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The annual state tree lighting in Raleigh, a new exhibit of Star Wars artifacts in Asheville and a colonial Christmas weekend at the coast 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 18 ideas for making the most of your weekend:

1. Celebrate a Colonial Christmas weekend with activities with open houses at Historic Edenton and Historic Bath, and the annual Candlelight celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Join Governor Pat McCrory for the annual State Tree Lighting on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and then stop by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences across the street for a special meet the animals program.

 

 

3. Visit a special exhibit of Star Wars artifacts at the Western Regional Archives in Asheville, and take your kids to a special Star Wars Lego class there Saturday.

 

 

4. Meet Santa by the sea Friday at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Saturday at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

5. Marvel at the Executive Mansion’s elaborate Christmas decorations during its annual holiday open house in Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

6. Step back in time to an 18th century Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Sunday in Winnabow. You’ll find colonial refreshments, traditional games, special tours and an authentic period candlelit service.

 

 

7. Enjoy a concert of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and other holiday favorites Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. See what 18th century life was like along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

9. Experience a Civil War Christmas Saturday by learning about the holiday traditions from the period at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston and seeing a period holiday brought to life at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

10. Find a gift for the art lover in your life at the Folk Art Center’s Guild Artist Holiday Sale Saturday in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

12. Explore the dramatic landscapes and diverse peoples that have shaped the South at a new exhibit of Southern paintings opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

13. Spend a festive Sunday afternoon at Duke Homestead in Durham as part of the site’s annual Victorian Family Christmas program.

 

 

14. Browse of the one largest selections of local pottery in mountains Friday and Saturday at Mud Dabbers of Brevard‘s holiday open house.

 

 

15. Listen to some of your favorite holiday tunes as performed by the North Carolina Symphony Thursday in Jacksonville and Saturday in Wilmington.

 

 

16. Get into the spirit of the season with holiday open houses Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Historic Halifax, House in the Horseshoe near Sanford and the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

17. Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower Sunday night with N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister.

 

 

18. Go on a candlelight tour to celebrate the holiday season. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will offer tours Thursday, and both Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham will offer tours Friday.

 

 

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 festive holiday kickoff in New Bern, holiday pops concerts in Raleigh and the chance to opt to go outside Black Friday at parks across the state are just a few of the fun experiences to be had this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 8 things you should try this weekend:

1. Join REI and #OptOutside this Black Friday by visiting one of North Carolina’s state parksor recreational areas. A guided hike of the Nuwati Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk is just one the great programs you’ll find.

 

 

2. Ring in the holiday season at Tryon Palace in New Bern with special tours, music and movies throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Start your Thanksgiving out right with a Thursday morning hike at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington.

 

 

4. Jam out to bluegrass, gospel and old time music at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort on Sunday.

 

 

5. Enjoy classic holiday tunes as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

6. Travel to the North Pole with a ride on the Polar Express, leaving from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer on Friday through Sunday.

 

7. Jump start your genealogy project. Thanksgiving is great time to start, and the State Library’s RootsMOOC has tips to help you get your research off the ground.

 

 

8. Escape the cold and explore one of the special exhibits now on view at our Raleigh museums. North Carolina’s Favorite Son at the N.C. Museum of History, The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art and Extreme Mammals at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences are all getting rave reviews.

 

Note that most historic sites are closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday, and all of our museums are closed Thursday. State parks are open every day this week. Call ahead and before you visit as hours may vary.

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 railroad festival in Old Fort, harvest festivals in New Bern and Durham and arts festivals in Raleigh and Charlotte are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are seven things on our weekend agenda:

1. Join the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort for a family festival focused on the history of railroads Saturday.

 

 

2. Celebrate the arrival of fall Saturday with harvest festivals at Tryon Palace in New Bern and Historic Stagville in Durham.

 

 

 

 

4. Meet artists Peter Oakley and Elizabeth Brim Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The work of these two North Carolina sculptors is featured in the museum’s new Chisel and Forge exhibition.

 

 

5. Spend your Saturday morning taking a tour of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery focused on the characters in Thomas Wolfe’s novels and stories.

 

 

6. Discover why attracting pollinators has been key throughout history, get some gardening tips of your own and let your kids enjoy a related hands-on activity Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Sample local art, science, history and heritage at SPARKcon in Raleigh and the Cultural Free for All in Charlotte.

 

 

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 scavenger hunt in Southport, an ice cream social in Old Fort and concerts of patriotic music throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 14 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Hear the Declaration of Independence be read by an interpreter portraying John Penn and celebrate the holiday with games, crafts and living history demonstrations Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Get the most of Southport‘s widely-acclaimed Fourth of July celebration by completing a scavenger hunt offered by the N.C. Maritime Museum there.

 

 

3. Enjoy the Fourth of the July at the State Capitol in Raleigh with musical performances, military displays, a naturalization ceremony and kids’ activities.

 

 

4. Join Manteo‘s Roanoke Island Festival Park in celebrating America’s 239th birthday with fireworks and a concert by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

 

 

5. Watch a patriotic fireworks display over downtown Wilmington Saturday evening from the deck of the mighty Battleship North Carolina.

 

 

6. Honor America’s birthday at the Red, White and Bluegrass music festival in Morganton.

 

 

7. Sample some ice cream while soaking in the smooth sounds of a local bluegrass group Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

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8. Gather around the fire and hear stories told in the traditional mountain style, Thursday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

9. Recall the great music of the Carter Family and their frequent collaborator Lesley Riddle throughout the weekend at Riddlefest in Burnsville.

 

 

10. Learn about the history of Chicamacomico Station and the U.S. Lifesaving Service during a film screening Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Listen to patriotic tunes performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts throughout the weekend in Wilmington, Garner and Cary.

 

 

12. Celebrate Independence Day with music, special tours and a fireworks display Saturday at Historic Halifax, the site of America’s first official cry for independence.

 

 

13. Discover the history behind the Medal of Honor and meet recipients of the award from the Wilmington area Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

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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An Olympics of Native American games in Mount Gilead, a family festival celebrating gold in Old Fort and free concerts by the North Carolina Symphony around the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

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

1. Try your hand at a whole host of traditional Native American games Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound’s first annual Archaeolympic Games in Mount Gilead.

 

 

2. Hear some of the best light classical pieces of music as performed by the N.C. Symphony at free concerts in Tarboro Thursday, Chapel Hill Friday and Jacksonville Sunday.

 

 

3. Enjoy music by some of the state’s best old-time musicians at the Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention Friday and Saturday in Mount Airy.

 

 

4. Celebrate North Carolina’s rich history of gold mining Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort with mining demonstrations, gold panning, gem stone screenings, the chance to meet renowned gold experts, children’s games, prizes, music and food.

 

 

5. Bring a blanket to Vance Birthplace in Weaverville for an evening of campfire storytelling Thursday.

 

 

6. Watch a movie under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing Dazed and Confused Friday and the sing-along version of Frozen Saturday.

 

 

7. Explore the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace with your kids after dark Thursday in New Bern.

 

 

8. Check out a new small case exhibit highlighting the history of funk music in North Carolina, opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

9. Join the North Carolina Symphony for a concert of the hits from the 80s Saturday in Cary.

 

 

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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North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment in Four Oaks, a festival of art and flowers in Raleigh and a night under the stars in Mount Gilead are just a few opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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

1. See North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment Saturday and Sunday at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks.

 

 

2. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh for Art in Bloom, its inaugural festival of art and flowers throughout the weekend. Master classes, art making, lectures and breathtaking flower displays will all be part of the fun.

 

 

3. Make art in the Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem Saturday with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and other local arts organizations.

 

 

4. Discover how the staff at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle used oral histories and other primary sources of information to restore the buildings on site during a program Saturday.

 

 

5. Spend a night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the best spots for stargazing in the Tar Heel State.

 

 

6. Learn tips and tricks for deciphering and preserving your old family photos at a workshop presented by the N.C. Genealogical Society and the State Archives Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Hear about the history behind Parker Legwear, one of western North Carolina’s largest textile operations, Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

8. Explore the history of the U.S. Coast Guard in North Carolina through a new exhibit at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo.

 

 

9. Experience the works of female jazz and blues icons through songs and stagecraft during “Mama’s Got the Blues,” a multimedia production at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday to

 

 

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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North Carolina’s historic sites, museums and other cultural institutions will be spreading good cheer across the state this weekend.

Civil War-style celebrations of Christmas in Durham and Four Oaks, a Polar Express adventure in Elizabeth City and a 1940s holiday bash in Sedalia are just a sampling of fun programs you’ll find throughout Tar Heel State.

Here are 17 events not to miss:

1. Cookies and cocoa at Dr. Brown’s home in Sedalia Saturday. The snacks are part of a larger program at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum that looks at Christmas during the 1940s.

2. Music, crafts, food and fun as part of Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday.

3. 1830s Christmas Candlelight tours of Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Saturday, where visitors will play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home.

4. A Civil War Christmas at Bennett Place in Durham Saturday and Sunday, complete with traditional cooking demonstrations, caroling and decorations from the period.

5. Ornament-making at Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound Saturday. Visitors can choose to make edible “orniments” for birds or a clay decoration for their tree.

6. A German-style “Golden Christmas” at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday. Craft demonstrations, candlelight tours of the mine and activities for the kids will all be part of the fun.

7. Refreshments and the chance to see what life was like for common Civil War soldiers on furlough during the holidays during Bentonville Battlefield’s Christmas program in Four OaksSaturday.

  

8. A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza featuring classic seasonal songs throughout the weekend at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

9. Pinecone decorating and stories surrounding the origins of the Christmas tree as part of aVictorian Christmas at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Saturday. 

10. A Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront Saturday night, right near the N.C. Maritime Museum.

11. A glimpse into the splendor of the season on an antebellum plantation, complete with traditional decorations and a good ole’ fashion Southern meal, Sunday at Somerset Place inCreswell.  

12. Nighttime tours of Durham‘s Duke Homestead decorated for an 1870s Christmas Friday.

13. Arms drills, cannon firing and displays of Civil War camp life at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Federal attack there .

14. A Polar Express-themed holiday celebration at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday, featuring carriage rides and a model train village based on the family film favorite.

15. Performances of Handel’s Messiah by the N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

16. A lecture and book signing on growing up in Raleigh during the 1940s and 50s Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

17. Stories of Christmas past and special treats at the Mountain Gateway Museum Saturday, in conjunction with the Old Fort Christmas parade.

Check out DCR’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 Cultural Resources website.

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