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Tryon Palace will come alive in the spirit of Jane Austen’s Regency era Saturday.
Don’t miss the fun.

A celebration of Jane Austen in New Bern, two rare opportunities to see the 13th Amendment in Edenton and Creswell and concerts and film screenings around the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend gets off to a great start Thursday at Historic Edenton, where DCR will kick off its tour of the 13th amendment to celebrate Juneteenth. Stop by Edenton to see the document that formally ended legal slavery in this country. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a book club discussion on Peter McGraw’s The Humor Code.

Friday, the 13th Amendment will make its second stop at Somerset Place in Creswell, where it will be accompanied by a lecture on emancipation. The N.C. Symphony will play some of the most mesmerizing musical themes from movies like Star Trek, Superman and Harry Potter during its Summerfest tribute to John Williams in Cary, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh shows the poignant film Philomena to begin its summer movie series. Music and dancing will fill the Stanley House at Tryon Palace in New Bern as the site hosts a Regency style ball, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport puts on a sunset cruise down the Cape Fear River highlighting the history around its hometown.

Jane Austen’s Regency Era will come alive Saturday at Tryon Palace, as the site offers special tea-themed tours of the Stanley House, high tea in the Commission House and period dance classes and crafts. Just down the road, Historic Bath will host WRAL’s documentary producer for a Q&A on two films he produced on hurricanes, while at the opposite end of the state, prolific writer and past state poet laureate Fred Chappell will present a lecture and book signing at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville. In the Triangle, the N.C. Symphony will perform some of the best music of Broadway in Cary, while the N.C. Museum of Art screens the Oscar-winning thriller Captain Phillips. Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will host a competition of the ancient game atlatl as part of World Atlatl Day.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when The Gravy Boys’ smooth Americana sound will fill the auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History for a performance in Raleigh, while the N.C. Symphony plays a free concert of Beethoven’s famous and powerful  5th Symphony in Chapel Hill and SECCA joins presents free art making activities as part of Winston-Salem‘s Second Sundays on 4th series.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer fun, interactive tours of its galleries and park for families.

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

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Head out to SECCA Saturday to make fun art inspired by cartoons

Exploding mines and biological warfare demonstrations in Winnabow (don’t worry they’re safe!), a Mother’s Day tea in Durham and family fun at the intersection of cartoons and art in Winston-Salem are just a few of the great North Carolina experiences you can have this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Thursday, staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries, while the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville will be filled with the sights and smells of early 19th century cooking, before the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present a talk on the fascinating life of Theophilus Hunter Holmes, a lesser-known North Carolina governor and Civil War general.

Friday morning, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will continue its week-long celebration of Cinco de Mayo with a fun pinata and papier-mache making session for kids and parents, while in the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the award-winning 90s thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley and give visitors the chance to explore the galleries at night with smooth flamenco sounds of Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band in the background.

Saturday promises family fun around the state. In the west, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will celebrate National Train Day with special train rides to Salisbury, model train displays and more, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will mix art making with cartoons to create a good time for the entire family.

In the central part of the state, Bennett Place in Durham will explore how the Memorial Day holiday evolved with interpreters portraying Civil War soldiers and mourners. Down the road Historic Stagville will celebrate Mother’s Day with a high tea and narrative featuring stories of the women, both free and enslaved, that called Stagville home.  Boy scouts will be the focus at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, where staff will tell the tales of Native Americans who lived at places similar to the site to help the scouts earn Indian Lore merit badges.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will host special tours of its award-winning Story of North Carolina exhibit led by poet and playwright Howard Craft, who will use artifacts on display as inspiration to create some verse on the spot and help kids do the same. Also inRaleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer three great, hands-on programs:

  • A printmaking tour and studio class for preteens inspired by the museum’s boldEstampas de la raza exhibition
  • An exploration of nature and art in the museum’s galleries and park combined with anoutdoor art class for families
  • Art Day, where conservators and curators will take a look at the art in your family’s collection and let you know how best to care for it

On the coast, exploding mines and biological warfare will be just a few of the demonstrations done at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s program on the fiendish plans of the Civil War in Winnabow. Historic Edenton will also invite the community to get historically fit with a yoga class on the lawn of the Chowan County Courthouse, while the Outer Banks History Center celebrates its 25th anniversary at Elizabethan Gardens.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with an old-time clogging performance at the N.C. Museum of History and SECCA’s participation in a city-wide street festival in downtown Winston-Salem. The N.C. Symphony will perform concerts of music by creative genius Gustav Mahler throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on our website.

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Join the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Saturday as it opens a new exhibition of work by UNCG professor Jennifer Meanley

A new art exhibition in Winston-Salem, film screenings in Raleigh and concerts of music inspired by the U.S. Open around the state are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts Thursday when the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will encourage kids to explore its galleries after reading them the story Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman, and Tryon Palace in New Bern hosts Dr. Mellen Charron to tell the story of civil rights activist Septima Clark in a program that is part performance art and part lecture.

Friday, the fun continues at the Museum of the Albemarle, where kids and their parents can create a fun piece of art that will go on display as part of Elizabeth City’s First Friday Art Walk. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the classic Sunset Boulevard and offer visitors the chance to explore its galleries at night against the backdrop of some awesome live music from Raleigh’s own Sidecar Social Club.

The next morning the N.C. Museum of Art will offer an engaging hands-on geometric craft and tour for kids and families, as the galleries at its sister museum, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), come alive with a new exhibition of paintings by Jennifer Meanley in Winston-Salem. Also, Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will put on another installment of its popular bicycle tours, while walls of historic House Chamber of the State Capitol in Raleigh will reverberate with classic soul and gospel style of the Gospel Jubilators.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will screen the Watergate thriller Frost/Nixon.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of the stirring Sketches from Pinehurst in Sanford, Raleigh and Southern Pines. The piece is an original composition by long-time Symphony trombonist Terry Mizesko.

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Sec. Kluttz with Chief Deputy Sec. Karin Cochran, Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry and N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard

Music, dancing and re-enactors portraying Russian royalty and priests greeted Sec. Susan Kluttz as she joined staff and supporters at the N.C. Museum of History for the opening of two exhibitsThe Tsars’ Cabinet and Windows into Heaven. Together the pair of exhibits celebrates more than 200 years of Russian history through iconography and decorative arts.

While at the opening, the Secretary got the chance to meet with some of the supporters that made the two exhibitions possible, see and hear performances of traditional Russian music and dance and get an up-close and personal view of some of the artifacts.

Though many of the items on display have their origin nearly halfway around the world, Windows into Heaven has close ties to North Carolina. In fact, all 36 of the Russian icons that compose the exhibition come from the collection Charlotte’s own Lilly and Francis Robicsek. The pieces in The Tsars’ Cabinet come from a collector in Flordia.

The exhibitions will be on view through March 5, 2014, and they’re truly a must-see. Don’t miss them! You can find more info on the exhibitions here, a list of programs that accompany them here and more photos of the opening here.

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Join SECCA in Winston-Salem for a new exhibit examining graphic design.

A new exhibition focusing on graphic design, a family history fair and a program on Victorian mourning traditions are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts tomorrow with another installment of the N.C. Museum of History’s popular Storytime in the Gallery series in Raleigh, and continues Friday when the N.C. Museum of Art, also in Raleigh, will offer free food, musical performances and activities as part of its College Night. Also Friday, the Museum of Art will screen the film Car Crazy, while Duke Homestead in Durham will give visitors the chance to experience Victorian mourning traditions and customs through Widows and Wakes, a guided candlelight program.

In Fayetteville, the Museum of the Cape Fear will offer Halloween-themed tours of the Poe House and host a Jack-O-Lantern contest, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a preview party for its new exhibition, Graphic Design: Now  in Production.

Saturday, SECCA will officially open the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition to the public, and host Doug Powell, a designer with IBM, for the first lecture in a series associated with the exhibition. Throughout the day, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will present games, special train rides and trick-or-treating just in time for Halloween.

Also Saturday, the State Archives and State Library will host the 2nd Annual Family History Fair with a special focus on DNA’s increasing role in genealogy, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host a family program focusing on textile design. Both events are in Raleigh. The Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present another round of Halloween tours in addition to an opportunity for kids to trick-or-treat and costume contest.

Toward the east, Historic Bath will offer ghost tours of North Carolina’s first town, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will present ghost stories, activities for kids and refreshments as part of its Halloween Ghost Ship program. And Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will celebrate the anniversary of the school that is part of the site with an education-related living history program.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday with a tour of Asheville’s historic Riverside Cemetery hosted by the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, a concert by David Holt and Will McIntyre to benefit the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and a program by the Pasquotank High School Percussion Band at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will present concerts of Mozart and Beethoven in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Southern Pines.

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Enjoy free garden admission and a heritage plant sale at Tryon Palace as part of MUMfest this weekend

Enjoy free garden admission and a heritage plant sale at Tryon Palace as part of MUMfest this weekend

A sleepover under the stars in Mount Gilead, a celebration of mums in New Bern and a display of Porsches of Raleigh are just a few of the chances for family fun for you to discover this weekend at our historic sites and museums.

The weekend at Cultural Resources starts Thursday with another installment of the N.C. Museum of History’s popular Storytime in the Gallery series in Raleigh, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will host a lecture on noted African American attorney and public servant George Henry White. It continues Friday in Spencer where the N.C. Transportation Museum will host a day full of programs for home school students and their parents.

Saturday, the much-anticipated Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibition will open at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be offering several programs throughout the weekend in conjunction with opening, including:

Also Saturday, Historic Stagville in Durham will host special tours of the Hart and Horton Houses, while Historic Bath offers 90-minute walking ghost tours of North Carolina’s oldest town and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville hosts writer Dale Neal for a talk and book signing. Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will host a movie screening, community campfire and sleepover at the site in honor of International Observe the Moon Night, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, will host an overnight program honoring veterans.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday with a concert of traditional Russian-Romany music at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, while Joseph McGill will lecture on the Slave Dwelling Project at Historic Stagville in Durham.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will start to celebrate Halloween with a decorated Poe House, while the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of the music of famed movie composer John Williams in Fayetteville, Raleigh and Wilmington and Tryon Palace participates in the New Bern-wide MUMfest street festival with free garden admission and a heritage plant sale.

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Blast into the past with Civil War artillery displays Saturday at Bennett Place

Blast into the past with Civil War artillery displays Saturday at Bennett Place

Civil War artillery demonstrations in Durham, house tours focusing on Victorian death traditions in Asheville and a choral concert in Elizabeth City are just of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at the historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts Thursday with two great events for kids. The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will put on a program for preschoolers about bees and honey, will the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will host another installment of its popular Storytime in Gallery series. Friday will bring another children’s program, this time at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. The program will focus on two of the Civil War era forts in the Southport region.

Saturday will be full of family fun. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Thomas Wolfe’s death with special tours of the Old Kentucky Home that focus on Victorian death traditions. In the Triangle, Duke Homestead in Durham will put on demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing and curing and feature music, crafts and other entertainment as part its annual Harvest and Hornworm Festival. Just down the road, Bennett Place (also in Durham), will show soldiers and horses rolling into action and demonstrate the artillery of the American Civil War.

As if that wasn’t enough, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will also host three great events Saturday:

The weekend will wrap up Sunday with a choral concert at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

Throughout the weekend, Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will host lectures and tours as part of a symposium on the Civil War, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer three performances by the ever-popular Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

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