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Schools across North Carolina and out and summer has been here officially for a week. There are so many great things to see and do over the coming season that we decided to put together a list of 10 things that are on our agenda for the summer:

1. Discover North Carolina’s rich history of film and television production at the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit. The museum is running a Starring, North Carolina! summer special, with all tickets marked down 50%.
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2. Try to strike it rich by panning for gold at Reed Gold Mine in Midland.
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3. Take a look back at the Tar Heel vacations of yesteryear through photos and videos made available online by the State Archives. The Outer Banks History Center’s Flickr site, the Travel and Tourism Digital Collection and the State Archives’ Travel and Tourism Videos playlist are three great places to start your search.
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4. Stop by one of our historic sites or museums near your beach house or on the way to it.
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5. See a movie or concert under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
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6. Attend a summer arts or music festival or watch an outdoor drama. The N.C. Arts Council has a great list of the not-to-miss events.
7. Add a North Carolina novel or work of non-fiction to your summer reading list.
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8. Check out I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
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9. Beat the heat and cool off in the air conditioning at one of our nine art and history museums across the state.
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10. Step aboard President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train when it makes its only stop in the Southeast at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer August 29 and 30.
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Check out the summer section of our newly-redesigned website for more tips on experiencing authentic North Carolina arts, history and culture this summer. Happy exploring!

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Enjoy live traditional, bluegrass and gospel music Saturday at
Horne Creek Farm’s cornshucking frolic in Pinnacle.

An old-time celebration of fall in Pinnacle, hand-dipped candle making in Creswell and concerts of music from Oscar-winning movies 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 Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem debuts a small new exhibit showcasing the work of local kids, and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport hosts a 1950s-style sock hop featuring stories and images from Hurricane Hazel.

The fun continues Friday, when visitors to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh can learn the basics of digital photo restoration from renowned local photographer Dr. Brenda Scott, and the N.C. Museum of Art screens the 50s film noir On Dangerous Ground across town.

Saturday promises opportunities to get your culture on across the state. In the west, Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host an 8k road race to help support the site, while Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle will put on its annual cornshucking frolic, featuring music, food, kids’ activities and the chance for visitors to try heritage skills like basket weaving and blacksmithing.

In the piedmont, the N.C. Museum of History will host noted Civil War historian Chris Fonville for a talk on the sinking of the ironclad CSS Albermarle, while Historic Halifax will show the family favorite Hook in conjunction with the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit it currently has on display. In Mount Gilead, Town Creek Indian Mound will celebrate International Archaeology Day with hands-on archaeology activities for kids and families, crafts and Native American games. Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer gallery tours and studio time for families around the theme of unusual landscapes and have a pop-up art cart in its galleries to help kids make mini collage portraits. Also in Raleigh, the State Archives will participate in Home Movie Day by screening films from members of the public and offering prizes for attendees.

At the coast, Creswell’s Somerset Place will have costumed historic interpreters on hand to help visitors make hand-dipped candles and learn the history behind the craft, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host a gathering of traditionally-made boats, complete with free rides for the public and a pig pickin’. The Maritime Museum in Southport will also offer bike tours highlighting the history of its hometown.

The weekend wraps up Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art with a concert of 17th century music from the Low Countries to celebrate the recent opening of its Small Treasures exhibition.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play music from Star Trek, West Side Story and other classic movies in New Bern, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Southern Pines and Wilmington , while the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will be decorated for Halloween-themed tours.

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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Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends for special train rides, crafts and games
this weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum

A bluegrass jam in Raleigh, cemetery tours based on the work of Thomas Wolfe in Asheville and train rides with Thomas the Tank Engine 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.

The action starts Thursday when PineCone presents a bluegrass jam at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Anyone and everyone is invited to bring out their instruments and jam, or just sit back and listen to musicians show off their love of bluegrass. Elsewhere around the state Thursday, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a symposium on the work of filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, who is the subject of SECCA’s newest exhibition, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will show a film highlighting the history of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the film noir masterpiece The Maltese Falcon, while Saturday, the museum will show a documentary on how new technology is being used to discover the secrets behind some of the world’s oldest art and play the hilarious mockumentary This is Spinal Tap under the stars. Also Saturday, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will offer tours of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery focusing on the real people that inspired Wolfe’s work.

Throughout the weekend:

  • The N.C. Museum of Art will offer free, introductory tours of its galleries and grounds to help visitors get a glimpse of its offerings and see what’s worth deeper exploration
  • Internationally-renowned concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin joins the N.C. Symphony for concerts of music by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich in Raleigh
  • Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy and friends pull into the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for special train rides, crafts, games and more
  • Cycle North Carolina’s “Mountains to Coast” ride will speed through Historic Edenton Thursday and by Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo Friday before wrapping up at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Saturday
  • Bluegrass musicians from across the country will descend on Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass meeting and music festival

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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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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Bennett Place in Durham will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Civil War all weekend long!

An exploration of the major surrenders of the Civil War in Durham, a behind-the-scenes look at the State Capitol in Raleigh and the chance to see how treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship are conserved in Greenville are just a few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find 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 galleries, while the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville will be filled with the sights and sounds of early 19th century cooking.

Workshops, spins on the turntable and train rides will be just a few of the offerings Friday, when the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer is transformed into a classroom for home school students. In the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the postwar thriller The Stranger.

Saturday promises fun across the state. In Raleigh, the State Capitol will offer a rare chance to explore the attic and other hidden parts of the building during special discovery tours, while Durham‘s Duke Homestead will invite visitors to discover the history in all of our old stuff at a community yard sale. In Greenville, the Queen Anne’s Revenge lab will hold an open house where visitors can see first-hand how artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship are conserved. The N.C. Museum of Art will host special family tours of the Estampas de la raza exhibition combined with the chance to make a self-portrait print in the morning, and in the evening, it will put on an awesome event complete with films, art activities and music all produced and planned by teens for teens.

All day in Elizabeth City live music, environmentally-friendly games and activities, crafts and more are on tap for an Earth Day Festival, hosted in part by the Museum of the Albemarle. In the evening, Durham‘s Bennett Place will host a grand ball complete with Civil War costumes and museum to raise funds for its new museum gallery.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with an opportunity to learn about the myth and reality of Civil War medicine at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

Throughout the weekend, Bennett Place will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Civil War as military and civilian interpreters demonstrate what life was look during that time. The N.C. Symphony will play concerts of Beethoven’s famed Piano Concerto No. 2 in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

This weekend is your last chance to see the N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh.

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

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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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Celebrate the arrival of spring this Saturday with special train rides, crafts and more at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer

Anew exhibit on New Bern’s occupation, a spring kickoff in Spencer and a Civil War living history focused on conscripts in Four Oaks are just a few of the fun family-friendly programs you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Thursday with three great programs for preschoolers. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will read the story Swamp Angel and take kids on visit to one of the museum’s galleries, and the N.C. Museum of Art will offer an exciting, hands-on program focused on animals, while at the coast, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will give little ones the chance to see what it’s like to be an archaeologist. Later in the day, the Pres. James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville will come alive with the smells and tastes of the past as it hosts historical cooking demonstrations.

Friday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will give visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at boat building past and present with special tours of its Watercraft Center and a local modern boat factory, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the wacky Bollywood film Bluffmaster and offer visitors the chance to explore the museum at night with live music as a backdrop.

Special streamliners will roll into Spencer Saturday for the N.C. Transportation Museum’s street festival style Spring Kickoff. The event will include special displays, kids’ activities, storytelling and the chance to see the restoration of a DC-3 as it happens.

Also Saturday, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will offer special tours focused on the ship’s impressive power plant, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will be open for a day of kite flying and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will explore North Carolina’s rich tradition of pottery through live demonstrations and talks from experts. In the morning, Tryon Palace will open its fascinating new exhibit on New Bern‘s occupation during the Civil War, while, in the evening, Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound will offer an engaging astronomy program. The site was recently rated as one of the best places in North Carolina to see the stars by Our State Magazine.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts a special concert of the music of eastern European Jews and the N.C. Museum of History, also inRaleighscreens the documentary Slavery by Another Name and hosts UNC-Chapel Hill’s W. Fitzhugh Brundage for a talk on forced labor after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Throughout the weekend, Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer special tours, crafts and a photo booth where you can dress in 19th century clothes as part of its Civil War Weekend, while cannon fire and costumed interpreters portraying conscripted soldiers willcommemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville in Four Oaks. The N.C. Symphony will also perform concerts with Rhiannon Giddens and the Carolina Chocolate Drops in Raleigh.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com. Enjoy a fun North Carolina weekend!

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