Enjoy this look at how our August issue on Southern hospitality came together.
Our August issue is our third annual Southern issue, and it’s nothing if not hospitable. In it, you’ll find an essay by Scott Huler on just what Southern hospitality means. You’ll brush up on your manners at Miss Nancy Rascoe’s camp for children. And, you’re invited to sit a spell on the porch (pictured on our cover) at the Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill.
Along with that, you’ll wander Charlotte with writer Jeremy Markovich and explore Asheville’s River Arts District in this month’s photo essay.
Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the August issue.
From New York to Charlotte
One of our favorite essays here at the office is E.B. White’s “Here is New York.” One of our favorite writers is Jeremy Markovich. One day in December, two of our editors had lunch with Jeremy. From that lunch, an idea came: Why don’t we do something like “Here is New York” with Charlotte? For four months (leading up to his June wedding, no less), Jeremy watched his every step in his city, thought about every turn, analyzed every corner. He nearly ran into Ric Flair with his car, and Ric Flair threw his arm out the window and gave Jeremy a, well, gesture. Jeremy saw banking legend Hugh McColl walking on the street. Jeremy ran into so many people and saw so many things, and then he wrote a story about it. It is a story that makes us rethink Charlotte. And if you read it closely enough, it will make you rethink your city, too, wherever you are.
From writer Mike Graff: Like many people, I grew up hearing stories about Hurricane Hazel. One of my dad’s favorites was how he happened to find himself trapped in an A&P Grocery store up in Washington, D.C., when the storm came through. “And one of the windows blew out!” he always says. Over the years, I heard the storm’s name more and more and more. Hazel. I’ve always wanted to write about it. But I couldn’t figure out how until I went to Ocean Isle Beach this spring. When I got there, I realized that while this great storm wrecked a significant portion of eastern North America – from here to that A&P in D.C. and into Toronto – the full scope of Hazel’s wrath is best revealed in one county, in one town, on one beach, on one hill, and in one truck.
Coming Full Circle at Carolina
From writer Leah Hughes, UNC-Chapel Hill graduate: I had wanted to write a story about The Carolina Inn since I stepped on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill as a freshman. The Carolina Inn is something that you aspire to as a student. You want to reach a point where you can check-in at the counter instead of just pass through and gawk between classes. At the inn, there is a new history exhibit. Photos of famous UNC alumni – journalists, doctors, musicians, athletes – line the walls. Hundreds of people who got their start at UNC-Chapel Hill. Although my picture doesn’t hang in the inn, I feel privileged just to say I went to the same school with those people. And it was a rewarding experience to tell the story of a place I’ve admired for a long time.
Artist Chip Holton
When you visit the Printworks Bistro at the Poximity Hotel in Greensboro, you’ll find yourself close to Chip Holton’s artwork. Very close. In fact, you’re sitting on it. As our August story tells, Holton’s unique work adorns the chairs at the bistro and you can find his work around North Carolina in these locations:
North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
301 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27109
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Boulevard
Gastonia, N.C. 28054
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, N.C. 27205
Hanging Rock State Park
1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, N.C. 27106
Davidson County Historical Museum
2 S. Main Street
Lexington, N.C. 27292
Katherine Clay Edwards Library
1420 Price Park Road
Davidson County Public Library
602 S. Main Street
Lexington, N.C. 27292