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A celebration of Tar Heel food in Durham, a birthday bash for a pioneering archaeologist in Mount Gilead and a traditional sailboat race in Beaufort are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 10 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Celebrate North Carolina’s food history and culture with a BBQ cook-off, mock Tobacco Queen pageant, pie competition and more Saturday at Duke Homestead in Durham.

 

 

2. Play games that were popular during the 1800s Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

3. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for games, kids’ activities and living history demonstrations in celebration of the birthday of one of North Carolina’s pioneering archaeologists.

 

 

4. See a race of traditionally-rigged sailboats Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum inBeaufort that will recall the historic voyages that carried the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks.

 

 

5. Discover how plants have historically been used for medicine and hygiene Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and take home recipes to keep yourself and your home fresh throughout the summer.

 

 

6. Learn the story of the long leaf pine’s near-extinction and the effort to revive it in the Lower Cape Fear region Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

7. Watch the family favorite How to Train Your Dragon 2 under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

8. Break out your sunglasses and flip-flops and enjoy a day filled with beach-themed activities at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Thursday.

 

 

9. Enjoy a vibrant concert of jazz tunes by the N.C. Symphony and the Hot Sardines Thursday in Cary.

 

 

10. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

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 evening of holiday family fun in Raleigh, a stroll through the holidays of yesteryear in Halifax and a grand Candlelight Christmas celebration 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 five suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Say hi to Santa Friday in Raleigh, where he’ll be on hand for the N.C. Museum of Art’s Holiday Family Fun Friday, which will also include games, art making and live entertainment.

2. Meet military re-enactors from throughout history; see fire eating, magic and dance performances; and marvel at historic homes adorned with 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century decorations as part of Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas celebration Saturday in New Bern.
3. Take a holiday stroll through Halifax Saturday with an interpreter from Historic Halifax.
4. Join the N.C. Symphony as they play concerts with the “little orchestra” Pink Martini throughout the weekend in Raleigh.

5. Learn about how lightships and light towers were used to illuminate areas where lighthouses couldn’t be built Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort

6. See artifacts from the Civil War collected by the son of the Civil War veteran (who’s still alive!), and watch a film on the search from freedom in North Carolina Thursday at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

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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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See booty from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, like this cannon, at the
Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab open house Saturday in Greenville.

The debut of an exhibit on film in Raleigh, a Civil War weekend in New Bern and a glimpse into the conservation of booty recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship 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 fun starts Thursday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort tells the story behind the 33-foot sperm whale skeleton that hangs in its main gallery, while the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras shows a maritime-themed movie and helps kids create a related craft. In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will offer a hands-on kids program focusing on the different kinds of teapots, and in Raleigh, staff at the N.C. Museum of Art will help kids and parents explore people in art together.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the 1940s thriller Secret beyond the Door andkeep its galleries open late for visitors to explore after dark, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will give kids the chance to see what life was like for a royal governor’s cook in the 18th century.

Greenville‘s Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab will open its doors Saturday for the public to see the conservation of artifacts recovered Blackbeard’s flagship first hand, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport offers bike tours of its hometown. In Pineville, the President James K. Polk Historic Site will celebrate its namesake’s birthday with historic cooking demonstrations, children’s games and a birthday cake, while Historic Halifax willoffer a historical holiday decorations workshop. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will also debut its Starring North Carolina! exhibit Saturday. The landmark exhibit features artifacts, images and video from films and television shows produced in the Tar Heel State.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert by internationally-renowned pianist Peter Toth at the N.C. Museum of Art.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will put on a military timeline programwhere visitors can meet soldiers from across American history, while Tryon Palace will have interactive discussions, Civil War-themed tours and a living history encampment as part of its Civil War weekend. The N.C. Symphony will play concerts featuring Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos in Raleigh, Southern Pines, Wilmington and Chapel Hill.

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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Durham’s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a Victorian house
in mourning Saturday. Stop by for a candlelight tour!

Spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family in New Bern, tours of a Victorian house in mourning in Durham and a Civil War field hospital brought to life in Four Oaks are just of the 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 the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wind Band performs a concert on Tryon Palace’s picturesque South Lawn in New Bern, and the Museum of the Albemarle helps kids create a colorful piece of fall-themed art in Elizabeth City. In Raleigh, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will give advice to visitors on how to best preserve their family treasures, and the N.C. Museum of Art will host a lunch and lecture highlighting the history of female artists in its collection.

Saturday, Historic Stagville in Durham will highlight the “secret” history of pumpkins, serve up some pumpkin-themed desserts and help kids carve a pumpkin of their own, while the State Library and State Archives will host speakers and a variety of exhibitors during their annual Family History Fair in Raleigh. Just outside the Triangle in Four Oaks, Bentonville Battlefield will have wagon rides, corn shucking and carnival games as part of its fall festival, before coming alive as a Civil War field hospital in the evening, with interpreters portraying surgeons performing operations and amputations. Also in the evening, Durham‘s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a house in mourning for special candlelight tours.

Elsewhere in the Piedmont,  the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will offer ghost stories, traditional Halloween carnival games and a trick or treat at its 1897 Poe House, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will invite visitors to enjoy an evening of stargazing on its grounds. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will have hay rides, old-time games and crafts and a pumpkin patch for kids as part of its inaugural harvest festival.

At the coast Saturday,Tryon Palace will explore the history of Halloweens past and offer spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family as the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport tells tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries from the Lower Cape Fear region in celebration of Halloween. Historic Edenton will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party with colonial games and activities for families, while the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a murder mystery tea party.

In Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne writing professor Laura Hope-Gill will offer a “Write with the Wolfe” workshop for new writers and lead an architecture tour of Asheville focusing on the buildings of Thomas Wolfe’s era in conjunction with the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the Museum of the Cape Fear will host its annual Halloween tours of the Poe House.

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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Halloween is just around the corner, and North Carolina’s state historic sites and museums are celebrating in a whole bunch of neat ways. To help you get the most of your limited time, we’ve collected the ten of the best ways you can get culture on this Halloween:

1. Take your kids trick or treating aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.

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2. See how the Victorians mourned their dead on one of Duke Homestead’s Widows and Wakes tours in Durham.

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3. Hear about one of the spookier items in the N.C. Museum of Art’s permanent collection before watching a local magician and sipping on a beer in Raleigh.

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4. Learn about the “secret” history of pumpkins, sample pumpkin-based foods and paint a pumpkin of your own at Historic Stagville in Durham.

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5. Enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear region at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

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6. Take your kids to hear the ghoulish sounds of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh.

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7. See how Halloween was celebrated around the turn of the 19th century on a night tour of the Poe House in Fayetteville.

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8. Meet friendly ghosts on the grounds of Tryon Palace in New Bern after celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” with crafts, games, spooky stories and a 1940s-inspired radio show.

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9. Trick or treat through the Tar Heel State’s history at the N.C. Museum of History’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit in Raleigh.

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10. Meet a pirate at Halloween in Halifax after seeing Blackbeard’s booty in the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

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Our event offerings don’t stop after Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to our events calendar and sign up for our weekly event emails to stay in the loop.

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Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends for special train rides, crafts and games
this weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum

A bluegrass jam in Raleigh, cemetery tours based on the work of Thomas Wolfe in Asheville and train rides with Thomas the Tank Engine in Spencer 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 action starts Thursday when PineCone presents a bluegrass jam at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Anyone and everyone is invited to bring out their instruments and jam, or just sit back and listen to musicians show off their love of bluegrass. Elsewhere around the state Thursday, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a symposium on the work of filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, who is the subject of SECCA’s newest exhibition, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will show a film highlighting the history of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the film noir masterpiece The Maltese Falcon, while Saturday, the museum will show a documentary on how new technology is being used to discover the secrets behind some of the world’s oldest art and play the hilarious mockumentary This is Spinal Tap under the stars. Also Saturday, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will offer tours of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery focusing on the real people that inspired Wolfe’s work.

Throughout the weekend:

  • The N.C. Museum of Art will offer free, introductory tours of its galleries and grounds to help visitors get a glimpse of its offerings and see what’s worth deeper exploration
  • Internationally-renowned concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin joins the N.C. Symphony for concerts of music by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich in Raleigh
  • Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy and friends pull into the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for special train rides, crafts, games and more
  • Cycle North Carolina’s “Mountains to Coast” ride will speed through Historic Edenton Thursday and by Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo Friday before wrapping up at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Saturday
  • Bluegrass musicians from across the country will descend on Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass meeting and music festival

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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