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Henry Frye, far right, with NC Central law professor Hugo Payne and Dean Daniel G. Sampson. One of 12 children born to  Richmond County tobacco farmers, Frye became the first Black person elected to the state legislature after Jim Crow, the first Black person to serve on the state Supreme Court, and the first Black person to be chief justice of that court. A history of this remarkable man makes our list of NC-centric books to gift. (Image via NC Central)
Have a North Carolina Nerd in the Family? Here Are 9 Books to Gift 

A comprehensive history of this fascinating state, the (ongoing) struggle for voting rights, and the scandal that rocked North Carolina politics: They all make our NC-centric reading list. 

Charlotte chef Lisa Brooks was a finalist on the popular Food Network reality show "Chopped." One of our picks for NC-centric holiday gifts this year is a candlelit dinner prepared in your home by Chef Lisa. (Photo by James Ward)
Have This Celebrity NC Chef Make A Meal Just for You, and Other NC-Centric Holiday Gifts This Year

Pottery, apparel, a candlelit dinner for two by Chef Lisa Brooks, and a Blue Ridge bike crawl: Mean it when you say 'shop local' and buy these North Carolina-made holiday gifts.

Armed with a chainsaw, Mountain Mike will carve you animals, superheroes, just about anything.
Elk, Chainsaw Carving, and Building a Good Drum: Our Guide to NC’s Blue Ridge Craft Trails

A tour of western NC’s craft secrets, from Cherokee to the High Country.

Clemmie Lee "Fig" Jones near his home in Pink Hill. An R&B and rock-and-roll drummer, Jones is holding the drumsticks that the early Kinston drummer Willie Moore gave him. (Photograph by Titus Brooks Heagins)
The Rise and Rebirth of North Carolina’s African American Music Trail

An eight-county trail in eastern NC doesn’t just revisit our dark history of segregation. It lifts up Black joy by celebrating the musicians who broke barriers and made remarkable music. 

The holidays are a feast for the eyes at Biltmore Estate in Asheville. (Shutterstock)
5 Things to Know About the Holiday Lights at Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in America. And this time of year, it’s a feast for the eyes.

McAdenville, North Carolina (aka Christmas Town U.S.A.) really takes this time of year seriously. (Image via Christmas Town U.S.A. on Facebook)
The Best North Carolina Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights

North Carolinians go all out with their holiday lights. We’ve curated the best neighborhoods in the Triangle, the Triad, Wilmington, and Charlotte areas. 

This remarkable feast for the eyes is a wintry mashup of a margarita and a pina colada, with a bit of blue curacao for good measure. (Image via The Ginger Fox in Winston-Salem)
The Perfect Holiday Drinks, As Selected By NC Bartenders and Mixologists

The best drink makers across the state, from Elizabeth City to Charlotte to Morganton, give their picks for the best cocoa, cocktails and smoothies to sip this holiday season.