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


A Gracious Host

Arthur Smith, a homegrown Carolinian, is one of the most admired and influential country music singers, songwriters, and entertainers in our state’s history. And he’s turning 90 years old this month. A performer and businessman, Smith created a music and
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Sharing their Love

At Millstone Meadows Daylily Farm in Morganton, a couple found a home and a place to grow their passions — his for flowers, hers for food.
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A North Carolina Bluegrass Playlist

North Carolina’s bluegrass musical roots run deep. This playlist features the must-have music of influential bluegrass artists, past and present.
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Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardner edited by Emily Herring Wilson

Although she led a quiet, reserved life with her family, Elizabeth Lawrence was a strong, successful woman who lived on her own terms. Her letters to her friend Ann Preston Bridgers show us the unexpected richness of Lawrence’s life.
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Tar Heel Traveler: Journeys Across North Carolina by Scott Mason

The geographic center of North Carolina is behind a chicken house on a farm in Randolph County. The farm lies within the city limits of Star. A granite plaque, with latitude and longitude engraved, marks the spot.
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Life As He Saw It

Talmadge Moose grew up in Stanly County in the 1930s and ’40s. He worked in his dad’s country store and for his uncles on their farms. Although his love of drawing led to a successful career that won him national acclaim, he never strayed far from his roots.
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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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