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10 Our State Long Reads for Your Thanksgiving

The best stories are always those shared over food. As you swap old stories and make new ones this Thanksgiving, we present to you a few of our own. Long-form favorites from the year, they’re perfect for the ride home or for that leftover-induced stint on the couch.

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Readers’ Choice: The Best of Our State 2014

In 2014, we hope that the covers, stories, photo essays, videos, and recipes we shared celebrated the people and places of North Carolina and made you think just a little differently about the state we call home. As the year comes to a close, take a look back at all of the great Our State issues from the past year and vote for your favorites.

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Quintessential Tar Heel Christmas Experiences

’Tis the season of many things — eggnog, bright lights, “Silent Night” — and fitting it all into a single month requires some list-making. So, from Our State to you (in no particular order): the signature components of Christmastime in Carolina.

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Quiz: Which holiday decoration are you?

With every holiday decoration comes a backstory and a personality. Take this quiz to discover which holiday decoration is as goofy, thoughtful, or dependable as you are.

Thanksgiving

Food

Thanksgiving: The Season’s Superior Celebration

Why Thanksgiving — eaten on plywood or mahogany tables, from paper or porcelain plates, while wearing jeans or jewels — deserves the “most favored” holiday designation.
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Food

Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches

There are few things greater in life than Thanksgiving dinner — well, except maybe the leftovers.
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Arts & Culture

Western Carolina University’s Marching Band to Perform in the Big Apple

Start spreading the news — Western Carolina University’s marching band is heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Arts & Culture

100 Years of Hugging: Winey Bears Country Store

Whether torn to shreds by a jealous pet, or simply loved to pieces after years of cuddling, stuffed animals find intensive care in an Oak Island toy surgeon’s hands.
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Arts & Culture

Joyride: A Sled Ride with Grandpa

A coastal snowfall, an iconic sled, and a gruff grandpa conspire for a final adventure down the dunes.
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Food

Cranberry Bourbon Martini

The balanced sweet and smoky flavors of this cranberry bourbon martini are sure to bring some added cheer to your next holiday gathering.
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Sponsored

Patriot Rovers Brings Healing to Veterans with PTSD

A High Point nonprofit not only trains and provides service dogs to veterans with PTSD, but also names the dogs in honor of soldiers who have lost their lives.
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Travel

Sculptors Converge in Small-Town Bakersville

Take a day to visit this single-stoplight mountain town, where many hands make artwork.
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Food

Fair Game Beverage Company:
Bold, Local Character

A new distillery in Pittsboro uses an age-old technique to highlight North Carolina flavors.
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