S.P. Veterans Parade
The annual Southern Pines Veterans Parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., in downtown Southern Pines, hosted by Sandhills Veterans Festival.
The vintage military aircraft of The Bandit Flight Team will fly over and the precision Skydiving Angels from The Children of Fallen Heroes drop in, literally. Marching bands, ROTC groups, active-duty soldiers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, fire trucks, antique vehicles and of course, American veterans will be part of the parade.
The parade will proceed rain or shine.
Parade to the Park
Following the Veterans Parade, “Parade to the Park,” at Downtown Park in Southern Pines, features live music provided by the 82nd Airborne Division rock band as well as food trucks. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Heritage Flag Co. in Southern Pines is teaming up with parade organizers to host the event, along with Cooper Ford and Cox’s Double Eagle Harley Davidson and the town of Southern Pines.
The Moore County Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter No. 966, has a display of American flags set up at the West End Fire and Rescue Department, 4203 N.C. 73 and N.C. 211. Although the flags are already flying, the opening ceremony will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. The flags will be displayed through Nov. 16.
5K Freedom Run and Chili Cook-Off
O’Donnell’s Pub is hosting the annual So Pines Freedom 5K Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A run, jog or walk for all ages takes place through the streets of Southern Pines. Registration is $30, which includes a T-shirt, spoon to sample the chili at the annual chili cook-off, which follows and for those 21 and over, an ice cold beer. Register at www.eventbrite.com.
The chili cook-off is from noon to 3 p.m. Entry is $5 for ages 12 and up the day of the event. This includes a spoon and voting material.
Proceeds support Special Forces Chapter No. 62, a local nonprofit supporting the U.S. Special Forces and its soldiers.
O’Donnell’s is located at 133 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines.
BlueVass Music Festival and Car Show
The fifth annual BlueVass Music Festival and Car Show, sponsored by Vass American Legion Post No. 296, will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Vass-Lakeview Elementary School, Holly Street.
The free event includes music, a car show, a corn hole tournament, and a performance by the Quick Silver Cloggers. There will be chicken and rice plates available for purchase.
There will also be two raffle drawings. Tickets will be available for the raffles up until the drawing, which is at 7 p.m.
The Moore County Concert Band’s Veterans Day Concert will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Carolina Hotel.
The theme is “Concert in the Park,” with guest soloists Taylor Hickey, soprano, and Dr. Joseph Van Hassell, xylophone.
Arrive early for best seating and parking. For information, call (910) 692-7012 or visit www.moorecountyband.org
Veterans Day Service
The Sandhills chapter of the Military Offices Association of America (MOAA) is hosting its annual Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Dundee Road in Pinehurst.
“This event is non-denominational and is open to all who wish to honor the sacrifices that veterans and their families have made to ensure the freedoms Americans enjoy today,” says a spokesman.
The event will have participants from multiple organizations such as the Quilts of Valor, Union Pines Junior ROTC, active duty and reserve service members, and clergy from several local churches making this a truly all-encompassing event.
The documentary “Fruits of Peace” will be screened at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines as part of this year’s Sandhills Veterans Festival.
Two families struggle to pick up the pieces and repair the damage done by a long, violent Vietnam War, and they find themselves forever connected.
Immediately following the screening, there will be a one-hour talk and question-and-answer session with the filmmaker and families.
Roy and Van Grubb, sons of USAF LTC Wilmer Grubb (MIA/POW/DIC) and Evelyn Grubb, National Coordinator of the National League of POIW-MIA families will be present, along with Pham Duc Du of the anti-aircraft unit.
Veterans Day Concert
The SCC Jazz and Union Pines Veterans Day Concert will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at the new Bradshaw Performing Arts Center at SCC. The concert is free.
Team Workz, a local organization advocating for the homeless, will present a free resource fair Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines.
“Come meet organizations that work with the homeless, learn more about the homeless and unsheltered in Moore County and how you can help and meet the TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) making a difference,” says a spokesman.
There will be refreshments, door prizes and a raffle.
For more information, visit www.teamworkz.org.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, at 12:55 p.m., The Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines will present live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, “Madama Butterfly.”
Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging features soprano Hui He in the title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton, baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.
The estimated run time is 3 hours and 32 minutes.
Tickets are $27 and may be purchased at the door.
The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-8501 or visit www.sunrisetheater.com for further information.
Bottle and Bingo
The O’Neal School is hosting Bottles and Bingo Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, 1005 Midland Road, Southern Pines.
This is an event to raise funds for its Annual Benefit Auction Wine Pull. In recent years, a selection of wine (at a value of $25 or more) is drawn by the bottle with a $25 purchase. The Bottles and Bingo event is raising funds to purchase the wine to be included in the selection.
Tickets are $40 each and include 10 games of bingo with 10 prizes, dessert assortment and cash bar.
Some of the bingo prizes are: O'Neal Benefit Auction Ticket ($150 value), $20 Mean Bean gift card, Salon Hair Products gift basket, $100 Cool Sweats gift certificate, $50 O'Neal Falcon Gear Certificate, Bailey’s and Chocolate Basket, and more.
“Bring a bottle of wine valued at $25 or more (or 90 points or higher) to earn 3 bonus bingo cards,” says a spokesman. “In addition to the bingo prizes, there will be a door prize — a Thanksgiving Break Emergency Package — including gift certificates for pizza, hotel accommodations, local restaurants, grocery store certificate and more.”
Because of the cash bar, this is a 21 and over event.
Visit www.onealschool.org to register for the event.
The Southern Pines Library will host its Conversation Cafe at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, with the topic of “What Does the American Dream Mean to You?”
This event will be an open, hosted dialogue, lasting approximately an hour and a half. Anyone interested in the opportunity to listen, reflect, and share ideas is welcome to join, according to a spokesman.
The library is located at 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines For information, call (910) 692-8235.
The Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 11th season as the headline public event in the dedication of Moore County’s newly renovated Bradshaw Performing Arts Center on the campus of Sandhills Community College.
The orchestra will play Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly restored Owens Auditorium, one of four parts to the Bradshaw PAC.
The November concerts feature Maestro David Michael Wolff playing piano and conducting, and visiting artist, the virtuoso violinist Natasha Korsakova, a coveted guest for national and international orchestras. Korsakova, of Russian-Greek decent, is one of the most popular violinists of her generation and will be playing an 1870 Stradivarius-Vuillaume "Messiah" violin. Playing with a youthful flair, her ability has been described as a “sinfully beautiful listening experience.” Under Maestro Wolff’s leadership, the orchestra has rapidly grown from a small chamber orchestra into one of the leading symphony orchestras in the region.
Tickets are available at carolinaphil.yapsody.com.