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A free concert by the N.C. Symphony in New Bern, a look at African Americans at the end of the Civil War in Durham and a city-wide paint-in in Elizabeth City are just a few of opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Enjoy a free performance of the N.C. Symphony on Tryon Palace’s South Lawn Sunday in New Bern.

 

 

2. Learn about what life was like when African Americans found out about their freedom at the end of the Civil War during a living history program Saturday at Historic Stagvillle in Durham.

 

 

3. Paint alongside professional artists and enjoy a whole host of other activities at Elizabeth City‘s weeklong SPLASH paint-in and arts festival, which runs through Saturday.

 

 

4. See an exhibit showcasing the fashions of early 20th century boarders before it closesSaturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

5. Join the N.C. Museum of Art for an outdoor screening of Star Trek Into Darkness Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve on a hike led by staff the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Thursday.

 

 

7. Spend your Saturday in the N.C. Museum of History’s garden in Raleigh, and learn about North Carolina’s agricultural history on a special tour.

 

 

8. Hear classical favorites by Rossini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others during an outdoor concert performed by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Cary.

 

 

9. Find a bargain on everything from books to furniture while helping to support Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s Gun Emplacement Fund at a while elephant sale Saturday in Winnabow.

 

 

10. Remember the service of our nation’s World War II veterans during a memorial service with men who served aboard the USS North Carolina Saturday on the ship’s deck in Wilmington.

 

 

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

The debut of the North Carolina Symphony’s 2015 Summerfest series in Cary, a celebration of the Bull City’s vibrant history and culture in Durham and Memorial Day remembrances in New Bern and Wilmington are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

1. Celebrate Memorial Day with an outdoor concert of all-American music performed by the N.C. Symphony in Cary Saturday.

2. Greet re-enactor Philip Brown as he arrives in Durham after his 166-mile walk from New Bern, and celebrate the history and culture of Durham with crafts, historical dance lessons, food and live music at Duke Homestead’s annual Bullfest Saturday.

3. Reflect on the sacrifices our nation’s service members have made during a Memorial Day Observance aboard the Battleship North Carolina Monday in Wilmington.
4. Dance along to the smooth pop sound of Lake Street Dive during the N.C. Museum of Art’s first outdoor concert of summer Saturday in Raleigh.
5. See interpreters representing soldiers from every conflict in American history as Durham‘s Bennett Place commemorates Memorial Day Saturday and Sunday.
6. Join the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem for “A Downtown Abbey Evening” Thursday, featuring music, drinks and food inspired by the hit show.
7. Hear the music of jazz greats at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.
8. Discover the interesting history of coastal communication at a new exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

9. Go on a bike ride through Southport‘s history with the N.C. Maritime Museum there Saturday.

10. Take advantage of your day off Monday by visiting the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit in Raleigh.

11. Hike through the history of the Shackleford Banks with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Thursday.

12. Enjoy Tryon Palace’s beautiful historic buildings and gardens in New Bern on Memorial Day Monday, when military members and veterans get free admission and their families get discounts.

13. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for a day of kids’ activities, trains rides and more to celebrate the send off of #611 locomotive.
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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!

A look at the music and literature of the Civil War in Creswell, a look at the special systems of a World War II battleship in Wilmington and a survival-focused living history program 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.

Here are 13 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See first-hand how 19th century homesteaders survived in the rough and tumble atmosphere of the North Carolina mountains through demonstrations, workshops and lectures Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

2. Discover the rich music and literature of the Civil War and see what life was like on the home front during the war Saturday at Somerset Place in Creswell.

 

 

3. Step back in time for an afternoon of merriment, music, games, traditional craft demonstrations and art-making activities Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s annual Family Renaissance Fair in Raleigh.

 

 

4. Take a tour of Horne Creek Farm’s renowned apple orchard Saturday in Pinnacle after hearing about the history of the fruit from one of the nation’s leading experts.

 

 

5. Enjoy potato games and hands-on activities at the Museum of the Albemarle Saturday as part of the Elizabeth City-wide North Carolina Potato Festival.

 

 

6. Join the N.C. Symphony for concerts featuring the music of Las Vegas Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Explore the various systems of the Battleship North Carolina-armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc.-and learn about the rationale behind their design during special tours inWilmington Saturday.

 

 

8. Discuss Thomas’s Wolfe’s short story “The Lost Boy” with local professor Paul Spivey Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

9. Check out trucks throughout history Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

10. Kayak through the fascinating history of the Crystal Coast region Thursday with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Understand the importance of the year 1844 during a lecture at the President James K. Polk Historic Site Thursday in Pineville.

 

 

12. Hear about how artists use archives for activism from Dr. Wesley Hogan, director of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Learn about the story of Gettyburg’s famous unknown soldier during a talk Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

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

School will be wrapping up across North Carolina in the next few weeks. Still not sure what do with you kids? Our museums and historic sites and local arts councils across the state offer summer camps that inspire kids to create and teach teens about the Tar Heel State’s past in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Our camps are filling up pretty fast, but we still have some availability. Here are nine camps that still have spots open and promise plenty of summer fun:

1. Summer teen workshops at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 


Teens can play with photography and collage to explore the past and imagine the future or use a variety of media to create artistic-poetic mashups and retell a story at week-long workshops at the museum in June.

 

2. Life on the Carolina Frontier at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

Let your kids enlist in a North Carolina Provincial Company and learn about the lives of the soldiers who built Fort Dobbs, the settlers they protected and the Cherokee warriors they fought.

 

3. Camps offered by local arts councils and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the state.

 

 

A few that have caught our eye so far are the Summer Clay Camp for Kids, offered by the N.C. Pottery Center; All About Abstracts and Cool Jewelry, offered by the Wayne County Arts Council; and the visual and performing arts camps offered by the Arts Council of Wilson.

Get in touch with your local arts council for more offerings near you.

 

4. Summer Science School and the Junior Sailing Program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

Kids can explore a range of topics from coastal conservation to the science used to investigate the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship at the museum’s Summer Science School or learn safety, seamanship and a number of other sailing skills in its Junior Sailing Program.

 

5. History camps covering a variety of topics at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

You kid can become a history detective and learn how the museum researches and produces exhibits, get a taste of life in colonial North Carolina or set sail for a coastal Carolina adventure. Registration for all of the museums camps is still open.

 

6. A Civil War summer camp at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

As the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ends, kids will drill like Civil War soldiers, dress up like them for a photo op and participate in an array of other activities to ignite the history spark in campers ages nine to 12.

 

7. The first annual Backcountry Militia Day Camp for Kids at House in the Horseshoe near Sanford.

 

 

History will come alive for your kids at with an artillery demonstration, musket and rifle firing, spinning and weaving demonstrations and the change to meet an 18th century surgeon. The camp will also feature hands on activities and a special tour of the Horseshoe site.

 

8. Hands-on art making workshops and camps for elementary and middle school-aged kids at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

Seven of the museum’s camps still have openings. The Blast from Past camp, combining art and history for fun for elementary and middle school kids and the middle school workshops on fashion and expressing yourself look especially interesting to us!

 

 

 

Whether you little one longs to be a pirate, Civil War solider or archaeologist, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport has a hands-on adventure for them.

In addition to all of these awesome camps, the Museum of the Albemarle, N.C. Museum of Art, N.C. Museum of History, SECCA, Tryon Palace and all three of our maritime museums offer programs for kids and family weekly.

Hosting your own summer camp and looking for a place to take your kids? Our 27 historic sites scattered across the state are perfect for a morning, afternoon or all-day trip. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia and Tryon Palace make it especially easy to accommodate your large group.

Mother’s Day is two days away and you still don’t know what to do to make your mom feel special this year. Don’t’ panic! We have a few last minutes ideas that will make both you and your mom happy this year:

1. Take you mom for tea and a garden tour at Tryon Palace.

 

 

Tickets are going fast for this unique experience, but there are still several spots open, especially during the 12:30 p.m. time slot.

 

2. Learn to weave with pine needles side-by-side with your mom Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound.

 

 

Remember when you were kid and you made those Mother’s Day cards in school? Relive the glory days by discovering how to practice this traditional craft.

 

3. Explore seven pieces of art in the N.C. Museum of Art’s collection related to the theme of motherhood.

 

 

Don’t forget to stop by the museum’s Iris restaurant for a special lunch while you’re there.

 

4. Join the N.C. Museum of History for a Mother’s Day concert with The Buck Stops Here.

 

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Your mom will love the group’s unique sound that blends traditional and old-time music with original songs and tunes.

 

5. Give your mom the gift of North Carolina culture.

 

 

From tickets to the acclaimed Starring, North Carolina! exhibit or one of North Carolina’s best arts events to unique Tar Heel crafts you can find at the N.C. Museum of Art’s gift shop, our museums, historic sites and other programs all offer something your mom is guaranteed to love.

The kick off to a 166-mile commemorative walk in New Bern, a celebration of National Train Day complete with a bouncy house in Spencer and the chance to meet figures from North Carolina’s Civil War history in Raleigh 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 15 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Hear about New Bern during the Civil War and wish a re-enactor well as he sets off for a 166-mile walk across North Carolina from Tryon Palace Sunday.

 

 

2. Meet figures from North Carolina’s Civil War history when a period camp comes to life on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

3. Explore the often-overlooked World War II history of Kure Beach‘s Fort Fisher Saturday,when the site comes alive with period re-enactors and displays artifacts from the conflict.

 

 

4. Celebrate National Train Day Saturday with special train rides, tours, crafts and living history demonstrations at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

5. Join Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo for a day of fun featuring face painting, blocks and bubbles, ice cream, art making and more Friday.

 

 

6. Remember the sacrifice made by British sailors off the coast of North Carolina at War Grave Ceremonies organized by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Thursday in Buxton and Friday in Oracoke.

 

 

7. Have tea and cakes after taking a special tour of the John Wright Stanly House to celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

8. Spend your Saturday celebrating historic preservation with the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh by talking with experts who have helped save North Carolina’s treasures and checking out the museum’s Rural Revival exhibition.

 

 

9. Learn how to weave a pine needle basket Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

 

 

10. See the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by students from the UNC School of Arts with the music of the N.C. Symphony in the background Thursday inChapel Hill and Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

11. Take a walk through the park at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday, and thenmake sketches of what you saw with your kids.

 

 

12. Hear about some of the ways commerce affects art during a talk Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Discover the history of music during the Civil War Saturday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

14. Make a time capsule with your kids at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

15. Create your own Mother’s Day tour of N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Sunday by browsing some of the museum’s works related to motherhood.

 

 

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

Today is International Dance Day, and to celebrate we thought we’d pass along this great new video from the N.C. Museum of Art. In the video, NCMA staff make a museum believer out a museum skeptic by taking him a tour of museum’s galleries and preservation spaces set to the classic 70s sound of Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration.”

 

 

The video is one 28 created by museums around the world as part of the international “Museum Dance Off” on the popular When You Work At a Museum… Tumblr blog.

NCMA’s video made it past round one with nearly 5,500 votes, but the museum needs your help when voting for round two opens up on May 1. Simply head to the When You Work At a Museum… Tumblr on May 1 and cast your vote for NCMA.

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