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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

Letters from Home

Boogie Woogie Redux

Letters From Home — an Andrews Sisters tribute act from the Piedmont — brings fans of the original trio to their feet with World War II-era ditties.
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Venus Fly Trap

Venus Flytrap for State Flower

It already holds the title of state carnivorous plant, and at least one person thinks the swamp-dwelling insect eater should hold the title of official flower, too.
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Radio

Tuning In

North Carolina’s radio pioneers entertained and informed listeners, taking the medium from the coop to the computer.
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Documentary Film Contest: Winner Announced

Congratulations to Sara Cowell! Her film Mountain Style was selected the winner of our first Documentary Film Contest. See her film and other finalists’ films here.
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Jennifer Watlington

Sending a Message

When Jennifer Watlington couldn’t find greeting cards for veterans in her hometown, Reidsville, she created her own.
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Shana Tucker: Live at Our State

“ChamberSoul” cellist and singer/songwriter Shana Tucker and her band stopped by the Our State lobby to perform a few songs that were as much fun to watch as they were to listen to. — Other Performances: Aaron Burdett Band Rhiannon
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Pritchard Park's Drum Circle

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville’s eclectic tastes extend beyond its restaurants. While you’re here, take time to savor some of its local flavor in the form of Pritchard Park’s weekly drum circle.
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Folk Art Center

Crafted and Collected

Traditional artwork finds a home just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville.
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Crossroads of the Natural World by Tom Earnhardt

Crossroads of the Natural World by Tom Earnhardt

Tom Earnhardt’s new book is not a field guide, but it will lead you to think differently about our state.
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Mipso: Live at Our State

Watch this Chapel Hill trio play a few songs from their album, Dark Holler Pop.
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