The April 2017 Issue

The April 2017 Issue

The Bucket List

42 Carolina Chicken Joints: We ate our way across the state in search of the best places to satisfy that hankering for Southern fried perfection.

Birds Before Swine: The best baskets of crispy, salty poultry goodness are often found at places better known for pork.

Forty years ago, Bojangles’ started serving chicken and biscuits in Charlotte. Now they’ve got legions of fans as far away as Honduras.

Plus: From the mountains to the coast, the azalea brings Southern charm wherever it grows.

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Travel

This Weekend in North Carolina: March 31-April 2
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: March 31-April 2

Your curated guide to events happening across the state this weekend, from the mountains to the coast.

Carolina Calendar: April 2017
Guides

Carolina Calendar: April 2017

Spring arrives in a burst of color and creativity at art shows and festivals around the state.

Presented By Capital Subaru of Greensboro

Best-Kept Secrets in the Triad: Sawtooth School for Visual Art

Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem offers hundreds of art classes in a given year, benefiting the arts community with philanthropic intention.

This Weekend in North Carolina: March 24-26
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: March 24-26

Your curated guide to events happening across the state this weekend, from the mountains to the coast.

A Springtime Guide to Winston-Salem
Presented By Visit Winston-Salem

A Springtime Guide to Winston-Salem

There’s no shortage of fun in the Twin City. As the weather warms up, you have your options of things to do, and our visitor’s itinerary will tell you what’s new and can’t be missed this spring.

New Belgium Brewery Finds a Place in West Asheville
Drink

New Belgium Brewery Finds a Place in West Asheville

When a national brewery set up shop in the proudly independent enclave of West Asheville, it went all out to fit in. Now, neighbors are reconsidering the meaning of a word they thought they understood: local.

Food

Bojangles'
Food

Don’t Stop Bo’lievin’: How Bojangles Went From a Chicken and Biscuits Joint to a Southern Obsession

Forty years ago, Bojangles’ opened its first location in Charlotte. Now it’s got legions of fans as far away as Honduras. Still, it hasn’t lost its North Carolina heart: fast, fried, and fiercely loyal.

Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Bars Recipe
Recipes

Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Bars Recipe

Dried lavender buds bring a subtle floral note to these creamy, tangy bars. The herb is a surprising compliment to the beloved citrus dessert.

Roasted Asparagus with Chives and Hollandaise Recipe
Recipes

Roasted Asparagus with Chives and Hollandaise Recipe

Add a little green to your table with in-season asparagus, dressed with zesty Hollandaise sauce and fresh herbs.

Rack of Lamb with Tarragon Lemon Sauce Recipe
Recipes

Rack of Lamb with Tarragon Lemon Sauce Recipe

Lamb is a traditional dish at many Easter, Passover, and other springtime celebrations. This main course looks — and tastes — worthy of a special occasion.

Sausage, Feta, and Spinach Quiche Recipe
Presented By Neese’s Country Sausage

Sausage, Feta, and Spinach Quiche Recipe

This loaded quiche recipe takes some preparation — but it is well worth the wait. The red pepper flakes in the handmade crust give this breakfast casserole an extra kick.

New Belgium Brewery Finds a Place in West Asheville
Drink

New Belgium Brewery Finds a Place in West Asheville

When a national brewery set up shop in the proudly independent enclave of West Asheville, it went all out to fit in. Now, neighbors are reconsidering the meaning of a word they thought they understood: local.

NC Culture

How a Group of Students Saved Crowders Mountain
History

How a Group of Students Saved Crowders Mountain

In 1971, a group of college students marched to protect a Gaston County treasure from strip-mining. Forty-five years later, some of them reunited to march again.

Family Tradition: Fishing for Adventure
Life

Family Tradition: Fishing for Adventure

A day of sunshine and good company beside the French Broad River is a day well spent, whether or not the trout are biting.

A Church Choir is a Symbol of Togetherness
Life

A Church Choir is a Symbol of Togetherness

Arguably, choirs are the most visible aspect of a church service. For singers and listeners alike, choirs fill our hearts with a crescendo of joy.

8 Things You May Not Know About Our State Flower
Life

8 Things You May Not Know About Our State Flower

North Carolinians know it’s not really spring until the dogwoods bloom — it’s a symbol that always seems to arrive just in time to celebrate the season.

April 2017 Welcome Letter: Halcyon Days & Daylilies
Editor's Column

April 2017 Welcome Letter: Halcyon Days & Daylilies

Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson writes of her parents’ garden, which was uprooted — literally — when they moved from Randolph County to Greensboro.

Etta Baker's Blues Legacy in North Carolina
History

Etta Baker’s Blues Legacy in North Carolina

Born on March 31, 1913, Etta Baker might not be a common household name across America, but her music’s influence continues to shape generations of musicians across genres. We’re celebrating her birthday this week by revisiting her legacy.