February 2013

Flying South: How the world’s birds found a home in North Carolina. Chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!


  • Get In The Game!: Enter to win tickets to the entire ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, March 14-17, 2013, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Presented exclusively by Burlington/Alamance County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • The Our State Quiz – Now Online!: Our State’s monthly quizzes began in the 1930s under the title, “How many can you answer.” Now current and past quizzes are available online. Take the quiz, get a score, and even print a certificate entitling you to North Carolina bragging rights.
  • What The Locals Know: Rocky Mount: Kelly Lee and Otis Chancey, resident experts of Rocky Mount, tell us where to go and what to do in this eastern North Carolina town.
  • How To Survive Winter Backpacking: Be ready for your next winter hike with these tips from John Pugh, an expert guide at Great Outdoor Provision Company.
  • Carolina Jazz Soundtrack: Enjoy jazz from some of North Carolina’s great jazz musicians in this month’s Soundtrack.
  • First Listen: Barbara McKenzie’s New Album: Hear four exclusive selections from McKenzie, a classically trained pianist who is bringing quality music to our coastal cities and beyond.
  • Civil War Collection: Philip Gerard’s series of stories chronicling life in the Old North State during the Civil War is now available online. This online collection is presented by
  • Sweepstakes & Giveaways: Click for a listing of current sweepstakes.


The Birdman by Michael Graff

Photography by Travis Dove
Birds of many feathers flock to Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Halifax County. They come because one man, Mike Lubbock, brings them here for one reason: his unwavering love.


Carolina ‘Cue

Country Barbeque by J. Brian Ewing

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
Cars whiz by, traffic lights blink, but this restaurant on Wendover Avenue maintains an uninterrupted consistency that sets it apart.

The Civil War: Religion in the Ranks, Chapter II of II by Philip Gerard

Image courtesy of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries
The passion of one minister, the Rev. Alexander Davis Betts, pushes him to great lengths with the 30th North Carolina regiment.
Volume 3, Part Two

Lyrical North Carolina by Michael Chitwood

Photography by Travis Dove
The splendor of this state has nurtured many poets and encouraged them to put pen to paper. The richness of that tradition inspires one such writer to take note.

An Earthly Pursuit by Jeffrey Turner

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
Juggtown Pottery, a Seagrove tradition almost a century old, is in good hands – the same ones that have shaped the name for nearly as long.

Rocky Mount: A Town Divided, Uniting by Michael Graff

Photography by Travis Dove
A complicated city that has seen better days – and worse – hopes for one thing: The best is yet to come.

Sweet Spot by Tripp Mickle

Photography by Travis Dove
At Bar Cocoa in The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Charlotte, everything you see is a treat.

A Case for Camping in the Snow by T. Edward Nickens

Illustration by Joesph Edwards
Winter backpacking might make you shiver at the mere thought. But before you shake your head no, consider what you are missing.



Listening: A Love Story by Elizabeth Hudson

Photography by Sara Brennan-Harrell

Our State Quiz

North Carolina Women by Alan Hodge

Photography courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina
They are leaders, educators, and occasional rebels, who, in their will and compassion, shape the state.

Carolina Culture

Filling in the Gaps by Katie Saintsing

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
Museum workers in Old Salem find unknown objects from the South’s history and search for the story behind them.

Musical Missionary by Tim Bass

Photography by Joshua Curry
A classically trained pianist who has toured the world brings quality music to our coastal cities.

Mountain Voices by Heidi Coryell Williams

Photography by Matt Rose
A Sylvia radio program preserves Appalachian history through spoken narratives.

One Bead at a Time by Leah Hughes

Photography by Brent Clark
At 80 years old, Eric Ennis creates artwork on fine fabrics with skills he’s practiced for decades.

Book Review

Tar Heel Town

Pittsboro by Sarah Perry

Photography by Brent Clark
In a town where everyone seems to have big ideas, the success of a local currency shows the value in working together to make them happen.

Good Food

Maple View Farm by Emily Wallace

Photography by Lissa Gotwals
In Hillsborough, a fifth-generation dairyman and his wife tend a herd of cows with a heritage as strong as the family’s.

Gather ‘Round the Table by Jeffrey Turner

Photography by Matt Hulsman
An inn in Bryson City knows the secret to an inviting meal.


The Prize Inside by Emily Burniston

Photography by Kirk Pullen
If you open this peanut bar from Warsaw, you won’t be disappointed.

From this Seat by Leah Hughes

Photography by Lissa Gotwals
Inside Coker Arboretum in Chapel Hill, you can observe native plants sharing soil with plants from all around the world.

Virginia Creeper by Leah Hughes

Photography by
One, two, three, four, five – allow this plant to thrive.

Dates and Events

Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium by Jeffrey Turner

Photography by Scott Taylor
Explore all of the state’s aquatic life, from the mountains to the coast.

5 Things Every North Carolinian Should Do This Month

Sanitary Fish Market’s 75th Anniversary, NoDable Series, N.C. Symphony: Freedom!, Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival, and Neuse River Music Fest.

Tar Heel Image

Return to Harbor by David Haynes of Elizabeth City

Sunset at Ocracoke Island.