Up Front

2015-08

11 was delighted when we discovered the art of Angie Sinclair and am thrilled we are able to share it; take a cool dip with us into her amazing paintings of people on, in and under the water. Dive into the tale of Retired District Court Judge Gil Burnett’s sno-ball stand on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. In days gone by visitors flocked to stands selling shaved ice confections, called sno-balls. Burnett’s story is told through his grandson, WBM intern Henry, who had his own summer lemonade stand on Wrightsville Beach. To honor Purple Heart month we bring you profiles of five brave medal recipients that will hold your hearts long after you read their stories. Then, settle in for a backstage pass to the fascinating biannual furniture market in High Point and Wilmington with designers who bring the trends home. August’s is the final issue presided over by editorial director Marimar McNaughton, although her hand will be seen in editorial choices through the end of this year. Clever, witty and immensely talented, McNaughton brought to our pages her sense of style along with well-crafted www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM stories. McNaughton began contributing features to the magazine as an entry-level Lumina News reporter in 2006. Her knowl-edge of the finer details in homes enhanced our monthly homes of distinction. By August she was promoted to homes editor, and five years later she took the top editorial position, while at the same time rising through the ranks at Lumina News. As writer, editor and/or news director, she logged close to 500 weekly issues. She leaves us after years of writing beautiful stories and thoughtful content. Her legacy includes 119 feature bylines penned plus plenty of department bylines, countless freelance writers and dozens of well-turned-out creative writing and journalism interns mentored. She has been a joy to work with and will be greatly missed. Assuming the position of editorial director is storyteller Simon Gonzales who will add his own special gifts to our stories. He moved to Wilmington from Boone with his wife in late July after 14 years with Samaritan’s Purse. We welcome Simon into our pages, community and hearts. upfront Everything about this issue speaks to the month of August and its hot days and nights. Editor/Publisher On location, Brett and Amy Matthewses’ backyard walk-in pool. Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair and makeup styled by Sherri McCloskey, Bangz. Pat’s Thistle & Bee hammered sterling silver necklace, Thistle & Bee sterling silver hoop with double ring charm earrings, Thistle & Bee sterling silver lattice cuff bracelet, Thistle & Bee sterling silver Pebbles with black onyx ring and Thistle & Bee sterling silver “rolling” ring are from Perry’s Emporium, Wilmington. PHOTO BY ALLISON POTTER I


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