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A Civil War living history weekend in Fayetteville, traditional boat building in Beaufort and concerts of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven throughout the state 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 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See what the Union occupation of Fayetteville was like first-hand as re-enactors bring the period to life Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

2. Hear the timeless music of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Southern Pines, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

3. Take a look at North Carolina’s largest Civil War conflict through the lens of archaeology during a lecture Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

4. Spend some quality time with your family at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center Thursday night in New Bern.

5. Discuss the short story “The Child by Tiger” with local author Andrea Clark Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. Try your hand at building a boat the traditional way throughout the weekend at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

7. Discover North Carolina’s rich textile history and weave a bookmark to take home Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

8. Explore how wind affected Outer Banks history and make a related hands-on craft with your kids Friday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

9. Celebrate the craftiness of local scouts when the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a pinewood derby Saturday in Elizabeth City.

10. Spend your Saturday morning doing yoga on the scenic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn in Edenton.

11. Enjoy the soothing sounds of Fire Pink Trio during a concert that matches music with works of art in the N.C. Museum of Art’s collection Sunday in Raleigh.

12. Head out to Aycock Birthplace in Fremont Saturday to see how high you can fly a kite, and while you’re there, make a model biplane using household items.

13. Experience the natural world through art at a new exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh

14. Wrap up your winter blues at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Saturday and Sunday when some of the Triad’s best writers share their work.

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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Stargazing with an African twist in Durham, an exploration of African American sailors during the Civil War in Southport and a day of free admission to Tryon Palace in New Bern 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 time:

1. Hear African folklore about the night sky and peer through telescopes to take a tour of the stars Friday at Historic Stagville in Durham.

 

 

2. In New Bern, explore Tryon Palace’s historic buildings and gardens for free Saturday.

 

 

3. Relax and enjoy a concert of some of the best of bluegrass Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

 

 

4. Join the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh for a screening of the 1947 film Pitch a Boogie Woogie Saturday. The movies was the first made by a production company based in North Carolina and stars an all-black cast.

 

 

5. Discover the similarities between the visual arts and jazz of the 20th century with a gallery tour and chamber music concert, Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

6. See North Carolina history through photographer Hugh Morton’s eyes and learn about his life during a free lecture at Tryon Palace in New Bern Saturday.

 

 

7. Hear the stories of men who escaped enslavement and enlisted in the Union Navy Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

8. Enjoy concerts of masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Raleigh and New Bern.

 

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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