Up Front

2016-7

PHOTO BY ALLISON POTTER 15 upfront Early-summer temperatures and breezes have made time on the beach delightful. This issue includes some great summer reading, beginning with unraveling the legends and myths of Carolina pirates. Then we take a look at a ship of gold carrying treasure from the California gold fields that went down off our coast during a hurricane in September 1857. The loss of life was significant, and the tons of gold ingots and coins on the inky bottom at 7,200 feet were all but unobtainable until technology changed. This is a gripping story of the ship, its discovery, the recovery of treasure, its subsequent disappearance, and a prison term for the now-disgraced treasure hunter. Travel with us from Wilmington, past Winnabow, Bolivia and Supply and then turn east toward the ocean to discover Varnamtown. With a population of 541 in the 2010 census, it’s a quick, 40-minute drive, but a journey back in time nonetheless. Located on the banks of the Lockwood Folly, a short, tidal Brunswick County river and the inlet to the sea between Holden Beach and Oak Island, Varnamtown is the hometown of former NASCAR and current sports car driver Chad McCumbee, and golfing at the Lockwood Folly Country Club. It’s also one of the last bastions of the Carolina shrimping and fishing culture. North Carolina artist Tony Alderman fell in love with Varnamtown, and produced a series of paintings that have become a history of this dying way of life living off of the river and sea; come and see. In this issue you’ll also find a pictorial of the Wrightsville Beach lifeguard challenge, the last event before the town’s elite men and women take to the stands and beaches for the summer tourist season. We have updated our town map for the summer as well, adding the beach access numbers as well as the park ranger’s office, among other notables. We also take a look at the Wilmington Sharks, collegiate baseball players fine-tuning their skills as they dream of playing in the majors someday. And look no further than the ballpark frank as our summer food of choice. We dare you to read it and not go out for a hot dog! Happy summer, and don’t forget the sunscreen. Editor/Publisher Pat Bradford on Wrightsville Beach’s south end. Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Makeup styled by Sydney Wilson, Bangz. Pat is wearing 2.5ct white gold diamond stud earrings, U&I, 2ct two stone, white gold diamond ring, Thistle & Bee Sterling Quatrefoil link necklace and bracelet from Perry’s Jewelry Emporium, Wilmington. Pat is wearing a swimsuit from talbots.com, and swim fins and goggles from swimoutlet.com. Body board from Harris Teeter, spray tan courtesy of Bangz. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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