A look back — 1940 Photo courtesy of UNCP Public Relations
Two sets of girls practice the May Pole in 1940 at Pembroke State College. Many Native American schools would gather there for May Day celebrations with games, stunts and a picnic, as well as crowning the May Queen and doing the May Pole dance.
Photo courtesy of UNCP Public RelationsThe Robesonian
Voting begins Monday for beautiful babies Bob Shiles
LUMBERTON — It’s once again time to vote for Robeson County’s most beautiful baby.
There are 42 babies entered in the fourth annual Most Beautiful Baby contest sponsored by the Robeson County Partnership for Children. All the contestants can be viewed inside today’s Features section of The Robesonian. They can also be viewed on the Robesonian’s website, www.robesonian.com
Voting begins Monday and continues th...
Deadline for grant program is July 1 LUMBERTON — Applications for the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program are due to the Carolina Civic Center Foundation by 5 p.m. on July 1.
Grants, given to Robeson County arts organizations, are between $2,000 and $5,000 and support local cultural projects that occur between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
A free GAP grant-writing workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 1 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater i...
Features briefs for May 8 PEMBROKE — Studio One Lab Series’ spring musical, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” will be performed from Thursday to Sunday at the Givens Performing Arts Center.
The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. On Friday, there will be an extra showing at 10 a.m.
For information, call Brie Goodwin at (910) 474-6207 or Jeanne Koonce at (910) 224-4000.
ST. PAULS — The 11th annual ...
Paper prayers Amanda Munger
PEMBROKE — Two-year-old Sadako Sasaki was living in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb dropped.
Nine years later, she developed leukemia as a result of the radiation she had been exposed to. While in the hospital, she spent her time folding origami cranes — working to create 1,000. According to Japanese legend, folding 1,000 cranes will allow a wish to be granted.
Sasaki only finished 64...
Student suggests a drive for Fairmont to aid tornado victims Staff report
FAIRMONT — The town of Fairmont is teaming up with a civic-minded college student to provide relief to areas affected by the recent tornadoes.
Ariel Campbell, a freshman at Robeson Community College, contacted city officials to begin a drive to collect items to help families in need. She will be at the Fairmont Fire Hall to collect items from 3 to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, at those times on Wednesdays and S...
Features briefs for May 4 Lioness club gets
LUMBERTON — Lois Davis, Linda Lee and Beth Sigmon were recently installed as new members of the Lumberton Lioness Club.
Davis was sponsored by Pauline Taylor, Lee was sponsored by Ann Cox and Sigmon was sponsored by Mary Halcomb.
They were installed by club President Virgie Baxley.
A look back — 1915 Kilted lassies perform the Highland Fling in front of the May Pole in 1915 as part of the May Day festivities at Flora Macdonald College.
Photo courtesy of the Robeson County History Museum
Photo courtesy of the Robeson County History MuseumThe Robesonian
‘Water for Elephants’ will open the flood gates Bring a hankie, because you’ll need it within the first five minutes of “Water for Elephants.”
Audiences are introduced first to an elderly Jacob Jankowski (Hal Holbrook). He’s standing in the rain in a parking lot where the circus had come to town for the day. With the big rig trucks packed and loaded and ready to roll back onto the highway, Jacob stands in their way. His son was supposed to pick him up that day to take him to see the circ...
‘Into the Woods’ to be performed at libraries in July e had an electronic petting zoo at the library this past week. During our monthly meeting, staff members were able to handle and play with all types of e-readers, such as Kindles, Kobos, Nooks, and Sony Readers. The majority of the staff has never touched an e-reader, so this was a chance to see up close and personal what an e-reader is and what it can do.
An e-book or e-reader is a hand-held device that allows people to store many electron...
Features briefs for May 1 Free movie at downtown plaza
LUMBERTON — The movie “Chronicles of Narnia — Prince Caspian” will be shown on the big screen at 8 p.m. on Friday in the plaza downtown.
Admission is free, and hot dogs, popcorn and soda will be for sale. Bring lawn chairs.
For information, call (910) 671-3876.
Fit, Family, Fun day on Saturday
FAIRMONT — Fit, Family, Fun Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Fairmont Community Park.
Royal meeting Contributed photo
Joanne McGill Ackerman, right, a former Fairmont resident, had lunch with Prince Charles and a tour of a village called Poundbury on Nov. 16. Prince Charles and his foundation designed and built the fully sustainable land, which may be used as a model for a development in Atlanta. Ackerman’s husband is a real estate developer. The day they met Prince Charles was the same day Prince William announced his engagement to Kate ...
Fire ants can be a hassle As a Yankee, if I had to name the one thing about the South that I detest the most, I would have to say fire ants!
I remember the first time I was bitten. I was walking through the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University for one of my classes when I felt this insane itching and burning on my toe. I started freaking out as any normal non-insect person would do.
My fellow classmates looked at me a little funny, and then one of...
Literary festival planning under way attended my first Chancellor’s Installation recently at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. It was truly inspiring and uplifting. To see all of those graduates with cap and gown in the various colors of their majors and schools gave me goosebumps. Now I’m itching to get my doctorate. I wonder if I have the energy?
Plans are under way for the Book ’Em Literacy Festival of North Carolina. I have been working diligently with key peop...