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Chat with Revolutionary War re-enactors and experience colonial music and dance
Saturday at Historic Halifax

A celebration of Revolutionary War music and dance in Halfiax, behind-the-scenes Battleship tours in Wilmington and a mountain militia muster 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.

The fun and learning start Thursday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts an informal lunchtime chat about a French merchant ship’s role in the American Revolution. Later that day, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at its 1888 steam-powered fire engine and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a special screening of a series of films by artist Kevin Jerome Everson in conjunction with its Gather Round exhibition of Everson’s work.

Friday, visitors to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort can learn how to surf fish from an expert, while the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh shows the Wilmington-filmed thriller Maximum Overdrive as part of its Starring North Carolina! movie series. The N.C. Museum of Art will screen the 1950 thriller Gun Crazy across town.

Revolutionary War-era music, dance and special tours will be offered at Historic Halifax Saturday to celebrate the release of a new book set in the northeastern North Carolina town, while Historic Edenton will showcase another round of yoga classes overlooking the picturesque Albemarle Sound. In Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina will host exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of unrestored sections of the ship.

Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer guided tours of its beautiful outdoor agriculture exhibit and teaches kids about North Carolina’s rich tradition of pottery before helping them make a clay-based craft of their own. In the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art will have hors d’oeuvres and live music to celebrate its new exhibition of small-format paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert of old-time banjo music and traditional songs at the N.C. Museum of History and an afternoon of family activities at the Museum of the Albemarle in conjunction with the city-wide Walk for Hunger.

Throughout the weekend, New Bern‘s Tryon Palace will have free garden admission and a heritage plant sale in conjunction with city-wide MUMfest celebration and Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will come alive with the sights and sounds of a mountain militia camp during the Revolutionary War.

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 N.C. Heritage Award winner Bill Myers and his family at a reception before the awards ceremony at the Executive Mansion

Sec. Kluttz with N.C. Heritage Award winner Bill Myers and his family at a reception before the awards ceremony at the Executive Mansion

From music to pottery and weaving to Native American dance, North Carolina has a rich heritage of traditional arts and crafts. Late last month, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined the N.C. Arts Council in recognizing five artists who have achieved excellence in heritage art forms.

This year’s five awardees were Madison County bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks; Wilson County jazz and R&B musician Bill Myers; Halifax County Haliwa-Saponi artist and musician Arnold Richardson; Jackson County weaver Susan Morgan Leveille; and Moore County potter Sid Luck. You can learn more about each recipient on the Arts Council’s website.

N.C. Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin narrates as Heritage Award winner and potter Sid Luck demonstrates his craft

N.C. Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin narrates as Heritage Award winner and potter Sid Luck demonstrates his craft

After seeing an inspiring video tribute to each winner and hearing an overview of his or her accomplishments from Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin, the audience got to see a sampling of the heritage art form that each awardee practices. That meant that the Secretary and the hundreds of others in attendance in the Fletcher Opera Theater saw three concerts, a traditional weaving demonstration and the throwing of pot all in just a few hours. It was truly amazing.

To celebrate the work of these accomplished artists, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now has been airing a segment on each of them. The pieces on Richardson, Hicks and Luck are available online, and the interviews with each of the other two will air later this month.

The N.C. Arts Council also offers a number of first-class resources to help you to experience North Carolina’s rich cultural scene. Be sure to check out its Arts Trails website and Summer Performing Arts guide to plan your adventure.

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While the Pinehurst and North Carolina’s broader Sandhills region may be famous for being home to some of the world’s best golf courses, the area has a spectacular cultural scene as well. If you’re one of thousands of folks who will be in town for the men’s and women’s U.S. Open Championships during the next couple of weeks here are few things not to miss:

Join the N.C. Symphony for a
free concert June 13

Free Concert by the North Carolina Symphony

In celebration of the U.S. Open coming to Pinehurst, the N.C. Symphony will perform a free concert, Friday, June 13, at 8 p.m. on Pinehurst’s Tufts Park. The concert will feature Beethoven’s power 5th Symphony and also include “Sketches from Pinehurst,” which was written by the Symphony’s own Terry Mizesko when the U.S. Open came to Pinehurst in 2005.

Be sure and check the Symphony’s Facebook page for any weather updates.

Local Galleries

Moore County, where Pinehurst is located, has some wonderful art galleries to explore, and the Arts Council of Moore County in downtown Southern Pines is the best place to start. The gallery there features local, regional and national artists. There is also a lovely shop where you can purchase local art.

If you’d like to bypass visiting the Council in person, it produces a fantastic online list of local galleries, artists and studios in the area.

Literary Heritage in Southern Pines

The Sandhills area region is also known for having a rich literary heritage. A great starting point to exploring that heritage is the Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina guidebook, produced by the N.C. Arts Council and published by UNC Press.

One of the more famous authors from the area is James Boyd. Boyd’s Southern Pines estate is now the Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, which in turn is the home to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Weymouth played host to many great writers during its time including William Faulkner, the editor Maxwell Perkins, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe and others, and the Hall of Fame now there is certainly worth a visit.

Revolutionary War re-enactors at House in the Horseshoe

Revolutionary-Era History

The site of a significant Revolutionary War skirmish, House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is about a 30-minute drive north of Pinehurst. Aside from the fascinating Revolutionary tale Horseshoe tells, it’s worth a visit to see some cutting edge archaeological work that will be taking place there during the next couple of weeks.

Seagrove Pottery Area

The jewel of the region’s cultural scene is perhaps the Seagrove pottery area. Home to more than 100 potters, many of whom open their studios to visitors, the heart of pottery mecca is just under 45 minutes north of Pinehurst. Originally attracted to the region for its abundant clay deposits, the craftsmen of area were able to survive a few decades longer than many others displaced by factory-produced ceramics because of their remote location and need for jugs from the local whisky distilling industry.

Explore Seagrove’s deep pottery tradition at
the N.C. Pottery Center

Stop by the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove to find out more about the pottery history in Seagrove and across the state. The center, designed by famed architect Frank Harman, is a great jumping off point for deeper discovery.

Farther Afield

If you’re looking to explore more of North Carolina’s rich arts and culture, some other places that are relatively nearby (within an hour and 15 minute drive) that are worth checking out include:

  • Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead is a world-class archaeological site focusing on early Native American culture, specifically that of the Pee Dee civilization
  • Fayetteville’s Museum of the Cape Fear interprets and explores the history of southeastern North Carolina
  • The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh tells the story of 14,000 years of North Carolina history all under one roof
  • On the premiere art museums in the South, the N.C Museum of Art, also in Raleigh, has a permanent collection which spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present

What are you most looking forward to about your trip to Pinehurst? Or if you’re a local, what are your favorite cultural destinations? Tell us in the comments.

For more ideas on exploring North Carolina’s rich arts, history and culture, check out our weekend roundup series and the N.C. Arts Council’s arts trails websites.

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Sec. Kluttz and Caldwell Arts Council Executive Director Lee Carol Giduz

An up-close look at the work of Thomas Sayre and some hands-on pottery visits were just two of the experiences Sec. Kluttz had on a trip to the mountains late last month.

The secretary started her journey at the Caldwell Arts Council (CAC) in Lenoir after visiting the public library there late last month. While there, she got a personal tour of the Council’s gallery and an overview of some of the great connections Cultural Resources has to the Lenior community from CAC’s Executive Director Lee Carol Giduz. Those connections include a strong partnership between CAC and the N.C. Arts Council (NCAC) on the Historic Happy Valley cultural trail pilot program and a large presence of the work of North Carolina Award winner and NCAC board member Thomas Sayre in the town.

Sec. Kluttz’s next stop was Bolick Pottery near Blowing Rock. There she met owner Lula Bolick, who is a fifth generation potter and the daughter of famed Seagrove potter Melvin Lee Owens. The trip ended next door, where Bolick’s daughter and son-in-law run another pottery studio, Traditions Pottery.

You can see more images of the trip here.

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Sec. Kluttz at Pittsboro Kiln

Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz with former Secretary Linda Carlisle and Potter Mark Hewitt at his kiln opening in Pittsboro Saturday morning.

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