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A family festival all about paleontology in Raleigh, a military timeline in Statesville and a look at the Nazi POWs in North Carolina in New Bern 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 12 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Experience PaleoPalooza, the nation’s largest event dedicated to paleontology, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Watch and discuss the PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” Saturday at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.

 

 

3. Meet interpreters portraying soldiers from throughout North Carolina’s storied military history Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

4. Get your groove on with jazz musicians Bill Myers and Dick Knight at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Sunday as they perform parts of songs they recorded with James Brown.

 

 

5. Learn about the more than 10,000 German prisoners of war who were interned in North Carolina during World War II during a lively lecture and presentation at Tryon Palace in New Bern on Sunday.

 

 

6. Express your creativity and make art with artists featured in the Point and Counterpoint exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

7. Spend an evening under the stars with educators from the Morehead Planetarium on Saturday at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex.

 

 

8. Enjoy a concert of popular pieces of light classical music performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Raleigh or Saturday in Southern Pines.

 

 

9. Honor the freedom seekers who traveled along the Underground Railroad with food, music, art and historic interpretation Saturday in Halifax.

 

 

10. Explore The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh during special interactive tours for families Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

11. Hike through the fall foliage and learn about the science behind this natural phenomenon Saturday at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area in Wake Forest.

 

 

12. Learn how to care for your family’s precious objects Friday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

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

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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 Mexican-American War militia muster in Pineville, a howling celebration of Halloween in Asheboro and the best of bluegrass music in Raleigh are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 11 things on our weekend agenda:

1. See the Mexican-American War come alive Saturday at the President James K. Polk Memorial in Pineville.
2. Have a howling good time at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro Saturday with games, face painting and hands-on activities while learning about North Carolina Red Wolves.
3. Enjoy a weekend out with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
4. Hear bluegrass music’s brightest stars during this weekend’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh.
5. Explore the work of some of North Carolina’s most promising artists at the new Point and Counterpoint: N.C. Arts Council Fellows, 2014-2015 exhibit opening at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday.
6. Celebrate Thomas Wolfe’s birthday Saturday in Asheville with free tours of the Old Kentucky Home, now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.
7. Learn how to care for your family’s heirlooms by getting advice from the House in the Horsehoe’s staff Saturday in Sanford.
8. Take a tour of Durham‘s 21c Museum Hotel–a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museums and culture center–Thursday with the N.C. Museum of Art Contemporaries.
9. Hear the music of three great Russian composers as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Southern Pines and Sunday in Wilmington.
10. Join Tar Heel artist Craig Richards for a painting workshop overlooking scenic Moore’s Knob Saturday at Hanging Rock Park in Danbury.
11. Explore the New Bern Academy Museum at Tryon Palace in New Bern for free Saturday as a number of local history organization present Civil War-related programming.
Check out DNCR’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 Natural and Cultural Resources website.

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Revolutionary era militia musters in Halfiax and Weaverville, an opportunity to taste the Civil War in Creswell and a bluegrass festival in Manteo 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 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Step back in time to the Revolutionary War-era at Historic Halifax where you’ll find special tours, presentations and Revolutionary War skirmishes Saturday and Sunday.
2. Sample foods popular during the Civil War and learn more about the role food played in the conflict Saturday at Somerset Place in CreswellUPDATE: Due to the potential for inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.
3. Join the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Chapel Hill and Raleigh for concerts of the music of Leonard Bernstein and George Gerswhin featuring acclaimed pianist Jean Yves-Thibaudet.
4. Visit a one of North Carolina’s 39 state parks and natural areas with your family as part of Take a Child Outside Week.
5. Watch as archaeologists hunt for the secrets buried below the grounds of the State Capitol Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Raleigh. UPDATE: Due to the potential for inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.
6. Talk with re-enactors about life in an early 19th century militia and see camp activities including candle making, weaving and campfire cooking during Vance Birthplace’s fall militia muster Saturday and Sunday in Weaverville.
7. Explore the biggest, smallest and most amazing mammals that have walked the Earth bypaying a visit to the new Extreme Mammals exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, opening Saturday.
8. Celebrate the arrival of fall at an 18th Century Fair, Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.
9. Enjoy bluegrass music against the picturesque backdrop of the Roanoke Sound throughout the weekend at the Bluegrass Island Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.
10. Watch a lunar eclipse that won’t happen again for another 18 years Sunday night at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.
11. Discover what the Vietnam War was like for African American soldiers during a panel discussion Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
12. Check out a new exhibit highlighting Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown’s role in the voting rights movement, opening Saturday at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.
13. Marvel at the handiwork of famed designer and artist Louis C. Tiffany by visiting a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, opening Saturday.
14. See what life was like aboard the Battleship North Carolina during World War II Saturday in Wilmington when period re-enactors bring the ship alive.
15. Play colonial games, see period cooking demonstrations and meet the man who has been following in early explorer John Lawson’s footsteps Saturday at Historic Bath as part of the national Museum Day Live! program.
16. Get an inside look at Tryon Palace’s Kitchen Office on the Kitchens of New Bern Tour Saturday.
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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Hands-on Native American pottery making in Mount Gilead, a 19th century children’s festival in Durham and a celebration of National Lighthouse Day in Edenton are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Celebrate National Lighthouse Day Friday with free tours, live music and kids’ activities at Historic Edenton‘s 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse.

 

 

2. Travel back in time with your kids at Durham‘s Duke Homestead, which will be offering 19th century games, music and a whole host of other activities as part of its annual Summer Children’s Festival Saturday.

 

 

3. Have lunch with pirates and see the Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum during this weekend’s Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

 

 

4. Gather round the campfire at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Thursday evening for someclassic mountain storytelling and s’mores.

 

 

5. See how the Pee Dee Native Americans used the clay around them and try your hand at making a small piece of pottery Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

 

 

6. Meet North Carolina film legend Earl Owensby and see clips of some of his classic films Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Learn about the animals 18th century explorers would’ve encountered along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

8. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for a gathering of the descendants of the men who fought there Saturday.

 

 

9. Check out one of the National Black Theatre Festival‘s many performances in Winston-Salem this weekend, including Mr. Joy, which will be offered at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary (SECCA) Thursday through Sunday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to discover North Carolina’s deep roots in the history of soil conservation with hands-on activities.

 

 

11. Join the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday as the U.S. Postal Service dedicates a new stamp honoring the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday.

 

 

12. Hear about the pivotal role African Americans played in World War I and how the war affected the cause of civil rights during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

13. Watch the family favorite Big Hero 6 under the stars Friday at the N.C Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

14. See some of the western North Carolina’s best mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers and balladeers throughout the weekend in Asheville at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

 

 

15. Introduce your kids to the math and science behind Civil War artillery fire at Fort Fisher’s Junior Reserves program Friday in Kure Beach.

 

 

16. Check out classic Corvettes, Firebirds and other GM cars Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s All GM Show 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 free concert by the N.C. Symphony in New Bern, a look at African Americans at the end of the Civil War in Durham and a city-wide paint-in in Elizabeth City are just a few of opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Enjoy a free performance of the N.C. Symphony on Tryon Palace’s South Lawn Sunday in New Bern.

 

 

2. Learn about what life was like when African Americans found out about their freedom at the end of the Civil War during a living history program Saturday at Historic Stagvillle in Durham.

 

 

3. Paint alongside professional artists and enjoy a whole host of other activities at Elizabeth City‘s weeklong SPLASH paint-in and arts festival, which runs through Saturday.

 

 

4. See an exhibit showcasing the fashions of early 20th century boarders before it closesSaturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

5. Join the N.C. Museum of Art for an outdoor screening of Star Trek Into Darkness Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve on a hike led by staff the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Thursday.

 

 

7. Spend your Saturday in the N.C. Museum of History’s garden in Raleigh, and learn about North Carolina’s agricultural history on a special tour.

 

 

8. Hear classical favorites by Rossini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others during an outdoor concert performed by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Cary.

 

 

9. Find a bargain on everything from books to furniture while helping to support Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s Gun Emplacement Fund at a while elephant sale Saturday in Winnabow.

 

 

10. Remember the service of our nation’s World War II veterans during a memorial service with men who served aboard the USS North Carolina Saturday on the ship’s deck in Wilmington.

 

 

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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