It is starting to feel like December on the coast.
TO KICK US OFF, the fabulous
Christmas Tea decorations created
by Cape Fear Garden Club mem-bers
at the new home of Allan and
Enjoy the poignant conclusion to
our World War I story of Wilmington’s
1st Lt. Edward Hardin and the other
boys who went off to The Great War,
told through his letters back home. I
cannot adequately express our attachment
to Edward. It has been a labor of love as
we worked on his story so we could share
it with readers. He will forever be in our
We are thrilled to bring you a couples’
option for this holiday season, Wrightsville
style — a boat excursion to a gourmet
dinner on an uninhabited spoil island.
Executive Chef Jeffery Porter, who is now
part owner at 22 North, created this menu
just for our readers, complete with delicious
recipes. Ian and Kristi Balding of Epic
Excursions styled the location with Peter
Viele for our dinner for two.
As you can judge by my face, again this
month I was the thrilled beneficiary of a
story. Allison Potter and I rode up to Maple
Hill, North Carolina, to see alpacas and we
were not disappointed. Gary Peters has 80 in his herd; some are friendly with strangers, a few are not. A tip: ears forward
means all is good, ears back equals anxiety and is a precursor to spitting. After our time there I can assuredly say these curious
animals are definitely livestock, each with its own personality. Besides the obvious fleece they provide, we learned a research team
from Vanderbilt University has an alpaca farm in rural Mercer, Tennessee, and is working to use an alpaca antibody in the fight
against Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. We think that’s pretty cool.
As is what our friend Richard Johnson, co-founder of masonboro.org, is doing to help revitalize Burgaw.
We are quite excited to bring you our very own Advent Calendar with wonderful suggestions for doing good over the
25 days leading to Christmas.
My wish for you this Christmas is overflowing goodness and kindness.
“Everybody Look This Way,” on location at Carolina Pride Alpacas in Maple Hill,
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair styled by Rob Asp, Bangz. Makeup styled by Sarah Harris, Bangz.