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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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Arts & Culture

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Corolla’s Castle: The Whalehead Club

Today, Whalehead in historic Corolla stands quietly. But in the Roaring ’20s, when a wealthy industrialist and his wife built their dream home here on the Outer Banks, the Art Nouveau manse hummed — thanks to the couple’s reveling guests and the house’s electric power, which wouldn’t reach the rest of the island for 40 more years.
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Summer 2014 Soundtrack

A North Carolina summer sounds like no other. While fireflies and fireworks light up the evening skies, we invite you to sit back and enjoy this playlist which features some of our favorite artists from across the state. Like what you hear? You can catch most of these bands on tour this season.
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Mint Julep Jazz Band: Live at Our State

Durham’s Mint Julep Jazz Band turns the Our State library into a dance hall.
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A Midsummer Classic

Here is July 1: the 182nd day of the year, the halfway point, the midsection of 2014, with 183 days left.

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2014 Singer-Songwriter Competition

Can you write the next great ode to North Carolina? Enter this year’s singer-songwriter contest presented by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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Summer Photo Contest

See the winners from our summer photo contest presented by Got to Be NC Agriculture.
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Carolina Classic: Carolina Moon

Explore how people across North Carolina celebrate their Carolina moon through music, food, and community.
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Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends: Live at Our State

Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends play some of their newest tunes in the Our State library.
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A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

Remembering the phenomenal poet who adopted North Carolina as her home.
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Dance Till Dawn

In Rocky Mount, June Germans were the high-society highlight of the year, transforming tobacco warehouses and bringing big bands, national press, and even a movie star to town.
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