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CHANGING OUR WORLD TOGETHER ONE FASCINATING STORY AT A TIME.
Against the backdrop of a gor-geous
““chamber of commerce””
sky, a honeybee pollinates blue-berry
bushes at Lewis Nursery
and Farms in Rocky Point. Some
blossoms still remained on this
day in early April, but the bee’’s
work was mostly done. Several
days earlier at Ivanhoe Blueberry
Farm, the thousands of bees
around me created a steady,
unnerving hum as they feasted
on a late-season variety of
blueberry bushes full of blooms.
It’’s incredible how much these
insects accomplish in such a
short time frame to bring us the
sweet fruits of summer!
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ON THE COVER
19 Gift Guide 59 Gallery Walk
16 Urban Cultivation
The director for the N.C. Cooperative Extension
at the New Hanover County Arboretum tells city
dwellers how they can nurture and grow food in
an urban setting, creating a garden at his apartment
in Wilmington’s South Front District as an example.
By Lloyd Singleton
18 Being Available
School closings and stay-at-home orders imposed
to help stop the spread of the coronavirus forced
parents into challenging new roles, often while
attempting to work from home. But the most impor-tant
role is simply to be available to serve mental
and emotional needs during a high-stress time.
By Fritts Causby
20 Family-Friendly Cooking
Presenting three delicious and easy to make home-made
meals that should please the palate of even
the pickiest eater in the family — especially when
everyone has played a role in preparing the food.
By Kristin Reeser
22 Make the Best Of It
Here are 31 ideas — one for every day in May — to
break up the monotony and inject a bit of fun into a
stuck-at-home routine while staying at home with
the family. by Melissa Sutton-Seng
26 Amazing Aviatrixes
Flying an airplane is an exhilarating experience that’s
shared by few. Pilots are a tiny percentage of the popula-tion.
Female flyers are rarer still. Meet some local aviators
who are passionate about flying — and who just might
inspire more women to climb into the cockpit.
By Mary Margaret McEachern
34-45 All Things Blueberries and Bees
Our three-part ode to the canceled 2020 Blueberry Festival
34 Bee the Solution by Simon Gonzalez
The UNCW Beekeepers club.
36 Fertile Ground by Christine R. Gonzalez
Blueberry farmers in North Carolina uses 7,500 acres
for the succulent summer fruit.
40 No Bees, No Berries by Christine R. Gonzalez
Bees — and beekeepers — play an essential role in
48 Hidden Gem
A 70-year-old stately, two-story brick Colonial in one
of Wilmington’s oldest neighborhoods receives a taste-ful
modern makeover when an interior designer and
her husband purchased this gem of a property.
By Marimar McNaughton
64 Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating
Our annual celebration of Mexican food and dance is a
great time to appreciate the culture of our neighbor to
the south. But it’s more than that. May 5th is a time to
remember a dire period in the history of two countries
and appreciate what we have in common: resilience,
pride, and a refusal to give up. By Giovan J. Michael
13 Up Front
14 From the Staff • Letters
66 Tide Chart