See how beer was made during the 18th century Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville

An exploration of 18th century beer in Statesville, a look at the view 20 feet from stardom in Raleigh and a lively concert of indie folk tunes in Winston-Salem 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 starts Thursday at the coast, where the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids make sandcastle-themed crafts and host a talk on the Life-Saving Service with author Chip Marshall, as staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries.

Friday, the fun continues at the coast, where the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another of its popular cruises aboard a Duke University research vessel exploring marine life, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will celebrate with U.S. Coast Guard’s birthday with an art making session for families inspired by the military branch. Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the space thriller Gravity under the stars.

Saturday, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will turn into a brewery from the past with interpreters making beer using 18th century techniques and explaining how different varieties of the beverage were made, while Fort Fisher in Kure Beach presents hands-on activities and lectures focused on understanding the archaeology of the site’s Civil War past.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer tours of its outdoor agricultural exhibit and invites the little buccaneers in your family to set sail for the museum for a morning of pirate-themed tales and crafts. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will host interactive tours for families followed by studio time where kids and parents can work together to make colorful pieces of art before screening the critically-acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardomand hosting Lisa Fischer, one of the luminaries from the film for a concert.

Music will also fill the air outside the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem as it hosts Hiss Golden Messenger and William Tyler for what is sure to be a fantastic concert of modern folk music.

Throughout the weekend, knights and dragons will take center stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo as it offers performances of the classic story of Don Quixote adapted for kids.

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

Secretary Kluttz learns about operating the printing press at Historic Halifax

Secretary Kluttz learns about operating the printing press at Historic Halifax from Assistant Site Manager Carl Burke

Hundreds of well-wishers looked on as 30 immigrants from 23 countries officially became American citizens at the State Capitol this Fourth of July, and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz was proud to be there to help officiate.

After the Oath of Allegiance was administered and America welcomed its 30 newest citizens, a military-style band played, kicking off a day of revelry that included musical performances, historical and military displays, carriage rides, face painting and hands-on activities for kids.

Secretary Kluttz and Deputy Secretary for Archives and History Kevin Cherry enjoy the Fourth of July festivities at the State Capitol

Soon back on the road, the Secretary had another Independence Day celebration to attend at Historic Halifax. In Halifax, Secretary Kluttz toured the site with Assistant Site Manager Carl Burke before working a hand-operated printing press.

Though the Secretary had been to Halifax before for a session with a number of organizations and state Sen. Angela Bryant on how to leverage the the area’s rich history for economic development, she hadn’t yet seen the impressive Montfort Archaeology Exhibit, which combines panel exhibits with walkways over archaeological excavations around the foundations of a home which demonstrates what life was like for a wealth early resident of Halifax.

The day rounded out with more fun Fourth of July activities, including food and fireworks. In short, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry were excited to spend Independence Day in the town where independence from Great Britain was first called for by a state assembly.

WRAL did a great story on the ceremony at the Capitol, and photos from the entire event are available on the Capitol’s Flickr site.

Sec. Kluttz and Department of Commerce Sec. Sharon Decker present Ben Long with an Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award

Sec. Kluttz and Department of Commerce Sec. Sharon Decker present
Ben Long with an Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award

If you know Ashe County, then you know that the area is famous for quite a few things—the Blue Ridge Parkway runs through it, you can find some awesome cheese there, Christmas trees grow on the side of almost every mountain and some talented old-time musicians call the region home.

Perhaps the most famous things you’ll find in the county, though, are frescoes by noted artist Ben Long. Late last month, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz had the privilege of meeting Mr. Long and joining N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker in presenting him with an Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.

“I am honored to be here tonight to celebrate someone whose art has had a tremendous impact on North Carolina and our cultural resources,” said Secretary Kluttz said after presenting Mr. Long with the award. “By sharing his talent, Ben Long has brought worldwide attention to our state. We are most grateful for his contributions.”

The award, one of the most prestigious in the state, is given by the governor for outstanding service to the state.

Though best known for the frescoes he painted in two Ashe County churches during the 1970s which draw thousands of the visitors to the area every year,Ben Long has also painted frescoes in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Wilkes counties. His first frescoes are actually in Italy.

Aside from his fresco work, Long has had a long and successful career as a portrait artist.

The event was sponsored by the Ashe County Frescoes Foundation and held at the Jefferson Landing Clubhouse in Jefferson.

Check out VisitNC’s Project 543 blog and the websites of the Ashe County Frescoes Foundation and the Ben Long Fresco Trail for more on how you can see Ben Long’s world class art in person.

Join Historic Stagville for a celebration of blues and gospel music Saturday

A new multimedia exhibit in Winston-Salem, storytelling from the Jim Crow South in New Bern and a festival of African American music in Durham are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with two great programs for kids. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will showcase art made by kids at a local children’s hospital and help kids make some art of their own on site, and the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will show Finding Nemo as part of its summer movies for kids series. Tryon Palace in New Bern will host African American storyteller Elisha Minter for an evening stories, photos and foot-stomping music from the Jim Crow era South.

Friday will bring two great opportunities to see and explore the North Carolina coast. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer take you aboard a Duke University research vessel to explore local marine life, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host a sunset cruise focusing on the history of the region. Back in the Piedmont, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the critically-acclaimed film Her as SECCA in Winston-Salem opens a new multimedia exhibition that examines the concept of life in the art of Neil Goldberg.

Saturday, the Maritime Museum in Southport will offer another installment of its popular bike tours that highlight the history of its hometown, while Historic Stagville in Durham will present live performances of gospel and blues music in the shadow of its picturesque historic buildings. Just down the road in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer free, interactive tours for families of the colorful prints in the Estampas de la raza and the children’s book illustrations in the Tall Tales and Huge Hearts exhibits. Later in the day, the Museum of Art will present a concert of Renaissance music and a performance by Grammy Award-winning children’s musician Dan Zanes.

This weekend is your last chance to see Mail Call at Tryon Palace in New Bern. This unique exhibit from the Smithsonian showcases military mail and communications from the American Revolution to current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This weekend is also your last chance check out the American Dance Festival in Durham and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro. Both of these awe-inspiring annual events are featured on the N.C. Arts Council’s list of the Tar Heel State’s top summer performing arts experiences.

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

The week after Memorial Day, thousands of folks from 41 states and five foreign countries crowded around the Bob Julian Roundhouse at the N.C. Transportation Museum to celebrate the arrival of 26 classic streamlined, diesel locomotives dating from the 1930s through the 1950s.

The event, called Streamliners at Spencer, was so popular that all the hotel rooms in surrounding Rowan County were sold out during its four-day run.

As part of the festivities, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined Norfolk Southern CEO Charles Moorman and officials from the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and Virginia Museum of Transportation in welcoming everyone to Spencer. The pair also thanked the staff and sponsors for their hard work and generosity that made the event possible and turned the ceremonial screw that kicked off the restoration of Norfolk and Western Class J 611.

That particular locomotive will be restored at the museum during the coming months.

Photos from Streamliners are available on the N.C. Transportation Museum’s website.

Sec. Kluttz speaks at the Battleship’s Memorial Day celebration

This Memorial Day, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, Governor Pat McCrory and several other members of his Cabinet joined Battleship North Carolina Executive Director Captain Terry Bragg and a crowd of hundreds to pay their respects to those who have served our country throughout the years.

Secretary Kluttz introduced Governor Pat McCrory, who spoke to the importance of military members and their contribution to North Carolina’s security and economy.

After an emotional commemorative ceremony complete with musical arrangements from a military band and a keynote address by Brig. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi, the top commander at Camp Lejeune, the Secretary, Gov. McCrory, Capt. Bragg and members of the Battleship North Carolina Commission received a check from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation, which pledged $3 million to build a memorial walkway around the ship.

See photos of the day’s activities in the Wilmington Star-News and on the Governor’s Flickr site.

A pirate invasion in Bath, a glimpse into plantation life in Creswell and a Civil War encampment in Weaverville 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 gets off to a musical start Friday evening, when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the Disney sensation Frozen outside under the stars.

Saturday promises something for everyone across the state. In the east, pirates will invade Historic Bath for a re-enactment of Blackbeard’s downfall which will also feature cooking demonstrations, lectures and the recreation of a pirate funeral. Civil War weapons will be the focus in Kinston, where the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center will showcase an extensive collection of weapons from the War Between the States and perform firing demonstrations throughout the day, while volunteers demonstrating life at sea will be posted throughout the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. The ship will also host submarine veterans for a display on what their daily life experiences were like aboard these undersea craft.

Pirates will invade Historic Bath Saturday.
Join them for family fun.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont and Historic Halifax will both host community yard sales where visitors can discover the history in their neighbors’ old stuff, while Historic Edenton will offer another installment of its popular yoga classes on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will present a program on Coast Guard aviation complete with hands on activities, a film screening and the chance to meet veterans, while period games, dramatic performances of slave narratives and arts and food vendors will be featured during a showcase of plantation life at Somerset Place in Creswell.

Two programs related to nature round out the events in the eastern part of the state Saturday. The program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will focus on whales and include science activities for kids using the museum’s massive 34-foot whale skeleton, while the Maritime Museum in Southport‘s “N.C. Wild” program will include crafts and the chance to touch and learn about a variety of coastal creatures large and small.

In the Piedmont, Duke Homestead in Durham will celebrate the tastes of the Tar Heel State with a barbecue cook-off, juried pie competition, historical cooking demonstrations and more, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will let visitors try their hand at archaeology and have birthday cake on hand to celebrate the big day of an archaeologist who did pioneering work at the site. Alamance Battleground in Burlington will bring alive the Colonial era with military and civilian living history demonstrations, while the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia will feature performances and work by local artists as part of its African American Arts Festival.

Dramatic performances of slave narratives will be just one part of Somerset Place’s glimpse into plantation life Saturday

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will let visitors observe historic costume marker Andy Sterlen while he fashions an 18th century coat, and then give them to chance to try a few stitches of their own. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on kids’ books and present a concert of the smooth, Southern sounds of Loundon Wainwright III and Iris Dement, while in Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a concert with Captain and Maria von Trapp’s great-grandchildren featuring tunes from the Sound of Music.

They’ll be plenty to do in the west, too. Asheville‘s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host well-known Tar Heel writer Heather Ross Miller for a poetry reading and book signing, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will help kids make music-related crafts. Just up the road in Pinnalce, Horne Creek Farm will highlight the region’s quilting traditions with weaving and knitting demonstrations and a small vendor fair featuring homemade crafts.

Throughout the weekend, Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will come alive with sights and sounds of Civil War camp life for a living history program, while SECCA will host performances of Billy and the Gold Pencil, a new, comic book-inspired rock musical featuring the work of North Carolina musicians.

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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