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2017 Winter Newsletter  

WEYMOUTH CENTER for the Arts & Humanities

Š 2007 Kim Sobat

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. ~ Pauline R. Kezer

A Message From The Board President 2016 has been a year of change and of growth at Weymouth. We welcomed Robin Smith, our new Executive Director, who, touched by the passion her grandfather, Sam Ragan, had for this special institution has made her own place amongst the weeping cherry trees and the long-leaf pines. Now established at Weymouth and well-educated in operations, 2017 will be Robin’s year to involve herself in Southern Pines and to meet the many and varied elements that form the Sandhills. We now have full-time Office Manager, Marianna Grasso, whose love for Weymouth is complemented by her talents. Alex Klalo, our Property Manager, continues to be our rock as his responsibilities are integral in maintaining this historic property as evidenced by his remarkable dedication during and after Hurricane Matthew. 2016 was also a year of sadness for the Weymouth family. We lost some of the luminaries in the Weymouth pantheon. Cos Barnes, Norris Hodgkins Jr., Marshall Berg, and Larry Cohen all served Weymouth with love, care and compassion. They guided much of our history and their influence will grace Weymouth for generations to come. Their stars will always shine upon this beautiful place in the pines. Through our care for the historic property and our unique and varied programs we serve our membership and our community. Weymouth is where people of all ages and demographics come to enjoy the arts, humanities and special events in the beauty of the historic Boyd Estate, continuing the long heritage of this magical place. Our outreach programs reach thousands within Moore County and across the state. All that Weymouth affords the community is due to the stewardship of our board, the commitment of our membership and dedication of our volunteers. Many thousands of volunteer hours go into the Weymouth we all enjoy and the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation will honor the many who have served in 2016. Included you will find a graph of our financials for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, which ended June 30. Though we continue to operate at a deficit, we cut our expenditures by nearly $100,000 over the previous fiscal year. We are launching a Development Committee whose purpose will be to raise the funds needed for programing, upkeep and operation of Weymouth today and for future generations. This will require short and long-term planning strategies and community investment. We have immediate physical needs that came to light while assessing the damage from Hurricane Matthew. We are still calculating the cost of these issues, but there are also many that were not caused by the storm and will not be covered by insurance. We will share these figures once they are finalized. I appreciate the enthusiasm, energy and support you share with Weymouth. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), our wonderful reputation within both the area and state is a direct reflection of you, as our members are indeed Weymouth. Your financial support, your time and your talents are essential to fulfilling our mission and our continuing path to improvement. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and look forward to seeing you at Weymouth in the New Year!

Kathryn Talton


A Message From The Executive Director Dear Friends of Weymouth, It is hard to imagine that it was only 11 months ago that we began this journey together. The amount of warmth and support each of you has shown me is exemplary of what makes Weymouth such a special place. Rarely have I witnessed such heartfelt devotion to an organization and it is truly inspiring. My focus for the new year is to connect with the people and businesses of the community, and to cultivate interest in Weymouth by sharing the passion that you and I feel for all that it has to offer. Excitement is contagious. Pride is powerful. The combination of the two is what I will carry with me as your representative. Happy Holidays and warm wishes to you and yours!

Robin Smith

Office Manager We are delighted to introduce the most recent addition to the Weymouth family. Meet our new office manager, Marianna Grasso. Along with her many skills, Marianna brings with her a creative spirit and a strong appreciation for both the arts and historical preservation. Her calm demeanor and thoughtful approach offer the perfect balance to Weymouth’s dynamic environment. If you’ve not yet met her, please stop by and say hello.


The Women of Weymouth We thank Rita DiNapoli, Joanne Kilpatrick, Kea Capel and the Women of Weymouth for another successful Christmas fundraiser! Christmas House 2017 will be remembered for years to come. We would also like to extend our thanks to the designers, garden clubs, merchants and volunteers who spent countless hours transforming the Boyd house and Weymouth grounds into a magical place of holiday splendor! The Women of Weymouth is a vital fundraising arm of Weymouth, dedicated to the preservation of the Boyd estate and to the success of its diverse arts and cultural programming. The stewards of the WOW are Barbara Keating, Janet Farrell, Rosemary Zuhone, Carole McFarland, Ellen Burke, Ginny Notestine and advisor, Rita DiNapoli. We encourage all new members of Weymouth who are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic group of Women to attend one of their monthly meetings held on the 3rd Monday of each month. The meetings begin at 9:30 am with coffee, followed by a short business meeting and a program. A dutch treat lunch follows at a designated location. This event is open to the public. Program Speakers for 2017 Winter Quarter January 16, 2017 Cameron Cruse and Brittany McNeal, R.Riveter Cameron & Brittany will tell the story of R.Riveter, how they used Kickstarter to generate funds to take their idea from a dream to reality. They will also share the experience of appearing on ABC- TV's Shark Tank and impressing Mark Cuban enough for him to invest in R.Riveter. February 20, 2017 Charles Lovett, Author Charles Lovett is a native North Carolinian and New York Times Best Selling author of The Bookman’s Tale. He is also renowned in his study of Lewis Carroll and Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. March 20, 2017 Ray Linville, Educator, Sandhills Community College The college has honored Mr. Linville with the Bushing Humanities Fellow for his journey as a student of the American South and for his role in engaging the local community.

The Young Affiliates of Weymouth The Young Affiliates of Weymouth are a diverse group of young professionals dedicated to supporting the Weymouth Center through social, educational, leadership, and fundraising activities. The mission of the Young Affiliates is to raise awareness of Weymouth Center’s mission and role in our community, and boost membership. The Young Affiliates of Weymouth Chair is Morgan Hawk. Welcome new Co-Chair, Megan Weitzeland! Meetings are currently held on the last Tuesday of each month from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Meetings are open to all. Contact Morgan Hawk for more information at

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James Boyd Book Club

The James Boyd Book Club studies writers in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month, from September through May, at 2:00 pm in the Weymouth Library. This discussion group is open to members and non-members alike. All are welcome! Winter Reading List January 17th: Our State Magazine (Any Issue), Carl Goerch, Founder February 21st: The Collected Stories, by Reynolds Price March 21st: The Last Days of Video, by Jeremy Hawkins Thank you to Dotty Starling for keeping this program alive and for devoting countless hours to maintaining the Weymouth Library and Archives! 

Authors in Moore Schools (AIMS)

AIMS (Authors in Moore Schools), spearheaded by its founder Angie Tally, continues its mission “to promote the love of reading by bringing students, parents, schools, communities and authors together through great books”. This spring AIMS will be partnering with the Young Affiliates of Weymouth in hosting a Children’s Art Auction. Drawings and prints will be provided by the Country Bookshop with all of the proceeds going to the AIMS program.

Please consider making a donation to the Weymouth/AIMS program. Your contribution helps another Moore County child discover the love of reading.


Weymouth Writer-In-Residence Monthly Read The Writer-In-Residence program is one of the oldest of the Weymouth programs. The growth it has seen in these past 2 years is truly amazing. The excitement that our Board Member and writer Katrina Denza has created about the Weymouth residency, has published authors from around the state waiting in line to participate. Spend an hour with a NC author currently in residence at Weymouth and see what the buzz is all about! Intimate reading and discussion period with the author and light refreshments. Thursday, January 12, 5:30 pm: Sheryl Monks will read from her debut story collection, Monsters in Appalachia. Sheryl grew up in southern West Virginia and the foothills of western North Carolina. Monsters in Appalachia is part reimagined history, part examination of the ways the region is vilified, and part love letter to a place that continues to leave its mark on those who live there. Sheryl holds an MFA in fiction from Quees University of Charlotte. Her writing has earned a Northwest NC Regional Artist’s Project Grant and the Reynold’s Price Short Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in The Greensboro Review, the Writer’s Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic Story South, Regarding Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. She lives in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she works for a peer-reviewed medical journal and edits the online literary magazine, Change Seven.

Saturday, February 16, 5:30 pm: Major Retired Jason Howk will highlight the differences between the religion of Islam, the ideology of Islamism, and what motivates groups like ISIS. Major Howk has studied Dari (Afghan Farsi) and Arabic, and is a Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies. He has published extensively on the Middle East and National Security topics.

Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 pm: Kelly Mustian will read from her novel-in-progress. Kelly’s work has been published in numerous literary journals and commercial magazines including Whiskey Island Magazine, Habersham Review, Mississippi Magazine, descant, The Journal of African Travel-Writing, Mountain Living, Blue Ridge Country and Charlotte Magazine. One of her short stories won a Blumenthal Writers Award, and she was awarded a Regional Artist Grant by the North Carolina Arts & Science Council. She is currently working on a novel set in 1920’s Mississippi.


Musicians Jam Session

The Musicians Jam Session is a “song circle” of acoustics, percussions and vocals. It is open to all musicians. The circle meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Great Room. Non performers welcome to come and listen. BYOB

Young Musicians Festival The 2017 Young Musicians Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 & 19 in the Great Room. Sunday’s Finalists Concert starts at 3:00 pm and is open to the public. The Festival adjudicators will be Dr. Karen Allred and Dr. Douglas James. Dr. Allred, a pianist, is an active festival and master class clinician, adjudicator, and solo and collaborative recitalist, who has performed all over the U.S. She maintains a private teaching studio in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. James is Director of Guitar Studies and Appalachian GuitarFest at Appalachian State University. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships. Questions may be directed to Festival Chair, Sue Aceves at or This year’s Festival is graciously sponsored by Ralph and Vivan Jacobson. Application deadline is Wednesday, February, 8.


Chamber Music Concerts Season 2016/17 The 2016-17 Chamber Music Concert Season was scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 9th with a recital by pianist, Thomas Sauer and sibling violists, Ara Gregorian and Ani Gregorian Resnick. Unfortunately, Hurricane Matthew had it’s own plans for that weekend, but we look forward to re-scheduling this performance in the New Year.

Sunday, January 8, 3:00 pm: Ensemble Vermillian (Cancelled due to weather. New date soon to be announced.) Will feature 17th and 18th century chamber music for recorder, violin and continuo with musicians Frances Blaker (world-renowned recorder virtuoso), David Wilson (baroque violinist), Barbara Blaker Krumdeick (baroque cellist), Barbara Weiss (harpsichord) and Billy Sims (theorbo and baroque guitarist). Joining them is soprano Molly Quinn, whose silken voice will delight you throughout the performance. This concert will move from the beautifully lyrical vocal writing of Buxtehude to the sparkling musical exuberance of JS Bach. Friday, February 3, 7:00 pm: Timothy W. Sparks (Tenor) & Deborah Lee Hollis (Paino) Just in time for Valentine's Day, A Poet's Love, explores the highs and lows of romance, from the perspective of a writer full of vivid and descriptive emotion. This collection of songs covers a variety of musical styles from across Europe to explore every facet of a love affair, with selections from To Julia by Roger Quilter, Poeme du un jour by Gabriel Faure, Petrarch Sonnets by Franz Liszt and the complete Dichterliebe by Robert Schuman. Friday, March 10, 7:00 pm: Douglas James & Pasquale Rucco, Classical Guitar The internationally recognized duo of Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James will perform a mix of Italian and French repertoire of the early 19th century by A. Diabelli, M. Giuliani, A. Lhoyer, and G. Rossini. Combining an historically informed approach with world-class musicianship, they play exclusively on authentic 19th century guitars including the terz guitar, an instrument unique to the early Romantic Era. Sunday, April 2, 3:00 pm: Piedmont Opera Ensemble: James Albritton, Director Principal Conductor James Albritten, tenor, will host the afternoon with PO artist Allison Gagnon, piano. Presenting an exciting potpourri of arias and duets, these professionals will perform works by opera greats ranging from Mozart to the classic song writers of Broadway. 7

Dirt Gardeners The Dirt Gardeners are gearing up for their April 8 plant sale.  We are seeking donations of perennials, shrubs, small trees, etc., as well as any garden-related items for our Garden White Elephant table.  Please contact Kathy Luckhaus at 986-3009 (cell/text), or Louise Kamp at 603-4555 (cell/text)" for details. All proceeds from this sale benefit the Weymouth Center. Thank you to Pinehurst Garden Club Azalea Branch member and Weymouth Dirt Gardener Sue Huston for organizing a project in which her fellow members of the Pinehurst Garden Club gathered at the Weymouth Center on November 16 to plant 350 donated daffodil bulbs for viewing in the spring season.  Also, a special thanks to David Kennedy, owner of Southern Irrigation & Lawn for donating his labor to the installation of the propagation area irrigation.  The Weymouth Center Dirt Gardeners welcome anyone who enjoys gardening and who can work for a few hours on either Tuesday or Friday mornings–all gardening, no meetings! No experience is required.

Landscape Committee The Landscape Committee continues its work with a comprehensive management strategy towards a sustainable approach to caring for the property. Thanks to the Southern Pines Garden Club, Weymouth will soon have a new bench and the town of Southern Pines will be planting three of our very own camellia bushes in the center of town.

House Committee Chair There have been many improvements to the interior of the Boyd House over the past year. One of the hi-lights is the new Garden Room which through the efforts of Committee Chair, Andrea Wise-Leach, has been transformed into a reflection of its past. Weymouth and the NC Literary Hall of Fame send a special thank you to Andrea, Rita DiNapoli and the Women of Weymouth for making the 2016 NCLHF Induction Reception one of the most memorable ever!


Weymouth Stables

“The horses and I want to wish everyone Neighrrrry Christmas and Happy New Year. Be sure to stop by and leave some carrots or horse cookies.� ~ Leslie Hammann, LRH Boarding Services


Weymouth Legacy The Friends of Weymouth say goodbye to four of its own. The love, dedication and hard work of each of these pioneers has left an imprint that will eternally endure the seasons of change. Cos Barnes, Norris Hodgkins Jr., Marshall Berg and Larry Cohen, we thank you for carving the way.

Costello (Cos) Washburn Barnes

Sept. 18, 1932 - Oct. 12, 2016

Norris Hodgkins Jr.

July 15, 1926 - Oct 29, 2016

Marshall Berg

Lawrence Cohen

July 21, 1927 - Nov. 10, 2016

1942 - Nov. 25, 2016


Schedule of Events January Sunday, January 8 Chamber Music Concert Ensemble Vermillian 3:00 - 5:00 pm Reception to follow $10 members / $20 nonmembers

February Friday, February 3 Chamber Music Concert A Poet's Love 7:00 - 9:00 pm Reception to follow $10 members / $20 nonmembers

March Friday, March 10 Concert, Douglas James & Pasquale Rucco, Classical Guitar 7:00 - 9:00 pm Reception to follow $10 members / $20 nonmembers

Tuesday, January 10 Weymouth Garden Club Meeting 9:30 - 11:30 am

Thursday, February 16 Writer-In-Residence Lecture Jason Howk 5:30 - 6:30 pm Reception to follow Free and open to the public

Saturday, March 18 NC Poetry Society Meeting Registration begins 9:15 am

Thursday, January 12 Writer-In-Residence Reading Sheryl Monks 5:30 - 6:30 pm Reception to follow Free and open to the public Monday, January 16 Women of Weymouth Meeting Brittany D. McNeal, Comm. Outreach R. Riveter 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting Free and open to the public Tuesday, January 17 James Boyd Book Club Our State Magazine, Any Issue 2:00 - 3:00 pm Free and open to the public Thursday, January 19 Weymouth Volunteer Appreciation Day 5:00 - 7:00 pm Saturday, January, 21 NC Poetry Society Meeting Registration begins 9:15 am Tuesday, January 31 Musicians Jam Session 7:00 - 9:00 pm Free and open to the public BYOB Tuesday, January 31 Young Affiliates of Weymouth 6:00 - 7:00 pm Meeting and refreshments Everyone welcome

Friday, February 17 A Celebration of Life, Remembering Larry Cohen 7:00 - 9:00 pm Hosted by the Cohen Family Saturday, February 18 Young Musicians Festival YMF Presentations 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday, February 19 Young Musicians Festival Finalists Performance 3:00 pm Free and open to the public Monday, February 20 Women of Weymouth Meeting Charles Lovett, Author 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting Free and open to the public Tuesday, February 21 James Boyd Book Club The Collected Stories, Reynolds Price 2:00 - 3:00 pm Free and open to the public

Monday, March 20 Women of Weymouth Meeting Ray Linville, Educator Sandhills Community College 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting Free and open to the public Tuesday, March 21 James Boyd Book Club The Last Days of Video, Jeremy Hawkins 2:00 - 3:00 pm Free and open to the public Wednesday, March 22 Writer-In-Residence Reading Kelly Mustian Reception to follow Free and open to the public Tuesday, March 28 Musicians Jam Session 7:00 - 9:00 pm Free and open to the public BYOB Tuesday, March 28 Young Affiliates of Weymouth 6:00 - 7:00 pm Meeting and refreshments Everyone welcome

Tuesday, February 28 Musicians Jam Session 7:00 - 9:00 pm Free and open to the public BYOB


Fiscal Year July 2015 to June 2016 Revenue And Expenditures Financial Overview

Total Revenue $160,781

Total Expenditures $265,577

Fiscal Year 2014/2015


Friends of Weymouth Board of Directors & Staff Officers Kathryn Talton, President Shane English, Vice President Brent Sexton, Treasurer Katrina Denza, Secretary Other Members Denise Baker, Exec. Committee Kea Capel, Exec. Committee Rita DiNapoli, Exec. Committee Susan Huston, Exec. Committee Morgan Hawk Barbara Keating Myles Larson Talmadge Ragan Dotty Starling Josiah Stevenson IV Angie Tally Diane Westbrook Administrative Staff Robin Smith, Executive Director Marianna Grasso, Office Manager Alex Klalo, Property Manager Cindy Ross, Housekeeping The following individuals leave the Weymouth Board with the deepest appreciation of their fellow Board members, the staff and the volunteers. We thank each of them for their years of dedication and hundreds of hours of volunteer leadership. Fritz Healy John Earp Norman Minery Ray Owen Mary Saulnier Schuyler Shulman


We appreciate your support which goes to continuing the Weymouth Mission to conserve the Weymouth longleaf pine forest, gardens and grounds as a natural preserve and park, and to preserve the Boyd House as a literary and cultural center.

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Be sure to Keep an eye out for our next newsletter coming out April 1st!


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