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7 Presenting the very best of the Cape Fear region for 15 years. FEATURES ON THE COVER 20 A Birder’s Photographer Each day, Wilmington photographer Curtis Krueger’s bird list grows, reaching 350 species in just a few years. Pushing the envelope of his genre, he produces artful prints, capturing more than what birders see through their binoculars. Take a look through his lens at his cre-ative wbm FEBRUARY 2015 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM work. By Cole Dittmer 32 Gaining Ground 14th Annual Real Estate Roundup The second consecutive year of growth, 2014 was a suc-cessful time for real estate sales in New Hanover County. Tune in to our annual look back at the county’s top- selling properties, emerging trends and market leaders who create this $1 billion annual revenue stream. By Pat Bradford 58 A Love Like No Other Lenny Simpson, Wilmington native, was one of a handful of young up-and-coming tennis players to break the color barrier in the 1960s. Once he picked up a racquet at age 5, he never left the courts, playing with and learning from some of the most legendary figures of tennis. His is a story of perseverance, triumph and giving back. By Amy Kilgore Mangus 72 Happily Ever After The North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen’s Court features eight regional pageant winners, accompanied by eight Summerall Guards from The Citadel. Often these pairs part ways after the festival, but some fall in love, living happily ever after. Read the fairytale endings of two members of the queen’s court and their cadet escorts. By Katie Elzer-Peters 80 Rach On Domonique Launey, classical pianist and music teacher, describes herself as determined, which she unarguably proved when she recently conquered The Rach 3, well-known as the most technically challenging concerto in the classical piano repertoire. Meet the elegant musician and learn about her loves. By Brooks Preik 84 Exotic Eats For the culinary adventurists, or those who are longing for a taste of home, Wilmington’s inter-national grocery stores provide malanga, cow tongue, balut, pickled radish and so much more. Embark on a food tour from Mexico to Japan, and places in between, through the city’s authentic food markets. By Lindsay Kastner DEPARTMENTS 58 32 COVER CONTEST Where in the world was WBM photographer Joshua Curry when he shot our cover photo? Can you identify the subject and location? Email your answer to [email protected] In the subject line type: RERUP. The first person to submit the correct answer wins lunch with Wrightsville Beach Mayor Bill Blair. — Photo by Joshua Curry 8 Up Front 10 Letters 11 Trending 97 Social Seens 98 Tide Chart Advertising Sections 30 Gift Guide 53 Real Estate 72 80 84 20


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