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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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Bentonville Battlefield will transform into a Civil War campground Saturday, complete with artillery and musket firing demonstrations

Bentonville Battlefield will transform into a Civil War campground Saturday,
complete with artillery and musket firing demonstrations

The weekend kicks off Thursday evening when the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will screen the 1960 family favorite Swiss Family Robinson.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will invite visitors to wander through its galleries after dark with the down-home bluegrass sounds of The Hey Brothers as a backdrop before showing the popular comedy Nebraska under the stars.

Saturday, Tryon Palace New Bern will host Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter and other top artists for the inaugural Where Rivers Meet Summer Jazz Festival on its picturesque South Lawn, and Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will transform into a Civil War era camp complete with musket and artillery firing demonstrations. In Raleigh, the State Library will put a on a workshop where participants can discover how to find their female ancestors before the N.C. Museum of Art shows The LEGO Movie in its Museum Park.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will team up with the local nonprofit Bookmarks to show Under the Tuscan Sun.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host model train layouts, kids’ activities and celebrities of the rail fan world for the Historic Spencer Shops Train Show.

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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The week after Memorial Day, thousands of folks from 41 states and five foreign countries crowded around the Bob Julian Roundhouse at the N.C. Transportation Museum to celebrate the arrival of 26 classic streamlined, diesel locomotives dating from the 1930s through the 1950s.

The event, called Streamliners at Spencer, was so popular that all the hotel rooms in surrounding Rowan County were sold out during its four-day run.

As part of the festivities, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined Norfolk Southern CEO Charles Moorman and officials from the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and Virginia Museum of Transportation in welcoming everyone to Spencer. The pair also thanked the staff and sponsors for their hard work and generosity that made the event possible and turned the ceremonial screw that kicked off the restoration of Norfolk and Western Class J 611.

That particular locomotive will be restored at the museum during the coming months.

Photos from Streamliners are available on the N.C. Transportation Museum’s website.

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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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A Civil War encampment will take over of the lawn of the State Capitol Saturday. Come out and see what Raleigh was like under Union occupation in 1865!

A view of Raleigh’s Union occupation during the Civil War at the State Capitol, a fierce battle between Cherokee warriors and frontier soldiers at Fort Dobbs and the opening of a new exhibition of Mexican American art at the N.C. Museum of Art are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when staff at 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 and the sights and at the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, enjoy the sights and smells of 19th century cooking in the air during tantalizing cooking demonstrations. On the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host an informal, lunchtime chat all about bottlenose dolphins, while the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will teach kids about the history of kites and help them make their own kite-themed decoration.

Friday, conservators at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer advice on how to care for your treasured possessions, while explorers (age 6-10) can experience what it was like to be Mr. Hay’s apprentice in the 1800s during a hands-on program at Tryon Palace in New Bern and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a hike across the pristine Rachel Carson Reserve, known for its diverse coastal habitats. At the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, visitors can explore the galleries at night against the backdrop of live music, explore images of Mary in the museum’s permenant collection with a knowledgeable docent or join the museum for a high-energy party celebrating the opening of the Estampas de la raza exhibition.

Saturday will bring something for everyone with 13 different programs across the state. In the west, visitors can climb aboard antique tractors and other farm equipment or take a short train trip with the Easter Bunny at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will celebrate Slow Art Day with classic cartoons and crafts for the entire family, while Cherokee warriors will clash with frontier militia during a living history program at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

In the central part of the state, dancers, a singer and a guitarist will explain flamenco through their performances at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, while a Civil War-era troop encampment and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 Union occupation of the State Capitol across the street. Elsewhere in Raleigh, the State Library will providetips on researching African American ancestors, while the N.C. Museum of Art will presentart-making workshops, musical performances and more to celebrate the opening of theEstampas de la raza exhibition, chronicling contemporary Mexican American and Latino artists.

In the east, Historic Halifax will celebrate the 238th anniversary of America’s first call for freedom with historic weapons demonstrations, a Brunswick stew cook-off and special tours, while Historic Bath will participate in a town-wide home and garden tour. More than 40 Tarheel potters will be displaying their wares at Tryon Palace in New Bern, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will offer candle dipping, colonial games, pirate flag painting and more as part of its annual Girl Scout day.

A concert by Lebanese musicians Naji Hilal, Basil Samara and Christopher Saleh Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh closes out the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, free garden admission and a heritage plant sale will be offered as part of Tryon Palace’s Garden Lovers’ Weekend in New Bern, and the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts with Broadway legend Patti LuPone in Raleigh. This weekend is also your first chance to check out a new exhibition of Mexican-American art at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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

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Help beautify our Civil War historic sites across the state with Civil War Park Day

Pirates and gold panning in Midland, a new sculpture exhibition in Winston-Salem and outdoor cleanup at Civil War sites across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend gets off to a busy start Friday, as SECCA hosts the RiverRun International Film Festival‘s opening night in Winston-Salem and the N.C. Museum of Art offers visitors the chance to explore its galleries at night against the backdrop of live music in Raleigh. Also Friday, the Museum of the Albemarle will show art created during its programs as part of Elizabeth City‘s First Friday Art Walk and DCR’s Office of Archives and History will sponsor lectures on the War of 1812 in Salisbury.

Saturday, Reed Gold Mine in Midland will inspire you to learn about pirates and try your hand at panning for gold, while the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host a special day for Boy Scouts, complete with the chance to roam around inside a DC-3 and earn an Aviation Merit Badge. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will give families the chance to make a critter-themed craft, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh screens a film on life of Cesar Chavez and Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the state’s best sites for stargazing, holds an astronomy program.

Saturday is also Civil War Park Day, a national program aimed at preserving our nation’s Civil War sites. Bennett Place in Durham, Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow, Fort Fisher in Kure Beach and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport are all looking for volunteers to help them beautify their properties, and they’ll all be providing free refreshments and t-shirts to anyone who lends a helping hand.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when Tryon Palace in New Bern will host the Eastern North Carolina Bridal Show.

This weekend is also your first chance to check out a new exhibition at SECCA in Winston-Salem that explores humor through sculpture. North Carolina is also home to three great book and film festivals this weekend. The N.C. Literary Festival in Raleigh, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham and RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem are all sure to delight.

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

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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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