CHANGING OUR WORLD TOGETHER ONE FASCINATING STORY AT A TIME.
REFLECTIONS ON THE WATER
MERRY AND BRIGHT
A remodeled home
& The Tent
Planning the perfect
Lighting the Way
ON THE COVER
Director of Photography Allison
Potter shot this gorgeous cover
early one evening in November
off a dock on Motts Creek, Harbor
Island, Wrightsville Beach. Allison,
Kim Graham and I served as the
lantern wranglers. Mark Potter
gave wise advice on how to
make launching and corralling
the lanterns less challenging.
Laughing a lot, we were relieved
to recover them all. No lantern
was left behind. It turned out
beautifully. — Pat Bradford
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLISON POTTER
wbm DECEMBER 2021
13 UP FRONT
14 Return of the Nutcracker
By Fritts Causby
The Great Wilmington Nutcracker
is making a triumphant comeback
in 2021, with special effects
to honor the 20th anniversary,
an official passing of the torch
ceremony, professional dancers,
local youth, and a special-needs
group from Charlotte.
16 Looking for the
By Christine R. Gonzalez
To find the Christmas spirit, look
in some familiar and new places.
Focus on uplifting music, movies,
and acts of kindness. Encourage
children to be givers.
18 Virtual Learning on
the Rise By Kristin Reeser
The e-Academy — an entirely
virtual learning program
developed by New Hanover
County Schools — is available
to students at no cost, giving
local students choosing in-home
learning plenty of support.
62 SOCIAL SEENS
66 TIDE CHART
15 GIFT GUIDE
39 GALLERY WALK
20 God Stories & The Tent of Meeting
By Pat Bradford
A businessman and a Wilmington church join efforts
to host a tent revival. The tent and God Stories are
being captured by a Wilmington filmmaker.
26 Reflections on the Water By Fred Newber
According to legend, a series of lights lit the way
for Joseph and Mary in their search for lodging in
Bethlehem at the first Christmas. Today, luminarias
still illuminate the way to a joyful Christmas.
30 A Grand Tree Brought Christmas Joy
By Christine R. Gonzalez
Christmas merrymakers from around the world
once came to Wilmington’s Hilton Park to see what
was called the world’s largest living Community
34 The Stories We Tell By Emory Rakestraw
Artist Angela Rowe seeks to explore the magical
stories in everyday items, inviting people to
participate in her paintings in a personal way.
40 Lake of Memories By W. Jack Bostrom
Greenfield Lake was the perfect place for a young
boy to learn how to fish, with a Carolina Float, a
Carlisle hook, understanding police officers and
a cast of quirky characters.
44 Merry and Bright By Amanda Lisk
Just about everything is new in a remodeled home
in Landfall. But some things remain the same — the
stockings hung on the stone chimney with care,
and the family’s Christmas tree hung with keepsake
58 Festive Feast By Eliza Schuett
With prudent planning, holiday hosts can prepare
a delicious meal while still finding time to conduct
conversations and enjoy their Christmas company.