Arts & Culture
5:45 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Symphony Rings In December With Handel's Messiah

NC Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn
Credit NC Symphony

Handel's Messiah -- it's a staple this time of year for community sing-alongs and professional orchestras alike. The North Carolina Symphony is performing the work this weekend at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. I spoke with conductor Grant Llewellyn earlier this week. He says he understands why the work has endured to become a holiday classic.

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Business & Economy
6:45 am
Fri November 30, 2012

NC a Top Producer of Poinsettias

'Ice Punch' Poinsettia grown at NC State's Horticulture
Credit Leoneda Inge

You know the holiday season is in full swing when Christmas Trees are sprouting up on big corner lots and at most big box stores.   North Carolina is one of the top producers of Christmas Trees.  The state is also a top producer of another holiday plant – the poinsettia. 

First of all – North Carolina poinsettias are grown in-doors – in greenhouses.   The conditions have to be just right. This is a tropical plant, you know.  And the colors! Walking into a poinsettia greenhouse at N-C State is like walking into a candy store!

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Did you Know the White House Xmas Tree is From NC?

First Lady Michelle Obama will be on hand to receive the official White House Christmas tree today. The White House tree and the trees in the Vice-President’s residence are Fraser Firs from North Carolina.  Paul Smith is president of Cool Springs Nursery in Banner Elk, where they grow 600 acres of Fraser Fir.

Paul Smith:  "So this is, kind of where GOD put Fraser Fir and so Fraser Fir grows best here."

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