April 24th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. marks the return of SPRINGFEST to downtown Southern Pines.

Established in 1979, the Southern Pines Business Association’s annual event has been under the direction of Susan Harrison since 2000.

Today, SPRINGFEST stands as one of the town’s premier annual events and it has evolved into a celebration of spring as well as a celebration of the Town of Southern Pines.

Current President of SPBA, Julia Brokmeyer, Past President, Tonya Thomas and Susan Harrison detail the many events that will happen during this year’s event.




Flint Long – A career in show business and Paying it Forward

Moore County resident Flint Long moved to the Sandhills in 2014 after a lifelong career in show business.
Today Flint has recreated a song he wrote 30 years ago and turned it into a virtual choir video with old friends and professional associates.
The sentiment of 30 years ago rings true today. 2020 has shown a steep rise in virtual video choirs due to Covid.
Flint shares some of his many experiences & perspectives over the years and Moore County is glad to have him.


National Athletic Village on All Things Moore County


Founder and Owner Leigh Bortins and Director Sara Sullards discuss the National Athletic Village on Air Tool Rd. in Southern Pines as they continue to create a higher profile for this exceptional facility for people of all ages.


The National Athletic Village was founded 4 years ago by Leigh Bortins and her family. The Bortins family has always led an active life. Her sons played Rugby as well as other sports. The National Athletic Village was founded for the community to have a space for all ages and all athletic abilities to PLAY MORE (Our tag line).


The National Athletic Village adapted once COVID-19 hit and created the NAV Sports Course. The Sports Course is designed similarly to a golf course. There are 13 Play Stations spread
across 70+ acres of property. At any point, visitors may call ahead to schedule a Play Time to come out and experience all the NAV has to offer. The National Athletic Village has so much
outdoor space to offer the community to safely experience fun and athletic activities outdoors and to PLAY MORE.


We are very involved in the local community. We love to support causes in the area and help out as much as we can. A couple of recently hosted events includes the Bocce Bash fundraiser for the Sandhills Community Center and well as the Back the Red White & Blue event in support of the local police, fire and ems first responders. We also put on our own events from time to time. We recently held an all outdoors Halloween event with many activities for the community to enjoy. We will also be putting on a Christmas event this year on December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th from 5pm - 10pm each night. Unlike other businesses, we have the flexibility to accommodate the numbers with our outdoors space. The event will have activities such as face painting, pinecone decorating, spear the reindeer, firepit, musical entertainment, Santa’s workshop as well as our Holiday Trail designed and decorated with beautiful light displays for an all around holiday experience.

Sara Sullards
Director of Events and Visitor Activities
National Athletic Village
201 Air Tool Dr
Southern Pines, NC


Artistic Director Greta Zandstra & Educational & Associate Artistic Director Jacob Toth speak about the upcoming outdoor production of Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS to be held behind the Encore Center located at 160 E. New Hampshire Ave. in downtown Southern Pines on the evenings of Sept. 11th, 12th & 13th at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

General Admission is $10.00. VIP tickets are $20.00 insuring premium seating and a basket of chef curated snacks and beverages.

Special seating arrangements and safety precautions will be in place for all attending guests.

Tickets and information can be had at their website, www.encorecenter.net as well as on FACEBOOK –

The Encore Center – 910 725-0603