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Secretary Kluttz and N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard inside at the Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza festival

Secretary Kluttz and N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard
inside at the Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza festival

When you think of immigrants to North Carolina, you might think of the Scotch-Irish in the Sandhills, the Swiss around New Bern or the Moravians in the Triad. Chances are the Lebanese might not be near the top of your list. But earlier this month, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz got a taste (literally!) of the deep roots of the Lebanese community in North Carolina at the N.C. Museum of History’s Cedars in Pines on the Plaza festival.

The event celebrated the long legacy of the Lebanese in Tar Heel State. The Cedar in the Pines exhibit that the event is tied to explores how the group has changed and been changed by North Carolina since its members began to arrive here around 1880.

While at the festival, the Secretary sampled some the finest local Lebanese food and watched displays of Lebanese-American music and dance. Crafts, henna hand painting, Arabic calligraphy, a scavenger hunt were some of the activities that  rounded out the day.

If you missed the festival, have no fear! The exhibit will  go on view at Tryon Palace in New Bern between September 12 and December 14.

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Musket fire will fill the air at House in the Horseshoe’s annual battle re-enactment Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: The Saturday event at the State Capitol has been moved to 10 a.m. More details are on this page.

Revolutionary War musket fire in Sanford, a celebration of Lebanese-American culture in Raleigh and special Civil War-themed tours of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with a program highlighting famous and infamous women from North Carolina history hosted by the N.C. Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and a riveting lecture on the World War II action that took place off the North Carolina coast at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

Friday, the fun continues with another round of the Museum of Cape Fear’s popular Arsenal Park tours in Fayetteville and a screening of the Academy Award-winning drama 12 Years a Slave under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Saturday, the food and culture of Lebanon will come alive during a family festival at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, right after World War I re-enactors join Gov. Pat McCrory and other officials in kicking of North Carolina commemoration of the centennial of World War I at the State Capitol across the street. Down the road at the N.C. Museum of Art, traditional Chinese music will accompany demonstrations of calligraphy and origami by visiting Chinese high school students, before folk legend Judy Collins performs on the outdoor stage.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of Art will offer friendly-family tours of its galleries and park, while musket fire and a burning cart light up House in the Horseshoe’s annual Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in Sanford.

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 crowd at Somerset Place watches a historical demonstration

Music, arts and crafts were just part of the fun for Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz and many local residents and tourists who came out for Somerset Place’s 2nd Saturdays program last Saturday. The program demonstrated the fusion of African and European cultures that could be found when Somerset was one of the largest plantations in the upper South.

Sec. Kluttz in front the of Collins House at Somerset Place with site manager Karen Hayes and Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison

The secretary watched as the exciting sounds of West African drumming were led by arts educator Braima Moiwai, while English country dances and songs were performed and taught by music historian Simon Spaulding. She also met several people who practice heritage crafts, including carpenter Thomas Killian, Jr., who is doing restoration work at Historic Halifax, and his son, noted potter Thomas Killian III.

Since it was her first time at Somerset, Sec. Kluttz took a tour of entire site, including the plantation’s slave dwellings, smokehouse, laundry and hospital. She also received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Collins House, which is the main house on the property and is currently being restored.

See more pictures of the secretary’s trip here.

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Claudette Colbert in Sleep, My Love, which will be screened Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art.

From traditional boat building to behind-the-scenes tours of a battleship to panning for gold, there’s truly something for everyone this weekend at the venues of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off tonight at SECCA in Winston-Salem with an exploration of how public art has empowered youth in the Triad. On Friday, journey back into the colonial era at Alamance Battleground in Burlington, where military and civilian reenactors will be on hand doing a variety of demonstrations, or head to Tryon Palace in New Bern for garden tours and a heritage plant show.

Friday afternoon, the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will offer kids and their parents the chance to make crafts related to a mysterious local tale. Later in the evening, the Museum of Art in Raleigh will present a poetry slam and a screening of the 1948 film Sleep, My Love as part of its “Femme Fatale” movie series.

All day Saturday, Reed Gold Mine in Midland will host traditional craftsmen to show visitors what life was like when John Reed owned the mine in the 19th century. The N.C. Museum of Art will show families several artists whose work focuses the autumn season and then give them time to create work inspired by the fall colors. The Maritime Museum in Beaufort will let visitors try their hand at traditional boat building carpentry, while the Battleship North Carolina will give visitors the chance to see the ship behind-the-scenes.

Sunday will be filled with traditional music. The Outliers will play at the Museum of History in Raleigh, while the Old Fort Pickers Band will jam on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum all afternoon.

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New Bern artist Stan Harmon collaborated with Wilmington sculptor Paul Hill to make public art that combines glass and metal with local themes. A piece with giant Venus Flytraps, “Southern Hospitality,” is steel with colored fused glass, and sits on the waterfront in Wilmington.  Venus Flytraps are native to North and South Carolina only and are found within a 60 mile radius of Wilmington.  Harmon and Hill also collaborated on a sculpture in Fayetteville.

Both towns have 2nd Saturdays sites – the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, and the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville.  The popular 2nd Saturdays program mixes heritage, history, arts, and culture on the 2nd Saturday of the summer months at all 37 State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.   

From 1982 through 2000, the North Carolina Arts Council administered the Artworks in State Buildings (AWSB) program which set aside ½% of the building costs of all new state buildings for art. This program resulted in 58 original artist-commissioned pieces and three acquisitions, in addition to numerous donated artworks.

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Guest blogging for nccultureblogger is Casey Owens, our intern who reports on a wondrous 2nd Saturday experience at Duke Homestead.

Duke Homestead, once home to the Duke family that started a worldwide tobacco empire, is an historic gem.  It was a more than perfect setting for the NC culture extravaganza known as 2nd Saturdays.  Walking up to the venue,  I was greeted by the sound of a live band.  There were countless vendors and artists displaying wares of every variety.  From metal sculptures to homemade candles to brillantly colorful flowers and plants, there was never a dull moment. 

One particularly delicious surprise were the lavender cookies.  Like most college students, I am far from being an experienced chef or baker, and I was completely unaware that lavender could be used in food.  I was stunned by the taste and smell of the amazing treats.  I may not know too much about cooking, but jewelry has always been one of the loves of my life. 2nd Saturdays did not disappoint me.  Beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art designed and made by local jewelry makers were displayed in an array of colors, sizes, materials and styles.  It was impossible to resist purchasing a few pieces

After visiting each vendor and exploring the plethora of booths, I walked past the tobacco field to the historic house of Washington Duke.  In the house, employees were costumed in garments that would have been worn in the house when Duke lived there.  The performers explained the unique qualities of the house and demonstrated the complexities of cooking in the mid 19th century.  The rich aroma of food cooking on the wood stove wafted throughout the house as I explored.

2nd Saturdays was a terrific success and a great afternoon adventure.

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