In this Issue…

Downtown Greensboro will be athrob with writers and readers in mid-May as 70 authors mix and mingle with thousands of readers in the city’s first literary festival. Fred Chappell, Greensboro’s own poet laureate, will open the festival May 18 in Weatherspoon Art Museum on the UNCG campus. The following three days will offer a smorgasbord of literary happenings unmatched locally in recent decades.

This issue also continues the saga of Reynolda, the country mansion in the heart of Winston-Salem, created by Katharine Smith Reynolds in 1917 . Its glory days faded a generation later when Smith Reynolds, her youngest son, brought his friends, including a New York torch singer, for a summer weekend which ended in murder, offering salacious material for later novels and motion pictures.

Southern Elegance in the Alleghanies salutes West Virginia’s Greenbrier, a favorite playground for the wealthy for more than two centuries. This issue also includes nine historic sites recently added to the North Carolina’s National Register of Historic Places.