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A celebration of the State Capitol’s 175th birthday in Raleigh, a pirate-themed day of family fun in Southport and the chance to strike it rich in Midland are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Celebrate the State Capitol’s 175th birthday in Raleigh Saturday with music, food, living history demonstrations and kids’ activities during the day and a barbecue and bluegrass dinner in the evening.

 

 

 

 

3. Try to strike it rich Saturday at Reed Gold Mine’s pan-o-lympics in Midland.

 

 

4. Sail in a traditional wooden boat, cast a line with a cane pole, join in games or just relax and enjoy the music and spectacular view at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s Maritime Day Saturday.

 

 

5. Discuss Thomas Wolfe’s short story “Boom Town” with a local author Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

6. Enjoy pirate movies, crazy characters and a scavenger hunt around town as part of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport‘s pirate-themed family day Saturday.

 

 

7. Catch a movie at museums across the state. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will be showing Double Indemnity Thursday, and inRaleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will have Blue Velvet on Friday, while the N.C. Museum of Art will screen The Imitation Game under the stars Saturday.

 

 

8. Dance along to the folk rock sound of Brandi Carlisle when she performs Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Hear some of the best jazz music North Carolina has to offer during concerts at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Sunday.

 

 

10. Learn about daily life aboard the Battleship North Carolina, now anchored in Wilmington, from volunteers stationed throughout the ship Saturday.

 

 

11. See fire trucks from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Saturday.

 

 

12. Celebrate 19th century farm life Saturday in Fremont, when Aycock Birthplace showcases historic beekeeping, gardening and farm equipment.

 

 

13. Dive deep into the history of gardens and make a garden-themed craft to take home Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

14. Join Vance Birthplace for a Civil War encampment complete with lectures, military drills and firing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday in Weaverville.

 

 

15. Listen to the North Carolina Symphony perform music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and other Russian greats during two distinct concerts Friday and Saturday in Cary.

 

 

16. Marvel at performances by the world-renowned group Shen Wei Dance Arts in Durham Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of American Dance Festival’s opening weekend.

 

 

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 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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A Civil War re-enactment complete with torpedo demonstrations in Winnabow, screenings of the classic film Casablanca with the score performed live by N.C. Symphony in Raleigh and a look at sustainability through art in Fremont 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. Enjoy the romantic film classic Casablanca as the N.C. Symphony plays the score in the background, Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson in Winnabow, with battle re-enactments, living history demonstrations and lectures Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

3. Visit with costumed interpreters, make fun crafts with your kids and explore interactive exhibits at Tryon Palace’s Family Night at the Museum, Thursday in New Bern.

 

 

4. Stop by the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to make a “heart-y” greeting for Valentine’s Day.

 

 

5. Take a carriage ride into the past and see demonstrations of Civil War-era home front and military life Saturday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

6. Check out the Lexicon of Sustainability Art Show in Fremont. It makes its debut at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace Sunday.

 

 

7. Learn how the N.C. Maritime Museum saved a 33-foot long sperm whale skeleton and preserved its heart, Saturday in Beaufort.

 

 

8. Watch classic cartoons while helping the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) make a big geodesic dome for its Collective Actions exhibit, Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

9. See the sci-fi thriller Firestarter, which helped launch North Carolina’s then-budding film industry, Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

10. Show that special someone you care by creating a valentine they will “knot” forget, Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

11. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities and snacks, Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

 

 

 

 

13. Join the Thomas Wolfe Memorial for a discussion of Wolfe’s short story “The House of the Far and Lost,” Saturday in Asheville.

 

 

14. Explore a unique civil rights story through performances of dance, spoken word and music Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History 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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Join the N.C. Symphony in Cary as it kicks off its Summerfest
series with Beethoven’s 5th Saturday.

Comedic tours of SECCA’s newest exhibition in Winston-Salem, a dramatic performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in Cary and a stunning display of fireworks and music aboard a World War II Battleship in Wilmington are just of 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 Thursday, when 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 come alive with the sights and smells of early 19th century cooking. In Winston-Salem, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will kick off a new series of special comedian-led tours of the Eric Fertman: A Comic Turn exhibition.

The next day, Somerset Place in Creswell will celebrate the reopening of the beautiful antebellum Collins House, while that evening the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer visitors the chance to wander through its galleries at night against the backdrop of the smooth country sounds of David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band. After dark, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will host a meteor shower viewing party and camp out.

Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host bike tours of its hometown, leading visitors through the live oak-canopied streets while incorporating local history into the ride, and the N.C. Smyphony will kick off its 2014 Summerfest series in Cary with one of the most powerful pieces of music ever written, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Saturday is also your last chance to see the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit at Aycock Birthplace in Fremont. Both Saturday and Sunday, visitors to Bennett Place in Durham can join living historians interpreters portraying American soldiers throughout history to learn more about their experiences and see what they looked like.

The holiday weekend wraps up Monday with fireworks, military music and more aboard the Battleship North Carolina at its emotional remembrance ceremony in Wilmington and a day of free admission for military members and veterans at Tryon Place in New Bern. Keep in mind that the rest of our historic sites, museums and other venues will be closed in observance of the holiday Monday.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! You can also sign up to get these events in your email on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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A celebration of springtime on the farm in Pinnacle, an arts and history festival in Bath and the first in a series of readings by writers in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and learning you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday morning when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts preschoolers and parents for an exploration of movement in art with a tour and interactive craft. Across town, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s galleries. In the evening, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will screen the 1954 nautical classic Long John Silver, while New Bern’s Tryon Palace will present stories, music and poetry in the West African Griot tradition.

Blackbeard the Pirate will be just one of many special guests at this year’s Bath Fest

Friday, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem will offer the chance to visit the museum late-night and see a “Cartoon Noir” film, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will let visitors explore the galleries at night with jazz stylings of Sidecar Social Club in the background.

Saturday, Historic Bath will offer craft vendors, music, food booths, free historic home tours, children’s activities (including a pirate costume contest!) and special genealogy project help as part of Bath Fest, and, as is traditional, the site will host the annual Cut-Throat Croquet Tournament to benefit scholarships at the same time.  Elsewhere on the coast, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will offer special tours that highlight the electrical, armor and other systems that made the ship work, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have hands-on activities, pony rides and the chance to see agriculture-related artifacts as part of its Potato Festival.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of History will help kids and families make World War II solider badges after visits to the museum’s military gallery and explore what foods made it from Lebanon to North Carolina and why, as part of the museum’s Cedars in the Pines exhibit.

In the west, trucks from across history will take over the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for an antique truck show, while basket making, children’s games, food and antique farm equipment displays will be just part of the fun at Horne Creek Farm’s Heritage Day in PinnacleAsheville‘s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will kick off its Writers at Wolfe series with a reading by nationally-acclaimed author Robert Morgan.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert by the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble at the N.C. Museum of History, and throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform the music of Disney’s Fantasia in Raleigh as the film plays in the background.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! You can also sign up on our website to receive information about our events in your inbox.

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Secretary Susan Kluttz on a horse-drawn plow at Aycock Birthplace. Photo by Gray Whitley from The Wilson Times.

Secretary Susan Kluttz on a horse-drawn plow at Aycock Birthplace. Photo by Gray Whitley from The Wilson Times.

Plowing, dying and cooking over an open fire were just a few of historical activities Cultural Resources senior staff observed last late week on their visit to the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont. The visit coincided with site’s Farm Heritage Days program, which gave local school kids the opportunity to experience life during the 19th century over four days.

Sec. Kluttz and former Cultural Resources Sec. Betty Ray McCain

Sec. Kluttz and former Cultural Resources Sec. Betty Ray McCain

The Cultural Resources team, composed of Secretary Susan Kluttz, Chief Deputy Secretary Karin Cochran, Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry, Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison, Historic Sites Deputy Director Dale Coates and Historic Sites Eastern Regional Supervisor Jeff Bockert, began their visit by meeting with local supporters of the site, including former Cultural Resources Secretary Betty Ray McCain.

After hearing concerns from local supporters and site manager Leigh Strickland over the Aycock’s possible dormancy, Sec. Kluttz emphasized that it would it only be temporary and that every division of the department and state government had to sacrifice in these difficult economic times.

“It’s not that we don’t love this place and every other place in this department,” Sec. Kluttz said.

Kluttz then joined local children in an 1893 one-room schoolhouse for a lesson led by Historic Sites Curator of Education Jann Brown. During the lesson, Brown had a dunce cap and a blue back speller—two items that would’ve been common in classrooms of the time.

Sec. Kluttz with Cultural Resources staff members Karin Cochran, Kevin Cherry, Leigh Strickland, Keith Hardison and Jeff Bockert

Sec. Kluttz with Cultural Resources staff members Karin Cochran, Keith Hardison, Leigh Strickland, Dale Coats and Jeff Bockert

The schoolhouse has special significance at Aycock Birthplace, since Charles B. Aycock is frequently called the “education governor” for his dramatic expansion of the state’s public school system. In fact, he is credited with building one school for each day he was in office. When you consider that he served for one four-year term that means he was responsible for the construction of nearly 1,500 schools! Sec. Kluttz noted that the site and the department continue that legacy today.

“Education is the center of everything we do at Cultural Resources,” she said.

Check out more images of the visit here.

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