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Musket and cannon fire will fill the air Saturday and Sunday as Fort Dobbs demonstrates 18th century camp life in Statesville

Performances of slave narratives in Durham, a French and Indian War living history in Statesville and programs for preschoolers across the state are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts Thursday morning when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in  Raleigh will read the story A New Coat for Anna and take kids for a visit to one of the museum’s galleries, while across town the N.C. Museum of Art will offer a hands-on craft program for preschoolers focused on places in art. Later in the day, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will give a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Morehead City’s port, and the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present a fascinating lecture on African Americans in the military.

Friday the fun continues with a pirate-themed program for preschoolers at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, and two different programs celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City — one for preschoolers and the other for elementary and middle school-aged children. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will also give you the chance to try your hand at archaeology and show the Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief.

Saturday, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will offer two more great programs, a screening of the movie The Cat in the Hat and a bonsai workshop, while Sunday the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer the first of its At The Throttle program, which gives visitors the chance to get behind the “wheel” of a train.

Throughout the weekend, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will commemorate the 254th anniversary of the attack on Fort Dobbs with a living history programDurham‘s Historic Stagville will present critically-acclaimed performances of impactful slave narratives in Let Them Be Heard and Winston-Salem‘s Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will showcase the work of young writers.

The N.C. Symphony will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer family-friendly tours, complete with activities for the kids.

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Celebrate the holidays with Historic Stagville this Saturday

Celebrate the holidays with Historic Stagville this Saturday

The holidays are officially in full swing, and our historic sites and museums are putting on nearly 20 different programs this weekend to celebrate!

The fun starts tonight in Durham, where Duke Homestead will recreate an 1870s Christmas for visitors complete with decorations, carols, storytelling, hot apple cider and other holiday goodies.

Saturday will be chalked full on family activities from the mountains to the coast. Toward the west, Weaverville’s Vance Birthplace will host Christmas candlelight tours. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will give families the chance to sip cocoa and take a train ride with Santa, while Reed Gold Mine in Midland will present music, crafts and holiday-themed tours to celebrate the season.

In the central part of the state, Historic Stagville in Durham will allow guests to see what Christmas would have been like for a planter family and the enslaved community that surrounded them.  The spirit of the season right before the Civil War will be recreated with artisans, decorations, crafts, games, food and music. Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will offer cookies, cider and period music while putting on a program focusing on the Christmas experience of a furloughed Civil War solider, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts family-friendly tours with a holiday theme. Visitors to Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead can make holiday treats for birds, while Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia will close the popular Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

Toward the coast, Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer several ornament-making workshops for kids, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host a Victorian-themed holiday program with crafts and refreshments. Later in the day, Elizabeth City’s Museum of the Albemarle will screen The Polar Express and give kids the chance to make related crafts, while Historic Bath hosts candlelight tours of the Bonner House.

Sunday, the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum will offer music, refreshments and kids’ crafts for its holiday program, while the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will put on its annual Holiday Jubilee. Historic Bath will also host its yearly Christmas Open House.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Raleigh, while Fort Dobbs in Statesville will feature musket firing, cannon demonstrations and interpreters portraying 18th century camp life as part of its winter living history program.

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Join SECCA in Winston-Salem for a new exhibit examining graphic design.

A new exhibition focusing on graphic design, a family history fair and a program on Victorian mourning traditions are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts tomorrow with another installment of the N.C. Museum of History’s popular Storytime in the Gallery series in Raleigh, and continues Friday when the N.C. Museum of Art, also in Raleigh, will offer free food, musical performances and activities as part of its College Night. Also Friday, the Museum of Art will screen the film Car Crazy, while Duke Homestead in Durham will give visitors the chance to experience Victorian mourning traditions and customs through Widows and Wakes, a guided candlelight program.

In Fayetteville, the Museum of the Cape Fear will offer Halloween-themed tours of the Poe House and host a Jack-O-Lantern contest, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a preview party for its new exhibition, Graphic Design: Now  in Production.

Saturday, SECCA will officially open the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition to the public, and host Doug Powell, a designer with IBM, for the first lecture in a series associated with the exhibition. Throughout the day, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will present games, special train rides and trick-or-treating just in time for Halloween.

Also Saturday, the State Archives and State Library will host the 2nd Annual Family History Fair with a special focus on DNA’s increasing role in genealogy, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host a family program focusing on textile design. Both events are in Raleigh. The Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present another round of Halloween tours in addition to an opportunity for kids to trick-or-treat and costume contest.

Toward the east, Historic Bath will offer ghost tours of North Carolina’s first town, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will present ghost stories, activities for kids and refreshments as part of its Halloween Ghost Ship program. And Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will celebrate the anniversary of the school that is part of the site with an education-related living history program.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday with a tour of Asheville’s historic Riverside Cemetery hosted by the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, a concert by David Holt and Will McIntyre to benefit the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and a program by the Pasquotank High School Percussion Band at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will present concerts of Mozart and Beethoven in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Southern Pines.

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Enjoy free garden admission and a heritage plant sale at Tryon Palace as part of MUMfest this weekend

Enjoy free garden admission and a heritage plant sale at Tryon Palace as part of MUMfest this weekend

A sleepover under the stars in Mount Gilead, a celebration of mums in New Bern and a display of Porsches of Raleigh are just a few of the chances for family fun for you to discover this weekend at our historic sites and museums.

The weekend at Cultural Resources starts Thursday with another installment of the N.C. Museum of History’s popular Storytime in the Gallery series in Raleigh, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will host a lecture on noted African American attorney and public servant George Henry White. It continues Friday in Spencer where the N.C. Transportation Museum will host a day full of programs for home school students and their parents.

Saturday, the much-anticipated Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibition will open at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be offering several programs throughout the weekend in conjunction with opening, including:

Also Saturday, Historic Stagville in Durham will host special tours of the Hart and Horton Houses, while Historic Bath offers 90-minute walking ghost tours of North Carolina’s oldest town and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville hosts writer Dale Neal for a talk and book signing. Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will host a movie screening, community campfire and sleepover at the site in honor of International Observe the Moon Night, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, will host an overnight program honoring veterans.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday with a concert of traditional Russian-Romany music at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, while Joseph McGill will lecture on the Slave Dwelling Project at Historic Stagville in Durham.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will start to celebrate Halloween with a decorated Poe House, while the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of the music of famed movie composer John Williams in Fayetteville, Raleigh and Wilmington and Tryon Palace participates in the New Bern-wide MUMfest street festival with free garden admission and a heritage plant sale.

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Thomas the Tank Engine

Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for Day Out with Thomas this weekend and next

Train rides on Thomas the Tank Engine in Spencer, a front porch bluegrass jam in Asheville and the opening of the N.C. Symphony’s 2013-14 season are just a few of the opportunities for family fun offered this weekend by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Thursday morning at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, where staff will offer a storytime in the gallery program for kids. In the evening Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer a lecture on Gullah cuisine as part of its African American lecture series, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will open a new exhibit of art from 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen The French Connection as part of a new series of car-themed movie showings.  Also Friday, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will host a bluegrass jam session on its front porch.

The focus shifts back to the Museum of Art Saturday. The museum will host a family fun program in the morning and a concert focused on raising cancer awareness in the evening. On Sunday, the museum will launch its Sites and Sounds on Sundays series with a concert focused on the mandolin.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will give kids the chance to take a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine and meet his friends, while the N.C. Symphony will present concerts of Beethoven’s 9th in Raleigh and Chapel Hill. to open its new season

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Mort Künstler’s Capitol Farewell

A pirate scallywag school in Manteo, concert-movie combo in Raleigh and model train show in Spencer are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at our sites and museums.

Start your weekend off Thursday with two nature-focused programs on the coast. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another installment of its popular kayak trip series, while the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will host the last in its series of workshops on canvasback decoy crafting.

Friday, children can learn how to walk, talk and act like a pirate in Manteo at Roanoke Island Festival Park’s Pirate Scallywag School, while kids of all ages can see interpreters fire muskets at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks. Bentonville will host more musket demonstrations Saturday.

In the Raleigh, also on Friday, the N.C. Museum of History will debut an exhibit of 33 paintings of the Civil War done by nationally-acclaimed artist Mort Künstler. The debut will include the unveiling of Künstler’s newest work, Capitol Farewell. The N.C. Museum of Art will also offer four great programs:

On Saturday, the Museum of the Art will offer two more programs: a family program that includes a gallery tour and studio time and a concert-movie combo featuring the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Beasts of a Southern Wild.

Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for a
model train show Saturday and Sunday

Throughout both Saturday and Sunday, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host the Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show. The show will feature model trains, railroading collectibles, railroad historians, Thomas and Friends games and crafts, storytellers and much, much more.

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This weekend is your chance to Art in Clay
at the N.C. Museum of History. The best part is admission is FREE!

Film screenings, programs on wildlife and the chance to meet a local author are just of the few of the opportunities for family fun you can find at Cultural Resources’ sites and museums this weekend.

The fun starts Thursday with the first day of a two-day class for kids on archaeology at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport, and another installment of the popular series on crafting canvasback decoys at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

It continues Friday when Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will present Civil War musket demonstrations throughout the day as it has throughout the summer, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will give visitors the chance to take a hike on Shackleford Banks and learn about the history of the horses there. The Beaufort museum will also offer a marine life discovery cruise aboard a Duke University research vessel, while N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the film Moonrise Kingdom.

Saturday afternoon, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer informal tours of its outdoor History of Harvest exhibit, while the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host Queen Anne’s Revenge chief conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenny for a lecture on the project and its progress. Also Sunday, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will offer the chance to meet author Trish Foxwell, and the N.C. Museum of Art will present Tift Merritt in concert.

Sunday, the N.C. Museum of History will screen All The President’s Men in conjunction with its exhibit on Watergate and close its Art in Clay exhibit. To celebrate the closing of the exhibit, admission to it is free all this week. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will open Close to Home: A Decade of Acquisitions, featuring the work of North Carolina artists.

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