Wrightsville Beach Reunion
By Simon Gonzalez
The Wrightsville Beach lifeguard reunion is expanding this year.
The 2018 event, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 3, has been reborn as the "Friends of Wrightsville Beach Reunion," celebrating not just lifeguards but surfers, watermen, and "all businesses located on Wrightsville Beach, Harbor Island, andIntracoastal Waterway areas," organizers say.
The reunion is "for everyone who partook in the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond to share stories and honor the lifeguards, surfers, watermen and waterwomen that we knew and know."
The event takes place at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History's new building, the Ewing-Bordeaux Cottage, the 1924-era house that was moved onto the town's historic square in January 2018. The auxiliary facility is undergoing renovations to provide more exhibit space and to house the Waterman Hall of Fame.
At the 2017 reunion, the lifeguards dedicated a plaque on a refurbished lifeguard stand with the names of friends who had died over the years. For 2018, a surfboard with the names of deceased surfers who rode the waves at Wrightsville Beach will be dedicated at the new building.
Festivities include live music, and a silent auction to benefit the museum.
Painting the Town Pink
By Maddie Driggers
Wilmington is turning pink in October as local breast cancer awareness organizations put on various fundraisers for the cause.
It will begin with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation's Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon on Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wilmington Convention Center. More than 600 guests are expected, and all proceeds go toward the Pink Ribbon Project, which the Foundation says helps more than 1,200 uninsured women annually with mammography screenings as well as funding for any additional diagnostics that may be required.
The 5K Run for the Ta Tas takes place Oct. 6 starting at 7:30 a.m. at Mayfaire Towne Center. The money raised will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Project, Love is Bald, and Going Beyond the Pink.
The Pretty in Pink Foundation will host its annual Wine, Women & Shoes event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at University of North Carolina Wilmington's Burney Center. Vendors will sell food, wine, shoes and more to benefit the foundation. Tickets start at $100 and sponsorships start at $500.
And, during the entire month of October, the Harbor Island Garden Club will promote awareness for breast cancer and celebrate the brave women and men who have fought the disease through its annual Pink Ribbon tree and Plant It Pink Garden located at Harbor Way Gardens in Wrightsville Beach. The pink flowers in the garden are expected to reach their peak during October.