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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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Sec. Kluttz speaks at the Battleship’s Memorial Day celebration

This Memorial Day, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, Governor Pat McCrory and several other members of his Cabinet joined Battleship North Carolina Executive Director Captain Terry Bragg and a crowd of hundreds to pay their respects to those who have served our country throughout the years.

Secretary Kluttz introduced Governor Pat McCrory, who spoke to the importance of military members and their contribution to North Carolina’s security and economy.

After an emotional commemorative ceremony complete with musical arrangements from a military band and a keynote address by Brig. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi, the top commander at Camp Lejeune, the Secretary, Gov. McCrory, Capt. Bragg and members of the Battleship North Carolina Commission received a check from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation, which pledged $3 million to build a memorial walkway around the ship.

See photos of the day’s activities in the Wilmington Star-News and on the Governor’s Flickr site.

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The arts are the reason why our communities are robust and our cities are vibrant. That was the message Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz delivered to arts advocates when she met with them in May.

The secretary’s speech was part of Arts Day 2014, a two-day conference and legislative action session organized by Arts North Carolina, a statewide group that advocates the importance of arts. In her speech, Secretary Kluttz shared how she personally witnessed the inherent and economic value of the arts in Salisbury every day when she served as mayor for 16 years.

She urged arts boosters to remember the educational and economic value of arts as they talked with legislators about their programs, and to be proud that work by arts organizations reach reaches all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. That’s something that we should all celebrate, she said.

Governor Pat McCrory spoke to the arts advocates through a recorded video message that is now available online. For more on Arts North Carolina, please visit the organization’s website.

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The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is partnering with the N.C. Department of Transportation to improve infrastructures , such as bridges and welcome points, across North Carolina in a beautification effort inspired by Governor Pat McCrory called Art that Moves You. Through the use of robust landscapes, textured materials, decorative bridge rails, lighting and color; their goal is to weave together public art with roads, airports, rail and ports to keep people and products moving, the North Carolina economy growing and to encourage tourism.

To celebrate the U.S. Open tournaments and to help golf fans find their way to Pinehurst, DOT crews are installing special directional signs at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) in Greensboro and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), where many out-of-state visitors will fly in. The unique 16 by 4 foot signs stand above an artificial turf base designed to look like putting greens. They will point travelers toward Pinehurst, where the U.S. Opens will take place on the famed No. 2 course. Vibrant plants and mulch will surround the greens to enhance their appeal.

“This joint, creative effort to beautify welcome points with golf-themed directional signs for the U.S. Open is a part of the Governor’s Art that Moves You initiative, a project to improve infrastructures and landscapes throughout North Carolina for the benefit of our great state,” said Secretary Susan Kluttz of the Cultural Resources. “This is also an excellent example of the public sector partnering with private entities. We are grateful for the support of the USGA and North Carolina’s three major airports to make this happen.”

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Link Wray

State Rep. David Lewis, Sec. Kluttz, Link Wray III, Beth Wray Webb, Link Elvis Wray, Rep. Renee Ellmers abd state Sen. Ronald Rabin pose in front of the newly dedicated marker to Link Wray.

The “power chord” is now par for the course in just about any punk or heavy metal rock song you hear on the radio, but before Link Wray’s 1958 smash hit “Rumble,” it didn’t even exist.

Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined members of Wray’s family and local Dunn officials earlier this month to dedicate a historical marker honoring the music legend in his hometown of Dunn. As part of the ceremony, Secretary Kluttz read a proclamation from Gov. Pat McCrory declaring May 2, 2014, Link Wray Day.

“As a member of the governor’s cabinet, I can tell you he recognizes the importance of today,” the Secretary said. “Link Wray left a legacy of some of the best music and guitar playing for the next generation to enjoy.”

The marker dedication kicked off an entire weekend of activities that celebrated the now legendary rock musician, who both Pete Townsend and Jimi Hendrix said influenced them. The highlight of the weekend was the Link Wray Music Festival which featured six bands, one of which counts Wray’s grandson as a member.

Gov. McCrory’s proclamation is available online, Be sure to check out the N.C. Arts Council’s Blue Ridge Music Trails, African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina and Performing Arts projects to discover more of North Carolina’s rich musical heritage.

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Sec. Kluttz and state Rep. Stephen Ross look on as Gov. Pat McCrory makes the announcement about his new historic preservation initiative

Since 1976, historic preservation incentives provided by the state and federal governments have helped bring in more $1.7 billion in private investment to the North Carolina and contributed to the preservation of our state’s rich historic character. A couple weeks back, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined Governor Pat McCrory as he announced a new plan to leverage historic preservation investments for economic growth.

Gov. McCrory’s approach is two-pronged. First, he proposes setting up a Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program in line with his Economic Development Board’s North Carolina Jobs Plan. The program will continue to include tax incentives to encourage investment in historic buildings and mills to strengthen local economies and bring jobs to towns and cities across the state. The Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program would be administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, one of DCR’s divisions.

Sec. Kluttz talks with a WBTV reporter about Gov. McCrory’s new historic preservation initiative

“I am so proud of Governor McCrory’s decision to promote the rehabilitation of historic buildings for proven economic development and job creation,” said Secretary Kluttz. “As a former mayor, he is extremely aware of the value of the re-use of empty and underused historic buildings and the positive impact their development has on communities, including saving fragile neighborhoods, revitalizing downtowns and improving public safety. This investment program is critical for rebuilding cities and towns in North Carolina and supporting the ‘Carolina Comeback’ that the governor has promised.”

The second part of the part of the governor’s approach is in an investment in the Main Street Solutions Fund, a matching grant program established in 2009 to rehabilitate buildings in smaller towns. Gov. McCrory said his budget will include $500,000 for that program. The Main Street Solutions Fund and the Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program strive to spur a renaissance in cities and towns reinventing themselves after the loss of long-time industries such as tobacco and manufacturing.

North Carolina is a leader in preserving its historic buildings and our programs have served as a model for investment programs in many other states.

Photos of the announcement and a roundup of some of the media coverage it garnered are both available online.

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State Reps. Alma Adams and John Faircloth, Gov. Pat McCrory and Sec. Susan Kluttz pose with the newly-dedicated highway marker to the High Point Market.

High Point has long been known as the “Furniture Capital of the World,” and with an annual economic impact of $8.25 billion and more than 69,000 jobs in the Triad region, it’s easy to see why. Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz and Governor Pat McCrory dedicated a historical highway marker that celebrates that legacy earlier this week.

The marker honors the High Point Market, which was founded in the city of the name in 1909. As the industry grew in the region, so did the market. Today it is largest furniture market in the world, drawing nearly 75,000 visitors twice each year.

Check out photos of the dedication on our Flickr site, and explore the hundreds of highway markers across the state online using this awesome online interactive map.

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