HIS MONTH, we have two features set an hour’s drive up the coast in the tiny town of Sneads Ferry. Historically
older than Wilmington, this town was for a long time a bastion of the shrimping industry for the region. And today,
despite governmental regulations that can be crippling and shoaling of the ocean access inlet, shrimping survives, and
even thrives. We spent a fascinating day in Sneads Ferry several months ago, talking to people, exploring, and gather-ing
information for this story. We dined on fresh shrimp with homemade sides and dessert during a memorable lunch
at Riverview Café, on the
banks of the New River. Just
the lunch alone is worth the
ride, if a meat-and-three kinda
place is occasionally on your
Our Home of Distinction
is also at Sneads Ferry. When
we heard the story of how this
charming Johnston County
farming couple got their
dream home on the water, we
knew we had to tell it to you.
Architect Tilghman Herring’s
romantic Lowcountry vernac-ular
design is distinctive, the
interiors are heavenly, and
the 360-degree view from the
widow’s walk on top includes
a local ICWW landmark for
a nearby flounder hole.
When visiting the New
Hanover County Arboretum
to scout this photo location,
I spotted the Bug Man him-self,
leaning into a stand of flowers, camera in hand. Photographer Gary Allen’s macro work speaks for itself. One does not need to like
insects to appreciate his genius with a camera. I’ve long been a fan of the dragonfly, and the images he has captured are a pure delight.
Read about the life of Reilly, the border collie who has rid Airlie Gardens of the pesky Canada goose population that was squatting
on the grounds to the detriment of the gardens and visitors.
Enjoy the art of Zak Duff, as you pour a tall glass of sweet tea, the perfect symbol of summer in the South.
August is the final month in the fabled “season” and therefore high time to get out and enjoy the splendor that surrounds us.
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair styled by Rob Asp, Bangz. Makeup by Susan Chavez, Bangz.
Here we are deep in the glorious
Pat Bradford gets an up-close look at bumblebees in a light rain at the Arboretum.