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November 2013 Volume 8, No. 11


55 Magnitude

Poetry by Sarah Lindsay

Aunt Lydia Does Stretching Exercises

56 In Search of a Renaissance By D. Jeffrey Mims

D. Jeffrey Mims is a classical painter with a passion for teaching

58 Lords of the Harvest Table By Jim Dodson

The same Sandhill farmers who serve the community twelve months a year get served a lavish dinner themselves

62 The Little Amp that Could By Stephen Smith

Little Walter’s vacuum-tube amps are making a lot of noise in the music world

66 Out of the Darkness By Gayvin Powers

Blinded in war, Ivan Castro goes to the South Pole to show what wounded warriors are capable of


Quiet Journey on the Big Screen


7 Sweet Tea Chronicles

Jim Dodson

10 PinePitch 13 Photo Club 17 Cos and Effect Cos Barnes

39 An Englishwoman in the Sandhills Serena Brown

41 Churches of the Sandhills Mary Lou Norberg

45 Birdwatch Susan Campbell

19 The Omnivorous 47 The Sporting Life Reader Tom Bryant Stephen E. Smith

23 Bookshelf 27 Hitting Home Dale Nixon

29 The Kitchen Garden Jan Leitschuh

31 Vine Wisdom Robyn James

33 On the Town Kevin Drum

37 Out of the Blue

51 Golftown Journal Lee Pace

82 Calendar 95 SandhillSeen 109 The Accidental Astrologer Astrid Stellanova

111 PineNeedler Mart Dickerson

112 SouthWords Gayvin Powers

Deborah Salomon

By Gayvin Powers

A filmmaker with a Sandhills connection helps moviegoers find The Forgotten Kingdom


Where the Wild Things Are By Deborah Salomon

Take Indo-African. Mix in a touch of Tiki. Add African masks and animal paintings. For Dawn Phillips, it’s a recipe for a dream home

79 November Almanac By Noah Salt

Why November is the Norway of months


this page by John Gessner

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The Transcendental Month BY JIM DODSON

Some years ago

on a speaking tour for a new book — a memoir detailing a summer my young daughter and old dog and I spent flyfishing and camping our way around America — an interviewer for a national radio show asked me a surprisingly insightful question. The book’s title was Faithful Travelers. “Even if that weren’t the title of the book,” she said, “I found a lovely tone of spirituality running throughout your story. I wonder if you might tell us what particular religious tradition you come from? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, frankly, because it seemed to have so many different elements, even a touch of Eastern religions?” She smiled. “Hope that doesn’t offend you.” “Not at all,” I said. “But it’s kind of complicated.” “How so?” I explained to her that I hail from a Southern family with two dominant Protestant branches, one Southern Baptist, the other Southern Methodist. The Methodists had the best covered dish suppers by a long shot, but the Baptists had the best hymns by a country mile. Both were in my DNA because my paternal great-great-grandfather was a circuit-riding Methodist preacher, my maternal Southern grandmother a Southern Baptist with firm ideas about education and Suffragette inclinations. But this was only the beginning. As a kid, my first reading books were Greek and Roman myths, stories of gods shaping the lives of mortal men. My strong-willed West Virginia-born mother, however, came from the German Lutheran tradition, which explains why my older brother and I grew up attending the Lutheran church in Wilmington and later Greensboro. Most of my closest friends, however, were either Catholic or Jewish — though the Scout troops I attended were sponsored by a progressive Presbyterian church and a Quaker Friends meetinghouse. I was drawn to and influenced by the Scottish traditions of the Presbyterians and the Quaker belief in the soul’s Inner Light. In high school, through Bull Smith’s English lit class, I discovered the transcendental writings of Emerson and Thoreau and found their message of the omniscient divine everywhere in nature and man a liberating thought. Emerson’s fascination with the ancient religions of the East prompted me to read the Bhagavad Gita and the lovely Upanishads for the first time, the ancient Vedas of the Hindu faith. I was hooked on their poetry and power.

In college, on the other hand, I was drawn to the liturgy and language of the Episcopal Church and even toyed with the idea of taking myself off to seminary. But I was in love with a practicing Buddhist named Kristin I’d known since Catechism class who introduced me to the eight-fold path to awareness and a veritable choir of Eastern voices — Rumi and Hafiz, Islam’s astonishing Persian poets, plus the Christian mystics Teresa of Avila and Thomas Merton. In the end, I followed my father into journalism. But my secret “God thing,” as Kristin called it, continued to grow and expand, reflected by titles in my ever-growing home library, where spiritual writings outstripped every genre save perhaps American history texts and poetry, prompting her to call me a “Southern-fried Transcendental who is trying to read his way to heaven.” In a way, she was right. Wherever I happened to be working as a journalist, I developed a habit of dropping into churches, temples and houses of worship of every sort just to see and hear what was going on. In my travels over forty years, I also found peace by withdrawing from the madding crowds by wandering off into old cemeteries or sitting in empty cathedrals, enjoying the still quiet voice you can only hear when you clear away the noise and distractions. When I built my house on a forested hilltop on the coast of Maine, I built gardens that led to woodland paths that in turn led to vernal pools and secret places where I could sit quietly deep in the bosom of nature — like an ancient Celtic pagan or the philosopher Plato, who believed that kindly spirits resided in groves of trees. “In some ways,” I admitted to my radio interviewer, “I’m probably unsuited for any single religion.” “So what would you actually call yourself?” “I suppose I’m a Quaking Buddhepiscotarian with an strong fancy for a good Methodist covered dish supper and old-fashioned Baptist hymns, though lately I think I may really be a Southern-fried Transcendentalist.” She smiled. “That’s pretty funny — theologically speaking.” “The poet Hafiz said God has the ultimate sense of humor and loves a good joke. The word ‘human’ comes from the same root as ‘humor,’ after all.” She asked me if I believed in an afterlife — specifically in heaven. I told her I hoped Saint Teresa of Avila was right that the way to heaven was heaven itself. Despite its joys and sorrows, that’s how life felt to me — a spiritual pilgrimage to a better world. All religions, I pointed out, share this idea in some way or another. “So what religious holidays do you observe?” “All the above,” I admitted with a laugh. “Though my favorite is Thanksgiving.”

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Though it would probably cause my pioneer Methodist and Baptist forebears (and maybe a few of my modern Lutheran and Episcopalian friends as well) spiritual heartburn to hear, the older I get the more I’m convinced that the manmade barriers that divide people of faith — denominations and rigid doctrines that sharply articulate religious boundaries — mean far more to man than they do to God, whoever and whatever God happens to be. In a world where more information is conveyed in a single day’s news cycle than all of man’s previous time on this Earth, and thanks to mobile phones no one is — in theory — ever alone, the survivability of our religious traditions may well depend on the people of all faiths finding and nurturing the essential spiritual common ground of love without boundaries. For reasons I’m at a loss to fully explain, these kinds of long thoughts always seem so much clearer to me come November, a month I’ve come to think of as the Transcendental Month because something about the clear light falling across harvested fields or through woods stripped bare of their leaves seems like a benediction to another year’s sacred cycle of life, a bittersweet reminder of our own fragile impermanence. Whatever else is true, there is something holy in the knowledge that we are also just passing through, perhaps eventually transcending the temporal cares of both nature and man, perishable as any last rose of summer, like the tiny yellow ones that held on in my terrace garden all the way to Thanksgiving week last year. Up in Maine, where the season closes quickly, I loved mowing my lawn for a final time, then draining and putting away the mower for the season, setting off to cover my tenderest perennial beds with salt straw and erect my ridiculous Rube Goldberg plant protectors, an effort against the coming snows. After this annual autumn ritual there wasn’t much left for a Southern-fried Transcendental to do in November but work his wood pile, after which I would often plant myself on a peeling blue wooden bench in what I called my Philosopher’s Garden — the highest point on my hilltop, a gentle bosom of thin soil cloistered by hemlocks, white


spire birch and American beech — and read a bit of Emerson or Thoreau or the poetry of Robert Frost or simply watch the glory of late autumn fade through the trees. It was the light and the deep quiet that made November such a hallowed time on my hilltop. Even now, years later, in a different phase of life, come the hallowed light of November, you’re liable to find me out walking a country road or tromping through the woods in the company of my dogs, pottering around in my gone-by garden or sitting out on the terrace with coffee two hours before dawn admiring a starry sky and planets that seem to shine even brighter in the Transcendental Month. Unable to pass an old cemetery with tilting stones, I’m all but guaranteed to pull over and go wandering for a bit, reading faded epitaphs and names, remembering souls who shared a walk through this transcendental veil. If the church door is unlocked early, wherever I happen to be that day, Greensboro or Wilmington or somewhere on a distant road, following a pattern of behavior I’m too old to abandon now, I’m bound to slip in and sit for a spell in the clear morning light, hearing a fine sermon in the sweet silence — to paraphrase Emerson — even before the Thanksgiving service begins. When the music starts, I’ll hope for “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” my favorite autumnal anthem, Isaac Watts’ great hymn of remembrance that’s still sung in rural churches and great cathedrals across the world, the middle stanza of which never fails to catch in my throat and reassure a wandering spiritual pilgrim. A thousand ages in Thy sight, Are like an evening gone; Short as the watch that ends the night, Before the rising sun. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at

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The Anti-Santy-Claus

PinePitch The Reindeer Are Running, the Reindeer Are Running! Trim up for Christmas at the 7th Annual 5K Reindeer Fun Run from 9 a.m. to noon on December 7. Non-runner? Join the walkers. Better runner? Attempt the 12Ks of Christmas Run. Kids enjoy the Egg Nog Jog. All courses wind through historic Aberdeen: Bethesda, Malcolm Blue Far, and downtown where the event commences, at 100 East Main Street. Afterwards, a party with KidsZone. Event supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sandhills. Information: (910) 693-3045 or

What would Christmas be without tearful Tiny Tim and gremlin Grinch? Carolina Performing Arts Center takes on How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 9 and 11 a.m. on November 22 for school age children; public performances follow at 2 and 7 p.m. on November 23, at Sandhills Community College Owens Auditorium, supported by the Arts Council of Moore County. Admission: $10-15. Tickets at the door and at Edible Arrangements in Pinecrest Plaza in Southern Pines.

Rooster Boosters The Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen posts this sizzling menu for Turkey Month: Nov. 3: Honeycutters country roots band from Asheville and Django Haskins from Durham, who makes “mongrel American music.” Nov. 10: Quiet American, husbandand-wife modern folk revival and Underhill Rose, fusion of country, bluegrass, pop and tin-pan blues. Nov. 17: Matuto, a.k.a. Clay Ross, a South Carolina native heavily into Brazilian folkloric music. Nov. 24: Brian Ashley Jones, a soulful vocalist, accomplished guitarist/songwriter who has taken his blues/bluegrass to international festivals and concerts. Times and tickets: (910) 944-7502

Basic Training “Helping model train beginners create the model railroad of their dreams” is the motto of the Sandhills Central Model Railroad Club of Aberdeen. Their annual Train Show pulls into the Aberdeen Train Depot November 23-24. Raffle tickets available for a Thomas the Tank train set. Admission: $3; free for children under 4-foot-8-inches (the distance between two train tracks).


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Try a Little Tenderness

Glass with Class Igneous Expressions, an exhibition of glass art, continues at the William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts at Methodist University in Fayetteville until December 12. Twenty-six artists from Western North Carolina display 60 pieces in this invitational show. One artist, Harvey Littleton, is considered the father of American studio glass. Gallery open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

If they walk like elves, if they talk like elves, they are the Women of Weymouth readying the Boyd mansion at Weymouth Center for their annual Christmas House Tour. This year, the volunteer group channels F. Scott Fitzgerald (a frequent guest at Weymouth) for a theme: “Tender is the Night Before Christmas.” Holiday décor provided by interior and floral designers, garden clubs and area artisans. Glamorous preview gala, December 4; Caroling December 5; Candlelight Tour December 7. Open for viewing December 5-7. Proceeds support upkeep of the cultural center. Advance tickets: $10. At the door: $15. Gala: $75. Candlelight Tour: $30. Caroling: Free.

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Shout this Whisper The annual Whispers Arts and Crafts Festival will draw early Christmas shoppers to the Country Club of Whispering Pines, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 9. Whispers is a volunteer organization supporting local charities. Choose from jewelry, paintings, leather goods, baskets, quilts and candles. Also, a bake sale featuring homemade goodies.

Fore Golf Historians The Golf Collectors Society descends on Pine Needles/ MidPines Resort for their 43rd Annual Meeting and Trade Show November 10-12. Local golfers may attend the USGA Golf History Symposium on November 10 free, as well as the Trade Show on November 12. GCS members – 1,100 strong, from 15 countries — collect memorabilia and play with hickory clubs. Spin stories, too, no doubt. Information: (541) 991-7373 or

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Loaf of Bread, a Seagrove Pottery Jug … The 6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters takes place November 22-23 in Seagrove, where 100 artists and 58 shops will display under one roof. The celebration showcases works of potters from Randolph, Moore and Montgomery Counties including Ben Owen, Chris Luther and Seagrove Stoneware. The weekend includes a gala, both traditional and silent auctions, demonstrations and live music. Saturday and Sunday show admission: $5, children under 12 free. Gala: $40 Information: PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2013



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a) 1st Place: “Geyser Basin” by Chuck Kersey b) 2nd Place: “On Final to O’Hare” by Grace Holl c) 3rd Place: “Setting Sun” by Susan Capstick d) Honorable Mention: “Oregon Dunes and Beach” by Bill Brower e) Honorable Mention: “Costa Rican Garden” by Jennifer German f) Honorable Mention: “Field of Flowers” by Chuck Kersey g) Honorable Mention: “Savannah at Night” by John German g) Honorable Mention: “Tranquil Scene” by Joanne Lentz




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The Newest Member of the Band A rim shot, please


Because I believe everyone should

keep on learning regardless of his or her age, I joined the New Horizons Band. Because I am too short-winded for a brass instrument, and because I played hand bells for many years in church, I thought I would be a natural for the drum.

Ha! I also had the residue of years of childhood piano lessons tucked away in my head, so I thought it might work. I can still remember the notes in the treble cleft, but the bass notes are not so distinct. That doesn’t matter much with a drum. They tell me to keep the beat and I’ll be all right. It reminds me of a piano teacher a friend had when we were children. Her advice to her student was, “Just get the beat and play loud.” Founded in January of 2008, the New Horizons Band had 49 members at the end of last season. It is a music program for people at least 50 years of age. They offer instruction, rehearsals and performances in a relaxed and supportive fashion. Instructors, who alternate times, are Jennifer Smith, Mollie Wilson, David Sieberling, Robert Romine and Denise Wallace, all talented and patient musicians. There are three sections: beginner, intermediate and concert. You can guess which one I am in, and I’m there only because they believe in social promotion. I have learned many things, however. I know what a paradiddle is; a roll, both open and closed; a rim shot; a flam; and a one measure repeat. Now, if I could only do them. The instructors lead their students in concerts at Christmas and at season’s end. Both they and their students are pleasant and understanding of miscues, so rehearsals held each Tuesday afternoon at Sandhills Community College are congenial. My friend Janet Kenworthy graciously lent me a snare drum to learn on. But she hasn’t yet invited me to play at The Rooster’s Wife. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at

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Loves Lost The blessing — and startling discomfiture — of a returning soul


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of the college history text The American Experience relates the story of a religious zealot who walked into a New England village and proclaimed that he was Jesus. The local Puritans grabbed him, branded his forehead with a B for blasphemy, tarred and feathered him and ran him out of town on a rail — “thus demonstrating,” the authors wrote, “what would have happened to Christ had he actually returned.” Such is the premise behind Jason Mott’s first novel, The Returned. But it’s not Jesus who’s resurrected; it’s the dead, en masse. And they appear all over the planet without any particular rhyme or reason. The Puritan village in Mott’s novel is Arcadia, a town of 600 souls located in southeastern North Carolina, where Harold and Lucille Hargrave, down-home, right-thinking folk, answer a knock at their front door and discover, to their astonishment, a “government man” holding the hand of the living and breathing — and blameless — embodiment of their 8-year-old son, Jacob, who’d drowned in 1966. Some reader will no doubt suspect that Mott’s novel is a silly zombie thriller, another plotless horror story about the putrefied dead pursuing the living ad nauseum. Readers who are more attuned to the uses of fiction may suspect the novel is a parable or allegory for the troubled times in which we live — big government intruding into the lonely, thwarted lives of ordinary

people who long for a genuine spiritual awakening. Neither assumption is correct. The premise is straightforward: Jacob is one of thousands — probably millions — of dead human beings who return to the world of the living, bringing with them the disruptions such an event would entail. On a subliminal level, their reappearance plays on the guilt we experience when a loved one dies and we find ourselves overcome with a need to commune with them. What would we do differently if we were granted a second chance to interact with the loved and lost? For Lucille and Harold, both in their 70s, Jacob’s return is a blessing — and a startling discomfiture. In the decades since Jacob’s tragic death, the Hargraves have settled into a routine that allows them to cope with his absence. Now they must live in the world as it might have been and as it will be. Jacob, on the other hand, has no memory of having drowned and doesn’t know why he’s returned. He simply begins where he left off and hurries into the kitchen to catch up on all the eating he’s missed. “. . . there was the sound of Jacob sitting at the kitchen table, gulping down his lemonade and burping with great satisfaction. ‘Excuse me,’ the boy yelled.” How is it possible for the dead to walk the Earth again? Are these beings truly lost loved ones come back to life or are they sinister apparitions? Does their appearance signal the beginning of the end times? How does their intrusion affect belief in an afterlife? If the answers to these obvious questions are not contained in the novel, Mott does manage to touch on every human emotion — sadness, happiness, anger, disgust, compassion, rage, guilt and especially bigotry and fear, which are, finally, the overriding motivations for the actions taken by the True Living. As might be expected, religious belief comes into question. When the Hargraves first hear of the Returned, Lucille refers to them as the “devil,” but when Jacob steps back into her life, she immediately resumes her duties

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as a loving mother. Harold isn’t so quick to accept this incarnation of his son, and he fumbles to comprehend what is essentially an unfathomable mystery. In his pocket he finds an old cross he’s carried since Jacob’s death, the words “God Loves You” worn from grief so that only the “O” and “Y” remain (a trifle obvious, perhaps). When Jacob, Lucille and Harold attend church for a town meeting, Pastor Robert Peters, a man caught up in his own dilemmas, both personal and spiritual, reacts awkwardly. “He took Jacob’s hand, being sure that even those in the back of the church, those who could not see, had time enough to be told what he was doing, how he was speaking of patience as he held the hand of the boy who had been dead for a half century and who was now, suddenly, peacefully sucking candy in front of the church, in the very shadow of the cross.” The Returned present an overwhelming challenge to the government, and Martin Bellamy, the bureaucrat who delivers Jacob to his parents, immediately sets about filling out the requisite forms. “Of course, even for people returning from the dead, there was paperwork.” When these mysterious beings begin to accumulate in excessive numbers, the government attempts to confine them in concentration camps, one of which is located in Arcadia. Soldiers are brought in to guard the Returned and to protect them from the True Living movement whose ultimate aim is to kill these innocent beings. Harold has himself interned with his son and takes responsibility for the child’s well being, while Lucille remains at home, preparing their meals and plotting to set them free. The novel concludes with an “Author’s Note” that explains how The Returned came to be written and supplies, albeit unnecessarily, Mott’s motivation for writing the novel. “In July 2010, a couple of weeks after the anniversary of my mother’s death, I dreamed of her. The dream was a simple one: I came home from work and she was there, at the dinner table waiting for me . . . [It was] an opportunity to see her smile, to hear her voice, a chance to stay with her in those last days of her life, rather than hide from her the way I did in the real world.” Guilt is powerful stuff. The Returned is a strong first outing — the novel has already been picked up for a TV series — and if readers are left with more questions than answers, the story’s innate appeal and thematic resonance far outweigh any technical deficiencies. PS Stephen Smith’s most recent book of poetry is A Short Report on the Fire at Woolworths. He can be reached at travisses@

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November Books

BY KIMBERLY DANIELS AND ANGIE TALLY A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston Yes, you are correct, that is THE Anjelica Huston, the creative and stunningly present actress with 77 acting credits, one Oscar, One Golden Globe, and eight nominations for the two combined.Her father, the actor John Huston, first heard of her birth by telegram while in the Belgian Congo filming The African Queen. She was raised by tutors on an Irish estate and every morning her father would leave the famous and talented writers and authors and actors to ask his daughter the news of the day — and Anjelica would tell him stories. In volume one of her memoirs, she goes from this Irish estate to encounters with The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac in London, to living in the Chelsea Hotel in New York in the ’70s. This book is a real armchair life adventure . . . written with insights about life that just demand that you read it with a pen so that you can underline. The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester. The talented and prolific Winchester writes about America for the first time, drawing interesting and obscure facts into a narrative about the men who united the states. Fascinating and provocative — an enjoyable read. Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II by Wil S. Hylton Of the more than 56,000 servicemen and women of WWII whose resting place remains a mystery, two-thirds lie somewhere in the Pacific. Hylton’s fascinating account documents the search and recovery efforts of the devoted teams dedicated to finding the remains of these brave soldiers and bringing them home. By focusing on the crew of one missing B-24 and the man who became obsessed with their fate, Hylton brings the story to a personal and poignant level. (review courtesy of Betsey Detwiler.) The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin This is a long book — almost 1,000 pages — but this is the woman who wrote Team of Rivals and also won the Pulitizer Prize for No Oridinary Time. The book examines a time that sounds very famillar (gap between rich and

poor, legislative stalemate, corporations resisting regulations, giant companies from huge mergers and unprecedented innovations) and she looks at this history of the Progressive era, its journalism and the relationship between Roosevelt and Taft. Think of this as a gift and a rewarding read for the upcoming holidays. The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom Do you believe in heaven? Residents in Coldwater, a small town on Lake Michigan, start receiving phone calls from Heaven (and worldwide attention for it). Is it a hoax? Is it a phone call from Heaven? Sully Harding, a grief stricken single father, aims to find out. This fictional work with Albom’s characteristic warmth will undoubtedly pull you into this powerful story. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan While we were at dinner with Amy in New Orleans, she told your lucky local bookseller about her inspiration for this book, beginning with a youthful photograph of her grandmother in her work as a courtesan. Tan has written a masterpiece that spans more than four decades and two continents, a brilliant piece of writing with a few steamy scenes as well. CHILDREN’S BOOKS Bits & Pieces by Judy Schachner Beloved creator of the hilarious award-winning Skippyjon Jones read-aloud picture book series. Schachner’s newest book, Bits and Pieces, is the story of Tink, a cat who has everything he ever wanted — delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks out — and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night. This adorable book will warm the heart of anyone who has a pet whom they simply love to Bits and Pieces. Ages 2-8. A limited number of autographed copies are available. Cinders, A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett. Brett, author and illustrator of The Mitten, Mossy, Trouble with Trolls and many beloved picture books presents a Cinderella story set in snowy Russia with chickens in the starring roles. Cinders, the most picked-upon hen in

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Atlantis Rising by T. A. Barron. The first book in a new Atlantis trilogy and is different from many other Atlantis stories, as it focuses on the story of Atlantis’ creation rather than on the destruction of this wondrous lost civilization while exploring how Atlantis was born? What really happened? What secret was so powerful that it’s been kept for all these centuries? Ages 8-14. A limited number of autographed copies are available. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The much-anticipated conclusion to Veronica Roth’s wildly popular New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy, (the hottest series since The Hunger Games), where one choice can transform you or destroy you. Allegiant promises to be one of the biggest books of the year for dystopian fantasy lovers ages 14 and up. Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Michael Ritland Gary Brozek and Thea Feldman. Mike Ritland, a skinny, bullied child who always loved dogs, eventually became a Navy SEAL and then worked to train some of the most elite working animals on the planet. With never before revealed who, what, where, when and how of the Navy SEAL dog program, from breeding to training to handlers and finally combat, readers will share an inside look at these amazing animals and how they are developed. PS

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My life list

A long life is good. But a good life is better

By DaLe niXon

November 13th is my birthday, and it’s

a BIG ONE. It’s so big I have to finally admit to myself that I’m, well, old. I’m pretty sure I’ve used that phrase before, so for this birthday I will say, I’m, well, older.

Now, don’t worry. I’m not going to write a column on “You know you’re old when . . .” That’s just downright depressing. Instead, I’m going to take a positive approach and focus on what has made me happy as I have traveled the path known as life. There is no particular order to my list because my thoughts and memories do come and go . . . Now, what was I going to write about? Oh, yeah: A Happy List of My Long Life. My first pair of eyeglasses. They were white “cat eyes” embellished with rhinestones. When the optometrist slipped them on me, my fuzzy world came into focus. I could read the blackboard from the back row at school, and I realized for the first time how beautiful my mother really was. The day Daddy surprised me with a pair of Bass Weejuns. They were over the top. He selected red. They were way over the top for the household budget. I wore them until the shoe repair man said they couldn’t be resoled anymore. Watching my grandfather as he rocked in a rocker on his front porch and whittled on a gum tree bough. Later, the whittled “brush” would be used by him to dip his snuff. Watching my grandmother knead dough for biscuits and shaping them into a perfect shape with her hands. The first time I held my baby brother and baby sister in my arms. The first time I held my two daughters in my arms. Going deep-sea fishing and catching a 135-pound tarpon and reeling

it in all by myself. The year it snowed five Wednesdays in a row (1960) and we missed so much school we had to make up our time on Saturdays. It was a little bit of school and a whole lot of fun. Knowing and singing all of the words to old gospel hymns at our little Baptist church. The times I heard my mother sing. And heard my daddy play violin. Each time I watched my daughters perform in a play, a recital or in the band. Dancing with my husband; dancing by myself. The year I found 100 sand dollars in the surf at Sunset Beach. Falls spent in the mountains. Summers spent at the beach. Growing up in and loving my hometown of Concord, N.C., and cherishing Pinehurst, N.C., as my retreat. My first airplane flight, dressed in my Sunday best. Picnics. Fireflies. Kites. Swings. Finding a perfect pen. The first cup of coffee in the morning. The first glass of wine at night. Being with someone who makes me laugh until I cry. Falling in love. Having my house all to myself. Filling my house with family and friends. I can reach out and touch the good memories of days gone by. The bad years have blurred in my mind and although I am older, this list of memories will always keep me young. Now, what was I going to say? Oh yeah, Happy Birthday to me. PS Columnist Dale Nixon may be contacted at

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Indian Pudding An old standby that never fails

By Jan Leitschuh

I’ve never grown corn for cornmeal in

the kitchen garden, although I suppose one could. Our ancestors did. They raised rough patches of Zea maize for a high-energy animal feed and — in areas where wheat did not grow well — for high-octane human fuel. Southern grits and corn likker are proof enough of that.

In some areas, the starchy grain was even known as “Indian corn,” after the first peoples who taught the earliest white settlers how to grow it. Plant a couple of seeds and a small fish in a tiny hillock, and wait for the golden grains to grow. Since this is a November column, when naught but collards, kales and mustard greens thrive in the drizzly, outside garden chill, and since the word “kitchen” is in the name at the top of this page, perhaps a retreat to the kitchen portion of “kitchen garden” will suffice this month, especially since it’s so cozy in that oven-warmed space and the spice-laden cooking smells of the cornmeal-based “Indian Pudding” emanating forthwith easily tempt us away from our leaf-raking chores. You don’t see much Indian pudding around these days, and I’m not sure why. In the 1950s and ’60s, Indian pudding was my mother’s go-to favorite Thanksgiving dish and, as such, holds a high and tender position in my and my brother’s hierarchy of holiday memories. A kind of brownish pudding made of cornmeal, molasses, fall spices, milk, sugar and eggs, Indian pudding was, in truth, a pretty homely holiday offering. My mother liked to serve it up in a brown crock, furthering the notion of “brown.” Furthermore, brown molasses was the dominant taste of this traditional concoction. But one taste of this divine “Indian mush” — topped with vanilla ice cream, if at all possible — and visual aesthetics flew out the window. The stuff was plain GOOD, and reeked of all sort of fall-ish impressions: the harvest, crisp holidays, fires in the hearth beating back wet grey days, fellowship and family gatherings, Thanksgiving. Once the dessert bowls had been filled, dinner table conversation died down to the sound of spoons scraping china which was, in its own way, an eloquent sort of tribute to the cook, our mother. I never met a single person who did not fall under the cinnamon-scented spell of my mother’s Indian pudding. Research tells me it was a New England dish, which fits in well with the Thanksgiving theme. Indian pudding is also known as hasty pudding. And yes, the Hasty Pudding Harvard theater club indulged in, even celebrated, this fall-spiced concoction as an alternative to bland college gruel. Gruels, potages and puddings are very old forms of cooking, and Indian pudding, though highly spiced, is somewhat similar. When I was a kid, one could order the stuff at a Howard Johnson’s, a formerly nationwide, Massachusetts-based restaurant/motor lodge chain. I’m told Indian pudding is still served at the centuries-old Durgin Park restaurant in downtown Boston, though that doesn’t explain how it came to our Wisconsin childhood table. I suppose some mysteries must be forever left unexplained. My mother left me her recipe on a molasses-stained card, written meticulously in her neatly illegible handwriting. I could sob. It’s very hard to make out the words she wrote over 50 years ago. But in comparing the words and numbers I can make out against recipes online, I believe I have found a close relative in the

recipe from Concord Museum. The recipe does involve a bit of stirring, but can’t we spare a few minutes in pursuit of childhood perfections? There are also slow-cooker recipe versions available online, if one cares to search. There are also recipes for smaller amounts, as this one is designed to feed a crowd. A few specialty stores even sell Indian pudding online in a can, which my mother would have considered a travesty. Choose a good local cornmeal, if you can, and whatever you do, don’t stint on the butter. Make certain to top with your favorite vanilla ice cream. It’s a holiday celebration, for Pete’s sake! This recipe can feed a Thanksgiving crowd, and allow a little left over for breakfast.

Indian Pudding

6 cups milk 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup molasses 3 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup granulated sugar (some folks substitute strong Grade B maple syrup) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg (some recipes also include ginger; my mother's did not) 1 cup golden raisins (optional) Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream Scald the milk and butter in a large double boiler. (Or heat the milk and butter for 5 or 6 minutes on high heat in the microwave, until it is boiling, then transfer it to a pot on the stove.) Keep hot on medium heat. Preheat oven to 250°F. In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, flour and salt; stir in molasses. Thin the mixture with about 1/2 cup of scalded milk, a few tablespoons at a time, then gradually add the mixture back to the large pot of scalded milk. Cook, stirring until thickened. Temper the eggs by slowly adding a half cup of the hot milk-cornmeal mixture to the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back in with the hot milk cornmeal mixture, stir to combine. Stir in the sugar and spices, until smooth. At this point, if the mixture is clumpy, you can run it through a blender to smooth it out. Stir in the raisins (optional). Pour into a 2 1/2 quart shallow casserole dish. Bake for 2 hours at 250°F. Allow the pudding to cool about an hour to be at its best. It should be reheated to warm temperature if it has been chilled. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and cofounder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

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industry has absolutely covered the gamut of flavors for beer. We have beer tinted with everything from coffee to elderberry to agave. Yet, each fall I am astounded by the overwhelming popularity of pumpkin-flavored beer. It seems to be fall’s rite of passage, the release of the pumpkin beers and the lively discussions of which ones are the best. Pumpkinflavored beers probably outsell every other flavor 50-1!

Some breweries flirt with just the slightest hint of pumpkin to simply add a small nuance to the ale, while others brew what tastes like a complete pumpkin pie in a bottle. Shipyard Brewery out of Portland, Maine, has been offering Pumpkinhead since 2002, a wheat beer with just hints of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Crisp and refreshing, with a lighter style, it has an incredibly aromatic nose to it, coming in at just under 5 percent alcohol. New Holland’s Brewing Company in New Holland, Michigan, features its Ichabod Amber Brew, complete with a label featuring the famous Headless Horseman. Ichabod has a little more alcohol than Pumpkinhead at 5.7 percent. Ichabod also has real pumpkin flavor, plus cinnamon and nutmeg, but throws in the additional flavors of ginger, clove and table salt. The color is dark orange like dark honey, and it’s a full-bodied brew, a favorite with the bloggers at Beer Advocate.

Balance is New Holland’s mantra, and this beer illustrates that beautifully. More mainstream, Blue Moon entered the pumpkin arena with Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale in 1995, making it the first nationally distributed pumpkin-flavored ale. The same pumpkin pie flavors and spices are present here as well as the addition of allspice. The color is a hint of deep amber and there is an addition of bitterness to the finish that keeps the sweetness from being overwhelming. Notes of sweet potatoes and vanilla set this brew apart. It too carries an alcohol level of 5.7 percent. No discussion of Pumpkin beer is complete without highlighting Dogfish Head Punkin Ale from Milton, Delaware. This tasty ale is named after the sport of “punkin’ chunkin,” a pumpkin launching contest designed to raise money for scholarships. Punkin weighs in at a hefty 7 percent alcohol and is brewed with brown sugar and the meat of the pumpkin. It’s creamy, luscious and incredibly smooth in the mouth. The initial debut in 1994 won first place for its recipe in the “punkin’ chunkin” contest, six months before the brewery even opened for business. PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at winecellar@



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Still the Coldest Beer in Town

Bruce’s Tavern and the legendary Tater Barn are landmarks of the Sandhills drinking scene By Kevin Drum

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving,

I want to give thanks to an ancient beverage that has stood the test of time, the third most popular beverage after water and tea: beer. I know of no better way to honor the goodness of beer than to slip onto a well-worn stool, one that is maybe a little sticky, and breathe in the patina of smoky air at two of the oldest public beer houses in the Sandhills: Bruce’s Tavern and the Tater Barn.

Both have great histories and both have tough exteriors that immediately give way to soft gooey centers. They might look like a biker bar in a Quentin Tarantino movie, but the reality is everyone in the place would give you the shirt off his or her back. Both are filled with working people that have varied wisdom and expertise. All who love beer (not those fancy beers with funny names, the cold ones with familiar names like PBR and Bud Light) know these two spots are the place to have the first beer of the day. They are more than a familiar place to grab a cold one — they are unpretentious social clubs that don’t care who your daddy is. There’s no initiation fee to join, no dues or newsletters — but they would like to know your thoughts on the Tarheels, Wolfpack or NASCAR. If you don’t have the buck-twenty-five for a beer, someone will probably buy it for you — that’s just how it is at these community pubs. They have both been serving the coldest beer in town as far back as the ’50s and ’60s and they both have a drive-through window — a New Orleansstyle convenience we won’t see again in any other establishment. Bruce’s Tavern, the younger of the two if you include previous locations and oldest if you don’t, began as Johnny’s Bar and Grill in the late ’50s on May Street past the feed store. I used to see the cars lined up in the drive-through as I rode my bike to the Chicken Hut next door, now Ashten’s takeout. Bruce Medlin worked there and eventually bought Johnny’s in 1966. Business

was measured, in those days, by shift workers at the many mills and plants dotting the Sandhills back roads. Bruce moved to Pennsylvania Avenue in 1982 when he bought the old burger joint once called “The Little Mint” and changed the name to Bruce’s Tavern. He retained that signature drivethrough window, not only for cold beer, but also for cigarettes and Elwood’s famous barbecue sauce at $5.50 a quart. The phone number was not in the book under Bruce’s so wives couldn’t find their husbands (it was listed under the name “Resort Associates”). Regulars referred to Bruce’s fondly as “the office” (as in “Honey, I’m going to the office on the way home.”) Bruce’s letterhead announced it as an “Attitude Adjustment Center” and who am I to argue? Bruce Medlin was more than the owner; he was the godfather to those in need in the community. “They used to call Daddy BB&T (Bruce’s Banking &Trust), because he loaned so much money to anyone who needed it,” says Terry Medlin, Bruce’s son. He has been working for his dad since he was 18 and is now 55 and continuing his dad’s legacy. Despite the impression from the road as a tough spot, Bruce's could be a place that cares more for the community and its customers than anyone, and they have the unpaid loans to prove it. Bruce helped many a carpenter, shift worker or anyone who needed money for a mortgage payment, car payment or gave too many points on the Tarheels. For a funeral, a wedding or a mandatory New Year’s Day visit to have some good luck collards — Bruce’s is a classic stop on my daytime beer itinerary. Tater Barn also began its history in another location: the “Pinehurst Underpass,” part filling station and part local watering hole, across from the present day Pinehurst Resort offices on N.C. 5 next to the underpass — hence its name. It seems, in the ’70s, as much as the new owners of Pinehurst liked LD Jones’ ability to fix a car and deliver cold beer from this antique gas station, they needed to move it in the name of progress and promised him the next station built in Pinehurst. They gave him a temporary location in the root vegetables and potato barn which, back then, was on dirt roads and hidden in tall wild bamboo plants. He never got that new gas station, but he did get a job for Pinehurst in the maintenance department down the street from the Tater Barn and never moved from this temporary location. The old walk-in cooler lives on from the “underpass” bar, continuing the legacy of delivering the coldest beer in town.

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LD Jones gave the keys to the Tater Barn to James Howell, who worked for Bruce at Johnny’s, and told the new owner he would never raise the rent and would keep beer prices low to not hurt his regular customers. One of my favorite 25-year old T-shirts from the “Tater” looks like it was made in someone’s bathroom and simply says, “Where the Hell Is the Tater Barn? Pinehurst, NC.” As a regular said, “In the ’80s you couldn’t wiggle in this place it was so crowded.” Once it caught fire and as Pinehurst’s finest were putting the fire out, the bar patrons just moved down to the other end of the bar and complained how hot it was getting, not leaving until forced to by authorities — that’s dedication. Charlie Brewer, the present proprietor, was one of those regulars and honors the original owner’s wishes. “I don’t need a watch, I can tell time by the regulars who come in every day,” says Brewer. “I also have seen every kind of vehicle at the drive-through including a wedding on a carriage and horseback.” The beer is so cold I once asked the barkeep how they get ice on their beer. She thought I was complaining and said, “Sorry, the thermostat is broke.” Thanksgiving is a great

time to stop in when it’s filled with trotter pony horsemen down for the winter, far away from home, and Charlie gives them the trappings of a holiday meal with the locals. If you’re looking for authenticity and a cold beer, go by Bruce’s, say hello to Terry, or go by the Tater Barn and say hello to Charlie and enjoy the local color. You might get some advice on that plumbing issue you have, find a good painter or run into a writer, a golf pro or local celebrity, like Bruce Willis at the Tater Barn during the 1999 Open or Darrel Waltrip one time at Bruce’s Tavern. Better yet, buy a round. All you need is a twenty, and you’ll feel like a big shot and amazingly, you’ll probably get change. PS Kevin Drum, our man on the town, grew up in the Sandhills, though it's not true he had his first beer before he could walk. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2013 35

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Out of the Blue

Confessions of a Thigh Girl

By Deborah Salomon

In 1890, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen conceived the nastiest of heroines, whom he named Hedda Gabler. The play is still being enjoyed, and the name — among theater buffs, at least — will always denote unpleasantness.

Therefore, I cannot resist calling my Thanksgiving turkey misadventures Hedda Gobbler. Giggle now, weep later. My mother lived to 98 without ever roasting a turkey, or so she bragged. Family lived afar, so we went out. I am an only child with no recollection of homemade Thanksgiving dinner until my teens, when, under pressure, she might stuff and roast a capon. Mother reasoned even a small turkey was too big for three people. Some might go to waste. And I believed it. But I didn’t experience deprivation until freshman year at college, when friends moaned in delight over the gobbler prospect. After that, I went to my boyfriend’s house for Thanksgiving. His mother bowed down to Saint Butterball — oh, so good, but not without problems. The crowd around her table all wanted white meat — no, demanded white meat. My boyfriend proposed when he learned I’m a thigh gal. The first 20 years we lived in Canada. At last, my own kitchen, my own speckled enamel roaster, my own cornbread stuffing, my own turkey — with a new glitch: Canadian Thanksgiving falls in early October, an orphan holiday, accorded less hoopla than we lavish on Stepmother’s Day. I played along, although the turkeys seemed scrawny. To compensate, I dragged out the roaster again in November for hungry American ex-pats. Two turkeys in six weeks. I caught up fast, making my own memories. Like the time I hoisted the platter and marched the burnished bird toward the dining room. Two steps into the procession a toe caught the hem of my long hostess skirt. Hedda fairly flew off the platter and onto the kitchen floor, which (since nobody saw) didn’t affect her flavor one bit. Or the time I left frozen Hedda to thaw in the trunk of my car parked in the driveway — ideal in a cold climate. The raccoon who caught a whiff did his

best to claw open that trunk. All the poor fella got was a mouthful of paint. Try explaining that to an insurance adjuster. For the next 21 years I lived in Vermont, the humanely raised, free-range turkey capital of the world, where birds are allowed a month’s grace to lay on subcutaneous fat necessary for juiciness. Farm-raised Vermont turkeys cost an arm and a drumstick but no matter. These gobblers have appeared on the White House table. My editor sent me to write a story about a turkey farm, where I learned (ouch) that turkeys have rather nasty dispositions, no comfort for my tender heart, knowing their impending fate. Remember how Sarah Palin lost the entire vegetarian vote by giving an interview at a turkey “processing” facility? Roasting hasn’t always gone smoothly, either. The white-meat-eating family I married into thought mine dry, although I picked the Dolly Parton of Butterballs, roasted an extra breast alongside and made pan gravy extraordinaire. I guess nobody’s turkey tastes like Mama’s even if, as in my case, Mama’s turkey tasted like neutered chicken. I have roasted covered, uncovered, foil-tented, in a cellophane bag, upside down. I own an electric knife, poultry shears (fabulous), oblong and oval pans, trussing pins, a syringe for injecting broth, a nonstick roasting cradle, a baster with glass shaft, a fat separator for the juices. Finally, I developed Turkey-in-a-Blanket, the foolproof miracle that guarantees a moist, juicy bird. My mother, visiting for Thanksgiving, was incredulous, especially when she discovered that I roast a turkey even when we’ve been invited elsewhere. What’s Thanksgiving without turkey sandwiches? I explained. That all happened long ago and far away. I’ve been a vegetarian for a decade with one allowance: On the fourth Thursday of November I eat a turkey thigh smothered in homemade cranberry-ginger applesauce, beside a pile of celery-and-sage cornbread stuffing. Sometimes this means roasting a whole bird. No problem. White-meat sandwiches aren’t hard to give away. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at

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The Pleasures of Late Autumn Food, family and fox squirrels — not to mention sporting events that cleverly keep bad cooks out of the kitchen

By Serena Brown

Autumn has always been my favor-

ite time of year: golden light and lengthening shadows, cold dewy mornings glistening with spiders’ webs, the calls and soft wingbeats of migrating birds, muddy ponies beginning to grow their thick winter coats.

As I write this it is two years almost to the day since Paul and I came here to live — a return home for him, a whole new continent for me, and an adventure for us both. So now the fall, which suggests the close of the year to many people, seems like a beginning to us. When we arrived there were so many things for Paul to remember and me to learn about: the glorious abundance of produce, fall decorations at every turn, those warm waves of sweet pine-scented air wafting out of the woods, overlapping with the rich aroma of drying tobacco and the sound of coonhounds baying into the night. Third time round, it’s all becoming more familiar. I’m looking forward to the sound of the leaves pattering out of the trees. I love the way they fall audibly here, and how the scrub oaks carpet the woods so thickly that you have to shout to converse with your companions as you scrunch along the paths. Those fallen leaves allow for farther-reaching views through the trees, and so hopefully more opportunities to glimpse that charming longleaf pine forest dweller: the fox squirrel. The first sight of one of these creatures undulating across a trail had me dashing for the field guide. I was concerned that I had spotted an elegant variety of skunk. (A moonlit tent invasion many years ago at a campsite in a remote part of Texas has left me with a horror of skunks.) To my great relief I discovered that the animal was a fox squirrel,

the largest of the squirrel family in North Carolina, and in my opinion one of its most appealing members. I believe ours are southeastern fox squirrels. They wear a variety of colors, ranging from black through gray to rust-colored, and sometimes they are masked in the fashion of Zorro. They behave as though they have a clownish sense of humour. Do look out for them lolloping and foraging among the longleaf pines; they’re very enjoyable company. There’s conviviality indoors as well, with Thanksgiving to look forward to. I love the idea of a day set aside to feast in the company of family and friends, and a reminder to be grateful and offer thanks for all that we have. I still approach the day with a degree of bemusement; partly because I’m foreign and not yet au fait with the customary order of things, but mostly because of the interminable and deeply complicated sporting events that run simultaneously with the day’s proceedings. Though now I come to reflect on the matter, I wonder if these fixtures are a way of keeping too many cooks out of the kitchen. We used to celebrate Thanksgiving in England with our American friends over there, taking turns to host from year to year. Those were splendid, merry evenings; the diversity of backgrounds and regional origins making for a comprehensive introduction to the delights of the occasion, especially the apparently infinite varieties of side dish, dressing and dessert. It was at one of these gatherings that a friend from New York taught me the valuable lesson that a generous Old Fashioned is the key to the holiday’s festive glow. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. PS Serena Brown once worked for the BBC’s prestigious art program Arena. Originally from Cheshire, she now lives in Southern Pines with her husband, Paul Brown, and is PineStraw's associate editor.

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How Firm a Foundation

A thriving Community Presbyterian in Pinehurst approaches its 95th anniversary

By Mary L ou Norberg

In 1895, James Walker

Photograph Courtesy of the Tufts Archives

Tufts came from Boston and purchased nearly six thousand acres of sandy, clear-cut land in Moore County, North Carolina. Upon these acres, the village of Pinehurst was born — a village that was created to replicate the healing conviviality of a small New England town. Mr. Tufts brought people from the North to be employees of Pinehurst, Incorporated. In addition, many of the people of this area moved within the boundaries of the village and built modest homes for their families.

In 1908, a woman named Fannie Bayley Gray arrived in the village from Massachusetts to become a cashier at Pinehurst, Incorporated. Fannie soon recognized the need for a Sunday School for the children. In the small public school the first Sunday School was held. Occasionally a visiting minister held a church service. As attendance increased and the little schoolhouse became very crowded, it was evident that a larger place was necessary. With Fannie’s vision, the monetary help of Leonard Tufts, son of James Walker Tufts, and the donation of the land by Pinehurst, Incorporated, a new building was completed in 1917 and appropriately called the Community House. (This later became the Fire House.) It was used for all activities, including occasional church services conducted by the Reverend Walter L. Wilson, pastor of Bensalem, Elise and Culdee Presbyterian churches. In 1920, under the Fayetteville Presbytery, Pinehurst Community Church was organized and incorporated. There were nine denominations represented among the twenty-eight charter members. Fannie Bayley Gray was one of the members, as were many recognizable names in the area today: McKenzie, Currie, McDonald, Wicker, Sledge and Shaw. The first year-round church, it drew worshippers from all denominations and was simply known as Community Church.

The Reverend George W. Hanna and his family arrived from Iowa in 1923 to assume the pastorate. There was a membership of 307. He was succeeded in 1925 by the Reverend William Murdoch MacLeod. Under his leadership the church grew and a larger building became imperative. In 1930 with the donation of the building lot by Leonard Tufts, as well as many fundraising endeavors, a new church was begun. The contract was awarded to Byrd Brothers and Shaw, of Dunn, N.C., for $80,000. A Colonial style building, nestling among the pine trees, and ideally located to serve the community, was planned. Brick walkways, a pulpit, communion furniture and the Aeolian pipe organ were donated for the new church. The cornerstone of Pinehurst Community Church was laid on Sunday, March 2, 1929, with the congregation giving thanks that the dream of a permanent church was about to be realized. The first service was held in the new building on September 7, 1930. The Sandhills Choir sang “How Firm a Foundation,” the congregation sang “Come Thou Almighty King” and the sermon, “The Challenge of the Day,” was delivered by The Reverend MacLeod. In his speech, Tufts said, “We can face the future with keen anticipation for we shall have with us, as we progress, this church to remind us that we are a community with common interest, common ownership and common participation.” Tufts and his wife remained faithful members of the Presbyterian Church throughout their lives. The Pinehurst Outlook reported, “It is the most modern and completely equipped church building in Moore County. The Community Church has developed with a handful of faithful worshippers into a substantial organization. The Community Church has become a community center, as well as a house of worship. With a large and intensely interested membership, it is performing a splendid service in the Pinehurst community.” Soon Pinehurst Community Church became a center for social activities and a meeting place for many organizations and civic groups: the Girl Scouts, the Red Cross, the Hospital Auxiliary and the Boy Scouts. Boy Scout Troop No. 1, (which later became Troop No. 7) has been continuously chartered since 1929 and is still sponsored by the church. When Pinehurst Elementary School burned in 1950, the church was used for classes while the school was being rebuilt. During World War II, the homes of many members of the Church were always open for the servicemen and

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Community Hall 1914-1915 as a Sunday School in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Archie McDonald. A church building was erected in 1940, adjacent to the McDonald family cemetery on the outskirts of Pinehurst. In 2002, the Chapel was fully constituted as McDonald Chapel Presbyterian Church by Coastal Carolina Presbytery. In 1976, the name of the church was changed to Community Presbyterian Church. The name is still appropriate as the church remains today a welcoming place for community meetings and activities As Community Presbyterian Church celebrated its 75th anniversary, the Fellowship Hall and administrative wing additions were dedicated on October 8, 1995. Community Presbyterian Church is located in the village at the corner of Everette and Kelly roads. There are two worship services each Sunday: a traditional worship service at 9 a.m. in the Sanctuary and a contemporary service at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Reverend Rod Stone serves as pastor and the Reverend Jim Ewing as the associate pastor. Together, they lead the congregation in serving the local community, as well as the church’s global missions. As we proclaim “It’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst,” we know that it was with God’s omnipotent hand that Community Presbyterian Church was founded and remains part of the unique and distinctive history of Pinehurst. It is a church “performing a splendid service to the community” — a beautiful place to work, to play and to worship. PS Mary Lou Norberg is an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church.

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Wild Turkey

A far cry from that bird on your Thanksgiving table, and the only species native to the United States

By Susan Campbell

Shorter days and cooler nights now have

many of us thinking about Thanksgiving — and that means turkey. Most of us look forward to feasting on the tender meat of this domesticated, large member of the fowl family. But its wild ancestors are a far cry from the bird we prepare on the fourth Thursday of November each year.

Anyone who has had the opportunity to taste a “real” turkey will tell you that there is no comparison. But hunters who pursue wild birds are far more often skunked than successful. Turkeys seem to have a sixth sense when being called or decoyed in. Fooling one of these birds so that they come within range is one of the biggest challenges turkey hunters (or photographers, for that matter) face. Not many people know that the wild turkey was very nearly our national bird. It is, in fact, the only bird species native to the United States. Benjamin Franklin nominated the turkey for this honor, but it lost in Congress, by only one vote, to the bald eagle back in the late 18th century. Although the cultivated variety is completely white, skittish and not very bright, forest-dwelling turkeys are glossy black, wary and rather agile for a bird with a wingspan of over five feet. They are typically found in mature forests with clearings, although they take advantage of open fields as well. Turkeys forage on a variety of food including insects, small berries, seeds

and buds. Interestingly, one of their favorite fall foods, acorns, are often abundant in our part of the state. Individuals are known to associate in large flocks of fifty or more birds. In the early spring, older males will attract and attend to and defend a flock of several females. At this time, they can be heard gobbling and strutting in their characteristic puffed-up posture. Only during the early part of the breeding season, in April and May, are the birds solitary. Once the chicks hatch and reach about four weeks of age, hens will gather together with their young and form new aggregations. In the early 1970s there were only about a million turkeys on the landscape. Persecution and habitat alteration had resulted in dramatic reduction in the population. Now there are easily seven times that many — throughout not only the United States but in parts of southern Canada and northern Mexico. Here in North Carolina, turkeys can be found in almost every county. It is not surprising that these big birds now show up to take advantage of seed around bird feeders and forage in grassy vegetation along our roadways as well as foraging for seeds and insects in agricultural fields across the area. So keep your eyes peeled! You too may spot one — or more — of these majestic birds here in the Sandhills area. PS For more information about wild turkey re-introduction efforts, go to Susan would love to hear from you. Send wildlife sightings and photos to or call (910)949-3207.

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Ferry to Paradise Lost

Unless something changes soon, the charm of Ocracoke Island may be a sportsman’s memory

By Tom Bryant

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pickup in lane one. The ferry is on time. You’ll find drinks and snacks and restrooms in the building. Remember to be in your car ten minutes before 4 o’clock. We’ll begin loading then. It’s a great day for a boat ride. Y’all have fun.” The lady with the ferry service was all smiles and looked happy to see us.

My bride, Linda, and I were at Cedar Island, looking forward to the ferry trip over to Ocracoke. It had been over a year since our last visit, and I was interested to see if there had been any changes since our last adventure around what I like to call “the loop,” which is one of my favorite road trips ever. The loop, because it’s a loop, can be driven two ways. One route goes to Raleigh, over to Manteo, then from Nags Head down to Buxton, Frisco, and pauses at Cape Hatteras. Then you take the short ferry over to Ocracoke and the long ferry to Cedar Island and then Beaufort. That’s the northern route. The southern route can be done by reversing the course. Either way will take you to some of the most striking, wild coastal scenery in North Carolina, if not the country. My first trip to the Outer Banks was in 1967. I was done with college,

freshly out of the Marine Corps and had just married one of the sweetest girls in the world. Things were good. On our first trip, we lodged at the Bluff Shoal Motel, a small seven-room unit that was almost brand new, having been built the year before. On this latest adventure, we reserved a room at the same motel and were excited about our visit. In past years, we had passed by the little motel several times but hadn’t stayed there since our first journey in the 60s. This ferry trip was everything I remembered: seagulls hovering over the stern, backlit by a beautiful blue fall sky and puffy cumulus clouds. Every now and then, a gull would dive into the wake of the boat and pick up an errant baitfish that the ferry stirred up from the bottom. After a two-and-a-half-hour ride, we arrived at Ocracoke and the Bluff Shoal Motel in plenty of time for supper. Ocracoke is a small island, maybe fourteen miles long, and the only one on the Outer Banks accessible by ferry from the south and the north. It’s famous not only as an oceanside resort for people from all over the country, but for its pirate, Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. Teach hung his pirate hat at Ocracoke using Silver Lake, the small harbor that anchors the little village, as his haven. Later, unfortunately for him, he not only hung his hat but had his head, supposedly, staked to the bow of the British cutter Ranger. Blackbeard was caught and beheaded by the English Captain Robert Maynard, ending his infamous stay on Ocracoke Island the hard way. Silver Lake Harbor is still the center of all the happenings in the village with roads leading from the ferry dock across the small town to hotels, gift shops and restaurants. The day after we arrived, we wandered the village, becoming reacquainted with shops and restaurants. One thing was very evident, and that was the

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influx of new owners of many eateries and retail stores that we visited. Right across the street from the motel is a little seafood place that advertises its happy hour with baskets of boiled shrimp for $6. It was as good as I thought it would be, and while we ate, we put together an itinerary for our visit the next day to Cape Hatteras. Unfortunately our last trip to the Banks and the little towns from Hatteras north warned that there was trouble in paradise, especially if you were a surf fisherman or enjoyed driving on the beach. We hoped to find out if the situation had changed in the year-and-a-half since our last visit to the area. The free ferry ride from Ocracoke to Hatteras takes about forty minutes and winds through the Pamlico on a circuitous route dodging the shoaling bottom of moving sand. There is always an ongoing battle with nature to keep the ferry cuts from closing, with the surf playing havoc with sand bars, requiring almost a constant need for dredging. Our ride was uneventful and on time, a big difference from our last visit when our ferry almost got stuck on a shallow bottom. We drove up Highway 12 to Buxton and stopped at one of my favorite fishing tackle shops. I went in to browse around while Linda picked up a few items from the grocery store next door. A young lady was behind the counter waiting on a fisherman buying lures. I couldn’t help overhearing their conversation. “How did it go yesterday?” she asked. “We had a great time. Caught some blues and a couple of drum. We’re going back out today to try ’em again,” he replied. “Surf fishing?” “Naw. We’re going in the boat again. The point is closed. Turtle nest, I understand.” “Yes, but it was supposed to open today. Do you want me to call and check?” “No, that’s OK. We’re leaving in a couple of days and I’m not gonna buy a permit for just one day” The permit, I found out later, was for driving on the beach and was quite expensive — $50 for one week and $120 for the remainder of the year. The young lady looked over at me and noticed that I was listening. “Can I help you?” “Well, you can. I’m an outdoor writer and am doing a follow-up story on one that I did a little over a year ago about surf fishing on the Outer Banks.” Her expression darkened. “I remember the story and I thank you for doing it. Things haven’t got any better. If anything, it’s worse. The Feds will hardly talk to us. They close the beaches at the drop of a hat. Stretches of Buxton were closed about all summer.” “How is that affecting your business?” I asked. “Exponentially,” she replied. “It’s terrible.” The fisherman paid for his purchase. “Yep, so you’re a writer? Who do you write for?”

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“Mostly magazines and newspapers,” I replied. “Well, let me throw in my two cents' worth about fishing around here,” he said. “I’m from Williamsburg up in Virginia, and I’ve been coming down to the Banks to fish for years and it’s not the same. I’ve got friends over in Richmond who are primarily surf fishermen who have stopped coming at all. Too much of a hassle, they say. If you don’t have a boat and depend on surf fishing, you’re out of luck.” The lady behind the counter nodded her head in agreement. Linda and I left Buxton not feeling too encouraged about our morning information jaunt and decided to stop for lunch at a small deli, the same one from a year ago. I didn’t recognize the lady who helped us but I said, “We love your deli. We were here a while back and your sandwiches were great. The gentleman who owns the place was also a charter boat fisherman. Is he around?” “No, as a matter of fact we just bought it in July. The previous owners moved to Asheville.” “How about the gift shop next door?” Linda asked. “They went out of business last fall. There’s a beauty shop there now.” The more we talked to people, the more we realized how hard it is to run a small retail business, especially on the Outer Banks. Ferries are supposed to leave Hatteras for Ocracoke every thirty minutes. On this day, we had to wait for almost an hour-and-a-half for our turn. I counted about one hundred cars waiting in seven lanes for the trip. One of the security guys told me that most of them are day-trippers, staying somewhere on the Banks and riding the free ferry over to the island to check out the scenery. They were tourists from all over the country, looking to have a good time. That afternoon as I sat on the little front porch facing Ocracoke’s small Main Street, I watched as the tourist traffic paraded along. Rental golf carts were in the mix, along with bikes and hikers. The atmosphere was almost circus-like. I watched for a while until five loud motorcycles rattled the windows as they rumbled by. Fortunately, the motel has a private dock area behind it, facing Silver Lake Harbor, and I headed back there for some peace and quiet. I was the only one on the patio and kicked back in a weathered Adirondack chair. It was almost peaceful but I could still hear the hubbub from the street. I remembered the early days on the Outer Banks and reflected on how it used to be a fisherman’s haven and restful retreat. Now I’m afraid, if things don’t change, this place is well on the way to becoming just another beach town. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2013 49


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The Grass Is Always Greener A short history of Pinehurst’s lush fairways and greens

By Lee Pace

Growing grass in the Sandhills was a

Photograph from the Tufts Archives

challenge from the very beginning, as Walter Hines Page wrote in a letter explaining the 1895 sale of some 5,000 acres from his family to James W. Tufts, the founder of Pinehurst:

“There is an old chap up in Boston who I fear has more money than good common sense, and has a wild scheme in the back of his head that he can make a resort up here in these barren sand wastes,” Page said. The sandy soil covering the area of south-central North Carolina that millions of years ago, had been under the ocean, made it challenging, indeed to cultivate a good stand of grass — whether for lawns, parks or golf courses. Leonard Tufts, James’ son, once termed the Sandhills soil “wretchedly poor land” looking back on the early challenge of growing grass, he said the old story was that crows flying over Moore County “had to carry their own rations.” Richard Tufts, Leonard’s son, remembered golf course maintenance workers digging up fields of Bermuda grass in the early 1900s from area farms and transplanting it to the golf courses. At the time they didn’t know how to fertilize the grass or that it needed periodic spiking and aeration. “Fairway shots had to be played from a very thin turf or from nothing but sand,” Richard recalled years later. Some of Pinehurst’s early guests asked management not to try to grow grass in the fairways because “the few clumps we did have interfered with the lie,” Tufts said. Golf architect Donald Ross and greens superintendent Frank Maples experimented with applications of nitrate of soda, barnyard manure, cotton-seed meal and fish scrap among other fertilizers in trying to get grass to grow and survive.

Eventually, Pinehurst’s keepers learned to grow a healthy base of Bermuda on the four courses at Pinehurst that had been built by 1919 (with three others operating in Southern Pines by 1928). They experimented successfully with winter rye grass in the early 1930s and built an irrigation system to water it regularly. They grew grass on tees in 1928 and then on greens in 1935. And just as golf equipment technology has evolved from hickory shafts to steel to graphite, agronomists are forever creating better strains of grass for specific climates and developing new ways to maintain them. The Bermuda grass that dominated golf surfaces in the Carolinas in the mid1900s gave way to bent grass in the 1970s, and now Bermuda is coming back in favor. The issues that prompted everyone north of Florida to ditch its use four decades ago — grain, heavy texture and inconvenient, twice-a-year transitional periods — have been solved with new varieties of what are called “ultra-dwarf” Bermuda. And with several summers the last decade serving up record heat over extended periods, golf course owners and superintendents are migrating en masse from bent back to Bermuda. “Going back 30 years, I can remember bent greens being a ‘badge of honor’ for a golf course in this area,” says Jeff Dotson, director of golf at the Country Club of North Carolina. “Keith Hills in Buies Creek had a billboard on Highway 1 and in big letters it said, ‘Bent grass greens.’ Other courses mentioned bent greens in their magazine ads. By the mid-1980s, most every club or course that was any good had gone to bent. Now, the pendulum has swung back the other way.” In the Sandhills alone, Mid Pines has recently completed a restoration and gone with MiniVerde Bermuda. CCNC converted the Cardinal Course in 2012 to Champion Bermuda. Pinehurst Country Club has converted courses 1, 3 and 8 from Penn G-2 to Champion and will follow with the greens on No. 2 after the 2014 U.S. Open and Women’s Open. Hyland Golf Club and Legacy Golf Links have also gone to Bermuda. To the west in Charlotte, Quail Hollow closed down this summer to replace

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its greens with MiniVerde and will welcome the Wells Fargo Championship next May with a svelte set of heat-tolerant greens. To the northwest in Greensboro, Sedgefield Country Cub converted to Champion in the summer of 2012, just in time for the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour. And to the northeast in Durham, Duke University Golf Club completed its conversion to Champion this summer, a couple of years following other area courses at Hope Valley and Old Chatham. “One of the superintendents we spoke to said that he was now maintaining his greens in the summer for playability — not survivability,” Dotson says. “That got our attention. The summers had gotten so severe that courses were losing their greens in August. We had the U.S. Girls Junior in 2010 and that was the hottest summer on record — we had more than 60 days at 90 degrees or more. Bent can’t survive and remain healthy in that kind of heat.” The Carolinas have never been warm enough year-round to accomodate Bermuda, which thrives in the summer and dies at the first frost in the fall, as the perfect putting surface. And Carolina summers are not mild enough to make bent, which thrives in northern climes, the right choice. Courses here have always been betwixt and between. Golf courses here were planted in Bermuda in the old days and overseeded in the winter with rye, which provided a sparkling green color when it was 50 degrees and the Bermuda died out. But you couldn’t get Bermuda greens to putt as fast as bent greens and there were always several weeks in fall and spring during transitional periods between Bermuda and rye that made for bumpy, inconsistent putting. Getting rid of the original Bermuda greens on Pinehurst No. 2 was a key motivation to resort and club officials in the 1980s and 1990s when they began talking to the USGA about a potential U.S. Open. Mike Davis, the USGA’s executive director, remembers talking to thenexecutive director P.J. Boatwright around 1990 about what a good venue No. 2 would be for the Open. Boatwright, simply didn’t think that the USGA and Pinehurst’s maintenance staff could groom the greens as they stood to be as quick as mandated by the USGA for its Open championship. “Well, he was correct — at that time,” Davis says. “Fast forward a few years and now you have the hybrid bents that don’t use as much water. You can get them firmer and faster in hot weather. You know what? Now we can have a U.S. Open here.” The greens on No. 2 were resurfaced in 1996 in advance of the 1999 Open with Penn G-2, the most heat-resistant strain of bent developed at the time. Still, though, even G-2 and later strains A-1

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and A-4 can be fragile during extreme heat, and newer strains of Bermuda developed in recent years gave superintendents another option. The golf world took notice in August 2011 when the PGA Championship was played on new Bermuda greens at Atlanta Athletic Club; if a club in the Deep South in August could present firm, fast and smooth Bermuda greens, perhaps anyone could. Another premier club in Atlanta, East Lake Golf Club, had converted in 2008. Bob Farren, VP for course and grounds maintenance at Pinehurst, remembers the discussion about converting Pinehurst’s courses to Bermuda beginning in 2009 first intensified during the hot 2010 summer before coming to a head after he visited Atlanta for the 2011 PGA. “That week I played East Lake, it was 100 degrees and those greens were perfect,” Farren says. “What a breath of fresh air. Then, when Atlanta Athletic Club stood up so well in the PGA with Bermuda greens, people started paying attention.” Dotson took notice as well. “A lot of people said, ‘Wow, they’re playing a major championship in the South in August and those greens are really hard and lightning fast,” he says. Course owners and superintendents will make future decisions case by case, considering microclimates, amount of tree cover, green sizes and undulations, among other factors. Fortunately the summer of 2013 was much milder and cooler than recent years, giving some with itchy trigger fingers a chance to step back. “My sense is long-term most courses will be Bermuda as it’s simply a better surface for this climate,” says Killer Miller, president of the company that owns and operates Mid Pines and Pine Needles, both Ross-designed courses that opened in the 1920s. “The ability to get great speed, firmness, and very few ball marks, in my opinion, make it a superior surface to bent, especially in the trying conditions of summer in our area.” Miller now has a bent course and a Bermuda course in his domain. CCNC also has its Dogwood course with the A-1 bent greens installed in 1999 and the new Champion greens on the Cardinal. “We’re going to watch and see how the MiniVerde does at Mid Pines,” Miller says of potentially converting the greens at Pine Needles. “You can make a case for having both courses with the same grass and a case for having one of each,” Dotson says. A lot of folks in the golf business are in the same “watch mode” today as the world of grass comes full circle. PS Lee Pace’s book, The Golden Age of Pinehurst — The Story of the Rebirth of No. 2, is available onsite and online at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2013 53

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November 2013 Magnitude: Aunt Lydia Does Stretching Exercises A soft sweet cheese they make for daily bread, and in the vat of milk and rennet set an egg, to tell them when it’s done. While they’re feeding the chickens or sowing corn, the whey congeals in streaks and superstring curls. Rifts develop, curdy lumps, and gases congregate in spirals; the smell grows desirably rank as elements thicken into earths and metals, and when our unhatched robin-blue planet sinks, this batch will be ready. Or maybe enough dark matter exists for turning out firmer cheese, a dark dark marbled Swiss with black holes and delicious veins of stardust forming from windborne impurities, along one of which our Earth is a fleck of blue mold. Maybe they wrap it in burlap, so the rim of this universe bluntly prints a coarse fabric weave on the next one. Think of the milch cow they keep, its size, the heat of its flanks, the weight of its hooves, think of the one who comes to milk her, whistling square roots, perhaps, or wave functions, think of the breadth of space in the swinging pail. And think how you’ve nonetheless fit the whole barn, for a minute at least, in your head.

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n interesting question to ponder is why most all children draw and make pictures. Equally interesting, at least to an artist, is why do some stop while others keep going? It just never occurred to me to stop. Having grown up during the second half of the twentieth century, while modernism was still taking advantage of the cultural confusion that spread so rapidly after World War II, I consider it a blessing to have had no early art education. My direction was guided by the same compass I depend on still, intuition — but how that works is a mystery to me. Most all of my teachers have left this life long ago, and my training so far has been closely connected to that same sense of intuition that guided my early interests, directing me to whom and what I should study. Like many young people who imagine life as an artist, when the time came for me to leave Southern Pines, I assumed an art college would be my first serious step in that direction. In a sense, it was. My time at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts helped to shape my search for the classical training that I was seeking and convinced me that such a thing was no longer to be found in these settings. Instead, my training came through libraries and museums. Eventually this independent study led me to the great museums of Europe — especially London — where our artistic heritage has been so well preserved and made available to the public. Studying art in a museum, however, is very different from experiencing it in the environment for which it was created. It was my years spent in Italy, and especially Rome, that opened my eyes, like those of so many earlier artists, to the connections between art and architecture, between the decoration of public spaces and the endless possibilities of design. Ironically, on my return to the states, I did eventually meet a living classical artist, a North Carolinian named Ben Long. His work so captured my respect that I spent the next year studying with him, first by assisting on his fresco project in Glendale Springs, NC, a location as unlikely as it is beautiful, and then back to Florence, Italy where he in turn had apprenticed for years with the


celebrated maestro, Pietro Annigoni. Ultimately, however, it was the monuments of Rome that became my teachers with their examples of the allied arts (architecture, sculpture and painting) working in unison to create magical places that have inspired generations through the centuries. To be a part of creating such public places capable of bringing a sense of wonder into the lives of others seems to me a not unworthy role for an artist. To study these lessons directly from ancient sources and then adapt them to the development of the United States was the governing philosophy behind the look of Washington, DC as well as the establishment of an American Academy in Rome - and became eventually the influence that guided my own teaching. Though I lived in Europe for over a decade, urban life held no appeal for me. I never entirely left Southern Pines and often returned for part of the year. In those early days, for better or for worse, you usually knew the people you passed on the streets. Looking back now from the perspective of my travels, I realize that the rhythm of life I came to value in this small, cultivated town was due to the careful stewardship of people who understood the history and unique character of the area. I remember too that the community and cultural leaders of that time were great promoters of development — not so much of fast growth and profit, but of identity and quality of life. Sam Ragan, for instance, who lived a few houses up the hill from my family, was publisher and editor of the local newspaper, The Pilot, as well as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate. Such a combination assured a continuity of the artistic and literary influence that he inherited from James and Katharine Boyd who were so influential in establishing the cultural foundations of Southern Pines. In 1979 the Boyd estate was purchased by a group of citizens who along with Sam Ragan formed the nonprofit Friends of Weymouth in order to preserve the home and grounds as a cultural center. Public champion of the arts and always ready to encourage a young unknown such as myself, Sam arranged for me to live on the grounds and use the carriage house as a studio that first year, unofficially

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lives. That may sound a bit like a cliché in a quick read, but I am finding that it resonates with a great many people. The upcoming lecture series at the Weymouth Center is a result of an invitation from the Board of Directors to develop a series of lectures on the Fine Arts as part of encouraging a return to the spirit of its original Mission Statement in the planning of public programs. Katharine Boyd had wished that Weymouth might continue to be a place “where sparks of creativity could be struck as they had been when Weymouth was her home” and in developing the Mission Statement, Sam Ragan defined the need to conserve the buildings and landscape of the estate as a resource to honor her vision of providing a special place where the arts and humanities might flourish. As a result, the first of a three part series titled “Immortal Companions” will be presented on Friday evening, November 22nd. This event will double as a Weymouth fundraiser and be preceded by a reception and harvest supper. With such an emphasis on the landscape, in a town named for its trees, it seemed appropriate to open with the theme of Nature and Art, hence Part 1 — “Revealing Nature”. Accountable for the many wonderful traditions in Art, the human figure has had, from the beginning, several constant companions — none more pervasive than Nature herself. In the case of every great master, these details from the natural world were studied with the same intensity as the rest of the design, but the viewer often overlooks them in his eagerness to read the human story. PS Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities presents Part One of the Immortal Companion Lecture Series On The Fine Arts Revealing Nature by D. Jeffrey Mims November 22, 2013 Reception and Harvest Dinner, 6:30 p.m. $75 per person, Reservations Required by Nov. 15 or 910.695.5300

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declaring my role as Weymouth’s first artist in residence. At some point in my search for a meaningful direction as a painter, I began sharing discoveries with others who were interested. Teaching, like drawing, has always seemed to me what one naturally does. Over the years I taught informally, or worked side by side with talented apprentices on large mural projects. Paul Brown, Jill Hooper and Kamille Corry are three highly respected practicing artists who have all studied with me, both here and abroad. In 1990 the newly formed Florence Academy of Art invited me to run their first summer program in Italy. This was a period when the traditions of painting and sculpture had been effectively banished from university art programs, replaced by conceptual experiments and as a result, new private studio schools were beginning to emerge in urban centers as an alternative. This was also a period when people began using personal computers — which somewhat paradoxically allowed for the possibility of an ancient craft to be studied almost anywhere — even in the Sandhills of North Carolina. The Academy of Classical Design began in 2000 as Mims Studios, before being reformed in 2011 as the educational branch of the nonprofit, The Classical Design Foundation. Students from all over the US and the world apply through our web site — and though we cannot issue visas, we have enrolled a number of international students who have made independent arrangements. There is a limit of 12 students at a time who come to live and study here in a multi-year course of drawing, painting and sculpture with an emphasis on public mural painting. Weekly lectures on subjects taken from the history of Art have been an important element of the academy’s curriculum from the start. These illustrated lectures have helped shape the purpose of our studies and broaden possibilities. Somewhere along the way, it occurred to me that I had collected over 12 years of material — a virtual museum of images that could tell a story and share a perspective not always available to the public. The message of that story, or its essence is, how truly great art can bring a sense of wonder to our

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Harvest Table By JiM DoDson photographs By John gessner


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s the guests began to arrive and a cool autumn twilight settled over the Sandhills, hosts Melanie Riley and her husband, David, paused for a moment to take in a scene of rustic charm that could have inspired a sketch by a Renaissance artist: a long candlelit table set for sixty or so invited guests on a barnyard pasture above a perfectly still lake. Beneath a clear sky where early stars were out, the feasting table groaned with the bounty of the harvest season, while the wine flowed and flames licked at succulent meats on the fire. “It’s going to be a fine evening — perfect for the bonfire after supper,” Melanie explained to an early arriving guest. “This is the kind of thing that makes people really feel special — that what they are doing is important to the community and the world at large, ” David Riley agreed. “We’re just glad to be a part of it.” Harvest supper scenes like the fourth annual Farmers’ Dinner put on by Ashley Van Camp and her staff at Ashten’s in Southern Pines have long been irresistible fare for classical painters, but this evening’s fete at the 75-acre working farm of David and Melanie Riley in Carthage, where they raise a rare breed of English Large Black pigs, heritage chickens and old breed of Shorthorn cattle, will be an eyeful. Nearby a mammoth 600-pound English Black sow named Lucy was about to drop a dozen piglets at any moment, while a pack of eight, two-week old brindle baby pigs scuttered across the farm yard to be near their mama, Tammy. Adding to the authentic farmyard charm and sweet chaos, a dozen PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 2013


varieties of heritage chickens with delightfully old-fashioned names like Cuckoo Marans, Buff Orpingtons and Silver-laced Wyandottes (presided over by a bossy Welsummer rooster who could be the poster boy for Kelloggs Corn Flakes) — which produce the uncommonly fine eggs Melanie Riley sells at local farmers markets — roam at will, having their own social hour among the arriving guests. Beyond the charming appearance of a celebration meant to mark the end of another growing season, this gathering of Sandhills farmers — many of whom are staples of the area farmers markets and members of the ever-growing Farm-to-Table Cooperative — is simply Van Camp’s way of saying thank you to her invaluable suppliers, sourcing the best locally grown food. “I wish I could tell you we had the original intent of inspiring a local food movement,” she allows with a modest laugh, after driving up in her vintage cherry-red pick-up truck to check on the progress of the chicken, guinea fowl, smoked beef brisket and pulled pork cooking over the flames of a massive wood grill manned by her executive chef Matt Hannon and chef Jimi Ardinger. The rest of the menu included a bountiful salad, sautéed sweet potatoes, grilled root vegetables and Ashten’s famous bourbon collards.


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“Truthfully, in the beginning,” she went on to explain, “we were simply interested in finding the best food available for our customers. When my sister Quinten and I opened Ashten’s in 1997, there were very few if any locally grown food suppliers in Moore County. But ask yourself, who produces the best food? It’s local farmers. So we started seeking them out. Ironically, most of them didn’t realize how precious they were. That’s been the big difference in the past ten years or so. As the desire to know where our food comes from has grown, so has the value and importance of these local farmers. We started the Farmers’ Dinner mainly to say thank you to them. If the world runs out of local farmers, we’re in real trouble.” Even as locally sourced restaurants in medium and large cities across the country are enjoying unprecedented popularity, the most telling sign of changing times are public opinion polls — presumably influenced by growing concerns about genetically modified food and corporate farming practices — showing a majority of Americans now feel it is important to know where their food hails from — and are willing to spend the extra effort and money to obtain fresh and local. Though Van Camp downplays her role in stimulating our area’s awareness of locally-sourced foods, specialty farmers like asparagus grower Gary Priest sees her as a pioneer of the local food movement. “Before Ashley began reaching out to us, no white-table restaurants in the Sandhills that I know of would even speak to local farmers. She not only welcomed us in but helped educate us on the value of what we’re doing, and how we could do it better. That really got the ball rolling here.” Priest points out that local restaurants like Elliott’s, Sly Fox Pub and Rhett’s are in the vanguard of seeking local produce and meats. Priest, a member of the Farm-to-Table Co-op, initially experimented with three-quarters of an acre in asparagus on his tobacco farm in Whispering Pines. Now he crops five acres of the gourmet veggie and will be featured in an upcoming segment of the Almanac Gardener [on UNC-TV] in the spring. “What’s going on here,” he adds with a snowy bearded smile, “is simply an example of a movement that’s growing every year. Most of us sell everything we grow locally.” Waiting in line with his plate as the feasting begins, farmer Dale

Thompson of Hilltop Angus Farm in Montgomery County points out that the “clean food is good food” and notes that the consuming public’s growing appetite for locally grown produce and grass-fed animals like his beef, pork and lamb are not only good for the environment — no antibiotics or injury and stress from large-scale shipping is involved — but an important cog in the legacy of American farming, a lifestyle that helps bond a community. “We’re people that care about the land and make our lives on it. My father, Jarrett Thompson, passed away just two weeks ago. He was 90 years old but had a great life as a farmer. He passed the farm on to me and I intend to pass it along to my son, Justin. It’s a true family operation, like most of the folks here at this dinner.” Micro farmer-poet John Lee Frye can relate to this timeless notion — and, moreover, to Ashley Van Camp’s passion for local sources. Frye and wife Tamera grow acres of micro-veggies at Mac’s Family Farm on Michael Road, specializing in baby zucchini and gourmet varieties of young squash, cherry and Roma tomatoes. This rotation is followed by bok choy, savoy cabbage and the exquisite collards that Ashten’s is rightly famous for. Last year the Fryes hosted the first outdoor edition of the Farmers’ Dinner on their family farm, despite the fact that Hurricane Sandy bumped it back into Eastern Standard time, which meant the proceedings were mostly in the dark. “It worked out great,” John Lee reports. “We had a great meal and a big bonfire and folks stayed late just talking and socializing. This thing is such a wonderful time for all of us to get together, a real fellowship of farmers and great food. I hope it continues to grow for years to come.” Brother Frye was even moved to write a poem for the occasion, which now hangs in a place of honor in the pub area of Ashten’s. The final stanza: There was a time when our ancestors knew / That their lives depended on what they grew /What happens when all the farms are forgotten? / Would some of us be slow starving? / Or can we all feed ourselves from a backyard garden? As with last year’s feast, guests this year stayed late, visiting and chatting and warming themselves by the bonfire, enjoying the fruits of their labors, a pause between seasons, and a feast worthy of the lords of the table. PS

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The Little Amp That Could Little Walter boutique amplifiers, made in West End, are making big believers across the music world By Stephen E. Smith • Photographs by John Gessner


hen software developer and erstwhile musician Phil Bradbury kicked back on Hilton Head for a month of entrepreneurial R & R, he passed the time by digesting a pile of books about the arcane science of guitar amplification, and he came to this conclusion: The best of American amplified music — early rock ’n’ roll, blues, country and bluegrass, music that continues to resonate decades after it was recorded — had gone down the tubes (the vacuum tubes, that is) and it had come out warm and honest. “This was in 2007, and I’d been recording some songs I’d written over the years, and I got frustrated,” says Bradbury. “The sound was antiseptic. And it was the mass-produced amplifiers causing the problem. The people who’d been manufacturing amps were chasing the dollar, and as demand grew, the business was guided by corporations who wanted to make the amps faster and cheaper. The amplifier became a committee designed piece, and no matter how good your guitar is, you still have to hear the music through the amp.” Simply stated, the solid-state amp receives the tiny signal from an electric guitar and boosts it through printed circuit boards and inert transistors, and


the sound comes out lacking the warmth produced by the old tube amps. The higher-wattage, solid-state amps can also add distortion, “drive” intensity, and a “harsh edge” to the guitar sound. “The signal coming through your guitar cord is such a tiny little signal and it represents your years of practice and the wonderful instrument you’ve invested in,” says Bradbury. “It’s you on stage coming through that little cable. It’s up to us amp manufacturers to protect that with everything we’ve got. And that wasn’t happening anymore.” At 50-something, Bradbury had come of age sonically, and he realized that tone, not size, is what it’s all about. So he built his own 15-watt tube amp. His wife, Carol, had purchased some cowhide to make heat shields for her motorcycle, and she covered the amp. “A few musician friends heard my first creation, and they were floored.” And that was the beginning of Little Walter Tube Amps (Bradbury’s buddies laid the “Little Walter” moniker on him because he sounded like Walter Cronkite when he appeared on a local TV program). “I wasn’t overly influenced by electronic training because I didn’t have a degree in electronics, so I didn’t know when a circuit rule is being violated,” says

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Bradbury. “I took chances, and I discovered some things that have appealed to musicians.” Indeed he has. No less a superstar than Vince Gill, who has charted over 40 singles on Billboard and sold 22 million albums, has taken to Bradbury’s oldfashioned innovations with a fierce devotion and now records and performs with two Little Walter amps (for the technically minded, Gill uses a twin 50W/50W and twin 22W/22W, both with 2x12” cabinets.) And the list of Little Walter disciples goes on and on — Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Ben Haggard (Merle’s son), Andy Reiss of the Time Jumpers, and many more. Bradbury’s amps have a special appeal for steel guitarists, the session men who are the very soul of the Nashville sound, among them Paul Franklin (acknowledged as the world’s greatest steel guitar player), Reggie Young, Brent Mason and Dan Huff, all A-list players in the recording industry. Other amplifier companies call North Carolina home — Port City and Swart amps are located in Wilmington, Mergili in Asheville, and Carr in Pittsboro. Little Walter, produced in West End, may not be the only boutique tube-amp company hawking its wares in Nashville, but Bradbury has succeeded in making deep inroads into the all-important country music market by eliminating the circuit board altogether and including hand-built point-topoint wiring, octal tubes (preamp, power and rectifier), and enhanced dynamic responsiveness, all to the delight of recording artists whose sophisticated sense of hearing is precisely attuned to every nuance of the sound an amp produces. “In Nashville we’re known primarily as a studio amp,” says Carol. “When folks go into the studio, there’s a Little Walter amp or they bring their own Little Walters. What we do is work with the musician to ensure that he gets exactly the sound that he wants.” Bradbury has also learned that personal service is the key to success in a


highly competitive business, and he’s built oneon-one interaction into his price structure (a Little Walter amp is by no means a low-end investment). “We give as many amplifier clinics as we can to educate people on what they want and need in an amp. I have to know what guitar you play, what venues you play and what style you like. It all comes down to personal service. I want to get the right amp to the right guy, and we’re there for our clients 24 hours a day.” After five years of working with country music folks, the Bradburys decided to sponsor a Little Walter appreciation gig in Nashville in August. “The people in Nashville who use our product are like family, and we believe that a big part of Little Walter’s business is networking, so we brought together big-name artists and lesser known artists and told how we’d met them,” says Bradbury. The gathering was held at the Station Inn, an old bluegrass hole-in-thewall downtown where Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers, an assemblage that includes Brad Albin, Dan Huff, Paul Franklin, “Ranger Doug” Green, and others, often jam. Pinehurst’s Craig Fuller of Little Feat and Pure Prairie League fame and his singer-songwriter son, Patrick, performed. The line at the door stretched for a block. (Video of the gig is available on YouTube.) During the show, Vince Gill stepped up to the mike. “I want to say a special thanks to Phil and Carol,” he announced from the stage. “Obviously he makes fabulous gear, but in all the years I’ve done this he’s one of the only people that I’ve been around who offers something he thinks is great. There’s nobody in the world more willing to listen to a musician and take the little bits and pieces of what we’d like and say, ‘I’ll work on that. I think I can make that better.’ So I want to say thank you for that open mind.” Enough said. PS

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Craig Fuller, Patrick Fuller, Phil Bradbury

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Out of the Darkness In a flash, Ivan Castro’s life changed. Now this Sandhills resident hopes an attitude of gratitude, combined with a continental race, will be an inspiration to others. By gayvin powers


he sound of a bomb whizzes through the air, a light flashes and the fight begins. That was the moment when Captain Ivan Castro struggled to live, the moment that irrevocably changed his life, leaving him blind and with a multitude of serious bodily injuries. It was September 2, 2006, on a rooftop in a dangerous area of Yousifiyah, Iraq. Castro, a Raeford, North Carolina, resident, held the radio hand mic to convey information of a safer location for his unit as two 82-mm mortar rounds went off nearby. The second exploded next to his face, knocking him unconscious. That’s when his own battle to live began, a day that Castro calls his “Alive Day.” “I don’t remember much after that. Several of the men immediately grabbed me, dragged me to the edge (of the building),” says Castro. “The (medic) was there and immediately started working on me.” After that, Castro recalls a lot of the time he was “in a dream world but could hear everything that was going on around me. While dreaming, I knew I was in the hospital; other times I was still trying to come back to my unit or the United States.” While Castro was in and out of consciousness, he was flown to Baghdad and then on to Walter Reed Hospital, spending several weeks in the intensive care unit. The blast broke his nose, shattered his cheek bone and severely damaged right eye, lodged a fragment of shrapnel in his left eye, caused an aneurysm of the left vertebral artery, tore muscles in his shoulder, gave him an open bone fracture to the humerus, blew a finger off and collapsed his lungs. It would have been worse for Castro had he not been wearing sunglasses and body armor for protection. It was worse for others. On his way into surgery, Castro found out that two men in his unit had died. Among the dead was one of Castro’s closest friends.


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He waited in darkness, struggling with bouts of denial, frustration and anger, not to mention being anxious for the eye bandages to come off so he could see again. Clarity didn’t come, and the vision he had before the explosion was gone. In addition to grieving the loss of his friend and a team member, Castro mourned the loss of his vision. In hopes that doctors at Walter Reed were wrong, Castro sought a second opinion. At Johns Hopkins Hospital, a doctor gave him a grim prognosis, saying, “You can overcome this. But you aren’t going to see. Best bet is to accept reality.” Upon hearing those words, Castro said, “That was the first time I’d ever heard my wife cry. It was the most painful cry I’d heard. We drove back from the hospital, and it was the longest drive of my life . . . I thought I should have died with my men in my unit.” A man of faith, Castro’s faith was tested. He had only one question for the Lord, “Why? Why did you take my eyesight?” In time, he realized that he still had his faculties and memories as well as the hard reality that there were people who died right next to him in the blast. The people who died were someone’s father, son or brother. “Why spare me?” he asked. Survivor guilt and asking “why” can drive someone crazy. It’s an endless cycle with no concrete answers. The answers led to more questions and frustration. The breakthrough came for Castro one day when he and his wife were taking a stroll through the hospital. There were family members visiting soldiers who had amputated limbs, paralyzed bodies, severe burns and worse. His wife commented on how they reacted to Castro. “Other families see you walking through and wish their (injured) family members were half of what you are.” Her comment stuck with Castro. It helped him put his life into perspective. “Life goes on,” he said. “The mortgage has to be paid. The grass on my lawn keeps growing. What do I do? Feel sorry for myself or do what my parents taught me and what I was trained to do as a soldier? Accept reality.” Castro believes his shift in attitude and perspective began the process of his changing and healing. “I brought faith back in,” he reflects. “I had to be a father again. A husband. An officer. A leader. I had to show the world I would come back from this stronger and faster. I had to show that the enemy won’t change me.” One year after his injury, Castro ran his first Marine Corps Marathon. Since then, he’s competed in 24 marathons and 16 half-marathons. Today, he remains on PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � November 2013


active duty, and he credits his commanding officers, family and friends who supported and believed in him through his darkest days. Today, he mentors injured service members and provides counseling to family members of service personnel. Before the injuries, Castro had traveled to every continent except Antarctica, but thanks to his determination and attitude, he can check Antarctica off his list when he participates as a key member of Team United States in the “Walking with the Wounded South Pole Challenge” next month. Along with each team is a cadre of support staff to ensure they reach the South Pole safely, including Prince Harry, who is third in line for the British throne and patron sponsor of the event with the sponsorship of Team Glenfiddich. Alexander Skarsgard, actor of True Blood, is assisting Team U.S. Dominique West, actor of HBO’s The Wire, is aiding Team Commonwealth. Team U.S. includes Castro and three service members whose injuries range from amputations, severe burns, Bell’s palsy, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other disabilities. Walking with the Wounded’s goal is to “show the world the extraordinary courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving our countries, and to remind us all of the help and support we owe them.” The first expedition started in 2011 when four wounded service members walked to the North Pole. Last year, additional wounded climbed Mount Everest. This year, a total of twelve wounded military personnel will compete on three teams (Team U.S., Team Glennfiddich/Britain, and Team Commonwealth), raising funds for charity in their respective countries. Team U.S. is partnered with Soldiers to Summits, and Team Commonwealth (representing Canada and Australia) is in partnership with Soldier On. Ed Parker, co-founder of Walking with the Wounded, believes the grueling South Pole Challenge to be the “most ambitious undertaking yet.” “It’s a 335-km race to the South Pole in which teams of our wounded will man sleds on skis in some of the most inhospitable conditions on the planet,” he explains. How treacherous are the conditions at the South Pole? Castro is fully cognizant that weather conditions in the South Pole are radically different from the warm Puerto Rican climate where his parents are from or what he’s used to in the Sandhills of North Carolina. During the trek, if any of the participants’ skin is exposed to the elements, severe frostbite is likely to quickly set in. Special clothing is a necessity since sweating leads to wet clothes and other dangerous conditions. To hydrate, they must melt ice to get water within minutes before a participant is too exposed to the elements, a challenging task in minus 58-degree weather. During the day, Castro and his teammates will each pull a 150-pound sled that has their essentials: tents, fuel, stoves, food, first aid and ropes. The only highlight of cross-country skiing for 12 hours per day while pulling a


heavy sled is that every two hours they’ll have ten minutes to eat as much chocolate as possible. The chocolate is high in calories and will help them replace the 8,000 calories they’ll be burning each day. After a long day, Castro will have only minutes to set up his shelter before the elements hit. At a recent special lunch party publicizing the undertaking, Castro and Prince Harry traded good natured barbs over which team will cross the finish line first. The event will be televised worldwide from beginning to end. The hope is that an event of such magnitude and personal challenge can provide hope and inspiration not only to the wounded participants but also other disabled veterans and civilians watching. Despite their injuries, the participants in the South Pole Challenge make it clear that they don’t plan to let limitations get in the way of living their lives and that inspiration is key to success. Kate Philp of Team Glenfiddich, who has an amputation below the knee, observes, “Anyone who has dealt with hardship knows how important it is to take inspiration, whatever the source, and have a reason to move forward.” Ivan Castro now lives by two motivating words — “grateful” and “positive” which reap their rewards every day, whether large or small, like when he recently trained with Team U.S. in Telluride, Colorado, and led them along Via Ferrata, a series of sheer manmade rock faces. Everyday moments of gratitude are equally important to him, like reading a book to his child or sitting on his front porch in his rocking chair with the “warm sun on me and birds starting to sing. They always fly at the same time, same pattern, from right to left.” The creation and implementation of goals are how Castro combats his disability. He’s a strong believer in “find(ing) what motivates you. Have a small goal and a long term goal. Find a goal that you can do today . . . I continue to challenge myself to show others what blind (people) can do given the opportunities, resources and proper training.” This is why participating in the South Pole Challenge is so important to him. In a recent post on Walking with the Wounded’s website, Castro wrote about commemorating his Alive Day while training in Southern California with Team U.S. “I thought about that day on the rooftop,” he wrote. “What could have or should have happened that would have changed the outcome of those two men? Where would I be right now if I wasn’t blind? I have a constant wonder on the purpose of my life and why I was spared that day. As with anyone who has survived a tragedy, it is a struggle not to succumb to survivor’s guilt but find a way to honor those lives lost by finding a way to move forward, always carrying their memories etched in our hearts.” As a life full of new challenges looms, an attitude of gratitude is what makes the difference between simply existing and living. Castro offers keen insight and a positive outlook on living with a disability: “Doors may have been closed due to the nature of the injuries, but there are many doors out there yet to be discovered and opened. All you need is a vision and the will to keep moving out of the darkness.” PS

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Fall is bringing some to The Country Bookshop Tuesday, November 5 at 5 pm Jill Mccorkle | Life After Life

Every one has been talking about Jill McCorkle’s Life After Life, number 1 on the IndieNext list during her hardcover debut. Now we are excited to host Jill McCorkle for her paperback launch of Life After Life here in Southern Pines! This book is a marvelous work and the fictional town and retirement home of Pine Haven is reminiscent of our own here in The Pines. Do not miss this chance to hear Jill McCorkle — not only is she a divine writer but a wonderful speaker as well! This free event is appropriate for adults.

Thursday, November 7 at 4:30 pm richard J. Moss | The Kingdom Of Golf In America

Local Richard J. Moss has made his mark as the chronicler of golf history with this new book from Nebraska University Press! From its beginnings in the northeastern United States in the 1880s, golf has seen its popularity, and its fortunes, wax and wane, affected by politics and economics, reflecting tensions between aristocratic and democratic impulses. Please join us for this informative speaker who will sure to introduce our audience to facts that will pepper your golf game for years to come. This free event is appropriate for adults.

Saturday, November 9 at 2 pm celia rivenbark | Rude Bitches Make Me Tired

Celia Rivenbark is the bestselling author of “We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier,” and writes a weekly column called “From the Belle Tower” for Myrtle Beach’s “Sun News” and lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with her husband and daughter. In this always sensible and mildly profane etiquette manual for the modern age Celia Rivenbark addresses real-life quandaries ranging from how to deal with braggy playground moms to correctly grieving the dearly departed (hint: it doesn’t include tattoos or truck decals). Good manners have never been so wickedly funny! Join us at The Country Bookshop after the Chili Cook Off downtown! This free event is appropriate for adults.

Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 pm delene beeland | The Secret World Of Red Wolves

In The Secret World Of Red Wolves, nature writer T. DeLene Beeland shadows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s pioneering recovery program over the course of a year to craft an intimate portrait of the red wolf, its history, and its restoration.

Tuesday, November 12 at 5 pm allan GurGanus | Local Souls

Do you know Allan Gurganus’s work? His books include White People and Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All. He is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Adaptations of his fiction have earned four Emmys. Gurganus is the real deal southern writer, a North Carolina man with more wit, charm and character than anyone we have seen in a long time. If you want to read what is sure to join Flannery O’Connor’s work on your shelf and in the literary cannon, read Local Souls. This free event is appropriate for adults.

Thursday, November 14 at 10 am lynne olson | Citizens Of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britan In Its Darkest, Finest Hour Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindberg And America’s Flight Ofver World War Ii, 1939-1941 This free event is appropriate for adults.

Thursday, November 14 at 5 pm Tara conklin | The House Girl

The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia. Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre-Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best. This free event is appropriate for adults.

Tuesday, November 19 at 5 pm nora Gaskin | Time Of Death and Until Proven: A Mystery In Two Parts

An account of a true crime in Chapel Hill, NC, and the ways justice is denied. The death of Lucille Rinaldi and the accusations brought against her husband, Frank, became the seed-thoughts of Nora Gaskin’s novel, Until Proven: A Mystery In Two Parts.

Thursday, November 21 at 4:30 pm nancy Peacock | The Life And Times Of Persimmon Wilson

This is a rip-roaring, old-fashioned adventure romance. It is also a serious examination of assumptions about identity and truth.

Saturday, November 23 at 3 pm Jordan Maclean | Guardian Last and Sword Of Hemlock

The Country Bookshop

In Guardian Last, the sequel to Sword of Hemlock by Jordan MacLean, the scope of Syon has drastically changed. Brannagh and its knights are no more. Renda is desperate to find a way to save her father’s life and seek revenge for her mother and Brannagh. The Gods are not yet done playing with Chul. Gikka goes searching for Dith whose magic is needed, while the man in question struggles to control his ever-growing powers. And Trocu Damerien sets the next step of the prophecy in motion. MacLean has had great success with her national sales and we welcome her to our bookshop here in Southern Pines.

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The Quiet Journey Home A talented filmmaker with a Sandhills connection sends a powerful message about one’s place in the world. By Gayvin Powers


nce upon a time, life moved more slowly; it coursed like a current with the seasons. And people knew that a magical life was achieved from simple moments. In modern day, where a double shot of espresso, endless to-do lists and working day through dark is common, simpler times serve as a reminder of what is truly important. The Forgotten Kingdom, a film written and directed by Andrew Mudge, cinematically tells a breathtaking and universally appealing story that beckons a quieter life. The Forgotten Kingdom is set and shot in Lesotho, a country landlocked by South Africa, where the unique and mystical qualities of the country, scenery and people captivated Mudge’s imagination to draw comparisons to the American frontier 150 years ago. The film portrays expansive landscapes that appear lost in time with thatched-hut villages and snow peaked valleys dotted with horse men wrapped in blankets. Favoring old-time storytelling, Mudge creates an enticing cinematic experience as the story organically unfolds, transcending nationality, race and background, relating to people on a human level. Atang Mokoenya, the main character, is a city worker who goes back to bury his father in the mountains and ends up finding himself along the way. It’s a classic hero’s journey, and could easily be told by Homer or anyone


following their own Odyssey — whether in the Lesotho mountains, the Appalachian Trail or Broad Street. In the classical motif, Atang meets archetypal characters along his journey. There’s an old woman cursed by a witch doctor and a traveling orphan boy. Atang also finds love in the most unlikely of places when he’s reacquainted with Dineo, a remarkable female from his past, who, along with the other characters, anchors Atang to his home. Mudge believes that “people, whether they know it or not, are anchored to their homes. Your home, your kin, your original people will always bring you back.” Don’t underestimate the simplicity of the storytelling. Like The Alchemist, a worldwide international bestselling novel by Paulo Coelho that inspired the film of that name, The Forgotten Kingdom has multiple layers the viewer can ponder. Mudge muses, “Good films make you think about the art. But great films make you think about life.” Some places are like art; they leave a lasting impression. Life was not the same for Mudge after he was introduced to the mystical country by his brother, who was a worker in the Peace Corps at the time. What intrigued Mudge the most about Lesotho was “that there was still a place so magical in the world.” Mudge was so moved by what he found in Lesotho that he lived there for a year, collecting stories and talking with locals to create an authentic script.

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Andrew Mudge on The Forgotten Kingdom set When it came time to film, Lesotho and African actors graced the screen and the Lesotho countryside lent itself to the picturesque shots that cinematographers strive to capture. Filming overseas adds authenticity to the film, but also means that Mudge spent a lot of time away from the United States. When Mudge isn’t traveling on behalf of his award-winning film, he lives and works in New York. His next film project, a western, is set to begin work in the summer of 2014. During his off time he visits with Barbara and Gilbert Mudge, his parents, who live in Vass, North Carolina. Even though The Forgotten Kingdom is an international film, there is a strong North Carolina tie to it. Meri Hyoky, the still photographer and horse wrangler on the movie, hails from Southern Pines along with several investors who supported the small budget film. Even the United States government, through PEPFAR, got involved by donating a grant for filming. What advice does Mudge have for young filmmakers who seek to follow his path? Mudge, whose interest in film and acting began in his youth recommends, “Get ahold of filmmaking equipment – it’s so much easier and accessible now. Find a story that is original to you.” There is an old belief in the film industry that everyone has at least one story inside that she or he can tell better than anyone else. Aspiring filmmakers need to find that story and create it. Andrew Mudge can be asked questions in person when he comes to Southern Pines for the screening of his film. After winning ten awards and six official nominations worldwide at international film festivals, The Forgotten Kingdom is scheduled for two exclusive screenings in Southern Pines at the Sunrise Theater at 250 NW Broad Street. The November 30th event begins at 6 p.m. There is a cheese and champagne reception along with a question-and-answer session with Mudge prior to viewing the film. Afterward, light desserts are offered. This is a fundraiser for Companion Animal Clinic where Barbara Mudge is a volunteer. Tickets are $100 (tax deductible). On December 1st at 2 p.m., there is a free showing to teachers, students and military. Donations are appreciated. Come see a film the Hollywood Reporter has described as “A moving, magical tale of identity,” meet a filmmaker with family ties to the Sandhills, and be prepared to get swept away to a quieter time and place. PS PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � November 2013


Where the Wild Things Are This Safari Stops in Southern Pines

By Deborah Salomon • Photographs by John Gessner


awn Phillips’ house is a study in exterior camouflage, from vertical khaki clapboards to its location behind a downtown Southern Pines self-storage facility. Joggers might notice the trim yard, recessed porch, porthole window and wrought-iron garden gate. Drivers pass right by. But behind the massive solid-walnut front door lies a world of tribal masks and animal-printed rugs, an indoor-outdoor professional sound system and angled walls. A dramatic chaise lounge wears faux-python upholstery. Floors and countertops feel unusually solid, as poured-and-stained concrete well might. The free-form island between kitchen and great room resembles a trendy SoHo bar — for good reason. In September, Dawn opened Social 165, a casual nightclub in Pinehurst with cocktails, food and live entertainment.


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Obviously, the house, club and her original business, a hair salon, represent the three faces of Dawn. “I see (the house) as a personality thing,” the willowy businesswoman says. Nobody knows this personality better than Dawn herself. “I’m a visionary,” she continues. “I can stand on a building lot in the dark and tell you where things should go.” She devours decorating/architecture magazines. Ideas populate her dreams. She jots them down — and carries them out. Unlike most first-time home builders, “I’m 100 percent confident of what I want.” A good thing, considering her 100 percent commitment to what Elvis might call one great big Jungle Room.


awn grew up in a series of typical North Carolina homes — a ranch, an upstairs-downstairs furnished traditionally. Then, at age 9, a hairdresser in Goldsboro opened her mind: “I learned about design and music, that your space should be like coming home to a vacation spot.” Dawn’s tastes matured in the early 1980s when conventions fell like mirror chips off a spinning disco ball. Expressing them proved challenging in apartment settings. In 2000, while renting a home in Knollwood, Dawn bought a 1920s cottage on a downtown Southern Pines side street to renovate as a hair salon. She adored the area and wanted to live nearby. However, available properties were either too expensive or needed major work. Then, in 2004, her salon burned down. Why not build something new, something all-Dawn, on the land she already owned? “I loved the feel of this spot,” she says. “Not every client is so confident,” adds Dawn’s builder Don Johnson, of Pinnacle Development Design Build. “She made the job easy.” The zoning was right. Limitations allowed for 1,800 square feet on the quarter-acre lot which, serendipitously, was bordered by an attractive cement wall belonging to the storage business next door. This tall divider provides not only privacy but back-


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drops a charming enclosed garden with deck and patio, entered through wrought iron gates salvaged from the original structure. So far, nothing betrays what lies within.


ake a deep breath. Enter the great room where earth-toned walls (from mocha latte to chartreuse) spin off in all directions rather than forming corners. “This is where I live. I want (the space) to wrap around you when you come in.” Dawn makes a sweeping gesture encompassing a hallway, kitchen, fireplace and two seating areas. “I designed and built my living space to be functional.” Her functions do not mandate a dining table. Instead, she lays a colorful buffet on the island. Guests pull up bar stools, or drift to the couches. “I’m in the business of making people happy . . . my house is set up to be a gathering place where we relax and feel good.” The overriding theme is Indo-African with a touch of Tiki , beginning with a wall of


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African masks, continuing with animal paintings, photographs, sculpture, real hides and patterned rugs — predominately zebra and leopard. One mask of Stonehenge proportions had to be installed outside. Woodwork throughout is painted a rich, chocolate brown. Wheatcolored leather and linen upholstery on a loveseat and 9-foot sofa glow from lights set into the crown molding surrounding a two-level tray ceiling. Details like this ceiling, Dawn believes, provide grandeur. Stainless steel appliances, including a farm sink and iconic Swedish AGA range, also reflect light from contemporary fixtures floating over the island. Dawn loves pottery, North Carolina and otherwise. Pieces stands everywhere, at many heights, from floor arrangements in neutrals to touches of bright red, “a powerful shade,” she believes, on mantel and kitchen soffit shelves. All rooms open off this central space. Dawn’s master suite . . . Exhale. Windows of several shapes, including a narrow horizontal from the Craftsman period set high over the bed, appear helter skelter. The ceiling vent is mounted awry. Area rugs suddenly appear underfoot. Bronze pillows add bling to Dawn’s four-poster bed. And in the corner sits that Victorian-inspired chaise longue covered in a creamy faux-python fabric which she snapped up at an auction, with proceeds benefitting polar bears. A 25-gallon ceramic urn reminiscent of Greek temples or Egyptian burial chambers serves as Dawn’s laundry hamper. Bathroom countertops are butcher-block black walnut; the exterior shower wall contains a glass-brick panel and the porthole window visible from the street is opposite the toilet. Surprise after surprise after surprise. Throughout, Dawn integrates antiques, more likely pre-WWII Art Deco than Antebellum Georgian. Across the great room, Dawn’s guest quarters with bath, bedroom and workout area seem a bit tamer. A mystery door beside the kitchen opens into a laundry-utility area. Even that continues her earth coloration. “My friends say my space has a masculine feeling with a soft edge, like ying and yang.” Unlike the wild and wooly interior, Dawn’s garden (except for baby alligator sculptures lurking beneath the bushes) is flower-bright and whimsical, with a screen of cypress trees completing the privacy initiated by the concrete wall. Here, guests sit around the fire pit, dance on the deck, cook on the grill.


ecades ago, Dawn’s house might be labeled a bachelorette pad. Today, Don Johnson calls it unique in a neighborhood celebrating the genteel Boydian era. “Downtown Southern Pines is very special to me — a good blend of people, places and things,” Dawn says. “I had a blast with this house; it helped project my creativity.” But wait. Her visions continue: “My dream home? A log cabin, but with a contemporary edge, of course.” PS

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“The thinnest light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of.” — Henry David Thoreau By Noah Salt

Why We Love Wind Monath According to Emily Dickinson, that famously shut-in wet blanket, November is the Norway of months, which may explain why so many people claim to dislike it. The days are colder, the nights longer, the furnace kicks on, the heating bill rises, rainy days seem extra dreary, and on and on. The ancient Anglo-Saxons, poor Emily’s ancestors, called November “Wind Monath” owing to its cold gray winds and driving rain. “November’s sky is chill and drear,” agreed Sir Walter Scott, “November’s leaf is red and sear.” In November, essayist Joseph Addison noted, the people of England hang and drown themselves. We at the Salt Almanac, on the other hand, submit that November is the perfect month for catching one’s breath for the coming holidays, taking stock and tidying up the garden and workshop. First frost in these parts generally holds off until about November 1, which means the weather is often quite pleasant for outside activities, perfect for an afternoon of pruning dead limbs off fruit trees, raking the yard a final time, digging up onions and potatoes, and putting in the last flowering bulbs and winter greens. Kale is the uber-vogue green this autumn. But we still love our collards. The first batches of both should be ready by middle month. Here on winter’s doorstep, an old English maxim holds that thick onion skins herald a cold winter, and this year’s Farmers’ Almanac has already gone on record declaring a potential winter for the record books, blustery and cold and unusually snowy. November 1 is All Saints’ Day, which traditionally began on All Hallow’s Eve — now called Halloween — when the veil between worlds was believed to be its thinnest, honoring the martyrs and saints of the Christian faith. This year daylight saving ends on November 3, and Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in Britain) falls on the 11th. Hanukkah begins on the 27th, the day before America celebrates Thanksgiving. In the event you need a little taste of Britain over your long Thanksgiving weekend, November 30 is Winston Churchill’s birthday. Why not raise a glass of Pimms to dear old Sir Winnie, the savior of Britain, who would be 134 years old this very year.

A Sir Winnie Sampler Our five favorite Lord Churchill quotes, plus one for the holidays . . .

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” “Success consists of going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.” Churchill: “If I were your husband, I would take it.” Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.” Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit and watch leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence

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OLDE TOWN FALL FESTIVAL. 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate fall with loads of old-fashioned, family fun. Carnival games, a train to ride, an obstacle course, a giant slide, a petting zoo provided by the Aloha Zoo, a pie-eating contest, games, face painting and lots more! Tickets: $10. Cannon Park, 90 Woods Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-2817 or

November 1

ART EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Arts Council of Moore County presents an art exhibit featuring artwork by the members of the North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or

November 1—2

POTTERy OPEN HOUSE. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Linda and Jim Dalton of Linda Dalton Pottery hold their annual Fall Open House. Demonstrations, studio tours and opportunities for visitors to roll up their sleeves and try their hands at throwing a pot. Refreshments will be provided. Linda Dalton Pottery, 250 Oakhurst Vista, West End. Info: (910) 947-5325

8TH ANNUAL TRAIN & TRACTOR SHOW. 9 a.m – dark. Steam engines, Prairie tractors, John Deeres, International Harvesters, Rumleys, steam-powered saw mill and a lot more. Crafts and other activities. Admission $10; Free/children 6 ye ars and under. 644 Niagara-Carthage Road , Carthage. Info: (919) 708-8665 or 53RD ANNUAL ANTIQUES SALE AND SHOW. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. Thousands of collectibles for sale from dealers across the East. Admission: $6 for weekend. Visit website for a $1 off coupon. The Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Rd., Pinehurst NC. Info: (910) 692-2051or

Western North Carolina glass artists exhibit. William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. Free and open to the public. Info: (910) 425-5379 or

November 2


PINE CONE OPEN. 9 a.m. Shotgun start. A golf tournament to support the youth Exchange Programme from Newry, Northern Ireland. Cost: $300 – Foursome. Longleaf Golf & Country Club. Info: Denise Baker, (910) 3154323 or FALL FESTIVAL. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Enjoy art/crafts, yard sale, bake sale, silent auction, spaghetti lunch, activities for children and a 50/50 drawing. Admission free. Carthage First Presbyterian Church, 110 Ray Street, Carthage. Info: (910) 947-2924.


Rockingham Speedway, 2152 N U.S. 1, Rockingham. Info: (910) 205-8800 or www. GOLF CAPITAL CHORUS ANNUAL SHOW. 7 p.m. “A Salute To Those Who Served”. Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 2159796 or

November 3

SPRUCE UP FOR THE HOLIDAyS. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Part of the ongoing series “Explorations.” Creative gift-wrapping, floral and wreath design and other craft ideas. Friends of the Library ornaments remaining from past years will be on sale at greatly reduced prices. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235. ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Country roots band The Honeycutters and mongrel American music from Django Haskins. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

MOVIE AT THE SUNRISE. 7: 30 p.m./weekdays; 2:30 & 7:30 p.m./Saturday & Sununday. The Butler. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

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GLASS ART EXHIBITION. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The David McCune International Art Gallery presents Igneous Expressions.

MEET THE ARTIST. Noon – 3 p.m. Betty DeBartolomeo. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 2550665 or THE CLASSIC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP RACE. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 2013 Classic 3 Championship Presented by the RCR Racing Museum at the Rockingham Speedway.

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County presents an art exhibit featuring artwork by the members of the North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines NC. Info: (910) 692-2787 or

in America. Local Richard J. Moss will talk about his chronicle of the history of golf, introducing his audience to facts that will pepper their golf game for years to come. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or


November 5

PAPERBACK LAUNCH AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5 p.m. Jill McCorkle will be at the bookshop for the paperback launch of Life After Life. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or

November 6

Lunch & Learn. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Defeating Congestion with featured guest Barbara Dixon from Obagi. Complimentary lunch, gift bags and Specials. The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, 80 Aviemore Court, Suite A, Pinehurst. Info/R.S.V.P.: (910) 295-1130. Preschool Storytime. 3:30 p.m – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. For infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Stories, songs and fun, then stay for playtime! Southern Pines Public Library,170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235.

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JlmC Sustainer Cocktail. 5:30 p.m. All Junior League of Moore Country Sustainers are invited to join in. One Eleven Main, 111 W. Main St, Aberdeen. Info:

November 7­—10

ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR. Opening hours vary. Fayetteville Junior League’s Holly Day Fair. Two hundred artisans offer holiday decorations, handmade crafts, jewelry, clothes, children’s toys, specialty food items and more. Admission: $9; $14/ 9 a.m –12 p.m. Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center, The Crown Expo Center, 131 E. Mountain Drive, Fayetteville. Info:

November 8

OPENING RECEPTION. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 19th Annual Exhibit and Sale. Exhibition continues through December 19. Exchange Street Gallery at Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street, Aberdeen, NC. Info: www. or (910) 944-3979.

GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 p.m. Holiday ideas. Aldena Frye will have the library decked out for the Season, so you’ll leave full of ideas for gifts and decorating. Admission: free. Seating is limited and a ticket must be obtained from the Given Memorial Library in order to attend. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-3642.

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AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 4:30 p.m. Richard J. Moss with The Kingdom of Golf

Holiday Open House. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Join Aldena Frye Floral Designs for champagne & good company. Holiday Decor demonstrations will be held on South Street at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday. Aldena Frye Floral Designs, 120 West Main Street & 107 South Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-1071.



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FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Whispers is an all-volunteer philanthropic organization that supports many local charities. Items such as jewelry, paintings, leather goods, baskets, quilts, candles and hand-crafted fashions will be shown. Country Club of Whispering Pines, 2 Club House Blvd., Whispering Pines. Info: (910) 688-7124. MEET THE ARTIST. Noon – 3 p.m. Phyllis Andrews. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 2 p.m. Bestselling author Celia Rivenbark introduces her always sensible and mildly profane etiquette manual for the modern age, Rude Bitches Make Me Tired. Good manners have never been so wickedly funny! The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or OPERA AT THE SUNRISE. 12:55 p.m. Tosca. Info: (910) 692-8501. 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

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November 10

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 2:30 p.m. Nature writer T. DeLene Beeland with The Secret World of Red Wolves, an intimate portrait of the red wolf, its history, and its restoration, shadowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s pioneering recovery program. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6.46 p.m. A home-grown modern folk revival with husband and wife duo Quiet American and a fusion of country, bluegrass and pop with Underhill Rose. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or PATRIOTIC MUSIC SHOW. 5 p.m. Featuring singer Todd Allen Herendeen and the band “Follow That Dream.” Equally at home with country and Rock ’n’ Roll, Todd has opened for artists from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to Chuck Berry, The Drifters and Foreigner. Tickets: $11. R.E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info:

November 9 – December 19

Artists’ League of the Sandhills Fall EXHIBIT and Sale. 10 a.m. –­ 4 p.m. Saturday, November 9; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday November 10. “People’s Choice” winner from the 2012 show, Betty DiBartelomeo, has donated her original framed oil painting, Yellow Roses, for the raffle on Sunday, November 10. Artists’ League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or

November 9—10

Weymouth Tag Sale. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday; Noon – 3 p.m. Sunday. Furniture, antiques, silver, jewelry, books, china, linens, glassware, paintings, pottery,




GOLF HISTORY SYMPOSIUM & TRADE SHOW. The USGA Golf History Symposium will take place on Sunday, with the Trade Show on Tuesday. The featured speakers will be Bill Fields, Brad Klein, Michael Trostel, and Bob Crosby. Pine Needles Country Club, Southern Pines. Info:

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November 12

THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS DECORATING. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Carol Dowd of Botanicals Florist will demonstrate decorating ideas for the holiday season. Bring a 10-ounce soup can and 12 to 1-ounce plastic water or soda bottle. Tickets: $25/Horticultural Society members, $30/non-members. Space is limited. Sandhills Community College Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882 or www. AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5 p.m. Award-winning writer and Guggenheim Fellow Allan Gurganus with Local Souls. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or

November 16

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Logie Meachum, followed by blues from Kelley Hunt. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5 p.m. Tara Conklin with her historical fiction debut The House Girl, an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New york and 1852 Virginia. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www. CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT. 7 p.m. Polish classical guitar virtuoso Lukasz Kuropaczewski will be performing selected works. Admission: free. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 783-4412 or NC SyMPHONy. 8 p.m. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. Tickets: $24 – 42. R.E. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines. Info: (919) 733-2750 or

November 13

PRESCHOOL STORyTIME. 3:30 p.m – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. For infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Stories, songs and fun, then stay for playtime! Southern Pines Public Library,170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235.

November 14

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 10 a.m. Lynne Olson with Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour and Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindberg and America’s Flight Over World War II, 1939-1941. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or FAMILy FUN NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. Fire! Kids in grades K-5 and their families are invited to learn about fire prevention from Southern Pines’ own Fire Department. Fun activities will go along with learning and safety, so stop by for this fun program. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235.

November 14—17

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PLAy AT THE SUNRISE. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. SunStage presents Barefoot in the Park. 250 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501. PERFORMANCE. 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. “Works in Progress @ MU: The Workshop”. Free and open to the public. Huff Concert Hall, Reeves Fine Arts Building, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. Info: (910) 630-7104 or

November 15

HOLIDAy OPEN HOUSE. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Refreshments. Wine courtesy of Elliots on Linden. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0655 or


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WEyMOUTH EVENT. 6 p.m. Arts & Humanities with “Velveteen Rabbit.” Diana Turner-Forte. Reservations required. Cost: $15; children under 12/$12. 555 East Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

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MEET THE ARTIST. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Jane Casnellie. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or PAINTING DEMO. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Folk artist Kathleen Miller of Southern Pines will be painting and displaying/selling her work. Stop in to see her. Gracefully Rustic, 223 N.E. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info (910) 692-0767. WEyMOUTH EVENT. 2 p.m. Arts & Humanities with “Velveteen Rabbit.” Diana Turner-Forte. Reservations required. Cost: $15; children under 12/$12. 555 East Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261. SUNDAy AFTERNOON MOVIE. 2:30 p.m. Long before they were lurking in closets for a living, Mike and Sulley were just two Scaring majors at Monsters University, dreaming of the day they would make children shriek in terror. Southern Pines Public Library,170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235. CONCERT AT WEyMOUTH. 3 p.m. D’Anne Fortunato. 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261. ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Live music from Matuto, fusing North American folk songs with Brazilian rhythms. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

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WOMEN OF WEyMOUTH MEETING. 9:30 a.m. “Tea at Downton Abbey.” Helen Von Salzen will be the speaker. 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

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November 19

DESIGN LECTURE. 10 a.m. Pottery Barn Design Studio Specialist Brian Murray will share latest trends in home décor. No charge but registration required. Country Club of North Carolina, 5 Deacons Lodge Lane, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 724-7444. MEETING AT WEYMOUTH. 2 p.m. James Boyd Book Club. The Golden Weather by Louis D. Rubin, Jr. 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261. AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5 p.m. Nora Gaskin with Time of Death and Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts. An account of a true crime in Chapel Hill, and the ways justice is denied. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or League of Women Voters MEETING. 11:30 a.m. Charles Holbrook, Geologist and Moore County representative on the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is the guest speaker. Tickets: $12 for lunch and program. Reservations required. Table on the Green, 2205 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 944-9611. Young Adult Readers’ program (grades 6-12). 5:30 p.m. A celebration of NaNoWriMo. Local cartoonist Laurel Holden will be leading a workshop about creating graphic novel and comic book characters. Southern Pines Public Library,170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235.

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Festival of Trees. Tuesday, Wedsnesday, Thursday, Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Snow Ball. Over 200 decorated holiday trees, wreaths, gift baskets and gingerbread houses displayed throughout a winter wonderland. Admission: by any monetary donation; $100/Snow Ball attendees. The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst. Further details: www.

November 20

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November 21

Fracking Forum. 7 p.m. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Moore County. Informational discussion of potential impact of hydraulic fracturing in Moore County. Panel includes James Womack, Chairman of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission. The Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. Hwy 15, West End. Info: Barbara Farr (910) 949-2703. AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 4:30 p.m. Nancy Peacock with The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, a rip-roaring, old-fashioned adventure romance and serious examination of assumptions about identity and truth. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www.

November 22


WEYMOUTH LECTURE SERIES. 6:30 p.m. Arts and Humanities Fine Arts Illustrated Lecture Series with Jeffrey Mims. “Immortal Companions” – “Revealing Nature” preceded by a Harvest Buffet Reception. Reservations required. Cost: $75. 555 East Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261. SINGING ON THE HILL. 6:45 p.m. A gospel benefit concert for BackPack Pals. Featuring The Mark Trammell Quartet, The Whisnants and special guests The Jay Stone Singers. Admission free; there will be an offering for the BackPack Pals program. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2237 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7360. Carolina Philharmonic. 7 p.m. Carolina Philharmonic presents Jazz Diva Michelle Walker with the Toru Dodo Trio. Tickets: $25; $20/active military; $10/students. No reserved seating. The Cardinal Ballroom, The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687 4746 or

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November 22—24

CELEBRATION OF SEAGROVE POTTERS. Friday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Gala); Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. One of North Carolina’s biggest pottery events. Gala features catered reception, live music, collaborative auction, first pick of pottery. Tickets: $5/Saturday & Sunday; $40/Gala (in advance). Luck’s Cannery, NC 705 Pottery Highway, Seagrove. Gala tickets and general info:

November 23

33RD ANNUAL TURKEy TROT. 8 a.m. Races range in length from a 1 mile fun run to 5k and 10k races to a 1/2 marathon, and race times are staggered. Cannon Park, 90 Woods Road, Pinehurst. Race and registration info: 20TH ANNIVERSARy OF WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop in the Library for specialized crafts and activities centered on one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Earn Book Bucks for participating, and cash them in for prizes! Southern Pines Public Library,170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235. MEET THE ARTIST. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Diane Kraudelt. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or BALLET PERFORMANCE. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Carolina Performing Arts Center present How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Supported by the Arts Council of Moore County. Tickets at the door or in advance at Edible Arrangements, Pinecrest Plaza: $15/ Adults; $10/children under ten. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-7898 or www. AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 3 p.m. Jordan MacLean with Guardian Last and Sword of Hemlock. The Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or TREE LIGHTING. 4:30 – 6 p.m. The events will be held in Downtown Southern Pines starting at 2 p.m. Along the streets there will be Christmas Trees displayed and carolers will be strolling the streets. Santa Claus will be available for pictures. Train Station, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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TRAIN SHOW. Noon – 4 p.m. The Sandhill Central Model Railroad Club’s annual Train Show. Raffle tickets will be sold for a “Thomas the Tank” train set. Admission: $3; free/ children under 4’8”. Aberdeen Train depot, corner of Main and Sycamore Sts, Aberdeen. Info: 910 295-5808.

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OLDIES & GOODIES FILM. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. A rollicking romantic comedy about a career girl (Doris Day), and a happy bachelor (Rock Hudson), sharing a party line telephone, but no other interests. Enjoy a classic film and a cup of tea. Southern Pines Public Library,170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235. ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Live music from guitarist, singer and songwriter Brian Ashley Jones. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

November 25

SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORy SOCIETy MEETING. 7 p.m. Jeff Marcus of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will present, The Fire Bird: The status of the Bachman Sparrow in North Carolina. Visitors Welcome. Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Ft. Bragg Rd, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6922167 or

November 27

PRESCHOOL STORyTIME. 3:30 p.m – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. For infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Stories, songs and fun, then stay for playtime! Southern Pines

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cA l e N dA r Public Library,170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235. CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC. 8 p.m. Carolina Philharmonic presents a Holiday Pops Musical Extravaganza. Tickets: $25; $20/active military; $10/full-time students. No reserved seating. The Grand Ballroom, The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-4746 or

Jumper Classic. Ringside tailgate parking and hospitality. Spectators welcome. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Rd, Raeford. Tickets/Info: (910) 875-2074 or

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THANKSGIVING DAy WALK. 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. Meet at Weymouth Woods Visitor Center, 1024 Fort Bragg Rd, Southern Pines. Info: 910 692 2167. FREE MOVIE AT THE SUNRISE. 7:30 p.m. The Last Waltz. 250 N.W. Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

November 29

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Boobs and Hope. An hilarious solo show by Dana Sumner-Pritchard featuring puns, cleavage, and a dash of feminism. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

November 29—December 1

THE NUTCRACKER. The Taylor Dance Nutcracker returns. This year’s performance features exciting new choreography and casting. Robert E. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines. For times and info: (910) 695-1320 or

November 30

COMPANION ANIMAL CLINIC FUNDRAISER. 6 p.m. Sunrise Theater will host a film by Andrew Mudge, The Forgotten Kingdom. Saturday, reception with film to follow; Sunday free showing of film at 2 p.m. Cost: $100/Saturday reception. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

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MOORE COUNTy CHORAL SOCIETy HOLIDAy CONCERT. 4 p.m. “Songs of the Season”. The highlight of this season’s Holiday Concert will be Gloria by composer K. Lee Scott. Tickets: $15/Adults; $7.50/Students, available at The Campbell House, The Country Bookshop and at the door. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College. Info: (910) 692-6979 or

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CARTHAGE CHRISTMAS PARADE. 6:15 p.m. Annual Christmas Parade with music, Santa Claus and entertainment. Route is along Monroe Street, Carthage. Info: (910) 947-2331 or

December 4

NATIVITy LUNCHEON. 11:30 a.m. 7th annual benefit to The Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care. Keynote speaker is Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School professor and well-known author. Tickets $50. The Clubhouse, Belle Meade, Saint Joseph of the Pines, 100 Waters Drive, Southern Pines. Reservations: (910) 693-1600. CHRISTMAS GALA AT WEyMOUTH. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Live music, dancing, refreshments and heavy hors d’ouvres. Reservations required. Tickets: $75. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or www.


LIVE MUSIC AT CIRCLE M CITy. 7 p.m. Gather at the wild west town’s free music event. 74 Cowboy Lane, Sanford. Info: (919) 499-8493.


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ZUMBA CLASS. 7:35 p.m. No pre-registration necessary. Cost: $10, cash or check. The Fitness Studio, 1150 Old US 1, Southern Pines. Info: (631) 445-1842 or


PRESCHOOL STORyTIME. 3:30 – 4 p.m. Infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or


MOORE COUNTy FARMERS MARKET. 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Thanksgiving Day market moved to Wednesday). Armory Sports Complex, 604 West Morganton Road, Southern Pines.


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CHILDREN’S STORyTIME AT THE BOOKSHOP. 10:30 a.m. Special Nutcracker story on the 15th. 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or FREE COOKING DEMO. 5 – 6 p.m. A fun way to play with your food using quick, easy, in-season ingredients. Samples included. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345.


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FREE WINE TASTING. 12 – 4 p.m. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775. CRAFTS & BOOK SWAP AT THE LIBRARy. Bring the books your children have outgrown and swap them for new books for them to enjoy. Each Saturday a different craft will be featured. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or


NATURE STUDy PROGRAM. 3 p.m. Join a Park Ranger for a program to learn more about the critters and plants that live


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ABOUT ART GALLERy inside The Market Place Midland Bistro Building, 2160 Midland Road, Pinehurst. The gallery features local artists. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (910) 215-596. ART NUTZ AND RAVEN POTTERy, 125 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Come see the potter at work. Features art, pottery from local potters, handmade jewelry, glass and more. MondaySaturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 695-1555, ARTIST GALLERy OF SOUTHERN PINES, 167 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Features art and fine crafts from more than 60 North Carolina artists. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., MondaySaturday. (910) 692-6077. ARTISTS LEAGUE OF THE SANDHILLS, 129 Exchange St. in historic Aberdeen. Exhibit hours are noon – 3 p.m., MondaySaturday. (910) 944-3979. BROADHURST GALLERy, 2212 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Showcases works by nationally recognized artists such as Louis St. Lewis, Lula Smith, Shawn Morin, Rachel Clearfield, Judy Cox and Jason Craighead. Meet-the-artist opportunities available. MondayFriday (closed Wednesday), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m & special appointments. (910) 295-4817, THE CAMPBELL HOUSE GALLERIES, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and every third weekend of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. (910) 692-4356, www. THE DOWNTOWN GALLERy INSIDE CUP OF FLOW, 115 NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Ever-changing array of local and regional art, pottery and other handmade items. (910) 693-1999. EXCHANGE STREET GALLERy, Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street in historic Aberdeen. “It’s Southern, ya’ll,” works of Pat McMahon and Betty DiBartolomeo. September 2-28.

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Regular hours noon to 3:00, Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. THE GALLERy AT SEVEN LAKES at the St. Mary Magdalene building, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive. Just nine miles from the Pinehurst Traffic Circle up 211, this gallery is dedicated to local artists. Wednesday-Thursday 1 – 4 p.m. HASTINGS GALLERy in the Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. HOLLyHOCKS ART GALLERy, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Features artwork by local award winning artists, Phyllis Andrews, Betty DiBartolomeo, Equine Sculptor Morgen Kilbourn, Diane Kraudelt, Carol Rotter and artist/owner, Jane Casnellie. MondaySaturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (910) 255-0665, LADy BEDFORD’S TEA PARLOUR, 21 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Features local artist Jude Winkley’s original oil paintings. Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 255-0100, www. THE OLD SILK ROUTE, 113 West Main St., Aberdeen. Specializes in Asian original art, including silk paintings, tapestries, Buddhist Thangkas and Indian paper miniatures. Monday, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 295-2055. SEAGROVE CANDLE COMPANy, 116 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Showcases art of the Sandhills and Seagrove area. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (910) 695-0029. SKy ART GALLERy, 602 Magnolia Dr., Aberdeen. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 944-9440, STUDIO 590 by the pond in Dowd Cabin, 590 Dowd Circle, Pinehurst. This historic log cabin is the working studio and gallery of artists Betty DiBartolomeo and Harry Neely. Fine oil paintings, commissions and instruction. (910) 639-9404. WHITE HILL GALLERy, 407 U.S. 15-501, Carthage, offers a variety of pottery. (910) 947-6100.

Nature Centers


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cA l e N dA r gardens). The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens are handicappedaccessible. Daylight hours year-round. (910) 695-3882. WEyMOUTH WOODS Sandhills Nature Preserve (898 acres). 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. (910) 692-2167. VILLAGE ARBORETUM. 35 acres of land adjoining the Village Hall on Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. (910) 295-1900.



Historical Sites




BETHESDA CHURCH AND CEMETERy. Guided tours for groups by appointment. 1020 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. (910) 944-1319. BRyANT HOUSE AND MCLENDON CABIN. Tours by appointment. (910) 692-2051 or (910) 673-0908. CARTHAGE HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Located at Rockingham and Saunders streets, Carthage. (910) 947-2331. HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE. Open year-round. Hours vary. 288 Alston House Road (10 miles north of Carthage), Sanford. (910) 947-2051. MALCOLM BLUE FARM AND MUSEUM. 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. (910) 944-7558 or (910) 603-2739. NORTH CAROLINA LITERARy HALL OF FAME. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. (910) 692-6261. SHAW HOUSE. Open 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. (910) 692-2051. TUFTS ARCHIVES. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. (910) 295-3642. UNION STATION. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located in downtown Aberdeen. (910) 944-5902. SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE LOG CABIN. Open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (910) 295-4677.


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T h e A c c i d e nta l A st r o l o g e r

By Astrid Stellanova

What’s Written on the Wall

Beau has got a sense of humor but no intuition whatsoever. He thought I would actually enjoy a gym membership. That gift is right up there with a used vacuum cleaner. If Beau can’t figure out how wrong that idea is, he can crawl right back into that Cadi-lacky and hit the highway — flashing rims and all. Which leads me to how we are moving into the season of giving and caring. Don’t buy something they don’t want just because you think it will make YOU look good. Readers, I am rethinking my love life. Even gifted seers sometimes miss what’s written on the wall. Scorpio (October 23 — November 21) If Scorpios are predictable at all (and yes, Mr. and Ms. Spider sign, you are), it is how much you enjoy a complication, er, drama, and how much you like a party. Nah, make that a complicated party. One Scorpio Mama orchestrated a birthday that required fourteen of us to drive 120 miles to meet at a country inn so we could spend an entire weekend carrying on and making over her. Like it was no trouble at all. If you put on your Big Boy and Big Girl pants, Birthday Spider, you will see it ain’t that complicated to have a good time. Celebrate. Stick a candle in a Snickers bar. Somehow, don’t ask me how, you made it to this ripe ole age. You got strange days November 1–3; better times by the 27th. Sagittarius (November 22 — December 21) Sagittarius would suggest sage, right? Nah. Here’s what you got ahead: An opportunity is going to knock so hard even a deaf dog could hear it. Answer the door. It won’t knock but three times in a lifetime, so crack the door and see what’s waiting. There’s a fascinating time around the 19th that could pave the way for a very nice time come Thanksgiving. Eat all the pumpkin pie you can hold, and just enjoy weighing your options right on till the end of the month. Capricorn (December 22 — January 19) If you come to the fork in the road, take it. (OK, I didn’t make that up, but Yogi Berra did. It must’a worked in baseball.) Anyhoo, there is a situation with the stars that means decisions made last month were probably wrong, so rethink. Trust your gut — go back, reverse, whatever, to mix it up and fix it up. You have a very positive holiday time coming up, with a trine on the 30th that will make you glad you rolled with your gut and finally trusted the knowing and generous Universe. Or at least, had enough persimmon pudding and sweet potato casserole to expand yours. Aquarius (January 20 — February 18) You are probably thanking your lucky stars you heeded ole Astrid last month. Now you are living high. And I do mean, literally. Listen here: Alcohol may not be the answer. But it can sure make you forget the question. And the question was, all along, what exactly? You got to master yourself and get a grip when a shakeup happens at the month’s start. But by the 22nd, you’re high as a possum in a pine tree. Call it high on life or whatever you want to, but somebody’s going to shake that branch and you heard it here, Honey. Pisces (February 19 — March 20) There’s a lot of humility in anybody who invented hair spray but never took the credit for it. I met the original Hair Net guru, as a matter of fact, who is unknown but should have gotten a Noble or Nobel or Pulitzer — or whatever prize it is. I myself, for example, had a huge role to play in the development of the first hair-care products, but given I have a lot of Piscean aspects never said a peep to anyone till now. You feel like that — like your name should be on every can. By the 10th, a nice bit of recognition makes you feel like you own the prize heifer at the State Fair. But hey, fantasy works and reality don’t, right? Wrong. Your real reward is still ahead. Hold tight. Aries (March 21 — April 19) Oh, my, fire sign. You’ve been about as subtle as the time you painted your house barn red just to tick off the neighbors. A fire extinguisher is about to become your best friend, Ram. So call your friends, simmer down and try to rein in some of that Aries aggression. If you can’t be a wonderful example of anything, you can serve as a warning to somebody. Two strikes at the home plate on the 14–15th might have you skittish and worried about your job, so at least check the want ads if the bases are loaded, you are swinging and

you ain’t got nothing. Your mojo comes back on the 19th, sure as fire. Taurus (April 20 — May 20) The bull has got some explaining to do to those nearest and dearest. Yes, a bull can charge and scare the daylights outta everything else in the pasture. But outstripping a pack of mules, for goodness sake, is not exactly going to get you top honors and a gold star. For this month’s lesson, Ferdinand, start out with new tactics in the barnyard, which include some four-syllable concepts: diplomacy, persuasiveness, and intuition. Trade brawn for brains on the 17th and concentrate on a Sure Thing Moneymaker that will bubble up.

Gemini (May 21 — June 20) Let’s just say for the sake of argument that them lights up in the sky really are UFOs, and your boyfriend/girlfriend really did plant a tracking device on your Ford, and your well water has arsenic in it. But this paranoia thing has gotta stop. Here’s some tough love, straight from the Good Book according to me: Aliens do not want to study you, specifically, unless it is to figure out what you were thinking when you got that haircut. And odds are, your boyfriend/girlfriend is already dating again. And that funny taste is them old lead pipes. Drop them old fears and turn the Mother Ship around. The thing jarring you on the 25th ain’t a laser beam from Mars: It’s reality. Cancer (June 21 — July 22) Nice times on planet Earth for Cancer, huh? You got a real genius for Me, Me — and Me. Now what are you planning to give back? Try this: start small. Give away the last stick of gum in the pack. Hand that construction guy on the corner a cold drink. Help an old lady load her groceries. Tip the waitress another dollar. See where this is going? It ain’t like we get one chance, or one holiday to be nicer to people. We get moments. So here’s what else I see: Something got resolved at the start of the month, and was easy peasy by the 3rd. Playing nice is going to feel real natural. This cycle will continue — you getting, you giving, for two more years. Things could sure be worse. Leo (July 23 — August 22) You got fear and anger all confused. Fear is just false evidence appearing real. I read that on a fortune. Anyhow, righteous anger may be the only fuel you got. Don’t get on Facebook and make a proclamation, just tell ’em yourself. Grandpa Hornblower, bless his heart, loved to climb up on a soapbox and blare away — the only point made was he was ticked. And he was outta Blatz. The clouds part on the 10th before a trine, and you get to stand in the sunshine and roar your fool head off, Leo. Virgo (August 23 — Septeber 22) Of all the things you lost, I bet you miss your mind the most. At least, that’s how you feel because you are so used to over-thinking everything when you feel this good you wonder what bad stuff you’ve missed. This is one of those months that starts slow but ends up giving you a wild ride. You have got an opportunity to clear the room, and not because you had Taco Bell for lunch. I mean psychic room. Stop weighing everything ten times — you were right the first time. Trust ole Astrid, even if you doubt your own smart self. Coffee is a good diversion, anyhow, till you can drink vino and unwind. Libra (September 23 — October 22) Wheel and deal? That ain’t exactly natural for a Libra, huh? Lord knows, Mama used to get confused and say, stop all that self-defecation. But we knew what she meant. This ain’t Bank of America, and we ain’t checking your credit score. You could try a little self-promotion. Toot your own horn, honey, and take credit where it’s due. Everybody that knows you feels loyal to you — now turn that charm on a customer, or maybe a new client, and you are going to shine, Baby. Value yourself for a change and keep the change. On the 5th and the 10th deal with some money matters and don’t be shy. b 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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Passing of the Whisk

By Gayvin Powers

Some little girls

dream of wearing a silver tiara; all I wanted was my mom’s gigantic silver whisk that magically transformed mere turkey drippings into a culinary masterpiece known as “perfect gravy.”

Every Thanksgiving I’d camp out dangerously close to the hot oven window where the turkey browned and drippings gurgled while cooking. I watched, mesmerized, as my mom’s hand methodically swirled her whisk over a large turkey pan that took up two burners, turning those delicious drippings into brown, bubbling bliss. Her toils created a vat of delicious, thick, can’t-get-enough-on-my-plate goodness. To this day, conjuring that image has me practically drooling on my keyboard. I don’t simply like gravy; I’m a gravy addict. “Hi, my name is Gayvin. I look like the average soccer mom driving a SUV. Only I have a little secret: I love gravy.” At the age of 4, I desperately wanted to learn to make the gravy myself, but Mom declared I wasn’t old enough. I made bread and water soup to prove to her I was. The result is what some people would refer to as prison food because that’s what it was: torn-up Wonder Bread in what amounted to little more than warm water. Mom took pity on me. After seeing how committed I was to cooking — albeit refusing to try my prison food — Mom introduced me to canned soup. Victory! Soon, I was an expert at Top Ramen and grilled cheese sandwiches. Despite my consistent coaxing, though, I still wasn’t deemed old enough to learn the ancient art of gravy making. My obsession with gravy culminated the year I was 8 and my family went to my aunt and uncle’s house for Thanksgiving. My aunt, a stern woman who makes people shudder whenever they use grammar incorrectly, is not to be crossed. Over the years, I’ve learned she’s like crème brûlée — a favorite, hardshelled sweetie with a soft inside. I didn’t know this about her back then; I couldn’t have understood the complexities of either my aunt or crème brûlée. Instead of letting me camp out by the oven, my aunt shooed me away to play games with my older cousins. “What! You challenge my word?” my oldest cousin, now a judge, asked during Scrabble. She flung open Webster’s Dictionary, proving to me that, “‘Gaudeamus’ is a word. I win again.” After losing several games of Scrabble and Monopoly, I gratefully rushed to the table when dinner was announced. People sauntered to the table as


my aunt announced, “It’s a dry turkey.” “Nothing that a little gravy can’t fix,” I thought. Two morsels of turkey and walloping mounds of stuffing on my plate awaited the piece de resistance. The gravy boat was mine once it hit the table. I heartily poured two-thirds of the gravy all over my plate, making the stuffing look like a drowning chain of Hawaiian islands. Not more than twenty seconds later, someone asked frantically, “Where’s the gravy?” Where’s the gravy, I scoffed. If they’d moved faster, they’d already have their own archipelago of gravy. Now they would have to get some from the other gravy boats or vat in the kitchen. “It’s on the table,” my aunt replied as her feet urgently scuttled to the table. “It’s right there,” she said, pointing to my gravy boat. “Where’d it all go?!” she demanded Faces searched from plate to plate, until they rested their angry eyeballs on mine. I realized there were no more gravy boats and there definitely wasn’t a vat in the kitchen. I couldn’t say anything; my stuffing did it for me as it sank under the weight of the gravy. Thus began the “Thanksgiving of Silence.” Oh, there were words spoken directly after the discovery that I’d hijacked the gravy. I’m not sure if I blocked out the words or if I wasn’t old enough to understand them — a lesson I’d already learned thanks to Scrabble. I do know that I was in trouble. I offered my gravy to others; it was rejected. They choked down their dry turkey while gravy dripped down my chin. From that day forward, “The Gravy Incident” became fodder for amusement at future family gatherings. I was banned from my aunt’s kitchen, and another cousin was declared official “gravy maker.” But the incident was never mentioned in my parent’s house. The very next year, my mom ceremoniously handed me her whisk on Thanksgiving. She never explained why, and instead instructed me on how to make a vat of Thanksgiving gravy. Perhaps she figured I’d endured enough humiliation, or simply felt that if I was going to eat all the gravy, I’d better know how to make more of it. Many Thanksgivings have passed since then, each one allowing me to further perfect the ancient art of gravy making. Today, I’m the one turning mere drippings into brown, bubbling bliss, and, of course, I do it using my mother’s coveted silver whisk. PS Gayvin Powers is an award-winning filmmaker, author and freelance writer. Iona Fay, her young adult fairy novel, will be coming out soon.

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