Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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52 Spring 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine en, Garry Wykes, the keeper of the crown jewels in London and a Macclesfield, U.K., native, came bearing a gift, a plaque honoring the N.C. namesake. Dinner fol- lowed at the downtown's gathering spot, e Barbeque House, normally open just Friday through Sunday, there being scant little in the way of foot traffic. "Y'all come 'n see us," said Wykes, extending an invitation. Yet it was in 1949 that little Macclesfield captured national headlines in a come-from- behind effort to win Better Homes & Garden's "More Beautiful America Compe- tition," beating out such contenders as Norwich, Conn., and Kalamazoo, Mich. When the national magazine proclaimed the "Miracle of Macclesfield" on the cover of its July issue, it lauded a makeover sparked by Nolie Wright, wife of the town's physician. She and his husband, an intern at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, had arrived a dozen years earlier. "On the first day they saw it, her intern husband …. said, 'Let's go back to Ra- leigh,'" the magazine said. But they stayed. Come 1947, she began marshaling the forces of the town's women, forming its first Women's Club and beginning an award-win- ning transformation: new canvas awnings for downtown storefronts, junk removal, PHILIP M. READ The Barbeque House in downtown Macclesfield, which in 2003 was the site of a reception for a visiting dignitary, Garry Wykes, the keeper of the crown jewels in London and a Macclesfield, U.K., native.

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