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Fourth of July by the River
The perfect feast starts with seasonal favorites and adding in some creative coastal flavor. Just make sure there’s enough for seconds. By Amy Siler and Shawn Underwood Photo by BROWNIE HARRIS
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From Simple Fried Shrimp to Refreshing Champagne Bellinis
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ON THE COVER » Champagne Bellini bar is great for entertaining. Photograph by G. FRANK HART.
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Fourth of July by the River
Summers were the best while growing up. We would run around the neighborhood all day until our parents called us home for dinner. My mom was a great Southern cook, and she always prepared a huge meal for our family every Sunday. Families grow stronger around the table, and these days we often forgo the pleasure of being together with the increased use of cell phones and emails. Reading a text message is just not the same as seeing a smile on their face.
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Fourth of July Party • The Great Outdoors • Swimsuit Fashion
t’s summertime – a time to have some fun and kick off your shoes. School’s out, the weather is great, and it’s a magnificent time for the kids.
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And with summer fun, comes great backyard gatherings and entertaining. We’ve got a cool refreshing drink perfect for beating the heat, as well as some great recipes for those seasonal festivities with friends and family (see Fourth of July by the River, page 78). We’ve also put together a fun list of outdoor activities that’s sure to get you off the couch and outside. We’re talking more than just a day at the beach – standup paddleboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, zip lining, sightseeing, and more (see Get Outside!, page 64). And speaking of the beach, we’ve got the scoop on the latest fashion trends in swimwear, from bikinis to one-pieces, we’ve got you covered (see Sun, Sand & Salt, page 44). Not that summer is here, take some time to unwind and enjoy all the good things around you. Grab your kayak, hug your dog, whatever makes you smile. It’s time to laugh and be silly before school starts again. Enjoy these special times with your children.
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Art shows are just one way that Landfall Foundation provides support for local nonprofits.
See page 16.
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Boundless Energy International artists from all over come to visit the No Boundaries art colony on Bald Head Island
By GWENYFAR ROHLER
f you spend five minutes with Michelle Connolly you will know two things: she’s not from around here and she has a project she wants you to be part of. The accent might be the give away about her origins – signature British but peppered with Aussie slang. It is incredibly endearing coupled with a grinning, heart shaped face. But don’t be misled by her sweet and pretty demeanor, Connolly is all business. She always has a show, a project, new work, or a collaboration and she wants YOU to be part of it. “The connections I make with people, that’s so important. I keep people in mind – like if you know people are working on a certain project and somebody else is working on something similar – I bring them to each other.” It’s that bridge building collaborative spirit that landed her latest gig as the new President of the No Boundaries International Art Colony. After fifteen years of guiding No Boundaries, the founders were ready to take a step back and see it grow under someone else’s care. “In December of last year Pam Toll and Gayle Tustin said they didn’t know if they had the energy to carry it on,” Connolly noted. After fifteen years, it was time to pass the baton. Connolly exudes boundless energy and is virtually impossible to refuse, making her the logical choice. Of course she immediately turned around and began asking other people to join the effort. Her first choice was film producer and art collector Beth Crookham. Crookham was instrumental in bringing Rwandan artist Nkurunziza Innocent to UNCW’s Boseman
(top) Memory I, 1998, oil on canvas, by Gligor Cemerski; (above) Captain Charlie’s from the North, 2004, oil on canvas, by Wayne McDowell.
Visiting artists discussing their art projects.
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Gallery. “When I saw that – I thought ‘This woman is dynamic,’” Connolly said. As a film producer Crookham excels at bringing together people and resources to create solutions and success. Together the two women have recruited a grant writer and a treasurer, but they haven’t slowed down a bit. While we were talking on a sunny Thursday morning on Front Street, several friends stopped to greet us and Crookham was busy getting the word out about another need that No Boundaries has: storage. “We have art work dating back fifteen years that needs to be in climate controlled storage,” she hinted to a mutual friend in the real estate world.
Crookham has been busy photographing and cataloging the stored art work in an effort to make it more sellable. All non-profits need money, but a two week long art colony that brings artists from all over the world to house and feed them, especially needs cash. Crookham points out that for art collectors No Boundaries work can be a way to pick up some great bargains. “When you buy a piece of No Boundaries art you are actually making a donation to a 501 c(3) – and up to 75% is potentially tax deductible.” All this is preparatory to this year’s No Boundaries Art Colony at Bald Head Island. Three international artists are coming besides Connolly herself – in spite of her UK birth and Australian passport, she considers herself to be a local artist as a resident of our fair city. Juma Adi of Indonesia, who is currently working in Sydney and will be coming to NC from a stay in Moscow, will be joined by Nkurunziza Innocent from Rawanda, and Christian Rothmann of Berlin. The international exchange is a key component of No Boundaries, it was in fact the genesis. Founders Pam Toll, Gayle Tustin and Dick Roberts had all grown dramatically from their experiences in artists colonies abroad, and wanted to bring similar experiences and opportunities to our area. If the numbers are any indication, 52 international visiting (top) Bald Head Island Sunset, 2010, mixed artists from 26 countries later, their media on canvas, by Carmen Pombo; experiment can be labeled a success. (above) Cicatrix #2, 2012, mixed media “I think locally there has been a hand rubbed prints, by Fritzi Huber. misplaced belief that the same people come every year,” muses Crookham. “But, I can say having cataloged the art work – I can guarantee you – that is not the case.” Moving forward the goal is for four of the 16 slots to be filled by returning artists annually to provide continuity. “The commitment – saying that you are coming for two weeks – that’s a lot,” Connolly points out. “In my mind I have a young family,” Connolly indicates her two elementary school aged sons. “But for an artist, it’s important to know they can go away and focus on their work.” Connolly is herself a very talented artist with such a wide range of style, that her work has been compared to Chagall and Francis Bacon. Her subjects range from emus to famous performers to a series of portraits painted of Barbra, a local character with distinct features and an even more pronounced personality. Connolly spent the better part of a summer with her easel set up on the corner of 12th and Princess painting Barbara in different modes. “I was attracted to her face and that no one seems to know her, you know? I wanted to know more to show that.” It was a collaboration between the mystery woman and the artist, in the beautiful Carolina sunshine. But for Connolly, it was just a new series of work that she wanted to share with Barbara and everyone else. W No Boundaries 2013 will be held November 1-13. For more information visit www.nbiac.org.
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Landfall Foundation’s 14th Annual Art Show & Sale By JAMIE WALKER
Artists and volunteers are gathering again this year to prepare for the Landfall Foundation’s 14th annual Landfall Art Show and Sale, encouraging residents, organizers and artists alike to live up to the precept set forth by Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Area residents in attendance will not only have the opportunity to contribute to area non-profit organizations sponsored by the foundation, they’ll also have the chance to support local artists and the soul-serving endeavor of surrounding oneself with meaningful art. The Landfall foundation was established in 1995 to offer Landfall residents a philanthropic window of opportunity, a
portal to better reach the needs of the greater Wilmington community. Through the foundation, residents are able to pool their efforts and to create an impact that reverberates through hundreds of organizations, their members and their beneficiaries. As of 2012, the Landfall Foundation has contributed more than $2.5 million to area nonprofits. With over 150 volunteers, including 17 board members and 13 grant committee members, the foundation serves 66 area organizations including Airlie Gardens, Nourish North Carolina, Wilmington Concert Association, Wilmington Health Access for Teens, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, St. Mary Dental Clinic, the Dance Cooperative, Sunset Park
Boys Book Club and so many others. One of this year’s art show volunteers, Carol van der Kieft, said that she likes the nimbleness of the foundation. “They can do what they want. If they want to jump in and help fund a one-time need, they can. Nimbleness is unique, and it makes the work more gratifying,” van der Kieft said. Landfall Foundation president, Janet Burkholder, a member since its inception, said that there’s an intricate method that supports such agility. “We believe in the way that the grants committee works. The committee tirelessly labors over the
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selection process each year, shuffling through hundreds of applications. Once an application is accepted and money is awarded, it has a monitoring system in place to ensure that funds are properly used,” Burkholder said. The committee focuses heavily on the underserved population. While the foundation has imparted two capital grants, one to the Airlie Garden Butterfly House and one to Good Shepherd for the purchase of a new kitchen, the fou nd at ion has decided to eliminate capital grants so that the reach can continue to broaden. The current cap on individual grants is $6,000. The focus is often on smaller programs that ser ve the disadvantaged, but
the foundation will award grants to national organizations, such as the Red Cross. In those cases, however, it does so only with the assurance that the money will be used entirely within Wilmington’s three county area. While the foundation hosts several key events every year, including the Quintiles Marathon, the Landfall Gala, the Car Show, the Big South Auction, and the Holiday Marketplace, van der Kieft says that the art show is, hands down, a community (above) Carol and Fran Drury, purchasers of Best favorite. in Show painting Fall Runoff, by Sandy Nelson. “I never miss putting it on my (left) Display of multiple paintings. calendar,” she said. “When I heard that the committee needed help counties. Several of the artists are this year, I didn’t hesitate. We all look so landfall residents including Ed Hearn, forward to this event.” local bronze sculptor, fond of replicating Artists are all from North Carolina coastal wildlife from Herons and Egrets, with a heavy concentration of local artists to Bullfrogs and Lionfish. living in New Hanover and surrounding There are currently between 60 and 70
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registered artists. Art show co-chairman, Pam Bradley, expects that the cap of 100 artists will be met before the deadline on July 31st. “There’s always such a wide range of work,” Bradley said. “We have artists from all backgrounds – oil paintings, pastels, watercolor, colored pencil, ceramics, wood and metal sculpture, jewelry, mixed
media and fabric art. This year we even have a muralist bringing some large works to the show,” Bradley said. Trapper Cramer is a well-known area muralist from Pender County and will be presenting for the first time this year at the Landfall Art Show. Bradley said that the Wilmington Art Association (WAA) helps facilitate
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organization. “WAA not only helps us find the finest artists in the area, but also helps with the placement of the art in the days before the show,” Bradley said. “We try to encourage newcomers and they (WAA) help us find them.” This year’s judge, plein air artist Larry Moore, will be handing out monetary awards for best in show as well as 2nd and 3rd place. Honorable mentions, and best in category will receive ribbons. The show starts on Thursday, August 29th at the Dye Clubhouse in Landfall and ends on Saturday, August 31st. A cash bar will be available from 5-8pm each evening. When the heat of late August is too much to bear and the cool is calling, the art show, free and open to the public, will offer a Labor Day reprieve for area residents and visitors alike. With work from the most talented area artists, The Landfall Foundation A rt Show, says van der K ieft, gives new meaning to the adage “to give is to receive”. For more i n fo r m at i o n a b out L a nd f a l l Foundation or the A r t Show, visit landfallfoundation.org. W
18th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival July 26 - 28 The Cape Fear Blues Festival is a cultural fixture in our region and a rising star throughout the national blues industry. This festival will include three days of blues music in venues across the beautiful city of Wilmington, with some of the highlights of the festival being the Blues Cruise aboard the Henrietta III riverboat, the All-Day Blues Jam, and of course the Kick-Off party. This festival will feature local, regional & national acts all weekend long! 910-350-8822. www.capefearblues.org/festival.html
On Saturday October 12th Thalian Hall Will Celebrate 155 Years With one of the most Legendary Acts of This Century on The Main Stage!
Event Calendar Looking to fill your social calendar? We’ve got the rundown on what to do this steamy season. North Carolina 4th of July Festival July 1 - July 4
Held in Southport, this is one of the largest festivals in the state, and features arts & crafts, a parade, a running race, food and drinks, live entertainment, activities for kids, fireworks, and the popular naturalization ceremony. Times and activities vary. 910457-5578. nc4thofjuly.com
Sunset SUP Series July 1 - Aug 29
Come out & Paddle! Everyone is welcome! Every Thursday evening this summer! Men’s & Women’s Intermediate & Elite Divisions 30-45 minute Races. Courses all begin at Blockade Runner & will be determined by conditions at 4pm the day of the race. Thurs 6-7:30pm. 910-256-2251. blockade-runner.com
Friday Morning Birding Tours July 1 - Sept 13
Join the Audubon North Carolina naturalists on a free guided tour of this fascinating sanctuary every Friday morning where you can get close-up looks at nesting birds and chicks. Coastal birds combat unpredictable weather, and predators to raise their young so get ready to see these birds in action. Wrightsville Beach Public Access 43. 9-10am. 910-686-7527.
Ribbit Exhibit July 1 - Aug 20
Come experience the Summer exhibit at
Airlie Gardens. The Ribbit Exhibit features 16 whimsical, life-size frog sculptures by local artist Andy Cobb. Take part in the fun scavenger hunt where guests can find each art display as they walk through beautiful Airle Gardens. Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. 910-7987700. facebook.com/airliegardens
Riverfront Farmers’ Market July 1 - Dec 21
A weekly market held on Saturdays along the riverfront in the historic downtown river district. Market features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products include fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, cheeses, meats, seafood, baked goods, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts and more. 8am-1pm. 910-538-6223. facebook.com/riverfrontfarmersmarket
Well Suited-The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s Treme July 1 - Nov 3
View the exhibition of Wilmington native Alonzo Wilson, creator of the incredible costumes for the award-winning HBO series Treme. This exhibit will be full of fine, handsewn beadwork, archival-quality costume technique and brilliantly colored feathers. The exhibition includes exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits specially made for Treme. Additionally, Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches will be on view. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 910-395-5999. cameronartmuseum.com
Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight! Tickets go on Sale To the Public on August 3rd! Thalian Hall Box Office: 910.632.2285 or ThalianHall.org
Historic Wilmington Walking Tour July 1 - Oct 12
Step back in time with these historic home tours! The Historic Wilmington Foundation is offering two ongoing tours on Saturdays and select Wednesdays. The Streetcar Suburbs Tour will focus on Wilmington’s first two suburbs, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights and the development of these historic neighborhoods, while the Forest Hills Tour will showcase the architectural and cultural history of the neighborhood. The Streetcar Suburbs Tour will meet at the Coastal Shopping Center at 17th St. and Market St. and the Forest Hills Tour will meet at the Forest Hills Elementary School at 602 Colonial Dr. 10am. 910-762-2511. historicwilmington.org
East Coast “Got-Em-On” Classic July 12 - 13
The annual Pleasure Island King Mackerel fishing tournament is in its 34th year and will be going back to a classic one day tournament. Registration will begin at noon on July 12 followed by a Captain’s meeting, raffle and live entertainment. Fishing will commence Saturday July 13th with an awards ceremony. 910-458-0240. gotemonliveclassic.com
O’Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest July 12 - 14
The O’Neill/ Sweetwater Pro-Am held on Wrightsville Beach has grown into one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast and attracts surfers from around the world. In all, dozens of amateur surfers and an average of 96 professional surfers from around the world participate in this 3-day event. 8am. 910-2563821. sweetwatersurfshop.com
9th Annual Classy-Chassis Car Show and Arts & Crafts Market July 13
Features vintage vehicles, food, music, 50-50 drawing, and a flea market including fine art, photography, woodwork, jewelry and more. Held at Poplar Grove Plantation. 9am-4pm. 910-686-9518. poplargrove.com
Pipeline to a Cure July 13
A Cystic Fibrosis Foundation benefit gala to showcase the connection between surfing and CF. This event we will honor local and nationally renowned surf celebrities and local sponsors who support finding a cure for CF. Held at the Country Club of Landfall. Silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, cocktail reception.
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50+ Coastal Lifestyle Expo Aug 2
Enjoy Wilmington’s first ever age 50+ coastal lifestyles Expo. This day-long event will feature over 40 booths and free seminars. Throughout the day fitness demos and health screenings will be available, as well as information on financial planning and retirement options, home builders and remodelers. This will be the one-stop shop for all your age 50+ lifestyle needs. Held at Wilmington Convention Center. 10am-4pm. 910-799-2611. wcfhba.com
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Enjoy a 4-hour relaxing getaway on Wilmington’s original Black River Nature Cruise. Narrated by Coastal Ecologist and Author Andy Woods. Experience miles of scenic wilderness that is a photographers’ and bird watchers paradise. Refreshments provided. Boarding at the USS NC Battleship Memorial. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cape Fear Riverboats. 10am-2pm. 910-343-1611. cfrboats.com
Mud Day Aug 9 - 10
Mud Day is a day full of the messiest fun you can imagine! Explore Magic Mud, a substance with properties of both a solid and a liquid at the same time, make mud pies, give yourself a mud mask, and just play in the mud! Be sure to wear a bathing suit or old clothes and bring a towel and a change of clothes. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. 9am-1pm. 910-254-3534. playwilmington.org
Lecture: “Southern Cooking, High and Low” with John Beck Aug 15
Southern Cooking, High and Low: A short history of the cuisine of the South. Join the Bellamy in welcoming historian, author, and professor Dr. John Beck as he presents his history of Southern food. Bellamy Mansion. 6:30-7:30pm. 910-2513700. bellamymansion.org
Downtown Sundown Presents: The Waiting a Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Aug 16
The Waiting is a unique tribute to the sounds and melodies of the classic American songbook of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. They have
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Turtle Talk Aug 26
Turtle Talk is held at Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach, NC, and is a chance to learn about sea turtles, where and why they nest on our shores, and the local Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project that provides awareness and safety for hatchlings. 7pm. 910-458-8216.
Landfall Foundation Art Show & Sale Aug 29 - 31
Come out and see local and regional artists works of art, paintings, sculpture, woodwork. Cash bar. Events raises funds for local non-profit groups and creates awareness of local artists. Open to the public. Dye Clubhouse. 10am-8pm.
Last Chance for White Pants Gala Aug 30
Live music by motown, funk, soul and hip-hop band, Mo’ Sol. Heavy hors ‘oeuvres, beer and wine, and silent and live auctions. Presented by Lower Cape Fear Hospice at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Tickets $100. 7pm-midnight. 910-796-8099. hospicewhitepants.org
Last Chance For White Pants Gala Presented by Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Date: Aug. 30, 2013 Time: 7 p.m. - midnight Place: Hilton Wilmington Riverside $100 ticket includes: Live music by motown, funk, soul, and hip-hop band Mo’ Sol Heavy hors d’oeuvres • Beer and wine • Silent and live auctions Guest packages and sponsorships start at $500 and include a guest room for two at the Hilton To purchase tickets now, please visit: www.hospicewhitepants.org or call 910.796.8099 ext. 6
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Selling the Coast We sit down with Vance Young of Intracoastal Realty to talk shop about the current market conditions By LAUREN FRYE
Real estate markets fluctuate—sometimes quickly and without warning—and Vance Young has seen the Wilmington market change significantly since he got his start here in 1988. Back then, Landfall—still on the verge of becoming one of Wilmington’s premier addresses—had little more than a few dirt roads and a dozen houses. Lumina Station was a trailer park, Mayfaire a cow pasture. It wasn’t so long ago, but back them Wilmington wasn’t in the spotlight the way it is today. Route 40 did not yet reach all the way east to the Port City, leaving the charms of the town and the beauty of the nearby beaches largely undiscovered. In 1988, Vance Young found himself moving from his New York City finance job to a different career path—selling real estate in Landfall. As the first houses went up, Young was challenged with the tricky task of selling lots and homes based on the vision of a still young and growing community. With Young on board, Landfall grew, I-40
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opened, and the Wilmington real estate market began to reach new heights. “I was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time,” said Young. “The Landfall family has been good to me.” By 2000, the market was booming and Young had sold some 600 home and homesites in Landfall, by now a wellestablished, high-end development. He was eager to spread his wings and explore the market in other areas of the region, so he decided to join forces with an agency. The choice wasn’t difficult; he called on Intracoastal Realty. Jim Wallace, owner of Intracoastal, and Young were acquaintances and had spoken on and off over the years. “The more I got to know him, the more impressed I was,” said Young. “I liked that Intracoastal was locally owned and operated. They had a great reputation in the upper-end market and it just felt like a natural fit.” Additionally, Intracoastal has eight offices in the area and is affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International, partnerships which extend the Intracoastal
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Tracking the Market Though the national Vance Young news began reporting a downward trend for real estate in 2006, Young saw signs of the decline as early as 2005, especially in the luxury home market. “After Hurricane Katrina (August, 2005), we saw people starting to slow down their spending, especially in the second home and high end markets.” The Wall Street crash in 2008 solidified the decline, and the market finally bottomed out in the fourth quarter of 2011. Since then, a steady, albeit sometimes shaky, recovery has been taking place. Last year saw confidence rising in both buyers and sellers, but sales figures still lagged. The first two quarters of this year have already shown great improvement. “2013 has marked the return of the upperend buyer,” said Young. “Second home buyers still aren’t fully engaged in the recovery, but primary home buyers certainly are. The Wilmington area is seeing a lot of activity right now.” The statistics back up Young’s assertion. The Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS reports that luxury home sales (homes priced $1 million or more) in 2013 are up 61% in transactions and 75% in dollar volume this year versus the same period last year. In other words, things are improving quickly. Young attributes this growth to a variety of factors affecting
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both buyers and sellers. The distressed home market has shrunk (according to Young, more than 85% of foreclosures and short sales have been flushed out), which is great news for sellers because it means they don’t have to compete with the severely reduced prices these properties often fetch. This translates to a more equal playing field and better returns for sellers. Buyers are also becoming more active. Because home prices have yet to take a significant turn north, Young is seeing folks who have been on the sidelines for years— wanting to buy but waiting for the market to stabilize—finally making their move. “I just sold a property on Wrightsville Beach to a couple who had been watching it for more than a year,” explained Young. “The price was reduced $800,000 and they jumped on it. They got a great deal.” All this movement is keeping Young busy. “There are 25 homes under contract in Landfall right now, and eight of those are new construction,” he said. “This is good news for Wilmington.” PHOTOGRAPH (1) BY SUSAN FRANCY
network and increase its already powerful reputation. Today, Young and his team of 10 agents handle properties across a variety of price points and in many neighborhoods. “I’m proud of my team members, and especially grateful to have Maureen Robison as my right hand,” said Young. The team handles properties from Topsail to Carolina beach, but primarily represent homes that are situated on or near our greatest natural amenity: the water.
Ask the Expert Taking advantage of the positive turn in the market requires a little bit of savvy, and Young has advice for buyers and sellers to help get the most out of the recovery. For sellers, it’s all about getting the price right. “Sellers have to price their homes to the market if they want to move them,” said Young. “It’s about more than just doing comps. Have an agent who’s knowledgeable about the area work with you to price your home correctly.” The condition of the home is very important, too. Young says the penalty a potential buyer will impose on the price is much bigger than the cost of making the improvements. “If your house needs $10,000 in upgrades, the buyer will penalize you $25,000 for it,” he explained. “I always advise sellers to make
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Three Intracoastal Realty-listed luxury homes that sold this year: (pictured on page 22) 25 Backfin Point, Wilmington, NC 28411 (Figure 8 Island). Sold for $4,375,000 on 5/03/13 after being on the market for 1 day. (on left) 10 Bayberry Place, Wilmington, NC 28411 (Figure 8 Island). Sold for $4,150,000 on 1/30/13 after being on the market for 57 days. (on right) 23 Palmetto Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. Sold for $1,500,000 on 5/31/13 after being on the market for 8 days.
these improvements and make the home feel as move-in ready as possible. It will help move your home more quickly and save you money in the long run.” In the past year Young’s client base was weighted more heavily to sellers, a sign that the market was still slow to recover. But this year, that’s changed. “I’ve seen a definite shift, and I’m now
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working with more buyers,” says Young. Perhaps this is because potential buyers are in a great position to start shopping. “The bottom is clearly behind us, but prices still haven’t gone up significantly yet,” he said. “Prices drive everything. Once the price hits people start buying.” 910-509-1965, vanceyoung.com. W
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Wilmington’s new Miracle Field and playground gives kids with disabilities an opportunity to play baseball By LAUREN FRYE
o Dean stands in the middle of the largest Miracle Field in the country, arms outstretched, and smiles. “You see all this?” he asks. “The Wilmington community built this. It’s truly a labor of love.” Dean is talking about the brand new, universal access baseball park and playground located in Olsen Park behind Laney High, which will soon be the home field of the Miracle League Wilmington. As Executive Director of Accessible Coastal Carolina Events Sports and Services (ACCESS), and Project Manager of Miracle League Wilmington, Dean has dedicated the past two years to seeing this labor of love through to fruition.
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Miracle League is a national organization founded in 1997 in Alpharetta, GA, with the mission of making baseball accessible to all kids, regardless of physical or mental disabilities. Since then, more than 240 community groups across the nation have formed Miracle Leagues, serving some 200,000 kids and adults with disabilities. Dr. Dan Johnson, Associate Professor of Therapeutic Recreation at UNCW and an advocate for universal access and inclusiveness, led the charge on bringing a Miracle League to Wilmington when he learned of the important work the national organization was doing. He formed ACCESS as a platform to launch Miracle League. “Our region—New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties—has the largest percentage of people with disabilities in the state,” says Dean. “It’s extremely important that we provide a safe and accessible place for this population to exercise, play and socialize.” Dr. Johnson and the ACCESS team decided to take the Wilmington Miracle League one step further than the national model—in addition to kids, it will serve the area’s wounded warriors and seniors with varying levels of abilities. “We built the largest Miracle Field in the country so we could use it for many kinds of sports and activities, and make it accessible for all ages and abilities,” says Dean. They anticipate adding adult wheelchair softball
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and will invite Special Olympics and Wounded Warrior athletes, hockey, soccer, kickball and bocce ball players to the 33,000 square foot field. “We have big plans for this place,” Dean says with a grin. A Community Partnership Once the idea of bringing Miracle League to the Port City was in place, there was the important matter of funding. ACCESS set
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(top) The new Miracle Playground at Olsen Park. (right) The team spreading rock during construction so that when the rubber was poured everyone would have access to the playground.
up the Wilmington Believes in Miracles campaign to begin raising the funds to build the field and adjacent playground. The city of Wilmington stepped up to the plate and donated the tract of land in Olsen Park, kicking off a series of generous donations of time, money and in-kind goods and services that surpassed even Dean’s and Johnson’s expectations. “We’ve raised close to $1.2 million so far,” says Dean. “If you figure in all the in-kind donations we’ve received, the figure is closer to $2 million.” Some of the larger naming opportunities were snapped up quickly—the adjacent playground has been dubbed Kiwanis Miracle Playground, and the entire complex is named Brax Stadium. According to Dean, additional naming opportunities in Miracle Field are still available, and the Buy a Brick campaign allows donors to support Miracle
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Field by purchasing a brick in the Walk of Champions for just $100. “The community really got behind this project,” Dean continues. “They understood the health and wellness benefits that come with the Miracle Field, and how important they are.” The fact is, statistics regarding cardiovascular health and obesity among kids with disabilities are scary. Dean points out, “There’s a health crisis, and we need to provide more options and opportunities for people of all abilities to be active. That’s what this is all about.” Play Ball At first glance, the Miracle Field looks a lot like a typical baseball diamond, but it has many built-in features that make it safer and more accessible. The rubber, nonlatex surface is helpful and safe for people with mobility difficulties, and the bases are inlaid to allow wheelchairs and other devices freedom to navigate without obstruction. Universal access is the most important aspect of Miracle Field, according to Dean. People of all abilities, using any type of mobility device, can get on and off the field and playground easily. This includes the road leading to the field, parking areas and bathroom complex. The adjacent Kiwanis Miracle Playground is any kid’s dream—large, bright and full of opportunities for fun and exploration. The ground is made of a poured rubber surface, which has a slight bounce and makes the play experience safer (and more fun—it’s a little like walking on the moon). Unique equipment like a rolling table is
geared toward kids with autism, while a large jungle gym complex is completely wheelchair accessible. “I met a kid the other day who told me, ‘I’ve seen playgrounds, but I’ve never played on one,” says Dean. “I love the fact that this playground will be totally accessible to him.” The playground was built, both physically and financially, by the community. Volunteers from the Kiwanis club, baseball teams from local high schools and sponsors came out to shovel dirt, put equipment together and help keep the project moving along. Miracle Playground was designed and donated by a group called Carolina Parks and Play, who specialize in inclusive equipment. “You’ll not see another playground like this in the area,” says Dean. “It’s one-of-a-kind.” When the Miracle Field complex opens on June 20, 2013, the playground will be open every day and accessible to kids with all abilities. “The idea behind inclusive play is to have all children playing together and learning from one another.” Dean anticipates there will be 20 teams in the Miracle League, which is forming now. Games will be free and open to the public, and Dean hopes the Wilmington community will continue to show its support by coming out to a game and cheering the athletes on. As for Dean, he couldn’t be happier that his path lead him to the Miracle League. “Everything in life is about showing up,” says Dean. “That’s my philosophy. I showed up, and the Miracle League showed up for me.” To learn more about Miracle League Wi lmi ng t on, v isit thei r website at miracleleaguewilm.org. W
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Parenting Reads for Mom & Dad By Courtney Webb
arenting isn’t easy. Children don’t come with instruction manuals and being an informed and responsible parent in our modern world is becoming more and more of a challenge as parents are faced with situations and outcomes we’d never have imagined for ourselves or for our children. Whether the
focus be on making sure your child has appropriate educational opportunities, proper medical care or even fighting for your child’s life and rights: we’ve got you covered with these three parent oriented book selections. Each is “straight from the horse’s mouth” in that the writers write not from the outside looking in but from within from their own personal life experience.
Square Peg: My Story and What it Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries and Out-of-the Box Thinkers by L. Todd Rose with Katherine Ellison
Todd Rose was that square peg as a child. He was the “rebel” that just didn’t fit into the traditional educational system mold. Labeled, judged and thought to lack the intelligence to master conventional schooling methods he later went on to Harvard. Now he is currently a faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he focuses his studies and teaching on educational neuroscience and the utilization of complex systems in application to educational models. In Square Peg he gives parents and educators not only an innovative new take on the methods of the education of our children but his personal experience of being that child who slipped through the cracks. The book is part memoir, part fascinating scientific exploration of just how children learn and part reminder that just maybe sometimes we shouldn’t make our kids adapt to society’s expectations but make society adapt to our kids.
Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir
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Doron Weber is a phenomenal writer and an extremely intelligent man but someday he will not be remembered most for these things, he will be remembered most for being a true father. In his emotionally connective memoir Immortal Bird, Weber relays the experience of his family’s fight to save their son Damon from heart failure caused by an extremely rare condition called Protein Losing Enteropathy. A condition not well understood by the medical community, Weber takes readers through their fight exposing not only the flaws of the modern medical system when faced with a condition that is little understood but also the responsibility of the parent to be the ultimate voice in their child’s medical rights. Weber’s parental voice is heart-wrenching, evocative in a way that only a parent could truly understand and it gripes one’s heart to the point of the readers becoming a witness to the events in a mien that most writers can only dream of. It is a book that will stay with you forever and in that manner his devoted father has truly made Damon Weber and his enduring legacy immortal.
The Thinking Mom’s Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum by Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes
Twenty-three parents from around the globe find each other through social media, their one connective link: the desperate search for the means to bring their children back from the debilitating grip of autism or other developmental disabilities. What started as a small group of friends turned into a revolution throughout both social media and the World Wide Web. Now for the first time these founding parents each impart their personal stories of hope, fear, helplessness and the fight for recovery. They say if you meet one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism but luckily this collection gives voice to multiple families and their stories of living life with the almost invisible enemy of autism and in some cases life after. It also gives voice to each parent’s views on causes, treatments and the ultimate search for recovery for so many children who are truly medically ill. With a recent study confirming at least 1 in 50 school age children are on the autism spectrum, a book like this has never been more needed and able to be understood and relatable. Parents, grandparents, neighbors and educators would do well to step into these shoes whether or not they personally are affected by autism, it can only make them possibly understand a tiny drop of the epidemic surrounding us. All they ask is that you THINK. This book is the one that makes it crystal clear that the real soldiers in the trenches on the battlefield of autism are not the doctors and scientists but the parents who will never give up on their children and their search for the truth.
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Step 3 Apply Heat Products alone are not going to eliminate your frizz issues. You also need to apply the proper amount of heat to seal the cuticle and help lock in shine and smoothness. One way to do this is by blow-drying your hair with a round brush. “I always suggest a good round brush, and blow dry from start to finish to keep the ends together and this really makes it last longer,” says March. To achieve your best look, invest in a high-quality hair dryer and brush.
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hile sculptural beauty and sustenance create a solid and desirable partnership, the combination is hard to come by in the gift-giving market. Until 1999, when young Tariq Farid, along with his brother Kamran, developed the concept of artistically designed, fruit-filled centerpieces and offered them as flower arrangement alternatives in the first Edible Arrangements store in East Haven, Connecticut. Before this concept, flowers or the occasional potted plant were the only deliverable gifts offered. Within 6 years, 500 Edible Arrangements’ franchises were established across the country. Sculptural and edible centerpiece designs were a welcome combination in homes and on event tables from coast to coast.
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It wasn’t long before the rest of the world got wind of the sweet addition to occasions. As of this year, there are 1,100 franchises scattered across nine countries. The company’s success has been recognized in the media. For the past five years, they have donned the top 500 franchise list in Entrepreneur Magazine. And in 2011, Forbes Magazine placed the company ninth on the “Top 20 Franchises to Start” list. Edible Arrangements came to Wilmington in 2005 via Ken Ruginis, a native New Yorker and entrepreneur. Ruginis set up shop in Landfall Center, near Wrightsville Beach, and said that the idea of delivering multiple layers of pleasurefood to every occasion made the franchise very attractive to him. Ruginis, previously living in Rhode Island, said that he and his family spent their summers vacationing on the North Carolina
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coast, and were planning to spend their retirement years in the coastal southeast. Opening an Edible Arrangements franchise in 2005 gave him the head start needed to achieve his dream. And the adventure, he said, has been as fulfilling as it has been thrilling. “We deliver happiness,” he said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.” The only thing that brings more smiles than a beautifully arranged, colorful centerpiece, he says, is one that you can eat. The bright stacks of skewered fruit – pineapple, grapes, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, kiwi – and an assortment of dark and white chocolate-covered fruit delight the senses. Ruginis says he feels good about offering goods and services that brighten and refresh every occasion. From bereavement to birth, asking forgiveness
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to expressions of love, birthdays to sporting events, weddings to funerals, beautifully arranged fruit presented in a tasteful take-away container is always appropriate. “We’re in the healthy gift-giving business,” Ruginis said. Through their kids-at-heart initiative, Edible Arrangements offers healthy alternatives to kids’ parties and events, with containers designed to include beloved characters and arrangements to fit young palettes. There are designs to suit all special occasions. From green-colored white chocolate-covered strawberries for St. Patrick’s Day, to pink-colored chocolate-covered everything for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Edible Arrangements designs to suit. While they get paid for most of their gift-giving, Ruginis says that on both the corporate and local level, Edible Arrangements also gives freely to the community whenever possible. Ten percent of all store sales for the month of October are donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. “We believe in giving back to the community,” Ruginis said. “On the local level, we usually do this in the form of sponsorship.” We sponsor the Thalian Assocation, the Seahawks, and the North Carolina Azalea Festival. “We also try to donate our goods and services whenever possible to area schools, local churches, and various fundraisers,” Ruginis said. When stepping into Ruginis’s shop, it’s instantly refreshing to see the fresh fruit, and the fast food options offered for the local sweet tooth. A new Grab & Go line now makes it quick and convenient for you to stop by the store and give yourself a healthy treat – chocolate-covered fruit of choice, fruit bowls, decadent parfaits and fruit sundaes, or a sweet fruit smoothie. Ruginis, now living in Hampstead, says he has the best of both worlds. He and his wife spend weekends on the water, and he spends his weekdays sending out arrangements that will deliver a touch of healthy sweetness as well as happiness. 910-256-3130, ediblearrangements.com. W
Pioneer in the Port City Local physician Dr. Kamran Goudarzi leads the way in vein care in Southeastern North Carolina and the nation By JENNIFER GLATT
Photos by ERIN WHITTLE
Summer is almost always cause for celebration, especially here in Wilmington. Countless activities beckon for us to enjoy the beach, the ocean and shore alike. The temperature rises, the sun shines on longer days, and people are eager to trade cold-weather clothing for more revealing summer attireâ€”except, perhaps, for those who struggle with a common condition: varicose veins. When one-way valves in your veins do not properly keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart, blood collects in the leg veins and pressure builds. The pressure prevents normal
blood flow from the larger deep veins into the smaller superficial veins, causing the veins to become weak, large, and twisted. Although treatment is often necessary, it is much less invasive than it used to be,
thanks to innovative work led by a most accomplished local physician. Dr. Kamran Goudarzi showed remarkable aptitude for medical science from an early age. He graduated with MB, BS, and MD
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(clockwise from above) Ultrasound wand maps the vein system and pinpoints the cause of the weakened vein; Dr. Kamran performing an intravascular laser ablation; The latest laser filament that is inserted into the affected vein.
degrees from the prestigious University of London. After graduation from medical school, he began preparation for his boards in general surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons in England, then moved to the United States for an additional five years of residency training. He began his residency at New Hanover Hospital in the early 1980s, then left North Carolina for a few years to pursue additional training at some of the foremost medical facilities in the world, including MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. After completing his residency in general surgery in Syracuse, he came back to Wilmington in 1987 to settle down with his family and open his own practice. He and his wife Tonia have three children,
Tala (18), Caspian (15) and Laila (12). In sum, Dr. Kamran, as he is affectionately known, now has more than 35 years of post-medical school experience in the art of general, thoracic, vascular, laparoscopic, and endoscopic surgeries. He has been awarded a plethora of accolades on this side of the Pond, including becoming a Diplomate on the American Board of Phlebology (and one of the first surgeons in the United States to become certified in Phlebology, the branch of medicine that deals with veins and venous disease). He is also a Fellow on both the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, among many
other accomplishments. Dr. Kamran has long been at the forefront of medical technology, adapting new options as they become available. In 2000, he was thrilled to learn of a new treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficiency. This general surgeon, who admits to always having an interest in vascular anatomy, felt it was no less than a “major breakthrough.” People are typically genetically predisposed to developing varicose veins. According to Dr. Kamran, approximately 40 percent of men and 45 percent of women will develop them at some point. Age, inactivity for long periods of time (particularly on the job), obesity and pregnancy can also exacerbate the development of varicose veins. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight are helpful, but for those patients who suffer from venous insufficiency, compression stockings or surgery were really the only two viable treatment options until 2000. “I was never happy with the way veins were treated,” Dr. Kamran states. “I felt that the treatment lagged behind,” he says. This was not impatience on his part for a somewhat newer treatment—indeed, the most recent approach to surgically handling varicose veins was developed in 1917. The age-old approach, he says, was to “strip” (remove) the weakened veins via a cut in the leg or ankle, which he feels was simply “barbaric.” Dr. Kamran welcomed the contemporary method to treat a most common occurrence. Using highly specialized ultrasound technology to map the vein system and pinpoint the root cause of the weakened vein, Dr. Kamran employs a procedure called intravascular laser ablation to treat the problem area. He places a small laser fiber inside the affected vein, which is designed to destroy it from within. The body then simply reabsorbs the tissue. He lists the benefits of the new technique, which are many: “There is no need to go to the operating room or cut the patient, there is no scarring, there is minimal blood loss, patients experience little to no pain after surgery, and it costs less.” All of these reasons are encouraging not only to Dr. Kamran, but also to the patients themselves. As one of the first physicians in North
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Carolina to open a vein clinic, Dr. Kamran has met with incredible success. He says he has performed more than 10,000 cases in the last 13 years, and that patients come from as far away as New York, Virginia, and the Carolinas for treatment. In fact, demand was so high that he opened a second Wilmington office, as well as satellite offices in Shallotte and Wallace. On a national level, Dr. Kamran’s practice is in the top two percent in terms of total case volume, and his expertise is leading the way to refine innovative, cutting-edge products waiting to be introduced all across the United States. “Working with Dr. Kamran has proven to be a long road to success,” says Laura Risi, Territory Manager for AngioDynamics, the company that produces the laser technology used in the ablation treatments. “We have been working closely together to provide him with the best technology available. Many people from the corporate office have been involved with the development of the latest laser fiber and the implementation of this technology into Dr. Kamran’s hands. Together we have gathered feedback and expertise to improve the product and eventually launch it around the country. Dr. Kamran has such a deep understanding of the treatment of venous disease, and his experience has been educational and crucial to the nationwide release of the newest technology from AngioDynamics.” A fellow colleague concurs. “Dr. Kamran is a pioneer within the vascular community and is always on the forefront of healthcare,” says Josh Kaplan, who works with Zonare Medical Systems, the company that provides Dr. Kamran’s ultrasound equipment. “We decided in 2012 to make Dr. Kamran a “Center of Excellence” site due to his strong commitment of enhancing patient outcomes within healthcare communities around the globe.” Accolades continue to flood in, especially from his clients. “I cannot say enough about Dr. Kamran and his staff – empathy, kindness, and above all, expertise second to none. Thank you all! Virtually painless – everything explained, all my questions were answered clearly and patiently. It was such a positive experience to feel I was treated and cared for by fellow human beings, not just technicians! No pain,” noted K.G. Similar sentiments from easily 100 patients or more are listed on Dr. Kamran’s website. Post-procedure, Dr.
Kamran invites his patients to complete a patient satisfaction survey, and he shares that he receives a great deal of satisfaction from reading the remarks. “In medical school you’re not taught that patients will get much relief,” from some procedures, he shares. And for a long time, this was certainly the case with the antiquated treatment for varicose veins, but no longer. With the laser treatment, “the results are nothing short of amazing,” he enthuses. Night cramps and restless leg syndrome can be completely alleviated, as can the associated swelling, heaviness and tenderness that varicose veins can sometimes cause. “It is such a thorough procedure and patients feel so much better afterward,” he remarks. “I can see the difference I make to their life. To see you’ve made a difference in someone’s life is very satisfying.” To learn more about Dr. Kamran’s stateof-the-art approach to vein care, visit his website at scarlessveincare.com. W
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Man Kicking World, ceramic sculpture by Viola Frey.
Artistic License The Museum School gives all of us permission to play By JENNIFER GLATT
Painters and sculptors, writers and composers—really, creators of any sort—have long been able to cause us to recognize the familiar and show us the world in new ways. Twentieth century Trappist monk and spiritual thinker Thomas Merton (and, fittingly, the son of artists) summarized the notion aptly when he said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” And in between, noted John Updike, “What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit.” Wilmington is fortunate to be home to the Cameron Art Museum, where such “breathing room” is abundant. With a gallery replete with paintings, sculptures, exhibitions, installations and a calendar full of programs, events and even Civil War activities, you may be surprised to find that CAM offers even more through its Museum School. “The Museum School is a distinct limb of the educational environment fostered through Cameron Art Museum,” says
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Donna Moore, director. Enhancing visual and cultural literacy is CAM’s fundamental aim, and “for an art museum to nest an art school just makes good sense,” she continues. “We are enveloped by art! Our instructors are artists and we have all the gifts of the museum as easily accessible teaching tools — dynamic exhibits, diverse cultural programming, a contemporary architectural structure, an Art Park, and a growing membership of people supportive of the arts.”
Humble Beginnings Martha Burdette, CAM’s current Curator of Education, and Moore met in a life drawing class in the Cowan House at St. John’s Museum of Art in the early 1980s. Friends through the years, they were both active in the local art community and in education. Burdette joined the Museum School staff, serving as the Museum School Director while Moore served as Community Coordinator, then together they functioned
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Donna Moore with artist in residence Hiroshi Sueyoshi and Keith Butler.
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“We are building a community of both new and practiced artists — first time students and more and more repeat students. We hope to encourage anyone interested in developing skills, experimenting creatively or gaining appreciation to take that step towards discovery.” as co-directors before Burdette went on to her current position. “Hester Donnelly, a Wilmington familiar, taught many of the same drawing and painting fundamentals in the Cowan House decades ago, as we teach in the Museum School today,” Moore explains. “In that sense, we are an extension of an arts program hatched on downtown’s Second and Orange Streets many years ago.” The desire to revive the instructional classes once offered at St. John’s was the impetus for The Museum School. It was a “natural evolution” for Moore and Burdette to work together as an art education team. Programming started with a bare selection of classes in the Spring of 2011, following with a more robust collection of offerings in the Fall. From those grass roots sprung a wealth of beginning art classes, as well as numerous intermediate classes for more experienced artists, including Masters classes that can include CEU credit through New Hanover County Schools. “We start with the classic fundamentals and build classes based on students’ response,” Moore notes. “We offer a scope of studies that will foster basic skills, confidence and enthusiasm for both the creation and appreciation of the arts.” A Program for Everyone Classes are offered in an environment steeped in consistently high quality instruction from actively working regional and local artists. Drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, art history, printmaking and clay are just some of the subjects of the Museum School’s classes. Programming is designed to “breathe
Student in Donna Moore’s Life Drawing class at Cameron Art Museum.
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and grow,” continues Moore, and adapt as necessary to demand. The Museum School also offers healthy living classes, Yoga, T’ai Chi, and nutritional education. Seven sessions throughout the year provide adult programming in a variety of 6-week classes, as well as one- or two-day weekend workshops. “We max out at 12 students, allowing for personal interaction between students and instructors,” says Moore. “In the summer months, we have one-week classes, meeting for three hours a day, for older youth (middle and high school). Our same professional artists work with the youth classes, providing an opportunity for quality focus and development.” Moore also notes that the Museum School is one of very few, if not the only venue in town for weekly drop-in life drawing sessions with no instruction. In a professional studio setting, the class can draw or paint trained, nude models and participate in quarterly critiques. While a variety of summer art camps are offered through CAM’s Youth Education programs, the Museum School offers more in-depth, week-long classes that focus on such subjects as drawing, painting, mixed media and clay. “They are not summer camps for kids — far from it,” Moore cautions. The three-hour per day classes are designed for children “who have a sincere interest in an art discipline and seek instruction through professional artists in a studio environment.” The Best of the Best Beyond the gallery and the classes, Cameron Art Museum is also an area leader in the art of experimentation. CAM prides itself on the quality and caliber of its instructors, which, as you might expect, are top-notch. Case-in-point: Master artist and Artist in Residence Hiroshi Sueyoshi, who helms the Pancoe Art Education Center. He works exclusively in clay and teaches five 8-week sessions through the year. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Sueyoshi came to North Carolina in the early 1970s to help build Humble Mill Pottery in Asheboro. Sueyoshi has taught at numerous institutions, including Sampson Community College in Clinton, Wilson County Technical Institute and Cape Fear Community College. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and his works can be found in many private, corporate and institutional collections around the country, including the Renwick
Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute. Featuring studios and an outdoor kiln, the Pancoe Clay Studio focuses on the techniques, forms and conventions of clay, while encouraging experimentation in contemporary medium, concepts and techniques, according to CAM’s website. Practically speaking, the studio is a place to work and play, and often the two are commingled. Sueyoshi offers group instruction, demonstration and individual assistance in clay hand-building, wheelthrowing and glazing techniques. Novices to experienced potters are welcome to come to the studio, which offers open studio time and assistance with clay making one time at no cost. Numerous other noteworthy instructors offer their time and expertise through the Museum School. They include: • Sheila Boneham Ph.D., an author who has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, taught writing at several universities in the U.S. and abroad. She teaches writing workshops. • Todd Carignan, who was born and raised in Wilmington, teaches art. He graduated with a BFA in Sequential Art and a minor in Art History from the Savannah College of Art & Design. • Alan Cradick, a photographer for 30 years, provided editorial, portrait and feature photography for the U.S. Coast Guard and teaches digital photography and portraiture. • Mitsuyo Ito has taught Japanese calligraphy for 30 years . She also teaches various aspects of Japanese culture, such as Japanese Tea Ceremony, Temari, Kimono, Origami and the Japanese language. • Michael Van Hout is a working artist known for his sea creatures that can be seen at the North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher. He shares his printmaking expertise. “We are building a community of both new and practiced artists — first time students and more and more repeat students,” says Moore. “We hope to encourage anyone interested in developing skills, experimenting creatively or gaining appreciation to take that step towards discovery.” The Cameron Art Museum is located at 3201 South 17th Street. A Museum membership offers free admission (and a discount on Museum School classes). The complete calendar of events can be found at cameronartmuseum.com. W
Going Gluten Free Is It Healthy for You? By EDNA COX RICE RD, CSG, LD
Did you know?
The color of an eggshell is determined by the color of the hen laying the egg.
decade ago , the majority of us had never even heard of “gluten”. Today, the prevalence of gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity has dramatically increased. One in 133 people are diagnosed with celiac disease. Since 2003 the sales of gluten free cookbooks and gluten free foods is generating a $2.6 billion industry.
What is Gluten, Exactly?
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Gluten is a protein found in many grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is the ingredient that makes pizza dough stretchy, gives bread a spongy texture, and thickens soups and stews. Gluten is in most breads, crackers, pasta – regardless of the shape, and desserts such as cookies, cakes, pies, puddings and some candy bars. Surprisingly, it’s also found in soups, sauces – soy and teriyaki, and many salad dressings. Two commonly used, hidden sources of gluten are malt (made from barley) and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (often contains wheat).
Why go Gluten Free?
Most people can eat gluten. For those with a gluten allergy or celiac disease, gluten free becomes a way of life. Celiac disease is a genetic disorder. It is thought that 2.5 million people have celiac disease, despite increased testing only 150,000 are diagnosed. The symptoms of celiac disease are many and varied, including chronic diarrhea, unintended weight loss, unexplained anemia, fatigue, bone and joint pain, and in children - failure to grow. If left untreated, this disorder can damage the intestines and cause long term problems. For individuals that have seen a physician and been tested for celiac disease, even a crumb can make their immune system respond dramatically.
Eating Right with Gluten Intolerance
» Read food labels carefully. » Look for gluten free grains, flour, and food products in food stores. » Pack gluten free foods if eating away from home. » Read restaurant menus carefully and ask the chef about recipe ingredients. » C hoose fresh, whole foods and ingredients. Many processed foods include gluten-containing ingredients.
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Nonceliac Gluten Sensitivity is another problem on the rise. The symptoms are similar to celiac disease – stomach cramps, diarrhea, bloating – but are not as dramatic and will not damage the intestines. Avoiding gluten “most” of the time can improve these symptoms. Some individuals experiencing conditions such as migraines, depression, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome have found relief following a gluten free diet; but this does not work for everyone.
Gluten Free the Latest Ticket to Weight Loss?
Many people are on the gluten free bandwagon to lose weight. Does it work? Weight loss might occur for some due to healthier food choices. Most desserts, breaded and fried foods are avoided, and they are less likely to overeat with fewer choices. But if gluten free products are substituted it can increase caloric intake. Without gluten to bind the foods together, fat and sugar are increased and used to
increase flavor. A few pretzels may be only 110 calories, but the same portion of gluten free pretzels may provide 150 calories or more. Gluten free foods may be higher in carbohydrates, fats and sodium. The feel – good effect of gluten free eating could be due to simple mindful eating rather than gluten avoidance. By eliminating processed foods and increasing whole foods like veggies, fruits, beans and other non-gluten grains, you’ll feel healthier, happier and lighter – whether your system can tolerate gluten or not. W
Additional Resources Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) www.celiac.org Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) www.gluten.netRecipe www.glutenfreedom.com www.glutenfreerecipes.org
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Island Treasure Designer Nancy Mullineaux uses aspects of the ocean to give a Wrightsville Beach home its unique coastal charm By JUDY ROYAL
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ots of kids playing on the beach envision what it would be like to live in a sandcastle. Years ago a couple planning a new, oceanfront vacation home in Wrightsville Beach wanted to get a little closer to that vision. They enlisted the help of Wilmington interior designer Nancy Mullineaux of Dezign Inspirations/ Home Design Resource to help them make it a reality. “This is the owner’s private sandcastle, so the designs are reflective of the sea, sand and shells,” Mullineaux said recently of the 7,900-square-foot treasure she completed four years ago. “My whole goal for the interior design was to select and create elements that combined a natural organic feeling and the movement of the waves of the ocean.” As a big fan of the ocean, this type of design is a personal passion for her. Her clients, who’d never met Mullineaux before, had seen her work at a friend’s home in Landfall and knew their ideas would be in sync with the help of her creative vision and unique resources. “We found that Nancy’s designs were particularly striking
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with her sense and use of colors, textures and materials. She has an uncanny ability to be innovative and cutting-edge when appropriate,” said the homeowner. “From the onset, her professional yet personal demeanor allowed our relationship to develop into something much more than a client based relationship: we truly were a team in this project.” “Nancy always took the time and placed a lot of emphasis on listening to our wants and needs. Thankfully her creative assistance helped me to truly visualize her artistic design concepts! This always meant a great deal to me,” said the owner. Mullineaux said it’s all part of the job. “I try to specialize each client’s project by emphasizing the importance of having a personal relationship with them. Each project is approached individually, as each client is unique. I have to play the role of a psychologist to truly figure out what my clients’ wants and needs are—it’s my job to try and get inside their heads. I always strive to create inspirational designs that reflect my clients true personality and lifestyle. Each project brings a new, exciting and challenging adventure!”
(clockwise from left) Living room with custom saltwater aquarium is a focal point of the house; Kitchen with glass top bar area; Infinity pool overlooking the ocean at Wrightsville Beach; Exterior view of home; Designer Nancy Mullineaux.
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(this page and opposite) Three of the guest bedrooms, each with its own theme. (top right) Powder bath with glass floating vanity. (right) Travertine staircase with hand-blown glass chandelier at top.
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For the sandcastle-style home in Wrightsville Beach, Mullineaux worked with the clients from 2005 to 2012. They went together to the biannual High Point Furniture Market several times, where Mullineaux worked for several years, seeking ideas while viewing upcoming trends. This particular home originated with the work of architect Michael Kersting and builder Nick Garrett. It was the last project for Garrett before his death last year. Coastal Cabinets, under project manager Mike Perry, supplied the custom cabinetry. Electronics 2 You supplied the audio/electronic systems, lutron systems/ shades & hurricane shutters. In a synopsis about the home, Kersting wrote: “One of the overriding exterior design ideas was for the house to become
gallery that showcases a curved, travertine staircase, matching the flooring used throughout the home. At the top is the focal point, a customized hand-blown, multicolor-glass chandelier. The walls are essentially floor-to-ceiling windows flanked by customized coral/ shell stone columns. Other features include a custom metal sculpture of a turtle and fish, a 10-foot preserved areca palm, vases, and a custom original stag horn coral sculpture on a pedestal. Beyond the stair gallery, the hallway leading to the main floor features a shadow-box display wall with custom wave glass lit from above and behind. It was designed to simulate cascading water. This leads to the media room, which displays a vibrant color palette of stadium-seating furniture situated around a
“You feel like you’re on vacation at a bed and breakfast. I like to make each bedroom really unique and different in all my homes.” — designer Nancy Mullineaux an abstraction of a structure that may have emerged from the blowing sands on the beach. The sturdy construction, complete with motorized hurricane shutters and concrete tiles on the roof, was meant to be a safeguard against hurricanes and can withstand winds of 175 mph.” The color Seafoam became an overriding theme, the homeowner added: “This soothing color steered a lot of the designing for the interior décor.” Upon entering the front door, you’ll arrive in a 24-foot-high
119-inch screen, and then the dining room, which showcases a coastal mural as well as another custom hand-blown glass chandelier—this one resembling floating bubbles. A common element throughout the house is the painted tray ceilings with an organic, amoeba –like shape. The home’s most notable feature is the saltwater aquarium that measures 9 feet wide, 9 feet tall, and 3 feet deep, which surrounds the fireplace. “This aquarium/fireplace combination had never been done before. The magnificent array of multi-
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(clockwise) Master bath offers views over the pool area and out to the ocean; Master bedroom sitting area; Master bedroom.
colored coral and fish is so spectacular to watch.” Mullineaux said. “This living art is such a conversation piece.” SeaVisions, a Florida-based aquarium design company, implemented the concept and helped the homeowners pick out dozens of fish that would peacefully coexist. The aquarium can be illuminated while motorized and programmed window shades help to protect the showpiece from algae-inducing sunlight. The design of the furniture and accessories in this room mimic the movement of the ocean. The kitchen includes custom cabinetry, a granite and glass topped bar with coral accents, and a backsplash of tumbled travertine with crackled sea glass mosaics. Off of the kitchen is
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the cabana where above the wainscoting, is a custom mural depicting a playful beach scene of the couple’s grandchildren by mural artist Ellis Furst. The powder bath has a customized glass floating vanity, vessel bowl and backsplash. The walls and ceiling are uniquely covered in coral stone. Upstairs you’ll find five of the home’s six bedrooms. All have separate personalities and themes, from antique furniture to a Tahitian-Tommy Bahama décor to Nantucket-style. The master bedroom and bathroom continues with the soothing seafoam tones. The views extend out over their infinity pool toward the serenity of the ocean, sea grass and dunes. “You feel like you’re on vacation at a bed and breakfast,” Mullineaux said. “I like to make each bedroom really unique and different in all my homes.” The sunset/game room is rightfully named with its spectacular endless views of the marshland and waterways. This room houses a professional pool table and game table, along with a jewel toned sectional for their TV viewing. The overall result is a home that is a welcoming and comfortable space for the homeowners, as well as their three children and their families, which include nine grandchildren. The owners emphasize how they “couldn’t be more pleased with how everything turned out and the design truly exceeded expectations! Time together with our family is so important to us, and we truly feel we have such a warm inviting home we can enjoy with our friends and family for many years to come!” “I feel like I can say that it’s probably the most unique home in Wrightsville Beach,” Mullineaux said. “The customization makes it very distinctive.” In addition to Mullineaux’s interior design business, Dezign Inspirations, she also owns Home Design Resource, a 2,000 square-foot showroom at 7204 Wrightsville Avenue, just before the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. This showroom is open to the public, and offers a chance to buy direct at contractor pricing, she said. Mullineaux describes the showroom as “one-stop shopping where everything is under one roof.” It encompasses flooring, countertops, lighting, window coverings, furniture, accessories, bedding, area rugs, and more. “My goal with every project is to create a sanctuary,” Mullineaux said. “I want their home to be an amazing retreat. People are spending more time in the comfort of their own home, and have shied away from the formality of living. My goal with my designs is to create spaces that are a reflection of beauty, comfort and an environment the clients will love living in!” Architect: Michael Kersting, 910-794-7930. Interior Designer: Nancy Mullineaux, 910-256-5644. W
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By JASON FRYE
Remember when your mom would tell you, “It’s summer, get off the couch, go outside and do something?” It’s time to start listening to her.
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Lucky for you, adventure abounds across Wilmington and the Cape Fear region. Whether you get your thrills in, on or under the water, with your feet firmly planted on the ground, or with the wind whistling through your ears, you’ll find something that’ll bring you off the couch and into the great outdoors for a summer filled with adventure.
There’s no denying it, Wilmington’s a water town. From the surrounding beaches to the Cape Fear River to the swamps, marshes and creeks that make up our landscape, if water’s your thing, we’ve got plenty of it. Splashing in the water at your beach of choice doesn’t even scratch the surface of what aquatic adventures await.
Surf Go to any beach in the area and you’ll see plenty of two things: sand and surfers. Surfers of all skill levels find the waves around Wilmington great to ride. Big enough to give experienced surfers a good session, but small enough to learn on. If you have yet to try your hand at surfing, there’s no better time than now. WB Surf Camp (910-256-7873, wbsurfcamp. com) provides surfing lessons in Wrightsville and Kure Beaches, Surf City, and Figure Eight Island. Whether it’s one of their weeklong surf camps, a weekend camp or just a one-day lesson, their instructors will take you from the shore to surfing in no time. Camps are available for kids as young as 6 to teens to families and groups. From April through September, Tony Silvagni Surf School (910-232-1592, surfschoolnc.com) holds weeklong camps in the mornings, afternoons and some evenings on Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beaches. Camps have a low student to instructor ratio, and are taught by experienced surfers like Tony, the school’s founder and namesake, who is a pro surfer. Private lessons are available throughout the year that will get beginners surfing for the first time, and help experienced surfers hone their techniques.
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Standup Paddleboarding Standup Paddleboarding, or SUP, has exploded in Wilmington in recent years. Head out to the Intracoastal Waterway any morning and count the SUPers out on their daily paddle. You’ll even find a few oceanside, surfing their paddleboards when the waves are up or skirting the coast when the water’s flat. Standup Paddleboards resemble overgrown long boards. Wider than their surfing cousins, paddleboards are somewhere between 28 and 33 inches wide, and range from nine to 12 feet in length. To ride them, you propel yourself with a long, single-bladed paddle. They’re simple to ride – stand up, paddle, enjoy – but deceptively so. To start, climb on your paddleboard and get up on your knees. You’ll feel wobbly in this position, even in flat water, but that’s ok. Just take a moment to feel the board and the water and get a sense of your balance. Next, grip your paddle, hands shoulder-width apart, and plant them in front of you. This will help with stability when you make your next move. Now, in one explosive motion, leap to your feet placing them where your hands were just a moment before. Voila, you’re standing. Once you’re up (and it may take a couple of tries to get there), you paddle. Calm waters like those you’ll find in marsh creeks (where from the top of your paddleboard you’ll have a great view over and across the grass) offer easy paddling, and often, so does the Intracoastal. But if you want a challenge, paddle out onto the Intracoastal on a busy day when boat traffic will keep you busy with wakes to contend with. For more of a challenge, take your board oceanside, where the waves will keep you on your toes and you can try your hand at surfing your paddleboard. Whether you’re new to the sport and need some instruction, or you’re ready to rent a board and head out on your own, a number of outfitters in the area offers lessons, rentals and guided tours. On Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville SUP (910-232-9283, wrightsvillesup.com) offers lessons and tours, including sunrise paddles and even SUP yoga. On Wrightsville, Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher, Tony Silvagni Surf School leads private and group lessons and tours, and rents paddleboards and other beach equipment by the day and week. If you’re paying a visit to Brunswick County, head over to Bald Head Island and paddle the marshes with a guide from Coastal Urge (800-383-4443, coastalurge.com), or rent a board and explore on your own. The many miles of winding creeks here offer a fun paddle at high or low tide. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a heron in the marsh or roosting nearby, or even an osprey or eagle hunting for dinner.
Kayak In Wilmington, it’s almost as common to see a car’s roof rack laden with kayaks as it is to see one stacked with surfboards. That’s because the water here – from the clear Intracoastal Waterway to the blackwater Town Creek – begs to be explored by kayak. Outfitters in the region offer everything from kayak fishing to overnight kayaking trips to paddles focused on the ecology in our area. For kayak fishing, one outfitter stands out – Hook, Line and Paddle (910-792-6945, hooklineandpaddle. com). Fishing from a kayak is a challenge, but the guides here have been doing it for a while, and they have the right kayaks for the job. Outfitted with everything from rod holders to live wells to pedal-powered-paddles, their
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hold your breath for two or three minutes and dive to a depth of more than 60 feet. The sport of freediving gives you the chance to explore the undersea world while spearfishing, shooting photography, or just diving for the fun of it, all without relying on scuba gear or other external breathing aides. Sound scary? It’s not, thanks to instructors Ren and Ashley Chapman – he’s been freediving since 2007 and she’s a three-time world record holder (she dove 225’ on a 3:15 breath hold). Under their watchful eyes, you can learn how to hold your breath and safely dive deeper than you’d ever dreamed, after taking part in one of their classes.
Fish fishing kayaks are top-notch. Hook, Line and Paddle also provides guide services for traditional paddling tours, and kayak rentals for on-your-own exploration. Don Hardy of Mahanaim Adventures (910-547-8252, mahanaimadventures.com) leads kayak tours through the blackwater creeks and swamps of New Hanover, Brunswick and surrounding counties. With paddles ranging from halfday outings to overnighters, his extensive knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the area makes each trip unique. From Town Creek, where the water’s Creature from the Black Lagoon dark, to the remote Three Sisters Swamp, where cypress knees are the norm, Mahanaim Adventures’ trips offer a glimpse of the area few see. Tours with Mahanaim Adventures are perfect for families, newbie kayakers and experienced paddlers alike, and, if you’re looking for added adventure, try one of their overnight trips. For both day trips and overnighters, Mahanaim Adventures supplies everything you need, including a meal to remember, cooked over an open fire and in a Dutch oven. On Bald Head Island, two outfitters offer different kayak tours of the winding marsh creeks. The Bald Head Island Conservancy (910-457-0089, bhic.org), an on-island group dedicated to preserving the unique environments here, leads family-oriented kayak tours focusing on learning more about the environment. Their naturalists, educators and guides know their birds, plants and island history, and strive to make each trip educational and memorable. The second kayak outfitter on Bald Head Island is Riverside Adventure Company (910-457-4944, riversideadventure. webly.com). Riverside offers standard trips and rentals, but also family kayak and canoe races on summer evenings, and an unusual exploration of some of the marsh islands found nearby. Explore Bluff and Kim’s Islands, two unique land masses, one with a decades-old fish camp still standing, on foot and by kayak with their guides. When you’re done, stop by their harbourside headquarters for some refreshment – a Luna Pop for the kids and even a cold brew for adults.
Freedive How long can you hold your breath? At Evolve Freediving (910-358-4300, evolvefreediving.com), they’ll teach you to
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If kayak fishing isn’t your bag, go for it the old fashioned way. From surf fishing to dipping your line in the water off one of the area’s piers, to hiring a guide and heading inshore or offshore, anglers love the Wilmington area for both the variety of fish to catch, and the chance to spend the day on the water. The Gulf Stream isn’t too far from shore in Wilmington, and Seaward Actions Offshore Charters (910367-5469, seawardaction.com) can get you there. In the Gulf Stream, you’ll find tuna, marlin and more, but you’ll find an equal number of great fish closer to shore. On halfand full-day excursions, head out up to 50 miles and catch everything from the occasional tuna to grouper, shark, snapper, Spanish and king mackerel, and too many more to name. The Captains, and their Mates, at Seaward Actions all have years of boating and fishing experience in the waters off Wilmington’s coast, and they can put you on the fish. Inshore, the fishing’s equally exciting. Red drum, f lounder, speckled trout, black drum, Sheepshead and pompano are just some of the fish you can catch on an excursion with Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters (910-619-9580, seahawkinshorefishingcharters. com). Seahawk provides a blanket North Carolina fishing license, so if you’re visiting or just don’t have your license up to date, you can still head out and catch a keeper.
Wilmington may be a coastal town, but there are still plenty of wild places to explore. An uninhabited barrier island, a homestead dating back more than 100 years, a riverside state park, and miles and miles of mountain biking trails allow you to explore every aspect of our coastal environment, and all within a short drive, paddle or boat ride from downtown.
Hike In Brunswick County, the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve (6150 Rock Creek Rd NE, Leland, uncw.edu/physicalplant/arboretum/ ev-henwood/index.htm#features) gives you the chance to walk in the woods and along the headwaters of Town Creek on easy hiking trails. Situated on a family farm where agricultural activity dates back more than two centuries, Ev-Henwood (pronounced like “heaven” minus the “h” plus “wood”) has a winding network of trails that crisscross the 174-acre tract. In the uplands, you’ll find hardwood trees like oak and hickory mixed with loblolly pines and an impressive group of camellias left there by the farm’s last residents. Along Town Creek, centuries-old bald cypress trees, black gum and swamp chestnut trees are found in abundance. You’ll also find the beautiful Stewartia here. It blooms around Mother’s Day and its large white and maroon flowers are quite beautiful.
Explore Just across from the south end of Wrightsville Beach, you’ll find Masonboro Island, an eight-mile long island that’s an uninhabited bird sanctuary. Visiting here is fine, but you can only reach it by paddling over in your kayak or on your surfboard or paddleboard, or by boat. Fortunately, Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours (910-2004002, wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com) offers a shuttle service to and from Masonboro. On the island, you’ll find a long stretch of pristine beach, fantastic shelling, and abundant opportunities for bird watching.
Camp There aren’t many places to camp in the area, but Carolina Beach State Park (910-458-8206, ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/main. php) provides the camping-inclined with space to pitch a tent. Trails along the Cape Fear River lead to Sugarloaf Dune, a large sand dune so named by colonists in the 1700s, while other trails wind through the pine flats. Here you’ll find Venus flytraps and often see osprey hunting along the river’s edge.
Ride Most of the biking in the area is more suited to beach cruisers or road bikes, but Blue Clay Bike Park (located on Juvenile Center Drive just west of the Blue Clay Road and North College Road intersection, trail map available at blog.capefearsorba.com/?page_id=20489) offers mountain bikers a challenging six-mile trail. Helmets are required and the park is open dawn to dusk. Just south of Wilmington, the 911-acre Brunswick Nature Park (2601 River Rd SE, Winnabow, down Rt. 133 toward Southport, ncbrunswick.com/activity/brunswick-nature-park-mainland) abounds with mountain biking opportunities. From one of the finished trails to off-road exploration to riding the old logging roads that cross the park, it’s easy to find trails that suit everyone, including beginner riders. Brunswick Nature Park also features several miles of hiking trails and a great kayak put in on Town Creek.
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The Outer Banks may lay claim to the site of the first flight, but you can stick close to home and enjoy the thrills of floating or flying through the air with the help of a parachute or the Wright Brothers’ famed flying machine.
Parasail For a birds-eye-view of Wrightsville Beach, try Wrightsville Parasailing Company (910-232-1235, wrightsvilleparasail. com). Each 15-minute flight puts you more than a hundred feet in the air over the ocean just offshore. Take off and land from the deck of the boat as it cruises the shoreline safely outside the breakers. If you’re looking for aerial thrills but don’t want to get too wild, this is perfect.
Skydive The truly adventurous will want to pay a visit to Oak Island where Skydive Coastal Carolinas (910-4571039, skydivecoastalcarolinas.com) will take you over two miles high so you can jump out and drift back to terra firma. Tandem jumps with a veteran skydiver are available for everyone, and lessons are available if you’re interested in becoming a solo skydiver. Those seeking solo designation will go through a series of four tandem jumps, each designed to expand your knowledge of safe and responsible skydiving.
Air Tour Also in Oak Island, you’ll find Suncoast Aviation Biplane Rides (910-279-9476, facebook.com/pages/SuncoastAviation-Biplane-Rides/112025085493248). In the biplane, you’ll soar over the marshes and beaches of Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Southport and Bald Head Island, all with the wind whipping through your hair as you ride in this open-cockpit plane.
Zipline Inland, near Fayetteville, ZipQuest (910-488-8787, zipquest.com) provides the thrill of flying through the hardwood forests surrounding this Cape Fear River city. Many of their ziplines are high and long, but most of all, fun. At one time, you’ll zip over a two-story waterfall. When you end your tour, pony up for the new Swingshot, a swing that carries you nearly three stories high before dropping you and swinging you out over the creek and ravine.
Bodyflight If the thought of skydiving is a little too much but you still want to experience flight, head to Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving (910-848-2600, paracletexp.com) near Fayetteville. Here, an indoor wind tunnel with enormous fans let you simulate skydiving and fly on a controlled air current. After a brief ground school, you’ll head into the vertical wind tunnel with your instructor for a few flights. If you show a little aptitude, they’ll take you on a flight up and down the 50-foot silo-like wind tunnel that lets you really feel free-falling, even if only for a brief time.
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Confederate Monument at Oakdale Cemetary
Prefer your adventure on the mild side? Don’t sweat it, Wilmington’s got you covered. Downtown you’ll find the beautiful Cape Fear Riverwalk and stunning homes in the historic district. Look a little deeper and you’ll find there’s enough here to occupy you for a day or two.
River Tour Wilming ton Water Tours (910 -338 -3134, wilmingtonwatertours.net) offers cruises up and down the Cape Fear River on a custombuilt, eco-friendly catamaran. Bring your binoculars and camera (with zoom lens), because you’ll often see osprey hunting and on the nest, eagles and other birds, and some beautiful parts of the river that’s Wilmington’s lifeblood.
Snakes At the Cape Fear Serpentarium (910-762-1669, capefearserpentarium.com) you’ll find the largest indoor collection of poisonous snakes in the East. But don’t let that dissuade you from visiting this fascinating collection of reptiles, everything is behind double locked glass. See exotic snakes like green and black mambas, g iant py thons, bushmasters, alligators and other reptiles. T he serpentarium is a hit with kids, but it’s equally thrilling for adults, especially if you go near feeding time.
Ghostly Encounters For supernatural chills, try Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington (910-794-1866, hollywoodnc.com/ghost_walk. html). On this walking tour of downtown Wilmington, learn some of the town’s long history and find haunts and hangouts for the town’s long-deceased but restless denizens. W
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in the kitchen
Strawberry Swirl (recipe pg. 77)
Milkshake Loverâ€™s Dream Strawberry Swirl. Pistachio Banana. Cookies & Cream. Quick and easy to make.
See recipes on page 76.
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Rx Restaurant & Bar
Southern cuisine made with ingredients from local farmers and fishermen By LIZ BIRO
wo boyhood chums standing arms locked around each other’s shoulders is an image so common it seems cliché. Yet, whenever such a pair appears, whether post-secret blood pact or dirt-smeared faces boasting football victory, onlookers hearts enlarge. That brothers-forever kind of photograph is the one James Doss and Josh Novicki in winter 2012 took of themselves, and attached to a Facebook page announcing the men’s Rx Restaurant and Bar. Good buddies in business was the picture’s immediate, feel-good impression. Today, the snapshot represents deep affection that touches every aspect of Rx. Doss and Novicki describe Rx in matterof-fact terms oft-heard in these farm-totable restaurant times. “Seasonally inspired, ingredient-driven, Southern cuisine,” Doss said. Get to know Rx and other words emerge: Loyal. Generous. Humble. Loving. Family. The story begins in wee Goldsboro, an eastern North Carolina pulled pork hub and hometown to both Doss, 35, and Novicki, 37. The men grew up a few doors apart. They played together as preschoolers, hung out in high school and earned spending money, as many teens do, working restaurant kitchens. Doss’ grandmother got him his first cooking job at Atlantic Beach’s private Dunes Club, where she also worked. Novicki began at his parents’ country club in Goldsboro. From those starting points, each man went his separate way. Doss hit Wilmington restaurants, learning from respected chefs and ultimately working with Charleston, NC blue crab with Black River strawberry and cucumber soup.
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Photos by JAMES STEFIUK
Strawberry shortcake with Cottle organic strawberries and Rx strawberry ice cream.
S.C., favorite culinary son Sean Brock at Brock’s award-winning Husk. When Bon Appetit magazine came to Charleston in 2011 to celebrate Husk as America’s best new restaurant, Doss prepared the chicken that appeared on that year’s August issue cover. Novicki attended East Carolina University’s art school in Greenville, N.C., was side-tracked by music and ended up an in-demand disc jockey. He moved to Wilmington, toured as a band’s master of samplers, turn tables, keyboards, drum machines, “all kinds of gadgets,” Novicki said. He still sidelined at restaurants. When Novicki chased his music dreams to New York City, cooking was the steady job he found. Doss loved the kitchen; Novicki preferred music but couldn’t shake food service. Simultaneously, each man had a vision he did not know the other shared: a restaurant in Wilmington, N.C. The men ran into each other over
Christmas 2011 in Goldsboro. Novicki had just discovered an interesting Wilmington building that for years, served as a well-known drug store. It was in south downtown Wilmington’s emerging, in some minds questionable, Castle Street neighborhood. The area had become an antiques district hosting a popular café, but still suffered a reputation for crime. “I was trying to figure out how to make it (a restaurant) happen, and I was like, oh, there’s James. We really had literally known each other—forever,” Novicki said. “And many many beers and shots later…” Their holiday celebration forged a quick business partnership. Within weeks, the men were at Novicki’s grandparents’ Deep Run farm, where they salvaged wood, including parts of an old tobacco barn. With the help of a master carpenter, friends and family, Doss and Novicki transformed the ex-drugstore from a dull, green and vanilla shell to many shades of warm brown on new tile.
belly resting on creamy cheddar grits under a poached egg. Novicki focused on the dining room, adding an old-school jukebox. He put a DJ booth in the back corner where he and other vinyl-lovers could spin cool tunes
house-cured charcuterie; chicken fried in a cast-iron kettle of bubbling lard; and homemade pimento cheese served with from-scratch crackers and bacon jam made by Doss’ brother, Will, who also works the Rx kitchen.
“We wanted something where people could come in a tuxedo. People could come from Thalian Hall, or people could come from the beach.”
(top) Executive chef James Doss. (above) Whole black sea bass with local vegetables.
The duo used the farm-salvaged wood to build a honey-colored bar, rustic window boxes and every table, each one with a custom inlay. They put a garden on the roof and crowded herbs in the window sills. A large canvass stamped with images of canning jars dominated the front wall. As they labored, Doss designed the menu. He combined home-cooking that the friends were reared on with contemporary twists they encountered during their travels. Doss tapped the region’s fishers and farmers and Rx’s rooftop garden for fresh, truly local ingredients, he knew would frequently change the menu based on what ingredients came available each week. The results were selections that grew into Rx signatures: Buffalo-sauced crispy pig ears to dip in blue cheese dressing; shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage and seasonal vegetables; roasted pork
during service, or for late-night lingerers. “It was always, like, ok, we’re not fine dining,” Novicki said. “We wanted something where people could come in a tuxedo. People could come from Thalian Hall, or people could come from the beach.” “Everything’s out the door when you come in here,” Novicki says. Rx turned into a neighborhood haunt and destination restaurant, helping renew its Castle Street surroundings. The dining room’s pastoral feel, and the kitchen’s comforting fare are hard to resist. Those varying dinner and Sunday brunch menus Doss visualized cinch walk-ins and reservations. The place can be as full on Tuesday night as it is on notoriously busy Friday and Saturday evenings. Doss heads the kitchen but oftentimes works the front of the house while Novicki’s DJ career puts him in New York, Los Angles, San Diego and other major cities. When Doss leaves the stove, he relies on some of Wilmington’s best young chefs. Up-and-comers consider Rx a place to grow. “Everyone learns off each other; everyone feeds off each other,” Doss said. Toques turn out perfect, little biscuits;
The ambitious-but-unpretentious menu might list Bright Leaf brand hot dogs “all the way,” next to cornbread-stuffed quail with toasted farro and bacon-braised greens. Winter may bring cauliflower soup with smoked red peppers; spring, roasted rack of lamb with ramps, turnips and whole-grain jus; summer, fried flounder sandwiches; and fall, sweet potato and chèvre ravioli with mizuna, smoked pork and brown butter jus. Many regulars dine at the bar. North Carolina beers are on tap and house cocktails like Southern Dose (Trey Herring’s Carolina Bourbon, muddled mint, lemon and sweet tea) draw inspiration from below the Mason-Dixon line. Most weeks, someone from Goldsboro visits, and Doss proudly shares Rx’s smoked baby back ribs and pulled pork barbecue sandwich served with coleslaw, just like back home. W Rx Restaurant & Bar 421 Castle St., Wilmington 910-399-3080 rxwilmington.com
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Pistachio Banana Milkshake Prep: 5 minutes â€˘ Makes: Serves 4
2 cups low-fat milk 1 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt 1 cup ice 1 package (3.4oz) instant pistachio pudding mix 1 banana Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high speed until creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.
Butterscotch Peanut Butter Fudge Shake Prep: 10 minutes â€˘ Makes: Serves 2
Butterscotch Sauce: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce: 1/4 cup butter 1 cup sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 teaspoon vanilla Milkshakes: 3 cups vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup butterscotch sauce 1 teaspoon vanilla
Pistachio Banana Shake
Stir It Up Satisfy your cravings with these quick and easy milkshakes Recipes by Julia Chun
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1. Make the butterscotch sauce. Melt butter in small sauce pot, add brown sugar, heavy cream and salt. 2. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. 3. Place 2 tall glasses in the freezer. 4. Make the ice cream. Take the blender jar and add 1/3 cup of the butterscotch sauce, milk (less if you like thick shakes), and vanilla. Place the blender jar in the freezer. 5. S coop out the vanilla ice cream and place in another bowl. Place ice cream back in the freezer. Freeze both the ice cream and ingredients in the blender jar for at least 20-30 minutes. 6. Make the peanut butter fudge sauce. In a microwave safe bowl add the butter, condensed milk, peanut butter
and chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave another 30 seconds and stir. When everything is melted and combined together stir in the vanilla. Set aside. 7. W hen ready to serve, remove the two glasses from the freezer and add some of the warm peanut butter fudge sauce to the bottom of each glass, then add a drizzle of the butterscotch sauce. 8. R emove the ice cream and blender jar from the freezer. Add half of the ice cream to the blender and blend on high until smooth. Add remaining ice cream and blend until smooth. Layer the shake in the glasses with the butterscotch sauce and the peanut butter fudge sauce. Serve immediately.
Strawberry Cheesecake Shake
Prep: 5 minutes • Makes: Serves 2
3/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt 3 ounces light cream cheese 1/2 cup frozen strawberries 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
Strawberry Swirl Shake
Prep: 30 minutes • Makes: Serves 4
8 cups quartered strawberries 3 cups vanilla ice cream 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Strawberries for garnish 1. S tart by making strawberry syrup. Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in large saucepan and heat over medium high heat, stirring and mashing the strawberries. Let boil for about five minutes or until bright red and strawberries have softened and broken apart. Let cool. 2. Strain strawberry mash into a container, pressing strawberry pulp. Discard pulp and store syrup in the refrigerator. 3. For shakes, blend half of ice cream and 1 cup strawberry syrup in blender on high speed until smooth. Add second half of ice cream and blend again until smooth. Divide among chilled glasses. Spoon some more syrup on top and garnish. Serve immediately.
Strawberry Cheesecake Shake
Cookies & Cream Shake Prep: 5 minutes • Makes: Serves 2
1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup low fat milk 1/2 cup ice 1 package Keebler Mini Fudge Stripes Dark Chocolate Right Bites Pinch of sugar
Cookies & Cream Shake
1. Combine yogurt, milk, and ice in blender and blend until creamy. On low, slowly pulse in cookies until just crumbled. Stir in sugar. 2. Pour into glasses and serve. W
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Fourth of July by the River The perfect feast starts with seasonal favorites and adding in some creative coastal flavor. Just make sure there’s enough for seconds. Tom & Kate Fetzer (on left) host a holiday party with friends Pam Holding (in red) and Tom & Emily Lamb.
“My wife Kate is from Alabama, and I grew up in Raleigh where I served 3 terms as Mayor. We decided to relocate to Wilmington and raise our family here because of Wilmington’s historic charm and vibrant, eclectic community.” —Tom Fetzer Photographer: G. FRANK HART Prop Stylist and Event Coordinator: GINGER Bromley Recipe Developer & Food Stylists: AMY SILER and SHAWN UNDERWOOD 78 | WilmingtonNCmagazine.com
Roasted Blue Potato and Garlic Salad (recipe pg. 81)
Chefs Amy Siler and Shawn Underwood
PARTY MENU Roasted Blue Potato and Garlic Salad, page 79 Champagne Bellini Bar, page 81 Amyâ€™s Firecracker Shrimp, page 82 Summer Fresh Tomato Salad, page 82 Espresso Dark Chocolate Mousse Trifles, page 83 Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichuri, page 84
Tom & Emily Fetzer
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Champagne Bellini Bar 2 Bottles Champagne or domestic sparkling wine 1 Quart fresh blueberries 1 Quart fresh strawberries 3-4 fresh ripe peaches Using a food processor, puree each fruit separately and store in glass containers. Scoop 1-2 teaspoons fresh fruit into champagne flute and add champagne. Cheers! Makes 8 servings.
For a tasty change, Peppadew Peppers add a unique spicy-sweet flavor.
Roasted Blue Potato and Garlic Salad with scallions and Peppadew Peppers 2 lbs blue potatoes halved or quartered 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar Kosher salt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 cup Taste the Olive extra-virgin olive oil 2 scallions, sliced Peppadew peppers sliced for garnish 1. P ut the halved or quartered potatoes in a medium bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and fresh ground pepper. Spread evenly onto a baking dish and bake for 30-40 min. at 425Â° testing with a fork after 30 min. 2. In a separate bowl whisk 2 tablespoons vinegar with the Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and the sugar in a small bowl. Pour in the olive oil and whisk until combined. 3. In a bowl toss the warm potatoes with the prepared dressing evenly coating all. Scatter the sliced peppadew peppers over and Sprinkle with the scallion and salt and pepper to taste. Makes 6 servings.
Summer Fresh Tomato Salad 5-6 large heirloom tomatoes, slice into Âź-1/2 inch rounds 4 oz. feta cheese Large sprig rosemary 15 large olives, Taste the Olive Cerignola mix, pitted and halved Taste the Olive Under the Tuscan Herb EVOO Fig Balsamic Vinegar Dash Kosher Salt Fresh ground black pepper 1. A dd one tablespoon of EVOO to a hot pan. Remove rosemary leaves from sprig and toss in pan. Fry for about one minute, stirring every 15 seconds. Remove from pan, repeat process with the halved olives. 2. Place sliced tomatoes on large platter in a single layer. Sprinkle feta over top, along with olives. Crumble fried rosemary over tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle EVOO over tomatoes, and then lightly drizzle fig balsamic over top. Makes 8 servings.
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Espresso Dark Chocolate Mousse Trifles 1 (12 oz.) bag Hersheyâ€™s Special Dark Chocolate Chips 2 Quarts heavy whipping cream 3 oz. brewed espresso 2 tablespoons sugar Blueberries for garnish 1. In a double boiler, or a bowl over a lightly simmering saucepan, melt chocolate in espresso until creamy and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, pour one quart whipping cream into mixing bowl and, by hand or with an electric mixer, whip until thick. 2. Using a flat rubber spatula, put two scoops of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture, and fold in until completely incorporated. Repeat this process until all the cream is blend in and mixture is thick and voluminous. Chill. 3. Add second quart of cream to mixture and whip until thick, adding sugar as you mix. Chill. 4. In parfait glasses, spoon two large spoonfuls of mousse into bottom of glass, followed by two large spoonfuls of whipped cream. Repeat this process until the cup is full. Finishing with the cream. Sprinkle blueberries over top and serve. Makes 6 servings.
Amyâ€™s Firecracker Shrimp 2 lbs fresh North Carolina Shrimp, peeled and deveined 5 tablespoons Mayonnaise 3 tablespoons sweet red chili sauce 1-2 teaspoon Siracha (to taste) Large handful cilantro, chopped 3 tablespoons chopped peanuts (roasted, unsalted) Corn Starch Oil for frying 1. H eat oil in pan. Toss shrimp with corn starch to coat. Lightly fry shrimp in oil until pink, turning once. Remove from heat. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine Mayonnaise, chili sauce and siracha and mix until combined. Toss shrimp in sauce, and add cilantro, mixing to evenly distribute. Put shrimp on a plate and sprinkle peanuts over top. Serve. Makes 8 servings.
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The Crew Ginger Bromley, Laurel Grove Design, 465-0495. Chefs Amy Siler and Shawn Underwood, Heart and Vine. Offers in-home culinary and wine experiences, 232-3141. Table settings provided by Pottery Barn, 256-6066. Flower arrangements by Fiore Fine Flowers, 791-6770. Plants & containers from The Transplanted Garden, 763-7448. Wine from Ocean South Importers and Juice Wine Purveyors. Sold locally at Wilmington Wine and Devine Wines. Shrimp from Blackburn Brothers Seafood, 458-9001. Certified Angus Beef flank steaks from Pine Valley Market, 350-3663.
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichuri 2 lbs Certified Angus Beef Flank Steak Marinade: 2 garlic cloves, rough chopped 1 scallion, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped ginger Âź cup soy sauce Â˝ cup olive oil Chimichurri Sauce: 1 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley 1/2 cup olive oil 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro 2 garlic cloves, peeled 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1. Mix together ingredients for marinade in large plastic baggie or baking dish. Place flank steak in the marinade, ensuring all meat is coated. Let sit in the refrigerator four to six hours. 2. Heat grill pan on stove top, or prepare outdoor grill. Remove flank steak from marinade, and cook about four minutes per side for medium rare. Remove from heat and cover with foil, let rest for ten minutes. Slice thinly, across the grain. Put slice meat on plate and spoon chimichurri sauce over top. Put remaining sauce on the table for guests to add if so desired. Makes 6 servings.
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Fresh tomatoes from The Veggie Wagon, 805-3014. Oil, vinegar and olives from Taste the Olive, 256-6457.
SET THE PERFECT TABLE 1. C reate a festive space for a backyard celebration with neutral linens. A natural-hued tablecloth acts as a canvas for your holiday gathering, showcasing your crispy firecracker shrimp and roasted blue potato salad as colorful centerpieces. 2. Petite bouquets arranged in glass vases enliven the table without overwhelming it. Display a few near the beverage area to complete the look. 3. No matter the size of your gathering, guests should have plenty of space to enjoy it. Glasses should be clinking, but not elbows. Allow for 2-feet from each plate center to the adjacent plate center. W
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Jerry’s Food, Wine and Spirits 7220 Wrightsville Ave., 256-8847. Fine dining in a casual bistro atmosphere with an ever changing creative menu. Nick’s Diner 127 N. Front St., 341-7655. Their specialty is the Iron Skillet casseroles and great burgers, salads. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Oceanic 703 S. Lumina Ave., 256-5551. Situated on the beach overlooking the pristine Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy wonderfully fresh seafood, exciting land lover dishes and breathtaking views. Outdoor seating is available at the adjacent Crystal Pier. Lunch and dinner daily.
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Use our restaurant listings to find the best eating and drinking in Wilmington. American Bluewater Waterfront Grill 4 Marina St., 256-8500. Offering spectacular panoramic views of Wrightsville Beach’s Intracoastal Waterway. Watch boats cruise past while enjoying the casual American menu. Dinner mainstays include fresh seafood, baby back ribs, char-grilled steaks, and delicious homemade desserts. Lunch and dinner daily. Boca Bay 2025 Eastwood Rd., 256-1887. Find dining near the beach, with sushi, raw bar, seafood, lamb and steak. Light and colorful, one of the best restaurant bars in town. Dinner nightly, Sunday brunch. Cameo 1900 1900 Eastwood Rd., 509-2026. A fun and stylish place with memorable dishes and drinks, for the perfect spot for a night out with friends or an intimate dinner. Menu includes flavorful, high-quality dishes served tapas style. Dinner Tue-Sat., Sunday brunch. Catch 6623 Market St., 799-3847. Awardwinning local chef Keith Rhodes has been voted the city’s best chef for three consecutive years. A stickler for wild caught and sustainably raised seafood, his modern seafood cuisine comes through in every bite,
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with dishes like NC sweet potato salad and seafood ceviche. Acclaimed wine list. Lunch Tue-Fri, and dinner Mon-Sat. Courts and Sports Bar & Grill 3625 Lancelot Ln., 228-5791. First class sports bar and grill, serving up burgers, and some vegetarian. The best outdoor volleyball, bocce and cornhole facility on the East Coast. Lunch and dinner daily. Dixie Grill 116 Market St., 762-7280. Casual dinette known for great breakfasts and brunch in the heart of downtown Wilmington. Front Street Brewery 9 N. Front St., 251-1935. Wilmington’s only restaurant and brewery, offering great food and micro brews. Menu has over 25 gourmet sandwiches and burgers, and over 35 entrees to choose from. Steaks, seafood, or try their famous Scottish Ale Brew-B-Q Ribs. Lunch and dinner daily. Henry’s 2508 Independence Blvd., 793-2929. Considered a top local favorite, with locally sourced classic American fare in an inviting and casual environment. Live music nightly and outdoor dining available. Lunch and dinner daily.
Oceans 706 N. Lumina Ave., 256-2231. Located inside the Holiday Inn Resort, it offers the perfect locale for fresh seafood and steaks while enjoying the magnificent views of the ocean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Riverboat Landing 2 Market St. 763-7227. Historic building on the corner of Water and Market houses a cozy restaurant inside. But get there early to dine outside on one of the balconies on the second floor. Southern fare with French, Mediterranean and Asian influence. Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Rucker Johns 5511 Carolina Beach Rd., 452-1212. High quality food served up in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Burgers, steak, chicken, and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. Sweet & Savory Café 1611 Pavilion Pl., 256-0115. A full menu breakfast lunch and dinner restaurant with dishes made from scratch. Open daily, 7am-9pm. The Kitchen 1125 Military Cutoff Rd., 256-9133. Home cooking like you have never tasted before. Farm raised and fire roasted fare in a casual and elegant setting. Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner nightly. The Pilot House 2 Ann St., 343-0200. Overlooking the Cape Fear River with large outside deck. Menu ranges from down home cooking to Cajun, as well as fused traditional Southern fare with a contemporary twist. Lunch and dinner daily. Towne Tap & Grill 890 Town Center Dr., 256-6224. Situated next door to the Mayfaire Cinema is the place to be seen before or after the movie. Great American
fare, with burgers, steaks, and cold beer. Lunch and dinner daily.
Asian Bento Box 1121 Military Cutoff Rd., 509-0774. Asian street food, with a culmination of Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Sushi bar. Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Mon-Sat. Big Thai 1319 Military Cutoff Rd., 256-6588. Famous for authentic Thai. Don’t miss the Coconut cake as a sweet and savory finale. Lunch and dinner daily. Blue Asia 341 S. College Rd., 799-0002. An Asian bistro offering a wide range of authentic Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines using the freshest seafood, meats, and vegetables. Lunch and dinner daily. Double Happiness 4403 Wrightsville Ave., 313-1088. A great mix of traditional Chinese dishes and modern twists on favorites. Prepared fresh daily. Lunch and dinner daily.
Indochine 7 Wayne Dr., 251-9229. Enjoy the finest Thai-Vietnamese cuisine in a beautifully decorated environment. Voted best Asian 10 years in a row. Lunch and dinner daily. Szechuan 132 419 S. College Rd., 799-1426. Voted best Chinese restaurant 12 years in a row. Fine contemporary dining in a relaxed atmosphere, serving exceptional dishes like rosemary lamb and filet mignon. Lunch and dinner daily. Tamashii 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd., 7037253. Enjoy local sourced sustainable sushi and spoons offering portions of ceviche and tartare, along with kitchen prepared fare like tempura shrimp. Contemporary and relaxing décor, and a full bar. Lunch ThurFri, Dinner Mon-Sat. Tokyo 101 880 Town Center Dr., 399-3101. Traditional Japanese with fresh sushi, diverse noodle dishes, combination plates, and appetizers. Lunch and dinner daily.
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Yosake Downtown Sushi Lounge 31 S. Front St., 763-3172. Lacquered walls and unique art surround guests as they dine on sushi and Chinese/Asian fare. Lunch and dinner daily.
Bars Bottega Bar and Gallery 208 N. Front St., 763-3737. Friendly downtown wine bar with ever changing art exhibits. Nibbles available while savoring a choice of wines by the glass. Mon dinner only, lunch and dinner Tue-Sun. Copper Penny 109 Chestnut St., 762-1373. More than a sports bar, offering an eclectic mix of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches along with an extensive selection of mixed drinks and beers. Lunch and dinner daily. Costello’s 211 Princess St., 362-9666. Tiny but sophisticated piano bar. Gather ‘round for sing-alongs and the local spot for much of the late night theatre crowd. Nightly 7pm-2am.
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Aubriana’s 115 S. Front St., 763-7773. A quaint Italian bistro with a menu that is updated frequently with creative dishes and the freshest ingredients. Trained wait staff assist with pairing an extensive wine list with your meal. Dinner Tue-Sat. East Oceanfront Dining 275 Waynick Blvd., 256-2251. Award-winning cuisine accompanied by the sounds of breaking surf and a soothing coastal breeze. Enjoy fresh local seafood or grass fed beef while you dine under a canopied, oceanfront deck or inside. A great selection of wine, beer and spirits. Dinner nightly, Sunday brunch.
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Manna 123 Princess St., 763-5252. A favorite among the film industry stars, serving American cuisine with European flare. Dinner Tue-Sun. Port City Chop House 1981 Eastwood Rd., 256-4955. Known for fresh seafood, steaks and chops prepared fresh using the highest quality ingredients. Lunch and dinner Mon-Fri, Sat dinner only. Port Land Grill 1908 Eastwood Rd., 256-6056. Progressive American regional cuisine served in a casual yet elegant coastal setting. Dinner Tue-Sat. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 301 N. Water St., 343-1818. Nestled inside the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, famously known for excellent steaks and service.
Come celebrate a romantic evening. Dinner nightly. Rx Restaurant & Bar 421 Castle St., 399-3080. Best Southern fried chicken. Tickle your taste buds and experiment with local foods prepared with a uniquely Southern twist. Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun.
French Brasserie Du Soleil 1908 Eastwood Rd., 256-2226. French cafe with patio and inside dining. Pick your own salad ingredients from a wide selection of items. Lunch and dinner daily. Caprice Bistro 10 Market St., 8150810. Elegant dining downstairs with sofa bar upstairs and a great martini selection. Authentic French bistro. Dinner nightly. Le Catalan French Café & Wine Bar 224 S. Water Street, 815-0200. Very European and romantic, outdoor dining overlooking the Cape Fear River. Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun. Our Crepes & More 3810 Oleander Dr., 395-0077. Family owned French Creperie. Authentic homemade cuisine. Breakfast, brunch, and desserts, Tue-Sun. The Little Dipper 138 S. Front St., 251-0433. Unique, nostalgic and fun fondue menu includes premium meats, seafood, vegetables, appetizers, desserts, and homemade sauces for dipping. Enjoy a night out while you dip assorted breads into hot melted cheese prepared tableside by your server. Dinner nightly Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Italian Eddie Romanelli’s 503 Olde Waterford Way, 383-1885. A longtime local favorite serving up scratch-made Italian fare in a family-friendly atmosphere. A diverse menu including baked ziti, hand-made pizzas, steak, burgers, and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. Fat Tony’s Italian Pub 131 N. Front St., 343-8881; 250 Racine Dr., 4529000 Great family-friendly restaurant offering fantastic views of the Cape Fear river. Serving a mix of Italian and American fare, and a full bar, including 25 beers on tap. Lunch and dinner daily.
Georgio’s 5226 S. College Rd., 790-9954. From old world style dishes to modern day creations, menu showcases multiple flavors. Offering pasta, seafood, steaks, pork chops, soups, and salads. Dinner Mon, Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun. Kornerstone Bistro 8262 Market St., 686-2296. Traditional Mediterranean fare and wood-fired pizza oven. Homemade desserts. Lunch and dinner daily. Nicola’s 5704 Oleander Dr., 798-2205. An Italian eatery with made fresh daily pasta, sausage, baked breads and more. Dinner Tue-Sun. Osteria Cicchetti 1125 Military Cutoff Rd., 256-7476. Serving a variety of pasta dishes, pizza, salads, and antipasti. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner nightly. Pizzetta’s Pizzeria 4107 Oleander Dr., 799-4300. (L) 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, 371-6001. Hottest spot for pizza by the slice, offering dozens of pizza choices with a New York flair. Lunch and dinner daily. Roko Italian Cuisine 6801-105 Parker Farm Dr., 679-4783. Features authentic northern Italian cuisine. Reservations often necessary at this intimate spot in Mayfaire. Dinner nightly.
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Sienna Trattoria 3315 Masonboro Loop Rd., 794-3002. Enjoy authentic Italian food in a warm, casual setting. Dine indoors or the outside courtyard. Perfect for the entire family, with delicious brick oven pizza, seafood, and pasta specials. Fully stocked bar and lounge. Dinner nightly.
Organic Epic Food Co. 1113 Military Cutoff Rd., 679-4216. Choose from a menu of sandwiches, salads, and noodle and rice bowls, with organic and all-natural selections. Sauces and salsas are made from scratch. Vegan and gluten-free dishes also offered. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Lovey’s Market & Cafe 1319 Military Cutoff, 509-0331. A health food store with fresh, delicious, healthy organic food prepared daily. Offers healthy choices whether its organic groceries, produce or supplements and beauty aids. Includes a wonderful cafe that offers organic smoothies, fresh juice such as wheatgrass, orange juice, and juice blends from organic produce. Freshly
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baked goods with gluten free options. Cafe menu has something for everyone, whether they are vegetarian, vegan or not. Cafe is open daily 11am-6pm. Tidal Creek Co-op 5329 Oleander Dr., 799-2667. An organic grocery with inside cafe offering organic and vegan friendly options for casual dine-in or take out. Cafe open 11am-6pm daily.
Seafood Black Sea Grill 118 S. Front St., 254-9990. Mediterranean style eatery in a quaint downtown location. Lamb chops, seafood, vegetarian. Lunch and dinner Tue-Sat.
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Bridge Tender 1414 Airlie Rd., 2564519. Featuring fresh seafood, certified Angus beef steaks, delicious appetizers, and mouth-watering desserts. Choose to dine on the outdoor patio overlooking the Intracoastal waterway or enjoy the cozy interior setting. Lunch Mon-Fri., Dinner nightly. Cape Fear Seafood Company 5226 S. College Rd., 799-7077. Specializing in regional American seafood, hand cut fish, steaks, and chicken along with freshly made desserts all served in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily.
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Dockside 1308 Airlie Rd., 256-2752. The place to be for the best seafood on the Intracoastal Waterway, Dockside is synonymous with great food and a casual, atmosphere. Using only the freshest and highest quality local and regional ingredients whenever possible. Lunch and dinner daily. Dock Street Oyster Bar 12 Dock St., 762-2827. Voted best oyster bar 13 years in a row. Come enjoy some great Caribbean style fare in a chic atmosphere. Serving an array of seafood, pasta, and chicken. Lunch and dinner daily. Elijah’s 2 Ann St., 343-1448. Casual American grill and oyster bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. Seafood, steaks, chicken, salads. Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Fish House Grill 1410 Airlie Rd., 256-3693. A landmark seafood restaurant for decades, offering a casual, fun place to eat fresh seafood while enjoying the outdoor waterfront overlooking the Intracoastal waterway. Made-from-scratch every day. Lunch and dinner daily.
Hieronymus 5035 Market St., 392-6313. Come enjoy locally sourced seafood and fresh vegetables in a casual atmosphere. Voted best seafood in 2011, this is one of the local’s favorites for over 30 years. Lunch and dinner daily. Phun Seafood Bar 215 Princess St., 762-2841. A fun 22-seat eatery serving southeast Asian tapas food, Vietnamese and Thai style. Sample lemongrass pork wontons, country ham-green mango rolls, and hot noodle bowls. Beer and wine available. Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Wed-Sat. Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill 6828 Market Rd, 859-8195. A favorite hang out, offering raw bar, seafood, burgers, wraps, and sandwiches. Lunch and dinner daily. Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar 6A N. Lake Park Blvd., 458-7380; 109 Market St., 833-8622. Come watch your favorite sports team while enjoying some great oysters, shrimp, crab cakes, po-boys, and fresh salads. Casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily.
Tapas Circa 1922 8 N. Front St., 762-1922. Great bar and ever changing small plates, serving the likes of maple glazed pork belly, grilled stuffed quail, and lamb shank.. Dinner nightly, Sunday brunch. 9 Restaurant 9 S. Front St., 523-5912. Breakfast cafe during the day with homemade pastries, and a tapas bar and lounge at night. Jazz and blues music. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Opening in May 2013. The Fortunate Glass 29 S. Front St., 399-4292. A wine bar at heart, the focus is on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and about 350 wines by the bottle, plus over 30 craft beers. A small menu of fine cheeses, Italian cured meats, and decadent desserts served tapas style will compliment your wine selection. Dinner Tue-Sun. The Olive Café 1125-E Military Cutoff Rd., 679-4772. An Epicurean emporium for everything taste. Wines, bakery, and somewhat bigger than small plates.
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hey had me at the caramel creams. Not a fancy new-style brand, but the old-fashioned tan-and-white chewy delights from my childhood, wrapped in the familiar crinkly cellophane. I had been at The RitzCarlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation for less than ten minutes when I discovered them, in a giant glass apothecary jar in the newly renovated club lounge, surrounded by, what else, homemade cookies. To their credit, the staff pretended not to notice my near-constant visits for “ice” or “bottled water.” They’d seen it before, I’m sure. Those caramel creams weren’t the only fun surprise the resort had in store for me. The next was my tour of the 30-acre property. On a Segway. During the drive in I’d noticed a few people zooming along the walking paths on the two-wheeled stand-up vehicles. If they could do it, so could I. And so could my husband Bill. After meeting “Segway Dave” who leads the tours, and easing unsteadily around the well-barricaded practice area, we took off, slowly at first, then gaining confidence. Before long, we were confident enough to chat with Dave, who gave us the history of the plantation as he showed us around. Located in Greene County, Georgia (factoid: Greene County was named for Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene) Reynolds Plantation is part of what was once known as “Cracker’s Neck.” Mercer Reynolds, Sr., the local businessman who patented the process for solidifying cottonseed oil, acquired 7,000 acres of land in the early 1900s, referring to the tract as “Linger Longer” for its uncanny ability to compel visitors want to extend their stays. Coupled with the adjoining land owned by his cousin James Madison Reynolds, the family soon owned more
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than 10,000 acres. Within the property the family operated the Rock House, a hunting and fishing retreat. The land became even more valuable in 1979 when Wallace Dam was constructed and subsequent flooding of the Oconee River formed Lake Oconee. In 1985, the tract was released to the Reynolds grandchildren, who developed it into Reynolds Plantation. Although the original cabin is still standing – it’s now a nature center open to residents – it’s been joined by hundreds of other homes within the huge property. Although most are second (or third) homes, there are enough full-time residents to keep the place from feeling like a ghost town. Even on a misty, cloudy day, we passed several walkers and joggers along the way. The Ritz-Carlton Lodge arrived in 2002. The lodge itself is rustic, but perfect: the
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stone fireplaces are huge yet free of messy ash, wooden floors gleam, and no cobwebs dangle from the impossibly high woodbeamed ceilings. Plush furnishings set throughout the lobby are comfortable and inviting, even for kids, many of whom curl up and quietly play video games while their parents sip wine or coffee. Outside, a thicket of pines carpeted in soft pine straw opens onto a grassy meadow that leads to the lake. Trees struck by lightning have been carved into stunningly detailed sculptures of native animals. The main hotel has 251 freshly refurbished rooms, but there are also six two-and-three bedroom golf cottages that come, in true Ritz-Carlton style, with their own barbecue butlers, who can whip up just about anything your heart desires on the grill. When we arrived at the marina, Segway Dave explained that Ritz Carlton guests can also
charter pontoon boats equipped with chefs who can whip up a five-star gourmet picnic in a secluded cove. Dogs, who are welcome in the resort, can cruise along, too. In addition to the Segway tours and boat charters, The Ritz-Carlton offers more traditional pursuits as well. The secondlargest lake in Georgia, Lake Oconee is a watery wonderland, and the resort takes full advantage, offering fishing for bass, bream, catfish and crappy – with a guide or without – kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, knee and wakeboarding, jet-skiing, water skiing and canoeing. There’s a sandy beach for swimmers. Beyond the lake, there’s biking along the same trails we covered via Segway, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, horseback riding, skeet shooting, a fitness center and a whopping 117 holes of golf. Unless it rains, each night ends with s’mores around the
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fire pit (tip from a barbecue butler: for the ultimate s’more, swap out the traditional Hershey bar with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup). This summer, Sunday night concerts are being followed by fireworks; the resort is also offering a number of packages that include water sports rentals, golf, boating and spa treatments featuring summery ingredients like tea, watermelon and lime. During the winter, the emerald-green courtyard outside the lobby that hosted Carrie Underwood’s wedding is transformed into an ice-skating rink. Those 117 holes of golf are a huge draw. Within Reynolds Plantation there are six rock star-designed championship golf courses (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones), five of which are open to hotel guests. The courses have drawn honors from Golf Digest, GolfWorld and GolfWeek magazines for their impressive elevations, dramatic topography and green settings. Under the watchful eyes of original course architect Bob Cupp and former Augusta National superintendent Billy Fuller, Reynolds’ first course, The Landing, is undergoing a renovation that includes hole redesign, new bunkering, the expansion of tee boxes and a new set of forward tees, as well as work on the cart paths and buildings. Moreover, much of Cupp’s original atmosphere is being recaptured with the planting of peripheral ornamental grasses that evoke a links
Looking over #2 on the National Bluff course.
feel while adding shape and challenges to many holes. We could have easily driven out of The Ritz-Carlton Lodge for meals – there are several clusters of shops and restaurants ten minutes outside the gates – but it didn’t seem to make sense when there were so many options within the resort. Besides those caramel creams, the Club Lounge offered a Breakfast of Champions every morning that ran the gamut from healthy (fruit, cereal, homemade yogurt in cute glass pots) to decadent (sticky buns, eggs Benedict) and everything in between, including sparkly mimosas. Even better, everything was still fresh and hot when slackers like us showed up at the crack of ten in search of bacon. Lunch offerings were soup, salad, sandwiches and something hot; we usually popped in for a cocktail and a nibble before dinner. Lots of high-end resorts have steakhouses and The Ritz-Carlton Lodge is no different: Linger Longer Steakhouse is carnivore bliss. For us, though, it was the details that made it special. We were thrilled to discover several well-priced wines on the list, and when Bill and I split a steak at the bar one night, the bartender never made us feel like cheapskates. In fact, he did the opposite, bringing us each separate side dishes when we should have had to share just one. There’s also contemporary Southern favorites at Georgia’s Bistro, which reopened
in April after a complete re-do. The chef has worked hard to source ingredients from local vendors, and we could taste it. Salads were composed of greens too delicate and sweet to make a journey of more than a couple of miles and moonshine cocktails were a blast to try. At Gaby’s by the Lake, which serves innovative, upscale bar food – think lobster grilled cheese and barbecue nachos – with views of the water, you can come straight from the pool or beach. No matter where we ate, though, the best part was the vibe. Local residents have made The Ritz-Carlton Lodge a gathering spot. As guests, we loved the fun and festive energy they brought to the restaurants, joking with staff, visiting with each other and chatting with visitors. And then we had to leave. The quick drive back to Columbia – less than three hours – made it even easier to promise that we’d be back soon. W The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation One Lake Oconee Trail Greensboro, GA 30642 706-467-0600 www.ritzcarltonlodge.com
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