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Join Historic Stagville for a celebration of blues and gospel music Saturday

A new multimedia exhibit in Winston-Salem, storytelling from the Jim Crow South in New Bern and a festival of African American music in Durham are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with two great programs for kids. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will showcase art made by kids at a local children’s hospital and help kids make some art of their own on site, and the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will show Finding Nemo as part of its summer movies for kids series. Tryon Palace in New Bern will host African American storyteller Elisha Minter for an evening stories, photos and foot-stomping music from the Jim Crow era South.

Friday will bring two great opportunities to see and explore the North Carolina coast. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer take you aboard a Duke University research vessel to explore local marine life, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host a sunset cruise focusing on the history of the region. Back in the Piedmont, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the critically-acclaimed film Her as SECCA in Winston-Salem opens a new multimedia exhibition that examines the concept of life in the art of Neil Goldberg.

Saturday, the Maritime Museum in Southport will offer another installment of its popular bike tours that highlight the history of its hometown, while Historic Stagville in Durham will present live performances of gospel and blues music in the shadow of its picturesque historic buildings. Just down the road in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer free, interactive tours for families of the colorful prints in the Estampas de la raza and the children’s book illustrations in the Tall Tales and Huge Hearts exhibits. Later in the day, the Museum of Art will present a concert of Renaissance music and a performance by Grammy Award-winning children’s musician Dan Zanes.

This weekend is your last chance to see Mail Call at Tryon Palace in New Bern. This unique exhibit from the Smithsonian showcases military mail and communications from the American Revolution to current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This weekend is also your last chance check out the American Dance Festival in Durham and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro. Both of these awe-inspiring annual events are featured on the N.C. Arts Council’s list of the Tar Heel State’s top summer performing arts experiences.

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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