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Moore County on Tap


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How does a wine lover fit in at Railhouse Brewery? Quite nicely, as it turns out. Writer Ellen Cooper says the experience changed her whole perspective on beer.


Garden Variety


Indoor plants don’t just make a house warm and bright, there’s also a plethora of health benefits to bringing your garden indoors.

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Quicksand 4 Good Reads 8 Puzzle 22 Beer Matters 28 To Your Health 30

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This simple mollusk, and its many varieties, is a delicacy around the world, and the coast of North Carolina is one of the richest waters for harvesting oysters.


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Last Word

Rick Springfield, the “Suicide” drink, video games and a good amount of awkward moments has Anthony Parks reminiscing about Jones Skating Rink.


editor note by Greg Girard

As I write this, the snow is falling outside with snow globelike affect. There is something about snow hanging gently from

deep green pine needles worth contemplating. Growing up in Connecticut and living for a while in Montana, I decided long ago I‛ve about had my fill of snow, but the scenes outside my window might have me second-guessing that notion, at least for a time. What is it about the weather that seems to consume us these days? I don’t remember obsessing so much when I was younger. We had our share of winter storms every year, and of course my sisters and I would be listening intently to the radio station for that cherished “no school” announcement, but I don’t recall my parents running to the grocery store in a panic for milk and bread every time there was even a threat of the white stuff. Today, I‛ve got a particular someone in my home, who will not be named, constantly telling me the “feels like” temperature, I’ve got a father who calls and gives me weekly updates on his weather in Florida ... as well as my own weather for good measure ... and I’ve got friends who have lived in New England their

entire lives sending me pictures of snow, as if aliens have landed. My kids are going to have to repeat their grade if they have any more snow days. (“So tell me, Greg, why is your son an 18-yearold eighth grader? Well, we had an inch of snow back in 2018 in North Carolina and so there was no school from Christmas to Easter. It’s those secondary roads, you know—an icy mess.”) Back in my day (this curmudgeonly tone feels good), we didn’t have goofballs on TV standing in the middle of a hurricane telling us it’s windy. We didn’t have local reporters driving around icy roads telling us ... wait for it ... that the roads are icy. I can remember in high school driving my friend home during a blizzard, the snow stacked high enough that we had to shovel it out of the way to even open the doors of my powder blue Volkswagen Rabbit (that’s right ... powder blue) and my mom saying, “Drive slow, it’s really snowing out there.” If that happened today, I’d make The Aberdeen Times with the headline, “Mom Lets Moron Son Drive Friend Home During Blizzard.” Man, it is beautiful outside, though. Maybe I’ll take the dog for a walk. Wonder what the temperature feels like out there? | 3


The Heart

1 — The age, in minutes, of the youngest person ever to have

3 — The number of hearts octopuses have. One heart circulates blood around the body and two branchial hearts pump it through each of the octopus’s two gills.

1,500 — The weight, in pounds, of a blue whale’s heart, which is about the size of a car. Does this make blue whales the biggest softies of the animal kingdom?

8B — The number of candy hearts produced for Valentine’s

heart surgery.

100K — The number of beats, on average, an adult heart makes each day. That's more than 35 million beats per year ... a lot of work for something that weighs just 10 ounces (generally, the size of your heart is about the same size as your fist).

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Day every year. Candy hearts were first made in 1866 by the same company that brought us the NECCO wafers, after they invented a machine that could press food dye letters onto the candy. NECCO produces about 100,000 pounds of the chalky "conversation hearts" each year.

60K — The length, in miles, of blood vessels in the human

heart if they were laid flat. Your blood literally runs about a mile a minute.

LOOK, LEARN & LISTEN and other tech marvels

Forest You know when you really need to focus but all your devices are beckoning you with beeps and vibrations? The Forest app can help! If you can’t put your phone down, open this app, and plant a virtual tree. By keeping the app open, you’ll avoid all your distracting notifications, allowing you to focus on whatever work you need to do. The best part is Forest also helps plant trees in the real world. The virtual coins you earn from maintained focus on your tasks send money to the nonprofit Trees for the Future. They have planted 163,010 trees since May 2014. Flush We’ve all been there. You gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now … but where?! Thankfully, there’s the Flush app, which uses crowdsourcing to show available public restrooms near you. It shows ones with disability access, and whether fees or keycards are required. Presidential If you’re a history buff and want to delve into the history of the American presidency, the “Presidential” podcast hits the mark. Host Lillian Cunningham explores the past 44 presidents, including their personalities, weird habits and actions that have shaped the executive office. Cunningham is also an editor and feature writer for The Washington Post section “On Leadership,” so she is often joined by historians and fellow journalists, like icon Bob Woodward.


OUTER SANDBOX Road trip! Beyond the boundaries of our little sandbox, there is much to see. Here are a few events worth checking out. For events with a more local flavor, check out FEB. 17

Sapphire Valley Outhouse Races Sapphire WHY: Come on, it’s an outhouse race. Think of it as a history lesson for the kids to make them appreciate the advent of indoor plumbing. MARCH 17

8th Annual Assault on Blackrock Sylva WHY: How about a 7-mile trail race with a 2,770-foot elevation gain? Truly an assault on your skills … and heart rate. Finish it within 101 minutes and you’ll get a coveted belt buckle. APRIL 26-29

MerleFest Wilkesboro WHY: One of the premier music festivals in the country. This year’s lineup includes Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson and Robert Earl Keen. Go for the music, moments and memories!

Love, and a cough, cannot be hid. - George Herbert

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age. - Robert Frost

Don‛t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while. - Kin Hubbard | 5

Quicksand QUICK TIP By Kelly Kilgore, owner of R.I.O.T. (Run In Our Tribe)

Foot Cramp!

Ever had pesky foot pain? Or what about a cramp in the arch of your foot? Or worse—plantar fasciitis? Feet are extremely valuable, containing more than a quarter of our entire body’s bones and have countless nerves and blood vessels that are linked all the way to the heart, spine and brain. They transport us. They are our foundation. They work hard all day long, carrying us to and fro without us giving them much thought or care. Our feet give us so much and we give back so little. So let’s learn to give our arches, inner and outer foot muscles, and heel the lovin’ that they deserve this lovin’ season. Here’s an easy daily exercise to improve tired feet and help diminish soreness from your tootsies: 1. While barefoot, stand on a tennis/lacrosse ball at the center of the ball of your foot. (Notice that when you do this, you also get a nice calf stretch … BAM, 2-in-1 stretch. Knocking it out!) Allow your weight to create a pressure point at this spot. Once you feel the pressure start to dissipate, slowly roll your foot over your arch (plantar fascia) until you get to your heel bone. If there are any points along the way that scream out, stop at those points. Take a moment and allow the pressure from the ball to release any tight spots and then continue to roll. Once you have rolled one full length from the ball of the foot to the heel, massage the plantar fascia by rolling back and forth to fully stretch out the foot center. 2. Repeat these same movements on the outside (the lateral plantar fascia) starting right below your pinky toe. 3. Then, repeat on the inside of your foot (the medial plantar fascia), below your big toe. 4. Don’t forget about the other foot!


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Good Reads by Darcy Connor

Preschool/Toddler Dinosaurumpus! Written by Tony Mitton / Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

When we think of dinosaurs, twisting and twirling aren’t usually the things that come to mind, but after reading the delightful Dinosaurumpus!, they just might be. As dinosaurs gather in the swamp they are each given a unique dance move to perform. This is a great book to read aloud, and youngsters will want to dance along with the dinosaurs. Be forewarned: Some of the dinosaur names are a mouth full, but this book is worth the extra effort. Picture Book Rosie Revere, Engineer Written by Andrea Beaty / Illustrated by David Roberts

When at school, Rosie is quiet and shy, but when at home she is a great inventor who dreams of being an engineer. Although she begins to abandon her dream when laughed at, it is her great, great aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) that encourages her to see the success in her attempts. This isn’t just a book about girls being engineers, but more importantly it is a story about learning and growing from failures and mistakes. In the wise words of Aunt Rose, “The only true failure can come if you quit.” The unique illustrations of David Roberts and the historical notes about women in aviation and Rosie the Riveter add to this gem. Early Elementary King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats Written by Dori Hillestad Butler / Illustrated by Nancy Meyers

The King and Kayla series combines two things most early readers love—dogs and mysteries. King, and his human Kayla, are ready to solve any mystery that comes their way. In the first book, King is accused of stealing dog treats and to prove his innocence, he helps Kayla track down the real culprit. Told from the point of view of King, readers will laugh at his good intentions that are often misread by Kayla. 8 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE February/March 2018

Middle School A Single Shard By Linda Sue Park

Although Tree-ear is excited when given a chance to work for master potter Min, he is faced with many challenges, like Min’s temper and the hard labor of digging and hauling clay. Despite these trials, Tree-ear is determined to prove his worth. Set in 12th century Korea, A Single Shard is a relatable, coming-of-age story, with a message of determination and perseverance that transcends time. The winner of many awards, including the 2002 Newbery medal, it is a quick but insightful read.

Adult Astrophysics for People in a Hurry By Neil deGrasse Tyson

To be honest, I never thought I would be able to name a famous astrophysicist, but Neil deGrasse Tyson makes it possible. In Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Tyson presents different short essays on a range of space-related topics with humor and wit. The short chapters are filled with information, and Tyson transfers his excitement in a way that helps his audience understand and enjoy such a vast topic as the universe.


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A Wine Lover Walks Into A Bar... By Ellen Cooper

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Brewers Dan Fifield and Jason Hull

So What happens when a wine lover walks into a brewery? Don’t worry; this isn’t a trick question or a quiz, although it may have felt that way for said wine lover. The idea of visiting a brewery/pub may be overwhelming for many—thoughts leading up to the visit from what to order to what type of place doesn’t have my favorite pinot noir?! Hands up if you are like me—the patron who loves wine and knows a whole lot more about wine than beer. Send me to a wine store and I can navigate those aisles with the confidence of a sommelier … well, close. I’m no expert, but I know what I do and don’t like. Beer, however, I don’t know. Correction: I don’t know craft beer. So when I walked into Railhouse Brewery’s pub for the first time, I was completely taken aback—in a surprising and amazing way. At first glance, Railhouse Brewery is a pub like any other. The beautiful wooden bar calls patrons to have a seat, catch up with friends and partake in a freshly brewed beverage. And then you remember that you’re also in a brewery. You can’t help but miss the gleaming steel vessels that line one side of the pub or the faint scent of hops, yeast and other ingredients that go into a beer,

which hits you—in a pleasant way—as soon as you enter. And while the sights, scents and tastes are all appealing, it’s the feeling you have once you are greeted by the bartender—or in my case, an owner, brewer and bartender—that makes Railhouse stand out. I walked into Railhouse Brewery a stranger, and walked out feeling like part of the family—a sentiment I would assume most patrons feel once they’ve been there.

First Brew

Railhouse Brewery began as a concept in 2009 by friends Brian Evitts and Mike Ratkowski, two military veterans who were working together and had the idea to open a brewery that would serve a small-town environment. In 2010, the brewery officially opened to the public in downtown Aberdeen, becoming Moore County’s first microbrewery. Since its conception in 2009, Railhouse has become an economic staple in Moore County as a thriving business, but also throughout the state due to the growth of their mass bottling distribution. As time progressed, | 11

Evitts and Ratkowski pursued an ownership and leadership addition when they asked regular patron and friend Scott Birdsell to partner with them. “I was an early patron and established a friendship with Mike,” Birdsell says. “One thing led to another, and in 2016 I was approached by Mike to see if I would be interested in partnering with them. The rest is now history.” Birdsell, also a veteran, eventually became both chief executive officer and co-owner of Railhouse. Evitts and Ratkowski are still highly involved in the business as co-owners, and serve as chief financial officer and chief operations officer, respectively. With this military-veteran leadership team, Railhouse has continued to excel in more ways than one. “We began a partnership with Mutual Distribution Company in 2013,” says Birdsell. “The partnership has been crucial to our growth and allowed us to sell our beer in every county in North Carolina, as well as distributing throughout South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.” You can find their products throughout the Southeast, and you can find Railhouse beers in local restaurants and bars, as well as purchasing their bottled beverages at local grocers. In 2016, Railhouse underwent renovations, making more space for the brewery and adding a new pub area to its side. The pub, which is managed by Nicole Meyer, not only serves Railhouse’s fresh brews, but provides a full-service bar and several food options. “We wanted to cater to our patrons by providing food options and a wider beverage selection,” Birdsell says. “We aren’t trying to become a restaurant—first and foremost, we are a brewery. But now we are a brewery that just happens to serve food.” The pub serves the expected foods that pair well with beer— pizza, wings, pretzels and even Wisconsin cheese curds, and patrons who are looking for more than a beer can partake in monthly rotating hard cider options and premium liquor options. Two full-time brewers craft specialty and seasonal brews— Head Brewer Dan Fifield and Jason Hull. “I have come to learn,” says Birdsell, “that every brewery can make at

"I just want us to consistently produce the best product we can—and consistently make our customers happy. If we can do that, then we have done our job.” - Scott Birdsell least one good beer—what’s difficult is the ability to make multiple good beers consistently.” Both Birdsell and Hull say that that consistency is what makes Railhouse stand out above the rest. “We put out the same product over and over again in our flagship brews,” says Hull. “And then to mix it up, we release small batch and seasonal brews twice a month. Our regulars have come to love both our flagship and specialty brews, and we want to continue to give them what they like.” And what’s even better? It’s obvious they are all happy doing what they do. “The brewers have full rein to get creative and experiment with the beers,” says Hull. The team meets regularly to discuss ideas—from ideas of flavors, to names of the beers, to the look of the label on the bottles. Because of the team input, all employees are invested in Railhouse and the family they have created there. “When I am out in a grocery store and I see our beer, I can’t help but check our labels to make sure it is still as fresh as

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it should be for customers,” says Hull. “I care about our product and I want everyone to receive only the best in our product.” Bartender and manager Meyer is not only invested in the beers she pours, but by the customers she serves. “I get that not everyone who enters our pub knows about craft beer,” she says. “I enjoy meeting everyone that comes through our front door, and even more so, I enjoy educating them on our beers.” And for the wine lover that walks clueless into a brewery? Meyer knows how to help those who don’t know what to order when they enter the brewery (and yes, I experienced this first hand). “Some of our beers have more body than the others, while some are sweet and some dry,” says Meyer. “It’s just like wine. I enjoy watching people try our beer for the first time and realizing that yes, beer is good.”

The Beers

Railhouse’s flagship beers stay on tap year-round, and offer a variety of flavors for any palate. KA-BAR Brown Ale, which happens to be my personal favorite, is one that Meyer highly recommends to any of those red wine lovers out there. “The brown” is a deliciously rich, dark brown ale and is slightly bitter, with a hint of chocolate and toffee. It was created as a partnership between KABAR Knives, a USMC iconic knife, and the brewery. The tap handle for the KA-BAR brown ale come directly from the KA-BAR factory in Olean, New York. It won first place in the English Brown Ale category by the North

Carolina Brewer’s Cup in 2013, and a gold medal in the International Craft Beer Awards in 2013. There’s also the FCA IPA, a choice for the true beer drinkers, that got its name from Evitts and Ratkowski’s departure from corporate America (Freedom from Corporate America). This malty brew has a light tropical taste that can take you away—basically freedom in a bottle! The Pineland Pale Ale is “perfect for white wine lovers” and the Mastiff Oatmeal Stout is pure chocolaty smoothness. And the Ek Red Imperial Ale, brewer Hull’s “baby,” is a bold red ale and one of the most popular brews at Railhouse. Seasonal and small batch beers are based on both the season and brewer’s taste buds. Different brews include a Vanilla Porter, Hefeweizen, new versions of their IPA, Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout (hello, amazing!) and more. While the Flagship beers are worth visiting on a regular basis, the seasonal selections help to make Railhouse even more unique, and a brewery that caters to all demographics. These unique, tasty, local, and just flat-out good beverages are what Birdsell intends to keep making year by year. “Sure, I’d like to see us expand into more markets,” he says. “I’d like to add an outside patio in the next year. I would like for us to continue to host events and bands in our pub, while also participating in local and statewide festivals. But overall, I just want us to consistently produce the best product we can—and consistently make our customers happy. If we can do that, then we have done our job.”


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Garden Variety

Indoor Gardens


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Indoor plants are a great addition to any home or workspace dĂŠcor, but did you know that houseplants can remove air contaminants, increase your energy levels, fight colds and reduce stress as well?


xtensive research by NASA has discovered that houseplants remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. Indoor air quality is often poor due to household furniture, carpets, paints and cleaners. Plants purify toxic air trapped inside our homes by pulling airborne contaminants into the soil, where root zone microorganisms convert them into food for the plant. Through photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, freshening the air we breathe; increased oxygen levels can prevent drowsiness and boost energy. Indoor plants have also been shown to reduce cold-related symptoms by more than 30 percent. Using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent. And several plants placed together can increase the humidity of a room, which minimizes respiratory irritations. Plants create a space that is soothing, making you calmer and more optimistic. Plants can help with depression and loneliness. Caring for a living thing is rewarding, especially when you see your plants bloom and thrive. To create your perfect indoor garden, it is worth your time researching which plants are best suited for each room.

Tip: For optimum health

results, NASA recommends one plant per 100 square feet of your space.

Tip: Peace lilies, spider plants and snake plants are easy to care for, and the most effective plants at filtering toxic air.

Tip: Succulents are great for those new to indoor gardening, as they only require a bright windowsill and a light misting of water every so often.

Tip: Air plants are perfect for the bathroom, as the excess moisture from your daily shower will help them flourish.

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Cold Winter hung about the ways, Very loth to go. Little Spring could not get past him, Try she never so. This side—that side, everywhere, Winter held the track. Little Spring sat down and whimpered, Winter humped his back. Summer called her—“Come, dear, come! Why do you delay?” “Come and help me, Sister Summer, Winter blocks my way.” Little Spring tried everything, Sighs and moans and tears, Winter howled with mocking laughter, Covered her with jeers. Winter, rough old surly beggar, Practised every vice, Pelted her with hail and snow storms, Clogged her feet with ice. But, by chance at last they caught him, Unawares one day, Tied his hands and feet, and dancing, Sped upon their way. - Laggard Spring, by William Arthur Dunkerley

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Place numbers into the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains each of the digits 1 to 9. No guessing is needed. EASY

Across 1. Big toe 7. Republic of W Africa 12. State of existing 13. Encampment 14. Operated by hand 15. Dated 16. Consumed 17. Pivoted 19. Part of verb to be 20. Tides that attain the least height 22. Plaything 23. A person that uses 24. Mythical monster 26. Entrance 27. Monetary unit of Afghanistan 28. Hawaiian food 29. Embed 32. Pivot 35. Letters 36. Domesticated canid 37. Greek god of love 39. Place 40. Emirate on the Persian Gulf 42. Fish eggs 43. Metallic element

45. French form of kick bocking 47. Nerve cell 48. Conjunct 49. Relaxed 50. Stable Down 1. Pertaining to people 2. Subsided 3. Consisting of lines 4. Monetary unit of Romania 5. State in the W United States 6. Pentose sugar alcohol 7. Very strong wind 8. Did possess 9. Struck by overwhelming shock 10. Closer 11. Blood vessel 13. Lethargic 18. Not (prefix) 21. Pertaining to the pope 23. Join 25. Fellow 26. Long period of time 28. Winged horse

29. Wager 30. Sickness at the stomach 31. Chemical indicator 32. Portable bed 33. List of errors 34. Firmly implanted 36. Ruin 38. Slightly ill 40. Jail 41. Rave 44. Wrath 46. Contend

A LEPRECHAUN'S NECKLACE Ladderword puzzles are like crosswords but with a twist. The words in the middle column are anagrams of the words of the first column. The words in the last column are anagrams of the middle column plus one additional letter. The anchor words (the down clues) are related by a common theme. Across 1. Loose coil of yarn 3. Made of silk 5. Coins 6. Tendency 7. Rotated 8. Resounding noise 9. Republic in NW Africa 10. Cower

11. Greek 12. Inheritors 13. Bird of prey 14. Person who evades work 15. Castrated cockerel 16. Awning 17. Corporation

Down 2. Fortunate 4. Amulet

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In February, our thoughts turn to ways to express our love. Chocolate is by far the most touted at this time of year, but we thought we’d talk about another alleged aphrodisiac—the oyster. Many people either drool or cringe at the thought of eating oysters, so this is aimed at the droolers; although, maybe we can convince some cringers that oysters are worth a try. Oysters have sustained us for thousands of years. There are five basic species of oyster: Pacific Oysters (or Japanese Oyster), Kumamoto Oysters, European Flat Oysters, Atlantic Oysters and Olympia Oysters. From these spring hundreds of varieties, depending on where they are grown. Merroir, as opposed to terroir, has much to do with the flavor of the oyster. Pamlico Sound in North Carolina provided oysters for the Native Americans living there before colonization. After the Civil War, as the fisheries recovered, Ocracoke Islanders could lease up to 10 acres of oyster beds for their family’s sole use for 25 cents an acre. Oysters were harvested from shallow boats with a scissor-like instrument using sustainable techniques. Farther north, first in New York and then in the Chesapeake, oyster beds were wiped out using iron tongs and dredging techniques. Unfortunately, a late 19th-century government survey lauded the Pamlico beds and opened them up to nonresidents. “Invasive” fishermen set their eyes on Pamlico, ignoring the leases and pirating oysters for sale in Northern markets. This set off The Oyster War. Both parties armed their boats and fought over the oyster crop. Finally, North Carolina Governor Daniel Gould Fowle commissioned the armed state patrol boat Vesper, and the Pasquotank Rifles of the North Carolina State Guard, to protect the interests of the local fishermen. In a week, the Vesper had driven the pirates out of Pamlico. Finally, in 1892, the North Carolina Oyster Convention reiterated its opposition to dredging and pushed the legislature to outlaw the rights of nonresidents to take oysters out of the Sound. Dredging in the sound was outlawed and out-of-state fishermen lost interest in the oyster beds in North Carolina. Today, the majority of oysters in the marketplace are farmed, and North Carolina is no different. Since 2003, however, a diverse group of stakeholders involved in growing, harvesting, studying, educating, managing and eating oysters have voluntarily and productively worked together to protect and restore North Carolina’s oyster habitats and fisheries. They have designed the N.C. Oyster Blueprint, which sets up wild oyster sanctuaries, assists oyster farms, and supports efforts to establish North Carolina as the “Napa Valley of oysters.”

> You can eat oysters

raw, grilled, steamed, fried, baked or in a stew. Aficionados say there is nothing better than an oyster right out of the ocean, and yes, you should bite it to release all of its flavors.

> About that aphrodisiac thing; Oysters contain zinc, which helps people have feelings of well-being, and two rare amino acids that may contribute to the production of sex hormones.

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” -ERNEST HEMINGWAY, "A MOVEABLE FEAST" | 25

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If you’re looking for a hot, fresh meal, give Juliet Lee’s Wrightsville Beach Oyster Stew recipe a try from the Seaboard to Sideboard Entertains cookbook. Wrightsville Beach Oyster Stew 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 4 small onions, chopped 1 bunch celery, chopped 8 ounces sliced mushrooms 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 (2-ounce) jar pimientos 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 8 cups milk 8 cups heavy cream 1 gallon shucked oysters with oyster liquor

Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, mushrooms and garlic, and sauté until tender. Reduce heat to low. Add flour, undrained pimientos, thyme, pepper and salt. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk, cream and undrained oysters. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the edges of the oysters curl. Do not boil. Ladle into soup bowls. Yields 10 to 12 servings. Crusty Fried Oysters courtesy of Got To Be NC Seafood

1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons cold water 1 (12-ounce) container fresh oysters, drained 1 1/2 cups saltine cracker crumbs Vegetable Oil

Combine egg and water. Dip oysters in egg mixture, and roll each in cracker crumbs. Cook in hot oil (375 F) for about 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning to brown both sides. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 3 servings.

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OTHER OYSTER FACTS: > Oysters clean the water. Each oyster filters about 30 to 50 gallons of water a day. > Not all types of oysters make pearls. Despite any hopes you have of popping open an oyster and finding a gleaming pearl, the oysters we eat don’t actually make these precious gemstones. While the edible oysters belong to the family ostreidae, pearl oysters, or pinctada, are part of the pteriidae family. > Oysters taste better in the winter. Ever wonder why there’s the adage about not eating oysters in months that don’t have an “r” letter (think May, June, July and August)? The main reason is because it’s harder to keep them cold and fresh in the heat, especially before refrigeration. But the other reason is because in the summer months the bivalves are spawning, which gives them a weak and watery flavor. During the winter months, when the water is nice and cold, these mollusks really thrive. > Oysters help plants grow. Don’t just chuck those used empty oyster shells in the garbage. The shells are great for helping your garden flourish due to their high levels of calcium. Calcium can improve the soil’s pH balance, add nutrients to the plants and strengthen their cell walls, all of which leads to healthy produce and brighter flowers. > The bad oyster exists. Turns out the bad oyster is a real thing, and there is nothing you can do to avoid it. Sure, you shouldn’t eat raw shellfish that has been sitting out for a while in a warm room or in the sun, but even if you are cautious of this situation, you can still get sick eating oysters. The reason: vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium that grows in estuaries and along the coast, the places you find oysters too. This shouldn’t dissuade though, as it’s not that common and most people that end up with that fated bite recover just fine.


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Beer Matters

The Lager, Deconstructed


often field questions about the difference between a lager and a pilsner. So I thought it would be worthwhile to explain lagers in this piece, considering 90 percent of the beer consumed worldwide are lagers. There are two primary families of beer: ales and lagers. The primary difference between the two families is what yeast was used to create the beer. At the risk of oversimplifying, assume all ales are made with ale yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and all lagers are made with lager yeast (Saccharomyces pastorianus). Ale yeast and lager yeast operate very differently from each other. Ale yeast is often referred as “top fermenting,” meaning the yeast creates a thick layer of foam at the top of the fermenting vessel. Ale yeast also performs best between 65-75 F and creates a significant amount of yeast-derived flavors and aroma compounds. In contrast, lager yeast is “bottom fermenting” and operates between 40-58 F. Lager yeast works much more slowly than ale yeast because it lives in a colder environment. A slower-working yeast will produce very few flavors and aromas on its own, causing the lion’s share of flavor found in lagers to be malt and hop derived. This is why lagers are perceived to be cleaner and crisper than their ale counterparts.

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The word lager comes from the German verb lagern, which means “to store,” therefore, lager also signifies a specific brewing process as well as what yeast was used. A beer that has been lagered was fermented at a lower temperature (40-58 F), and was stored at an even colder temperature (near freezing) for weeks or even months. The reason lagers are stored cold is to allow the yeast enough time to clean up any unwanted fermentation byproducts. This is vital in lagers because most lagers are light in color and simple in flavor. Off-flavors such as butter/butterscotch or green apple would immediately be apparent in a Bud Light, for instance. Most American craft breweries are not designed to handle a lager because they need special equipment that includes fermenters that maintain a temperature of 40-58 F even in summer months and additional horizontal maturation tanks (different from vertical fermentation vessels). Lagers also need to sit for a minimum of 21 days in maturation tanks after primary fermentation and most breweries cannot afford to tie up vital tank space for a month. An ale, on the other hand, takes about two weeks to condition. Some breweries condition their lagers for 6 weeks. So, an ale-producing brewery could conceivably brew three batches of beer and get it to market for each batch of lager beer.

So if lagering is more expensive and harder than ale brewing, why would anyone choose to build a business around lagers? All beer styles can be traced back to an economic/business decision. Lagers, as we know them, have only been around for about 150 years, which is very young considering beer has been around for thousands of years. In 1553, Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria decreed that no brewing could take place in the spring and summer months. Beer had to be lagered in cold caves so that the farm hands had access to beer in the summer months. The brewers of the day, therefore, unwittingly transformed ale yeast into yeast that could perform in colder temperatures overtime. Because the Bavarian lagers were clean, easy-drinking beers, many breweries outside of Bavaria tried to emulate their styles. One famous example of a lager is the Pilsner, first brewed in the Czech city of Plzen. The very first Pilsner brewed in the 1850s is still brewed today and carries the name Pilsner Urquell, which translates to “original source of Pilsner.” This is the beer that every major brewery has tried to copy, and for good reason. It’s light, refreshing and won’t overwhelm your palate. There are two reasons big breweries tried to copy this beer and use a costlier brewing process. First and foremost, the Pilsner style took the world by storm in the 19th and 20th centuries. There was a massive consumer demand for the style. Second, even though the process takes longer and is more expensive, the ingredients are generally less expensive, and this style holds up longer than more complex ales in package form. In some complex ales, specific hop-derived flavor and aroma begin to fall off within weeks, whereas a simple Pilsner can retain its flavor for months to even a year if properly stored. Think of transportation in the 1800s and early 1900s. It could take weeks before your beer made it to consumers. The last thing you want is your beer to arrive and not taste good. Most German styles of beer are lagers, whereas most English-styled beers are ales. A dark Doppelbock, an amber maerzen and a golden Munich Helles are all lagers. If you want to try the original Pilsner, you can find it at Triangle Wine Company. For an American craft brewery that specializes in only brewing lagers, head to the Mason Jar Lager Company in Fuquay Varina.



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Health! Have a Heart

This Valentine’s Day, give your heart away. Well not literally, just when you don’t need it anymore. Feb. 14 is National Donor Day, so make sure to click the box “organ donor” when you’re renewing your driver’s license. But don’t stop there. There are five main categories of body donations: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets and blood. In addition to blood and marrow drives, you can also be added to tissue donation lists. Locally, FirstHealth has partnered with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for blood donations. Check out for upcoming blood drives in Moore County. (Odd fun fact, National Donor Day was started by the car company Saturn in 1998.)

Potato, Potatoh

This St. Paddy’s Day, you may eat your weight in potatoes. While we suggest you limit your portions, we also say eat up! Potatoes are a good source of vitamins C and B6, as well as potassium—and only 3 percent of Americans get enough potassium. Potatoes are also low in sodium and calories and are fat free (well, before toppings). But this shouldn’t be a free pass to gorge on a whole bags of potato chips. Stick to baked, roasted or steamed.

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R o l l e r R in k Su icide BY ANTHONY PARKS

Looking back on it, I realize how much

it felt like we were boarding an alien space ship. As soon as you opened the door there were spinning lights flashing in your eyes, strange shadowy figures floating across the floor and unusual music that was loud enough to make me feel just a bit uncomfortable. I mean, there was no way the speakers in my mom’s ’82 Ford wood paneled station wagon could have gone that loud, and I didn’t want them to. Just sitting in the way back of that wagon facing backward with no seatbelt was a thrill enough for us. But still, the space ship called us every weekend, and so we boarded the blue death wagon and flew straight to the mothership, Jones Skating Rink in Southern Pines. Legend has it that many small towns had things like bowling alleys, movie theaters and skating rinks, but we didn’t know anything about that. All we knew was that in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Jones Skating Rink was the only real hang out we had. There was 34 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE February/March 2018

roller skating, music, video games, a snack bar and, most importantly of all, girls. It’s not like we ever talked to the girls. Whoever had the current high score on Galaga or Asteroids was, of course, way more important than girls, but there were girls on-site and that seemed very important in some way. It was a night club for kids, if you think about it. There was a disco ball and light show, groovy music, and even a bartender who would serve the first mixed drink I ever had, called a “Suicide.” If you told the guy at the snack bar to make a Suicide he would essentially fill a cup with that awesome ’70s pellet ice and then proceed to go down the line on the soda fountain and give you a shot of each flavor until your cup was full. I’m talking Coke, grape Fanta, root beer, orange soda and ginger ale all mixed together in one drink that apparently signaled to others that you are the type of kid who simply does not care. After the sugar was completely absorbed into your bloodstream, you would skate. It is important to

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Totally Rad Skating DJ Mix Electric Avenue / Eddy Grant ABC / The Jackson Five When I'm With You / Sheriff Up Where We Belong / Joe Cocker Jessie's Girl / Rick Springfield Candy Girl / New Edition Start Me Up / The Rolling Stones In the Air Tonight / Phil Collins Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic / The Police Super Freak / Rick James Our Lips Are Sealed / The Go-Go's Don't You Want Me / The Human League Goin' Down South / North Mississippi Allstars Master Blaster / Stevie Wonder Another One Bites the Dust / Queen Back in Black / AC/DC understand that I am referring to roller skates here. I’m not a child of roller blades, razor scooters, or even helmets and knee pads. We are talking about the 1970s, four-on-thefloor boots of terror where just one stuck wheel could cause a fall, which even if you survived, your social status might not. The music was loud and funky, and through the laser beams and shadows, everyone seemed to belong in this swirling circular flow. Some kids still needed the handrail to hold onto while others worked on speed and weaving in and out of other skaters. And, of course, there was always “the guy.” I think that some state regulatory commission

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must have been in place to ensure that each roller rink had one of these guys in house at all times. He was the guy who took it a little too seriously. He could skate backward, and do the crisscross thing with his legs and made the rest of us look like the out-of-control shopping carts that we were. No matter how good the guy was though, he did just like we did when it came time for the dreaded “couples skate.” He sat and watched. Couples skate was the worst … worse than adult swim at the pool. We would all be doing just fine skating around to “Candy Girl” by New Edition or “Let’s Groove” by Earth Wind & Fire, but then “When I’m With You” by Sheriff would play and the voice on the load speaker would call “couples only” and it was all over. If you were lucky you had quarters and it was video game time or else you had to sit and wait through four of five more songs like Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You” or Joe Cocker’s weakest link “Up Where We Belong.” I didn’t shy away from the chance to hold a girl’s hand and skate in unison, but it was a huge risk. If she could skate better than you, it was apparent right from the start, and a smart kid would avoid a girl who wore the pompoms on her skates because that meant she was serious and was sure to expect you to do the hands crossed spin move thing that no boy knew how to do. Either way, “Electric Avenue” would eventually come on to wake everyone up and the party would again be all inclusive. The music really was a huge piece of the roller rink experience. The Jackson Five would lead into Duran Duran and then Queen, and it all made sense at 8 mph. Only now have I wondered how the DJ played the tracks. Did he have a record player or an 8-track? In between making a Suicide and spraying the skates with the mystery spray, did he have to hustle over and change the song? I bet he had a mix tape, bunches of them. There was no satellite radio or Bluetoothing your phone to the stereo. It took someone time and effort to create the skate jams before good times were had. The rink eventually closed, going the way of the arcade, and we got a new movie theater with four screens. Hey, four screens were all we needed back then. One comedy, one action, one romance and one sci-fi movie at a time worked well for decades. We would patiently wait for three or four weeks after a movie was released on the West Coast before it would play here. Now we can watch the same movie on demand while walking to work or standing in line at the bank. Things continue to progress and change, and time does march quickly. Maybe that was a part of the magic in that alien spaceship skating rink on the highway. In a world where everything seems to keep pushing you forward, we got to escape that and just spin around in a circle for a while.


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a Basket Case BY PATTI RANCK

Stuff you will need for a Rope Coil Basket

White or natural (preferably) cotton rope for the large size. And LOTS of it (the 5 x 5-inch smaller rope coil basket took almost 30 feet of cording. A good guide is to allow at least 25-30 feet of rope per basket). I also used some cotton sash cording I found that had a subtle little pattern to it for the smaller planter. The width of the cording or rope will determine size, and you can pretty much figure that out yourself. Another option is the cording used for upholstery piping, but size (width) on this is typically limited and it is definitely not as stiff, so it will not be as sturdy, but it would work for a smaller basket.

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A round bucket of some sort for the template. The 3-gallon bucket with the lid is what I store my birdseed in, and the other was just a random container. You have a lot of leeway here, just wander around in your garage, carport or basement. You’ll find something. Even a paint can will do as long as it will accommodate the size of your potted plant. Ruler or tape measure • Scissors • Clear tape • Glue gun and glue sticks • Old belt

Hands Dirty

First, get your glue gun heated. I like to put mine on a piece of foil over some old cardboard or an old cutting board to protect surfaces should any of the hot glue drip in a place it’s not supposed to. Measure the height of the plastic pot your plant is currently in and add about 1/4- to 1/2- inch more, so the plastic is out of sight once you place the plant in your finished rope coil pot. This will be your guide for how many coils tall to make the finished product. With the bucket upside down, simply begin coiling the rope in a circular shape gluing on the inside of the rope as you go. Watch those fingers, that glue gets hot! (I may have actually changed my original fingerprints over the years due to some glue gun accidents, which should come in handy for my future life of crime.) When you get to the perimeter of the base of the bucket, change direction to begin coiling up, stacking the cord one row on top of the other up the sides of the bucket. Continue to wrap and glue … wrap and glue … wrap .... well, you get the idea. It takes a bit of patience, and you’ll have to hold the rope coil in place as you go to give the glue time to cool and firm up. Work in small sections at a time so the glue doesn’t dry before you’re ready. Try to use even pressure as you wind it around so there are no gaps and the layers all end up fairly even. Be somewhat conservative with the glue; you don’t want it oozing out and showing all over your finished basket. As the coiled rope builds up in height, occasionally measure to be sure it is the desired height for your chosen plant. I always think I’m really good at just eye-balling measurements, but … um … I’m not. I use a ruler now. When you get to the end, wrap clear tape around the rope where you plan on cutting it off. This will prevent it from unraveling. Cut it at an angle, cut side down so the stopping point will not show too much, and then glue to finish. Here’s where the belt comes in. Mine was suede so it was fairly easy to cut with scissors, but if yours is a thicker or stiffer leather you might need a metal ruler and a utility knife. It’ll take a few swipes to get it to go through, but it’ll work. Measure enough for a wide loop on either side of the basket. These are decorative handles (do not use them to carry the basket and whatever is in it). You can cut the end straight across or in a V-shape—your preference. Mark the spots you want to attach the ends of the leather strips. Hot glue those babies on there and you are done.using jute Pretty, sustainably made, and a good, easy project while you’re stuck inside the rest of the winter. Have fun!


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Last Word Clue

noun / \'klü\

MEANING: a piece of evidence, information or idea used to solve a problem or mystery

The word clue is a variant spelling of clew, meaning ball of yarn or string. How did a word with synonyms like hint and signal derive from a ball of yarn, you may be asking. We need to go back to Greek mythology for the answer. King Minos of Crete wasn’t particularly pleased with the city of Athens—in fact, that’s putting it mildly, since the Athenians killed his son Androgeos. The Cretes and Athenians used to get together for athletic games and, one particular year, Androgeos won so many of the games Michael Phelps would have been proud. Jealous of Androgeos’ success, the Athenians killed him. It’s a wonder the phrase “sore loser” didn’t derive from the Athenians, but that’s an etymological conundrum for another article. Back to the mythology: Crete declared war on Athens, and most of the Greek gods sided with Minos, bringing plague, drought and just about every other disaster down on the Athenians. Begging for mercy, King Aegeus of Athens asked what he could do to appease Minos’ loss. Minos demanded that, every few years, Athens send several teenagers to be sacrificed to the Minotaur, the half-bull, half-man monster that lived in the Labyrinth, an inescapable maze, on the island of Crete. One year, Prince Theseus of Athens was chosen as a sacrifice and he swore to his father he would kill the Minotaur to stop the sacrifices. When he arrived on the island, he met Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, and Ariadne instantly fell in love with Theseus and promised to help Theseus defeat the Minotaur if he promises to take her back to Athens. He said sure. Ariadne introduced Theseus to Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth, and Daedalus suggested unwinding a spool of string behind him as he walked through the maze to help him find his way out. This he did, killing the Minotaur and escaping. Thus the word clew and eventually “clue” came to mean something that points the way or helps solve a problem. Postscript: Theseus ended up ditching Ariadne on another island before sailing back to Athens. Stay classy, Theseus. Also, if he was successful, Theseus was supposed to change his ship's sails from black to white but forgot. When his father saw black-sailed ships returning, he was so distraught he threw himself into the sea and drowned (the Aegean Sea, the sea in which he drowned, was named after him). Theseus then became king. Mmm ....

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