Posts Tagged ‘National Grandparents Day’

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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Celebrate colonial history with militia demonstrations, games and hands on activities for the entire family Saturday at the Museum of the Cape Fear

Colonial music, games and activities in Fayetteville, a gathering of diving and archaeology experts in Hatteras and a celebration of The Big Lebowski in Raleigh are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Thursday when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will screen a documentary on the exploration of the Titanic shipwreck.

Friday the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will give visitors the chance to chat with the artists featured in its new Line, Touch, Trace exhibition before showing the critically-acclaimed film The Grand Budapest Hotel under the stars.

Saturday will start off with colonial era music, games, militia drills and hands-on activities at the Museum of Cape Fear’s Festival of Yesteryear in Fayetteville. At the coast, Historic Bath will host an expert on the town’s St. Thomas Church for a lecture and tour, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport offers a special scavenger hunt for National Grandparents Day. Both Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will celebrate Grandparents Day, too.

If art is more what you’re looking for, then Raleigh‘s your town. The N.C. Museum of History will offer a photography workshop with award-winning photographer Brenda Scott, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host two rounds of its Meet Your Museum tours and put on its second annual The Big Lebowski Dudes Abide Festival complete with food trucks, outdoor activities and, of course, a screening of the cult classic film.

Throughout the weekend, the Graveyard of Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will bring together the state and country’s leading experts on diving and underwater archaeology for a series of lectures and presentations that are free and open to the public.

North Carolina also has two great arts festivals going on this weekend. More than 140 will descend on downtown Raleigh for the 5th annual Hopscotch Music Festival, while Winston-Salem will host James Patterson, Rita Mae Brown and other national authors for the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors.

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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