Here’s what’s going on in the Fayetteville area the week of May 3 – News – The Fayetteville Observer


Live Music Friday: May 3, Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagram. The Sand Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Gates open at 6. Admission: $15 per person. Must be 21 or older. Parties of eight or more can make prepaid reservations. 910-369-0411 

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Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart: Saturday, 2 p.m., Capitol Encore Adademy, 126 Hay St. Performance depicts the courage, determination and perseverance of Jackie Robinson. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call the Arts Council at 910-323-1776.

Dance Around the Maypole: Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., 1897 Poe House, 801 Arsenal Ave. Guests can observe or participate in the maypole dance, make flower crowns and sing May Day songs. Free. 910-500-4244 or 910-323-1776.


Rooster’s Wife: May 9, 6:46 p.m., at Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Mike Compton and Joe Newberry dig deep into old country and blues. Tickets are $15 to $20. 910-944-7502 or

Alive After Five: Summer concert series begins May 9 in downtown Lumberton. A variety of bands perform live each Thursday through June 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Third and Chestnut streets. On May 9, see Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot.

Gathering at Given: May 9, 3:30 p.m. at Given Memorial Library and 7 p.m. at Given Book Shop, both on Cherokee Road in Pinehurst. Dolores Muller presents “Successful Gardening in the Sandhills.” 910-295-6022

“Souvenir”: The Judson Theatre Company production runs May 9-12 at Hannah Center Theatre, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. “Souvenir” is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, one of opera’s most unforgettable stars. For showtimes and tickets go to or email [email protected] for more information.

N.C. Folk Arts Festival: May 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown St. Pauls. Arts, crafts, pottery show and sale, music, food vendors, kids activities.

Comics, Toys and Hobby Show: May 11, 10 a.m., Biggs Park Mall, Lumberton. Learn more at 910-671-0028

Carthage Buggy Festival: May 11, Courthouse Square, Carthage. The 31st annual Carthage Buggy Festival and Benefit Car and Truck Show features 1984 and older American-made vehicles, a 50/50 drawing and more. Proceeds benefit local charities, including Sandhills Teen Challenge. Advance registration is $15, day of show is $20. Information and registration form at


Derby Run: May 18, 7 a.m., Terry Sanford High School, 2301 Fort Bragg Road. Event features 5k/10k runs through Haymount to raise money for the Child Advocacy Center, Cy’s World Foundation and Justin Richard Lopes Memorial Scholarship. Awards for top three overall, top three in each age category, best costume, best decorated hat, best decorated stroller, first dog to finish and more. Register at

Field of Honor: May 18 through June 22, Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 100 Bragg Blvd. Flags will fly on the museum parade grounds in honor or in memory of military personnel. To sponsor a flag, go to, or call 910-643-2778 for information.

Ms. N.C. Senior America Pageant: May 18, 7 p.m., Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines. Mature contestants from around the state will compete; the winner will represent N.C. at the national pageant in October. Tickets are $10, available by calling 910-944-8171 or emailing [email protected].

Farmers on the Green: May 21, 6:30 p.m., Pinehurst Village Green. N.C. food prepared by Chef Mark Elliott. Tickets are $80 per person, available at Tufts Archives or Ticket Me Sandhills. Proceeds benefit Given Memorial Library. 910-295-3642

Carolina Philharmonic: May 22, 7:30 p.m., Lee Auditorium, Southern Pines. “The Cosmos and Beyond” is a symphonic tour of galactic music. Tickets are $11 to $60 and are available at or call 910-687-0287.


The Met: Live in HD: May 11, noon, Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines. See “Dialogues des Carmelites” from the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are $27.


Origami in the Garden: Opening ceremony is Sunday, 2 p.m., at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Learn the history of this art form through a traveling collection of metal sculptures inspired by folded paper art. The exhibit will be open through September. 910-486-0221

An Evening with Authors: Monday, 7 p.m., Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Local authors talk about their books and answer questions. 910-295-6022

Picturing America’s Pastime: Through May 11 at the Arts Council, 301 Hay St. A collection of 51 photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Group tours available through May 9; call 910-323-1776.


Yogurt Making: May 9, 10 a.m. to noon, Cumberland Cooperative Extension, 301 E. Mountain Drive. Make simple, healthy yogurt at home using a few simple ingredients. Registration and $10 fee due by May 3. Class size limited. 910-321-6405

Shine a Light on Crisis Intervention: May 10-11, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., BB&T Workforce Development Center, Robeson Community College, Lumberton. Crisis intervention training for first responders, caregivers, and others, sponsored by Southeastern Health, the Southeastern Health Foundation, Eastpointe and Robeson Community College. First responders receive six hours of CU credit from RCC. Register at or call 910-272-1177 for more information.


Story Time: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Ages 3-5 years hear a story and make a craft.

Children’s Book Week: Through Sunday at Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Activities include Saturday kids, 10 a.m. to noon. 910-295-6022

Go Fly a Kite: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., Lake Rim Park. Children of all ages make a kite and fly it. Materials and instruction provided. Register at 910-433-1018.

Wildlings-Pond Life: May 11, 10 a.m., Weymouth Woods. Ages 6-10 explore aquatic life with hands-on activities at a real pond. 910-692-2167

Spring Sprouts: May 17, 10 a.m., Weymouth Woods. Ages 3-5 with a parent learn about the life cycle of plants, read a book, make a craft. 910-692-2167


Animal Feedings: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Clark Park Nature Center, 631 Sherman Drive. For all ages; free.

Campfire Program: May 3, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Clark Park. Families gather around a campfire for an evening of s’mores, storytelling and fun. Bring water and a flashlight. $5. Register by call 910-433-1579.

Butterfly Hunt: May 9, 4:30 p.m., Clark Park. Learn about butterflies and caterpillars and how to attract them. Free. Register at 910-433-1579.

Plant Appreciation Walking Group: May 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Clark Park, 631 Sherman Drive. Meet other plant lovers as you walk the trails. Adults and mature children age 12 and older. Free. Call to register. 910-433-1579

Pitcher Plant Hike: May 12, 3 p.m., Weymouth Woods. Join a ranger for a one-mile hike to see three kinds of pitcher plants. Wear long pants and use insect repellent. 910-692-2167

Bird Appreciation Walking Group: May 14, 8:15 to 9:30 a.m., Clark Park, 631 Sherman Drive. Bring binoculars and meet other bird lovers. Adults and children age 12 and older. Free. Call to register. 910-433-1579

Wild About Woodpeckers: May 18, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Journey to Weymouth Woods to look for red cockaded woodpeckers and five other species of woodpeckers, then have lunch at an area restaurant. Take van from Clark Park or travel on your own. Cost is $5 per person, adults and mature children age 8 and older; bring a snack, water, hiking shoes and money for lunch. Register at 910-433-1579.

Prehistoric Technology: May 18, 9 to 11 a.m., Clark Park. Learn to use a spear thrower and how it advanced hunting technology. Adults and children age 8 and older; $5 per person. Register at 910-433-1579.

Whitewater Rafting Trip: June 15-16, travel from Lake Rim to West Virginia to raft the Lower New River. Explore attractions and do some hiking before tackling the class III-IV rapids. Cost is $150 per person; registration due by May 10. Cost includes transportation, rafting, bunkhouse style lodging and two meals on June 16. Space is limited. 910-433-1018

Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest: 4803 Sweet Home Church Road, Elizabethtown. The only N.C. educational state forest in the Coastal Plains region features workshops, classes, exhibits, trails and picnic facilities. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays by reservation. 910-588-4161

Cape Fear River Trail: The 5.3-mile paved trail for walkers, joggers and bicyclists can be accessed at Treetop Drive, Eastwood Avenue or Sherman Drive. A map is available at To schedule a golf cart tour for seniors and persons with limited physical abilities, call 910-433-1579.  


House in the Horseshoe: 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. The Revolutionary War era house was the site of a skirmish between Whigs and Tories in 1781. The site features the house and other historic structures, exhibits, a gift shop and a picnic area. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 910-947-2051.

Heritage Square: The Sandford House, Oval Ballroom and Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House make up the museum grounds called Heritage Square. It is open for tours on an appointment basis. All three buildings are on the National Register for Historical Properties. Call 910-483-6009 to schedule a tour.

To have an event posted in this calendar, email [email protected] or write to Kathy Barnes, The Fayetteville Observer, P.O. Box 849,8Fayetteville, NC 28302. Items must be submitted in writing at least 10 days in advance. To add a listing to the online calendar, go to For more information, call 910-486-3500 or 800-682-3476, ext. 500.








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