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13 CHANGING OUR WORLD TOGETHER ONE FASCINATING STORY AT A TIME. 17 Chasing the Dream College baseball players in Wilmington for the summer to play with the Sharks are swinging at some big-league ambitions. Competing in the Coastal Plain League is an important step in the journey that they hope ends with the pros. By Simon Gonzalez 22 Pirates of the Carolinas Walking the plank? Huge, buried treasure chests? Slow-burning fuses in beards? Pirate lore is fun, but sometimes it’s hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the buccaneers who sailed off the Carolina coast. By Pam Creech 30 Lifeguard Challenge See photos of the final, grueling test that makes sure Wrightsville Beach’s seasonal lifeguards are ready to man their stands and keep beachgoers safe during the summer. By Emmy Errante 36 Wrightsville Beach Town Map Our updated map includes lots of useful informa-tion about Wrightsville Beach, including every beach access point and lifeguard stand along the strand, the location of public buildings and bathrooms, and important town ordinances that visitors need to know. By WBM Staff 38 An Endangered Culture This has been a good year for shrimp in Varnamtown, but these remain troubled times for the industry. There are fewer boats than ever, and the men who run them are getting older. By Simon Gonzalez ON THE COVER 30 During the annual Lifeguard Challenge in May, the final test of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue staff before the summer season, guards practiced water and land rescue scenarios. — Photo by Emmy Errante www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM FEATURES DEPARTMENTS 15 Up Front 16 Letters 17 Trending 30 In View 48 Art Treatise 94 Social Seens 98 Tide Chart ADVERTISING SECTIONS 21 Gift Guide 52 Gallery Walk 48 An Aging Life Durham-based artist Tony Alderman’s 20-painting series captures the beauty of life in the shrimping community of Varnamtown, while continuing a tradition of cultural preservation and activism through art. By Kathryn Manis 54 Ship of Gold The hunt for a treasure ship lost off the Carolina coast in 1857 began as a remarkable scientific triumph. It turned into a tale of legal battles, a flight from the law, and prison. By Simon Gonzalez 72 Seeking Serenity Calming running water, beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces, and up-close views of Motts Channel provide a tranquil welcome to a Seapath Estates getaway. By Danielle Boisse 88 The All-American Hot Dog It might have its roots in Europe, but the hot dog has become the quintessentially American food. It’s a summertime favorite, ready to be enjoyed whether grilled in the backyard or ordered at a hot dog stand with a variety of creative toppings. By Kamerin Roth 17 wbm JULY 2016 72 88 38 48 54 22


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