Mount Gilead

Nearly 1,000 years ago, the Pee Dee made a village out of this land on the southern edge of the Uwharrie Mountains. Today, their ceremonial center is preserved at Town Creek Indian Mound, and their humble spirit persists in the people who now make Mount Gilead home.
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Art Lesson

Artists spend a lifetime perfecting their craft, but much of what they learn can be summarized in just a few seconds for those of you who love art yet want to spend your life doing something productive. For instance, it
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wild north carolina

Wild North Carolina: Discovering the Wonders of Our State’s Natural Communities by David Blevins and Michael P. Schafale

David Blevins’s magnificent photographs and Michael Schafale’s insightful prose create an invaluable book for anyone who loves North Carolina’s natural bounty. Blevins, photographer and ecologist, and Schafale, community ecologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, offer a lesson in
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under the mercy trees

Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton

As he heads back to Solace Fork, North Carolina, Martin Owenby has plenty of strikes against him. He is a drunk. He is a gay man who’s hidden the secret from his family. He is virtually penniless, having failed to
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One Curious Guy

Piedmont Laureate Scott Huler doesn’t specialize. The Raleigh writer asks as many questions, about as many different things, as he can.
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Friday Night Fish Fry

To get to Little Texas Fish Camp from my house in Randolph County, you had to cross a one-lane bridge that ran beside a dam. The bridge was past the round of a curve, and it was tricky business to
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Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Jazz up a traditional baked potato with this stuffed baked potato recipe from A Taste of Shiloh.
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Steak Fajitas

This easy fajita recipe from Beef Made Easy is a quick dinner the whole family will love.
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Farm Fresh North Carolina by Diane Daniel

Diane Daniel provides a thorough guide to North Carolina’s family farms, produce stands, farmers markets, wineries, and orchards.
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The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle

Sheri Castle’s newest cookbook walks you through the pleasures of fresh, local, and seasonal food with more than 300 recipes.
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