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An old fashioned day in Albemarle, concerts of the music of Harry Potter in New Bern and Raleigh and celebrations of Halloween across the state 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 are 10 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Celebrate Halloween at one of our museums.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh will offer activities exploring science’s spookier side Thursday, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will present a Halloween movie and crafts Saturday. Fayetteville‘s Museum of the Cape Fear will have trick or treating at the 1897 Poe House, also on Saturday.

 

 

2. Hear a spooky 40s-style radio show at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday and Saturday.

 

 

3. See historic demonstrations and exhibits, make a craft and enjoy live music at Morrow Mountain State Park’s Old Fashioned Day Sunday in Albemarle.

 

 

4. Join Jones Lake State Park in Elizabethtown Saturday for costume contests, hayrides, games, hikes with rangers and animal exhibits as part of its annual Fall Festival.

 

 

5. Explore the intricacies of the Battle of Wyse Fork during a lecture and book signing Saturday the CSS Neuse Civil War Center in Kinston.

 

 

6. Take your Jack-O-Lanterns to Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Sunday to see them launched in trebuchet built by local boy scouts.

 

 

7. Try and strike it rich at Reed Gold Mine in Midland before panning for gold closes for the season Saturday.

 

 

8. Experience a Halloween at Hogwarts with performances of the music of Harry Potter by the N.C. Symphony, presentations by an illusionist and face painting in Raleigh and New Bern throughout the weekend.

 

 

9. Trick or treat under the sea and enjoy a whole host of other Halloween-related activities throughout the week at the N.C. Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher.

 

 

10. Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester when it goes on view Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

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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A celebration of traditional American culture in Greensboro, an old-fashioned tobacco harvest festival in Durham and a walking tour of the famed Riverside Cemetery in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. See some of the nation’s finest the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers and craftspeople at the National Folk Festival throughout the weekend in Greensboro, and don’t forget to visit the North Carolina Stage while you’re there.
2. Step back in time to North Carolina’s colonial era at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s annual Festival of Yesteryear Saturday in Fayetteville. Hands-on crafts, games, demonstrations of colonial life and performances by an interpreter portraying the Marquis de Lafayette will all be part of the fun.
3. Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history with music, a tobacco looping contest and historic demonstrations at Duke Homestead’s Harvest and Hornworm Festival Saturday in Durham.
4. Marvel at the spectacle of Paper Puppet Intervention during a performance at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh throughout the weekend.
5. Discover how North Carolina saved the Constitution during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.
6. Enjoy National Grandparents Day Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead or the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. Both have activities planned to celebrate the special day.
7. Hear about how Alamance Battleground’s location along one of North Carolina’s oldest roads led to three battles being fought there during a lecture Saturday in Burlington.
8. Take a walking tour of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery led by staff from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Saturday.
9. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
10. Do yoga with staff from Historic Edenton on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Saturday morning.
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 Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in Sanford, a celebration of the Coast Guard’s birthday in Beaufort and a family campout in Raleigh are just of opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are nine events we have on our weekend agenda:

1. Blast into the past at the House in the Horseshoe’s annual battle re-enactment Saturday and Sunday in Sanford.

 

2. Celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday with a reception Friday and special tours of a 47-foot motor lifeboat Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

3. Watch the 2014 family favorite The Book of Lifeunder the stars at Raleigh‘s N.C. Museum of Art, and then camp out in the museum’s park.

4. Enjoy a classical music performance during the Eastern Music Festival’s closing weekend in Greensboro.

5. Tour the North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh before it closes Sunday.

 

 

6. See Ford cars and trucks from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Annual All-Ford Show Saturday in Spencer.

 

 

7. Learn about colonial and Civil War life in the lower Cape Fear from costumed interpreters Saturday at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow.

 

 

8. Hear four authors discuss different aspects of the observance of Juneteenth, Saturday during a panel discussion at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

9. Learn more about North Carolina’s role as the capital of the Confederacy in the waning days of the Civil War during a lecture Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information 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 the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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Two movies under the stars in Raleigh, a celebration of old time music in West Jefferson and a new exhibit of historic bicycles in Spencer 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 seven things we have on our weekend agenda:

1. See a movie under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing two recent favorites this weekend: The Theory of Everything on Friday and Birdman on Saturday.

 

 

2. Enjoy the soothing sounds of traditional mountain music at the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention in West Jefferson throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Watch a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Museum of the Cape Fear inFayetteville.

 

 

 

 

5. Dive deep into the life of controversial Civil War General Braxton Bragg during a lecture Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

6. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for a 5k run and walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

 

7. Check out a new exhibit of historical bicycles open throughout the weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

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 look at the music and literature of the Civil War in Creswell, a look at the special systems of a World War II battleship in Wilmington and a survival-focused living history program in Weaverville 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 13 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See first-hand how 19th century homesteaders survived in the rough and tumble atmosphere of the North Carolina mountains through demonstrations, workshops and lectures Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

2. Discover the rich music and literature of the Civil War and see what life was like on the home front during the war Saturday at Somerset Place in Creswell.

 

 

3. Step back in time for an afternoon of merriment, music, games, traditional craft demonstrations and art-making activities Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s annual Family Renaissance Fair in Raleigh.

 

 

4. Take a tour of Horne Creek Farm’s renowned apple orchard Saturday in Pinnacle after hearing about the history of the fruit from one of the nation’s leading experts.

 

 

5. Enjoy potato games and hands-on activities at the Museum of the Albemarle Saturday as part of the Elizabeth City-wide North Carolina Potato Festival.

 

 

6. Join the N.C. Symphony for concerts featuring the music of Las Vegas Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Explore the various systems of the Battleship North Carolina-armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc.-and learn about the rationale behind their design during special tours inWilmington Saturday.

 

 

8. Discuss Thomas’s Wolfe’s short story “The Lost Boy” with local professor Paul Spivey Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

9. Check out trucks throughout history Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

10. Kayak through the fascinating history of the Crystal Coast region Thursday with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Understand the importance of the year 1844 during a lecture at the President James K. Polk Historic Site Thursday in Pineville.

 

 

12. Hear about how artists use archives for activism from Dr. Wesley Hogan, director of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Learn about the story of Gettyburg’s famous unknown soldier during a talk Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

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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School will be wrapping up across North Carolina in the next few weeks. Still not sure what do with you kids? Our museums and historic sites and local arts councils across the state offer summer camps that inspire kids to create and teach teens about the Tar Heel State’s past in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Our camps are filling up pretty fast, but we still have some availability. Here are nine camps that still have spots open and promise plenty of summer fun:

1. Summer teen workshops at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 


Teens can play with photography and collage to explore the past and imagine the future or use a variety of media to create artistic-poetic mashups and retell a story at week-long workshops at the museum in June.

 

2. Life on the Carolina Frontier at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

Let your kids enlist in a North Carolina Provincial Company and learn about the lives of the soldiers who built Fort Dobbs, the settlers they protected and the Cherokee warriors they fought.

 

3. Camps offered by local arts councils and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the state.

 

 

A few that have caught our eye so far are the Summer Clay Camp for Kids, offered by the N.C. Pottery Center; All About Abstracts and Cool Jewelry, offered by the Wayne County Arts Council; and the visual and performing arts camps offered by the Arts Council of Wilson.

Get in touch with your local arts council for more offerings near you.

 

4. Summer Science School and the Junior Sailing Program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

Kids can explore a range of topics from coastal conservation to the science used to investigate the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship at the museum’s Summer Science School or learn safety, seamanship and a number of other sailing skills in its Junior Sailing Program.

 

5. History camps covering a variety of topics at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

You kid can become a history detective and learn how the museum researches and produces exhibits, get a taste of life in colonial North Carolina or set sail for a coastal Carolina adventure. Registration for all of the museums camps is still open.

 

6. A Civil War summer camp at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

As the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ends, kids will drill like Civil War soldiers, dress up like them for a photo op and participate in an array of other activities to ignite the history spark in campers ages nine to 12.

 

7. The first annual Backcountry Militia Day Camp for Kids at House in the Horseshoe near Sanford.

 

 

History will come alive for your kids at with an artillery demonstration, musket and rifle firing, spinning and weaving demonstrations and the change to meet an 18th century surgeon. The camp will also feature hands on activities and a special tour of the Horseshoe site.

 

8. Hands-on art making workshops and camps for elementary and middle school-aged kids at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

Seven of the museum’s camps still have openings. The Blast from Past camp, combining art and history for fun for elementary and middle school kids and the middle school workshops on fashion and expressing yourself look especially interesting to us!

 

 

 

Whether you little one longs to be a pirate, Civil War solider or archaeologist, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport has a hands-on adventure for them.

In addition to all of these awesome camps, the Museum of the Albemarle, N.C. Museum of Art, N.C. Museum of History, SECCA, Tryon Palace and all three of our maritime museums offer programs for kids and family weekly.

Hosting your own summer camp and looking for a place to take your kids? Our 27 historic sites scattered across the state are perfect for a morning, afternoon or all-day trip. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia and Tryon Palace make it especially easy to accommodate your large group.

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The kick off to a 166-mile commemorative walk in New Bern, a celebration of National Train Day complete with a bouncy house in Spencer and the chance to meet figures from North Carolina’s Civil War history in Raleigh 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 15 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Hear about New Bern during the Civil War and wish a re-enactor well as he sets off for a 166-mile walk across North Carolina from Tryon Palace Sunday.

 

 

2. Meet figures from North Carolina’s Civil War history when a period camp comes to life on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

3. Explore the often-overlooked World War II history of Kure Beach‘s Fort Fisher Saturday,when the site comes alive with period re-enactors and displays artifacts from the conflict.

 

 

4. Celebrate National Train Day Saturday with special train rides, tours, crafts and living history demonstrations at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

5. Join Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo for a day of fun featuring face painting, blocks and bubbles, ice cream, art making and more Friday.

 

 

6. Remember the sacrifice made by British sailors off the coast of North Carolina at War Grave Ceremonies organized by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Thursday in Buxton and Friday in Oracoke.

 

 

7. Have tea and cakes after taking a special tour of the John Wright Stanly House to celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

8. Spend your Saturday celebrating historic preservation with the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh by talking with experts who have helped save North Carolina’s treasures and checking out the museum’s Rural Revival exhibition.

 

 

9. Learn how to weave a pine needle basket Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

 

 

10. See the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by students from the UNC School of Arts with the music of the N.C. Symphony in the background Thursday inChapel Hill and Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

11. Take a walk through the park at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday, and thenmake sketches of what you saw with your kids.

 

 

12. Hear about some of the ways commerce affects art during a talk Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Discover the history of music during the Civil War Saturday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

14. Make a time capsule with your kids at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

15. Create your own Mother’s Day tour of N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Sunday by browsing some of the museum’s works related to motherhood.

 

 

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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