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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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A Civil War encampment will take over of the lawn of the State Capitol Saturday. Come out and see what Raleigh was like under Union occupation in 1865!

A view of Raleigh’s Union occupation during the Civil War at the State Capitol, a fierce battle between Cherokee warriors and frontier soldiers at Fort Dobbs and the opening of a new exhibition of Mexican American art at the N.C. Museum of Art are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when staff at 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 galleries and the sights and at the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, enjoy the sights and smells of 19th century cooking in the air during tantalizing cooking demonstrations. On the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host an informal, lunchtime chat all about bottlenose dolphins, while the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will teach kids about the history of kites and help them make their own kite-themed decoration.

Friday, conservators at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer advice on how to care for your treasured possessions, while explorers (age 6-10) can experience what it was like to be Mr. Hay’s apprentice in the 1800s during a hands-on program at Tryon Palace in New Bern and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a hike across the pristine Rachel Carson Reserve, known for its diverse coastal habitats. At the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, visitors can explore the galleries at night against the backdrop of live music, explore images of Mary in the museum’s permenant collection with a knowledgeable docent or join the museum for a high-energy party celebrating the opening of the Estampas de la raza exhibition.

Saturday will bring something for everyone with 13 different programs across the state. In the west, visitors can climb aboard antique tractors and other farm equipment or take a short train trip with the Easter Bunny at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will celebrate Slow Art Day with classic cartoons and crafts for the entire family, while Cherokee warriors will clash with frontier militia during a living history program at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

In the central part of the state, dancers, a singer and a guitarist will explain flamenco through their performances at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, while a Civil War-era troop encampment and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 Union occupation of the State Capitol across the street. Elsewhere in Raleigh, the State Library will providetips on researching African American ancestors, while the N.C. Museum of Art will presentart-making workshops, musical performances and more to celebrate the opening of theEstampas de la raza exhibition, chronicling contemporary Mexican American and Latino artists.

In the east, Historic Halifax will celebrate the 238th anniversary of America’s first call for freedom with historic weapons demonstrations, a Brunswick stew cook-off and special tours, while Historic Bath will participate in a town-wide home and garden tour. More than 40 Tarheel potters will be displaying their wares at Tryon Palace in New Bern, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will offer candle dipping, colonial games, pirate flag painting and more as part of its annual Girl Scout day.

A concert by Lebanese musicians Naji Hilal, Basil Samara and Christopher Saleh Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh closes out the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, free garden admission and a heritage plant sale will be offered as part of Tryon Palace’s Garden Lovers’ Weekend in New Bern, and the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts with Broadway legend Patti LuPone in Raleigh. This weekend is also your first chance to check out a new exhibition of Mexican-American art at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com. Enjoy a fun North Carolina weekend!

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