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July 2021

DEPARTMENTS 9 The Nature of Things By Ashley Wahl

11 Simple Life By Jim Dodson

14 Short Stories 16 Life’s Funny


18 Food for Thought

35 On an Okra Flower

20 The Creators of N.C.

36 Summertime Sips

By Maria Johnson

By Bridgette A. Lacy By Wiley Cash

24 The Omnivorous Reader By Stephen E. Smith

27 Scuppernong Bookshelf 29 Home by Design By Cynthia Adams

31 Birdwatch

By Susan Campbell

32 Wandering Billy By Billy Eye

83 Events Calendar 96 O.Henry Ending By Nelda Lockamy

Poetry by Paul Jones

By John Oliver Nixon Seven cooling cocktails crafted by the region’s top mixologists

44 Made in the Shade

By Jim Dodson As the heat of midsummer descends, these five leafy sanctuaries help their creators keep their cool

54 The Lost Colony

By Gary Pearce America’s oldest mystery gets a new look, a new life and a new vision

60 Cheek to Cheek

By Cynthia Adams Newly married, two young architects infuse their historic home with a fresh perspective

85 Almanac

By Ashley Wahl

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The Nature of Things

Night Swimming Pink dolphins and other dreamscapes

By Ashley Wahl

If you’re not at the beach or haven’t al-

ready gone, perhaps you’re headed there before summer is over. I might be. But I certainly won’t be swimming in the open water. You see, I have a bottomless fear of the ocean.

When we went as kids, I might wade out with my brother, accompanied by our parental lifeguards, far enough for some mysterious object — a fish or a sea finger, no doubt — to send me sprinting back to shore, where I could blissfully dig for mole crabs instead. Don’t feel sorry for me. Consider the heron, content in the shallows. Or the sandpipers, flitting like minnows at the edge of the sea. We can’t all take to the water like fish. But I can dream. In fact, sometimes I dream that I am swimming with dolphins. The water is calm and crystalline, and while the dolphins are pretty spectacular — nearly a dozen of them, including a few calves, all pink as can be — the true miracle is feeling as if I were a selkie, changing from human form into a seal, effortlessly darting about in the water. Did I mention that I can’t exactly swim? I mean, I can sort of swim. Just not gracefully or confidently. Imagine a cat in the bath. As a kid, Fourth of July weekends were spent with the cousins in our grandparents’ above ground pool. Until I was tall enough to stand with my head above water, my parents stuck me in swimmies. I never had a formal swim lesson, and when the tips of my toes could finally touch the bottom of the pool, there was really no need to The Art & Soul of Greensboro

learn. Besides, I could dog paddle well enough to keep from sinking. I know it’s not too late for lessons. And yet I could rattle off at least a dozen things that I would rather master. Like the guitar. Or a cartwheel. Or how to identify edible mushrooms. In the meantime, I’m content to take my ocean dips at night. Or maybe I’ll dream of a walk in the rain with my deceased grandfather, of reuniting with my childhood dog, or of flying through the air like a human bird. Once, I dreamed I was soaring among a thick forest of pine, the night sky shimmering like an ocean of stars above me. I felt like a great winged beast, completely at ease and at home in my element — until my rational brain swooped in to hijack the moment. I could plummet to the earth in an instant, I thought. My heart rate accelerated. Panic was beginning to take over. But somehow, I snapped out of it. This is my dream, I told myself. I get to choose what happens next. And so, I took a deep breath, pumped my legs and continued gliding through my heavenly dreamscape, effortlessly weaving in and out of trees, reality and consciousness. But the nicest thing about dreams is how easily you can travel through time. One night, I might go back to the edge of my grandparents’ pool, legs dangling in the cool water, where the terrier paddles in endless circles and the cousins giggle between cannonball splashes. Traveling is what dreams are for. Unconscious or otherwise, they take us wherever we’re meant to go. Like night swimming — which, for me, is the very best kind. OH Contact editor Ashley Wahl at awahl@ohenrymag.com. O.Henry 9

Simple Life

Death of a Green Dragon A gardener’s bittersweet reminder of life’s impermanence

By Jim Dodson

Last month, I returned from my first

trip since the start of the pandemic to discover a baffling mystery at home.

The leaves of a beautiful Green Dragon Japanese maple I’d raised from a mere seedling appeared to suddenly be dying. Arching gracefully over the side driveway, the rare seven-foot beauty was the star of my garden. It had never been more vibrant than the day I departed for a week out West, lush and green with lots of bright spring growth. But suddenly, inexplicably, those delicate new leaves were limp and withering. A friend who knows his ornamental trees pointed out that a freakish, late-season cold snap might be the culprit. The leaves of nearby hydrangea bushes were also severely burned, but with the return of seasonal warmth, were already showing signs of recovery. “I think you should simply leave it alone. Give the tree water and maybe a little spring fertilizer and let things take their course,” he said. “Nature has a way of healing her own.” His theory seemed plausible. I’ve built and maintained enough gardens in my time to know that nature always holds the upper hand. Sometimes unlikely resurrections happen when you least expect them. So I waited and watered, trying to push the thought of losing my spectacular Green Dragon out of my mind. Perhaps by some miracle it would come back to life. As I went about other tasks in the garden — mulching and weeding perennial beds and transplanting ostrich and woodland ferns to my new shade garden — I thought about how the sudden death of a spring

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pig provided writer E. B. White intense grief and something of a personal epiphany, inspiring one of his most affecting essays in 1948. Following a struggle of several days to heal his mysteriously ailing young pig — such an ordeal blurs the passage of time, the author expressed — White, accompanied by his morbidly curious dachshund, Fred, walked out one evening to check on the patient, hoping for the best: “When I went down, before going to bed, he lay stretched in the yard a few feet from the door. I knelt, saw that he was dead, and left him there: his face had a mild look, expressive neither of deep peace nor of deep suffering, although I think he had suffered a good deal.” The young pig was buried near White’s favorite spot in the apple orchard, leaving his owner surprised by the potency of his own grief. “The loss we felt was not the loss of ham but the loss of pig,” White recounts. “He had evidently become precious to me, not that he represented a distant nourishment in a hungry time, but that he had suffered in a suffering world.” Life, of course, is full of unexpected compensations. It’s possible that the guilt and grief E. B. White suffered with the loss of his pig was the literary world’s gain. Four years later, the author’s tale of a female barn spider that saves a charming young pig from slaughter by crafting upbeat messages about Wilbur the pig in her web became an instant American classic. Over the decades, Charlotte’s Web continues to rank among the most beloved children’s books of all-time. I don’t know if a failed effort to save a spring pig bought “in blossom time” is anything like trying to save a young Japanese maple I’d raised from a seedling, but the sadness of its sudden loss combined with a palpable sense that I’d somehow failed my tree followed me around like Fred the dachshund for weeks, a reminder of life’s mystery and bittersweet impermanence. It didn’t help matters, I O.Henry 11

Simple Life suppose, that I couldn’t even bring myself to dig up the deceased tree and cart it out to the curb for the weekly refuse crew. At this writing, as lush summer green explodes all around, the beloved tree stands like a monument to my botanical incompetence or simple bad luck. The autopsy is incomplete. The verdict is still pending. Gardeners and farmers, of course, experience dramas of life and death — and sometimes unexpected rebirth — on a daily basis. Pests and disease are constant threats that interrupt the cycle of life at any moment with little or no advance notice. Too much rain or not enough, violent winds, summer hailstorms and unwelcome diners in the garden are simply part of the process of helping living things grow. My longtime friend and former Southern Pines neighbor, Max Morrison, who is justly known for his spectacular camellias and probably the most abundant vegetable garden in the Carolina Sandhills, solved his deer and rabbit problem decades ago by transforming his edible landscape into something resembling a Soviet Gulag with ten-foot wire fences and electric monitoring systems. On one of the first evenings I dined with Max and his wife, Myrtis, a gifted Southern cook, I noticed a large jar of Taster’s Choice instant coffee going round on the lazy Suzan. Attached to it with rubber bands was an index card covered with tiny dates written in pencil. “What’s this?” I asked, picking it up. Myrtis laughed. “Oh, that’s Max’s record of all the squirrels he’s dispatched with his pellet rifle over the years in order to keep them out of his garden.”

The death count went back decades. Among other surprises, this cool, wet spring brought a noticeable uptick in the squirrel and chipmunk populations around the neighborhood, which made me briefly consider picking up an air rifle of my own. For the moment at least, our young female Staffordshire Bull Terrier has taken matters into her own paws, nimbly standing guard over the back garden from atop a brick terrace wall, ready to leap into action at the sight of a furry invader. Our in-town neighborhood is also home to a sizable community of rabbits that appear at dawn and dusk to feed in the front yards along the block. The dogs pay little or no attention to them. For the most part, ours seems to be a remarkably peaceful kingdom with no need to resort to sterner measures of defense. At the end of the day, this may be my form of post-pandemic compensation. My garden has actually never looked better, save for the untimely passing of a lovely green dragon. This morning, after I set down a few closing words, I’ve made up my mind to go out and do what I should have done weeks ago — dig up my dead maple and send it on to the town mulch pile. At least its remains may eventually enrich someone else’s garden. In its place, I’ll plant a border of peonies that will fill in nicely in a year or two. I shall miss that lovely green dragon, though. OH Jim Dodson can be reached at jim@thepilot.com

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Paper Dreams

Let’s hear it for Ancient Egypt for making the earliest you-knowwhat from the dense, reedy sedge along the Nile. Paper, we’d be lost without you. You know our darkest secrets and our deepest longings. Frankly, you complete us. This month, Weatherspoon Art Museum’s biennial Art on Paper exhibit celebrates the many ways this humble medium can be used to delight, surprise, affect and inspire us. Art on Paper 2021: The 46th Exhibition opens on Saturday, July 24, and features everything from watercolor paper to corrugated cardboard and paper made by hand from newsprint and coffee filters. It likewise offers “creative entry points into urgent conversations,” such as racism, hybrid identities and the effects of social isolation. Don’t miss the virtual curator talk with Emily Stamey on Wednesday, July 28, noon, or the handful of artist talks being scheduled throughout the year. (Keep your eye on WAM’s events page.) Exhibit on display through November 27. The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery, 500 Tate Street, Greensboro. Info/registration: weatherspoonart.org.

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Hot Art

Artists don’t like to be boxed in. Except when they do. Just look at those who supply Art-o-mat, the Winston-Salem company that dispenses small works, for five bucks a pop, from rehabbed cigarette vending machines. The palm-size pieces — some rendered on wood blocks, some tucked inside boxes, all wrapped in cellophane — drop down from inside 175 machines worldwide. Three can be found in this area: at Revolution Mill on Yanceyville Street; at Reconsidered Goods on Spring Garden Street; and at the newest site, Red Oak Brewery in Whitsett, where a sleek, blue-faced model was just installed. “It’s a flawless machine,” says Clark Whittington, who reworked the front of the box after being inspired by a picture of a mid-century clock. “I said, ‘That would make a beautiful Art-o-mat.’” His vending operation — founded in a place once known as “Camel City” because of its tobacco industry roots — draws on an international stable of 300 painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers and other creators who often downsize their wares to reach more people. Some well-known local artists — including Marie Stone-van Vuuren of Greensboro and John Gall of Jamestown — work with AOM. The business, which sports the slogan “Kerplunking Culture Since 1997,” would like to recruit more Triad artists. “It works great to get your work into places you might never visit,” says Whittington, who leases out machines all over the U.S., with outposts as far away as Austria and Australia. Museums, galleries, hotels and breweries are the most common clients; they order the pieces they want for their machines. Art-o-mat’s wee works also are available to the public in prestuffed Art-o-cartons and Christmas stockings. To order the cartons and stockings, or to read the artists’ guidelines for prototypes, go to www.artomat.org. — MJ The Art & Soul of Greensboro


Short Stories

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Sing the Red, White and Blues

“I’ve had a couple of times on stage when I really felt free,” said North Carolina’s late, great Nina Simone. And what, she was asked, is freedom? “No fear,” chimed the civil rights activist and jazz icon. “I mean, really no fear.” On Friday, July 2, at 8 p.m., the Ghostlight Concert Series presents North Carolina soul singer Jasmé Kelly’s stirring tribute to Nina Simone and Freedom. Powerhouse vocalist Mysti Mayhem opens. Go, listen and see if you don’t experience a moment of total and absolute liberation. Tickets: $25 (advance), $30 (at the door). Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. Info: carolinatheatre.com.

I once watched a squirrel attempt to drag an entire loaf of bread up an oak tree. Poor thing didn’t get very far. And you, who were born under the sign of Cancer, won’t either — unless you let go of what’s holding you back. Alternatively, that could be a metaphor about your relationship with carbs. Either way, it’s likely to be an emotional month for you. But you’ve been around the sun enough times to know at least one thing: Your softness is your superpower. Happy birthday, Crabcakes. Tea leaf “fortunes” for the rest of you: Leo (July 23 – August 22) Do sunflowers mean anything to you? They should. Also, pay attention to your dreams this month. Virgo (August 23 – September 22) Got your next breakup album ready? Just kidding. It’s time to lighten up. Libra (September 23 – October 22) You’re taking one for the team this month. Deep breaths. This too shall pass. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) Drink the tea before it goes cold. You know what I’m talking about. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Is there a special Virgo in your life? If so, draw them a salt bath. If not, probably for the best. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) Just say you’re sorry — it’s not that hard — and move on.


Time Travelers

What’s happening at GreenHill Center for NC Art? A stretch of the imagination, if you will, and a double dose of Greensboro. Rebecca Fagg + Jack Stratton: Two Retrospectives opens on Friday, July 16, at the gallery from noon until 5 p.m. and online. Fagg and Stratton, who both hold B.F.A.s from UNC Greensboro, are longtime exhibitors at GreenHill. This comprehensive exhibit features over 200 works and spans five decades — quiet a stretch. Witnessing each artist explore different media and develop their unique approach to art is a bit like traveling through space and time, although considerably less dizzying. Exhibit on display through November 7. GreenHill Center for NC Art, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Info: greenhillnc.org. The Art & Soul of Greensboro

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) You’ve outgrown the shoes. That’s OK. You won’t be needing them. Pisces (February 19 – March 20) Someone needs a hug. And a bubble bath. But don’t spill the nail polish this time. Aries (March 21 – April 19) The missing piece isn’t actually missing. But you’re working on the wrong puzzle. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) A new flavor will be entering your world. Two words: Moderation, darling. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) This will make sense later: Wear the blue one. For now: Mind your tongue. Zora Stellanova has been divining with tea leaves since Game of Thrones’ Starbucks cup mishap of 2019. While she’s not exactly a medium, she’s far from average. She lives in the N.C. foothills with her Sphynx cat, Lyla. O.Henry 15

Life's Funny

There’s an App for That A little fun inspired by you-know-what (and if you don’t, good for you)

By Maria Johnson Sara P. * Baywood Is it hurt?

Hi, Welcome to Backdoor, a hyperlocal networking app for hyper, local people with absolutely no knowledge of the natural world.

Today’s Top Post: Snake!

Susan D. * Lakewood I don’t know. It was on the driveway next to my son’s car as he was packing to go back to school, and now it’s gone. I guess it got scared.

Susan D. * La

Fran Z. * Meadow Wood It wasn’t an anaconda. I can tell you that. kewood

Susan D. * Lakewood Can anyone tell me what kind of snake this is? Joey T. * Woodchase Garden snake Laura J. * Thistlewood See that pattern? Rattlesnake. Julio H. * Chapelwood Anaconda

Yesterday’s Top Post:

What Kind of Flower is This?

Zachar y M. *

Woody Acre


Zachary M. * Woody Acres Can someone please identify this flower growing in my yard? It has velvety petals and a lovely scent that reminds me of the Rose Milk lotion my mother used. Also, there are thorns on its stem. Oh, and on Valentine’s Day, I gave my wife a dozen red ones just like it. Help!

Fran Z. * Meadow Wood That is definitely not an anaconda. We had an anaconda in our birdbath last week, and it was much bigger than that. I’m guessing yours is a ball python.

Betty T. * Woodbridge Daisy?

Mortimer G. * Towerwood Plumber’s snake. Just kidding. Could be a juvenile anaconda.

Mike G. * Woods Tower Juvenile hibiscus?

Juanita D. * Gatewood Hibiscus?

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Life's Funny Emily B. * Everwood Oh, my gosh! My mother used Rose Milk, too. It smelled just like — I dunno, petunias? — and it made your skin so soft. I haven’t seen it in years. Does anyone know if they still make it?

regular drag strip out there.” After she mentioned it, I noticed that my deck is basically a chipmunk freeway. And they make so much noise. Very annoying. Ideas?

Dot A. * Woody Terrace Your wife is one lucky lady! If she doesn’t treat you right, let me know. Maybe you should post a picture of yourself. Wink-wink. Just kidding. Wink.

Regina N. * Spoonwood There are some animal repellants you can put on your deck, but I would suggest a permanent remedy, such as a cat.

Joan W. * Station Woods I loved Rose Milk, too! They don’t make it anymore, but thanks for bringing back great memories. Time passes so quickly. We must take time to stop and smell the flowers in Zachary’s yard, whatever they are.

Top Post Two Days Ago: Wildlife Camera Caught This Fella

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Kathy K. * Sweetwood Look what our wildlife camera captured in our yard last night! My children say it’s a raccoon. But what do they know? They’ve been learning from home all year. Franklin S. * Sourwood Why is he still wearing a mask? I thought you didn’t have to wear one anymore. Leila C. * Saltwood There is no mask mandate, but people should feel free to wear a mask, inside or outside, if they’re uncomfortable. Sue P. * Pepperwood Am I the only one to notice that this guy is wearing his mask improperly — over the eyes, instead of the nose and mouth? Evelyn J. * Gingerwood It’s NOT a COVID mask, people. It’s a robber mask. I swear, this looks like the guy who stole a package off my porch at Christmas. My sister in Wisconsin sent a cheese ball. A good one. The kind that’s rolled in nuts. A few minutes after it was delivered, my doorbell camera caught someone swiping the box from my porch. I hope the guy choked on it. I’m not saying the thief is the same person in your picture. But they have the same eyes and general build. Thanks for sharing. Let’s look out for each other! Practice kindness!

Top Post Three Days Ago: Chipmunk racing Amelia I. * Forkwood Does anyone else have this problem: Chipmunks dashing across their deck? My aunt, who was visiting, said, “It’s like a

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Nan F. * Firewood Wow. I cannot believe that you would post that kind of violent content on a family-oriented website. Children read this, you know. Please keep your feelings to yourself. Chip hater. Regina N. * Spoonwood I am not a chip hater. My husband, Ray, is a chipmunk if you must know. The point is, he does not run across other people’s decks with his tail in the air. And if he did, he’d deserve to be eaten by a cat. Grace M. * Johnwood Your husband is a chipmunk? Awwww. So cute. Thurmond W. * Paulwood Do I understand this correctly? That these dang chipmunks are the ones who are racing their cars up and down my street at night? They are SO LOUD. They woke me up at 3 a.m. the other night. Barb D.* Georgewood Our mechanic says that some chipmunks modify their exhaust pipes to make them louder, and they alter the ignition timing so the cars backfire and flames shoot out the tailpipe. On purpose.

David T. * Elvi swood

Paula Y. * Ringowood That’s sickening, for a chipmunk to do that to a perfectly good car. David T. * Elviswood I know. But they do. Look at this picture my security camera caught the other day. Regina N. * Spoonwood OMG. Kelly R. * Redwood What? Regina N. * Spoonwood That’s Ray. OH Maria Johnson is a contributing editor of O.Henry magazine. She can be reached at ohenrymaria@gmail.com.

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Food for Thought

Meditation on Rice A staple food of the South

By Bridgette A. L acy

“Rice was a frequent visitor

at the table,” says Michael W. Twitty, an African American cookbook author and food historian. “It’s also a deep part of my family history, being a descendant of the Gullah Geechee and of enslaved South Carolinians.”

Twitty pens a love letter to rice — an accessible grain with limitless possibilities — in the form of a cookbook, RICE, the final volume in The University of North Carolina Press’ “Savor the South” series. He delights readers as he takes them around the globe from West Africa to Italy examining this humble ingredient with which he has a long and storied relationship. In his words, “rice bears narratives laden with struggle and survival, migration, movement, and family tradition.” Many readers will recognize Twitty’s name as the James Beard award-winning author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. He’s also featured in Netflix’s popular High on the Hog, a four-part docuseries based on the book by Jessica B. Harris that traces and acknowledges the contributions of Africans and African Americans to American food culture and cuisine. Twitty breaks down how rice came from Africa and Asia to the United States, making its way to tables of folks around the world, creating their own cultural fusions and adding their own flavors and spices to this grain. In rich detail, he highlights 51 mouthwatering rice dishes made with vegetables, tomatoes, meats, and seafood, including Wanda Blake’s Jambalaya, Curried Rice Salad and Meyer Lemon Rice with Candied Garlic. And several des-

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serts as well. He describes different types and varieties of rice from long grain, basmati, jasmine and the regional Carolina Gold. He also demystified the process of making rice, which can burn easily. “Patience,” he tells me. “It’s not to be rushed and you have to watch.” No distractions such as talking or texting. He says the best way to perfect it is to cook it over and over again. Now you can start with this spicy recipe, perfect for a summer gathering. From RICE: a SAVOR THE SOUTH cookbook by Michael W. Twitty. Used by permission of the publisher. www.uncpress.org

Ghanaian Crab Stew

Eaten with rice or kenkey, a fermented corn dish, this dish from Ghana influenced later dishes like perloo and shrimp and grits. Sometimes okra is added, and there you have it: a grandfather dish to gumbo. For real Ghanaian flavor, provide additional hot peppers at the table and double up on the garlic and ginger for more punch. This is to be savored, not gulped! Makes 4–6 servings 1 medium yellow onion or 6 green onions, green and white parts, minced 1 habanero pepper, seeded and minced 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and diced The Art & Soul of Greensboro

1 pound cooked blue crab meat 2 teaspoons minced ginger or ginger paste 2 teaspoons minced garlic or garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon kitchen pepper (see below) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock, homemade or store-bought Chopped parsley, for garnish 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice, for serving In a medium bowl, mix together the onion and habanero. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the onion and peppers, and cook for 5–7 minutes, until soft. Add the tomatoes and bell pepper to the pan. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes begin to soften and break down, about 10 minutes. Flake the crab meat into the pan and add the ginger, garlic, kitchen pepper, salt, and stock. Stir, turn the heat down to low, and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with rice.

Kitchen Pepper

Kitchen pepper is an old-school spice mixture that was very popular in early American cooking, especially in the coastal South. While it takes its main cues from quatre épices, a spice

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mix of pepper, cloves, nutmeg and ground ginger common in French cooking, it also helped to preserve both medieval and Silk Road flavors in Southern foodways, as well as the flavors of West Africa, where indigenous and Middle Eastern spices had long influenced the cuisine. This is my take on this classic. It has the complexity of garam masala without quite the punch and heat. Makes about 1⁄2 cup 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper 1 tablespoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 tablespoon ground allspice 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon ground mace 1 tablespoon ground white pepper 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to six months. OH

Bridgette A. Lacy, a feature and food writer, is the author of Sunday Dinner, a Savor the South cookbook by UNC-Press. Her book was a 2016 Finalist for the Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

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The Creators of N.C.

A Place Like Home Wilmington’s Seabird restaurant and oyster bar has landed

By Wiley Cash Photographs By Mallory Cash

Chefs Dean Neff and Lydia Clop-

ton are sitting at a table inside Seabird, their recently opened seafood restaurant and oyster bar in downtown Wilmington. It is midafternoon, and sunlight streams through the high windows along Seabird’s west-facing wall. The hum of breakfast has passed, and the dinner crowd has yet to arrive. Reservations have been fully booked since opening night. In this rare quiet moment, the couple pauses to reflect on what brought them together, what brought them to Wilmington, and what has kept them in the restaurant business since their chance meeting more than a decade ago. Given their shared history, it should come as no surprise that Neff and Clopton use the word “our” a lot. After all, they share a family, a restaurant and a past. But when the chefs discuss Seabird, it is clear that their use of the word extends beyond their personal and professional relationship to the place they now call home. “Seabird is a small, community restaurant,” Neff says, “and I hope

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it’s a place that feels like part of our community.” Partnerships with local farmers and small-scale fishermen support Seabird’s efforts to be good stewards of the environment, says Neff. The restaurant’s crew is treated like family, and menus vary based on seasonal availability. “Our food is going to develop from our relationships with the people in this community.” Neff and Clopton’s relationship began 12 years ago in Athens, Georgia, where Neff was the new sous-chef at Hugh Acheson’s nowiconic restaurant, Five and Ten. At the time, Clopton was working toward a biology degree at the University of Georgia. “I was baking a lot at home,” she says, “and my roommate said, ‘You should try doing this professionally.’” A friend of Clopton’s worked at Five and Ten. Neff remembers the day that Clopton came in for her interview. When owner Hugh Acheson asked if she’d ever baked professionally, Clopton admitted that she hadn’t. But Acheson must have seen something in the eager young baker. Neff remembers him saying, “Great. When can you start?” Neff must have seen something in her too, and, soon, she would see something in him as well. Romance ensued. From Athens, where Neff eventually became executive chef at Five and Ten and worked with Acheson on his first cookbook, the couple ventured to Western North Carolina, where Clopton and Neff both found themselves working with some of the South’s best known chefs and restauranteurs: Neff helped John Fleer open Rhubarb, a farm-to-table restaurant on the square in downtown Asheville. Clopton worked at Asheville’s Chai Pani, known for its The Art & Soul of Greensboro

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innovative Indian street food, and also helped open Katie Button’s Nightbell, a cocktail bar beneath Cúrate, another Button restaurant lauded for its “curative” Spanish cuisine. Next, Clopton was baking wedding cakes out of the couple’s home while Neff taught in the culinary arts program at Asheville-Buncombe Tech and coached the school’s competition cooking team. “I loved what we were doing, but I knew that the longer we did it the harder it would be to get back into a restaurant,” Neff says. And that was when Athens returned to their lives in a surprising way. A man named Jeff Duckworth had long been a regular at Acheson’s Five and Ten. Back when Neff was chef, it wasn’t uncommon for Duckworth to find his way into the kitchen after enjoying a meal. He would always say the same thing to Neff: “We should go open a restaurant somewhere.” Years later, Duckworth tracked Neff and Clopton down in Asheville to let them know he was leaving Athens for Wilmington. He said he was ready to prove how serious he was about partnering with Neff. Although the couple had never visited Wilmington, it had been on their radar. “Back when we were in Athens, we had a list of places that we were considering moving, and Asheville and Wilmington were on it,” Clopton says. “And it just happened.” The first time Neff and Clopton drove across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, the river below and the city nestled on its banks before them, they knew this was where they would make their home, both in the restaurant business and in the community. The partnership between Duckworth and Neff opened as PinPoint The Art & Soul of Greensboro

in May of 2015, and Neff immediately understood how important local support would be to the success of any small, community restaurant. “We thought that being downtown would get us a lot of tourists, but the space didn’t lend itself to that. You had to really know about it,” he says. Local support grew, and so did a buzz that carried beyond the city and state. While Neff loved his time at PinPoint, he grew eager to strike out on his own. “I sold my shares to Jeff in 2019, and I wasn’t sure at that moment what I was going to do,” Neff says. “We’d just found out that Lydia was pregnant, and then I learned that I was on the long list for the James Beard Award for best chef in the Southeast, and it all kind of reinvigorated the idea that I wanted to open our restaurant in the way we wanted to do it.” In the midst of all these changes, Clopton had opened Love, Lydia, an upscale bakery near downtown, where her offerings, especially her focaccia, made a name for themselves. According to North Carolinabased food and travel writer Jason Frye, “Lydia was willing to step out and take some chances. It wasn’t the typical stuff. She did things like bring sesame seeds to her focaccia, and that and other choices she made showed a full and thorough approach to food.” Neff hoped that Clopton would be willing to bring that same full and thorough approach to a shared venture. “She’s a details person,” Neff says. “And I knew that if we did this restaurant together then we would spend more time together, and everything — from the front of the house to the back — would be better if she were here.” It turns out that the couple would be spending a lot of time together. In quick succession, their son was born, the pandemic hit, Clopton

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closed her bakery, and, finally, in May, Seabird opened to rave reviews. Neff credits the name of the restaurant with his obsession with maps and aerial views. When thinking of names, he pictured a bird flying over Eastern North Carolina, gazing down upon the expansive landscape from which he and Clopton would draw both ingredients and inspiration. When someone tipped him off to the song “Seabird” by the Alessi Brothers, Neff knew they had chosen the

right name, especially when he read the lyrics Lonely seabird, you’ve been away from land too long. Those lines are now featured beneath the restaurant’s marquee at the corner of Front and Market Street in downtown Wilmington. While both subtle and bold details inform the visual aesthetic at Seabird, clean lines, floor to ceiling windows, and textures varying from natural wood to textiles, create a space that feels durable and robust yet finely appointed. But make no mistake; while the restaurant is gorgeous, the menu is the focus. Jason Frye cites the smoked catfish and oyster pie as being among his favorites. “It’s a masterclass in subtle flavors,” he says. “The oyster is stewed until tender, and the smoked catfish is done lightly, so the smoke comes in, but it doesn’t overwhelm the creamed collards and celery broth or the potato-flour pastry that sits on top. With every bite, one flavor leads into the next. At the end, you don’t come away from it feeling like you’ve read a collection of short stories. You feel like you’ve read a novel.” And that’s exactly what Neff and Clopton want the food at Seabird to do: tell the story of the community it comes from. After more than a decade of working solo or for other chefs or alongside business partners, Dean Neff and Lydia Clopton have come home to Seabird, and they’re inviting locals and visitors to join them. Food, stories, family, community: All of the ingredients are here. OH Wiley Cash is the writer-in-residence at the University of North CarolinaAsheville. His new novel, When Ghosts Come Home, will be released this year.

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Breaking the Code The scientific revolution that changed the world

By Stephen E. Smith

What in the world just happened?

As the pandemic wanes, that’s the question many of us are asking. But a more immediate question needs answering: What are we going to do to prepare for the next pandemic? The answer, insofar as it’s possible to predict the future, is suggested in The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson, a quasibiography that raises questions about nothing less imperative than our genetic destiny. Isaacson, a history professor at Tulane University who has written biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, has a gift for explicating difficult scientific concepts. His biography of Jennifer Doudna, a 57-year-old professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, is the story of the development of CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) and the function of an enzyme (Cas9), a discovery that won Doudna and French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier the 2020 Nobel Prize. A Doudna biography could not be timelier. Her CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology has launched a scientific revolution that allows us to defeat viruses, cure genetic diseases and certain cancers (TV advertisements are already touting such treatments), and, perhaps, have healthier babies. She has changed our world, moving us from the digital age into a bio-life sciences revolution that will affect our lives to a greater extent than computers have or will. Doudna was in the sixth grade when she read James Watson’s The Double Helix, initially mistaking it for a detective novel.

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Watson’s groundbreaking research into the human genome was a mystery so intense that it set her on a career path as a university researcher who would eventually develop an easy-to-use device to edit DNA. She helped discover a use for Cas9, a protein found in Streptococcus bacteria, which attacks the DNA of viruses and prevents the virus from infecting healthy bacterium and cells. She was quick to recognize the possibilities for controlling viruses that invade human cells by using Cas9. “These CRISPR-associated (Cas) enzymes enable the system to cut and paste new memories of viruses that attack the bacteria,” Isaacson writes. “They also create short segments of RNA, known as CRISPR RNA (crRNA), that can guide a scissors-like enzyme to a dangerous virus and cut up its genetic material. Presto! That’s how the wily bacteria create an adaptive immune system!” CRISPR allows us to create vaccines to defeat the ever-evolving structure of coronaviruses. (A new vaccine under development at Duke University has the potential to protect us from a broad variety of coronavirus infections that move, now and in the future, from animals to humans.) Once she’d figured out the components of the CRISPR-Cas9 assembly, she knew she could program it on her own, adding a different crRNA to cut any different DNA sequence she chose. “In the history of science, there are few real eureka moments, but this came pretty close. ‘It wasn’t just some gradual process where it slowly dawned on us,’ Doudna says. ‘It was an oh-my-God moment.’” As with most life-altering breakthroughs, ethical questions abound. Should we edit genes to make our children less susceptible to diseases such as HIV and coronavirus? Would it be morally wrong if we didn’t? Isaacson devotes a sizable portion of the biography to asking and answering the tough questions that go to The Art & Soul of Greensboro

Omnivorous Reader the heart of the CRISPR quandary: “And what about gene edits for other fixes and enhancements that might be possible in the next few decades?” he asks. “If they turn out to be safe, should governments prevent us from using them? The issue is one of the most profound we humans have ever faced. For the first time in the evolution of life on this planet, a species has developed the capacity to edit its own genetic makeup.” In November 2018, He Jiankui, a Chinese biophysics researcher, produced the world’s first CRISPR-altered children. His goal was to make babies immune to the virus that causes HIV, but his colleagues in China and the West termed his accomplishment “abhorrent and premature.” He was found guilty of conducting illegal medical practices, fined a hefty sum and sentenced to three years in prison. But in the wake of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the idea of editing our genes to make us immune to virus attacks seems a lot less shocking and a whole lot more enticing. All of this is, of course, highly technical, but Isaacson explains much of what we need to know about CRISPR and its implications in terms that are apprehensible without dumbing down the science. Serious readers — and these days we all need to be serious readers — might peruse Doudna’s 2017 A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution. CRISPR will continue to change our lives — for the better, we can only hope. But science hackers are already employing CRISPR in unsupervised labs and neighborhood garages, and who knows what uses it will be put to. Will parents who have the financial resources enhance the health and IQ of their kids? Will we manufacture a class of humans whose superior strength and intellect allow them to dominate the majority? Given our history for employing new technologies, the possibilities are unsettling. OH Stephen E. Smith is a retired professor and the author of seven books of poetry and prose. He’s the recipient of the Poetry Northwest Young Poet’s Prize, the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Prize for poetry and four North Carolina Press Awards. The Art & Soul of Greensboro

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Taste of July A little bit of this and that

By Shannon Jones

You’ll notice that this issue of

O.Henry is packed with culinary delights and summer beverages. Since the scuppernong grape is a food and a drink all in one, who better to talk consumption and its consequences than us? The following books will see the light of day this month and we’re here to help guide you through your gustatory excesses and excitements. Yes, pleasure can have its perils, but it helps to know ahead of time what portends. Use these tomes to avoid the pitfalls of delight.

July 6: The Science of Sin: Why We Do the Things We Know We Shouldn’t, by Jack Lewis (Bloomsbury, $18). Anyone who has ever wondered why they never seem to be able to stick to their diet, who marvels at how little work some of their colleagues get away with doing, who despairs at the antisocial behavior of their teenagers, who can’t understand how cheaters can juggle extramarital affairs, who struggles to resist the lure of the comfy sofa and the giant bag of chips, or who makes themselves thoroughly bitter by endlessly comparing themselves to others — this book is for you. July 6: Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery, by Erica C. Barnett (Penguin, $17). The pleasures of drink can, of course, lead to dark and unhappy places. As author Beth Macy says of this emotionally gripping memoir, “Quitter is both a warning and a reminder: If you can stop drinking after one or two beers, you’re not better than Barnett and the more than 60 million Americans who binge drink. You’re just luckier.” July 6: This Is Your Mind on Plants, by Michael Pollan (Penguin, $28). Pollan is a perennial Scuppernong favorite. In this new release, he dives deep into three plant-based The Art & Soul of Greensboro

drugs (opium, caffeine and mescaline) and throws the fundamental strangeness — and arbitrariness — of our obsession with them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these substances while consuming (or, in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness? And why do we fence that universal desire with laws, customs and fraught feelings? July 27: A Chef’s Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations: An Inspired Collection for Those Who Love to Cook and Those Who Love to Eat, by Susi Gott Séguret (Hatherleigh Press, $12.50). Even though Julia Child, Irma S. Rombauer and other visionaries inspired us to think of cooking as a joy, most of us still need to be reminded that cooking and eating can be fun and inspirational as well as essential! A Chef’s Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations highlights words of wisdom from a wide variety of people, including those in the food world and beyond. Séguret was born and raised in the woods of Western North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. Today, Susi leads Blue Ridge foraging expeditions and teaches others how to blend the elegance of French cuisine with the simplicity of mountain ingredients. She is also the author of Appalachian Appetite. July 27: Vegan Savvy: The Expert’s Guide to Nutrition on a Plant-Based Diet, by Azmina Govindji (Pavilion Books, $17.95). Veganism is one of the fastest-growing movements across the world, with a 600% increase in the U.S. from 2014– 2017. This lifestyle choice, however, is not without its difficulties. This guide is a simple, flexible and nutritionally approved way to make it easier to explore a vegan diet. July 27: The Rocky Road to Ruin: An Ice Cream Shop Mystery, by Meri Allen (St. Martins, $7.95). OK, I’m not vouching for the contents of this book, but I am giving four stars to the title. The main character, Riley Rhodes, is a travel food blogger and librarian at the CIA. Hijinks ensue. OH Shannon Jones is store manager and children’s buyer at Scuppernong Books. O.Henry 27


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Malcolm and Me The road to Geekdom can be awfully lonely

By Cynthia Adams


Gladwell is a fearless geek.

The bestselling author recently revealed that he is utterly fascinated by the army of researchers in Cincinnati — 1,000 to be exact — working to make Tide detergent even better. I would have so befriended Malcolm in my younger years — that is, if he hadn’t been in Toronto, and I hadn’t been stuck in Hell’s Half Acre, aka, my childhood home in Cabarrus County. You see, as a high schooler, I spent an obsessive phase not in the pursuit of coolness, but geekdom. A ruined bedspread was the catalyst. Our Mom, an occasional redecorator, had mixed results that would have never landed her many followers on Instagram. She was a fiend for “antiquing” furniture, first slapping on a frog skin green paint, then adding the finesse, a grotesque looking wash that looked for all the world like a smear of French’s mustard. She was also known to dye our bedspreads. To her dismay, the mottled outcome always resembled tie-dye. Being a nerd, I consulted my science teacher, Mr. Drinnen, as to why. For many months thereafter, I came home armed with beakers, pipettes and fabric samples, and set to work, analyzing dye absorption in my kitchen laboratory. Rit fabric dyes replaced Jell-O packets on the yellow Formica countertop. Jell-O, the sole dessert I was permitted to make, suddenly felt like child’s play. Mom was unimpressed. Only Mr. Drinnen egged me on. Once, he even came to our house to explain to my family why wrecking the kitchen was in service to science. After winning a science fair award, my face was rigidly serious in The Concord Tribune photograph. (Would Madame Curie smile, I asked myself? No.) This earnest nerdiness would disqualify me from the dating scene until I left home for college. My social circle — which my friend Malcolm explains cannot include more than 150 people — shrank. You may recall that the author also popularized terms like “tipping point,” and the “10,000-hour rule.” The Art & Soul of Greensboro

Well, that geeky photo was my tipping point: like 32 degrees, turning simple water to ice. Bird dogging scientists, academics and researchers has played out well for Malcolm, who, by the way, is a guy. But science fairs and the Honor Roll were Napalm to a teenage girl’s social life. As senior prom approached, my father stunned me, announcing that he knew someone who wanted to go with me. My prom date, Dad said enthusiastically, was Emmett, someone I’d never met. (Maybe he hadn’t seen the photo, I thought, but cringed at my father shopping me around.) I declined. My Dad was insistent. My father even took me to shop for a prom dress. He liked one embellished with maidenly rose buds; suitable for a chaste, unsmiling virgin. He plunked down the money and we chugged back to Hell’s Half Acre. When Emmett arrived on prom night, he and Dad discussed herd management. Of course, I thought. Emmett was into farming. Dad loved farmers. Good humoredly, Dad reminded Emmett to have me home early. Prom wasn’t Carrie awful — nobody dumped pig blood on me. But even Mr. Drinnen, a chaperone, cast quizzical looks at me and Emmett, who seemed glued to the punchbowl. I finally asked Emmett to dance, tired of sweatily clutching the warming punch. He declined. A gallon of punch later, another hour had passed more painfully than my recent driving exam. We returned to find my parents in the den watching Gunsmoke. Dad smiled warmly at Emmett, who proceeded to settle on the sofa beside him. Exasperated, I offered to make popcorn. As I stood by the stove in my Cabbage Patch doll gown, I could have cared less if the roiling oil splattered my bodice. The kernels popped; as always, some did not. Tipping the popcorn into a bowl, I wondered. Why is that? There just had to be a good reason. Malcolm would have known who to ask. OH Contributing editor Cynthia Adams has yet to put Tide laundry detergent to the test, but says she’s got the vegetable oil ready. O.Henry 29

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Taking the Plunge The belted kingfisher dives for prey

By Susan Campbell

Often heard

before they are seen, belted kingfishers are a year-round fixture here in central North Carolina. Requiring water for foraging and steep slopes for breeding, they can be found along streams, rivers and ponds — of which there is no shortage in our area. Their long, rattling call is distinctive among our familiar birds.

One of three species of kingfisher found in the United States, the belted kingfisher’s range is extensive and year-round across most of the continent. Breeding birds from Canada may migrate southward in search of open water in winter. A percentage of the North American population winters in south Florida as well as Mexico. It is assumed that most local breeding birds simply wander to where the fishing is good in the colder months, not making any real migratory flight in the fall. Belted kingfishers are top-heavy-looking birds with powdery gray plumage and a raggedy crest. They get their name from the swath of gray plumage across their breast. These birds are one of the few species in which the female has brighter plumage than the male. Females sport an additional band of chestnut feathers just below their gray “belt.” Otherwise, these birds have a characteristic large head, thick neck and heavy, long pointed bill. They are built for plunging headfirst into the water after prey. They often sit on a convenient perch above the water, such as a branch or electric wire, and then dive when they spot prey. However, they are also capable of hovering for short periods above potential food items before descending to grab a fish. They actually have a wide prey base, feeding on all sorts of aquatic organisms

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but also taking other types of food, such as small birds and even berries, if the opportunity arises. Belted kingfishers require a steep, dirt slope for nesting. Although this is usually a riverbank, they may also use human-created habitat such as tall dirt piles, which can be away from water, if they are big enough, and have a sheer drop on at least one side. This type of nesting substrate makes it difficult for terrestrial predators to reach the kingfisher’s nest. The tunnel into the nest chamber is typically several feet long and is sloped upward, presumably to protect the nest from rises in water level along rivers and streams. The kingfisher’s tunnel opening is large, at least 3 inches in diameter. Also, there will be the characteristic fishy aroma from recent droppings, separating it from other bank dwellers, such as bank or rough-winged swallows. In spring, the belted kingfisher pair will search out a nest site. The male will probe the dirt in suitable spots until he finds the right spot. Once he is satisfied with his choice, he will signal to the female by flying back and forth from her perch to the chosen location. After the burrow has been excavated, five to eight white eggs will be incubated in the nest chamber for almost a month. Once hatched, the young will be tended to by the parents for about another month before fledging occurs. While in the nest, the young kingfishers have highly acidic stomachs and will be able to digest scales, bones and other hard parts of what they are fed. By the time they leave the nest burrow, however, the birds will be regurgitating pellets made up of those typically indigestible parts, as adults do. So, the next time you hear a loud rattling sound coming from on high, look up. You may just catch sight of one of these energetic, fast-flying fishers! OH Susan Campbell would love to receive your wildlife sightings and photos. She can be contacted at susan@ncaves.com. O.Henry 31

Wandering Billy

Brunch Every Day

By Billy Eye My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order. — Dolly Parton

Sunday Brunch

is back! Over the last month, the lovely and talented Lauren Quinn and I have been crashing Sunday brunches at various local venues, genuinely gobsmacked at the savorylicious dishes awaiting us.

And so it was that one recent Sunday, Lauren and I sat down at Freeman’s Grub & Pub for Brunch No. 1. Despite the fact that Eye can’t recall ever having had a satisfactory experience with this peculiar combination, I ordered the steak-and-eggs. Here, I was pleasantly surprised. Freeman’s plated a sizzling and delectable sirloin, topped with two eggs fried to perfection and the crowning touch, the deep, nutty magic of brown butter. In addition to being a superb photographer and artist, Lauren Quinn is a multifaceted bartender and manager, which is why I wanted her point of view alongside mine. She ordered the brisket omelet, infused with pimento cheese and brisket sauce, plus a side of gouda grits. In her words, the combo was “divinely inspired.” She was equally pleased sampling her friend’s Black + Blue Omelet, stuffed with chopped filet, bacon, tomato and, of course, smoked blue cheese.

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Located at the corner of Spring Garden and Elam in what was originally Freeman’s Grocery in the 1920s, the pub has a bit of an Al Capone vibe. So one doesn’t get drunk there, don’t you know, just mildly inebriated. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sit inside or on the shaded patio, where you can order cocktails from a full bar augmented with house-made creations like rosemary-and-garlic Pinnacle Vodka (a house-blended liquor used as the basis for their Bloody Marys) and cranberry-andlemongrass Beefeater Gin (just add tonic). Yum! The following week, we moseyed over to The Sage Mule for Brunch No. 2, where Lauren and I were immediately struck by its young, attractive and engaging staff. Although the Mule’s brunch specialties looked amazing as they whisked by us — chicken-and-waffles, frittata du jour and avocado toast — they were out of my first choice, the short rib Benedict. We both chose from the daily breakfast menu, served Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m until closing, at 3 p.m. Lauren dug into “The Sandwich” (cheddar omelet snuggled in a fresh baked brioche roll). “Unbelievably delicious,” she managed between bites. I happily grazed over their daily blue plate special — eggs with buttered toast, Neese’s sausage and light, crispy hash browns — simple is sometimes simply delicious. Judging by how packed the The Art & Soul of Greensboro


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Wandering Billy place was, it seems The Sage Mule has become the go-to morning spot following the 2020 closing of nearby Smith Street Diner. It’s a considerable upgrade. Everything they plate is made fresh in-house — pastries, cheesecakes, muffins, biscuits, bagels, as well as all of their breads, right down to the English Muffins. And don’t think for a second that we didn’t try the Bloody Marys, which are served in glasses ringed not with salt, but a proprietary rub that Lauren suspects is some combination of lemon, garlic and turmeric, although they wouldn’t divulge the recipe. If you’re imbibing on The Sage Mule’s shaded patio, notice the fetchingly elaborate Gothic Revival house across Wharton Street that was built around 1888 for the gatekeeper of Green Hill Cemetery, just a headstone’s throw away. Recently serving as the offices for Samet Properties, the lot now displays a “For Sale” sign, which we noticed upon leaving. Brunch No. 3? Chez Genèse, “The place of beginnings,” where Lauren and Eye dug into the ambrosial Eggs Benedict. Imagine three perfectly poached eggs atop layers of smoked salmon over homemade brioche and the most delicious Hollandaise sauce to have ever passed our lips. So what if we had to sit in the window? Being exceptionally good-looking individuals, it had to be great for business, which was brisk at 12:30, to say the least. This charming French bistro closes at 2 p.m. daily but offers brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Chez Genèse is back and better than ever. In fact, we both agreed, if this was the only place in town open for brunch, we’d be perfectly happy. Next Sunday the two of us plan to dine at the elegant Double Oaks Inn on Mendenhall, the newest site for Sunday Brunch that we know of. Featuring scratch-made delicacies — like sweet brioche with bourbon-praline filling topped with a sweet-and-salty orange bourbon glaze from Black Magnolia Southern Patisserie — refreshments from Borough Coffee (also local) and a kitchen and bar that serves breakfast fare and mimosas, what’s not to look forward to? In my experience, the food is exquisite here. They don’t take reservations, but the surroundings are spectacular and the staff, super friendly. Built as a private home in 1906, Double Oaks is a stunningly beautiful Colonial Revival house fronted by a breathtaking twostory, Ionic portico with a wrap-around front-to-back porch and a lush, bucolic backyard. Did you know the two oak trees on the front lawn are over 200 years old? Looking forward to studying them over my Bloody Mary. OH For someone who likes eating so much, it’s odd that Billy Eye weighs the same as he did when he attended Page High School. Photo by Lauren Quinn (told ya she was talented).


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On an Okra Flower A pollinating wasp sliding from white lip to purple darkness, the shadow-heart so deep inside, the plant, itself, tall African in the kitchen garden’s last row, speaks of passage and endurance, those far too common abstractions, made real here in the summer heat.

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Let it lead us, serve as a guide, tell how each struggle leads to bliss and what to bless when we decide to see the past and present blend into what we need to know —a mind aware or in a trance?— what to keep close, what to shun, made real here in the summer heat. What song can a wasp sing gliding the flower’s dark throat? A long kiss like winged tongues tangled deep inside— a blind passion, an obsession. I hear it as a prayer now, music for the world’s whirling dance. Sound, sight and scent. An orison made real here in the summer heat.

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Summertime Sips Seven cooling cocktails crafted by the region’s top mixologists By Jason Oliver Nixon • Photographs by Amy Freeman

world quickly returning to normal — well, a new norW ithmalthe— why not throw an impromptu cocktail to-do with those fun neighbors you haven’t seen since 2019? But let’s say you lack for creative inspiration. Maybe you’re bored with the usual liquor-laden suspects or embarrassed to serve that same old unremarkable rosé. And let’s admit it, your martini is mediocre.

Lucky for you, we asked a handful of local mix masters to spill their easy-breezy summer favorites. The result? Seven tantalizing tipples sure to whet your thirst and spark your creativity.


At MACHETE in Greensboro, savor the gin-laden Golden Throne, a seductive mix of gin, lemon, honey syrup and chamomile bitters finished with a kicky burst of lemon oil. Sound complicated? It’s not. Charismatic bartender Andy Schools says, “It’s simple, and the crowd will go nuts. Just be sure to use a good gin such as English-import Sipsmith or Sutler’s Gin from Winston-Salem.” Per Schools, the Golden Throne pairs perfectly with just about anything — from a laidback BBQ to MACHETE’s signature “plates,” such as the Brussels sprouts with black garlic and charcoal. P.S. If the chamomile bitters have you flummoxed, fret not. Schools recommends an artisan-made brew that’s available online. Golden Throne 2 ounces dry gin 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice .5 ounce honey syrup (equal parts honey/water) 5 dashes chamomile bitters Pour into shaker and strain into a favorite glass. For the lemon oil, express a fresh lemon peel on top.

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Jamestown, that charming bend in the road that has become something of a culinary destination, plays home to the always-bustling Southern Roots eatery. Here, owner Lisa Hawley celebrates the season with the Spring Fling, a light and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for sipping. Think deep blue Empress gin, St-Germain liqueur, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a splash of club soda. “Just shake it all together — minus the gin — and then slowly pour the Empress gin over the top. It looks amazing and tastes so good,” says Hawley. “It’s our best-selling drink.” Spring Fling .5 ounce St-Germain Splash fresh-squeezed lemon juice Splash club soda 1.5 ounces Empress gin Shake all ingredients (minus gin), then slowly add the Empress to the mix.

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Max Barwick, the general manager of Greensboro’s 1618 Midtown, swears by the Classic Daiquiri. “It’s simple but never boring,” Barwick quips. “A daiquiri has only three ingredients, and most of them you probably already have in your home. Plus, it is a perfect balance of boozy, tart and sweet, and every sip makes you want to take another.” Even better, he says, is that you can make them individually or “scale it up for a big poolside pitcher.” Choose any type of rum (1618 Midtown serves Don Q) paired with fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Et voilà! Let the festivities commence. Classic Daiquiri 2 ounces rum 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice .75 ounce simple syrup Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the glass of your choice.

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At 98 Asian Bistro in High Point, co-owner Tu Sen cuts a glamorous figure as she oversees the bistro’s chic and moody dining room. She also serves up a far-flung selection of cocktails, including the fresh and fragrant Lemondrop Martini, a guest favorite. Pair vodka with sweet-and-sour mix, then add simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice — easy breezy. Notes Tu, “A summertime cocktail should be perfect for sipping by the pool or at a lovely dinner al fresco by candlelight.” And that, she adds, is what makes the Lemondrop Martini a flawless choice. Serve the beverage with a spicier dish (like 98 Asian’s lightly breaded calamari) or, perhaps, grilled salmon. Now sit back while your guests laud your mixologist masterstrokes. Lemondrop Martini 1.5 ounces vodka .5 ounce sweet-and-sour mix 1 ounce simple syrup 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well before serving. Run a freshly cut lemon along rim of martini glass and dip into crystallized sugar. Garnish with thin wedge of lemon.

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Dram & Draught Dram & Draught, which began as a neighborhood bar in Raleigh before opening its Greensboro location in 2018, plans to open seven new outposts by the end of 2022. Despite its big plans, the establishment hasn’t overlooked the here and now, remaining fully dedicated to the details that make their hand-crafted cocktails so exceptional. Case in point: Strawberry Kentucky Buck. Says bartender Lentz Ison, “It’s clean, classic and modern. Pair the drink with tacos or anything you might have cooking on the grill.” Does D&D have a favorite go-to whiskey? “CB Fisher’s Bottled In Bond Bourbon Whiskey out of Greensboro is just fantastic,” says Lentz. “But also, very potent — so be forewarned.” Strawberry Kentucky Buck .5 ounce simple syrup 1 ounce lemon juice 1.5 ounces Fisher’s BIB Bourbon Whiskey Ginger beer Candied ginger One strawberry Add simple syrup to shaker and muddle. Add lemon juice, whiskey and ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger and strawberry.

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Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro in Winston-Salem may not have a liquor license, but, oh, what they can do with interesting wines! Owner Jennifer Smith has crafted the Italian Spritz as the eatery’s goto summer sip. “Pour dry cappelletti wine — from Italy’s Alto Adige region — over ice,” says Smith. (“The proportions don’t have to be precise,” says Smith, offering a sly wink.) Next, add four ounces of a dry, sparkling wine and serve with a lemon peel. “The drink is especially popular with our brunch-going guests,” she adds. Italian Spritz 1-ounce cappelletti wine 4 ounces dry sparkling wine Ice Fill wine glass with ice. Add both wines. Serve with lemon wheel and a wink.

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The summery Felicity cocktail is bringing patrons back to Katharine Brasserie & Bar, the stylish watering hole at Winston-Salem’s Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. Basil-infused Tito’s vodka pairs swimmingly with gingerflecked Domaine de Canton and elderflowerscented St-Germain, topped with a tangy lime juice kiss. But how do you infuse basil into vodka? No sweat, says Natalie Horne, The Katharine’s affable GM. “Simply add fresh basil to Tito’s and let it sit for 24 hours.” The cocktail’s spirited mix of basil, ginger and citrus pair perfectly with either chicken or fish. Felicity 1 ounce basil-infused Tito’s vodka .75 ounce lime juice .5 ounce Domaine de Canton .75 ounce St-Germain Shake and strain. Garnish with fresh basil leaf. OH Jason Oliver Nixon is one half of the High Point design firm Madcap Cottage. His favorite drink? Vodka martini — dirty and with olives on the side.

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Made in the Shade

As the heat of midsummer descends and blooms fade, these five leafy sanctuaries help their creators keep their cool By Jim Dodson • Photographs By Lynn Donovan


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ifteen years ago, Kathie and Paul Tiedeman found the perfect retirement home in the hardwoods of Oak Ridge. As the lively forest that surrounds their house has grown, so have the Tiedemans’ many shade gardens, including a serene moss garden highlighted by a dramatic sculptural tree root, autumn ferns and mountain laurel; lush borders of rhododendron and irises under overhanging maples; a newly installed terrace under dogwoods with beds of hellebores, trillium and Japanese ferns; even a whimsical blue bottle garden. “The garden has been a work in progress,” says Kathie. “Every year we seem to lose a little more sunlight, so that’s why we have a yard that’s becoming moss and Paul raises his tomatoes in rolling tubs — tomatoes on wheels,” she adds with a laugh. “The thing I love about a shade garden, on the other hand, is that it quenches your thirst for nature on the hottest days, a perfect retreat that soothes.” “This garden is like a sanctuary for both people and animals on a summer day,” agrees Paul, a retired electronics salesman who spent years traveling to Kyoto, Japan, explaining the Tiedemans’ botanical bent for Asian elegance. “We can sit here quietly on a summer day and listen to life around us in the forest. That’s very special.” O.Henry 45

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aybe the thing I like most about our garden is the wildlife it attracts,” says Dan Donovan. “The peace of mind it brings, especially on a summer evening when things begin to stir, is quite wonderful.” Dan Donovan and wife, Lynn, O.Henry’s longtime contributing photographer, moved to the rolling countryside of Southeast Guilford County 18 years ago and immediately began planting a garden for all seasons around their new home. Beneath a grove of hickory, white oak and mulberry trees out back, however, the winding paths of their enchanting garden eventually morphed into a splendid shade garden that makes for the perfect retreat when the temperature soars. Beds of Lenten roses, gardenia bushes, mountain laurel, hydrangea and shade-tolerant forsythia provide the cooling effect of a forest glen. A lone Lincoln rose even finds enough filtered sunlight to lushly bloom in early summer. A defining element that helps tie it all together is the restful sound of running water from the small goldfish pond at the center of the garden, where whimsy rules in the form an old fashioned hand pump and actual city fire hydrant Dan transformed into a pumping station. A mature weeping cherry presides over the tranquil setting. Other whimsical elements in the garden include a moose-themed fire pit that Dan commissioned a local artist to make and a classic British red phone booth situated off in the verdure of the east garden. “The phone really works,” provides Lynn. “If a tornado hits, that’s where we’ll hide.” It’s hard to imagine even nature disturbing this peaceable kingdom, where family dogs Fiona and Luna roam freely along the garden’s paths and their predecessors, Ollie and Summer, rest beneath tree peonies that never fail to bloom come early summer. What a paradise in shade it seems.

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think of our garden as American zen,” says Celine Sprague with a quiet smile. “By that, I mean it’s a simple garden made up of broadleaf evergreens layered with other plants for a subtle effect that is both comforting and inviting, a cozy effect year-round.” Over two decades, Celine and husband, Stan, have cultivated a classic shaded retreat behind their home in Woodland Hills. Leyland cypress trees, robust wax myrtles and several varieties of hydrangea form a verdant backdrop for mature camellia, azalea and laurel plantings. The combination produces a brilliant seasonal show of color highlighted by splashes of native bleeding heart and Beardlip penstemon. “Essentially, this is a no-prune garden,” says Celine, a longtime gardener who helped shape the Greensboro Arboretum’s perennial garden. “My oldest daughter is an artist who talks about the importance of negative space, a place for your eyes to rest. That’s how we look at this garden, a tranquil place to rest on a summer day. A shade garden also saves a lot of water,” she adds. “That’s increasingly important these days.”

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The Hosta Queen of Rabbit Hollow Road


hen Kathy Rooney and husband, Doug Canavello, moved into their house on 27 acres in the woods of Summerfield back in 2008, she started her home garden with a few phlox plants. “Not long afterwards, a friend brought me several hosta plants from Lowe’s and, in a word, I quickly got addicted,” explains the longtime Rolfing expert. “When I learned that there are over 8,000 cultivars of hosta plants, they became my passion.” Today, Rooney’s terraced woodland garden boasts more than 300 different cultivars, and, surprise, surprise, twice that many colorful and rare varieties of hostas, with names like “Marilyn Monroe,” “Great Expectations,” “Fried Bananas” and “Empress Wu.” Her ongoing battle against native voles (that munch hostas from the underside) combined with loss of several large shade trees that fell when Hurricane Michael blew through the region in 2018 doesn’t dim her ardor for ever-expanding her domain of beautiful shade-loving plants in the least. “Hostas are hardy and endlessly interesting. I’m always out in my garden looking for new places to plant more hostas,” she adds with a hearty laugh. “Besides, it keeps me out of trouble!”

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even years ago, when Jeanette and Gordon Wyndham gave up their beloved 4-acre garden in Summerfield in favor of an independent living cottage at Whitestone Retirement Community on Holden Road, they didn’t give up their love of keeping a garden. Now, a spectacular private garden spans more than 100 feet above a retaining wall just out their back door. The celebrated curator of the Arboretum’s perennial border — who earned the nickname “Whack’em Wyndham” from her volunteers due to her belief that perennial plants thrive by being cut down after blooming — has spent the past decade creating a living border. A mix of sun and shade elements range from the Japanese laceleaf maple she raised from a cutting to diverse planting of viburnums, mahonia, dogwoods, ostrich ferns and several unique native plants given to her by longtime friend Graham Ray. “Shade gardens are very special,” says Dame Wyndham, who recently lost a couple large shade trees but — true to form — artfully rose to the challenge by planting more sun-loving plants. “That works out well,” she quips, “for Gordon’s tomatoes around the corner.” OH Jim Dodson is the founding editor of O.Henry. The Art & Soul of Greensboro

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The Lost Colony

America’s oldest mystery gets a new look, a new life and a new vision By Gary Pearce • Photographs by Joshua Steadman

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drive that takes 30 minutes to an hour from the Outer Banks takes you back 434 years. Back to America’s beginnings. Back to the earliest English settlers. Back to America’s oldest mystery: The Lost Colony. You start the drive on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. You leave behind the beaches, the bars, the shops, the restaurants, the crowds and the traffic. Cross over the causeway to Roanoke Island. Pass through the town of Manteo. Turn off the main road into the dark woods along the sound. Park and walk through the trees. It’s evening, nearly sunset. In the quiet, you hear only the wind and the water. You’re standing where, in 1587, a band of English colonists abandoned a tenuous settlement they’d established less than a year before. They set off in search of a new home. And they disappeared. You sit in an open-air theater where, on summer nights since 1937, the colonists’ story — and the mystery of their fate — have been brought to life by The Lost Colony, America’s oldest outdoor symphonic drama. Last summer, COVID cancelled the production for the first time since World War II. This summer, The Lost Colony is back — with new energy, new casting, new production techniques, a new script and musical score, and a new look at what might have happened when two cultures, English and Native American, came into contact and conflict. This will be the 84th summer the drama is performed in Waterside Theatre, at the northern edge of Roanoke Island in Dare County. The theater is part of the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, which preserves the location of Roanoke Colony. The colony was the first English settlement in the New World and the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America. The play itself is a historic dramatization. It began as a federally The Art & Soul of Greensboro

funded Depression-era project. The theater was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Lost Colony was intended to be a one-year production. Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended the show with a good deal of media fanfare on August 18, 1937 — the 350th anniversary of Virginia Dare’s birth and a little more than a month after the July 4th premiere. After FDR’s visit, the crowds came. The show was so popular that organizers decided to stage it every summer. They’ve been doing it for 83 years. World War II forced a four-year cancellation. Last season’s cancellation in the pandemic was a financial blow to the Roanoke Island Historical Association, which produces the drama. The year-round staff had to be greatly reduced. But Kevin Bradley, the association’s board chair, says, “The year off turned out to be a blessing. We had the time to reimagine the production, recharge our batteries and refresh how we tell this story.” A new director/choreographer was recruited: Jeff Whiting, whose Broadway credits include Bullets Over Broadway (6 Tony Nominations), Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys (12 Tony Nominations), Hair (Tony winner for Best Revival) and Wicked 5th Anniversary. The New York Times called Whiting a “director with a joyous touch.” Whiting says his goal is “to honor the history of what occurred here on Roanoke Island, and to honor the legacy of this important theatrical work. As the wind rolls off Roanoke Sound, it whispers the tale. It’s my job as director to listen to that breeze and bring to life what happened here so many years ago.” Whiting has reduced the lengthy original script, written by North Carolina playwright Paul Green, allowing the scenes and story to move faster and providing more time for theatrical storytelling. Additional theatrical devices will support the storytelling, including large-scale puppets, a military-style drum corps and a new symO.Henry 57

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phonic score. The show will also feature traditional dances from both Native American and English historical cultures. But Paul Green’s imprint remains. Green was a Harnett County farm boy who became a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Green was the father of “symphonic drama.” He saw it as the people’s theater, a way of telling Americans about their past. Green had a deep concern about race relations. His vision of The Lost Colony reflects what can happen when different cultures and races come together. In the past, the production didn’t always use Indigenous actors to portray the Native American roles in the play. Seeking authenticity, the association reached out to Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He now serves on the board of directors. With the tribe’s help, Native Americans were recruited as actors and dancers. Auditions were held in Robeson County, in the Lumbee tribal territory. “We are appreciative of the Historical Association’s desire for accurate and historical representation,” Godwin says. “With North Carolina’s American Indian population numbering more than 100,000, it enriches the production to see and hear their voices on stage.” Kaya Littleturtle, the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Enrichment Coordinator agrees, adding that the new choreography, regalia, lanThe Art & Soul of Greensboro

guage accuracy and orchestration help to insert “more of an authentic and cultural American Indian perspective into the play.” But the real test is whether the new production will bring back audiences, says John Ancona, general manager: “We want to give our audience an exceptional evening’s experience in an outdoor setting — an experience you can’t get many places. We want to inspire interest in a part of history that remains a mystery today.” Ancona hopes that visitors will leave the theater intrigued by the story. Perhaps they’ll dip into the ongoing, unending research and archeological exploration that still seek clues about The Lost Colony. Where did they go? What happened to them? Did they drown at sea? Were they killed by natives, or by Spanish raiders? Or did they quietly go live with a friendly tribe? We don’t know. But we do know the colonists dreamed of freedom. They dared a dangerous ocean voyage. They sought a new life in a new land. Take the drive back to their world. Walk where they walked. See and feel what they saw and felt. Hear their story. Listen to the wind, the water and the trees. Feel the mystery of The Lost Colony. The Lost Colony’s 2021 season launched May 28 and continues through August 21. For tickets and more information: thelostcolony.org OH Gary Pearce is a member of the board of directors of the Roanoke Island Historical Association. He and his wife, Gwyn, divide their time between Raleigh and Nags Head. O.Henry 59

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Newly married, two young architects infuse their historic home with a fresh perspective By Cynthia Adams Photographs by amy Freeman

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or architects Brian and Casey Cheek, there’s no place like the circa 1915 foursquare they’re enthusiastically restoring in High Point’s Johnson Street Historic District — especially now. Casey, 28, can’t stop smiling. She’s standing in their newly renovated kitchen, where exposed brick, richly colored walls and wooden floors set the tone of the house. Originally serviceable but small and confining — as in minimal counterspace and outdated appliances — the kitchen was hardly ideal for Casey’s vision. You see, as a passionate cook and food blogger, Casey documents her culinary adventures on Instagram, drawing inspiration from the Italian dishes made with love and real butter by her grandmother, Nonnie. Because she shares her gourmet creations with followers, she needed a picture-perfect workspace. Though she didn’t design it as a true test kitchen, Casey visualized how white, veined quartz counters (a resilient stand-in for Carrara marble) would look when staging food photos. She would need ample natural light, ample space and a fabulous gas stove — all of which now define the kitchen. Brian? All he asked for was a bar sink, wine fridge and a stretch of counter reserved for entertaining. “I have no power in this relationship,” Brian jokes, “but I held out for this,” he says, patting the bar sink. “I get to use this sink.”

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The couple dissolves into laughter. “You have power in the relationship,” Casey retorts, “it just does not extend to the kitchen.” But for the time being, the bar sink has mostly served as a station for washing out paintbrushes. Brian and Casey have devoted much of their free time over the past year to painting and refinishing the home’s interior. They have done much of it alone. Theirs is a compressed, impressive saga. But it didn’t begin in the kitchen — it began in Nashville, where the couple cooked up a dream of relocating to North Carolina, where Brian had grown up. Less than two years ago, after interviewing with Freeman Kennett Architects, they found a two-story in need of all their talents and within walking distance of the firm. Three leafy blocks of this residential corridor offer all the classic elements of Americana: generous, shaded porches; wide sidewalks; a variety of architectural styles; plus easy access to restaurants and bars. In other words: eye candy for architects. It also felt like a lifestyle upgrade, going from “seven miles, but a 45-minute commute in Nashville to walking to work in a snap,” Brian says. (He does admit that he wouldn’t cross Main Street from his Emerywood family home as a kid. “It seemed too busy,” he says with a laugh.) Brian’s father is a Triad surgeon, and his mother a lawyer and educator. Casey’s father is in technology and her mother is a The Art & Soul of Greensboro

chemical engineer. As anyone who has ever loved and restored an old house can understand, the biggest reach for the Cheeks was knowing that this was the house. Once decided, they had to figure out how to a) nab a historic house from “on the edge of foreclosure” that had languished in an estate for two years, b) plan a wedding and honeymoon, and c) reinvigorate an old house with new life. With the help of friends, family and sheer good fortune, “We got the house a little over a year ago,” says a still smiling Casey. But preceding that, a dizzying timeline unspooled. The Cheeks were married on September 29, 2019, then sealed the deal on their new historic home while returning to the U.S. from a trip to Mexico. Or rather, Brian’s mother did. “I got a text as we were in the airport in Atlanta,” Casey recalls. She marvels at the cascade of events. “Brian turned 30, we got married, and we closed on a house all within two weeks.” With a grin, she adds, “It was so cool!” In December, the Cheeks left Nashville, where they had worked for four years following graduation from architectural school at the University of Tennessee, which is where they met. After unloading their belongings at their new home, they took off for New York, where they would spend the next two weeks enjoying a culinary holiday with Casey’s family. There, Casey further mastered Italian dishes with her grandmother, Nonnie, an accomplished cook. The Art & Soul of Greensboro

Next, they flew from New York to Prague for what they call their “big honeymoon.” The newly married architects drank in the city’s splendor and enjoyed cocktails that were cheaper than bottled water. They returned to High Point in January 2020, eager to begin new jobs and tackle a renovation. Given their architectural training, they had the remodel and design concepts in mind in no time. But as the crew began a partial gutting of the kitchen, and walls fell away between the kitchen and dining rooms, a revelation. The couple noted the “beautiful, organic look” of a fireplace and chimney that had been previously slated for demolition. “It’s going to stay,” Casey decided. “I love the look of it.” Brian agreed, they couldn’t destroy it. They feverishly revised plans and set to work out how to make the most of what they unearthed while removing a minimum of walls. The dining room retained a built-in hutch and was reconfigured as a den/dining room, where Brian’s sketches hang on the wall. The house had good bones. “I love me some symmetry,” Casey playfully adds, which is one reason why she and Brian were drawn to the foursquare from the start. But to find just the right house, she began her search before leaving Nashville. She noted one had been sitting on the market. The house had gone to auction and didn’t sell. Then a friend in town helped them navigate O.Henry 63

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the issues with a house in an estate. They put an offer in before they were married, says Brian. After their three-part honeymoon and moving into their historic home last January, they didn’t really delve into the renovation until March 2020, as COVID hit hardest. In sequestration, they worked at Kennett Freeman remotely. After the workday ended, they began remodeling. “We have ‘before’ shots of the overgrown azaleas,” says Brian. They hired a backhoe, and “went crazy” ripping out the front then backyards, which were choking in overgrowth. Suddenly, the house emerged from a wild tangle of greenery, thrilling them. Initially, they tackled cosmetic things that were easier to do solo. Most of the rooms were a garish white, though the stairwell and one room were red. They focused on the three main rooms downstairs, and softened them with the most cost-effective, unifying change to come: a coat of Natural Linen by Sherwin Williams. Then they installed new kitchen cabinets. By using standard cabinet sizes, they were able to configure wood cabinetry at a hefty saving. The kitchen gained natural light, enhanced by being opened up. For the walls in the kitchen and dining room, they chose Benjamin Moore’s dramatic Bleeding Heart “to make things fade away a bit,” says Brian. The color was forgiving, especially The Art & Soul of Greensboro

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with areas where the plaster was irregular or repaired. The trim and cabinetry were painted white. “It gets so much light,” says Casey of the kitchen. They installed the long dreamed-of quartz surfaces. “We were so proud of it, we were inviting all our friends,” Brian says, even as things were in flux. “Having a front porch! It was a different vibe.” The house was ideal, too, for two large dogs. “We saw them on Craigslist while living in Nashville,” explains Brian of their Great Pyrenees dogs, Dolly Parton and Del McCoury. “They were small enough to fit in my hand,” says Casey, but in two weeks they quadrupled in size. “They’re like horses,” she quips. In the Nashville house, the couple and dogs “were all on top of each other,” says Brian. There was no space, and therefore, sleep was challenging. Brian imitates Del’s heavy breathing, snuffling and laughing. Now, one dog sleeps on the stair landing, and the other sleeps on a downstairs sofa. “It’s wonderful,” says Brian. But the happier fact was that Brian had long felt the tug of home and a desire to return to High Point. “A lot of us are moving back,” says Brian. “Everyone’s leaving the big cities because of COVID,” adds Casey. Commuting in a large city was crushing. “Now we come home and let the dogs out and feed them,” he adds, The Art & Soul of Greensboro

without the stress of trying to get home yet being stuck in traffic. At the end of the workday, the Cheeks rolled up their sleeves. They tackled a large patio area and paved it, using bricks found at the rear of the house, likely the remnants of a Charleston style garden. They reused both old bricks and pavers and other pieces excavated as they worked to create additional terracing, with a new seating/entertaining area. “It was a rush to get all this done — the retaining wall and knee wall,” says Brian, pointing out their outdoor project. “We were worn out,” adds Casey. A major holiday approached. By Easter this year, they hosted family, and also held a best friend’s wedding after completing the patio. (The friend’s venue had been cancelled due to COVID. They invited them to have a small gathering in their newly re-done back garden.) Easter was the first test of their new kitchen and layout. Casey’s family arrived from New York and Mooresville, North Carolina. “We had 20-plus people,” Casey exclaims. Nonnie’s arrival completed the joy for her. “I think my grandma cooked on this stove the first time.” They continued feasting and prepping food. Casey made mushroom risotto and chicken cutlets with Nonnie. “Pickled pepper, roasted eggplant and tomato pasta. The food was flowing that weekend.” Casey immersed herself in the joy of Italian cooking and their O.Henry 67

newly blended families. Casey shows a picture of Nonnie grating an enormous wedge of parmesan. It thrills Casey that her grandmother has now cooked in this very kitchen, a good glass of red on hand. Nonnie likes Carlo Rossi wine; the couple laugh in unison. “Table wine,” Nonnie says. “My grandmother was the one to pick us up after school. Dinner was ready. Our parents worked. She was at the house, cooking classic Italian, every single day,” Casey says, marveling. “Instead of candy, we got chicken cutlets.” Away from her grandmother at college, Casey would experiment in the kitchen on her own. “She doesn’t cook with measurements,” she says of her Nonnie. “Everyone in our family gets so frustrated [trying to replicate her recipes]. So, I started recording her, making reels on Instagram. Hers always tastes different.” When Casey presses Nonnie, one thing is predictable. “Her answer is always, ‘you’ve got to use more salt.’ She’s from northern Italy, so she uses butter, versus olive oil.” More salt. More butter. Cooking ace Casey has summed up exactly why her segue from the North to the South was so seamless: Salt and butter, fundamental culinary staples of her adopted home. “I thought I’d love the South,” she adds happily. And she does. OH Find Casey Cheek on Instagram @alltypesofbowls. Cynthia Adams is a contributing editor of O.Henry.

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uly spills her secrets to the night. At twilight, as the earth exhales the sun’s hot kiss, the parish of crickets chants glory to the rising moon and a softness spills across the landscape. In the garden, a luminous sea of moonflowers opens beneath the glittering heavens. Fragrant blossoms resemble tiny white horns — silent galaxies transmitting sweetness from the darkness to the great abyss. A night bird calls out from the shadows. Does he sing his own name — whip-poor-will — or does he sing of the muse? Night-bloom-er. Moon-flow-er. Hard to tell. As constellations of fireflies rise from the tall grass, cicadas blurt out their shameless confessions. It seems that each moment is a dance between sound and light, and as moths orbit lamp posts like tiny winged planets, five deep, guttural bellows resound. A bullfrog moans from an unseen pond. It’s not a siren song, per se — more like a trembling cellist exploring a single string — but enchanting, nonetheless. Might it draw you to the water? Will you run your fingers along the pond’s silky surface, dip your toes into its coolness, hum a sonorous tune of your own? Maybe. Only the night will know for sure.

Edible Landscape

The garden is churning out summer squash and snap beans. Beefsteaks and Brandywines grow plump and heavy. And yet, everywhere you turn, edible treasures spill forth. Blackberry patches at the edge of the woods. Wineberries along favorite trails. Mushrooms galore — boletes, leatherbacks, chanterelles and, if you’re lucky, chicken of the woods. Red clover and dandelion, daylilies and chickweed, chicory and burdock roots. Yet at the height of this summer abundance, don’t forget: Now’s time to sow seeds for the autumn harvest.

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Something Sweet

Japanese wineberries: delicious though invasive. So, if you are wondering what to do with your daily harvest (besides eat them by the handful or tuck them into your favorite cobbler), consider using them for a cool, summer treat. Got lemon balm? A friend passed along this simple recipe: Wineberry & Lemon Balm Sorbet Ingredients: 3 cups fresh-picked wineberries (rinsed and drained) 1/4 cup sugar 1 handful lemon balm leaves (rinsed and dried) 1/4 cup water Additional ice water Directions: Line wineberries on a cookie sheet to put in freezer. While berries are freezing, make simple syrup by stirring water, sugar and lemon balm in saucepan over medium heat. Once mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat and allow syrup to cool completely before straining out the leaves. Put syrup in a covered container; refrigerate. Once berries are frozen, combine them with cold syrup in blender with a few teaspoons of ice water. Blend until smooth, adding more ice water if needed. Enjoy immediately.

Mosquito is out, it’s the end of the day; she’s humming and hunting her evening away. Who knows why such hunger arrives on such wings at sundown? I guess it’s the nature of things. —N. M. Bodecker, Midsummer Night Itch

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For 90 years, Merle Norman Cosmetics’ franchisees have been helping women feel beautiful, one face at a time, with expert and personal consultations. Along with co-owner Emily Fields, Amy Rumley continues that tradition in Greensboro with Merle Norman’s formula of superior products, individual service and a try-before-you-buy philosophy. Amy and Emily are trained professionals with decades of experience, providing what you won’t find elsewhere — intimate oneon-one sessions using the finest Merle

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Norman products, all made in the USA. Amy and her staff are all licensed in their specialities. In the 1990s Amy worked together with her mentors, Betty Chambers, Vivian Haven, Debbie Davis, and Helen Frazier to establish a state licensure program for estheticians. Amy is also a certified laser technician at Best Impressions Plastic Surgery Center, using the latest in laser technology for treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, pigmented skin lesions, skin tightening, sun damage and reduction in pore size. Committed to a

classic, elegant style, Amy and Emily are making women feel comfortable in their own skin, proud of their appearance and confident in who they are.

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“Selling homes is my passion,” says Angie Wilkie, who recently joined Keller Williams Realty to build one brand from the Triad to the NC/SC Coast. Inspiring that same passion in her team of six, Angie and her staff achieved $275 million in career sales and are consistently in the top 5 percent of agents in the U.S. by exceeding expectations on every transaction. They provide clients with concierge-level service and make the real estate O.Henry experience as seamless and

stress free as possible. But Angie’s real measure of the difference she and her staff can make comes from being able to give clients the best return on the most important investment they’ll make in their lives. With a business portfolio that extends from the Triad to the NC/ SC coast. Angie describes herself as a trusted adviser, helping her clients make the right decisions for themselves and their families. “If you are looking for a dedicated team to serve you, we’ve got you covered,” says Angie.

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There are 360 reasons to think local, buy local, be local — the 360 members of Triad Local First. Although it’s easy to say, “Shop local,” it’s a challenging mission, now more than ever, not only in the aftermath of the pandemic but increasingly because of the rising tide of national chains. Since it was founded in 2009 by a group of women determined to figure out how to support and strengthen their favorite local businesses, Triad Local First has been promoting the economic growth and sustainability of local, independently owned businesses. Under the leadership of Tracy Furman, whose plans ultimately include running for city council at large, Triad Local has been sharing with its members networking opportunities, educational Lunch-and-Learn sessions and information on legislation and capital funding opportunities. “We recently moved to the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship and have adopted an aggressive campaign to grow our membership and services,” says Furman, the executive director. That includes adding a program director position. “Flourishing and unique local businesses create a ripple effect through our economy, as products and services are purchased from other local businesses.”


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Creative Greensboro, the City of Greensboro’s office of arts and culture, has just announced three artists who will lead a brand new, innovative Neighborhood Arts Residency Program. “This program will demonstrate what an impact artists can have on a community when they have space and support for their work,” says chief creative economy officer Ryan Deal. From June 1 to November 30, the resident artists will receive a $22,500 stipend to 74 support O.Henry neighborhood-based arts pro-

grams and to organize and design a mural inspired by the area’s people and culture. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the Dudley Heights community,” says McClinton. Foushee, the executive director of the TAB Arts Center Nonprofit says, “My team and I are excited about being a part of beautifying the community and connecting with the people who reside in this wonderful neighborhood.” Turfle adds that he’s “excited to work with my neighbors to unleash Glenwood’s creative spirit together. Our neighborhood

is home to so many artists, hard-working families and passionate activists.”

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GI concerns to hormonal imbalances, from and Leah have created a total wellness destinachronic pain to insomnia. By removing the tion, one where patients are also partners. handcuffs of time constraints and bureaucratic protocols patients can find a place where listening and quality time result in a personalized care plan aimed at optimum health. Employing lab testing unavailable at most clinics, Triad Lifestyle Medicine specializes in family and women’s health, with an emphasis on nutritional guidance. Leah brings her passion 336-298-1017 and background in marketing and entrepre2638 Willard Dairy Rd., Suite 106, High Point neurship to the partnership. Together Tiffany TriadLifestyleMedicine.com


Life is a journey, and for Tiffany Allen and Leah Hazelwood, life’s road led to Triad Lifestyle Medicine, a health care alternative that puts patients on the path to total wellness. Tiffany, a licensed nurse practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill, has created an intimate clinical model where patients are seen one at a time, with no crowds and practically no wait. Exploring emotional, spiritual, mental and physical factors, Tiffany uncovers the root causes of issues that range from diabetes to autoimmune conditions, from


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Keith Holliday Development Associate

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Stacy Calfo Director of Marketing Joy Ross Director of Finance Zach Matheny President/CEO

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DOWNTOWN GREENSBORO, INC The next time you venture into the center city and think, “What a fun and lively place,” first, thank the shop owners, restaurateurs, entertainment venues, services and the centuries of former residents and business owners who invested their lives and millions of dollars making it a classy and dynamic destination. And then thank Downtown Greensboro, Inc. “We are the playmakers in the center city,” says Zach Matheny, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “When you are enjoying the Fun Fourth or the Festival of Lights, know that Down-

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town Greensboro is behind the scenes, always planning what’s next,” says Stacy Calfo, director of marketing. The organization is working hand-in-hand promoting each and every small business owner with marketing, ads and individual video profiles, recruiting new businesses, letting the rest of us know what’s happening downtown via public and social media, and serving as a liaison between the city and downtown businesses on issues ranging from parking to ordinances, ensuring the safety of all concerned. “We hope to lead the future

development of Downtown Greensboro as a vibrant and prosperous destination, memorable and meaningful for those who choose to live, work, play and invest here,” says Matheny.

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In February of 2020, Chris Szymanski had his first salt room treatment while recovering from what he later decided was COVID-19. “After a single session, Chris felt relief in his lungs and an easing of his breathing,” recalls Ronda Szymanski, his wife and business partner at Salt & Soul. Two days later, his lungs were clear. “We sat down over coffee and decided, ‘We have to do this,’” Chris says. Halotherapy, from the Greek word for salt, arose in the mid 19th Century when a Polish physician noticed that local salt mine workers rarely suffered from respiratory and skin conditions. The principal at work is the natural antiseptic action of dry, aerosolized salt attacking bacteria and deactivating viruses. The Szymanskis launched Salt & Soul GSO Salt Room in March of 2020 and have since added warm-water massage lounge chairs, plus a full-spectrum Infrared heat sauna. “The idea is to facilitate people’s innate ability to balance and heal with a combination of noninvasive, all-natural therapy,” says Ronda. Although people suffering from a wide range of conditions experience relief from halotherapy, Ronda finds that it’s great for relieving everyday fatigue and stress: “I come away from these therapies with a feeling of deep peace and bliss.”

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For a woman who owns a bakery named Easy Peasy, life has not exactly been a piece of cake. Debbie Garrett admits she broke her mother’s heart when she dropped out of high school “with no plans, goals or financial stability.” Then her daughter, Sharon, came along. “Being responsible for another life can jolt you back to reality,” says the former public health nurse who bought the wildly popular bakery from its founders, Traci and Erik Rankin in 2019. For Debbie and her

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EASY PEASY, OWNER husband, who she calls Mr. G., the bakery was more than a place to celebrate birthdays, engagements and anniversaries. It was a haven from the turmoil of daily life. So what if she hadn’t attended culinary school? She apprenticed under Traci and is “blessed with a talented and creative staff.” What keeps customers coming back is what so many other bakeries don’t offer: “Small-batch goods, baked creatively and fresh daily, with no cold storage or freezing.” Custom cakes and special

orders for weddings and events are a specialty. Life can be hard, desserts should be Easy Peasy.

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Greensboro artist Carol Kaminski was singing, dancing and drawing from a young age, but her first thought of becoming an artist came in school when her art teacher saw a pencil sketch she’d done of her brother’s baseball glove and told her “This looks like a photograph.” But life has a way of interfering and Carol found herself working as a bookkeeper until one day a flyer crossed her desk from Rochester Institute of Technology on a new art program and she returned to college. After earning a B.F.A., she worked for graphic design companies and painted oil landscapes on the side. Then, on a trip to Roanoke, she discovered acrylic polyepoxide (aka epoxy resin), a high-tech and tricky medium. The reactive compound sets rapidly, so after hand-mixing colorants into the resin, Carol uses a variety of wooden and plastic tools to wrestle the colors into representational paintings. The result has a shimmering surface sometimes mistaken for glass. Her paintings have won awards for the interplay of colors and their illusory depth. “My mission is to bring a smile to the faces of my customers with art they will enjoy for years,” Carol says.

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Dr. Alec Gill and Dr. Matt Norman may have just recently merged their dental practices, but their relationship dates back more than 15 years when the two met prior to starting Dental School at UNC-Chapel Hill. The two friends went their separate ways after graduation but both eventually ended up in Greensboro, with Dr. Norman joining his father’s practice in 2010 and Dr. Gill and his wife, Elizabeth, choosing her hometown to raise their family. The two couldn’t be happier with the merger. O.Henry

“It was a natural fit” says Dr. Gill. “I was considering a location change for my practice and with Dr. Charles Norman’s upcoming retirement, Matt needed another doctor in his office.” As general dentists, they offer crowns, bridges, veneers, fillings, esthetic bonding, dentures, implants, tooth removal, root canals, Invisalign, fillings, cleanings, periodontal scaling and whitening. “Whether it’s improving the appearance of a smile or getting someone out of pain, our work can have a tremendous

effect on our patients’ lives,” says Matt. “Having a patient return to the office and tell you that you changed their life for the better is an incredible feeling,” says Alec.

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THE O.HENRY TEAM ballad — has been with O.Henry since its early days. White added her flair last fall, elevating the group with the kind of dynamic energy that rock anthems are made of. Who’s at the merch booth? That would be digital content creatrice Cassie Bustamante — she writes all the punchy slogans — and Corrinne Rosquillo, our impish ambassador of fun. Of the bunch, this duo is most likely to experiment with some of the weirdest instruments you’ve ever seen — is that a melodica? — and don’t be surprised if they convince you to join the band.

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O.Henry has many voices, as our loyal readers know. But what you may not know are all the faces backing up the band, so to speak. Sharing lead vocals and guitar with founding editor Jim Dodson, editor Ashley Wahl adds her ethereal lyrics to the mix, picking out playful melodies while Dodson holds down the soulful, rhythmic groove. But what is a band without its heartbeat? On percussion, sales reps Amy Grove and Larice White each dance to the beat of their own distinctive drums. Grove — whose Southern touch is the magic behind every great

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July 1–31 EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL. As it turns 60, the Eastern Music Festival continues to give young and talented performers a lifealtering educational experience while delivering exceptional performances. Full season schedule: easternmusicfestival.org.

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tie-dye extravaganza and pool party with, of course, Kona Ice, music and games. Tickets: $10 (includes T-shirt). Register for tie-dye time slots. Lindley Community Park, 2907 Springwood Dr., Greensboro. Info: (336) 373-7757 greensboro-nc.gov (click on “Events”).

July 2 LET FREEDOM SING. 8 p.m. North Carolina soul singer Jasmé Kelly performs I Wish I Knew How It Feels to Be Free, a tribute to Nina Simone and Freedom; Mysti Mayhem opens. Tickets: $25 (advance), $30. Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. Info: (336) 333-2605 or carolinatheatre.com.

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July 3 FUN FOURTH RUN. The Triad’s longest continuously-run race, the Freedom Run 10K & 5K, kicks off Fourth of July weekend. Runners are encouraged to wear patriotic costumes and dress in red, white and blue. Registration: $30-40. Info: freedomrun10k.com.

July 7 SPLISH-SPLASH. 2–3 p.m. Children ages 3-6 are invited to enjoy a gentle creek exploration. Dress to get wet! Free; registration (and parent/ guardian!) required. Price Park, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro. Info: (336) 373-7757 or greensboro-nc.gov (click on “Events”). O.Henry 83


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July 10 WEDDING PLANNING 101. 10 a.m. until noon. Check out a workshop designed to help newly engaged couples navigate the wedding planning process. Registration: $30. Barber Park, Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion, 1500 Barber Park Dr., Greensboro. Info: (336) 373-7757 or greensboro-nc.gov (click on “Events”). COMEDIANS CLASH. 4 p.m. National headliner comedians Akintunde and Chinnita “Chocolate” Morris go head-tohead in a comedy and trivia smash rematch. Tickets: $10. Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. Info: (336) 333-2605 or carolinatheatre.com. MOONLIGHT BOOTLEGGER. 8:45 p.m. Enjoy a nighttime 5K race through the woods, followed by bluegrass music and provisions. Two moonshine cocktails included with registration for those 21 and older. Registration: $35–48. Northeast Park, 3421 Northeast Park Dr., Gibsonville. Info: triviumracing.com.

July 13 SLIPPERY WHEN WET. 7–9 p.m. Bring a chair and rock out to the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute with family and friends. Free admission. Food and beer available for purchase from local vendors. The Stacks at Revolution Mill, 2001 Yanceyville St., Greensboro. Info: revolutionmillgreensboro.com.

July 16 SPARTAN CINEMA. 5–11 p.m. UNCG’s community movie nights are back! Bring a blanket or chair and kick off this summer series with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the Great Lawn. Food and drink available for purchase. Free admission. LeBauer Park, 208 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Info: greensborodowntownparks.org.

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Calendar July 19–31 DINNERTAINMENT. America’s longest-running dinner theater presents 9 to 5 The Musical, the hilarious story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company. Tickets: $51+. Barn Dinner Theatre, 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro. Info: (336) 292-2211 or barndinner.com.

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July 23 SPEAKEASY 5K. 9 p.m. Trivium Racing teams up with the Greensboro Distilling Company to host their popular nighttime race through downtown Greensboro. Registration includes two post-race cocktails for those 21 and up. Registration: $30-$44; spectators: $15. Fainting Goat Spirits, 115 W. Lewis St., Greensboro. Info: triviumracing.com.

July 24 PAPERCRAFT. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The 46th presentation of Art on Paper opens to the public. A time-honored museum tradition featuring the many ways artists use the humble medium of paper to extraordinary ends. Weatherspoon Art Museum, 500 Tate St., Greensboro. Info: (336) 334-5770 or weatherspoonart.org. CRUISING FOR A BREWSIN’. Noon. The 17th Annual Summertime Brews Festival returns to the Triad with hundreds of craft beers, live music, food trucks and entertainment. Tickets: $40, $70 (VIP). Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro. Info: (336) 373-7400 or greensborocoliseum.com/events. HOT PEPPER JAM. 7 p.m. Singer-songwriter Colin Cutler celebrates the release of his third album by reuniting with Christen Mack of the Zinc Kings for this Ghostlight Concert Series. Also featuring Viva La Muerte, voted Best Original Band by Yes! Weekly, plus Laura Jane Vincent, a mainstay of the Piedmont music scene. Tickets: $15 (advance), $20. Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. Info: (336) 333-2605 or carolinatheatre.com.

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GOLF FOR GOOD. 8:30 a.m. Named in honor of civil rights activist Dr. George Simkins, Jr., proceeds from this annual Golf Fundraising Classic go to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Registration: $125 (early bird), $150. Forest Oaks Country Club, 4600 Forest Oaks Dr., Greensboro. Info: sitinmovement.org/2021-golf-tournament.

YOU’RE A NATURAL! 9:30–10:30 a.m. Amateur photographers will learn how to capture wildlife and plants and receive tips from local experts on lighting, movement and composition. Light refreshments provided. Free; registration required. Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Brand Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro. Info: greensboro-nc.gov (click on “Events”).

July 28 CURATOR CHATS. Noon. Dr. Emily Stamey, curator of the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s Art on Paper 2021 exhibit, will host a virtual presentation and Q&A. Free; registration required. Info: (336) 334-5770 or weatherspoonart.org.

THE BIG CHILL. 2–6 p.m. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with ice cream samples, live music, a kids’ fun area, food trucks, craft fair, axe throwing and all things chill. Free admission; donations benefit The Shalom Project. Industry Hill, Winston Junction and Wise Man Brewing, 901 Trade St. NW, Winston-Salem. Info: theshalomprojectnc.org/thebigchill.

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SUMMER ART CART. 2–4 p.m. Grab & Go kits with color mixing activities, art supplies and a worksheet for creating a full-color, self-portrait at home will be available in addition to self-guided gallery activities for families and groups. Free. Weatherspoon Art Museum Courtyard, 500 Tate St., Greensboro. Info: (336) 3345770 or weatherspoonart.org.


SONGS OF SUMMER. 6–7:30 p.m. MUSEP — Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park — will stream its Summer Series every Sunday evening in July: Philharmonia of Greensboro and Christian Anderson (7/11), Greensboro Concert Band and Colin Cutler (7/18) and Greensboro Big Band and Lauren Light Duo (7/25). Free. Info: creativegreensboro.com.

Practicing Commercial Real Estate by the Golden Rule Bill Strickland, CCIM

To add an event, email us at ohenrymagcalendar@gmail.com by the first of the month ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE EVENT.

Commercial Real Estate Broker/REALTOR 336.369.5974 | bstrickland@bipinc.com


Your Greensboro Connection

Sandra Yochim 336.912.0650

Danny Anderson 336.247.2735

Scott Aldridge 252.531.7456

Kelli Young 336.337.4850

Bobbie Maynard, Broker, Realtor, CRS, GRI, CSP, Green Phone: 336.215.8017 | www.Bobbiemaynard.com The Art & Soul of Greensboro

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Working Together to Help You Move Forward The Health Insurance Shoppe and Triad HealthCare Network are partnered to provide you with the help and guidance needed to understand and enroll in individual health, Medicare, prescription drug, and special needs insurance plans.

The Health Insurance Shoppe 1175 Revolution Mill Dr., Studio 4 • Greensboro Certified Licensed Brokers

336.763.0776 HealthShoppeNC.com


Questions about the market? Call me! Stay Healthy!

Call for an appointment.

Yvonne Stockard Willard Realtor™, Broker, GRI

yvonne.stockard@allentate.com www.allentate.com/YvonneStockard

336.509.6139 Mobile 336.217.8561 Fax allentate.com

717 Green Valley Road, Suite 300 • Greensboro NC • 27408


• 30+ years as a major dealer of Gold, Silver, and Coins • Most respected local dealer for appraising and buying Coin Collections, Gold, Silver, Diamond Jewelry and Sterling Flatware • Investment Gold, Silver, & Platinum Bullion

You won’t find them in ordinary kitchens. Or at ordinary stores. Sub-Zero, the preservation specialist. Wolf, the cooking specialist. You’ll find them only at your local kitchen specialist.

SHOP LOCAL FOR BEST PRICES We Service What We Sell & Offer Personal Attention

Visit us: www.ashmore.com or call 336-617-7537 5725 W. Friendly Ave. Ste 112 • Greensboro, NC 27410 Across the street from the entrance to Guilford College

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336-854-9222 • www.HartApplianceCenter.com

2201 Patterson Street, Greensboro, NC (2 Blocks from the Coliseum) Mon. - Fri.: 9:30am - 5:30 pm Sat. 10 am - 2 pm • Closed Sunday

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DON’T WORRY, WE’LL GET YOU COOL IN NO TIME. Contact us today for servicing or replacing your current system or designing a complete system for your home.

The Premier Refrigeration and HVAC Service Company



We will have door prizes and each store will have their own Prize basket.


A grand prize basket full of all kinds of yarn, books, gift certificates, etc. will represent the 6 shops.

Serving the Triad and surrounding communities since 1976

24 HOUR TOLL FREE SERVICE: 800.476.6365 641 MCWAY DR., SUITE 101• HIGH POINT, NC 27263

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1614-C WEST FRIENDLY AVENUE GREENSBORO, NC 27403 336-272-2032 • stitchpoint@att.net MONDAY-FRIDAY: 10:00-6:00 • SATURDAY: 10:00-4:00

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Live @ White Oak Amphitheatre 2 4 1 1 W. G AT E C I T Y B LV D. FREE Parking is free. Patrons may bring

for a

Sunday Evening in the Park streaming Sundays at 6 pm July 11 - August 1 @ facebook.com/CreativeGreensboro youtube.com/CityofGreensboroNC

their own food items. Alcohol will be available for purchase.


Cory Luetjen & the Traveling Blues Band Blues, Rock

Sweet Dreams


Donations are encouraged.

AUGUST 15 • 6 PM Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble

Tango Pan-Latin Fusion


Smooth Jazz, R&B

R&B, Jazz

AUGUST 22 • 6 PM doby Funk

AUGUST 29 • 6 PM Soultriii

Soul, Pop

Sheila Star Productions R&B, Country, Gospel

Farewell Friend Americana, Folk

For more information: www.creativegreensboro.com



As seen in: Biltmore House, Asheville Greensboro News & Record

Resinate Art The Original Representational Epoxy Artist ARTIST Carol Kaminski • HOURS by appointment only RESIN classes available 4912 Hackamore Rd, Greensboro, 27410 704-608-9664 • www.ResinateArt.com

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www.randymcmanusdesigns.com @randymcmanusdesigns @randymcmanusevents 1616 Battleground Avenue, Suite D-1 • Greensboro, NC 27408

Celebrate Freedom Purchase One Adult Salt Room Session Get a 2oz. packet of Salt & Soul bath salt

FREE! Feels Good to be Free!


(Bath salt given at checkout. Limit 1 per customer please)

Live well

Relax & Breathe

1819 Pembroke Road | Greensboro, NC 27408 | 336-763-4666 Gift cards available at


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MEAL A small batch bakery with fresh batches every day. From cake pops, brownies, cupcakes, and much more, we’re happy to satisfy your sweet tooth.

1616 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC (336)306-2827 Order by email! easypeasydnd@gmail.com





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Beach Savvy

By Nelda Howell Lockamy

In the fall of

’65, I arrived farm fresh on the campus of App State, then called Appalachian State Teachers College. Having grown up 50 miles away, I felt that Boone was as far from home as I’d ever been. I knew from letters exchanged that all three of my assigned suitemates were worldlier and presumably wiser than I was, so contrary to my true nature, I resolved to listen more than I talked. These were sophisticates from Thomasville, Concord and Greensboro, after all. I didn’t want them thinking I’d arrived on a turnip truck.

I played it cool. I wound up laughing at a lot of things I didn’t get. But one word haunted me, and it came up all too often. The word was “beach,” as in “beach music,” or “last summer, at the beach.” No way was I going to announce that I had never been anywhere near a beach, so as we planned a pilgrimage to Cherry Grove after exams, I did my best to conceal my naïveté. Our accommodation for this adventure was a rickety, $10/night apartment over a beauty shop. But whatever our place lacked in amenities was more than compensated for by the candy land right beside us — a yellow cinder block motel just teeming with greased up guys. The soulful grooves of The Tams blared through open windows, and the breeze carried a heady aroma of Coppertone and spicy Brut cologne. My listening skills had paid off, so I knew that the crème de la crème were the guys from Carolina who had graduated from high schools

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like Grimsley and Broughton — those fellas had big city class. But by sundown, the pickings next door had grown slim. There were only two targets left, and there were four of us gals. My suitemates decided to seek better hunting grounds, but the heat and the pretense had exhausted me, so I stayed behind. I couldn’t help but notice that one of the guys was much more handsome than the other. Dressed in his madras shorts and sockless Weejuns, he looked like a model, all toned and tan and fine. He said he was just down for the weekend with his brother, who appeared to be his polar opposite in every way. He was short. Shrimpy, even. And since he seemed to idolize the big guy, I figured he must be the younger brother. Anyway, when the hunky brother told me he was a SigEp from UNC and had graduated from Myers Park High School, I knew I was dealing with the full monty! But after 20 minutes of leaning over a splintered rail listening to his nonstop soliloquy — he never even asked my name! – I decided just to enjoy my own company. But as I turned to go inside, Little Bro came out, gingerly carrying a freshly starched and ironed shirt, which he carefully slipped on Big Boy, then buttoned up the front and the cuffs so as not to make wrinkles in the sleeves, he said. Maybe I was a fast learner after all, for I vowed then and there never to look twice at a guy who was prettier than I was or required more maintenance. So later, when my roomies told me that they met the brothers on their way out of town, I just smiled. Silly, gullible girls, I thought. Although I stayed quiet for a while, it wasn’t for fear of sounding foolish. OH Nelda Howell Lockamy is a retired educator and counselor. Although she resides in Greensboro with her husband, Tom, guess where they’re planning to go this summer? Yep, the beach. The Art & Soul of Greensboro


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