Posts Tagged ‘2nd Saturdays’

Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Saturday for pirate-themed
family activities, weapons demonstrations and more
as part
of the town-wide Pirate Invasion.

A pirate invasion in Beaufort, a chance to play in the clay in Mount Gilead and a children’s festival in Durham are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend starts Thursday when Historic Edenton will offer sneak peek tours of the recently restored Roanoke River Lighthouse in celebration of National Lighthouse Day.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will let visitors meander through its galleries after dark with the smooth country sounds of David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band in the background before showing the 2013 hit film American Hustle under the stars.

Saturday will be a busy day across the state. In the east, the N.C. Maritime Museum inBeaufort will host weapons demonstrations and pirate-themed crafts and offer an educational and entertaining lunch with Blackbeard and his crew as part the town-wide annual Pirate Invasion. The museum’s counterpart in Southport will host model train displays and special tours focused on the area’s railroad history.

Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn, while the Tryon Palace in New Bern hosts locally-raised artist Gerry King for a reception to celebrate his new book of paintings of Craven County . The CSS Neuse Interpretive Center in Kinston will host interpreters portraying nurses and a surgeon for a program on medicine during the Civil War, while Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow will offer hourly Civil War naval living history demonstrations focusing on torpedoes and deadly mines feared by the Union Navy. In Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina will have volunteers demonstrating life at sea posted throughout the ship and host displays and artifacts highlighting the differences between the CSS and USS North Carolinas during the Civil War.

In the Piedmont, Burlington‘s Alamance Battleground will have colonial games, crafts and more as part of its kids’ day, while visitors to the State Capitol in Raleigh can get a rare glimpse of the attic and other normally hidden spaces on behind-the-scenes tours. In Durham, Duke Homestead’s annual children’s festival will include music and dancing, historical crafts and activities and more, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gileadwill give visitors the chance to learn about the Pee Dee culture, make pottery and see dugout canoes be built.

Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will allow visitors to watch local painterSusan Brabeau as she works before offering a scavenger hunt and craft related to the unique 1920s dug store exhibit. Later in the afternoon the Museum of History will host a panel discussion on Morganton native and U.S. Senator Same Ervin and his role in Watergate. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will give kids and parents the chance to make a mosaic together after taking a short tour of the galleries and put on a concert by the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops in the Museum Park.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will offer fun and creative art making activities for kids, before the Reed Gold Mine in Midland screens the movie Like Rats in a Trap that was filmed on site. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer a special scavenger hunt focusing on the art of automobile design, while showing off classic to modern Corvettes and Camaros during its All GM Show.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when SECCA will participate in Winston-Salem‘s city-wide Second Sundays on Fourth with art making activities for the whole family inspired by the film Short Circuit, and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh closes its awarding-winning exhibit on the Watergate scandal.

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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Sec. Kluttz with fellow barbecue and pie contest judges Debbi Matthews, Elizabeth Hudson, Dale Coats and David Cash

Judging a barbecue contest, visiting with junior interpreters and hearing about the experiences of North Carolinians during the Battle of Gettysburg were just a few of the highlights of Sec. Susan Kluttz’s visits to Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham over the weekend for 2nd Saturdays programs.

At Duke Homestead the theme was good old-fashioned North Carolina food and music. The program, called “Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: The Tastes of North Carolina,” focused on everything that makes our state taste great. While visiting the site, Sec. Kluttz saw demonstrations of traditional pickling methods, participated in a peanut boil and listed to a concert by the Malpass Brothers.

Sec. Kluttz with Bennett Place site manager John Guss and Bennett Place historic interpreter Dianne Smith

The secretary also got to serve as judge in the barbecue and pie contests alongside Our State Magazine editor-in-chief Elizabeth Hutson, Durham Herald-Sun food editor Debbie Matthews, N.C. Historic Sites deputy director Dale Coats and Durham Rescue Mission Volunteer & Donor Relations Coordinator David Cash.

She wrapped up her visit at Duke Homestead by talking to participants in the site’s junior interpreter program, who were demonstrating 19th-century games and toys. The program allows kids to experience history hands-on by living it.

In the afternoon, Sec. Kluttz headed across town to Bennett Place. There she met two interpreters—one who represented a North Carolina solider at the Battle of Gettysburg, and another, site manager John Guss, who represented a Michigan soldier at the same battle. The secretary listed to the two talk about their differing experiences there.

While at Bennett Place, Sec. Kluttz also took a tour of the site’s grounds and talked with volunteers who are working to raise funds to revamp the exhibits in the site’s visitor center. Click here to see more photos of her visits.

Sec. Kluttz with the Malpass Brothers

Don’t forget that we still have one more round of 2nd Saturdays programs on August 10. Visit 2ndSaturdaysNC.com to see the full rundown of programs. Don’t miss the fun!

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Sec. Kluttz with Our State publisher Bernie Mann at the
N.C. Museum of History

While checking out Our State Day at the N.C. Museum of History last Saturday, Sec. Susan Kluttz got the chance to taste s’mores, see a potter in action and enjoy seeing the history of the magazine, among other activities. The program was a collaboration between the magazine and the N.C. Museum of History with the twin goals of celebrating Our State’s 80th anniversary and offering free family fun as part of Cultural Resources 2nd Saturdays series which will continue on July 13 and August 10.

Sec. Kluttz with painter Isti Kaldor at The Carrack Modern Art in Durham

While at the museum, Sec. Kluttz visited with celebrated North Carolina chefs, tasting s’mores and a pimento cheese pie and watched potter Hal Pugh throw earthenware pots. You can see some great images of the event here.

Later in the day, the Secretary visited The Carrack Modern Art in downtown Durham. The Carrack is a zero-commission art space in Durham that seeks to empower local artists to forge productive cultural and socio-economic ties with their community through professional, self-curated exhibit and performance opportunities in a space that is not commercially driven.

While there, the Secretary and her husband toured the space with its director Laura Ritchie and met artist Isti Kaldor whose paintings were then being featured. Check out more photos of her visits here.

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Old photographs are amazing – and I’m not talking about pictures of your first day of school or of the dreaded 1980s prom dress.  I mean really old photographs – ones that convey details that have been otherwise lost to time.


An 1895 photograph of the Goldsboro Rifles Monument that showed wooden grave markers led archaeologists to revise their search parameters.

For many years people knew that there were Confederate soldiers buried somewhere near the Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site.  After the battle in 1865, about 20 wounded soldiers who could not be moved were left behind in the care of the family.  As part of the History Channel’s “Save Our History” program, a cooperative effort between the Office of State Archaeology and Wake Forest University Archaeology Laboratories was launched in 2007 to try to locate their graves.  Ground penetrating radar (GPR) was tried a number of times, without results.

But, in 2008 an old photograph was discovered—one that had been taken at the dedication of the 1895 Goldsboro Rifles Monument.  It showed about 20 wooden grave markers and their general location could be distinguished.


Today the Goldsboro Rifles Monument is flanked by headstones that mark the graves of the unknown soldiers.

Using the photograph, archaeologists revised their GPR search parameters and discovered what are called “subsurface anomalies.”  The electronic signatures suggested the presence of graves. These areas were carefully hand excavated, and they were indeed graves.

Last year, the Harper House/Bentonville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy donated official Confederate headstones to mark the graves of the unknown soldiers.   On Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will hold a 2nd Saturday event called “A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier.”  If you visit, you can see the graves of those unknown Confederate soldiers whose day has come again.


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New Bern artist Stan Harmon collaborated with Wilmington sculptor Paul Hill to make public art that combines glass and metal with local themes. A piece with giant Venus Flytraps, “Southern Hospitality,” is steel with colored fused glass, and sits on the waterfront in Wilmington.  Venus Flytraps are native to North and South Carolina only and are found within a 60 mile radius of Wilmington.  Harmon and Hill also collaborated on a sculpture in Fayetteville.

Both towns have 2nd Saturdays sites – the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, and the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville.  The popular 2nd Saturdays program mixes heritage, history, arts, and culture on the 2nd Saturday of the summer months at all 37 State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.   

From 1982 through 2000, the North Carolina Arts Council administered the Artworks in State Buildings (AWSB) program which set aside ½% of the building costs of all new state buildings for art. This program resulted in 58 original artist-commissioned pieces and three acquisitions, in addition to numerous donated artworks.

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In this blog post, intern Carrie Chase reflects on a recent project here at the Department of Cultural Resources.

When you think of an internship, you may think of coffee runs, mundane paperwork, or tedious cold-calls. I am thrilled to say that my experience at the Department of Cultural Resources has been completely contradictory from the dull tasks one may typically expect at an internship.

Yet again, this week proved to be an exciting opportunity to get real-world experience. I was given the chance to write and be featured in a short promotional video for 2nd Saturdays; the event I have been helping to promote since beginning at Cultural Resources in January.

A quick, 60-second video may sound easy; but I have a whole new respect for anyone who appears on television. I’ve been told in the past I talk very fast, but hearing yourself on camera really gives you a whole new perspective! Learning to pause between sentences or after key words was something I learned that I know will greatly benefit me in future endeavors.

After filming the commercial, I was able to do voice-over for a longer promotional video. My task was to read a script to be played in collaboration with a slideshow of pictures. Simple enough, right? Wrong again! Having to rely on my voice alone proved to be much harder than being on camera. Luckily, my supervisor and the videographer were very kind and patient with me, and gave me valuable tips. I learned a great deal on enunciation, voice inflection, and rhythm. One particular phrase I struggled with was: “There will be plenty of fun!” After my first read-through of this sentence, I was told, “Well you know, that doesn’t sound very fun!” If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Filming the 60 second commercial and doing a voice-over was exceptionally fun and rewarding, and they are two of many experiences that have helped me grow professionally.  They will be posted on the NC Culture Youtube page soon.

I hope that you find these promotional videos interesting and informative, and (for one last promotion) I hope to see you this summer at 2nd Saturdays!

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The Department of Cultural Resources is working with interns from N.C. State University, and we wanted them to introduce themselves and talk a little bit about what they will be doing.  You’ll be hearing from each of them over the next few months.  We are tickled to have the help!


Hi! My name is Carrie Chase and I’m a senior at N.C. State. I’m majoring in Communication with a public relations concentration. I am excited to have the opportunity to intern at the Department of Cultural Resources!  I am working on 2nd Saturdays.  As a ‘poor college student,’ I often find myself wondering, “What is something fun I can do this weekend that won’t put a huge dent in my wallet?” 2nd Saturdays in the answer!   This free, state-wide history and culture program truly seems to have something for everyone. The events will take place at all 27 Historic North Carolina Sites and all eight North Carolina Museums.  Mark your calendars for June 11, July 9, and August 13!
Having always been a huge culture fan, this sort of event appealed to me immediately. Who could turn down art, music, food, crafts and history; and all in one place?  And, the longer I live in the wonderful state of North Carolina, the more I appreciate the importance of learning about its history. 2nd Saturdays aims to tell the story of North Carolina in creative and insightful ways. It gives vendors and artists the chance to showcase their creations, and gives the community an exciting opportunity to explore the state.  Stick around… more information to come!

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It is official: working can be fun! My name is Nicole Medlin and I recently started interning for the Department of Cultural Resources. I am a second semester senior at North Carolina State University and will be graduating in May with a BA in Communications, concentrating in public relations, and with a minor in journalism.

While, the idea of graduating in four months is quite intimidating, so far my work with Cultural Resources has been fun and helpful in preparing for what I will be doing in the real world. I have already helped with press releases (that I got to put my name on!). I have also done a lot of reading on the Civil War and the activities that are being planned for the 150th anniversary. I have always been one to claim a dislike toward history, but as I have researched and read a lot of different things, I am finding myself unable to stop reading!

I am really excited to continue working and learning the ropes at the Department of Cultural Resources. It has been great so far and I cannot wait to see what else I will be working on!

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My name is Natalie Griffith and I’m a senior studying public relations at North Carolina State University. I am thrilled to be spending this semester working on the Civil War 150 “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory” traveling photo exhibit!

The exhibit will be on view at about 50 libraries around the state, and I will be working to help get the word out.

I’m from Hendersonville, N.C. with a love of the mountains. I’m also passionate about culture and have two minors in Spanish and international studies. Last year, I spent four incredible months studying in Barcelona, Spain. This year, I hope to use my history in North Carolina and experience in international cultures to succeed here at the Department of Cultural Resources.

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