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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

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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Mann Media
12 Issues

in this issue

5 min
safe passage for dreams

SOMEWHERE AHEAD, THERE IS JUST enough water. Between two marsh points, along the oyster bars, the creek channel at high tide is barely deep enough for my boat to pass. The catch is that I have to hit it just right. Veer left or right, and there are three ways to run aground: on hard sand, in deep muck, or — the least desirable option — through oyster beds that will chew up both my propeller and my wallet. I line up the bow and bite my lip. Then I gun the motor. There’s a lesson in this: Some of the best things in life lie just beyond the shoals, and while it’s sometimes possible to carefully pick your way through the shallows, it’s also sometimes best to square up to…

1 min
sacred sounds

PICTURE A PERFECTLY PLAIN country church. White walls, green roof, square steeple. No organ, no hymnals, no kneelers. Entirely wooden: honey-hued floors, cream-colored board-and-batten walls, pews enough for only 80. Give it a name — Chapel of Rest — and put it on a hill reached by a winding road outside Lenoir, with fields below and foothills in the distance. After a fire destroyed the original 1887 structure, this church was rebuilt in 1917 by its Episcopal priest, who was also headmaster at the adjacent Patterson School for Boys. In 1984, a group of volunteers — including Liza Plaster, the priest’s great-granddaughter — established an organization to preserve and maintain the chapel. Twice yearly, a concert is held in the sanctuary. On this particular day, Bill and the Belles, fresh from a…

2 min
our state store

A. Wooden Serving Board & Knife Set Lexington’s Carolina Grain Co. makes this statement cherry wood charcuterie board and matching spreading knife. 22" x 8". $82 #6030-633 B. Farmhouse Tobacco Basket This heirloom rattan tobacco basket with leather handles is handmade in Charlotte by artisan Nancy Duffie. 14" x 10½" x 3". $62 #6010-026 C. Hummingbird Garden Towel A ruby-throated hummingbird flits across this 100% cotton flour-sack towel. 25" x 26". $18 #6030-108 A. Watercolor Florals Pillow Enjoy a beautiful watercolor painting of a blooming garden on your porch with this indoor/outdoor pillow made by Hendersonville's Manual Woodworkers and Weavers. 18" square. $34 #6080-039 B. Blossom Breeze Dough Bowl Candle Hand-poured in Beaufort by Sea Oats Candle Company, this rustic wooden vessel is filled with four wicks and a breezy scent of blossoms and tea leaves. 10¾" x 6½" x 2". $50 #6060-140 C. Lace…

2 min
11 spots to see incredible outdoor art

WESTERN □ ASHEVILLE Don’t be fooled by its size — within the River Arts District’s two square miles, you’ll find more than 165 artists and crafters at work. Make sure you take a look at the buildings themselves, too: Huge, colorful murals have turned the neighborhood into an outdoor museum. □ BOONE Whether you’re partial to an outdoor sculpture tour, featuring Daniel Boone, Doc Watson, and Appalachian State’s Yosef, among others, or you enjoy mountain-themed murals splashed across the city, Boone has a range of artistic adventures to choose from. □ LENOIR This charming town takes pride in its artistic culture. There’s plenty to see, but we’ve got your first stop covered: Walk through more than 40 works on display at the Western North Carolina Sculpture Center. □ WEST JEFFERSON Explore downtown to see 18 striking murals that…

1 min
cute cub alert!

FOLKS, LOOK AT THIS CUTE. LITTLE. BEAR CUB. There he is in Asheville at the Biltmore Estate! Ooh, that’s him at the Old Well in Chapel Hill! Say, is that a lighthouse behind him? Yup! Wouldn’t you like to see more of this bear? Wouldn’t you like to know his story? If so, then you’ve already figured out that bear cub advertising works. The little cub in these pictures was 10 weeks old when legendary photographer and Grandfather Mountain proprietor Hugh Morton took him on the road. In April and May of 1972, the cub appeared in 28 programs on 16 television stations and was photographed being adorable in front of landmarks across the state. It was all part of a bond campaign to raise money to create the North Carolina Zoo.…

2 min
an afternoon adventure

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Gather ’round, green thumbs! In nearby Belmont, explore 380 acres of gorgeous gardens, fountains, and meadows on the banks of Lake Wylie — plus a five-story glass Orchid Conservatory (pictured) filled with tropical plants, flowers, and even a waterfall. After admiring Daniel Stowe’s many gardens, discover three miles of walking trails. 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC 28012 dsbg.org Morrow Mountain State Park Hugging the Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers at the western edge of Uwharrie National Forest, this state park offers a mountain escape only an hour’s drive from Charlotte. Trails range from less than a mile to nearly 10 miles in length; whichever route you choose, plan to hike to the peak of Morrow Mountain for an incredible view. Then, head down to Lake Tillery for a…