I do something pink
to honor my sister,
Diana. She is a
breast cancer survi-vor
who turns 80 this month, which
makes the celebration extra special.
Most people don’t know this, but
the idea of the town’s now-iconic
pink ribbon oak tree began with the
drive to honor her. Last year my
hair was pink for a few weeks. This
month, join me and do something
special to remember all those who
have battled breast cancer.
This issue has Allison Potter’s
photographic essay on the bridges
of New Hanover County, includ-ing
our unavoidable Heide Trask
drawbridge. They don’t get that
much attention, unless they mal-function,
but are beautiful and
remarkable all the same.
We take a look at Wilmington’s
284-acre, all-important state port
where goods come in from all
over the world. It is an exciting
time for import and export in
the Port City. Moving back in
time on the same location we
have a companion story: that of
the North Carolina Shipbuilding
Company, which built Liberty ships and then Victory ships during World War II. It is staggering to realize that people of this city
launched one of the big cargo ships per week in the early 1940s.
Continuing a look back, we present the past — as well as the present and the hopeful future — of the 100-acre Oakdale Cemetery
and two ladies who call it their own. A group has formed a campaign to renew the 165-year-old burial site on Burnt Mill Creek that is
a mirror to Wilmington’s history.
Rocketing back to the present, find locally made and incredibly beautiful enameled jewelry, the art of Fritzi Huber, and a California-meets-
the-East-Coast family home in Landfall. You’ll find the homeowners on our cover.
We are looking forward to seeing hurricane season in the rearview mirror and crisp, cool fall coming on.
Be a blessing.
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair and makeup styled by Bangz’s Madeleine Hinton.
I am feeling PINK.
Pat Bradford on the Salisbury Street bridge over Banks Channel, Wrightsville.
PHOTO BY ALLISON POTTER