The window is closing on being a tourist
in our own hometown, unless you enjoy crowds.
WITH Spring break, May is typically the start of
the tourist season, while most second-homers
and cottage owners are already sprucing up
the place in anticipation of Mother’s Day and
Memorial Day weekend guests.
Honoring all women for Mother’s Day, we feature two
diverse women, both athletes and extraordinary examples to
the rest of us. On our cover is Kim Lawrance. Among her
titles, she was named the Strongest Woman in the World 2016
and 2017. Kim is studying to become a nurse but still finds
time to work out.
Phyllis Mason woke up one day and didn’t like the way she
felt, or looked, and she and her husband did something about
it, involving her entire family in a lifelong love for triathlons.
The greatest catamaran distance race on the planet, the
Worrell 1000, returns to Wrightsville May 14. Last here in
2001, the extreme, two-person team sailing race on 20-foot
beach-type catamarans begins in Hollywood, Florida, and ends
in Virginia Beach, Virginia, two weeks later. Sailing around
treacherous Frying Pan Shoals is always trying for these elite
sailors. Once leaving here they have to get around Cape
Hatteras, where boats are known to blow out badly.
Also in this issue, Full Measure of Devotion, the story of
“Whit” Moore, who served heroically in Vietnam as a com-bat
medic. In upcoming editions, we will write about three
other men — also native sons of Wilmington, one from each
branch of the services in Vietnam who suffered casualties
(there were none from the Coast Guard.)
A story I have waited to do for years focuses on the
art that hangs in the Cannon Tunnel, connecting mem-bers
of Congress to the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington,
D.C. There you will find high school art competition win-ners
from each U.S. House of Representatives district in each
Pat Bradford working on her tan on the lavish oceanfront grounds
of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a stop on the Worrell 1000
ocean sailing race this month. Pat is reading Kris Vallotton’s
Fashioned to Reign, Empowering Women to Fulfill Their Divine
Destiny. During this photoshoot three precious wild bunny rabbits
came hopping out of the shrubbery to join us, we loved it!
state. It is fascinating to me how members of Congress on the
way to or from discourse or votes on issues of national and
world importance are grounded by high schoolers’ art from
their county, state and district, including our 7th.
You’ll also find an update on the county’s three most public gardens — Airlie, the Arboretum and Harbor Way Gardens on
Wrightsville. Each was badly beaten up last September, but the rebirth is nothing short of miraculous (plus a GREAT deal of
elbow grease by dedicated people.)
The Savor story is of fresh crab, tomatoes and corn, all tasty harbingers of the coming summer season. Art features former
New Elements Gallery owner Merrimon Kennedy, who has reinvented herself out in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair styled by Rob Asp, Bangz. Makeup by Sarah Harris, Bangz.