Palustris Festival Underway in Moore County

Folks in Moore County are hosting their fourth annual Palustris Festival this week. The festival is described as “a celebration of the visual, literary and performing arts,” and dozens of events are open to the public without charge through this Sunday.

Among the ticketed events is a production of “Driving Miss Daisy” featuring Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned of “The Waltons”, and a Saturday concert by country band McKenzie’s Mill. Other events feature pottery, painting, and jazz and choral music.

“Palustris” is the Latin name for the longleaf pine, and organizers say the name was chosen for the event because of its unique connection to the county. One of the nation’s largest stands of virgin longleaf pines is a 160-acre tract in the Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve.

Festival information can be found at

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