Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina March 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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for the win

He trekked to Kenan Stadium in the fall for football and caught matinees at The Varsity in the winter and bought Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings the Blues and Harry Belafonte’s Calypso from Kemp’s. He picked up his starched button-downs from Tar Heel Cleaners on Franklin and took dates to Dairyland for the Royal Banana Split, 39 cents, and bought potatoes and potted meat from Fowler’s Food Store. At the close of basketball season on March 1, 1957, he cheered from the stands at Duke Indoor Stadium as his beloved Tar Heels capped an undefeated season, led by “big Len,” Lennie Rosenbluth, and on that day in his sophomore year, my dad became a fan for life. For the next 58 years, he rarely missed watching a game, and not just Carolina…

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in the market

1 Thompson’s Store in Saluda is said to be the oldest grocery store still in operation in North Carolina, dating back to 1890. The town of Saluda was incorporated in 1881 and is located in which county? A. PolkB. ClevelandC. Rutherford 2 Ronnie’s Country Store in Winston-Salem has been in business for more than 25 years. This old-fashioned grocery offers bushels of dried beans, but it’s especially known for which prized product, of which it sells more than 1,000 each holiday season? A. TurkeyB. Country hamC. Fruitcake 3 Food Lion was founded in Salisbury in 1957 and now operates more than 1,000 stores in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. Before getting its current moniker in the early 1980s, Food Lion was originally called which name? A. Food VillageB. Food CityC. Food Town 4 Smith’s Red & White…

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STANDING PROUD THE JANUARY STORY “Family Trees” (page 114) struck a chord with me. My wife and I live on a portion of what was once a generation-to-generation, 200-acre mountain property just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County. In the early 1980s, the property was subdivided into tracts and sold at auction. Long before then, the land had been logged to graze cattle. However, one oak tree, which marked a property boundary and was well on its way to becoming a giant at the time, was spared. We acquired the property that the tree borders in 1997 and have since removed regrowth of encroaching small trees and strangling vines. This old homestead oak stands tall and proud, and visitors, my wife, and I often stop to marvel and admire…

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carolina calendar

RALEIGH Art in Bloom The North Carolina Museum of Art will transform into a dazzling display of color this month. Fifty local and regional floral designers, shop owners, garden club members, and hobbyists will display blossoming arrangements that will offer new interpretations of the museum’s artwork. Last year, Vanessa and Marc Smith of Raleigh artfully used lily grass, eucalyptus, monstera, succulents, and other extraordinary greenery in their botanical take on Aaron Douglas’s 1931 painting Harriet Tubman. Celebrate our state’s creators at this sixth annual event. March 19-22. ncartmuseum.org.…

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WESTERN MORGANTON Chili Cook-Off MAR 13 For 26 years, locals have gathered over bowls of chili at this event at the Morganton Community House. Enter the contest or simply enjoy eating. Proceeds will benefit the Downtown Development Association. (828) 438-5252, downtownmorganton.com. WEST JEFFERSON Florence Flapjack Fund-Raiser MAR 21-22 The Florence Thomas Art School, a nonprofit organization, provides artistic resources to Ashe County residents. Proceeds from pancake sales will benefit the school’s mission. (336) 846-3827, florenceartschool.org. HICKORY Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Show MAR 27-29 Founded in 1969, the Gem and Mineral Club uses this show at the Hickory Convention Center to increase the community’s lapidary knowledge. (828) 446-7633, cvgmc.com. CENTRAL RALEIGH Dvořák’s “Requiem” MAR 3 The North Carolina Master Chorale has performed for Triangle audiences since 1942. The chorale will bring Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s “Requiem” on stage at the Meymandi Concert Hall.…

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new bern

POPULATION: 30,100 MEDIAN AGE: 38 SITES ON NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES: 150 FOUNDED: 1710 Less than 24 hours after arriving in New Bern for a birthday party at a historic home in 2017, Michael and Denise Gleason were talking about trading in their careers to open a bed and breakfast in the riverfront town. Six months later, the couple moved from suburban Apex to downtown New Bern and started transforming a neglected 1903 mansion into The Jarvis at 220. In between trips to the hardware store, the Gleasons took advantage of opportunities to explore their new surroundings — and eventually encouraged their guests to do the same. “New Bern has a vibe; it’s a place where people have a spirit of wanting to connect,” Michael says. “The downtown district has this attitude that we’re…