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It’s another very busy weekend across North Carolina, with many opportunities to explore the arts and history of the Tar Heel state.

Kick off your weekend early with a Friday morning hike on the famed Shackleford Banks, hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. In the evening, head to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem for the unveiling of a 50-year retrospective of the work of Anne Kesler Shields, a local visual artist.

All day Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer visitors a chance to build their own boat over the course of seven hours, while the Maritime Museum in Southport will host a series of lectures on Outer Banks history. The Beaufort museum will also be offering a hike of Rachel Carson Reserve in the morning.

Build your own boat Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

Farther inland, the CSS Neuse/Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston will have re-enactors on hand portraying soldiers across history from the American Revolution to Korean War, while the Daughters of American Revolution will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution at Alamance Battleground in Burlington.

The weekend winds down Sunday afternoon with intimate, behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions at SECCA complete with tea and desserts, an ice cream social at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and two chamber music concerts, one at Tryon Palace in New Bern and another at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.  SECCA’s paperless exhibition also closes Sunday.

Throughout the weekend, Paperhand Puppet Intervention will present its “City of Frogs” show at the N.C. Museum of Art, while SparkCon—sponsored in part by the N.C. Arts Council—will celebrate the Triangle as a creative hub of the South.

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Governor Bev Perdue and First Gentleman Bob Eaves hosted a gathering of North Carolina writers at the Executive Mansion on Friday, Sept. 23. About a dozen writers who make North Carolina home – and often write about the state – joined the first couple for dinner and conversation.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said First Gentleman Eaves. “Both Bev and I are avid readers and are so proud of North Carolina’s literary heritage. The experiences these writers share, both real and imagined, are a source of enjoyment and enlightenment for the entire world.”

The evening, which included readings, was an opportunity to recognize and thank just a few of the many talented historians, poets and fiction writers from North Carolina. Joining the Governor, First Gentleman and State Librarian Mary Boone of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, was a diverse group including historians David Cecelski, Karen Cox, and Joseph Glatthaar, mystery writers Margaret Maron and Katy Munger, novelists Philip Gerard, Randall Kenan, Anna Jean Mayhew and Craig Nova, poets Cathy Smith-Bowers (North Carolina’s Poet Laureate) and Michael White, and sociologist and essayist John Shelton Reed.

North Carolina is known for its strong literary traditions.  For more about literary trails that highlight writers from across the state, go to the North Carolina Arts Council’s Literary Trails Web site at www.ncliterarytrails.com.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more visit www.ncculture.com.

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North Carolina's "state precious stone" the emerald

March means green, like North Carolina’s “state precious stone” the emerald. (Wouldn’t you rather wear an emerald than the “state rock” which is granite?) It’s the come in like a lion and go out like a lamb month, and a happy month it is, with our famous ‘madness’ in between. It’s a ‘get ready’ month, too as we turn the page to welcome many fine occasions for words and music.

April is National Poetry Month and also National Jazz Appreciation Month. It’s the place for National Library Week (April 10-16) and Library Preservation Week (April 24-30), and in the midst you can give a nod to the Bard and sing happy birthday to Shakespeare on the 23rd. Shakespeare surely strolled past London’s Westminster Abbey, maybe giving him the inspiration to write

“In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.”

Wouldn’t he marvel to learn that  St. James’ Palace announced that Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the London Chamber Orchestra at the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton on Friday, April 29, at Westminster Abbey!

You’ll find more stories and ideas about April at the North Carolina Arts Council and more about all things symbolic in North Carolina at NCPedia and news from the Royal Wedding at www.westminster-abbey.org .

And even more at www.wral.com.

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