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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina April 2019

Through compelling narrative stories and jaw-dropping photography, Our State magazine celebrates everything that makes our state great! Each month, we reflect the beauty of North Carolina, tell the stories of its amazing people and its remarkable history, and suggest wonderful places to visit. We are unabashedly in love with the Tar Heel State, and every page is designed to be an inspiring tribute to where we live.

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3 min.
wheels turning

Driving back from Asheville on one of those robin’s-egg-blue-sky spring days and not quite ready to go home, I called an old friend in Asheboro, who told me to detour down to her house. She had a convertible, a little white VW Cabriolet — they don’t make those anymore — and when I got there, she’d already folded the top down and was waiting for me to hop in. Angela and I have been doing this for more than 30 years, since high school. “Riding the back roads,” we called it back then — going nowhere in particular, just going, piling into friends’ Mustangs, Firebirds, Trans-Ams, Camaros. I got in the car, and we set off on our old route, heading down Highway 42 — does anybody actually say “highway?” No. Roads here…

2 min.
big & tall

1 The North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program, part of the NC Forest Service, keeps a database of champion trees organized by species and county. The tallest champion tree in North Carolina is what type of pine, standing 180 feet tall in Jackson County? A. Black B. Red C. Eastern white 2 There are currently nearly 400 champion trees registered by the NC Forest Service. What western county has more of these trees — around 60 — than anywhere else in the state? A. Stanly B. Buncombe C. Rockingham 3 Our top champion tree in terms of canopy size has branches that spread 126 feet. This majestic specimen is a willow oak located in what Sampson County town? A. Goldsboro B. Roseboro C. Washington 4 Bertie County has a yellow poplar near Powellsville that stands 146 feet tall with a circumference of…

2 min.
biscuit bucket list

CJ’S OLDE TOWNE RESTAURANT Asheboro MOOSE CAFE Asheville, Colfax BELCROSS BAKE SHOPPE Camden YONDER Franklin COUNTRY BARBEQUE Greensboro TARTAN RESTAURANT Linville THE SNAPPY LUNCH Mount Airy STATE FARMERS MARKET RESTAURANT Raleigh LANDMARK BREAKFAST SHOP Sanford SHELBY CAFE Shelby ROSEBUD BAKERY & DINER West Jefferson MARY’S GOURMET DINER Winston-Salem Voices Lifted I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST THANKS FOR YOUR RECENT editor’s column (“For February, a Love Letter,” February, page 8). I am humbled by and grateful for your words of encouragement not only for my work, but also for my students’ performance and the work of all educators in North Carolina. To me, this article serves as evidence of the power of music, of what pouring ourselves into what we love can do for others, and as a blessing from God. My family and I will always cherish this article as a highlight in my career. Lindsey GallagherCHORAL DIRECTOR, ASHEBORO HIGH SCHOOL THE GOOD OLD DAYS The picture of…

2 min.
river arts district

A sheville’s vibrant River Arts District wasn’t always so colorful. The brick buildings along the French Broad River that are now home to restaurants, breweries, and studios for more than 200 artists were once abandoned industrial spaces that had been used for manufacturing and agriculture. Then, in the 1970s, businessman Bill Goacher bought some of those old buildings and began renting them cheap to artists. Soon, drawn by airy spaces and affordable rent, more and more artists moved into the neighborhood, each bringing something new and personal to the growing waterfront district. Today, the River Arts District is a nationally recognized tourist destination, drawing visitors from around the world. On any given day, dozens of working studios open their doors for curious customers to chat with artists and watch them…

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soil school

THE TOMATO PLANT ON Ben Street’s balcony in Charlotte was drooping. “It was pitiful,” he says, shaking his head at the memory. “It was like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.” That wilting tomato was a test case for Street, an aspiring farmer. Although farming had little in common with his day job as an international trader, that fact didn’t deter Street so much as inspire him. He’s a healthy guy: eats organic and exercises regularly. But no amount of nutritional or physical penance could forgive the health sins of his desk job. Farming would align his career with the food systems he supported and the active lifestyle he sought. But first, he’d need a few lessons. Enter Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm, an organic farm in Concord that supports aspiring farmers by teaching…

2 min.
après bike

FOOD TRUCKS AND mountain bikes flank the entrance of The Hub bike shop in Brevard. Inside, mechanics with bushy beards twist wrenches while packs of mountain bikers sip craft brews and recount what sounds like the best day ever. But underneath The Hub’s hip surface is a family business with a passion for Pisgah Forest. “We put a lot of emphasis on making a place for people to come hang out,” owner Sam Salman says. Ten years ago, when he and his wife, Jordan, bought a small bike shop in Brevard, there weren’t many places like theirs serving beer. It was actually skiers, rather than cyclists, who inspired Sam’s vision for The Hub. He wanted to re-create the lodge scene known as après ski, but with a mountain biker’s bent.…