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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina May 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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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Mann Media
Fréquence:
Monthly
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1 min.
listen up

How do you get to North Carolina’s hard-to-reach places? With a podcast, of course. In the first two seasons of Away Message, host Jeremy Markovich took listeners to the most remote spots in the state — up an 1,800-foot-tall television tower and out on a former Coast Guard light station 32 miles from shore. He also gave listeners a dose of hidden history: a civil rights movement born on a golf course, the frantic search for our state’s priceless copy of the Bill of Rights, and the long-lost audiotape that revealed the origins of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream speech.” The third season will feature even more remote places, lost artifacts, overlooked people, and forgotten stories. Listen at away.ourstate.com or subscribe by searching for “Away Message” on your…

3 min.
star attraction

In the absolute, exact geographic center of this state, as measured by the Army Corps of Engineers — latitude: 35° 23’ 59.12070” N; longitude: 79° 45’ 0.99676” W — and designated as the Town of Star, there’s no grocery store; you’ve got to go down the road to Food King in Biscoe or Troy. There’s no Walmart, no Costco, no Target, no Hardee’s, no McDonald’s. No chain hotels, but there is the Star Hotel Bed and Breakfast, a sprawling, baby-blue, Queen Anne-style house overflowing with antiques and history. I’ve spent the night here and slept well, because there’s also no traffic on Main Street in Star in the middle of the night. A half-mile up Main Street, on the other side of the railroad tracks that run through the middle of…

2 min.
bargains abound

1 The Farmers Market Flea Market has been in business for more than 50 years and boasts 500 vendors. This bounty of bargains is located near U.S. Highway 64 in what town that’s famous for its barbecue? A. Lexington B. Asheville C. Greenville 2 The I-40 Flea & Farmers Market in Statesville hosts special events throughout the year, including Kids Day, a Halloween celebration, and exhibitions of what professional sport, featuring meet-and-greets with athletes such as “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant? A. Wrestling B. Barrel racing C. Boxing 3 Decker’s Flea Market in Murphy has been around since 1977 and is one of the largest in western North Carolina. One of the most iconic items at Decker’s is a life-size replica of what simian? A. Lion B. Donkey C. Gorilla 4 Sweet Union Flea Market on U.S. Highway 74 calls itself the…

2 min.
letters

RECIPE for SUCCESS READING ABOUT OPEN Kitchen brought back a lot of great memories (“A Slice to Remember,” March, page 50). While I was in high school in the Newton-Conover area, if you wanted to impress your date, you took her to Open Kitchen on Saturday night. Usually, you took her with your two buddies and their dates (a parent’s car only seated six). I could usually be guaranteed a good-night kiss on the front porch, even with the light on, as my date was impressed. Eddie WarrenNEWTON I WAS A STUDENT AT DUKE IN THE EARLY ’70S. Freshman year, our Theta pledge class was taken to Annamaria’s for the first time. I remember Bat yelling the orders to the kitchen: “That’s three spag with balls.” Great food, and such a fun place…

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gifts for weddings

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kinston

Billboards into Kinston once proclaimed the city the “world’s foremost tobacco center.” Factories and warehouses kept the money and the people flowing in, including jazz and soul greats like Duke Ellington and Ray Charles, who played to crowds in those warehouses into the 1960s. High-end clothing stores, salons, banks, and restaurants lined the “Magic Mile” along Queen Street. As in so many other towns in the 20th century, though, the decline of the tobacco industry seemed to signal the end of Kinston’s prosperity. But Kinston is resilient, and its residents weren’t ready to give up on their community. In 2006, Chef Vivian Howard, born and raised near Kinston but trained in the New York culinary scene, and her husband, Ben Knight, opened their hugely successful fine-dining restaurant, Chef & the Farmer,…