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.
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.
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!