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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina February 2020

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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Monthly
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our state up▸to▸date

The Start of Something Beautiful Viewers loved this story (our first feature video!) about Davis Island: “Lovely story. I wish the island well. May there be someone with the resources and the inclination to want their own island memories.”—Julie Moore“This is a wonderful story and film! I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for producing it and sharing it with us. I’ll look forward to this new series.” —Linda Huff Watch the video online: ourstate.com/davis-island This Is North Carolina In December, our Instagram followers flipped for this stunning scene on Main Street in Waynesville: “Waynesville is as magical as it looks! We love living here!”—Lisa Barone“My mom moved to Waynesville not too long ago. I love visiting this charming town!”—Melissa Hill Follow us: @ourstatemag…

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heart, shaped

If I’m treating myself, I’m going for the classic chocolate caramel bonbons from French Broad Chocolate Lounge, packaged in a little blue box, North Carolina’s version of Tiffany blue; or maybe I’m going for the triple chocolate truffle from Chocolate Fetish in Asheville, with its three layers of opulence. If I’m in Raleigh, it’s definitely the gold-tinged honey caramel bonbons from the chocolate counter at Videri Chocolate Factory or the dark chocolate sea salt bar from Escazu. My first experience with that last one came in Beaufort more than a decade ago, when one of North Carolina’s first chocolate pioneers, Hallot Parson, had just started producing small-batch candy from his little apartment above Cru Wine Bar. But on one day each year, February 14 — Valentine’s Day — I look forward…

2 min.
a space for song

1 The Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby was originally an Art Deco movie house when it opened in 1939. It now features musical performances in a variety of genres. Gibson, a Shelby native, wrote many famous songs, including which Ray Charles hit? A. “Twist and Shout” B. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” C. “Carolina on My Mind” 2 The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities hosts jam sessions, Classical Music Sundays, and the Young Musicians Festival, among other events. This venue is located inside the 100-year-old Boyd mansion in which golf resort town? A. Pinehurst B. Southern Pines C. Carthage 3 Hundreds of young musicians attend Brevard Music Center’s annual summer music institute and festival. Before moving to Brevard in 1944, this program was located at which Mecklenburg County college, where it was founded in 1936 by…

2 min.
a fond farewell

DREW PERRY’S TALES of adventure with The Toad and The Wee will be greatly missed (“All Good Things …” December, page 30). It was one of my favorite features. Their family will surely continue to explore and enjoy life, but without us tagging along. Next thing you know, those boys will be teens, then adults with a wonderful record of their growing-up years. Thanks for sharing, Drew and Tita. Roz Ryan HENDERSONVILLE IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE WE HAVE BEEN enjoying Drew’s column about adventures with his kids for five years. It was such a pleasure to search out the beautiful stories he penned each month. We have all laughed and cried at his travels with The Toad and The Wee. What a wonderful legacy he leaves for his children. Best of luck in…

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carolina calendar

HATTERAS Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival Since 1938, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island has been charged with protecting and conserving dozens of migratory bird species, such as the brown pelican and the great blue heron. Learn about these birds and their role in our state’s ecosystem at the Hatteras Village Civic Center. February 21-23. hatteraswaterfowlfestival.com. WESTERN LAKE JUNALUSKA The Plunge Benefit-t-tting Kids in the Creek & Environmental Education FEB 1 The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will host this freezing fund-raiser for Haywood Waterways’ environmental education programs in a gorgeous mountain setting. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and top fund-raisers. (828) 476-4667, haywoodwaterways.org. ASHEVILLE Bryan Koontz Presents: “Life Along the Blue Ridge” FEB 15-APR 5 Asheville native Bryan Koontz’s take on the Blue Ridge Mountains will be reflected in his oil paintings at…

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clayton

Play Main Street Community Garden. In 2012, the parking lot of an old hardware store was transformed into a multiuse space for the community. Now, anyone can help grow fresh veggies for those in need, walk the winding trail, relax on the meditation bench, or admire the public art, like this sculpture by Thomas Lipscomb. POPULATION: 22,850 MEDIAN AGE: 35 NEW RESIDENTS EACH DAY: 4 YOU MIGHT KNOW: Chris Archer, MLB pitcher Years ago, when residents of Clayton wanted to host community events, stage live performances, put on pageants, or hold corporate meetings, they gathered in the auditorium of Clayton Elementary School. But the school closed in 1997, leaving the transforming the building into a community without a central meeting place. “When it stopped operating as a school, nobody knew what was going to happen to…