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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina July 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.

United States
Mann Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
sunshine daydream

We called it “laying out,” not tanning or sunbathing, and it required the following: 1. A reclining lawn chair, the kind with plastic striping stretched across the aluminum frame. Mine was buttercup yellow, from Roses, and, during summers in the 1980s, I put that thing to use every day. 2. Suntan oil, and yes, that’s oil not lotion or, heaven help, sunscreen, although if you had to have some sort of protection, no more than SPF 4. Did we heed the warnings of the wise who cautioned us against burning, against damaging our skin? We did not. My neighbor’s mother had a foldable sun reflector that she held under her chin. My own mother remembers slathering Crisco on her skin at the beach. My friends and I believed the ads in Seventeen…

2 min
the old ball game

1 In 1916, an African-American baseball team called the Royal Giants was organized by a businessman named E.W. Pearson. Many of the players worked at the Vanderbilts’ estate near which city where the team was based? о A. Asheville о B. Boone о C. Hendersonville 2 The number of black baseball teams in North Carolina grew significantly in the 1930s. Some played in cities, but small towns had teams, too, such as the Erwin Red Sox and the Independents from Louisburg, the seat of which county? о A. Swain о B. Ashe о C. Franklin 3 The Charlotte ’76 Club was organized in the late 19th century and played against rivals such as the Lone Nine, which was based in which Cabarrus County town? о A. Salisbury о B. Concord о C. Statesville 4 During the early 1950s, white baseball teams in…

2 min

BIG ON BEANS I’M A MOTHER OF A 6-YEAR-OLD who has the unfortunate luck of homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been an adjustment, to say the very least. It wasn’t until the May hiking issue came to our mailbox yesterday that I realized I could switch out our typical, repetitive kindergarten storybooks with stories from Our State magazine. This morning was delightful: reading aloud to my son about North Carolina culture and noticing how vocabulary-rich each Our State article is! Today, we learned about nicknames for beans, Roots Hummus, and the Shores’ bean party. And, of course, we sang that infamous bean song. Lauren Thomas WAXHAW Still the Same I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE ARTICLE about Hot Springs that was written by Mark Essig (“Appalachian Oasis,” May, page 114). It reminded me of my…

1 min
view from here

Following the Sun RUTHERFORD COUNTY Sunflowers wave in pleasant greeting at cars passing by on U.S. Highway 74 east of Mill Spring. This field was planted as part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Wildflower Program, which began in 1985 as a way to beautify our highways with colorful flowers like snapdragons, poppies, and cosmos. In 2015, sunflowers and other plants were added to the mix in an effort to attract more pollinators. Our native sunflowers welcome bees, butterflies, and birds with true Southern hospitality — friendly faces as bright as the sun.…

3 min

POPULATION: 690 MEDIAN AGE: 56 AREA: 1.5 square miles NAMED AFTER: Cherokee chief whose name means “Corn River” The Green River might have drawn whitewater kayaking enthusiast Sara Bell to Saluda, but it was the tight-knit community that convinced her to stay. In the 1980s, the one-time “sleepy little mountain town” started attracting artists and musicians, who transformed the neglected downtown into a thriving retail district. The businesses range from bakeries and general stores to galleries and a museum, but all of them have one thing in common: “No one started a business because they wanted it to be super successful,” Bell says. “They did it because they were passionate about their skill and wanted to share it. It’s led to a really eclectic collection of storefronts on Main Street.” Stay The Orchard Inn. The former…

1 min
a hotel for art’s sake

AT WINSTON-SALEM’S WHEREHOUSE ART HOTEL, owner Haydee Thompson’s primary goal is not to book stays, but to sell art. The four guest rooms essentially operate as gallery spaces, including one that showcases a different artist each month. “Winston is changing fast, and developers are snapping up old buildings like this for luxury apartments,” Thompson says. “We’re supposed to be the City of Arts and Innovation, and I feel a responsibility to support that vision.” A wooden staircase leads visitors up above Krankies Coffee into what used to be a meatpacking facility. Colorful art adorns the brick walls, and at the top of the stairs, a chandelier is made out of dozens of test tubes filled with old photo negatives. Almost every piece is for sale. “People check in here, and…