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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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Meet Redcoats and get other glimpses into what life was like during
the Revolutionary War Saturday in Edenton

Revolutionary War weapons demonstrations in Edenton, a showcase of Civil War camp life in Durham and a rare view of the 13th Amendment in Kinston are just of few of the opportunities for fun and discovery offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Friday, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will offer the first round of its annual summer Arsenal Park tours, focusing on the rich Civil War history of the museum’s property, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer a cruise exploring the marine life of the Crystal Coast region. The N.C. Museum of Art in  Raleigh will screen the funny and poignant film Enough Said. In Kinston, the N.C. Symphony will play a free concert of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and in Goldsboro, the N.C. Arts Council and the Arts Council of Wayne County present a showcase of local musicians and readings from the fantastic African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina guidebook.

Visitors to Historic Edenton Saturday will be able to meet Redcoat and Patriot soldiers, watch weapons demonstrations and experience camp life during the site’s fun-filled historical day focused on the Revolutionary War. In Southport, the N.C. Maritime Museum will offer bicycle tours focusing on this history of its hometown, while the 13th Amendment will make a rare appearance at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center in Kinston.

In Raleigh, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will tell tales of Blackbeard and other buccaneers while kids have the chance to make pirate-themed crafts. The museum will also present a panel discussion on pottery and the craft’s deep history in the Tar Heel state. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will show the fun film Saving Mr. Banks, which tells the story of the making of Mary Poppins, while across the state in Asheville, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti for an original reading.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play two distinct concerts of Mozart’s finest pieces in Cary, and Bennett Place in Durham will showcase Civil War camp life during its interactive living history program.

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Tryon Palace will come alive in the spirit of Jane Austen’s Regency era Saturday.
Don’t miss the fun.

A celebration of Jane Austen in New Bern, two rare opportunities to see the 13th Amendment in Edenton and Creswell and concerts and film screenings around the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend gets off to a great start Thursday at Historic Edenton, where DCR will kick off its tour of the 13th amendment to celebrate Juneteenth. Stop by Edenton to see the document that formally ended legal slavery in this country. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a book club discussion on Peter McGraw’s The Humor Code.

Friday, the 13th Amendment will make its second stop at Somerset Place in Creswell, where it will be accompanied by a lecture on emancipation. The N.C. Symphony will play some of the most mesmerizing musical themes from movies like Star Trek, Superman and Harry Potter during its Summerfest tribute to John Williams in Cary, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh shows the poignant film Philomena to begin its summer movie series. Music and dancing will fill the Stanley House at Tryon Palace in New Bern as the site hosts a Regency style ball, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport puts on a sunset cruise down the Cape Fear River highlighting the history around its hometown.

Jane Austen’s Regency Era will come alive Saturday at Tryon Palace, as the site offers special tea-themed tours of the Stanley House, high tea in the Commission House and period dance classes and crafts. Just down the road, Historic Bath will host WRAL’s documentary producer for a Q&A on two films he produced on hurricanes, while at the opposite end of the state, prolific writer and past state poet laureate Fred Chappell will present a lecture and book signing at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville. In the Triangle, the N.C. Symphony will perform some of the best music of Broadway in Cary, while the N.C. Museum of Art screens the Oscar-winning thriller Captain Phillips. Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will host a competition of the ancient game atlatl as part of World Atlatl Day.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when The Gravy Boys’ smooth Americana sound will fill the auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History for a performance in Raleigh, while the N.C. Symphony plays a free concert of Beethoven’s famous and powerful  5th Symphony in Chapel Hill and SECCA joins presents free art making activities as part of Winston-Salem‘s Second Sundays on 4th series.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer fun, interactive tours of its galleries and park for families.

Check out our calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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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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Help beautify our Civil War historic sites across the state with Civil War Park Day

Pirates and gold panning in Midland, a new sculpture exhibition in Winston-Salem and outdoor cleanup at Civil War sites across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend gets off to a busy start Friday, as SECCA hosts the RiverRun International Film Festival‘s opening night in Winston-Salem and the N.C. Museum of Art offers visitors the chance to explore its galleries at night against the backdrop of live music in Raleigh. Also Friday, the Museum of the Albemarle will show art created during its programs as part of Elizabeth City‘s First Friday Art Walk and DCR’s Office of Archives and History will sponsor lectures on the War of 1812 in Salisbury.

Saturday, Reed Gold Mine in Midland will inspire you to learn about pirates and try your hand at panning for gold, while the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host a special day for Boy Scouts, complete with the chance to roam around inside a DC-3 and earn an Aviation Merit Badge. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will give families the chance to make a critter-themed craft, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh screens a film on life of Cesar Chavez and Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the state’s best sites for stargazing, holds an astronomy program.

Saturday is also Civil War Park Day, a national program aimed at preserving our nation’s Civil War sites. Bennett Place in Durham, Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow, Fort Fisher in Kure Beach and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport are all looking for volunteers to help them beautify their properties, and they’ll all be providing free refreshments and t-shirts to anyone who lends a helping hand.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when Tryon Palace in New Bern will host the Eastern North Carolina Bridal Show.

This weekend is also your first chance to check out a new exhibition at SECCA in Winston-Salem that explores humor through sculpture. North Carolina is also home to three great book and film festivals this weekend. The N.C. Literary Festival in Raleigh, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham and RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem are all sure to delight.

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

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Watch the Triangle Lebanese Association’s nationally-recognized Dabke group perform traditional Lebanese dances at the N.C. Museum of History Saturday

UPDATE: The N.C. Museum of History festival event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

A celebration of Lebanese culture in Raleigh, Civil War medicine seen through the eyes of surgeons and soldiers in Durham and a print-making program for preschoolers in Beaufort are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun kicks off Thursday with cooking demonstrations 19th century-style at the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, and continues at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, where kids and parents can explore shapes, lines, colors and other parts of art through a tour and interactive craft. Also Thursday, the 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.

Friday, the focus shifts to the coast, where the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer a unique, behind-scenes-tour of the state port for visitors 12 and over. in Morehead City and a fun print-making program for preschoolers.

Contribute your Civil War- and Reconstruction-era documents and others materials to the State Archives’ digital repository Saturday, when staff from the Museum of the Cape Fear and State Archives will be on hand for a scanning session in Goldsboro. Also Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History invites you to a street fair-style festival of dance, food and crafts on Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh celebrating Lebanese culture. The program, presented in conjunction with the Museum’s Cedars in the Pines exhibit, will feature several activities for children, including a scavenger hunt and opportunities for photos.

Both Saturday and Sunday, Bennett Place in Durham will be transformed into a Civil War field hospital, with interpreters portraying surgeons and civilians caring for the wounded, and historians presenting special lectures on Civil War medical care during the Civil War. Find out why more soldiers died of disease than wounds sustained in combat.

Throughout the weekend, N.C. Symphony will play concerts featuring the music of Modest Mussorgsky and Richard Strauss in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. This week is also a great time to see the work of some of North Carolina’s best up-and-coming artists at the N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Winners Exhibition at CAM Raleigh.

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

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Join Horne Creek Farm Saturday for its annual Cornshucking Frolic

Join Horne Creek Farm Saturday for its annual Cornshucking Frolic

A Civil War living history program in Four Oaks, an exploration of home movies in Raleigh and a fall festival in Pinnacle are just of the few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at the historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Friday night with Halloween-themed tours of the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, and a screening of the film Two-Lane Blacktop at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Saturday, the State Archives will host Triangle Home Day in Raleigh, where attendees can share and talk about their home movies, while across town the N.C. Museum of Art will host a European car meet up in conjunction with its Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibition. Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will offer a fall festival and living history program featuring wagon rides, carnival games based on 19th-century games, a corn shucking competition, a quilt contest and more.

Also Saturday, Somerset Place in Creswell will offer a Civil War living history program focusing on the medicine of the era, while in the west the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host an antique car show. Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle will also offer its Cornshucking Frolic complete with living history demonstrations, storytelling, food and games, while the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will host an 8k road race fundraiser.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday with a screening of the film The Admiral at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and a family fun day focusing on design down the street at the N.C. Museum of Art.

This weekend is also your last chance to check out the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit at Historic Edenton. The exhibit is open for public view Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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