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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina July 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.

United States
Mann Media
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
adventures with toad & wee

Author Drew Perry has long chronicled his adventures exploring the sights and sounds (and sometimes flavors) of North Carolina with his two young sons — known affectionately in the Perry household as The Toad and The Wee. They’ve listened for echoes near the Nantahala River, driven to the state border for a burger, and camped in their own backyard. With the boys’ help, Drew discovers the best parts of our state all over again, as if for the first time. And now you can, too! Find the entire series at ourstate.com/toadandwee.…

2 min
easy does it

Nowadays, you can get a hot dog loaded with whatever you want: pimento cheese, bacon bits, jalapeño peppers, sauerkraut, barbecue (I’ve seen it), ketchup (if you must). For me, though, the one and only way to eat a hot dog is all the way — mustard, chili, slaw, and onions — exactly the way my dad made them. We always had a package of hot dogs in the refrigerator: Bryan’s Juicy Jumbos that my dad bought whole-sale to serve in his sandwich shop in Asheboro. At the restaurant, he grilled hot dogs on the flattop, but at home, for an easy summer lunch for just the two of us, he boiled them, two or three minutes in a saucepan. To fire up the charcoal grill would’ve taken way too long, and…

2 min
roads scholar

1 One of the first “superhighways” in North Carolina — connecting the Virginia and South Carolina state lines — goes by which number? ○ A. 40 ○ B. 26 ○ C. 85 2 Interstates cover more than 1,300 miles of paved roads in our state. Which government agency is responsible for keeping all of this pavement in good condition? ○ A. NC Department of Transportation ○ B. NC Division of Road Maintenance ○ C. NC Department of Roadways 3 A section of I-40, from the Pender/New Hanover county line to the road’s eastern terminus, is named for which famous basketball star who grew up in Wilmington? ○ A. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ○ B. Michael Jordan ○ C. Bill Russell 4 I-74 traverses three areas of our state, including Laurinburg, the Piedmont Triad, and Mount Airy. Which mountain can drivers see as they travel…

1 min
a hoot for may

I TRULY ENJOYED the May ’21 issue. I love birds and have bird baths and feeders in my yard (“A Bird’s Eye View of North Carolina,” May, page 110). I especially liked seeing the barred owl (page 130) since I lived 24 years in the mountains north of Asheville, where I would see and hear them frequently. They are beautiful birds, and I miss them. Seeing the owls in the photo essay took me back to the good old days. Victoria QuinnHAMPSTEAD GRATEFUL for GRANT Ernest helped save my dad 20 years ago at the Jaycee Burn Center (“The Gentle Giant from Swannanoa,” May, page 144). That experience made me become a nurse. You rock, Ernest! Kelly LacyVIA INSTAGRAM Sowing MEMORIES WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, my parents had a small farm about three miles outside…

1 min
view from here

Go With the Flow WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH In the summer, Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier offers a view of happy vacationers digging their toes in the sand, listening to the waves crash, and completely surrendering to the carefree ways of the coast. Ocean-front cottages along the shore turn orange briefly as the sun descends over Wrightsville Beach. Parents give splashing children a final 10-minute warning before it’s time to dry off and head in for dinner. LAKE JOHNSON On the southwest side of Raleigh, a 150-acre lake provides a welcome respite from the rush of downtown. City dwellers looking for a green escape frequent the tranquil Lake Johnson Park to fish, kayak, canoe, hike, or relax in a waterfront hammock. If you happen to catch a sunset here on a clear night, you’ll soon see a…

3 min
to-do list

watch fireworks Commemorate Independence Day with family and friends at fireworks celebrations across the state. FIREWORKS WITH THE DASH • WINSTON-SALEM JULY 3 Hang out at Truist Stadium — the Dash’s home field — and see fireworks illuminate the night sky. (336) 714-2287, wsdash.com. FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA • BLOWING ROCK JULY 4 Spend the day at Tweetsie Railroad’s Wild West theme park, and after the park closes, experience a fireworks show from the parking lot. (800) 526-5740, tweetsie.com. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION • NEW BERN JULY 4 Enjoy live music, games, and activities, then sit back for a fireworks display at Lawson Creek Park. (252) 639-2901, newbernnc.gov. Discover more spots to watch fireworks across North Carolina at ourstate.com/fireworkspots. meet HENDERSON COUNTY ARTISTS Colorful waterfalls and mountainsides emerge in front of Hendersonville artist Lorraine Cathey as she uses barbed needles to move wool…