A series of articles offers tributes to the recipients of the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Folklore Awards for 1992. Recipients include Otho Willard, George Higgs, Dorothy Spruill Redford, and Karen Baldwin.
The J&E Toy Run in Greenville is a ten-years-running charity event that brings out bikers of all types (mostly Harley-Davidson owners) who deliver toys to the needy and other items to the Salvation Army.
The Ebonettes, an African-American women's service club in Tarboro, collaborated with the author to present the Tarboro African American quilt exhibit that combined folk elements with community development.
Mattye Reed, founder, curator, and director of N.C. A & T State University's Mattye Reed African Heritage Center, was honored by the North Carolina Folklore Society with its Brown-Hudson Folklore Award.
Thomasville resident George SerVance, one of North Carolina's most accomplished woodcarvers, and his wife Donnis, who paints George's carved dolls, were honored with the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Folklore Award.
Mebane native Odell Thompson, North Carolina's last active black banjoist, was killed on April 28, 1994, when he was struck by a car. He had performed earlier that day at the Merle Watson Memorial Festival.
The Guilford Native American Association, an organization that has strengthened the sense of cultural identity and opportunity among native peoples in the Piedmont, was given the Community Traditions Award by the North Carolina Folklore Society.
David E. Whisnant, writer, scholar and contributor to the NC Arts Council, was given the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award by the NC Folklore Society for disabusing folklorists and laypeople of the romantic notion of folk culture.
In the 20th-century North Carolina saw a meeting of agriculture and industry, which gave rise to a hybrid occupation called farmer/peddler. Industry created ways for farmers to peddle their products, thereby raising the farmers' standards of living.