Seeking Civility

An 80-year-old experiment in communal living is still going strong in the Black Mountains. Really, the idea is simple — neighbors helping neighbors — but in practice, nothing could be more complex.

Modern Fish Camp

With his family’s new restaurant, Hello, Sailor, Chef Joe Kindred hopes to reclaim a cherished childhood on Lake Norman — one salt-and-pepper catfish and fried bologna sandwich at a time.

Cowboy Camp: Clear Creek Ranch

Rex Frederick brought his dream of riding and roping to western North Carolina 20 years ago and created Clear Creek Ranch. He hung up his spurs this year, but his dude ranch still provides the most authentic “out West” experience east of the Pecos.

The Avett Brothers

There were two boys, Scott and Seth Avett, in Concord. And then there were THE AVETT BROTHERS. This is the story of the in-between — how the band that sounds like where it’s from got from here to the world.