october 2020 issue - Page 2



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56 Inventing
New Ways to Be
RAMBLIN’ MAN:
On the Trail

In North Carolina, like in
life, there’s a path for every
hiker: doubletracks for the
ones who prefer company
and narrow game trails for
those who seek solitude.
by T. Edward Nickens
On her Poetry Porch in
Mebane, North Carolina’s
poet laureate encourages
rich conversation and
helps us navigate a
different kind of world.
by Jameela F. Dallis
the COLORS of
autumn
108 The Maple Brothers
Every year, Matt and Tim Nichols
create hundreds of different kinds of
Japanese maples in East Flat Rock.
And each and every one of them has
roots in their late grandmother’s
garden. by Todd Dulaney
118 Autumn Is Our
Favorite Color
Fall: a season defined by color. Rich
shades of yellow, orange, and red
cover our mountains, frame our
lakes and streams, and burst from
our trees, inviting us to stop and take
in the vibrant scenes across western
North Carolina.
124 The Giving Trees
In Ashe County, a farming
family transforms sap into sweet
Appalachian maple syrup — and
has turned threatened woodlands
into a protected forest for future
generations. by Leigh Ann Henion
138 Papertown Proud
While some mountain towns have
reinvented themselves as tourist
destinations, Canton is focused on
nurturing a close-knit community.
by Mark Essig
ON THE COVER:
One of our favorite
views this month:
fall foliage reflected
on the shimmering
surface of Lake
Junaluska.
Photograph by
Derek DiLuzio
3
OUR STATE
|
86 Halloween,
Unmasked
PHO T O E S SAY:
We’ll be dreaming of
those 11 delicious days in
Raleigh until we’re back at
the State Fairgrounds. For
now, we’re revisiting the
best eats that come once a
year. by Katie Saintsing
Nobody does make-believe
like the Morris family.
They send costumes all
over the world, helping
customers transform into
their spookiest and silliest
selves. by Lori K. Tate
When autumn arrives, our leaves take center
stage, giving us a sensational finale before
they take their final bow. STARTS ON P. 106
152 A Little Bit of Asia
in Appalachia
What’s it like to live in the most
meditative homes in the North
Carolina mountains? Come inside.
by Morgan Sykes
168 The Land of Wool & Wine
A sprawling property north of Elkin
has been many things in its long
life. Today, Grassy Creek Vineyard &
Winery weaves each past thread into
a rich tapestry. by Katie King
178 Seeing the Season
The reds and golds and purples
that paint our mountains every fall
are a sight to behold. But for some,
color is missing from the show.
by Todd Dulaney
188 An Apple a Day
We’ve picked a bushel of
North Carolina apples in every form
to enjoy from the first day of October
through Halloween. That’s one for
each day of the month!
O N T H I S PA G E :
Front to back: Toffee
Crunch Surprise, Worms
and Dirt, and Cotton
Candy apples from
Miss Debbie’s Specialty
Apples in Benson are
tasty fall treats.
Photograph by
Anagram Photo
OCTOBER 2020
64

STATE FARE
208
THE 1960 S :
The Music of Unity

Although slow to desegregate, one
college shifts racial sentiments on
campus not with court orders or
violence — but through the power
of music. by Philip Gerard





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