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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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Drop dead gorgeous golf front home custom built by Bonville Builders has too many features to list! Window walls overlook the expansive patio and beautiful wide views of the Challenge course at Pinewild Country Club. There is a beautiful gourmet kitchen, 3 car garage and huge master suite. Mature landscaping and circular driveway create outstanding curb appeal! Truly a special home! 3 BR / 3.5 BA 27 Glasgow Drive


This beautiful brick home in desirable Pinehurst #6 was built by Hickman Builders and offers many upscale features such as oak hardwood floors, crown molding and 3 zone heating and air conditioning. The sunroom overlooks a very private backyard with a charming water feature. There is a Pinehurst CC membership with this property. 3 BR / 2.5 BA 9 Kahkwa Trail


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Wonderful custom built home sits on a beautifully landscaped site with long lake views of Lake Auman. The interior has a great open floorplan with a spacious greatroom and stone fireplace. A glass wall Carolina room overlooks the wooded back yard. Finished lower level with a kitchenette, bar and flex area. There is an insulated work shop under the porch. 3 BR / 3.5 BA 176 Simmons Drive

This striking contemporary home was designed and built by Acorn Deck Builders, well known for building solid wood homes with unique designs. This home features huge open rooms with high ceilings and lots of window walls. Great entertaining space! A spacious master is on the main floor. Oversized study and wet bar on lower level. Super neighborhood! 4 BR / 3.5 BA 1 Lake Vista Lane

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with split bedroom arrangement, gourmet kitchen plus a great master suite. There is a patio off the dining room to watch the sunset across the lake. Spacious bonus room! 3 BR / 2.5 BA 112 Lawrence Overlook



golf front home with an open floor plan, split bedrooms, upstairs Bonus room with bath, hardwood floors and a great golf view of the 9th green on Beacon Ridge. 4 BR / 3 BA 244 Longleaf Drive




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Awesome potential in this Lake Auman waterfront home. This open floor plan offers a split This well maintained home, on a beautifully landscaped corner lot This gorgeous, all brick custom home built by Huckabee Home Construction and on the bedroom design. The living room features a large stone gas log fireplace, skylight and on a quiet cul-de-sac is just a short walk to the center of Old Town. 15th tee and the 14th green of Pinehurst #1 course is located in popular Doral Woods. It frenchSeven door access to lovely Carolina Room. The master suite Pinehurst offers two large walk in This homePinehurst features crown molding, a Carolina room with windowsSeven Lakes West is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and has wonderful 10 ft. and Seven Lakesprivacy. SouthUpgrades include $279,500 $298,000 $895,000 $241,000 Lakes South $199,000 closets. Make this home your own that span from floor to ceiling. There is a large brick paver patio, 12 ft. ceilings on the first floor, hardwood floors, double crown molding, oversized windows renovated Wonderful 2-story home on cul-de-sac Gorgeous in the Old Town Charming golf front view Great family home w/private back yard and w/panoramic enjoy lake front living. spacious enoughhome for outdoor entertaining. with plantationCompletely shutters and a gourmet kitchen.golf front home BR / 2 BA 34 BRBR / 2.5 BA BA 4 BR / 4.5 BA 3 BR / 3.5 BA 4 BR / 3BA / 3.5 4 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.51593BA James Drive 20 McDonald Rd. East 15 MontClair Lane






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October 2015

Volume 11, No. 10


15 Simple Life


73 Second Coming

Jim Dodson

18 21 23 25

PinePitch Doodad Instagram Winners Cos and Effect Cos Barnes

27 The Omnivorous Reader Brian Lampkin

31 Bookshelf

Kimberly Daniels Taws & Angie Tally

35 Proper English Serena Brown

37 Papadaddy’s Mindfield Clyde Edgerton

39 Vine Wisdom Robyn James

41 The Kitchen Garden Jan Leitschuh

45 Out of the Blue Deborah Salomon

47 Hometown Bill Fields

49 Horse Sense Toby Raymond

53 Birdwatch

Poetry by Deborah Salomon

74 Elemental Genius By Serena Brown

Masters of wood, iron and smoke

80 Counting Crows By Nan Graham

Creatures of myth and mystery — and why we love them

84 Sand in Ttheir Shoes By Ogi Overman

Meet the first family of beach music

86 The State of Our Gardens By Serena Brown

A vintage map of North Carolina’s most beloved gardens

88 All in the Family By Deborah Salomon

Mom the architect saves the day — and house

101 Almanac

By Rosetta Fawley

The power of love and prophecy, good autumn apples and useful leaf wisdom

Susan Campbell

55 A Novel Year Wiley Cash

59 From Our Files

61 Sandhills Photo Club 65 Sporting Life

Neville Beamer

Tom Bryant

69 Golftown Journal Lee Pace

104 October Calendar 129 SandhillSeen 139 Thoughts from the Manshed Geoff Cutler

141 PineNeedler Mart Dickerson

143 The Accidental Astrologer Astrid Stellanova


144 SouthWords Kelley Hensley

Cover Photograph by Tim Sayer

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Founder’s Point • Pinehurst No. 9 Golf and Lakefront Retreat

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

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Old Things

By Jim Dodson

Not long ago, I sent out an old club chair

Illustration by Kira schoenfelder

from my office to be recovered.

Some of my colleagues at the magazine were greatly amused by this act, pointing out that the town dump was a more fitting destination than a fine reupholstery shop. For years they’d made high sport of my uncommon devotion to this old chair, you see, though probably not for no good reason. Half its springs were shot and its cushion sagged almost to the floor in places, prompting me to lovingly nickname it “the Chair of No Return,” warning any unwary sitters of injuries that could occur from attempting to rise from it. Our clever art director, Andie Rose, insensitively took to calling it “Chairy” after Pee-wee Herman’s peculiar talking armchair. The CNR and I were both wounded by this. Still, how I loved that old armchair, secretly hoping the upholsterer might return it with a new lease on life. Crusty Mildred Horseman, after all, gave me this chair the summer before my junior year in college, my first piece of actual grown-up furniture. She lived across the street from my parents in Greensboro. Even then the old thing was something of an antique, the chair I mean to say, having belonged to her late husband, Clyde, from his college days in Michigan, evidenced by its original faded green leather worn by decades of service. I carted it off to my first big job in Atlanta, where it received its first reupholstering job, a nice updated green hunter plaid like the one I’d recently seen in a sitting room of the swanky Piedmont Driving Club. I thought it looked terribly sophisticated, even if I wasn’t. Seven years later the CNR accompanied me to a new life and job in a rented U-Haul truck to a solar house by the Green River in Vermont, followed a year later to a cottage in a New Hampshire apple orchard, thence to a weathered bungalow in the salt marsh of Essex, Massachusetts — and finally, to the rugged post and beam house my young bride and I built on a forested hilltop near the coast of Maine. By then the CNR had seen its better days, with a seat cushion woefully

sagging, soon to be relegated to my upstairs home office in the barn, safely out of view. Still, the old thing was my seat of choice, the place where I preferred to sit when I wrote essays or read books to my small children. I thought that might be the final resting place for us both, to tell the truth. But life had other plans. A decade later, following divorce and remarriage, the old armchair came home with me to the South and wound up in my magazine office, the source of great mirth to my staff. Still, what is it about a few old things that have a way of wrapping their vines around the human heart and are spiritually endowed with a deep personal meaning? Maybe it’s the fact that their bittersweet impermanence mirrors our own and they may well outlive us in the race to the boneyard. Artists and poets seem to understand this intuitively. Not long ago I saw a magnificent iron elk made from rusted auto parts standing beside the highway. What a thing of salvaged beauty it was, a mythic tribute to nature and General Motors. I stopped and snapped a photo, wishing I could somehow cart it home to my front lawn. Such acts are in our national DNA. In the days before every rural family possessed a camera, quilts were made from worn-out clothing and household items for warmth and frugality — but also to record a family’s passage through time, scraps that speak, as my late Grandmother Taylor liked to say of her own humble quilts. They reminded her of people she’d known in her life, and how far she’d journeyed, a story behind each square of cloth. If you love it enough, said George Washington Carver, anything will speak to you. Tony Avent, the nationally known horticultural guru and owner of Plant Delights Nursery, uses old bathroom fixtures and other household items that have outlived their usefulness as stage props along the paths of his magnificent botanical garden built in an old tobacco farm outside of Raleigh, perhaps reminding us how nature will have the last word in a throw-away consumer culture. Somehow, though, those fixtures make the garden look like an enchanted Lost World of treasures both natural and man-made. Though I’m not much of a collector of anything save pocket lint, golf caps and old books, my home office has become a kind of accidental collection center for old things that speak to me and probably nobody else. On my desk stands a handsome Colonial blue-coat soldier, a ceramic lamp from the 1950s,

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remarkably like the one I had as a little kid but disappeared many years ago. My grandfather’s old squirrel rifle stands over in the corner — unfired for decades — next to a shelf of old books that belonged to my late father, including first editions of Kipling’s Phantom Rickshaw, James Hilton’s Lost Horizons and Markings by Dag Hammarskjöld, three of his favorite books. And now mine. I also have my dad’s old Wilson golf clubs and the green cap he purchased on his last trip to St Andrews, relics only a golfing son could deem priceless. The oldest bed in our house is a handsome pineapple four-poster made from solid cherry hardwood that reportedly belonged to my great grandmother. For a time my daughter had it in her Brooklyn apartment until a side rail split, and I drove all the way to Brooklyn just to haul it home. I fully intend to find a craftsman who can repair it. My wife cherishes several antique china cups and saucers, the only items her immigrant grandmother brought with her on the boat from Ireland a century ago. In her bathroom sits a large glass ginger jar filled with beautiful sea shells she’s collected from every beach she’s visited since girlhood, a spiritual record of her footprints in the sand. The actual oldest object in our possession is a long farm table I gave my second wife on the occasion of our marriage. It came from England with papers certifying it to be more than 200 years old. Oh, the life that simple dented and scarred table has seen, outliving kings and empires, made smooth by unknown hands and time — including two decades of rowdy Dodson family dinners, comprising a mere fraction of its working life. We’re simply its caretakers before its onward journey continues. Not long ago that table accompanied us back to a rambling old house where we previously lived for six years. It’s a relic from the Gilded Age, at least a century old, with foot-thick plaster walls and ancient plumbing, windows

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that leak cold like a sieve and peculiar half-sized doors and back passageways meant for servants that disappeared half a century ago. For what it’s worth, I wrote three books in an upper bedroom of this old place. The room has superb light and a powerful serenity I can feel in my bones. Moving back to it after a year away was like coming home to an old friend, a deep comfort in the wake of an unsettling time. During the move, in an effort to begin downsizing our possessions, we made stacks of clothes for Goodwill and set aside household items we have no further need of, and even went through several dusty boxes containing old kids’ toys and books, scores of dolls and once-beloved stuffed animals, broken train sets, Matchbox cars, photos and other sweet artifacts of a family all grown up, deciding to fill one large foot locker for each of our grown children to go through when they come for the holidays. As for my old friend the Chair of No Return, it eventually returned from a talented Mexican upholsterer with new springs and a firm seat cushion and a voluptuous houndstooth fabric that made it look like a showroom chair. My formerly amused colleagues were all a bit stunned by the transformation, eager to take a turn placing their bottoms in it. Truthfully, they seemed a trifle put out with me for taking the CNR home to the upper bedroom where I do my best work. But I’m no fool. Time is passing quickly, and a good reading chair belongs in a peaceful old room where it can do the most good. That old chair and the table downstairs will likely outlive us all. Ditto my bride’s Irish china and her collection from the sea. But therein lies a powerful message for those of us who choose to love a few old things in a perishable universe. Eternity resides in every moment. Best to take notice and love them well before we all have to go. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at jim@pinestrawmag.com.

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Whether you’re decorating your house or you just feel like browsing, you’ll want to visit Cameron on October 3 for the annual Fall Antiques Street Fair. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shop to your heart’s content. Quilts, furniture, memorabilia, even the kitchen sink. A plethora of excellent food vendors too, so work up an appetite as you browse. For more information, call (910) 2453055 or (910) 245-3020.

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Think you’re not afraid of the big bad wolf? Or zombies? Evil clowns? Your own fear? Find out at the Aberdeen Fear Factory, the largest indoor haunt in North Carolina. Open through the month — until the 31st of course — on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight. Aberdeen Fear Factory, 10570 NC Hwy. 211, Aberdeen. Tickets: $25 or $22 for military or groups of 10 or more. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Scenes may be too frightening for children, parental discretion is advised. For more information, call (910) 944-0908 or visit aberdeenfearfactory.com

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If you love sardines — or just good company and fun — then the 23rd Annual Sardine Festival is a must-do. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on October 9, gather at the Aberdeen Lake Park for a lunch of sardines, crackers, Moon Pies, RC Colas and Cokes. Practice your bows and curtseys for the arrival of the Sardine Queen. And don’t forget to buy a T-shirt. Aberdeen Lake Park, Aberdeen. The event is free, donations are welcome. Proceeds will support youth athletic programs in Aberdeen and Moore County. For more information, call (910) 944-7275.

Fall Felicity

It’s Autumnfest on October 3 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Run! Not just to Autumnfest, but also in the 5k, the 1-mile fun run — and for children there are kids’ foot races. There will be vendors galore and entertainment from the McKenzie Brothers, juggler Chris Fowler and The Army Ground Forces Loose Cannons Band. Mrs. Central Carolina Beatriz Gill will emcee. Downtown Park, 145 South East Broad Street, Southern Pines. For more information and run and entertainment schedules, visit www.southernpines. net/recreation or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (910) 692-7376.

Act Now

Actors and theatre-lovers, a date for your diaries: On November 7 from 10 a.m. to noon, multi award-winning playwright and director June Guralnick will give an acting workshop at the Sunrise Theater, commencing SunStage’s fall activities. Start warming up now and hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Participation $10, open to everyone aged 18 and over. The Sunrise Theater, 250 North West Broad Street, Southern Pines. Advance booking recommended, spaces are limited. For more information call (910) 692-3611.

Shaw Things

The Shaw House is the place to be this month. On October 10 it’s the annual Shaw House Fair, a treasure trove of antique curios and collectibles. Shop to live music and take tours of the historic Shaw House, Garner House and Sanders Cabin. Take in demonstrations of traditional crafts and sample delicious food cooked by the Friends of the Bryant House. Fun for all. $2 donation is requested, which includes a raffle ticket. Children under 12 free. On October 24 at 1 p.m., historian Brian Avery will present a demonstration of the skills required to create pitch, tar and turpentine from our longleaf pines. This will be an exciting opportunity to see how early settlers in Moore County made their living, sustaining worldwide trade in the process. Arrive at noon for tours of the historic buildings on the property. This event is free and open to all. Bring a lawn chair to watch the demonstration. Shaw House, 110 West Morganton Road, Southern Pines. For more information, visit www.moorehistory.com or call (910) 692-2051.


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It’s a busy month at the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. Pick up woody plants, perennials, daffodils, pansies and spring flowering bulbs at the Fall Plant Sale on October 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, next to the Steed Hall at Sandhills Community College. Gather the whole family on the evening of October 17 for stargazing and a picnic in the gardens at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Cindy Bingham, director of the Planetarium at Neuseway Nature Park, will be your guide to the night sky. Bring a picnic, blankets or chairs and a flashlight.

“O” is for October Oyster

The months have an “r” in them again — time to eat oysters. Hooray! Moore Young Professionals will be hosting an Oyster Roast for their annual membership drive on Friday, October 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Timmel Pavilion in Pinehurst. Admission is free for MYP members and $10 at the door for nonmembers — or sign up to be an MYP member. There will be beer from the Southern Pines Brewing Company, tons of oysters and live music. Timmel Pavilion, Pinehurst Arboretum, Pinehurst. Email Mooreyoungprofessionals@gmail. com for more information.

Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. For more information and to register for the stargazing picnic, call (910) 695-3882. If you would like to pre-order plants at the Fall Sale, call Johanna Westmen at (910) 246-4959.

Fall Notes

The Moore Philharmonic Orchestra opens its new season with a fall concert on October 15 at 7 p.m. Go enjoy a bone-rattling rendition of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre. Among other pieces, the program will also feature Little Symphony for Winds by Schubert and Chant d’Automne by Tchaikovsky. Seasonal bliss for the senses.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Free of charge and open to all, donations are always welcome. For more information, call (910) 9443452 or visit www.mporchestra.com.

Dueling Banjos

Battle come down on Friday, October 16, with the first annual Battle of the Bluegrass Bands at Pinecrest High School’s Lee Auditorium. Jus’ Right, Salt and Light and Victoria Lee and New Ground will compete for your text vote to win the battle and receive $1,000 for first prize. Your host will be Buddy Michaels of 103.1FM. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. All proceeds will go to veterans in need. General admission is $25, reserved seating $35.00. Tickets can be purchased at Battle of the Bluegrass Bands Facebook page, at One Eleven Main in Aberdeen, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, and the Given Memorial Library in Pinehurst. Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Call (910) 585-6585 or email vision4veterans@gmail.com for more information.

Art and Campbell Soup

Visit the Campbell House this month and see the world from Our Point of View. It’s lovely. Paintings by Pat Anderson, Mary Ann Halstead, Bonnie Hanly, Kathy Leuck, Julie Martin, Pamela Swarbrick and Joan Williams. Our Point of View runs from October 2 to 30 with an opening reception on October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to all. Sunday, October 18 will see the Soup for Art event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Choose a soup bowl — handmade by the famous potters of Seagrove — and sample soups made by our local restaurants. When you’ve eaten all the soup you can, you get to keep the bowl and take it home. Steve Lapping and The Cowboys will play live music. Remember to put the soup down before you start dancing. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Campbell House Galleries, 482 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. For more information and tickets, call (910) 692-2787.


Choose a pumpkin from the STARworks Pumpkin Patch on October 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The STARworks glass blowers have more than 2,000 handblown glass pumpkins in a huge array of shapes, sizes and colors. Just don’t try to carve them. STARworks, 100 Russell Drive, Star. Visit www. STARworksNC.org or call (910) 428-9001 for more information.

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Ten musicians investigate a haunted house and come away with new stories about the afterlife

By Janet Kenworthy

It is all one big story. There are chapters, and

parts: characters evolving, places changing, events altering the circumstances as well as the geography, people and things circling back over time to enrich the narrative. As the story grows, the sections have titles, more for reference than description. It helps us to find our way back to that time. This section is called the Poplar Knight Spot, October 2009 to October 2015. A young band came over from Nashville to celebrate the opening of a new chapter of our musical story. Josh Britt plays mandolin with that band, the Farewell Drifters. And stories are his thing. He is part of ours, and now we are bringing one of his to Aberdeen. I am very proud to present the Orphan Brigade, in concert, and a showing of the accompanying film, Soundtrack to a Ghost Story.

For Britt, a story conveys feelings rather than feel. A good storyteller describes and explains the emotional goings on, rather than reporting the physical experience. He feels the same way about songs, which to his telling are stories set to music. Josh grew up listening to all kinds of songs, many of which had the effects of stories. Songs bring back images, and strong memories. He met his wife in a music store. Lisa worked there, knew cooler stuff, and had very different tastes in music than Josh. A huge movie buff, especially when it comes to the music that, in many cases, makes the movie, she introduced him to bands that had that one cut on the soundtrack, a B-side that never had any traction in the commercial sense. The Britts have their own incredible playlist thanks to the combination of their audio collections. Jump from that oral tradition of storytelling to a modern childhood, and different ways to share a tale. There was always music in his household. Early on, video was added. There is footage of Josh performing kids’ songs, with his own verses, ice cream soliloquies, all recorded to be replayed at family gatherings. The Britts watched, and still watch, lots of movies. Their town has a time machine in the form of a video rental store, buy one get one, where you can revisit all sorts of childhoods. The go-to for Josh is Beetlejuice. That was the start of a romance with ghosts and hauntings.

Sleepy Hollow, The Tell Tale Heart, Ghostbusters; great stories all, but they pale when graced with the opportunity to experience a place certainly filled with ghosts. Josh gathered a group of artists to write, record and film their reactions to the stories they found at the Octagon Hall, a Civil War-era plantation house which has a reputation for being haunted. The house was built by Andrew Jackson Caldwell, a Confederate sympathizer, in the mid-1800s. He lived there until his death in 1866. His second wife, Harriet, stayed on until 1918. The Orphan Brigade was the nickname of the First Kentucky Brigade, whose soldiers were stationed near the house during the Civil War. Journals and poetry, written by those who fought in the area, gave very personal and intimate accounts of their experiences, providing inspiration for Britt and fellow songwriter Ben Glover, and film producer Neilson Hubbard. The trio — along with singers Gretchen Peters, Kim Richey, Kris Donegan, Heather Donegan, Dean Marold, Eamon McLoughlin and Dan Mitchell, pitched camp in the Octagon Hall, over a period of months, and set about creating a soundtrack to the ghost stories they were hearing. And stories they did hear. The house itself was generous in evoking mood and design. Its rooms held secrets and dreams, nightmares too, that seeped out over time. Some were teased by a psychic, a first time visitor to Octagon. She made specific comments as to the previous inhabitants of particular rooms, and the events that transpired. Her comments were corroborated by the coincidental sounds recorded on audio and video: the weeping of an old woman, the definitive cries of a baby from a room used as a nursery. Others were measured by ghost hunters, folks that research paranormal activity with technical tools such as a K2 meter that registers change in magnetic fields. Ghost hunters see these alterations in electromagnetic energy as evidence of significant activity or communication from spirits on the other side. For Josh, it was entertaining. Then it became philosophical. The songs, the friendships, and the project that came from this place are parts of the story. The questions that arose from the experience are the real story. Serious questions about how we live, how we are in relation to others, and most seriously, if there is a presence after life, what does that say about our lives? How will we be remembered, if at all? The easy answer is that we will be remembered by our stories. Josh Britt went on from that October 2009 to make two albums with the Farewell Drifters and travel to Japan, China and all over the States. The band is still touring. He and Lisa have since had two children. Our paths cross frequently, though not in Aberdeen. That changes this month with the film showing at Poplar Knight Spot, October 25, followed by a concert from the band that created the film. The film will also air at the Cameo Arthouse Theater, October 24, followed by a Q & A session with the writers. The story continues. PS Janet Kenworthy watches birds of every feather from her nest in Aberdeen.

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Remembering Charlotte

The grande dame of Weymouth

By Cos Barnes

I met Charlotte Gantz many years

ago. Although on opposing sides of the political spectrum, we were both outside the old Southern Pines municipal building cheering on some local running for Town Council. The next day after we chatted, I received a four-page series of papers in her handwriting. She had listed what plants I should buy here, where to buy them, how much to pay for them and how to plant them.

The grande dame of Weymouth was remembered recently by her army of Dirt Gardeners at a memorial service held at the Chapel of Transfiguration in Penick Village, officiated by Fred Thompson. Homilies were given for the 105-year-old Charlotte by her son, Jeffrey; Kim Hyre, a park ranger who has been a ranger at Weymouth Preserve for twenty-seven years, and who said fifty years separated them, but what a friend she had been to her; and friend Liz Stern, who read a poem by Ann Russell in her good friend’s honor. They recounted her achievements and accomplishments. She was an actor who worked alongside Katharine Hepburn, a lawyer who took on Tammany Hall, and a writer. Her book Discovering Nature was published in 1958 and is still a handbook for many. She wrote four others about the environment. As they reminisced about their friend, whom they called a Renaissance woman, they described her as an expert entomologist. “She loved her bugs,” Darlind Davis said. “She had a sign at Weymouth that stated, ‘Please do not bother these harmless harvester ants.’” Davis said Charlotte would do a census twice a year and write down the names of each bug she saw. After the service her friends gathered to tell tales of Charlotte in her bathing suit feeding the water plants. They displayed with pride pictures of her fossil and shell collection at Appalachian State University. “It fills thirty-six drawers,” Anne Agnew said. All agreed she was good to her Dirt Gardeners, telling them to stop if they were tired, go home if they were too hot or cold. Her son Jeffrey said if her glass of sherry was not served at 4:30 p.m., she got in the wheelchair and went for it. And speaking of her political bent, she addressed the Democratic Women of Moore County at 96. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at cosbarnes@nc.rr.com.

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Heavy Reading

A remarkable first novel reveals 70s-era New York City like nothing before it, 900 pages worthy of Gotham itself

By Brian Lampkin

I put Garth Risk Hallberg’s

novel City On Fire (Knopf, 2015, $30), on the bathroom scale: 5lbs, 6 ozs. And that’s the paperback Advance Reader Copy; the hardcover, when it’s launched in mid-October, might top 7 lbs. That’s a heavy book. At more than 900 pages, it’s City On Fire is also an unlikely first novel. First novels are often slim like Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man or Dostoyevsky’s Poor Folk or Samuel Delany’s The Jewels of Aptor (all of which were precursors to massive novels of their own). It takes time to grow into a writer who can carry a novel for nearly 1,000 pages.

But at age 34, Hallberg is older than most first-time novelists. And suddenly wealthier. As reported in The New York Times nearly two years ago, Hallberg received a $2 million advance for City On Fire. (I expect a number of you who immediately are, at this moment, putting down this review to get busy on your own tomes.) Thar’s gold in them thar words. Relax, prospectors, Hallberg’s contract was news because it was so unheard of. Nobody gets $2 million for a first book. Except Hallberg. It’s entirely unfair to saddle Hallberg with the expectations such a windfall demands, but do you want to know why this book? Why this writer? What is it about City On Fire that had the rights sold to sixteen different countries a year before publication? And who is going to star in the inevitable film or eight-episode miniseries? Only a sour, failed writer would begrudge Hallberg his money, so let’s not fall into that pit of despair. Let’s try to judge this book on its own without the bags of money hanging from it. First, it’s a giant realist novel of the kind once thought dead in America. It’s set, mostly, in 1970s New York City at the height of the perceived failure of the great city. Default, crime, heroin, blackouts. Going through customs in New York City Gotham recently, I was holding City On Fire (because it wouldn’t fit in my carry-on), and the customs officer asked me about the book. It was an unlikely bit of curiosity, but I told him the rough outline of ’70s-era NYC. “Ah, it’s going that way again,” he said, “With all that’s going on and the police

feeling disrespected and not doing their job. It’s the same.” I shrugged like an outsider should and he let me move on with my life, but I think his cultural analysis was more nuanced than one might first think, and Hallberg’s novel of the 1970s does resonate with 2015 America. Hallberg’s novel is certainly nuanced and complicated in ways that readers of great books find satisfying. He holds together a story that finds of the unlikely intermingling of characters from the Tompkins Square squats, the Long Island suburbs, and the Central Park penthouses. The burgeoning punk movement and the exploding heroin scene affect the high-end real estate speculators, and vice-versa. It’s a novel that wants to capture the entire range of New York life, but even 1,000 pages is not nearly enough. Still, Hallberg does an admirable job with characters destitute and absurdly wealthy; gay and straight; hip and uptight; black and white. In the three-page Prologue — which, along with the short Postscript, is the only first-person narrative, and the only clue as to who has put together this long story — Hallberg writes, “For if the evidence points to anything, it’s that there is no one, unitary City. Or if there is, it’s the sum of thousands of variations. . .” He has spelled out the impossibility of the task ahead of him, but he closes the Prologue with this call to spiritual arms: “Who among us — if it means letting go of the insanity, the mystery, the total useless beauty of the million once-possible New Yorks — is ready even now to abandon hope?” Perhaps 1970s New York is an inferno and Hell’s Kitchen is aptly named, but this is the great achievement of City On Fire: Hallberg exposes the setting’s torment and tortures while simultaneously giving the reader the various loves that refuse to give in to the hopeless surrounding. Roughly, four separate worlds circle in and out of each other’s orbit, casting shadows and threatening collisions until Hallberg brings them all together in cataclysm by the novel’s end. The novel begins with Mercer Goodman and William Hamilton-Sweeney III trying to fall in love despite Mercer’s small-town naiveté and William’s secretive nature compounded by a heroin problem. William is scion to the Hamilton-Sweeney empire, but he’s run from it and lives the ’70s artist life on the Lower East Side. William becomes, an underground sensation through his band Ex Post Facto. In evoking this milieu, Hallberg displays a great feel for the nascent punk movement and its music. Which leads us to Samantha and Charlie, suburban Long Island teenagers just venturing out into the city. For me, their story is the heart of the book (Hallberg’s most virtuosic performance is his recreation of Sam’s punk ‘zine “Land of 1,000 Dances.” It’s an amazing twenty-four pages of punk fandom, political perspective, teen angst, and brilliant personal and cultural critique all through the eyes of a 17-year-old girl in 1976 NYC.) Sam and Charlie have large

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teenage souls and their suffering is the most powerfully wrenching writing in the novel. They fall in with a bad crowd — a homicidal crowd, it turns out — -and Hallberg lets the dangers of an underground movement play out like the actualized nightmares of parents everywhere. The super wealthy are represented by the Hamilton-Sweeney family, and for the most part the family members are treated as real people trying to love their children despite all the compromises of their decisions and behaviors. Only the stepfamily is given the role of hideous beyond redemption and through its characters, Hallberg demonstrates how well he knows his NYC history; the real estate speculators in 1970s New York intentionally and inhumanely burned out a chunk of the city to create uninhabitable zones that could then be scooped up for a song and redeveloped. The people living in these blighted zones were of no consequence, and Hallberg lets Amory Gould, “the Demon Brother,” stand in for the irredeemable greed and treachery of the times. The fourth intersecting world belongs to the servants of the city: the police and the journalists. The crippled detective (have I forgotten to mention that City On Fire is also a crime novel and its narrative is propelled by an unsolved act of violence?) and the down-on-his-luck investigative reporter are both compelling in their own sorrows. Hallberg uses the 1977 citywide blackout like a set piece in the closing of a Hitchcock film to bring most these people together. It’s remarkable to watch a novelist let all the pieces of a 900-page puzzle fall into the city and to then put them together in the complete dark of the NYC streets. A question for any book of this size is: Did it really need to be this long? Maybe; maybe not, but the time and investment required of the reader also creates a special place for the novel. It becomes part of your psyche in a way shorter books cannot. I lived with City On Fire through planes and hotels and customs and back to my home in Greensboro. I was never not invested in these characters and kept up a constant chatter about the book with my traveling companions. The novel is ambitious, and Hallberg brings heart and intelligence and a proprioceptive feel for the physical body of a city. Yes, it’s long, but outside the arm-draining weariness of holding it, City of Fire remained an unflaggingly engaging, and sometimes exhilarating, throughout read. Hallberg’s father William Hallberg, who died in 2014, wrote the novel The Rub of the Green and was a longtime professor in the English Department at East Carolina University. He must have read Dante to his son in the crib. Garth Hallberg was ready from an early age to take on this literary epic. It is available October 13 in fine bookstores everywhere. PS Brian Lampkin is one of the owners of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro.

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By K imberly Daniels Taws We are lucky to have a long fall here in the Pines. By way of contrast, my aunt lives in Ketchum, Idaho, a small town with two bookstores. The town is perhaps most famous for being the place where Ernest Hemingway took his own life in 1961. Fall in Ketchum lasts briefly, giving no more than two weeks of color change. Perhaps it is because fall is so fleeting that everyone stops to enjoy it. People close their offices so they can go on hikes to see the colors changing from gold to burgundy in just one afternoon’s walk. The great artist of nature paints so quickly in Ketchum that you have to stop and take in the effect, or you will miss it. In the Pines our fall is a long season, awakening our community after the heat and humidity of summer. It is also book season, when the most anticipated books of the year are being released into the market. Gregory Maguire, renowned for the Wicked series, has written After Alice: A Novel, in which we find out what happens in 1860s Oxford, England, after Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole. Ada, the friend briefly mentioned in Lewis Carroll’s original, heads to the underworld herself, determined to bring Alice safely home. Fall brings some great non-fiction titles to our bookshelves. There are two Kissinger books to anticipate: Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman, by Greg Grandin; and Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist, by Niall Ferguson.

The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals, by Merlin Tuttle, is a must-read for me. I spend many fall nights watching the winged mosquito-eaters flying through the navy blue sky. I plan to attend Weymouth Woods’, wonderful bat education seminars. In the meantime, I’ll learn from this enjoyable book with its superb photography. Dick and Liz Cheney’s Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America is sure to be a Christmas gift hit this year. David Vine’s controversial Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World argues that military bases overseas intrude on foreign lives and undermine American democratic ideals. Three Pulitzer Prize-winning authors release new books this season. Staff picks include the chilling read Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick; and Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T.J. Styles. Another fall imperative is The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff. The acclaimed historian has turned her attention to the famous witchhunts of 1692 and the curious ways in which the trials would shape American history and the future republic. Back to Ketchum, Idaho, where those two bookstores — and others everywhere — will see Hemingway in Love: His Own Story by A.E. Hotchner. It is a record of a decade of conversations between Hemingway and his old friend Hotchner. Hemingway talks of his legendary African adventures, debauchery with the famous, about his life’s love affairs and how he wrote his loves into his books. This is Hemingway as few knew him. He comes off humble, thoughtful and full of regret: not unlike the quick passing of fall in Ketchum, Idaho.

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Local authors are in the store discussing and selling their books during the Autumnfest celebration in downtown Southern Pines.


6-6:30 Enjoy food and wine with the author while we watch the Pinecrest Parade from the store windows. The speaking and signing part of the event will take place at 6:30 following the parade. Maggie Shipstead’s first book SEATING ARRANGEMENTS is about a wedding in Nantucket. She writes about the space between how her characters work to appear and how they are in reality. She lives a well layered life of secrets until they come to light, as her son leaps into adulthood.



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CHILDREN’S BOOKS By Angie Tally Once Upon A Chapter . . . chapter books are the HOT thing for readers ages 6-12, and Friday, October 9, at 4 p.m., hamster princesses, Trolls and Fairy Drill Sergeants will descend upon The Country Bookshop. Author Ursula Vernon will read from her fun new Hamster Princess, author Rob Harrell will share all he knows about trolls in his new book Life of Zarf: The Troll Who Cried Wolf, and author M.A. Larson will take readers on a journey through the world of Grimm’s fairytales (complete with fairy drill sergeants) in Pennyroyal Academy. This event, which is free and open to the public, promises to be unruly and unusual fun for readers ages 6-12. The Doldrums, by Nicholas Gannon. Archer Benjamin Helmsley is the grandson of legendary explorers Ralph and Rachel Helmsley. Unlike his adventurous grandparents, Archer is forced, by his sedentary-life-loving parents, into an existence lived solely within the walls of Helmsley House. However, with the arrival of mysterious trunks on the doorstep and a wooden-legged French girl as a new neighbor, Archer’s life becomes a bit more interesting. Quirky, witty, surprising and clever, The Doldrums will breathe adventure into the lives of many young readers. Ages 8-13. The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin. For 12-year-old Suzy, it presents as non-verbal silence and an infatuation with jellyfish, specifically the rare Irukandji, which, Suzy is convinced, caused her late best friend’s drowning. At once a scientific study of jellyfish, an ode to a friend, an insight into the tempestuous world of middle school and a story of the unshakable bond of family love, The Thing About Jellyfish is the rare book that will make you smile and cry at the same time. Ages 8-16. Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski. After fourteen years of sunlight, Marin, Kana and Line’s people must prepare to leave the island they call home and head for the desert lands to wait out fourteen years of night. But what happens after the boats leave brings to light an entirely new, strange, unexpected world. This captivating blend of the familiar and fantasy grabs the reader’s attention. Suspenseful reading for ages 14 +.

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Fancy a Cuppa? The art of taking tea in the old country.

By Serena Brown

The nights

are drawing in and the afternoons darkening. It’s tea time.

There are some wonderful ideas about how the British take tea. It seems people outside the UK imagine teatime to be an elaborate ritual with silver sugar tongs and cucumber sandwiches. They think that the British drink rare and sophisticated teas and that we are connoisseurs of the leaf. Of course that is true for some, but for the vast majority of British people in the 21st century the preparations go like this:

Office Scenario

• Decide you want a cup of tea, usually on arrival and at around 11 o’clock and 3 o’clock • Get up, go to office kitchen and turn on — also “stick on,” or “whack on” — the kettle • Offer tea to those who work with you or sit nearby by asking, “Anyone fancy a cuppa?” • Round up mugs in various states of cleanliness from takers’ desks • Throw teabags into the appropriate number of mugs • Wait for kettle to boil while discussing the weather, what you did last night, your commute, etc. • Pour boiling water over teabags • Allow to stew until tea is deep orange in colour • Remove teabags — with fingers if necessary — and throw into bin or sink or, if supplies are running short, leave in small heap for reuse later • Add sloshes of milk and stir until deep orange colour is somewhat tempered by white and begins to border on a pinkish tone • Try hard to remember which mug was being used by which person. Add heaping teaspoons of sugar for those who take it, an extra one for those with hangovers • Pass mugs around and drink, pausing to use phrases such as, “That’s a good brew,” or “You make a good cup of tea.”

Home Scenario

• As above but with fewer desks and the (very slim) possibility of getting out a teapot.

It would be nice if we did take bread-and-butter and cake at 4 o’clock every afternoon with a bone china cup of Lapsang Souchong. More often the refreshment takes the form of a chocolate digestive biscuit. Dunk the biscuit into the aforementioned orange milky tea until soggy, but not so long that the biscuit dissolves into the mug. It’s quite an art. Some types of biscuit are better dunkers than others. Digestives, Rich Tea, Choco Leibnitz, Penguins and Ginger Nuts all work well. There are a couple of points of vocabulary that I will detail to save confusion if you should be visiting Blighty: As it comes: The unfussy approach. “Milk and sugar?” “I’ll take it as it comes, thanks.” Builder’s: Brewed to extra strength, as preferred by construction professionals and blue collar workers all over the nation, two sugars or more. “I’ll have a builder’s, please.” Cream tea: Milk, not cream, goes in tea. Cream goes on the scones that are an integral part of a cream tea. With jam, not jelly. In Britain we eat jelly with meat and ice cream respectively. High tea: A light meal taken at around 5 o’clock, perhaps consisting of boiled eggs, smoked fish or something more substantial than a couple of slim sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Hotels confuse this issue by describing afternoon tea as “high tea.” It isn’t. If there’s a cake stand, scones, jam and clotted cream and you’re on a sofa, it’s afternoon or low tea. If Welsh rarebit and Arbroath Smokies are on the menu, it’s 5 o’clock or after and you’re sitting at a dining table, you are partaking of high tea. India or China?: What type of tea would you prefer? Do not utter this phrase in the office scenario unless you work in very refined circumstances, perhaps the antiques trade. In any other job you won’t ever be allowed to forget it. Be careful not to offer Indian or Chinese. People will think you mean a takeaway. Sugar: A measurement, given in unspoken teaspoons; e.g., “Sugar?” “Three please,” means three teaspoons. Being Mother: On those occasions that the teapot comes out, “Mother” is the person that pours. Thirsty work. Who’s for a brew? PS Serena Brown is putting the kettle on.

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Time to Really Learn

And, just maybe, rethink traditional End of Grade student assessments

By Clyde Edgerton

Up front: School teachers and

administrators are, along with other public servants, like public safety officers, under-appreciated because of many complex factors. In this essay I dip into one important aspect of public education.

Illustration by harry Blair

At the end of school last year I served as a monitor in a public school classroom where an EOG (End of Grade) assessment was taking place. During the three hours of testing, while the room was so quiet you could hear a charger cord land on a feather pillow, I decided to silence my iPhone so that the vibration noise, in case of a call, wouldn’t be disturbing. In the process, just to make sure all was quiet, I touched the ringer volume indicator in order to silence it. I didn’t know that my touch would set it off. It’s a motorcycle sound on my phone — and I managed to cover it up with rapid-fire, fake coughs, though a few students turned and stared at me. But then, in the process of trying to shut the whole phone down, I held my home screen button down too long and came up with Siri, my iPhone voice. Into the very serious quiet of the classroom, with no prompting from me, she shouted, “WHAT CAN I HELP YOU WITH?” The teacher stepped to the door, talked to someone, and in about five minutes the principal peeped in and asked me for my cellphone. I handed it over, visibly shaken. Throughout the time of testing, after my “visibly shaken” episode, I felt like I was in a kind of make-believe world, and I’m confident that many students (and teachers) feel that their EOG testing time is somehow very disconnected from their everyday lives. Yet everyday life and problems, and being inspired to learn, is what we tend to hope education is all about. These EOGs happen at the end of the year all across North Carolina and the United States. If you have children in public schools, you know a good bit about EOGs and probably have an opinion about them. If you don’t have children or grandchildren in public schools, the term “EOGs” may be new to you. The administration of these tests costs about $15 billion a year in the U.S., six to seven hundred million dollars in North Carolina. That would average out to six or seven million dollars per year per North Carolina county. If I were a college student today — looking for a money-making career — I might consider the exciting test-making profession rather than, say, law or medicine. Some of you reading this essay learned math in such a way that made you dislike the study of it and then, as soon as possible, avoid the study of it. What if we spent half of that EOG money on finding out how to better organize schools and classrooms so that students are more likely to enjoy learning? Individual public schools get a public grade (A, B, C, D, F) on their EOG performance. This information goes in newspapers and brings great comfort to people connected to high-scoring schools. It’s bad news for low-

scorers. It’s kind of like basketball. High scores win, low scores lose. Low scores can bring punishment to teachers and administrators. What students know about what’s on those tests becomes all-important. Mandates to use EOG testing (and how to use it) come from our lawmakers. Some educators and lawmakers don’t like EOGs, some do, and some are inbetween. Teachers aren’t allowed to make decisions about whether or not, or how, EOGs could be useful in their classrooms. During EOG preparation, students learn strategies about how to take a multiple-choice test (first, mark the answers that are clearly wrong; if you haven’t marked a “b” lately, and you don’t know the answer to a question, then “b” might be your best choice; etc.). That way you are likely to make a higher grade than if you don’t learn how to take those tests. Think of the number of times you have taken a multiple-choice test in the last year: a) 4 b) 3 c) 2 d) 0 If the answer is d, do you sense a possible problem in our preparation of students for adulthood? I’m suggesting that in our changing world, students no longer get knowledge from teachers as they did in the old days. Knowledge is now available to students and anybody else through the digital world — YouTube, video, streaming, music, iPods, podcasts, TV. The role of the teacher is transitioning into something like this: designer and organizer of student work — so that students want to learn the important stuff on their own. As a culture, we show, through our emphasis on testing, that we believe what students know and don’t know that is on certain written tests comes first. I’m suggesting that creating student work that leads to life-long learning habits be seriously considered as an alternative. Tedious and boring testing that is unrelated to students’ interests and needs leaves an unquenched thirst for knowledge. Teachers are guides. Schools are organized in ways that help and/or get in the way of teacher guidance. Rather than my continuing to harp (sorry) on these things, I will send you (if you are interested) to a source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=15rs4y4PvKE. This link comes from the Schlechty Center website. I highly recommend it if you are interested in how students learn and how schools, classrooms, parents, peers, community citizens, school boards, administrators, politicians, legislators, community leaders and teachers influence how students feel about what happens to them everyday in schools. Maybe some classrooms need more cellphone noises rather than none. 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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The Australian blends are worth your time and money — and not to be missed this autumn

By Robyn James

GSM? Great,

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Smokin’ Magic? Close, but it’s actually a wine industry abbreviation for a wine blended with three grapes: grenache, syrah and mourvèdre.

There are thirteen different grapes you can legally grow in the Southern Rhône region of France, but grenache, syrah and mourvèdre are the primary grapes that create Châteauneuf du Pape and all the Côte du Rhône reds. However, France is not the subject today. I want to venture across the globe to talk and taste the GSMs of Australia. These wines are big, bold and fruity with a little less “pretense” and a little more humor than their European counterparts. The dichotomy of Australia is that it is a magnificent wine growing region that had no native grapes whatsoever. Grape varieties were introduced to the country in the 18th century by European and South African travelers. Almost all varietals flourish there now. Everyone knows, of course, that syrah is Australia’s flagship grape that they have affectionately renamed shiraz; they plant more of it than anyone and have fun with it, often making it bubbly. Shiraz is very full-bodied with notes of pepper, smoked meat and black fruits. Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. It can be high in alcohol, spicy, soft and round with pretty raspberry and blueberry flavors. Grenache is typically lacking in tannin, therefore a perfect introductory grape for a new imbiber. I am a tremendous fan of mourvèdre, often called mataro in Australia. It contributes gamey notes, with earthiness, acidity and structure. The color is nearly black, and the nose has hints of tobacco and tannin. These three grapes blended together are nothing short of magic. Each bringing different nuances to the table, they create layers of flavor that can’t be duplicated by a single varietal. U.S. consumers are all raving about the “new” trend of blended wines. Please! Australia and Europe have spent centuries blending, and in many regions of France, blending is required by law. And, Australia presents such a value in these blends. My favorites come from three wineries that boast fourth- and fifth-generation winemakers who

have perfected their craft. Yalumba, the oldest family-owned winery in Australia, has created a Barossa wine called The Strapper. They claim their wine is “not the showy type, rather the wine that the winemakers drink. Authentic Barossa shiraz is sandwiched between the understated fragrant perfume of Grenache and the earthy, rustic tannins of mataro, a wellbred, strapping and savory wine.” At about $19 a bottle, I would blind taste this against a Châteauneuf at four times the price. Barossa Valley Estate Winery specializes in making red wines. Their GSM is put through malolactic fermentation, giving it a rounder, fuller mouthfeel. Then it is aged in French oak barrels for twelve months. They claim, “Our philosophy is to capture the distinctive elegance, finesse and vibrant fruit flavors of the Barossa Valley.” Their GSM is described as “fragrant violet with a burst of red berry fruits lingering softly on a velvety texture.” All this for about $17, an amazing value. d’Arenberg, owned by the fourth-generation winemaking Osborn family, makes wines that creep up in the price range of $50-$200, some of Australia’s true gems. However, they have fun with their little $11 GSM called The Stump Jump, named after an Australian plow that could jump over roots and stumps in the field. This McLaren Vale offering was chosen as one of the Top 100 Best Buys by The Wine Enthusiast. “A terrific value for current consumption, the Stump Jump GSM blends 46-percent grenache, 39-percent shiraz and 15-percent mourvèdre into a plump, yet firm wine that combines black cherry fruit with savory notes of chocolate, herbs and roasted meat. There’s even a touch of mocha on the long finish.” The winemaker, who bears a striking resemblance to SNL’s Chris Farley with long hair, decided to put an optometrist’s eye chart on the wine label. “If you can hold the bottle at arm’s length and you can still read the bottom line, you can have another glass.” PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at robynajames@gmail.com.

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A “Big Tree Hike” pays heed to the last old-growth cypress trees of the Sandhills

By Jan Leitschuh

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lovely to escape the backyard chores for “a moment of mindfulness for where we live,” as my friend Laura Gingerich observed. A professional photographer, today she carried a boatload of fancy camera gear.

“We don’t have the Tetons,” she elaborated, “but in its own way, when you pay attention, the Sandhills are just as grand.” The Sandhills are grand. This was the Saturday siren call the two of us answered a while back. Sandhills Area Land Trust, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to preservation of Sandhills ecosystems, was offering a “Big Tree Hike” to the only remaining stand of old-growth cypress in the region, and we were going to pay heed. The garden of Nature beckoned, and the kitchen could go hang. The community walk in the natural world was the first in a series of “Get Outside” events. “It’s the new ‘Adventure Club,’” I exclaimed, referring to an informal local outdoors group that was active a dozen years or so ago. This day, the group met outside the Sandhills Area Land Trust (SALT) offices in downtown Southern Pines. After meeting and greeting fellow adventurers, the SALT van carted some two dozen curious walkers into Richmond County, where we disembarked on the land of the late Dr. Pressley Rankin, whose lifetime collection of artifacts is still preserved in The Rankin Museum of American Heritage in nearby Ellerbe. Dr. Rankin was passionate about nature, history and Native American culture. His family still owns 4,000 acres. The critical floodplain along the creek is protected by conservation easement. Among us walked a veritable intelligentsia of the local natural word, including naturalist and author Bruce Sorrie, SALT Landowner Outreach

Coordinator Jesse Wimberley, local history enthusiast Ray Owen, landscape architect Vince Zucchino, and two NC Cooperative Extension agents, Taylor Williams of Moore and Paige Burns of Richmond. “We’ll be walking to Horse Creek,” explained Sorrie, “but a few hundred yards down, that creek hits Drowning Creek. And a little farther, Drowning Creek hits U.S. 1.” He chuckled, then added: “So if you get lost in the swamp, just go downstream. You’ll hit the highway.” Sorrie’s lighthearted warning was not merely specious. The vast, wooded Rankin acreage is a wild tangle, largely trackless. Indeed, SALT’s Wimberley warned us to take a good look at the grassy two-track trail we were about to leave as we entered the wooded floodplain: “Remember, stay with the group — if you get lost, you could be wandering 4,000 acres of swamp and vines.” One more warning: Watch where you put your feet. The state herpetologist lives nearby, said Sorrie. “He says this is Ground Zero for snakes.” Right. However, with two dozen sets of feet tramping the ground, all resident reptiles had ample warning to clear out well in advance of our traverse and, much to the relief of some who otherwise genuinely appreciate snakes and the ecological niche they occupy in a theoretical manner, our walk was utterly snake-less. Despite the thrill of warning, all of the above was simply common-sense outdoor wisdom. Not only did we not see Snake One, but no one got lost either, doomed to spend a miserable, short-lived, bug-bitten existence wandering aimlessly through the blackwater swamps of Richmond County. But it would, said Sorrie, “give you a good idea of what kind of terrain the early settlers in this area walked into.” Drowning Creek is the headwaters of the Lumber River, which is a local treasure. Not only is this blackwater beauty a part of the North Carolina Natural and Scenic River System, but it also earned a National Wild and Scenic River designation. Thus protection for Drowning Creek is critical.

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It’s also important because Drowning Creek is the drinking water source for Moore County, noted Wimberley. If clean drinking water is important to protect — and a reasonable person would argue that it is — it stands to reason that so are the tributaries feeding it, such as the lovely Horse Creek, our destination today. Before we left for our walk, Ray Owen enriched our understanding by offering a historical perspective on another local animal: the human. “Our cultural history is a direct descendent of the natural history of the land,” said Owen. “Human history is affected by the landscape. This (the Sandhills) was the most impoverished area of the East Coast until the railroads opened it up. In the 1880s, they took the sap out of the trees for naval stores. Then they went after the timber,” — straight and abundant thanks to the area’s prolific longleaf pine forests. By the 1920s, most of the Sandhills had been logged. Cut-over land was offered cheaply, for pennies an acre. The landscape was about to shape a new human endeavor. James Walker Tufts, the founder of Pinehurst, Owen explained, “was a consumptive. And he was looking to save his life.” The smell of slashed pine lay heavy in the air here. Pine and evergreens contain volatile healing compounds; even today, those with sinus congestion might find relief inhaling, in a steam tent of a towel over the head, a few drops of pine oil sprinkled on a bowl of hot water. In an era when little beyond fresh air helped the dreaded tuberculosis, consumptives felt the aerosol-ed pine elements healed their lungs. With Tufts leading the way with his health resort, wealthy people began moving here in groups, for an outdoor life, to go back to the land. With enthusiasm, these transplants immersed themselves in the community. “They were deeply interested in the civilizing effects of country life, and how to make a rural area survive and thrive,” said Owen. “Even today we see how agriculture can be a major part of community development. Now, SALT is partnering with the (N.C. Cooperative) Extension to amplify that thinking.” “If you use your natural resources effectively, it can be a major driver of economics for local communities,” said Wimberley. “By working with landowners and helping them create family wealth through the wise use of their land, it has a multiplier effect on the community economy.” After a bit, the group walked a grassy path to the trail leading to Horse Creek, a gorgeous red-gold tea-colored run. “It’s a dark, blackwater creek,” explains Sorrie. “If it were deeper, you’d see it.” Tannins from the richly decaying plant mass leach into the slow-moving ground water. The acidic water is stained dark, like strong tea.

The deeper the water, the darker the color, until it appears truly black in the deepest areas. To get through the cypress gum swamp, our thin trail crossed spongy ground, canebrake and cypress knees. Canebrake, we learned, is our native bamboo; early settlers grazed cows on it. Due to recent dry weather, our trip was mercifully free of mosquitoes. The forest we walked through was not a true old-growth forest, Sorrie explained, “but some of these old cypress trees along the creek have not been cut, for whatever reason.” The “cultural landscape” of the trees can sometimes be read in the signs, if one knows where to look. Sorrie pointed out some deep burn scars scored into the bark high on some of the older cypress. “Fire is the story of the Sandhills, “he explained. “Some catastrophic blaze came through here two, three, four hundred years ago. It’s almost impossible to burn that deep, so it must have been a crazy bad fire.” As promised, we eventually come to some very old, very large cypress trees. One monster, with a hugely swollen base, might be 800 to a thousand years old, Sorrie estimates. That means this old tree might have been a sprout in America before the Crusades in Europe ended. Four of our walkers linked arms and tried to reach around the massive trunk at chest height. They succeeded, but barely. Height estimates are easily 80 feet. Another well-watered Old One, also along the creek, is hollow in its enormous trunk. Walkers took turns going inside to stand within the “tree cave.” From the headwaters of Drowning Creek to the Lumber River is 37 miles, we learned. Easements by various agencies now protect roughly 60 percent of that journey. “SALT has gotten one of only two grants issued in North Carolina from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to work with private landowners throughout the Sandhills along drainages to restore longleaf pine for both profit and legacy,” said Wimberley. The peace of Horse Creek and the softly sibilant hissing of the cane brake lulled the group as walkers examined a variety of species with Sorrie. It seems a peace worth preserving, and a worthwhile walk with like-minded folks. “We have to engage people if we’re going to preserve the natural world,” said Owen. PS Interested in future “Get Outside” events? Contact SALT offices at 910-695-4323. 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

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Is this “remotely” possible?

By Deborah Salomon

October trumpets

the fall TV season. For months, MSN has spewed canceled-or-renewed lists, mostly shows I never heard of, which inspired me to spew a glossary of my own featuring actual programs, revamped:

The Big Fang Theory will address this question . . . do vampires really have more fun? Homeband: Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin form a rap-and-doo-wop duo called Mama & Baba Ghanoush. Law & Border: The plight of a Mexican family seeking “a better life” as street cleaners, garbage collectors, grass cutters while fearing they will be heaved back over the wall that billionaire businessman Ronald Crump forced their mother country to build. Masters of Sox: After solving sexual dysfunction by pushing the envelope off a cliff, Dr. Bill Masters, Virginia Johnson and Showtime take on the hosiery industry. Post-Modern Family: Ozzie and Harriet trade in their twin beds for a Select-O-Pedic. The raving success of political dramas Veep, West Wing, Madame Secretary, House of Cards spawned imitations. Now, airing on multiple channels, sixteen or so candidates (one token woman, one token AfricanAmerican, required of every plot ensemble) duke it out for the presidential nomination. Nobody’s heard of half of them, so in hopes of making an impression they dress very sharp and talk very loud — “sound bytes and fury, signifying nothing,” Macbeth intones. The Animal-Eat-Animal Planet promises Bridgegator, in which the chubby governor of a Sopranos-tainted state is eaten by an alligator stranded at Newark airport by striking air traffic controllers. Jealousy! Three contestants vie for dumped Bachelorettes. 90 Minutes: 60 Minutes plus outtakes worthy of America’s Funniest Home Videos, like Lesley Stahl in a muumuu. Criminal Finds: Antiques Roadshow appraises stolen merchandise Family Lewd: Can Steve Harvey possibly make the Feud any filthier? The Walking Bread: Zombies, bored with their diet of rotting flesh, convince The Cake Boss to bake whole-grain, gluten-free, reduced fat, lowsodium artisanal loaves. Game of Drones: Mythical medieval warriors battle strafing drones with broadswords while, in the background, Jeb Bush yells, “The throne is mine,

Mama! The throne is rightfully mine!” NCIS/SVU/CSI: Dallas. This crossover finds the Criminal Minds crew tracking down a team of Cowboy cheerleaders who have been abducted and deflated by Tom Brady. Digging Up the Buggars: Sins forgiven, parents of the nineteen Buggar kids resume their mission to overpopulate Arkansas. Faking Bad: Walt’s baaaack! A mildmannered chemistry teacher repents, quits cooking up crystal meth and replaces Bill Nye as The Science Guy. Beat the Press: Lyin’ Brian Williams, Bill O’Wiley, Wolf Spritzer are flogged with wet noodles while standing on the impossibly green White House lawn. The Olden Girls: Comedy Classics digs up replacements to support Betty White in a romp about escapees from a Florida retirement village that snatch up Grumpy Old Men for a Metamucil-fueled orgy. Judge Trudy: Judy Sheindlin’s wicked twin imposes community service sentences that include painting lane lines on the Jersey Turnpike at rush hour. American Midol: Finally, a competition for cringe-worthy personal products ads, especially Niagara, aired during primetime Sesame Beat: A gang of kiddie cops flush out Bad Bird. Barks and Recreation: Boy meets boy while exercising their Shih Tzus in Central Park. Meal of Fortune: Move over, Martha, Ina, Jacques and Giada. This cooking show challenges food-truckers to put ten pounds on Vanna White in five days. Downton Tabby: Now that yellow Lab Isis has gone to her heavenly rest, a feisty barn kitten joins fatherless George and Marigold in the nursery, and promptly bites the pinky off dastardly Thomas — something he’s had coming since Season One. There’s a passel of sci-fi shows with cryptic titles like Evolution, Resurrection, Continuum, Haven, Salem ad finitim, ad nauseum — hardly worth differentiating, let alone spoofing. Their common thread: Be nice to your neighbor, boss, ugly cousin, ugly cousin’s dog, chainsaw-wielding tree removal guy (him, especially) because he/ she/it will die/evaporate and return clutching a bag full of special effects that make The Exorcist’s vomitus look like lime sherbet. I always wonder . . . what would Lucy say? Ed Sullivan? Edward R. Murrow? Rod Serling? Howdy Doody, Bob Hope and Captain Kangaroo? Only The Toast Whisperer knows for sure. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at debsalomon@nc.rr.com.

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Football Daze

Dreams die hard for a peewee Sonny Jurgensen

By Bill Fields

If I need to be

reminded that my football career was brief and undistinguished, several jumpy seconds of a home movie are proof.

It is an afternoon Midget League in Southern Pines. I was a short, scrawny center but occasionally played linebacker if a starter was getting his braces or had to stay after school to clap chalkboard erasers clean. A swift running back on the opposing team, Curtis Stubbs, makes it through the line on an off-tackle play. When he gets to me it’s as if he is encountering the inflatable life-size Yogi Bear I got one year for Christmas. My father got to practice his panning skills as Curtis evaded me and ran for a touchdown, choppy-striding defenders in his wake. It was one season and done for me in organized football. The uniform, helmet and mimeographed playbook were nifty, but I realized I didn’t possess the essential grit necessary to pursue the game whose informal variants provided so many hours of fun. The realization came near the end of one particular practice on the Campbell House grounds, when on a fumble drill I found myself on the bottom of a big pile with a bunch of sand spurs digging into one of my forearms. Maybe I peaked too soon. A few years earlier I had won the local Punt, Pass & Kick competition in the 8-year-old division. The prize was a substantial, gold-plated football-player trophy that looks very much like an Oscar. There was a write-up in The Pilot with the results. Winning also earned me a trip to the next round in Asheboro, but all those kicks through the pine-tree goalposts in our yard didn’t transfer to the bigger stage. Getting to compete in PP&K at halftime of an NFL game in the burgundy and gold of my favorite Washington Redskins would be an unrequited dream. A lack of talent didn’t keep me from being immersed in the game as participant and fan. George Plimpton’s Paper Lion was the first grown-up book I checked out from the town library. There was paper football in the classroom, flag football on the playground, electric football in the den and,

outside our houses until dark most days in autumn, our improvisation of the sport with plays drawn by index fingers in the dirt and pass routes run toward the dogwood tree or hydrangea plant. My best friend was Bart Starr, and I was Sonny Jurgensen. Most of the time we passed a well-worn leather ball that was a little large for our hands. When we wanted to do the gridiron equivalent of moving up to the forward tees, we brought out what we called “The Avon,” a junior-sized rubber ball that came with a soap-on-a-rope gift from my Aunt Florence with which we could go deep like our NFL idols. Our hometown heroes played at Memorial Field, where I first went in the mid-1960s with my dad and one of his pals, whose son was a lineman for East Southern Pines High School. When the schools consolidated, the Blue Knights gave way to the Pinecrest Patriots, but the scene for home games on Friday nights remained the same. There were watery, warm Cokes sold for a dime at the concession stand, and souvenir mini-footballs thrown by cheerleaders into the crowd at halftime, which would be utilized for frowned-upon pick-up games behind the bleachers. Familiar surnames that would be part of area teams for years comprised the Pinecrest roster — Buchholz, Capel, Sellers, Sessoms, Warlick. Their numbers, positions, weights and class were in the game program chock full of ads for local businesses such as Western Auto, The Clam Box, Collins Department Store, Fletcher’s Barbeque and The Glitter Box. No player sparkled for the Patriots in 1970 like Charles Waddell, a 220-pound senior end who would go on to become the last three-sport letterman (football, basketball, track) at North Carolina. One Friday night that fall I spectated at the northwest side of the end zone as Waddell leaped to haul in a touchdown pass and tumbled to the ground near me. As No. 88, grass-stained and sweaty, trotted back to hand the ball to the referee, I had a new and lasting definition of what it was to be an athlete. PS Southern Pines native Bill Fields never lived on Connecticut Avenue but has lived in the actual Connecticut for a long time.

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tures to document a lifetime of treasured memories, Dotti Greenleaf’s gracious Old Dewberry Road farm has been a study in light, laughter and unending generosity for the last forty-plus years, “home sweet home” to a myriad of guests. Dotti smiles as she recounts the number of people who came for a night and stayed for a month, or two or three.

“It was a time,” she says, looking back fondly. “I never in all my dreams thought I’d be so lucky as to have this incredible good fortune.” Good fortune seemed to follow Dotti from the beginning. The youngest of eight children, she has a clipped accent that betrays her New England origins, which she refers to as being quite humble. Her parents, who emigrated from Ireland, arrived in Boston on the last successful voyage of the Lusitania, and set up housekeeping in a “three-decker” just outside the city. An easygoing, carefree girl, Dotti was untroubled by her limited circumstances, since everyone she knew was in the same boat anyway. And, with a love of animals that transcended all else, her days were happily spent with one or another four-legged companion by her side. “I sure got the animal gene,” she laughs. “I’d even call the neighborhood strays to follow me to the park, where they’d play at my feet while I sat reading under a tree.” However, it was the horses that eclipsed everyone and everything for Dotti. Fortunately, there was a stable not far from home that boasted the area’s only indoor ring. Billed as a lesson and training facility for the girls’ colleges in and around Boston, it’s where she spent every possible moment reveling in “you know what.” Paying tribute to owner and manager Bill Wright for having shown her the ropes, she says, “I’d muck stalls, clean tack, and do whatever needed doing.” On top of which, Dotti proved to be a natural in the saddle, and as a result was often called upon to exercise six to eight, mostly green, horses a day. In fact, the running joke was: “Give it to Dotti — she’ll ride anything.”

While it’s true riding was her passion, it also proved to be a practical endeavor when her father died and her mother was forced to take on housekeeping jobs to make ends meet. Thanks to the $20 a week Dotti earned working at Bill Wright’s summer camp, not only did she contribute a considerable sum to the household, her career path was decided then and there. But another event was about to unfold as well. Young Dotti had caught the eye of young Bob Greenleaf. The oldest of six children, he also was from a first generation, Irish Catholic family. Having learned early to be clever, resourceful, and “think fast on his feet,” Bob soon realized if he ever wanted to win the heart of this girl, he would have to adopt the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality. So he did. Seven years later, after mucking more than his share of stalls to prove himself worthy, Bob won his prize and married his true love. “I couldn’t make this up,” laughs Dotti. “We were on our honeymoon in the Poconos when I found my first horse, who we bought on the spot, and also a trailer to haul him home. From that point on, there was no looking back.” After a short stint of living over Bill Wright’s barn, the newlyweds settled into a small farm of their own in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, where they were to spend the next thirty years raising their two children, an assortment of horses, dogs, cats, BG the resident goat, and even a monkey named Zip. “Plus, there were always kids running through the house,” Dotti adds. “That’s because Bob was the biggest kid of all. He’d be wrestling on the floor with them one minute, and the next minute they’d be scrambling into the back of our pickup with Bob at the wheel who’d yell, ‘Ready, set, GO!,’ before speeding off to the ice cream stand. He was Uncle Bob to forty nieces and nephews and their friends, my Pony Clubbers, the neighborhood kids, our friends’ kids and their friends. Not to mention, he was the life of the party, and there were plenty of those too. It seemed like there was always something going on.” In the meantime, Dotti was making great progress with her beloved open jumper, Pocono, who was in contention to compete at the Garden, until her advanced pregnancy put a halt to her riding. So, to keep Pocono fit, what did she do? She taught Bob to school him over fences: five-foot fences, to be exact, which he took to like a “duck to water,” she says. By the late ’70’s Bob’s business was doing well enough for him to afford to send Dotti and her horses south for training during the worst of winter, suggesting she look into Southern Pines, aka “horse heaven.” No sooner did she land at the station than she fell in love with the area. Therefore, it was no surprise that two weeks became three, which became a month the following year, and then

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two months the year after that. As Dotti put it, it was just a matter of time before they came down South for good. “If you were a horse person down here, it didn’t matter what you did. As long as you made sure they were healthy and happy you were welcome everywhere.” And, welcomed they were. As a high-spirited, horsey couple, Dotti and Bob were instantly in the thick of it. With her champion mare, Isis, the pair cleaned up everywhere they went — the New England Hunter Trials Heard Cup four years in a row, and championship honors that same year at the Hunter Trials in Southern Pines, for starters. As for Bob, he cheerfully embraced his new life and even became Master of the Hunt. “It was paradise. We spent every day hunting, hacking out, training or competing, and every evening we spent socializing. The town of Southern Pines truly had an open door policy back then.” As testimony, when a tragic riding accident put Dotti in a body cast for six months, everyone in the community pitched in to help. “There wasn’t a day that went by that someone didn’t stop in, usually with a dish. It’s just the way it was around here. We all were there for each other,” she says. That tradition also held true when Bob passed away many years later. Taken by coach to the burial site deep within the Walthour-Moss Foundation, people gathered on horseback or in carriages from all over to pay their final respects to one of their own. Today, Dotti is a much sought-after volunteer who unselfishly gives her time at most of the area’s shows and horse trials. Otherwise, she can be seen driving the cutest paint pony ever, or taking her two dogs, Chance and Dori, out for a run. And, always in demand at any number of events, Dotti continues to be at the center of the social whirlwind she helped to create. “We used to have great parties: costume parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties, you name it, but the highlight was then — and remains to this day — joke night.” The way she tells it, “We laugh till we cry. The jokes get so blue, they’d make a conjurer blush.” But, this is the first Wednesday of the month, and Dotti has just come home from grocery shopping with the ingredients for one of her famous cheesecakes that she’ll bring to tonight’s Driving Club meeting. Dori is perched on the arm rest of the recliner watching Mom’s every move, while Chance lounges on the floor close by. Rays of late-day summer sun stream through the glass doors, as another day draws to a close. All is as it should be this afternoon at Dotti’s house. PS Toby Raymond is a rider and writer specializing in equine branding, P.R. and feature articles. Toby can be reached at Equine Creative Services – (802) 353-2215 tlraymond2@gmail.com


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who relocate to the North Carolina Piedmont are always asking me about birds they were used to seeing back where they came from. Time and again I get asked, “Where are the Baltimore orioles?” And why not? This handsome bird’s striking plumage and affinity for bird feeders make it a real favorite among backyard bird lovers.

The male Baltimore oriole is stunning with its bright orange plumage, distinctive black head and back, and those two sporty white wing bars. Although the females and immature birds are less striking with yellow-to-light-orange coloration, the white wing bars still catch the eye. Look for a large, pointed bill, perfect for foraging. And the male’s melodic song, made up of several clear, whistled notes, brightens even the rainiest of days. As it turns out, Baltimore orioles actually do nest in North Carolina — but mainly in the west. In our mountains you can find their elaborate, woven nests, dangling from the highest branches of trees, often over water. Incubation is two long weeks. Following that, the young will spend another couple of weeks hanging around the nest before they fledge. By midsummer, you’ll see adults in the treetops, looking for caterpillars and small insects to feed their growing families. That’s not to say you won’t ever get a glimpse of a Baltimore oriole in the Piedmont. Since these birds winter in Florida and down into Central America, a few might pass through your backyard in the spring or fall, depending on their flight path. And there’s even a chance one or two might stay over the winter in your neighborhood if you have the kind of habitat they seek out in the cooler months. Should your yard be to their liking, they might return year after year, bringing oth-

ers (presumably family members) with them. I know several people hosting winter orioles in the eastern half of our state who count a dozen or more birds frequenting their feeders from October through March every year. Baltimore orioles prefer mature evergreen trees. They also like shrubs, especially if they’re fruit-bearing. Since orioles are are relatively large and colorful, they require thick cover for protection from predators — especially fast-flying bird eaters such as Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks. Without cover, they won’t linger long, even if food is plentiful. But should they feel safe, the odds are they will settle in and become a regular backyard attraction. Although Baltimore orioles will gobble up any insects they happen upon, they’ll gladly switch to a diet of berries, fruit or sweet treats waiting for them at bird feeders. They enjoy not only suet mixes with peanut butter but also orange halves, grape jelly and even marshmallows. Also, you can see them sipping sugar water from hummingbird feeders if they’re left out after hummingbirds have flown south. You can purchase larger sugar water feeders made just for orioles, with partitions for other solid treats as well. Baltimore orioles relish fat mealworms as well, if you want to pull out all the stops. Interestingly, a few very lucky individuals have sighted out-of-place Scott’s orioles as well as Bullock’s orioles here in North Carolina. These megararities have even turned up at sites without any other orioles present. Keep in mind that sometimes Western tanagers visit our feeders in winter. The females and immature birds of this species look very similar to female or immature Baltimore orioles, differing only in the shape of their bills and the color of their wing bars. Many people do not realize that orchard orioles can be found here in place of Baltimores during the summer months. Their plumage is less striking, and their nests are not quite as interesting, but their songs are almost as sweet. But that is a story for another day . . . PS Susan would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted by email at susan@ncaves.com, or by calling (910) 585-0574.

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Have You Read (insert name here)? When readers ask, one question stands out

By Wiley Cash

Writers get asked a lot of tough

questions, especially from readers. Here are a few questions that come to mind: Why haven’t you turned your book into a movie yet? How many books have you sold? How much money do you make? Have you contacted Oprah about putting your book on her book club list? And, my personal favorite: Are you ever going to work, or are you just going to keep writing?

While these questions can be interesting, funny, humiliating and/or painful to address, there is one question that rankles my nerves and stops me in my tracks like no other:

Have you read [insert book title]? Before the questioner even finishes asking the question — meaning, before the questioner has a chance to mention the title of the book he or she is asking me about — I am already formulating a response as my brain cycles through a tiered system of its own questions. What if you’ve read the book and hated it, but they loved it? What if you’ve read the book and loved it, but they hated it? What if you’ve read some of the book, but you never finished it? What if you’ve never read the book, and you’re embarrassed? And, the most terrifying: What if you’ve never even heard of the book? I have a Ph.D. in literature, and I’ve spent roughly a billion years either sitting in a classroom or standing in front of one. I’ve traveled the country and met hundreds of booksellers that have recommended thousands of great books to me. But even with all of this experience I can almost guarantee you that I won’t have read the book you’re preparing to ask me about. This is because there are so many books and so many tastes that rarely do we find ourselves on similar footing when bandying about titles to books we have and have not read.

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This isn’t to say that I haven’t tried my hardest to read the books you probably think I should’ve read. A few summers ago I made a list of ten such titles, but I only read Death Comes for the Archbishop and Winesburg, Ohio before I lost the list. I gave Moby-Dick a shot later that summer, but on a beach vacation with friends I realized that I wasn’t going to get all the way through it. In the mornings I’d take Melville’s novel and a cup of coffee and sit on the deck for a few hours of reading before others in the house began to stir. Our rental was about 300 yards from the beach, but I could see and hear the waves breaking on the shore. It was peaceful and beautiful until my brother-in-law, hung over and ornery, would stumble from the house and make his way to the ocean for the morning swim he hoped would revive him. I’d say hello and go back to MobyDick, looking up from time to time to see that my brother-in-law still had a ways to go before reaching the ocean. After about ten minutes I’d look up as he finally made it to the water, and I’d look back down at MobyDick and realize I was still on the same page. I was never going to finish this book. I’ll be honest: I still haven’t finished it, and that trip was four years ago. But, oh Lord, I’ve lied about what I’ve read. I’ve looked you square in the face and answered yes when you asked me about Invisible Man, The House of Mirth, Infinite Jest, and Walden. That’s right, I said Walden. I had a professor in college who said he hated Henry David Thoreau as an undergraduate, but once he became a professor he discovered that Thoreau had become a much better writer. I’m still waiting for that to happen. I find him a little too self-righteous for my taste. Maybe he’ll be less so by the time I retire. Perhaps I haven’t read everything, but the things I’ve read I’ve read closely and wholly and meaningfully. I’ve never read Gone with the Wind or seen the movie, but I got a pretty good idea of the South’s collapse when I read Cold Mountain (and when I saw the movie). As I said, I’ve never read Ulysses, but I know that Thomas Wolfe was deeply affected by it and modeled much of Look Homeward, Angel after it. I’ve read Angel dozens of times, and I feel comfortable saying that I know it and it’s literary/historical/cultural implications as well as any Joyce scholar could know the literary/historical/cultural implications of Ulysses. I can claim an emotional attachment to Angel as well. I read it over and over in the ten long years I lived outside of North Carolina because it gave me a way to feel like I was back inside a place I loved and missed. Another confession: I’ve never read Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye, even though I consider myself a huge fan of her work. On the other hand, I’ve read Beloved (and seen the movie!) several times, and I’ve probably read and taught Song of Solomon more than I’ve read and taught anything else. More than any other book, it’s the one that made me want to be a writer in the first place. One of my clearest memories of a reading experience is coming to the end of Song of Solomon in the summer of 1997. I was home after my first year of college, in the middle of a break-up, and seemingly adrift in the world. While reading Morrison’s novel about a young man searching for a role in his own life, I was offered a reprieve from mine. When I finished the book I was sitting in a lawn chair in my parents’ backyard. I closed the novel, looked at the cover, sighed, and started reading it all over again. From now on I’ll do my best to be honest with you about what I have and have not read. Besides, I think we need to focus less on what we’ve read and more on how we’ve read it: what we’ve learned, what we’ve enjoyed, what we’ve embraced, and, perhaps most importantly, what we’ve remembered. 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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Little Donnie

Memories of the man who would be President

By Neville Beamer

Frederick Christ Trump was

one of the “old guard” at the Twenty-One Club. I remember his thinning red hair with the unique gray stripes at the temples, his impeccable fashion flair and his flashing blue eyes that danced with intelligence. Chuck Anderson, my tutor at the Club, introduced me to Fred Trump shortly after hiring me in 1972.

“This guy,” Chuck told me as he squeezed the man’s shoulder, “is one of the all-time greats. He gets anything he asks for here, got it?” Chuck often used the “all-time great” description in his introductions, but usually he was just patronizing the guy. When that was the case, he would accompany the intro with a concealed wink. This meant that the guy truly wasn’t all that, we’re just kinda playin’ him up. When he introduced me to Fred Trump, there was no wink. Fred was an actual “all-time great.” Fred Trump was a very earthy self-made multi-millionaire who made his money in real estate. He built large tracts of affordable housing in the boroughs surrounding Manhattan, mainly in Queens. He realized the huge demand for such housing in the post-war boom, and these units sold faster than his growing company, The Trump Organization, could erect them. One of his contemporaries was Samuel Lefrak, of The Lefrak Organization which built Lefrak City, in Queens. Another, Harry Helmsley, was most infamous for leaving his wife and marrying a real estate agent in his employ by the name of Leona. Leona Helmsley became known as “the queen of mean” and to the delight of thousands of New Yorkers, did some serious jail time for tax evasion. She was a very nasty lady. Fred was the son of a German immigrant who, due to anti-German sentiment at the time of his immigration, claimed he was from Sweden. Fred liked to sit in the bar, but unlike most of the regulars, who demanded the first section, Fred preferred to be seated in the last section. This area was referred to by the regular crowd as Slobovia. No Twenty-Oner worth his salt would be caught dead sitting there, but Fred liked sitting in Slobovia. It was quiet there, all of the hubbub and flash was mostly confined to section one, and Fred could conduct his business in the back in relative solitude. He wasn’t there to show off; he was there to make deals.

One day, not long after I met him for the first time, Fred Trump entered with a dapper young man in his mid-20s. Chuck welcomed them and then introduced me to him by saying (swear to God), “This is Fred’s son, little Donnie,” and that is how I met Donald Trump. Little Donnie, turns out, was freshly graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Armed with an MBA in economics, he joined his father’s company. I remember him as presenting this quiet and observing façade that I knew was masking an urgent “put me in, coach” intensity. He would clearly not be comfortable for long on the sidelines. He was a handsome young man with his father’s propensity for high style. His gentle demeanor and serious expression made him a natural big city chick magnet, and soon he began showing up regularly in the evenings for dinner with a luscious selection of New York females. He settled on one in particular: a strikingly gorgeous Czechoslovakian blonde New York fashion model, and her name was Ivana Marie Zelnickova Winkmayr. When Little Donnie began showing up with Ivana exclusively, Chuck correctly predicted their forthcoming marriage, which took place in 1977. At about that same time, Fred Trump turned the reins of the Trump Organization to his talented and ambitious son. Donald then took the company in a new direction. His focus obviously not in the same vision of his modest father, he preferred the glittering high-end properties that Fred had shunned. We all know where that path has taken him. Three children later, Ivana caught little Donnie, whom she had nicknamed The Donald, screwing around with a New York actress named Marla Maples (Heather Locklear’s cousin). That was it. They were divorced in 1992 and Donald married Marla the following year. Ivana made out very well, thank you. About $14 million, a house in Connecticut and allowances for herself and the three little Trumps. Fred Trump passed away in 1999, leaving an estate of over $700 million. Donald got $260 plus million in inheritance, by then perhaps a drop in his bucket. I was watching the Emmys last night, and there was little Donnie singing the theme to Green Acres with that lady from Will & Grace. He was holding a pitchfork and wearing a straw hat and Oshkosh overalls. He doesn’t sing well, and I think that was the point. I was wondering if Fred was watching this. He would have been smiling. You would have never caught Fred in overalls. Not for all the money in the world. PS This story first appeared in the October 2005 issue of PineStraw.

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Beating the Drum October is prime surf-fishing time

By Tom Bryant

I have an old photo that I made at the

beach years ago. It’s nothing fancy, just an October moon rising over the ocean like a party balloon. I can’t even remember where I took it; but probably it was at Huntington Beach, a state park just below Murrell’s Inlet. Every time I look at the picture, it reminds me of an unusual gentleman I met while surf fishing for red drum.

October is supposed to be a prime surf-fishing month in South Carolina, but you can’t prove it by me. I guess it’s because I’ve tried the sport but just haven’t invested the time to make it a big success. This year, though, I was determined to change my stripes and put in the effort to pull in a big drum. I know it’s been done because I’ve seen the fish come out of these waters. My friend Bennett Rose has an entire wall of photos showing giant red drum that he and his fishing partners have artfully caught in South Carolina surf not very far from where I fish. Also, Don Crowder, another beach lover, passed along a story about catching a thirty-pound monster drum right close to the jetties at Murrell’s Inlet. In keeping with my pledge to better myself in the surf fishing sport category, I bought a new surf fishing cart and, if I do say so, it’s a marvelous addition to our beach paraphernalia. It’s just right for hauling rods, a cooler, chairs, a five-gallon bucket, bait and if needed, a beach umbrella. It also doubles as a beach cart when Linda and I want to spend the day lounging near the surf. This particular adventure to the coast was meant to serve two purposes: The first was to give me additional incentive by providing a different setting to work on one of my novels that have been under way for a year or more. The second was to catch fish, of course. So, on the first evening at Huntington, with the camp set and supper done and under a full moon, I pulled my new fishing cart through the myrtles and live oaks to the beach. The moon provided enough light to find a good spot to set up and cast, so in just a little time, I was settled in to make an evening of it. While doing all this, I noticed a person heading my way from the southern end of the island. He was no more than a slow moving shadow and I didn’t pay him a lot of attention until he got closer. Then I thought to myself, this fellow is gonna want to talk. Maybe I can

give him a brief hello and he’ll move on down the beach. I was using a surf casting rod lent to me by my friend Bob Rudolph, and I made a pretty good cast, right beyond the breakers, put the rod in the surf holder and walked back to my chair to sit down for a break. It was a beautiful evening with an easterly breeze blowing just enough to keep the bugs at bay, and nothing but the sounds of soft crashing waves as they rolled up and then eased back on an out-going tide. It was a perfect night for fishing. “Hey, Buddy. How they bitin’?” The fellow was of an indeterminate age. The older I get, the younger the young ones look and the older the old ones look. This guy, though, was at least my age or maybe a bit older. “Don’t know yet. Just threw out my first cast. How you doing?” “Doing pretty good now. I had to get out and walk a bit. My crazy son-in-law is driving me bonkers.” Uh-oh. This guy is gonna talk about his life problems and I’m here to fish. “Hey, we all got our little crosses to bear,” I said and walked the few feet to check out my rod. I reeled in a little slack and sat back down. The old fellow made no effort to walk away and I waited to see what was next. “Yeah, well. My daughter thinks she made a good choice. This boy’s got more money than he’ll ever spend, but he’s also got the personality of one of those blowfish you might pull outta that ocean tonight.” He had a distinctive accent and I knew I was opening a flood gate but had to ask, “Where you from, buddyroe?” “A little town down in Alabama. Been gone for a while but I’m thinking about moving back before the daughter can put me in one of those elephant graveyard places. You know where most old folks go to die. They invited me on this socalled camping trip to make plans for that. You ought to see this bus camper. It’s got more stuff than two houses. First thing that boy told me was how much it cost, over a half million dollars, as if you care. You camping?” “Yep, the bride and I have a little Airstream camper, 19 feet, just right for us. Not like home but a lot of fun. Hey, partner, sit down in this chair and I’ll get the cooler from the cart to sit on. How about a cold drink?” I was hooked but didn’t care. I loved listening to the old fellow’s accent. The evening rolled on and I lost all track of time. I caught a few spots and put them in the bucket I’d filled with ocean water. “I’d better be getting on back,” my new friend said. “The daughter will be sending out a search party, but I’ve got a fishing story for you before I go. Something you might write about.” I had told him I was a writer and got a lot of

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story ideas from the beach. “You remember that old fertilizer salesman turned stand-up comic from Alabama, Jerry Clower? I think he died a few years back. Anyhow, he told a fishing story he got from my cousin Fred. It’s about when Fred was a youngster, working in the tomato fields down around Lake Okeechobee in Florida.” “Now Fred was a big fisherman, used all his free time fishing. And as the story goes, there was a spell when the fish refused to bite anything. All those sport fishermen were spending a fortune and coming up dry. That is, everybody but Fred. He would go out in the morning and always come back with a boatload of fish. Now this raised the ire of the sports from out of town who convinced the local game warden that Fred was doing something illegal. The game warden caught Fred one morning as he was loading his boat, getting ready for a day on the lake. He insisted that he ride with him and watch him catch fish. Fred said, ‘Sure, come on.’ They motored out to the middle of the lake. Fred anchored the boat, reached in his big tackle box in the bow, pulled out an eight-inch stick of dynamite, lit it and threw it as far as he could out in the lake. BLAM! Stunned fish rose to the top and rolled around and Fred proceeded to dip them in the boat with his dip net. “‘My God!’” the game warden exclaimed. ‘Fred, I’m gonna have to arrest you and put you in jail. You know that’s against the law.’ “While the game warden was admonishing him, Fred reached into the box again, lit another stick of dynamite, handed it to the game warden and asked, ‘You gone talk all day or you gonna fish?’” I laughed so hard I almost fell off the cooler. I remembered hearing the story many years ago. “I’ve heard that tale but had forgotten it,” I said, laughing all the time. “Fred swears it’s true. Tomorrow if I run across you, I’ll tell you what finally happened to Fred. It’s an even better story. But right now I’ve got to go.” It was late, so when the old gentleman headed up the beach and disappeared in the darkness, I loaded up and went back to our site. Linda was sound asleep so I didn’t tell her about my new friend until breakfast the next morning. “How do you find these people?” she asked. “Just lucky, I guess.” Later that morning, as I prepared to walk around the park to see if I could find his camper, I noticed a piece of paper stuck under the windshield wiper on the Cruiser. It read, Hey friend, had to leave. Some financial emergency with the rich son-in-law, a.k.a. Blowfish. Cousin Fred, were he still alive (he was killed in Vietnam), would have loved to meet you. Good luck with your writing and fishing. Ben PS


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The Incredible Joe Kirkwood The timeless art of the trick shot

By Lee Pace

Long before the Bryan Brothers were vol-

Photographs Courtesy of Tufts Archives

leying golf balls in mid-air and smacking them down the driving range with clubs swung like baseball bats, and eons before Kelly Mitchum had the idea of striking three putts within two seconds and watching each find the bottom of the hole 20 feet away, Joe Kirkwood was wowing them on Maniac Hill with his own circus of golf.

Kirkwood was an Australian golf pro who came to America in the early 1900s to play the fledging golf tour alongside the likes of Walter Travis, Walter Hagen and Jim Barnes, and Pinehurst and the old North and South Open were an annual stop. Pinehurst had the nation’s first dedicated practice facility as of 1913 when head professional and resident architect Donald Ross discarded some holes of the original Pinehurst course and turned them into a 14-acre practice field. The hitting area situated on high ground just a few yards from the clubhouse was deemed “Maniac Hill” for the intensity and tenacity with which the golf pros and resort guests flailed away at golf balls, this being long before the golf school or training aid infomercial had been conceived. “One time Joe was on Maniac Hill, hitting trick shots he had perfected,” historian Herb Graffis said. “Fellows quit practice and came out of the clubhouse to watch. Word of his wizardry got around, and golf nuts who left Pinehurst told about the incredible Kirkwood.” Kirkwood would hit balls to the left while looking at his audience to the right. He’d pull a lady from the gallery, ask her to lie on her back, hold a tee in her mouth, and he’d smack a ball off the tee with his driver. He could hit shots lefthanded as well as right-handed. He would hit a cut-shot and immediately follow with a hook, the balls on rare occasion colliding in mid-air. One of his most popular routines was to emulate a duffer and top a tee shot, the ball barely dribbling off the teeing ground; a second shot was slightly less topped, traveling a few more yards, and so on until he hit a perfect shot down the range. The Pinehurst Outlook reported in 1922 that Ross had received word that Kirkwood would be back in the States in time to reach Pinehurst in March

for the North and South. “This information was received with much pleasure as Kirkwood is a big favorite here,” the newspaper said. “In the course of his stay last season, Kirkwood entertained large galleries with his phenomenal trick shots and played well in all the open competitions and exhibitions.” Indeed, Kirkwood’s renown as an entertainer overshadowed his considerable competitive skills. He won the 1933 North and South Open, seventeen more professional tournaments and was a late challenger in three British Opens. Kirkwood, who died in 1970, is said to have played more than 6,000 courses in his career and toured the world at one time with Hagen for a series of exhibitions. Subsequent generations have taken the baton, Paul Hahn Sr. filling the void as Kirkwood retired, and Dennis Walters among the elite trick-shot practitioners of the late 20th century. Walters was a PGA Tour pro in the early 1970s but was paralyzed from the waist down in a 1974 golf cart accident. Undeterred, he learned to hit shots from a seat attached to a golf cart and has given more than 3,000 exhibitions since then. Golf trick shots are de rigueur today. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team has a reel out on YouTube of Sooner golfers making all manner of indoor shots into a cup of water. The Bryan Brothers of South Carolina have gone viral on social media by executing routines where one will hit a ball from a bunker and the other strike the ball in air with a driver. They visited Pinehurst in December 2014 to tape a fundraising video with 12-year-old Clarkie Carroll, a cancer survivor, and among their feats was having Carroll bounce a golf ball off a cement block, whereupon Wesley Bryan would hit it just after it bounced into the air. He did this four straight times. Chip Hoch, a former golfer at Florida Atlantic University, is good at chipping a ball onto a billiard table and making it ricochet off the billiard balls and knock them into various pockets. An Englishman named Jeremy Dale hits shots left- and-right-handed with equal aplomb, strikes them one-handed and from balanced on a Swiss ball. Fourteen-year-old Ethan Mitchum of Pinehurst consumed many of these videos of late and said to his dad, a long-time instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, “You could do this.” Kelly Mitchum had to agree. He was particularly intrigued with the possibility of creating a trick shot on the putting green and perhaps parlaying that into a drill or practice regimen for putting.

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“Putting is maybe not that exciting to practice, but if you’ve got a game or challenge as part of it, you’ll put a lot more time into it,” he says. “It occurred to me that there are not too many trick shots out there putting-wise. That got me to thinking of the ‘what-ifs.’” Early in the summer, Mitchum began toying with the idea of striking three putts from the same location and having them reach the cup in reverse order. The first putt would have the most break at arrive at the hole last. The second would have slightly less break and arrive at the hole second. And the third putt would be struck on a taut line and hit the hole first. Mitchum began experimenting during lunch and down time on the practice green at the Golf Academy with a series of 20-foot putts. He mounted his iPad on a tripod, set the camera to record and began trying to make the “three-putt.” He doesn’t know how many times he struck the series of putts before getting them to ring the bell, but he does know he had about an hour of video recorded before the winning “trifecta” was struck. “I would do fifteen minutes here, maybe five minutes there, whenever I could steal a little time,” Mitchum says. “When I finally made it, the camera was about out of juice. That would have been brutal to have finally made it and the camera had cut off.” Mitchum passed the video clip along to Alex Podlogar, the resort’s media relations and social media director, who then worked his magic, posting the clip across an array of Internet and social media sites — Pinehurst.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine. To say the clip went viral is putting it mildly. Enter the phrase Kelly Mitchum Pinehurst 3 putt in a Google search box and in .93 seconds you’ll get 3,140 results. PGA.com anointed Mitchum a “magician.” He’s been fêted on CBSSports.com and on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program and given a cyber pat-on-the-back by noted golf blogger Geoff Shackelford. By late August, the Mitchum clip on YouTube had nearly 105,000 views. A Vine posting had registered more than 675,000 “loops.” The page of the Pinehurst website where the Mitchum video is housed had generated some 60,000 views. “It’s been pretty amazing,” says Mitchum, the 1993 North & South Amateur champion who’s played in four PGA Championships and been on the Pinehurst golf staff since 1997. “A lot of conversations are getting started these days, ‘Hey, I saw your three-putt.’ I got an email from a guy in India who’d been to our golf school a while back and had seen it.” No doubt, wherever there are golf balls and clubs, creative minds and exceptional hand-eye coordination, there will be golf trick-shot artists. Too bad Joe Kirkwood didn’t have access to an iPad. PS Find Lee Pace on Twitter @LeePaceTweet. His book, The Golden Age of Pinehurst — The Story of the Rebirth of No. 2, is available onsite and online at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

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Second Coming After I die I want to come back as a basket of bread, Assuming one comes back as anything. The basket is lined with a white linen napkin The bread — so fresh, so warm, so begging to be Pulled apart in hunks, Not cut, And spread with soft, sweet butter. This bread is full of life. Mine. After I die I want to come back as a cat — Not any cat. A silky, coal-black cat like mine Possessing traits beyond His felinicity. Then I will know true love Unspoiled by words, conveyed by Touch and eyes alone. After I die I want to come back as daffodils For whom I feel the kinship Van Gogh possessed for sunflowers. They are the first Bright bursts of spring — Their petals trumpeting a song Soon sung by birds, Drunk on sunshine.

October 2015 After I die I want to come back as a dry, dry log With bark attached, Embracing fire and sending up Sheets of orange heat To warm the stiff old hands Turned white as snow From cold, waiting to be held, Nevermore. After I die I want to come back as a falling star A comet, asteroid, meteor Anything that travels far and fast To places we aren’t sure exist But must. Because our globe is finite And when it’s done, where go the songs of love, The blazing log, the fresh-baked bread? The daffodils? After I die I won’t come back to nothing. — Deborah Salomon

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Elemental Genius A trio of gifted artisans work wonders with wood and iron By Serena Brown | Photographs by Tim Sayer


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Man of Iron The ancient craft of blacksmithing revived by Jerry Darnell

When The Revenant is released in December, tear your attention away from the action for a moment and pay attention to the period detail. In particular, notice the ironwork. It was forged in Moore County by master blacksmith Jerry Darnell. Look back at early episodes of Sleepy Hollow and you’ll see his work in the 18th century scenes. It featured in Treasure Island too. Darnell has garnered nationwide acclaim for the elegance and period authenticity of his work. It is much in demand by Holl ywood set decorators and owners of historic houses all over the country. Closer to home, take a walk around Southern Pines and Pinehurst and you’ll see examples of Darnell’s metalwork in gates, chandeliers, railings and weathervanes, as well as smaller domestic pieces such as Colonial-style kitchenware and wall hooks. Visit the place the ironwork is made and this all makes perfect sense. At Mill Creek Forge the only visible concessions to modernity are electric lights and a telephone. A trained eye might spot some machinery, such as an air hammer for working very large pieces of metal. But the essence of the place, from the metallurgical coal dust that carpets the earth floor to the tools hanging from floor to ceiling, is man, fire and metal. The effect is awe-inspiring. Darnell will be familiar to many people in the Sandhills, but perhaps not necessarily in his blacksmithing guise. He taught mathematics at Pinecrest High School for thirty-eight years, as well as calculus, physics and computer science. How many of his students knew that when the school day was over their teacher went home to fire up a forge? Darnell was raised on a tobacco farm on family land where Whispering Pines now stands. “My dad was a welder at Fort Bragg. He worked in a shipyard when I was young. After the war was over with they laid all the people off because they didn’t need them to build ships, so he came to Fort Bragg . . . We lived in the Niagara area and he had a welding shop there. So I grew up in a welding shop. I was always around iron and metal.” Darnell’s father’s anvil still has a prominent position at Mill Creek Forge. Watching his father working with metal, Darnell’s interest in blacksmithing grew. The problem was that there were very few blacksmiths to learn from still living in the area. Charlie Jenkins, the last blacksmith at the Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory, was a tremendous source of knowledge. “He was actually a blacksmith and could talk intelligently on the subject,” Darnell remembers. “I talked to him for hours sitting on the porch. He couldn’t believe I wanted to do that.” Tinkering and learning by trial and error, in the early 1970s Darnell enrolled at the John C. Campbell Folk School, where he trained with world-famous master blacksmith Francis Whitaker. Darnell’s principal inspiration, Whitaker was 73 years old when they first met at a demonstration Whitaker gave. “That’s the first time I’d ever seen anybody that actually knew what to do,” Darnell remembers. “He could hit a piece of iron harder than I’ve ever seen anyone in my life.” When it was announced that Whitaker would be teaching the next year, “I was promptly in his class.” Darnell himself went on to teach at John C. Campbell Folk School in 1989, and has been teaching there ever since. He also taught at the Ozark School in Mississippi and at the Touchstone Center in Pennsylvania. At last count thirteen of his former Campbell students are also teachers there. Darnell still shares his knowledge at state conferences in Virginia every year. When he is not teaching out of state, he welcomes visitors at Mill Creek Forge. The atmosphere is congenial. “People come over and say, ‘I want to learn.’ [I say] ‘Come on over, I’ll let you tinker and show you the fundamentals.’” Darnell’s work grows from sketches into solid metal. He will have five or six projects on the go at any one time. “You get to meet lots of interesting people,” he says. His clients understand that work at this level of skill requires patience and time. “You can’t rush it,” Darnell says emphatically. “Craftsmen’s things you can’t just instantaneously buy . . . it takes a long time to get it done.” PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2015


The Wonder of Wood Dick Hilbert, Craftsman Supreme

“Uncle Sam brought me here,” says woodworker and great-grandfather Dick Hilbert. A native of Ridgewood, in New York City, Hilbert first came to the Sandhills when he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne in 1949. “It turned out to be a wise move,” he says. Hilbert’s masterful woodwork graces homes and gardens over the Sandhills and beyond. Attend a cocktail party at CCNC or the Pinehurst Country Club, and chances are you’re going to lean nonchalantly on a Hilbert mantel or converse under a Hilbert doorway. Local legend Mrs. Ives would introduce him as “Dick Hilbert, Craftsman Supreme.” Hilbert’s father worked in the New York subway system and was very handy. As a boy Hilbert also liked making things. He was fascinated by the big truck and wagon body shop near his home. Proprietor Mr. Gross became his woodworking mentor, giving him work and rewarding jobs well done with teaching, further work and fair payment. “It was a very good foundation,” says Hilbert appreciatively. “When I worked on certain projects [at his own workshop] I’d look over in the corner and I could almost see him standing there. He had a bunch of great statements . . . He used to say, ‘Think, think with the head before you cut the wood, before you nail anything, you think with the head. See the project in your mind.’ And he was right.” Hilbert’s immaculate workshop and fine catalog of work are testaments to Mr. Gross’s training. Ask Hilbert about the pieces that mean the most to him and he’ll point out commissioned pieces in his portfolio or creations around his home that he and his late wife, Dorothy, worked on together. He’ll also tell you about Seabiscuit, an opus born of the cause most dear to his heart — the work he does as a volunteer at Prancing Horse, a therapeutic riding center for individuals with special needs. “Contrary to the belief of most people, when I grew up in Brooklyn, there were horses everywhere,” he explains. “Everything was all horse-drawn . . . It was a common sight to see horses on the street all the time. So I had a lot of experience with horses, but it was all wagon horses.” At Prancing Horse Hilbert enjoys working with his fellow volunteers. “They’re down to earth, they’re passionate, and they’re certainly dedicated.” Hilbert quickly built relationships with the horses and their riders. He shows treasured photographs of those he has worked with and helped, saying, “I enjoy working with the animals, but it’s the kids that really take your heart.” He talks with palpable joy and emotion about the children who visit the center and how they blossom and grow as they spend time with the horses. “There’s something in the rhythm of the walking of the horse that exercises muscles in their bodies that would not be exercised in any other way. Plus one of the big things they gain is confidence . . . and it shows. You get a youngster that’s scared to death to go near the horse, and the second week you can’t get them off the horse.” A therapeutic riding center in Georgia had made a model horse that their riders could use to practice tacking up. “One of the ladies [at Prancing Horse] said, ‘Oh, Dick can make one of them.’ So Dick had to make one of them,” Hilbert recalls with dry good humor. The head alone took fifty to sixty hours of work. “I am a woodworker and a craftsman but not a wood carver, so I had to teach myself to do carving . . . It took a lot of work to do it. But we did get it done.” Other local craftspeople lent their expertise. Hilbert’s friend Bob Weich helped out. Seabiscuit’s mane and tail are made with wool from Bella Filati. His ears are leather, supplied by a Carthage shoemaker, and they move as a real horse’s ears would move as the bridle is put on. The horse’s eyes are courtesy of a local taxidermist. Seabiscuit is stabled at Seven Lakes, where he is “doing so much good,” says Hilbert. “Kids come from all over. All of the stables that provide animals for our use are making a big contribution to the community.”


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Up in Smoke John Inge’s beautiful briarwood pipes

John Inge’s chosen craft perfectly befits a man who studied philosophy, music and engineering when he was in college. He specializes in freehand briarwood pipes, ranging from simple, conventional styles to elaborate designs decorated with castles and wandering vines. The air of his workshop is heavy with the rich, mellow fragrance of pipe tobacco. His faithful dog Dascha follows his every step. Inge has just returned from Ohio, where he was exhibiting at the North American Society of Pipe Collectors’ annual show. Next spring his skill will take him to Chicago, host to one of the biggest pipe shows in the country. He started to make pipes in the early 1990s. How did he begin? He recalls with amusement, “A crazy friend of mine. We’d kind of been messing around with cigars and pipes … and he said, ‘You know, let’s make a pipe, they’ve got pipe kits.’ I was like, ‘What?’ And so we both got pipe kits and that’s the first pipe I ever made.” He points to an intricately carved pipe that speaks volumes of his talent and surety. It looks like the work of a seasoned craftsman. The second pipe he made is cradled by a raptor’s foot, the talons clasping the bowl. Carved from one piece of wood, it is an extraordinary piece of craftsmanship. “That one kind of made me look at it and go, ‘Ah, I should probably look into this,’” he says wryly. When Inge was learning to make pipes there wasn’t much information to be had. “I ended up making it up,” he laughs. “I made my own drillbits for the tobacco holes. I had to fight for all this. I made my own tools. Nowadays you go to Google and look at a video, but back when I started we didn’t have that.” Briar is Inge’s material of choice, and he prefers vulcanite for the stems. Briarwood comes from the rootball of the white heath tree, found around the coastal areas of the Mediterranean. Exceptionally dense, which keeps the burning smoke and the bowl cool, briar is also gorgeous when carved and polished. In the early 2000s, Inge worked at a tobacco store in St. Louis. Understandably, he found himself working on more pipes. As he already had the tools, he also started doing repairs. He mended pipes that dogs had chewed, and he restored many old pipes, returning them to their former glory. As the work increased, Inge imported a large quantity of briar and started making pipes to sell in the store. Handmade, signed and dated, one-of-a-kind pipes such as Inge’s are heirlooms. Like any artwork they need to be looked after, but with a little care they will last for generations. A pipe made by Inge could be used in a hundred years’ time by its current owner’s grandchildren. “Definitely clean it first,” Inge smiles, recalling some of the pipes he has restored. Pipe cognoscenti look for different qualities in their collections. “It all depends on what they like. Some only collect freehand, or certain shapes, certain makes or makers.” Inge’s pipes are sought after not only for their beauty but also for how well they smoke. “I have had people that have bought my pipes and just set it on the shelf because they think it’s too beautiful to smoke. It’s like, ‘Thank you,’” he says modestly. “It’s not what I designed them for, but that’s fine too.” A standard freehand pipe takes hours to make. The elaborate, carved ones are the work of many months. Working on the more intricate pipes, Inge lets his muse take the reins. Regardless of the finished style, every pipe is a combination of Inge’s imagination and design skills and the direction that the wood takes as he works. “[It’s] A little bit of both,” he says. “Sometimes if I’m on a freehand the grain will change direction and I’ll think it’ll be neat to swoop in that direction, and change the shape a little bit, accent the grain. Some of them I have the idea of the shape that I want to make, and I’ll start making it and the wood co-operates and it comes out fine.” He explains that there are times that the wood will have organic flaws in it that will create a weak spot. He will change his design accordingly to avoid any imperfections. “So I might be carving and,” he indicates a movement in the shape of one pipe, “I might have had a flaw out here, so I changed the shape of the pipe to make it go that way.” With a smile he adds, “I think I did that just because it looks neat on this one, though.” PS PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2015



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Counting Cro ws

Highly intelligent and remarkably social, crows and ravens have fascinated us across the ages


By Nan Graham

he crow: rascal, pest, scavenger, omen of death, noisemaker, literary inspiration, prankster, user of tools, loudmouth, clown, nuisance, messenger, Halloween ornament. Often associated with the underworld and witchcraft, the crow’s image and behavior makes it the rock star of pop culture and history. They are found everywhere. Every country has its own crows, but all belong to the genus Corvus (ravens, too). It’s a bird that is many things to many people. In Japan, if you catch a crow’s eye, misfortune will come. In India, the caw of a crow heralds the arrival of a guest. In Sweden, crows are known as departed spirits of murder victims. Several cultures, including Native Americans and early Greeks, believed that the crow was originally white. Apollo is said to have sent the white crow as a private investigator to spy on his lover. When the poor feathered spy returned with bad news about the lover’s unfaithfulness, Apollo went ballistic and turned his fiery anger on the messenger, scorching the bird’s feathers until they were dark as night. Many of our everyday expressions and words reflect this ubiquitous bird. Tools, yoga poses, laws, even miracle creams. That crowbar, tool of the wrecking crew, the underworld and specifically, the burglar, does have one end that vaguely resembles a flattened crow’s foot. “As the crow flies” means the most direct way; that annoying cartoon bird duo Heckle and Jeckle, but both con men and professional pranksters; the crow’s nest on a tall mast ship; Counting Crows, the California rock band. One of the first poses you learn in yoga is the Bakasana, which means crow in Sanskrit. The contortion does look somewhat like a crow in profile, if you can picture standing on your hands, your body pulled up in a full tuck dive position with derrière aimed at the sky, elevated knees pulled tight against the upper arms. You will have to try this in front of a mirror to get the full effect. Frankly I

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can’t tell which end represents the beak and which end is the tail. The ancients of almost every culture have assigned mystical characteristics to the black bird. The Sumerian poem The Epic of Gilgamesh, considered the first serious work of literature (2,500 B.C.), pre-dates the Iliad and the Bible and tells of the Great Flood centuries before the text on Noah’s Ark. In Gilgamesh, after the flood, the raven is sent to scout the waters and successfully returns with a branch indicating dry land. The Bible, on the other hand, demotes the importance of the bird and says that the raven wandered and found no place to land. Genesis translated the successful messenger into a dove, considered a symbol of purity, while the raven, known as a carrion scavenger (declared unclean in Leviticus), is portrayed as a failure. Why from the Reconstruction days in the South are laws for blacks called Jim Crow laws? Who was Jim Crow? Turns out that there was a real performer long before the Civil War named Thomas “Daddy” Rice. He was a white minstrel show performer who blackened his face with burnt cork, and danced a frantic gyration he called “Jump Jim Crow” to music. Weel about and turn around and do jis so Eb’ry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow. “Daddy” was not the first to perform this minstrel show, but he was by far the most popular of the minstrels of his time. This brand of musical comedy flourished from the 1850s into the 1870s and beyond, long after “Daddy” died penniless in 1860. No one seems to know how or why the term was hijacked to label the restrictive laws toward African-Americans from the time of Appomattox extending to the era of the Civil Rights Movement. The crow flies in a different direction. Our aging faces sport those fine “laugh lines” at the outer edges of our eyes. No escape for this crow . . . crow’s feet are as ubiquitous, of course, as the bird itself. Crows have been the superstars of literature for thousands of years: In Aesop’s Fables the crow often got the lead role. “The Crow and the Pitcher” is one of the best known. The fable tells of a thirsty crow who sees a pitcher half full of water. He tries but cannot reach the water with his beak. He flies off and returns with a large pebble and drops it in the pitcher. He continues to add one stone at a time until the water reaches drinking level. A recent experiment proved that Aesop knew cognitive behavior even though he couldn’t spell it. Using four crows named Cook, Connelly, Fry and Monroe, a scientist put out a cylindrical beaker of water, a tantalizing worm floating on top just out of reach for the crow’s beak. Alongside was a pile of stones. The scientist recorded each crow’s response. Connelly proved the smartest and quickest of the quartet. He quickly put pebble after pebble into the beaker until it rose to just the exact height to retrieve the hors d’oeuvre. Cook and Monroe were good, with one figuring that larger stones meant a quicker return on his efforts and fewer trips to the beaker. Fry opted out. He had complaints about the delectability of the worm offering and issues about the stones. He retreated to the farthest corner of his cage to calm his nerves and was removed from further experiments. The Greeks recognized the crow’s reasoning ability and use of tools to solve a problem a good two millennia before this recent experiment.


We now know that crows have one of the smallest brains in the bird world, but have the greatest intelligence of any of their kind, comparable with the IQ of the ape family. In 1993, scientists recorded crows using tools in Auckland, Caledonia, solving three-step problems that apes have yet to figure out. In Japan, crows have been recorded putting nuts on the highway, retreating to the safety of the road shoulder, waiting for a car to pass and, when all is clear, scurrying to the road to get the meat from the shells. In downtown Kyoto, the more sophisticated Corvus brothers wait for the traffic light to stop the cars before racing out to put the nuts under the stopped wheel. Then they hustle back to the curb and wait. After the traffic has gone again and the light has changed back to red, the crows quickstep to the opened nuts to retrieve the food. Mission accomplished, they hotfoot it back before the light changes back to green. The popularity of the crow and the raven became something of a cult in 19th century England. Eccentrics owned them; authors wrote about them. Lord Byron, always given to excess, traveled “with ten horses, eight enormous dogs, five cats, an eagle, a crow and a falcon.” My first reading experience was Johnny Crow’s Garden, which I really didn’t read but memorized. It was a lovely turn-of-the-century book with line illustrations reminiscent of John Tenniel’s for Alice in Wonderland. I bonded with that feathered fictional hero and have had a thing for the clever crows and ravens ever since. Charles Dickens was also a fan of the family Corvidae. He kept a pet raven named Grip. The raven is the supersized edition of our common crow. He has a literary claim few birds can match, starring in both novel and poem. Dickens’ bird was a talkative trickster with an extensive vocabulary and a favorite member of the family menagerie. Grip was a lively one. He popped champagne corks, loudly harangued passing horses and had an extensive vocabulary complete with expletives. But in the spring of 1841 Grip unwisely drank white paint and became ill. According to the author — though he was writing to a friend and it is difficult to tell when he is joking — the raven was prescribed castor oil by the family physician and rallied for a day or so before the end. Dickens reported that at one point the bird recovered sufficiently to bite the unfortunate groom who tended the family pets. Dickens wrote that Grip rambled on for a bit about the disposition of his personal property, including some prized shiny keys and the location of a halfpence buried in the yard. At last the bird barked, staggered and cried “Halloa old girl” — his frequent and favorite expression — then keeled over dead. Dickens suspected fowl play. Possibly his raven had been poisoned, he wrote, mentioning a few likely suspects among his friends and neighbors who had found his bird less than charming. Grip’s body was sent to Mr. Herring’s school of anatomy for an autopsy. There is no doubting Dickens’ affection for the rascally raven. He had a taxidermist preserve his pet with arsenic and mount it in a shadow box. Dickens kept the bird in his study for the rest of his life.

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The Dickens children persuaded their father to include the late lamented Grip in the novel Barnaby Rudge, which he was writing at the time. Years later, when Dickens’ possessions were auctioned after his death, Colonel Richard A. Gimbel of the department store family recognized Grip’s contribution to literature and put in the winning bid for the arsenic-embalmed raven. In 1971 the Philadelphia Library was given the literary curiosity, which has since been declared a Literary Landmark by the American Library Association. Almost penniless, dealing with his wife’s failing health, struggling as a literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe reviewed Dickens’ latest book, Barnaby Rudge. He criticized Dickens for the novelist’s failure to maximize the use of the raven character in this new book. Poe couldn’t shake the image of Dickens’ raven, nor his grief over the loss of his young wife. He created a poem in which a distraught poet, startled by the arrival of a raven at the study window, asks the bird to reveal his name: The bird only speaks a single word, “Nevermore.” The speaker questions the bird about the possibility of seeing his lost love again and about recovery from his loss. Every question is answered with same word, “Nevermore.” Will I ever find peace, the poet asks (naturally in more poetic words)? “Nevermore.” Will I ever forget the lost Lenore: “Nevermore.” Leave me alone, the poet cries: “Nevermore.” Poe received the handsome sum of nine dollars for the publication of “The Raven,” which became one of the most popular poems in literature. Poe, and, by association, Dickens’ Grip, lead us to the sports world. Since 1998, the mascot of the Baltimore Ravens football team is, of course, a raven named Poe, for the author who died in that city. So will Grip, the outrageous bird who inspired both Dickens and Poe 170-plus years ago, be forgotten? I think . . . Nevermore. Crossing back over the Atlantic, perhaps even as the crow flies, to the United Kingdom, where six ravens must always be present at the Tower of London. Legend has it that the kingdom and the White Tower will fall if the ravens leave. It is said that Charles II insisted that the ravens be protected when the monarchy was restored after Cromwell. During WWII the ravens all died from the stress of the blitzkrieg, but were quickly replaced.

More recently, security had to be beefed up at the Tower of London after a fox snatched Grip and Jubilee, named respectively for Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge character and in honor of the Queen’s lengthy reign. The fox swooped down as they were being put in their cage for the night, ran off and devoured them by the tower wall. Fortunately, the splendidly named Raven Master keeps two benchwarmer crows on standby for just such an emergency. They have been named Grip and Jubilee after the two dearly departed avian icons. The Brits do not cotton to change. Besides, the English throne must never be in jeopardy. The ravens will live out their lives like a few other birdbrained members of the royal family. The fashion scene has not taken much note of the common crow. While other bird feathers rode high on modish hats at the turn of the century, to the extent that certain species became endangered, the crow flew well under the vogue radar. But there was a scene in the film Gigi, where Louis Jourdan introduces Leslie Caron (as Gigi) to Parisian high society as his future mistress. She wears a spectacular white satin ball gown designed by Cecil Beaton. You only have to see it once to recall it. His fashion sketch featured black ribbons on each shoulder of the ball gown, but the dressmaker mistook the ribbons for black birds and made up the muslin model with the birds on the shoulders. Beaton was so taken with the idea that he translated it into the finished dress. The black bird dress was partly responsible for Beaton winning the 1958 Oscar for Costume Design and is considered one of the most memorable costumes in film. Over the years, some brides have copied the dress for their wedding gowns, birds and all. In 20th century politics, the crow was part of a tremendous upset victory over a Republican candidate in the 1948 presidential elections. The press, including The New York Times, didn’t give Democrat Harry S. Truman a prayer to win the presidency against popular Republican opponent Thomas E. Dewey. Morning headlines screamed the results of the race. “Dewey: The Next President of the United States!” Chicago Times ran the headline. Life magazine ran the headline. The Washington Post ran the headline. Votes came in and were counted. Democrat Truman won over Republican Dewey. The Washington Post, showed gracious good humor in sending a message to the newly elected President Truman: He was invited to a dinner in which the entire newspaper staff would wear sackcloth and ashes to “eat crow.” The president, in white tie, would be served turkey. Truman declined with equal grace. “We should all get together now and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever they please.” Remember the terrifying scene in Hitchcock’s The Birds, when a murder of crows (yes, that is their collective noun), swooped down on the terrified schoolchildren who were racing to escape? Of course you do. Just put yourself in that scenario the next time you hear the unmistakable sound of crows that can count. And while you’re at it, maybe reach for a bottle of your grandfather’s favorite bourbon — a calming shot of Old Crow, of course. PS

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Sand in Their Shoes The Carpenters of Pinebluff — the first family of Carolina Beach Music — work to keep the sound of summer alive By Ogi Overman


irgil and Mildred Carpenter, now in their sixty-fifth year of marriage, their five children and granddaughter Jessica can rightly be regarded as the First Family of Carolina Beach Music. At first it might seem an unlikely title for the family who own and run Pinebluff Realty, but you don’t have to look far to find important musical connections. Mildred’s cousin was Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, while Virgil’s cousin is Kelly Pickler of American Idol fame, and another cousin was a producer of The Lawrence Welk Show. Son Curtiss is now one of beach music’s most knowledgeable and revered DJs and producers. He hosts a show on STAR 102.5 FM, and both he and brother Peter, also a DJ, have a regular rotation of club DJ gigs. They also install and maintain sound systems for clubs, churches and businesses. Janet, the middle sister, is also a music buff. She married a musician from High Falls, John Mashburn, who played bass with Charlie Moore and the Carter Brothers, among others. When their daughter Jessica was born, the first song she heard — on the way home from the hospital — was “Darling Little Girl,” by Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs. Jessica is now a successful vocalist/pianist in Greensboro. Janet was one of the original organizers of MerleFest in 1987, and Jessica has never missed one. As a child Curtiss became obsessed with records and the equipment that played them. “As early as age 6 all he did was play records,” smiles Mildred. “He’d have


records scattered all over the house, and I’d have to make him turn off his record player and go to sleep every night. Then, by the time he was a teenager, I’d pack his lunch and take him to the radio station in Southern Pines so he could hang out and learn what they were doing. He had his own show when he was 16.” And from these roots grew beach music’s most important annual event, the awards show that revived a genre. In the early 1990s, beach music was in a slump. The style indigenous to the Carolinas that had evolved from late-’40s and early-’50s R&B was, if not dying, certainly not feeling very well. Clubs that played beach music were closing, radio stations that promoted it were changing formats, and even the bands and DJs that had popularized it began sneaking disco — called by some “bubblegum beach” — into their set lists. The only person writing any new material that would fit into the form was General Norman Johnson of the Chairmen of the Board. The first generation of shaggers (the shag being the dance that accompanies the music) were aging out, and it was unclear whether their love for beach music was being passed on to the second generation. These facts were certainly not lost on most beach aficionados, but other than buy the records and dance to the songs, they were hardly in a position to do anything about it. However, a couple of industry insiders were. Curtiss Carpenter and Billy Scott, already a legendary artist, had been having some informal conversations about the state of beach music. “Billy said nobody was recording any new music, they were living off the old stuff,” recalls Curtiss, who was program director at the time for WRDX

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106.5 FM in Salisbury, the unofficial flagship station for beach music throughout central North Carolina. “Our initial idea was to have a kind of reunion and invite our friends — the musicians, club owners and producers — and just have a conference and talk it over. Then we had another networking meeting and the question came up of how to get bands to record new material. We thought if they got a little pat on the back, that might entice them to get in the studio and record some of their own material.” What better pat on the back than an annual awards show, complete with a Beach Music Hall of Fame? “I was also DJing at the Holiday Inn in Salisbury, and I asked them if we could use their ballroom for a show,” says Curtiss, whose radio moniker is “King Curtiss.” “So we set a date, November 19, 1995, and off we went.” Scott and Curtiss came up with the name Cammys, an acronym for Carolina Magical Musical Years. Curtiss asked Peter, not only a DJ but also manager of a Food Lion, to lend his business acumen, and their parents, Virgil and Mildred, to put up a deposit in case they didn’t cover expenses — which they didn’t. “We inducted about thirty people into the initial Hall of Fame class, mainly pioneers like the Drifters, Platters, Tams, General Johnson,” recollects Peter. “It was completely unorganized, with maybe fifteen minutes of dead time between acts. Everybody we knew wanted to play, so the show ended up lasting over twelve hours. We had over 600 people show up, but the problem was that about 500 were industry people with comp tickets and only 100 paid admissions.” Despite the tricky financial start, the show was considered enough of a success to do it again the following year. They moved to a bigger venue, the Shriners’ Club in Charlotte; the next year to Ovens Auditorium, also in Charlotte. In 1998 they made a bold move to the Gatlin Brothers’ Theatre in Myrtle Beach. Finally the show found its place at North Myrtle Beach, considered the ancestral home of beach music. “That’s where we belonged anyway, and it’s the best move we could’ve ever made,” remarks Peter. “The Alabama Theatre is the perfect venue. That was the first year we did online sales and we actually made money.” Both the show and the organization have evolved and grown hugely in the two decades since those tenuous beginnings. Billy Scott left the organization after five years but remained a force in beach music until he passed away in 2012. The Cammys have been a family affair since Day One. Beach buffs are a familial lot anyway, and the annual get-together, which now lasts from Wednesday through Sunday night, is a much-anticipated reunion of kindred spirits. But the family of record, the family that started it all and kept it going, is the Carpenter family from Pinebluff. The Carpenters run their business and their avocation as a family. Eldest son

Jimmy now runs Pinebluff Realty, and oldest daughter Rachel Byrd is a broker, as is Peter, the youngest sibling. Along with his work in the music industry, Peter does maintenance on Pinebluff Realty’s rental properties and mini-storage units. To top it off, he works part-time at Crumpler Funeral Home. “People sometimes come up and say, ‘You must be making a ton of money off the Cammys,’” Peter quips, “and I just say, ‘Yeah, that’s why I’m working three other jobs.’” Somehow he finds time to be the driving force behind the Cammys, now officially known — since getting sued by the Grammys — as the Carolina Beach Music Awards (CBMA). Peter serves as president of the company’s board of directors. Curtiss is vice president, Mildred treasurer, and Harold Worley, owner of Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort, secretary. The annual budget is around $150,000, including the pre-shows, industry awards shows, and the pig-pickin’, which raises money for the CBMA Foundation, which awards college scholarships each year. The CBMA has between 1,400 and 2,300 dues-paying members in its Beach Music Academy, which nominates and votes on their favorites in the various performance and industry categories. It has an advisory board and a large volunteer staff and does several mailouts a year to members. “By now we know what we’re doing, but, like always, our biggest problem is getting sponsors for the show itself,” says Peter. “Thank goodness for Bruce Hayes [the Lexington jeweler who is a presenting sponsor]. We now sell out the show [1,900 seats] but it’s still a labor of love. You’ve got to love the music and all the people involved in the beach music industry to do it.” While Peter is the ramrod, both during the week of the show (this year November 11-15) and throughout the year, the rest of the Carpenter family have specific and crucial tasks. Curtiss books the bands, arranges the lineup, and mixes the tracks for the show; Rachel handles the tickets, seating and credentials; Jimmy runs the volunteer and door staff; Janet sells ads for the program, does photography and serves as a hostess; and Jessica sings backup for the headline acts. Whether or not beach music would have withered on the vine and faded into obscurity if the Carpenters had not stepped in is still a subject for debate. But what is beyond argument is that this remarkable family has sacrificed nobly to keep this genre viable and part of the Carolina musical lexicon. Anyone who has ever listened to “Sixty Minute Man” or shagged to “I Love Beach Music” owes them a debt of gratitude. “If we had been the slightest bit selfish, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” muses Curtiss. “I don’t know that we saved it, but we got it back on track.” PS Ogi Overman is a frequent contributor to our magazines, specializing in music subjects.

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T he S tate o f

Our Gardens

A beautiful map of North Carolina’s incomparable flora is a treasure for nature lovers By Serena Brown

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lose your eyes and hold out your hands with the palms down,” said Jane McPhaul, life member of the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (GCNC) and designer of the North Carolina Garden for the Martha Franck Fragrance Garden. McPhaul held cardboard reliefs under my hands and asked me to guess what they depicted. I managed one — a cardinal. Another I thought might be a map of the state of North Carolina, but I couldn’t be sure enough to say so.

Third printing 2014 Jane McPhaul, Inc

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Those who are visually impaired face these challenges countless times every day. My fumbling guesses would have been accurate certainties to one not reliant on sight for recognition. At the Martha Franck Fragrance Garden the blind have the opportunity to enjoy a garden where the other senses are foremost in the design. The garden is located at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind (GMS). As well as enhancing the beauty of the campus, it serves as a much-loved outdoor classroom. Students can stroke lamb’s ear and grasses in the Texture Garden, breathe deeply of the fragrance of antique roses in the Rose Garden, and listen to the rustle of pine and magnolia in the Woodland Garden. They may even feel the wonder of a swallowtail from the Butterfly Garden landing on their skin. Brick walkways with raised edges guide the students around the gardens. At the Keller Memorial Garden, scented with gardenia, there is a bust of Helen Keller and, written in Braille and English, are her words: “When one door of happiness closes, another one opens.” The Martha Franck Fragrance Garden is a co-operative project between the GMS and the GCNC. The organizations have been working together since 1960, when the original Martha Franck Fragrance Garden was located in Durham County, North Carolina. Now they are working toward installing the North Carolina Garden, an octagonal walled garden with granite surround walls. Those walls will have beveled top surfaces of tactile images of select symbols of the state: box turtle, cardinal, channel bass, dogwood, pine, Plott hound, Scotch bonnet shell and squirrel. On alternate wall surfaces will be more tactile designs: the North Carolina seal, toast, flag and map. The GCNC’s state map for nature lovers is also decorated with important flora and fauna. The dogwood is there, and the cardinal, as well as jessamine and oxlip, the brown pelican and pink azalea. The interior of the map, which was first printed in 1937, is decorated with symbols of the places depicted. There are laurels at Boone and rhododendrons at Roaring Gap. The Battleground Oak prevails at Guilford. Peach orchards and a longleaf pine decorate the Sandhills. Weavers work at their looms at Crossnore, and the Washington Oak stands resplendent over Wilmington. Square-masted ships sail the Atlantic Ocean, and an aeronautical acrobat scatters flowers over the Outer Banks from the wings of a little plane. McPhaul made and sketched out the conceptual design for the North Carolina Garden in 2002. Last year she instituted a third printing of the GCNC’s map, with print sales benefiting the fund for the building of the North Carolina Garden. “The map is great for teaching,” says McPhaul, pointing out how much of the state’s history is illustrated in the artwork. “It is ‘A Map of North Carolina for Nature Lovers,’ and you can’t beat that ecologically or environmentally . . . It’s important.” The prints make wonderful presents, too. They are a treasure for anyone who has ever loved any part of the state. Next to the map’s legend is a description. It reads “This chart — an authoritative guide — is offered as a practical aid to those seeking the beauty of North Carolina.” In the sighted finding that beauty on the map, so the students at GMS will be given a practical aid to finding the state’s beauty in their gardens. PS The map is printed on recycled, acid-free 65-pound paper in full color antique matte finish at 24 ½by 14 inches. To order a map contact Jane McPhaul, Inc.: email jhmcphaul@nc.rr.com or telephone (910) 692-7272. Maps are $30; shipping for up to three maps to the same address is $10. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Martha Franck Fragrance Garden.

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S tor y o f a house

All in the Family

Architect-Mom makes the house work By Deborah Salomon Photographs by John Gessner


he old saw suggesting the shoemaker’s children not go barefoot resonates with Zac, Luke and Ben. Except to keep them warm, dry and happy, architect-mom Christine Dandeneau has rebirthed a 1920s Pinehurst “tenement” — actually, a good-sized cottage with basement, attic and ample land on a lane named Spur, for the nearby railway track that once brought vacationers to fashionable Pinehurst. Until recently, this area bordering municipal garages housed the working class. But then, Manhattan’s SoHo was once a teeming slum, and Brooklyn a downscale address. Instead of dismissing the cottage with vinyl siding, middling renovation, termite damage and no pedigree, Christine’s professional eye translated that attic into a three-bedroom, custom bathroom-loft. The unfinished basement became her sons’ man cave with TV and computer games. A double-wide island/breakfast bar accommodates parents and children, who cook together. She included a fenced yard for the rambunctious puppy, a covered front porch for hanging out, and a home office so mom could keep tabs — all strolling distance to the local pizzeria. “Mom’s an architect. She knows what she’s doing,” 10-year-old Ben affirms. Given family dynamics, function trumps glitter. Sleepovers outnumber soirées. Fine furnishings and artwork can wait until the boys are grown. For now, wood rules — dark, reclaimed, rough-

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hewn, indestructible, everywhere, conveying the Arts and Crafts period in American design that Christine adores. Family, function . . . call the third optic free-form. Frames are built around mismatched doors of different heights and widths, collected from here and there. In the kitchen Christine opted for open shelves instead of light-obstructing hanging cabinets; old bureaus replace costly undercounter cabinets. A tall, free-standing country cupboard serves as pantry. This is, obviously, a cooked-in kitchen. A steep staircase reaching for the clouds (or at least the attic skylight) is positioned just opposite the front entrance. The antique mantel appears super-imposed on the brick fireplace because it was added when Christine found something suitable. She purchased almost everything at local estate sales or Aberdeen shops — or online. A super-size closet door in her office hides a Murphy-style bed, ready to pull down for guests. Retro again, a laundry chute was fashioned from chimney parts. However, the old Sub-Zero got a new façade and Christine did insist on two dishwashers, a rainshower for the boys’ bathroom and a powerful gas range with griddle, where the kids make omelets and grilled sandwiches with their friends. Throughout, the absence of dropped ceilings allows rafters, pipes and ductwork to create that trendy industrial appearance. “As an architect, you can’t be afraid to do something radical,” Christine says. “I feel like when I design a space I bring together the sensibility of the place and the owner’s personality.” In this case, her own. As to the process, Christine credits the 3-D imaging program which all but eliminates unpleasant surprises. “I’m a computer nerd,” she admits.

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hristine grew up in Massachusetts. After earning a degree from prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where she managed an architectural computer lab, Christine lived in Alabama and Tennessee. A professional opportunity for her husband brought them to Pinehurst in 2001. Three children later, Christine perceived something missing from their comfortable family home at Pinehurst No. 6: character. Besides, “I felt trapped, no sidewalks. I longed for a place where I could go for walks.” Then, the environmental factor. “I wanted to be near things, so I didn’t have to drive.” On the realtor’s “walkability” scale, No. 6 rated zero and the Pinehurst cottage, 75. Ben walks to school. Zac takes the bus, which means only one mom-transport per day, instead of three. They find family entertainment at close-by parks. Christine found the long-empty house through a contractor, while she was renovating a similar one next door for clients. It fulfilled her environmental mission. Best of all, this was an opportunity to develop residential design skills after commercial work. They acquired the property, which was under contract, through a fluke. “We call the house Spur of the Moment,” Christine says, because of the address and impulsive purchase. “I knew what I was up against.” Builder Ron Davidson helped Christine realize her dream, which wasn’t, he concedes, your typical “architect’s (showcase).” He gutted the interior, piling all materials in the yard for sorting, cutting, scraping, removing nails and crafting usable pieces back into the house. That awful vinyl siding came off, revealing cedar shakes in need of repair, but authentic. The footprint remained unchanged while square footage more than doubled by finishing the basement and opening up the attic with dormers. “Sometimes, working with architects, we have to bring them back to reality, up to code,” as well as enforcing a budget, Ron says. “(Christine) knew what she wanted.” New construction was considered and dismissed. “There are certain elements an old house has that a new one doesn’t,” Christine maintains. “I wanted something homey for my boys.”


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After obliterating the floor plan, she put together a new one with concepts that combine the best of several generations: a sitting room-kitchen-dining area — the modified great room — dominates the main floor with Christine’s office and smallish master suite tucked into corners. “I put square footage where the living is.” But she also realized that teenagers need privacy, hence the 1960s-style basement rec room where noise is contained. Having the boys’ bedrooms upstairs, away from the master suite, works better. And although Mom implemented the design, the boys provided input. “I got to choose really soft (white) carpet,” for the bedrooms, 13-year-old Luke says. Walls throughout are also white, a stark contrast to the dark woodwork.


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he eight-month renovation concluded in March. Christine is thrilled with the results, architecturally. “I’m not scared of (doing) houses anymore,” she says. Benefits extend beyond the covered front porch, where the family sits on a summer evening, eating ice cream, playing games and greeting passers-by. “It’s such a social place. The quality of life is tremendous for us, even good for our marriage,” Christine continues. “We go for walks at night and talk about things.” She has become active in the community appearance council, proudly citing the brick walkway through her neighborhood. “I knew what I was up against. I’ve given this house back its roots,” Christine concludes, in hopes her project-in-progress will “spur” others to follow. PS

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Love and Prophecy

Traditionally, October has two birthstones: opal and tourmaline. Some say that the tradition of birthstones originates in the Breastplate of Aaron described in Exodus, the twelve stones corresponding to the twelve tribes of Israel and so to the months of the year. Our modern lists don’t accord all that closely with the ancient descriptions, but that’s OK — according to astrologers, the color of the gem is the important thing. Like autumn leaves, tourmaline comes in a wide variety of shades, and many individual stones are multicolored. They can even change color depending on whether they are viewed in natural or artificial light. Egyptian legend denotes that tourmaline passed through a rainbow as it came up through the Earth, and that was how it came to be so many-hued. Wear tourmaline for enduring love and friendship. Your birthday doesn’t have to be in October. Opals are also kaleidoscopic, but their colors hide in their depths. Bedouins believed that the stones fell from the sky in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks thought that one wearing opals would have the gift of prophecy and that the stones warded away disease. The Romans considered them symbolic of purity and hope. Blondes, regardless of what month you were born, invest in some opal hair ornaments — it is said that opals maintain the color of golden locks.

Apple Time is Here It’s the last month of apple harvest in western North Carolina. Make the most of it. Look out for apples at the farmers market, or stop by an orchard if you’re going to the mountains. American varieties being harvested this month include the Arkansas Black, Stayman and North Carolina’s own King Luscious. Arkansas Black and Stayman are thought to have developed in the mid-19th century from the Eastern states’ Winesap apple. The Arkansas Black apple is a sumptuous dark red color. Crisp and delicious when first picked, it can be stored for months. Its flavor mellows with keeping and its skin darkens to black, hence the name. Eat it fresh, cook it or juice it for cider. The Stayman is a dual-purpose variety, popular for eating and baking. Word is it makes superb apple butter. King Luscious is the newcomer to the party, having been discovered near Hendersonville in 1935. It is an eating apple that keeps well into the winter. It’s also enormous. Share it with someone.

The falling leaves Drift by the window The autumn leaves Of red and gold I see your lips The summer kisses The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away The days grow long And soon I’ll hear Old winter’s song But I miss you most of all My darling When autumn leaves Start to fall “Autumn Leaves,” Prévert/Kosma/Mercer

Hug a Farmer, Save Your Leaves If you’re struggling with your fall cover crop or coming up with ways to put off raking the leaves, give a thought to our farmers on October 12, which is National Farmers Day. No procrastinating with the mowing for them. Shop at a farm stall or visit your local farmers market to celebrate the people who bring us our food and drink, fabrics and furniture. Speaking of raking leaves, when you’ve gotten around to it don’t throw them away. Not only would you be unnecessarily clogging up landfill, but you would be throwing away nature’s fertilizer. Fallen leaves are a treasure. Use them as mulch — shredded if possible — for flower beds and vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs. Remember not to “volcano mulch” around trees — stacking the mulch high can cause damp and disease at the base of the trunk. Up to six inches around the base is deep enough for trees and shrubs. Thick layers of mulch between rows of plants in vegetable gardens will not only improve your yield but also give you a path to work from during wet, muddy winter weather. Leaves can also be tilled into vegetable and flower beds. If you have sandy soil this will help with maintaining water and nutrient levels. Clay soils will have improved drainage and air supply. Work in a leaf layer of six to eight inches during the fall so that soil can maintain its natural rhythm and make the most of the decomposition process before spring planting begins. Anne reveled in the world of color about her. “Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill — several thrills?” — From Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery.

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presented by The David McCune International Art Gallery. Reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: Silvana Foti at (910) 425-5379 or davidmccunegallery.org.

music by the Fayetteville Symphony at The Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Beverages, food, beer and wine available for purchase. (Concert will be moved indoors if necessary.) Cost: Free to members; nonmembers, please call for prices. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 (ext 36), or fayettevillesymphony.org.

Thursday, October 1—3

OKTOBERFEST. Continuing from September 21. German beer on tap and menu. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1621.

AGRICULTURAL FAIR. 5 – 11 p.m. The 69 • Annual Moore County Agricultural Fair includes carth

nival rides, games, and food. Admission: $6/person; children under age 3 free. Parking $2. Fairgrounds, 3699 US 15-501, Carthage. Info: (910) 215-6893 or moorecountyfair.vpweb.


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FALL CONCERT SERIES. 6 – 8 p.m. “Music • of America,” an outdoor performance of patriotic

SHAG DANCE LESSONS. 6 – 7 p.m. First • of five weekly sessions for beginners. Come and

enjoy the music and socializing while you learn popular shag moves from Nanci Donald and Bud Hunter. No partner required. Bring shoes with smooth soles. Cost: $30/resident; $60/non-resident. Program Room @ Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

SHAG DANCE LESSONS. 7 – 8 p.m. First of • five weekly sessions for advanced beginners. Come

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ART EXHIBIT. “Diversified Clay: An • Invitational.” This exhibit of Piedmont potters is

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smooth soles. Cost: $30/resident; $60/non-resident. Program Room @ Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

MEET THE AUTHOR. 5 p.m. Katherine • Applegate, author of the Newbery Award-winning

The One and Only Ivan, will be in Southern Pines. This event is ticketed, and tickets are available only with the purchase of Crenshaw from The Country Bookshop, which will be sponsoring a food drive in conjunction with the event. Crenshaw is appropriate for ages 6 to 12. The O’Neal School auditorium, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

Friday, October 2

FIRST FRIDAY. 5 – 8:30 p.m. A family-friendly, • community event with live music by Driftwood. Food, beverages, and entertainment. Free admission. Sunrise Green Space, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or firstfridaysouthernpines.com.

NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY. 8 p.m. • “Russian Spectacular.” Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Andrew Tyson, piano. Call for prices. Tickets avail-


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able through TicketMaster or at the door one hour before performance. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. 7 p.m.: Meet the Artists, Pinecrest HS Band Room. Info: (877) 627-6724or ncsymphony.org.

ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. 6 – 8 p.m. “Our Point of View,” featuring artwork by Pat Anderson, Mary Ann Halstead, Bonnie Hanly, Kathy Leuck, Pamela Swarbrick and Joan Williams. Presented by Arts Council of Moore County. Exhibit runs through October 30, weekdays (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), and Saturday, October 17 (2 – 4 p.m.). Free and open to the public. Campbell House Galleries, 482

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pella groups from NC universities. Food trucks on site. Cost: $25 in advance; $30 day of admission; $20 military. General admission includes beer and wine samples. Festival Park, 335 Ray Ave., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 433-4690 or fayettevillesymphony.org.

JAZZY FRIDAYS. 6 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine • and dancing with friends under the tent while the Mike Wallace Quartet entertains you with live jazz music. Cost: $10/person. Reservations and prepayment required for parties of eight or more. Food vendors on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or cypressbendvineyards.com.

WOOFSTOCK. (Animal Protection Society • Benefit). Our fourth annual Woofstock will include

a catered dinner, drinks, and music by local artists! Cost: $50 before Sep 25; $60 after Sep 25 and at gate. Event held at the river home of Beegie and Bob Caviness (10 minutes from downtown Fayetteville — Directions provided on ticket). Info: (910) 864-2077 or FAPSpet.org.

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Saturday, October 3

FALL PLANT SALE. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Woody • plants, perennials, pansies, and spring flower-

ing bulbs for sale by the Sandhills Horticultural Society and Student Horticultural Club. Steed Hall, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: Johanna Westmen at (910) 246-4959 and to pre-order.

AUTUMNFEST & ROAD RACE. 9 a.m. – 4 • p.m. Presented by the Arts Council of Moore County

EYEWEAR SHOW Tuesday, October 20th • 12:00-6:00pm

ANTIQUE FAIR. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. More than • 300 dealers display antiques and collectibles in shops


and along streets in the Historic District of Cameron. 485 Carthage St., Cameron. Info: (910) 245-3055.

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and Southern Pines Recreation & Parks. Arts and crafts, live entertainment, great food, fun rides, a 1-mile, fun run/walk, a 5K road race, and more! Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or mooreart.org.

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Carolina life on the farm the good ol’ fashioned way! Games, demonstrations, and fun for the whole family! Food available for purchase. Garden members free; general admission applies for nonmembers. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or capefearbg.org.

AUTHORS AT THE COUNTRY. 11 a.m. – 1 • p.m. Local authors discuss their books during the

Autumnfest celebration in downtown Southern Pines. Their books will be available for purchase. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

ANNUAL BRAT COOK-OFF. 12 p.m. • Bratwurst on the front patio. The Sly Fox Pub, 795

SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1621.

STARWORKS PUMPKIN PATCH. 10 a.m. – 1 • p.m. Hand-blown glass pumpkins in all sizes, shapes and colors will be available for sale. 100 Russell Drive., Star, NC. Info: (910) 428-9001 or email contact@starworksnc.org.

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD. 1 p.m. Verdi’s Il • Trovatore performed by the Metropolitan Opera.

Cost: $27. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

Sunday, October 4

NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 3 p.m. “Fall • Foraging.” Join a park ranger for this presentation

No entrance fees • Own your own home Age in place with all levels of care • Onsite Wake Forest Baptist Health Clinic Our “Enhanced Living” program provides meals and extra assistance, in your home, when needed, therefore allowing loved ones to stay together.

about the many foraging habits of different animals and what they do over winter. For all ages. Meet at the Visitors’ Center. 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. Mr. Sun performs. Cost: $15 in advance,

$20 at the door. Doors open at 6:16 p.m. The Poplar

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Humanities, 555 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org.

Tuesday, October 6

NATURE TALES. 10 – 11 a.m. for ages 2 to 4, • and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Leaves of

Plenty.” Preschool story and nature time. Cost and registration: No cost for program, but please preregister two business days in advance. (Admission to garden is not included in program. Please stop at the Gift Shop to check in as a member or to pay admission.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 (ext 20) or capefearbg.org

ART CLASS (INK) 12 – 3 p.m. “Go with the • Flow: Basic Alcohol Ink.” Spend a relaxing afternoon with Pam Griner exploring the process of painting with alcohol ink. Learn how to create abstract and landscape paintings. For beginners. Cost: $40, supplies included. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: BEGINNER. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (first of four weekly sessions) Instructor Sharon Nichols will teach you ballroom dancing steps, timing, and leading and following skills. Singles and couples welcome. Cost: $30/resident; $60/non-resident. Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.


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Wednesday, October 7

HISTORY LECTURE. 1 – 2 p.m. “What • Happened to the Lost Colony?” History professor Dr. David LaVere discusses what he believes happened to the lost colonists of Roanoke. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested. Info: (910) 4860221.
Note: The program does not include admission to the Garden; general admission applies. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 or capefearbg.org.

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RANDALL NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. Say goodbye to • Oktoberfest with beer randalling. The Sly Fox Pub,

Dinner • Mon.-Sat. • 5 until 10pm

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Lounge 5pm until… • Serving Favorite Dishes until 10pm

LITERARY EVENT. 5:30 p.m. “The Unseen and Mystery/Thriller Writing” with Alexandra Sokoloff and Craig Robertson. Weymouth Center

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ART CLASS (FIGURE DRAWING). 9 a.m. – • 12 p.m. (with a live model). Artist Linda Bruening

teaches this life drawing class for beginners and more advanced students. Drawing exercises focus on body proportions and positions. Cost: $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

LUNCH ’N’ LEARN. 10:30 a.m. Speaker Berta • Lou Scott, “Southern Supreme and How It Started.” Cost: $25 all inclusive. Reservations required. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-4677.

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PAINTING CLASS (WATERCOLOR • PENCIL). 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Paint Your House,” led

by Sandra Kinnunen. Bring a photo of your home — inside or out (tabletop, walkway, doorway, favorite chair) to be the background or main subject of your painting. Intermediate level. $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

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JIM MORIARTY. 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jim • Moriarty will discuss his thirty-year career covering

golfers from Tom Watson to Jordan Spieth. Free and open to the public. The afternoon event will be held at Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road; and the evening event at Given Outpost, 95 Cherokee Road. Info: (910) 295-6022.

Friday, October 9

LIVE AFTER 5. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kick off the • weekend with live music by the Extraordinaires Band

and a “Catwalk for the Cure” Fashion Show. Wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bring chairs and blankets. Food and beverage vendors on-site. Coolers not allowed. Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green Road W, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or 295-8656.

BEACH FRIDAYS. 6 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of wine • and dancing with friends under the tent while the Sand Band entertains you with live music. Cost: $10/ person. Reservations and pre-payment are required for parties of eight or more. Food vendors on site. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or cypressbendvineyards.com.

COOKING CLASS. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. German • Night. Join professional chef Sonia Middleton as

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Chapter Tour,” with Ursula Vernon, ML Larson, and Rob Harrell, authors of Hamster Princess, Pennyroyal Academy, and Life of Zarf. Come for an afternoon of fun with these three authors of books for children ages 8 to 12.

Saturday, October 10

WAR HORSE EVENT SERIES. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Schooling Day. Open to all riders, this is an opportu-

nity to school any or all phases for the Sunday competition. (An extra show jumping course will be set in the ring.) Cost: Open Schooling (XC, Show, Jumping, & Dressage) $125/Regular; $70/Friend of The Park. Call or visit website for costs for individual phases. Carolina Horse Park, 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford. Info: (910) 875-2074 or carolinahorsepark.com.


SHAW HOUSE FAIR. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The • Moore County Historical Association offers vintage

curios and collectibles; good food; live music; demonstrations of oldtime crafts such as basketweaving, pottery, needlework, and weaving; and self‐-guided tours of the Garner House, Sanders Cabin and Shaw House. Cost: $2/person (includes raffle ticket); free for children 12 and under. The Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 69-2051 or moorehistory.com.

NATURE TALES. 10 – 11 a.m. for ages 2 to • 4, and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 5 and 6. “Leaves

of Plenty.” Preschool story and nature time. Cost and registration: No cost for program, but please pre-register online or by phone two business days in advance. (Admission to garden is not included in program. Please stop at the Gift Shop to check in as a member or to pay admission.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221 (ext 20) or capefearbg.org

MAKER SATURDAY. 11 a.m. Explore • stop-motion animation. Maker Saturdays al-

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low students to explore technology in a relaxed environment. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. • Visit with artist Julie Messerschmidt and learn about her techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 255-0665.

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Annie Oakley’s life in Pinehurst, 1915 to 1922. Entertainment, demonstrations, and exhibits representative of the sporting life in Pinehurst in the 1900s. Tickets available online. The Harness Track, 200 Beulah Road, S, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0377 or insidepinehurst.com.

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Sunday, October 11

WAR HORSE EVENT SERIES. All day. Horse • Trials, Combined Test, and Dressage. Cost: $135 for horse trial; $75 for Combined Test; and $40

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Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. • 6:46 p.m. Bumper Jacksons performs. Cost: $12 in

advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:16 p.m. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org.

NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 3 p.m. “Fall • Wildflower Walk.” Join a park ranger for a hike along the trails. Meet at the Visitors’ Center. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

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EXPLORATIONS SERIES FOR ADULTS. • 3 – 4 p.m. History educator Laurel Sneed presents

Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs and William H. Singleton. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

Monday, October 12

SANDHILLS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB. 7 p.m. • Meeting and member photo competition on farm

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animals. Guests welcome. Hannah Center, O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: sandhillsphotoclub.org.

Tuesday, October 13

ART CLASS (DRAWING). 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • “Scratchboard.” With Emma Wilson, learn how to

use different drawing techniques, such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, pointillism, and etching to indicate lines, light, and values. We will begin with a botanical subject. No drawing skill required. Cost: $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

Wednesday, October 14

SWINE AND SUDS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Mark • Elliott and Southern Pines Brewery come together

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for the ultimate local beer dinner. Demo and discussion followed by dinner. Cost: $39/person. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775.

Thursday, October 15

BEER AND WING NIGHT. 5 p.m. Unlimited • wings bar with sides. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1621.

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Orchestra’s first concert of their 2015-16 concert season features “Danse Macabre” by Saint­Saens, “Little Symphony for Winds” by Schubert, and “Chant d’Automne” by Tchaikovsky, among other selections. Cost: Call for ticket prices. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-6185 or (910) 944-3452 or mporchestra.com.

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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE IN HD. 2 p.m. • Hamlet, performed by the National Theatre. Cost:

$25. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Draw it I — How • to Draw an Object.” Sandra Kinunnen teaches es-

sential tips, tricks, and techniques to create original, realistic drawings. Bring your objects to draw. For beginners. Cost: $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

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WINE AND WHIMSY PAINTING CLASS. • 5:30 – 7 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University BEETHOVEN • Coriolan Overture BEETHOVEN • Triple Concerto

painting your masterpiece (this month, a trio of cats on a fence). Cost: $20/CFBC member; $25/nonmember (includes canvas, paint, brushes, palette, easel, and instruction). Wine, beer and snacks will be available for purchase. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486-0221.

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NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 10 – 10:45 a.m. • “Going Batty.” Learn about one of our spooky crea-

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LITERARY EVENT. 6:30 p.m. Documentary • on Elizabeth Spencer, sponsored by Weymouth at

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tures — bats! A book reading, games, and craft-making will be geared towards 3 to 5 year-olds and meant for parents to do with their children. Visitor Center, 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. Andrea Zonn performs. Cost: $20 in ad-

vance, $24 at the door. Doors open at 6:16 p.m. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org.

LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSIC. 5:30 p.m. The • Sandhills Rotary Foundation presents the first

annual Battle of the Bluegrass Bands. Three bands compete for $1,000 first prize. Cost: $25/general admission; $35/reserved seating. All net proceeds go to Veterans in need. Pinecrest High School Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 585-6585 or email vision4veterans@gmail.com for ticket purchasing locales.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE IN HD. 2 p.m. • Hamlet, performed by the National Theatre. Cost:

$25. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

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HOMECOMING AND FAMILY WEEKEND • at Methodist University. For tickets and more infor-

mation, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (910) 630-7167 or visit methodist.edu/alumni.

WATERCOLOR CLASS. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join • Linda Griffin for a special two-day class focusing on florals. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info and registration: (910) 255-0665, email Linda at lindag6@me.com or visit www. lindagriffin.com.

Saturday, October 17

“All women are beautiful and should feel comfortable in their own skin.”

NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 8 – 10 a.m. • or longer. “Bird Walk and Bird Banding.” See birds

that are passing through North Carolina as they head south for winter. Susan Campbell will be banding migrants and other resident bird species. Bring water, bug spray, binoculars, and field guides for this 2-mile hike. Visitor Center, Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 2 p.m. “Year • of the Amphibian Story Hike.” Join a park ranger

to follow a 0.3-mile trail and a story. The storybook is best suited for ages 3 to 8, but the whole family will enjoy the hike. The trail will be set up all day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a self-guided hike. Visitor Center, Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.


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OWL CRAFT DAY. All-day event. This is a • self-led activity for kids of all ages featuring one of

the Library’s favorite animals. Take home some cool creations! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6928235 or sppl.net.

STAR GAZING & PICNIC IN THE • GARDENS. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Bring the family, a picnic

supper, a blanket or chairs, and flashlight to identify stars in the night sky with Cindy Bingham, director of the Planetarium at Neuseway Nature Park. Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: Call Tricia Mabe at (910) 695-3882 to register.

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ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The • thirty-seventh Holly Arts & Crafts Fair showcases

the talents of over 100 hand-crafters in woodworking, glass, stitched art, lawn ornaments, jewelry, and metal sculpture. Downtown shops offer sales and specials, and a food court will be on site. Free and open to public. Pinehurst’s Historic Old Town area, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-7462 or pinehurstbusinesspartners.com.

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP. “DNA Testing • for Genealogy,” hosted by Temperance Smith Alston Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Cost: Luncheon, $18.50 (check made out to “TSA Chapter DAR”); workshop is free. Reservations required by October 13. Pinehurst Country Resort & Club, 80 Carolina

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Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info and reservations: Jill at (910) 692-6914 or Pat at (910) 255-6034.

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD. 1 p.m. Otello, performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Cost: $27. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE IN HD. 7 p.m. • Hamlet, performed by the National Theatre. Cost:

$25. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.

CLASSIC CONCERT. 7:30 – 9 p.m. “Beethoven • and Blue Jeans.” Opening concert of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra 2015 – 16 season. Performances by Fabian Lopez (concertmaster), Nate Leyland (cello), and Scott Marosek (piano). Call for ticket prices. Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 433-4690 or fayettevillesymphony.org.

Sunday, October 18

HORSE FARM TOUR. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The • 2015 Southern Pines Horse Farm Tour is a self-

guided excursion that includes equine demonstrations. Lunch available for purchase. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 day of event. Children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit Prancing Horse Therapeutic Riding Center. NCSU Equine Health Center, 6045 US 1 North, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 246-3202 or prancing-horse.org.

SUNDAY KIDS’ MOVIE. 2:30 p.m. This • nature documentary follows the struggles of a young monkey mother trying to care for and raise her new baby in the wilds of southern Asia. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 3 p.m. • “Birding for Beginners.” Learn identification tips



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ART CLASS (PRINTMAKING). 10 a.m. – 4 • p.m. “Printmaking Made Easy: Monoprints.” Sandy

Stratil teaches basic methods of making and enhancing monoprints of several types with common art materials (pen and ink, colored pencil, markers, etc.). Materials to make the monoprints will be provided, but students can bring whichever materials they wish to use for enhancing prints. Beginner and intermediate. Cost: $54. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH MEETING. 9:30 • a.m. “Christmas in October.” Coffee and meeting. Art Nutz Gallery will be selling jewelry, scarves, and pottery. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC. 8 – 9:30 p.m. The second • concert of the 2015 – 16 Classical Concert Series

features the Cuarteto Casals. Cost: Series of four concerts is $89/ACMC members; $105/non-members. Single Tickets are $30 (if available). Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6922787 or mooreart.org.

Tuesday, October 20

SENIORS DAY OUT. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. NC State • Fair Senior Day. Seniors age 65 and over will enjoy a free Bojangles breakfast and entertainment at the Senior Citizen Fun Festival. Not quite 65? Join us anyway and create your own itinerary. Cost: $16/ resident; $32/non-resident. Meet at Assembly Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org. Lunch on your own.


(using both sight and sound), practice using binoculars, and take a short walk to use all your newlyrefined skills. Bring sunscreen and bug spray—and binoculars and field guides if you have them. Visitor Center, Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker Anna Stevens of Moore County Schools will discuss English as a Second Language (ESL) for school children. The public is welcome to attend, but must reserve. Cost: $13, payable by check to LWVMC. Table on the Green Restaurant, 2205 Midland Drive, Pinehurst. Info and reservations: Call Charlotte at (910) 944-9611.

in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:16 p.m. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or theroosterswife.org.

& Humanities, 555 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

JAMES BOYD BOOK CLUB. 2 p.m. The Lost LIVE MUSIC AT THE ROOSTER’S WIFE. • • Colony, by Paul Green. Weymouth Center for Arts 6:46 p.m. Randall Bramlett Band performs. Cost: $15

CARVERY. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Traditional • Sunday roast with roast lamb, and sides. Cost: $21.95.

TRIVIA NIGHT. 6:30 p.m. Theme movie is • Halloween. The Sly Fox Pub, 795 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1621.

The Sly Fox Pub, 795 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1621.

TASTE OF SOUTHERN PINES. Open • Late. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St.,

Sunday, October 18—24

RUTH PAULEY LECTURE SERIES. 7:30 p.m. • Javier Díaz de León, Consul General of Mexico in

TEEN READ WEEK. Library hours. Stop in • the Library during the week to cast your vote for

the top 10 young adult books and participate in the bookmark contest! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.


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Raleigh. He is responsible for assisting and protecting Mexicans living in our state and for facilitating trade and friendship between our two countries. Lecture is free and open to the public. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 692-6185.

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PAINTING CLASS. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Oil Painting with Courtney.” Courtney Herndon leads this two-day class in which students will be painting wet into wet (impressionistic style), with thought to composition, values, and use of color. For all levels. Cost: $110. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

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MEET THE AUTHOR. 6:30 p.m. Watch the Pinecrest parade from the windows at 6 p.m. Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements, will discuss her new book, Astonish Me, which is set in the ballet world and is about a hard-working, but not talented enough, ballet dancer who helps the most talented ballet dancer in the world defect from Russia. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

READING PROGRAM. 4 p.m. “Read for the • Record,” for children and families. Help celebrate

Thursday, October 22

Thursday, October 22 and 23

FASHION SHOW. 6 p.m. “Fabulous and Fashionable: third Annual Fashion Show Breast Cancer Benefit” to raise hopes, spirits and funds. Hors d’oeuvres, music, and speakers. Cost: $25. Proceeds to Clara McLean House and First Health Cancer CARE Fund. Tickets available at Black Rock Winery, Lisa’s Boutique, and Cottage of Hope. Clara McLean House, 20 First Village

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. Special • guest author Kathy McGougan and Lily the Dog (or

DAY TRIPPERS. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. NC State Fair. For teens and young adults, come enjoy the rides, exhibits, and food. All registered participants must bring 5 cans of Food Lion brand food for Food Lion’s Hunger Relief outreach program. Sign up early and learn how to save money on your ride ticket purchase. Cost: $16/resident; $32/nonresident. Meet at Assembly Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-2817 or pinehurstrec.org.

Buddy) will be at Storytime. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

Friday, October 23—24

POTTERY SALE. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dalton • Pottery’s 5th Annual Fall Studio Sale. Authentic

kiln opening at 10 a.m. Saturday. Dalton Studio, 250 Oakhurst Vista, West End. Info: (910) 947-5325 or lindadaltonpottery.com.

FALL FESTIVAL. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Annual • fundraising event for Pinehurst Elementary School

literacy by trying to break the world record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day. The featured book is Not Norman, by Kelly Bennett. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6928235 or sppl.net.

includes games, face painting, a train ride, bounce houses, a costume contest for all ages, and more! Cost: $12 for activity wristband (Sold by the Pinehurst Elementary School PTA.) Cannon Park, 90 Woods Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

PAINTING CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Local • Scenes and Landscapes.” Practice or sharpen your

Friday, October 23—24

LITERARY EVENT. The twenty-fifth Southern • Writers Symposium celebrates contemporary

painting skills with artist Harry Neely. You can work from your photos or class reference material in acrylics or oil. Cost: $80. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

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Southern authors. This two-day event includes readings, panels, and writing workshops. Call for schedule and costs. Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 630-7454, bjernigan@methodist.edu or visit methodist.edu/sws.

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Saturday, October 24

ART CLASS (INK) 12 – 3 p.m. “Ink-Tastic: • Intermediate Alcohol Ink.” Pam Griner teaches more of the fun techniques of working with alcohol inks. Intermediate level. Prerequisite: “Basic Alcohol Ink.” Cost: $50, includes supplies. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. • Visit with artist Jane Casnellie and learn about her

techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 2550665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom.

MAKER SATURDAY. 2 p.m. Create art with • the WaterColorBot. Maker Saturdays allow students

to explore technology in a relaxed environment. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

ART SHOW. 4 – 6 p.m. “Fall Into the Arts” • showcases talented local artists who have been working under the direction of Eileen Strickland. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Artwork available for purchase. Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 1951900 or pinehurstrec.org.

PHILHARMONIC CONCERT. 7 – 9 p.m. The • Carolina Philharmonic Season Opening features

violinist Natasha Korsakova, backed up by David Michael Wolff and the Philharmonic in a program of Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite” and Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons.” Cost: $27 – $60. Tickets available online, at the box office, at the Arts Council of Moore County, and at the door. Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-2087 or carolinaphil.org.

MILITIA MUSTER AND CANDLELIGHT • TOUR. Activities throughout the day; candlelight

tour of the Alston House 6:30 – 9 p.m. Learn about Revolutionary era militias and their roles during the American Revolution. Reservations are required for the tour. Cost: $5/person for tour, under 12 free. House in the Horseshoe, 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. Info: (910) 947-2051 or nchistoricsites.org.

NAVAL STORES DEMONSTRATION. 1 p.m. • Narration and historical enactment of making tar, pitch, turpentine, and ship’s masts from the longleaf pine for wooden ships, an industry that flourished between 1705 and 1950 in central and eastern North Carolina. The event is hosted by the Moore County Historical Association, program by historian Bryan Avery. Admission free, but donations are accepted. The Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2051 or moorehistory com.

Sunday, October 25

MILITIA MUSTER. Activities throughout the • day. Learn about Revolutionary era militias and their roles during the American Revolution. Watch units practice their drills and visit the encampments. Free. House in the Horseshoe, 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. Info: (910) 947-2051 or nchistoricsites.org.

SUNDAY FILM SERIES. 2:30 p.m. In this film about the antebellum United States, a free black man


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is abducted and sold into slavery. It is based on the biography 12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northrup. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net.

NATURE STUDY PROGRAM. 3 p.m. • “Halloween Special.” Join a park ranger to talk

about some of our favorite Halloween characters, Halloween traditions, and animals (such as black cats and bats) associated with the holiday. Visitor Center, Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

Monday, October 26

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.

LECTURE. 11 a.m. The Methodist University Journey Leadership Speaker Series hosts Bill Cordes, creator of the collegiate program “YOGOQYPI University.” Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Info: Suzanne Langley at (910) 480-8474 or slangley@ methodist.edu.

Tuesday, October 27

JAM SESSION. 7 – 9 p.m. Acoustical Musicians • Group. Casual. Bring something to drink and enjoy the music. Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, 555 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261.

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Tuesday, October 27 and 28

PAINTING CLASS. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. • “Watercolor Excitement” with Irene Dobson.

Experience the freedom of watercolor using loose washes and get familiar with pigments and a threecolor palette. Irene will touch on composition, values, and texture. Beginner to Intermediate. Cost: $60. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 artistleague.org.

Wednesday, October 28

YOGA CLASS (INTRODUCTORY).9 – 10 • a.m. (First of seven sessions) Instructor Darlind

Davis, a graduate of the Ramchangra Yoga Center in Columbia, Maryland, will teach the basic tenets of yoga. Cost: $35/resident; $70 non-resident. Program Room @ Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900 or pinehurstrec.org.

TAI CHI CLASS. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (First • of five sessions) Lee Holbrook, a Tai Chi Master

Instructor, will teach three styles of Tai Chi: Yang, Wu, and Beijing. For all levels. Cost: $21/resident; $42/non-resident. Program Room @ Recreation Room, 300 Kelly Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 2951900 or pinehurstrec.org.

MEET THE AUTHOR. 3 p.m. Loren Long will • talk about her book Little Tree, a picture book for children ages 3 to 8. Little Tree is the story of a happy

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ca l e n d a r little tree in the forest that cannot be persuaded to let go of his leaves in the autumn. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.

and scary witches are invited to a hauntingly good time featuring edible crafts, games, Halloween bingo, and more! Dress to impress! Downtown Park, Southern Pines, 145 SE Broad, Southern Pines. (Rain location is Recreation Center). Info: (910) 692-2463 or southernpines.net.

Thursday, October 29

FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. “Ghost stories • in the Library.” This special program brings some

Friday, October 30—31

POTTERY SALE. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dalton • Pottery’s fifth Annual Fall Studio Sale. An authentic

classic scary stories to life and lets kids work together to develop their own scary stories! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net .

kiln opening at 10 a.m. Saturday. Dalton Studio, 250 Oakhurst Vista, West End. Info: (910) 947-5325 or visit lindadaltonpottery.com.

ART CLASS. 9 a.m. –12 p.m. Figure drawing • with a live model. Artist Linda Bruening teaches this

Friday, October 30—November 1

LITERARY EVENT. 7 p.m. The Serial Killer’s • Daughter, by Pat Riviera-See. Weymouth Center

feature art, furniture, glass, jewelry, linens, porcelain, pottery and china, and many other fine collectibles. Cost: $6 for all 3 days. National Guard Armory, 500 W Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6928747 or moorehistory.com.

life drawing class for beginners and more advanced students. Drawing exercises focus on body proportions and positions. Cost: $40. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or artistleague.org.

ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. • (Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Over thirty dealers will

for Arts & Humanities, 555 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or weymouthcenter.org.

HALLOWEEN EVENT. 6 p.m. Spook, rattle • and haunt! For kids 10 years and under (Children

must be accompanied by an adult). Cute pumpkins


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techniques and background in art. Hollyhocks Art Gallery, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 2550665 or hollyhocksartgallerycom.

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD. 12 p.m. Tannhauser, • performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Cost: $27. Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501 or sunrisetheater.com.


MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. • 2 – 5:30 p.m. Produce only, fresh and locally grown.

FirstHealth Fitness Center,
170 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 947-3752 or moorecountync.gov or localharvest.org.

Saturday, October 31

scavenger hunt, and traditional Halloween carnival games for the kids. Admission free. Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, 801 Arsenal Ave.,

NATURE STUDY. 8 a.m –12 p.m. Migration • bird banding has begun at Weymouth Woods!

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MEET THE ARTIST AT WORK. 12 – 3 p.m. • Visit with artist Jane Casnellie and learn about her

BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four • people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is de-

POE HOUSE TRICK OR TREAT. 11 a.m. – 4 • p.m. This annual event features a costume contest,

Friday, October 30

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PART Y SU PPLIES Harris Teeter Shopping Center • Whispering Pines • (910) 246-2186

Mums • Pansies • Pumpkins • Straw Bales Flowering Cabbage • Flowering Kale Broccoli Plants Cabbage Plants • Collard Plants

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SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE. 10 • a.m. – 3 p.m. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. – 2

p.m. Gift shop features local artisans’ crafts. (Note: Volunteers needed. For more information, call (910) 783-5169.) Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-4677.


BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. • This storytime, reserved for babies from birth to 18

months, will engage parents and children in early literary practices. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6928235 or sppl.net.

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, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH. 10 – 11:30 a.m. • Practice this flowing Eastern exercise with instruc-

tor Rich Martin at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Cost: Single class: $15/member; $17/non-member. Monthly rates available. (No refunds or transfer for these classes.) Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info and registration: (910) 486-0221.


BRIDGE. 1 – 4 p.m. A card game played by four • people in two partnerships, in which “trump” is de-


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Buying Vintage

Sunshine Antique & Mercantile Company Buy, Sell or Trade Specializing in Primitive & Country Furnishings Thursday- Saturday 10 to 5 Monday-Wednesday by appointment or chance 115 N. Sycamore St., Aberdeen, NC (910) 691-3100 shop • (919) 673-9388 or (919) 673-9387 cells

5 will be stories, songs, fun, and activities to build skills necessary for kindergarten. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or sppl.net

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 moorefarmfresh.com.

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NATURE STUDY. 8 a.m –12 p.m. Migration bird banding has begun at Weymouth Woods! Warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes and more. Spectators are welcome at the banding station along James Creek. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 – 4 p.m. The • focus of these storytimes, for all children through age

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COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu items (gnocci, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, connolis, or pasta). Reservations and prepayment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the flavorexchange.com.

MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 9 • a.m. – 1 p.m. Produce only, fresh and locally grown. Armory Sports Complex, 604 W Morganton Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 947-3752 or moorecountync.gov or localharvest.org.


Rules on our website. Aberdeen Fear Factory, 10570 NC 211 East, Suite E, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9440908 or aberdeenfearfactory.com.

Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 10:30 a.m. The • Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern

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, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376.

FREE COOKING DEMO. 5 p.m. A great way • to start off the weekend and get scrumptious ideas.

No reservations needed. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or theflavorexchange.com.

MAHJONG (Chinese version). 1 – 3 p.m. A • COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria game involving skill, strategy, and calculation (played • DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu by 4 people). Douglass Community Center, 1185 W Pennsylvania, Southern Pines. (910) 692-7376.

HAUNTED HOUSE. 7 p.m – Midnight. • “Aberdeen Fear Factory,” the largest in-door haunted

house in NC! Graphic and scary—parental discretion is advised. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25/person; $22/person for groups of 10 or more, and for those with military ID. (No special prices for children.) Please review our FAQs & Rules on our website. Aberdeen Fear Factory, 10570 NC 211 East, Suite E, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9440908 or aberdeenfearfactory.com.


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items (gnocci, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, connolis, or pasta). Reservations and prepayment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the flavorexchange.com.

HAUNTED HOUSE. 7 p.m – Midnight. • “Aberdeen Fear Factory,” the largest in-door haunted

house in NC! Graphic and scary—parental discretion is advised. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25/person; $22/person for groups of 10 or more, and for those with military ID. (No special prices for children.) Please review our FAQs &

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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 moorefarmfresh.com.

NATURE STUDY. 8 a.m –12 p.m. Migration • bird banding has begun at Weymouth Woods!

Warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes and more. Spectators are welcome at the banding station along James Creek. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

STORYTIME! 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (No Storytime • Oct 10) Givens Memorial Library. 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910 295-6022.

COOKING CLASS. 6:30 p.m. Chef Maria • DiGiovanni leads hands-on preparation of menu

items (gnocci, Thai, ravioli, Moroccan, Lebanese, connolis, or pasta). Reservations and prepayment required. Call for prices and specific menu. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345 or the flavorexchange.com.



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Food Demo • Alyssa Anderson of Cooperative Extension “Healthy Back to School Lunchbox Snack” Sat. Oct. 10th, 9:30 to 11:00am Downtown Southern Pines. Sat. Oct. 31st Pumpkin Painting by Jr. League of M.C. (Pumpkins provided by MCFM)

Tomatoes, Fruits, Veggies, Jams, Meats, Flowers & Plants, Goat Cheese, Prepared Foods, Baked Goods, Crafts, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Kale, Greens Mondays- FirstHealth (Fitness Center) Facility courtesy of First Health

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Facility courtesy of Town of Southern Pines Broad St & New York Ave 8am-Noon Will be open through October 31th Call 947-3752 or 690-9520 for more info. hwwebster@embarqmail.com Web search Moore County Farmers Market Local Harvest www.facebook.com/moorecountyfarmersmarket SNAP welcomed here

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Come enjoy our Italian Atmosphere for great food with friends and family! Tues., Wed., & Thurs. Fri. & Sat. Sun. & Mon. 5pm to 9pm 5pm to 10pm Closed

We accept reservations. 515 S.E. Broad St | Southern Pines, NC 28387 910-725-1868 | www.curtscucina.com

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ca l e n d a r a.m. – 12 p.m. Produce only, fresh and locally grown. SE Broad St. and New York Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 947-3752 or (910) 690-9520 or moorecountync.gov/index.php/farmers-market. HAUNTED HOUSE. 7 p.m – Midnight. • “Aberdeen Fear Factory,” the largest in-door haunted

house in NC! Graphic and scary—parental discretion is advised. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25/person; $22/person for groups of 10 or more, and for those with military ID. (No special prices for children.) Please review our FAQs & Rules on our website. Aberdeen Fear Factory, 10570 NC 211 East, Suite E, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9440908 or aberdeenfearfactory.com.

Art Galleries ABOUT ART GALLERY inside The Market Place Midland Bistro Building, 2160 Midland Road, Pinehurst. The gallery features local artists. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (910) 215-596. Artist GAlleRy OF SOUTHERN PINES, 167 E. New Hampshire Avenue., Southern Pines. Features art and fine crafts from more than 60 North Carolina artists. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 692-6077. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St. in historic Aberdeen. Exhibit hours are noon – 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979.

Broadhurst Gallery, 2212 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Showcases works by nationally recognized artists such as Carol Bechtel, Jason Craighead, Linda Ruth Dickinson, Bruce Dorfman, Kathleen Earthrowl. Meet-the-artist opportunities available. Monday-Friday (closed Wednesday), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m and special appointments. (910) 295-4817, www.broadhurstgallery.com.

HOLLYHOCKS ART GALLERY, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Features artwork by local award winning artists, Diane Kraudelt, Linda Griffin, Jessie MacKay, Julie Messerschmidt, Charles Roberts, and artist/owner, Jane Casnellie. MondaySaturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday 4 – 9:30 p.m. (910) 255-0665, www.hollyhocksartgallery. com.

The Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines. MondayFriday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and every third weekend of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. (910) 692-4356, www. mooreart.org.

Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour, 21 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Features local artists. Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 255-0100, www.ladybedfords.com.

Exchange Street Gallery, Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street in historic Aberdeen. “It’s Southern, Ya’ll,” works of Pat McMahon and Betty DiBartolomeo. September 2-28. Regular hours noon to 3:00, Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. The Gallery at Seven Lakes at the St. Mary Magdalene building, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive. Just nine miles from the Pinehurst Traffic Circle up 211, this gallery is dedicated to local artists. Wednesday-Thursday 1 – 4 p.m. Hastings Gallery in the Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Key:

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The Old Silk Route, 113 West Main St., Aberdeen. Specializes in Asian original art, including silk paintings, tapestries, Buddhist Thangkas and Indian paper miniatures. Monday, ThursdaySaturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 295-2055. SANDHILLS WOMEN’S EXCHANGE, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. All merchandise at the Exchange is handmade by consignors who live in the community. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch served 11.30 a.m – 2 p.m. (910) 295-4677. Seagrove Candle Company, 116 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Showcases art of the Sandhills and Seagrove area. Monday, WednesdaySaturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (910) 695-0029. SKY Art Gallery, 602 Magnolia Dr., Aberdeen. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 944-9440, www.

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Now Accepting Reservations for Holiday Parties!

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Casual Dining, Serious Food!

Mon - Thurs 5pm-9pm Fri - Sat 5pm-10pm • Sun 4pm-8pm

To advertise, call 910-693-7271

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OIL PAINTING WITH COURTNEY Courtney Herndon – Friday/Saturday, October 20/21 9:00-3:30 $110 LOCAL SCENES AND LANDSCAPES Harry Neely – Thursday/Friday, October 22/23, 10:00-3:00 $80


WATERCOLOR PENCIL Sandra Kinnunen – Thursday, October 8, 9:00-12:00 $43 WATERCOLOR EXCITEMENT Irene Dobson – Tuesday/Wednesday October 27, 28, 9:00-12:00 $60


FIGURE DRAWING (WITH A LIVE MODEL) Linda Bruening - Wednesday, October 7, 9:00-12:00 $40 DRAW IT I - HOW TO DRAW AN OBJECT Sandra Kinunnen – Thursday, October 15, 10:00-3:00 $40 FIGURE DRAWING (WITH A LIVE MODEL) Linda Bruening - Thursday, October 29, 9:00-12:00 $40


WATERCOLOR PENCIL Sandra Kinnunen – Thursday, October 8, 10:00-3:00 $43


GO WITH THE FLOW-BASIC ALCOHOL INK Pam Griner – Tuesday, October 6, 12:00-3:00 $40 Supplies included SCRATCHBOARD Emma Wilson – Tuesday, October 13, 10:00-3:00 $40 PRINTMAKING MADE EASY-MONOPRINTS Sandy Stratil – Monday, October 19, 10:00-4:00 $53 INK-TASTIC-INTERMEDIATE ALCOHOL INK Pam Griner – Saturday, October 24, 12:00-3:00 $50 Supplies included

Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild

November 6-8, 2015 raleigh convention center

Tickets on sale NOW One Day Ticket $7 Weekend Pass $10 Children under 15, Free

Featuring over 110 fine craft artists from NC and across the United States!




Check us out & register at www.artistleague.org 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen • 944-3979

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skyartgallery.com. Studio 590 by the pond in Dowd Cabin, 590 Dowd Circle, Pinehurst. This historic log cabin is the working studio and gallery of artists Betty DiBartolomeo and Harry Neely. Fine oil paintings, commissions and instruction. (910) 639-9404. White Hill Gallery, 407 U.S. 15-501, Carthage, offers a variety of pottery. (910) 947-6100.

Nature Centers Sandhills Horticultural Gardens (32 acres of gardens). The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens are handicapped-accessible. Daylight hours year-round. (910) 695-3882. Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (898 acres). 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. (910) 692-2167. VILLAGE ARBORETUM. 35 acres of land adjoining the Village Hall on Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. (910) 295-1900.

Historical Sites Bethesda Church and Cemetery. Guided tours for groups by appointment. 1020 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. (910) 944-1319. Bryant House and McLendon Cabin. Tours by appointment. (910) 692-2051 or (910) 673-0908. Key:

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Carthage Historical Museum. Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Located at Rockingham and Saunders streets, Carthage. (9 10) 947-2331. House in the Horseshoe. Open year-round. Hours vary. 288 Alston House Road (10 miles north of Carthage), Sanford. (910) 947-2051. Malcolm Blue Farm and Museum. 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. (910) 944-7558 or (910) 603-2739. North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines. (910) 692-6261. Shaw House. Open 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. (910) 692-2051. Tufts Archives. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., MondayFriday, and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. (910) 295-3642.












Union Station. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located in downtown Aberdeen. (910) 944-5902. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange Log Cabin. Open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (910) 295-4677. PS To add an event, email us at pinestraw.calendar@gmail. com by the first of the month prior to the event. Or go to www.thepilot.com and add the event to our online calendar.

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PineStraw CreativeWorkshops Say No to Auto

Digital Photography Basics with Laura L. Gingerich This easy-going, hands-on course is designed to help beginners understand the capabilities of the digital camera and unleash his or her inner photographer. Transform a snapshot into a work of art through lectures, lively discussions, field work and friendly critiques. No previous knowledge or experience required. Topics Covered: What makes a great image? Aperture. Shutter speed. Exposure compensation. ISO. Color. Composition. Workshop List: Digital SLR camera or camera with manual controls. Camera manual. Bag lunch.

Where: Pinestraw Magazine l 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave l Southern Pines When: Saturday, October 3, 2015 l 9am-3pm Cost: $95, limited to 8 attendees Instructor: Laura L. Gingerich Register: 910-693-2508

Paper Play

The Dance of Photography

Have fun creating a small accordian booklet with beautiful paper and images. You can provide your own photograhs to customize this mini work of art. This class is for all levels. You will have a wonderful personal keepsake at the end of the class — and have fun doing it!

Say Goodbye to Blasé Images

with Laura L. Gingerich

In this one-day workshop, students will be challenged to produce images that are technically correct and beautifully composed by using advanced features on the camera and training the eye for artistic interpretation. Technique meets artistry to create photographs that stir the senses and evoke an emotion within the viewer.

Topics Covered: Camera mechanics. The exposure triangle. Reading the histogram. The digital darkroom. JPEG and RAW. The art of seeing. The elements of design. Workshop List: Digital SLR camera or camera with manual controls. Camera manual. Bag lunch.

Where: Pinestraw Magazine l 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave l Southern Pines When: Friday, October 9, 2015 l 9am-3pm Cost: $95, limited to 8 attendees Instructor: Laura L. Gingerich Register: 910-693-2508

Handmade Paper Booklets with Maggie Gehan

Topics Covered: Cutting. Folding. Designing. Writing. Workshop List: Scissors. Small photographs. Small paintbrush to use with glue

Where: Pinestraw Magazine l 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave l Southern Pines When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 l 9am-12pm Cost: $20, limited to 6 attendees Instructor: Maggie Gehan Register: 910-693-2508 (by November 4)

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Doors open at 6pm.

Join us for heavy Hors d’oeuvres, music and speakers.

Join us in raising

hopes, spirits & funds!

All Proceeds are given locally to the Clara McLean House and the First Health Cancer CARE Fund

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at: Black Rock Winery, Lisa’s Boutique and Cottage of Hope Unable to Attend? Your charitable contributions are invaluable & welcome! To give, please contact Denise Williams 910-690-9663 or Deborah Fernsell at CWCBreastCancerBenefit@gmail.com

Givens Performing Arts Center


2015-16 Season

*A portion of every ticket sold will benefit Susan G. Komen.

David Benoit Christmas

A Tribute to Charlie Brown Saturday, Dec. 5

Sponsored by Two Hawk Employment Services and McDonald’s

Because laughter is the best medicine!®

Friday, October 9

Saturday, November 14

Thursday, January 14

“Fresh, FUNNY and simply terrific!”

“Vibrant, Colorful, overthe-top dance fun.”

“The best kind of feelgood show, warmhearted and irresistible.”

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Thurs. March 3

Sat., April 23

Tues., May 3

All tickets on sale now! For tickets: 910.521.6361, or www.uncp.edu/gpactickets Join our Email Club online at: www.uncp.edu/gpac Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: GivensPAC

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Favorite Light Classics SAT, NOV 14 | 8PM

David Glover, conductor Thrill to your favorite light classical music, including Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, Humperdinck’s Prelude to Hänsel and Gretel and highlights from John Williams’ Jurassic Park.

A Baroque Christmas SUN, DEC 6 | 7:30PM

Paul Agnew, conductor North Carolina Master Chorale Celebrate the holiday season with works from Bach and Handel, including choral selections from Handel’s glorious Messiah.



Tickets can be purchased locally at:

Campbell House | 482 E. Connecticut Avenue The Country Bookshop | 140 NW Broad Street


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Golf Capital Chorus Pinehurst, NC

Bringing the Joy of Barbershop Quartet and Choral Music to the Sandhills for Charitable Causes. Join Us Saturday, Nov. 7th at 7pm at Robert E. Lee Auditorium of Pinecrest High School for

“Songs for the Young at Heart”

For tickets Call, 910-295-3529

Claim your spotlight To advertise here, call 910-692-7271

Celebrate Heritage Month In Scotland County Four Cultures • Four Weekends • Four Festivals

KUUMBA FESTIVAL Celebration of our African-American Heritage. Saturday, September 26th from 9:00 to 4:00 in Market Park in Laurinburg. Free. www.kuumbafestnc.com

SCOTLAND COUNTY HIGHLAND GAMES Saturday, October 3rd from 9:00 to 4:00 at the John Blue Complex. Advanced ticket are $12 for adults, $3 for children ($15 and $5 at the door). www.schgnc.org

JOHN BLUE COTTON FESTIVAL Celebrates our rural roots. October 10th – 11th at the John Blue Complex. $5 for adults. Free for children 6 and under. www.johnbluecottonfestival.com

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL OF CAROLINA Held October 16th through the 18th presents world-renowned storytellers performing each day from 9:30 to 5:00. For ticket info, visit www.storyartscenter.org

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Ally McKinlay, Conner Hillgrove, Jen Phillips

Molly Schrader, Heather McKeithan, Tim Sayer, Taylor Norbury, Megan Weitzel

College for Conner Fundraiser The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room Sunday, July 19, 2015 Photographs by Tim Sayer

Brooke & Whitney Cutler

Heather, Mary, & Jere McKeithen

Hillgrove family

Tim Sayer, Geoff Cutler, Connor Hillgrove, Ken Howell, Pat Phillips, Jere McKeithen John Whalen, Jeannie Carpentier

Gavin McKinlay, Conner Hillgrove, Gordon McKinlay

Elizabeth Owen, Bert Stewart

Ally McKinlay, Spencer Chapman

Robyn James, Brooke Cutler, Taylor Norbury

Jesse Schrader, Levi Schrader

Meredith McMillen, Lee Hillgrove

Karen Hillgrove, Conner Hillgrove, Rev. Dr. Sam Walker

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Goblins or Gobbles...

YOUR WINTER… Tom Vicars, DDS is pleased to announce that Lane Harris, DDS has joined his practice as an associate. New patients are encouraged to call (910) 695-1300.


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Terry Ward, Diane Cray

Former and current Foxfire Head Pros Tom Graber and Jeff Cowell

Charlie Barr, Andy Moody

Mike “Putter Boy” Golf Tournament Foxfire Saturday, August 8, 2015

Leslie Frusco, Jeff & Vicki Haidet

Donna Braun, Gail Ruppert

Rita Ward, Ginny Siedler, Helen Kirk

Mayor Steve Durham, Sue Durham, Gerry LaShomb

Mick McCue, Dale Andress, Warren Landis, Terry Ward

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Foxtrack Horse Trials Sunday, August 9, 2015

Photographs by Jeanne Paine Kayela Smith, April Ayala, Rachel Hudson

Mel Wyatt Anna, Al, Anita, Leah & Maria Basso Angie Grogan, Kim Phelps Deaton, Liz Phelps Luna, Mel Wyatt

Annah Jonas, Max, Sydney Jones

Ashley Djordjevic Margi McDougall with Tucker

Beau Woodrum, Marged Harriss Becca Desper, Mikhaila, Melissa Manheim

Makayla Hrenyo, Madison Wu

Lucino Morales

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| A Wonderful Cause | An Extraordinary Culinary Experience Supporting the Moore Free Care Clinic

Join us for Chef’s Table Dining

Five Course Dinner with Wine Pairings Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Chef Warren’s Bistro Monday, November 2, 2015, at Wolcott’s Restaurant Event tickets - $150.00 each

Come and enjoy a incredible dining opportunity while providing much needed support for the MOORE FREE CARE CLINIC – providing high quality primary, preventive, and specialty care to limited income residents of Moore County.

Register to attend either event by contacting the Moore Free Care Clinic at:

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Nathan Hardin, Sarah Campbell

Taste of the New South Friday, September 4, 2015

Photographs by London Gessner Justin Cruz, Aaron McRae, Steve Eudy

Kyle & Leigh Larson

Tina Sheppard, Shannon Scott

Neil Meirick, Tracy Felder, Jami Meirick

Amy Cusumano, Melissa McRae, Megan Zearfoss, Ginny Trigg, Amity Aldridge

Gay Padgett, Sandie & Ken Hackman

Michelle & Justin Bailey Susan & Ron Mattingly

Angela Hall, Tim Atkinson

Gerry Dean, Robin Dean

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Moore County Kennel Club of N.C. Pinehurst Harness Track September 12 & 13th, 2015 Photographs by Jeanne Paine

SPC Clint Squires with Max Dalmations Mindy Higby with Loot

Shelby Brown with Reggie

Karolynne McAteer, Bill Pace

Dr. Carolyn Addison, El, Joannie Clas, Phobe

Adriano Rocha with Siri Sioux Forsyth with Pery

Clarisse Henson, David Connell with Elle

Virginia Allen with Bella

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By Geoff Cutler

I almost caught the damn thing, but

it glanced off my fingertips and bounced off the wall behind me. “Geoff,” he said, replacing the soft (e) in my name with its long (E) counterpart, so it came off like Gee-off, “please identify for us the subject, the verb and the object of the preposition in the following sentence.”

None of these shenanigans of his would have flown in today’s classrooms, but this was a different day. A better one, if you ask me. It was a game he played. English class. Sixth or seventh grade, I think. Class began right after recess, so he always had a couple of half-pint milk cartons on his desk, and he sucked in whole saltine crackers on his tongue like a Gila monster catching flies. The room was set up with his desk in the corner, and long tables where we sat finished a square. When school resumed in the fall, the old wooden floors shone to a high gloss and the true divided window panes gleamed. In winter, the wall-mounted steam radiators hissed and spat wet heat at us, so we sweated and took off our school blazers and hung them over the backs of our Shaker school chairs. The game was simple. He’d whip a tennis ball at you, and you caught it. Each student would get his turn, although you never knew when the ball was coming your way, and if you couldn’t catch it, or you got hit with it, you tore an English sentence apart and put it back together again. “The subject is George, the verb is drove, and the object of the preposition to is the market,” I answered, tossing the ball I’d picked up from under the table back at him. He nodded blasé approval and placed another saltine on his tongue. Now, would-be critics of his game might come up with all manner of complaint against this unorthodox method of imparting grammar into the empty heads of young English students. Not the least of which might be that this teacher could be viewed as a bully. One can just see the modern head of

school showing our English teacher to the door, or overhear today’s family lawyer’s telephone ringing off the hook. But we didn’t see it that way. True, most of us were athletic, and if we got hit by the tennis ball, it hurt a lot more getting hit playing on one of his teams. He was a three-season varsity coach. Soccer, hockey and lacrosse. On his field, you worked to win the game. Period. And when you lost, all he wanted was to have seen his whole team give it our best shot. Before you kicked a soccer ball, you ran wind sprints till you dropped. On the rink, same thing. Run and skate until we were in the best physical condition possible. Then we played. We won more games than we lost, and occasionally, we went undefeated. And at the end of each season, we had a banquet. School letters were handed out by him along with a brief description of each player’s contribution to the team. Those letters meant a lot to us, because they weren’t passed out arbitrarily, and they weren’t easily earned. No, we loved the tennis ball game. One kid, the school’s best overall athlete, caught the tennis ball almost every time. The rules were if you caught it, you didn’t have to diagram a sentence. I don’t know what that kid knows about grammar as a result, but odds are he listened pretty carefully to all the rest of us who didn’t always catch the ball. Because on the off chance he bobbled it, he needed to be able to answer the grammar question correctly. When you didn’t answer correctly, you played one-on-one with the teacher and the ball until you did. This proved to be a problem for one kid. And I admit that it made us uncomfortable that this kid for the life of him couldn’t figure out where or what the object of a preposition was in a sentence. The ball got hurled at him time and again. But an interesting thing happened. The kid didn’t piss or moan. He worked harder and eventually figured it all out, and in the process, earned an extra degree of respect from his English teacher. In fact, in that kid’s last couple of years at school, it became clear to the rest of us that he had become the teacher’s favorite. The game was tough, no question. But it was also fun, and we were motivated to learn because of it. And far from being seen as a bully, this teacher was one of the most respected men at the school. Different days. PS Geoff can be reached at geoffcutler@embarqmail.com.

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Well, Star Children, looks like I’m clocking out, so to speak, on April 3, 2040! Only twenty-five more years before I depart from Curl Up and Dye feet first. But at least that gives me enough time to perfect my red balayage, figure out what essentials to tote around in my purse, and find just the right shoes for the Sweet Hereafter. When the end comes, I, for one, don’t plan to be caught off guard. Ad astra. Libra (September 23–October 22) While your tippy-top favorite won’t come wrapped in a box, you are getting some fine birthday prezzies. Health, happiness and even financial reward are yours in October, ripe on the vine and ready for picking. I don’t know if you have visited the fountain of love lately, but when you do, drink deeply, Sweet Thing. (A caution: One prezzie could be a real stumper, cause one of your favorite people tries their hardest but miscalculates every dang time. You are not as practical as they reckon, but spare their feelings and tell them you just want a car wash or a back rub this year.) You won’t have much to holler about this coming year, so chill out. And don’t keep declaring you hate birthday cake, either — you know that ain’t exactly true. You just hate all them candles flaring away like a torch. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) That little escapade last month got you into a whole lot more trouble than you expected. When the whole silly thing shakes out, you are going to discover that somebody has a thing for Hot Little You and part of the drama was attention seeking and getting. And they ain’t going away, either, even if you want ’em to in the worst way. This don’t mean they are crazy enough to boil the bunny, or not quite, but they are going to make for more mischief and the drama ain’t over yet. Remember this the next time you make the 30 Proof Punch for the company party. Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) The fact of the matter is, you expected a whole lot of sugar for one small dime, as Grandpa Hornblower used to say. I don’t know what gets you so wound up when it comes to spending a little money, but we ain’t in the Depression years. Loosen up that wallet, Honey. Time to get real. When you get back to Earth, consider leaving quarters in the vending machine just to surprise somebody and be nice. Little things count. Nice counts. Money ain’t all that matters. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) Life took the starch out of your shirt in a public way; somebody said something you didn’t deserve and it hurt. Here’s what Astrid wants you to do: absolutely nothing. Get on with your head up high and just wait. By the middle of this month, you are going to experience one of the best days of your life. Ever. Nothing that happened before is going to matter. Life is going to take you onto a journey into fabulosity.

Aries (March 21–April 19) Sometimes I cannot wait to see what is coming next for the Ram. Whatever it is, it ain’t boring. This month, the danger is, you will have a dry spell when it comes to excitement. This is a prescription for Aries trouble. Do not go online and buy, book, sell, rent, smell, smoke, sniff or comment on something that you think is dangerous, endangered, explosive or indicting. If you need something to restrain that impulse and hold you back, visit your local slammer and see how much you think you would like bunking in there. Taurus (April 20–May 20) Your vacation was not the huge success you hoped it would be, but some of that is because of your gawdawful need to control people. You would even try to direct the show at Sea World if you were sitting in the audience watching a dolphin for the first time and had never been in water above your knees. Life might be a little easier for everybody around you if you could just shut up and enjoy the show. Seriously. Gemini (May 21–June 20) The salesman needed to sell that luminous pea-green car; they flattered you into thinking it was going to make you stand out from the crowd and you bought it. Now it’s in the garage gleaming like a glow worm and you have buyer’s remorse. OK, maybe it wasn’t a car, but you get the idea. Flattery is your weak spot; for the love of split pea soup, don’t let it get the best of you this month. Could cost you dearly. Cancer (June 21–July 22) This is one of those months that you find yourself on idle, waiting for the Next Big Thing. Maybe your destiny is in discovering the beauty of the Next Small Thing. A waitress smiles and calls you Sugar. A child blows you a kiss as you leave. Either it all matters, or nothing matters. And pay it back. If you do that, good karma comes rolling right back and your heart is fuller, lighter and bigger. Leo (July 23–August 22) You keep smiling as if all is just fine and dandy, but inside you are doing a slow burn. Nobody knows you all that well, and that is exactly how you have been determined to keep things. But the truth is, it is causing you a lot of unnecessary pain and loneliness. Holding onto mystery is just one way to be holding onto lonely, Sugar. Don’t nobody want that.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18) In the first week of this month you have a particularly challenging conversation. The person you meant to reach may act as if they didn’t hear a word you said but they ain’t as deaf as they seem. Go about your business and wait; they are going to have a personal epiphany, and you get to enjoy the best aspect of that. Being around somebody you love, who finds a little happiness of their own, is something we all want. Also, Honey, you have forgotten something that you simply ain’t going to believe.

Virgo (August 23–September 22) If everybody found as much personal excitement as you do in a trip to Walmart, the world would be a better place. This has been a year where you find your groove wherever you are, whatever you are doing. The thing is, Nirvana ain’t on aisle 5. But it is right here, right now. And you are as close to finding your bliss as you ever hoped to be. But don’t waste your star power on trying to perfect the art of the email. PS

Pisces (February 19–March 20) Carrying around a delicious little secret is like winking in the dark. Nobody but you knows, and it is innocent little fun. Your secret concerns a special someone who is in your hip pocket. They are slowly realizing what you knew all along: You are good medicine for them, and a sweet tonic. And they are going to just love taking the cure.

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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I have a masters degree in English, a common response from the parents of the third-graders I teach is: “You must have loved to read when you were in third grade.”

No. Actually, I did not. My sister loved to read. I simply loved to carry around books. Years later, when my teacher assigned twenty pages of reading of a classic novel or reminded the class that the key to being an accomplished writer was being a good reader, I quietly cringed. I was sentenced to isolation as I struggled to suppress all the lonely thoughts that seemed to flood between every line I read. And yet, as a kid, I had access to books. I was read to every night. Moreover, growing up in the church I was familiar with the King James Bible — heck, even knew some of its Old English phrases by heart. Unfortunately, even in my private devotions, reading was always work, a checklist item completed in fear of the moral divining rod. Today, my students treat the question of whether or not they like to read as a sort of trick question; the correct answer obviously being “yes” if they wish for their teacher who drills the importance of reading every day to leave them alone. How can you blame them, really? This year in third grade we talk about reading in the form of four major tests, all looking at twelve different components of reading skills and one of which breaks down into at least thirty-six smaller tests. I cannot remember the last time a teacher talked about reading as a way to make sense of the world around us or go on an unplanned adventure — let alone a colleague talking about it as more than professional development homework. About halfway through a recent second semester, a 9-year-old named Amy joined my class. Her transcript indicated she was failing every subject. Not yet programmed into the system of red-tape and tests, Amy got placed in a group with some of my strongest readers until we found out which group she really belonged to. When reading a play out loud, she sounded just like my other high-fliers. But when I asked her about key characters or to write about the plot . . . not much. Reading on her own was clearly not going to happen. She was good at appearing to read, and almost convincing that she really was reading, despite


the fact that afterward she could not recall a single element from the text. How could she be so good at reading out loud and yet, apparently, so disinterested in it? She and I suddenly had something in common. When I was her age, there were no “real” people in my books, only characters. They had no meaning, and no one ever thought to ask me what was happening in the books I read or how they made me feel, in fact, until I was sitting in my professor’s office sophomore year of college many years later. A light went on in my head when he talked about ideas sparked by the books on his shelves. Reading was access to ideas, he convinced me, and I suddenly wanted access, too. I suddenly saw reading stories as part of the greater human conversation and adventure of living. For novelist Julia Alvarez, books were a way to feel less alone when she moved to America from the Dominican Republic in elementary school. For Orson Scott Card, writing sci-fi novels was an experiment in the philosophy of human nature and war. For many of my students, reading is a world where kids find power and a distinct voice they can relate to — a place to experience things they have never experienced before. Reading is merely a tool to reach the things we are already in love with: people and ideas. In my classroom, I decided to make phonics a little more fun and relevant to life. Spelling became a discussion of brain science and letter codes. Story discussions became a dissection of why and how authors make us guilty participants in their tales. Alliteration was a means of making us hear and feel the sound of Michael Jordan’s bouncing basketball. These approaches seemed to help. But the truth is, my class’s reading scores really surged when I scrounged up a group of unlikely reading volunteers, 75five year old church ladies and the janitor alike, to read with my kids. These were ordinary people to whom the act of reading every sentence was a huge accomplishment and quite possibly contained the most interesting thing they had heard all day. On a good day, Amy and the others begged for the chance to work with one of the reading volunteers. One day, after reading disaster stories in class, she told us about a girl she knew who’d gotten bitten by a shark. When I asked her to tell us about her friend she replied, “You know . . . the main character!” I was so pleased. She was hooked on something more than phonics. Perhaps a small light had gone on in her head at last. PS Kelley Hensley is a 2013 graduate of UNC Wilmington with a Master of Arts in English. She currently teaches third grade at Aberdeen Elementary School.

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