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A chance to meet Santa by the sea in Kure Beach, a winter birds hike in Southern Pines and performances of holiday music from throughout history in Pineville 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 eight things are our weekend agenda:

1. Meet Santa by the sea and enjoy holiday games, crafts and storytelling at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday.

 

 

2. Join Tryon Palace in New Bern for a 1940s, USO-style Christmas show Friday and then return to the site Saturday to celebrate a candlelight Christmas.

 

 

3. Encounter the birds that call the Sandills region home during the winter on a hike through the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve Saturday in Southern Pines.

 

 

4. Enjoy holiday music from throughout history Saturday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

 

 

5. Marvel at a Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular with music by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Celebrate the season with Escher-inspired art making and games, music by Sandbox, free treats for the kids and a visit from Santa Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Spend an evening under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday.

 

 

8. Take a 90-minute canoe tour of William B. Umstead State Park’s Big Lake Thursday 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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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 new exhibition of the work of M. C. Escher in Raleigh, a look at the benefits of bats in Asheboro and fall festivals across the state are just of the 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 14 things on our agenda this weekend:

 

1. Explore the intersection of art, science and imagination at the N.C. Museum of Art’s The Worlds of M. C. Escher exhibition, opening Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Attend a fall festival. You’ll find one focused on the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, a second with tractors, trains and old-time games at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer and a third with pumpkin carving and storytelling at Pettigrew State Park in Creswell.

 

 

3. Take an after-dark walking tour of Historic Bath focused on the town’s famous residents Friday and Saturday.

 

 

4. Enjoy music, food, cooking demonstrations and a variety of crafts and games at Horne Creek Farm’s Annual Cornshucking Frolic Saturday in Pinnacle.

 

 

5. Hang out with the bats at N.C. Zoo and learn why they’re so important with games and activities Saturday in Asheboro.

 

 

6. Celebrate International Archaeology Day Saturday with hands on activities and games at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, and then come back in the evening for an astronomy program where you’ll see the Crescent Moon, Saturn and the constellation Cygnus.

 

 

7. Go on a free boat ride Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort’s Fall In-The-Water Meet Saturday.

 

 

8. Hear music from movies like Harry Potter, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean as performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts in Fayetteville and Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

9. Get a taste of what’s it like to work at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Saturday with a behind-the-scenes tour and hands on activities in Kure Beach.

 

 

10. Encounter Halloween customs and traditions from the past during night tours of the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Friday and Saturday.

 

11. Discover the techniques shipbuilders used during the Civil War Saturday with historical demonstrations, lectures and crafts for kids at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

 

 

12. See a live performance of Verdi’s opera Otello broadcast to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Help Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk maintain its trails during a volunteer work day Saturday.

 

 

14. Bring your home movies to the State Archives in Raleigh for inspection and discussion, or stop by and watch the movies others bring in Saturday in celebration of Home Movie Day.

 

 

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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Sec. Kluttz with Historic Sites staff members Jim Steele,
Jeremiah DeGennaro, John Moseley, Andrew Duppstadt and David Sheaffer; State Archives staff member Chris Meekins; and Fort Fisher volunteer Walter James

Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz visited Fort Macon State Park to view the historic weapons artillery training course delivered by staff from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Division of Historic Sites.

Sec. Kluttz with N.C. Historic Sites Director Keith Haridson, Historic Sites Deputy Director Dale Coats and Fort Macon State Park Superintendent Randy Newman

This training course ensures that park rangers, museum staff, and historic site interpreters are trained in safe and proper methods of firing historic weaponry. Demonstrations of historic weaponry are an important part of the education and entertainment provided by the state’s sites and museums. Fort Macon is one of the most pristine 19th century forts still standing. It was the site of an 1862 siege and eventual victory by Union forces during the Civil War.

As the 150th anniversary of this war approaches in 2015, North Carolina expects an influx of cultural heritage tourists coming to retrace the final campaign of that nation-changing conflict. When they come, the state will have staff trained to provide the “boom and smoke.”

See more pictures from the training here.

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