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A celebration of traditional American culture in Greensboro, an old-fashioned tobacco harvest festival in Durham and a walking tour of the famed Riverside Cemetery in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. See some of the nation’s finest the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers and craftspeople at the National Folk Festival throughout the weekend in Greensboro, and don’t forget to visit the North Carolina Stage while you’re there.
2. Step back in time to North Carolina’s colonial era at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s annual Festival of Yesteryear Saturday in Fayetteville. Hands-on crafts, games, demonstrations of colonial life and performances by an interpreter portraying the Marquis de Lafayette will all be part of the fun.
3. Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history with music, a tobacco looping contest and historic demonstrations at Duke Homestead’s Harvest and Hornworm Festival Saturday in Durham.
4. Marvel at the spectacle of Paper Puppet Intervention during a performance at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh throughout the weekend.
5. Discover how North Carolina saved the Constitution during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.
6. Enjoy National Grandparents Day Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead or the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. Both have activities planned to celebrate the special day.
7. Hear about how Alamance Battleground’s location along one of North Carolina’s oldest roads led to three battles being fought there during a lecture Saturday in Burlington.
8. Take a walking tour of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery led by staff from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Saturday.
9. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
10. Do yoga with staff from Historic Edenton on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Saturday morning.
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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Hands-on Native American pottery making in Mount Gilead, a 19th century children’s festival in Durham and a celebration of National Lighthouse Day in Edenton are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Celebrate National Lighthouse Day Friday with free tours, live music and kids’ activities at Historic Edenton‘s 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse.

 

 

2. Travel back in time with your kids at Durham‘s Duke Homestead, which will be offering 19th century games, music and a whole host of other activities as part of its annual Summer Children’s Festival Saturday.

 

 

3. Have lunch with pirates and see the Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum during this weekend’s Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

 

 

4. Gather round the campfire at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Thursday evening for someclassic mountain storytelling and s’mores.

 

 

5. See how the Pee Dee Native Americans used the clay around them and try your hand at making a small piece of pottery Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

 

 

6. Meet North Carolina film legend Earl Owensby and see clips of some of his classic films Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Learn about the animals 18th century explorers would’ve encountered along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

8. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for a gathering of the descendants of the men who fought there Saturday.

 

 

9. Check out one of the National Black Theatre Festival‘s many performances in Winston-Salem this weekend, including Mr. Joy, which will be offered at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary (SECCA) Thursday through Sunday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to discover North Carolina’s deep roots in the history of soil conservation with hands-on activities.

 

 

11. Join the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday as the U.S. Postal Service dedicates a new stamp honoring the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday.

 

 

12. Hear about the pivotal role African Americans played in World War I and how the war affected the cause of civil rights during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

13. Watch the family favorite Big Hero 6 under the stars Friday at the N.C Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

14. See some of the western North Carolina’s best mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers and balladeers throughout the weekend in Asheville at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

 

 

15. Introduce your kids to the math and science behind Civil War artillery fire at Fort Fisher’s Junior Reserves program Friday in Kure Beach.

 

 

16. Check out classic Corvettes, Firebirds and other GM cars Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s All GM Show 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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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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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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Sec. Kluttz with Dr. Sam Powell (in a Continental Soldier’s uniform)
and local school kids

On Monday, October 14, Secretary Susan Kluttz visited Alamance Battleground for the beginning of the historic site’s annual celebration called Colonial Living Week. There, she enjoyed various living history demonstrations along with hundreds of school children. Together, they learned about candle making, rifles, flags, chair caning, writing with a quill, cooking over an open fire and dyeing cloth. The Secretary met a horn maker who demonstrated the art of scrimshaw, or carving. Some of the kids tried their hand at rolling a hoop around the vast grounds which was a favorite game of children during the Colonial era.

Alamance Battleground Site Manager Bryan Dalton, Sec. Kluttz, Jimmy Campbell and Keith Hardison with school kids

Costumed interpreters — including Dr. Ted Henson, Dr. Sam Powell, Lisa Cox, Chester Bennett, Brianna Jenkins, Jewel Clark and Jimmy Campbell — made history come alive for the interested kids and adults by discussing their craft or duty and why it was important to people who lived then. Site Manager Bryan Dalton told Secretary Kluttz that ‘Regulators’ battled with Gov. Tryon’s militia over taxes, dishonest sheriffs and unfair fees imposed by the British Crown at Alamance Battleground. While these farmer-soldiers, he said, lost at Alamance, they would become the inspiration for colonists to fight the British during the American Revolutionary War.

At week’s end, attendance at Colonial Living Week topped all records! A total of 3,032 students and adults participated in this fun event. Congratulations Bryan and your team at Alamance Battleground!  See you next year.

Click here to see more pictures of the Secretary’s trip.

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Head to the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville Saturday for a living history event featuring civilian and military re-enactors.

Head to the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville Saturday for a living history event featuring civilian and military re-enactors.

Living history events in Pineville and Burlington, an antique truck show in Spencer and a scavenger hunt at our three historic sites in Durham are just a few of the opportunities for family fun offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The fun starts Thursday with a film exploration of the life of Frida Kahlo at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem. Alamance Battleground in Burlington will also host a commemoration of the Battle of Alamance, while Tryon Palace in New Bern presents a lecture on African-American cooks. In Beaufort, the N.C. Maritime Museum will continue its popular Talkin’ Art and Brown Bag Gams series.

Friday, the fun continues with behind-the-scenes tours of the kitchen gardens at Tryon Palace during the day, and a concert by Los Lobos and a preview of the annual auction at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh in the evening.

Saturday morning, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer tours of its History of Harvest exhibit, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host a workshop on using maritime navigation and communications equipment. Later in the day, the museum will host a meeting of the Carolina Maritime Model Society.

Throughout the day Saturday, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will host its spring community day, complete with art making activities for kids. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will present an antique truck show and its first-ever spring event for Boy Scouts. In Pineville, the James K. Polk Historic Site will demonstrate military drills and practices, camp life and musket firing as part of a Mexican-American War living history event, while all three of our Durham historic sites—Bennett Place, Duke Homestead and Historic Stagville will host a scavenger hunt that encourages your family to explore history across the city.

On the coast, Historic Bath will participate in Bath Fest by giving free tours and hosting its annual croquet tournament, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will offer hands-on activities and games as part of the city-wide N.C. Potato Festival.

The weekend rounds out Sunday with a celebration of the history and heritage of Northampton County at the Museum of Albemarle.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play Stravinsky’s famed work “The Rite of Spring” in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and Alamance Battleground will stage a living history event complete with military and domestic re-enactors. This weekend is also your first chance to see the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and Watergate exhibits at the N.C. Museum of History.

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