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A evening of holiday family fun in Raleigh, a stroll through the holidays of yesteryear in Halifax and a grand Candlelight Christmas celebration in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are five suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Say hi to Santa Friday in Raleigh, where he’ll be on hand for the N.C. Museum of Art’s Holiday Family Fun Friday, which will also include games, art making and live entertainment.

2. Meet military re-enactors from throughout history; see fire eating, magic and dance performances; and marvel at historic homes adorned with 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century decorations as part of Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas celebration Saturday in New Bern.
3. Take a holiday stroll through Halifax Saturday with an interpreter from Historic Halifax.
4. Join the N.C. Symphony as they play concerts with the “little orchestra” Pink Martini throughout the weekend in Raleigh.

5. Learn about how lightships and light towers were used to illuminate areas where lighthouses couldn’t be built Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort

 

6. See artifacts from the Civil War collected by the son of the Civil War veteran (who’s still alive!), and watch a film on the search from freedom in North Carolina Thursday at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

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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.

The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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

North Carolina’s historic sites, museums and other cultural institutions will be spreading good cheer across the state this weekend.

Civil War-style celebrations of Christmas in Durham and Four Oaks, a Polar Express adventure in Elizabeth City and a 1940s holiday bash in Sedalia are just a sampling of fun programs you’ll find throughout Tar Heel State.

Here are 17 events not to miss:

1. Cookies and cocoa at Dr. Brown’s home in Sedalia Saturday. The snacks are part of a larger program at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum that looks at Christmas during the 1940s.

2. Music, crafts, food and fun as part of Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday.

3. 1830s Christmas Candlelight tours of Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Saturday, where visitors will play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home.

4. A Civil War Christmas at Bennett Place in Durham Saturday and Sunday, complete with traditional cooking demonstrations, caroling and decorations from the period.

5. Ornament-making at Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound Saturday. Visitors can choose to make edible “orniments” for birds or a clay decoration for their tree.

6. A German-style “Golden Christmas” at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday. Craft demonstrations, candlelight tours of the mine and activities for the kids will all be part of the fun.

7. Refreshments and the chance to see what life was like for common Civil War soldiers on furlough during the holidays during Bentonville Battlefield’s Christmas program in Four OaksSaturday.

  

8. A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza featuring classic seasonal songs throughout the weekend at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

9. Pinecone decorating and stories surrounding the origins of the Christmas tree as part of aVictorian Christmas at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Saturday. 

10. A Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront Saturday night, right near the N.C. Maritime Museum.

11. A glimpse into the splendor of the season on an antebellum plantation, complete with traditional decorations and a good ole’ fashion Southern meal, Sunday at Somerset Place inCreswell.  

12. Nighttime tours of Durham‘s Duke Homestead decorated for an 1870s Christmas Friday.

13. Arms drills, cannon firing and displays of Civil War camp life at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Federal attack there .

14. A Polar Express-themed holiday celebration at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday, featuring carriage rides and a model train village based on the family film favorite.

15. Performances of Handel’s Messiah by the N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

16. A lecture and book signing on growing up in Raleigh during the 1940s and 50s Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

17. Stories of Christmas past and special treats at the Mountain Gateway Museum Saturday, in conjunction with the Old Fort Christmas parade.

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.

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.

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