Our State: Celebrating North Carolina December 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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christmas continues

The recipe wasn’t a secret; it was first printed on the side of the silver-and-brown Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa container in the 1960s, back when the container was made of tin and you had to push a spoon or the edge of a butter knife up under the lip of the lid to pop it off. You could never really wipe off the dusting of cocoa powder that settled around the top of the container, and the metal lid always rusted, so maybe that’s why Hershey’s changed to a plastic container. But I don’t have the answer for why they removed the fudge recipe. I worry that there’ll be a generation of people who’ll never know what that old-fashioned, homemade fudge was like: crumbly, crackly, a melt-in-your-mouth texture like a buttermint, but…

2 min
growing holiday cheer

1 The top five Christmas tree-producing counties in our state are Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Jackson, and Watauga. Which county, whose seat is Jefferson, leads the way with 12,000 acres of trees? ○ A. Avery○ B. Jackson○ C. Ashe 2 North Carolina Christmas tree growers produce a variety of species on more than 38,000 acres annually. Which is the most popular type? ○ A. Fraser fir○ B. White pine○ C. Norway spruce 3 The NC Christmas Tree Association takes part in the national Trees for Troops program, which provides Christmas trees to military service members. ROTC student volunteers from Ashe and Avery counties help out with the program. What does ROTC stand for? ○ A. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps○ B. Reserve Officers’ Technical College○ C. Reserve Officers’ Training Career 4 North Carolina-grown Christmas trees have been showcased…

2 min
playing for change

MY WIFE, HELEN, and I waited days for The Dave Brubeck Quartet to come to East Carolina College (“The Music of Unity,” October, page 208). Then, on that night, a very cold February evening, showtime came and went. As we continued to wait, the full house got restless. Loud talking, chanting, and the stomping of feet began to fill Wright Auditorium. It was alive with noise that wasn’t coming from the quartet. Little did Helen and I know that at that place and time, we were helping make history. Thanks for a wonderful article. ECC [now East Carolina University] is a better place thanks to Brubeck standing his ground. George PotterMATTHEWS THE ARTICLE TITLED “THE MUSIC OF UNITY” IS A MEAN-ingful story that illustrates the beauty of how music creates a bond…

1 min
view from here

… And to All a Good Night WAYNESVILLE On a quiet evening at Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm, Fraser firs line the snow-covered hillsides, waiting to be chosen. This land has been in Dan Boyd’s family for more than a century. Once used for raising cattle and growing corn, tobacco, and potatoes, the 130-acre property is now home to a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm. There are also seven hand-hewn log cabins ranging from 150 to 200 years old, which Boyd restored and turned into rentals. In fields where cows once grazed, guests search for the perfect Christmas tree to take home — a tradition that started in 1999, 15 years after Boyd planted his first Fraser fir. PHOTOGRAPHY BY © OLHA AFANASIEVA/OFFSET.COM, REVIVAL CREATIVES. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN WATERS, REVIVAL CREATIVES…

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to-do list

see holiday lights These light shows are a festive way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! BLOWING ROCK Festival of Lights: From dusk to midnight, the grounds of Chetola Resort will be illuminated with more than 26,000 lights! Tour the joyful displays from a car or on foot for free. November 30-January 31. (800) 243-8652, chetola.com/festival-of-lights. DENTON Christmas on the Farm: A country light display at Denton FarmPark is bound to bring visitors an extra dose of good cheer. Drive through the light show and pick up a snack from a food truck or a handmade goody from the craft barn along the way. November 27-29; December 4-6, 10-13, 18-23, 26-27. (336) 859-2755, dentonfarmpark.com. WILMINGTON Enchanted Airlie: Airlie Gardens will welcome guests for its 15th holiday season with a new feature this year: one-hour…

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POPULATION: 4,700 MEDIAN AGE: 32.5 MURALS: 24 NEW BUSINESSES SINCE 2014: 29 ORIGINAL NAME: New Town Downtown Farmville was once a thriving commercial center where farmers sold tobacco, shopped with local merchants, and stopped to talk to their neighbors. In 2011, after watching business after business close in the wake of the Great Recession, Todd Edwards, a general contractor, decided he wanted to bring back the town’s vibrant spirit. Edwards was one of four local business owners who banded together to form The Farmville Group, a grassroots economic development organization. They sent 104 letters to all of the downtown business and property owners to ask for their help with revitalization projects. Over time, locals rolled up their sleeves and got to work, “making great big piles of tiny, tiny victories,” Edwards…