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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.

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.

  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. 

It was 1975 when Martha Peterson’s plane landed in Moscow and launched her assignment as an American case officer for the CIA inside Russia.  After training at CIA headquarters in Virginia, she would be one of the first women in U.S. history to embark on such a mission.  Less than two years after her arrival on a cold November day in Moscow, she would be ambushed at a drop site, arrested, and hauled in for questioning by KGB agents. 

The Grand Shell Game, a band from Carrboro, has been making music for about 2 years. Singer/songwriter Eric-Scott Guthrie brought the musicians together; even though they came from a variety of musical backgrounds, things just worked, according to guitarist Daniel Fields. The band just released the EP, Man on a Wire. The tour is underway along the east coast; Wilmington will hear the music on Friday night, July 1st, at the Whiskey.  

The conversation about masculine and feminine expectations and how we socialize children has been going on in academic circles for decades.  But it’s only recently that a mass shooting like the one in Orlando launches a different narrative.  Of course, the predictable yet important debate about gun policy is re-engergized.  But the emerging profile of the shooter at the Pulse nightclub who killed nearly 50 people has also generated a wider, public conversation about the effects of hypermasculinity on boys and young men. 

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