The May 2019 Issue


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From Elizabeth Hudson: Star Attraction

by Elizabeth Hudson

A little town in the center of North Carolina reminds our editor in chief that what makes a place memorable is the soul and the heart you find inside.


We Live Here

Downtown: Kinston

by Katie King

In its parks and its art, its food and its beer, this former tobacco hub embodies the spirit of local.

Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill

by Kaia Findlay

On their lavender farm in Orange County, one couple shares the scent of southern France with those in search of a little peace and relaxation.

LeBauer Park in Greensboro

by Ayla Samli

A shared “front lawn” downtown provides a space for community and collaboration, fun and friendship, among people from all walks of life.

In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville

by C.A. Carlson

At a gallery in Mitchell County, an artistic couple showcases fine ceramics that are made to be admired and used.

Sit. Stay. Come Back!

by Drew Perry

When a dog joins the family, it’s like adding another sweet, spunky, speedy child to the pack.


Everything but the Pig

by Lynn Wells

A pig pickin’ must have barbecue; that’s a given. But what’s a cookout without an array of tasty sides? We’ve got a few for your table.

Toasts & Tastes at Old North State Winery in Mount Airy

by Susan Stafford Kelly

Don’t let the name fool you: When it comes to pairing sips and savories, Old North State Winery offers so much more than cheese and crackers.

Locopops in Durham

by Eleanor Spicer Rice

Locopops makes the frozen treats you remember from childhood — only better.

Words to Live By

Just My Type

by Steven Petrow

Writers in Hillsborough keep their friendships close — and their adored, clickety-clackety story machines even closer.

Three Lines, One Life

by Krista Bremer

The tobacco fields and church pews of an eastern North Carolina childhood taught an acclaimed haiku poet how to see, feel, and hear the landscape — one syllable at a time.

That Clever Fox

by Chloe Klingstedt

A most unlikely poet takes an analog approach to public art in the digital age.

Farm Sweet Farm

Grit & Gumption at the Madison County Championship Rodeo

by Graham Averill

Eight seconds aboard a bucking bronco? Only the boldest riders would dare try it. At the longest-running rodeo in North Carolina, cowboy culture hangs on.

The Cowman of Caswell County

by Jeremy Markovich

A trained engineer with a love of farming found his calling in rolling green hills and a herd of white, French cows.

Hog Wild in Rockingham County

by Drew Perry

On this Rockingham County farm — past the barn and beyond the pasture — a herd of pigs roots and runs in the forest. Far from feral, these animals are being raised for restaurants and grills. But until then, they — and the couple who runs the sustainable farm — are living their best lives.

The Chicken Champs

by Katie King

Each year, nearly 600 chickens (and their proud owners) flock to the Rowan County Fairgrounds to compete for the heady title of Old English Game Bantam Champion of the World. When global poultry dominance is at stake, it’s hard not to ruffle a few feathers.

Gathering Wool & Wisdom

by Leigh Ann Henion

On a typical sheep, one year of fleece growth will yield three sweaters. But there are precious few shearers to tend all of the flocks in North Carolina. For the last traveling shearers, an age-old trade has become a kind of modern artistry.

The Kids Are All Right

by Leah Hughes

The most popular club at some North Carolina high schools is nearly a century old, but it’s as relevant as ever. Energized and optimistic, members of the Future Farmers of America are shaping the state’s agricultural path forward — not just in fields, but in labs and offices, too.

The Transplants

by Aaron Reuben

A community farm in Chapel Hill grows more than okra, bitter melons, and Thai chilies. New lives spring from these red-clay rows.

A Farmhouse Dream Reimagined

by Louise Jarvis Flynn

On a former Christmas tree farm in Valle Crucis, the Inn at Little Pond Farm blends cool Scandinavian design with warm French style and plenty of High Country charm.


Growing a Tradition

by Drew Perry

The ingredients for the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast: a big bloom, a little mess, and a lot of love.

The 1950s: Elegy For an Iron Horse

by Philip Gerard

Amid the rise of autos and airplanes, a Wilmington-based railroad company struggles to hold on, supported by passionate advocates until the last passenger train leaves the station.

Ramblin’ Man: Hook, Line, & Sinking in the Sand

by T. Edward Nickens

The appeal of surf fishing goes way beyond the catch of the day. On the Outer Banks, anglers cast for bluefish and red drum — becoming one with the wind and waves.


Carolina Calendar: May 2019

by Our State Staff

From dragon boat races to local farmers markets, your curated monthly guide to events across North Carolina.

The Python with a Purple Heart

by Jeremy Markovich

How a soldier rescued a Burmese python from a dinner table during the Vietnam War and brought it back to North Carolina.