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Fiddle or Violin?

The fiddle is an instrument so versatile it takes on a different name when it’s used to play classical music.
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Fiddle Festivals

Fiddlers’ conventions have long brought North Carolina communities together.
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Cigar-Box Fiddles

A craftsman in Asheville combines music, art, and history to give cigar boxes unexpected new life.

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Russell Palmer and Charlie Daniels

The Man Who Taught a Fiddler to Play Guitar

Before he learned to play fiddle, the South’s most famous fiddler learned to play guitar. Charlie Daniels has never forgotten that moment, or the friend who taught him.
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Two Berries Are Better Than One

Because having two official state berries — the blueberry and the strawberry — means plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience.

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License Plates Quiz

Take this quiz to learn about the history of our North Carolina license plate, then see how many of the more than 150 specialty tags you can spot on the road.
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Sea Change

At Ocean Isle Beach, there are things that you might not expect to encounter, like the 11 varieties of palm trees that rise up from The Winds resort, and the sticky ribs and Jamaican fried plantains at the little yellow
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Lumina Pavilion

“Only when it was gone did we realize what was lost.”
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Lakeside Legends

In the ’60s and ’70s, Williams Lake and Lake Artesia became weekend hotspots for teens looking to put on their shagging shoes and let loose.

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Debbie Millis' home at 119 Ocean Blvd., Southern Shores.

In Love with Flat Tops

Distinctive cottages with flat roofs were an Outer Banks staple. Dozens survive in Southern Shores, and their admirers are as enchanted as ever by the homes’ iconic simplicity.
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