From traditional boat building to behind-the-scenes tours of a battleship to panning for gold, there’s truly something for everyone this weekend at the venues of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
Start your weekend off tonight at SECCA in Winston-Salem with an exploration of how public art has empowered youth in the Triad. On Friday, journey back into the colonial era at Alamance Battleground in Burlington, where military and civilian reenactors will be on hand doing a variety of demonstrations, or head to Tryon Palace in New Bern for garden tours and a heritage plant show.
Friday afternoon, the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will offer kids and their parents the chance to make crafts related to a mysterious local tale. Later in the evening, the Museum of Art in Raleigh will present a poetry slam and a screening of the 1948 film Sleep, My Love as part of its “Femme Fatale” movie series.
All day Saturday, Reed Gold Mine in Midland will host traditional craftsmen to show visitors what life was like when John Reed owned the mine in the 19th century. The N.C. Museum of Art will show families several artists whose work focuses the autumn season and then give them time to create work inspired by the fall colors. The Maritime Museum in Beaufort will let visitors try their hand at traditional boat building carpentry, while the Battleship North Carolina will give visitors the chance to see the ship behind-the-scenes.
Sunday will be filled with traditional music. The Outliers will play at the Museum of History in Raleigh, while the Old Fort Pickers Band will jam on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum all afternoon.