It’s another very busy weekend across North Carolina, with many opportunities to explore the arts and history of the Tar Heel state.
Kick off your weekend early with a Friday morning hike on the famed Shackleford Banks, hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. In the evening, head to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem for the unveiling of a 50-year retrospective of the work of Anne Kesler Shields, a local visual artist.
All day Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer visitors a chance to build their own boat over the course of seven hours, while the Maritime Museum in Southport will host a series of lectures on Outer Banks history. The Beaufort museum will also be offering a hike of Rachel Carson Reserve in the morning.
Farther inland, the CSS Neuse/Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston will have re-enactors on hand portraying soldiers across history from the American Revolution to Korean War, while the Daughters of American Revolution will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution at Alamance Battleground in Burlington.
The weekend winds down Sunday afternoon with intimate, behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions at SECCA complete with tea and desserts, an ice cream social at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and two chamber music concerts, one at Tryon Palace in New Bern and another at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City. SECCA’s paperless exhibition also closes Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, Paperhand Puppet Intervention will present its “City of Frogs” show at the N.C. Museum of Art, while SparkCon—sponsored in part by the N.C. Arts Council—will celebrate the Triangle as a creative hub of the South.