Posts Tagged ‘Lenoir’

A World War II living history program in Kure Beach, a duel re-enactment in New Bern and the closing of an exhibit on the Tar Heel State and film are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are eight things on our weekend agenda:

1. See World War II history come alive in celebration of V-J Day Saturday and Sunday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.



2. Visit the Starring North Carolina! exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh before it closes Monday.



3. See historic interpreters portraying John Stanley and Richard Dobbs Spaight re-enact the legendary 1802 duel between the two men at Tryon Palace Saturday in New Bern.



4. Enjoy old-time music, dancing, and food along the banks of the Yadkin River at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention in Lenoir throughout the weekend.



5. End your summer with a bang at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual murder mystery dinner Friday.



6. Watch Guardians of the Galaxy under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday.



7. Hear about one of the most dramatic rescues off the North Carolina coast during World War I at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.



8. Celebrate the first Friday of September at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh with food and beer tastings and a telling of the hidden stories of some of North Carolina’s abandoned places, told by the filmmakers and photographers who document them.



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 and Caldwell Arts Council Executive Director Lee Carol Giduz

An up-close look at the work of Thomas Sayre and some hands-on pottery visits were just two of the experiences Sec. Kluttz had on a trip to the mountains late last month.

The secretary started her journey at the Caldwell Arts Council (CAC) in Lenoir after visiting the public library there late last month. While there, she got a personal tour of the Council’s gallery and an overview of some of the great connections Cultural Resources has to the Lenior community from CAC’s Executive Director Lee Carol Giduz. Those connections include a strong partnership between CAC and the N.C. Arts Council (NCAC) on the Historic Happy Valley cultural trail pilot program and a large presence of the work of North Carolina Award winner and NCAC board member Thomas Sayre in the town.

Sec. Kluttz’s next stop was Bolick Pottery near Blowing Rock. There she met owner Lula Bolick, who is a fifth generation potter and the daughter of famed Seagrove potter Melvin Lee Owens. The trip ended next door, where Bolick’s daughter and son-in-law run another pottery studio, Traditions Pottery.

You can see more images of the trip here.

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Sec. Kluttz at ImaginOn with staff from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library

Sec. Kluttz at ImaginOn with staff from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library

In the tough economic times that our state has experienced during the past few years, libraries have become an increasingly important resource in education and for those looking for jobs. Sec. Kluttz saw this first-hand on her recent trips to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Caldwell County Public Libraries.

During Sec. Kluttz’s visit to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library branch on Thursday, the Secretary learned about the library’s early literacy programs and outreach after taking a short tour of the library’s revolutionary ImaginOn facility.

ImaginOn is a joint venture between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. The facility includes state-of-the-art theatre spaces, a dedicated library space for kids 11-years-old and under, multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multimedia production studio and an interactive exhibit space. Staffs from the theatre and library use it to put on unique programming designed to get young people to learn in many ways, through all five senses and “from the page to the stage.”

Friday, the Secretary visited the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir. The county is the latest library to join the innovative N.C. Cardinal program supported by the State Library of North Carolina. While there, Sec. Kluttz learned all about its wonderful offerings.

Sec. Kluttz’s gets caught reading at the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir

The program fosters a state-wide library community that gives North Carolinians greater access to collections that patrons may not have been able to access before. Basically, it allows patrons to get books in libraries across the state, at no charge, with only a few clicks on a website. Patrons can also use the card from their home library at any library in the network.

The system currently has 93 branch locations in 26 counties. That amounts to 9.7 million North Carolinians having access to 4.2 million library items statewide. The program has resulted in 6.6 million circulations since its inception in July 2010.

The program is support the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), but it’s made possible through the work of the State Library of North Carolina, a division of N. C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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