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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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A celebration of African American history and culture in Raleigh, a biosphere making session in Winston-Salem and two lectures exploring the history of the coast in Beaufort 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 nine suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Join the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday as it kicks off Black History Month and celebrates North Carolina’s rich African American history and culture through music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, lectures and hands-on activities.



2.Help make a living biosphere on a geodesic dome in the gallery at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, starting Friday.



3. Take a lunch break with the N.C. Symphony Friday in Raleigh, hearing some of Tchaikovsky’s most famous pieces after meeting of the orchestra’s musicians.



4. Test your knowledge of trivia, tactics and history of the War Between the States Thursday in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s annual Civil War Quiz Bowl.




5. Discover the often overlooked history of whaling in North Atlantic Ocean during the Medieval era, Friday evening at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.



6. Explore the history of the N.C. State Highway Patrol in a new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, which opens Saturday.



7. Learn about the legend of the Carroll A. Deering shipwreck during a lecture Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.



8. Spend your Sunday afternoon exploring traditional West African culture through dances, stories and songs with the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.



9. See the classic fantasy film A Thousand and One Nights at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday.



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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Chat with Revolutionary War re-enactors and experience colonial music and dance
Saturday at Historic Halifax

A celebration of Revolutionary War music and dance in Halfiax, behind-the-scenes Battleship tours in Wilmington and a mountain militia muster 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 fun and learning start Thursday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts an informal lunchtime chat about a French merchant ship’s role in the American Revolution. Later that day, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at its 1888 steam-powered fire engine and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a special screening of a series of films by artist Kevin Jerome Everson in conjunction with its Gather Round exhibition of Everson’s work.

Friday, visitors to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort can learn how to surf fish from an expert, while the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh shows the Wilmington-filmed thriller Maximum Overdrive as part of its Starring North Carolina! movie series. The N.C. Museum of Art will screen the 1950 thriller Gun Crazy across town.

Revolutionary War-era music, dance and special tours will be offered at Historic Halifax Saturday to celebrate the release of a new book set in the northeastern North Carolina town, while Historic Edenton will showcase another round of yoga classes overlooking the picturesque Albemarle Sound. In Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina will host exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of unrestored sections of the ship.

Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer guided tours of its beautiful outdoor agriculture exhibit and teaches kids about North Carolina’s rich tradition of pottery before helping them make a clay-based craft of their own. In the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art will have hors d’oeuvres and live music to celebrate its new exhibition of small-format paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert of old-time banjo music and traditional songs at the N.C. Museum of History and an afternoon of family activities at the Museum of the Albemarle in conjunction with the city-wide Walk for Hunger.

Throughout the weekend, New Bern‘s Tryon Palace will have free garden admission and a heritage plant sale in conjunction with city-wide MUMfest celebration and Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will come alive with the sights and sounds of a mountain militia camp during the Revolutionary War.

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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I am fortunate to be able to spend a good deal of time in and around Black Mountain.  I am always amazed at the breadth of talent and artistry in the area.  It’s not uncommon for a small town to have a creative atmosphere, but I’m always reminded of the days when Black Mountain was home to a remarkable experimental center of learning.

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The Supine Dome Model with Si Sillman (bending), Buckminster Fuller, Elaine de Kooning, Roger Lovelace, and Josef Albers, Black Mountain College, summer of 1948. Photograph courtesy of the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Estate, Scheinbaum and Russek Ltd., Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founded in 1933, Black Mountain College focused on fine arts education—but the education was not always text-book, so to speak.  The teachers and students lived together as a community and learned from one another.  One writer stated “As the college evolved, it assumed characteristics of a small college, a summer camp, a religious retreat, a pioneering community, an art colony and a farm school.”  In a way, it defies categorizing—it is, simply, Black Mountain College.

The list of teachers and students at Black Mountain College reads like a virtual who’s who of 20th Century arts, including musicians, painters, poets, actors, dancers, fiber artists, sculptors, and architects.  Names like Robert Rauschenberg, Walter Gropius, Robert Motherwell, Josef Albers, John Cage, Charles Olson, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham and Willem de Kooning.

The North Carolina Archives accepted the college’s administrative records after it closed in 1956.  The papers and the manuscript collections associated with students and faculty have long been popular with researchers who traveled to Raleigh from all over the world to study the influential college.  The archives’ collections related to Black Mountain College recently have been transferred to the new Western Regional Archives, officially opening on August 13 in Asheville.

John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Black Mountain College 1953 Summer Institute in the Arts. Black Mountain College Research Project Papers, Visual Materials, North Carolina State Archives, Western Regional Office.

Having the documents and photographs close at hand will surely be a great complement to Asheville’s  Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, a facility that explores and preserves the legacy of the college through exhibits and programs.  And, of course, North Carolina is known around the world for the breadth of its traditional and contemporary arts.  Learn more at the North Carolina Arts Council.

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