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A new exhibition of the work of M. C. Escher in Raleigh, a look at the benefits of bats in Asheboro and fall festivals across the state are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 things on our agenda this weekend:

 

1. Explore the intersection of art, science and imagination at the N.C. Museum of Art’s The Worlds of M. C. Escher exhibition, opening Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Attend a fall festival. You’ll find one focused on the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, a second with tractors, trains and old-time games at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer and a third with pumpkin carving and storytelling at Pettigrew State Park in Creswell.

 

 

3. Take an after-dark walking tour of Historic Bath focused on the town’s famous residents Friday and Saturday.

 

 

4. Enjoy music, food, cooking demonstrations and a variety of crafts and games at Horne Creek Farm’s Annual Cornshucking Frolic Saturday in Pinnacle.

 

 

5. Hang out with the bats at N.C. Zoo and learn why they’re so important with games and activities Saturday in Asheboro.

 

 

6. Celebrate International Archaeology Day Saturday with hands on activities and games at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, and then come back in the evening for an astronomy program where you’ll see the Crescent Moon, Saturn and the constellation Cygnus.

 

 

7. Go on a free boat ride Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort’s Fall In-The-Water Meet Saturday.

 

 

8. Hear music from movies like Harry Potter, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean as performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts in Fayetteville and Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

9. Get a taste of what’s it like to work at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Saturday with a behind-the-scenes tour and hands on activities in Kure Beach.

 

 

10. Encounter Halloween customs and traditions from the past during night tours of the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Friday and Saturday.

 

11. Discover the techniques shipbuilders used during the Civil War Saturday with historical demonstrations, lectures and crafts for kids at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

 

 

12. See a live performance of Verdi’s opera Otello broadcast to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Help Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk maintain its trails during a volunteer work day Saturday.

 

 

14. Bring your home movies to the State Archives in Raleigh for inspection and discussion, or stop by and watch the movies others bring in Saturday in celebration of Home Movie Day.

 

 

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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Revolutionary era militia musters in Halfiax and Weaverville, an opportunity to taste the Civil War in Creswell and a bluegrass festival in Manteo are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.Here are 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Step back in time to the Revolutionary War-era at Historic Halifax where you’ll find special tours, presentations and Revolutionary War skirmishes Saturday and Sunday.
2. Sample foods popular during the Civil War and learn more about the role food played in the conflict Saturday at Somerset Place in CreswellUPDATE: Due to the potential for inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.
3. Join the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Chapel Hill and Raleigh for concerts of the music of Leonard Bernstein and George Gerswhin featuring acclaimed pianist Jean Yves-Thibaudet.
4. Visit a one of North Carolina’s 39 state parks and natural areas with your family as part of Take a Child Outside Week.
5. Watch as archaeologists hunt for the secrets buried below the grounds of the State Capitol Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Raleigh. UPDATE: Due to the potential for inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.
6. Talk with re-enactors about life in an early 19th century militia and see camp activities including candle making, weaving and campfire cooking during Vance Birthplace’s fall militia muster Saturday and Sunday in Weaverville.
7. Explore the biggest, smallest and most amazing mammals that have walked the Earth bypaying a visit to the new Extreme Mammals exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, opening Saturday.
8. Celebrate the arrival of fall at an 18th Century Fair, Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.
9. Enjoy bluegrass music against the picturesque backdrop of the Roanoke Sound throughout the weekend at the Bluegrass Island Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.
10. Watch a lunar eclipse that won’t happen again for another 18 years Sunday night at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.
11. Discover what the Vietnam War was like for African American soldiers during a panel discussion Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
12. Check out a new exhibit highlighting Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown’s role in the voting rights movement, opening Saturday at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.
13. Marvel at the handiwork of famed designer and artist Louis C. Tiffany by visiting a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, opening Saturday.
14. See what life was like aboard the Battleship North Carolina during World War II Saturday in Wilmington when period re-enactors bring the ship alive.
15. Play colonial games, see period cooking demonstrations and meet the man who has been following in early explorer John Lawson’s footsteps Saturday at Historic Bath as part of the national Museum Day Live! program.
16. Get an inside look at Tryon Palace’s Kitchen Office on the Kitchens of New Bern Tour Saturday.
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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Enjoy live traditional, bluegrass and gospel music Saturday at
Horne Creek Farm’s cornshucking frolic in Pinnacle.

An old-time celebration of fall in Pinnacle, hand-dipped candle making in Creswell and concerts of music from Oscar-winning movies across the state 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 kicks off Thursday when the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem debuts a small new exhibit showcasing the work of local kids, and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport hosts a 1950s-style sock hop featuring stories and images from Hurricane Hazel.

The fun continues Friday, when visitors to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh can learn the basics of digital photo restoration from renowned local photographer Dr. Brenda Scott, and the N.C. Museum of Art screens the 50s film noir On Dangerous Ground across town.

Saturday promises opportunities to get your culture on across the state. In the west, Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host an 8k road race to help support the site, while Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle will put on its annual cornshucking frolic, featuring music, food, kids’ activities and the chance for visitors to try heritage skills like basket weaving and blacksmithing.

In the piedmont, the N.C. Museum of History will host noted Civil War historian Chris Fonville for a talk on the sinking of the ironclad CSS Albermarle, while Historic Halifax will show the family favorite Hook in conjunction with the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit it currently has on display. In Mount Gilead, Town Creek Indian Mound will celebrate International Archaeology Day with hands-on archaeology activities for kids and families, crafts and Native American games. Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer gallery tours and studio time for families around the theme of unusual landscapes and have a pop-up art cart in its galleries to help kids make mini collage portraits. Also in Raleigh, the State Archives will participate in Home Movie Day by screening films from members of the public and offering prizes for attendees.

At the coast, Creswell’s Somerset Place will have costumed historic interpreters on hand to help visitors make hand-dipped candles and learn the history behind the craft, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host a gathering of traditionally-made boats, complete with free rides for the public and a pig pickin’. The Maritime Museum in Southport will also offer bike tours highlighting the history of its hometown.

The weekend wraps up Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art with a concert of 17th century music from the Low Countries to celebrate the recent opening of its Small Treasures exhibition.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play music from Star Trek, West Side Story and other classic movies in New Bern, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Southern Pines and Wilmington , while the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will be decorated for Halloween-themed tours.

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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Secretary Kluttz and Town Creek Indian Mound Site Manager Rich Thompson climb the mound at the Town Creek Indian Mound

Secretary Kluttz and Town Creek Indian Mound Site Manager Rich Thompson climb the mound at the Town Creek Indian Mound

There aren’t many places in North Carolina—or the country, even—where you can see the power of archaeology more than at Town Creek Indian Mound in Montgomery County.

Archaeologists led by UNC’s Dr. Joffre Coe began working on the site in the late 1930s, and it’s through Coe’s lifelong commitment to the area and to Native American archaeology that Town Creek was able to open as North Carolina’s first state historic site in 1955. It’s also because of Coe’s efforts that the site now has reconstructed buildings that show what the area would have been like for the Pee Dee civilization thousands of years ago.

Secretary Kluttz helps cut the cake for Dr. Coe's birthday birthday party

Secretary Kluttz helps cut the cake for Dr. Coe’s birthday birthday party

Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined site staff and dozens from the community last month to celebrate what would’ve been Coe’s 98th birthday if he was still alive. After cutting a cake and enjoying a piece with local scout and 4-H groups, the Secretary toured this unique site. She especially enjoyed seeing the cutaway walls which many of the buildings have to help visitors see how the Pee Dee Indians would’ve originally built them.

One of the most exciting discoveries that Secretary Kluttz learned of while at Town Creek is that the work isn’t finished yet. Researchers from North Carolina universities are still excavating areas of the site, and they‘ve just recently uncovered some new buildings.

If you haven’t yet been, Town Creek Indian Mound is certainly worth a visit. Located about an hour and half from Raleigh, Fayetteville, the Triad and Charlotte, the site is an easy drive from just about anywhere in Piedmont.

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See how beer was made during the 18th century Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville

An exploration of 18th century beer in Statesville, a look at the view 20 feet from stardom in Raleigh and a lively concert of indie folk tunes in Winston-Salem 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 fun starts Thursday at the coast, where the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids make sandcastle-themed crafts and host a talk on the Life-Saving Service with author Chip Marshall, as staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries.

Friday, the fun continues at the coast, where the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another of its popular cruises aboard a Duke University research vessel exploring marine life, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will celebrate with U.S. Coast Guard’s birthday with an art making session for families inspired by the military branch. Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the space thriller Gravity under the stars.

Saturday, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will turn into a brewery from the past with interpreters making beer using 18th century techniques and explaining how different varieties of the beverage were made, while Fort Fisher in Kure Beach presents hands-on activities and lectures focused on understanding the archaeology of the site’s Civil War past.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer tours of its outdoor agricultural exhibit and invites the little buccaneers in your family to set sail for the museum for a morning of pirate-themed tales and crafts. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will host interactive tours for families followed by studio time where kids and parents can work together to make colorful pieces of art before screening the critically-acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardomand hosting Lisa Fischer, one of the luminaries from the film for a concert.

Music will also fill the air outside the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem as it hosts Hiss Golden Messenger and William Tyler for what is sure to be a fantastic concert of modern folk music.

Throughout the weekend, knights and dragons will take center stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo as it offers performances of the classic story of Don Quixote adapted for kids.

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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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.

Pirates will invade Historic Bath Saturday.
Join them for family fun.

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.

Dramatic performances of slave narratives will be just one part of Somerset Place’s glimpse into plantation life Saturday

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!

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Head over to Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday for a blast from the
past focusing on Civil War artillery.

A behind-the-scenes look at archaeological exploration in Four Oaks, a living history program focused on Civil War cannon fire in Kure Beach and a final rare glimpse of the 13th Amendment in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery offered this weekend by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will offer a fun maritime-themed craft for kids, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts kayak tours highlighting the local history of the Crystal Coast region. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host its second round of special comedian-led tours of the Eric Fertman: A Comic Turn exhibition.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the Disney favorite Mary Poppins outside under the stars in Raleigh, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will host an Independence Day-themed art-making session for kids.

Saturday is your last chance to get a rare glimpse of the 13th Amendment, when it will go on display in the N.C. History Center at Tryon Palace in New Bern. Special tours of the earthworks, cannon firing and the chance for members of the public to learn drills will all be part of Fort Fisher’s living history program on artillery in Kure Beach. While in Asheville, DCR’s Western Office will open an exhibit of Lewis Hine’s iconic photographs of child labor in the early 1900s with a lecture on the history that the haunting photographs depict.

Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will host a family-friendly gallery tour and studio session where kids and parents can work together to create a family portrait, and the N.C. Symphony will continue its ever-popular Summerfest series in Cary with a performance of beach music.

Both Friday and Saturday, visitors to Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks can see behind-the-scenes at cutting-edge work archaeologists are doing at several historic sites to try and uncover the secrets of the past.

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