The July 2018 Issue

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Back in the Day: The Love Valley Thing

by Bailey Sherrill

In 1970, hippies took over Love Valley for a rock ’n‘ roll weekend.

July 2018 Welcome Letter: Summer Sounds Like This

by Elizabeth Hudson

They’re different for everyone, but there are certain sounds — deeply impressed in the soul — that tell us the seasons are changing and warmer weather is here.

Our State Quiz: Thrill Seekers

by Alan Hodge

In the air, on land, or in the water, North Carolina’s outdoor adventures get your heart racing.


This is North Carolina

We Live Here

Downtown: Saxapahaw

by Katie Schanze

On the banks of the Haw River, a tiny town in Alamance County is enjoying a rural renaissance.

Like Father, Like Son

by Jennifer Brookland

On family land in Lenoir County, a fourth-generation farmer finds beauty and promise in our sweetest summer fruit.

Round Peak Vineyard in Mount Airy

by Katie King

At Round Peak Vineyard, raise a glass to the beauty of Surry County.

Ole Mason Jar in Charlotte

by Caroline Kelly

At a men’s clothing store in the heart of uptown, classic designs never go out of fashion.

Toad & Wee: Slide & Splash

by Drew Perry

North Carolinians learn at an early age to brace themselves for the chilly thrill of zooming down Sliding Rock and plunging into the cold mountain water at the bottom.


Recipes: Patriotic Plates

by Lynn Wells

Abrams BBQ & Seafood

by Our State Staff

At a handful of Abrams BBQ & Seafood restaurants across eastern North Carolina, the founding family invites you to load up your plate at the buffet and join them for a meal.


Ramblin’ Man: Dance Hall Days

by T. Edward Nickens

The weathered clubhouse that sits on the edge of a farm pond in Randolph County may be faded, but the memories made there are still vibrant.

The Miracle of Hickory

by Philip Gerard

When polio strikes children in the Piedmont, doctors, nurses, and volunteers rise to the occasion to build an emergency quarantine hospital.

Photo Essay: A Light Within

by Katie Saintsing

In the more than 300 years since the Religious Society of Friends brought their way of life to North Carolina, Quakers have maintained a steady presence here. Today, their belief in peace, quiet reflection, and inner light shines faithfully.

Summer in Jackson County

The Spirit of High Summer

by Susan Stafford Kelly

High Hampton’s mountain charm, relaxed atmosphere, and rich legacy have set the vacation standard for generations.

Reading a River

by David Joy

Beyond the Valley

by Sheri Castle

In Sapphire, a majestic box canyon — the largest one east of the Mississippi — provides a feast for the eyes, and the first taste of Canyon Kitchen’s seasonal, sensory experience.

Into the Woods

by Katie Schanze

Come July, Jackson County wildflowers pop with color. A walk through a quiet cove forest reveals the new blooms of plant species as old as the hills.

Decidedly Sylva: Innovation Brewing Company

by David A. Graham

A young, enterprising couple set their sights on a small town with big appeal. They built their taproom from the inside out, and, 32 brews later, it’s now a local hub.


Carolina Calendar: July 2018

by Our State Staff

Whether you’re in the mood for barbecue and beach music or fruit festivals and fireworks, we’ve got your holiday plans covered.

NC Primer: Pop Quiz

by Susan Stafford Kelly

Yes, the state beverage is milk, but our native sodas bring the fizz.