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The kitchen of Linda and Tom Haller is inviting and cheerful. Photo by Andrew Sherman

Kitchens That Cook: Pride of Place

 Is it obvious to say the pandemic exerted a range of unforeseen societal impacts? In hindsight, the fact that many turned to home improvement projects as a way to cope or simply fill the hours does not seem all that irrational or unexpected. For many homeowners, the result of having so much downtime was that…

Photo by Allison Potter

Blue Bin Basics

Approximately 70% of the material dumped in landfills could be recycled or composted. We throw away a lot of things that could have another useful life, but aside from that lost potential, why is recycling so important, not only to environmentalists but also to local governments?   Recycling conserves resources and prevents pollution. It also…

Miller Diggs offers curbside pickup of recyclables through his new business, Caliber Recycling. Photo by Allison Potter

Blue Waves & Blue Bins

Wrightsville Beach native Miller Diggs grew up enjoying the waves and sand of the island. While the water and beach have remained beautiful, Diggs noticed the amount of plastic and trash increasing in his hometown, and he wanted to do something about it. New Hanover County operates a recycling collection center at the Wrightsville Beach…


Thank You For Smoking

With so much time at home, the pandemic has turned many dubious, novice home cooks into battle-hardened chefs and some even into experts in particular cooking disciplines. From baking bread to sous vide prime rib, one positive outcome of the lockdowns is the resurgence of home cookery.  That extends from the kitchen to the garden.…

Design NC will explore the facets of modernism and maximalism with guest speakers including designer Celerie Kemble. Photo by Karyn  Millet/Courtesy of  Kemble Interiors and Rizzoli New York.

Learn from the Stars of Design

Thom Filicia, a reality TV personality and interior design icon whose clients include celebrities Jennifer Lopez and Tina Fey as well as W Hotels and Delta Air Lines, headlines a star-studded lineup for this year’s Design NC event benefiting the Cameron Art Museum. Modernism to Maximalism: Form and Function Re-imagined will be a two-day virtual…

Janice Castiglione focuses on watercolor painting following her retirement from Fisher-Price. Photo by Allison Potter


Our earliest painting memories often involve watercolor, with sets containing blue, red, yellow, every color of the rainbow, plus a few sheets of paper and various brushes. It was a creative entrance for any young mind. Be it messily mixing the colors with water, or the delight of letting paint stream down and burst on…

The Azalea Belles® gather on the Kenan House lawn for a group photo during the 2019 belle tea. WBM File Photo

In Memory of the Girls in Dresses

For over 20 years Wrightsville Beach Magazine has featured Azalea week events and photos of girls in period dresses in its April issue. This feature and others were created for publication last April but was held when the 2020 Azalea Festival was canceled with the intention to publish it in 2021. No one could have…

Jennifer Devers, left, and Bridget Phillips pause for a team photo at the top of Moore’s Wall in Hanging Rock State Park during the 2017 SwimRun NC, the pair’s first SwimRun event. Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Devers

It Takes Two

When we hear the phrase “island hopping,” we tend to think there must be some sort of boat involved. Perhaps a cruise ship or locally, we might imagine cruising from island to island in a simple watercraft like a jon boat or a Carolina Skiff. But in this case, there is no boat. There are…

Wilmington business owners Linwood Gainey and Frank Potter of Bangz Hair Salon are keeping the spirit of the Azalea Festival alive for a second year with creativity and innovation. 
Margie Michel, who specializes in custom wreaths and special event decorating, created these spring-theme mannequins, currently on display in the salon. Photo by Allison Potter

Up Front

There’s been much discussion this past year about dresses.  Seven years ago, a trip to Hillsborough for a grouping of magazine features (search our archives for “Under the Hillsborough Sun,” May 2014) started me reading about the dressmaker of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of one of my three favorite presidents. Just west…

Robin in Winter by Jim Woodson.

Contest winners: Finding the Light

Presenting the winners of the third annual Wrightsville Beach Magazine photography contest — including some amazing images taken after the sun went down. We asked for the best shots from area photographers and boy did you deliver! Our third annual photo contest drew nearly twice as many entries as last year’s, making it even more…