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April ���� DEPARTMENTS 29 Simple Life By Jim Dodson

34 PinePitch 37 Instagram Winners 39 Good Natured By Karen Frye

41 The Omnivorous Reader By D.G. Martin

FEATURES 91 The Heaven of Lost Umbrellas Poetry by Ruth Moose 92 Return of the Birds By Jim Moriarty John James Audubon on exhibit again

98 The Collectors By Will Harris

Passion comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s not about stuff. It’s about the chase.

104 Upstairs, Downstairs By Bill Case The annual migration of the back of the house

108 Grand Illusions By Laura A. W. Phillips The Elements of Style

45 Bookshelf 49 Drinking with Writers

110 The House That Golf Built By Deborah Salomon

53 Papadaddy’s Mindfield

121 Almanac By Ash Alder

By Wiley Cash

By Clyde Edgerton

The Dedman family transforms a historic home

55 Hometown By Bill Fields

56 In the Spirit By Tony Cross

59 Food For Thought

63 The Kitchen Garden

By Jane Lear

By Jan Leitschuh

67 Crossroads By Tom Allen

69 The Pleasures of Life Dept. By Michael Smith

73 True South

75 Mom Inc.

By Susan S. Kelly By Renee Phile

77 Out of the Blue

By Deborah Salomon

78 Sandhills Photo Club 81 Birdwatch By Susan Campbell

83 Sporting Life By Tom Bryant

87 Golftown Journal By Lee Pace

122 135 141

Arts & Entertainment Calendar SandhillSeen PineNeedler By Mart Dickerson

143 The Accidental Astrologer By Astrid Stellanova

144 SouthWords

By Beth MacDonald


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10 Village Green Road, Pinehurst

2310 Midland Road, Pinehurst

18 Kirkton Court, Pinehurst

Once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the largest pieces of privately owned parcels in Pinehurst. 16.74-acres near the Village of Pinehurst with 4 dwellings.

Custom waterfront, 3 levels, 4 fireplaces, elevator, slate terrace, and gourmet kitchen. Go to https://my.matterport.com/ show/?m=JY2fPKSrAoT. 5 bedrooms, 6/1 bathrooms.

636 McLendon Hills Drive, West End

30 Laurel Road, Pinehurst

220 Merry Way, Southern Pines

Stunning waterfront all on one level, soaring ceiling, open floor plan, 2 fireplaces, private dock, sunken wet bar. This house was built to entertain. 4 bedrooms, 4/2 bathrooms.

Totally renovated Old Town cottage circa 1917. Panoramic views of #2 golf course. Heart pine floors. 2 fireplaces. Detached 1 bed, 2 bath garage apartment. 4 bedrooms, 4/1 bathrooms.

205 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst

795 South Diamondhead Drive, Pinehurst

120 Eagle Point Lane, Pinehurst

Stately, serene setting on Lake Pinehurst. Impeccably maintained, water views, new master suite, 2 fireplaces, lovely outdoor entertaining space, new decks. 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms.

French country style home built in 2016 with over 3,300sf on the main level. Room to expand. Luxurious amenities throughout. 3 bedrooms, 3/1 bathrooms.

28 Middlebury Road, Pinehurst

755 Horse Pen Lane, Vass

135 Saint Mellions Drive, Pinehurst

Golf front on the north course built in the traditional Craftsman style. Stunning views and great entertaining space inside & out. 4 bedrooms, 4/1 bathrooms.

6-acres, barn, single level living with versatile lower level living quarters. High ceilings, lots of windows, lovely hardwoods flooring, access to unlimited trails. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

Golf front Pinehurst National #9, transferable PCC charter membership, 3-car garage, and upstairs recreation room. Built in 2005 with walk to club house. 4 bedrooms, 4/1 bathrooms.

$2,989,999 MLS 182223 Emily Hewson 910-315-3324 Pamela O’Hara 910-315-3093

$2,750,000 MLS 192774 Pamela O’Hara 910-315-3093

Original Schoolhouse on 1st fairway of #2 golf course.  Totally renovated. Enclave blends tradition with luxury amenities. Garage apartment. 5 bedrooms, 4/2 bathrooms.

$1,200,000 MLS 192125 Deb Darby 910-783-5193 Melanie Norman 910-992-1441

$1,199,000 MLS 188244 Emily Hewson 910-315-3324 Pamela O’Hara 910-315-3093

$985,000 MLS 190955 Emily Hewson 910-315-3324 Pamela O’Hara 910-315-3093

$895,000 MLS 192262 Christine Barrett 773-456-2632

Old Town “Cottage Colony School House” circa 1917. Totally renovated with attention to detail and architectural integrity. 2 fireplaces. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.

$799,000 MLS 190504 Kay Beran 910-315-3322

Pinehurst Office

$699,500 MLS 188783 Deb Darby 910-783-5193

42 Chinquapin Road •

Pinehurst, NC 28374 •

$1,550,000 MLS 192142 Deb Darby 910-783-5193

$1,150,000 MLS 190791 Deb Darby 910-783-5193

17.76-acre horse farm with trails galore. Gleaming hardwoods, stone fireplace, generator, barn with storage, and rolling pastures. Quiet and private. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

$815,000 MLS 188159 Casey Barbera 910-639-4266

$699,000 MLS 190015 Frank Sessoms 910-639-3099


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36 Royal County Down, Pinehurst

111 Wertz Drive, West End

Golf front home on the 11 tee of the National Course. Open floor plan, kitchen with 6 burner gas stove with griddle, granite counters, 2 dishwashers, farm sink, eating nook, wet bar with ice maker, wine cooler. 4 bedrooms, 4/1 bathrooms.

Long views of Lake Auman are yours from this well appointed and upgraded waterfront home. Flexible floorplan, stone fireplace, kitchen with views of the lake. 3 bedrooms, 3/1 bathrooms.

120 Woodenbridge Lane, Pinehurst

8 Augusta Drive, Pinehurst

5 Chestnut Lane, Pinehurst

2-story, golf front, home office, 3-car garage. 4 bedrooms, 3/1 bathrooms.

Picture perfect golf front in mid south. Custom design build with 3 levels of versatile living/entertaining options.  This home is a must see. 6 bedrooms, 4/1 bathrooms.

All brick, custom built, lakefront home with many updates. Main level master suite, new hardwood and carpet, new kitchen appliances. 3 bedrooms, 2/1 bathrooms.

10 Village Green East, Pinehurst

62 Scioto Lane, Pinehurst

3 Pine Tree Terrace, Foxfire

This historic Old Town villa-like home has a 2-story turret welcoming you to a time gone by. Featuring a library and workshop. 5 bedrooms, 4/1 bathrooms.

Golf front Pinehurst living, universal design, Energy Star rated, and green certified, this home has truly raised the bar for luxury and efficiency. 4 bedrooms, 3/1 bathrooms.

Relaxed elegance built for wheelchair accessibility, pool with optional lift, hardwoods, open floor plan. A must see in a quiet neighborhood. 3 bedrooms, 2/1 bathrooms.

330 Saint Andrews Drive, Pinehurst

5 Alpine Place, Pinehurst

285 Sugar Gum Lane, Unit 41, Pinehurst

New construction in prime location. Close to the Village, shopping and schools. This open, flexible interior is filled with amenities from the spacious kitchen to the large deck. 4 bed, 3/1 bath.

Golf front, course 5, hole #4. Split floor plan with both living and family rooms, wood burning fireplace, gate and brick patio. Used as a golf rental. Turn key ready for you. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

Townhome living with office off of master bedroom. Charter membership to Pinehurst Country Club is attached to this unit. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

$695,000 MLS 192831 Marie O’Brien 910-528-5669

$649,000 MLS 191662 Kay Beran 910-315-3355 Amy McCune 910-725-9022


$574,900 MLS 192328 Frank Sessoms 910-639-3099

$599,500 MLS 166239 Bonnie Baker 910-690-4705

Pinewild Country Club spectacular golf front home. Attention to detail both inside and out, you don’t want to miss this one. 4 bedrooms, 3/1 bathrooms.

$569,000 MLS 190737 Deb Darby 910-783-5193

$499,000 MLS 187503 Bill Brock 910-639-1148

$539,000 MLS 192617 Frank Sessoms 910-639-3099

$449,000 MLS 192713 Casey Barbera 910-639-4266

$339,000 MLS 192501 Kay Beran 910-315-3322

Southern Pines Office

23 Whithorn Court, Pinehurst

$339,000 MLS 190732 Deb Darby 910-783-5193

105 West Illinois Avenue

$439,000 MLS 189413 Deb Darby 910-783-5193

$232,500 MLS 191449 Deb Darby 910-783-5193

Southern Pines, NC 28387


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M A G A Z I N E Volume 15, No. 4 David Woronoff, Publisher Jim Dodson, Editor

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Andie Stuart Rose, Creative Director

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Jim Moriarty, Senior Editor

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Alyssa Rocherolle, Graphic Designer

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Deborah Salomon, Staff Writer Mary Novitsky, Sara King, Proofreaders CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

John Koob Gessner, Laura Gingerich, Tim Sayer CONTRIBUTORS Tom Allen, Harry Blair, Tom Bryant, Susan Campbell, Bill Case, Wiley Cash, Tony Cross, Brianna Rolfe Cunningham, Mart Dickerson, Clyde Edgerton, Bill Fields, Laurel Holden, Jane Lear, Jan Leitschuh, Meridith Martens, D.G. Martin, Lee Pace, Romey Petite, Renee Phile, Joyce Reehling, Stephen E. Smith, Astrid Stellanova, Angie Tally, Kimberly Taws, Ashley Wahl


This stunning golf retreat, overlooking the ‘’unforgiving’’ par 4, 12th Hole of the North Course in Forest Creek, captures the views at every opportunity. Three sets of French doors and a bank of clerestory windows open to the fairway view on two levels from the living room. An expansive deck across the back of the house underscores the brilliant golf location. The 4425 sq ft residence built in 2009 offers a spacious ground floor master suite with 3 walk-in closets, and a luxurious master bath with over-sized shower. The open living area is anchored by a gourmet kitchen featuring top of the line appliances with Wolf gas cook top and double ovens, Sub Zero Pro 48 refrigerator. Space above garage has large windows and is plumbed for a fourth bedroom and bath. Residence includes 3 BR and 3.5 BA. NEW LISTING Offered at $930,000.

To view more photos, take a virtual tour or schedule a showing, go to:

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140 North Valley Road • Southern Pines

Loblolly, a Southern Pines historic treasure, located on a quiet, tree-lined street, is a lovely combination of unparalleled building elegance embraced by comfortable living features. 5BR, 5BA, 8,050 sf. Offered at $1,650,000

100 Lake Dornoch • Pinehurst

This stunning contemporary home, poised over the 17th hole of the Dogwood Course, is characterized by rooms with a view. 4BR, 5BA, 2HB, 4,750 sf. Offered at $925,000

Maureen Clark

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14 Cumberland Drive • Pinehurst

Poised on 2.45 acres in the exclusive Forest Creek Golf Club, this elegant residence exhibits design perfection in the concept of one-floor-living. 3BR, 3/2BA. 4,787 sf. Offered at $1,550,000

1495 W. Connecticut Avenue Southern Pines Knollwood House, a Southern Pines landmark, is set on a knoll overlooking the Donald Ross designed Mid Pines Golf Course. 5BR, 5.5BA, 5,212 sf. Offered at $998,000

240 Woodland Drive • Southern Pines

Exquisite detail and finishes define character in this light-filled family home in popular Pine Grove Village. Downstairs master, 3BR, 3BA and playroom upstairs, open kitchen, 3 car garage, 3 living areas. Offered at $628,000

55 Shaw Road • Old Town

“Centerwood,” the log cabin in the Village. An enchanting property built at the turn of the century, this 5BR, 5.5 BA cottage represents a genuine piece of Pinehurst’s history. Offered at $1,000,000

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104 RECTOR DRIVE Beautifully renovated 4 BR / 3 BA home located on a quiet cul-de-sac with great privacy, mature landscaping and super curb appeal….a MUST SEE!


158 OVERLOOK DRIVE Great 3 BR / 3 BA waterfront home on Lake Echo! The house has been beautifully updated and well maintained by the original owner.

FOXFIRE • $426,000

178 GRANDE PINES COURT E. LIVE GRANDE in beautiful gated Equestrian community in Foxfire! Two-story 5 BR / 4.5 BA home on large 2.5 acre lot. Totally immaculate and a must see!




PINEHURST • $305,000

280 KINGSWOOD CIRCLE Pristine 3 BR / 2 BA home in popular Pinehurst #6. The home features spacious upstairs bonus room that could be used for in-laws or teens.

PINEHURST • $395,000

35 GLASGOW DRIVE All brick 3 BR / 2.5 BA home w/bright and open floorplan and gorgeous golf front views. This home is well designed with lots of space and beautiful gourmet kitchen.




109 FOREST SQUARE LANE Lovely 3 BR / 3.5 BA custom brick home on gorgeous lot overlooking Beacon Ridge CC. Home is spacious and offers great floorplan


PINEHURST • $369,000

4 PEACHTREE LANE New construction with 3 BR / 2.5 BA on beautiful golf front lot and curb appeal that grabs your attention. The interior is light and bright w/great flow for everyday living and entertaining

3 E. MAGNOLIA COURT Gorgeous 4 BR / 3.5 BA Craftsman style home on large, private lot in Mid South Golf and CC. Outstanding curb appeal and upscale architectural details both inside and out





40 TALAMORE DRIVE Gorgeous 4 BR / 2.5 BA golf front home in Talamore CC built by Bonville Construction. Floorplan is bright and open w/lots of space and overlooks the golf course










PINEHURST • $369,000

120 SHADOW CREEK COURT Spacious 4 BR / 3.5 BA townhome is LIKE NEW and in great location w/two ‘’Master Suites’’ on main and upper level. This home is a true ‘’lock and leave’’.

PINEHURST • $319,900

100 RIDGEWOOD ROAD Timeless 3 BR / 2.5 BA home w/expansive views of Pinehurst CC Course #3. Light and bright Carolina Room, comfortable living space and a gorgeous location….a must see!


128 OWENS CIRCLE Two-story 4 BR / 3.5 BA home in desirable Seven Lakes West. Home was built in 2004 and offers lovely wrap around covered front porch and a corner gazebo



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PINEHURST • $645,000

58 GREYABBEY DRIVE Outstanding 3 BR / 3 BA custom home w/nice upscale features located on the 2nd hole of the Magnolia Course at Pinewild Country Club.

PINEHURST • $775,000




16 MULBREN COURT Gracious 4 BR / 4 full BA 2 half BA Southern style estate home on the 7th tee of the Holly Course at Pinewild Country Club.

108 LOGAN COURT Amazing 4 BR / 4 full BA 2 half BA lakefront home on two premium wide water lots. Truly one of the most beautiful homes on Lake Auman.




PINEHURST • $859,000

102 STRATHAVEN COURT Elegant 4 BR / 3 Full BA 2 half BA golf front home located on the signature hole of Pinehurst #9 course

PINEHURST • $795,000


115 BLUE ROAD Gorgeous 4 BR / 4.5 BA home in the Village of Pinehurst – truly a special property. Beautiful home inside and out…. lots of living space and space for entertaining.

5 DIXIE DRIVE Alluring 3 BR / 3 BA lake front home in beautiful setting. Home has been well maintained and sits high with spectacular views of Lake Thagard.



PINEHURST • $599,000

25 MAPLE ROAD Charming 4 BR / 3.5 BA cottage in the Village of Pinehurst. Beautifully landscaped yard w/great artist studio tucked away in the garden…a must see!

PINEHURST • $635,000

17 ABINGTON DRIVE Lovely all brick 4 BR / 3.5 BA lakefront home w/beautiful wide lake views and a bright open floorplan. Property has loads of curb appeal

VASS • $740,000

1000 LAKEBAY ROAD Unique, yet stunning 3 BR / 2 Full BA 2 half BA custom dream home! Home sits on just under 12 acres of flat pasture perfect for horses. One of a kind property!








111 VANORE ROAD Custom contemporary 3 BR / 2 Full BA 2 half BA home on Lake Auman! This gorgeous home offers spacious living area, gourmet kitchen and custom remote control blinds

PINEHURST • $519,000

55 GLASGOW DRIVE Exquisite 3 BR / 3.5 BA home offers beautiful views of the 3rd hole of the Challenge Course and a backyard view that includes relaxing water feature….a must see!




PINEHURST • $1,094,000

100 MCKENZIE ROAD W. Magnificient 5 BR / 5.5 BA cottage in the heart of Old Town. This lovely home sits on 1.66 beautifully manicured acres w/spacious main house and two guest houses

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Majestic contemporary on 6th hole of CCNC’s Dogwood Course. 5200 sq.ft. on 1.8 acres with 5 BR/5.5BA, gourmet kitchen, spacious master suite and numerous upgrades.

Spectacular home in Old Town built in 2007. Open floor plan, main level master suite, wet bar, 2 car attached garage, 4 en suite bedrooms and 2 half-BA.

SCARLETT ALLISON 910.603.0359 scarlett.allison@sothebysrealty.com

KEITH HARRIS 704.905.9338 keith.harris@sothebysrealty.com



Hollypoint Cottage built in the 1920’s and located in the center of Old Town. Mature landscaping, brick patio, 2 car detached garage, 4BR, 3.5BA.

Craftsman style cottage with open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, pond with flagstone terrace, a 2 car attached garage & 3rd detached garage could be a guest cottage/art studio.

ROSS LATON 910.690.6679 ross.laton@sothebysrealty.com

SCARLETT ALLISON 910.603.0359 scarlett.allison@sothebysrealty.com


Always a Step Ahead A Charming New Community in Moore County!

Nestled in the Sandhills, Parkway Meadows is Aberdeen’s newest pool and clubhouse community, featuring wide sidewalks throughout the neighborhood. Low HOA fees cover the community inground pool and clubhouse. Just a few minutes drive to Downtown Aberdeen and Southern Pines. Close to all shopping, eateries, and entertainment. Quick and convenient commute to Ft. Bragg. The community features included upgrades not found in the price range. Homes range from 2862 to 3145 SQ FT, and are priced between $266,000 and $295,000.



ABERDEEN 5 bed • 3.5 bath • $290,000 • 3,034 Sq.Ft.

419 PALISADES DRIVE ABERDEEN 4 bed • 3.5 bath • $275,000


ABERDEEN 4 bed • 3.5 bath • $292,250 • 3,090 Sq.Ft.


ABERDEEN 4 bed • 2.5 bath • $292,000 • 3,067 Sq.Ft

5 Floor Plans Available for Pre-Sale! THE AMY

5 bed • 3.5 bath • 3,034 Sq.ft


4 bed • 2.5 bath • 2,862 Sq.Ft.


4 bed • 3.5 bath • 3,090 Sq.Ft.


4 bed • 2.5 bath • 3,067 Sq.Ft.


5 bed • 3 bath • 3,145 Sq.Ft.

Call for more info! There are over 600 real estate agents in Moore County. Amy Stonesifer is among the top 5. Amy Stonesifer is an award-winning REALTOR®. Out of more than 600 real estate agents in Moore County, she is consistently ranked among the top 5. Amy’s real estate firm offers both Property Management and Sales services. Maison Realty is closely knit with the military community because our agents all have a personal connection. The teams at Maison Real Estate Group and Moore County Living know that military homeowners need specialized individuals to take care of their homes while they’re away and to sell them quickly when their assignments change. More than a business, Amy’s firm has makes it a mission to give back to our community and express deep appreciation for our neighbors in uniform. Amy loves meeting new people, finding the perfect home for her clients, and advising them on why Moore County is the perfect place to live!

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660 E. MASSACHUSETTS AVE. SOUTHERN PINES 3 bed • 3 bath $625,000 • 2,830 Sq Ft

675 FLINT HILL CHURCH RD. ROBBINS 5 bed • 4 bath $419,000 • 4,249 Sq Ft

114 BONNIE BROOK COURT ABERDEEN 5 bed • 4 bath $419,000 • 4,249 Sq Ft

165 PINE TOP DRIVE CARTHAGE 4 bed • 3.5 bath $400,000

175 E. NEW JERSEY AVENUE SOUTHERN PINES 3 bed • 3.5 bath $399,000 • 1,925 Sq Ft


165 E NEW JERSEY AVENUE SOUTHERN PINES 3 bed • 3.5 bath $379,000 • 1,1818 Sq Ft

733 SUN ROAD ABERDEEN 4 bed • 3.5 bath $290,000 • 3,234 Sq Ft

119 BLACKSMITH LANE RAEFORD 4 bed • 2.5 bath $215,000 • 2,150 Sq Ft

230 SUGAR PINE DRIVE PINEHURST 4 bed • 3.5 bath $360,000 • 3,806 Sq Ft

610 W MAINE AVENUE SOUTHERN PINES 4 bed • 3 bath $350,000 • 1,915 Sq Ft

8 WINDING TRAIL WHISPERING PINES 4 bed • 2.5 bath $338,000 • 2,770 Sq Ft

107 GRAYSON PLACE SANFORD 5 bed • 3.5 bath $330,000 • 2,900 Sq Ft



1107 N FORT BRAGG RD. SOUTHERN PINES 3 bed • 2 bath $255,000 • 1,968 Sq Ft

825 N PAGE STREET SOUTHERN PINES 3 bed • 2 bath $255,000 • 1,449 Sq Ft

260 N CHERRY STREET PINEBLUFF 3 bed • 2.5 bath $235,000 • 1,807 Sq Ft

160 KINGSWOOD CIRCLE PINEHURST 3 bed • 2 bath $229,000 • 1,890 Sq Ft



340 YELLOWFOOT DRIVE RAEFORD 3 bed • 2 bath $178,000

608 SEYMOUR STREET ABERDEEN 3 bed • 2 bath $175,000 • 1,390SqFt

804 DOVER STREET SOUTHERN PINES 2 bed • 2 bath $88,000

6850 SHAWCROSS LANE FAYETTEVILLE 3 bed • 2 bath $79,000

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830-ACRE BACKYARD, y o u g o o u t s i d e a n d p l a y. Come home to rolling hills, open pastures, a nature preserve and miles of wooded trails – at Grande Pines just 10 minutes from Pinehurst Country Club.

Contact Broker/Realtor Pete Mace at 910.639.2883 or GrandePinesINFO@gmail.com to arrange a visit.

Custom homes on 2.5 to 20 acres


Pinehurst Country Club Memberships Available


100 Grande Pines Vista, just minutes from the Village of Pinehurst 910.639.2883 • GrandePinesNC.com

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Life and Limb My cabins in the sky

By Jim Dodson

One of my secret pleasures is a mind-candy

house program on Animal Planet called Treehouse Masters, in which an infectiously enthusiastic house designer and self-described “tree whisperer” named Pete Nelson and his merry band of workers create mind-boggling treehouse retreats for clients. His stated mission is to help customers get back to nature and in touch with their inner kid.

It’s a pure fantasy show that combines three of my favorite things — houses, trees and memories of climbing them during my childhood. It was probably inevitable for a kid who grew up on a diet of adventure books, and camping and hiking forests all over the western portions of this state and neighboring Virginia, that I would eventually get around to building a treehouse, especially after I saw Disney’s 1960 version of Swiss Family Robinson. The shipwrecked but enterprising Robinson clan lashed together a furnished treehouse palace that featured running water from a turning wheel, thatch-roofed bedrooms, a full-service kitchen and salvaged ship’s wheel that raised the ladder each evening to protect against wild animals or unwelcome visitors. They lived with a pair of large friendly dogs and a parrot, and even had a piano that somehow survived the shipwreck. In my opinion, those lucky Robinsons had the perfect life. Of course, I was only 7, a kid who’d had a happy but fairly solitary life building forts in the woods and reading adventure books, the son of a Southern newspaperman who hauled his young family across the Deep South to his various posts before coming permanently home to Greensboro in 1959 — shortly before the shipwrecked Robinsons showed up in Cinemascope on the big screen. My first treehouse was a distinctly modest platform affair — more lookout stand that actual shelter. Perched in a patch of hardwoods in a public park across the street from the apartment we rented while our first house was being built in a rural subdivision, it was probably illegal. But so were the Robinsons. You reached the platform by inching up a thick-knotted rope. The platform was probably only 10 feet off the ground but it felt amazingly close to heaven in the trees, the ideal place for me to sit and read and keep an eye out for wild animals or unwanted visitors. At the rear of our new property, my father knocked together an impressive one-room treehouse he furnished with a second-hand dining room table, four mismatched chairs and an old rickety bookcase. I spent a year furnishing that rustic pied-à-terre in the sky with my favorite childhood books and “interesting” stuff I found all over creation until one regrettable sum-

mer afternoon I found three girls from the neighborhood having an unauthorized tea party with their dolls in my cherished aerie. Without thinking of the consequences, I fetched a garden hose to cool off the party and quickly felt the wrath of several outraged mothers, hastening the demise of my beloved place on high. That’s why, when I stumbled across Treehouse Masters, my inner child was set loose from detention. The New Age treehouses Pete Nelson and his crew create are elaborate affairs that make the industrious Robinsons look like rank beginners. They typically include all the creature comforts of the modern Earth-bound home and then some: fancy woodstoves and electric lights; flush toilets and outdoor showers; kitted-out gourmet kitchens and decks with breathtaking views from high in the trees, rivaling anything you would find in a swanky vacation home. My favorite segment of the show, however, is when the host calls on fellow treehouse nuts who have created their own unique handcrafted cabins in the sky, retreats that display incredible craftsmanship, artistry and ecological harmony. One I particularly enjoyed involved a bearded chap who built himself a gorgeous treehouse that was more like a storybook chapel over a stony brook in the Connecticut woods. It was essentially a meditation and reading room with large windows, a simple desk, woodstove, small functioning kitchen and a room where he could sit for hours watching nature through the seasons, forgetting the rest of the world. His was a slightly more elaborate version of the treehouse I fully intended to someday create above a vernal pool in the forest behind the post-andbeam house I helped build with my own hands on a forested hill in Maine. The spot — on a beautiful hillside deep among hemlock and birch and proximate to geologic kettles left by the receding ice age — overlooked a seasonal stream and vernal pool dominated by a large lichen-covered stone that I named my “Thinking Rock.” This is where the transcendental kid in me often escaped with my dogs to read, think, smoke a pipe and get right with God and nature.

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The bittersweet irony is that the forested retreat I long had in mind never got off the ground, so to speak, because, in the blink of an eye, my own kids were grown and heading off to college, and I was feeling an unexpected gravitational pull of my old Carolina home. Impossible as it once seemed, I said goodbye to the rugged timbered house and English garden-in-the-woods that I spent nearly two decades building and cultivating, a place where I fully expected to end my days and eventually become part of the landscape when who I am moved on, leaving only a trail of ashes behind. But life, to paraphrase Emerson, is full of compensations. A few years back, my wife and I purchased a lovely old bungalow that once upon a time was my favorite house in the heavily forested neighborhood where I grew up — two doors away, in fact, from the house where my family lived for almost 40 years. I joke that I’ve all but completed the Sacred Redneck Circle of Life. A large part of the place’s allure, I must admit, was the two-car and workshop garage in back that featured a funky little second-floor apartment you reach by climbing a set of rickety wooden steps that take you to rooftop height amidst century-old white oak trees. Because the house sits on perhaps the highest point in the entire neighborhood, the first time I climbed those steps and turned around to check out the view, my heart leapt like a kid up a tree. From just under the white oak canopy that reminded me of the arched ceiling of a Medieval cathedral — providing wonderful cooling shade all summer — I could see the world with a bird’s-eye-view: vaulting trees and rooftops across the neighborhood, not to mention birds and squirrels galore, passing clouds, a huge patch of sky by day, a glorious quilt of stars by night. Suddenly I had the treehouse I’d always dreamed of owning, this one

equipped with electric power and heat, small kitchenette and bathroom with fully functioning toilet and shower. The cheap dark-wood paneling gives it a perfect rustic air and a couple of overhead fans keeps the place cool in summer. If it isn’t quite worthy of Treehouse Masters, it fits me like lichens on a thinking rock. Just outside the door, I hung a large set of Canterbury chimes from a stout limb of the massive white oak at the foot of the steps. When the wind blows a certain way, I swear I hear the first five notes of “Amazing Grace.” These days, if you visit my “treehouse,” you will find a pair of comfortable reading chairs (one of which my dog Mulligan occupies when she’s officially on duty), several bookcases filled with favorite books, a French baker’s table where I write, a wicker daybed where I sometimes seek horizontal inspiration on late afternoons, various vintage posters and prints I’ve collected from four decades of journalism and travel, a cabinet case filled with some of my own books and a few awards, a second cabinet that holds “Uncle Jimmy’s Genuine Real Stuff Museum,” framed photos of my children and a pair of large rare portraits of Walter Hagen and young Fidel Castro, themed lamps (a blue coat soldier, a Bengali elephant, a monkey climbing a palm tree), several busts (Ben Franklin, Alexander the Great, a Templar knight), three sets of old golf clubs, a full golf library, several checkered golf flags, and a large replica of the first American flag with thirteen stars in a circle of blue. Nobody in their right mind would want all this stuff in their real house. But like the Swiss Family Robinson, this oddball collection from a long journey home has finally found the perfect place in my cabin in the sky. PS Contact Editor Jim Dodson at jim@thepilot.com.

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315 N BEULAH HILL RD • OLD TOWN Charming! Completely restored Historic home with new addition. Indoor pool. New 3 bay garage. 6BD, 5 ½ BA. Offered at $1,475,000.

815 LAKE DORNOCH DR • CCNC Stately, gorgeous, comfortable and casual living. Located on more than 5 acres, 3BD, 3 ½ BA. Finished lower level. Offered at $875,000.

645 S. DIAMONDHEAD DR • LAKE PINEHURST One of the most desirable locations on Lake Pinehurst! Seller has rebuilt most every area. Outdoor areas designed by Mary Francis Tate. Party on the patio in this unique property. 4BD, 3½ BA. Offered at $869,000.

145 HEARTHSTONE RD • FAIRWOODS ON 7 Golf Front 2nd hole. Custom. Very open with views everywhere. Nearly 4000 sq ft of single level living. 4BD, 3 ½ BA. Offered at $699,000.

15 E MCCASKILL RD • OLD TOWN Walk to the Village! “Craven Long Leaf Cottage” was one of five bungalows built by the Sandhills Construction Co. during 1920 and 1921. Sellers have historically restored and modernized the cottage. 3BD, 2BA. Offered at $639,000.

235 HEARTHSTONE RD • FAIRWOODS ON 7 1st hole of Pinehurst No 7 Golf Course. Updated home with hardwood flooring, new kitchen etc. Focal point of home is the family room open to handsome kitchen and fabulous open porch. 3BD, 2BA Offered at $595,000.

97 W MCKENZIE RD • OLD TOWN Enjoy the charm and character of Historic Old Town without turn of the century wiring. Large open rooms plus walls of glass to bring the outdoors in. 4BD, 2½ BA, plus Den. Offered at $589,000.

118 PINE RIDGE DR • WHISPERING PINES Exceptional opportunity for lakefront living! All brick Custom Home. Lots of decks and patios for outdoor living. Lower level has fireplace, additional office (or 4th bdrm)! New ROOF. 3 BD, 3 BA, 2 ½ BA. Offered at $539,500.

110 MUIRFIELD PLACE • PINEHURST Secluded cul-de-sec in the Donald Ross area. Breeden Construction. Gourmet kitchen, maple hardwood flooring, loads of storage. 4BD, 3 1/2BA plus Bonus Rm. Offered at $519,000.

6 SODBURY CT • COTSWOLD PINEHURST Stunning, Custom Townhome with over 3000 square feet of single floor living space. Oversized garage with separate workshop in rear and large Bonus Rm above. Tons of Storage! 3BD, 2 ½ BA. Offered at $380,000.

113 SAKONNET TRAIL • PINEHURST NO 6 Stunning, all brick home. Hardwood floors, stainless appliances, beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops. Elegant coffered ceiling. 4-5 BD, 2 ½ BA. Offered at $389,000.

105 EAST LAKE VIEW • PINEHURST WATER FRONT! Fabulous property overlooking large pond on Pinehurst No 8 Golf Course. Enjoy the large deck watching the sunset or a quiet morning coffee. Great curb appeal. 3BD, 2BA PLUS Bonus Rm. Offered at $329,000


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Festival D’Avion Wing it all weekend at the Festival D’Avion at the Moore County Airport, 7425 Aviation Blvd., Carthage. The aircraft fly in all day on Friday, April 12, and depart between 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. There will be a concert Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. by On The Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band. For tickets and information go to www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Home and Garden Tour The historic Fownes Cottage is one of six homes highlighting the 71st Annual Southern Pines Garden Club Tour of Homes on Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the homes and gardens, there will be orchid and plant sales, art exhibits and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at the Campbell House, The Country Bookshop, the Women’s Exchange or online at southernpinesgardenclub.com.

Dig It The Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities will be offering some friendly prices on plants from the Weymouth estate and gardens on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own wagon, if you can, to haul away your treasures. Coffee and baked goods will be for sale. White elephant items and tools available, as well, at 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For information call (910) 692-6261 or go to weymouthcenter.org.

Meet the Author Scott Huler, the author of A Delicious Country: Rediscovering the Carolinas Along the Route of John Lawson’s 1700 Expedition will be at The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines, on April 10 at 5 p.m. For information go to www.thecountrybookshop.biz.


A Postcard from the Past The Moore County Historical Association will exhibit “Turn of the Century Photography” featuring the men and women who saved early Moore County, reflected in fragile and rare post cards. The display will be at the Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. For information call (910) 692-2051 or visit www.moorehistory.com.

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Classic Concert Series Listen to violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Andrew Tyson perform chamber music selections at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines, from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday, April 8. Tickets are $30 for Arts Council members, $35 for non-members. For information call (910) 692-2787 or visit www.mooreart.org.

14th Annual Clenny Creek Day

Spring for Angela Cousin Amy and Whiskey Pines will perform a charity fundraising concert for Angela Gaskell — warm, curious, and passionate about animals and the environment — who’s also in need of a new kidney. The concert will be at the Shaw House on Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy live music, food, raffles, vendors and two historic homes at Clenny Creek Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Bryant House and McLendon Cabin, 3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage. There will be American Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors, an Easter egg hunt, face painting and more. For information call (910) 692-2051 or go to www.moorehistory.com.

Tracking the Tortoise Join biology professor Dr. John Roe from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke to learn about box turtles and the radio transmitter methods used to track them. The program is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. For information call (910) 692-2167 or go to www.ncparks.gov.

One More Time, With Feeling National Theatre Live offers this encore performance of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run. The story is set at The Beth, an old-fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Showing is at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. For informational call (910) 692-3611 or go to www.sunrisetheater.com. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2019





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Return of the Dandelion

It’s why I’m here.

More than just a common weed By K aren Frye

Our ancestors used their herb gardens as a medicine cabinet.

There was an herb for most common maladies: catnip for the colicky baby; comfrey for healing skin and bones; mullein for coughs and colds; and many more. One of the most revered herbs in the garden was the dandelion, a perennial that comes back every spring and flourishes until the first frost. Fast forward and the dandelion has become the enemy in the yards of modern society. Somehow, it is now a pesky “weed” that must be destroyed! But the dandelion’s usefulness hasn’t changed. The little yellow flowers that appear in spring are used to make dandelion wine. The young, tender leaves can be eaten raw in salads or juiced. You can also sauté the greens for a mixture that improves digestion. When roasted, the roots make a delicious, healthy coffee substitute, without the caffeine. It’s even available in teabag form so you don’t have to roast it yourself. Each particular part of the plant has different mediciDandelion Dip nal value, but the root is perhaps the most helpful for many ailments. Dandelion root is revered as a tonic for 1/2 cup cottage cheese the kidneys (it is a very effective diuretic). The root helps 1/4 cup yogurt to stabilize blood sugar and prevent gallstones, cleanses 1 cup dandelion greens the blood, lowers cholesterol, improves the functions garlic powder of the spleen, stomach and pancreas. There are many salt reasons to keep this plant alive and thriving in our landMix cottage cheese and yogurt. Mince scapes and gardens. Dandelion root is wonderful medithe greens well, and add the mixture. (Or cine for the liver, the organ that filters out toxins and you can use a blender). Season with garlic manufactures several important hormones. In ancient powder and salt to taste. Serve with veggies times, doctors used dandelion to treat colds, bronchitis, or crackers. pneumonia, ulcers, itching and hepatitis. Want to get rid of those age spots? Dandelion to the rescue! Sautéed Dandelion Greens This spring, if you have some growing around your 1 cup of washed dandelion greens per yard or garden — and the area hasn’t been treated with person, chopped coarsely. Sauté briefly herbicides — consider using some of the leaves in salads or (until wilted) in a little olive oil. You can add juice. You can always purchase the capsules, tincture and onions, peppers, garlic and a little ginger if tea if that is more convenient. you like. Sauté until slightly wilted. Add a Here are two recipes to entice your taste buds. PS splash of apple cider vinegar, salt and pepKaren Frye is the owner and founder of Nature’s Own per to taste. and teaches yoga at the Bikram Yoga Studio.

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AUTHOR EVENTS New York Times best selling authors are coming to Southern Pines! Stop by The Country Bookshop to see and talk to them about their latest books.

April 10 at 5:00 pm SCOTT HULER

A Delicious Country

April 4 at 6:00 pm AMOR TOWLES

A Gentleman in Moscow

Join The Country Bookshop and The Pilot Newspaper for an evening with the New York Times Bestselling author Amor Towles at the Pinehurst Resort. Tickets include an autographed paperback copy of A Gentleman in Moscow.

Amor Towles will be happy to personalize the books and sign backlist. No inscriptions please.

The evening will have a cash bar featuring a signature Russian cocktail, introduction to the author, talk by Amor Towles, question and answer session and a book signing.


In 1700, a young man named John Lawson left London and landed in Charleston, South Carolina, hoping to make a name for himself. For reasons unknown, he soon undertook a two-month journey through the still-mysterious Carolina backcountry. His travels yielded A New Voyage to Carolina in 1709, one of the most significant early American travel narratives, rich with observations about the region’s environment and Indigenous people. The beloved rabbit from Guess How Much I Love You will be joining us for storytime! Bring your little ones for stories and pictures!

April 24 at 5:00 pm

April 30 at 5:00 pm

Nature’s Allies

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Nielsen’s vivid biographies of John Muir, Ding Darling, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Chico Mendes, Billy Frank Jr., Wangari Maathai, and Gro Harlem Brundtland are meant to rally a new generation of conservationists to follow in their footsteps and inspire students, conservationists, and nature lovers to speak up for nature and prove that individuals can affect positive change in the world

General Admission $25

On the morning of June 6, 1944, twenty-two-year-old Lieutenant Frank L. Kennard led a Ranger cannon platoon onto Omaha Beach, losing his equipment and half his men. He and his seven remaining men went on to overcome enormous odds to achieve their objective at Pointe du Hoc. Less than one month later, Kennard became the battalion adjutant and served in that role through every battle until the end of the war.

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Exploring the Carolinas

Early settlers and the Tuscarora War By D.G. Martin

“In the middle of a dark September night

in 1711 in Carolina, John Lawson found himself captive, tied up and flung in the center of the council ring of the Tuscarora Indian town of Catechna,” writes Scott Huler on the opening page of his book, A Delicious Country: Rediscovering the Carolinas along the Route of John Lawson’s 1700 Expedition, recently published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Lawson did not survive. Tradition says he was tortured to death, with wooden splinters pushed into his skin and set afire. On earlier visits to American Indian villages, Lawson had witnessed and described this type of torture. Who was this Lawson, and why did the Tuscarora put him to death? In 1700, English-born John Lawson was a newcomer to North America. Almost immediately upon arriving, he set out on foot from Charleston to explore the endless forests of the backcountry Carolinas. The notes he took became the basis of a book, A New Voyage to Carolina, first published in 1709 and still a classic for its rich descriptions of flora and fauna and the conditions of the native peoples. Huler wanted to follow in Lawson’s footsteps. He looked for a modern book that explained where Lawson went and described what is there today. When he found that no such book had been written and that no one had even retraced Lawson’s journey, he thought, “That’s for me!” Huler could have made the trip of several hundred miles in a day or two in a car. But he wanted to go slow, seeing today’s landscapes and peoples at the pace Lawson traveled. He shares his travels in his new book. Like most other readers of Lawson, Huler is impressed with his descriptions and attitudes about the native populations. Lawson visited Sewee, Santee, Sugeree, Wateree, Catawba, Waxhaw, Occaneechi and Tuscarora Indians. Huler writes, “He stayed in their wigwams, ate their food, trusted their guides. And he emerged with their stories, for some of which he is the only source in the world.” Lawson, Huler continues, “documented native communities, buildings, agriculture, hunting, dance, trade, and culture through eyes clear, thorough, and respectful. Lawson depicts the natives as fully human — not some subspecies perceived only in comparison to European settlers.” Lawson’s words were, “They are really better to us than we are to them.” But Lawson found the native populations to be in a precarious situation. “The Small-Pox and Rum have made such a Destruction amongst them, that, on good grounds, I do believe, there is not the sixth Savage living within two hundred Miles of all our Settlements, as there were fifty Years ago.” Traveling Lawson’s route through the rural Carolinas, Huler found a discouraging similarity. Contemporary rural and small town landscapes are littered with empty manufacturing plants, corporate farms and forests, empty main streets

and deserted houses. Three centuries after Lawson, Huler found that “our world would teeter: a way of life dying in the countryside, implacable new forces once again balancing an entire civilization on a knife edge.” Setting aside this discouraging report, Huler’s adventures and misadventures on the road entertain and inform. He is the best type of tour guide, one who is well-informed but not at all pompous. His wry, self-deprecating sense of humor helps his serious medicine go down smoothly. For Lawson, his explorations and the reports about them opened the door to prominence and high positions in the young colony. That success came to a sudden end in 1711 when he was captured and executed by the Tuscarora Indians he had so greatly admired and praised. Why did they kill him? To find out, I turned to University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor David La Vere’s The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies. Lawson is one of the main characters of La Vere’s book. La Vere sets out in detail the background for the Tuscarora War that began in 1711 with Lawson’s execution and a series of attacks by the Tuscarora on the thinly populated and, for the most part, recently arrived settlers in the New Bern area. Earlier, in the late 1600s and early 1700s, North Carolina was only sparsely settled, mainly by Virginians moving south into the lands around the Albemarle Sound. They encountered small groups of Indians and were generally able to subdue them. However, to the south and west, the mighty Tuscarora Indian strongholds stood as a barrier. Meanwhile, Lawson’s glowing descriptions about his travels in the colony sparked the interest of the Lords Proprietors, who were looking for ways to encourage settlement. Lawson met a minor Swiss noble, Christoph de Graffenried, who worked out a plan with the Lords Proprietors to transport groups of German refugees and Swiss paupers to lands along the Neuse River near today’s New Bern. These lands overlapped with the territories of the Tuscarora, who became increasingly threatened by the growing European presence. La Vere writes that after overcoming odds, “de Graffenried’s colony of Swiss and German Palatines at the mouth of the Neuse River was thriving.” Therefore, he continues, “expansion up the Neuse seemed a real possibility.” Lawson and de Graffenried made a trip up the Neuse, through Tuscarora lands, to scout sites for future settlements. “All the while, the Indians grew more worried and angry as the abuses against them escalated and their complaints fell on deaf ears. That spark came in midSeptember 1711,” according to La Vere, with this trip up the Neuse. The local Tuscarora king, or chief, offended and threatened that his territory had been invaded, captured Lawson and de Graffenried and put them on trial

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for their lives. When one of the more radical Indian leaders berated him, Lawson lost his temper. “He argued back, his anger and sarcasm apparent to all.” Lawson, of course, was doomed and shortly executed. His companion, de Graffenried, remained in custody while the Indians planned and carried out their first attacks on September 22, 1711, appearing at first as friendly visitors to the settlers’ farms and then striking suddenly from ambush when the defenses were down. North Carolina’s efforts to beat back the Tuscarora were unsuccessful. The colony didn’t have enough manpower, firepower, or money. Help finally came from the wealthy sister colony to the south. South Carolina sent two expeditions to relieve its northern neighbor. The first expedition, led by John Barnwell, set out with a force of about 700 men. Only 35 were regular militia. The rest were Indian allies. The results were mixed, and the Tuscarora remained a threat. The second expedition, led by James Moore and made up of 113 militia and 760 Indians, wiped out the Tuscarora at their stronghold at Neoheroka, near present day Snow Hill in Greene County, and opened the door to settlement in the interior of North Carolina. What explains why South Carolina so enthusiastically aided its neighbor and how the South Carolina Indians were persuaded to provide the critical manpower? “Above all,” La Vere writes,“it was a chance to enrich oneself by looting the Tuscarora towns and taking slaves, which they could sell to waiting South Carolina traders for guns and merchandise.” This sad footnote to North Carolina’s early history shows that the colonists secured their victory in the Tuscarora War only by facilitating and participating in the enslavement and sale of captured Tuscarora.

Scott Huler’s route through today’s Carolinas following Lawson’s path

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April Books FICTION At Briarwood School for Girls, by Michael Knight

Lenore is a young student in the 1990s who finds herself pregnant as she navigates her junior year on the basketball team, in the school play, and talking through her problems with a ghost from decades past. But the very history that is revered in the region — the buildings, the grounds, the surrounding Virginia countryside — is threatened by the commercialized invasion of an imminent Disney theme park, much to the dismay of locals and students alike. Knight proves himself once again to be a spinner of a great story.

The Gulf, by Belle Boggs

The author of The Art of Waiting and Mattaponi Queen delivers a novel filled with satire, irony, warmth and wit. Two liberal atheists in need of work, along with a venture capitalist, decide to open a writing school for Christians in a decrepit motel on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Marianne is a floundering poet who finds herself in the position of administrator, getting the actual site ready and culling through the applicants, while waiting for her ex-fiancé, Eric, to return from Dubai and assist her. The result is a motley assortment of teachers and students. After a comical and rocky first few days, they manage to find common ground. It could have worked until a politician with an agenda becomes involved.

The Editor, by Steven Rowley

What if you are called by a major publishing company to meet with an editor to discuss your first novel? What if the editor who walks into the room is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis? That’s the situation writer James Smale finds himself in. Jackie and James develop a strong working relationship as she expertly guides him through his novel while encouraging him to confront the truth about his own family. The Editor is satisfying, charming, witty, and an intuitive look at family, relationships and life — a stylish and unforgettable tribute to a stylish and unforgettable woman.

Stay Up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers

Suave, debonair, womanizing late-night talk show host Hugo Best is ending his decades-long career with a fizzle. To 29-year-old June Bloom, writing assistant to the show, he is still an iconic figure. He unexpectedly invites her for a long weekend at his mansion — no strings attached — and she accepts. What follows are overwhelming, underwhelming, awkward comical scenarios between the characters that can make you laugh and cringe simultaneously.

The Girl He Used to Know, by Tracey Garvis Graves

The author of On the Island writes about Jonathan and Annika, who meet in the chess club at the University of Illinois and bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone. A decade later, fate reunites them in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start.

The Peacock Emporium, by Jojo Moyes

In the ’60s, Athene Forster was the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the “Last Deb,” she was beautiful, spoiled and out of control. After she agrees to marry the gorgeous young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme, rumors began to circulate about Athene’s affair with a young salesman. Thirtyfive years later, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her notorious mother’s legacy. The only place Suzanna finds comfort is in The Peacock Emporium, the beautiful coffee bar and shop she opens that soon enchants her little town. There she makes, perhaps, the first real friends of her life, including Alejandro, a male midwife, escaping his own ghosts.

NONFICTION Save Me the Plums, by Ruth Reichl

The editor-in-chief of Gourmet and a New York Times bestselling author writes a memoir about her groundbreaking tenure at the top food magazine in the world, helping to create a culture of chef superstars. The story of a former Berkeley hippie who enters the corporate world, Reichl shares the insider look at running the storied magazine (and closing it).

The Second Mountain: A Quest for a Moral Life, by David Brooks

Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family; to a vocation; to a philosophy or faith; and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. The New York Times columnist looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb

With startling wisdom and humor, therapist Lori Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human.

The Animal’s Companion, by Jacky Colliss Harvey

In The Animal’s Companion, the acclaimed author of Red: A History of the Redhead turns her keen eye for cultural investigation and her remarkable storytelling skills to a pet project: the history of animals as our companions in everyday life. It’s a history that dates as far back as 26,000 years ago to a cave in France where anthropologists discovered evidence of a boy and his dog taking a walk together. From that point forward, Colliss Harvey takes us on a sweeping journey through centuries and across continents to examine how our relationships with our pets have developed, yet stayed very much the same. Along the way she shares delightful stories of the most famous, endearing and sometimes eccentric pet owners throughout history.

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Babymoon, by Hayley Barrett

The perfect gift for newly expectant parents. Unlike any other “new baby” book, this special little title focuses on those few, precious days parents have with their newborn as together they become a new family. (Age birth-1.)

The Little Guys, by Vera Brosgol

These little guys are just about the cutest things in all the forest, and when they band together, they can do just about anything, can take just about anything . . . can get all they need. But just how much is too much? And just where do the needs of the whole forest come in? These little guys will warm your heart as they open their hearts to the needs of others both big and little. (Ages 3-6.)

Where the Heart Is, by Jo Knowles

It’s the first day of summer and Rachel’s 13th birthday. With a summer job caring for the neighbor’s farm animals, her best friend, Micah, nearby and weeks of warm weather to look forward to, Rachel is living the dream. But when bad news threatens all she loves, Rachel must make some difficult decisions about who and what are important in her life. At once sweet, silly, sad and ultimately satisfying, Where the Heart Is is the perfect summer read. (Age 12-14.)

Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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In the end, and in the beginning, all we really have are our stories. In Ghost Boys, Jerome’s story, Sarah’s story, Grandma’s and Kim’s and Emmett’s stories are all one: that only the living can make the world better. This story — their story — will haunt the reader long, long past the final page. Sure to be a winner this award season, Ghost Boys is an absolute mustread. (Ages 12-16.)

Lovely War, by Julie Berry

Clever, snarky, beautiful and completely impossible to put down, this sweeping epic love story absolutely has it all. Aphrodite, as narrator, shares a tale of absolute love and passion — a tale of four mortals from divergent backgrounds whose lives are forever connected through interactions during World War I. It’s a story that even has the gods of fire and war wiping an occasional tear from their eyes and softens the heart of the god of the underworld. (Ages 14 to adult.) PS Compiled by Kimberly Daniels Taws and Angie Tally

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With the Author Himself An internal dialog

By Wiley Cash • Photograph by Mallory Cash

Wiley Cash and I have known one an-

other for almost 42 years, but I do not see him very often. Work as writer-in-residence at the state university in Asheville has him driving back and forth across the state quite a bit, and if you are to believe his social media accounts, he is usually sprinting through one airport or another, behind on a writing deadline and struggling to find Wi-Fi to return students’ emails. That’s what he gets for giving up his smartphone.

Life has been pretty busy since Wiley’s first novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, was released in the spring of 2012. Since then he has published two more novels, taken a few teaching positions, and moved a couple times. He and his wife, Mallory, who is a photographer, are also the parents of two young daughters. A few weeks ago I sent him a text. (He can still text with a flip phone. It just takes him longer.)

Me: let’s get a beer Wiley: high cholesterol. Been jogging. Coffee? Me: does beer give you high cholesterol? Wiley: beer makes it harder to jog Me: where should we meet for coffee? Prefer a place that also serves beer. Wiley: our house Thursday morning Mallory meets me at the door when I arrive at their home near Carolina Beach. “His majesty is still in his robe,” she says. “Late night?” I ask. “No,” she says. “He just works from home. His robe is like his employee uniform.” “You work from home too,” I say. “You’re not wearing your pajamas.” “Maybe the robe life is the exclusive lifestyle of authors.” I look up and see Wiley coming down the stairs in a bright red robe and gray bedroom slippers. We shake hands. “It’s been a while,” Wiley says. “When did you get glasses?” “Last year,” I say. He strokes his white beard and tucks his (graying?!) hair behind his ear. “We’re getting old,” he says. He smiles. “At least you are.” “I guess that means we’re having coffee instead of beer.”

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He smiles and leads me down the hallway, past the kitchen, and into a sitting room that has recently been converted into his daughters’ playroom. He offers me a seat in one of two tattered yellow armchairs. “When we bought this house we thought it would be a great place to host parties,” he says. He smiles and looks around the room. “Turns out it’s been a great place to host children’s books and games and toys.” While Wiley makes coffee in a French press, we discuss what has kept him busy since his most recent novel, The Last Ballad, was published in the fall of 2017. He tells me about the Open Canon Book Club, an online book club he founded to introduce readers to diverse books by diverse authors, and the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists’ Residency, a retreat he and Mallory and two friends founded in West Virginia. He is also teaching, a lot: Aside from his work as writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, he also teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program. In his spare time he is trying to work on a new novel, one that is already behind deadline. “How are you finding the time and space to write?” I ask. He pours me a cup of black coffee, pours one for himself, and then sits back in his chair. “It’s hard,” he said. “I’m really busy, but everything I do is about writing in one way or another. When I teach, I teach writing. When I give a talk at a library or university, I’m talking about writing. When I’m reading books for the book club or reading through applications for the artists’ residency, I’m thinking about the written word and how it works to achieve an author’s intentions. Literally everything I do pertains to writing. My life is one huge literary conversation that never stops.” “It all sounds like a lot of work,” I say. “Are there many rewards?” “Aside from my mom constantly asking if my editor’s mad at me because my novel is late? Sure. There are a lot of rewards,” he says. “I’m so lucky that my one-time hobby has become my full-time occupation, or occupations.” He looks over his shoulder at a wall of glassed-in bookshelves in the living room. “Speaking of rewards,” he says, “you want to see a really cool one?” He gets up and walks into the other room. When he returns he is carrying a small statue on a pedestal. “Meet Sir Walter Raleigh,” he says. He slides one of his girl’s chairs away from a children’s table and sets the statue on the chair. He makes a show of polishing it. “I received this a few weeks ago from the North Carolina Historical Book Club. I love it.” “You seem like a proud father,” I say. “Speaking of fatherhood, how has it changed your writing?” “Being a parent has deepened the experience of storytelling in ways that have really surprised me,” he says. “Our oldest, who’s 4, is obsessed with narrative. I probably tell six or seven stories a day about saber tooth tigers and early people and ghosts and pirates. A few nights ago I heard her telling Mallory about how telling stories can cause them to feel true. That left a huge impression on me because that’s what I want to do as a writer. I want to tell my readers fictional stories that they believe nonetheless. “And our 3-year-old is really interested in telling stories. A few days ago, she told Mallory a story that began It was the first day of school. His mother came to get him. He was not sad, but quiet. Are you kidding me? I don’t write opening lines that beautiful.” “If your girls told a story about you, what would it be?” I ask. Wiley takes a sip of his coffee and looks toward the window. “It was the first day of writing a new novel,” he says. “His mother had already called to check on his progress. He was not sad, but tired.” “Pretty good lines,” I say. “Thanks,” he says. “They’re yours if you write my biography.” PS Wiley Cash lives in Wilmington with his wife and their two daughters. His latest novel, The Last Ballad, is available wherever books are sold.

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Or, how to start your own Vacation Club By Clyde Edgerton

When my wife, Kristina, was told we


could get four days and three nights in a Marriott hotel luxury suite with two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, three or four TVs in Myrtle Beach for $9 (OK: $134) if we’d sit together for a one-and-a-half-hour lecture about time-shares, I said: Goodness. Why not?

Excuse me — not time-share, but some other name, like: Marriott Vacation Worldwide Club Getaway. “Time-share” is out of fashion in some quarters . . . the name, not the concept. There’s a guy who comes on cable radio and says, “I’m a lawyer, not very smart, but mean, and I’ll get you out of your time-share contract by suing the hell out of the time-share company, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll burn down your time-share and we will split the insurance.” But with the Marriott Vacation Worldwide Club Getaway, rather than buying a two-weeks-a-year stay at one hotel suite, apartment, small closet or room (after which other people use it for the rest of the year, and get it dirty), you — in this new kind of setup — buy the possibility of staying in a luxury hotel about anywhere in the world when you go on vacation, and you use up a certain number of points each time that happens, depending on how big your abode is. You buy so many points a year for the rest of your life. If you don’t like the deal, that’s OK because you will die and leave it to your heirs, and they can do the same, like a home. Resale value? I don’t know. Let’s jump ahead about one hour and 15 minutes into our lecture. I asked: “What’s your return rate?” “Excuse me?” “How many couples out of 10 buy in?” “Three.” “Wow, I’m surprised it’s that high. That’s pretty good.” Now mind you, Kristina and I had decided that there was no way we could buy in. I mean there was the very slightest chance, but we vowed we would not be swayed. The luxury hotel was, well, luxurious. The January weather was nice, there were several football-field-size heated pools, a Jacuzzi. Our suite was two big bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, living room, all that. We just kind of relaxed. Our kids did what they do at home: They sat on a bed and looked into a cellphone. Well, that’s not fair — they do other things. Perceptions are sometimes a product of fear. We got there on a Friday, and on Saturday morning, while the kids sit on their beds looking into their cellphones, Kristina and I head for the lecture. On the way, we walk around, out onto the beach and back. I mean, who needs the beach when you are at a luxury hotel? There is this bevy of nice grills near the beach area (inside the gate to the beach), these big cabinets of dark wooden cubbyholes for your beach paraphernalia (inside the gate to the beach). There are beach chairs, ping-pong tables, a gym (inside the gate to the beach). Suddenly, I realized the thing you go to the beach for, the beach, was not central to a Marriott Worldwide Vacation Club Getaway. Why? A guess: Nobody makes money when you go for a walk on the beach. And the gate

keeps out the undesirables who might be walking by on the beach. Just before the lecture, we enter a large room with bar, snacks, drinks, many couches, big green plants and lamps. I’d thought other folks would be coming in. Nope. It ended up, at first, being just three of us. A nice young man, very relaxed, open collar, sports jacket, sits down with us and says, “This is definitely going to be low key. No high-pressure stuff.” We talk about where he’s from, his brothers and sisters, where he went to school. I like him. Surely he thinks we’re not interested, I think. It is very low pressure . . . for about 40 minutes. After about 45 minutes we have taken a little stroll past beautiful, large 3-D photos of resort areas around the world, and we are now in a very small room. A guy who looks like Pancho Villa comes in. He wears two belts of ammo, crossed on his chest. He starts putting numbers on a white board with a blue felt-tipped pen — what our payments will be for a certain number of points a year. He’s good. I will later admit to Kristina that I was almost swayed. Then I think to ask, “Is there a maintenance fee?” Well, there is. Two grand a year for the moderate package we’re examining, and I think to myself: If we get away for only four nights in a certain year, that’s $500 a night out the gate. We say to Pancho: “We are not doing this, sir. The end.” He changes tactics, halves all the numbers on the board, unclicks the safety-guard strap on his pistol. We persist. Pancho gives up, and they run a woman in on us. No ammo belts. She says if we call her by 1 p.m. that day, we can get three nights and four days at any Marriott luxury hotel for $199 if we promise to come together for a 1-hour, 30-minute lecture. This is true. I realize that it’s the three out of 10 that’s driving the bus. I say, no thanks. She says $149. I say no. She gives us a business card and says, “Call me if you change your mind.” We return to our suite, relax, enjoy our stay for another day, talk about how lucky we are to be one of the seven in 10. We gather our kids and their cellphones off their beds, return to Wilmington a day early, and have a family meeting. We’re going to start spending time at the beach, and in the yard, and walking, and going to state parks. We’re going to start our own Vacation Nature Getaway Club. Features? Yard, beach, state parks. Cost: Nada. PS Clyde Edgerton is the author of 10 novels, a memoir and most recently, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers. He is the Thomas S. Keenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNCW.

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Tasty Days A sweet trip down cola lane

By Bill Fields

Like many people, I’m trying

not to drink many soft drinks these days. I have an occasional Coke Zero at a Sunday matinee. Earlier this year, while on the mend from a stomach bug, I don’t think I’ve had any ginger ale that tasted better. On a recent business trip south of the border, I sampled a Mexican soda of the variety I’ve observed in coolers, but not consumed, from my favorite neighborhood haunt that has the world’s best breakfast burritos.

These are diversions from the water norm, tap or sparkling, but it wasn’t always that way. I saw a social media post recently about “113 Things ’60s Kids Did That Would Horrify Us Now.” OK, it wasn’t quite that many, but you get the point: We’re basically lucky to have survived childhood because we played unsupervised, rode without being seat-belted or helmeted, and walked to school alone. Among the things we also did was drink soft drinks, and I was among the guilty. A pie chart of my childhood beverages would be sweet — and not only because of the iced tea and orange juice that augmented all the milk I drank at supper. Certainly, drinks were smaller back then. It didn’t make much sense to guzzle a 6 1/2-ounce Coke, because it wouldn’t last very long. A 10-ounce bottle of Pepsi seemed big. Splurging for a 12-ounce fountain drink at the drug store was an event. When quart-size colas with resealable caps started appearing on the Big Star shelves, they marked a massive step in carbonation evolution, a hint of Big Gulps to come. I was a cola kid raised without strong allegiance to either of the behemoth bottlers. It was as if Carolina and Duke are both good schools, and Democrats and Republicans are both good people. I occasionally joined the RC Cola camp, that flavor being a favorite on comic-

book runs to the Ideal Market on May Street. For a succession of beach vacations, to the justifiable annoyance of other family members, I was obsessed with a brand called Topp Cola sold at the grocery store on Ocean Drive that was not available in the Sandhills. There are pictures of me posing on the Strand with a Topp can looking as happy as if I’d just hit for the cycle in a Little League game. I moved on from my Topp phase, with other tastes taking its place. If Dad was in the mood for something stronger than beer during the holidays and had stocked some Collins Mixer, I pestered him until he let me have some of the bubbly lemon-juice soda. Wink was like an explosion of grapefruit flavor, and when he kept that around as a mixer I’d sneak a sip of that too. Yoo-hoo always seemed like a poor imitation of chocolate milk, but I’d get one from a drink machine on a gas station bathroom stop. I was equally indifferent about Cheerwine, despite its North Carolina roots. It tried its hardest as a cherry soda, but if I was going that flavor route, I preferred a fountain cherry Coke or a cherry Sno-Cone. TruAde was the best, though. Trademarked 80 years ago, the orange soft drink stood out from everything else because it was pasteurized and non-carbonated. It tasted so smooth and so good because it contained orange juice concentrate, which was the reason for the special processing. The temptation was to chug a 7-ounce bottle. But I savored every sip when I got one when Dad took me fishing at a local pond or ordered me a TruAde when he stopped for a late-afternoon beer at a tavern downtown on Connecticut Avenue and let me tag along once in a while. Five years ago, driving through Cheraw, South Carolina, en route to Southern Pines, I stopped at a convenience store for something to drink. In the beverage cooler was a name I hadn’t seen for decades — TruAde. It felt like coming upon a Topp Cola at the beach in 1968. This TruAde was in a 20-ounce plastic bottle, and unfortunately the packaging wasn’t the only thing that had changed from the TruAde of my youth. I drank about a fourth of it and threw the rest away, realizing I would have to be content with a sweet memory. PS Southern Pines native Bill Fields, who writes about golf and other things, moved north in 1986 but hasn’t lost his accent.

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Mean Muggin’

By Tony Cross

A few months back, I was asked

by an online publication that caters to bar managers and owners to write a column discussing Tiki cocktails. There’s no Tiki scene here in the Sandhills, so I had to reach out to a few people who know a lot more than I do on the matter. I was able to chat with the bar manager from one of my favorite bars in Asheville, MG Road, about their Tiki drinks and cocktail classes. Of course, having a great cocktail is key to running a successful program, whatever style you want to promote. But with Tiki drinks, you definitely need the proper aesthetic to create beautiful visuals for your guests before they take their first sip. One of the angles I wanted to attack was Tiki mugs and glassware. I follow a lot of bartenders on Instagram and knew immediately who I wanted to message in hopes of getting an interview. 56

Before you make your first Tiki drink, you’ll need to choose a glass, Tiki mug, or as Danny Gallardo refers to it, “a vessel.” Danny is the owner of Tiki Diablo, in Los Angeles. I became familiar with Danny’s work after following his Instagram page (tikidiablo) a few years ago. If you’re looking for the guy to create and craft a special vessel for you, look no further. We chatted on the phone for a while, and he quickly informed me that all things Tiki had been revived much longer ago than I thought. “It was very rare to see any place as cocktail-centric,” he said of L.A. in the late ’90s. “There’s a local bar in L.A. — and this is when Jeff Berry* was still living here — where he and a group of us would get together on Wednesday nights. They had been going there for five or six years and trying to reverse-engineer these drinks. I came from the art side of it. I was carving wood Tikis, big 8-foot, 9-foot statues, and was just starting to make mugs. I thought it was very interesting that they were taking notes and drinking these drinks while discussing this stuff. And I’m like, ‘What the hell are they doing? This is crazy, I’ve never seen this before.’ So, there were cocktail nerds way back when. The Tiki movement had already had its first exposure in ’02 and ‘03.” Danny’s mugs took off locally and statewide, and he was able to create and ship wholesale to a chain of Home Depot stores. “I took advantage of the momentum I had where we released a lineup of Tiki goods through Home Depot. That kind of helped me out with name recognition outside of the Tiki-world bubble. We were all the way to Louisiana, and over 600 stores. I used that as a launching point for pushing my method.” Today Tiki Diablo’s mugs are international. “We’re doing a lot of work with distilleries that are not U.S.-based; ones that are appreciating what we’re doing,”

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he says. “Those making finely handcrafted rums are saying to us, ‘Hey, you’re a good fit. You’re making handmade, small-batch mugs, that are brand specific.’ We design and make unique mugs for every single client. No client gets the same design; everything is from scratch.” Danny is the sole designer and sculptor in his company. He does, however, have a crew that has been making ceramics since 1980. “I’m a firm believer in surrounding myself with people that are better than I am,” he says. He makes the mugs for Berry’s world-renowned Latitude 21 bar. “A lot of stuff that I make is brand-centric. What people decide to do with the mugs is up to them, which makes a lot of my stuff hard to get. This year we’re going to put an emphasis on buying mugs directly from our website (tikidiablo.com).” Contact them, and they will customize a mug specifically for your bar or restaurant. “Three Dots and a Dash just sold a whole array (of mugs) that I made for them. Don’t quote me on the price, but they were at least $125 a piece, and sold in a matter of days.” What Danny does see as trending in the Tiki world is collecting these one-of-a-kind mugs. “I have noticed a trend in themed bars, not necessarily a Tiki bar, but you have to have mugs as a part of your business plan now. Nowhere else are you going to clear up to $80-$100 on one item on your menu. Pure profit. Undertow, in Phoenix, those guys know what they’re doing. They order back-toback, they sell everything out, and as they’re making their final payment, they ask me, ‘OK, what’s next?’ It’s a huge component in sales and income for bars now, getting the mugs going, and moving on to the next ones.” Danny says most businesses do this by having mug release parties. “People are lining up in the morning to make sure that they get a mug,” he says. And what does Mr. Tiki Diablo drink in his vessels? “I’m a classic Mai-Tai guy, I love a daiquiri too. Those are my go-tos. I don’t bartend at home because all of my friends are excellent bartenders. I don’t mess with what I don’t know. Let the experts do their thing. Let me stay out of the way.” Even if you have exquisite glassware and mugs from Danny (he was gracious enough to send the mug pictured on the previous page), you’re still going to have to make sure that what’s inside counts. Remember: Don’t skimp on the essentials. Fresh juices, homemade syrups, and quality spirits. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be considered quality. Once you have your recipe down pat, you’ll have your friends and guests loving what they’re tasting with their eyes and palates. (* “In the Spirit” featured Jeff “Beachbum” Berry in the October 2017 issue of PineStraw.) PS Tony Cross is a bartender who runs cocktail catering company Reverie Cocktails in Southern Pines.

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Greens, Eggs and Ham The devil in the details

By Jane Lear

Something about April makes me nos-


talgic for — well, I’m not sure what, exactly. The first young vegetables are juicy, tender and exquisite; they are what spring tastes like. Farmers and home gardeners alike have earth-caked hands and knees. They are working hard, being patient. Waiting for the world to wake up and warm up.

As a child, my Aprils were often spent chasing after my mother, who was intent on foraging wild watercress before it flowered and then disappeared until the following year. She’d picked up the knowledge that the plant had been used both culinarily and medicinally during ancient times, and as we waded in frigid creeks and teetered on rocks midstream, she’d treat me to a homily on how brilliant the Greeks were and how exceptional watercress was. (Watercress is indeed rich in vitamins K, A, C, E and B6, as well as phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. Ounce for ounce it contains more antioxidants than broccoli.) For Easter and other spring occasions, we might be treated to watercress soup served in my grandmother’s thinnest porcelain cups. For the most part, though, we enjoyed the peppery, pungent sprigs fresh in a salad, dressed with nothing more than salt, lemon juice and olive oil — back then, not all that easy to find down South, and thus one of my mother’s most valued condiments. These days, I avoid wild cress unless I know for sure that the stream it comes from is pristine; instead, I go for the cultivated stuff at the supermarket. It wilts beautifully under a steak, roast chicken or seared piece of fish. And it makes a wonderful bed for deviled, or stuffed, eggs — the quintessential springtime hors d’oeuvre. I’m crazy about them, especially those made by my longtime friend Rick Ellis. He’s a noted food stylist and culinary historian who is never afraid to serve stuffed eggs at the fanciest dinner party. “They’re always the first thing to disappear,” he said, and he’s right. What gives Rick’s eggs their rich, round flavor is butter, and he credits Julia

Child with the idea. One of the things you learn from someone like Rick (or Julia) is that simplicity doesn’t necessarily mean ease of preparation, but instead perfection and balance in a dish. That’s why it’s important, for instance, to push the cooked egg yolks through a fine-mesh sieve rather than mash them with a fork. It’s what gives the filling such great body. Another great spring favorite is deviled ham — reason alone for serving a tender, juicy baked ham at Easter. The use of the culinary term “deviled” to mean highly seasoned with spices or condiments dates from at least the early 19th century, but the kind of deviling most Southerners come across isn’t fiery at all, but instead gets a sharp nip from Dijon mustard, often with an assist from a pinch of cayenne. And if you spoon it onto toast points, you have lovely little canapés, which were, Rick told me, one of the first types of hors d’oeuvre served with drinks. My mind leapt immediately to Jack Benny, who once defined an hors d’oeuvre as a ham sandwich cut into 40 pieces. Rick, however, was thinking about another icon, Fannie Farmer, and after a quick search in his library, read aloud from his 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cook Book, which laid out the newfangled concept of canapés. “Canapés are made by cutting bread in slices one fourth inch thick, and cutting the slices in strips . . . or circular pieces. The bread is toasted, fried in deep fat, or buttered and browned in the oven, and covered with a seasoned mixture of eggs, cheese, fish, or meat.” As for the deviled ham, Rick found a recipe for ham sandwich spread seasoned with mustard, salt, pepper and vinegar in the original (1931) edition of The Joy of Cooking. It rightly belongs to the far older category of potted meats, of course. Two centuries ago, I would have had to pound the cooked ham (or partridge, ox tongue, hare, etc.) to a smooth paste with butter in a stone mortar, then season it with salt, pepper and perhaps mace or cayenne. Pressed into small crocks and sealed with clarified butter, my potted ham would have kept about two weeks in a cool, dry place. No recipe re-enactments for me: I’ll take my food processor and refrigerator and be grateful, thank you. The recipe for deviled ham, which is based on Marion Cunningham’s reborn classic, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (published in 1979), is simple and delicious. No way it’ll last two weeks.

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1 dozen large eggs 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon cayenne Coarse salt and ground white pepper Finely snipped fresh chives for garnish 1. Place the eggs in a pan large enough to hold them in 1 layer and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, cover the pot, and let sit 15 minutes. Drain and run under cold water until eggs are completely cool. 2. Peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and rub through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Add the mayo, mustard and butter, and mix until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice, cayenne, and a generous amount of salt and white pepper. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch tip (or jury-rig out of a plastic ziptop bag with a corner snipped off). 3. Pipe the filling into the egg white halves and sprinkle with chives.

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Sandhills CBD The hemp landscape is moving fast

By Jan Leitschuh

The times they are a’changing. And swiftly.

You still can’t grow cannabis — that is, hemp, marijuana — in your kitchen garden, but thanks to a new December 2018 Farm Bill, it is now legal, with some tight restrictions, for farmers in the United States to grow hemp for food, clothing, products and fiber, as well as to transport their hemp-derived products across state lines, including cannabidiol (CBD) oil. A press release from Cannetics, a South Carolina organic, industrial hemp seed and genetics company, says, “With the passage of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill and burgeoning national hemp market, industrial hemp is primed to be an economic opportunity for new and existing farmers in the Carolinas.” North Carolina has been ahead of the game with its special pilot program. The past several years, the state has licensed select producers to grow hemp, including at least two in Moore County last year — the McLeod Brothers Farm of Carthage and Carter Farms of Eagle Springs. This special program allowed small-scale hemp cultivation for limited purposes. Perhaps, ran the speculation, hemp could replace tobacco as a cash crop. Thanks to North Carolina’s foresight and early start, our farmers now have a jump on the potentially lucrative and fast-moving hemp-growing train. Could hemp actually give N.C. tobacco a run for its money this year? “We are predicted to have the smallest tobacco crop here since the Civil War,” says Ben Priest, of Carthage, whose Priest Family Farm planted 30 acres of hemp this year under contract, with the company supplying the expensive plants. The Priests will be harvesting the buds for the company’s CBD oil products. “Five years ago we had about 135 acres of tobacco. This year we’ll have 25.” And what of products like the medicinal CBD oil? “It’s all about CBD here,” says Billy Carter of Carter Farms. “Hemp here is not being grown for fiber or feed. Hemp for fiber and feed is lower value, like a grain crop. CBD is where it’s at in terms of being able to add to the farm income. And the general farm economy has been so depressed lately, if you say you’re going to have a hemp meeting, 200 guys show up.” One of hemp’s products, CBD oil, is currently all the rage as a non-addictive panacea for everything from arthritic aches and pains, insomnia, anxiety and migraines to epileptic seizures. CBD oil is said to give pain relief benefit without the high of marijuana. Manufacturers hope to profit from the intense public interest by adding the non-psychoactive CBD to salves, oils and edible products. While a number of area growers are raising hemp acreage under contract for sale to outside extraction companies, one farmer, Martin McLeod, is making a value-added leap with his test crops — making extracts from high-CBD hemp

grown right on his Carthage farm. “From seed to shelf,” says McLeod. He now produces “Farm Life Hemp,” branded CBD-infused products like salves and oils, right on the farm. “The ultimate value-added product.” CBD oil is a cannabis compound, but it does not contain the infamous THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana that gives users the “buzz,” or euphoric feeling. In fact, hemp grown for oil, food, fiber and feed must not exceed a trace (defined by law) of more than 0.3 percent of THC, the compound in the plant that gets a person stoned. In short, hemp products can’t get you high. Though legal in a number of states, high-THC products are illegal in North Carolina. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil is now legal in all 50 states. Proponents use it to treat glaucoma, epileptic seizures, arthritis, neurological disorders, PTSD, depression, pain and other ailments. The oil is reported to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-nausea properties. CBD oil is sold in a number of locations locally, including McLeod Brothers’ farm store in Carthage. The Farm Life Hemp products come in both tinctures and salves of various volumes. McLeod says his father uses it regularly: “My dad was at the point he could hardly walk due to rheumatoid arthritis, and he was on one of the strongest drugs for his condition. Now, since he’s been taking our CBD regularly, he’s off that medicine, 100 percent. He’s also got a lot more energy, more relaxed.” Derived from industrial hemp, medicinal CBD oil is extracted from the flower bud of a high-CBD strain. McLeod’s process uses an alcohol extraction. The resulting oil is designed to be dropped under the tongue or, in some cases, rubbed directly on sore joints. Since ingesting CBD oil is a common way to administer it, the “edibles” industry has exploded, too — CBD-infused soft drinks, candies, gummies and chocolates are wildly popular, and growing in number — proving once again that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. For decades, federal law didn’t distinguish hemp from other cannabis plants. All were made illegal in 1937 under the Marihuana Tax Act (with a few wartime exceptions to grow hemp for rope) and formally made illegal in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. That changed last December, unleashing a rush of hemp activity. So, could hemp replace tobacco in the Sandhills? Some think it has a shot. Others believe once the dust settles, it will be just another high-value, highinput crop — like tobacco. Public awareness of the health-damaging properties of tobacco — a major cash crop for North Carolina for generations — has led to a decline in sales and prices. This is of deep concern for farmers trying to hang on to family farms. “My main worry was how bad the tobacco industry is getting around here,”

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says McLeod. “Every year the contracts get cut more, and it gets harder to sell it, and then after all that expense and work, they maybe turn down a whole truckload because its a shade different color than they want it.” McLeod began looking for other viable cash crops, and hemp snagged his interest. “I noticed that Canada had been growing hemp since the 1990s for grain, protein and fiber,” he says. “Researching more, I started reading about the CDB side of things, and how it helped people with pain, inflammation and other ailments. The medicinal part really caught my eye.” In early 2017, McLeod was talking with his cousin, Dr. Sandy Stewart, a former N.C. Cooperative Extension crop specialist in tobacco, who now serves as assistant commissioner for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. He’s also a member of the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission responsible for implementing the state’s tightly regulated pilot program for hemp. McLeod decided to jump on the hemp bandwagon and grew several of the first test plots on the family’s Carthage farm. “We got in on the ground floor,” he says. “A lot of people talked about it like a joke, but I knew they were growing it in other countries throughout the world. Now every farmer is trying to get in on it.” It was a good fit. The expensive infrastructure that farmers, like the McLeods, need to grow tobacco is very similar to what’s needed for hemp. “You need greenhouses, planters and forced-air dryers . . . both crops use the same. That’s why all these investors are coming here to speak to farmers about growing hemp. We have the forced air-drying barns for the harvest. That’s probably why North Carolina has five times the acreage planted this year as last year.” Since that infrastructure is the lure to out-of-state and Canadian contractors, the atmosphere is giddy on both sides right now. “Everything is moving so fast in this industry, or rather, endeavor,” says Carter. “It’s like being in the eye of a hurricane. It’s hard to see the big picture for the debris.” The switch to hemp is not without its problems. Last year McLeod had

some vandalism when his hemp crop was mistaken for illegal marijuana. And then there is the steep learning curve for a new, high-value crop. “Most of last year’s crop was harvested way too early because we were trying to get it in before the hurricanes,” says Carter. “It was a difficult year. Everyone was told hemp was pest free; that it requires very little fertilizer; and to not worry about foliar (leaf) diseases — and none of that was true.” Next hurdle is acquiring plants. “The genetics of hemp are really fascinating,” says Carter. “The genetics aren’t stable yet. You want females for the flower bud, and they have to be under that 0.3 percent THC. That’s why last year’s crop was grown mostly from clones or cuttings, and that makes it a costly production system. Clones get around the (unproductive) male problem, and unstable genetics. But for the endeavor to progress, we have to get where we can grow it for seed.” The giddy “gold rush” mentality on both sides — grower and contractor — could lead to overproduction. “It is a new and exciting opportunity,” says Carter, “and North Carolina is well positioned. Nevertheless, all 50 states can grow hemp now. The scarcity can’t last. Economics will not allow a void like that for long. I see it as another crop that will eventually fit into the mix. There is real upside right now, but also real risk.” Though the gold rush is on, the result is not necessarily pure bank. “We have all the infrastructure and equipment in hand, but hemp is still a high risk crop,” agrees McLeod. “There is no federal crop insurance for it right now, so the risk is all on you. And it’s the highest cost per acre crop in North Carolina, except maybe strawberries, and nobody grows 100 acres of strawberries.” And then there are other unknowns: contractors from out of the area seeking hemp growers. Will they keep their commitments? “Unlike tobacco, where we knew the reputations of buyers, we’re dealing with new players who we don’t know,” says Carter. “We’re starting to know them, but we really don’t know yet who has money to pay for product. It’s a

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little bit of a Wild West situation right now. And, unlike tobacco, you’re not going to get your money immediately. There is all this testing for THC content, for heavy metals, for pesticides and more, since it’s a product that’s going to be consumed orally. It’s not fast money.” And sometimes, as with a hemp cooperative startup Carter is involved with, the processing companies will work on shares of the biomass produced, so besides the testing lag, there is also a marketing lag before the money comes through. Carter spent $15-16,000 per acre last year to grow hemp. “The crop went in the ground last May, and we don’t expect to see a return until this April,” he says. “Farmers aren’t used to waiting a year for a check. When someone enters the game who can test more quickly, and get you paid more quickly, they are really going to get the attention.” Priest also has concerns about hemp flooding the market. And while 2020 will bring federal crop insurance for hemp, “the government can still come onto your farm and destroy the crop if it goes hot,” he says of the potential of it reverting to a higher THC content because of wind cross-pollination due to rogue plants. “How much do you trust your neighbors?” Besides the fall hurricane risk, Priest wonders if hemp is as susceptible to the heartbreak of damaging fall freezes as tobacco has been. “High risk,” says McLeod, “but also the possibility of high reward.” Part of that high reward is converting the bud crop to a value-added product: CBD oil. Last year, Martin and his brother Chris went out to Oregon to learn from a hemp farmer with an on-farm extraction process. They learned to harvest the high-CBD buds in September — by hand. The buds are then set out to dry in the family’s tobacco barns. Finally, the CBD and other cannabinoids are extracted from the dried buds with ethanol (alcohol) and infused into oils. While CBD oil is now legal to sell, some states are cracking down on the edibles made from it. CBD edibles are seen as great alternatives to THC-based edibles, because they can offer relaxation, anti-nausea effects and pain relief

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without the intense high that is often felt with smoking marijuana or eating THC-based food. The hemp shift was so swift, laws are still being ironed out in some states. In early February, two stores in Cincinnati, Ohio, were forced to remove CBDinfused edibles from their shelves after they received visits from the Cincinnati Health Department. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says the state’s new medical marijuana program only allows dispensaries to sell CBD products, but storeowners argue CBD and marijuana are not the same. Maine and New York have had similar crackdowns, and other states may follow suit. “The FDA is trying to regulate more when someone is trying to make a food,” says McLeod. In addition, CBD-infused products vary widely in quality and strength. Of course, one could simply go basic and put a dropper-full under the tongue, swishing around the mouth before swallowing. The taste is slightly grassy and mild. But if the regulation of retail CBD products is still being sorted out and one wanted to try to see a benefit from CBD itself, an individual could make their own edibles, for personal consumption. It’s perfectly legal, devoid of psychoactive experience and one can “dial their own dose.” The internet abounds with recipes for CBD-infused chocolates, butters and ganaches. For example, melt your favorite chocolate, remove from heat and fill individual silicone molds halfway. Add a dropper-full of your favorite CBD oil, stir with a toothpick and fill the remainder of the mold. Chill. “I’ve tried a few drops but I can’t say it cured all that ailed me,” says Priest. “But my mom used some hemp oil lotion on her knees and her feet when a tickrelated illness made her joints ache, and thought it helped.” PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and cofounder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

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Ode to a Poet

Easter evokes memories of writers and friends By Tom Allen

am I going to get rheumatism, lockjaw, dementia?

never met, never conversed with, but through whose words I felt an immediate connection. Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer-prize winning poet, died of cancer at 83.

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing. And gave it up. And took my old body and went out into the morning, and sang.

A dear friend died in January, a friend I I credit Helen Byrd, my 10th grade English teacher, with my love of reading and narrative writing. But poetry eluded me, save the text of beloved hymns or the Psalms I grew up reading and hearing in the King’s English. I’m sure Psalm 23, a poetic gift from past millennia, was the first poem I ever memorized, probably around age 10. Others were as foreign as the Hebrew in which they were originally penned. I remember spitting out Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade” for a college English project and occasionally thumbing through my mother’s collection from Helen Steiner Rice, the 20th century queen of inspirational iambic pentameter. (A good poem, I would learn years later, doesn’t have to rhyme, nor will the world stop turning if it doesn’t.) But poetry never connected like a good mystery, a spy-thriller, or a page-turner of a biography. Not until Mary Oliver. “Poetry, to be understood,” Oliver once said, “must be clear. It mustn’t be fancy.” I concur. That’s probably the reason I fell in love with her writing, my first collection a gift from a clergy friend. Most of her poems were deeply spiritual, filled with images from nature, although Oliver never embraced a particular faith tradition. She wasn’t uncomfortable in a church, a temple, a sanctuary. But more often than not, her cathedrals were formed by black oaks or towering pines. Her font, a pond; incense, a patch of violets. The song of a wren was plainsong chant. Her altar was the world. Oliver’s words were profound, yet not “fancy,” as she would say. In “Sometimes”, she offered these directives: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. She lived by her words, looking out her back door each morning, with notepad and pencil in hand. Like the Psalms or the words of a comforting hymn from childhood, Oliver’s “I Worried” encouraged me on more than one occasion. I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not how shall I correct it? Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven, can I do better? Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows can do it and I am, well, hopeless? Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,

In going out into the world, Oliver followed her own directive — pay attention. To say she “communed with nature” was an understatement. All of life was sacred, no creature off-limits. All creatures, great and small, have lessons to teach — the bear, the loon, the turtle, humpbacks, snakes, wild geese. She writes, in “Crows,” In Japan, in Seattle, in Indonesia – there they were – each one loud and hungry, crossing a field or sitting above the traffic . . . they don’t envy anyone or anything . . . Why should they? The wind is their friend, the least tree is home. Nor is melody, they have discovered, necessary . . . I see them in trees, or on ledges of buildings, as cheerful as thieves of the small job who have been, one more night, successful – and like all successes, it turns my thoughts to myself. Should I have led a more simple life? Have my ambitions been worthy? Has the wind, for years, been talking to me as well? The week before Easter, I will visit two cemeteries, to mourn and give thanks for family and friends who rest beneath the shade of pines and cedars. And I will pay attention. Not to years lived but to the silence and sacredness of those places, to the cardinal who graces a branch with his color or the lone, late daffodil that will not be overpowered by grey granite. I will look, and listen, and give thanks. I can hear Mary Oliver saying to those women who came early, that first Easter, with oils and spices, to care for the body of their entombed Lord, “pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.” They were, and they did. And though distanced by millennia, the final couplet from one of her most popular poems, “The Summer Day,” could well be her departing words to those women, and to us: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? May Easter, and spring’s rebirth, cause us to be attentive, to ponder our stories, and to ask those questions that matter most. PS Tom Allen is minister of education at First Baptist Church, Southern Pines.

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Foraging for Fabergé An Easter egg hunt worth a czar’s ransom By Michael Smith

Here comes Peter Cottontail, Hoppin’ down the bunny trail, Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way. Five will get you 10 that you remember that little composition by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, the same guys who gave us “Frosty the Snowman.” It was popularized by cowboy crooner Gene Autry, who hippity hopped all the way into the ownership of Major League Baseball’s California Angels. Many symbols attach to Easter — the holy holiday observed by Christians the world over on a spring Sunday between March 21 and April 25 — and “Peter Cottontail” mentions plenty of them, including but not limited to, jelly beans, rabbits and eggs. Sixteen billion (not a typo) jelly beans are made in this country for Easter. President Reagan ate ’em all year long. He got hooked on the things when he gave up smoking. He had jelly bean canisters on his desk and on Air Force One. He even sent jelly beans on the first successful Challenger space shuttle flight, to treat the crew. Raise your hand if you’d rather wash a cat than eat those things. How did rabbits and eggs get into what is otherwise a deeply religious picture? Many historians think the Easter bunny might have more to do with paganism than Christianity. It may have been adopted from the pagan celebration of the festival of Eostre, goddess of fertility, who was symbolized by a bunny. Rabbits, notoriously fecund, are all about bringing new life. Legend, mainly from ancient Germany, is that the Easter bunny lays and hides colored eggs, which are, as much as rabbits, redolent of new life. From there, it’s a short hop (please forgive that) to chocolate bunnies (of which the National Confectioners Association says 90 million pounds were sold in 2017); to Easter egg rolls (like those at the White House, started in 1878 by POTUS Rutherford B. Hayes and conducted almost continuously since); and to Easter egg hunts (like the largest ever in 2007 in Florida, where 501,000 eggs were searched for by 9,753 kids). But forget jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and your everyday Easter eggs. Instead, let’s delve into an egg hunt that’s anything but everyday — a multi-million-dollar hunt for six (perhaps seven) Russian imperial Fabergé Easter eggs. The Las Vegas of Easter egg hunts. This hunt can be said to have started the very moment the Russian royal family, the Romanovs, ended. It was July 17, 1918, when the Russian Bolshevik revolutionaries executed the entire family — all those rumors of Anastasia’s survival now discredited. Comrade Lenin had the family’s Fabergé eggs transported to Moscow. When Comrade Stalin appeared on the scene, he saw dollar signs, not eggs, and began selling the things to the West, particularly in America, probably through Lenin’s old acquaintance, Armand Hammer. Fifty eggs had been presented to the royals. The whereabouts of 43 (and possibly 44) of the eggs are known. So the hunt is all about the ones that

have gone missing. The world’s largest collection of Peter Carl Fabergé’s jewelry artworks — including nine of the 50 imperial Fabergé Easter eggs — is in the Fabergé Museum, in the Shuvalov Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The museum, privately owned by Russian Viktor Vekselberg, was established to restore to Russia as many of its lost cultural artifacts as possible. Vekselberg, a Ukrainian-born, Russian-reared billionaire, bought the palace in 2004, restored it, furnished it with thousands of items, and opened it to the public in 2013. He purchased the museum’s nine imperial Fabergé eggs from heirs of American financial magazine magnate and news publisher Malcolm Forbes for something just north of $100 million. Vekselberg’s Fabergé museum, the Shuvalov Palace, presents a brief but interesting side trip. The palace was built in the late 1700s, then in 1799 was purchased from its original owners by Maria Naryshkin. Maria lived there with her husband, Dmitry Naryshkin. She was a princess of Polish nobility, described in her day as impossibly beautiful. Maria and Dmitry unabashedly flaunted her status as mistress of Alexander I, who was, simultaneously, czar of Russia and king of Poland. Some say her affair with the czar lasted 13 years, some say 15, but none say why it abruptly ended. Nobody seems to know. At any rate, Maria’s husband countenanced the affair, beginning-to-end. Whether the czar’s wife, Elizabeth, also agreed to the liaison is academic, as she, herself, is reported to have engaged in affairs with both women and men. All of these goings-on may appear a bit unseemly, but the truth is, Czar Alexander’s court was a hotbed of adulterous affairs, so no one ever raised an eyebrow. But, back to the hunt — the whereabouts of both extant and lost multi-million-dollar Fabergé imperial Easter eggs. Of the missing eggs, with no dispute, one was found in a scrap metal-type flea market in America, narrowly escaping a meltdown to retrieve its gold. That egg was sold and is now in a private collection, though there is no public record of its owner or where the egg is located. With considerable dispute, another of the missing eggs was found in 2015 and is located in a private collection in New York. Russians have long been big on Easter, and exchanging gifts at that time of year is a long-standing tradition. So, a couple of Alexanders down the road we find Peter Carl Fabergé, the most renowned jewelry artist of his time (and perhaps of all time) crafting the first of the imperial Easter eggs for Czar Alexander III. The czar desired a unique gift for his wife, Empress Feodorovna, for Easter, 1885. Fabergé’s creation was called “The Hen.” It was presented as a 2.5-inch high solid-white enamel egg shell, with a gold yolk inside the shell and a gold hen with ruby eyes inside the yolk, with a miniature gold and diamond royal crown plus a ruby pendant inside the hen. The czar’s own creation was the beginning of the tradition of turning Fabergé loose on a new egg for the empress each Easter.

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It was a tradition that lasted through 10 eggs during Alexander III’s reign and through 40 more during the reign of his son, Nicholas II. Nicholas ordered two eggs annually, one for his wife and one for his mother. The eggs were increasingly ornate, opulent, intricate, and increasingly shrouded in secrecy. Most contained a surprise like The Hen’s treasures, which was known only to Fabergé. Not even the czar himself knew of an imperial egg’s surprise till Easter. Following the Russian revolution, The Hen, together with the other eggs, was sent to Moscow. There, The Hen was sold and sold again, and though its surprise was lost (or is privately hoarded), the egg is now in the Fabergé Museum in the Shuvalov Palace in Saint Petersburg. Not surprisingly, many of the surprises were lost or sold separately, as were many of the eggs. The times were a-changing, tumultuous and chaotic during the Russian Revolution and later during the Stalin years. As to the hungry revolutionaries, sadly, their tastes were pedestrian. So really, the surprise is that any of the imperial eggs and/or their surprises survived at all. But they did. Here is where the 44 or 43 (depending on who’s counting) extant eggs are: Fabergé Museum, Shuvalov Palace — nine with one surprise; Kremlin Armoury, Moscow — 10; private collections in the U.S. with known owners — 15; private collection in the U.S. with anonymous owner(s) — 1; Royal Collection, London — 3; Monte Carlo, Monaco — 1; Switzerland — 2; Qatar — 1; anonymous collection where the country is also unknown — 2 (where one of these two, presented in 1902, has since 2015 been in a private collection in New York). Some experts dispute this egg’s provenance and regard it as still lost. Now we come to the hunt for the seven (or six) still missing Russian imperial Easter eggs. Until 2014 Fabergé aficionados feared that eight of the eggs were lost. While it’s never too late to hunt for a Fabergé Easter egg, it actually is too late to hunt for egg No. 3. Some dude in America found it, his discovery underlining the utility of hunting for them. When Fabergé presented the third imperial egg to the czar in 1887, he had aptly named it “Third Imperial.” Five years after Russian revolutionaries killed the Romanovs, the egg was sold to a dealer in London to help finance Russia’s “Treasures into Tractors” program. (How mundane does it get?) No one knows how the egg arrived in America, but in 2011, Fabergé researchers dug up a 1964 catalog that showed the third egg and noted that it had been sold to a lady from the southern United States for $2,450. When the lady died her estate sold the egg for peanuts and it languished in roadside market venues till an anonymous American Midwest scrap metal dealer purchased it for $14,000. The buyer’s thinking was that he could melt

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the thing down for its gold, then sell the gold for a small profit. Thankfully, nobody wanted to give him more for the gold than he had paid for the egg. Resigned to his “bad deal,” he sat the egg on a shelf in his kitchen. And there it sat till 2013 when, out of frustration, he Googled “egg” and the name inscribed on a timepiece inside the egg. This bit of bird-dogging led him to an article in a British publication titled: “Is this £20 million nestegg on your mantelpiece?” There it was! Our guy hotfooted to London, pictures of his egg in hand, to show the expert, Kieran McCarthy, mentioned in the article he found on Google.

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McCarthy, a Wartski jewelry dealer, says, “He brought pictures of the egg and I knew instantaneously that was it. I was flabbergasted.” McCarthy and the still anonymous buyer made the trip across the Atlantic to the buyer’s home, modest digs across the street from a Dunkin’ Donuts. Says McCarthy, “There was the egg, next to some cupcakes on the kitchen counter.” McCarthy described the guy like this: “He’s from another world entirely. It’s a world of diners and pickup trucks, real blue-collar America.” Bluecollar no more. There is no public record of the amount Wartski paid the Midwesterner on behalf of an anonymous buyer, but it easily could have been the $33 million mentioned in the 2011 article. If you’re a bird dog, you need not be dissuaded by discovery of the “Third Imperial” egg; rather, take heart, as the following six and/or seven are still missing: second egg (1886 — “Egg with Hen in Basket”); fourth egg (1888 — “Cherub with Chariot”); fifth egg (1889 — “Necessaire Egg”); 16th egg (1897 — “Mauve Egg”); 26th egg (1902 — “Empire Nephrite Egg,” potentially already in a private collection in New York); 28th egg (1903 — “Royal Danish Egg”); and 36th egg (1909 — “Alexander Commemorative”). Of those missing, the two that experts think are most likely to be found are the fourth and fifth, in that they have been seen more recently than the others. So get hopping. Who knows, old “Peter Cottontail” may just have something for your Easter basket. PS Michael Smith lives in Talamore, Southern Pines, with his wife, Judee. They moved here in 2017 and wish they had moved here years earlier.


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By Susan S. Kelly

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ing: I loathe it.

I was never on a sports team. No one wanted to double-Dutch jump rope with me as a partner. I’m so uncoordinated that I tend to fall down just putting on my underwear. In high school, while I kind of coveted the flippy kilts my field-hockey playing classmates got to wear, I preferred the passive, less-participatory exercise of wearing a weighted belt Velcroed around my waist under clothes. Worked just fine until you drank a glass of water. After study hall, we’d “walk” down the long dorm hall linoleum on our butt cheeks while listening to Cat Stevens singing “Wild World” from the Tea for the Tillerman album. An effort, in retrospect, that would have probably been a lot more effective if we’d just ceased and desisted with toast-eating contests at breakfast. Despite years of sitting in stadiums, I never understood football until I watched Friday Night Lights on Netflix and had to figure out first downs to follow the plot. As for tennis or golf, why would anyone do anything that requires putting on sunscreen, much less sweating? I’d be perfectly content never to put on sneakers again — and I realize they’re not called sneakers anymore. In my opinion, anyone who changes the sheets on a king bed has had ample exercise for the day, what with all that walking around from one side of the bed to the other. In defense of all this inactivity, I’d like to point out that I wear no ace bandages anywhere, have no joint, tendon, muscle, back, knee or other issues, and have no idea what an ACL or meniscus is or where they’re located; all of which I attribute to the fact that for five decades I never engaged in anything competitive or, well, physical, when you come right down to it. Just sayin’. And I do like to think that balancing on one foot while brushing my teeth counts for something. At least it beats my friend who’s figured out that she can set the treadmill speed at 3.8 before the wine starts sloshing out of the cup holder. Never mind my friend who’s eating Big Macs because the people at Weight Watchers told her she’s not fat enough to qualify. Still, when a fitness facility opened up practically in my own backyard the

year I turned 50, I decided it was Time To Get With The Program, as my father would say. Not that I would even consider walking the one-eighth mile over there when I could drive. Please. It quickly became clear that I don’t have the personality for yoga. The first time the instructor told me to quit wearing baggy tops — so she could correct my position — was the last time I went to yoga class. Besides, the whole time we were supposed to be clearing our minds or assuming the Savasana pose or whatever you’re meant to Om, I was thinking about all the things I needed to be doing and wishing the session would just end so I could get on with it. One friend’s husband wanted to go to yoga class with her, so she gave him a set of sessions for Christmas. Unfortunately, his first class became his last class, because, as is often the case with yoga, he publicly pooted. There’s no namaste for that. Somewhat similar to my sister’s issue with a chocolate power bar in her back pocket that melted and squished and looked — well, let’s just say it’s best to always wear black exercise clothes. Beware of classes disguised as cults, in which Fitness Barbies and Kens are demoralizingly superior to you. I’m sorry, but if you have makeup on at the gym, I don’t care how long you can plank; you’ve lost all credibility. But I do like the way, in a class, the teacher will run down the quick-quick chop-chop single-syllable system checklist of to-dos or have-dones: quads, pecs, lats, delts, abs, glutes, biceps, etc. They come in handy for doing crosswords. (While sitting down.) The main argument for classes with scary titles like Pump It Up, Power Flex, yada yada, is the punch line to that old joke about why the guy keeps hitting himself on the head with a hammer: Because it feels so good when you quit. Best, then, to stick with the treadmill, where you can multitask otherwise sedentary activities like online bridge and Netflix. At 79, a friend’s father began memorizing T. S. Eliot to pass time on the stationary bike. He’d repeatedly take a laminated card from his pocket, consult it, put it back, and pedal on. The discipline proved so popular to fellow cyclers that he formed a club with seven other men who meet three times a week to recite. In case you’re wondering, “The Waste Land” takes 40 minutes to recite. Me, I’m reveling in a smaller triumph: The nurse who administered my flu shot asked, “Do you work out?” “How did you know?” I returned. “Your arm muscle,” she replied. Score! PS Susan S. Kelly is a blithe spirit, author of several novels, and a proud grandmother.

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By R enee Phile

I am �. I live in a small, A-frame,

wood-paneled house in the mountains of West Virginia. I skip outside the sliding glass door and run down the long, winding driveway to our mailbox. The faded white paint on the side of the box reads “19 Poplar Grove Estates.” The red flag is down, a good sign. I open up the mailbox and peer in. A car advertisement. Several envelopes addressed to my parents, probably bills. And then my hand touches it. It’s nestled under the rest of the mail: a pale green envelope addressed to me. The neat penmanship fills the envelope, and the return name reads “Aunt Jean.” I smile, rip open the envelope, not able to wait another second to read my letter from my pen pal. She writes about her day and the books she is reading (two by Mary Higgins Clark). She writes about the weather (rainy). She writes how she enjoyed our visit last month, and would we be visiting anytime soon? She signs her letter like she always signs it: Your Kindred Spirit, Aunt Jean


I am 14. Dad and I drive up north to see Aunt Jean at her home in Martinsburg, West Virginia. We call ourselves the “Aunt Jean Club,” but yesterday we caught wind that there were some other family members, who will remain unnamed, who feel excluded from the club (even though the club is “open”), so we are keeping our club on the DL. The three of us are sitting on her old beige couch, reading books. I look over at Aunt Jean, and watch her read. She smiles at one page, frowns at the next. Her eyes start to water as she reads, and I look away and focus on my own book. “Aunt Jean?” I ask after several minutes. “Have you read that latest book by Mary Higgins Clark? The one about nighttime?” “Hmmmm . . . ” she says, “I do believe I have.” Her eyes close as she thinks, “But let me check in my notebook . . . yes . . . (as she ruffles through

the pages). Yes, I read it two weeks ago. I have it written down right here, and I wrote ‘good’ beside it, so I suppose it was good,” she chuckles. “I want to read it,” I say. “You love reading just like I do. You and I are certainly kindred spirits,” she says. After several hours of reading and lounging on the couch, we heat up a frozen lasagna and play Scrabble. Aunt Jean tells us story after story — about growing up during the Depression, about her two brothers and one sister, about how she worked as a librarian, about her husband who passed away around the time I was born. Dad and I listen, then, out of nowhere — bam! — a 60-point play. Dad and I look at each other, amazed. She was undefeated at Scrabble. She still is.


I am 22. Yesterday, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, and I have no clue what to do with my life. Most of my college friends are heading to the beach to celebrate, but I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be than at Aunt Jean’s house. I drove up here yesterday, right after graduation. It’s just her and me, and earlier today we went to the Martinsburg Mall to walk laps and eat Chinese food. Aunt Jean said two laps around the mall are 3/4 of a mile, and she would know because that’s where she walks four mornings a week. We have spent the day reading, talking, sipping weak coffee, and of course, playing Scrabble. Lots and lots of Scrabble. I tell her how I don’t know what to do with my life. All I know is that I love English and writing. “Go with what you love, and the rest will take care of itself,” she says. I do just that.


I am already 36 years old. (How did that happen?) It’s April, and I’m thinking about Aunt Jean, because her birthday is in April. She passed away in January 2013, and I miss her, but I don’t feel she’s far away. I still read all the time. I still write all the time. I practice my Scrabble strategies daily. Now it’s through an app called Words with Friends, but it’s still basically Scrabble. I went with my love for English and writing, and the rest has taken care of itself, just as she said. I’m organizing my closet, and I find an old shoebox. I open it, and see her neat penmanship stretch across the envelopes. The box is full. I take an envelope out, open it. I read the first few lines, then skip to the last part, my favorite part. There it is: Her cursive letters swirl and swoop to form the words: Your Kindred Spirit, Aunt Jean PS Renee Phile loves being a teacher, even if it doesn’t show at certain moments.

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Terminal Velocity The greatest show on Earth

By Deborah Salomon

A friend asked recently,

“Where do you get ideas for columns?”

I rolled my eyes and answered, “Stuff happens.” And then more stuff happens — or stuff changes — all in plain sight, if you’re watching closely. So, after 40-some years of column writing I watch closely, all the time: things, people, animals, weather, trends, politics, fashion, relationships and, in desperation, myself. Certain places seethe ideas. The greenest pasture . . . airports. I am impoverished but fodder-enriched by four or five trips per year to see my grandsons, who live in Canada. A layover in New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte or Philly fills a notebook. That’s right, paper and pen. No tablet, no laptop, no voice recorder. I get a perverse satisfaction from living unplugged for a few days, except a cell, for emergencies. And basketball scores. That’s OK. Gadgets have changed, but not human nature, not since Egyptians painted on walls and Moses carved in stone. I justify the airport backdrop by citing a popular 1940s radio show called “Grand Central Station,” which began, dramatically, “the crossroads of a million private lives, a gigantic stage on which are played a thousand dramas daily . . . ” Upon entering a terminal, the first change Rip Van Winkle notices is everything. Young adults have traveled their whole lives without dressing up. No suits, no heels. They claim comfort, although the difference between sweats/tank tops/flip-flops and chinos/blazers/loafers on an hour flight escapes me. Then, particularly in big-city airports, note airline personnel who supervise boarding. They have a grand ol’ time laughing and interacting with each other, then turn a grim countenance to passengers. They read scripts explaining the boarding process so fast it sounds like Greek, which is fine by me, since the process offends by grouping passengers according to how many perks they added to the base ticket price. Do I want more leg room? Sure. Am I going to pay $25 for it? Don’t be ridiculous. Then, since checking a bag (never say suitcase) adds another $25, most passengers make do with carry-ons, hoping for free gate check. If not, a stampede to the overhead bins dominated by, you guessed it, folks who paid $25 to board first. True, once the bins are full, airlines check a bag free to their destination, which causes major separation anxiety.

New airports are spectacular in design and amenities, reflecting contemporary demands, beginning with rest rooms. The need often originates during flight, where small, squished-together seats make getting up to use the lavatory positively gymnastic. Therefore, expect line-ups at terminal facilities, themselves a multiple choice: women, men, handicapped-accessible, family (politically correct), men with diaper changing stations, breast feeding nooks, even relief areas for service and support dogs. About those support animals. Regulations have been abused to the point where an E*Trade TV commercial lampoons a support snake. Snakes on a plane . . . get it? I think passengers with bona fide support dogs (and old ladies with bad knees) should always be offered the roomy bulkhead seat at no surcharge. What great PR! Besides, think how confinement is stressing that poor comfort bunny. Airport chapels are fading fast. Too bad — often the only oasis of quiet, perfect for a snooze. Food. Eons ago, out of pity for the captive audience, fast-food franchises agreed not to jack up prices. That didn’t last long, although McD, Wendy’s, Burger King are still the cheapest. Others gouge: a slice of Sbarro pizza, $6.50. Pre-made sandwiches at Starbucks et al: $8-$12. Bottled water: $3. Worse yet, sit-down restaurants post menus minus prices at the entrance knowing that once seated, few customers bolt. On board, when snacks are offered, the choice will be pretzels or Biscoff cookies. Why a Belgian-made cookie that crumbles easily and oozes fat, leaving fingers slippery, I’ll never know. Of course the biggest change is digital, electronic, whatever you call the addiction to constant communication/entertainment/information. Long ago I observed that denim and running shoes were the common denominator. Back then, passengers came to blows over the single electric outlet in a departure lounge. Now, seats are arranged around charging stations and at least 90 percent of boarding pass-holders are either earbudded, Kindling, playing a game, watching a game, sending an email, receiving a text, tweeting or conversing with someone just to look busy. I fly 2,000 miles without seeing a single discarded newspaper. Because, in the aviation milieu, only nobodies are not glued to a screen. One of those nobodies is me, watching the most fascinating screen of all. Real life. 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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By Susan Campbell

So, are there any bird nerds (like me!) out

there wondering where you just might find others of a like mind? Then check out the Carolina Bird Club (CBC). This 82-year-old organization is a very active club with members of all ages from all walks of life who have one thing in common: They love birds. Although some in the club may be termed “birdwatchers,” those who passively enjoy the birds they see at their feeders or around their neighborhoods, are, in fact, full-fledged “birders.” The term has only been in use since about the early 1980s, just about the time I myself became a bird-crazy teenager. “Birders” have a real passion for their fine-feathered friends — some might say an addiction.

Our club (yes, I have been an active member since I moved to the Sandhills 30 years ago) has more than 1,200 members, many of whom spend hours in the field not just satisfying their own curiosity about things bird-related but gathering details that further our knowledge collectively of the region’s avifauna. Started in 1937 as the North Carolina Bird Club, it has been the one and only ornithological organizations of both North and South Carolina for well over 50 years. The results of countless hours of birding by literally thousands of Carolinabirders (not surprisingly, that’s what we call ourselves) can be found in The Chat, the club’s journal, published quarterly. There is also a quarterly newsletter that keeps members up to speed

on the group’s activities, and documents interesting bird sightings and other assorted news items. Although academics and other professionals doing scientific work in the Carolinas do share their findings through the club’s publications, much of what we know has been documented by the large cadre of very serious but amateur birders. They always seem to be out there, looking for any and all birds they can find from dawn to dusk (and some even at night, for we do have a number of nocturnal species regardless of the time of year). Three weekends a year, one in September (fall), January (winter) and late April or early May (spring), a meeting is planned somewhere particularly birdy. More than a hundred members descend to eat, drink, socialize and — wait for it! — go birding. And, as I type this, ambitious plans are well underway for the spring meeting which will be headquartered in Southern Pines. It has been 10 years since the last CBC gathering in the Sandhills — so the excitement is building among the local volunteers involved. By meeting time in early May, dozens of species will have just arrived. Spring migration will have just peaked. All of the singing and displaying will be hard to miss. And many of our year-round avian residents will be scurrying around as they care for newly hatched nestlings. There will be more than enough activity for us birders to take in one short weekend. So, should you spot a group of us on the trails at Weymouth Woods, along Nick’s Creek Greenway or poking around at Reservoir Park with binoculars in hand and eyes to the sky, feel free to join us. You, too, can become a CBC birder. PS For more information on the Carolina Bird Club, visit our website: www. carolinabirdclub.org Susan would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted by email at susan@ncaves.com.

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Easy Floatin’ A new canoe takes an old trip

By Tom Bryant

My new canoe slid into the blackwater

river easily. I was pleased with the boat. She was quick but stable and promised to be a pleasure to paddle. It was early morning, and a soft mist drifted out of the ancient cypresses that lined the bank like river ghosts from days gone by. I tried to be extra quiet and not disturb wildlife that might be close. Downstream just around the bend, I could hear the raucous call of a wood duck; and in just a few seconds, a pair flew upriver, gaining altitude as they saw me and all my gear. They screamed indignantly at the interloper, headed toward the swamp and were gone. I’ve always had a hard time identifying a wood duck call from a hawk. They sound a lot alike. It was a beautiful morning, not unlike the many mornings I had spent on the river long ago with my granddad. This was to be a kind of déjà vu adventure. Here I was with a new canoe on an old low country river that I hoped had not changed that much from the early times my grandfather and I paddled the same fast flowing water. He had taught me how to paddle when I was a youngster. He had a fish camp located several miles from Galavants Ferry right on the banks of the Little Pee Dee; and during the summer when work on the farm slowed, we would get our gear together, or my granddad would, mostly. I’d be dispatched to the old catawba trees to pick fishing worms and to the tobacco fields to hustle up a bait can of tobacco worms. They were messy creatures. They had a habit of spitting tobacco juices when I plucked them off the leaves. This was way before pesticides became so prevalent, and usually I could fill up a can of worms, no pun intended, from three or four tobacco stalks. The catalpa worms were a different story. They were valued as much by fishermen farmers as their crops were, and in many cases, harvested just like their garden vegetables. The worms were superb fish bait. Linda, my bride, had dropped me off at a boat landing I found on a map of the river and was to pick me up at Galavants Ferry later in the day. I had

packed a lunch, typical of what Granddad and I would share back in those long-ago days. Sardines, Beanie Weenies, a slab of rat cheese, a loaf of crusty bread, a can of Vienna sausages, hot mustard, and for dessert, a pack of Moon Pies. Linda had given me a Yeti cooler for my birthday, and I had it filled with bottles of water, a couple of Pepsis, and a few cold beers. That was the only deviation I took from Granddad’s menu. He was a teetotaler, but I knew he would forgive my one indiscretion. I also put my small tackle box, a spinning outfit, and a bait-casting rod and reel in the bow of the canoe. I was ready for a great day on the water. I was pleased with my new canoe, an Old Town Penobscot. She cut through the water and was really sensitive to the paddle. I could turn her on a dime, and I practiced several strokes as we floated down the fast flowing river. It’s just like riding a bicycle; once you learn, you don’t forget. I settled down and began enjoying the scenery. The Little Pee Dee River actually starts in North Carolina. Drowning Creek is part of its headwaters and flows into the Lumber River. The Lumber flows into the Little Pee Dee, which merges with the Big Pee Dee, then next stop, the Atlantic Ocean at Georgetown, South Carolina. One time in my young carefree days, a couple of friends and I tried to paddle the entire stretch, but unfortunately, we had to pull up short due to lack of time and supplies. It was quite an adventure, though. The river eventually moved slow but steady, and with a few strokes of the paddle, I could keep the boat in the middle and fish the banks with my spinning outfit. I caught a few bream, none big enough to keep; and after a short time, I put the rod down and just watched the wild river and the cypress trees back in the swamps as I floated south. It was just as I remembered, with the exception of maybe more trash floating in the sloughs. I was surprised at the numbers of waterfowl. I saw many wood ducks. Great blue herons were numerous, and every now and then, I could hear the plaintive cry of a pileated woodpecker. Many years ago while floating this same stretch of water, Granddad pointed out a huge bird flying in a slow, loping style that many big woodpeckers have. It was heading across the swamp but lit on a decaying branch of a giant cypress and started pecking on the limb. Pieces of dead wood flew as if he were swinging an ax. Granddad said, “Son, that’s an ivory bill woodpecker. Wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t declare that particular bird extinct in a few years. That’s the first one I’ve seen in a long time on this river.” I had just been letting the canoe go where it wanted with only a stroke of the paddle every now and then, but just ahead I could see the water pick up speed as it approached a tight bend to the right. I grabbed the paddle and

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Eye of the Needles The USGA returns to a polished gem By Lee Pace

The continued evolution of Donald Ross’

vintage Sandhills golf courses back to a more unkempt and rugged look over the last decade will be on display in May when the United States Golf Association stages its U.S. Women’s Senior Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines. The 1928 course that has hosted three U.S. Women’s Opens has come under the nipping and tucking auspices of architect Kyle Franz over the last two years and will offer a visual presentation more in keeping with what Ross cobbled from the sandy ground nearly a century ago, and certainly integrate some shot values more consistent with the Scottish designer’s original intent.

Franz ran a bulldozer and other shaping and construction implements on Pinehurst No. 2 in 2010-11 under the employ of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw as the course was transformed from its sleek green appearance to a sandier landscape chock full of wire grass and jagged edges. He then took his skills and initiative and pitched Kelly Miller, president of the company that owns Pine Needles and is a partner in Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, on the idea of restoring Mid Pines, a 1921 Ross design, in a similar fashion. That job was completed in 2013 to rave reviews, including designation by Golf magazine as the Best Course Restoration of the year. “Except for lacking the Pacific Ocean, it almost has the visual appeal of Cypress Point,” magazine course rating panelist John Dempsey said. “It almost looks like the old pictures you see of Mid Pines of people wearing coats and ties and watching a match finish on 18. I can’t say enough about it. Going out and playing nine holes in the last of the winter sunlight in late afternoon, the visuals are fabulous.” The next step was to apply many of the same ideas to Pine Needles, across Midland Road. The hook of converting Pine Needles’ greens from bent to

MiniVerde Bermuda — as they had been at Mid Pines — was a convenient base from which to operate. Pine Needles closed during the summer of 2016 for the greens conversion, and Franz used that period, as well as the following two winters, to rebuild every bunker on the course, rearrange the fairway dimensions and add some new tees. “The old stigma on Bermuda greens is that they were grainy and slow, but that’s not true anymore with the new ultra-dwarfs,” Miller says. “We had nearly 50 days with temperatures in the 90s during the summer of 2015, and it was a struggle to keep the bent healthy. Meanwhile, the greens really thrived at Mid Pines. After watching them closely for two years, we thought it was time to pull the trigger at Pine Needles.” Franz grew up playing golf in Oregon, and when it came time to pick a college, he knew what he wanted: Oregon State’s turf management program. One summer he landed an internship working for architect Tom Doak on Pacific Dunes, the second of five courses created at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and later he met Coore and Crenshaw, who were designing another course there named Bandon Trails. “Being an Oregonian, it was a really special experience,” Franz says. “Just being able to work on a piece of land like that was really cool. It got me interested in links-style architecture, and I had always been a fan of classic courses.” Now 37, Franz has worked in Scotland, Australia and California, and more recently was on Gil Hanse’s staff in the design and construction of the course in Rio de Janeiro used for the 2016 Olympics. He’s also just finished a multiyear project at the Country Club of Charleston, which will be the venue for the U.S. Women’s Open one week after the Pine Needles Senior Open. Among the tweaks Franz made that golfers who played Pine Needles in 2007 and are returning for the first time a dozen years later will notice are these: * Expanded fairways to original margins to 38 to 60 yards; * Restored and/or reconfigured all 70 bunkers to Ross’ rolled-over style of the mid-to-late 1940s and added eight new bunkers to challenge modern length; * Re-established what Franz calls “horse-and-blade caliber micro-contours” in the greens to add interest and challenge to the putting element; * Removed 11 acres of Bermuda rough and replaced them with native hardpan, wire grass and pine straw; *Replaced the uniform-looking expanses of love grass in front of many tees with a more rugged “Pine Valley” look of sand and native growth. “Overall, it’s a little more clean and manicured look and different from Mid

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Pines,” Franz says. “There we went guns blazing with the native stuff around the edges. At Pine Needles now we have a cool and rugged look, but it’s a little more manicured than No. 2 and Mid Pines.” The championship will be played May 16-19 and is the second Women’s Senior Open, christened last year at Chicago Golf Club. Laura Davies, who finished in the top five at Pine Needles in 1996 and 2007 but missed the cut in 2001, won the championship by 10 shots over Juli Inkster. The field included noted LPGA players Danielle Ammaccapane, Helen Alfredsson, Liselotte Neumann, Rosie Jones, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Betsy King, Pat Bradley and Jane Geddes. The course will play just under 6,100 yards. “The Women’s Senior is similar to the U.S. Amateur or Walker Cup in size and scope,” Miller says. “There are basically no grandstands, though we might put one on the 18th green. There are no skyboxes. It’s a very fan-friendly event. We rope off the tees and greens, but otherwise spectators walk with the players.” The Women’s Senior is something of a prelude to the 2022 Women’s Open at Pine Needles, and having tees that can stretch the entire course to 7,000 yards will give USGA officials adequate flexibility when they host the longer LPGA players vs. the over-50 crowd. “I think the Bermuda greens and wider fairways will work well for both events,” Miller says. “In Ross’ era, golf was played more along the ground. Now it’s more in the air. But the Bermuda greens are firmer and offer a more challenging surface. It’s more important now to be on the proper side of the fairway to have the shot you need to knock it close. “For ’22, they can lengthen some holes, but I don’t think you’ll see a lot more rough. I think Donald Ross would have loved testing the players with longer shots and the strategy of proper placement of the tee shot versus having penalizing rough.” One change that embodies the new-look Needles as much as any is the

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bunker complex down the left side of the par-4 18th hole. The finishing hole was actually the first hole of the course as it was designed, when the St. Joseph of the Pines assisted-living facility was the original Pine Needles hotel. When Peggy Kirk Bell and husband Warren acquired the golf course in the 1950s, they reconfigured the start and finish to be more convenient to the new lodging facilities they built on the southwest side of the course. Thus the second hole became the first and the first became the 18th. Eighteen plays downhill and before there was no trouble down the left side. Now there is a natural sandscape with miscellaneous vegetation and whatever nature might deposit there, from pine needles to cones to wire grass. “You could hit a speed slot on that side and the ball would roll forever,” Franz says. “What was conceived as a relatively easy starting hole didn’t stand up as a finishing hole.” Miller remembers playing the 18th when he first visited Pine Needles in 1980 with a driver and 7-iron. “And that was with a persimmon wood and balata ball,” he says. “If you looked back up the fairway from the green, it looked like a bowling alley. Ross always had great motion to his fairways. Now it’s a cool look. You don’t just see all grass and two straight lines. This will make for a memorable finish. “The best look at the flag is from the left side of the fairway. You’ll have to pause and think how far you can go over there.” You blink around the Sandhills and realize it’s been five years since that back-to-back Open double-header on No. 2 in 2014. The chapters keep unfolding, as they have for more than a century. PS Lee Pace has written about the Pinehurst-area golf scene for more than 30 years, including authoring Sandhills Classics — The Stories of Mid Pines & Pine Needles. Write him at leepace7@ gmail.com

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The Heaven of Lost Umbrellas They have to be somewhere; those ribbed and fabric servants who have held off storms so grandly, quietly, and with such solemn unassuming elegance.

They come to us in colors but mostly that ubiquitous black. Plaid, polka dots, birds, butterflies, Monet’s water lilies . . . he must be laughing at the irony. Van Gogh’s sunflowers, one grand, glorious sun of yellow. We have monograms, advertisements, golf ones big enough to cover a room of golfers . . . except it never rains on a golf course. Nor in this way out of the way heaven of lost things.

Here umbrellas lie folded in resting pose. They hold their own handles, their work for the moment completed. Yet they wait to be unfurled and walked wherever they need to go. — Ruth Moose

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t is such a small space to hold the passion of a lifetime. In a corner on Level B of the North Carolina Museum of Art, John James Audubon’s four bound volumes of The Birds of America are back on exhibit, joined by instructive videos and an immersive wilderness experience. There are roughly 200 extant copies of the socalled double-elephant folio version, comprised of 435 hand-colored, life-size prints. North Carolina’s copy — minus two pages that were added later — was acquired in 1846 from Joseph Green Cogswell, a book dealer in New York, as part of a larger purchase by North Carolina’s then-governor, William Alexander Graham, who was intent on expanding the state’s library. It was transferred from the N.C. State Library to the museum in 1974. The last time the four volumes, each enclosed in its own specially constructed case, were on exhibit was July of 2016. The engravings will be shown one page per volume — so, naturally, four at a time — for three months before changing them in the open-ended exhibit. The four on exhibit now include a wild turkey looking back as it crosses a Louisiana canebrake — the first plate produced in the project that consumed near the entirety of Audubon’s life. “The hand-coloring is light sensitive so we don’t


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want to expose it too long,” says John W. Coffey, the museum’s deputy director for Collections and Research. “People approach any art exhibit with different expectations. You have people that just stumble into the exhibition and, hopefully, they’re engaged by the story of Audubon. And then there are people who are bird lovers. There are lots of those who venerate Audubon as a naturalist. There are people who just like fine art. What Audubon created were not just accurate renditions of the birds of America but also quite beautiful compositions. They held their own as works of art in their own right.” John James Audubon was born Jean Rabin, the “backstairs” child of the sea captain Jean Audubon and a French chambermaid, Jeanne Rabin, on Audubon’s sugar plantation in Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue. The child’s mother passed away from an infection mere months after the boy’s birth. The sea captain had his son and the boy’s half-sister (the daughter of a second mistress) transported to his home in Nantes, France, in advance of the revolution that engulfed Saint-Domingue, eventually establishing the Republic of Haiti. His lineage a closely held secret to preserve his inheritance, the boy grew up in Nantes as Jacques Fougère Audubon during the Vendéan counterrevolution and the terror that accompanied it.

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“Losing his mother in infancy, separated from whoever mothered him afterward on Saint-Domingue when he was shipped off to France at six, just months ahead of a bloody revolution, enduring dreadful days as a young boy in Nantes when Carrier [Jean-Baptiste Carrier] was emptying the prisons with slaughter and his family feared for its life, was a full burden of trauma for a child,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning Audubon biographer Richard Rhodes. “In maturity Audubon would expunge the stigma and the trauma from his family story by relocating his birth to Louisiana and to ‘a lady of Spanish extraction . . . as beautiful as she was wealthy’ when he knew full well that he was the bastard son of the chambermaid Jeanne Rabin.” And, if in the fullness of time, he found his résumé in need of further padding, Audubon would sometimes claim to have studied under Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite neoclassicist painter. Sent to America by his father to avoid conscription into Napoleon’s army, Jacques Fougère Audubon became John James Audubon on his transatlantic journey, settling on his father’s Pennsylvania farm, Mill Grove. “He had begun drawing birds in France,” writes Rhodes. “Now, ‘prompted by an innate desire to acquire a thorough knowledge of the birds of this happy country, I formed the resolution, immediately on my landing, to spend, if not all my time in that


study, at least all that portion generally called leisure, and to draw each individual of its natural size and coloring.’ This is retrospect, of course, but it catches the eighteen-year-old’s excitement and bravado.” Audubon cut a dashing figure. The wife of a physician friend would describe the 30-something ornithologist and painter this way: “Audubon was one of the handsomest men I ever saw. In person he was tall and slender, his blue eyes were an eagle’s in brightness, his teeth were white and even, his hair a beautiful chestnut brown, very glossy and curly. His bearing was courteous and refined, simple and unassuming. Added to these personal advantages he was a natural sportsman and natural artist.” While at Mill Grove, Audubon met his wife, Lucy Bakewell. He would begin a career as a merchant, floating down the Ohio River to Louisville and Henderson, Kentucky, and eventual bankruptcy. It was in Louisville that Audubon met Alexander Wilson, who was selling subscriptions (the method of the day to finance costly reproductions) to his own book, American Ornithology, but Audubon’s work was already vastly superior to Wilson’s. Like any artist, Audubon’s style matured. One of the earliest innovations was the creation of his “board,” allowing him to pose the birds he killed — alas, it wasn’t as though he could hire them as models; besides, some made excellent eating — in the positions he observed in life. By May of 1812, he was drawing birds in flight. “Unlike birds posed on branches or standing on the ground, birds in flight required foreshortening to create the illusion of depth across the span of their wings or down the length of their bodies,” writes Rhodes. “Since Audubon’s limited formal art training had not progressed to foreshortening, he had to learn that complicated technique on his own by trial and error.” Another breakthrough came when he added color chalk. “I resorted to a piece that matched the tint intended for the part, applied the pigment, rubbed the place with a cork stump and at once produced the desired effect!” he wrote. Then, in 1821 and ’22, he revamped his style again. “He already knew the traditional French medium of pastel very well; he had been perfecting it since he was a young man. Now he added to his repertoire a crystal-clear watercolor technique, the ability to use gouache effectively, and an extraordinary varied use of the pencil, together with the talent for combining all of these graphic means to render a single bird,” writes art critic Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. “No one in America equaled him for graphic inventiveness until Winslow Homer some sixty years later; as for European parallels, one can only think of the great English watercolorists, both contemporaries of Audubon: J.M.W. Turner and Samuel Palmer.” The original watercolors for The Birds of America are in the collection of the New-York Historical Society and rarely seen because of their sensitivity to light. Having run financially aground in the Panic of 1819, Audubon journeyed to New Orleans to collect a debt from Samuel Bowen that involved the ownership of a steamboat. Things didn’t go well. Bowen had already given the boat over to settle debts of his own. One thing led to another and Bowen attacked Audubon. As it turned out, he brought a cudgel to a knife fight, and Audubon stabbed him with his dagger. Later, appearing in front of Judge Henry P. Broadnax, Audubon defended himself before the court and was acquitted by reason of self-defense. “Mr. Audubon,” the judge added, “you committed a serious offense — an exceedingly serious offense, sir — in failing to kill the damned rascal.” Having lost everything in Henderson, Audubon turned to portrait painting to make a living. Then, envisioning himself as “a one-man ornithological expeditionary force,” as Rhodes put it, he went back down the Mississippi, returning to New Orleans in 1821 with his assistant, Joseph Mason (one of several assistants who painted the backgrounds in Audubon’s works). His

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commercial portraits included the nude of a woman, Mrs. André, a mysterious client requiring his absolute discretion and to whom he referred as “The Fair Incognito” in his diaries. Eventually, he was joined in New Orleans by his wife, Lucy, living at what is now 505 Dauphine Street. Audubon was producing his ornithological paintings at a dizzying pace. After New Orleans it was up to Natchez, Mississippi, then Louisville and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and on and on. His sources of income weren’t confined to portraits. He taught dancing, drawing, even fencing. Knowing that obtaining engravings of the number and quality necessary to produce The Birds of America could only be done in Europe, Audubon sailed from New Orleans on the Delos on May 18th, 1826. The ship was carrying 924 bales of cotton and a seasick John James Audubon with more than 300 drawings in tin-lined wooden portfolios. An American backwoodsman with crates full of art proved a topic of considerable novelty in an Old World keen for knowledge of the new one. Audubon was well received. The first engraver to take on his project was William Lizars in Edinburgh. Lizars did approximately 10 engravings before a strike by his colorists forced Audubon to turn to Robert Havell Sr. and his son in London. “Robert Havell Jr. was a more painstaking engraver than William Lizars and his father supervised the London colorers perhaps more carefully but there was a qualitative difference between the technologies Lizars and the Havells used to make Audubon’s colored plates,” writes Rhodes. “The Havells used a process known as aquatint, which allowed them to print shadows and shadings in a


range from light gray to black, leaving the colorists only the more limited task of applying a uniform wash of color over the aquatinted area: the shading made the color appear darker.” Havell retouched the early Lizars plates, something that’s noted in the lower right-hand corner of the wild turkey engraving currently on view. While even the Havells had their ups and downs satisfying Audubon’s very specific instructions and expectations, it proved a match made in artistic heaven. The last plate of The Birds of America was completed in June of 1838. Audubon was 53. His estimate of the project’s cost, monies he raised himself, was “$115,640 — in today’s dollars, about $2,141,000,” reckons Rhodes. He began work on the octavo edition (a smaller and, hence, more profitable version) two years later. Audubon would suffer a stroke in 1848, and begin slipping into dementia. “His vivid personality faded into vacancy,” says Rhodes. He passed away in January of 1851. “What’s beautiful about Audubon is that these birds are so dynamic and alive, it feels like they’re almost jumping out of the page,” says Silvia Fantoni, the director of Audience Engagement and Public Programs who put together the immersive exhibit comprised of 19 of Audubon’s birds in varied habitats over a 24 hour period. “That’s what we wanted to do. I find his work fascinating, how driven he was by this project. It’s always interesting to see when an artist has this kind of obsession and vision and dedicated his life to do that. That’s why we still celebrate him almost 200 years later.” PS

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The Collectors By Will Harris

Harry Houdini, Thomas Jefferson, George Lucas and Ernest Hemingway collected books. Nicole Kidman collects coins. Demi Moore favors porcelain dolls. Tom Hanks loves old typewriters. Passion comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s not about stuff. It’s about the chase

Tony Rothwell was 14 years old when he first encountered the work of British caricaturist James Gillray in the pages of a history textbook, and was captivated by the artistic talent and political depth of the work. “I didn’t realize how interested I was in the graphic arts, but I thought this was so wonderfully graphic and so clever, I made my own copy of it,” Rothwell says. The print Rothwell copied was Gillray’s “The Plumb-pudding in danger,” a caricature that still appears in history books. It’s an 1805 editorial cartoon of Napoleon Bonaparte and British Prime Minister William Pitt dividing a plumb-pudding globe into metaphorical spheres of influence — a comment on the world leaders’ appetite for dominance. “Fast forward and I’m now in London, 21 or 22 years old in my first job, and it was used as an advertisement for a show of Gillray prints,” Rothwell says. “I decided that I would turn London upside down and see how many would fall out, and they started falling. In those days, they weren’t that expensive. I was lucky I got in early before anybody was seriously collecting them.” Gillray is credited with creating and popularizing the political cartoon as a genre, and the influence of his work was felt throughout Europe. He directed his sharp wit at both political parties (depending on who was commissioning him), but Napoleon, in particular, was a focus of his derision. Rothwell has at least 150 Gillray prints and sketches. Although he has works by the caricaturist’s contemporaries as well, Rothwell is particularly impressed with Gillray’s political wit, breadth of knowledge and raw artistic talent. “Gillray really was the first true political caricaturist. He invented it,” Rothwell says. Gillray lived in a turbulent and exciting time, ripe for political discourse and caricature. Britain and France were competing for influence on the world stage. King George III and Napoleon Bonaparte lent themselves to the hyperbolized visual renderings that Gillray made so popular. It was also a time when the conventional methods of consuming news left something to be desired. Gillray saw an opportunity to put his artistic skills to commercial use, and opened a shop to sell his prints. “Newspapers were all black and white and didn’t have any pictures at all, so this is how the wealthy could entertain themselves,” Rothwell says. “It was giving them news, and it was also giving them a laugh. At the same time, it was scaring pompous people, bringing them down a notch or two.” Gillray’s influence extended to the upper reaches of the ruling political class. “He was being read by the House of Commons, by the royal family — people who had money and influence,” Rothwell says. There’s no true modern equivalent to Gillray’s prints. They resemble today’s political cartoons but are packed with subtle cultural symbols, allusions to Greek and Roman mythology and detailed historical context. Because Gillray’s well-heeled audience was also well educated, he was able to elevate his imagery and symbolism.


“I’m in awe of the man really, still today. I think he’s incredible. He has set the table for so many caricaturists since,” says Rothwell. Expanding his collection has gotten easier with the advent of the internet. “In the early days it was all footwork but now, eBay walks a million miles for you every day. You make time for what you love”

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Rick Smith

A self-described “pretty serious book collector,” Rick Smith has been afflicted with a passion for books since he was a child. “I fell in love with the tactile nature of books, how well they were bound and how colorful they were, the thickness and the weight,” Smith says. This childhood curiosity gradually developed into a full-blown obsession. Today Smith’s library contains around 1,200 books with hundreds of signed copies. Three books in the collection are autographed by former U.S. presidents: George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Harry Truman. Smith’s passion transformed his life in every respect, and his home is a testament to it. “My wife, Susie, said there’s room for two of us in this house but probably not for your books,’’ Smith says. He redesigned the garage of

their lakeside cottage into a cozy personal library, complete with a rolling library ladder. A stained-glass lamp illuminates a massive worktable made from knotty alder wood. Smith is particularly fond of his books related to his father’s (Richard H. Smith Sr.) service in the Navy during the Second World War. “One of the things I began to wonder about was how my father’s life was transformed by his, albeit brief, time in the service as a very young man,” Smith says. “I think he was inspired by that, and so I decided there are probably threads in this that need to come out.” Smith’s father was a seaman first class on the aircraft carrier USS Bennington and the plane captain (crew chief) assigned to a one of the ship’s TBM Avengers — aircraft originally designed as torpedo bombers. His job was to ensure the bomber under his purview was combat ready. In 2003 James Bradley published his best-seller Flyboys. It details the harrowing 1942 air raid of Chichi Jima by TBM Avengers. Among the pilots was 19-year-old George H.W. Bush. Smith’s father felt a special connection to the former president through their shared experience with the TBM Avengers, so Smith bought a signed copy of Flyboys as a gift. Smith’s father brought the book to annual reunions for veterans who served on the USS Bennington, and began to collect signatures. “They would sign them with their rank at the time, the raids they were on, and when they served,” Smith says. “And one day when he was 79, he said to me: ‘One of the signatures that I’d really like to have in this book is the president’s signature.’ And I thought, good luck with that. “But I had a conversation with a friend and we got an entrée to send the book to Houston, and the president signed it,” Smith says. “And all of a sudden the whole notion of getting serious about collecting and deciding what to collect became important.” Around the same time, Smith’s father gave him a diary he’d kept while aboard the carrier. “One of the threads I started to pull from this diary was first-person accounts,” Smith says. “First-person accounts for historians are gold.” Smith refined his search to World War II and its leaders. “I’m sort of focused, but in a lot of ways it’s about the chase,” he says. “So, it’s a passion for the subject matter; it’s a passion for the physical book; it’s a passion for the search and the chase.” And there’s comfort to be found in the written histories of great world leaders. “I think it’s so important to know our history; it helps a lot of stuff make sense, he says.” “That’s my homily for today: Read some history. It’ll help you be a better citizen, help you make better judgments, and help you sleep at night.”

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Mitch Capel, the alter ego of Gran’daddy Junebug, has been an impactful presence in the Sandhills for decades. Capel’s unique delivery of stories and poems — some passed down through his family, others the recited works of his favorite poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar — has enabled him to touch the lives of countless young people. A Moore County native, Capel immersed himself in North Carolina’s artistic community throughout his storytelling career and formed close relationships with several influential artists native to the state. He and his wife, Pat, have created a collection of paintings featuring artists like Ernie Barnes, Bill Pinkney and Willie Nash. Capel is hard-pressed to pick a favorite. “They’re like children; I don’t know. If I had to pick one it’d be my wife’s work, of course. It’d be that one with the buttons,” Capel says, referring to a portrait hanging above the fireplace in his study. In it Capel is wearing his storytelling garb, an outfit smattered by colorful buttons he has collected over the years. Hundreds of paintings adorn the walls of the Capels’ home, including several of Pat’s alongside others by Barnes and Pinkney. “My wife and I gravitate toward Ernie Barnes,” Capel says. “He’s an amazing artist. Grew up in what was called ‘The Bottom’ in Durham.” Barnes attended North Carolina Central University, where he played


football and majored in art. He played football professionally for five years before shifting his focus entirely to art. His 1970 painting The Sugar Shack was featured in the opening sequence of the Good Times television show, and was also used by Marvin Gaye as an album cover for his 1976 album, I Want You. “I liked Ernie Barnes’ work in the beginning because of Marvin Gaye’s album cover,” Capel says. “Album covers were our artwork at the time.” Pinkney is another artist featured prominently in the Capels’ collection. He discovered Pinkney while performing at an alternative school in Fayetteville. After seeing his work hanging in the principal’s office, he knew he had to meet him. “I mean, he was so talented; what he did was amazing with the paintbrush, and it came so easy for him,” Capel says. Pinkney is best known for his painting of Julian Abele, the architect who designed Duke University’s Chapel. The work currently hangs in the University’s Gothic Reading Room. A Bill Pinkney piece titled Marbles is especially meaningful to Capel. “I had just unpacked this board game Mancala, and I’m on the floor and I’ve got these in my hand, and I flashed back to when I was a kid playing marbles. And the phone rings and it’s Bill: ‘Mitch, I just finished this painting, you’re gonna love it, it’s called Marbles.’ I dropped everything I was doing and went over there and I bought that piece,” Capel says. “Yeah, it’s been a wonderful journey for me.”

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John Koob Gessner

“In this day and age, it’s like everyone wants everything right away,” says John Koob Gessner, who thinks his collection of vinyl records represents a simpler, more intentional period of musical enjoyment. “This kind of hearkens back to a time when it’s OK to slow down and enjoy something.” Gessner grew up in a small town in New York, influenced by his parents’ musical tastes. “Oh, yes, there was a large hi-fi, not a stereo, right outside my room. At night they would play Harry Belafonte, the big bands, Glenn Miller, all that kind of stuff. And it would kind of boom through the house,” he says. At first, acquiring records wasn’t about building a collection, it was simply the way music was enjoyed. “If you went to someone’s house, you’d bring a couple albums with you, because everyone had a hi-fi,” says Gessner. “Records were kind of how you shared music. If someone wanted to hear a song, you had to either hear it on the radio or buy the album.” Despite MP3 downloads and music streaming, Gessner still prefers the old-school method. “People have this affinity for vinyl. It’s analog and there’s a process to it,” Gessner says. Soon enough the preferences of his parents were supplanted by his own taste. “I was listening since I was 5 or 6. As soon as I got

a paper route all my money went to film and vinyl,” Gessner says of his twin pursuits of photography and records. “I’ve been collecting ever since.” Gessner developed a close relationship with the owner of the local record store. “I would go in and they would put stuff away for me. When I had enough money, I’d go get it.” Sometimes it was as if they could read his mind, like the time he was anxious to get his hands on John Lennon’s Christmas song, pressed on a special green vinyl. “I remember coming off a bus and stading in front of the music store and looking on a rack and they were all gone, and Mr. Nagy said, ‘Ah, Mr. Gessner, I saved one out for ya.’ And I still have it.” His collection has grown to an estimated 4,000 records, with about half on display in repurposed bookshelves in his living room. His musical interests created unique, career-altering opportunities. As a young photographer, Gessner shot album covers for many of the bands he listened to and saw in concert, and has kept in touch with many of them. He continues to nourish his love for vinyl through what he calls the Vinyl Record Project. “I interview people about their experience with vinyl, and I take a portrait,” Gessner says. “They have these great wired-in memories about vinyl because you’re taking it off the rack and you’re putting it on the turntable — it’s a process.”

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Jane and Jim Lewis are not collectors. They are self-described “accumulators.” Although they did not personally acquire the 280 unique mini liquor bottles on display in their home, they have nevertheless taken on the role as stewards of the collection. “We’ve drug it around from place to place and displayed it, but we’ve never been collectors,” Jim says, “It’s not like we’ve been looking for them high and low for the last 50 years and we’ve worked hard and traveled the world to find them — it ain’t true.” The mini bottles were collected by Jane’s aunt, Billie Cave, who began collecting the bottles in the late 1930s. Knowing she was passionate about collecting mini bottles, Aunt Billie’s friends acquired many of the liquor bottles as souvenirs while traveling. “Now, back in those days her aunt didn’t travel all that much, but her friends knew about her collection and would bring her bottles,” Jim says. “People immediately assume they came off airplanes, but in fact, a lot of people got them off trains.” While Jane and Jim shy away from the term collector, they are clearly very fond of the collection. After nearly 40 years and after each of 14 address changes, the Lewises have always unpacked the bottles for display. At their home in Pinehurst, the bottles sit on shallow shelves over a small built-in bar, a colorful centerpiece of the room, drawing the eye of visitors entering through a side door.


“The bar is here so it just made sense, and people always want to know about the bottles,” Jane says. “It’s the first thing they see.” The bottles come in every shape and size imaginable, and the faded neon mosaic framed by the white wall is a striking mainstay of their home’s décor. A glance will not do. Some are easily recognizable as miniature versions of full-size liquor bottles. They tend to be more dignified and expensive Scotches, whiskeys and bourbons. Others are creative and delightfully original one-offs. Exotic liqueurs and rums seem to be the most outlandish, and the Portuguese Mobana Crème de Banana in the shape of a monkey is truly a work of art. The bottles are all unopened, although the contents of the oldest bottles have almost completely evaporated through the ancient but intact seals. Keeping the bottles in their unopened state was no easy task in a house with two young boys. As any parent whose liquor cabinet has been raided will understand, Jane and Jim told their sons a white lie to ensure the bottles remained sealed. “When our boys were old enough to realize what it was, we told them they were poison because they were so old,” Jane says. “We told them: ‘Don’t you dare open one and drink it, because it will kill you!’ And you know they thought that up through college.” The bottles have survived time, adolescent boys and a lifetime on the move. One day they’ll pass Aunt Billie’s bottles along to the next generation of stewards.

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Joe Vaughn

Joe Vaughn began collecting Native American arrowheads as a child and has indulged his passion ever since. Vaughn is the middle child in a family of five boys, and his upbringing in Northampton County, North Carolina, afforded him endless opportunities to search for the elusive artifacts. “As kids we hunted and fished, and part of hunting and fishing is walking across fields,” Vaughn says. “We just developed an early interest in collecting a lot of old stuff, and one of the things we collected was arrowheads.” Over the years he’s found hundreds of perfectly intact arrowheads, all from the northeastern part of North Carolina. The best examples are still sharp to the touch. Vaughn considers the most impressive item in his collection to be a Clovis point, a longer spear point with a groove running down the middle. It is one of the oldest styles found in North Carolina and dates back to around 12,000 B.C. “It’s so rare to find these good ones, because there’s been so many plows and things stuck in the ground. It’s hard to find them anymore,” Vaughn says. The first step in finding fertile ground for hunting arrowheads is thinking about what the landscape provided thousands of years ago. Native Americans were more likely to settle in a spot near water, animals and edible vegetation, so sandy and loamy soil and moving water are good indicators. “We hunted mostly on sandy fields, close to water, close to a stream, where

the game is, too,” Vaughn says. “We’ve walked in thousands of fields that didn’t have anything. But when you get to one that’s got something, you know right away.” A fruitful field may have been recently plowed and then rained on. The plowing unearths buried artifacts and the rain washes away the final layer of dirt — a lucky combination made more difficult after modern farming techniques began planting seeds with a drill. “Normally we hunted in fields that were under cultivation. Back in the day, farmers plowed fields more often. They don’t plow them much anymore,” Vaughn says. “So, a lot of the places that we used to find arrowheads as kids are not cultivated anymore. You’re lucky if you happen to get something. Today you might go five times and find one really nice one.” Vaughn still hunts arrowheads with his older brother, Charlie, valuing the time spent outdoors with family more than anything he could hope to find. “It’s been fun collecting these, I’ll tell you that,” Vaughn says. “Especially in the spring when the weather gets permissive, you can go out and get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air and the camaraderie.” PS Will Harris is serving an internship at PineStraw to complete his Business Journalism undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He works locally as a carpenter, enjoys playing tennis, sailing and spending time with his dog Bear.

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Upstairs, Downstairs The annual migration of the back of the house By Bill Case • Photographs from the Tufts Archives

Jimmy Mahar surrounded by his staff


fter learning in 1895 that James Walker Tufts had concocted a grandiose scheme to build a model New England-style village and health resort in the denuded Sandhills of southern Moore County, most of the area’s denizens derided the wealthy Massachusetts native as an idealistic and foolhardy dreamer. Tufts was far from crazy. If Pinehurst was to host guests from the North, suitable accommodations — and staffing for them — had to be made available, and fast. The Holly Inn opened on December 31, 1895, just five months after the start of its construction. Twenty guests bunked in that New Year’s Eve night. The Holly represented the initial jewel in Pinehurst’s array of lodgings, accommodating up to 200 guests with all the modern conveniences, including orchestra and billiard rooms. Not long after, Tufts opened an array of smaller hotels, all of which thrived: the Magnolia Inn; The Berkshire (long demolished but once located on Magnolia Road just south of the Magnolia Inn), housing 100 guests; and The Harvard (in the structure that currently houses the Old Sport Gallery), holding 75 guests.


Many New England hotel managers were eager to avail themselves of gainful employment during the months from November until May, when their inns were shuttered. Tufts sifted through this talent pool to hire his innkeepers. J. H. Atwood, proprietor of a hotel in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire, became the Holly Inn’s first manager. He was succeeded two years later by Allen Treadway, mastermind of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. F. M. Kimball, proprietor of the Eagle Inn in Orwell, Vermont, happily assumed the reins at The Berkshire. Kimball’s clerk, R.H. Butterworth, worked summers at the Hobbs Inn in Wolfboro, New Hampshire. J.L. Pottle headed the Magnolia, traveling south each winter from Jefferson, New Hampshire, where he operated the Highland House. These managers encouraged their staffs to join them during the winter, and many did. After Tufts negotiated discounted fares from the railroads and steamship companies, droves of Northeastern bellmen, maids and cooks began descending on Pinehurst in late autumn like falling leaves. Since Tufts’ clientele likewise hailed from New England, Pinehurst advertising stressed the employees’ Northern connections. One newspaper ad touted the Holly’s

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“Unsurpassed Cuisine, with Table Service by carefully selected New England girls.” The Magnolia advertised that its “cooking will be done by one of the best of Northern cooks.” An 1899 Pinehurst Outlook article described the home away from home atmosphere Tufts established this way: “The guests, being made up so largely of New England people, are sociable to a degree that makes one feel quite at home after a day or two here, and although there are some 200 over in the Holly Inn, they seem to be almost of one family.” This idyllic atmosphere bonded these early guests with Pinehurst, and many would establish a family tradition of annual pilgrimages. The success of the hotels motivated Tufts in 1898 to build a far grander one — the Carolina Hotel. Completed in 1900, the magnificent fourstory structure emerged as the largest frame hotel in North Carolina. Painted yellow with white trim, the hotel featured 250 guest rooms accommodating 400 guests. According to early advertising, the hotel boasted “every modern comfort and convenience, including elevator, telephone in every room, sun room, steam heat night and day, electric lights, and water from the celebrated Pinehurst Spring, and a perfect sanitary system of sewage and plumbing.” Tufts chose Harry Priest, proprietor from June to October of the Hotel Preston in Beach Bluff, Massachusetts, to run The Carolina and also serve as the general hotel manager for all of the various Pinehurst lodgings. Throughout 1900, Priest labored on the massive task of recruiting seasonal staff from his own Hotel Preston and other New England lodgings. He enticed them with the prospect of free lodging and board in the hotel’s three story dormitory wing, which Tufts had attached to the rear of the hotel. Fully staffed, Priest welcomed The Carolina’s first guests on January 1, 1901.

By 1910, H.W. Priest had switched his summer employment to the Hotel Wentworth (now Wentworth by the Sea) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Several of the Wentworth’s key staff followed Priest to Pinehurst for winter jobs at The Carolina, including head bellman Jack Mulcahy, and headwaiter Jimmy Mahar. They in turn encouraged co-workers to shuttle between the two hotels, people like Hungarian immigrant Sam Lacks, who at the age of 32 first appeared on The Carolina’s payroll as a pastry assistant in 1908. While engaged in his summer employment at The Wentworth, Lacks became smitten with co-worker Emma Lyons, a chambermaid and waitress who was born in New Brunswick. The couple married in 1911. Their union would produce two sons — Sam Jr., in 1913, and Stanley, in 1916. Sam Lacks Sr. would work at The Carolina for four decades, rising to a prestigious and lucrative position as the hotel’s doorman before retiring in 1947. In 2002, Sam’s younger son, Stanley (who himself worked several years at The Carolina prior to a distinguished banking career), authored papers, now housed in Pinehurst’s Tufts Archives, concerning his family and Carolina hotel operations during the first half of the 20th century. Stanley’s writings give a vivid picture of the nomadic lives and challenges of hotel workers of that long-ago time. In the early days, “most migrating workers had several things in common: they were white, Christian, unmarried, and of Irish or English descent. They were capable of reading, writing, and doing arithmetic, but few had completed high school . . . The women had long hair and the men were clean-shaven,” writes Stanley Lacks. At the time most younger female employees “considered hotel work as a transition period prior to marriage and children.” Emma Lacks left her employment at The Carolina prior to the birth of her first child. She would return as the “newsstand lady” after her two

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boys graduated from high school. Stanley indicated that the majority of workers were Irish Catholics, including the aforementioned supervisors Mulcahy and Mahar. Church services for employees were held in their common area — “Help’s Hall” — until the Sacred Heart Catholic Church was erected in 1921, a chip shot distance from the hotel. Before departing south for Pinehurst, workers stopped by the headquarters of the Boston Uniform Company to be fitted for their job attire. Waitresses were issued yellow garb to wear while serving breakfast and lunch, and crisp white uniforms for dinner. Bellmen were provided single-breasted navy blue uniforms of the same serge material that adorned U.S. naval officers. The head bellman and doorman (Sam Lacks) “wore double-breasted models with two gold stripes on the sleeves.” The uniforms and personal dress items were shoehorned into the workers’ suitcases and Sam Lacks leather valises in preparation for the journey. Until highway driving became less harrowing than a moon shot, there were only two feasible means for Hotel Wentworth employees to make their way to Pinehurst for the winter season. The excursion could be taken exclusively by rail, but the most popular method (and the one preferred by the Lacks family) involved boarding a Merchants & Minors steamship that would depart South Boston’s harbor about two hours before sunset. Upward of 100 hotel workers, most known to one another, would be aboard. Stanley Lacks recalls that “if the ship left Boston on Monday evening, it arrived in Portsmouth, Va., on Wednesday morning.” The disembarking passengers then boarded a Seaboard Line train that chugged them into Southern Pines in the evening. The Lacks family did not attempt to travel the distance by automobile until 1927. Even then, road conditions outside cities and towns were generally deplorable. Stanley Lacks recalls it took seven days for the family to drive to Pinehurst. “Not a day passed we did not have to stop and patch an inner tube or find a small stream to get water for the radiator,” he would ruefully reflect. “We had to take a ferry across two or three rivers and forded several small streams with water up to the hubcaps . . . We had to avoid running out of gas because filling stations were few and far between.” The employee dormitory (the “Help’s Quarters”) housed married couples, pairs of single men and pairs of single women on three floors. Men’s and women’s toilets and bathing facilities were located on each floor. All rooms were windowed, equipped with sinks, and large enough to accommodate two people, though department heads and a few others were afforded private rooms. Some hotel jobs mandated continuous coverage from early in the morning until late at night, thus requiring two shifts of workers. Stanley wrote that in this situation, “one shift worked a long day (7 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to closing) while the other shift worked a short day (noon to 6 p.m.), with alternating long and short days. By assigning two staff members working opposite shifts to a room, each could get some private time.” Following the death of his father, Leonard Tufts would construct other houses for employee lodging. The Lacks family resided several seasons at Thistle Cottage, a four-apartment dwelling on Community Road. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley, who taught riflery at the Gun Club, occupied an adjoining unit. With seven-day workweeks, there would seem to have been little time


for workers to form, let alone act upon, attractions with one another while employed at the hotels. Indeed, Stanley wrote that romantic courting was mostly “an off-season practice” occurring during the vacation periods between the workers’ Northern and Southern hotel assignments. Perhaps that was so, but one suspects people in love generally find ways of spending time with one another. The employees used three separate dining areas at the hotel. The jobs performed by the workers determined their dining locations. The manager and his wife, the hosts and hostesses sat at a large table in the corner of the cavernous main dining room, provided they were properly attired (coat and tie, etc.). Other higher-up staff, like the “department heads, doormen, desk clerks, switchboard operators, newsstand manager, musicians, waitress captains, porter” ate with full waitress service at the Side Hall, located between the main dining room and the kitchen. Help’s Hall (referred to as “The Zoo”) served as the eating area for the remaining employees. The Zoo also provided a central place for employee meetings and get-togethers. An adjacent small store sold Old Gold cigarettes, candy and miscellaneous items. According to Stanley Lacks, some workers never left the grounds of the hotel until heading north in the spring. The workforce generally reached Pinehurst at least a week before the hotel opened. The early arrival provided “time to get the house ready. The women cleaned and polished while the men painted. Every fall they painted everything in sight: floors, walls, ceilings, porches, and some of the furniture,” wrote Lacks. The hotel booked conventions at the beginning of each season. Management viewed the convention traffic as a “dress rehearsal” opportunity in which employees could “demonstrate competence in his or her type of work,” prior to “encountering the more critical guests.” And staff members were made to understand that when the blue-blooded social season guests arrived for their month’s stay, they expected service of the highest standard. The employees of Sam Lacks’ era labored in a hotel environment far more formal than that of The Carolina today. The male guests dressed for dinner in dark suits with ties, and their ladies were invariably clothed in colorful evening dresses. The upper crust, Stanley Lacks recalls, would “congregate in the lobby in overstuffed upholstered chairs. Demitasse was poured from a large silver urn by the hotel’s hostess and served in fine china,” while the hotel’s paid orchestra provided soothing musical accompaniment. This formality led to certain employee positions having greater prestige than

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would be the case today. One was the “coat room lady,” the post held by Freda Marks. Lacks recollects that Marks “was an important person toward making hotel guests feel at home. She sat on a chair outside the entrance to the dining room and everyone had to pass her going in and out.” Freda took charge of the mink, ermine and sable coats of Cottage Colony females who came for dinner, and shared town gossip with them, practices conducive to substantial gratuities. Stanley Lacks worked at The Carolina for several years in the 1940s assisting his father as a doorman. He remembers receiving a salary of $8 a week. “But I did not receive that money weekly; it was a book-entry in the Pinehurst, Inc. records,” he recalled. “The company gave me a check at the end of the season for the total amount due. If I had worked a total of 32 weeks, I received a check for $256.” Since he received free room and board and gratuities, Stanley saw the job as more profitable than his succeeding employment with the Federal Reserve Bank in which he received $2,500 annually. Hotel workers not receiving gratuities were paid higher salaries. It’s doubtful anyone working at the hotel, including the manager, received more in compensation than Sam Lacks collected in tips. When Sam was first promoted to the job of doorman in 1910, his duties mostly involved greeting guests and helping them out of their carriages. But with the advent of motion pictures, Lacks’ standing in the galaxy of employees skyrocketed because it was he who controlled the guests’ access to movie tickets at the popular Pinehurst Theatre. Demand for tickets often exceeded supply, and those that Sam favored with the treasured ducats expressed their gratitude by showering him with silver and paper currency. Stanley Lacks wrote that the “tips came so fast he did not have a chance to see what he received before it went into his pocket.” Sam told his children to never divulge any information about this blizzard of cash. “It was a family secret,” says Stanley. Rather than deposit the accumulated gratuities in a Pinehurst institution, Lacks banked in Southern Pines, where he was relatively unknown. Perhaps out of jealousy that the doorman seemed to be taking home more than they were, the hotel’s managers over the years considered restricting Lacks’ compensation to a fixed amount, but it never came to pass. Stanley Lacks wrote, “Selling the theatre tickets helped my family get through the years of economic depression. It also put my brother and me through Duke University.” Sam Lacks’ success in receiving this largess was enhanced by his colorful and winning personality. According to The Pilot, he befriended everyone he met, including “members of the European nobility, a former president, several senators, and businessmen and sportsmen of national prominence.” He was also thought to “exercise a mysterious control over the weather,” an ability which he never bothered to deny. It may have concerned the Tufts family that Pinehurst, Inc., did not own or control the Northern hotels where The Carolina’s manager and employees worked during the summer. There was always a possibility that a manager could resign from The Carolina, go to work for another Southern establishment, and take his employees with him. To guard against this and also provide year-around employment for his workforce, Leonard’s son Richard Tufts entered into a contract in 1931 for Pinehurst, Inc., to manage the Berkshire Hunt & Country Club in Lenox, Massachusetts. Richard shipped The Carolina’s then manager Ed Fitzgerald and his workforce (including Sam Lacks) to Lenox for the summer. In subsequent years, Pinehurst, Inc., owned the Marshall House in York Harbor, Maine, which served as another summer base for The Carolina’s migrating employees. Pinehurst’s status as a premier winter resort took a hit after World War II when Florida became a more attractive destination due to increasing ease of air travel and newly air-conditioned hotel rooms. Moreover, the old-line guests who customarily stayed in Pinehurst for a month were steadily fading away from the scene. A new generation of Pinehurst, Inc. managers, led by Jim Harrington and William Sledge, maintained that the resulting decline in revenue necessitated a revised business model featuring an increased emphasis on attracting conventions and catering to groups of visiting golfers. Harrington, now 91, also remembers telling Richard Tufts that Pinehurst could no longer afford to have its assets lie dormant five months of the year, and that the

Sam Lacks, front row left, with bellmen and doormen. Stanley Lacks is front row, third from the left.

Freda Marks company needed to move toward year-round operation. Finally, in 1961, Harrington persuaded the shareholders to approve the building of a swimming pool and installation of air-conditioning at the Holly Inn. For the first time, a Pinehurst resort property was available for lodging throughout the year. In the mid-1960s, further improvements were underway at The Carolina to enhance convention traffic. Sledge headed the construction project to build the Carolina Ballroom. Air conditioning of The Carolina’s rooms was completed in 1969, but Richard, and those in agreement with him, could never bring themselves to pull the trigger authorizing year-round operation. Ongoing disagreements between shareholders regarding a host of issues led to the sale of Pinehurst, Inc., in 1970 to industrialist Malcolm McLean. Under the “Diamondhead” umbrella, McLean opened The Carolina to full time operation in 1971. With employees now expected to live near the hotel all year, Diamondhead saw no need to keep the Help’s Quarters. The old dormitory wing was razed and the Marshall House was sold. Ceiling fans and steamer trunks were a thing of the past. It was the end of an era. PS Pinehurst resident Bill Case is PineStraw’s history man. He can be reached at Bill.Case@thompsonhine.com.

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Grand Illusions

Parlor, Hauser-Reich-Butner House By L aura A. W. Phillips


ecorative interior painting provided homeowners, especially during the 19th century, with a wide range of options for embellishing their houses. By employing an “ornamental painter”or perhaps giving free rein to a talented family member, a homeowner could endow a single room or an entire house with a lively and fashionable character. Decorative interior painting enlivens houses and other buildings throughout North Carolina, from the Coastal Plain through the Piedmont to the mountains. Hundreds of examples have been recorded, but these likely represent only a fraction of what once existed or, in some cases, still exists but remains undiscovered. The clientele for decorative painting spanned a broad range of economic levels. As might be expected, some clients were wealthy landowners and entrepreneurs who occupied large and impressive houses. At the same time, a surprising number were middling farmers who lived in modest vernacular dwellings. Thus, decorative painting was commissioned both by those who could afford fancy wallpapers and expensive woods and marbles and by those of lesser means who could acquire the services of a traveling painter in exchange for not much more than room and board. What all these clients had in common was that they found decorative painting to be a desirable way to adorn their homes.


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Wood-grained door, Bynum-Sugg House Coolmore, trompe-l’oeil detail Coolmore staircase

North Carolina houses present a full range of decorative painting types, including freehand, wood-grained, marbled, smoked, stone-blocked, stenciled, tromp l-oeil, and scenic painting. Nearly half of the known houses with decorative painting display more than one type, as is true of the examples cited previously. In some, the painting program carries throughout the house, while in others, it is confined to a single, semi-public room, usually the parlor. A popular combination was to have doors wood-grained and mantels and baseboards marbled, which provided a luxurious though subtle and restrained character to the formal rooms. The most outstanding multiple types combined in a well-thought-out, comprehensive scheme. Painting often bore characteristics in common with architectural and furniture styles of the period in which it was created, including the Federal, Greek Revival, and late Victorian. And whatever the period, painters executed their work in a range of expressions, from the sophisticated academic work of highly trained painters to the sometimes bizarre examples of painting by artists with more limited technical skills and powerful imaginations. PS Excerpted from the new book Grand Illusions: Historic Decorative Interior Painting in North Carolina, by Laura A. W. Phillips. Distributed by the University of North Carolina Press PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2019


The House That Golf Built

The Dedman family transforms a historic home


By Deborah Salomon Photographs by John Koob Gessner

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The adjective pool runs dry just inside the front door of Fownes Cottage, which, at 7,000-plus square feet on a triple lot, has been a Pinehurst village landmark since 1914. At first, the exclamation is one of surprise, since the house presents an optical conundrum. Streetside, the windswept cedar shingles on the longitudinal frontage suggests the New England coast. Then, past a low brick wall, brilliant green manicured

winter grass, shrubs and patio suggest more. Yet not even that hint prepares the visitor for a first look: comfortable formality expressed in misty turquoise, cloudy white, and blue shading from Wedgwood to royal and bright navy. Blue, blue, blue, chosen for its soothing qualities, repeated in custom carpets, luxurious drapes and floral upholstery . . . a surfeit of perfection. Stand in the foyer, face the staircase and turn clockwise. The most unusual greeting area has a low table and tufted banquettes. Next, a living room that stretches a mile to the family-gaming-sun room with bar; a dining salon seating 12

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with elbow room aplenty. Stop there to admire the wallpaper — a diorama of greenish blue foliage and oversized birds, from the historic Gracie Chinoiserie collection. This space earns the kind of massive chandelier often seen crammed into smaller rooms. Floorboards, some original, are stained and polished strips of pine and oak. The kitchen seems odd at first, well equipped but smallish — at least the part glimpsed from the dining room. However, behind closed doors are a preparation area and butler’s pantry used by the resort chefs who prepare fine cuisine for guests and business meetings. Fownes Cottage is both a satellite home for the family of Bob Dedman Jr., owner of Pinehurst Resort, and lodging for his guests. Golf memorabilia is everywhere, yet integrated into the formal décor. Dedman’s favorite example lines an upstairs hallway: framed pastels of the 18 holes on No. 2 by noted artist Jane E. Hixon, a Pinehurst resident. Elsewhere, trophies, photos, autographs, a scorecard signed by Donald Ross — even a battered golf bag belonging to Fownes himself. Less formal, the attic has been transformed into a girly dorm with berth beds for the teenage Dedman daughters. In truth, like a cream-filled French pastry, its richness is better appreciated in small bites, interspersed with history.



y 1914 word of Pinehurst had reached the right ears. What started as a health resort was becoming a wealth resort, thanks to the golf links James Walker Tufts provided for exercise. Rich merchants, bankers and industrialists from Pennsylvania and points north recognized its attributes (climate, rail transportation, accommodations) as a winter destination. The homes Tufts built for long-term guests were soon joined by larger “cottages,” a misnomer unless the occupant’s primary residence is Versailles. During Prohibition, alcoholic beverages were rumored to be available. But for Henry Clay Fownes of Pittsburgh, golf was the main event. Heaven knows, he could afford it. Born in Pittsburgh in 1856, Fownes, with his brother, William, made a fortune in iron and manufacturing furnaces. Carnegie Steel bought them out in 1896, leaving H.C. rich, with plenty of time for other pursuits. The Fownes family had frequented Pinehurst since the early 1900s when its streets were muddy and vegetation scruffy. Now, he could build a suitable retreat described in contemporaneous accounts as a “villa” with cove ceilings, a hipped roof and dormers, seven bedrooms, multiple bathrooms and, later, a four-bay garage

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with a three-bedroom apartment over it. The Pinehurst Outlook of 1915 called the cottage “the real thing, costing $25,000 — a lot of money.” The florid description continues: “…a vast, rambling house, livable and inviting of some 20 rooms, with sunshine, fresh air, God’s glorious open (sic) everywhere.” Fownes became a hands-on homeowner. Despite his wealth, in 1926 he wrote a letter complaining about a plumbing bill for valves, and a water bill for keeping the garden alive during summer months when the house was unoccupied. Fownes’ previous project, in 1903, was developing and presiding over the world-famous Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, designated as a National Historic Landmark. Its longitudinal shingled clubhouse foreshadows his Pinehurst retreat. H.C. and wife Mary had one child, William, (named for H.C.’s brother), who kept the house after his father’s death in 1935. Parts of the interior were destroyed by fire in the late 1920s. The Dedmans are only the third owners.


he Dedman family of Dallas is also legendary in the world of golf resorts (ClubCorp), philanthropy, education and other endeavors. As owner of Pinehurst Resort, with the 2014 U.S. Open Championship approaching, Dedman wanted a residence here. “It was the opportunity to have a historic house and a sense of place to entertain in a more intimate setting,” he says. “I looked at land at No. 8 but wanted something closer to the campus, where I could walk to the village and get a coffee at The Roast Office.” He decided on Fownes Cottage in 2013, which meant only a year to renovate. “We wanted a gracious, historical house, more like a home than a hotel,” furnished in antiques, but with every bell, every whistle, every fireplace and background music selection controlled remotely. This meant rearranging seven bedrooms into four suites (and an office), each with a bathroom and sitting area, creating the attic dorm and adding niceties like an upstairs coffee kitch-

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enette with paneled refrigerator, as well as replacing all the systems and enhancing the landscaping — a huge undertaking. Most visible, therefore of prime importance, were furnishings and décor implemented by Dallas interior designer Mark Clay, fresh off 20 years with Ralph Lauren in New York. Clay had designed interiors for Dedman family homes in Vail and the Virginia mountains, as well as their new home in Dallas. “I know what they love,” he says. This time, Clay translated that love into an English manor rooted in local history. “It was important to Mr. Dedman that the house show respect for Pinehurst.” At Dedman’s suggestion he scoured Moore County for photographs and magazine covers to surround with silvery frames, which complemented the pervading blue. Clay commissioned rugs in particular hues and patterns, including a wide 55-foot hallway runner, which were woven to order in Turkey. Seagrove pottery in a rainbow of blues was also created for the cottage. “Mr. Dedman bought the dining room table,” but the antique Waterford crystal chandelier over it came from the couple’s first house, “something of sentimental value,” Clay adds. Instead of hiding TVs in armoires, Clay found less massive antique linen press cupboards to retrofit, since the bedrooms, including the master suite, are moderately sized. Other case pieces, all in mahogany and dark woods, were shipped from the Dedman estate in Dallas or sourced in Raleigh.



etails complete this portrait of style and elegance. Since some doors already had glass knobs, Clay replaced others with cut crystal — smooth and heavy to the touch. Windows throughout are covered with shades fashioned from natural grass that, while admitting light, provide privacy without drawing the heavy drapes. Clay was instructed to furnish the above-garage apartment with pieces of equal mode and quality as the cottage, lest overflow guests feel slighted. Some of Clay’s decisions resulted from research. He insisted that the stairway arising from the foyer have natural wood handrails and painted balusters, because that’s how it was done. Besides, that staircase — perfect for a bride — may someday appear in family photos. This thought has not escaped Bob Dedman’s practical side: “I told my daughters there’s a church across the street. We could have the reception here . . . a destination wedding. It would be so convenient.” In the meantime, Fownes joins Mystic Cottage (village home of Fownes’ friend Leonard Tufts, built in 1899), Dornoch Cottage (built by Donald Ross in 1924) and half a dozen others representing an era when golf, and Pinehurst, were attracting, in James Walker Tufts’ words, “A refined and intelligent class of people.” People with the interest and means to build, and now renew these homes. The circle is complete. PS

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By Ash Alder

Devilish Alternative

My younger brother has single-handedly cleared a tray of deviled eggs at more than one Easter supper. That’s why I was particularly stunned when he told me that he was adapting a vegan diet. No more deviled eggs? Well, not exactly. But when he told me about Thug Kitchen, a vegan cookbook peppered with language that would make our granny’s draw drop, I understood. Inside: a recipe for deviled chick-pea bites. Although we can’t print that here without heavy-handed edits, check out this equally scrumptious vegan recipe from Whole Foods Market: tender roasted baby potatoes topped with spicy yolk-free filling. Brother approved.

April is a procession of wonder. Flowering redbud. Rising asparagus. Row after row of tulips and daffodils. When the earliest strawberries arrive, childhood memories of roadside stands and pick-your-own patches follow. The first time your grandma took you strawberry picking, you’d never seen berries so plump or vivid. Two, three, four buckets later, you’re back in the car, eyes twinkling, belly full of fruit made sweeter because you picked it. Easter conjures memories of Sunday hats and wicker baskets, and a grade-school field trip to a house down the street from the church. There, a classmate’s yard is dotted with dozens of colorful eggs — some painted, some plastic, all filled with candy — but all hearts are set on the coveted silver one, a super-sized treasure found in the low branches of a climbing tree when the sun hits the foil just right. Maybe next year. Or perhaps the true magic is discovering what you aren’t trying to find, like the robin’s nest in one of the hanging baskets. In my early 20s (read, coin laundry days), on a visit home for Easter, my folks planted a basketful of plastic eggs in the backyard, each one filled with quarters. Sometimes the great surprise is the wonder that grows with age.

Deviled Potatoes

Scope It Out

(Want to take this deviled egg alternative to the next level? Sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley before serving.)

According to National Geographic, one of the top sky-watching events of the year will occur on Tuesday, April 23. On this dreamy spring morning, at dawn, watch as the waning gibbous moon approaches brilliant Jupiter as if they were forbidden lovers. Use binoculars if you’ve got them.

Ingredients: 12 baby potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds) 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise 1/3 cup drained silken tofu 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Method: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each potato in half crosswise. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with oil and place cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Roast until tender when pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Using a melon baller, scoop out center of each potato half. Combine potato flesh, mayonnaise, tofu, mustard, paprika, turmeric, salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse just until smooth. Scoop filling into potato halves. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 days) before serving.

If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Last Frost

The Old Farmer’s Almanac speculates that a full moon in April brings frost. Cue the Full Pink Moon on Good Friday, April 19. While it’s not actually pink, Algonquin tribes likely named this month’s full moon for the wild ground phlox that blooms with the arrival of spring. Consider it a signal that it’s time to plan your summer garden. Plant now, and enjoy fresh tomatoes and cukes right off the vine.

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Arts Entertainment C A L E N DA R

Art of the Tatoo: A Living Canvas



Second Saturdays



Although conscientious effort is made to provide accurate and up-to-date information, all events are subject to change and errors can occur! Please call to verify times, costs, status and location before planning or attending an event.

complexities and professionalism involved in providing town services and promote collaboration between residents and their government. Applications are available on the town website at www.southernpines.net.

BOOKWORMS BOOKCLUB. Are you in grade K–5 and want to join a book club? Find the Bookworms display in the library to take home the book of the month, pick up your discussion questions and grab some activities. When you have finished reading the book, fill out the book review to post on the library’s wall. This month’s book is Pippi Longstocking. Can’t read yet? Read along with a grown-up. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235.

Monday, April 1

OUTPOST BOOK SALES. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday– Saturday. Monthly sale — gardening, golf/sports and travel — buy one, get one free, some exclusions apply. Given Outpost and Book Shop, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 585-4820 or 295-7002. JOY OF ART STUDIO. Joy of Art Studio Creative Arts begins in June so sign up starts soon. Art for all ages children and adults, lots of creative fun. Drawing, painting and mixed media. Joy also offers birthday parties, private lessons, home school curriculum and creative counseling. Unless otherwise stated, classes are held at Joy of Art Studio, 139 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite B, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 528-7283 or joyof_art@msn.com or Facebook link www.facebook.com/Joyscreativespace/ for a complete list of events this month. CITIZENS ACADEMY. Applications are being accepted for the Town of Southern Pines Citizens Academy. Sessions will be held through May on Tuesdays from 6 -8 p.m., with a light dinner served starting at 5:30 p.m. The goal of the Citizens Academy is to demonstrate both the


BASKET WEAVING. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Carol Howard will teach a class in basket weaving. Class is limited to 10 attendees. All materials and equipment will be provided. Cost: $40. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.sandhillswe.org. SIP AND PAINT WITH JANE. 5–7 p.m. Join local artist Jane Casnellie for a fun painting class suitable for all levels, including beginners. No experience necessary and all materials included as well as your wine. Take home your own masterpiece. Cost: $35. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 639-4823 or www. janecasnellie.com. FOOD TRUCK. 5 - 9 p.m. Rome N’ Round Food Truck. The food truck will also be at Southern Pines Brewing Company on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 5 - 9 p.m. and April 5, 12 and 19 from 3:30 - 8:30 p.m. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www.southernpinesbrewing.com.

Monday, April 1 — Tuesday, April 30

Carolina Philharmonic



tasting of his latest craft beer paired with samplings of smoked brisket, North Carolina barbecue and other meats direct from our smokehouse. Tickets: $35 and includes a four beer sampling with four smoked meats. Pinehurst Brewery, 300 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com. FOOD TRUCK. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Jayas Indian Cuisine. The food truck will also be at Southern Pines Brewing Company on April 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. and April 6 and 20 from 1 - 7 p.m. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www.southernpinesbrewing.com.

Wednesday, April 3 OPENING RECEPTION. 3 - 5 p.m. Art of the Tattoo: A Living Canvas, co-presented with the Arts Council of Moore County. The photographs will be on display through April 26. Hastings Art Gallery, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 696-3879. FOOD TRUCK. 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Meat & Greek Food Truck. The food truck will also be at Southern Pines Brewing Company on April 10, 17 and 24. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www.southernpinesbrewing.com.

PEEPS DIORAMA CONTEST. The contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, invites participants to submit a diorama depicting their favorite book with Peeps© as the main characters. Digital videos are also accepted. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Wednesday, April 3 — Thursday, April 4

Tuesday, April 2

MUSIC & MOTION STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. This story time, especially for children ages 2-5 and their families, will incorporate stories and songs along with danc-

BEERS AND BRISKET. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Join head brewer, Eric Mitchell, for a special guided

ART CLASS. Basic concepts in drawing with pencil. Taught by Laureen Kirk. For beginners and intermediates. Cost: $45. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or www.artisleague.org.

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CA L E N DA R ing, playing and games to foster language and motor skill development. Capacity is limited to 25 children and their accompanying adult per session. Check-in is required with a valid SPPL full or limited access cards. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. FOOD TRUCK. 4 - 9 p.m. Pink Pig BBQ & Shrimp Food Truck. The food truck will also be at Southern Pines Brewing Company on April 11, 18 and 25. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www.southernpinesbrewing.com. BOOK EVENT. 6 p.m. Join The Country Bookshop and The Pilot for an evening with the New York Times best-selling author, Amor Towles, at the Pinehurst Resort. Tickets include an autographed copy of A Gentleman in Moscow. The evening will have a cash bar featuring a signature Russian cocktail. Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Dr., Pinehurst. Info: www.thecountrybookshop.biz. Tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com. SUSHI NIGHT. Chef Mark Elliott is doing sushi the proper way. Spaces are limited. Cost: $38 per person. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Suite A, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775.

Thursday, April 4 — Sunday, April 21 THEATRE SHOW. The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter. Tickets: $15 - $25. For specific times and prices visit the website at www.cfrt.org. Cape Fear Regional Theatre, 1209 Hay St., Fayetteville.

Friday, April 5 FIREFEST. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Celebrate the role of fire in the creation of art during this two day festival. There will be workshops, an art sale, demos, live music and food and drink vendors. Daily admission is $5. The festival continues through Saturday, April 6. STARworks, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Info: (910) 428-9001 or www.starworksnc.org. POT LUCK LUNCHEON. 12 p.m. Seniors 55 and older can participate in a free potluck lunch. Bring a small dish and enjoy great food and fellowship. Ten games of bingo will follow the lunch with prizes for winners. Cost: $2 for Southern Pines Residents; $4 non-residents. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or www.southernpines.net/136/Recreation-Parks. ART EXHIBIT. 5 - 7 p.m. A special opening reception for the 25th anniversary exhibit of “Silver Interpretations in Art.” The exhibit will be open through April 26. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or www.artisleague.org. MOORE TRIVIA. 6 - 9 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills and the Moore County Chamber of Commerce will be co-hosting the 4th Annual Moore Trivia Night. Teams of eight or four will compete for the honor of Moore Trivia

Champions. Food, beer and wine will be available. Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Saturday, April 6 PLANT SALE. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friendly prices on plants from the Weymouth estate and local gardens. White elephant items and tools. Bring your own wagon if possible. Coffee and baked goods for sale. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. FARM TOUR. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come out to the third annual Sandhills Self-Driving Farm Tour and see more than a dozen farms. Farm-raised products will be available to purchase. Moore County Agricultural Building, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. Info: (910) 947-3188. WILDINGS PROGRAM. 10 a.m. Explore activities on the Weymouth Woods TRACK Trail and learn how your child can earn prizes for each trail tracked. Geared toward 6 to 10-year-olds. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov. KIDS PROGRAM. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Science is everything and everywhere. Experiments, activities, books and crafts will be setup to highlight science. Bring a friend and sign up for a free library card. This event is free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library & Tufts Archives, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.giventufts.org. DOG DAY IN THE GARDEN. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bring the whole family, dogs included, for a paw-some day while learning about the work that Fayetteville Animal Protection Society does. Free for CFBG members; regular admission for non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221. EQUESTRIAN EVENT. Spring Schooling Day offering Dressage, Hunter Ring and Jumper Ring schooling. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074. CONCERT. 7 p.m. Turnia Trio. The concert is presented by Sandhills Community College Music Department. Free admission. Bradshaw Activity Center, O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 695-3828 or booka@sandhills.edu.

Sunday, April 7 BOLSHOI BALLET. 1 p.m. The Golden Age. Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3611 or www.sunrisetheater.com. CROP WALK. 1 p.m. Join the Sandhills Crop Walk and support this fundraising event to end hunger. Monetary donations and canned goods benefit the Moore Coalition for Human Care and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. Brownson Memorial Presbyterian, Ashe St. parking lot, Southern Pines. Info: 72bulbqueen18@gmail.com.

CLASSICALLY SUNDAYS. 2 p.m. Turnia Trio with Kristina Henkel, piano. Tickets at the door: $20/members; $30/non-members. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter. org. Tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com. WRITING GROUP. 2:30 p.m. Interested in creating fiction, nonfiction, poetry or comics? Connect with other writers and artists, chat about your craft and get feedback on your work. All levels are welcome. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. JUNIOR RANGER. 3 p.m. Learn how to become a Junior Ranger with N.C. Parks while completing actives and learning about service projects. Suitable for kids ages 6 to 12. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov.

Monday, April 8 EVENING STORYTIME. 5:30 p.m. Children ages 3 through 3rd grade and their families will enjoy stories and activities that foster a love of books and reading plus tips for winding down and getting the week off on the right track. Capacity is limited to 25 children and their caregivers per session, and check-in with a valid SPPL card is required. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. CHAMBER MUSIC. 8 - 10 p.m. Listen to violinist, Benjamin Beilman, and pianist, Andrew Tyson. Cost: $30/Arts Council members; $35/non-members. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or www.mooreart.org.

Monday, April 8 — Tuesday, April 9 ART CLASS. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Painting flowers and fruit using oil and acrylic. Taught by Harry Neely. For intermediate artists. Cost: $83. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or www.artisleague.org.

Tuesday, April 9 ADULT STORYTIME. 12 p.m. Stop in, with or without your lunch, and Audrey Moriarty will read one of her favorite short stories. Bring a friend and sign up for a free library card. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library & Tufts Archives, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.giventufts.org.

Wednesday, April 10 BOOK EVENT. 5 p.m. Scott Huler with A Delicious Country: Rediscovering the Carolinas Along the Route of John Lawson’s 1700 Expedition. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.thecountrybookshop.biz.

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CA L E N DA R SPEED NETWORKING. 6 - 8 p.m. The Sway has paired with Moore Young Professionals for a speed networking event to give you one-on-one time with local professionals. Cost: Free for Moore Young Professionals members; $5 for non-members. The House of Fish, 9671 N.C. 211 East, Aberdeen. Tickets: www. ticketmesandhills.com. BOURBON TASTING. 6:30 p.m. Bourbon tasting and cigars on the patio. Three tastes paired with three bites. Reservations are recommended. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.theslyfoxpub.com.

Thursday, April 11 GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 p.m. Learn about the cool science-related things to do in Moore County. Bring a friend and sign up for a free library card. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library & Tufts Archives, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Event will also be held at 7 p.m. at The Given Book Shop, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.giventufts.org. LECTURES AT WEYMOUTH. 5:30 p.m. “Wives, Partners and Rivals: Women Who Challenged the Status Quo, Josef and Anna Albers at Black Mountain College.” Lecturer is Molly Gwinn. Tickets: $15/ Arts Council of Moore County and Weymouth members or $20/ nonmember. Tickets available only through the Arts Council. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or weymouthcenter.org. SPRING BARN DANCE. 6 - 10 p.m. Come enjoy dinner, dancing and a silent auction at the Prancing Horse Annual Spring Barn Dance. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the Wine Cellar, A Bit Used in Vass,

Sandhills Winery, Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour or online. Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info and tickets: (910) 281-3223 or www.prancing-horse.org. SIP AND MEET. 6 p.m. Come meet artist, Thomas Arvid while sipping on wine. Proceeds are donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Cost: $55 per person. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Suite A, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775. THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Open mic with The Parsons. Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www.theroosterswife.org. Tickets: ticketmesandhills.com.

Friday, April 12 FESTIVAL D’AVION. 6 - 9 p.m. Celebrate flight and freedom at the Moore County Airport. There will be a concert from On The Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band. The festival will continue on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Moore County Airport, 7425 Aviation Blvd., Carthage. Info and tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com. MEET THE ARTIST. 5 - 7 p.m. Come meet Thomas Arvid, a contemporary oil painter. Benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills. Tickets: $25 per person. Holly Inn, 155 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com. LIVE AFTER 5. 5:15 - 9 p.m. Kicking off the series is the band, Night Years. Food trucks will be on site and beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase. Picnic baskets are allowed. No outside alcoholic beverages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free and open to the public. Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road W., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-2817 or www.vopnc.org.

Friday, April 12 — Sunday, April 14 EQUESTRIAN EVENT. Southern Pines CDE. Divisions: CDE-Training/CDE-Preliminary/CDEIntermediate/CDE-Advanced/CDE-FEI1*/CDE-FEI2.* Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074.

Saturday, April 13 SECOND SATURDAY. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be a pop-up retail shop in conjunction with the Festival D’Avion featuring custom crafted flags and gifts for purchase. The Heritage Flag Company will also present a custom flag to the charity, the Children of Fallen Heroes. Southern Pines Brewing Company and Pinehurst Brewing Company will be on hand with craft beer. Local food trucks will be on site. Moore County Airport, 7425 Aviation Blvd., Carthage. Info: (910) 725-1540 or www.theheritageflag.com. PARTY FOR THE PINE. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy hiking, bird-watching and build your own birdhouse while celebrating the 471st birthday of the oldest known living longleaf pine. Parents need to bring a hammer or battery operated screwdriver. All ages are welcome at this free event that is co-sponsored with Weymouth Woods and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Boyd Tract, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. HOME AND GARDEN TOUR. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tour six beautiful homes and gardens and get special access to the Pinehurst Resort greenhouses, orchid and plant sales, art exhibits and more. Brought to you by the Southern Pines Garden Club. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 the day of the event. Purchase online or at The Country Books Shop, The Campbell House or the Women’s Exchange. Info and tickets: www.southernpinesgardenclub.com.

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CA L E N DA R STEAM. 11 a.m. Craft tables will be out all day. At 11 a.m. join the library staff for a special spring fever event. This program is for children kindergarten through 5th grade. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. FOOD TRUCK. 12 - 6 p.m. Fully Loaded Fritters Food Truck will be on site. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www. southernpinesbrewing.com. BLUES AND BREWS. 12 - 7 p.m. Come enjoy a day of bluegrass performances. Beer, cider and food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5. Malcolm Blue Farm, 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7275 or www.townofaberdeen.net.

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APRIL DANCE. 6:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of dancing at the Elks Lodge. Free dance lesson at 7 p.m. Dance until 9:30 p.m. This will be the group’s Spring Formal. Admission: $10/guests; $8/members. Call to reserve tickets. Carolina Pines Chapter of USA Dance. Southern Pines Elks Lodge, 280 Country Club Circle, Southern Pines. Info: (919) 770-1975. SYMPHONY. 7:30 p.m. “Ode to Joy.” Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 433-4690 or www.fayettevillesymphony.org.

Sunday, April 14 LITERARY AWARDS. 1 p.m. Literary Express Competition Awards Ceremony. Light reception to follow. This ceremony is free to attend. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. ADULT EGG HUNT. 1 - 3 p.m. Southern Pines Brewing Company is teaming up with The Sway for an adult Easter egg hunt. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www. southernpinesbrewing.com. EGG HUNT. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Kids 10 and under can come out for crafts, fake tattoos and much more. The egg hunt will begin at 2:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will also be available for pictures. Campbell House Playground, 450 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. DISCOVERY HIKE. 3 p.m. Join naturalist, Tayt Stafford, for a 2-mile discovery hike and hear fogs croak, see birds fly and maybe even flip some logs. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov. CONVERSATION CAFE. 3 p.m. This event is an open, hosted dialogue with the topic of “Literature: What novel made a lasting impact on your life?” This is an opportunity to listen, reflect and share ideas. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

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WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH. 9:30 a.m. Coffee followed by a business meeting at 10 a.m. Guest speaker is Jonathan Drahos of The Uprising Theater Co./ Shakespeare in the Pines. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. WRITER IN RESIDENCE READING. 5:30 p.m. Jennifer Brown, the Linda Flowers Award Winner. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org.

Tuesday, April 16 CHAPTER MEETING. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Moore County will hold its April chapter meeting and luncheon. The program presentation is “Immigration Issues,” presented by Kate WoomerDeters, staff attorney, Immigrant Rights Project, and Sarah Colwell, staff attorney, Immigrant and Refugee Rights, North Carolina Justice Center. Cost: $15, advance reservation required. Little River Golf Club, 500 Little River Farm Blvd., Carthage. Info: charlottegallagher@gmail.com. JAMES BOYD BOOK CLUB. 2 p.m. Dead on Arrival, by Jaki Shelton Green. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. SCIENCE OF COCKTAILS. 6 - 8 p.m. Join us as we learn about the science that goes into making cocktails with local expert, Tony Cross. Limited seating. Tickets go on sale April 2 at the Given Book Shop. Cost is $25. The Given Book Shop, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.giventufts.org. TRIVIA NIGHT. 6:30 p.m. This month’s trivia theme is James Bond. Chance to win a $50 gift card. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www. theslyfoxpub.com.

Wednesday, April 17 DAY TOUR. 8 a.m. Travel to Duke Homestead and Botanical Garden. Kirk Tours will provide transportation and will depart from the Shaw House at 8 a.m. Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info and reservations: (910) 295-2257 or info@moorehistory.com. EGG HUNT. 12 p.m. Seniors 55 and older are invited to look for hidden eggs, some of which contain prizes. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or www.southernpines.net/136/Recreation-Parks.

Wednesday, April 17 — Thursday, April 18 ART CLASS. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This class will focus on painting landscapes with oils. Taught by Courtney Herndon. For beginners and intermediates. Cost: $45. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or www.artisleague.org.

Thursday, April 18 BOOK CLUB MEETING. 10:30 a.m. The Douglass Center Book Club will meet for discussion. Books can be picked up at the library. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. MUSIC & MOTION STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. This story time, especially for children ages 2-5 and their families, will incorporate stories and songs along with dancing, playing and games to foster language and motor skill development. Capacity is limited to 25 children and their accompanying adult per session. Check-in is required with a valid SPPL full or limited access cards. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE. 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be historian and National Park Service Ranger, Greg Mertz. His topic will be “General Sidney Johnston at the Battle of Shiloh.” Meeting starts at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Civic Club, corner of Pennsylvania and Ashe St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-0452 or mafarina@aol.com. OPEN MIC NIGHT. 7 - 9 p.m. Join in for an open mic night hosted by Eck McCanless. STARworks, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Info: (910) 428-9001 or www.starworksnc.org.

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Friday, April 19 BOOK EVENT. 10:30 a.m. The beloved rabbit from Guess How Much I Love You will be joining us for story time. Bring your little ones for stories and pictures. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.thecountrybookshop.biz.

Saturday, April 20 SENIORS TRIP. 8:30 a.m. Seniors 55 and older can join Southern Pines Recreation & Parks to travel to Raleigh for the Raleigh Flea Market. Lunch to follow. Cost: $8 for Southern Pines Residents; $16 non-residents. Bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Campbell House Playground parking lot and return by 3 p.m. Campbell House Playground, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CLENNY CREEK DAY. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, raffles, vendors and tour two historic homes. There will also be an Easter egg hunt, face painting and other kids activities. This is a free event. Bryant House and McLendon Cabin, 3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage. Info: (910) 692-2051 or www.moorehistory.com. CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Featuring four operatic soloists. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 687-0287 or www.carolinaphil.org.

Saturday, April 20 — Sunday, April 21 EQUESTRIAN EVENT. Longleaf Pine Horse Trials. Divisions: USEF/USEA Recognized: P/ USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized: T,N,BN. USEA Recognized Test: CT-A,CT-I,CT-P,CT-T,CT-N,CT-BN

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Sunday, April 21 EASTER LUNCH. 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Start your day off with an Easter brunch buffet. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.theslyfoxpub.com. EASTER DINNER. 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Come enjoy a four-course meal and live dessert bar. Cost: $45 per person. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Suite A, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775. WILDFLOWER WALK. 3 p.m. Come see what is in bloom on a guided 1.5-mile spring walk. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6922167 or www.ncparks.gov.

Monday, April 22 EVENING STORYTIME. 5:30 p.m. Children ages 3 through 3rd grade and their families will enjoy stories and activities that foster a love of books and reading plus tips for winding down and getting the week off on the right track. Capacity is limited to 25 children and their caregivers per session, and check-in with a valid SPPL card is required. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. CURRY COOKING DEMO. 6:30 p.m. Chef Bill Dill will be demonstrating how to make chicken tikka masala. Reservations required. Free to watch. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www. theslyfoxpub.com.

SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Jeff Marcus, biologist with The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina, will share photos and information about the wildlife and ecology of the Maasai Mara grasslands in southwest Kenya and discuss conservation efforts to protect this important ecosystem. Visitors welcome. Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6922167 or www.sandhillsnature.org.

Tuesday, April 23 ST. GEORGE’S DAY. 7 a.m. Come and celebrate St. George’s Day with The Sly Fox. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.theslyfoxpub.com. ART CLASS. 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. This class will teach you about the basics of alcohol ink. Supplies are included. Taught by Pam Griner. For beginners and intermediates. Cost: $45. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or www.artisleague.org. LIT WITS. 5:30 p.m. Join the library’s book club for 11 to 15-year-olds. You can check out your copy of this month’s book, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, at the library from April 1 through April 22. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. N.C. SYMPHONY. 8 - 10 p.m. Be transported to a watery realm with music inspired by the sea. Tickets are available at the door but may be purchased at the Campbell House in Southern Pines beginning two weeks prior to the concert. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info: (877) 627-6724 or www.ncsymphony.org.


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Wednesday, April 24 BOOK EVENT. 5 p.m. Larry Nielson with Nature’s Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed The World. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.thecountrybookshop.biz. BEER TASTING. 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy three bites paired with three tastings of British beers. Cost: $20 per person. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.theslyfoxpub.com.

Thursday, April 25 THEATRE. 10 a.m. Allelujah! National Theatre Live encore performance. Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3611 or www. sunrisetheater.com. AFTERNOON TEA. 2:30 p.m. Join us for a proper tea and finger sandwiches. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.theslyfoxpub.com. HISTORIAN PRESENTATION. 5 p.m. Enjoy the insight of Marta McDowell, garden historian and author of All the Presidents’ Gardens, as she traces the history of how our presidents left their imprints on the White House grounds. A wine and cheese reception will be at 5 p.m. followed by the program at 6 p.m. Tickets: $50 and can be purchased at the Clara McCLean House at Moore Regional Hospital or online. Cardinal Ballroom, The Carolina Hotel, 80 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst. Info and tickets: (910) 695-7500 or foundationRSVP@firsthealth.org. QUINTET. 7 p.m. John Hatcher and Friends Quintet, The Music of Rodgers and Hart. Light crudités, wine and beer. Tickets: $50/members; $60/non-members.

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Friday, April 26 NATURE IN YOUR BACKYARD. 10 a.m. Find out what lives in your neighborhood as well as how to get more critters into your yard. Join us as we read a book, do activities and make a craft. Geared toward 3 to 5-year-olds to do with their parents. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov. ROCK N’ RUN. 4 - 10 p.m. Come out for a 5K fun run and concert by Whiskey Pines presented by Friend to Friend. Cousins Main Lobster, Roasted & Toasted and Meat & Greek Food Truck will be serving up delicious food. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www.southernpinesbrewing.com.

SPRING POTTERY TOUR. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit shops, see demonstrations, tour workshops and listen to music during the 11th Annual Seagrove Potters Celebration of Spring Pottery Tour. Pottery Highway, N.C. Hwy 705, Seagrove. Info: (336) 879-4145 or www.discoverseagrove.com. NATURALIST GUIDED HIKE. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians on a hike traversing different habitats, discovering the needs of various wildlife species. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike. Participants are eligible for Criteria II credits of N.C. Office of Environmental Education Certification and schoolteachers receive Continuing Education Unit credit. Pre-registration required. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074 or rebecca.skiba@ncwildlife.org. SATURDAY CHILDREN’S PROGRAM. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. “Legends and Tall Tales and Fables, Oh My.” This program is for children to do with their parents. The Boyd Library, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Southern Pines. RSVP required to konoldm@sanhdills.edu.

WINE IN THE PINES. 6 - 9 p.m. Join the Junior League of Moore County for the 3rd Annual Wine Tasting and Spring Fundraiser. There will be wine and beer tastings, music and a silent auction. Tickets: $45. Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com. OUTDOOR MOVIE. 7:30 p.m. Come see Incredibles 2. SoPies and Kona Ice will be selling concessions. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or chair. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or www.southernpines.net/136/Recreation-Parks.

SPRINGFEST. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy tasty concessions, kids’ block of fun, arts, crafts and music. Kids 10 and under can also enjoy bicycle, tricycle and big wheel races. Downtown Southern Pines. Info: www.southernpines.biz. SCULPTURE DAY, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Create your own sculpture and watch it be poured. There will also be demonstrations, beer and a food truck on site. Carolina Bronze Sculpture at historic Lucks Cannery, 798 N.C. Hwy 705, Seagrove. Info: (336) 873-8291.

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CA L E N DA R BRITISH CAR SHOW. 12 p.m. Come see some British rides of the present and past. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.theslyfoxpub.com. FOOD TRUCK. 12 - 6 p.m. Berribowlful. Southern Pines Brewing Company, 565 Air Tool Drive, Suite E, Southern Pines. Info: www.southernpinesbrewing.com. POST CARDS EXHIBIT. 1 - 4 p.m. Come to the Moore County Historical Associations’ “Turn of the Century Photography” exhibit featuring the men and women who saved early Moore County shown in fragile and rare post cards. Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2051 or www.moorehistory.com. NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY. Stop by to celebrate with pretzel-themed items and a fresh local brew. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Suite A, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775. MUSIC. 7:30 p.m. Singer Songwriters in the Round. Sunrise Theater, 244 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3611 or www.sunrisetheater.com.

Saturday, April 27 — Sunday, April 28 EQUESTRIAN EVENT. Prime Time Dressage Show. Prize money and Adult Amateur Awards Program. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074 or www.sportingservices.net/primetime-dressage-show.html.

Sunday, April 28 POP-UP WEDDING DAY. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Skip the long guest list and months of planning to enjoy a pop-up wedding at the garden. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221.

ENGLISH CARVERY. 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Join us for a carver of the traditional Sunday roast. Cost: $21.95 per person. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.theslyfoxpub.com.

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KIDS’ MOVIE. 2:30 p.m. A free showing of a kids’ movie. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Monday, April 29 — Sunday, May 5

TURTLE TRACKING. 3 p.m. Join Dr. John Roe, from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke biology department, to learn about North Carolina box turtles and the radio transmitter methods used to track them. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov. SPRING RECITAL. 4 p.m. The Sandhills Community College Music Department presents the Spring Student Recital. Free admission. West End Presbyterian Church, 275 Knox Lane, West End. Info: (910) 695-3828 or booka@sandhills.edu. SPRING CONCERT. 4 p.m. Moore County Choral Society presents Mozart’s Requiem. Cost: $10/students; $20/adults. Tickets available at The Country Bookshop, The Campbell House, Kirk Tours, Sandhills Winery, at the door or online. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Tickets: www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Monday, April 29 EXPLORING ART. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Join art educator and local artist, Ellen Burke, for an evening of wine and art appreciation. The topic is: “Off to the Races: Artists and the Sport of Kings.” We will explore the artistic interpretations of horse racing. Admission is $20 which


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CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by all week to celebrate and make bookmarks, check out books and more. Bring a friend and sign up for a free library card. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library & Tufts Archives, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.giventufts.org.

Tuesday, April 30 BOOK EVENT. 5 p.m. Jack Kennard with D-Day Journal: The Untold Story of a U.S. Ranger on Omaha Beach. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: www.thecountrybookshop.biz. MUSICIANS JAM SESSION. 6 - 9 p.m. Bring your instrument and beverage or just come and enjoy the music. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS Wednesday, May 1 SIP & SAMPLE. 6 - 8:30 p.m. Sip and sample a collection of wine, craft beers and appetizers from chefs in the Sandhills to benefit the Sandhills Children’s Center. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets: $65 per person; $50/early bird before April 15. Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info and tickets: (910) 692-3323 or www.sandhillschildrenscenter.org.

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Thursday, May 2 EVENT. 6 to 9 p.m. 10th anniversary gala, “A New Leash on Life,” on Thursday, May 2, from at Belle Meade in Southern Pines. Guests will enjoy fine food and wine, a live auction, a demonstration by a child/dog partner team, plus outstanding musical performances by Paul Murphy and pianist Jesse Davis. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at ticketmesandhills.com or by calling the MIRA office at (910) 944-7757.

WEEKLY EVENTS Mondays INDOOR WALKING. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Improve balance, blood pressure and maintain healthy bones with one of the best methods of exercise. Classes are held at the same time Monday through Friday. Ages 55 and up. Cost: $15/resident; $30/non-resident. Southern Pines Recreation Center, 210 Memorial Park Ct., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CONTRACT BRIDGE. 1–4:30 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Ages 55 and up. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. MASTER GARDENER TRAINING. 6 - 8 p.m. Receive a high level of training in all aspects of horticulture. Training fee is $85 for those accepted into the program. Moore County Agricultural Center, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. Info: (910) 947-3188. MASTER GARDENER HELP LINE. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. If you have a garden problem, a garden pest, a question, or if you want help deciding on plant choices, call the Moore County Agriculture Cooperative Extension Office. Knowledgeable Master Gardener volunteers will research the answers for you. The help line is available Monday through Friday and goes through October 31. Walk-in consultations are available during the same hours at the Agricultural Center, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. Info: (910) 947-3188. WORKOUTS. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to get their workout on. Cost for six months: $15/resident; $30/non-resident. The gym is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info and registration: (910) 692-7376.

Tuesdays BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 and 11 a.m. (two sessions). This story time, reserved for ages birth to 24 months, will engage parents and children in early literacy brain-building practices. Dates this month are April 2, 9,

16, 23 and 30. Programs are limited to 25 children and their accompanying adult per session. Parents or caregivers must check in to story time sessions at the circulation desk up to an hour before the start of each session with their valid SPPL full or limited access cards. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. TAI CHI FOR HEALTH. 10–11:30 a.m. Practice this flowing Eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin. Cost per 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. TABLE TENNIS. 7 - 9 p.m. Enjoy playing this exciting game every Tuesday. Cost for six months is $15 for residents of Southern Pines and $30 for non-residents. For adults 55 and older. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

Wednesdays TAX HELP. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Trained AARP volunteers will offer free tax help. This will run through April 13. Clients must register onsite and there are no prior appointments by phone. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. TAP CLASS. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. For adults 55 and older. All levels welcome. Cost per class: $15/resident; $30/ non-resident. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info and registration: (910) 692-7376. STRETCH AND MOVE DANCE CLASS. 1- 2 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Enjoy gentle, low impact dancing to R&B and inspirational music. Cost per class: $15/ resident; $30/non-resident. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info and registration: (910) 692-7376. YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6–7 p.m. Improve flexibility, build strength, ease tension and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike. Free for CFBG and YMCA members, $5/non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221, ext. 36 or www.capefearbg.org. (Must register one day prior). Email questions to mzimmerman@capefearbg.org. CONTRACT BRIDGE. 1–4:30 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Ages 55 and up. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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READ TO YOUR BUNNY PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30–4 p.m. Especially for children ages 2–5, this story time focuses on stories, songs and fun, with a special emphasis on activities that build language and socialization skills to prepare for kindergarten. Dates this month are April 3, 10, 17 and 24. Stay for playtime. This event is limited to 25 children and their accompanying adult per session. Parents or caregivers must check in to story time sessions at the circulation desk up to an hour before the start of each session with their valid SPPL full or limited access cards. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235. FARM TO TABLE. Join Sandhills Farm to Table Co-op by ordering a subscription of local produce to support our local farmers. Info: (910) 722-1623 or www.sandhillsfarm2table.com.

Thursdays GIVEN 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. MAHJONG (Chinese version). 1–3 p.m. A game played by four people involving skill, strategy and calculation. Ages 55 and up. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CHESS. 1–3 p.m. All levels of players welcome. You need a chess set to participate. Ages 55 and up. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6 - 7 p.m. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle and open mind to enjoy this all-level class to improve flexibility, build strength and relax. Cost per class: Free/member; $10/non-member per session or $30 for four classes. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221. ZOOPENDOUS SHOW CHORUS. 7 p.m. Are you a woman who likes to sing? Zoopendous Show Chorus is a 501(c)3 non-profit women’s chorus singing acapella barbershop harmony. It’s not your grandpa’s barbershop! Come check us out at a rehearsal in the Dudley Center directly behind West End Presbyterian Church, 275 Knox Lane, West End. Info: (910) 725-9376 or Zoopendous Show Chorus on Facebook. FARM TO TABLE. Join Sandhills Farm to Table Coop by ordering a subscription of local produce to support our local farmers. Info: (910) 722-1623 or www. sandhillsfarm2table.com.

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Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays HISTORY OF PINEHURST TOUR. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (1 hour and 15 minutes each). Also by request. Experience the Home of American Golf on a guided windshield tour with Kirk Tours and learn about Mr. Tufts and some of Pinehurst’s celebrity patrons. Cost: $20/person. Departs from Pinehurst Historic Theatre, 90 Cherokee Road. Info and registration: (910) 295-2257 or www.kirktours.com.

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TAP CLASS. 10 - 11:30 a.m. For adults 55 and older. All levels welcome. Cost per class: $15/resident; $30/ non-resident. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info and registration: (910) 692-7376. CONTRACT BRIDGE. 1–4:30 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Ages 55 and up. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6–10 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine and dancing with friends under the tent with live jazz music. Cost: $15/person. Must be 21 years of age or older. Reservations and pre-payment recommended for parties of eight or more. Soda, water and award-winning wines available for purchase. Food vendor on site. No outside

TAX HELP. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Trained AARP volunteers will offer free tax help. This will run through April 13. Clients must register onsite and there are no prior appointments by phone. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. PS To add an event, email us at pinestraw.calendar@gmail.com

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DRAWING DRAWING BASICS II Laureen Kirk - April 3-4 (W/Th) 10-3 ALCOHOL INK GO WITH THE FLOW Pam Griner - April 23 (Tu) 12:30-3:30 WORKSHOP CAPTURING LUMINOSITY IN A PAINTING Acrylic, Watercolor, & Oil Painting Workshop with Betty Car May 29, 30, 31

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C’mon Baby, Light My Fire!

For Aries, the astrological arsonists, this month brings magic and stardust By Astrid Stellanova

April brings us showers, sunshine and duckies, Star Children. Some famous Aries creatives and legends like Maya Angelou, Booker T. Washington and Charlie Chaplin have transitioned to the great beyond. Others are still with us: Emma Watson, Alec Baldwin, Pharrell Williams, Francis Ford Coppola, Robin Wright. Arians are like astrological arsonists, knowing how to make fire and stir it in others. Antagonists and protagonists. Blazing a trail, always leaving a fiery glow — even if you didn’t make it to the 1979 clogging championships with the Smoking Hot Feet of Lizard Lick — you sure know how to make a memorable exit.

Aries (March 21–April 19) The sages all say this is a big year for you, starting now. You feel like you’ve been in a drought and are parched for a drink of water. Sugarbritches, get ready to guzzle. As much as the beginning of the year was not exactly epic in your opinion, this month is made of stardust and magic. Plain old well water will taste like sweet tea and a Saltine, like a mouthful of happiness. Taurus (April 20–May 20) You came out swinging, like somebody stole your buggy at the Piggly Wiggly. The wheels were wonky anyway, and sometimes karma takes over. Forget the little stuff and try and concentrate on the fact that the daisies are popping up and good things are coming. Gemini (May 21–June 20) Kindness is demanding that you learn to share, bless your heart, if it’s nothing more than the remote control with dead batteries, or a dried-up, day-old biscuit. You love your toys, but by your age, Darlin’, it’s time to share. Cancer (June 21–July 22) Measure twice and cut once. Shine your shoes. Don’t leave the house wearing ripped pantyhose or old sweat pants. You are going to have to figure and refigure to get ahead of a wily competitor. But it can happen. Leo (July 23–August 22) It is touching how much small things count with you. Nobody knows that. They think you are difficult to impress, but you love a dive as much as a gourmet bistro. Reveal who you really are, and take a pal to Waffle House. Virgo (August 23–September 22) How come you can’t make anyone who enters your door feel at home? Maybe because you really wish they were at their home instead. Expand your heart and open your arms to some very big happiness, Sugar. Libra (September 23–October 22) If you faked any more enthusiasm, you’d get sugar diabetes. It’s a good thing to be enthused, but your charm is turned one degree too high. A smile is your best accessory, Darling, but so is keeping it real.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21) No selfies. No cries for attention, Honey. I don’t care how bored you get, the best thing for you right now is to focus on finishing something you started a long time ago and refuse to tie up. Finish. It. Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) You got caught talking with your mouth full of bull, Sugar. Sometimes, the best cure for lying is quiet contemplation. Stick to your knitting, bowling or fishing. Thank your friends for calling you out. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) It was mainly a symbolic dogfight, but there you were, right in the middle of it. They headed home looking like they got chewed up by the lawnmower. You walked away with a smile. Throw your shoulders back and show some humility in victory. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) You put all your business out there on the showroom floor. We see it. Everybody gets it. You are open for business, Sugar. There will surely be plenty who want what you are selling, but don’t give it away for free. Pisces (February 19–March 20) Honey, there is raw ambition, and then, sometimes, it is just a teensy bit undercooked. The cornbread ain’t quite done in the center. You are on the right track but your ideas need a little time and effort to succeed. 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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Georgia on My Mind

Fond flashbacks from Augusta

By Jim Moriarty

In April, every golfer’s fancy turns to the Masters.

Dan’s Mount Everest of attendance is well beyond anything I could contemplate but I was there for some big moments: Jack Nicklaus in ’86; Ben Crenshaw in ’95; all of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Toss in a Ballesteros, a Spieth and a Faldo or two and it was a good run. As precious as those memories are, there is something equally satisfying about the little moments, away from the fist pumping and Mickelson jumping. There was no microphone to record Justin Leonard on the par 5 second hole — the exact year escapes me — when he went for the back left pin placement in two, landed on the green and watched as his ball finished up on the embankment among the patrons, Augusta’s oh so civilized word for badge-wielding spectator. When a ball skitters in amongst the punters at the Masters everyone knows exactly what to do. They stand, fold their chairs ever so politely and back away to form a perfect semi-circle around the player, ball and caddie. When the pin is in the back left on the second green at Augusta National, being on the bank behind and above it is about as appetizing a spot as being in the starting gate at the top of an Olympic ski jump. If Leonard’s chip didn’t hit the pin and go in the hole it was destined to race all the way down the green, maybe off it entirely. He might as well have been Galileo trying to get his head around the effect of gravity on a free falling object. The couple nearest Justin was an elderly man and, presumably, his wife. The gentleman had the mien of a British colonel of the 1st Bombay Grenadiers recently returned from the Second Opium War, who just happened to be married to Scarlett O’Hara. They stood at attention, more or less directly behind Leonard’s ball, clutching their folding metal and canvas chairs to their chests like gladiator shields. As Justin and his caddie were discussing his dismal prospects, the elderly gent turned to his wife and whispered in a voice — as elderly gents are sometimes wont to do — that was a notch or two or three above your garden-variety whisper. “This is a very difficult shot,” he cautioned Scarlett. Justin turned his head ever so slightly in their direction and, in a pitch perfect whisper of his own, said to the colonel and his wife, “I know.”


Then, there was 1987. That was the year Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman and Larry Mize went into sudden death as a threesome. Ballesteros dropped out on the 10th hole, the first in the playoff, when he three-putted from the back fringe and trudged up the steep hill to the clubhouse, an inconsolable figure. Norman and Mize advanced to the 11th where Mize missed the green miles right with a hopelessly awful second while Norman safely found the right edge of the green, being careful not to flirt with the pond. It looked as though Greg was about to slay the white whale of his green jacket. But, as Norman later said of Mize’s position, “I didn’t think Larry would get down in two . . . and I was right.” Having a penchant during my photography career for finding myself consistently in the wrong place at the right time, I was positioned not down with my compatriots in the photo stand but further up the hill on the side of the 11th fairway. Folks aren’t supposed to get inside the ropes at the Masters but, with a wary eye for Pinkertons and green jacketed members, I inched my way underneath, trying to be as inconspicuous as someone who’d been running around all day and no doubt smelled like a musk ox could be. Who should I pop out next to but Larry Mize’s wife, Bonnie, and their one-year-old son, David. With Norman standing next to the green looking on, Mize — the hometown boy — prepared to play his nearly impossible pitch. All of Amen Corner went as quiet as a mausoleum. CBS even hushed up the fake bird noises. Well, it seemed that quiet. Mize, of course, pitched the ball into the hole from a spot that looked to be about halfway to the Bojangles on Washington Road and commenced to leaping and running about, all of which I missed. When the ball went in, the valley exploded. Shocked and scared by the sudden noise, David began to wail. Bonnie, held him close, rocked him back and forth and said, “It’s OK. It’s OK. It’s just daddy.” I wouldn’t have traded places with anyone for all the pictures in the world. PS

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