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Old Town Pinehurst: Location - 1st Tee of Pinehurst Course #2! Private & secluded with spectacular views. Elegant Dutch Colonial renovated in 2000. Pouting Room. Infra Red Sauna. 4BR/4.5BA. $1,295,00 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Old Town Pinehurst: Masterful ground-up renovation of the former Rectory House. All new systems throughout. Wood beams and corner wood-burning frplc. Gourmet Kitchen. Wine Cellar. 5BR/5+BA. $1,275,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Linden Trails: Zoned for Horses. Spacious, light filled home ideal for entertaining! Gourmet Kitchen w/2-dishwashers, grill built into back of frplc. Herb Garden. Potting Shed. 3BR, 3.5BA. $1,200,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Horse Farm: Charming 3-story, 1879 Victorian farmhouse surrounded by 5-Paddocks and shaded by hardwoods. Out buildings include 14-Stall Barn w/2BR/2BA apartment, Carriage House. 5BR/3BA. $1,195,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Weymouth Heights: Wonderful custom home on 1.02 acres Stroll to downtown. Open design, vaulted beamed ceilings in Living & Billiard Rooms. “Lagoon” finished Pool. 5BR, 5Full/2Half Baths. $1,195,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Old Town Pinehurst: “Liscombe Lodge” - Charming cottage

has been restored with quality, elegance and exquisite detail inside & out. New Kitchen, HVAC. 4BR, 4BA. Separate Guest Cottage. $1,150,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Old Town Pinehurst: “Edgewood Cottage” circa 1928 Renovated vintage Dutch Colonial loaded with character. Pool with brick fencing and Pool House. Beautiful grounds w/Koi Pond. 4BR, 4.5BA. $1,000,000 Eva Toney 910.638.0972

7 Lakes West: www.103CookPoint.com - Lake Front! Exceptional home and lot on Lake Auman! Magnificent lake views! 4BR, 3.5BA. Bulk-head, Boat Docks (designed for 3 boats) & Electric Boat Lift. $975,000 Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

Fairwoods on 7: Built to Green specifications! Overlooks 2nd & 6th Holes. Stunning! Designed to capture natural light. Gourmet Kitchen. 4-Season Spa w/waterfall. 3Bdrms, 3Full & 2Half Baths. $950,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

CCNC: Space galore! 3 Bedrooms, 2 sleeping rooms, 4 baths, 2 HB, Office, Carolina Room, Kitchen w/stainless & island, heart pine floors, 6-car garage. Seller paid Club Membership for Buyer! $843,000 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

Pinewild: Classic elegance with a French Country Flair! Everything is First Class. Gourmet Kitchen, 2-Fireplaces, Study w/Built-ins. Oval Screened Porch. 2 Waterfalls. www.11OxtonCircle.com $795,000 Pat Wright 910.691.3224

Old Town Pinehurst: “Rose Cottage” – an 1895 Classic home! One of the six original cottages built by Leonard Tufts. Glassed Great Room. A Rare Opportunity! 4Bedrooms, 3.5Baths. $795,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

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CCNC: Golf front on Dogwood course, single level w/formal

Pinewild: Panoramic view of Holly Course #11, #12, #13 &

Pinewild: Stunning Golf Front Home with over 4,500 sq.ft.

Old Town Pinehurst: The Dream Golf Retreat! Spacious,

Pine Grove Village Masterpiece: Over 5,100 sq. ft! Remark-

CCNC: Perfect golf retreat overlooking signature hole on Dogwood Course, the green of 14th hole. Offered furnished. 4Bdrms each with ensuite bath. Extensive recent upgrades. Screened Porch. $595,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Pinewild: Beautiful inside & out! Great view of the Holly Golf Course. Gourmet Kitchen for the serious Cook. Oval Screened Porch, 3Bdrms, 3.5BA, Study, Bonus Room. See: www.38PomeroyDrive.com $575,000 Pat Wright 910.691.3224

Pinemere: Live like you’re on vacation - Waterfront on Lake Pinehurst! From the living area, double doors lead to the family room with lake views. Carolina Room w/lake views. 3BR/2BA. $549,000 Bonnie Baker 910.690.4705

Weymouth Heights: Serene Southern Pines setting! Ready for a family! 4BR/3BA. Spacious family & entertaining home with peaceful outdoor space & inviting pool. Office & Study. More at: www.LuvPines.com Mav Hankey 910.603.3589

Glenross: Charming “Windmere Cottage” with 400 sq.ft. Guest Quarters. Original design with Many Improvements: New Kitchen & Baths, wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, 3BR/2BA. $399,500 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

7 Lakes West: Magnificent & Rare water front lot on Lake Auman! Spectacular 180 degree, big water views just waiting for your dream home to be built. Bulk-head, 2-Docks, boat lift & swim ladder in place. $399,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

Pinehurst: Renovated, Bright & Spacious Townhouse in Merry Wood. Turn-Key! Feshly painted with designer colors. Living room with hardwood floor & cove ceiling. 3BR/2BA. See: www.LuvPines.com $185,000 Mav Hankey 910.603.3589

rooms, 3BR/3BA, kitchen w/island, large family room/office, glassed & screened porch, deck. Seller will help pay buyer’s club mbrshp! $789,000 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

open floor plan. Gourmet kitchen with high-end stainless appliances, . Hardwood floors. Generous walk-in Storage. 4Bdrms, 43.5Baths. $699,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

the Holly Lake! Gorgeous, open floor plan. Beautiful Study with curved window-wall. 4Bdrm/4.5BA. See: www.32OxtonCircle.com $778,000 Pat Wright 910.691.3224

able 5Bedrm, 3.5BA home! Remodeled in 2000. Beautiful Family/Sun Room. Video, plans, and pictures at: www.220TallTimbersDrive.com $729,000 Team Townley 910.695.7080

Elegant, all brick home with beautiful architectural details. 4Bdrms/4.5BA. Video, plans and pictures at: www.19McMichaelDrive.com $729,000 Team Townley 910.695.7080

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October 2013 Volume 8, No. 10


51 Music Like Dirt Poetry by Terry Kennedy

60Fear of Whiteness

52 The Batty Truth

Fiction by Sarah King

A Vignette

By Gayvin Powers

Long misunderstood and victimized by lurid folklore, of bats may well be linked to our own survival in this world

62 Amazing Grace-Land By Deborah Salomon

A classic cottage comes alive for a young homeowner

54 Mug Shots By Gayvin Powers

73 October Almanac

Steins take center stage at ArtOberfest, a local celebration and fundraiser presented by the Art Council of Moore County that showcases the handmade works of Seagrove potters

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Sweet Tea Chronicles


Cos and Effect


The Omnivorous Reader

Jim Dodson

PinePitch Food for Thought Deborah Salomon Cos Barnes

Stephen E. Smith

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The Kitchen Garden


Vine Wisdom

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On the Town 33 Kevin Drum


Out of the Blue Deborah Salomon


Postcard From Paris


An Englishwoman in the Sandhills



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Christina Klug Serena Brown

Susan Campbell

The Sporting Life

Tom Bryant

Golftown Journal

Lee Pace

Calendar SandhillSeen Thoughts from the Man Shed Geoff Cutler

The Accidental Astrologer

Astrid Stellanova


Mart Dickerson


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The Circuit Rider By JIM DoDson

My great -great -grandfa-

ther was a circuit-riding Methodist preacher and land surveyor from Mebane who reportedly helped establish the modern boundaries of several central North Carolina counties and founded several rural parishes from eastern North Carolina to the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains sometime after the Civil War.

I’ve never seen a picture of George Washington Tate but I feel like I know the man because he figures so prominently in family stories — and places — I knew growing up. Something of a rural polymath, according to family lore he also ran a successful gristmill on the Haw and supposedly cast the bell that hangs — or used to — in Hillsborough’s historic courthouse. Our family tree is littered with members who bear parts of his name, and I can show you the spot on the Haw River beside I-40 where his gristmill stood until a couple of decades ago. He was the father of four sons, and his lone daughter, Emma — my father’s grandmother — was said to have been an orphaned Cherokee infant when Tate brought her home from one of his Western circuit rides. She grew up to marry a rural fiddle-playing dandy named Jimmy Dodson, a wily horse trader who supposedly sold horses to the occupying Yankees by day and stole them back at night. Whether this is true is anyone’s guess. What is true is that Aunt Emma, as his Indian bride was called among neighbors along rural Buckhorn Road in Orange County, was a healer beloved for her earth wisdom and deep knowledge of natural medicine gathered from the wild. My father’s happiest boyhood days, he long maintained, were the Indian summer days spent on his grandmother’s farm between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, leading horses from one pasture to another for Uncle Jimmy and tagging along with Aunt Emma on her herb-gathering walks through the fields and woods around the family home place. When my older brother and I were old enough to handle shotguns, an annual pilgrimage to the family home place around Thanksgiving to shoot mistletoe out of the huge white oaks that grew there became part of our pre-holiday routine, an annual event for years. The home place was still intact in those days but long abandoned, a ghostly ruin silvered by time, with a front porch sagging into a sea of nettled weeds and Virginia creeper, its stone chimney crumbling. As I recall, we never actually set foot inside the house. Visiting was like coming upon an abandoned church. We solemnly peeked through the shuttered windows and listened to our father’s memories of being a boy there. It was sacred family ground, but nature had reclaimed it for birds and spiders and snakes and other living creatures.

Funny how blood and landscape shape our lives. Beyond this crumbling piece of our past, my primary connection to the family patriarch remains to this day a well-known street in Greensboro where I once rode my bike to go to the movies, a relatively short thoroughfare that still borders the busy UNCG campus with coffee houses and restaurants and a collegial air of commerce. It was on Tate Street where I saw my first peace protest around 1966 and smelled what seemed to be a Turkish carpet burning. It’s where I heard a pretty young UNCG nursing student named Emmylou Harris perform one night at a local café, and a few years later took pretty Ginny Silkworth from my ninth grade Sunday school class to the Cinema Theater to see Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, a first date for us both. I remember spilling a Coke on our laps. Time may have swept away the family home place on Buckhorn Road — an upscale development of houses resides under those whites oaks now — but I think about our original family circuit rider sometimes when I’m making my own ride from the coast to the foothills, triangulating between Greensboro and Wilmington and Southern Pines, taking backcountry roads whenever possible. The three sister magazines I helped create and serve as editor [PineStraw, O.Henry and Salt] keep me on the run most weeks, riding and thinking, plotting and planning, just as my preacherman ancestor might have done in his time, in my case made all the more meaningful because all three places hold substantial pieces of my family history and heart. Wilmington is where I started school, learned to swim and ride a bicycle, experienced my first hurricane, caught my first fish, had my first teenage summer crush, and spent many of my early summers of life on the beach at Wrightsville and Carolina Beach. Its beautiful old downtown and historic brick streets grabbed hold of my heart early and have never let go. Walking into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and sitting in the choir loft like I did one warm afternoon not long ago was like stepping back into my happy early boyhood — a version, if you will, of my father’s love of Aunt Emma’s sacred fields back in Orange County. Greensboro, on the other hand, is where I came of age and stood with my brother and father to witness the historic sit-in demonstration at the Woolworths one gray winter day in 1960, and soon went through confirmation with Ginny Silkworth and rode my bike all over town, played little league baseball and football for the Elks Club, mowed lawns for spending money, grew to be golf crazy, and became an Eagle Scout at a Quaker meetinghouse at Guilford College. It’s where I learned to play the guitar and became a summer intern at the newspaper where my dad had begun his career; where I fell in love with two different girls and made my closest friends and eventually left home and family and a great old dog named Hoss for college and a writing career that took me away to Atlanta and eventually northern New England. Pinehurst and Southern Pines — The Pines, as I like to say — is where my father took me to learn what he called the “higher game” of golf after I got tossed off his golf course in Greensboro for burying my Bulls Eye putter in

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a green after missing a short putt, a hot-headed, club-throwing Visigoth in father’s gentlemanly game. His ruse worked; I fell hard for the game of Jones and Palmer and reformed my club-throwing ways. The locals have a saying here — once you get sand in your shoes, you’ll always come back. Fittingly, almost two decades later, this is where I returned in the midst of turmoil and second thoughts about the direction of my journalism career, where my old man met me on the Donald Ross porch for a life-changing conversation on my way from Atlanta for an important job interview at the Washington Post, a job I’d long dreamed of having but suddenly didn’t see the point of. Following a round at Pinehurst No. 2 — my first full round of golf in years — we talked and realized I’d had enough of writing about New South crime and Grand Dragons in Alabama and surprised myself — and all my friends — by withdrawing from consideration at the Post, taking myself off instead to a job at iconic Yankee Magazine, the nation’s oldest and most successful regional magazine at that time. I promptly got myself a yellow pup from the local humane society and found a cabin heated by woodstove on a beautiful bend of the Green River in Vermont, taught myself to fly fish and began playing golf again at an old club in Brattleboro where Rudyard Kipling lived and played not long after he published The Jungle Book. It was there that I met my first wife; we soon moved to Maine and had two beautiful babies and built my dream house made of Canadian hemlock beams on a forested hill not far from the front doors of L.L. Bean, where everything I owned for the next two decades seemed to come from. Our house in the forest — on a sunny hilltop, ringed by ancient hemlocks and American beeches — became a gathering spot for friends and family, season upon season, the place where I rebuilt the stone walls and created a faux English garden in the woods and was certain my ashes would someday be scattered over the rocky ground. On early autumn days like these — full of golden October light and cool

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breezes, a season of bonfires and leaf mold — I used to finish my yard work and sit for long spells on an old blue bench in what I called my “Philosopher’s Garden,” drinking a beer and watching the afternoon expire, amazed at how far I’d wandered in such a short time. Years and landscapes pass so quickly. Yet following in the footsteps of my own itinerant newspaperman father and a circuit-riding preacherman I never knew, it struck me that these places of the heart — Wilmington, Greensboro, the Sandhills and coast of Maine — chose me at least as much as I chose them, for each place had something important to teach. Aunt Emma, I decided, would have approved. I wrote seven books in a barn on that forested hilltop, buried several beloved dogs and barn cats on the edges of our peaceful woodland keep, got to know garter snakes and the sound of owls and (from a safe distance) a friendly lady porcupine and a lonely young moose who sometimes dropped by for an autumnal visit. After a divorce and proper time of healing, I even got remarried to a woman who is the earth beneath my feet. We hired a great Irish fiddle band, invited a hundred friends and danced way past midnight beneath a harvest moon. Transcendental poet Henry Thoreau was supposed to have observed that the whole of life is merely one great circle-sailing. The same that carries us far away may eventually bring us back to where we began. So it was with me, a latter-day circuit-riding transcendentalist. Much to my surprise, I came home to Carolina first to bury a father and later to find the work I’ve found most satisfying of all in creating the three magazines that keep me forever moving forward, thinking and plotting on winding backroads from the foothills to the sea, season upon season, year upon year. Old George Washington Tate, I’ve decided, would approve. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at jim@pinestrawmag.com

Advanced Medicine . . . Genuine Compassion

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Pinehurst Medical Clinic Oncology/Hematology physicians specialize in the treatment of cancer and blood disorders. Their qualifications include board certifications in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. Left to right: Susan Bazinet, C-FNP; Ellen Willard, M.D.; Robert Pohlmyer, M.D.; Charles Kuzma, M.D.; Todd Moore, M.D.


Diagnosing and treating patients with cancer and blood disorders involves a collaborative approach to medical care. Our oncology/hematology physicians work with a dedicated team of physicians from a variety of complimentary specialties, including radiation oncology, surgical oncology, primary care and other medical specialties. Patients who visit one of our oncology/hematology physicians will, as necessary, be served by specially trained nurses, social workers, laboratory technicians, and other support personnel, all of whom play an important role in supporting our physicians in their commitment to providing state-of-the-art, compassionate, patient-centered care.


Outpatient Cancer Center 220 Page Road Pinehurst, NC 28374 Phone: 910.715.3500

For more information and a complete listing of our physicians, visit our website: www.pinehurstmedical.com

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Raise a Glass

Gems of Napa Valley — a reception with wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres — will draw a maximum of seventy-five participants to the Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines from 6–8 p.m. on October 15, also to benefit the Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills. Tickets: $30 at the Wine Cellar, Country Bookshop or online: www. companionanimalclinic.org


No gold statuette, just a great big thank you for exceptional service to the Man and Woman of the Year, selected by the Moore County Community Foundation. The foundation distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations. Ted Taws and Pidgie Chapman will receive awards on October 17, at Country Club of North Carolina. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and presentation program.

Worth Four Thousand Words

Photographs speak the timeless, ageless, universal language. Four photo artists — Laura Gingerich, John Gessner, Tim Sayer, Caroline Young — mount their finest during The Power of the Lens, an exhibition from October 18 to November 30 at Hastings Gallery, Boyd Library, Sandhills Community College with an opening reception from 4–6 p.m., October 17. Subjects vary from mundane to abstract to lyrical. Admission: Free.

Admission: $70 single ticket with sponsorships up to $1,000. Reservations required by October 11. Information: (910) 692-5627, Ext. 223

Shaw and Tell

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The Golf Capital Chorus, known for barbershop harmony and colorful trousers, will put on their annual show at 7 p.m. on November 2 at Robert E. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. Theme: “Barbershop Rocks!” featuring songs from the Beach Boys, The Beatles and other 60s sensations. Be there, or be square.

The Fifth Annual Shaw House Fair of Collectibles and Antiques opens its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 12 at Shaw House, corner of Morganton Road and Broad Street. Come to buy, to have glass and crystal items repaired, to hear Java Mules in the morning, Joyful Noise in the afternoon, to watch demos in rug-hooking, quilting, woodworking, chair caning. Food available. Admission: Free. Information: www.moorehistory.com

Tickets: $15, $10 for students.


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Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween go together like blood and guts or Brad and Angelina. Therefore, rumble down to the 1897 Poe House at Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville for some ghosts and goblins of yesteryear — maybe even a glimpse of the creepy guy himself costumed as, what else? A raven. Halloween Revels Night Tours take place October 18–19 and 25–26, from 6–9 p.m.

The Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills provides reduced-cost spay and neuter services to dog and cat owners. Help them continue this vital work by corralling a broomstick and flying down to the Spooktacular Halloween Gala, a Costume Karaoke Event, 7–10 p.m. on October 26 at the Pinehurst Fair Barn. Tickets include dinner, wine, beer and the contest. Milk-Bones extra. Admission: $45 in advance, $50 at door; available at www.companionanimalclinic.org or (855)439-3498.

Titillating Titles

Who wouldn’t want those book titles explained? Author Jo Maeder will do just that, plus a lot more explaining at 5 p.m. on October 16 at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines. For openers, the first is described as “a lyrical tale of clashing cultures,” while the latter answers to “a laugh-till-you-cry memoir.”

Admission: $3, for 10 and over. Under 10, free. Information: (910) 486-1330 or www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov

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The Last First Friday

October First Friday happens 5 to 8:30 p.m., October 4, on the grassy knoll beside the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines with music by the dirt-road folk singer Sean Hayes. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and the family. After that, see ya next spring! Admission: Free with food donation. Information: www.firstfridaysouthernpines.com

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The Fifth Annual Annie Oakley Boom Days returns to the Pinehurst Harness Track on October 12. Oakley spent quality time in the Sandhills from 1915 to 1922. The event offers exhibitions, gun displays, entertainment and music by the Annie Oakley Living History Country Band. Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at gate. Information: (910) 687-0377

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Scary Soup “Double, double, toil and trouble Fire burn and cauldron bubble . . . ” Scary soup the witches stirred Without my blender in which whirred Much better stuff than owlet’s wings, Lizard’s leg and moldy things, On Shakespeare’s shopping list.

Let’s take the gist And make a soup for Halloween Fit for only goblins keen To slurp it down. We’ll tinge it orange, black and brown So yucky that a single sip Will barely pass a human lip. The flavor — something pumpkin-ish (That sounds surprisingly delish For fodder on a ghostly menu Served up inside a graveyard venue.) Potato soup, the first ingredient Straight from the can, the most expedient. Purée of pumpkin, cup of milk, Blend with soup, till smooth as silk A splash Tabasco and you’ve got A crock of something wicked hot. But wait — the protein is a-missing Perhaps a baby snake still hissing? Except toward insects our chef leans Like roaches made from blackest beans. Worms from squiggly macaroni Unless you want them real, not phony. Something putrid green and gross To mimic poison’s deadly dose. A slimy veg with pointy end? That’s okra! Witch-cook’s favorite friend. Potage — methinks you’re almost done A meal fit for a skeleton. Dessert shall be a prickly pear With needles sticking everywhere Last licks — a chocolate Ex-Lax S’more To get you up and out the door. Double, double, toil and trouble Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Warty crone in cape of black, Shroud made from a flour sack Don the mask of Paula Deen, Slather on the sour cream, Eat until you burst a seam — And have a Happy Halloween! — Deborah Salomon PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .October 2013




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Creativity is alive and well in the Sandhills if

the seventeen young writers who took part in the Write On Camp at Weymouth are examples.

At the close of three days of study and fun, they performed for their families and friends a play written by a participant, a takeoff on The Mating Game. Cinderbella, Wendy the Witch, Little Red and Delores starred, ably assisted by the rest of the cast. The intriguing title was Mystery Date Fairy Tale Edition. Another wrote a song, “You’re Our Guardian Angel,” which they sang as a group with accompaniment from participants on ukulele, recorder, autoharp, and piano. Each read a poem or story they had written during the week. Their topics ranged from pets, snapping turtles, catching fish, to an awesome dad, the aroma of roses and strawberries a mother emits, a contest between a wolf and a deer, a charging bull, and a father-daughter dance. One camper wrote a haiku. Another listed all the things he could not do, and ended it, “But I can ride a bike.” During a discussion about The Three Bears, some commented they would like to put up “Wanted” posters and charge Goldilocks with breaking and entering. A new twist on an old tale. Led by Malaika King Albrecht, a poet and editor of Redheaded Stepchild who was asked for her autograph by several of the campers, the camp started four years ago for third through fifth grade writers. A special feature this year was John Armen, musician and poet from Charlotte, who taught them how to write lyrics for songs and poems. Dr. Bill Newton, local photographer, discussed his works and explained the use of photography and other visual arts as a prompt for creative writing. He showed a photograph of a volcano, and each child interpreted different things he or she saw: an animal face, a sunrise, and other exotic sensations. He said he may take one thousand photos, then narrow them down to only a few for display or saving. Acting out the power of descriptive verbs, Karen Gilchrist taught attendees the basics of writing short personal essays and short stories. Yours truly urged them to write the beginning of a memoir, reminding them it did not have to be in chronological order. Instead, they can break their lives into segments, and to use the five senses in descriptions. These beginning writers were exposed to the literary history of Weymouth. They sought inspiration from its beautiful grounds and explored the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. These students were keen about what they were doing. They are so musically talented, next year they may have to add a talent show. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at cosbarnes@nc.rr.com.

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I, Zelda

F. Scott’s notorious wife tells all. Sort of

By sTePHen e. smiTH

Addicted to

alcohol, constantly in debt and more or less forgotten by the reading public, F. Scott Fitzgerald was, during his later years, a writer in search of his earlier success. He never found it. Shortly before his death, he admitted to a friend that he considered himself a failure. How delighted he’d be to learn that his novels and short stories — and the misadventure that was his life with Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald — have blossomed into a multimillion-dollar business.

Seventy years after his untimely passing, Fitzgerald is again the mythical man of the hour. His fiction is soundly ensconced in the literary canon, The Great Gatsby and the short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” have been the basis for recent box office hits, and authors and publishers are tapping into this popular resurgence by releasing novels based on the lives of the Fitzgeralds. R. Clifton Spargo’s Beautiful Fools, Erika Robuck’s Call Me Zelda, and Lee Smith’s latest Guests on Earth — all of them told in the third person or from the points of view of characters who interact with the Fitzgeralds — are among these publications. Only Therese Anne Fowler’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is written in the first person and from the point of view of its subject — an undertaking that is both audacious and dangerous.

A reader’s ability to suspend disbelief depends, in part, on how familiar he or she is with the facts surrounding the Fitzgeralds’ lives. Since The New Republic published Glenway Wescott’s “The Moral of Scott Fitzgerald” in 1941, the public has been treated to a steady stream of biographies that delve into — and exploit — Scott’s every alcoholic shenanigan. But it wasn’t until the 1971 publication of Nancy Milford’s best-selling Zelda that the circumstances of Zelda’s life became common knowledge. Coinciding with the rise of the women’s movement, Milford’s portrayal of Zelda as the talented but repressed American feminist gave rise to the popular notion that she was the force behind her husband’s early success. After all, Zelda was the subject and inspiration for much of his fiction, and she was an artist in her own right, dancing, painting, producing short stories and essays, and eventually publishing a novel, Save Me the Waltz, a confusing autobiographical depiction of her marriage to Scott. Readers who possess a smattering of biographical information regarding the Fitzgeralds tend to consider themselves experts on the subject. (Perhaps this explains why the late Matthew J. Bruccoli, the foremost Fitzgerald scholar, was always in a bad mood — all those know-nothings nagging him with silly questions. Even the critic Edmund Wilson grew cantankerous when besieged by Fitzgerald’s admirers.) It may well be that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but when reading Z it’s a prerequisite to becoming embroiled in the novel’s soapy intrigues. It’s likely that the casual Fitzgerald aficionado, freed from the tyranny of fact, will find Fowler’s protagonist believable and sympathetic.

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Any explication of the Fitzgeralds’ lives is bound to be an exercise in namedropping, and as with Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, most of the requisite luminaries are present in Z, if only in passing — Pound, Anderson, Elliot, Perkins, the Bankheads, Porter, Wolfe, Parker, Ford, Picasso, Stein, the Murphys, Joyce. Even North Carolina’s James Boyd rates a mention as “critic and novelist” (novelist certainly; critic not so much). Readers will no doubt enjoy the glib banter of the famous and witty, even if the characters never uttered a word of the dialogue attributed to them. For the thoroughly schooled Fitzgerald enthusiast, knowing too much about the subject raises so many questions regarding the authenticity of the novel that the flow of the narrative is interrupted in every paragraph and snatch of dialogue. Fowler addresses this problem in her “Author’s Note and Acknowledgements,” which, oddly enough, appears at the end of the novel: “This book is a work of fiction, but because it’s based on the lives of real people, I have tried to adhere as much as possible to the established particulars of those people’s lives. . . . Fiction based on real people differs from nonfiction in that the emphasis is not on factual minutiae, but rather on the emotional journey of the characters” — an explanation that does little to assuage the reader’s misgivings. Beyond the obligatory feminist agenda, the central focus of Z is a speculative exploration of the relationships between Scott, Zelda and their fellow expatriate Ernest Hemingway, who is the story’s obvious antagonist. Did Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway have a homosexual relationship? Did Hemingway attempt to seduce Zelda? “Thinking my anger would only amuse I decided to turn the tables on him [Hemingway] instead. I reached between us . . . taking my time, letting him think he might yet take advantage of both Fitzgeralds tonight. . . .” Of course, everyone loves gossip — except the subjects of the gossip — and all of the principals in Z are long gone. Only the novelist can say for sure what they said. And if Fowler’s reinvention of Zelda and the peripatetic Lost Generation is no slave to fact, well, in the final analysis, it’s an amusing read that dwindles to a beautifully poetic conclusion. What more can a reader ask? As for the lives of the real Fitzgeralds, we’re way beyond putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. When one of our heroes doesn’t supply the answers we expect, we simply rewrite his or her story. Who knows? Maybe it’ll have a happy ending. PS Stephen Smith’s most recent book of poetry is A Short Report on the Fire at Woolworths. He can be reached at travisses@ hotmail.com.

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NonFiction The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting by Alan Greenspan Perhaps because of his great failure to predict the 2008 crash, Alan Greenspan, former chair of the Federal Reserve Board, has turned his attention to the history of economic prediction and the future of economic forecasting. Comparing the old models of risk management with the new technologies of economic behavior, Greenspan rewrites the map of prediction. Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King This book is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the great masterpieces of art, Leonardo’s painting of “The Last Supper.” Leonardo painted this despite war, political and religious turmoil all around him. Through his research King reveals much about this fascinating period in European history as well as dozens of stories embedded in the painting. Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark Celia Rivenbark is the best-selling author of We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier, and now writes a mildly profane etiquette manual for the modern age. She addresses real life quandaries ranging from how to deal with braggy playground moms to correctly grieving the dearly departed. Good manners have never been so wickedly funny! The Letters of John F. Kennedy by Martin W. Sandler This collection is the first to present significant conversations in their entirety between JFK and his correspondents, including historical giants like Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Harry Truman and Nikita Khruschev as well as his school friends, Navy comrades, and everyday Americans. The book includes images from his presidential library and facsimiles of many letters. CHILDREN’S BOOKS Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. Just in time for fall comes this fun, interactive picture book reminiscent of the wildly popular Press Here. The magic of the changing seasons is shown through the magic of turning a page. Truly a see-it-to-believe it book. Ages 2–6.

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown. Where can you learn to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force? Jedi Academy, of course. When Roan is denied entrance to Pilot Academy and instead granted entrance to Jedi Academy, he experiences every bit of the humor, awkwardness, fun and frustration of middle school, all in a galaxy far, far away. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate. Ages 8–12. The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward. Most accomplished 4-year-old painter, record-holder for the most crème brulee eaten in one minute, and the winners of the highest number of matching outfits worn by a stuffed toy and its owner, every member of the Whipple family (including the butler, “The World’s Strongest German”) has added world records to the family’s list. Every member except one, that is. Eleven-year-old Arthur has failed at every world record attempt, but when the family suffers a series of catastrophes, it may be Arthur who comes to the rescue. Fun for recordbook-lovers. Ages 8–12. Thin Space by Jody Casella. Marshall Windsor is obsessed. Obsessed with the death and obsessed with the accident that killed his twin brother, and obsessed with finding a “thin space.” Thought by the ancient Celts to exist in a place where someone was born and died in exactly the same spot, thin spaces are said to be the one mythical point where the barrier between this world and the next will allow passage between. At once thought-provoking, tragic and surprising, it is almost impossible to put down this incredible new novel. Ages 14 and up. Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody. Spoiled, sheltered Will Scarlet, son of Lord Shackley and heir to Shackley House, has never known anything but privilege. All of that changes when a plot surfaces to kill King Richard, with whom Lord Shackley is traveling on a crusade, and Will escapes into the neighboring Sherwood Forest to join a band of misfits. Even the most reluctant of readers will enjoy this fast-paced retelling of Robin Hood that has it all: fantasy, adventure and a little bit of history. Ages 8–12. Join us on Thursday, October 17 at 4 p.m. at the Country Bookshop as we welcome Matthew Cody with his new middle-grade adventure. PS






















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Fifty Shades of guilt Last week I was so bad. Boy, it sure felt good.

By Dale niXon

The jury’s still out; the verdict un-

declared. But in my heart I know I’m guilty.

My sins are unpardonable. No jury in the world would find me innocent. I’m ashamed to admit my transgressions, but if I confess, perhaps I’ll feel better. I honestly don’t know what got into me. It must have been temporary insanity, but last week I actually did a couple of things I wanted to do. For breakfast one morning I skipped my usual bowl of whole grain cereal and skim milk and ate a cheese Danish (even licked my fingers). I opened a can of real cream instead of fat free cream and doused my coffee with it. I opted for a spoonful of real sugar instead of my usual artificial sweetener. I relished each morsel and every drop. That same day I watched all of my favorite daytime shows. I didn’t wash or fold clothes, pay the bills, clean the house or do any of the other chores I usually do in hopes of making each hour more productive. I watched every second of Good Morning America, focusing in on that cute Josh Elliott, ate lunch with The Chew, watched reruns of Sex in the City and danced with Ellen. One day last week I went to lunch with a girlfriend. I stopped everything I was doing and headed out to Charlotte. Talk about guilt. As my daughters worked diligently at their respective

jobs and my husband slaved away for his family, I was in Charlotte — dressed to the nines — carving off dainty bites of filet mignon. The other day I read two magazines — cover to cover — and one novel. The magazines: National Enquirer and People. The novel: Fifty Shades of Grey. I made reservations instead of dinner one night, hid chocolate-covered M&Ms in my bedside table, slept with my makeup on, put my phone on silent and took a nap, and threw away my “sweepstakes” literature. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. You haven’t heard the worst of it. I intentionally dodged my best friend in the grocery store aisles because I didn’t have the time to chat with her. I have confessed the ugly truth. I was worthless last week. The jury is filing in. Here comes the verdict: Guilty as charged. Now the sentence: thirty days of hard labor in my home. The sentencing includes a mandate that I catch the permanent-press cycle as soon as it goes off, clean out the refrigerator, dust under the beds and talk to anybody, anytime, anywhere. You see, I’m the judge and jury. I have convicted and sentenced myself. I should have known better. Crime never pays. PS Columnist Dale Nixon may be contacted at dalenixon@carolina.rr.com.

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Persimmon Season

God's pear puckers the lips before the first frost. Best to let this sweet fruit ripen

By Jan leitsChuh

“If it be not ripe, it will draw a man’s mouth awry, with much torment, but when it is ripe, it is as delicious as an apricot.” — Captain John Smith, English soldier, New World explorer and author of The Generall Historie of Virginia (1624) Sometime this month, a notable transformation takes place. A puckery, greenish-purple native fruit, loaded with mouth-twisting tannins, shifts its astringent nature and sweetens into an amazement. Turning orange and softening, the fruit of the persimmon will begin dropping from a scruffy tree you probably hadn’t looked twice at during the summer. If you wonder if the common native persimmon tree dwells on your property, look to the ground for the early, inedible drops or the unique, blocky, fissured bark pattern on its trunk. Or listen closely some frost-kissed Sandhills evening for the squabbling of racoons as they scramble to devour the wild, ripe fruits the Greeks named “the wheat of Zeus” and “God’s pear.” The fruits of the genus Diospyros vary in size from an acorn (such as the native persimmon) to that of a tomato. Should you lack a native American persimmon on your land, you might find gorgeous, tomato-sized Japanese persimmons in specialty markets this month. Act fast. The persimmon season is short, and fresh fruits are perishable unless the pulp is frozen. Our American persimmon, Diospyros virginiana, is native to the eastern United States. Its small fruits have a nostalgic, seasonal place in local Southern cuisine. Though a dying specialty, persimmon pudding can still be found at a few country diners around the region in season, and local elders can recall it as a childhood dessert of relish. Our native fruits are fiber- and glucose-rich and are higher in potassium, calcium and vitamin C than the cultivated Japanese persimmon. The Japanese persimmon originated in China and is rarely cultivated locally except on a very small scale. A sharp eye might pick out this rarity at certain farmers markets this month. C.V. Pilson Farms is one grower experimenting with a few trees of grafted Fuyu. The grafted Japanese trees are marginally hardy in the Sandhills, and sometimes a hard winter will wipe out someone’s beloved beautiful baby that has borne abundant fruit for years. The Japanese persimmon is much larger. Two types are usually found as specialty produce in supermarkets this month. The squat, flattened Fuyu is

large, bright orange, attractively decorative, sweet, benign for the curious beginner, and looks terrific sliced onto a salad. It has less of that astringent, tannic after-bite, and the gorgeous orange flesh can be relished even while firm. This glowing orange fruit looks stunning as fall decoration alone. Another Japanese variety, the Hachiya, is more oblong with a pointed tip, shaped like a giant acorn. This variety is best consumed very soft; when the color turns from orange to red-brown, the skin puckers and the fruit sweetens. Some folks have a love-hate relationship with this curious fruit, often depending on the degree of ripeness when first tasted. A ripe, low-pucker Fuyu is the safest bet for novices. Common wisdom offers that one taunts fate by sampling a persimmon before frost. Certainly, a mouthful of astringent nastiness is the reward for sampling an under-ripe persimmon. But in reality, persimmons sometimes ripen before the first frost. A large native persimmon in our cottage garden backyard here in the Sandhills begins shedding edible fruits at the end of September, well before the first frosts of mid- to late-October. A promising specimen roped off from the bulldozers as our home site was initially cleared, this tree has grown sturdy, thriving on its new diet of all-day sunlight, lack of competition and abundant nutrients from the nearby chicken pen. The rough, dark alligator-skinned bark stands fifteen feet high. The elongated crown extends another 25 feet, competing in height with the nearby longleaf pines. Some Diospyros virginiana specimens in prime locations top out over fifty feet. Others, such as the scruffy little specimens on our woods edge competing for resources, are barely six feet high yet still bear liberally. Our golden retriever-cross mutt loves persimmons too. During fall we must partition off the backyard tree with a small portable fence lest he founder from the weight of his greed for sweet things. Dogs, it seems, should not eat persimmons for health reasons. Experts say the seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestines in dogs, and also intestinal obstructions that could require life-saving surgery. Horse-owners are also cautioned to restrict their steeds’ access to the fall fruit, as the grazing animals like the sweet taste and can become quite ill. The seeds and fibers of underipe persimmons can form a bizarre intestinal stone known as a phytobezoar in people too, but only when consumed in immoderate quantities. The documented remedies are either surgery or, strangely, Coca- Cola to chemically shrink or dissolve the stone. The wood is very hard and, while it cracks easily and can be somewhat difficult to work, is sometimes used as a substitute for ebony. Billiard cues, longbows and drumsticks are fashioned from it, proving the wood can take a licking and keep on ticking in the right application. Further proof: The highest

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quality heads of golf clubs known as “woods” were once be made of persimmon, until the industry evolved to metal “woods.” The tree itself is adaptable to a wide range of habitat and conditions, ranging from our thirsty sand ridges to river banks and water edges. The fruits can hang on the tree well into early winter, providing food for wildlife and persimmon fans alike. A ripe persimmon turns very soft, the rather mushy fruit bletting within its enclosing skin. One writer compared it to the consistency of a hackysack. With the exception of the sweeter Fuyu, which lacks the extreme pucker-power of its cousins and can be eaten like an apple, quartered or sliced into rings while still firm, store native and store-bought fruits at room temperature until fully softened and the skin puckers. Then pick off the top leaf, or calyx, strain the seeds, and freeze or use the resulting pulp. Persimmons have traditionally been eaten raw (ripe), dried or cooked. In the olden days, ripe cooked fruit was used medicinally, to stop diarrhea and dysentery. In traditional Chinese medicine, the fruit was thought to regulate “chi,” or life force. The ripe pulp can have the consistency of pudding. This “pudding” can be dried like fruit leather, added to smoothies, cookies, curries, scones and fruit breads or mixed into fruit dishes such as pies, puddings and cobblers. Persimmons can be roasted in the oven and sweetened, or made savory. Koreans turn dried persimmons into spicy punches, or ferment into vinegars. The traditional Southern persimmon pudding resembles an English Christmas dessert pudding, and is usually served warm topped with ice cream, whipped cream or brandy butter. Recipes abound on the Internet, so we will offer a twist — persimmon muffins.

Persimmon, Cranberry, Pecan Muffins

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon or orange zest 1 1/4 cup very ripe persimmons, chopped or pulp 2 large eggs plus 1 egg white 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or same amount of vegetable oil 2/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup dried cranberries Turbinado sugar, for topping Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan or two 24-cup mini-muffin pans with paper liners. Combine the dry ingredients, spices and zest in a large bowl. Whisk 1 1/4 cups of the persimmon puree, eggs, egg white, melted butter and yogurt in a small bowl. Add pecans and dried cranberries. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (fine if the batter is lumpy). Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling each three-quarters full. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 20–24 minutes for regular muffins or 14–18 minutes for mini-muffins. Cool slightly in the pan, then transfer to a rack. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and co-founder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

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The Value of Bordeaux Once the darling of high-priced collectors, now a great wine for all

By Robyn James

For centuries, Bordeaux has been surrounded by the hype of the high priced collector’s wines. The Bordelais can blame themselves for that; they came up with the 1855 classification that ranked the chateaux by growth, labeling them first growth, second growth and so on, with the idea that the chateau could command a certain price based on the higher growth classification it had.

Bordeaux is divided into two areas referring to what side of the Garonne river they reside. There is the left bank, where cabernet sauvignon is king and where all the chateaux are classified. Then there is right bank, which is predominantly Merlot but remains unclassified. By law, only six red grapes can be grown in Bordeaux: Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot, Mablec, Cabernet franc, Carménère. Bordeaux must be a blended wine. The winemaker may use all of these grapes in the blend but he must use at least two. Because the press usually focuses on the very expensive first growths of Bordeaux, many consumers do not realize that this region can be the best priced area for people seeking high quality red wines with character, along with the ability to age and evolve. In the last twenty years, Bordeaux has attracted young, aggressive winemakers and marketers interested in reaching consumers from all walks of life, introducing them to the magic of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is geographically larger than most imagine and there are many growers that offer great values in their second and third label wines. Even the process of selling Bordeaux is unique when compared to other

regions. Customers actually have no contact with the chateau owners because all of the wine is sold to negociants (importers), who then distribute it across the world. Some of the best value regions to get Bordeaux from are Bordeaux Superieur, Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg and Fronsac, along with a lot of other little “satellite” areas. We have had three strong vintages in Bordeaux, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the value wines are made in delicious, fruit-forward, stylish ways for current drinking. Here are some tasty examples:

Chateau Vieux Manoir Bordeaux Rouge, France, 2009, $10 bottle Nicely toasty, with vanilla and espresso notes up front, but the core of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes in behind it, with a long, licorice-filled finish. From a great vintage for Bordeaux!

Chateau de Fontenille Grand Bordeaux Rouge, France, 2010, $13 bottle

“Ripe and spicy, this is an attractive package of warm tannins and red berries. This wine has a solid, dry core — delicious.” Rated 85 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

Chateau Tour de Mirambeau Bordeaux Reserve Rouge, France, 2010, $15 bottle

“Wood-aged and smoky, this is a solid, firm wine. It is balanced, and its ripe fruits are already present, offering a rich experience of warm tannins and black plum fruitiness. It will broaden and soften over the next 3–4 years.” Rated 90 Points, The Wine Enthusiast PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at winecellar@pinehurst.net.

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The Porch Next Door Good porches make good neighbors. Come on over

By Kevin Drum

Everyone loves a porch. May-

Photograph by John Gessner

be it’s the long and relaxing exhale porches deliver in a time we move too fast and work too hard. Maybe it’s the cool breezes, birds singing backup to good conversation, and the scent of fresh pine needles. Maybe we inherit fondness for porches from our parents. Mine entertained what looked like the entire town of Pinehurst nightly at what they called “the porch club” almost forty years ago. Maybe it’s because a porch knows no strangers. All who enter the sanctity of the porch, any porch, are brothers and sisters in the exclusive porch club. Maybe it’s just that porches instantly move you to a relaxing place a walled space can’t do on its best day.

We live in a great place to enjoy our porches, or better yet, we live in a great place to poach a neighbor’s porch and let them prepare the appetizers and muddle the fruit for that perfect cocktail — even better if that neighbor cooks like Bobby Flay and makes drinks with the precision of a chemist. I found those neighbors — Milton and Karen Pilson. Their new addition to 195 Bistro, “The Porch,” opened last spring. Chef Nath worked for Bobby Flay. Manager Tony Cross encourages his staff to execute libation construction with the technical precision that would make any chemist proud. The experience starts with a separate path, a driftwood sign and a wrought iron gate. Upon entering, you are greeted by cool breezes from a fan large enough it requires a clutch. Therefore looks like it came straight off a B-52 bomber and generates wind gusts Hurricane Katrina might covet. This rustic setting has the character of an industrial space while delivering comfortable Southern quaintness with outdoor couches near the fountain, wrought iron tables, or, even better, a comfortable seat at the bar. The Pilsons have made a success by knowing what we need before we know we need it, and this is no exception. Tony had one simple vision:

a relaxing environment for guests to enjoy small bites and handcrafted cocktails. Tony seems to have taken a page from the owners’ pioneering handbook, he predicts we need a different take on the art of the cocktail and the perfect outdoor atmosphere to consume it. By handcrafted, Tony means they make all of the mixes from scratch and all of their herbs come from their organic garden. The ice matters too — he makes cube ice from spring water in various sizes to enhance the crafted cocktails: inch by inch cubes and two-by-two inch cubes for certain spirits on the rocks; spherical ice for bourbons or the aptly-named Get Innocuous cocktail; long rectangular cubes for elixirs like the Root Down Root Beer. Restauramt 195 serves these types of homemade elixirs, but The Porch takes it to the next level by solely dedicating the space to the enjoyment of the cocktail — unlike 195, where food is the main event and the bar plays backup. The infused liquors, elixirs and meticulous care make it a great place for less adventurous imibers to try something they might not have at home, like whiskey infused with apples, cinnamon, fig, vanilla bean with infused cherries for garnish. Order the Manhattan with Rittenhouse rye, antica and orange bitters. You won't be disappointed. Or a Mojito made with care and infused rum, combined with some of Chef Nath’s small bites of Indian shrimp curry and nachos. The vision has been achieved — it’s a great spot for adults to enjoy a night out on the town and try the perfect cocktail and a light bite without the hustle and bustle of downtown clubs. Few places in the state put this kind of care into cocktails. Fox Liquor Bar in downtown Raleigh is another one. The addition of select regional guitar and piano entertainment on some fall weekends adds even more incentive to chill on the porch, if you need it. So enjoy the new porch your neighbor just built on 195 Bell Avenue, open Wednesday through Saturday. No need to bring anything — they have it all there. PS Kevin Drum grew up here, and his juvenile delinquency has finally come in handy; like the time in middle school he sneaked into Mr. Flynn’s bar on the corner of New Hampshire and Broad or talked his way into Joe’s Inside Club as a teenager or the fake ID that got him in the Dockside where Southern Prime is today. His misspent youth is now, by definition, not misspent since he is assigned to use this ill—gotten knowledge to introduce you to the multitudes of interesting watering holes, past and present, to enjoy in the Sandhills nightlife. Whether a bistro, restaurant, barroom, saloon, 19th hole or that shady beer joint you always wondered about — any cool place is fair game.

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Pardon my Yawn Wynken, Blynken and Nodding Off

By DeBoRah salomon

Sleep tops my list of oft-overlooked, undervalued daily miracles.

What other bodily function remains intact since the human evolution/ creation? Hearts, livers, kidneys, corneas, lungs, even faces can be transplanted. Prostheses replace limbs. Medical/surgical alteration of ingestion, digestion and elimination have become commonplace. The blind may see — the deaf, hear. Oxygen comes in canisters. Blood in plastic bags. But life requires sleep. Deprivation is a recognized method of coaxing information from prisoners. Nobody knows exactly how it happens. Scientists record REMs (rapid eye movements); they induce sleep with natural and artificial compounds. You can swallow a sleeping pill but not a sleep pill which replaces the ZZZs like a vitamin replaces vegetables. Fascinating, no? For something that occupies 30 percent of a person’s life, there’s precious little common knowledge compared with food or sex, which occupy less time but ream more megabytes (does that mean ink?). A quick search turns up words like K complexes and adenosine neurotransmitters, insomnia and narcolepsy but nothing about the simple joy of this complicated and sometimes frightening process. One minute you’re conscious, the next, blissfully blacked out. In fact, the only negative I can dredge up is how seniors offer a daily report on their nightly slumbers. zzzzzz Obviously, I’ve rediscovered sleep. The turning point was — after wearing contact lenses for a quarter century — surgery. You can’t take a nap in the specially made lenses my vision required. I had so many pent-up naps in me that almost every afternoon for the past three years I’ve dropped down on the couch for half an hour, sometimes longer. This is unspeakably glorious. I sleep on airplanes. When I take my grandsons to the movies, I sleep through computer-generated monster epics that make enough noise to wake the dead but not enough sense to prevent a snooze. Exception: the recent Star Trek into Darkness, in 3D and Dolby Atmos. “Nanny, I won’t have to poke you with my elbow this time,” my teenage Trekkie said, after doing the same since the first Monsters, Inc. circa 2001. In fact, perhaps I should start reviewing films and TV programs not by

stars, but by MBNOs: minutes before nodding off. Bedtime is a friend since I rise daily at 5:30 a.m. I’d rather have a firm mattress and lofty comforter than a little red Miata. As for dreams — Hamlet experienced their disquietude. If only a no-dream pill existed, especially after Freud’s chilling “(Dreams are) most profound when they seem the most crazy.” If so profound, why do they disappear promptly on awakening? And why don’t naps include dreams? I’ve read answers which recognize another person operating behind those rapid eye movements — somebody I don’t want to have lunch with. Somebody who wouldn’t make a good impression at a job interview. Somebody who never flosses her teeth or gets her car serviced. A frantic woman who always loses her purse, or misses a flight, or can’t find her car in the parking lot — definitely not me. I heard recently how important sleep is to good health, good looks and longevity. Like, duh. That people don’t get enough seems puzzling, since sleep is free, requires only basic equipment and is something we do anyway, if insufficiently. Why spend thousands on Bowflex and Botox before trying 30 winks? The usual excuse is “not enough time.” Would there be time if Leno and Letterman fell down a sinkhole? That can be arranged. If the computer had a curfew? Attach a timer. If nobody brought paperwork home? Get a note from your doctor. zzzzzz “What hath night to do with sleep?” John Milton queried, in Paradise Lost. I’m for the revered Spanish custom of shutting down businesses from noon to 3 p.m., for lunch and a siesta. Or providing recliners and ear plugs in office break rooms, for power naps. Because sleep results in more than rest. Sleep, hopefully dreamless, offers escape. No hangover. No guilt. No resolution, either. Simply a welcome time out. Like laughing at a good joke. Or listening, eyes closed, to Yo-Yo Ma. Or receiving a card in the mail, from a friend. I’m with the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. “Sleep tastes like a BLT on French bread,” Rebecca Wells writes. On second thought, make that a wedge of creamy lemon cheesecake. You needn’t decide now. Sleep on it. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at debsalomon@nc.rr.com.

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Pass the Baguettes, S'il Vous Plaît Excusez-moi, but I'll take the pastries to go

By Christina Klug

I wanted to use this space to officially revoke all

previous statements in regard to disliking French food. Blame ignorance and misguided taste buds. They reside in my mouth, after all, which speaks absurdities sometimes just for the sake of hearing its own voice.

More so, I remain baffled and extremely jealous of how the French are genetically designed with incredibly thin legs. They are masters of metabolism and seemingly able to eat all things, chicly, even when their burgers are oozing ketchup. How come they don’t leave the table full of crumpled napkins, like at my grandmother’s? If only I had been a little more concerned with learning proper etiquette during my middle school cotillion classes, rather than socializing . . .

I digress. What a foolish girl I once was, complaining about their enviable diet of cheese, bread, pastries and wine. I remember spending the first few weekends at “American” brunch places and searching for a decent Mexican spot that would satisfy my cravings for the food I ate back home. Trust me when I say we’ve changed our ways and have had no problem eating our way through Paris with the help of David Lebovitz. Through it all, it’s been such a delight. In a culture centered around the art and beauty of eating, with two-hour breaks during the workday for lunch, we’ve learned to do as the French do. Most importantly, implementing a glass or two of rosé at meals, but also relaxing and relishing the atmosphere and company. Food is an enormous part of their daily lives, from the morning, when mothers run down to the nearest boulangerie for a fresh baguette and breakfast pastries, till the end, as couples close down cafés spread down every street. Not to mention the crowded open-air markets, giving off smells of freshly cooked meats and produce. One of my favorite parts of the dining experience is how Paris has created

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an impeccably high focus on presentation. The city realizes the importance of attention to detail and is heedful of the beauty on display. Like daily menus written on chalkboards, leaning against chairs. Carafes of water and tiny glasses that make you forget that ice is nowhere to be found. Unique plates, wooden platters and small metal fry baskets lined with parchment paper. Condiments in individually packaged jars, tiny enough to fit in your pocket. And don’t even get me started on how many window displays of delicacies where I’ve left my grimy handprints as I stare in awe. Most of this is a direct consequence of the traditional way the French eat meals at home. They begin with an apéro, consisting of wine and an amuse-bouche. The rest of the meal is served in courses, so all of us Americans who like the way our food tastes mixed together better forget about that. Generally, you have a meat, followed by vegetables, an assorted cheese plate and bread, salad, yogurt and fruit, and finally coffee. The result: a few meals in one sitting. And don’t leave things on your plate, because they don’t believe in waste. Asking for a to-go box would be a complete faux pas. While on vacation with French families during August, I was surprised that, even on holiday, they still insist that everybody takes meals together. Summoned from the sun for lunch, my tan began to fade. My memories of beach vacations: standing in line with my cousins in front of the microwave to make our favorite, “fried bologna.” Quickly stuffed in our mouths before we even sat down. You see the difference. One day, excusing myself from the table for the third trip to the bathroom, I burst into uncontrollable laughter as I mentally counted the number of beverages I’d had in the last forty-five minutes. Though my current calorie intake suggested otherwise, I had yet to consume any food. Besides, a large part of me missed the ease and practicality of a perfectly suitable peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All of the above proposes we learn a bit from the French. Nice, if Americans took daily trips to the market for fresh ingredients. I also wish we would slow down, rather than always feeling the need to eat and run. It’s important for our health and sanity. As for the French, they shouldn't turn a five-course meal into an ordeal, or serve six-year-olds on fine china. And perhaps it might not be a bad idea to shorten lunch and increase your thirty-five-hour work week . . . Just a thought. PS

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A little bubbly and a well-teased new ’do can work wonders on an island girl

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allegedly remarked to St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine of Hippo, that he preferred to adopt the local order of things when it came to fasting: “When I am at Milan, I do as they do at Milan, but when I go to Rome, I do as Rome does!” (Epistle XXXVI). Unwittingly in making that observation he gave rise to generations of travelers and expats indulging in berets in France, elaborate afternoon teas in London, not so much fasting in Rome these days, but lots of perching at cafés in piazzas watching the belli figuri, and so forth. Since arriving in North Carolina, I too, have tried to follow St. Ambrose’s example and to do my best to integrate. I have learned to wave at people who pass by our house, I attempt to feed and water everybody who comes to our door, and my culinary repertoire now includes sweet tea, bourbon chicken and a variety of deviled eggs for every palate and occasion. Until recently, however, I fell at the first hurdle: I hadn’t quite gotten a handle on my appearance. My everyday look tends toward the low end of the maintenance scale. The more time I spent here the more I realized that unbrushed hair and no makeup just wasn’t quite the thing. I was south of the Mason-Dixon line, famously the home of the gracious belle. In order to fit in I was going to have to refine my style. I acquired the biggest can of hairspray I’d ever seen. I tiffed at my hair and attempted some makeup. A step closer to cosmetic accordance, but still I looked unmistakably English. One evening, moseying through downtown Southern Pines, I picked up a card from Retro Makeup Studio, Wine and Blowout Bar. A place where one can pop in, have a refreshing drink, relax and be pampered before reemerging glossy and glamorous, ready for day or night. “Southern lift with lots of volume,” read the description of the Big and Bold Blowout. Was it possible that with a blowout I could be transformed into something more closely resembling a twenty-first-century belle? I talked to Retro’s owners, makeup artists Megan Weitzel and Molly Schrader, who assured me that it was.

Hairstylist Chance Cobb joined in and advised me on a choice of shampoo and conditioner to suit my hair type. Retro carries hair products by Davines, an Italian family company dedicated to sustainability. After washing, conditioning and a blissful head massage, I was thoroughly mellowed and had almost forgotten my purpose, but Chance settled me down in front of a mirror and, deftly flourishing the curling iron and blow-dryer, built up my flat English barnet into a bouncy, humidity-defying Southern hairdo. It’s a strange thing, but my mood seemed in some way to be connected. Perhaps it was the head massage or the friendly ambience of the place, but I attribute it to the hair. As the style rose, so did my general sense of wellbeing and confidence. “Do you feel Southern?” asked Chance. If that’s a buoyant feeling of polish, decorum and fun, then I rather thought I might do. I recommend it. And there was more. Molly comes from Louisiana, so she’s well-versed in the importance of fabulous hair and gorgeousness, both inside and out. She wasn’t going to let me skip off into town sans maquillage. “In the South women tend to wear make-up every day,” she told me as she worked her magic on my unruly eyelashes. “Everything is a social event. Always make sure you look really nice, even if you’re going to the grocery store.” Oh crikey. I knew I’d been doing this all wrong. A blob of sunblock and hair tied in a knot with an elastic band were no longer going to suffice. Molly made me up with a natural, versatile day-into-night look, using Retro’s own line of cosmetics. “Bright eyes, rosy cheeks, luscious lips for day. At night you can create more drama,” she explained, adding, “This is makeup for tailgating.” I was confused. She sweetly enlightened me on the subject of tailgating. I reclined on a chaise longue while Molly and Chance put the finishing touches to their artistry. In less than an hour they had transformed me from scruffy rain-washed islander to sunny girl-about-town. Molly smiled. “If I didn’t hear your accent I’d say you look like a Southern girl right now,” she said. A champagne cork popped at the bar. I floated up Pennsylvania Avenue on a happy cloud of sea salt hair primer. I felt right at home. With thanks to Molly, Megan, Chance and Sarah at Retro. PS Serena Brown once worked for the BBC’s prestigious art program Arena. Originally from Cheshire, she now lives in Southern Pines with her husband, Paul Brown.

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Eastern Screech-Owl The tiny owl with the spooky screech

By Susan Campbell

Listen! An eerie trill or

Photograph by Debra Regula

spooky shriek from out of the darkness at this time of year just might indicate the presence of an Eastern screech-owl. Territorial adults readily use a mix of screams, tremolos on different pitches and long trills to advertise the boundaries of their home range. Their vocalizations are remarkably loud for such small birds: screech-owls only stand about eight inches high. They can be found in forests all over North Carolina, especially in thick pine stands, so much of our Sandhills habitat is great for them. Furthermore, they are with us year-round.

Eastern screech-owls can be either a dull gray or a rich rufous color. Dark splotches and vertical striping on the breast and belly provide excellent camouflage against tree bark, where they can be found roosting during daylight hours. Tufts of feathers on the head give an eared or horned appearance. They may be sitting close to a tree trunk or peering out of a cavity. As is the case with most raptors, females are larger than males. Nonetheless, females have higher pitched calls. Rarely are they seen, unless crows or flocks of songbirds signal their presence by frenzied flight and raucous calling. This species is found throughout the eastern United States as well as along the Canadian border and in easternmost Mexico. Although they may wander somewhat outside of the breeding season, Eastern screech-owls are not migratory. These diminutive owls breed in the springtime. Pairs, who usually stay together for life, nest in cavities, utilizing old squirrel or woodpecker holes as well as purple martin houses and also wood duck boxes. Pairs of screech-owls will readily take to boxes made to their exact specifications, of course (see link below for nest box plans). A female simply lays up to six white eggs on the substrate at the bottom of the cavity. Incubation

takes about a month and then the young birds take another month to develop before they fledge. All of this time, while the female remains on the nest, her mate will hunt nightly for the growing family. Eastern screech-owls eat a wide variety of prey. Rodents are a large portion of their diet, but they also readily catch frogs, large insects and other invertebrates, including crayfish and even earthworms. They have also been known to feed on roosting birds and the occasional bat. Screech-owls are very much at home feeding on mice, rats or voles that can be found around bird feeders at night — as well as moths and beetles attracted to outside lights. Screech-owls adopt a “sit-and-wait” strategy, then pounce on their prey, and swallow it whole. Owl gizzards are specially adapted to digest the soft parts of the creatures they eat and then ball up the bones, fur and other indigestible bits into an oval mass that is regurgitated each day. Favored roost sites or nest cavities can be found by locating piles of these masses (or pellets, as they are referred to) on the forest floor. Unfortunately these birds often hunt along roadsides and are prone to being hit by cars as they swoop low over the pavement to grab a meal. Overall, though, Eastern screech-owls have adapted well to the changes Man has made to the landscape. In fact, urban screech-owls tend to be more successful than their suburban counterparts, likely due to several factors, including fewer predators, more available prey and plenty of cavities on the landscape. So spend some time outside after dark and train your ears for the trill or tremolos of our Eastern screech-owl. No doubt there are one or two living in your neighborhood. These cute little birds are anything but scary once you get to know them! PS Screech-owl nest box plans can be found at: nestwatch.org/learn/nest-box-resource-center/nest-box-construction-plans/ Susan would love to hear from you. Send wildlife sightings and photos to susan@ncaves.com or call (910)949-3207.

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On a Hilltop in the Uwharries A living lesson in true grass-fed beef

Dale and Sharon Thompson, owners of Hilltop Farm and their sons, Justin and Cory. By Tom Bryant

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Photograph by Claudia Watson

Now I’m not one to frequent those things. I guess I’ve been to too many, and usually now when invited, I try to find a legitimate excuse not to go. Don’t think that I’m unfriendly, to the other extreme, probably; but I have a hard time hearing what people are saying at those things. You know, everybody talking at once and my nodding as if I can hear the conservation directed at me, while holding a little plate loaded with good things to eat. Sometimes I have a hard time figuring out what the stuff on the cracker is. And trying to balance a plate in one hand and a beverage in the other never works. The drink usually ends up dribbling on my shoes.

A few weeks back, though, I did attend a function that I enjoyed immensely. The food was good, the libations just right, and the conversation delightful. While standing in a corner that acted as an amplifier, I was approached by a lady who introduced herself and asked if I was the Tom Bryant who wrote outdoor pieces for PineStraw. I admitted my transgression. She said, “Have I got a story for you. Do you ever go to the farmers’ market? You know, the one in downtown Southern Pines?” “Yes, ma’am,” I replied. “I was down there this morning. Bought a couple of tomatoes and a cantaloupe. I love the place. It’s a great addition to the town, I think.” “Did you happen to buy any meat from the people selling grass-fed beef? They’re from Mount Gilead, and we get all our meat from them now. You need to talk to them. They’re a delightful couple and would make a great story in your magazine. Tell them I said hey.” And she wandered off. I didn’t think that much about it until the next Saturday when I ventured to the market again to buy a couple of tomatoes and another cantaloupe. I noticed the booth, or tent, labeled Hilltop Angus Farm. Their business was brisk with people lined up buying beef, pork and lamb. I watched for a bit.

The couple in charge was attentive and friendly; when there was a break in the line, I walked up and asked if I could buy a pound of bacon and two ribeye steaks. The gentleman reached into the freezer in the back of his truck, pulled out the meat and brought it to the counter. “I’ve only got these two ribeyes left, and they are thinner than I like to sell. Promise not to cook them too long and they should be all right. I hope you enjoy the bacon, too.” And that’s how I met Dale and Sharon Thompson, owners of Hilltop Angus Farm. That night while I was grilling our steaks, I thought about how the Thompsons had marketed a niche in the family farm business that was evidently working well for them. I need to talk to these folks, I thought, and the next day made arrangements to ride up to their place right outside of Mount Gilead. I left Southern Pines about the time the sun was climbing over the horizon. It was going to be a beautiful morning. When I arrived at the farm, Dale met me at the back door of their picturesque farmhouse and invited me in. I always enjoy meeting new people and have been credited in the past with being a pretty good judge of character. I’m proud to say that the Thompsons were running over with it. Dale exudes confidence, and when he starts talking about his farm and its animals, his eyes express his love of the land and the business that he and his bride have developed over the last three or four years. Sharon is the other half of the operation, and I’m sure Dale won’t mind me saying, the prettier. She just retired after twenty-five years at Troy Elementary School and, as she lightheartedly put it, is now working full time at Hilltop Angus Farm. She’s cute enough to be the head cheerleader on any college cheerleading squad. Dale is a lucky guy. The Thompsons have two children. Justin, age 33, lives in Troy on another family farm. He was a big influence in their decision to raise grass-fed beef cattle on Hilltop. Cory, age 28, resides in Wilmington and helped the farm develop a network of customers in the coastal area. The farm delivers to Wilmington every five weeks. As I sat in the homey kitchen/living area and talked to Dale and Sharon, I couldn’t help but pick up on the pride they have in their farm and what they have accomplished in the years they’ve been working there. “It hasn’t been easy,” Dale said. “I retired from ALCOA; but while I was there, I arranged my shifts so that I could keep the farm going. I had a dairy operation for years, then raised hogs for a while, then back to the dairy farm, then started an Angus breeding stock operation. I still get calls for the breeding stock, but I’m out of that now. In 2009 I met a guy by the name of Jamie Ager. He has a farm that raises nothing but grass-fed beef for wholesale and retail markets,

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providing the meat for Earth Fare stores. Jamie was very helpful in getting Sharon and me started in our business.” When I asked Dale what the difference was in his particular way of raising cattle, he replied, “We have 250 acres and are going to acquire another 250, we hope. Our secret is in the grass. We are members of The American Grass Fed Association. They help us and certify that our farm meets their qualifications. The Animal Welfare Association also approves our operation. Come on. Let me show you around the farm. Oh, first I want to show you Sharon’s new Tennessee Walking Horses. We drove over and picked them up yesterday.” “Don’t let him fool you, Tom,” Sharon said. “They’re miniature donkeys, but they are from Tennessee.” The farm is everything I thought it would be. Nestled in the foothills of the Uwharries, the picturesque grass pastures roll gently to the tree line with healthy Black Angus cattle grazing contentedly across the fields. Unfortunately, statistics today show that less than a third of the nation’s family farms have a designated successor in the family. Many young couples are unwilling to invest a half million dollars in a business that requires them to work twelve to sixteen hours a day throughout the year and then get a return that amounts to the equivalent of what a farmer’s wages were thirty years ago. Dale and Sharon’s Hilltop Farm has flourished, thanks to their hard work and novel ideas. They have many repeat customers. Several local restaurants buy meat from them. “I consider this farm and our lifestyle to be our legacy,” Dale said as we rode across the pastures on his John Deere ATV Gator. “Our little granddaughter, Ellarose, is seven years old and just got her first calf. When I said she was a cowboy, she replied, ‘Nope, I’m a cowgirl!’ Ellarose will be our sixth generation on the farm.” I asked Sharon what she liked most about living at Hilltop and developing their business. She replied, “It’s the people. There are so many nice folks that I deal with every week. They make our hard work worthwhile.” When I posed the same question to Dale, he looked over at me, smiled and said, “I love putting the cows on a fresh piece of grass and sensing their pleasure. I also love being outdoors. I don’t know. It’s just peaceful.” Dale and Sharon Thompson are models of modern, successful farmers. They are a sincere and dedicated couple, and I’m glad I had the chance to meet them. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist.

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A Giant in Amateur Golf Good-bye to Bill Campbell. (We'll not see your likes again)

By Lee Pace

Phootograph Courtesey of The Tufts Archives

The Goliaths of the golden age of amateur

golf keep slowly and sadly meeting their makers. Those who colored and enriched Pinehurst’s halcyon days in the mid-20th century before the launch of ads on sleeves, titanium shafts and triple-row irrigation systems are one by one succumbing to the inevitable pull of old age. Harvie Ward passed in 2004 and Billy Joe Patton followed in 2011, joining caddies like Fletcher Gaines and Hardrock Robinson, and scribes like Charles Price and Dick Taylor in adjourning to that Pine Crest Inn bar-in-the-sky.

The somber news came in late August that Pinehurst had lost another of its champions — in literal and figurative terms — with the death of William C. Campbell, a four-time North and South Amateur champion, and a decorated golfer and amateur statesman from one end of the globe to the other. My mind immediately floated back to a winter morning in 1991, when I flew a puddle jumper into the small airport outside Huntington, West Virginia, took a cab into town, mounted one flight of stairs and found the door for Campbell Insurance. Beyond the reception area was a hodge-podge of wooden furniture, filing cabinets, tables with stacks of paper, correspondence and folders, also a tall, refined looking gentleman in a gray suit. “My grandfather had this space when he opened the business more than fifty years ago,” Campbell said with a smile and warm handshake. “As you can see, we don’t waste much money on overhead.”

My eyes took in all the photographs on the walls, a veritable mini-museum of Campbell’s life in golf and his positions as former U.S. Amateur champion (1964 at Canterbury); USGA president (1982-83) and Royal & Ancient captain (1987). There’s Campbell playing in the Walker Cup in Scotland. There he is, watching in the background as Curtis Strange hits his memorable bunker shot on the 72nd hole of the 1988 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. There’s his old friend, fellow mountaineer Sam Snead. Campbell was almost apologetic for all the fuss the game makes on his walls. “Excuse all the pictures,” he said. “I have no other place to put them, really, other than a closet, and that would be a shame. We don’t get much traffic in and out of the office, so it’s not like you’re trying to impress people. I enjoy them.” Campbell pointed to four photographs taken at Pinehurst — in 1950, ’53, ’57 and ’67 after his victories over Wynsol Spencer, Mal Galletta, Hillman Robbins and Bill Hyndman, respectively, in the North and South Amateur. What followed was three hours of fascinating storytelling and a bird’s-eye view into the wheelhouse days of amateur golf. “We hadn’t reached the point yet where the better amateurs would routinely turn pro,” Campbell said. “We weren’t into the college golf syndrome, where it was a scholarship leading to the tour. It was just the beginning of that. We had quite a number of people like myself who were fair players, who wanted to play competitive golf but had no intention of being professional golfers. The amateur game was pretty lively without being dominated by college golf. It was a fun thing. You’d run into the same people year after year. You grew older as they did. Over that period of the late ’40s to the late ’60s, I had the pleasure of being part of that. “By the time I got married, in 1954, Pinehurst was a habit,” he continued. “Joan, my wife, took to it very kindly. It was the only place I traveled for golf that she joined me. It was such a salutary experience for her as well as for me.”

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The Campbells would check in every year at The Holly Inn. They’d go for walks across the street in the Village Green, attend church at The Village Chapel. Campbell became friends with clubhouse institutions — caddies like Johnny and Junior, locker room attendants like Cliff. Campbell liked that the caddies called him “the Long-knocker,” not because his tee shots needed canonizing but because it was just a neat thing to have Pinehurst caddies think of him on such familiar terms. “Joan and I both found the mood very therapeutic, especially the quiet, broken only by friendly sounds of church chimes and the rustling of the pine trees,” Campbell said. “We were especially enamored of the Village Green — it was a lovely, peaceful haven far from the madding crowd. It was a transcendental feeling, not unlike Thoreau at Walden Pond.” Campbell relished in telling the story of hunching over a crucial putt on the 17th hole on No. 2 in the 1950 North and South Amateur finals match and being momentarily distracted by the sound of the carillon at The Village Chapel just across the street. He gathered himself, refocused and drained the putt en route to victory over Spencer. Exactly one month later, Campbell was grinding on the 17th green at the Old Course at St. Andrews in the British Amateur, when the clock struck 6 p.m. and church bells rang out. “Short putts . . . the 17th hole at No. 2 and the 17th at St. Andrews . . . the bells chime 6 o’clock . . . one month apart . . . It put chills down my spine . . . It’s kind of eerie, don’t you think?” he marveled. Campbell always found a link between the Sandhills and Scotland, noting the proliferation of Caledonian names throughout south-central North Carolina. “What’s special at Pinehurst is the golf course, certainly, but it’s not just that,” he said. “It’s the whole package. It’s a state of mind, a feeling. You are next door to Scotland County. You are next door to the town of Aberdeen. You drive through Pinehurst and see the street signs — McKenzie and McDonald. You see all these Scottish names. You realize there’s a reason for it. It’s a very special place in American golf.” Campbell spoke reverently of the similarities between the Old Course and Pinehurst No. 2, that they were his favorite courses worldwide. “In recent times I have asked good players why they used wedges on recovery shots around the greens of No. 2,” Campbell said. “That was not the old Pinehurst way. The greens were not meant to be pitched to in all cases. You’d run the shot on because you couldn’t stop it on those firm greens. No. 2 presented challenges quite fair and quite consistent with the old game, the

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British game, and of course it was not unnecessarily penal. You had certain strategic choices to make. On each hole there are elements that make the player think. It’s not putting you out of business with one bad shot. You’re not going to your pocket every time you miss one. But to make pars — you’ve got to hit good shots.” Our conversation that day opened a line of communication that was open for me to plunge in whenever I needed a question answered, opinion offered, rich detail added to anything I was working on, whether the subject matter was specific to Pinehurst or golf in general. To say we were “friends” would be presumptuous. But since Campbell liked to say, “In golf there are no strangers — just friends we’ve not yet met,” I think our connection qualified. I last saw Bill Campbell in early February 2010 at the USGA’s annual meeting, held that year in The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst. At age 87, he was a wee bit frail and feeble, but his eyes were bright and his mind sharp as he talked about plans under way to return the vaunted No. 2 course from its smooth casing of lush green grass to its antique presentation of firm and fast fairways, and craggy and jagged perimeters. “Forgive me, I know I’ve told you this story before,” he said. “I’ll never forget coming back in the early 1970s, and the new owners following the Tufts family were clearing out pine cones to the right of the third fairway. They hadn’t quite finished the job and had marked it ‘ground under repair.’ I couldn’t believe it. Can you imagine that? Pine cones deemed ‘ground under repair!’ At Pinehurst!” We spoke via telephone a year later and I told him of the project’s evolution under the reverential minds and hands of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. He asked if I could send some photos, which I gladly did, to his winter home in Hobe Sound, Florida. He responded in classic Bill Campbell fashion — a note scrawled in the margins of my original letter (to save money on stationery), and the handwriting essentially illegible. I did make out a few scrawls that had to do with No. 2 being an “inland links,” a seaside course without the sea. “No. 2 had many characteristics of a seaside links and it should always play that way, with a fast-running, bouncing approach shot,” Campbell noted. “I am glad they are returning it to what it once was.” They brought the geometry and wire grass and serrated edges back to Pinehurst No. 2. Wistful to say, they can’t do the same with the gentleman giants of amateur golf. PS

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October 2013 Music Like Dirt For as long as I can remember, perhaps before, I have been infatuated with these pecan trees. Mistaken their knots and wounds for eyes, ears, which, in this country, is becoming easy. Their roots will never abandon us. I’m enamored of the centipede, how its long fingers weave together like a favored grandparent’s: ready to cushion our first falls, shield us from the emptiness of our futures. And I admire the squeaky black mole, passionately burrowing beneath the grass, devouring termites & maggots and other malignancies never brought to light. Is there life without the swoop and dive of the gull, its feathers glowing brilliant and white in the noonday sun? Without the reliable waves frothing clean on the shore? Let me stay here forever. Let the black sand and dogwood blooms sustain me. Let the night rest lightly upon my face, the cool scent of dew parting my parched lips. I understand why the robin does not leave for winter, its head dutifully cocked to the ground — listening. I am in love with the family cemetery. The green grass weaving an afghan of warmth for those grown thin with age. The live oak holds sentry — its roots reaching out, binding us tightly together. And I am not afraid when new monuments sprout from the soil. No matter the names, I am happy, overjoyed even. I can claim the calm and peace of the handcrafted bass or fiddle — the knowledge of my own distinct sound and range — my undisputed moment in this song. — Terry L. Kennedy Terry Kennedy’s newly released New River Breakdown was designed, hand-stitched and bound by Unicorn Press.

It don’t matter what I do If I win or if I lose Sweetheart I’m nothing without you — Steve Earle

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The Batty Truth Long misunderstood and victimized by lurid folklore, bats may well be linked to our own survival in this world By Gayvin Powers


All Hallows’ Eve, strange noises scratch, tap and flutter in the Sandhills. Ghouls, goblins and vermin may be lurking to wreak havoc. Bats are not one of them. Once thought to be possessed by spirits, bats were even believed to be indicative of a haunted house. There are more myths surrounding bats than witches circling a cauldron, causing these misunderstood and important mammals to have unintentionally scared some North Carolina residents. Fortunately, locals are making the best of a batty situation. “Guano was the first sign there were bats living in our home,” says Mary Davis (not her real name), a resident of Southern Pines who found several hundred of them roosting behind her house shutters. Instead of exterminating the bats, Davis put up bat boxes outside her home in hopes that they’d relocate. Bat boxes resemble slim, elongated bird houses perched high on a pole. Each houses up to several hundred bats. Davis’ reasoning for keeping the bats close to her house is that “Bats are good. They help people. You just don’t want them in your house.” Bats are so helpful that within one hour a bat can eat its weight in mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, dengue fever, malaria and encephalitis to humans and heartworm to dogs. Anyone who has acquired one of those illnesses from a mosquito appreciates that North Carolina bats are either insectivores or frugivores, meaning they eat insects or fruit. Bob Ball, a Southern Pines resident with a background in agriculture, regularly sees bats flying above his Weymouth home at night. Ball says, “I’d rather have one thousand bats in bat boxes eating the mosquitoes in my neighborhood than spraying with pesticides and not knowing the long-term effects.” Once afflicted with dengue fever while in Southeast Asia, Ball thinks that bats do a great service to humans, especially farmers, locally and all over the world. Beetles, locusts, moths, flies and mosquitoes are like candy corn to bats, making a farmer’s field a gigantic candy store. In the past, insects have been known to wipe out entire crops. The trend over the last decade is for people to eat more organic food, but finding natural pesticides that work can be challenging. Fortunately, bats assist farmers by lowering the insect population that feeds on and destroys crops. With such tasty treats only a corn crop away, unless a person has chosen to wear a necklace of mosquitoes to bed, the chance of getting bitten by a bat during sleep is extremely slim. Bats are bees of the night. Bees pollinate during the day and fruit bats do the same work after the sun goes down. Fruit bats travel from tree to tree, carrying pollen that is essential to reproduction of vegetation. Picture the bounty of a local farmers’ market and all the work the bees and bats do to naturally pollinate the plants. Now picture that same market without those helpful bees and bats. It isn’t a prettty picture.


William Mullin, a wetland biologist at Dr. J. H. Carter III & Associates, Inc. Environmental Consultants, notes, “Appreciating what bats do for us and respecting their ecology and habitat needs is the way to go.” Unfortunately, white-nose syndrome, a fungus that attacks the face and wings of bats, is considered The Great White Plague for bats. In 2006, the first colony of bats afflicted with white-nose syndrome was discovered in New York, and since then entire colonies of bats have been found dead. White-nose syndrome warms a bat, causing it to use vast amounts of stored fat to awaken instead of sustaining itself through a cold hibernation. According to Bat Conservation International, “Infected bats often emerge too soon from hibernation and are often seen flying around in midwinter. These bats usually freeze or starve to death . . . Mortality rates approaching 100 percent are reported at some sites.” In some cases, white-nose syndrome is so devastating that entire colonies of bats have been destroyed. The syndrome has been traveling west across the country and was recently found in Arkansas. Mirroring the worrying decline of honey bees, the declining bat population, due to the fungus, may spell tragedy in the future. Of the millions of bats that hibernate in caves during the winter, there are less than ten natural caves worldwide (excluding manmade caves) where these bats hibernate. Dan Vergano of USA Today reported that, white-nose syndrome “has killed more than 5.5 million bats in 19 states. The bat deaths could cost farmers $3.7 billion in losses, biologists estimate, given the flying mammals eat insect crop pests, such as beetles, and pollinate plants.” The long-term effects on humans’ health and food supply could be negatively altered if white-nose syndrome continues to spread; bat conservationists are concerned that some bat species may become endangered or extinct. If bats make it through hibernation, mother bats look for a nursery roost to deliver and raise their pups. Like many mammals, bats mate and give birth to one offspring at a time. During April, May and June in the

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Sandhills, mother bats can be spotted flying around at night with their babies on their backs. By September and October, the smooth sounds of Marvin Gaye can be heard coming from mating roosts — where the process starts all over again. Like any wild animal, bats provoke concern. Bats vary in size, but many don’t need an opening larger than a quarter to enter a dwelling. Many people fear that they will be infected with rabies. According to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, less than 0.5 percent of bats contract rabies . . . (T)he incidence of rabies in bats is much lower than in raccoons, foxes, cats or dogs. Elizabeth Landry, of Pinehurst, offers wisdom she wishes she had known when a bat was found at her house. “Have the bat tested for rabies.” Simply knowing that the bat was safe provided Landry and her family a great deal of relief. She wants other people to have that peace of mind, too. William Mullin points out that, “While the incidence of a bat carrying rabies is relatively low, people can still get it. If someone does have bats in the attic (or home), the person would be wise to contact a professional removal firm. While the chance of infection is on the low side, it would be safer to make sure that the guano and bats are removed. The same

holds true for any wild animal; raccoons and squirrels, for instance, carry various diseases as well.” A bat spotted during the daytime is a red flag; bats are nocturnal. If a bat is found during daylight hours, do not touch the bat. A bat is a wild animal and may bite when confronted. Contact a professional to remove the bat and have it tested for rabies. Mullin referenced a study that has shown bat guano (carrying rabies) can pass the disease on to other animals. If there is guano present, have it removed and the area sanitized. If a bat does not have rabies (99.5 percent do not), it poses little threat. It will not, for example, suck someone’s blood. Despite the images imprinted in the public’s mind of vampires sucking the blood out of innocent maidens, there are no vampire or parasitic bats in North Carolina or the United States, except at zoos. Nor will bats purposefully attack people’s hair; they want the tender mosquitoes nearby. Typically, bats avoid humans. Echolocation, navigation using high frequency sounds to bounce off objects and relay detailed information, allows bats to be very precise when seeking prey. If a bat swoops around a campfire this October, it will be for the appetizing insects and not someone dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein, unless there are live locusts in her beehive. With all of the good that bats do for humans, Mullin adds, “The more we do for bats, the more they can do for us.” Bats, the night pollinators, family-oriented mammals and hunters of night-flying insects, are an important part of the world’s struggling ecosystem. If a bat is seen flying under the hunter’s moon, refrain from hitting it with a witch’s broom and remember that “love is in the air” whenever the mythic creature of the night is on the wing. Our very future may depend on a safe flight. PS Gayvin Powers is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and freelance writer. Iona Fay, her young adult fairy novel, will be coming out soon.

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Mug Shots By Gayvin Powers • PhotoGraPhs By John Gessner

This time of year, when the air is crisp and the trees ignite into a fiery blaze of orange-yellows and red-purples and the endless shades of color in between, our steins runneth over with amber lagers and hard ciders and myriad craft brews as dark and rich as the colorful season. At last, our summer-weary spirits come to life. The Germans have made drinking an art-form. Oktoberfest, the annual Bavarian celebration that draws millions of beer-lovers to Munich to drink, clink steins, and drink some more, serves several million liters of lager over a period of sixteen days – surely to wash down all that hendl and würst. On Saturday, October 12, the steins take center stage at ArtOberfest, a local celebration and fundraiser presented by the Art Council of Moore County that showcases handmade works of eleven Seagrove potters. English novelist George Eliot said it best: Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. We say, Prost! And the steins speak for themselves.

Beth Gore & John Mellage The Seagrove team of Beth Gore and John Mellage has more than sixty-five years combined experience in pottery, specializing in glazes that Gore developed over the years, and Mellage’s form and design. Childhood provided a great source of inspiration when creating the mug (right). The design is based on beer steins Mellage remembered seeing in Germany when his Opa visited the local pub. Beer steins would line the pub wall, Opa’s included, until he returned for his next visit. To complement the design, Gore chose the rich harvest glaze because it reminded her of “Oktoberfest and felt like fall.” Favorite Beer: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA or Four Saints Brewing in Asheboro for Mellage. Gore prefers a good, hard cider Cady Clay Works 3883 Busbee Road, Seagrove, North Carolina 27341 (910) 464-5661 www.cadyclayworks.com


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Chris Luther Chris Luther had no idea when his mother set up a pottery wheel and prodded him to try it that twenty-two years later his life would revolve around ceramics. Inspiration for the mug (right) came from “personal product development. It conforms to my hand nicely and I like the way the rim fits on my lips.” Who can argue with personally testing a mug for beer? Chris half-heartedly jokes that the design will give the beer “a better aroma” since the rim of the mug is tighter, thus concentrating the scent for the drinker. Shino sprayed with an ash glaze covering the mug completes the look. Favorite Beer: Sierra Nevada IPA Chris Luther Pottery: 4823 Busbee Road, Seagrove, North Carolina 27341 (336) 301-3254 www.chrislutherpottery.com

Pam Owens In 1979, Pam Owens, a romantically unattached apprentice, arrived at Jugtown, a historic pottery business started in 1917. It was then that she met Vernon Owens, a potter who later purchased Jugtown. Soon, more than fire began circulating around the kiln. Now, Travis and Bayle (their children) are artists in their own right and help with the family business. Pam, who crafted the pottery (left), was inspired by an ancient Middle Eastern pot with birds on it. She used a moonstone glaze to highlight the black bird detail on the mug. Jugtown specializes in traditional jugs and candlesticks in wood-fired salt glaze and frogskin, tableware and says Owens, “deceptively simple vases, bowls and jars in glazes.” Favorite Beer: Omission (gluten free) Jugtown Pottery 330 Jugtown Road, Seagrove, North Carolina 27341 (910) 464-3266 www.jugtownware.com PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2013


Mack Chrisco Mack Chrisco, of Chrisco Pottery, is humble by nature and filled with talent and stories – when he gets to talking. He was introduced to pottery at his grandmother’s funeral by Waymon Cole, Mack’s uncle, a well-known potter. At the time, Mack was 26 years old and worked third shift at a textile mill. As the semisonic song Closing Time reveals, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” a new life was born that day at the funeral. Traditional with his pottery, Mack prefers to use a high-fire reduction glaze to bring out the colors on his pieces; the same is true to his artwork, shown here. Favorite Beer: Milk . . . forget beer. Bring Mack cookies. Mack Chrisco Pottery: 1360 South North Carolina Hwy 705, Seagrove, North Carolina 27341 • (336) 879-5272 www.discoverseagrove.com

Sally Larson Sally Larson of Fireshadow Pottery has been creating work with Mo, her husband, for 15 years, focusing on one-of-akind pieces and having a great time “playing in the mud.” Exploration and play accompany Sally and Mo through every step of making their designs. Inspiration for the mug (right) was about “Creating something masculine — a beer stein,” says Sally. To complement the male aspects of the design, she utilized a wood ash glaze with a white liner inside to highlight the rich color of the beer against the mug. Favorite Beer: Yeungling (namesake beer from the oldest U.S. brewery, operating since 1829) Fireshadow Pottery 244 Falls Drive, Eagle Springs, North Carolina 27242 (910) 673-8317 www.fireshadow.com


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Michael Mahan Once upon a time, there was a reporter named Michael Mahan who interviewed a group of potters; the interaction had a great effect on the future of this artist. The interview left him inspired to give up reporting, take a class in pottery and spend the remainder of his life working with clay. For fifteen years, he’s owned and run From the Ground Up. His Artoberfest mug (right) has a wide base (to minimize spills) and is covered in a glaze he’s been using since 1986. A traditional handle has been turned upside down to give an unique look with a satisfying feel to the holder. Favorite Beer: Guinness on draft (in Ireland) From the Ground Up 172 Crestwood Road, Robbins, North Carolina 27325 (910) 464-6228 www.fromthegrounduppots.com

Samantha Henneke & Bruce Gholson Childhood loves, fossils and nature are a some of the influences behind Bulldog Pottery. Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson of Montgomery County — North Carolina’s, 2009 Artists of the Year — specialize in “graceful forms, and develop[ing] their own unique glazes. Expect distinctively unusual work at Bulldog Pottery.” Lately, inspiration for Henneke has come from her garden while Gholson has found it in arrowheads, geology and insects. Specifically, they like to see how nature intersects with art. Favorite Beer: Dog Day IPA by Lucky Labrador Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon (Bulldog Pottery was unavailable for interview; they were given an honorary beer based upon the fact that their “Bulldog Pottery” is named after their dogs) Bulldog Pottery 306 US Hwy 220 Alt., Seagrove, North Carolina 27341 (910) 428-9728 and (336) 302-3469 www.bulldogpottery.com

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Benjamin Burns Thirty-three years ago, Benjamin Burns fell in love . . . with ceramics. That love affair led him to his current muses, Japanese and Chinese pottery, and Bonnie Burns, the other half of Great White Oak Pottery. Both artists focus on creating one-of-a-kind art that is functional. Bonnie is moved by nature, and Benjamin is “influenced by Oriental masters and features glazes and techniques of the East specializing in ox blood (and) combinations of blues and greens,” while keeping his “eye on the future,” he states. For his mug (left), he used glaze on top of glaze with “iron and rutile for a splash of color.” Favorite Beer: “The one I’m drinking.” (Potter’s Ale from Four Saints Brewing in Asheboro, North Carolina) Great White Oak 437 North Broad Street, Seagrove, North Carolina 27341 (336) 873-8066 www.greatwhiteoakgallery.com

Linda & Jim Dalton Since 2005, the potter team of Linda and Jim Dalton has presented a yin/yang approach to their pottery. The balanced style allows each to excel in her/his strength and preferred method while enhancing the creative process and each artist’s experience. Typically, Linda throws clay at the wheel; Jim does hand building and sprays the glaze. Linda states, “This mug (below) is ‘experimental’ in that there is shino over tenmoku. Usually shino doesn’t stick over other glazes, but for some reason it’s doing it here.” The result is: exquisite. Visitors can make a quick trip to their West End studio, that is only ten minutes north of Pinehurst. Favorite Beer: Sam Adams Linda Dalton Pottery 250 Oakhurst Vista, West End, North Carolina 27376 (910) 947-5325 www.lindadaltonpottery.com 58

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Meredith & Mark Heywood Meredith and Mark Heywood both started making pottery at the same time thirty-seven years ago. Five years into their craft, the artistic endeavor blossomed into Whynot Pottery, located in Whynot. They specialize in a “wide variety of glazes and experimenting with using wood ash glazes in different ways,” states Meredith. Mark altered designs to fit the dimensions of the mug (left) while Meredith enjoyed playing with glazes and swirling wax to make the colors complement each other, such as the warm, orange-brown and wood ash glaze. Favorite Beer: Brown nut ale for Meredith and a “hoppy beer with good body — like an IPA” for Mark Whynot Pottery Address: 1013 Fork Creek Mill Road, Seagrove, North Carolina 28341 • (336) 873-9276 • www.whynotpottery.com

Dan Triece Dan Triece, owner and potter of Dirtworks Pottery, has been welcoming the community and travelers to his business for seventeen years. With the assistance of several talented and helpful artists, Dirtworks produces pottery and teaches people how to make ceramics. Cats roam and sleep among the pots; visiting children revel in seeing a “red-hot pot at 2,100 degrees drawn from the kiln.” If the kiln is firing, chances are that it’s heating up a coppery Raku art form that Dirtworks has become known for creating over the years. Favorite Beer: Raku Beer, a Japanese beer from Hiroshima (Dirtworks Pottery was unavailable for interview; Triece was given an honorary beer based upon the favored art form displayed prominently in Dirtworks’ showroom.) Dirtworks Pottery Address: 1226 Hwy. 705, Seagrove, North Carolina 27341 (336) 873-8979 www.discoverseagrove.com


Saturday, October 12, 2013 • 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines $40 ACMC members / $45 Nonmembers Tickets available at the Arts Council of Moore County, Campbell House Galleries or call 910-692-ARTS (2787) Ticket includes your choice of a handmade pottery ale mug, beer samples, food and live music PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2013


Fear Of Whiteness: A Vignette


Fiction by Sara King

s Mira took her ticket stub from the bus driver, she gazed at the plastic square on his shirt: Greyhound in shiny black letters arched over LEO in bright red. He must be a major driver to wear a badge like this, and he seemed a pleasant enough old man. His head was bald, and there wasn’t a smidgen of fuzz on his neck — a look that would depress most men — but this guy had a big smile. It had to be his badge that made him happy. He was a little pudgy, so what else was there to be cheerful about? He looked at her, his mouth curving upward again, while he waved his hand toward the rows of seats behind them. “Find yourself a spot, young lady,” he said, “and have a good trip.” Mira hung her overnight bag from her shoulder and started down the aisle. After she got to Wilmington, she was positive she’d have an extragood time. She’d heard it would be scary, too, but she was sure most of it would be great. Being with Lisa, her best friend who’d moved to Wilmington last year, was always fun. She had tried to talk her parents into a July vacation at Wrightsville Beach right next to Lisa, but her brother John thought the best vacation would be in Chapel Hill so they could get used to his college, which meant so he, not they, could get used to it. Their parents decided on Asheville, which was nice in its own way, but to Mira the best part of the vacation was when Lisa called the night they’d gotten home. “Mama said summer is always crazy here,” Lisa said after hearing about Asheville, “so we should plan your visit for maybe October, since by then we’ll be settled in school. Something like the second weekend would be perfect if that works for you. It won’t be as crowded in fall, so we can focus on seeing the Maco Light.” She was silent for a minute before she started talking again. “That light is the ghost of the signalman Joe Baldwin. Kinda creepy, huh? He’s supposed to be looking for his head.” “What happened to it?” she’d asked. It was more than creepy. After taking a deep breath, Lisa continued: “He was swinging a red lantern in the caboose to keep the following train from hitting it, but the caboose had become unhitched, so it didn’t work. The train behind him hit his car — BAM! — and poor Joe’s head was cut off. It was in the 1860s, a long time ago,” she said, her voice quieter, “but it’s so sad.”


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“Yeah, really sad.” Not having a head was horrible. And looking for a headless ghost was especially spooky. A ghost with a head was bad enough. But John, who’d taken her to the bus station in Raleigh, hadn’t been impressed when she told him what she would do. “That sounds like a plan for a little 15-year-old, Miriam Louise,” he’d said. She’d been using Mira since junior high, and she hated when he called her both names. Only Grandma, who had the same name but used the second one, called her Miriam Louise. John obviously hadn’t paid attention. He must have thought he was grown up now and a real big deal, but he did get early acceptance at Chapel Hill where he’d be next year, all because of a high test score. He’d also given her a neat transistor radio for her birthday. Except for getting on her nerves sometimes like he’d done today, he was a good brother, so she hoped he would finally learn to pay attention to names in college. It would be awful to call a professor, or even a date, the wrong one. Mira had wanted to sit in the back of the bus so she could concentrate on her big plans with Lisa, but when she got closer to the last seats and the sun shifted, she could see they were already taken by little children and their grandmas, maybe great-grandmas. One woman might be 100 years old. Her long, gray dress and shawl, a little darker than her thin hair, made her look as though she’d stepped out of cowboy days. Whatever her age, she looked ancient. Mira stepped backward to the middle of the bus and slid next to a window. After putting her bag on the aisle seat, she began to think about what she and Lisa would do. Probably Lisa’s dad would take them to the Maco train tracks and leave them for a while so they could snoop around. They would have to be patient and wait for the light to appear. She knew they would see it, and a light wasn’t scary except the ghost looking for his head would be with it. There would be a shimmering iciness with the light, she figured, maybe a white form barely visible since it didn’t have its whole body. But she was thinking they’d be there at night to get the full effect, so maybe the darkness would make the ghost stand out. Already shivering, she swallowed hard. She had to touch the transistor radio in her pocket to calm down. While diesel clouds rose outside, she glanced at her watch. It was almost time to leave, and she was on a bus with children and old ladies behind her, nothing to be scared of. But when she looked at the door, she saw that new passengers, the whitest people she’d ever seen, were coming aboard. They even had white hair. As they took off their sunglasses and formed a line in the aisle, Mira clenched her teeth and watched their white faces bob above their drab goto-meeting clothes. They were adults on their way to somewhere important, but these people looked more like ghosts in a Halloween parade, definitely perfect timing. Maybe riding with them was good prep for her Maco search with Lisa. She took a deep breath. She would have to be brave, but when one of the women stopped and spoke to her, she swallowed again. “Would you mind moving your bag?” the woman asked. “I’d like to sit here.” “Sure,” Mira said, noticing the lace trim on the woman’s purple jacket — nothing drab about that. When her bag was on the floor, Mira almost gulped before she forced words from her mouth. “Y’all must be going to something big.” The seats behind and in front were now filled with whiteness. “We’re going to an albinism convention,” the woman said. “It’s not a national one, or anything like that; it’s just a regional meeting.” She quickly twisted her face inches from Mira’s. “Do you know what I’m talking about?” “I think so.” Mira wasn’t positive, but she guessed it had something to do with albinos. While she was in elementary school, John had an albino parakeet, but it wasn’t white the way the albinos on this bus were. It was a paler shade of green with a bit of yellow fluff beneath its bill. Like the woman’s next to her, its eyes were pinkish. “Good,” the woman said. “I hope you won’t mind if I put a little sun protection on my arms and legs. We won’t be outside much, but if we’re in the sun, people like us can get pure burned up if we aren’t prepared.” “But this is October,” Mira told her. “The sun’s not as hot as it is in summer.”

“I know,” the woman said, “but there’s still sun, and while we’re here, we want to frolic on the beach for a little while.” Frolic, Mira thought. What kind of activity was that? Would these people be playing on the sand like whitecaps rolling in? The woman stared at her. “Everyone, even darker complexioned folks, need protection from the sun all year long. Did you know that? If you don’t use something, you’ll end up looking like a prune.” Mira blinked. Why had she said such a silly thing? Whatever the sun’s effects, a prune was connected to a plum, not a person. It was like a bigger grape and raisin. She watched the woman remove her jacket and carefully fold it over the side of her seat. Next, she took a tube from her stuffed pocketbook and squeezed lotion into her palm. After examining a polished nail, she quickly rubbed her arms with her large, snow-white hands, but when her fingers raised her skirt so she could reach her legs, Mira couldn’t look. That much whiteness might be blinding. Instead she pretended to inspect the grime on the window. In a moment, she heard the drip of lotion again. “And we’re going to an early Halloween party,” the woman said loudly. “We even brought costumes.” “Wow,” Mira said. She looked back at the woman, feigning interest. The woman laughed. “I’m going as a witch and my boyfriend as a warlock.” Mira tried to laugh with her, but the sound she made sounded like a cough. Was her costume in that pocketbook? It was large, but there really wasn’t room for a witch’s hat. “They’re at my boyfriend’s seat,” the woman explained as though she’d read her mind. A small furrow in her forehead, she stared at Mira: “What will you do in Wilmington now that summer’s over?” “Visit a friend,” Mira said. She couldn’t mention the Maco Light to a woman like this. Suppose she and her boyfriend wanted to come, too. If these pale people showed up at their Maco adventure, Lisa would go ballistic. Mira closed her eyes thinking of how it would happen, but all she could see was an angry Lisa, her face dark red. When the woman tapped Mira’s shoulder, she turned to see a skyscrapertall albino man looking down at them. “My boyfriend needs me to help him,” she whispered. Hands clasped, Mira looked him up and down, wondering how in the world anybody could assist. If he needed someone to comb his hair, every passenger on the bus would have to stand on a seat to reach it. The old ladies and children couldn’t do a thing. The woman, whose pink eyes had narrowed, held up her tube. “I’ll help him put this on.” Her voice had been close to a snarl, but her eyes were wider now. She started smiling. Mira smiled back and began to inch closer to the window. It sounded like a nice thing to do for a boyfriend, but she knew she couldn’t get a glimpse of his long, white legs without getting shaky. Strange men, especially strange big men, made her nervous, so nervous that even when she got older, she doubted she’d be less frightened. She heard the man’s deeper voice and their laughter as they talked. Mira wondered why they hadn’t sat together since they were a couple, but things happened the way they needed to, something to her benefit, not theirs. Before this woman sat by her, she’d been scared to see the Maco Light, but she no longer feared whiteness. True, she was going to see a ghost who’d lost his head, and she wasn’t comfortable with that, but because of this woman, she was halfway there. Things really did happen the way they needed to. If she managed to sleep some before they reached Wilmington, she hoped she’d be ready to deal with people living or dead. Smelling the lotion, Mira closed her eyes. Like the woman beside her, she had to be prepared. PS Sara King is a fiction writer and a proofreader for PineStraw, O.Henry and Salt magazines.

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Amazing Grace-Land There are some things a girl never forgets: Like how to ride a bike, or, thankfully, the way back home By Deborah Salomon • Photographs by John Gessner


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nna Grace represents the brightest possible future for Southern Pines. She is young (29). She is tall, attractive, fashionably dressed and coifed. She grew up on a horse farm, left the area, returned. She opened a Broad Street boutique, Travelin’ Chic, now successfully franchised. She has a circle of friends from high school, who also returned. She adopted a rescue dog. Then in May, Anna bought and resurrected a 1920s cottage headed for foreclosure in historic residential Southern Pines. She re-imaged the interior with a mix of reclaimed, recycled, reborn, quasi-antiques that hang together breathlessly, hopefully, like May-December lovers. Her home office painted palest violet with a zebra rug, frilly white daybed/sofa, built-in bar nook, triple crown moldings and sleek glass desk reeks sophistication. From her high kitchen ceiling hangs a red bicycle-built-for-two. A room-sized pink-and-white rug lies on her front porch alongside another bike – her own, from childhood, also pink. Finally, that parabolic floor lamp arching over the living room sofa. Daring. Startling. Innovative. You go, girl.

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walking tour through Grace-land becomes a series of oohs and ahhs. Enter through the front door, with stained glass “Welcome” panel. No vestibule, no foyer, just an immediate stairway suggesting this cottage many have been a duplex. Hang a sharp right into the living room — rather small, which didn’t deter Anna from taking a rather large creamy white French Provincial-y sofa and chair off a friend’s hands. But those two pieces, a few ottomans upholstered in neutral gray and tan, a cabinet for music and TV systems and built-in shelves fill the room without crowding, also set the stage for her signature wow: a coffee table made from a rough wheeled cart marked Nutting Truck Minnesota (founded 1891, manufactured carts and casters). “I’ve always wanted one of those.” Anna recalls the glee upon finding it at Karen’s Attic in Southern Pines. Atop the cart sits a massive bowl by Southern Pines potter/horsewoman Irene Russell. Anna’s dining room table – also rustic wood, this time, ersatz-antique — echoes the cart but, really, who’s looking? All eyes rivet on her “Phantom”worthy crystal chandelier, one of Anna’s décor obsessions, which hangs


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low over the table bedecked in silver candelabra, circa Liberace. After pale Quaker-grey living room walls (Anna herself, with no experience, painted throughout) she shifts the palette to a barely turquoise pastel to match the table base. But lest guests be lulled, Anna throws open the powder room door to reveal a bathroom so red the patterned wallpaper practically burns off the walls. “I always wanted a red bathroom,” Anna continues. Obviously, this first home fulfills many hankerings. Her kitchen, just beyond, strains the gasp-o-meter. A previous owner accomplished its enlargement with cathedral beadboard ceiling but the brilliant colors and décor are pure Grace, including a fanciful wall-mounted chalkboard for keeping score at card games and a dinette set made in Vermont from tree branches, bark intact. As for the bicycle — Anna found the vintage Rollfast with leather seats outside Southern Whey, wearing a For Sale sign. She grabbed it, partly because her business logo includes a bicycle. “I planned to hang it up — that’s a big space to fill.” Block and tackle pulleys and odd windows (one bearing a mysterious bullet hole) at odd heights complete the shock value. If Anna’s kitchen is a blast, then her office with its violet walls (“I got brave with the color.”), frilly day bed and glass desk purrs femininity. The two upstairs bedrooms are Spartan-sparse, a.k.a. minimalist, but otherwise over-the-top. Anna’s bedPineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2013


spread, as textured as the Grand Canyon in IMAX, demands décor chutzpah. Ditto the old door with hardware intact placed horizontally, as a headboard. The chest and tables could be straight from a designer showroom of “distressed” pieces, or simply peeling paint on old furniture sold “as is.” Vote No. 2. “I like things with character,” Anna says. So much so that she saved the matching distressed bureau for the master bathroom, installed sink bowls atop creating a vanity. She painted wide horizontal stripes across the walls and hung a hat rack for her fedoras. The guest room, in pale khaki and celery green, is equally sparse but Shaker-functional. “I don’t muck things up,” Anna states. Light floods through copious windows, almost all with painted wood louver shades. The house came with a two-level deck and brick patio. An impenetrable bamboo thicket encroaches the fence. Recently, her carpenter installed the original wood shutters found stashed under the house. Only here, on the exterior siding, did Anna flub. “I loved the color of the Sotheby’s office downtown so I matched it and ordered 20 gallons of paint.” However, in a different location the color looked more hospital-scrubs green. “No, no . . . stop!” she told the painters. Paint was donated to an organization and Anna started anew, with a much lighter shade. Then, the bee infestation that had to be removed and relocated by an experienced beekeeper, Now, she can laugh.


nna wanted to live downtown. “We go to Weymouth a lot.” On Wednesdays, friends meet at the Wine Cellar or the Jefferson. She can walk or ride her bike to Broad Street with dog Birdie alongside — considerably different than the equestrian life in a house with four brothers.


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A sense of this place endured. After studying pre-professional health services at Clemson, Anna worked at a spa boutique in Naples, Fla., then a commercial interior design company specializing in luxury hotels. She traveled with eyes wide open. He taste developed slowly, living with roommates in apartments furnished in family cast-offs. “But I got homesick.” By 2010, Anna was back. She found the downtown cottage while living in her Mom’s guest house. It was, she says, “Really nasty and dirty after being unoccupied for two years — dark colors and lots of wallpaper.” No structural repairs required, however, except a new tin roof which meant tearing off four layers of rotten material down to the original green metal. Anna keeps two pieces in her bookshelf, as a reminder. She decided against removing walls, as is so often done in older houses, to create an open main floor. “I wasn’t even tempted,” Anna says. This way, each room maintains individuality. Because for sure, Anna Grace is an individual. Her rooms display a casual, youthful style that winks back at Southern Pines in the Roaring 20s. “Everything turned out really well,” she grins. “I just love the process of decorating.” Lucky Anna. She found a business, a life and a darned cute house. Thank goodness, she found them here. PS


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By noah salt

A Writer in the Garden Sunday, October 27

The only thing I have learned in thirty-eight years is that the days grow shorter each year of your life, and if you live long enough it should be very easy to die, as there would be practically nothing left of them. I have been spending every day and all of it in the garden, dashing in to dress and go on to something else.” — From Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence, Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener

Frightfully Bittersweet

Weather to Buy or Not A crusty old Englishman of our acquaintance once advised: “Never believe a bloody word of ancient weather lore — or else it will rain forty days and forty nights.” Sound advice, we suppose, and yet few seasonal changes abound with more traditional lore and old-wives wisdom than the month of October. From The True Husbandry’s Almanack of 1779, portents seem everywhere: Extra red haws and hips [berries] on trees and wooly worms crossing the High Street meaneth a hard winter to come. Rain in October means sharpe wind in December. When birds and badgers are swollen [fat], expect a colder than normal winter. In October, dung your field, and your land shall wealth much yield. If ducks do slide at Hallowtide, at Christmas they will swim. Why the wooly worm feels compelled to cross the High Street is anyone’s guess, one of those timeless philosophical questions best debated over a nice milk stout or homemade ginger beer by the fire. Still, this year’s crop farmers almanacs do project a colder than normal winter on the doorstep, with greater than usual snow predicted for our corner of the lower forty-eight. Don’t forget to dung those fields.

We do love October, and just about everything this bittersweet month of change has to offer. As nature shows her true colors and beds down for the winter, we revel in the crisp clear days and star-spangled nights. The garden produces a few decent final tomatoes and the shrub roses provide a final burst of color before the show closes down for another year. Mums bloom, asters fade. The Saturday morning farmers market is finally winding down, though root vegetables and apples abound, and pumpkins and freshpressed cider make it still worth a visit. According to a 2011 Harris Poll, Americans rank Halloween the third most popular holiday after Christmas Garden To-Do List and Thanksgiving, respectively — and a frightfully fun windA garden made neat and tidy now, goes a fall for retailers, who will rake in an estimated $10 billion famous ditty, will save spring tasks from costumes, sweets, home decorations and — a growing and how: trend — special events (haunted hayrides, town celebrations, Bring geraniums and other retail shops and even church-sponsored parties) deemed to vacationing houseplants make the popular holiday safer. indoors before first frost. Not bad for a holiday that derives its spirit from the Harvest the last fruit ancient Celtic celebration of “Samhain,” an annual feast of from trees, plant winter the dead that observed the final harvest by the slaughtering veggie seeds — collards of animals for winter food and the making of bone-fires after and ever-popular kale. public feasting (the bones of animals were tossed into the fire As the month proas offerings for healthy stock in the New Year), the origin of ceeds, plant flowering bulbs the modern word “bonfire.” Empty chairs were set by the — tulips, daffodils and alliums. hearth for unseen visitors and fresh apples were buried by After killing frost, judiciously the roadside for wandering or lost souls. Any crops left in the prune shrubs of dead wood. field were considered taboo and also left for hungry spirits. Mow lawn a final time, apply an Candles were left in windows and in hollowed-out turnips organic winter fertilizer, and rake up all remainto guide departed ancestors safely home, especially on the ing dead leaves. night of the 31st, when the veil between the worlds of the Clean and oil garden tools. Drain and store living and dead was believed to be its thinnest. lawn mower and other garden machinery. On Old Hallowmas, traveling after dark was not advised Take a long walk through the neighborhood — which is why people dressed in white or donned costumes and enjoy the summer’s last show of color. to hide their identity from revengeful or prankish spirits. AndSandhills here you thought PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the � � � � � � � it � �was � � � all � � �about � � � � �the � � �candy. � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � October 2013 73


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October 1

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AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 4:30 p.m. Lucy Daniels with Walking With Will. Stories based on her grandson Will. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www. thecountrybookshop.biz.

October 2

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Loosen Up: Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor” with Sandy Scott. This class will focus on painting loose, and wet-in-wet. Cost: $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

October 3

KITCHENS AND MOORE TOUR. 10 a.m. The homes on the tour are beautiful homes with each home offering their uniqueness in design and interiors. Tickets: $25; $30/day of.

ART LECTURE. 12 – 1 p.m. Noon Muse. “Put craftsmanship back in your artwork: what you paint on,” with Harry Neely. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

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Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

Washington St., Rockingham. Information: (910) 895-4027.

FIRST FRIDAY. 5 – 8:30 p.m. music by the dirt-road folk singer Sean Hayes. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and the family. The grassy knoll adjacent the Sunrise Theater. Info: (910) 692-8501.

MEET THE ARTIST. 12 – 3 p.m. Diane Kraudelt. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or www. hollyhocksartgalleyr.com.

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JAZZ SHOW. 8 p.m. Featuring Latin Jazz All Star, Ray Vega with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. Prior to the show Vega will present a free lecture on the history of Latin Jazz at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15; $10/student. Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Info: (919) 774-4155 or www.templeshows.com.

October 5 AUTUMNFEST. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Will feature crafts, concessions, local entertainment, youth activities, and foot races: l mile fun run/walk and 5K run. Booths are available. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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‘HOLY SMOKE’ BBQ & MUSIC FESTIVAL. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Family fun day features a variety of live music, BBQ and hot dogs, bounce house and kids games, vendor area. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair and stay. First United Methodist Church, 410 E.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate our North Carolina agriculture and lifestyle with a fun-filled day in our Heritage Garden. Vendors, demonstrations, storytelling by Gran’daddy Junebug and music by The Parsons. Cape Fear Botanical Gardens,

ABERDEEN FEAR FACTORY. 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Largest indoor haunted house in North Carolina, over 21,000 sq feet of industrial strength horror! Tickets: $20. 10570 NC Hwy 211 East, Aberdeen. Info: www.aberdeenfearfactory.com.

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Pastel on Sanded Paper” with Betty Hendrix. Learn to develop a strong pastel painting using sanded paper. Cost: $50. Artists League of the


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WEYMOUTH WOODS PROGRAM. 3 p.m. Old Growth Hike. Meet the oldest known longleaf pine in the world! Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. Meet at the park visitor center, and then carpool 4 miles over to the Boyd Tract. 1024 Ft. Bragg Rd. Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov.

ART OPENING. 4 – 6 p.m. Opening Reception for “Wet and Wild,” exhibition of watercolors of Deane Billings, Michelle Satterfield, and Caroline Love. Exhibition and sale continues through October 31. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Bruce Molsky, Joe Newberry Masters of old time. Fiddle, banjo, guitar and mighty fine singing. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944- 7502 or www.theroosterswife.org.

October 7

BUSINESS MIXER. 5 – 7:30 p.m. Connect and network with other business owners and professionals. In partnership with the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. National Golf Club. One Royal Troon Drive, Pinehurst. Info: events.constantcontact.com.


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6 – 8 p.m. The Moore County Community Foundation is holding the Man and Woman of the Year 2013 awards. Pidgie Chapman and Ted Taws will be honored. Country Club of North Carolina. RSVP by October 11th. Info: Pam Wase, (910) 692-6222.

October 7—8

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Discovering Depth and Volume” with Harry Neely. Add depth and volume to your paintings by studying methods of Flemish masters. Cost: $100. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www. artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

October 8

RUTH PAULEY LECTURE SERIES. 7:30 p.m. “Churches in Crisis: The Future of Christianity in America” will be addressed by Dr. Christopher Evans. His talk will give compelling insights into the growing crisis facing mainstream religion in the 21st Century. Free and open to the public. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College. Info: (910) 295-3819.

October 9

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Abstract Watercolor on Yupo” with Sandy Scott. Learn about the playful way watercolor moves on Yupo to create abstract paintings with exciting color and unusual images. Cost: $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.


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ART LECTURE. 12 – 1 p.m. Noon Muse. “Put craftsmanship back in your artwork: the mystery of mediums,” with Harry Neely. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

HARVEST THE PROMISE. 6 p.m. Family Promise of Moore County is holding it’s 6th annual event. Enjoy signature dishes from some of our area’s best restaurants and bid on exciting live and silent auction items. Tickets: $50. Fair Barn, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 944-7149.

October 11

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Colored Pencil for Beginners” with Betty Hendrix. A class for anyone wishing to try colored pencils for the first time. Cost: $55. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 p.m. Monsters University. Rated PG. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

October 12

ANNIE OAKLEY BOOM DAYS. The 5th Annual Annie Oakley Boom Days returns to the Pinehurst Harness Track. Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at gate. Info: (910) 687-0377.

SHAW HOUSE FAIR OF COLLECTIBLES. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the



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MEET THE ARTIST. 12 – 3 p.m. Carol Rotter. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or www. hollyhocksartgalleyr.com.

ARTOBERFEST. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Arts Council of Moore County presents a beer tasting that lets locally made potters mugs. Tickets: 45; $40/ACMC members. The Campbell House. Info: (910) 692-4356.

October 13

WEYMOUTH WOODS PROGRAM. 3 p.m. Wildlife Pantry. Local examples of seeds fruits nuts and other plant parts which are utilized by native wildlife will be examined during the program and walk along some of the trails at Weymouth Woods. 1024 Ft. Bragg Rd. Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www. ncparks.gov.

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. James Moors and Kort McCumber bring a little blues, some bluegrass, a little smokey hills, and a skosh of celtic Angela Easterling returns to the Spot with new songs and the masterful Brandon Turner on guitar. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets


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October 14

SANDHILLS PHOTO CLUB MEETING. 7 p.m. Member Competition: Open Print Optimized. Guests welcome. Hannah Center Theater at The O’Neal School, Southern Pines. Info: www.sandhillsphotoclub.org.

October 14—15

ART CLASS. 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Watercolor-Charcoal-Pastel Portraits” with Irene Dobson. A class for anyone wishing to try colored pencils for the first time. Cost: $70. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

October 15

Table on the Green, Midland Country Club. Reservations required. Info: (910) 944-9611.

692-3211 or www.thecountrybookshop.biz.

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5 p.m. John A. Blackburn with Healthy Stables by Design: A Common Sense Approach to the Health and Safety of Horses. The large-scale, coffee-table book features vivid photography of Blackburn’s equestrian projects. All author profits will be donated to Equine Charities. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www. thecountrybookshop.biz.

GEMS OF NAPA VALLEY. 6 – 8 p.m. A benefit for the Companion Animal Clinic. Heavy h’dourves. Tickets: $30. Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, 241 NE Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: www.companionanimalclinic.org.

SEMINAR. 6 – 9p.m. Marketing. The program will include basic rules and concepts for marketing to help people successfully market their businesses. Sandhills Community College. 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3980.

WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH MEETING. 2 p.m. James Boyd Book Club. “More Shapes Than One,” stories by Fred Chappell. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or www. weymouthcenter.org.

October 16

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING. Luncheon and meeting. “Neighbors feeding neighbors” is a guiding principle of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative. Representatives from the group will speak. Everyone is welcome to learn more about this important local enterprise. Cost: $12.

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Pastel Animals and Birds” with Betty Hendrix. Cost: $50. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www. artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979. AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5 p.m. Jo Maeder with Opposites Attack and When I Married My Mother. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910)


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October 17 ART LECTURE. 12 – 1 p.m. Noon Muse. “Put craftsmanship back in your artwork: the paints on your palette,” with Harry Neely. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

October 18

boutique with handmade items, antique quilt display, demonstrations. Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash Street, Sanford. Info: (919) 499-0453 or www.heartsandhandsnc.org.

October 19

FALL PLANT SALE. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Sandhills Horticultural Society and Student Horticultural Club Fall Plant Sale. Woody plants (azaleas, hollies, camellias), perennials, daffodils, pansies and spring flowering bulbs will be available. Steed Hall, Sandhills Community College. Info/pre-order: (910) 246-4959.

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Colored Pencil Grisaille” with Betty Hendrix. Cost: $50. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: www.artistleague.org or (910) 944-3979.

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5:30 p.m. Carrie Morey with Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Heirloom Recipes from Our Family Kitchen. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www.thecountrybookshop.biz.

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Fall Concert at the Garden. 7 p.m. A family-friendly outdoor concert featuring a jazz quintet from Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performing a Benny Goodman Tribute. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, food vendors on site. Tickets: $8, free/members free; regular admission for non-members. Info: (910) 486.0221 or www.capefearbg.org.

October 18—19

QUILT SHOW. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. Over 100 Quilts with vendor booths, raffle baskets, door prizes,



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WINE TASTING & RAFFLE. 12 – 3 p.m. Benefit for Habitat for Humanity. Celebrating World Habitat Day on October 1 and our 25th anniversary serving the North Carolina Sandhills. Triangle Wine Company, Southern Pines. Info: www.sandhillshabitat.org. MEET THE ARTIST. 12 – 3 p.m. Jane Casnellie. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or www. hollyhocksartgalleyr.com.

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 4 p.m. Sandra Gutierrez with Latin American Street Food and The New Southern Latino Table. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www. thecountrybookshop.biz.

October 20

HORSE FARM TOUR. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. A self-guided, relaxing daytrip to the top


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FARMERS MARKET Food Demonstration by Ashten’s Saturday, October 19th 9:30 to 11:30am

Tomatoes, Fruits, Veggies, Chicken, Jams, Meats, Flowers & Plants, Baked Goods, Prepared Foods, Crafts, Goat Cheese, Winter Squash, Broccoli, Apples, Pumpkins, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Greens Mondays- FirstHealth (Fitness Center) Facility courtesy of First Health 170 Memorial Dr • Pinehurst 2pm-5:30pm Will be open through October 28th

OpenYearRound•Thursdays- 604W.MorgantonRd (Armory Sports Complex) Facility courtesy of Town of Southern Pines Southern Pines 9am-1pm

Saturdays - Downtown Southern Pines Facility courtesy of Town of Southern Pines Broad St & New York Ave 8am-Noon Will be open October 26th Callthrough 947-3752

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ca l e n da r horse farms of the Sandhills. Proceeds benefit Prancing Horse Therapeutic Riding Center. Tickets: $20; $25/day of tour; free/ children under 12. No pets. Info: (910) 235-0365 or www. prancing-horse.org.

MUSIC AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. Weymouth welcomes the Symphony Wind Quintet. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or www. weymouthcenter.org.

WEYMOUTH WOODS PROGRAM. 3 p.m. Paint Hill Hike. Take this opportunity to hike on another piece of Weymouth Woods property, the Paint Hill tract, and discover some new trails. 1024 Ft. Bragg Rd. Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov.

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Creole Stomp travels the country. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944- 7502 or www.theroosterswife.org.

October 21

WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH MEETING. 9:30 a.m. Rick Smith of Sandhills Community College will speak on “The Connection between Weymouth and SCC.” Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or www.weymouthcenter.org.

October 22

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CoolSweats Gentlemen’s Corner The Faded Rose The Village Fox Boutique

SEMINAR. 6 – 9p.m. Networking for Success. Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3980.

October 25

Fall Concert at the Garden. 7 p.m. A familyfriendly outdoor concert featuring musicians from Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performing “Dancing Strings” conducted by Maestro Fouad Fakhouri. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, food vendors on site. Tickets: $8, free/members free; regular admission for non-members. Info: (910) 486.0221 or www.capefearbg.org.

October 26


Eye Max Optical Boutique Green Gate Gourmet Green Gate Olive Oils The Potpourri Old Sport & Gallery Tesoro Home Decor & Gifts

Salons & Spas

Elaine’s Hairdressers

HABITAT OPEN HOUSE. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Habitat for Humanity’s 25th anniversary in the Sandhills. There will be live music by Ronnie Lee, refreshments and a tour of a nearly-completed house in our latest development, Midway Gardens. Free and open to the public. Info: www.sandhillshabitat.org.

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MEET THE ARTIST. 12 – 3 p.m. Jane Casnellie. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or www.hollyhocksartgalleyr.com. PRETTY PUMPKINS WORKSHOP. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Learn how to carve silhouettes making the traditional jack-olantern carving come alive, or take in ideas to create fun and festive painted pumpkins.Cost: $35/member; $40/non-member. Registration required by Oct. 21. Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or www.capefearbg.org.

SPOOKTACLUAR HALLOWEEN GALA. 7–10 p.m. Benefit for the Companion Animal Clinic Foundation. Dinner, dance, costumes and karaoke. Tickets: $45/advance; $50/door. Fair Barn, Pinehurst. Info: www.companionanimalclinic.org.

October 27

Restaurants & Inns Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe


Village of Pinehurst Rentals & Golf

WEYMOUTH WOODS PROGRAM. 3 p.m. Naturally Scary Stuff. Folklore about plants and animals find their way into our imagination. Join the Park Ranger in the auditorium for an interesting program, followed by a short hike. 1024 Ft. Bragg Rd. Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov.

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Mike Farris makes you feel excited, delighted and love with his message of early American blues and gospel. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944- 7502 or www. theroosterswife.org.

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SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Natural History of Raft Swamp Farms will be presented by Jackie and Louie Hough. Visitors Welcome. Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Ft. Bragg Rd, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.sandhillsnature.org.

October 29

HALLOWEEN. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 10 years and under! Spook, rattle, and haunt with the scariest of all. Cute pumpkins and snarling witches are invited to join us for a hauntingly good time featuring: edible crafts, games, Halloween bingo, and flashlight egg hunt and more. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

SEMINAR. 6 – 9p.m. Email Marketing. This program will include a live demonstration on how to create effective emails. Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3980.

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October 30

RUTH PAULEY LECTURE SERIES. 7:30 p.m. “National Implications of Military Leadership” will be discussed by Brig. General Rhonda Cornum, Ph.D., MD. Cornum will discuss the quickly changing role of the military in the post-Afghanistan Era. Free and open to the public. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College. Info: (910) 295-3819.

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MOVING DAY. 9 a.m. A fund raiser for the National Parkinson Foundation. Includes food, bluegrass, and exhibitor tables. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary. Info: www. parkinson.org.

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MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 2 – 5:30 p.m. FirstHealth Fitness Center, 170 Memorial Dr., Pinehurst. LIVE MUSIC AT CIRCLE M CITY. 7 p.m. Gather at the wild west town’s free music event. 74 Cowboy Lane, Sanford. Info: (919) 499-8493.


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


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SANDHILLS FARMERS GREEN MARKET. 3 – 6 p.m. Cannon Park, intersection of Rattlesnake Drive and Woods Road, Pinehurst. Info: sandhillsfarmersmarket.com. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4 p.m. Infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.


MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Armory Sports Complex, 604 West Morganton Road, Southern Pines.


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

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MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. SANDHILLS FARMERS GREEN MARKET. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Village Green, Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: sandhillsfarmersmarket.com. FREE WINE TASTING. 12 – 4 p.m. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775. CRAFTS & BOOK SWAP AT THE LIBRARY. Bring the books your children have outgrown and swap them for new books for them to enjoy. Each Saturday a different craft will be featured. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.


NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 3 p.m. Join a Park Ranger for a program to learn more about the critters and plants that live in our magnificent longleaf pine forest. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

Art Galleries ABOUT ART GALLERY inside The Market Place Midland Bistro Building, 2160 Midland Road, Pinehurst. The gallery features local artists. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (910) 215-596. ART NUTZ AND RAVEN POTTERY, 125 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Come see the potter at work. Features art, pottery from local potters, handmade jewelry, glass and more. MondaySaturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 695-1555, www.ravenpottery.com. Artist GAlleRy OF SOUTHERN PINES, 167 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Features art and fine crafts from more than 60 North Carolina artists. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 692-6077. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St. in historic Aberdeen. Exhibit hours are noon – 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. Broadhurst Gallery, 2212 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Showcases works by nationally recognized artists such as Louis St. Lewis, Lula Smith, Shawn Morin, Rachel Clearfield, Judy Cox and Jason Craighead. Meet-the-artist opportunities available. Monday-Friday (closed Wednesday), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m & special appointments. (910) 295-4817, www.broadhurstgallery.com. The Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and every third weekend of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. (910) 692-4356, www. mooreart.org. The Downtown Gallery inside Cup of Flow, 115 NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Ever-changing array of local and regional art, pottery and other handmade items. (910) 693-1999. Exchange Street Gallery, Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street in historic Aberdeen. “It’s Southern, Ya’ll,” works of Pat McMahon and Betty DiBartolomeo. September 2-28. Regular hours noon to 3:00, Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. The Gallery at Seven Lakes at the St. Mary Magdalene building, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive. Just nine miles from the Pinehurst Traffic Circle up 211, this gallery is dedicated to local artists. WednesdayThursday 1 – 4 p.m. Hastings Gallery in the Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Gallery hours are MondayThursday 7:45 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. HOLLYHOCKS ART GALLERY, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Features artwork by local award winning artists, Phyllis Andrews, Betty DiBartolomeo, Equine Sculptor Morgen Kilbourn, Diane Kraudelt, Carol Rotter and artist/owner, Jane Casnellie. Monday-

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cA l e n dA r Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (910) 255-0665, www.hollyhocksartgallery.com. Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour, 21 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Features local artist Jude Winkley’s original oil paintings. Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 255-0100, www.ladybedfords.com. The Old Silk Route, 113 West Main St., Aberdeen. Specializes in Asian original art, including silk paintings, tapestries, Buddhist Thangkas and Indian paper miniatures. Monday, ThursdaySaturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 295-2055. Seagrove Candle Company, 116 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Showcases art of the Sandhills and Seagrove area. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (910) 695-0029. SKY Art Gallery, 602 Magnolia Dr., Aberdeen. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 944-9440, www.skyartgallery.com. Studio 590 by the pond in Dowd Cabin, 590 Dowd Circle, Pinehurst. This historic log cabin is the working studio and gallery of artists Betty DiBartolomeo and Harry Neely. Fine oil paintings, commissions and instruction. (910) 639-9404. White Hill Gallery, 407 U.S. 15-501, Carthage, offers a variety of pottery. (910) 947-6100.

Nature Centers Sandhills Horticultural Gardens (32 acres of gardens). The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens are handicapped-accessible. Daylight hours year-round. (910) 695-3882. Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (898 acres). 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. (910) 692-2167.

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House in the Horseshoe. Open year-round. Hours vary. 288 Alston House Road (10 miles north of Carthage), Sanford. (910) 947-2051. Malcolm Blue Farm and Museum. 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. (910) 944-7558 or (910) 603-2739. North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., MondayFriday, at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. (910) 692-6261. Shaw House Property. Open 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. (910) 692-2051. Tufts Archives. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. (910) 295-3642. Union Station. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located in downtown Aberdeen. (910) 944-5902. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange Log Cabin Open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (910) 295-4677.


To add an event, email us at pinestraw@thepilot.com by the first of the month prior to the event. Or go to www.thepilot.com and add the event to our online calendar.

Bethesda Church and Cemetery. Guided tours for groups by appointment. 1020 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. (910) 944-1319. Bryant House and McLendon Cabin. Tours by appointment. (910)

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Carthage Historical Museum. Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Located at Rockingham and Saunders streets, Carthage. (910) 947-2331.

VILLAGE ARBORETUM. 35 acres of land adjoining the Village Hall on Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. (910) 295-1900.

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Moore County Chamber “Culinary Showcase” Sunday, September 1, 2013 Photographs by Al and Annette Daniels

Wendy & Mike Ferrell, Joanne Gulnac

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Women’s Care Center We Treat the Changing Needs of Women of All Ages William M. Johnstone, Jr., M.D., FACOG, FACS Stephen A. Szabo, M.D., FACOG, FACS William V. Terry, M.D., FACOG Angela M. Walling, FNP-BC Tracey Phillips, FNP-BC

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Moore County Kennel Club of N.C. September 14 & 15, 2013 Photographs by Jeanne Paine

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Semi-annual Sale Fall Sale Winter Sale Spring Sale Summer Sale Holiday Sale

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Their Second Favorite Day of the Year By Geoff Cutler

If you asked our kids, they’d probably say

that next to Christmas, Halloween was their favorite holiday. That’s probably not too uncommon for most kids. After all, on what other two holidays do children get exactly what they want out of life? Wrapped boxes full of free loot one day, and bags full of candy on the other. Our kids have been gone from home for quite a while, and like so many other instances for parents who have had children grow up and move out, Halloween has become just another poignant reminder of an empty nest. I remember, though, the way it was.

My son, Will, loved trucks. No . . . he really loved trucks. Probably because I drove one at work every day. Sometimes I’d take him along with me. Strapped into his child seat, he rode high in the cab, where he could look out the windows and see everything going on Will Cutler outside. I’d cinch the adjustable hard hat down to tiny head size, and he’d wear that as well. On Saturdays, we’d go to the dump and drop a load of chips. He liked that the best. At night, before bed, he’d line up all his toy trucks from big to small and place them fronts-forward to his bed so he could see them as he nodded off to sleep. Not too surprising then that on his first dress-up Halloween, he said he wanted to go as a truck. A “backker truck,” he called it, “just like the one you dwive, Daddy.” Going as a truck presented certain problems for us, his parents. Most stores didn’t have truck costumes. So we painted a cardboard box with wheels on the sides, a grill, windshield, bumper and headlights on the front, and doors, taillights, another bumper, and a license plate on the rear. The vanity plate read: “Will.” We hung the truck box on him by cutting holes for his head and arms, and off we went. He went trick-or-treating as a truck for three years. On the third Halloween, he wanted his little sister attached behind him as the woodchipper trailer. She refused, saying she wanted to go as a bumblebee.

After we moved here, Halloween just got better for them. Our neighborhood was chocker-block full of kids back then. And the beauty of it was that living in a subdivision, we could let them out by themselves, reasonably sure that they’d be safe. That they’d be able to roam the few streets and culde-sacs without fear of speeding cars or . . . or . . . There I go with the social commentary. Sorry! Where was I? Right . . . roam the streets of our safe little neighborhood and come home again, rosy red cheeks, big smiles, and bags full of candy. They’d go out in a pack so when they got to your door, there could be ten of them holding out their bags. When the last of them had emptied your bowl and turned back to the street, you’d see our dog, Allie, dressed in a Southern Pines Parks and Recreation basketball shirt, waiting patiently to escort them off to the next house. Along the route, the children would pass the “witch’s” house; set back from the road amid tall pines that had never been cleared. Only dim light could be seen from the small paned windows, and on Halloween nights when the breezes blew through those pines, it was extra-creepy for the kids, who rushed by as fast as their little legs would take them. By then they knew the time had come. Because each year, somewhere in the vicinity of the “witch’s” house, when the little ones were ripe with fear, blood-curdling screams pierced the night, and the older neighborhood kids, dressed as vampires, werewolves and ghosts, sprang from the woods to block their path. As our kids grew, that ritual continued. Only it was they who would spring from the woods, scaring the little ones witless, somewhere close by the “witch’s” house. Those days are gone. We pass out candy to kids we don’t recognize. Without our own coming home, bags stuffed with excitement, it’s not quite the same. In those first years after the kids had gone, and the doorbell would ring, Allie would struggle to get up from her bed, and shuffle over to greet the trick-or-treaters on arthritic legs. She’d wag her tail at the Cinderellas, goblins and ghosts. We felt sure she knew exactly what night it was, and that just maybe, these children would take her with them, just as ours had for so many years. When we closed the door behind the children, she padded back to bed, lay down, and let out a long, sad sigh. PS Geoff Cutler is owner of Cutler Tree LLC in Southern Pines. He is a regular contributor to PineStraw. He can be reached at geoffcutler@embarqmail.com.

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$5.00 per person for either maze or hay ride $10.00 per person for maze and hay ride School & Church Groups Welcome! Group Rate = $8.00 per person (includes maze & hay ride) Located beside Kalawi Farm & Ben’s Ice Cream in Eagle Springs on Highway 211 Call 910-690-8303 for more information or to schedule your group

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Halloween bags, decorations, home decor and more. Lots of $1 items. Fall scrubs and t- shirts A variety of brands Landau, Dickies, Cherokee & many more. New lower prices on Grey’s Anatomy sets only $19.00. Great variety of fishing supplies! Flags for ever y day and ever y occasion at great low prices. Melissa and Doug educational toys. Just arrived Beautiful scar ves & Fall/Winter clothing. October is breast cancer awareness month. Come to White Star for breast cancer awareness scrubs and lots of merchandise. White Star has a huge variety of items so stop in & check us out.


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By Astrid Stellanova

New Love, Old Story

The stars finally aligned for me in the love department, Sweet Things. His name is a mouthful: Augustus Beauregard Shackleford III. Bowling buddies call him Gus, but to me he’s Beau. He’s still got most of his red hair, his own teeth and freckles. He used to have good eyesight, but he ain’t now, ’cause he thinks yours truly looks this good without trying. Anyhow, we met up on Facebook when I posted this want ad for a telepath: “You know where to apply.” Best of all is Gus can’t sneak off without getting caught, ’cause of them flashing rims on his Eldorado. All Miss Astrid can say about Beau and his ride is, “Yum, yum, eat em up!” Libra (September 23-October 22) It has been a trying time, and you have been sorely tested at work. Your main coping strategy has been to self-medicate. A six-pack is not a strategy. Listen here, when we had to cremate Great Grandpa Hornblower, bless his heart, he had drunk so much Blatz he burned for two days. There’s a resolution coming you just couldn’t have guessed, so hang onto your boxer shorts and deal. You are coming into your own and your due, at last! Before you’ve blown the candles out on the birthday cake, you’ll have a big old smile on your face that won’t quit till Christmas. The best days to have your cake and eat it too: the 11th, 19th and 29th. Scorpio (October 23-November 21) OK, Beau says if you drive like a bat outta hell, you bound to get there. And he oughta know. Your perpetual bad mood is about to lift. There’s a check coming you didn’t expect. Time to finally take them skydiving lessons you always dreamed about. There’s a change-of-life lesson coming your way which involves a tank of gas and an itch to hit the open road. Do it. Or at least, back out of the driveway and go around the block and live a little, Darlin’. A confluence on the 12th is in your favor but use your side mirrors, Rambo. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) You got blinders on when it comes to recognizing your best traits. You’re entitled to more than you ask for, Honey Bun, and you are loyal to a fault. My brother was a good-looking Sagittarius, and when he got called up during ’Nam, he had a girlfriend so scary looking he couldn’t take her to a dog fight for fear she would win it. But he stuck by her. She, on the other hand, sent him a Dear John before he ever shipped outta Camp Lejeune. When you experience a major upheaval early this month, it will lead to eventually re-thinking a lot of your life plans. By the 16th, things are going to look Windex-clear. Capricorn (December 22-January 19) If your lifetime goal is to own a complete set of Pez dispensers, then you have already achieved something. On the other hand, time is a-wasting if you meant to have children or get a medical degree. Did you ever look up the word “procrastinator”? A planetary alignment around the 20th will mean it is time to get off the porch and run with the big dogs. If Antiques Roadshow comes to town, just sell them dispenser toys, honey, and get your money back so you can go to Phoenix University. And go ahead and become a computer geek, or a mammogram technician like you always dreamed. Late month will make that, and other things, a possibility. Aquarius (January 20-February 18) The thing is, you’ve been frustrated and broke lately. Get in line, Sugar. If you gotta borrow money, my mama always told me to make sure to get a loan from a pessimist, ’cause they don’t expect it back anyhow. Your financial fortunes will change, thanks to an interplanetary shift on the 7th that will have your pockets full and your mind empty. (Or vice versa. I get confused sometimes.) Mama also said money can’t buy happiness. But, even you spiritual types know scratch is kinda like a Fudgsicle or a stick of gum: They sure can make misery a lot easier to handle. After the first of the month, all is settled. Pisces (February 19-March 20) This month, you’re kinda like a hooker winning the lottery. Between your sex drive and your sense of humor, you’ve got something to share with near about everybody. By the 15th, you meet someone who will be a big influence on your future. Around the middle of the month, you find either a Mr. Right

Now or Mr. Right All the Time. Take it from Miss Astrid, Facebook is a good place to troll. (What did we do with our days before Facebook? Bale wheat? Hoe cotton? Chew gum and cuss? Honey, the day I met Beau I spent about fourteen straight hours on FB in a kinda like blur.) Aries (March 21-April 19) Beau said things didn’t work out with his first wife because he’s an Aries and she was a — well, it ain’t actually an astrological sign or a nice word, but it rhymes with itch. But when she left him he was so miserable without her, it was about as bad as when she was still there. Honey, this is October, when you figure out that you are never too old to learn something really and truly stupid. With a convergence in your sign this month, you have a chance to learn from your past. But I’ve got a Chinese fortune cookie that says, “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” Take a reality check mid-month, and enjoy the 22nd through the 25th. Taurus (April 20-May 20) You’re just like my AA sponsor, who claims they used to drink just to make other people interesting. It’s going to get more interesting, trust me. The 3rd through the 7th are pretty crazy-making. When an old love shows up this month, buy the negatives no matter what she asks for them. Just saying you got some long-buried things in your past erupting now, and you gotta deal with them. You got a rocky road the first half of the month, then you find resolution if you can do this one thing: Just. Shut. Up. Especially on the 28th and the 29th. My mama says a wise man covers his ass, but a wiser one keeps his pants on — does that ring true for you, Raging Bull? Gemini (May 21-June 20) The Twin has got some complicating factors coming into play. Feel confused? Hey, this is Be Nice to Somebody Month. Try it. By the 25th, you get big news from somebody who is important. At least to you. If you thought things were going better, you musta overlooked something, Sugar. Astrologically, you got some fence-mending to do. Before a planetary shift resolves next month, you might want to say “Sorry.” Heck fire, say it twice because at the first and last of the month, you will step on some toes. Again. Cancer (June 21-July 22) The truth for you, Crab Cakes, is just like Beau’s bumper sticker: “Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost.” (Or is it the other one: “Warning: in the Event of the Rapture, This Vehicle Will Become Unmanned”?) Anyhow, you might be on the right road, but until the 9th you got no clue where you’re headed or what county you’re in. Ever think about surrendering your license? Until a planetary flux resolves, you might as well just lie low. My fortune cookie says, “He who stands on toilet is high on pot.” No matter how high you feel by the end of the month, don’t take on too much. Leo (July 23-August 22) Trying to control a Leo is like betting you can quit gambling. Honey Child, you still think that making mistakes is fine if somebody else is willing to learn from them. This month, you have an astrological hiccup in your star sign on the 15th that is going to make you question your own sanity. Which is possibly going to make you a better human being when it all really goes down. When you realize that honesty is good but insanity is the best defense, it could be useful to share your past with your public defender. Otherwise, count your lucky stars till the 22nd. Virgo (August 23-September 22) This is a perfect time to get back in shape after all that birthday cake, Sweet Thing. I know, round is a shape, but that ain’t what I meant. Your stars point to this being a good time to firm up. Your mind could use a little work in that department too. Midmonth is a good time to restrain some of them urges you got. It’s bad luck to be superstitious, but I think you should take this horoscope with you to Weight Watchers. Maybe they’ll give you a discount, or a bumper sticker. Tell ’em at WW that Miss Astrid sent you, and I promise to weigh in next month. OH For years, Astrid Stellanova owned and operated Curl Up and Dye Beauty Salon in the boondocks of North Carolina until arthritic fingers and her popular astrological readings provoked a new career path.

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major nelson and me By GAyvin PoWers

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dreaming of Jeannie; I was dreaming of Larry Hagman. I desperately wanted to be Jeannie, not because of the flowing pink harem pants or magical ability — I had all of those things plus Major Nelson on my speed-dialing Snoopy phone. No, that was too mundane. At the age of six, I wished more than anything to pop out of my enchanted bottle and find Major Nelson devoted to me.

Little did I know how much this mythical man of my childhood would impact my life, one special night, decades later. Throughout my youth, Larry Hagman was a name often heard around the house or seen on T-shirts. When the country was desperate to know “Who shot J.R.?” I was banned from watching Dallas. My mom declared the show too old for my pre-adolescent eyes, as I feverishly pondered who could possibly have it in for Major Nelson. Fast forward to 2006. Finally grown up, I still had a secret penchant for genie-inspired pajamas, but I had long since given up my youthful plight for Larry Hagman. At the time, I was in graduate school, majoring in screenwriting at the American Film Institute (AFI) and made 1916, a short film that was known, at the time, as the most ambitious student film project at AFI. Set in the trenches of World War I, the film showed the effects of shellshock and how humanity and grace can be shown even in war. Who knew that this would bring me closer to my Major Nelson? I felt the magic of wish fulfillment when I wrote 1916. I felt it again when I filled out the Ojai Film Society application — I knew that the award was mine. What I didn’t know at the time was that my very own major, aka Larry Hagman, would be presenting the award to me. When I did find out, my response was more of shellshock than relishing the grandeur of wish fulfillment. Whe the night of the Ojai Film Society Award dinner arrived, and I was not disappointed with my knight in a harvest orange jacket. The choice was bold and striking. I’d expect nothing less from the Major. I set eyes on him: He was older, yes. But he was filled with life — it poured from his eyes. I noticed a bit of mischief. A bit of edge hovered around him — from years of working in the film industry. But genuine warmth that emanated from him.


Any guesses at the first question I asked him? “Who shot J.R.?” Of course. Larry answered, but clearly, he had more important things on his mind, like dinner and chatting with me. The fact that Kristin Shepard shot him was old news. He sidled up next to me for an hour over dinner, asking me about my ambitions, dreams, and plans for the scholarship money. To his disappointment, I planned to use the money to pay bills. I never got to tell him that I used his gift in true Virginia Woolf form, affording myself a room with a view while I wrote Julia Fae, my young adult novel coming out this year. That night, no less than three times, Larry told me he wished I would travel with the money instead. Little did he know that he had a kindred spirit. Prior to marriage, all I needed was a passport and plane ticket. Traveling was my joie de vivre. Once my writing practice took hold, I discovered a world of infinite possibilities where even travel couldn’t take me. During dinner, I met his incredible wife, Maj. In fairness, I think that the word “incredible” may be an understatement. Maj was clearly a woman who was educated, wise beyond her years (practicing green living before it was fashionable), downto-earth and stunningly beautiful in the way a wholesome woman ages. In meeting Maj, I remember thinking that Larry Hagman was not only a lucky man but he was also smart. I imagined that he could have chosen any number of women to marry, and he chose Maj. He chose well. At the ceremony, Larry charmed the crowd and called me up to the stage. I looked out to the crowd and froze. Instantly, I became a writer without words. Words, my constant comfort for so many years, had abandoned me. Suddenly, I remembered all the times that my mind dumped every thought I had when speaking in front of a large group. How could I have forgotten what to say now? Desperately, I turned to the stylish, harvest orange coat walking toward stage right and urgently whispered, “Larry!” While the packed theater watched, Larry followed my beckoning finger to where I asked in hushed tones, “Will you hold my hand?” Without a thought, he smiled and took my hand. “I will.” There was Larry Hagman, who, at that moment, seemed more chivalrous than Major Nelson. Miraculously, he held my hand until I finished my acceptance speech. I got my wish the night of the Ojai Film Society Award. It wasn’t bestowed by Jeannie, in typical genie fashion, with a folding of the arms and head-bob.. It was from Larry Hagman himself. Better and more gracious in person than Jeannie could have conjured. PS Gayvin is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and freelance writer. Iona Fay, her young adult fairy novel, will be coming out soon.

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