Our State: Celebrating North Carolina January 2021

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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introducing ourstate checklists

In every issue of the magazine this year, you’ll find a bonus checklist that you can tear out — it’s perforated — and take with you on your next adventure. Think of it like your Our State homework — but more fun! Each list will feature things to do and places to go across the state. This month, turn to page 128 to find out where to ice-skate, ski, snowboard, snow tube, and sled this season. For Our State’s complete collection of checklists that you can print or save, visit ourstate.com/checklists.…

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paths forward

More than the twisting spiral slide at Frazier Park; more than Eagles dime store with its glass-fronted candy case, where I could get a paper bag filled with my favorite chocolate stars; more than the giraffe and ostrich habitat at the North Carolina Zoo, the absolute greatest place I knew growing up in Asheboro was the Randolph County Public Library. The side entrance was across the street from my grandmother’s house, and she and I walked through those doors together every Saturday, the shiny waxed floors in the corridor widening out in front of us, gleaming like the path to Oz. I’d make my way to the children’s room, where the tables were kid-size and the bookshelves were low, the spines of the Dr. Seusses and the Childcraft encyclopedias, the Amelia Bedelias…

2 min
frosty frolics

1 The ski school at Appalachian Ski Mountain near Blowing Rock has taught more than a million folks how to ski and snowboard. What is the name of this school that started in 1969? ○ A. French Swiss Ski College ○ B. Norwegian Ski University ○ C. Franco American Ski School 2 Ice-skating aficionados in North Carolina can enjoy the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 17,000-square-foot rink during the winter months. This premier outdoor facility is located in which city? ○ A. Charlotte ○ B. Franklin ○ C. Hendersonville 3 At the top of Beech Mountain, skiers can coast down a slope or grab a drink at the bar. What is the name of the bar, part of which is the elevation of Beech Mountain? ○ A. 4,621’ Après Ski ○ B. 5,506’ Skybar ○ C. 6,103’ In the Clouds 4 Located in…

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handcrafted memories

THE PICTURE OF TOM WOLFE carving in your November issue (“A Way with Wood,” page 10) brought back a flood of wonderful memories of my dad, who has passed away. For many years as I was growing up, he had hound dogs — red ticks, blue ticks, black- and-tan hound dogs. I spent many hours playing with those lovable hounds. Years ago, as a young adult, I bought a carving from Mr. Wolfe at a craft show and gave it to my dad for Christmas. I can still see the smile on his face when he opened the present. I am blessed to have the carving in my house and the precious memories in my heart. Elva Brow MOORESVILLE Uncovering the Past WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY (“First in Freedom,” November, page 160). I’m…

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to-do list

hike NORTH CAROLINA’S STATE PARKS A new year often means a renewed desire to be active. Luckily, our state offers plenty of opportunities to get moving in nature: From Gorges State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks, there are 41 beautiful places in the North Carolina State Park system. Make a day trip to a park near you or a New Year’s resolution to hike them all! Use our checklist to visit all 41. Find it at ourstate.com/stateparklist. shop LOCAL AT THE APEX FARMERS MARKET Fresh veggies in the middle of winter? You bet. In downtown Apex, a group of about 20 vendors offers local produce year-round. In January, customers can find organic tomatoes, mushrooms, bok choy, radishes, lettuces, and other tasty greens that have…

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COUNTY: Davidson POPULATION: 18,900 LOCAL LEGEND: Artist Bob Timberlake BARBECUE RESTAURANTS: 13 When Mayor Newell Clark sat down in Earl Blanton’s barber chair for the first time in nearly 20 years, it was as if nothing had changed. Clark, a Davidson County native, had just moved back to Lexington from California, and when he reunited with the man who’d cut his hair as a teenager, the two “picked up right where we left off,” Clark says. “The conversation didn’t change.” It wasn’t the only thing that hadn’t changed in Lexington. Clark’s grandfather’s hardware store was still there, as were Conrad & Hinkle Food Market and the Army Navy Store. Clark saw the same people eating at Southern Lunch — “just older and grayer.” “When you walk into our stores, they’re older, and they’ve…