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Smokehouse Prayers
WITH ITS ROUGH-hewn log walls and a big stone slab for a step, the Little Chapel in Gibsonville looks as if it were pulled from the past. The chapel measures just 8 by 9 feet, with a small steeple mirroring that of the larger brick church across the
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A Worldly Celebration
THE TEENAGE GIRL STANDING IN the middle of Pura Vida Worldly Art in Charlotte has electric blue hair, which means that she fits right in. The store is a riot of color and international energy: bright red and aquamarine walls, purple necklaces from Ug
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A New Deal
INSIDE Jackson’s General Store in Sylva, sisters Crystal Cogdill and Denna Sherrill stand beside the wooden stairs where they played as children. (“Girls, you’ll fall!” their mom would holler from across the former car dealership.) Their grandfather
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Gingerbread Family
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, when the weather is nice, my dad likes to visit downtown Hendersonville on Saturday mornings. He grabs a cup of coffee and an apple turnover from McFarlan’s Bakery on Main Street and sits at one of the tables on the sidewalk to r
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Sugar & Spice
Yield: 25 cookies. ¾ cup shortening1 cup granulated sugar¼ cup molasses1 large egg2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon ground cloves1 teaspoon ground ginger½ cup coarse or sparkling sugar Preheat oven to 350°.
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A one-of-a-kind Christmas
STARworks’ glass studio may be located in a tiny town near the center of the state, but it’s known nationally for its artists’ intricate, handblown creations. Come December, classic glass ornaments take center stage, and thousands of the dangling dec
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Santa’s Sweets
□ Orange-Bourbon Molasses Cookies □ Double Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint □ Lemon-Vanilla Butter Cookies □ Molasses Ginger Crinkle Cookies □ Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies □ Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies □ Peanut Butter Promises □ Pecan Dream Coo
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CROSSING Into The FUTURE
A SIGNATURE BRIDGE CAN DEFINE A CITY, change its skyline, become a visual icon that embodies some core truth about its identity. The Brooklyn Bridge became the emblem of industrial beauty and aspiration in 19th-century New York City. The Golden Gate
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Putting It All together
AFTER CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER, after the midnight candlelight service, after the kids opened their traditional Christmas Eve pajamas, after they were cajoled and threatened and bribed into a sugar-high sleep, the real fun started: putting together the t
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A Moonshiner’s Christmas Wish
FOR A GOOD CHUNK of his career, it was impossible to catch Junior Johnson when he was in a race car. However, it was quite possible to catch Johnson when he was not in a race car, which is exactly what federal agents did on a clear night in 1956. Whe
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The little Town That Glows
Long before 500,000 bulbs light up with the flip of a switch, before cars line up for miles to catch a glimpse of the dazzling displays around town, before the rest of the state has even thought of decking any halls, McAdenville has been preparing fo
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Christmas Continues
The recipe wasn’t a secret; it was first printed on the side of the silver-and-brown Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa container in the 1960s, back when the container was made of tin and you had to push a spoon or the edge of a butter knife up under the li
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Handmade Holiday
YOU’VE GOT A SPECIAL BOX for them, right? No, no, not the box with the shiny, breakable balls. Not the one with the carved wooden reindeer, the metal choo choo, the tin star, the porcelain cardinal, or the clear icicles of glass. Not even the one wit
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Growing Holiday Cheer
1 The top five Christmas tree-producing counties in our state are Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Jackson, and Watauga. Which county, whose seat is Jefferson, leads the way with 12,000 acres of trees? ○ A. Avery○ B. Jackson○ C. Ashe 2 North Carolina Christma
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Christmas On The Farm
SOMETIMES, YOU DON’T know what you don’t know until you act. Take Mike and Theresa Lowe. Though they dated all through high school, when he asked if she’d marry him, Theresa wanted to think about it overnight. “I didn’t know if I knew what love was o
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PLAYING for CHANGE
MY WIFE, HELEN, and I waited days for The Dave Brubeck Quartet to come to East Carolina College (“The Music of Unity,” October, page 208). Then, on that night, a very cold February evening, showtime came and went. As we continued to wait, the full ho
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12 days of Davidson
AT CHRISTMAS IN DAVIDSON, LOVIE, a black cocker spaniel dressed in an Elf on the Shelf costume, takes her job seriously. When folks walk up to her gingerbread house to ask where to find Santa or s’mores, Lovie’s cuteness quickly distracts them into a
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December
Food & Fun in FARMVILLE the Coolest Candles in BLOWING ROCK a Modern Quilter in RALEIGH the Tiniest Chapel in GIBSONVILLE the Cornerstone of SYLVA RECIPES: Spiced & Sparkling ■
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AN AFTERNOON & A TANK OF GAS: the heart of CLAY country
GOING TO SEAGROVE IS A TRIP, but going to look for Seagrove pottery is a quest. Finding the perfect piece of iconic North Carolina pottery requires (and promises) far more than one-stop shopping. To visit Seagrove properly is to explore miles of scen
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View From Here
On a quiet evening at Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm, Fraser firs line the snow-covered hillsides, waiting to be chosen. This land has been in Dan Boyd’s family for more than a century. Once used for raising cattle and growing corn, tobacco, and p
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An Enduring Tradition
ON A SUNDAY MORNING LAST December, the fellowship hall at Raleigh’s Temple Beth Or was abuzz with families clustered around tables loaded with festive items for sale. For six years, the temple’s Handmade Hanukkah Market had been a popular event, spec
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To-Do List
These light shows are a festive way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Festival of Lights: From dusk to midnight, the grounds of Chetola Resort will be illuminated with more than 26,000 lights! Tour the joyful displays from a car or on
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Chocolate Babka
Yield: 3 loaves. 1½ cups warm whole milk, about 110 degrees2 packages dry active yeast¾ cup white sugar2 large eggs2 egg yolks1½ teaspoon vanilla extract6 cups all-purpose flour, plus some for work surface1 teaspoon salt2 sticks butter, cut into 1-in
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Farmville
POPULATION: 4,700 MEDIAN AGE: 32.5 MURALS: 24 NEW BUSINESSES SINCE 2014: 29 ORIGINAL NAME: New Town Downtown Farmville was once a thriving commercial center where farmers sold tobacco, shopped with local merchants, and stopped to talk to their neighb
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Lighting The Sky For Solstice
NEAR THE START of Riverwalk Trail in Hillsborough, Sol Ramirez prepared to lead the town’s annual Solstice Lantern Walk last year with a giant crescent moon puppet. “I’ve never created a puppet that lights up, so this is outside of my comfort zone,”
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The Candle Carver
LARRY ZIEGLER’S fingers twist streaks of warm wax into red, green, and white ribbons, forming an ornate candle almost too beautiful to burn. Outside, passersby watch Larry at work through the window facing Blowing Rock’s Main Street, and some venture
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Perennial Artist
ED GLENN LOOSENS HIS SCARF and ducks into the oasis of Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store, escaping the chill of New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Tiffany’s iconic robin’s-egg blue greets him as he scans the room. Most of the customers are heads-down in diam
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Stitched Together
AT THE KITCHEN TABLE in her grandparents’ home in High Point, a young Brittany Cannaday Lloyd loved crafting with her grandmother Lois. They painted, drew, and made Christmas ornaments together, and Brittany sometimes watched as her grandmother sewed
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