Paradise in the Pines is a podcast about the people, places and stories that make this destination the Home of American Golf. While the Pinehurst Area is known worldwide for golf, the destination has a vibe all its own and beckons all travelers to experience the charm, history and culture unlike any other place in North Carolina.
49: Mitch Capel: Storyteller, Narrator, Owner - Cardinal Park
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36:22Mitch Capel is a storyteller, poet, recording artist, actor and author born in Southern Pines. Since 1985, he has been bringing stories to life and delighting audiences throughout the United States with his warmth, wit and compelling storytelling style. As a youth, he was inspired by “The Life & Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar." The genius of Dunbar’s work coupled with the joy in his grandmother’s eyes and the passion of her delivery reading the book to him left an indelible impression in Mitch’s heart. So much so, he is considered the "national interpreter" of the poet laureate's work. Capel has performed all over the country at countless storytelling events and conventions, and has also appeared at the The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and at the inaugural celebration for Barack Obama. In this episode of Paradise in the Pines, Mitch Capel tells a few stories, talks about his love for the game of golf and growing up in Southern Pines. @visitnc #moorecountync #sandhillsnc #storytelling #visitnc
48: Warren Lewis, owner, Chef Warren's
35:34This is one podcast you want to check out! Warren Lewis is a chef, entrepreneur, world traveler, wildlife photographer and true Renaissance man. More affectionately known in the Sandhills as "Chef Warren" and proprietor of the impeccable dining establishment in Southern Pines that bears his name, he is always into something. And whatever it is, Lewis does it with verve, energy, passion and with a purpose. In this episode of Paradise in the Pines, Lewis talks about his eye behind the camera, his skill in the kitchen and his mesmerizing, yet unexplained connection to the country of Iceland! Come along for the whirlwind tour with Chef Warren Lewis! @visitnc @NCsandhills @foodandwine #visitnc #sandhillsnc
47: Senator Tom McInnis
32:15The son of a farmer and a school teacher from Richmond County, Tom McInnis was raised on traditional values and beliefs. As a reigning fifth-term North Carolina Senator, McInnis is in the midst of an effort to secure a sixth term as he serves constituents in Moore and Cumberland counties. While the CVB does not endorse candidates and is non-political, Sen. McInnis efforts have impacts on the tourism industry. In this episode of Paradise in the Pines, Sen. McInnis takes on many topics and we invite you to take the time to listen and share!
046: Special New Year Recap
36:41Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great holiday season and welcome to 2024! This episode of Paradise in the Pines is our look ahead at 2024. As we celebrate two years and 45 episodes in, we take a look back over the last year and share some highlights from past guests, including a little of what to expect in 2024. Enjoy, be sure to search for Paradise in the Pines on your favorite podcatcher, and subscribe!
045: Mayor Taylor Clement
40:52Taylor Clement is the newly elected mayor of Southern Pines. Aside from being mayor, she is a wife, mother of three, entrepreneur and business owner. The thread through all of those attributes is a passion for the town of Southern Pines and a vision for the future inside one of most rapidly growing areas of North Carolina. Check out this latest episode of Paradise in the Pines as Clement talks about her Kentucky roots, how she ended up owner of a guitar shop, her rise into politics and what lies ahead inside her town and overall within the Home of American Golf... @visitnc #visitnc #southernpinesnc #sandhillsnc
044: Bill Fields
32:14Bill Fields is an award-winning golf writer and journalist from Southern Pines who got interested in writing about sports as a boy in North Carolina sharing the sports section of The Greensboro Daily News every morning with his father. His writing continued through high school and later as editor of The Daily Tar Heel as a student at UNC. Throughout a multi-decade career, Fields has written for daily newspapers, major national sports publications, and even locally for PineStraw magazine. Since 2017, he has been a contributing researcher at NBC Sports, providing information to announcers on golf broadcasts including the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup. He was part of two Sports Emmy-nominated production teams. He will be alongside Dan Hicks in the booth providing research content for this year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. His list of honors and awards are lengthy, but perhaps his highest achievement was as the 2020 recipient of the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. In this episode of Paradise in the Pines, Bill Fields talks about his long career, some special golf memories and growing up in Southern Pines. @visitnc @pinehurstresort #visitnc @NBCSports #pinehurstnc
043: Brian Lewis
36:58Talk about insider politics, Brian Lewis is the ultimate insider at the N.C. General Assembly. As a lobbyist and the owner/principal for New Frame, he and his colleagues gauge the bipartisan pulse of our lawmakers in Raleigh. Among many political topics and issues, Lewis is a huge friend and advocate of the tourism industry as he possesses a vast knowledge of hotel occupancy tax legislation and its enforcement across all 100 counties. His weekly podcast #DoPoliticsBetter is a huge hit among legislators as they sometimes vie for a spot on his show, so they can advocate for issues and break news on new ones. We caught up with Lewis when he wasn't rubbing elbows with state senators and representatives at the recent North Carolina Tourism Industry Association (NCTIA) Leadership Conference in Raleigh to talk about his passion for politics, cycling, cigars and golf in Pinehurst. @visitnc @ncweekend #sandhillsnc #ncpolitics #visitnc #DoPoliticsBetter
042: Jaime Diaz, Award-Winning Golf Journalist and TV Analyst
40:18Jaime Diaz has spent 40 years documenting happenings in the world of golf. The respect among his peers and a long list of career accolades are many. Diaz is a nine-time Golf Writers Association of America award-winner; earned the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism in 2012; and was recognized by Jack Nicklaus as the recipient of the Memorial Golf Journalism Award. He spent time in his career as a golf writer or editor for the New York Times, Golf Illustrated, Golf World, and Golf Digest. Since 2018, Diaz has appeared regularly on Golf Channel as an in-studio analyst and on Golf Central’s Live From broadcasts at major golf tournaments and events. Originally from San Francisco, Diaz has called Moore County home for 17 years, but this is his first appearance on the Paradise in the Pines podcast. Listen as Diaz talks about the state of the game, LIV Golf vs. the PGA TOUR, his love of Pinehurst and what he really thinks about Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee…
041: Eric Kuester, VP of Sales/Marketing & Business Development, Pinehurst Resort
34:38Eric Kuester started his career at Pinehurst Resort as a front desk agent. Fast forward 20 years and Kuester is now on the front lines of one of America’s greatest golf resorts poised to host the 2024 U.S. Open, its first such championship in 10 years. Since the Resort hosted its first U.S. Open in 1999, capped off with one of the most memorable moments in golf history as Payne Stewart made an iconic putt to win the championship, Pinehurst has been continually adding to its lore. In recent years, the Resort has added new amenities on and off the course, will soon welcome the USGA’s Golf House Pinehurst, the return of the World Golf Hall of Fame, a new course at Pinehurst No. 10, and so much more. Kuester took some time to enter the Paradise in the Pines podcast to tell us more about what we know is coming from Pinehurst and what is to come.
040: Linda Parsons, Pres. CEO Moore County Chamber of Commerce
36:30For nearly 10 years, Linda Parsons has served as the President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. During her tenure, Parsons has witnessed the growth of the Moore County business community, seen it more recently impacted by the COVID pandemic, and now emerging as one of the leading areas in North Carolina for growth and a positive business climate. In this episode of Paradise in the Pines, listen as Linda Parsons talks about the Moore County business community and what she sees on the horizon at the Chamber of Commerce.