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Simple Life By Jim Dodson PinePitch Tea Leaf Astrologer By Zora Stellanova The Omnivorous Reader

By Stephen E. Smith

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Bookshelf Hometown By Bill Fields Creators of N.C. By Wiley Cash Sandhills Photo Club In the Spirit By Tony Cross Out of the Blue By Deborah Salomon Birdwatch By Susan Campbell Sporting Life By Tom Bryant Golftown Journal By Lee Pace Arts & Entertainment Calendar SandhillSeen Pine Needler By Mart Dickerson Southwords By Scott Sheffield

FEATURES 63 After Church Poetry by Debra Kaufman 64 Blessing of the Hounds Poem by Katharine and Jim Boyd Illustrations by Matt Myers

68 The Interpretive Art of Tailgating By Rose Shewey Parking lot delights for every occasion

74 Ben and Jerry’s Excellent Adventure By Bill Case When President Gerald Ford joined eight of golf’s all-time greats

80 The Curated Estate By Deborah Salomon History rules in Homewood

89 November Almanac By Ashley Walshe

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A Cure for the Summer Blues And a homecoming for a flat-coated retriever

By Jim Dodson

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this, I’ve just returned from East Hampton, New York, where I sat on the porch of a beautiful old house that belongs to my friends, Rees Jones, the famous golf architect, and his wife, Susan. The sun had just come up and the first birds were chirping. Susan’s gardens were lush from recent rains. It was the day after Labor Day and the summer crowds were finally winding their way home. I’d be lying if I said I was sad to see this particular summer go. It was a real doozy back home in Carolina, the hottest and driest summer I can recall, which explains why I spent many days watering my wilted gardens that seemed prepared to give up the ghost. But I’m already in a November state of mind. November, you see, is one of my two favorite months, when I pause to take inventory of the year, count my blessings and thank the Lord for unexpected gifts. This year I’m starting early with a dog named Blue. He was the one great thing about summer’s end — besides summer’s end. Up till the moment my wife, Wendy, found him, I was feeling intense lingering grief over the loss of my beloved dog The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

Mulligan at the end of August last year. Mully, as I called her, was 17 and had been my faithful traveling pal since the October day in 2005 when I found her running wild and free on the shoulder of a busy highway near the South Carolina line, a filthy, joyful, black pup that raced into my arms as if she knew I was there to save her — though I’m convinced it was the other way around. Whichever it was, we found each other and shared an uncommonly powerful bond to the very end. One of the saddest moments of my life was watching her soulful brown eyes close for the last time as she lay at my feet in the garden she helped me build. Or it felt like it at the time. Grief is such untidy business. It squeezes your heart at unexpected moments. Every time I saw a dog that looked like Mully — a flat-coated retriever and border collie mix — I found myself almost aching with returning sadness. Even our aging and sweet old pit bull, Gracie, whom I call Piggie for the way she snorts when eating and sleeping, seemed to keenly feel Mully’s absence, despite the fact that pits are not known for displaying much emotion. One day last fall, I happened to open an app to Red Dog Rescue and there was a black-and-white female puppy looking for a forever home. I was sure Mully was sending her to us. So, on a lark, I filled out the paperwork and supplied proper referPineStraw 17


ences. A week or so later, we drove to a farm down in Asheboro to pick her up. We named her Winnie — either after Winnie-the-Pooh or my late friend Winnie Palmer, Arnold’s wonderful wife — I’m still not sure which. It wasn’t long before I started calling her Wild Winnie. She is an exceptionally smart and insanely joyful mix of Labrador retriever, English springer spaniel plus something her DNA results termed as “Super Mutt.” She is every bit that and more. In truth, however, I wasn’t sure life in an old suburban city neighborhood would be sufficient for our beautiful Super Mutt’s needs. But I was wrong. Winnie quickly attached herself to Gracie the Bull and my wife, Wendy, who took her to training classes and soon had her performing an impressive repertoire of obedient commands. Wendy also began taking Winnie to Country Park's BarkPark, where she fell in with a band of rough-and-tumble regulars named Roger, Jack and Ellie that run, wrestle and chase each other until they drop from exhaustion. Winnie, in short, has been a joy. Without fail, she jumps into my lap every morning to give me a soppy lick of gratitude for finding her. But she’s clearly one of the girls. Wendy is her sun and moon. I’m just Wild Winnie’s fun playmate. I was OK with that until the end of August, when the first anniversary of losing Mully approached. My intuitive wife seemed to divine that my normal “summer blues” were worse than ever this year. One afternoon as we

shared a cool drink beneath the shade trees, she handed me her iPhone and said, smiling, “So what do you think?” It was a photo of a beautiful black flat-coated retriever that looked exactly like Mully. “He’s over in Tennessee, a rescued young male who belonged to a lady who had to give him up. They say he’s sweet as can be, loves other dogs and even cats. They’re taking a load of rescued dogs to New England and will be passing through western Virginia this Friday evening. If you’re interested. I’ve already cleared our references.” For several seconds I said nothing, just stared at the photo. “You need your dog,” my wise wife quietly said. So we drove to western Virginia and picked him up. On the two-hour drive home, he climbed up front and placed his head in my lap and fell asleep. We named him Blue, my forever cure for the summer blues. After a bath, he was so black he was blue. My daughter, Maggie, suggested the name. Blue follows me everywhere, lies at my feet and already answers to his name. Piggie and Winnie adore him. Ditto Boo Radley, the cat. On the evening I arrived home from New York, Blue was the first one to greet me at the door, hopping up to give me a lick on the chin. It was good to be home. For both of us. PS Jim Dodson can be reached at



Located in the sought after prestigious Pinewild Country Club Community. This 3500+ square foot home with its welcoming and charming entrance, offers 3/4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Situated on the club’s golf course and offering serene views throughout. Bursting with sundrenched rooms with an abundance of floor to ceiling windows and a floor plan that is a treat for many gatherings. Beautiful hardwood floors, spacious dining and living rooms, a kitchen and family room that invites you to the large Carolina room. The full sized kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, handsome cabinets and a desired farm sink. There is a study with handsome builtin cabinets and shelving, a master bedroom with a large ensuite. Great curb appeal with well manicured landscaping. A large outdoor patio with relaxing golf course views along with a custom retractable awning. Two car garage and separate golf garage. Pinewild CC Membership available for transfer. Buyer to pay prevailing fees.


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DISTINCTIVE CUSTOM BEAUTY. Love to entertain? Look no more. Located in the exclusive golf community of Forest Creek, this exquisite 4BR/4.5BA 5,455 sq. ft. home features stunning architectural details. The estate-like double door entry opens to a rotunda foyer welcoming you to the main living level which includes a dramatic formal dining room, a light and airy office, a barreled ceiling chef’s kitchen with large center island and kitchen dining, separate pantry with coffee and prep area, an imposing living room with a lighted wood-beamed ceiling and French doors leading to a screen patio overlooking the backyard oasis. Also main level is the wow master bedroom suite with huge walk-in closet and recessed make-up area, and an ensuite guest bedroom. Your elevator (or stairs) takes you to the amazing lower level with large living area, a full-service bar with 400+ bottle wine room, a flex space, plus 2 ensuite bedrooms. French doors lead to a covered patio area, outdoor dining space with fireplace, and a relaxing pool. Lush landscaping finishes the lovely curb appeal of this must-see home.


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Question Everything Be prepared to be transported to a world where secrets fester and the line between reality and illusion blurs when the Judson Theatre Company presents Gaslight, performed on Broadway as Angel Street, in five performances beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, and running through a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 19 at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Set in a charming Victorian London townhouse, Gaslight, starring Jennifer Hope and Matthew Tyler, revolves around a seemingly perfect marriage, beneath which lies a sinister plot. Sanity is questioned and strange occurrences unfold in a heartpounding journey to unravel a dark mystery. For more information go to

The Last First The Main Squeeze, an American funk band from Bloomington, Indiana, will bring down the curtain — if there was a curtain on the outdoor stage — on the First Friday concerts for 2023. The music begins at 5 p.m. and wraps at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, on the Sunrise Square adjacent to the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Everyone knows the drill. Food trucks. Check. Beer for imbibing. Check. Cujos? No so much. It’s the last one of the year, so leave your pets at home and wander by. For additional information call (910) 420-2549 or go to

Sugar Plums and Mouse Kings Gary Taylor Dance presents The Nutcracker, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 24, at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. There will be additional performances of this holiday classic by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. For information and tickets go to

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Let There Be Light Ring in the holidays at Southern Pines’ annual treelighting celebration on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to block after block of colorfully decorated trees, keep an eye out for Santa Claus. He’s available for pictures. Bring your own camera but no autographs, please. For information call: (910) 692-7376. The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

From Apartheid to Democracy William Lucas, a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, joins the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series with a talk titled “The Mandela-DeKlerk ‘Miracle’” on Thursday, Nov. 9, at BPAC’s Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Lucas was twice assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, as a political officer serving from 1981-83 and again from 1988-91. He was the director, African Affairs, at the National Security Council in 2006. His current projects include a book on the transition from apartheid to democracy in the ’80s and ’90s, based on interviews with key South African and American officials as well as declassified documentation obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. For additional details go to

��th Hour, ��th Day, ��th Month Downtown Southern Pines’ Veteran’s Day Parade will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Bring the whole family to support our troops and veterans. All veterans are invited to join the parade. For more information call (910) 692-7376 or leaf through a history book. Freedom isn’t free.

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Sandhills Originals The Artists League of the Sandhills begins its 29th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale on Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. The show continues on Saturday with a “meet the artist” session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit and sale runs through Dec. 15. For additional information go to

Golf Talk Live Join Southern Pines native and longtime PineStraw contributor Bill Fields in conversation with his old colleague and PineStraw editor Jim Moriarty as they discuss their decades covering golf and writing about it on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Fields, who will be at Weymouth as a writer-in-residence, has contributed multiple features to PineStraw and penned over 100 of his “Hometown” columns since it first appeared in the magazine in Dec. 2014. He was born in Moore County, graduated from Pinecrest High School in 1977 and from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1981. Fields has been a writer and editor for multiple golf publications and is currently a researcher on NBC’s golf telecasts, serving as the little voice whispering interesting facts into Dan Hicks’ ear. The program is free of charge but registration is required. For info go to

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Take a Deep Breath Worldrenowned glass artists Einar and James De La Torre will give a glass-blowing demonstration at Starworks, 100 Russell Drive, Star, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. There will be live music by Laura Jane Vincent and beverages available from the Starworks Café and Taproom. The House of Odell & Luella food truck will be on-site. The event is family and pet friendly, if everyone is on a leash. Well, the pets anyway. Tickets are $5. For more information go to PineStraw 23

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Everyone knows that the greatest revenge story never told is currently playing on a loop inside the dark and secretive mind of a Scorpio sun child. Relax. While the mischievous glint in your eyes does raise some suspicion, they’ll never know what you’re really thinking. On Monday, November 13, a new moon in your sign will offer a fresh perspective. Are you ready for a plot twist? You just might surprise yourself.

Tea leaf “fortunes” for the rest of you: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) You’re going to taste that more than once.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) Splurge on the fancy cheese.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Clear the cobwebs.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20) Your eyes give you away.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Two words: buffet etiquette.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You’re clenching your teeth again.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Leave your shoes by the door.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Dress for the part you want.

Leo (July 23 – August 22) Try chewing between bites.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22) Make space for a new houseplant.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Portrait of a Genius When art and politics collide

By Stephen E. Smith

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tural/political history when we disagree about almost everything, you’d expect an ambitious pundit to pen a bestseller titled America vs. America: A Definitive Analysis of Our Cantankerousness. Although books aplenty attempt such revelations, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to articulate the forces at work in the here and now, but literary critic Scott Eyman has given us the next best thing to an explanation: Charlie Chaplin vs. America: When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided, an exposé/biography of a man who defined, at least in part, the last century, and who suffered the slings and arrows of an America gone wacky. Eyman’s latest offering — he’s authored six previous books on the film industry and various movie stars — may strike readers as a story told a trifle too late. After all, Charlie Chaplin is ancient history, a wobbly, bowler-topped, black and white stick figure balanced on a rubbery cane who inexplicably entertained our grandparents with the silent knowledge that authentic comedy has its source in the concealment of anguish. The day-to-day details of Chaplin’s life notwithstanding, there’s insight aplenty in this cautionary tale of an artist whose universal popularity among Americans diminished to the point that he was run out of the country and forced to take up residence in Switzerland for the later years of his life. Chaplin was born in England and suffered a childhood of poverty and hardship. His alcoholic father abandoned the family, and he and his brother were sent to a workhouse. His mother was committed to a mental institution when he was 14, and Chaplin was forced to find work touring theaters and music halls as a stage actor and comedian. At 19, he toured with a company that traveled The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

the United States, where he eventually signed with Keystone Studios. By the age of 20, he was the best-known man in the world. Chaplin co-founded United Artists and went on to write and produce The Kid, A Woman of Paris, The Gold Rush and The Circus. After the introduction of talkies, he released two silent films, City Lights and Modern Times, both film classics, followed by his first sound film, The Great Dictator, which satirized Adolf Hitler. After abandoning his Tramp persona, his later films included Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight and A King in New York. His credits and awards would fill this page, but less-thanknowledgeable readers need only grasp this basic fact: Chaplin was a creative genius who had a profound influence on popular culture and the art of filmmaking. The focus of Eyman’s biography is Chaplin’s fall from grace. Early in his career, Chaplin was accused in a paternity suit in which he was found guilty, although blood tests proved conclusively that he was not the father (at the time, the state of California didn’t recognize blood tests as evidence); but the scandal was enough to attract the attention of gossip columnists, Hedda Hopper foremost among them, who were always collecting dirt on celebrity targets that would sell newspapers. More destructive to Chaplin’s reputation was the public curiosity regarding his politics. Although he lived much of his life in the United States — indeed, he made most of his fortune here — he never applied for citizenship, which generated a cloud of suspicion that never quite dissipated. Chaplin claimed to be an anarchist, “not in the bomb-throwing sense,” Eyman writes, “but in his dislike of rules and a preference for as much liberty as the law allowed, and maybe just a bit more.” In truth, he was little interested in politicians and politics, outside the restraints placed on the arts by contemporaries who were politically minded. Having suffered through a childhood of poverty, he harbored a great concern for the underprivileged, which is evident in all his films. But when he released Modern Times, which thematically explored the unending struggle against authoritarianism, and The Great Dictator, which mocked Adolf Hitler, both films, huPineStraw 29

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FICTION The Little Liar, by Mitch Albom Until his 11th birthday, Nico Krispis had never told a lie. When the Nazis invade his home in Salonika, Greece, the trustworthy boy is discovered by a German officer, who offers him a chance to save his family. All Nico has to do is convince his fellow Jewish residents to board trains heading toward “the East,” where they are promised jobs and safety. Unaware that this is all a cruel ruse, the honest boy tells the frightened passengers they will be safe. But when the final train is loaded, Nico sees his family being pushed inside. Only after it is too late does he realize he has been helping send everyone he loves to their doom. He never tells the truth again. Albom interweaves the stories of Nico, who becomes a pathological liar, his brother Sebastian and their schoolmate Fannie, who survive the death camps and marry as teenagers, and Udo Graf, the Nazi officer who duped Nico into losing his soul, in this deeply moving story about the harm we inflict with our deceits, and the power of love to ultimately redeem us. The Vulnerables, by Sigrid Nunez Elegy plus comedy is the only way to express how we live in the world today, says a character in this New York Times bestselling author’s ninth novel. A solitary female narrator asks what it means to be alive at this complex moment in history and considers how our present reality affects the way a person looks back on her past. Humor, to be sure, is a priceless refuge. Equally vital is connection with others, who here include an adrift member of Gen Z and a spirited parrot named Eureka. The Vulnerables reveals what happens when strangers are willing to open their

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hearts to each other, and how far even small acts of caring can go to ease another’s distress. NONFICTION The Explorers Club: A Visual Journey Through the Past, Present, and Future of Exploration, edited by Jeff Wilser The discovery of the North and South Poles. The summiting of Everest. The moon landing. The birth of climate change science. These are just some of the stories from The Explorers Club, the book released by the organization that, since its inception in 1904, has pushed the envelope of human curiosity. This guided tour of the club’s most riveting journeys includes hundreds of photos and fascinating anecdotes about its distinguished members, including Teddy Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong and Jane Goodall. From the darkest depths of the ocean to the highest points on Earth, and to outer space and beyond, this book shares the inspirational history of exploration. A Woman I Know, by Mary Haverstick The true story of a filmmaker whose unexpected investigation opened a new window onto the world of Cold War espionage, CIA secrets and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Haverstick, an independent filmmaker, thought she’d stumbled onto the project of a lifetime — a biopic of a little-known aviation legend whose story seemed to embody the hopeful spirit of the dawn of the Space Age. After receiving a mysterious warning from a government agent, what she found as she dug deeper was a darker story of double identities and female spies, a tangle of intrigue that stretched from the fields of the Congo to the shores of Cuba, from the streets of Mexico City to the dark heart of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas. PineStraw 33


CHILDREN’S BOOKS Illusions in Art: Animals, by Chiêu Anh Urban Simple illustrations of a monkey, a seal, a fox, a swan contain cleverly hidden drawings of entirely different animals in this exploration of positive and negative space. Art! Animals! Together time! There couldn’t be a more perfect “sit in my lap and read” book than this. (Ages 2-4.) I Want 100 Dogs, by Stacy McAnulty Getting a new pet is always a delicate negotiation between the pet “wanter” and the ultimate pet “caretaker.” This delightful new “tail” tale hilariously, yet poignantly, digs into the how, what, when and why of pet ownership. Fun for anyone considering adding a furry family member. (Ages 3-7.) Okra Stew: A Gullah Geechee Family Celebration, by Natalie Daise You can almost smell the salt marsh in this stunning homage to Gullah culture, father-son love, and okra. With art reminiscent of Lois Ehlert or Faith Ringgold, this one is a must for all young Southern foodies. (Ages 3-7.) There Was a Party for Langston, by Jason Reynolds There was a hoopla in Harlem. A whizbanger for the wordsmiths. Young readers can celebrate the joy of Langston Hughes through the verse of Jason Reynolds and the illustrations of Jerome and Jarret Pumphrey in this must-have new picture book. (Ages 3-7.)


5,000 Years of Awesome Objects: A History of Art for Children, by Aaron Rosen, Susie Hodge, Susie Brooks, Mary Richards Go on a trip through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and get lost in a book that features 5,000 years of the most unusual, bizarre, fascinating and awesome objects in history including Mayan jewelry, Egyptian amulets and even American baseball cards. (Ages 8 and up.) PS Compiled by Kimberly Daniels Taws and Angie Tally.

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I travel some for work, and some of the

trips are on planes. Over the last year-and-a-half — as sure as people are determined to wedge steamer trunks into overhead compartments designed for briefcases — you would have seen me closing my left eye and training the right on something. It might be the no-smoking symbol, the lavatory locator, or a chyron on a fellow passenger’s television screen. This is not idle squinting.

I do these in-flight vision tests to reassure myself that my right eye is seeing crisply. Fortunately, it is, which is a reason I’m particularly grateful this Thanksgiving. In early February 2022, my right eye suddenly wasn’t working properly one morning. It was as if a dark curtain was being pulled up from the bottom. I got to my ophthalmologist’s office by mid-afternoon. The technician who does the scans is usually cheerful and chatty but didn’t say much this time. In the exam room, looking at the eye chart confirmed why he had been mum minutes earlier. It wasn’t that the smaller letters were blurry — they were obscured by whatever was going on inside my eye. My vision was limited to the largest letter on top, the “Big E.” I joked about Elvin Hayes, but the young man asking what I could see had no clue about my reference to a basketball star from many years ago. In the nervous minutes waiting for the doctor to come into the room, I thought about the life of my eyes. I didn’t even need glasses until I was in college. Covering a Carolina-State football game in Raleigh during the fall of 1979, I realized I was having trouble seeing the jersey numbers. A subsequent exam indicated nearsightedness, and I got glasses for distance. Contact lenses came later. In my early 40s, like so many others, I began to have trouble seeing up close. I thought about my dad at the breakfast table and how he had held the newspaper The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

increasingly farther away before finally getting a pair of magnifying readers. I recalled my mom saying, “You’re in my light” and not understanding why that was a big deal. My moment came when I was helping a friend hook up a television on a shelf in an armoire. The back of it was a shadowy tangle of cords, and I had a hard time. I stopped at a drugstore on the way home to purchase reading glasses. Cataract surgery on both eyes in the fall of 2020 was liberating — I was able after 40 years to ditch corrective lenses for distance. But my vision bliss was short-lived. The ophthalmologist told me I had a detached retina and presently was on the phone to a retina specialist across town. A doctor there confirmed the retina in my right eye was fully detached, and I was headed for surgery the next day. “You were a 5 out of 10,” the surgeon told me after he had finished. “Not the easiest, not the hardest.” He had reattached the retina and inserted a gas bubble to encourage healing. The bubble appeared as a dark circle in my vision for more than two months, getting smaller as it dissipated, from the size of a nickel to a speck of black. For three weeks after the operation, I had to be face-down — “Looking at the Earth,” as the doctor put it — eight to 10 hours per day to maximize the bubble’s effect on the repaired retina. I rented a chair designed for such recoveries. Its mirror allowed me to watch TV, which mitigated the boredom because reading was difficult. Through months of checkups and eye drops, vision in the surgical eye improved. After the bubble shrank enough to allow some sight, what I had was like looking through a frosted window. Over time, the vision improved and I began to be able to read the smaller lines of type on a poster across my living room couch, my at-home eye chart. It was 20/120, then 20/80. Earlier this year, an eye test indicated even more improvement: 20/25. Being able to see the little letters is a big deal indeed. PS Southern Pines native Bill Fields, who writes about golf and other things, moved north in 1986 but hasn’t lost his accent. PineStraw 37

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new novel, Evil Eye, is the story of a Palestinian American woman named Yara Murad who’s struggling to reconcile her identities of wife, mother, artist, professor, native Brooklynite and transplanted Southerner. From the outside, it looks like Yara has it all: a husband who supports her work at a local university; two sweet young daughters; a career teaching the art she loves. But as the novel opens, the reader watches Yara careen through her days in a silent, stifling panic, something unspoken and unfulfilled bubbling beneath the surface of her life.

Yara’s angst finds an outlet when she responds to a colleague’s shocking display of bigotry, but she isn’t prepared for the repercussions that follow. Her mother explains that Yara’s struggles are the result of an old family curse and she dismisses Yara’s frustration by saying that she should be happy that her husband has given Yara more freedoms than Yara’s father gave her. Many writers would lean into the trope of the age-old curse to carry their plots, but Rum never relies on gimmicks or stereotypes, not in her characters, and not in her narrative. Instead, this character-driven novel investigates the ways in which we curse ourselves by settling for jobs and relationships that don’t fulfill us. Evil Eye is a book about the monotony of unfulfilled days (and nights), yet Rum has crafted this finely drawn portrait of domestic life into a page-turner. “Actually, I felt like my first novel was a real page-turner, but one that I intentionally crafted to be so,” she says. “With Evil Eye, I did not want to write another page-turner. But as a writer you want to keep the story interesting, and you want the readers turning the pages. And I think for me, I had to challenge myself to write a character portrait.” She is sitting at the counter at Books and The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

Beans, a coffee shop and bookstore she owns with her husband, Brandon, in Rocky Mount. Light streams through the windows, making the white walls appear even brighter, and the terra cotta tile floors richer and more resonant. “I was really interested in exploring the internal life of this character in an authentic way, and I hoped and I prayed that doing so would lend a readability that is relatable, authentic, and helps you get into the story. My intention was that it would be her personality and her character and all the things that we don’t know about her past that would motivate the reader to keep going.” This reader kept going. I finished the novel in a couple of days. But reading Evil Eye wasn’t always a comfortable experience. While we are firmly grounded in Yara’s point of view, and privy to her difficult childhood, we also have front row seats to the many anxieties she confronts in her everyday life. These anxieties are manifested in the workplace (in this case, higher education), on social media, in her role as a mother and wife, and in her struggles to pursue her passion as an artist. “I wanted to write about these issues in the perspective of a character we haven’t seen before, a Palestinian American woman who you don’t really think about, but someone who has these universal anxieties that are so PineStraw 39

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common for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity,” Rum says. It was her hope that in seeing themselves in Yara’s story readers might see someone like Yara for the first time. “Most readers can’t possibly connect with having an arranged marriage, but maybe they can connect with being a young mother or feeling like their dreams are unfulfilled or feeling like they’re living their lives and doing all the right things, only to wake up one

day feeling so unsettled, thinking, Wait, is this actually what I want?” In one particularly affecting scene, Yara opens Instagram, poised to post a photo in the hopes of proving that her life is more fulfilling than it actually is, but then she pauses, pondering the ways in which social media is often an aspirational portrayal of the lives we want instead of representative of the lives we’re willing to pursue. For Yara, the question in Evil Eye is whether or not she will ever reach for what she wants and deserves, or will she spend the rest of her life simmering and settling for the life she has? “Why do we settle for what’s comfortable?” Rum asks. “Because we want to avoid the pain of growth.” For Etaf Rum, Instagram surprisingly became a place for




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her to manifest her aspirations. Long before her debut novel, A Woman Is No Man, became a New York Times bestseller and a book club selection by the Today show’s Jenna Bush Hager, Rum was teaching English at Nash Community College. Before each class began, she regularly shared two of her greatest loves with her students: coffee and books. “I would bring my students coffee and book recommendations,” she says. “And eventually they would ask, ‘What are you reading now?’ And so I created an Instagram account called Books and Beans, and it was like a joke between all of us. That was the year I started writing A Woman Is No Man.” The Instagram page quickly garnered notice well beyond the walls of the college, and Rum soon found herself as an ambassador of the Book of the Month Club, helping them promote their selections through her Instagram account. Later, when her first novel was published in 2019, it actually included a coffee shop called Books and Beans. Writers call this foreshadowing. This was around the time a development group was renovating Rocky Mount Mills into an 82-acre campus combining retail, dining and residences. There was a particular part of the campus Rum had her eye on. “They had a stand-alone old canteen building they wanted to open up as a coffee shop,” she says. “And so a bunch of people went to them and said, ‘Hey, we can open a coffee shop,’ and I was one of them. My husband, Brandon, worked in restaurants

his whole life, so I said, ‘All right, you can help me with the business side of things.’” They pitched their vision to the developers, and Books and Beans was born. “It was my way of creating space for myself with things that I loved, and it was also my way of saying, ‘Hey, you can do whatever you want to do. There’s nothing out of reach for you. Just believe in it.’ The coffee shop was literally a manifestation of a dream that I’d had on social media, and we turned it into a physical building.” A few years later, the shock still hasn’t worn off. Rum continually finds herself mesmerized by the fact that a Palestinian American woman born and raised in Brooklyn could create a community foothold in a small Southern town like Rocky Mount. “Every time I walk past it I remind myself that there are girls like me who think they have no business running a shop. All it takes is believing that you could become part of something, right? If you don’t see that vision for yourself, if you don’t believe in it, then it will never happen.” Cursed or charmed, coffee or beans, it all comes down to hard work and dreams. PS Wiley Cash is the executive director of Literary Arts at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the founder of This Is Working, an online community for writers.


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ing through social media, I’ll come across a bartending or kitchen tool that catches my eye. This has become more frequent in the past couple of years as bartending/cocktail influencers flood my algorithm like a Category 4 hurricane. There are a ton of folks online who will do anything for likes and are way too flashy, but there are a few quality accounts with a passion for spirits, cocktails and hospitality. I’ve actually found new ways to make drinks easier and more fun from a couple of the better-quality sites. Since we live to serve, here are a few of my favorites: Morgenthaler Triomphe Atomizer Having an atomizer is nothing new when it comes to my collection of bar tools, but it’s the details of this one that made me splurge. I’ve been following longtime bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler for years, whether it’s his bartending blog, cocktail The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

books or YouTube videos. When he announced he was collaborating with Cocktail Kingdom, I pretty much knew that I’d be interested in whatever he was pitching. Plus, I’m a fanboy, so there you go. The main reason I purchased my first atomizer years ago was to make my Sazerac cocktails better: On busy nights, I was wasting absinthe by rinsing my rocks glasses with it. An atomizer gave me the opportunity to evenly coat the glasses by spraying a mist of absinthe inside them. Another perk was saving absinthe; having a 1- or 2-ounce atomizer makes whatever is inside it go a long way. In addition to having a fine mist, the Morgenthaler atomizer has one detail that makes it more userfriendly: a rotating, color-coded system. When I see a green dot, I know it’s absinthe; when I grab my orange dot atomizer, I know it’s Angostura. There’s also an option to turn it yellow and red. This makes grabbing the right atomizer easier without having to label them. The fact that it’s easy to fill and use makes it a great addition to my set.

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The American Holiday Giving thanks, both great and small

By Deborah Salomon

Just about the whole month of November

will be influenced by Thanksgiving, a truly American holiday not co-opted by other countries. Yes, Canada has Thanksgiving, but it’s in October and minor, with no school closings or family gatherings. Or Black Fridays.

Columnists regularly compile “thankful” lists centering on family and friends — also football, turkey and pumpkin spice lattes — ignoring the agonies of delayed flights, resurging COVID and the price of that Butterball bearing no resemblance to the flat-chested, gamey-flavored bird the Pilgrims supposedly spitroasted over an open fire and consumed al fresco. If they were even able to shoot one. I’ve attended a re-enactment and, believe me, it’s no picnic. This November initiates another ominous happening: the 12-month election countdown, promising an extra helping of vitriol, animosity, rants and ravings. Fear not. I won’t go there. You can be thankful for that. Instead, I am grateful for the Sandhills winter, a reward for surviving hot, humid summers, which can last six months. I recall only one uncomfortably cold day last winter: Christmas, which required my Vermont goose down parka at the Santa Project bike giveaway. Otherwise, classify local winters as “brisk,” nothing more. I am thankful for animal lovers, who care for homeless, hungry dogs and kitties. Moore County is fortunate to have several rescue organizations, but there are never enough. I am a lifelong caregiver but won’t divulge the details. I feed the birds, too. Watching them and their humanesque behaviors (including a pair of crows raising their young ’uns every spring) is more relaxing than anything Big Pharma prescribes. I am extremely thankful for our medical community. When I tell people who live elsewhere about the gorgeous hospital, the The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

separate cancer and cardiac facilities, the free parking/shuttle bus, the walk-in locations, concierge service to free clinics, the Clara McLean Hospitality House for patient families, the nurse navigator service, Hospice House on a pond beside a chapel, they dismiss it as exaggeration. But I know, from writing about them, as well as needing them. I am thankful for farmers markets and farmstands. We need one in West Southern Pines. How about an old-fashioned curb market, where farmers sell directly from their trucks? I am thankful for my grandsons who, in a world consumed with problems impacting young adults, turned out so well. They grew up without a father, my son, who died when they were 6 and 7. Yet at 25 and 26 both are happy, healthy, outgoing, and self-supporting in careers they chose when they were still little boys: one a successful attorney, the other a certified mechanic at a fancy car dealership. Best of all, they love their Nanny and are generous with hugs. After 15 years, I am super-thankful for my job. The Pilot and PineStraw have become beacons in an industry whose lights are fading. I’m in touch with colleagues working for faltering news organizations, while ours keeps expanding — new products, fresh young staffers, an updated workspace suitable for a thriving journalistic mini-empire. Lastly, I’m thankful for the millions of turkeys who sacrificed their lives so we could gather around a table laden with goodies. I don’t eat meat except on holidays and in the line of duty as a food writer. But on Thanksgiving I enjoy a well-done turkey thigh beside a mound of homemade cornbread stuffing, which means roasted inside, not outside, the bird, all doused with cranberry chutney. So, bad as things may seem — war, famine, pandemics, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes — I hope everybody succeeds in putting some practical, meaningful thanks into their own Thanksgiving. PS Deborah Salomon is a contributing writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She can be reached at PineStraw 51


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Flying Under the Radar The rarely noticed double-crested cormorant

By Susan Campbell


by many, the double-crested cormorant is a waterbird found alone or in small groups across our state during the cooler weather. This large, black, gull-like bird has few admirers. It only gets noticed when sitting with wings outstretched, drying in the sun, on an exposed perch such as a low snag or bulkhead. Although cormorants are less waterproof than most, their lack of buoyancy makes it easier to swim after prey in deep water. They can be found in a variety of bodies of water, from retention or farm ponds to larger lakes and reservoirs. However, if you are at the beach during the winter months, you may see them in the open ocean, often foraging together by the thousands. This bird is hardly a striking waterbird. Cormorants actually look odd — somewhat like a cross between a loon and a goose. Although it seems to be a dull black bird with a long neck and pointed wings, should you see it at close range it actually does sport some color. The bright orange-yellow facial skin and shockingly aquamarine eyes of adult birds are apparent. Furthermore, breeding individuals have two black and white tufts as well as a blue mouth from early spring through mid-summer. Double-crested cormorants are widely distributed across The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

North America. They breed on rocky outcroppings off the coast of Canada and Alaska as well as on islands in wetter portions of the Upper Midwest. They place bulky nests in stout trees or on the ground in colonies. Flocks migrate inland across the United States to coastal wintering sites. Some cormorants can be found farther away from the coast in wetter habitats of the Southeast. Given that this species primarily feeds on a variety of fish, and can congregate in large numbers, it is sometimes considered a nuisance by fish farmers and fishermen. Double-crested cormorants have strongly hooked bills which, along with their strong, webbed feet, definitely make them good fishers. More often than not, however, their foraging goes unnoticed, especially here in North Carolina. Moving from place to place, like so many species of birds, they form skeins or V-formations. Significant flocks have been known to show up during the fall in the Sandhills. Flying low, they appear in the afternoon to drop in to feed on one of our larger lakes. Just before dark they will fly up into an older pine to roost. It is hard to believe that double-crested cormorant populations were once imperiled. Widespread use of pesticides in the 1960s and ’70s impacted the breeding success of many birds, especially those high up on the food chain. Compounds such as DDT caused eggshell thinning and thus, a precipitous decline in breeding productivity until it was banned in the U.S. in 1969. Recovery was swift, however, and numbers remain high in spite of increased human activity throughout the species’ range. PS Susan Campbell would love to hear from you. Feel free to send questions or wildlife observations to PineStraw 53

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An Ambitious Plan And the ducks did their part

By Tom Bryant The Old Man said you couldn’t set too much store by a fire; that a fire was all that separated man from beast, if you came right down to it. I believe him. I’d rather live in the yard than in a house that didn’t have an open fireplace. —Robert Ruark from The Old Man and The Boy

The low grey clouds were close enough

to almost touch, or they seemed that way as they scudded southeast before a gusty north wind. I was hunkered down in the first blind on the number one impoundment at our Whistling Wings duck club. It was mid-November, almost Thanksgiving, and I was all by my lonesome, escaping the chains of civilization. The plan was to do some writing, hopefully interspersed with some duck shooting. There are six of us in the duck club, all of us seasoned in a lot of ways but more so in the mysteries of duck hunting. The varied group includes a couple of textile magnates, a lawyer, a judge, a textile broker and an itinerate writer, myself. I was behind on The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

several writing projects, including a past-due novel, thus the reason I was holding forth alone at the club. The other members were planning to show up after Thanksgiving for a group hunt. Successful or not, anytime we got together it was a good time. My plan was to get a little writing done after an early morning hunt, eat lunch and work a little more before the evening shoot. Then repeat that for three or four days and head home to enjoy Thanksgiving with the family. After that, I’d make it back to the club to meet up with the rest of the boys. An ambitious plan, but I hoped to make it work. Our lodge is really a small two-bedroom house that sits right on the marsh where the corn impoundments are located. Impoundments are fields of corn that are flooded before duck season, their purpose being to bring in the ducks. The cabin and the impoundments are about a half mile from the Pamlico Sound. As the crow flies, or better yet, as the duck flies, our farthest blind is right on the water, and it is exactly 8 miles across the Pamlico to Ocracoke Island. The day I arrived the weather promised a good blow out of the northeast. The temperature took a nosedive so things were looking just right to bring in a few early ducks. I hustled unloading all the gear and left most of it lying about in the kitchen so I could make it to the blind before sundown and the end of legal shooting hours. PineStraw 55


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Low clouds and a squally wind brought dusk on early. I missed a couple of fastflying teal that came right at me, corn-top high. The gale added to their speed and I shot way behind them. I grinned as I unloaded my shotgun and slung my gunning bag over my shoulder. “Come back tomorrow, you little rascals, and give me another chance.” I fast-marched back to the lodge, before black night settled in, to unpack and sort through the cooking box. I had bought eating utensils that needed to be stored in the right place. There is a gas fireplace in the living room, and I turned it on. With the northeast wind whistling around the cabin, it added a cozy feeling to offset the early cold of the evening. I put a pot of venison stew on the stove to heat for supper and laid out items to take to the blind in the morning. It promised to be an interesting day. I was pretty tired, so I opted for an early evening, promising myself to catch up on writing tomorrow. At 4:30 a.m. I eased the door of the little lodge shut and headed to our number one blind. The early morning wind still held out of the northeast, but the cloud cover was gone. It was clear as a bell, and a nearly full moon was settling in the west. Hopefully, the gusty blow was strong enough to keep ducks moving off the sound. As I trudged down the dike that led to the blind, loaded with shotgun, gunning bag and a few more decoys to add to the spread I had put out the afternoon before, the thought occurred to me of the many times I had enjoyed this same adventure. Never, in all the many hours spent in a duck blind, have they been the same. I could hear hundreds of ducks as they got up out of the corn and headed out to the sound. I swear, it’s almost as if they have a timer in their little duck brains that enables them to leave the impoundments just before legal shooting time — a half-hour before sunrise — and arrive back for their evening corn feast an hour after legal shooting time, sundown. I’ve been fortunate on a few occasions to catch them confused about timing, but

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that always involved weather. Rain, sleet or snow and a dark sky with the wind blowing hard have sometimes made for a memorable shoot. Not this day, though. It looked to be one of those bluebird mornings. And it was. By 10 o’clock I had seen a few high-flying snow geese. A couple of mergansers landed right in the middle of the decoys, swam around a bit, then swam on into the corn and disappeared. I figured it was time for breakfast. After a morning in the field, breakfast is the best meal of the day, and I had come prepared. As I walked back to the lodge, I mentally put together the morning feast. Preparing it is almost as good as eating it. Not so, says my good friend John Vernon, our usual lodge chef. He’s the main cook when the group is together, and it’s a real grin just to watch him prepare one of his culinary masterpieces. My breakfast on the first day of the hunt didn’t hold a candle to what John could fix. But even he, I think, would have smiled in appreciation. Six extra-large eggs, cooked over medium; a platter of link country sausage; biscuits, a half dozen bought from Biscuitville (I picked up two-dozen before leaving town. I’ve found you can’t have too many biscuits.); and a pot of yellow, stone-ground grits cooked slow and steady over a low heat. After that feast, I settled in at the kitchen table with my iPad and did a little work on the never-ended novel and surprised myself with the amount I got done. The rest of the week went by in a flash. The routine I had set

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worked, and on the last day, the lords of the duck marsh smiled on me. About noon it started raining — hard, so hard it blew sideways. I put on all my wet weather gear and sloshed out to the impoundment. Just as I crawled into the blind and loaded the shotgun, a flurry of teal buzzed the blind so close it seemed as if I could reach up and catch one. I hunkered down, knowing they would be back. Sure enough, they circled and came back, afterburners wide open. I led the group as far as I could, pulled the trigger and three teal splashed down right outside the decoys. While wading out to pick them up, I looked up just as a pair of widgeons dropped out of the sky, wings folded, yellow feet fixed forward like landing gear. I snapshot at the lead duck and got him but missed his companion twice. I picked up all four ducks and made it snappy back to my hide. The rest of the day was like that. I already had four ducks and the limit is six. I had to slow down so I just watched and waited. Ducks were everywhere. Just before shooting time was over, I shot my last one, a magnificent pintail almost the size of a snow goose. Later, after I got back to the lodge and put on some dry duds and relaxed in front of my fireplace, gas logs blazing, wet hunting gear hanging everywhere, I celebrated with two fingers of good Scotch. I remembered Robert Ruark’s quote about loving an open fire and thought even he would put up with our little gas effort after the end of this wonderful duck hunt. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist.

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Shutterbugs Making art in the golden hour By Lee Pace

My stock-in-trade over four-plus decades


has been the written word, but I admit the layering of subjects, verbs and adjectives pales in comparison to the display of a well-conceived and executed photograph. An advertising executive from the early 1920s is credited with coining the phrase “One picture is worth a thousand words,” and I say bravo to that. In the fat coffee table books I’ve crafted for golf clubs the last two decades, I strive for a mix of 50-50 words and images but admit that if not one word is absorbed, the photos make it worth the toil and tariff.

The Sandhills and its golf courses are evolving more and more today as an exquisite canvas for shutterbugs of all makes and models, and the ability to immediately display the visuals on social media and assorted blogs and digital venues multiplies their visibility a millionfold over the old days of weekly and monthly magazines. John Hemmer, who had a 45-year association with Pinehurst back in the Tufts family days, took photos of the golf, racquet, shooting and equestrian pursuits at Pinehurst beginning in 1925 and dispatched them to newspapers and wire services. He also made prints in his darkroom and mailed them to the hometown newspapers of resort guests. Today the Tufts Archives has some 85,000 Hemmer images in its vast collection. In 2012, John Gessner — a frequent contributor to this magazine — won the naming contest for the elaborate putting course Pinehurst built on 2.5 acres outside its clubhouse, suggesting Thistle Dhu in a tip of the cap to the pitch-and-putt venue that James Barber built on his Pinehurst property nearly a century earlier. Four years later, Gessner was the first photographer to capture the unique landscape of The Cradle, the resort’s ninehole short course adjacent to the massive putting green. His early morning shot has appeared in Forbes, GOLF magazine and other outlets, and depicts the brownish wire grass in the foreground, green fairways and putting surfaces in the middle, and blue sky above, the backdrop punctuated by the classic columns and red roof of the south side of the Pinehurst clubhouse. Kaye Pierson began taking photos with her phone from her perch on a golf course mower while on her shifts with the resort The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

maintenance staff and in 2013 snapped what she pegged “First Light at Pinehurst.” The Putter Boy statuette looms at dawn from its location within Thistle Dhu, enveloped by a dew-laden grass, fog and glints of sunlight to the east. The image caught fire on social media and has been featured on prints in resort gift shops. John Patota has had careers as an engineer and a school system administrator, and all along has enjoyed photography as a hobby and avocation, though these days he’s available for hire. He bills himself on social media as “Pinehurst Photographer” and enjoys taking photos of “people doing the things they love.” He’s all over the North & South competitions at the resort and has a special niche capturing the golf course maintenance staff. Matt Gibson is a native of the United Kingdom, growing up in London and attending the University of St. Andrews, and for two years has been on staff at Pinehurst as its “digital storyteller.” His background on the sandy landscapes of the British Isles provides excellent perspective to generate and curate a rich mixture of images and video clips. “I think the best sports photographers are the golf photographers,” he says. “You think about an NFL game or a baseball game, you have the same feel essentially every match, right? There are only a certain number of lines you can find. But every golf course is different. The lines are infinite.” The photographer who has most caught my eye of late is Chris Auman, the 41-year-old nephew of Clyde Auman, a longtime peach grower and state legislator from West End. Chris was among the thousands of spectators ringing the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 when Payne Stewart sank his putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open, and he’s pictured in the lower right of photographer Rob Brown’s classic “One Moment in Time” panorama. Auman has generated numerous images of the village and the Pinehurst golf courses in recent years, finding particular fodder in the magical light of early morning and late afternoon. Early one morning, he lined up six Adirondack chairs along The Cradle and captured their glow bathed in the orange of the eastern sky. Crisp fall mornings have provided the setup to capture the village at daybreak and a golf setting with the same PineStraw 59


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technique Hemmer used nearly a century ago — framing the hole with the trunk of a pine tree to one side, and boughs of needles and cones hanging at the top. He’s snapped the 18th green of No. 2 from the veranda, dozens of purple tulips and yellow flowers in the foreground. The passing locomotives and freight cars of the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad as it skirts the western edge of the resort are a favorite prop. The ideas are endless. “I’m drawn to the golf courses in Pinehurst and the Sandhills because one, the nostalgia; and two, the natural beauty,” he says. “I love shooting low light around the village and the golf courses. It brings the dew and the haze into play. You get more interesting colors in the morning. The evening with sunsets can be great, but orange is the dominant color. “Golf brings people together,” he continues. “Not everyone is into golf, but when I take a photograph of a golf course, people can appreciate the photograph. They can appreciate the beauty of the natural landscape. You are actually bringing people into the sport who otherwise wouldn’t be interested in it. A photo like the chairs beside The Cradle — it asks, ‘Wouldn’t you like to be sitting in those chairs right now?’ People always tell me, ‘Well, I’ve been by there a thousand times and I’ve never seen it quite like that.’” Late one afternoon, Auman was walking with his camera up the sandy path between the 18th holes of course No. 1 on the left and No. 4 on the right. The light was perfect, just kissing the western edges of the tree trunks and the undersides of the pine needles hanging above. There is sand, wire grass, serrated bunkers and a soft sky. “I looked up and I just thought, ‘Man, that’s the way this place used to look,’” he says. “That’s what James Tufts saw. That’s what Pinehurst is, and that’s what I was trying to capture.” PS Lee Pace has written about the Pinehurst experience for more than three decades from his home in Chapel Hill. Write him at and follow him @LeePaceTweet.

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November ���3 After Church When the preacher’s son told me my aura was part halo, part rainbow, I saw him see me saintly. God appeared instantly and everywhere that summer: smiling in the pansies, reflecting us in the farm pond, beside us on our bikes, in the barn fragrant with warm cows, glinting from the hay chaff, the slatted light. God touched us as we touched, electricity in our fingers, we were shimmery and dewy, our skin golden, hair sun-bleached. Angels sang in our voices. The moon rose in heaven, love, heaven in the moon.

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Hounds E Illustrations by Matt Myers

very Thanksgiving morning a unique and picturesque ceremony takes place when the Moore County Hounds invites the public to attend the annual Blessing of the Hounds. The ritual, which dates to the Middle Ages, gathers hounds, riders and over 1,000 spectators for the seasonopening meet. The celebration of heritage, sport, and community takes place at Buchan Field on North May Street, presided over by Reverend John Talk. The riders begin assembling around 10 a.m. The leadership group wears scarlet-colored jackets while the rest of the riders wear traditional foxhunting attire. Led by their huntsman, Lincoln Sadler, the prized Penn-Marydel hounds — trained to follow specific scents and ignore distractions — arrive. After the blessing, the riders divide into three groups, each following a field master. The huntsman gathers the hounds, and the sound of the horn signals the beginning of the hunt. The hounds and riders depart from Buchan Field into the woods of the 4,000-acre Walthour-Moss Foundation, marking the formal launch of the foxhunting season. The Moore County Hounds is the oldest recognized pack of foxhounds in North Carolina and one of only a few remaining private packs. It was founded by James and Jack Boyd in 1914 to enjoy both the sport and camaraderie of the hunt. During the foxhunting season the grand dinners hosted by Katharine and Jim Boyd at their Weymouth estate often included songs or poems delivering a good-natured ribbing to an honored guest. These roasts were preserved in a looseleaf binder

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entitled “Songs of the Sandhills” with the following dedication: “To those who came here to be Sandhillized and remained to be Scandalized — this book is affectionately dedicated.” While it is impossible to say with 100 percent certainty to whom the following poem/song was dedicated, it’s a good bet the person whose 30th birthday was being celebrated is Augustine (Gus) Healy who was deeply involved in foxhunting with the Boyds and the Moore County Hounds. In recognition, his estate, Firleigh Farms, built in 1923-24, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Gus Healy was the son of one of the founders of Lyon & Healy, a music business established in Chicago in 1864. Its first advertisement selling sheet music was placed in the Chicago Tribune running alongside an account of Sherman’s March to the Sea. By 1900 Lyon & Healy was the largest publisher of music in the world. It also built pianos, guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. At one point it was the sole representative selling Steinway & Sons pianos in the Midwest. In 1889 Lyon & Healy built its first harp. The company continues to this day as the world’s gold standard in concert grand harps. As the riders and hounds depart Buchan Field, disappearing into the pine forest of the WalthourMoss Foundation, one can only imagine James Boyd and Gus Healy being among them.

— Jim Moriarty

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ODE TO A SPORTSMAN On his Thirtieth Birthday by Katharine and Jim Boyd

There’s a fellow named Gus, A most curious cuss; No sportsman was ever so keen, But each day that hounds meet, He turns white as a sheet And sings with a terrified mien: O! we’ll all go a’hunting today, All nature is smiling and gay. I will join the glad throng Though not for very long, And we’ll all go a’hunting today. The cause of his groans Is the horse that he owns, Who though seeming majestic and grand, Has a curl to his lips And a swing to his hips That forbodes where Augustine will land. Then we’ll all go a’hunting today. The meet’s at the kennels, they say. His bucks and his kicks Are the least of his tricks When we all go a’hunting today.

Says this squire to his dame: “Would to God he were lame But as he is not I will take one more shot And repeat what I often have stated — We’ll all go a’hunting today. All nature is smiling and gay. He will put me down flat On my shiny top hat — He will stamp on my chest And my new yellow vest — He will play rock the boat On my fine scarlet coat — He will dance till he drops On my nice London tops — He will caper and prance On my white Bedford pants, But I’ll still go a’hunting today.” We’ll all go a’hunting today. All nature is smiling and gay. I will lead the glad throng That goes laughing along, And we’ll all go a’hunting today.

Then his wife says, “Now Gus, I will not make a fuss, But get off just as quick as you can. I am frightened, my dear, To see that horse rear.” “So am I,” says the gallant young man. But I must go a’hunting today, Though I tremble to hear the brute neigh, And his head is so high That his ear’s in my eye, I will still go a’hunting today. Though he cannot abide The horse he must ride, And the horse is still less fond of Gus; As he hacks to the meet With a quavering bleat He addresses the universe thus: Here I go a’hunting today, Though at home I would far rather stay. If I dare to look round I’ll go flat on the ground And I won’t go a’hunting today. The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

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THE INTERPRETIVE ART OF TAILGATING Parking lot delights for every occasion Story & Photographs by Rose Shewey


ailgating in the South, in all its splendor and glory, shouldn’t be confined to stadium parking lots before football games or auto races. You can enjoy camaraderie and shared meals under the open sky at concerts, steeplechases, or most famously in Moore County, the traditional Blessing of the Hounds — all of which call for truck beds or car boots filled with delectable spreads. Regardless of your reason for gathering together, there are must-have foods at every tailgate. If you want to be the envy of Lot D (for delicious), we have you covered with some simple twists on classic pre-game fare that have the potential to be the envy of the RV crowd. Goodbye fast-food wings and budget brews, we’re bringing our A-game. 68 PineStraw

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IRISH STOUT CHEESE DIP Beer and cheese go together like pumpkins and pie, but instead of spiking your dip with the popular choice of a hoppy IPA, try a creamy Irish stout with a mixture of cheddar and Gruyère cheese. To boost the flavor, add minced garlic to the roux (or if you’re simply melting your cheese into a dip, add garlic powder) and store in a thermos to serve warm on chilly autumn days.

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HONEY-APPLE CIDER GLAZED CHICKEN WINGS Wings are undeniably a fabulous addition to any tailgating spread. In the spirit of the season, and for the love of apple cider, change it up with an autumn-inspired sweet and savory

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glaze that has heaps of umami thanks to a generous splash of Worcestershire and soy sauce (try coconut aminos in place of soy sauce, but adjust the amount of honey to balance out the sweetness). Add a pinch of cinnamon to warm up the flavor and truly ring in the cold season.

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SHEPHERD’S PIE SOUP Instead of a classic chili, try this hand- and heart-warming soup combining all key ingredients of a shepherd’s pie. In place of minced lamb, consider beef (or a mixture of mushrooms and French lentils for a vegetarian take) and add it to your mirepoix. Tip: If you puree about half of the potatoes going into the soup, you’ll get the best of both worlds — a creamy base with hearty chunks, all in one.

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CHARCUTERIE TO GO Portable charcuterie, also called “Jarcuterie,” is a natural progression of a meat and cheese board for all those who can’t imagine a holiday or festivity without this classic (and classy) spread. Combine your favorite cheese, meat, nuts and fruit in a jar for easy transportation and serve on location. For a fall-themed selection, add grapes, figs, blackberries and roasted pumpkin seeds or walnuts. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary to add a splash of seasonal color.

BUTTERSCOTCH, PEAR AND WALNUT TURNOVERS Don’t forget to add a sweet treat to your lineup. Fall inspired turnovers are a handy and welcome tailgating snack. These stuffed puff pastry pockets can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, to be baked the day of your big event. Fragrant pears paired with silky-smooth butterscotch sauce and chopped walnuts make for a spectacular filling and, best of all, these baked goods are kid-approved, for all the youngsters in attendance. German native Rose Shewey is a food stylist and food photographer. To see more of her work visit her website at

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Ben Hogan and President Gerald Ford

Ben and Jerry’s Excellent Adventure When President Gerald Ford joined eight of golf’s all-time greats By Bill Case


n Sept. 8, 1974, just 30 days after being sworn in as president, Gerald Ford stunned the nation by granting his disgraced predecessor, Richard Nixon, a full and complete pardon for all offenses, known and unknown, committed by Nixon against the United States. Facing certain impeachment and Senate conviction as a result of his conduct during the Watergate scandal, Nixon had resigned on Aug. 9, resulting in the elevation of Ford to the presidency. Some cynical observers hinted at a corrupt bargain — perhaps Nixon’s resignation was predicated on Ford’s pardoning him. Prior to granting the pardon, Ford had been showered with praise for restoring public confidence in the wake of the Watergate

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debacle. Post pardon, his brief honeymoon was kaput as a cascade of angry diatribes batted the president about like a piñata. Earlier, when Ford was still vice president, representatives of Pinehurst’s new World Golf Hall of Fame had invited him to attend the opening ceremony honoring the first class of inductees, and he had agreed. On July 17, 1974, an above-the-fold headline in The Pilot reported that Ford was coming to the Sept. 11 ceremony. However, the vice president’s acceptance contained a caveat that, in retrospect, foreshadowed the political shockwave ahead. “From time to time emergencies do arise which are beyond my control and which might prevent my carrying out this obligation,” he wrote. Soon after being sworn in as the 38th president, Ford did

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cancel his appearance. Don Collett, a Houston businessman who had been hired to lead the new Hall of Fame, acknowledged being “crushed” by this development. Sometime later, he received a call from a White House aide who indicated the president was reconsidering. Getting out of Washington, D.C., for a non-partisan event in the Sandhills might provide a brief respite from the controversy swirling around him. Before recommitting, however, Ford wanted to know who was going to be in Pinehurst and what would be expected of him. Collett provided details, and then tossed in a lure he considered irresistible. If the president came he could play a few holes with all the living Hall of Famers. The World Golf Hall of Fame event was right up the president’s alley. An avid golfer, the powerfully built former center for the 1932-34 University of Michigan Wolverine football team was a long driver, though his game tended to be erratic. At the time, Ford claimed an 18 handicap, proficient enough not to embarrass himself in periodic pro-am appearances. More importantly, the president revered the game’s legendary players, and eight of the greatest still living — Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen, Patty Berg, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer — were coming to Pinehurst for their inductions. Ford was especially looking forward to hobnobbing with Hogan, one of his all-time heroes. By ’74, sightings of Hogan outside his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, were rare. The ninetime major champion had even stopped attending the annual Champions Dinner at the Masters — a tradition he originated. This vanishment from the stage only served to enhance his unique mystique. Anxious days passed without further word from the White House. Then the aide phoned Collett again. This time he inquired, “Is Ben Hogan really going to be there?” When Collett replied affirmatively, the aide said, “That’s great . . . The president will be there.” While it was a remarkable coup to attract a sitting president, Hogan, and the other golf legends to Pinehurst for its opening ceremony, the founding of the World Golf Hall of Fame itself was a notable accomplishment. The concept was one of several elements of a plan hatched by the Diamondhead Corporation, the Pinehurst resort’s owner during the 1970s. For a price of $9.5 million, the company had acquired the resort and accompanying 6,700 acres of undeveloped, mostly forested real estate from its founding family, the Tuftses. The driving force behind Diamondhead was its creative founder and controller of 90 percent of the company’s stock, Malcom McLean. The North Carolina native made a fortune when he imagined a new and cost-effective way to transport freight across land in shipping containers on trucks that could then be transferred to ocean-going ships. After selling his trucking concern to R.J. Reynolds Inc., McLean founded Diamondhead, whose divisions included medical products, condominiums and resort properties. Diamondhead’s top brass licked their respective chops at the potential windfall to be gained by subdividing Pinehurst’s forested real estate. Raymond A. North, writing for The Pilot, observed that “the land and condominium salesmen cluster with the inten-

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sity of ants on a piece of pie.” It took a lawsuit to derail company plans to erect housing alongside Course No. 2. While many of the village’s old guard, including Richard Tufts, bemoaned Diamondhead’s approach, it was hard to fault the company’s avowed goal of making Pinehurst (without apologies to Scotland’s St. Andrews) the “Golf Capital of the World.” McLean entrusted the task of making that happen to Bill Maurer, Diamondhead’s president. Maurer, a former golf professional, believed dramatic measures were needed to ramp up the resort’s identification with the game, and his boss was willing to fund them. For the branding to succeed, Maurer deemed it imperative to bring professional golf tournaments back to the resort. None had been held in Pinehurst since 1951, when Richard Tufts became disenchanted with the U.S. team’s behavior in that year’s Ryder Cup matches. Maurer was not content with hosting a garden variety PGA Tour event. As he phrased it, “If (Pinehurst) is the golf capital of the world, let’s really make it that. Let’s have . . . the World Championship.” Seeking prize money commensurate with the auspicious title, he persuaded McLean to bankroll the largest purse in golf history — $500,000. To underscore its hoped-for importance, the 1973 World Open was set for a grueling 144 holes, double the usual 72. Intrigued by the prospect of capping off the PGA Tour’s season by crowning the “world champion,” Maurer secured dates for the event from Nov. 5 through 17. To his dismay, the World Open’s marathon length and late dates proved unattractive to several of the game’s elite, including Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf, all of whom declined to enter. Marred by these negatives — and freezing weather — the tournament fell far short of a true “World Championship” in the minds of golf fans, the media and tour players. The following year, the second World Open was shortened to 72 holes, the purse reduced to $300,000, and the date moved to the second week of September, perfect timing for Maurer to showcase another piece of his branding effort: the World Golf Hall of Fame. In March 1973, Diamondhead had broken ground on a white columned building with a fountain and reflecting pools, costing $2.5 million, to house the hall and museum behind the fourth green of course No. 2. It would be ready for the ribbon-cutting on the day prior to the start of the 1974 World Open, Sept. 11. The contemporaneous scheduling would focus public and media attention on Pinehurst as the unrivaled world golf capital. Maurer had first considered the concept of bringing a golf hall of fame to Pinehurst in 1971. Since neither of the existing halls of fame, operated by the PGA of America and the LPGA, included international stars, an edifice that included foreign players would be a perfect fit for Pinehurst’s new “world” image. Collett, at the behest of Maurer, conducted a feasibility study and subsequently urged Diamondhead to press ahead. Maurer, in turn, obtained McLean’s buy-in. They hired Collett to be both president of the newly christened World Golf Hall of Fame and assume a similar position at Pinehurst, Inc. Among the dizzying array of Collett’s responsibilities was acquiring artifacts for the hall. In October 1973, he successfully PineStraw 75


negotiated the purchase of an unequaled collection of ancient golf clubs from St. Andrews professional Laurie Auchterlonie. Collett also rounded up President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s golf cart and other memorabilia previously belonging to the Duke of Windsor, Walter Travis, Belgium’s King Leopold and the great Bobby Jones. Diamondhead hired Pinehurst resident John Derr to be the World Golf Hall of Fame’s executive vice-president. Derr, a noted radio/television personality, writer, and raconteur, would help publicize the hall and serve as a liaison with the Golf Writers Association of America, whose members were to be involved with the nomination and election process. Derr’s involvement, however, did not eliminate the contentiousness between Diamondhead and the GWAA in the period leading up to Sept. 11. Writing in the November 1974 edition of Golf magazine, columnist John Ross summed it up this way: “The alliance between Diamondhead and the writers has been a stormy one, the problem largely being the unwillingness of the Pinehurst operators to give control of the voting structure and procedures to the writers. The two-year hassle was still unresolved right up to moment of the induction rites.” In fact, many higher-ups in golf, including those at the USGA, deemed it a non-starter for a private, profitmaking corporation to own and control the sport’s Hall of Fame and museum. Notwithstanding these criticisms, there was growing, if grudging, respect for Diamondhead’s expenditures of time and resources to make the hall a reality. Hogan himself would praise the founders: “I think it is wonderful and I think it is high time that golf had a ‘world’ golf hall of fame,” he said in an interview upon arrival in Pinehurst. “There have been small ones around the country and I

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think it’s great that Mr. McLean and Diamondhead Corporation have done this.” Hogan’s dislike of travel had caused Diamondhead execs to fear he might take a pass on attending his induction. It was common knowledge that he had little interest in being feted and, according to Curt Sampson in his biography Hogan, “hated his reduction to ‘ceremonial’ status in the golf world, which gave other graying golf legends a reason to hit the road.” On the plus side of the ledger was Hogan’s abiding fondness for Pinehurst. Course No. 2 was the site of his first PGA Tour victory following a decade of struggles — the 1940 North and South Open. He would win that tournament three times. Hogan also played magnificently in the 1951 Ryder Cup matches on No. 2. Furthermore, a return to Pinehurst would permit him to reconnect with Derr, the legendary champion’s American confidant during the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie, his last major victory. Maurer, Collett and Derr breathed a collective sigh of relief when Hogan RSVP’ed “yes” after McLean offered to send his personal jet to fly Ben from Fort Worth to Pinehurst. Byron Nelson, Hogan’s lifetime rival after growing up together in the same caddie pen at Glen Garden Country Club, also hitched a ride. But nailing down the president’s appearance was the biggest get of all. The maneuvering actually began in May of ’71 when Derr sought to invite Ford — still vice-president — while both men were in Charlotte competing in the pro-am preceding the Kemper Open. Derr cajoled evangelist Billy Graham into greasing the skids for an introduction. The vice-president expressed interest, but cautioned that before committing, an array of details needed The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

the west steps of the new building, the dedication and inductions to be worked out. After he succeeded Nixon as president and were to commence around 2:30 p.m. The Diamondhead men finally agreed to attend the opening ceremony, those details balheld their breath, praying President Ford would arrive in a timely looned tenfold when frenzied preparation for the visit began. manner. It was a blisteringly hot day, and prolonging the ceremoThe Secret Service descended on Pinehurst in early September, nies would not be to anyone’s liking. checking rooftops, motor routes and potential security issues. The White House diary for Sept. 11 reveals how tight Ford’s Longtime Pinehurst resident Peter deYoung, Pinehurst Country schedule was. He fitted four substantive meetings, including Club’s tournament coordinator at the time (and still active loone of three hours, into his morning agenda prior to boarding cally in organizing junior golf tournaments) made preparations a helicopter on the South Grounds at 12:38 p.m. The chopper for the president’s golf game on course No. 2. DeYoung recalls transported him to Andrews Air Force Base, where he flew on being advised by a Secret Service agent that aside from the first the “Spirit of 76” airplane to Pope Air Force Base, arriving at 1:38 tee and the 18th green, no spectators could be permitted on the p.m. There Ford was greeted by a crowd of 2,000, including local course. “With our limited resources, that’s impossible to arrange,” congressman and great friend Earl Ruth. The president made deYoung said. a brief speech before climbing into The agent emphatically replied, another helicopter at 1:58 p.m. des“No, it’s not. And that’s what we are tined for the Moore County Airport. going to make happen.” Making it to Pinehurst by 2:30 p.m. During the week, deYoung and would be a close call. the Secret Service agent established The inductees had begun congrea congenial relationship, or at least gating in the lobby of the Pinehurst deYoung thought so until just prior Hotel around 12:30 p.m. waiting to be to the president’s arrival on Sept. 11. transported to the ceremony. Gross, The suddenly hostile operative conin charge of assembling a caravan of fronted him and demanded to know, convertibles, noted to his consterna“What’s that in your pocket?” tion that Nicklaus was not present. He “A pack of cigarettes. I’ll take them pulled deYoung aside and told him to out,” deYoung said, taken aback by stay behind with a driver and bring the change in the agent’s demeanor. Nicklaus to the ceremony the moment “Don’t touch them!” warned the he showed up. They stayed in touch by agent. “I’ll take them out myself.” walkie-talkie. A threat on the president’s life had “It seemed like an hour but it been reported, and the agent was takmay have been only 10 minutes that ing nothing, and no one, for granted. I paced the lobby waiting for Jack,” The last nail wasn’t pounded into remembers deYoung. “Finally, I went the new hall until the morning of up to his room on the third floor the induction ceremony. The transfer and knocked on the door. I said, ‘Mr. of artifacts from a temporary locaNicklaus, we have to leave right now.’ tion on West Village Green Road to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player He said, ‘I’ll be there in a minute.’” the new museum continued right up At last, Jack emerged, sportily to the 3 p.m. dedication. donned in an eye-catching Hickey Freeman (Jack endorsed the Meanwhile, the honorees began arriving. Collett dispatched brand) red sport coat. DeYoung escorted Nicklaus from the hotel his young assistant at Pinehurst County Club, Drew Gross, to to a home on Midland Road bordering No. 2. “I told Jack to walk pick up Hogan at the airport. Gross, now resident manager at the past the rope line to the fifth fairway, then turn left and walk the Pine Crest Inn, was accustomed to meeting and greeting top pros, 150 yards back to where everything was happening,” says deYoung. but shaking the hand of the legendary icon was nonetheless an Collett was also worrying about Jack’s whereabouts as the electrifying moment. “When he looked me in the eye and said, Golden Knights’ aerial exhibition got underway. It would be ‘I’m Ben Hogan,’ all I could think to myself was, ‘No shit!’” awkward if the Columbus, Ohio, native was not around to receive The festivities involved plenty of hoopla. Starting at 1 p.m., the his flag from the paratrooper who was carrying it. At the last living inductees and representatives of deceased honorees Harry moment, Nicklaus came into Collett’s view, walking briskly up Vardon, Babe Zaharias, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Francis the fairway toward the tee. The Golden Bear, never tardy for a tee Ouimet would gather at the fifth hole of course No. 2. The 82nd time in nearly 60 years of competitive golf, wasn’t going to miss Airborne Band would play, and the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights the flag hand-off either. When the crowd, estimated at 8,000, would stage a parachuting exhibition. On the descent from 4,000 caught sight of Nicklaus, it erupted into thunderous roars. feet, the paratroopers would display each golf legend’s national At 2:25 p.m. Gerald Ford arrived at the World Golf Hall of flag. After the Golden Knights touched ground, they would presFame, where he was greeted by Maurer, Collett and Gov. James ent the banners to the various honorees. Then, 200 yards away on

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Holshouser. According to Golf World editor-in-chief Dick Taylor, “The band struck up ‘Hail to the Chief’ and Mr. Ford strode down the steps from the shrine, trim, haggard and smiling, and was seated next to his hero, Ben Hogan.” Though this was Ford’s day off from politics, he could not entirely escape their grasp. A group of young baby boomers displayed signs asserting that draft resisters should also be granted pardons while another placard said, “I love my Lincoln but Ford is better.” Collett presided over the ceremony. Derr and Maurer also spoke briefly, as did the inductees. A grateful Patty Berg proudly claimed this to be her “finest day, also the greatest honor I’ve ever been offered.” Hogan reiterated his praise for the World Golf Hall of Fame founders. “I think we’ve needed this for some 50 to 75 years, but Diamondhead and Pinehurst finally did it.” Byron Nelson humbly expressed gratitude for the “wonderful blessings in my life,” and that being inducted into the new hall of fame “is the top of it.” Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer gently teased each other, and Gary Player thanked the golf writers for selecting him, adding, “Ever since I was a young boy I practiced very, very hard on this tough, humble game. I always had the desire to achieve something.” The venerable Gene Sarazen lamented the absence of rivals from his glory days: “All my colleagues are gone (Jones, Hagen, Tommy Armour); they’re up there in another Hall of Fame; they’re waiting up there on the tee for me to make a foursome, but I keep telling them, ‘You boys get started. I’ll catch up with you on the back nine.’” Ageless Sam Snead (the 62-year-old played in the World Open) spoke of his love of the game. “We go out chasing this little white thing for 5 miles, sometimes six hours, through high grass, no grass, water, trees, sand traps, through the air and everywhere else and come home singing.” Gov. Holshouser introduced Ford, who gave credit to Dwight Eisenhower for doing “as much as any man in this century to make golf the world’s number one participant sport.” The president kept his remarks brief, saving his best stuff for the evening’s enshrinement dinner. After unveiling a statue of Bobby Jones, Ford rushed to the Pinehurst Country Club and changed into golf attire. Astride the first tee of No. 2 at 4:15, he was accompanied by Palmer, Player, Nicklaus and PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman. The president outdrove everyone save Nicklaus.

Every few holes, the other inductees would rotate in to play with the president — all except for Hogan, who rode in the cart for a couple of holes with Ford — his sidekick through much of the day. Hogan’s golf was still good enough to hang with top pros, but the unbending perfectionist rejected all pleas to put his game on public display after his shockingly poor performance at the 1971 Houston Open. That included his day with the president. After carding a respectable 48 for nine holes, Ford was whisked to the Thunderbird Villa adjacent to the hotel. Maurer came to the president’s door at 7:10 p.m., and the two men strolled to the Cardinal Ballroom, entering at 7:14. The president attended a reception in the North Room, and at 7:40 p.m. was escorted to the ballroom’s main table for the enshrinement dinner. Given Ford’s presence, it was important that everyone at the main table be seated where they were supposed to be. According to documentation at the Ford presidential library, the plan was for LPGA President Carol Mann and Maurer to be on either side of the president. Name cards were placed at each setting in accordance with the prearranged chart. As a failsafe, Collett ordered Gross to make a final check of the cards to verify everything was in order. The Secret Service prevented him from approaching the main table, and the cards somehow got switched. Another main table guest — not Mann — wound up next to the president. “Don was angry, said I had ruined a perfect day,” Gross says. “I got fired, but I was hired back the next day.” The enshrinement dinner was a hit, largely because the genial Ford was in top form, peppering his presentation with an array of selfeffacing one-liners about his golf game. “You’ve heard of Arnie’s Army? My group is called Ford’s Few.” Regarding his wild shots, he said, “Back at my home course in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they don’t yell fore, they yell Ford.” The president acknowledged it could be dangerous to be on the course with him. “You know all these fine Secret Service men you’ve seen around me today, and elsewhere. When I play golf, I’m told they qualify for combat pay.” The president apologized to Palmer, Player, Nicklaus and Snead, for ruining their chances of winning the World Open since they had all teed it up with him earlier in the day. “I’m known as the ‘Jinx of the Links.’” The president concluded by saying, “This afternoon, quite unsuccessfully, I tried to make a hole in one; tomorrow morning, I‘ll be back in Washington trying to get out of one. We thank all of you for making this a delightful mini-vacation.” After the dinner ended, the president retraced his aerial path, arriving at the

“This afternoon, quite unsuccessfully, I tried to make a hole in one; tomorrow morning, I‘ll be back in Washington trying to get out of one.”

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White House 22 minutes after midnight. Ford’s day included six flights, three speeches, four political meetings, and nine holes of golf. If it amounted to a vacation, it was a hectic one. Back in Pinehurst, euphoria from the historic gathering was short-lived. On Sept. 13, Collett suffered a serious heart attack. His lengthy recovery caused him to resign as president of Pinehurst Inc. and relocate to Utah. Other executives left as well. On Oct. 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Maurer tendered his resignation as Diamondhead’s president. Fast on the heels of Maurer’s departure came Derr’s dismissal from his position at the World Golf Hall of Fame, though he did remain on the board of directors. Malcolm McLean had ordered an across-the-board tightening of Diamondhead’s belt. “We’re just trying to gear the operation to the times with the tight money situation and real estate sales,” he explained. “Money is tight, but we’re paying the bills.” Diamondhead’s cash flow problems, largely relating to its nonPinehurst operations, remained intractable and the company teetered toward insolvency. By 1979, its Pinehurst assets had been placed under the management of an independent company, probably at the behest of Diamondhead’s lending banks. This marked an interim step toward Clubcorp of America’s eventual acquisition of the resort in 1984. The World Golf Hall of Fame experienced its own financial challenges. Ongoing maintenance problems dogged the museum, while attendance and donations dwindled to alarming

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levels. The ownership and management of the hall would pass from Diamondhead to a nonprofit foundation, to the PGA of America, and more recently, to the World Golf Foundation, spearheaded by the PGA Tour. In 1998, a new World Golf Hall of Fame opened in St. Johns County, Florida, near St. Augustine. The building in Pinehurst was abandoned and ultimately razed in 1999. After experiencing its own financial woes, the Florida facility closed in 2023 following the announcement that the Hall of Fame would return to Pinehurst, this time on the second floor of the USGA’s new Golf House Pinehurst. The first induction ceremony at the new-old location will take place on Monday, June 10, 2024, during U.S. Open week. Coming a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of the ’74 celebration, the ceremony — this time at the Carolina Hotel and broadcast on The Golf Channel — will be memorable, but it will be impossible to top the day that eight of the greatest golfers of all time and a president came together behind the fourth green of No. 2. Of that first induction, only Nicklaus and Player remain. Somewhere in the great beyond, Sarazen has caught up with his old cohorts on the back nine. And the men who originated the World Golf Hall of Fame are joyful their creation is about to — as the Beatles once rhapsodized — “get back to where it once belonged.” PS Pinehurst resident Bill Case is PineStraw’s history man. He can be reached at

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The Curated Estate History rules in Homewood

By Deborah Salomon • Photographs by John Gessner


he first quarter of the 20th century saw Pinehurst emerge as the “in” winter watering hole for the big city, big money crowd. They hired architects to build elaborate cottages and mini-estates from the village outward. Meanwhile, another group selected the rolling hills surrounding Southern Pines. Setting the standard, in 1918 Pennsylvania iron and steel tycoon W.C. Fownes commissioned a magnificent house on the corner of Crest and Midland — 10,000 square feet, surrounded by terraced gardens designed by no less than Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm. The enclave would be known as Knollwood. Just as the Great Depression took hold, a group of

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residents appointed a committee to build a showplace with hotel-worthy amenities, on spec, without regard to cost, next door to Fownes’ house. Hopefully, a family that had survived the stock market crash in ’29 might be tempted. Fine craftsmen needed work, and the best materials abounded. Bricks were hand-made to resemble those imported from England, pre-Revolutionary War, in payment for cotton and tobacco. The result, with tennis court, goldfish pond and pool, became known as Homewood at Knollwood Heights. The mansion was first occupied by the Beckwiths, who were responsible for the original gardens designed by the visionary landscape architect E.S. Draper. They were followed by The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

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Dennison and Kaye Bullens and, in 1977, Homewood became the residence of renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Gale Martin, cofounder of Carolina Eye Associates. “It needed considerable fixin’ up,” Martin, who would die at home in 2008, told friends. Martin’s daughter married in the gazebo where, decades later, present owner Ted Owens and his bride, Dr. Queeney Tang, exchanged rings. The estate, fronted by eagles atop brick columns framing the circular drive, remains rivaled in scope and presence only by Hollycrest, built on Linden Road in 1916 for U.S. Ambassador William Hines Page. The modern Homewood integrates the architecture of Westover of Byrd dynasty in Virginia while staying faithful to the original Homewood — the Maryland ancestral home of the Carrolls, a family that includes Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The result is both massive and intimidating. Some areas, like the stretch kitchen, have been modernized. The former threeroom servants’ apartment (the chauffeur slept in the basement) has been combined into a media room with projection TV and The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

computer central. The living room, off the patterned marble foyer, memorializes the past. But it is to this parlor that Owens, a retired attorney and self-described European and Chinese history buff, gravitates with Queeney, his cardiologist wife. Owens discovered Southern Pines when he visited his parents, who retired to the Sandhills in 1981 for golf. He had grown up in Pittsburgh, in what he calls a middle-income neighborhood. “I loved the air, the blue sky here,” he says. “You only get that four or five days a year in Pittsburgh.” He decided to move in 2018 but wasn’t looking for an estate. “My wife grew up in one room. I grew up in a nice house,” he says — but nothing like Homewood. Once inside the front door, the hidden historian prevailed.


elcome to the Oval Office,” Owens beams, opening doors encrusted with moldings as elaborate as icing on a wedding cake. Creating an homage to the Oval was an ambition, with period-original furniture and reproductions in place during the George W. Bush administration. The oval shape could not be duPineStraw 83

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plicated, but Owens researched and commissioned chairs upholstered in the correct fabric by the Kittinger Furniture Co. of Buffalo, New York, founded in 1866 — a longtime supplier to the White House. Tables, lamps, paintings — originals and otherwise — are the result of similar research. A white sofa reappears, as does a made-to-order rectangular carpet in the same colors as the oval one found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. At one end, a grand piano is reserved for Queeney’s son, a concert pianist. Her other son, a restaurant chef, commandeers the kitchen during visits. Among its appliances is the largest side-by-side refrigerator made for residential use. Off the marble foyer, the study/office displays a panel of hand-blocked wallpaper depicting New York harbor by Jean Zuber, a renowned French wallpaper artist, circa 1824. A sunny gallery connects the core building to space repurposed as the master suite, den and a giant dressing room for two with furnituregrade fittings. Throughout, ceilings approach 10 feet. A long, steep stairway ascends from the marble hallway to the second floor, where the original master suite and family bedrooms are located, each with a bathroom. Dominating the stairwell is a weighty lighting fixture enclosed in beveled glass panels. Think space capsule circa Louis XIV. Owens believes only two exist, worldwide. The third floor open space with dormer windows is a perfect rainy day playground for small grandchildren.


omewood was fortunate to have been curated into another century by owners who have not imposed “great rooms” on the great rooms. On a quiet summer night, the voices of now-famous authors can almost be heard drifting out of nearby Weymouth. The horses whinny in their stalls. And at residences like Homewood, money is spent on things that endure beyond rainforest shower heads and kabobs sizzling on a grill bigger than a Volkswagen. PS

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ovember opens our eyes to invisible worlds. On a quiet morning, the soft trill of a single cricket coloring the darkness, you pull the old cookbook from the kitchen cupboard and cradle it by lamplight. Your hands know what to do, turning stained and cockled pages with gentle intention. Running your fingers over the food-smudged recipes, you think of the hands that held this relic before yours; all the homecooked meals; all the gatherings; all the love. Slowing down, you delight in the soft rustling of each page, the fingerprints, the swell of memories. The journey is as sacred as the destination. When you turn to the recipe — the one you’ve nearly memorized but could never forsake — your eyes dance from list to countertop, countertop to list. You tick off each item before dropping into an ancient, ancestral rhythm. Your hands know what to do — measuring, whisking, mashing — and as you study each ingredient, you see them not as what they are, but where they’ve been: Eggs warm from the hen. Sweet potatoes buried in dark earth. Fields of wheat. Cinnamon and nutmeg trees. Sugarcane swaying in a spring breeze. Yes, what you’re baking has a name. But it’s more than what you see. More than warm crust and vibrant orange filling. It’s sweetness harvested from darkness; prayers folded into faithful mixing bowls; the quiet song of summer’s final cricket. Morning breaks slowly. Beyond the kitchen window, eddies of golden leaves gather and disperse, here and gone as quickly as the seasons. An amalgam of spices warms the kitchen. As you place the cookbook on the shelf, your own hands sweeten the harvest — an eddy of unseen gifts folded into a family treasure. The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July. — Henry David Thoreau

Days to Remember The first frost is nigh. Daylight saving time ends on Nov. 5. Autumn is edging toward winter. Between Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 1–2) and Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) are a ton of lesser-known holidays awaiting their time in the sun. Below are a few them. Of course, Veterans Day (Nov. 11) belongs up here. Nov. 5 – Pumpkin Deconstruction Day (yep, exactly what it sounds like) Nov. 6 – Marooned Without a Compass Day Nov. 8 – Dunce Day Nov. 13 – World Kindness Day Nov. 14 – National Pickle Day Nov. 15 – Clean Your Refrigerator Day Nov. 17 – World Peace Day and Homemade Bread Day (more twofers like this, please)

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Turn back the clock; turn the compost; turn your focus inward. As the garden journeys toward dormancy, we, too, slow down. And yet, these darker days awaken the dreamer, guiding us toward unopened books, forgotten crafts, the stovetop, the woodpile and the hearth. From these quiet spaces, potent questions emerge. What are you willing to let go of? How might this foster your growth? As you nurture the roots of your wildest longings, feeding the soil of what’s true, you are minding the very fabric of what’s possible. Such is the magic of this fallow season. PS

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As you begin planning for the holidays, please give some thought to how you can help those that are working to make our community a better place to live. The PineStraw magazine Guide to Giving is a sampling of charitable organizations in our area that rely on annual fundraising. With your help, be it monetary or hands-on, we can support their missions and have a hand in bettering Moore County. Guide to Giving is made possible through sponsors from our local business community. A Special Advertising Section

3395 Airport Rd Pinehurst, NC 28374 910.692.6185

OUR MISSION The mission of the Sandhills Community College Foundation is to support the excellence of the college’s programs and to guarantee that all Sandhills students are able to pursue their course of study regardless of financial circumstances.

WHO WE SERVE We serve the faculty, staff, and students of Sandhills Community College. The Foundation ensures that donated funds are invested wisely and used in ways that contribute to the ongoing excellence of Sandhills Community College and its students.

DID YOU KNOW? • A graduating class of Sandhills students increases its lifetime earnings by $162.6 million. • Sandhills Community College students see an average 41% increase in income two years after graduating, and entering the workforce with a two-year degree - the highest in NC. • A graduating class of Sandhills students creates over $750 million in added income and societal savings in NC (such as reduced crime, lower unemployment, better public health). • In every Sandhills graduating class, lives are changed forever, often for generations to come.

GUARANTORS PROGRAM IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS IN 2022 - 2023 The Guarantors Program and The President’s 1963 Cirlce provided 418 students at Sandhills Community College with financial aid totaling $148,996 in the 2022 - 2023 academic year!

HOW TO HELP There are many ways to make a gift to help ensure Opportunity & Excellence at Sandhills Community College. Gifts can be made at any time during the year and may be designated for a specific purpose, such as an academic program, BPAC, or Flyers Athletics, or may be given unrestricted (which provides the college with the opportunity to use the gift where it is needed most). Many people choose to support the college’s Guarantors Program which helps our most at-risk students with essential resources needed to stay in school. It supports the traditional college student as well as the older student—many times a displaced worker—who is coming to Sandhills to learn a new skill and develop a new career. Guarantors support emergency response assistance for students in crisis situations. They help with everyday expenses such as childcare that can make the difference between being able to afford to come to school or not. They support veterans’ aid programs, work-ready continuing education programs, and provide critical tuition assistance to fill the gap between what a student can afford to pay and what they owe for their classes.

MAKE A GIFT Sandhills Community College Foundation, Inc. 501(c)3 Tax ID # 56-0946799 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-695-3706

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150 Applecross Rd Pinehurst, NC 28374 910.695.7500

OUR MISSION To Care for People FirstHealth has a strong philanthropic heritage dating back to 1928 when the community raised $75,000 to match a Duke Endowment grant for a hospital in Moore County. Today, our not-for-profit healthcare system serves a 16-county region, providing award-winning care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Charitable endowments are key to FirstHealth’s future success. External forces have stretched resources of healthcare systems nationwide, causing many small rural hospitals to close. Without philanthropy and endowment building, high-touch advocacy programs and innovative advancements are at risk. Strategically, the Foundation of FirstHealth is focused on the following five endowment priorities:

CLARA MCLEAN HOUSE Clara’s House and its Healing Garden provide “kindness with a front porch” for out-of-town patients and their families, offering low or no-cost lodging, advocacy, support groups, and compassionate hospitality as a part of critical care.

PHYSICIAN & NURSING ENRICHMENT Funded by visionary philanthropists Walter and Betty Reid, the FirstHealth Center for Well-being (CWB) is an innovative benefit for all employees. Services are confidential and include: Deployable Wellness, Executive Coaching, Manager Leadership Development, Team Building and more.

FirstHealth Hospice is a not-for-profit hospice and the only Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 5-star quality rated hospice in the region.

HEART SERVICES Heart disease remains the #1 killer in the U.S. The Reid Heart Center boasts world-class physicians and state-of-the-art medical technology, including robotic technologies that facilitate advanced procedures performed nowhere else in the state.

CANCER SERVICES The FirstHealth Cancer Center opened on March 27,2023 and is fondly referred to as a “Haven of Hope” by the patients and families it serves. In addition to oncology, infusion and radiation, the center houses support services on its 4th floor and magnificent healing gardens at ground level and on the second floor. - Expanded Clinical Trials - Nurse and Financial Navigators - Outpatient Palliative Care - Yoga, Meditation, Fitness - Support Groups and Therapy Programs

HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE Hospice care, including the Hospice House, focuses on patient needs and comfort at end of life. Palliative care assists those with serious illness while the patient is receiving active medical treatment.

To learn more, contact the Foundation of FirstHealth at (910) 695-7500. To donate, visit

Center for Well-being Staff: Dr. Karen Sullivan, Medical Director, Trey Tippens, PsyD and Kristin Floyd; FirstHealth Cancer Center; FirstHealth Cardiac Rehabilitation; FirstHealth Hospice Chapel

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OUR MISSION Honor America’s Heroes: Embracing the legacy of Airborne & Special Operations Soldiers who came before us and who now continue with a greater purpose. In 2000, when the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) opened, our nation was introduced to the milestone makers and groundbreakers of our time. Since then, the U.S. experienced 9/11 and twenty-plus years of war. As thousands of visitors enjoy the wide expanse of existing gallery space and exhibits, the ASOM team is developing a state-of-the-art exhibit space plan to showcase more artifacts and events in military history. Work has begun on an updated storyline for the gallery, and in a few years, visitors will be inspired by a transformed 21st century gallery with new artifacts, new stories, immersive exhibits, and interactive technologies to enhance the visitors learning experience. Our goal of $15 million will be achieved with the help of donors who know the value of this legacy project and understand the importance of military history and the lessons learned by the heroes who made liberty and freedom possible for others. Help us continue our mission of sharing the legacies of Airborne and Special Operations Soldiers.

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As a faith-based nonprofit organization, Penick Village’s mission is to cultivate a friendly and safe community where residents have the freedom to focus on their wellness and relationships while living to life’s fullest potential.

Bishop Penick founded Penick Village in 1964 with the vision, mission, and promise that no resident would ever have to leave because they have outlived their resources. The Penick Village Foundation provides assurance to its residents that Bishop Penick’s promise is upheld through our Benevolent Assistance Program.

VISION Penick Village’s vision is to offer a premier life plan community experience to our residents, delivering exceptional services, lifestyle, and innovation.

MAKE A GIFT or to learn more contact: Mindee Hadley, Director of Philanthropy

OUR BOARD LEADERS James Heisey, Foundation Board Chair John Frizzell, Board of Directors President Chip Cromartie, Chief Executive Officer

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Contact: Chaplin Colette Bachand

MISSION STATEMENT Through a strong tradition of volunteerism, the Junior League of Moore County is a diverse and dedicated organization of women using their talents to achieve individual fulfillment while focusing the energies of the membership on today’s critical social issues to improve the quality of life in our community. Since 1998, the Junior League of Moore County has been an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

PARTNERS The Junior League of Moore County is dedicated to improving the lives of women and youth throughout Moore County. We partner with local organizations to improve the lives of women, children, and teens facing food insecurity, delinquency, are in the foster care system and/or potential targets of human trafficking. Local organizations that have directly benefited from our collaborative efforts include the Boys and Girls Club, Department of Social Services (DSS), North Moore High School, Sandhills Food Bank, and Friend to Friend. The League also provides trained volunteers to support these community programs and orchestrates events such as The Little Black Dress Initiative, Kids in the Kitchen, and the DSS Foster Family Christmas Party. This year, JLMC is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to empower middle school girls through their ‘Smart Girls’ program.

UPCOMING EVENTS- 2024 WINE IN THE PINES Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, JLMC is hosting its signature fundraiser, “Wine in the Pines,” at the Fairbarn in Pinehurst from 6:00-10:00 p.m. celebrating ‘Women in Wine’ with food and wine pairings highlighting women-owned vineyards. Tickets will be available for purchase by December 2023. Follow the Junior League of Moore County’s social media pages or website,, for more information.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Learn how you can join or get involved by contacting The Junior League of Moore County’s Membership Chair at

HOW TO DONATE The Junior League of Moore County funds its community programs through yearly fundraisers and donations. If you would like to donate to JLMC, please visit, contact our Fundraising Co-Chairs at or mail a donation to: Junior League of Moore County PO Box 4063 Pinehurst, NC 28374-4063.

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Our mission to is to provide a hot, nutritious, diet-specific mid-day meal, Monday through Friday (including all weekday holidays) to homebound individuals who are unable to prepare a meal, regardless of their age or ability to pay.

To raise more than $60,000 to be used for the purchasing of food, kitchen and office supplies.


It takes nine volunteers a day, Monday through Friday, to deliver our meals. And we’re planning to add a tenth team this year to serve the West End and Seven Lakes area. Please email or text our Executive Director at for more information about becoming a volunteer. We could really use your help!

Through volunteers, we deliver between 85-95 noontime meals every Monday through Friday. We charge a small fee ($4/meal) or provide the meal for free to those who cannot pay. We partner with United Way of Moore County to achieve these goals.



EVENTS Stayed tuned for information about our 50th year of service in Moore County Celebration. This event is being organized with a date to be announced before the end of this year. It is hoped that the celebration will happen late spring of 2024. We were founded in 1974 by Ida Baker Scott and look forward to honoring her and all those who have supported Meals on Wheels! Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills 1975 Juniper Lake Road, A1, West End, NC 27376 NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: MOW is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

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OUR MISSION The mission of the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care is to “alleviate hunger and financial strains of struggling households in Moore County.”

WHO WE SERVE The Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care is a state chartered 501c(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1986 by eleven local churches. Today the Coalition is supported by 64 area churches, the United Way of Moore County, individuals, businesses, and civic groups throughout the community. The Coalition serves the residents of Moore County, NC. Services are made possible through generous community backing, the support of dedicated volunteers, and sales at The Coalition Resale Shops.

FUNDRAISING GOALS Without the tremendous support received from throughout Moore County, Sandhills/Moore Coalition would not be able to fulfill our

mission. There are many different ways to support our cause. The Coalition welcomes direct monetary donations, donations of goods and services or sponsorship of an event to benefit the Coalition.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER Visit our website at to learn how you can volunteer and about upcoming events.

HOW TO GIVE MONETARY DONATIONS Call (910) 693-1600 ext 204 Mail to: Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care 1500 W. Indiana Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387 Use the DONATE BUTTON to access our secure online donation form Email Stephen Phillips, Executive Director at

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To conserve the natural areas, rural landscapes, family farms, and historic places within North Carolina’s central Piedmont and Sandhills.

The fundraising goal for TRLT’s End of Year Campaign is $250,000. With this money, TRLT will continue to expand public lands, save family farms, and protect local waters.

WHO WE SERVE 15-counties in NC (Anson, Cabarrus, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Harnett, Hoke, Iredell, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, and Stanly)

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MAKE A GIFT Donate online at 204 E. Innes St., Suite 120, Salisbury, NC 28144. Attending events is another really great way to give back, as proceeds from each event support local conservation. Check out our website for upcoming events!

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Samaritan Colony provides coordinated care and ongoing support to underserved people who suffer from addiction.

We hold four fundraising events yearly: The Chris Pearson Memorial Golf Tournament, Homecoming, Thanksgiving meal, and our annual benefit concert at Malcolm Blue Farm. Our end-of-year fundraising goal is $20,000.



For close to 50 years, Samaritan Colony has helped underserved individuals and their families who are struggling with the disease of addiction. At Samaritan Colony, no one is ever turned away due to a lack of funds. If someone is willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes to live a life of recovery, our team will work to make residential treatment happen.

We welcome volunteers looking to help with fundraising and events. We also welcome recovery community members to share their experiences, strengths, and hope. Contact Nikki Wells at 910-895-3243 or

Healthcare providers, law enforcement, and our court system(s) refer the clients we serve. Individuals looking for help can also contact us directly. Since 1975, we have served over 6,000 men & their families.

HOW TO DONATE Donations can be made online via our website. You can also mail a check to Samaritan Colony, 136 Samaritan Dr., Rockingham, NC 28379. Gifts of stock or financial securities can be made through Charles Schwab, Southern Pines Branch, 10840 US 15-501 Hwy, Unit D, Southern Pines, NC 28387

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The mission of Caring Hearts for Canines is to rescue and rehome dogs at risk of being euthanized in high kill shelters and to educate the public in order to decrease the proliferation of these unwanted dogs and works to educate the public through community outreach about the issues of spaying and neutering, vaccinating, heartworm prevention and proper care and maintenance of their canine companions. CHFC primarily serves the area of Moore County, founded in 2014 by Jennifer Chopping in an effort to save dogs from high kill shelters that would otherwise be euthanized.

Check out our Amazon and Chewy Wishlists! Use your Birthday to have a Facebook birthday fundraiser or Dog Food Drive to help the pups! Donate a Kuranda Bed! Visit Donate online at Donate on Social Media! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Threads!

VOLUNTEER • Kennel Care – feed, clean, and walk dogs • Staffing Events – manning tables and dogs • Transporting Dogs – picking up shelter dogs and transporting them to out-of-state partners • Running with Dogs: exercising high energy dogs a couple of times a week • Fostering For more information on fostering and volunteering, email

Mail a Check to: Caring Hearts for Canines PO Box 1219, Southern Pines, NC 28388

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The mission of Sandhills Children’s Center is to constantly strive to be a recognized leader and pre-eminent provider of educational and therapeutic services to young children ages birth through 5 years through continuous organizational growth and collaboration with our community partners. The first 5 years of a child’s life are critically important to their future success in school. As specialists in early childhood education, Sandhills Children’s Center offers an inclusive child development program for children with and without special developmental needs that encourages learning, creativity, and physical/intellectual growth. The unique peerto-peer learning in an inclusive setting is proven to be the most natural environment for preparing children for kindergarten.

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VOLUNTEER Sandhills Children’s Center is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our special events. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming event, call (910) 692-3323.


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BUILDING GREAT FUTURES, ONE CHILD AT A TIME For over 25 years the Boys & Girls Club of Sandhill’s mission has been to inspire, enable, and educate young people from all backgrounds and circumstances to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We invite you to help us provide great futures for Moore County Young people by sponsoring a child, donating, sponsoring events, or volunteering. Every $1 invested in the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills returns $9.60 back to the community, and 88% of our Members plan to pursue some form of secondary education. We are committed to increasing the number of children and youth that we serve, thus making a greater impact. With your support, this is not a possibility, but a certainty that will allow us to serve more kids, more often, and with a greater impact.

Specially designed programs concentrate on developing job readiness, study skills, leadership, self-esteem, good health, and social responsibility among the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills members. During the school year, all four units are open after school from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., when research has shown children to be most vulnerable. Our Sandhills Community College Unit is also open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for K through 5th-grade children of faculty members and students attending evening classes. In addition, during the summer, all Moore County Units open their doors to young people from 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Learn how you can get involved through tutoring and mentoring opportunities by contacting Darilyn Ruotolo at or 910-692-0777, ext. 2229.


SERVICES A trained and caring staff implements proven youth development strategies and creates a stable, supportive environment for children and teens aged 5 to 18. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sandhills PO Box 1761 Southern Pines, NC 28388

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To entertain, educate, and engage the community though film and performing arts, while preserving an historic Southern Pines landmark.

Fundraising supports all of our programs, concerts, and shows and maintains our community’s charming historic theater. The Sunrise Theater is a nonprofit organization that relies on community volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities and on multiple committees developing programming and assuring the best experience for our patrons. They serve as ushers, behind the concessions stand, in the box office, and on the board. Please call us about opportunities to volunteer – We’d love to have you join us!

SERVICES The Sunrise offers a variety of entertaining, engaging, and educational programming in its historic community theater and welcoming outdoor venue.

EVENTS Sunrise produces live community theatre, First-run movies, classic movies, live concerts, free First Friday community concerts, Met Opera simulcasts, National Theatre Live rebroadcasts, BroadwayHD performances, Children’s Theater Camps, live community theater, documentaries, private rentals & community events.

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OUR MISSION Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities (Weymouth Center) is a community gathering place for lovers of nature and the arts. Weymouth Center offers programs for all ages and opens its 26 acres of gardens and grounds to the community. We are home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame, and we are a program-driven nonprofit with public presentations year-round in the arts and humanities.

SPOTLIGHT ON WEYMOUTH EQUESTRIANS Weymouth Equestrians is a new program of Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, held in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills. It is open to all young people in the 5th-8th grades. Weymouth Equestrians is an afterschool program that builds confidence and passion in young people through teaching them the basics of equine care and horseback riding. The program launched in Spring 2023 with 4 students, and with support hopes to grow to serve 20 young people annually, with hundreds of alumni having experienced the joy of working with horses for the first time at Weymouth.

VOLUNTEER AND GIVING OPPORTUNITIES Whether you like to garden, write, explore equestrian projects, do historical research or preservation, fundraise, connect with the community, take on

leadership roles or share other skills you may have, Weymouth Center needs you! To volunteer, sign up via our website

IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT Your gift will support bringing the arts and humanities to the Sandhills, provide scholarships for Weymouth Equestrians and other educational programs, allow children to attend events for free, and underwrite the cost of world-class performing artists, writers, and speakers. Weymouth Center is a welcome place for all to enjoy the magnificent gardens and grounds, sustained by volunteers and contributions. A gift of $50 or more makes you an annual “Member,” which includes the benefits of reduced ticket prices for Weymouth Center events, discounts to partner businesses including The Country Bookshop and Southern Whey, and all gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Thank you for considering making a gift today! To make your gift online, go to: and click “Support Weymouth.” If you would like your gift to support Weymouth Equestrians, in the notes section, please indicate “Weymouth Equestrians.” To support Weymouth Center with a check, gift of stock, or estate gift, please send by mail to: Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, PO Box 939, Southern Pines, NC 28388

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United Way of Moore County’s mission is to advance the common good by focusing on the education, financial stability, and health of those living in our community. Supporting 14 local nonprofit programs, these are the building blocks for a good life. United Way strives to stop the cycle of poverty so our entire community can thrive. United Way also supports the community with 2-1-1 Information & Referral service connecting our residents to local health & human service supports when they need help. This year’s campaign is ‘The Cycle of Poverty Stops When We Unite.’

The 2023 fundraising campaign brings an opportunity to purchase a limited number of raffle tickets for a 3 Day/2Night Package for two at Pinehurst Resort. Only 100 raffle tickets for $100 each are available for a chance to win. This 3 day/2 night stay includes: accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily and one round of golf per day, including play on the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course! Raffle tickets will be available November 15th at or

PARTNERS United Way of Moore County partners with and funds 14 local charitable organizations and 16 programs: American Red Cross, The Arc of Moore County, Bethany House, Bethesda, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, Friend to Friend, Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills, Moore County 4-H, Partners for Children & Families (Barbershop Initiative), Sandhills Moore Coalition for Human Care, Sandhills Student Assistance Program, The C.A.R.E. Group (Mentoring/Summer Reading Stations/COVID Recovery Tutoring).

GIVE MOORE LOCAL Please mail your contribution to the United Way of Moore County at: PO Box 207, Southern Pines, NC 28387; Visit the office at 780 NW Broad Street, Suite 110 in Southern Pines; Text GIVELOCAL to 26989 to make a donation; or give online at Give Moore Local means your gift helps right here in our local communities.

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The mission of Prancing Horse is to provide a safe environment for therapeutic horsemanship.

Prancing Horse appreciates the continued support of the community to ensure our ability to continue therapeutic horsemanship classes for our clients. Together, we change lives through the power of horses.

SERVICES For almost 40 years, Prancing Horse has served children and adults who experience a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Our therapeutic horsemanship program is designed to encourage and inspire our clients to reach their highest potential and possibly attain goals once thought out of reach. Our objective is to develop, monitor, and assess an individualized activity plan for each participant. Each year, we lead 100+ therapeutic horsemanship classes and serve an average of 150 veterans through our Freedom Reins program.

EVENTS Key fundraising events include our Barn Dance in the Spring and the Prancing Horse Farm Tour in October. An end of session horse show is hosted for our program participants in December.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Work in the arena with clients and horses • Clerk at our gently used tack shop, A Bit Used • Join one of our six standing committees • Assist with our key fundraising events To volunteer, contact us at

MAKE A GIFT Prancing Horse P.O. Box 327, Southern Pines, NC 28388 For more information, contact us at (571) 277-4172

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Life Care Pregnancy Center is a nonprofit Christ-centered ministry that promotes the sanctity of human life by providing Christian direction, compassionate care, accurate information and practical assistance for individuals and families facing crucial decisions surrounding a pregnancy.

• We Will Walk with You, Talk with You, & Support You: º Pregnancy Options Education º Education on Abortion & Risks º Adoption Referrals º Healing After Abortion or Pregnancy Loss º Men’s Ministry º Material Resources

OUR FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL SERVICES INCLUDE • Pregnancy Testing • Limited Ultrasounds • Coaching & Education (English & Spanish) • Medical & Community Referrals • Men’s Ministry • Material Resources

MAKE A GIFT Visit or mail to: P.O. Box 519 Carthage, NC 28327

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MISSION STATEMENT The Food Bank operates under the mission: Nourish people. Build solutions. Empower communities. With the support of this incredible community and our partners, we work every day to realize the vision: No one goes hungry. The Backpack Pals’ program meets the nutritional needs of children at risk of hunger during weekends by providing discreet bags filled with weekend meals that fit inside of a child’s backpack.

HOW IT WORKS Backpack Pals bags are compiled at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC location on Sandy Avenue in Southern Pines. These packs provide healthy meals and snacks for children and their families to ensure children return to school on Mondays or after a long school break ready to learn. Volunteers receive the food from the Food Bank, load it into bags, and deliver it to the school or program for distribution each week. Common foods in a Backpack Pals bag include: proteins (tuna, beef stew, or peanut butter), fruits (canned or fresh), breakfast items (cereal or bars), snacks, and beverages (fruit juice and/or milk). The backpacks are assembled by volunteers and delivered to a school partner each week. Normally, the packs are distributed on Thursday or Friday, with kids returning them on Wednesday of the following week. Since the program began in October 2005, teachers and schools have reported improvements in test scores, positive behavioral gains, decrease in

number of unexcused absences, and an increased recognition of potential career paths.

HOW TO HELP Donate Online: Online donations are a fast and easy way to support the work of the Food Bank. Using a credit card or bank draft, make a one-time gift or continue your support as a monthly contributor. Honor or memorialize a friend or relative by making a tribute gift. Consider hosting a virtual food drive for friends and family to get involved. Other Monetary Support: The Food Bank accepts many types of monetary support including stock donations, bequests by will or trust, company matching gifts, and corporate partnerships. Donate Time: Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Bank’s mission. Every day, Food Bank volunteers are making a tangible contribution to our communities. If you’d like to volunteer your time, please visit volunteer to view opportunities, learn more about current safety protocols, and self-schedule a shift! Volunteers are temporarily using an offsite space at 181 Ridgeline Drive, Aberdeen.

MAKE A GIFT Backpack Pals c/o Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina 195 Sandy Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387

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Tides, Inc. is a comprehensive, intensive, outpatient treatment program that integrates in-house services with existing community partners to engage pregnant and newly postpartum women with substance use disorder (SUD) in the recovery process. The Tides’ mission is to keep the mother-child dyad intact by helping this underserved population take part in treatment and recovery to become healthy so they can have healthy babies.

“Becoming a mother is my greatest accomplishment and without the help of the Tides program, I would not be the confident well-rounded mother I am now.”

SERVICES The Tides program offers case management, transportation, prenatal/ postpartum care, medication assisted treatment, mental health/ recovery counseling, housing, peer support, childcare, spiritual care, and more. Through these services, Tides aims to eliminate socioeconomic challenges that can be detractors in the treatment process.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER Visit for volunteer opportunities including childcare, transporting residents, and much more!

“I would not be the strong, resilient, passionate, graceful woman I am today if it weren’t for this program.” “Because of Tides, I not only enjoyed my pregnancy, but I was able to enjoy the birth of my third child without being messed up in addiction. This feeling was indescribable!” “The Tides program gave me hope and helped me to know that I was not alone. It gave me the courage to be the mother I dreamed that I could be.”

MAKE A GIFT Visit to donate now! Mailing address: 2764 Camp Easter Rd, Southern Pines NC 28387

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OUR MISSION Bringing wholeness to the hopeless. Adult & Teen Challenge Sandhills, NC is a residential faithbased, long-term rehabilitation program for men struggling with life-controlling addictions.

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HOW IT WORKS An ideal place for recovery, Sandhills Teen Challenge is located on 31 tranquil acres in the heart of Moore County, and is a 12-month residential program. Sandhills Teen Challenge provides food, clothing, a warm bed, academic materials, etc., which are necessary to ensure the student receives the spiritual, emotional, vocational, and academic training required to help him overcome the problems which led to his addiction.

Join us to celebrate our Annual Christmas Banquets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 7th, 8th & 9th at 6pm at Sandhills Adult & Teen Challenge in Carthage. Call 910-947-2944 for more information. To register for banquet go to our website

MAKE A GIFT Sandhills Adult & Teen Challenge P.O. Box 1701, Southern Pines, NC 28388 Please make checks payable to Sandhills Adult & Teen Challenge

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OUR MISSION NAMI Moore County is a dedicated, all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to foster hope and respect for individuals with mental illnesses, and support for their families and caregivers through advocacy, education, and support groups. We also focus on educating the public to eliminate the stigma and misinformation surrounding mental illness and to encourage community involvement.

SUPPORT: Monthly Meetings - Free & Open To The Public Family Support Group Meets virtually on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. For family, caregivers, and friends of those living with a serious mental illness. Call (910) 295-1053 for more information.

EDUCATION 1st Monday of the Month 7:00 PM (2nd Monday in September) No Meetings in July, October, or December This schedule is subject to change, please call (910) 295-1053 for more information.

There are NAMI Programs that NAMI Moore County would like to make available to the public; however, we need your help to facilitate them. Examples are Family to Family, for family members and other caregivers. Ending the Silence, for College, High School, and Middle School Students and Educators. NAMI on Campus for High School and College Students. NAMI Homefront Mental Health Resources for Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families and is accessible through computers or mobile devices

VOLUNTEER To volunteer or join NAMI Moore County, contact 910-295-1053 or These are difficult times for everyone, and NAMI Moore County needs your help. Please join NAMI Moore County to support individuals who are living with a mental illness and their families.


PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS Sandhills Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Partnership: CIT trains law enforcement officers and other first responders about mental illness and how to interact with someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Checks to make a donation or join may be mailed to NAMI Moore County at the address below or join online at NAMI Moore County PO Box 4823, Pinehurst, NC 28374

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THERE’S RELIEF IN KNOWING YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IN THE EVENT OF A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS, CALL 1-833-600-2054. Visit our website: For free, confidential and anonymous behavioral health screenings, visit: Sandhills Center manages mental health, substance use disorder and intellectual/developmental disabilities services in Anson, Davidson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Rockingham counties.

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Moore Free & Charitable Clinic’s mission is to provide a primary care medical home for low income uninsured residents of Moore County, North Carolina, giving access to consistent care and prescription medications for disabling chronic diseases. Our organization’s goal is to provide access to compassionate, quality primary health care and other services to the nearly 14,000 uninsured adults in Moore County. By doing so, the overall health of our community will be improved at the population level. The burden on local hospital emergency departments is mitigated when uninsured residents have a better, more cost-effective alternative for routine care. Communities benefit socially and economically when medical insecurity is reduced. Moore Free & Charitable Clinic’s strategic priorities are to: 1) Strengthen fundraising efforts to increase available resources to carry out its mission, 2) Expand the capacity to serve more patients by adding space and staff, and 3) Increase community outreach and education about the services offered by Moore Free & Charitable Clinic, including its recently launched dental clinic for the uninsured.

Each year, Moore Free & Charitable Clinic hosts a fundraiser called the Hearts and Hands Brunch that falls near Valentine’s Day. In the fall, the major fundraising event is Dining in the Pines™, which features special dining experiences called Chef Tables, held at local fine dining restaurants.

VOLUNTEER Moore Free & Charitable Clinic can always use clinical volunteers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, mental health professionals, dentists, registered nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy techs. Opportunities are also available for clerical positions, such as reception, enrollment and eligibility, filing and other office jobs. Please contact Tony Price at 910-246-5333 Ext 207.

MAKE A GIFT Donations by check may be made out to Moore Free & Charitable Clinic and mailed to: 211 Trimble Plant Road, Suite C, Southern Pines, NC 28387. Credit card donations made be made at The Clinic also can accept gifts of securities; for more information call Tony Price at (910)246-5333 Ext. 207.

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OUR MISSION Drug Free Moore County provides evidence-based prevention/education, counseling, treatment options, housing options, and recovery support services for youth and adults.

SERVICES • Youth Leadership Summit ( 7 week Summer Youth Camp) • Peer-based Counseling/ Coaching • Addictions/ Mental Health Counseling • DSS Services • Transportation/Treatment Options/ Recovery Support Services

FUNDRAISING The Run for Recovery is Drug Free Moore County’s annual 5K run/walk fundraiser held October 29 at 7AM, 105 Barrett Street, Carthage, NC. Participants will raise awareness about substance abuse, promote treatment, and celebrate those who are living in recovery.

All proceeds will benefit Drug Free Moore County and go toward providing recovery resources to individuals and families through the further development of the Community Recovery Center.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Event Staffing • Community Recovery Centers • People who have been in recovery for at least a year may be trained as a peer counselor. Email: or call 910-722-2265 and leave a message to volunteer.

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Champion successful lives from birth to adulthood by mentoring, adult literacy, and opportunities designed for empowering others though education and enrichment. Our Vision: A community in which adults and youth are thriving and have promising futures.

We improve the reading and writing skills of over 100 low literacy adults each year. We offer one-on-one tutoring for all levels in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Digital Literacy.

MENTORING PROGRAMS Our Mentoring Programs offer a positive, caring adult who works one-on-one with a child at risk of failing or dropping out of school helping them develop critical life skills, set goals and do better in school.

VOLUNTEER WITH US We are always looking to matches adult volunteers who are willing to give their time, energy, and compassion to a Moore County youth or adult learner for at least one year. For Mentoring: contact Katie Wilson - For Tutoring: contact Judith Douglas -


CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM We provide a curriculum that focuses on the civics and language skills necessary for students to pass the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Test and Interview.

MOTHEREAD/FATHEREAD® The C.A.R.E. Group, Inc. P.O. Box 1966 Southern Pines NC 28388

We teach parents to read to their young children early and often, so that every child will be ready for kindergarten.

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In 2013, members of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg, NC joined efforts to throw a simple BBQ to honor the lives of fallen soldiers Mike Duskin and Riley Stephens. That single event evolved into a foundation that has now raised and awarded more than $600,000 in youth scholarships alone. The Duskin and Stephens Foundation supports the United States Special Operations community through direct support to families of fallen operators, healing programs designed to combat the effects of PTS, TBI and loss of a loved one, and youth scholarships for children of active duty members of our community.


Scholarships- A major part of our mission at DSF is to provide K-12th grade scholarship to the children of our brothers in arms. We believe that instilling strong values and leadership skills at a very young age will pay dividends in our communities and in our nation. Gold Star Family Support- We are proud to provide direct financial support to families of our fallen, trusts for children of our fallen, travel and lodging to events that honor our fallen, and opportunities for gold

star family members to meet members of our community who knew and served with their loved one. Special Operations Family Support- DSF provides direct and timely monetary support to Special Operations families in times of financial and emotional need.


What started as a plan to buy a keg of beer, grill hamburgers, and celebrate the lives and legacies of Mike Duskin and Riley Stephens, evolved into a highly organized event, attended by nearly 1,000+ people every year. More than 10 years later, Beef & Beer continues to raise enough funds to keep the mission and legacy alive. The event has become a favorite in the Sandhills community and serves as an annual reunion for operators and their families as well as the community that supports them.


Donations via check: 26 Pinecrest Plaza #316, Southern Pines, NC 28387 Donations via Venmo: @DSF1012 Or give online at

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“I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” We are proud to support the Duskin & Stephens Foundation and hope you will also.

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To provide a support network and educational advocacy group dedicated to increasing awareness and acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community in the Sandhills area of North Carolina.

• Safe Zone Trainings • Annual Scholarships • PRIDEFest Celebration • Discussion and Identity Groups • PRIDE Community CARE • PRIDE Nights OUT and PRIDE OUTside

OUR VISION The purpose of Sandhills Pride is to UNITE, CELEBRATE, ENHANCE and SERVE LGBTQ+ people, their allies, and organizations with likeminded goals by providing social engagement, service, education, and leadership in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Sandhills Pride works to UNITE a visible LGBTQ+ community; CELEBRATE the freedom and equality of all people; ENHANCE the well-being and development of the local LGBTQ+ community through partnerships and support activities; and SERVE the Sandhills region through social engagement, education, leadership, charity, goodwill, and responsible citizenship.

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MISSION STATEMENT We serve all children within the community that have mobility limitations. We rely on word of mouth and making connections with local daycare centers/school nurses in order to serve/reach our community. Our goal is to help children who have difficulties walking independently become mobile. We do so by providing financial assistance for families to purchase equipment that allows their children to become independent. Jillian’s Jitterbug will financially assist families in purchasing wheelchairs (power chairs and push chairs), ankle-foot orthotics (orthopedic leg braces), arm crutches, adopted bicycles, and walkers.

FUNDRAISING We do not have a fundraising target amount, but any donation no matter the amount will make an impact. A motorized wheelchair can cost as much as a new car depending on how much your insurance company will cover. This fiscal year, we have been much more focused on finding families and children in the area to help.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES We are always welcoming volunteers with open arms to help us with

day-to-day logistics of planning team meetings, networking within the local community, and eventually plan fundraising events in the future. Contact President and Founder Kaelyn Edwards at for more information.

OUR BOARD LEADERS Kaelyn M. Edwards, President Jillian R. Edwards, Vice President Kimberly A. Edwards, Marketing Manager Daniel J. Edwards, Financial Consultant/Board Member David Bidwell, Board Member Lee Leibowitz, Board Member John Shewell, Board Member Richard Gossin, Volunteer

MAKE A GIFT Donations via PayPal, Venmo, and checks made out to Jillian’s Jitterbug Inc. 190 Kings Ridge Court , Southern Pines, NC 28387

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Although conscientious effort is made to provide accurate and up-to-date information, all events are subject to change and errors can occur! Please call to verify times, costs, status and location before planning or attending any events. TECH HELP SESSIONS. SPPL offers one-on-one Technology Help Sessions. A library staff member will sit with you to assist with accessing eBooks, learning how to use a new device, navigating a computer, and to answer any other basic technology questions. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. To make an appointment come into the library or visit PHOTO HISTORY. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The historical association will host an exhibit, “Southern Pines Then and Now,” featuring photographs taken 100 years ago and what the same area looks like today. Free admission. Water Department, 180 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines.

NOVEMBER EVENTS Thursday, November 2 AFTER SCHOOL SOCIAL. 3:30 p.m. Meet us “At the Park After School.” Join the Southern Pines Public Library for games, snacks, free books and a take-home craft. All ages welcome. While supplies last. Pool Park, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or SOUL FLOW. 6:30 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Join a gentle flow guaranteed to soothe the mind, body and soul. A mixture of yin and restorative yoga. Great for all levels. Cost is $6 for residents and $9 for non-residents. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

Friday, November 3 LUNCH BUNCH. 11:30 a.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to dine on different cuisines each month as you visit different restaurants in the area. Carpool with friends or meet at the restaurant. Dining locations will be chosen the week before. Info: (910) 692-7376. ART EXHIBIT. 5 - 7 p.m. The Artists League of the Sandhills will have the opening reception for their 29th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale. The opening weekend will continue on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. with a “meet the artist.” The exhibit and sale will remain open through Dec. 15. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: FIRST FRIDAY. 5 - 8 p.m. Come enjoy music and food at the final First Friday of the season. The Main Squeeze will perform. Free admission. There

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This is a pre-sale event. Tickets are $20 per person (ages 21 and over) for general admission and tables seating eight may be reserved for $160. There will be food available for purchase and a cash bar. Down Memory Lane, 161 Dawkins St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 215-4054 or

Sunday, November 5

Thanksgiving Feast will be food trucks on-site. No pets allowed. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 420-2549 or

Saturday, November 4 CRAFT DAYS. Children and their families can come by the library for Drop-in Craft Days and work on crafts at their own pace or to take home. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or CRAFT FAIR. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy browsing the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center Arts and Crafts Fair. There will be a variety of vendors and homemade food for purchase. Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. 15-501, West End. KID’S SATURDAY. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Families are invited to a monthly themed craft event to socialize and get creative. Geared toward ages 3 - 10. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-3642 or PURSE BINGO. 5:30 - 10 p.m. Come play 20 rounds of bingo for a chance to win high-end handbags filled with donations from the community. This fundraiser benefits The Academy of Moore County PTO. Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info: GOLF CAPITAL CHORUS. 7 - 9 p.m. The Golf Capital Chorus presents its 42nd anniversary show filled with love songs from the 1950s to the present day. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info: SHAG SOCIAL. 7 - 10 p.m. Moore Area Shag Society will host Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot.

WRITING GROUP. 3 p.m. Are you interested in creating fiction, nonfiction, poetry or comics? Come to the Sunday Afternoon Writing Group. Connect with other writers and artists, chat about your craft, and get feedback about your work. All levels welcome. This month will feature Anne Kubitsky, local author, as a special guest. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: FAMILY FUN SERIES. 3 - 4 p.m. Enjoy a performance of The Velveteen Rabbit. Recommended for K - 5. Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info:

Monday, November 6 QUILTS OF VALOR. 12 - 4 p.m. Quilts of Valor meets the first Monday of each month to create lap quilts made especially for veterans. If you sew, bring your machine; if you don’t sew, you can iron or cut out fabrics for new designs. This is a free program. Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. 15-501, West End.

Tuesday, November 7 BRAIN FITNESS. 10 - 11 a.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to a Brain Fitness class. Eve Gaskell will be the instructor. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. TEEN WRITING CLUB. 4 - 5 p.m. Are you interested in creative writing and storytelling, connecting with other writers, and getting feedback on your work? Join us for the Teen Creative Writing Club. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: or

Thursday, November 9 SENIOR TRIP. 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to join Southern Pines Parks and Recreation as we travel to Wagram to visit Cypress Bend Vineyards. Enjoy wine tasting and receive a free wine glass. Lunch at Golden Corral to follow after. Cost is $24 for residents and $34 for nonresidents. Info: (910) 692-7376. AFTER SCHOOL SOCIAL. 3:30 p.m. Meet us “At The Park After School.” Join the Southern Pines Public Library for games, snacks, free books and a take-home craft. All ages welcome. While

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CA L E N DA R supplies last. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or GLASS BLOWING. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Live glassblowing demonstration with world-renowned glass artists and brothers Einar and James De La Torre. Live music starts at 7 p.m. from Laura Jane Vincent. Beverages available at the Starworks Café & Taproom. House of Odell & Luella Food Truck on-site. Family and leashed-dog friendly. Tickets are $5. Starworks, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Info: LECTURE SERIES. The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series continues with Bill Lucas and his presentation on “The Mandela-DeKlerk ‘Miracle.’” BPAC, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.

Friday, November 10 KARAOKE. 7 - 9 p.m. Enjoy a fun night of karaoke. Starworks Café and Taproom, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Info:

Saturday, November 11 COMMUNITY YARD SALE. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy shopping 20 - 40 individual outdoor booths offering everything from handmade crafts, modern tools and electronics, vintage and antique collectibles, and even an assortment of everyday household items or clothes. A food truck will be on-site. The Bee’s Knees, 125 N.C. 73, West End. Info: (910) 420-8970. VETERANS PARADE. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The annual Southern Pines Veteran’s Day Parade is a great opportunity for the whole family to support our troops and veterans. If you are a local veteran, please let us honor you by being in the parade. Downtown Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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PHOTO CLUB. 7 p.m. Sandhills Photography Club monthly meeting will be a presentation by Joseph Rossbach, master landscape photographer, on “Landscape Photography: Light, Subject and Composition.” He will discuss some of his landscape photographs and give advice on how you can improve your own landscape shots. Guests are welcome. Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Visitors Center, 3245 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info:

FESTIVAL OF TREES. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. The 27th annual Festival of Trees to benefit Sandhills Children’s Center will have beautifully decorated trees, gift baskets and other greenery up for bids with online auction, gift shop, raffle and more. The festival runs through Saturday, Nov. 18. Admission is by any monetary donation at the door. There will be a Girls’ Night Out (guys welcome, too) with cash bars and the McKenzie Brothers Band from 5 - 8 p.m. The Carolina Hotel, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst.

Tuesday, November 14 AARP TALK. 12 - 12:30 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to join AARP for a fraud talk. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

WHITEHALL BOOK CLUB. 2 p.m. Southern Pines Public Library’s book club for adults meets to discuss this month’s book. The book club is open to the public. Whitehall Property, 490 Pee Dee Road, Southern Pines. Info:

BOOK CLUB. 2 p.m. The James Boyd Book Club meets for this month’s book, Game Changers, by Art Chansky, who will be attending the discussion. Free admission, registration required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

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CRAFT NIGHT. 4 - 5 p.m. Teens and tweens, join us to make a fun craft. Supplies are limited. Register to reserve your spot. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: or


GATHERING AT GIVEN, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Learn how to create a charcuterie board with Sarah Reagan from Salty Boards. Registration required. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-3642 or READ BETWEEN THE PINES. 5 p.m. Do you love reading and discussing amazing books? If so, join SPPL’s evening book club for adults, Read Between the Pines. Copies of the book are available at the library to check out while supplies last. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

CONCERT. 7 p.m. Come enjoy a Tony Bennett Songbook Concert with Sandhills Repertory Theatre. There will be a second concert on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $36 and VIP are $75. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 420-2549 or

Sunday, November 12 YOUTH THEATER. 2 - 3 p.m. Enjoy a performance of Finding Nemo Jr., presented by the Imagine Youth Theater Junior. Pergola Garden at the Pinehurst Arboretum, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info:

BRUNCH. 10 - 11:45 a.m. Join us for “The Missing Peace,” a special, uplifting morning with a brunch buffet, music, and inspirational speakers sponsored by Sandhills Christian Women’s Connection. There will also be a bake sale and a drawing for a mystery box with gifts and gift cards. All proceeds will support the ministry. Cost is $22 (cash or check). Whispering Pines Country Club, 2 Clubhouse Blvd., Whispering Pines. Reservations: (910) 215-4568 or email

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CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE. 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Tonia Smith with a presentation on “Gentlemen, You Have Played this D****d Well!” Meeting starts at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Civic Club, corner of Pennsylvania and Ashe St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-0452 or

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CA L E N DA R THEATER. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Judson Theatre Company presents Gaslight (Angel Street). Performances continue through Nov. 19. Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: OPEN MIC NIGHT. 7 - 9 p.m. Enjoy hearing different talents at the open mic night. Starworks Café and Taproom, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Info:

Friday, November 17 SENIOR TRIP. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to join Southern Pines Parks and Recreation as we travel to Charlotte for Christmas shopping galore. Don’t forget to grab lunch at one of the many tasty spots inside the mall. Cost is $14 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. Info: (910) 692-7376. RESUME WORKSHOP. 11 a.m. The Southern Pines Public Library is offering a Resume Workshop. Learn how to use some of our online resources to build a standout resume to help during your job search. Appropriate for teens and adults. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: THANKSGIVING FEAST. 5:30 p.m. Join the Northern Moore Family Resource Center for cocktails and dinner by White Rabbit Catering. Rubicon Farm, 570 Rubicon Road, West End. Info: (910) 948-4324 or

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DANCING. 6 p.m. Carolina Pines Dance Club invites you for a fun evening of swing, shag, ballroom, Latin and line dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dance lessons from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dancing until 9:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced dancers, couples and singles all welcome. Cost is $15 per person, cash at the door. Tyson Sinclair Ballroom (second floor), 105 McReynolds St., Carthage. Info: (910) 331-9965.

LECTURE SERIES. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Join the Moore County Historical Association for a lecture from Amanda Brantley on “The Best Defense We Can: The Fight at the House in the Horseshoe.” Civic Club, corner of Pennsylvania and Ashe St., Southern Pines.

LIVE OPERA. 1 p.m. Met Live in HD: X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 420-2549 or STEAM. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Elementary-aged children and their caregivers are invited to learn about topics in science, technology, engineering, art and math and to participate in STEAM projects and activities. This month have some hands-on fun learning about dinosaurs. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or MUSIC. 7 p.m. Come enjoy music from the Doug Prescott Band. Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 420-2549 or TRIVIA. 7 - 9 p.m. Put your brain to the test during trivia nights. Starworks Café and Taproom, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Info:

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Monday, November 20 WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH. 9:30 a.m. The Women of Weymouth meeting will feature speaker Bethanie MacDonald, a local author who writes for PineStraw magazine. Free admission, registration required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

Tuesday, November 21 BRAIN FITNESS. 10 - 11 a.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to a Brain Fitness Class. Eve Gaskell will be the instructor. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. BINGO. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to play 10 games of bingo. Cost is $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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Saturday, November 25 STORYBOOK SATURDAY. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Weymouth’s Kids’ Book Club fosters our continued legacy of literacy and encourages children of all ethnicities to come together to discuss literature. The younger kids will be read to and the older ones will discuss a book they have all read. Open to 12 children: six between the ages of 4 - 6; and six between the ages of 7 - 12. Free admission. Registration required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: TREE LIGHTING. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Ring in the holidays with the annual tree lighting celebration. Lighted trees that line the streets lend an extra sparkle. Keep an eye out for Santa Claus. He is available for pictures (please bring your own camera). Downtown Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

Tuesday, November 28 TEEN WRITING CLUB. 4 - 5 p.m. Are you interested in creative writing and storytelling, connecting with other writers, and getting feedback on your work? Join us for the Teen Creative Writing Club. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: or

MUSICIANS’ JAM SESSION. 6 - 9 p.m. Bring your own instrument and beverage or just come and enjoy the music. Attendees must have the COVID vaccination. Free admission, registration required. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

Thursday, November 30 DOUGLASS CENTER BOOK CLUB. 10:30 a.m. Multiple copies of the selected book are available for checkout at the library. The Douglass Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: MEDICAL MINUTES. 1 - 2 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to learn about different topics beneficial to the senior community. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. SOUL FLOW. 6:30 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Join a gentle flow guaranteed to soothe the mind, body, and soul. A mixture of yin and restorative yoga. Great for all levels. Cost is $6 for residents and $9 for non-residents. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. THEATER SHOW. 7:30 p.m. Moonlight, by Harold Pinter. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 17. Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. Info: (919) 834-4001.

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HOLIDAY CELEBRATION. Kick off Weymouth’s annual three-day holiday celebration with this casual, adults-only get-together. Dress in your festive holiday attire and make merry inside the Boyd House, which will be dressed in its holiday best. Guests will enjoy a wine pull with decorated bottles and bags, a caroling sing-along, a wine bar, a signature drink, and a buffet by Moore Charcuterie, Butter Bakers and Form V Chocolates. Admission is $50 and for ages 21 and over. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, December 1 WEYMOUTH WONDERLAND. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Outdoor Wonderfest and Market is a fantastic occasion for the whole family to go walking in a Weymouth Wonderland. There will be local vendors and artisans, crafts, face painting, food and more. Open to the public. Enter with any monetary donation. The market will also be open Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 12 - 4 p.m. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

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CA L E N DA R and 1760s McLendon Cabin. The Moore County Historical Association and Friends of the Bryant House will host the event so every Yule visitor can get a little taste of how early settlers celebrated Christmas. There will be hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and entertainment. Free admission. Bryant House, 3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage.

cookies at the annual Christmas open house. Tour three house/museums built during the 1700s and 1800s. The event is free to the public. See how early Southern Pines and Moore County residents lived. The Gift Shop will be open for purchasing unique gifts. Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines.

FAMILY FUN SERIES. 3 - 4 p.m. Enjoy a performance of A Christmas Carol. Recommended for K - 5. Owens Auditorium, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info:


Thursday, December 7 MEMBERS PARTY. 5 - 7 p.m. ’Tis the season for Yuletide greetings and to say thank-you to our members. Step back in time and join us in old-time holiday cheer. The house will be decorated in natural seasonal items. Seasonal music will be provided by a harpist. Light refreshments and condiments will be available. Come and meet your board members. Free admission for Moore County Historical Association members and guests. Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines.

Saturday, December 9 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Come to the Black Castle Books’ holiday open house where books will be buy-one, get-one free. Some restrictions apply. Black Castle Books, 952 Old U.S. 1, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-0197. CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE. 1 - 4 p.m. Enjoy oldtime decorations, warm apple cider and homemade

WORKSPACES. 7 a.m. - 3p.m. The Given Tufts Bookshop has a new pop-in co-workspace open on Mondays and Thursdays in the upstairs conference room. Bookshop floor and private meeting room by reservation only. Info: WORKOUTS. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to get their workout on. Open Monday through Friday. Cost for six months: $15/ resident; $30/non-resident. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CHAIR YOGA. 9 - 10 a.m. For adults 55 and older. Help offset body aches encountered with desk work. This is an accessible yoga class for bodies not able to easily get up from and down to the floor. Do standing or sitting in a chair. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

STRENGTH AND BALANCE WORKOUT. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to enjoy a brisk workout that focuses on balance and strength. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. RESTORATIVE YOGA. 12 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Practice gentle movements to improve well-being. Practice movements that may help alleviate pain and improve circulation. Bring your own mat. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. GAME ON. 1 p.m. For adults 55 and older. You and your friends are invited to come out and play various games such as corn hole, badminton, table tennis, shuffleboard, trivia games and more. Each week enjoy a different activity to keep you moving and thinking. Compete with friends and make new ones all for free. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. BRIDGE. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Enjoy games of bridge with friends. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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CA L E N DA R playtime. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-3642. HATHA YOGA. 10 - 11 a.m. For adults 55 and older. Increase your flexibility, balance, stability and muscle tone while learning the basic principles of yoga alignment and breathing. You may gain strength, improve circulation and reduce chronic pain as we practice gentle postures and mindfulness. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. BABY RHYMES. 10:15 a.m. Baby Rhymes is designed for the youngest learners (birth - 2) and their caregivers. Repetition and comforting movements make this story time perfect for early development and brain growth. There will be a duplicate session at 10:45 a.m. An active library card is required. Dates this month are Nov. 7, 14 and 28. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or HEALING YOGA. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults 55 and older can try an entry-level class, for a mind and body workout that fuses dance movements with gentle aerobics, tai chi, and yoga. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. GAME DAY. 12 p.m. Enjoy bid whist and other cool games all in the company of great friends. For adults 55 and older. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CHESS. 1:30 - 5 p.m. Come join a chess group, whether you have been playing for a while or you have never played. This is a free program. Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. Hwy. 15-501, West End. TEEN TUESDAYS. 4 - 5 p.m. Teens in middle and high school can join us every week to connect with other teens in a fun and safe space. Each week is a different topic or activity. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info:

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Wednesdays CHAIR YOGA. 10 - 11 a.m. For adults 55 and older. Help offset body aches encountered with desk work. This is an accessible yoga class for bodies not able to easily get up from and down to the floor. Do standing or sitting in a chair. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. BRAIN BOOST. 10 - 11 a.m. Test your memory while creating new brain connections. This is a free program. Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. Hwy. 15-501, West End. KNITTING. 10 - 11 a.m. Learn how to knit or just come and enjoy knitting with other people. This is a free program. Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. Hwy. 15-501, West End. LEARN AND PLAY. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Come in for an open play date with your toddler or preschooler where there will be developmental toys and puzzles as well as early literacy tips on display for parents and caregivers to incorporate into their daily activities. Dates this month are Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or PIANO. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join Flint Long to play piano or just listen. This is a free program. Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. Hwy. 15-501, West End. JEWELRY MAKING. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Come with friends to create fun designs and memories. Supplies are on site. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. LINE DANCING. 12 - 1 p.m. Looking for new ways to get your daily exercise in and care for yourself? Try line dancing. For adults 55 and older. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. 1 SLOW AND STRETCHY. 12 - 1 p.m. Adults 55

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and older can flow through yoga poses slowly and intentionally, stretching everything from your head to your toes. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CHAIR VOLLEYBALL. 1 - 2 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Get fit while having fun. Free to participate. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. BRIDGE. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Enjoy games of bridge with friends. Douglass

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LINE DANCING. 2 p.m. The town of Vass will host line dancing for seniors every other Wednesday. Cost is $5 per session. Vass Town Hall, 140 S. Alma St., Vass. Info: LIBRARY PROGRAM. 3:30 p.m. At The Library After School (ATLAS) is an after-school program for kindergartners through second graders who enjoy activities, crafts, stories and meeting new friends. Dates this month are Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 29. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Holiday Celebration Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. DANCE. 2 - 2:30 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Instructor Maria Amaya will introduce you to dance fitness in this class designed for anyone who wants to gently and gradually increase cardio function, mobility and balance while having fun. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

TAI CHI. 6:30 p.m. Come learn tai chi. There is no age limit and the classes are open to the public. Cost is $10 per class. Seven Lakes West Community Center, 556 Longleaf Drive, Seven Lakes. Info: (910) 400-5646. YOGA. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Grab your yoga mat and head to Hatchet for a yoga session with Brady. Cost is $10. Hatchet Brewing Company, 490 S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info:

Thursdays WORKSPACES. 7 a.m. - 3p.m. The Given Tufts Bookshop has a new pop-in co-workspace open on Mondays and Thursdays in the upstairs conference room. Bookshop floor and private meeting room by reservation only. Info:

MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The year-round market features “producer only” vendors within a 50-mile radius providing fresh, local and seasonal produce, fruits, pasture meats, eggs, potting plants, cut flowers and local honey. Crafts, baked goods, jams and jellies are also available. Market is located at the Armory Sports Complex, 604 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. GIVEN STORY TIME. 10 a.m. Bring your preschooler to enjoy stories, songs and activities. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-3642. BALANCE AND FLEXIBILITY. 10 - 11 a.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to enjoy a class that will help reduce the risk of taking a tumble and increase your ability to recover if you do. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CROCHET CLUB. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to come with friends to create fun designs and memories. Supplies are on site. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. ZUMBA. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults 55 and older are invited to get and stay fit by joining the Zumba dance workout series. Free of charge. Douglass

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Historical Association’s Shaw House grounds, cabins, and gift shop are open for tours and MUSIC AND MOTION. 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. visits. The restored tobacco barn features the hisDoes your toddler like to move and groove? Join us tory of children’s roles in the industry. Docents for Music and Motion to get those wiggles out and are ready to host you and the cabins are open You may be seeking a Faith work on gross and fine motor skills. For ages 2 – 5. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Shaw House, An active library card is required. Dates this month 110 W. Morganton Community that: embraces diversity and Road, Southern Pines. Info: are Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30. Southern Pines Public (910) 692-2051 or Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. and dignity of celebrates the inherent worth IMPROVERS LINE DANCE. 3 - 5:30 p.m. Put on Info: (910) 692-8235 or your dancing shoes and line dance. This is a free every person, ofolder their race, gender, ADAPTIVE YOGA. 12 -regardless 1 p.m. Adults 55 and program. Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, can enjoy yoga that meets you where you are. We’ll or sexual orientation, age, ability, 8040 U.S. Hwy. 15-501, West End. be creating a sense of balance and ease by slowly TRIVIA NIGHT. 7 - 9 p.m. Come enjoy a beer increasing your range of motion and mobility while background. and some trivia. Hatchet Brewing Company, 490 maintaining your natural abilities. Free of charge. S.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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CHESS AND MAJHONG. 1 p.m. For adults 55 and older. All levels welcome. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. Hwy. 15-501, West End. TAP CLASS. 10 - 11:30 a.m. For adults 55 and older. All levels welcome. Cost per class: $15/resident; $30/non-resident. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. QIGONG. 1 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Classes will consist of chair and standing movements that can help soothe achy feet, tight hips, and lower back pain and ease restriction in mobility. Free of charge. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. BRIDGE. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. For adults 55 and older. Enjoy games of bridge with friends. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. LINE DANCING. 3 - 4 p.m. For adults 55 and older. If you’re interested in learning dance moves and building confidence on the dance floor, this class is for you. Leave your inhibitions at the door and join in. Cost is: $36 for residents and $52 for non-residents per month. Cost is for a monthly membership. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. PS

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Artists League of the Sandhills Annual Fall Exhibit and Sale Opening Reception and Weekend Friday, November 3, 5:00-7:00pm

Please join us on Friday, November 3, from 5:00-7:00 for the public opening reception of the Artists League’s 29th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale. This is our biggest event of the year! The opening weekend continues on Saturday, November 4, from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. Join us for cookies and punch and meet the artists as they paint in their studios throughout the weekend. The exhibit and sale will remain open through Friday, December 15th with gallery hours from noon to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This is an ideal opportunity to acquire the perfect piece of art for personal enjoyment or as a gift for the approaching holiday season. With approximately 150 new works of art in the exhibit and

over 300 pieces in the artists’ studios, you may choose from oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, alcohol inks, colored pencils, and mixed media in a variety of sizes and prices. This year our raffle will feature two amazing gift baskets; including art painted by our beloved member, Betty Hendrix (who passed away in August), gift cards from local businesses, and other lovely items will be raffled during the opening weekend. Tickets are 3/$10.00 and are for sale from Artists League members or at the League. The raffle winners for the gift baskets will be announced on Saturday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. You need not be present to win.

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Start the new year off by taking an inspiring art class or workshop. On January 7, visit the League and watch our instructors as they demonstrate the various mediums that they will be teaching - then register for the classes that interest you. There will be preview demonstrations and information about classes in Drawing, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Oil, Cold Wax, Watercolor, Gouache, Silkscreen, Silk Painting, Acrylic, Fluid Acrylic Pouring, Alcohol Ink, Mixed Medium, and Collage. Learn something new, advance your current skills, and discover the benefits and discounts of a League membership. The exhibition of our instructors’ paintings will be hung in our gallery and will remain open through January 26. Join us for a fun afternoon and enjoy light refreshments. You can view the complete class and workshop list on our website.

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acles, or the supernatural, or even coincidences, but on that day, in that moment, I could have believed in all three.

It was Thanksgiving and my Maine family had come to visit, as they had several times before. This time there was a difference, a big difference in a small package. In addition to my daughter, her husband and his mother (the usual trio), there was a baby girl — my granddaughter, Alaina, barely more than a year old. As was our custom on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we went to Southern Pines for a stroll up and down Broad Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, admiring the Christmas decorations and popping into stores as we lollygagged. This time our route included The Little Toy Shop. It just so happened I had learned of a visit to this particular store by a certain gentleman from the far North. He was a quirky fellow by reputation, one given to sporting a hoary beard, wearing a bright red suit and exercising a penchant for giving gifts to children. While my son-in-law waited dutifully in line for my granddaughter’s turn with Santa, the rest of us were fully engaged preventing Alaina, despite her being in a stroller, from “inspecting” (tossing on the floor) the vast array of toys and games on the lower shelves within what seemed like her 10-foot reach. Eventually, Alaina’s turn came with the jolly old elf, though she seemed less interested in him than the candy canes sitting in a jar just beyond her grasp. Requisite photos were taken. With Alaina off Santa’s lap and fastened into her carriage, we headed back up Broad Street, slowed at times as Alaina tried to pet every dog we passed. Soon after crossing Pennsylvania, I saw the sign for Living on the Bliss, a store owned by the friend of a friend. As we looked in the window and I explained the personal connection, suddenly, I stopped. Inside on a shelf, snuggled into an array of specialty items, one in particular caught my attention — a gray pillow with large pink lettering stitched across the top. I confess, pillows in general are not something that would normally catch my eye. This one was different. The first name on the pillow was the same as my granddaughter’s. I was about to say something when I noticed that in smaller print below “Alaina” were names identical to my granddaughter’s middle name and surname. Sure, sometimes stores put personalized items on display so customers can see what a finished product might look like, but those three names? Not likely.

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Then I saw a date and time printed under the name that were also familiar. It was the exact moment of Alaina’s birth, month, day and year. How could this be? While I was standing there dumbfounded, Grandma said she didn’t care how it got there, she was going to buy it. We went inside and she snatched the pillow out of the display and marched over to the check-out counter. Cassie, the daughter of the owner, Cindy Miller, was ready to ring up our purchase. I asked her how in the world my granddaughter’s name and birth information came to be on the pillow. (Her birth weight, length and the town where she was born were also there.) Unbeknown to me, my close friend Deborah — an honorary aunt to Alaina — had decided to make a gift of the pillow to my daughter’s family at Thanksgiving, but Deborah’s schedule prevented her both from being with us on that day and picking up her surprise. On a whim, the Millers decided to put the pillow on display in the window. It was truly a special delivery. PS Scott Sheffield is a contributing writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. He may be reached at


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