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Our State: Celebrating North CarolinaOur State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

May 2019

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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Knotts IslandFontana Lakeand the Smokies.How do you get to North Carolina’s hard-to-reach places? With a podcast, of course. In the first two seasons of Away Message, host Jeremy Markovich took listeners to the most remote spots in the state — up an 1,800-foot-tall television tower and out on a former Coast Guard light station 32 miles from shore. He also gave listeners a dose of hidden history: a civil rights movement born on a golf course, the frantic search for our state’s priceless copy of the Bill of Rights, and the long-lost audiotape that revealed the origins of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream speech.”The third season will feature even more remote places, lost artifacts, overlooked people, and forgotten stories. Listen at away.ourstate.com or subscribe by searching for…

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our state celebrating north carolina

FOUNDED BY CARL GOERCH IN 1933President & Publisher BERNARD MANNAssociate Publisher LYNN TUTTEROWEDITORIAL editorial@ourstate.comEditor in Chief ELIZABETH HUDSONExecutive Editor TODD DULANEYFeatures Editor LOUISE JARVIS FLYNNSenior Editor MARK KEMPAssociate Editor KATIE SAINTSINGAssistant Editors KATIE KING, KATIE SCHANZEEditorial Assistant CHLOE KLINGSTEDTEditorial Interns AYLA SAMLI, MEGAN SMITH, MARY KATHERINE WALTDesign Director CLAUDIA ROYSTONArt Director JASON CHENIEREditorial Designer JEANNE KINGAssociate Designer HANNAH WRIGHTArt Assistant KELLY GREENDIGITAL digital@ourstate.comDigital Manager & Strategist JEREMY MARKOVICHProducer JAMES MIECZKOWSKIVideographer DILLON DEATONContent Editor KATIE SCHANZEWeb & Social Media Producer ALEXIS CASTANOSCONTRIBUTING WRITERSGraham Averill, Krista Bremer, C.A. Carlson, Kaia Findlay, Philip Gerard, Leigh Ann Henion, Alan Hodge, Leah Hughes, Susan Stafford Kelly, T. Edward Nickens, Drew Perry, Steven Petrow, Aaron Reuben, Eleanor Spicer Rice, Lynn WellsADVERTISING sales@ourstate.comSales Manager JENN WHITEOperations Manager KATHERINE BONNEYDigital Sales Strategist KIMBERLY SIMPSONAccount Supervisors BILL BUSCHMANN, CHRIS…

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star attraction

In the absolute, exact geographic center of this state, as measured by the Army Corps of Engineers — latitude: 35° 23’ 59.12070” N; longitude: 79° 45’ 0.99676” W — and designated as the Town of Star, there’s no grocery store; you’ve got to go down the road to Food King in Biscoe or Troy. There’s no Walmart, no Costco, no Target, no Hardee’s, no McDonald’s. No chain hotels, but there is the Star Hotel Bed and Breakfast, a sprawling, baby-blue, Queen Anne-style house overflowing with antiques and history. I’ve spent the night here and slept well, because there’s also no traffic on Main Street in Star in the middle of the night.A half-mile up Main Street, on the other side of the railroad tracks that run through the middle of…

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bargains abound

1 The Farmers Market Flea Market has been in business for more than 50 years and boasts 500 vendors. This bounty of bargains is located near U.S. Highway 64 in what town that’s famous for its barbecue?A. LexingtonB. AshevilleC. Greenville2 The I-40 Flea & Farmers Market in Statesville hosts special events throughout the year, including Kids Day, a Halloween celebration, and exhibitions of what professional sport, featuring meet-and-greets with athletes such as “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant?A. WrestlingB. Barrel racingC. Boxing3 Decker’s Flea Market in Murphy has been around since 1977 and is one of the largest in western North Carolina. One of the most iconic items at Decker’s is a life-size replica of what simian?A. LionB. DonkeyC. Gorilla4 Sweet Union Flea Market on U.S. Highway 74 calls itself the…

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RECIPE for SUCCESSREADING ABOUT OPEN Kitchen brought back a lot of great memories (“A Slice to Remember,” March, page 50). While I was in high school in the Newton-Conover area, if you wanted to impress your date, you took her to Open Kitchen on Saturday night. Usually, you took her with your two buddies and their dates (a parent’s car only seated six). I could usually be guaranteed a good-night kiss on the front porch, even with the light on, as my date was impressed.Eddie WarrenNEWTONSpeedy’s Pizza, Sylva (TIM ROBISON)I WAS A STUDENT AT DUKE IN THE EARLY ’70S. Freshman year, our Theta pledge class was taken to Annamaria’s for the first time. I remember Bat yelling the orders to the kitchen: “That’s three spag with balls.” Great food, and…

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gifts for weddings

Shop at OURSTATESTORE.COM or call us at (800) 948-1409Wooden Picture Frame | $34Made in the USAFrench-Style Rolling Pin | $60Made by Jem Klein in NCRecipe Box Set | $40Made by Kohnen’s Nook in NCPottery Bud Vase Set | $72Made by Studio Pema in NCCocktail Shaker | $24Etched in the USAGlass Decanter | $55Etched in the USAStemless Glass Set | $49Etched in the USAMagnetic Knife Strip | $68Made in the USACarved Pottery Pitcher | $100Made by Jeff Brown in NCFREE SHIPPINGAlways FREE SHIPPING for orders over $100 (excluding food items)…