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9 TELLING STORIES THAT MATTER FROM THE CAPE FEAR REGION FOR 15 YEARS. 44 FEATURES ON THE COVER 24 New Bern Only 100 miles north of Wrightsville Beach, New Bern is an easy drive for springtime road-trippers in search of history and culture. Bookmark this guide to Wilmington’s sister riverfront city’s best landmarks, scenic sites, restaurants, shops and art galleries. By Amanda Dagnino 34 Creating an Outdoor Oasis Time to rake away the dried leaves and push the furniture onto the porch and patio to enjoy bright skies, budding blooms and pleasant breezes. Whether your style is handmade, repurposed, eclectic or tradi-tional, we help you live outdoors outside the box. By Jennifer Kastner Lackey 44 Smooth Moves While remembered most for his fancy footwork, legendary shag dancer Chicken Hicks’ influence reaches beyond the Carolina Beach ballroom. Read about his role as a cultural liaison, creating unifying ties through music and dance during a time of racial segregation in the South. By Pam Creech 52 Light Beckons With oils and pastels, Dan Beck’s palette captures the colors of Wilmington — the city he now calls home — in all of their hazy, atmospheric, prismatic light. See through the artist’s eye and admire his Impressionistic-inspired wbm APRIL 2015 34 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM work. By Meghan Barnes 58 Kitchens that Cook In our 12th annual home kitchen showcase, the five featured are hot off the assembly line, equipped for high-style entertaining and casual dining. Step inside the heart of each home — from Hampstead to Figure Eight Island, and Wrightsville Beach to Leland — and discover the homeowners’ personal cooking and decorating styles. By Danielle Boisse 82 Quintessentially Southern Southern cuisine’s Hoppin’ John, pandowdy and Sally Lunn cake all have one thing in common: They were prepared by African cooks who also brought their own traditions to the table. Explore the culinary conventions of the South’s pre-Civil War era alongside the Bellamy and Foy families’ favorite recipes. By Lindsay Kastner DEPARTMENTS 52 I’m always fascinated by the infinitely different ways artists interpret the same subject. My visit to Dan Beck’s studio March 12 did not disappoint, as a group of local artists gathered around a striking model. Some painted and drew in a tight, controlled manner while their host jabbed and swiped at the canvas with brush and palette knife. When Beck laid down the tools of his trade on his palette during a break, I took advantage of the hues he had created to make a colorful composition of my own. — Photo by Allison Potter 10 Up Front 12 Letters 13 Trending 40 In View 95 Social Seens 98 Tide Chart Advertising Sections 22 Gift Guide 81 Builder, Remodeler and Special Projects 58 82 13 24


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