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Donald Wood of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on July 4, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, just two days past his 71st birthday. Don was born in Rochester, NY and honorably served in the U.S. Coast Guard until 1989.

As a front desk volunteer, Don’s presence and dedication on WHQR’s front line will be greatly missed. His humor and conversation lifted the spirits of all those around him.

Lee Lowrimore's experiences working at a gay theatre in New York City several decades ago stayed with him. He wrote a one-act play about it back in the 80s. But he put it away. Just a few years ago, he took it out again, expanded it...and he put it away-largely because "gay" issues didn't seem as relevant anymore. After HB2 passed in North Carolina, Lowrimore pulled it out again. After re-approaching the script with renewed vigor, Lowrimore is ready to share this story with the world.

I’ll get to listener comments in a moment, but first this: after returning this week from vacation, I’m happy to report that there are strong signs of progress at WHQR – despite recent setbacks concerning our program automation. The system we use to run both HQR News and Classical HQR, called AudioVault, suffered a major failure in late June.

Joel Vannfuller

The Sarus Festival is all about community building. And art. And dance. And pushing boundaries. It's impossible to encapsulate the festival in one word or phrase. You just have to experience it, and it's happening now in it's 5th incarnation through the weekend.

Claudia Durand

Bald Head Island sits on the East side of the Cape Fear River – at the confluence of the river and the Atlantic ocean.  It is one of the wealthier municipalities within Brunswick County.  Only accessible by ferry, Bald Head Island’s popular reputation is that of an island playground for the affluent.  Golf carts, bicycles, and feet are the primary means of on-island transportation.  And although it’s largely a place of second homes, with the human population peaking in the summer months, estimates of the number of year-round residents range from 160 to 220 people. 

A new nonprofit art association is in the Port City this year. The Women's Art Guild of Wilmington, or WAG, was formed by Zero Hartline, Director, and Shanda West, President. The group is holding its first exhibit July 7-10 at Mayfaire (near Belk on Inspiration Drive): An Homage to the Women of Wilmington. Thirty-four artists have contributed about 140 pieces in various media.

WHQR thanks the Gallery of Oriental Rugs for donating the proceeds from the sale of this beautiful rug to HQR's emPowering Our Future campaign.

Visit the store on Oleander to see this lovely Persian "Bakhtiari" - woven circa 1970 in the central part of Iran by the master weavers of the Bakhtiari Tribes. Excellent condition, cotton foundation, hand spun wool. Fair market value is  $5,500.

Starting on Saturday, July 9, WHQR will begin a new weekend programming schedule. Find the changes and additions below.

Beginning Saturday, July 9:

6:00pm - The Thistle & Shamrock (RETURN)

Fiona Ritchie returns to WHQR with music from the Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland and beyond on Thistle and Shamrock, Six o'clock Saturday evenings on 91-3, WHQR.

7:00pm- Across the Blue Ridge (NEW TIME)

Paul Brown takes you on an exploration of America's musical traditions from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi delta on Across the Blue Ridge, now Saturday evenings at 7:00 on 91-3, WHQR.

8:00pm - Magnolia Fatback Folk Hour

Magnolia Fatback Hour is a folk and bluegrass hour hosted by a musician who cares passionately about what he spins on-air and will tell you why each tune is worth hearing. John Fonvielle is a talented guitarist and bassist who also enjoys playing DJ

9:00pm - Soup to Nuts

A unique and personal music mix for a Saturday night. Local performers, big names, old and new, borrowed and blue. You never know what you're going to get. Plus, Soup to Nuts Live! features local concerts recorded in our WHQR Gallery.

10:00pm - Woodsongs (RETURN) 

Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour returns to WHQR with host Michael Johnathan's singular take on American in music, literature and pop culture, Saturdays at 10 pm pn 91-3, HQR. 

11:00pm - Front Street Blues

WHQR's Front Street Blues include spinning classic, traditional, and contemporary tunes, peppered with flavors from all across the Blues map.

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  Commentator Peggy Porter believes that when it comes to our oldest veterans, every day is a day to remember.

Peggy Porter is a former teacher of U.S. History and Government in New Hanover County.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

David Key has been a musician for most of his life. His first instrument was the saxophone and he earned his degree in music education. David began his long journey with flutes about 20 years ago; he was attracted first to flutes for Irish tunes, then to Native American flutes, and finally to flutes from all the cultures of the world. He's now a sound therapist and sound artist, using sound and melody to promote healing in humans-and turtles. 

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