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Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater Presents: 3 Redneck Tenors – Down Home Laughs, Big City Music

April 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the Tenor Genre. Their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall: down home laughs with big city music! Written by opera veteran Matthew Lord, with music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler, 3 Redneck Tenors have been thrilling audiences since 2006.

Ticketing Information
Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash noon-6pm Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance.

Mainstage Series tickets are $25. Starting this season for our Mainstage Series, we now have package discounts when you purchase four, five or six shows at the same time. The more you buy the more you save! We also have a senior and military discount of $22 for each mainstage show, while tickets for members of Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s PrivilegesPlus program are only $20 per show. Students are $10.  For details about joining PrivilegesPlus please visit its web page at .  Group rate is $17 per ticket with advance purchase of ten or more at same time, and are available by contacting the box office. All ticket prices now include 7% sales tax on nonprofit attraction ticket sales as required by the North Carolina General Assembly as of January 1, 2013.



The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is a beautifully-restored 1928 treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places that offers visitors a unique and visually stunning experience. The theater is located at 315 North Chestnut Street in the heart of downtown Lumberton.  First opened as a vaudeville and silent film house, the theater offers a wide array of programming including live touring performances, original productions, art exhibits, films, special events and rentals. For more information visit

Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC 28358 United States


(910) 738-4339




30th Annual Carthage Buggy Festival 

May 12, 2018 


Started in 1988, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina. The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory that, from the mid 1800’s to the 1920’s.produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. The festival is held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. With an attendance last year of approximately 20, 000, the Buggy Festival has grown to one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region. 

The Buggy Festival grew out of suggestion that Carthage, the County Seat of Moore County, needed to stage an event that would draw attention to its history. Focusing on the buggies seemed like a natural direction. Each year, it seems that more and more buggies are on hand for festival-goers to view.  

There is only one building remaining of the famed factory that flourished in Carthage until after World War I. A fire destroyed one building in 1905, and in 1976 the biggest fire in the Town’s history claimed all but one section. The town now owns the remaining building and is in the process of maintaining the building while planning for its future.   

The Tyson and Jones Factory may have gone up in smoke, but from the ashes, its memory has been preserved. Each year, the Carthage Buggy Festival is attended by Moore County residents, as well as neighboring counties and even neighboring states.  The history and character of “Sweet Carthage” can be witnessed by all who attend.   

The festival is held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day every year and over 124 food and craft vendors line the streets of downtown Carthage surrounding the Historic Courthouse, tempting festival attendees. A stage is set up to provide live entertainment from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Musical acts include gospel, bluegrass, beach, rock and blues music. 

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Wesley Pines Retirement Community will host a Public Reading on Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m. in the Ruby D. McMillan Fellowship Center. Lumberton native and published author Jill McCorkle has taught a creative writing class to Wesley Pines residents each month over the past three years. Jill has helped residents shape their own life experiences into stories which will be shared at this event.

This reading is open to the community and everyone is welcome to attend.

Wesley Pines Retirement Community is the areas only continuing care retirement community offering independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. To find out more about the Public Reading or to learn more about the community please call Amy Hammond at (910)738-9691 or visit the website at www.

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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.



In honor of Valdese celebrating 125 years since their founding in 1893, the Valdese Public Arts Commission and the Town of Valdese have come together to create a commemorative art piece that will be located across from Valdese Town Hall on Massel Avenue. The art installation will depict the arrival of the original Waldensian settlers who came to Valdese on May 29th, 1893 as they departed the “No. 11” train at the Valdese Depot.
The installation will be created by the artists of Oak Hill Iron & Wood of Morganton and will feature a full scale train and silhouettes of original settlers made out of iron. Standing between twelve and fifteen feet tall and extending parallel to Massel Avenue for over thirty feet, the installation will honor those who founded Valdese. The original settlers will be listed on a bronze plaque which will be created by the Waldensian Heritage Museum. The project will be installed during the summer months of 2018 and will make its debut at the Waldensian Festival on August 11th, 2018.
The cost for the installation has been pledged by the Valdese Public Arts Commission, the Town of Valdese, and Waldensian Heritage Museum. The Valdese Public Art Commission would like to request your support for this tremendous project. Your contributions will be used for landscaping, lighting and a boardwalk extension. Those interested in making a donation can mail or bring check or cash to the Waldensian Heritage Museum or the Valdese Community Affairs Office located at the Old Rock School. No donation is too big or too small and any support you provide will be greatly appreciated. Your tax deductible contributions will add additional features to the installation and will help to make this project even more of an iconic image for the Town of Valdese. Help us celebrate 125 years of our hometown!
Project updates will be available at | For inquiries about the project please call 828-879-2129




 Prelude: Union General Ambrose E. Burnside’s Division captured Roanoke Island on February 8, 1862. This success provided the Union forces with an excellent base for their next operation, the capture of New Bern

     Action: On March 12, 1862, Union land and naval forces under joint command of General Burnside and Commodore S. C. Rowan, arrived at the mouth of Slocum’s Creek. Early on March 13 gunboats shelled the nearby woods. Soon Union infantry landed unopposed and began marching in the direction of New Bern, 16 miles northwest. 

     The Union Fleet moved up the Neuse River to Fisher’s Landing where a Confederate force, under Colonel James Sinclair, awaited the Union advance. However, the Confederates were soon driven away by heavy naval gunfire. The Union Army advanced rapidly past the undefended Croatan Earthwork, the first line of Confederate defenses. By nightfall Union troops were only 1 1/2 miles from the main Confederate line, the Fort Thompson Earthwork. 

     At 7:30 A.M. on March 14 the battle began with an attack on the Confederate left flank by General John G. Foster’s Brigade. The Confederates, ably led by General Lawrence O’B. Branch and protected by the heavy guns of Fort Thompson, were able to hold their position. 

     Soon, General Jesse L. Reno’s Brigade attacked the Confederate right flank. Here the Confederate defense line ended at the railroad. About 150 yards to the rear, ColonelZebulon B. Vance’s 26th North Carolina Regiment occupied a line of rifle pits, which extended 1/2 mile west toward Brice’s Creek. The weak spot in the Confederate line was the 150 yards of railroad track, guarded by some North Carolina Militia under Colonel H. J. B. Clark. This militia retreated immediately after being exposed to Union gunfire. The 35th North Carolina Regiment, sent to help the militia, soon followed their example. Unsuccessful in their efforts to turn the Confederate flanks, the Union forces were able to exploit this weak spot. After an initial failure, Foster’s and Reno’s troops, assisted by General John G. Parke’s Brigade, managed to occupy the Fort Thompson Line from the river to the railroad. Vance, whose men continued to resist, soon learned that the other Confederate forces were retreating toward New Bern. After some delay Vance managed to withdraw his men across Brice’s Creek in the direction of Kinston. 

     By nightfall New Bern had been occupied by Burnside’s Army. The Confederates were in full retreat toward Kinston, 35 miles inland. The victory at New Bern provided the Union Army with an excellent base strategically located on the mainland of North Carolina. The town would remain under Union control for the rest of the war. The stage was now set for the Fort Macon Campaign, March 23-April 26, 1862. 

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Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve

Featured Park for Month of April

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve is a unique window onto the longleaf pine forests that once covered millions of acres in the southeastern U.S. The towering pines – some of them hundreds of years old – tower over expanses of wiregrass and rare and intriguing species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, pine barrens tree frog, bog spicebush, fox squirrel and myriad wildflowers. A network of short, easy trails provides an outdoor classroom for ranger-led hikes that teach about this ecology or for quiet contemplation. With limited understory, the forest is a natural theater for birding and viewing wildlife. The visitor center’s museum-quality exhibits explore the longleaf forest, its flora and fauna and its unique history.


Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

1024 Ft. Bragg Road
Southern PinesNC 28387