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Judy Royal


Federal Point, NC, United States

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Past articles by Judy:

Seven-floor house on the water had everything couple was looking for

Anyone who's boated by, paddled through or looked across to the east side of Myrtle Grove Sound, also known as the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin, has undoubtedly noticed the sprawling gray house at 1107 Canal Drive. → Read More

Week's food and drink events feature beer, wine and Dad

What's on the menu for the upcoming week? Plenty of fun food and beverages, and some of it's even free. → Read More

Two words for this week's food and drink events: Beer me

Beer lovers have two golden opportunities to immerse themselves in their beverage of choice this week. → Read More

Sip some wine or Raise the Barn during week's food events

Ready for a taste of summer? Shop, sample and feast on the goods of the season until your heart's content during these five upcoming events. → Read More

5 wines to pair with Mexican food for 'cinco de vino'

Many Americans will go out on Thursday to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, even though most of them don’t have a clue what the Mexican observance really means. (For the record, it commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.)Many margaritas and much cerveza will be consumed, so if you prefer wine, you may feel a little left out. But there’s no need to miss the… → Read More

Get your fill of foodie festivals this weekend

As the weather continues to warm, celebrations abound. Enjoy a pairing of beer and food truck grub, frolic at three festivals and/or treat yourself to a special seasonal dinner with cocktails. → Read More

For many people, planning a second wedding is more low-key than the first

When Allen and Mindy Oliver got engaged in December 2012, the possibilities for their big day were wide open. They hadn't discussed any specifics, including a venue. But they didn't need a lot of time to envision something simple yet special for what would be the second wedding for both.“We didn't want all the bells and whistles,” Allen said. “We just wanted people to be there with us. It was… → Read More

April is N.C. Beer Month: Wine and beer events on tap this week

As the azaleas begin to bloom and the buzz of your neighbor's lawn mower fills the air, there's no denying that the season has shifted. Besides the much-hyped annual flower festivities (aka the N.C. Azalea Festival), April also means N.C. Beer Month is upon us. Kick off the festivities on Friday or Saturday at two local events. If you prefer wine and food over brews, you'll also find a few… → Read More

Spirits for the springtime

When the N.C. Azalea Festival takes over the Port City April 6-10, people all over the region start getting in the great outdoors frame of mind. All those belles and blossoms can only mean one thing: Spring has sprung. Celebrate the season by dressing up with your friends and enjoying the fresh air, green grass and blossoming buds. After all, winter is behind us, so isn’t that reason alone to… → Read More

Romantic getaways

With its picturesque beaches that afford breathtaking sunrises and moonlight strolls, Southeastern North Carolina certainly has its share of romantic backdrops. But sometimes we all need a change of scenery; however, that doesn’t mean you have to hop on a plane or embark on a long road trip. You can celebrate love right here in the Tar Heel State at these four charming venues.The Castle on… → Read More

5 ways to ring in the New Year with good food

Whether it was good, bag, ugly or just blah, 2015 will soon be a memory. → Read More

Just a Taste

Now that December is upon us, there's really no room left to deny that the holiday season has arrived and the days of giving are imminent. If you're having trouble getting jazzed up about shopping, perhaps you need a different kind of retail experience.This week you'll have a couple of chances to rack up on fun finds while also enjoying some good food and drinks. But while you're running around… → Read More

Perfect pairings

Ahh, that stretch of ever-present indulgence that starts with Thanksgiving and continues until the confetti falls is finally upon us. Ever wonder why they call it the most wonderful time of the year? If you like a nice adult beverage with your festive feasting, then you probably have your own ideas about the origin of this phrase. → Read More

Celebrate the season with fall food events

Well, it’s official. While most of you were sleeping, fall crept up on us at 4:21 a.m. today. But don’t be sad that summer’s over; there are so many reasons to embrace autumn. To me, it’s the most wonderful time of year here. It’s finally cooling off enough to actually enjoy the outdoors, and the streets are a little less crowded as most of the tourists have gone back home to save up enough… → Read More

Fall into the season with these cocktails

It happens every year. Summer's sweet memories fade into the crisp comfort of the fall. → Read More

Barbecue bonanza

Long before the door of the brick barbecue shack swings open and summons the first customer to the counter in this rural Southeastern North Carolina hamlet of Garland, people start lining up outside as the smell of smoked meat permeates the air. Some walk out with barbecue sandwiches or plates for lunch, while others emerge with huge trays full of preordered ribs and brisket to last them a few… → Read More

Couple describes walking nearly all NC beaches

Peter and Cathy Meyer of Wilmington have walked the length of nearly every beach in North Carolina, and they hope their journey will encourage others to take equal advantage of our state’s public trust rights. The logic is that experiencing this natural resource firsthand will ensure residents will work to protect access. → Read More

Brews and tunes

Greenlands Farm, 668 Midway Road S.E. in Bolivia, is offering something new for music and beer fans. It’s hosting the Half Hell Folk Music Festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. This folk and Americana music festival will happen in conjunction with a tap takeover by Southport’s Check Six Brewing Company. Leave your pets, drinks and food at home but bring a chair and enjoy live music, beer, wine and… → Read More

Wine not celebrate? Whole Foods wants to know

Celebrate the end of the workweek and kick off the weekend at Whole Foods Market, 3804 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, during its Wine Not…It’s Friday event 6-8 p.m. Friday. Taste wine paired with a variety of samples throughout the store for a $5 donation to the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. Pairings will include smoked Gouda sausage made in-store with Pinot Noir and ceviche with Chardonnay. Submit… → Read More

Atwater at Ogden Tap Room

Ogden Tap Room, 7324 Market St. in Wilmington, is holding a Tap Takeover 7-10 midnight Friday with Atwater Brewing of Detroit, Mich. There will be 10 beers on tap from Atwater with many limited selections that have never been offered in North Carolina, plus a brewery rep will be on hand to answer questions and give away lots of swag. In addition, there will be live music 7-10 p.m. featuring The… → Read More