Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2019

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76 Spring 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine All hail Harry Potter The first of the Harry Potter novels, written by British author J.K. Rowling and chronicling the life of a young wizard, debuted in 1997, with "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" unleashing a series of hit movies and making for a merchandising empire. The latest manifestation of that merchandising savvy can be found today at Sweeties Candy Shop in downtown Wake Forest. "It's this whole new series of Harry Potter stuff," Darlene Stroud, the proprietor, said of the "magical" Harry Potter milk chocolate wands, as well as gummi creations and even a chocolate frog. All for the Harry Potter fan who just has to have it all! The scent of Ireland The packages contain "The O'Riginal Sneaky Peat," as in peat moss, the kind intended to turn that backyard bar-be-que into an Irish event, outdoing those standard hickory chips. The boast is this: "The flavor's just heaven." And those pieces of heaven — originating in Ireland to boot — can be found at North Carolina General Store in Wake Forest's downtown. "Apparently every pub in Ireland smells that way," said proprietor Tim Forrest, who can be found behind the counter most days. "It's the real deal. … From the bogs in Ireland." He has tried Sneaky Peat, of course. "My Dad cooked our turkey at Thanksgiving and at Christmas too," he said of his father and co-owner, Nathan Forrest, whose meals included the Irish moss, touted as "Ireland's traditional BBQ and hearth secret." "It was a big hit." Hotel Purple Martin It's a purple martin house, reserved for those birds that "come out at night and eat flying bugs," said Jeanne Mauney, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, a new arrival on Wake Forest's stretch of Capital Boulevard. "They live in condos." And these accommodations are made to order. They have a crest-shaped entry hole, "to prevent starlings from getting in," and two compartments inside, one for them to fly into, the other where they actually build their nest. It's all part of the expertise you'd expect from a nature shop that specializes in everything you need for backyard birding. "Purple martins are not just for the beach," she said. Now, that's the greatest show Ed Sullivan, the variety show mainstay of CBS in the Sixties, liked to tell audiences of his "really big shew" on national television, but it was Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that took its "Greatest Show on Earth" and a collection of animals to rival those on Noah's Ark to the cities and heartland of America. The star performer of the day was Gunther Gebel-Williams, a German-born animal trainer known for his work with big cats. He was an American circus star from 1969 until 1990, who ultimately succumbed to a brain tumor in 2001. "Gunther was unlike any performer anywhere," circus owner Kenneth Feld was quoted as saying in Gebel-Williams' obituary in The Guardian newspaper. "When he entered the circus arena on galloping horses or atop an elephant, every eye was always on him until he left the arena. Whether he was working with tigers, leopards, elephants, horses or a giraffe, you immediately knew that he was special, because his incredible rapport with animals was unsurpassed." Today, his image lives on, in a large double-sided sign promoting the 107th year of Ringling Bros. — circa 1977 — and occupying a spot in a shop called Mantique Collectibles in Wake Forest. "I literally got it out of a trash can," said Dennis Michaels, the proprietor, whose shop is filled with "the unique, the odd, and the unusual." PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ

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