Arts

Flower Power Down South: The North Carolina Azalea Festival

Wilmington, North Carolina

For nearly 70 years now, Wilmington has been ringing in every new spring with one of the biggest and best festivals in the South, complete with beautiful belles, spectacular entertainment, and, of course, the most amazing azaleas

Charles Willson Peale: Artist of the American Revolution

Chester, Maryland

A man of the times, Charles Willson Peale rose from poverty not only to participate in the birth of a nation but to paint its portrait along the way

Caroline Gordon, A Writer’s Writer

Clarksville, Tennessee

Southern author Caroline Gordon is not as well known but had a significant influence on other twentieth-century writers

See Rock City: The Greatest Ad Campaign in the South

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Between God and his wife, they had come up with a fantastic creation—now all he had to do was figure out how to get folks to come see it

Mind, Body, and Hot Buttered Soul: The Making of Stax Records

Memphis, Tennessee

In a time and region marked by its racial discord, Memphis’s Stax Records rose in a harmonious note of Soul.

First Boys of Spring: How Spring Training Sprung Up in Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

You may not know this, but roughly half of Baseball’s Hall of Famers did spring training at this little resort city in Arkansas

Monroeville and the Mockingbird

Monroeville, Alabama

Take the trek to Monroeville, Alabama, to learn more about famed writer Harper Lee, and do it soon. Spring is the time to get the most out of a sojourn to “Alabama’s Literary Capital,” since the annual production of the To Kill a Mockingbird play is put on each April and May.

Charleston, South Carolina: The Enduring Charm of the Gem of the Colonies

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s tempting to say Charleston has come a long way since its humble beginnings, but the truth is it’s exactly where its founders planned for it to be all along

Patsy Cline and Country Music’s Saddest Day

Winchester, Virginia

Over 50 years after her tragic death on March 5, 1963, Patsy Cline remains one of the greatest female singers of all time

7 Books Every Southerner Should Read

Roger Sauls offers an inventory of of some of the South’s intellectual wellsprings, underscoring not only the South’s world-class literary status but its pride-borne uniqueness as well

Carolina Love Songs

North Carolina & South Carolina

Peppered among Billboard tunes about big cities and bustling sidewalks, you’ll find countless heartfelt odes to the beautiful lands of Caroline

The Literary Battles of Faulkner and Hemingway

Oxford, Mississippi

Faulkner and Hemingway dominated the literary scene of the early and mid-twentieth century, but their adverse styles were a point of contention and prideful conflict.