Sandhills Woman’s Exchange reopens with new hours, events

On Wednesday, September 7, the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, will ‘reopen’ for the fall season.  The historical 1823 log cabin has several events and changes to announce.

New hours for operation for the non-profit will be Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; lunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  With many local restaurants closed on Mondays, this change may bring guests looking for a Monday lunch venue and artisan gift shopping.  Guests will notice an all new look in the front museum of the cabin.  In celebration of the cabin’s 200th  Bicentennial, volunteers Glenda Kirby and Kathy Newcomb have set the mood of 1823 with unique historical furniture, quilts, dolls, pottery, candles and pictures from the era. 

Beginning on Sept. 7, tickets will be on sale at three locations for a very unique event – Log Cabin & Gardens Tour which will be Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Scheduled rain or shine, guests will experience the history of eight area log cabins in Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Carthage.

The $25 ticket will be available at the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange and DuneBerry Resort Wear in Pinehurst and at R.Riveter in Southern Pines. Volunteer docents will be on hand at each location to explain each log cabin’s history.  Complimentary drink and dessert will be offered to all ticket holders during the tour day at the SWE. Tour Sponsors  include:  Harris Blake LLC, Pinehurst Insurance Rob McVay and Rob & Rita Menzies. 

Kicking off the new season of the popular Lunch n’ Learn events, the cabin will present ‘Making Chocolate Mousse Demo & Tasting’ by Martin Brunner, Baking and Pastry Arts Professor at SCC, on Wednesday, September 21. The program begins promptly at 10 a.m. and the Chef Katrina lunch follows at 11 a.m.  The $25 reservation for this Lunch n’ Learn can be made by calling the SWE at 910-295-4677. 

Although the SWE will now be closed on Saturdays, a free special event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, which is ‘International Day of Cardmaking.’  Susan Rodgers, experienced card crafter teaching at the Senior Center and the Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Center, will be the instructor. 

Interested participants are invited to attend one of the two sessions planned for the day – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; or 11 a.m. to 12 noon.  Fifteen adults only at each of the one-hour sessions will learn how to “Make a Card – Send a Card” through Rodgers’ guidance. Mrs. Rodgers is offering the experience free to the participating crafters who make a reservation by calling the SWE  (910-295-4677) when the cabin reopens September 7.  She suggests guests may want to “make a donation to the cabin” in her honor.  The cut-off date for reservations will be September 23 in order for Rodgers to have the required materials. 

Volunteer opportunities include: cashier volunteer in the artisan gift shop,  waitress in the Cabin Café,  garden upkeep, and a variety of volunteer committees.  Be sure to check their website www.sandhillswe.org and their Facebook page for updates. 

Courtesy photo/Contributed.

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