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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina May 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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3 min.
on hold, for now

At the beginning of spring, just a few days before public congregations were limited by the outbreak of the coronavirus, before state parks closed, before restaurants stopped dine-in services, I traveled to Morganton for Burke County’s Friends of the Public Libraries annual luncheon, likely the last gathering any of us would be able to participate in for what looked to be quite a while. We clustered in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Morganton, about 180 of us, each of us a little anxious, unsure of what was to come in the days ahead. We nodded at one another instead of shaking hands, instead of hugging, and tried to focus instead on the reason for our coming together: to celebrate the importance of libraries, to be thankful for…

2 min.
a walk in the woods

1 The Goat Island Greenway and Extension follows the South Fork Catawba River and could eventually connect Cramerton with McAdenville. This greenway is part of which much larger trail system? A. Carolina Thread Trail B. Appalachian Trail C. Foothills Trail 2 Wilmington’s 11-mile River to the Sea Bikeway was constructed on the railbed of the historic beach car line. This trolley took tourists from Wilmington to which beach? A. Kure B. Topsail C. Wrightsville 3 The historic Railroad Grade Road trail is located near Todd and follows the former “Virginia Creeper” line for about 10 miles. The community of Todd is located in which two mountain counties? A. Ashe and Watauga B. Yadkin and Wilkes C. Alleghany and Surry 4 The Thermal Belt Rail Trail runs for about 13 miles through Rutherford County. The trail begins in Gilkey, passes through Ruth, Rutherfordton,…

1 min.
a mountain of memories

I AM WRITING TO THANK YOU for the wonderful article on Pilot Mountain (“Peak Experience,” March, page 106). My family members are some of the Gordons that lived on the mountain. My nephew moved here from California and was being treated for pancreatic cancer at Forsyth Hospital (Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center). He told his sister that he was coming home and wanted to see Pilot Mountain one more time. His hospital room was a corner room that had a view of Pilot and the Sauratown Mountains. He died a couple of weeks later. I want to thank you for bringing many wonderful memories back to me. I have lost a lot of my family, but not my memories of Pilot Mountain. Cherry Gordon Hilliard MONCURE I AM THE ELDEST GRANDCHILD of J.W.…

4 min.

For Malcolm Fearing, growing up in Manteo in the 1960s “was like Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.” The neighborhood kids would hop on their bikes in the morning and spend the day riding all over the island — sometimes causing a little mischief along the way. A few things have changed since then — there’s a bridge connecting Roanoke Island to the mainland, the streets are paved, and there’s even a stoplight in town — but the feel of Manteo is still much the same. “It’s just a beautiful, quaint little town,” says Susan Fearing, Malcolm’s wife of nearly 40 years. “It’s very charming. I just love it.” Manteo’s history as the site of the first English settlement is a large part of its identity, says Malcolm, a fourthgeneration islander. “Roanoke…

1 min.
local landmarks

ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK This 25-acre historic site includes recreations of the first English settlement and a Native American village, a replica of the Elizabeth II (built in Manteo at the George Washington Creef boathouse), and an adventure museum for kids. 1 Festival Park, (252) 475-1500 roanokeisland.com PIONEER THEATRE The Creef family has run this theater since its inception in 1918. “You can drop your child off [for a movie] at 8 o’clock and rest assured that the child can be entertained in a wholesome environment,” Malcolm says. “That’s a long-standing family tradition.” 113 Budleigh Street (252) 473-2216 ROANOKE ISLAND MARITIME MUSEUM Inside the George Washington Creef Boathouse is a working boat shop and small museum featuring traditional watercraft and other exhibits, including a shad fishing boat that was built in 1883. 104 Fernando Street townofmanteo.com/maritime…

1 min.
hot shots

JIM KOZAK POSITIONS the ground espresso on a scale, pausing to make sure the weight is perfect — that way, it doesn’t come out sour or bitter. “Coffee is a science,” he says, tamping the grounds smooth. The blend is pulled through the espresso machine, resulting in a bold, robust concoction that Jim and his wife, Kathy, will serve as a shot or in one of 17 espresso-based drinks — like the Bourbon Caramel Crunch — at their North Wilkesboro café, Talia Espresso. The Kozaks opened the coffee shop in 2005, after leaving fast-paced Detroit, Michigan, and moving to Wilkes County. The culture they’ve created at Talia Espresso reflects that journey: The café hosts live bluegrass in the spirit of local MerleFest, but otherwise, classic rock — Jim’s favorite — plays…