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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina February 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
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
built to last

In 1979, we moved from our small house in downtown Asheboro to our new home in the country, a two-story Cape Cod on a hill. It had a sunken den with wide wooden beams overhead, a wood-burning fireplace, and a two-car garage My dad never intended to park any cars in that garage and instead turned it into a workshop, something he’d wanted his whole life. He built a woodworking table to fit the space and set up sawhorses in the corners. Over the years, he outfitted his shop well, accumulating a band saw, a circular saw, a jigsaw, a scroll saw. He hung clamps and handsaws from pegs and balanced large sheets of lumber against the walls. He filled three metal toolboxes with screwdrivers and hammers and made weekly runs…

2 min
how it’s made

1 FireFly Balloons in Statesville manufactures some of the biggest and most brightly colored hot-air balloons in the world. This company takes part in which annual ballooning event held in its hometown? • A. Carolina BalloonFest• B. Balloons Over Statesville• C. Carolina Balloon Convention 2 Ludwig Drums makes a variety of drum types in its Monroe factory. The company got plenty of exposure when its drums were played by which member of The Beatles? • A. Keith Moon• B. George Harrison• C. Ringo Starr 3 Sixty years ago, Hatteras Yachts, located in New Bern, constructed a 41-foot-long yacht — the first in the world designed to navigate the waters off Cape Hatteras — out of which material? • A. Carbon fiber• B. Aluminum• C. Fiberglass 4 Greg Black Mouthpieces in Mount Holly handcrafts brass mouthpieces for…

2 min
little hands, big hearts

THE DECEMBER STORY “A Handmade Holiday” made my day (page 96). My favorite thing at Christmas is decorating the tree, especially with the handmade ornaments my girls have made over the years. It makes me so happy to see them each year. One of my favorite ornaments is a wreath made of beads and lace. My mama made that one years and years ago. She is no longer with us, but I hang it on the tree in her honor every year. Janice IshikawaLOUISBURG AS AN ART TEACHER, I HAVE ALWAYS SAVED THE ARTWORK OF MY two girls, Annie and Catherine. They made precious ornaments in elementary school. I still remember how proud they were to present their dad and me with their ornaments, wrapped so carefully in tissue and bows. The…

3 min
to-do list

arrange A BACKYARD BOUQUET Stacy Curtis, head floral designer at The Farmer’s Wife Antiques & Flowers in Greensboro, has spent the past few decades designing bouquets that are made to last. Follow Curtis’s six steps to building a beautiful backyard arrangement that will thrive for weeks. 1 Gather fresh evergreen varieties, bare branches, and blooms. In February, Curtis usually looks for little gem magnolia, sweet gum or river birch branches, and Lenten roses or forsythia blooms. Fruit tree blossoms like apple, pear, or peach can also work in a bouquet.2 Pull off and throw away any foliage that will be below the waterline in your vase — leaves left underwater will rot.3 Fill a vase with warm, nearly hot water, and give your stems a clean cut before placing them inside. Warm water…

4 min
brooklyn arts district

COUNTY: New Hanover AKA: Brooklyn, Historic Northside LOCAL LEGEND: Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters Musician Zach Hanner has performed just about everywhere in the Brooklyn Arts District, yet not a single venue in the neighborhood is used solely for music: He’s played with his two bands, Da Howlies and The Blarney Brogues, at a bar, an art gallery and wine shop, and a bottle shop. As an actor, too, he performed stand-up comedy at Acme Art Studios in the ’90s. Even the Brooklyn Arts Center doubles as a wedding venue. In this budding arts district, visual and performing artists come together to share their creativity. “Pre-Covid, you would see people out in the back of Goat & Compass, planning an art sale or a show after spending the day working in Acme…

1 min
1898 monument and memorial park

On a grassy knoll just blocks from the Cape Fear River, six bronze paddles rise above the landscape, a monument to the dozens of African Americans who lost their lives in the massacre of 1898. That year, a mob of white supremacists overthrew Wilmington’s elected biracial government in the only coup d’état ever to take place in the U.S. Today, the 1898 Monument and Memorial Park is located in what was once simply known as the Brooklyn neighborhood — a prosperous, diverse residential and commercial district where African Americans and immigrants owned businesses as architects, doctors, lawyers, and jewelers from the end of the Civil War until World War II. Designed by sculptor Ayokunle Odeleye of Atlanta, the monument includes two brick-and-concrete walls known as “Hope Circle” and “Peace Circle”…