imperative that you have a platter designed and designated specifically for the deviled egg. I claim deviled eggs my long suit. Refusing to call them “stuffed eggs,” I consider them a staple of every Southern party and picnic: the gastronomical treat that’s hard to beat. And catnip to all men. I have Mama’s hobnail glass deviled egg plate, a must for any Southern soul serving deviled eggs at home or abroad. I was shocked to learn that my friend Jane, planning to take the ubiquitous eggs to her family reunion, did not possess such a plate . . . that round glass or china platter with a dozen half egg-shaped wells encircling it. In the flat center, you can put more eggs or sliced tomatoes and cukes, pickled okra or some such. I bought Jane this necessity as an early Christmas gift. She can now avoid being the object of muffled snickering at the family gathering. My own egg plate once ventured out to a WHQR Public Radio Board and Commentator party. I covered the to-die-for eggs garnished with cherry tomatoes and basil with Saran wrap, parked on an unusually busy Front Street and headed out, eggs elevated shoulder-high on one hand to maneuver my way through the crowd to the destination a block away. I got to the address and read the sign. It was a hookah bar. I thought the Board had really kicked over its traces with a fresh and interesting choice of venue. I sailed through the incense, deviled eggs on high, toward a bearded man. Like a stout, elderly Blanche DuBois, eternally dependent on the kindness

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of strangers and poor lighting, I asked if this was the place for the WHQR party. The bearded gentleman inside could not have been nicer . . . or more confused. His usual clientele is rarely an ancient woman carrying an egg plate aloft in one hand, waitress-style, and clutching an email with the address and phone number in the other. “No, no WHQR board meeting here,” he assured me. I showed him my email. “Yes, this is the same address.” Always prepared, I had no cellphone with me. “Can you call this phone number for me?” I asked. He returned from the phone with another address on Third Street. “Your host was wondering where you were . . . with your deviled eggs.” I thanked him warmly, trudged back to the parked car to drive around the block. When the party was over, I took my empty egg plate to go home. Too bad the deviled wonders were all gone . . . I really would like to have left a few with that lovely Hookah gentleman.

2. Loving our pests and critters:

Never show a fear of waterbugs, aka, roaches. Like a horse, a roach can sense your fear. It might become aggressive. Genteel South Carolinians call them Palmetto bugs. “Palmetto bugs” doesn’t really work for this Carolinian. I suggest you give them individual names and pretend they are family pets. Frisky or Big Mo. Saddle them up and have the younger grandchildren ride them. Do not attempt this familiarity with the nosee-ums or even the see-ums native to this part of the country, a species of tiny insects clearly too size-challenged to be wrangled or too ornery to be domesticated.

3. Language:

Use lots of similes and metaphors in your colorful narrations. Make hyperbole your best friend: “Most politicians are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.” “South Carolina is too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum.” My favorite from the late Doug Marlette: a little Southern “town so backwoods even the Episcopalians handled snakes.” Giveaways to avoid: Never say soda instead of soft drink or Cocola. Only north of the MasonDixon is it soda or pop. And our glorious, long-gone Wrightsville Beach beachfront pavilion . . . wondrous, blazing with lights “like a Baptist window,” as Truman Capote once wrote. It’s called Lumina, not the Lumina. Never use the article to speak of the historic building. It will reveal you as an outlander. *Note: Two references to Southern authors, Doug Marlette and Truman Capote, establish the fact that you are familiar with regional literati.

Name dropping is encouraged. Do not say “Hi” instead of the requisite “Hey” upon meeting a stranger on the street. Do not revert to omitting any greeting at all. In the South, if it moves, you speak to it.

4. Acceptable Pets:

Boykin spaniels, Plott hounds, Labrador retrievers or any hunting dog . . . no Maltese or Yorkies or combo lapdogs (peekapoos) will do. Not manly enough. Even a couch potato mutt must affect the nonchalant air of a sporting breed. And please have a story and breed name for that rescue dog. “Oh, that’s Thurston. He’s a Fuquay-Varina Spaniel. Very rare, but a fine hunter. Comes from a Southern breed that accompanied General Beauregard at the launching of the Hunley submarine in Mobile?” (The question mark at the end of your sentence is said with a lilt, which indicates it is not really a question, but a reassurance that surely your listener already knows these facts.)

5. Ancestors:

Get some. This is essential. Portraits are available in all antique stores. Also check consignment stores. Hang in your living room and make up outrageous stories about your newly purchased eccentric. “This is great-aunt Hettibelle. She was one of five sisters whose folks named each daughter with ‘belle’ at the end of her name: Lulabelle, Marybelle, Annabelle and Corabelle. Unfortunately the name did not prove prophetic as you can plainly see by Hettibelle’s portrait. Notice the artist included a feathered fan in the portrait.” (Wave your hand gracefully toward the painting.) “This is the artist’s nod to Hettibelle’s passion. She raised chickens, which she named after Biblical characters and trained to do a sort of nineteenth century line dance. General Sherman was so enthralled with the hens’ performance that he left the ‘Big House’ standing but did gallop off with Bathsheba and Esther, two of Hettibelle’s favorites, tucked under his blue jacket.” Your story can continue, unless your listener’s eyes appear to have glazed over.


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Church of the Great Outdoors Journeys through time and tide in the mangroves of Chokoloskee

By Tom Bryant

I paddled back in the mangroves just off

Chokoloskee Island, hoping to pull in enough trout for supper. The weather was canoe perfect, not much of a wind and temperatures hovering around the 70s. But I picked up my stroke, knowing that the tide was on the way out, and if I didn’t watch it, I could be hung up in the shoals. Not a good place to be at low tide.

It was a laid-back kind of day. I left the marina early that morning, planning to fish until the sun got too hot and then head back with the returning tide. I’d packed a couple of sandwiches, had drinks in the cooler and a fivegallon bucket filled with bay water in the bow with a couple of trout that I’d caught earlier. If my luck held, I hoped to put in more before settling down for lunch. The manager at the marina campground where we were staying said that folks were having a lot of luck with mullet strips, so I bought several, along with some live shrimp. I baited up with a good juicy piece of mullet and cast close to the nearest mangrove, trying not to hook a root. My spinning outfit was rigged with 12-pound test line, so any fish I hooked would be fun. The bait had just hit the water when a small trout grabbed it and immediately ran under the octopus-like roots of the mangrove. I paddled as close as I could and cut the line. Lost: one hook, line and sinker. I backed the canoe away from the little island and got another rig from my tackle box. On the next cast, I stayed away from the roots. Another trout hit and ran toward the mangrove, but I was able to turn him and hoist him in the boat. A good one for the pan, I thought, but I’d better head back out in the bay. It’s getting shallow in here. I timed it just right because I scraped bottom a time or two on the way out. When I got back in open water, I decided to just kick back and let the boat drift with the wind. I rigged the spinning outfit for trolling, tossed it out, grabbed a drink from the cooler and watched a pair of ospreys as they dove, caught fish and headed back to their nest.

Flashes of sunlight reflected off car windows as they crossed the causeway from Everglades City to the island. When I visited my grandfather many years ago, the only way to Chokoloskee was by ferry. The kids who lived on the island had to use it every day as their bus. As a youngster, I always thought that was a great way to ride to school. The area has changed from the early days when my grandfather and I fished the 10,000 Islands, a glorious place that I was fortunate to visit in the 50s. Not many tourists in those days, just a few die-hard fishermen. Some of the main roads in that part of Florida still had wooden bridges. My grandfather had a little piece of land, where he parked his Bambi Airstream trailer, on Halfway Creek, a small tributary that flows out of the Everglades. His dock was nothing but a four-by-four plywood deck on pilings. It served him well, though, and just fit his bay skiff, which was unlike any I had seen before or since. With its motor amidships and a rudder controlled from the bow of the boat, it was a locally inspired invention my granddad said enabled him to work the water by himself. We had tons of fun the two winters I was able to fish with him. I can see him now, standing in the bow as we cruised out Indian Key Pass to the Gulf. He would point out wildlife: birds of all kinds, mangrove coons and sea otters; but my favorite were the bottlenose dolphins that played around the boat like it was their special toy. He taught me special fishing tricks, such as how to catch the elusive sheepshead fish. “That old sheepshead will steal your bait faster than a pickpocket at the state fair,” he said. “But there is special bait that can fool him. We’re gonna make a stop on the way out to Tiger Key and I’ll show you what I mean.” I didn’t know what Granddad was talking about. We were a long way from shore and bait shops of any kind. Where were we going to find fish bait in the middle of the 10,000 Islands? He made a sharp turn away from the deep water of the pass and we moved slowly into the mangroves. “Watch that little island ahead. It’s named Fiddler Key,” he said as we inched our way toward a small, dazzling white sand beach. “Look at the end of the beach off the starboard bow. See right where the mangroves are thick?” I looked closely and noticed that part of the beach near the protruding roots seemed to be moving. “They’re fiddler crabs,” he said. “See them wave at you?”

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Sure enough, the small crabs with their single big claws waved continuously and moved about the beach in a group, all going the same way at the same time. They reminded me of baitfish trying to elude a predator. We pulled up on the beach, away from the crab convention on the other end of the island, and Granddad got a bait bucket and small throw fish net from the bow. “Come on, Buddyroe, I’ll show you how to get bait in one easy toss. Now walk slow, don’t scare ’em. Get up near the mangroves and I’ll ease up on ’em by the water.” We got close. The crabs grouped together and, as I had watched him do so many times before for bait minnows, he flicked the net and caught a squirming mass of little crabs, their big claws waving as if they were in a parade. “Now comes the hard part,” he said. “We’ve got to sort these little rascals. We want to keep the males with a big claw. We’ll let the females go so they can raise another crop for us later. Don’t let that big claw get your finger, now. They might be little but that thing can hurt.” We only kept enough crabs to use that day for fishing. That’s one thing I remember above all else about my grandfather. He was an extraordinary early conservationist. As many times as we were in the great outdoors, fishing, hunting or camping, I never saw him break a game law. I remember one time on The Little Pee Dee River when fish were almost jumping in the boat. We caught enough for supper and then quit. It was fun and I had never caught fish that easily. I wanted to continue pulling them in, but Granddad was through. When I complained, he said, “Son, there is nothing worse than a game hog, a person who just loves to kill and take, even if he doesn’t need it. We aren’t that kind of people. These creatures belong to the good Lord just like we do. He put them here for our use, and we are to respect this bounty from the land and look after it just like He would.” My grandfather was not a particularly religious man. He didn’t go to church every Sunday, although he did support the little Baptist church close to the farm. My canoe was suddenly jostled as three or four dolphins surfed right off the bow. I threw out a couple of pieces of the cut mullet, and one small dolphin surfaced close to the canoe, looked at me with his grinning face, made a chittering noise, then dove, and they were gone. Wow, I thought. Granddaddy would have loved that. I watched the dolphins as they surfaced one more time on their way to the Gulf. He often said he got his religion from the great outdoors. Maybe some of that rubbed off on me. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2016


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The Augusta Syndrome Can a great golf course be too perfect?

By Lee Pace

Consider this early 2000s paint-

ing of the fifteenth hole of Pinehurst No. 2 from the easel of noted Carolinas artist Bill Mangum: rich green fairways, stark white bunker sand, azalea bushes and holly trees popping with color, crisp delineation from fairway to rough, well-considered execution of cart path to pine straw to rough to fairway to bunkers. Pinehurst on Augusta steroids, perhaps?

Matters like these are entertaining to parse when April rolls around and the eyes of golf turn to Augusta National, where once again this month the flowers will burst from the landscape, the cobbler and mint juleps will be consumed in copious amounts, and the valleys will rock as golf ’s greatest players aim for the flagsticks on the back nine. This image represents the mindset of Pinehurst in the latter part of the twentieth century and, indeed, nearly every golf course on the American landscape to craft its image as that of Augusta. Insiders in the golf business—the club pros, the maintenance officials, the architects—call it “The Augusta Syndrome.” Mid-April is the toughest time to go to work in the superintendent’s domain; every member and green committee chairman has watched TV of the Masters and wonders why their course cannot be velvety smooth and winsome like Augusta. “Augusta has done some tremendous things in regard to awareness of conditioning and the sheer beauty of the place, but clubs don’t have

the luxury of having the Masters golf tournament played there,” says Tom Weiskopf, a near-winner at Augusta several times in the 1970s before moving into the golf design business. “Most clubs are a nonprofit organization that don’t have extreme amounts of money available to do what Augusta does. The scoring system, the way they treat the patrons, all of that is phenomenal. My point is the emerald green is not the way golf has been through history. You maintained greens and tees only and had a single row of irrigation down the center. Every golf course had limited acreage of irrigated turf. “That was sustainable. What we have today with nearly every golf club wanting to look like Augusta is not.” Once in their respective lives, Augusta and Pinehurst intersected, when both were annual spring events on the PGA Tour. Pinehurst and its No. 2 course were host to the North and South Open, which had been running since 1901 and had seen everyone from golf ’s Who’s Who in its winner circle. Augusta National was conceived and built by the great Bob Jones, who won the Grand Slam in 1930, retired and hired Alister MacKenzie to design a course on the site of an Augusta nursery. The Masters Tournament was christened in 1934, and for seventeen years the North and South and the Masters were the highlights of the spring golf season. “The North and South had an immediate atmosphere of class and elegance,” historian and journalist Dan Jenkins wrote in Golf Digest in 1990. “Dress for dinner, veranda stuff. In fact, the North and South was the Masters before there was a Masters (1934) and for many years before the Masters finally out-Southerned the North and South.” A curious thing happened after the 1951 North and South, though. Pinehurst owner Richard Tufts grew tired of what he believed were the carnival elements of pro golf and the attendant snits over prize money

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“The happy, friendly atmosphere of the old North and South had vanished,” Tufts noted, “and it seemed that the money changers had taken possession of this particular temple of golf. It became all too clear that present-day professional golf had nothing to contribute to the development of a true golfing atmosphere at Pinehurst.” Fraser Smith was 8 years old when his family moved to Pinehurst in 1946, and he spent his adolescent and teen years in Pinehurst before going off to the University of North Carolina and a northeastern newspaper career. He returned to Pinehurst early in the fall of 1973 to examine the company that bought Pinehurst from the Tufts family three years earlier, the Diamondhead Corp., and his findings were published in a lengthy essay in Sports Illustrated. The Tufts family, Smith observed, thought that professional events “over-shadowed their town and made the game secondary to the tournament.” “One served golf, they thought, not with the traveling circus of the tournament and its superstars but by their absence,” Smith wrote. “The old Pinehurst approach was not an attempt to bring true altruism into resort management. It was the result of traditions that dictated certain rules: You made your money first and then you came to Pinehurst, where gracious living was the primary occupation. Hard driving for bucks would have been seen as crass and disruptive, particularly if the owners of the town had done it.” So for two decades in the 1950s and ’60s, Pinehurst and its renowned No. 2 course had no presence in professional golf. An aggressive and ambitious new boss under the new

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Pinehurst ownership regime in the early 1970s set out to change that. Bill Maurer was attending the Masters in 1971 when the significance struck him of what Tufts had disbanded two decades earlier. “I was thinking that it is unfortunate a tournament as great as the Masters is not in its fiftieth year at Pinehurst,” Maurer recalled later. “But the people who had Pinehurst before us apparently didn’t think that way.” Maurer succeeded in bringing the PGA Tour back to Pinehurst for a decade — beginning with that odd two-week, 144-hole World Open in 1973 — but the tournaments were beset by bad dates, poor attendance and, in the end, lack of a motivated sponsor and the financial problems of the parent company that led to Diamondhead losing the resort and club to the banks in 1982. The modern era of Pinehurst under the Dedman family ownership is marked by a philosophy of finding a happy medium. The club and resort exists to serve its members and guests. But it’s not a bad idea and not terribly inconvenient to all concerned to open one’s doors every decade or so and welcome America’s national golf championship. The U.S. Open is a particularly good partner for Pinehurst and its No. 2 course, as the June dates don’t conflict with the prime spring and fall resort seasons, and the greens are in perfect condition before the onset of the oppressive late-summer heat and humidity. Over the last five years, Pinehurst has seen the successful snipping of another connection to Augusta: the appearance of its revered No. 2 course as illustrated in this Mangum painting. Don Padgett II, the president and COO of the resort and club from 2004-2014, formed the opinion over several years following the 2005 U.S. Open that No. 2 was not about pretty and smooth and structured. With input from de-

signers like Tom Doak and accomplished golfers like Lanny Wadkins, Padgett believed the true character of No. 2 was what was represented in the course’s appearance from the mid-1930s through the 1960s, when the Tufts family sold the property and Diamondhead began moving its optics toward green and soft. Jagged bunker dimensions. Ragged transition from fairway to rough. Wire grass and hardpan sand as the demons of choice beyond the fairway, not fertilizer-and-water induced Bermuda grass. In essence, the course should represent what designer Donald Ross left upon his death in 1948: a natural-looking course on sandy ground that looked and felt like Ross knew from his boyhood and early days in the golf business at home in Dornoch, Scotland. That led to the phone call to Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2009 asking if they’d take on the assignment to restore the course to its original character. Coore and Crenshaw accepted the challenge and began their work in February 2010, and one of their first moments was standing on the tee of the eleventh hole, a par-4 with a gentle left-to-right swing. Coore looked out along the hole. “There is also too much uniformity, it’s all a little too perfect,” Coore said. “We want it to look a little more random and natural. Straight lines are not what we want.” They achieved that over the next eighteen months, rendering hundreds of photographs and paintings like this from Bill Mangum null and void. PS Lee Pace wrote of the Coore and Crenshaw restoration of No. 2 in his book, The Golden Age of Pinehurst, available on premises at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.


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April 2016 Deer, This Year

The word is this year the deer don’t eat dusty miller. That’s the word. Last year it was zinnias and hollyhocks. But the only thing certain is lamb’s ear and marigolds. Daylilies they devour. Petunias and cannas are a moment on their lips. Hostas are a meal. Alpine lilies they relish and lettuce . . . an absolute invitation. Overnight they know and mow down a row. Tomatoes they swallow green and whole and nibble the stalk as afterthought. Carrots, peas, pole beans. Nothing stands a chance when they tuck their white bibs, follow their noses and lick their lips not waiting at the table. –Ruth Moose

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Olympian Spirit A trio of world-class eventers who call Southern Pines home recount the hard work, talent and training required in order to be ranked among the greatest riders of all time


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By Toby R aymond


f you are an event rider, Southern Pines is the place to be. Ideal for training and conditioning, the community is also home to Denny Emerson, Bobby Costello and Mike Plumb, three world-class equestrian legends. With over sixty years worth of U.S. individual and team gold medals, they represent the touchstone of excellence in the sport of eventing. Eventing is the equivalent of a triathlon, in which three riding disciplines — dressage, show jumping and cross-country — test the mettle of horse and rider like no other. Originated as a vehicle to highlight the military training necessary to engage in battle, the athleticism and partnership required to achieve such feats quickly took hold, evolving over the years to become an Olympic sport, as well as a widespread competition for enthusiasts at all levels. As testimony, riders of every level, from beginner to advanced, travel to the sandhills from all over the country to hone their skills under the tutelage of these three pre-eminent hometown riders.

Hall of Famer Denny Emerson Denny Emerson’s many accomplishments reflect his lifelong passion for equestrian competition. Having garnered victories that span five-plus decades, he has more than earned his United States Eventing Association Hall of Fame status. In addition, he is the only rider to have achieved top honors in both eventing and in the Tevis Cup 100 Miles One Day Ride, the gold standard for endurance riding. Formerly on the Executive Committee for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), he continues his contributions to the industry through his hands-on training, teaching and writing. Riding to glory when a three-day event included steeplechase and roads and tracks phases, Emerson says the expectation of horse and rider was far different from that of today’s horse trials. “I’ve been eventing since ’62 when judges were military guys, so the sport was still close to its military roots. Back then a horse had to be a bloody rock to do 18 miles. When I was at Burghley in ’74 the endurance test was 17.7 miles. You had to have a horse that could go all day — a stayer — and he had to be at almost Tevis Cup fitness. The heart, feet and lungs had to be like Iron Man.” However, he argues that the tenets of good horsemanship remain in play despite the changing nature of the sport. Added to which, he is a firm believer in perfecting the basics first, especially with nervous riders and horses, and greenies at the beginning stages of training. “To build confidence in both horse and rider, I may start by having my students jump very small fences from the trot several times a week to make it less of a big deal. The intent is to create a situation that is a setup for success. Keep the questions simple and repeat them until there is a positive response,” he says. All this takes place at Tamarack Hill Farm, the Emersons’ Southern Pines home and winter training center since 1989. The farm boasts a twelve-stall barn, regulation dressage ring, jump ring and a rolling cross country course that borders the Walthour-Moss Foundation’s dedicated equestrian trails. Once used to grow tobacco, the 70-acre facility is now a venue for clinics, a much-anticipated adult camp, and the season’s end schooling horse trial that draws riders from near and far. There is always something going on, from the moment the trailer arrives in November until May, when it is time to return to the northern Tamarack Hill Farm in Vermont. Emerson is up at the crack of dawn to school a rotation of horses before turning his attention to coaching. Quick once again to emphasize core horsemanship values, his personal, in-depth instruction has influenced riders of all abilities and at all levels, with many of his charges going on to represent the U.S., Canada and the Virgin Islands at the Olympics, the Pan American Games and the Word Championships. “Slow, steady, methodical training is key,” he says. “It is far better to stop too soon than to push too far or too long. As is so often true with horses, in the long run it is faster to go slow.” And, to quote Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up,” a philosophy that echoes Emerson’s own: “If you keep trying, there is no guarantee that you will succeed, but if you don’t keep trying, it is absolutely guaranteed that you will not succeed.”

“I’ve been eventing since ’62 when judges were military guys, so the sport was still close to its military roots. Back then a horse had to be a bloody rock to do 18 miles.”

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The Gold Medalist Robert Costello Robert “Bobby” Costello, U.S. Olympic competitor, Pan American Games team gold medal winner, and with a host of four-star successes, including Fair Hill International, Rolex Kentucky and Burghley under his belt, may have been destined to follow a very different, non-equestrian, life path. Although he grew up in Hamilton, Massachusetts, the epicenter of the USET three-day event team and where he foxhunted and competed hunters and jumpers on the local circuit, Costello was more interested in tagging along after his older brothers than anything else. “When I was growing up, the real draw for me was that my brothers rode, and I wanted to be with them — do what they did. So I started taking ‘up-down’ lessons,” he recalls. While he enjoyed riding, and even went so far as to work at the local stable in exchange for lessons, it was not until he met up with a very special pony that he caught the fever. And when he saw his first international three-day event he knew then what he wanted to do. Proving to be a great fit, he competed seriously throughout high school and quickly moved up the levels. As a result, he had several opportunities to advance his equestrian career, but Costello majored in mass communications with a minor in music during his college years, thinking he would most likely go to grad school to further the communication degree. “I had always planned on riding professionally, but wasn’t overly optimistic, which is why I assumed I would be pursuing a line of work outside of the horses.” However, upon graduation he changed direction, “just to make sure,” and gave eventing a six-month try before going back to school — a decision that was to alter the course of his career. With talent and hard work, thirty years later Costello has parlayed that decision into a fulfilling and successful life choice. That said, he also bows to serendipity as he tells the story of how he came to partner with Chevalier — “Charlie” — his Olympic mount. “When my close childhood friend, Amanda Warrington, tragically passed away from a competition fall in 1996, her mother, Deirdre Pirie, asked me to take on Charlie. He was coming back from an old track injury and she wanted to get him ready for sale, but the moment I sat on his back, we just clicked. Mrs. Pirie saw it too.” In the end, Charlie was never sold, and went on to compete at the highest level: the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Costello describes the experience as “amazing,” although he says the time leading up to it was the most difficult part. “Because of the U.S./Australia quarantine restrictions, there were between fifteen and eighteen of us on the short list to account for the high attrition that often results during training, which meant that the team wasn’t chosen until the last minute,” he explains. However, once it was decided, Costello remembers feeling a combination of relief and excitement. “We were very prepared and finally in control of our destiny, which made it a super positive experience. And to be surrounded by the best of the best in every discipline was extremely energizing.” At 27 years old, having long been retired, Charlie now resides at Winter Book Farm in Southern Pines, where he will live out his days in peace and tranquility. Having done it all with respect to competing, Costello has turned his attention to the business side of things, and now concentrates exclusively on training and coaching, which he says is equally as rewarding. Working with adult amateurs, up-and-coming Olympic hopefuls, and riders who are new to the game, he is also excited by the athletic caliber of the horses that are now on the scene. Between the students he coaches locally and the clinics he conducts in Southern Pines and around the country, Costello’s services are much in demand. “I enjoy traveling to other facilities and teaching beginner novice to advanced riders. The dedication and enthusiasm they have for eventing is so gratifying. To be able to do my part and give back to the sport that has given me so much is what it’s all about.” Giving back is what has led Costello to hold numerous volunteer leadership roles as well. He has been on the boards of the United States Equestrian Team (USET), USEA and USEF, and he currently serves as chairman of the USEF Eventing Selection Committee for Olympic, World and Pan American Games. In return, the USEA has reciprocated by awarding Costello the prestigious Wofford Cup in 2014 for a lifetime of service to the sport.

“When I was growing up, the real draw for me was that my brothers rode, and I wanted to be with them — do what they did. So I started taking ‘updown’ lessons.”

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The Eight Time Olympian J. Michael Plumb J. Michael Plumb’s name is synonymous with three-day eventing. And winning. With over sixty years’ worth of Olympic, Pan American and World Championship medals to prove it, Plumb is without a doubt one of the most accomplished horsemen of the twentieth century. Paying tribute to father Charles Sr. and mother Mary, both avid equestrians who opened his eyes to the excitement of the horse world, he says he was riding before he could walk. Charles Sr. was a renowned foxhunter, steeplechase jockey and eventer in his own right, and Plumb was eager to follow in his father’s footsteps. He was quick to emulate the drive and commitment to excel that had served his father so well. It is this same drive and commitment to which he owes his decades of success. “Eventing was in its infancy back then, so I had a chance to grow with the sport. My father was my first coach and trainer, and he was a taskmaster. He drilled into me the importance of not only reaching but exceeding my goals. And to work very, very hard.” He also credits his parents with providing the many opportunities that kick-started his career. “They made sure I had the best trainers of the day, and that I always was in the right place at the right time,” which is exactly where he was in 1959. Creating a buzz at just 19 years old with an individual and team silver at the Pan American Games, he was destined to make the Olympic team the following year and the year after and the year after that. His final Olympic tour in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, was his eighth, which to date has not been matched by any other U.S. equestrian competitor. Plumb has brought home an unprecedented three team silvers in three consecutive years, two team golds, and an individual silver. An individual and two team golds at the 1963 and 1967 Pan American Games, capped by winning team status at the World Championships in England in 1974 have collectively earned him a place of honor in both the U.S. Eventing Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, into which he was the first equestrian ever to be inducted. Today, Plumb is ensconced at JMP Farm in Southern Pines, where he now focuses on the next generation of eventers. With the conviction that he has more now to offer than ever, he instills in his students his long-established tradition of hard work and that need to strive for excellence. He also rides six to eight horses a day, a new hip notwithstanding. He says his philosophy is simple. “I teach by example. Whether I’m on the ground or on a horse, I insist that everything is done correctly; that there are no short cuts. For my beginner novice students, for instance, they must learn the fundamentals first — a good seat, good hands. That is what will get them to the next level.” For his advanced students, he encourages them to deepen their connection with their horses. “There’s a trust between horse and rider that has to be unshakable,” he stresses. Giving 100 percent to everything he does, it is typical of his fashion that he says that he can always do better. “Whether I’m riding or coaching I put in the absolute best, but I do a lot of thinking about how I can improve upon that. How I can make that little bit of difference that will reach that student or that horse or put the next lesson or training session over the top.” Even though he acknowledges there are some things that are not learned — an intangible, elusive quality, “a feeling” — he is adamant that that is not enough to go all the way. “Some people have great talent, but don’t amount to anything. It’s having a passion and commitment to do the work that will get you there. Once that’s established, the way I see it, my job is to provide the tools.” It is precisely his uncompromising pursuit of perfection that has led J. Michael Plumb to reach the highest heights, and what he now is so passionate to share with his students. It is what makes him J. Michael Plumb, after all. Looking back at his Olympic career, Plumb remarks upon his experience at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles partly because he won a team gold, but mainly because he was so proud of Blue Stone, a big gray Irish Sport Horse on whom he competed on behalf of Tim Clark, a prominent sponsor of the USET. “Blue Stone wasn’t fancy, but he was honest and true, and would jump through fire if you asked him to. Back in those days, we were able to bring the horses home with us to train, so I had him at Economy Farm for the season. When we got to Santa Anita, we were a distance from the main venue, so I missed much of the festivities, but to me it was business as usual, anyway. I don’t differentiate between events. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m competing at the highest level or at a local horse trial, I’m always trying to do my best.” PS

“It’s having a passion and commitment to do the work that will get you there.”

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Advice from

Mama Goodmanners By Celia R ivenbark

In the spirit of April Fools’ — and to remedy the palpable desperation pulsing through a handful of letters from readers seeking authentic social guidance — we asked the ever tasteful Celia Rivenbark to channel advice from Mama Goodmanners, an imperious woman of a certain age (but not too old) who isn’t afraid to serve it raw, so to speak. We found her advice most helpful. Hope you will too.

Dear Mama Goodmanners, I have spent many years faithfully sending birthday gifts to my niece and nephew and they never bother to thank me in writing or in person. They are otherwise quite lovely people. How can I move past this and not be angry about this etiquette lapse? Signed, Aunt Fran-tic Dear Clueless AF: The kids will know what that means . . . Ahem. Anyway, your phrase “They are otherwise quite lovely people” is rather like Jeffrey Dahmer’s relatives referring to him as “a likable chap except for all the decapitations and whatnot.” Of course, I exaggerate for effect. I don’t honestly believe that your niece and nephew’s transgressions equate to a serial killer with a standing Kenmore full of body parts. No, no. But it is a close second in my estimation. Please save yourself further stress by donating the amount you would have given to these millennial brats to a respectable charity. This will assure you that you will not only get a thank-you in the mail, but you will also spend many, many hours opening subsequent mailings asking for more gifts and answering many telemarketing calls to ostensibly “thank you again for that generous gift.”


Mama G

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Dear Mama Goodmanners, I enjoy hosting the occasional dinner party, but I wish that more guests would recognize when it’s time to call it a night and just go home. Is there a polite way to encourage them to either help clean up or say goodnight when the hour is late and the party is clearly winding down? Dear GrowAPair, Yes, yes, I know you signed your original silly-ass question “Kerflummoxed in Kure,” but I changed it just a little. In other words, I took control. Just as you should do in the case of the lingering guests who hate depriving you of their delightful company. Unless you want to stop hosting parties altogether — which, up side, leaves you time to binge-watch The Affair in your monkeyface pajamas whilst eating anything without kale, praise Jesus — you should be prepared to risk hurt feelings. You hinted at “helping clean up.” Let me tell you, if I ever go to a party and the host hands me a Swiffer WetJet and tells me, “Rosaria doesn’t come until a week from Tuesday so hop to it,” I can assure you I will never go back. I believe my work here is done.

Mama G

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Dear Mama Goodmanners, My next-door neighbors leave their Christmas lights up and ablaze well into the spring every year. And while they did move the inflatable Rudolph and Santa diorama to their backyard at my insistence, the lights remain on bushes, railings and the entire roofline. Can you advise a polite way to encourage them to take it all down by January 6? I’m afraid I’m going to have an Epiphany of my own that involves calling the authorities. Signed, Blinded by the Light(s) Dear Springsteen fan, Sorry, your signature gave me a little thrill as I recalled hours in my youth spent pondering how one does, in essence, become “wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night.” But enough about me! Your question is actually one that I have fielded many times over the years. The answer is very simple: You must move. You must move to an area that is filled with people just like yourself. People who know that the true spirit of Christmas dies immediately after the first week of January and must not ever, EVER, return until somewhere around mid-October. Just kidding! Of course you shouldn’t have to leave your home, which I’m sure, is decorated impeccably thanks to the free services of the Pottery Barn design team, but there is really nothing you can do to regulate someone else’s taste or lack thereof. Yep, I was right the first time. You should move.


Mama G

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Dear Mama Goodmanners, What’s the best way to respond when a friend invites you, repeatedly, to attend services with them at their (wackadoodle) church? Signed, No Snakes, please Dear First Prez, Just taking a wild guess. OK, as a proud and devout member of the Fire-Baptized First Church of the Wackadoodle, I encourage you to expand your mind and your circle of friends and actually go with them one Sunday (or, Tuesday afternoon, if it’s truly wackadoodle). What’s the worst that can happen? You won’t be asked to drink strychnine (I don’t think, anyway), and you’ll have a good story to share when your mainstream church has its inevitable potluck dinner. Imagine how they will hang on your every word as they suck on edamame pods blanched in snob juice. There. All better now?

Mama G

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Dear Mama Goodmanners, Family dinners have become a huge challenge at our house. My father-in-law chews with his mouth open, belches and moans like a lovesick bull when he’s really enjoying the meal. Last Easter, he even loudly passed gas while leaning over to grab the last yeast roll! We’re used to this behavior, as abysmal as it is, but my son wants to bring his very well-bred, First Family of Virginia-type fiancée to meet the family and I’m already dreading dinner with “Dad.” Advice, please! Worried in Wrightsville Dear Pull My Finger, Sorry, “Worried.” As I was reading your letter, I had a flashback to a beloved uncle’s Thanksgiving dinner hijinks in my childhood. Sure, it was on the level of a third-grade boy but, trust me, you’ll miss it when it’s gone. I mean, really, a properly executed “pull my finger” is almost extinct these days. That said, you are right to be concerned. We can’t have the future fiancée be confronted with such an awesomely awful array of dinnertime tics. Has “Dad” been tested for Tourette’s? Does he sputter, fart and carry on anywhere else, or does he just save this behavior for the dinner table under the guise of “making memories”? Either way, until she’s married into the fam, keep these two far apart. I hate to brag (unless I’m awake), but I’m also FFV and I can assure you that if I had dinner with “Dad” and he broke wind in my face over a cloverleaf roll, I’d be outta there like my clothes were on fire.


Mama G

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Dear Mama Goodmanners, When are you really, honestly, truly too old to wear a mini-skirt? Signed, Bambi, Tiffany & Dawn Dear Strippers, Well, this is a bit of a loaded question in this day and age when everyone insists that “age is just a number,” “you’re as young as you feel” and “long hair can be worn at any age; look at Gwyneth Paltrow, she’s at least 60.” OK, no, she’s not but she’s too old for that “haint” hair, as my Aunt Sudavee used to call it. Aunt Sudavee hated for a woman past 30 or so to have long hair. She also didn’t like it when grown women left home without lipstick. “Put some color on,” she’d always say. That said, it’s possible that on fashion matters, Aunt Sudavee can’t really be considered reliable, given her propensity to shop at the “Forlorn & Neglected” selection of culottes and big, boxy tops at Kohl’s using her Kohl’s cash. Which, turns out, isn’t good anywhere else. Just try using it to pay your cable bill. Oh, forgive my silliness. It’s just that I have a neighbor who is 57 and looks great in her vintage leather mini WITH TIGHTS. That’s the only way it’s acceptable at our, er, her age. I think the mini-skirt age cut-off should be around 40, and then only if you have beautiful bare legs. Even then, it’s a good idea to restrict the wearing of mini-skirts to beach or nightclub. And, for God’s sake, put some color on.

Mama G

Mama Goodmanners lives in Wilmington, where she works toward creating a just, verdant and more peaceful world and, on occasion, enjoys midget wrestling shows at Ziggy’s. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2016


Story of a house

My Kingdom for a Horse Buttonwood is a repository for family history intertwined with equine memorabilia By Deborah Salomon • Photographs by John Gessner


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he scenario sounds familiar: An equestrian family from elsewhere falls in love with Southern Pines and moves to Young’s Road — sometimes a modest hunt box, otherwise a full-scale horse farm. They bring skills and talents embraced by the community. They ride, hunt, show, jump, socialize. After fifteen years of this good life, Effie and Nick Ellis decided to downsize and board the horses. “I’ve been taking care of horses for forty years,” Effie says. “Now I’m down to two and want to have a normal life . . . feel more relaxed about the animals when we go away.” Except, for the Ellises, downsize meant moving from Cornerstone Farm with barn and pool on thirteen acres to Buttonwood, a historic Weymouth cottage built in 1930 by Alice Burt Hunt, an acquaintance of James Boyd. Were it not for siding installed by a previous owner, Buttonwood would qualify for the National Register of Historic Places in North Carolina. The house, approaching 4,000 square feet on two acres, is not appreciably smaller than Cornerstone. Yet this residence provided a more suitable backdrop for a breathtaking collection of American and European antiques, many from Anglesea, Effie’s family summer home in Newport, Rhode Island — adjacent to Gilded Age mansions like The Breakers (Vanderbilt) and Beechwood (Astor) — and from a winter home in Camden, South Carolina horse country. Effie fell in love with Buttonwood curbside — its circular drive, original shutters, wide porch and metal roof promising the patter of raindrops. “Right away, it felt like a part of me,” she recalls. Beyond the front door, appeal was consummated by 11-foot ceilings with dentil moldings, both crown and corner, more characteristic of ancient Greece than a Carolina longleaf grove.


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ascinating people demand interesting surroundings. Effie, an avid foxhunter, worked in Manhattan as assistant art director at Harper’s Bazaar, helping edit its 100th anniversary issue. Nick, a steeplechase participant and CEO of the Carolina Cup Racing Association, parlayed his PhD in Virology and MBA to a career in pharmaceuticals; he participated in the discovery of AZT for treating HIV. After a London posting (accompanied by two horses), Nick and Effie settled in Durham. Nick commuted to Research Triangle Park and Effie rode in Southern Pines. “Why not just live here?” they decided — and moved to Cornerstone in 2000. Buttonwood, another name for the American sycamore, stands apart

from contemporary cottages, beginning with an unusual single-story floor plan. Opening onto the foyer are a guest bedroom to the right, a sitting room/study/office to the left, and beyond it, the master suite. The living room stretches half the length of the rear of the house, with the dining room across the other end. What might have been a butler’s pantry has been converted into a galley kitchenette with sink, stove, mini-fridge, cabinets and window seat, while beyond lies a breakfast room and proper kitchen, perhaps added-on, with table-style island, commercial gas range and SubZero paneled in knotty pine. An unscreened porch overlooking the park-like yard is Effie’s favorite place for relaxing.

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edrooms off the foyer, side-by-side kitchens, mysterious indeed. Mysterious, also, was the “ghost” in an unoccupied guest suite over the garage. “I heard the toilet flush upstairs,” Effie recalls. She grabbed a broomstick and rushed to the source, only to discover an oldfashioned water closet flushing itself. The WC was removed, along with the ghost. “In a way, I was sorry to see it go.” A door between living and dining rooms opens onto the garden. Because of the unusual layout, Effie assumes this back door may have been the main entrance, accessible to the public areas, with bedrooms beyond. The garden poses another question. Was the brick-covered oblong with fountain once a swimming pool? And if not, why the full bathroom opening only to the outside? Sandra Younts, of Wellington, Florida, who grew up adjacent to Buttonwood in the 1960s, recalls a decorative reflecting pool in the oblong which later became a lap pool, hence the bathroom. “Wait till you see this.” Through a door and down a flight of steps, like Alice’s rabbit hole, exists an alternate environment, less formal, with clubby leather upholstery, a coffee table from an island off East Africa and chairs from Kenyan safaris. Here, the Ellises host Super Bowl and Belmont Stakes parties. In addition to canine and equine art, Effie displays a photo portrait and actual tail of her favorite horse, who is buried on family property. Again, bricks cover the floor of this ballroom-proportioned common space with adjoining bedroom and bath, perfect for visitors who stash kids in the ghost-busted quarters over the garage.


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“I love it that the bedrooms are all separated from each other so nobody is disturbed,” Effie says. Some systems needed replacing, along with several windows. One bathroom required alterations. Otherwise, the house was livable.


he furniture, paintings and objects Effie collected from travels and multiple residences, beginning with Anglesea and the Camden home, beg a curator. “Every piece has a story. These are the beds I slept in as a child,” she says, of the carved mahogany twin set. On the foyer, wallpapered in grasscloth, hang drawings of MarieAntoinette, Lord Nelson, Cardinal Richelieu and a photograph of Abraham Lincoln, along with signed correspondence. In the living room, hunt motifs (including taxidermy) co-exist with classic chairs and sofas upholstered in pastels, against French vanilla walls. Some tables and case pieces in dark woods suggest the early 20th century Arts & Crafts design movement. While spending Y2K in Venice, Nick and Effie purchased the crystal chandelier suspended over the dining room table. Next to it, a tall cabinet displays a prime Gilded Age relic: a bone china service for twenty-seven, made in France, emblazoned with golden “A” for Ayer. A portrait of an Ayer matriarch hangs nearby, while the china’s striking burnt-orange hue is reflected in the carpets. Part of Buttonwood’s décor fulfills Effie’s dream: “I always wanted toile.” And toile she has, on walls and fabric, against true Wedgwood blue in the master suite. She was equally decisive about other colors — and furniture placement: “It’s my nature to be organized. I had photographed every inch of the house and knew where the furniture would go, even where the pictures would hang.” Effie selected colors and gave painters three weeks to complete the job. “They finished a day early.” The effect: formal, vaguely Colonial Williamsburg, offset by stained wide-plank heart pine floors. “I’m comfortable with formality,” Effie says. “I don’t mind lying on the couch with the dog, reading a book.” Whatever its provenance, Buttonwood once again possesses an aura of things very old and very fine existing in harmony with their surroundings. Because, although a succession of owners left marks on the cottage, Effie considers it hers, and a keeper. “This is a house you could live in forever.” PS


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Lima ’em up

Our last frost date passes this month. It’s time to take advantage of our long, blissful spring season. Have you planned lima beans, also called butter beans, into your garden? You must. They are an excellent source of fiber, lowering cholesterol and helping the body to regulate blood sugar. Even better news, there’s still plenty of time to work them into the garden. Originating in Central America, lima beans like warm soil. Plant seeds in the second half of April and through the beginning of May. There’s a choice of pole or bush beans — both good. The Almanac recommends pole beans for those with limited space. Aesthetically speaking it’s nice to have some height in a garden. Plant about five seeds around each pole, choosing two or three of the strongest as they germinate. Pick rustic poles for a pretty kitchen garden look. Space them about a foot apart in rows that are about two feet separate from each other. Run garden twine along the poles so that the bean plants have something to hold onto as they grow. A sunny spot is best, but if the spring is dry make sure the plants have a good deep watering twice a week — they’ll need about an inch of water per week as they’re growing and blossoming to ensure plenty of buds. Good garden compost is the best fertilizer — as legumes are nitrogen-fixers, limas don’t need nitrogen. Limas will grow thick and plentiful over a long growing period — around eighty-five to ninety days, making lush, shaded green tunnels for picking. And playing hide and seek.

April is National Lawn and Garden Month, so now’s the time to get everything looking fabulous. Prune early-flowering plants such as Carolina jessamine and wisteria once they’ve finished perfuming the air. Cut back dead branches on your coldpinched shrubs, but don’t despair. Leave the roots until early summer. You may well find that they resprout. Keep watering your lawn if the month is dry, especially if it’s newly seeded. And show off your spring flowering bulbs to anyone who walks by.

Though April showers may come your way, They bring the flowers that bloom in May. So if it’s raining, have no regrets, Because it isn’t raining rain, you know (It’s raining violets) And where you see clouds upon the hills, You soon will see crowds of daffodils, So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song, Whenever April showers come along. From “April Showers”(1921), music by Louis Silvers and lyrics by B.G. De Sylva

Hunt the Gowk

Drip, drip, drop Little April shower Beating a tune As you fall all around Drip, drip, drop Little April shower What can compare To your beautiful sound Drip, drip, drop When the sky is cloudy Your pretty music Can brighten the day From “Little April Shower” from Disney’s Bambi (1942). Music by Frank Churchill, Edward H. Plumb, lyrics by Larry Morey

Keep an eye out for the gowk, a cuckoo that visits us at the beginning of April. While not a rare bird, it can be shy and difficult to spot, compounded by a short hunting season of only twenty-four hours at the advent of the month. Its plumage is varied, ranging from Alizarin crimson to violet. A keen bird-watcher herself, the Almanac would be delighted to hear from any readers lucky enough to spot one.

Secret Gardening

April 2 sees International Children’s Book Day. As it’s also Lawn and Garden Month, the Almanac suggests giving a child you know a copy of The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Even better, read it with him or her. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” PS

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April—October MASTER GARDENER HELP LINE. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. weekdays through October. If you have a question or need help with plant choices, call the Moore County Cooperative Extension Office. Walk-in consultations are available during the same hours at the Agricultural Center, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. If possible, bring a sample or photos. Info: (910) 947-3188.

Friday, April 1 ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION. 6 – 8 p.m. Meet artists Ben Owen III and Fay Terry at the opening of their exhibit Dynamic Color in Clay and Paint. Free and open to the public. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6922787 or mooreart.org. NATURE EVENT. 10 – 10:45 a.m. “An Animal’s April Fool’s Day (For Wee Ones!)” Learn about some of the best tricksters in nature while reading a book, playing some games, and making a craft. All activities geared toward 3- to 5-year olds and meant for parents to do with their children. Weymouth WoodsSandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. BLUE GRASS CONCERT. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.


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The Hillbenders Concert — The Who’s Tommy, A Bluegrass Opry. Cost: $30/individual; $40/VIP. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com. AUTHOR EVENT. 5 p.m. Elicka Peterson-Sparks, assoc. prof. of criminal justice and criminology and honors program director in the Dept. of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University, discusses her book, The Devil You Know. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

Friday, April 1 and 2 FIREFEST 1 – 10 p.m. (Friday) and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Saturday). Advanced workshops, demonstrations, and an opportunity to work with hot glass, metal or clay. Activities for all ages. Refreshments on site. STARworks Open Studios, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Info: (910) 428-9001 or starworksnc.org.

Friday, April 1—10 LIVE THEATER. Through April 10. Always a Bridesmaid, a comedy about 4 loyal and determined friends of the bride. Temple Theater, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets and info: (919) 774-4155 or templeshows.com.

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Friday, April 1—29 ART EXHIBIT. Gallery hours. The Arts Council of Moore County and sponsors Poyner Spruill, LLP, proudly present Dynamic Color in Clay and Paint, featuring works by Ben Owen III and Fay Terry. Free and open to the public. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or mooreart.org.

Saturday, April 2 GARDENING WORKSHOP. 10 a.m. – noon. “Growing Vegetables in Containers.” Jan Leitschuh, Master Gardener and organizer of “Farm to Table,” conducts this workshop. Cost: $20/members, $25/ non-members, due at registration. (Must pre-pay to secure your place.) Sandhills Community College, Steed Hall/Stephens Laboratory, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882. WELCOME ALL KIDS. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Science & Reading. April is NC Science Festival month and Drop Everything and Read. Try easy science experiments and learn about great science books and get a free library card. The Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archive, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. There is no residency requirement for visiting or getting a library card. Info: (910) 295-6022.

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NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 through 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Awesome Amphibians.” Preschool storytime and nature time. No cost for program, but please pre-register 2 business days in advance. (Admission to garden not included in program.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221 (ext. 20) or capefearbg.org. MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Jane Casnellie and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. MET OPERA HD LIVE. 1 p.m. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (English subtitles), the story of a young geisha in early 20th century Japan and the American naval officer who breaks her heart, is performed by the Metropolitan Opera. (Via satellite) Cost: $27. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

Sunday, April 3 NATURE EVENT. 3 p.m. “Nature’s Deceit.” Learn about some of the impressive camouflage and sneaky behaviors that animals use to fool prey and predators. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. WEYMOUTH CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES. 3 p.m. Karen Allred, making her first appearance at Weymouth, will perform works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and others. Cost: $10/Chamber Music subscription members; $20/ non-members. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. EXPLORATIONS FOR ADULTS SERIES. 3 – 4 p.m. “Stories Behind the Stars.” Bob Howell discusses the stories behind some of the most popular constellations. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6928235 or sppl.net. MILL PRONG HOUSE ANNUAL MEETING AND OPEN HOUSE. 2 – 4 p.m. Keynote speaker and Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Dr. Bruce Durie will give a lecture on “Genealogy 101.” Refreshments and tours of the house available. Mill Prong House, 3062 Edinburgh Road, Raeford, Info: Call (910) 315-5385 or (910) 466-9008.

Monday, April 4 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friend to Friend is partnering with Sandhills Community College to present Human Trafficking Best Practices Training. Sandhills

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS. 2 and 7 p.m. Friend to Friend is partnering with Sandhills Community College to present The Hunting Ground, a documentary that explores sexual assault on college campuses. Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 947-3333 or friendtofriend.me.

LIVE AFTER FIVE. 5:30 – 9 p.m. This concert series kicks off with a night of classic beach music by The Embers. Shag dance competition at 7 p.m. Food trucks on site. Picnic baskets are allowed, but no outside alcoholic beverages. Open and free to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Village Center, 110 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or explorepinehurst.com.

BOOK LOVERS UNITE. 7 p.m. This month’s topic is “North Carolina Authors.” Bring your favorite author list to share. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002.

Tuesday, April 5 NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 through 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Awesome Amphibians.” Preschool storytime and nature time. No cost for program, but please pre-register 2 business days in advance. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221 (ext 20) or capefearbg.org. WINE TASTING. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The ADK-Beta Zeta annual wine tasting. Proceeds benefit their college scholarship. Tickets: $25. Magnolia Inn, 65 Magnolia Road, downtown Pinehurst. Tickets and info: (910) 690-9236. NATURE’S BOOK CLUB. 5 p.m. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, traces our different food chains from ground to table and explains how our food tastes reflect our environmental and biological past. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

Thursday, April 7 GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 and 7 p.m. Pinehurst Mayor Nancy Fiorillo and Town Manager Jeff Sanborn will talk about the future of the Village. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library (3:30 p.m.), 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst; and Given Outpost (7 p.m.), 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022 or (910) 585-4820. SPRING BARN DANCE. 6 – 10 p.m. Foot-stomping music, dinner and silent auction. Cost: $50/person. Benefits go to Prancing Horse Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center. The Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 246-3202.

Friday, April 8 MEET THE AUTHOR. 4 p.m. Debut picture book author/illustrator Ruth Chan will read from and discuss her book, Where’s the Party? (on sale April 5). The



STATEWIDE STAR PARTY. 7:30 p.m. This NC Science Festival event offers fun activities for all ages and a telescope to explore this year’s theme: “Finding Your Way in the Sky.” Meet at the Boyd Tract, Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Parking is available. A rain date is scheduled for April 9. Info: (910) 692-2167. STATEWIDE STAR PARTY. 6 – 8 p.m. This NC Science Festival event offers an exploration of the night sky with local astronomy enthusiasts and continuous activities to pique the interest of all levels of astronomers. Please bring a flashlight. Cost: $5/CFBG members and kids ages 6 – 12; $10/non-members. Pre-registration required. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or capefearbg.org. COOKING CLASS. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. “Colombian Easter Feast.” Join professional chef Sonia Middleton as she brings a little international culture to cooking. Cost: $40/resident; $80/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. VISION 4 MOORE BENEFIT. 7:30 p.m. “An Intimate Evening with Sandy Alexander,” singer/ songwriter from Asheville. All net proceeds go to the Companion Animal Clinic Foundation. Cost: $25, includes a chance to win a “Basket by Valerie.” The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

Saturday, April 9 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH. 8:30 a.m. “Rock ’n’ Run: Raise Your Voice for Sexual Assault Awareness Fun Run.” Friend to Friend is partnering with Moore County Law Enforcement Association to host this event. Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 9473333 or friendtofriend.me. PLANT AND WHITE ELEPHANT SALE. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Dirt Gardeners. Come shop price-friendly perennials, shrubs, trees, ground covers, vines and herbs appropriate for the Sandhills. Cash and checks only — no credit cards. Experienced

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Sunday, April 10 SCIENCE FOR THE AVERAGE CITIZEN. 3 p.m. Participate in studies about birds, frogs, ladybugs and many others to learn how you can help the environment. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

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MAKER SATURDAY. 11 a.m. Make duct tape creations. Maker Saturdays let students explore technology in a relaxed environment. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. ARTISTS STUDIO CLEARANCE SALE. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sale includes framed and unframed original oils, watercolors and acrylics from our artists’ home studios, as well as a great assortment of giclees, prints and cards. All artists will be present. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst (next to Elliott’s). Info: (910) 639-4823 or hollyhocksartgallery.com. STEEPLECHASE WARRIORS 5K. 8 a.m. (preceding the Stonybrook Steeplechase). This popular foot race returns to the Carolina Horse Park. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the race to benefit three nonprofit organizations that serve America’s military


BOLSHOI BALLET SERIES. 1 p.m. Don Quixote, in HD via satellite, the adventures of an eccentric hero and his loyal squire, Sancho Panza, in search of the perfect woman. Cost: $25. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com. SPRING MATINEE RACES. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The 67th annual harness races with trotters and pacers. Gates open at 11 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Bleacher seating available for general admission. Food and beverages available for purchase. Cost: $5/ person (12 and under are free) Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road South, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 281-4608 or explorepinehurst.com.

Monday, April 11 MEET THE AUTHOR. 5 p.m. Romantic fiction writer Kristy Woodson Harvey discusses her second novel, Lies and Other Acts of Love. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. SANDHILLS PHOTO CLUB MEETING. 7 p.m. Competition will be “Things in a Row.” Guests are always welcome. The Hannah Theater Center at The O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: sandhillsphotoclub.org.

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Wednesday, April 13 WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE READING. 5:30 p.m. Krista Bremer reads from her book My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story. Bremer’s essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org.

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Thursday, April 14 GARDENING WORKSHOP. 2 – 4 p.m. “Seeds of Knowledge: Tree ID.” Review the basics of tree identification with our director of horticulture and then identify some common North Carolina species of trees. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Free with paid admission or Garden membership. Pre-registration required. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required two days prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext. 20) or capefearbg.org. SENIORS DAY OUT. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sit back and relax on a trip through pottery country. See local potters’ works on a stroll through Seagrove and enjoy lunch at Westmore Family Restaurant. An event for ages 55+. Cost: $16/residents; $32/non-residents. Meet at Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Assembly Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. FAMILY GAME NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. Kids in grades K – 5 and their families are invited to come play old-fashioned and new games. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

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Friday, April 15 DAY TRIPPERS. 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. This program is designed for teens and young adults to get out and explore NC. This month’s destination is Myrtle Beach. Cost: $36/residents; $72/non-residents. Bring money for lunch. Pinehurst Parks and Rec. Group departs from and returns to Village Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817 or pinehurstrec.org. SOUTHERN PINES CARRIAGE DRIVING EVENT. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dressage with a Carriage, featuring USEF National Single Horse Championships. Free entry. Food and drink available on grounds. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 691-7735 or (910) 875-2074. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. 8 – 9:30 p.m. Minions (2015), a PG-rated, animated comedy. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and come watch a movie under the stars. Arrive early for a limbo contest, movie trivia and games. Popcorn, candy and drinks available to purchase. Picnic baskets also welcome! Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or explorepinehurst.com.

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Saturday, April 16 SATURDAY CRAFT DAY. All day. This Craft Day features bug crafts. Stop in the Library anytime during the day for this self-led program. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. CARRIAGE DRIVING EVENT. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cross Country with Obstacles, featuring USEF National Single Horse Championships. Free entry. Food and drink available on grounds. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 6917735 or (910) 875-2074. CLENNY CREEK DAY. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Moore County Historical Association invites you to this annual event to enjoy food, music, fun and help support the Moore County Historical Association. Activities include demonstrations of quilting, weaving and living history. Free admission and parking off Richardson Road. Bryant House and McLendon Cabin at 3361 Mt. Carmel Road, Carthage. Info: (910) 692-2051 or moorehistory.com. MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Louise Price and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. GARDEN BIOBLITZ. 1 – 4:30 p.m. Bring a camera or smartphone and participate in this friendly biological survey competition with assistance from staff and volunteers. Free with paid admission or Garden mem-

bership. Pre-register two days in advance. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or capefearbg.org. MET OPERA HD LIVE. 1 p.m. Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (English subtitles), in which Queen Elizabeth I is forced to sign the death warrant of the man she loves, is performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Cost: $27. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com. NC SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT. 7 p.m. The North Carolina Senior America Pageant is a nonprofit organization that seeks to enhance the image of women who have reached the “Age of Elegance,” 60 years or better. Cost: $10. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 944-8171 or explorepinehurst.com. FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. 7:30 p.m. This concert, the last of the 2015-16 season, includes a joint performance of Carmina Burana, featuring the Cumberland Oratorio Singers and their music director, Dr. Michael Martinand; and a solo performance from Kiffen Loomis, winner of the 2015-16 Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition. This will be Music Director Fouad Fakhouri’s last concert with FSO. Prices vary. Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University, 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville. Info and tickets: (910) 433-4690 fayettevillesymphony.org. NATURE’S NOTEBOOK HIKE. 3 p.m. Become a citizen scientist and see what’s happening in the world of flora this month on a 1.5­-mile hike and start your

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Saturday, April 16 and 17 CELEBRATION OF SPRING IN SEAGROVE. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eighth Annual Spring Kiln Openings and Studio Tours of the Seagrove potters. Over fifty local potters host kiln openings, studio tours, demonstrations, and special events. NC Pottery Highway 705 and beyond. Seagrove. Info: (336) 5177272 or discoverseagrove.com.

Sunday, April 17 SOUTHERN PINES CARRIAGE DRIVING EVENT. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cones Competition and Awards, featuring USEF National Single Horse Championships. Free entry. Food and drink available on grounds. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 691-7735 or (910) 875-2074. SUNDAY KIDS MOVIE. 2:30 p.m. This film is about a teenage girl whose baby brother is stolen by goblins, and she has to track him through a massive labyrinth. Snacks are provided by the Friends of the Library. Free to the public. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. NC SCIENCE FESTIVAL. 3 p.m. “Busy Bees and Pollinator Pals.” Learn about the importance of pol-

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Monday, April 18 WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH MEETING. 9:30 a.m. Coffee and program. Lori Williams, director, Small Business Center, Sandhills Community College, will speak on local entrepreneurship. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. SHAW HOUSE LUNCHEON. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Take a trip back in time and enjoy this special luncheon sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association. Lunch is served in homelike surroundings honoring the many decades that the Shaw House tea room served lunches in the circa-1820s home. Cost: $18/person. Historic Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info and reservations: (910) 281-5417. SIP & PAINT WITH JANE. 5 – 7 p.m. Join resident artist Jane Casnellie for an evening of sipping and painting and take home your own masterpiece! No experience necessary. All materials provided, including a glass of wine. Cost: $35. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info and registration: (910) 255-0665.


Tuesday, April 19 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MOORE COUNTY MEETING AND LUNCHEON. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Ratify the ERA in NC,” with guest speaker Roberta Madden. The public is welcome to attend, but reservations are required. Cost: $13, payable by check to LWVMC. Table on the Green Restaurant, 2205 Midland Drive, Pinehurst. Info and reservations: Charlotte at (910) 944-9611. or owegeecoach@gmail.com. JAMES BOYD BOOK CLUB. 2 p.m. Tar Heels, by Jonathan Daniels. The James Boyd Book Club studies NC Literary Hall of Fame writers and their works. Join our relaxed and informal discussions. All welcome. Weymouth Library, Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. CITIZENS ACADEMY. 6 – 8 p.m. (Light supper at 5:45) This session presents a behind the scenes look at operations of the Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Department. Please call the SPPL to sign up. SP Police Dept., Police Community Meeting Room, 450 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

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Thursday, April 21 DOUGLASS CENTER BOOK CLUB. 10:30 a.m. Meeting held at the Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or (910) 692-8235. OUTPOST ARTISTRY SONG AND POETRY CIRCLE. 7 p.m. All singers, musicians, and poets are invited for an evening of creative exchange. Bring your musical instrument, voice, and words. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002.

Friday, April 22 UPCYCLING FOR EARTH DAY. 4 p.m. This NC Science Festival event offers an opportunity to learn about the water cycle and to build your own self­ sustaining plastic bottle plant nursery to help celebrate Earth Day. Materials provided. Weymouth WoodsSandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Inside Out. Bring a blanket or a chair. Concessions will be available on site. Come early for good seating and games before the movie. Rain date May 6. Free to the public. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.



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MOONLIGHT HIKE. 8 p.m. Experience the tranquillity of the trails after sunset and the moon rising over the longleaf pines with a park ranger. All ages welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the town of Southern Pines and Weymouth Woods State Park. Meet at Visitors Center, Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

Friday, April 22 and 23 ART SALE. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Open House and Spring Studio Sale at Linda Dalton Pottery will feature a silent auction of a piece of pottery. All proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills. The Dalton studio is located ten minutes north of the village of Pinehurst, at 250 Oakhurst Vista. Info: (910) 947-5325.

Friday, April 22—24 FAYETTEVILLE DOGWOOD FESTIVAL. This festival features free concerts by big-name headliners and other popular artists, a mouth-watering array of food vendors, arts and crafts, a classic car show, special children’s area, fireworks and lots more. Downtown Fayetteville. Info: (910) 323-1934.

Saturday, April 23 PLANT SALE. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Give your spring garden a burst of color with top quality plants purchased at the Pinehurst Garden Club’s annual sale. Proceeds support local beautification projects and SCC scholarships. Pinehurst Fire Department, 405 Magnolia Road. Info and pre-orders: (910) 235-5297 or go to www.pinehurstgardenclub.com. MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Charlie Roberts and learn about his techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. MAKER SATURDAY. 2 p.m. “Snap Circuits.” Maker Saturdays let students explore technology in a relaxed environment. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

Saturday, April 23 and 24 LONGLEAF PINES HORSE TRIALS. All day. Part of the Carolina Eventing Challenge. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 8752074 or carolinahorsepark.com.

Sunday, April 24 MOORE COUNTY WRITERS COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY. Call for schedule and times. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6926261 or weymouthcenter.org. NC SCIENCE FESTIVAL EVENT. 3 p.m. “Citizen Science for the Birds.” Learn easy ways to contribute to the greater understanding of our feathered friends. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. SUNDAY FILM SERIES. 2:30 p.m. This movie, based on the book In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick, tells the story of the whaling ship Essex,


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Monday, April 25 NATURE’S BOOK CLUB. 9 a.m. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, traces our different food chains from ground to table, reveals the hidden components we ingest, and explains how our food tastes reflect our environmental and biological past. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. HORSE EVENT. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. XC Schooling Days, offering Cross Country schooling only. Call for rates. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074 or carolinahorsepark.com. SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Dr. Eugenia Bragina, NC State University researcher, will speak on population dynamics of large mammals in Eastern Europe and Russia during political and economic upheavals since 1974. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6922167 or sandhillsnature.org.

Tuesday, April 26 YOUNG AFFILIATES MEETING. 6 – 7:30 p.m. The Young Affiliates of Weymouth is a group of young professionals in Moore County who support

the center’s membership, development, and outreach programs. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. JAM SESSION. 7 – 9 p.m. Acoustical Musicians Group. All acoustical musicians are welcome to bring instruments and join in. Bring something to drink and enjoy the music. Public is welcome. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

Tuesday, April 26 – 28 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, TOUR. Three days. Visit the homes of Presidents Jefferson, Monroe and Madison, and other special venues with Marva Kirk and her tour company. Call for prices. Payment in cash or check is due by April 8. All entrance fees, lunch at the tavern, and lodging at the English Inn are included. Two vans can accommodate twenty people. Info and reservations: (910) 295-2257.

Wednesday, April 27 MEET THE AUTHOR. 2 p.m. Author William Geroux will discuss his book, The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-Boats, a story about the u-boat war just off the American coast in WWII. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. TAI CHI CLASS. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through May 18. Tai Chi Master Lee Holbrook leads

this peaceful workout for people of all levels to increase body awareness, coordination, and longevity. Cost: $21/residents; 42/non-residents. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration: (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817 or pinehurstrec.org.

Thursday, April 28 GARDENING WORKSHOP. 2 – 5 p.m. “Seeds of Knowledge: Nature Journaling.” Learn portable drawing techniques to take into the field with artist Jane Eckenrode. Cost: $25/CFBG member; $35/nonmember. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required two days prior): (910) 486-0221 or capefearbg.org. IN & OUT AT THE OUTPOST. 7 p.m. Chris Dunn, executive director of the Arts Council of Moore County and trumpeter, will present “TAPS: 24 Notes of Honor,” which highlights the history and significance of the bugle call, and demonstrates how to play it. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 585-4820. POETRY READING. 5:30 p.m. A staged reading of Sam Ragan poems. Talmadge Ragan, Sam Ragan’s daughter, will read and share personal stories, insights, and background about Ragan and his poems. NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson portrays Sam Ragan. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261

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Friday, April 29 PRESCHOOL STORY TIME. 10:30 a.m. Author Kathy McGougan and her Jack Russell terrier, Buddy, will share a few of their amusing adventures together, and McGougan will read from her Buddy series. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. FUN FRIDAY. 6:30 – 10 p.m. Family Movie Night and Picnic Dinner. Cost: $15/residents; $30/nonresidents. Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900. MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 – 9 p.m. The Peanuts Movie. Bring a blanket or a chair. Concessions will be available on site. Come early for good seating and games before the movie. Rain date May 13. Free to the public. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

Friday, April 29 and 30 ART SALE. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Open House and Spring Studio Sale at Linda Dalton Pottery includes a silent auction of a piece of pottery. All proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills. The Dalton studio is located ten minutes north of the Village of Pinehurst, at 250 Oakhurst Vista. For more information, call (910) 947-5325.

Saturday, April 30 FAIRWAY 5K. 7:45 a.m. – end of day. The inaugural Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Fairway

5K is presented by FirstHealth Fitness to help kick off the fourth annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance. Pinehurst Resort’s Course No. 1, 200 Beulah Road S, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration: www.active.com. CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE. 9 a.m. – all day. The fourth annual Pinehurst Concours D’Elegance showcases rare and pristine vintage collector automobiles. The soul band Commodores performs following the awards ceremony at the end of the day. Iron Mike Rally for Concours participants on Friday. Tickets: $40. (Includes entry into the Pinehurst Concours and the concert.). Pinehurst Resort Fairway, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (919) 630-6656 or homeofgolf.com. SPRING PLANT SALE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find an interesting selection of plants ideal for this area. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221. SPRINGFEST 2016. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Arts, crafts, games, rides, food, entertainment and more! Sponsored by The Southern Pines Business Association. Free and open to the public. Both sides of Broad St., Historic downtown Southern Pines. Info: (910) 315-6508. SPRINGFEST AT SHAW HOUSE. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historical photographs of old Southern Pines will be on display, and reproductions and other items related to old-timey Southern Pines and Moore County will be for sale at the gift shop. Free to the public. The Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2051 or moorehistory.com.

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MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Diane Kraudelt and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. MET OPERA HD LIVE. 1 p.m. Strauss’s Elektra, (English subtitles), the story of a woman’s primal quest for vengeance, is performed by the Metropolitan Opera (via satellite). Cost: $27. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com. BENEFIT BAZAAR. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Treasures and Trinkets,” sponsored by The Presbyterian Women, will benefit their scholarship fund and Fresh Water Well Project in Ghana. Suellen Nesbit will moderate. Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 330 S. May St. (entrance on Ashe St.), Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6252.

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Mondays PLAY ESCAPE. 10 a.m. Storytime. For all ages. No cost. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com. PLAY ESCAPE. 3:30 p.m. Mommy & Me Yoga. For ages 2 and up. Cost: $10 and $8 siblings. Includes admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com.

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Dining Guide


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BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.


PLAY ESCAPE. 3:30 p.m. Arts & Crafts. For ages 3 to 10. Cost: $10 and $8 siblings. Includes admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com.



YOGA CLASS (INTRO). 9 – 10 a.m. (April 13 through May 18) Instructor Darlind Davis teaches this course for individuals who are either new to the practice of yoga or wish to refresh their skills through a review of the basic tenets. Cost: $35/resident; $70 nonresident. Pinehurst Parks & Rec, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. This storytime, intended for babies from birth to 18 months, will engage parents and children in early literary practices. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6928235 or sppl.net.

TAX HELP. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (through April 16) AARP trained volunteers are available to help prepare tax returns, free of charge. You must come in person — no appointments by phone. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235.

BROWN BAG LUNCH/GAME DAY. 11:30 a.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy fellowship and activities, including card games, board games, and the Wii. The Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Practice this flowing Eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Cost: Single class: $15/member; $17/non-member. Monthly rates available. No refunds or transfers. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4 p.m. Stories, songs, fun, and activities to build skills necessary for kindergarten. For all children through age 5, and families are invited. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lunch served 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gift shop features local artisans’ crafts. If interested in volunteering, call (910) 783-5169. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-4677.

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Thursdays PLAY ESCAPE. 9 a.m. Mommy & Baby Yoga. For ages 6 weeks to 12 months. Cost: $10, includes admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com. PLAY ESCAPE. 10:30 a.m. Lego Learning. For ages 3 years and up. No cost. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com. STORY TIME! 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. For ages 3 to 5. Wonderful volunteers read to children, and everyone makes a craft. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022. MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Produce only, fresh and locally grown. Armory Sports Complex, 604 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 947-3752 or moorecountync.gov or localharvest.org. MAH-JONG (Chinese version). 1 – 3 p.m. A game played by four people involving skill, strategy, and calculation. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CHESS. 1 – 3 p.m. Don Hammerman instructs all levels of players. You need a chess set to participate. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Reading selections are taken from our current inventory of children’s literature and span the genre, from the classics to the newest imagined stories in print. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines, NC 28387. Info: (910) 692-3211.

TAX HELP. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (through April 16) AARP trained volunteers are available to help prepare tax returns, free of charge. You must come in person — no appointments by phone. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235.

PLAY ESCAPE. 10:30 a.m. Zumba Kids Jr. For ages 2.5 years and up. Cost: $10 and $8 siblings, includes admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com.

COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu items (gnocci, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, cannolis, or pasta). Reservations and pre-payment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the flavorexchange.com.

BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by fours people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. FREE COOKING DEMO. 5 p.m. A great way to start off the weekend and get scrumptious ideas. No reservations needed. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 7251345 or theflavorexchange.com.

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COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu items (gnocci, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, cannolis, or pasta). Reservations and pre-payment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the flavorexchange.com.


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Beethoven’s Violin Concerto THUR, APR 28 | 8PM


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The Fayetteville Duck Derby Race will start in Festival Park at 3 p.m. CLASSIC CAR SHOW Noon - 4 pm Hay Street at Huske Hardware Street Fair stage with local entertainment Saturday & Sunday starting at noon programmed by Cape Fear Music Center

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We are pleased to announce three winners in the Moore County Home Builder Association “Home Awards” for 2015. We would like to thank our clients who allowed us to enter their homes and our affiliates who helped make these awards possible.

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Yates Hussey Construction, Inc. 2467 Youngs Road • Southern Pines The design purpose of this lovely huntbox was twofold. The first was to have a home on one floor with as few steps as possible, given the shape and size of the lot. The second was to design the kitchen and great room in such a manner that the two rooms would be large enough to be welcoming to friends and famly staying in the four bedroom huntbox apartment, and at the same time be comfortable for one or two people on a daily basis. It succeeded on all counts, with views across the horse pastures. The home features custom red oak ceilings, beams, doors, trim and cabinets, as well as special tile work with hand painted tiles.

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Home of the Year GOLD

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Bartlett Construction, LLC 131 Crest Road • Southern Pines This beautiful home has an open floor plan which allows spacious views of the Pine Needles Country Club. It holds three bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, and a three car garage. There are plenty of nice touches throughout, such as a stately brick fireplace flanked by French doors opening onto a two story porch, creating a strong focal point in the great room. Hardwood floors and crown molding tie the main living areas together. The kitchen features custom cabinets, granite counters, a working island and adjacent eating area with picture windows revealing long views of the fairway and lots of natural light. The master suite features his and her walk-in closets, a walk-in tiled shower, and separate vanities. The second floor holds a recreation room with a brick fireplace, and French doors opening to the second level of the back porch. Adjacent is a game room with granite wet bar, two additional bedrooms and bathrooms, and a large storage area. The basement features a heated shop with full batch and cart storage space.

Home of the Year

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Stewart Construction

Daniel Adams Construction

125 Rachels Point • West End

173 National Drive • Pinehurst

The client’s vision for a spacious lake home became a stunning 5,000 square foot design. The list of features in this Green Certified, four bedroom, 4 ½ bath home is extensive. The main level features a great room with extensive lake views and a vaulted ceiling. The upper level deck and Eze-Breeze screened porch create an outdoor living space that takes full advantage of the climate. The walk-out basement contains a rec room, bar, photography studio and home gym. Two stone fireplaces, stained concrete and red oak flooring, custom sliding barn door, wrought iron details on the stairs and deck are but a few of the touches. The home is rated 53% more energy efficient than a typical new home built to code.

The front entry opens into a beautiful outdoor space with a pool surrounded by multiple entrances to the home. Once inside, a tranquil world of high-end finishes are revealed, including cabinetry and built-ins, striking tile work in all bathrooms, and a custom tray ceiling in the great room. Custom finishes abound throughout to include the tall doors to compliment the ceiling height. The great room centers the home, and a golfer’s porch, with a Phantom Screen system, is designed to take in the golf course views. The home is as efficient as it is beautiful, with geothermal heat, icynene foam, and energy efficient appliances.

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2016 Home Year Awards of the

• Moore County Home Builders Association

Home of the Year GOLD


Vuepoint Construction Services, LLC 195 Fox Trail Lane • Vass For many equestrians, a huntbox is a great blend of form and function for living spaces and horse stabling. The royal huntbox is the expression of a dedicated horse enthusiast who is passionate about fox hunting, trail riding and gracious living. Situated on 12 acres of land in Pine Ridge Estates, this farm abuts the Walthour-Moss Foundation, providing easy access to some of the finest horse country available in the eastern US. It features an open concept living area, large deck, three bedrooms, a grand foyer and tack room, along with five horse stalls, a wash stall, hay storage and equipment room.

Home of the Year

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McClendon Hills Construction

BVH Construction Services

212 Gails Road • West End

180 Linden Road • Pinehurst

This craftsman style residence was designed by renounded architect, Donald Gardner. The hillside walkout design allows for a gracious amount of livable area inside a smaller footprint. The inviting entrance boasts custom wood columns and rock façade accents. Once inside the home, which overlooks Lake Troy Douglas and has tremendous views, a visitor finds palatial detailed ceilings, granite countertops, customer wood cabinetry, solid wood floors, decorative wood trim enhancing the study and foyer, and eight foot doors through the main level. This reaches the grand level of living quarters.

Once called The Nibblick Cottage, this golfers retreat was home to many out of towners who enjoyed renting the home for short term golf outings. The homeowners came to the builder in December 2014 with ideas and designs, and a tight schedule of a May 2015 completion date. With drawings done by Anderson Nichols, the demolition began and the roof was raised, additions started, and an entirely new garage was built. Selections were made timely and professionally by Johnsye White Interior Designs, Inc. With the professional team, knowledge and plans in place, the project went very smoothly. The completion goal was met with a few days to spare and the graduation party was a success.


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Home of the Year GOLD

2016 Home Year Awards of the


Masters Properties 6 Plantation Drive • Southern Pines This dream home features a two-car garage and a back porch with unparalleled views of the 10th and 11th holes in Mid South Club. The exterior of the craftsman-inspired home has a solid front door with board and batten shutters, stone and brick finish and a brick paver patio in the back yard. Visitors are met with dark hardwood floors that open up to the living room, a dining room with gorgeous wainscoting and a large kitchen with painted beams and a warm seating area. The living room features built-in cabinetry, a large fireplace, and access to the back covered porch. The eatin kitchen has painted cabinetry and an oversized center island with granite countertops. The cozy master bedroom has a tray ceiling and sitting area, large walk-in closet, and master bath with double vanities. The main floor is completed by two generously sized guest bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom. The upstairs holds a man cave with three flat screen TVs and a wet bar. There is also a large sewing room, and a fourth bedroom with a full bath.

Home of the Year

Home of the Year





Daniel Adams Construction

Bartlett Construction

225 Lake Forest Drive SW • Pinehurst

51 Devon Drive • Pinehurst

This contemporary design was built to enjoy the lake views. The exterior of the home features unique windows, Hardi Color Plus siding and quality stone. The inside features an open living space concept with a contemporary fireplace, complimented by a stone wall flanked with striking built-ins. Octagon walls in the Carolina Room and dining rooms, allowing lake views from all angles. High end finishes include custom cabinetry, granite, spectacular lighting, and a warm, contemporary color pallet. The master suite includes abundant storage and an exercise room on the main floor. The home is also built for energy efficiency, with energy star appliances, spray foam insulation, low E windows and more.

This home has an open floor plan with spacious views of the Pinewild Country Club. It consists of a three-car garage, 4+ bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, with custom accents throughout. Hardwood floors grace the main living areas. Crown molding and a tiled fireplace flanked by custom built-ins create a statement focal point in the great room. The kitchen features custom caninetry, granite counters and a working island. An adjacent eating area with picture windows takes in plenty of natural light, as does the sun room. The master suite has additional built-ins cabinets, walk-in closet, and a walk-in tiled shower alongside a soaking tub with a striking chandelier overhead.

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2016 Home Year Awards of the

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Home of the Year GOLD


Daniel Adams Construction 7 Woodhaven Court • Southern Pines This home was custom built to provide the homeowners with a sense of seclusion while also providing easy access to local amenities. The exterior includes stone and vinyl shakes, low E windows and architectural shingles. The floor plan is open and features eucalyptus hardwood flooring and a see-thru fireplace located between the living and dining rooms. The fireplace features stone from floor to ceiling. Installing an entire wall of patio doors that open onto the rear lanai allow the owners to enjoy the scenic view. Customer finishes were chosen to create a warm, inviting space throughout. From the custom cabinetry throughout to the stylish ceramic tile in the bathrooms and laundry, every room feels special. It’s high tech, too, with a number of energy saving features built into the structure.

Home of the Year

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McClendon Hills Construction

McClendon Hills Construction

921 Broken Ridge Trail • West End

118 Ellen’s Point • West End

Designed for entertaining, this house plan has an open, airy great room and a stunning dining area with a tray ceiling and bay window. The large kitchen is open to the dining room and has a bar facing the great room, creating the perfect spot for casual meals and get-togethers. The house plan has an inviting screen porch which lies just off the great room, through French doors, with the EZ Breeze system in place for entertaining year round. A hipped roof adds to the Old World feel of this house. Situated on scenic Lake Troy Douglas, this lakefront home promises to lend itself to letting the good times roll.

This cozy home boasts a unique exterior and family-oriented interior. A large stone portico greets visitors through the front entry and into the home’s open foyer. A single column defines the entry to the foyer, dining and great rooms. The large great room also includes a cathedral ceiling, built-in bookshelves, fireplace and porch access. The adjacent kitchen spills into the breakfast area and includes a large pantry. The generous garage features ample storage space and enters the home to two secondary bedrooms that share a bath. On the other side of the home, the master suite accesses the rear porch, and includes a luxury bath with his-and-her vanities and closets.




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Moore County Home Builders Association •

Home of the Year GOLD

2016 Home Year Awards of the


Daniel Adams Construction 270 Nova Farms Road • Cameron The exterior of this home was created to complement the country lifestyle using earth tones shakes and stonework. Passing through a striking front door into a foyer with a stunning staircase made of reclaimed wood and stainless steel. An open concept kitchen for easy entertaining and interactive family time includes a stainless steel backsplash and large pantry. The main living area is an open family style, with a stunning water view. The home includes a home office, elegant master bedroom and luxury bath and a dream media room. Downstairs are two extra bedrooms with full baths, a fully equipped exercise room and the media room. The 4,400 square foot living space was built to allow the family to work close to home and have more time together. Built with energy efficiencies such as spray foam insulation, Low E windows, precast lower level walls and architectural shingles.

Home of the Year

Home of the Year





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Daniel Adams Construction

110 Andrews Drive • Seven Lakes West

520 Loblolly Drive • Vass

The owners of this new home wanted to balance their wish list with their budgets, and the result is a winner. The lake view lot is complimented by the house design, a collaborative effort between builder and buyer. Featured aspects include the vaulted ceiling in the “Four Seasons” room, a master bedroom with enormous walk-in closet. The open living area creates entertaining space, with the fireplace flanked by built-ins a focal point. Split bedrooms are great for guests as well as offering privacy. There is a large bonus room over the 3-car garage. The home takes advantage of all the room offered by building on a double lot, as well as wonderful views of the lake.

Designed for family, entertaining and outdoor living. The space takes advantage of a beautiful view of the lake and golf course. Hardi Color Plus siding on the exterior, red front door and quality stonework. Inside, a unique lighting scheme, red accent wall in the dining room, and an open concept kitchen. The family room has built-in cabinetry and vaulted ceilings. The master bedroom has a bath nothing short of an upscale spa experience. The bedrooms have a Jack and Jill bath that creates a wonderful space for overnight guests. The bonus room allows for extra space for movies, exercising, hobbies or relaxing.

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2016 Home Year Awards of the

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Whole House Remodel GOLD


BVH Construction Services, Inc. 240 Inverrary Road • Pinehurst The owners wanted to renovate and restore their Pinehurst home, while providing modern amenities and ample room for entertaining. Stagaard & Chao Architects, PLLC were successful in designing their ideas.The interior changes consist of new kitchen cabinetry and entertainment center designed and built by Locklear Cabinet & Woodwork, Inc. An additional office was added to the front of the home with new hardwood floors throughout to blend with the existing flooring. Updating the appliances was the final piece to completing the interior renovation. The addition of an entertainment patio and a grilling porch to the backyard gives the homeowners a tranquil place to retreat and entertain guests.

Whole House Remodel

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Yates Hussey Construction

Pinehurst Homes, Inc.

45 Magnolia Road • Pinehurst

405 Pinecrest Street • Carthage

Old Pinehurst’s “Rose Cottage” was among the first cottages constructed by Pinehurst’s founder James Tufts in 1895. Old heart pine joists were replaced, and the original wood planed into new flooring for a hallway and staircase. A pantry was constructed with a sliding “barn door”. All four bathrooms were updated, and two enlarged. To increase the undersized master closet, a small bedroom was annexed into the closet. A room in the detached carriage house was converted into an office. All the flooring was restored. Total rewiring, a new roof, heating system, and refabricated windows. The house now has all the modern conveniences while retaining all the turn-of-the-century charm.

The Edgehill, built by H.F. Seawell, Sr. in 1897 is a registered historical home that remains in the original family. Selecting “in the era” hardware, trim and fixtures, the home has the feel of the ages, but with modern, up to code systems. The home now has a beautiful new kitchen, new master bath, and laundry room. The total interior restoration includes three bathrooms, wall and ceiling repairs, hardwood floors refinished, and two staircase renovations. The exterior work involved painting, repair work to the porch and structural columns, among other jobs. After this project, the house will likely be standing for another 100 years.


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Home Addition GOLD

2016 Home Year Awards of the


Bolton Builders, Inc. 137 Morris Road • Seven Lakes West The owners were looking for a unique master suite addition with a mix of materials that complimented the existing structure. The pleasing result features a very large custom master closet system, granite and tile shower, and custom cabinetry installed throughout. The new addition exits onto a new slate surfaced patio. One of the striking features of the project was new stone work with stone arches. A nice example of owner and builder working in concert to create a winning entry.

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Le Claire Construction

235 Pine Grove Road • Southern Pines

28 Woodland Circle • Jackson Springs

The owners of the home wanted to construct an addition beside their recently purchased home in Southern Pines. The architecture of the house was captured by Dream Home Design and carried to the new addition. The lady of the house had specific ideas and sizes for the new portion to accommodate her quilting hobby. The second level was built for guests and has two bedrooms and one bath. The exterior is an exact match to the original house. The new addition had to be excavated into a hillside to maintain the curb appeal of the property. A walkway was constructed to attach the new addition to the existing home, which is proving to be a real asset to the couple.

When the homeowners contacted the builder about their retirement home, their wish list included adding a Carolina Room addition and a deck overlooking the golf course. We proposed using the existing screened porch as part of the new Carolina Room and adding to that. They vaulted the ceiling in the existing screened porch, added a wall of windows and installed new oak flooring, completeing their new Carolina Room. The new screened porch off the Carolina Room and kitchen led to a new composite deck with white vinyl railing overlooking the rear yard and golf course. Seeing their new additions for the first time in the spring of 2015 the homeowners said it exceeded all their expectations.

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2016 Home Year Awards of the

• Moore County Home Builders Association

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence





Daniel Adams Construction

Bolton Builders

180 Tamarisk Lane • Pinehurst

101 Cook Point • Seven Lakes West

The two room, one bath pool house is perfect for use as a retreat for the homeowners and a quiet location for visiting guests. The “Hers” room is complete with a custom built-in desk with cabinetry framing a window that overlooks a peaceful view of the backyard. With a tray ceiling, this space is perfect for the lady who needs a space of her own. The “Guy” space is the golfer’s dream room. The concrete slab is designed to fit a golf simulator, which has the option of being removed. The ceiling was built to accommodate the swing height, but also contains the sensor and projector. With a hidden screen, the room is multi-functional.

This project was designed by the builder to answer all the owner’s wants and needs, with wow factor to boot. Using a combination of stone, granite, and cedar, as well as a standing seam metal roof, the results are spectacular. The large slate patio that anchors the backyard includes a custom gas fire pit, with stone veneer. This outdoor remodel flows seamlessly from the existing house out toward the lake and provides the owners with an expanded entertainment area. Outdoor living at its best.

Award of Excellence $61,000-$70,000 REMODEL

Integrity Builders 25 Thunderbird Lane • Pinehurst This was a significant upgrade to a classic Pinehurst home. The builder started by adding six feet to the end of an existing screen porch and converted that space to a sun room, then added a new 12X20 screen porch, using a Screen-Eze window system for the porch to keep pollen and dust out. The new space also included a large hot tub and outside wet bar with a refrigerator and ice maker for entertainment. To finish it off, a new patio was installed and a landscaping makeover was completed.


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It’s Time for a Cheese Steak Want to know where to find it?

By Geoff Cutler

It’s not always clear what to write

about each month. It’s not writer’s block or anything goofy like that. It’s ideas. The well sometimes doesn’t perk as well as I’d like it to. That’s where things stood until I had lunch today. And presto, an idea. Time for another food review. This will be the second Manshed food critique in what most likely will become a waferthin, not-worth-spending-your-money-on volume of where you can find the best of local fare.

Today’s subject is the cheese steak sub. The pinnacle of submarine sandwiches. If you’re a vegetarian, or don’t like cheese steaks, terribly sorry, but you’ll have to look for something else to read in this fine publication. Because here at the Manshed this month, it’s about where you can find the best cheese steak around. Surprisingly, like in my fledgling food review about who’s got the best pizza, you’re just not going to believe where the best cheese steak’s hiding. Now, as everyone knows, there’s a degree of lore to the cheese steak. For example, Philadelphia thinks it makes the best cheese steak. They call it “steak and cheese.” I’ve tried one, and . . . well . . . really? I mean, who thinks that anything tastes good with melted Cheez-Whiz slopped all over it? For God’s sake, Rhode Island makes a better cheese steak. And they’re Portuguese. The best cheese steak in the world came out of a place called JG’s, in Watertown, Massachusetts. Watertown was a factory town. Could still be, I suppose, if those factories haven’t shuttled off to China or Mexico, and if our current corporate tax structure, and the endless dollars of elite “renewal” haven’t turned what used to be jobs into condos. But, back in the day, factory workers came by the hundreds at lunch to get one of JG’s cheese steaks. The guy who stood over that grill probably retired to Grand Cayman twenty years ago on account of how good these heart attacks-in-tin-foil are, and how many millions of them he sold. That’s a point that’s got to be made clear right now. Don’t eat these things every day. You’ll be at the cardiologist’s office in a month. This is serious, gut-busting food. My recommendation is one a month max, just to be on the safe side. I never got his name, he was always too busy. But he’d start taking orders

around 11:30 am every morning for noon pick-ups. I got sent out of the factory I worked in because I was the youngest, and therefore, the gopher. Here’s how he cooked them. He’d pile up the steak on the grill, a mountain of beef, and mix it with garlic, salt and pepper. He’d get that about halfway cooked, being careful not to let a sliver of meat char or blacken. Nothing wrecks a cheese steak quicker or makes it more bitter than burning the beef. On the other side of his grill he worked on piles of separated fixings. Onions, mushrooms and green peppers. At half-cooked, he’d start folding paper-thin slices of American cheese into the steak. Not provolone. Provolone on a cheese steak is like adding melted chalk. For those of you cooking your cheese steak with provolone, this sandwich is uniquely American, not Italian. If you want to use provolone, sell them an Italian. My man would fold the American cheese into the cooking steak until the mass was nicely congealed. Then he’d look at the order slips hanging on a string over his head. At just the right time, he’d pull off sub-size piles of the cheesy beef and add in the fixings for the individual orders. Then into a soft 12-inch sub roll they went. His subalterns followed up with any special orders that contaminated his masterpiece, things like tomatoes or lettuce. He’d scowl at that part of the process. When twenty or thirty subs were tin-foiled, wrapped in paper and bagged, he’d start all over again. The guy worked like he was possessed by demons. But his cheese steak was worth every gooey slowly-chewed bite. You finished the thing and you could have eaten another. So there I am coming out of Seven Lakes after having looked at a couple of tree jobs, and it’s lunch time. I remember going to this place years ago, ordering one, and thinking, that’s a good cheese steak. I haven’t been back there until today. I ordered another. And it was. The best cheese steak I’ve found is at Pa’s Hot Subs and Pizza, Japanese Steak and Seafood on 211 across from the old and closed Stanley Furniture factory. Pa probably used to cook for those factory workers who . . . well . . . you know where they went. Pa, you make an excellent cheese steak. I’ll have to try your Japanese steak or seafood next time. One tiny, little, itty-bitty, almost inconsequential comment to make it just a little more perfect. Dump the Kraft American for Land O’ Lakes white deli slices, or Boars Head. Otherwise . . . nicely done. Very nicely done! And a final word on the local cheese steak. If you don’t want to drive to West End, you don’t have to. Lil’ Dinos on the side of the Lowes supermarket in Pinehurst makes one every bit as good. Bon appétit from the Manshed! PS Geoff Cutler can be reached at geoffcutler@embarqmail.com.

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April PineNeedler Physical Awareness Month! By Mart Dickerson (Burn 100 Calories)

Puzzle answers on page 112

Mart Dickerson lives in Southern Pines and welcomes suggestions from her fellow puzzle masters. She can be reached at gdickerson@nc.rr.com.


Fill in the grid so every row, every column and every 3x3 box contain the numbers 1–9.

ACROSS 1 Shell shock syndrome, abbr. 5 Tree covering 9 Eyed 14 Absent 15 Social science class, abbr. 16 Monk 17 Mentally healthy 18 __ Orchid restaurant on US 1 19 Number of minutes washing dishes to burn 100 20 Trinitrotoluene 21 Number of minutes washing car to burn 100 23 Bridge bid 24 Tennis player Andre 26 Popeye’s yes 28 Bee product 29 Make less wild 31 Viper 34 Number of minutes playing kickball to burn 100 37 Asian country 39 Take the wrinkles out 40 __ Francisco 41 Catch sight of 42 Batman and Robin wear 44 Gets ready 47 Hurricane center 48 A lot 50 Kimono sash 51 Swindle 52 Number of minutes taking the stairs to burn 100 56 Bushy hair-do 59 Number of minutes bowling to burn 100 63 Compass point 64 Small river 66 Great lake or canal 67 Poker stake 68 Capital of Idaho 69 Prohibits 70 Tinted 71 Askew, crooked 72 Ceases 73 Lofty bird nest (var.)

DOWN 1 Olive Garden specialty 2 Banjo pluck 3 St. Nick 4 Change color 5 In between 6 Throb 7 Colored horse 8 Make a sweater 9 Not on 10 Search in the dark 11 Italian money 12 Dines 13 Helps in the kitchen 21 Tyrant 22 Sweet potato 25 Pig 27 Japanese money 29 Rips 30 Green Gables dweller 31 Church niche 32 Pine tree resins 33 Wooden sheet layer 34 What waiters carry 35 Anticipate 36 Sports channel initials 38 Spooky 39 Winter hazard 43 Pigpen 45 Female verse writer 46 Efficiently 49 Choose 51 Gander’s mate 53 Event locale and surroundings 54 Organic compound 55 Underprivileged 56 Syrian bishop 57 “Ribbit” animal 58 Make turbulent 60 Greek goddess of youth 61 Iraq’s neighbor 62 Orange peel 65 Lock’s partner 67 Expression of surprise

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T h e A cci d e n ta l A st r o l o g e r

Rammed With the Truth When you’re out of sugar, you serve it straight By Astrid Stellanova

Might as well just face it. Astrid is soon turning another

year older and feeling a little crankier than usual. If you’re looking for duckies and daisies you won’t find them here. Just the unvarnished truth delivered on the horns of the Ram – Ad Astra, Astrid.

Aries (March 21–April 19) One thing about it — an Aries will fry it in fat and dish it out. But if they’re even halfgrown, they’ve developed enough skin to take it as well as they serve it. So what, pray tell, is going on with you and your bewildering lack of confidence? If you rubbed yourself in bacon grease you couldn’t find a hungry dog. Seems you have been riding on the Yes elevator even when you want to say No Way. This is going to change, Love, because your stars are aligning and you have every possibility opening up. Becoming some sort of a team player doesn’t mean you forget the fact that the Ram was born to lead, and you, my birthday star, are an MVP. Taurus (April 20–May 20) Lord help me. If your brow is too high for the work you’re doing, you’re probably out of alignment. Here’s a tip: Either lower that cocked-out hip or raise the other brow. Look at it this way: Your job has allowed you to learn some very important skills. And your attitude keeps your fine self elevated way above the hordes. Don’t get too big to take out the trash — we all have to clean up our own mess sooner or later, Sugar. Gemini (May 21–June 20) Let’s talk about moral and mental hygiene for a hot minute. You have been so competitive and had such tunnel vision that you’ve forgotten just about all else. If you can get off this notion that only you can drive the bus — no matter who you mow down or run over — you are set for a better month. (And a much nicer commute, as a matter of fact.) Cancer (June 21–July 22) You love a trend, but don’t be locally ludicrous. You’ve got this idea you have a lock on green things — as in dollar bills and an obsession with juicing. What you might consider, Love, is to promote things of real value, not just things that make you look a certain way. It is never too late to become the person your Mama thinks you are. Leo (July 23–August 22) Have you got glasses strong enough to help you see the truth? Someone very close to you has been showing you how to find your way out of the surprising mess you have stepped into. Your ego clouds your vision, and you march right off the runway of life, like a modern-day Mr. Magoo. Virgo (August 23–September 22) Somehow you complicate the very thing that’s supposed to help reduce your stress. You make cooking look as difficult as trying to construct a microwave oven. Lord have mercy, it is just a case of a frying pan and an egg — and stay with me, because this is just a metaphor. Crack the egg. Make the omelet. Enjoy your time shaking and baking and forget about one-upping the culinary masters.

Libra (September 23–October 22) You kept everything bottled up until it exploded and you lost your ever-loving mind. You went from peace keeper to making everyone in the room feel more threatened than Ted Bundy’s dance partner. Honey, you gotta find a way to let off steam without making a spectacular scene. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) You think you’re a bigger deal than that new ninth planet? Darling, we are all here to learn, and perhaps you might just want to take a seat and bone up on how to keep your ego more in line with your actual accomplishments. The more you develop, the less you need for everybody to know you are someone special. Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) Can you smell the BS? Someone in your world has been selling you a line and you have been buying it. They are dangerously close to convincing you that something you value has dimmed. Ask yourself what their motive is. Cherish what matters most to you and don’t be swayed by this snake oil salesman. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) Well, Honey, a colleague beat you to the end goal, tripping you up and costing you something you wanted. The betrayal hurt more than you want to admit. That kind of thinking is dimmer than Edison’s first bulb. They didn’t get there fairly and it will all come to light faster (much faster) than an LED bulb. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) Financial infidelity is spoiling your bank account. It could also threaten relationships. You don’t want your friends and family to know your closet contains the entire QVC collection. I love my pumps and purses, but not more than I love to pay the rent and my (new) trainer. Maybe you have to channel your inner Imelda Marcos into something with more purpose. Pisces (February 19–March 20) Remember that old love that dropped out of your life through a trap door? Well, you may find them back in your life soon. Time to drive a stake through the crappy attitude you’ve been taking and remember that some people actually deserve second, even third chances. If not, then someone, perhaps another lost someone, is resurfacing, and all I know is sugar and spice are en route. PS

For years, Astrid Stellanova owned and operated Curl Up and Dye Beauty Salon in the boondocks of North Carolina until arthritic fingers and her popular astrological readings provoked a new career path.

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Play Ball

By Bill Rose

On October 7, 2015, as I

approached my 90th birthday, I was given a gift that gently nursed an almost-dead ember of hope into emanating a wisp of life. I have been a Chicago Cubs fan for 82 years and any hope has been rather submerged for most of that time.

When I was 8 years old my dad took me to a Chicago Cubs/Pittsburgh Pirates game. It was the only thing my dad and I did together for the rest of my then-young life. Those were the Depression days, and it seemed like he worked every day. But that momentous day we boarded the South Shore train that took us from Michigan City to Chicago. I had never been on a train and had never been to Chicago, so to say I was excited would be a considerable understatement. When we got there we then rode the “El,” an elevated train that took us from downtown Chicago to Wrigley Field. I was awestruck at being able to see into people’s apartments as we raced by. The game itself left much to be desired, as by the end of the 8th the Pirates were ahead by 7 to 1 and the Cubs had been handcuffed all day. Dad decided the Cubs were finished for the day, so we would beat the crowd and leave then. By the time we got home, the Cubs had won 8 to 7. Even though I missed all the excitement, I became an addicted lifelong Cubs fan. I had a wonderful day. I had the exclusive attention of my dad, my first train ride, Wrigley Field, the Cubs, a ballpark hot dog, and a bag of peanuts. Life was good. Even today I can recall the battery of Gabby Hartnett, Claude Passeau and Big Bill Lee. The Cubs had a fabulous infield


that consisted of Stan Hack, Billy Jurges, Billy Herman and Phil Cavarretta and that led the league in double plays, and that was in the 1930s. I remember the excitement when the Cubs bought Dizzy Dean from the Cardinals for the huge sum of $100,000. That was going to assure them of going to a World Series. Turned out they were gypped as Dizzy had a bad arm and only won ten games in four years. He ended his career being a Cubs radio announcer and was somewhat famous for his idiosyncratic grammar, the most famous being, “The runner slud into second base.” But on October 7, 2015, ordinary time stood still and Jake Arrieta not only beat the Pirates but also shut them out 4 to 0. That was the first time a Cubs pitcher had shut out anyone in a playoff game since Claude Passeau had done it to the Detroit Tigers in the 1945 World Series. The war was over and I listened to the Armed Forces Radio in the Philippines as the Cubs ended up losing the series in order to keep alive what would become their 107-year losing streak. Back to the present and the Cubs won three straight from their main division rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, and advanced to playing the New York Mets, who won the Western Division playoff. Unfortunately reality sprang up and threw a big bucket of cold water on the flickering ashes of my dream of a World Series as they eliminated my beloved Cubbies in four straight games. As we Cubs fans are known to say, “Just you wait till next year.” PS Bill Rose is very excited to have a new baseball season underway.

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Illustration by MERIDITH MARTENS

As baseball season begins, a lifelong Cubs fan reminds us that hope springs eternal

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