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Retirement Living


At Quail Haven Village there is a new face for retirement living. A face that is active, desires adventure, is vibrant and never dull. You might say we have redefined retirement living. Our central location within Pinehurst, wealth of activities, spacious apartment homes and access to a full continuum of care are just a few reasons so many choose to call Quail Haven home. Life is full of

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“LAKOTA FARM” Magnificent Estate: For the golf or horse enthusiast, this property has it all. Turn-of-the- Century elegance with modern conveniences! 1896 Farmhouse restored in 2000. 5BR/5.5BA. $1,950,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

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

CCNC: Understated elegance with stunning location on Lake Watson. The design incorporates warmth and sophistication with a one-of-a-kind plan. $850,000 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

Forest Creek: Custom masterpiece overlooking the 13th fairway of the South Fazio Golf Course. Architectural integrity and superior quality, perfect for entertaining on one inviting level. $699,000 Aerial & Virtual Tours: Kay Beran 910.315.3322

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

CCNC Five Acres Estate: Overlooks the 10th green of the Cardinal Course. 4BR/4BA/2Half BA’s with gourmet kitchen, multiple living areas, formal dining, cherry hardwoods, geothermal heating, pool and more. $1,325,000 Scarlett Allison 910.603.0359

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

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

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

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

CCNC Waterfront: Located on Lake Watson with views of the 14th Hole of Dogwood; 4BR/5BA/2 Half BA’s, with a pool and studio; two-story living room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen and much more. $765,000 Scarlett Allison 910.603.0359

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

Fairwoods on 7: Classic beauty with all the “I wants” - golf view

National: Traditional flair with low maintenance exterior. Over

of the 12th Tee & water view! Flowing design, high ceilings, remodeled kitchen, butler’s pantry, huge storage areas & lower level. 4BR/4.5BA. $559,000 Beverly Ann Valutis 910.916.1313

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4,000 square feet with high ceilings, lots of light, and many extras. This is a well maintained home with 3BR/2BA/2Half BA’s and more. $497,500 Scarlett Allison 910.603.0359

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

Pinehurst: Golf front retreat with utmost attention to detail. Chef’s kitchen overlooks spacious gathering room. Formal living & dining rooms. 2-Slate patios, 3BR, 3.5BA. NEW LISTING! $489,900 Mav Hankey 910.603.3589

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

Convenience & Seclusion: Stately 3 bedroom home nestled in the pines, at the the end of a cul-de-sac and sitting on 1.5 acres, just out of the Southern Pines limits. Thoughtfully updated & well maintained. $400,000 Casey Barbera 910.639.4266

Knollwood Heights: Hidden gem in Southern Pines! Charming

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

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Classic Brick Beauty: Lovingly updated and well maintained! Three bedroom, 2.5 bath home on Burning Tree’s cul-desac. High ceilings, split floorplan, an outdoor lover’s dream! $335,000 Donna Chapman 910.783.6061

Old Town Pinehurst: Old Town Condo in the prestigious Holly House. Across from the Given Library. Spacious with fireplace & two balconies. 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1-Car Garage/Storage, Elevator in building. $299,900 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

7 Lakes West: Location, Location, Location! One-ofa- kind offering! 180° views of Lake Auman! Bulk-head & 2-Docks, boat lift & swim ladder in place. Build Your Dream Home on this spectacular waterfront homesite! $325,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

Pinehurst: Convenient to the Village shops and restaurants, AND an easy commut to Ft. Bragg. Deck, stone patio & fire-pit for outdoor enjoyment. Formal dining room, study/office, & great room with fireplace. $205,000 Bill Brock 910.639.1148

Horses! Custom home has a Great Room with wood floors & stone fireplace, Office/Library, & main floor Master, 3BR/3BA. PLUS: 2BR/1BA Apartment. $475,000 Eva Toney 910.638.0972

3BR, 3BA home with a fantastic Kitchen, Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Family Room, 11’x40’ Carolina Room, plus an Office. $389,000

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Pinehurst No. 9: Charming “Wedgewood Cottage” overlooks the 8th green. Furnished, 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath unit. Updated Kitchen. Perfectly located near tennis courts & pool! PCC Mbrshp. $310,000. Visit: Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

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counters and stainless appliances. Lots of storage and large rooms. Courtyard entry and a back deck to enjoy the outdoors. $149,900 Bill Brock 910.639.1148

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June 2016 Volume 12, No. 6 Features

67 The Visitor

Poetry by Deborah Salomon

68 Studio Life

By Jim Moriarty Four Sandhills artists offer us rare glimpses of their work spaces

72 A Cultural Melting Pot

By Deborah Salomon Clay, pojagi, bulgogi and kimchi — from South Korea to the Campbell House

74 Plenty of Time for Play

By Serena Brown Seeking adventure and fortune in the wilderness of the Sandhills, a generation of idealistic Yankees staked their futures in ancient sandy soil

78 The Magic of Samarcand

By Serena Brown A peach country home that reverberates with the spirit of the Jazz Age

87 Almanac

Departments 15 Simple Life

51 Out of the Blue

18 PinePitch 21 Instagram Winners 23 Cos and Effect

53 A Novel Year

By Jim Dodson

By Deborah Salomon By Wiley Cash

55 Papadaddy’s Mindfield By Clyde Edgerton

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25 The Omnivorous Reader 57 Birdwatch By Gwenyfar Rohler

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29 Garden Journal

59 Sporting Life

33 Proper English

63 Golftown Journal

35 Hometown

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37 Vine Wisdom

39 In the Spirit

43 The Kitchen Garden

47 Sandhills Journal

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111 PineNeedler

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212 Plantation Drive This wonderful French Country style residence in the Mid South Club in Southern Pines exhibits quality in every detail. The gourmet kitchen is part of a family room with stacked stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling and lovely breakfast room nook. A handsome porch extends the length of the living and dining rooms and overlooks a backyard pool. The main floor master suite features a fireplace, sitting room area and spacious bath. Built in 2006, the property includes 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a powder room encompassing 3480 sq. ft. A butler’s pantry with wine cooler services the dining room. Highlights include exceptional landscaping, 11 ft. ceiling height, and hardwood floors. $698,000

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CCNC, double golf front 2nd and 16th holes Forest Creek golf front, 1.1 acres. 5 BR, 4 BA, 2 ½ The Red Brick Cottage is a lovely English Tudor on Cardinal. 2009 total renovation. 3BR, 3.5 BA, BA, 2 fireplaces, game room, kitchen/family room, 1 1 ½ lots. Built in 1920, 4 BR, 4.5 BA, 2 fireplaces, 2 pool. NEW PRICE $885,000 MLS 172536 BR guest apt. Built 2002 NEW LISTING $998,000 car garage. $1,298,000 NEW LISTING

1930’s Dutch Colonial, restored in ’06 adding two wings. 4 BR, 3.5 BA, walled patio with courtyard, guest house, main floor master. $872,000.

Lovely Irish Georgian country house on 12.21 Delightful French Country in Weymouth Heights CCNC Pinehurst Exquisite total Golf front CCNC with lake view. 4023 main house, acres in Weymouth. Built 1998, 3 stories, 3 BR, on 1.08 acres, built in 1927. This Southern Pines renovation of 4BR, 4.5 BA, Colonial on 2.5 763 guest house addition. One floor, 3 BR, 3.5 BA 2.5 BA, 3 fireplaces, 4 car garage. $1,150,000 treasure features 4 BR, 4.5 BA. NEW LISTING ac golf front. $1,550,000. mls 162684 main, 1 BR, 1 BA guest. $1,100,000 MLS 173907

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CCNC golf front on Cardinal Course. One floor Private Horse Country estate on 10 acres includ- Southern Pines. Private setting in Horse Golf front with water view in Mid South Club. 5 living, remarkable kitchen, paneled study. 3BR, 3.5 ing lovely lake. Faulk designed 4 BR, 4.5 BA, Country 6.2 acres, 4 BR, 2 BA, 3 fire- BR, 5 BA, 2 half BA, 3 car garage, pool, built ’05, BA, 3 car garage, outdoor fireplace. $1,250,000. places. Pool. $955,000 MLS 17088 1.15 acre lot, 6860 sq ft, elevator. $1,475,000. 5640 sq ft home. $1,200,000 MLS 174326

Mid South Club golf front 15th Hole. SouthCCNC Cape Cod on 1.5 acres, 6th Hole Dogwood. Pinewild golf front on 3.24 acres. 4 BR, 3.5 White brick traditional in Old Town. 10’ ern Living home, 4 BR, 3.5 BA, brilliant de- ceilings, hardwoods, 2001, 5 BR, 3.5 BA, main 5 BR, 3.5 BA, ground floor master suite, open kitchBA, pool, 3 car garage, bocce ball court. sign. NEW PRICE $587,500 MLS 164156 floor master, guest apt. $798,000 MLS 171983 en, pool, 4423 sq ft. PRICE REDUCED $699,900 NEW PRICE. $850,000 MLS 165567





Pinehurst Classic! This elegant, spacious one story brick home has a wonderful flow for family and guests. The living room features hardwood floors and crown molding. The large formal dining room has crown molding, a built-in buffet with glass display shelving, two skylights, and a chandelier. In the kitchen you will find recessed lights, two skylights, Corian countertops, a center island with natural gas cooktop, and pantry closet. The family room features a large brick fireplace with natural gas, cathedral ceiling, crown molding and ceiling fan. This home also has a study/hobby room with built-in bookshelves, crown molding, and a walk-in closet. The master suite also features crown molding, plantation shutters, and an en suite bath with tile floors, a large cultured marble vanity with double sinks, and a walk-in tile shower. Two additional bedrooms share a third bath with cultured marble vanity with double sinks, a large oval whirlpool tub, and a walk-in shower. Enjoy the private, fenced backyard from the brick patio and gracious living in this classic home! 3 BR / 3 BA 80 Dalrymple 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 Situated on the protected golf course fairway, the first Magnolia Cottage offers a larger open light and airy floor plan. Built in bookcases, crown moldings, transom windows and the wonderful amenities the cottages offer and more. A sitting room in the master bedroom is the only one built in this community and offers a quiet reading area under a bank of windows. The screened porch and deck are perfect when you want to entertain. Climate controlled room above the garage, not included in sq footage, is perfect for hobbies or storage. 2 BR / 2 BA 319 Magnolia Circle


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Simply amazing renovation within walking distance to historic Pinehurst Village and Pinehurst parks and greenway. This single level, brick beauty is on an impressive large and flat corner lot, with beautiful and mature landscaping. The interior is stunning with a gorgeous kitchen and built in buffet and serving station. The wood floors run throughout the main living areas of the home. The open living concept features three bedrooms and three full baths. The Carolina room has a newly installed heating and cooling unit and would be perfect as an office, art studio or play room. You simply do not want to miss this oneof-a-kind home! Come live the Pinehurst dream! Pinehurst Country Club is offering a discounted social membership this Spring – please contact for details. 3 BR / 3 BA 20 E McDonald Road




Enjoy wide water views from this lovely custom built brick Home on Lake Auman. This homes offers a spacious greatroom, great kitchen, sunny breakfast nook, and separate dining room. Lower level has separate living space with a small kitchenette with bedroom and full bath. Golf cart garage with double doors on the lake side for storage of lake items. 4 BR / 3.5 BA 148 Simmons Drive



$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

This beautiful Cape Cod in Seven Lakes West has great curb appeal and even better interior appeal! Immaculately maintained, this home offers an open floorplan with hardwood floors, crown molding, great kitchen with sunny breakfast area overlooking the large backyard and a very nice master suite with lots of closet space. There’s also a private upstairs with bedroom and bath for guests or teens. There’s also a big deck with an adjoining patio area with built-in fire pit – super for entertaining. This one has it all! 4 BR / 3.5 BA 111 Smathers Drive

This is a beautiful, two-story split bedroom plan home located on a double lot! High ceilings, large master suite with sitting area. The upstairs features a full bath, large walk-in closet and bonus room that can be used as a fourth bedroom. There is an additional room on the upper level that can be used as an office or hobby space. 3 BR / 3.5 BA 107 Longleaf Drive

$329,000 $890,000 Longleaf CC $449,000 Pinehurst $239,000 CCNC Pinehurst $75,000 Pinehurst Custom Built Villa Overlooking Water Custom built all brick golf-front home Brick single story w/view of 17th green Covered porch & large fenced lot Updated Immaculate Golf View Condo 3 BR / 2 BA $320,000 4 BR / 4 FullPINEHURST & 2 Half Baths 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 1 BR / 1 BA PINEHURST $465,000 SEVEN LAKES WEST $395,000

$1,295,000 $189,000 Pinehurst $269,000 Pinehurst $475,000 Pinebluff 7 Lakes West $635,000 Pinehurst This lovely and unique home is located on 3 lots – almost 1 ½ acres – and offers over 3,500 square feet Gracious home on a lovely corner lot. Hardwood floors throughout, granite counter tops, two covered This lovely, southern style home offers great curb appeal with a deep front porch with columns and a great Stunning custom home in Fairwoods on 7 Charming brick ranch home Open plan, gourmet kitchen, pool & more! Gorgeous townhome in the heart of the Village Stunning All Brick Water Front of living area in the gated community of Seven Lakes West. The living area features a vaulted ceiling, porches. Charming Carolina room has doggie door to fenced back yard. Very desirable floor plan with location at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Pinewild Country Club. The interior is elegant with soaring skylight, stone fireplace and access to a wrap around deckBA overlooking the extensive grounds. The kitchen fromBA the kitchen to the ceilings in the great3room also BA features hardwood floors, crown molding and a fireplace, 4 BR /beveled 4 BAglass & 2doors Half 3 BRlots/ of2 privacy. BA Many additions to the original plan, including 3 BR / 2.5 3 BRa spacious / 2.5 BA BRthat / 4.5 has lots of cabinets and counter space, kitchen island, solid surface countertops and adjoins a cozy keeping dining room, tile floor in the fourth bedroom, and an in ground propane tank which supplies the gas logs formal dining room, separate living room and a study with built-in bookcases and a 2nd fireplace. The room. Sun filled Carolina Room is off the keeping room and also has access to the The Master fireplace. kitchen has cherry cabinets, granite countertops and a huge breakfast area. The large master suite has his and hers closets and an oversized master bath. There is also a sunny Carolina Room across the back of the house overlooking the private back yard. There are 4 bedrooms plus a bonus room – lots of space for everyone and plenty of storage space. 4 BR / 3.5 BA 14 Killearn Court



bedroom suite is on the main floor and two additional bedrooms and a flex room are on the second level. For the man of the house, there’s a great workshop off the garage. Great curb appeal – super family home! 4 BR / 3 BA 174 James Drive



4 BR / 2.5 BA 200 Pinyon Circle



$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

Located in the unique and appealing neighborhood of Bonnie Brook, just a quick walk from downtown Aberdeen, this lovely Charleston style home is tucked away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and has lots to offer the discriminating buyer! Built in 2008, the spacious open floorplan offers many custom features including hardwood floors in the main living areas, crown molding throughout, natural gas fireplace, custom kitchen cabinets with granite countertops, gas range and stainless appliances. Private balconies and porches – warm and inviting! 4 BR / 3 BA 112 Bonnie Brook Court

This gorgeous, all brick custom home built by Huckabee Home Construction is located in desirable Doral Woods on a cul-de-sac with loads of privacy. Located on the 15th tee and the 14th green of Pinehurst course #1. Lots of upgrades include 10’ & 12’ ceilings on the first floor, hardwood floors, double crown molding, lots of oversized windows and a gourmet kitchen featuring custom cabinets, granite countertops, pantry and center island with gas cooktop. The master bedroom features his and hers walk in closets. Bedroom #2 is a suit that has a separate entrance to the enclosed porch and has its own private bath. There’s also a large screened porch to enjoy the golf views in private, covered back porch with architectural columns and exterior lighting, brick paver patio, concrete driveway with additional parking space, irrigation system with a separate water meter and a security system. This is a great house in a great location. 4 BR / 4.5 BA 15 Montclair Lane

$895,000 $241,000 Pinehurst Seven Lakes South $199,000 Pinehurst Gorgeous home in the Old Town Charming golf front w/panoramic view Great family home w/private back yard 4 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA

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 living room features a cathedral ceiling, gas log fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and cabinets, and wet bar. In the formal dining room you will find hardwood flooring, a vaulted ceiling, chair rail and chandelier light fixture. The kitchen, which is open to both the living room and dining room, offers both a breakfast bar and breakfast nook, gas cooktop, and pantry. The master suite features a trey ceiling, gas log fireplace with built-in media center, a 2-section walk-in closet, and en suite bath with separate sinks, whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, and private water closet. The split bedroom plan offers two additional bedrooms and two baths, and features spacious rooms with lots of light. The private back yard features beautiful landscaping, a separate screened porch - perfect for entertaining! 3 BR / 3 BA 27 Plantation Drive

Seven Lakes West $298,000 Wonderful 2-story home on cul-de-sac 4 BR / 3BA

Seven Lakes South $279,500 Completely renovated golf front home 3 BR / 3.5 BA

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This stunning custom brick home in Fairwoods on Seven is on a private lot overlooking the 15th fairway of the #7 course. The floorplan is very open and light with high ceilings, transoms, deep crown molding, hardwood floors, builtin bookshelves, indirect lighting, surround sound and much more. The gourmet kitchen has cabinets by Locklear, granite countertops, 2 Bosch dishwashers and spacious pantry. Adjoining the kitchen is a glassed in keeping room and informal dining area. Master bedroom suite has walk-in California closets, dresser island and oversized master bath! 5 BR / 5.5 BA



Incredible golf front home in Fairwoods on 7. This beautiful home features top of the line finishes, mouldings ,marble, hard- wood and slate flooring. Guests will love the gourmet kitchen, 2 story ceilings in living and great rooms. Wine cellar and custom wood bar. Spacious backyard overlooking the 15th green. Can be purchased furnished. 4 BR / 5.5 BA

80 Braemar Road



Stunning custom home on Lake Pinewild in Pinewild Country Club with spectacular views of the lake. Open floor plan with 10 -12 foot ceilings and fabulous light throughout the home with an abundance of window walls. The home has three fireplaces. There is a bulkhead and dock for lake usage. Built by Blackman Builders, this was the 2003 Home of the Year. This home does have it all! 3 BR / 5 BA

24 Loch Lomond Court

145 Brookhaven Road



Drop dead gorgeous golf front home custom built by Bonville Builders has too many features to list! Window walls overlook the expansive patio and beautiful wide views of the Challenge course at Pinewild Country Club. There is a beautiful gourmet kitchen, 3 car garage and huge master suite. Mature landscaping and circular driveway create outstanding curb appeal! Truly a special home! 3 BR / 3.5 BA

27 Glasgow Drive



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

3 Woodword Place

Seven Lakes West


Lake Auman waterfront custom built home sits on one of the most beautiful lots on the lake! Panoramic water views and gorgeous sunsets feel like you are on vacation every day. Awesome views from the living spaces & the master suite. The master bedroom offers two walk in closets, a garden tub and multi head walk in shower. The gourmet kitchen opens to the living room and has plenty of cabinet space, eat in area, breakfast bar & dining room too. There are two spacious bedrooms upstairs, and a two car garage with wet storage room at the back of the garage. 3 BR / 3.5 BA

114 Butterfly Court

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Goodbye, for Now

By Jim Dodson

Time passes. Life changes.

This month we say goodbye to three remarkable people who have shaped the evolution of our sister magazines — Salt’s Senior Editor Ashley Wahl, Sales Director Marty Hefner, and PineStraw Senior Editor Serena Brown.

I think of them as the Three Muses of the Magazines. Ashley Wahl stepped into my office in the summer of 2009, a poet fresh out of UNCG’s English department. She was a Godsend because prior to her arrival, I’d been writing and rewriting much of the copy in PineStraw. She came our way when a friend of her family, who served on the board of the community college where my wife was the assistant to the president, casually wondered if I might be willing to meet with this talented young woman. She almost had me at hello. “So,” I said to her as we settled to chat in my tidy office, “why do you want to work for PineStraw magazine?” Ash smiled. I remember thinking she looked like an athlete or ballerina, lithe and graceful, conveying an almost surreal air of calmness. “Well, to begin with, I love to read,” she said. “And I think working for this magazine would be such fun.” “Have you ever written for a magazine or newspaper?” I asked her. No, said she. But she’d penned a number of poems for the literary magazine at the university. She showed me samples. I read enough of them to know this young gal was wise beyond her years and had a true poet’s eye for the beauty of the ordinary. “So,” I said, “do you know anything about gardens?” In those early days I was eager to find someone who could provide a different slant on gardening. She blushed. “I really don’t know much about gardens. But I love trees and flowers.” She added that being out of doors was a passion, the wilder the better, hiking with her boyfriend in the mountains, especially. So I gave her a test, a first assignment. I told her about a woman up in Seagrove who took people’s dead or dying orchids and somehow brought them back to life. “I’d like for you to go up

and visit with her and write me a story on how she accomplishes this miracle. Sound good?” “Wonderful,” she said, lighting up. “When do you need the story?” A week, I said, giving her my best Lou Grant. She stood up and thanked me. Even before she shook my hand, something told me I was going to hire this kid. Her open and grateful attitude was infectious, and I even saw something of myself in young Ashley, a lover of the English language who was eager to learn how to write and edit. These days she jokes that we were simply Aquarians with similar old souls, destined to work together. She may be right. In the aftermath of another recession in 1976, after all, I too was a recent college grad and poetry-loving English major eager to learn everything I could about good writing. Somehow the universe directed me to a pair of legendary editors who became my mentors, Lee Walburn in Atlanta and later Judson Hale in New England, editors of the oldest magazines of the South and New England respectively. My life was never the same. I owe them things I can never repay. Now it was my turn to pay it forward. The story Ashley returned with was a dandy resurrection tale about orchids. In a word, she was a natural. That next February I asked her to join our merry band as the first editorial assistant. Long story short, she thrived so brilliantly we decided to send her to Greensboro a year and a half later to serve as first senior editor of O.Henry, in 2011. After she had charmed every arts organization in the Gate City, I made a number of Greensboro folks unhappy by asking my protégée to open Salt’s offices on Front Street in Wilmington. There, to no one’s surprise, she thrived and prospered — becoming a voice of a grand old river city and working inspiration to dozens of new and established writers. Now she’s finally headed to the hills of Old Catawba (i.e., Asheville), where her heart has always yearned to be, to write and perform beautiful music with brother Kris in a sibling band. The Avetts may wish to take notice. The good news: She’ll still be contributing to the magazines from time to time, writing our popular “Almanac” and occasional poetic “Breathing Lessons” and “Letter From the Hills.” We thank her for seven amazing years, and wish her Godspeed and much well-earned happiness.

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From Day One, Marty Hefner was the only choice to be the sales director for O.Henry and eventually Salt. Not only did she fully grasp the uniqueness of our editorial approach to Greensboro and Wilmington, but she beautifully conveyed that to the discriminating advertisers of the Gate and Port cities, respectively. With her deep understanding of what sets classy and effective magazines apart and a shining résumé honed at leading television stations in Pittsburgh and Raleigh, Marty came onboard with enthusiasm and the vision of a woman on a quest. The rapid growth and broad acceptance of our magazines are due in generous portion to Marty’s and her staff’s unwavering commitment to making O.Henry and Salt publications that the readers and advertisers of two of our/the state’s most historic cities are proud to call their own. For the record, she also invented an adorable dance step we affectionately call “The Marty” around the magazines. Youtube “Call Me Maybe — The Pilot Newspaper Version” and at 2:50 minutes in, you can see exactly what we mean. The woman has grace and moves like no other. Grateful daughter and mother of six with her brilliant husband, Jim (a prof in the J-school at Chapel Hill), she’s stepping aside to help take care of aging parents back home in Lexington, Massachusetts, a poignant story many of us know chapter and verse. The good news is that she’ll continue to consult with us as our sales group expands in new directions, keeping her hand in to help shape our future. Friday dancing, though, will never be quite the same. Finally, we say a reluctant goodbye to Serena Brown, PineStraw’s elegant senior editor and cover girl (January 2016), wife of acclaimed still-life and landscape painter Paul S. Brown, and mother of rambunctious young Nat. Before fortuitously venturing our way in Southern Pines, Serena, a daughter of Northwest England’s fabled County Cheshire (home of cheese and one of my favorite pubs)

cut her journalism teeth in London by working for five years on the legendary BBC arts documentary program Arena. Prior to that she worked for a London photo restorer and acted on the London stage. Back in her school days in Bristol and Oxford, we were delighted to learn, she had pink hair. More important to me, she’s been a versatile and worldly senior editor and complete joy to be around at PineStraw, penning the delightful “Proper English” column and breathing new life into the “Almanac” for all three sister magazines. She also kindly indulges the old editor’s love of (most things) English and Scottish and laughs obligingly at his silly jokes. Serena, Paul and sprout (plus dogs Folly and Rosetta) are shipping household back to England’s Dorset coast, where I fully expect Paul — already famous among British art collectors, having posted five one-man shows — to thrive and Serena to write her first best-selling novel and soon be snapped up by one of London’s plummy home and lifestyle magazines. Happy to report, she promises us timely dispatches from the Old World from time to time. Needless to say, these three will be impossible to replace. So we won’t even try. Since June is a traditional graduation month, we shall simply thank them for leaving an indelible imprint on our magazine culture and say goodbye — for now. In the meantime, we are blessed to have four outstanding talents join us in the persons of Senior Editors Jim Moriarty at PineStraw and Isabel Zermani at Salt. The indispensable Hattie Aderholdt takes over as O.Henry’s sales manager with PineStraw veteran Ginny Trigg assuming new duties as sales director for all three sister publications. My Southern grandmother liked to say there’s no such thing as an ending — only sweet new beginnings. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at

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Harrison Scott Key, humor columnist for The Oxford American, will be visiting The Country Bookshop on June 8 at 5:30 p.m. He’ll be talking about his new book The World’s Largest Man, a memoir about his childhood move from comfortable urban Memphis to Mississippi, which seemed to him to be full of werewolves, racism and tooth decay. Told in Key’s hilarious, no-holds-barred style, The World’s Largest Man is the story of a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with a larger-than-life role model, and a grown man’s admiration for the father it took him a lifetime to understand. Drop in to hear more. The Country Bookshop, 140 North West Broad Street, Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 692-3211

Dog Days of Summer

Is your Fido the cutest dog in the Sandhills? Do you and he look more alike than Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell? Does he do great tricks? Is he just all around Best in Show? Enter the classes at the Walthour-Moss Foundation Fun Dog Show on Saturday, June 11, and find out for sure. There are prizes and ribbons too. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the show runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Entry fee: $5 per class. Lyell’s Meadow, 225 Mile Away Lane, Southern Pines. For more information and a full list of classes, visit or call (910) 695-7811.


Eat Like a Bird

If you like food and birds, then there are two events not to be missed at the Sandhills Horticultural Society. On June 15 at 10 a.m., Norma Burns will give a presentation on “Edible Flowers and Flowering Herbs.” Turns out flowers don’t just look pretty on the table, they taste good too. The workshop will include tasting, teaching and tips for using your new knowledge at home. On June 27, lunch and learn in the Gardens with Dolores Muller, who will talk about the best ways to attract birds to your garden. Lunch begins at 12 p.m. — bring your own, the Horticultural Society will provide drinks and knowledge. Both events take place at the Ball Visitors’ Center, Sandhills Community College Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Tickets are $30/members, $35/nonmembers for “Edible Flowers and Flowering Herbs.” Lunch and Learn is free, but reservations are required. For information and reservations please call (910) 695-3882.

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It’s June. It’s time for long lunches in the shade of the vines. Or pines. Thierry Debailleul, executive chef at Pinehurst resort and Country Club, will lead a weekend tour of the glorious food and wine of Bordeaux at the Resort from 24 to 26 June. Bordeaux may be famous for its red wine, but its white and rosé are sublime too. Visit the Resort and find out. Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. For more information, call (844) 289-3462.

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Hearty Art

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at sculpture? Elder Heart Sandhills is planning a community sculpture for the front of the finance and utilities building in downtown Southern Pines. The whole community is invited to help build the war horse sculpture from donated hardened steel. On Saturday, June 11, go along to the Elder Heart Sandhills gathering, from 2 to 9 p.m. where you can learn how you can contribute steel to the project. You can also eat, drink, have a pony ride and dance to live music by the Bones Fork Band. All at once. VFW, 615 South Page Street, Southern Pines. Tickets are $10 for adults (children free), available at the door or at Visit the website for more information.

Face the Music

Dance over to The Rooster’s Wife this month. The June schedule’s jam-packed with Southern rock, Celtic roots, old-time country, blues — need we say more? If it sounds good, you’ll find it at the Poplar Knight Spot. Here’s the rundown: June 2: Dale Ann Bradley at the Cameo Arthouse Theater, 225 Hay Street, Fayetteville. June 3: Dale Ann Bradley June 5: Dark Water Rising, Lakota John opens June 12: Cassie and Maggie, The Danberrys June 19: Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley June 26: Brett Harris, Skylar Gudasz opens Ticket prices vary. Doors open at 6 p.m. and shows begin at 6:46 p.m. The Rooster’s Wife, Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. For tickets and more information, visit or call (910) 944-7502. Cribbage evenings are new to the Knight Spot this month. On June 1 and 9 there’ll be games from 7 to 9 p.m. If you’re already a player, roll up and start a game. Beginners’ lessons will be 7 to 7:30 p.m. There’ll be coaching throughout the evening too.

Making Jam

If you play an acoustic instrument you need to be at the Weymouth Center the evening of Tuesday June 28. From 7 to 9 p.m. the Center will host its monthly jam session. Turn up, tune in and join in. Everyone is welcome. If you don’t play but like to listen, bring along some food and drink and do just that. Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, 555 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. For more information visit or call (910) 692-6261.

Paternal Perambulation

If Dad’s feeling in need of fresh air after all his Fathers’ Day indulgences, take him along to the Weymouth Woods Fathers’ Day Hike. A ranger will explain how fathers once provided from the longleaf forest, finding food, water, shelter and even income. Bring bugspray, water and the whole family on Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. Weymouth Woods – Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. For more information call (910) 692-2167 or visit weymouth-woods-sandhills-nature-preserve. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 2016





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A Virtuoso Performance Looking back over the extraordinary life of an old friend

By Cos Barnes

How hard it is to bury a contemporary,

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especially one you have known since childhood. Two men who finished high school with me died recently. Both accomplished a great deal during their lifetimes.

Robert Tuggle was the longtime archivist of the Metropolitan Opera. He was also the author of The Golden Age of Opera, published in 1983. At his death he was working on the biography of Kirsten Flagstad, the great Wagnerian soprano from Norway. A Princeton graduate, Tuggle studied musicology and wrote his thesis on Verdi. He served as the director of education for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a membership organization that supports the Met. Then, as the Met’s opera director of archives for more than thirty-four years, Robert, or Bobby, as we knew him, helped create a digital database that includes details from every performance since the Met opened in 1883. Remembering Bobby’s studious attention to detail as a youngster, I know it gave him great pleasure to see the replacing of record books and rows of index cards crammed in a windowless office. Bobby persuaded the Met to make this encyclopedic database available free of charge. Opera buffs can learn all sorts of tidbits, like that La Bohème holds the repertory record, with 1,274 performances, and that the most prolific performer was the tenor Charles Anthony, who made 2,928 performances. Hometown boy makes good. I’ll tell you about Sam later. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at

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Summer Road Trips Three classics to fire up the wanderlust in any reader

By Gwenyfar Rohler

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. — Saint Augustine

I can tell when summer arrives because I get hit with uncontrollable and inevitable itchy feet, the sensation of wanting to ramble to far climes, meet exotic people, eat unpronounceable, unrecognizable food and generally “get out of town.” In lieu of a journey this summer, I am revisiting three of my favorite “road trip” books: Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck (The Viking Press, 1962), Neil Gaiman’s Stardust (Avon, 1999), and Inglis Fletcher’s Lusty Wind for Carolina (Bobbs-Merril, 1944). At first glance these picks couldn’t be more different, but at heart they share the same curiosity for what lies beyond the horizon. Travels with Charley is a delightful look at America in the early 1960s through the windows of a camper truck, with Steinbeck’s faithful canine, Charley, by his side. Or, it is supposed to be. Steinbeck opens the book by discussing what is essentially a mid-life crisis: that he had become too safe, that he feared he no longer took the risks and adventures of his youth. (His son has stated in interviews that Steinbeck knew he was ill and not long for the world.) To that end, he commissions a camper to be built on the back of his truck that he can live and write in while he travels the country one last time, revisiting some of the locations that inspired his writing. His wife, Elaine, is not convinced this is a great idea, so they broker a compromise: If he must go, at least take the dog, Charley, for protection. So we find one of the most gifted writers America has ever produced (Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath, The Moon is Down, The Red Pony) headed off in his pickup truck with dog in the passenger seat, in search of America.

Charley, a large chocolate poodle, is not the most helpful of dogs, but much like Steinbeck can find humanity in even some of the most unsavory characters. He depicts Charley as a dog of great chivalry. One of Steinbeck’s best known books, The Grapes of Wrath, arguably the ultimate American Journey book, is set mostly on U.S. Route 66, America’s Main Street. Whereas the road is almost a character in Grapes of Wrath, Travels with Charley is more a tale of meandering, a wandering along many different roads and paths — some planned, some not — through rich, poor, urban and rural America. It is not one of Steinbeck’s great “message books,” but if it has any message, it is this: Go out and meet people, see them, talk with them, because the world is a surprising place filled with far more adventure than we realize when we are sitting at home and thinking up all the excuses not to try. Where Travels with Charley documents the adventures of an aging man looking at life, Stardust, by Neil Gaiman, is a classic coming-of-age adventure. It is a novel-length fairy tale about a young man who sets out to find a fallen star and bring it back to win the girl he thinks he loves. Imagine his surprise to discover that he and the world he thinks he knows are both changed irrevocably by this journey. Tristran Thorn lives in a village on the edge of Faerie, a large wall separating the two worlds. Perhaps you have seen the movie adaptation? In the novel, Tristran embarks on a Tolkien-like journey to find a specific fallen star in the land of Faerie, where stars are living, breathing bipedal creatures. The one he is looking for turns out to be named Yvaine, but he is not the only one looking for her. Together, man and star travel back to Tristran’s village with the aid of tools derived from nursery rhymes and, of course, the help of strangers who impart magical gifts. (One such stranger, rather famously associated with this novel, is Tori Amos, who was written into the book as a tree that gives Tristran a

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leaf to listen to when he most needs guidance.) Gaiman’s writing is engaging because he so completely inhabits the building blocks he uses to tell the story that they are artless and effortless in his hands. The nursery rhyme references aren’t forced, but rather sweet aha! moments for the reader and Tristran. When the big reveal comes at the end (the way to break the inevitable curse that hangs over the fairytale), Gaiman has spent so long laying the groundwork that the reader is completely prepared to go along with this last bit of coincidental magic. In every way, the book is a lovely homage to the stories that made reading magical for us as children. Inglis Fletcher’s Lusty Wind for Carolina depicts a journey of an entirely different nature — the early settlement of a land far across the sea. Author of the twelve-volume Carolina Chronicles series that looks at life in North Carolina from 1595–1789, Fletcher writes exhilarating yet meticulously researched books. Lusty Wind for Carolina examines the Charles Town settlement and what would become Orton and Clarendon Plantations. Fletcher loves North Carolina, and her adoration of this beautiful coastal area comes through in descriptions that are so palpable and tactile it feels like you could walk through the Pocosin and find a pirate ship moored in the relative safety of the Cape Fear River. Actually, much of the realistic description can be credited to the Fletchers staying at Clarendon Plantation during the writing of Lusty Wind. (The cook eventually turned them in as spies because Mr. Fletcher worked in a sensitive job at the shipyard and Inglis stayed home all day plotting positions on maps and writing — clearly they were up to no good!) The story traces the settlers departing England for the Carolina coast on an epic journey across the Atlantic. Adventure abounds, as does romance, danger and the unexplainable new world in which they try to build homes. Though Fletcher writes books as well researched as her contemporary, James Michener, because she was a woman, her books were marketed as romance. (Note that Michener’s books certainly have a hefty dose of amour!) But underneath the story and detail, what Fletcher really does is capture the spirit of adventure and wonder that drives a project as amazing as settling a new land and facing the unknown. How can anyone read her books and not feel inspired to do the same? Perhaps that’s what these three books do so well: They look at the power and allure of the unknown world in such different yet compelling ways. Who can resist an adventure, whether in or out of a book? PS Gwenyfar Rohler spends her days managing her family’s bookstore on Front Street in Wilmington.


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Hydrangea Madness From Endless Summer to Limelight, Ruby Slippers to Nikko Blue, Piedmont to coast, a plethora of varieties boggles the mind — and bewitches the garden

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As a garden designer, every spring

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I troll the aisles of Lowe’s, The Home Depot and my area’s garden centers searching for beautiful new plant introductions. In particular, I’ve been fascinated in recent years by a bounty of new hydrangea cultivars flooding the market, all making claims of superior beauty, improved strength and floral display. This year, out of simple curiosity, I flipped through some local wholesale nursery catalogues to see how many hydrangea varieties would be available for this season in North Carolina. Not counting the climbing varieties, I found fifty-five cultivars offered — enough to overwhelm even the most experienced hydrangea fan. Hydrangea madness is easy to understand. The woody stemmed shrubs are grown in virtually every warm-to-cold weather region of the United States, and their old-fashioned, long-lasting pink, blue and cream white flower heads (panicles) are outrageously showy affairs. Sometimes they last most of a summer, making them irresistible to gardeners of all skill levels. Unfussy and easy to root, arguably the most popular flowering shrub in America, hydrangeas, as everyone’s gardening grandmother knows, make great cutting flowers for any occasion and offer superb foundations for dried arrangements. Woody plant expert and University of Georgia horticulture professor emeritus Michael Dirr, however, has pronounced that many hydrangea cultivars now available or just reaching the marketplace aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Among other factors, in the rush to sell the latest cultivars with bolder colors and claims and reliability, some varieties are not field-tested adequately enough to fully assess their value to home gardeners. “It’s almost like you sell it and then move on to the next plant,” Dirr recently told Penn State’s extension service (, pointing out that some new introductions are forgotten as quickly as they appeared, just two or three years out. Some “aren’t even available in the market anymore. Customers may

be dissatisfied but they’re already on to the next thing, again being promised as better [when] it probably isn’t. You tell me how to regulate it. I’d like to know how to do it too,” he vented. Dirr would certainly know. With a doctorate in plant physiology from Massachusetts, Amherst, not only did he write the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, the most popular book on the propagation of woody plants (with more than 300,000 copies in circulation), but has also developed more than sixty-five varieties of woody plants and shrubs, including perhaps the most popular hydrangea to date: Endless Summer, a reblooming wonder that some say is the answer to a gardener’s prayer. Since its introduction in 2003-04, Endless Summer has reportedly sold well north of 20 million plants. “There’s no doubt it [Endless Summer] has genetic propensity to rebloom,” says Dirr, acknowledging that the proven success of his cultivar may have contributed to the public’s growing passion for hydrangeas. “Every other person that was breeding a hydrangea or marketing a hydrangea or retailing a hydrangea said, ‘I’ve got to do something to compete with this,’” says the father of modern Hydrangea Madness. But even Endless Summer may not be perfect. According to various reports, the cultivar did great in zones seven, eight, nine but failed to rebloom in zones five and six, most likely owing to the shorter growing season and factors beyond the gardener’s control, including sudden springtime freezes. (North Carolina ranges from zone five to eight on the U.S.D.A. hardiness scale.) So what’s a hydrangea-loving gardener to do? Simplest answer is look around and take careful note of what works best in your particular area of the state. Greensboro-based gardening guru Chip Callaway believes Endless Summer hasn’t quite lived up to its billing in his garden — the reason he uses the Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf) or H. paniculata (peegee) species instead. And although the Hydrangea serrata (lacecap) varieties are simply gorgeous, given the right conditions, he does not recommend them for clients in the Piedmont region. He recognizes Hydrangea Annabelle as another Southern favorite, especially for June weddings, and recommends that they be located in a corner of the garden to be used for cut flowers since their stems are floppy in heavy rains. “They just need to sprawl under the weight of their own glory,” Callaway says. He singles out H. paniculata (Tardiva) as a special favorite, easy to grow and

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profuse in its blooming characteristics. As is a variety that I’m partial to, Unique, which is very similar but has a slightly tighter blossom. In the same category is H. Vanilla and Strawberry that Piedmont retailer AB Seed’s plant buyer, Jennifer Siegenthaler, simply raves about. She has personally tested this hydrangea and reported that it takes shearing well, comes through local winters unscathed, and is not floppy . . . even under the weight of 10-inch blooms that open up creamy and progress through shades of burgundy to blush. For many of the same reasons, my fellow landscape designer, Gail Scott, of Lotus Designs in the Sandhills, finds the paniculata hydrangeas most dependable for gardens of Pinehurst and Southern Pines. She relies on H. Tardiva but also uses Little Lime and Limelight varieties interchangeably, depending on how much space there is in the garden. For Sandhills growers Scott recommends sitting them where they will receive shade from early afternoon on. And because the soils of her region are so sandy, she stresses the importance of good soil amendment, regular irrigation and a full inch or two of mulch to preserve moisture. Last year Scott found an oakleaf variety called Ruby Slippers that bloomed outstandingly, among the more compact varieties such as Sykes Dwarf and Peewee, which to my mind are practically interchangeable and equally gorgeous. I am testing all three at home here in Greensboro. Given our nation’s long history and natural love affair with hydrangeas — a flower that simply says summer to millions — I simply cannot leave this subject without mentioning my own success and ongoing love affair with Climbing Hydrangea, H. anomala petiolaris, a woody vine that seductively attaches itself with stem-borne adhesive rootlets to walls or anything else nearby without need of manmade supporting structures. Often overlooked in the mad consumer dash for the latest showy hydrangea blooms, climbing hydrangeas produce wonderful Queen Anne’s Lace–type flowers in early summer and then reveal a dainty fan of peely cinnamon-colored bark after the leaves drop in winter, leaving behind its beautiful wooden architecture. Like many slow-growing plants, climbing hydrangeas are a somewhat pricy investment that, once established, prove themselves year after year and season after season. For the record, mine seem almost immune to cold and never fail to bloom come late spring and early summer. At the end of the day, summer may not be endless as advertised but choosing the right hydrangeas for your zone and particular garden can prove to be nothing short of magical upon summer’s welcome return. PS Lee Rogers is currently growing only twelve varieties of hydrangea in her urban garden. You can contact her through her website at


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Sink or Swim The weather’s hotting up — cool down the Euro-Southern way

By Serena Brown

It may not be very loyal to

the history of my mother country, but come the summer I’ve often regretted that the Spanish didn’t have a greater Colonial influence here in the Southeast. Why? Simple — the siesta.

The Anglo Saxons, Normans, Danes and Celts who made up so many of the early Colonists had no understanding of how to live and work in hot weather. In Britain the mercury reaching eighty in August is headline news. Over they came, the Scots, Irish and English with their heavy coats, linen neckcloths and high collars, thick corsets and layers of petticoats, woollen stockings and brocade waistcoats. And very picturesque they looked too. Fortunately we’ve ditched the corsets and nightcaps and invented central heating. But we haven’t moved away from the cold weather work ethic. Nobody, except perhaps my Sandhills-bred husband, whose optimum temperature is 92 degrees with high humidity, would deny that our summers are punishing. Let’s make them a little easier. As I write, at two o’clock in the afternoon, I can hear the sounds of construction in my neighbourhood. I’m working in the house with the windows open. I’m melting. It’s only spring. By the time you’re reading this it will be summer. Even now I hesitate to think what it must be like to build a house in the heat of the afternoon, let alone how it would feel in August. So let’s adopt a more old-fashioned Mediterranean outlook to our working day. Let’s knock off for lunch at twelve noon, eat, have a sleep and then return to the grindstone at four o’clock, work till seven and then go home. Or drink spumanti at the wine bar with our friends and nibble on olives and pop in and out of the shops, then go home. It’s a delicious feeling, falling drowsily into bed after lunch, slipping between cold white sheets and listening vaguely to the tick, tick, tick of the

ceiling fan until it gives way to heavy, hot weather sleep. So much the better if you have thick wooden shutters and can darken out the white heat of the sun. We haven’t got shutters, I’m about as Norman-Celtic in ancestry as one can be, and I’m in the South. So here I am typing away, listening to the construction workers and wondering if I should take them some hats and iced water. The iced water has given me an idea. It’s too hot to find the energy to change the working culture of the South singlehanded. Regular readers will know that on the whole I do my best to follow the teachings of St. Augustine and to do as, um, Rome does. By which I must mean Rome in Georgia. And so I need to work through the heat, tackle it local-fashion, head on, barrel through it like a deer through a controlled burn, find the cooled ashes in the shade on the other side. I need a large tarpaulin. We’ve got one that covers the winter wood stores. It’s redundant in the summer, or it was until now. I’m going to build a redneck swimming pool. It seems there are two options. The first is to line the bed of your truck with the tarp and fill it with water. I’ve done a bit of research and it transpires this should only be done with a heavy-duty dually. We haven’t got one of those. Not to worry; we can choose the second option, because we are lucky enough to have a yard. We just need to go to Moore Equine and invest in some hay bales. Then we secure the tarpaulin to the hay bales with a large quantity of rope and fill it with water. I’m going to make it iced water. And put up an umbrella. A quick plunge into a freezing hay-scented oasis should shake off the postlunch slump and disperse any romantic thoughts of olive groves and shaded hammocks. The only slight problem is — and before I lived in the South my chilly Anglo-Celtic cerebral matter could never have imagined this — that at this time of year the water coming out of the hosepipe is hot. I’m going to have a lie down while I think what to do next. PS Serena Brown is gazing at the ceiling fan with half-closed eyes.

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Diamonds Are Forever Especially the kind found in six-inning Little League

By Bill Fields

Charles Newton really did not need

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to hit a vicious line drive back up the middle that summer afternoon in 1971. I already knew he was a strong, athletic kid from a family of strong, athletic kids. No further proof was necessary. But with one well-timed swing, he showed me anyway.

During batting practice as the Southern Pines team prepared for its upcoming Little League All-Star Game, Charles’ bat was quicker than my reflexes. As soon as I released the baseball it seemed like it was coming back at me, the forty-five feet between pitcher’s mound and home plate feeling much shorter. I went down in a heap. Fortunately, I was more stunned than injured, the ball having struck the fleshy inner part of my right thigh. It hurt, but the pain went away long before the imprint of the seams on my skin, which I proudly showed off to anyone who wanted to see my temporary tattoo. That was one of the last times I played in the cozy confines of that sweet little ball park across Morganton Road from the armory. The only negative was its proximity to the town dump, but even when the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, the scent of all the Bazooka and Dubble Bubble tended to mask anything unpleasant. Not many Little League parks had grass infields like ours. There were brick dugouts with water fountains, a booth for the public address announcer, fenced-in bullpens down the foul lines, advertising on the metal outfield wall and a concession stand with excellent snow cones (free after a win, thanks to coach!). The four teams — Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates — played under the lights a couple of nights a week in that scale model of the park we got to see in 1969 when the Red Springs Twins played their lone season as a Minnesota

farm team. There were some small bleachers behind first and third but room beyond the outfield for a ring of cars. My parents reliably parked beyond right field to watch my games, but I never had the opposite-field power to threaten the family Fairlane. Frankly, I didn’t have power to any field; the closest I came to a dinger even before the fence was moved out from 180 to 200 feet prior to my last season was a few one-hop doubles off the left-center wall. But the memory of a home run by one of my teammates, Ken Howell, is still vivid because that was the first time I saw anyone cry happy tears. I usually batted sixth or seventh in the order because I was a much better glove than stick, having idolized third-baseman Brooks Robinson at the height of his career with the Baltimore Orioles. I always loved fielding ground balls — at least until Pony League, when my play went south as the grounders got harder and curves flummoxed me at the plate. And it was as a deft infielder wearing the dark blue-and-white wool uniform of the Braves that I first discovered how full being good at something could make you feel. The six-inning Little League games — played in a familiar and comfortable setting with people you knew and liked, yet layered with the buoyant unpredictability of sports — seemed to suspend the real world. Our universe, in those ninety-minute windows between the (mostly) straight white-chalk foul lines, was as tidy as home plate after umpire Martin Parrish had come out of his crouch, taken off his protective mask for a moment of air, and flicked it clean as new with his whisk broom. Mr. Parrish is gone now, as are many of the men who volunteered plenty of their time so a generation of boys could use that diamond and have a lot of fun while learning a few things that weren’t taught in school. My fellow Little Leaguers and I were probably too busy trying to find out where one bought eye-black to thank them then, so I’ll do it now. PS Southern Pines native Bill Fields, who writes about golf and other things, moved north thirty years ago but hasn’t lost his accent.

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The Power of Picpoul

A geekishly lovely wine worthy of a mainstream following

By Robyn James

OK, here I go again,

writing about another obscure wine geek’s choice. Once again I’m hoping to divert into the mainstream a wine I truly love and enjoy, particularly in the hotter months of the year.

Picpoul is one of the oldest grape varieties from the Languedoc and Rhône regions of France. Prior to the phylloxera crisis in France, picpoul was extremely popular. After the blight, very few vines were replanted in the northern vineyards, where they transferred to more disease-resistant grapes. However, in its native Languedoc picpoul continued to thrive, particularly the white grape, picpoul blanc. Loosely translated, picpoul means “lip sting,” a bow to its shrill, high-bracing acidity. This is a working man/woman’s summer wine. It is also the base grape for most French vermouths. There are no “reserve” picpouls, no oak barrels, no malolactic fermentation (which would increase cost and impart a buttery flavor). Don’t age this wine, it won’t do well. Grab it young and drink it up. It’s almost always going to cost around $12. Picpoul noir is a rare red mutation of the Picpoul blanc. This grape is so rare, only about 250 acres of it remain planted. The Foncalieu winery has five acres in Cazouls, France that they use to produce a fabulous dry rosé. With only five hours of skin contact, it has a beautiful salmon color, it’s fresh, with rose petal and citrus notes. This delicious, clean offering is under $15 and not to be missed. Picpoul noir is one of the thirteen grapes allowed by law to be blended into Châteauneuf-du-Pape in small quantities, but it is rarely used. The blanc is really the star of the show — little or no red is imported into the United States. Picpoul, like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is produced in identical bottles, regardless of the winery. All the wineries have a brotherhood of vinting and bottling picpoul using the same “Neptune” bottle. It’s a tall, thin green glass bottle with a really cool embossed Languedoc cross on it with little waves around the neck. You can spot it from across the room. You know you are looking at picpoul. This wine has tremendous acidity, minerality and citrus qualities,

particularly lemon, along with a note of salinity. You can pick up yellow plums and apricots. Those flavors are the perfect foil for shellfish, especially oysters, crab, mussels and any rich cream-based dish. They also pair well with cured meats such as prosciutto and salami. It is not a wine known for its complexity, but one renowned for a deep sense of place. Famous picpoul winery Château FontMars (meaning “the soil of the dinosaurs”) was apparently a favorite spot for dinosaurs to bury and hide their eggs in river beds and cover them with fermenting vegetation. This fossilizing environment creates a completely unique, chalky terroir. Picpoul has sneaked into the wines of the New World. There are a few plantings in California, notably Tablas Creek, owned by the Perrin family of Beaucastel fame. Texas and Arizona are also experimenting successfully with picpoul. My two favorite picpoul chateaus in addition to Foncalieu are Caves De Pomerol HB and the Font Mars; both weigh in around $12, shere are some thoughts from Robert Parker

Domaine Font-Mars Picpoul De Pinet, Languedoc, France

A year in, year out no brainer, the 2014 Picpoul de Pinet from proprietor Jean Baptiste DeClock (Belgian ancestry) offers lots of juicy citrus and lime notes to go with a medium to light-bodied, incredibly quaffable and delicious style on the palate. Drink this beauty as a meal-starter over the coming year. Rated 89 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Caves De Pomerols Picpoul De Pinet Hb, Languedoc, France

A delicious picpoul that just screams for a hot summer day (or a plate of oysters), the 2015 Picpoul de Pinet H.B. offers lots of salty minerality, bitter citrus and hints of rose petal in a medium-bodied, juicy, clean and refreshing style. Buy multiple bottles and enjoy over the coming summer months! Rated 89 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. PS Robyn James is a certified Sommelier and proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at

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In The Spirit

Low-Proof, High-Cotton Gentle drinks for long summer evenings

By Tony Cross

Can you remem-

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ber the last time you had one too many? Smile if it was last night. I definitely have my stories; anyone who enjoys alcohol has theirs. The thing about spirits is that most of us have to pace ourselves. It’s ideal with any form of alcohol to drink a glass of water with each beer, glass of wine or cocktail. The percentage of us that do that? Yeah. Slim.

Now that the days are longer, it’s easy to let the evening slip by while enjoying cocktails with loved ones and friends . . . on a Tuesday. There are some great drinks that are lower in ABV (alcohol by volume) that you might want to try the next time you’re drinking (tonight when you’re drinking). All three of these are built cocktails. You’ll “build” them in the glass that you are drinking from.


There are a few different stories on how the Americano originated. I like this one best: It was served in the 1860s at Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milan. Originally called the “Milano-Torino,” it became very popular with American tourists during Prohibition. Soon after, it became better known as the “Americano.” Americano is a cocktail, but also a coffee, and a style of aperitif wine. It derives

from the word “amaricante,” which translates to “bitter.” The cocktail version was originally made with Campari (from Milan), Cinzano (a sweet vermouth from Torino), and sparkling water. I’d say Campari is a must, but feel free to experiment with different sweet vermouths. I recommend Cocchi Vermouth di Torino. Notes of rhubarb, spice and citrus from this moscato-based fortified wine makes a great Americano. It also tastes good in a Negroni (swap out the sparkling water for an ounce of gin). Build in a rocks glass: 1 oz Campari 1 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (available at Nature’s Own or Bordeaux Fine and Rare) Add ice and top with sparkling water and an orange peel


Most of us have forgotten that dry and sweet vermouth are great on their own. If refrigerated after opening, your bottle of fortified wine can last for a few months. I stole the idea of infusing chamomile in dry vermouth from bartender Brandon Wise, out of Denver. I read about a cocktail that he created using the infused vermouth. Mr. Wise’s drink had a few other ingredients in it, but what I decided to do was quite simple: Reverse the martini. You see, the specs for your standard gin martini may vary slightly, but here’s an example: 2 1/2 oz gin, 3/4 oz dry vermouth. I prefer using Plymouth Gin, because it is slightly earthy, but soft. I always end up going back to Dolin when it comes to dry vermouths. Made in France, the Dry is fresh and extremely clean on the palate. For the infusion,

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however, I opted for the Dolin Blanc, which is like the Dry, but with a touch of sweetness. I wanted vermouth to be the star in this low-proof cocktail to prove the naysayers wrong. The Sexyback was born. Chamomile-infused dry vermouth 1 750 ml bottle of Dolin Blanc de Chambéry (available at The Wine Cellar and Nature’s Own) 6 bags of chamomile tea Steep teabags in vermouth for about 4 minutes, or until it starts to turn a straw color. Refrigerate after using. Build in a rocks glass: 2 1/2 oz Chamomile-infused Dolin Blanc 3¾ /4 oz Plymouth Gin (NC Code# 42-962) Add ice and stir 50 revolutions Take a twist of lemon, express the oils over the cocktail and then put the lemon twist into the drink.

Cocchi Spritzer

I mentioned the Cocchi di Torino earlier; Cocchi Americano makes a few delicious aperitif wines. Cocchi Rosa is made from the brachetto grape, which is grown in Italy’s southern Piedmont region. Brachetto d’Acqui wine is usually medium-bodied, and has a little bit of sweetness. The Cocchi Rosa takes this grape and adds bitterness, rounding it out with flowers and spice. Again, this fortified wine is also great on its own. Adding sparkling water and some fruit will make this a spritzer, which is more an aperitif than a cocktail, but that’s OK. Grapefruit Syrup Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin of two grapefruits, avoiding peeling off the white pith. Combine the grapefruit peels with 1 cup of sugar in a food processor. Blend. Place in a sealed container and let sit overnight. Combine grapefruit-sugar with 1/2 cup of water in a pot. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved. Strain through a sieve.

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Tomato Time Let the eating begin

By Jan Leitschuh

Gardening necessarily means

chores. But few garden chores satisfy like the meditations of staking, tying and pruning tomatoes. To my eye, and with apologies to Kenneth Grahame, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about . . . in the vines.

Early June, the plants have been in the ground five or six weeks. Once planted in warm, rich soil in the garden, tomatoes are mad little sugar factories. They’re green fire, doubling in size every two weeks or so. This industrious sugar-making soon switches direction, from crazy leaf growth to tasty tomatoplumping. Toward the end of the month, voilà! Bragging rights to the first field-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes of the season. To those who love homegrown tomatoes, working your way down a row of them on a hot Saturday morning is just as good as dawdling in the shade afterwards swilling that sweating glass of something icy. The special green scent of tomato foliage rises with the heat, pungent as the nearby companion-planted marigolds. You may sport a sleeveless tee and shorts to capture the very same solar rays (Vitamin D! Strong bones!) as your tomato stems and leaves. They too crave the sun’s alchemy; in their case, turning photosynthetic sugars into ripe, red fruits. And they need guidance and support. Like any lazy gardener, you’ve tried letting your tomatoes sprawl on the ground one year. What happens if one doesn’t stake? It was an experiment. It was a mess. Vines snaked everywhere, invading the narrow walkways.

Inevitably, you stepped on crisp stems, destroying near-ready clusters. Pests and disease took hold earlier on the prostrate plants, you found. Yields were poorer. And the final insult: Those prized red globes didn’t ripen until a good two to three weeks later than your highly competitive neighbor’s staked beauties. And you were duly made aware of that fact, that you had lost the bet. And you had to pay up. So. There was that. Having resigned yourself to the gentle tyranny of the tomato — years, even decades later, perhaps, as these things require a mellowing period — you find a certain joy in surrendering to the demanding routines of one’s favorite nightshade. You do it properly now, with a proper stout stake — none of those wimpy and ridiculous little wire cages they sell at garden stores these days. Oh, perhaps the teeniest determinate tomato might manage to contain itself for the first few flushes. No indeterminate tomato worth its salt — particularly the wildly lush, prized heirlooms — would give such a flimsy support a second glance past Week Three of Life in the Southern Summer. To support the enthusiasm of the indeterminates, we often zip-tie an extra length of bamboo to the support stake. Were I well-heeled, I might invest in some 5-foot tall galvanized steel fencing. A 4-foot section makes a dandy cage. The openings would have to be at least 4 inches square, so I could easily reach in to pick the fruit and prune the suckers. There would still be a need for stakes — for the cages. But tying could be eliminated. It would be smart not to set the cages until the first fruits form, so weeding and pruning would be simpler. After setting the plants out in early May, I usually prune off all branches below the first flower/fruit cluster. No worries, the plant heals quickly, and this truly helps cut down on blights and other splash-borne diseases. It also makes for a good, sturdy stem, one that can go the distance. Once the hot weather

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hits, I also mulch, to conserve water and keep the soil evenly moist, and the roots happy. Happy roots, happy fruits, I always say! As the vines grow taller, they develop side shoots, or “suckers” at the spots where the leaflet joins the stem. Determinate tomatoes — those well-behaved varieties that produce their fruits with abundant abandon, all in one big flush — tend not to need more pruning than to the first cluster. Their DNA is programmed for a set amount of leaves and fruits. After the fruit flush ripens, they grow old and die.

. . . and this truly helps cut down on blights and other splash-borne diseases. It also makes for a good, sturdy stem, one that can go the distance. For the more vigorous indeterminate tomatoes, there are many pruning patterns, but I’ll share mine. Side shoots affect plant vigor. If you leave these suckers alone, they will lengthen, develop leaves and bear fruit. Good thing, right? It depends. I let two or three stems develop. I try to allow the sucker emerging from the leaf axil above the first fruit cluster to develop, then a second stem from the next node above the set fruit. This tends to keeps plants tidy enough not to be overwhelming, and still have strong, productive stems that respect the main stem. I take care not to prune or tie off when the foliage is wet, because diseases spread. Wash your hands if you’re a smoker — tobacco causes similar problems. Use thick twine to support the new fruit clusters. Having a solid thumbnail proves useful for the sucker pinching. Now, you observe, you truly have the proverbial green thumb. At the end of the row, you’ve accomplished something for the health of the plants, and for the ripe, red fruits that you will harvest at the end of the month. June is tomato time. You don’t have to prune yours. But where would be the fun in that? Forsake the classic rhythms of the garden? Nay! The destination is the journey, after all. A little pleasant maintenance can reap large benefits for the table — and, incidentally, a gardener’s soul. You’ve just earned that sweating glass. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and co-founder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 2016






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The Light in Mrs. Annie Reflections on four decades at the Pinehurst Resort

By Johnnerlyn Johnson

The heartbeat of the Pinehurst Resort is

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its people, with their stories of perseverance, duty, pride, courtesy and love coursing through its century-old veins. They represent what the hotel’s tradition stands for: service to guests. If one person were to represent that redoubtable staff, it would be Annie McSwain, who has recently retired from enriching the lives of thousands of guests during her forty-two years at the resort.

“Mrs. Annie McSwain will really be missed,” says accounting manager Kim Thomas. Affectionately known as “Mrs. Annie,” McSwain has set the tone for the Carolina Hotel for decades. Senior vice president and general manager Scott Brewton knows that her grace and hospitality are significant factors in guests’ decisions to return. “When I would see her in the lobby greeting guests, what stood out to me was her aura, which was one that portrayed kindness and gentleness,” he says. Meeting her at the lobby where she worked for so many years, one can’t help but note that physically Mrs. Annie reflects the essence of the Carolina Hotel. Strikingly tall and stately, she shares the regality of the hotel known as “The Queen of the South.” Her driving force has always been caring for others. Cindee Walden, an

administrative assistant in the executive office, says without hesitation, “Mrs. Annie is the salt of the earth. She gave her love and her soul to everybody. You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful woman on the outside or inside. She was a hard worker and mentor.” Meeting the needs of her five young children, compounded with the death of her husband, prompted her to begin working at the hotel in 1973. Long before the forty-two-year mark, Mrs. Annie could have bid her duties farewell. “We thought she would retire last summer,” says daughter Pamela, a recent state of North Carolina retiree and UNC-Chapel Hill alumna. “However, she informed us that she was not ready to do so. Her reason was that she likes to have extra money to ‘put something into someone’s hand’ as prompted by the Lord.” Mrs. Annie recognizes that she stands on the shoulders of other notable women who served at the Carolina Hotel, names that will be familiar to regular guests: Mae Murchison, Bessie “Ma Bess” Frye, Novella Baldwin, Helen Williams, Ruth Ross, Bea Woodson, Jimmy Lee Fowler Brown, Hattie Walter, Dressie McKinney, and many others. “The ladies that came before me paved my way,” Mrs. Annie acknowledges. “When I arrived, I started with turn-downs, worked on floors, and did rooms. It opened the door to help me go further. I made it to the fifth floor, where I even served the Queen of Thailand and her entourage for about a week. But I was eventually assigned to the lobby area, where I worked greeting guests, giving directions, and being friendly. I felt like being in that lobby was my mission.” Working in the lobby, Mrs. Annie, a Jackson Hamlet native who attended

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the historic Pinckney High School in Carthage, poured the richness of her soul into serving others. She fondly remembers a guest, Mrs. Gilmore, who was so taken with the kindness Mrs. Annie exhibited to her that she wanted Mrs. Annie to have her Bible. Daughter Jackie says, “Our beautiful mother reminds us of the widow in the seventeenth chapter of 1st Kings. For many years, she has been a faithful servant of God. Because she has helped sustain many, she will not lack for anything.” “I just let my light shine. I don’t want the glory; I want Christ to be glorified. A guest who worked in politics would often tell me that she’d look for me because I was a light,” says Mrs. Annie. She chuckles as she recollects the time Sidney Poitier approached her. “He said, ‘Excuse me. Would you give me permission to give you a hug?’

Strikingly tall and stately, she shares the regality of the hotel known as “The Queen of the South.” He even asked me about my children. When these things happened, it showed me my mission was accomplished,” says Mrs. Annie, sitting in the same lobby where she stood greeting others for so many years. She gazes around momentarily, and sits back in her seat, saying, “I straightened a-many of these chairs in this same lobby.” Her love for people floats to the surface every time, and she becomes invested in people’s lives. Mrs. Annie had a front row seat throughout key rites of passage in Scott Brewton’s life: “I’ve been here since 1988,” he says. “She’s known me since before I got married. My wife enjoys visiting and speaking with Mrs. Annie, as well as my two children, who she has seen grow from babies to their current mid and upper teens. It is always someone like her, with a peaceful, loving, and caring nature, that you want to have in the lobby of your hotel. That’s the environment that we’re trying to convey to our guests here. Whatever stress guests may bring in with them, they come to the hotel to get away from it all. Once they were here, it would always be Mrs. Annie to help put them at ease.” PS Johnnerlyn Johnson is a former high school principal and journalism teacher who is intrigued by the soul, mind, and spirit of humanity.

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Out of the Blue

Step Down With Dignity Some things — and people — should just retire. As gracefully as possible

By Deborah Salomon

Winning racehorses get put out to stud.

Professors and clergy become emeritus. Federal judges step down whenever they like, at full salary. Too bad out-to-pasture rules aren’t in place for other stuff. Like hairstyles. For the past couple of years, women under 40 (and some over, what’s worse) have grown their locks Lady Godiva length, if not Rapunzel. Softly curled ends look nice — but no. Instead, the last six inches must be straight or angular and ratty, as though the curlers came loose during the night, or the rain bonnet didn’t cover everything. Like hair color. Streaks, tips, ink black with purple zigzags I get. Just not the half-tone, the ombre, the six-inch roots or how a bottle blonde would look after being marooned, scissor-less, on a desert island. Like Jane Fonda. Jane, of course, has retired several times — always accompanied by a first-rate plastic surgeon, nutritionist, esthetician, couturier, cosmetic dentist and zumba instructor. But she just keeps coming back, bent on making other not-so-golden oldies feel like cracking open the makeup veneer with a sledge hammer. Take a hike, Barbarella. Like jeans. About a billion years ago an asteroid hit the Earth, raising a cloud that eradicated the dinosaurs. Sometimes, when a thing grows out of control, nature prunes or purges, to be replaced with the fresh, the new, the better. Jeans have turned and twisted far from their dungaree/overalls/cowboy genesis, a veritable fashion kudzu. Something ails a populace that demands new clothing be faded and ripped. Or that the farmers’ friend sports rhinestones and costs $350. Phase them out. Like the coffee culture. Coffee — the cult — owns a status previously reserved for oenophiles. Send it off into the sunset in favor of that good ole’ American cuppa Joe, which should return many greenbacks to frayed jeans’ pockets. Like cringeworthy ads. Viagra wasn’t bad enough. Now, time to throw in the bowel towel. This started with toilet tissue wars, progressed to bladder control supplies, then medications for constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and now, a mail-away sample kit for colon cancer testing. Maybe this is worthwhile, maybe not. I’m just glad there’s no 10-year-old boy in my house when the ads start, about suppertime.

Like the Duggars: After brother Josh’s unspeakable sex-porno-abuse scandal, the married (one to a 19-year-old) Duggar daughters with babies and their wronged sister-in-law are back on TLC hawking “family values.” I guess somebody’s got to pay the mortgage. Watching hurts. Like hybrid foods. What good can come from Cronuts (croissant and doughnut), Bronuts (Cronut with bacon), Turducken, Grapples (grape-apple hybrid), Flagels (flatbread bagel), Tatchos (nachos and Tater Tots) and Brookies (brownie cookies)? The Manhattan bakery featuring Cronuts at a ridiculous price not only got a stint on the “Today” show, but had customers lined up before dawn for the obscene pairing. Dump ’em! Like nail art: Short nails painted bruise-black or dried-blood red? Sure, for zombies. The patterns belong to those sideways women depicted on ancient Egyptian wall friezes. Like shirts with button tabs on the roll-up sleeves. Impossible to roll them up so the tab reaches the button. Bulky, unnecessary, begone. Like men’s skinny pants, unless your guy hankers to be Mary Poppins’ fella Bert the chimneysweep. They remind me of what comes out of the dryer that shouldn’t have gone in. Like that camo cake mix. The whole camo craze puzzles me — why people want to dress their kids in war wear. As for discovering camo splotches inside a layer cake, I’d rather find half a worm in my apple. Poor taste, to say the least. Like anchors aweigh. Deliver a pink slip to any morning news anchor who shows up in a pink slip or similar cocktail-waitress attire. Lace and cleavage don’t go with Cheerios and Pop Tarts. Like Tiger Woods. The grrrrr is gone. Putt a lid on it, buddy. Like robo sales calls. Breathes there a man or woman who would buy insurance — let along a hearing aid — over the phone? Pull the plug, pronto. Like Donald Trump: Adios, amigo. Clean out your locker. Here’s a oneway ticket over the wall. Yes, that wall. The point: Things that overstay their welcome require more than a nudge. Hand me a Louisville Slugger and get outta my way. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at

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Yessir, Gobble Gobble Tom the turkey tells it like it is

By Clyde Edgerton

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daddy wrote an essay about several friends of his who are actual wild bears. These particular hunters — yes, the bears — have somehow managed to harvest and mount (as in: put on the wall as a trophy) a few 300-pound (and plus) human hunters in the last few years. (See the March 2016 issue of Salt.)

Several of Papadaddy’s turkey friends liked the essay, and one, Mr. Tom Turkey, asked for a shot at writing a short piece. Papadaddy said, go for it, Turkey.

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Hello, my name is Tom Turkey. I’m a conservative. My older brother, Forrest, is the liberal in the family. The only one, thank you. Our happy families live and worship near Wilmington, where some courageous turkey hunters, who are human, complain that they cannot, by law, “take” or “harvest” us on Sunday mornings. Hummmm. Gobble, gobble. Let’s set the record straight: First, “take a turkey” and “harvest a turkey” are politically correct ways of saying something that really means this: “That there turkey stepped into a clearing yesterday morning and I flat killed his ass.” Now that’s the American way of telling it like it is. Yessir. Let’s drop this namby-pamby verbiage. I, for one, ain’t no sissy, and I ain’t no sissy talker. You know, this sissy language gets said and written down by liberals who get all bent out of shape when they hear about dead animals. But who consistently breaks the speed limit, and always runs over possums and never stops to put them out of their misery? Liberals. Because, for one reason, they don’t tote iron — so how can they put a possum out of its misery? And for another thing, they are always in a big hurry to get to some vegetarian or trans-vegan panel discussion somewhere in Chapel Hill . . . or Charlotte.

Yessir. Gobble, gobble. Me and Forrest, my liberal brother, once in a blue moon, do agree on some things. For example, we both have been heard to say: “I’d like to be totin’ a bazooka and early one frosty morning catch a turkey hunter all slunk-up and hiding in a bush and bust his ass.” But you know what? There is a law against turkeys having bazookas. The Turkey Anti-Bazooka Act of 1945. Now think about this: Is that fair? — I mean, guns have rights too. If you were a turkey (or a gun), and some of you may be, wouldn’t you lobby for a turkey’s right to own a bazooka and other large automatic and semi-automatic weapons? Of course you would. No political correctness there. You humans think you live in dangerous times and places? Give me a break. The fact is this: You people are safer today than you’ve ever been in history. But imagine walking to church and along the way somebody’s dressed up like a tree and trying to take you out. We turkeys can load and reload a bazooka — and we should be allowed to walk in peace to and from church on a Sunday. That’s our Mother Naturegiven right, and it falls under “religious freedom,” by golly, by gobble. By the way, that “no-hunt on Sundays” law was enacted by Unionists back in 1868 at about the time we Southern turkeys started going to church on Sunday mornings. The law was passed when we and other people and animals were put in danger — now this is true — because of Confederate soldiers gathering here and there and playing with their guns on Sundays. The more things change the more they stay the same. We turkeys still need that Sunday morning no-hunt law. Hear, hear. Gobble, gobble. Write your congressman or congresswoman and say you are getting tired of political correctness. Take? Harvest? You take your time. You harvest beans. By gosh, by golly, by gobble, we need to tell it like it is. —Tom Turkey PS Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a memoir and a new work, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers. He is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNCW.

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Heard, Not Seen

The unmistakable call of the Eastern whippoorwill

By Susan Campbell

Should you live adjacent to wet woods,

for weeks now I am betting that you have been treated to a loud, haunting and repetitive call at dusk. But I’m also guessing you haven’t even caught a glimpse of the source. The sonorous, unmistakable vocalizations most likely originate from a medium-sized, extremely well camouflaged bird. And while the seemingly endless three syllable chants of “whip poor will” drive some people to distraction, it is a source of solace to others. And is there anything more distinctly Southern except, perhaps, the scent of magnolias in full bloom? But make no mistake: The Eastern whippoorwill is as hard to find as it is easy to hear! Its magnificent mishmash of mottled gray, brown and white plumage make it almost magically invisible, whether perched on a low branch or sitting on the forest floor. Although whippoorwills do have a brilliant white throat patches, as well as some pale but distinct coloration on the corners of their tails, in comparison to other birds some might call them dull. However, their variegated and mottled camouflage seems to others like a work of beauty beyond art. Males and females are almost identical in marking, except that the outer tail patches on males are white whereas they’re buff-colored on the females. Otherwise, males and females are identical. One other important difference, though, is that only the males do the calling. In early spring, whippoorwills make their way north from their winter

lodgings, which can range from Central America to perhaps as far north as the Gulf Coast. Their overland route, which they cover at night, brings them up through the southeastern states quite early in the season. But by the time they arrive, larger insects are out and about. And a good thing, too: Whippoorwills dine solely on bugs. Their huge mouths scoop up a variety of invertebrates, including moths, beetles, grasshoppers, fireflies and even wasps and bees. Given a full moon overhead, they sometimes feed all night long; whippoorwills are versatile hunters, searching for prey in leaf litter or ripping apart rotting wood. Because they spend most of their time flying in the forest and rummaging around on its floor, whippoorwills require open terrain such as open pine woodlands — of which we have a gracious plenty in our area. Nests are mere scrapes on the ground, made by females. Typically, two marbled eggs are laid and, like the birds themselves, the eggs are amazingly camouflaged in the leaf litter. Although it is the female who incubates, the male may perform a convincing distraction display at the nest site to lure would-be predators away. It is interesting to note that nesting often coincides with the full moon so the parents can maximize night-hunting for their growing family. Furthermore, young whippoorwills quickly abandon the nest after hatching, obviously to avoid predation. Unfortunately in the East, many whippoorwill populations have been in decline due to habitat loss. Woodlands, and increasingly even lowlands, continue to be replaced by both agriculture and housing developments. Prime whipoorwill territory here in central North Carolina continues to shrink. So when the eerie and recurrent call of the whippoorwill echoes out of the woods, tell your grandchildren and children to turn off their smartphones and listen up. One day they’ll likely thank you for the memory. PS Susan would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted by email at or by phone at (910)-695-0651.

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A Novel Year

The Unsung Hero

A brief painful tale of second fatherhood and flag football By Wiley Cash

I’ve noticed a few things

Photograph by Mallory Brady Cash

about heroes over the course of my life. They’re usually modest about the attention their bravery has garnered. I’ve watched President Obama award the Medal of Honor several times, and the recipients always stand by as the president narrates their heroic story. I always imagine that the president is telling a story these heroes would never tell about themselves. A subtle message becomes clear: Heroes don’t tell their own stories.

Perhaps that’s why I had such trouble explaining my injury to my wife after flag football practice in February. It had been a cold Sunday afternoon when we convened on a muddy field. I lined up as a receiver, and as soon as the ball was snapped I felt something else snap in my left quad. I shuffled off the field, walked in circles, gritted my teeth, fell to the ground, and stared at the sky. The thigh muscle I’d just pulled tightened like a rubber band and withdrew into some secret space inside my body that I would not be able to reach with ice or heat or the icy-hot ointment that promises some combination of the two. By the time I arrived home, my lower back, clearly jealous of all the attention my thigh was receiving, had decided to seize up like an accordion that could not be opened. I sat in the driveway for a few minutes, trying to decide how best to exit the vehicle. I opened the door and lifted my left leg, grimacing through the tears. Once both feet were outside the car I slid from the seat and stood as straight as I could, which wasn’t that straight. Our toddler, Early, ran out to greet me, and I found that the two of us stood about eye-level. My wife, Mallory, who at the time was seven months pregnant, followed close behind. Back in the fall, when I’d told Mallory I was going to play flag football, she’d responded, “I have no doubt that you’ll hurt yourself. The only thing I can’t predict is how.” Even though Mallory is several inches shorter than me, she towered over me now where the three of us stood in the driveway. “What happened?” she asked. Keep in mind that I’m a storyteller. Telling stories is what I do for a living. I

took a moment to decide the best way to narrate the story of my injury. I looked up, found that I could not raise my eyes above Mallory’s pregnant belly. “I was standing still,” I said. “And then I ran as fast as I could.” “You hurt yourself because you ran?” she asked. “It’s way more complicated than that,” I said. “I can’t explain it.” Over the next few months, no matter how much I stretched or how much I rested, I reinjured the same quad every time I took the field. It seemed that no amount of ibuprofen, ice or heat could quell the muscle’s initial rage at being disturbed on that frigid February day. Other pulls, strains and sprains came and went, but the quad pain stayed with me. I gave up trying to explain it, especially as Mallory drew closer to her delivery date and more uncomfortable with the stress that the late stages of pregnancy has on a woman’s body. All that to say this: I suffered in silence. On the first Sunday in April I came home from a late flag football game with burritos from Flaming Amy’s. Mallory had already put Early to bed and was reading a magazine on the couch. I served up our dinner and took her a plate. We’d been eating for a few minutes when she said, “So, I think I’m in labor.” Our bags were already packed. Grandparents were already on stand-by. There was only one thing left to do. I placed my hands on the coffee table, winced through the pain, and stood as straight as I could. “I’ll go ahead and change out of this jersey,” I said. We arrived at the hospital around 9:30 p.m., and our daughter Juniper was born about five hours later. Her birth, like our first daughter’s birth, probably like all births, was exhilarating, painful, exhausting, and beautiful. Mallory was just as amazing this time as she was the first time she gave birth after laboring for over twenty-four hours. We settled into our room on the mother-baby floor around 6 a.m. Mallory was still going strong, but my head was swimming, and I was humiliated to be so exhausted after she’d done all the work. She took one look at me and said, “Please lie down for a few minutes. I’ll need you to be rested later so I can try to sleep.” I stumbled over to the couch in the corner and collapsed just as one of the nurses entered. “Your husband looks exhausted,” she said to Mallory. “Well, he’s been through a lot,” Mallory said. “He had a flag football game yesterday.” Finally, I thought as I tumbled into sleep. Someone is telling my story. PS Wiley Cash is a New York Times best-selling author whose second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, was released last year. He lives in Wilmington.

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Sporting Life

Good Time Had by All! Keep an outdoor journal and remember the wild times

By Tom Bryant

Back in the mid-’70s I began keeping an

outdoor journal — well, really a hunting and fishing journal — geared primarily to when, where, who and how much. The scribbling evolved over the years into anything I did that took place in the outdoors. There were even a couple of parties and cookouts that could qualify as living in the wild.

My journals came up not long ago when my good friend and hunting buddy Bubba and I were talking about an adventure we had on the Falls of the Neuse Lake near Raleigh in the late ’70s. When you’ve lived as long as Bubba and I have, time becomes relative. In other words, what seems to have happened a couple of years ago actually could have been a couple of decades. We were kicked back on Bubba’s deck overlooking his pond. Bubba’s house is deep in the woods on about twenty or thirty acres and is situated on a little rise overlooking a lake that is a virtual waterfowl preserve, providing habitat for mallards, Canada geese and wood ducks. The house was designed to be climatefriendly, requiring little air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. It reminds me of a mountain place and would fit just as appropriately off the Blue Ridge Parkway as it does in its Piedmont setting. As always, when Bubba and I get together, our conversation will bring up some of our past adventures. “Cooter [Bubba gave me that nickname early in our friendship and it stuck — with him at least], remember that time we hauled your canoe to the Falls Lake and put in right off Interstate 85? The dam was being built and not closed yet, but water was backing up almost to the highway. We thought it would make for some great duck hunting, come winter.” “I do remember and it was quite an adventure. The logistics of getting the boat in the water were harder than the paddling.”

“What year was that?” he replied. “Sometime in the early ’80s or late ’70s, I think.” “Look it up in your journal when you get home and email me. I was trying to explain to Leroy the other day, how we discovered some great duck shooting in sight of interstate traffic. He was dubious and I need to set him straight.” Leroy works for Bubba, managing the country store he bought several years ago. The store is a favorite haunt for outdoor types from all over the area, and I’ve spent many happy hours there in years past telling and listening to hunting and fishing stories. A lot of them were true, I think. “I’ll check it tonight when I get home. I need to put the journals in some semblance of order, and this will give me an excuse,” I said. That evening, after a great visit with Bubba, I followed up on my promise. I dragged the journals from the bookcase where they are randomly stacked and started going through them, trying to organize them chronologically. It took me a while but I found the one that documented our first outing on the Falls of the Neuse Lake, or what it was then — just a few meandering creeks and shallow water that were being backed up by the new dam nearing completion. I opened the journal to where I had entered a few jottings about the trip. It read, “Saturday, Sept. 1980. Bubba and me. Weather warm and cloudy. Scouting a put-in point on Falls Lake. Pulled off the side of the interstate, put the canoe in a little creek. Could be good hunting this winter.” That was it, short and to the point, but those thoughts, written so many years ago, brought back that day vividly. The big highway bridge crossed the lake at what eventually became the headwaters. When Bubba and I drove over it that mild September afternoon, the lake to the north was nothing but a series of swamps and little tributaries snaking back toward the major river source, the Neuse River. We were able to get the old Bronco off the road, almost to the tree line bordering a little creek, and there we hauled the canoe, a seventeen-foot aluminum Grumman, down the bank to the water. We pushed, poled and paddled it out to the open area that would later become the biggest part of the lake. It was a

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real chore, but as it turned out, well worth it. We duck hunted the lake for three or four years, until it became so over-populated and such a destination for hunters that we gave it up. I read on in the journal and found another entry. “Jan. 1981. Bubba and me. Rained solid for three days. Cold, in the high 30s. Hunting Falls of the Neuse in the canoe. Lake high with new water. Got three mallards and one wood duck. Luckily, we dodged a bullet. Could have swamped the boat.” This was one of the scary trips, which all too often make up my outdoor journals and reinforce my belief that most duck hunters are crazy. Bubba and I were up and at ’em at 3 a.m. for the long drive to the lake. The lake folks had built a temporary, makeshift boat landing on the west side, and that was where we planned to launch. We were in my canoe again, and when we loaded and pushed off into the darkness it was misting a cold, almost freezing rain. All the new water had raised the level of the lake significantly, and it took us a while to find the main river channel that we used to head north. I had rigged the canoe with an electric motor to help push us along because we had a way to go before we reached the postage-stamp-size island where we would build our duck blind. Bubba was hunkered down in the bow, staring off into the darkness pointing directions, and I was in the stern running the electric motor. I had it wide open, and the flow of water off the side of the canoe indicated we were making pretty good time. “Bryant, look.” When Bubba calls me by my real moniker, something serious is up. He was pointing toward the bank, or what we could see of it. I looked hard and I could barely make out the tops of brush that water had covered when the dam was closed. By zeroing in on the almost submerged limbs, I could see that we were not advancing as I had thought. We were actually going backward. High water in the main channel was carrying us down river at a pretty good clip, in spite of the thrust of the little motor. I can’t remember how we did it; but after some serious navigation through the standing, almost flooded brush to get us out of the river flow, we got closer to the bank and had time before dawn to throw out a few decoys. I randomly picked up another journal and read an entry, “June ’82. Cookout at Bubba’s Hyco Lake cabin. Lasley grilled a Canada goose. Everybody there, including the girls. Good time had by all!” Yep, that was one of the parties that qualified as living in the wild and made the journal. I’ll email Bubba and see if he remembers that good time. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist.


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Grandfather Golf & Country Club

By Lee Pace

That there would be

Photograph by HUGH MORTON

a new golf course in the valley beneath Grandfather Mountain in Linville in the mid-1960s took quite the leap of faith. That it would be lined with vacation homes tucked deep into the forests alongside the fairways, that there would be a comfortable clubhouse offering the best regional cuisine to the members of this pie-in-the-sky club took true ambition and vision. One man, Lucien P. Calhoun, was skeptical. But he was willing to give this idea hatched by Agnes Morton Cocke Woodruff a chance. He put a quarter in the hollow of a big oak tree standing outside the site of the new clubhouse and told the club official giving him a sales pitch, “I bet you a quarter this place isn’t here in a year. But if it is, I’ll join.” One year later, the club was still in business. Calhoun returned, retrieved his quarter, paid off his bet and his initiation fee, and became a contented and active member of Grandfather Golf & Country Club, which opened its doors in 1968. “Early on, the job was essentially convincing people that there was going to be another golf club built and it was going to be successful and that we needed their support to join it,” said Hugh Fields, who married Calhoun’s daughter and worked some four decades in various capacities in and around the club. “Aggie’s vision and that of her partners was that you’d see the land and the golf course and the beauty of the course, and you’d see the ball going up against the mountain and dropping with the mountain in the background,” said Fields. “I can never remember them making a decision that went against that thinking.” When “Aggie,” as she was known from Wilmington to Linville, died in May 2015, she was the last of the three founders of the club remaining, as Hugh Morton, her brother, died in 2006 and Oklahoma oil man John Williams passed away in 2013. Fields, a former club general manager who later sold much of the real estate in the 1,900-acre boundaries of the club, died in 2011.

Their legacy remains vibrant and healthy today as Grandfather approaches its 50th birthday. The club, owned by its 250-some members, has spent considerable money on improvements in the last two years, including tweaks to two holes on its Ellis Maplesdesigned golf course, an expanded golf practice facility, a new stand-alone fitness facility, an expanded recreational beach alongside Loch Ellis Maples, on-site Dormie Lake, an upfitted kitchen, and the during construction creation of a new casual dining facility in the main clubhouse called The Scottish Grill. The club has survived 21 percent interest rates, the Arab oil embargo of 1973, a half-dozen recessions and the proliferation of copy-cats in every nook and cranny of the state. Grandfather and the Country Club of North Carolina, founded five years earlier (1963) in Pinehurst, were at the vanguard of the modern rush of gated, private clubs in a resort community with a championship golf course and upscale residences. “We joined the club more than twenty years ago, when our three children were young,” says Bill McNairy, the club president and a Greensboro attorney. “The club had a good family atmosphere then, but it’s even better today. I have two daughters, one son and seven grandchildren, and only my son and I play golf. But there’s plenty for everyone else to do.” The club has members from around the state and beyond and has fortuitous connections to many key communities. It draws numerous members from cities like Greensboro and Charlotte that are less than two hours away. The umbilical cord stretches to the Sandhills as Maples, the golf course designer, learned his craft at the feet of Donald Ross, the Scottish-born golf pro and architect who designed seven courses in Moore County and nearly 400 nationwide in the first half of the twentieth century. And Aggie Morton was a champion golfer spawned from Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington and her spot on the boys golf team at New Hanover High in the 1940s. “In the summertime, Greensboro is hot and humid, too hot for me to get out and really enjoy golf,” says McNairy. “I look forward to going to the mountains, where you can play golf in a beautiful setting, and it’s cool. We seldom turn our air conditioning on, even in the middle of summer. It’s like having spring during the summer months.” Aggie’s great grandfather, Donald MacRae, was drawn to the mountains for the same reasons. MacRae, a Wilmington businessman who developed interests

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in minerals and mining in the mountains in the late 1800s, joined a group of investors to conceive the settlement of Linville and build the original Eseeola Inn, and eventually the MacRae family would own nearly 16,000 acres of land in Avery County. MacRae’s son and grandson, Nelson MacRae and Julian Morton, were crack golfers and among the early leaders of the Carolinas Golf Association, so Aggie came by the game naturally down the family tree. She won the consolation bracket of the championship flight of the Women’s Carolinas Amateur at the age of 15 and was among the top three players on the boys’ golf team at New Hanover High in the 1940s. Years later, her brother Hugh liked to smile and tell the story of grown men mentioning to him that they’d been embarrassed in their youth by losing to a girl on the golf course. Aggie and Hugh inherited parcels of some 2,000 acres each of mountain land from their grandfather in 1952. Hugh used his to create the Grandfather Mountain scenic attraction. Aggie’s land was situated in the Linville River Valley, and it occurred to her in 1964 exactly what she could do with it. The county’s one golf course, Linville Golf Club, had become so popular that tee times in the prime mid-morning slots were difficult to come by. “I was sitting around with a couple of friends and said, ‘You know, it’s about time I built my own golf course,’” Aggie said years later. “It was getting too crowded. I was kind of joking, intended it really just as a lark. But then I got to thinking about it . . . ” The kernel of an idea sprouted into reality soon after. She had made friends in golf circles with Nancy Maples, Ellis’s daughter. “I loved Donald Ross’s golf courses, but he was dead by that time, so I thought Ellis would be the next best thing,” Aggie said. “I called Nancy and said, ‘Do you think your father would design a golf course in Linville?’ She said, ‘Well, let’s ask him,’” Maples was indeed interested in the site, and he and Aggie donned boots and waders to navigate the rocks and streams, and long sleeves to keep the thick foliage from scratching their skin. Maples agreed to design the course within Aggie’s parameters: She wanted every hole to be self-contained in the forest around it, and, where possible, she wanted to use the natural backdrops of the mountains as focal points in the layout of the holes. Construction started in 1965. “Aggie loved the area, and she was excited about the construction and the building of her dream,” says Bob Kletcke, at the time assistant pro at Linville Golf Club in the summer and Augusta National in the winter. “I can remember her excitement showing me the plans — she opened them up on the trunk of a car and showed me every hole. Of course, it’s pretty hard to visualize it looking at a blueprint of what a hole is going to look like. But it really turned out great.” As the project evolved, Aggie enlisted as part-

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ners the marketing, political and permitting savvy of her brother and the deep pockets of Williams, who grew up in Cuba but spent time in the summer in Linville, where he and Morton met as young boys and became lifelong friends. The club opened with an exhibition in the fall of 1968 that featured Billy Joe Patton, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice and Kletcke, who was the club’s first head pro. The course from the beginning has been consistently ranked as one of the top two or three in the state. “We overcame a lot — cost overruns, 21 percent interest rates, oil prices soaring,” Williams said in 2010. “But the beauty of the land and a great golf course eventually prevailed. We sold all the lots and turned the club over to the members in the early 1980s.” Members and guests visiting this June will find a number of enhancements — from the new 7,000-square-foot fitness facility featuring a workout room with a large window looking straight up to Grandfather Mountain, to a pizza oven in the beach cabana. The driving range has been rebuilt and enlarged under the direction of architect Bobby Weed, and the par-5 first hole reconfigured to remove the small lake guarding the front-right portion of the green. Those changes follow some tweaks made over the winter of 2014-15 to the 16th hole that cleared some of the overgrowth around the river running parallel to the fairway and opened up some views of the mountain above. “That lake on one was never on Ellis’s original drawings,” says Chip King, the club’s director of golf. “We believe he scooped that area out and used the fill to build up the green. It sprung a leak and he just left it. That area is still a depression, but now it’s grassed in. The hole will still have a good risk-reward

element for the good player, but we’ll be able to get groups through faster than before. The first hole was always the slowest hole on the golf course.” The changes will be spotlighted the second weekend in June with the club’s sixth annual Founders Cup Tournament, a sixty-four-team event that started in 2011 as a way to pump up the early-season competitive juices and give members a glimpse into the club’s history by organizing a Friday evening cocktail reception with a speaker addressing some element of the club’s evolution. This year, Charlotte teaching pro Dana Rader will talk about women’s competitive golf and instruction, with an eye to the groundbreaking work a woman like Aggie did so many years ago. “Grandfather has such a rich history,” tournament director Barry Cook says. “So many of our newer members knew next to nothing about where this club came from, so we thought it a good idea to create a tournament around our history. The Founders Cup has been very well-received and it’s become our marquee event. “We have to keep the club fresh while at the same time remember our heritage. Some of these young guys don’t even know what it was like to play a Titleist 90-compression balata ball and put a ‘smile’ on it. They can’t relate to cutting a ball like we did years ago.” Indeed, materials for golf balls have evolved lightyears since Lucien Calhoun made his bet nearly half a century ago. But the grand vision of a lady looking for more tee times hasn’t budged an inch in the deep, dark woods beneath Grandfather Mountain. PS Lee Pace writes frequently about golf in the Carolinas from his home in Chapel Hill and loves the summertime trek into Avery County.

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The Visitor The lame crow visits once a day At least. Most often in the morning, Sometimes alone, sometimes with family. Crows are faithful, Mate for life, I’m told, Commanding, princely birds Despite the noise. This one — I call him Nevermore — limps, His foot held off the ground, Which lessens not his appetite. Don’t laugh: I buy cheap hot dogs Break them into hunks, which he swoops down to grab. I smile as he flies off, his beak is full And he is happy. At first, my only thought was pity, Did this injury cause him pain? Was he weakened in his constant search for food? Not remembering that, twisted leg or not, Unlike a wounded mortal With fractured bones and broken spirit He still can fly. — Deborah Salomon

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Studio Life Four Sandhills artists offer us rare glimpses of their work spaces By Jim Moriarty Photographs by John Gessner

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Those of us in more prosaic vocations imagine that artists spend their days lounging on sofas, smoking cheroots, entertaining their friends and awaiting inspiration. But artists go to work like everyone else, even if the widgets they produce come from the most fanciful of places. Painter and printmaker Philip Guston once said, “I go to my studio every day, because one day I may go and the angel will be there. What if I don’t go and the angel came?” Studios are littered with the artist’s personal trappings of memory and imagination. “Artists don’t like people coming to their studios,” says oil painter Paul S. Brown. “How do I put it? It’s personal. This is my stuff, even though it’s kind of professional. It’s like if someone walks into your bedroom and you think, is the bed made?” That said, here’s a peek into some private places.

Room W ith a View Beth Roy


It’s a little room with a large window looking out over the back yard and the pasture beyond. The rules are on the wall. Squint often. Paint shapes, not objects. Stick to color temperature. Measure each brushstroke. Sharp edges for the focal point, soft edges in the distance. A plastic office chair mat tries to protect the carpet from drops of paint but doesn’t always succeed. The all-white dog, Casper, wanders in and out. “An ASPCA mutt,” says Beth. The cat, named Blackie, is the animal kingdom obverse. It’s an orderly nook, befitting an artist who was a sergeant once herself and is the wife of a retired U.S. Army officer, Tom. Roy grew up in a town so small it still doesn’t have a stoplight, on a farm in southern Michigan that’s been in the family for over a hundred years. Her parents still live there. After she got out of the Army in 1986, her art education jumped around as much as a military couple does. There were two years studying at Austin Peay State University near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and another at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. When Tom retired after thirty-one years in the military, they settled in Vass in 2002. The shock was in storage. “My first love was watercolors, but each time we would pack up and move, we’d put some stuff in storage,” says Roy. “I pulled out these watercolors that had been in boxes after five years and they’d lost their intensity. I’d been doing some oils but then I switched completely.” Color and contrast took over. “I always start with some kind of glowing color underneath,” she says. “Then I can let parts of it show through. It tickles the eye is what it does.” Roy works in her studio for three or four hours in the afternoon, several times a week, but, “the horses come first,” she says of the three occupants of the barn. “This whole place is for the horses.” While Roy prefers to paint en plein air, not everything lends itself to it. “It’s challenging but it’s very rewarding,” she says. “It’s hard to do animals and people in the moment.” Several of her horse country paintings are on the walls of Southern Prime on Broad Street. “I like animals that are doing something or saying something,” she says. “The ones with people, there’s something happening. They’re not portraiture. I like to be able to tell a story in the painting.” June 2016P�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

W ild Birds and David Bowie Paul S. Brown

It’s a room twice-removed, hidden in Carthage’s old Tyson mansion, which is itself hidden behind a storefront that looks like a repurposed dime store from the 1950s. The two big windows don’t quite run floor to ceiling but are large enough to soak the air with diffused light on hazy days. A black cloth is suspended along the ceiling like ribbon candy, trailing from the top of a window frame, subtracting unwanted reflected light the way a sponge soaks up a spill. Two English cocker spaniels, Rosetta and Folly, find spots to curl up. Art is a nine-to-five job for Paul Brown. Music from his iPod, David Bowie’s Blackstar or maybe Aladdin Sane, is the undertow in the background, but the foreground is art that comes in classical waves. The bits and pieces of his compositions are everywhere. A string of garlic bulbs hanging here. Dead birds there. Fishing poles in a corner. A belt of shotgun shells on the floor. Empty Petrus bottles once filled with wines that would dazzle a sophisticated palate. Jars of clay dirt that Brown will turn into earth-tone pigments of his own manufacture, a skill he mastered in Florence, Italy. Brown began studying art when he ran away from the violin at 11. After an apprenticeship with Jeffrey Mims and classes in nearby colleges, he left the Sandhills in search of an old school, academic method. After Italy, the trail took him to London for seventeen years. “You can see the recurring theme,” says Brown of his still life subjects. “The wine paintings, that’s what I really hit the mark on in England. If you’re going to paint a wine bottle you may as well get some seriously nice cheese, and the wine bottle may as well be a damn good one. Then I saw how people reacted to them.” They reacted well enough that his London representatives, Gladwell & Patterson, have featured Brown in five one-man shows. The large canvas dominating the room is near completion. “I’m just finishing up the gun,” he says. “A friend of mine shot the turkey last year. I said, ‘Look, I’d really love to paint a wild turkey.’ I turkey hunted in college and know how tough it is. It’s such an American bird. He’d been in the freezer for a while. We got that cold snap just after Christmas. The heat wasn’t even working in here so I took advantage of it. It was below freezing. Thawed him out, set him up. Because it was so cold, I got two weeks. I had all the props kind of set in there. I had a face mask, hood, gloves, heating pads under my palette because it was that cold. You could see your breath. It was fun. That’s how you do these things.”

Wild Turkey

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Up in the Attic Paula Womack

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There’s something about attic spaces. Even the converted ones seem to have one foot in the lost and another in the found — a good place to connect. “You get to see the bad art when you see people’s studios,” says Paula Womack. Her studio is up a short, steep flight of stairs, in the attic room that once belonged to her now 28-year-old son, Rob, who’s a chef in Raleigh. “You see art in the process, but you do get to see some of the bad art.” The failures, the near misses, the more-or-lesses don’t leave the nest. Not when there’s a closet handy. “I had a studio downtown for about three or four years, right in front of the train station, above Mockingbird, but I let it go,” says Womack. “Slowly but surely my art just started exploding up here. I’m a late-blooming artist, but it is something I’ve always wanted to do.” Womack took Denise Baker’s courses at Sandhills Community College and did a workshop with renowned artist Dan Beck in Wilmington. Her work is on the walls at Rhett’s restaurant and in the Temple Theatre in Sanford. The studio has a corner for oils, a place for watercolors, an area for drawing with Conté pencils. On one table are the boots her daughter, Jentry, wore in second grade. “My daughter was a Barbie girl. These were her second grade high heel boots and she could run in these little babies,” Womack explains. They’re part of a horizontal painting of four sets of shoes on the wall by the easel that includes a pair of Weejuns, some tennis shoes and two old black sandals. It’s what Womack calls her “family portrait.” There’s classical music and soft instrumentals from a CD player in one spot, a sock monkey and a Curious George figure in another. J.R.R. Tolkien fills up a bookshelf. “These are just remnants of my children,” says Womack. “You know how that goes.” A day in the studio lasts six to eight hours. “Once I get up there, I like to stay,” says Womack. “I usually bring my coffee up and I don’t stop. I lose time. I paint every day for two or three weeks and then I’ll take a week off because I’ve got to clean the house.” There are subjects Womack returns to over and over again. “I’m totally emotionally driven. That gal worked at the Ice Cream Parlor,” she says, pointing to one of the pieces on the wall that hasn’t made it out of the attic. “She came and sat for me. I took her photograph probably fifteen years ago and I bet I’ve painted her ten times and I don’t know why. There’s just something about her face.”

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The Printmaker’s Lair Laurie Deleot

Some spaces seem to grow organically. When Laurie Deleot, a retired flight attendant, and her husband, Chuck, a retired naval captain, moved to Southern Pines from Hawaii, she converted what had been the master bedroom of their new house into her printmaking studio. “I always had my work space, my creative space,” she says. “We’ve been here fourteen years last month and this thing has evolved.” The printmaking space, with its large table and flat board storage, is guarded by tool chests on wheels, sort of Rembrandt meets Home Depot. Bibi, perhaps the only dog in Southern Pines that’s had its DNA tested (miniature fox terrier and Mexican Xolo), has a squeeze toy in the background. A print by Hawaiian artist Pegge Hopper that Laurie bought in — of all places — Chicago, hangs on one wall. Her mother’s glasses rest on a giraffe figurine and her father’s pocket watch sits on the bench, waiting to find its place in a composition. “My work is on this side,” she says of the studio’s dynamics. “Everything I love is in this room. Family photos, friends. Tools. Everything.” The other side is the new space, more open, leading to a garden. It feels like feng shui in the pines. Her simple wooden sculptures are in one corner. A print Deleot made of her sister-in-law’s niece is on the wall above an old collection of VHS tapes, next to bookshelves made out of, well, stacked books — Chagall, Rockwell, you name it. “She’s half Filipino, a wonderful face,” she says of the portrait. “It was Easter time and she had this thing on her head, as young kids do, that looked really interesting.” Now that construction on the new space is complete and the garden finished, Deleot sees it blending together. “It’s functional. I love the museum quality of being able to hang work without putting nails in the walls. The idea is that I can roll my carts back and forth and use this entire space,” she says. “Once you’re in here, it’s all consuming. You just keep printing until you come up with something that you like, I guess. I don’t know what I start with, probably color, because I really enjoy things that are colorful. I spend days in here. In printmaking you need water. You need large pieces of paper. You need to put it in a place where you can dry it. You’re working with oil-based ink. It’s kind of messy; you have to be careful. You need a lot of space.” PS

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A Cultural Melting Pot Clay, pojagi, bulgogi and kimchi — from South Korea to the Campbell House By Deborah Salomon Kyeong Hee Lee

Jeff Brown Jong Pil Kim

Fred Johnson


Yeon Tae Park

he ancient city of Mungyeong marks the old mountain pass from Busan to Seoul. It is renowned for the beauty of its parks and mountains and for the tradition of its ceramics. Every year the work of the area’s potters is celebrated at the Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival. Potters exhibit and sell their chasabal as well as competing for awards. Rice cakes and a variety of teas are served; some participants wear traditional costumes. “Chasabal” means a cup for drinking tea. And to the craftsmen of Mungyeong, this is no mere vessel: “Sabal is usually a small cosmos, which contains the cosmos and is a zen-crystallized space for philosophy and thinking. The exterior line of a cup stretches upward, which looks like a dragon flying forcefully to the sky, and is literally called Yongseungseon (a flying dragon line). When this dragon line is infinitely extended, a limitless cosmos is created, and the bottom of Sabal becomes the axis of the earth which supports the universe.” “I view the experience of making and drinking tea in a completely new way,” says Jeff Brown of Jeff Brown Pottery at Seagrove. For the last four years, Brown has travelled to South Korea and participated in the Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival as an invited guest potter, with expenses paid by the South Korean government. There he has shared his techniques with an international group of potters from Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the USA. Brown has learned to recognize subtle details and motifs that identify Korean origin, like a crane carved into the surface, then inlaid with black and white clay. “I was able to take the forms and build on them,” he says. In Korea, he notes, tea and the bowls that contain them are as popular as fast food in the United States.


Yeon Tae Park

The art of household utensils will continue to bridge ethnic and cultural divides. In return for the generosity and hospitality shown to the Seagrove potters, the Arts Council of Moore County and their sponsors are bringing three Korean potters, or “pottery ambassadors,” to the Campbell House and Seagrove for a festival and exhibition in the spirit of that at Mungyeong. Jong Pil Kim, Yeon Tae Park and Kyeong Hee Lee have learned their craft in the traditional ways of Master Potter and Intangible Living Treasure Cheon Han Bong. A new generation of potters, they are building on their traditional skills to create their own contemporary pieces. Kim, Park and Lee will be giving a slide talk about their work at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove on the evening of Thursday, June 2. The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. before the 7 p.m. talk. The presentation will focus on the potters’ current work, as well as their thoughts on traditional and contemporary pottery and discussion of their apprenticeships at Mungyeong. Their work, based on Gung Fu tea sets, will be displayed along with the work of North Carolina potters Michèle Hastings and Jeff Brown, Fred Johnston, David Stuempfle, and Phil Pollet of Old Gap Pottery at East Meets West, a Campbell House pottery exhibit echoing the cultural splendor of the Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival. Stuempfle, Pollet and Johnston have all traveled to Asia to experience the cultural connection pottery has with daily life there. Pollet has traveled to Korea on a number of occasions and has been an invited potter at the Chasabal Festival. East Meets West will be on display at the Campbell House Galleries from June

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Phil Pollet

Jong Pil Kim Kyeong Hee Lee

3 through July 15. At the opening reception at Campbell House from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 3, authentic Korean cuisine prepared by Korean-born Sandhills resident J.O. Bishop and others will include kim bob, o-ee gagg thugi, yachejon and bulgogi. Bishop says, “We want everybody to love Korean food.” Fiber artists Dianne Wolman, Linda Fasules and Sharon Richards will show pojagi quilts, domestic items of great cultural importance. They date from the 15th century when women, isolated from society, expressed themselves through needlework. The patchwork quilts were used to cover, wrap and store household objects — even to keep food warm. Patterns include contemporary geometrics in assorted colors with a unique seam technique that traps ragged edges, leaving them visible. On June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pottery on the Grounds Festival, sponsored by the Arts Council of Moore County and Raven Pottery Craft Gallery, will feature pottery and tea service demonstrations and a hands-on clay experience for children. A dozen additional potters from Moore County and Seagrove will be on hand for demonstrations. In the spirit of cultural exchange there will be food available for purchase at Pottery on the Grounds: Bibim bab, bulgogi plate with kimchi . . . and hot dogs. PS For more information call the Arts Council of Moore County at (910) 692-2787 or visit their website at

Jeff Brown

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Plenty of Time for Play Seeking adventure and fortune in the wilderness of the Sandhills, a generation of idealistic Yankees staked their futures in ancient sandy soil By Serena Brown


y the time he reached his 28th birthday in 1909, Raphael Pumpelly II had traveled the four corners of the globe. Son of the eminent Harvard geologist Raphael Pumpelly, he had accompanied his father on various research trips, and had completed a life-defining journey through Asia and Russia. He had ridden over the Caucasian Mountains and explored the areas around the Caspian Sea. He was as familiar with the Oriental trading routes as he was with the private drives of New England, where he came from an established family. Pumpelly had reconnoitered the Hudson Bay and the coast of Alaska and had singlehandedly prospected for a mining company in Mexico. After a grand society wedding to Amélie Huntington in New York in June 1909, Pumpelly was looking — if not exactly to settle down — to find a new way of making a life for himself. Unsurprisingly, he was seeking a little more excitement than might be found at a desk in the city, so he and his Harvard schoolfellow Ralph Page met with Pumpelly Sr. to discuss where they might


venture for profit and activity. Page remembered the meeting years later, after the death of Pumpelly in 1949 prompted him to write an essay on his schoolfellow for The Pilot: “He [Pumpelly Sr.] said to pay no attention to places where people had congregated, but to find the most intrinsically valuable and livable place with the fewest inhabitants and where land was cheap. Then he laid down the criterion. The genus homo, he said, attains its greatest energy and satisfaction where the climate is not too rigorous and yet not subject to the lassitude of the tropics. There should exist the three requisites of civilization — heat, that is, abundant sunshine; water, abundant but not inundating rainfall; and a pliable, porous soil capable of infinite building. Then he drew a band around the globe embracing the territory that met these requirements. This isothermal line hit Southern North Carolina on the nose. So, being less cosmic-minded than Pumpelly, I suggested that we explore that neighborhood before we took off to Samoa.” Page, son of ambassador Walter Hines Page, had deep roots in North

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We raise the Sandhills peach, And our product is a beauty. We are sober men and each Is attentive to his duty. When the sun on the sand Burns like a firebrand We stand to our hoes all day. When a most welcome shower Brings relief for an hour, We’ve plenty of time for play. Oh boy! Oh boy! we’ve plenty of time for play. From Uplands, by Roger Derby, ca. 1921, sung to the tune of “We Sail the Ocean Blue” from HMS Pinafore.

Upper Far Right Photographs by John Gessner

Barbara Williams, current owner, shows the company store and ballroom as it looks today. Carolina — in 1895 his uncle Henry A. Page had sold the land that became Pinehurst to James Walker Tufts. So he and Pumpelly journeyed to the Sandhills, where they found cheap land that fitted Pumpelly Sr.’s criteria — land that had been ravaged by the logging and turpentine operations of the preceding decades. Page remembered, “We plowed through sand above Eagle Springs — McKennedy’s. Ten shanties and a shed of a station and the remains of a turpentine still — and came in view of a magnificent grove of pines — the last survivors of a decimation. This was on the outskirts of the only considerable open field we had seen any place outside of the Van Lindley, Clark and Bruhn peach orchards. We drew up our steeds — nobody then dreamed of riding anything but a rockinghorse [sic] single tooter — and cried in unison — ‘Here we are.’” Page and Pumpelly consulted with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Department of Agriculture to find out whether the scrubby, sandy land might be viable for farming. Satisfied, in 1910 they bought 500 acres and had them cleared of stumps by local workers at the rate of 50 cents a day. They put in peach orchards, the fashionable — and profitable — crop of the moment in the Sandhills. They may not have been the first to plant peaches, but their arrival heralded a wave of privileged adventurers drawn from the North by the romance of farming the fragrant peach and the rumours of easy money to be made, prompting one local to comment in retrospect that “the Yankees got us twice.” Through the teens and early ’20s the Sandhills were the destination for Ivy League graduates who wanted to try their hands — and their fortunes — at farming. The names will be familiar to anyone who has glanced over the archives of Sandhills history. After Page and Pumpelly came Roger Derby, who had been treasure hunting on the Spanish Main, D.O.U. McGlao, another Harvard classmate, Benjamin F. Butler from his lands in Mexico, John Tuckerman and Richard Lovering from Boston. Later came Clements and Katharine Ripley; Amélie Pumpelly was Clements Ripley’s cousin. Their peach farming trials became the subject of Katharine Ripley’s memoir, Sand in my Shoes. These gentleman farmers — or “county families,” as Ralph Page named the set — featured prominently in the local gossip columns, at bridge, dinner parties at Weymouth, balls and polo at Pinehurst and hunting with Jim Boyd’s pack.

Stories — and satirical poems, often written by one of their own number — abound of their exploits. As hard as they worked to till and reap the sandy soils of their orchards and farms, the county families played even harder, with, it seems, scant regard for the strictures of Prohibition. Perhaps, displaced from their comfortable New England ties, aware that their investments were being swallowed by early frosts, pests and competition from faster-ripening Georgia and South Carolina peaches, they needed to keep their spirits up. Of all the county people, Pumpelly was undoubtedly the most colorful. He was a man of broad interests and a connoisseur of the arts. He had a splendid collection of Eastern decorations, Indian trophies and modern paintings. In appearance he was tall and flamboyant, particularly in sartorial matters. Despite his earthy occupation, Pumpelly was invariably immaculately attired, and always changed for dinner. Page remembered, “(He) rode a wild mare bareback without a bridle, dressed in Russian boots, English whipcord riding trou-

Raphael Pumpelly II, Sandhill entrepreneur, bon vivant and businessman.

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Construction of Samarcand sers, a purple smoking jacket, a red bandana neckcloth and a ten gallon hat.” Pumpelly was not a man to do things by halves. He soon bought out Ralph Page and continued to buy up land, rapidly becoming the most prominent farmer in the area. “Mr. Pumpelly brought with him to North Carolina the intention of doing things on the best possible basis,” wrote Bion H. Butler in the News and Observer in 1913. He invested in thousands of acres, clearing them of second-growth pine and blackjack and producing not only peaches but also pedigree cattle and sheep, long-staple cotton, corn, oats and rye. Mrs. Pumpelly followed her husband down to the Sandhills. By 1913 they had three children, Amélie, Raphael III and Ripley. Pumpelly built a glorious white stucco mansion for his family and filled it with his exotic collections. When part of the house burned, Pumpelly rebuilt it. On an earlier geological expedition with his father, Pumpelly had taken part in what he called “the greatest ride of my life,” a horseback journey over the old trading routes of the Silk Road, from Samarkand in Uzbekistan, over the Pamir Mountains to Cashgar and then to the railhead at Andijan. That same spirit of adventure had led him to the Sandhills, and accordingly — or perhaps nostalgically — he named his plantation Samarcand. Later in life, Raphael Pumpelly III would remember his father reciting the lines of James Elroy Flecker’s verse play Hassan . . . The Golden Journey to Samarkand. Two lines in particular stood out in his memory, “For lust of knowing what should not be known We make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.” “I first saw the place on a bright winter’s morning [wrote Katharine Ripley in Sand in my Shoes] — a plantation store, a railroad shed, an enormous tinroofed packhouse, a peacock a-top a truck, spreading his tail and admiring himself in the windshield, whitewashed cabins, rows of identical peach trees, red-branched, stretching away between vistas of

white sand until they met in the blue haze of distance. Long-leaf pines, blackjack, and at last the white frame house with Amélie Pumpelly’s formal garden planted with northern shrubs.” Newspaper articles from that period describe in tones of wonder Pumpelly’s up-to-the-minute machinery and farming techniques. His cattle rested in barns remarkable for their cement construction. Lord of all he surveyed, he provided accommodation for his workers in the form of tenement houses, as well as an office, a store, a post office and a railroad depot from whence the peaches could be shipped up to New York for sale. The farm’s tenants and workers could buy necessities at the company store using Pumpelly’s private scrip. If the Pumpellys farmed on a grand scale, the manner in which they entertained was magnificent. Above the company store at Samarcand Pumpelly built an enormous ballroom complete with fireplaces, beautiful wooden floors for dancing and a raked bandstand. It stands to this day, magnificent still and heavy with the atmosphere of the parties of that gilded age. Pullman cars from New York would roll into the Samarcand depot, carrying the fashionable entertainers of the day and droves of weekend guests aflush with the anticipation of a splendid knees-up in the Sandhills. On Monday morning — rather quieter, one imagines — the Pullman would depart for the city, returning friends and performers to their urban lives after their riotous weekend in the country. In The Pilot Page recalled, “The highlight of the era was probably the Great Peach opera given in Pumpelly’s auditorium (or store loft) preceded by a barbecue singerfest and drinking bout for the total population. Gilbert wrote the music, but the words and lyrics were written by Derby and the cast produced a talent in snake dances, pas seuls, quartettes and take-offs that provided talent for a decade of Saturday evening vaudevilles.”

Raphael Pumpelly II


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The Pumpelly family 1914. Left to right: nursemaid, little Amélie, Mrs. Pumpelly, Raphael Pumpelly II, Raphael Pumpelly III, nursemaid and Ripley.

Katharine Ripley remembered vividly her first gathering at the Pumpelly ballroom: “Huge lightwood fires flamed in the six-foot fireplaces. Of all woods, lightwood makes the most brilliant fire. There was peach brandy and scuppernong wine and corn liquor, all native products. It was a good party.” It couldn’t last. Samarcand, despite its size and the impressive scale and diversity of its output, could not support itself and its squire’s extravagant lifestyle. Pumpelly started to sell off tracts of land, including three hundred acres to the state, which used the land to build Samarcand Manor, a girls’ correctional facility. By the early 1920s the Pumpellys’ marriage was coming unstuck as well. In 1924 they separated. The next year the Carthage courthouse turned into an unseemly theater as the county crowded in to hear the sensational details of the proceedings. The final settlement, greatly in Amélie Pumpelly’s favor, was made out of court. The legal battles dragged on. Amélie Pumpelly moved to Boston. Pumpelly refused to pay the settlement on the grounds that he was financially unable to do so. A Notice of Foreclosure Sale dominated the Legal Notices in The Sandhill Citizen of August 14, 1925. The list of goods to be sold takes up several inches of column space and includes peach crates, livestock, wearing apparel and musical instruments. Unfortunately the mortgage in question had been held with the Page Trust Company, and so Pumpelly found himself at legal war with his best friend as well as his wife. But he maintained his generosity of spirit. In the Harvard Class of 1903’s 25th anniversary report he wrote, “My wife is gone, my house is empty, my property ransacked, and I have endured a two years’ war with my most intimate friend and former partner. Well, anyhow, I love him still and have done so all along, although I would not admit it. Perhaps he feels the same about me.” As a consequence of his refusal to pay alimony, in April 1926 The Sandhill Citizen reported that Pumpelly “was driven to the county jail with no little ceremony. He brought various baggage with him to mitigate the hardships of his imprisonment.” Still popular in the area, rumor has it that Pumpelly served his term in the Moore County courthouse instead of the jail. There he could receive his friends in more elegant surroundings than might otherwise have been available. By July 1926 The Sandhill Citizen’s headlines featured Pumpelly once more. He was said to be in South Africa, thus escaping the second jail term that had been imposed upon him, this time for contempt of court. “Mr. Pumpelly had already been released from the Moore County jail when the commitment papers reached the hands of Sheriff R.G. Fry. Several trips to Samarcand by

the officers found Mr. Pompelly [sic] missing. Later he was reported in New York and by this time he is in South Africa.” South Africa or no, what is known is that Pumpelly removed his household — by now reduced to himself and his three teenaged children — to a cave dwelling on Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire. His family had a summer home nearby and he knew the area intimately. Around 1902, Pumpelly and friend Gerald Thayer had built themselves a hideaway among the boulders of the mountain. Dragging materials more than two miles from the road, they put in a wood stove and vent, windows and a door with an opening mechanism known only to them. They named the cave Megalithia and kept its location secret. Its whereabouts are closely guarded to this day. And so, from this primitive mountain habitat, without making recourse to his influential family, Pumpelly rebuilt his life. While he job-hunted in New York his children learned the skills of survival. Raphael Pumpelly III remembered their time as cave-dwellers with great enthusiasm: “We fished in nearby streams, snared birds, caught rabbits, and learned which berries, nuts and mushrooms were edible. It was a wonderful life!” Never down for long, within three years Pumpelly was one of the top three producers of new insurance premiums in the country. Once again, he was hugely wealthy. He never remarried. In retrospect he wrote that “the greatest treasures in life are human ties and true friends . . . and that the shock of adversity in middle age is a blessed stimulus, if you can survive it.” Pumpelly revisited the Sandhills from time to time until his death in 1949. By then most of the county people had left, driven out by failed crops, glutted markets, disillusion and the Great Depression. The great house at Samarcand remained. Peach orchards and farmland still line the roads of the Eagle Springs area — roads first built by Pumpelly and his contemporaries. As Pumpelly’s old friend Ralph Page put it, “There’s no end to the story — but there was an end to the era. The little pioneer haven proved so alluring, that it did itself out of existence and became the teeming neighborhood that you all now see and enjoy.” PS

Raphael Pumpelly III, visiting curent owner Barbara Williams in 1989

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Story of a house

The Magic of Samarcand A peach country home that reverberates with the spirit of the Jazz Age


By Serena Brown • Photographs by John gessner

f Raphael Pumpelly II, adventurer, host, man of business, art collector and connoisseur, could have looked one hundred years ahead and chosen a chatelaine for the house he built at Samarcand at the dawn of the twentieth century, he would have chosen Barbara Williams. Elegant, cultured, merry and highly musical, Williams achieves with finesse the delicate balance of curator and housekeeper needed for the mistress of a historic house, especially one such as Samarcand, which reverberates still with the spirit of the early Jazz Age. The house was finished around 1912. It is a glorious mix of the local and the exotic: Heavy hewn beams of Sandhills pine support the ceilings; arched doorways, hinting of Pumpelly’s Russian travels, lead from room to room. Textured stucco walls rise up from tiled floors. The house has the strong, solid feel of an


Italian palazzo — indeed, Pumpelly brought in craftsmen from Italy to perform the plasterwork. Williams and husband, Clement, had peered into the house before they were married in 1963. “If you had looked in here when I did, when we were dating,” she says, still incredulous — “Spider webs everywhere, and snakeskins.” At the time the house was the property of J.D. Parker, who had been absent for a term of eight years due to a slight hiccup with the submission of his tax returns. “He [Clement] was friends with his [Parker’s] sons and he played here with them. [Parker] knew that Clement’s father would like to buy this for Clement . . . and so when he got out, he called my father-in-law and said, ‘Would you still be interested in buying the house and the acreage that goes with it?’ Of course, he did. We were on our honeymoon when we found out!”

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It was a honeymoon spent in New Orleans. “You ever hear of anyone going to New Orleans on their honeymoon?” asks Williams with a smile. “It’s because I’m a jazz freak.” The Big Easy’s atmosphere of history and music, its mysterious, magical undertones, must have been the perfect wave on which to be carried over the threshold and into the dust and cobwebs.


illiams got to work. “The floors — you couldn’t see them.” She points to the gorgeous red tile of the living room floor. “You didn’t know what it was. I scrubbed every floor by myself — this was before I started teaching music — while my husband went to work. That’s what I did during the day. I had to use a razor blade and Red Devil Lye. I’m sure there’s a better way now, but I knew no other way.” She laughs ruefully at the recollection. “We could have hired somebody, but we didn’t do that. It was very rewarding though.” An arched doorway leads from drawing room to dining room. Both rooms are light, but any glare is dissipated by grand, columned porches. “We love our porches,” says Williams, Southern to the core. She shows pictures of the house in its early days. Little has changed. “The porches were there but they were only columns. We screened them in so we could open the doors safely.” Out in the countryside, nature tends to find a way indoors. Prior to the screens, snakes were frequent visitors. A graceful portrait of Williams’ grandmother Sullivan presides over the dining room. Williams also paints, and her accomplished works hang throughout the house. Two paintings with an interesting history accompany the portrait, gifts from Williams’ aunt, who bought them at a Mafia house estate sale in Detroit. “Everything in this house has a story,” Williams remarks.

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The light fittings on the wall here are original. “Those were the only lights,” she remembers. “They’re in the living room also.” They illuminate a table that, despite its grand proportions, no longer quite accommodates the whole family. With four children and twelve grandchildren, when everyone’s at home the family spills over onto a smaller dining table, into the kitchen and the former butler’s pantry that they call the breakfast room. Friends also join in. “I love to have dinner parties,” says Williams. She casts a fond eye over the room that has been the setting for riotous feasts for over a century. “It’s about time for me to have one.” Two Victrolas add to the jaunty atmosphere. “They came out of different antique shops. Both of them have the old thick records and wooden needles and you wind them up to play.” It’s easy to imagine the tunes drifting out through the windows and into the night. The dining room porch is the perfect place to lie back and listen to Ellington mingle with the cicadas. Here Williams’ collection of antique birdcages echoes the curved lines of the interior. A door leading through to the kitchen reveals a cozy room with its original fireplace and a round table ideal for intimate dinners. Over the table hangs an Italian light fitting chosen by Williams. A stout butcher’s block from an old grocery store in Montgomery County stands resolute by the stove. “I don’t know what we’d do without it. Many a turkey and roast and ham have been carved on that.” Pine cabinets pre-date Williams’s stewardship. “They were like new when we came here . . . They probably need refinishing but I don’t want to


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change any of it.” Original windows complete the character of the room, as they do throughout the property. “And all the wiring is exposed as you can see — it looks right to me. I don’t notice it anymore, but you go in a house without exposed wiring and you think, ‘Ooh, this is just so plain.’” Williams has made some practical changes. “We did have radiators. We took them out three years ago. That was quite a chore . . . My husband did it all. He had help bringing the big ones down from the second floor. But it’s so much better not having those radiators. You couldn’t move the furniture — it had to be a certain way. But I did use them to dry dishcloths and laundry that didn’t get quite dry outside — I had no dryer.” She starts to laugh again. “It sounds like I lived in the backwoods for years.” The rooms were all painted different colors when they moved in, ranging from sky blue to “kind of a sick pink,” smiles Williams. “The house is rather dark because the wood darkens it, so we had to use white. I did use colors in the dining room and kitchen, and the living room, more of a vanilla — ‘butter’ I believe one of them was called.” It was curtains for the drapes too. “Every window had curtains or drapes . . . They were all custom-made. But I wanted no curtains. In fact, I have no curtains in the whole house except for Roman shades, and one room has pull curtains. You don’t need them out here.” A wagon wheel from one of the barns, chosen by Clement, lights the way up the main staircase, which is lined with a cement and stone banister. Along the handrail run green tiles from the house’s original roof. “Part of the upstairs was burned at one time — that was when Pumpelly was here — and you can see the marks where it’s burned, melted.” Williams points out mosaic patterns: “The tops of these columns, I guess this was some of the broken tile, and they put it together like a puzzle.” One can imagine the young Williams children peeping through the banisters from the landing above. “And my sons told me that because the floor creaks so here, that when they would come in too late, somehow they would get up here and swing over [the railings] and go to their rooms. I just found that out recently.” The landing window looks onto the secret garden, planted with spring and summer flowers.


’m a wild animal lover,” declares Williams, leading into the master bedroom, which is crowned by a magnificent pine ceiling. “I used to have this room decorated totally in wild animal prints. Pictures, bedspread, everything. My husband said, ‘We’ve got to get this out of here, I feel like I’m living in a zoo.’” The prints escaped out onto the sleeping porch, where some remnants have been allowed to remain. A zebra carouses in the corner, a lucky find at a furniture company. Little steps to changing levels and airy bathrooms that seem built into the very walls of the house punctuate the flow of the children’s and guest bedrooms. “They were all over the house,” says Williams, recollecting memories of her children and the myriad friends who would take up residence over school and college vacations. “They would rather come here than anything because they could fish and swim and just feel free, be as loud as they wanted to be . . . I hear more and more stories at the dining room table from my children now.” The stories continue. “When we first got married we had a lot of hand-me-downs because the house was so big. That was the


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first piece of furniture that we bought. I mean, how useful is that? And my mother-in-law said, ‘That’s beautiful, but do you think it was wise to buy that for your first piece of furniture?’ I guess I had always wanted a marble-topped table and we had never had one.” Back downstairs to the hallway, graced by a magnificent clock that Clement’s brother built. The pump organ, one of many instruments throughout the house including, appropriately, a balalaika, is decorated with little busts of Handel and Wagner. It worked until recently. “Clement has taken it all apart to see if the bellows had holes in them but they didn’t,” sighs Williams. “But I would play it, and the children played it . . . If you ever hear of anyone that works on pump organs . . .” she trails off wistfully, concentrating on winding up a music box. It starts to play. Here in the hall Williams keeps photographs and souvenirs of the house in Pumpelly’s day. She and his son, Raphael Pumpelly III, who had lived at Samarcand as a boy, struck up a lasting friendship. “I remember asking him, ‘Are all the things true that are said about your father, his escapades?’ He said, ‘That, and many more.’” Clement and Barbara Williams’ granddaughter Sullivan held her wedding reception on the grounds of the house last year. “It was wonderful, a fairytale wedding,” her proud grandmother recalls. The music box is chiming in the background as she speaks. At Samarcand House, the stories and the music play on. PS PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 2016



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those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

Gather Ye Herbs

By Rosetta Fawley

The summer solstice, also called midsummer, approaches toward the end of the month, June 20 here in North Carolina. Keep an eye out for mischievous fairies, who will play all sorts of tricks if they’re left to their own devices. Remember how naughty they were in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Exactly. If you don’t want to wake up in love with your best friend’s boyfriend or having grown an ass’s head in place of your own, you need to gather the herbs of St. John on Midsummer’s Eve, fashion a garland with them and hang it on your door. Or use them to make a bracelet or some type of amulet to wear. The feast of St. John takes place on June 24. St. John’s Eve, June 23, is traditionally a time for gathering healing herbs and plants. Coinciding as it does with midsummer, the Almanac thinks it’s probably best if you gather the herbs for your garland on June 19 and keep that garland up until June 24. In keeping with custom — and adapting to what we have in season here — you can use fennel, rosemary and lemon verbena. The most important herb of all is St. John’s wort of course, renowned for its mind-balancing properties and so-named for its propensity to flower around St. John’s feast day. If you live near woods or mountains, it might be worth collecting bracken spores on St. John’s Eve. Rumor has it that if you gather them at the exact moment of St. John’s birth, you can use them to make you invisible.

Beach Blanket Charm

You can find St. John’s wort growing wild across the state. You’re sure to spot some in the dunes if you’re going to the beach in search of a cool breeze. You’ll also notice the dramatic red and yellow blooms of Gaillardia pulchella, sometimes known as the beach blanket flower or Indian blanket. A member of the aster family, and native to the Southeast, it thrives in sandy conditions. In fact, it will grow just about anywhere, so if you can’t get to the beach, then consider putting the seeds on your fall planting list. All the beach blanket flower needs is full sun. Technically, it’s an annual, but in North Carolina it behaves more like a short-lived perennial. The flowers will bloom from spring to late fall; you may need to prop the plant up a little once it starts to bloom. Beach blanket flower makes a great cover for waste areas or for borders. The pollinators will be grateful, as they’ll use it to make dark, buttery tasting honey. And you’ll have brought the beach to your house. Time for a drink with an umbrella in it.

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June 18 is International Picnic Day. Take the time to enjoy eating outdoors. Farms and gardens should be producing a bounty of fruit and vegetables by now. Make your picnic a real feast by choosing what’s in season for the best in succulent taste. Here are some ideas for easy picnic dishes that can be made well in advance in case you intend to hike into the wilds: Roast a chicken stuffed with thyme, garlic and an onion. Carve it up and hand it around. Slice a few zucchini lengthwise, about a quarter-inch thick. Put the slices in a bowl and pour over a slosh of olive oil and a generous squeeze of lemon juice. Add a crushed garlic clove and a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Make sure the zucchini slices are coated with the mixture. If you have time, leave them for an hour or two in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to cook, grill or broil them until chargrill marks appear. Serve with torn basil leaves and pine nuts. Slice your garden tomatoes into quarter-inch slices, cutting across their equators. Arrange artfully on a plate if you’re not hiking. Drizzle good olive oil over the tomato slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Voila, a tomato salad. Serve with fresh bread on either side of the tomato slices and you’ve got sandwiches. Corn is coming into its own right now. It should be so fresh it only takes a few minutes to cook. Don’t forget the butter. Early potatoes should be coming in by this point in the month. Prime potato salad. And for dessert? Pick blueberries straight off the bushes. Lie back, listen to the birds and watch the trees waving above you. PS

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Although conscientious effort is made to provide accurate and up-to-date information, all events are subject to change and errors can occur! Please call to verify times, status and location before attending an event. MASTER GARDENER HELP LINE. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., weekdays through October. If you have a question or need help with plant choices, call the Moore County Cooperative Extension Office. Walk-in consultations are available during the same hours at the Agricultural Center, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. If possible, bring a sample or photos. Info: (910) 947-3188.

Wednesday, June 1 Sign-ups begin for the Summer Reading Program! The Library’s theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Stop by the library or sign up online. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or YOGA CLASS (INTRO). 9 – 10 a.m. (Wednesdays through July 6) Instructor Darlind Davis teaches this course for individuals who are either new to the practice of yoga or wish to refresh their skills. Cost: $35/resident; $70 non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or TAI CHI CLASS. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through June 22. Tai Chi Master Lee Holbrook leads this peaceful workout for people of all levels. Cost: $21/ residents; 42/non-residents. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration: (910) 2951900 or 295-2817 or


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YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6 – 7 p.m. A peaceful yoga session for all levels in the beautiful Orangery. Bring a yoga mat (limited mats to borrow) and water bottle. Cost: Free to CFBG and YMCA members; $5/non-members per session. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext. 36).

Thursday, June 2 VERMICOMPOSTING FOR KIDS. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Learn about worms and how they “vermicompost” our food waste, and explore a worm compost bin. Free with Garden membership or paid admission. Pre-registration required. Ages 5+, accompanied by an adult. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221. WRITER READING. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Writer-in-Residence and National Book Award finalist Karen Bender reads from Refund, a collection of short stories that explore the ways in which money and the estimation of value affect the lives of her characters. A light reception follows. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or LIVE MUSIC AT THE CAMEO. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30) Dale Ann Bradley performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Cameo Art House Theatre, 225 Hay St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-6633 or

Thursday, June 2—4 WASHINGTON, D.C. TOUR. Planned stops include Arlington National Cemetery, military and war memori-

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als, Smithsonian Museums and more. Cost: $495/person, double occupancy; $595/person, single occupancy, includes travel, admissions, accommodations, and breakfasts. Kirk Tours. Departs from Belk, Pinecrest Plaza, at 8 a.m., returns 7 p.m. Info on this tour and upcoming tours and reservations: (910) 295-2257 or

Friday, June 3 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 10 a.m. “The Power of Plants (For Wee Ones).” Fun for 3- to 5-year-olds, includes activities outside (weather permitting) and seeds to plant and take home! Parents requested to participate! Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. FIRST FRIDAY. 5 – 8:30 p.m. A family-friendly event with live music by The Deslondes, a New Orleans-based band; food; beverages; and entertainment. Free admission. No dogs, please! Sunrise Green Space, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or CREATING SACRED SPACES WORKSHOP. 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Artist in Residence Ginny Sykes leads this artisticbased practice for self-awareness, nourishing, and healing. Dress for outdoors and bring a bagged lunch. (Counts four hours toward Criteria II of the NC Environmental Education Certification Program.) Cost: $25/member; $30/nonmember. Online registration required. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221 (ext. 20) or JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine and dancing with friends under the tent while Blackwater Rhythm and Blues entertains you with live music. Cost: $10/person. Reservations and pre-payment recommended

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ca l e n d a r for parties of 8 or more. Food vendor on-site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 3690411 or LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Dale Ann Bradley performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

Saturday, June 4 NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 to 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Silly Snakes.” Preschool storytime and nature time. No cost for program, but please pre-register two business days in advance. (Admission to garden not included in program.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221 (ext. 20) or SUMMER READING FUN. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A Given Tufts program for children to learn about summer books and make crafts related to summer fun. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002. PINEHURST EATS, BEATS, AND BREWS @ THE ARBORETUM. 12 – 6 p.m. Sample offerings from eight food trucks and more than a dozen brews and listen to music by local musicians. The Village Arboretum, 375 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or 2952817 or MEET THE AUTHOR. 2 p.m. North Carolina author Fred Epeley discusses his memoir, Growing Up in Ottie’s World: When Self-Forgiveness Seemed Impossible, set in post-World War II in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. LIVE MUSIC. 7 – 10 p.m. Jen Hillard performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Free to the public. Info: (910) 692-3066.

Sunday, June 5 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Going Green.” Build a small plant terrarium out of 2-liter soda bottles and learn about the water cycle that will sustain your new mini-garden. All materials provided, but you may bring your own soda bottle to recycle. All ages are welcome. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Dark Water Rising performs; Lakota John opens. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or EXPLORATIONS FOR ADULTS SERIES. 3 – 4 p.m. “Introduction to eBooks and eMagazines.” Discover how you can access over 200,000 eBooks and eMagazines on your mobile device or computer with your library card. Participants must have a valid SPPL card to access eResources. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. 5 – 7 p.m. Absolutely Art. This members’ exhibit runs from June 5 to 30. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 215-9300 or 944-3979.

Monday, June 6 BOOK LOVERS UNITE. 7 p.m. For adults and children! This month’s topic for discussion is “Children’s Books.” Bring your favorite author list to share. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002.

June 6—August 29 YOUTH MARTIAL ARTS CAMP. 6 p.m. for ages 4 to 6; 6:45 p.m. for ages 7 to 9; and 7:30 p.m. for ages 10 to 17. Cost: $97/residents; $194/non-residents. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

Tuesday, June 7 NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 to 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Silly Snakes.” Preschool storytime and nature time. No cost for program, but please pre-register two business days in advance. (Admission to garden not included in program.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221 (ext. 20) or MEET THE AUTHOR. 5:30 p.m. Joy Callaway will read from her novel, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, which draws on stories and characters from her family history. Free and open to the public. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. ZUMBA IN THE GARDEN. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This class will capture the Latin-inspired dancing outdoors in our beautiful garden. Bring water and comfortable shoes. Free to CFBG or YMCA of Sandhills members; $5/non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221 or or at the Garden.

Wednesday, June 8 MEET THE AUTHOR. 5:30 p.m. Harrison Scott Key discusses his book The World’s Largest Man, the uproarious, heartwarming story of Harrison Scott Key, a shy and reserved Mississippi boy, and the Bunyanesque father who raised him. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 and 7 p.m. Bill Hartness, superintendent of Weymouth Woods State Nature Preserve in Southern Pines, will speak on North Carolina’s State Parks’ history and the current Centennial celebrations occurring across the State. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, (3:30 p.m.), 150 Cherokee Road; and Given Outpost (7 p.m.) 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022 or (910) 585-4820.

Friday, June 10 CHAIR YOGA. 9 – 10 a.m. Fridays through July 15. (6 sessions). This class is taught in group format with participants in a seated position. Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration (by June 21): (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817. POND EXPLORATION. 10 – 11 a.m. Learn what types of critters might be found in the pond and how to use a dip net to catch them. Be prepared to get muddy! For ages 5+, accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free with membership or paid admission. Pre-registration required. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221. FUN FRIDAY. 3:30 – 7 p.m. Group outing: bowling and dinner at Vito’s. $15/residents; $30/non-residents. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Bocca Ball Court No.1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or MEET THE AUTHOR. 4 p.m. Local author Gayvin Powers reads from and discusses her young adult novel, Iona Fay: An Irish Fairytale (2015), about a 14-year-old from the U.S. searching for her missing mother in Ireland. For girls and boys ages 8 to 14 (and adults young at heart). The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

Thursday, June 9

JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine and dancing with friends under the tent while The Sand Band entertains you with live jazz music. Cost: $10/person. Reservations and pre-payment recommended for parties of 8 or more. Food vendor on-site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or

SENIORS DAY OUT. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. A shopping excursion to the Streets of Southpoint. Cost: $16/resident; $32/nonresident. Lunch is Dutch treat. Must register by June 2. Meet at Assembly Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

MOVIE IN THE PINES. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Minions. Bring a blanket or a chair. Concessions available on site. Come early for good seating and games before the movie. Free to the public. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or

GARDENING WORKSHOP. 2 – 3:30 p.m. “Seeds of Knowledge: Lawn Care.” Learn to manage your lawn with minimal impact on the environment. Free with paid admission or Garden membership.. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 2 days prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext. 20) or

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SPRING CONCERT WITH JEANNE JOLLY. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and bring your family and friends to this outdoor performance by Jeanne Jolly and her band. Beverages and food by Elliott’s Catering Company available for purchase. Beer and wine cash bar. Cost: Free for Garden members. Non-members call for prices. Cape Fear

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Saturday, June 11 MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Louise Price and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. SOUTHERN PINES KICK-OFF TO SUMMER! 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A summer-themed fun run, live music, community booths, and a free swim, sponsored by the Southern Pines Recreation and Library Departments. The Pool Park, 730 S Henley St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7213. MEET THE AUTHOR. 4 p.m. Gloria Tarver discusses her World War II novel, Brantley Arms, about a young woman who flees from a rural farm in Georgia to Atlanta after her husband enlists in the Army Air Corps. In Atlanta she works for the owner of an elegant, yet slightly shabby boardinghouse. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. DANCE SOCIAL. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., lesson from 7 to 8, and social dancing from 8 to 10. Carolina Pines Chapter of USA Dance. Cost: $10 ($8 members). If you are attending for the first time, mention you saw the announcement in the PineStraw magazine and get in free! Southern Pines Elks Club, 280 County Club Circle, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 215-5791 or (919) 770-1975. LIVE MUSIC. 7 – 10 p.m. Gary Lewis performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Free to the public. Info: (910) 692-3066.


ON BROADWAY. 7:30 p.m. Taylor Dance performs excerpts from Broadway shows, choreographed by awardwinning Artistic Director Gary Taylor and featuring preprofessional and professional dancers. Cost: Call for prices. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-6185; tickets: www. or calling at (855) 222-2849.

Sunday, June 12 ON BROADWAY. 2 p.m. Taylor Dance performs excerpts from Broadway shows, choreographed by award-winning Artistic Director Gary Taylor. Cost: Call for prices. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-6185; tickets: www. or calling at (855) 222-2849. SPECIAL BOOKSHOP EVENT. 2 p.m. Come celebrate the bookshop’s selling of the 100th copy of Vivian Jacobson’s book Sharing Chagall: A Memoir, a personal account of her friendship with Marc Chagall, the 20th century icon of the world of art. The event is free and open to the public. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Jr. Ranger Program.” Join a park ranger to learn about the NC Parks Junior Ranger program and how to earn a special Weymouth Woods patch and certificate. Includes activities that get you one step closer to becoming an NC Junior Park Ranger! (Most appropriate for children ages 6 to 12.) Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Cassie and Maggie, the Danberrys perform. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight

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PRESCHOOL BIRDERS. 10 – 11 a.m. Learn about birds and how to identify some common ones. Free to CFBG members or paid admission. Pre-registration required. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221. SANDHILLS PHOTO CLUB MEETING. 7 – 9 p.m. Members competition: “Trees.” Guests welcome. Theater in the Hannah Center, The O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: SIP & PAINT WITH JANE. 5 – 7 p.m. Join resident artist Jane Casnellie for an evening of sipping and painting and take home your own masterpiece! No experience necessary. All materials provided, including a glass of wine. Cost: $35. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info and registration: (910) 255-0665.

Monday, June 13—16 YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily. For youth ages 5 to 12 years. Jeff Hewitt, head baseball coach at Pinecrest High School, leads this camp and focuses on basic skills and techniques. Cost: $85. Pinecrest High School baseball field, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info and registration: (910) 295-1900 or Send form and check to Jeff Hewitt, 6877 Beulah Hill Church Road, West End, NC 27376.

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Tuesday, June 14 YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 4 – 5 p.m. for ages 5 to 9 years; and 5 – 6 p.m. for ages 10 to 15 years. Tuesdays through July 5 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional Michael Bonnell. Cost: $5/resident; $10/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court No.1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

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ADULT TENNIS LESSONS. 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays through July 5 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional Michael Bonnell. Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court No.1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Must register by June 10. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

Wednesday, June 15 GARDENING EVENT. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Edible Flowers & Flowering Herbs.” Norma Burns, from Bluebird Hill Farm, leads this hands-on workshop, which includes tasting edible flowers. Cost: $30/Horticultural Society members; $35/non-members. Sandhills Community College, Ball Visitors Center. Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info and registration: Preregistration and payment is required. (910) 695-3882. TEEN SUMMER ADVENTURE TRIP. 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Spend the day at Myrtle Beach’s WonderWorks. Cost: $50/ residents; $100/non-residents. Includes lunch and transportation. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Assembly Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900. YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6 – 7 p.m. A peaceful yoga session for all levels in the beautiful Orangery. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Cost: Free to CFBG and YMCA members; $5/non-members per session. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext. 36) or at the Garden. FIREFLY WATCH. 8 – 9:30 p.m. Collect and observe fireflies with Chris Goforth from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Bring a flashlight and wear long pants and closetoed shoes. Cost: $5/adult member (child free); $10/adult and $5/child non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (Preregistration required.): (910) 486-0221.

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DOUGLASS CENTER BOOK CLUB. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. An adult library book club meeting monthly at the Douglass Center. Pick up your book at the Library or the Douglass Center. Books are provided through the Library’s Book Club Kits. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or (910) 692-8235. BUTTERFLY HUNT. 1 – 2 p.m. Learn the difference between butterflies and moths and how to use a butterfly net. Free with Garden membership or paid admission. Ages 5+ accompanied by an adult. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (Preregistration required): (910) 486-0221. YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 4 – 5 p.m. for ages 5 to 9 years; and 5 – 6 p.m. for ages 10 to 15 years. Thursdays through July 7 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional instructor Michael Bonnell. Cost: $5/resident; $10/nonresident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court No.1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

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ca l e n d a r ADULT TENNIS LESSONS. 6 – 7 p.m. Thursdays through July 17 (4 sessions), taught by tennis professional instructor Michael Bonnell. Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Tennis Court No.1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Must register by June 10. Info: (910) 295-1900 or WINE AND WHIMSY. 6 – 7:30 p.m. “Flamingo.” Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while painting your masterpiece. Canvas, paint, brushes, palette, and easel provided. Wine, beer, and snacks available for purchase. Cost: $20/member; $25/nonmember. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221. Register online at form. ARTISTRY SONG AND POETRY CIRCLE. 7 p.m. ALL singers, musicians, and poets are invited for an evening of creative exchange. Bring your musical instrument, voice, and words. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002. SUNRISE THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES. 7:30 p.m. Romancing the Stone (1984). Cost: $6. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or 692-3611 or

Friday, June 17 MEET THE AUTHOR. 5 p.m. Karin Lorene Zipf will discuss Bad Girls at Samarcand, the story of how North Carolina forcibly sterilized more than 2,000 women and girls between 1929 and 1950. Free and open to the public. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine and dancing with friends under the tent while Cool Heat entertains you with live jazz music. Cost: $10/person. Reservations and pre-payment recommended for parties of 8 or more. Food vendor on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or

Saturday, June 18 CAROLINA HORSE PARK. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. War Horse Event Series Schooling Day (D, XC, SJ). Open to Everyone. Call for prices. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074.

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WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Father’s Day Hike.” Celebrate the day with a hike back in time to learn how fathers provided food, shelter, and income from the longleaf pine forest for their families. Bring water and bug spray and join a ranger at the Visitor Center for the start of this adventure. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

Monday, June 20—24

LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley perform. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

Monday, June 20—22 PINEWILD YOUTH GOLF CLINIC. 9 – 11 a.m. These three-day clinics are for boys and girls ages 8 to 16 with a focus on fundamentals, golf etiquette, and rules of play. $85. Pinewild Golf Academy, 6 Glasgow Drive, Pinehurst. Info and registration (required by June 13): (910) 2951900 or

Monday, June 20—23 YOUNG CHEFS IN THE SANDHILLS. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily. “Intro to Mexican and Central American Cuisine,” taught by Professional Chefs Sueson Vess and Sonia Middleton, for ages 9 to 12. Cost: $185/residents; $278/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Kitchen @ Community Presbyterian, 125 Everett Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900. YOUTH SOCCER CAMP. 9 – 10:30 a.m. daily. The camp will be broken into two age groups: 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 12

NATURE NUTS: HALF-DAY CAMP. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Garden Sprouts.” For ages 5 to 7. Learn how plants grow and how they benefit humans and animals. Cost: $100/ member; $150/non-member. Snack and water bottle included. Register by Wednesday, June 15, online or at Garden Gift Shop. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221. JUNIOR FIRE ACADEMY. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily. Students entering grades 6 to 8 can experience what it is like to be a firefighter and receive training. Hosted by The Pinehurst Fire Dept and Pinehurst Parks & Rec. Cost: $25/residents; $50/ non-resident. Training Room @ Pinehurst Fire Department, 405 Magnolia Road. Info and registration (limited to 15 participants): (910) 295-5575 or

Tuesday, June 21 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MOORE COUNTY ANNUAL LUNCHEON. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Cos Barnes. The public is welcome to attend, but reservations are required. Cost: $13, payable by check to LWVMC. Table on the Green Restaurant, 2205 Midland Drive, Pinehurst. Info and reservations: Charlotte at (910) 944-9611 or ZUMBA IN THE GARDEN. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This class will capture the Latin-inspired dancing outdoors in our beautiful Garden. Bring water and comfortable shoes. Free to CFBG or YMCA of Sandhills members; $5/non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221 or or at the Garden.

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MAKER SATURDAY. 2 – 3 p.m. “Robots.” Maker Saturdays let students explore technology in a relaxed environment. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Charlie Roberts and learn about his techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. TEEN MOVIE. 2 p.m. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or MEET THE AUTHOR. 3 p.m. Leigh Himes will discuss her book The One That Got Away, a novel about the choices we make in life and love. Free and open to the public. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. LIVE MUSIC. 7 – 10 p.m. Abigail Dowd performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Free to the public. Info: (910) 692-3066.

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CAROLINA HORSE PARK. All day. War Horse Event Series Horse Trials (CT & D). Call for prices. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074. SUNDAY KIDS MOVIE. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Looney Tunes gang joins Michael Jordan for this live-action/ animated feature about a basketball game with a ruthless group of unsavory, outer space creatures. Snacks are PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 2016


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Wednesday, June 22 DURHAM BULLS BASEBALL GAME.10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Durham Bulls play the Charlotte Knights at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. For children ages 8 to 15. Cost: $30/residents; $60/non-residents. Transportation and ticket included. Maximum of 13 participants. Pinehurst Parks and Rec. Depart from Village Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

Thursday, June 23 SEEDS OF KNOWLEDGE. 2 – 4 p.m. “Wild Edibles.” Join our Director of Horticulture and Education in a discussion on native wild edible plants. Cost: Free with paid admission or Garden membership. Info and pre-registration (required): (910) 486-0221. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. SOUNDS ON THE GROUNDS. 7 –10 p.m. Liquid Pleasure opens the family-friendly concert series. Food trucks and beverage kiosks on site. Cost: $5/members; $10/ non-members (children under 12 free with adults). Tickets available at Weymouth Center. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or SUNRISE THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES. 7:30 p.m. Labyrinth (1986). Cost: $6. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or

Friday, June 24 JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine and dancing with friends under the tent while The Sand Band entertains you with live jazz music. Cost: $10/person. Reservations and pre-payment recommended for parties of 8 or more. Food vendor on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or

Saturday, June 25 SATURDAY CRAFT DAY. All day. Basketball is the featured theme. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235.

Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

Monday, June 27 LUNCH & LEARN IN THE GARDENS. 12 – 1 p.m. “Attracting Birds to Your Yard,” with Dolores Muller. Bring your lunch and the Garden will provide drinks. Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info and registration: (910) 695-3882 or SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Alex Fish presents research at Fort Bragg concerning the Bachman’s sparrow, an important indicator of ecosystem health for the longleaf pine ecosystem. Visitors welcome! Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

Monday, June 27—29 PINEWILD YOUTH GOLF CLINIC. 9 – 11 a.m. These three-day clinics for boys and girls ages 8 to 16 focus on fundamentals, golf etiquette, rules of play, and more. $85. Pinewild Golf Academy, 6 Glasgow Drive, Pinehurst. Info and registration (required by June 20): (910) 295-1900 or

Monday, June 27—July 1 NATURE NUTS FULL-DAY CAMP. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Blooming Botanists.” For ages 8 to 12 to learn about gardening. Campers must bring a bagged lunch—snack and water bottle included. Fee: $150/member; $200/nonmember. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (due by Wed, June 22): (910) 486-0221, online at Nature Nuts Camp Registration or Garden Gift Shop.

Tuesday, June 28 ACOUSTIC MUSICIANS JAM SESSION. 7 – 9 p.m. All welcome to play or listen. Bring your own beverage and enjoy the community of local artists. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

Wednesday, June 29 ART CLASS (PAINT, ALL MEDIA). 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays through August 3 (6 sessions). For all levels of experience, artist Eileen Strickland covers basic information on materials, techniques, color theory, and composition. Cost: $47/resident; $94/non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration (required by June 21): (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817. YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6 – 7 p.m. A peaceful yoga session for all levels in the beautiful Orangery. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Cost: Free to CFBG and YMCA members; $5/non-members per session. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 1 day prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext. 36) or at the Garden.

Thursday, June 30 SUNRISE THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES. 7:30 p.m. Steel Magnolias (1989). Cost: $6. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or 6923611 or IN & OUT AT THE OUTPOST. 7 p.m. Presentation by Moore County native and local historian Jesse Wimberley on local natural history and the North Carolina Scenic Byways project. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 585-4820.

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MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Jane Casnellie and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. SOUTHERN PINES ROCKS. 5 p.m. Presented by Vision 4 Moore and Southern Pines Brewing Company, the McKenzie Brothers and Jacked Up Hot Rod perform. Cost: $10. Proceeds benefit the MIRA USA Foundation and Rotary Club of the Sandhills. Food trucks on site. No outside food, drink, or coolers permitted. The Southern Pines Brewery, 565 Air Tool Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 365-9890. LIVE MUSIC. 7 – 10 p.m. Bill West performs at the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, 241-A NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Free to the public. Info: (910) 692-3066.

Sunday, June 26 SUNDAY FILM SERIES FOR ADULTS. 2:30 p.m. This film is a new, sports-themed drama about the potentially horrific cost of playing football. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235. WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Spectacular Summer.” Learn about the summer solstice, the changes in the forest, and the activities of park animals in summer. (Program includes indoor presentation with an optional short hike.) Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz perform.

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

Tuesdays BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 – 11 a.m. This storytime, intended for babies from birth to 2 years, will engage parents and children in early literary practices. Baby Bunnies does not meet on Tuesday, June 7. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or BROWN BAG LUNCH/GAME DAY. 11:30 a.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy fellowship and activities, including card games, board games, and the Wii. The Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. TAI CHI FOR HEALTH. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Practice this flowing Eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin. Cost: Single

class: $15/member; $17/non-member. Monthly rates available. No refunds or transfers. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221. TECHNOLOGY TUESDAYS. 3 p.m. Summer program for teens (grades 6 to 12) meets on 3 Tuesdays: June 14, 21, and 28. (Does not meet on June 7). Topics will include Think Like a Computer, Card Flip Magic, and Battleships. Drop-in activities featured in the Young Adult section throughout the month. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or PLAY ESCAPE. 9:15 a.m. Adult Yoga. Cost: $12 (Includes children and admission.) Does not meet June 28. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or

Wednesdays YOGA CLASS (INTRO). 9 – 10 a.m. (April 13 through May 18) Instructor Darlind Davis teaches this course for individuals who are either new to the practice of yoga or wish to refresh their skills. Cost: $35/resident; $70 non-resident. Pinehurst Parks & Rec, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or SANDHILLS FARMERS MARKET. 3 – 6 p.m. Fresh and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Village Center Parking Lot, 1 Village Green W., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0377 or BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4 p.m. Stories, songs, fun, and activities to build skills necessary for kindergarten. For all children through age 5, and families are invited. Storytime does not meet on June 8. Southern Pines Public

Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Thursdays MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, meats, crafts, flowers, plants, baked goods, and more. Armory Sports Complex, 604 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 947-3752 or or PLAY ESCAPE. 10:30 a.m. Kindermusik Playtime. For ages 0 to 3. Cost: $35/month; $10/drop-in, includes half-price admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or STORY TIME! 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. For ages 3 to 5. Wonderful volunteers read to children, and everyone makes a craft. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022. MAH-JONGG (Chinese version). 1 – 3 p.m. A game played by 4 people involving skill, strategy, and calculation. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. CHESS. 1 – 3 p.m. Don Hammerman instructs all levels of players. You need a chess set to participate. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376. FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. Children in grades K to 5 and their parents are invited to join the summer fun. Themes will include Kids Yoga with Karen Popely, Geocaching with Scott Cole, and Get Outside! with Weymouth Woods. Family Fun Night does not meet on June 9. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235. COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu items (gnocchi, Thai,

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Fridays PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Reading selections are taken from our current inventory of children’s literature, from the classics to modern day. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. PLAY ESCAPE. 10:30 a.m. Zumba Kids Jr. For ages 2.5 years and up. Cost: $10 and $8 siblings, includes admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is determined by bidding. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

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FREE COOKING DEMO. 5 p.m. A great way to start off the weekend and get scrumptious ideas. No reservations needed. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu items (gnocchi, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, cannolis, or pasta). Reservations and pre-payment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E.New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the

Saturdays MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, meats, crafts, flowers, plants, baked goods, and more. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 947-3752 or or SANDHILLS FARMERS MARKET. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fresh and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Village Center Parking Lot, 1 Village Green W., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0377 or PS

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Basic Watercolor Painting – Five Week Course- Andrea Schmidt Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 9:30-12:30 $150


Draw It I– Sandra Kinnunen – Wednesday/Thursday, July 6/7, 9:0012:00 $60 Pen and Ink with Watercolor –- Sandy Scott – Wednesday/Thursday, July 13/14, 10:30-3:00 $70 Drawing – Barbara Sickenberger - Thursday, July 28, 9:30-3:30 $50 Draw It II– Sandra Kinnunen – Wednesday/Thursday, August 10/11, 9:00-12:00 $60

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North Carolina Museum of History Spring Frolic Pinehurst Members Club Saturday, April 16, 2016 Photographs by Al and Annette Daniels

Barbara & Paul Coughlin, Nido & Mariana Qubein, Rena & Mark Norcross

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June Bugging Maybe true love is in the cards (or maybe it’s not) By Astrid Stellanova

June is the month when many of us get hitched,

unhitched, or even re-hitched. I, myself, picked June three times to go down the aisle of temporary romantic insanity. The third time was not the charm. Read and learn from me, dear readers . . . It’s all written in the stars’ guide to love, if we read before we march. Ad Astra — Astrid

Gemini (May 21–June 20) June Bug, your birthday month is one to love. Each day in June will slide smoothly and sweetly after the next one, pairing up like Mama’s cream cheese icing on red velvet cake. There are times when you are a trial to all who love you (admit it), but then there are times when you make it right and make us all remember why we put up with your wild and untamed self to begin with. This month, your fans are legion, lining up with birthday ju-ju from as far as Moose Breath, Alaska, to Hot Coffee, Mississippi. Cancer (June 21–July 22) You’ll have your struggles early in the month, when your donkey gets in the ditch and someone you respect acts out in a way you just cannot figure. Astrid can’t either, Honey. They are ruthless and so hard and they look just like the kind that would grin and show you too many teeth while tearing out a liver and snacking on their young. Surround yourself with friends and meditate until they slither away. On the good side — they will go away. Leo (July 23–August 22) You are two beats away from a real hit. It will surprise your critics to learn something new about unforgettable you. Turns out, you have learned something valuable from a big, bad ouch and are about to transform it and shine, Sugar. You drew inspiration when anybody else might have just drawn blood. Stand tall; never let them read your cards, and never let them check your breath. Next month is a game changer. Virgo (August 23–September 22) Before the month of June ends, you will have had a massive breakthrough. Which is good news, as you had secretly feared you were on the brink of a burn-down-the-house kinda breakdown. It’s always like that for you — shaking up the status quo feels exactly like this — it leaves you shaken. But you are definitely not breaking, Sweet Thing. And for the record, stop trusting somebody with more tattoos than teeth. Libra (September 23–October 22) Change is looking for you. I know, Sugar, you don’t want anything to do with it. You like things just as they are, just got things lined up like you like it. You’ve tried to discourage a chance opportunity that is presenting itself by looking back at it, your scary eyes harder than a cold biscuit without butter. This is a change for the good — throw yourself into it, eyes closed if you have to, but abandon yourself to the opportunity. True love may actually be in the cards. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) The same person that made life difficult for you recently ain’t no prize either. Their Mama went swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool, and they can’t exactly help being so misguided. Smile sweetly and ignore every stupid word coming out of their mouth — that split tongue is spewing out misinformation. Whatever you do, don’t be crazy enough to ask split tongue out for some fire eating.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) You have the capacity to be uncommonly happy over small things, like having correct change for the Laundromat, or a place to park, or even five minutes left on the parking meter. That, Sugar Bug, is a talent. If you don’t remember anything else this month, just remember to tell the universe thank you and pass the butter beans around. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) This year has been a real slobberknocker so far, and it is easy to understand why you are feeling a little banged up by life. It’s nothing you did wrong, Honey. You have just been experiencing a cycle that will test your resilience and capacity to forgive. You will pass with flying colors, like the ace you are — and, the way I see it, romance will not pass you by. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) Don’t bust a kidney trying to figure out what made a close associate so cranky. They are carrying a weight that has nothing to do with you and everything to do with a wrong they didn’t deserve. Give them space and time. They will appreciate having the understanding they need, but may not be able to request. Pisces (February 19–March 20) There is every reason to wait for just another minute before you pop the question. It’s powerful when the birds and the bees and every lip in sight is locked with their true love . . . or at least their current love. But wait two beats before you commit to forever. There is one more piece of the puzzle that needs to fit; one more question that must be answered. Aries (March 21–April 19) Take. Two. Breaths. What has got you running like a rabbit with its tail in a trap? Your energy is a little over the top; not everybody wants to live at the pace you do. You have boundless energy but give folks just a moment to catch up and sign on with your program. Of course, they will, because you make these manic dashes and up-all-night projects look so fun. Taurus (April 20–May 20) It was a challenge for you last month to own some very odd behavior. But, you sort of did, and that is a big old step in the right direction. Now put that toe into the “maybe I was wrong” pool once again and see if you can take a plunge. You get out of an awkward fix by saying two little words: “I’m sorry.” They have big magic, those little words. 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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June PineNeedler Sweet! By Mart Dickerson

ACROSS 1 Singing voice 5 Gushes out 10 *Sweet planet 14 Statutes 15 Back porch 16 Freudian selves 17 Car rental agency 18 Bird’s “thumb” 19 Overthrow, as a tyrant 20 Center of rotation 22 *Sweet galaxy 24 Lose color 26 Take to court 27 *Sweet infant baseballer 31 Sheets of wood 36 Building addition 37 Tiny amounts 39 Old keepsake 40 Alack’s partner 42 Gets dirty 44 Canned fish 45 Humorous performer


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

Puzzle answers on page 97

47 49 50 52 54 56 57 61 64 65 67 69 70 71 72 73 74

Narrow openings Cozy room Laughing dogs *Sweet giggling candy Dashboard gauge, (abbr.), along with mph HS senior in June, for short Trams Ave.’s cousin Stumble Hawaiian “hello” Long time Naked Lily types Treaty organization Adolescent *Sweet moorland Dell

DOWN 1 ___Carte 2 Molten rock 3 *Sweet “between” 4 Change into bone 5 Pinehurst Resort offering 6 Low trees with fan leaves 7 Decorative needle case 8 Last wish and desire papers 9 Absorb (2 words) 10 Cat’s cry 11 Spanish water 12 Healthy color or outlook 13 Fast plane

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Asian dress 365 days Dynamic pairs Myrtle, Cherry Grove, Oak Island, e.g. Blend of metals Point the finger Flags down or greets Tennis divider Slip through, shake off Ocean __ (big ship) Electronically copies something to computer Rock shooter One of seven deadly Mix Famous actor Reiner Replace a striker Slosh Canadian country songstress with initials as first name Skirmish Opposite of false State Fair attraction Ajar “Hot” exercise above the Sunrise Theater ____Piccata Make a fuss over, with “on” Explosive, for short Fire remains French no

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

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My Dog Sam and Summer Bliss

By Joyce Reehling


As a child it meant real freedom. It was a time for endless reading of books, the dreaded weeding of the family garden — which seemed to grow in size with every hour spent working — and the little sojourns in the nearby fields. Rural life in the counties outside Washington is nearly gone now. All the areas I knew as fields and farms are developments and business hubs. But in the ’50s and ’60s a kid could roam by foot and by bike into a world of imagination and fun. My beloved dogs, Sam and Rags, almost always went with me. Well, Rags stayed home more than Sam, devoted to my mom and baby sisters. Sam liked a good roam, he liked a PB&J sandwich and hours of sitting by my side “fishing.” I had a bamboo pole, a line and bobber and some sort of hook we had but very few fish in our streams. The point was not to bring home dinner, it was to dream. In my youth I could walk the fields owned by Mr. Jones, from whom we rented our house. Acres and acres of land filled with herds of dairy cows and black Angus. I was always a little afraid of these creatures because they were so bloody big, but really rather dumb, bless them. My trusty Sam would clear the way. The heat of summer settled like a blanket by noon. The only thing to do was get your chores out of the way by early morning, though often my twin sister and I did not. We paid the heavy price of hard work at midday. Our mother subscribed to the “I told you to get out there early” school of thought, which did not allow for not getting your chores done. Wisely, she knew that the best teacher for changing a kid’s mind was the heat and discomfort, at least for a week or two. Chores done meant a free afternoon, a bag lunch, a fishing pole and time


on my own. Let me tell you, when you are a twin, time on your own is golden. I had never known being on my own since inception, so it held a real glow for me. I loved to read and dream and imagine the world of my books. Some things you can’t share by talking to your twin. So fishing filled the bill nicely. Sam and I would wander off, down two or three fields. We would settle under a tree grove I particularly liked. It was cool, shady and quiet, and at the deepest part of the stream that ran through the area. If you were going to catch those little fish, they would be here. This was strictly catch and release, but mainly it was just being quiet. The glory of a tree with a good place to read is boundless. It feels as good or better than a chair when you nestle into the notch at the base. It keeps you upright and reading but has just enough slope for a nap when you drop your head back. Trust me, you want the slope, the kids’ version of a recliner. Take the Coke out of the lunch bag, tie a string on the neck and find a big rock, drop the Coke in the fast running stream and secure the end with the rock. You get a lovely cold Coke in very little time. Drop your line with a worm or a bit of bread on the hook if you really don’t care at all about catching anything ever. Open your book and settle in the notch and let your reading begin your real journey, which is likely to be miles or even continents away. Summer bliss. I find it harder now to while away an afternoon. My adult voice declares inside my head that there is much to do and who am I to sit and do nothing? When it comes to being quiet I was smarter at 10 than I am at 67. Sam is long gone. He wandered off many times and always came home, until he did not. I hope someone laid him to rest under a tree when they found him. I never went fishing after we moved from that place. There were other streams but none so perfect for a girl and her dog and a book. And summer. PS Joyce Reehling is a veteran actor of stage and screen and an old friend of PineStraw.

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A comfortable tree, baited hook and good book. What more could a girl and her dog ask for?

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