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Horse Country: Pristine 60 acre Horse Farm on the Foundation. Custom 3,400sf home, 6-Stall Barn, Dressage Ring, 7-Paddocks with room to grow. Acres of trails await! 3BR/2BA. $2,600,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

CCNC: Expansive one floor living on 9th & 10th holes of

Clarendon Gardens: Originally called “Anchors Aweigh” The home has been restored with every attention to detail. Situated on 3.15 secluded, beautifully landscaped acres. 7BR/6.5BA. $1,250,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Foxfire - Reynwood: Gentleman’s ranch on 18+acres of land. 4BR/3.5BA home with 3-car garage with an upstairs apartment. Pool and Cabana. 3-Stall Barn plus an equipment storage building. $1,150,000 Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

Forest Creek: Golf Front & Completely Furnished. 5BR/5BA, 1,800sf of outdoor entertaining. Full bar & entertainment area with pool table, large flat screen TV. Seller will pay membership initiation fee. $995,000 Beverly Del Giuidice 910.603.9903

Old Town Pinehust: Astonishing & masterful ground-up renovation of the former Rectory House. All new systems throughout! Gourmet kitchen, temperature controlled wine cellar. $995,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Old Town Pinehurst: Stunning “Edgewood Cottage” is a renovated Dutch Colonial loaded with charm and character. Heart pine floors, 4-Frplcs, Sitting Rm off Master Suite. Pool & Pool House. 4BR/4.5BA. NEW PRICE $980,000 Eva Toney 910.638.0972

Fairwoods on 7: Built to green specifications. Overlooking the

Southern Pines: Downtown sophistication in a turn-of-the-

CCNC: Golf Front! Totally renovated home with detail & qual-

CCNC: Golf Front! Spacious home featuring: 4BR/3BA/2HB,

Wemouth Heights: “Buttonwood”, circa 1930, sits on 2.12 ares

ity. Gourmet kitchen has 5-Star Stainless Steel, 6-burner gas stove, island w/butcher block, & granite counters. 4BR/4BA. $799,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Cardinal Course. Elegant, comfortable living or easy for entertaining a crowd. Gourmet kitchen w/Butlers Pantry. 3BR/3.5BA. $1,250,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

2nd & 6th Holes of Fairwoods on #7. Features include maple cabinetry, tiger wood floors, and forged light fixtues & more! 3BR/3BA/2HB. $925,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

hrdwd flrs, 2-car gar, ofc, Carolina Rm, harth rm, dining rm, new stainless appliances! Exterior just painted! Beautiful! $794,500 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

century historic landmark. Restored in 2008 to its origianl Queen Anne Victorian look with painstaking attention to original detals. 2BR/2.5BA. $859,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

of lush grounds. Stunning updated Colonial with 3-fireplaces, wide plank heart pine floors, 10’ceilings & deep mouldings. 4BR/4BA. $758,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

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CCNC: Waterfront, contemporary home situated on 2 lots. Spectacular water views from every room! Dual fireplace between living room & den. Special Home & Private Location! 3BR/3.5BA. $695,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

CCNC - Easy Elegance! Southern charm, impeccable design

Pinewild Country Club: Stunning Golf front home amidst the

Pinemere: Executive Home Across from Lake Pinehurst! on site of the historic Highland Pines Inn. New Kitchen, Filled with amenities & details - high ceilings, deep mouldings, over-sizeed fireplace w/hand-hewn beamed mantel, beamed built-ins, hardwood, Silestone counters & stainless ceiling and paneled walls. Many upgrades! $495,000 appliances, and so much more! 4BR/3.5BA. $469,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

Mid South Club: Golf front home in prestigious gated community has custom features throughout. Split floor plan. Formal & Informal living areas. Screen Porch & Deck. 3BR/2BA. $439,900 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

& a flexible floorplan await the discriminating buyer in this 3BR/3BA CCNC treasure. $539,000 Susan Ulrich 910.603.4757 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

Weymouth Heights: Charming 4BR/3.5BA cottage located

tree tops. Bring the outdoors in…light & bright! Beautiful golf course vistas. Impeccable! 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths. PCC Option available. $529,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

7 Lakes West: Build your waterfront dream home on Lake Auman! Spectacular 180 degree, BIG water views. Bulkhead, 2-Docks with a boat lift, and swim ladder in place. Great location! $370,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

3 Years New - Craftsman Home: Wonderful family home with 4BR/3.5BA, open flr plan with huge kitchen, hardwood, stone fireplace, 1st floor master suite, screened porch! $359,900 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

CCNC Villa: Live well & entertain in ease! Spacious, great floor plan, lots of windows view stunning landscaping & Lake Watson. Watch sunsets from under the deck’s awnings. 3BR/2BA/2HB. $349,500 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

7 Lakes West: Outstanding floorplan & beautifully maintained! All brick, single level home with basement. Private lot with circular drive & over-sized 2-car garage. 4BR/3BA. $349,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

Pinehurst: Outstanding Golf Front Views in Pinehurst #6! Inviting design with many sought-after upgrades including granite & hardwood. Great location! 3BR/2BA. $309,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

CCNC - Home with a Pool: Wonderful family home with 4BR/4.5BA, formal rooms, huge kitchen, family room w/seethrough stone fireplace, 1st floor master, pool, 3-car garage! $797,500 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

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The first round after a great round starts here. The Ryder Cup Lounge Just off the porch of the historic Carolina Hotel, the Ryder Cup offers a generous selection of draft beers, scotch and bourbon as well as a mouth-watering menu with everything from Jumbo Lump Crabcake Sliders to Backyard Rib Stacks. So after your last putt drops, pick up a glass at the Ryder Cup.

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Pinehurst. Residence on 1.72 acres flanked by 2nd and 6th holes of the Cardinal Course. Magnificently remodeled in 2009. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, two fireplaces, stunning pool. $1,250,000

Gracious living in this custom-built brick Georgian home on 5 acres wrapped by 6th and 14th holes of Cardinal Course. Built in 1998, 5913 sq. ft. 4 BR, 4.5 BA, 3 car garage. $1,695,000 NEW LISTING

Golf Front • 800 Lake Dornoch • CCNC

Golf & Lake Front • 12 Masters Ridge • Mid South Club

Pinehurst. Residence on 5 acres overlooking Cardinal Course, 6500 Sq Ft, built in 1998. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 half baths, 10 ft. ceilings, main floor master. $1,475,000

Southern Pines. Residence built in 2005 blends current design with European architecture. 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, over 7000 Sq Ft on 1.15 acres overlooking 18th hole. Pool. $1,475,000

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Birdwood Cottage • 130 Highland Road • Weymouth

1920’s cottage on 1.68 acres near downtown Southern Pines. Offering features a 3 bedroom residence, one bedroom guest house, pool and cabana, and two story garage apartment. $899,000

Southern Pines. French Country cottage built in 1924 on 1.2 acres in prestigious Weymouth Heights neighborhood. 4196 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, new kitchen. $875,000

Foxwood Hill Farm • 425 Jackson Springs Road

Golf Front at Pinewild Country Club • 13 Kilbride Drive

Beautifully sited on 12.4 private acres. Built 2003, 4 BR, 3.5 BA, screened porch, open floor plan. Custom built brick residence on elevated lot overlooking the par 3 third hole of Magnolia Course. Built Separate carriage house 1 BR, 1 BA with paneled walls, fireplace, kitchen. $595,000 NEW LISTING in 2005, 3 BR, 2 BA, screened porch, open floor plan, many upgrades. $450,000. NEW LISTING PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2014 5

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Stunning golf front home located on one of the prime lots overlooking the 10th green in Mid South Club. Absolutely pristine with beautiful custom details throughout! Gourmet kitchen opens onto a charming keeping room with a fireplace and lovely golf views. Inviting patio area - perfect for entertaining! 4 BR / 4.5 BA 28 Plantation Drive





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“Rosemary’s Lodge” Gorgeous home in the Village of Pinehurst. This home was taken down to the foundation and completely rebuilt and expanded by Joe Ussery in 2005. The very best of both worlds - location in the Village and up to date renovations that honor the style and period of the original. 4 BR / 3.5 BA 50 Orange Road



$258.000 $179,000 Southern Pines Pinehurst $199,900 Foxfire Lovely and pristine in Longleaf CC Lovely updated golf-front home Cute cottage w/nice renovations 3 BR / 2 BA 3 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 4.5 BA www.205HunterTrail.com www.4DogwoodCourt.com www.17ChestnutLane.com

Exquisite townhome right in the heart of the Village. This gorgeous second floor home is easily accessed by elevator and enjoys private views of downtown Pinehurst shaded by huge oak trees. Completely renovated with deep crown molding, hardwood floors, state of the art kitchen and much more. High ceilings and oversized windows give a wonderful open feel to the floor plan. 3 BR / 2.5 BA 155 Everette Road Pinehurst $75,000 Pinehurst



Gorgeous custom home sits high on a hill overlooking the 15th green at Mid-South Club. Upscale details range from wide planked hardwood floors throughout the house to the deep crown moldings in every room. Elegant and spacious master bedroom and bath suite, media room with high definition projection system with theater screen and seating, oversized covered patio area & 3 car garage.4 BR / 3.5 BA 225 Kings Ridge Court



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

This lovely brick home located in the gated community of Mid South Club has wonderful architectural design with lots of upscale extras and built-ins. The home has been immaculately kept and shows like new! Spacious rooms with lots of light make the interior very appealing. Private back yard features separate screened porch - perfect for entertaining! 3 BR / 3 BA 27 Plantation Drive

Absolutely gorgeous custom golf front home! Built by Step One, one of the area’s finest builders, this home offers elegant style and gracious amenities. Floor plan is perfect for entertaining with a center great room with vaulted ceilings, stacked stone fireplace, built-in entertainment unit, recessed lighting and a custom step down wet bar. Wonderful golf views can be enjoyed from every room in the house! 3 BR / 3.5 BA 27 Barons Drive CC $329,000 $890,000 Longleaf

$449,000 Pinehurst $239,000 CCNC Custom Built Villa Overlooking Water Custom built all brick golf-front home Brick single story w/view of 17th green Covered porch & large fenced lot Updated Immaculate Golf View Condo / 2 BA 4 BR / 4 Full & 2 Half Baths LAKES WEST 3 BR$599,000 3 BR / 2.5 BA 1 BR /WEST 1 BA SEVEN LAKES $325,000 PINEHURST 3 BR / 2.5 BA $545,000 SEVEN www.16SteeplechaseWay.com www.110HearthstoneRoad.com www.8RoyalDornoch.com www.210StAndrewsCondo.com www.1340BurningTreeRoad.com

$1,295,000 $189,000 Pinehurst $269,000 Pinehurst $475,000 Pinebluff 7 Lakes West $635,000 Pinehurst Stunning custom home in Fairwoods on 7 Charming brick ranch home GorgeoustownhomeintheheartoftheVillage Open plan, gourmet kitchen, pool & more! Stunning All Brick Water Front 4 BR / 4 BA & 2 Half BA 3 BR / 2 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 4.5 BA This unique and charming custom home on Lake Auman has a magnificent wide view of This elegant all brick home is located on an oversized, beautifully landscaped lot in Old This beautiful golf front home is located on a private, wooded lot at the end of a cul-de-sac www.170InverraryRoad.com www.145SugarPineDrive.com www.105MastersWay.com www.6HollyHouse.com www.135AndrewsDrive.com open water and a coveted Eastern exposure. The interior is so inviting – bright and open Town/Donald Ross area on one of the prettiest streets in the Village. The completely overlooking a small pond and the 13th green of Beacon Ridge Golf Course. Along with the serene setting, the house has a wonderful floor plan with a large great room with high ceilings and stone fireplace, formal dining room and a beautifully designed kitchen with a large breakfast nook. 4 BR / 3 BA 230 Finch Gate Drive


renovated home features three spacious bedrooms each with its own private bath, formal living room and dining room, cozy family room with fireplace, and a wonderful gourmet kitchen and informal dining area overlooking the very private back yard. 3 BR / 3.5 BA 275 Linden Road




with high ceilings, hardwood floors, beautiful custom kitchen cabinets by Harold Locklear, and four private decks. The home also offers a 3 car garage, 6 zone irrigation system and a large unfinished basement area that would be great for a workshop, workout room or additional storage. 3 BR / 2.5 BA 121 Wertz Drive



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

Magnificent custom built home located on the 11th tee with views of the 7th, 8th and 9th This gorgeous craftsman style cottage is less than four years old, absolutely immaculate and right Gorgeous renovation of historic “The Ivy” cottage built in 1925 and located on a very fairways of Pinehurst course #4. Located the prestigious Fairwoods on 7, $279,500 this home in the historic district ofPinehurst Pinehurst, just a short walk to the Village, park and school!Seven The interior privateSeven beautifully landscaped lot overlooking the 10th & 11thPinehurst holes of Mid Pines Golf Sevenin Lakes South Lakes West $298,000 $895,000 $241,000 Lakes South $199,000 possesses timeless golf front beauty and is designed for grand scale entertaining. Meticulous of the home is very upscale with beautiful molding, maple hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen and Course includes a Guest House. Spectacular golf views! There has been a major renovation Completely renovated front home 2-story home oniscul-de-sac home with in the Town Greatallow family home w/private back yard Charming front w/panoramic view attention to detail showcased with custom moldings, unique built-ins,golf expansive patio areas, a split bedroom plan. ThereGorgeous is a separate bedroom bathOld upstairs that would beWonderful perfect for to both the main housegolf and guest cottage. Expansive, split level terraces for maximum a custom stone raised hearth fireplace, and graciously 3 open BRliving / 3.5spaces. BA 5 BR / 5.5 BA 4 BR / 3BA BR / 3.5Huge BA fenced backyard. 4 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3 BA guests and there is also a separate study4downstairs. 3 BR / 2.5 BA enjoyment of outdoor entertainment. 3 BR / 3.5 BA 30 Spring Valley Court 155 Dundee Road 155 Crest Road






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October 2014 Volume 10, No. 10

Features 65 Our 1937 Ford, Three Quarter-Ton Pickup Truck

82 Long Ride to Glory By Toby Raymond

A horse nobody wanted and a girl who never gave up

Poetry by Shelby Stephenson

66 The Rooster’s Wife Turns Five By Karen Mireau

Janet Kenworthy and her iconic Poplar Knight Spot find their groove

72 Boots on the Ground, Hands in the Dirt

By Karen Mireau

86 Second Bloom By Deborah Salomon

Rose Cottage, the former home of the Razook family, finds new life

93 Almanac

The birth of a farm and the soldier it transformed

78 A Brotherhood of Beer

By Noah Salt

Autumn’s version of April and October’s highway

By Timothy L. Hale

A new craft brewery opens in The Pines

47 Pleasures of Life


13 16 21 23 27 31 33 39 42 45

Simple Life Jim Dodson PinePitch Cos and Effect Cos Barnes The Omnivorous Reader Stephen E. Smith


Hitting Home

Dale Nixon

The Kitchen Garden Jan Leitschuh

Vine Wisdom Robyn James Hunt & Gather Kira Schoenfelder Out of the Blue Deborah Salomon

Sue Pace

51 Sandhills Photo Club 55 Birdwatch Susan Campbell 57 Sporting Life Tom Bryant 61 Golftown Journal Lee Pace 94 Calendar 113 N.C. Writer’s Notebook Sandra Redding 115 SandhillSeen 123 Thoughts From a Porch Geoff Cutler 125 The Accidental Astrologer Astrid Stellanova 127 PineNeedler Mart Dickerson 128 SouthWords Sally Ronalter

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simple life

About Time By Jim Dodson

Not long ago, the watch I’ve

Illustration by Kira schoenfelder

worn for several years began mysteriously keeping unreliable time. Every time I glanced at it, the durn thing seemed to be slower — fifteen minutes here, half an hour there, eventually more than a full hour slow. Soon it stopped keeping time altogether.

I took it to a local watch shop, figuring all it needed was a new battery. But it wasn’t the battery. “This watch is shot,” the repairman said. “You might say it just ran out of time.” Funny boy. The loss wasn’t all that big a deal. It was, after all, an inexpensive wristwatch — some might say cheap — a simple Timex “Expedition” model that set me back only about fifty bucks during a two-for-one Black Friday sale at Belk department store four years ago. For the record, I kept one and gave one to my college-boy son, who as it happens had just broken the fine Swiss Army watch I’d owned for several years but passed along to him for safekeeping. My history of watch-ownership, you see, is a rather checkered affair, littered with various costly broken or missing timepieces, beginning with the beautiful engraved Seiko chronometer my parents gave me for college graduation that went off to Europe and never came back. Over the next few decades this was followed by a succession of fine watches and several Swiss Army numbers I either managed to break or lose in creative ways. That’s why the first Timex Expedition I happened upon over a decade ago was such a Eureka moment: simple, handsome, rugged, reliable and cheap to replace when the inevitable happened — meant to take a licking and keep on ticking, as the company’s famous slogan went. Moreover, it was a nostalgic window into my childhood, conjuring memories of the iconic Timex TV spots I always found so entertaining during which John Cameron Swayze — former news broadcaster and game show panelist — subjected Timex watches to various creative “torture tests” like being sent over Niagara Falls in a barrel, attached to the churning blades a of speeding boat motor, put through a washing machine, and worn by slugger Mickey Mantle in batting practice. Timex was the flagship of American-made watches. These stunts made it America’s best-selling watch brand in the dawning space age before digital everything, bargain priced between $9.95 and $16.99. The first Timex Expedition I bought lasted five years and quite literally vanished on a book research trip to Africa, aptly while wading across a river where crocodiles were known to live. Somehow the pin holding the watch to the strap slipped out and I found my arm bare on the other side. I chose not to go back in and hunt for it, picturing the croc in Peter Pan with the clock in his stomach.

The second Expedition I owned lasted until just weeks ago when, as I say, it started doing its wacky start-and-stop routine and finally quit running altogether. The aforementioned watch repair guy actually laughed when I asked how much it would be to repair it. “You could buy two new ones for the cost of the repair,” he said. So one afternoon I set off to various shops and department stores looking for the same model, figuring that any watch that gave me such loyal service for essentially ten bucks a year was a small price to pay for being on time. At Belk I was dismayed to learn the store no longer carries Timexes. “I think it’s gone a little down-market,” was how the watch counter clerk politely termed it, offering to show me some much higher priced Bulova and Seiko models, also something called a Fossil watch that looked like I might need platform heels and a pair of glittery oversized Elton John eyeglasses to complete the ensemble. The only watch even remotely resembling my beloved broken Expedition number was a handsome Citizen timepiece three times its cost — with a ten-year warranty included. I thanked the clerk for her time and said I had my heart set on another Timex Expedition. “You might try Walmart,” she said. So I did, sad to think how far mighty Timex watches had fallen. They’d taken a licking, were they still even ticking? Even Walmart was a no-go. The clerk there said a drugstore was my best option. If that failed, I guessed America’s formerly favorite watch might be found on the street being sold from suitcases by vendors with strange accents. Perhaps, you are saying to yourself, what a big waste of time — this urban expedition for a cheap wristwatch. And you’re probably right. Time is, they say, our most precious commodity, a fleeting resource, tomorrow’s memory. Time flies but is a sin to waste. It’s a wise counselor but sometimes a fool’s errand. Time stays, we go — or so said H.L. Mencken. Whatever else is true, as anyone from a stockbroker to an arms merchant can flatly tell you, time is money. It heals all wounds and — if we’re lucky — wounds all heels. How long a minute lasts, some wag once said, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re standing. You can save time by taking the short cut, and lose it by mistakenly doing the same thing. The Book of Ecclesiastes says there is a time under heaven for everything, a time to reap and a time to sow; a time to be born and a time to die. My late Grandmother Taylor used to tell me “someone is always waiting beneath a clock.” For the longest time I had no idea what this meant. What she meant was that time is personal. Someone is always waiting beneath an unseen clock for a baby to be born or an elder to pass away, a first date to arrive, a train to leave the station. We wait for the weather to change, the season to shift, a new life to begin.

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In time the rain will stop, the movie will start, Christmas will return, spring shall commence, tomorrow will eventually get here. But tomorrow is simply an unspent yesterday — an abstract concept for something that’s gone the instant after it arrives, whereas real time is always here and now, which explains why we fragile human beings felt the need to come up with so many mechanical constructions — Stonehenge, sun dials, planting cycles, moon phases, hourglasses, various kinds of calendars, latitude and longitude, and every sort of time-keeping piece from ancient Babylonian water clocks to modern Tag Heuer chronometers — simply to measure our days and mark our passages through the veil of existence. For years whenever I was doing something I really loved doing — working in my garden, taking a swim, dining with friends or even playing golf — I would unstrap my watch and toss it in a pocket, a symbolic act of suspending time or at least removing my spirit for a blissful while from the gravitational pull of a world that would have me doing more responsible and important things with my time, like replying to emails or fixing a broken door, though the older I’ve gotten — time being the source of wisdom — I’ve come to believe most of the time real time’s value is whatever we choose to make of it. Sometimes “time” is purely nostalgia-driven. We hear a song that takes us back to freshman year in college or see a photo of our infant children on a beach — astonished to think how quickly time passes. Once, poking around London’s famous Portobello marketplace one Sunday morning with my wife, I happened upon a vendor selling vintage restored watches, instantly zeroing in on a handsome 1945 Rolex watch engraved with the symbol of the American Eighth Army Air Force. The beautiful timepiece instantly made me think about my father, who’d passed away not long before. He’d served in the Eighth Army Air Force on the Lancashire Coast just before D-Day. My dad had his own thing about watches. For all I know this watch could have been his. It could have been mine, too, were I willing to shell out the 220 pounds ster-

ling the vendor was asking. I was sorely tempted but reluctantly declined — and spent that whole evening regretting my decision. At the end of this month, as the days grow visibly shorter — actually, to be more precise, a mere two days into November — we here in North America will gain an extra hour of sleep on the clock when we “fall back” from Daylight Saving Time to Eastern Standard Time, yet another artificial construction dating from the end of the 19th century designed to provide more daylight hours for human activities and less waking time spent in morning darkness. A natural early riser since boyhood, I’ve long rallied against a sun that doesn’t set until after 8 o’clock, something my body clock rebels against and critics say really doesn’t save all that much time and energy anyway. As for this weary time traveler, by the time we fall back and enjoy that extra hour of autumn snooze time, I’ll have a new Timex Expedition watch strapped to my wrist and off on another five-year expedition. That’s because following my fruitless watch-hunt around town, a pragmatic lady I’m married to suggested that I simply go online and order one directly from the company. “You’ll wind up saving money and time,” she said. Happy to report, she was right. I found the current version of my old familiar Expedition model and even paid ten bucks less than the department store version of five years ago. It’s on my wrist as I write this, keeping track of my remaining minutes before I’m supposed to be somewhere else. Someday, I suppose, assuming the past is anything like the future, it will begin to slow down and eventually give out. Then again, so will its owner. For the moment at least, we’re happy to take that extra hour of sleep and spend time together. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at jim@pinestrawmag.com.

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PinePitch The Golden Years

You’re invited to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Given Memorial Library (home of the Tufts Archives) on Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. Party like it’s 1964 with live music by the Sand Band, old fashioned cocktails and a buffet dinner by White Rabbit Catering. There’s a slice of cake with your name on it, but you may need to help blow out all the candles first. Mad Men attire encouraged. Ticket: $64 (available at the library or online). The Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road South, Pinehurst. RSVP: (910) 295-3642 or www.tuftsarchives.org.

Thinking Big

Horse Country

On Sunday, October 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., explore horse country via the 2014 Horse Farm Tour to benefit Prancing Horse Therapeutic Riding Center. The mission of Prancing Horse is to improve the physical and emotional well-being of special needs individuals by providing a safe and supportive environment in which they may experience the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 (available at the NCSU Equine Health Center, 6045 U.S. 1 North). Free for children age 12 and under. Leave your pets at home, please. Info: (910) 246-3202 or www.prancing-horse.org.

When Dorie Clark was laid off from the Boston Phoenix, the alternative weekly paper she’d worked for fresh out of graduate school, she needed a Plan B. “Between 2001 and 2009, nearly 40 percent of U.S. journalists lost their jobs,” she said at a recent “Authors at Google” talk. And so over the next ten years, she became a presidential campaign spokesperson, ran a nonprofit, made a documentary film, and became a marketing strategy consult for Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank. She also wrote her first book. On Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., Clark will discuss Reinventing You, her step-by-step guide to developing a personal brand that allows you to live the life you want. Ruth Pauley Lecture Series events are free and open to the public. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 245-3132.

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World Music

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., Southern Pines Sister Cities presents Baxter Clement’s Irish American Spectacular, a free international community concert featuring Clement and music students from Southern Pines and Newry/ Mourne, Northern Ireland. Includes performances by Carolina Performing Arts Dancers and Local Quicksilver Cloggers with Lou Smith. Sunrise Theater, Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: www.spsistercity.org.


Why would someone describe violinist Natasha Korsakova, who will play in Owens Auditorium Friday, November 7, at 7 p.m., as “a singing angel?” Maybe because one New York critic wrote that she “sounded as if she belonged on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as she sang Gershwin’s inspired melodies on her fiddle.” With the Carolina Philharmonic’s conductor and artistic director David Michael Wolff at the piano, her rare 1765 Panormo violin will be singing Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Beethoven’s emotionally furious “Kreutzer” sonata. If “Korsakova” seems to ring a bell, that’s because she’s not only descended from Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov, but also the daughter of world-renowned violin virtuoso Andrei Korsakov. In fact, the career of this violinist of Russian-Greek descent began after her father’s untimely death. That’s when she, as a teenager, fulfilled sixty of his concert engagements. “A sinfully beautiful listening experience,” another critic says. See — and hear — for yourself. General admission: $27. Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: www.carolinaphil.org.

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String Theory

The Carolina Philharmonic’s grand season season opener features 19-yearold Mayumi Kanagawa, first-prize winner of numerous international competitions, including the prestigious Jascha Heifetz competition. On Saturday, October 11, 7 p.m., hear this Japanese-American virtuoso perform the most popular and romantic work in the violin repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which she plays directly to the heart. Also on the program: Debussy’s impressionist masterwork, La Mer, and Gershwin’s exotically rhythmic Cuban Overture. General admission: $27. Military and student discounts available. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687 0287 or www.carolinaphil.org.

Red Carpet Affair

On Saturday, October 18, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and the North Carolina Symphony will perform “At the Oscars,” a thrilling opening night program featuring some of the greatest music from the Oscars, including selections from West Side Story, E.T., and Star Wars, 8 p.m. Thank the Academy. Pinecrest High School, Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info: (877) 627-6724 or www.ncsymphony.org.

Picture This

Now through November 15, a riveting collection of photographs by late photojournalist Chris Hondros will be on display at the David McCune International Art Gallery in Fayetteville on the campus of Methodist University. Testament: An Exhibit of Photographs spans over a decade of coverage from most of the world’s conflicts since the late 1990s. But Hondros was much more than just a front-line war photographer. As evident in his writings, interspersed throughout the exhibit, Hondros was determined to broaden the public’s understanding of war and its consequences. This unyielding determination led him to take dozens of trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, even as the news turned elsewhere. During these routine trips, Hondros examined and observed daily life in these wartorn societies. His inventive Humvee picture series frames the ever-changing landscapes of these countries, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of those most affected by conflict. Info: (910) 425-5379 or www.davidmccunegallery.org.

Rhyme and Reason

Betty Adcock’s Nettles and Slantwise; Ronald H. Bayes’ The Casketmaker; Jaki Shelton Green’s Dead on Arrival and Conjure Blues; Shelby Stephenson’s Play My Music Anyhow and Playing Dead. If just the book titles of these four poets — to be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 12, at 2 p.m. — are that evocative, imagine what their poetry must be like. Founded in 1996 under the leadership of poet laureate Sam Ragan, the Hall of Fame is a program of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. The four poets will join the fifty-three inductees currently enshrined. You can join them at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Info: (336) 293-8844 or www.nclhof.org.

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Promise to Come . . . . . . to Harvest The Promise on October 9, beginning at 6 p.m. It’s Family Promise of Moore County’s seventh annual fundraiser and a silent — and live — auction. As you sample signature chow from Wolcoltt’s, Rhett’s and Bonefish Grill, know that you’re helping to provide shelter, meals and support services for homeless families in our community. Tickets are $50 per person. Info: Susan Bellew at (910) 944-7149


Y’all Come Fall In Love

Southern Pines is bursting with color this month — and we’re not just talking about the changing leaves. On Saturday, October 4, as bright-eyed children bounce round with painted faces and local vendors showcase their handmade wares, the Downtown Park in Southern Pines becomes Autumnfest. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., expect crafts, concessions, local entertainment, fun and games for the kiddies, 5K foot race, one-mile fun run and youth spring races. Info: www.southernpines.net.

The cornbread alone is reason enough to drop by the Shaw House Vintage Collectibles and Antique Fair, but why not make a day of it? On Saturday, October 11, you can listen to porch concerts; watch craft demos (wool dying, quilting, basket-weaving, and banjo/dulcimer-making); and tour the historic grounds. The Shaw House, built circa 1820, was home to Charles C. Shaw, a first-generation Scottish settler; one of his twelve children, Charles Washington Shaw, became the first mayor of Southern Pines in 1887. Proceeds from the Moore Treasures tables of collectibles will benefit the Moore County Historical Association. See website for complete schedule of events. Free admission. Corner of Morganton Road and Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: www.moorehistory.com.

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Cos and Effect


Keepsakes, no matter how small, all have a story By Cos Barnes

In preparation for the first move in thirty

years, I find it traumatic to destroy the scrapbooks and photo albums that depicted my children’s activities during their growing-up years. Even more traumatic is remembering the people who taught me to be a Tar Heel and love the dear town of Southern Pines. I look at snapshots of us when we were younger, slimmer and cuter, and breathe a prayer for those who helped me along the way.

When I moved here, only a limping civic music association graced our community, and its days were done. We started a new arts council with offices in Storey’s Department Store in the Town and Country Shopping Center. Possibly only Edna Earle Cole remembers Storey’s. Peter McBeth taught me the importance of organized arts activities. You all helped, too. I remember my good friend Bill Samuels, who died recently. He not only lent his financial wisdom to our decisions in the Community Foundation, but he was always there to address invitations. Lynn Thompson showed me the intricacies of the library’s influence, but also taught me the scope of its programs. She always willingly lent me a quiet room to conduct interviews. When I joined the Arc’s board at the urging of a friend, I did not speak for the first year. They talked in initials which I knew not. However, in no time, I was president. I learned the language quickly from Wendy Russell. Following my husband’s death, I was asked to fill out his term as a trustee at my church. I would not take anything for the business tactics I learned from those men. When I substituted at Pinecrest High, my most difficult task was Bachelor’s Home Economics. Although we did not make a gathered skirt, we learned to work together, and I learned to appreciate my students and their backgrounds. I spent many years as a board member of Weymouth with my assignment working with the writers in residence. I took them everywhere to explain and entertain — retirement homes, the college, high schools and elementary schools. That fiery head of the backpack program, that volunteer of all volunteers, Linda Hubbard, made me know I had to pick up and deliver backpacks. And one of the most pleasurable tasks I have had is taking up tickets at the Sunrise. I have seen Jesse, the manager, take the popcorn and drinks to an older couple who required assistance, and serve them at their seats. And as I roamed through files in my filing cabinet, I came across a reminder from Charlotte Gantz informing me of plant sources in our area. It was dated Fall, 1996. Keepsakes, no matter how small, all have a story. A polished rock given to me by Betsy Hyde at my first book signing has been on my desk since 1995. My one big question now is what do I do with the framed graduation certificates which have never been hung. I even have my mother’s from National Business College in Roanoke, Va., in 1925. It measures 18 x 21. What do I do with it? And how do I reward all my colleagues for their kindness? I hope a simple thank you will do. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at cosbarnes@nc.rr.com.

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Lyric Strokes

Poet Shelby Stephenson enters the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame

By Stephen E. Smith

In the thirty-seven years I’ve known Shelby Stephenson, I’ve heard him read hundreds of beautifully crafted poems, all of which had their memorable passages, but there’s one line from one early poem that’s a particular favorite of mine: “Prayer is a patient man.”

That simple subject-verb-object sentence doesn’t possess an especially inspiring message and there’s no soaring lyric or sparkling image to ensconce it in my brain, but the thought expressed by those five words informs every poem Shelby has ever written. He is indeed a patient man, and each of his poems is a prayer, invested with the solemnity and import of every supplication ever uttered in reverence. I arrived at this insight when I stopped by Shelby’s home on an April afternoon in 1981. He’d just received copies of his first book, Middle Creek Poems, a beautiful letterpress edition published by Blue Coot Press, and he was, as most writers are with their first book in hand, full of enthusiasm and pride. He was holding indisputable proof that his vision was true, that his imagination, memory and mastery of language struck a note of authenticity with editors and readers. I asked him to read me a couple of poems, and he did. The first was a sweet little lyric entitled “Creek Walk.” Your eyes float out of sycamores, come to me on leaves while your hair still flows in the limp cling of breath and I go with poles to the water, the line catching bushes on the way, footsteps left in air. Your glances consume. I am a rocking life. Before my eyes a slow reed waves, squeezing the light from my face. I am the roam after the horse has been stabled, the stir pulsing away when there is no fire. I want a heart’s spring, a warm, slow heaven of stars flowing through my veins.

I want a wind lightly touching the small of my back. He followed with a narrative persona poem titled “Tart’s Fishing Worms Sold Behind the Grocery.” I told Lettie we were just raising worms for Weaver, she and the younguns counting them things — why, it was a full-time job and I bought them little boxes with the fishes on the sides, ten cents a piece I paid and I told Lettie oyster boxes would do just as good — paid a whole dollar for that whole case over there next to the gas pump. Weaver didn’t like that, wanted the fish picture on every box — and we was selling them to him for sixty-five cents a box and he was selling them to the poor fishermen for $1.50. We was busy counting worms for Weaver. Then they go small and he said why you’re selling all your breeders so I cut down from all these beds, just got one now, sell worms to my friends, must be 800 here for a dollar — I just scoop’m in and it don’t dawn on me no more that I’m just working for Weaver and his big sporting goods store. These early poems hint at the direction Shelby would take when creating the impressive body of work that’s culminated with his induction into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. (The ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 12, at 2 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.) For most of the years I’ve known him, Shelby has remained steadfastly devoted to the lyric, and he’s worked tirelessly at sustaining a lyric poem of unusual length — a few of them more than one-hundred pages — pushing the boundaries of the genre. This requires an exceptional degree of determination; it’s equivalent to singing a song that lasts for, say, four hours without losing your audience. The tune may be exquisite in its parts and delicate in its nature, but the collective attention of our contemporaries wanders easily. If Keats or Yeats, both great lyric poets, weren’t required reading in college English, how many members of Generation X would read them? Yet Shelby has succeeded at singing the extended song and holding his audience by reawakening them to the familiar. His narrative poem “Tart’s Fishing Worms . . .” is the reverse side of the coin. The poem is spoken in the colloquial — “and it don’t dawn on me no more” — by a persona who is more than a device to illicit humor. The poet, if he’s present

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in the poem at all, doesn’t intend ridicule, and the persona emerges as a character whose storytelling ability is deserving of our respect. Granted, the shtick is situational, but the language is endearing, and the use of alliteration and internal rhyming — “raising worms for Weaver”/“counting worms for Weaver”/“working for Weaver” — all accommodate the absurdity — and the final end rhyme of “more” and “store” ties the scene together with just the right touch of wit. Shelby knows these characters. They are old friends, and he appreciates their use of language. The rhythms of their speech are the perfect touch of authenticity, a lighter variation of the truth as Shelby knows it — as we all know it. So what Shelby has done is what all poets strive for: He’s found the words to express an entire sensibility, the values, the thoughts and the feelings of a people we’ve long written off. And he’s done this by balancing the multiplicity of their inner and outer lives. Because of the admonition against reviewing books written by one’s friends, I have alluded here to verse from Shelby’s Middle Creek Poems, which is no longer available except from rare book dealers. But Shelby’s poetry hasn’t remained static. In the twelve volumes that have followed Middle Creek Poems, his work has constantly evolved. No doubt he’s chafed a little against the limitation of the lyric except when used in the service of his more recent narratives, family stories of longing, regret and celebration, where it’s possible to sing the old songs with a quiet dignity. His more recent books, The Hunger for Freedom and Steal Away, fulfill the promise of Middle Creek Poems, as with the recent sonnet “Duck Bolling”: I picture her married to Percy Bolling, Almost all over him as she herself Filled out every place she stood like shelves Of human flesh set on Shake & Giggling. If you ask her — How’s your tomato wine — She was already in the row, the green Tomatoes turning ripe slightly, her keen, Caressing presence entangling a vine She’d drag down the middle of one long row — That was enough, that single field, To make me happy; “Peace in the Valley” I’d start; her hum, as if part of her toes, She’d interrupt: “Shub, sing that song for me One more time — oh — what sweet society!” “Duck Bolling” may well be speaking for all lovers of verse. What we need is for Shelby Stephenson to sing for us one more song, one more prayer. Please. PS Stephen E. Smith’s most recent book of poems is A Short Report on the Fire at Woolworths. He can be reached at travisses@hotmail.com

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October Books By Kimberly Daniels Taws and Angie Tally The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals, by Corky Pollan, Lori Pollan, Dana Pollan, Tracy Pollan This cookbook is worth considering not just because of the Pollan family name — it’s also a great cookbook. With beautiful pictures, well-written pantry ideas and cooking tips, this book is a great Christmas present for family, friends or even yourself! Blue Horses, by Mary Oliver Mary Oliver has a new book of poetry that will be out mid-October. If you have already discovered Mary Oliver, we need not say anything else about her talent and thoughtful words. If you have not discovered Mary Oliver, we suggest you start with her book of poems Swan (our personal favorite) and then check out Blue Horses. Horse Medicine, by Tony Stromberg Tony Stromberg is a photographer who captures the secrets of horses in his photos. He shows their mesmerizing movement and strength in this coffee table book. The book is more than just a feast of images; there are meditations on the horse from talented luminaries in the literary field like Thomas McGuane and Leonard Cohen. This book is a treat. The Birds of Pandemonium, by Michele Raffin We did not expect to like this book. We first picked it up because of the cover, a photo of exotic birds against a black backdrop. We had never seen anything like it. It is a well-written, interesting account of a woman in California who stumbles into the very closed and competitive world of exotic birds. We loved hearing about such an obsessive culture, and the work it takes to keep the birds and the learning process. We loved recognizing how smart birds are. What a pleasure. To be surprised by a book. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett The best are the first few essays about writing, but she also writes about her experience at Gourmet magazine, a Winnebago adventure, starting a bookstore in Nashville, and her love of dogs. Great writing and a fun read.

Beautiful You, by Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk became a household name after his book Fight Club was made into a Brad Pitt movie. His twisted tales of satire and uncomfortable human yearnings summon certain intellectually curious people with a dark side like flies to honey. This book will prove to be no exception to Palahniuk’s treasure trove of work. Make it Ahead, by Ina Garten We could hardly wait for Ina’s latest cookbook: the recipes, the introductions, the pages on how to stock a pantry, the asides, which are like glimpses into her cooking majesty. Ina has a simple way of looking at the kitchen, and what seem like obstacles in life, and saying no problem . . . we can assemble a solution. Here again Ina is solving problems and offering the tools for success: Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook not only offers a treasure trove of recipes but also tricks regarding time-saving techniques to help us appear utterly prepared at every turn.

Here it comes! In October and November some of the best-selling authors are coming out with new books, including: John Grisham, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Debbie Macomber, John Sandford, Patricia Cornwell, Danielle Steel, Stuart Woods, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King and Michael Connelly. Whew! It feels like the Christmas book season is already upon us! Good Grief! by Ellen Stimson This woman can make anything funny. She tells a story, any story, and you find yourself laughing right along with her. She makes anything happening to her, no matter how taxing, appear enjoyable. In her second memoir (following Mud Season) Stimson again shares tales of her time in Vermont with her family and makes you want to go live with them as well! Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult This is one of the most anticipated books of October. It is a tale of mothers’ love for their children, both human mothers and elephant mothers. Alice is a mother who owns an elephant sanctuary in New Hampshire, but used to study elephants in Africa. We humans could learn a lot about mothering from the elephants.

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Otis and the Scarecrow, by Loren Long. Otis, the lovable classic tractor, is back with a perfect book for fall and beyond. A story of friendship, compassion and kindness told with Loren Long’s warm storytelling and vibrant art, Otis and the Scarecrow is the perfect book for a storytime snuggle. The Contract, by Derek Jeter. Inspired by Derek Jeter’s own life, this story about family, school, the love of the game and what it takes to be a champion both on and off the field will delight all Jeter fans. The first in a series of ten books for middle grade readers. Ages 8–12. Nightmares, by Jason Segel. A bad nightmare can ruin a good night’s sleep. For Charlie Laird, however, the nightmares begin spilling over into daytime when his father marries a woman Charlie is certain is a witch and he is forced to move into his stepmother’s purple mansion. This is the first in a trilogy from Jason Segel, the writer of Despicable Me and the Muppet Movie, about facing fears and getting past them. For readers age 8–12 who love Adam Gimwitz and Lemony Snicket. Adorable illustrations throughout. PS

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The Glue of Friendship

By Dale Nixon

This is my second tale about

Margaret Keith Dabbs, my all-time best friend and confidante. I’m going to explain how I got high in the trunk of her ’56 Chevrolet, fondly remembered as “The Green Bomb.”

As I indicated before, Margaret was and still is the fearless leader of our duet. She earned this title because she was the smarter and braver of us two. The day Margaret Keith Dabbs turned 16 she got her driver’s license. I got mine at 19 and only after six learner’s permits. Margaret had more incentive to get her driver’s license than I did. She had a vehicle — a pea green ’56 Chevy that we thought was the raciest car this side of heaven. Although we each had after-school jobs, we never seemed to have enough money to do what 16-year-old girls liked to do best: have fun. That lack of funds is crucial to the story. There was a movie playing at our local drive-in that we were dying to see. But between the two of us, we had the price of only one admission. Margaret picked me up one Friday night. She was uncharacteristically quiet. I knew she was up to something. Finally, she turned to me and said, “I know how we can both get in the movie tonight at the drive-in theater and only pay for one admission.” “Really?” I asked. “How?” “I’m going to pull over to the side of the road. You’re going to climb into the trunk of the car and stay there until I pay for my ticket, pass through the gate and park. Then I’ll let you out of the trunk, and we can both watch the movie on my admission.” “Maggie,” I asked, “why do I have to be the one to hide in the trunk?” She said, “Because I’m the one with the driver’s license, and I’m the one with the car.” What could I say? Margaret pulled over to the side of the road. I crawled into the trunk. She assured me everything would be OK and left the trunk lid open slightly so I could breathe. Margaret never was one to slow down for a bump, so it wasn’t long before her speed and a bump in the road caused the trunk lid to slap shut.

It was then that I began to smell glue. Margaret’s father sold products for LePage’s. Glue was one of their big items, and Mr. Keith had a case or two of the stuff in the trunk of Margaret’s car. It was hot in the trunk, and when I flopped down on a box of this glue, the sticky mess oozed everywhere. Glue was all over me and the only air I had to breathe in the trunk of Margaret’s ’56 Chevy was saturated with glue fumes. The farther we rode, the giddier I got. I hadn’t had this much fun in my whole life. I was swacked on LePage’s glue. I could feel the car slow down and come to a complete stop. Margaret was paying her single admission. I would be released soon. The gate attendant was on his toes this particular evening. He knew a young lady would never come to the drive-in unescorted. After he took her money, he followed her to the parking space. He stood lurking in the shadows as Margaret opened the trunk and set me free. “See, I told you it would work,” Margaret said, slapping me on the back. Her hand stuck to my blouse. “Hey, Dale, what’s going on?” I was laughing hysterically. My eyes wouldn’t focus. I was swaying back and forth unable to keep my balance. Before I could answer, the gate attendant stepped forward and said, “Yeah, that’s what I would like to know. What’s going on?” Catching the scent in the downwind breeze, Margaret quickly realized my predicament. She stepped in front of me to act as my shield and confessed our scheme to the attendant. She must have done some pretty fast talking, because he let us leave without calling the police or our parents. Margaret rode me around for about an hour with all of the windows down in “The Green Bomb” to let me air out and sober up. That little incident happened many years ago, but to this day I don’t keep glue in my house. It would be too much of a temptation to sniff and float. Every now and then, when I do get a whiff of the stuff, it always makes me smile. Besides, there’s a moral to this story. Good friends always stick together. PS Columnist Dale Nixon can be reached at dalenixon@carolina. nc.rr.com.

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Garlic Anyone?

October is the ideal time to multiply your stock of the fragrant beloved allium

By Jan Leitschuh

The Garlic Cafe — has a nice ring to it, no? No worries about offending your culinary companions with pungent lung exhalations of the stinking rose — they will all be garlic lovers too, so who can tell? The menu would embrace world cuisine: Middle Eastern baba ghanoush, Mediterranean aoili, or Mexican guacamole dips for starters. Then perhaps a little pasta with oil and garlic or a nice garlick-y Alfredo sauce. Naturally a classic Caesar salad, for medicinal purposes only. For the main course, anything Italian, of course, or Mediterranean in general. In addition, we will choose from, say, steak or fresh North Carolina sea scallops in garlic butter, 40-clove garlic chicken, Middle Eastern tzatziki sauce ladled over roasted lamb, caramelized garlic tart, all the creamdrenched French savories. Let’s not forget the vegetables either: Korean kimchi, garlic creamed chard, garlic-roasted asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic stir-fried snow peas. Of course, lots and lots of of garlic bread to mop up the sauces. Dessert would have to be liberally citrus, a sharp lime or lemon ice to cut the glorious, savory funk. Alas, it’s just a fantasy — I give the idea away, freely, to any culinary entrepreneur listening, if I can just dine there periodically — but right now, October is the best time for Sandhills garlic-loving gardeners to multiply their stash of this fragrant allium beloved by food cultures across the world.

Six bulbs can give you anywhere from thirty to thirty-five new heads of garlic. How’s that for a growing investment? North Carolinians have their best luck planting in fall because the bulbs need a bracing slash of cold to develop from a clove (the “seed”) to a round, onion-like blob to the paper-covered bulb of cloves we so know and love. As always, prepare the planting bed with good compost — garlic loves organic matter. Check your pH, too. Our native sands tend to be acidic, and if your soil has not been amended with lime, there’s no time like the present.; yesterday would have been even better. Garlic would prefer a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Planting garlic couldn’t be simpler — stick cloves in the ground, pointy tip up, and cover — about 4 inches deep. The largest cloves produce the largest bulbs. Space them 5-6 inches apart. You can order garlic seed online, or divide up some garlic from the store which has already sprouted. However, grocery store garlic tends to be from California and may — or may not — work out for you. Sometimes it grows for me, and I was going to chuck that sprouted clove anyway, so why not tuck it in the soil? You can’t go wrong obtaining locally grown cloves to plant, however. Local farmers markets can be your best source of seed. My favorite crop was purchased from a grower I chatted up at the fabulous farmers’ market in Carrboro. He had grown garlic for over twenty years, and every year had saved back the biggest, best cloves to replant. Over time, he developed a very large and hearty pinkish strain, extremely well-suited to our climate and area, which he called “Saxpahaw Red.”

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Though his soil was tight clay and mine was loose sand, that seed crop grew beautifully, and I set some of the most gorgeous, large bulbs aside for next year’s seed. That takes willpower! Unfortunately, I forgot to label my local stock and it ended up by mistake in a month’s worth of delicious chilies and spaghetti sauces. Nonetheless, we can all follow the local breeder’s example by saving back the largest bulbs to replant, and your investment will renew itself annually. Try getting that rate of return from a CD. There are many strains of garlic, but only several types to consider. We grew hardneck garlic in Wisconsin, and softneck garlics grow well closer to the equator. Here in North Carolina, a home gardener might try whatever is handy. Most grocery store garlic is softneck. The large and popular “elephant garlic,” while classified as an allium, is more closely related to leeks. It has a milder flavor, which may appeal to some (imagine!). To me, it tastes somewhere between an onion and garlic, making it useful for many dishes. Elephant garlic is quite satisfying to grow, easily producing large bulbous heads in the Sandhills. Again, local stock is best adapted. After the first frost, mulch the planting. If the tops freeze over the winter, no worries, the bulbs are safe and will continue to thrive barring flooding. In late March, pull back mulch and top-dress with a little more compost, then once again in May for the biggest bulbs. Not much bothers garlic if four-year rotations are followed, making it a great crop for organic gardeners. Drought may contribute to heads that don’t fill out, so monitor moisture at the root level. Weeds will be your worst enemy; they compete with tiny-rooted garlic for nutrients. Some gardeners like to plant through a plastic, paper or cardboard mulch to keep down weed pressure. Curly stems appear in late May and early June on some varieties. I like to snip these off so that the energy of the plant is diverted to making fat bulbs. Don’t throw them out. Chefs go mad for these mild garlick-y scapes, chopping them for stir-frys or braising for a garnish. Green garlic dressing is a popular and healthful springtime salad treat. In late May, begin checking elephant garlic, which seems to mature sooner for me — pull when tops are about a third brown. Or check underground. Gently dig into the soil around one plant to gauge the bulb size. Try not to disturb the roots. Pull too soon and the cloves may not be well developed. Wait too long, and the paper covering on the bulb may split open, exposing the cloves. To harvest, pull the stems gently, digging under the bulbs gently if needed. Don’t water the week before harvest for better storage properties. Brush the dirt off and dry in an open shed or garage in an airy place. Cut the dried stems off

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the cured bulbs with garden shears. When dry, the remaining dirt rubs off easily with the outer papery coating. Store your garlic at room temperature, above 65 degrees. By now, everyone knows how good garlic is for us. It was used as a wound dressing before modern antibiotics to ward off sepsis. Cardioprotective, garlic helps lower blood pressure and relax vessels. The sulfur compounds that give garlic its, um . . . unique savory properties that linger in the lungs are quite happily anti-inflammatory, and may even help to regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body. The sulfuric compounds that give garlic its health benefits and unique taste also give us the distinctive odor known as garlic breath. Brushing one’s teeth is insufficient because the compounds travel in the blood. Various cleansing methods includes chewing the parsley garnish on your plate, sucking a lemon wedge and sipping peppermint tea to reduce the sulfur compounds. A 2010 study concluded that drinking whole milk also helped reduce the odor of garlic in one’s breath. Certain garlic components may also be able to help prevent clots from forming inside of our blood vessels. Garlic is an avid accumulator of selenium, a necessary trace mineral rare in our eastern soils and often deficient in our diets. Appropriate amounts of selenium improve the immune system against bacterial and viral infections, against cancer cells and the herpes virus, cold sores and shingles. One of the major nutritional benefits of selenium is increasing the HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol for a healthy heart ­— there’s that cardioprotective thing again. And garlic ward off evil spirits. At least, that’s what the legends say, and as the weather turns chilly toward Halloween, well-fortified lungs may well knock back any overly-friendly carriers of colds and flu, to say nothing of the undead. Catch you at The Garlic Cafe! SIMPLE AIOLI (Garlic-seasoned mayo) Mash a couple of peeled garlic cloves and a quarter teaspoon of coarse kosher salt together to make a paste. Use the chunky salt to break the cloves into the mash. Then whisk in a half-cup of mayonnaise, a tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and chill. Smear on a crusty chunk of rustic bread, and savor a taste that can chase the vampires back to Transylvania. 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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Spooktacular Halloween Party Wines In the spirit of a delicious Halloween

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Planning a ghostly party this

Halloween? Here are some really clever wine selections guaranteed to set the scary scene! The fabulous flavors will haunt your guests. Moselland Black Cat Riesling, Germany, 2012, approx. $13

According to legend, some wine merchants came to the town of Zell to taste wines from the barrel when suddenly a black cat jumped on a particular barrel, arching its back and spitting at the merchants. They made the decision to purchase wine from that barrel assuming the cat was guarding the good stuff. Winemaker notes: “Fruity riesling bouquet, well-balanced palate, hint of exotic fruit, crisp, refreshing and straightforward.”

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Michael David Incognito White, Lodi, 2012, approx. $15

Here’s a wine so well-disguised you will never guess its cloaked identity. “Appealing, offering bright lemon, green apple and pear notes that are juicy and refreshing, with chamomile, lemon verbena and orange sherbet flavors. Viognier, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, symphony and muscat.” RATED 87 POINTS, THE WINE SPECTATOR

Old North State Winery Restless Soul, Mount Airy, North Carolina, approx. $12

This winery’s building was built in 1885, and when reconstructed in 1969, the skeletal remains of an arm were discovered. It was never determined who the arm belonged to. Cellar staff working late at night during harvest report mysterious sounds of walking, shuffling feet, doors closing and shadow movements. They often feel that they are not alone. Employees have decided it is the ghost looking for its arm. They decided to dedicate a delicious red blend to the culprit.

Winemaker notes: “A blend of malbec, tannat, and cabernet sauvignon in just the right proportions to emphasize the fruity character of perfectly grown Yadkin Valley, North Carolina, grapes.”

Michael & David Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, approx. $18

“One of the best labels in the wine business is no doubt Michael & David’s 2011 Freakshow. It would probably take a half hour with a magnifying glass to study all the wacko freaks and characters on the label. One-hundred percent cabernet sauvignon that was aged fourteen months in French oak, it offers abundant notes of espresso roast, melted chocolate and cassis, which jump from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-hued wine. Although not complex, it is full-bodied, big and juicy, saturating the mouth and staining the teeth. This is a big wine with plenty of color and richness, and no hard edges. This is a “gold star” winery for consumers looking for values as just about every wine they produce offers abundant flavors as well as inexpensive prices, no doubt partly because they are working from the relatively backwater viticultural area of Lodi. RATED 89 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE

Poizin Zinfandel, California, 2012, approx. $14

A lush, delicious and “serious” wine but in a fun package! The nose is fruit driven with fresh plum, bing cherry, spicy peppercorn and zinberry. The mouthfeel is soft with a hint of milk chocolate, sweet oak, and a long vanilla finish. The deep color and firm structure are enhanced by the addition of the petite sirah and the firm tannins softened by moderate oak. Enjoy this Poizin with caution; it is the wine to die for! 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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1. Italian Globe, $500. Michael Lamb Interiors, Southern Pines. 2. “Birds on a Branch,” acrylic, by Gwen Dumas, $145. Mockingbird, Southern Pines. 3. Buck statues, $110/each. Elephant Ears, Southern Pines. 4. Pumpkin Star Patch Candle, $25.95; Candle rings, $6-$10.35. Gracefully Rustic, Southern Pines. 5. Upcycled bottle hanging light, $80. Green Goods, Southern Pines. 6. Five-piece Art Nouveau Pewter Tea Set, $195. Theater Antiques, Southern Pines. 7. Hand-Stitched textile. The Old Silk Route, Aberdeen.

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Unsung Heroes

Every life has them — folks who left a strong impression By Deborah Salomon

September, not January, always seemed like

the start of a new year because it was — eons of new school years for me, then eons for my children, then eons of writing back-to-school stories. January may have the numbers, but autumn is when my new year starts: temperatures drop, sweatshirts feel good, days get shorter. The start of a new year demands stock-taking. During the past month I dredged up people who have passed through my life. Not relatives or BFFs. Just folks who left an impression or made a point. Fittingly, two were teachers.


Miss Parrot, grade 5, looked like one. She had red hair and wore wild prints in loud colors. Remember, this was 1949 at a prissy private girls’ school, where the dress code specified navy blue jumpers and brown oxfords. Besides, Miss Parrot was, in her 60s, far from svelte. I loved her. She made arithmetic fun and spelling funnier. Coincidentally, I learned a huge amount in grade 5. Mrs. Airheart, my highschool English teacher, screamed at her students in a most unteacherly way. A good thing, since her rants centered on focus, concentration, vocabulary, insight and doing better. “You can do better!” she yelled, while banging my term paper against her desk. So I did.


My granny’s butter-and-egg man, who came to the back door of her house in Greensboro every Saturday morning. His pre-teen son came along, to help. I was a lonely little city girl, spending the summer away from my friends. While the butter-and-egg man made deliveries, the boy and I played paper airplanes. Neighbors disapproved. But from him I learned that kids with Down syndrome play paper airplanes no different than kids without.


My children’s pediatrician, circa house calls, was the world’s most relaxed person. Don’t worry, Mama, everything’s gonna be OK. After calming the kid and reassuring me, Dr. S. sat down at the kitchen table, lit up a Lucky, accepted coffee, returned calls to other frantic mommies, lit up another Lucky and shuffled off. Nothing fazed him, maybe because besides an M.D. he had five kids of his own. “I musta missed that chapter in med school,” he’d grin. Sadly, the Luckies did him in much too soon.


Mrs. Rothstein could make any garment fit any body. Somehow, the young Polish woman had escaped the Holocaust, where her family perished, immigrated to Montreal, married and had three children. After they grew up and her husband died, she “took in” alterations. The basement of her modest row house was piled high with designer dresses and kids’ overalls, which she magically altered overnight. This strong survivor loved good food, especially bread. But she didn’t drive. I lived near a fabulous European bakery; each visit I brought

black bread, rye, rolls, strudel and Danish along with the sewing. I can picture Mrs. Rothstein now, hugging a pumpernickel. She refused my money, saying the bread was more precious than gold — as was her service to me.


I went to the same dental hygienist for 21 years. She was senior hygienist in a multidisciplinary practice with 100 employees. This gave her the right to refuse sonic scalers and other newfangled equipment. She did, however, plaster the ceiling with photos, mottos, quotes and kitsch. Because manual cleanings took an hour she had plenty of time to talk. Non-stop. I suffered with her through a divorce, grandchildren, illness, politics, everything. These monologues to a captive audience were illustrated by aforementioned ceiling art. Rae had a beautiful smile, gleaming white teeth, rosebud-pink gums. Admiring them almost made up for the pain she inflicted with picks and other sharp instruments. But how could I switch, after being entrusted with her deepest, darkest secrets?


Then, I remember Peter, the supermarket meat-man. Peter was tall, ruddy, of Italian stonecutter descent, with a waxed white mustache, booming voice and eternal smile. He ground a chuck roast for my burgers, cut a 2-inch-thick round-bone sirloin for my grill and knew how to trim a chicken for coq-au-vin. Best of all, he knew my name. The first time I shopped after my daughter’s obituary appeared in the paper, Peter hugged me tight and sobbed. I doubt any butcher around here even knows what a round-bone sirloin is, since meat comes pre-packaged. That’s OK. I no longer eat meat and I’ll certainly never be hugged by another butcher.


Seriously, hell hath no fury like a woman with a bad haircut. Cherish a good stylist, I learned the hard way. Of course I’m not a lucrative customer. Please don’t try to sell me “product,” I explain early on. Please understand that shape means more than style and that my gray will stay. Several stylists have shrugged me off as a dead-ender but not here. I found a “gem.” She “gets it.” Praise the Lord.


Columnists have the luxury of spilling their guts in print. Once upon a time I confessed the need for a window-washer. My ancient, paned, double-hung windows were impossible to navigate, especially on the second floor. I didn’t want a cleaning company. Instead, I imagined a fellow like Bert, the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins, who would appear at my door, hum a tune, perform his magic and skip off. The column ran on a Saturday. Early Monday morning my doorbell rang. There he stood, armed with bucket, ladder and squeegees, whistling. Jim, who taught high school math, ran a window-washing business on the side. We had a good laugh before he went to work. Where are you, Jim? I need you. Life is a mosaic. Some chips are rough, others polished. Some crack, loosen and fall out. Colors vary. Life’s mosaic, I learned, is composed of people, places, events — some spectacular, others commonplace, many fleeting but all important. Especially when your windows are grimy, your verbs awry, your children feverish and your hair impossible. 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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Blue Ribbon Memories

When the State Fair sets up in Raleigh, memories return and more are made

By Sue Pace

October, for Tarheels, means

football, a photogenic autumn and the North Carolina State Fair, the annual gathering of fun, food and farming.

I loved the fair, even if my childhood experiences verged on sedate and benign. My parents, mostly my mother, saw the State Fair as nine parts educational and one part entertainment. Mom, bless her heart, viewed the Midway, James E. Strates’ collection of rides, side shows and games, as one exit off the highway to hell. Dad, bless his heart, just listened, smiled, and cracked open another Houston’s peanut. Entertainment was comparatively tame for me and the friends I invited each year: a carousel spin, a few turns on a ferris wheel, and maybe a whirl on a less-than-pulse-raising ride or two. Midway amusements for screamers and thrill-seekers were off limits. According to Mom, roller coasters rattle the brain. One side-swipe from a bumper car could mean life in a wheelchair. So much for heart-stopping rides. Mom believed they earned that description for a reason. Forget, also, trying to win a teddy bear or a pirate sword. Games of chance were a smokescreen for gambling. “Rigged,” according to Mom. “Just throwing money out the window.” Did we stand in line to see the bearded lady or a two-headed man? “Just put on,” said Mom, or worse, taking advantage of “pitiful folks.” Girlie shows? Mom described those as “pure-t-filth,” one of her favorite phrases. “Not much to ’em,” my dad once whispered, as if in younger years, he’d taken a clandestine peek. After a walk through the exhibition halls and the “thrill” of petting a goat, a cow and/or pig, it was time for fair food. Our tradition called not for a foot-long hot dog but a ham biscuit from a booth operated by the Cary United Methodist Church, our Baptist concession to Mom’s childhood faith. Perhaps a caramel apple after that salty ham? Or cotton candy, the carny icon? “Rots your teeth,” said Mom. So dessert, if that’s what you want to call it, was a shared bag of Houston’s peanuts, a Mount Olive dill pickle,

or a few hushpuppies from the House-Autry booth. After one last carousel spin, it was time to head home. An hour later, my buddies and I would be counting sheep while fireworks marked the close of another fair day. Fast forward eight years. Throw in a couple more teenage guys, a souped-up Dodge Charger and money saved from a summer of barning tobacco. State Fair . . . here we come. My friends and I ditched the merry-go-round in favor of a double ferris wheel, then rode as many thrill-inducing rides as we could stomach. I chickened out on the Himalaya, a speedy caterpillar-like contraption that rocked forward and backward, but I threw my hands in the air and hollered on that final roller coaster drop. Later I’d ram a few folks with my bumper car. No broken bones or displaced organs. We passed up the Methodist ham biscuits for Italian sausages with peppers and onions. Later, I washed down funnel cakes with fresh-squeezed lemonade and in a rebellious moment, ate a cone of cotton candy right behind a caramel apple and some onion rings. Along with the food and Midway rides, we blew our bucks on weight guessing games, hoops shooting and ring tosses. Somebody left with a pirate sword, but not before we threw money at barkers who enticed us with one-liners and inflated promises. We handed over a few dollars to view the world’s largest alligator and smallest horse but steered clear of the bearded lady, flame eaters and sword swallowers. Ditto for the girlie show. Someone’s mom might see and tell. Although older and cooler, we still got a kick out of petting a cow and marveling at the biggest pumpkin. As before, we noshed on Mount Olive dill pickles and lined up for a House-Autry hushpuppy. Time didn’t allow the grandstand hot-rod show, but we could hear the engines and smell the fumes. We stayed through the fireworks, grabbed a final fistful of fair food, and took one last look at the exposition’s iconic symbols: the fairground waterfall, illuminated by multicolored lights, and Dorton Arena, a 10,000-seat coliseum named after Sibley “Doc” Dorton, the fair’s first manager in 1937. Twenty-five years later, Mom and Dad, now grandparents, revisited the fair with our two daughters. Fortunately, the “freak” and girlie shows were long gone. Attitudes and sensibilities had changed. So had my parents. No kiddie ride was off limits, but neither were caramel apples and cotton candy. Games of chance were more about having fun and less about gambling. My kids

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jumped and giggled when Granddad won each a stuffed animal. Those poor guys never could guess his age, even after he paid them well to try. That Methodist ham biscuit, a Mount Olive dill pickle and a hot hushpuppy survived as family traditions. Added were deep-fried Snickers bars, cheese fries and funnel cakes. We stayed until the fireworks were over, if the girls could keep their eyes open. Early or late, their final look was the waterfall and Dorton’s architectural wonder. Created in the nineteenth century, when the majority of North Carolinians lived on farms, the State Fair now serves urban and suburbanites. Maybe our agricultural heritage draws us back. Disney offers more glamour and glitz, more thrilling rides and gourmet food options. Yet the fair speaks to our need for funnel cakes and footlongs, and our longing to linger over the sights and sounds and smells of a carnival. Candy apples may still rot your teeth, but I’m willing to take a few risks for a ride on a double ferris wheel, the taste of a ham biscuit, the taunt of a Midway barker, and some poignant and glorious blue ribbon memories. PS Sue Pace last wrote for PineStraw in the September issue about a painting with a unique history.




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It takes courage to try new things. Bailey faced her fears and found a passion for music, dance and more. At Saint Mary’s, we’re here to support our students as they push their boundaries and find new inspiration. classes



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a renowned arts program, endless opportunities are yours for the taking.

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Sandhills Photography Club “Things We Love” Competition Winners








CLASS A WINNERS 1 1st Place – Donna Ford – Patriotism 2 2nd Place – Debra Regula – Tranquil Things with Feathers and Wings 3 3rd Place – Tom Reedy – Mountain Things

4 Honorable Mention – Matt Smith – Love of Money 5 Honorable Mention – Donna Ford – Elephants 6 Honorable Mention – John German – Silhouettes

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Arts & Culture


Ballet SerieS

Craft Demonstrations Historic Depot Tours Conductor’s Call Contest (3pm – Stage Near the Depot)


Model Train Exhibit Vintage Car Show 5K Race Children’s Activities Entertainment Arts & Crafts Vendors Great Food

11/16 12/7 12/21 1/25 3/8

For your safety and the safety of others, PLEASE NO Pets NO Skateboards or Wheeled Shoes


10/11 10/18 11/1 12/13 1/17 1/31 2/14 2/28 3/14 4/25

Macbeth Verdi LeNozze di Figaro Mozart Carmen Rizet Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Wagner The Merry Widow Lehar Les Contes d’Hoffman Offenbach Iolanta Tchaikovsky / Duke Bluebeard’s Catsle Barlok The Barber of Seville Rossini La Donna del Lago Rossini Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni / Pagliacci Leoncavallo

Single Performance Ticket Sales Begin 09/11/14 $27 per show, includes tax & reserved seating. Available to purchase online or in the office during business hours.

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2014-2015 LIVE in HD Season


Sundays at 1:00 p.m. Single Performance Tickets on Sale Starting 09/23/14. See office for form. For tickets and more information please visit sunrisetheater.org or call 910.692.8501



The Legend of Love The Pharaoh’s Daughter LaBayadere The Nutcracker Swan Lake Romeo & Juliet Ivan the Terrible

October 6 Follow the Leader - Poinsettias (oil) Joan Williams - 10:00-3:30 $75 no discount (includes supplies)

October 15, 16 Oil Painting with Courtney Courtney Herndon - 9:30-3:30 $100

October 13, 14 Alcohol Ink and Beyond Sandy Scott - 12:30-3:30 • $60

October 18 Printmaking made easy Sandy Stratil - 10:00-4:00 • $53

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October 20, 21 Enhanced Acrylics Pat McMahon - 1:00-3:00 • $40 October 22, 24 Advanced Alcohol Ink Techniques Sandy Scott - 10:00-3:00 • $80 October 27, 28, 29 Watercolor on Yupo Sandy Scott - 12:00-3:00 • $90

“The Essence and Design in Plein Air” October 7 - 10 | Ken DeWaard - $400 member discounts available

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Golf Capital Chorus Pinehurst, NC

Bringing the Joy of Barbershop Quartet and Choral Music to the Sandhills for Charitable Causes. Join Us November 1st at 7pm at Pinecrest High School Auditorium for

“All Aboard The Barbershop Express” For tickets Call, 910-295-3529

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Hermit Thrush

A beautiful winter bird returns

By Susan Campbell

As the temperatures and leaves

drop, many wintering birds return to their winter haunts here in the Piedmont of North Carolina. After spending the breeding season up north, many seed-eaters such as finches and sparrows reappear in gardens across the area. But we have several species which are easily overlooked due to their cryptic coloration and secretive behavior. One of these is the hermit thrush. As its name implies, it tends to be solitary most of the year and tends to lurk in the undergrowth.

However, this thrush is one of subtle beauty. Unfortunately males and females are identical. It is about six inches in length with an olive-brown back and reddish tail. It has brown breast spots, a trait shared by all of the thrush species (including juvenile American robins and Eastern bluebirds, who are familiar members of this group). At close range, it may be possible to see this bird’s white throat, pale bill and pink legs. Extended observation will no doubt reveal the hermit thrush’s distinctive behavior of raising its tail and then slowly dropping it when it comes to a stop. More importantly is the hermit thrush’s call, since one is far more likely to hear an individual than to see one. It gives a quiet “chuck” note frequently as it moves along the forest floor. These birds can be found not only along the creeks at places like Weymouth Woods but along roadsides, the

edges of golf courses and scrubby borders of farms throughout the region. It is not unusual for birders to count forty to fifty individuals on local annual Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. However, they feed on fruits and insects so are not readily attracted to bird feeders. I have had a few over the years that managed to find my peanut butter-suet feeder and managed to compete with the nuthatches and woodpeckers for the sweet, protein-rich treat. This tends to be after the dogwoods, beautyberry, pyracantha and the like have been stripped of their berries. During the summer months, hermit thrushes can be found at elevation in New England and up into the coniferous forests of eastern Canada. A few pairs can even be found near the top of Mount Mitchell here in North Carolina (given its extreme elevation) during May and June. In spite of their camouflage the males have a beautiful flute-like song that gives them away. They nest either on the ground or low in pines or spruces and feed their young mainly caterpillars and an array of slow-moving insects. As with so many migrant species, these thrushes are as faithful to their wintering areas they are to their breeding spot. I have several very familiar friends that settle in each year along James Creek around our Moore County banding site. So keep in mind that if a hermit thrush finds good habitat, he or she may return year after year. With a bit of thick cover, water not far off as well as berries and bugs around, there is a good chance many of us in the Sandhills will be hosting these handsome birds over the coming months, whether we know it or not! PS Susan would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted by email at susan@ncaves.com, by phone (910) 949-3207 or by mail at 144 Pine Ridge Drive, Whispering Pines, NC 28327.

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October’s Last Stand

As the growing fields fall fallow, reflection on a vanishing way of life

By Tom Bryant

A sliver of a full moon was

peeking over the horizon across the pasture in front of the old plantation house. Granddad and I were sitting on the long rain porch watching the moon in all its golden glory.

He was in his favorite rocker and I was in the swing, barely moving. We didn’t say much, just sat quietly enjoying the beauty of the October evening. Grandmother was in the kitchen baking a cake to take to the old Mizbah Baptist church on Sunday for the annual autumn celebration. “That’s the harvest moon, Tom,” said Granddad. “Why do they call it that?” I asked. “It looks like any other full moon to me. Maybe a little bigger.” “To a farmer, that moon means everything,” he replied. “When that October moon rolls around, you either thank the Good Lord for his many blessings, which means you had a great planting season, or you rue the day you became a farmer, which means the harvest was bad. You see, son, farming is the biggest gamble. A man can do everything right: plant at the right time, pour in the right kind of fertilizer, cultivate all during the season; and a drought or storm or blue mold or boll weevils can come along and undo weeks of hard labor.” I didn’t reply. I knew that farming was a real effort. I had followed my grandfather around during enough planting seasons to realize at a young age all the work that takes place before a harvest. In the beginning, the

family plantation specialized in cotton as the major money crop, slowly switching over to tobacco. That October, when I was about 12 years old and Granddad and I were sitting on the front porch watching the moon, he was one of the largest tobacco growers in the county. I thought about that long-ago conversation as I was heading home from a recent surf fishing trip to Pawleys Island. It was early October and the fields in eastern South Carolina and North Carolina had all been harvested and plowed to wait for next year’s planting season. A remnant of summer was hanging on with warm, almost hot days, and I decided to stop at a roadside vegetable stand I had passed on the way to the beach. Most of the others I had driven by earlier in the week were boarded up for the winter. With a little luck, I thought, maybe I could pick up some sweet potatoes and a late season tomato or two. When I pulled into the gravel driveway next to the homemade stand, I noticed no one was in sight, but vegetables were lined up on several of the wooden shelves. I got out of the car, walked up under the shed roof that protected the fruit and vegetables from the weather and said “Hello” in a not loud voice. I didn’t want to startle anyone who might be dozing in the back, but there was no response. I walked around to the side of the shed and saw a small tractor putt-putting across the field toward the stand. As it got closer, I could see that it was an antique Farmall tractor. I hadn’t seen one of those in years. It pulled up to the back, and a small driver stepped down and walked toward me. “Well, hey,” he said. Then I realized that the fellow that I thought was a fellow wasn’t a fellow at all. She was dressed in crisp overalls and a denim shirt, not new but impeccably clean. Her grey hair was cut short and she looked to be in good shape. “Hey yourself,” I said. “Good looking vegetables you’ve got here, and that

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old Farmall tractor is a beauty. I haven’t seen one of those in forever.” “Well, thanks. These are the last of the season. As a matter of fact, I’m going to close down the stand at the end of the week; and that old tractor belonged to my dad. I just use it to ride around the farm.” “You’ve got a pretty place here,” I said. “My granddad was a big farmer. Unfortunately no one in the family farms anymore.” “I bet he raised tobacco,” she replied. “You’re right. He had a bunch of tobacco, but that crop has gone away. You hardly see it growing on farms today.” “That’s what we grew here when my dad was still alive. You could make a living raising tobacco.” She looked back across the field toward a small two-story home with a log barn on the left. “That’s our tobacco barn over there close to the house.” “What do you grow now?” I asked. “Mostly corn, some soybeans and several acres of sweet potatoes. We sell what vegetables we grow to a local grocery store in Fair Bluff and at this stand.” I walked over to the nearest shelf where sweet potatoes were in small boxes. “These look great. I’ll take a box of these and maybe four or five tomatoes. Looks like you had a good crop this year.” “We did have a bumper season; and if we’re lucky, we might even break even.” I didn’t know if she was joking or not. “Farming’s not what it used to be, I guess.” “No, sir. This will probably be our last year, and I’ll miss it like crazy, but the farm’s too small to make it work financially. So I’m gonna lease the farming part to one of the big corporate growers and let them worry about things. Hey, I didn’t mean to unload on you. You don’t need to hear my problems.” She blushed slightly, looking embarrassed. “Don’t worry. I’m from a farming background so I kinda know what you’re going through. Let me pay you for these things and I’ll get out of your hair.” She put my tomatoes in a plastic bag that had Piggly Wiggly on the side. “I’m giving you an extra tomato. They’ll go bad in another day or two sitting around here. It’s been nice talking to you.” She helped me load my purchase in the back of the Cruiser. “I’ll miss stopping here next year,” I said as she headed back to the shed. “Yep, I’m gonna miss it too,” she said over her shoulder, “but I’ll always have my tractor and the memories. Have a safe trip.” PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist.

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Travails of a Short-Knocker “Play it forward” makes golf fun again

By Lee Pace

I am drinking the Kool-Aid — I am tee-

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ing it forward.

I am tired of being the first to hit from the fairway of 440-yard par-4’s, of wearing out the grips of my fairway woods, of counting greens-in-regulation in single digits, of pressing to hang with the long-hitters in my group. I love my regular guys, they’re pleasant and play by the rules, and with all due haste. But damn, they blow it by me all day long, and home base is the 6,850-yard gold tees. I just pull out my Visa card on the first tee and give them the security code. Two rounds in August capping off an inordinately busy and minimal-golfing summer popped on the light bulb. From the white tees at Pinehurst No. 8 (just over 6,300 yards), I reeled off six straight pars on the back nine, cruising along and dusting off my 8-iron for the first time in months. Three weeks later, from the blue tees at UNC Finley in Chapel Hill (just over 6,200 yards), I made fifteen pars and three bogeys for a 75, needing nothing more than a 5-wood to reach the longest par-4 after a good tee shot. Both rounds were, in a word, fun. Those thirty-six holes reinvigorated my golf life. I had the chance to reach a couple of par-5s in two. I hit 9-irons into greens. I got to repair ball marks! I played my game — I wasn’t always reaching and grunting to play someone else’s. Phil Mickelson hasn’t hit a 4-iron into a par-4 this century, I’d wager, and I was hitting mostly mid-irons and a few short-irons into greens. In fact, the idea of playing a course in similar fashion to the long-knockers on the pro tour is what inspired Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf and inventor of the Tight Lies fairway wood, to conceive the idea of the “Tee It Forward” campaign that was adopted by the USGA and PGA of America in July 2011.

“It dawned on me that me and the guys I was playing with, we couldn’t get home on some of the holes,” Adams says. “That just doesn’t make any sense.” Adams researched the issue and learned that the typical pro hits the ball 70 yards farther than the average Joe. He put pencil to paper and divined some startling comparisons. “When we with our egos march back to a 6,700-yard golf course with an average drive of 230 yards, it’s the equivalent of a tour pro playing at 8,100 yards, which they would never do,” Adams says. “Why should we be penalizing ourselves by hitting hybrids and fairway woods into greens designed to receive short irons? “It’s just nuts to be completely candid about it. It was as if golfers have had a toothache for a long time — they’ve gotten used to the wrong thing.” Ah, the male ego, the magnet that lures amateurs to the tips. Adams admits that battling the ego and human nature are “formidable forces” and it will take time to whittle them down. Even Jack Nicklaus, who’s lent his support to the “Tee It Forward” initiative, assails that one. “Too often golfers want to bite off as much of the golf course as they can,” Nicklaus says. “What ends up suffering is their scorecard and their overall enjoyment.” Golfers want “to see the whole course.” They think with titanium shafts and a Pro V1 they’re moving it out there with Tiger, when in fact the equipment revolution of the last two decades has widened the divide between the elites and the average. Some guys swig beer on the golf course, play from the blacks and doubledown on the skins and Nassaus while herding the wolf and snake and rabbit. You need a computer running at multiple petaflops per second to figure it all up at the end. And is there anything worse than getting stuck behind a 15-handicapper with a six-part swing, grinding away from the tips? I’m the anti-macho golfer. High stakes distract me. My ideal round: four walkers, bags draped on our shoulders, nothing more complicated than a two-dollar Nassau, only one competition truly meaningful, that of you against the golf

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course, you against your mind and your nerves, you against nature and the elements, all of it neatly wrapped into a single number at the end. Your score. What did you shoot? Seventy-eight, period. No explanations, excuses, elucidations, filibusters, whatifs, yes-buts. Recite your score and shut up. At 57 I’m in excellent cardiovascular shape. I wear size 33 trousers and work out at least three mornings a week for an hour with guys twenty years younger in military-style, boot-camp sessions. I have a good grip on the club, my backswing is onplane (except when it’s not), and I’m told my tempo is quite fluid. But I am not strong and I do not swing hard. I release the club too soon and have been counseled at length by experts on the need to “lean the club” into the shot at impact. Toward that end, I’ve made significant progress the last two months with a neat little training device called the Tour Striker, a club with a 7-iron loft and an ultra-thick flange that forces you to hit down on the ball to get it airborne. I don’t quarrel with those golfers legitimately long enough who want to hit driver into the meat of the fairway, who don’t want a good round to feel cheapened because the course was too short. And I’ll certainly continue my personal quest to hit the ball longer — by compressing the ball and attacking it more and honing my core and flexibility. But in the meantime, I’m moving up, as Adams says, to a distance of 6,200 to 6,400 yards for someone of my ability. From the whites I can get home with a 5-iron on the arduous 14th at Pine Needles and can thread a little cut around the bend on the third at Mid Pines and have 75 yards to the hole. I have a chance for a fairway, green and two-putt on the tough uphill eighth at Mid South. On Pinehurst No. 2 playing the blue tees at just under 7,000 yards, at least five par-4s would take a 5-wood or more, and the par-3 sixth at more than 200 yards is simply ridiculous; from the reasonable whites at 6,307 yards, only the fourth playing now as a par-4 would be tough to manage. The USGA sanctions playing matches from different tees, its website clearly explaining how to adjust handicaps if one guy’s playing the whites and another the blues. That should make for some interesting first-tee negotiations, and I’ll surely have a few barbs coming my way. Telling the limber-backs that I’m playing the regular men’s tees and then actually doing it may take more stones than suffering in silence and continuing to wail away from Outer Mongolia. But if you’re not having fun on the golf course, what’s the point? PS An updated edition of Lee Pace’s book, The Golden Age of Pinehurst — The Story of the Rebirth of No. 2, will be available this fall at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

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Our 1937 Ford Three-Quarter-Ton Pickup Truck Money won’t go as far, As our Ford pickup truck. She was our wheeling star, Like shining rolls of luck. As our Ford pickup truck, Hauling packhouse labors, Like shining rolls of luck, Dreams meant something better. Hauling packhouse labors, That tobacco we tied, Dreams meant something better, My father never cried. That tobacco we tied, Staining Mama’s apron; My father never cried. He would wear his Stetson. Staining Mama’s apron Those leaves she’d smooth like cloths. He would wear his Stetson, Come home — profit or loss. Those leaves she’d smooth like cloths. She was our wheeling star, Come home — profit or loss. Money won’t go as far. — Shelby Stephenson

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With her dazzling knowledge of what makes musicians tick and audiences click By K aren Mireau • Photographs by John Gessner


t all began with her young children: three fledglings then and one on the way. When Janet Kenworthy settled in Aberdeen twentyfour years ago, she found everything she’d dreamed of: small-town living with neighbors who knew and cared about one another; a gracious, historic 1906 home with ample room for her brood to grow; and an interesting demographic mix that even then defined the Sandhills. There was only one thing sorely missing: live music. “I was born with music in my blood,” Janet makes plain. We’re on her wide, welcoming front porch where right now there is only a bit of sparrow song on the August breeze and the percussion of her Jack Russell terriers clambering up the steps. With tables strewn with candles and pails of fresh-cut roses, zinnias and phlox, it’s the perfect setting for soirées as well as solitude. I’ve heard tell that it’s been the site of many a legendary musical moment — and you can almost feel that vibe, like a distant yet powerful echo. Janet’s childhood in the Thoroughbred region of central Kentucky was steeped in an eclectic mix of musical styles, from bluegrass to opera, bolstered by her mother, Priscilla Johnson’s, extensive record collection. “There was always music in our house,” Janet recalls fondly. She laughs and flashes her warm and genuine 1,000-kilowatt smile. “My grandmother and namesake, Janet McVey, was the only person we knew in Lexington who played classical music in her car. She died at age 52, but she was a fine musician in her own right.” All of her grandmothers were well-heeled, unabashedly eccentric women who embraced new music and new ideas. “I remember my paternal Gran, Margaret Johnson, a grand master at the bridge table who had a penchant for leopard-skin upholstery. I can see my other Granny, Mary Andrews McVey (my grandfather’s second wife), drinking a martini and balancing on a Bongo Board in high heels,” Janet marvels. “She was equally precocious and ferocious. She wasn’t afraid of anything and kept her whole family alive during the Depression. These were women who knew what

they wanted and were secure enough in themselves to go after it. They encouraged me to do the same.” According to Janet’s mother, her creative spirit was always evident. “She’s always been curious about everything,” Priscilla Johnson says. “And she still loves to have fun.” Janet’s appetite for adventure led her from Lexington, where the young Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush often showed up on the acoustic scene, to Chicago, where she was exposed to the Chicago Symphony and live blues by the likes of Bonnie Raitt and singer/songwriter and guitarist Joan Armatrading. “There was live music everywhere,” says Janet. “You couldn’t throw a stone without hitting a musician.” Janet had been exploring a career as a marine biologist, but then gravitated to New York, where she worked for bloodstock agencies, structuring limited partnerships and appraising Thoroughbred horses. “I’d been doing this kind of work for my dad, Joe Johnson III (a Fayette County judge, horse breeder and early player on the legal side of stallion syndication) since I was 12, so this wasn’t as big a leap as you might imagine.” For a time, she sold custom clothing for a manufacturer in Atlanta and pursued marketing her own hat designs. But it was in New York that she learned from other artists how to live handto-mouth. “It was a ‘boots or bread’ philosophy,” Janet remembers. “And we often chose fashion over getting fed!” Along the way, her home life blossomed. “I always wanted a big family,” Janet admits. “I knew from the time I was a child that I’d have a bunch of kids.” She married and moved from Manhattan to Long Island and began raising a family. The appeal of big city life began to wane. With their fourth baby on the way, it was time for a change — a slower pace, a more cohesive kind of family life. Aberdeen fit the bill. Despite the dearth of live music, they exposed their children to performance art at every opportunity, becoming familiar faces at festivals and music events all over the U.S. Janet stayed home during her children’s school years, but never one to sit

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around even for a nano-second, she returned to her earlier artistic efforts. In 1997, Blue Street Designs, a professional millinery production company, was born on this same porch. Not surprising given her equine background, Kentucky Derby hats were her specialty, and they were a huge success. For fifteen years, she designed and marketed high-end chapeaux and outrageous ski hats to online, retail, wholesale and private clients. “Millinery gave me a new understanding of how a dash of charm and beauty could lift us out of our daily expectations,” Janet says. “You can instantly change your identity, or your day, with a hat. Music can do the same thing. It can open your heart and your imagination, make you laugh and cry, and even bring you to your knees.” Running a company honed her already-significant business acumen and often brought her back to New York, where she stayed connected to the music scene. Then, a crossroads. Her children now grown and having flown the coop, she pondered what the next chapter in her life might look like. “I was done with commerce. I wanted to do something more community-based,” she says. She shut down hat production in 2008 — although she occasionally crafts custom designs for special moments like her daughter, Frannie’s, upcoming wedding. “It was time for me, too, to spread my wings. And I went back to my roots to do this.” The deciding catalyst for Janet was Hurricane Katrina. “I’d gone to evacuate my daughter, who was in school at Tulane. When I witnessed the devastation, the hopelessness, the shock, the grief in New Orleans, it floored me.” And then something happened. While she was volunteering at a feeding kitchen for the Red Cross, a young man came in and asked if he could play his guitar. “That’s when it hit me. I’d always known the power of music to heal, but this was huge. I saw people who were in such a vulnerable place begin to smile, to talk, to make contact. It began to lift their spirits in the way that only music can.” She returned to New Orleans in 2006, helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity, and saw how integral the music scene was in restoring the spirit of that community. “After that, I knew what I had to do.” She came home determined to make a difference.

The rest is local legend. The Rooster’s Wife, now an internationally recognized nonprofit venue for live musical performance, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. It all started in her dining room at 201 Blue Street. Just before Christmas 2006, with the help of musician/songwriter Joe Newberry (whom Janet credits with birthing the idea), over 100 people showed up to hear Jon and Caroline Parsons and Jerome Hawkes (The Parsons) give an unforgettable, intimate acoustic Americana performance. Good food, good music, good friends. It wasn’t just a concert; it was the perfect recipe for a town that hungered for a taste of inventive nightlife. The Parsonses became instant friends and supporters of Janet’s dream, lending her sound equipment, helping her find new talent, filling in at the last minute — anything and everything to make it happen. “What we discovered right away is that Janet is fearless,” says Jon Parsons. “She’s a serial social engager with a rare talent for building community. More so, she’s gracious and grateful. These things, and her impeccable taste in music, have been the key to her success.” The listening room quality of those first house concerts became a tradition and quickly outgrew the Kenworthys’ living room. An outdoor “Summer Porch Series” followed at The Postermaster’s House in Aberdeen. Then, in 2009, when space on the corner of Poplar and Knight streets became available, “The Poplar Knight Spot” opened its doors in lower Aberdeen. To this day, audiences welcome artists with the cry, “Welcome to L.A.!” With comfy couches and seating for 120, ten dozen chocolate cookies baked by Janet’s mother (always gone by break time), the warm, fuzzy emotional thread begun in those living room concerts continues to draw and delight local fans. It’s pure magic, spun from Janet’s larger-than-life stage presence and her dazzling knowledge of what makes musicians tick and audiences click. Says longtime friend, writer Cos Barnes: “Janet is the spark. She’s an innovative entrepreneur who sets the stage for our listening pleasure. Because of her daring nature, we are jamming in Aberdeen.” At the heart of each performance night are the volunteers, ranging from music veterans to interns like Katie Springer. “The Rooster’s Wife is like no other,” Katie says. “From funk to jazz to bluegrass to fusion — it’s quickly become one of my favorite venues.” Janet’s mother (“my strongest supporter!”) does everything from cooking for the artists to taking tickets to making sure everyone gets paid. The doors don’t open without her. Folks like Joanne and Ron Adams (the first volunteers after Jon and Caroline Parsons), Tim and Kathe Taylor Wilson (who met at The Rooster’s Wife and married earlier this year), Mickey and Tom Konold, Denise Martin and many others, are the backbeat and backbone. “They’re all angels,” Janet emphasizes. “There’s no way this could happen without them!” “Janet delivers the goods,” says house sound engineer Dave Buhler. “We’ve learned to trust PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2014


that whoever she books will be high quality, and she mostly knocks it out of the park. That’s why she has a core group of enthusiastic regulars.”

It’s clear that Janet richly feeds friends, family and the artists she takes under her wing on multiple levels. “My life is art-full,” she says. “And I’m all about collaboration. I want to support what others are doing artistically, no matter what that is.” The energy around her is enlivening. “I consider myself upbeat and ‘ridiculously optimistic’,” Janet admits. “I can always find a way to get something done.” Her commitment to artists and her strong cadre of loyal listeners is what attracts world-class acts to an off-the-beaten-track North Carolina town. For musicians, she’s a fairy godmother. First and foremost she always makes sure artists have a good, home-cooked meal.” (Priscilla Johnson’s famous kale caesar salad and deviled eggs are concert night staples.) She knows what they need. “We’re a respite from the road,” Janet says. “And we pay them rain or shine — something almost unheard of in the music world.” At heart, she’s also an educator. That desire has been instrumental in providing an atmosphere for musicians and audiences that is both edifying and electrifying. “Music does that — brings our shared experience to the surface. The circumstances are different but we can all relate to the way we feel, and share that through music.” That synergy consistently kicks in at The Rooster’s Wife. It gets everyone up on their feet — and boosts performances to new levels, something musicians find essential to their ongoing growth. Lee Gibson, part of the five-piece bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers, attests to Janet’s ability to bring forth the best in everyone. “She’s warm and unpretentious. She makes you feel like a big deal, and so you play like a big deal,” he says. “We’re in awe of her intelligence and her integrity.” Inspiring audiences and artists is not her only mission. Janet had been deeply involved in arts education since her own children were in school. Thanks to her collaboration with musician, creativity educator and “ambassador for artful living” Joe Craven, Janet is finding fresh ways to inject the process of art into the educational system — one that doesn’t always value creativity. Now that arts funding is almost nonexistent, her commitment to supplying Moore County schools with the sound of music is especially needed. “Music can open kids up to a whole new sense of self. It’s all about problem solving. If I can give students (of all ages) the confidence to do this creatively, then I’ll feel I’ve done my part,” she says.


She brings the whole package to the table by developing programs and then connecting students and musicians through small group work, assemblies, inservice days and ongoing residencies — a win-win situation for students, teachers and musicians. “I’ve witnessed her passion for arts and education,” comments mentor and Chicago-based music agent Joann Murdock. “I hope that the school system recognizes the value of the unique resources she offers.”

PRISCILLA JOHNSON’S FAMOUS KALE CAESAR SALAD 2 egg yolks 2–3 cups boiling water 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste Dash of Worcestershire sauce Ground pepper to taste 2 bunches/heads of kale, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Bring 2–3 cups of water to boil. Slide in the egg yolks and cook for 45 seconds. Scoop them out and whisk yolks together with lemon juice, anchovy paste, Worcestershire and pepper in a large bowl. It will be very thick. You can thin it with a bit of olive oil if you like. Add the kale and toss until well-coated. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

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“Janet has a natural knack for putting artists and venues together,” Murdock emphasizes. “She’s highly respected in the music world, especially in the Southeast.” That talent for getting people together has served Janet well at The Rooster’s Wife. “I’ll never forsake The Spot,” she assures us. “I’m grateful for everyone’s generous support and response and plan to continue to provide the most interesting, innovative programming.” She’s proven herself to be a business leader, but she’s now ready to be a crossover act, working for artists beyond the borders of Aberdeen. Amping up her expanded reach will be her ongoing participation in Jazz Fest in New Orleans and other nationwide festivals. Janet will also team up with the Cameo Art House Theatre in Fayetteville for their Thursday night Cameo Live Concert Series. “I appreciate what Janet is doing for music in the area,” says co-owner Nasim Juenzel. “I’m truly excited to share her knowledge of great music with our patrons.” As a business agent, Janet plans to cross-pollinate and expand the connection of musicians to schools systems, medical and mental health settings, and other inventive arenas. In addition to booking and management, she’ll work with them on recording projects, help them structure curriculum, and prepare them to strategize and strengthen individual performances — something she is uniquely qualified to do. “I think of Janet as a promoter and presenter of the possibilities of art through community,” Joe Craven tells me. “She spreads an aesthetic Gospel by engaging others and giving them the sense that they can expand their own potential. She sets the table so that people can come to the feast.” Her collaboration with him morphed into a full-time exclusive agency relationship one year ago. It was a huge leap for an artist with an already-marvelous thirty-five-year career, but Janet’s panoramic experience made it a logical and mutually beneficial move.

The latest evolution of Janet’s vision is “The Joe Show,” the house band formed three years ago. ‘Joes’ have been an instrumental part of her life from the very beginning. “My grandfather, my father and my brother were all ‘Joes’; my mentor is a Jo-ann, and one of my constant supporters is also a Jo-anne.” “The only prerequisite for being in the band is that you have to be named ‘Joe’.” The band plays an all-Joe song list. Other than that there are no preconceived notions of what might happen onstage. “The only ironclad rule is that

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rehearsal is for sissies,” she says. “We just hit the stage and play!” The inspiration for The Joe Show and one of its first performers was awardwinning North Carolina banjo player and music educator Joe Newberry — also an internationally celebrated fiddler, guitarist and singer/songwriter. Janet can’t help but wax poetic about him. “Joe has been a great comfort — a protagonist, an antagonist and a collaborator — in every conceivable way,” she confesses. “I’m indebted to him for helping launch and support The Rooster’s Wife and now this new venture. According to this Joe, when he and Janet first met, they got on “like a house on fire.” He knew she’d be a success whatever she decided to do. “I’ve been so proud to see what she’s created with The Rooster’s Wife,” Newberry says. “And I’m equally tickled to be a part of The Joe Show.” The second Joe Show on October 12th will be an all-star bill. Joe Craven and Joe Newberry will be there. Sound engineer and producer Joe deJarnette, also a world-class humanitarian and musician (known as Joe Bass) will also be playing, adding a dash of theater and comedy that Janet says is essential to each Joe Show. Also part of the mix will be superb mandolinist Joe Walsh and special guest star Joe White.

The Rooster’s Wife has hosted close to 300 shows to date. “And to think this all started with a couple of posters and a personal mailing list,” Janet marvels. That original artwork has become highly collectible. The first five years of letterpress posters created by Lance Wille and Jason Kreckle at Hand-Cranked Letterpress Co. in Asheville, were in runs of fifty signed and numbered copies. Janet still has a limited inventory and is considering re-issuing them as highquality reproductions. There will be a special silk-screen poster designed by International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) exclusive artist Tim Lee for the 5th Anniversary Show. We’ll all have to stay tuned for the next evolution of Janet’s fantasia. So far it’s been an amazing soundtrack to a life fully lived — and you never know what she’ll dream up next. As she reminds us: “The more doors that open, the more air (and music) that gets in . . .” PS Karen Mireau last wrote in the September issue about the Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

OCTOBER SHOW CALENDAR Show Starts at 6:46 PM /Doors open at 6 PM Jay Unger and Molly Mason Sunday, October 19, 2014 Price: $20.00 I Draw Slow, Moors and McCumber Sunday, October 5, 2014 Price: $22.00

The Joe Show Sunday, October 12, 2014 Price: $20.00

Robbie Fulks Sunday, October 26, 2014 Price: $20.00

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Boots on the Ground, Hands in the Dirt The birth of a farm and the soldier it transformed By K aren Mireau Photographs by Laura Gingerich


very farm, every farmer, has a story. But I guarantee you: this one is special. These days, concern about the origins of what we eat has many of us thinking more deeply about what’s on our plates. Davon L. Goodwin, farm manager and biologist for Fussy Gourmet Farms, has a mission: to show people that good food and good community go hand-in-hand. And he’s determined to change the world one taste bud at a time. To begin with, here’s his story in his own words: My interest in plants began early. When I was 4 years old, my grandmother, Brenda Jackson (who still lives in Charlotte and who is a tiny woman, but tough as nails), began teaching me how to garden. One day she put a dollar in both my pockets for helping her, and I went to the store, realizing that I could now buy my own ice cream! Wow! My grandmother and I gardened together throughout my life, and she became, really, my best friend. Both she and my mother encouraged me to pursue biology. One thing I learned from them was that once you put your hands in North Carolina dirt, you’ll never be the same again. That’s what happened to me. We laugh about this a lot, because we never imagined it would come full circle.


I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Pittsburgh where my blue-collar family worked grueling jobs in the steel mills. Even that wasn’t enough. My community was impoverished and pretty much enslaved by drugs. My father, who wasn’t around much, was incarcerated on drug charges, and I had numerous family members either overdose or become pushers just to put food on the table. I decided early on that that wasn’t going to be me. In our house, playing sports was a privilege, and my mother, Bridget Deanes, who was a single mother and the sole disciplinarian, insisted that I have a 3.0 grade average in school in order to play sports. I went to University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) thanks to an invitation to wrestle and some educational grants. I became a wrestler, in part to channel the aggression I felt from growing up in such an extreme environment and in part because I was built for it and good at it. At some point, I realized that I wanted to enjoy the college experience, so I quit sports. After that, I started to lose discipline, so I decided to join the Army Reserve. It made sense at that time to go into the military, where I could work, see some of the world, pay off my debt, and find out what it was I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t realize that this choice would change the course of my life forever. In 2009, I was blown up by an IED (improvised explosive device). It broke my L1 and L2 vertebrae in the lower half of my back and did soft tissue damage to the right side of

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my brain. Ironically, I’d asked to be deployed after joining the Army in 2007. I was first sent to Kuwait, but then sent to southern Afghanistan, where the major conflict was at that time. I was 22 years old. I left the U.S. as a young college student and came back as a narcotic-addicted veteran without any idea of what I was going to do with my life. When I got hurt, it totally changed the dynamics of my family. They rallied around me, even though they’d warned me not to go into the military. My grandfather had been to Vietnam and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Like others in my family, he died of an overdose. It was my grandmother who recognized that I had the same symptoms. Instead of blaming me, my family stuck by me and helped me find my way. Without them, my story would be a very different one. It was not an easy time for them. I can honestly say at this point that if I hadn’t have gotten blown up, I don’t know what my life would have been. It took something that extreme to see my life from a different point of view. After months in and out of the hospital and becoming addicted to narcotic drugs, I wanted to commit suicide. It was nine months of hell! My mom quit her job and moved to Charlotte to be closer to me while I was in rehab at Fort Bragg. It was a big help to me. The drugs I was on alone should have killed me. But I survived. And though I’d always seen suicide as a cowardly act up until that point, I don’t now. In truth, it could have been me.

Somehow, I knew I was spared for a reason. It took a while to make me realize that like a plant you have to be strong, but bendable, so that you don’t break. I was discouraged from going back to school because everyone thought being around young people’s energy would trigger my PTSD. But I started back and took two classes, getting a C-minus in both. This was better than some of the other students and I thought, ‘Wow. If I can do this with even with half a brain, maybe I can do even better!’ I decided to become competitive with it and in 2013 I finished UNCP with a degree in biology and botany. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. This was a big deal and probably the single proudest moment for my mom. In my last year at Pembroke, they let me experiment with aquaponics in their greenhouse. I’d read many of Joel Salatin’s books (of Polyface Farms) and kept an eye on Will Allen, whose nonprofit organization, Growing Power, was a true inspiration. These two were leaders. I knew even then that I could utilize their principles of sustainable agriculture and help change food systems. After I graduated, it didn’t fit my ethics to go to work for corporate agriculture or to work in a lab. It was time for me to try to change my community. I wasn’t sure what was next, but I interned with the Student Conservation Association, later working with the Veterans Fire Corporation to help me transition. I lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, for one summer and went to the farmers market every Saturday. It was exciting to see what was

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happening there. I was hooked. But I never thought I would end up in rural North Carolina! Become a fulltime farmer? My friends thought I was crazy. In September 2013, through the kindness of Noran Sanford and John Davison, I was connected with Dr. Neil Griffin and his wife, Soledad. They were already developing their 11-acre family farm and hydroponics operation in Southern Pines, growing sustainable fruits and vegetables and raising livestock. In 2009, they purchased 466 acres in Hoke County for the express purpose of expanding that endeavor and pursuing innovative agricultural projects. I was invited to come on board. It didn’t take much arm-twisting. Being offered to run a farm was a young biologist’s dream! Every day I honestly feel that being here has literally saved my life. And the Griffins have really taught me about what community means. Coming from innercity Pittsburgh, my definition of that was quite different. The poverty there is worlds apart from that in rural communities. But there are parallels. The people in Hoke County are humble, yet have great pride in what they do. I don’t call myself a farmer, but a beginning farmer. I look for their advice and seek out mentors such as John Counsel, who has been farming organically here his whole life. Instead of me trying to tell people what to do, my approach is to ask what it is I can do for them. That is the example of the Griffin family. We hire local people and we buy things at the local hardware. It’s our hope that this will build community and that in turn they will help support us.


he farm in Raeford is not a manicured showcase at this point—it’s still a work in progress — although someday soon Davon hopes it will become a fullscale educational farm. It’s a working operation, with nine acres planted in sweet scuppernong muscadine grapes. Native to the Southeast (and the official state fruit of North Carolina), muscadines are large, greenishbronze-colored fruits packed full of nutrients and flavor. They have been cultivated and used for making fine wine here since the 17th century. “I’d never tasted a muscadine grape until I came here,” Davon says. “But once I did, I was sold! It was the sweetest taste explosion I’d ever experienced.” The farm provides juice to retail outlets like Nature’s Own in Southern Pines and other venues. Besides products grown on the farm, bales of pine straw coming out of the 300-plus acres of natural longleaf pine forest on the property also contribute to the bottom line as well as providing local jobs. There are no chemical pesticides on the property. Herbicides were used in early restoration projects but not on an ongoing basis. “If you can’t farm without pesticides, you’re really not a farmer,” Davon insists. What he means is no rebuke to others, but a call to think about the land in a more holistic way. “We don’t cut the grass between the grapes, because that is where all the beneficial insects live. And the chickens take care of the weeds without us having to lift a finger. There’s really no need for chemicals here.” Dr. Neil Griffin and his wife, Dr. “Sole” (Soledad) Griffin, owners of Fussy Gourmet Farm, arrived in the Sandhills in 1993. They immediately fell in love with the area, and when Neil was offered a position at Carolina Eye Associates, it seemed a perfect fit. (Sole is a radiologist with Pinehurst Radiology Associates.) They started the farm when their three children were small — a simple garden plot, a few chickens for eggs, mostly for fun and education. As their enthusiasm and appreciation for eating organically grew, this mushroomed into providing produce for local farmers markets and a real commitment to the health of their community. “She’s the ‘gourmet,’ and I’m the ‘fussy’ in the farm,” Neil Griffin says. He grew up in a rural area of Alabama, where his grandfather was an avid gardener. The family would sit on the porch and shell peas and make

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fantastic meals straight out of the garden. Farmers in the area, who sold their fresh produce at curbside markets, also inspired him. Although it was nostalgia for those days that first sparked the idea of becoming farmers, it was his wife’s passion for gourmet cooking that really got things growing. Before long they had strong demand for a variety of produce, including micro-greens and herbs for local restaurants. But they had a much more holistic mission in mind — to provide a quality of life for everyone that would transcend generations. That led to thoughts of expansion and the purchase of the acreage in Hoke County. When it came time to build their home in Southern Pines, the Griffins continued their dream of a holistic alternative permaculture. Their local contractor, Kim Bonville, and their mechanical systems engineer, Robert Dyer, worked together to incorporate a hydroponic greenhouse, closed geothermal loops in the ponds (which helped save home energy costs) and multiple barns and paddocks where livestock, such as the Spanish goats, could be birthed and nursed. Having medical facilities on-site at their home in Southern Pines allows them to give the animals one-on-one attention before being returned to the farm in Raeford.


or the Griffins, having Davon come on board was a real breath of fresh air. “He was a lucky find for us,” Neil Griffin relates. “After buying the property in Hoke County, we quickly realized that we couldn’t do it all ourselves. Until Davon, we didn’t know if we could make it work. “We’re a ‘Pick-Your-Own farm’ for now,” says Davon. The harvest begins in August or September, whenever the grapes decide they’re ready. Selling at farmers markets is a vision for the near future, but for now the juice from the


grapes is sold to churches for Communion and to retail and wholesale outlets. “Everything we do is to the highest standards. If it is not going to be the best, we won’t do it,” Davon emphasizes. “And it is great to have a family like the Griffins to back up that philosophy.” There are 250 very contented free-range chickens on the property who act as Davon’s co-farmers, weeding and fertilizing the rows of grapes as they go. “They do all the work,” he says. “They are highly efficient at maintaining the weeds and keeping insects under control.” There are also twenty-four Baby Doll sheep (the lambs are adorable), eighty Baylis Spanish goats that, along with forester Jim Gray, help restore the natural ecosystem of the longleaf pine forest. There are also thirty heritage-breed pigs, including Ossabaw, Berkshire, Hereford and Old Spot pigs, which are critically endangered. “We wanted to find out which breeds were the most tasty and had the best temperament,” says Davon. The star of the farm, though, is unquestionably 5-month-old “Tinkerbelle.” Tinkerbelle is the only survivor of a Berkshire pig litter whose siblings froze to death last winter when their mother got out of the barn. She’s about twentyfive pounds at present, but will eventually weigh in at 400-500 pounds. She’s a charmer, and forgive the pun, a real ham. She ambles up to visitors, gives them a soft nuzzle and looks them in the eye, giving a warm welcome to the farm. Davon insists that she comes immediately when he calls and can understand any of his directions. And indeed she does! She is destined to become the farm ambassador. When I asked him whether she’d be subject to slaughter, he laughed and shook his head. “Not Tinkerbelle,” he says. “She’s definitely SOME PIG!” He buys her apples and fruit on sale and she is definitely spoiled. “She’ll make pretty piglets,” Davon assures me. Also patrolling the farm are five Great Pyrenees dogs. All but one is a rescue. They not only serve to keep Davon company, but are often the farm greeters. It’s becoming harder and harder to farm because of the market and the cost

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of land. It’s a tough business, especially in Hoke County where there are issues of poverty, lack of education and homelessness. “It’s unjust. Our food system has become so distant and so complex,” Davon says. “Some people think hunger doesn’t exist, and it is beyond imagination that with so much land that there are people who aren’t fed. No one in this country should worry about having enough food.” The question is: How do you make gourmet agriculture both sustainable and affordable to the local population? “Labor availability is a big issue. Even though we pay more than they can make at big box stores, farming is plain hard physical work and not many find that appealing. There’s a high turnover.” Davon suffers from narcolepsy as one result of his injuries, which means he only needs some thirty minutes a day to sleep. That extra energy comes in handy. It’s needed to keep up with farm chores with such a limited and often unpredictable number of helpers. “There are a lot of moving parts in this kind of operation. Davon has allowed us to do what other farms couldn’t,” Neil Griffin says. “He’s an incredible resource — in both his unending energy and his education and experience.” Davon is 25 years old, while the average age of farmers in Hoke County is 62. “There’s a huge gap between these folks and the younger generation,” says Goodwin. “Right now there are less than ten family farms left in the whole county. It’s scary to think of our food being grown by so few. We desperately need young farmers.” One of his goals is to find aspiring farmers and to help them realize their own dream. There are one hundred acres of pasture at Fussy Gourmet that he hopes will lure young, aspiring farmers. “You can’t do it alone these days. It’s an awesome opportunity for anyone who seriously wants to follow this path.” Davon encourages children and community-based groups, such as the Future Farmers of America (FFA), to interact with the farm. Along with clinical psychologist Noran Sanford, he also does volunteer work with Growing Change, a nonprofit that pairs at-risk youth and veterans. “I am their mentor and role model,” he says, “but these kids, ages 15–18, are my therapists. They come out of what I call the ‘unholy trinity’ of poverty, homelessness and lack of success at school. They’ve

been pushed out of society.” They work side-by-side with him on community garden projects and hopefully on the farm. He’s seen a number of them start back to school. “I am so impressed with these kids,” Davon says. “They haven’t given up. They give me a sense of hope. If they can make it, I can make it.” He also works with Kavita Koppa and the Veteran Farmers Coalition (VFC) as well as RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International). He also has three paid high school interns who help on the farm during the summer. “They think it’s totally cool, even when it’s 100 degrees out here!” Davon thrives on the peace and quiet, the sometimes-austere solitude of the farm. He lives in a camper on the property, albeit one with air conditioning and satellite TV. “Even farmers need entertainment!” he quips. Essentially, the farm is his therapy, his place of self-reflection. One of his greatest joys is when his 2-yearold son Amir Levon Goodwin visits the farm. “It is so awesome to see him run around barefoot, to really enjoy being a kid. It’s so different from how I grew up on the streets. He is one of my heroes, really. It was the thought of him that kept me going in my darkest times.” Amir also happens to be the model for the farm’s juice products. “America is not perfect, but there is no place better,” Davon insists. “As a soldier and now as a farmer, I’ve had the chance to serve my country twice. This is how I can make a real contribution now. I’d go back to Afghanistan in a heartbeat, but this is how I can initiate change — by teaching others, especially kids, that food doesn’t come from grocery stores, but from the Earth. It’s a way of life, not a job. I’d do it for nothing if I had to, because it’s not about a paycheck. It gives me a sense of purpose. I live my dreams every day and I hope to encourage other young people to do the same. “The way I look at,” says Davon, “I’m blessed. I get paid to play in the dirt. Someday my young son will know my story, and I want it to be a good one. It’s my hope that others will be inspired and remember that our dreams are part of what make us human. If you can dream, you can do anything!” PS

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With soldierly dedication to detail, a new craft brewery comes to The Pines Story and Photographs by Timothy L. Hale


he military breeds a special bond between the men and women who serve in uniform. It is this bond, or brotherhood, that allows military units to operate with skill and efficiency in order to meet their objectives. This brotherhood rings especially true for Micah Niebauer, 34, John Brumer, 27, and Jason Ginos, 31, co-founders of Southern Pines Brewing Company. After serving with the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, for the past few years, the trio felt their military careers had peaked. Gone were the days of deploying to far-off lands doing what years of training and discipline had instilled in them. Much like surveying a battlefield, they eyed their futures and decided it was time to focus on a new objective: building and operating a craft brewery in Southern Pines. After spending a few years brewing beer at home, the idea of starting a brewery seemed like the next logical step. “A craft brewery was always one of the things we talked about that would be good in Southern Pines,” Niebauer said. “We were all done with our (Special Forces) team time. I was a headquarters company commander, and John and Jason were both instructors. We were looking at staff positions from here on out and those operational ‘fun’ jobs were done.” After outlining their course of action, they put their plan into play with little hesitation. “There wasn’t enough time for second-guessing,” Ginos said. “We came up with a very ambitious timeline. It was time to execute and run with it.” Niebauer said having worked and deployed together multiple times also aided in their decision to go into business together, and that starting a brewery was easy compared to some of the things they’d had to do before in their military careers.

Adapt and Overcome

Just like most Special Forces soldiers who are able to use their comple-


mentary military skills to adapt and overcome, the trio share the day-to-day operation of running the brewery. Niebauer is the chief executive officer; Brumer is the operations officer, while Ginos is the chief financial officer. Securing a Small Business Administration Patriot Express loan was one of the early keys to success in getting the business started. With the brewery being more than 51 percent veteran-owned, it was critical to the success of finding financing. Another key component was getting qualified training to become brewers. Niebauer and Brumer attended the Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school, in Chicago, and White Labs, in San Diego, where they learned the art and science of fermentation. In addition, all three men visited approximately forty microbreweries over the past year, researching, asking questions and taking notes. “The brewing industry is very transparent,” Brumer said. “Everyone we talked with was very helpful when we told them we were starting a brewery.” Thanks to the training and research, they didn’t have to hire a trained brewer at the start. “If we were going to do this we had to really learn what a good commercial brewery was to make a quality, repeatable product,” Niebauer said.

Starting Out in Style

Currently, Southern Pines Brewing Company offers three flagship styles of beer — Duck Hook Cream Ale, Saison Farmhouse Ale, and the Man of Law IPA — all of which are their own variations of current and popular craft beers. There will also be seven other styles that will be rotated throughout the year. “There will not be a specific seven styles,” Niebauer said. “There are always going to be different styles that we are making so there is always a reason to come to the brewery and try something that, for us, was fun to make.” Brumer said that by adding different malts and different water profiles

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Micah Niebauer, John Brumer, and Jason Ginos


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from places like England and Germany, they could make a beer that may have a different taste from a previous brewing process. Their styles and processes will be driven by feedback from their clients and customers. Currently, they are supplying kegs to a variety of local establishments, such as The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, The Sly Fox Pub, Triangle Wine and Too Blonde Tavern. They recently provided beer at Triangle Wine for a “tap takeover” and the Culinary Showcase at the Carolina. “We blew all three kegs of our flagship beers at Triangle Wine,” Niebauer said. “That was the first time they’ve ever gone through three kegs in an evening.” He added the IPA has done so well they have put a hold on bringing on new accounts until a new batch has been brewed so they can maintain the current taps they service. But beer novices and aficionados will not have to go to a local establishment to try their beers. Southern Pines Brewing Company will also feature a tap, or tasting room. “It’s not a bar; we’re not serving food,” Niebauer said. “This truly needs to be a place where people come to experience beer and learn more about it. Our goals and aspirations are that people in our tasting room have the same passion and love of beer that we have.”

Home in Southern Pines

None of the men were born here. But Niebauer, from Superior, Wisconsin; Ginos, from Coffeen, Illinois; and Brumer, from Houston, all said the decision to stay and work in Southern Pines was easy. “The town of Southern Pines, as well as Moore County, is synonymous with our own core values,” Brumer said. “We want to be a community-based business, and this is very much a community-based town. They are very supportive of local and small businesses.” Ginos said the trio’s passion and work ethic fit right in with many other businesses and residents in the area. “I always told these guys from Day One, I’ve always been passionate about investing, my values, and keeping my family here in Southern Pines,” Ginos said. “I’m not investing in a product. I’m investing in these two guys and the team. “There is no better place to be,” Ginos continued. “You’re not driving to work, you’re driving to something that you are passionate about.” PS Timothy L. Hale, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is an award-winning freelance photojournalist and graphic designer based in Pinehurst. When he isn’t freelancing, he works as a Department of the Army civilian at Fort Bragg. You can see more of his work at timothyhale.com

Southern Pines Brewing Company grand opening celebration will be held Saturday, October 18 from noon to 6 p.m. The event is held in association with Moore Forward. There will be a food truck rodeo and live music. The brewery is located at 565 Air Tool Drive Suite E in Southern Pines. For more information, call 910-365-9925 or email info@southernpinesbrewing.com.

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Long Ride to Glory

How a girl who never gave up and a horse nobody wanted made it all the way to the biggest show By Toby R aymond

The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back. — Amber Senti


t’s pitch dark at 4:30 a.m. when the alarm rings, but Rachel Jurgens is already up. She’s got horses to feed and a business to run, which means she better get out to the barn n-o-w. Waiting none too patiently at the gate, she’s greeted by a chorus of welcome calls reminding her that the serious task of breakfast is at hand. While the routine rarely varies, the tradeoff for sleeping in is more than worth it when a soft round muzzle gently touches her shoulder, and liquid brown eyes close in tribute to having been well-served. However, all bets were off the last week in April, when Rachel and her beloved Ziggy were ensconced at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Elite contenders at one of the world’s most prestigious yearly equestrian competitions, they were about to enter a rarified, “by invitation only” world: the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. This is a rigorous triathlon where Olympic-caliber horse and rider pairs compete across three distinct disciplines: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Just to finish would put them at the upper echelons of the sport known as Eventing. With its roots in the military, “Militaire,” as it was originally known, was first introduced in 1912 at the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. An opportunity to showcase the intensive training required for a cavalry team to perform in battle, the sport quickly took hold, evolving over the years to become a widespread competition for horse enthusiasts at all levels. Tradition dictates that the first phase begins with dressage, the French term for “training.” Often referred to as “horse ballet,” its origin predates the Renaissance in Europe, and has changed little since then. With precision, elegance and obedience on the parade ground and on marches, dressage was also an exhibition of a horse and rider’s readiness for close contact battle. That the rider could control the horse’s movements, whether to lengthen or shorten his strides, move his shoulders or hindquarters to turn, kick out or move laterally, and do it all with the slightest cues, was evidence of their ability to confront the enemy. Today’s games feature a prescribed sequence of maneuvers ridden individually in a regulation 20 by 60 meter enclosed arena where a series of progressively challenging “tests,” from training level to the exalted Grand Prix, assesses horse and rider harmony. Setting the stage for cross country and show jumping as well, at Rolex the pair is competing at the highest level. In the same way, the second phase, cross country, is an exercise in courage and endurance. Historically, as horse and rider traveled over miles of uneven ground at top speed, the pair also was expected to brave fire, jump off a cliff to nowhere, and negotiate their way into, over and through a formidable combination of dark holes, obstacles and bodies of water in order to relay important military dispatches; or, even more importantly, that they have the stamina to chase or run from an enemy for an extended period of time.

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Still considered by many to be the most exciting, if the most perilous, the Rolex cross country course mimics such conditions. Consisting of approximately thirty to forty solidly built, man-high jumps, such as telephone poles, massive logs and stone walls, together with other obstacles, such as ponds, streams, ditches, drops and banks, the course is situated on four miles of rugged terrain over which horse and rider gallop at speeds of up to 25 mph. Timing is also a key factor, with riders allowed a narrow window of finish times (optimum time) without fault; completing the course too quickly or too slowly will result in time penalties. On top of which, red marks are added for every refusal or run-out (of a jump), with a

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horse and rider pair being eliminated after a total of four “disobediences” or three “disobediences” at one obstacle. Going off course or missing a jump results in the same, with automatic elimination if a horse and rider become separated. The final phase, show jumping, was created to prove beyond a doubt that the team was battle-ready. No matter how exhausted from previous efforts, horse and rider had to exhibit not only the physical strength, but the mental fortitude to meet any challenge, regardless of what was asked of them. To quote the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of equestrian sport, “The test on the third day is not an ordinary show jumping competition. Its sole object is to demonstrate that, on the day after a severe test of endurance, the horses have retained the suppleness, energy and obedience necessary for them to continue in service.” Although the course is designed to challenge a horse and rider’s fitness and stamina, technical proficiency also plays a major role. Navigating over twelve or fifteen obstacles in a limited space, complete with tight turns and several direction changes, the goal is to clear each jump in the least amount of time. Unlike their fixed cross country counterparts, each obstacle is brightly colored and topped with a delicately balanced, removable rail that can be dislodged with the slightest touch of a hoof, resulting in a costly four-point fault. At competition’s end, the penalties for the three phases are added together to determine the winning score. The pair with the lowest number of points gets it all: a share of the $250,000 prize money, plus a Rolex watch, and, of course, owning the 2014 championship title. Many hundreds of would-be Rolex competitors do their due diligence each year, which involves garnering the requisite number of points at sanctioned events and horse trials throughout the U.S. and Europe in order to qualify for a coveted spot on the roster. In 2014, only seventy-six horse and rider combinations made the grade, among them, Rachel and Ziggy. Boasting 60,000-plus spectators who journey from around the world to witness a spectacle like no other in the U.S., it is into this electrically charged, rockconcert-like environment that Rachel parked her truck and trailer. The energy was so palpable that Ziggy, always sensitive, responded in kind. He was on high alert, with ears pricked forward and head held high, his distinctive white star a bright light at the open window as he looked out to inspect his surroundings.


While getting the nod is a thrill for even the most seasoned veteran, what makes Rachel and Ziggy’s story all the more compelling is that they arrived sans entourage or weighty sponsorships, and on a budget — virtually unheard of in today’s high stakes competitive sports. And, as if that wasn’t remarkable enough, Ziggy, at 18, would be the oldest equine participant in this year’s lineup. “To come on the grounds as a competitor, it truly was a dream-come-true moment,” recounts Rachel, which she attributes to the culmination of crazy hard work and serendipity. “I put my head down and took one step at a time. As long as Ziggy was sound [healthy] and willing, I found a way to keep on going.” “Keep on going” is nothing new to Rachel, as she has been doing just that since she was 4 years old and came down with “horse fever.” “I got it from my mother, who did a fair bit of riding prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom on our ten-acre farm in Oregon,” Rachel says. “My dad was a teacher. There wasn’t a lot of money, so when I was given my first horse, Buns, I had to ride bareback until I was nine and could afford a saddle.” Smiling as she remembers the many odd jobs she did to earn money, she talks fondly of how lucky she was to be able to “ride all over the place, despite taking a lot of spills.” Her parents were tremendously supportive, believing that having a horse was a healthy way for her to grow up. As testimony, she looks back to the days when her father chopped firewood in trade for hay. Although she was a member of a 4-H horse program, (4-H — Head, Heart, Hands and Health — is the largest youth organization in the U.S., and is best known for its “learn by doing” format), Rachel refers to herself as the “Lone Ranger,” especially as her first saddle was “English” in a community of Western cowboys. “While most kids were ‘cutting cows’ [on horseback], I was tearing around on Buns, who was more than happy to oblige. Right from the beginning I loved to go fast,” she recalls, “but I was a duck out of water because of it.” However, Rachel eventually did find a place where she fit in, thanks to her mom’s former instructor, Colonel Borg, an ex-Olympic dressage rider who moved to Oregon from the East Coast. Recognizing her natural talent right away, he took young Rachel under his wing. Together with her next horse, Jazzy, a gift from the Colonel, he coached them up the ranks, where they competed at the higher levels.

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Admittedly, having been until then untrained and a little bit wild, Rachel says, “I learned how to harness that energy — to become disciplined and precise, and above all, to be patient. It didn’t come easily, but developing those skills provided the foundation for what was to come next.” Entering Oregon State’s Riding Program with Jazzy in the fall of 1989, Rachel, never a stranger to hard work, had a series of jobs to make ends meet. She waitressed at night, gave lessons for Jazzy’s board, and paid her tuition by becoming a firefighter in the summers. “The money was great, and being a firefighter was very exciting, like the adrenaline rush you feel when going cross country,” she laughs, “but there wasn’t time to ride — a big downside.” Back at school, however, it was all about riding. “Everything I did was for my horse — to ride my horse — to keep my horse,” she says, which is what prompted her to take on additional work as an exercise rider. Claiming it was the job that changed her life, Rachel pays tribute to the woman for whom she rode, an eventer who encouraged her to take up the sport. “It was like coming home. I used all the skills I learned as a dressage rider, plus I could go really, really fast,” she says with a grin. That was in 1999. By 2003 Rachel had become a serious competitor, and felt she was ready to move up the ranks. She sold her startup business for the funds to come east to work with Olympic gold medalist Jim Wofford, taking along her home-bred mare, Ignition, who “could jump the moon.” To prove it, she tells the story of how her “little power-house” was turned loose in a jump arena during one of their layovers on the trip to Virginia. “I thought she’d do what most horses would do: move around a bit to get comfortable in their new surroundings, and then settle down to eat hay. I never expected her to actually jump the jumps, but she bounded over one after another, forward — backward — in all sorts of configurations. I was afraid she’d keep at it all night if I didn’t take her out of there.” Although she was clearly destined for greatness, Ignition’s career was tragically cut short two days after their arrival, the result of a pasture injury. The prognosis, while not life threatening, was grim — many, many months of rest. It was quite a blow, but as all horse people know, such are the fortunes of ownership. But fate came into play again when, to stave off boredom, Rachel took a job exercising race horses. It was there that she came upon a small bay gelding

with a signature white star etched on his forehead. His name was Ziggy, and he was a disaster. Because he was unwilling to leave his pasture mates, Rachel couldn’t lead him to the trailer without a fight, and once there, she couldn’t get him loaded. “He’d explode and take off without warning,” she recalls. “And going to a show? It was a nightmare! When I finally could put on his saddle, I’d have to find a field in which to gallop him, sometimes for almost an hour, before going into the practice ring. Even then, he was so crazy everyone would scatter when they’d see us coming. But, as soon as it was time to go to work [in the arena or on the cross country course], he was brilliant!” As it turns out, the owner made Rachel a great deal, because as she put it, “nobody else wanted him.” Eleven years later, with “a lot of love and more than a little patience,” they have come to an understanding and now are a dynamic team. While their journey has had its share of twists and turns along the way, with grit and determination, and an incredible outpouring of support from family and the community as well, it has led them to the highest heights, that one peak moment: taking on the big boys at Rolex. At long last, Rachel and Ziggy’s time had come. Three, two, one, GO: and they hit it out of the park, finishing in the top third, an extraordinary feat by anyone’s standards. After receiving a hero’s welcome home, they are now back to business as usual. Rachel is up early once again to do chores before going off to work at Pony Espresso, a coffee drive-through on the corner of Morganton and Broad Streets in Southern Pines, her latest entrepreneurial venture, which she says she started to support her horse habit. Looking over to the pasture where Ziggy, now retired from competition, is quietly grazing, Rachel, with tears in her eyes, reflects upon her experience. “There is nothing more powerful than realizing a dream. As I walked the [cross country] course [before her time to ride], I cried for the pure joy of being there. And as for Ziggy, I kept telling him how much I loved him. It’s a dangerous sport, and there was a real risk that he could have been hurt — or worse.” But they made it. A girl and her horse . . . and the best part: She did it her way. PS Toby Raymond last wrote a cover story for PineStraw magazine about barns.

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S tor y of a house

Second Bloom Rose Cottage, once home to the fashionable Razook family, finds new life and owners who cherish its heritage


n the early 1900s, wealthy Northerners returned to Pinehurst in October for a winter of salubrious air, golf and socializing. Some families rented ($185 for six months) the twenty-five “cottages” James Tufts built for this purpose. A railroad spur delivered their furnishings, supplies and servants. A school was created for their children. Appropriate, then, that this month new owners of Tufts’ first cottage — built in 1895 and virtually untouched since the 1940s — will arrive from Ohio to restore it respectfully, within a modern context, as their full-time residence. For Rose Cottage the time has come. “Rose Cottage wasn’t even on our list,” says Lisa Case, a retired attorney who with husband Bill purchased the historic residence after searching the


area, perhaps for something newer. “All I could see was the work. But (Bill) heard the angels singing.” This anthem commenced when Pinehurst was still a cluster of raw construction, muddy roads and scruffy vegetation. Creator James Tufts gambled on the climate and newly popular golf to attract Americans in a pre- “Downton Abbey” era, when women wore bustles and men, bowlers. Rose Cottage was the first rental unit Tufts sold, in 1906, to a carefully screened Mr. George Blake, who renamed it Adoketon. Documents describe the modest structure as having seven rooms, a large open sunroom, one bath and steam heat. Selling price: $1,050. Over the next three decades, as the village developed, Adoketon changed hands (and names) several times while nearly doubling in size with the addition of bathrooms, closets, a maid’s room and serviceable kitchen.

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By Deborah Salomon • Photographs by John Gessner

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Full kitchens were not necessary at the outset, as cottagers took meals communally. To this day, the refrigerator sits in the ice-box nook near the back door, convenient for the ice man. The cottage assumed more panache when, in 1940, F.R. Razook purchased the property within sight of village shops. Razook, a Lebanese immigrant, brought his stylish wife, Rose, to Blowing Rock, where he operated a ladies’ clothing store. The two savvy fashion entrepreneurs decided to follow the money crowd to Pinehurst, Lake Placid, Palm Beach, Manhattan and Greenwich. While the Great Depression wiped out many fortunes, the Razooks thrived on the survivors, gaining a status that today would make Bergdorf Goodman look like Target. Gen. George Marshall’s wife reportedly purchased the gown she wore at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation from Mme. Razook. Rose and F.R.’s daughter, Renee Dunne, now retired in Connecticut, recalls happy times with her brother and sister in their winter home staffed by a cook, maid and chauffeur. “They used to close off the street so we could roller skate. I played tennis at the country club,” Dunne says. But she cannot remember ever being allowed on the Juliet balcony off the master suite. Her parents entertained Pinehurst glitterati in


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the enormous sun room, enhanced by an equally enormous Oriental carpet. “I especially enjoyed the little brick patio (in front), where we put up an umbrella. The house was wonderful, comfortable, well-located, couldn’t have been a better place to grow up,” Dunne says. But she did. The cottage was used less and less — usually only at Easter, when the azaleas were a-bloom. Dunne inherited Rose Cottage in 1980. Some renovations were undertaken. But, after her husband died in 2009, maintenance became a burden. Renee’s daughter took the huge Oriental carpet, her son opted for tables and chairs. A tag sale cleared the rest. Only an archival photo of the house hung from a wall — a gift for its new owners. By August the property stood a sad Cinderella, begging a Fairy Godmother. Wavy glass windows were intact but the porch sagged, the floorplan seemed jumbled and the bathrooms, dated. Ill-fitting broadloom covered upstairs hardwood. The kitchen — a period piece. Yet these very conditions appeal to real estate agent Emily Hewson, who remembers the interior from its glory days. “Better (this) than a botched job,” she says. As it happens, golfers Bill and Lisa Case are the ideal Fairy Godparents. They live in German Village, a neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio on the National Register of Historic Places, which was settled in the mid-19th century and revitalized beginning in 1960. Here, the homes are sturdy rather than glamorous, the owners brimming with historic pride. “We are sensitive to remodeling,” Lisa says. She describes their role as caretakers, not owners. “We won’t gut Rose Cottage, rather work within the footprint — tweak the floor plan for the kitchen, upgrade the bathrooms.” In other words, a nip-tuck that stops short of festooning walls with crown moldings and ceilings with recessed lighting. The location — perfect. “We like to walk to coffee shops in the village, meet our neighbors and become part of the community,” Lisa says. She isn’t worried about their furniture fitting the choppy wall space. “We’ll figure that out when we move in.” Work starts this month with completion projected for early spring, when rocking chairs will line the porch and guests replace ghosts in the sunroom. Because by the time the azaleas bloom again, so will Rose Cottage. PS



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By Noah Salt

A Writer in the Garden

Bittersweet October is finally here, autumn’s version of April. Harvest season is winding up and hardwood trees have reached their glorious finale — fiery maples, crimson elms, brilliant yellow beech leaves drifting to the darkening Earth. Horse apples are also turning to cider in the long dry grass beneath the orchard trees and the mornings are sometimes misty, sometimes bell clear. Summer’s leftovers are being cleared away. The ferns along the back fence are turning to rust. Funeral pyres of leaves pile up in the neighborhood — someone is burning their own around the block — and a noticeably colder rain comes down. The first fires of the season will soon be lit indoors, with guardian jack-o’-lanterns and mums anchoring porches, awaiting young goblins in search of treats. Indian corn will be tacked to doors, a symbol of the harvest feast to come. The garden out back is looking more than a little forlorn, leggy and home to only a few late-season melons, mashed figs and early winter greens. Goldfinches and myrtle warblers are returning to the feeders; robins returning to get high on the rich red berries of the Savannah hollies and blazing old-fashioned nandina.

“Trees are the teachers, revealers, containers, companions, and protectors of the sacred, and our relationship to them, whether we meet them gently in a forest or, muscled and equipped, cut them down for the price of lumber, touches on our deepest values, emotions, and sense of meaning. Divinity resides somehow in the marrow of a tree and in the sanctuary made of the overarching branches of an avenue or the columns of a grove or the mere umbrella of a tree’s foliage. ‘Cleave a piece of wood,’ says Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas, ‘I am there.’” — Thomas Moore, from The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, 1996

October Highways October may be the ideal time for a weekend family road trip. Fortunately, great events and destinations abound. Here’s a trio of our favorites from shore to mountaintop. Plenty more can be found at www.visitnc.com. The 36th Annual Riverfest, October 3–5, Wilmington. The beloved celebration of Cape Fear life and culture featuring great food and scores of craft beers, live entertainment on two stages. The Storytelling Festival of the Carolinas, October 18–19, Laurinburg. The annual extravaganza of the spoken word featuring dozens of the finest yarn-spinners, storyweavers and flat-out delightful liars found anywhere. Ghost Train Halloween Festival, every weekend in October, Blowing Rock. Spend your day leaf-peeping the Blue Ridge Parkway at its peak and wind up at a safe and spooktacular family-friendly attraction ranked as one of the Top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society. Attractions include rides on the ghost train, the creepy carnival and trick or treating. Reserve early, guests limited each evening. (800) 526-5740. PS PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2014



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Photo Exhibit

Photography Club will present a collection of its photographic artwork. The artwork will be displayed in the Hastings Gallery adjacent to the Boyd Library. Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst.

Wednesday, October 1

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

Wednesday, October 1 – November 15

•LUNCH AND LEARN. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. “Peel Me Please.” Learn all about the different

types of peels, from superficial to deep. Lunch, goodie bags, specials. The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, 80 Aviemore Court, Pinehurst. RSVP to info@pinehurstlaser.com or (910) 295-1130.

Wednesday, October 1 – 28

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ART EXHIBIT. The David McCune International Art Gallery presents Testament, an exhibition of photographs by the late Chris Hondros. The exhibit runs through November 15. The David McCune International Art Gallery, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, on the Methodist University campus. Info: (910) 425-5379 or www.davidmccunegallery.org.

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Thursday, October 2

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Judson Theatre Company presents the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s, and his daughter, Scout. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (800) 514-3849 or www.JudsonTheatre.com.

Thursday, October 2 – 5

THEATER PRODUCTION. The Methodist University Theatre Department presents Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound. Shows are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Huff Concert Hall, Reeves Fine Arts Building, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 630- 7104, ebridens@methodist.


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ART EXHIBIT: 6 – 8 p.m. Arts Council of Moore County presents the opening reception for the exhibit featuring paintings by Beth E. Roy and pottery by Dian Moore. The artwork will be on exhibit through October 31, weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free and open to

FIRST FRIDAY. 5 – 8:30p.m. A familyfriendly event. Live music, food and beverages, entertainment. Cody ChesnuTT performs. Free admission. The grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St. Inside Sunrise Theater in case of rain. Info: www.firstfri-


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BOTANICAL GARDEN FALL CONCERT. 6 p.m. “Pops in the Garden.” A brass quintet performs Broadway show tunes, jazz and soundtracks. Mini concerts will be performed by musicians from the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Light dinner fare and beverages available for purchase from Pierro’s Catering. Free for Garden members. Adults:

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$10; Military: $9; Children age 6-12: $5; children under 5, free. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or www.capefearbg.org.

BEACH FRIDAY. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. A fantastic evening of live beach music provided by the Sand Band. Admission is $10 per person at the door. Food vendors, along with soda and water for sale. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or www.cypressbendvineyards.com.

Saturday, October 4

AUTUMNFEST. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join us in Downtown Park in Southern Pines for great family fun at the 36th annual Autumnfest. The annual festival features foot races (l mile, 5K), youth sprint races, children’s activities, handcrafted items, food, and stage entertainment. Info: eguthrie@southernpines.net or www.southernpines.net.

CAMERON ANTIQUES FAIR. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. More than 300 dealers display their antiques and collectibles in village shops and along streets. Cameron Historic District, 485 Carthage St., Cameron. Info: (910) 245-3055 or www.antiquesofcameron.com.

PLANT WORKSHOP. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Linda Hamwi will conduct a class to create a container garden to take home using winter hardy plants and a conifer. All materials supplied. Cost: $55/members; $65/non-members. Sandhills Horticultural Society, 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882.

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Sunday, October 5

HISTORY LECTURE. 2 p.m. The Moore County Historical Association is sponsoring two lectures and slide presentations — by David Woodruff and Ed Aswad — about the history of Southern Pines and the area. Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of East Pennsylvania Avenue and South Ashe Street There will be question and answer opportunities following the talks. Admission is free. Info: (910) 246-0053.

ART EXHIBIT. 3 – 5 p.m. Artists League of the Sandhills presents a show and sale entitled The Structure of Spaces. Dual exhibition showcases the new works of KC Sorvari and Linda Bruening. The show runs through October 29. Info: (910) 944-3979.

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Tuesday, October 7

STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Baby Bunnies Storytime for ages birth to 18 months engages parents and children in early literacy practices. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Tuesday, October 7 – 8

TAG SALE. 8 a. m. – 1 p.m. Come out for the 7th annual tag sale held at Community Presbyterian Church, 125 Everette Road, Pinehurst.

Wednesday, October 8

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

swing, and big band music. Mini concerts will be performed by musicians from the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Light dinner fare and beverages available for purchase from Pierro’s Catering. Free for Garden members. Adults: $10; Military: $9; Children age 6-12: $5; children under age 5, free. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or www. capefearbg.org.

JAZZY FRIDAY. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. A fantastic evening of live jazz music provided by the Mike Wallace Quartet. Admission is $10 per person at the door. Food vendors, along with soda and water for sale. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or www.cypressbendvineyards.com.

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Thursday, October 9

HARVEST THE PROMISE. 6 p.m. Family Promise of Moore County invites you to attend the 7th annual Harvest the Promise event. Sample signature dishes from Wolcott’s, Rhett’s and Bonefish Grill. Silent and live auctions. All proceeds provide shelter, meals and supportive services to homeless families in our community. The Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road South, Pinehurst. Tickets are $50 per person; and sponsorships available. Info: Susan Bellew at (910) 944-7149.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. The Science of Thanksgiving program is for children in grades K-5 and their families, and will feature the cool science and information behind some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Friday, October 10

SHAW HOUSE FAIR. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy live music all day with local musicians. Take a lunch break of hot dogs, beans and corn bread and watch craft demonstrations or tour the grounds. The Shaw House, corner of Morganton Road and Broad Street in Southern Pines. Admission is free. Event sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association. Info: (910) 692- 2051 or www.moorehistory.com.

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CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC. 7 • p.m. The Carolina Philharmonic presents

Symphonic Masterworks: Fireworks. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687 0287 or www.carolinaphil.org.

Sunday, October 12

POET INDUCTION. 2 p.m. The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct four poets: Betty Adcock, Ronald H. Bayes, Jaki Shelton Green and Shelby Stephenson. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, 555 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.nclhof.org.

SERIES. 3–4 p.m. The SARDINE FESTIVAL. Everyone is invited •EXPLORATION • Explorations Series for Adults welcomes to join their family, friends, neighbors, Town

officials and staff at Aberdeen Lake Park for a lunch of sardines, crackers, Moon Pies, RC Colas, and Cokes. Admission: Free. Aberdeen Lake Park, 301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7275 or www.aberdeen.municipalcms.com.

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FirstHealth Dietician Ashley Carpenter. Find out what gluten is and how it can affect your health. Sample gluten-free snacks and goodies, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

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Tuesday, October 14

STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Baby Bunnies Storytime for ages birth to 18 months engages parents and children in early literacy practices. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

TEEN READ WEEK. Celebrate Teen Read Week and “Turn Dreams into Reality at Your Library” by attending a special motivational program. All week at the Library, participate in dream-themed activities. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

LECTURE SERIES. 7:30 p.m. Dorie Clark will discuss Reinventing You as part of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series. A former campaign strategist, Clark is marketing consultant for Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Free and open to the public. Info: (910) 245-3132.



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

Thursday, October 16

FALL CONCERT. The Moore Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce its tenth concert season. First concert of the season features selections from our first season in 2005. All concerts are free of charge, but tax-deductible donations are always welcome. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College. Info: (910) 944-3452 or www.mporchestra.com.

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MOVIE IN THE PINES. 6:30 p.m. Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Join us for an outdoor movie series in the beautiful Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St. Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or a chair. Info: Emma Guthrie at (910) 692-7376 or eguthrie@southernpines.net or www. southernpines.net.

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Buy, Sell or Trade Specializing in Primitive & Country Furnishings


115 N. Sycamore St., Aberdeen, NC (919) 995-3488 shop • (919) 673-9388 or (919) 673-9387 cells

Friend to Friend’s

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All Proceeds Benefit Survivors of Domestic Violence Tues 10:00-1:00 • Wed-Sat 10:00-4:00 125 S. Bennett Street • Southern Pines

910-992-4677 • friendtofriend.me

Buying Vintage

Sunshine Antique & Mercantile Company

Thursday- Saturday 10 to 5 Monday-Wednesday by appointment or chance

1579 Rays Bridge Rd, Whispering Pines, NC 910-688-7119 1 mile N of Airport, Off Hwy 22

819 Hope Mills Road, Fayetteville Ed Hicks (910) 425-7000 edhicks82@aol.com • warpathmilitaria.com

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Saturday, October 18

FALL PLANT SALE. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Sandhills Horticultural Society and Student Horticultural Club will hold their fall plant sale. Next to Steed Hall at the Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882 or www.sandhillshorticulturalgardens.com.

HOLLY ARTS FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The talents of hand-crafters in a variety of genres — woodworking, glass, stitched art to lawn ornaments, hand-crafted jewelry and metal sculpture. Area restaurants and food vendors will be present as downtown shops offer sales and specials. Sponsored by the Pinehurst Business Guild. Village of Pinehurst, 6 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7462 or www.pinehurstbusinessguild.com. CRAFT DAY. Self-led crafts will take place • all day. Learn how to make a variety of cool

masks and disguises in preparation for trickor-treating! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

HOME CARE Personal Care h Companionship h Nursing Housekeeping h Transportation h Nutrition

Call for your free consultation.

910-246-1011 No contract. One hour minimum.

TEEN MOVIE. 2 p.m. Join Southern Pines Public Library for the teen movie. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. TROPHY BALL AT FRED ASTAIRE. 2 • p.m. Highlighting students graduating from

one level to the next. Cost: $10; $25 includes dinner. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 712 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Reservations: (910) 725-1846.

AT THE OSCARS CONCERT. 8 p.m. Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and the North Carolina Symphony will perform “At the Oscars,” a thrilling program of some of the greatest music from the Oscars, including West Side Story, E.T., and Star Wars, for the opening night of the seven concert series. Pinecrest High School’s Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info: (877) 627-6724 or www.ncsymphony.org.

Sunday, October 19

Wherever home is, St. Joseph of the Pines will be there. Home Care is our way of taking care of you where you live. Serving Moore, Hoke, Cumberland, Robeson, Harnett and Lee counties. A member of the St. Joseph of the Pines Aging Services Network continuing the legacy of the Sisters of Providence.


HORSE FARM TOUR. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy a self-guided excursion to the beautiful horse farms of the Sandhills. Lunch is available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Prancing Horse Therapeutic Riding Center. Tickets: $20

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Fall Whether you are joining us for lunch, dinner or the late night crowd – take time and slow down for a bit. Step outside and enjoy a cool, quiet night on the patio with friends. Stay inside and enjoy the lively atmostphere that this time of year brings, as friends and strangers alike gather for the upcoming holidays. Make your local, downtown favorite this fall The Bell Tree.

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155 NE Broad Street Downtown Southern Pines 910.692.4766 • belltreetavern.com Stop by for our Early Bird Special - 20% Dinner Entrees! Sunday thru Thursday • 4:00pm-6:00pm

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*Sat. Oct. 11th 9:30 to 11:30 Food Demo by Fiona McKenzie of Sweet-Fi cakes & SCC Culinary School. *Sat. Oct 18th 9:30 to 11:30 Balance Posture Screening & Yoga by S. Pines Physical Therapy & Karen Poppele –Yoga Instructor. *Sat. Oct. 25th Pumpkin Painting by Jr. League of MC. Pumpkins provided by MCFM

Tomatoes, Fruits, Veggies, Jams, Meats, Flowers & Plants, Baked Goods, Prepared Foods, Crafts, Goat Cheese, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Kale, Greens Mondays- FirstHealth (Fitness Center) Facility courtesy of First Health 170 Memorial Dr • Pinehurst 2pm-5:30pm Open through October 27th Open Year Round • Thursdays - 604 W. Morganton Rd Southern Pines (Armory Sports Complex) 9am-1pm

Facility courtesy of Town of Southern Pines Saturdays - Downtown

Facility courtesy of Town of Southern Pines Broad St & New York Ave 8am-Noon Open through October 25th

Call 947-3752 or 690-9520 for more info.

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A Unique Approach to Asian Cooking!

Opening in October! The best of time-honored Asian cooking with a contemporary flare using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

Create-your-own-stir-fry Award Winning Sushi Bar Full ABC Permits Banquet Rooms/ Catering 10820 Hwy 15-501, Southern Pines Open 7 days a week 11am to 10pm Visit us online for a full menu



Local Moore County Vineyard & Artisan Winery A Great Place to Bring Family & Friends! We welcome you to relax and enjoy our Patio gathering spot. Sample our Artisan Wines & Cheeses. Custom Holiday Baskets

The perfect spot for Meetings, Parties & Private Tastings! Open Thurs, Fri & Sat 11-6 & Sun 1-6 Call to book any private event


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in advance; $25 at the NCSU Equine Health Center, 6045 US 1 North. Children under 12, free. No pets. For tickets, ticket locations, or more information, visit www.prancing-horse. org, email info@prancing-horse.org or call (910) 246-3202.

THEATER PRODUCTION. 2 p.m. Methodist University hosts the production of Deployed. The play tells stories of war through the words of veterans including poems, essays, and diary excerpts. The event is free and open to the public. Huff Concert Hall at Reeves Fine Art Building, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: Robin Greene at rgreene@methodist.edu or www.methodist.edu/writingvets.

•KID’S MOVIE. 2:30 p.m. Muppets take over the Library in their most recent adventure

with a showing of the Sunday kids’ movie. Mayhem follows the Muppets overseas on their world tour, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

centuries. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Tuesday, October 21

STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Baby Bunnies Storytime for ages birth to 18 months engages parents and children in early literacy practices. This week is a special session for Read for the Record, featuring the book Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. “Read for the Record” celebrates literacy by trying to break the world record for reading the same book on the same day. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Monday, October 27

SPEAKER SERIES. 11 a.m. The Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development presents the Lafayette Leadership Speaker Series featuring New York Times bestselling author, Laura Schroff. The lecture is free and open to the public. Huff Concert Hall, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 630-7488, aziegler@methodist.edu, or www.methodist. edu/tallycenter.

Wednesday, October 22

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – • 4:30 p.m. Join us for stories, songs, and fun,

Tuesday, October 28

and then stay for playtime! Storytime is for infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Baby Bunnies • Storytime for ages birth to 18 months en-

gages parents and children in early literacy practices. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Sunday, October 26

OLDIES & GOODIES. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Get spooked at this film series. The film is about three witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem on Halloween night after three Key:

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! Storytime is for

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Sunshine Antique & Mercantile Company 115 N. Sycamore St. • (919) 995-3488

Aberdeen Business Guild Sponsors HAIR GALLERY 127 N. Sycamore Street Aberdeen, NC 28315 (910) 944-4744

100 West Main St • 944-1181


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105 W South St• Aberdeen NC 910-988-0357 or 910-944-1212

November 7 & 8

Downtown Historic Aberdeen

910-944-9204 120 N. Poplar St

3rd Annual Bread Bowl Walking Tour

104 E Main St, 910-944-8887

Saturday, November 8th • 12-4 Come savor the flavors of the Bread Bowl Walking tour. Professional & Amateur Chefs from around Moore County are serving up some delicious bread bowl fillings. Sample the flavors & Cast your vote for the best filling!

910-944-1071• 910-944-1580 120 W. Main St. & 107 South St.

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infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Thursday, October 30

FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 6 p.m. Join the Library for a special program, “Ghost stories in the Library.” This program takes place the day before Halloween and brings classic scary stories to life. Kids will also get to work together to develop their own scary stories! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

GIVEN LIBRARY ANNIVERSARY. 6:30 p.m. The library turns 50. Call for tickets. The Fair Barn, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-3642.

Friday, October 31

ANTIQUES SALE & SHOW. Thousands of items for sale from dealers across the East. Jump-start your holiday shopping with golf and equestrian memorabilia, furniture, porcelain, linens, pottery, art, fine china, jewelry, dolls, and other collectibles. Admission: $6 for all three days. The National Guard Armory, 500 West Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2051 or www.moorehistory.com.


SANDHILLS FARMERS MARKET. 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Village of Pinehurst parking lot, off of Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: www.sandhillsfarmersmarket.com.


SANDHILLS FARMERS MARKET. 10 • – 1 p.m. Village of Pinehurst parking lot, off

of Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: www.sandhillsfarmersmarket.com.

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

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FRAMER’S COTTAGE 162 NW Broad Street Southern Pines, NC 28387 910.246.2002

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Sunday, October 26th | 4:00pm R.E. Lee Auditorium Pinecrest High School In celebration of Maestro Fakhouri’s 10-year anniversary with the symphony:

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin Fakhouri: Punch It! (World Premiere) Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, No.5-8 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Pre-Concert Talk with FSO Musicians at 3:15pm Tickets are availabile online, by phone, at the Arts Council of Moore County, or at the door.

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www.fayettevillesymphony.org | (910)433-4690

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potters, handmade jewelry, glass and more. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 6951555, www.ravenpottery.com.

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.

Artist GAlleRy OF SOUTHERN PINES, 167 E. New Hampshire Avenue., 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.

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.

Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St. in historic Aberdeen. Exhibit hours are noon – 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979.

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.

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 and special appointments. (910) 295-4817, www.broadhurstgallery.com. The Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines.

Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. HOLLYHOCKS ART GALLERY, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Features artwork by local award winning artists, Diane Kraudelt, Linda Griffin, Jessie MacKay, Julie Messerschmidt, and artist/owner, Jane Casnellie. Monday-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 artists. 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, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 295-2055.

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.

SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. All merchandise at the Exchange is handmade by consignors who live in the community. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday

Hastings Gallery in the Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Gallery hours are MondayKey:

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Lookin ’ for Linda Monday - Saturday 10a.m. - 5p.m. 5485 US 1 • Just North of Southern Pines 910.695.2622


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Exchange Street Gallery of Fine Art

“The Structure of Spaces” Featuring works of KC Sorvai and Linda Bruening Opening/Reception

Oct 5th • 3 - 5pm

”Tea with Lemon” Oil by Linda Bruening

SHOW RUNS THROUGH OCT 29TH GALLERY OPEN 12 - 3 PM 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen, NC • 910-944-3979

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Innovative designs and development of sustainable, world-class equine facilities & residential homes.

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through Saturday. Lunch served 11.30 a.m – 2 p.m. (910) 295-4677. 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.

Fame. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines. (910) 692-6261. Shaw House. Open 1 – 4 p.m. TuesdayFriday. (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. PS 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.

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

Historical Sites Bethesda Church and Cemetery. Guided tours for groups by appointment. 1020 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. (910) 944-1319. Bryant House and McLendon Cabin. Tours by appointment. (910) 6922051 or (910) 673-0908. Carthage Historical Museum. Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Located at Rockingham and Saunders streets, Carthage. (910) 947-2331. House in the Horseshoe. Open yearround. 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) 9447558 or (910) 603-2739. North Carolina Literary Hall of

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October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book. — Poet William Bliss Carman

Literary Events

October 18 (Saturday, 9 a.m.). 2014 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, Community Arts Café, Winston-Salem. Poetry and fiction workshops led by Kim Church, Wendy J. Fox, David Jauss, David James Poissant, Kevin Morgan Watson and Lee Zacharias. Info: (336) 7705353 or www.press53.com/GatheringofWriters.html. October 29 (Monday, 7 p.m.). Margaret Maron, popular mystery writer, presents “Women of Mystery,” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG, Greensboro. Info: www.margaretmaron.com/events/ November 3 (Monday, 7 p.m.). Ernest Cline, author of the wildly futuristic Ready Player One, Burney Center, UNC Wilmington. This reading/ discussion culminates SYNERGY, the University’s Common Writing Experience. Providing an opportunity for self-reflection, critical thinking and intellectual engagement, students and faculty read and incorporate ideas spurred by readings into courses and activities. Tickets: uncw.edu/presents/ UNCWPresentsErnestCline.html. November 6 (Thursday, 5 p.m.). Charlie Lovett, rare book lover and antiquarian authority, discusses and reads from his novel First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love and Jane Austen. The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, www.thecountrybookshop.biz. November 8 (Saturday, 9 p.m.). Workshop on Creating Characters, sponsored by Writers’ Group of the Triad (WGOT), Rowe Library, Holy Trinity Church, Greensboro. Led by author/creative writing teacher Abigail DeWitt, this all-day session includes lecture, discussion and in-class writing. WGOT members: $35; nonmembers: $50. Info: triadwriters.org/calendar/. November 21–23. North Carolina Writers’ Network (NCWN) 2014 Fall Conference, Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte. Faculty includes Allan Gurganus (keynote speaker), Wilton Barnhardt, Aaron Gwyn, Morri Creech, Chantel Acevedo, Ed Williams, Robert Inman, Moir Crone, Rebecca McClanahan, Anthony S. Abbott, Cynthia Lewis, Alan Michael Parker, Kim Boykin, Zelda Lockhart and many other poets, writers, editors and agents. Info: ncwriters.org.

A poet is a person who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck five or six times. — Randall Jarrell

The North Carolina Poetry Society has announced the winners of the 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition: Melissa Hassard, Kathryn Kirkpatrick and Maureen Sherbondy. Charmaine Cadeau and Susan Laughter Meyers won the Brockman-Campbell Book Awards. Wink of an Eye, by Lynn Chandler Willis, was named Best PI Novel Award by St. Martin’s Press/ Private Eye Writers of America. This spine-tingling mystery will be released on November 18. Writers, prepare manuscripts now to submit to NCWN’s prestigious 2015 competitions: • The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition (submissions December 1 to January 30). • Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize (submissions December 1 to January 30). • Doris Betts Fiction Prize (submissions January 1 to February 15).

Writing Lesson

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. — Steven King

Celebrate Halloween by writing about the ghosts haunting your hometown. Ambrose Bierce described them as “the outward and visible sign of an inward fear.” Evidently there’s a great deal of fear in North Carolina, for every county lays claim to three or four phantoms. Apparently many are bookish. One hangs out in the New Hanover County Library in Wilmington; others frighten students attending UNCG and Greensboro College. My own favorite is a murdered orphan girl who lurks around Randolph County — and in my novel. To create your opus, use Natalie Goldberg’s method described in her classic, Writing Down the Bones. Write without stopping to make corrections; keep putting words on the page until your subconscious wakes up and creativity jumpstarts your brain. Revise only after the words cool down. According to Philip Gerard, author and professor at UNCW, “Nobody writes a book. What you write everyday is a piece of a book. A fragment, a scene.” If you prefer reading, visit a bookstore near you. Those fine folks will help you locate tales to send chills down your spine. Some may be having Halloween celebrations. Ask if you can read your own spooky story. The stage fright will be many times greater than anything spooks on Halloween can dish out. And do keep me updated on literary events and costumes at sanredd@ eathlink.net. PS Greensboro writer Sandra Redding’s “ghost” novel, Naomi Wise: A Cautionary Tale, is a riveting story about heartbreak and hope in a Quaker Community.

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Veronese and the Tree Man By Geoff Cutler

I see from one of the real estate ads in the

last issue of PineStraw that Veronese’s place is for sale. That got me thinking of the old girl and the funny times I shared with her. I miss her. She had a lot of spunk. Oh, it’s true Veronese had been failing for a number of years before passing on at the tender age of 104, but she sure had it going on in her late 80s and early 90s. That’s when I was doing most of her tree work and got to know her.

Now, if you didn’t know Veronese, she was just a little bit of a woman. But what she lacked in stature, she made up for in personality. Her hair was white and her face was as wrinkled as a stick of beef jerky. She didn’t wear frilly dresses or high heels, not that I remember, at least. Most times she’d come out to direct me about her property wearing riding pants, an old pair of boots, and a Brooks Brothers collared shirt. That white hair would be combed, sort of, and her Dachshunds would be somewhere close at her heels. The male, Sparks was his name, he’d look up at me, show his teeth and growl . . . which wasn’t all that much different than the way Veronese communicated with me, at least at first. She’d tell me to cut this, trim that, and if I suggested something to her, she’d say I didn’t need to worry about it. She’d ask after my mother and then go back into her house, the beastly little Dachshunds not far behind. When I was first getting to know her, Veronese could be a little gruff. But I figured out one day that that was because she didn’t have a lot of respect for timidity. She had a massive dead pine leaning toward one of her ponds. It had mostly uprooted in a wind storm and I couldn’t see how to get it down except to cut a notch and let the sucker crash, knowing the top of the tree would end up in her pond. I cut the notch, came in with my back cut and down it came. Boom-splash! About 20 feet of the top ended up in the pond about like I thought. Richard Schloegel, who was working for me at the time (he was another character), took off his pants, grabbed a big hand saw, and went in after it. That’s when I see Veronese making her way out of the house and coming hard in my direction. Those two Dachshunds aren’t far behind and she doesn’t look pleased. “What the hell is that tree doing in my pond?” she says. “I couldn’t figure where else to put it.” I said. “You didn’t expect me to climb it and top it out, did you? The damn thing was dead as a doornail and about to fall over on its own.” As soon as I said it I saw a twinkle in her eye and a little smile break, and it occurred to me she might be someone who respected getting as good as she gave.

“Well, what’s he doing?” she said, looking down at Richard hacking away at the treetop in the pond. “He’s cutting it up so we can pull it out of there.” “Well,” she grunts, “I guess you don’t need me, then.” “No,” I said. “I don’t!” And she and those dogs turned and headed back for the house. The next time I was working for her, she ran over one of my extension ladders. We really cemented our friendship that day. You see, Veronese was a lunatic behind the wheel of a car and it wasn’t terribly uncommon for her to careen off Moore County roads at high speeds. Anyway, her place has a super long dirt driveway that leads in past her ponds, down the hill around a sharp curve and over a stream bridge. The driveway then proceeds uphill and around the house into a small circle and garage entrance. Veronese treated that long dirt driveway of hers like some kind of off-road rally track. I’m up in a big oak and can see her coming. I mean she’s flying, and there’s a big cloud of dust behind her and gravel shooting this way and that. She rounds the corner and hurtles over the ridge, and that’s when she begins to lose control. Her SUV slides off the driveway onto the grass below the tree I’m pruning. That’s where the ladder is lying and her left side tires hit it dead on. Instead of trying to stop, she steps on the gas to regain control and literally spits my ladder out the back, its rungs crippled beyond repair. I figure for sure she’ll stop, get out and assess the damage, maybe even say she’s sorry about the ladder. Nope. She continues on her way just as pretty as you please, parks the car in the garage and goes inside. I swung down out of that tree, unbuckled my harness and marched toward her house. I was hopping mad. I went in through her garage and into the kitchen and started hollering for her. Sparks must have been hiding behind a counter because I didn’t see him coming until the little wretch sank his teeth into my shin. I kicked my leg out and flung the little devil across the linoleum floor and grabbed a broom leaning in the corner to hold it off in case it came after me again. Veronese comes in to the kitchen and I tell her, “You ran over my ladder.” “I did not,” she says. “You did too, and what’s more, that little dog of yours just took a chunk out of my leg.” She bursts out laughing and says, “He did not.” So I pull my pant leg up and show her the blood, which really sets her off into hysterics. And I’m wondering what the hell is so damn funny about any of this, but for some reason find myself laughing right along with her until the two of us are bent over double. One of the last times I saw Veronese, she passed me on Morganton Road. like I was standing still. As she was coming up on me, I looked into my mirror and couldn’t see a driver. That’s how I suspected it was her. She was so small, she could barely see over the wheel. I knew for sure it was her, though, after she sped past because I got a look at the vanity plate: PONDHSE. PS Geoff can be reached at geoffcutler@embarqmail.com.

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Better go grab your chili pepper and prepare to self-medicate By Astrid Stellanova Libras, you run the gamut from Kim Kardashian to Mahatma Gandhi, keeping Astrid on the tippy top of her twinkling toes. Star Children, give October a shout-out. How come, you ask? It’s National Chili, Pizza, Seafood, Cookie and Dessert Month. And you’ll know why: We will all self-medicate with comfort food ’cause this retrograde is a doozie. Libra (September 23–October 22) National Pizza Month? Sounds like a federal holiday to you, Libra. I know in your heart of hearts you are hoping you get one of them remote-controlled drones for your birthday, so you can have it deliver pizza right to your Barcalounger. But it is going to be a busy month with Mercury in retrograde. You will feel foxier than normal, and be more dazzling than a moon rock. Your intuition will make you more insightful than usual, and you’ll find yourself being a magnet for others. Romance is in your chart and a tighter relationship for those who are already in relationships. Money won’t be hard to find — get the deluxe pizza with everything. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) A Scorpio walks into a bar and sits down by himself and talks to nobody but Johnnie Walker about nothing. Is that your life script? It ain’t too late to change it. Lonely? I reckon so. You keep everything very, very down low, and then wonder why you ain’t got anybody to share your sorrows. People are attracted to you, and write all this off to mysteriousness. If somebody slides onto the stool beside you, flash that million dollar smile. The lunar and solar eclipses in your sign this month mean you can broker power. Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) Last month threw you into some kind of cosmic cosmetic panic. I get that — I’m a hairdresser. But you’ve still got your looks, and most of your own teeth. Square those shoulders and suck in your gut. It don’t cost much to whiten your teeth and bleach your underwear. Opportunity is knocking, but you just don’t know it — and tidy whities are always a plus with the ladies. Important dates for you are October 8 and 23. The lunar eclipse will mean sweeping changes. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) If your life was a movie, the title would be Astrophysicist in Love. Too analytical to know it, and too besotted with yourself to come on down to Earth. You’re a big one to research everything; but pay attention to what you already have going on in your Earth lab, and don’t get distracted. You are going to have double the energy you’ve normally got, and until the 23rd, you will find relationships more bewildering than usual. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) In the pool of life, you have been clinging to the side in the shallow end — wearing water wings and a life vest and clutching the raft. Snap out of it! Your career has a positive vortex area you can swim to mid-month; take advantage of your cautious instincts when the astral chart shifts into retrograde this month on the 4th. By the 10th you will be able to relaunch yourself. You may find yourself able to relate ideas better than normal. But don’t slack off — just don’t let fear overtake you. Pisces (February 19–March 20) Life gave you lemons and you made lasagna, which means you did not follow the recipe, Honey Child. Have you backed up your phone or your files? Do that. Then, don’t worry so much, cause it ain’t no use. Venus will be in Libra until the 23rd. You will be a little more emotional than usual — but don’t drink and dial. Ask the Universe for a little help; astral operators are standing by and will listen if you don’t slur your words.

Aries (March 21–April 19) If you are first in line, you might be in the alpha test group. Does that ever get old? Being an early adopter of every newfangled thing is not getting you to nirvana. If you don’t have a budget, try one on for size before the last Mercury retro hits October 4. This is one of those uh-oh kind of cosmic sneezes that could muck up your life like a soggy tissue until the 25th, but it ain’t nothing you can’t handle. Taurus (April 20–May 20) Two bulls are on a hillside; the young one wants to race down and make sweet love to a cow below. Part of the beauty of having Taurus strength is just knowing when to mosey on down the hill. You will have supernatural charms this month. But don’t get cocky, because it is entirely possible you could stick your size 9s in your mouth in a very big way, so it is best you check that tendency to be such a cheeky beast. If you haven’t had a makeover lately, take yourself to the cosmetics counter and get a free boost. Gemini (May 21–June 20) Your chart is divided in half. Think Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Rawhide. You flip back and forth without much warning to nobody. This means that the last Mercury retrograde of good ole 2014 is especially hard on you. You are naturally prone to slip-sliding and this causes nearly everybody but your sweet thing to stay waaay on back. When Mercury enters Libra on the 25th, you and everybody else can exhale and get a teensy bit closer. Cancer (June 21–July 22) When you disconnected your land line, you thought all your problems were over. Well, somebody from the past is going to reach out by letter. Go to the post office. You might a’ won something. Maybe an old pal left you something. But here’s a little caution sign: It is one of those months that will require all your skills. Just when you make plans, life is going to change them. Don’t get too flapped; and don’t plan serious travel — the flights will get changed, the reservation crossed, the Buick won’t crank. Sorry. But nobody gets killed, so just deal. Leo (July 23–August 22) Must you tell everything on Facebook? Bust on out of that virtual life you’ve been living and get off that virtual farm, or SimsVille, or wherever it is you’ve been. Somebody’s snooping into your business, so keep your ears perked and your eyes open. Your best bet is to spend more time in the great outdoors, making friends with Mother Nature. She is planning a big old retrograde that will keep you shook up until the 23rd. After that will be a huge shift, and a big relief. Virgo (August 23–September 22) Pull in to the next rest stop and get a free map. You do not have to navigate all of life’s mysteries alone. Christopher Columbus landed in America in October — without GPS. If you haven’t checked your bank statements lately, take the time to back everything up and keep an eye out for business. The retrograde has some hiccups planned, so get in front of it by reviewing everything. Honey, it gets better soon — by the end of the month all Star Children get a nice reprieve. PS For years, Astrid Stellanova owned and operated Curl Up and Dye Beauty Salon in the boondocks of North Carolina until arthritic fingers and her popular astrological readings provoked a new career path.

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October PineNeedler Fall Colors

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

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Fishin’ For Blues

By Sally Ronalter

It was the kind of day that you

looked forward to all summer, an absolutely perfect day in October. We were at the beach, and that soft, warm enveloping breeze that sometimes graces us in October was blowing. The waves were gentle, belying the riptide that we all knew lay right offshore. It was the kind of sky that made you want to lie on your back and watch the clouds, which is exactly what I was doing. My husband stood knee-deep in the surf, casting his net to catch bait. When someone knows what they are doing, casting a net is a beautiful thing to watch. It swirls up high, then descends, landing a perfect circle in the surf and tickling the fish on its way to the bottom. The kids were running around in the tide pools, stopping to throw any minnows that came up with the net into a bucket. Some of the minnows would leap high enough to escape the bucket, landing with a soft plop on the beach, and immediately the kids would descend, laughing as they tossed them back.

There were other fishermen out that day, stretching across the crescent beach as far as my eye could see, casting their lines into the surf and holding their poles against their hips, the tips upright in a salute to the fish they hoped to catch. My father-in-law stood next to my husband, casting his own line. Down the beach a bit, one of the poles arched and was jerked upright immediately. As we watched him reel it in, it was apparent that he’d caught


something. Closer to us, another pole suddenly bent as well. “What did you get?” the guys nearby yelled to the lucky ones. “Blues,” they yelled back. “The blues are running!” My father-in-law’s pole bent, immediately followed by my husband’s. They were instantly caught up in the battle, snapping their poles up and reeling the lines in. Blues fight hard, so there was a lot of energy being expended up and down the beach that day. Using pliers, they separated the fish and the hooks, dropping the fish on the sand for the kids to collect while they put new bait on their hooks. A new cast, flying hopefully toward the water, was snapped up just as it hit the surface. Up and down the beach, the fishermen and their lines danced with each other, swaying back and forth, to and fro in a mesmerizing tango. The piles of fish, both on the sand and in buckets, grew larger. The kids built castle walls around them, capturing them for dinner. Finally, as the sun dipped below the horizon, the lines grew quiet, and everyone gathered their fish and gear and kids and went home. My father-in-law, followed by a solemn line of grandchildren carrying buckets of fish, began to clean them on the sinkboard below the house. He was quick and sure with his filet knife, the blade flashing in the glow of the single lightbulb swaying over his head. Scales flew through the night air like glitter, landing on the kids, who jumped and shrieked, trying to rub them off. When he was finished, the kids carried the platters of fish ceremoniously up the stairs and onto the deck, where we laid the filets on beds of thyme cradled in foil, blankets of butter and lemon slices on top. We shucked corn and rubbed butter and Old Bay all over them before wrapping them in foil as well. Everything went on the grill, and the heavenly smell of the food mixed with the smell of the salt air as we waited, drinking cold beer and Bloody Marys rimmed in Old Bay. Dinner was long, slow and much enjoyed after the long day on the beach. Kids fell asleep on the floor watching scary movies and playing Legos. We threw blankets over them where they lay and retreated to the deck, folding our hands over our deliciously full bellies and tipping our heads back to watch the moon begin its silvery ascent over the water. PS Sally Ronalter last wrote about her rambunctious boys.

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