It’s the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature is stirring — only Mom and Dad, assembling toys and steeling themselves for those famous last words: “Batteries not included.”
For more than three decades, the small college town north of Charlotte has been known for its Hallmark-like holiday festival featuring costumed pooches, gingerbread houses, and Christmas trees galore. This year, the town will revise its celebration.
This town and its surrounding hamlets occupy only a few square miles in the corners of Randolph and Moore counties, yet they’re home to dozens of potters, one of the densest concentrations in the world. To paraphrase an old saw: You can’t throw a pot without hitting one.
The Handmade Hanukkah Market may be quiet this year, but the close-knit community of artisans at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh will not let a pandemic keep them down. Families will still be celebrating together, in their homes, remembering markets past — and hand-making goodies for the future.
From a handblown glass ornament that shines like a jewel to a coveted coffee mug perfect for Christmas morning, the best-loved gifts are the ones that can’t be replaced. We collected 10 of our favorite galleries and craft shops across the state for local, handmade treasures that you can’t find anywhere else.
On the cusp of a new decade, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is completed in Wilmington. The modern bridge is an icon of the fast-growing city, a connection to the rest of the state, and a promise of big things to come.