2014 Singer-Songwriter Contest

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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Arts & Culture


The People’s Poet

North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers travels the state as our literary ambassador.
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A History of North Carolina Wine: From Scuppernong to Syrah by Alexia Jones Helsley

Archivist and historian Alexia Jones Helsley developed an interest in North Carolina’s grape-growing and winemaking history while doing research in the western part of the state. She discovered a tradition ripe with success and failure, dreamers and risk-takers.
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Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin

Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin portrays life and relationships as ever-evolving works in progress.
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Sacred Space

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s Judaic Art Gallery is the most visible expression of Jewish cultural heritage in the South, largely because of one man and the commitment he inspired in others.
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Moments that Matter

When a bride walks down the aisle, flowers say, “Congratulations.” When a widower loses his love, flowers say, “I’m sorry.” Since 1872, Wilmington residents have relied on Rehder Florist to accent life’s most important occasions.
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Fudging on the Facts

In the end, fiction is simply the art of making things up, which is the opposite — not of truth — but of fact.
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Playing by Heart: The Story of Jim Avett

Jim Avett’s life is a song with many verses, but it always returns to the chorus — a hard-working father with a passion for music.
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Like Shining from Shook Foil by Cathy Smith Bowers

Cathy Smith Bowers’s new book, Like Shining from Shook Foil, is a collection of poems from her previous four collections and 19 uncollected poems.
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Small Town Gossip

Small Town Gossip by Small Town Gossip

The self-titled, debut album from Winston-Salem folk-pop trio Small Town Gossip tells stories of fleeting romance, enduring friendships, and hanging on to young adulthood.
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Month of Music

A Month of North Carolina Music

Explore North Carolina’s rich musical heritage with this special collection of Our State stories and video.
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