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The Green House’s launch
Al Fresco Deluxe From lawn to beach, upscale picnics
Going out in style
24 8 SPOTLIGHT
46 SCENE: Stage presence
10 HEALTH: Freestylin
47 TAKE 5: Health matters with Lynda Stanley
14 STYLE: Continental flavor
48 MEN'S ROOM: Cranky pants
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14 12 VEGAN VITTLES: The Green House's vision 24 U PDATED PICNIC: Outdoor dining parties 32 F ALL DRINKS: Sips for autumn
This year’s annual Taste issue is all about celebrating new finds. While the restaurant industry continues to ride the ups and downs of these strange times, new names continue to add to the area’s bites and sips mix. And many of those new entrants are headed up by women on the line and on the business end. The Green House, for example, opened this summer with Laura Tiblier and Anastasia Worrell as co-owners. They are joined by a team of women to bring new vegan options to the scene. Find out more about how it’s come together on page 12. Another restaurant that opened this year – Seabird in downtown Wilmington – served as the perfect backdrop for our vintage, fine dining-inspired style shoot on page 14. Several women who saw the rise of Insta-worthy picnicking take hold during the pandemic invested in their food and event styling skills to bring the trend here (page 24). And the owners of some new wine and bottle shops share their recommendations for drinks this fall season. Check those out on page 32. Cheers and dig in. W
NINA BAYS COURNOYER is design
director for the Los Angeles Business Journal and style intro writer for WILMA magazine. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she was previously co-editor/art director of WILMA and art director for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and is happy to still be part of the WILMA team, even while on the opposite coast. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bryan, and their two cats, Oskar and Bucky. She tees up this month’s food-inspired style shoot on page 14.
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MADELINE GRAY is a freelance documentary
photographer based in Wilmington. With a master’s degree in photojournalism, her work is regularly featured in local and national publications. She enjoys spending time in places that are off the beaten track and collaborating to share the diverse stories found there. Gray photographed Elegant Outings owner Michelle Bethea for our feature on glammedup picnics on page 24 and fall drink picks from Bottles on page 32. madelinegrayphoto.comand @ madelinepgray on instagram
JESSICA MAURER is a chef and writer with degrees from Hartwick College and The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She has covered the local restaurant industry for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and she is a regular contributor to WILMA and Wilmington Magazine. Maurer talks to the women on the leadership team for The Green House, a new, upscale vegan restaurant that opened this summer on page 12.
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North Carolina, is an avid traveler, art collector, and cat lover. She is an award-winning freelance writer and PR consultant who holds a BA in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in English from UNCW. McLamb checks in with Lynda Stanley, president of Dosher Memorial Hospital who assumes the CEO title for the Southport hospital next year, in this month’s Take 5 Q&A on page 47.
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W2W UPDATES WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative has updates to share as we continue to work on the effort’s core mission of helping develop more women leaders in our area. Here’s what we’ve been up to with various W2W Leadership Initiative programs and what’s coming up next: MENTORING: In, the latest group participating in our mentoring program begins its yearlong term, kicking off with an orientation session at the Wilmington Convention Center (shown above). WILMA’s mentoring adviser Kim Nelson shared tips and information about best practices, and the pairs, who will meet monthly for the next year, went over the mentee’s goals. LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: The class of thirty-two women in this year’s Leadership Institute met last month at The Harrelson Center’s new event space, Plaza on Princess. The skills presentation for October’s session focused on public speaking. And during the visit, executive directors from several of the nonprofits based at The Harrelson Center spoke to the group about serving on nonprofit boards and committees. W2W AWARDS: WILMA’s annual Women to Watch Awards ceremony took place October 23 at the Wilmington Convention Center to honor this year’s finalists and announce the winners. Turn to the inside page of the back cover for this month’s issue to see the 2021 winners. WILMA NETWORK: Members of the WILMA Network, made up of sponsors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, meet monthly for 2nd Tuesday outings to welcome new members, catch up, and expand their networks. GETTING SOCIAL: Check out WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative social media pages, where you can find the latest info about leadership program announcements, applications, and updates on women who have been involved with W2W. Follow us at facebook.com/WILMAsWomenToWatch and on Instagram @WILMAsWomentoWatch. - Vicky Janowski and Maggi Apel, Co-directors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative W2W@WILMAmag.com
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12 THE GREEN TEAM: Meet the women running Wilmington's upscale vegan restaurant 24 A TISKET, A TASKET: Luxury picnic options abound in the area 47 HOSPITAL HEAD: Take 5 Q&A with Dosher Memorial's Lynda Stanley
women’s professional groups Besides WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, there are a number of local groups to help women grow professionally. Here is just a sampling of some of them.
Cape Fear CREW Year Founded: 2010 Description: “Cape Fear CREW is the leading organization for commercial real estate in the Cape Fear region in North Carolina … Members represent every aspect of the commercial real estate industry, including, but not limited to, law, leasing, brokerage, property management, finance, acquisitions, and engineering.” Info: capefearcrew.org or email@example.com
Cape Fear Women in Tech Year Founded: 2014 Description: “Our vision is to make the Cape Fear Region the No. 1 employer of women in technology careers per capita in the country. We do this by championing opportunities for women in technology, empowering women to strive for these competitive positions, and inspiring women to lead in those roles.” Info: cfwit.com or capefearwomenintech@ gmail.com
Coastal Women Attorneys
The Junior League of Wilmington
(N.C. Association of Women Attorneys) Year Founded: 2013 Description: “CWA was formed to serve women attorneys in Southeastern North Carolina in the Fourth, Fifth and 13th judicial districts, which includes New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Duplin, Onslow, Sampson, and Jones counties. CWA is committed to increasing the participation of women attorneys in the legal profession, protecting the rights of women under the law and promoting, and improving the administration of justice.” Info: ncawa.org/cwa or firstname.lastname@example.org
Year Founded: 1952 Description: “The Junior League of Wilmington is a women’s organization designed to empower women and to improve the community through the leadership of women as trained volunteers.” Info: jlwnc.org or email@example.com
The Inspiration Lab Year Founded: 2015 Description: “The Inspiration Lab was built for working women passionate about personal and professional development. We offer teachings and tools to improve your skills, productivity, creativity, emotional intelligence, and well-being. We also provide opportunities for networking and connection. We represent a variety of backgrounds and careers, but we’re all like-minded in being serious about success, maintaining a manageable work-life balance, and supporting one another’s growth.” Info: theinspirationlab.co
Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County Year Founded: 2011 Description: “WIN is a collective philanthropy nonprofit that makes yearly grants to nonprofits within the county. The focus of these grants rotates annually among four areas: education, health and wellness, the environment, and arts and culture.” Info: winofnhc.org
YWCA Lower Cape Fear Founded: 1914 Description: “The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.” Economic advancement programs focus on educational assistance, job training, and short-term and long-term planning skills. Info: ywca-lowercapefear.org
photo by Millie Holloman Photography c/o Welcome Home Angel
NONPROFIT TO EXPAND TO CHICAGO
Locally based nonprofit Welcome Home Angel recently announced it would start expanding nationally with other chapters. Founded in 2007, Welcome Home Angel renovates and remodels the bedrooms and other living spaces of chronically ill or injured children and incorporates accommodations to make life easier and happier for the entire family, such as the bedroom makeover above. The first location outside of Wilmington will be in Chicago and headed up by board president Meg Caswell (left), says executive director Craig Wagner. “As an HGTV Design Star and national designer who enhanced our prominence as the host of the Welcome Home Angel TV Show on The Design Network,” he says, “this seems like a natural first step for us to begin expanding since Meg has been involved with so many room makeovers, and whose passion for this cause will ensure its success.”
BEARDSLEY JOINS LCFLC AS HR HEAD
Lower Cape Fear LifeCare named JESSICA BEARDSLEY as its vice president of human resources. In the role, Beardsley oversees all human resource operations for the local nonprofit agency. Beardsley brings more than twenty-two years of HR leadership, including a previous position at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where she was the HR benefits manager. In addition to several HR roles at NHRMC, Beardsley also previously worked as employment and program support manager at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, customer service supervisor at National Grange Mutual Insurance Company; and HR manager at Hannaford Food and Drug Superstore. “We are thrilled to have Jessica join our team,” says GWEN WHITLEY, president and CEO of Lower Cape Fear LifeCare. “She brings with her valuable experience in health care human resources that will be an asset to our agency as we continue to recruit team members who will support our mission and our commitment to providing the highest quality care and support to individuals and families living with a life-limiting or chronic illness in our community.”
CAPE FEAR COLLECTIVE ADDS TO ITS TEAM
Cape Fear Collective added four team members to work on the Healthy Opportunities Pilot, a federal- and state-funded program that provides reimbursement for nonmedical services for high-risk North Carolina Medicaid Managed Care beneficiaries. In May, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services awarded three Healthy Opportunities Network Leads (NLs), including Community Care of Lower Cape Fear (CCLCF), a CFC news release stated. NLs will lead pilot efforts in three geographic regions. CCLCF is the Network Lead in a six-county region with CFC assisting with implementation and data support. MEAGHAN LEWIS, director of programs for CFC, will lead the group’s team and coordinate the transportation sector of service providers. CATRECIA MCCOY BOWMAN (above) started with CFC on Aug. 2 as the housing program manager. SANDRA BROOKS is the interpersonal safety program manager. MORGAN COOPER supports the food sector for the pilot. LUIGI MENDEZ specializes in research methodology and data collection methods.
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UNCW APPOINTS ASSOCIATE PROVOST
After a national search, CYNTHIA DEMETRIOU was been appointed the associate provost for student engagement, enrollment, and retention at UNCW. Demetriou, who began her new role last month, joined UNCW from a similar position at the University of Arizona. The associate provost of student engagement, enrollment, and retention is a newly created position that provides leadership for the student recruitment; undergraduate admissions operations and graduate admissions processing; registrar operations; financial aid and scholarships; student advising; student retention; studentathlete support services; and militaryaffiliated student support functions. Demetriou serves as a member of the provost’s cabinet. “Enrollment and retention are not separate, individual steps; rather, they are part of a continuous process that must occur repeatedly until a student crosses the finish line to degree completion,” Demetriou says. “The goal is to provide an integrated roadmap supporting students throughout their collegiate journey.” Demetriou held several positions at UNC-Chapel Hill, including associate dean and director of retention, retention coordinator, The Finish Line Project executive director, interim coordinator of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars, and director and founder of Carolina Firsts.
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THINGS PERRY MAXWELL RULES THE WATER
by BETH A. KLAHRE photo by ARIS HARDING
ERRY MAXWELL is at her best when she’s in the water. She’s been swimming competitively since she was eight years old when she watched other kids compete at her neighborhood Long Island, New York, swim club. She asked her mom if she could try it. And the rest, as they say, is history. For the past eighteen years, Maxwell has been a coach for the Masters Swim program of the Cape Fear Aquatic Club at the YMCA of Southeastern
North Carolina. Masters Swim is a program for all levels of swimmers from beginners to seasoned competitive triathletes, lap swimmers, swimmers who want a group workout, and those swimming to live a healthy lifestyle. Some members, ranging in age from their twenties to seventies, swim for fun while others swim competitively. “I grew up swimming. It was my passion,” Maxwell recalls. “I enjoyed the ability to be my own determining factor on my success. Swimming met my need to challenge myself, do the hard work, and ultimately see the results.” Maxwell has never been afraid of the hard work. At age eight she was swimming three times per week. By age ten it was five days per week, and by age twelve it was twice daily coupled with twice-weekly weight lifting. After being scouted by college recruiters and receiving over a hundred letters and full scholarship offers from thirty universities including Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Princeton, she choose North Carolina State University. She majored in recreation administration and program planning. Maxwell swam every morning before classes, again in the evening, lifted weights three days per week, and spent Sundays in “psych sessions” setting goals. “I liked working hard, and I liked the sense of belonging and camaraderie with the team,” she says. Maxwell specialized in the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter distance freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, and 400-meter individual medley races. In 1983, she swam in the United States Swimming National Championships where she made the qualifying time to participate in the Olympic Trials the following year in the 800-meter distance freestyle race. Swimming opened many doors for Maxwell. Before graduation, she was recruited by Procter & Gamble (P&G) for a sales position. She landed in the management track and lived in four states in eighteen months. After two years at P&G, she purchased a home in Wilmington, a city she knew well
from visits to her parents’ Carolina Beach condo during college. She became certified as a personal trainer and ultimately enjoyed a thirty-three-year-long career at the YMCA, the last three full-time years as executive director. Then she transitioned to a part-time swim coach to spend more time with her two daughters. Maxwell teaches more than swim strokes in the twice-weekly sessions. “I teach my swimmers to be technically efficient, to become experts on themselves in the water,” she says. She is also a post-rehab specialist helping patients regain mobility and has taught swimming for nearly every branch of the military. “When I coach someone, we both get better,” Maxwell says. “I’m honored that they let me in.” Maxwell treasures the fellowship that exists within the group. “Camaraderie is one of the blessings I get,” she says. “We have great friendships regardless of the forty years difference in our ages. We share across genders and across the decades of our lives. Our fellowship builds spirit, mind, and body.” SUE MEIER is a Masters swimmer and takes a weekly personal training session with Maxwell. “Perry was put on this earth to coach people,” Meier says. “When I first started swimming with her, I couldn’t swim to the end of pool and back without being winded. Perry didn’t disregard me; she worked with me. She challenges and encourages me, and I continue to improve. She is an amazing person.” Meier advises to be ready to work hard if you join the currently wait-listed program. Participants swim between one and two miles per workout depending on individual speed. Following swimming and kicking warmups, participants swim two to four sets comprised of combinations of even and fast-paced swims, kicking, and swimming using fins with 15-second rest periods, and stroke technique practice culminating with an easy-paced cooldown. When the pool closes at the end of the day, Maxwell says, “This job feeds my soul. I love everyone I coach. And I have a special place in my heart for those who are afraid of the water. I teach them to overcome their fear. It’s never too late to learn to swim.” W WILMAmag.com
The Green Team
AURA TIBLIER and ANASTASIA WORRELL are breaking boundaries with The Green House, Wilmington’s first upscale vegan restaurant.
Backed by the all-female management team of executive chef TOSHA GUTHERIDGE, maître d’ COLBY PERKINS, and the mother/daughter ensemble of horticulturist MICHELLE LYON-HEATHERLY, and pâtissier LAUREN WRIGHT, these women are not only serving best-inclass vegan dishes, but they’re also fostering a culture of collaboration, inclusivity, and sustainability, all while planting seeds of change. “This medium is a message,” Worrell says. While having a female-led team was not initially part of The Green House’s mission, finding a group of like-minded
people to come together to challenge and support one another was at the top of the list. “What we have here is a different type of energy than you typically find within the restaurant industry,” Tiblier says. “It’s not competitive but collaborative.” That energy can be felt throughout the restaurant from the design and décor to the care that’s put into the food and service and the intention that goes into every
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aspect of the restaurant, which opened in July. Whether it’s for the health benefits, to lower their carbon footprint, or to promote animal welfare, women are leading the way in adopting the vegan way of life. Worrell says this is in line with the restaurant’s current customer base, noting that women make up a larger percentage of its diners than males. “When it comes to lifestyle choices and food, I do think men and women make decisions differently,” says Worrell, noting that women and men often react differently to outside influences and have different motivators when it comes to lifestyle. That being said, just as not all of The Green House’s diners are women, not all are vegan, gluten-free, or even vegetarian. “We find that it’s often maybe just one person in the party that is vegan,” Tiblier says. “And sometimes it’s a whole party of people who are just curious.” The Green House’s dinner menu is coursed out to include sharable boards for
the table, followed by appetizers, salads, main dishes, and desserts. Lunch service recently began and includes more traditional lunch offerings such as soups, salads, and sandwiches, which, unlike the dinner items, can be ordered for carry-out. Horticulturist Lyon-Heatherly uses aeroponic tower gardens to grow all of the restaurant’s greens and herbs while her daughter Wright makes all of the restaurant’s cheeses and desserts, something she says has been both challenging and rewarding. “I never envisioned that would be working at a restaurant that’s both vegan and gluten-free,” Wright says. “But I really like the science of baking, so it’s been a lot WILMAmag.com
of fun to come up with replacements for traditional ingredients.” Vegan and gluten-free diners can relax and enjoy the experience without stressing over what to order, while nonvegans are consistently impressed with how satisfying a vegan meal can be. “For the vegans, they are like ‘Wow, so many vegan cheeses!’ and for the nonvegans, they are like “Wow, I had no idea you could do so many things with mushrooms,” Worrell says. Despite cultural and socio-economic factors that can affect plant-based food accessibility, veganism is on the rise. Ipsos Retail Performance conducted a study showing that the number of Americans following plant-based diets increased
from just 290,000 people fifteen years ago to more than 9.7 million people in 2019. Not only is The Green House at the forefront of the local vegan dining scene, but the restaurant is also fully invested in the mindful drinking movement. The restaurant’s bar program consists of half craft cocktails and sustainable wines and half zero-proof or nonalcoholic cocktails. Tiblier and Worrell intentionally do not display any liquor behind the bar. “We’ve been amazed at how well the zero-proof cocktails are selling,” Tiblier says, “They’ve been very well received.” Worrell notes that normally diners have very limited choices in nonalcoholic beverages, but similar to their food, The Green House’s libations go way beyond sparkling water and sweet tea. “Someone who wants a nonalcoholic beverage has so many more options and plenty of room to play,” Worrell says. “These cocktails not only have amazing flavor but incredible health benefits.” Both the zero-proof and traditional cocktails incorporate numerous locally made restorative spirits and herbal tinctures and elixirs from Conjure and Home Body Field Goods. Worrell describes the restaurant as a true manifestation of the lifestyle by which she and Tiblier abide. “I realized early on as a business owner that you really have to intentionally choose the path that aligns with your own being,” Tiblier says. “And The Green House is the embodiment of every choice Anastasia and I have made together.” W NOVEMBER 2021
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veryone remembers that one day each year when you walk into Harris Teeter, twirling your beach bag and wham! The holiday displays hit you like a frozen turkey to the face. A similar shock happens with your wardrobe; how quickly summer’s bare shoulders turn into winter’s multi-layers. And while we all secretly mourn the loss of the warm weather, the promise of some holiday sparkle on the horizon provides a little seasonal boost. The good news is what you already have in your closet is most likely still a la mode. Few will dispute the elegance of a classic sheath dress. Sequins are always celebrated, as is the timeless LBD. If you’re looking to add something new to your festive mix, skip the usual reds and greens and opt instead for a pop of color like tangerine or turquoise. Satin or metallic fabrics are bound to make any party-giver (or goer) shine. For a less flashy statement, go for a high-necked dress or pieces with quilted or patchwork accents. But remember, holidays are always a good excuse to get out of your fashion comfort zone, so dare to flair! W
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The annual WILMA Dash 5K took place on September 21. It started and finished at the Wilmington Convention Center, with runners weaving through downtown and along the Riverwalk. After crossing the finish line, the women and their supporters celebrated at the convention center for the Health Fest, benefitting Going Beyond the Pink nonprofit. The top overall finishers were ANN MARIE PIERCE, (with a time of 20 minutes, 22 seconds – a 6:34 pace); CAROLYN BRICE (20 minutes, 32 seconds); and BRITTANY PERKINS (20 minutes, 57 seconds). BRENDA ESTLACK won the Masters division, with a time of 22 minutes, 41 seconds. And fourteen-yearold KYLIE BRELAND took top place in the fifteen years old and under category. Congrats to all of this year’s finishers! photos by TERAH WILSON & ARIS HARDING
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icnics are receiving an upgrade. They are going beyond the basic picnic baskets, redand-white checkerboard tablecloths, paper plates, and napkins. Instead elegant china, charming cloth napkins, and luxurious blankets are spread with tailored menus and charcuterie boards filled with gourmet meats and cheeses. You can settle yourself on a comfy blanket surrounded by fluffy tasseled pillows. A personally decorated table is adorned with fresh-cut flowers and romantic candlelight. Trendy picnicking is now available to celebrate a special occasion or just take a relaxing break with friends or family in style. The best WILMAmag.com
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part: It can be catered to what you want. MICHELLE BETHEA (left), of Elegant Outings, jumped on the trend. While browsing online, she saw a video with a decorated small table outside that “caught her eye.” She could not get the image out of her mind and set out to not only recreate the setting but turn it into a business. For BRITANY RAWLINS, of Seaside Charcuterie, branching out with picnics was a natural choice. She started her company with friends offering customized charcuterie boards, but with a love of the beach and entertaining, combining the three seemed like the perfect business idea. The type of food can make or break a picnic, and both Bethea and Rawlins realize this. Once a specialized menu has been decided, Bethea collaborates with local companies to provide deliciously NOVEMBER 2021
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easy entrees, special appetizers, or vegan and healthy options. “I specifically ask for dishes that do not need to be warmed for the sake of outdoor eating,” Bethea says. “I make sure they don’t include a kitchen or microwave.” Rawlins makes sure her clients are getting exactly what they want in the way of meat, cheeses, or fruits. “We create a standard charcuterie board and allow our clients to customize exactly what they WILMAmag.com
would like included,” she says. Next up is the setting, which can be just as important as the food. Luckily, Wilmington offers an ideal backdrop, and both Bethea and Rawlins take advantage of this. There is, of course, the beach but also plenty of parks and gardens. Popular spots range from Wrightsville Beach, Greenfield Lake, and Battleship Park to your own backyard. Rawlins will even take it a step further. “We will travel along the coast of
North Carolina, design new picnic setups, and supply custom charcuterie boards,” she says. Also taking advantage of Wilmington’s coastal scenery is Picnic Raleigh, which also offers events in Wilmington. Co-owner ERIKA CALLEJAS points out the challenges of picnicking on the beach. “As beautiful as they are, they take quite a bit of work to set up,” she says. “From finding parking on busy summer days to hauling our picnic equipment through the sand, it can be tough, but the results are most definitely worth it.” Of course, the one question on everyone’s mind is the weather. There are always backup plans in place. “As it gets cold or if it rains, I am able to use The Self-Love Museum on Eastwood Road,” Bethea says about the DIY photo studio and interactive museum. “I also give customers an opportunity to have a backup place if they prefer.” Rawlins is prepared as well. “In the event of inclement weather, we offer indoor picnics.”
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So what’s behind the trend of glam picnics? Bethea has a quick answer. “The pandemic, definitely,” she says. “It’s a way to get outside and be safe. It’s something different, and people love trying new things that work.” And it seems to be working. Picnic Raleigh has been up and running since early spring of 2020 and has grown ever since. “After debating on whether it was too soon to open a new location, we took a leap of faith and opened up Picnic Wilmington in January of this year. We’ve gotten great feedback up to date,” Callejas says. Since Rawlins started offering picnics, she has scheduled one a week. “I have done at least thirty so far,” she says. A lot of time and effort are put into place crafting each event to make it memorable and unique. “I consider each picnic as if it were for me and how I’d want to feel if I were experiencing it,” Bethea says. As much as it is satisfying planning and coordinating each event, what is even more meaningful is the end result. “This business,” Rawlins says, “has allowed me the opportunity to witness firsthand surprise dates, engagements, birthday parties, and more.” W
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As temps drop, change up your palate with these recommendations from some new wine and bottle shops. Fall is officially here, and there is nothing better than a seasonal beverage to capture the essence of this time of year. As Wilmington’s local craft beer and wine scene continues to grow, local woman-owned businesses offer their top recommendations for autumnal drinks that will be sure to capture the flavors of fall in a glass – or bottle or can. While many associate fall with Oktoberfests and pumpkin-based beverages, these tastemakers offer some out-of-the-box alternatives that are equally as fitting.
126 Sebrell Avenue Hours: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays Owners: Wendy Worden and Julie Curry Info: wendyshouse.com photo by
Sisters WENDY WORDEN and JULIE CURRY curated Wendy’s House as a unique, self-serve wine and food experience. Customers can enjoy a cozy, welcoming destination sipping wine and indulging in cheese, fine chocolates, and charcuterie throughout multiple seating areas and a spacious enclosed patio. “Our concept is different, and we’re in the middle of trying to brand ourselves,” Worden says. “It’s kind of a lobby and a lounge but also a house.” With a vast selection of wines from around the world, customers can enjoy anything from a sample to a full bottle of wine and create their own charcuterie boards of delectable treats. Wendy’s House also carries beer from Mad Mole Brewing, where Worden’s husband, Chris, is a partner. The sisters are in the planning stages of future projects. The hope is to expand the business and create the Venue at Wendy’s House to include neighboring property and also to offer educational wine classes, in an approachable format. “We don’t want the snob appeal,” Worden says. “We are a down-to-earth, whimsical place to go and enjoy a girls night out or date night.”
Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken
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No Girls (Walla Walla Valley,
(Napa Valley, Zinfandel, 2018)
(Saint Helena, Rosé, 2020)
“This red wine is highly rated by various wine critics as a balanced drinkable Zinfandel with abundant layers of fruit and Earthy tones, along with chocolate, licorice, dried herbs, and spices. Great with soft cheeses and charcuterie for a fall afternoon snack or serve during dinner with a bone-in pork chop and roasted veggies.”
“This delightful dry, crisp rosé expresses fruit and floral notes of spiced pear and orange blossom. Its lower alcohol creates a delicate and refreshing mouth feel, making it a perfect companion with a bowl of butternut squash soup with a swirl of cream and sprinkled with crunchy croutons.”
“This critically-acclaimed selection is crafted by a female – Elizabeth Courcier – and is a big, beautiful wine bursting with red fruit – berries, cherries, and spiced plum – along with mineral and floral notes. Pair with a cassoulet or lightly spiced Mexican dish on a cool fall evening.”
The Hop Yard
108 Grace Street Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays Co-owner: Susan Barnes Info: thehopyardnc.com/Wilmington photos by
High Country Honey, American Amber/Red, Booneshine Brewing Company (Boone, N.C.)
“Coming from the North East of England, I really enjoy darker beers and have a special love for brown and amber/red ales. One of my favorite amber ales out at the moment is High Country Honey. They have it listed as a summer beer, but I also think it’s great for early fall and it is an easy drink by itself at 5.8% ABV.”
Julian Hard Cider: Apple Pie, Julian Hard Cider (Julian, California)
“I also really enjoy sours, and there are some great sours out for fall at the moment. A couple of my favorites are Grandma Fingers: Apple Pie by Arkane Aleworks and Heist Brewery Pick’n Series (Blueberry Pomegranate) Fruited Berliner Weise.”
The beer industry here is growing and with the number of breweries opening, it’s becoming part of the downtown culture. – Susan Barnes
“Many breweries these days are producing a great range of reduced-gluten beers. Hard cider also provides an often gluten-free alternative to the hoppy, malty flavors of beer.”
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As Raleigh-based bottle shop and bar, The Hop Yard, celebrates its seventh anniversary this year, its owners decided to open a Wilmington location earlier in 2021. “The beer industry here is growing and with the number of breweries opening, it’s becoming part of the downtown culture,” says Barnes, who owns a condo in Wilmington. “It seemed like a great place to open another location.” The Hop Yard features twenty-four taps – four reserved for wine – and selections rotate frequently based on availability, seasonality, and customer request. The wine taps are reserved for two reds, one white, and a rosé, but those change frequently as well. The Hop Yard sells more than 200 different bottles and cans of craft brews, as well as bottles of wine, cans of wine, ciders, alcoholic seltzers, and kombucha. While food is not served at this location, Barnes welcomes customers to bring in take-out from area restaurants. Customers who come in for a beverage can also peruse the local artwork exhibited for sale throughout The Hop Yard.
Join Communities In Schools at Bluewater Grille on November 12th for great music, craft beer and wine, a fabulous silent auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar will also be available! All proceeds will benefit CIS programs, which work to support at-risk students and families across the Cape Fear region. Tickets are $65/person or 2/$100 and available at: www.ciscapefear.org/bluewhitebash
Bottles Natural Wine Bar 615 South 15th Street Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays | noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays General Manager: Kristin Wood Info: bottleswilmington.com photos by
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inviting, nature-inspired vibe, Bottles can accommodate guests both inside and on its outdoor patio, lush with live plants. “These selections are all made with only the highest quality of organic fruit, farmed sustainably and with minimal intervention, additives, and sulfites,” Wood says. “We offer these recommendations by the glass and by the bottle in the wine bar where you can start by experiencing these styles, then allow us to point you in the right direction and select something comparable available in the bottle shop.” According to Wood, Bottles signature offering is the Pét-Nat varietal, which is naturally sparkling wine offered by the glass, bottle, and on the retail side, which opens November 1. “It’s basically a party in a bottle,” Wood says. Bottles also offers a variety of beer selections, with eight rotating North Carolina-based taps. Breweries are represented with new releases, seasonal items, and small-batch products. W For more fall picks, check out this story online at WILMAmag.com.
Domaine St. Cyr “La Galoche” (Gamay; Beaujolais, France)
“From this beloved region in France, the Beaujolais is a wellknown accompaniment to all fall and holiday fare. This beautiful light-medium-bodied red wine offers smooth tannins, intense aromatics of raspberries and plum; exhibits a lively expression of red fruit and clean minerality on the palate.” Vivanterre White Pét-Nat “PRS” (Loire Valley, France)
These selections are all made with only the highest quality of organic fruit, farmed sustainably and with minimal intervention, additives, and sulfites.
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“A very special and naturally sparkling wine made in limited production, referred to as a Pét-Nat. This lively yet elegant bottle of bubbles offers notes of orchard and stone fruit on the nose and palate with savory and herbaceous tones. Absolutely perfect to start a celebration or end the evening and pairs incredibly well with cheese! This Pet-Nat is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Sylvaner.” Denny Bini “Spuma” (Ancestral Method Lambrusco; EmiliaRomagna, Italy)
“This dry style of Lambrusco is made in the ancestral method of sparkling wine, meaning a single fermentation in the bottle. Its pink frothy bubbles lead you to aromas of strawberry, cherry, earth, and wildflowers with a fruit-driven finish. Fantastic on its own and with a wide variety of seasonal dishes.”
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Announcing “The Cruel Hack-Biter” by Dr. Seuss One of Dr. Seuss’s last taxidermy sculptures. His name suggests he is cruel and he bites...but his smile and charm suggest otherwise. Find art by Dr. Seuss at The Gallery of Fine Art in Mayfaire Town Center. Schedule an appointment online at GalleryofFineArtNC. com to visit the gallery at 970 Inspiration Dr., Wilmington, NC 28405 in Mayfaire Town Center.
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Find curated, organic beauty products that are ocean friendly and sustainable at Wilmington’s newest Eco-luxe boutique, Lala & Elm. A proudly mother and daughter owned boutique, come see what clean beauty is all about! Visit Lala & Elm at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 105, Wilmington, NC or visit their website at LalaandElm.com.
Find one of a kind tableware and décor for your Thanksgiving table at Port City Peddler.Their multi-vendor store is located at 6213 Market Street, and open 7 days a week. They have a large selection of vintage and upcycled furniture, art, collectables, decor and more. Visit their website at www. PortCityPeddler.com.
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Give personality to your home with antique home décor and accessories from Madie’s Finds. This curiosity shop is bound to have items for every savvy and fashionable shopper. True quality antiques, art and more can be found at Madie’s Finds, located at 2825 Castle Hayne Road, Unit 6 in Wilmington or visit their Facebook @MadiesFinds for more info.
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Find stunning clothing and accessories from local designers at Luxe Boutique. Located in downtown Wilmington at 219 S. Water Street, this modern boutique serves curated looks and one of a kind style. Come see what all the buzz is about and make sure to follow Luxe on Facebook and Instagram at @luxemoderngirl. Necklace: Moss Designs, One of a Kind; Earrings: Made by local artist, Lakeisha White, LWS Boutique.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN PRE-PLANNING ARRANGEMENTS
osing a spouse or family member is hard enough; having to make difficult choices in the wake of a crisis is only going to make the situation that much worse. Making important decisions beforehand may not be a fun thing to do, but it can certainly help reduce the stresses that survivors experience. Let’s face it: the best laid plans can fall by the wayside as we struggle to keep up with personal and professional obligations, and many of us are experts when it comes to procrastination. But if nothing else, dealing with the pandemic has reinforced the idea that planning ahead and being proactive is essential. Shopping in person, for example, can feel like it isn’t worth the risk, however shopping online takes planning; having groceries or a medication delivered does too. The thing is, things can change in the blink of an eye and
all of us have to come to terms with our own mortality someday. Considering the idea that death is hard on the survivors, it is easy to see why many believe that pre-planning is truly an act of love. Being proactive about preplanning funeral arrangements can help to: • Ensure your final wishes will be met • Reduce emotional burdens for family members • Ease financial concerns • Lock in current prices, • Simplify the entire process, alleviating stress for survivors It is also important to note that there are many legal decisions to make when preparing for a death and the disbursement of an estate. Making sure that you have a will in order and up to date before your passing occurs is an effective way to reduce the stresses your loved ones experience. A will simply outlines how
you would like your assets to be divided after you are gone. Being proactive about discussing the details and ensuring your wishes are up to date can help your children or spouse avoid the stress of making difficult choices, and it can also help to eliminate bad feelings between siblings about the dissolution of your estate. In these modern times, writing down account numbers and passwords is an essential component of pre-planning and reducing stress for survivors. Having a list of account numbers and passwords written down is vital to ensuring your loved ones will have access to the funds you have worked a lifetime to save and pass on to them. Providing survivors with a way to delete or update your social media accounts is also important. It can be very depressing to see a deceased loved one or friend’s social media account; having a list of
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passwords somewhere will give the people you have left behind the option of maintaining the account and/or download any pictures you may have posted. Planning ahead will ensure your final wishes are met and your loved ones will have to deal with as little uncertainty as possible. For more information, call 910-799-1686 or visit www. dignitymemorial.com. Michael Higgins is Sales Manager for Dignity Memorial®, which cares for more than 300,000 families each year through its network of more than 2,000 providers throughout North America. Learn more at www.DignityMemorial.com, or call Greenlawn Memorial Park, Oleander Memorial Gardens and Coble Funeral and Cremation Services at Greenlawn Memorial Park, (910) 799-1686.
WILMINGTON HOTWORX TAKES CENTER STAGE
ith so many new people relocating to Wilmington, it can sometimes feel as if our little corner of the world is already in the global spotlight. Our general manager Anthony Sciscento recently added to the attention that our city receives on the international stage, by winning a companywide competition to see who would become the next Virtual Personal Trainer (VPT). A self-described fitness junkie who has a degree in Exercise Physiology, Sciscento was also invited to compete in was one of 40 that made it past the initial round. This group was then narrowed down to 15 competitors. The group of 15, including Sciscento, was then invited to the annual franchise convention in San Antonio to participate in the final round of the 2021 Virtual Instructor Competition. The field was narrowed down to seven of the original 15. Of the 15, two Virtual Personal Trainers were selected to instruct both in the FX Zone (weighted area) and at home,
as well as to be a part of the other five instructors selected to be Virtual Instructors leading sessions on screen. The VPTs have the ability to do both. The final round began with a combine that included oneon-one interviews and short, choreographed isometric style workouts. Each competitor was evaluated on mental readiness, technical form, and workout queuing by judges Stephen Smith, CEO and Hotworx creator; Kasie Banks, executive marketing director; Laura Valenti, marketing directorfranchise performance; Carla Pesono, assistant marketing director; and Victoria Price, marketing consultant and franchisee. The following day, convention attendees were invited to participate in an outdoor workout where the top 15 competitors led a portion of the workout to showcase their instructing skills. During the competition, Sciscento was asked a number of interview questions while also being required to stay in the plank position for five minutes. “This was definitely
one of the most challenging portions of the entire competition,” laughed Sciscento. He added that all of the competitors were incredibly qualified, with a wide range of experience and skills. “It was a huge honor for me to be selected as one of only two Virtual Personal Trainers worldwide, as the people I competed against were very talented. The fact that I am a manager was an advantage for me, as it has helped me to understand what motivates and drives our membership,” explained Sciscento. After the competition was over, convention attendees voted on their favorites. “It really helps if you believe in what you’re doing, and you have a love for the workout here at HOTWORX. Training here provides a sustainable way to exercise, lose weight and increase muscle toning while minimizing exposure to pain,” added Sciscento. A former competitive swimmer, Sciscento gained exposure to the physiological benefits of training in a hot
environment after a shoulder injury forced him out of the water. He quickly realized that training in an infrared sauna can boost the effectiveness of any workout. Also, the time spent with recovery can be reduced because infrared heating warms from the inside out, and the warm environment allows for a deeper, more productive stretching of the muscles. The effect is compounded by the fact that training with infrared heating delivers more endorphins compared to traditional methods. This is basically just a result of the infrared workout being a more efficient, intense option than other training programs. Now that Sciscento is a winner of such a prestigious competition, it is not hyperbole to state the Wilmington studio provides workout enthusiasts with a chance to train with the best. If that were not enough, we have also purchased a number of brand-new rowing machines. To find out more about HOTWORX or schedule your first session, visit www.hotworx.net or call 910832-9679.
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SIMPLE WAYS TO ADD STORAGE SPACE TO A HOME
hether your house is large or small, chances are you’ve wished for more storage space. Luckily, creating more storage space is a fairly easy fix; one that can be accomplished without the need to add an outbuilding or build an addition. A platform-style storage bed can be a great way to add storage. These are not only attractive but some can even have up to 23 cubic feet of storage, which can go a long way in a bedroom. For those who care about their home’s aesthetic value, adding a wood storage chest could be a good idea. These can eliminate clutter and the need for plastic storage bins; they can also be fairly easy to build or inexpensive to purchase. Integrating a mudroom
storage bench into your home’s entry is a convenient way to hide shoes, umbrellas and backpacks. Whether purchasing or choosing to have someone build it, a mudroom bench can create a more welcoming entry for your home and encourage visitors to take their shoes off. An ottoman can add to the appeal of any family room, especially when it has storage space. These can be a great place to store blankets, remotes, books, DVDs and games when not in use. A garden storage bench can be a great choice for a patio or screened in porch. Aside from providing a comfortable place to stop and remove dirty shoes, a garden storage bench can be a handy place to store dirty tools, just make sure to find one with a metal screen for the bottom, as these are perfect for
storing wet items. Installing a knee-wall dresser into the wall of a bonus room may be one of the coolest ideas yet. By recessing a chest of drawers into an unused space, a lot of storage can be added without a scrap of wasted floor space. Knee walls can also be perfect for installing a built-in entertainment center. One easy storage solution is to simply add adjustable wallmounted shelves. These can be found at any major home improvement center and are relatively easy to install. Having a bookcase built-in to surround a picture window, and including a window seat storage bench, is another great way to add storage without sacrificing aesthetic value. These can be created with a fairly low investment of cost and effort. There are many other great
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ways to increase the amount of storage space inside your home, from dog food serving stations, built-in bookcases and garage cabinets, to built-in alcoves, storage cabinets, tool sheds, work benches and bar cabinets. For a practical insight on how to add storage space to your home, or a complimentary consultation about how to maximize your space, call or email us today. President and General Manager Cee Edwards and his team of talented designers invites you to visit Markraft’s Design Studio, 2705 Castle Creek Lane, just off Castle Hayne Road. Markraft’s professional kitchen and bath designers consult by appointment.
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lanning for retirement involves a lot of considerations – replacing your working income, navigating a sustainable withdrawal rate, planning for healthcare costs and long-term care, estate and legacy planning, as well as tax and gifting strategies (RMDleveling, withdrawal sequencing, Roth conversions, and qualified charitable distributions) can quickly become complex. That’s why when it comes to generating an income from your retirement portfolio, simplicity is your friend. At Pathfinder, the first step we generally recommend is to keep about one year’s worth of spending, that isn’t supplied by income streams like Social Security and pension, in an ultraconservative investment. This can be advantageous to offset short-term market volatility. This provides a buffer that helps prevent needing to sell during unexpected market volatility if you need quick cash.
Next, we typically recommend using tax-deferred money to fund your regular monthly expenses so you can plan your federal and state tax withholdings correctly. Discretionary and supplemental cash needs can be funded with your non-retirement accounts. You still need to be careful when deciding what and when to sell, as the cost basis and holding period for each position will impact your taxes. Your nondiscretionary and discretionary lifestyle expenses will often be funded with a combination of tax-deferred and taxable money, balanced based on careful tax planning. Once your cash position is in place, and you’ve got a taxadvantageous funding strategy for income, you’ll need to create a plan to periodically refill your cash reserves to maintain adequate funding. This is where careful management of your investment portfolio becomes critical to determine a sequence
of withdrawals across your varying account types. Often, the largest portion of a retirement portfolio comes from tax-deferred retirement accounts, and because 100% of that money is taxable upon withdrawal, you’ll need to monitor your tax situation closely. Unexpected withdrawals from IRAs and 401(k)s can dismantle a great tax strategy, which is why we typically recommend using those accounts for planned expenses. Taxable funds are usually best used next, if the tax planning merits it. Finally, taking tax-free withdrawals from Roth IRAs and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for healthcare costs, is usually most advantageous to access last, particularly for unexpected expenses. However, in higher income years, it may be warranted to withdraw from these accounts first and change your regular distribution strategy. These guidelines are good rules of thumb, but each year of
retirement should be managed with the following in mind: 1. What do we want to spend to make the most of this year in retirement? 2. How much do we need and how will it affect the future? 3. How can we maximize our dollars from an investment and tax perspective? The complexity of retirement can make these decisions as clear as mud, so it’s important to keep it as simple as you can. The biggest financial impacts on your retirement funds will likely be taxes, your withdrawal rate, family, and health. The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professionals at Pathfinder Wealth Consulting have been making muddy financial decisions clearer for over 25 years here locally. If you’re interested in how we can help you navigate the path to and through retirement, give us a call at 910-793-0616 or visit our website at www. pwcpath.com. We are here to guide you forward.
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hether it be because of the “Great Resignation” or “Pandemic Flux Syndrome”, so many people are experiencing a level of confusion and instability that is intolerable. People leaving their jobs are asking themselves, “What do I really want to do with my life?” People feeling anywhere on the spectrum from anxious to uncharacteristically lazy are asking themselves, “Where do I go from here?” Business leaders struggling to find people to fill jobs are searching for what will motivate people to embrace their mission and vision. These big questions deserve reflective answers. Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and author said recently in a Wall Street Journal article that, “The Great Resignation isn’t a mad dash away from the office. It’s the culmination of a long march
WHAT IS NEXT? toward freedom. Flexibility is more than choosing the place you work. It’s having the freedom to decide your purpose and your priorities.” One of my most treasured mentors taught me that “Freedom and accountability are two sides of the same coin. Many people began their careers with the promise working for a company that would secure their futures. Now, people are questioning spending their lives working for an organization that does not give them a sense of purpose. People are not abdicating accountability. In fact, many people are taking accountability for their futures for first time and are willing to take the risk of entrepreneurship to live their purpose. I was working with a client last week who stepped into the paddock with my horse, Galen, and put her hands on his neck and back. She closed her eyes
and exhaled for the first time in months. Galen leaned his head around her and they just enjoyed a moment of peace and quiet together. Having that moment of stillness allowed her to silence the noise in her head that was preventing her from finding clarity of purpose. Recently, a client stepped out of her car and just stood there for a second. She looked up at the sky and listened to the simple sounds of birds singing and wind rustling through the trees. She walked up on to my front porch, sat down in a rocking chair, and said, “Wow, it is so peaceful here.” We then proceeded to have a very meaningful conversation about how to bring that calm into how she leads her organization. To anyone reading this article, this is what TeachingHorse at Double Run Farm in Leland, NC is here to do. We will work with you to lead yourself
through the uncertainties of our time. We are currently scheduling individual and group coaching sessions customized to your desired outcomes. To hear more, email me at junegunter@ teachinghorse.com. June Gunter is the Co-Founder and CEO of TeachingHorse. With 32 years of experience in leadership development, June brings depth of understanding and clarity of purpose to preparing leaders for innovation and transformation. June holds a Doctor of Education degree in the field of Adult Learning from North Carolina State University. She is a Certified Equine Guided Educator (CEGE), Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP-ED) and the author of TeachingHorse, Rediscovering Leadership.
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UNCW PRESENTS WITH A NEW SEASON by JUSTIN WILLIAMS POPE
hen UNCW Presents returns to the stage in November, the Wilmington entertainment and education venue will look much different than in years past. The theater will launch its programming in a world of COVID. Shuttered since the spring of 2020 when the pandemic inched its way around the globe, the long-awaited return to the stage is about to begin its thirtieth season. “We wanted to return safely for everyone involved, so we have been extremely precautionary, says FIDIAS REYES, director of arts engagement for the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Reyes says the university’s Office of the Arts has delayed opening as officials searched for the best way to protect students as well as the community. “When everyone else opened months ago, we continued to gauge and plan the best way possible to be able to bring every-
one back,” she says. She says that anyone in attendance at Kenan Auditorium will be required to wear a mask and hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout the building. And several events still will be held virtually. Excited about the selection of upcoming events, Reyes promises that patrons will be entertained and enlightened. She says the showcase of the upcoming season is an impressive one. First up will be SANDRA CISNEROS on November 4. Author of The House on Mango Street, Cisneros’ virtual visit will coincide with UNCW’s Writers’ Week. Not afraid to steer towards sensitive issues, Reyes hopes that she can continue a tradition of offering great entertainment but also outlets to educate. “The arts community is one of the few mediums that can be used as a tool to bring people into a vulnerable state. It’s then that they begin to really think about uncomfortable topics,” she says. Other upcoming events for the season include a December event with John Brown Big Band featuring Nnenna Freelon (shown left), bringing the holidays to life through jazz. The season includes visiting performers such as Durham-based Gaspard&Dancers, music duo New Morse Code, East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras, and others. Mixed in will be the local talents of Wilmington Symphonic Winds and Wilmington Dance Festival. Another big launch this fall is an initiative called Our Town. Through a collaboration with the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force, UNCW Presents will engage with area youth, communicating via hip-hop to share feelings about the killing of George Floyd. It will continue through April 2022, when a community event will take place. “It’s a starting point for the arts to engage with the community at large and hope to have a positive impact for our youth,” Reyes says. Led by UNCW’s Office of the Arts, UNCW Presents aims to provide inspirational cultural programming for the campus community and the larger region. W For more on the complete season ahead, visit UNCW Presents online at uncw.edu/ arts/presents.
by TERESA MCLAMB photo by MICHAEL CLINE SPENCER
LYNDA STANLEY came to Brunswick County in 1986 as manager of the laboratory at Dosher Memorial Hospital. Since that time, she has served not only the hospital but the county in many ways including more than twenty years as a trustee for Brunswick Community College. Selected to head the hospital’s foundation when it was formed in 2014, Stanley has spent the past several months as its president while simultaneously serving as president of the twenty-five-bed critical care facility. In January, she takes the reigns as Dosher’s president and CEO. IT APPEARS THE HOSPITAL HAS INVESTED HEAVILY IN TECHNOLOGY IN RECENT YEARS. IS THIS CORRECT AND WHAT IS THE FOCUS? “Whenever we invest in technology, it needs to answer the question, ‘How will this help our patients?’ Our most recent and substantial investment has been the addition of robotic arm-assisted surgery for knee replacements. Because we have become a destination of choice for orthopedic surgeries, it was a good fit for what our patients are already asking for.” YOU’VE BEEN WITH THE HOSPITAL FOR MOST OF YOUR CAREER. WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN DOSHER? “I’ll never forget in the late 1980s watching one of our physicians smoke a cigarette inside the hospital. Keep in mind, that during that time, this was an acceptable practice. However, this image reminds me what a long way we have come in regard to prevention, both with staff and patient policy as well as how we approach health care. I’ve seen a much greater focus on wellness in primary care. How can we keep you healthy instead of simply treating patients who are sick.” WHAT IN LIFE HAS PREPARED YOU FOR THIS LEADERSHIP ROLE? “The most important preparation for this leadership role and for the moral and ethical code I’ve tried to adhere to throughout my lifetime can be credited to the tenet by which I was raised, which is, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I was extremely fortunate that after I had completed my education, I found an organization that mirrored my own personal values, and I knew that once I began working at Dosher, that I had found my home.” BEYOND COVID, WHAT IS THE HOSPITAL’S GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE? “In addition to the strain on health care due to the COVID response in hospitals, one of the areas of collateral damage is growing mistrust in health care professionals. A lot of this, as we know has been brought about by misinformation about the COVID vaccine. Health care workers have chosen their careers based on a sincere desire to help keep people in their communities well and to help those that are sick. For us to do our job and do it well, we need to work on bridging that gap.” WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR LEGACY WILL BE? “First and foremost, my mission is to make a positive impact on our community, and I am fortunate enough to have an opportunity to do this through my leadership role at the hospital. Being committed and dedicated to the success of Dosher Hospital enables better health and well-being for the entire community, and that is something I am very proud of.” W LYNDA STANLEY’s full profile appeared in a recent WILMA Roundup email. To sign up for daily WILMA emails, go to WILMAmag.com.
RAGE by DYLAN PATTERSON illustration by MARK WEBER
Dylan Patterson is a writer and filmmaker who teaches English at Cape Fear Community College.
I really should’ve learned my lesson when I was fifteen. Paul and I were walking to work when a carload of girls passed yelling garden-variety obscenities. Our clever retort involved PG-13 hand gestures. Then we stepped into a store for a soda. When we emerged, the car was idling outside. A lanky dude with a mullet hopped out, voiced his displeasure at how “rude” we’d been to his “girlfriends,” and demanded an apology. But Paul and I weren’t prepared to grant this request, so the guy yanked a billy club from his back pocket. Two-on-one. Paul and I could take him for sure. We had, it turned out, grossly overestimated our pugilistic prowess. Mullet dude made short work of us. A quick whack to my head, a sharp crack to Paul’s shin, and mullet dude and his girls peeled out in a cloud of laughter. Other than bruised egos, we were fine, but the lesson was clear: Don’t mess with strangers. I followed this rule for decades, but recently my frustration with strangers seeps out in ways both potentially dangerous and embarrassingly juvenile. While waiting for a parking spot at an area beach, a car zipped past the line and snaked a vacated spot. I floored it and idled behind the big jerk’s car. I’d caught a glimpse of Big Jerk. Big Jerk was big. Real big. Big Jerk was a decade my junior. Finally, my surfing buddy asked if I really wanted to get shot over a parking space. I decided I didn’t, found another spot, and went to pay for parking. Guess who was at the kiosk. “You can go ahead,” Big Jerk said. “Oooooh. Now, I can go ahead?” I mocked. Big Jerk looked
confused. “You cut in line,” I scolded. Big Jerk’s face fell. “Oh, man, I’m sorry. It’s my first time here. I dropped my wife and kids then came back to park.” Big Jerk wasn’t a jerk after all. Just a dutiful husband. My anger evaporated. If anyone was Big Jerk, it was I. As my buddy and I surfed, I vowed to be more patient with strangers. But not five minutes after we pulled out of the lot, a seventyish man flashed me a dirty look. I crammed on the brakes. “What’s that?!” I called. “You know how fast you were going?” he asked. “You tell me,” I demanded, staring darts into the old man’s eyes. The guy’s poor wife looked nervous. She called to him. Finally, he sighed and walked away. “That’s what I thought,” I said, looking for a fist bump from my buddy. Instead, I got a look that asked, “Who the hell are you?” Good question. I’m a middle-aged man. A teacher. A guy my colleagues praise for being a calm presence. And here I was intimidating senior citizens. They say anger masks the more tender emotions: sadness, fear, grief. And these days, when there’s more than enough of all three to go around, I’m trying to learn a new lesson: Feel your tender feelings instead of unloading frustration, piece-by-piece, on strangers. Hey, I figure it’s gotta work out a lot better than a billy club to the head.
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