Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Happy first day of fall! Autumn is always an amazing time to get out there and explore all the unique outdoor and cultural destinations that the Tar Heel State has to offer.

To celebrate this year’s Fall Equinox, we thought we’d share seven activities we have on our fall bucket list that you should try, too:

1. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.


Thanks to this year’s great weather, the museum still has some outdoor concerts and movies left.

2. See how North Carolinians celebrated fall during the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield.

3. Take in the breathtaking fall foliage 19th century-style at Vance Birthplace.


 4. Sample a heritage heirloom apple at Horne Creek Farm.

Horne Creek is home to the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which preserves more than 400 varieties of old southern apples. Many of those varieties are on the brink of extinction. The Annual Cornshucking Frolic in October is a great excuse to visit.

5. Find your favorite North Carolina sounds at a fall music festival.


We’re especially excited for the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo this weekend and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh next week.

6. Explore a different kind of fall beauty at Tryon Palace’s gardens.


This weekend’s Family Day and Mumfest in October are two of the best times to visit.

7. Pick a pumpkin at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Harvest Festival.



As you begin to explore all that North Carolina has to offer this season, be sure and tune into Visit North Carolina’s website and social media for fall foliage and fishing reports from the State Parks, and tag all your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #visitnc; we’ll be passing along some of our favorites.

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Bennett Place will celebrate fall 19th century style Saturday and Sunday.

A 19th century autumn festival in Durham, an end-of-summer stargazing session in Mount Gilead and a celebration of vintage cars and trains in Old Fort 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 starts Friday, when visitors to Tryon Palace in New Bern have the chance to win more than $1,000 in prizes at the inaugural Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament. Elsewhere at the coast, Hatteras‘s Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will host a lecture commemorating the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will help kids and parents create college art for public display.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will kick off its fall film noir series with the classic Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train and offer a special gallery talk and tour to complement its new photography exhibit Private Eye. The tour will be led by the collector who donated the work in the exhibit.

Saturday starts with behind-the-scenes tours of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and just in time for the harvest, guided tours of the N.C. Museum of History’s agriculture exhibitacross the street. Food will be the focus in Pineville, where the President James K. Polk Historic Site will host special tours of its kitchen building and let visitors try their own hand at colonial chores. Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will help visitors get the most out of some end-of-summer stargazing, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort will celebrate vintage cars and trains with family activities, unique artifacts and a lecture.

At the coast Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will help visitors build a boat in a day and host archaeologist Ryan Bradley for a talk on whaling. Visitors can even bring in family photos and artifacts related to the industry and have Bradley take a look at them.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will open its 2014-2015 season with concerts featuring award-winning saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, while Bennett Place in Durham comes alive with the sights and sounds of the 19th century home front to celebrate the arrival of autumn.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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Try your hand at tobacco tying Saturday at Duke Homestead’s
Harvest and Hornworm Festival

A celebration of the harvest in Durham, musket and cannon fire in Statesville and the words of Thomas Wolfe intertwined with mountain music in Asheville 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 weekend kicks off Friday when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will celebrate the end of summer with live music, gourmet popsicles and champagne, while the N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will kick off its Starring North Carolina film series byshowing Bull Durham. Also Friday, the popular Cedars in the Pines exhibit exploring Lebanese life in North Carolina will open at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Saturday in Raleigh, staff from the State Library will celebrate Tar Heel history by telling some of its stranger stories through panel discussions and activities for kids at the N.C. Museum of History. At the same time, the Museum of History will help kids make a critter-themed craft and teach them about the boll weevil bug and its effect on agriculture, while the N.C. Museum of Art will help kids and families make a one-of-a-kind journal before taking them on a journey through the Museum Park. In Durham, Duke Homestead will celebrate the arrival of fall with demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing and curing, kids activities, food and live music.

New Bern‘s Tryon Palace will let kids see what school was like during the 1800s before hosting local jewelry artist Alice Bilello for demonstrations of her craft and displaying sculpture throughout the N.C. History Center as part of New Bern’s city-wide ArtWalk. Elsewhere in the east, Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan Courthouse and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will put on bicycle tours highlighting the history of its hometown.

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will feature recitations of Thomas Wolfe’s work against the backdrop of mountain music by some of the region’s best artists including fiddler Bobby Hicks and vocalist Doc Cudd.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History features the smooth bluegrass sounds of Asheville duo Grits and Soul in its Raleigh garden.

Throughout the weekend, musket and cannon fire will light up Statesville for Fort Dobbs’Living History Weekend, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host performances by the award-winning troupe Paperhand Puppet Intervention in Raleigh.

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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Food and family fun were the focus earlier this month when Sec. Susan Kluttz joined Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle to celebrate the arrival of fall, turn-of-the-century style. Despite the slightly overcast weather, the right sounds and smells combined with a slight chill in the air to get everyone excited for the festivities.

The day’s activities included music and dancing, children’s games, storytelling and wagon rides among many other things. Interpreters also brought the farm alive through plowing, corn shucking, shelling, crocheting and quilting, highlight the diversity of activity that would’ve occurred on a working family farm in the early 20th century.

Sec. Kluttz greets N.C. Living Historical Farm Committee chairman Alfred Dillion

Out of all the day’s activities, the Secretary enjoyed tasting the food and visiting the apple orchard the most. In terms of food, she sampled the fried apple and sweet potato pies and had a bowl of chicken stew; all three have become classics at this annual event.

On a tour through the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, Sec. Kluttz learned that Horne Creek has about 400 of the remained 1,600 heirloom Southern apple varieties left in existence, and in many cases Horne Creek has the only or one of few seed lines of a particular type. In this way, the farm preserves our agricultural heritage in addition to conserving a beautiful property and countless priceless artifacts.

Click here to learn more about Horne Creek (and it’s fantastic Christmas program), and here to see photos of the day’s fun.

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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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