Our State: Celebrating North Carolina April 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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art springs eternal

Finally, just when we thought we couldn’t take winter much longer, spring sprung, making good on its promise once again. My grandmother traded the brocade drapes on her windows for airy sheers and laid a cotton braided rug over the hallway furnace vent. I traded my indoor coloring books for a drugstore watercolor paint set, the kind with two rows of colors and a red plastic paintbrush that snapped into the center of the tin. While she went to the backyard to snip tulips, I found a spot in the sunshine on the front porch and carefully laid out my wares: my tin of paints, a stack of paper with a rock on top to guard against the wind, a jelly jar filled with water. I had no shortage of subjects…

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north carolina nations

1 The Coharie Tribe shares its name with the Little Coharie River, and calls southeastern North Carolina home. The Coharie Tribal Center in Clinton is located in which county? ⚬ A. Pender ⚬ B. New Hanover ⚬ C. Sampson 2 In 1962, English E. Jones became the first member of the Lumbee Tribe to be named president of Pembroke State College. Today, members of the tribe continue to hold leadership positions — like Chancellor Robin Cummings. The school goes by which name now? ⚬ A. UNC Pembroke ⚬ B. Pembroke University ⚬ C. Pembroke State University 3 Many members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians live on the Qualla Boundary, which is adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Almost every year since 1950, the story of this tribe has been told in which outdoor drama written…

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A Girl & HER GEESE I WAS TRANSPORTED BACK to my early childhood when I reached the last page of Our State’s February issue (“Guardians of the Geese,” page 132). My family lived in Norwood, North Carolina for the first five years of my life. My mother, who liked to take photos and write articles about places and people in our state, often took us on weekend excursions to places she wanted to include in her stories. We went on several occasions to Gaddy’s Goose Pond. Here is a photo that Mother took of me feeding the geese. I must have been 3 or 4 at the time. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Pam CarrollWINSTON-SALEM A STITCH IN TIME I appreciate the nod to hosiery mills in the photo essay (“In Praise…

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view from here

Cast a Line BUXTON The sun may be going to sleep, but these fishermen at Cape Point sure aren’t. By the dwindling light of the sun’s rosy-orange rays, the men wade into the surf with anticipation, hoping for a heart-thumping tug on their lines. Maybe they’ll catch a Spanish mackerel or a mullet. But from April to November, the real stars of the sea — or Cape Point, at least — are the red drum. Each spring, experienced anglers congregate at this Hatteras Island spot to take part in the “drum run.” Catching this copper-hued fish is the grand finale to a long day on the beach.…

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to-do list

plant AZALEAS When azaleas begin to bloom in striking colors — pink, yellow, white, red, purple — gardeners around our state know it’s time. Springtime, that is! Lucky for us, Hanna Smith, an urban horticulture extension agent (and azalea fan), has a few tips for successfully growing this Southern Classic. 1 Choose for size and space. Pick an azalea that will fit into its new home. They shouldn’t need much pruning — just cut them back with hand clippers soon after the flowers fade. 2 Pine is fine. Lace bugs attack azaleas in full sun, and the shrubs thrive in partial shade. “Plant them under pine trees because of the dappled sunlight,” Smith says. 3 Acidic soil reigns. North Carolina’s red-clay soil tends to be acidic, which works well for azaleas. The ideal pH for this shrub…

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COUNTY: Forsyth POPULATION: 24,600 NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES: 8 NICKNAME: The Heart of the Triad On Friday nights during the high school football season, people from all over Kernersville turn out to watch the local teenagers play — whether they’re proud parents or not. One of those people is Jenny Fulton, a town alderman and former business owner. Even though her kids didn’t play football, she worked in the concession stand for eight years. “I was there every Friday night because that’s how great the community is,” she says. “You have people whose children graduate, and they’re still volunteering and helping at East Forsyth [High School] 10 and 20 years later. It’s a family.” Fulton has been part of the Kernersville family for 19 years, and she’s lived in Forsyth County her whole…