May 2013

Fastest Monkey in the World

The biggest, tallest, truest tale in NASCAR history happened in 1953 on a half-mile dirt track in Hickory. A monkey named Jocko Flocko beat 26 other drivers to take home the checkered flag.

May 2013

The Battery Park Book Exchange

At this eclectic bookstore in Asheville’s Grove Arcade, wine and espresso entice as many customers as the 30,000 gently used books. Here, old and new collide in a rich, decadent decor that resembles the arcade’s original purpose: to create an ambiance of extravagance.

April 2013

Porcelain with Personality: Colin’s Creatures

A mixed-media artist in Asheville travels the world in search of rare-breed farm animals that inspire his handcrafted collectibles.

April 2013

Victoria Livengood, the Dixie Diva

A farm girl from Thomasville discovered her voice and became an international opera star.

April 2013

Sweet Shrub

The smell is only the start of this plant’s story.

April 2013

Morehead City

In the hub of Carteret County, the water is where people work and where they play.

April 2013

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

During World War II, coastal residents turned out their lights and waited in silence for German U-boats to sink another ship. The submarines lurking in the Atlantic crippled the coast with fear and claimed nearly 5,000 lives.