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The annual state tree lighting in Raleigh, a new exhibit of Star Wars artifacts in Asheville and a colonial Christmas weekend at the coast are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here 18 ideas for making the most of your weekend:

1. Celebrate a Colonial Christmas weekend with activities with open houses at Historic Edenton and Historic Bath, and the annual Candlelight celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern.



2. Join Governor Pat McCrory for the annual State Tree Lighting on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and then stop by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences across the street for a special meet the animals program.



3. Visit a special exhibit of Star Wars artifacts at the Western Regional Archives in Asheville, and take your kids to a special Star Wars Lego class there Saturday.



4. Meet Santa by the sea Friday at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Saturday at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.



5. Marvel at the Executive Mansion’s elaborate Christmas decorations during its annual holiday open house in Raleigh throughout the weekend.



6. Step back in time to an 18th century Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Sunday in Winnabow. You’ll find colonial refreshments, traditional games, special tours and an authentic period candlelit service.



7. Enjoy a concert of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and other holiday favorites Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.



8. See what 18th century life was like along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.



9. Experience a Civil War Christmas Saturday by learning about the holiday traditions from the period at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston and seeing a period holiday brought to life at Bennett Place in Durham.



10. Find a gift for the art lover in your life at the Folk Art Center’s Guild Artist Holiday Sale Saturday in Asheville.





12. Explore the dramatic landscapes and diverse peoples that have shaped the South at a new exhibit of Southern paintings opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Friday.



13. Spend a festive Sunday afternoon at Duke Homestead in Durham as part of the site’s annual Victorian Family Christmas program.



14. Browse of the one largest selections of local pottery in mountains Friday and Saturday at Mud Dabbers of Brevard‘s holiday open house.



15. Listen to some of your favorite holiday tunes as performed by the North Carolina Symphony Thursday in Jacksonville and Saturday in Wilmington.



16. Get into the spirit of the season with holiday open houses Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Historic Halifax, House in the Horseshoe near Sanford and the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.



17. Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower Sunday night with N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister.



18. Go on a candlelight tour to celebrate the holiday season. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will offer tours Thursday, and both Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham will offer tours Friday.



Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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An Olympics of Native American games in Mount Gilead, a family festival celebrating gold in Old Fort and free concerts by the North Carolina Symphony around the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

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

1. Try your hand at a whole host of traditional Native American games Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound’s first annual Archaeolympic Games in Mount Gilead.



2. Hear some of the best light classical pieces of music as performed by the N.C. Symphony at free concerts in Tarboro Thursday, Chapel Hill Friday and Jacksonville Sunday.



3. Enjoy music by some of the state’s best old-time musicians at the Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention Friday and Saturday in Mount Airy.



4. Celebrate North Carolina’s rich history of gold mining Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort with mining demonstrations, gold panning, gem stone screenings, the chance to meet renowned gold experts, children’s games, prizes, music and food.



5. Bring a blanket to Vance Birthplace in Weaverville for an evening of campfire storytelling Thursday.



6. Watch a movie under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing Dazed and Confused Friday and the sing-along version of Frozen Saturday.



7. Explore the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace with your kids after dark Thursday in New Bern.



8. Check out a new small case exhibit highlighting the history of funk music in North Carolina, opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday.



9. Join the North Carolina Symphony for a concert of the hits from the 80s Saturday in Cary.



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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Free concerts by the N.C. Symphony, Civil War living history programs and several more rare chances to see the 13th Amendment  are just a few of the great programs offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources across the state this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when Vance Birthplace in Weaverville offers music, lectures and dramatic readings in conjunction with a visit by the 13th Amendment as part of DCR’s limited statewide tour of this important and fragile document.

Our popular traveling exhibit of treasuress from Blackbeard’s sunken flagship will open at Historic Bath Friday, just as the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts a poetry slam tied to its Estampas de la raza exhibition and screens the film 42: the Jackie Robinson Story. The 13th Amendment tour will stop in Sedalia at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, where it will be accompanied by a lunch and learn lecture and children’s activities.

Saturday, re-enactors will be on hand at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks to discuss the typical Civil War soldier’s life, while the CSS Neuse Center in Kinston will put on a program focusing on challenges of the Civil War home front, including Mourning practices, homeguards and food shortages.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will display vintage farm equipment and host beekeepers demonstrating their craft to celebrate life on the farm, while the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington showcases a premier display of World War I arms, clothing and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and stations volunteers throughout the ship to explain specific topics like the galley and radar. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will focus on World War II with a program featuring living historians and hands-on activities for kids, while Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the beautiful lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on sculpture, before hosting an evening concert by a Beatles tribute band and screening a documentary about the legendary group. The N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will let visitors watch Native American artist Alyssa Hinton at work and then make a mixed media collage to take home with them, and host a singing of the national anthem for Flag Day. In Durham, Duke Homestead will give visitors the chance to explore its hometown’s historic roots and experience the modern art, music and food of the Bull City with Bull Fest, while Historic Stagville will display the 13th Amendment in a slave cabin while offering music, genealogical consultations and other programs. In Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a circus-inspired concert combining classical masterpieces and contemporary hits as acrobatic artists swirl above them.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show cartoons and offer art making activities for kids centered around pencils and drawing. SECCA will also open a new exhibit that explores just how extraordinary the ordinary can be Saturday.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will light up with cannon fire during re-enactments of 18th century camp life and the N.C. Symphony will play free concerts of Beethoven’s dramatic 5th Symphony in JacksonvillePinehurst and Washington. At Pinehurst, the Symphony will be showcased during the U.S. Open activities.

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All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina’s black history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit from our state’s African American’s past.

Montford Point Marines. Image from the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill

Montford Point Marines. Image from the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill

Although a few blacks had served in the Continental Marines during the Revolution, the U.S. Marine Corps was strictly white-only until 1941. That year, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order allowing for all races to participate in all branches of the military in segregated units.

The Marine Corps responded by opening Montford Point Camp in April 1942. Part of Camp Lejeune, the facility was specifically for the training of black recruits. At a cost of $750,000, the Corps constructed barracks and support facilities such as a motor pool, chapel, mess hall, steam plant and recreational area. In the era of strict segregation, interaction between white and black Marines during training was practically nonexistent.

Nearly 20,000 black Marines, all from Montford Point, served in World War II. Eleven ammunition and 51 depot companies saw action during the war, and the 51st and 52nd Defense Battalions were dispatched to the Pacific but saw no combat.

President Harry Truman’s 1948 Executive Order 9981 ended segregation in the U.S. armed forces. In June 2012 the Montford Point Marines were recognized for their service with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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