Katie Schanze

Katie Schanze is the assistant editor and digital editor of Our State.

Central

Follow the Smoke

How do you turn a cozy oyster feast at an Orange County homestead into an annual rollicking festival? Just add a little music, a lot of barbecue, and a bunch of friends you haven’t met yet.

Central

Downtown: Carrboro

This funky, free-spirited town in Orange County has long been shaped by the university down the street, but these days, it stands on its own.

Guides

Ale Trails: Piedmont

The brewery scenes in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem are flourishing. With so many great options in each city, it can be tough to figure out where to start. We can help!

Central

Conquering the Midway

It may seem impossible to win that giant Jamaican banana at the hoop toss. But according to the Wake County law enforcement officers (and their kids) who work the game-testing beat, it just takes a little know-how.

Central

Downtown: Mount Airy

In this music-loving community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, visitors find much more than Mayberry.

Home & Garden

Meet the Maker: Belle le Verre

Catawba County artist Marietta Burke lets her passion and talent shine through her stunning stained-glass creations.

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