Arts & Entertainment

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Elaine O’Neil’s Textile Art

In Chapel Hill, cotton serves an unexpected purpose.

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Russell Palmer and Charlie Daniels

The Man Who Taught a Fiddler to Play Guitar

Before he learned to play fiddle, the South’s most famous fiddler learned to play guitar. Charlie Daniels has never forgotten that moment, or the friend who taught him.
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Artist Spotlight: Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry has been playing banjo since his childhood in Missouri, but since moving to North Carolina he has gained notoriety, friendships, and a place to call home.
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Appalachian Spring

The Language of Landscape

The banjo player for the internationally renowned Kruger Brothers finds harmony in the hills. There’s nowhere else he’d rather be.
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Joe Newberry: Live at Our State

Joe Newberry fills the Our State library with vivid stories and sounds of Appalachia.
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Our Ava

Ava Gardner lit the world on fire with her breathtaking beauty and fiery spirit. She was raised as a farmer’s daughter near Smithfield. She transformed herself into a Hollywood starlet, a crooner’s wife, and a legacy. The world will never forget her. And we will never stop remembering — she was ours.

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David Olney 40 Acres

Living-Room Concerts at Five Oaks Clubhouse

In a quiet corner of Durham, a neighborhood clubhouse moonlights as a roots-music venue.
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Welborn Gallery Yadkinville

A Home for the Arts

When art lovers in Yadkinville repurposed a long-empty building downtown, they got the cultural anchor they knew had been missing.
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Christmas Parade

Curbside Christmas

Small-town holiday parades impart memories that last a lifetime — from the sound of marching bands to the sight of beauty queens atop hot rods to the unexpected treat that distinguishes one spectacle from the other.
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Balsam Mountain Inn Music

Balsam Encore

There are no televisions at this mountain retreat, where an older form of entertainment keeps guests coming back.
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