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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 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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This post is the last in a three-part series we’re doing on summer reading. Click here to read part one and here to read part two.

So you’ve reached that point in the summer where you’ve gotten to every interesting book on your list. You want to try to something new because there are still a few precious weeks left in the season, but the deluge of specific book suggestions is overwhelming , and you’re looking for somewhere to browse.

Inside McIntyre's Books in Pittsboro

Inside McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro

That’s where the N.C. Arts Council comes in. They put together this awesome list of the best bookstores that emphasize North Carolina writers from Chapel Hill to Charlotte, from Southern Pines to Sylva and beyond. Enjoy!

1. Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
(919) 828-1588
2. So & So Books
704 N. Person St. , Raleigh
(919) 426-9502
3. The Regulator Bookshop
720 9th St., Durham
(919) 286-2700
4. Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd .,Chapel Hill
(919) 942-73735. McIntyre’s Books
220 Market Street, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
(919) 542-3030

Fireside Books and Gifts in Shelby

6. Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books
105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo
(252) 473-1056

7. City Lights Bookstore
3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva
(828) 586-9499

8. The Country Bookshop
140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines
(910) 692-3211

9. Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood St., Asheville
(828) 254-6734

10. Park Road Books
4139 Park Road, Charlotte
(704) 525-9239

11. Fireside Books and Gifts
212 S. Lafayette Street, Shelby
(704) 487-8477

12. The Fountainhead Bookstore
408 N Main St., Hendersonville
(828) 697-1870

13. The Book Shelf
94 N Trade St., Tryon
(828) 859-9304

14. Two Sisters Bookery
318 Nutt St., Wilmington (#32 In the Cotton Exchange)
(910) 762-4444

Do you have a favorite bookstore that focuses on North Carolina authors in your community? Tell us about in the comments!

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This post is the second in a three-part series we’re doing on summer reading. Click here to read part one. Check back here on the next Friday for part three. 

From Cullowhee to Pine Knoll Shores and from quirky humor to murder mysteries, North Carolina authors have stories to brighten up your summer at the beach or at home in your favorite chair. North Carolina Arts Council Literature Director David Potorti has selected a few of the 2013 releases from some of our state’s finest authors for you to explore:

1.  A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa by Elaine Neil Orr (Berkley Trade, 2013): This debut novel from NC State professor of English Elaine Neil Orr, born and raised in Nigeria, tells a tale of social and spiritual awakening. Orr is a 2002 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship recipient in literature.

2.  Allegiance and Betrayal by Peter Makuck (Syracuse University Press, 2013): Pine Knoll Shores resident Peter Makuck’s third story collection explores the mystery surrounding family relations, love, generational rifts, marriage, and the inevitability of loss.

3.  At Random by Lee Zacharias (Fugitive Poets Press, 2013): Zacharias, an emerita professor of English at UNC Greensboro, tells the story of a middle-aged couple struggling to survive a tragedy, and the tale of a refugee family caught between a younger generation’s desire to assimilate and the older generation’s desire to preserve their culture. Zacharias is the recipient of a 1986 and 2005 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship in literature.

4.  A Town of Empty Rooms by Karen E. Bender (Counterpoint Press, 2013): Karen E. Bender, who teaches creative writing at UNC Wilmington, presents the story of Serena and Dan Shine, estranged from one another as they separately grieve over the recent loss of Serena’s father and Dan’s older brother.

5.  Flashes of War: Short Stories by Katey Schultz (Apprentice House, 2013): Illuminating the intimate, human faces of war, this series of short stories questions the stereotypes of modern war by bearing witness to the shared struggles of all who are touched by it.

6.  Flora by Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury, 2013): Asheville author Gail Godwin’s darkly beautiful novel about a child and a caretaker in isolation is a story of love, regret, and the things we can’t undo.

7.  Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (Little, Brown and Company, 2013): Raleigh native son David Sedaris brings his quirky perspective to another collection of hilarious personal essays.

8.  Life after Life by Jill McCorkle (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013): This family saga by New York Times bestselling author Jill McCorkle weaves together the stories of multiple generations of the residents and staff of Pine Haven, a retirement community in Fulton, North Carolina.

9.  Lillian’s Garden by Carrie Knowles (Roundfire Books, 2013): Just when Helen thinks she can take charge of her life, a devil-hunting itinerant preacher upsets the delicate balance she has managed in a family locked in secrets and headed for trouble.

10.  Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 2013): In Hendersonville, author Ann B. Ross’ latest installment in her popular series, Miss Julia deals with an internet scam, a crabby patient on bed rest, an overwhelmed lady of the house with a family to feed, and an unexpected guest with questionable intentions.

11.  Music of Ghosts by Sallie Bissell (Midnight Ink, 2013): Asheville author Sallie Bissell’s Mary Crow series continues in this story following a group of young thrill seekers as they head deep into the Appalachian woods to the old Fiddlesticks cabin, the scene of a bloody double murder from decades past.

12.  Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories by Ron Rash (Ecco, 2013): New York Times Notable Writer Ron Rash’s most recent collection of short stories is dark, beautiful and affecting.

13.  Sweet Souls and Other Stories by Charles Blackburn, Jr. (Main Street Rag, 2013): In this series of short stories, Raleigh writer Charles Blackburn, Jr., takes readers on a journey from the rural South to the Middle East. Blackburn earned a 1998 NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship in literature and was the 2008 winner of the Sam Ragan Award for Literature.

14.  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin’s Press, 2013): North Carolina author Therese Anne Fowler explores the early days of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, capturing the golden years of their marriage.

Additionally, the N.C. Arts Council has released two guidebooks to authentic travel experiences exploring the state’s literary heritage and the traditional music of the mountains and the foothills. Both books are available from UNC Press and at your public library or local bookstore.

15.  Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina allows readers to see the state’s landscape through the eyes of writers who have lived in worked in the 45 eastern and coastal counties featured in the guidebook. Written by Georgann Eubanks for the Arts Council the guidebook features stories, anecdotes and excerpts.

16.  Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is a lively guidebook to music sites, artists and traditions of the mountains and foothills. The book, written by folklorist Fred C. Fussell with Steve Kruger, includes a CD with 20 music tracks.

If non-fiction is more your thing, look no further than North Carolina Historical Publications. The staff at Historical Publications recommend the following for a good summer read:

17.  The Lost Colonists: Their Fortune and Probable Fate by David Beers Quinn: A discussion the composition of the Lost Colony of 1587, the conditions on Roanoke Island, and the activities of the English colonists after landing there.

18.  The Pirates of Colonial North Carolina by Hugh F. Rankin: Originally published in 1960, this paperback is the most popular title ever published by the Historical Publications Section and has never gone out of print.

19.  Gold Mining in North Carolina: A Bicentennial History by Richard F. Knapp and Brent D. Glass: The first documented discovery of gold in the United States was in 1799 at John Reed’s farm in Cabarrus County. This book traces the history of gold mining in North Carolina from that discovery to the 20th century.

20.  North Carolina Legends by Richard Walser: North Carolina is a place where history has been enriched by legends and folklore. The 48 colorful Tar Heel tales in this volume include well-known stories like “Virginia Dare and the White Doe” and “Old Dan Tucker” and some less-familiar ones, too!

21.  North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground by John G. Barrett: This popular title presents an overview of Civil War North Carolina, with information on secession, preparations for war, battles fought in North Carolina, blockade-running, and the coming of peace.

We want to know what you’re reading! Tell us about in the comments, and check back next week for some of best bookstores to discover North Carolina writers in your neck of the woods.

Coming up next week: the best bookshops to explore North Carolina writers from the N.C. Arts Council’s literature director.

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This post is the first in a three-part series we’re doing on summer reading. Check back here on the next two Fridays for parts two and three.

Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz “gets caught reading” at the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir

During the past few weeks, we’ve shared a bunch of suggestions on books for your summer reading list, and we’ve gotten a great response. As a result, we’ve decided to collect them all in one place so you can have them for your reference.

First, the resources we’ve already shared:

And now, some more great resources focused on North Carolina writers and places that you might not know about:

Tell us about your experiences with summer reading. What books have you finished? What books do you want to try to finish before the end of the summer? Are you participating in a formal program with a local library? Tell us about it in the comments!

More on summer reading coming up in the next two weeks:

  • The great folks at the N.C. Arts Council and N.C. Historical Publications suggest some titles you might particularly enjoy
  • The best bookshops to explore North Carolina writers from the N.C. Arts Council’s literature director

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