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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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A family festival celebrating trains in Spencer, an outdoor movie and food truck rodeo in Raleigh and a 19th century-style celebration of the arrival of summer in Creswell are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for its Rail Day Festival featuring special train rides, crafts and model train layouts Saturday.

 

 

2. Go back in time and celebrate the arrival of summer 19th century-style with hands-on historic activities and demonstrations, crafts and food at Somerset Place in Creswell Saturday.

 

 

3. Watch a screening of the 2014 film Chef and enjoy a food truck rodeo Saturday evening at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

4. See a quartet of the musicians from the N.C. Symphony perform at Kings in Raleigh Thursday.

 

 

5. Celebrate Father’s Day with a concert by The Baseball Project before the Winston-Salem Dash baseball game Sunday, hosted by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

 

 

6. Check out performances of Common Enemy, a new play centering on college basketball from Triad Stage, throughout the weekend in Greensboro.

 

 

7. Take your kids to the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday to let them learn what it’s like to be an archaeologist.

 

 

8. Enjoy a concert by Neko Case in the Museum Park Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Meet one of Pepsi’s first African American models and learn more about her interesting story Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

10. Listen to the N.C. Symphony perform the best of Broadway and the music of Harry Potter under the stars in Cary Friday and 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 celebration of the State Capitol’s 175th birthday in Raleigh, a pirate-themed day of family fun in Southport and the chance to strike it rich in Midland are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Celebrate the State Capitol’s 175th birthday in Raleigh Saturday with music, food, living history demonstrations and kids’ activities during the day and a barbecue and bluegrass dinner in the evening.

 

 

 

 

3. Try to strike it rich Saturday at Reed Gold Mine’s pan-o-lympics in Midland.

 

 

4. Sail in a traditional wooden boat, cast a line with a cane pole, join in games or just relax and enjoy the music and spectacular view at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s Maritime Day Saturday.

 

 

5. Discuss Thomas Wolfe’s short story “Boom Town” with a local author Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

6. Enjoy pirate movies, crazy characters and a scavenger hunt around town as part of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport‘s pirate-themed family day Saturday.

 

 

7. Catch a movie at museums across the state. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will be showing Double Indemnity Thursday, and inRaleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will have Blue Velvet on Friday, while the N.C. Museum of Art will screen The Imitation Game under the stars Saturday.

 

 

8. Dance along to the folk rock sound of Brandi Carlisle when she performs Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Hear some of the best jazz music North Carolina has to offer during concerts at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Sunday.

 

 

10. Learn about daily life aboard the Battleship North Carolina, now anchored in Wilmington, from volunteers stationed throughout the ship Saturday.

 

 

11. See fire trucks from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Saturday.

 

 

12. Celebrate 19th century farm life Saturday in Fremont, when Aycock Birthplace showcases historic beekeeping, gardening and farm equipment.

 

 

13. Dive deep into the history of gardens and make a garden-themed craft to take home Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

14. Join Vance Birthplace for a Civil War encampment complete with lectures, military drills and firing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday in Weaverville.

 

 

15. Listen to the North Carolina Symphony perform music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and other Russian greats during two distinct concerts Friday and Saturday in Cary.

 

 

16. Marvel at performances by the world-renowned group Shen Wei Dance Arts in Durham Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of American Dance Festival’s opening weekend.

 

 

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 free concert by the N.C. Symphony in New Bern, a look at African Americans at the end of the Civil War in Durham and a city-wide paint-in in Elizabeth City are just a few of opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Enjoy a free performance of the N.C. Symphony on Tryon Palace’s South Lawn Sunday in New Bern.

 

 

2. Learn about what life was like when African Americans found out about their freedom at the end of the Civil War during a living history program Saturday at Historic Stagvillle in Durham.

 

 

3. Paint alongside professional artists and enjoy a whole host of other activities at Elizabeth City‘s weeklong SPLASH paint-in and arts festival, which runs through Saturday.

 

 

4. See an exhibit showcasing the fashions of early 20th century boarders before it closesSaturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

5. Join the N.C. Museum of Art for an outdoor screening of Star Trek Into Darkness Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve on a hike led by staff the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Thursday.

 

 

7. Spend your Saturday in the N.C. Museum of History’s garden in Raleigh, and learn about North Carolina’s agricultural history on a special tour.

 

 

8. Hear classical favorites by Rossini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others during an outdoor concert performed by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Cary.

 

 

9. Find a bargain on everything from books to furniture while helping to support Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s Gun Emplacement Fund at a while elephant sale Saturday in Winnabow.

 

 

10. Remember the service of our nation’s World War II veterans during a memorial service with men who served aboard the USS North Carolina Saturday on the ship’s deck in Wilmington.

 

 

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 debut of the North Carolina Symphony’s 2015 Summerfest series in Cary, a celebration of the Bull City’s vibrant history and culture in Durham and Memorial Day remembrances in New Bern and Wilmington are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

1. Celebrate Memorial Day with an outdoor concert of all-American music performed by the N.C. Symphony in Cary Saturday.

2. Greet re-enactor Philip Brown as he arrives in Durham after his 166-mile walk from New Bern, and celebrate the history and culture of Durham with crafts, historical dance lessons, food and live music at Duke Homestead’s annual Bullfest Saturday.

3. Reflect on the sacrifices our nation’s service members have made during a Memorial Day Observance aboard the Battleship North Carolina Monday in Wilmington.
4. Dance along to the smooth pop sound of Lake Street Dive during the N.C. Museum of Art’s first outdoor concert of summer Saturday in Raleigh.
5. See interpreters representing soldiers from every conflict in American history as Durham‘s Bennett Place commemorates Memorial Day Saturday and Sunday.
6. Join the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem for “A Downtown Abbey Evening” Thursday, featuring music, drinks and food inspired by the hit show.
7. Hear the music of jazz greats at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.
8. Discover the interesting history of coastal communication at a new exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

9. Go on a bike ride through Southport‘s history with the N.C. Maritime Museum there Saturday.

10. Take advantage of your day off Monday by visiting the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit in Raleigh.

11. Hike through the history of the Shackleford Banks with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Thursday.

12. Enjoy Tryon Palace’s beautiful historic buildings and gardens in New Bern on Memorial Day Monday, when military members and veterans get free admission and their families get discounts.

13. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for a day of kids’ activities, trains rides and more to celebrate the send off of #611 locomotive.
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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 snow is falling outside, and on day like this we can’t resist browsing our collections and taking a look at how the people of yesteryear celebrated (or coped with, depending on your viewpoint) winter weather.

Here are six stand out snowy shots from our collections:

1. Two men standing next to a 12-foot snowbank somewhere in western North Carolina, circa 1960. (Image from the N.C. Museum of History).

 

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2. This icy cover from a February 1951 issue of Our State Magazine. (Image from the State Library).

 

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3. Celebrating the 1940 Easter snowfall in downtown Cary. (Image from the State Archives).

 

 

4. An aerial view of downtown Raleigh covered in snow, circa 1960. (Image from the State Archives).

 

 

5. Plowing U.S. 301 near Wilson, sometime in the 1920s or 30s. (Image from the N.C. Museum of History).

 

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6. Gov. Luther Hodges and others talking in front a Fort Bragg based-airplane with snow-capped mountains in the background.

 

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Looking to browse our collections yourself? Check out this list of 5 digital resources we offer for suggestions on where to start.

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Enjoy a day full of patriotic speeches, dancing, games and
kids’ crafts at Tryon Palace Friday.

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the 7/3 event at Tryon Palace and the 7/4 event at Roanoke Island Festival Park have been canceled.

Patriotic concerts, a kids parade and historic tours and demonstrations are just a few of the ways the historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are celebrating Independence Day this weekend.

The weekend gets started Thursday morning, when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries. In the evening, Tryon Palace in New Bern will host the 440th Army Band for a pops concert on its picturesque South Lawn, while the N.C. Symphony plays a free, patriotic concert of its own at Lake Benson Park in Garner.

Though most of our historic sites and museums will be closed Friday for the holiday, several invite you to come and celebrate America’s 238th birthday with them. Tryon Palace will host its annual Glorious Fourth Celebration, featuring fife and drum performances and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, while Historic Halifax will put on tours of historic buildings and other family activities as part of a town-wide Independence Day celebration. The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will be open for regular, self-guided tours, while Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo will have the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band on hand for a pre-fireworks concert.
Back in the Triangle, the State Capitol in Raleigh will host a kids parade, live music and more to celebrate the holiday, while the N.C. Symphony plays a second concert of patriotic tunes, this time at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

All of our historic sites and museums will operate on their normal schedules Saturday and Sunday.

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