• Voices from the homefront at Cape Fear Regional Theatre
    Playwright Mike Wiley thought bringing the stories of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson and the 1961 Freedom Riders to the stage was tough.
  • It's a Southern thing: Okra
    Long derided for its slime factor and abused by cooks heavy on the breading, okra is one of the South's most misunderstood and under-appreciated vegetables.
  • It's a Southern thing: Peaches
    Best eaten on the spot, juice running from fingers to elbow, fresh N.C. peaches can be found less than an hour from Fort Bragg at Kalawi Farms in Moore County.
  • It's a Southern thing: Boiled peanuts
    When I was growing up, you either ate your peanuts parched or boiled, but everyone knew that roasted nuts were for baseball and ran a distant second to the salty, sometimes mushy, hot boiled peanut.
  • It's a Southern thing: Sweet tea
    So sweet a spoon could stand up straight in the glass and keep a dentist in his vacation home, iced sweet tea, as Dolly Parton says, is the house wine of the South.
  • It's a Southern thing: Biscuits
    Often called the caviar of the South, pimento cheese is a meridional mixture you'll often find atop crackers, celery or between two slices of bread.
  • It's a Southern thing: Stylish gents
    We know there are dapper dressers everywhere, but it seems that Southern gents wear their summer style more boldly.
  • It's a Southern thing: Monograms
    Webster defines monogram as, "a symbol that has the first letters of a person's first, middle, and last names and that is put on towels, blankets, clothes, etc., as a decoration or to show ownership."
  • It's a Southern thing: Smocked dresses
    For military moms plopped down in the deep South and unfamiliar with the land of grits and good manners, the pressure to dress your kids Southern is, well, strong.
  • It's a Southern thing: A way with words
    When I married my dashing Army husband and moved from Dallas to Fayetteville, everyone in my new city was super friendly.
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