The February 2024 Issue

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This is NC

Nina Simone

For this legendary musician, the path to stardom — and civil rights activism — began during her early childhood in Tryon.

The Little Play Hut

For decades, a log cabin in Johnston County was a place to gather and share stories. A local theater company has carried on the legacy of telling tales within its walls.

Food

Long-Lost Sauce

On cold February evenings, a chef warmed up with her father’s signature spaghetti sauce. Now, she has rediscovered the recipe that defined her childhood winters.

Features

All That Jazz

Coltrane’s High Point

The legacy of one of the world’s most influential jazz musicians has its roots in the Piedmont city where he grew up, which has finally embraced this 20th-century musical icon.

Made in NC

Made in NC Awards: Drink

Inspired by the convivial ritual of family cocktail hours, Durham Distillery owners Lee and Melissa Katrincic created Conniption Kinship Gin, an eye-catching violet spirit that is quickly making fans out of gin naysayers.

Made in NC Awards: Home & Garden

The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are known for producing world-class hardwood. But when a tree nears the end of its life, woodworker Keegan Watson steps in and gives discarded pieces new life as beautifully made home furnishings.