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Soup  Beautiful Soup

Soup Beautiful Soup

“His name was in the newspapers that daySpelled out in tall black headlinesAnd thousands of people were talking about him. When I saw him He sat bending his head over a platePutting soup in his mouthwith a spoon.” —Carl Sandburg “People Who Must” Why wouldn’t he? There is no other single food that has earned…

Remember When: The Simple Life

Remember When: The Simple Life

She has many a memory of growing up at Wrightsville Beach with nary a bad one among them so it is not hard to imagine how pleased Tammy Arlidge must have been when her husband Ken also fell in love with this shore. The couple bought a second home here on Live Oak Drive the…

The More Things Change

The More Things Change

Coastal North Carolina is under a good deal of development pressure and if you’re beginning to think that lending support to one of the various conservation groups hereabouts might not be a bad idea Camilla Herlevich wants a word with you. The word is Airlie. “People who enjoy spending time at Airlie Gardens can thank…

Promises  Promises  Promises

Promises Promises Promises

Another holiday season has drawn to a close the festive lights are coming down belts have been loosened and our crisp and unmarked 2007 calendars have been hung with care. The turning of the page drives most of us to think about goals for the brand-new year a year full of possibilities still unspoiled by…

Writesville Beach

Writesville Beach

North Carolina is full of the write stuff and that’s readily apparent in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Take Ten: Tried & True: 10 Christmas Traditions

Take Ten: Tried & True: 10 Christmas Traditions

“Because that’s how we’ve always done it” gets a positive spin in December; Christmas is our most tradition-bound holiday and that’s a good thing. We asked several high-profile beach people about their traditions which unsurprisingly center around food family and fun. 1. Celia Rivenbark writer most recently of the popular “Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like…

The Christmas Flounder: Let Them Eat Fish

The Christmas Flounder: Let Them Eat Fish

No one has yet been able to pinpoint when the Christmas flounder became a tradition along the southeastern coast but it seems as though it is unique to this part of the country according to those who have tried. No doubt the Great Depression was involved say those who work to keep the tradition alive.…

Ice Dreams

Ice Dreams

There’s something about figure skating that captures the hearts of little girls. Maybe it’s the grownup sequined costumes or the grace with which the best skaters glide across the ice floating and twisting like butterflies above the clean white surface before landing effortlessly with a smile. Whatever the reason it’s clear that among the Wilmington…

Full House  Stars & Diamonds

Full House Stars & Diamonds

December is a wonderful time to visit The Greenbrier one of the world’s finest resorts which spans 6 500 Alleghany Mountain acres in White Sulphur Springs West Virginia. Each day of the holiday season will be filled with music performances dancing puppet shows seminars and workshops games and other celebrations. Those who have visited before…

Oh  Come All Ye Faithful

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

The decision to put Mount Lebanon Chapel on our December cover was easy enough; it’s hard to think of an image that says “Christmas” with any more tradition and eloquence. But the Wrightsville Beach area is blessed with churches such as St. Andrews on the Sound above that continue to awe and inspire us with…