Cape Fear Living Magazine July 2018

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Southport Summer

Connecting Cape Fear Cultures




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Summer in Southport

de pa rtmen t s // History & Legend 8

Ms. NURSEY James

Fashion & Beauty 27

Arts & Entertainment 13

Belly Laughs, Secret Jokes & Keeping it Real

Luxurious Living on Loggerhead

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Finding Your Yoga Practice in Cape Fear

From the community 36 38

Food & Beverage


CALENDAR Summer in Southport ASTROLOGY

Meet the Chef: Greg Feltz


The Sixth Sense of Beer Crafting at Check Six Brewery in Southport, NC

See You ‘Round the Island: Bald Head Blues & Maritime Market



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Health & Wellness 32

Home & Garden 16

Just Add Sunshine

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Publisher Leping Beck Sara Morris Mother. Photographer. Realtor. Future cat lady. Reader. Researcher. Vintage china enthusiast.

Melissa Snowden Writer. Realtor. Entrepreneur. Marketing Guru. Self-proclaimed chef and wine enthusiast with a zest for life, laughter and travel.

Editor Colleen Thompson Assistant Editor Kelly Johnson Editorial Graphic Designer Samantha Lowe Director of Sales & Marketing Melissa Snowden

Craig James Criminal Defense Attorney. Dabbles in painting and steampunk. Loves trying new foods. Never meets a stranger.

Debra McCormick Wife. Mother. Writer, Dreamer. Traveler. Live music lover.

Kelly Amato Mother. Owner of Oliver Clothing. Fashion lover. Denim connoisseur.

Hayley Swinson Casual gardener. Whiskey dilettante. Realtor. Always trying new things and looking for adventure.

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Kelly Johnson Professional ballerina. Model. World renowned aunt. Scribbler of words. Day dreamer. Over thinker. Kansas at heart.

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M s . N U R S E Y J a me s Wr i t t en By: C ra i g Ja m e s


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In 2002, at the encouraging of a friend, I began collecting nineteenth-century African American photography. With this new found hobby came a hunger to know more about my family history, and I embarked on a journey gathering as much information about my family as possible. It wasn’t long before I learned about a remarkable ancestor. A woman, known to most and known to many, named Nursey James. Her name still looms big in the minds of many and she is revered throughout the community. Please allow me to introduce her to you.

It’s around 1842, in the southern states of America, where slavery is prevalent and commonplace. On the Sycamore Springs Plantation, situated in Pender County, North Carolina, a baby girl is born, the child of slaves and the property of John James. The Sycamore Springs Plantation was commonly known as the ‘Old James Plantation’, bearing the surname of its owners. As I came to learn, this young girl was no ordinary child. At a very early age, she was able to put in a full day’s work and could work alongside most men. She quickly learned the ways of the plantation and began to play a vital role in its day to day operations. Some say, by the time she reached adulthood, she had gained the respect of the other slaves and was a force to be reckoned with. She was referred to as the matriarch of the plantation - a title usually reserved for an elder woman. She soon caught the eye of a young slave, Andrew, and the two of them fell in love and married. Prior to the marriage, young Andrew was sent to work near the Wilmington, North Carolina area. In today’s travels it’s about a forty-five minute drive from The Old James Plantation. However, for Andrew, the distance was easily covered and he would sneak back to see his love at the end of the workday. They would meet at the wood line under the cover of darkness, and she would have food for him. They were soon discovered without incident; Andrew went unpunished and was allowed to stay on the

plantation. After marriage, they began a family and Nursey continued to ‘manage’ the plantation. As the story is told, nothing big happened at the plantation without it first being cleared by Nursey, and she had gained the respect, not only of those similarly situated, but also the respect of the plantation owners. Within twenty-five years of living, Nursey found herself learning the ramifications of battle as the Civil War raged. She learned how to ration food and how to turn a little into a lot. According to older loved ones and family members, she was savvy and bold. I was told that when the Union Soldiers reached Sycamore Springs Plantation, as was common, they began to loot and burn the property. As the events unfolded, in the wee hours of the morning, Nursey ran from her cabin barely dressed and partly nude. A soldier removed his service jacket and draped it around her shoulders, covering her nudity. By dawn the following morning, she was found putting things back together and salvaging what she could. After the Civil War ended and word reached the plantation about the freeing of slaves, it was almost harvest time. A meeting was called among the Negro population to discuss if they would stay to bring in the harvest or go about their way. At the center of this gathering was a young twenty-something year old woman with a voice. The group agreed to stay until the harvest was brought in and John James agreed to pay them a fair wage.

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Above: A Father Figure Tintype Photograph Circa 1880-1890 Right: Grandma’ s Love Ambrotype Photograph Circa 1850-1860

Once the harvest was brought in, many individuals moved on to embark on their new found freedom. Nursey and a few others continued to work with the James Family at Sycamore Springs Plantation. In fact, she was often referred to as “Aunt Nursey” by the descendants of John James. One descendant told me she can remember looking out the window and seeing this tall, dark-skinned, erect woman, walking up to the main house early in the morning with a basket resting upon her head. That woman was my great-great-great grandmother, Nursey James. By the time Nursey reached the ripe age of 90, she had labored in love for John James, his son Gibson, and Gibson’s son, Joshua. In the photograph, Nursey is shown holding a daughter of Joshua’s.


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She had seen four generations. There were in fact always two things she desired. One, she wanted to see her fourth generation and two, she wanted to be laid to rest in a dress that had never been worn before. On February 2, 1940, the first child of her fourth generation was born. The child was taken to Nursey and placed in her lap as Nursey beamed with joy as though her heart was full. That child was my mother. In July 1941, well into her nineties, Nursey transitioned from life into death. Knowing her second desire, Gibson James purchased the best clothes available and commissioned a dress for Nursey in which to be buried. In an all white, newly sewn dress, she was laid rest. May she forever rest in peace. ¶

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Belly Laughs, Secret Jokes


Keeping it Real


Wr i t t en By: C o l l e e n T h o m pso n

If you ask Taylor Hamilton to sum up her business, she’ll tell you that she specializes in belly laughs, secret jokes and keeping it real. Hamilton, 32, is the owner and founder of greeting card company Tay Ham, which was started 5 years ago and is causing quite a stir, even grabbing the attention of celebrities from Snoop Dogg to Kim Kardashian. “Snoop Dogg danced around with a card on stage at one of his shows and shared it on his Instagram. Kim Kardashian bought a couple hundred of the card I drew of her and also shared it on her Instagram, it popped up on her show and in Kylie's Snapchat,” laughs Hamilton. “Ninja, from one of my favorite groups, Die Antwoord, was also held up on stage at a show and given a few words by the band. There’ve been a handful of other celebs that have bought cards and given them a shout out on social media.”

Throwing caution to the wind, at eighteen years old Hamilton decided to pack up and leave her hometown of East Hamilton, New York, pointed to a place on a map, packed her car and headed out. The place she pointed to was Wilmington, NC. On her fifth day in Wilmington her car was stolen and so she really had no choice but to stay. She started out working in the film industry, working at one time as a special-effects purchaser for “Iron Man 3” before taking her lifelong passion – drawing personalized greeting cards for friends and family and turning it into a business. She started out with just three cards, hand drawn and illustrated and launched her greeting card company after her nickname, Tay Ham. “I never really took it seriously, but things somehow just fell into place. The first card I did was a drawing of a lemon with the phrase "I could just squeeze you.” The

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second was a cool mid Century modern chair that said, "you may want to sit down for this" and the third one featured Snoop Dogg and said, "Just saying high". All three reflected my top interests at the time,” laughs Hamilton. With her quirky sense of humor, bold, pop-centric designs and an idea to make a range of cards for “every unoccasion” and life event with the byline “Really, we’re the best way to say whatever!” she set up a small studio on Market Street and began work on her collection. Each of the cards is designed with a similar look and feel – each one features a central figure, hand-drawn by Hamilton, often featuring a pop-culture icon on a white background with a clever catchphrase across the top. From Freddie Mercury with the message “Yas Queen!”; to Kim Kardashian’s big butt with the message, “This Years Gonna Be Huge for You.” To one of her best-sellers, a drawing of Iris Apfel and the message, “Think big!” which she created after watching a documentary about


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the fashion figure known for her massive round eyeglasses. In a digital age, putting pen to paper seems like a lost art, but as it turns out millennials are now buying more greeting cards than baby boomers, reports the industry’s trade association. Research firm IBISWorld’s research reveals that Americans of all ages still shell out between $7 billion and $8 billion on greeting cards each year. “I think it’s on an upswing,” says Hamilton. “I’ve started noticing lots of new greeting card companies. There’s so much technology out there that a little paper card is special. We’ve also tried to do small things that separate us apart from other cards out there. Like something we call the ‘flipside’. We put old pictures of friends and family on the back of each card with a little speech bubble – it’s just a nice little end cap.” Tay Ham’s range now consists of twelve categories

and over 800 different cards covering everything from birthdays, and I Love You, to Thanks Dude, and Merry Whatever. “It usually starts with an itch to draw a certain object or person, like if I see a cool texture or something that I think would be fun to draw, or sometimes it's the opposite. I'll have a phrase that really makes me laugh and have to come up with a matching image,” says Hamilton. “There's also usually a sneaky inside joke or reference in each illustration or phrase.” The witticisms and wry observations haven’t gone unnoticed by retailers from Urban Outfitters to Paper Source and most recently Nordstrom. “Nordstrom reached out last year for Valentine's Day. We did a few other spring occasions and now here we are at Christmas! They wanted nostalgia heavy holiday cards, which we are bursting with, so we made a boxed set out of the cards for them. It's fun when a big store wants a boxed set because we don't get to sell them regularly,” says Hamilton. The greeting card company continues to grow year on year, and a year ago expanded into a new studio space and headquarters on North Fourth Street.

“It’s a big blue building that used to be an old grocery,” says Hamilton. “We love, love, love it! It has exposed brick walls, concrete floors, floor to ceiling barn doors and a loft with a little window. It’s a truly creative space.” The team at Tay Ham has also expanded beyond just Hamilton and now includes several other members helping out with operations, shipping and marketing. “There’s Suzy Walter the operations queen. She runs a tight ship and we love her so much. Jay Workman is the word man and the best friend to all of our stores and also the funny behind our social media. Kathryn Kirk - Studio Elf. She has touched every card and has the quickest hands in all the land. Chili is the Emotions Monitor and she brings joy to everybody,” says Hamilton. Hamilton believes that part of her success with Tay Ham has been living and creating in Wilmington, partly because of the creative community and partly because of the relaxed atmosphere. “Wilmington’s vibe has helped to keep things low key which has really helped keep the ideas flowing freely. “And when the team is off duty you can find them at the Fortunate Glass “hanging outside with a little snack and a glass of wine.” ¶

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When you escape to Oak Island, life slows down a few paces. This quaint, seaside town is primarily situated on a barrier island in Brunswick County, NC, with a portion of the town extending onto the mainland. Oak Island is less than 20 square miles with a yearround population of under 10,000 full-time residents. Yet, there is no shortage of activities if you are a water lover. The island has miles of pristine beaches with 65 public beach accesses for swimming, sunning, fishing, clamming and surfing. Oak Island is a fisherman’s and boater’s paradise with numerous access points available on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Davis Canal. There is easy access to Southport, roughly ten miles away; Bald Head Island via a passenger ferry ride at Deep Point Marina and the Cape Fear Regional Jetport is close by. Have you ever dreamed of living the coastal lifestyle? Tucked away in a tiny subdivision called Turtle Creek, 6705 Loggerhead Court is a house designed for true aquaphiles. Nearly every room of this extraordinary oceanfront estate boasts undisturbed views of the Atlantic Ocean. A private pier extends from the rear of the house, crossing over a large, picturesque pond, and serene marsh providing access to an unspoiled beach.

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Are you ready for resort-like coastal living in your own home? This magnificent ocean retreat is currently for sale. For more information about this home or any other luxury coastal properties, please contact Realtor® Will Musselwhite with ONE Properties Group, Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty at (910) 736-2869.

The 4,600 square foot house was custom built in 2006. No detail was overlooked in this 5-bedroom 4-bath home that provides the ultimate in luxury living. Built to withstand hurricane force winds, this sturdy home was constructed with two by six framework and hurricane-rated windows. The builder thoughtfully included an established shaft for future elevator installation and extensive composite outdoor decking was installed for easy, low-maintenance. Energy saving features include radiant heated flooring throughout the entire home and Rinnai tankless “on demand” water heaters. The open floor plan is ideal for entertaining and features a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, a formal dining room, a family room with a wood-burning and gas fireplace and a game room with a wine bar and dual-zoned wine refrigerator. Enjoy your favorite tunes throughout the home, with a built-in stereo system. The master suite’s private deck with a panoramic ocean view is the perfect place to languish with a book and a refreshing beverage, comforted by the gentle ocean breeze and the salty sea air. The master bedroom’s en suite spa bathroom comes complete with a steam shower and double-sided fireplace shared by the bedroom. When asked what they will miss the most about the home, the current owner responded, “I will miss sitting on my back deck in the morning with my cup of coffee enjoying my fabulous, unique panoramic 18

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view of the estuary and ocean with beautiful native birds and other wildlife (including loggerhead turtle nests in the dunes behind our home). Then, later in the day walking down our private walkway over the freshwater pond that leads us directly to our quiet section of the beautiful Oak Island beach.” Some of the current owners’ favorite features of the home include the quiet cul-de-sac, the unique easy living home design, the extraordinary views from nearly every room of the house and the gourmet cook’s kitchen, where the owner created many meals watching the fall and rise of the ocean for inspiration. ¶ ca pefea rliving mag a z in e .com


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Meet the Chef


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Executive Chef, Ports of Call Bistro Southport P hotogr a p h y by: Sa ra M o rri s

Ports of Call Bistro in Southport, North Carolina, is a small corner of the world, yet offers those who stop in, a taste of places beyond. With a globally inspired menu, you are instantly transported from one country to another, simply through taste and aroma. Items change seasonally and are prepared with great care by the Ports of Call Culinary team, which is headed by Executive Chef, Greg Feltz. Born in Buffalo, NY, Greg and his family didn’t stay put. His father, a military man, carried his family from one place to another. Living in Germany for several years and later attending Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Orlando, Florida. Chef Feltz remembers first learning how to cook after his parents split, with a fond childhood memory of cooking out of his Tabasco cookbook, which he still owns to this day. Chances are you will find Chef Greg Feltz along with his culinary team mulling through the produce at Oak Island and Southport farmers markets, a couple of favorite spots for the chef ’s culinary inspiration. As the Ports of Call menu changes seasonally, Chef Feltz is inspired by the seasons and what he can find at these local markets. With summer here the menu is staying fresh with the produce and ingredients of warmer days. Heirloom tomatoes are a favorite summer ingredient that Greg loves to work with, which he gets from Bruce Hutchings at Ridge Farms. “It’s always fun for me to see the different varieties he brings to the Oak Island and Southport farmers markets.” With “the world on your plate” as their motto, Ports of Call Bistro and Market delights in flavors from abroad. Chef Feltz explains, “I like to marry that motto with what I enjoy cooking. Taking local ingredients and applying worldly techniques to them.” When it 20

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comes to regional recipes, he enjoys the challenge of pairing a particular wine with its region. “Recently we’ve started selecting wine regions (Argentina, Italy, and South Africa, to name a few) and cooking the cuisine of that region with wine pairings. I really enjoy these dinners as they give me a chance to grow as a chef,” said Feltz. Chef Greg Feltz is an expert on food from around the globe, so choosing a favorite foodie city is difficult. “Seattle was great just for The Pike Place Market, Charleston was just outstanding, and I am quite fond of Asheville.” His ultimate comfort food is lasagne, made for him by his family each birthday and in his downtime, Greg enjoys spending time with his four-monthold, Weston and his fiance Amanda hanging out at the beach. ¶

Pan Seared Wild Sea Bass over Rice Pilaf with Braised Kale, Crispy Leek Straws, Sweet Onion Reduction and Lemon Beurre Blanc. Yield: 2 servings Ingredients 1 lb wild sea bass skin on Pilaf: 1 cup jasmine rice 1½ cup chicken stock or vegetable stock ½ stick unsalted butter ½ cup onion minced ¼ cup celery minced ¼ cup carrot minced

Braised Kale: 1 lb kale ribs removed ¼ cup red wine vinegar 1 cup water ½ tbsp red pepper flakes 1 tbsp salt Leek Straws: 1 leek cleaned and julienned ½ cup buttermilk 1 tbsp hot sauce flour to dredge Onion Reduction: 1 cup white wine ½ cup white wine vinegar ¼ sugar 1 onion julienne Beurre Blanc: juice of one lemon ¼ cup white wine ½ stick unsalted butter cold and cut into cubes

Instructions 1) Preheat oven and fryer to 350. melt butter in medium saucepan. add onions, carrots, and celery cook until translucent. add rice and coat completely with butter. 2) add chicken stock and bring to boil. reduce heat to simmer and cover. cook for approximately 15 minutes or until rice is cooked. combine the buttermilk, hot sauce and leeks for the leek straws. 3) while rice is going combine all ingredients for the kale in a sauce pot and simmer until tender. 4) start the onion reduction by placing the julienne onions in a saute pan and cover with the sugar. pour over the white wine and white wine vinegar to dissolve the sugar. simmer until the onions are tender and then strain them out. (if you don't have a fryer or prefer a healthy alternative to the leek straws these pickled onions make a nice garnish or salad addition). reduce the liquid until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 5) in a saute pan reduce the white wine and lemon juice until nearly dry and then whisk the butter into the reduction one cube at a time so as not to separate the butter. 6) sear the sea bass skin side first and then finish in oven for about 8 minutes or until flaky. dredge leek straws in flour and fry until golden brown drain on paper towels. 7) to plate, place rice on plate, pile kale on the rice. set the fish skin side up on the kale and then top it all with leek straws or pickled onions. Finally, go around the dish with your beurre blanc and then drizzle the onion reduction on top of the beurre blanc. ca pefea rliving mag a z in e .com


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Crafting at Check Six Brewery in Southport, NC Wr i t t en By: D eb r a Mc Co rm i c k


Photography by: Samuel Hall

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flexible laws and lower taxes make a business venture more feasible. Goldman was already familiar with North Carolina from his travels to the Outer Banks. After Southport was chosen as the location for their brewery, building it took two years, and they have been in operation for the last three. Goldman tells me his brewery is attracting patrons from as far away as the Midwest and Southwest. People go on beer tours after they learn about breweries from brewery maps or vacation guides, such as (North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild) or Yelp. “It’s a thing,” says Goldman. It was only natural that an aviation theme “I don’t remember not drinking beer,” says Noah Goldman, co-owner and operator of Check Six Brewery in Southport. “My grandfather would give me and my cousins a shot of beer every morning after my grandmother would leave the house for work. He had barrels of Schaeffer beer in the basement, stacked to the ceiling,” he motions upward to emphasize that last point, a visual image that has stayed with him his whole life. Goldman’s grandfather knew beer. He ran a clandestine brewery in the 1920s in New York City during Prohibition, but he lost it all, including the family home, in a card game. “It was never spoken about in our family after that happened. No one dared to talk about it, ever. We just didn’t,“ says Goldman. From this family legacy, Goldman has inherited a sixth sense about beer, which he credits in part to his grandfather, but he also believes it’s in his genes, from his German lineage. “I can taste a beer and just know if it’s right or not.” Goldman and his business partner, Tim Hassel, co-own Check Six Brewery. The idea for it came five years ago during a cub scout meeting for Hassel’s son and Goldman’s grandson while living in New Jersey. The scenario is easy to imagine: two men are enjoying a beer together and one says to the other, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to brew our own beer?” Suddenly, Goldman remembers that his cousin, Norm Weiss, has equipment for making beer in storage in his attic, and he also possesses the vital knowledge for making it. With one phone call, his cousin brings the equipment to Hassel’s home and soon they have preliminary batches ready for tasting. Encouraged by the positive feedback from their friends and members of Tim’s squadron (Hassel serves in the New Jersey Air National Guard), they decide to go after their dream and begin the search for a location. The laws in New Jersey regulating breweries are restrictive and taxation is high, so they turned their attention south, where


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would be chosen for their brewery, given that Hassel is an F-16 pilot in the New Jersey Air National Guard. “Check Six” is an old aviation expression used by pilots since WWI to refer to the blind spot in a pilot’s tail end, making him vulnerable to attack from enemy aircraft. From this imagery, a nifty company slogan was created. “When it comes to beer we’ve got your six,” says Goldman. That assurance is delivered when one peruses the choices currently on tap: Flying Circus Hefeweizen, Aerial Aggression Double IPA, and the Broken Prop Pilsner. Coming soon is 50 Cal Kolsch (made in the style from the Kolsch region in Germany) and Curtiss Jenny Brown Ale. Their Stormandy IPA recently won the award in a local beer tasting contest held in Wrightsville Beach. The aviation décor in the taproom is interesting and consistent with the brewery’s theme: framed photographs of famous WWI fighter pilots are neatly lined along one wall in a corner room where patrons play darts, models of vintage WWI fighter planes hang from the ceiling, and on the farthest wall to the right hangs an old wooden propeller from a WWII plane used to train fighter pilots. It came from the airfield that is now the Southport airport, used back in the day of pre-WWII 1938 as a training airfield. The airport manager gifted the propeller to the brewery, and it inspired the name for one of the beers currently on tap—Broken Prop Pilsner. The integrity of their product is the most important thing for Goldman and Hassel, and this is achieved by using quality ingredients. They use the best grain—barley, wheat,

and oats -- locally whenever possible. The best hops and yeast are equally important. There are different strains of yeast and a variety of hops that yield different flavors after they are added to the “wort,” a German term for the sugary liquid from the grain after it has been boiled at a precise temperature. Depending on the type of hops used, blends will carry notes of flowers, pine or chocolate. Their IPAs mostly carry notes of grapefruit. Yeast will also affect the taste: some add tones of cotton candy or bubble gum, or if the temperature is changed, hints of cloves can be noted. The possibilities are limitless, and this is where the fun is for Goldman. It is the sheer joy of creating different beer styles and knowing that there are so many different outcomes available. The experimentation is exciting, as well as the anticipation of how patrons will react to a new blend and his sixth sense never leads him astray. ¶

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It was still drizzling when I arrived at the gazebo in front of Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Encircled by large crepe myrtles and hydrangea bushes bursting with pink and blue blossoms, the gazebo was partially obscured. But as I approached, a figure emerged, back lit, cast in shadow. This was Aron Lanie, short in stature but straightbacked and strong, she greeted me with a handshake and a big smile as I climbed the steps. Her class for veterans normally met at the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), but the air conditioning was out and fixing it wasn’t a priority in the budget. Luckily, the thunderstorm had cooled off the area, tamped down the mosquito population, and brought with it a silky breeze that swept through the gazebo, like the breath of a god. There was magic in this place. As a lifelong athlete and army veteran, Lanie started yoga to manage her injuries and become a better runner. When she first started her practice, some of the yoga classes she had taken were too “out there” and she wanted to create something different. She wanted to lead a class that used simple language, welcomed feedback from students and where teachers understood that each student’s body has different capabilities and that not everybody wants to be touched.


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She is trained to teach adaptive yoga and is halfway through a certification with iRest - a guided meditation technique meant to help people suffering from considerable stress and trauma, including PTSD. “Everybody has experienced trauma on some level,” she tells me. We’re seated across from each other, cross-legged on foam yoga blocks. Lanie leans slightly forward, gesturing occasionally with her hands. “I want to help them forge a connection with their bodies— that’s where healing begins.” Aron’s veterans class, which is free for veterans, active service members, and their family is supported by a few different organizations, including Team Red, White, and Blue; Warriors at Ease; and Yoga Village. Through Yoga Village and its partners, she also teaches at-risk youth. Yoga Village itself is an immense community resource. It was conceived as a way to bridge the gap between yoga teachers and their community outreach, helping teachers make ends meet while still making their services accessible to the community. Much of their funding comes from local yoga studios such as Wilmington Yoga Center, Longwave Yoga, and Terra Sol Sanctuary, and they hold annual fundraising events like the Yoga Ball, Om Brew, and the Yoga Village Festival.

“It’s remarkable how deep and wide the yoga community is in a town of this size,” says Sylvia Jabaley, one of the co-founders of Yoga Village. She encourages those interested in yoga to reach out to their existing networks. Yoga teachers and classes come in all varieties, and it’s likely that you already know an instructor or two. “If a new yoga practitioner needs help,” she says, “they are welcome to reach out to Yoga Village to help them find where they might fit in.”

New To Yoga? A good way to start with yoga is to take a beginner class. Wilmington Yoga Center offers a free newcomers workshop once a month as well as a yoga 101 three-week series. You can find beginner classes at Salty Dog Yoga, Surf (Carolina Beach), Longwave Yoga and Terra Sol Sanctuary. If you are feeling nervous about your first class, it may help to arrive early and talk to the instructor about any concerns or specific physical problems you may be experiencing.

What Ty pe Of Yoga I s R igh t F o r Me? There are many different systems and styles of yoga practice, and it can feel overwhelming trying to understand them all. First, evaluate your preferences: are you looking for relaxation, meditation,

stretching, or dynamic fast-paced movement? If you want something slower moving, you might consider a Yin class, whereas a Vinyasa Flow would be better for those looking to move. If you want to incorporate weights and more workout-style movement, some gyms offer a hybrid form of yoga, or you can try Prana Pump with Addie Jo Bannerman. Are you interested in practicing yoga in a warm or hot room? Local studios BE Unlimited and Bikram Yoga specialize in hot yoga, but several other studios also offer hot and warm classes. If you are thinking about a specialty yoga class, such as StandUp Paddle Board Yoga (SUPY) or Acro-Yoga, it is important to consider all the factors: Do you like practicing with a partner? Do you prefer a community-based practice or a solitary one? “I’m always most concerned with the safety of my students,” said Carolyn Royce, a local instructor at Longwave Yoga who teaches both SUPY and Acro-Yoga. “I want every person who takes float or flight to feel supported, secure, and uplifted so they can step outside of their comfort zone and potentially surprise themselves.” For those looking for a more rigorous and disciplined practice, you might consider Ashtanga yoga. “A person who likes structure will usually be drawn to Ashtanga as you do the same practice each day,” explained Larry G. Hobbs. He is one of only a couple Ashtanga instructors in our area. “This practice will teach you a lot about yourself not just physically but internally. You will find your breaking points and move beyond them or you will quit.” ca pefea rliving mag a z in e .com


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Looking for an affordable way to practice yoga in Wilmington? Yoga Downtown ( YogaDowntown) offers $5 donation classes, and many studios offer some pay-what-you-can classes. For first-timers, many studios have 30-day unlimited deals costing as little as $30.00.

Is Yoga A Religio us P rac t ic e? “Yoga is not a religion, although [some] Eastern religions have adopted it as part of their religious practice,” Holy Yoga instructor Melanie Romano said. “In particular, Hindu religion relies heavily on the ancient practice.” Holy Yoga was founded by Brooke Boon and incorporated into her Christian worship. She considers yoga to be a form of prayer applicable to any religious practice. The classes open and close with prayer, and scripture are often referred to throughout. “Prayer and yoga are gifts from God,” Melanie said. “[Yoga] is a precious gift, a tool that God has given us for our benefit and to deepen our relationship with him.”

Trav eling Yo gis For those who are looking to dig deeper into the yoga community in the Cape Fear region and beyond, White Rabbit Trips offer events and retreats for groups. Jenny Yarborough, the group’s founder, explained, “Yoga is about connection and introspection. It’s about finding your truth. Some people get there running the loop or surfing at Masonboro or by traveling and exploring a new place and thus experiencing themselves in a new light. There are no limits to what and where we go so long as at the end of the day the WHO we are working with is ourselves. It’s all about coming back to the self.”


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Sitting in the gazebo at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, dazed and happy from Aron Lanie’s guided meditation at the end of her class for veterans, I listened to her converse with her students Steve and George like they were old friends. For me, this is the way it should be, not only connecting with your inner self through yoga but also building a supportive community. In the end, it doesn’t really matter how you practice, just why you’re here and what you get out of it. ¶

Yoga Arou n d Ca pe F ear Aron Lanie, Team Red, White, and Blue: Yoga Village:, Carolyn Royce Yoga: Larry G. Hobbs, Hanuman Ashtanga Yoga: Melanie Romano, Holy Yoga: Wilmington Yoga Center: Longwave Yoga: Terra Sol Sanctuary: Bikram Yoga Wilmington: BE Unlimited Yoga: Salty Dog Yoga and Surf: Prana Pump: White Rabbit Trips:

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Wilmington 4th of July Celebration




Summer Concert Series

1 Sunday Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Battleship North Carolina | Waterfront Music Series Bluewater Grill | North Carolina Symphony: Stars and Stripes Concert Wilson Center | Historic Downtown Artisan Market Historic Downtown Marketplace | Red, White and Booze Bar Crawl Rebellion NC 2 Monday Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market | Wilmington Sharks Baseball Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex | North Carolina 4th of July Festival Downtown Southport 3 Tuesday

4th of July Live Music and Fireworks by the Sea Carolina Beach Boardwalk | Kure Beach Market Kure Beach Market | Stephen Marley in Concert Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

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Happy Fourth of July! | Special 4th of July Performance: Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Battleship North Carolina | Wilmington 4th of July Celebration Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park | Open House Community Arts Center

5 Thursday Seahawk Family Arts Matinee Kenan Auditorium | Concert in the Park Soundside Park | Sounds of Summer Concert Wrightsville Beach Park 6 Friday Airlie Summer Concert Series Airlie Summer Concert Series | Wilmington Sharks Baseball Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex | Downtown Sundown Concert Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park | Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Battleship North Carolina | Family Movie Main Library 7 Saturday Riverfront Farmers' Market Riverfront Farmers' Market | Port City Reggae Music & Art Festival Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | Glass Torch Demonstration Eclipse Artisan Boutique | Magic Show for Kids Northeast Regional Library | Live Music on the Patio Hotel Ballast | 44th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament Ogden Park 8 Sunday

9th Annual Ocean City Jazz Festival Historic Ocean City Community | Live Music: Into the Fog Marina Grill | Historic Downtown Artisan Market Historic Downtown Marketplace | 44th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament Ogden Park

9 Monday Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market | Play Time! Cape Fear Museum 10 Tuesday Walking Tour of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Carolina Beach Boardwalk | Touch Tank Tuesday Coastal Education Center | Kure Beach Market Kure Beach Market 11 Wednesday Facebook Basics Northeast Regional Library | Sunset Paddle Series Blockade Runner Beach Resort Dock | Wilmington Sharks Baseball Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex | Story Time by the Sea Ocean Front Park 12 Thursday Seahawk Family Arts Matinee Kenan Auditorium | Twelfth Night UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Concert in the Park Soundside Park | Lumina Festival Gallery Reception and Opening Night Party UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Jazz at the Mansion Bellamy Mansion Museum | Live Music at the Tiki Bar Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar 13 Friday Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Battleship North Carolina | Lumina Festival: Mouths of Babes Theater UNCW | Downtown Sundown Concert Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park | Summer Concert Series Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area 14 Saturday Riverfront Farmers' Market Riverfront Farmers' Market | Lumina Festival: Opera Wilmington Behind the Scenes UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Lumina Festival: Latin Dance Salsa Party UNCW | Lumina Festival: Dance Showcase with Gaspard and Dancers Kenan Auditorium | Little Explorers Nature Program Halyburton Park 15 Sunday Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Battleship North Carolina | Twelfth Night UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Lumina Festival Hooked on Arts UNCW | Lumina Festival: Cucalorus Film Screening Kenan Auditorium


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Sharks Baseball

16 Monday Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market | Pirates, Privateers and Blockade Runners of Early North Carolina Federal Point History Center | Record Club for Teens Northeast Regional Library 17 Tuesday Art Exhibit: The Weight of Walls Coworx | Walking Tour of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Carolina Beach Boardwalk | Kure Beach Market Kure Beach Market 18 Wednesday Story Time by the Sea Ocean Front Park | Poplar Grove Farmers' Market Poplar Grove Farmers' Market 19 Thursday Concert in the Park Soundside Park | Sounds of Summer Concert Wrightsville Beach Park | Crafteen: Mini Gardens Northeast Regional Library | Wilmington Sharks Baseball Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex 20 Friday Die Fledermaus UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Airlie Summer Concert Series Airlie Summer Concert Series | Wilmington Sharks Baseball Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex | Downtown Sundown Concert Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park | Water Works Fit For Fun Center 21 Saturday Cemetery Flashlight Tour Oakdale Cemetery | Riverfront Farmers' Market Riverfront Farmers' Market | Lumina Festival: Opera Wilmington Orchestra Concert Beckwith Recital Hall | Food Truck Roundup Poplar Grove Plantation | Big Backyard Bash Children's Museum of Wilmington | Live Jazz Northeast Regional Library 22 Sunday Live Music: Selah Dubb Marina Grill | Historic Downtown Artisan Market Historic Downtown Marketplace | Summer Movie at the Lake Carolina Beach Lake Park | North Carolina Arts Council's Artist Fellowship Exhibition Cameron Art Museum 23 Monday Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market | An Uncommon Retrospective: Photographs by Hugh Morton Cape Fear Museum 24 Tuesday Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Wilson Center | Summer Book Swap for Adults Northeast Regional Library | Kure Beach Market Kure Beach Market 25 Wednesday Poplar Grove Farmers' Market Poplar Grove Farmers' Market | Story Time by the Sea Ocean Front Park | Rhiannon Giddens in Concert Kenan Auditorium | Lumina Festival: Mouths of Babes Theater UNCW | An Evening with Gladys Knight Wilson Center | Sunset Paddle Series Blockade Runner Beach Resort Dock 26 Thursday Little Explorers Nature Program Halyburton Park | Sounds of Summer Concert Wrightsville Beach Park | Twelfth Night UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Seahawk Family Arts Matinee Kenan Auditorium 27 Friday

4th Friday Gallery Night Various Venues | Die Fledermaus UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Summer Concert Series Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area | Downtown Sundown Concert Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park | Lumina Festival: Prelude Concert Featuring Ronald Sachs Competition Winner Beckwith Recital Hall | ZZ Ward in Concert Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

28 Saturday Riverfront Farmers' Market Riverfront Farmers' Market | Old Crow Medicine Show in Concert Port City Marina | Wilmington Sharks Baseball Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex 29 Sunday Lumina Festival Closing Reception UNCW Cultural Arts Building | Historic Downtown Artisan Market Historic Downtown Marketplace 30 Monday Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market | Mock the Movie Northeast Regional Library | Wilmington Sharks Baseball Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex 31 Tuesday Walking Tour of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Carolina Beach Boardwalk | Touch Tank Tuesday Coastal Education Center | Kure Beach Market Kure Beach Market

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So ut h po rt Southp ort is a charming harbor town - located where the mouth of the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing 2.2 square miles of pristine scenery and dotted with centuries of maritime history, Southp ort has received numerous accolades and was named one of the “Happie st Seaside Towns in Americ a” by Coastal Living Magazine. Stroll under a canopy of 200 year-old live oaks and admire the architecture of the Victorian homes, once occupied by ship captains. Grab a cup of coffee and head to the waterfront to swing on one of the many public bench swings, gazing at the variety of sea birds and boats that pass by. Walking trails hug the water’s edge, leading to eateries at the Yacht Basin that serve fresh catches right off the boat. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Howe Street is the main thoroughfare of the vibrant downtown district which is packed with antique stores, specialty shops, restaurants and art galleries. Parking is free in downtown Southport, and everything is within walking distance. Stay in one of the many Victorian B&B’s or one of the waterfront inns to enjoy a southern living inspired experience. ¶ Written By: Melissa Snowden Photography by: Sara Morris

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outhport is a quaint coastal town with a storied history that goes back to its founding in 1792. The idyllic setting has lured visitors from near and far for generations. Against this beautiful backdrop Southport Realty was founded by Mary Ann Russ, now retired, She built a reputation as one of the top real estate leaders with her exceptional customer service, integrity and local knowledge. Owners, Pamela Frandano and Kim Ann Russ continue the tradition and have the leading independently owned and managed real estate firm in Southport. They are gratified to be part of the bustling Southport community, especially when Trip Advisor just named Southport as one of the 16 "Top U.S. Towns to Discover this Year." Add this to Coastal Living Magazine naming Southport as the "Happiest Seaside Town in America" in 2015 and "Best Beach Town in America to Celebrate the Fourth of July" in 2016. The community truly thrives and has become one of the top places on the East Coast to call home.

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Offering full service real estate, the firm has agents who combine a relaxed feeling with decades of experience and expansive knowledge of the area who can assist buyers and sellers, whether looking for a primary or second home, an investment or business property. In addition, Southport Realty offers Property Management services - short and long-term residential, vacation and commercial leases.

Stroll Southport with a Local Expert! 114 S. Howe Street 910.457.7676

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During the winter months, the shop teams up with local wine stores for wine and cheese pairing events. 417 Howe St. Suite B 910.477.6387


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ive years ago, Lisa and Eric Stettner left their former lives behind in New Jersey and headed South in search of a slower pace of life. Eric owned an auto repair business for twenty-five years and Lisa was a former bus driver. Just two days before pulling the trigger to purchase a Bed and Breakfast, Lisa was approached by two of her neighbors who proposed to join forces and open the Cheese Shoppe. After a year, Lisa’s partners decided that the venture wasn’t really for them, as they were already retired but the Stettners kept the shop going, and the business has been thriving for two and a half years. The Southport Cheese Shoppe has approximately 45 different imported and domestic cheeses from around the world including North Carolina. The shop also carries a variety of jams, spreads, olives, sauces, dips and charcuterie, (salami, prosciutto, pate), along with fresh, crusty bread from the northeast, and authentic New York style bagels that are baked fresh every morning and used for breakfast sandwiches. The shop recently received the Brunswick People’s Choice Award for “Best Lunchtime Sandwiches.” They are now offering “picnic lunches” for the summer season that come packed in an insulated bag, ideal for toting along on the boat or at the beach. The Southport Cheese Shoppe prepares cheese plates for customers who want to head down to one of the wine shops to enjoy a glass of wine with their cheese. The shop also makes custom platters including an assortment of cheeses and accouterments, ideal for book clubs, card parties, weddings, and other events. Very little notice is required when ordering custom platters, except during the holidays.

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Ports of Call Bistro is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and serves brunch on Sundays.

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et a taste of world and regional cuisine in the heart of downtown Southport. Ports of Call Bistro opened its doors in June of 2011, in the original Maritime Museum space, and is co-owned by Ray Acayan and Jacob Pfohl, who traveled the world extensively, resulting in this globally-inspired gem. Customers simultaneously feel at home, as well as transported by the international cuisine and décor. Every day is different at Ports of Call Bistro. The restaurant’s menu changes seasonally, and the main menu items are linked to major ports of call. The local market influences daily specials, which are displayed in front of the bistro for passersby to view as they stroll down Howe Street. The owners support local resources and culture and follow the motto, “Think globally, act locally.” Enjoy some of the best local music and entertainment nightly while dining at Ports of Call Bistro. Or, check out one of their monthly Chef ’s Tasting and Wine Dinners, which is a series, focusing specific regions around the world. The Chef prepares a special tasting menu with perfect wine pairings. Reserve seats now for their next Chef ’s Tasting and Wine Dinner on July 26, 2018, featuring the flavors of Spain with a prix-fixe multi-course dinner paired with fine Spanish wines.

116 N. Howe Street For reservations, please call


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hristmas in July? Absolutely! The Christmas House is a downtown Southport icon that is open year-round and filled with items that aren’t just for Christmas. This familyowned and operated business has been open since 1997. The Victorian home that houses the business was built in 1885 by a Riverboat Pilot and has most of its original ceilings, floors, and staircase. The Christmas House is one of the few historical homes remaining that the public can walk through to get a feel for the architectural structure during the late eighteen-hundreds. The owner, Ann Endres, added on to the home in the rear to create more space. The Christmas House creates custom bows, wreaths and garlands for all occasions and holidays. Hundreds of ribbons are sold by the yard – you can pick a few of your favorites, and the designers at The Christmas House will custom make your bows for no additional cost. The shop also sells stuffed animals, children’s books, over one-hundred different puzzles, themed ornaments, personalized ornaments, Santas, Angels, nautical gifts, signs and much more, with new items arriving weekly. Be sure to visit the old-fashioned candy shop that has 68 flavors of salt water taffy separated by barrels.Take part in all the merriment of The Christmas House decor and goodies, or, simply enjoy peoplewatching in the shade from the front porch gazebo.

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Walking the Moonlit Path Cancer New Moon July 2018 Written By: Dr . sha r a eisen

Happy Birthday Cancer and a happy Cancer new moon to all!

We are now in eclipse season, which happens roughly twice a year. The eclipses always occur on the new or full moon, as they are simply a solar (new) or lunar (full) moon with particularly precise alignment. Usually, these eclipse seasons are accompanied by events that feel heightened, especially when they occur in your sign. Thus, Cancers will almost certainly feel this month to be important, significant, and memorable. Capricorns, being at the opposite end of the zodiac, will be the 2nd most impacted sign. The full moon on the 27th occurs in Aquarius, so here is another sign that may experience this month as particularly noteworthy. Even if you are not one of the three signs mentioned, you may have significant placements in any of these signs, such as a moon, mars, or ascendant, which could also give you a personal and memorable experience of this eclipse season. Cancer is the sign of home, family, mother, birth and ancestry. It is a water sign and Cancers tend to feel strong emotions and have formidable intuitive and creative gifts. They may take awhile to feel safe and at home with new people, places, and situations, but once they do, they have tremendous loyalty. This is one of the best times of the year for finding your dream home, so if you are considering a move, or looking to purchase a new property, make time to clarify your ideal vision and then find it. It can also be auspicious for a renovation, remodel, or addition. Cancer is one of the most vulnerable of signs, which can make them retreat into their infamous Cancer crab shell. This can be a great time for not only Cancer but for all of us to find the astounding strength in vulnerability. Lastly, as this is the sign of birthing, it is a great time to consider what you might be ready to give “birth” to in your life. Are there new projects, goals, plans, and directions waiting for you? This promises to be a memorable eclipse season, so consider feeling the fear (vulnerability) and doing it anyway. To read your horoscope this month, visit our website for the full article at To learn more about the writer, visit her personal website at

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‘Round the Island Bald Head Blues & Maritime Market Written By: Kelly Johnson Photography provided by: Bald Head Blues


Grab the bungees and strap the surfboard up top, don’t forget the beach chairs, and the umbrellas too! Whether part of your daily routine or just visiting, it’s essential to look the part when on Bald Head Island. Does your wardrobe need an update? Relax! Bald Head Blues has what you need to place yourself on “Turtle Time.” Classic and casual is the fashion in which one should aim to achieve while zooming around Bald Head Island, and in a golf cart nonetheless. Before Bald Head Blues it was just Maritime Market, and in 1988 when the Pope’s first visited the island, it was a place of simplicity, even more so than what it is today. “Bald Head Island Limited bought the island in 1983 and had just started development.” Claude Pope Jr. and his Wife, Melissa had escaped to the Island for a short getaway from the life of parenthood. Weaving through what


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“seemed like a wet jungle” after their arrival on a dark, rainy night, the next day they opened their eyes to crystal clear blue skies and began their adventure, which turned into their everyday life. For thirteen years, before selling their dream home in Raleigh, the Popes visited the Island using a “Passport Package” created by the developer. First, buying the cheapest thing on the island, a condo, which they flipped and sold, led to the purchase of their second home on the island, later in 2005. Stumbling “across the opportunity to buy the Maritime Market in 2011” they realized it was time to make BHI their permanent residence. Living amongst 150 to 175 year-round residents, they found themselves “howling at the moon.” No, not quite literally, but rather, gathering amongst family and neighbors to “watch the moon rise

Above: Melissa and Claude Pope Jr. Top Right: Team Bald Head Blues: Golfers Joel Dahmen and Martin Piller.

with the ocean” out on the east beach. Checking the calendar, marking the full moon, and going out with wine and cheese in hand; even celebrating their daughter’s wedding on the oceanfront as the moon rose. Their family celebration morphed into an annual celebration, including neighbors and visitors alike. The pot of chili, (provided by Chef Greg) and “bring your own platter” event of forty people transformed into an attendance of over one-thousand during the summer months, and has been hosted by the Pope family every year since the Maritime Market opening. The event has become so popular, that monthly sponsorships are sold for the event. Sunset to moonrise, there is great jubilation in regards to community here on BHI. With bagpipes, appetizers, and comradery, “Howl at the Moon” is an experience for all. The Popes’ son, Claude Pope III is an avid golfer. Earlier in his career, Claude Pope III caddied at several swanky golf clubs and met many notable contacts, including the creators of the Vineyard Vines brand, which led to his inspiration for Bald Head Blues. Bald Head Blues hosts the same leisurely, community-oriented ideals as Maritime Market. Their flagship store opened in 2014, adjacent to the market. They recently acquired Coastal Urge on BHI and are thrilled to have another retail store that carries the brand, among others. They will also grow the paddleboard and bicycle rental segment of the business. The owner, Claude Pope III wanted both brand and logo to be derived from the lifestyle inhabited by BHI, where “driving around in golf carts, going to the beach and playing golf,” are top priorities. The brand embodies the concept of “clothing for coasting.” Simple

life and style translate into “selling a comfort story.” With high-quality designs and fabrics, Bald Head Blues creates the ultimate comfort look and fit for island style. A passion for golf and business, BHB sponsors names such as, Martin Piller and Joel Dahmen, who will be wearing the BHB brand on the PGA tour. Today, over 200 retailers and golf pro shops carry the “blues brand” throughout the United States, as well as a few international locations. The brand is also sold online at and offers free shipping. High quality clothing and accessories are available for men, women and children. From a down to earth family, Claude Pope III feels that customer service is vital for a business’ success. He says, “so many businesses fail because of customer service – be polite, responsive, courteous, shake hands, kiss babies.” He and his family have “followed this as a golden rule,” which has proven well for their life on BHI. So, join the Pope family in their love for Bald Head Island’s lifestyle, hop in that loaded up golf cart, and “we’ll see you ‘round the island.” ¶

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Garden Club presents Landscaping Awards to Landfall, Paws & Claws, and Home Residents Steve and Linda Smits. L to R: Landfall Presentation: Bryan Justice, James Pace, Jeff Humphrey, Eric Luke, Steve Hughs, Wayne Grimes, Eric Kozen, Sherri Grimes, Ann Lyon, Julie Fisher, and Nan Caison; Paws & Claws Animal Hospital Presentation: Sherrie Grimes, Julie Fisher, Carolyn Augustine, Susan DeGrotte, Jenene Smith , Dr. Sam Smith, Wayne Grimes, Eric Kozen, Stephanie Harris, Ann Lyon and Nan Caison. Landscaper: Freeman Landscaping; Residential Presentation at the Home of Steve and Linda Smits: Bonnie Faler, Goldie Stetton, Stephanie Harris, Ann Lyon, Linda Smith, Sherri Grimes, Wayne Grimes, Eric Kozen, Steve Smits, Sarah Anderson, Julie Fisher, and Nan Caison. Landscaper: Southern Backyards.

Diane Upton, Doug Springer, Garland Valentine, Nancy Fonvielle and Chris Fonvielle of the Wilmington Water Tours’ Civil War Historic Tour.

U.S. International Ballet Company and Wilmington School of Ballet at performance of Cinderella. 46

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