The April 2019 Issue

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From Elizabeth Hudson: Wheels Turning

by Elizabeth Hudson

For our editor in chief, a spring drive brings back memories of growing up in North Carolina.

Our State Quiz: Big & Tall

by Alan Hodge

With branches that reach high above the forest floor and trunks too wide to wrap your arms around, these trees are our champions.


We Live Here

Neighborhood: River Arts District

by Katie King

In Asheville, one of the country’s top arts destinations is itself a living gallery where creativity flourishes.

The Elma C. Lomax Research and Education Farm in Concord

by Jen Tota McGivney

A community farm outside of Charlotte helps a new crop of farmers learn and grow.

The Hub in Pisgah Forest

by Phil Morgan

Inspired by ski lodge culture, a young couple turned their bike shop into a hub for adventurers to share stories and pints outside Pisgah Forest.

Seagreen Gallery in Nags Head

by Katie King

A family of unconventional artists turns trash into treasure at their Outer Banks gallery.

Salad Days

by Drew Perry

Growing young gardeners is a lot like tending seeds: Both need plenty of dirt and sunshine, a little patience, and a lot of love.


Garden Gold

by Lynn Wells

This spring, dig for treasure: These three recipes will show off your homegrown bounty.

Centro in Raleigh

by Andrea Weigl

A transformative visit to Mexico inspired one chef to bring a taste of Oaxaca to North Carolina.

Surry County's Secret

by Susan Stafford Kelly

Festive Spring

Mighty MerleFest

by Tony Rehagen

What began as a one-off fund-raiser for a college garden has grown into North Carolina’s biggest, most beloved music festival. Each year, plenty of famous folk, plain folk, and a bit of folklore converge to bring Doc Watson’s dream to life.

The Hosts With The Most

by Wendy Brenner

Imagine 2,000 strangers wandering through your living room and scrutinizing your flower beds. Every year, just as the North Carolina Azalea Festival bursts into bloom, Wilmington’s bravest homeowners welcome the intrusion with a smile.

Steeplechase in Style

by Elizabeth Leland

At the annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase outside Charlotte, spectators gather for the thunder of hooves — and for the pageantry and promenade of the well-heeled, too.

Songs To Live By

by Wiley Cash

In Brevard, a gathering devoted to singer-songwriters and their fans keeps a mother’s wisdom and wishes alive.

A Fish Worth Fighting For

by Jeremy Markovich

In the creeks and rivers of the Coastal Plain, shad are harbingers of spring. For the folks in one tiny town, their annual Shad Festival also heralds a renewed spirit of resilience.

Season of Celebration: 2019 North Carolina Spring Festivals

by Kaia Findlay

Communities across the state welcome warm weather with festivals that are a little quirky, a lot of fun, and wholly North Carolina.


Bloom Where You’re Planted

by Katie Saintsing

Behind every locally grown blossom is the hard work and careful planning of a flower farmer with a deep connection to their land. This month, we walk among rows of dazzling flowers, breathing in the sweet scent of spring in North Carolina.

Edible Petals

by Emily Wallace

Creative concoctions made with fresh flowers give us five ways to enjoy a taste of spring.

The Life-Changing Magic of a Mountain Medicine Man

by Leigh Ann Henion

The curative and preventative medicinal wisdom of old Appalachia and ancient Asia find common ground — literally — in Yancey County.

A King, a Queen, a Duke & the Cop Who Brought Them To Town

by Billy Warden

Joseph Winters brought some of the biggest musical acts of the past century to Raleigh — and helped bridge the gap in a segregated city.

The 1950s: Piedmont Airlines Takes Flight

by Philip Gerard

As commercial aviation captures the public’s imagination, conditions are just right for a North Carolina airline — born and bred in Winston-Salem — to take off.

Ramblin’ Man: Love on the Wing

by T. Edward Nickens

They fight, they flit, they sing and swoop. If they’re lucky, these lovebirds will find themselves a mate this spring — while putting on a show for the rest of us.


Carolina Calendar: April 2019

by Our State Staff

Search for a vintage treasure at a festival or discover a new artist at a concert — the spring season is all about adventure.

A Pirate’s Life for NC

by Jeremy Markovich

In the 1950s and ’60s, the Dare Coast Pirates Jamboree brought dancing, fish fries, and elaborate costumes to the Outer Banks each spring — until things got a little too rowdy.

Bonus! Drink Local Insert

All Aboard: Tap Hopper Tours

by Jeremy Markovich

Tap Hopper Tours started as a way to help beer lovers explore Greensboro. Then, its founders discovered something that brewers really needed.

Craft Beer Gets Rolling

by Katie Schanze

In major cities across the state, beer tours will drive you to drink.

Mother Earth Motor Lodge in Kinston

by Philip Gerard

From the funky decor to the miniature golf course, nostalgia abounds at this retro motel in Kinston.

Evening in the Vines

by Katie Schanze

Turn a tasting trip in North Carolina wine country into a weekend getaway.

Water to Wine

by Katie Schanze

Champions of the Yadkin River help protect its waters. Their favorite way to celebrate this valuable natural resource? A trip down the river — and a post-paddle party.

A Hop, Sip, and a Jump

by Katie Schanze

The Yadkin Valley wine region — the state’s first American Viticultural Area — is dotted with vineyards, many just minutes apart. Get winery hopping with these three itineraries.