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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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Celebrate the harvest season old-school style at
Bennett Place Saturday and Sunday

Bluegrass programs in Raleigh, a glimpse of life on the 18th century North Carolina frontier in Statesville and a street festival-style community day in Old Fort are just a few of the great programs offered by our historic sites and museums this weekend.

The fun starts this evening with a lecture and poetry reading by North Carolina’s poet laureate at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia. Later in the evening, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will host two bluegrass programs in conjunction with the World of Bluegrass event: an exploration of the music of the American South and an open bluegrass jam session.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of History will present another bluegrass program focused on the three-finger picking style, while the N.C. Museum of Art, also in Raleigh, will screen Kiss Me Deadly (1955) as a part of its ongoing series of car-themed film presentations. In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will offer a pumpkin-themed art workshop.

Teachers and their families can enjoy free and discounted admission to Tryon Palace in New Bern, Saturday as the Palace hosts its Fall Family and Teacher’s Day. Also on the coast Saturday, the Museum of the Albemarle will host a program on historic postcards, giving visitors the chance to experience Elizabeth City past and present at the same time. Toward the Piedmont, the State Capitol in Raleigh will host a workshop on architectural photography, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will put on its annual Dog Day and K-9 5K.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with the opening a of new photography exhibit on American consumer culture at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh and a community festival at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, complete with inflatable rides, fire trucks, games, face painting and free food.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of Big Band classics in Raleigh with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, while Bennett Place in Durham will celebrate the fall season with a harvest festival and farmer’s market. Toward the west, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer more Day Out with Thomas programs, while Fort Dobbs in Statesville will showcase life on the frontier with its fall living history program.

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