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July 26, 2021
11 Must Haves for Back to School

Back to School BusIt’s difficult to believe, but it’s back-to-school time already. We know back-to-school shopping is going to be particularly difficult this year because of shortages, but this is a time to think creatively to find substitutes and perhaps items that students didn’t know they needed for school.  

July 1, 2021
America, Made out of Many

Old Glory on a Beautiful DayThe Fourth of July is the perfect time not only to celebrate but also to reflect on what makes us American. We’re a unique people – to say the least – and among the best of our traits is that we’re a diverse people represented by the familiar but too often forgotten motto, “E pluribus unum.” Out of many, one.

May 27, 2021
5 Reasons to Love a Land Trust

Land in a conservation trustWe know you have questions about land trusts: What are they? How do they work? Where are they located? Who can help with their work? What’s in it for me? All good questions, especially that last one because there’s something in their work for all of us! 

April 19, 2021
Celebrating our Mother on Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021Earth Day 2021 marks the 51st observance of this day set aside to reflect upon our home planet. April 22 was originally selected as the date to invite student participation. It was a day between spring break and final exams when young people could come together to learn more about their, OUR, impact in our “living room.” 

March 29, 2021
From Brown-Rogers-Dixson to Mast Store in Winston-Salem

Brown-Rogers-Dixson Building in the 1930s-40sWhen you go to your local downtown, do you ever stop to think of the events that transpired there? Downtowns are gathering places, the heart of the community, and where history happens and can be observed in the small events of every day. Let’s take a look at the interesting history of the Mast Store’s building in Winston-Salem.

March 12, 2021
A Harvest of History in Winston-Salem

Driving through history in Downtown Winston-SalemIf you are walking just about anywhere in Downtown Winston-Salem, you are in the midst of history. In some locations, it is pretty obvious, like Old Salem, but in others, we need to dig just a little bit deeper. Nonetheless, North Carolina’s fifth-largest city has a lot to crow about.  

March 7, 2021
The Last Days of Winter Hiking

Along a snow-covered Mountains-to-Sea TrailThe winter months are not just for curling up with a good book in front a crackling fire. They are great for hitting the trails. Your favorite trails will show you new views. It’s a great time to discover new trails, too, when there aren’t as many hikers out and about. Here are a few of our favorite winter hiking spots that make us say, “Don’t hibernate, getting outside in the winter is great!” 

February 23, 2021
Mast Stores are Open for Business

All locations of Mast Store are Open for Business, Original Store in Valle Crucis“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” You may be acquainted with this quote that is widely – and inaccurately - attributed to Mark Twain. Apparently, it is also being used in reference to some locations of the Mast Store. Well, we are here to report that the rumors of our closing and going out of business are, indeed, greatly exaggerated. 

February 1, 2021
5 Reasons to Give Chocolate on Valentine's Day

Mmmm, chocolate barsWhich came first – Valentine's Day or chocolate? And why is chocolate such a popular gift on Valentine's Day? Candy, and chocolate, in particular, is so popular that purchases of chocolate total over 58 million pounds during Valentine's week alone. Now that's A LOT of chocolate!

January 22, 2021
Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Beating the winter bluesFive weeks of winter in the books and seven more to go. Longer nights, cold temperatures, and gray days all figure into a general feeling of sadness and depression. But, there are steps you can take to reduce its effects. Here are five ways to escape the winter blues.


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