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May Is for Mothers

Our editor in chief remembers how the month of May was especially poignant for her parents who shared birthdays just a few days apart — and how she carries on her father’s tradition of making her mother’s birthday special, year after year.

This is NC

Covered Bridges

Not just part of your route, covered bridges offer a portal into a time long past. Here are four historic ones to visit in North Carolina.

Forging a Frontiersman

In the hills of North Carolina, a young Daniel Boone strengthened his fishing and hunting skills. Each spring, a Davie County town pays tribute to his family’s influence.

Food

A Chef’s Palette

Near Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the owner of a Peruvian fusion restaurant approaches cooking like an artist, using peppers and spices from his home country to create colorful, flavorful meals.

Peanut Pit Stop

In Watauga County, a roadside shop named for the owner’s mother is the place to find Appalachian foods, hospitality, and peanuts — perfectly boiled and salted right on the front porch.

Mom’s Vinegar Pie

This simple pie gets its fruit-like acidity from a splash of apple cider vinegar, and you probably have all the ingredients you need to make it right now.

Features

Soap Box Heroes

At the top of the hill at the Burke County Fairgrounds, a torch is passed to a new generation of racers who must face their fears, drive straight, and compete for a Derby Day trophy.

Ripe Revival Presents a Farm-Fresh Idea

Inspired by his early years on his friends’ family farm, a Rocky Mount native started an organization that supports farmers — including those same childhood friends — while making fresh food more accessible in eastern North Carolina.

Remembering Piedmont Punch

Throughout its history, Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Airlines stayed one step ahead of the competition by coming up with innovative ways to satisfy its customers, like a one-of-a-kind beverage that former passengers and employees still thirst for.

Keep the Pot Boiling

Wherever they go — from Ocean Isle Beach to Morehead City and beyond — a family spends Memorial Day gathered ’round a table loaded with shrimp and sausage, potatoes and corn.

A State of Beauty & Grace

A Taste of Honey

Remember plucking honeysuckle blossoms off the vine for that single drop of nectar? Every spring, diners clamored for a Chapel Hill restaurant’s honeysuckle sorbet, nearly as fleeting as the real thing and every bit as sweet.

Honeysuckle Sorbet

Chef Bill Smith’s wildly popular honeysuckle sorbet garnered a cult following each spring at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. Now, you can make it for yourself.

3 Perspectives on Triple Falls

There’s more to Triple Falls than cascading good looks. Admirers from three different areas of expertise offer a chance to see one of Transylvania County’s most iconic natural wonders from new perspectives.

A Swan Song

Reflecting on the most graceful creature he knows, an outdoorsman is buoyed by the memory of tundra swans descending on our Coastal Plain — until the great white birds wing through our skies once again.

Gallery of Hope

Inside the North Tower at Mission Hospital in Asheville, one of the state’s largest collections of locally commissioned art brings the healing power of color and light to those who need it most.

The Rose Buddies’ Legacy

In the 1980s, two friends in Elizabeth City extended a hand and a fresh flower to visitors who arrived by boat. Today’s Rose Buddies continue the tradition of offering a gracious welcome in the Harbor of Hospitality.

Beauty in the Strings

With loving support from her grandmother, a Catawba County woman learned to play the instrument of the angels. Now, as a founding member of the North Carolina Harp Ensemble, she helps others create the sounds of their dreams.

The Kneeler Girls of Edenton

For three years, a group of volunteers in Chowan County gathered each week in the parish hall of the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton to stitch symbols of faith into pillows of grace.