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Looking for something to do with your out-of-town relatives this Thanksgiving weekend?  Concerts of seasonal music in Raleigh and holiday-themed tours in Edenton and New Bern are just a few of our offerings.

Here are five suggestions to get you started:

1. Hear some seasonal and classical favorites performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

2. Celebrate Turkey Day aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. The ship will be open Thursday for regular, self-guided tours.

3. Take a holiday tour of the historic buildings at Historic Edenton Saturday and Sunday.

4. Explore the Tar Heel state’s rich film and television history at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The museum and its new Starring North Carolina! exhibit are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

5. Kick off your holiday season at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday, Saturday and Sunday with kids’ crafts, seasonally-themed tours and a visit with Father Christmas.

Keep in mind that nearly all of our historic sites and museums are closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, and many will remain closed Friday in observance of the holiday.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

A free family festival celebrating Native American culture in Raleigh, holiday decoration making in Elizabeth City and a mini-symposium on the Constitution in Fayetteville are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are eight suggestions to get you started:

1. The 19th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, featuring craft demonstrations, storytelling and traditional dance performances, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

2. A unique lecture and storytelling performance celebrating the life of organist Mary Calvin McIntyre Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

3. Schubert’s Death and the Maiden as re-imagined by a quartet of N.C. Symphony musicians and visionary artist and producer blursome Thursday at Kings in Raleigh.

4. A lunchtime movie that highlights the commercial fishing families of the Core Sound region Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

5. Holiday decoration making Saturday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

6. The debut of a film on the race to the save the Cherokee language Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

7. Saturday and Sunday family-friendly tours of the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, focusing on the themes of food and family traditions.

8. A mini-symposium on North Carolina and the U.S. Constitution hosted by the Museum of the Cape Fear at the Cumberland County Public Library Saturday in Fayetteville.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

See booty from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, like this cannon, at the
Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab open house Saturday in Greenville.

The debut of an exhibit on film in Raleigh, a Civil War weekend in New Bern and a glimpse into the conservation of booty recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts Thursday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort tells the story behind the 33-foot sperm whale skeleton that hangs in its main gallery, while the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras shows a maritime-themed movie and helps kids create a related craft. In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will offer a hands-on kids program focusing on the different kinds of teapots, and in Raleigh, staff at the N.C. Museum of Art will help kids and parents explore people in art together.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the 1940s thriller Secret beyond the Door andkeep its galleries open late for visitors to explore after dark, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will give kids the chance to see what life was like for a royal governor’s cook in the 18th century.

Greenville‘s Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab will open its doors Saturday for the public to see the conservation of artifacts recovered Blackbeard’s flagship first hand, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport offers bike tours of its hometown. In Pineville, the President James K. Polk Historic Site will celebrate its namesake’s birthday with historic cooking demonstrations, children’s games and a birthday cake, while Historic Halifax willoffer a historical holiday decorations workshop. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will also debut its Starring North Carolina! exhibit Saturday. The landmark exhibit features artifacts, images and video from films and television shows produced in the Tar Heel State.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert by internationally-renowned pianist Peter Toth at the N.C. Museum of Art.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will put on a military timeline programwhere visitors can meet soldiers from across American history, while Tryon Palace will have interactive discussions, Civil War-themed tours and a living history encampment as part of its Civil War weekend. The N.C. Symphony will play concerts featuring Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos in Raleigh, Southern Pines, Wilmington and Chapel Hill.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

Experience the traditions of holidays past with us Nov. 19 during a live webcast from Tryon Palace in New Bern.

The webcast, streamed live from His Royal Governor’s Cooking Office, will explore the history of the holidays with an 18th-century cooking demonstration, a hands-on historic craft you can make at your location and an interactive discussion exploring colonial holiday traditions.

After Tryon Palace education staff explain how cooks used the kitchen’s massive fireplace to prepare for the season and guide participants through a traditional holiday craft, teachers and students can send questions that will be answered in real time. Though this program is geared toward school children, DCR employees are encouraged to participate.

The webcast will be held Wednesday, November 19, from 10-10:45 a.m. Register online at http://www.ncdcr.gov/DCRTV.

A federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the Connecting to Collections Initiative makes this entire series possible.

Stop by the N.C. Museum of History Saturday to see artifacts from bluegrass legends on display and make a banjo of your own.

Toy banjo making in Raleigh, a drama depicting the Lincolns in Creswell and a boat building class in Beaufort are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun and learning start Thursday, when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a lunchtime talk on the Native Americans that called the Crystal Coast region home. Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the French drama Max et les Ferrailleurs as part of its fall film noir series and stay open late to let visitors explore the galleries at night with the smooth jazz stylings of the Oynx Club Boys in the background.

Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will help kids and families make a toy banjo to take home, while the N.C. Museum of Art offers a lecture exploring the genius of Vermeer across town. Elsewhere in Piedmont, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will open a traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.

In the eastern part of the state, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will explore how World War II sailors coped with torpedo damage, while Historic Edenton offers another installment of its popular yoga classes on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn. In Hatteras, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will offer a day for prospective volunteers to see how they can help, while in Creswell, Somerset Place will present a drama depicting the last day of Abraham Lincoln’s life, including the opportunity for visitors to talk with re-enactors portraying Lincoln and his wife. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will teach visitors how to build a boat using old-school carpentry techniques, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City puts on a bonsai workshop and hosts a lecture on U-boat action off the Outer Banks during World War II.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History presents a concert featuring the eclectic sounds of Dark Water Rising and the N.C. Museum of Art offers free, family-friendly art-making activities and gallery games with its pop-up art cart.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts of music that captures the spirit and feel of Mexico in Raleigh.

Keep in mind, too, that next Tuesday is Veterans Day. Though most of our venues will be closed for the holiday, Tryon Palace in New Bern, the Battleship North Carolina inWilmington and the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will be open for family fun. Tryon Palace will offer a special salute to the men and women who have defended North Carolinathroughout history, while the N.C. Museum of Art will give free admission to its Small Treasures exhibition for veterans, active duty military members and their families.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

Try your hand at candle making Saturday at Brunswick Town/
Fort Anderson’s Colonial Day

Pumpkin catapulting in Mount Gilead, a beer bar and magicians in Raleigh and a colonial port brought to life in Winnabow are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off Thursday, with a celebration of Civil War music by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh complete with re-enactors and artifacts from the conflict.

The fun continues Friday in Raleigh when the N.C. Museum of History will invite kids to trick-or-treat through The Story of North Carolina exhibit and the N.C. Museum of Art spotlights one of the spookier items from its collection. NCMA will also offer performances by a magician and a screening of and the 1940s film noir I Wake Up Screaming.

At the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will present dramatic performances of mysterious tales from around the region, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have Halloween-themed crafts, treats and a movie to celebrate the spooky day.

Saturday, Winnabow‘s Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will come alive as it was in the 18th century with period militia drills and crafts, while the Museum of the Albemarle will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the N.C. Cooperative Extension with interactive displays and a round table discussion.

In the central part of the state, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will catapult pumpkins through the air to help support the Boy Scots, and Historic Halifax will host a community yard sale. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will host an afternoon of art making, dance performances and tours for families and the N.C. Symphony will kick off its kids series with a concert of spooky tunes from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with guided tours of the Small Treasures exhibit and a concert of music by French masters at the N.C. Museum of Art.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

Durham’s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a Victorian house
in mourning Saturday. Stop by for a candlelight tour!

Spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family in New Bern, tours of a Victorian house in mourning in Durham and a Civil War field hospital brought to life in Four Oaks are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Friday when the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wind Band performs a concert on Tryon Palace’s picturesque South Lawn in New Bern, and the Museum of the Albemarle helps kids create a colorful piece of fall-themed art in Elizabeth City. In Raleigh, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will give advice to visitors on how to best preserve their family treasures, and the N.C. Museum of Art will host a lunch and lecture highlighting the history of female artists in its collection.

Saturday, Historic Stagville in Durham will highlight the “secret” history of pumpkins, serve up some pumpkin-themed desserts and help kids carve a pumpkin of their own, while the State Library and State Archives will host speakers and a variety of exhibitors during their annual Family History Fair in Raleigh. Just outside the Triangle in Four Oaks, Bentonville Battlefield will have wagon rides, corn shucking and carnival games as part of its fall festival, before coming alive as a Civil War field hospital in the evening, with interpreters portraying surgeons performing operations and amputations. Also in the evening, Durham‘s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a house in mourning for special candlelight tours.

Elsewhere in the Piedmont,  the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will offer ghost stories, traditional Halloween carnival games and a trick or treat at its 1897 Poe House, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will invite visitors to enjoy an evening of stargazing on its grounds. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will have hay rides, old-time games and crafts and a pumpkin patch for kids as part of its inaugural harvest festival.

At the coast Saturday,Tryon Palace will explore the history of Halloweens past and offer spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family as the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport tells tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries from the Lower Cape Fear region in celebration of Halloween. Historic Edenton will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party with colonial games and activities for families, while the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a murder mystery tea party.

In Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne writing professor Laura Hope-Gill will offer a “Write with the Wolfe” workshop for new writers and lead an architecture tour of Asheville focusing on the buildings of Thomas Wolfe’s era in conjunction with the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the Museum of the Cape Fear will host its annual Halloween tours of the Poe House.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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