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The annual state tree lighting in Raleigh, a new exhibit of Star Wars artifacts in Asheville and a colonial Christmas weekend at the coast 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 18 ideas for making the most of your weekend:

1. Celebrate a Colonial Christmas weekend with activities with open houses at Historic Edenton and Historic Bath, and the annual Candlelight celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Join Governor Pat McCrory for the annual State Tree Lighting on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and then stop by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences across the street for a special meet the animals program.

 

 

3. Visit a special exhibit of Star Wars artifacts at the Western Regional Archives in Asheville, and take your kids to a special Star Wars Lego class there Saturday.

 

 

4. Meet Santa by the sea Friday at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Saturday at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

5. Marvel at the Executive Mansion’s elaborate Christmas decorations during its annual holiday open house in Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

6. Step back in time to an 18th century Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Sunday in Winnabow. You’ll find colonial refreshments, traditional games, special tours and an authentic period candlelit service.

 

 

7. Enjoy a concert of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and other holiday favorites Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. See what 18th century life was like along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

9. Experience a Civil War Christmas Saturday by learning about the holiday traditions from the period at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston and seeing a period holiday brought to life at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

10. Find a gift for the art lover in your life at the Folk Art Center’s Guild Artist Holiday Sale Saturday in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

12. Explore the dramatic landscapes and diverse peoples that have shaped the South at a new exhibit of Southern paintings opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

13. Spend a festive Sunday afternoon at Duke Homestead in Durham as part of the site’s annual Victorian Family Christmas program.

 

 

14. Browse of the one largest selections of local pottery in mountains Friday and Saturday at Mud Dabbers of Brevard‘s holiday open house.

 

 

15. Listen to some of your favorite holiday tunes as performed by the North Carolina Symphony Thursday in Jacksonville and Saturday in Wilmington.

 

 

16. Get into the spirit of the season with holiday open houses Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Historic Halifax, House in the Horseshoe near Sanford and the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

17. Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower Sunday night with N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister.

 

 

18. Go on a candlelight tour to celebrate the holiday season. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will offer tours Thursday, and both Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham will offer tours Friday.

 

 

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

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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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A pirate-themed living history program in Bath, an in-depth look at the Tar Heel State in World War I in New Bern and one of the largest craft fairs in the country in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are eight ideas for weekend fun across North Carolina:

1.Explore Historic Bath‘s connection to Blackbeard and other pirates Saturday during Pirates in the Port, a living history program.

 

 

2. Discover the stories and images of World War I through artifacts, photos, reenactors and exhibits during a World War I Weekend at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

3. See some of the traditional and contemporary crafts produced by Appalachian artists at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands throughout the weekend in Asheville.

 

 

4. Watch the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday to celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s new book.

 

 

5. Enjoy a screening of the acclaimed 1956 thriller The Killing at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem Thursday.

 

 

6. Taste delicious crab cakes made by four volunteer guest chefs and vote on your favorite at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual crab cake cook-off Friday.

 

 

7. Experience the unique sound of the Punch Brothers during an outdoor concert Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

8. See one of four performance of Shakespeare’s The Temptest staged throughout the weekend 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!

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Special steam engine train rides in Spencer, a soap making workshop in Pinnacle and musket and cannon firing demonstrations in Statesville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Here are 11 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for one of three great events Saturday:a celebration of Piedmont Airlines, special steam engine train rides and a railroad book sale.
2. See musket and cannon firing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.
3. Learn how to make soap the old fashioned way with ingredients you can find at any grocery store during a workshop Saturday at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle.
4. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a night of music, dancing, food and drinks Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
5. See memorabilia from Sleepy Hollow’s filming at Tryon Palace on display at the N.C. History Center in New Bern through Sunday.
6. Stop by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-SalemSaturday for a pancake social complete with art activities and performances.
7. Hear about the struggle for civil rights in the small Martin County town of Williamston during a lecture at Historic Bath Saturday.
8. Learn about world music, folklore and dance through songs and stories at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday.
9. Discover the history of U.S. Colored Troops in North Carolina during a lecture at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Thursday.
10.Enjoy concerts of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony performed by the N.C. Symphony in Fayetteville, Raleigh and Sanford throughout the weekend.
11. Hear the harrowing tales of men who were prisoners of the North Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. (UPDATE: This program will be rescheduled due to winter weather).

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 commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, a clam chowder cook-off in Beaufort and a night under the stars in Mount Gilead 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 eight suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Fort Fisher in Kure Beach as it commemorates the Second Battle of Fort Fisher with a re-enactment, kids’ activities, special tours, lectures and music. See this blog post for tips on getting the most out of the event.

2. See demonstrations of a special form of weaving, called tatting, which is used to make lace, Saturday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

3. Sample four different clam chowders and vote for your favorite, Friday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off.
4. Celebrate the arrival of winter at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday by making paper snowflakes with your kids.

5. Spend your Saturday night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

6. Hear about Bath’s key role as a port in early North Carolina and see a new exhibit celebrating Bath as North Carolina’s “First Town, First Port” at Historic Bath Thursday.

7. Listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
as performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh Friday and Saturday.

8. Learn the story of North Carolina’s early civil rights movement at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.

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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The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville 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 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art 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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