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A celebration of traditional American culture in Greensboro, an old-fashioned tobacco harvest festival in Durham and a walking tour of the famed Riverside Cemetery in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. See some of the nation’s finest the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers and craftspeople at the National Folk Festival throughout the weekend in Greensboro, and don’t forget to visit the North Carolina Stage while you’re there.
2. Step back in time to North Carolina’s colonial era at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s annual Festival of Yesteryear Saturday in Fayetteville. Hands-on crafts, games, demonstrations of colonial life and performances by an interpreter portraying the Marquis de Lafayette will all be part of the fun.
3. Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history with music, a tobacco looping contest and historic demonstrations at Duke Homestead’s Harvest and Hornworm Festival Saturday in Durham.
4. Marvel at the spectacle of Paper Puppet Intervention during a performance at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh throughout the weekend.
5. Discover how North Carolina saved the Constitution during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.
6. Enjoy National Grandparents Day Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead or the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. Both have activities planned to celebrate the special day.
7. Hear about how Alamance Battleground’s location along one of North Carolina’s oldest roads led to three battles being fought there during a lecture Saturday in Burlington.
8. Take a walking tour of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery led by staff from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Saturday.
9. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
10. Do yoga with staff from Historic Edenton on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Saturday morning.
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 Civil War living history weekend in Fayetteville, traditional boat building in Beaufort and concerts of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See what the Union occupation of Fayetteville was like first-hand as re-enactors bring the period to life Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

2. Hear the timeless music of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Southern Pines, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

3. Take a look at North Carolina’s largest Civil War conflict through the lens of archaeology during a lecture Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

4. Spend some quality time with your family at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center Thursday night in New Bern.

5. Discuss the short story “The Child by Tiger” with local author Andrea Clark Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. Try your hand at building a boat the traditional way throughout the weekend at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

7. Discover North Carolina’s rich textile history and weave a bookmark to take home Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

8. Explore how wind affected Outer Banks history and make a related hands-on craft with your kids Friday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

9. Celebrate the craftiness of local scouts when the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a pinewood derby Saturday in Elizabeth City.

10. Spend your Saturday morning doing yoga on the scenic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn in Edenton.

11. Enjoy the soothing sounds of Fire Pink Trio during a concert that matches music with works of art in the N.C. Museum of Art’s collection Sunday in Raleigh.

12. Head out to Aycock Birthplace in Fremont Saturday to see how high you can fly a kite, and while you’re there, make a model biplane using household items.

13. Experience the natural world through art at a new exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh

14. Wrap up your winter blues at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Saturday and Sunday when some of the Triad’s best writers share their work.

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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Stop by the N.C. Museum of History Saturday to see artifacts from bluegrass legends on display and make a banjo of your own.

Toy banjo making in Raleigh, a drama depicting the Lincolns in Creswell and a boat building class in Beaufort 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 a lunchtime talk on the Native Americans that called the Crystal Coast region home. Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the French drama Max et les Ferrailleurs as part of its fall film noir series and stay open late to let visitors explore the galleries at night with the smooth jazz stylings of the Oynx Club Boys in the background.

Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will help kids and families make a toy banjo to take home, while the N.C. Museum of Art offers a lecture exploring the genius of Vermeer across town. Elsewhere in Piedmont, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will open a traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.

In the eastern part of the state, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will explore how World War II sailors coped with torpedo damage, while Historic Edenton offers another installment of its popular yoga classes on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn. In Hatteras, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will offer a day for prospective volunteers to see how they can help, while in Creswell, Somerset Place will present a drama depicting the last day of Abraham Lincoln’s life, including the opportunity for visitors to talk with re-enactors portraying Lincoln and his wife. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will teach visitors how to build a boat using old-school carpentry techniques, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City puts on a bonsai workshop and hosts a lecture on U-boat action off the Outer Banks during World War II.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History presents a concert featuring the eclectic sounds of Dark Water Rising and the N.C. Museum of Art offers free, family-friendly art-making activities and gallery games with its pop-up art cart.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts of music that captures the spirit and feel of Mexico in Raleigh.

Keep in mind, too, that next Tuesday is Veterans Day. Though most of our venues will be closed for the holiday, Tryon Palace in New Bern, the Battleship North Carolina inWilmington and the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will be open for family fun. Tryon Palace will offer a special salute to the men and women who have defended North Carolinathroughout history, while the N.C. Museum of Art will give free admission to its Small Treasures exhibition for veterans, active duty military members and their families.

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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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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Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Saturday for pirate-themed
family activities, weapons demonstrations and more
as part
of the town-wide Pirate Invasion.

A pirate invasion in Beaufort, a chance to play in the clay in Mount Gilead and a children’s festival in Durham are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend starts Thursday when Historic Edenton will offer sneak peek tours of the recently restored Roanoke River Lighthouse in celebration of National Lighthouse Day.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will let visitors meander through its galleries after dark with the smooth country sounds of David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band in the background before showing the 2013 hit film American Hustle under the stars.

Saturday will be a busy day across the state. In the east, the N.C. Maritime Museum inBeaufort will host weapons demonstrations and pirate-themed crafts and offer an educational and entertaining lunch with Blackbeard and his crew as part the town-wide annual Pirate Invasion. The museum’s counterpart in Southport will host model train displays and special tours focused on the area’s railroad history.

Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn, while the Tryon Palace in New Bern hosts locally-raised artist Gerry King for a reception to celebrate his new book of paintings of Craven County . The CSS Neuse Interpretive Center in Kinston will host interpreters portraying nurses and a surgeon for a program on medicine during the Civil War, while Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow will offer hourly Civil War naval living history demonstrations focusing on torpedoes and deadly mines feared by the Union Navy. In Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina will have volunteers demonstrating life at sea posted throughout the ship and host displays and artifacts highlighting the differences between the CSS and USS North Carolinas during the Civil War.

In the Piedmont, Burlington‘s Alamance Battleground will have colonial games, crafts and more as part of its kids’ day, while visitors to the State Capitol in Raleigh can get a rare glimpse of the attic and other normally hidden spaces on behind-the-scenes tours. In Durham, Duke Homestead’s annual children’s festival will include music and dancing, historical crafts and activities and more, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gileadwill give visitors the chance to learn about the Pee Dee culture, make pottery and see dugout canoes be built.

Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will allow visitors to watch local painterSusan Brabeau as she works before offering a scavenger hunt and craft related to the unique 1920s dug store exhibit. Later in the afternoon the Museum of History will host a panel discussion on Morganton native and U.S. Senator Same Ervin and his role in Watergate. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will give kids and parents the chance to make a mosaic together after taking a short tour of the galleries and put on a concert by the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops in the Museum Park.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will offer fun and creative art making activities for kids, before the Reed Gold Mine in Midland screens the movie Like Rats in a Trap that was filmed on site. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer a special scavenger hunt focusing on the art of automobile design, while showing off classic to modern Corvettes and Camaros during its All GM Show.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when SECCA will participate in Winston-Salem‘s city-wide Second Sundays on Fourth with art making activities for the whole family inspired by the film Short Circuit, and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh closes its awarding-winning exhibit on the Watergate scandal.

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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Free concerts by the N.C. Symphony, Civil War living history programs and several more rare chances to see the 13th Amendment  are just a few of the great programs offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources across the state this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when Vance Birthplace in Weaverville offers music, lectures and dramatic readings in conjunction with a visit by the 13th Amendment as part of DCR’s limited statewide tour of this important and fragile document.

Our popular traveling exhibit of treasuress from Blackbeard’s sunken flagship will open at Historic Bath Friday, just as the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts a poetry slam tied to its Estampas de la raza exhibition and screens the film 42: the Jackie Robinson Story. The 13th Amendment tour will stop in Sedalia at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, where it will be accompanied by a lunch and learn lecture and children’s activities.

Saturday, re-enactors will be on hand at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks to discuss the typical Civil War soldier’s life, while the CSS Neuse Center in Kinston will put on a program focusing on challenges of the Civil War home front, including Mourning practices, homeguards and food shortages.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will display vintage farm equipment and host beekeepers demonstrating their craft to celebrate life on the farm, while the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington showcases a premier display of World War I arms, clothing and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and stations volunteers throughout the ship to explain specific topics like the galley and radar. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will focus on World War II with a program featuring living historians and hands-on activities for kids, while Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the beautiful lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on sculpture, before hosting an evening concert by a Beatles tribute band and screening a documentary about the legendary group. The N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will let visitors watch Native American artist Alyssa Hinton at work and then make a mixed media collage to take home with them, and host a singing of the national anthem for Flag Day. In Durham, Duke Homestead will give visitors the chance to explore its hometown’s historic roots and experience the modern art, music and food of the Bull City with Bull Fest, while Historic Stagville will display the 13th Amendment in a slave cabin while offering music, genealogical consultations and other programs. In Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a circus-inspired concert combining classical masterpieces and contemporary hits as acrobatic artists swirl above them.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show cartoons and offer art making activities for kids centered around pencils and drawing. SECCA will also open a new exhibit that explores just how extraordinary the ordinary can be Saturday.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will light up with cannon fire during re-enactments of 18th century camp life and the N.C. Symphony will play free concerts of Beethoven’s dramatic 5th Symphony in JacksonvillePinehurst and Washington. At Pinehurst, the Symphony will be showcased during the U.S. Open activities.

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