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September 2013 Volume 8, No. 9 Departments


Sweet Tea Chronicles Jim Dodson

10 PinePitch 13 Cos and Effect Cos Barnes


The Omnivorous Reader Stephen E. Smith

18 Bookshelf 21 Hitting Home Dale Nixon


The Kitchen Garden Jan Leitschuh


Vine Wisdom Robyn James


Food for Thought Deborah Salomon

49 Ode to a Weed Poetry by Ruth Moose

50 In the Line of Duty By Gayvin Powers

54 The Pinebluff We Never Knew

The little town with the glorious past that went up in smoke

63 Pinehurst by Design


Out of the Blue Deborah Salomon


Letter from Home Sundi McLaughlin


An Englishwoman in the Sandhills Serena Brown


Birdwatch Susan Campbell


The Sporting Life


Golftown Journal

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Early days of firefighting in the Sandhills

By Noah Salt


Postcard From Paris Christina Klug


By Deborah Salomon

Treasures from afar and a brilliant designer make this the perfect Pinehurst home

73 September Almanac By Noah Salt

Summer ends, autumn begins. Please pass the homemade cider

Tom Bryant Lee Pace


SandhillSeen Thoughts from the Man Shed Geoff Cutler

The Accidental Astrologer

Astrid Stellanova

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Mart Dickerson


Bill Thompson

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Wishing Away Time

By Jim Dodson

On the heels of

the hottest and longest summer in memory — the record-breaking summer of 2012 — this year we’ve enjoyed the coolest, wettest summer in years, which seemed to pass in the blink of an eye.

Why exactly is that? I have no good explanation for how the gods so artfully compress time, or make tempus fugit. All I know for sure is that my backyard needed constant mowing and my terrace garden resembled Eden gone wild by the time I got home in mid August from a week away on the Georgia coast with all four of our grown-up kids followed by a fortnight of book research that took me on a 2,700-mile road trip from here to Upper Michigan and back. When I was a kid growing up in this state, a far sleepier and slower time of life, my Southern Baptist grandmother Taylor used to say it was a sin against God and Mr. Timex Watch to actively wish away time, but I simply couldn’t stop myself from wishing September would soon arrive. Even though I played baseball and swam on a swim team and soon took up playing golf to fill otherwise idle days, summer in general and August in particular seemed to drag by like a slow moving freight train, in no hurry to get wherever it was headed. Moreover, people vanished without warning and neighborhood life slowed to a panting crawl, sound-tracked by humming fans and the occasional rumble of a window air conditioner, all overlaid by the vast plaintive love song of lonely cicadas in the long afternoons. Fortunately, beginning around age 13, I found a number of summer jobs, both indoor and out, that kept me out of trouble and put money in my pocket and made the long hot summer pass mercifully quicker. My first outdoor job was working on a Christmas tree farm, planting seedlings for a buck fifty an hour. My first indoor paying summer job was

working as an usher at the old Terrace Theater, a job that mostly consisted of keeping the floor swept and chasing down punks who lit up cigarettes during the movie. I wore a Day-Glo orange double-knit usher’s blazer with a wilted black bow tie and cardboard cummerbund that made my friends double over with laugher whenever they showed up at the movies. For several years running I also had a thriving business mowing lawns and cleaning garages up and down Dogwood Drive until we took our annual family vacation to Wrightsville Beach at the end of August, making a small windfall of spending money and once stumbling upon a mildewed cache of old Playboy magazines dating back to the late 1950s, hidden in the tool shed at the back of the Ridenhour family’s cluttered garage while they were away. August perked up nicely after that, and I briefly became something of the neighborhood “Hef” after I let a few of my equally bored buddies in on the remarkable Ridenhour discovery. These Visigoths on bikes nearly cleaned out poor Mr. Ridenhour, but the theft was mysteriously never reported and I got paid decently for a job otherwise done well. Though the relief was undoubtedly more psychological than real, the arrival of September signaled a sweet resumption of normal life — new classmates, football practice on still-warm afternoons, slightly cooler evenings, earlier dusk. By the time summer officially came to an end with the autumn equinox sometime around the 21st, it was clear Old Man Summer was finished for another year, and good riddance. The first crisp day of autumn set off a Buddhist joy bell in me. During the two decades we lived on the coast of Maine, ironically, I had very similar feelings about the August-September time shift — only in reverse. If my early summers down South were too devoid of interesting people and activities, my adult years way up North were overcrowded with tourists and daytrippers constantly underfoot, all hoping to escape the summer torpor of the lower Atlantic states, cluttering up the narrow streets around the

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village square and filling up the local restaurants, which neatly doubled the price of their shore dinners to cash in on the occupation. We local yokels laid low and largely out of view, through the siege days of August, in my case working or reading in my faux English garden in the woods just out of town and occasionally slipping over to meet my golf buddies at our old club late in the day. Labor Day weekend was the big wind-up of what my true-Maine neighbor called the “Luggage Rack Season,” when the lobster-sated and sunburned hordes packed up all their stuff and lashed their new L.L. Bean kayaks on top of their cars and joined the 30-mile long migration out of the state toward home, turning the Maine Turnpike briefly into the world’s largest parking lot. As always, I’m pleased to see September finally arrive here in the Sandhills — the slightly cooler evenings, the quickening of life, the towns filling up again with folks who’ve been chilling in the hills or the coast, and all of that. But with age has come a deeper appreciation of the little things that make life both surprising and meaningful as one season yields to another and the pace of life changes. This summer as I was so blessedly busy roaming from Georgia to Michigan, the summer flew by like a speeding jet instead of a slow-moving freight train. My terrace garden grew into a wild and neglected tumult, and the few times my wife and I actually had a quiet house to ourselves, we did little more than enjoy a simple meal with good wine and savor the silence of the coolest summer nights in years. To everything, says Ecclesiastes, there is a season. But we blinked our eyes and summer was over, another season vanished down the rabbit hole, and I still can’t really explain how that happened. September will always be a warmly welcomed month by me, for it begins my favorite run of months that usher in the pageant-fire of autumn and delight the winter kid in me all the way to Christmas. If I could do so, however, I’d somehow find a way to slow things down again so I could properly notice the passing days and make even better use of them. At the very least, I’d get my garden properly weeded. Somewhere my Southern Baptist grandmother Taylor must be smiling at this revelation, to think I’ve finally wised up on the folly of wishing away time, though I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be terribly pleased that I still keep an old Playboy magazine from Mr. Ridenhour’s secret garage library somewhere in the back of my desk — just to remind me of what it felt like to be lonely kid lost in the sleepy folds of Southern summer. PS


of preserving life’s little moments There’s nothing like feeling the sun on your back as you savor those last warm days before autumn rolls in. Today you don’t feel a day over 30. And why should you? You exercise, eat right and see your doctor every year. And when a routine mammogram found something, you didn’t take any chances. You called Cape Fear Valley’s Breast Care Center and put their breast health navigator and multidisciplinary team to work for you. They told you when breast cancer is found early, stage 0 or 1, the survival rate is 100 percent. Put yourself in CAPEable hands. And enjoy many more moments in the sunshine.

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Almost as Old

Union Presbyterian Church in Carthage will hold a 200th Homecoming Celebration September 6-8, with events centered around early Highland Scots who settled eastern North Carolina. Highlight will be the Ceilidh from 7-10 p.m. September 6 at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, with music, dancing, storytelling and food. Reservations (before August 30): $25 adults, $10 children. Schedules and information: union-homecoming-2013

Blues on Blue

The Malcolm Blue Farm in Aberdeen is a living reminder of life in the Sandhills more than a century ago, when Highlanders Duncan and Margaret Blue tapped the trees for precious amber sap. Each year the farm’s history is celebrated during a festival. At 7 p.m. on September 26 Paul and Anna Murphy Family and Friends will present an evening of blues and jazz — along with a weenie roast. Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at gate; weenie roast with fixins, $5. The Malcolm Blue Historical Crafts and Farmskills Festival continues September 27-28 with demonstrations of pottery making, basket weaving, blacksmithing, fringe tying, other farm necessities. Entertainment includes folk music and dancing, pony wagon rides, and a Civil War re-enactment. Admission: $3-$5. Information and schedules:

The Lowdown on Highland Games

The Scotland County Highland Games and related activities held October 4-6 on the grounds of Scotland Historic Properties in Laurinburg follow the tradition of Scottish fairs begun in the Carolinas around 1790 and drawing thousands for cattle sales, athletic and musical events. Modern games offer piping, drumming, whiskey tasting, sheep dog demo and concluding with a tartans worship service. Kilts provided for some events. Information and schedule:

Seems Like Yesterday

Old Bethesda Church in Aberdeen celebrates 225 years September 27-29 with a variety of activities: a play that traces the early history followed by desserts and folk dancing; Bethesda Harmony, Hymns from the New World; a tour of historic artifacts; a gospel sing and Brunswick stew; and a 90th homecoming service with bagpipes. Schedules and information: (910) 944-1319


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Rock Around the Block

On September 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Sandhills Community College will kick off its 50th Anniversary Celebration with a free ’60s-style block party on Broad Street between New Hampshire and Connecticut Avenues in Southern Pines. Food and live music by the SCC Jazz Band and College Choir followed by a free concert of ’60s hits at the Sunrise Theater, performed by Baxter Clement and the Cadillacs. Festivities are SCC’s way of thanking the community for its support. Information: (910) 695-3712

Look Homeward, Artists

Hear ye! Hear ye, artists who studied at Sandhills Community College lo these fifty years. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, the visual arts department invites former students to participate in an Alumni Art Exhibit. Each artist may submit three works — framed and ready for hanging — in any medium, with sculpture and 3-D welcome. Opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. September 5. Retrospective runs until September 24. Details:

House Peeping

Picture Perfect Pillows

Art appears on umbrellas and scarves — why not pillows? Pat McMahon paints on fabric, then runs it across to Colleen Conroy’s house where it is sewn onto pillows. Décor art from their Painted Pillows line will be on display from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at ‘”It’s Southern, Y’all,” an Open House and Reception at the Art League of the Sandhills at Exchange Street Gallery in Aberdeen Background music by Theron and Luke Sandy’s Double Barrell Band. Paintings by McMahon and Betty di Bartalomeo will remain on display through September.

See Pinewild inside out on the Pinewild Garden & Home Tour from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 7. to benefit Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. Nine homes in the gated community — golf front, lakefront, woodland — featuring pools, koi ponds, an artist’s studio and greenhouses will be on display. Tickets: $15 in advance at Weymouth Center, Given Memorial Library and elsewhere. Tour day tickets: $20 at Pinewild Country Club. Information:

Up Close and Very Personal

In 1994, writer/actress Susan Stein purchased (for 50 cents, at a yard sale) the letters and diaries of Etty Hillesum, a 29-year-old Jewish woman living in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. Hillesum and her family later perished at Auschwitz. Stein turned these firstperson accounts into a one-woman play, “Etty,” which she has performed nationwide and at the Anne Frank Center in New York City. Stein brings this moving theatrical experience to Sandhills Jewish Congregation/ Temple Beth Shalom in Foxfire Village at 3 p.m. on September 29. Admission: Free, donations appreciated. Information:

Birdies Warble for Wounded Warriors

The Southern Pines Elks Lodge earns a birdie for hosting the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament with a 2 p.m. shotgun start on September 14 at Southern Pines Golf Club. The Elks’ mission: to make people aware of the physical and invisible wounds suffered by North Carolina servicemen and women, also to help them re-enter civilian life. Tickets: $120 single player, $480 team, includes golf and cart, boxed lunch, dinner, goody bag. Registration or to sponsor a hole ($75): (910) 692-7375

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Cos and Effect

How do you want to retire?

The Arc of Improving Lives

By Cos Barnes

I celebrated with old friends last week at a

Taiko performance.

An open house was held at the Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center in Southern Pines for their musical group’s performance on the Japanese drums. The band members made their rendition of the drums by stretching tape over 10-gallon tubs. Their teacher is Jo Ann Martel, who drives from Asheboro for four classes every Friday. In addition, they dedicated the large community room to David Kling and his parents, Nancy and Joe, and others who helped finance the beautiful new facility. Also in the new building is a gorgeous studio where Diana Turner-Forte teaches dance and creative movement. It is classily equipped with barres, mirrors, a stereo system, dance floor and cubbies. It was donated by the family of Russell Zumwalt. There is a pottery workshop as well, kiln and all, where Milton Simmons is chief potter. In the art room, participants make wreaths, bows, notepads, baskets and the like. All these items are for sale in the gift shop. The Monarch is not a workshop. It is an enrichment program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is a place they can go and express themselves — a far cry from the Pinetree workshop in West End or the building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southern Pines, where the participants did menial work for minimum pay. It is called Monarch, after the butterfly, for it is a place where dreams take flight, said Amanda VanHorne, program manager. I have been a supporter of the Arc for many years. In the ’80s a friend had a sister in a group home. I told her to let me know if I could ever help her. That very night she called and asked if I would come on the Arc board. I did, and for the first year I did not open my mouth — if you can believe it — because I did not know what they were talking about. They talked in initials. But I soon learned, and in no time was the president. Those friends, though older, have not forgotten me. Nor I them. I hope you will support them any way you can. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at

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The Omnivorous Reader

David Being Sedaris

More amusing monologues from the pen of a caustic modern master

By Stephen E. Smith

Apparently, I do

what almost everyone else does: When David Sedaris publishes a book, I begin reading it as soon as I can lay my hands on a copy. I’m always up for an occasional belly laugh, and given the backbiting and bickering that monopolizes our national discourse, it’s good we have a popular satirist to remind us that we’re capable of laughing at ourselves and each other.

It’s been five years since the publication of Sedaris’ last book of essays, When You’re Engulfed in Flames (I don’t count Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, a collection of modern fables), and the news regarding Let’s

Explore Diabetes with Owls is generally good. Sedaris’ scornful, self-effacing insights into the contemporary quirks of the human condition are as edgy and clever as ever, and he remains a master of verbal irony and the comic image, a commingling of P.G. Wodehouse’s syntactical wit and the situational slapstick of Jean Sheperd. In “Obama!!!!!” Sedaris satirizes the BBC’s response to the election of America’s first black president: “Barack Obama, who is black, is arriving now with his black wife and two black children, a group that will form America’s first black First Family, which is to say, the first group of blacks elected to the White House, which is white and not black like them.” And

as always, he’s able to focus on the commonality of experience. In “Now Hiring Friendly People” he directs his wrath at those chatty slowpokes who queue up in front of us when we’re in a hurry: “I wanted to shout: DO YOU NOT NOTICE THAT THERE’S SOMEONE IN LINE BEHIND YOU? SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN STANDING HERE ROCKING BACK AND FORTH ON HIS GODDAMNED HEELS FOR THE LAST TEN MINUTES WHILE YOU AND THAT BRONTOSAURUS RUN YOUR STUPID MOUTH ABOUT NOTHING?” As in many of his earlier works, Sedaris’ father is much in evidence, slinking around in his boxers and commenting in the unflattering and insistent way fathers do, and his plainspoken mother lives on in her scoldings — “‘That’s right,’ she said. ‘I want you to marry someone exactly like me, with a big beige purse and lots of veins in her legs. In fact, why don’t I just divorce your father so the two of us can run off together?’” In a departure from his usual apolitical approach, Sedaris compares European and American health-care systems and chimes in on various political annoyances such as same-sex marriage and overzealous conservatives. And there are a good many essays that hearken back to his Raleigh childhood: “The better country club operated on the principle that Raleigh mattered, that its old families were fine ones, and that they needed a place where they could enjoy one another’s company without being pawed at. Had we not found this laughable, our country club might have felt desperate. Instead, its attitude was Look at how much money you saved by not being good enough!” He takes on race and sexual orientation, the drudgeries of air travel and book tours, taxidermy, and even attempts a scatological essay, “#2 to Go,” on bathroom habits in China.

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In his author’s note, Sedaris acknowledges the inclusion of “Forensics,” a form that’s a cross between “speech and debate” that students edit down to a predetermined length and recite aloud in a competitive forum. These are exercises in which Sedaris assumes the persona of fictional characters he wishes to take to task for their extremist beliefs. In “If I Ruled the World” a religious zealot, one Miss Cassie Hasselback, attacks those secular components of the culture that have strayed from what she perceives as Christian precepts: “I’ll crucify the Democrats, the Communists, and a good 97 percent of the college students. Don’t laugh, Tim Cobblestone, because you’re next! Think you can let your cat foul my flower beds and get away with it? Well, think again!” “Just a Quick E-mail” is a sarcastic thank you note sent to the ex-wife of the writer’s husband: “I myself would use it [the term ‘bitch’] to describe someone whose idea of an appropriate wedding present is a gift certificate for two pizzas! Offering it to your ex-husband, I can understand, but to your own sister? That’s just tacky.” The humor in these stories is derived from the discrepancy between what the character says and what we know Sedaris means, thus the underlying motivation is negative and will likely leave the reader with a feeling of being manipulated. Granted, the monologues are amusing, but only to those readers who disagree with the characters’ points of view. So what’s new in Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls? Not much. Over the twenty or so years I’ve been reading Sedaris, I’ve come to expect a modicum of artistic and intellectual growth which has failed to materialize. Certainly, he’s as funny as ever — it would be difficult to be much funnier and still maintain an acceptable level of readability — but he fails to bring a fresh perspective to his subjects. Since most of his humor is an attempt to conceal anguish, I find myself yearning for a greater degree of revelation. Instead, there’s a nagging sense that I’ve laughed at this before. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls has its share of hilarious moments, but hardcore Sedaris enthusiasts — the effete corps of impudent snobs who listen to NPR while tooling around in their BMWs — will probably find the collection mildly disappointing. I was left longing for the energy and insights I discovered in his earlier books, especially Barrel Fever and Naked, wherein Sedaris lifts the commonplace into the realm of poetry. PS Stephen Smith’s most recent book of poetry is A Short Report on the Fire at Woolworths. He can be reached at travisses@

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September Books By Kimberly Daniels The Wild Duck Chase: Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest by Martin J. Smith The only juried art competition run by the U.S. government was the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. These stamps have been around since 1934 and are purchased by hunters (for their hunting licenses) to generate money to preserve the wildfowl. Martin Smith’s book takes us into this world using the microcosm of the 2010 art competition to shed light on the urban birder conservationists and the rural hunters who fund the conservation through the stamps and the wild world of competitive duck painting. A wonderful book that lets me know what exists behind the duck stamps my father always had framed on the wall. The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion by Tim Crothers There is a Woman Candidate Master of Chess who dreams of becoming a Grandmaster. Phiona Mutsdi met Robert Jatende, a war refugee turned missionary who wanted to empower kids in a Katwe slum through chess, a game so foreign there was not even a word for it. While first the kids came for food, eventually Phiona showed immense talent and was her country’s junior champion by the age of 11. This book is Phiona’s story, but even more than that. According to Robert Hess, U.S. Grandmaster, it shows how Phiona’s story trancends the limitations of the chessboard. What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life by Tom Conway, Jane Scovell and Carol Burnett Comedy Hall of Fame star, most know for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, brings us this funny memoir with the help of Jane Scovell (who has helped Elizabeth Taylor and Ginger Rogers, among others with their memoirs). To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save The Iraqi’s America Left Behind by Kirk W. Johnson At age 24, in 2005, Johnson, the idealistic Arabic speaker, joined USAID and worked alongside idealistic Iraqis who were excited for America’s initiative to rebuild Iraq. This did not work well, as violence escalated and the Iraqis employed by the U.S. coalition found themselves subject to grave violence. On his first vacation, Johnson fell deep into PSTD and a “fugue state” and spent the next year devastated by our failure in Iraq. One day he received an email from an Iraqi friend, “People are trying to kills me and I need your help.” This email launched Johnson’s mission to get the U.S. government to help his friend and thousands of others abandoned and targeted in Iraq. He started the the List Project, which has helped more than 1,500 Iraqis find refuge in America. This is his story.


Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi by Fred Burton and Samuel Katz I read the exerpt of this book in Vanity Fair and I was floored. This book is informative and good and causes me to ask more questions even as I understand what happened that day. Well written and tells us what we need to know. Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen This is the fictional telling of a true woman’s life, the life of Frances Osgood, who was attempting to be a writer in New York in 1845. She met the mysterious Edgar Allan Poe and became entangled in an affair with him even as she became an unwilling confidante of his much-younger wife.

At the King’s Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages by Susanne Groom The curator of collections at historic royal palaces in London has written a fascinating book that takes a look at the history of royal dining from the bustling kitchens of the Middle Ages to the informal dinner parties of today. From a 48-day picnic to the manic suppers for Charles II and his mistresses and the gluttonous royal table manners — this book looks at it all! There are plenty of beautiful pictures and loads of information. Deceived by Randy Wayne White This is the second novel in Randy Wayne White’s new series about Hannah Smith. I was first introduced to the books of Randy Wayne White by a customer and absolutely fell for Doc Ford, the scientist cool man who is the subject of his other Florida thrillers. Randy is from Rockingham and has climbed his way to the top . . . pick up this book or one of his others. They are thrilling reads with wonderful characters. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain This is a wonderful book about a small North Carolina town fifty years ago and the darkest — and most hopeful — places in the human heart. Fifteenyear-old Ivy Hart is running her family’s small farm, taking care of her sisters and her grandmother when Jane Forrester takes a position in the county’s social work office. The two are worlds apart, but both are haunted by tragedy and must ask themselves, “How do you know what is right when the rest of the world says it is wrong?”

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Heaven Sent Wisdom The power of saying no

By Dale Nixon

I wrote this letter to the Lord about my

two daughters some twenty years ago. He must have answered my prayers because both girls turned out just fine. I thought some of you young mothers might relate to my plea.

Dear Lord, I don’t talk to you as often as I should, but I want you to know my intentions have been good. During the day, each time I bow my head or close my eyes to say a few words, the phone rings or someone calls my name. At night, after the family is asleep, I bow my head and close my eyes, but then I’m fast asleep myself. So, if it’s all right with you, I’d like to write you a letter every once in a while. It would certainly make me feel a lot better, to say nothing of my soul. See, if I write a letter, interruptions don’t end my message; they only delay it. I can go right back to the typewriter and pick up where I left off. Now I know most of the time when we have our little talks, I am asking for something. This time is no different. But I do want you to know I am thankful for everything I have, especially my family. That is what I want to talk to you about today — my family. You see, Lord, my two girls have so much, yet they take it all for granted. It’s not their fault. I’m entirely to blame. I want you to help me do something about it. Remember how things were when I was growing up? We had one car in the family, and the person who brought home the paycheck got to drive the car. We kids got two pairs of shoes a year — one for school and one for church. We never asked for any more than that because we knew we couldn’t get them. We helped around the house and held part-time jobs. Why, by the time I was 10 years old, I knew how to cook a pot of pinto beans and bake a cake of cornbread. My brother delivered newspapers to buy a bike, and my sister, well;

she eventually helped put herself through college. Neither my sister nor I sported fancy haircuts or designer jeans before we reached puberty, and my brother would have lived a short life had he broken his curfew. Those were the days when Santa actually put fruit and nuts in our stockings instead of gold bracelets and fancy perfumes. There wasn’t even very much under the Christmas tree. But we appreciated what little was there. There was one telephone and one television in our house. Both held a place of honor in the den and stayed there. They were never installed in our bedrooms. We ate vegetables all week and meat on Sunday. If we weren’t there at meal time, we didn’t eat at all. If we skipped church on Sunday, we stayed home the rest of the week. If we made bad grades on our report cards, we stayed home the rest of the semester. There were no questions asked. We did what we were told because our parents were the ones doing the telling. Lord, thanks for listening to all this. And now, here’s what I want to ask. Please give me the strength to say no every once in a while to my two girls. I mean well, but I have a chronic disease called “giving them more than I had.” Yet, I realize I had it all. I had love, respect and loyalty. I had two parents who had the strength to say no, and who produced three children who appreciated hearing yes. Lord, it sure does hurt to say no. I can take the pain if you’ll give me the will power. Thank you. I’ll try to talk to you in person tomorrow. But remember, if I have several interruptions, I’ll start another letter. Sincerely, Dale PS Columnist Dale Nixon may be contacted at

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Hot Hot Hot!

From backyard plant to kitchen sauce, the heat of peppers is on

By Jan Leitschuh

Hot pepper lovers could give the bacon

meme-ers a run for their money. Both foods have their rabid fans, their exploding, highly addictive flavors, and and a little goes a long way. But hot peppers, common in markets and on vines this time of year, go bacon one better; they cause pain. And a certain subset of humanity inexplicably loves them for it.

Jalpeños have some; habaneros have the most. Capsaicin, that is, that fiery, eye-watering, sinus-clearing, sweat-inducing, five-alarm substance that cause sensations somewhere between “hurts so good” and “UNH! UHN! UHN!” Doctors tell us hot peppers cause our startled bodies to release endorphins, the “pleasure” hormone. Tell that to your frenzied oral mucosa right after you thought ingesting the molten Triple XXX sauce by the tablespoon was a good idea. While the wounds to inner lining of your mouth are starting to heal, perhaps it would be somewhat comforting to learn that the more capsaicin a pepper contains, the higher the antioxidant level. In fact, as far as the rest of your body is concerned, the fiery substance is actually anti-inflammatory. Not only that, recent research is showing that hot chilies are fierce allies in the fight of the developed world’s No. 1 cause of death: heart disease. Capsaicin seems to lower blood pressure in the hypertensive, and help fight dangerous blood clots. It also appears to reduce “bad” cholesterol” while leaving the good cholesterol alone, and help block a gene that makes arteries contract, allowing more blood to flow. In fact, ancient Central American societies considered hot peppers an aphrodisiac. Make of that what you will. The warming action actually increases a sluggish metabolism slightly — about eighty-calories-per-day’s worth — and raises our body temperature, helping to induce sweating. Capsaicin is also available at your local drugstore, as a rubon cream for arthritic joints and some other forms of nerve pain. The blazing chemical also seems to have an impact on certain cancer cells, as studies of in vitro prostate and breast cancer cells have shown. And no surprise here, but small daily doses of capsaicin have been shown to prevent chronic nasal congestion. The hot chemical also dampens appetite during a meal, also no surprise, leading to fewer calories consumed. But all that is intellectual justification for a strange compulsion that sends many of us back for more. Capsaicin hits pain receptors on our tongues, sending urgent nerve signals to the brain. But — and here’s the kicker — the tongue can get used to the sensation, and actually come to find it pleasant. Therein lies the se-

cret. Native to South and Central America, chilies were introduced to South Asia in the 1500s by Spanish and Portuguese traders and from there, to India and China. Hot peppers now feature prominently in global cuisine. World festivals are devoted to fierce foods featuring the hottest of chilies. The heat of a pepper is measured in something called Scoville Heat Units. Sweet bell peppers rate about zero on this scale. Poblanos are 5002,000 SHU, jalapeños are quite varied between 2,000-9,000 SHU, a chipotle is about 5-8,000 SHU, cayenne is 30-50,000 SHU, Thai peppers rank 50-100,000 SHU, habañeros are 150-450,000SHU and the hottest pepper of all is the Moruga Scorpion blasting in at 1,200,000 — 2,009,231 SHU. Common pepper spray is 2-3, 000,000 SHU. But back to the garden. What does one do with, say, a garden full of cayenne or, in the case of my friend George Andrews, seven-hundred red habañeros harvested from a plant a friend gave him? You make hot sauce, of course. Originally, a friend gave George part of a garden-center four-pack because, honestly, who needs FOUR scaldingly hot pepper plants? “Most of the plants I really love have come from friends,” he says. George, a retired air traffic controller, potted up the ratty, leftover seedling so he could bring it inside in the winter to keep the pepper plant from freezing, and so it would continue to produce. “Now in “her” fifth year, this potted potted plant has thrived, carefully tended by George. He fondly calls the habanero “the old Mother Hound,” because he continually grows pepper seedling “pups” from” her” and passes them out to friends, completing the circle of pepper life.. “Someone told me the habañero plant will live to be 17 years, but I don’t know if it’s true,” he says. “The first year, she was so beautiful, loaded with red fruits, I posted a photo on Facebook.” Someone viewed the seven-hundred-pepper harvest and asked, “Good Lord, what do you feed the thing?” Ever the wit, George shot back, “Water-soluble brimstone!” In reality, George adds a little MiracleGro or half a handful of Espoma organic fertilizer every month to the 7-gallon pot. Faced with the abundant harvest, George found a peach-based hot sauce recipe online and started tweaking it. “I made the original hot sauce and sent it around to friends. It got rave reviews. We liked it to baste smoked Boston pork butt. A friend of mine told me the brown sauce looked like dog excrement, and I joked that, yes, it was excreted by the Hounds of Hell.” George then printed labels with that very subheading, and with his typical wit named his flaming creation Baskerville Butt Cheese, after the Mother Hound’s butt-basting talents. He makes select batches each year of the finest, freshest ingredients, and friends compete for the privilege of a jar. It is divine on grilled chicken. A hiker, George even dehydrated some of the sauce into fruit leather, thinking it would add flavor to bland backpacking meals. “I’d tear off a little piece between meals, and tuck the tiny lozenge into my mouth. I got addicted to the little hits of sweet and hotter-than-a-firecracker, with so many flavors going on.” With this buildup, we’ll have to give you the recipe, but in the meantime, it’s

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easy to include fresh hot peppers like jalapeños, cayenne and habañeros in your diet. Buy them at local markets, if you haven’t grown them yourself or made them into potted pets. You can grill, stuff, roast, steam, stir-fry and bake them, or add them to guacamole, soups, dips, stews, rice, enchiladas, curries and chilies. A habanero jelly makes a gorgeous hot-sweet orange jar that fairly glows, and a thin smear will set a cracker heavy with cream cheese afire. Or, you can gild the lily, and just add bacon. We’re talking Serious Appetizer. Anyone with three ingredients — jalapeños, cream cheese and bacon — can easily make BaconWrapped Stuffed Peppers for their next party, and take bows. Purchase a batch of jalapeños, slice them in half longwise, scoop out the seeds and membranes with a spoon, stuff with cream cheese, wrap with a half-slice of bacon and skewer with a toothpick. Bake on a rack over a pan (for the bacon grease) for 20 or 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Talk about your addictive substances!

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1 cup honey 4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 cups light brown sugar 4 cup distilled white vinegar 8 tablespoons salt 8 tablespoons paprika 4 tablespoons black pepper 4 tablespoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons fresh ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground allspice Optional: 4 tablespoons liquid smoke Says George: “I put on rubber gloves — gloves are very important, you will invariably within the next 12 hours touch one of your eyes with your fingers and I don’t care how many times you wash your hands, the oil will still be there — and I cut the peppers in half, seed them and weigh them out in 90-gram packages and freeze. Blend ingredients carefully in a food processor or blender. Do not get into the eyes. Makes about 3 quarts of sauce, share with friends. Pressure can or refrigerate immediately, as there are no preservatives. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and co-founder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

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I try not to write about obscure or diffi-

cult-to-find grapes because, well, they are probably obscure for a reason and difficult to find because few are looking for them. If the wine industry sees a grape gaining in popularity (moscato, for example), they jump on the bandwagon and you will find it everywhere, made by everybody. But sometimes there is a quiet swell like a tap on the shoulder, and you see this new grape popping up on your radar screen a lot. Meet bonarda. An Argentinian grape grower would probably slap me for calling bonarda an obscure grape because it is currently planted in Argentina second only to malbec, the flashy favorite. However widely planted, bonarda was primarily used as a blending grape to add flavor and color to cheaper table wines sold in bulk. The name was rarely, if ever, mentioned on the label. Now it is being taken seriously on its own merits. It’s not the easiest grape to grow; it has a rather thin, delicate skin; and it needs a lot of hangtime on the vine to ripen fully. But yields are high and it performs beautifully during fermentation in the winery, performing well blending with other grapes. One winemaker describes it as “intense cola nut, vanilla bean, cassis and a vague suggestion of wild, brambly foxiness. The aroma is blueberries — it hits you in the face. It’s beautiful, pure ink.” When I first went to work as an on-premise rep for a large wine distributor in Greensboro, I was delighted to find several magnums of Inglenook Estate charbono from the ’60s and ’70s, packaged in beautiful, individual wooden cases. I bought all they had and laid them down to age further. I started reading about charbono and Inglenook’s charbono society, only to find out it is the same grape as Argentinian bonarda. The original Inglenook Winery produced charbono (bonarda) each vintage from 1882 until the winery was sold to Francis Ford Coppola in 1998. Why California gave it a different name isn’t really clear, but it probably comes from the corbeau grape in Savoie, France, also said to be the same as bonarda. Bonarda is a bargain, and rarely will you find one over $20. Here are a few of my favorites:

Durigutti Bonarda, Argentina, 2010, approx. $15

“The purple-colored 2010 bonarda offers up an enticing nose of plum and mulberry leading to a supple, friendly, easy-going wine with a good core of spicy, savory fruit. In the glass it reveals excellent volume, balance and length. Drink

this very good value over the next 2–3 years.” Rated 86 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

Tikal Patriota, Argentina, 2011, approx. $20

“The 2011 Tikal Patriota is a blend of 60 percent malbec and 40 percent bonarda from Vista Flores and La Vendimia from 14-year-old vines. It is raised in French and American oak for 12 months (30 percent new). It has a confident, out-going bouquet of raspberries and wild strawberry complemented by hints of marmalade and quince. The palate is medium-bodied with luscious black fruit infused with minerals and a touch of graphite. It is supremely harmonious and seductive with filigree tannins on the refined finish. Wonderful. Drink now–2017.” Rated 92 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

Tilia Bonarda, Argentina, 2011, approx. $11

“The 2011 Tilia bonarda sees light oak aging for six to nine months. It has a pure, floral bouquet with dark cherries and cassis aromas that are welldefined and pure. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and very good weight. There is an underlying minerality here, a sense of symmetry that is very satisfying. Light on its feet and pretty on the saline-tinged finish, this is a superb bonarda. Drink now–2016. Rated 91 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at

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Food for thought

A Brief Primer on Salads

By Deborah Salomon

Photographs by John Gessner

These days, salad means anything. Salads incorporate grilled meats, fish and seafood. Salads mix cooked and raw vegetables. Asian salads zing with pickled seaweed; Greek salads offer six varieties of olives, made possible by the supermarket olive bar. Retro salads require a wedge of iceberg reeling under chunky blue cheese dressing. Caesar has conquered fast-food outlets and, once again, ladies are lunching on tomatoes stuffed with chicken salad.

What’s left? A deconstruction. A salad made at the table, from whole ingredients, never tossed. A knock-out that guests will buzz over, then imitate. Be the first. Set the trend.

You will need a large oval bowl. Wood is nice. Also a cutting board,

wicked sharp knife, scissors, three-tined fork, small container for trimmings — and generously sized salad plates, preferably clear glass or plain white. Ingredients must be absolutely perfect, unblemished — cool, not cold, arranged in the wooden bowl: a head of curly garden lettuce, washed and dried with intact leaves still attached to stem. Several really ripe tomatoes; one yellow or orange. Five or six jumbo white mushrooms, with stem trimmed slightly at end. Several small thin-skinned (“gourmet” or Lebanese) cucumbers, washed in soapy water, rinsed and dried. A red or sweet onion. On the side, a pot of live basil. Guests are seated at the table. Wine is poured. The host commences snipping a lettuce leaf, placing on salad plate. He or she then cuts two diagonal slices from the cucumber, lays them on the lettuce. Next comes one mushroom, sliced thinly. Then he quarters a tomato, spears one or two pieces with the fork and places them beside the other vegetables. Last, the onion and a basil leaf, for those who desire it. The host repeats the process for each plate. When everyone is served, he offers round cruets of the finest olive oil and white wine vinegar, then fine sea salt and the pepper grinder. No bacon bits, no croutons, no cheese. A beautiful sight. A graceful ritual, giving each component a moment of glory. Not to mention its own flavor. A salad in its prime, to remember all winter, composed before your very eyes. PS

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A Spice Girl Chasing the Moon In Turkey: a stolen wallet leads to new friends

By Christina Klug

This past July, I chased the moon across

three continents, traveling to Tangier, Barcelona, Cinque Terre and Istanbul. I intentionally gained 3.7 kilos in carpets, bowls, paintings and trinkets and not so willingly added a few from the constant tasting of breads, gelato, bruschetta, tapas, sangria and hot mint tea so sweet it rivals Chick-fil-A. I stood before artistic geniuses like Gaudi and Picasso and was amazed by the beautiful ceramics and windows of Topkapi palace and the Blue Mosque. I rode all forms of transportation, though the most exhilarating were a camel on the beach and a wagon behind a galloping horse down the highway. I hiked, swam and kayaked along the Mediterranean Sea, falling in love with the colorful villages tucked amid tremendous mountains veiled in vines. And I experienced a traditional hamman where I was exfoliated with Black Sea scrub,and exited an entire skin shade lighter. During this time, I observed a flaw of traveling: the ease with which we forfeit the substantial things for the sheer excitement attached to seeing a new world. Everything is exotic — the food, the language, the scenery — and it’s easy

to get trapped inside the way your eyes interpret it, rather than the way your heart might. This in turn excludes one of the most important parts of becoming cultured: understanding people. I have 2,000 pictures to remind myself of the things that I witnessed, but I also have a notebook that I think I’ll always cherish more than the pictures I print and cover my walls with. Its pages are full of messy scribbles of the people I met and hope to remember forever. Like Mohammed, a boy of about 16, who seemed to appear around every corner to help us with directions, always with a cheerful countenance, as he said, “Hello, Spice Girls.” Like the dad who got his topsiders shoe-shined in Barcelona, solely to give business to a man who needed it. Like the man with a toothless grin at a roadside stand who grew his own oranges and squeezed the juice for passing neighbors. Traveling to both Tangier and Istanbul during Ramadan was an interesting experience. Ignorant of a lot of the Islamic faith, my first impressions of the monthlong religious fasting were of sheer terror as we woke in the middle of the night to a call to prayer on the loudspeaker and what sounded like hundreds of people pounding on drums and screaming in the streets. Feeling like the country was going to war, I spent what seemed like ages gripping tightly to my sheets, barely able to breathe. The next day we heard stories of the hostility provoked by not eating or drinking all day in the dead of summer, and how last year angry men ransacked a bar that was illegally selling alcohol during the time period, destroying all the liquor bottles, furniture and hurting people in the process. Fast forward to Istanbul and the sickly feeling in the pit of my stomach as we walked around Topkapi palace and saw beautiful ancient relics given from the Egyptians to the Ottoman Empire as gifts for killing Christians and a discussion afterward of the genocide in 1915 of the Armenian race. And I’m ashamed to admit, a part of me struggled with how their faith claims to be one of such love and understanding, and yet they can discriminate against my beliefs and exhibit such violence to others who are different. Despite my internal confusion, I didn’t have to mask my immediate feelings

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of affection for the Turks. In attempts to stuff our ever-growing suitcases with things from the Grand Bazaar, I adored the fact that everyone we encountered treated us like old friends. We sat cross-legged on many floors, as shop owners dug through towering piles of pillow covers. We followed more people into private jewelry showrooms than I think my parents want to hear about. And we were spoiled with apple teas, coming to a consensus that perhaps the famous “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” extends to apple tea as well as the fruit itself. One of my favorites was a precious man who had pillow covers in his hands and laughed at us as we passed, and I had the audacity to take it and hit him in the head like a pillow fight, to which we both keeled over with uncontrollable laughter. As we talked with him he continually wished us good health and happiness for all our lives, and as we left the bazaar, elated, it took all my control to not high-five every person we passed. Over the next few days, I grew to love the Turks’ impeccable sense of humor and the fact that they not only understood my sarcasm, they gave it right back. More so, I began to notice their deliberate generosity: the sweet old man at a baklava shop who offered me a chair beside him, the free desserts we were given at almost every single restaurant where we ate, and the dry cleaner who was going to stay open for as long as it took us to get across town. But the thing that will remain with me forever came on the day I lost my wallet in the Grand Bazaar. While photographing Turkish towels, leaving my purse unattended for five minutes, my wallet was stolen. It’s hard to dismiss the initial feeling of being played a fool, but as I glanced around me, all I could see was the frustration and empathy from the nearby shop owners. They expressed their sincere apologies, promising they would do everything they could to find it, and I

burst into tears and gave them hugs, overwhelmed by their kindness. Within minutes of the Grand Bazaar police being alerted, each security guard had blocked the exits, three undercover policemen came to question me, and the two women who had taken my wallet were found, with a bag full of disguises and four different currencies on them. We were taken to the Grand Bazaar headquarters to watch security cameras and then to the city police station to file a police report. There we joked with the officers of their filing system since I was writing all my details on scraps of paper and they had crumbled balls of paper pouring out from underneath the desk. And as we walked back to the bazaar with Burkay, our translator and friend who spent the day with us, he joked about holding tightly to our purses, laughing to me and saying, “Well your wallet got stolen so I guess you can leave yours open.” At the end of the day, it was just my wallet. Of course it’s a pain to cancel and reorder credit cards to be sent to France. I don’t want to endure the DMV to get a new license and was a bit bummed to lose my student discount card for J.Crew. Fortunately, though, I was safe, I had my passport, and everything else was replaceable. However, to the Turks it was a big deal. They saw me as more than a foolish tourist, wearing a very unambiguous colorful tunic, purchased the night before since all of my clothes were bedbug bombed. To them, I was a friend in need, and as I thanked them a million times, Burkay kept saying, “It’s fine, you would do the same thing for me.” Struck by his simple, yet profound words, that parallel scripture, I was left hoping he was right but wondering if I really would lose a day’s worth of profits by closing my shop, spend hours repeatedly translating the same story for a police report for a complete stranger, all the while exhausted from having no food or water all day. I can only


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hope so and certainly intend to be so mindful from now on. Our guardian angels continued to watch over us at the airport the next day as a man walking into work passed us as we were getting our bags out of a taxi. We’d booked a taxi you could pay with a credit card, but were pointed to the wrong one as we left our hostel and were unable to pay. Without hesitation he pulled out his wallet, paid the driver and gave us his card, saying just to shoot him an email when we got back to Paris. His response to my email thanking him was simply, “To help someone and to

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see that honest people are still somewhere out there is more precious than $50. Glad you got to see what the Turkish people are like.” My wallet has since been found. The women took the money out and ditched it in a store in the bazaar. The shop owner looked inside, found a card from a carpet guy I’d met during my travels, who then contacted me on Facebook and found my mom’s cell phone number. My dear friend, Burkay, retrieved it and has put it in the mail for me, saying I don’t owe him anything for the cost of post, but that he hopes I can one day be his tour guide in Paris. Not a day has passed that I haven’t been grateful to the people of Turkey — for their sincerity and graciousness; for their humor and lightheartedness, despite what their country may be dealing with these days, an Islamic world in chaos. But most of all I’m thankful for shifting my perspective and allowing myself to refocus on the importance of loving people, no matter what their cultural, religious or political difference. For half of what makes this world so beautiful are the people who are placed here with us. And it would certainly be a shame to be blind to half of its beauty. PS Christina Klug, a former PineStraw intern, makes her fortune as an au pair in France.

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Out of the Blue

September’s Guilty Pleasure School is in and life begins again

By Deborah Salomon

The calendar year begins

in January, but for me, for 16 years and forever after, September was when everything changed.

School started in September. I think child development professionals discount those first few days of school — every year, not just milestone matriculations: kindergarten, middle school, high school, college and, especially, a new school in the town you were dragged to, at a difficult age, kicking and screaming that life would never be the same. I have been all those places, done all those things, survived all those traumas, but not enough to accept January as the New Year. So no matter that school now opens in August. Hot or not, September provokes a chill. “Back to School” wasn’t the same commercial extravaganza back then. The newspaper wasn’t laden with flyers advertising give-away prices on notebooks and pencils, just to get mommies inside the door to buy iPads and ear buds. But certain “supplies” made an impression: Like the brand new plaid cotton dresses and oxblood penny loafers every little girl wore that first day. My education began at a private progressive girls’ school in New York City, boasting a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio. French conversation was taught in first grade. Why not? So much easier then. On Saturdays, our class went to museums, concerts, ballet, even opera, which seemed more like a circus than a chore. We wore uniforms — navy blue jumpers, white blouses, dark knee socks and oxfords. Students were streamed according to ability. I was a bookish little thing whose mother, a teacher herself, obsessed about my study habits. After Grade 2 they bumped me up to Grade 4. Nobody cared that I spent that entire summer in terror because I couldn’t memorize the multiplication tables, probably a subconscious rejection of my fate. To this day, I stumble over anything times 12. My family moved to western North Carolina a month before I entered Grade 6 not owning a single plaid cotton dress. Imagine the greeting — a scrawny carpetbagger, a year younger than the other kids, who spoke a few French words, had seen dinosaur bones and knew Aida was an Egyptian drama queen. I was E.T. in brown oxfords, stumbling over the times tables. Somehow, I survived, acclimated, even learned to speak their language,

which, at first, sounded more foreign than French. Fears subsided until the FIRST DAY OF COLLEGE. We high-schoolers were told by mischievous older siblings that college was IMPOSSIBLY DIFFICULT, especially mine (Go, Dook!). Missing one word of the professor’s lecture meant failing the course. Terror mounted. Standing in long lines to buy textbooks full of gibberish didn’t help. I stayed up the whole night plotting my route from class to class, lest I be late and miss THAT ONE WORD. OMG, fourth grade all over again. This lasted for about a month. Then, all of a sudden, I looked around and thought … mon dieu. If everybody else can manage this, so can you. For parents, back to school is a guilty pleasure. We had fun loading up the shopping cart with supplies — which always included the coolest backpacks and lunch boxes no matter what they cost, because my kids would not suffer the pangs of no plaid cotton dress. They never displayed separation anxiety or fear. Maybe because they had the right lunch box, more likely because they grew up a few blocks from the school with classmates they’d known since the kiddie pool. By choice, my daughter arrived at Duke alone, the cool way, her luggage shipped ahead. I may have missed her first day but not the visits where she couldn’t wait for me to meet six or seven friends over dinner at the trendy vegetarian bistro. Cha-ching. Best money I ever spent, after those lunch boxes. My knees buckled the first time I stood in front of a class as guest lecturer. The students looked terribly intimidating. How would they react? Would I bore them? Would they ask impertinent questions or, worse, ones I couldn’t answer? Why wouldn’t they make eye contact? Look, I said to myself, in the whole scheme of things, how hard could this be? Or how important? So I rolled up my plaid cotton sleeves, stuffed my notes in an L.L Bean tote and tried very, very hard to conjure that one magic word separating pass from fail. The word I discovered, at last, is grit. Times twelve. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at

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Back to School

Lessons learned from those faraway days

By Sundi McLaughlin

This time of year, in early September, I

recall the final days of that childhood summer — catching tadpoles and making sand castles along the blinding white beaches of Sarasota, Florida — and feeling dreadfully unprepared for the unknown.

I’d been excited about kindergarten up until the Open House, you see. The week before school started, my mom and I went to “Meet the Teacher” night. I remember walking the halls, breathing in the new smells of chalk and musty books, and feeling as though there might actually be a balloon in my chest which threatened to burst from the excitement of it all. I wore my favorite purple unicorn T-shirt. Searching for my room number, I grew giddier with every step. And then I saw her. Ms. Dean was a fearsome creature: tall and thin with a sharp nose and thick, dramatic eyebrows painted on in such a way that she appeared to be in a perpetual state of surprise. Funny thing was, I don’t think much surprised her — except, perhaps, how she she wound up teaching children in the first place. I came home from the Open House with an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach, a feeling I would come to know well, and went straight to bed. Monday loomed in front of me like storm clouds on the beach. In an attempt to cheer me up, Mom and Dad took me to the store to buy pencils and paper. They let me pick out my own pencil box, book bag, and a Holly Hobby lunch box, which, admittedly, did help me start to feel a little better. To this day I still get excited about school supplies and can almost feel the childhood anticipatory dread/glee when passing a pyramid of that wonderfully ineffective but delicious-smelling Elmer’s school paste in the jar with its useless built-in stick. Mom even made the outfit I would wear on my first day of school: a red shirt with a little tie and a yellow corduroy vest with the alphabet, red apples, and pencils dancing higgledy piggledy across the fabric. In retrospect, corduroy in Florida during the month of September might have been a mistake, but I would look stunning in my one-of-a-kind ensemble with my overly curly hair refusing to be tamed and my tremendously bony knees peeking out from underneath my skirt. Monday finally rolled around and, despite my misgivings, I arrived on that first day of school with my head held high and butterflies in my stomach. The school year began whether I was ready or not and, to tell you the truth, I did not

enjoy kindergarten or Ms. Dean. So often in the TV shows I watched growing up, the crotchety Mr. or Ms. So-and-So ended up being kindly and loyal once you broke down their icy façade. No, Ms. Dean was like so many of us: tired and confused as to how she’d arrived at her current career. She was also the first Ms. I’d ever met. Ms.? What did it mean? I had been forced to sort out the Miss/ Mrs. conundrum in Sunday School, but this new hybrid was a mystery. Sadly, I went the entire year without ever knowing. She did leave me with one nugget of wisdom, which I have remembered to this day. When drawing or painting an animal or family scene, never draw an obvious line between the blue sky and green grass. I can still here her critique, “Your otter looks like it’s falling off a cliff. Is that what you were aiming for? No? I didn’t think so.” And then with a boneweary sigh, Ms. Dean intoned, “Do it again.” After that first year of school I felt the sweet release of summer, and by the time first grade rolled around I was ready. I had my beat-up school bag and my Holly Hobby lunch box, which I had accidentally left on the stove so now had cylindrical burn marks across Holly’s cherubic face. Rather fitting, I thought, as I strode into my new classroom bracing for the worst. First grade was a breath of fresh air. My teacher, Miss Leroy, was lovely. She wore long flowing skirts with peasant blouses and had soft curly hair. She never wore makeup and was prone to wearing Birkenstocks. I thought she was beautiful. We all did. She had a wonderful open spirit and always smiled and laughed with us over a silly joke or song. Miss Leroy made me feel like I could do anything. I woke up excited to go to school, even before I met my first boyfriend, Peter, who said he knew I was his girl when we saw me do a penny drop off the high bar of the jungle gym. We confessed our eternal love and devotion to each other after his birthday party on the Philippi Creek Bridge. Every school year was different. Some were filled with people you loved. Others you just had to endure and survive. In that way, school is the master class of life because the rhythm never really changes. I wish someone would’ve told me that back then. I used to think life started once I was out of school, now I see that those moments in school prepared me for how I dealt with everything that followed. Thanks to Ms. Dean I learned that not everyone will be a fan of my work or personality. Thanks to Miss Leroy, I learned that giving and receiving love is the best way to live. Both are invaluable lessons and I wouldn’t be the same person without their influence. The only choice I now have is which person I wish to be remembered as — a Ms. Dean or Miss Leroy . . . PS Sundi McLaughlin is a frequent contributor to PineStraw magazine..

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How I Met the Real Bob White Whose song is just as sweet as Johnny Mercer's

By Serena Brown

There’s a Johnny

Mercer/Bernie Hanighen song that many of you will know called “Bob White” (“Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?”). I used to enjoy it in blissful ignorance when we lived in England. Blissful because it’s a Johnny Mercer song, ignorance partly because I hadn’t seen Hollywood Hotel, for which it was written, but mainly because I supposed Bob White was a contemporary band leader.

Some months after my arrival in North Carolina my husband and I were riding out on the Walthour Moss Foundation with friends. A bird cry rang out, clear and enticing. Unremarkable to my Southern companions, to my ears it was strange and at the same time curiously familiar. “What makes that noise?” I asked. “That’s a Bobwhite,” came the answer. My friend had no idea that she had caused a eureka moment. With her casual reply I had learned that Bob White was a bird, not the Benny Goodman figure I had imagined. The verses concerning the whippoorwill and avian friends had taken on a whole new — rather more straightforward — meaning too. We made our way home to the sound of the bobwhite and the cicadas and the host of other creatures that make up the southern woodland chorus. As we ambled along I thought about that quail, and how thrilling it is to be able to venture into the woods and hear the very bird that inspired Mercer’s lyrical genius more than seventy years ago. They happen a lot, these twinklings of cultural revelation. I can’t speak for the whole of the British Isles, but in my case the majority of films I watched while growing up were American, as well as a great deal of television and a sizable quantity of the books I read and music I listened to. The first few times I visited the States my experience was that of being on a magnificent film set. Like the sound of the quail, the country was simultaneously alien yet known.

It’s quite a surprise to arrive here and discover that yellow taxis, school buses and those long, wide roads bordered with fast food signs are real. It’s ever-growing, this list of fabulous realities, things so trivial as to be beyond notice to those who hail from these shores: diners, Stetsons, roller derbies, rodeos, ketchup bottles in the shape of tomatoes, drive-through everything, not to mention a menagerie of animals and wildlife that had only existed to me in cartoon form or on the pages of Richard Scarry books. Imagine my delight at coming across Woody Woodpecker when walking the dogs. The woodpeckers I had seen in England didn’t look like him. It had never crossed my mind that Woody was a perching, flying, pecking actuality. The emotions were somewhat more mixed upon my first encounter with Wile E. Coyote in the woods at Weymouth. The more time I spend in the States, immersed in american culture, the more I realize I had been watching, reading and listening through a veil of miscomprehension. Until I lived here I should have had a running commentary, or some footnotes and subtitles at the very least. I’m far from fluent yet, but I’m learning to read the myriad connotations of vocabulary, accent, dress, household décor, food and drink and the tiny, unremarkable items of everyday life here that were lost on me before. Carmela Soprano leafing through the L.L. Bean catalog; Simon and Garfunkel’s lament for Joe DiMaggio (when we discovered Mrs. Robinson as schoolgirls we had to read the lyrics in the liner notes to decipher those two incomprehensible words — we were left none the wiser); the household cure-all properties of Windex. Reading Southern literature I can hear the true rhythms of the characters’ speech, and the references to biscuits make a lot more sense now that I know that people aren’t munching on hot buttered Digestives. The name in the title of “Bob White” (“Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight”) is spelled out as a proper noun. It’s a distinction from the bird’s bobwhite, and it leads me to hope that perhaps I wasn’t so far off with my romantic band imaginings. Now when I hear the song I imagine the little group of whippoorwill, mockingbird, owl, flamingo and, yes, Bob White himself, anthropomorphised in tuxedos and feathers neatly slicked back with pomade. It’s all the more colorful for knowing how the bobwhite quail looks and sounds. His call heralds a stage in an enriching journey. PS Serena Brown once worked for the BBC's prestigious art program Arena. Originally from Cheshire, she now lives in Southern Pines with her husband Paul Brown.

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Cooper’s Hawk

Though sleek and difficult to spot, these artful hunters call the Sandhills home twelve months of the year

By Susan Campbell

To some, a hawk is a hawk. Yet here in the Sand-

hills, we have several different kinds of hawks. There are fast-flying, powerful falcons, large buteos found over open terrain, as well as fish-eating osprey. In addition, there are the less understood, ultra-maneuverable accipiters or bird hawks. These are day-active or diurnal birds of prey. In all we have ten species of these feathered hunters in our area during the course of the year.

The slender, fast-moving bird hawks are tough to spot and even more difficult to identify. Both the Cooper’s hawk and the slightly smaller sharpshinned hawk are around twelve months of the year. And anyone who feeds songbirds will, like it or not, be providing for these bird-eaters. To differentiate the two species, one needs good binoculars and more than a little good luck in order to get a good enough view to make the call. A keen eye and being in the right place at the right time can, however, be very rewarding. Adult Cooper’s are handsome with a slate gray back and fine red barring on the breast and belly. The large head is a dark gray and is set off by a paler neck. Feathers on the crown are often held erect, giving the birds a hooded appearance. The tail is somewhat rounded and barred with alternating brown and black bands with a narrow white tip. The legs too are relatively long and yellow with very strong and sharp talons. The sexes of Cooper’s hawks are identical, but females are approximately 15 percent larger than males. As a result, males must be cautious, even around their mates, since they are in the size range of prey that females may take. They will not only make submissive calls but listen for reassuring vocalizations from the female during the breeding season to be assured of their safety. Young birds have brown streaking on the breast and belly, which may take up to two years

to be replaced by adult plumage. So as is common with the larger hawks, yearling Cooper’s may not breed until their second summer. As with other accipiters, Cooper’s hawks are adapted to hunting in closed canopy forest. Their shorter, rounded wings and long tail make them well-suited to moving through forested habitat. They will commonly fly low to the ground and then up and over obstacles in attempt to ambush prey on the far side. They will also hunt on the ground, walking through thick cover looking for sparrows and other smaller birds hidden within. Cooper’s hawks have one brood in late spring to early summer. The male constructs the large stick nest high in a mature tree during about a two-week period. He also both feeds the incubating female as well as gathers most of the food for the nestlings. The female Cooper’s defends the nest vigorously and broods the young birds until they are well-feathered. Although it is not uncommon for backyard birdwatchers to see one of these masterful hunters with a fresh kill, like all predators they miss more than they actually catch. Furthermore, Cooper’s hawks eat a variety of prey, including squirrels and other rodents. The birds they do catch tend to be the most common species, such as mourning doves and in more urban locations, rock doves (pigeons) and European starlings, none of which are at all in short supply even in our area. Cooper’s hawks were one of the species negatively affected by DDT usage in the middle of the last century, but they have rebounded very well. And nowadays they are not adverse to living alongside humans even in more open terrain if prey is abundant. It was not too surprising then to hear of a family of Cooper’s in the yard of folks here in Whispering Pines this summer. Not too many people can boast of sharing a piece of woodland with one of the world’s most skillful fliers. So keep your eyes peeled and maybe you, too, will find these amazing creatures living in your neighborhood as well! PS Susan would love to hear from you. Send wildlife sightings and photos to or call (910)949-3207.

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Three Best Friends The good Lord gives us dogs to teach us how to live

By Tom Bryant

My old yellow Lab, Mackie, died

in 2006, the year I retired from my day job at The Pilot newspaper down in Southern Pines. She was 14. She had been sick for a long time, developing diabetes during her last year. She struggled the last couple of months and I would have to give her shots of insulin. The week before she left us, I put her in the back of the Bronco and drove her out to the farm we leased for dove hunting. I parked at her favorite spot and helped her down out of the back of the truck. I pulled out my dove stool and sat back in the pines that bordered the field. She sniffed around, did her business, walked out into the cut cornfield a short way and came back to sit beside me. We sat there looking over the field to the far tree line. No birds were flying with the exception of a lone red tail hawk. We really didn’t expect to see any doves since the season was long over, but we watched for thirty minutes or so. With a sigh, Mackie finally lay down. In just a little while, I picked her up and put her back in the Bronco. She couldn’t have weighed more than thirty pounds.

The following Friday morning, I called the vet and told him that Mackie couldn’t get up. He said it was time to let her go. When we arrived at his office, one of his assistants met me in the driveway. I opened the back of the Bronco, picked up Mackie and put her in the assistant’s outstretched arms. The lady smiled sympathetically and said they would take real good care of her. I couldn’t say anything. I got back in the Bronco and drove out to our farm to the same spot where Mackie and I had parked the week before, pulled out my dove stool and sat there by that lonesome cut-over cornfield. The big red tail hawk still circled over the south end of the little cut that opened to the pond. I had a huge lump in my throat that just wouldn’t go away. Losing my friend and hunting companion was hard. I didn’t lease the farm for several years. Joe, the owner, was kind enough to let me cut Christmas greenery every winter, and those were the only times I went back to Mackie’s favorite hunting spot. That is, until this year. I decided to call about leasing the land again. Joe, in his country gentleman’s manner, said, “Sure, Tom, you’re always welcome. Come on by here and get a key.” So I’m back in the business. It’s going to be good to walk around that familiar farm again. My life’s calendar can be arranged around three dogs. When I was 7 and in the third grade, my dad surprised me one morning with a soot black, curlycoated retriever puppy. I named him Smut. He was 8 weeks old, and he and I became practically inseparable. It was the perfect time to grow up in Pinebluff, and Smut and I roamed the area from the railroad tracks to the east to Addor to the south. We were foot loose and fancy free. Smut wasn’t the best hunting dog or even the best behaved. Sometimes he wouldn’t come when I called, he would look back at me as if to say, “Look, I’m busy right now. I’ll be there in a minute.” He had a mind of his own, all right. On Sunday morning if I didn’t get him in the basement before the church bells started ringing, he would meet us at the church steps. More than

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once he barged through the swinging doors to the sanctuary and the preacher would have to stop his sermon, amid snickering from the kids, and ask me to take Smut home. Smut and I grew up together. Somewhere Mother has an old photo of Smut and me taking a snooze in the front yard of our Pinebluff home. We’re both stretched out in the shade, supine on the pine straw. I’m using his flank as a pillow like we were both puppies. Smut died at the age of 14. I was a sophomore in college. It was my first experience with the death of someone close to me. It was a while before I got my next furry friend. My business partner, Jim Lasley, and I had just started a little weekly newspaper in Alamance County. We were both putting in long hours, trying to make a go of the fledging endeavor. It was rough duty. Jim had always had bird dogs when he was growing up but was without one at the time we started the paper. Needing a diversion, he bought Sandy, a little golden retriever puppy, and that got me to thinking that I needed another dog. I found out about Paddle in an advertisement in the Retriever News magazine. She was from a small kennel in Pennsylvania, and when I called the owner, he said she was the third puppy in a litter of six and was the last one left. He promised to ship her in two weeks. On a Wednesday morning, I picked up my new friend at the Raleigh Airport. She was 9 weeks old, a cute little yellow fur ball. Little did I know at the time that Paddle would become not only the smartest dog that I had ever owned, but one of the smartest I’d ever seen. Coincidentally, five of my hunting friends acquired retrievers at the same time Paddle came to live with us, so every weekend that spring we would be down at the Alamance Wildlife Club training dogs. There was a golden, a black Lab, two yellow Labs and a Boykin spaniel. All those puppies grew up to be some of the finest retrievers in the area and made all of us extremely proud. Paddle and I lived together for fourteen wonderful years until she, too, left us. She passed away peacefully one evening. Tommy, our son, was home from college, and he and I found her in her doghouse the next morning. He took over and buried her for me in a shady corner of our lot. I was too emotional to help. I think that the good Lord gives us dogs to teach us how to live. I know that the three who have lived with me have certainly helped. And now that I’m entering the supposed golden years, I’m going to see if I can get one more little yellow puppy to show me the way.. PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist.

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At Home in the Forest

At Forest Creek Golf Club, brillant details large and small add up to a serene residential life and uncommonly fine golf experience

15th Hole of the North Course

By Lee Pace

“A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.” — Statesman John Foster Dulles

The attention to detail and celebration of the nuances of design have been a hallmark of the development and operation at Forest Creek Golf Club for nearly two decades now, since Tom Fazio and crew first unearthed their first shovel of sand and felled their first tree in November 1994. There was the original land plan of 1,265 acres that gave Fazio first dibs on finding the best 36 holes before the first residential lot line was drawn, and there was the virgin land bereft of power lines, railroad tracks or natural gas pipes. There are the smooth lines, rich green surfaces, svelte white bunkers and winsome flow of the South Course. There are the jagged edges, gnarly bunkers and deeper hues and textures of the North Course, every grain of sand on those 18 holes indigenous to the site. “They said to us, ‘Tell us where to put the golf courses and we’ll work the housing around that,’” Fazio says. “Golf was the highest priority. That’s not always the case, but it’s ideal from the architect’s standpoint. The great terrain, the tree cover, the elevation changes, the sandy soils, the golf history of the area — you’re talking about an ideal situation from Day One.” There was Fazio taking his original routing of the South Course and backing off, making the 18th a fierce finish with a long approach over water, thinking it too tough for the average club player. Developer Terry Brown,

whose grandfather originally purchased the tract three miles northwest of Pinehurst in 1942, then said, “OK, let’s build a 19th hole, a par-3 over the lake where you can double the bets.” Or go “whole hog,” as the saying goes, thus the hundred-yard “Hog Hole” was conceived. Brown says there was never a thought given to having two architects design the golf courses, that he believed Fazio could create two unique and distinct layouts that would leave members flipping a coin on any given day walking into the golf shop to sign up. The South Course has been likened to Augusta National with its polish and aesthetics, the North to Pine Valley with its vast acres of sand and jagged edges (there are thirty acres of sand on the North, half that on the South). There are the Titleist Pro V1s on a practice range situated to face north and thus never have a golfer looking into the sun because of time of day or seasonal sunlight tendencies. There are tees and towels in the golf carts and that extra effort from club attendants to re-park carts so that a golfer exiting the pro shop or locker room finds his cart pointed away from the curb — thus no need to put it into reverse and back out. There’s an ice, water and cup dispenser handy to the first tee so no one sets off on one of the Fazio courses thirsty. There is green-tinted sand for filling divots, and the golf shop will arrange games for members four days a week. There is the ambience of the back veranda of the clubhouse, where the vista of the ninth and eighteenth holes of the South Course was designed to include only the golf course, a lake, the woods and the wildlife — not a residence or element of infrastructure visible. And there are the lights carefully tucked into the landscape and pine trees around the ninth green that lend an incandescent glow to the putting surface at twilight and early evening.

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There are the warm, homemade cookies and fresh fruit, all gratis, at the halfway houses and the homemade pastries at the bar in the men’s locker room. There are snack carafes on the bar as well — but not just a standard pub mix of nuts and such but also M&Ms, jelly beans, Goldfish crackers, bubble gum and Chex cereal mix. Nearby there’s a vintage Cretors Popcorn machine, as it just so happens one of the founding family members belongs to the club. There’s a half a mile of the club’s main thoroughfare, Meyer Farm Drive, that runs from the entrance off Airport Road and is lined with handsome residences but has no driveways fronting the street; service roads to the rear of each home provide access and egress. Odds are good that this little touch would never register with a new member or visitor, but in hindsight they would admit to the serenity of the drive to the clubhouse. Some twenty miles of roads in the community have curb-and-gutter and the club bought classic-looking street lights to upgrade over the standard issue from the power company. There are six practice putting greens built and maintained by the club as an extra amenity within each of the Village Home sections sprinkled throughout the community. There is the village concept at the heart of the club, the buildings planned as a loose representation of the original manor house, guest cottage, horse stable and log cabin that sat on the 3,000 acres owned by Meyer, a Chicago resident who spent considerable time in Pinehurst in the mid1900s, he to hunt and ride horses and his wife to play golf. The golf shop is built of two authentic log cabins from the Tennessee mountains, trucked in and spliced together. The locker room has an equestrian motif and is built of reclaimed tobacco barn timber, the lockers are constructed of heart-of-pine to resemble horse stalls, and a fireplace is laid with Pennsylvania field stone. The furniture is made of Italian leather waxed and oiled; the sofas and chairs will look better in ten years than they do today and better still in two decades. The clubhouse, opened in May 2011, was designed to have the look and feel of a private home — with four fireplaces, a library and eleven upstairs suites, ten of them purchased by members and one bought by Fazio himself. “When a guest writes a thank-you note, they always mention sitting on the veranda, overlooking the ninth and eighteenth greens, and how peaceful the setting is,” says Bob Peele, a Chicago resident and member since 2008. “They remember the cookies, they remember the service. If your glass gets to a third-full, the staff is ready to refill it. They anticipate your needs. They’re little things, but they add up.” Indeed, the details at Forest Creek are two plus two plus two equals ten. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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“I have some wonderful memories of visiting as a young boy,” says Brown, who began planning the club along with his brother and cousin in the late 1980s. “We’d come down at Thanksgiving and Christmas and usually over Easter. The concept with the club was to create an elegant but understated look. We wanted a comfortable environment, a place that felt like home to our members.” The club passed in 2012 from the original developer to the members. It has a build-out of seven hundred-fifty residences and memberships (a member must own property) and in August 2013 it had five hundred twenty-five members and one hundred sixty-five residences occupied; approximately 25 percent of the members are local residents, 20 percent live elsewhere in North Carolina and just over half are out-of-state. Amazingly, Forest Creek was conceived, constructed, christened and now has matured over nearly two decades (the South Course opened in 1996, the North in 2005) without a dime of advertising having been purchased. At least one well-known bank passed on doing business with the developers twenty years ago because the bankers thought they were nuts to not have a plump advertising line-item. “Zero advertising was one of the pillars of the club when we were getting started,” Brown says. “We felt we could generate the best membership by word-of-mouth, by having the members we already had talk about the club to their friends.” “We had one hundred fifty members before we cut the first tree,” adds Chuck Cordell, a founding member at the club and since 1997 its brokerin-charge. “Those members had confidence in the ownership group and believed in the Brown family’s vision. One guy would fall in love with the place and bring two friends next time. It grew steadily over time.” Construction was originally planned to commence in 1990, and the club even had a groundbreaking ceremony complete with founding members, the mayor and photographers. But the dominoes of Operation Desert Storm in early August and the ongoing collapse of the savings and loan industry scuttled the U.S. economy and set Brown, Fazio and the developers back four years. “That was actually a stroke of luck for us,” Brown says. “The economy and the market were much better off in the mid-’90s. The timing was much better.” All the better, in fact, to get the detail work down to perfection. PS PineStraw golf columnist Lee Pace has made two holes-in-one in his golf career — one at Woodlake in 1982 and the second on the sixth hole on the Forest Creek South course in 1996.

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September 2013 Ode to a Weed Tall as my waist and glistening green. Such glory. Such magnificence. This great weed of weeds I am sure in another world would be ruler, king, monarch. Even its trunk, hairy as it is, tender to the touch though sturdy and strong, is wet with life. With both hands I hug and tug until the pink roots at my feet, loosen, let go the loam. I hold Weed aloft, admire each lancelate leaf, each sleek branch, each sweet stem, all hidden so joyously, so cleverly behind my phlox and foxgloves. I lay Weed gently atop my mulch pile. lean over to say, pray. O Weed, we are our own kind, raw and unrefined for a world that wants only an approved beauty, order at our expense.

— Ruth Moose

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In the Line of Duty And other tales from the fire hall By Gayvin Powers • Photograph by Tim Sayer


ack when the Sandhills had more sand and pine needles than sand traps, the requirements for becoming a firefighter were to pay five cents for a bucket and grow a mustache. That was in 1898, when the first Moore County fire station popped up in Southern Pines. Recently, fifteen Sandhills firefighters commiserated about the major changes that have occurred over the last forty years and the “good ol’ days” when it was common to fight fires “by the seat of their pants.” In the 1970s, the blaring whine of the fire siren at the Southern Pines fire station would announce that it was noon — or pretty darn close to it. Fighterfighters listened closely for the number of whistles that would signal if they needed to immediately rush to the station. If it blew two times, everyone raced to get there first. The real glory was arriving at the fire before anyone else. The consolation prize was given to the firefighter who arrived at the station last; he got to watch the other firefighter’s children. The more firefighters reminisced about stories from the 1970s, the clearer it became that a micro family was created at the station. This is partially due to the long hours spent with each other in life or death situations; the other reason is because they were sometimes away from their own families for days at a time. Traditional family activities, like donning the kitchen apron, ended up filling a void when firefighters missed their own families back home. Even though Robert Patterson, active assistant fire chief at the Southern Pines fire station serving forty-five years and counting, jokes that he was the best cook, the consensus is that Henry “Mother” Bradford was the best chef at the fire station. Mother, as the Southern Pines crew called him, was “a prisoner of war in Korea for thirtythree months and passed away a few years ago,” said Larry Coe, retired assistant fire chief who served for twenty years. “He drove the slowest of all the drivers — that’s why they called him ‘Mother.’” “We worked three days on and off two days,” Patterson explains. “Mother came in on Friday. The first thing he’d do was put a big pot of soup on the stove. People would stop by the station, and he’d keep adding to the pot — all weekend. There was always a warm bowl of soup for anyone who wanted one until the end of his shift on Sunday.” To make the home complete, the Southern Pines Fire Station adopted an abandoned Dalmatian named Gambler. At the time, Fire Chief Peter Rapatas of Southern Pines, now deceased, insisted that the dog come back to the fire station and live there. Bob Ryder, retired assistant fire chief of Southern Pines, who served forty-one years, remembers, “Gambler couldn’t have more perfectly placed spots if someone painted them on.” Mother and man’s best friend watched over the firefighters for a good long while. As ideal as it sounds to have soup made from scratch warming on the stove and a perfect dog, there were some regrets. Due to the long hours away from home, Coe says that his only regret was that he missed out on time with his children. Whereas Steady Meares, former captain at the Southern Pines Fire Department and Retired Fire Marshall for Moore County who served for 35 years, says that when he first signed on to be a firefighter, “People thought I was crazy because the pay was poor. But I


Left - right: Steady Meares, Robert Patterson, Bob Ryder, Larry Coe, Martin Dowd (inside truck)

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The 1898 Southern Pines Fire Department

The “new” Department firetruck, 1925 at the New Hampshire Ave. location (current site of O’Donnell’s Pub)


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wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Patterson admits he deeply regretted attending events and not getting more helpings of the homemade banana pudding made by Roy Aggar Frye’s mother. Food and libations were in abundance when the fire family gathered. Ryder retold the story when Captain Martin Dowd of the Southern Pines Fire Department was a part of the honor guard presenting a presidential wreath, and firefighters from Saint Louis offered him a glass of beer. Martin accepted — grateful for the gesture and camaraderie. He expected a pint of beer. They handed him a pitcher. Jokes aside, nothing was more prized in the firehouse than hand-me-downs from other firefighters. Even though turnout gear then was a canvas coat, boots, hat and gloves, the turnout gear was sparse — at best. A firefighter had to piece his gear together. Meares recalls, “You’d find a pair of pants and then discover a big rip down the leg. You’d have to sew it up . . . One time a guy quit and brought in his turnout gear. Every piece he brought in was snatched before it had time to Former Fire Chief hit the floor.” Peter Rapatas in the Whether it was fighting fires or each other “new” 1925 Fire Truck for turnout gear, mutual respect and friend(opposite page) still on ships developed over time. Unrestrained display at the Southern bursts of laughter came out most often when Pines Fire Station they talked about the friendship between Fire Chief Peter Rapatas and Hugh McClean, fire chief of Vass, now also deceased. Rapatas, a feisty, determined leader, who had a penchant for standing on the train tracks with his hand outstretched to stop oncoming trains while he directed the firetrucks over the tracks, was from Greece and was nicknamed “the Greek God of Fire” after an artist drew a caricature of him as Prometheus, the classical deity who brought fire to humans. Hugh McClean, a successful and retired businessman, was liked by all and served on the town council. “The people in Vass worshiped him,” says Coe. “If he wanted something done,” adds Meares, “someone would find a way to make it happen.” Several firefighters enthusiastically recalled that Rapatas and McClean were truly great friends who respected each other. Despite the friendship, they had a natural competitiveness. Each would take a position in a discussion — many times on opposing sides of the argument. McClean would “pick up new ideas and start one,” Patterson explains. It was one of his talents. One of the main discussions Rapatas and McClean would go rounds over was about safety, particularly the air tanks. Prior to the 1970s, firefighters didn’t have air packs; they had canisters that looked like canteens from World War II. By the mid-1970s, the air packs were heavy, 50-pound steel tanks. At the time, it wasn’t “manly” if you had an air tank, and the weight of it was one more reason to not take it into a burning building. “We didn’t have to put on all the gear if we didn’t want to,” says Ryder. The consequence of not wearing an air tank was that “some firefighters would have to go to the hospital for smoke inhalation,” explains Meares. Hospitalization and smoke inhalation weren’t the only safety concerns. During the days of flower power, it was common to see bell bottoms and mustaches flapping in the wind while the firefighters were changing into canvas coats on top of a truck or riding on the back of it. That precarious position of “riding the boards” was more like balancing on a “springy diving board with a car trailing behind at 60 mph,” says Hampton Williams, current fire chief at the Southern Pines Fire Department. Riding the boards was common throughout the 20th century. “You had to trust your driver not to turn you over,” says Randy Cox, active captain at the Pinehurst Fire Department. Eventually, firefighters hooked themselves to the truck so they wouldn’t fall off. Now, firefighters ride buckled up in the cab for safety.

Once firefighters arrived safely at a fire, they relied on their wits and past experience to guide them. Coe explains, “We’d try something. If it worked, we’d use it. If not, we’d try something different the next time.” At the time, the training simply didn’t exist. They would conduct exercises at the station, but that was the standard training until the Hamlet chicken plant fire of 1985, which killed 25 employees, prompting North Carolina to put a spotlight on fire safety codes and regulations. Shortly afterward, the state mandated that firefighters be trained and certified. Eventually, air tanks, training, certification and gear all became required. Gone were the days of showing up and learning on the job. One point Fire Chiefs Rapatas and McClean agreed upon, along with other local fire chiefs, was the value of the Sandhills Emergency Services. The nonprofit organization partners with Sandhills Community College to provide up-to-date classes and certifications for paramedics, EMTs and firefighters. These classes are essential to the development of future firefighters, existing emergency service providers and the citizens who benefit from the emergency personnel’s knowledge and training. As Jennifer Thompson, master firefighter at the Pinehurst Fire Department sums up, “Before you were thrown into the job. Now you’re expected to know it before you come in.” One of the other visible changes nowadays is that “fire stations are like one-stop centers,” says Williams. Firefighters are expected to know more. Back in the day, fire departments only dealt with fire. Rescue was separate. Now, they’re under one roof. People call the station if they have a fire, need a door busted down, to be hooked up to a defibrillator or even help with the occasional cat in the tree. It all comes down to safety. Fires today are more dangerous than they used to be due to the products that make up and are in use in homes now. For example, inhaling a single breath from a burning ping pong ball, 100 percent wool sweater or a pure silk slip can be fatal. That’s because of hydrogen cyanide. “It takes 5/100s of 1 percent of hydrogen cyanide to kill. Those products are made of 5-10 percent of hydrogen cyanide. That is what was used during World War II in the gas chambers,” says Patterson. “Take one breath, and you’re dead.” With that knowledge, it’s easy to understand the importance of air tanks, smoke alarms and education. The question remains how past firefighters were so successful without the training and turnout gear that is required today. Coe offers an answer: “The good Lord looked after us many times.” After a lifetime of serving the Sandhills, Patterson sums it up perfectly when he says, “There’s only one thing I hate about firefighting. I’m not 20 anymore. I can’t do it all over again.” Each firefighter, full of unique characteristics and personality, played an important part in the community family. These were extraordinary humans who performed miraculous achievements by using their wits, a bit of grace and a canvas coat — mustache no longer required. Special thanks to the following firefighters for their service and who took the time to tell their stories: Larry Coe, Mike Cameron, Randy Cox, Steve Cox, Floyd Fritz, Kenny Holder, Kam Hurst, Cary Ingraham, Steady Meares, Ethan Owens, Robert Patterson, Bob Ryder, Linda Sheffield, Jennifer Thompson and Hampton Williams. PS

In Memorium

“We Will Never Forget,” the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. September 11 at the Southern Pines Fire and Rescue Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. The public is invited to attend.

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The Pinebluff We Never Knew


By Noah Salt • Images from the Moore County Historical Association

e at PineStraw magazine dig a good story about a daring visionary and big dreams gone bust — doubly so if the tale involves our local history. Case in point was the dandy public lecture we attended late this summer on the town of Pinebluff by the Moore County Historical Association. We dropped in simply hoping to add to our knowledge one of our favorite (if somewhat quiet) Sandhills towns, and left marveling at what Pinebluff could have become had the fates been a bit kinder. Suffice it to say, given better circumstances, it’s not stretching things one bit to imagine that humble little Pinebluff could easily have become a bustling town as nationally well known as Southern Pines, or a resort destination as world famous for its golf and hospitality as the Village of Pinehurst. Instead, following a brief bloom of prosperity, Pinebluff’s ambitious dreams of becoming the ultimate winter getaway spot went up in smoke and the town settled back into a sleepy doze of life wedged into the Sandhills pines, a little town with a big and glamorous history you’d never suspect as you are passing through on U.S. 1. The story begins with an enterprising native son name John T. Patrick, a former agent for the Seaboard Air Line Railway, whose mission as the state’s first commissioner of immigration during the bleak years following the Civil War was to attract tourists and permanent residents to the sparsely populated Carolina Sandhills, much of which had been razed or timbered into oblivion by lumber and turpentine interests that leveled the region’s vast original stands of the fabled longleaf pine. Central to the area’s remaining selling points was the belief that the clear, dry pine-scented air and clean water of the Sandhills was particularly effective in aiding and even curing severe respiratory ailments, including tuberculosis, the dreaded “White Plague” that devastated crowded cities of the industrialized North. Following his first success in Southern Pines, where Patrick laid out one of


America’s first planned communities and shamelessly named the streets after New England and Midwesterrn states, artfully marketing the natural attributes of Sandhills living in newspapers and periodicals of the Northeast, Patrick — barely 30 years old — purchased 800 acres on a millpond seven miles south of Southern Pines, aiming to create his own little slice of Dixie paradise. It’s worth mentioning that about this same time a Boston soda fountain magnate named Tufts, prone to attacks of sinusitis and determined to create a Utopian heath spa for all suffering classes, got off the train in Southern Pines and hired a man to take him five miles west of town to look at a moonscape of forlorn over-timbered land, the future site of a faux New England village he would eventually name Pinehurst. In Pinebluff, the ambitious Patrick built a new lake (named for himself) and plotted out an even grander grid of potential homesites and resort dwellings. In similar advertisements in periodicals up north, he poetically waxed that pretty Pinebluff “offers you the pure dry air, the pure soft water, the mild climate, the perfect drainage, the aroma of pines, the abundance of sunshine, the freedom of care, the outdoor life, the pleasant associates, the hearty appetite, the freedom from mud…” et cetera, et cetera. He was not short on flowery words to extoll his new paradise, this go-round naming the east-west streets for the major cities from which he hoped to attract homeowners: Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia. In one section of town, aiming to amp up the bucolic romance, streets were named for fruits — Currant, Pear and Grape — while another section was named for nuts: Pecan, Hickory, and Walnut. Town blocks were to be cut off diagonally in order to face parks, a novel design touch, while larger permanent homes would be situated to face corners rather than streets and avenues — softening the look of the town’s general layout. In 1889, the year Pinebluff formally incorporated, a fancy new train depot went up, essential to accommodate the onslaught of winter travelers Patrick envisioned. The structure was unique because it featured windows in place of corners, making the building octagonal with a view in all directions. Later in the

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In the late 1890s, the depot was cut down to one story and increased in size to house the railroad offices, the post office, and the Western Union Telegraph office.

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Mr. Patrick had an island built in the north end of JTP Lake. They named it Coney Island and used it for picnics.

The Mid Winter Canoe Club was founded in 1911 by Dr. John Achorn, a poet, naturalist and author. The clubhouse was on Drowning Creek near Blue’s Bridge.

There was horseback riding and game hunting at the Pinebluff Inn. 56

A rustic entry greeting people to the town. Note the craftsman touches and the use of natural materials.

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John Patrick designed the layout of the town, organizing it on a rectangular grid of streets and blocks. Patrick named the east-west avenues Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New England and Boston to illustrate the areas from which he hoped to attract settlers. The dotted line represents where U.S. 1 was built and now splits the grid of blocks in half. Generally the houses east of U.S. 1 are pre-World War II construction. decade, the depo was expanded and renovated, and an adjacent clubhouse was built to accommodate recreational activities on the lake. To house the winter tourists who did indeed begin showing up about this time, Pinebluff’s first hotel went up in 1889 as well, a three-story frame structure at the corner of Boston and Currant that offered steam heat and indoor plumbing, rare conveniences for the times. Unfortunately the hotel mysteriously caught fire and burned to the ground before its first guests checked in. Other guest houses and even more ambitious hotels and inns soon followed. The Bryan Hotel was soon offering burning woodstoves in every room, serving winter guests under the changed named of The Highland Hotel Company until it too burned down in 1916. The elegant Colonial, first called the Maryland House, was on West Cherry near Philadelphia, and survived until fire claimed it in the early 1920s. Ditto the handsomely shingled Pinebluff Inn, which went up in flames and — owing to a woefully under-equipped fire brigade that only had useless hand-pumped hoses — some feared would take the entire town with it. A more substantial second Pinebluff Inn opened its doors to guests in 1925, a grand modified Tudor structure that survived as a going hostelry until the crowds thinned and the hotel failed — at which point it became a popular sanitarium that served tuberculosis victims and others until a fire took it down in 1975. In all, there were eight major tourist hotels at one time in Pinebluff, all made

of local piney wood — perhaps the most flammable wood on earth. Therein lay the problem. Despite all the fireworks, the little town carried on and became a successful recreational haven famous for its tea houses and picnics in the pines, its nature outings to Drowning Creek, its respectable village golf club and popular family reunions on “Big Lake.” Meanwhile, the pleasant streets named for fruits and nuts and faraway big cities came to boast some of the handsomest seasonal cottages and fine winter homes in Moore County, gave rise a thriving church and civic life, and became home to many of this regions most notable figures. Many of the original houses are still there if you know what you’re looking at. On the surface, John T. Patrick’s grand vision of making Pinebluff the ultimate winter resort town was a bust. After the Seaboard Air Line Railroad declined to renew his contract and the citizens of the town failed to pass a supplemental tax to support his further promotions, Patrick sold his Pinebluff holdings and moved off to the Blue Ridge mountains, where he helped establish the summer tourist town of Chimney Rock. Bittersweetly, the man who made the Sandhills famous, Pinebluff’s visionary creator, died in 1918 at the Southland Hotel in Southern Pines — the first town he designed — during the great influenza pandemic that killed 20 to 40 million people worldwide, more than the Great War and the bubonic plague combined. PS

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The second Pinebluff Inn was built in 1925. This hotel was a replica of a Swiss watch factory, according to a plaque embedded in the terrace outside the front door. It was later converted into a sanitarium that operated until 1967. It lay vacant until 1975, when it, too, succumbed to fire. In 1975.

In addition to guest lodges and boarding houses, there were eight major hotels in Pinebluff. Every one of them succumbed to fire. They were built of solid heart pine. Some of these hotels included The Colonial (left) and the original Pinebluff Inn (above).


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The first store, known as the “Commissary,� was operated by the Packards. Pinebluff also had a drug and notions store, feed store, bakery, a small stationery store, and a dairy. This is a picture of the Currant Street business section before 1908.

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Patrick designed the layout of the town, organizing it on a rectangular grid of streets and blocks. Some of the unique features of Patrick’s design were center squares and 100-foot-wide streets with a diamond-shaped park at each intersection. The town blocks were cut off diagonally at the corners facing the parks. The older homes faced the corners instead of the avenues and streets. The Holbrook home, built in the early 1900s.


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Then & Now

The Walter MacNeille House, built in 1912.

The Achorn House, built in 1902. Dr. John Achorn was co-author of “A Guide to the Winter Birds of the North Carolina Sandhills.” He was also first president of the Mid Winter Canoe Club.

Lift-the-Latch, a tearoom, was built in 1905, and was owned and operated by Mrs. Nan Little Graham.

The Cadwalder House, built in the 1920s. Mrs. Cadwalder’s son, Cad, was editor of The Pilot when Mrs. Boyd owned the newspaper. Cad and his wife, Peggy, also owned The Country Bookshop. In the 1950s, Walter Davenport, an editor for Collier’s magazine, owned the house. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 2013



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S to r y o f a h o u s e

Pinehurst by Design Awash with treasures from afar, brought home by a brilliant artistic eye By Deborah Salomon Photographs by John Gessner


ean and Paul Higgins live a mixed metaphor. They call a gated golf community home — but they don’t play golf. They are mobile, globe-trotting grandparents who appreciate handicapped-accessible doorways and showers. The exterior of their imposing residence says contemporary Southern, but furnishings suggest an ambassador who returned, antique-laden, from exotic postings. Close enough. Jean, a nationally known interior designer, lived many years abroad with her husband, an Army engineer. In all, she recalls 35 addresses. Jean and Paul planned to downsize when they moved to Pinehurst from a Washington suburb — but not drastically: 6,600 square feet to 5,000. The kicker: Jean’s kitchen will be featured on Moore County Extension and Community Association Kitchens & Moore Home Tour on Oct. 3. Tour-worthy kitchens suggest a three-door refrigerator; a gas range of restaurant proportions; two silent dishwashers; an island the size of Manhattan; wine cellar rivaling the Roman catacombs; coffee bar, baking station and tabletop appliances to make Williams-Sonoma blush. Jean, exercising restraint and practicality, has none of the above. Never mind. Her kitchen is lovely, warm and welcoming. Most important, it works for her, as did narrow galley kitchens in Korea and Germany, a surprisingly well-equipped kitchen in France and a total glamour job in Virginia. “Utility attracts me — but I miss having a butler’s pantry,” the dish collector admits. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 2013



he emphasis on glamour kitchens, Jean believes, began with cooking shows featuring personality chefs who recreated restaurant meals eaten by doubleincome families. “(People who watched) wanted the great big range they saw on TV — and the best pots and pans,” Jean notes. Retailers provided them. Men who took up serious cooking required even more elaborate toys. Working mothers needed to be near their children during meal preparation, hence the kitchen became part of a family room with furniture-quality cabinets, wood floors, wall decor and several seating possibilities. The kitchen designer was born — a professional cognizant of the latest equipment and trends. Make it gorgeous, they were told. “Kitchens became a whole new art,” Jean confirms. Whether used or not, “It is the most critical part of every house built today.” Guests gravitated to this free-flowing, multi-use space. Now, according to real estate professionals, kitchens can make or break a sale. Jean grew up in a pre-fab on Staten Island, New York, daughter of a


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Naval architect and a mother who made her daughters’ clothes and changed the furniture, rugs and wall colors with the seasons. “I was artistic, too,” Jean say. “All my clothes were a perfect match.” Every Sunday her father shepherded the family to museums, the ballet and opera. She took secretarial courses and tried nursing before falling into the gene pool. Jean attended the New York School of Interior Design — later found art classes wherever Paul was posted. They lived in France, Germany and South Korea, where she designed military clubs, bowling alleys and child care centers (along with recommendations for the U.S. Ambassador’s residence) long before women were accepted professionally. After returning to the D.C. area she was inducted into the Washington Design Center Designer Hall of Fame.


een there, done that. Done everything else, too. Jean and Paul wanted something quieter, please, for their active retirement. The couple began investigating North Carolina almost a decade ago, first purchasing land in Pinewild where friends lived, not realizing its proximity to the train tracks. The National Golf Club was a better fit, especially finding a weathered brick home under construction, with possibilities for modification. Here, Paul’s engineering skills proved useful. Jean called its architectural style “Pinehurst.” “I liked the layout, the long gallery,” she continues. Also tiny alcoves between the gallery/hallway and the bedrooms, increasing privacy.

The gallery is actually a hallway bisecting the main floor, connecting the guest wing with the public areas and, at the other end, the master suite. Since the staircase is tucked unobtrusively along the gallery, the story-anda-half house appears and lives like one level. Left of the front door is a room suited to emerging Pinehurst demographics — an office, placed so visitors need venture no further. This is Jean’s headquarters; her clients still fly her hither and yon to freshen their mansions. The kitchen — maple cabinetry, black granite countertops, soft blue island — is part of a family space, more formal than most, with a table in front of the window (or moved to the fireplace) where Jean and Paul take meals, except when entertaining. Then, they use the dining room notable for two English wall-mounted corner cupboards, one circa 1780 and lined with the original wallpaper. Look up. Jean completes each room with a spectacular fixture suspended from 12-14 foot ceilings. The dining room chandelier, of course, is an antique Phantom-esque crystal. Miles of moldings, some double and triple, as well as coffers delineate these ceilings. Jean added half a dozen heavily trimmed arched doorways — her signature which, with chair rails, wainscoting, built-ins, floral wallpaper (“It’s so restful, in the bathrooms.”), elegant window treatments and original art create an archival richness Jackie Kennedy sought when redoing the White House. Jean neglects no detail. Her laundry room has a country cabinet and clothesline wallpaper border. A pillow on the family room sofa reads “Paris is always a good idea . . . Audrey Hepburn.” The salon with turquoise-blue and maroon carpet and fabric accents and

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gilt-trimmed French antiques is used only occasionally, or when a neighbor brings guests over to marvel, Jean reports with amusement. Imagine having such a stunning living room that your neighbor enjoys showing it off. Imagine having to explain that you don’t want a monster TV, anywhere. The master suite, awash in nautical blues, has a four-poster with mattress set high enough to require a stepstool. “But it’s easy to make the bed — and Paul has long legs,” Jean says. Here, the international flavor deepens, with a carved antique Belgian priedieu at the doorway, painted by Jean and upholstered in a strawberry-strewn Scalamandre fabric. The chest of drawers, however, is an unusual one-piece (rather than chest-on-chest) antique, from Korea. Facing it, a Biedermeier armoire characteristic of 19th century middle-class German homes The Golf Room, for guests or grandsons, opens onto a tiny cigar terrace, a retro detail. Its wrought iron bistro table and chairs came from Arthur Godfrey’s estate. A sitting room, guest bedroom, Jean’s workshop and Paul’s office occupy the second floor. Paul volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Philharmonic.


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obody calls Jean Higgins a minimalist. Her walls are covered with original artwork and French posters — one purchased, the rest coaxed from shopkeepers after the event they advertised happened. Tabletops are for family photos in silver frames and mementos of a life lived in interesting places, among fascinating people. Jean stacks dish collections inside kitchen cupboards. But she always makes room for treasures brought back from annual trips to France — like Paris metro tickets picked up from the ground by a French artist, and painted with street scenes. “I love the hunt,” Jean admits, running her hand across a fine old three-legged tilt-top table in the large foyer — a British touch. “I’m a wood feeler. Look at those legs — each one is wearing a shoe. That’s the symbol of the Isle of Mann.” She has the eye, she knows not only her stuff but how to integrate it harmoniously, with beauty and taste. Yet well past retirement age, Jean is rarin’ to go: “I’d like the challenge of another house,” she says. “I have one more in me.” PS


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Please Don’t Disturb Summer officially departs the scene on September 21, the autumn equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere, when day and night are essentially equal in length. From this point forward the daylight will wane, announcing the harvest season and a measure of rest for the farmer and backyard gardener. September is a month of sweet valediction, according to the late novelist John Updike (whom Almanac Gardener actually played golf with one September day long ago), a moment when “the breeze tastes of apple peels” and the “air is full of smells to feel-ripe fruit, old footballs, burning brush, new books, erasers, chalk and such.” Ancient Celts thought of September as Mea’n Fo’mhair, the ideal time to honor The Green Man in us all and the lords of the forest trees with libations for the long sleep of coming winter. This was the time the tribe gathered for public celebrations involving much dancing and feasting on the last of summer’s harvested crops, drinking of cider and homemade wines, meats seasoned with gathered herbs. It’s the perfect time for making bread and hearty stews, a renowned local cook informs us, because humans naturally turn toward home with the shortening of days — a benediction to the growing season enacted through reunions and quiet hours with loved ones, closing up the summer place, the children buzzing like sparrows on the cooling lawn one last time. Out in the garden there is still much happening, rest assured, though somewhat out of sight — new potatoes and turnips and late carrots to be dug, plumping pumpkins to be sized up for future Jack-o-lanterns, the last of the Russian sage and black-eyed Susans in glorious fading bloom, bright-hued asters and chrysanthemums bossily claiming the stage, even a showy bit of wild phlox (gathered from a Blue Ridge Parkway ditch) hanging on. For obvious reasons we often find ourselves drowsing in the garden on late September afternoons, reviewing summer’s adventures behind our eyelids, with a good book steepled on the chest, contemplating tasks that yet require our attention. Please don’t disturb. We’re truly hard at work here.

A Writer in the Garden “But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness, the sun warming my back instead of beating on my head. The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.” — award-winning nature writer Robert Finch

By all these lovely tokens, September days are here; With summer’s best of weather, And Autumn’s best of cheer. — Anonymous

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September Sunday



SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. The Way Way Back. Sunday/2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday/7:30 p.m. 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. TOUR DE MOORE. 7:30 a.m./ Classic Century; 8:45 a.m./50mile Ramble; 9:30 a.m./28-mile Cruise. Rides start and finish at Train House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.


NATURE PROGRAM WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Miniature Marvels.” PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP @ THE COMPETITION. 3 – 4 p.m. “My Favorite Place in So. Pines.” photographer Cory Derusseau.ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Laurelyn Dossett & Band. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.

SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. The Hunt. Saturday & Sunday/2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Monday/7:30 p.m. ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Follow the leader.” Artists League, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. (910) 944-3979. SANDHILLS PHOTO CLUB MEETING. 7 p.m. Gene Furr’s Photography. The O’Neal School.

MOORE COUNTY KENNEL CLUB SHOW. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. HORSE COUNTRY SOCIAL. 12 – 3 p.m. Walthour -Moss Foundation. MOVIE @ THE LIBRARY. 2:30 p.m. NATURE PROGRAM @ WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Jack Grace.

SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. Still Mine. Showtimes: Sunday/2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday/7:30 p.m. ART CLASS. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Artists League. WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH MEETING. Weymouth Center. AUTHOR @ THE BOOKSHOP. 5:30 p.m. The Country Bookshop.

OLDIES & GOODIES FILM. 2:30 p.m. So. Pines Public Library. NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Cool Caterpillars.” Weymouth Woods. (910) 692-2167 or ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Hen House Prowlers, Finnders and Youngberg. General Admission. (910) 944- 7502.

ART CLASS. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Diane Kraudelt. Artists League. (910) 944-3979. SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Erik Aschehoug will present on St. Francis’ satyr, endangered butterfly species. Weymouth Woods Auditorium, So. Pines. (910) 692-2167.

NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Bats of the Sandhills.” Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods. ART EXHIBITON & OPENING RECEPTION. 3 – 5 p.m. “It’s Southern Y’all.” Free and open to the public. Exchange Street Gallery, Artists League, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen.



NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Autumn Wildflowers.” FREE. Weymouth Woods. (910) 692-2167 or ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m Hen House Prowlers, Finnders and Youngberg. General Admission. (910) 944- 7502 or












SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE OPENS. 10 a.m. The lunch room will open at 11:30. Pinehurst. LUNCH AND LEARN. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. “Boot Camp Basics.” The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, 80 Aviemore Court, Suite A, Pinehurst. Info/RSVP: (910) 295-1130.


AUTHOR @ THE BOOKSHOP. 3:30p.m. Brian Floca — Locomotive. 4:30p.m. Susan Cooper — Ghost Hawk. 5:30p.m. Wilton Barnhardt — Lookaway, Lookaway. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., So. Pines. (910) 692-3211 or www. SCC ALUMNI ART EXHIBIT. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Hastings Gallery, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst.


NATURAL FOOD PRESENTATION. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Kathy O’Donnell, Founder of Real Foods in Fast Times. $15/Horticultural Society members; $20/ non-members. Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst. (910) 695-3882 or FIRST FRIDAY. 5 – 9 p.m. Family-friendly. Entertainment by The Revivalist, food and beverages, and more. FREE. Outside the Sunrise Theater.



GUEST LECTURE. 6 p.m. The English Speaking Union welcomes Frank Neef. “A Potter’s Story: From Clay to Crystalline,” and live demonstration. Cocktails with dinner to follow. Cost: $46. The Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst. Info: Hope Price, (910) 692-7727; reservations: (910) 692-6565.

GATHERING @ GIVEN. 3:30 p.m. Guide to Historic Pinehurst. FREE. Given Memorial Library, Pinehurst. FAMILY FUN NIGHT @ THE LIBRARY. 5:30 p.m. “Stump the Teacher.” SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. 7:30 p.m. Still Mine.



FALL HISTORY TOUR. Two nights in a Fredericksburg hotel with two full breakfasts, lunch at Stratford Hall, and all entry fees. Reservations. ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Improving Your Skills: Novice Watercolor” with Sandy Scott.

PIRATE DAY AT THE LIBRARY. 2:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 19 is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Celebrate by coming into the library and talking like a pirate to earn “Freddy Funds,” good to trade in for pirate treasure. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

“LIFE” AT THE LIBRARY. FREE. So. Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. (910) 692-8235 or AUTHOR @ THE BOOKSHOP. 5:30 p.m. William Ferris with The Storied South. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., So. Pines. (910) 692-3211 or www.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING. 11:30 p.m. Midland Country Club. YOUNG ADULT READERS AT THE LIBRARY. 5:30 p.m. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Southern Pines Public Library. STORYTELLING. 6:30 p.m. Bill Harley. Southern Pines Elementary.






MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Oz: The Great and Powerful. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or www. SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. 7:30 p.m.Still Mine. 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. GRAND OPENING. A new music and food venue, Social 165, opens its doors. 9735 US 15-501. Info: (910) 215-8959.





GEOCACHING AT WEYMOUTH. 6 p.m. September 24th30th is National “Take a Child Outside Week!” Get involved by doing an outdoor scavenger hunt... with a GPS! Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 p.m. Free movie showing of Iron Man 3 (rated PG-13). Rain date will be October 25. Bring a blanket or chair. The Ice Cream Parlor and SoPies will be on-site selling concessions. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or www.


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Saturday WEYMOUTH GARDEN TOUR AT PINEWILD. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nine Pinewild Golf and Country Club properties. Proceeds benefiting the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. $15/advance; $20/at the door. Purchase at Weymouth Center, The Country Bookshop, The Given Memorial Library, The Faded Rose & The Given Book Shop. AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 3 p.m. Betty “BJ” Vaughn with Muddy Waters Blue Waters. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or



DOT DAY AT THE BOOKSHOP. 1:30 p.m. The Country Bookshop. WOUNDED WARRIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT. 2 p.m. Shotgun start. Southern Pines Golf Club. (910) 692-7375. BLUEGRASS IN THE GARDEN. 3 – 6 p.m. Live bluegrass Raleigh. FREE. NC Museum of History. SANDHILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 50TH ANNIVERSARY. 5:30 p.m. 60s-style block party on Broad Street in So. Pines. Sunrise Theater will open for a free concert of hits from the sixties. Info: (910) 695-3712. POETRY AT WEYMOUTH. The NC Poetry Society. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., So. Pines. (910) 692-6261 or NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 8 a.m. “Birding for Beginners.” Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, So. Pines. (910) 692-2167 or MOORE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING. 10:30 a.m. Topic: “Linking the Past: Our Roots.” Lee Daniel Kent, adjunct lecturer of history at the UNC at Pembroke. Moore County Library, 101 Saunders St., Carthage. (910) 947-5335.



FARMSKILLS FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 44th Annual festival. Farm animals fill the stable; pony and wagon rides are available for the young and young at heart. Folk and country musicians and dancers entertain. Civil War reenactment troops are encamped and steam engines are demonstrated. Malcolm Blue Farm, 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 9447558 or

September 1

NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Bats of the Sandhills.” Learn more about these delightful creatures and their huge benefit to our environment. Myths and truths will be discussed, as well as practical methods for removing them from your home. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

ART EXHIBITON & OPENING RECEPTION. 3 – 5 p.m. “It’s Southern Y’all.” The works of award winning artists Pat McMahon and Betty DiBartolomeo will be featured in the gallery during the month of September. Also on display, Pat McMahon and Colleen Conroy’s painted pillows. Free and open to the public. Exchange Street Gallery, Artists League, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

September 1—2

SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. The Way Way Back. Show times: Sunday/2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday/7:30 p.m. 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

September 2

Horticultural Society members; $20/non-members. Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882 or

FIRST FRIDAY. 5 – 9 p.m. A family-friendly event. Entertainment includes live music by The Revivalist, food and beverages, and more. Free admission. The grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater. Info:

September 7

WEYMOUTH GARDEN TOUR AT PINEWILD. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featuring nine unique Pinewild Golf and Country Club properties with proceeds benefiting the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. Tickets: $15/advance; $20/at the door. Can be purchased at Weymouth Center, The Country Bookshop, The Given Memorial Library, The Faded Rose & The Given Book Shop. Info:

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 3 p.m. Betty “BJ” Vaughn with Muddy Waters Blue Waters. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6923211 or

TOUR DE MOORE. 7:30 a.m./Classic Century; 8:45 a.m./50-mile Ramble; 9:30 a.m./28-mile Cruise. Registration: $50. All rides start and finish at the Train House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: www.

September 7—9

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September 8

SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE OPENS. 10 a.m. The Exchange opens its doors for its 91st year. The lunch room will open at 11:30. 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-4677.

LUNCH AND LEARN. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. “Boot Camp Basics.” Complimentary lunch, gift bags, and specials. The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, 80 Aviemore Court, Suite A, Pinehurst. Info/RSVP: (910) 295-1130.

September 5

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 3:30 p.m. Brian Floca with Locomotive. A rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads for young readers. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 6923211 or

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 4:30 p.m. Susan Cooper with Ghost Hawk. From the author of the Over Sea Under Stone series, a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a Colonial New England settler. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or

SCC ALUMNI ART EXHIBIT. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Sandhills Community College. Hastings Gallery, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3879.

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5:30 p.m. Wilton Barnhardt with Lookaway, Lookaway. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or

September 6

NATURAL FOOD PRESENTATION. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Kathy O’Donnell, founder of Real Foods in Fast Times. Come prepared to taste raw and cooked vegetables from our gardens and from our local farmers markets. Cost: $15/


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SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. The Hunt. Show times: Saturday and Sunday/2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday/7:30 p.m. 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Miniature Marvels.” From insects to mushrooms, there are so many small things in nature we overlook. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT THE COMPETITION. 3 – 4 p.m. “My Favorite Place in Southern Pines.” Professional photographer Cory Derusseau will lead a workshop featuring tips and will include a trip to the train station to take photos. This program and the contest and are free and open to the public. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Season kickoff with lauded Americana songwriter Laurelyn Dossett and her full band (Scott Manring, Jason Sypher, Eirc Robertson) on a big co-bill with contemporary Bluegrass quartet Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944- 7502 or

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ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Follow the leader” with Joan Williams. Cost: $70. Artists League, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979. SANDHILLS PHOTO CLUB MEETING. 7 p.m. Program: Gene Furr’s photography. Guests welcome. Hannah Center Theater at The O’Neal School, Southern Pines. Info:

September 10

“LIFE” AT THE LIBRARY. The library will be remodeled into a full-sized community “Life” game! You be the game piece, spinning your way through life milestones, with happy retirement as your goal. Local organizations will help you find success along the way. Free and open to the public. Southern

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AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5:30 p.m. William Ferris with The Storied South. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www.

September 11

GUEST LECTURE. 6 p.m. The English-Speaking Union welcomes Frank Neef. “A Potter’s Story: From Clay to Crystalline,” and live demonstration. Cocktails with dinner to follow. Cost: $46. The Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst. Info: Hope Price, (910) 692-7727; reservations: (910) 692-6565.

MEMORIAL SERVICE. 6:30 p.m. In remembrance of the fallen first responders of 9/11/01 and 9/11/12 and in appreciation of our first responders who risk their lives every day to help keep us safe. This will culminate in a candle lighting ceremony. Pinehurst Fire Station, 405 Magnolia Road.

September 11 — October 31

FARM TO TABLE FALL SEASON BEGINS. Subscribe to Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative’s 2013 Fall Produce Box Program and enjoy eight weeks of farm-fresh produce delivered to your choice of 26 conveniently located gathering sites in the Sandhills area. Info: (877) 940-7328 or

September 12

GATHERING AT GIVEN. 3:30 p.m. Jack Farrell, author of Guide to Historic Pinehurst, will speak on the Pinehurst Diamondhead Years, from 1971-1981, a decade of dramatic changes in Pinehurst. Free and open to the public. Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-6022.


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September 12—13

FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY. 5:30 p.m. “Stump the Teacher.” Some brave teachers will see how they hold up to being quizzed by students in the ultimate role reversal! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. 7:30 p.m. Still Mine. 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

September 13

MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 p.m. Free movie showing of Oz: The Great and Powerful. Bring a blanket or chair. The Ice Cream Parlor and SoPies will be on-site selling concessions. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or

September 13 & 14

GRAND OPENING. A new music and food venue, Social 165, opens its doors. 9735 US 15-501. Info: (910) 215-8959.

September 14

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. 10 a.m. Bring your pet and family to a special service led by Father Randy Foster. Personal blessings will follow until 11:30. Good Shepherd Pet Crematory & Cemetery, 5798 US 211, West End. Info: (910) 673-2200.

FARMERS MARKET EVENT. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Grape Day. Free samples of locally grown grape varieties, home made jams/jellies and free wine tasting by Black Rock Vineyards. Pinehurst parking lot. Info: (803) 517-5476.

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DOT DAY AT THE BOOKSHOP. 1:30 p.m. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or WOUNDED WARRIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT. 2 p.m. Shotgun start. To raise awareness to the wounds of our armed forces in the area. Tickets: $120/player; $480/team; $75/hole sponsorship. Southern Pines Golf Club. Info: (910) 692-7375.

BLUEGRASS IN THE GARDEN. 3 – 6 p.m. Live bluegrass in the great outdoors in Raleigh. Free and open to the public. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St., Raleigh. Info: (919) 807-7900 or

SANDHILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 50TH ANNIVERSARY. 5:30 p.m. Celebrate with an old-fashioned ’60s-style block party on Broad Street in Southern Pines. Food, music from the college’s Jazz Band and College Choir, with activities for young and old. Sunrise Theater will open for a free concert of hits from the sixties. Info: (910) 695-3712.

September 14—15

MOORE COUNTY KENNEL CLUB SHOW. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. All breed shows. MCKC Golf Tournament at Legacy Country Club to follow on the 16th. Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road S, Pinehurst. Info:

September 15

HORSE COUNTRY SOCIAL. 12 – 3 p.m. The Walthour-Moss Foundation will host the second annual event. Lunch tickets: $35/adults; $15/children. Open to the public. The Walthour-Moss Foundation Hunter Trial Field, Old Mail Rd., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7811.


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ca l e n d a r Along the Double Road.” A visual history of the people and businesses located along Midland Road. Presented by Jean Walker. Free and open to the public, seating by reservation. Southern Pines Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe St. Info: (910) 6922051 or

MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY. 2:30 p.m. Watch the fur fly as a new breed of super (cute) hero is born in this fun-filled epic adventure. Free refreshments will be served. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Tree Trek.” Learn to identify some of the trees commonly encountered in the Sandhills. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Jack Grace brings a powerhouse band that plays kick the can with any musical genre that it stumbles across. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944- 7502 or

September 15—16

SUNRISE THEATER MOVIE. Still Mine. Showtimes: Sunday/2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday/7:30 p.m. 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8501.

September 16

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY EVENT. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Award winning photographer Laura Gingerich will conduct a full day photography workshop, “The Dance of Photography.” Cost: Horticultural Society members/$80; non-members/$90. Ball Visitors Center, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882.

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ART CLASS. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Creating With Oil” with Diane Kraudelt. Cost: $75. Artists League, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979. WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH MEETING. Welcome back brunch with jewelry fashion show by ARTNUTZ. Reservations required. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 5:30 p.m. John Milliken Thompson with Love and Lament. Set in rural North Carolina between the Civil War and the Great War, Love and Lament chronicles the hardships and misfortunes of the Hartsoe family. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or

September 17

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING. 11:30 p.m. The League welcomes Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of Moore County Schools, to the fall kickoff luncheon. Cost: $12, checks preferred. Open to the public, reservations required. Table on the Green, Midland Country Club. Info: Charlotte Gallagher, (910) 944-7611.

YOUNG ADULT READERS AT THE LIBRARY. 5:30 p.m. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! What else could you do with your used milk or orange juice carton or used magazines? Bring an old friend, meet a new friend, and make something new from something old! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

STORYTELLING. 6:30 p.m. Two-time Grammy awardwinning artist and storyteller Bill Harley will be performing. Southern Pines Elementary, 255 S May St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2357.


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FALL HISTORY TOUR. The Moore County Historical Association takes a trip to Fredericksburg, VA. Tour includes bus transport, two nights in a Fredericksburg hotel with two full breakfasts, lunch at Stratford Hall, and all entry fees. Reservations must have been made previous. Info: (910) 692-2051.

September 18

ART CLASS. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Improving Your Skills: Novice Watercolor” with Sandy Scott. Cost: $40. Artists League, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

September 19

PIRATE DAY AT THE LIBRARY. 2:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 19 is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Celebrate by coming into the library and talking like a pirate to earn “Freddy Funds,” good to trade in for pirate treasure. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 6928235 or

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Downtown Village of Pinehurst. Info: (910) 295-1900. FALL CONCERT AT THE GARDEN. 7 p.m. A family-friendly outdoor concert featuring a quintet from Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performing Brass American. Cost: Members/free; $8/non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Boulevard, Fayetteville. Info: or (910) 486.0221

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POETRY AT WEYMOUTH. The NC Poetry Society will hold its meeting. Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-6261 or

NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 8 a.m. “Birding for Beginners.” Interested in birding, but don’t know where to start? Come join us for a mile-and-a-half-walk to open up your ears and eyes to a new hobby. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

MOORE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING. 10:30 a.m. Topic: “Linking the Past: Our Roots.” Lee Daniel Kent, an adjunct lecturer of history at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will present. Moore County Library, 101 Saunders St., Carthage. Info: (910) 947-5335.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra presents three mini-concerts and one larger concert from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Garden.

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OKTOBERFEST IN PINEHURST. 12 – 6 p.m. Join as the Farmers Market will be part of the 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration featuring good food, live music and german beverages. Village Green Road. Info: (803) 517-5476.

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OLDIES & GOODIES FILM. 2:30 p.m. Presenting a film starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart in a classic upper-crust comedy set in the high society of the Philadelphia Mainline. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or

Food, beverages, beer and wine available for purchase at each concert. Bring a chair or blanket. Chair rentals available. Please no outside food, beverages or pets.

NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Cool Caterpillars.” Join a ranger to discover this fascinating part of their life cycle. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

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ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m. Hen House Prowlers, Finnders and Youngberg. From far, Chicago, and farther, Fort Collins, the best in Bluegrass and Americana continues in Aberdeen. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944- 7502 or

September 23

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ART CLASS. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Your Next Step: The Process” with Diane Kraudelt. Cost: $50. Artists League, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979.

SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Guest speaker Erik Aschehoug will present research on St. Francis’ satyr, an endangered butterfly species whose only known population is in the North Carolina Sandhills. Visitors Welcome. Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Rd, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

September 26

GEOCACHING AT WEYMOUTH. 6 p.m. September 24th-30th is National ‘Take a Child Outside’ Week! Get involved by doing an outdoor scavenger hunt... with a GPS! Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

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JAZZ AT THE BLUE FARM. 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Paul Murphy and friends will present a program with his daughter Anna on vocals. A part of the Malcolm Blue Historical Society’s 44th Crafts and Farmskills Festival that weekend. Tickets: $20/at the door; $15/advance. Malcolm Blue Farm, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 603-2739.

September 27

FALL CONCERT AT THE GARDEN. 7 p.m. A family-friendly outdoor concert featuring a woodwind quintet from Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performing

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ca l e n d a r Journeys. Cost: Members/free; $8/non-members. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Boulevard, Fayetteville. Info: or (910) 486.0221.

MOVIE IN THE PINES. 7:30 p.m. Free movie showing of Iron Man 3 (rated PG-13). Rain date will be October 25. Bring a blanket or chair. The Ice Cream Parlor and SoPies will be on-site selling concessions. Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or

September 27—28

ABERDEEN FEAR FACTORY. 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Largest indoor haunted house in North Carolina, over 21,000 square feet of industrial strength horror! 10570 Hwy 211, East Aberdeen. Info:

September 27—29

BETHESDA CELEBRATES 225 YEARS. Bethesda celebrates 225 years of Christian service to the Sandhills with a play tracing its history, folk-dancing, tours and gospel singing. 1002 North Sandhills Blvd., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-1319.

September 28

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free Admission to the public. Modified cars welcome. Village Arboretum. Info:

September 28—29

FARMSKILLS FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 44th Annual festival. Farm animals fill the stable; pony and wagon rides are available for the young and young at heart. Folk and country musicians and dancers entertain. Civil War reenactment troops are encamped and steam engines are demonstrated. Malcolm Blue Farm, 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7558 or

September 29

NATURE PROGRAM AT WEYMOUTH. 3 p.m. “Autumn Wildflowers.” September means lots of blazing star, blue chaffseeds, asters, goldenrods, and many other fall flowers in bloom. Free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or

SANDHILLS JEWISH CONGREGATION PLAY. 3 p.m. Etty. Excerpts from Etty Hillesum’s luminous Holocaust diaries adapted for the stage by Susan Stein. Free and open to the public, donations welcome. Temple Bath Shalom, 131 Jackson Springs Road, Foxfire Village. Info: (910) 673-5224.

ROOSTER’S WIFE CONCERT. 6:46 p.m Hen House Prowlers, Finnders and Youngberg. From far, Chicago, and farther, Fort Collins, the best in Bluegrass and Americana continues in Aberdeen. Seating is by general admission. Doors open at 6. Tickets available at the door and online. 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944- 7502 or www.

September 30

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY EVENT. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Improving your health with Tai Chi/Qigong in the gardens. Master instructor Lee Holbrook leads the class. Cost: Horticultural Society members/$5; non-members/$10. Ball Visitors Center, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 695-3882.


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MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 2 – 5:30 p.m. FirstHealth Fitness Center, 170 Memorial Dr., Pinehurst. LIVE MUSIC AT CIRCLE M CITY. 7 p.m. Gather at

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


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

CLASSIC MOVIES. 7:30 p.m. The Sunrise Theater will show a classic movie every Wednesday night. Info: (910) 692-8501 or


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




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CHILDREN’S STORYTIME AT THE BOOKSHOP. 10:30 a.m. 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or

FREE COOKING DEMO. 5 – 6 p.m. A fun way to play with your food using quick, easy, in-season ingredients. Samples included. The Flavor Exchange, 115 E New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 725-1345.


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MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Downtown Park, Southern Pines. SANDHILLS FARMERS GREEN MARKET. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Village Green, Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info:

FREE WINE TASTING. 12 – 4 p.m. Elliott’s on Linden, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-0775. CRAFTS & BOOK SWAP AT THE LIBRARY. Bring the books your children have outgrown and swap them for new books for them to enjoy. Each Saturday a different craft will be featured. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave. Info: (910) 692-8235 or




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

Art Galleries ABOUT ART GALLERY inside The Market Place Midland Bistro Building, 2160 Midland Road, Pinehurst. The gallery features local artists. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (910) 215-596. ART NUTZ AND RAVEN POTTERY, 125 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Come see the potter at work. Features art, pottery from local potters, handmade jewelry, glass and more. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 695-1555, Artist GAlleRy OF SOUTHERN PINES, 167 E. New

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ca l e n d a r Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Features art and fine crafts from more than 60 North Carolina artists. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 692-6077. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St. in historic Aberdeen. Exhibit hours are noon – 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. Broadhurst Gallery, 2212 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Showcases works by nationally recognized artists such as Louis St. Lewis, Lula Smith, Shawn Morin, Rachel Clearfield, Judy Cox and Jason Craighead. Meet-the-artist opportunities available. Monday-Friday (closed Wednesday), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m & special appointments. (910) 295-4817, The Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and every third weekend of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. (910) 692-4356, The Downtown Gallery inside Cup of Flow, 115 NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Ever-changing array of local and regional art, pottery and other handmade items. (910) 693-1999. Exchange Street Gallery, Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street in historic Aberdeen. “It’s Southern, Ya’ll,” works of Pat McMahon and Betty DiBartolomeo. September 2-28. Regular hours noon to 3:00, Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. The Gallery at Seven Lakes at the St. Mary Magdalene building, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive. Just nine miles from the Pinehurst Traffic Circle up 211, this gallery is dedicated to local artists. 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. HOLLYHOCKS ART GALLERY, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Features artwork by local award winning artists, Phyllis Andrews, Betty DiBartolomeo, Equine Sculptor Morgen Kilbourn, Diane Kraudelt, Carol Rotter and artist/ owner, Jane Casnellie. Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (910) 255-0665,

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

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Bryant House and McLendon Cabin. Tours by appointment. (910) 692-2051 or (910) 673-0908. Carthage Historical Museum. Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Located at Rockingham and Saunders streets, Carthage. (910) 947-2331. House in the Horseshoe. Open 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. WednesdaySaturday. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. (910) 944-7558 or (910) 603-2739. North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., MondayFriday, at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. (910) 692-6261. Shaw House Property. Open 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. (910) 692-2051. Tufts Archives. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. (910) 295-3642. Union Station. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located in downtown Aberdeen. (910) 944-5902. Sandhills Woman’s Exchange Log Cabin Open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (910) 295-4677. PS To add an event, email us at by the first of the month prior to the event.

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Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour, 25 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Features local artist Nancy Campbell’s original oil and watercolor paintings. Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 255-0100, The Old Silk Route, 113 West Main St., Aberdeen. Specializes in Asian original art, including silk paintings, tapestries, Buddhist Thangkas and Indian paper miniatures. Monday, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 295-2055. Seagrove Candle Company, 116 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Showcases art of the Sandhills and Seagrove area. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (910) 695-0029. SKY Art Gallery, 602 Magnolia Dr., Aberdeen. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 944-9440, 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.

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The Great Tree Debate To cut or not to cut

By Geoff Cutler

Not yet exhausted by the time it reached

Michigan and our little summer resort, Hurricane Sandy busted off tree tops or yanked the trees whole from the ground. It cast trees all about the place, including some which came through our roofs and into our living rooms. We were lucky in that the so-called “superstorm” arrived during our off season, and most of the cottages were empty. There’s a blossoming concern for tree care at the resort right now. One that hasn’t really existed before. People are taking inventory of the trees on their properties and talking about preventive pruning and thinning of old or potentially hazardous trees. Here in Moore County, we too have had our share of tree damage this summer. Isolated thunderstorms and high winds have brought trees down on top of houses and through roofs. We’ve seen trees on cars and garages; we’ve even seen the fabled longleaf pine ripped from the ground and slammed down whole. And so maybe we want to consider taking inventory of our landscapes as well, and then make some decisions based on that inventory and appraisal. While there’s no right or wrong way to do this, there are probably righter and then less desirable ways to do it. For example, too often after major storms, where damage has occurred, I meet with folks whose initial idea of preventing any future damage is to remove all the rest of the trees. While this approach is understandable, especially if you’ve just missed being killed in your own living room by a falling tree, untold value will be removed from the property by this approach. Without getting too deep into this, trees enhance and add value to our properties in four major categories: architecture, engineering, esthetics and climate. Under these headings are sub-categories like privacy control, airconditioning, complementing architecture and wind-control, to name but a few. Properties without trees lack these values, and there have been many real estate studies done which report that resale on nicely landscaped properties that include large shade trees are far more attractive to potential buyers than are denuded properties, and draw higher sale prices. But a tree’s value can be as simple as the fact that it might shade your house. As I write, the temperature here in the Sandhills with the heat index factored in hovers around 100 degrees. It doesn’t take rocket science to realize that if your

house is nicely shaded throughout the day, you’re going to be spending a lot less on air-conditioning than the guy down the street who removed all the trees and now has the sun beating down on his roof from dawn to dusk. On the opposite side of the spectrum are those whose idea of “green” means you don’t touch a leaf or twig on the property. In too many cases, this approach usually proves foolhardy. Unhealthy or dead trees on improved landscapes are called hazards. Hazardous trees are said to have a negative value and are the most likely to do damage to life and property in storms. And the irony is, there is nothing “green” about not removing unhealthy or diseased trees that struggle day in and day out for simple survival. There are well-intentioned folks out there who wouldn’t let their parents live in the conditions that they leave their plants. All because of a misconception of what conservation really means. So what to do? Well, like so many other things in life, we look for a happy medium, or a balanced approach to our inventory and appraisal, and then take some action base on that inventory. Back at our cottage in Michigan, there are two large red oaks between our cottage and that of our neighbors. They are nicely spaced between the cottages, and after inspection, appear to be nicely root anchored with good solid trunks, and limb structures. They provide privacy, shade and noise reduction. Esthetically, they are majestic. They soften the architecture of both houses and draw the eye. They are a focal point. But they have lower arms that stretch far out across our roofs. The sun doesn’t shine under there at all. And because the roof stays wet after rain, the shingles are covered in moss. The canopies of both have significant deadwood, and there are smaller “volunteer trees” of different species growing up into the oaks’ canopies. We will remove those lower big branches to bring a new roof some dappled sunlight. This will allow the roof to dry out after it rains, while still keeping the house nicely shaded. We’ll prune out the deadwood, and lightly thin the rest of the canopy to reduce wind resistance. Finally, we will remove most of the smaller trees growing up into the oaks and leave behind those that have room to mature in a healthy way. No trees can stand up to direct hits by major hurricanes or tornadoes, but at that point neither can houses. So removing healthy trees based on future unknowns just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Especially if by removal, property and landscape values decrease. An inventory of your trees that takes a balanced approach by looking at potential hazards and removing those hazards, and then taking some preventive action in the trees which will remain, like proper structural pruning to increase health and vigor, is probably a pretty good way to help prevent damage from punishing storms. PS Geoff Cutler is owner of Cutler Tree LLC in Southern Pines. He is a regular contributor to PineStraw. He can be reached at

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It’s a Reality TV World Out There September I know my bumper sticker says to honk if you like my new pink Mary Kay Caddy. But y’all have about shot my nerves to pieces! With all them car horns going off everywhere, I went back on my meds. I know, I know, I don’t drink anymore . . . but seems like I don’t drink any less, either. Just a wave and a howdy will do me just fine. Virgo (August 24 — September 23) Birthday boys and girls, hold your horses and tighten the saddle. You got a lotta yippee going on this month and you’re just a raring to go. Sit low in the saddle and enjoy the ride, Pardner. This month, it’s all about settling down and finding you that special someone. The Autumn Equinox will bring you some true happiness if you use some gumption. If that special someone is out of your league, that don’t mean they bowl somewhere else, Honey. Libra (September 24 — October 23) You may think you are the United Nations of the universe, but sometimes you gotta step down. Great Grandpa Hornblower, bless his heart, used to say never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience. If you keep your peace early this month when things get dicey around the 8th, things will play out nicer later on. Throw some peanuts in your R.C. and let thangs go. Slip back into analytical mode on the 18th and then you can hold your ground. Scorpio (October 23 — November 21) I know it’s a Reality TV world these days, and we got gypsies, tramps and thieves hanging their business out there on the Bravo clothesline. But here’s what your Mama shoulda told you: There are more important things to have than the last word — like having a real friend. Before giving someone else a piece of your mind, remember to keep a little something for yourself. Get a grip on real reality, ’cause things get intense the first of this month. Sagittarius (November 22 — December 21) What has this long, hot summer done to you, Honey Chile? Got you all riled up, that’s what. Around the 9th, you’re going to be jumpier than a metal roofer in a heat wave, and you got more hot weather ahead. If you don’t pay attention to Ole Astrid, you will spend most of the dog days with trouble to start, rumors to spread and people to argue with! Get a new hairdo. Clean out your closet. Take care of business, hear me? The end of the month brings a nice surprise from a special friend, who knows what you like and juuuuust how you like it. Capricorn (December 22 — January 20) What you don’t want to be this month is an inspiration, as in, you may think I’m a fool but you’re my inspiration. Just because you can drive with two fingers don’t mean you ought to. This would be a good time to go to the Ice Cream Parlor and stuff your face with two dogs and a cone of ice cream. Anything just to keep your mouth and your wallet shut. Around the Equinox on the 22nd you will be happy you gave that special someone a second chance. Just stop writing to prisoners, even if you think you have discovered your spiritual soul mate. Aquarius (January 21 — February 19) When the chips are down, I always say, find you some onion dip. I’m thinking you got options you ain’t even considered. The stars tell me you got a situation coming up around the 14th that may mean both romance and career opportunities heating up. But reword that memo and blunt

that tongue, my little Truth Teller. You got a point, it’s true, but if you wear a hat maybe nobody will notice, darling child. Pisces (February 20 — March 20) Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, right? Wrong. Except . . . mid-month. Good lord a’mercy, you got a royal flush by the 14th. Miss Astrid here don’t think you can miss. Throw a party. Buy a lottery ticket. Go to Vegas. Light some candles and thank your lucky stars you were born, because the way things are looking you got a lot to be thankful for this month. (And more than a spoonful of loving coming your way, Sugar!) Aries (March 21 — April 20) The first of this month is going to be so tense you gonna need you some of them big old hot flash pearls you fill up with ice water. Chill, Honey. The audience ain’t laughing no matter how hard you dance, so just bow out and wait for the last half of the act. In the meantime, nail that salsa down. Things smooth out and you’ll get the applause you been working for by the final curtain. Then, Rambo, twirl and take a bow. Taurus (April 21 — May 21) Change is inevitable except from the drink machine. My Magic Eight Ball tells me you got changes coming as you go charging into this month like a raging bull. Buy a Groupon for anger management classes. By the 12th, all that conflict and suspicion rolls off your back and you are looking at a harmonizing trine. After that, the Eight Ball says the “outlook is good.” Stardust and romance thereafter, and things will be Moon Pie fine by the 14th. Gemini (May 22 — June 21) Jumping to conclusions is about the only exercise you get until 11th. Just cause the animals are lining up two by two, it don’t mean you want to invest in an ark, Noah, so work on being less suspicious and relax. You may think you are Mr. Right or Miss Perfect, but nobody likes perfection or Mr. Right All the Time. If you can just be honest with your pals, the latter part of the month is a dreamy time. Take a friend to lunch and things will be all duckies and daisies. Cancer (June 22 — July 23) You may be feeling like someone licked the red off your candy. My cousin’s a Cancer, and it’s a tough month. The only vehicle in his yard that is still mobile is his home. You are going to need a little old boost early in the month, and not the kind you get from a Red Bull, Darlin’. By mid-month you have a lot more energy but Lord a’mercy you might want to stop with the overreactions . . . so dial back. Most of your suspicions are plain ole wrong. Except . . . for just one teensy, tee-ninsey little one. Leo (July 23 — August 23) Red alert! Don’t bust on through when you see the danger sign sitting right in front of you. Ease up on the gas pedal, why don’t you? And get some of that baggage outta the trunk. You may be the Patron Saint of Lost Causes, but you gotta let go of this one, and you know what I’m talking about. Later in the month you can go all out, and let the top down on the convertible. Life’s gonna taste so good it would make a bulldog bust his chain! 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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Wallace Pfeffernoodle,

a friend of a friend, is the envy of all the men who know him. Our mutal friend, Hot Pete, is a grilling expert. But his expertise pales beside Wallace Pfeffernoodle’s. Pfeffernoodle, he says, stands alone. Pfeffernoodle is a grilling king, and his long, shining stainless steel grill is the talk of their Winston-Salem neighborhood. I know this with absolute certainty as several men were discussing it at a cookout where I eavesdropped.


“That Wallace,” Pete said admiringly, hot mitts in hand, “he’s got the best-looking grill in town.” Balding heads nodded. Pete should know. He loves to grill, and Hot Pete’s grill is nothing to sneeze at. At four feet long, his commanding grill takes over the entire patio. It has side burners, two tanks large enough to fuel a dirigible, flamethrowers and a self-cleaning whatchamacallit. But Wallace Pfeffernoodle’s surpasses this. He has the most amaz-

ing grill of all. And even more amazingly, Pfeffernoodle didn’t pay for his last four grills, each of which was successively better than the last. Pfeffernoodle has made a study of grill returns, and has learned that a certain area retailer will accept his grill back under an unconditional guarantee if he has the slightest complaint. Pfeffernoodle has made it his job to perfect the art of complaint. He is the grill grafter. With each grilling season, he watches closely until the retailer has discontinued his present grill model, then hauls it in with a bona fide (I use this term broadly) complaint, and gets upgraded to the latest thing. In this way, Pfeffernoodle has upgraded himself from what would be the equivalent of moving from ownership of a two-passenger Piper prop plane to a Learjet. At no cost whatsoever! “Genius,” Hot Pete muttered, adjusting his flame levels. Which made me wonder: When was the last time a woman got a substitute better item than she had paid for? I took my research survey to women on the patio. Here’s what I found: NEVER!!! Which, actually, makes my middle-aged self burn at a slightly hotter temperature than Wallace Pfeffernoodle’s newest grill. PS Cynthia Adams lives, writes and cooks over an antique Weber grill in Greensboro.


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