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A Mexican-American War militia muster in Pineville, a howling celebration of Halloween in Asheboro and the best of bluegrass music in Raleigh are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 11 things on our weekend agenda:

1. See the Mexican-American War come alive Saturday at the President James K. Polk Memorial in Pineville.
2. Have a howling good time at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro Saturday with games, face painting and hands-on activities while learning about North Carolina Red Wolves.
3. Enjoy a weekend out with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
4. Hear bluegrass music’s brightest stars during this weekend’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh.
5. Explore the work of some of North Carolina’s most promising artists at the new Point and Counterpoint: N.C. Arts Council Fellows, 2014-2015 exhibit opening at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday.
6. Celebrate Thomas Wolfe’s birthday Saturday in Asheville with free tours of the Old Kentucky Home, now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.
7. Learn how to care for your family’s heirlooms by getting advice from the House in the Horsehoe’s staff Saturday in Sanford.
8. Take a tour of Durham‘s 21c Museum Hotel–a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museums and culture center–Thursday with the N.C. Museum of Art Contemporaries.
9. Hear the music of three great Russian composers as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Southern Pines and Sunday in Wilmington.
10. Join Tar Heel artist Craig Richards for a painting workshop overlooking scenic Moore’s Knob Saturday at Hanging Rock Park in Danbury.
11. Explore the New Bern Academy Museum at Tryon Palace in New Bern for free Saturday as a number of local history organization present Civil War-related programming.
Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources website.

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A World War II living history program in Kure Beach, a duel re-enactment in New Bern and the closing of an exhibit on the Tar Heel State and film are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are eight things on our weekend agenda:

1. See World War II history come alive in celebration of V-J Day Saturday and Sunday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

2. Visit the Starring North Carolina! exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh before it closes Monday.

 

 

3. See historic interpreters portraying John Stanley and Richard Dobbs Spaight re-enact the legendary 1802 duel between the two men at Tryon Palace Saturday in New Bern.

 

 

4. Enjoy old-time music, dancing, and food along the banks of the Yadkin River at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention in Lenoir throughout the weekend.

 

 

5. End your summer with a bang at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual murder mystery dinner Friday.

 

 

6. Watch Guardians of the Galaxy under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

7. Hear about one of the most dramatic rescues off the North Carolina coast during World War I at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

 

 

8. Celebrate the first Friday of September at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh with food and beer tastings and a telling of the hidden stories of some of North Carolina’s abandoned places, told by the filmmakers and photographers who document them.

 

 

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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Two movies under the stars in Raleigh, a celebration of old time music in West Jefferson and a new exhibit of historic bicycles in Spencer 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 seven things we have on our weekend agenda:

1. See a movie under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing two recent favorites this weekend: The Theory of Everything on Friday and Birdman on Saturday.

 

 

2. Enjoy the soothing sounds of traditional mountain music at the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention in West Jefferson throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Watch a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Museum of the Cape Fear inFayetteville.

 

 

 

 

5. Dive deep into the life of controversial Civil War General Braxton Bragg during a lecture Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

6. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for a 5k run and walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

 

7. Check out a new exhibit of historical bicycles open throughout the weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

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 scavenger hunt in Southport, an ice cream social in Old Fort and concerts of patriotic music throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 14 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Hear the Declaration of Independence be read by an interpreter portraying John Penn and celebrate the holiday with games, crafts and living history demonstrations Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Get the most of Southport‘s widely-acclaimed Fourth of July celebration by completing a scavenger hunt offered by the N.C. Maritime Museum there.

 

 

3. Enjoy the Fourth of the July at the State Capitol in Raleigh with musical performances, military displays, a naturalization ceremony and kids’ activities.

 

 

4. Join Manteo‘s Roanoke Island Festival Park in celebrating America’s 239th birthday with fireworks and a concert by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

 

 

5. Watch a patriotic fireworks display over downtown Wilmington Saturday evening from the deck of the mighty Battleship North Carolina.

 

 

6. Honor America’s birthday at the Red, White and Bluegrass music festival in Morganton.

 

 

7. Sample some ice cream while soaking in the smooth sounds of a local bluegrass group Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

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8. Gather around the fire and hear stories told in the traditional mountain style, Thursday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

9. Recall the great music of the Carter Family and their frequent collaborator Lesley Riddle throughout the weekend at Riddlefest in Burnsville.

 

 

10. Learn about the history of Chicamacomico Station and the U.S. Lifesaving Service during a film screening Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Listen to patriotic tunes performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts throughout the weekend in Wilmington, Garner and Cary.

 

 

12. Celebrate Independence Day with music, special tours and a fireworks display Saturday at Historic Halifax, the site of America’s first official cry for independence.

 

 

13. Discover the history behind the Medal of Honor and meet recipients of the award from the Wilmington area Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

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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This year and last, we’ve been thrilled to host the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual meeting and music festival in Raleigh. Seeing the breadth of talent in the genre today and the massive number of people interested in a form of music that has strong ties to the western part of our state has truly been amazing.

So, now that you’ve been to (or at least heard of) IBMA and bluegrass, you’re probably wondering what more there is to explore. The answer is simple: a lot.

To get you started here are six Tar Heel bluegrass destinations and events you won’t want to miss:

1. The Earl Scruggs Center, Shelby, Cleveland County

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Named in honor of bluegrass legend and Cleveland County native Earl Scruggs, this spectacular museum opened to wide acclaim earlier this year and explores Scruggs and the roots of the music genre he came to dominate.

2. Red, White and Bluegrass, Morganton, Burke County

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Held annualy on the Fourth of July, there’s no better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than at this festival, one of North Carolina’s largest music events.

3. The Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, Mount Airy, Surry County

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One of the more significant of the music festivals held in the Blue Ridge area every summer, this convention celebrates the fame Surry County musicians have achieved throughout the nation.

4. MerleFest, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County

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One of the nation’s premiere music events, this annual festival honors Watauga County bluegrass stars Doc and Merle Watson and draws nearly 75,000 attendees each year.

5. Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention, Yadkinville, Yakdin County

A throwback to the more traditional, smaller music contests of yesteryear, this annual event has become a favorite among bluegrass and old-time music fans and musicians alike.

6The BarnEden, Rockingham County

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Not many people create a music venue in their front yard, but that’s exactly what Jerry and Debbie Wilson did just a few years ago. Stop by on any Tuesday night to see and hear bluegrass and gospel bands play in the Wilsons’ barn.

These six places and events are just a few tips to get you started exploring the Old North State’s rich bluegrass culture and heritage. Pick up a copy of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, produced by the N.C. Arts Council and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, or check out the book’s companion website for more great ideas.

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Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends for special train rides, crafts and games
this weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum

A bluegrass jam in Raleigh, cemetery tours based on the work of Thomas Wolfe in Asheville and train rides with Thomas the Tank Engine in Spencer 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 action starts Thursday when PineCone presents a bluegrass jam at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Anyone and everyone is invited to bring out their instruments and jam, or just sit back and listen to musicians show off their love of bluegrass. Elsewhere around the state Thursday, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a symposium on the work of filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, who is the subject of SECCA’s newest exhibition, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will show a film highlighting the history of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the film noir masterpiece The Maltese Falcon, while Saturday, the museum will show a documentary on how new technology is being used to discover the secrets behind some of the world’s oldest art and play the hilarious mockumentary This is Spinal Tap under the stars. Also Saturday, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will offer tours of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery focusing on the real people that inspired Wolfe’s work.

Throughout the weekend:

  • The N.C. Museum of Art will offer free, introductory tours of its galleries and grounds to help visitors get a glimpse of its offerings and see what’s worth deeper exploration
  • Internationally-renowned concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin joins the N.C. Symphony for concerts of music by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich in Raleigh
  • Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy and friends pull into the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for special train rides, crafts, games and more
  • Cycle North Carolina’s “Mountains to Coast” ride will speed through Historic Edenton Thursday and by Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo Friday before wrapping up at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Saturday
  • Bluegrass musicians from across the country will descend on Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass meeting and music festival

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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Try your hand at tobacco tying Saturday at Duke Homestead’s
Harvest and Hornworm Festival

A celebration of the harvest in Durham, musket and cannon fire in Statesville and the words of Thomas Wolfe intertwined with mountain music in Asheville 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 Friday when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will celebrate the end of summer with live music, gourmet popsicles and champagne, while the N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will kick off its Starring North Carolina film series byshowing Bull Durham. Also Friday, the popular Cedars in the Pines exhibit exploring Lebanese life in North Carolina will open at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Saturday in Raleigh, staff from the State Library will celebrate Tar Heel history by telling some of its stranger stories through panel discussions and activities for kids at the N.C. Museum of History. At the same time, the Museum of History will help kids make a critter-themed craft and teach them about the boll weevil bug and its effect on agriculture, while the N.C. Museum of Art will help kids and families make a one-of-a-kind journal before taking them on a journey through the Museum Park. In Durham, Duke Homestead will celebrate the arrival of fall with demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing and curing, kids activities, food and live music.

New Bern‘s Tryon Palace will let kids see what school was like during the 1800s before hosting local jewelry artist Alice Bilello for demonstrations of her craft and displaying sculpture throughout the N.C. History Center as part of New Bern’s city-wide ArtWalk. Elsewhere in the east, Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan Courthouse and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will put on bicycle tours highlighting the history of its hometown.

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will feature recitations of Thomas Wolfe’s work against the backdrop of mountain music by some of the region’s best artists including fiddler Bobby Hicks and vocalist Doc Cudd.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History features the smooth bluegrass sounds of Asheville duo Grits and Soul in its Raleigh garden.

Throughout the weekend, musket and cannon fire will light up Statesville for Fort Dobbs’Living History Weekend, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host performances by the award-winning troupe Paperhand Puppet Intervention 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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