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Head out to SECCA Saturday to make fun art inspired by cartoons

Exploding mines and biological warfare demonstrations in Winnabow (don’t worry they’re safe!), a Mother’s Day tea in Durham and family fun at the intersection of cartoons and art in Winston-Salem are just a few of the great North Carolina experiences you can have this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Thursday, 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, while the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville will be filled with the sights and smells of early 19th century cooking, before the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present a talk on the fascinating life of Theophilus Hunter Holmes, a lesser-known North Carolina governor and Civil War general.

Friday morning, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will continue its week-long celebration of Cinco de Mayo with a fun pinata and papier-mache making session for kids and parents, while in the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the award-winning 90s thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley and give visitors the chance to explore the galleries at night with smooth flamenco sounds of Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band in the background.

Saturday promises family fun around the state. In the west, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will celebrate National Train Day with special train rides to Salisbury, model train displays and more, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will mix art making with cartoons to create a good time for the entire family.

In the central part of the state, Bennett Place in Durham will explore how the Memorial Day holiday evolved with interpreters portraying Civil War soldiers and mourners. Down the road Historic Stagville will celebrate Mother’s Day with a high tea and narrative featuring stories of the women, both free and enslaved, that called Stagville home.  Boy scouts will be the focus at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, where staff will tell the tales of Native Americans who lived at places similar to the site to help the scouts earn Indian Lore merit badges.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will host special tours of its award-winning Story of North Carolina exhibit led by poet and playwright Howard Craft, who will use artifacts on display as inspiration to create some verse on the spot and help kids do the same. Also inRaleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer three great, hands-on programs:

  • A printmaking tour and studio class for preteens inspired by the museum’s boldEstampas de la raza exhibition
  • An exploration of nature and art in the museum’s galleries and park combined with anoutdoor art class for families
  • Art Day, where conservators and curators will take a look at the art in your family’s collection and let you know how best to care for it

On the coast, exploding mines and biological warfare will be just a few of the demonstrations done at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s program on the fiendish plans of the Civil War in Winnabow. Historic Edenton will also invite the community to get historically fit with a yoga class on the lawn of the Chowan County Courthouse, while the Outer Banks History Center celebrates its 25th anniversary at Elizabethan Gardens.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with an old-time clogging performance at the N.C. Museum of History and SECCA’s participation in a city-wide street festival in downtown Winston-Salem. The N.C. Symphony will perform concerts of music by creative genius Gustav Mahler throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Check out our calendar for more 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 our website.

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