The February 2017 Issue

The February 2017 Issue

Welcome Home to North Carolina

Five Stories of Hope & Belonging

At the ceremony where North Carolinians become Americans, the tears are joyful, the smiles are wide, and the journey is only beginning.

Newcomers for Life: In Cary, a special club caters to people who are new in town and looking for friends.

At a flea market in Newton, the tastes and traditions of many cultures come alive.

Generations of Lebanese-American families have carried their culture, food, and traditions to North Carolina.

On Ocracoke Island, two communities understand that the best way to weather change is together.

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Travel

Presented By ElectriCities of NC

Like a Local: Albemarle

A short drive from Charlotte, this Stanly County city offers old-fashioned fun, new American cuisine, and some of the Piedmont’s best hiking trails.

This Weekend in North Carolina: February 17-19
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: February 17-19

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

Two Cultures Come Together on Ocracoke Island
Eastern

Two Cultures Come Together on Ocracoke Island

On Ocracoke Island, where old-timers claim kin from Blackbeard’s day, a new community is taking shape. The two cultures may not speak the same native language, but they understand that the best way to weather change is together.

Memberships Are for Life at The Cary Newcomers Club
Central

Memberships Are for Life at The Cary Newcomers Club

In Cary, a special club caters to people who are new in town and looking for friends — but it never kicks them out. No matter how long they’ve lived here.

Ramblin' Man: Discovering Native American Artifacts in the Uwharrie Mountains
Central

Ramblin’ Man: Discovering Native American Artifacts in the Uwharrie Mountains

Winter winds uncover a trove of arrowheads in the Hardaway archaeological site from North Carolina’s earliest residents.

Local Landmark: The Coffee Bus in Asheville
Western

Local Landmark: The Coffee Bus in Asheville

A double-decker bus parked permanently on the corner of Biltmore Avenue and Aston Street offers warm drinks, sweet treats, and a view from the top (of the bus).

Food

14 NC Restaurants Recognized by James Beard Foundation
Dining

14 NC Chefs & Bakers Recognized by James Beard Foundation

To us they’re neighborhood gems or date night favorites, but these North Carolina restaurants are making their mark in the culinary world one dish a time.

Rachel K's Bakery in Washington is Built on Tradition
Dining

Rachel K’s Bakery in Washington is Built on Tradition

A dream and plenty of pastries propelled a Beaufort County baker’s business from a market stand to a historic downtown building with an abundance of charm.

Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Recipes

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

This classic cake is a hit at any time of year. This month, it just so happens to be the perfect color for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Hot Chocolate Recipe
Recipes

Hot Chocolate Recipe

This warm, decadent drink will warm you right up on those cold February nights. Add whipped cream or marshmallows to make it extra special.

Glazed Meat Loaf Recipe
Recipes

Glazed Meat Loaf Recipe

The sweet-and-savory glaze on this classic, comforting recipe makes this meat loaf anything but basic.

Sherefé Serves Turkish Fare and Hospitality in Fayetteville
Dining

Sherefé Offers Turkish Fare and Hospitality in Fayetteville

Sherefé — named after the Turkish word for “cheers” — serves up flavors of the Mediterranean alongside heaping helpings of warmth and hospitality.

NC Culture

History

How UNC Chapel Hill Became the Nation’s First Public University

North Carolina is known for its higher education, a legacy that was cemented with the laying of the first brick at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Two Cultures Come Together on Ocracoke Island
Eastern

Two Cultures Come Together on Ocracoke Island

On Ocracoke Island, where old-timers claim kin from Blackbeard’s day, a new community is taking shape. The two cultures may not speak the same native language, but they understand that the best way to weather change is together.

Memberships Are for Life at The Cary Newcomers Club
Central

Memberships Are for Life at The Cary Newcomers Club

In Cary, a special club caters to people who are new in town and looking for friends — but it never kicks them out. No matter how long they’ve lived here.

Born Abroad, Bred to Be a Tar Heel
Life

Born Abroad, Bred to Be a Tar Heel: Stories of Naturalization

At the ceremony where North Carolinians become Americans, the tears are joyful, the smiles are wide, and the journey is only beginning.

Nature

Photo Essay: A Look at the Full Carolina Moon

Our trees may still be stripped, our fields and farms still frozen, but take heart: Our landscape shimmers beneath the radiance of a full Carolina moon.

Ramblin' Man: Discovering Native American Artifacts in the Uwharrie Mountains
Central

Ramblin’ Man: Discovering Native American Artifacts in the Uwharrie Mountains

Winter winds uncover a trove of arrowheads in the Hardaway archaeological site from North Carolina’s earliest residents.