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A pirate-themed living history program in Bath, an in-depth look at the Tar Heel State in World War I in New Bern and one of the largest craft fairs in the country in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are eight ideas for weekend fun across North Carolina:

1.Explore Historic Bath‘s connection to Blackbeard and other pirates Saturday during Pirates in the Port, a living history program.

 

 

2. Discover the stories and images of World War I through artifacts, photos, reenactors and exhibits during a World War I Weekend at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

3. See some of the traditional and contemporary crafts produced by Appalachian artists at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands throughout the weekend in Asheville.

 

 

4. Watch the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday to celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s new book.

 

 

5. Enjoy a screening of the acclaimed 1956 thriller The Killing at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem Thursday.

 

 

6. Taste delicious crab cakes made by four volunteer guest chefs and vote on your favorite at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual crab cake cook-off Friday.

 

 

7. Experience the unique sound of the Punch Brothers during an outdoor concert Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

8. See one of four performance of Shakespeare’s The Temptest staged throughout the weekend at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

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 look at the history of surfing Beaufort, new exhibit openings in Elizabeth City and Winston-Salem and two heritage craft workshops in Pinnacle 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 limited time:

1. Hear about the history of surfing in North Carolina during a lecture at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Friday.

 

 

2. See a new exhibit on the history of weddings in northeastern North Carolina when it opens Saturday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

3. Try your hand at heritage crafts at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle during a soap making class Thursday and a crayon workshop Saturday.

 

 

4. Kick back and listen to the music of The Eagles as performed by the N.C. Symphonyunder the stars in Cary Saturday.

 

 

5. Check out a new exhibit of watercolor and oil paintings that depict American landscapes and westward expansion when it opens Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

 

 

6. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh for a screening of The Hundred-Foot Journeyand an Indian-French fusion dinner Saturday evening.

 

 

7. Take your kids to Tryon Palace in New Bern Saturday for a free art workshop inspired by the Fourth of July.

 

 

8.Discover the true story behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island during a talk at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

 

 

9. Spend your Saturday morning in the N.C. Museum of History’s garden in Raleigh, learning about the history of Tar Heel harvests on special tours.

 

 

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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Mother’s Day is two days away and you still don’t know what to do to make your mom feel special this year. Don’t’ panic! We have a few last minutes ideas that will make both you and your mom happy this year:

1. Take you mom for tea and a garden tour at Tryon Palace.

 

 

Tickets are going fast for this unique experience, but there are still several spots open, especially during the 12:30 p.m. time slot.

 

2. Learn to weave with pine needles side-by-side with your mom Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound.

 

 

Remember when you were kid and you made those Mother’s Day cards in school? Relive the glory days by discovering how to practice this traditional craft.

 

3. Explore seven pieces of art in the N.C. Museum of Art’s collection related to the theme of motherhood.

 

 

Don’t forget to stop by the museum’s Iris restaurant for a special lunch while you’re there.

 

4. Join the N.C. Museum of History for a Mother’s Day concert with The Buck Stops Here.

 

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Your mom will love the group’s unique sound that blends traditional and old-time music with original songs and tunes.

 

5. Give your mom the gift of North Carolina culture.

 

 

From tickets to the acclaimed Starring, North Carolina! exhibit or one of North Carolina’s best arts events to unique Tar Heel crafts you can find at the N.C. Museum of Art’s gift shop, our museums, historic sites and other programs all offer something your mom is guaranteed to love.

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The grand opening of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston, the chance to meet Tar Heel sports legends in Raleigh and a look at the scandalous side of the Stanly family in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Here are 8 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Celebrate the grand opening of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston Saturday with lectures, musical performances and living history demonstrations.
2. Make a miniature paper garden at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Sunday.
3. Hear scandalous stories from Stanly family’s history Friday at Tryon Palace in New Bern
4. Sing and dance along to the down home sound of Barleycorn & Rye during a concert at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Sunday.
5. Discover the magic of Mozart with your kids during special family-friendly performances by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Raleigh and Sunday in New Bern.
6. Bring a personal object that means something to you, share a story about it and help make a giant bundle dedicated to healing throughout the weekend at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
7. Hear about athletic careers past and present from some of our state’s sports legends Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
8. Celebrate North Carolina’s coastal and culinary heritage with Beaufort Food and Wine Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
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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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Special steam engine train rides in Spencer, a soap making workshop in Pinnacle and musket and cannon firing demonstrations in Statesville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Here are 11 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for one of three great events Saturday:a celebration of Piedmont Airlines, special steam engine train rides and a railroad book sale.
2. See musket and cannon firing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.
3. Learn how to make soap the old fashioned way with ingredients you can find at any grocery store during a workshop Saturday at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle.
4. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a night of music, dancing, food and drinks Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
5. See memorabilia from Sleepy Hollow’s filming at Tryon Palace on display at the N.C. History Center in New Bern through Sunday.
6. Stop by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-SalemSaturday for a pancake social complete with art activities and performances.
7. Hear about the struggle for civil rights in the small Martin County town of Williamston during a lecture at Historic Bath Saturday.
8. Learn about world music, folklore and dance through songs and stories at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday.
9. Discover the history of U.S. Colored Troops in North Carolina during a lecture at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Thursday.
10.Enjoy concerts of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony performed by the N.C. Symphony in Fayetteville, Raleigh and Sanford throughout the weekend.
11. Hear the harrowing tales of men who were prisoners of the North Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. (UPDATE: This program will be rescheduled due to winter weather).

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 commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, a clam chowder cook-off in Beaufort and a night under the stars in Mount Gilead 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 eight suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Fort Fisher in Kure Beach as it commemorates the Second Battle of Fort Fisher with a re-enactment, kids’ activities, special tours, lectures and music. See this blog post for tips on getting the most out of the event.

2. See demonstrations of a special form of weaving, called tatting, which is used to make lace, Saturday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

3. Sample four different clam chowders and vote for your favorite, Friday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off.
4. Celebrate the arrival of winter at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday by making paper snowflakes with your kids.

5. Spend your Saturday night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

6. Hear about Bath’s key role as a port in early North Carolina and see a new exhibit celebrating Bath as North Carolina’s “First Town, First Port” at Historic Bath Thursday.

7. Listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
as performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh Friday and Saturday.

8. Learn the story of North Carolina’s early civil rights movement at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.

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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The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville 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 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art 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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