We are delighted to publish this post written by our volunteer intern, Victoria Slone Dickson. It has been a productive summer with her help and we’re pleased that this Moncure resident has written a wonderful feature about another Moncure resident and business owner.
Ten years ago this August, a Category 5 hurricane ripped through the southern United States, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. New Orleans native and Joni Pavlik is more familiar than most with the tragic event, as many of her family members had to evacuate their hometown to avoid the storm.
Unfortunately, the devastation inflicted by Katrina left them without a home. “They evacuated, as always, when a bad storm heads that direction,” Joni remarked. “When they knew there was no home to go to, they turned to Ray and me for safe shelter.” She and her husband, along with the community, gladly welcomed the twelve family members and six pets with open arms.
Now, years later, some have moved away and others have passed on. And while memories of the tragedy still resonate vividly in the minds of those affected, it hasn’t distilled their faith in the city, including Joni’s. “They did not and will never give up on the city of New Orleans.” Stated Joni about the aftermath of the catastrophe.
unWINEd, owned by Ray and Joni, has become a community staple, a place for all guests, local residents and visitors. It is the site for celebrating music, superb local fare, and N.C. wines. Now, to commend the “Rebirth of New Orleans,” Joni invites everyone to unWINEd to help commemorate the 10-year anniversary. Join her and Ray there August 29 and 30 for food and music, while showing your support for the victims of Katrina and the city of New Orleans.
Find more information about unWINEd events, and as always, laissez les bons temps rouler!