Don't Miss These!

Greeting the Train with the Sounds of Southern Pines Memory

Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Southern Pines Train Depot, 235 NW Broad St., Southern Pines, NC
No Admission Charge

Directed and produced by historian Ray Owen, the program is based on two historical greetings that helped found Southern Pines. In the years of settlement, an African-American choir known as the Singing Society greeted incoming trains, and the letters of town founder John T. Patrick tell of meetings between potential northern settlers and representatives from local Scottish families, arranged in an effort to demonstrate that the native Southerners were kind and hospitable. These two groups--African-American and Scottish-American--were pillars of local society, and with their blessing Southern Pines was settled. The presentation is intended to bear witness to the power of our culture, with roots reaching back for generations.
This event is co-sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association and the Town of Southern Pines in conjunction with the Arts Council of Moore County, the Clan MacKenzie Society in the Americas, Frank Pierce/A Southern Studio, Perry Davis/Davis Video Productions, Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative, Scottish Heritage USA, Sept of Blue Clan MacMillian, The Southern Pines Welcome Center, and Sunrise Theater.
Current participants include:
Ray Owen- introductory remarks
Dr. Douglas Kelly, Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC, and President of Scottish Heritage USA - leading the Lord's Prayer in Gaelic
Dr. Mary Wayne Watson, Humanities Instructor at Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC
Bethesda Presbyterian Church Choir - singing hymns in Gaelic
The Together-N-Unity Choir - singing traditional gospel hymns
The St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band - 3 members providing a bagpipes chorus & drum
Sept of Blue Clan MacMillian & the Clan MacKenzie Society in the Americas - tartan clad and flag waving
[and check out Farm2Table on the green beside Sunrise Theatre]
Larry McNeely & Friends in Concert
Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Old Bethesda Church, 1020 Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen, NC
Admission $12 per person • Tickets can be purchased at the event
A concert featuring musician Larry McNeely and his band. Larry McNeely is an American five-string banjo player known for his collaboration with Glen Campbell and for recording several soundtracks for different motion pictures. McNeely began playing the banjo in 1961. In the following years, he absorbed both Don Reno's style and the Keith style. He moved to La Folette, Tennessee in 1965 to join the Pinnacle Mountain Boys and soon afterwards, he became a member of "Roy Acuff and his Smokey Mountain Boys". In 1969, he joined the Glen Campbell Show as a replacement for John Hartford. About five years later, he was working with Burl Ives and later with Smothers Brothers. He formed the "Larry McNeely Trio" in 1975. In the fall of the 1970s, McNeely began his career as a studio session player for movie soundtracks. Over the years he's been working with artists such as, Mac Davis, Eddie Kendricks, Percy Faith and Barbara Mandrell. He became a member of "Southern Manor", a progressive bluegrass band in 1984. Within a year he was back, working with Roy Acuff. Larry McNeely lives in Moore County and is married Beth Harris McNeely, who is a Bryant family descendent (the Bryant House). His concert will benefit the Bryant House and McLendon Cabin.
Craig & Patrick Fuller in Concert
Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Old Bethesda Church, 1020 Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen, NC
Admission $12 per person • Tickets can be purchased at the event
Craig Fuller is a founding member of the pioneering Country Rock band, Pure Prairie League. While with PPL, he wrote and sang the band’s most noteworthy song, “Amie” and was the major songwriter on the band’s first two, most highly acclaimed albums. From 1996 to 1997 he recorded two records for United Artists with the band, American Flyer, the first of which was produced by famed Beatles Producer Sir George Martin. In 1978 he recorded the album, “Fuller Kaz” with Eric Kaz . As a member of Little Feat, he was a major writer on Let It Roll; the band’s grammy nominated 1989 album, Representing The Mombo (1991), and Shake Me Up”, (1993). From 1999-2001 Fuller lived in Nashville and wrote for Big Yellow Dog publishing. A father of four, he currently divides his time between Pinehurst, North Carolina and Nashville while performing 25-30 shows a year mostly with PPL but also a Solo act and a guest with Little Feat.
Patrick Fuller is the son of singer songwriter Craig Fuller and Dr. Victoria DeVito, who currently holds an assistant professorship at Vanderbilt University. Patrick has been performing since he was 17 years old and has been writing his own songs almost for as long. Born in Vancouver WA, he has moved around a lot in his early years and has experienced more American culture than most adults twice his age. He has been inflluenced by a wide variety of music and draws on those influences in each of his compositions. Patrick has lived in Pinehurst since 2001 and is currently a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill.
Tift Merritt in Concert
Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 8:00 to 10:00 pm
R.E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines, NC
Admission $25 per person • Tickets can be purchased at the event
Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist whose music defies categorization. Her uniquely satisfying stew of rock and roll, soul, folk and country has record stores scratching their heads and audiences dancing in the aisles and telling their friends. Born in Houston, her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Tift grew up. She has released two studio albums—Bramble Rose (2002) and Tambourine (2004); and her third studio album, Another Country, was released in 2008. This event is presented by the Arts Council of Moore County and the Moore County Historical Association and made possible by Merritt's friend and MCHA Board Member, Nancy Blount.
Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession
Sunday, March 28, 2010 • 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Old Bethesda Church, 1020 Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen, NC
Admission $15 per person • Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Shaw House
A gritty one-woman play starring Jane Holding, adapted for the stage by Holding and Allan Gurganus from his best selling novel "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All." A remarkable woman reveals her secrets one by one, in this harrowing and hilarious comedy about wars, both Civil and domestic. The story focuses on Lucy who marries a Civil War veteran. Though the war is long since finished, Lucy's husband remains haunted by it until the end of his life. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City.


Natural Areas Should Be Preserved

Windows Live Hotmail: "Long-time friend and supporter of the Conservation Council, Pearson H. Stewart, died on March 14. Pearson was one of the State's original urban planners; he was the executive director of the Research Triangle Park and Assistant Secretary for Planning for the NC Department of Transportation, and instrumental in getting the Triangle J Council of Government started. Pearson was a firm believer that natural areas should be preserved and in became one of the founders of the Triangle Land Conservancy. His legacy will live on."


April Fools tonight, Wine Cellar, 7

The April Fools are playing at the Wine Cellar tonight, 7PM. Come celebrate the first night of Spring!!!

The Fools won first place as a band at High Falls Fiddler's Convention last week so they should be red hot and raring to go.  Note, the April Fools are especially good role models for children and/or adults who need guidance in the ways of the world.

[AND the Fools are playing April 17, opening day of Farmers' Market, downtown Sou. Pines!]


Farmers Speak Up


Important Site


Palustris Events via SCC

The Inaugural Palustris Festival

Sandhills Community College Palustris Event Line-Up 2010
Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28 2010
Many Events are Free to the Public,
Maximum Event Ticket Price $25.00
For more information and to buy tickets online for the events (including events held at SCC) go to www.palustrisfestival.com
Information about SCC Palustris Events is also available by calling SCC Fine Arts Professor Denise Baker at (910) 695-3879.

SCC Palustris Events:
Lecture: Southern Culture: What We Learn from the Food We Eat
Professor Ray Linville
Thursday, March 25 - 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Children (12+) welcome.
Cost: Free
Ray Linville, Sandhills Community College's associate professor of English & Humanities, will explore food ways of the South that make it a region distinct from other areas of the U.S. Learn about the historical, political, socioeconomics and other cultural connections of our cuisine--from okra and grits to sweet potato casserole and pecan pie. How is culture indentified in the eating habits and food choices of the South?

Lecture: Southern Pines: The History of Moore County Early Settlers
Ray Owen, Historian
Thursday, March 25 - 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
The SCC Palustris experience settles in for an analysis of the early residents of Moore County, a session sure to shake a few limbs on the family tree of some participants. Come and find out more about the heritage of Moore County with historian Ray Owen.

Pottery Talk & Demo with the Seagrove Area Potters Association
Will McCanless
Thursday, March 25 - 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
Will McCanless of McCanless Pottery and representative from the Seagrove Area Potters Association (SAPA) will share the uniqueness of Seagrove area pottery with examples and demonstrations.

Art Exhibit at SCC's Hastings Gallery: What We Love About Where We Live
Photographs from Across the Atlantic
Professor Denise Baker
Thursday, March 25 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SCC Campus, Hastings Art Gallery, Boyd Library
Cost: Free
Children are Welcome.
This international photography exhibit will showcase the new Sister City commitment between Southern Pines/Moore County and Newry/County Down in Northern Ireland. The exhibit will include photos by members of the Sandhills Photography Club and the Warrenpoint Photography Club. Refreshments and music will be provided.

Southern Culture Dinner in the Pines
SCC Culinary Department
Thursday, March 25 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
SCC Campus, Little Hall, Russell Dining Room
Cost: $25.00
Reservations Required - Please call Lavada Alsbrook at 695-3796 or tickets may be purchased from the Palustris website.
Just when you think your hunger for Southern culture has been met, the SCC Culinary Program spoons up its own version of "closing time" with its Southern Culture Dinner in the Pines. Yum! Enjoy a authentic Southern buffet prepared by the SCC Culinary Technology program. Food will focus on local foods, cuisine and culture. We will feature a slow cooked hog from Cane Creek Farm in Siler City, Beans, Hush Puppies, Slaw, Southern sweet rolls, pies, tea and much more, including a live band. We hold a pig pickin once a semester and they are always immensely popular. You can sit in our comfortable dining room, out on the front patio under the umbrellas, or you can take a box or two home with you to share with your family.

PineStraws Writers in the Garden
James Dodson, Steve Bouser, and special guest Emily Harrison Wilson
As well as PineStraw Contributors: Stephen Smith, Deborah Soloman, Megan Shore and Ashley Wahl
Friday, March 26 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
SCC Campus, Ball Visitors Center, SCC Horticulture Gardens
Cost: Free
Children are Welcome.
In the tranquil setting of the Sandhills Community College Gardens, PineStraw Magazine presents "Writers in the Garden," featuring James Dodson, Steve Bouser, and special guest Emily Herring Wilson reading from new works, plus selected readings by PineStraw Contributors, Stephen Smith, Deborah Soloman, Megan Shore and Ashley Wahl.

SCC Gardens Guided Tour
Sandhills Horticultural Society
Friday, March 26 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SCC Campus, Ball Visitors Center, SCC Horticulture Gardens
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome
Children are Welcome
Please direct questions to Tricia Mabe, 695-3882
The Sandhills Horticultural Society will lead tours of the 32-acre garden on the campus of Sandhills Community College. This garden includes a diverse variety of plants and garden styles, from a formal English garden to a Japanese garden. Tours will be guided on the hour.

Lecture: Southern Literature: The Southern Literary Renaissance
Professor Larry Allen
Friday, March 26 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
The Southeast region's literary renaissance is the focus of this session designed as a patchwork of prose and poetry from our beloved South. Larry Allen, Sandhills Community College's Department Chair and language professor, will examine the explosion of literary activity that emerged from the South following WWI.
Lecture: Southern Films: Southern Character & Caricature in Films
Professor Ron Layne, SCC Dean of Instruction
Friday, March 26 - 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
SCC takes a visual romp through American cinema in search of the best and worst depictions of the Southern Belle and Beau, the Snopes and the Stellas, the hucksters and the hardworking sharecroppers that Hollywood has used to define the Southern Spirit. Ron Layne, SCC's Dean of Instruction and language professor, will explore the depiction of Southerners in film. Lecture will include a series of film clips with interspersed commentary.

We hope to see you on campus enjoying our wonderful line-up of SCC Events for the Inaugural Palustris Festival!

Thank you!
Denise Baker
Professor, Fine Arts
Sandhills Community College
(910) 695-387


Farewell, Granny D

Doris "Granny D" Haddock died peacefully today in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was 100 years old. Born in 1910 in Laconia, New Hampshire, she attended Emerson College and lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She was an activist for her community and for her country, remaining active until the return of chronic respiratory problems four days ago.
She walked across the United States at the age of 90 in the year 2000, in a successful effort to promote the passage of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. In 2004, Granny D decided to challenge incumbent Senator Judd Gregg for his US Senate seat. She hoped to demonstrate that ordinary people can run for office and win with the support of small donations from individuals. Despite a shortened, grassroots campaign without the benefit of any advertising dollars, Granny D garnered an impressive 34% of the vote.
During the past year five years, Granny D has traveled the country speaking about campaign finance reform and working on behalf of legislation for publicly-funded elections in New Hampshire. In the 1960s, she and her husband, James Haddock, Sr., were instrumental in halting planned nuclear tests that would have destroyed a native fishing village and region in Alaska.
She raised two children, including the late Elizabeth Lawrenz of Washington D.C., and a son, Jim Haddock, who survives her and, with his wife, Libby, was at her side during many of her great adventures, including the final one today. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
A public memorial service will be held this summer.


Beware the Super Bugs




Biking, Greenways, Southern Pines

Mar. 16, 6 - 8 pm, Sou. Pines Elementary School auditorium

• Help shape the future of your community by talking with your neighbors, city staff, and project consultants about how make the Town of Southern Pines more bicycle-friendly.
• Provide input and learn about the Town of Southern Pines Bicycle Transportation Plan.
• For more info, and to fill out the online comment form, visit:


Movie, Mar. 11

Moore County Sustainable Film Series
"Addicted to Plastic"
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
6:30-8:00 PM
Sandhills Community College
Dempsey Student Center, Clement Dining Room


Renewable Energies in NC

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 1:00 PM
Ball Center, Sandhills Community College

"Renewable Energy Opportunities for North Carolina". Presentation by Alex Hobbs, Ph.D. followed by a discussion on renewable energy with community members to include: Ray Ogden, Moore County Economic Development/Partners for Progress; Joey Raczkowski, Moore County
Planning and Development; Bill Smith, Southern Pines (Automotive/Alternative Fuels); Jay Snyder, First Health; Dr. Larry Upchurch, Moore County Schools.
Dr. Hobbs directs the NC Solar Center Renewable Technologies Program for research, development and deployment of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts as well as efforts to improve energy efficiency programs in residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture business sectors.

This programs is sponsored by the AAUW.

Depression Manufactured

Gary Greenberg: "Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease"
Is depression manufactured? Two decades after the introduction of antidepressants, it's become commonplace to assume that our sadness can be explained in terms of a disease called depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 14 million Americans suffer from major depression every year and more than three million suffer from minor depression. Some 30 million Americans take antidepressants at a cost of over $10 billion a year.
Gary Greenberg argues that while depression can be debilitating, it has also been largely manufactured by doctors and drug companies as a medical condition with a biological cause that can be treated with prescription medication.