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9 TELLING STORIES THAT MATTER FROM THE CAPE FEAR REGION FOR 15 YEARS. 36 54 FEATURES ON THE COVER 24 The Summer of the Little Green Cards Every day Wrightsville Beach natives lace up their sneakers for a stroll or run around the island’s beloved Loop, embracing the sunshine, the scenery and the company. Several years ago, one resident noticed the decline of Southern hospitality. Read her story and share a few laughs over her heartfelt attempt at preserving good manners. By Marietta Gwathmey 30 The Flytrap: Gardening for Love Immortalized by the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, he was a plant biologist and horticul-turalist — but an artist, too, painting the earth with flowering plants. Today, the garden bearing his name is a haven for southeastern North Carolina’s trademark plant, the Venus flytrap, and a monument to Rehder’s educational and conservation efforts. By Andy Wood 36 Heavy Summer Reading: Mapping the pros and cons of energy produc-tion off and on the North Carolina coastline. North Carolina is in the crosshairs of energy develop-ment and exploration. Here’s what you need to know about the top four hot-button politically contested environmental issues — offshore drilling, seismic exploration, wind energy and coal ash disposal — explained by some of the region’s foremost environ-mental educators. By Matt Collogan, Zachary Keith, Dr. Larry Cahoon and Kemp Burdette 46 Lose Yourself Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world travel to North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain to walk the mile-high swinging bridge, or hike the mountain’s challenging backcountry trails. Take an insider’s look at Granddad’s evolution — from private to public. By Randy Johnson wbm JUNE 2015 54 Mountain Artist Comes to Sea Theresa Reuter’s portraits express life and movement. Her styles move, too, creating a portfolio of diverse, colorful work. Meet the women of Nan’s Garden, a portrait series of the artist’s mother figures, created out of love for their indelible bond and respect for the space they hold sacred. By Meghan Barnes 66 Dwell in the Swell Shimmering glass tiles, oceanic wall art and stream-lined accessories create the trademark style of the Barker family’s chic beach home. Splashes of teal and orange, paired with contrasting organic textures, create a welcoming, warm respite. Step inside their Banks Channel second home for a tour of its contem-porary design. By Danielle Boisse 84 The Art of Serving Fried Chicken The American South loves its fried chicken and all the fixin’s that go with it. Four regional chefs share their secrets to perfecting the bird. Learn their tech-niques for the crunchiest, juiciest Southern picnic basket fare. By Amy Kilgore Mangus DEPARTMENTS 16 This month’s cover was inspired by the iconic Wrightsville Beach lifestyle of yesteryear. The loca-tion, the McCuistons’ on Harbor Island, was styled with Cooperfish longboards — built with old school styling, glass-in-fins, Volan fiberglass cloth, and late 60s designs — and the classic Boss beach cruiser — the best mode of transportation on Wrightsville Beach in the summer months. — Photo by Joshua Curry 10 Up Front 12 Letters 14 Trending 62 In View 94 Social Seens 98 Tide Chart Advertising Sections 53 Gallery Walk 60 Gift Guide www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM 84 66 46 30


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