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    A New Year at WeymouthThank you for making 2014 an exciting year at Weymouth! 2015 brings new opportunities to support Weymouth and become involved. Our winter newsletter highlights upcoming programs and events, and also introduces a new committee, the Young Affiliates at Weymouth. Just as the Boyds built relationships statewide, one of our goals this year is to strengthen our partnerships with other organizations and businesses that make this area such a special place. We appreciate the support of Mark Elliott who, during January and February, is donating 10% of Sunday dinner sales at Elliotts on Linden to Weymouth. We hope you will help us spread the word. With best wishes for the new year,Abigail DowdExecutive Director

    WEYMOUTH CENTERfor the Arts & Humanities

    2015 Winter Newsletter

  • The Moore County Hounds at WeymouthSaturday, January 24 & Saturday, February 21 at 9amThe Moore County Hounds return to their historic beginnings at Weymouth. This annual tradition is an opportunity for the public to see the horses and hounds leave for The Hunt. All are welcome to attend.

    Annual MeetingWednesday, March 11 from 5:00 to 6:30pmMembers are invited to join the Friends of Weymouth Board of Directors and Executive Director for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Highlights and accomplishments of the past year and upcoming plans for 2015-16 will be presented, followed by a reception.This is an opportunity to meet the board and Weymouth staff, and find out more ways to get involved.

    Young Musicians Festival Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15The Young Musicians Festival will be held Saturday, March 14, and the Finalists Concert on Sunday, March 15, at 3 pm in the Great Room. David Heid, piano and vocal professor at Duke University, and Dr. Fabian Lopez, Professor of Violin at UNC-Greensboro, will be the Adjudicators. The Festival is open to young musicians in grades four through eight in Moore, Lee, Hoke, Cumberland, Scotland, and Montgomery counties. Ralph and Vivian Jacobson are sponsoring the Festival for the third consecutive year.

    27th Annual Moore County Writers Competition Students and residents of Moore County are invited to participate in the Moore County Writers Competition for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The submission deadline is Friday, February 27. Submissions will be judged by professional North Carolina writers. Winners receive cash prizes and will be honored at an authors reception ceremony on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm. Entries are also published in a special writers publication. A project of the Weymouth Center, this program is generously underwritten by the Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Foundation. Visit our website for guidelines.

    NC Poetry Society hosts Sam Ragan Day at Weymouth Saturday, March 21, free and open to the publicCelebrate with the NC Poetry Society in remembering Sam Ragan. Weymouths first president and North Carolinas first Poet Laureate, Ragan was instrumental in founding the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame at Weymouth. The day will include poetry readings and talks by Fred Chappell, Joseph Bathanti, Lenard Moore, Tony Abbott, Cathy Smith Bowers and Shelby Stephenson.

    Support Weymouth at Elliotts on LindenSundays, January & FebruaryIn 2015, Elliotts on Linden, including The Roost, will be open on Sundays for dinner. Mark Elliott will be donating 10% of Sunday's sales back to the Weymouth Center during the months of January and February. Enjoy fresh-farm dishes prepared by award-winning chef, Mark Elliott, and help support Weymouth.

    Weymouth in the NewsWould Boyd Still View Us As the Hope of the World?by Steve BouserThe Pilot NewspaperOctober 2014

    Literary Hall of Fame to Induct Four Poets by Faye Dasen The Pilot NewspaperOctober 7, 2014

    Zane: Despite political polarity, traditions connect us still by J. Peder Zane The News & ObserverOctober 7, 2014

    Congratulations to our new North Carolina Poet LaureateGov. Pat McCrory has announced the appointment of Shelby Stephenson as North Carolina's poet laureate. Shelby is past president of Weymouth and was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in October 2014.

  • Francis MayesSunday, April 19, time and price to be determinedWidely published novelist, poet and essayist, Frances Mayes will present her latest book Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, a coming-of-age in Georgia memoir. Well known as the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, Mayes work and contribution to the North Carolina literary scene has been highlighted recently in the New York Times and Our State Magazine. What better setting than Weymouth in the springtime to meet this highly acclaimed writer and celebrate her latest book on growing up in the South. More details coming soon.

    Chamber Music Concert Series The 2014-15 concert series continues on Sunday, January 18 with one of Americas distinguished chamber music ensembles. Now in its 19th season, Zephyros Winds brings together five of the finest wind virtuosos of our time: James Roe, oboe; Jennifer Grim, flute; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Saxton Rose, bassoon; and Zohar Schondorf, horn. This concert is sponsored in part by an anonymous donor.February brings a benefit concert to support the Chamber Music Concerts on Sunday, February 22. Four-time Grammy Award Winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. A North Carolina native, Dean appears regularly with many distinguished international orchestras. He will be performing works by Dowland, Schubert, Chausson, Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Rorem, and Arlen. Allison Gagnon, piano professor at the UNC School of the Arts, will be his accompanist. This concert is sponsored in part by Norris Hodgkins, Milton and Elaine Sills, and James Williford. Admission for this benefit concert is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers.The Palmis Trio will perform on Sunday, March 29. Established in 2013, the Palmis Trio is an international ensemble with Pamela Smits, cello, from Holland; Sabine Simon, piano, from Germany; and Allan Ware, clarinet, from the United States. The Weymouth concert features Beethoven's famous "Gassenhauer" Trio in B-flat major,op. 11 (1798), and the legendary Trio, in A minor, op. 114 (1890) by Johannes Brahms. This concert is sponsored in part by Ralph and Vivian Jacobson.Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg returns by popular request on Sunday, April 12. Called ''protean and refined'' by the New York Times, Moscow native Dmitri Shteinberg, Artist Teacher of Piano at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will be performing works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Ravel. This concert is sponsored in part by Rita DiNapoli.All concerts are held at 3pm, followed by a reception. Tickets to the January, March and April concerts are free for members, $15 for non-members.

    New: The Young Aliates of WeymouthThe Young Affiliates of Weymouth is a new committee committed to the growth and preservation of the Weymouth Center through community events and fundraising. This years mission is to raise awareness and boost membership by creating a summer concert series during June, July and August. Each concert will be held on the last Thursday of the month. The Young Affiliates of Weymouth is co-chaired by Schuyler Schulman and Morgan Hawk and already consists of a dedicated group of members. Meetings are currently held on the last Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30PM. We welcome new members and meetings are open to all. Contact Schuyler Shulman to for more information at Schuyler.Shulman@pinehurst.com.

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  • James Boyd Library & Book ClubAnother book with James Boyds book label has shown up, in Wisconsin! First edition of the first complete English translation of Nikolai Gogols unfinished novel Dead Souls; current value $3200. Weymouth has many literary links that are not always obvious. One of the first in the Writers-in-Residence program was Guy Owen, (remember the Flim-Flam Man?), also among the first inductees into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Shelby Stephenson, just announced as North Carolina Poet Laureate, was a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, and one of the first Presidents of the Friends of Weymouth.Book Club choices for spring are Elizabeth Daniels Squire, Samm-Art Williams, Randall Jarrell, Sam Ragan, and Burke Davis. See the Schedule of Events for details. The Boyd Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2pm, and all are welcome. For more information, contact Dotty Starting at minerva44@embarqmail.com.

    Fine Arts Lecture Series: American Families - The Peales, Wyeths & Tollivers Presented together with the Arts Council of Moore CountyThe spring lecture series will focus on three American families of artists and the role that the bonds of kinship and a family work ethic played in nurturing creativity in succeeding generations.Thursday, March 19 at 10 am. Dr. Molly Gwinn presents Founding Artists: The Peales of Philadelphia.Thursday, April 9 at 10 am. Denise Baker presents The Wyeth Family: An American Vision.Thursday, May 7 at 10 am. Dr. Carmen McCann presents Mose & Annie Tolliver: Expressions of Self-Taught Southern Artists.Lectures are held at the Weymouth Center. Tickets are $11 for Weymouth and ACMC members, $16 for nonmembers. Prices include the new NC Sales Tax of 6.75%. Space is limited so register now with full payment at the Arts Councils office or by calling 910-692-ARTS.

    Weymouth Dirt GardenersThe Weymouth Dirt Gardeners are getting ready for their annual Plant Sale, to be held on Saturday, April 11 from 9 am to 1 pm. We appreciate your donations of garden-related items for our Garden White Elephant tab