July PineStraw 2016

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Jamie McDevitt Broker/Owner

“I love Fourth of July in the Sandhills....” “The Pinehurst Pet Parade, Fireworks at Aberdeen Lake and First Friday in Southern Pines....” “Let me introduce you to this wonderful place I call “Home” Foster

- Jamie


One of the most affordable homes in #7 at only $469,000, this “sparkling” newer home is even better than fireworks!

Jamie McDevitt | 910.724.4455 McDevittTownAndCountry.com | Jamie@JamieMcDevitt.com | 107 NE Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC

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Designed to capture the natural beauty surrounded by the fairways on Fairwoods on 7. A combination of aesthetics with entertaining is the key to this property. Classic Southern style home. www.215InverraryRoad.com Kay Beran 910.315.3322

Knollwood Heights: ”Homewood” is described as one of North

Knollwood Heights: A true treasure! Built & designed by Donald Ross in the 1920’s. Sun filled rooms with charm in every detail. Carriage House has 2BRs/2BAs, & Kitchen. Brilliant remodel! 4BR/7.5BA. Broker/Owner. $1,295,000 Bill Smith 910.528.4090

National: Where golf front living is elevated to an art form.

Old Town: “Edgewood Cottage” a Dutch Colonial inspired home complete with in-ground pool & cabana housing a bath/ dressing area & kitchenette. Warmth and elegance surround you at every turn! 4BR/4.5BA. $899,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

Pinehurst National 9: Breathtaking view of 4th fairway and Otter

French Country Home: Situated on over 1 acre in the heart of Historic Weymouth Heights. Generously proportioned rooms with hardwood flooring throughout. Wonderful upgrades have been made by the present owner. $765,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

Knollwood Heights: 1920’s Quaint Cottage. Slate roof & antique brick blend with wide width siding & moldings to showcase the mastery of the craftsmen of the day. Renovated & Updated. Guest House. Full Basement. 5BR/3.5BA. $589,000 Jim Saunders 910.315.1000 Carol Haney 910.315.5013

CCNC: Spectacular views of golf course & pond on Cardinal Course 4th green. Totally renovated in ‘07-’08 with a 12’ addition to the front right of home. Beautiful Kitchen with granite and high-end appliances. Hardwood in Living, Dining, Kitchen, & Family Rooms. 3BR/2.5BA. $545,000

Southern Plantation Inspired Residence: Elegance resounds

Gorgeous Golf Front Home: Stunning open floor w/4BR, 3.5BA,

Spectacular views of the golf course and water. Southern Living’s 1999 Idea House. Impeccably designed and finished home that is both luxurious and spacious. 4BR/4Full&2Half Baths. $975,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Old Town: Charming Cottage, circa 1920, 2 blocks from the Village. Beautifully maintained & updated. 3- Fireplaces, 17’x19’ Sun room. Beautiful gardens, pool with a waterfall. 3BR/3BA. $495,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Carolina’s finest residences. Extensive gardens designed by E.S. Draper. Magnificent architectural features inside and out! 7 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths. $1,590,000 Bill Smith 910.528.4090

throughout this fine home. Custom designed with endless tasteful details, each room a feast for the senses. 10’ Ceilings, Formal/Informal gathering spaces, in-ground salt water pool & outdoor shower access to 1/2 bath. 3BR/2.5BA. $489,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

Pond from this Golf Front home - Best views at National! Single level living with a bonus room over the extra deep 3-car garage. Hardwood floors made from pine trees cut from the lot. PCC Transferrable. 3BR/4.5BA. $825,000 Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Office, Bonus Room. Spacious deck plus screened porch for unobstructed views. Chef’s kitchen with gas range. Great room w/fireplace. WOW! $439,000 Casey Barbera 910.639.4266

Southern Pines: 910.692.2635 • 105 W. Illinois Avenue • Southern Pines, NC 28387 ©2015 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of American, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC.


Old Town: “Juniper Cottage” one of the early homes built in the

Nestled in The Pines: Lovely, updated 2-story with detached 2-car garage & studio. Main floor master, geothermal heat system, 1.5 acres of privacy on quiet cul-de-sac. Convenient to everything. $389,000 Casey Barbera 910.639.4266

Bonnie Brook: Everything you ever wanted in your dream home is here! Granite counter tops in Kitchen and Baths, custom made vessel sinks in Master & Full Baths, gas stove, cathedral ceiling, crown molding, hardwood and tile floors. 5BR/3.5BA. $384,900 Laura Lycans 910.315.6353

Stunning 5 BD - PCC Membership: All the bells and whistles

Knollwood Heights: Charming cottage a true Southern Pines hidden

Pinewild CC: Golf front with views of the 4th Fairway of the

Village, circa 1896. Lots of potential! Wood floors under carpet, 3-Fireplaces, Den & Living Room both have a bay window. $419,900 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

in this large 5BR/4BA, open concept home. Master & 2BRs on main level. Tons of hardwood flooring, 2 living areas (lower level rec room). PCC Membership. $375,000

Donna Chapman 910.783.6061

Pinewild CC: Golf Front, classic designed all brick home. Hardwood floors in Living, Dining, Carolina Rooms, plus the Kitchen, Hallways & Master Bedroom. Updated Baths. Kitchen with granite counters. Pinewild Membership available for transfer. 3BR/2BA. $354,500 Jerry and Judy Townley 910.690.7080

7 Lakes West: One-of-a-Kind Offering! One of the last water front

lots on Lake Auman with 180 degree views for building your dream home. Bulk-head, 2- Docks with a boat lift and swim ladder already in place! $325,000

Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

gem! Fantastic Kitchen has custom cabinetry, granite counters, center island w/Jenn-Air range, Sub-Zero refrigerator & bay window eating area. Carolina Room and a Family Room. 3BR/3BA. $369,000

Eva Toney 910.638.0972

Updated Pinehurst Home: Custom home features Great Room

with 11’ ceilings, crown molding in main living areas, 3BR/2.5BA split design, kitchen with granite counter tops, an island and pantry. Koi Pond. $335,000 Casey Barbera 910.639.4266

Pinehurst No. 6: Beautifully maintained home with hardwood floors throughout most of the main level, and high ceilings. Open and Spacious! Carolina Room opens to the patio. 4BR/2.5BA. $295,000 Bill Brock 910.639.1148

Magnolia Course. Immaculately cared for home! Wonderful character, great natural lighting and tons of storage. Open spaces contribute to the easy transition form one space into the next. 3BR/3BA. $355,000

Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

Pinewild CC: Designed to please in every way! Open plan with French doors to the patio. Excellent features include moldings, hardwood floors, custom built-ins in the dining & living rooms. $335,000 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

Bretton Woods: Great unit! Kitchen is enhanced with granite

counters and stainless appliances. Lots of storage and large rooms. Courtyard entry and a back deck to enjoy the outdoors. $140,000 Bill Brock 910.639.1148

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A Faith-Based Not For Profit Life Plan Community Continuing Care Retirement Community

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Enjoy life to the fullest in this gorgeous 3 BR / 3.5 BA award winning and impeccably maintained custom home with over 4,000 square feet. The floor plan is bright and open and offers wonderful water views from almost every room. The main level features a large great room, separate study, dining area and gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry, double ovens and granite countertops. A very special home. 520 Longleaf Drive






“Talent, Technology & TEAMWORK” Located in the gated community of Pinewild Country Club, this lovely This stunning custom brick 5 BR / 5.5 BA home in Fairwoods on Seven is located on an oversized, private lot overlooking the 15th fairway of the #7 custom built 3 BR / 2.5 BA home is nestled at the end of a quiet, wooded Moore County’s Most Trusted course. The floorplan is very open and light with high ceilings, transoms, cul-de-sac that offers stunning panoramic views of the 7th green of the deep crown molding, hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves, indirect lighting, Holly Course and surrounding woodlands. Built by Bolton Builders, the Real Estate Team surround sound and so much more. The gourmet kitchen has wonderful views floorplan is bright and open with a large living room with fireplace, separate dining room and spacious kitchen and family room combination with a fireplace. Beautiful house in a beautiful setting. 22 Oxton Circle


$258.000 $179,000 Southern Pines Pinehurst $199,900 Foxfire Lovely and pristine in Longleaf CC Lovely updated golf-front home Cute cottage w/nice renovations 3 BR / 2 BA 3 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 4.5 BA www.205HunterTrail.com www.4DogwoodCourt.com www.17ChestnutLane.com Lake Auman waterfront custom built home with 3 BR / 3.5 BA sits on one of the most beautiful lots on the lake! Panoramic water views and gorgeous sunsets feel like you are on vacation every day. Awesome views from the living spaces & the master suite. The master bedroom offers two walk in closets, a garden tub and multi head walk in shower. The gourmet kitchen opens to the living room and has plenty of cabinet space, eat in area, breakfast bar & dining room too 114 $75,000 Butterfly Court Pinehurst Pinehurst



of the course, gorgeous cabinets by Locklear, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including 2 Bosch dishwashers and spacious pantry. Adjoining the kitchen is a glassed in keeping room and informal dining area. 145 Brookhaven Road



$585,000 Aberdeen $145,500 Pinehurst Fantastic, all-brick golf front home Cute home on large corner lot 4 BR / 3.5 BA 3 BR / 2 BA www.80LakewoodDrive.com www.110RavenswoodRoad.com

Charming craftsman style cottage new construction 4 BR / 4.5 BA home in desirable Forest Creek!. Interior lot offers over 3900 sq. feet with an open and spacious floor plan. Beautiful curb appeal with circular driveway. Gourmet kitchen opens up to family and dining room with custom built ins and gas log fireplace. Private master suite on main level with a tiled walk in shower. A must see. 3 Woodword Place

Gorgeous custom built Contemporary home with 3 BR / 3 BA plus 3 Half Baths located on Lake Pinewild in Pinewild Country Club. Beautifully maintained home with trey ceiling and gas log fireplace in living room, formal dining room with stunning, contemporary chandelier and glass block wall, kitchen withbuilt-in breakfast bar, double ovens, double dishwashers, pantry and eat-in-area. Two guest suites with ensuite baths. Downstairs recreation room with kitchenette/wet bar and access to rear BeautifulCC views of the lake. Longleaf $329,000 $890,000patio. 31 Abington Drive

$449,000 Pinehurst $239,000 CCNC Custom Built Villa Overlooking Water Custom built all brick golf-front home Covered porch & large fenced lot Updated Immaculate Golf View Condo 4 BR / 4 Full & 2 Half Baths 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 1 BR / 1 BA PINEHURST $849,000 PINEHURST $1,099,000 PINEHURST www.110HearthstoneRoad.com www.8RoyalDornoch.com www.1340BurningTreeRoad.com www.210StAndrewsCondo.com

Brick single story w/view of 17th green 3 BR / 2 BA $415,000 www.16SteeplechaseWay.com

Gorgeous award winning custom 3 BR / 2.5 BA home with lovely curb Pinehurst $1,295,000 Pinehurst $189,000 7 Lakes West3 BR / 5 BA custom$635,000 IncrediblePinebluff golf front 4 BR / 5.5 BA home in $269,000 Fairwoods on 7. This beautiful Stunning home on LakePinehurst Pinewild in Pinewild Country $475,000 and high end finishes provides the backdrop forFairwoods Pinewild CC home features of gourmet the line finishes, mouldings ,marble, hardwood and brickappeal Club with spectacular views ofFront the lake. Open floor plan with 10 in -12 Stunning custom home in onliving. 7 Charming ranch home Opentop plan, kitchen, pool & more! Gorgeous townhome thefoot heartoftheVillage Stunning All Brick Water Stunning formal dining room and living room feature tigerwood floors. slate flooring. Guests will love gourmet ceilings and fabulous light throughout the home with an abundance 4 BR /kitchen 4 BA &with 2 Half BA island and BA 3 BRthe / 2.5 BA kitchen, 2 story ceilings in living3 BR / 2Beautiful 3 BR / 2.5ofBA 3 BR / 4.5 BA granite enhances the gourmet a center and great rooms. Wine cellar and custom wood bar. Spacious backyard window walls. The home has three fireplaces. Therewww.6HollyHouse.com is a bulkhead and dock great flow for the cook. Adjacent family room with a cozy fireplace will www.170InverraryRoad.com www.145SugarPineDrive.com www.105MastersWay.com www.135AndrewsDrive.com for lake usage. Built by Blackman Builders, this was the 2003 Home of the Year. This home does have it all. 24 Loch Lomond Court



overlooking the 15th green. Can be purchased furnished. 80 Braemar Road



be the center for informal gatherings. A large tiled porch with EZ breeze window system is accessible from family room, living room and master bedroom. Large studio/office and two small bedrooms complete this one of a kind residence. 60 Glasgow Drive



$269,900 $187,900 Pinehurst $185,000 Southern Pines $225,000 Pinebluff Pinehurst $375,000 Foxfire Great home in family- friendly neighborhood Stunning new construction condo Golf front new construction in The Pines Immaculate all-brick w/golf views Elegant & luxurious w/spacious rooms 5 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2 BA 2 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 3 BA www.23BerylCircle.com www.100CypressCircle.com www.153LaurelOakLane.com www.18ShamrockDrive.com www.10StantonCircle.com

This lovely all brick 3 BR / 3 BA custom home is located on the 5th hole of the Enjoy panoramic golf views from this fabulous all brick 3 BR / 2 BA home in the Enjoy front and back golf views from this all brick 4 BR / 3 BA custom home Magnolia Course at Pinewild CC and enjoys a fantastic tee-to-green view as well gated community of Pinewild CC! Great split bedroom floor plan with hardwood in the gated community of Pinewild CC. Fabulous open floor plan with a split as overlooking two scenic ponds. There is a spacious, two-level partially covered floors throughout! The living room features a gas fireplace and built-in bookcase. bedroom plan. Livingroom and kitchen feature hardwoods and custom cabinets. deck – perfect for outdoor entertaining! This home offers a large great room with The spacious master suite has a completely remodeled bath with double sinks and The first floor master suite has 2 walk in closets with 3 additional bedrooms ceiling to floor window walls, cathedral ceiling, flag stone fireplace and hardwood a large tiled walk-in shower. The kitchen is a chef’s delight with new appliances, on the mainlevel. A bonus room w/ full bath upstairs makes for perfect office/ Seven Lakes South $279,500 $298,000 $895,000 Seven Lakes West floors. The $241,000 Pinehurst Seven Lakes South $199,000 Pinehurst kitchen adjoins the greatroom and has upscale appliances and a breakfast bar plus breakfast nook. This home also features a large brick patio for playroom! Oversized 2 car garage. Priced to sell. Great curb appeal. Completely renovated golf front home Wonderful 2-story home on cul-de-sac Gorgeous home in the Old Town Great family home w/private back yard Charming golf front w/panoramic view roomy pantry. The master bedroom also overlooks the golf course and opens onto entertaining or relaxing. 71 Greyabbey Drive the back deck 3 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3BA 4 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 39 Devon Drive 61 Kilbride Drive www.117OxfordCourt.com www.108Rector.com www.50OrangeRoad.com www.11GraysonLane.com www.122DevonshireAvenue.com

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Seven Lakes West $545,000 This gorgeous, all brick 4 BR / 4.5 BA custom home built Pinehurst $145,500 Southern Pines $179,000 by Huckabee Home Construction$258.000 is located in Aberdeen desirable This lovely 3 BR / 3 BA home has one of the$585,000 best lots Harking back to the glorious era of the 1930’s, Broadhearth Cute home on large corner lot AumanFantastic, Lovelyon and pristine inwith Longleaf Lovely updated golf-front home Doral Woods Cute cottage w/nice renovations a cul-de-sac loads ofCCprivacy. Located on Lake and enjoysall-brick beautifulgolf widefront waterhome views is a stately historic Southern Pines landmark located 3onBR2.4 on the 15th tee and 3the green of Pinehurst course #1. 4 BRThe / 3.5home BA is absolutely 3 BR / 2 BA with a coveted southern exposure. BR14th / 2 BA / 2 BA 4 BR / 4.5 BA parklike acres on the highest point of Weymouth Heights. Lots of upgrades include 10’ & 12’ ceilings on the first floor, www.80LakewoodDrive.com www.110RavenswoodRoad.com www.205HunterTrail.com www.4DogwoodCourt.com www.17ChestnutLane.com immaculate and beautifully maintained. Bright and open Owned by the same family since it was built in 1931, hardwood floors, double crown molding, lots of oversized with lake views from almost every room, this home also windows and a gourmet kitchen featuring custom cabinets, this is a truly unique property. The interior of the home offers a charming sunroom and lots of deck area to truly granite countertops, pantry and center island with gas offers spacious, light filled rooms with beautiful views of enjoy outdoor entertaining. There’s a large great room with cooktop. There’s also a large screened porch to enjoy the the private grounds surrounding the property, native pine a corner fireplace and the kitchen and informal eating area golf views in private, covered back porch with architectural woodwork, four fireplaces, original hardwood floors and columns and exterior lighting, concrete driveway, irrigation open to the sunroom. Great views everywhere with super features 9 BR / 8.5 BA. system with a separate water meter and a security system. landscaping! Won’t last long. A must see. 155 Highland Road 105 Lawrence Overlook$329,000 CC $890,000 Longleaf $239,000 CCNC Pinehurst $75,000 Pinehurst 15 Montclair $449,000 Lane Pinehurst Custom Built Villa Overlooking Water Custom built all brick golf-front home Brick single story w/view of 17th green Covered porch & large fenced lot Updated Immaculate Golf View Condo 3 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 4 Full & 2 Half Baths 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 1 BR / 1 BA www.16SteeplechaseWay.com www.110HearthstoneRoad.com www.8RoyalDornoch.com www.210StAndrewsCondo.com www.1340BurningTreeRoad.com Southern Pines $199,900 Foxfire $1,200,000 Pinehurst

7 Lakes West $635,000 Stunning All Brick Water Front 3 BR / 4.5 BA www.135AndrewsDrive.com

$189,000 $269,000 Pinehurst Pinehurst $475,000 Pinebluff Charming brick ranch home GorgeoustownhomeintheheartoftheVillage Open plan, gourmet kitchen, pool & more! 3 BR / 2 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA www.145SugarPineDrive.com www.105MastersWay.com www.6HollyHouse.com

Pinehurst $1,295,000 Stunning custom home in Fairwoods on 7 4 BR / 4 BA & 2 Half BA www.170InverraryRoad.com

Pinehurst $269,900 Southern Pines $187,900 Pinehurst Pinebluff $185,000 $498,000 $225,000 Pinehurst $375,000 Foxfire Seven LakesGreat West $549,000 Pinehurst $499,000 custom BR / 3 BA golf front home offers an new construction home in family- friendly neighborhood Stunning condo frontbuilt new 3construction in The Pines Immaculate all-brick w/golf views ThisGolf Elegant & luxurious w/spacious rooms This wonderful lovely custom built 4 BR open, sun-filled floorplan with floor to ceiling window 5 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA Enjoy wide water views from this 3 BR / 2 BA 2 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 3one BA story brick home featured in desirable Pine Grove Village offers 5 BR / 4.5 BA along with great / 3.5 BA brick Home on Lake Auman. This home offers walls, crown moldings and high ceilings. Located on the www.23BerylCircle.com www.100CypressCircle.com www.153LaurelOakLane.com www.18ShamrockDrive.com www.10StantonCircle.com living space for a large family. In addition to a large living a spacious greatroom, great kitchen, sunny breakfast nook, 8th Fairway at Pinehurst #9, the home has expansive golf room, dining room and spacious family room, the sellers have and separate dining room. Lower level has separate living views with privacy from surrounding homes. There is a added a master suite and a master bath with an adjoining space with a small kitchenette with bedroom and full bath. huge covered porch with a fireplace and the kitchen features den/study/office. There is an oversized two car garage and Golf cart garage with double doors on the lake side for custom cabinets, high end appliances and a walk-in pantry/ fenced yard! Great house in a great neighborhood. storage of lake items. butler. The master bedroom is on the main floor and has a beautiful master bath with a soaking tub and marble shower. 105 Tall Timbers Drive 148 Simmons Drive 18 Dungarvan Lane

$895,000 $241,000 Pinehurst Seven Lakes South $199,000 Pinehurst Gorgeous home in the Old Town Charming golf front w/panoramic view Great family home w/private back yard 4 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA www.50OrangeRoad.com www.11GraysonLane.com www.122DevonshireAvenue.com

$279,500 Seven Lakes West $298,000 Seven Lakes South Wonderful 2-story home on cul-de-sac Completely renovated golf front home 3 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3BA www.117OxfordCourt.com www.108Rector.com

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July 2016 Departments

Features 67 The Wheel Turns Poetry by Sam Walker

68 The Road To The House in the Horseshoe

15 Simple Life By Jim Dodson

By Bill Case A Revolutionary tale of murder, survival and derring-do through the Sandhills

74 Saddle Up

By Toby Raymond One stitch at a time, Stackhouse saddles has found its place among the elite riders of the world

78 Living on the Wood

By Deborah Salomon Naturalist Jesse Wimberly took over and restored his family’s 140-year-old Lighterwood Farm, residing at peace with the world of his ancestors and Olly and Solly, his rescued dog and cat

86 The Queen of Ironwood Garden By Serena Brown For DeLette Spain, memorable meals begin with a vibrant organic garden

91 Almanac

By Rosetta Fawley Plum wisdom, Hammock Day, and getting a jump on fall’s garden

53 Pleasures of Life By Tom Allen

55 Papadaddy’s Mindfield 18 PinePitch By Clyde Edgerton 21 Instagram Winners 57 Birdwatch 23 The Omnivorous Reader By Susan Campbell By Stephen E. Smith

27 Bookshelf

By Kimberly Daniels Taws & Angie Tally

31 Proper English

59 Sporting Life By Tom Bryant

63 Golftown Journal By Lee Pace

37 Vine Wisdom

92 101 109

39 In the Spirit

111 PineNeedler

43 The Kitchen Garden

112 SouthWords

47 Life of Jane

By Serena Brown

35 Hometown By Bill Fields

By Robyn James By Tony Cross

By Jan Leitschuh

Arts & Entertainment Calendar SandhillSeen The Accidental Astrologer By Astrid Stellanova By Mart Dickerson By Philippa Davidson

By Jane Borden

51 Out of the Blue

By Deborah Salomon

Cover Photograph by Tim Sayer 8

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90 Ritter Road East • Village of Pinehurst Historic Red Brick Cottage boasts a premier location in the heart of the Village. The residence features a Tudor-style arched front door, red tile gabled roof, and patterned brickwork. A lovely elevated terrace overlooks an expanse of lawn. Interior highlights include handsome leaded-glass casement windows in every room, wide plank hardwood floors, 9 ft. ceilings with recessed lighting, and a tile floored solarium with cozy fireplace. The gourmet kitchen installed in 2007 is a cook’s delight with gas range, breakfast table, butler’s pantry and bar. The privately located second floor master bedroom has a sitting room, luxury bath and walk-in closets. Offered at $1,298,000

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Forest Creek golf front, 1.1 acres. 5 BR, 4 BA, 2 ½ BA, 2 fireplaces, game room, kitchen/family room, 1 BR guest apt. Built 2002 NEW LISTING $998,000

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CCNC golf front on Cardinal Course. One floor living, remarkable kitchen, paneled study. 3BR, 3.5 BA, 3 car garage, NEW PRICE $1,100,000.

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85 Lake Dornoch Drive

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simple life

Treasures From a Vanishing World By Jim Dodson

Not long ago, while taking a back road

home from the coast, I rounded a curve and saw a handsome old farmhouse sitting in an overgrown field, clearly abandoned, with wild roses claiming one end of its sagging porch.

Ignoring a rapidly approaching thunderstorm, I pulled off the road to sit and look at the house, wondering about the people who once called such a beautiful old place home. I saw birds — swifts or starlings, I think — flying in and out of its flower-wreathed porch and thought of a recent conversation with a friend who roams the rural landscape of this state salvaging architectural pieces and forgotten artifacts from abandoned houses and farms, everything from doorknobs to bathtubs, barn doors to family Bibles, broken gates to foundation stones. He calls his finds “treasures from a vanishing world,”provocatively insisting that these ordinary objects and pieces of abandoned habitats not only bear the spiritual imprint of their former human associations, but also deep ancestral memories. “You can see them everywhere,” he says, “old houses sitting off in the woods, barns abandoned to make way for housing developments or wider highways for a society that can’t get there fast enough. “Such sights should haunt us,” he adds with the fervor of an evangelical preacher. “We’re throwing away our nation’s natural history, destroying our heritage piece by piece, forgetting who we are and where we come from. It’s a tragedy, something everyone who is truly patriotic ought to care about.” He showed me a beautiful bell salvaged from an abandoned schoolhouse near the town I regularly pass through. The craftsmanship was superb. “The schoolhouse was made from the finest red brick, built by real craftsmen in a time when that meant something special, pride of hand, probably from the early 1930s, the heart of the Great Depression. It had charming wooden windows and handmade doors and an actual cupola. You could almost hear the voices coming from that empty schoolhouse — the place where kids learned to read and do their multiplication tables, memorized the fifty states and Pledge of Allegiance and fell in love with a girl or boy seated near them. Today saplings are growing through the floor of that beautiful old building, the wind whistling through its busted-out windows.” Like my friend Rick, I spend a lot of time driving the back roads of this state, looking at the land and noticing abandoned fields and places where someone once raised a family, birthed a child, waited for the passing of a loved one, or simply sat on a summer porch snapping beans in the long summer dusk the way

my grandmother Taylor loved to do. My reverence for small-town values and winding back roads — the slow way home, as I call it — is unapologetically romantic and lately seems almost as endangered as Rick’s old schoolhouse bell, somehow connected to the soul of our collective patriotism. What we worship, a wise man once told me sitting on his sagging porch in Vermont, we become. (But more on him in a slow lane moment.) Every road I travel nowadays seems to be in a state of constant construction, half-built and ever widening to obliterate nature and anything that happens to be in in its path, reminding me of my own vanished heritage. Four generations back the patriarch of my family operated a vital gristmill on the banks of the Haw River and worked as a contract surveyor for the state, plotting out the boundaries of several central counties just after the Civil War. This man somehow found time to also serve as an itinerate Methodist preacher traveling from one rural parish to another, Piedmont to western hills, preaching the Gospel. One winter afternoon a few years ago, my wife and I found George Washington Tate’s headstone in the burying ground of a small Alamance County church. It was simple, dignified, garnished only by moss and time. He and his wife lay side by side. It would have pleased me to show my Yankee wife the remains of G.W. Tate’s once thriving gristmill on the banks of the Haw, but it was no longer there or simply hidden from view. As a kid, I saw it several times and even fished from the stones of its original millrace, feeling as connected to that place as if it were consecrated earth. Today, you cannot find this spot because the Interstate was doubled in size two decades ago, swallowing my great-great-grandfather’s gristmill whole. As I sat on the shoulder of the roadside feeling the wind rise from the approaching storm and pondering the fate of that elegant old farmhouse that’s now a home to birds and wild roses, fancifully wishing I could find a way to magically save it, perhaps by starting an Old Farmhouse Rescue League, another voice popped into my head — the one warning that what we worship, we become. It belonged to Reverend William Sloan Coffin, the former CIA man, Yale chaplain, firebrand preacher and longtime civil rights and peace activist. On a spring day in 1991 I found my way to his rural Vermont farmhouse door for a conversation about patriotism. He poured me a cup of coffee and we sat down at a table in his kitchen. Lying between was the latest copy of Time magazine, its cover proclaiming “A Time to Savor.” Just days before, the First Gulf War had officially ended and flags were flying from porches along the main street of his tidy Vermont town. Coming on the heels of the end of the so-called Cold War, America was in the grip of patriotic fever, eager to start spending what some called the country’s hard-earned “Peace Dividend” on much-needed domestic issues.

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Time once called Rev. Bill Coffin “America’s Last Peacenik.” I asked him if he savored this time in America. Coffin smiled and pointed out that the Japanese had actually won the Cold War and insisted that the much-publicized “peace dividend” was mostly being spent to develop new and better ways of obliterating any future enemies at the expense of America’s working poor and homeless. He added that pollution was destroying our rivers and other natural resources and mentioned mindless urban sprawl that was killing small towns and obliterating the night stars. I joked that he didn’t sound much like a true patriot — more like a grumpy uncle. The famous preacher grinned and boomed back, “On the contrary! I’m an incurable patriot! True patriots are those who carry on not a grudge fight but a lover’s quarrel with their country — a reflection, if you will, of Gods’ eternal lover’s quarrel with the human race. The two things you must not be, as a true patriot, are a loveless critic and an uncritical lover.” He added that our history was his source of hope and patriotism. “Plato said, ‘Whatever is honored in a country will be cultivated there.’ My version of that is, whatever we worship we become. Unfortunately, our society worships professional athletes and better highways. “But if you look at when this country got started as a nation, with something like just three million people, we managed to turn out Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin and Adams — a list of great thinkers as long as your arm. Now, with a population eighty times as large, you have to ask yourself why we can’t turn out one statesman of that caliber.” Before I could pose another question, he sipped his coffee and added, “American democracy is such a precious thing. For the moment I fear it’s in grave condition. Half the population feels it’s useless to vote — they feel their voices don’t matter, and they’re probably right. Every night 100,000 children sleep on the streets of this nation, the wealthiest in the history of the world. And 37 million Americans go to bed with no more health insurance than a fervent prayer that they will awaken in decent health in the morning.” He shook his head as we walked back out to his porch. “The gaps between the classes are widening dangerously — the very rich and the very poor are effectively seceding from America, I fear.” “So, I gather you’re not really optimistic about the next twenty-five years,” I prodded. Coffin laughed. “On the contrary! I’m always an optimist. Hope is a distinctly Christian idea and America is a place founded by farming optimists! Optimism is in our DNA — and so is diversity. Patriotism should not be based on agreement. It’s based on mutual concern. When hearts are one, all minds don’t need to be. In a democracy, God help us if all minds are one. “Tell you what,” he declared, “come back and see me in twenty-five years and we’ll both see if anything has changed for the better. What year will that be?” “Two thousand sixteen,” I said, hurriedly working out the math in my head. At that moment the year 2016 seemed light years away. He gave me a final robust grin. “Right. This house is 200 years old and I’ll only be 92. Hopefully we’ll both still be here. I’ll wager the roads in Vermont will be whole lot better, too.” We laughed and said goodbye. Sadly, I never got back to Bill Coffin’s farmhouse. Like a treasure from a vanishing world, America’s last peacenik passed away in 2006, the year my wife and I officially moved home to North Carolina. But I never forgot the things he told me that spring afternoon. As I sat in a kind of reflective daze by the side of the road, a bolt of lightning hit a tree in the distance and the rain came down with a Biblical vengeance. The birds flew away and I drove on, passing a roadside notice that said the road was scheduled for widening sometime later this summer. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at jim@thepilot.com.


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Old Town, Pinehurst Terrific home located in the Historic District of the Village of Pinehurst, featuring a circular driveway, large outside patio, private backyard, and detached guest house. 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 4,500+ Sq.Ft.

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Forest Creek, Pinehurst Beautiful custom built home. Features an elegant covered porch, 2-story foyer, living room with picturesque views of the 13th fairway, gourmet kitchen, and screened in porch. 5 Bedrooms, 4 Full/2 Half Bathrooms, 5,500+ Sq.Ft.

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PinePitch O Say Can You See?

Plenty of reasons to celebrate on the Fourth of July, and plenty of places to celebrate: At 9:30 a.m. start your day in Pinehurst with the annual Patriotic Pet Contest, followed by the parade, music, contests and antique cars, as well as the Sandhills Farmers Green Market. Tufts Memorial Park, 110 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. For more information call (910) 295-2817. In the afternoon head to the Aberdeen Lake Park at 5 p.m. for fireworks, live entertainment, food vendors, and rock climbing and inflatable slides — and much more for children. Aberdeen Lake Park, 301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen. For more information call (910) 944-7275. Or stay in Pinehurst, where the Fourth Fest continues with fireworks and fun at the Harness Track from 6 p.m. There’s a free concert too. Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road South, Pinehurst. For more information call (910) 295-2817.

Civil War Medicine

History buffs should gather at the Southern Pines Civic Club at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. Dr. Matthew Farina will present a lecture, “Civil War Medicine: Myth and Reality.” Sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association, the presentation will address truths and myths about 19th century medicine and practical advances that occurred during the Civil War, but are often overlooked. “We must look at medicine and soldiering in the context of the time in which it occurred,” says Dr. Farina, a retired pediatric cardiologist and clinical professor of pediatrics at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, and is a member of the Rufus Barringer Civil War Round Table, and edits their newsletter. He also served as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1971 to 1973. Southern Pines Civic Club, 105 South Ashe Street, Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 692-2051.

Imagine! Create! Pretend!

Creativity and Crepes

Artist Julie Dashwood is drawn to the abstract: “The paint guides me and surprises me,” she says. Pay a visit to Betsy’s Crepes, where Dashwood’s work will be exhibited throughout the month. Art and crepes, what could be better than that? Betsy’s Crepes, 127 South West Broad Street, Southern Pines.


There’s a new walking trail in Carthage this month, and it’s for those who are just learning to walk, and learning so much more as well. Based on the latest early childhood research and approved by national early learning experts through United Way Worldwide, the Born Learning Trail is designed to help adults interact with children to boost language, literacy development, physical activity and to help caregivers understand how to best support early learning. The Born Learning Trail is sponsored by United Way of Moore County. Nancy Kiser Park, Rockingham and South McNeil Streets, Carthage.

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In With The New

Visit PineStraw Magazine’s relaunched website for the latest online edition of the magazine, and for a comprehensive archive of earlier editions. Find the arts and entertainment calendar on your smartphone and enjoy a more interactive experience with the magazine of the art and soul of the Sandhills. www.pinestrawmag.com

Southern Pines Blues

Got the summer blues? Crawl ’em off at the annual Blues Crawl festival on Saturday, July 9. Michael Wolf and D.B.A. play off the proceedings at 10 a.m. under the Sunrise marquee. Headliners Beverly Guitar Watkins, Johnny Rawls and The King Bees start at the Sunrise at 7:30 p.m. From there, just keep crawlin’ through town. You’ll hear Donald Ceasar, Big Ron Hunter, Sammy Blue and many more. The Sunrise Theater, 250 North West Broad Street. General admission tickets are $25. For other options and for more information call (910) 692-8501 or visit www. sunrisetheater.com.

Summer Chill

Norm of the North begins the Aberdeen Movie by the Lake series this month. On Friday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. settle in for the story of the lovable Arctic bear and his efforts to save his icy home. Penguins, polar bears and ice floes should be just the thing to cool the summer evening. 301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen. Free and open to all. For more information visit www.townofaberdeen. net or call (910) 944-7275.

Make a Beeline

“Isn’t it funny/How a bear likes honey?” wrote A. A. Milne. Don’t we all? To find out more about our fuzzy friends and the delicious honey they make, as well as their beneficial effect on the environment, book your place at the Sandhills Horticultural Society’s All About Honeybees presentation on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. After the talk there’ll be a workshop on making beeswax candles. Everyone will go home with a set of hand-rolled beeswax tapers. Buzz, buzz, buzz. Ball Visitors’ Center, Sandhills Community College Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Tickets are $15 for non-members, $10 for members. Spaces are limited to thirty, so please make a reservation in advance. For information and reservations please call (910) 695-3882.

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On the Road Again

A fascinating history of NC Highway 12 is essential reading for everyone heading to the Outer Banks this summer

By Stephen E. Smith

Most of North Carolina’s

exquisite barrier islands are accessible via a slender stretch of asphalt designated as NC 12, a roadway that’s garnered more than its share of criticism and praise. NCDOT workers will tell you the road, which runs from Corolla to Ocracoke, should never have been built, while the Federal Highway Adaministration has designated NC 12 a National Scenic Byway. Repeat visitors to the Outer Banks speak of the fragile thread of macadam with the same awe and affection reserved for Rout 66 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, while environmentalists grumble about erosion and the impact of continued residential and business construction. By way of geographic and economic enlightenment, UNC Press, whose business it is to educate us on such matters, has released Dawson Carr’s excellent NC 12: Gateway to the Outer Banks, and the book is recommended reading for anyone headed east for a sojourn on the Banks.

“New Inlet” (an ironic misnomer if there ever was one), which is located north of Rodanthe, is an example of the dilemma facing NCDOT. The inlet has appeared and disappeared numerous times over the last three centuries. It was first noted on maps in 1733 but later became clogged with sand. The inlet appears again on charts in1798 but had filled in by 1922. A new inlet was dredged in 1924 to allow fishermen to exit and enter the sound, but within a year it had clogged, only to reopen on its own in 1932. The area continued in flux, silting in and out, for the next decade, until a storm opened the inlet again in 1944, after which it refilled, until Hurricane Irene hit the coast in 2011 and washed out a hundred yards of NC 12. The difficulties of maintaining a roadway or bridge under such conditions are obvious, but with continued commercial development of the Banks and the influx of tourists, the necessity of keeping Hatteras Island and points south open to the public has become an economic imperative for the state. Carr documents the opening of the Outer Banks, concentrating on the political and geographical challenges encountered by those who’ve worked to develop the area to travel and economic viability. Beginning with transport by boat and oxcart to the arrival of the Wright Brothers and the advent of the automobile, the struggle to maintain the roadway, bridges and ferries is placed in historical perspective, and the future of NC 12 is discussed in light of changing demographics and the impact of climate change. No doubt many North Carolinians are aware, if only vaguely, of the barrier islands’ history and transitory nature, but Carr offers a sobering revelation. In 1949, the U.S. military considered using the Outer Banks as a site for nuclear testing. The state was home to numerous military bases and the Banks were virtually empty, offering a cheap and safe location for “Project Nutmeg,” a program for the testing of nuclear weapons. Fortunately, good sense prevailed, and the government took into consideration the historic and economic

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Upcoming Author Events: ELLEN ROGERS

DEADLY DECEPTION Wednesday, July 13 at 5PM

Follow Lanie Montgomery, a former high-powered big-city career woman, who has returned to Southern Pines, North Carolina only to find mystery and murder. Deadly Deception set in Pinehurst is the follow up novel to Deadly Trust.



OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES Saturday, August 20 at 4PM

“An absorbing human drama of marital discontent, violence and desperation. Over the Plain Houses had me enthralled from beginning to end.” – Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried




Monday, September 5 at 5PM Ticketed!


Saturday, July 23 at 4PM

An autographed copy of the book is included!

A debut novel about a first love that lived on long after the relationship ended.

New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny is coming to town. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at The Country Bookshop and online www.thecountrybookshop.biz.


WITH LOVE FROM THE INSIDE Friday, August 12 at 5PM

“Like nothing else I’ve read this year, With Love from the Inside chronicles a mother awaiting her execution on death row for ostensibly killing her infant son. The writing in this novel is so strong and its message of forgiveness so powerful that it brought me to tears.” – Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Rumor

“This series dominates best-seller lists and award lists for a reason. Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and thank goodness redemption.” —Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer


Wednesday, September 7 at 5PM


From New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash, a new novel—The Risen—a suspenseful tale of two brothers whose lives are altered irrevocably by the events of one long-ago summer and one bewitching young woman and the secrets that could destroy their lives.


A timeless collection of insights, memories, and moments that are at once intimate and universal. Each piece of prose is organized into classic subjects such as Social Studies, Music, and Language Arts – a book with a first-of-its-kind interactive text messaging component.

ANIMAL ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMP Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15, 8:30 AM – 11AM A literary camp for rising 1st and 2nd graders. $150 per child for 5 mornings.



Join us for stories, games and treats– oh my!

A literary camp for rising 3rd and 4th graders. $150 per child for 5 mornings.

Fridays in July at 10:30 am

The Country Bookshop

Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 8:30 AM to 11AM

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importance of the barrier islands and abandoned plans to nuke North Carolina. One can’t help but wonder how tragic our history may have been had “Project Nutmeg” come to fruition. According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, 11 million visitors to the Outer Banks spent roughly $4 billion in 2013 alone, but Carr is quick to point out the necessity of maintaining NC 12 as a viable highway for more than financial considerations. At work is the human need to reclaim our place in the natural world. Tourists are drawn to the beauty of sun, sky and ocean, and access to the Banks gives us a chance to swim, fish, surf or catch a glimpse of hatching sea turtles. But allowing millions of visitors to the area has taken a toll on the natural world, and the human manipulation of the environment may in fact be a self-defeating exercise. “There is little doubt that artificial dunes keep normal waves from washing away the sand and the man-made structures that lie behind them,” Carr writes, “but dunes actually change the angle at which the waves strike, giving them a more devastating punch, and the waves generated by hurricanes and nor’easters are not to be considered normal . . . Wind-driven waves have the strength to tear across the islands, wiping out cottages and parts of NC 12.” For first-time visitors to the Outer Banks, Carr’s final chapter supplies a running tour of NC 12 in the fashion of early driving guides such as the Mendenhall’s Guide: “The first cottages seen on the trip down Hatteras Island snuggle closely against the highway through Rodanthe, and just a half a mile inside the town limits, on the left side of the highway, stands the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum, where the first of the original lifesaving stations stood on the Outer Banks. Chicamacomico is the only U.S. lifesaving station that still exists with its original building. . .” The ease with which we navigate NC 12, and the inspiring vistas we enjoy while doing so, tend to blind us to the fact that the Banks will always be in transition. If we’re to believe the science, we should visit the area before global warming transforms the landscape. After all, a number of Pacific islands have recently disappeared due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, and Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, is drowning in a salt marsh and sinking into the sea. So we might grab a copy of NC 12: Gateway to the Outer Banks and put the Outer Banks on our to-do list along with visiting Venice, cruising Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef, and observing polar bears in the wild. PS Stephen Smith is a poet and fiction writer who is a longtime contributor to the magazine.

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Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old — And What it Means for Staying Young, by Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan Theoretical biologist Joshua Mitteldorf and award-winning writer and ecological philosopher Dorion Sagan use an in-depth and wide-ranging review of the biological record and explore the genes that either start or stall aging. The authors challenge current assumptions and show us how aging has evolved to support the greater good. At once provocative, entertaining and pioneering, this book challenges the way we understand aging and death, and opens the door to new means of stopping, slowing or reversing the aging process. Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, by Jordan Fisher Smith When 25-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone National Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. Nature writer and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith uses the story of one man’s death to tell the larger narrative of how the futile, sometimes fatal idea of what is “natural” dissolves as soon as we begin to examine it. How the Post Office Created America: A History, by Winifred Gallagher This is the definitive history of the U.S. Postal Service, the least appreciated and analyzed of America’s great institutions, and an examination of how this remarkable organization created America. Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, by Lesley M. M. Blume In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions traveled to Pamplona, Spain, for the town’s infamous running of the bulls. Over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip’s maelstrom of drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals, and midday hangovers into his groundbreaking novel The Sun Also Rises, a revolutionary work that redefined modern literature as much as it did his peers, who would forever after be called the Lost Generation. Blume’s vivid account resurrects the explosive, restless landscape of 1920s Paris and Spain and reveals how Hemingway helped create his own legend.

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Stiff Upper Lip, George A grit Brit goes home — but promises to write soon

By Serena Brown

I loathe goodbyes. This month I had

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hoped to write a jolly essay about summer storms or suchlike and then surprise you all in August with a letter from England about the freezing fog blowing in off the eastern side of the Atlantic. However, Jim blew my cover in the June issue and now I have no choice but to write a last PineStraw “Proper English.” But fear not, regular readers. Who knows what travels the future will bring? So this is not adieu, more à bientôt.

When I first arrived in the Sandhills, almost five years ago, I had a couple of months to wait until the arrival of my green card. After a decade of non-stop London life, we landed in a lakeside house in Whispering Pines. I worked on a novel that quickly began to seem fatuous, spent far too much time with only the dog for company and developed an unhealthy and — as anyone who knows me will confirm — completely uncharacteristic obsession with the cleanliness of the kitchen counters. By winter I had achieved my driving licence. With a little more independence I ventured forth, tackling the multi-lane highways of Aberdeen and getting thoroughly frustrated by the Pinehurst Traffic Circle, which is like no other roundabout in the world. In retrospect I wonder why, with the year I had in North Carolina, I didn’t take to the hills on a bluegrass adventure, or make the great American road trip, or at the very least apply for a role in The Lost Colony outdoor drama. But hindsight tends to overlook the boring practicalities of day-to-day life, like

work and paying bills and the fact that we only had one car and my husband might have been a bit stuck in Whispering Pines if I was hanging around in Boone trying to get an interview with the late Doc Watson. We need to wind back to reality. The very first day we were here we bumped into my husband’s best friend’s mother, who henceforward would be known as The Matriarch. Within minutes of this meeting she had dispatched us to the tack shop for a hat and boots and exacted a promise to be at her farm at ten o’clock the next morning for a ride. When The Matriarch says jump, you jump. Then she’ll say, “That was good. Do it again.” And she said that many times over the following weeks as she supervised my progress as, after a hiatus of nearly twenty years, I learnt to ride again. One morning, returning from a hack on the quiet schoolmaster of the farm, one of the ladies with whom I was riding asked, “Do you have time to ride another horse?” It was a beautiful morning, the novel had stalled again and, knowing only a handful of people, chances were I had no one to meet. And so I was introduced to George. George is a great, glossy Hanoverian. A show hunter, he stands at around 16.1hh and has won hunter championships all over the country. His paces are so smooth that you could play chess on his back. “Today I rode the Mercedes Benz of horses,” I told my husband that afternoon. As I got to know George better I discovered that he is every ounce the aristocrat — he is imperious, highly-strung (perhaps “spirited” might be a horsier term), as greedy as a Labrador and as stubborn — and cunning — as a Thelwell pony. If I use that 20/20 hindsight again, it occurs to me that George might have been thrust upon me because everyone else at the farm was sick of having chunks taken out of their arms as he searched for treats. “George is a lovebug,” his owner Mike once told me. George knows what side his bread is buttered. He behaves impeccably in Mike’s presence. And so George and I would set out and explore the woods together. It

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was riding George that I heard the bobwhite quail that inspired my first column for PineStraw. The year we had meant to stay here grew into two, then three, then time took over. George and I encountered snakes and coyotes, tackled unexpected creeks and sailed over timber. We identified wild flowers and we came home at a record-breaking extended trot whenever a thunderstorm threatened. Our mutual leaps of horror at every waving leaf, nameless shadow and unseen woodland sprite taught me that so much of what we fear is not what it seems. I learnt that we needn’t bolt from shadows and that, if I found the confidence to sit up straight, look up and kick on, we could clear even the biggest, most solid fences. George carried me through the woods with unusual care and calm before I learnt I was expecting identical twins. Perhaps he knew before I did. He bore me with the same diligence when the enormity of life and loss left me devastated. Slowly, slowly, over the course of the next two years I got back into the saddle, looked back up between George’s bay ears and recovered my feelings for our world, for the people, the butterflies and birds, the fox squirrels and fawns that I have loved over my sojourn here in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Before we packed up for England we wanted to shoot some family photos. Where to do them was an easy decision — the farm where George lives is the place we got engaged and home to all of us. And yes, we included George. He’s important to us. I ride rarely now, as home and work and a toddler take up a great deal of that once endless-seeming time. But we stop by the farm often to share an apple with our equine friend, and as much mutual affection as he and I are prepared to show. George isn’t the only one who’s carried me, and he’s not the only one to whom I’m grateful for lessons and breaks, but you all know that. You didn’t really think I’d write anything sentimental about people, did you? I’m going back to England y’all, the land where an entire system of etiquette and emotional suppression has grown from the avoidance of causing embarrassment. George being unconcerned with either sentiment or etiquette, I can write about him quite freely. It may amuse you to know that I’m an American now. I completed the naturalisation process at the end of last year. It hasn’t been easy, being a stranger in a strange land. But I’m very glad I have, and I’m glad I’m not a stranger anymore. My husband grew up here, and I feel I know him so much better, and that we’re a better team for our son, for having lived together in the place from which he comes. Now I know I’m going back to England, I’m starting to realise how much I’ve changed. Perhaps you noticed I used the word “counters” instead of “surfaces” further up this piece. Occasionally I hear a soft “r” in my speech. Making hummingbird food comes as easily to me as making a cup of tea. I look forward to dogwoods in spring. But I’m an Anglo-Southerner, a grit Brit as The Matriarch’s son now describes our family, one foot in the Pamlico Sound, the other in the English Channel. We can plant dogwoods in England, I’ve checked. And Paul, as he proved countless times in a small London garden, can fire up a barbecue grill just about anywhere. I haven’t lost my stiff upper lip. I’m going to be employing it a great deal over the next few weeks as we close this chapter and start a new one. Thank you to you all for reading this column, and for your comments and letters along the way. When I next write it’ll be from the flagged kitchen floor of a Georgian house in a small town on the Dorset coast. It’s nice to think that it was built during the reign of the house of Hanover. When I post your bulletins I’ll be including a parcel of Polos for George; they’re his favourite British mints. Ah, the English summer. That requires a stiff upper lip. My feet will be back in the Aga. Feed the hummingbirds for me. And look after the trees. Thank you. PS Serena Brown promises to write soon.




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A Snapshot in Time A vintage Brownie camera captured it nicely

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One of my great-

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nephews turned a year old not long ago. There was cake and there were pictures, naturally, that made the rounds quickly. When I saw the digital images, it made me think about my first birthday — or, more accurately, about a photograph of me, all cheeks and calves, with a cake on my high chair’s tray, that still resides in a family album, the black-and-white print looking as good as it did when my father picked up his pictures downtown at Sandhill Drug.

I wondered if that photo of my great-nephew’s party would be around fiftyodd years from now, knowing that the device that made it, my sister’s smartphone, won’t be. On the other hand, I have the camera that documented my first birthday and lots of other occasions. It’s a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, Flash Model. If I’ve decoded the serial number properly, it was manufactured in April 1956, about four years before capturing a 1/30th of a second slice of my turning one. Made in America, of course, in Rochester, New York, and sold for $15, including a bulky flash attachment that screwed into the side of the Deco, black Bakelite body. Eastman Kodak made Brownies in many iterations throughout much of the 20th century, all of them simple box cameras, most with only one shutter speed and one (small) aperture. I have a couple of Brownies from the 1930s, including one covered in bright red leatherette. About a decade ago I used it to take one of my favorite photos, a moody image at twilight of a couple of swimmers, its atmospheric magic as much a product of the restrictions of an 80-year-old camera as my talent. The Brownie Hawkeye, produced from 1949-1961, was designed for snapshots, not fine art, though its 2¼-by-2¼-inch square negatives don’t lack resolution despite the camera’s inexpensive lens. Dad handled most of the photo duties

in our family, but one of the prints with month/year stamped on its white border I treasure most was taken by someone else. My father, shirt off and smiling on a hot day a few months after I was born, is holding me as his large hands dwarf my tiny torso. Dad had thick, black hair when I was young, and you got a very good look at it when he looked down into the Brownie’s waist-level viewfinder to compose the shot and depress the shutter. If his images weren’t particularly artistic, he was thorough: the beach, Christmas, birthdays, Easter, ballgames, snowfalls. With many years of separation from when they were made, the silly ones seem to have more weight than the ones where we tried to show some gravitas. This was certain: If a subject was closer than about six feet from the Brownie Hawkeye, it wasn’t going to be in focus owing to the camera’s limitations. Tricky lighting was not its friend. Not that technical quality is the essence of my family’s photos, or yours. By the late 1960s, my dad, like so many other fathers, had put the box camera away in favor of a Polaroid Land Camera. The film was different — sometimes the minute you had to wait to peel away the negative felt like an hour, such was the intrigue of this new “instant” technology — but the photographs really weren’t: good times and good moods and good meals, the happily censored reality of family snapshots. That’s OK, however. Distant tensions or sadness, even if rare, tend to loiter in the starting blocks of our recall. It’s not a bad thing to be reminded of a spirited Monopoly game that wouldn’t end, your sister’s cool Mustang or the relaxed look that crept on your parents’ faces two days into a week of vacation. I admire Dad’s Brownie Hawkeye much more than I use it, but I’ve run a few rolls through it in the last decade. It works fine. Some day I might give the camera to my great-nephew and explain what it is and talk about the man who used it, the sun at his back and people he loved in front of him, photographer and subject holding still in a world that never does. PS Southern Pines native Bill Fields, who writes about golf and other things, moved north thirty years ago but hasn’t lost his accent.

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Sex sells. It’s the

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one thing that advertising agencies agree on. Combine that with wine and you have a winner.

Over twenty years ago, I remember the Clos Du Val winery came under scrutiny for its label — a tiny Victorian line drawing of three naked women you could hardly see. The drawing was actually a rendering of a classical work of art. The label finally went through, but the tough Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the governing agency for wine labels, sincerely frowned on anything risqué. Well, those days are clearly over. I’ve encountered beer and wine names and labels lately that would make a sailor blush. I’ve had moments where I have had to tell a salesperson, “Are you kidding me? People bring their children in here.” They say that 70 percent of all wine purchases are determined after the customer has entered the store. Who hasn’t bought a bottle because they liked the label? Wineries are counting on that. Sexy, enticing labels do sell. I went on a quest to find those wines that had such labels but were also delicious. The ones that will bring you back for more. After all, the winery would like you to make a repeat purchase. Coincidentally, all the wines I favored were red. It could be that they were just the ones that were offered to me. And it’s worth noting that it was almost impossible to find a wine depicting a sexy man. I found one and it’s a little borderline. Even though 55 percent of the people purchasing wine are women, almost all the bottles have pictures of women. Oh, well, I’ve been watching — women are buying those bottles as well. Maybe we wistfully think we look like those labels. Cycles Gladiator Winery holds the distinction for obtaining the most risqué label of all through the TTB: a completely naked siren with long red hair clutching a bicycle. A Parisian bicycle shop named Cycles used this poster to promote their bikes in the nineteenth century. Understandably it was a big hit. For a time, Alabama banned the wines from their state because of the label. The winery embraced the ban. They printed T-shirts with their label

stating “Banned in Alabama.” I love their pinot noir, its Santa Barbara fruit partially aged in new French oak barrels. It has beautiful plum and cherry flavors with a hint of toasty oak. For about $12, it’s a bargain in normally expensive pinot noir. The Playtime Red Wine from Lake County, California, has a retro-style picture of a pinup girl in her underwear. She’s accompanied by a small dog and a male marionette clad in a tuxedo. The winery claims that the label is a tribute to the pinup stars that adorned military aircraft during World War II. I thought the wine was delicious. It’s a blend of some of my favorite grapes: zinfandel, grenache, mourvèdre, petite sirah and barbera. The tasting notes state, “Fresh dark cherries, raspberry, and strawberry, a touch of sweet oak and vanilla, dark spices and a hint of black pepper.” This one is also a great value for about $12. Zin-Phomaniac also sports a pinup style label of a naked brunette with three strategically positioned oak leaves. Their old vine zinfandel is a really good zin for about $17 in a market where zins are hanging around $25. The winery unabashedly presents romance novel-style tasting notes: “Lush, fruit forward, full-bodied, arousing aromas. Rich, spicy flavors with a bold voluptuous mouth feel. One sip and you know you’ll never get enough . . .” Michael David Winery in Lodi, California, is famous for its avant garde wine labels and names. Their Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon has a weird, crowded circus scene label you could probably study for hours with a magnifying glass. It’s full of freaky characters but the main character is a very well built, muscular weightlifting man in a small onesie. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate gave the $18 cabernet a high score and 89 points, and describes it as, “A dense, rich, full-bodied, meaty, almost Mediterranean style of wine . . . possesses loads of black and red currants, notes of roasted Provençal herbs, licorice and loamy soil undertones in a dense, full-bodied, supple and silky style.” PS Robyn James is a certified sommelier and proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at robynajames@gmail.com.

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Use Your Infusion

It’s easier than you think to make an outstanding cocktail at home

By Tony Cross

I started Reverie Cocktail

Photograph by Erin Brady

earlier this year to bring my love and passion for cocktails into people’s homes. I’ve had nothing but enthusiastic support from family, friends and strangers; I’m having a blast doing it, and I’m constantly learning from my guests. Something that continues to intrigue me (now and when I was behind the restaurant bar) is how most people don’t realize how easy it is to make a great drink. You don’t need exotic spirits, hard-to-find amaro, or a rack of bitters — though it doesn’t hurt to keep Angostura and orange bitters on hand — to get the job done.

A lot of people put zero thought into their drinks, and spirit companies know this; just walk into the local ABC store and check out the ridiculous number of flavored vodkas that line up the back wall. It’s insane. What if I told you that you could infuse your own spirits and syrups, and it will give you a mouthgasm? Nine years ago, I worked at a restaurant bar in Pinehurst and had no flipping clue what I was doing. (Side note: I still don’t know much at all — I’ve never worked in a craft cocktail bar, trained under others that could show me the ropes, or took seminars from the best in the business. I’ve read a bit, spent all of my free time behind the bar wasting gallons of spirits and making many God-awful concoctions. But I’ve tasted, and tasted and tasted. I dabbled on YouTube a bit too.) During this time, I had read somewhere about bartenders up North infusing their own vodkas and such. I thought, “What a great idea!” So I sliced up dozens of lemon wheels, and submerged them in a beautiful glass container that was filled with vodka, Gordon’s, if my memory serves me, and told everyone what I had done. I mean, I told everyone.

When the week passed, I filtered the vodka, and took a generous swig. “Agghhh!” I exclaimed; it was vile; not like lemon vodka at all. I had poisoned myself with something that tasted like bitter vodka. The lemon pith had infiltrated and completely ruined the two bottles of booze that I had been patiently waiting on. Lesson learned: Only use the meat of citrus fruit when infusing spirits. Round two was deemed a success, and the infused lemon vodka was included in the house Cosmopolitan; it was still a staple on their menu the last time I checked. I have been very lucky over the years to have Nature’s Own for all of my organic produce and spice/herb needs. There’s enough in their bulk section (teas, herbs, spices) to keep you busy all year long. Here are a few infusions and recipes that are easy to do. You can take these with you to the beach, or use them to wow your friends and family the next time you’re playing host:

Callie Laura The love of my life inspired this straightforward cocktail; I knew she would love it, and I loved watching her eyes light up when she tried it. 1 1/2 ounce Plymouth Gin 1/2 ounce Cointreau 3/4 ounce lemon juice 3/4 ounce Hibiscus Cordial (see below) 2 dashes of my house orange bitters (equal parts Regans’ No. 6 & Angostura Orange) Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake like hell. Double strain into a chilled coupe. Take an orange peel, expressing the oil over the glass, and then dropping the peel in the drink. Santé!

Hibiscus Cordial (revised from Employee’s Only recipe) 1 cup water 1 cup baker’s sugar (by weight)

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1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (available at Nature’s Own) 1 ounce Remy Martin VSOP cognac Bring the water to almost a boil and add sugar and dried flowers. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Let cool for 15 minutes. Strain and add cognac. If you want the syrup to keep for months, add a generous splash of vodka.

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Here’s an infusion that I did for years at 195 that killed, especially in the fall and winter months. I’m honored that they’ve kept it a tradition as a mainstay on their list. Makes just under 25 ounces (750 milliliter bottle) 2 organic Fuji apples 10 black mission figs 1 scored vanilla bean 10 grams cinnamon 750 milliliter Early Times Whiskey

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Dice up apples and figs, and combine with vanilla bean and cinnamon into a large glass container. Add whiskey and seal. Leave at room temperature for an hour and then refrigerate for ten days (gently agitate the whiskey daily until the ten days are up). Take out of refrigeration and wait until the whiskey is back to room temperature before straining. Enjoy neat or over ice.

Still Remains This infusion is a must during the summer. The pineapple-infused Aperol is great over ice with sparkling water, but also plays well with others (including Durham-made gin) in this cocktail: 1 ounce Conniption Gin (NC-Code #66-374) 1 ounce Pineapple-Infused Aperol (see below) 1 ounce Dolin Blanc (Available at The Wine Cellar and Nature’s Own) Blend ingredients over ice and stir 50 revolutions. Add a twist of lemon, expressing the oils over the cocktail.

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Founding Gardener Even Thomas Jefferson struggled with bugs and frost

By Jan Leitschuh

“I concur with my friends in congratulations

on the anniversary return of the independence and happiness of our country. May these be as many as I believe they will!” — Thomas Jefferson to John Paradise, July 1789

Thomas Jefferson also wrote, “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” As we celebrate the nation’s independence this July, it’s easy to overlook this simple fact about this Founding Father: He was a gardener. Yet he saw his agricultural experiments as a gift of possibilities, horticultural love poems to a bold new nation. We know Jefferson the American revolutionary, the man who stood up to the mighty British government. There’s another Jefferson we know, the literate, deep-thinking Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and a whole new political system. Yet another aspect: Jefferson the statesman, the nation’s third president. The white-haired guy on the $2 bill? Yeah, him too. But Jefferson the produce gardener is one of those vague facts tucked away in a far, dusty recess of the mental library. Jefferson’s restored estate in Virginia is a testament to a versatile man’s gardening foresight and innovation. He tried new things. He cultivated a national collection of plants from the Lewis and Clark expedition And the man liked his fresh produce, says Peter Hatch, the director of gardens and grounds at Jeffferson’s beloved Monticello for thirty-five years.

Gardener Jefferson wrote of bean-eating bugs and failed tarragon. Indian corn, late frosts, exciting new plants and crop-killing droughts. Manuring asparagus. Viniculture, peanuts and lima beans. He experimented as boldly in the garden as he posited political theory. He grew over 330 varieties of more than ninety different plants and herbs, says Hatch, author of the book A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. Hatch, an alumnus of the Sandhills Community College landscape gardening program, spoke at a Horticultural Society event at SCC this past April. These included exotics like sesame, chickpeas, sea kale and the root vegetable salsify, sometimes called oyster plant. While we might find chickpeas, sesame — even salsify — in stores today, such items were extremely rare for the new country at that time. So were tomatoes and eggplant, but grow those he did, as well as carrots, melons, beets, okra, cauliflower, beans and more. He liked his fruit too. In the nearby South Orchard, Jefferson grew 130 varieties of fruit trees such as peach, apple, fig and cherry. Despite his mythical history-book status, here was an earthy, human aspect that I could wrap my gardening gloves around. With retirement beckoning in a few years, the travel bug has kicked in hard with us. The bucket list is long, but one place on the list is not far away — Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia. With the possibility of a visit, I dug into the research, which to me is half the fun of planning a trip. I learned Monticello was founded in 1772, four years before the Revolutionary War. Jefferson had a lot to lose — and to fight for. His interest in flowers and planting is documented to at least six years earlier than the start of his plantation, however.

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He kept a meticulous garden book, jotting down detailed notes of the blooming species in his family’s garden. Jefferson read widely on garden design and theory, especially on an aesthetic called “naturalistic gardening.” Though he may have fought British imperial power, TJ did admire their easy gardens, less formal than the tight Parisian plantings popular then. Design theory of naturalistic gardening included paths with gentle curves, rather than rigid geometry. Plant design was rather wild and free, like Mother Nature herself, with madly stuffed perennial borders, informal flower gardens, wild flowers and asymmetrical forms. These European observations influenced his own garden design. After inheriting Virginia land from his father, Jefferson, at age 26, began designing and building Monticello. The Piedmont plantation was originally 5,000 acres. Jefferson used slaves for large plantings of tobacco and mixed crops, later shifting from tobacco cultivation to wheat when market conditions changed. But he had a soft spot for produce, it seems. Meticulously, he documented his many trials and errors. He wrote about the spacing of rows, about when the blossoms would appear for a given crop, even when to expect the food to be ready for the table. Behind Jefferson’s “zeal to categorize the world around him” was a patriotic mission, Hatch says. It was his present to this new country, an exploration of what was possible. Hatch says, “He believed that plants could transform society.” Jefferson even wondered if the slavery of African-Americans in the Deep South might be replaced if planters grew sugar maple trees instead of sugar cane. He said the trees would be so simple to tend, children could do it. Despite the musing, Jefferson used slave labor to construct the garden and worked there daily with his slave Wormley Hughes, the same man who later dug Jefferson’s grave. Lots of things failed in the Jefferson garden. Entries from 1809 show that

a number of crops, including beets, Chinese melons and the lemon-y sorrell, did not do well. Excessive cold wiped out some experiments, heat and drought others. Hatch gives some hope to home gardeners. “The use of the word ‘failed’ is repeated throughout Jefferson’s garden book, and one wonders if any gardener has written about failure as much as Thomas Jefferson. He once also wrote that if he failed 99 times out of 100, that one success was worth the ninety-nine failures,” Hatch says. “I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that . . . as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet,” Jefferson wrote.



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The gardens declined after Jefferson’s death on July 4, 1826 (the very same day John Adams died, a mere five hours later — the last two surviving members of the original American revolutionaries, both Founding Fathers leaving behind a 50-year-old nation.) At the time of his death at age 83, Jefferson’s beloved mountain-top estate was in the early stages of decay. He left the estate burdened with a $100,000 debt. His daughter Martha inherited the mess, and sold off furnishings, slaves and land to repay the creditors. No one wanted the graceful, decaying neo-Classical mansion and immediate grounds. An uneven series of buyers, restorations and neglect followed. Finally, in 1923, the newly formed nonprofit Thomas Jefferson Foundation took over the place.

Lots of things failed in the Jefferson garden. Entries from 1809 show that a number of crops, including beets, Chinese melons and the lemon-y sorrell, did not do well. Since 1938, when the Thomas Jefferson Foundation invited its participation, the Garden Club of Virginia has worked to restore and maintain the gardens with historical accuracy. After his arrival in 1977, after much scholarship, Hatch laid out the planting beds based on Jefferson’s records and directed the planting and cultivation. Along the way, he wrote a book on Jefferson’s tribulations with fruit, The Fruit and Fruit Trees of Monticello. These days, the fruits of the two-acre Jefferson garden are sold to the cafe at Monticello. Many plants in the garden are allowed to go to seed, then packaged for sale at the gift shop. Hatch says Jefferson’s once-pioneering garden now acts as a seed bank to perpetuate rare lines and varieties like prickly-seeded spinach and Dutch brown lettuce. This holiday, as you feast on watermelon, sweet corn, garden tomatoes and more, raise a grateful fork to a garden patriot grounded in the soil of a new America, the man Hatch calls “The First Foodie” — Thomas Jefferson, third president of a brand new nation, passionate gardener. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and co-founder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

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Blended Family Daiquiris à la Borden

By Jane Borden

Illustration by Meridith Martens

Shakespeare borrowed storylines from

popular narratives for most of his plays. The ancient Hebrews relied on local oral traditions for much of the Old Testament, including the Moses story, which is so indelible that 2,500 years later the lead character has transformed into, more or less, Harry Potter, and launched a $15 billion franchise. Similarly, my father did not invent the daiquiri. But his is still an exquisite work of art that could put Greensboro on the map. And, like the aforementioned works, his drink strays from its source material in ways that, via comparison, tell more about the artist and his time than a wholly original work could. Below, are three recipes in context. Daiquiri, Jennings Cox (sometime between 1898 and 1909)

Juice of 6 limes 6 teaspoons sugar 6 Bacardi cups, Carta Blanca rum 2 small cups mineral water Crushed ice “Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Do not strain as the glass may be served with some ice.” Basically, it’s a rum sour; Cox’s drink relied on a popular contemporary

blueprint. Further, the Ti Punch, Caipirinha and Medford Sour all predate the daiquiri and employ some kind of cane spirit, lemon or lime, and sugar. Also, in the mid-to-late-18th century, British Navy sailors were issued a grog of rum mixed with water, lime and sugar. But since Cox, a mining engineer in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century, was the first to record a specific recipe and give it a special name, he is credited as creating it. One story: He was throwing a party, ran out of gin and didn’t want to serve his guests the local rum straight. Another story: Before heading to the mine, he and his coworkers began each day with several of these drinks at a local bar. A third story: He and a buddy were experimenting one night, et voilà. Whatever its origin, it was named for Playa Daiquiri, where the mine was located. Cox chose Bacardi Carta Blanca because it was local and, mostly, because U.S. engineers in Cuba received a monthly ration of it. He used limes instead of lemons (the more typical choice for a classic sour), because they were ubiquitous in Cuba. And he used six cups of rum for a recipe serving six, because he was a crazy alcoholic. Or because, in 1900, they all were. Or because they were just drunk all the time, which may be why the British Navy never really held Cuba. Alternately, some believe the phrase “Bacardi cups” on Cox’s handwritten recipe actually means ounces of the liquor. A medium lime produces about an ounce of juice, and the limes growing wild in Cuba were surely much smaller, so these proportions make a little more sense, but would still produce a pretty sour product. Either way, the Royal Navy has no excuse.

Libation Point Peach Daiquiri, Bob Borden (the 1990s)

2 & 1/2 large peaches 6 ounces Bacardi light rum 4 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate 2 ounces pineapple juice Cubed ice Peel and pit the peaches and throw them into a standard-size blender. Add the

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liquid ingredients. Fill to the top with ice. Blend. The frozen daiquiri was also developed in Cuba, around Hemingway’s time, when a bartender began using crushed ice. The invention of the blender, shortly thereafter, pulverized ice faster and more easily. This process turned the drink into the slushy variety that swept America after the rise in popularity of rum (which happened when World War II grain rations reduced the production of whiskey and beer). In the 1960s, Dad and his first cousin Donnie had a boat named The After You 2. When they asked dates to join them on an outing, they’d joke, “We named the boat after you two.” It was a 34-foot Hatteras and had a generator. They’d motor to Cape Lookout with three or four couples, fish along the way, and then swim inside the hook, while Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass played on the 8-track tape deck. Dad hooked the blender up to the generator and made banana daiquiris, using ice from the cooler — “preferably the ice that had not been on the fish,” he clarifies. As Dad describes it, the drink was sweeter and less delicate than the peach variety he landed on forty years later, although I’m sure they were appreciated at the time. Dad resurrected this drink with peaches because he was receiving free peaches. My Uncle Ed still sends us a case each summer of Mac’s Pride peaches from South Carolina (the best I’ve had on the East Coast). Every year we budget them out: some for Mom’s cobbler, some for eating and some for Dad’s daiquiris. They are precious globes, nature’s gold, so revered that even my nephews have not noticed or pointed out that each one resembles a tiny butt. Dad boils the peaches for thirty seconds before peeling them, to loosen the skins. Peeling them otherwise was too time-consuming because, being both frugal and fastidious, he won’t allow his knife to remove any flesh with the skin. You should see him peel a tomato. Depending on your perspective, it is either a noble feat or a special disease. Dad begins making his peach daiquiris around 4:30 p.m., because that is common sense. He stuck with the frozen lemonade mix, because it’s just so easy. He lessens the amount, though, as too much acid would overpower the peach. But then he adds pineapple juice, his secret ingredient, to keep up the sugar content. He sometimes returns to dessert buffets for thirds. Dad serves his daiquiris in plastic insulated glasses because they are typically drunk on our porch in Morehead City, which faces the Sound and receives a fair amount of drink-melting wind. This porch was named Libation Point by my grandmother, but honestly anywhere you drink a daiquiri this good, it will be a point of libation. And you could probably forgo the insulated glassware because the drink won’t remain in your glass very long. Dad was only able to perfect this recipe with, as he explains, “Years and years of diligent experimentation — and I had to taste every single one of them.”

Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri, Jane Borden (the Aughts)

12 generous counts (6 ounces?) of Bacardi light rum (or a mid-shelf vodka) 2 big spoonfuls (soup spoon?) of frozen limeade (or lemonade) concentrate couple of handfuls of cubed ice (1 heaping cup?) Frozen, chunked watermelon (enough to fill the blender) Cut a seedless watermelon (into pieces about half of the size of your fist?) and freeze them twenty-four hours in advance. Add the liquid ingredients. Add the ice. Fill to the top with watermelon. Blend. Most blender drinks today are made with synthetic fruit syrups and too much of them. So when friends in New York tried one of mine, they were pleasantly surprised and usually asked, “Where did you learn to make these?” “My dad,” I’d reply. This response was usually met with polite silence, presumably because family traditions in other parts of the country don’t revolve around liquor. Regardless of their judgments, they always wanted refills.

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My friends and I often threw summer barbecues. I was in charge of the blender. Good peaches are hard to find in New York, so I worked with what I had: mango and strawberries in margaritas, cherries and mint in mojitos, banana and pineapple in piña coladas. But I always wanted to do something with watermelon. I tried using a little, but the subtle flavors disappeared. Then I tried adding a lot, but its water content is too high for the finished product to remain frozen. Finally, I realized that freezing the melon in advance, and using it as the ice, would solve both problems. This new drink quickly became the most popular on my bill. Dad said Donnie once tried to put watermelon in the blender on the After You 2, but had failed to remove the seeds. “We spent the next hour spitting out little black bits,” he recalls. “We only did that once.” Although I personally prefer rum, sometimes I replace it with vodka so the watermelon can shine even more. But I guess that’s not a daiquiri. Then again, when I put bourbon, Bailey’s, vanilla ice cream and ice in a blender for dessert, that’s not a daiquiri either, but it’s still delicious. I cut back on the citrus concentrate because, again, it overpowers the melon. Also, since the drink contains more fruit (even if 92 percent of it is water), it requires less sugar. Sometimes people like mint. Since it blends thoroughly, two or three leaves will do. As a purist, I don’t think the drink needs it, but, hell, go crazy. I apologize for the recipe’s vagueness. When working with a blender, it’s easy to correct mistakes. So I just eyeball the ingredients and add more of whatever is needed, as I go (my recipes have also been influenced by my mother). Another tip: Run the blender a long time. Eventually, a tornado-like funnel will appear at the top. Once that happens, run it for another minute, at least. Never serve a chunky frozen daiquiri. Also, if you find that the bottom half is blending, but the top half won’t budge, just stop it, give it a stir, and blend again. Like my father’s daiquiri, I have perfected this recipe over many years. Eventually, I felt ready to serve him one. Every apprentice dreams of impressing his or her mentor. But opportunities are rare, particularly in my case, because if a blender is on the counter, and my father is in the building, everyone would prefer he make the drinks. A couple of summers ago, I finally convinced the family to let me serve one round. They unanimously agreed it was delicious. Then they unanimously agreed they prefer Dad’s peach variety. Frankly, I agree. My endeavor wasn’t intended to be a competition. That’s why I don’t make peach daiquiris. It’s Dad’s world, I just blend in it. Next time, I’ll tell you about his Old Fashioneds. PS Jane Borden is a Greensboro native living in Los Angeles and trying to spread the gospel of good daiquiris.

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O u t o f th e B l u e

What So Proudly We Hail A citizen patriot’s polite reflection on America

By Deborah Salomon

For July, I’ll shed my Captain Cynical cape

and unfurl some red, white and blue, since patriotism — not barbecued chicken, flag-shaped Jell-O molds, fireworks and cold beer — is why we celebrate Independence Day.

This July will be different: The eyes of the world are upon us, watching a slugfest called the democratic election process. Step right up, folks. No holds barred. Below-the-belt punches encouraged. May the nastiest contender win. I lived in Canada for twenty-one years — still go back to visit the grandchildren. Not sure I had ever felt real patriotism until surrounded by people whose admiration for the United States was, all too often, grounded in competition tinged with — dare I say — envy. Like . . . so, you think you’re better than us, eh? No, I never thought that for a minute. In 1960, 22-year-olds who had never been outside the U.S. hadn’t a clue beyond parodies of the “ugly American” wearing plaid Bermuda shorts and black socks, toting an Instamatic through the great cathedrals of Europe. Even now, after posting a decent amount of mileage, I shiver when the airport immigration agent hands back my passport and says, “Welcome home.” If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a national tragedy to bring forth old-timey patriotism. Remember the flags flown over the pile of rubble that was the World Trade Center? On Memorial Day/Veterans Day, old soldiers laden with medals elicit tears as they walk, slowly but proudly, down Main Streets from sea to shining sea. Same with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” even when hacked beyond recognition by pop stars at the Super Bowl. Hearts ache at the sight of flag-draped coffins coming off transports at Dover Air Force Base. Stream Taking Chance, starring Kevin Bacon, the moving HBO docudrama about an officer who accompanies a fallen Marine from Dover to a hometown burial. Guaranteed, this will make you feel a proud American — very proud. Sad reminders, all. To balance them, relive the glory of watching the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team win the 2015 World Cup. Take in the view of New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty or the D.C. panorama from the Washington Monument. I had a less-intense moment many years ago, in Venice (Italy, not California). We were sitting in a crowded trattoria when I heard diners at the next table discussing a newspaper colleague back in Vermont. Suddenly, surrounded by Italian Renaissance splendor, I longed to go home.

My father seemed an unlikely patriot. The fifth son of poor immigrants, he enlisted in the Army during World War I. Amazing, that they took the short, scrawny young man with terrible eyesight — certainly not combat material. Yet he was assigned a duty almost as dangerous: ambulance driver, bringing out wounded soldiers from the battlefields of France. During World War II he volunteered as an air raid warden. Equipment (bibs, arm bands, hard hats) filled the closets in our small New York apartment; when the sirens went off, he rushed to his appointed post, perhaps a subway station. Veterans Day found him selling crepe paper poppies. Otherwise, he wasn’t a flag-waver. But he felt indebted to the land of hope that welcomed — or at least accepted — those tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free. I’d call that patriotism. But, in truth, I’m worried as this Fourth approaches, fearful that Americans are so accustomed to being top of the heap, the richest and most powerful nation, that they have become distracted. Don’t they realize the world is watching? That watching world counts on American wealth and strength to DO SOMETHING, at home and elsewhere; to halt the barbarism and the suffering that we consider characteristic of the Middle Ages. So what are we doing? We are waving flags, wearing T-shirts bearing meaningless slogans. We line up — rows and rows deep — behind candidates hoarse from screaming inflammatory, disturbing messages. Macbeth wasn’t describing the portly SprayNetted billionaire when he intoned “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” But if the red baseball cap fits . . . Political campaigns are often called circuses. Even circuses aren’t what they used to be. Barnum & Bailey retired its elephants. Clowns star in horror films. Cirque du Soleil is the new normal — surreal, edgy, androgynous, contortionist. Is that the image we want to project abroad? And in the face of all this — of planes falling out of the sky, of genocide, beheadings and children wearing suicide vests, of urban violence and gutter-talk on the stump — we’re supposed to squeeze a little patriotism on our hot dogs. Let’s hope the patriotism is the brand that won wars, planted Old Glory on the moon and elected FDR, Ike, and JFK. If not, Chicken Little wins. 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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Summer’s Greatest Pleasure

Homemade peach ice cream

By Tom Allen

A recent trip to Savannah introduced my

family to Leopold’s, a hundred-year-old establishment known for its “award-winning, homemade super-premium ice cream.” With that kind of promotion, as well as rave reviews from friends, why resist? Lines streamed out the door most of the day, so we waited until 6 p.m. Who says ice cream’s not an appetizer? We weren’t disappointed. My wife Beverly stayed with her usual butter pecan. Daughter Sarah chose strawberry. I teetered on the edge with Leopold’s signature, tutti frutti — rum raisin with candied fruit and roasted Georgia pecans.

Before leaving, I sampled their peach. Not bad . . . for Georgia. With apologies to the Leopold brothers, mine’s better. Such confidence, however, hasn’t always been the case. The process of making ice cream fascinated the childhood chemist in me. When I was growing up, my folks invited friends to enjoy a “freezer” of the summer treat. That “freezer,” typically made from wood, held a metal churn, attached to a hand-crank. No electric freezers in our backyard, at least not in the 1960s. Elbow grease was as important to the process as crushed ice and rock salt. The process began before folks arrived. Bagged ice, purchased from a country store, was crushed with a wooden mallet. Blue boxes of Morton’s Rock Salt, larger and coarser than the kitchen grind, were ready to mingle with ice around the hand-cranked churn. Miraculously, the reaction eventually turned sugar and cream into something cold and soft and sweet. My mother, or someone’s mother, mixed and chilled vanilla, eggs, cream and sugar the day before. A cold mixture, I was told, froze quicker. Less waiting meant more time to enjoy. The task of churning fell to my dad or other men. Children welcomed invitations to turn the crank. More resistance meant the ice cream was almost ready.

With churning complete, someone, bless their hearts, scraped soft mounds from the dasher into a bowl. Impatient youngsters grabbed spoons and dug in. Fresh ice and more salt began the process of hardening or “ripening.” A towel, then newspapers rubber-banded to the freezer, hastened the transformation from soft cream to ice cream. Adults laughed and talked. Kids played. Looking back, it makes sense that “social” described the event. The grown-up me envied folks who made their own ice cream. Most used electric freezers, which sped up the process. The physics of what happened intrigued me; still, churning my own was no less intimidating than preaching my first sermon. Four years ago, when the peaches ripened, I decided to accept the challenge. “You can do this,” I told myself. “Just follow the instructions.” Practicality and price trumped nostalgia. I settled for an inexpensive model from Burney Hardware. An internet recipe, tweaked a bit, produced the perfect treat. A bag of crushed ice, Morton’s Rock Salt, a chilled canister and a cold mixture made for some good eating. My recipe is rich, but remember, all things in moderation. I won’t promise peach ice cream as good as Ben’s in Eagle Springs, but for a backyard gathering on a sultry July afternoon, it’s pretty darn good. Note: The base contains raw eggs. In a large bowl, mix 6 eggs with 3 1/2 cups of sugar. Select 10 large, ripe, juicy peaches. Peel, pit, chop and whiz in a blender or food processor to make five cups of puree. Add to egg mixture. Stir in 4 cups heavy cream, 2 cups half and half and 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract. Mix well. Pour into a chilled canister. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. When freezer motor slows down, give a high-five. Heaven is a few minutes away. When the motor stops, carefully remove the canister and wipe down. Take off the lid and pull out the dasher. Lucky you if nobody’s around. Lick the soft ice cream to your heart’s content. To harden, place it in your chest freezer for a few hours. Recipe makes 4 quarts. From rural hamlets to urban jungles, everyone loves ice cream according to late President Ronald Reagan. Reagan designated July National Ice Cream Month in 1984, a proclamation applauded by the International Dairy Foods Association and 90 percent of Americans. He justified the act by calling the frozen concoction “nutritious and wholesome.” I’ll second that proclamation, so head to Harris Teeter for some rock salt, and meet you at the peach stand. Happy National Ice Cream month! PS Tom Allen is minister of education at First Baptist Church, Southern Pines.

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Snake Business

Far better than a birthday Xbox . . . I think

By Clyde Edgerton

My son Nathaniel wanted an Xbox for his thirteenth birthday.

I knew that was another screen thing. And given the screen things used by our children — TV screens, phone screens, movie screens, game-player screens, iPod screens, iPad screens, Nook screens, kiddy screens, and on and on — his mother and I have been delivering frequent screen screams. A screen scream starts when one of us asks the kids gently — then less gently — to please please put the screen away, go sit on the side porch and look through the porch screen at a real tree. Who knows, someone might see a wild animal, like a squirrel. I saw a squirrel last week sitting in a chair on our back deck. He was texting on an iPhone.

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The break came when Nathaniel mentioned that he wouldn’t mind having a snake for his birthday. “A snake? I said. “Instead of an Xbox?” “Well . . . yes,” he said. Hurray, I thought. By all means. I would have happily considered a small pond dug in the backyard with a pet hippopotamus inserted . . . anything but another screen thing. Nathaniel ordered a “ball python” online, $39. A few days later it came in a box. Next, find a snake aquarium — basically any aquarium, I figured. “Let’s go to a thrift store and get an aquarium,” I said. “It’ll be cheaper than at the pet store.” I love thrift stores. I could buy a picture frame and salt and pepper shakers for the kitchen table, or something, and still get out under $60 total for the whole birthday — with extra thrift store stuff thrown into the bargain. “Snake aquariums are on sale at the pet store,” said Nathaniel. I had a vague worry about going into a pet store to buy anything. An aggressive salesperson would probably want to throw in something extra, unnecessary. I grew up in a time and place where you made your own dog collar and leash, fed the dog on table scraps and Acme dog food (which cost about 75 cents for a fifty-pound bag), kept the dog outside in a dog house and pen, and only took it to the vet if it had

been run over but wasn’t dead yet. We had happy, healthy, faithful dogs, too. And we killed most any snake we saw (which I now regret). “I’ll bet we can do better at a thrift store,” I said to Nathaniel. “I doubt it,” he said. “Let’s just check it out,” I said. “It’s a dollar a gallon — on sale — at the pet store for an aquarium,” said Nathaniel. “We need a twenty-gallon tank. Forty dollars, on sale for twenty.” “Well, let’s just see.” In the thrift store, the owner said this: “I can give you a twenty-gallon aquarium for thirty bucks. You can’t beat that at no pet store.” Nathaniel started for the door, after saying, “I told you.” I started to ask the man if he had any picture frames, but decided to go ahead to the pet store to get the aquarium. Looked like I could perhaps come in at around $60 — $40 for the snake, $20 for the aquarium. I couldn’t imagine an Xbox selling for less that $150 or $200. This would work. At the pet store, the happy salesperson escorted us to the aquarium. He said, “We got a sale going: twenty gallons for twenty bucks.” Then he said, “Let’s go get the other items you’ll need.” I said, “But — ” It was too late. You, dear reader, already get the picture. Nathaniel and the salesperson were moving from spot to spot collecting items in a cart that had appeared from nowhere. I’d catch up when they were leaving for a new spot — another item in the cart, another item to be on the receipt. I found that list a few days back, a scroll that includes a bamboo bar from which the snake can hang; a screen cover for the top of the aquarium so the snake can’t escape; a curved piece of wood the snake can hide under; a larger curved piece of wood, same purpose; a dish for water; the “bargain priced” aquarium; and more than three items I can’t identify. Gentle reader — will you understand if I don’t give you a dollar tally? I don’t want my mama (in her final resting place) to find out how much money I spent on something she’d . . . well, kill with a shovel. PS Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a memoir and a new work, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers. He is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNCW..

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Kite Flight

The Mississippi kite population is expanding

By Susan Campbell

Seldom do we hear of good news

when it comes to bird populations. But among the few species actually expanding their range in the Southeast is the Mississippi kite. This handsome raptor of wooded terrain feeds mainly on large insects. In the late 1980s after extending its breeding range to the floodplains of the Roanoke River, it moved into the Sandhills. Now it can be found in the Triad and seems to be extending its range into the state’s Coastal Plain.

Adults are a mix of gray and black with long, tapered wings and a relatively long, squared off tail. The physical characteristics give these small, sleek raptors what it takes to catch rapidly moving, aerial prey. Extremely maneuverable, Mississippi kites are equipped with a distinctive but delicate hooked bill. (Immature birds are streaked brown with barred tails.) Grasshoppers, beetles, dragonflies and even bats are prime targets. The birds also tend to feed low to the ground when small reptiles and mammals are abundant. In late summer, as they are preparing to head south, large flocks can often be seen foraging over large open areas such as farm fields or wherever flying insects are abundant. Although they breed in North America, Mississippi kites winter in

South America. As well-studied as the species has been here in the United States, little is known about their habits south of the border. Although they collect in large groups in the south-central United States and travel to southern Brazil and northern Argentina, their ecology is largely a question mark. But we have good data on the Midwestern and Southeastern populations, both of which are expanding. That’s largely a result of increased pasturelands, golf courses and parks adjacent to mature woodlands, which provide ideal opportunities for nesting. An increase in nesting around human habitation means an increase in kite interactions with people. And this can actually be problematic. Mississippi kites can be quite aggressive when it comes to defending their nests and young. They will readily dive bomb perceived threats — and this includes humans. I was very startled last summer not only to observe a new family on the farm where I live, but — shades of Alfred Hitchcock — to also be buzzed by one of the adults. I was shocked by how quickly I was attacked and how close the bird came to my head. A very effective defensive maneuver for sure! There is much interest in documenting nesting Mississippi kites here in North Carolina. Should you know of a nest site or see adults or immature kites in the next few months, please let me know. These are beautiful and fascinating birds and certainly worthy of special attention. PS Susan would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted by email at susan@ncaves.com or by phone at (910) 695-0651.

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The Big Play

Every player dreams of making the catch or hit that wins the game — and sometimes the one that got away

By Tom Bryant

It never fails. Every time I watch a professional baseball game on television, I wonder when and where America’s national sport left me behind. It was a rainy afternoon early in the spring season when I randomly flipped on the tube and caught the first couple of innings of the Texas Rangers playing somebody. It could have been a team from Florida, since they had some kind of fish in their name. The game was boring, so I turned it off and decided to ride down to the farm I lease for hunting to see what was going to be planted this growing season.

I couldn’t get the TV ball game out of my mind, though, so on the way south through Aberdeen I made a side trip and drove by what used to be the baseball field for Aberdeen High School. I did this several years ago when another bout of nostalgia got me thinking about the days I played ball in high school and college. The little field is still there, now morphed into a makeshift soccer stadium. I’m the first to admit, as I enter the famed golden years (which actually means you’d better enjoy the time left, buddy, because there aren’t that many more days left on your earthly calendar), professional players are not the same. They are bigger, faster, perhaps more talented, and they sure do make a whole lot more money than the ones of my era, but it just doesn’t look as if they’re having a lot of fun. In my day, we had Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and the great season when they competed with each other to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. Other famous names tossed around the old horsehide: folks like Dizzy Dean, Whitey Ford, Roy Campanella, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Willie Mays and later North Carolina’s own Catfish Hunter. They were some of the best who played the game, and they looked as if they were having a good time, not just making a big paycheck.

Our Aberdeen High School Red Devils also had some heavyweight names on the senior squad, or at least we thought so: Jimmy Veasey, H.B. Ritter, Sonny Smith, and David Ruble. We didn’t have a big team in numbers but more than made up for it in talent and — more importantly — fun. Veasey, a fiery redhead and super athlete, played third base when he wasn’t catching. He handled the hot corner with all the aplomb of a Brooks Robinson. Ritter and I went way back, having played on the same Little League team. He could hit the ball a mile and played left field like a gazelle. Smith was a natural. He pitched and also spelled Veasey at catching. They were like peanut butter and jelly. Together they played havoc with the competition. Ruble was the team leader. When he was in the field, we were all focused. He played center field, and his last-minute unbelievable catches and talent at bat won many a ball game for us. Our coach, Bill Russell, a great individual, put up with a lot of shenanigans from his team and seemed to enjoy us as much as we did him. The Red Devils were no slouch at the plate either. Several of us had a batting average of 400 or better. I believe H.B. Ritter ended the season as our number one hitter, batting almost 500. The competition at the plate was fierce, and we all tried to come away from each game with a little higher batting average. Every baseball player from the youngest Little Leaguer to the most seasoned World Series competitor dreams of what I like to call the Big Play. It is a seemingly impossible task, in the field or at bat, that somehow wins the game for the team. It actually happened to me a couple of times. In my senior year we were playing Vass Lakeview High School, a school smaller than Aberdeen, if that was possible. We were visitors at their little stadium beside the school. The field was nothing more than a dirt patch outlined with lime to indicate the boundaries. There was a partial fence that marked center field and part of right field, but left field was open and stretched all the way to the tree line. It was as if they had started the fence and had yet to complete it. Nothing seemed to go right for us. We left men on base and made a couple

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of errors that enabled them to score two runs. When we came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, we had one last chance to tie or win. First, Ritter hit a long drive to right field that the outfielder caught right at the fence. Next up, Ruble hit a line drive and slid into second with a double. Smith popped up to the second baseman for out number two. Veasey was walked to put two on base, Lewis hit a grounder that the shortstop bobbled, and we had the bases loaded with two outs and yours truly coming to bat. The first pitch was high and outside for a ball. The second I hit foul down the left field line. I took another ball low and inside. I was ahead of the count, and the second base coach signaled that I should take a pitch, which I did for a strike. The count was two balls and two strikes. The next

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Every baseball player from the youngest little leaguer to the most seasoned World Series competitor dreams of what I like to call the Big Play. pitch was high and inside for ball number three. One more pitch and the game could be over, or I could be a hero. Full count, the bases loaded, two outs and the pitcher fires a screamer right down the center of the plate. I unload on it. The ball sails right down the left field line where there is no fence, and the left fielder at the last possible second dives and makes a miraculous catch to end the game. As I rounded second on the way to what I thought would be a homer, all I could do was cuss the lack of a fence in left field. I missed my chance for the Big Play. The team commiserated the missing fence and our lack of luck on that pretty spring day, but we had fun. Later that season we went on to play Southern Pines for the championship, which we ironically lost two to zip. That was my last game for old AHS. I had the opportunity to play in college and had another chance for the Big Play, but that’s another story for another time. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist.

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Dapper Donald A fine golf apparel company created in the name of the game’s patron saint of course design makes its distinctive mark

By Lee Pace

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nearly half its value from 16 months before. You could count the number of new golf courses under construction in the United States on one hand and have fingers left over. Banks were foreclosing on golf courses from Myrtle Beach to Palm Springs; corporate America tightened its belt by scrapping outings from Pebble Beach to Pinehurst. But one pair of entrepreneurs dipping their toes into the waters of the golf apparel business found a steady stream of customers, a stack of orders and warm and fuzzy vibes at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando late that month. “We were like kids in a candy store,” Rob Stein says of his and Paul Wold’s week at golf’s largest trade show. “We’d just been funded, and everyone else was retracting. A lot of bad things were happening in golf and golf apparel. The company I had worked for two years earlier filed for bankruptcy. “It was not the best time to start a new business. But we had a great product and” — he knocks on a wood table top — “we had some luck.” Stein is the president and CEO of Donald Ross Sportswear, a nine-yearold company with a post office box in Pinehurst, a manufacturing plant in Aberdeen, and a logo featuring the Scottish thistle and collateral built around a nattily attired Donald J. Ross, the Sandhills area’s most famous and prolific golf designer. A veteran of the men’s fashion business and a lifelong golfer, Stein had the idea more than a decade ago to blend the Ross name and legacy, classic and colorful styling, and modern “technical fabrics” that are comfortable and wash-and-wear convenient into a clothing brand. The garments would be customized with club and resort logos and generally sold only in “green grass” pro shops with a $75 to $95 price range for its shirts that come in an array of colors, stripes, patterns and cuts. His company hit the ground running early in 2009, was filling orders that spring, and now has a dozen full-time employees and a network of independent reps servicing 1,000 accounts across the United States and into United Kingdom golf hotbeds from Dornoch to St. Andrews, the clubs where Ross cut his teeth in golf maintenance, construction and design. The company offers outerwear and pants as well.

“Donald Ross was a dapper guy,” Stein says. “I’d seen a lot of photography; he knew how to put it together. He had an incredible legacy of golf courses, nearly 400. When golf popped on the map in America, he was the pioneer. Every major town on the Atlantic Coast and Midwest has a Donald Rossdesigned golf course. “Then I started thinking of a potential customer list: Pinehurst, Seminole, East Lake, Oak Hill, Oakland Hills, Bob O’Link, the list goes on. I got excited just thinking about the possibilities.” Stein played golf as a kid at Briarwood Country Club in the Chicago suburbs and worked there as a caddie, starter and golf shop assistant from the age of 12 to 22. He’s spent his professional career in the apparel business, including stints with Burberry and Corbin, and in golf apparel since 1995 with Bobby Jones, Pringle of Scotland and Jack Nicklaus Apparel. The thought occurred to Stein around 2001 that “Donald Ross would be a very cool brand for golf apparel.” He met with Ross’s descendants and established a rapport by showing them some ideas and detailing the high standards he’d hold the line of clothing to. He stayed in periodic contact with the family and finally, in 2006, his weekly commute from Buffalo to New York got so old and tiring he decided to act on his idea of establishing a line of clothes based on the Ross name. He resigned from his job on January 2, 2007, wrote a business plan and started looking for investors, key among them fellow co-founder Wold, a Ross design aficionado through his membership at the Country Club of Rochester. The business was launched officially at the PGA Merchandise Show in January 2009. “All I ever wanted to do was create handsome clothes to play golf in,” he says. “I’d been around the country club lifestyle as a kid. I saw the members in their great outfits with great cars and beautiful wives. Who would not want to be a part of that?” By coincidence, Stein had heard of a company in Aberdeen called Royal Threads that was in the custom-embroidery business, had just lost a couple of accounts and was looking to fill its machine time at its facility on Hwy. 211 East. He and Barry Fry met and began doing business in the spring of 2009. “We liked the idea of a Pinehurst post office box,” Stein says. “The tie with Donald Ross was a natural. You have his most famous course, No. 2. You have the Tufts Archives. You have the Ross Cottage. And we had someone with great embroidery capability right next door. That’s the sensitive part of the business. You can make a beautiful product, but if you don’t put the logo on it perfectly and get it to the customer on time, you can’t survive.” Stein is thankful for some good fortune along the way, most notably the ascendancy of what are called “technical” or “performance” fabrics in the ap-

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worldwide, and if he blinks he discovers he’s on the precipice of one full decade of business — with that incubation period smack in the middle of the worst recession in modern times. “We have enjoyed rapid but planned growth,” he says. “Most club pros appreciate the fact you can’t get our product everywhere. We’re not online, we don’t have a paper catalog and we’re not in big-box retail stores. We have a nice niche. “I am proud of the fact that over eight-and-ahalf years, we have held the Ross name up to the standards the family has. We have done nothing other than to enhance the name.” The line has gotten modest exposure on the PGA Tour, but Stein has found that if a player like Ben Martin wears his clothes and wins a tournament, he’s likely to get bumped to a sponsor whom Stein can’t compete with. So Donald Ross Sportswear has a comfortable stable of players on the Champions Tour — Ben Crenshaw, Mark O’Meara, Tom Kite, Peter Jacobsen and Ben Sauers, among them. “A goal of mine has always been to have this company be big enough to be important yet small enough to remain special,” Stein says. Apropos indeed for Ross himself, who kept a quiet profile while designing hundreds of courses that have stood the test of time. PS Lee Pace traveled to Donald Ross’s birthplace in Scotland in writing The Golden Age of Pinehurst, published in 2014.

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he skirmish at Col. Philip Alston’s home had raged for over three hours without any definitive result. But when an oxcart was discovered in Alston’s barnyard, an end to the stalemate appeared to be at hand. The leader of the attacking Loyalist Militia, 26-year-old Col. David Fanning, ordered his men to bed the cart with hay, set it afire, and wheel it ablaze into the two-story frame house. Col. Alston, inside with wife, Temperance, their six children, and around twenty Patriots under his command, recognized this dilemma had no ready solution. If he and his militia members ventured outside, they would be sitting ducks for Fanning’s sharpshooters. Staying inside a burning tinderbox meant certain death for all. Fanning must have viewed the impending conclusion to his surprise raid with grim satisfaction. He and Alston had taken turns chasing each other through the Sandhills during the month of July, 1781. Now Fanning was the pursuer and Alston was his prey. The news that Alston’s forces had killed non-fighting Loyalist supporter Kenneth Black had sent the irascible Fanning over the edge, and revenge was foremost on his mind. When Fanning found out the Patriot leader and a number of his men had retreated to Alston’s “House in the Horseshoe” (so named because of its location within a bend of the Deep River) ten miles north of Carthage, he resolved “to make [an] [e]xample of them for behaving in [what] . . . they had done to one of my pilots by name Kenneth Black.” Alston, Fanning and Black: The convergence of this trio in July 1781 yielded compelling though oft-overlooked Revolutionary War history. Local history buff Paula Caddell finds the contrasts in the backgrounds of the three protagonists fascinating. “Philip Alston was born with a silver spoon in his mouth as the privileged son of a plantation owner. David Fanning was something of an abused child indentured to a man who forced David to live mostly outdoors in the woods attending cattle. This neglect caused an unsightly condition known as ‘scald head,’ which permanently took all the hair off Fanning’s head. Kenneth

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Black, a Scottish Highlander, emigrated here from Jura, an isle in the Hebrides, seeking a better life. Black was among thousands of Highlanders impacted by the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Army at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. To punish the rebels, the crown disbanded the centuries-old Scottish clan system. Many were driven off their land. Those remaining were forced to pay exorbitant rents. Facing starvation, a large proportion of Highlanders sought a fresh start in America. And the king, desirous of encouraging settlement in the colonies, was willing to pardon past offenses and permit the Highlanders to leave provided they pledged an oath of allegiance vowing never to take up arms against the sovereign. Those signing acknowledged that breach of the oath would cause them to be “cursed in all . . . [their] undertakings and family.” Abiding by the oath was considered a religious necessity. In his 1854 treatise, “The Old North State in 1776,” Rev. Eli Caruthers remarked that most Scots’ mindset was that “they must not violate their oath, for that would be giving themselves to the devil at once.” The trickle of Scots immigrating to this region was accelerating rapidly when Kenneth Black arrived sometime around 1765. He and wife Catherine settled on a 100-acre allotment near the Little River just south of Carthage. Sometime after 1772, he acquired a 50-acre plot near present-day Southern Pines and constructed a home where the Residence Inn is now located. Residing nearby were several brothers with the surname of Black who likewise migrated from Jura. There is disagreement among historians regarding the relationship of the brothers to Kenneth, but they were certainly kin in some way and good friends. Other Scottish- born families like McNeill, Buchan, Paterson, Buie, Blue and Stewart soon arrived in the area. Descendants of these families still populate Moore County today.


he most celebrated arrival was undoubtedly Flora MacDonald. She achieved everlasting fame after the Culloden debacle, when she aided Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape to the Island of Skye by disguising him as an Irish spinning maid. She paid for her assistance to the Jacobite cause with imprisonment in the Tower of London for several months. In 1750, she married Allan MacDonald, ironically a captain in the British Army. They lived on Skye until emigrating to North Carolina in 1774. The Highland Scots destined for North Carolina assumed they were leaving behind a civil war that had rendered their lives unbearably difficult. It must have been alarming to arrive here to find rebellion in their midst once again. They wanted no part of it. Aside from their irrevocable oaths to King George III, other practicalities mitigated against supporting the cause of independence. England had easily crushed the Jacobites at Culloden. What would prevent the greatest military power on earth from quelling an American rebellion? There was commerce to consider too. Many of the Scots, like Kenneth Black, had become successful farmers. The longleaf pines on their estates produced naval stores of pitch and turpentine marketed to the mother country. And there was cotton. War would interrupt that trade. Why rock the boat? Thus, notwithstanding any lingering resentments the Highlanders harbored toward England, they resisted the revolutionary fervor spreading through the colonies. Once the “Shot Heard Round the World” was fired in Lexington on April 19, 1775, war was suddenly at hand. One month later, patriots (also known then as Whigs) in the Charlotte area, galvanized by events in Boston, adopted the Mecklenburg Declaration, which is said to be the first formal action by any group of Americans to declare independence from Great Britain. When word reached Royal Gov. Josiah Martin that the Whigs’ Safety Committee in New Bern was poised to seize him, he fled the Royal Palace and took refuge in a British ship offshore. With astonishing alacrity, the Whigs orchestrated a takeover of the reins of government. In August 1775, a convocation of Whigs was held at the “Hillsborough Provincial Congress.” This assembly took up the question of raising troops to defend the colony against anticipated British invasion. Two regiments were authorized (known as the “Continental Line”) , but lack of funding meant that the majority of Patriot fighters during the war were militia members.


While those favoring independence in North Carolina were in the majority, the Highland Scots provided a formidable counterweight favoring allegiance to the king. They were joined by remnants of the Regulators movement. The Regulators were western North Carolina settlers who had rebelled against the fraudulent imposition of fees and taxes by conniving public officials. This brouhaha had led to the Battle of Alamance in 1771 — a devastating defeat for the Regulators. The movement collapsed, and its surviving members were forced to swear their own oaths of allegiance to the king. In the early stages of the Revolution, the Whigs sought to lure the Highland Scots and Regulators (collectively referred to as “Tories”) to the revolutionary cause with various inducements. But when those offers were rejected, the Whigs resorted to coercion in the form of arrests, banishments, estate confiscations and tax penalties. Seeking to restore royal rule, the embattled Gov. Martin made his own overtures to recruit the Highlanders to join the Royal Highland Emigrant Regiment (“the Highland Regiment”), promising 200-acre grants to all who enlisted. Martin, not above threatening reprisals against recalcitrant Scots, proclaimed those refusing service risked having “their lives and properties to be forfeited.” Martin’s recruitment efforts met with some success. On February 2, 1776, 1500 Highlanders and a smaller number of Regulators gathered at Cross Creek near Fayetteville to join the Highland Regiment led by Gen. Donald MacDonald. Flora MacDonald’s husband, Allan, served as an officer in the Regiment. Flora herself is said to have made a fiery oration urging valor in upcoming battles to her fellow Highlanders. The plan was to march the Highland Regiment to Wilmington to link up with British forces led by Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis, who was scheduled to be arriving shortly by sea. But Patriots led by Col. James Moore and Richard Caswell rushed to block the Regiment at Moore’s Creek, eighteen miles north of Wilmington. Realizing that the Regiment would be crossing Moore’s Creek Bridge, Moore and Caswell removed most of the bridge’s planking, greased its support rails with tallow, and awaited the Regiment’s appearance. When the Highlanders arrived and attempted a charge across the bridge, they were welcomed with deadly cannon and rifle fire. It was a rout. Fifty Scots perished on the bridge, and the majority of the Regiment was captured and imprisoned. Allan MacDonald was among them. Those that escaped hastened back to their farms and laid low. When Cornwallis finally arrived in Wilmington in May 1776, there were no Highlanders to greet him, only a chagrined Gov. Martin, whose foolproof plan to take back North Carolina had backfired. With no fighting Tories around to augment his own army, Cornwallis chose to sail for Charleston with the intent of attacking the Patriot stronghold of Fort Moultrie. With the Tories in disarray, armed resistance to the Patriots in North Carolina melted away. In short order, the Whigs cemented their hold on government by adopting a new constitution, electing Richard Caswell as governor of the new state, and levying property taxes. While there was a hiatus on military engagements in the state, the Highlanders’ troubles continued. Flora MacDonald’s home at Cheek’s Creek was ransacked and seized. Poor Flora! Once again, she had cast her lot with the losing side. Now age 54, homeless, separated from her husband, and a pariah, she appealed to Kenneth Black for help. He allowed Flora to hide at his Little River property, where she remained until reuniting with Allan after his release in a prisoner exchange. In 1779, the couple left America and returned to Skye. Kenneth Black himself ran afoul of the four-fold tax that the authorities imposed on those who refused to take an oath to the new state. This led to an altercation reported by Caruthers in his treatise. In the fall of 1778, an unintimidated Black rebuffed the efforts of two tax collectors for the county who came to his home. “ . . . Black, like a true loyalist, refused to pay, and said that the taxes belonged to the king.” Subsequently the taxmen brought in reinforcements, who promptly seized “a negro man, a stud horse, and a good deal of other property, amounting in all to seven or eight hundred dollars.” Black offered no resistance. Caruthers offered the view that given the rough treatment afforded Black, “a man in good circumstances, and of much respectability in his neighborhood . . . we may suppose it was worse with men of less property and influence in the commu-

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Labeled by local historian Rassie W icker as a “swashbuckling, aristocratic rascal,” Philip Alston wore many hats during the revolutionary years . . . nity. During this period the Scots complained bitterly of such military officers as [Philip] Alston [and others] . . . for carrying away their bacon, grain, and stock of every description, professedly for the American army, but without making compensation, or even giving a certificate, and thus leaving their families in a destitute and suffering condition. We presume that these officers thought they were taking the most effectual way to accomplish their object, which was to drive this dangerous portion of the population out of the country, or reduce them to such a state of submission that they would cause no further trouble.” Labeled by local historian Rassie Wicker as a “swashbuckling, aristocratic rascal,” Philip Alston wore many hats during the Revolutionary years: tax assessor, justice of the peace, and member of the legislature. And he was certainly a man of means. His wife, Temperance Smith, came from a wealthy family. Alston’s land holdings — mostly in the Deep River area, and including the House in the Horseshoe, totaled nearly 7,000 acres, and he owned slaves. But Alston sensed that the best way to further his emerging political career would be to lead his men into battle. Eager to join the revolutionary fray, he sufficiently impressed his Patriot superiors to be named First Major of the Cumberland County Militia. But after heading south, his regiment was mauled in the Battle of Briar Creek, Georgia, a stinging defeat for the Patriots. Alston was taken prisoner, but later escaped. As he made his way back to North Carolina, Cornwallis’s army was finally gaining a solid foothold in the South, having overrun Savannah and Charleston by May 1780. Moreover, British Maj. James Craig successfully occupied Wilmington in January 1781, so Cornwallis now had available a North Carolina sea coast supply base and garrison. With Patriot prospects in the South on the downslide, Gen. Horatio Gates, the victorious American leader at the Battle of Saratoga, was placed at the helm of the Patriots’ “Southern Department.” But Gates suffered a humiliating defeat after marching his troops, including 1,200 North Carolinians, into the jaws of a surprise attack by Cornwallis at Camden, South Carolina. Gates’s failure at Camden caused George Washington to replace him

with Gen. Nathaniel Greene. Intent on demolishing the new leader’s troops, Cornwallis re-entered North Carolina and pursued Greene northward through the Piedmont. In the process of fording a stream, Cornwallis’s troops discovered that Greene had dumped tar in the stream’s bed to hinder the British crossing — one of a couple derivatives for the nickname “the Tar Heel State.” The adversaries met in battle on March 15, 1781, at Guilford Court House near Greensboro. While the engagement was declared a British victory, it was a Pyrrhic one. The heavy casualties on both sides hurt Cornwallis far more than Greene. With his army depleted and running low on supplies, a frustrated Cornwallis abandoned his pursuit of Greene and marched to Wilmington for refitting. He then departed that city with his army for Virginia on April 25. While Cornwallis’s forays into North Carolina failed to subdue the Patriots, his presence nonetheless reignited Tory resistance. Young David Fanning emerged as a resourceful and ferocious leader of guerrilla-fighting Tories who terrorized the countryside in 1781. Much had happened to Fanning in his ten years since leaving home at age 16 to escape the cruel treatment he endured as a child. After a period of wandering, he was rescued in Orange County by the O’Deniell family. The O’Deniells restored Fanning to health and cured him of the “tetter worm” disease that had caused the loss of his hair. They taught him to read and write. At age 19, Fanning settled in South Carolina, and traded with the Catawba Indians. When the Revolution came, Fanning favored the Whigs’ cause. However, according to Caruthers, everything changed when, “. . . on his return from one of his trading expeditions, he was met by a little party of lawless fellows who declared themselves Whigs, and robbed him of everything he had . . . [H]e at once changed sides and in the impetuosity and violence of his temper swore vengeance on the whole of the Whig party.” He then joined a Tory group of militants in South Carolina, until returning to North Carolina in tandem with Cornwallis’s army in early 1781. Though not receiving any formal command from the British, Fanning nonetheless became a feared foe of the Patriots. Caruthers reports, “He was often

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upon his enemies when they were least expecting it, and having accomplished his purpose of death or devastation, he was gone before their friends could rally. Often when supposed to be at a distance, the storm of his presence in a neighborhood was communicated by the smoke of burning houses, and by the cries of frightened and flying women and children.”


hile both Patriot militia and Tory guerrillas committed atrocities during the conflict, one incident really inflamed passions on both sides, and it stemmed from a seemingly inconsequential event. A member of a Patriot militia led by Col. Thomas Wade stole a poor servant girl’s piece of cloth. Her ensuing complaint was communicated to Tories who discovered that Wade was camped nearby at Piney Bottom Creek, where Fort Bragg is today. The Tory band launched a surprise attack on Wade before daybreak, quickly killing six of his men. A young camp-following boy who was a favorite of Wade begged for his life only to have an attacker split the boy’s skull in two with a swipe of the sword. The massacre sent the Patriot militia into a paroxysm of rage. Retributions against the Tories increased dramatically. One retaliatory raid by Wade and company targeted Kenneth Black. Wade’s men rode horses into Black’s house and gathered 51-year-old Black and his family into the chimney. Wade intended burning the house, but decided to search it first. After finding two chests belonging to British army officers who had left the chests with Black, the militiamen broke them open and dumped the contents on the floor. By unhappy coincidence, two daughters of Flora MacDonald arrived to visit the Blacks out of concern for a bout of smallpox the family had endured and fortunately weathered. According to Caruthers, the militiamen “took the gold rings from their [the MacDonald daughters] fingers and the silk handkerchiefs from their necks; then putting their swords into their bosom, split down their silk dresses and, taking them into the yard, stripped them of all their outer clothing.” Wade’s men were preparing to leave with their plunder when Catherine Black exclaimed, “Well, you have a bad companion with you!” When the men apprehended she meant smallpox exposure , they immediately threw down their booty “and rode off in great haste.” Wade and his men took old Kenneth along to guide them out of the area. But “probably thinking that there might be danger of getting the smallpox from him, they told him he might return home.” A gunshot fired with bad intentions whizzed by Black’s head as he departed his captors to return to his devastated family. His fellow friends from Jura were not so fortunate. Wade’s men killed Alexander Black and Archibald Black was badly injured. Thus, Kenneth Black, though not himself a fighting man, nevertheless had a score to settle with the Patriots. Of course, violence begets violence, and David Fanning had no inclination to be gentle with Patriots he encountered. The British commander in Wilmington, pleased with Fanning’s success in engendering panic and dread among the Patriots, appointed him colonel of the Loyalist Militia on July 5, 1781. Proud of his new status, the vainglorious Fanning donned the British army redcoat, and looked for a bold strike that would further impress his superiors. He found it at the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro. Harsh critics of our present-day legal system might chuckle at Fanning’s novel ploy. Caruthers recounts that on July 16 or 17, Fanning and about 35 men “. . . dashed into Pittsboro when the county court was in session . . . and captured the lawyers, justices and other officers of the court, with such of the citizens and prominent men in the place as he wanted . . . [H]e swore the rebels should never hold court there again.” Fanning then proceeded to transport fourteen of the captured whom he asserted “were violent against the [British] government” to Wilmington, where Maj. Craig had erected a stockade prison. While on route to Wilmington with his prisoners, Fanning stopped for the night (probably July 20) at Kenneth Black’s farm. It is recorded that the visitors were fed and “very kindly entertained.” Fanning probably was unaware when feasting at Black’s that Philip Alston, newly appointed to colonel in the militia, was trailing him in hot pursuit less than a day behind. After breakfast the fol-


lowing morning, Fanning resumed his journey to Wilmington. Kenneth Black accompanied Fanning’s band for a few miles “as a pilot.” But after the ride began, Fanning’s horse, Red Doe, a celebrated and normally lightning-fast steed, became lame. Fanning and Black swapped their rides. Black said his goodbyes and — astride his friend’s lame horse — turned back toward home. Unfortunately for Black, his path home ran smack into the pursuing Alston at Ray’s Mill Creek, where Southern Pines Country Club is now located. According to Caruthers, “As soon as he [Black] saw them he turned up the creek and attempted to escape on Fanning’s foundered horse. They discovered and pursued him, shot and wounded him; but he went on some two hundred yards further, into the edge of the swamp, and then fell with his face on the ground. When they came up they smashed his head with the butt of his gun, and when begging for his life [killed him].” Alston ultimately abandoned his chase of Fanning and retreated north toward the Deep River. When passing by the Black homestead, Alston called on Catherine Black and “expressed much regret” that his men had killed her husband. Some historians posit that Alston’s apology coupled with Black’s riding of Fanning’s well-known horse suggest that Black’s killing was a case of mistaken identity. I have my doubts. Black provided hospitality and guiding services to a hated Tory firebrand, thereby abetting the imprisonment of prominent lawyers and officials of the new government. Also, just before encountering Black, Alston had killed another Tory on the road — Thomas Taylor. Given these facts, it is unlikely Alston would have been inclined to show mercy to Black.


fter Fanning dropped off his prisoners in Wilmington, he headed back the way he came. While en route to his headquarters at Coxes Mill, he stopped by the Blacks’ farmstead, where Catherine Black informed him of her husband’s death at the hands of Philip Alston. Enraged, Fanning headed for the House in the Horseshoe to seek revenge. On the way, Fanning learned Alston’s militia “had separated into small parties thinking I should never return from Wilmington.” Fanning wrote that he and his men “marched all that day and that night following and just as the day [sometime from July 29 to August 5- accounts differ] [d]awned commenced firing on Alston and his reduced force.” As musket balls smashed through the windows, Temperance Alston protected her two smallest children “by putting a small table . . . in the fireplace, for them to stand on, and thus they were entirely beyond the reach of the bullets.” Temperance, clutching her 6-month-old daughter, scurried beneath her bed for protection. Alston’s two teenage sons probably were among the defenders returning fire. Caruthers reported that there was “among the assailants, a lieutenant from the British army by the name of McKay . . . and he told Fanning that if he would give him [McKay] the command he would take the house in a few minutes.” Fanning consented, and McKay promptly led a “pell-mell” rush toward the house. But as soon as McKay started his charge by jumping a rail fence, “a rifle ball entered his head and he fell dead on the spot.” Those following McKay retreated back behind the fence. Fanning then “bribed a free negro to set the house on fire at the far side where it was supposed he could do it without being observed.” However, Alston got wise to the scheme and shot the man as he was about to torch the house. By noon, “one or two had been killed in the house and four or five wounded; but Fanning’s loss in killed and wounded was more than double.” It was then that Fanning conjured up his end-game strategy of propelling the fire-laden oxcart into the house. “In this perilous and critical moment, Mrs. Alston came out of her bedroom . . . and with perfect composure, requested them to commit the business to her.” Temperance volunteered to venture outside with a raised white flag. All the men, and Alston particularly, objected. They thought it “very improbable that Fanning, under all the circumstances, would respect even a lady of her standing.” But Temperance would not be denied, and she courageously walked out on the step. Rather than shoot down the unarmed woman, Fanning “called to her to meet him half-way, which she did.” Then Temperance calmly announced her message: “We will surrender, sir, on condition that no one shall be

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injured; otherwise we will make the best defense we can; and if need be, sell our lives as dearly as possible.” Fanning agreed to her proposal, provided that Alston and his men agreed firstly not to venture more than five miles from their homes for the duration of hostilities, and secondly to swear oaths not to take up arms against the king or “cause anything to do or be done prejudicial to the success of His Majesty.” The terms were agreed upon and the lengthy skirmish was over. It appears that Alston and his men abided by their oaths throughout the rest of the war. Given Fanning’s violent nature and his rage over Kenneth Black’s killing, I asked House in the Horseshoe’s Historic Interpreter Roy Timbs why he thought Fanning permitted Alston to live. Was his charity granted out of a courtly respect for Mrs. Alston’s bravery? The veteran interpreter of fifteen years at the Horseshoe shook his head. “I don’t think so. Alston’s fellow militia officer Capt. Jacob Duckworth had men across the river. Fanning wanted to end the battle and get away from Deep River before ‘Duck’ came.” But why, I wondered, would Fanning let Alston go with merely an oath from his mortal enemy that could easily be disregarded? Timbs answered with gravity: “An oath is the one thing a man can both give and keep. It meant something back then. ” Thereafter, Fanning continued his guerrilla raids. His most spectacular maneuver involved capturing Gov. Thomas Burke and 200 other Patriots in Hillsborough on September 12. While en route to Wilmington to incarcerate his prisoners, Fanning was attacked by Patriots at Lindley’s Mill. Numerous dead and wounded resulted on both sides. But Fanning succeeded in delivering Gov. Burke to Maj. Craig for imprisonment. While Fanning was terrorizing North Carolina as the bloody summer of 1781 came to a close, Gen. Cornwallis found himself check-mated in Yorktown, Virginia. Surrounded by American and French armies, and the French navy preventing his rescue by sea, Cornwallis surrendered to Gen. Washington on October 19, 1781, and the British began vanishing from the south. Maj. Craig evacuated Wilmington on November 18. For a time, Fanning continued his reign of terror, but he too ultimately fled Wilmington for Charleston — still holding on as a British bastion — in May 1782. But then that city was abandoned by the English on December 14 and Fanning, along with his new 16-year-old bride departed as well. He ultimately settled in New Brunswick — a haven for exiled Loyalists. The end of the war still left unresolved what the state should do with the Tories and their confiscated property. The Black farm apparently escaped seizure as wife Catherine resided there for many years after Kenneth’s death. In 1783, the state legislature passed a measure pardoning all Tories and permitting some restoration of confiscated properties. There were three named exceptions to the pardon, one of whom was David Fanning. Notwithstanding this legislation, Tories remaining in the area were subjected to ostracism for a generation. Both Alston and Fanning led controversial lives after the war. Alston became politically active. After the southern half of Cumberland County became Moore County in 1784, Alston held various positions in county government. But he made political enemies, and they sought to eliminate him as a foe by causing his indictment for murder arising out of the aforementioned killing of Thomas Taylor when Alston was trailing Fanning in July 1781. Alston ultimately received a pardon for this offense, but other scrapes followed. George Glascock, Alston’s principal political nemesis, was murdered in 1787. Alston’s slave Dave was accused of the crime. Alston, who was hosting a party at the time of the murder, was charged as an accessory. Records of the disposition of the charges are sketchy, but it appears that Alston was confined for a time, but later escaped to Georgia, where he owned property. In 1791, he was assassinated by an unknown killer. Fanning faced his own charge of criminal conduct while in New Brunswick. In 1800, he was convicted of the rape of a neighbor’s young daughter. Fanning received the death sentence but managed to avoid this punishment by receiving a pardon through appeal. However, the pardon was conditioned on Fanning’s exile from the province, so he sailed to Nova Scotia, where he enjoyed success in shipbuilding until his death in 1825. The Moore County Historical Association (MCHA) has done much

to preserve the memory of the Revolutionary War events that occurred here. MCHA is currently involved in efforts to preserve the graveyard of Kenneth Black and family, located on a 45-acre tract behind the Chamber of Commerce building and Chick-fil-A off U.S. 15-501 in Southern Pines. For decades, the unmaintained graveyard was forgotten as vandals decimated gravestones and rock walls collapsed. The cemetery suffered further indignity when golfers’ shots caromed off its remaining fragments during the time when a driving range operated on the property. In the 1960s, Tony Parker, a local history writer and devotee of ancient graveyards, rediscovered the Black family burial ground. Black descendants and brothers Bill and Nolan Moran got local media interested in the site and convinced a local bank to place a new marker over Kenneth’s grave. About eitheen months ago, the Moran family requested that MCHA serve as an agent to oversee the cemetery. MCHA’s volunteers sprang into action to restore the burial ground by unearthing buried stones and rebuilding a fallen wall. Money was raised to pay for ground-penetrating radar to identify the specific location of all thirty-four graves in the cemetery to ensure their nondisturbance. Impressed by MCHA’s well-publicized restoration efforts, the current owner of the property, Tennessee physician Vince Viscomi, has made known his desire that any development of the property will preserve and protect this historic burial ground.

It occurred to me that had Kenneth Black sided with the Patriots, and been killed by the British under like circumstances, he would be remembered as a martyr and hero of the Revolution. John Brown of Roanoke, Virginia, another Black descendant who has succeeded the Morans as family representative for the cemetery, agrees. Brown feels that though his ancestor was not on the winning side, preserving the story of his role in the Revolution is important. “The work by MCHA and the Black family descendants to maintain the cemetery shows that people still care about history. Today, too many people don’t care.” MCHA also helped preserve the House in the Horseshoe itself by acquiring it in the 1950s from a private owner, and restoring the house to close to its original condition. MCHA subsequently conveyed the property to the state of North Carolina. The state’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources welcomes thousands of visitors annually who examine numerous bullet holes still visible from the desperate fight that took place 235 years ago. The House in the Horseshoe is primarily a three- man operation. The Historic Site Manager Michael Moore, Roy Timbs and Historic Site Assistant Frank Voelker do everything from mowing the lawn to conducting tours. The site’s lowkey operation coupled with its splendid isolated setting do much to help a visitor visualize the time when a courageous woman emerged from the House in the Horseshoe to confront hostile attackers so long ago. PS The 235th Anniversary Battle Re-enactment of the House in the Horseshoe will be staged on location on August 6 and 7. Check out “House in the Horseshoe” on Facebook for details, or call (910) 947-2051.

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Saddle Up One stitch at a time, Stackhouse saddles has found its place among the elite riders of the world By Toby R aymond • Photographs by John Gessner


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hould you desire a custom-made saddle, fashioned by master craftspeople with decades of experience, you need look no further than a well-appointed studio in Pinehurst. Here you will find David Stackhouse and Lesley Ellis of Stackhouse Saddles, who create up to eighty handmade saddles a year. A venerable tour de force by anyone’s standards, what sets them apart from the competition is their detailed attention and “one stitch at a time” Old World craftsmanship. Tall and stately, with silver hair, an engaging smile and a twinkle in his sky-blue eyes, Stackhouse grew up in Walsall, England. He left school at the age of 15 and was taken on as an apprentice at the legendary Barnsby Saddlery, holders of a Royal Warrant as suppliers to the Queen. It was an auspicious start to a distinguished career that now spans more than fifty years, and Stackhouse recognized the weight of his new responsibilities. “To be admitted to Barnsby was a very great honor and a very big commitment. There was a legal contract that stated I was to be ‘indentured’ for six years while I learned the trade from the ground up.” With a penchant for perfection and an eye for beauty, learn the trade he did, working under the greatest master saddlers in the country. Always the eager student, Stackhouse was quick to understand the value of employing traditional methods and attending to the minute details that often took more time, but made a good saddle great. “There was no task too large or too small that I didn’t take on,” he says, adding that he was expected to adhere to the highest standards of saddle making at all times. “Short cuts at any stage of design or assembly simply were not tolerated.” Having completed his six-year term, Stackhouse was fully equipped with the tools of the trade. Carrying forward the mindset for perfection, he continued to work at Barnsby for an additional five years before he took a leap of


faith and struck out on his own. With hard work, word of mouth and a bit of serendipity, much to his delight, Stackhouse Saddles took off. “It was in the day when tack shops were the main venue for sales, and riders were eager for custom saddles made from the finest grade leathers and with hand stitching.” Looking back, he talks about being hard-pressed to keep up with demand. But he is quick to emphasize that he never wavered in his commitment to quality. “With very few exceptions, people were happy to wait.” That was just the beginning. As his reputation grew, Stackhouse found that he was approached with increasing regularity to also create customized saddles fitted specifically to riders and their horses. “In retrospect, it made the most sense,” he says. “Since they had to wait anyway, why not have a saddle that is tailor-made?” So, without missing a beat, he shifted gears and concentrated solely on custom work. Orders piled in. How was he to find a balance between maintaining the craftsmanship for which he was known and assuring his customers a reasonable delivery date? Enter Lesley Ellis. No stranger to the horse world, Ellis grew up as a Pony Clubber in her native Bristol, England, where she became an accomplished equestrienne. While riding was a passion, she also loved to make things by hand, which led her to study at Walsall Leather Center. She graduated in 1992 with Student of the Year honors. From there it was not long before Ellis landed a job at Barnsby making bridles and leather accessories. Even though she applied herself whole-heartedly to her work, she longed to learn custom saddle making, which she felt was more in line with her aesthetic tastes: “At college, we were taught modern, production line methods when it came to making saddles, so when I came to Barnsby I was eager to learn hand-crafting, and was promised an opportunity to do so

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as soon as a position opened up; however, after nine months, it became clear to me that they were not going to honor their word, especially when they took on two young men instead of me.” Consequently, when friends recommended that she contact Stackhouse, who was looking for help, she jumped at the chance to meet him. For his part, upon meeting Ellis he immediately saw in her the same exacting nature that had defined his reputation, and agreed to hire her on a two-month trial basis. Claiming her real education did not begin until she went to work for Stackhouse, Ellis recalls how generous he was with both his time and his knowledge. “Not everyone is cut out for this type of work. It takes a certain temperament — patience, thoroughness, and having an eye for detail; traits that naturally suit me. As a result, I was drawn to putting my hand to the little things that will enable a saddle to fit horse and rider perfectly, and also will stand out from the off-the-rack variety.” Twenty-two years later, Ellis not only made the grade, she also immigrated to the United States with husband Mark when Stackhouse moved the operation to Pinehurst. Now a master saddler in her own right and a trusted business partner as well, she says, “I feel so lucky to do what I love. It’s not really work to me because I’m creating something functional and beautiful at the same time. The tree is the skeleton — the foundation for the horse, while the leather is the comfort and the attraction.” Over the years, Stackhouse and Ellis have developed both an unspoken language and a routine that they agree fits like “hand in glove.” “It was a happy accident that our dispositions match. I guess you could say we have the same work ethic and artistic vision,” she says. Even though they often will “divide and conquer” by taking on the entire saddle making process individually, Ellis admits she particularly enjoys their

team spirit. “I especially like the intricacy involved in hand stitching, known as seaming, which I think of as a private pleasure. We can be happily working away for hours without saying a word.” Because their saddles are made to order, there is no need for samples. According to Stackhouse, the process typically begins with a detailed conversation about what the rider is looking for and how the horse has been performing, followed by meticulous measurements, which he and Ellis undertake together. They then go back to the studio, where the magic takes place. “Our goal is to achieve the perfect balance for both horse and rider. The correct fit combines a tree that supports the horse so that he or she can move freely together with a properly constructed seat, and flaps that puts the rider in position. The cosmetic choices — color, style, thickness of knee pads, or type of keepers — are all preferences added specifically for each saddle,” says Stackhouse. Ellis adds, “Oftentimes riders will come to us with concerns about how their horse is going, but after being fitted with a new saddle, they’ll frequently say it’s like they’re riding a different horse. We are always so gratified to hear such stories; it’s at the heart of why we do what we do.” When not making saddles, Stackhouse and Ellis are traveling around the country to service new and existing clients, which they agree is also a great way “to see the results of our efforts,” says Ellis. “I remember all the saddles that we’ve made, and look forward to seeing them again; they’re like long-lost relatives,” she says. “And where else can you meet so many fabulous horses and meet so many terrific riders, many of whom have become great friends in the process?” PS Toby Raymond can be reached at tlraymond2@gmail.com.

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Living on the Wood Naturalist Jesse Wimberley took over and restored his family’s 140-year-old Lighterwood Farm, residing at peace with the world of his ancestors and Olly and Solly, his rescued dog and cat By Deborah Salomon • Photographs by John Gessner


esse Wimberley is, with apologies to Coke, the “real thing.” A real biologist and political activist. A real historian, preservationist, genealogist and naturalist. A real volunteer, promoter of social causes and back-to-the-lander. That land is several hundred West End acres farmed and turpentined by his greatgrandfather, who 140 years ago built the house — little more than a cabin. It endured as a time capsule with no plumbing, heat, water, electricity. Small windows, no closets and minimal furniture spoke to a simple existence. But centenarian rose bushes still bloom, the ancient grape arbor bears fruit, and the hitching post stands intact. The barn and smokehouse survived on a surprisingly well-manicured lawn dotted with pecan trees, berry bushes and a neat kitchen garden. Here Jesse lives with Olly and Solly, his rescued dog and cat, ten miles and a hundred lightyears from the nearest Sub-Zero or wine bar. “My goal was to have as little shelter as possible,” in the tradition of settlers who practically lived outdoors. Jesse named his ancestral home Lighterwood Farm, an archaic term for fat-wood, or heart pine, and furnished it in post-modern Dumpster diving — with a few exceptions: a primitive kitchen cupboard his grandfather made and a weathered writing table nailed together from scraps, just because its owner needed one. The value of these pieces on the antique market doesn’t interest him. To render the house habitable he took it apart, hired professionals to install plumbing and electricity, fashioned a bathroom from a sleeping space then nailed the sun-bleached cedar shakes (more common to the Outer Banks than south-central Moore County) back onto wall boards milled from local trees. He tackled the kitchen first. Like most of that era, it was a separate structure located a few feet from the main house to minimize heat and prevent kitchen fires from spreading. Perhaps the nicest room was the “preacher’s parlor,” accessible only from outside, which

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accommodated traveling clergy who could enter and leave without disturbing the family. Jesse did add sleeping lofts and a screened porch for sitting and reading; no such space was required when up to fourteen sheltered here. They rose at dawn, ate, worked in the tobacco fields until sunset, ate again and fell into bed. The tiny “front room” inside the main door held the fireplace but wasn’t conducive to socializing. Yes, he now has a computer, a wall-mounted air conditioner, a heater and a cellphone. Grudgingly, he bought a TV with satellite dish to persuade his daughter to live there while attending Pinecrest High School. Her argument: “Did you consider what you’re putting me through? I can’t invite my friends over” — assuming they could navigate the rutted access road. That’s the daughter who was born in the bedroom, with Jesse’s help. “Her mother wanted a home birth,” he explains, “But she made me put in running water first.” A midwife had attended a previous birth but, just in case, Jesse took a midwifery course — a good thing, since the baby arrived before the professional. His advocacy set an example. His TV-starved daughter, now 21, has adopted his causes. Facts are facts. The rest is subjective. Information spills forth, since besides serving as outreach coordinator for Sandhills Area Land Trust (SALT), Jesse, an enthusiastic storyteller, conducts tours of his property for school groups. Besides, Lighterwood makes more sense after understanding Jesse. “My great-great-grandfather was killed in the battle of Antietam, in 1862,” he begins. His great-grandfather arrived in the Sandhills by covered wagon, selected a spot for the house, felled a few longleafs and positioned beams on blocks which still support the structure.


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Jesse grew up in Aberdeen, son of the postmaster (who died when he was 2) and a short-order cook. The family lived in a Page house, on Rush Street, where the book-loving boy absorbed Highland Scottish history. His mother, from the Speight agrarian bloodline, trekked through the woods with her son, even brought him to the still-active farm for hog killings — a major event — but didn’t fancy him a career farmer. “Go to college,” she advised. After earning a degree in biology from North Carolina Wesleyan, Jesse took off to see the world — Africa, Central America, wild, dangerous places — working in the Peace Corps and church-sponsored witness programs. Jesse admits, “I was a hard-core political activist and organizer for change” when he wasn’t teaching fish farming. He lived in native dwellings among the Baka pygmies and once in a coffee plantation mansion. He had just returned to Seattle from El Salvador, and while he was attending a protest his mother called, imploring him to return home and get a “serious” job. She offered him the farm, including the house that had served the family for four generations. His sisters weren’t interested, confident that he would preserve it. Perfect. In 1986 Jesse moved onto the land and into the house, which had stood vacant for three decades. “For seven years I was off the grid,” he says. He had a battery radio but went for days without speaking. “I read books and kept cats. I wanted to live as simply as possible.” A wood stove provided heat. Each day he worked restoring the house held together with mortise and pegs. He bought materials and paid the few bills with savings from an employment with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a job at Weymouth Woods. Quite an undertaking for a man who had never held a Skil saw. “As I worked, I felt my ancestors around me,” but he found few artifacts oth-

er than sweetgum branches used for toothbrushes and an old pencil sharpened at both ends, a measure of their frugality, he surmised. More important than newspapers and love letters tucked in the walls, he discovered human imprints. Jesse runs his hand over door jambs and sills, identifying patterns of wear left by weathered palms and mud-caked boots. He crouches on the floorboards to identify a trail left by footsteps that bends around where a piece of furniture must have stood. Much pondering preceded the decision to add the screened veranda, since Jesse believed in preserving the footprint. His goal, as with the kitchen, was to make it look old. He chose the rear to avoid spoiling the narrow façade with front porch. This is where he reads, and rests, and thinks. Earth-toned furnishings, pottery and African souvenirs melt into the woods beyond. Throughout, Jesse’s interest in the house lies more with the bones than the flesh. “My grandfather would be proud that I maintained the heritage.” All this history, this experience, this sense of place and belonging begs sharing. While working at Weymouth Woods, Jesse decided that connecting with the land was more important than pointing out a red-cockaded woodpecker to a weekend birdwatcher. He became a community organizer for the Land Trust and hosted tours for schoolchildren who knew little of their environs. “My ancestors’ product was farming. Mine is education,” Jesse says, namely integrating the geographic features of the Sandhills and Piedmont with cultural and historical counterparts. Sounds almost civilized, the hot water, fridge and cell reception. Jesse admits some progression beyond his comfort zone: “I long for the days when I just went into the woods. The older I get, the

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more quiet and sedentary I become.” Yet at 58 Jesse seems content with his creation. He grows some of his food. The presidential campaign ignites his political sensibilities. He has many likeminded friends. “This is the way I like to live — on the wood. Each day, my feet touch the wood,” meaning the boards trod by his forebears. Weather report? He looks at the sky. Winter is a challenge, he says, but he’s not giving up. “I need not one or two but three reasons to go into town,” knowing that when he returns Olly and Solly will be stretched out on a sunny bench, waiting. In other words, the real thing and, like Scottish tartan, all wool and a yard wide. A loud roar drowns out the conclusion of Jesse’s narrative. “A corporate jet, taking off from the [Moore County] airport,” he explains, ruefully. Then, he climbs the roughhewn porch steps, opens the screen door and retreats into the bygone-but-beloved house that he calls home. PS


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For DeLette Spain, memorable meals begin with a vibrant organic garden


By Serena Brown • Photographs by Tim Sayer

eLette Spain asks herself three questions when she’s planning and maintaining the spectacular gardens at Ironwood: “What’s the functionality? What’s the beauty? And what’s the creativity?” Spain’s garden philosophy might be said to be an extension of her own qualities. Practical, beautiful and highly creative, she has been weaving her artistry over Ironwood’s gardens for about eight years: “I used to have these teeny tiny boxes in the back that we grew basil in and that’s how we started. Vince [Ironwood’s owner Vince Continenza] kept saying, ‘I want a bigger garden.’” A vacancy opened up next to the restaurant’s patio. “They were going to turn it into a parking lot,” remembers Spain. “I was like, ‘No! You can’t have a parking lot next to a patio. You can’t do that.’ So that’s when the idea for this garden was born. That was around four years ago.” Fast-forward to this summer, and the garden is a glorious oasis. Surrounded by our own pines, there are suggestions of Tuscany in the earthy colors and the shady pergola, of a Victorian kitchen garden, of a Parisian parterre in the symmetry of the raised beds and the gravel walkways, and of California wine country in the potted herbs. The first thing the visiting gardener will notice is that every flower is buzzing with beneficial insect life. “The flowers I grow to either bring bees into the garden or butterflies.” Spain adds, “I also grow them so that the hostesses can cut them for vases or parties or events — and then some of the flowers are edible. Every single thing that I put out here is for use for the restaurant.” At the pergola, a space for private dining, she shows the vines she has trained, not merely for shade and aesthetics: “Even these kiwi vines, I bought a male and a female vine for each pot so that we’ll actually get kiwi fruit.” The next point any Sandhills gardener will want to raise is the magic that

prevents the plants from being devoured by deer. Spain points out the garden’s borders. “There is a hedge of rosemary and lemongrass along the outer edge and I planted that to keep the deer out. They don’t like rosemary. Just the slightest breeze makes the lemongrass move. Deer don’t like movement and they don’t like the strong smells, so that rosemary and lemongrass have been the perfect deterrent — and provides for the restaurant.” What every gardener hopes for is the balance between beauty and productivity. The key to achieving this balance, it seems, is close collaboration between garden designer and kitchen. Spain elaborates, “Usually at the beginning of each growing season I go to [executive chef] Nathan [Continenza] and [sous-chef] Jimmy [Ardinger] and say, ‘OK, what do you want in the garden? What do you want to try this time?”… The chefs tell me every year, ‘I want to try this herb or this lettuce, or this onion.’ So I’ll look for those. With twenty years of being a gardener and having a landscape business, I know what works well.” Take the extraordinary leeks, for example, one of Spain’s favorite points in the garden. “Look how architectural they are,” she remarks, overjoyed by their twisting, succulent forms. “Aren’t they fabulous? I started growing them because they were so cool, but then Matt [sous-chef Matt Hannon] told me, ‘Did you know you can even eat the little flowers? They are full of onion flavor.’ So the kitchen use every single part of the plant.” And, because there seems to be a rule of three in this garden, Vince Continenza plays an important role too, “He has given me the freedom to create what I wanted . . . he’s allowed me just to do my thing.” His is a practical part as well: “Vince gets out here and helps. We grow 130 different tomato plants a year — that’s thirteen different varieties. He starts them all from seed in his garage. And he picks the varieties, he has his favorites . . . and he also grows all the basil, starts it in his garage, and when they get big enough he brings it to

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me and I put them in the garden.” The tomatoes are all heirloom varieties, their names marked out on the handwritten markers that delineate every plant in the garden. Spain, a former calligrapher, writes all the nameplates herself. “Everything here is organic,” Spain says. “I do not use any pesticides in this garden.” Listen carefully, Sandhills gardeners beset by pests in the summer humidity: “I have made my own home-made mixture of pesticide. I take onion leaves and garlic leaves and I cut them up and put them in a plastic bottle and then fill it up with water. Then I leave it sitting out in the sun for a couple of days, where it gets really rank. Then you spray it on the plants.” Smiling, she adds, “So on the days I spray out here it smells of onion everywhere you walk.” Today the air is redolent with the heady scent of lavender. Spain uses grosso lavender, a particularly resilient hybrid variety with glorious spikes of dark flowers. The plants are humming with bees. “Look at it!” she exclaims. “Every year it has done that. Now all my clients that come and eat out here, they’re like, ‘How come I don’t have that in my yard?’” Laughing, she says, “I’m like, ‘It’s hard to find.’ … And much as I’d love for all my clients to have it, I like for each client to have something that’s uniquely theirs, and that’s one I keep for Ironwood.” Lingering over the lavender for a moment, Spain reveals, “There is a secret. It’s adding sand and chicken manure to whatever soil you have. I just mix those two with a little bit of good soil and the rest just yucky soil anytime I’m planting it, and all my lavender does great.” That’s not the only supplement to Ironwood’s earth. “We brought in special soil for the garden,” says Spain. “This is super cool — it’s an eggshell blend — a company in Goldston takes in the compost from all the local restaurants and they create this amazing soil. So we had that trucked in for all these beds.” Spain’s enthusiasm is palpable. She moves with care around the garden, calling to mind one of the many butterflies, pointing out gaura on the trellises and witty touches like corkscrew vine chosen for the customers who walk around the garden with their wine. There’s a hyacinth bean, a vine grown in the garden of Spain’s great-grand-


mother, who, along with her grandmother, is the inspiration for Spain’s choice of career. “My grandmother was a gardener, and my great-grandmother, and when I was a little girl I followed them around … My grandmother’s still living. I go home all the time and go visit with her, and all we talk about is gardening.” Toward the pergola there’s a bed entirely planted with mint. The restaurant staff are encouraged to use it: “The more they keep it trimmed back, the better it does. And then I have the flowers growing in the center, drawing in the butterflies and the bees.” Salvia, lemonbalm, bronze fennel — “That’s what brings in the monarchs, so I’m excited about that one. And then these are three different types of eggplants.” She reaches a particularly superb garlic plant. “This is really Dr. Seussy. This is called a garlic scape . . . You can eat it.” Laughing, she adds, “I ask them [the kitchen] not to touch that one though. “I don’t plant everything in one spot. Like the Swiss chard: I have it planted in different areas because that way . . . they [the kitchen] have different places they can choose from. I do it with almost everything. The other reason I do it is it allows me to leave certain plants — like this oregano and this sage — [which] are really ornamental ones, so that it’ll bring the bees in. I can let it go to flower and then they come. Otherwise the kitchen’s cutting it and you don’t ever get the flowers. So I have my ones that I tell the kitchen, “Don’t do it to these.” She smiles, “I do a little training in the spring.” The tomatoes are planted in succession, so there’ll be fruit right through to November. Different lettuces grow through the seasons. “I have this garden pretty much full in the wintertime too. Kales and lettuces and the onions that do well. The rosemary’s still green, the thyme.” It’s a year-round commitment. “I have to be here every day,” says Spain cheerfully, going on with typical generosity to credit a team effort that stretches beyond the triumvirate of gardener, owner and chef for the garden’s success. “I have two assistants and so they come and help. The restaurant provides some of their wait staff, and the bus boys come and help all the time, and then the chefs come out here and help by pinching the basil and picking tomatoes. It’s our little community.” PS

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Swing Low

It’s Hammock Day on July 22. That’s a Friday. Why it’s not on the weekend is a mystery to the Almanac. She can only think that it’s to increase the decadence of the occasion. Go on, award yourself the day off. If you need to a buy a hammock to prepare for your day of swinging in the shade, then you have quite a choice. This time of year a rope hammock might be more comfortable than a fabric one. But the fabric hammocks are pretty. Have a look at Mayan hammocks. They’re made of brightly colored cord and they’re very strong. You can fit a few friends in there. Why indulge in Hammock Day alone? More than one person in a hammock equals a hammock party.

Plum in the middle

Japanese plums (Prunus salicina and Prunus triflora) are in season this month. Be sure to harvest them when they’re fully ripe. You’ll have to keep going back to the trees as the fruit ripen at different times. Wait until the skin feels soft and gives a little under gentle pressure. They should easily twist off the branches. If this is the first year for your plum tree, mid-summer is the best time for pruning. Japanese plums respond best to an open center shape. Cut back shoots on the top of the tree by two or three buds. Come back about a month later. Choose three main branches, equally spaced, and cut back anything growing around them. This trinity will be the tree’s main branches. Next year, in the early summer, cut back the branches in the middle of the tree so they’re short. Prune any shoots coming out below your three main branches too. The year after next, cut back the younger branches to maintain the tree’s shape. If yours is an established tree, then you already know all this and you’re harvesting. Plums keep well in the fridge. Don’t save them for breakfast; you know what will happen.

Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Sailor, Rich man, Poor man, Beggar man, Thief.

This, too, is that kindliest of arts which makes requital tenfold in kind for every work of the laborer. She is the sweet mistress who, with smile of welcome and outstretched hand, greets the approach of her devoted one, seeming to say, Take from all thy heart’s desire. She is the generous hostess; she keeps open house for the stranger. For where else, save in some happy rural seat of her devising, shall a man more cheerily cherish content in winter, with bubbling bath and blazing fire? or where, save afield, in summer rest more sweetly, lulled by babbling streams, soft airs, and tender shades? From The Oeconomicus by Xenophon, ca. 360BC. Translation by H.G. Dakyns

Gardening Comes Before a Fall

Too energetic for Hammock Day? Well, there’s no rest for the wicked, they say. While all around you are snoring and swaying gently in the shade, you can start planning — and planting — your fall vegetable garden. Carrot seeds can go in this month, as can pole and bush snap peas, winter squash and rutabaga. Put in beets toward the end of July, Brussels sprouts too. At that time you can also plant collards as seeds or transplants, cabbage as transplants only. And this is the last month for planting cantaloupes, so make the most of them for fall. Don’t forget a few pumpkin transplants. It seems a long way off now, but you’ll be glad you did come Halloween. PS

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

Friday, July 1 FUN FRIDAY. 3:30 – 7 p.m. Cooking Class at the Rec Room/ Dinner at Maria’s. 5 – 7 p.m. $15/resident; $30/non-resident. For ages 14+. Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. FIRST FRIDAY. 5 – 8:30 p.m. A family-friendly event with food, beverages and live music by the renegade traditionalists of Mipso. Free admission. No dogs, please! Sunrise Green Space, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or firstfridaysouthernpines.com. CREATE WITH JOY. 7 – 9 p.m. First Friday Creative Connection. Explore collage, mixed media, fiber-art, painting, and drawing through the creative process. Cost: $10 donation. Joy of Art Studio, 139 E. Pennsylvania Ave. B, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 528-7283 or joyof-art.com.

Friday, July 1—15 ART EXHIBIT: EAST MEETS WEST. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. The Arts Council of Moore County presents this exhibit featuring three potters from Mungyeong, South Korea, and five Seagrove potters. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or mooreart.org

Saturday, July 2 MUSIC AT THE WINE CELLAR. 7 – 10 p.m. Becca Rae performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad


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Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3 KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT. All day. The Red-White-Blue Invitational, the 10th Regional Championship for U.S. Kids Golf, is a junior competition played on three area courses, including Pinehurst No. 1 and No. 8 and Longleaf Golf & Family Club. Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (888) 387-5437or uskidsgolf.com.

Sunday, July 3 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Introduction to the Longleaf.” Join the park ranger for an indoor presentation about the longleaf forest, its rare and invaluable ecosystem, and its inhabitants. Weymouth WoodsSandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Jeremy Pinnell performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org.

Monday, July 4 PINEHURST 4TH OF JULY PARADE. 9:30 a.m. Pinehurst Parks and Recreation invites you to celebrate Independence Day in the village, starting with the Patriotic Pet Contest and Parade, followed by the Traditional Parade at 10 a.m. Stick around for music, contests, antique cars, and the Sandhills Farmers Market. Village Center, Tufts Memorial Park, 110 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-2817 or pinehurstrec.org. 4TH OF JULY CONCERT. 2 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with the Moore County Concert Band. The program features American folk songs, Stephen Foster melodies, patriotic marches, and the “Armed Forces Salute.” Special guest performer will be 15-year-old trumpet soloist Geoff Gallante. Free and open to the public. Grand Ballroom, Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 235-5229 or moorecountyband.com.

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PINEHURST FOURTH FEST FIREWORKS & CONCERT. 6 p.m. The Fourth of July fun continues with a free concert, fireworks, and lots of kids’ activities from 6 – 9 p.m. The Carolina Breakers perform. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Food and beverages available for purchase. Picnic baskets allowed. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Pinehurst Harness Track (1 Mile Track), 200 Beulah Road S., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-2817 or vopnc.org. ABERDEEN JULY 4TH CELEBRATION. 5 – 10 p.m. An evening of live entertainment, food vendors and activities for all ages. Admission to the park is free; a $5 wristband required for kids’ activities (rock climbing wall, inflatable slide, bounce houses, obstacle course and more). Kids’ activities start at 5, live entertainment at 6, and fireworks at approximately 9:15. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but please no pets, alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks or coolers. Aberdeen Lake Park, 301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7275 or explorepinehurst.com. FORT BRAGG’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Activities include some of today’s hottest musical acts, parachute free-fall demonstrations, flag ceremony, fireworks, food and beverages. Free admission. Main Post Parade Field 11, 25 Capron St., Fort Bragg. Info: (910) 396-9126 or explorepinehurst.com.

Tuesday, July 5 YOGA CLASS (INTERMEDIATE). 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through August 9 (6 sessions). Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Must pre-register. Info: (910) 2951900 or pinehurstrec.org. NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 to 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Bountiful Beetles.” Preschool story and nature time. No cost for program, but please pre-register two business days in advance. (Admission to garden not included in program.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 4860221 (ext. 20) or capefearbg.org.

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ca l e n d a r ZUMBA IN THE GARDEN. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This class will capture the Latin-inspired dancing outdoors in our beautiful Garden. Bring water and comfortable shoes. Free to CFBG or YMCA of Sandhills members; $5/non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required one day prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext 36) or capefearbg.org or at the Garden.

Tuesday, July 5—8 YOUTH POTTERY CAMP. 1 – 3 p.m. daily. For ages 5+. Create your own unique pottery pieces with white earthenware clay and paint under glazes, with instructor Karen Fellema. Cost: $70/resident; $140/non-resident Assembly Hall Lobby, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

July 5—30 SUMMER ARTS AT JOY OF ART STUDIO. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 5, Art Dolls; July 6, Teens and Art Journaling; July 7, Flower Power Groovy Girl; July 8, Kandinsky, Music and Painting; July 9, Knights, Castles and Dragons; July 11, American Artists; July 12, Bible Journaling; July 13, Art and Science Crystals; July 14, Art and the Mandala; July 15, Food and Art; July 16, Pop Art and Cupcakes; July 17, Shopkins and Pusheen Cats; July 18, Art and Science Insect; July 19, Dolphins and Other Sea Life; July 20, Trains, Space Ships and Cars; July 21, Story Telling and Art; July 22, Fabric Painting and Sewing; July 23, Fibers, Beads and Art Quilts; July 24, Paper Dolls and Fashion; July 25, Haiku Poetry and Painting; July 26, Sea Shells and Mermaids; July 27, All About Giraffes and Elephants; July 28, All About Dreams and Chagall; July 29, It’s So Surreal; July 30, Movement and Degas. Cost: $25/ class or $100/5 classes. ($20/day for a group together of eight or more. Your child comes in free for that day.) Joy of Art Studio 139 E. Pennsylvania Ave. B, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 5287283 or joyof_art@msn.com.

Wednesday, July 6 TAI CHI CLASS. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through July 27. Tai Chi Master Lee Holbrook leads this peaceful workout for people of all levels. Cost: $21/residents; 42/nonresidents. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration: (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817 or pinehurstrec.org.

Wednesday, July 6 and 7 ART CLASS (DRAWING). 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Draw It I,” taught by Sandra Kinnunen. This beginner class covers essential tips, tricks, and techniques to create original, realistic drawings. Bring your objects. Cost: $60. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

Thursday, July 7 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 10 a.m. “Scenery in the Stars (For Wee Ones!)” Activities for 3- to 5-year-olds include books, fun activities, and crafts, with active parental participation. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 and 7 p.m. Join Major (Ret.) Jason Howk for a discussion about the differences between Islam, Islamism, and the global Radical Violent Islamist movement. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, (3:30 p.m.), 150 Cherokee Road; and Given Outpost (7 p.m.) 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022 or (910) 585-4820.

SUNRISE THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES. 7:30 p.m. Best in Show . Cost: $6. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com. THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). Eleni Mandell performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Cameo Arthouse Theater, 225 Hay St, Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-6633 or cameoarthouse.com.

Friday, July 8 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 10 a.m. “Scenery in the Stars (For Wee Ones!)” Activities for 3- to-5year-olds include books, fun activities, and crafts (with parental participation). Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Miniature Art,” taught by Betty Hendrix for intermediate/advanced students. Includes lecture and demonstration. Students should bring supplies of their own medium choice. Cost: $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org. THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (doors open at 6). Eleni Mandell performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Rooster’s Wife, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org. MOVIES BY THE LAKE. 8:30 p.m. The Aberdeen Parks and Rec Dept. and sponsors present Norm of the North, shown on the big screen. Admission is free, concessions available for purchase. Aberdeen Lake Park, 301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7275 or explorepinehurst.com.

Saturday, July 9 SOUTHERN PINES SIDEWALK SALE AND CIRCUS. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sales in most stores; a carnival, games and other attractions starting at 12 p.m. Food trucks and beer at the Sunrise Theater Green Space. Hosted by Southern Pines Business Association. Downtown Southern Pines. Info: Facebook: Southern Pines Business Association. NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 to 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Bountiful Beetles.” Preschool story and nature time. No cost for program, but please pre-register two business days in advance. (Admission to garden not included in program.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221 (ext. 20) or capefearbg.org. MAKER SATURDAY: CHILDREN’S PROGRAM. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop by and see what you can make! Remember, library cards are free for everyone! Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022. MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit with artist Diane Kraudelt and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom.

enjoying the libations and food of unique restaurants, wine cellars, and pubs in downtown Southern Pine. Cost: $25 (allaccess wristband sold by Sunrise Theater). 250 NW Broad St. Info: (910) 692-8501 or explorepinehurst.com. MAKER SATURDAY. 2 – 3 p.m. “Stop-motion animation.” Maker Saturdays let students explore technology in a relaxed environment. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. THE CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC. 3 & 7 p.m. “Broadway Summer Cabaret.” David Michael Wolff hosts this Broadway Cabaret from the keyboard, featuring the extraordinary talents of Kara Lindsay (Newsies, Wicked) and Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder). Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0287 or carolinaphil.org. DANCE SOCIAL. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., lesson from 7 to 8, and social dancing from 8 to 10. Carolina Pines Chapter of USA Dance. Cost: $10 ($8 members). First timers, mention you saw this in PineStraw magazine and get in free! Southern Pines Elks Club, 280 Country Club Circle, Southern Pines. Info: (919) 770-1975 or (910) 215-5791.

Sunday, July 10 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Ticks, Chiggers, and Spiders.” Learn to identify poisonous spiders and disease carrying ticks, as well as some that are not harmful, but are a benefit to mankind. Auditorium. Weymouth WoodsSandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. EXPLORATIONS SERIES FOR ADULTS. 3 – 4 p.m. Led by the Alzheimer’s Association, this free event focuses on “The Basics: An Orientation to Dementia and Memory Loss.” Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Get Right Band performs, Sarah Aile opens. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org.

Monday, July 11 BOOK LOVERS UNITE. 7 p.m. This month’s topic for discussion is “Cookbooks.” Bring your favorites list and add to it as others describe their favorite cookbooks. Free and open to the public. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002. SANDHILLS PHOTO CLUB MEETING. 7 – 9 p.m. Speaker, Brian Osborne; topic: “Great Photographers: Shoot Better, Practice More and Edit Less.” Guests welcome. Theater in the Hannah Center at The O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: sandhillsphotoclub.org.

Monday, July 11—14

ART CLASS: OILS AND ACRYLICS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Beginnings for Oils and Acrylics,” taught by Harry Neely. Instruction covers paints and brushes to canvases and framing. Participant will follow step-by-step to make a small painting. Cost: $50. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

YOUNG CHEFS IN THE SANDHILLS. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily. “Mediterranean Food,” taught by professional chefs Sueson Vess and Sonia Middleton, for ages 9 to 12. Cost: $185/ residents; $278/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Kitchen @ Community Presbyterian, 125 Everett Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

16TH ANNUAL SUNRISE BLUES CRAWL. 10 a.m. – midnight. Headliners: Beverly Guitar Watkins and Johnny Rawls and The King Bees. Sample different blues musical styles, while

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Tuesday, July 12 ART CLASS (WATERCOLOR). 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Tuesdays through Aug. 9) “Fundamentals of Watercolor and Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners,” taught by Andrea Schmidt, is a five-day course in which various watercolor techniques and subjects will be illustrated. Cost: $150. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

Wednesday, July 13 ISLAND MIXOLOGY. 6:30 p.m. Three drink tastings with three complementary bites. Seating is limited and classes fill up quickly. Reservations are a must! Cost: $20/pp. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775. YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6 – 7 p.m. A peaceful yoga session for all levels in the beautiful Orangery. Bring a yoga mat (limited mats to borrow) and water bottle. Cost: Free to CFBG and YMCA members; $5/non-members per session. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext. 36) or at the Garden, Email questions to mzimmerman@capefearbg.org.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 13—14 ART CLASS. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Pen and Ink with Watercolor,” taught by Sandy Scott for beginner and intermediate levels. Learn the simple basics of pen and ink work and how to finish the work with watercolor. Cost: $70. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9443979 or artistleague.org.

Thursday, July 14 SUMMER TAPAS. 6 – 9 p.m. An evening on the grounds with small plates and wines inspired by South America. Sponsored by Women of Weymouth. Open to the public. Cost: $45/members; $50/non-members. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info and reservations (required): (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org. SUNRISE THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES. 7:30 p.m. Die Hard sponsored by Sandhills Community College. Cost: $6. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

Thursday—Saturday, July 14—16 PINEHURST JUNIOR TENNIS CLASSIC. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Co-sponsored with Southern Pines Recreation & Parks

Dept., Sandhills Tennis Association, and Pinehurst Tennis Club. All players must have current USTA card. Cost: $40.28/ singles; $20/doubles. Pinehurst Tennis Center, 2 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst. For divisions of play, more information, and registration go to tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/ TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=179927.

Friday, July 15 “I LOVE THE 90s” CONCERT. 7 – 9:30 p.m. Vanilla Ice and SaltNPepa are slated to headline the night, joined by some of your favorite, 90s acts, including special guests Kid ‘n Play, All-4-One, Coolio, and Young MC. Cost: $33 and up. Crown Coliseum, 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville. Info: (910) 438-4100 or explorepinehurst.com.

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MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit with artist Charlie Roberts and learn about his techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. ECK MCCANLESS POTTERY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. See demonstrations of turning multiple colors of clay on the wheel to create Agateware, watch carving demonstrations, and enjoy refreshments. Free. 6077 Old US Hwy 220, Seagrove. Info: (336) 873-7412 or explorepinehurst.com. ART CLASS: (ACRYLIC). 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Acrylic Painting for Adults and Kids,” taught by Pat McMahon, covers composition, shading, drawing, and applying acrylics. Each student will sketch and paint from flower pictures provided by instructor. Cost: $25 (Supplies included.) Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org. TEEN MOVIE. 2 p.m. A film about a surfer who overcomes incredible odds. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. MUSIC AT THE WINE CELLAR. 7 – 10 p.m. Tim Wilson performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Free to the public. Info: (910) 692-3066.

Saturday, July 16 and 17 DRESSAGE IN THE CAROLINAS. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. both days. “Rise-N-Shine Dressage Show.” Entry deadline: July 3. Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Road S., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-8467 or carolinadressage. WAR HORSE EVENT SERIES. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday: Schooling Day (D, XC, SJ). Open to Everyone. All day on Sunday: Horse Trials (CT & D). Call for entry prices. Carolina



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Sunday, July 17 CIVIL WAR LECTURE. 2 p.m. Dr. Matthew Farina, a former Army doctor, will present a lecture, “Civil War Medicine: Myth and Reality.” This event is sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association and is free and open to the public. Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of East Pennsylvania Avenue and Ashe Street. Info: (910) 246-0053. SUMMER KIDS MOVIE. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Looney Tunes gang joins Michael Jordan for this live-action/animated feature about a group of misfit kids who make themselves into a winning hockey team. Snacks are provided by the Friends of the Library. Free to the public. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Nature’s Canvas.” This program starts with a brief presentation on a few artists that have been inspired by nature, and then participants create their own art at stations set up with sidewalk chalk, Play-doh, pine needle paintbrushes, and everything in between! Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Hank and Patty and the Currents perform. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org.

Monday—Wednesday, July 18—20 PINEWILD YOUTH GOLF CLINICS. 9 – 11 a.m. These three-day clinics for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 will focus on golf fundamentals, etiquette, rules of play and more. Appropriate golf attire and own clubs required. Cost: $85. Assemble by the flagpole in front of the clubhouse, five minutes prior to start time. Golf Academy at Pinewild Country Club, 6 Glasgow Drive, Pinehurst: Info: (910) 523-1499 or pinehurstrec.org.

Monday—Friday, July 18—22 MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS SUMMER CAMP. 8:30 – 11 a.m. For rising third and fourth graders who are fans of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Daily activities include fun stories, crafts, snacks, and Olympic Literary Games! Cost: $150/child for five mornings. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. NATURE NUTS: HALF-DAY CAMP. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Critters Camp.” For ages 5 to 7 to learn about different ani-

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ca l e n d a r mals and their habitats and to meet and touch some captive animals. Cost: $100/CFBG member; $150/non-member. Snack and water bottle included. Register by Wednesday, July 13, online or at Garden Gift Shop. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221 or capefearbg.org.

ART CLASS. 6 – 8 p.m. “Girls Night Out—Slip into Silk.” Bring your friends, sip wine, and paint a silk scarf with artist Kathy Leuck. Cost: $35, includes supplies, a glass of wine, snacks, and the fun experience of painting your own silk scarf. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

Tuesday, July 19

OUTPOST ARTISTRY SONG AND POETRY CIRCLE. 7 p.m. ALL singers, musicians, and poets are invited for an evening of creative exchange. Bring your musical instrument, voice, and words. Free and open to the public. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002.

YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 4 – 5 p.m. for ages 5 to 9 years; and 5 – 6 p.m. for ages 10 to 15 years. Tuesdays through Aug 9 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional Michael Bonnell. Cost: $5/resident; $10/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court #1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. ADULT TENNIS LESSONS. 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug 9 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional Michael Bonnell. Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court #1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Must register by July 15. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. ZUMBA IN THE GARDEN. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This class will capture the Latin-inspired dancing outdoors in our beautiful Garden. Bring water and comfortable shoes. Free to CFBG or YMCA of Sandhills members; $5/non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext 36) or capefearbg.org or at the Garden. ALL ABOUT HONEYBEES AND BEES WAX CANDLE MAKING. 10 – 11:30 a.m. The history of honeybees, their recent plight, their social structure, and how we can make our environment more bee friendly. Participants take home a set of hand-rolled beeswax tapers. Cost: $10/Horticultural Society member; $15/non-members. Pre-payment required. Space limited to 30. Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-6185 or explorepinehurst.com.

Wednesday, July 20 YOGA CLASS (INTRO). 9 – 10 a.m. (Wednesdays through Aug 24) Instructor Darlind Davis teaches this course for individuals who are either new to the practice of yoga or wish to refresh their skills. Cost: $35/resident; $70 non-resident. Pinehurst Parks & Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. ART CLASS (PASTEL) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Intro to Soft Pastel,” taught by Betty Hendrix.Each student will do a pastel work in class following the lecture/demo. Cost: $45. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9443979 or artistleague.org.

Thursday, July 21 DOUGLASS CENTER BOOK CLUB. 10:30 a.m. Meeting held at the Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or (910) 692-8235. YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 4 – 5 p.m. for ages 5 to 9 years; and 5 – 6 p.m. for ages 10 to 15 years. Tuesdays through Aug 11 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional Michael Bonnell. Cost: $5/resident; $10/non-resident. Must register by July 15. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court #1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. ADULT TENNIS LESSONS. 6 – 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug 11 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional instructor Michael Bonnell. Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court #1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Must register by July 15. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. WINE AND WHIMSY. 6 – 7:30 p.m. “Beach Sunset.” Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while painting your masterpiece. Instruction, canvas, paint, brushes, palette, and easel provided. Wine, beer, and snacks available for purchase. Cost: $20/ member; $25/non-member. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221. Register online at form.jotform.com/51666115773964.

SUNRISE THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES. 7:30 p.m. The Never Ending Story (1984), sponsored by the Ice Cream Parlor. Cost: $6. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

Friday, July 22 ART CLASS (ALCOHOL INK). 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. “Go with the Flow: Basic Alcohol Ink.” (For beginners) Pam Griner offers an afternoon providing instruction on inks, papers, and creating abstract and landscape paintings. Cost: $40 (supplies included.) Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

Saturday, July 23 SATURDAY CRAFT DAY. All day. The Olympic games is the featured theme. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235. MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit with artist Louise Price and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. MEET THE AUTHOR. 4 p.m. Adam W. Jones will visit The Country Bookshop to discuss his debut novel, Fate Ball, a story about a love that would forever link the lives of two people, whether they lived thousands of miles away from each other or just across town. Q&A and book signing to follow. Free and open to the public. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

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MUSIC AT THE WINE CELLAR. 7 – 10 p.m. Ryan Book performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Free to the public. Info: (910) 692-3066.

Sunday, July 24 SUMMER FILM SERIES. 2:30 p.m. This film is a wacky comedy about golf course caddies. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235. WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Lizards.” Join the park ranger to learn what kind of lizards you have at your home and what kind are crawling around Weymouth Woods. Program includes a short walk. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

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LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Jack Grace performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org.

Monday, July 25 ART CLASS (PRINTMAKING). 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Printmaking Made Easy—Monoprints,” taught by Sandy Stratil. Participants learn to create monoprints of several types. Cost: $55 (Materials for monoprints included, but students must bring materials to use for enhancing the prints). Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org. LUNCH & LEARN IN THE GARDENS. 12 – 1 p.m. “All About Hardscapes for Your Yard” with Ken Howell. Bring your lunch and the Garden will provide drinks. Free. Sandhills Horticultural Gardens-Ball Visitors Center. 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882. Register by email: landscapegardening@sandhills.edu.

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ca l e n d a r SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Potluck dinner. Bring a dish or snack to contribute while we look through nature photographs taken by members throughout the past year. Visitors welcome! Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 www.sandhillsnature.org.

Monday, July 25, and Tuesday, 26 WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNEMENT. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hosted by Pinewild Country Club, the Moore County Women’s Amateur is open to all women age 16 and older. Cost: $155/ player, includes green fees for two days of play, cart, range balls, and a donation for Friend to Friend. Sunday afternoon Open House gathering, prizes, and Tuesday awards luncheon. Application deadline: July 15, 2016. Pinewild Country Club, 6 Glasgow Drive, Pinehurst. Info and registration: (910) 470-1691 and moorecountywomensamateur.com.

Monday—Wednesday, July 25—27 PINEWILD YOUTH GOLF CLINICS. 9 – 11 a.m. These three-day clinics are for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 and will focus on golf fundamentals, etiquette, rules of play, and more. Appropriate golf attire and own clubs required. Cost: $85. Golf Academy at Pinewild Country Club, 6 Glasgow Drive, Pinehurst: Info: (910) 523-1499 or pinehurstrec.org.

Monday, July 25—28 YOUNG CHEFS IN THE SANDHILLS. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily. “Healthyish Comfort Food,” taught by professional chef Sueson Vess, for ages 13 to 17. Cost: $185/residents; $278/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Kitchen @ Community Presbyterian, 125 Everett Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

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ACOUSTIC MUSICIANS JAM SESSION. 7 – 9 p.m. All welcome to play or listen. Bring your own instrument and beverage and enjoy the community of local artists. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

ART CLASS. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Drawing Using Line Only,” taught by Barbara Sickenberger. Instruction includes contour drawing, layout, sketching, values, and composition. Cost: $50. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org. KIDS MOVIE MATINEE. 10 a.m. The Boxtrolls. Cost: $6 at the door, group reservations available at information@ sunrisetheater.com. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or 692-3611 or sunrisetheater.com. DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS. 3:30 p.m. (Departure time from Historic Theatre, Village of Pinehurst; 7:30 p.m. performance at Duke Energy Center, Raleigh. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft! Cost: $136/person, includes: dress circle seating and transportation. Dinner is Dutch treat. Registration deadline: July 8. Kirk Tours, Pinehurst. Info: 910-295-2257 or kirktours.com.

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ca l e n d a r SOUNDS ON THE GROUNDS. 6:30 –10:30 p.m. Liquid Pleasure opens this concert on the lawn series. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy! Food trucks and beverage kiosks on site. Cost: $5/members; $10/non-members (children under 12 free with adults). Tickets available at Weymouth Office, The Country Bookshop, and at the door. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org.

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IN & OUT AT THE OUTPOST. 7 p.m. Jeff Beane, Collections Manager for Herpetology at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, will give a presentation on Snakes of the North Carolina Sandhills. Free and open to the public. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 585-4820. SUNRISE THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES. 7:30 p.m. Notorious, an Alfred Hitchcock film (1946), sponsored by Chef Warren’s. Cost: $6. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

Friday, July 29 CHAIR YOGA. 9 – 10 a.m. Fridays through Sep 2. (6 sessions). This class is taught in group format with participants in a seated position. Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration (by July 29): (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817. MOVIE NIGHT IN THE GARDEN. 8 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening of games, trivia and a family movie! Popcorn, beverages, beer, and wine available for purchase. Cost: Free for CFBG members; non-members: $10/adult, $9/military and senior, $5/child age 6-12. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N .Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or capefearbg.org. or mzimmerman@capefearbg.org.

Saturday, July 30 STANDUP PADDLE BOARD YOGA. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The class is designed for varying yoga and paddling experience. Paddleboards and personal flotation devices (pfds) are provided or bring your own. Reservoir Park, Southern Pines. Info: Southern Pines Recreation and Parks: (910) 6922463 or southernpines.net/recreation. Call to ensure that space is available before paying.

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MAKER SATURDAY. 2 – 3 p.m. “Duct Tape Crafts.” Maker Saturdays let students explore technology in a relaxed environment. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS. 3:30 p.m. (Departure time from Historic Theatre, Village of Pinehurst); 7:30 p.m. performance at Duke Energy Center, Raleigh. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft! Cost: $136/person, includes: dress circle seating and transportation. Dinner is Dutch treat. Registration deadline: July 8. Kirk Tours, Pinehurst. Info: 910-295-2257 or kirktours.com. MUSIC AT THE WINE CELLAR. 7 – 10 p.m. Randy Hughes performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Free to the public. Info: (910) 692-3066. HARRY POTTER BOOK RELEASE PARTY. 10:30 p.m. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. To celebrate its world premiere in London on July 30, The Country Bookshop is throwing a party with games, treats, and photo opportunities. Costumes are encouraged! The event is ticketed. Reserve a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to receive a ticket for admission. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

Sunday, July 31 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Geology of the Sandhills.” Join the park ranger to learn where all the sand in the Sandhills comes from, what paint

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ca l e n d a r rock and jet stone are, and more about the geology of the Sandhills. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. 3 – 5 p.m. “Small Gems of Art,” a full-members exhibit running through Aug 23. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS Mondays PLAY ESCAPE. 10 a.m. Storytime. For all ages. No cost. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com. PLAY ESCAPE. 3:30 p.m. Mommy & Me Yoga. For ages 2 and up. Cost: $10 and $8 siblings. Includes admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com. BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 2 – 5:30 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, meats, crafts, flowers, plants, baked goods, and more. FirstHealth Fitness Center, 170 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 947-3752 or moorecountync.gov or localharvest.org.

Tuesdays BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 – 11 a.m. This storytime, intended for babies from birth to 2 years, will engage parents and children in early literary practices. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.






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

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

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

JOY OF ART OASIS FOR WOMEN. 7 – 9 p.m. This is a group for women to explore their own spiritual and creative self through meditation, yoga, drawing, painting, collage, clay, journaling, creative visualization and mandala work. Cost: $10 donation. Joy of Art Studio, 139 E. Pennsylvania Ave. B, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 528-7283 or joyof-art.com. Wednesdays 7 – 9 p.m. once a week ongoing. Mini retreats once a month and in October two-day retreat.

TECHNOLOGY TUESDAYS. 3 p.m. This summer program for students age 8+ meets on three Tuesdays: July 12, 19, and 26. (Does not meet on July 5). Topics will include Detectives, Tablets of Stone, and Treasure Hunt. Drop-in activities featured in the Young Adult section throughout the month. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net. PLAY ESCAPE. 9:15 a.m. Adult Yoga. Cost: $12 (Includes children and admission.) Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com.

Wednesdays YOGA CLASS (INTRO). 9 – 10 a.m. (April 13 through May 18) Instructor Darlind Davis teaches this course for individuals who are either new to the practice of yoga or wish to refresh their skills. Cost: $35/resident; $70 non-resident. Pinehurst Parks & Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. SANDHILLS FARMERS MARKET. 3 – 6 p.m. Fresh and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Village Green, 1 Village Green W., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0377 or moorefarmfresh.com. BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

Thursdays MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, meats, crafts, flowers, plants, baked goods, and more. Armory Sports Complex, 604 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 947-3752 or moorecountync.gov or localharvest.org. JOY OF ART CREATIVE COFFEE. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For all creatives who want to get together and talk about topics that pertain to the creative process and get reinforcement, support, and encouragement for your own creativity. Joy of Art Studio, 139 E. Pennsylvania Ave. B. Southern Pines. Info: (910) 5287283 or joyof-art.com/the-creative-process. PLAY ESCAPE. 10:30 a.m. Kindermusik Playtime. For ages 0 to 3. Cost: $35/month; $10/drop-in, includes half-price admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or playescapenc.com. BATTLE OF THE BOOKS SUMMER BOOK CLUB. 10 a.m. for elementary grades, 11 a.m. for middle grades. through Aug. 11. A book club for students, focusing on the North Carolina School Library Media Association Battle of the Books lists for the 2016-17 school year. Cost: $20 for the whole

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

MAH-JONGG (Chinese version). 1 – 3 p.m. A game played by four people involving skill, strategy, and calculation. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CHESS. 1 – 3 p.m. Don Hammerman instructs all levels of players. You need a chess set to participate. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. Children in grades K to 5 and their parents are invited to join the summer fun. Themes: Golf with Jim Hardy from Kids Golf, Uber Goober Family Fun with Good Food Sandhills, Library Bowling, and Kids Iditarod. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235. COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Clay White leads handson preparation of menu items (gnocci, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, cannolis, or pasta). Reservations and pre-payment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the flavorexchange.com.

Fridays PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Reading selections are taken from our current inventory of children’s literature, from the classics to modern day. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. PLAY ESCAPE. 10:30 a.m. Zumba Kids Jr. For ages 2.5 years

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COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Clay White leads handson preparation of menu items (gnocci, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, cannolis, or pasta). Reservations and pre-payment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the flavorexchange.com. JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine and dancing with friends under the tent with live jazz music, provided by Blackwater Rhythm and Blues (July 1), The Sand Band (July 8), Blackwater Rhythm and Blues (July 15), The Sand Band (July 22), and Cool Heat (July 29). Cost: $10/person. Reservations and pre-payment recommended for parties of 8 or more. Food vendor on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or cypressbendvineyards.com.

Saturdays MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, meats, crafts, flowers, plants, baked goods, and more. FirstHealth Fitness Center, 170 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 947-3752 or moorecountync.gov or localharvest.org. SANDHILLS FARMERS MARKET. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fresh and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Village Green, 1 Village Green W., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0377 or moorefarmfresh.com. PS

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Tea Leaves for Two And other jujus for July

By Astrid Stellanova

Thank you, Gentle Reader, for sending the

Detox tea. I am sipping from a china cup while reading from my Red Neck dictionary and pondering the many ways we gain insights. Some of us go to our preachers, our teachers and our friends. Some of us consult the tea-leaves and the cosmic truths. Yet be forewarned, Star Children: July stirs up fireworks of all kinds. Ad Astra — Astrid

Cancer (June 21–July 22) Birthday child, you have had a long spell of feeling unsure of yourself just because of your past. Some were born to live on a house with wheels. Some were born to live high on the hog. But that has not one thing to do with our place in the greater scheme of things: You are as worthy of love and happiness as anyone. High or low born, we were all born with a quest: to learn from the past. If you do that, you will graduate from spiritual ignorance to live with freedom and enjoy all your years more blissfully. Leo (July 23–August 22) You stirred in the grits pot too long and some things look overdone and ruined. If you have the ability to smile and put the wooden spoon down, you’ll regain your lost perspective on life. This is a turnaround month. It isn’t required to stand at the stove and feel the heat; sit at the table and enjoy being a guest. Virgo (August 23–September 22) Someone is blowing sunshine up your skirt and you want to believe it. It isn’t exactly true, but it is truthy enough to turn your head. Honey, keep both feet on the floor — for more reasons than one — and remember that a flattering devil wants something from you that is worth more than they are offering in return. Libra (September 23–October 22) Sure, you’ve got a problem to solve. But in order to get to the solution you don’t have to square a hypotenuse. You know you have a tendency to overdo anything you think is worth doing. This problem is much simpler than you first thought, especially if you let a friend help. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) You’ve been acting out just like a wild child: mad, bad and howling at the moon. Meanwhile, what about that new person who grabbed your attention? Well, there’s a lot less to them than meets the eye, Sugar. Use the good senses you abandoned earlier this month. Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) The hilarious thing about that certain someone you’ve been looking up to is that they are not all that and a pack of cheese nabs. They’ve been acting like a fool raised by a pack of wild hot dogs. You might want to go it alone a while without a wingman and see if you don’t get a better reception from others.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19) The stars have sure been kind to you, Baby. The corn is high and your ship came in. So how come you have been acting like the elastic in your underwear is melting? Get up on the right side of the bed and give your pals a break. Also, notice the number three and how it figures into something of importance. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) If you like your current situation, Honey, it’s like being a prisoner but thinking you are the warden. Some people don’t deserve the multiple chances you have given them. You are not a prisoner of your fate; open the cell door and walk out, Sugar Foot. Pisces (February 19–March 20) You were the last person to arrive at the meeting and the first to leave. Is it any wonder some question your commitment? If you want what you tell yourself you want, then step it up. If you really don’t, step down and walk. Either way you go is more honest than pretense and is going to make for a better journey. Aries (March 21–April 19) Sure, their handshake felt like you were handling a dead snake. Sure thing, they weren’t exactly dynamic. But you are not yet in charge of the Universe, so you can afford to let it pass without throwing them in the dungeon. MYOB and pour that fierce energy into creative projects you have ignored. Taurus (April 20–May 20) Earnest persistence is not a virtue if you find yourself secretly wanting to chew your own arm off just to get out of a trap you laid. Unclench your teeth and fist. Let it go, Baby Cakes. In very short time you will have two offers to choose from, and the hardest thing is this: Both of them would be good choices. Gemini (May 21–June 20) Somewhere, someone is desperately trying to reach out to you. Try taking the aluminum foil off the windows and catch their signal. They come in peace, Honey, and from Deep Time. It might even be an Avatar. Or, it might be you need to move the TV antenna. 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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July PineNeedler It’s Picnic Month! By Mart Dickerson

ACROSS 1 Quarterback Montana 4 Typing rate (abbr.) 7 Food and agriculture organization (abbr.) 10 Shrill bark 13 Sickly 14 Anger 15 High naval rank (abbr.) 16 Highest card in the deck 17 Brownish-black skin pigment 19 Fried, baked, hot wing? 21 Deep sleep indicator (abbr.) 22 Heighth, length and _____ 23 Artist Chagall 26 Capital of western Samoa 28 See 32 Hawaiian “hello” 34 For your eyes _____ 36 Canal


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

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

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Blueberry, apple, pecan? What a cow produces Low-ranking naval officer Pamper Melancholy “Slow on the ____” (lack understanding) Ointment Farm credit administration (abbr.) Injure seriously Canasta term Rye, pumpernickle, wheat? Guilty or not Regretted Electric snakes Water radar Canadian whisky Dill, sweet, chip or spear? Oreo, peanut butter, chocolate chip? Spanish “one” Bard’s before Man’s best friend Couple Gross national product (abbr.) Peculiar Resort hotel amenity Robert E. ____

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Wild ox Frozen water Writing tool Bridge support Brie, cheddar, Swiss, camembert? Flirt, with one eye Traveler’s chart Boxer Muhammad Beluga, lumpfish, red or black? Earth has an N. and S. one ____ Lanka Swine Japanese money Crazed Shout Individual thing Without feeling Table linen material Entreated Baseball official, for short Buddy Men’s neckwear Become less distinct Fixed charge Baseball’s Ripken Paid spots on TV Rubbed out Stink Slouch Margarine Geek Hindu posture and meditation exercise Wrinkly small dog Pine Crest, e.g. Police officer Music and info storage devices, for short __ A Small World. . . Female sheep Boston baseball team

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Hit By a Wave

By Philippa Davidson

It was September 22, 1988 — a

day I shall never forget — at Hanauma Bay, Oahu. I was visiting Hawaii for four days, following a work assignment on my first ever visit to America. Born in Nottingham, England, and then living in Twickenham, London, for a number of years, I never dreamt that I might one day find myself in the United States. On my arrival at Hanauma Bay, I started walking along the breathtaking shoreline, and quite inadvertently (I have always had a very bad sense of direction) walked between the protective red cones at the bottom of the lifeguard tower. The lifeguard said, “Hi.” We introduced ourselves. We started talking about beaches and golf courses in Hawaii and soon discovered we shared a love for the game of golf. Minutes later, while I waded into the water up to my thighs, my newfound friend laughingly threw popcorn at my feet, at which point — amidst my shrieks and his laughter — dozens of fish jumped out of the water all around me! When he stopped laughing, Thomas (for that was his name) asked me if I would like to go for a drink when he finished work. I hesitated, pondering the situation and trying as best as I could to assess his character, tapping into words of parental advice about meeting tall, dark strangers. Sensing my uncertainty, Thomas said, “If you can’t trust a lifeguard, who can you trust?” Well! What could I say? He offered to drive me up the hill to my car. When we got to his vehicle he paused and said, “Just a moment.” He proceeded to take a golf club from the trunk of his car. Nothing like being prepared, I thought. “Let me see your setup,” he said. So I swung the club. “Let me see that one more time?” I think I must have passed the test. Later that evening, when it was dark, following a long chat and a maitai at Sea Life Park, Thomas asked if I would like to see the beach where he became the first lifeguard — Sandy Beach. I was later to learn this was a


notoriously dangerous bodysurfing spot, famous for its strong current and shallow shore-break. It was a beautiful full-moon night. We chatted, watching the waves from the lifeguard tower, and I felt more and more at ease. So, clad in my itsy-bitsy teeny- weeny bikini I was ready to brave the waves — or so I thought. Although I could swim quite adequately in a pool, I had little knowledge of the power of the ocean. But I felt safe with my personal lifeguard. Thomas insisted, however, that I agree to two things if we were going to venture into the surf — to keep hold of his hand, and to dive under the waves when he told me to. I said, “Of course.” But, seriously, was I going to dive? No way! I knew better! Being a Brit, I always kept my head above water. I mean, what about the hair and the mascara, darling? The time had come. Thomas asked, “Ready”? I nodded. “Now — DIVE!” WHAM! The first wave whacked me. Thomas dived under, still holding on to my hand, but there I stood like an awkward, angled statue that had been knocked over by a pantechnicon truck, spluttering water. But worse to come — horror of horrors — I realized my two-piece had suddenly become a one-piece! Being the true gentleman he has always been, Thomas averted his gaze while I desperately recovered the top half of my bikini with my free hand. As he recalls: “Amazing what a girl can do with just one hand.” I just managed to recover my modesty in time. I felt momentarily proud of myself. Then — a second later — an authoritative “DIVE!” Followed by WHAM! Another pantechnicon! That was it — enough of Sandy Beach for me . . . After knowing each other for only ten days, excluding a few months apart, Thomas and I were married in England, twenty-seven years ago, in 1989. It has certainly been worth all the explaining I was obliged to give my father. My dear, sweet mother had passed away many years previously. Interestingly, had she been alive, it would have been her 70th birthday on the very day we met. We moved to the Sandhills in December 2011, having spent the previous eighteen years in Hawaii. Why? Our desire to be closer to England, play golf and enjoy retirement in the country with our beloved cats, birds and Humphrey, our Hawaiian pot-bellied pig. It is a joy to be here, amongst friends, nature, animals, painting — and, of course, golf with my lifeguard. PS Philippa Davidson worked in the corporate world for many years organizing events, marketing health care, and formerly owned a pet-sitting business in Hawaii.

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