Posts Tagged ‘Art’

A Civil War re-enactment complete with torpedo demonstrations in Winnabow, screenings of the classic film Casablanca with the score performed live by N.C. Symphony in Raleigh and a look at sustainability through art in Fremont 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 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Enjoy the romantic film classic Casablanca as the N.C. Symphony plays the score in the background, Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.



2. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson in Winnabow, with battle re-enactments, living history demonstrations and lectures Saturday and Sunday.



3. Visit with costumed interpreters, make fun crafts with your kids and explore interactive exhibits at Tryon Palace’s Family Night at the Museum, Thursday in New Bern.



4. Stop by the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to make a “heart-y” greeting for Valentine’s Day.



5. Take a carriage ride into the past and see demonstrations of Civil War-era home front and military life Saturday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.



6. Check out the Lexicon of Sustainability Art Show in Fremont. It makes its debut at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace Sunday.



7. Learn how the N.C. Maritime Museum saved a 33-foot long sperm whale skeleton and preserved its heart, Saturday in Beaufort.



8. Watch classic cartoons while helping the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) make a big geodesic dome for its Collective Actions exhibit, Saturday in Winston-Salem.



9. See the sci-fi thriller Firestarter, which helped launch North Carolina’s then-budding film industry, Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.



10. Show that special someone you care by creating a valentine they will “knot” forget, Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.



11. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities and snacks, Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.





13. Join the Thomas Wolfe Memorial for a discussion of Wolfe’s short story “The House of the Far and Lost,” Saturday in Asheville.



14. Explore a unique civil rights story through performances of dance, spoken word and music Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.



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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Halloween is just around the corner, and North Carolina’s state historic sites and museums are celebrating in a whole bunch of neat ways. To help you get the most of your limited time, we’ve collected the ten of the best ways you can get culture on this Halloween:

1. Take your kids trick or treating aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.


2. See how the Victorians mourned their dead on one of Duke Homestead’s Widows and Wakes tours in Durham.

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3. Hear about one of the spookier items in the N.C. Museum of Art’s permanent collection before watching a local magician and sipping on a beer in Raleigh.


4. Learn about the “secret” history of pumpkins, sample pumpkin-based foods and paint a pumpkin of your own at Historic Stagville in Durham.


5. Enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear region at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.


6. Take your kids to hear the ghoulish sounds of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh.


7. See how Halloween was celebrated around the turn of the 19th century on a night tour of the Poe House in Fayetteville.


8. Meet friendly ghosts on the grounds of Tryon Palace in New Bern after celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” with crafts, games, spooky stories and a 1940s-inspired radio show.


9. Trick or treat through the Tar Heel State’s history at the N.C. Museum of History’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit in Raleigh.


10. Meet a pirate at Halloween in Halifax after seeing Blackbeard’s booty in the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.


Our event offerings don’t stop after Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to our events calendar and sign up for our weekly event emails to stay in the loop.

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Secretary Kluttz and N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard inside at the Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza festival

Secretary Kluttz and N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard
inside at the Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza festival

When you think of immigrants to North Carolina, you might think of the Scotch-Irish in the Sandhills, the Swiss around New Bern or the Moravians in the Triad. Chances are the Lebanese might not be near the top of your list. But earlier this month, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz got a taste (literally!) of the deep roots of the Lebanese community in North Carolina at the N.C. Museum of History’s Cedars in Pines on the Plaza festival.

The event celebrated the long legacy of the Lebanese in Tar Heel State. The Cedar in the Pines exhibit that the event is tied to explores how the group has changed and been changed by North Carolina since its members began to arrive here around 1880.

While at the festival, the Secretary sampled some the finest local Lebanese food and watched displays of Lebanese-American music and dance. Crafts, henna hand painting, Arabic calligraphy, a scavenger hunt were some of the activities that  rounded out the day.

If you missed the festival, have no fear! The exhibit will  go on view at Tryon Palace in New Bern between September 12 and December 14.

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Celebrate colonial history with militia demonstrations, games and hands on activities for the entire family Saturday at the Museum of the Cape Fear

Colonial music, games and activities in Fayetteville, a gathering of diving and archaeology experts in Hatteras and a celebration of The Big Lebowski in Raleigh are just of the 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 when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will screen a documentary on the exploration of the Titanic shipwreck.

Friday the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will give visitors the chance to chat with the artists featured in its new Line, Touch, Trace exhibition before showing the critically-acclaimed film The Grand Budapest Hotel under the stars.

Saturday will start off with colonial era music, games, militia drills and hands-on activities at the Museum of Cape Fear’s Festival of Yesteryear in Fayetteville. At the coast, Historic Bath will host an expert on the town’s St. Thomas Church for a lecture and tour, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport offers a special scavenger hunt for National Grandparents Day. Both Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will celebrate Grandparents Day, too.

If art is more what you’re looking for, then Raleigh‘s your town. The N.C. Museum of History will offer a photography workshop with award-winning photographer Brenda Scott, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host two rounds of its Meet Your Museum tours and put on its second annual The Big Lebowski Dudes Abide Festival complete with food trucks, outdoor activities and, of course, a screening of the cult classic film.

Throughout the weekend, the Graveyard of Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will bring together the state and country’s leading experts on diving and underwater archaeology for a series of lectures and presentations that are free and open to the public.

North Carolina also has two great arts festivals going on this weekend. More than 140 will descend on downtown Raleigh for the 5th annual Hopscotch Music Festival, while Winston-Salem will host James Patterson, Rita Mae Brown and other national authors for the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors.

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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