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Readers’ Choice: The Best of Our State 2014

The results are in! See the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
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Arts & Culture

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Joyride: A Sled Ride with Grandpa

A coastal snowfall, an iconic sled, and a gruff grandpa conspire for a final adventure down the dunes.
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Coming Home with Leah Shaw: Performance and Q&A

Leah Shaw, winner of Our State’s 2014 Singer-Songwriter competition, performs her song “Carolina I’m Home” and talks about pining for the land of the longleaf pine.
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Grits & Soul: Live at Our State

Asheville’s Grits & Soul sings about love, heartbreak, and North Carolina in the Our State library.
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Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends, “Wake Me, Carolina”

In 2007, folk musician Stephanie Stewart left North Carolina for the Pacific Northwest. A year later, she returned with inspiration for a song. Watch Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends perform “Wake Me, Carolina” at Turntable in Jamestown.
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Lords of the Ring: The Raleigh Ringers

When this handbell choir puts on a show, the rhymes and chimes of traditional melodies give way to rock ’n’ roll.
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Annie Cicale Calligraphy

From the pen of a Fairview artist flows proof of the enduring importance of handwriting.
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Paperhand Puppet Intervention Inspires Family Fun

In Saxapahaw, volunteers gather to turn cardboard, cornstarch, and other odds and ends into puppets whose giant size matches the scope of their makers’ mission.
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The Sound of Dreams: American Idol

Fantasia. Scotty. Caleb. Three winners, more than any other state in the nation. And a slew of famous finalists. “American Idol” introduced the country to a new voice of North Carolina. How did this phenomenon happen?
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Music Issue Mix: November 2014

We couldn’t have created a music issue without feeling inspired by our favorite music-makers.
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Heart and Soul Behind Edward Loewenstein’s Home

In the staid culture of 1950s North Carolina, roofs were to be pointed, nature was to stay outside, and people were to know their places. A Greensboro architect pushed against those barriers, starting with his family home.
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