PARI

From Space Flights to Starry Nights at PARI

The mountains of western North Carolina hold many secrets. One, a site in the Pisgah National Forest, has led lives as a space-age relic, a Cold War stronghold, and, today, a science center.
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Travel

Andy Thompson

Coca-Cola’s Ghostpainter

Andy Thompson applies fresh coats of paint to fading murals around the state.
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Friday Frame of Mind

Bowlers say they’re after perfection: the elusive 300 game. But what brings them back to the alley week after week isn’t bragging rights; it’s friends, family, and the satisfaction that comes from watching that 10th pin fall.
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Fritters and the ’50s

In Swansboro, the locals know just the place to get some sugar.
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Yiasou Greek Festival

Dance and eat at one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events.
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Blackbeard’s BBQ & C-Food

Those in search of tasty treasure can find it hidden in the heart of eastern North Carolina’s barbecue belt.
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Vintage Bicycles in Reidsville

In Reidsville, a beloved mode of transportation is restored and polished to a shine.
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Tar Heel Town: Shelby

Music and barbecue share the stage in this Cleveland County town.
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Fresh, Fried, & Familiar: Fish Camps in Gaston County

In Gaston County on Friday night, if you’re not feasting on catfish, hush puppies, and slaw in a fish camp — you’re probably waiting in line to get in.
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Jug Tucker Band: Bluegrass at the Beach

Jug Tucker draws inspiration from both sides of our state.
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Friday Night Football

On fall Friday nights, communities gather under stadium lights to root for our sons and grandsons, and cheer along with our daughters and neighbors. Win or lose, we celebrate the successes of the current generation, and revel in the glory of past gridiron stars.
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