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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina July 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
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a time to every purpose

Several years ago, a reader sent me a Victorinox Swiss Army serrated tomato knife in the mail. It’s got a red handle and stands out among all the other knives in my kitchen utensil drawer. I use it nearly every day in the summer, but only to slice tomatoes, its intended purpose, for the sandwiches I practically live off of, and every time, I think of the kindness of someone I only know through the pages of Our State. In the era of multitasking, I prefer a single-purpose gadget. It’s an appreciation I probably got from my dad. He was a gadget man. Oh, I wish you could’ve seen all the kitchen utensils my dad had, lined up so neatly in our drawers. He had a tool for everything: the twosided melon…

1 min.
hope springs eternal

WE WERE JUST TICKLED to find that the May 2019 issue was dedicated to farms. A few years ago, we followed a calling and moved to the family farm, beginning the process of revitalizing Guilford County’s only recognized Bicentennial Farm: Providence Farm. A friend of mine summed up the resilience of the farmer with a funny anecdote. He said, “If farmers had been on the Titanic, they’d be standing at the rail, on the bottom of the ocean, and one of them would say, ‘I believe it’s gonna come back up.’” Hope eternal. That’s what farmers have. We see it with each new lamb or chick and when the dirt works its magic on newly planted seeds as they push their little heads toward the warm sun. Hope is part…

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building infrastructure empowering human potential

As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. •Appalachian’s largest and newest facility to date features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, offering unprecendented opportunities for interprofessional collaboration, preparing health care professionals for a changing and dynamic workforce.•A $191 million residence halls project underway will enhance students’ living environment, promoting their academic and personal success.•The Innovation Campus will have a powerful impact on the region’s economic development by expanding and enhancing Appalachian’s curriculum to produce a workforce of critical thinkers who are capable of developing economically, environmentally and equitably sound communities.…

3 min.
highlands

There’s a reason people come to Highlands during the summer: It’s cool. At more than 4,000 feet, this mountain town has summer temperatures averaging 76 degrees, a welcome respite from the hot, muggy dog days of lower elevations. Since it was established in 1875, Highlands has welcomed the weary to relax and rejuvenate in nature. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, wealthy businessmen made the town their summer escape (some still do), and a hillside nearby was home to one of the state’s first tuberculosis sanatoriums, where fresh air was considered the best medicine. Nowadays, cool temperatures and natural beauty are still major draws, but downtown, people can rejuvenate in other ways, too: luxurious lodging and spa treatments, fine dining and shopping, hiking and golf. Surrounded by forests, rivers,…

1 min.
a gift that grows

AS GERALDINE HERRING walks along row after row of peach trees, she bites into a ripe, fuzzy fruit, wiping away juice with the back of her hand. She grins to herself, remembering how this orchard came to be. Sixteen years ago, her husband, Roy, didn’t just plant peach trees; he also planted the seeds of a retirement plan. Not for himself — he’d continue growing soy, corn, and wheat — but for Geraldine. “I came home one day, and he told me he had planted peach trees,” she says. Five hundred peach trees. “I asked him what I was going to do with 500 peach trees. ‘Sell peaches,’ he said.” Geraldine, who spent most of her career as a probation officer, had a lot to learn about farming. But she soon…

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next stop: happy hour

THE LIGHT RAIL RUSHES TO a squeaking stop at the New Bern Station in Charlotte’s South End, and as the doors whoosh open, an after-work crowd flows out, briefcases in hand. Just as quickly, many of them flow into the enormous brick building a few steps away. This is no typical happy hour: The 1950s-era former warehouse is home to a chic restaurant, café, brewery, and cocktail bar — all under the same (very high) roof. In Suffolk County, England, where cofounder Dan Hyde’s family is from, a “Suffolk punch” is an energetic workhorse. That English influence translates from the name to the busy, pub-like community atmosphere — but not to the space itself. Instead of dim and intimate, it’s airy, with cement floors and a jungle of plants hanging from…