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Jamie McDevitt Broker/Owner

“There’s something about the water…I love the peacefulness it brings.” “Let me introduce you to the tranquil water-front acreage at Pine Ridge Farms.”

- Jamie Foster

Are you looking for that perfect water-front piece of property for your farm or dream home? Call us soon. Pine Ridge Farms has only a few 5-10 acre lots remaining for sale.

STARTING AT $185,000 Located on Youngs Road and Pelham Farms Road in Vass, NC

Jamie McDevitt | 910.724.4455 | | 107 NE Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC


The Cottages on May Several floor plans ranging from 1,300+ sq.ft. to 2,000+ sq.ft.

Several floor plans ranging from 2,000+ sq.ft. to 2,200+ sq.ft.

COTTAGES STARTING IN THE $300,000’S Custom homes also available!

Townhomes starting in the $250,000’s & homes starting in the $290,000’s

Community clubhouse and pool coming soon!

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9 Sold and 4 Pending! Homes starting in the $210,000’s Several floor plans ranging from 1,900+ sq.ft. to 2,500+ sq.ft.

190 Turner Street, Suite D Southern Pines, NC 28387 (910) 693-3300

3 Sold and 2 Pending! Homes starting in the $260,000’s

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Several floor plans ranging from 2,300+ sq.ft. to 3,500+ sq.ft.

100 Magnolia Road, Suite 1 Pinehurst, NC 28374 (910) 692-4731

May 2016 Volume 12, No. 5 Features

69 Heartstrings

Poetry by Sam Walker

70 The First Ten Years

By Jim Moriarty Meet the four good friends who created Southern Pines’s First Friday

74 Play On

By Serena Brown A gifted Pinecrest theater designer prepares to shine on a bigger stage

76 Little Big Men

By Bill Case How Pinehurst’s George Dunlap Jr. and Sr. mastered the worlds of amateur golf and publishing

82 The Gran’daddy Junebugs Come Home By Deborah Salomon How a great house found Mitch and Pat Capel

95 Almanac

By Rosetta Fawley Turtles and strawberries

97 Top 25 Golf Courses in North Carolina Plus the Best of the Sandhills and Favorite Donald Ross Courses in the region

Departments 13 Simple Life By Jim Dodson

16 PinePitch 19 Instagram Winners 21 Cos and Effect By Cos Barnes

43 The Kitchen Garden By Jan Leitschuh

47 Out of the Blue

By Deborah Salomon

49 Papadaddy’s Mindfield By Clyde Edgerton

23 From the Archives 51 Birdwatch By Susan Campbell 25 The Omnivorous Reader By Stephen E. Smith 53 A Novel Year By Wiley Cash 29 Bookshelf By Kimberly Daniels Taws 57 Game On & Angie Tally

33 Proper English By Serena Brown

35 Hometown By Bill Fields


37 Vine Wisdom

39 In the Spirit

By Robyn James By Tony Cross

By Jim Dodson

61 Sporting Life By Tom Bryant

65 Golftown Journal By Lee Pace

100 Arts & Entertainment Calendar 115 SandhillSeen

123 Thoughts from the Manshed By Geoff Cutler

125 The Accidental Astrologer By Astrid Stellanova

127 PineNeedler

By Mart Dickerson

128 SouthWords By Kim Bowman

Cover Photograph By Tim Sayer

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

Pinewild CC: Spectacular 4BR/5.5BA French Country home custom designed for this site. Magnificent water feature and golf views. Lower level Family Rm/Kitchenette, 2BRs/2BAs, and a home theater. $1,559,000 Eva Toney 910.638.0972

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

Pinehurst National No. 9: Where golf front living is elevated to an art form. 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

15 Acre Horse Farm: Excellent Horse Facilities adjacent to Walthour Moss Foundation! 3BR/3BA cottage with separate upstairs apartment. 8-Stall Barn, 2-Run-in Stalls, 10-Paddocks, Pond, Riding Ring! $799,500 Pamela O’Hara 910.315.3093

Pinewild CC: All brick, golf front home is enhanced with many upgrades, an office, and bonus room. More than 4,500 sq.ft. 3BR/3.5BA. $650,000 For Details Visit: Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

For the Golf Lover: Spacious and elegant! 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath, custom home with sweeping golf views of the Magnolia Course in Pinewild Country Club. Superlative materials and workmanship throughout. $649,500

Pinewild CC: Fabulous Golf & Water Views! Open plan. Great entertaining space. Study with curved wall-of-windows can be 4th Bedroom. Living Room & Family Room with shared fireplace. New Decks. 4BR/4.5BA. $619,000 Pat Wright 910.691.3224

Comfortable Elegance: Quality craftsmanship defines this stunning colonial estate set on over 1 acre in a park-like setting. Magnificent details throughout. PCC Mbrsh available. 4BR/2Full&2Half Baths. $595,000

Pinewild CC: Charming home with an English Country flair.

Sandhurst South: This is the home for you! Gorgeous New Construction on 4+acres offering privacy. Beautiful architectural features inside and out and more than 2,400sf. Elegant Home! 4BR/3.5BA. $549,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

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Two Master Bedrooms on the main level. Beautiful study. Spacious kitchen opens to a Family Room and Carolina Room/Porch. Golf front lot. 4BR/3.5BA. $560,000 Pat Wright 910.691.3224

Kay Beran 910.315.3322

Old Town Pinehurst: 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

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Golf Front Stunner in #6:Beautiful views, the perfect floorplan, a screened porch, and a conditioned crawl space. What more could you ask for? 4BR/3.5BA. $445,000 Casey Barbera 910.639.4266

Pinewild CC: Custom built transitional home with open floor

Southern Pines: History resounds as you step back in time. The

Pinehurst No. 6: Beautiful Craftsman Style with Charming Front

Special Home: Custom built in 2000 by Billy Breeden - one of the

Lake Pinehurst. Immaculate home with more than 3,000sf of elegant living space. Bamboo hardwood flooring. PCC Mbrshp available. 3BR/3.5BA. $489,500 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

ambiance exudes a sense of history and nostalgia making this a very unique property. Beamed Living Room ceiling, French doors to the brick patio with fireplace & built-in benches, beautiful hardwood flooring throughout. Fenced backyard. 2BR/2.5BA. $399,000

Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

Pinehurst No. 6: Pinehurst CC Mbrshp available! Lovely one level home that has been beautifully maintained. Cathedral ceiling & gas fireplace in the great room. Move-in Ready! 3BR/2.5BA. $330,000 Bill Brock 910.639.1148

Pinehurst No. 6: Beautifully maintained home with hardwood floors throughout most of the main level, and high ceilings. Open and Spacious! Carolina Room opens to the patio. 4BR/2.5BA. $298,413

Bill Brock 910.639.1148

and Back Porches, plus a Bonus Room. Pristine Condition! Level Grass Back Yard. Pinehurst Country Club Membership Available. 4BR/3BA. $375,000 Jennifer Nguyen 910.585.2099

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

Old Town Pinehurst Charmer: Brick sidewalk, front porch,

Carolina Rm, private backyard. Updated with hardwood, new carpet, paint - and only a short walk to the Village! PCC Mbrshp too! 2BR/2BA. $269,000 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

plan and generous rooms all on one level. 3 Ensuite Bedrooms, Living Rm, Family Rm, Sun Room, Library, and an office. BEST BUY IN PINEWILD! 415,000 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

prettiest lots in Pinehurst! Golf front in front and back. Huge below grade storage. Jack&Jill Bath between 2 bedrooms is handicap accessable. 3BR/2.5BA. $357,000

Beverly Ann Valutis 910.916.1313

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

Pinehurst: Lots of privacy! Low maintenance brick & vinyl exte-

rior. Open & Inviting design. Custom kitchen with granite and a large pantry. Enjoy the outdoors on a private deck surrounded by mature evergreen trees. 3BR/2BA. $220,000 Bill Brock 910.639.1148

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940 East Connecticut Avenue This Irish Georgian country house located on 12.21 acres of rolling fields and native longleafs is a Southern Pines treasure. Gated on Connecticut Avenue, the winding sandy road to a private location on the back of the property, threads through fenced pastures and passes a lovely country garden complete with resident chickens. Four garage bays with exterior doors flank a handsome courtyard entry. The porch, framed by a pergola, overlooks the breathtaking acreage. The property built in 1998, offers a second floor master suite that overlooks the fields, two third floor bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, a gallery library and charm in every detail. Offered at $1,150,000.

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simple life

A Gardener’s Blessing

By Jim Dodson

It’s raining this morning, a Sunday in April.

Few things, meteorologically speaking, make me happier. Sunday is my favorite day, soft rain a gardener’s blessing. Together, rainy Sundays make the world a smaller, quieter place, encouraging some hardworking folks — my beautiful wife, let’s say — to burrow a bit longer under covers before she’s roused by the muddy-pawed dogs to mount one of her famous Sabbathday breakfasts, with time allowed for good behavior to read the morning paper front to back, to talk of small things and savor a peace that passeth weekday understanding. For me, rainy Sundays stir involuntary memories, much the way an ovenwarm madeleine did the poet Proust. The steady drip of my very green terrace garden reminds me of solitary days of childhood living in a succession of the small sleepy Southern towns where my father worked at the newspaper and my brother and I were pretty much left to roam the surrounding world untethered. We were rarely inside the house, boxcar children growing wild. First there was Gulfport, where my mother and I would walk the broad flat beach in the evening collecting interesting shells and looking out for approaching storms over the vast Gulf of Mexico, a body of water that was often as still as bathw water but reportedly coughed up more diverse kinds of shells than any other ocean. A mountainous press foreman named Tiny Earl, who worked at the small newspaper my father owned with a silent partner, informed me that we lived in “Hurricane Alley” and predicted that any day now a “killer” hurricane could churn up out of the Gulf to wreak incredible devastation. I was thrilled at this prospect and soon wrote off to the National Geographic Society for an official Hurricane Watch kit that included a special map of hurricane patterns and a preparation guide, plus membership card and a pair of special yellow binoculars bearing the logo of the NGS. A few impressive storms did boil out of the Gulf during the three years we lived across the street from the state beach, bringing curtains of rain and wind and lightning but disappointingly no named hurricanes that I could later declare that I not only witnessed but somehow survived. That distinction would come half a century later when Hurricane Katrina wiped away that whole section of the coast and probably our old house with it. Still, my earliest memory of life save for those evening shell hunts with my

pregnant mother was the sound of quiet Sunday morning rain dripping from the eaves of our house as I sat in a cardboard moving box on its broad front porch leafing through illustrated adventure books I could almost read. My mother lost her baby the same week my father lost his newspaper owing to a partner who favored fancy linen suits and cleaned out the paper’s bank accounts before running off to Mexico or Cuba after his Kiwanis luncheon with the shapely cigarette girl from a downtown hotel. We wound up for eighteen months living by Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, where the weather either seemed blazingly hot and sunny or moodily cool and rainy. I learned to swim in the little lagoon by the bridge to Wrightsville Beach on a rainy Sunday after church, dog paddling about while a sudden shower freckled the still surface of the water. I also learned to ride a bicycle that year, 1958, pedaling shakily along the oyster-shelled foot paths of Airlie Gardens and the paved sidewalks around Greenfield Lake, my tires singing on the wet pavement. After my mother’s second miscarriage, we spent a strangely magical year living in Florence, South Carolina, where my father worked at the newspaper and my mother was nursed back to health by a kind and wonderful black woman named Jesse May Richardson, who looked after my brother and me during the week and always checked in on us after her own church services on Sunday. Jesse May taught my mother about garden plants and how to cook “real” Southern food, and me to feet dance by lifting me up by my skinny white-boy arms and lowering me onto her own sensible shoes, shimmying us around the floor while dinner cooked on the stove and gospel music played from her transistor radio sitting in the kitchen window. It was Miss Jesse May who first informed me that rain is holy, the Lord’s way of making the world grow and prosper, so never complain about a rainy day, one of many things she told me — often quite bossily at times — including that no civilized child ever removes his shoes in a public place, certainly not a grocery store, no matter how hot the day outside happens to be or how cool the tiled floor underfoot. It rained the Sunday we went to see Miss Jesse May in the colored wing of the Florence Memorial Hospital. My parents refused to tell my brother and me what was wrong with her. We came straight from church. It was midwinter, gray and misty. My mother took her bright spring flowers from the florist shop near the newspaper, and she seemed pleased we’d come. Her funeral a week later was held at a Baptist Church, on a bright sunny day. I believe that was Saturday. On Sunday it rained. My mother said that was

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just Miss Jesse May watering our garden. Within weeks, we moved home to Greensboro, where I joined Miss Chamberlain’s second grade class at Braxton Craven Elementary. That week we were asked to bring a poem to class and read it aloud. I chose Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Rain,” a simple ditty lodged in my head to this day. The rain is raining all around, It falls on field and trees, It rains on the umbrellas here, And on the ships at sea. His message seems clear. Rain feeds the Earth and oceans and connects us all to each other. But Miss Jesse May was right, too. Rain is holy, perhaps the holiest of waters, blessed by a much higher authority than a mere priest in robes, the farmer’s best friend, the poet’s perfect metaphor. Why else is water mentioned just thirty-nine words into the Book of Genesis, even before the Almighty made light to separate the day from night, even before He made land and stars, the beasts of the field, the birds of the sky and man. We bathe in water, we baptize new life with it; rainwater washes away dust, cleanses city windows and the windows of the soul; makes the world green and forever new. In Judaic, Moslem and even some Christian beliefs, Sunday is considered the first day of the week. In broader Christianity, however, it is the Lord’s Day of rest, a final day of the week, Sabbathday: meant to be honored by doing little more than resting and making prayers of Thanksgiving. The name “Sunday” derives from pre-Christian Hellenic astrology and was considered to be the “Day of the Sun” celebrated by ancient Romans, a pagan symbol of light eventually adopted by emerging Christian culture. For this reason, many early

Christian churches were constructed so worshippers faced East, the direction of the rising sun. In 312, after Christ reportedly appeared to him in a dream the night before a battle against his leading rival, Rome’s Emperor Constantine officially legalized Christianity and, legend holds, converted to the new religion himself. Nine years later he decreed the Day of the Sun to be a day of rest for everyone, extending a lone exemption to gardening types. “Persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.” Seventeen centuries later, any self-respecting weekend gardener fully grasps the Emperor’s logic on the matter, which explains why on rainy Sunday mornings, lest the bounty of heaven be lost, I’m prone to skip church in favor of getting gloriously wet and dirty in my garden. Besides, as the Dorothy Frances Gurney ditty that stood on a standard in my mother’s voluptuous peonies for decades sagely reminded, one is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on the Earth. I take that fully to heart, aiming to wring every earthly pleasure possible out of a long rainy Sunday. Following garden work and a nice hot shower comes a guilt-free nap, time with a good book or an old movie, an evening walk with wife and dogs and an early supper — in short, the perfect way to start, or conclude, a busy week. If one happens to drift off to sleep with the sound of soft rain purling in the gutters the way it did in those far-away years on a porch, with the faintest rumble of distant thunder hinting at hurricanes that never quite arrive, all the better. Such is a true bounty of Heaven. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at

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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 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



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



$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

Gorgeous award winning custom home with lovely curb appeal and high end finishes provides the backdrop for Pinewild CC living. Stunning formal dining room and living room feature tigerwood floors. Beautiful granite enhances the gourmet kitchen with a center island and great flow for the cook. Adjacent family room with a cozy fireplace will be the center for informal gatherings. Master bedroom retreat offers space for relaxing and a custom designed his/hers bathroom with a large shower accessible from both sides. A large tiled porch with EZ breeze window system is accessible from family room, living room and master bedroom. Large studio/office and two small bedrooms complete this one of a kind residence.

3 BR / 2.5 BA

This oasis is located in the gated community of Woodlake. Close proximity to Fort Bragg, RDU and a straight drive to shopping and dining in Southern Pines, Pinehurst and Aberdeen. This home constructed by Daniel Adams, offers unobstructed views from the marina side. The main level features open living and kitchen spaces to gather, with two bedrooms and baths and a main level master suite. Upstairs features a bonus room and second master suite. Access the deck from the upstairs master to enjoy the sun rising and setting on this brick beauty. This is a beautiful lakefront home offering both a dock and a beach area. The landscaping is extensive and impressive! 4 BR / 3 BA GreenbriarCC Drive Longleaf $329,000 $890,000 1176

60 Glasgow Drive $449,000 Pinehurst $239,000 CCNC Pinehurst $75,000 Pinehurst Custom Built Villa Overlooking Water Custom built all brick golf-front home Covered porch & large fenced lot Updated Immaculate Golf View Condo 4 BR / 4PINEHURST Full & 2 Half Baths 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA PINEHURST 1 BR / 1 BA $355,000 PINEHURST $329,000

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$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 Gorgeous golf front home with upscale features. Soaring window walls overlook an expansive patio and the 18th hole of the Magnolia Course to the the 2nd hole of the Holly Course in Pinewild. Beautiful gourmet kitchen with top end appliances. There is a huge master suite with walk- in closets. Upstairs offers a loft with two large bedrooms. Chateau curb appeal is outstanding. 4 BR / 3.5 BA 32 McMichael Drive


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PinePitch Spinning the Wheel

On Saturday, May 14, there’s an opportunity to go behind the scenes at twelve of Seagrove’s finest potteries from 12:30 to 5:30pm. You’ll find a mix of craftspeople whose families have been potting in the area for generations and those who have come from all over the world for the clay. Visit their studios, see the potters at work and enjoy refreshments. At the North Carolina Pottery Center you can turn a wheel and create a pottery piece. Tickets are $100 for patrons and $35 for individuals. Children under 12 are free, with a $10 charge for “hands-on” participation. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit or call (910) 948-4324.

The Color of Courage

Approximately 180,000 African Americans, comprising 163 units, served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. At the Sunrise Theater on Friday, May 20, acclaimed storytellers and actors Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly will bring to life a fraction of the untold stories of a few of these unsung heroes, whose glory and honor have remained unspoken for entirely too long. With its powerfully poetic embodiment of these rare stories, framed by a multi-media presentation, this experience promises to leave you breathlessly enlightened — and ultimately encouraged. The performance was described by Deborah Mintz as “a theatrical tour de force.” Don’t miss this. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for groups of ten or more. The Sunrise Theater, 250 North West Broad Street. For tickets and more information call (910) 692-8501 or visit

Memories Are Made of This

They say if you remember Woodstock you weren’t there. Clear your head and dance down to the Pinestock Music Festival on Saturday, May 7, from 4—8 p.m. This will be a memorable occasion. Hear performances by local bands and headliner Zach Person, American Idol Standout in 2016 and student of Baxter Clement. There’ll be face painting and games for kids and lots of good food and drink. If you’ll need a break from dancing, bring a chair. Corner of New York Avenue and Bennett Street, downtown Southern Pines. Sponsored by The Mosquito Authority. For more information call (910) 692-0777.

All Creatures Great and Small

Pets are members of our families. If you’d like to give thanks for the special animals in your life, you might like to attend the annual Blessing of the Animals, an animal blessing ceremony and healing prayer. The service is held outside at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. The whole family — that means pets too, of course — is welcome. The Good Shepherd Pet Crematory and Cemetery, 5198 NC Highway 211, West End. For more information, call (910) 673-2200 or visit www.


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A Taste of Spring

On Saturday, May 14, take a tour of our local farms with Green Fields Sandhills, Sandhills Farm To Table (SF2T), and NC Cooperative Extension and see where your food comes from. Even better, eat while you tour. Each farm will feature a delectable taste of the season, created by some of the Sandhills’ most notable restaurants and chefs. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour by the farmer and talk about the current state of food and farming with local experts. And there will be prizes and drawings throughout the day. The tour begins at the Downtown Southern Pines Farmers Market at 11:30 a.m. After the market, tour vans head out to the farms at 12 p.m., returning to the Downtown Park around 4:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple; current SF2T members receive a 50% discount. Available at, or call Paige at (910) 638-8263 for more information.

Streets of Antiques

Need a Victorian quilt? A 1950s gas station sign? A turn of the century plough? Trip over to Cameron on Saturday, May 7, for the spring antiques fair. The streets will be lined with hundreds of vendors with antiques and collectibles of every kind, from furniture to knick knacks. Really good food too. You’ll be amazed and delighted at what you’ll find. Downtown Cameron. For more information call (910) 245-3055 or (910) 245-3020.

Munky Business

Alvin and the Chipmunks will be taking a Road Chip on the evening of Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. Bring the whole family along with them at the Downtown Park for this month’s Movie in the Pines. Don’t forget a blanket or chair to sit on for the ride. Downtown Park, 145 South East Broad Street, Southern Pines. Rain date: May 27. For more information, call Emma Griffin at (910) 692-7376.

Triple Crown

Saturday, May 21, sees the Pinehurst International 2016 Triathlon, part of the AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series. The race begins at 8 a.m. Participants will swim 1500 meters in Lake Pinehurst, complete a 30-mile bike ride and a 10k. Even being a spectator sounds tiring. Pinehurst Marina, 1 Denchilo Lane, Pinehurst. Registration is $85, places are limited. Register by May 6 to ensure a race shirt, or by May 18 at the latest. For more information visit

A Vintage Party

Do you ever wander round the grounds at Weymouth and imagine all the wonderful parties that must have taken place there? On Saturday, May 21, you shall go to the ball – it’s the evening of the Heritage Affair. So clean your dinner jacket, dust off your diamonds and draw up in your carriage at 6:30 p.m. There’ll be a silent auction, live music, a live art installation by Patrick Shanahan, an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a culinary action station. Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, 555 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Tickets are $80 for Weymouth members and $90 for non-members. For tickets and more information, visit or call (910) 692-6261.

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JOHN HART REDEMPTION ROAD A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen. This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.


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Sharpened Pencils and Cigarettes in Coffee Is tax time over yet?

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plain about getting our information in order for our income taxes, which are frequently prepared by someone else.

Let’s talk about that someone else on the other side of the desk: the Tax Preparer. He or she is a whiz with numbers. They have to be. A friend tells me her husband, a friendly TP, has all his pencils meticulously sharpened by December. He gets postcards to send to his clients and studies all the new information about tax regulations and shares it with them. He is a golfer by morning and visits clients in the afternoons. In other words, he makes house calls, going to his clients rather than having them come to him. This paragon of mathematics is Howard Schubert. He is also a Hokie, trained at Virginia Tech to do things right. He likes everything about his work except when someone calls him on the night of April 14 and begs him to get their taxes done by the deadline. I am not mathematically inclined. I put down all the donations and other items to be considered for my tax return. I doggedly type the information, but it takes me hours to get the columns straight before I mail them to my TP. When my younger daughter was at Chapel Hill some years ago, she came home one weekend. The next day at breakfast she told me she was going to flunk accounting. “Have you ever flunked anything?” I asked her, a good student, and she said no. I told her accountants have different personalities from us, try to get a D and go on. She did. I also told her about a friend who had three children the ages of mine. She was a smoker and also a big coffee drinker. Her husband, an accountant, told me the most obnoxious thing she did was leave a coffee cup with a stub swimming in it on the bathroom counter. He was meticulous, also. Aren’t we thankful for the different personalities who do for us the things we do not want to do for ourselves? PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2016


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From the archives

Mother Love

“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.” — Toni Morrison, Beloved Sunday, May 8 is Mothers’ Day. Here at PineStraw Magazine we wanted to celebrate the eternal mystery of motherhood. We found ourselves drawn to the Tufts Archives, where these photographs of the great golf families of Pinehurst and Southern Pines touch a tender chord. The babies and children in the photographs may have long since grown, but to their mothers — and in these pictures; brief, monumental snippets of captured time — that don’t mean a thing. Mrs. Reed with sons Verwner and Peter

Mrs. Samuel Allen and niece Emily Meyers

Mrs. James Walker Tufts II with son John Frederick

Mrs. Donald Ross and daughter Lillian Mrs. H.C. Buckminster with sons Harold and Bradley

Peggy Kirk Bell with daughter Bonnie and visitor Babe Zaharias

Verdyn Shaw (Andrews) with daughters Louise and Pat

Lillian (Ross) Pipitt with daughters Janet and Susan

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Our Greatest Story A classic is reborn

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Shelby Foote neared the conclusion of his epic threevolume The Civil War: A Narrative, he was faced with the necessity of transporting his readers as well as the subjects of his history, the Civil War veterans, from Reconstruction into the mid-twentieth century. He’d already produced nearly 1.4 million words (all of them written with a dip pen on unruled paper) so it was imperative that he create a transitional passage that was factual, succinct and visual. What he wrote was one of the finest sentences in American English: “Once a year at least — aside, that is, from regimental banquets and mass reunions, attended more and more sparsely by middle-aged, then old, then incredibly ancient men who dwindled finally to a handful of octogenarian drummer boys, still whiskered for the most part in a clean-shaven world that had long since passed them by — these survivors got together to honor their dead.”

What’s remarkable about the above sentence is it’s not remarkable in the context of the narrative. It doesn’t draw particular attention to its epigram-

matic, informational, and transitional excellence. What it does is emphasize a simple truth: Shelby Foote was incapable of writing a bad sentence. The final volume of The Civil War was published in 1974, and the trilogy has sold briskly ever since, with a surge in sales during the airing of Ken Burns’ 1990 documentary The Civil War, in which Foote made ninety appearances. The resulting book sales made Foote a millionaire. So what’s new with a publication that’s been sitting on bookstore shelves for over forty years? The Modern Library has made available a new hardback edition, a boxed set, of Foote’s masterwork that includes a ninety-page booklet of criticism and biography, American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote, and his classic The Civil War: A Narrative, edited by Jon Meacham. The small book focuses on Foote’s life as a writer and on the strengths and weaknesses of the trilogy, with a smattering of the correspondence between Foote and his lifelong friend novelist Walker Percy thrown in for good measure (the entirety of their surviving letters is collected in The Correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy, edited by Jay Tolson). Reading the ten essays in American Homer requires that readers take a fresh look at Foote’s masterwork, its origins, literary idiosyncrasy, and compositional strategies. Since Foote considered himself first and foremost a novelist who just happened to be writing a definitive history of the central event in the American experience, there has always existed a tinge of envy on the part of academically trained historians. Foote did not include footnotes or an index with his work, thus thumbing his nose at academics, and in “History and Memory,” Gordon-Reed quotes historian Gary Gallagher’s payback: “his [Foote’s] research did not approach what would be considered an acceptable standard among contemporary scholars, who typically spend a great deal of time combing through unpublished manuscripts.” GordonReed concludes that The Civil War is a good account “of the politics of war, but not at all a good account of the social and cultural forces surrounding the conflagration . . .”

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Foote is also taken to task for his admiration for Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was no doubt complicit in the massacre of black troops at Fort Pillow and would later serve as Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Moreover, Gordon-Reed maintains that Foote failed to demonstrate a humane understanding of the plight of freed blacks after Appomattox, implying that they weren’t ready for emancipation and that the former slaves themselves were the problem. In “Foote and the Problem of Race,” Michael Eric Dyson notes that Foote overcame his “ignorance” of black culture but “forgave himself his aversion to the black bourgeoisie because they did little more than imitate white folk.” These well-worn criticisms notwithstanding, readers who read the trilogy years ago might want to reread Foote’s masterpiece with an eye to appreciating anew the depth and breadth of his achievement. Not only did Foote produce a history that has remained pivotal to our popular understanding of the war, he achieved a level of excellence in storytelling that has remained unsurpassed, setting the bar high for most of the popular histories that were to follow. Stephen Ambrose, Dee Brown, Barbara Tuchman, Bernard Bailyn, David McCullough, James M. McPherson, David Hackett Fischer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and many other historians and writers of popular histories are, in varying degrees, indebted to Foote. If revisiting The Civil War strikes readers as a guilty pleasure that distracts from the avalanche of fresh literary enticements that descend upon us daily, consult Christopher B. Nelson’s essay “Hello, Old Friend, Time to Read You Again,” which was published in The Wall Street Journal on December 15, 2015 (the essay is available online). Nelson notes that “familiar books reveal more about themselves when we attend to them anew . . . Indeed, a good book is very much like a mirror: The glass is the same year after year, but the reflection in it changes over time.” Serious readers who are approaching The Civil War for the first time are likely to find themselves enthralled by Foote’s narrative powers and enchanted by his meticulous prose. As Don Graham, chairman of the board of The Washington Post, observes in American Homer: “Enter this book at your peril. Foote took twenty years writing it. To read it takes weeks or months; bestsellers will pile up on your table as you toil through obscure battlefields in Arkansas or Florida. But you may finish it feeling that for all its obvious faults, this is the greatest telling of our greatest story, perhaps the single best work of American history. PS Stephen Smith is a poet and fiction writer who is a longtime contributor to the magazine.


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May Books By Kimberly Daniels Taws


are a thief. They slip up behind you when you least expect it, their cold hands pressed against your face, suffocating. They blow icy-cold air even on the hottest days, and pinch you awake in the middle of the night. My grandfather had once told me that memories were like a faucet you could turn on or off at will, and that after I got to be as old as he was, I’d have figured out how it works. Maybe I just wasn’t old enough, because my memories always had a way of getting stuck in the on position, flooding my mind with images and snatches of conversations I’d rather not relive.” From Flight Patterns, by Karen White

An expert in antique china, Georgia Chambers is hired by James Graf to identify and appraise his grandmother’s set of obscure Limoges china, adorned with an elegant pattern of honeybees. Believing that she has seen a similar piece at her own childhood home, where her elderly grandfather still tends his bee hives, Georgia makes the difficult decision to return to her estranged family to investigate. She is accompanied by James; they become companions, yet each is stifled by hurts from the past, making them fearful of the attraction they feel toward one another. Living far away in New Orleans and engrossed in her job, Georgia believes she has escaped her past wounds and bottled-up memories. In returning home she must confront her past in intense interactions with her sister Maisy and her mother Birdie, characters whose earlier lives also have entrapped them. Only when the captivating mystery of the Limoges china untangles through the revelation of a series of family secrets do the characters begin to let go of what has damaged them. Only then can they begin to change. New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen White will be talking about Flight Patterns at The Country Bookshop on May 29 at 2pm.

Redemption Road, by John Hart North Carolina native and Edgar Allan Poe Award winner John Hart, author of King Of Lies and Down River, returns with a masterful literary thriller that weaves together multiple plot lines of a town on the brink, a good cop who has been wrongfully jailed, a boy wanting to avenge his mothers murder and a troubled detective confronting her past. Hart is at his best with Redemption Road. He will be at The Country Bookshop at 5pm on May 7. The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth Church Women have been known to make decisions based on a man’s wants rather than their own. Meridian is no exception as she abandons her academic studies to marry a physicist working in Los Alamos, New Mexico on the Manhattan Project. Adaptation is something the smartest do best and this book follows Meridian as she learns how to adapt and then make even more adaptations to her wants and needs. Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman Britt-Marie is a fuss-budget who likes everything clean and just so. She ends up with a job at a rec center where she must deal with rats and soccer playing children, and finds that sometimes you need to live for yourself and not always for someone else. This is a wonderful story sure to please readers of A Man Called Ove. After the Fire, by Lauren Belfer A woman discovers an unheard of cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach in her uncle’s home after he dies. She decides to learn more about this history. This is a revealing book about the injustice toward Jews in 1700’s Germany, and also has much about the beautiful music of Bach. Fans of A Fierce Radiance will love this book. Over the Plain Houses, by Julia Franks The story of a logger-turned-preacher, his wife and son in the backwoods of the North Carolina Mountains. After the son receives a scholarship to a school in Asheville, Irenie’s husband’s zealous behavior turns towards her, and she must find a way out. Dinner with Edward, by Isabel Vincent The wonderful story of how Edward, a 93 year old widower, and Isabel, a 30-something woman and friend of Edward’s daughter, forge a friendship over dinners at his home and save each other during the dark times of their lives. Over sublime roast chicken or the perfect martini, Edward imparts his cooking knowledge along with wisdom learned over his lifetime.

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS — By Angie Tally Brave Like Me, by Barbara Kerle. When a family member is serving our country far from home, everyone in their family has to be brave, including — and sometimes especially — the kids. With striking National Geographic photos depicting multiple perspectives and multiple branches of the military, this story tells one universal tale. A tale of worry and happiness; of fear and hope; of strength and patience; bravery and triumph. An afterword looks further at the meaning of bravery and offers resources for helping kids deal with transition, deployment, and separation. Ages 3-10. Just My Luck, by Cammie McGovern. When you’re in fourth grade sometimes it feels like you are bad at everything that seems to come easily to almost everyone else — bike riding, spelling, multiplication, making friends. But sometimes it is those who struggle the most who are the most compassionate and helpful to others encountering rough patches. Fans of Wonder, Counting By 7s, The Thing About Jellyfish and Rules will love Just My Luck. Ages 10-14. The Square Root Of Summer, by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. When you are a teenager the world is complicated enough, but for Gottie H. Oppenheimer the universe is complicated further by the fact that time has become wonky. She keeps falling into wormholes taking her back to before her beloved bookseller Grandfather “Grey” died, back to the summer of first love and forward to her current summer, with her oldest and best friend making a sudden appearance. Somewhat of an Outlander for teens, this serious-fun novel is sprinkled with both complicated teenage quandaries and complex physics postulates. Ages 14 and up. Devil And The Bluebird, by Jennifer Mason-Black. Seventeen-year-old musician Blue Riley has made a deal with the devil, a red-dress-wearing, brimstonescented character whom she meets late one evening on a lonely dirt road. The deal? Blue will trade her soul to find her sister, missing for more than a year. Confidently willing to make the trade, Blue is surprised to learn the devil has a few tricks up her sleeve, as she must also sacrifice her voice and meet some more of the devil’s “creative” concessions as she travels with her guitar, her keepsake bag, memories of her fractured family and her magic boots. At once funny, clever and poignant, this thought-provoking coming-of-age story is a great summer read. Ages 14 and up. PS


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Life on the Line Hanging the wash outside to dry is as natural — and healthy — as a nice breeze in May

By Serena Brown

Like generations of American

immigrants before me, I have brought my own customs to the land of the free. I talk funny, I eat strange foods and quite often I struggle to be understood.

Here’s a practice that’s travelled with me over the pond and into our yard in our small Southern town. Evidence points to the fact that once upon a time this now-unfamiliar household tradition took place here too. I see remnants of it having happened behind farmhouses and homesteads and across the gardens of houses in town. It’s frowned upon in Whispering Pines — I carried on regardless when we lived there — and hearsay suggests it’s not allowed in Pinehurst. I hang our laundry out to dry. On a washing line. I know. Incredible. I even have a clotheshorse for the fiddly items like baby socks and underwear. They all go outside, even in the pollen months — the dust shakes off — and they come back in dry and smelling heavenly. That smell is what detergent manufacturers are trying to replicate when they fill their products with chemical flavours and give them names like “spring flurry” or “floral meadow.” It’s not the same. Those scents smell synthetic; they get into the nostrils and they linger from wash to wash. It doesn’t seem good for us. Here’s a suggestion: Buy or borrow some unscented laundry detergent. Wash something with it, it really doesn’t matter what. Hang said item outside to dry. Once the wind and the sun have done their work, go out and stick your nose into the crisp folds of the fabric. There. That’s the smell that no chemical can reproduce. Try it on a freshly made bed, there’s no more simple luxury. Now there’s no need for bleach either — a boon to the environment, which is already thanking you for reducing your electricity usage. The North Carolina sun takes care of stains admirably. Yes, it takes care of darker shades too, but it’s certainly no worse than the dryer. Clothes can always be hung up indoors. That’s surely what the laundry room is

for, right? We haven’t got anything as smart as a utility room at our little house, so we sidestep round the clotheshorse during inclement weather. I still haven’t recovered from the shock of discovering that there are places in the States where hanging out laundry to dry is outlawed. What?! Why? And when did this come in to play? Tumble dryers haven’t been around for all that long. It seems the answer to why is aesthetics and snobbery. It seems there are some people who think that washing lines are unattractive. Worse, there are others whose concern is that they imply poverty. That makes me sad. As for aesthetics, firstly, there are few things more romantic-looking than freshly washed whites blowing in the afternoon breeze. Ask any European film auteur. Or what could be more adorable than a line-up of baby clothes, or the dog toys swaying in the sun suspended by their ears and care labels (“Line Dry”). Furthermore, Venice is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the Venetians string their laundry from window to window across the canals. They don’t seem to find it spoils their exquisite views. As for snobbery, it seems there’s some assumption that it’s somehow infra dig to hang out your washing to dry. Why? Are people concerned that others might think they can’t afford a dryer? What does it matter if they can’t? Let’s try to choose our friends for their personalities, not their appliances. Let’s not care what someone with that attitude thinks. I’ll add that in Europe you’ll find washing on the line and socks hanging over the stove — and the radiators — in the very grandest of houses. Tumble dryers use up a lot of power, and that’s a terrible waste of money when you’ve got old master paintings and acres of roof to maintain. So take advantage of May, the last month before we’re plunged into our steam cooker summer, and let it all hang out. You’ll get ten minutes of fresh air and exercise, hear the birds, chat with a neighbour. And if that neighbour takes exception to your sheets billowing in the spring sunshine, just remind them that it’s the dirty laundry one doesn’t air in public. PS Serena Brown, PineStraw’s oh-so British Senior Editor, is no domestic goddess.

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By Bill Fields

Kids in Southern Pines

during the 1960s and 1970s didn’t lack for open space, but if the yards — back or school — ever felt too small, we always had the Campbell House grounds.

Children today don’t play outside as much we did, thanks to all the digital diversions tethering them indoors. And when they leave their houses, many of their games are organized, fouls and foul balls determined by adults instead of fifth-graders getting an early education in persuasive discourse. For us, it wasn’t about if we were going to play, but where. And the Campbell House had a lot going for it. For starters, there were no clotheslines or cars to get in the way. We didn’t have to worry about turning an ankle going over the curb for a catch. No overhanging limbs lay in wait to spoil a triple to right or deep pass to an imaginary end zone. Kites had room to fly, the only limitation the strength of the wind and the skill of the person holding the string. Once golf joined our menu of sports, the fear of breaking a window or cracking a shingle with a skull-slice was gone. Playing football or baseball at the Campbell House was an ego check. Folks from other neighborhoods converged there, too, to remind us even before junior-high tryouts that the talent pool on our street wasn’t as deep as we thought. The relative vastness of the space meant a punt that seemed pretty good in the yard was a quite poor Ray Guy imitation on a legitimate-length field. The Campbell House was a great place to prepare each fall for Punt, Pass & Kick. I’d space out a few pine cones as a makeshift target line to practice for the chalk stripe in the competition at Memorial Field. As we got older, some kids would retreat to the Campbell House to smoke something, but I was only interested in smoking golf shots. After get-

ting a taste of the game by putting (inside) and chipping (outside, usually) at our house, my love for the game accelerated several blocks away where there was room for full shots, as many as I wanted to hit. I carried my golf balls in a paper sack at first, later replaced by a real shag bag. Although wearing a sweatshirt instead of an alpaca sweater, I felt like a tour pro when I got that bag even though it contained weathered Maxflis and cut Dots instead of shiny Titleist K2s. I got very good at flicking balls off a wedge and into the bag instead of picking them up by hand. Many years later, my golf isn’t so good, but I can still bounce a ball off a wedge a couple of dozen times. One weekend morning in the spring, I crossed from one side of the estate to the other and before me were a dozen or more balls. I was giddily scooping them up until I heard an angry shout from the chute in the southwest corner of the property. Those balls belonged to a man I hadn’t noticed. I skulked away, embarrassed but not guilty of golf ball-larceny. Many of my moments at the Campbell House were solitary, the room to think as valuable as that — if you were accurate and going kitty-corner — in which to hit a 140-yard 7-iron. That said, it was also where I met someone who became a wonderful friend and mentor. During the summer of 1973, when I was 14, I went to the Campbell House for free golf lessons from the recreation department. The volunteer instructor was Michael Dann, a twentysomething staff writer for Golf World and a good player. Most of the others who showed up were raw beginners. I yanked the club inside and my knees danced around too much, but I could strike the ball decently. Mike and I hit it off, starting a four-decade friendship that lasted until his death two years ago at 65. I had lots of good days on that greensward, but that was the best. PS Southern Pines native Bill Fields, a longtime editor at Golf magazine, never lived on Connecticut Avenue but has lived in the actual Connecticut for a long time.

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In Praise of Pinot The gin and tonic of the wine world

By Robyn James

Pinot grigio, a long-standing staple in

both on- and off-premises wine sales, continues to grow in popularity. Italy lays claim to the real deal, pinot grigio being its most widely planted white grape. Some sommeliers have looked down their nose at this “porch pounder,” but the numbers don’t lie: 31 percent of all wine consumed in the U.S. is imported from outside the country, and the majority of that is Italian pinot grigio. Americans love the crisp, unoaked, refreshing dryness and minerality of Italian pinot grigio. Pinot grigio — long thought to be a white mutation of the red pinot noir — has a grayish-blue skin color. The French translation for the word “pinot” is pine cone (so we have to love it here in the Sandhills) because the grapes form a cluster similar to the form of a pine cone. Grigio translates as “gray,” so there we have pinot grigio, a gray pine cone. It hails from many different locations in northern Italy: Umbria, EmiliaRomagna, Friuli and Abruzzo, with the best examples from Trentino Alto Adige. Banfi has the honor of producing the only pinot grigio from Tuscany. Generally American consumers do not want to spend more than $10 on a bottle of pinot grigio, but Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, from Alto Adige, weighing in at $20-$30 retail, is still the most popular pinot grigio in American restaurants. The winemakers forego malolactic fermentation (a process that produces buttery chardonnay) and oak aging, which is also an expensive addition. These exclusions keep the price lower. Great Italian pinot grigio is typically lighter-bodied, crisp and fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas and a touch of spice. During the hot-

ter summer months in the U.S., this is the gin and tonic of the wine world, absolutely refreshing. J. Hofstatter Winery, located in the Alto Adige region, represents the Opus One of Italian pinot grigio. The Hofstatter estate is family owned, farming 120 acres of grapes. Their pinot grigio is gorgeous, selling for around $22. It has been described thus by Wine & Spirits Magazine: “This silken pinot grigio has enough spiciness to bring gewürztraminer to mind. It’s just fat enough to glide along the palate, and light enough to feel weightless. The perfume of the grape skins lasts in the finish, providing an edge for pan-roasted sole.” Cantina Zaccagnini in Abruzzo makes a fabulous pinot grigio for around $16 a bottle. This family has an endearing tradition of roping a tiny piece of dry grapevine, called “tralcetto,” to each bottle of their pinot grigio and their red montepulciano. Wine Enthusiast describes their signature white as “Light golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, spiced apple, lime curd, and lemon poppy-seed muffin with a silky, crisp, fruity light to medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish imparting notes of lemon spritzed melon and orange blossom honey. A delicious, vibrant, textbook example of Italian pinot grigio.” Lastly, La Fiera Pinot Grigio, the bastion of great value, is grown and vinted in Venice, a region whose emphasis is on white wines. At only about $8 a bottle, it’s a bargain. Described as “a delightfully fresh and crisp wine. It is both floral and fruity, expressing ripe peach and apple flavors with a subtle mineral finish.” PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at

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Cachaça Acquaint yourself with the national spirit of Brazil, and the ideal warm-weather drink — the caipirinha

By Tony Cross

May is by far

my favorite month of the year. I get out of my winter funk and come alive. Each day is invigorating, and as the weeks grow warmer, I become inspired by the beauty that Southern Pines emanates. Even the pollen film on Broad Street puts me in a better mood. It might not do it for you, but for me, it gets my creative juices flowing. It’s hard not to be influenced by my surroundings.

I enjoy a range of beverages this time of the year: fruity and bitter IPAs, crisp stainless steel chardonnays, and many different cocktails using fresh herbs and fruit from the garden. I have a plethora of topics and directions that I want to share with you this month, but I’ve narrowed it down to cachaça. And more specifically, the caipirinha. Indigenous only to Brazil, cachaça (kah-shah-sah) is made from fresh sugarcane juice, which is then distilled. Vegetal and grassy on the palate, cachaça is quite similar at first taste to a Blanco tequila. Cachaça producers age their spirits in many types of Brazilian woods or oak; this is where the small nuances of flavors come from. Even unaged cachaça spends a little time in a barrel, and by law, all cachaça must contain 38-54 percent alcohol. Large producers can ferment this slightly sweet and clean spirit within an hour. They’re able to do this by using sulfuric acid or corn powder, which will drastically shorten the fermentation time. Small batch producers, however, take as long as twenty-four hours to ensure the best flavors possible; they’ll carefully cut their sugarcane by hand, just pressing it once, unlike the big factories, who squeeze out every last drop of juice, only to repeat the process again. It’s easy to compare cachaça with rum, but the two are quite different. Rum, usually distilled from molasses, can be made anywhere in the world, and usually has a spicy forwardness to it. Rhum agricole (Agricultural rum), on the other hand, is made from fresh sugarcane, but still has a different

taste profile. Cachaça is much cleaner on the palate. This brings us to the caipirinha. Pronounced kai-pur-EENya, it’s often labeled as “Brazil’s answer to the mojito.” I’ve never really liked that phrase. I think a caipirinha trumps a mojito any day, I don’t care how good you can make one. To me, I would say that they are more reminiscent of a margarita: spirit, lime and sweetener. It’s the national drink of Brazil, with cachaça being the third most popular spirit in the world. Caipirinhas are easy to make, easier to drink, and the perfect companion to any spring and summer afternoon in the Pines. Fortunately for us, our local ABC will order Leblon cachaça if we ask them. I’ve put the ABC code in the recipe overleaf. All you’ll need for this classic are four ingredients: cachaça, lime, sugar, and ice. You’ll be building this cocktail; this basically means that you’ll be putting it together in the glass that it’s intended to be imbibed from. A rocks glass or a double rocks glass will do. First, take a beautiful (organic if possible) lime and cut the sides off. Then cut the lime in half lengthwise, quartering it and making sure to remove the white membrane (it’ll make your drink too bitter). Add the lime to your glass. If the lime you diced is rather large, use 1/2 to 3/4 of it for your drink. Next, add 2 heaping teaspoons of sugar. Granulated sugar is perfectly fine, but feel free to use cane sugar if you’d like. Muddle the sugar into the limes (I use the “Bad Ass” muddler that I purchased from The idea here isn’t to pulverize the lime. You simply want to extract the oils from the lime peel with the sugar, while making juice in the process. Press your muddler on the limes and as you’re pressing, twist the muddler in one downward motion. After that, add 2 ounces of cachaça. You’ll add ice next. I prefer using crushed ice. If you have a food processor, you can fill it up with ice and blend it perfectly in seconds. After adding your ice, you’ll take a bar spoon and stir all of the ingredients, making sure the lime and sugar are not just sitting in the bottom of your glass. That is the classic way to make a caipirinha, but you can switch it up by substituting simple syrup instead of plain sugar. You may even want to put all of your ingredients (sans the crushed ice) into a Boston shaker, adding cubed ice, shaking and pouring everything into your rocks glass. Just be sure to muddle the lime and sugar in the shaker before adding cachaça and ice before shaking. This method is more ideal when using demerara sugar; it’ll be easier to break down the coarse granules when shaking

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rather than stirring. They’re great made either way, but I do prefer the classic method; the sugar doesn’t completely dissolve, which allows the slight roughness of the cachaça to let you know it’s still there. Caipirinhas are on bar menus all across the globe, and cachaça has been used in different types of cocktails too. A few years ago, I put my own spin on a caipirinha, calling it One Way Trigger (recipe below). The next time you’re out of town, check out the bar or restaurant menu; chances are, you’ll see cachaça on the list. Once you’ve had one (or constructed your own, for that matter), you’ll realize that the toughest thing about cachaça and caipirinhas is how to pronounce them.

Caipirinha 1 lime (quartered, with white membrane removed) 2 tsp sugar Muddle lime and sugar in a rocks glass Add 2 oz cachaça (Leblon NC# 63-805) and ice Stir with barspoon

One Way Trigger 1/2 oz thick ginger syrup (see below) 1 lime (quartered, with white membrane removed) 1 (scant) tsp granulated sugar 2 oz pineapple infused cachaça (see below) Muddle lime, sugar, and ginger syrup in a Boston shaker Add cachaça and ice Shake like hell Empty all ingredients into a rocks glass

Pineapple Infused Cachaça Take skins off an organic pineapple Cut flesh off and discard the core Cut into 1x1 inch pieces Add to mason jar and add 750ml cachaça Leave in a cool, dark place Shake lightly once a day for 10 days Strain out pineapple, then strain again with cheesecloth

Ginger Syrup 8 oz diced organic ginger 1 cup (by weight) sugar 6 oz piping hot water Blend all ingredients in a blender Strain through a sieve, and bottle PS Tony Cross is a bartender who runs cocktail catering company Reverie Cocktails. He can also recommend a vitamin supplement for the morning after at Nature’s Own.

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The Laws of Attraction How to draw pollinators to your garden

By Jan Leitschuh

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success of your kitchen garden. You need them and they, in return, could benefit from your thoughtful stewardship. They’re having a tough run of luck these days.

2) Rent a Hive

Bees, and indeed all pollinators, are critical to the

Their role is simple and its effect deeply complex. Bees must work the blossoms of your vegetables and fruits before any produce happens. Poor pollination can lead to poor harvests, misshapen cucumbers, shrunken squash. All other factors being equal, ample presence of working pollinators can double your yields. The list of bee-pollinated crops is mighty: squash, cucumbers, strawberries, okra, blackberries, melons, eggplant, apples, pumpkins, peaches, blueberries, plums, nut trees and pears, to name a few. Tomato blossoms benefit from their agitation too. When you see a pollinator working a flower, that critter is looking for two things: pollen and nectar. Pollen offers a balanced source of protein and fats. Sweet plant nectar is loaded with sugar and is a bee’s main source of energy, and is also used to make honey. There are several ways to encourage bees and other pollinators to work your garden:

1) Keep a Few Hives

Why not? Some gardeners may wish to actually raise domestic bees. Besides supplying lovely products such as raw local honey, propolis, pollen and wax, your bees ensure good pollination to your garden produce and fruit trees. Bees can inspire a passion akin to gardening. As observed by Sherlock Holmes, who retired to a cottage in the country to keep bees, active hives offer fascination for the keenest brain. “Behold the fruit of pensive nights and laborious days, when I watched the little working gangs as once I watched the criminal world of London,” Holmes boasted proudly to a visiting Watson. Clearly, keeping bees takes a little know-how. If you think you might like to explore the possibility, our local beekeepers club is very friendly and most helpful to those new to the hobby. Call Moore Cooperative Extension at (910) 947-3188 for

So you’re not ready to undertake the welfare of your own hive? Follow the example of orchardists and strawberry and watermelon farmers, and see if a beekeeper will rent you a hive. For a fee, a keeper can drop off a hive and maintain it throughout the summer. Who keeps the honey? That’s something you’ll want to inquire about early on if you’re a fan of the liquid gold. Each beekeeper has his or her own arrangements. Again, the Moore County Club can steer you in the right direction. Calvin Perry, current president of the Moore County Beekeepers Association, is one such person who rents hives. Perry, who operates a wholesale equipment business, Midnight Bee Supply, is opening a retail outlet in downtown Vass. His grand opening is May 14, at 120 E. Maple St. If you live a little farther south, Master Beekeeper Jeff Stone at Wagram Apiaries, 1220 N. Main St., Laurinburg, also rents hive to farmers and gardeners.

3) Encourage Pollinators

You don’t need a beekeeper’s suit complete with smoker and headnet, or an 8-frame English garden hive with copper-covered gable top and paintable cypress sides plopped into the middle of your plot, although both are cute. You can encourage pollinators via two methods: attraction and avoidance of bee-toxic materials. And it’s not just honeybees you will attract and protect, but other useful pollinators, including bumblebees, butterflies, certain moths, orchard bees, blueberry bees and more. Every produce gardener loves flowers. Indulge. They are a huge draw to your winged new best friends. The list of bee-attracting plants is large, both annuals and perennials: bee balms, catmints such as “Walkers Low,” cosmos, coneflowers, garden phlox, baptistas, sedums like stonecrop, asters, yarrow, hyssops, ageratum, agastaches, coreposis, blanket flowers, penstemon, heliopsis, sundrops, salvias, sunflowers, black-eyed susans (rudbeckia), pink muhly grass, Mexican sunflowers and more. Use native plants where possible, as bees adapt regionally to what is growing and will seek out familiar blooms first. The herbs in your garden are allies too. In addition to seasoning your salads

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and drawing bees, the blossoms often contain slightly medicinal compounds that may benefit bee health when they bring it back to the hive. Plant plenty of basil, and let some go to flower; the plants will hum with bees. The tiny blue blossoms of rosemary are welcome to bees. Pollinators love dill, as well as the flowers of the carrot and parsley family. The lovely purple blossoms of chives are also beloved. Ditto for fragrant lavenders, some mints, oregano and bronze fennel. Cabbages and collards gone to seed produce tiny yellow blossoms the pollinators adore; if you have the opportunity, delay pulling them and give the bees a treat. Don’t overlook the bee benefits of cover crops gardeners use as green manures to improve soils. Buckwheat is useful to cover bare spots in the garden during the summer, and bees love it. Clovers are pure catnip to pollinators. Honey naturally reflects the plants in season that the bees are working. The sweetest honey we ever harvested from our place was from a cover crop of crimson clover. Clover honey is light, floral, aromatic and gently sweet — in short, delicious! There are also some weeds that are great for attracting pollinators, such as dandelions. I wouldn’t recommend planting dandelions in your vegetable garden (unless you have a yen for the very nutritious leaves and roots), but if you have them in your lawn like I do, they can act as a good bee attractant. Henbit, milkweeds, goldenrods, oxeye daisies, spiderworts, Joe Pye weeds, honeysuckles, wild clovers and Queen Anne’s lace are just a few of the more popular “weeds.” Shrubs that may already be in your landscape can also help draw in these tireless workers. Earmark butterfly bushes, lilacs, oakleaf hydrangeas, abelias, unsprayed roses, clethra, viburnums, ligustrums and even hollies. Trees also lend a hand: red maples, tulip poplars, sourwoods and sumacs are important food sources, even decoratives like redbuds, mimosa, magnolias or crabapple. For landscape ideas, an excellent visit is the Chatham Mills “Pollinator Paradise” garden in Pittsboro, planted by Chatham County Extension agent Debbie Roos, or check out the website www. To learn more about how to attract bees to your landscape, sign up for the July 19 class “All about Honey Bees and Beeswax Candle Making,” given by Ruth and Bob Stolting, at the Ball Visitors Center of Sandhills Community College. Cost is $10 for members of Sandhills Horticultural Society and $15 for non-members. Preregistration is required, and the class is limited to 30. Call (910) 695-3882 to reserve a spot.

4) Create a Safe Haven

The other half of creating a welcoming environment is making it a safe haven. Avoid using chemical pesticides. Pesticides used to kill pests

may also kill off your critical pollinators. And the pests always rebound quicker than the pollinators. You may be unwittingly contributing to bee death. An analysis of supposedly bee-safe backyard plants like daisies, tomatoes and salvia purchased from Home Depot, Lowe’s and other big-box U.S. retailers discovered these plants were contaminated with neonicotinoids. That class of pesticide has been implicated in colony collapse disorder, an affliction that has wiped out 10 million beehives over the past six years in the U.S. “Gardeners may be unwittingly purchasing toxic seedlings and plants attractive to pollinators for bee-friendly gardens, only to poison them in the process,” states the report from the Pesticide Research Institute. Some shrubs are also sprayed with neonicotinoids. It pays to ask. Toxic sprays can also knock bees down, so savvy farmers spray in the evening when bees have returned to the hive. For bees, life among pesticides is further complicated by the fact that nature designed them to be very hairy. When they pick up pollen on their bodies in the course of a day of blossomworking, they will also pick up dusts such as the very bee-toxic Sevin dust. “If you use any pesticides, you really have to read through the whole label,” says beekeeper Perry. “Sevin dust is horrible for them all around. It’s not just a one-time thing; once it’s stored in the hive, it will be in there a long while. The bees are going to carry the nectar and pollen back into the hive, and potentially thousands of bees can be affected from one bee bringing it in.” Perry seconds the urging to spray late in the evenings, “when the bees aren’t flying, even at night if possible. The bees get up pretty early in the morning, so that’s not the best time. I try to stay away from all of it.” Due to the serious nature of pollinator decline, professionals and experts are doing much the same. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has joined thirteen other states in partnering with Field Watch, an online mapping service to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental/unintended pesticide drift, says Roos, the Chatham County Extension agent and pollinator enthusiast. Producers of horticultural and organic crops can map their field location using the Driftwatch program. As a companion program, BeeCheck will allow hive owners to map the locations of beehives. Pesticide applicators can access both databases before treating a field to identify sensitive sites that are close to the spray areas. With bee populations on the decline, now is the time to create a little buzz of your own in the vegetable garden. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and co-founder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

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Out of the Blue

Words to Eat By A veteran foodie’s gentle plea for sanity By Deborah Salomon

Today, the subject is food:

Aha. That got your attention. Food is something I’ve made a living writing about for thirty years. When a “Jeopardy!” category concerns food, I’m on. Just don’t ask for a degree in culinary arts or nutrition. Did fabled Southern granny-cooks earn degrees in culinary arts? Apprentice at Cordon Bleu? Nibble through Provence? Not a chance. They learned by watching. I didn’t even have that. My granny lived far away. My mother avoided the kitchen. She would drive uptown to the S&W rather than stick a chicken in the oven. Her favorite two people in the world were Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines. Thank goodness. I had to learn, from the basics up, all by my lonesome, starting young. Today, food is a force, a mega-industry, a marketing Jolly Green Giant. Nestlé, the world’s largest multinational, posts annual revenue of $100 billion. My beef is when this monster employs entertainment and sleight of hand to suck money out of our pockets, abetted not by chefs but psychologists and chemists, copywriters and MBAs. Against them, I have waged a thirty-year crusade. Have a look, laugh . . . or cry: Beware of Greeks bearing yogurt: Yogurt is a phenomenon, especially thick, rich-tasting Greek, touted for health. Then how come that tiny (4.4 oz) Activia container contains 15 grams of sugar — 3 teaspoons? Instead, sweeten plain yogurt with one spoonful of confectioners sugar, which dissolves easily — or a drizzle of honey, maple or chocolate syrup, jam. Sugar, sugar, everywhere else: Remember the scene in The Godfather when Clemenza stirred a caldron of spaghetti sauce for fellow hoods? He sprinkled in a few grains of sugar, the “secret ingredient” that tames tomato acidity. But a jar of Ragu delivers nearly 3 teaspoons. In every tablespoon of Heinz ketchup lurks a teaspoon of sugar. Even salty Ritz Crackers harbor sugar. Color wars: America marches to red, white, blue and orange, the last associated with Kraft Dinner (later KD, now simply Macaroni & Cheese) since 1937. Remember sticking out your orange tongue after wolfing down a bowl for lunch? In an effort to reduce artificial ingredients, Kraft has eliminated the neon dye. I dearly hope that Maybelline adopts the beloved hue for nail polish or lip gloss. Go forth . . . and multiply: Oreos take the booby prize for permutations, about twenty a year, according to season, holiday, any excuse. And that’s just cookies, not spin-offs like ice cream, crumbs, cereal, cake, pudding, yogurt toppings. The latest: Red Velvet and Cinnamon Bun. The ultimate, introduced recently, courts the diversity market with Oreo (frozen) Churros. What next — Oreo toothpaste? Wake up and smell the obvious: Blue Apron, HelloFresh and other boxed gourmet meals go over well at millennials’ play dates, with the players wearing frayed designer jeans and four-day beards as they whisk, chop and sauté between sips of bone-dry St. Emilion, in SoHo lofts. The inventors usually include uncommon ingredients to assure recipients they are getting something not available locally. Listen, I know where to find fenugreek — lemongrass, too. Daikon and

broccoli rabe are old friends. Besides, if I pay $9-plus for a meal, I want a guy wearing a tall white hat not only to cook it, but clean up afterward. Bee ware: The new buzz words — “simple,” “clean,” “fresh,” “smart” — are undefined, unregulated, unenforceable. “Mad Man” Don Draper would be so proud. Unreality show: Cooking shows give me the willies, all those perfect ingredients prepped by elves, waiting in glass custard cups. The manicured cook in full war paint and pretty apron, oozing confidence, manning dream appliances and guillotine-sharp knives tosses hunks of butter and ultra-virgin olive oil into $100 skillets. No word who washes them. Nor does the recipe ever fail. Get real. The O.J. trial: “Fresh squeezed,” never-from-concentrate orange is America’s juice of choice, in handsome clear plastic carafes. Hmm. Juice brands are dated weeks ahead. The juice is pasteurized (heated) to prevent separation and kill harmful bacteria — which kills some fresh flavor, added back in “flavor packs” made of orange derivatives not listed on the label. This tastes nothing like the juice from oranges squeezed by my ancient electric juicer — the nectar of gods. The reduced-calorie varieties like Trop50 are full-strength juice diluted with water, enhanced with Stevia or other sweeteners. For half the price, I buy frozen concentrate, buzz with water in the blender, pour into a well-washed Tropicana carafe. Tastes great, nobody notices. Tea-totaler: A gallon jug of iced tea costs $2.99. A teabag costs three to five cents. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Drop in four teabags. Steep for a while. Sweeten to taste. Pour strong, warm tea into gallon jug. Fill jug with water. How hard was that? Cross-dressers: Sometimes I want an English muffin. Other times, maple French toast. I NEVER want a Maple French Toast English Muffin. Shame on you, Thomas’s. Much worse: the layer cake pizza: personal-sized pizzas stacked six high, frosted with molten cheese, cut into wedges. Surprise! One asparagus spear equals three calories. Eggs are OK, the powers that be discovered, since saturated fats (meats, butter, whole milk), not cholesterol in yolks, are culprits in heart disease. Eat avocado, kale, almonds, pomegranate, salmon, red wine and dark chocolate every day and you’ll live forever Do the math: The chicken in a 3 oz. 60-cent can of Fancy Feast costs $3 per pound. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts at Harris Teeter meat counter: $1.99 per pound. Pet food manufacturers, to discourage price comparisons, pack kibble in dissimilar weight bags. An easy-read unit price shelf label would help. Let me know if you find one. Never say die: Give SPAM credit. The canned mystery meat that fed GIs through World War II has tried valiantly to keep pace offering turkey, lite, low sodium, spicy et al. to little avail. Could the new SPAM Snacks — dried SPAM bites, a jerky alternative for hikers and astronauts — be the last gasp? Being a food writer has its moments, mostly good. But if things don’t work out, I can always eat my words. You saw that coming, right? PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at

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Memories You Can Taste Remembering the garden foods of boyhood

By Clyde Edgerton

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I can talk about my gardening experiences. Like cutting grass (maybe a bit of a stretch for “gardening”) when I was 14: Shirtless, I walk backward into a lawn hedge and am blanketed with fourteen sudden wasp stings on my back within about five seconds. (I remember those numbers.) That was not funny then, not funny now — to me, anyway. Funny is remembering the neighbor who came driving up in her car a while later. She lived, oh, I don’t know, maybe a half-mile to a mile from us, across some fields. She sticks her head out of the car window and says, “What happened? I heard somebody screaming up here — all the way from my house.” Then, maybe twenty years ago, I decided to grow some tomato plants in my backyard. I planted two; I strolled out to water them every morning. I remember the dew on the vines, the freshness of a new day, my feelings of accomplishment. At about the start of the second week, I noticed that a leaf was looking a little yellow. Something didn’t seem right. Both plants were looking weak. So I put some fertilizer on and around them. They looked no better the next day, so I added more fertilizer. This went on day after day. Surely the fertilizer would get them up and running! If you’re a person who picks up and reads the Kitchen Garden column in PineStraw, no further explanation is necessary. Even more recently, ten years ago perhaps, I decided to grow a patch of corn in the backyard. At this moment, as I write, while remembering that planting, I have a sudden deeper memory, one taking me back to my childhood, before the age of 6 (my age when my mother, father and I moved away from the house with the large garden plot out back). In those early days of childhood, my father would allow me to help him plant our large garden in the spring, and I distinctly remember bending over a row of freshly plowed earth, a paper sack of corn kernels in one hand, and in the other hand three individual kernels. My father would stick the top end of a hoe in the garden row, making a hole twice or three times the size of your big toe. I would drop in the three

kernels, pull three more kernels from the sack, and move on down the row. He would cover the kernels with the hoe end of the hoe, then he’d catch up with me and punch a new hole in the row. And on and on. I remember my grandfather’s garden. He specialized in strawberries, and he plowed with a mule. My father borrowed the mule to plow our garden. One trick my grandfather didn’t know about strawberries is practiced by my friend June White, who lives in Thomasville, Georgia. Some of you know her as the woman who reads a Thanksgiving story on NPR every Thanksgiving — Bailey White is her radio and author name. She has a big garden every year, and when the strawberries start coming in but are still green, she spreads small red painted rocks among the strawberry plants. And then . . . you guessed it: The birds come. Problem solved: The birds stop coming. One of the most spiritual aspects of gardening, of course, is sitting at the table with a tall glass of iced tea, eating fresh vegetables: string beans, corn — on or off the cob, with butter and salt — mashed potatoes not quite mashed all the way so little bits of unmashed pieces are left, butter beans, especially if they are young, cucumber — perhaps in a little white vinegar — black-eyed peas, and very slightly bitter turnip salat. (I once had “turnip salat” written in a novel manuscript. A New York editor wrote: “You have misspelled ‘salad.’ I replied that I hadn’t. She said, “Well, what word were you trying to spell?” I said, “Salat.” I can’t separate those foods from my childhood, and those foods allow a memory that is precious, a collective memory of rural people in the South. All of us. (If you grew up elsewhere, you perhaps have it for yourself and your culture/community/place.) A group of writers and others are remembering all this, and they show how this connection between food and culture is important. They are called the Southern Foodways Alliance (southernfoodways. org). Check them out if you experienced a little nostalgia about the food of your youth — regardless of whether or not yours resembled mine. And besides all that, here you are in the South for some reason. Oh, and that patch of corn I planted about ten years ago? Too much shade — shouldn’t have been any shade, of course. I averaged about nine kernels per ear. Three ears per stalk. Total: about 270 kernels of corn for the season. 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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Blue Grosbeak Or in Carolina parlance, a bit of blue heaven

By Susan Campbell

’Tis the season for the return of blue

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grosbeaks! This medium-sized songbird can most easily be seen along fencerows or on electric wires in rural areas throughout the Piedmont. Reappearing after long winter stays in Central America and the Caribbean, blue grosbeaks breed across much of the United States, ranging from Virginia into the Plains states and all the way across the country to central California.

Although this bird is common throughout the Piedmont of North Carolina during its breeding season, it is often missed by casual observers. It is a bird most at home in dense pine and mixed forest, but can often be encountered along edges associated with agricultural land use. Blue grosbeaks’ large silvery bill is unmistakable. The sexes are quite distinct. Males are a dark blue with a small black mask that runs from the eyes across the bill. Also look for chestnut wing bars. Females are a cinnamon hue with rusty wing bars and a bit of blue on the rump and in the tail. Immature birds have plumage similar to their mothers. When the breeding season rolls around, coloration means everything. Some immature males who lack the extensive blue of fully mature males are not able to attract mates. However this admittedly frustrating year of singing, fighting and extensive experience at foraging will make them very good prospects come their second spring as long as they survive the winter.

The blue grosbeak’s song is a rich warble and their call a loud, metallic “chip.” Hearing these vocalizations is the best way to find them, given their propensity for spending a lot of time in thick vegetation. Nests are placed low in the midst of brambles and viney tangles. They prefer shrubbery to trees, even though they breed in trees. The nest is a compact cup-shaped affair comprised of twigs, grasses, leaves and rootlets often. It’s not unusual to see paper, string or other litter mixed in. Blue grosbeaks are one of only a few migrant species that raise not just one but two broods of between three and five young in a season. Unfortunately blue grosbeaks all too often end up, unwittingly, raising the young of parasitic brown-headed cowbirds. Cowbird females lay eggs in the nests of other species found in open or semiopen habitat. The eggs, which are larger, manage to hatch ahead of the hosts’ clutch. They produce young that then grow larger and faster, out-competing the nestling grosbeaks. Like most of our songbirds, this species feeds heavily on insects in the summer months. Caterpillars make up a significant portion of the diet. But blue grosbeaks also will hunt for food at or near ground level, collecting adult grasshoppers and crickets as well as other large insects. Their bills are effective at breaking up prey items. They also can crack open large seeds, such as sunflower kernels. So individual blue grosbeaks will show up at feeding stations that are properly provisioned, but they do not congregate the way other finches do. So keep an eye out if you live on the edge of town or in a more rural location. Spotting one of these distinctive birds is a little bit of blue heaven. 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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How to Tell a Story The sweet circularity — and simple wisdoms — of a child’s favorite book hold a valuable lesson for any storyteller

By Wiley Cash

Recently, my reading life has been comprised of two distinct genres: literary fiction and children’s books. I’m honored to be serving as one of the judges for a prestigious fiction prize that results in dozens of books arriving at my door every few weeks. By the time my fellow judges and I select a winner, I expect to have read somewhere around fifty books. This high dose of heady literature is balanced each evening when I read to our 18-month-old daughter before she goes to bed. She’s always loved books and she’s had many favorites over the course of her short life, but she hasn’t loved any of them as much as she loves Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann.

Whether I’m reading or writing, I always step away from the text and ask questions like: What am I learning about fiction writing? What makes these characters interesting? What makes this story move forward? Perhaps I shouldn’t admit it, but I’ve learned more about how to tell a story from Good Night, Gorilla than I have from my own novel or any of those contest entries. When your own novel has swelled to over 450 pages and you’re appraising hundreds of pages of fiction each week, to discover that an illustrated children’s book has nailed the art of narrative with a simple story that stars a gorilla and a zookeeper can be a sobering realization. The book opens as a zookeeper stops by the gorilla’s cage to say, “Good night, gorilla.” When the zookeeper passes by, the gorilla swipes the keys from his belt and unlocks his own cage and frees himself, a balloon, and the gorilla’s friend, a tiny mouse that drags a banana along behind him. As the zookeeper says “good night” to more animals — an elephant, a lion, a hyena, a giraffe and an armadillo — the gorilla and mouse trail behind and unlock their cages. All of the animals follow the oblivious zookeeper home to his bed, where his wife discovers the interlopers and marches them back to the zoo. The closing pages show the sneaky gorilla following the zookeeper’s wife back home and climbing into bed with the couple. The last scene is his friend the mouse saying, “Good night, gorilla.” I’ve literally spent hours considering why the story in Good Night, Gorilla works so well. Perhaps the primary reason is the gorilla, a character with which readers have grown familiar over the centuries. The gorilla follows the trickster archetype, a figure that uses his or her intelligence to outsmart authority. The trickster is often portrayed as a rabbit, and we’ve seen him many times in folk tales about Br’er Rabbit and cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny. Even Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer borrows from the trickster. These are characters you can’t help but root for. There’s something delicious about a powerless individual using his or her cun-

Each day I spend several hours working on my bloated, overdue novel, and each night I spend a few hours reading the best of contemporary fiction. Sandwiched between these literary pursuits, I read Good Night, Gorilla.

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ning to get one over on those in charge. Finding this centuries-old archetype in a contemporary children’s book reminds me that there are no new stories to be told. A character’s rise from powerless to powerful will always interest readers. There’s also a circular nature to the story that both my daughter and I find satisfying. The book opens with the zookeeper telling the caged gorilla good night, and it closes with the gorilla’s friend the mouse telling him good night from the zookeeper’s bed. This circularity reminds me of what you may find in a performance by a talented comedian. My brother Cliff is a professional comedian, and he explained to me how some comedians use a “call back” to close their shows. The comedian will open with a solid joke, move on, and then close his or her set by referring to the initial joke. The audience feels as if they’ve joined the comedian on a journey that closes with recognition of their shared experience, a wink and a nod that we’re back where we started although we’ve covered so much ground. When I think of this I think of the books I’ve read that end by revisiting the opening pages with the knowledge that the characters have grown and developed. As the story of the gorilla’s night folds back on itself, you’re able to see how many of the story’s threads have continued since being introduced: the balloon that escapes the gorilla’s cage appears higher and farther away on each page. For my daughter, it’s fun to find the balloon on each page. For me as a writer, it’s a reminder to keep track of even the most minor characters, regardless of how far they float away from the central story. The tiny mouse that drags the banana is also something my daughter looks for throughout the book, and I can’t help but see him as a character that struggles with something he can’t let go. The cast of characters themselves (a hyena and an armadillo are friends?) serves as an example of how good stories start: Put a bunch of distinct people together and something interesting is bound to happen. This fall I’m teaching a course in fiction writing at UNC Asheville, and I’ve been considering which novels and story collections my students should read as we attempt to write stories and novels of our own. For college students, one of the main financial burdens is the high cost of textbooks. Perhaps I’ll give them a break and ask that they purchase only one book, Good Night, Gorilla. They may even own it already. It may be tucked away on a forgotten bookshelf or boxed up in their parents’ attic. Perhaps they’ve forgotten how much they loved it, and perhaps they’ll find literary value in it all these years later. 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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Bidness Golf

Using golf to improve one’s bottom line remains an American tradition, even if the tax man has taken some fun out of the game

By Jim Dodson

My old buddy Jasper makes lots of

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dough playing golf. He doesn’t make it playing professionally or even wagering on friendly weekend matches.

He makes it playing what he affectionately calls “bidness golf” around the Triad and Triangle. Using the game to enhance one’s stature with important clients and customers is as ancient as the game itself. I won’t tell you Jasper’s real name, because he would be embarrassed to the tip of his fashionable FootJoys if I singled him out as a guy who claims to be a purist when it comes to keeping the traditions of the game, yet he clearly sees golf as a key asset to his bottom line. Back in the early 1990s, when everything from Florida time shares to Trump Steaks was up for sale and red hot, I wrote about the phenomenon of company golf, a concept born around American country clubs in the 1960s and refined over the decades that followed. Though still considered heresy in much of the game’s Scottish homeland, the idea of using social connections made through golf to feather one’s business interests became as commonplace in America as designer golf courses ringed by upscale housing. One business expert told me that a third of the golf played in the 1990s had a direct business purpose. “Probably half the deals made in America,” he insisted at the time, “are made on the golf course these days.” Books described the natural connection between golf and the art of corporate dealmaking. Best of all, back then, you could merrily write off almost everything — green fees, travel expenses, drinks at the 19th Hole, even your swanky hotel room — and get clean away thumbing your nose at the Internal Revenue Service. Amid the salad days of corporate largesse, Jasper often passed out illegal Cuban cigars on the first tee to his best golf companions. He managed to write

off at least two new custom-made sets of Callaway golf clubs, not to mention every blessed golf ball, during three consecutive presidential terms. Oh, how times have changed. First came the IRS, which around the turn of the century began denying golf-related company expenses, regarding such deductions to be about as legit as a Russian dating service. A double blow came with the recession of 2007-09, which devastated the hospitality industry and sent the nation’s overbuilt golf industry into the tank. A frightening percentage of high-priced daily fee courses and resorts — and even many mainline private clubs — became insolvent, prompting forced sales and closings. Even if you’re the purest of tradition-minded golfers like me, you can understand the irresistible attraction between business and golf. Golf in America began as an amateur game in the 19th century. It later went professional, with tournaments of the 1940s often featuring bake sales and free blood-pressure testing booths, while raising dough for worthy charities and promoting the civic virtues of host towns. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that professional golf gained its first serious toehold on the nation’s sports psyche, largely due to a charismatic Wake Forest alum named Arnold Daniel Palmer. In those days, tournaments were largely local affairs sponsored by civic organizations, car dealerships and even drugstores. In sum, golf tournaments were sporting postcards from a prosperous postwar America. Try mentioning the late, great Azalea Open to a Wilmington golfer of a certain age and just watch his eyes glaze over with misty nostalgia for a simpler time when a game seemed, well, just a game, not a platform for peddling waste-management services. Ditto for Pinehurst’s vaunted North and South Open and the beloved history-making opens of Greensboro, Charlotte and Durham, where the game’s greatest legends including Snead, Hogan and Nelson walked their way into the record books. Los Angeles, Phoenix, Milwaukee and other cities came of age using golf tournaments to boost civic pride and drum up local business.

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In the early 20th century, an advertising impresario named Frank Presbrey created the first “corporate outing” at Pinehurst, attracting stressed-out business types from the Northeast’s congested cities to the sleepy Sandhills for “golf, fellowship and relaxation among like-minded businessmen,” as an ad from that era explained. (He also created the resort’s Putter Boy symbol.) That halcyon age died in the late 1970s when the PGA Tour connected golf’s growing popularity to the game’s upwardly mobile fan base and realized there were princely fortunes to be made using tournament names to peddle Cadillacs, windows, retirement plans and loads of other products. As city names were subsequently replaced by corporate logos, local identities became irrelevant: The Azalea Open quickly faded into oblivion, while Greensboro became a billboard for Kmart, Chrysler and other corporate interests before morphing into the handsomely revived Wyndham Championship. Charlotte’s tournament sponsors included Kemper, Wachovia and now, Wells Fargo. On the grassroots level, where the vast majority of the auld and honorable game has long existed, managing to survive everything from world wars to global economic crises, a little cozy company golf to flatter a boss or woo a prospective customer in the interest of an improved bottom line seems harmless enough — maybe even the American way. If P.G. Wodehouse is correct that golf not only tests a fellow’s character but sometimes reveals the absence of it, perhaps golf’s greater contribution may be the sweet clarity it brings to any human association, along with genuine bonds of trust and friendship that can come from chasing an unwinnable game through the bosom of nature with a trusted companion — or even a potential client. For what it’s worth, my friend Jasper reports that the “big cigar” element has all but disappeared from the first tees of his corporate outings, mirroring a continuing decline in both smoking and the game’s popularity. A decade ago, an estimated 30 million Americans played golf at least eight times a year, the National Golf Foundation reported. In 2015, the total was 24.1 million. Golf, like success in business, is a game that’s difficult to play and often impossible to master. “As my clients have gotten older,“ Jasper notes, “there seems to be a whole lot less talk about business and more conversation about wives and grandchildren and places we’d like to go before we give up the game. Business hasn’t been fun the past 10 years. Golf with a buddy at least is always fun — especially if you take some lunch money from his pockets.” PS This article recently appreared in Business North Carolina Magazine.

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The Dawn of Turkey Season Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted

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was still about three-quarters full and provided enough light to see easily across the field to the dark tree line. Every now and then, a soft gust of wind would swirl the gray mist that hung over the sand road out into last season’s cut milo field. I rolled down the window of the Bronco and listened for a few minutes, sipping a cup of hot coffee. It was my favorite time of day, when the woods come awake and animals and birds start moving about on their daily adventures. For me, it was simply a reconnoitering trip, scouting out spring turkey prospects.

For the past several years in early spring, I’ve pursued the noble bird to no avail; but last year, I recruited a good friend and turkey-hunting guru to help in my quest. Rich Warters, an all-around gentleman and outdoor enthusiast without equal, agreed to, as he phrased it, “put you on a turkey.” We came close in the past hunting season, missing a giant gobbler due to a common mistake made by many novice turkey hunters: I swatted a mosquito before seeing the solitary bird standing on the very edge of the clearing that had been planted for deer. The turkey saw my movement and disappeared as if he had never been there. This season I plan on plenty of repellent and a camouflaged head net. I quietly eased the Bronco down the narrow sand road to a firebreak cut

in a stand of longleaf pines. The pines were planted back in ’87 to produce pine straw for the landscape market. They’re now 30 or 40 feet tall, and shadows cast from the moon lent a mysterious quality to the hushed interior of the makeshift forest. I softly closed the door of the old truck and leaned against the fender, sipping my coffee and listening as the day came awake. A whippoorwill called over and over again. It was close to the beaver pond on the south end of the farm. An owl, probably ending its nightly hunt and ready to settle down for the day, answered it. Little songbirds started making themselves known to their neighbors with whistles and tweets. I drank my coffee and waited as the grayness of dawn washed over the farm. I heard the first faint gobble just as the sun peeked over the horizon. It seemed to come from the south end, down close to the creek. As soon as the creek turkey gobbled, another closer and on the east side gobbled in competition. He had just finished when a third gobbler sounded off behind me. That one couldn’t have been more than a hundred yards away. Wow, I thought, the sun is not even up and three turkeys are trying to outdo one another. I listened as they called back and forth. The gobblers were hard at it, but I didn’t hear a single hen cluck. Maybe the hens were hiding, biding their time, waiting on the number one chief gobbler. The season was still a little over a week away, but if it had been in, I probably could have got a turkey without leaving the truck. Later, I found out from experienced hunters that the early spring with above-average temperatures had turkeys moving, ready to mate. Wild turkeys, along with white tail deer, are species in the plus column on the ledger of restoration. At the turn of the century, the wild turkey was all but extinct in North Carolina, due to over-hunting and loss of habitat. Turkeys are now common in the state, thanks to the replacement program involving live trapping and relocation. I can remember long ago, in the late ’70s, when wildlife officers trapped turkeys in Chatham County to relocate across the state. The locals of the area fought hard to keep officials from removing turkeys, thinking it would decimate their own crop. The success of

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the early relocation effort put a halt to naysayers, and the program has since become an example of how to restore an endangered species. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reports, “Since 1953, 6,031 wild turkeys have been released on 358 restoration sites across the state. Almost three-fourths of these birds have been relocated since 1990. Wild turkey restoration is now complete in North Carolina.” In 1970 the state’s turkey population barely reached an estimate of 2,000. In 2015 the count moved up to more than 265,000 and all 100 counties have a spring hunting season, a true success story. The folks from the wildlife commission must have brought some of those birds down here to


Since 1953, 6,031 wild turkeys have been released on 358 restoration sites across the state. Moore County, as evidenced by the number of gobblers I was hearing on my first trip to the farm since dove season. I listened for a while until the gobblers became silent; they either gave up the hunt or found what they were looking for. I walked the sand road around the perimeter of the farm and saw numerous tracks of the wily bird, another bit of evidence that the coming hunt should be a success. Ha, I thought, the eternal optimism of the turkey hunter was already manifesting itself. The sun was high in the sky, and I needed to get home and check all my turkey hunting gear. It wouldn’t hurt to have a couple more hen decoys and maybe a new lower- to-the-ground dove stool. Hey, that’s the reason a lot of us get out in the woods before daybreak in the early spring. You can’t have too much gear, and after the hunt a good country meal of two eggs over easy, sausage, grits, biscuits and piping hot coffee is enough reward to keep us on the turkey quest. As a matter of fact, I think it’s still early enough to stop by my favorite restaurant on the way home. Just practicing you know, and what is it they say? Practice makes perfect. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2016


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Free Wheeling

An innovative new product, the GolfBoard, promises to put the thrill back into the game

By Lee Pace

Photographs by laura Gingerich

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3,000 years B.C. when the wheel was conceived to replace the camel as a preferred mode of transportation, man has stuck cylinders rolling on their edges on any and every thing: automobiles, lawn mowers, ice boxes, boards, boots, fertilizer spreaders, you name it. It was only a matter of time after the Dutch began playing with sticks and balls across ice four centuries ago and the Scots burrowed 18 holes from the whins and sand at St. Andrews in the 1800s that someone would roll the wheel out onto the links.

Pull carts had made their debut on the American golf scene in California and Chicago by the late 1930s, for one reason because caddies were scarce, and another because those who were available were “arrogant” and, according to Golfdom magazine, prone to “smirk when a shot is missed and lazes dreamy-eyed far behind while the foursome fumes about delays.” Bruce Williamson of Portland, Oregon, created a popular pull cart in 1945 by taking two lawnmower wheels, putting hard rubber tires around them and mounting them on a spring-suspension chassis.

Some credit a man named Merle Williams with popularizing the motorized golf cart in the early 1950s. Williams’ California company, Marketeer, produced buggies for women to use running errands during the gasoline rationing of World War II, and in 1950 Williams adapted the concept to carry a golf bag. Others anoint Eddie Susalla, a club pro in Southern California, the “father of the golf cart.” Susalla, an assistant pro at Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, got the idea from seeing a handicapped man in Long Beach wheeling down the sidewalk in a gas-powered mini-car called an Autoette. Susalla commissioned the manufacture of carts that seated two golfers and had “wings” on the side to hold golf bags; they were an instant hit among Thunderbird members. Over time, as Americans have gotten increasingly lazy and puffy and eat more Big Macs and sticks of salt and oil with a smidgen of potato, the motorized golf cart, sadly, has become the de facto mode of playing the game. You can still find a caddie at some clubs — Pinehurst Resort and Country Club has a thriving caddie operation used mostly by resort guests, and Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, South Carolina, was conceived in 1986 and thrives three decades later on being a walking-only, caddie-centric club. Now comes a new chapter in the evolution of man, wheel and golf — the GolfBoard, the 3-year-old creation from big wave surfer Laird Hamilton and Bally Total Fitness founder Don Wildman. The $6,500 “vehicle” is not as traditional as walking-and-lugging, but not as confining as two-seater cart golf. “We know from the statistics that golf needs some stimulation,” says Hamilton. “We could speed the game up, get some young people out there

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and give them a good workout. We feel this is a no-brainer.” “When I’m out on the course in the summertime, I feel like I’m snowboarding, but I’m really playing golf,” adds Wildman. I have come to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines one March morning to see for myself. Pine Needles has four GolfBoards available for use by members and guests, and Mike Phillips, the area rep for the GolfBoard company headquartered in Bend, Oregon, is giving me and another guinea pig a primer on their navigation. “It’s very much like skiing,” Phillips says. “You shift your weight from side to side. Throw your hips out, and the board will turn. It’s so simple. After a couple of holes, it will become intuitive.”

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At first my instinct to steer the GolfBoard leads me over a curb just below the golf shop and into the mulch in one of Pine Needles’ well-coiffed flower beds. But I do as Phillips advises if I get into a pickle: Get off the board and use the handle at the back to lift it and point it in the right direction. From that shaky beginning, I quickly get the hang of it tooling around some vacant ground on the practice tee and am ready to go. The GolfBoard has a simple “gas pedal” activated by your thumb; if pressed you move forward or backward, when released the board brakes. It has a mounting platform in front for a golf bag and holders on the stability bar for a water bottle and smartphone. There are two speeds, the higher setting allowing you to cruise down the fairway at 10 to 12 miles an hour. The four-wheel drive motor helps the 11-inch tires catch the turf without spinning and digging, even on wet ground, and you take the GolfBoard wherever you’d walk, except on tees or greens or in bunkers. No experience on boards of any kind is necessary, though the thrill of skiing or skateboarding is similar. “It’s human nature: We like the feeling of riding and motion,” Hamilton says. “We get it surfing and skiing. Now you can get in golf.” Some 200 courses nationwide offer the

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GolfBoard. In addition to Pine Needles, others in the Carolinas include True Blue and TPC Myrtle Beach along the Grand Strand, Daniel Island Club in Charleston, and Magnolia Greens in Leland. Fees vary from course to course, but Phillips says most courses add about 10 percent to the posted golf and cart fees. Tyler Yancey, an assistant pro at Pine Needles, got out with another shop staffer late one March afternoon after the club first received its four boards and enjoyed the round. “It was an awesome experience,” Yancey says. “It was fun, unique, something different. It’s faster than walking, but you can stay engaged on your game better because you’re going straight to your ball, and you’re not in a cart that’s having to stop at every shot for two players.” Bob Seganti is the director of golf operations at the sister courses True Blue and Caledonia on Pawley’s Island. They received four boards at True Blue in November and plan to add four more. “It’s a much different experience than playing in a golf cart,” he says. “I love it. The response to the boards has been phenomenal. Forty percent of golfers who’ve come to True Blue who are not members say they have come because we have the GolfBoard. We have less turf wear and tear, and our superintendent loves them.” For the strict traditionalist, they’re not as pure as going afoot. But they beat a golf cart — of being locked into conversation with essentially one member of your foursome, with having to travel to every fairway shot between the twosome, of the inconvenience of paths-only on wet days (most superintendents allow GolfBoards on fairways when they don’t give access to traditional motorized vehicles). “The GolfBoard allows you to experience the terrain from a whole new perspective,” says Hamilton. “It allows you to ‘surf the turf’ and experience the land in a way you wouldn’t normally. You can use the topography and create a rhythm and a flow of movement on a green canvas. You can bring the sensation of the ocean to the golf course.” Hamilton and his GolfBoard staff like to say that boards have a niche because “it’s not your grandfather’s country club anymore.” “Why would anyone want to sit passively in a golf cart when you can surf the board from shot to shot?” Hamilton asks. Good point. Of course, the better choice is no wheels at all — bag, strap, walk. But the GolfBoard might well develop into a nice compromise. PS Lee Pace’s book, The Golden Age of Pinehurst — The Story of the Rebirth of No. 2, is available on-site and online at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.

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Back-seat conversations, inflatable pools and Grammy winners — how four local businessmen brought us First Friday By Jim Moriarty Photograph by Tim Sayer


eeved you can’t find a parking space Friday night in Southern Pines? Well, at least six times a year you can blame Anthony Parks, Shane Moubry, Dr. Michael Henry and Mike Murphy — the Four Horsemen of the vacant lot. They may not have brought the Apocalypse, but they did book Holy Ghost Tent Revival and, in May, they will have been doing it for ten years. First Friday, the warm weather block festival on South West Broad, may not have been born in the backseat of a Greyhound bus, but it did get its start in a conversation that was half in the back seat of a car on its way to Chapel Hill on a steamy Labor Day weekend for the University of North Carolina football game against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. “I remember vividly,” says Henry, who was riding shotgun and talking over his shoulder to Moubry in the back. “One of the topics that came up was places we lived. I went to the University of Virginia for surgical based residency, and Shane has some family history with Charlottesville. There was this great event there just like First Friday. Coran Capshaw, the manager for Dave Matthews, got it up and rolling. It got to be really huge. We kind of looked at each other and said, ‘We should do this.’ We made a pact that we wouldn’t let the idea die on the vine.” Die it did not. It blossomed. Held on the sloping grassy lot beside the Sunrise Theater — a space once occupied by a Westinghouse appliance store that morphed


L-R: Shane Moubry, Mike Murphy, Anthony Parks and Michael Henry

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into a taxi stand where about the most raucous thing that ever happened was a game of checkers — First Friday now fills the space six evenings a year with music echoing off the adjacent buildings, families, strollers, food, beer and the odd character or two dancing with a sweat-soaked towel and a water jug. It’s a gathering free for all and welcoming to any, and it’s brought in some of the finest up-and-coming musicians the Sandhills has seen since swing bands from New York’s Rainbow Room swayed in the old Dunes Club. One of the first things Henry and Moubry did was recruit Anthony Parks, the owner of The Ice Cream Parlor. “I was in El Vaquero one night and Anthony was in there, and I threw out the idea to him,” says Moubry. Parks, a live music devotee with a now-quiescent band of his own — Dirt Road Senate — had moved back to Southern Pines from Greensboro in 2002. He was all in. The trio eventually would become a quartet when Mike Murphy, owner of an eponymous insurance agency, moved to Southern Pines from Raleigh in 2010. “When this event brought all these people together I said, man, I need to be a part of that,” says Murphy. “This town is beautiful because people volunteer their time,” says Parks. “I learned quickly when I got back here, if you get the ball rolling and get the right people there, things can happen.” They happened quickly. Frank Quis, a former mayor of Southern Pines, and Moubry had a business relationship, and Quis owned the vacant lot. He rented it to the trio for $1. Parks had been in the restaurant business in Greensboro and knew the folks at Natty Greene’s Brewing Company. Voila, there was beer. “Nobody ever said, ‘You can’t do that,’” says Moubry. “We had no dams in the waterway. All of a sudden it was May and we were having a party.”

“We wanted it family friendly because we all had families,” says Moubry. “Anthony has two children. Michael has three. I had two at the time. I’d like to be able to hang out in the community, listen to some music, be outside in town and take the kids.” The beginnings were, well, humble. “The first year we really didn’t quite know what we were doing,” says Parks. “It looked like a yard sale out there. We had a kids’ inflatable pool with floating toys in it. A bunch of cheap plastic Hula hoops. Bubble wands that we just kind of threw all over the grass. We didn’t have a stage so the band would set up on the concrete in full sun. The second event, I went to Big Lots and bought this big pop-up tent. Before the band even showed up, the wind had destroyed it. The very first events just looked like backyard barbecue parties.” Henry designed the logo and printed posters. “We had no idea if five people would show up or a thousand people,” he says. Moubry’s former trucking business delivered the Moore County phone books published by The Pilot. They swapped out the delivery fee for advertising. “We were bartering in the early days,” says Moubry. “The first one we didn’t even have the street closed off. I remember going down to McDonald Brothers and getting some of that silt fencing in rolls. I went down and bought however many linear feet it took to cover the entire perimeter of the grass area. By the third or fourth one, we knew we had to close the street. By the sixth one, it had grown 100 percent.” Bringing in out-of-town acts was something of a transition, too — for everyone. “This one guy pulled up with a surfboard on top of his car because their next gig was in Wilmington,” says Moubry. “The Tsunami Wave Riders was the name of that band. They pull up to this piece of grass with this dinky looking tent and they’re like, ‘Come on, we’re better than this.’ And, I guarantee you, 99 percent of the time, at the end of the night, they’re like, ‘That was the most fun we’ve ever had.’ Kids running around and balloons and family. It’s just community. But, when they pull up at 3 o’clock it’s like, ‘Oh, crap, we’re getting ready to play at a carnival for ten people.’” That perception may have changed some over the years. Parks, who is largely stepping aside this year, and Henry split the booking duties for the bands, a task that, if not the checker games of the old cabbies, can be akin to three-dimensional chess. It’s not easy to find a band they want, for the dollars they have, at a time that’s as predetermined as a phase of the moon. “It’s hard to find a band that’s in the price range, hasn’t quite popped yet, is in the vicinity and willing to do it,” says Henry. “I’ve had some bands I’ve been trying to reel in for a couple years and just couldn’t work out the dates or whatever. They’re $5,000 and I call them back the next year and they’re $100,000 because they blew up on some record label.”

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t the beginning, the music was local. The McKenzie Brothers Band was the first First’s opening act. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but the plans called for more. “The most important thing about the event for me was bringing in this music that wasn’t already here, different styles, flavors of music, things that are a little jazzier, funkier, jammier,” says Parks. “Then, let a local band open up for that touring act. So, we’ve spotlighted all the folks that play music locally and given them the chance to open up for somebody who’s doing it for a career and touring the nation.” And, just as importantly to all four, it had to be a family occasion.


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he entire process has become something of an avocation for the orthodontist. “We’ve really gotten indoctrinated in the music industry,” says Henry. “People are calling me now. I get dozens of emails all year long. I’m patched into a secretary who patches me into somebody else in New York, then the Paris office. They don’t want to commit to something that’s relatively small in their minds when they could potentially miss out on a bigger opportunity somewhere else.” Given the constraints, the acts have been nothing short of astonishing. “We’ve actually had, I think, five or six Grammy winners,” says Henry. “We’ve had at least five or six Grammy nominees come through here. We’ve had a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant winner, Corey Harris from Charlottesville. We’ve had bands from Louisiana, Virginia, New York, Utah, Texas, all over.” And they’ve left their mark, too. Baxter Clement, whose Sandhills School of Performing Arts is on Broad Street, taught a young guitar player named Zach Person. At 14, Person, who has since moved to Texas, was looking for places to play and sat down with Parks at one of the back tables in the Ice Cream Parlor to get his advice. Instead of a hot dog all the way, it was a blues plate special. “He pulled out his guitar, played Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Lang and all these songs and it was fantastic,” says Parks. “I was like, we’ve got a First Friday coming up in two weeks. You can open up for him. It turned out the guy that we were having was Anders Osborne, the New Orleans-based blues rock guitarist. So, this kid who is a young guitar prodigy got to open up for Anders Osborne who had just won a Grammy. Then, Anders Osborne told Zach Person to stick around and invited him back up on the stage for his last song, which was a really great moment. You got a 14-year-old kid playing guitar with a Grammy blues legend. The two of them have remained in contact. Zach Person was just on American Idol this past season. That’s what’s so great about live music. Lots can happen.” On and off the stage. “It changed my life, personally,” says Clement, “because the first First Friday ever is where I met my wife, Taylor. That was our first date.”


y the third year, First Fridays partnered with the Sunrise Theater, joining them not at just the hip, but at the vacant lot as well, a piece of property the theater now owns. “It was perfect timing, a perfect fit,” says Parks. “The event wouldn’t have sustained otherwise. We got in under the Sunrise insurance, their ABC permits, their bathrooms, their water, their storage, their office management. The philosophy was, as long as it doesn’t cost the theater any money, it fits under their mission statement, which is to provide entertainment to the entire community.” If the theater helped prop up First Fridays, the events have returned the

favor, with interest. “The most important point about First Friday is, it’s basically free,” says Craig Pryor, the president of the Sunrise Preservation Group. “Even at that, with the sale of concessions and donors, it’s between the second and third largest contributor to the theater.” The warm weather bashes have become the town’s tradition like no other. “The event epitomizes the dynamic, community-centric vibrancy of Southern Pines,” says the town’s mayor pro-tem, Mike Fields. “I love knowing that I will run into old friends and after a beer or two know that I might actually make some new ones.” At the end of the first First, Parks, Henry and Moubry collapsed. “We started about seven that morning, so you’re talking a fifteen, sixteen hour day,” says Moubry. “I think we sat around and couldn’t believe what just happened.” The days are slightly less hectic now, if only slightly. “Before each event, Anthony, Michael and I, and now Mike Murphy, will have a beer and toast each other and say, ‘We did it again’,” says Moubry. “Afterward we go to SoPies, sit at the bar and have a slice.” Slide in some Friday and say thanks. PS Jim Moriarty is a frequent contributer to PineStraw magazine

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ou have to be everywhere at all times,” says Jacora Watkins with a laugh, reflecting on her vocation as stage manager. With an air of efficiency, calm and good humor that belies her youth, Watkins is exactly the sort of person you’d want running your show. A senior at Pinecrest, she already has an impressive list of school and professional production credits on her resumé. Last year she won three North Carolina Theatre Conference awards for her skills as stage manager, costume designer and property designer and, through the Awards, a scholarship to Greensboro College. This month Watkins will be stage-managing Pinecrest’s senior production of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine. “It’s a show that has several scenes and it’s completely student-led,” she explains. “It’s our last hurrah, basically . . . this is our chance to prove everything that we’ve gathered from afar, from other people that have come in [and] from our county training. “It’s funny, it’s serious, it’s sad — it’s everything. One scene you’ll be laughing and then one scene you’ll be kind of like, ‘Oh, that’s really sad.’ It just really hits you. It’s a show for everyone.” Watkins’ interest in theater began with performing. “Freshman year I said, ‘I’m going to be an actress’,” she recalls. “Then I gave that up for technical theater and from there I started off just doing random scenic work for the musicals.” With same infectious laugh, she continues: “Junior year I said, ‘I want to be in charge,’ because I’m bossy. So I looked into stage management and it kind of stuck. I stage-managed Guys and Dolls and then Hairspray and little shows in between.” Watkins still treads the boards from time to time. Last year she performed in her class show, The Audition, by Don Zolodis. Naturally, she played the Stage Manager. “That was an experience. I worked with all of my best friends from technical theater and from the musical, and they were my directors. They told me, ‘It was kind of weird trying to boss you around when you boss us around.’” But it’s in the inner workings of the theater, the parts that the audience never sees, that Watkins is most at home. Since 2014, when her theater teacher Adam Faw put her name forward to producer Morgan Sills, she has been working with Sills’ Judson Theatre Company (JTC). “For serious-minded high school and college age Moore County

Theater prodigy Jacora Watkins proves that sometimes the brightest stars shine behind the scenes By Serena Brown Photograph by John Gessner

students considering a career in the arts, an internship with Judson Theatre Company is the bridge between their academic training and real-life professional work experience in all areas of theater,” says Sills. “Koko [Watkins] arrived at JTC ready to work, well-trained by Mr. Faw at Pinecrest,” Sills recalls. “I was just going in to be a backstage hand, I didn’t really want to do anything important,” Watkins remembers. “And they said, ‘Well, you can be a stage management intern,’ and I said, ‘Wow. Professional theater. I’m intimidated — I’m with people that are doing it so well.’ I’d just started but it was a great experience; I learned a lot from them.” That first show was Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, during which Watkins worked with JTC stage manager Kathleen Zahran. Sills continues, “After interning on Plaza Suite and Harvey, Koko was promoted to Assistant Stage Manager for On Golden Pond. It’s incredible to think that when she graduates from high school, she will have already worked with major Broadway, film and television stars and other New York professional actors. She’s already begun building a network of contacts for her professional career.” Zahran and Watkins will be backstage again in the fall for JTC’s production of Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, starring John Wesley Shipp. Sills is pleased to have Watkins on board, “She’s smart, diligent, and responsible,” he says. “She’s organized. Everyone likes her. People listen to her; she commands respect and she has the natural authority of a born stage manager.” Fall also brings more learning for Watkins, who will be majoring in theater and — perhaps less predictably — forensics. “Yeah, it’s a weird thing,” she laughs. “I’m doing a double major. It’s odd but something I’ve always wanted to do. I grew up watching crime shows and forensics shows . . . and I said, ‘Wow, I want to do that one day.’” Watkins is following her dream. And while stage management and forensics may seem incongruous, take a moment to think about it. In fact, the two go together perfectly. They’re all about the inner workings of a finely tuned machine, be it a theater production or a human body. Jacora Watkins is at the heart of things. PS Pinecrest Players Seniors’ production of Almost, Maine is on May 12. Judson Theatre Company’s production of Twelve Angry Men runs September 22-25.

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How Pinehurst’s George Dunlap Jr. and Sr. mastered the worlds of amateur golf and publishing By Bill Case


Photographs from the Tufts archives

y 1912, 48-year-old publishing magnate George Dunlap had become addicted to golf. Hoping to share his newfound passion with his 3-year-old son, George Jr., father purchased a tiny blade “putting-cleek” for the boy from Wanamakers Department Store in New York City. George Sr. was elated when his son promptly swung the club with gusto and surprising rhythm in the backyard of the family’s winter home in Pinehurst. But something in George Jr.’s motion looked awry. Suddenly George Sr. realized that the little tyke was swinging the miniature club left-handed! When Donald Ross got wind of George Jr.’s portside tendency, Pinehurst’s expert on all things golf was aghast and recommended immediate corrective action: “For God’s sake, don’t let him do that. Take his club away from him if necessary!” When the boy persisted in swinging southpaw, George Sr. followed Ross’s advice and hid away the putter. Two years passed before George Sr. dared give his son another club — a wooden right-handed driver. Fortunately, the little boy adapted to addressing the golf ball from the “proper” side, and cured of the perceived ills of left-handedness, was soon knocking shots from the hedge at neighbor Commodore Newton’s La Casita cottage toward Column Lodge, the Dunlaps’ home. Fearful of impending broken windows from the curly-haired redhead’s neighborhood play, George Sr. figured it was time for Junior to try a real course. In his memoir, The Fleeting Years, George Sr. wrote he was “greatly pleased” to watch his son’s initial drive off the first tee of Course No. 2 fly “straight down the course, possibly 150 yards.” The co-founder of Grosset & Dunlap’s delight in his offspring’s game was just beginning. Ahead were thirty years of remarkable golf by George Dunlap Jr. In his late 40s when launching young George into golf, George Sr. was already beginning to phase out of active work. On the go since childhood, he had been immersed in a dizzying variety of entrepreneurial activities. After his father, a pastor in little Orrville, Ohio, died in 1870, George recognized he would need to make his own way. In 1878, at age 14, he became Orrville’s local news agent for the Cleveland Penny Press. Though thrilled to be clearing $3 a week, George looked for more profitable ventures. By age 20, he had sold shoes, operated a stationery store, and served as a commission salesman for a photograph enlargement firm. He managed one year of college at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but dwindling finances precluded further attendance. While running the stationery store in Orrville, he met Elizabeth, whom he would marry in 1886. George then sought employment that would better support his family, which soon included the couple’s first child, their daughter Glendale. From 1887 to 1898, he labored in a series of four traveling sales jobs at publishing houses in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and New York City. But all those publishers experienced


George Dunlap Sr. and George Dunlap Jr.

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So in early 1908 the Dunlaps bunked into the Berkshire Hotel in Pinehurst, “an attractive and homelike little hotel, just what we wanted and there we spent six happy weeks.” severe financial distress, resulting in liquidations at sheriffs’ sales. Exasperated, George worried he was becoming a latter-day Jonah, permanently condemned to business failures. The last employer to fall into a receiver’s hands was American Publishing Company. Dunlap’s closest friend there was Alexander Grosset. The two men perceived something might be salvaged from the ashes of the company. Dunlap wrote that, “[W]hen the stock and assets of Publishers Corporation were being sold at ridiculously low prices, we put our heads together and decided to invest all of our ready cash in such items as were available and which, I knew could be readily sold to my customers at a good profit.” Thus in 1898 Grosset and Dunlap acquired those assets by pooling $1,350. They also arranged a small credit line. Presto, they were partners in the publishing business. Thereafter constantly on the road, Dunlap came up with a breakthrough brainstorm while conferring with a customer in Providence. Gazing at stacks of a popular paperback book, it struck him that it was “possible to have these paper books bound up in a neat inexpensive cloth binding” and retailed at a “close profit.” No one in the trade had thought of this. Soon Grosset & Dunlap (G & D) reprints were selling like hotcakes. The uncopyrighted popular works of Rudyard Kipling were marketed with particular success. Some questioned whether G & D should capitalize on an author’s work this way. However, George Sr. considered G & D to be “honorable pirates, because to our credit . . . in no case did we reprint anything that had not become public property by having been reprinted indiscriminately by about everyone else in the business.” After G & D’s reprints struck paydirt, Dunlap developed an enduring revenue stream by publishing books catering to the juvenile market. The adventures of characters like Tom Swift, the Rover Boys, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew made best-sellers for G & D. Zane Grey’s Western novels also flew from bookstores’ shelves. But his efforts to build G & D into a juggernaut took a toll on George’s health. Already slight in stature, his weight declined alarmingly to 105 pounds. So in early 1908 the Dunlaps bunked into the Berkshire Hotel in Pinehurst, “an attractive and homelike little hotel, just what we wanted and there we spent six happy weeks.” The family returned to the Berkshire in 1909 with newborn George Jr. in tow. Soon the Dunlaps planted permanent roots in Pinehurst, building Column Lodge on Ritter Road, and quickly became esteemed fixtures of the village’s “Cottage Colony.” Unfortunately, there were

hardships to endure. A 2-week- old son born to the couple died in 1907. Eldest daughter Glendale passed away at age 24 in 1911. Very slow to grow, George Jr. also caused anxiety to his parents. In 1917, George Sr.’s health continued to be “of a somewhat precarious and uncertain nature.” He arranged for relief from active duty at G & D. By 1918, he felt “wedded to Pinehurst, spending a full six months of each year there, with ample leisure, and almost complete freedom from business cares.” He lowered his golf handicap to 12 and competed in Tin Whistles competitions. But the real silver lining in George Sr.’s season-long presence in Pinehurst was witnessing George Jr.’s development into a world class player.


t 10, George Jr. broke 80 for the first time. He splashed onto the local scene at 11 in 1920 by winning Pinehurst’s Junior Championship. George Jr. dominated the club’s juvenile ranks throughout his teens. Several inordinately talented juniors helped spur him. Eugene Homans later won the North & South title and finished runner-up to Bobby Jones in the U.S. Amateur of 1930. Dick Chapman (three years younger than George Jr.) became a great champion, carrying off the U.S. Amateur in 1940 and the British Amateur in 1951. Forbes Wilson was George Jr.’s fiercest junior rival. All were George’s schoolmates at Miss Chapman’s Cottage School, prompt-

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George Dunlap Jr. and runner-up Sam Parks in the 1931 North & South final match

ing a Pinehurst Outlook scribe to observe: “It would be hard to find any school in the country regardless of size, whose graduates have lower handicaps than those of the Cottage School.” To gain distance, George Jr. adopted the strategy of swinging hard and fast, like “a hummingbird’s wing.” His speedy action helped compensate for his diminutive frame. As he matured, he became the man to beat in Pinehurst. At 17, he led all qualifiers at the prestigious North & South, annually held on Course No. 2. He surfaced on the national stage during his years at Princeton by winning the Intercollegiate Individual Championships of 1930 and 1931. George Jr. continued carting off copious quantities of silver in Pinehurst during the late ’20s and early ’30s with victories in multiple Mid-Winter and Tin Whistles Championships. The hometown hero capped off his college days by winning his first North & South title in 1931, trouncing Sam Parks in the final 6 and 5. George’s superb ’31 campaign merited selection to the American side in the 1932 Walker Cup matches in Brookline, Massachusetts. Regarding his foursomes victory, George recalled “the thrill I experienced when captain Francis Ouimet asked me to be his partner in foursomes. The match was played at The Country Club. Since everyone there remembered his famous 1913 U.S. Open playoff victory, we had a huge gallery.” George won his singles match too, carding a course record 66 in his morning round. Presumably, George Sr. could have arranged for his son to concentrate on golf to the exclusion of working. But George Jr. took a job in 1933 on Wall Street in the statistical department of Hemphill, Noyes & Co. While working in New York, he fell in love with a Long Island woman, Kathryn Vogel. Kay (as she was called) later remarked that on March 25, 1933, “George and I just got in his car and drove down to Elkton, Maryland, and got married by ourselves. It was fun. We like to do things that way.” A year later, Kay bore the couple’s first child, also named Kay. But new-found domesticity was not all that marked 1933 as a special year for George Dunlap Jr. Somehow, the newlywed found time to play the greatest golf of his life. During the couple’s honeymoon in Pinehurst, George took advantage of the opportunity to play several rounds with the great champion Tommy Armour. George later remarked that “watching him


George Dunlap Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. George Dunlap Jr.

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[Armour] play of course was a lesson in itself, and he also corrected several mistakes I had been making.” With the “Silver Scot”’s help, the Princetonian was soon primed to take a run at winning his second North & South. He fired a stunning amateur course record 65 in the qualifier. And my, was George Jr. a tidy putter that day: only 17 putts recorded on Number 2’s sand greens! George maintained his sensational play throughout match play. In the quarterfinals, he shredded par again, closing out old junior foe Forbes Wilson 5 and 4. George waltzed to the finals where he routed Jack Toomer 6 and 5. He traveled to the U.K. that summer with Kay. The mighty championships of Great Britain were part of their “second honeymoon.” In the British Amateur at Royal Liverpool, George found his low-running shots to be well-suited to Hoylake’s baked fairways. Initially overlooked, George charged to the semifinals, taking down defending champion Ross Somerville in the process. The eventual winner, 54-year-old The Hon. Michael Scott, finally subdued George Jr. in the semis. Then the American journeyed to St. Andrews for the Open Championship. His sparkling 71 in tough conditions led all qualifiers. While he faded to a tie for 35th, his play in both championships was highly satisfactory. Given the intensity of the competition in Great Britain, George Jr. decided to hang up the hickories for the balance of 1933. But in light of his son’s form, George Sr. strongly recommended he enter September’s U.S. Amateur at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati. George Jr. eventually acquiesced and headed for Cincinatti. Before being paired in the match play brackets, he needed to survive the qualifying rounds. Things looked bleak on Kenwood’s 18th green where he faced a 20-foot putt just to squeeze into a 12-player playoff for eight spots. He holed it! The playoff melee provided another close call, but George Jr. sneaked into the 32-man field’s last spot. George’s hot putter enabled him to prevail in the early matches, but he fretted that his shotmaking was inconsistent. Until the semifinals, he harbored no thought of winning. Once there, he confronted the intimidating Lawson Little — a true David and Goliath matchup. The longest hitter in golf, Little was at the brink of a career that would bring him multiple major victories, including the 1940 U.S. Open. The match was tilting in Lawson’s direction when George, outdriven by 50 yards, found his ball lodged in a heel print encased in sticky black mud. Denied relief, he somehow propelled a brilliant muck-flying 4-iron with his ball settling seven feet from the pin. Shaken, Little misplayed his

His championship record shines even brighter when the infrequency of his tournament play and brevity of his career are taken into account. shorter approach and George stole the hole. The muddy masterstroke proved vital in the smaller man’s 4 and 3 upset victory. In the final match, George faced former champion Max Marston, a fellow survivor of the 12-man playoff. George played flawless golf out of the gate and quickly built a commanding lead. He played rapidly “as I’m afraid the alarm clock will ring and wake me up.” A model of clockwork efficiency, George’s morning round of 68 put him 7 up. After lunch, the lead grew to nine holes, and George coasted to a 6 and 5 win. Innately modest, he shrugged off the suggestion that he had now arrived by winning the national championship. “I’m likely to be knocked off in any local tourney,” he exclaimed. George credited prior experience on Pinehurst’s sand greens for his error-free putting as the “surface of the sand records its [the ball’s] path.” The circular sand configurations surrounding the holes at Pinehurst also provided a sort of “bullseye” which he visualized when playing championships on grass. George also confided to the reporters his ambition “to get out of New York and then live the life of a country squire in the Carolinas. But meanwhile I must scratch gravel here in Wall Street.” He rarely discussed golf with his cohorts at the brokerage firm, and most were caught off-guard by his victory. “Why, is that our Dunlap?” was the common refrain after word spread of his triumph. But friends in Pinehurst, well aware of George’s exploits, rushed to schedule a celebratory banquet at the country club on January 2, 1934. A veritable “Pinehurst Hall of Fame” attended. Donald Ross graced the head table. So did Pinehurst titans Leonard and Richard Tufts. Former Amateur champion, U.S.G.A. president and Pinehurst product W.C. Fownes paid tribute. O.B. Keeler, Bobby Jones’s biographer and sidekick, emceed and remarked that George Jr.’s 68 in the morning of the National Amateur final was the equal of Jones’s greatest, “and I’m not sure but that George’s round was over a stiffer course than Bobby’s.” Proud “Daddy Dunlap” stole the show when he hauled out the Wanamaker miniature putter that his toddler son once wielded in Column Lodge’s backyard.


he banquet initiated a turbulent two years of change for father and son. Elizabeth Dunlap, George Sr.’s wife, died in February 1934. Eight months later, Alexander Grosset also passed away, necessitating for a time George Sr.’s reimmersion into the business affairs of G & D. Late in the year, George Sr., now 70, began courting Sarah Gaines of New York City. They would marry in Pinehurst’s Village Chapel the following March. The couple would winter at Broadview Cottage on Ritter Road, which George Sr. had built in 1928. Much was also happening with George Jr. and Kay in 1934. Woodbine Cottage on Everette Road became their winter residence. The couple’s second child, George T. Dunlap III, was on the way. And George continued to make the North & South his personal fiefdom, capturing his third title with a grip-

Left to Right: Richard Tufts, W.C. Fownes, George Dunlap Sr., O.B. Keeler, George Dunlap Jr., and Leonard Tufts at the banquet honoring George Jr.’s 1933 U.S. Amateur victory PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2016


George Dunlap Jr. at the 1935 North & South Amateur

refurbish and expand the hotel. New dining and culinary facilities were made ready. The course’s sand greens were converted to grass. George Jr. designed a mogul-filled putting green. As Patuxent’s vice president, he had plenty on his plate to accomplish in preparation for the hotel’s reopening on November 14, 1935. Adjacent lots also needed to be sold, so to be closer to the action, George Jr. relocated the family winter residence to Knollwood. The managing of Patuxent’s real estate ventures coupled with Tin Whistles golf, a happy family, and civic involvement as a Scouting leader made for an idyllic life. With his goal of becoming a “country squire” in the Carolinas achieved, George Jr. gradually reduced his tournament play. Despite the rust, he continued to tack on North & South victories. Including his titles in 1935, 1936, 1940 and 1942, George won the event seven times in eleven years, a record unlikely ever to be approached. When Samuel Ramage died in 1941, George Jr. bought his Patuxent stock. There was concern that the oil baron’s death might fracture the company, but George Sr., still active at 77, took pains to allay those fears and endorsed his son’s credentials for running the business: “Fortunately for the company, George [Jr.] was reared in Pinehurst . . . and has the background and practical knowledge of local conditions, as well as the expectations of guests of the hotel and those seeking locations for winter houses.” The Pine Needles Inn managed to weather the Great Depression, but the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” proved to be an onrushing locomotive in the form of World War II. In April 1942 the Army Air Force - Technical Training Command appropriated the facility for use as its operations center. While some outside guests were permitted, posted sentries barred others

ping extra holes decision over boyhood chum Dick Chapman. With his second place finish in the North & South Open, George demonstrated he could play with the PGA Tour’s best. He made another strong run at the British Amateur in a second semifinal finish at Prestwick. The prematurely balding ace joined a Walker Cup squad team that overwhelmed Great Britain and Ireland at St. Andrews. But George Jr. came up empty in defense of his U.S. Amateur crown, vanquished in round one by Willie Turnesa. Another seismic shift in the fortunes of the two Georges arose when Pinehurst, Inc.’s lending banks insisted that the Tufts family unload the Pine Needles Inn and golf course, including 531 acres of Knollwood real estate. The grand Tudor-style hotel, erected by the Tuftses in 1928 at a cost of $750,000, had been vacant since the spring of 1932. By 1935, the Donald Ross-designed Pine Needles golf course lay buried under waist-deep weeds. The course had not been fertilized for two years. With no end in sight to the Great Depression, the assets were marketed for a fraction of their former value. Few people had any money, but George Sr. still did. He sensed a golden opportunity to replicate his G & D success by buying depressed assets. He, along with George Jr., O.H. Stutts, and Pennsylvania oil patch legend Samuel Ramage mounted a bid to purchase the Pine Needles property. In August 1935, the corporation formed by the investors, Patuxent Development Company, bought everything for a pittance: $75,000. The Pilot’s editor Nelson Hyde approved. He penned, “. . . there is little doubt in the minds of those acquainted with the [Dunlap] group that they will make a success of the restoration of the Inn and the golf course to its former position in our resort life.” The Dunlaps immediately sprang into action to restore the course to playable Dick Chapman (left) with George Dunlap Jr. (right) condition. Plans were set in motion to


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from entering the gates. Rental payments from the Army during this period certainly did not produce the sort of revenue the Dunlaps had been expecting. Moreover, the business of marketing Knollwood real estate lay pretty much in mothballs for the duration.


fter the army left, the Dunlaps reopened the hotel to the public. Business hummed along until April 23, 1948. On that fateful evening a gentleman sought to buy hard liquor at the golf club and then in the Pine Needles Inn’s “Green Room.” While establishments could be licensed to purvey beer and wine, sales of liquor were outlawed. That state law was sporadically enforced and mostly ignored. The supposedly thirsty patron was told “no dice” by bartender Sherman Patterson because the man was not registered as a guest. So he checked into the hotel under an assumed name and returned to the bar. Only then did Patterson sell the man two mint juleps for $4. The patron was actually an undercover ABC agent, and part of a massive sting operation designed to catch virtually every Moore County hotel and restaurant in its web. Similar stings were simultaneously taking place across the street at Mid Pines, Southern Pines Country Club, Jefferson Inn, Grey Fox Restaurant, Dunes Club, Skycruise Club, French Restaurant, Pope’s Restaurant, Village Inn, and Dante’s Restaurant. The Carolina Hotel and Pinehurst Country Club were not raided, which caused George Jr. to wonder whether teetotaler Richard Tufts might be the whistleblower. The ensuing ABC raid of the Pine Needles Inn resulted in arrests of bartender Patterson

and hotel manager Emmett Boone. The agents seized 25 gallons of hard liquor. Justice was swift. All defendants were hauled into the court in Carthage for trial on Monday, May 2nd. Pinehurst Outlook editor Bob Harlow provided a masterful tongue-in-cheek account of Pine Needle Inn’s attorney J. Talbot Johnson’s histrionics: “Mr. Johnson became so intoxicated with sympathy for his whiskey-selling client that he was overcome by emotion . . . Mr. Johnson, in summing up for his client wept great glistening tear drops, which rolled down his cheeks and threatened his light gray cravat. Had this sequence been enacted in a Hollywood motion picture studio it would have rolled movie fans in the aisles from Maine to Oregon.” Johnson heaped praise on the Dunlaps, arguing that they operated Pine Needles “on a high moral plane, the equal in every way of such famous hostelries as the Waldorf Astoria . . . serving the same class of clients and operated by men whose characters are beyond approach.” It was to no avail. All defendants were found guilty. But the damage caused by the accompanying fines paled in comparison to the havoc generated by the required two-year minimum ABC suspension of the hotel’s beer and wine license. Could the Pine Needles Inn even operate under such a sanction? The Dunlaps thought not. The ABC bust turned out to be the proverbial last straw. A month later, Patuxent negotiated the sale of the hotel and golf course for $406,000 to the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. The facility, to be known as “St. Joseph of the Pines,” was converted to use as a general hospital and sanitarium. The Dunlaps insisted though “that the golf course . . . be maintained and made available to the public.” The Sisters leased the course out until the Bell and Cosgrove families purchased it five years later. After receiving his share of the sale proceeds, George Sr., now 84, gifted a $600,000 endowment to the hospital in his hometown of Orrville. The facility was renamed in his honor. George Sr. passed away in 1956. Perhaps because he was miffed with the powerful forces that caused the closing of the Inn, George Jr. elected the following October to sell his Knollwood home and relocate to Fort Lauderdale. Through Patuxent and personal ownership, he retained control of numerous Knollwood lots, gradually selling them over the next fifty years. Like his father, George Jr. survived into his 90s. He spent his final years in Naples, occasionally enjoying nine holes with George III. When I discussed his father with George III, a long-time lawyer in Barstow, Florida (and like his father, a collegiate golfer at Princeton), he mentioned George Jr.’s humility regarding his golfing achievements. “Dad rarely talked about his golf success except for a long driving contest he won at Princeton. He savored that one, probably because of his size.” George Jr. topped out at 135 pounds. George Jr. was similarly nonchalant about the prospect of competing in major championships. He last played the U.S. Amateur in 1936, when he was only 27. He never competed in the U.S. Open. He even dragged his feet responding to an invitation to the first Masters in 1934. He agreed to play only after Bobby Jones prodded him with a personal letter. It was his only Masters appearance. His championship record shines even brighter when the infrequency of his tournament play and brevity of his career are taken into account. Though small in stature, both George T. Dunlap Jr. and Sr. were giants in their respective pursuits of golf and publishing. They played leading roles in our local history during the first half of the 20th century. They still seem alive to any true son or daughter of the game. As it happens, I live in a house adjacent to the yard where George Jr. took his first left-handed swings. It is easy for me to imagine wee George Jr. still there hitting balls with his father looking on, even though that halcyon scene occurred over a century ago. PS Pinehurst resident Bill Case is PineStraw’s history man.

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The Gran’daddy Junebugs Come Home How a house found Mitch and Pat Capel By Deborah Salomon Photographs by John Gessner PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2016



allelujah! Gran’daddy Junebug’s back home. “It feels good,” says Mitch Capel, with a happy sigh. “Everything came together for us in this house.” The players: Mitch Capel: Internationally acclaimed storyteller/author/actor/comedian and former Fayetteville resident. Son of Southern Pines businessman, philanthropist, activist, politician, community pillar Felton Capel. Husband of Patricia — artist, hair stylist, hostess, collector, student of African history and culture, great beauty and new grandmother. Gran’daddy Junebug: Character created by Mitch, inspired by the works of African-American poet laureate Paul Laurence Dunbar. Since 1985, Junebug has delivered insightful, humorous monologues appreciated by all ages. He performed during President Obama’s inauguration celebrations, at the invitation of the Smithsonian Institution. The Home: “This house found us,” Mitch says. They named it Oak & Ivy after Dunbar’s first book of poetry, published in 1893. “The neighbors call it Graceland.” True, Corinthian columns and white brick exterior suggest the comparison, as do zebra, leopard and other jungle motifs throughout. But the Capels’ 48-foot long,


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10-foot deep pool makes Elvis’s look like a puddle. Surely, Graceland boasts no pink dogwood and flaming azaleas, let alone a two-story screened addition with more square footage than most condos. Instead, this residence on two wooded acres has become a veritable gallery of African and African-American art, as well as a gathering place for the Capel clan. But when it’s just Mitch and his buddies, they hang out, smoking cigars in his free-standing garage/mancave replete with bar, TV, worn sofas, old Coke machine, grill, TV and a red truck.


ome, indeed — a hop, skip and jump from the West Southern Pines ranch house where Mitch grew up, even closer to Pat’s childhood home, a split level on Pee Dee Road. The couple had considered moving back to Southern Pines for years, to be near Jean and Felton Capel, now in their 80s. Then one day, Mitch drove through Knollwood, their favorite neighborhood, after playing golf. “I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign.” He pulled into the circular driveway and approached the front door, which was unlocked. An omen? He walked in. The house, built by Conrad Gaines for his son in the late 1980s —‚ suggesting best materials and workmanship — had stood vacant for years. The grounds, landscaped by a previous owner-nurseryman, were overgrown — no problem for Mitch-the-storyteller and jack-of-other-trades. “I took photos with my phone to show Pat,” Mitch continues. Coincidentally, Pat had seen a similar house in Veranda magazine, and turned down the page. She wasn’t disappointed. “(This house) had everything, an awesome happy feeling, like love.” PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2016


Price remained an issue; Mitch worried about repairs and upgrades. Pat found another house she liked. But they kept circling back until the property went into foreclosure. The stars aligned last year. They closed the deal and Mitch, with characteristic impatience, moved into the empty house to supervise. When painters dragged their heels he took over. He moved a water pipe, installed a fountain near the driveway and made plans for a fire pit on the pool deck. Then he returned to Fayetteville to wrap and pack Pat’s collections, including hundreds of figurines and cut glass decanters, goblets and vases.


ak & Ivy’s architecture, like its floorplan, defies classification. The soaring Corinthian columns suggest Southern plantation. Inside, ante-bellum ends at the curved staircase. The first of several reception rooms opens off the foyer — a showplace paneled floor-to-ceiling in burled walnut, with a marble fireplace surround and built-in bookshelves holding Mitch’s rare editions, family photos and a basketball signed by Michael Jordan and Dean Smith. Eyes twinkling with mischief, Mitch holds up a tiny vial. “Guess what’s in this?” The label identifies a tablespoon of poet Langston Hughes’ ashes. Over the mantel hangs Pat’s portrait of Mitch in Gran’daddy Junebug costume, which captures the essence of his character as only a wife could. Furniture is leather-bound and floors are rare pegged pine. In a corner stands a side table handmade without nails by Mitch’s great-great-grandfather, a free man and Richmond County blacksmith, circa 1860. A parlor usually adjoins the foyer. Instead, a room designed for gaming, with a full pub bar. African wood carvings — called charms — top off the cabinets. The game room opens into a dining room with the table set at an angle. A pair of elongated African spirit walkers flank an ornate china cabinet filled with cut glass pieces. Step down into a sunny, rather formal family room filled with more paintings by Pat, the Capels’ son Christopher, prominent African-American artists and furniture Pat describes as British Colonial.


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The sum: Three gathering areas replace a conventional living room. The path winds back into family dining space adjoining an all-white kitchen, with columns and arches setting off the island with gas cooktop instead of the obligatory Wolf or Viking range. Even in this magazine setting, Pat rarely cooks, except for holiday meals which, Mitch attests, are superb. Mitch, who has also appeared in Driving Miss Daisy, keeps an office along the hallway leading to the attached four-car garage. “Every actor needs a Green Room,” he says, referring to the deep green grasscloth-covered walls, another talisman in place at time of purchase. Here hang photos of Mitch and notables, including Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela’s grandchildren (who visited the Capels) and Tiger Woods, plus citations, clippings and Junebug memorabilia. Upstairs bedrooms continue the carved dark woods, animal-print fabrics, muted sandy tones and juxtaposition of décor styles. Hand-painted chests, armoire and chaise in the master suite suggest a French manor house. A crib stands in the guest room, ready for their infant grandson. Furnishings come from many sources, mostly estate sales and antique shops Mitch finds while performing throughout and beyond the United States. “If I see something I like, I buy it.” But he credits Pat for the interior. “I’m the outside guy, she does the decorating.”


itch’s outside is dominated by that two-story screened addition built by a previous owner. The Capels aren’t sure why since the house already had a rear deck and patio. They put a pool table on the upper level and garden furniture on the lower, perfect for large gatherings, including an annual event where guests wear white. The swimming pool — arguably one of Moore County’s largest private pools, suits a five star Hilton resort. Mitch, a certified lifeguard, is finally teaching Pat to swim. Afterward, on a cool day, they might pop into the steam shower in an upstairs bathroom. Pat still commutes to her Fayetteville hair salon several days a week. Mitch comes and goes according to his bookings. In between, he prunes, plants, paints, repairs. Currently, he is working on doors from his great-great grandfather’s house in Windblow. Pat wants grass, not mulch and pine straw, to set off the white brick. “It’s coming,” he promises. Best thing, Gran’daddy Junebug’s buzzed back home. His mother, Jean Capel, couldn’t be happier: “They check on us every day,” she says. “They invite us over for birthdays and our anniversary. They bring us supper. We’re truly blessed to have them back in Southern Pines.” PS


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Turtles in the Garden

By Rosetta Fawley

Box turtles are very fond of strawberries, and if you’re growing them in your garden you might want to let the turtles share the fruit with you — box turtles are also very fond of eating garden pests, particularly slugs. So make them welcome with a damp shady area of leaf litter, where they can take a siesta during the hotter part of the day. If your garden is particularly hospitable you may be lucky enough to have your herpetological friend lay her eggs there. If she does, keep an eye on the nest and be ready to cover it with a little chicken wire to keep out predators. Put away the herbicides and pesticides, and your own (slowly) mobile pesticide will return year after year.

Strawberries First and Last

Hurray, it’s strawberry season! The warm spring will have sprung the red fruit a little earlier this year. Don’t miss them. The strawberry is of great import in ancient Cherokee legend. The First Woman and the First Man of the Turtle Island lived at first in perfect harmony, but like most couples they soon fell to arguing. The First Woman stormed off in a fit of rage, and the First Man despaired of his ability to bring her home. He appealed to the Creator for help. Upon hearing of the First Man’s devotion, the Creator set plants growing in the First Woman’s path to slow her down. Blackberries grew up on one side of the path, huckleberries on the other, but she ignored them. The Creator sent gooseberries and serviceberries to line the First Woman’s way, but still she walked on. Finally, the Creator threw down a great handful of strawberry plants. The beauty of the plants and berries stopped the First Woman in her tracks. She was distracted from her anger and bent down to try a strawberry. It was so delicious she forgot how cross she was with the First Man and began to gather the strawberries. Wanting to share them with him, she returned to the First Man and led him back to their home, feeding him the fruit on the way. Aside from eating them straight from the plant, here’s the Almanac’s favorite way with strawberries: Wash and hull your strawberries — about a quart if you like a measurement, but really this recipe is highly elastic, it’s all to taste — and throw them into a blender. Squeeze half a lemon and half a lime over them, and, if you would like, add sugar to taste. Whizz up the mixture in the blender, pour it into a bowl and freeze overnight if you have the patience. If you can’t wait you can just drink it down as a sort of chilled dessert soup. Or pour in a good slosh of rum and some triple sec and you’ve got yourself a strawberry daiquiri. Happy spring.

A fair maid who, the first of May Goes to the fields at break of day And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree Will ever after handsome be. — Traditional English rhyme

Let me take you down Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields Nothing is real And nothing to get hung about Strawberry Fields forever From “Strawberry Fields Forever,” Lennon-McCartney, 1967.

“By the time one is eighty, it is said, there is no longer a tug of war in the garden with the May flowers hauling like mad against the claims of the other months. All is at last in balance and all is serene. The gardener is usually dead, of course.” — Henry Mitchell, The Essential Earthman, 1981 PS

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ext to one’s taste in high art, ranking one’s favorite golf courses might be the most subjective challenge there is. No two courses, after all, are alike — and neither are the qualities that make one a particular favorite in the eye of the player. That being said, for 21 years running Business North Carolina Magazine has tabulated the ratings of the North Carolina Golf Panel, about 130 pros, coaches, noted amateurs, and business leaders, resulting in an annual list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the Old North State. If all politics are local, so are one’s golf passions, we would like to point out. Thus we proudly present the Top 25 from the list plus the Best of the Sandhills and Favorite Donald Ross Courses in the region.



North Carolina

dogwood course, Pinehurst

Par 72 | Yardage 7,204 | Course rating/slope: 75.2/134

The club is spending $9.5 million to upgrade its course and facilities. About half the money will be spent on restoring the 53-year-old Dogwood course.

Course (Par / Yardage / Course rating/slope)



Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst



Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville



Old North State Club, New London



The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst



Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines



Elk River Club, Banner Elk



Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte



Charlotte County Club, Charlotte


Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst



Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers



Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst



Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington



Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), Greensboro



Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville



Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington



Old Town Club, Winston-Salem



The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst



Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh



Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines



Forest Creek Golf Club (South), Pinehurst



Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham



Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville



Linville Golf Club, Linville



Country Club of

(72 / 7,497 / 76.4/141) (72 / 7,085 / 74.3/145) (72 / 7,102 / 74.8/142) (72 / 7,204 / 75.2/134) (71 / 7,015 / 73.5/135) (72 / 6,826 / 73.4/141) (72 / 7,396 / 75.0/140) (71 / 7,335 / 75.9/146) (72 / 7,092 /74.1/138)

(72 / 7,154 / 74.0/144) (72 / 7,117 / 74.2/135) (72 / 6,856 / 73.4/135)

Pinehurst No. 4 Pinehurst Par 72 | Yardage 7,117 | Course rating/slope: 74.2/135 No 4 is designer Tom Fazio’s tribute to Donald Ross. Blending the classical routing of Donald Ross with the contemporary vision of Tom Fazio, the result is a magnificent test of skill and imagination that challenges every level of golfer. Crowned green complexes, sprawling wastes and more than 140 pot bunkers make your day a real adventure — not for the faint of heart.

(71 / 7,117 / 72.9/130) (70 / 6,606 / 71.5/127) (72 / 7,170 / 74.5/137) (71 / 6,825 / 73.2/132) (72 / 7,212 / 75.0/141) (71 / 6,816 / 73.7/135) (72 / 6,528 / 71.3/127) (72 / 7,067 / 74.6/143) (72 / 7,210 / 74.0/131) (72 / 7,037 / 74.2/140)

Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club

Southern Pines

Par 72 | Yardage 7,037 | Course rating/slope: 74.2/140

Ranked in the Top 25 of Golfweek’s Top 100 Resort Courses, cozy Mid Pines — a 1921 Donald Ross gem — has long Creek Golf Club (North), Pinehurst 24 23 Forest (72 / 7,139 / 74.7/144) been a favorite getaway spot for discriminating golfers, as has its sister course Pine Needles across historic Midland River Landing (River), Wallace 25 28 (72 / 7,009 / 73.5/141) Road. Having undergone an award-winning restoration, the course remains one of the most beloved, popular and PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2016 97 influential courses in the South. (72 / 6,946 / 73.4/139)

Best of Sandhills Region PAR | YARDAGE | Course rating / Slope (Numbers in brackets denote the state-wide ranking)

1. (1) Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,497 | 76.4/141

9. (24) FOREST CREEK GOLF CLUB (North), Pinehurst

2. (4) The country club of north Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst

10. (34) PINEHURST NO. 9, Pinehurst

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,204 | 75.2/134

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,125 | 75.1/143

3. (5) Pine needles lodge and golf club, Southern Pines

11. (39) DORMIE CLUB, West End

PAR 71 | YARDAGE 7,015 | 73.5/135

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,988 | 74.0/140

4. (9) PINEHURST NO. 8, Pinehurst

12. (43) PINEWILD COUNTRY CLUB (Magnolia), Pinehurst

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,092 | 74.1/138

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,446 | 76.4/139

5. (11) PINEHURST NO. 4, Pinehurst

13. (57) MID SOUTH CLUB, Pinehurst

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,117 | 74.2/135

PAR 71 | YARDAGE 7,003 | 73.8/144

6. (17) The country club of north Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst

14. (60) PINEHURST NO. 7, Pinehurst

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,212 | 75.0/141

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,216 | 75.5/149

7. (19) MID PINES INN AND GOLF CLUB, Southern Pines

15. (94) TALAMORE RESORT, Southern Pines

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,528 | 71.3/127

PAR 71 | YARDAGE 6,840 | 73.2/140

8. (20) FOREST CREEK GOLF CLUB (South), Pinehurst

16. (97) SEVEN LAKES COUNTRY CLUB, Seven Lakes

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,067 | 74.6/143

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,943 | 74.4/140

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,139 | 74.7/144

For nearly a century, golfers have reveled in the ambiance of Pine Needles & Mid Pines Resorts. Two Donald Ross designed courses have earned us our place among the country’s best golf resorts – and to which our guests and USGA Championships return to time and again.

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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.

Sunday, May 1 EXPLORATION TRAVEL LECTURE & SLIDES. 2 – 3:30 p.m. “An Amazon Odyssey.” This presentation chronicles a family’s 8-year quest to navigate the Amazon River in their 47-foot wooden boat. Free to the public, but reservations requested. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 (ext 20) or WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Camouflage for Kids.” Come out and explore how nature uses camouflage in many ways. A short media presentation is followed by an activity and a short walk to look for some critters using camouflage. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.


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LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Grammy winner Mike Farris opens the spring season. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9447502 or

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 one day prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext. 36) or at the Garden.

EXPLORATIONS FOR ADULTS SERIES. 3 – 4 p.m. “Tell Your Story Walking.” Iris Angle, a trained facilitator for “Journal to the Self,” teaches journal writing and poetry. She will discuss journaling as therapy through her personal experience following her son’s suicide. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

WINE, BEER, AND FOOD TASTING. 6 – 9 p.m. “The 17th Annual Run for the Roses Taste of the Town.” Sample wines, craft beers and tasty hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and enjoy live entertainment. Wear your best Kentucky Derbythemed hat for a chance to win a prize. Cost: $60/person. The Fair Barn, Pinehurst, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0816.

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Wednesday, May 4 and 5

NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 through 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “May Flowers.” 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

ART CLASS (MIXED MEDIA). 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Mixed Media.” Kathy Leuck welcomes all levels to this two-day class to explore different ways of adding texture and interest to mixed media work. Leuck demonstrates different ways to compose an abstract painting. Cost: $90/$100/$110. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

Wednesday, May 4

Thursday, May 5

EVENING YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6 – 7 p.m. A peaceful yoga session for all levels in the beautiful Orangery to improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through postures and breathing techniques. Bring a yoga mat (limited

LIVE MUSIC AT THE CAMEO. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30) Jay Nash performs. Cost: $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Cameo Art House Theatre, 225 Hay St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-6633 or

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ca l e n d a r Friday, May 6 FIRST FRIDAY (10th ANNIVERSARY). 5 – 8:30 p.m. A family-friendly event with live music by Dangermuffin. Food, beverages and entertainment. Free admission. No dogs, please! Sunrise Green Space, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or HORTICULTURE PROGRAM. 7 p.m. “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden,” presented by Peter Hatch, former director of the Gardens & Grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and author of A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. All proceeds go to the Horticultural Gardens. Cost: $10/members; $15/nonmembers, due at registration. Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882.

ing cloggers and bands playing country, pop, rock and gospel music. Courthouse Square, 4396 US 15/501, Carthage. Info: (910) 947-2331. NATURE TALES. 10 – 10:45 a.m. for ages 2 through 4, and 11 – 11:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6. “May Flowers.” 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 MAKER SATURDAY. 11 a.m. “Marble Run and Goldie Blocks.” 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

LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6 ) Jay Nash performs. Cost: $10 in advance, $14 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

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.

ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. 6 – 8 p.m. “Nature Inspired,” featuring artwork by Amy Keith Barney, Beth Gore and Ellen Greer, is presented by the Arts Council of Moore County. The exhibit runs through May 27 and is free and open to the public. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or

MEET THE AUTHOR. 4 p.m. John Hart will read from and discuss his book Redemption Road. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 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 prepayment are recommended for parties of eight or more. Food vendor on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or FUN FRIDAYS. 3:30 – 7 p.m. Games and dinner in Wicker Park. $15/resident; $30/non-resident. For ages 14 +. Bocce Ball Court, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. 4 – 6 p.m. “Colors of the World,” featuring the works of Janet Burdick and Jan Garber. Exhibit continues through May 30. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

Friday, May 6—8 HORSE SHOW. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dressage in the Sandhills. Pinehurst Harness Track and Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-8467 or

Saturday, May 7 CARTHAGE BUGGY FESTIVAL. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This annual event celebrates the rich history of Carthage, and commemorates the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory that produced carriages from the mid 1800s to the 1920s. Enjoy food and craft vendors and a variety of entertainment, includ-

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. 11 a.m. Blessing ceremony and healing service, led by Father Randy Foster, held outside. Refreshments, goody bags, and tours. Good Shepherd Pet Crematory and Cemetery, 5198 NW NC 211, West End. Info: (910) 673-2200. CAMERON ANTIQUES STREET FAIR. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rain or shine. More than 300 dealers display their antiques and collectibles in village shops and along the streets in the Historic District of Cameron, Carthage St. (NC 24/NC 27). Info: (910) 245-3055 or (910) 245-3020, or CHILDREN’S PROGRAM. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “May the 4th be with You!” Come to the Library and show us how much you love Star Wars! Dress up as your favorite character and use the Force to discover the library. Library cards are free for everyone — no residency requirement! Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022. LADIES DAY OUT. 1 – 4 p.m. Get away for a girls’ day: Shop with unique vendors, pamper yourself with beauty services, attend brief presentations, enjoy sweet treats, and hear the Zoopendous Show Chorus. Cole Auditorium, Richmond Community College, 1042 W. Hamlet Ave., Hamlet. Admission: $3. Info: (910) 331-9965 or PINESTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL. 4 – 8 p.m. Local bands perform. Feature Artist is Zach Person, American Idol Standout in 2016 and student of local musician Baxter Clement. Games for kids, face painting, and a variety of foods and drinks available. Bring a chair! Corner of New York Avenue and Bennet Street, Southern Pines. Info: Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills, (910) 692-0777.

Sunday, May 8 WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Mother’s Day Hike.” Get back to nature and discover forest plants that mothers have used through the centuries to improve family life. Join a park ranger for a brief presentation in the auditorium, followed by a short hike. Bring the whole family, but especially Mom! 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) Celebrate Mother’s Day with full on jazz from the spectacular Chaise Longue. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

Monday, May 9 SANDHILLS PHOTO CLUB MEETING. 7 – 9 p.m. This month’s program is “Night Art,” by David Spector. Guests are always welcome. Theater in the Hannah Center at The O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: sandhillsphotoclub. BOOK LOVERS UNITE. 7 p.m. This month’s topic is “Women Authors.” Bring your favorite author list to share. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7002. ART CLASS (ALCOHOL INK). 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. “Go with the Flow: Basic Alcohol Ink.” (For beginners) Pam Griner offers a relaxing afternoon exploring this medium and providing instruction on inks and papers and how to create abstract and landscape paintings. Cost: $32/$36/$40 (Supplies included.) Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

Monday, May 9 and 10 BILTMORE TOUR. “Biltmore Flowers & Fashionable Romance.” Two days. See costume exhibition in Biltmore House and visit Antler Village & Winery. Kirk Tours. Costs: Starting at $400, includes all transportation, admissions, one lunch and breakfast. Group dinner is Dutch Treat. Departs at 8 a.m. from Belk at Pinecrest Plaza, returns 6 p.m. Reservations: Info: (910) 2952257 or

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ca l e n d a r with a Palette Knife,” taught by Andrea Schmidt and focusing on painting landscapes using a palette knife. Cost: $32/$36/$40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979. BUTTERFLY HUNT. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Learn the difference between butterflies and moths, review their life cycles, and learn how to use a butterfly net. 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: (910) 486-0221 or YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 4 – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through May 31 (four sessions). Michael Bonnell teaches this class for ages 5 – 9. Cost: $5/resident; $10/non-resident. Tennis court No. 1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 5 – 6 p.m. Tuesdays through May 31 (four sessions). Michael Bonnell teaches this class for ages 10 – 15. Cost: $5/resident; $10/non-resident. Tennis Court No. 1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

Wednesday, May 11 ART CLASS (PAINT—ALL MEDIA). 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays through June 15 (six 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, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info and pre-registration (must register by May 3): (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817.

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WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE READING. 5:30 p.m. Matthew Olzmann, poet and Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-CH. Olzmann has an outsider’s wit and a border crosser’s slick vision. His poems navigate the galactic and the aquatic, the immediate and the imaginary, the reasonable and the American. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or

YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 5 – 6 p.m. Thursdays through through June 2 (four sessions). Michael Bonnell teaches this class for ages 10 – 15. Cost: $5/resident; $10/non-resident. Tennis Court No. 1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. “Book Dominoes.” Children in grades K through 5 and their families are invited to come and play dominoes with books. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Wednesday, May 11 and 12 ART CLASS (OIL). 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Oil Painting with Courtney.” Over two days, artist Courtney Herndon provides demonstrations and individual assistance to students, with a focus on painting alla prima, wet into wet, defining composition, color values, and color mixing. Cost: $88/$99/$110. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

Thursday, May 12 GARDENING WORKSHOP. 2 – 4 p.m. “Seeds of Knowledge: Neotropical Birding ID.” Learn to identify migratory species and spend time in the Garden with a wildlife educator from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Bring binoculars, sun protection and water. Free with paid admission or Garden membership. Pre-registration required. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration (required 2 days prior): (910) 486-0221 (ext 20) or YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS. 4 – 5 p.m. Thursdays through through June 2 (four sessions). Michael Bonnell teaches this class for ages 5 – 9. Cost: $5/resident; $10/non-resident. Tennis Court No. 1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker

ADULT TENNIS LESSONS. 6 – 7 p.m. Thursdays through Jun 2 (four sessions). Instructor Michael Bonnell has been a tennis professional for over 20 years and is a USPTA certified Elite Professional. Cost: $35/resident; $70/non-resident. Tennis Court No. 1, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Must register by May 6. Info: (910) 295-1900 or GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 and 7 p.m. Local author, writer and PineStraw editor Jim Dodson discusses his new book, Range Bucket List and Other Adventures in Golf. This event is free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library (3:30 p.m.), 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst; and Given Outpost (7 p.m.), 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022 or (910) 585-4820.

Friday, May 13 ART CLASS (INK). 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. “Ink-Finity: Advanced Alcohol Ink,” taught by Pam Griner. See some new techniques, learn to improve some of the methods you have been using, and explore adding other mediums to broaden your



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ca l e n d a r ink horizons! Pre-requisite: Intermediate Alcohol Ink. Cost: $40/$42/$45 (Inks not included.) Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979. WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 10 a.m. “Wonderful Woodpeckers (For Wee Ones!)” Learn about the different woodpeckers that live in our area as you read a book, do some fun activities, make a craft, and get outside to look for some woodpeckers. Activities are geared toward 3- to 5-year-olds and meant for parents to participate. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. ART CLASS (OIL PAINTING). 1 – 4 p.m. Fridays through June 17 (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, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Must register by May 5. Info and pre-registration: (910) 295-1900 or 295-2817. PINEHURST LIVE AFTER 5. 5 – 9 p.m. “’80s Party in the Park,” featuring the band Hipshack. Grab your acid-washed jeans, funky leg warmers, and muscle shirts for the ’80s costume contest, as we celebrate the most radical decade yet. Food trucks on-site and drinks available for purchase. Picnic baskets are allowed, but outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Event is free for the entire family. Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road W., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 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 are recommended for parties of 8 or more. Food


vendor on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or FAMILY SKATE NIGHT. 6 – 8 p.m. Rollerblades/roller skates. All levels of skaters are welcome. Please bring your own skates. Skating contest and games throughout the night. Helmets are required. No hockey sticks please. FREE. In-line hockey rink, Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or COOKING CLASS. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. “Mongolian Meal.” Join professional chef Sonia Middleton as she brings a little international culture to cooking. Cost: $40/resident; $80/ non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

Friday, May 13—15 CARRIAGE CLASSIC IN THE PINES. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented by the Moore County Driving Club to showcase the sport of carriage driving. On Friday and Saturday, 19th Century carriages, ranging from tiny pony carts to extravagant coaches, compete in all phases of classical driving competition. The event culminates with a parade through the Village on Sunday. Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 690-8658 or

Saturday, May 14 SPRING FARM & FOOD TOUR. 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Green Fields Sandhills, Sandhills Farm To Table (SF2T), and NC Cooperative Extension invite you to a farm tour. Each farm will feature a delectable taste of the season, created by Sandhills chefs. Cost: $40/person; $75/couple; current SF2T members receive 50 percent discount. Departs from the Farmers Market at 11:30 a.m., and returns at 4:30 p.m.

Info and tickets: or Paige at (910) 638-8263. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2463. 2016 YOUTH TRIATHLON. Swim, Bike, Run Triathlon and Pledge Drive to benefit Children’s Care Fund, presented by FirstHealth Fitness. Cost: $30/child ($35 after May 9), includes T-shirt, trophies/ribbons to winners. FirstHealthFitness, 170 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst. Must register by May 13. Info regarding registration, prep clinics, times, awards ceremony, requirements, and other details: (910) 7151800 or (910) 715-1843 or BIRD WALK. 8 a.m. Join a park ranger for a 2-mile bird walk to celebrate two great birding events: International Migratory Bird Day and the Global Big Day. All levels of birders are welcome. Bring binoculars, field guides, bug spray, water and comfortable shoes. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. RELAY FOR LIFE. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. A fundraising event to end cancer, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Moore County has a carnival-type atmosphere that is fun for all ages. Pinehurst Harness Track and Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0816 or (910) 295-1900. DISC GOLF LESSONS. 10 – 11:30 a.m. This FREE disc golf clinic is for beginner and intermediate level adults and senior adults. It provides basic instruction and tips. Discs provided; players should bring water and weather-appropriate attire, hat and sunglasses. Must pre-register online by May 6. Disc Golf Course, West Pinehurst Community Park, 861 Chicken Plant Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurst

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ca l e n d a r ART CLASS (INK). 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Ink-Tastic: Intermediate Alcohol Ink,” taught by Pam Griner. Expand your knowledge of working with alcohol inks and discover various painting techniques to create a more advanced look to your work. Pre-requisite: Basic Alcohol Ink. Cost: $49/$52/$55 (Supplies included.) Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979. SATURDAY CRAFT DAY. All day. This event features wind crafts. Stop in the Library anytime during the day for this self-led program. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235. MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Linda Griffin and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom. SEAGROVE POTTERY CRAWL. 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Please join the Northern Moore Family Resource Center for its fifth annual Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl in support of the organization’s programs. Visit twelve potteries to see demonstrations and enjoy good food and refreshments. For prices, more info, and pottery locations: (910) 948-4324 or

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TOWN CREEK UNDER THE STARS. 6 – 10 p.m. Beneath one of the last great dark sky sites in the NC Piedmont. Site telescopes available or bring your own to view the crescent moon and Jupiter; Mars at opposition; and the constellations Cancer, Leo and Virgo. Free to the public. Town Creek Indian Mound, 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead. Info and registration (required): (910) 439-6802 or DANCE SOCIAL: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., lesson at 7, social dancing from 8 to 10. Carolina Pines Chapter of USA Dance. Cost: $10 ($8 members). Southern Pines Elks Club, 280 County Club Circle, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 215-5791. JR. FLEA MARKET. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Set up 8 to 9) Rain or shine. Buy, sell or browse. Sellers: ages 7 – 16, provide crafts, toys, and clothes, and bring your own table (up to 6 feet). Buyers: all ages. Cost: $5 resident; $10/non-resident. Sponsored by Southern Pines Recreation and Parks. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2463.

Saturday, May 14 and 15 JOY OF ART AND YOGA. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy two days of yoga, creativity, journaling, and connecting with other women in a beautiful and relaxing space — and you do not even have to go very far. Cost: $120. 194 Tamarack Lane, Vass. Info: (910) 528-7283 or

Sunday, May 15 ANTIQUE HORSE CARRIAGE PARADE. 10 – 11 a.m. This picture-perfect parade of horse carriages winding through the neighborhood streets of the village of Pinehurst will be the grand finale of the Carriage Classic in the Pines. Info: (910) 690-8658.

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LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) Slocan Ramblers, Press Gang performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or

YOUTH SWIM TEAM. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Practice sessions every Tuesday and Thursday. The Pinehurst Parks and Rec and FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness swim team will compete in a local swim league (approximately five meets throughout June and July). Cost: $20. Open to Pinehurst residents only. FirstHealthFitness, 170 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

SUNDAY KIDS MOVIE. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. This film features an oddball polar bear named Norm who is outraged when he learns that human beings are planning to build condos in his Arctic home. Snacks are provided by the Friends of the Library. Free to the public. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

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WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. 10:30 a.m. Come celebrate spring on the patio and in the gardens with a lovely buffet of tea sandwiches, salads and fresh strawberry shortcake! Enjoy special musical entertainment on the piano. $10 per person. Call (910) 692-6261 for reservations. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or 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, May 16—18 ART WORKSHOP (WATERCOLOR). 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Bold Watercolor Design,” taught by Linda Griffin. You will design paintings from your photographs — not copying, but cropping and rearranging elements to simplify and push creativity. Cost: $330/$370/$410. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info and registration: (910) 944-3979 or

Tuesday, May 17 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MOORE COUNTY MEETING AND LUNCHEON. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Literacy in Moore County,” with guest speaker Ashley Ciconne. 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

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CITIZEN’S ACADEMY. 5 – 7 p.m. This session presents a behind the scenes look at the operations of the Southern Pines Public Works and Building & Grounds Departments. A light supper will be served. Please call the library to sign up. Meet at Building and Grounds Dept,140 Memorial Park Court, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or YOGA CLASS (INTERMEDIATE). 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through June 21 (6 sessions). Carol Wallace leads this co-ed course for individuals who have a basic understanding of yoga and wish to advance their skills. Cost: $35/resident; $70/ non-resident. Pinehurst Parks and Rec, Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Must register by May 16. Info: (910) 295-1900 or JAMES BOYD BOOK CLUB. 2 p.m. Uhuru, by Robert Ruark. The James Boyd Book Club studies NC Literary Hall of Fame writers and their works. Join our relaxed and informal discussions. All welcome. Weymouth Library, Weymouth

Wednesday, May 18 SENIOR’S DAY OUT. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. WRAL Studio and Gardens Tour. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of television. This outing includes a tour of the WRAL WeatherCenter, a look at their state-of-the-art High Definition newsroom, and a tour of their gardens in full bloom. Cost: $16/resident $32/non-resident. Lunch is Dutch treat. Must register by May 10. Info: Call for meeting locale and registration. (910) 295-1900 or EVENING YOGA IN THE GARDEN. 6 – 7 p.m. A peaceful yoga session for all levels in the beautiful Orangery to improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through postures and breathing techniques. 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) or at the Garden.

Thursday, May 19 FINE ARTS LECTURE SERIES. 10 a.m. “Reports From the Field: Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, and the Art of Documentary Photography,” with lecturer Molly Gwinn. Presented by the Arts Council of Moore County and Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, this series focuses on the pioneering women artists who changed the direction of the visual arts in their day. Cost: $11/ACMC & Weymouth Members; $16/nonmembers. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info and registration: (910) 692-2787 or PRESCHOOL BIRDERS. 2 – 3 p.m. Kids will make their own “binoculars” and go looking for birds in the Garden. Free with Garden membership or paid admission. Pre-registration required. Ages 3 – 5, accompanied by an adult. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or WINE AND WHIMSY. 6 – 7:30 p.m. “Sand Dunes.” 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. OUTPOST 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. YOUTH SWIM TEAM. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Practice sessions every Tuesday and Thursday The Pinehurst Parks and Rec and FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness swim team will compete in a local swim league (approximately five meets throughout June and July). FirstHealthFitness, 170 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

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ca l e n d a r DOUGLASS CENTER BOOK CLUB. 10:30 a.m. Meeting held at the Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or (910) 692-8235.

Friday, May 20 JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine and dancing with friends under the tent while Midnight Allie entertains you with live jazz music. Cost: $10/person. Reservations and prepayment are recommended for parties of eight or more. Food vendor on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or

Saturday, May 21 PET MICROCHIP CLINIC. 9 a.m – 12 p.m. This clinic for cats and dogs is offered by Animal Advocates of Moore County, in conjunction with the village of Pinehurst. Cost: $20/microchip; $5/dog nail trim. Adoptable cats and dogs. Village Hall, 395 Magnolia Road. Pinehurst. Info: (910) 9445098 (AAMC office) or (910) 295-1900. 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.

LIVE THEATER. Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly perform The Color of Courage. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Cost: Call for prices. Info: (910) 692-8501 or

MAKER SATURDAY. 2 p.m. “The Hour of Code.” 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

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT RASSIE WICKER PARK. 7:30 – 10 p.m. (movie at 8:15) Inside Out (2015), an animated family comedy-drama adventure, rated PG, running 94 min. Arrive early for a limbo contest, movie trivia, and games. Popcorn, candy and drinks available to purchase, and picnic baskets are also welcome! 10 Rassie Wicker Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or

WEYMOUTH CENTER GALA. 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. “A Heritage Affair,” celebrating the storied past, vibrant present, and exciting future of Weymouth. The evening includes music, art (featuring a live art installation), dining and dancing under the stars. Tickets: $80/members; $90/nonmembers. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or

MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Alvin & the Chipmunks — The Road Chip. Bring a blanket or a chair. Concessions will be available on site. Come early for good seating and games before the movie. Special performance by the Army Ground Forces Band Loose Cannons at 6:45 p.m. Rain Date May 27. Free to the public. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or

Sunday, May 22 SUNDAY FILM SERIES. 2:30 p.m. This movie is a thrilling continuation of an epic space opera, where an ex-stormtrooper, scrappy desert dweller, and droid companion get caught up in a galactic war when they find a map that shows the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. (Doors open at 6) The Chris Henry Band performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Snakes of the Sandhills.” Snakes are creatures of great beauty that inspire awe and caution! Learn about them and how to identify venomous and non-venomous area snakes and see live specimens. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

Monday, May 23 ART CLASS (SCRATCHBOARD). 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Taught by Emma Wilson. Using black Scratchbord, you will discover how to scratch away paint to indicate lines, light, and values using different common drawing techniques. For beginners—no drawing skill required. Cost: $43/$47/$50 (supplies included). Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979. LUNCH & LEARN IN THE GARDENS. 12 – 1 p.m. “Annuals & Perennials in the Landscape,” with JJ Faulk of JJ’s Place Greenhouse & Nursery. Bring your lunch — the Garden will provide drinks. Free and open to the public. Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882 and register by email at

Tuesday, May 24—26 SAVANNAH TOUR. “Enchanting Historic Savannah.” Three days. Step back in time and explore the city by trolley and marvel at the magnificent architecture and public spaces. From the Historic District and Forsythe Park to Savannah’s

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Wednesday, May 25 GARDEN EVENT. “Plant A Flower.” See flowers in the Garden, decorate a flower pot, and plant a flower to take home. Free with Garden membership or paid admission. Preregistration required and space is limited. For ages 5+, accompanied by an adult. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221.

Wednesday, May 25—27 ART CLASS (ALL MEDIUMS). 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Finding Delight in Color,” taught by Bob Way, fouses on learning to identify hues, replicate colors, and determine the most suitable pigments for producing paintings of quality and unfailing harmony. Cost: $144/$162/$180. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

Thursday, May 26 GARDENING WORKSHOP. 2 – 4 p.m. “Seeds of Knowledge: Garden and Nature Photography,” with garden photographer Thomas Keever. Participants must have a working knowledge of camera functions and use. Bring a batteryreliant camera with full batteries and a tripod if you have one, bug repellent, sunscreen, and sturdy walking shoes for outdoors. Free with Garden membership or paid admission. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and pre-registration (required): (910) 486-0221. IN & OUT AT THE OUTPOST. 7 p.m. Chris Engelfried uses personal and professional experiences to explain how Alzheimer’s disease affects children and how to educate children thoughtfully about this disease. Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 585-4820.

Thursday, May 26—28 FREEDOM STARTS AT HOME WEEKEND. This year, the Duskin and Stephens Foundation will partner with Team Red, White & Blue to expand Beef and Beer into a weekend of events, listed below: Thursday, May 26: 6 – 11 p.m. Beef and Beer Dinner includes live music, a DJ, silent auction, children’s area, and special guests Tim and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Cost: $40/adults; $10/under 21. Tickets can be purchased at The Roast Office (Pinehurst), RiverJacks (Southern Pines), Pony Espresso (Southern Pines), at Fort Bragg or online at The Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Road S., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0816 or (910) 295-1900. Friday, May 27: CrossFit Hero Workout. Heats beginning on the hour at 6 a.m, 7 a.m., 8 a.m., and 9 a.m. Cost: $20 in advance/$30 day-of. Tufts Memorial Park, Downtown Pinehurst. Call for full schedule and details. Info: (910) 2951900; registration: Friday, May 27: 12 – 1 p.m. Yoga with Rolf Gates. Suggested donation of $10. Free child care. Tufts Memorial Park, Downtown Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900. Saturday, May 28: 5-Mile Buddy Relay Run. 8 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. kids 1/2 mile fun run; 10 a.m. race begins., Tufts Memorial Park, Downtown Pinehurst. All finishers receive a commemorative pint glass. Cost: $35/team of two or $20 if you want to run the 5 miles by yourself. Free childcare 9 – 11:30 a.m. Special Guests: Tim and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Registration available at Info: (910) 295-1900. Saturday, May 28: Golf Tournament and Dinner. Call for times. Golf on Pinehurst No. 5, followed by dinner at Pinehurst Resort. Pairing a threesome with an active duty member of the US Army. Cost: $500 golf and dinner/$250 dinner only (golf price includes cart and green fees, boxed lunch, beer on course, shirt, hat, golf towel, sleeve of golf balls, dinner, and open bar). Special guests: Tim and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Registration available at More info: (910) 295-1900 or 235-8415.

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Friday, May 27 PRESCHOOL STORY TIME. 10:30 a.m. Author Kathy McGougan and her Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, will share a few of their amusing adventures together, and McGougan will read from her Buddy series. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211. JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 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 are recommended for parties of 8 or more. Food vendor on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or

Saturday, May 28 MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. Visit with artist Diane Kraudelt and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom.

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Sunday, May 29 MOORE COUNTY CONCERT BAND. 2 p.m. Memorial Day Concert, featuring guest trombone soloist Dr. Drew Leslie, Assistant Professor at ASU in Boone. The concert is free and open to the public. Grand Ballroom, Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 235-5229 or MEET THE AUTHOR. 2 p.m. New York Times best-selling author Karen White discusses her new book, Flight Patterns (on sale May 24), the story of expert antiquarian Georgia Chambers, who returns home to her family after years of excluding them from her life. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info. (910) 692-3211. WEYMOUTH WOODS NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.” Learn how the Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW), an endangered species, has adapted and survived in the longleaf pines. The program includes a short hike to observe the bird’s habitat. Weymouth WoodsSandhills 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) Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry, performs. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9447502 or

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A SYMPHONIC SALUTE TO THE US ARMED FORCES. 7:30 p.m. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Army Ground Forces Band of Fort Bragg present an evening of patriotic music. Free and open to the public. Please bring a lawn chair and/or blanket to sit on. Festival Park, corner of Rowan St. & Ray St., Fayetteville. Rain Location: Huff Concert Hall, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 433-4690 or

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Tuesday, May 31 JAM SESSION. 7 p.m. Acoustical Musicians Group. All acoustical musicians are welcome to bring instruments and join in. Bring something to drink and enjoy the music. Public is welcome. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

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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—Saturdays SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lunch served 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gift shop features local artisans’ crafts. If interested in volunteering, call (910) 783-5169. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-4677.

Tuesdays BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. This storytime, intended for babies from birth to 18 months, will engage parents and children in early literary practices. Baby Bunnies does not meet on Tuesday, May 31, and will be on a short break before summer session and will resume Tues, June 14. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

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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 at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. 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 PLAY ESCAPE. 3:30 p.m. Arts & Crafts. For ages 3 to 10. Cost: $10 and $8 siblings. Includes admission. Play Escape,

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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 through a review of the basic tenets. Cost: $35/ resident; $70 non-resident. Pinehurst Parks & Rec, Recreation Room, 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. Through May 25, then storytime will be on a short break before summer session and will resume Wed., June 15. 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 moorecountync. gov or PLAY ESCAPE. 9 a.m. Mommy & Baby Yoga. For ages 6 wks to 12 mos. Cost: $10, includes admission. Play Escape, 103 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-2342 or PLAY ESCAPE. 10:30 a.m. Lego Learning. For ages 3 yrs and up. No cost. 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. COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu items (gnocci, 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

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Saturdays MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 8 a.m. – 12 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 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

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Goodbye, Mr. Mayor By Geoff Cutler

Dear Carol,

How lucky you were to have known Mike so much better than we did. It must have been like sleeping next to an angel. I used to wonder why so many of the good are taken so soon. When one very close to me went, just as Mike did, I searched harder than I ever had for answers. How could God want to take from us those who are doing so much good right here on Earth? I was furious when my friend died. So mad, so hurt, I just wanted to throttle someone. And then, one night, I was taking out the garbage and feeling that anger . . . and out of nowhere, after a whole life of questioning God, I heard an answer. The answer was . . . I wasn’t to know the answer. Clearly I heard that it is a mystery I would never understand or have control over. But the mystery was almost as exciting as life itself. And for some odd reason, that was comforting. And in time, I wasn’t mad anymore. You’ve probably heard something along these lines in church a million times before. And it’s possible that because you’ve heard it so many times, the message might not be as comforting as you’d prefer in this time of loneliness and hurt. I don’t follow the rules very well, I don’t go to church, but I know it’s as true as truth can be. What could be more comforting about not knowing, than that not knowing is knowing? I hope you’ll take some comfort in this well-worn truth. When I saw you, you told me that one of your friends said of Mike, “Heaven has a new ambassador.” Within a glass of wine I realized that was a perfect way to describe him. When we moved into the neighborhood, he was the first to stop by. How were we doing? he’d want to know. Did we need anything? And every time he drove by and I was working in the yard, or the children were playing out front, he’d stop his car in the middle of the road and get out to chat with us. He struck up a friendship with Will and Whitney, who were just tots at the time, and they’d say, “Where are you going, Mr. Haney?” And he’d say he was on the way to the hardware store, and would they like to go with him? They’d come scrambling into the house and ask if they could go to the store with Mike, and we’d say sure, and Mike latched them into the seats in your car, and off they’d go. The children loved that so much, and I think it has a lot to do with why my kids are so good with all age groups. Mike was an ambassador to the neighborhood children. That’s for sure! I’ve never known anything like it. I always felt that with Mike, no matter what he said, it was honest. That there just wasn’t anything ulterior or false about him. When we talked about something serious, we didn’t always agree, but he’d listen close. That normally full-smile face of his would get all scrunched up, and he’d purse his lips, fold his arms on his chest and hold his chin with a free

hand. Nodding his head up and down, breathing heavily out of his nose, I knew he was listening. And that was all that mattered. But I want to tell you a story about your husband that you might not know. This was from the time when he was our mayor. A lady from Southern Pines had worked for our family for many years. She was well on in age at the time of this story, and walked with a limp, using a cane. The entryway to her house was right at the edge of the road, four steep cinderblock stairs with a loose and bent steel rail to hold onto. The whole mess was breaking down, but more than anything else, the stairs were just too steep for her to handle anymore. One day, Miss Ethel told me about the stairs, and when she finished the story, she said, “Mr. Geoffrey, do you know somebody with the town that might help me with this? I’ve called and called and asked the town if they would please fix these stairs. But nobody ever comes. I’m so frightened that one day I’m going to fall, and then I won’t get to come work for your dear family, go to church, or see my precious grandchildren. And you know what I’ve told you, Mr. Geoffrey. I don’t want to sit down. Because I know if I do, I’ll never get up again.” I told Miss Ethel that my neighbor was the mayor of Southern Pines and that I’d ask him as soon as I saw him if there was something he could do to help. “Oh, Mr. Geoffrey,” she said, “you know the mayor? That’s so grand. Please ask him for me, won’t you please?” I saw Mike soon thereafter, and I told him Miss Ethel’s story. A short while later I saw Miss Ethel up at my mom’s house and she said, “Mr. Geoffrey, you just won’t believe it. The men came from the town and they rebuilt my whole walkway. They made it so I can get down the stairs without any problem. It’s not so steep anymore, and there are more steps, and the railing has been fixed, and I just can’t believe it, Mr. Geoffrey. I just can’t believe it! Please thank the mayor for me, please!” I called Mike right away to thank him, and he said there was no need. These were the kinds of things that were the right things to do and made his job all the more worthwhile. We hung up and I thought, I’ve just heard something quite unusual and wonderful. How lucky you were, Carol. And weren’t we lucky too? To know him as our friend, and our mayor. With love, Geoffrey, Brooke, Will and Whitney, and the town of Southern Pines. PS Geoff Cutler can be reached at

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The Merry Month of Mayhem Whatever you do, don’t buy a broom By Astrid Stellanova

May is beautiful, sure, but tricky if you happen to

have a belief system like my kinfolk. According to my elders and their ageold list of Strange Warnings and Superstitions, you should never marry in May (“marry in May, rue the day”) or wash a blanket. Or buy a broom. But on the bright side, we have never had a U.S. president pass over to the Other Side during the merry month of May. Ad Astra. — Astrid

Taurus (April 20–May 20) It doesn’t take Astrid to know you are stubborn, Sugar. But it takes me to call you out. Maybe it’s time to take the high road, if only for a change of scenery. There are several good reasons to revel in the fact that nobody has sued you lately; maybe they were too broke to hire a lawyer. But let’s say maybe it’s because they care more about you than you cared about them. You bent the rules. Use your energy to further something powerful and positive (that can come to fruition if you re-channel your thoughts). You have incredible talents; maybe you can back down just a tee-nine-sy bit and abandon your plan to make your victim’s life hellish. Gemini (May 21–June 20) You remind me of the prisoner who thinks he’s the warden. You are locked up in some ideas about the past that have nothing to do with the present, and those ideas have the power to sabotage your current serenity. You have been a slave to righteous anger that landed you in a box. If you are willing to relinquish it, you unlock the door of the prison cell. Cancer (June 21–July 22) There’s less to your new love than meets the eye, Honey. If you were willing to explore with a little more vigor, you would uncover some truths that aren’t buried that deep. Be like a dog with a Milk Bone — persist in getting what you are due and beg your friends to help save you from yourself. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted. Leo (July 23–August 22) Somebody really stirred your grits — they took the spoon right out of your hand when you were standing at the stove. Don’t retaliate. Wait. They are going to get their comeuppance. No action required. Smile sweetly and just step back from that hot burner and let karma do its work.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21) You don’t have to know how to calculate the square of a hypotenuse to be worthwhile. This is a significant time to rethink your painful self-doubts and kick them right onto the curb. A love of drama keeps you diverted from your soul’s journey. Look away, Sugar. Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) There is a toxic someone in your life who stinks like cheap deodorant. This relationship in your inner circle is about as needed as a stick in the eye. They serve you well as a bad example, though. Be the Star Child you were born to be and just shine more brightly whenever they start to throw water on your good spirits. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) Exoneration is not the cure and neither is revenge. A healthy distance will give you the psychic space and peace you seek. Someone you confide in can gently guide you back to your best self. The people that truly matter already believe you, so don’t worry another minute about something that has pained you overlong. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) You honestly tried your best, but you burned the bread. It happens. But what is most appetizing about sitting at the table with you is that in your sweet company, a can of beans and a spoon is a treat. It’s a good time to be you, even when you have to scrape the burned bits off the toast. And it’s good to be loved by you. Pisces (February 19–March 20) It scares you to feel this happy, doesn’t it, Love? Well, let yourself go. Twist and shout and holler out loud if you feel like it. Your mojo came back, and you are going to tear it up on the dance floor of life!

Virgo (August 23–September 22) You have a piece of the truth, and while it is not exactly true, it is truthy. What you believe, and what is objectively so, ain’t exactly the same, Honey. You have a golden opportunity for an adventurous getaway this month, and use this time to forget all about something that is making you stir crazy. Put your talents first. Nothing else matters.

Aries (March 21–April 19) Chase after something you have been dreaming about like the sweet maniac you really are. You want it, you deserve it, and you can have it if you go flat out. There is big magic in self-belief. Child, it is fun to watch you from a distance: This is just what a dream pursued looks like. PS

Libra (September 23–October 22) Your new love has just the right amount of wrong to keep you hooked. Let cute little what’s-his-name or what’s-her-name do the work for a change and get your booty onto the dance floor. Maybe it takes this to keep you from reverting to your serious side too long. Let the sweet child in you out to play; don’t over-think it. Shake it, Honey Child.

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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Storing Love

By Kim Bowman

Last year, when I flew home

to help my mother convalesce after a major surgery, I took a picture of her pantry. I can’t recall now what inspired me to take it. Perhaps a nostalgia bomb hit me after coming home to North Carolina from Ohio. Maybe I was feeling the slide of time between childhood and fifty years. Or, perhaps most likely, I remembered that my grandmother had been the one to tend to Mom after her first knee replacement, but since she — my last grandparent living — has gone on, my time to step up had come.

Now Mom is the one heading into old age. The time approaches when more and more I will tend to her needs. I will see her gradually let go of this life, as she watched her mother do. Only later did I come to realize: To look into my mother’s pantry is to dig into the archaeology of the women in my family. In these couple of shelves, I see the multiple rows of home-canned green beans that she and I — and she alone — put up the previous summer, as she and Mamaw had done every summer of Mom’s life. If I had turned the camera just a little to the left, you’d have seen the antique National Presto No. 7 pressure cooker Mamaw used all those years. I can’t help but think the National Presto No. 7 must have looked like a space age contraption in the early 1940s. It’s still as shiny as its first day out of the box, neatly stored on the back wall of the pantry. Mom pulls it out for a couple of weeks each summer to put up quarts and quarts of green beans. We talk about Mamaw each time we do this together. Atop the quarts in the foreground, you’ll see egg cartons she saves so my early-rising father can carry raw eggs to work to cook for breakfast. The big red-checkered Better Homes cookbook she’s had for as long as I can remember nestles in beside the cookbooks of both my grandmothers, cookbooks sold by the churches they went to, cookbooks put together by generations of women in my sister-in-law’s family. They are stuffed with hand-written notes on scraps of paper and recipes cut out of magazines — every one


representing its author’s intimate knowledge of the family’s tastes. My grandmother’s 1960s-era mixer works as the bookend. My mother is most revealed in the big plastic tubs of sugar and flour that she buys in bulk — both because it’s economical and because she likes having more on hand. She always buys a little extra of life’s necessities so she can give them away to her family to take home and keep in our cupboards. “Your mom is the family quartermaster,” my wife says, “always making sure everyone is well-provisioned.” The picture doesn’t show the other side of the pantry: the shelves of toys — our old toys from thirty or forty years ago — that are on hand for the grandchildren to play with when they come to dinner each Sunday. A flat round tin that holds marbles and has a Chinese checkerboard on top has rusted shut over the years, but I witnessed my dad laboring over it one Sunday when 10-year-old Valorie expressed an interest in it. Her younger brother Jake routinely pulls out my brother’s 1970s-era Matchbox cars. There’s a kid’s metal lunchbox full of crayon scraps, a piecemeal Monopoly game, a combination checkers/backgammon set, a plastic cup full of miscellaneous pens and pencils, a short pile of construction paper, and a time-worn deck of Uno cards. It was not until I began looking at the photo — taken over a year ago now — that I came to see just what Mom’s pantry is. The toys connect us to a time when my sister, brother and I depended daily upon the care and nourishment she and Dad provided. When the grandchildren pull the toys out, it’s a subtle reminder to extend the same care and devotion to them. Every recipe keeps alive a kind of table tradition, where on Sundays and holidays the same beloved family dishes are there, as the family members come and go through the generations. Here’s the secret of Mom’s pantry: It is a testament to the love and care my mother feels both to those who came before her and those of us who follow her. Each toy, recipe and jar of beans is a hieroglyph packed with meaning. My mother’s love lives on the walls of that space. I hope someday I too will have such a pantry. PS Kim Bowman is a North Carolinian who lives in Ohio. Her Cape Fear-set novel, Slack Tide (written as Max Meadows), will be available this summer on Amazon.

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