Digital Archive Scavenger Hunt

Digital Archive Scavenger Hunt

Try your hand at Our State‘s digital archive scavenger hunt for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Our State Store.
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Arts & Culture


The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain

The Midwife’s Confession is ideal for book-discussion groups, which offer an opportunity to ponder the multiple layers of family secrets, relationship drama, and nail-biting suspense.
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The Family Table

One reason I’m not a hundred percent sure that I’m Southern is that I don’t know what a second cousin is or why I might be related to him. (Another reason: I sometimes order grits in the singular form. “I
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Artistic Impression

Asheville resident Wendy Whitson took up art because of her uncle. Although life pulled her away, she now realizes art’s potential to comfort, heal, and revive.
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Open Studio

The Inner Banks Artisans’ Center in Washington provides a place for those who practice art and for those who purchase it.
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Musician Jonathan Byrd at his home in Hillsborough, N.C.

A New Old-Timer

North Carolina native Jonathan Byrd draws upon a style of folk music even older than bluegrass. But he uses those same familiar chords to string together a song that tells our stories. Read a review and hear several tracks from his CD, Cackalack.
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Iron House by John Hart

Listen to an audio clip from Iron House, from New York Times bestselling author and North Carolina native John Hart.
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Big Pumpkin

Big Pumpkins, Blue Ribbons

Online gardening contributor Toby Bost makes a visit to the Dixie Classic Fair. As the big pumpkins are loaded onto the scales, he’s reminded of his own attempt at winning a blue ribbon.
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In the Garden with Our State (November 2011)

Autumn is here, and your garden still needs special care. Follow these tips to keep your garden and lawn healthy during the autumn climate changes.
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Eastern Strings

For nearly 40 years, the Tar River Boys have played mountain music with their own lively style, bringing the high lonesome sound to the flatlands of eastern North Carolina.
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tales from a free range childhood

Tales From A Free-Range Childhood by Donald Davis

Folksy storyteller Donald Davis doesn’t take a position on the parenting debates raging in America’s neighborhoods. But depending on your view of the matter, Davis either had an innocent, magical childhood during a simpler time when common sense prevailed, or
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