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9 TELLING STORIES THAT MATTER FROM THE CAPE FEAR REGION FOR 15 YEARS. 44 FEATURES ON THE COVER 16 Splash Floating is freedom in Angie Sinclair’s paintings of swimmers in pools. Movement is implied in the swirl of a brushstroke, life affirmed by a flourish of bubbles. Sinclair’s canvases are calming, peaceful, soothing. As temperatures continue to soar this month, take a dip. By Marimar McNaughton 22 Gilbert’s Sno-balls What could be more refreshing than a frosty sno-ball with berry syrup and a citric acid twist? Relish the dry wit and sharp humor of Retired District Court Judge Gil Burnett in his first person, right-of-passage memoir of days as a Carolina Beach Boardwalk carnival boy. As told to Henry Burnett 28 Brave Hearts Beat Together During National Purple Heart month we salute the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Cape Fear Chapter 636. From the banks of the Rhine River to Da Nang province, these decorated war heroes were in the thick of the action during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. One by one they share their moving accounts of bravery under enemy fire. By K.J. Williams 44 Back Stage Pass The High Point Furniture Market is the largest home furnishings trade show in the world — encompassing 180 buildings, 11.5 million square feet of show space and more than 2,000 exhibitors. Industry buyers may travel from exotic international locales to shop the Market, but principal designers in Wilmington’s leading firms also make the three-hour trek in fall and spring. Find out who they are and what’s trending now. By Kimberley Wray wbm AUGUST 2015 56 Inside High Point One Thomasville woman’s well-documented furniture market career spans decades. From furniture manufac-turing, to showroom sales — Evelyn Davis has done it all. By Meghan Barnes 62 Paradise Found Family means everything to Brett and Amy Matthews, who built a sprawling home at Shinn Point for them-selves and their teenagers. Because they believe the family that plays together stays together, this forever home boasts all of the amenities of a Tony Island resort. By Danielle Boisse 84 Hot August Eve With only a handful of photos to begin with, fanned by second-hand accounts and one newspaper clipping, we pieced together the story of a two-alarm fire that swept through a section of Wrightsville’s south end in August 1934. In less than 90 minutes, five structures were lost to the summer blaze. By Amy Kilgore Mangus 88 Fresh Catch The neighborhood Mom and Pop fish store harks back to the days when customers patronized the fish store for fillets, a farm stand for fresh fruit and veg-etables and the butcher for a shoulder of beef. Visit the region’s old-fashioned, family-owned shops for the fresh catch and a dose of nostalgia. By Stephanie Miller DEPARTMENTS 16 I asked artist Angie Sinclair to swim and spin for 354 frames in an attempt to evoke the move-ment and reflections found in her alluring oil paintings of swimmers (see page 16). With a school of children frolicking in the pool all around her, Angie managed to keep her cool on a hot summer day, July 9, at the Porters Neck Country Club. — Photo by Allison Potter 11 Up Front 12 Letters 13 Trending 44 In View 98 Tide Chart Advertising Sections 15 Gallery Walk 57 Gift Guide 82 Builder Profiles www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM 22 84 88 62 28


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